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The Vélez Factory: a rare model of consistency

Instability in domestic club football is about as Argentine as steak, tango and dodgy barnets. With the managerial merry-go-round constantly spinning at a frenetic pace and clubs hampered by economic limitations, it all makes for a difficult environment for any sort of continuity.

As with anything though, there are exceptions to the rule and Vélez Sársfield provide one of the best models of a well-run club in the entire country. Unsurprisingly they have also been one of the most consistently successful over the past four years.

The appointments of club legends Christian Bassedas and Ricardo Gareca as director of football and manager respectively at the tail end of 2008 marked the beginning of el Fortín’s most fruitful period since the mid-nineties when José Luis Chilavert & co lifted the Copa Libertadores in 1994. The impact was immediate: In their first season Gareca led Vélez to the Clausura title, edging a wonderful, free-scoring Huracán side in dramatic fashion. The two sides met in the final game of the season with Vélez claiming a 1-0 victory courtesy of a late Maxi Moralez strike to leapfrog el Globo and snatch the title.

Vélez were once again challenging for honours in the 2010 Apertura going head-to-head with Alejandro Sabella’s Estudiantes but eventually fell just short, finishing the season second and a staggering 11 points ahead of nearest rivals Arsenal in third. Quite achievement in just a 19-game short tournament! The side from Liniers then managed to go one better in the following Clausura when they lifted the title once again, doing it in style with the dynamic front three of Ricky Álvarez, Maxi Moralez and Santiago Silva terrorising defences up and down the country.

Consecutive 3rd place finishes in the 2011/12 Apertura and Clausura have contributed to a hugely impressive three year point average – 1.968 points per game at the time of writing – that sees them sit head and shoulders above the rest of the league in the promedios.

What makes those achievements even more impressive is the fact that they regularly had to deal with the not insignificant challenges of continental football. The huge distances between countries – Buenos Aires to Mexico City is the equivalent of London to Mumbai – as well as the massive shifts in altitude and temperature all take their toll and domestic form often suffers as a result. Indeed no Argentinian club has ever won the league and Libertadores in the same season – Boca coming very close last year but ultimately returning empty handed being a perfect illustration.

However, Gareca’s men have expertly juggled the difficulties of competing on two fronts, reaching the Sudamericana semi-finals in 2010 and 2011 and still finishing 2nd and 3rd in the league, while an away goals loss to Peñarol kept them out of the 2011 Libertadores final in the same season they won the Clausura. Last season’s third place finish was coupled with a run to the Libertadores quarter-final where they were unfortunate to go out to reigning champions Santos on penalties. Much credit must be given to Gareca’s ability to rotate the squad to keep them simultaneously challenging in both competitions.

With no continental distraction for the first time in two years, Vélez have been able to focus fully on the league this past season. Newell’s set the early pace, playing some attractive possession-based football under Gerardo Martino in their hunt for a first title for in 20 years, and looked to be running away with the league. A first minute Maxi Rodríguez goal gave Newell’s a narrow 1-0 win over Vélez when the sides clashed midway through the Inicial (as it is now known) but, rather than sink Vélez’s hopes, it served as a catalyst for an impressive 7 wins from the following 8 – a loss against Boca the only blip – whilst Newell’s conversely seemed run out of steam with only one win and a catalogue of costly draws. A late surge from Lanús provided the most significant challenge but Vélez kept their heads to win their ninth ever title with one game to spare.

Surely this triumph should have come as no surprise? Placed in the context of a raft of key departures before the season though, this latest league title represents perhaps the crowning achievement for Gareca at Vélez. Out went the creative flair of Juan Manuel Martínez in a $7million deal to Corinthians while first choice and consistently excellent goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero left for River and defensive stalwart Fernando Ortiz joined Racing. What’s more, they also lost midfielders Augusto Fernández (Celta Vigo), David Ramírez (Godoy Cruz), Víctor Zapata (Independiente), and Héctor Canteros (Villarreal on loan), leaving Vélez with a young and largely inexperienced side.

Though admittedly not a new phenomenom, the cold hard economic realities mean that the loss of top players is endemic of the Argentinian game as a whole. Nevertheless, Vélez have grown accustomed to these departures and proved adept at adapting quickly. In recent years the attacking trident of Moralez, Silva and Álvarez that spearheaded their 2011 Clausura win all packed their bags for Serie A shortly after, while the likes of Jonathan Cristaldo and Nicolás Otamendi were also snapped up following decent performances under Gareca.

Their ability to continue to perform at the highest level despite this unfortunate but necessary situation can be contributed to a number of factors. Firstly, a sizeable portion of the money made from transfers is reinvested back into the club and has been used wisely to make smart purchases. This year, for example, Vélez beat off fierce competition to land promising striker Facundo ‘Chucky’ Ferreyra from Banfield for $1.6mil and the move has proved to be a masterstroke. Ferreyra has chipped in with 13 goals and has formed a decent partnership with Lucas Pratto who was himself initially brought in on loan in February to fill the hole left by Silva and has now made the move back permanent. Should Vélez cash in on Chucky in the future they are likely to make a tidy profit on their investment.

Secondly, Vélez possess one of the finest youth systems in Argentina. Many of their first teamers have come through the youth ranks such as record appearance holder Fabián Cubero, midfielders Ariel Cabral and Iván Bella and promising young defenders Gino Peruzzi and Fernando Tobio. Other notable alumni from their academy include Jonás Gutiérrez, Mauro Zarate and Diego Simeone to name but a few. Teenagers Brian Ferreira, Agustín Allione and Lucas Romero are the latest players this season to come from the relentless production line, making the seamless transition to the first team and have not looked out of place at all.

Thirdly – and perhaps most importantly – is that Bassedas and Gareca have managed to forge a footballing identity at Vélez. As former players who understand the club, they have created a great team spirit and a distinctive style of play which in turn facilitates the incorporation of their well-prepared younger squad members into the first team. It also makes them an attractive destination for players who want to develop in a stable environment, as displayed by Ferreyra’s decision to turn down offers from bigger clubs. Though the current side has not hit the heights of the 2010/11 side that played such beautiful passing football, Gareca has cleverly tweaked the style of play to compliment the abilities of the squad he possesses, moulding them into a more solid efficient outfit. Nevertheless, examples of that flowing football still exist such as the magnificent 19-pass goal versus Arsenal de Sarandí.

On top of these factors, it’s certainly true that Vélez benefit from less pressure and media attention than the traditional grandes. Though often derided for their supposed lack of support, the absence of a vocal barra brava has no doubt contributed to Gareca long tenure which, by Argentinian standards, seems an eternity.

With their latest piece of silverware, Vélez continue to set the bench mark for the rest of the league. Other notable examples such as Lanús and more recently Newell’s – unsurprisingly the sides also challenging for the title – prove that the tide may be beginning to turn. But, with Gareca and Bassedas at the helm, Vélez’s consistent achievement must be applauded and their success shows no signs of abating any time soon.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Panama vs. Costa Rica, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Preview


Panama and Costa Rica are both expected to be on the edge of World Cup qualification, making every match and every point vital.

The final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying gets underway this week, marking the start of the most fair and even way of determining a confederation´s World Cup representatives*. The region has narrowed its possible World Cup teams to six teams, which will be placed in a single group and compete home-and-away throughout 2013 to determine who earns a spot in Brazil.

* This is obviously aided by the small number of World Cup quality teams and spots in the World Cup allocated to CONCACAF.

The format puts incredible pressure on all teams involved. A bad weekend could see a team lose two matches and end up fighting an uphill battle to qualify and nobody feels the pressure more than those right on the edge of qualifying. The United States and Mexico, who have flirted with not qualifying and are not sure bets to qualify, should make it into the top three of the Hex, but the remaining teams have little room for error.

This cycle, two of the teams who will face immense pressure from the very first kick are Costa Rica and Panama, who kick off their Hex campaigns against each other on Wednesday in Panama City.

One of the most improved teams this cycle, Panama rides one of the best defenses in CONCACAF that allowed just two goals in the third round of qualifying. Anchored by Felipe Baloy, Panama is disciplined and physical at the back, which isn´t all that different than they are up front. With Blas Perez up top, Panama´s primary plan of attack is to beat up the opposing defense, which isn´t exactly, but can be pretty.

Los Canaleros´ World Cup hopes will not rest on trusted veterans Baloy and Perez, though. It will come to plays like Nelson Barahona, who bears much of the creative responsibility in the Panama midfield and will have to provide Perez with some support making runs behind the big hulking striker.

While Panama is searching for its first ever World Cup appearance, Costa Rica are looking to get back after missing out on South Africa in 2010. After qualifying for the World Cup in 2006, many expected Costa Rica to return in 2006, but they were edged out conceding in stoppage time in their final Hex match. Having given up the lead on what was essentially the last play of the Hex, the Ticos dropped two points and into fourth place, which forced them into a playoff that they lost.

Costa Rica are in a bit of a precarious position this cycle as they transition from an older generation of players to the new, talented, but somewhat inexperienced group. One of the few players in their prime that they do depend on is Alvaro Saborio, who has to be excellent for the Ticos to succeed, which he was in leading the semifinal round in scoring with six goals last round. Paired with Bryan Ruiz, who isn´t in the form he was three years ago, but is still very good, Costa Rica has quite a formidable pair of goal scorers.

The Ticos are actually overstocked up top, with Joel Campbell and Jairo Arrieta, but the big question for Costa Rica is how they sort out their midfield. Celso Borges and Christian Bolanos are extremely talented, but are shuttled in and out of the lineup by the curious Jorge Luis Pinto. If he continues to play musical chairs with his midfield, which has helped expose a sometimes shaky defense, the Ticos could be left watching the World Cup from home yet again.

Last cycle, Costa Rica missed out on third place and a guaranteed World Cup place on goal difference. The battle for qualifying gets that tight and should be just as hotly contested, only with more teams involved, this time around. CONCACAF isn´t as good at the top as it was four years ago, but it is deeper and it´s not a four team race this time. All six teams in the Hex can make a run and qualify, making every single match more important than ever before.

For Costa Rica and Panama, that starts on Wednesday in Panama City. Game on.
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Honduras vs. USA, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Preview

Jürgen Klinsmann´s United States team is still a work in progress heading into one of the deepest Hex tournaments ever. The good news for him is that this Honduras squad is weaker than the one that qualified for the 2010 World Cup.

The United States opens their Hex campaign on Wednesday against Honduras, who are a much different team than the one who had their hearts broken by Conor Casey, just a few days before they fell in love with Jonathan Bornstein.

With a healthy David Suazo and Wilson Palacios, Honduras would likely be able to challenge the United States and Mexico for the top spot in the final round of CONCACAF 2014 World Cup qualifying. Unfortunately for the small nation, which is dependent on once in a generation talents like any other nation its size, both players had the primes of their careers claimed too soon. Honduras is now a solid, but not great team, who has a very real chance of finishing last in the Hex.

They also have a chance to finish third, and will get off to a great start if they can manage a result against the United States on Wednesday. A draw would probably suit both teams just fine, which could make for an ugly and difficult to watch match. It´s unlikely to be enthralling stuff for the neutrals, especially given that CONCACAF officials have a tendency to be extremely lenient in big Hex games.

It´s difficult to say who will benefit more from a nasty and sloppy game. The United States aren´t likely to play their best technical players in every position and have plenty of players who are used to scrappy encounters. Clint Dempsey hasn´t been his best recently for Tottenham Hotspur, while Jozy Altidore isn´t a great fit in Klinsmann´s preferred slow, possession-based style, so a sloppy game could be good for both of them.

Honduras´ best players are, arguably, their defensive midfielders. Their last competitive match was a stunning 8-1 demolition of Canada, and they kept a clean sheet in four consecutive matches before that. They´re extremely difficult to break down, especially at home. The good news for the United States is that Los Catrachos´ captain and goalkeeper, Noel Valladares, is a bit erratic. He´s a much better player than he was during the last World Cup qualifying campaign, but is still good for the occasional howler.

The United States´ defensive midfielders are the backbone of their team as well, which is the biggest reason why neutrals are unlikely to enjoy the match. Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley and Danny Williams make up a rock-solid center, albeit one that is lacking in creativity. The USMNT´s previous weakness, fullback, is now also a major strength with Fabian Johnson and Timothy Chandler manning the flanks. Central defense is a question mark, but there are no bad options for Jürgen Klinsmann. It would be difficult to argue against the inclusion of any two of Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler, Carlos Bocanegra and Geoff Cameron. Behind them is the best goalkeeper on the continent, Tim Howard.

Of course, the U.S. has a tendency to let in silly goals, but their defense is as good as it´s been in recent years, and they also keep the ball better than any previous U.S. team. Preventing goals is not the issue, against Honduras or any other side. The question for the United States is how they´re going to score goals. Dempsey is not in terrific form, and has been played as a center forward recently for Tottenham. Landon Donovan has been left out of the team, and the U.S. currently has a shortage of true wingers. Dempsey, Altidore and Herculez Gomez are all capable finishers, but they need players to create for them, and it´s hard to tell who´s going to do the creating.

Goals will be at a premium on Wednesday, and whoever scores first -- if either team scores -- will have a much bigger advantage than they would if they had scored first in an average match.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Flamengo coach Dorival Júnior believes Mattheus should stay longer in Brazil, citing Neymar as an example

Flamengo coach Dorival Júnior believes that young midfielder Mattheus is making a mistake by moving to Juventus so early in his career and used Neymar as an example of the benefits from staying in Brazil for longer.

Mattheus, 18, was subject to a bid from the Italian club during the transfer window but the move broke down. However, the midfielder is out of contract in December with Flamengo and, after refusing to sign a new deal, is determined to leave and join the Italian giants.

“I intend to use him (Mattheus), he is able to grow at Flamengo,” Júnior told Globo Esporte.

“Agents would be doing him a big favor if they let him complete that cycle. Fatally he goes to a big club. It would be ideal for him to stay.

“Look what has happened with Neymar and it is a clear example. The young player has had the best conditions at his club here in Brazil.

“He will get a step further with the passage of time and with more games. I just hope that agents have this awareness.”

The deal to move to Juventus is not yet agreed but the player’s agents belive it is just a matter of time and he will be able to sign a contract with the Turin club from July, as he will have just six months remaining at Flamengo.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Lovely Left Footers: Juan Sánchez Miño


Wednesday 22nd August. Boca vs. Independiente. Copa Sudamericana second stage, first leg. 76 minutes in, the score is tied at two apiece and the hosts are a man down. Emiliano Albín surges forward, rides a couple of challenges but is brought down 22 yards from goal. Free kick. Usually the bread and butter for mercurial captain Riquelme but, following the playmaker’s decision to leave the club, the responsibility to conjure some magic would now fall on the shoulders of another.

Up stepped 22-year-old Juan Sánchez Miño. The stage set, standing over the ball, he waited, composing himself, and fired a sweetly struck left footed strike over the wall that curled away from a flat-footed Hilario Navarro into the corner of the net. The crowd exploded. The gifted youngster had well and truly announced himself. In the stands, national team boss Alejandro Sabella afforded himself a smile.

Sánchez Miño is by no means a carbon copy successor to Riquelme (Riquelmiño?), rather a versatile left-sided player equally comfortable at left-back, on the wing or indeed more centrally in midfield, even employed as an enganche on occasion. While he has not settled on a definite position, he has however emerged in the last year as one of the brightest prospects in Argentine football and is reportedly being courted by Italian side Napoli.

Born on New Year’s Day 1990, Sánchez Miño hailed from the district of Saavedra in the north of Capital Federal, Buenos Aires. From an early age he began playing football for local side Juventud de Saavedra before moving to Boca’s youth set-up in 2001. Although primarily a left winger, he displayed his ability to quickly adapt to a wide range of positions.

5th December 2010 marked his debut for Boca, coming off the bench against Quilmes, and his first start soon followed later that month against Gimnasia (LP). However, first team opportunities were hard to come by and the youngster only featured intermittently during 2011.

His opportunity arrived in the Clausura earlier this year and he seized it with both hands, in what would be a breakthrough season for the starlet. Decent performances in pre-season plus the necessary squad rotation needed for the dual commitments of Boca’s Libertadores campaign and defence of their Apertura title, saw Sánchez Miño given more game time. He racked up 17 appearances, 11 of which as a starter, and scored his first goal against San Lorenzo, helping Boca to challenge for the title right up until the final round of fixtures.

His contribution in the Copa Libertadores too was noteworthy. Used more as an impact sub, he still managed to chip in with three goals – against Arsenal, Fluminense and in the semi-final versus Universidad de Chile. Though both Libertadores and the Clausura ended trophyless, Sánchez Miño was an ever-present in the often experimental side that went on to win the Copa Argentina, giving Boca some consolation silverware and cementing his place as an important first team member. This was highlighted by the fact he was given the number 5 shirt – one of the most important and symbolic numbers in Argentine football.

He has started this season brightly with some impressive performances, most notably the aforementioned Copa Sudamericana tie versus Independiente in which he scored and was the best player on the park. Though still not a guaranteed starter, there are ever increasing calls for boss Julio Falcioni to include the young prodigy and the faint whispers of a national team are growing louder by the week.

Sánchez Miño is a player who possesses fantastic technical ability, boasts great pace and industry as well as a decent range of both passing and shooting. What really stands out though is his versatility. As mentioned earlier, he is at his most dangerous on the left side of midfield but is equally adept at full back: comfortable coming forward but solid defensively. At times he has been used in the centre of the park and not looked out of place either. An unassuming, hard-working and humble person, he also possesses the right mental capabilities to succeed at the highest level in any one of these positions.

In terms of positional preference, it is unfortunate that he is emerging at a time when Argentina are spoilt for choice in the wide left positions. It may well be that his best chance of becoming a national team regular is if he dedicates himself to left-back – a long term trouble position for the national team – as there are far fewer quality alternatives competing for a starting berth.

For the time being Sánchez Miño maintains that he is not focussing on the national team and just on trying to give his all for Boca. Nevertheless, if he continues his current trajectory it won’t be long before this lovely left footer is plying his trade in Europe and certainly looks set to have a bright future ahead of him.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Faldt lige over den her...Copa Libertadores all-star ream 2012, ...bare endnu engang et bevis for de her Scumbags fra Parma ikke formå at håndtere, "Memin"s talent...

Team of the Libertadores 2012

Corinthians capped off a fantastic footballing year with their first ever Copa Libertadores title, adding to their fifth Brasileirão triumph six months ago. They defeated Boca Juniors 2-0 in the Estadio Pacaembu with a brace from Emerson Sheik, winning the tie 3-1 on aggregate having drawn the first leg 1-1 in Buenos Aires the week before. A fantastic achievement considering that back in 2008 they were plying their trade in the Serie B!

Timão’s success was rooted in a tireless work ethic and a solid defence that conceded just 4 goals in 14 games and notched ten clean sheets, seeing them go unbeaten in the entire competition. While not always the prettiest side to watch in their striker-less formation (when did that ever work?!), to label them as merely defensive would be to detract from a victory based on collective dominance. Great credit must go to coach Tite for not being afraid to drop big names and creating a great team spirit and also to the board for sticking by their man after the disappointment of previous continental campaigns. Simply put, over the course of the tournament the best team won.

Beaten finalists Boca had a fantastic campaign and came very close to a record-equalling seventh title but Corinthians ultimately proved too strong over two legs. The game was almost overshadowed by the shock post-match announcement that Boca’s talismanic captain Juan Roman Riquelme is set to leave his boyhood club. An emotional Riquelme said “I love this club, I’ll be eternally grateful, but I feel empty, I have nothing more to give”. Evidently, Riquelme ya no está feliz. Whether or not he retires or reneges on this statement remains to be seen but whatever his decision, it will be have a major effect on the future direction of the club.

Last year’s champions Santos and Copa Sudamericana victors Universidad de Chile served up some of the most entertaining and attractive football but both sides crashed out at the semis. While Santos couldn’t find a way through Corinthians’ stoic defence, La U looked to have run out of steam by the time they played Boca in the semis – not surprising considering it was their 98th since January 2011. Other notable moments came from the exciting but unpredictable Colombian side Atlético Nacional, Flamengo’s dramatic early exit and Bolívar being the first Bolivian side to reach the knock-out stage for 12 years

So which players lit up this year’s edition of the Libertadores? Lining up in a 4-2-1-3 formation, here is my Team of the Tournament.

GK: Cassio (Corinthians)

Although Cassio only played after the group stage – Tite having lost faith with Julio Cesar due to some dodgy Paulista state championship performances – he conceded just 2 goals in 8 games and was near faultless throughout. In particular his fine form to keep Santos strike force at bay in the semis was a stand-out performance.

DR: Matías Rodríguez (Universidad de Chile)

The attacking full-back was one of La U’s most impressive players, scoring 4 goals. Consistently stellar performances lead to a richly deserved call-up to the Argentine national team and has reportedly made him a target for Manchester City.

DL: Clemente Rodríguez (Boca Juniors)

Another forward thinking full back, Clemente tireless surges gave Boca so much width in attack and linked very well with Riquelme, for example his involvement in the opening goal against Unión Española. Like namesake Matías, he also earned himself a spot in the Argentine national squad due to a fine Libertadores campaign.

DC: Leandro Castán (Corinthians)

An imperious, physical centre back and ever present in the watertight Corinthians backline that conceded only four goals in the entire tournament. His colossal displays have led to a €5.5mil move to Roma this summer.

DC: Sebastián Domínguez (Vélez)

Played every game for a defensively solid Vélez side that conceded just five times in 10 games. Especially against the attacking prowess of Atlético Nacional and Santos, he helped nullify and stifle the opposition forwards. Also scored a beautiful free-kick in the opener against Defensor Sporting.

MC: Marcelo Díaz (Universidad de Chile)

Metronome that kept La U ticking, Díaz dictated play in a similar fashion to Xavi for Barcelona and Spain. While his stats only read as two assists and two goals, this masks his vital influence on the team. He is moving to Basel this summer and will be a big loss to La U.

MC: Paulinho (Corinthians)

The real engine of the Corinthians team, the all-action 23-year-old midfielder scored 3 goals and made 4 assists. While fellow midfield double pivot Ralf took on much of the defensive responsibilities, Paulinho was key to the smooth transition from defence to attack and was not afraid to burst forward. His late goal against Vasco in the quarter final proved decisive and he is attracting interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

AMC: Juan Roman Riquelme (Boca Juniors)

We were treated to numerous masterful displays by the Argentine playmaker in what could be his swansong for Boca. ‘El Último Diez’ has been at his mercurial best with three goals and three assists to his name and so very nearly guided his beloved Boca to continental glory. The captain lead by example and was in particularly inspired form during the last-16 games against Unión Española – scoring a golazo in the first and instrumental in all three goals in the second leg. His performance in the first semi-final versus La U underlined the pertinence of the classic No. 10 as he completely controlled the game and unlocked the Chilean defence for Boca’s vital second. Hopefully it won’t be the last we see of him.

FW/AML: Neymar (Santos)

The Brazilian sensation continues to impress and once again showed why he is one of the most exciting players in the world. A tally of 7 goals and 5 assists shows that he is developing not only into a lethal marksman but a provider too. Admittedly, he wasn’t at his best when the Velez and Corinthians pressed him tightly but still made vital contributions even when chances were few a far between. His hat-trick against Internacional and performance in the 8-0 humbling of Bolívar were sensational.

FW/AMR: Fidel Martínez (Deportivo Quito)

Despite being mainly employed on the left, Neymar’s presence means he has to make do on the opposite flank as an inverted winger in a very fluid front three here. Very skilful and boasting electric pace the ‘Ecuadorian Neymar’ made quite an impression with three assists and three goals, almost upsetting La U along the way. Has now moved to Tijuana in Mexico.

SC: Dorlan Pabón (Atlético Nacional)

One of the revelations of the tournament and, although the Colombians only made it to the last-16 despite a promising start, Pabón still managed 7 goals and one assist. An explosive, strong and rapid striker Pabn terrorized defences and even struck a 40-yard bullet free-kick. Parma have acquired his services for around 4million euros – an absolute bargain!

Bench

Rafael – The young Santos stopper continues to show why he is so highly regarded.

Eugenio Mena – The attacking left full back forages provided 4 assists and a goal for La U.

Danilo – Very close to the starting XI, the Corinthians playmaker was in fine form with 4 goals and 3 assists, including a brilliant backheel for Emerson’s first in the final

Oscar – Internacional 20-year-old midfielder provided 5 assists despite only reaching the last-16 and looks to be on his way to the Premiership.

Matías Alustiza – Top scorer in the tournament for the Deportivo Quito striker with 8 goals.

Ángelo Henríquez – Young Chilean striker justified the hype with 4 goals. Mature performances from the 18-year-old.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Klinsmann: No Donovan, not a problem

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras - United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann says the Americans have what he labeled "no problem" playing without long-time star Landon Donovan in Wednesday afternoon´s World Cup qualifier at Honduras - even if the L.A. Galaxy standout has been a difference maker throughout the recent history of the rivalry with the Catrachos.

Donovan, who scored the winning goal in the last matchup between the two sides in World Cup qualifying - a 3-2 American victory that clinched a World Cup bid for the U.S. - has elected to take some time off from the game and the U.S. national team after the Galaxy won a second straight Major League Soccer (MLS) title in November.

"Right now he´s not here, and we have no problem with that because we have a team full of talent, and a team full of players that know how to get the job done," Klinsmann said. "Because when someone´s not here, someone else fills that spot, and it´s a great opportunity for him. It´s absolutely no problem for us."

Klinsmann cited the impressive number of young players coming through the American system as a factor in the team moving on comfortably without Donovan, and also mentioned that a number of veterans have stepped in to fill any leadership void that might have been created by the attacker´s absence.

"I think it´s wonderful to see players coming through and becoming those difference makers," Klinsmann said. "Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Clint Dempsey are there, and Fabian Johnson and Jozy Altidore are maturing and growing. It´s exciting to see that we have a wave of young players breaking through and becoming difference makers. They can only gain experience game by game, but we are excited about that right now."

In addition to the veterans he mentioned, Klinsmann has called in a number of less experienced players for the trip to San Pedro Sula. Seven players on the roster come from MLS, and just as many have no experience at all in World Cup qualifiers. But rather than a disadvantage, the coach looks at the roster flux as an exercise in building for the future.

"You´re building the next generation and you´re hoping that the players, when they get the chance to step it up and be an international player, they do it," the coach added. "Only the games will tell you, will they step it up and be ready when it´s time to play?"

Klinsmann identified young defenders Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler as players with the potential to make a difference in qualifying, as the American team shifts away from not only Donovan, but also looks towards generational change on the back line, where Carlos Bocanegra has served for almost a decade.

"We need that kind of alertness, for those guys to understand their moment and build the next generation for the U.S.," Klinsmann said.

Without Donovan, the U.S. takes on Honduras on Wednesday afternoon, in the opener for both teams of the Hexagonal - CONCACAF´s final round of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
Deportivo FAS
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Skal det lykkedes for Jamaica at score et mål mod Mexico i Mexico, for første gang siden Water " Blacka " boy tilbage i 1996....

http://www.youtube.com/w…sults_video

http://www.youtube.com/w…HDY4pUa1Z2g

http://www.youtube.com/w…JvRFW_I2XyY


http://www.youtube.com/w…cBaxmkXMMc0

Eller bliver det One love ??

http://www.youtube.com/w…3FXpXYh-G8M



Jamaica aims to reverse Azteca history


MEXICO CITY -- Fresh off a disappointing Caribbean Cup campaign last December that resulted in it missing out on a trip to this July´s CONCACAF Gold Cup, Jamaica has placed its focus squarely on qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

This journey will commence Wednesday as the Reggae Boyz travel to the Estadio Azteca for a meeting against Mexico.

Six countries are competing for CONCACAF´s three automatic places in the FIFA World Cup finals at Brazil 2014. The fourth-place finisher will engage the winner of the Oceania region on a home and away basis for the last qualifying berth.

Jamaica has not fared well at the Azteca. In its last three visits to the historic stadium, the Reggae Boyz have been outscored 12-0, losing twice in World Cup qualifiers (2001: 4-0, 2008: 3-0) and once in a Gold Cup match (2003: 5-0).

Jamaican coach Theodore Whitmore is adamant that he doesn´t want a repeat of what happened in a 1-0 loss against the United States in Columbus last September. In that match, after a scoreless opening 45 minutes, Herculez Gomez scored the game-winning goal shortly after the interval.

"It is a whole tactical approach, and what we want to remember is the first-half approach against the USA in Ohio, and we don´t want the same sort of thing to creep in on us," said Whitmore. "So as much as possible we don´t want this Mexican team to (dominate us). We know what they have to offer and we have been working on a number of things for the game on Wednesday."

Mexico has yet to lose a game in qualifying for Brazil 2014, outscoring its opponents 15-2 in the semifinal group stage.

In the same phase, the Jamaicans had three wins (all at home), plus a draw and two losses on the road.

Dema Philllips and Dane Richards, each of whom lead Jamaica in 2014 qualifying with two goals each are on the roster. The injured Luton Shelton, who also scored twice in the third-round play, is not with the squad.


JAMAICA ROSTER

World Cup Qualifier at Mexico - February 6, 2014

Goalkeepers: Donovan Ricketts (Portland Timbers/USA), Dwayne Miller (Syrianska/Sweden), Duwayne Kerr (Strommen/Norway)

Defenders: Alvas Powell (Portmore United FC), Nyron Nosworthy (Watford/England), Damion Stewart (Notts County/England), Adrian Mariappa (Reading/England), Demar Phillips (Aalesunds/Norway), Jermaine Taylor (Houston Dynamo/USA)

Midfielders: Andre Lewis (Cavalier SC), Joel McAnuff (Reading/England), Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday/England), Tremaine Stewart(Aalesunds/Norway), Rudolph Austin (Leeds United/England), Marvin Elliot (Bristol City/England), Jason Morrison (Aalesunds/Norway), Jermaine Hue (Harbour View), Omar Daley (Motherwell/Scotland)

Forwards: Garath McCleary (Reading FC/Englanf), Jermaine Beckford (Huddersfield Town, England), Theo Robinson (Derby County/England), Ryan Johnson (Portland Timbers/USA), Dane Richards (Burnley FC/England)
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

MENGÃO BI DA AMÈRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
FrækFyr17
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6. feb. 2013 20:31
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Så er det tid, drenge. Sverige-Argentina, that is.

Lidt egoistisk, men jeg ser sgu frem til at se Éverito (vippe Gago af) i det argentinske maskinrum. Næsten et år siden hans sidste landskamp.


Danmark viser i øvrigt meget godt lige nu, hvorfor man desværre ikke har Mexicos niveau. Der er simpelthen en bredde til forskel.
En gyser er at holde med flagermus og ulve.

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FrækFyr17
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6. feb. 2013 20:44
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Golazo! Et spøjst selvmål af Sveriges højreback, Mikael Lustig.

Albicelestes har sat sig tungt på kampen her tidligt.
En gyser er at holde med flagermus og ulve.

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