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Man of the Weekend: Jean-François BĂ©dĂ©nik

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When TA Rennes met Vannes OC in the Championnat de France Amateur 2 (CFA 2) last evening, I bet they weren’t expecting Jean-François BĂ©dĂ©nik to be a literal wall especially during a crucial penalty save. Vannes won the match 3-0, but I still can’t over the goalie’s Man of the Match performance. 

THE SAVES:

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One more season won’t hurt

I planned on closing My Heart Beats Football after Euro 2016, but I’ve been requested to continue it, so I guess it’ll be open for one season more.  Also, I’ve been asked by sever
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I had planned on closing My Heart Beats Football after Euro 2016, but I’ve been requested to continue it, so I guess it’ll be open for one season more. 

Also, I’ve been asked by several people if I can do another football fan fic with the Les Bleus coach and his identical twin. However, they want to see him at none other than FC Barcelona. I’m thinking about it given that Marcus is a patriotic son of a gun who cares nothing for the Liga. We’ll see how/if that takes off when the new season of football begins.

Bring on the new season!

Posted in Beautiful Moments In The Beautiful Game, FC Barcelona, Goals/Saves I Like, La Liga, MILESTONES/HISTORY

Lionel Messi scores his 500th goal for FC Barcelona against rivals at the BernabĂ©u

Lionel Messi scores his 500th goal to win El Clasico

I LOVE THIS TEAM!

Lionel Messi scored his 46th and 47th goals of the season as FC Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-2 at the Bernabéu. But it was no easy feat.

Casemiro put Madrid ahead in the 28th minute, but Barcelona was not going to sit down and let their rivals run the show. Messi latches onto a pass from Rakitic and darts pass Carvajal before driving his shot low under Keylor Navas to put Barcelona at 1-1. Casemiro was even lucky to be still on the pitch after bringing down Leo. 

The second half was equally fast-paced. Rakitic scored a STUNNER to put Barcelona ahead, but James had other plans when he pulled Madrid equal in the 85th minute after Ramos got sent off for a disgusting tackle on Messi. But Leo was not finished yet. In the 92nd minute, he scored his 500th goal for the club.

Yes, the yellow card was worth it! Leo couldn’t contain his passion and I

And I also want to give kudos to my boy Andre Gomes for his part in Leo’s 500th goal. Gomes is someone I’ve been throwing my support behind since day one because I know what the kid is capable of. He had a good match today and I am pleased. Leo is now the top scorer of El Clasico. He also has the most La Liga goals and assists.

CONGRATS ON YOUR 500TH LEO! HERE’S TO LOTS MORE!

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Argentina do not deserve to qualify for World Cup if they’re only going to keep depending on Messi

Argentina is WORTHLESS without their talisman Messi and it’s a shame.

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Argentina is a rubbish team. There, I said it. The team (and coach for that matter) is Messi dependent whether they want to believe it or not. Without Messi they are mediocre. Heck! Even with Messi, they are mediocre! Messi cannot always carry the team. They should be willing to step up and deliver with or without Leo.

Well, Leo is banned for 4 World Cup qualifiers which had included the ill-fated match against Bolivia recently. Argentina lost 2-0 and fell to fifth place and they’re in danger of missing the World Cup. According to FIFA, Leo had displayed “offensive behavior” towards the assistant, which Leo vehemently denied saying that his insult was aimed at the air. This happened during the Chile game in which Leo scored the only goal. I don’t care if the insult was aimed at the air, Leo had no right knowing that every eye was on him, cameras included. I can understand his frustration then, but footballers have to remember that they’re exemplary figures on/off the pitch. Leave that stuff for the locker room.

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But Leo’s ban can be a good thing for Argentina as unfair as it is. This means the team has to work harder and show Leo that they can manage without him. They need to show that they can qualify for the World Cup as Leo wait to lead them. This team cannot go into the World Cup expecting to ride on Leo’s back. He has led Argentina to 3 finals and he is under pressure to deliver. The team needs to ease up some of that burden.

Along the way, the coach needs to go. He is not fit to manage Argentina. And if they cannot fix the problems within the team, then Argentina can kiss WC 2018 good bye. 

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Posted in Les Bleus, World Cup 2018

Olivier Giroud joins France’s top 10 record goal scorers

The road to Russia is a long one, but the French are doing enough in their group to make sure to stay on top of their game.

My eyes were on Olivier Giroud for Luxembourg v France and he did not disappoint. He struck twice in our 3-1 victory and he’s now in the top 10 goal scorers for Les Bleus.

In the 28th minute, Les Bleus went ahead after Giroud latched onto Djibril SidibĂ©’s pass. Luxembourg swiftly reacted by putting away a penalty six minutes later to tie things up at 1-1 after Matuidi brought down Daniel Da Mota in the area. Three minutes later, Griezmann saw that Les Bleus was back in front with a well-taken penalty after SidibĂ© was fouled by Da Mota.

Benjamin Mendy, one of the best passers in Europe, lived up to his reputation in the 77th minute when he assisted Giroud’s wicked header. Hot property Kylian MbappĂ© earned his first cap for Les Bleus when he replaced Payet in the 78th minute. 

Les Bleus now have 13 points from 5 games ahead of the qualifier against Sweden on June 9th.

Posted in Beautiful Moments In The Beautiful Game, Champions League, FC Barcelona, MILESTONES/HISTORY

FC Barcelona and the greatest comeback in football history

“All the glory and honor to you God. Nothing’s impossible for the one who believes in You.” Neymar

Last evening, FC Barcelona sent the footballing world into a frenzy after pulling off the impossible: overturning a 4-0 deficit in the history of football. No other teams had ever done so previously!

Touted as the greatest comeback in football history, FCB showed the world why they’re FCB. Their 6-1 was a far cry from the 4-0 defeat away to PSG a few weeks ago. With two goals from Neymar, one from Leo, one from Roberto, the opener from Luis and the own goal from Kurzawa, FCB happily booked their ticket to the quarters. Edinson Cavani was the only goal scorer for the Parisien side.

Posted in Announcements/Official Stuff, MILESTONES/HISTORY

French winners in London: N’golo and Hugo

N’Golo KantĂ© and Hugo Lloris won big at the recently held London Football Awards. 

KantĂ© was instrumental in Leicester winning the EPL last season and now he’s helping Chelsea top the table at the moment. I once joked that if you want to win the League, then but N’Golo. Looks like it wasn’t a joke after all.

Kanté won London Premier League Player of the Year.

As for Hugo Lloris, he took home the award for Goalkeeper of the Year. Well deserved, Oogo!

I am very happy for these guys. Congratulations and keep flying the French flag high.

 

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Griezmann is Superman

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I am over the moon excited for the upcoming LEGO Batman movie and now Antoine Griezmann as the voice of Superman (my favorite superhero) made me a bit more excited. However, Griezmann would only feature in the French edition of the film. That’s too bad, but it’s a great opportunity for him.

The announcement via his Facebook page:

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Man of the week: Olivier Giroud!

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On Sunday, Olivier Giroud scored a stinging scorpion kick against Crystal Palace earning him an early contender for goal of the season.

And it was wickedly delicious! 

Last evening, the Frenchman help Arsenal come back from 3-1 against Bournemouth by being involved in all 3 goals (2 assists), the equalizer he ended up scoring (3-3). Continue to do you, boy!

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Posted in Beautiful Moments In The Beautiful Game, FC Barcelona

Moment of the week: Murtaza meeting Messi

Football isn’t only about kicking a ball around the pitch for 90 plus minutes to win the game. It’s also about the professional conduct of the players and the little gestures that they show their fans. 

Yesterday, six-year-old Murtaza met his hero for the first time and it took social media by storm. It started when a series of tweets showed the little boy playing football in a plastic bag Argentina #10 jersey. This story touched millions of hearts even Leo who wanted to get in touch with the child.

Leo eventually sent Murtaza his national team and club jerseys respectively and they finally met yesterday in Doha where Barcelona was present for a friendly against Al Ahli. Barcelona won 5-3, but the result didn’t matter. At least not for me where little Murtaza was concerned.