Rescinded Red

Oh the media monkeys and their junket junkies will invite you to their plastic pantomime. Throw their invites away.

Goal: Julio Baptista Winner vs. Torino

Bicycle kicks are normally overrated.  This one was pure skill.

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Champions League Match Day 5 Results

steven-gerrard-the-saviourBordeaux 1 – Chelsea 1: Chelsea strode out negatively, seeming more content to tackle chestily than attack, and it was to their detriment.  Anelka put them ahead but Diarra’s wonderful header evened the score.  If Chelsea do not beat Cluj, they could drop to the UEFA Cup.

CFR Cluj 1 – Roma 3: Matteo Brighi was hot, and it had nothing to do with his effeminate sweater.  His two goals and a third from Totti gave Roma a comfortable victory.  One point clear in Group A, Roma advance with a draw.

Inter Milan 0 – Panathinaikos 1: Mourinho played narrow, suffocating the midfield.  Panathinaikos stole a second half goal and withstood the barrage.  Inter move forward, but unimpressively.  The Greeks look likely to do the same.

Anorthosis Famagusta 2 – Werder Bremen 2: The Germans fought off two second half deficits, but could not get the required win to stay in the tournament.  The draw hurts Anorthosis, who must now win in Greece to move on to the knockout stages.

Liverpool 1 – Marseille 0: Steven Gerrard celebrated his tenth anniversary in fitting fashion, a sub-par performance punctuated with a critical goal.  Marseille may have had the better day, but Liverpool win and move through.

Atletico Madrid 2 – PSV Eindhoven 1: There was a party at the Vicente Calderon, but no one else was invited.  In front of the empty stadium, Simão and Maxi Rodriguez put the Spanish side ahead, the prolific Danny Koevermans could only retort with one.  Atletico advance.

Sporting Lisbon 2 – Barcelona 5: Barcelona scored five goals with four shots on target, thanks  to a Sporting back four conceding two own goals and a penalty.  There was no crying for Bojan Krkic, whose late penalty conversion will hopefully help his confidence.

Shakhtar Donetsk 5 – FC Basel 0: Shakhtar showed Ukraine is not weak, led by Brazilian Jadson’s hat trick.  It was too late for this endeavor, but they secured the UEFA Cup parachute.

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Liverpool Signing Dossena May Return to Italy

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Liverpool’s £7m summer signing Andrea Dossena may return to Italy.  The Italian left-back has been an admitted disappointment, and Rafa Benitez may cut his losses in the transfer window.  Juventus and Roma may be interested, though probably not for the price Liverpool paid.

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Totti Dedicates Victory Over Chelsea to Young Fan Who Died

totti-f2Francesco Totti dedicated Roma’s 3-1 victory over Chelsea, to a young Roma fan who died just before the match.  The 13-year old boy named Niccolo was hit by a falling tree, during severe weather in Rome.

“We found out what had happened after the match, and it’s needless to say how I felt,” Totti said.  “I would just like to dedicate the victory to him and send a hug to his entire family.”

Totti shouldn’t be commended for saying this.  To sympathize is human, not praiseworthy.  However, his acknowledgement further confirms his community connection and his loyalty to Roma and its fans.

At a time when footballers sanctimoniously kiss badges at every opportunity and consider a £55,000 per week offer an insult, international soccer could use a few more men like Totti.

Thanks to The Beautiful Game

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