Finally Ronaldinho has been stripped off his title, which he held for 2 yrs consecutively. The guy who has done that truly deserves it.
Real Madrid defender Fabio Cannavaro won recognition for his stunning World Cup performance as Italy skipper by winning the prestigious European Footballer of the Year Award (Ballon d’Or) on Monday. The 33-year-old Neapolitan succeeds Barcelona star Ronaldinho, winner of last year’s award, but who placed fourth this time largely as a result of his World Cup performance as Brazil crashed in the quarter-finals to France.
Cannavaro with 173 points took the honour ahead of Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (124) of Italy and Arsenal’s French striker Thierry Henry (121).
France’s Zinedine Zidane, who retired after reaching the World Cup finals, placed fifth with 71 points.
This post is about The Magic Man: Ronaldinho.
Its a goal every player dreams off. It was against Villareal on Saturday(25th November ’06) night.
It was indeed Clash of Titans. Yesterday (i.e. 26Th November), i along wid the millions of others worldwide saw two Premiership Giants ManU & Chelsea, clash against each-other @ Old Trafford. Now ManU was in a bad mood after their loss against Celtic in UEFA Championship Group matches. Ferguson was quoted saying, “We’ll avenge our Championship loss by defeating Chelsea @ home…”. I know tht’s a brave statement to make, but Alex is known to make such statements.
Abt the match:
It was a very well contested match, both the teams played some good football. ManU with backing of their home crowd started off with a bang & took Chelsea completely off guard. Ronaldo spear-headed ManU‘s attack, with his sheer speed he made A Cole life a living Hell. Chelsea managed to break most their attack even though they had some goof-ups in their defense. In the process they also took some shots @ ManU‘s goal. It was ManU who drew the first blood & it was none other than Luis Saha who found the back of the net. Just as he scored the entire stadium burst into a roar, all the ManU fans were shouting, jumping & cheering for their team. Soon it was half time & it looked as if ManU would run away with an easy win.
Second half was a complete different story.They had an early change, Robben was introduced into the attack. Chelsea had fire in their eyes which was missing in the first half (i wonder wht did Jose do in the changing room??). Suddenly one could see ManU on the back-foot, they had majority of their ppl in the defense. Chelsea kept the pressure on ManU and finally they succeeded in scoring. It was a corner kick & the scorer this time was Caralvanho (the Portugal Defender). After the goal the stadium went dead silent, only the away fans were cheering this time around. ManU did try to come back but their attack was killed in the bud itself. Soon its was full-time & the scoreline was ManU 1 – Chelsea 1.
After the match Jose Mourinho was quoted saying, “It’s a fair result, ManU were best in the first half & Chelsea were best in the second half.”
In all the match was a true entertainer. I felt the referee was a jackass coz he gave away a lot of unwanted fouls against Chelsea. It was indeed a high voltage game. Looking forward to see many more games like this…
This post has been Cross-Posted @ FootBall Rockers
P.S.: This version is Chelsea friendly, if you want a ManU friendly version go to some other blog.
In a perfect world, determining which new game console to purchase would be out of your hands. Instead the matter would be handled Thunderdome style: Two beefy consoles enter the arena, they battle, and one console is left standing. But since such combat would inevitably lead to the enslavement of mankind by a superrace of cyborg overlords, it’s probably best to figure it out for yourself. Here is some information on the major contenders to help you decide.
Sony PlayStation 3
Microsoft Xbox 360
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My this post is dedicated to my friend Koni 😀
Koni i hope you are reading… 🙂