Monday, 28 May 2012

UFEA EURO'S 2012 GROUP D: Allo Allo, what's going on here then?

By Carlos Zimmermann
A little look

After last year's debacle with the FFF and Laurent Blanc being involved with an inequality scandal, it seems it's back to the same old, same old. France will want to make up for the shambles that was World Cup 2010 and Euro 2008, in which both times the team was sent home before the knock-out stages. Maybe last years controversy will be the worst it gets for this hugely talented bunch of individuals, as they seem united under Blanc, which wasn't the case under Domenech who was undermined at every turn (although apparently he picked teams based on star signs).

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Guest Post: "Farewell Joseph 'Pep' Guardiola, my son hardly knew thee"

On There Are No Easy Football Blogs At This Level, we see the game very much like a chess match, or a tactical puzzle. Today I am pleased to introduce Benjamin Bloom as a guest writer. He will be dropping by occassionally with an educated look at football culture and the myths that the media make. In his first post, he says goodbye to Pep Guardiola:

Never one who needs to be told to curb their enthusiasm, you'll have to forgive me for gushing but what more can be said about a man who has won 14 out of 19 trophy's available for his side to win, a man who has an an extraordinary record of 3.5 trophy's a year and has created what many think inside, and outside, of football to be the best club team ever. Well that was my dilemma when contemplating what I would write for an article to supplement Guardiola's departure from Barcelona. What could I say that people hadn't already said, but it was when watching Pep's last game in charge, the kings cup final against Athletic Bilbao, that I noticed my six week old son, Rudi, watching the TV screen with a look on his face only normally seen on the faces of people who can comprehend the beauty

UFEA EURO 2012 GROUP C: Can we have our ball back please?

                     By Carlos Zimmermann
A little look:

In the heat of the battle teams may get a rush of blood to the head, but like a Matador, Spain keep calm in the chaos, letting their opposition charge and tire while they swiftly take more than the ball from the grasps of their opponents. Spain qualified winning all eight games averaging 3.2 goals a game and conceding less than 1 goal a game. More impressively, they have won 42 out of the last 45 competitive games and are on track to be the first team to retain the European Championship. If they do so I feel, with the World Cup added to that list, you have a team that has to be mentioned in the same breath as the classic early Brazil team (yes I know this is sacrilegious but I feel that this team is too good for nostalgia to get in the way). Spain will miss the inclusion of their all-time top goal scorer David Villa (51) alongside their general Carlos Puyol, who would have been desperate to play and enter the 100 

Friday, 25 May 2012

UEFA EURO 2012... GROUP B: The Pick of Destiny

 By Carlos Zimmermann
A little look
Germany go into the Euro 2012 as one of the favourites, being one of the most successful nations and picking up the prize on no fewer then 3 occasions in '72, '80 and '96. They qualified with a 100% record collecting 34 goals on the way, only bettered by their arch rivals Holland who got 37. Germany are the gun slinger's of the Euro's, letting off 87 shots on their way to the big event, and even when they qualified they showed their killer instincts in beating Turkey and Belgium when their opponents needed to win the most. This squad can simply do everything: they control the game more then they used to and can simultaneously switch formations. I believe that they will stick with the tried and tested 4-2-3-1 formation for this tournament.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

UEFA EURO 2012.. GROUP A: The Forgotten Few

                                               By Carlos Zimmermann
A little look
People are never quite sure what to make of the hosts in a competition, by being granted free access to the tournament the team doesn't quite feel the same emotions in a friendly that you would do in a "squeaky bum time" qualifier. The flip side to this is that the team has no distractions, and has focused all their energies over the last two years on these Euros by picking the friendlies that would best suit their teams evolution, working solely on their own shape and  game plan rather than that of their opponents.The coach has chosen to go out with the old and in with the new, injecting a lot of enthusiasm into the side.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Bayern v Chelsea Post Match Review: The Good, the Bad and the Chelsea

      By Carlos Zimmermann 
The Champions League final was meant to be a show piece, a offering of the best that football could give, however the consensus is that Chelsea are the most uninspiring champions since the Marseilles "victory" in the 1st champions league way back in '93. The revolutionary football fans among us live and breathe for free-flowing creative football.  

Saturday, 19 May 2012

England's Mixed Bag

                                                          By Carlos Zimmermann

On the day of the selection of the England squad, we felt the same shock as the Harry fan club did with the appointment of Hodgson.

Eyebrows were raised with the inclusion of John Terry. The FA may have slightly pressured Hodgson down this route with the up-coming court case; the Terry camp might have pushed the fact that he was the England captain and a starter before the incident, and when you're innocent until proven guilty, not selecting him for the team could tarnish his name and, they could argue that this could damage his chances in court. The FA may have chosen not to open that can of worms.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Bayern Munich vs Chelsea: Pre-Match Analysis

                                                By Carlos Zimmermann

May 19th will start just like any other day for most of us, but for the selected few this day would be their destiny, a long and arduous path that started for Bayern on the 17th of August in the play-offs with a 3-0 aggregate win over Zenit. For Bayen all roads lead home, and that is where the heart is. The heart of this club beats for the symbolic legendary status the UEFA Champions League brings. Go to Munich and you will see how passionate the fans are and how they still hold the team of the 70's in such high regard. “With the right kind of eye you can see the high watermark the place where the waves broke and rolled back" Nostalgia is wonderful but we are in the here and now so lets take a look at the 2012 final and how the teams compare.

Hobson's Choice

                                                  By Carlos Zimmermann

Many of the hardcore premier league fans might have woken up last weekend with a fuzzy head -a hangover of sorts- not from drinking, but from arguably the most intoxicating season in living memory. For those of us who find the break-up hard, there is a more than adequate rebound, so the people of this good nation cast their eyes across the seas, to the continent and the beauty that is the UEFA EURO 2012.

Monday, 14 May 2012

The Mysterious Three

                                                   By Carlos Zimmermann

This season in the English Premier League, we have been exposed 
to the delights of the 3-4-3 counter-attacking formation, that Wigan's Roberto Martinez has applied at some stages of this season. I am a big admirer of Martinez and the strength of character he and his team hold to continue to play the passing game while under so much pressure from the opposition's team as well as their own fans.