G’day and welcome to your regularly scheduled edition of The Soccer List, where every Monday (usually morning) I channel my inner Pat Benatar and Hit You With My Best Shot (kids if you don’t know that reference look it up it’s classic music), of news and views from the week past and including a healthy dose of boot spotting. As always put the kettle on sit back and relax!
1. Spurs Hit for Six?!?
So it was Spurs making the trip up to Manchester on Sunday. Apparently Etihad is on the fast road to switching from fortress to citadel, in their last two matches at home the scoreline has been City 13 visitors nil. Sunday saw Spurs who volunteered as tribute for a side set on paying tribute to the current Ashes cricket series by hitting for six.
Leading the way for City was Nike Mercurial Vapor wearer Jesús Navas who decided 14 seconds was all the time needed to score the match winner, as he seized on a mis-kick from Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris. Navas would book end the goal scoring by adding the sixth in injury time, as the Citizens romped home. In between City also saw goals from Sandro (he plays for Spurs, poor form that), a brace from Agüero and Álvaro Negredo who popped up with a goal.
2. Adidas Copa Mundial’s Feature in Le Coupe Grey
It was the 101st annual Grey Cup this weekend, held this year in Regina, Saskatchewan. For those confused the Grey Cup is the title game of the Canadian Football League (that’s right we’ve been on the gridiron longer than you!). Normally this wouldn’t warrant a mention in The Soccer List, but this authors favourite CFL side the Saskatchewan Roughriders were partaking, and not only partaking they were dismantling the Hamilton Tiger Cats by a score of 45-23.
Contributing for the Green Riders was Punter/Place Kicker Chris Milo, who converted six extra points and a 20 yard field goal for the home side, Milo, who prefers to keep it old school sporting a pair of blacked out (with a Sharpie no less) Copa Mundial‘s has had a decent season missing only six field goal attempts.
3. Ronaldo DOESN’T Score a Hat Trick, But it Wasn’t His Fault
It’s a good thing too, as I’m running out of hats. The shoe in for the Ballon D’Or was in Almeria (the hometown of Francisco Vázquez García- hey that’s two musical references today) with the rest of his Madrid team on Saturday. It didn’t take long, actually it took about 180 seconds, for the face of the Vapor line to pot his 35th goal in his last 25 matches (an absolutely ridiculous total), and if it wasn’t for a knock early in the second half he might have scored another couple .
Luckily for Madridista’s, you’re not quite a one man team. After the hour the home sides resolve finally snapped, as Madrid popped four goals in a 20 minute span, courtesy of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Nike Hypervenom man Isco, and Alvaro Morata who completed the 5-nil away romp over the relegation candidates. However, I think most supporters were a bit concerned with just how serious the injury to Ronaldo is. As a neutral (even though I’m not a huge Ronaldo fan) I’m hopeful that it’s just a knock as the game would be poorer if Ronaldo joined Messi on the Injury List.
4. What Götze Around Comes Around
If you’re a football hipster chances are your fair trade caramel macchiato was a little saltier than usual on Saturday as a couple of tears had dropped into it. Borussia Dortmund welcomed former maestro Mario Götze back to town, only this time Götze was on the bench of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich. In a match that saw the homes side playing their traditional attacking brand of football, it was all square until just after the hour mark as Götze, who had only been on the pitch for about 10 minutes, beat the Dortmund keeper with a sweet little toe punt from just inside the box. Götze tried his level best to be a class act and not celebrate the goal, however, Arjen Robben and the rest of his teammate were having none of that, mobbing the German International like he’d just scored the winner in a Champions League Final, and not the opening goal in the 13th match of the domestic season.
Despite fighting gamely, Dortmund were caught out with a quickfire double less than ten minutes from time. Longtime Adidas F50 wearer Robben got the second goal and Thomas Muller sealed the 3-nil scoreline which certainly flattered the league leaders!
5. This Week At SC101
It was brisk week at the offices this week. On the review front I popped in with a review of the Nike Elastico Pro II indoor boots, which will be the first in a series of indoor reviews from me over the next little while.
Jim offered up an opinion on what boots all you budding creative players should be looking into, so have a read and see if you agree.
Tyler dropped the news of some new miadidas options, so why not find out what you can do to give your boot the personal touch. ()
And as always, set us to your homepage to be in the know for all the great Black Friday week sales! There isn’t a better time of year to get yourself (or to gift someone) a new pair of boots, and the gaffer is on the prowl to help you get the best deal!
6. Blades Snatch a Win, Still in Relegation Spots
I’ll be very short here. My beloved Sheffield United went down to Bristol to face Bristol City in League One action. Rather than listening to the match with optimism, last weeks terrible performance caused me to listen out of some sort of militaristic duty. In truth it was a turgid game of football, which probably explains both clubs league standing, but WE did come out with three points thanks to a Tony McMahon cross being deflected into the Bristol net by a Bristol defender with 12 minutes to play. The win moves us up to 21st place, so still in the relegation zone. This morning Blades manager Nigel Clough had me spitting tea all over the place, as he described the performance as “a magnificent away win”, SURELY NOT!
So that’s it for The Soccer List for this week. Hopefully you’ll score some worldies in your matches this week.