Posted in Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Tournaments/Other Football

Catching up with PSG and Cavani’s man bun

Paris Saint-Germain is currently competing in the ICC  (International Champions Cup).

Last evening, PSG humbled Real Madrid 3-1 with goals coming from debutant Thomas Meunier (2) and Jonathan Ikone (1). The Parisians are on a roll this pre-season having already won two friendlies against West Brom and Inter Milan. However, all eyes were on Edinson Cavani’s man bun.

Have you never seen Edi with a man bun before?

Edi sent the Twitterverse wild with this look:

International Champions Cup 2016 - Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain

Some thought he looked great, one thought he looked like a Latin lady with his hair up (to be fair, Edi has always been slender, lean, beautiful, and easy on the eyes 😛 ), and I’m sitting there thinking: have they never seen Edi with a man bun before? I mean…

Whether his hair is worn up, down, in a bun, wild, whatever, I have no problem with it because he has healthy shiny perfect hair and he is allowed to do what he wants with it… except cut it or dye it. 

Cavani is the proud owner of the sexiest hair in football.

Cavani had a bit of a frustrating evening, though. The ball just wouldn’t go in for him. At one point he managed to find the back of the net only to be ruled offside. Twitterverse went wild again for all the wrong reasons. As a fan of Edi’s, I admit I do get mad at him for missing easy sitting chances, but I won’t worry about him this season. I think Cavani is going to do just fine. If not, then feel free to drag me at the end of the season. For now…

Just had to make this post about Cavani. No apologies. It’s been a long time!

Watch the highlights from the match here:

Posted in FC Barcelona, Goals/Saves I Like, Tournaments/Other Football

Whoa Leo! You’re something else!

Last evening, FC Barcelona beat their Catalan rivals Espanyol 4-1 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey round of 16. Lionel Messi played a role in all four goals, scoring two and assisting the other 2 (Pique & Neymar). Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan made their debuts and fared well, but it was the Messi show.

Iniesta also played a spectacular game!

Watch the goal highlights of the match below. Leo’s free kick is my goal of the week, but that visionary pass back for Neymar had me begging for more.

Posted in FC Barcelona, Goals/Saves I Like, Tournaments/Other Football

FC Barcelona are the champions of Europe

“He deserved it for everything he has given and continues to give the club. I don’t know what will happen with him – it’s a decision he has to take – but whatever he does, he deserves it.”

Leo on Pedro scoring the winner 

Pedro came off the bench to win the UEFA Super Cup for FC Barcelona last evening in additional extra time. I had no doubt that Barcelona was going to win the Super Cup, but I just knew the score at regular stoppage time was going to be 4-4. My friend looked at me in disbelief when we were up 3-1 and said it was impossible for us to let a good lead slip away but I’ve seen it occur time after time and that’s why football is unpredictable.

Banega put Sevilla ahead in the 3rd minute with a lovely free kick. Not to be outdone, Messi equalized in the 7th minute with a better free kick and as if he had been practicing his free kicks while on vacation and couldn’t wait to show off, Leo claimed a brace in the 15th minute with another superb free kick. I’ve simply run out of words for his greatness.

Rafinha scored the 3rd goal in the 44th minute and when Suarez scored in the 52nd, it looked like smooth sailing for FCB, but I’ve learned not to celebrate a lead that big until the final whistle. Sevilla led an unlikely comeback in the 57th minute when Reyes scored from a Vitolo cross. Then Mathieu gave away a penalty when he tugged Vitolo to the ground. Gameiro stepped up to the hot spot and converted with ease. Sevilla saw redemption when Konoplyanka equalized in the 81st minute.

115th minute saw Leo’s rebound save by Beto, but a quick reacting Pedro pounced on the follow up to make it 5-4. Sevilla might have leveled once again had the ball not come off Adil Rami’s knee only for it to go wide, but 5-4 was enough at final whistle for the Catalan giants to add another piece of silverware in their cabinet.

“It is difficult, it is tasty, it’s ours! If it was easy, everyone could do this. Congrats to my team.”

Dani Alves

Leo scored two free kicks in the space of nine minutes. His 2nd free kick was my favorite goal of the game:

He was the Man of the Match.

Kudos to Emery’s men! They played like true champions. Although we won, we still have defensive work to do and I hope the coach works on it soon.

STATS! via @barcastuff

Messi is the first player ever to score two goals in the first half of a European Super Cup

> Luis Enrique became the 4th coach to win the European Super both as player and as coach, after Guardiola, Simeone and Ancelotti

Surpassing Madrid and AC Milan (20), Barcelona became club with most international trophies (21) in the history of football

> Sevilla coach Emery hasn’t won any of the 20 games his teams played against Barcelona (0w 6D 14L)

> Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta won their 25th trophy with Barcelona, equalling Xavi’s all-time club record

Surpassing Di Stefano (25), Messi has become the Argentine player with most trophies (26)

Scenes via Tumblr:

The Magician was overcome with emotion

Posted in FC Barcelona, Tournaments/Other Football

It doesn’t matter if it was a friendly, it was a red

Before I begin, here is the video footage of the incident:

Barcelona v AS Roma - Pre Season Friendly

Last evening, FC Barcelona might have beaten AS Roma 3-0 for the Joan Gamper Trophy and Leo might have help set up the first goal, and he might have scored a superb goal and Rakitic might have scored a cracker, but everyone is still focusing on that Leo-Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa incident.

Both Leo and Yanga-Mbiwa should have been sent off. Yanga-Mbiwa for provoking and Leo for retaliating with the headbutt and neck grab. I have no idea what Yanga-Mbiwa said or did to Messi but I don’t think Leo would have reacted the way he did if something was not said. It is not the first time Leo has reacted this way but we cannot expect him to stay calm all the time.

As I have been insisting all along, Leo is not a Saint. No one is. He is only human just like all of us, but when worshippers keep putting him on a pedastal and attaching his likeliness to that of a godly figure, they lose sight of how very human-like Leo is. Yes, it means he can lose his cool when we’re not expecting it and it also means he can react when provoked just like we mere mortals do sometimes. He was wrong to react that way seeing that he is a professional sportsman, but he rarely loses his cool unless he is threatened.

I know some people might say that footballers do it all the time, but because Leo is the universe’s greatest everyone would come down harder on him. At least he do not lash out on a regular basis when he is getting battered on the field, but it would have been nice if he had kept his cool.

Friendly or not, it was a football match and the last time I checked, the rules were not done away with. They should have been sent off and not given yellow cards. This incident does not take away anything from the man that is Lionel Messi. He is still the greatest player in the universe.

By the way, get a load of Leo’s toned body, eh?

Goal highlights from the game:

Posted in Tottenham Hotspur, Tournaments/Other Football

Lloris back between the sticks again!

HUUUUUUGGGGGGOOOOOO!!!!!

In The Safety Of Hugo Lloris' Gloves

Hugo Lloris came on as a substitute in the 55th minute last evening in the Audi Cup’s third- place play-off with AC Milan. His appearance might have given Spurs a big boost in hope of seeing him play the PL opener against Manchester United this Saturday, but I still think it’s a little bit risky as a broken wrist for a goalkeeper is not a little injury.

Spurs won the match 2-0.

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André-Pierre Gignac proves to be a shrewd signing as new side reaches Copa Libertadores final for the first time

When André-Pierre Gignac left the Ligue 1 for Tigres, I was flabbergasted at the bizarre transfer, but it looks like the Frenchman is enjoying himself at his new home.

Last evening, Tigres became the third Mexican side to reach the Copa Libertadores final after beating Internacional 4-3 on aggregate with Gignac scoring a lovely header to tie things up at 2-2. Tigres will face Argentina’s River Plate next week in the final. It is the first time that Tigres has reached a Copa Libertadores final.