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Thursday, March 09, 2006

"We're calling him the young player of the year, but he's only 20 years old."

TDH would like to do a public service to European scouts by occasionally telling them about players to watch for in the Copa Libertadores. Yeah, you're welcome.

Last night TDH saw Wason Renteria of Porto Alegre's Internacional come on against Pumas and change the game right away. The Colombian's first touch was a poached goal, and then he put on a show. It's rare to see a big man (6'1" or 186 cm) with such a combination of balance, tricks and strength. He's 20 years old and scored twice against Italy in last year's World Youth Championship.

Also at the top of the list is Humberto Suazo of Chile's Colo Colo. The stocky striker is surprisingly slippery and scored a hat-trick against mighty Chivas. He's like a battery cell, never stops running, and he's only 24. Plus, his name is fun to say.

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Jack Charlton must be driving brother Bobby crazy with his apostasy about Rio, but let's face it - the man's got a point when he says English defenders, specifically Rio, shouldn't play football. The team has plenty of midfielders to do that. Just get the ball out of the box, thank you very much.

And as for Sol being past it, well, he might have a good World Cup left in him if he can get his head straight. After that, hmmm....

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By now many of you may have seen Riquelme's supposed wondergoal ("Golazo! Golimpico!" raved the completely unbiased local commentators) against Alaves at the weekend. Basically it was a corner with fairly good pace that curled straight into the goalkeeper's body. He muffed it and the ball crossed the line.

Seriously, corners directed into the goal mouth itself are a keeper's dream - it's when they arrive head-high on the six-yard line that the problems usually start.

2 Comments:

Blogger The American Geordie said...

BULLETIN: Tevez is lying on the pitch in pain at Tigres, begging for a substitution. After the Messi scare, this must be driving Pekerman crazy. As the commentators said, this will be the big news in Argentina tomorrow.

3:34 AM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

well, the CL draw was just made. I presume you'll post about it, but the pick of the ties are Arsenal v. Juve and Lyon v. Milan. The latter in particular should be a feast of attacking football. I expect Juve to play Arsenal on the break, and be very defensive.

12:26 PM  

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