Saturday, November 15, 2008
The only positive....all three teams will be coming to OT and I wish we will show them....beat them stupid when they come.
GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED!!!!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Rodrigo Possebon - He was as cool as cucumber in the middle of the field. He covered the back four while letting the likes of Anderson and Nani joined the attack. He was confident with the ball and his passing vision was superb. The only blip was his injury from a bad tackle by Boro's captain, Pogatetz, who deservedly got a red card. Carrick might want to look back and work hard cos Possebon is knocking on the door.
Danny Welbeck - At only 17, Welbeck was impressive in his full start for United. He was a constant threat infront of goal and only 2 saves from the Boro keeper denied him a goal. His link up play with the other forwards was excellent and he is not one to give up on a chase. If Berba think he can slide his way into the first eleven, he might want to think again as this young lad might have something to say. Manucho who came in the last 7 minutes might want to knock Berba's head and wake him up a bit.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Who do I think will win? I just have this sneaky feeling that Spain is gonna add to the 1964 European Championship. They cruise through the championship so far and were fantastic in the semi against Russia. Although David Villa is out due to injury but Spain have players who can certainly step up and make a difference in the game just like Fabregas who came on for Villa and inspired the semi win against Russia. And don't forget, they still have Torres upfront and we know what this boy can do. Germany might be without Ballack tonight and that might cost them. He was excellent in the semi and had been an inspired leader on the field. I can’t really see anyone else taking over his place if he really does not play. For Spain for me but if you are a betting man, just choose the opposite. You know what I did to Portugal and Holland.
The Ronaldo transfer saga is still not over. Nobody knows whether he will be wearing a red or white jersey come August. Latest news, he will be back for pre-season training but maybe just to pack his things before leaving for Madrid. Like everyone else, we just have to wait. Do I want him to stay or go? He is an out of this world player and to loose him would be a blow to United. He is still a young player and still developing and it would be a shame if United can’t hold on to him but I am always a firm believer that a club is always bigger than a player. If he wants to go and believes he belong to another team, let him go. We don’t need players who don’t want to be part of the team. We need players who go out on the field and play their hearts for us. If Madrid wants him for ₤80m, sell him and just imagine the players we can buy to make the squad stronger.
The futsal tournament kat office came to its conclusion this week. Our team made it to the QF but because we came 2nd in the group stages, we had to meet Finace Team A (Turkey) and we lost 1-0. Turkey ends up as the champion beating France (Customer Service) 2-0. So, now all of us have to work till 6 and no more lepaking at Townhall and makan free popcorn and drinks….hmmm…it is gonna be hard. Oooo….France’s cheerleading team won the Cheerleading competition and to be honest, there was no contest. If you have 3 gorgeous fe”male” who can shake their booties like there is no tomorrow, you are bound for greatness.
There are so many movies coming out thick and fast that I and the missus missed some of them. We have not watch Narnia, Hulk, Get Smart and Wanted….and there is more to come. We just need to come out with a plan and of course a budget (since the fuel price is really hitting me hard) to catch the movies….some movies are meant to watch in a cineplex u know. Hmmmm… but I do have to make sure I’ll get Wanted dvd though. Don’t ask me why ok…..it’s Jolie ok.
Music…hmmmm…still listening to the same materials since the last update. Anyone who cares to read my blog checked them out? What do u guys think? Ok…now I nak suggest a couple more. Adele if you like Duffy or Amy Winehouse….and Augustana new album Can’t Love Can’t Hurt. Do check them out…. I would not have suggested you guys to listen to them if they are no good right?? Ermmm….they are good you know..try listening to it dulu lah ye.
Well…I think that’s it for now. No bad eh….2 posts in a month….horaayyyy!!!
Monday, June 16, 2008
But if I have to choose the two teams that will battling it out in the finals, base on current form, I would say Portugal and Holland. Portugal with Ronaldo is looking dangerous and with the soon to be Chelski manager Scolari, they do have a manager that knows how to win but Holland is looking like a different class when they beat Italy and France convincingly. For a neutral like me, that would be a mouth watering clash. But Spain is definitely with a chance but they do have to meet Holland in the semi. David Villa is scoring for fun and increasing his salary demand with every goal he scored.
Exciting times at the office now. We are having our own version of Euro at the office…..a futsal competition. There are 16 teams consisting of all the departments in the company and the team names are..well, base on the nations competing in Euro’08. And yours truly is in team Poland…and unlike the real Poland team, we are through to the quarterfinal after 2 wins in 2 matches. We have a top of the group decider this Thursday against Croatia but a draw would be good enough for us to emerge as group champion. As you can see, I am excited about the whole thing..something to look forward to when you are starting to get a bit mengantuk petang-petang at work.
What else ya….hmmm…oh yeah, I am currently listening to Ingrid Michaelson (Girls and Boys), The National(Boxer) and A Fine Frenzy (One Cell in The Sea) and I am just loving the music they are making. The kind of songs that you can listen to when you are caught in a jam to calm you down or with a good book on a breezy day on a lazy Sunday. The vocals are amazing and the lyrics are beautiful. If you are tired of Flo-Rida, Timbaland, Mariah Carey and maybe One Republic…maybe you should try giving these 3 a try.
My current tv addiction….Chuck. Why? Because the nerds are the heroes!!! But seriously, it is a good show. Zach Levi and Joshua Gomez are funny and Yvonne Strahovski makes me wish all the country’s secrets are downloaded into my brain and they have to send an agent to protect me. And that is before the missus deleted all the secrets and kicks the agent’s arse.
Well, that’s all for now….ahhhh. Finally, an update. Hopefully the next one will be much sooner.
p/s: Was planning to attach some pixs to make the posting nampak cantik...but MALAS!!!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Now....proving the best in England is the easy part....now to Moscow. Full speed ahead you Red Devils!!!
Saturday, March 01, 2008
But to be fair, Spurs does look like a different team under Ramos. Spurs is playing attractive football and there is a sense of believe in the players that was lost under Jol before. Now they are chasing the UEFA Cup which Ramos had won 2 seasons in a row with Seville. The main thing for everyone connected with Spurs is to be patient and give Ramos time to develop. We might see Spurs in the fold in a couple of seasons. But bila fikir balik, didn’t they say Jol might be the saviour and make Spurs great again about 2-3 seasons ago and we know apa dah jadi ngan En Jol kan?
While Spurs is bathing in their glory and looking to brighter days ahead, the team they beat that day seems to be in trouble pulak. Off the pitch problems are appearing all over the papers….Kapitan Terry nak balun Ten Cate sampai orang kaya Chelski En Roman buat emergency meetings to clear straighten things up, Chelsea seems to be giving up on keeping 2 of their most important player in the shape of Lampard and Drogba (who I think may join Mourinho kat Barca…hmmmm) and their coach ponteng kelas and might not be their manager next season. Apparently, Rijkaard is rumoured tengah dipancing to be the new manager..Interesting. Aiyoo…. Apa dah jadi? Well...kena tunggu lah how do they react in this weekend game against West Ham. Yang pasti, Grant is very unhappy with the bad media reports surrounding his team for the past week.
But I think the talk of the week was the sickening Eduardo’s leg break. Masa game tu I was out with the missus and only watch the 2nd half of the game while we had our dinner kat Chilli’s 1U. I only knew about the leg break when I was already at home and checking the net for the game summary. It makes me cringe when I youtube the tackle. It reminds me of that Smith’s leg break a couple of seasons ago. For the faint hearted, mintak tolong jangan tengok the pix below.
What's the deal with Gallas when Birmingham was awarded the penalty. Cam budak kecik je...he was sulking and running all the way down the field. I mean, if you are upset pun, you have to be professional lah kan...no matter how passionate you are or maybe it was the emotion seeing your team mate suffered a horrible injury..but don't lah sulk cam a 3 year old.
Well ok…now for my predictions for this week matches. Last week I got the Birmingham-Arsenal result spot on. Yang lain tu..well, at least I got some of the winners’ right…..So, my prediction this week:
Arsenal 3 Aston Villa 1
Birmingham City 1 Tottenham Hotspurs 1
Derby County 1 Sunderland 2
Fulham 0 Manchester Utd 3
Middlesbrough 2 Reading 0
Newcastle Utd 1 Blackburn Rovers 2
West Ham Utd 1 Chelsea 1
Manchester City 2 Wigan Athletic 0
Bolton Wanderers 2 Liverpool 2
Everton 2 Portsmouth 1
Last week result:
Birmingham City 2 (McFadden 28’,90’) Arsenal 2 ( Walcott 50’,55’)
Fulham 0 West Ham 1 (Solano 87’)
Liverpool 3 (Torres 28’,29’,61’) Middlesbrough 2 (Tuncay 9’; Downing 83’)
Portsmouth 1 (Defoe 69’-pen) Sunderland 0
Wigan Athletic 2 (Schaner 61’; Valencia ’85) Derby County 0
Newcastle Utd 1 (Faye 79’) Manchester Utd 5 (Rooney 25’,81’; Ronaldo 45’,56’; Saha 90’)
Reading 1 (Shorey 90’) Aston Villa 2 (Young 45’; Harewood 84')
Blackburn Rovers 4 (McCarty 25’-p,67’-p; Bentley ’71; Pedersen 90’) Bolton Wanderers 1 (Davies 50’)
Manchester City 0 Everton 2 (Yakubu 30’; Lescott 38’)
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Fulham 1 West Ham 1
Liverpool 2 Middlesbrough 1
Portsmouth 2 Sunderland 0
Wigan Athletic 3 Derby County 0
Newcastle Utd 0 Manchester Utd 3
Reading 2 Aston Villa 1
Blackburn Rovers 1 Bolton Wanderers 0
Manchester City 1 Everton 1
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
There’s no EPL(or is it BPL now?) matches this weekend…so all you fantasy football managers’ out there can just sit back and not worry if your players are injured or suspended and if any team is taking on Derby so you can score more points.
This week is all about one of the oldest cup competition in the world, The FA Cup and it is the round of 16. There are surprisingly only 6 Premier league teams in this round and we might end up with only one top flight team in the quarter final after all the matches are played. Hmmm….that would definitely be interesting but would be a big disaster for the TV stations lah…honestly, who nak tengok a Preston V Huddersfield final? Personally, I wouldn’t.
It is really hard nak review some of the matches cos kat Malaysia ni we don’t get a chance to actually watch some of the teams like Bristol Rovers or Cardiff play every week. So, kenalah buat research sikit about the teams, their current performance and their players so I can give a fair review, for people who care lah. For those who don’t give a damn, it will actually be a good read before u go to sleep u know. The missus can attest to that claim.
So here we go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bristol Rovers (League 1) V Southampton (Championship)
Venue: The Memorial Stadium
Bristol Rovers had not lost at home and only lost once in all competition since the turn of the year while Southampton form took a dip since beating Bury in the round of 32 in the FA cup. The Saints had failed to win in the last 4 games, losing 3 out of the 4.
According to form, The Pirates have the upper hand and looks good to make it to the quarter finals which they last achieved in 1958. It will be a close game as Southampton is in the league above with a few players who have experience performing in the big stage but I do think Bristol will pull it through especially with their good home record so far.
Score Prediction: Pirates to win 2-1
Best Achievement in the FA Cup:
Bristol Rovers – QF 1951, 1958
Southampton – Winners 1976
FA Cup Head to Head record – Bristol Rover 1W, 0D, Southampton 2W
Last match - 1980/81 Round 4 Southampton 3 Bristol Rovers 1
Cardiff City (Championship) V Wolverhampton Wanderers (Championship)
Venue: Ninian Park
Cardiff is just above Wolves in the Championship only due to goal difference. It will be a hard fought match and The Bluebirds would definitely want to avenge their defeat at home in the league back in October. Cardiff does have Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in the squad and he will definitely be a threat to the Wolves defence and luckily for them Robbie “The God” Fowler will not be involved due to hip injury.
It is a hard match to call with both sides is aiming for that money spinning quarter final place. I think it will be a hard fought English football style draw.
Score Prediction: It will be a 0-0 or 1-1 draw
Best Achievement in the FA Cup:
Cardiff City – Winners 1927
Wolves – Winners 1893, 1908, 1949, 1960
FA Cup Head to Head record – Cardiff 1W, 1D, Wolves 1W
Last match – 1920/21 Semi-final (R) Cardiff 1 Wolves 3
Chelsea (Premiership) V Huddersfield (League 1)
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Huddersfield is the lowest ranking team left in the competition and their wonderful run look set to be ended in this round. Chelsea will be too good for the Terriers and will be hoping that it will not be a drubbing. Chelsea is facing Olympiacos in mid-week so they might be taking it easy after scoring the 2nd goal.
It will be an easy win for Chelsea but Huddersfield with Frank Sinclair, the former FA Cup winner with Chelsea back in 1997, will try to tackle their way into Chelsea’s defence.
Score Prediction: A 3-0 win for The Blues.
Best Achievement in the FA Cup:
Chelsea – Winners 1970, 1997, 2000, 2007
Huddersfield – Winners 1922
FA Cup Head to Head record – Chelsea 3W, 1D, Huddersfield 1W
Last match – 2005/06 Round 3 Chelsea 2 Huddersfield 1
Liverpool (Premiership) V Barnsley (Championship)
Liverpool is playing at home against a mid-table Championship team…any fool would be crazy to bet against The Reds losing. Liverpool is virtually out of the league title race and facing a rather daunting task of trying to get past the mighty Inter Milan in the last 16 round of the Champions League, it does seems like that the FA Cup might provide them with a silverware for a clearly disappointing season after a promising start.
The Tykes are struggling away from home and Anfield is a tough place to go. It would definitely be good for them to look at what Havant & Waterloo did well in the last round and maybe take advantage of Liverpool having one eye on the Inter match. But I do believe Liverpool are just too good for the Tykes and will book their place in the last 8.
Score Prediction: Liverpool 3 Barnsley 0
Best Achievement in the FA Cup:
Liverpool – Winners 1965, 1974, 1986, 1989, 1992, 2001, 2006
Barnsley – Winners 1912
FA Cup Head to Head record – Liverpool 4W, 1D, Barnsley 0W
Last match – 1984/85 Round 6 Barnsley 0 Liverpool 4
Coventry City(Championship) V West Bromwich Albion (Championship)
Venue: Ricoh Arena
Another all Championship match in the cards and the last time West Brom visited Ricoh Arena, they came away with a 4-0 win. If you take into account their league position, West Brom does have the upper hand. While The Baggies are chasing for a promotion, The Sky Blues are fighting their way out of the relegation zone but suprisingly they are doing well in cup cempetitions this season. They had beaten Man Utd at Old Trafford in the Carling Cup tie and also beaten Blackburn Rovers 4-1 in the 3rd round.
West Brom form has not been at its best latelt and Coventry seems to a different opposition in the cup. So I am going for a win for the Sky Blues. Who knows they might get Man Utd in the next round and beat them for a place in the semi final? Who knows?
Score Prediction: They met twice in the league and both had been high scoring games. I don’t think it will be the same as the stakes are different here. Im going for a 2-1 win for the Sky Blues.
Best Achievement in the FA Cup:
Coventry – Winners 1987
West Brom – Winners 1888, 1892, 1931, 1954, 1968
FA Cup Head to Head record – Coventry 2W, 2D, West Brom 3W
Last match – 1994/95 Round 3(R) West Brom 1 Coventry 2
Man Utd (Premiership) V Arsenal (Premiership)
Venue: Old Trafford
Everyone in the world is looking forward to this game after the draw was made. After this match, one of the team have to say goodbye to their treble dream. Man Utd is suffering a little set back in recent weeks after only able to take 1 point from the last two league matches and the derby lost was definitely a kick to the mouth for United. Arsenal took advantage of the situation and opened up a 5 points lead in the league. Arsenal are riding high on confidence and looking for another great performance at the Old Trafford.
Man Utd will look to this game to erase their recent poor run and put pressure on The Gunners and will hope they can beat The Red Devils to further dent the team confidence and morale. This may be a different competition but many sees that the winner of this match will carry on the momentum to win the league title. It will be a display of two top marksmen in the league so far in the form of Devil's Ronaldo and Gunner's Adebayor. Both looking to add on to their amazing goal tally.
A replay is definitely a no-no for both teams with the amount of important games ahead. It is a tough game to call and the head to head record showed both team are par with each other but I think United might nick this one. Rooney is back and he will bring that sting and spirit that was definitely lost in that derby match. His performance will be the difference to seperate the two sides in this match.
Score Prediction: A hard fought and interesting 1-0 win to United.
Best Achievement in the FA Cup:
Man Utd – Winners 1909, 1948, 1963, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004
Arsenal – Winners 1930, 1936, 1950, 1971, 1979, 1993, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005
FA Cup Head to Head record – Man Utd 5W, 2D, Arsenal 5W
Last match - 2004/2005 Final Arsenal 0 Man Utd 0 (Arsenal win 5-4 on penalties)
Sheffield United (Championship) V Middlesbrough (Premiership)
Venue: Bramall Lane
Losing your manager before an important match is not ideal for any team but The Blades will have to deal with it. The new manager, Blackwell, will hope that the couple of days he had with the team will be enough to tackle another premiership team. They had knocked out Bolton and Man City from the competition and will definitely hope Boro will be added to that list.
Boro had not lost in the last 7 games and seems to turn their luck around since the new year. They had secured an important player for the team when Downing signed a new 5 year-deal and that would definitely lift up the team. With Alliadiare looking like a re-born player up front, Boro looks set to add more misery to the Blades.
Score Prediction: Downing to score in a 2-1 win for Boro.
Best Achievement in the FA Cup:
Sheffield Utd – Winners 1899, 1902, 1915, 1925
Middlesbrough – Runners Up 1997
FA Cup Head to Head record – Sheffield Utd 1W, 1D, M’boro 0W
Last match - 1922/23 Round 2(R) Sheffield Utd 3 M’boro 0
Preston North End (C) V Portsmouth (P)
Preston was the surprise winner from the last round when they beat Premiership side Derby…hmmm….ok lah, kira a surprise. But Portsmouth is a different side from the sorry Derby. With their African stars back in the team, Pompey will sail through this round. It will be a heart breaking end for the once an invincible team but they are just not good enough. It will be smarter to concentrate on their relegation dog fight in the Championship.
Score Prediction: Preston 0 Portsmouth 2
Best Achievement in the FA Cup:
Preston – Winners 1889, 1938
Portsmouth – Winners 1939
FA Cup Head to Head record – Portsmouth 2W, 0D, Preston 1W
Last match - 1947/48 Round 4 Portsmouth 1 Preston 3
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I decided that the trend will stop now. There will only be sports postings on this blog. There will be no more whining, no more feeling bad for oneself…no more!!! Well…unless the whining and the feeling bad for oneself are connected to sports, then it is allowed. This blog will talk everything the wonderful world of sports have to offer…..except for the very confusing sport of cricket. I honestly don’t even know how they score points in that game. Once I figure it out, maybe I will be reviewing the Cricket World Cup??
So, welcome to the wonderful world of sports from me, your host, Gagak Merah. I hope I am able to cater to your needs and demands.
P/S : Happy birthday Ayieh!!!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
I understand, when a person comes into a place where everyone had known each other since the beginning of time, or in this case, for almost 10 years of working together…it is kinda hard to knock that door and join in to be part of that group. Hearing the crazy and sad things they had shared all these years made u realize that they are just not colleagues, they are close friends. And for a person like me, where I sometimes wonder what else can I do with my mouth other than to eat....it is not easy. Unlike my better half who can just walk into a room full of strangers and in less than 5 minutes after that will make them feel like they had been friends for years. I wish I have that confidence and aura sometimes….
On Fridays, while the others pergi solat Jumaat in groups, I’ll be going alone..and having lunch alone I must add too. It does sound sad and pathetic huh…but some of you might say and think…open lah the mouth. Try lah tanya if you can join them. Well friends, I did that a few times before and I never thought that I needed to ask them every single time lah right? Malu lah pulak cos you do hope someone would actually come up to you at 11.30 Friday morning saying, “Kau ikut sama ke nanti solat Jumaat?”… So far, when it’s 12.45pm on a Friday….. I angkat kepala, I ‘ll be the only muslim guy still around. Just to pujuk myself, I like to think that there are not enough space for me to fit in the car. I am quite a large human being anyway...yeah, that must be it...rite?
Well, the least I can do is to take the positives from the whole situation...I lost 3 inches from my waist since the lunch skipping and I don’t have to worry about having enough money for lunch. I don’t need it and I get to do a little bit of savings.
For the people who knows me, am I not likeable? What can I do?