Old Futbol Buffet–October Interlull

I’m a terrible USMNT footy fan.  I didn’t watch a single minute of their games over the October break.  Why?  Well I’ve got a life and sometimes that gets in the way.  I didn’t bother with the US v Honduras friendly because I was back at Oktoberfest that night and it was a friendly.  I missed the Honduras friendly because I was helping a friend move and that was a little more important.  But on a side note, I found this website over the weekend that goes through the last 25 years of USMNT kit.  Fascinating, with some real winners and losers in terms of design.  Website can be followed on twitter @project2010usa.

As for Euro 2012 qualifiers, the matches on Friday and Tuesday were on while I was at work.  I was planning to watch the replay of Greece v Croatia, but that went sideways.  However, on the final day of Euro 2012 qualification, I was able to watch most of the Denmark v Portugal live.  A draw was all the Portuguese needed but an early goal from the Danes changed everything, and with Portugal looking quite average going forward (as they always are when I watch), qualification was looking good for the Danish Dynamite.  Portugal started better in the second period but a sucker punch from Nicky Pink Boots knocked them to the floor.  The Portuguese had very little response and only a stunning free kick by CR7 in stoppage time took the gloss of a solid Danish performance.

Looking ahead to next summer, Roberto Gotta wrote an interesting piece on Prandelli’s tactical and lineup changes with the Azzurri.

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Here are some great items I came across during the break . . .

  • World Football Phone In (10.1.11)

There was a lot of Tevez talk in the wake of his Champions League incident.  Andy Brassell (@andybrassell) talked about Bayern Munich’s dominance in the Bundesliga and why other clubs cannot consistently challenge, referring to Bayern’s Olympiastadion, which seats 80,000 (far more than other German clubs), and the fact that Die Roten earned more prize money from the Champions League in the first ten years than any other club.  Finally, there was discussion on Javi Martinez’s status in Spain and in Europe.  Already 23, he has failed to make an impact in La Furia Roja, which in turn has to a lack of momentum from Bilbao to a bigger club.

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