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Der Klassiker with Mia San Atlanta

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Atlanta based Bayern Munich Supporter Group Mia San Atlanta hosted Der Klassiker at Der Biergarten, with fans coming dressed in Bayern kits and lederhosen to support Die Roten. I caught up with Heather and Jon Cooke about Mia San Atlanta, their trip to Charlotte to see Bayern, their support of ATL Champions League and we even talked kits. This is a great group of fans and I hope you enjoy our conversation.

You can stay up to date with Mia San Atlanta on social media.

Read my SoccerNomad blog post on Bayern Munich home shirts.

First Bayern Munich kit

Bayern Munich kits through the years

14/15 Champions League shirt (Heather’s favorite)

2011-13 home shirt (My favorite)

16/17 Home, Away, Third shirts

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Walking Through the Storm

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Walking Through the Storm

Liverpool fan Ken Kendra came back on the SoccerNomad pod to update listeners on his book Walking Through the Storm, which chronicles the 2015-2016 season for the Reds.

Learn more about his project at his website and facebook and follow him on twitter @walking_storm. Check out the LFC Raleigh website and on twitter @LFCRaleigh. LFC Atlanta is online and on twitter @LFCAtlanta.

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Copa Libation: Borussia Dortmund v Galatasaray (Champions League MatchDay 4)

Drink:    Pints of Newcastle

Snack:   Blue Diamond Almonds (Lightly Salted)

Picked this game because a) it was available on Watch ESPN and b) of the available games, figured it would be the most entertaining.  Scanning the line-ups I saw old friends: Felipe Melo (Juventus), Hamit Altintop (Real Madrid) and Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United).  Melo is a decent player but man is he dirty.

As for the match, according to announcers, Gala were more organized the than previous game where they were slaughtered.  Dortmund dominated the first half, spraying diagonal balls to Reus and trying to use the pace of Aubameyang.  The German team hit the cross bar on 24 minutes and Kagawa nearly scored with a spectacular effort. Then Reus opened the scoring with a wonderful ball by from Piszczek.  Reus angled his run from the left into the center and slotted it past the goalkeeper.  However, both teams were sloppy in possession, especially in midfield, which slowed down the pace of the game.

Sneijder gave the Turkish squad a glimmer of hope with a nice half volley to start the half, and fans from both sides were in great voice, but the Turkish fans took it one step further.  Ten minutes into the second half, they threw some sort of firecrackers onto the field that created noise and smoke.  Gala players had to tell fans to chill out and both teams were pulled to the sideline, causing a short delay.  Out of the delay, Sokratis scrambled in a corner, which to be fair was poorly defended.  Gala got a foot on the ball a little more and mixed up short passing and long balls up to Umut Bulut.  After a series of corners Hakan Kadir headed one in, and the goal caused some nervy moments for the hosts.  However Immobile finished off a razor sharp counter, and from there the game petered out with Dortmund putting Gala to the sword, running out 4-1 winners.

The game was not as exciting as I had hoped it would be but it was good to see different sides.  Galatasaray will be lucky to make the Europa League while Dortmund are cruising in the Champions League and now must focus on recovering their position in the Bundesliga.

On the fashion front, I’m usually not a fan of Puma’s gear but Klopp’s sideline jacket was sublime.  An all back offering with black reflective logos for the Puma and club logos.  Nice.

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Morbo Minute–Manitas All Around

Looking back at La Liga teams in Europe last week. . .

The gang at Forza Futbol pod reviewed an incredible MatchDay 3 for Spanish teams in both competitions.  In the Champions League, FCB snagged all three points at the end; Soldado scored a hat trick for Valencia; Malaga have a 100% record and no goals against; and Real Madrid fell to Borussia Dortmund.  Over in the Europa League, Atletico kept cruising while Levante got three vital points in their campaign.  Poor Athletic lost and only has one point thus far.

Sam Thompson analyzed the Malaga/Milan game for his site TTT Football.  The Spanish side started in a 4-2-3-1 with Joaquin behind Saviola and Isco and Portillo coming inside for combinations and allowing the fullbacks to overlap and provide width.  Milan played an unusual 3-4-3, which defended as a 5-2-3 before becoming 5-4-1 towards the end of the match.  Watching the game, the Italians were constantly pinned back and looked blunt coming forward, with the Spaniards living if lacking the final ball.  Joaquin secured all three points with a difficult effort, having missed a penalty in the first half.

Continuing with Malaga, Graham Hunter wrote a wonderful piece on Los Boquerones as they dismissed Milan and look set to qualify for the knockout stages.  After a summer of disorder and scrambling, the team has stuck together and is reaping the dividends—top of the group and fourth in the league.  How far can they go?

Zonal Marking examined the clash of the Spanish and German champions and called the match more of a “German” game, based around pressing and quick transitions, than a “Spanish” game, which tends to be focused upon ball retention.  And what a match it was.  I told several people after watching it that I felt it was a like a game of FIFA on fast speed.  Eventually Dortmund was able to overwhelm Essien who isn’t a LB by nature, plus he wasn’t assisted by CR7.  A big three points for the Germans which should enable them to qualify for the knockout stages.

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Round Nine

I watched Rayo Vallecano v FCB on Saturday afternoon.  David Villa opened the scoring for the visitors and after a tightly contest affair of about an hour, the Blaugrana took absolute control, eventually winning 5-0.  The hosts went down and responded by pushing forward which left them more and more exposed.  Have to admire the fact that they did go for it but it was all for naught.  Leo Baptistao was starved of service and I didn’t see much in the attack.  As for FCB, I am really starting to wonder about Song and Sanchez.  Song was moved into central midfield to support Cesc and Xavi and seemed to be well placed but I don’t know.  Something is still missing.  As for Sanchez, he is channeling his inner Bojan and trying so hard and not getting the results.  On as a sub to grab an easy goal or two and build his confidence, he went the other direction, making things worse, constantly straying offside and usually picking the wrong pass or not delivering the correct one.  Aggravating to watch.

Kxevin of Barcelona Football Blog is seeing a different squad emerging this season: Those days (tiki taka and endless possession) are gone, replaced by a different kind of match control, in which brilliant players crawl through a sliver that someone leaves, and put the knife in.  He focused on Fabregas, noting his passing, runs and energy but is reserving judgment to see if he can do it the whole season.   In the end, Rayo ran out of steam and were put to the sword.  It happens.

What happened to Los Leones?  Sid Lowe asked that question for his weekly column in the Guardian.  He correctly states that There is little of the intensity, the sense of mission, that there was last season.  In its place a soap opera:

First there was the fight. Then came the failed escape bid, Martínez going to Germany, Fernando Llorente failing to go to Italy. Then the break in. And then the worst part of all: the secret recordings.

Athletic could be following the Yellow Submarine into the Segunda.  Sitting just above the relegation zone, everyone keeps waiting for the run that will take them to safety so the club can rebuild for next season.  It never came for Villarreal. It may not come for Athletic.

Kieran Canning, writing for Football Espana, brought me up to speed on Levante.  After a slow start in the league Los Granotes have won five in a row and have climbed up to sixth, plus they have six points in the Europa League.  Obafemi Martins is scoring for fun right now and maybe the Nigerian has finally found a home.

Madridista Mac examined a possible plan B for Real Madrid.  With a rash of injuries in the defense combined with the loss of Khedira, Mourinho rolled out a variation of the formation he has built in this time there.  Problem: Madrid’s injury problem at fullback created a two-fold problem: less dynamism on attack in the flanks and lack of depth in the midfield muscle department. Solution: put CR7 and Di Maria on their natural sides and put creative, technical players in the middle.  With the wingers stretching the play wide rather drifting centrally, the dynamic players had time and space in the middle to exploit.  As Mac rightly says, The true test will be if we can play such a system successfully against a team with a very good #10 or with the meanest, baddest, nastiest combo of physical midfield destroyers.

Finally, Phil Ball paid homage to the grizzly old veterans bringing their experience to teams around La Liga.  I remember Juanfran and Valeron from my early days watching the league and here they are still getting a game.  Great column for its personal insight and brief history lesson.

Strip Club–Best (and Worst) of 2012/13

The new campaign is upon us, which means the release of new jerseys.  I have already done posts for FC Barcelona, Manchester United and Juventus, and now it’s time for the rest of Europe.

Starting in England . . . for a one stop shop of this year’ EPL kits, visit this link at Mao Football.  He has put quite a page together.

A couple of kits jump out at me.

The short sleeve jersey from Arsenal is horrendous and caused me to start the twitter hashtag: #StoptheSleeve.  Over the last couple of years, NIKE has gone with thick bands, first at the bottom of the sleeve and now narrower, multiple bands across players’ biceps.  However the long sleeve version isn’t too bad, sort of like the new US home kit.  As for the away kit, NIKE launched the Purple Reign campaign that I have co-opted into #PurpleReignPain.  Absolutely horrendous.  Can’t believe the Gunners have to wear those.

Keeping with purple, Liverpool’s new shirt manufacturers Warrior have launched a third kit that is laughable.  A purple chest with white sleeves, this is a kit that is doomed to the dustbin of history.  A solid home kit and an away kit that I am withholding judgment on are completely undermined by this piece of shit.

Across the boarder, Rangers are struggling everywhere but their kit.  This offering from Umbro is quite amazing and I love the old school look, with the sponsor getting out of the way.

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Moving to the continent. . .

Inter and NIKE went way off the reservation with the away kit and may be facing some major blowback from the fans.  Don’t know what could have caused them to move away from the typical white kit or maybe something blue.  Red top is a very dicey decision.

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Again NIKE is going to get some flak from me, this time on the Porto Home and Away Kits.  Porto’s home jersey is very simple: blue and white stripes.  Can be narrow or a little thicker.  Think Juventus except black instead of blue and Italian instead of Portuguese.  So what does the American sports manufacturer do?  This:

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Combining navy #StoptheSleeve’s with a ridiculously wide white stripe, this jersey is all kinds of wrong.  Until you consider the away kit. . .

Further #PurpleReignPain.

Moving on to Spain.  I have collected almost every kit here.  So far my favorite is the Sevilla third kit.  The all navy blue strip is marked by a white collar and looks pretty sharp.  The worst kit in Spain is the away strip from Segunda side Recreativo Huelva.  Might be the worst kit ever.

Finally, I will wrap up with Germany.  I have not found the Bayern home kit, but their second and third strips leave a little to be desired.  Then there is this offering from FC St. Pauli, playing in the second tier of German football.  Guess Cleveland Browns fans have a natural partner in German soccer.  The real winners in the Bundesliga are Borussia Dortmund.  Not only are they the reigning domestic Double winners, but they have a full range of dynamic kits, with the home kit modeled by Roman Weidenfeller’s girlfriend, Lisa Rossbach.

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Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

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Here are a list of sites to find your favorite team and see what are designs are out there:

Football Fashion

Beautiful Gear

Football Kit News

Mao Football

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I know I have missed tons of stuff out there on the interwebs, so I would love to hear your best and worst.  Feel free to comment below or hit me up on twitter or facebook.

Old Futbol Buffet–Footy Feast

If you read my Weekend Warrior post for this week you knew that Saturday was chock full of good footy games. With this in mind, I dutifully got up and started Operation Leaf Rake 2011. I made a lot of headway, got the go ahead from the missus and left to get some pizza and beer before the first match, which I must say was an ordeal. Little Caesar’s really found a niche in the economic downturn a couple of years ago by starting their Hot n Ready program, which was a large cheese or pepperoni pizza for $5 that was always available. Walk in, plop down $5, get a pizza and off you go. Lately the Lansing stores have not met expectations, sometimes not even having one pizza ready to go. The promotion is supposed to do two things: provide value and provide efficiency. When I walk in and have to wait almost 15 minutes, the speed aspect is not hitting the mark. This has now happened on several occasions, and I don’t know if it is a Lansing thing or a Little Caesar’s taking the sting out of the program. Time will tell. But I digress.

I chose Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund over Swansea City v Manchester United for a couple of reasons. One, the Reds have been grinding lately and I didn’t feel they would blow the doors off Swansea, especially after an International Break. (I was proven right as an early Hernandez goal was all the Red Devils needed.) Two, I never watch the Bundesliga. It’s a time management thing but this is usually a big fixture, so I figured I would give it a go. Three, I wanted to get a read on Bayern Munich because they have gotten off to a great start this season and could be Champions League contenders in the spring.

Bayern Munich 0  Borussia Dortmund 1

An energetic start to the match became cagey as the first half progressed. Ribery missed a golden opportunity on the half hour, while at the other end Rafhina cleared off the line as Neuer missed a cross. At halftime both teams were canceling each other out and looking for a moment of magic.

The second half started a little chippy before Lewandowski mis-directed a header with the German No. 1 stranded. Clever interplay between Lewandowski (who had a decent game up top on this own) and Kagawa put in the Japanese international but Neuer was up for it. About halfway through the second stanza, a sloppy exchange outside Bayern’s penalty area resulted in Boateng losing track of the ball which allowed Gotze to poke in from close range. After that the game became ragged, until Bayern made a double switch and the hosts turned up the pressure with Gustavo forcing a save from 25 yards and Ribery denied after being released on the left hand side. Die Roten kept the pressure up, Petersen’s effort just went wide, but no dice. Klopp’s men left the Allianz Arena with three crucial points and opened up the Bundesliga race.

Zonal Marking posted their usual thorough breakdown, including these quotes in the conclusion:

Neither side played their best football here, and a 0-0 wouldn’t have been an unfair result. Dortmund did little more than Bayern to merit the win, although it’s fair to say that Lewandowski played the lone striker role better than Gomez, and Gotze was more involved than Robben – his moves inside eventually proved important in the goal.

Both lacked creativity from midfield, however. There are both tactical and personnel reasons for this – tactically, those midfielders were all pressing each other and denying their opponents time on the ball, and in personnel terms, Dortmund still miss Nuri Sahin, and Bayern are not the same without Schweinsteiger.

Current standings:

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Bayern Munich

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28

2

Borussia Dortmund

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26

3

Borussia Monchengladbach

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26

4

Schalke 04

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25

After that I watched FCB v Real Zaragoza and Valencia v Real Madrid and will put comments up in my Morbo Minute post.

Sunday rolled around and my wife wanted to sleep in so I left to watch the Juventus game. With the Napoli game being cancelled and the International Break occurring, it had been a while since I had seen the Black and Whites play.

Juventus 3  Palermo 0

The Old Lady started with their typical high work rate but Palermo were dangerous on the counter with Ilicic forcing Buffon into several great saves. Juve’s opener came from a Chiellini cross that Pepe headed home. Halftime came with Juve needing a second goal to create a little breathing room, which Matri delivered three minutes after the restart. Lichsteiner played him in and he picked his spot at the far post with great aplomb. Once that goal went in, the Bianconeri went from strength to strength with some delicious football being played. Vucinic had several good chances before being subbed on 65’ and set up the third goal as Matri dummied his firm ball across the six for Marchisio to bury. From there, Conte subbed and the minutes ticked away toward full time. The fans were in full voice and Juventus are now top of the table, with big matches away against Lazio and Napoli in the coming weeks.

Juve are working really hard all over the pitch and when their creative players hit the heights, they become a formidable team. There were some worrying moments in the first half in the rearguard and those will need to be fixed if this campaign is to be successful, but for now they are well worth watching and have a real chance at some success this season.

For Serie A in general, Napoli and Lazio finished in scoreless draw, which keeps things bunched up at the table of the table.  Paolo Bandini assesses Napoli’s tough month ahead.

Chelsea 1  Liverpool 2

This was only my second time seeing Liverpool this season (the other was the first half against Man United), and I wanted to see how they would do against the Blues, who were up against it after losing to Arsenal a couple of weeks ago. An entertaining first half saw both sides threaten before Liverpool made the breakthrough after a terrible turnover from Mikel. I thought Bellamy made one pass too many but Maxi finished his chance to put the visitors up. Chelsea’s attack looked very blunt and, with David Luiz trying to play attacking center mid from center back, things did look good for the London team.

Liverpool went into a defensive shell to start the second half, sending Bellamy out wide left and their lack of pressure allowed Chelsea back in the match. Chelsea took advantage and were rewarded after Sturridge turned in a scuffed shot from Malouda. Liverpool made a couple of changes to try to stem the tide but it seemed as if the Blues would turn things around . . until Charlie Adam found Glen Johnson on the right wing with just minutes remaining. His magnificent first touch set him off on a run that resulted in the winner, a sucker punch if there ever was one. The Blues are in real trouble heading into the Champions League game on Wednesday. As for Liverpool they keep up their fight to get back into Europe.

All in all, a great weekend of footy, which started slow, but from the second half of the Valencia/Real Madrid game, it was full steam ahead. The binge was good but I’m not sure often I will be able to (or want to) to do this. Having said that, next Saturday is looking pretty tasty (he says teasing his Weekend Warrior post).

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During the interlull there was plenty of information floating out in cyberspace . . .

Graham Hunter had a few choice words for Ibrahimovic and his recently released autobiography. If you have not read excerpts, the big Swede has some pointed statements about Guardiola and Barcelona.

Based on a recommendation, I listened to the Men in Blazers podcast from Grantland. Pretty good I have to say. Felt like I was back listening to World Soccer/Football Daily, with two ex-pats going on about football with a healthy dose of pop culture references thrown in. I enjoyed the depth that they went into about the English National Team. Many of the pods I listen to do a cursory job of this but Michael and Roger drilled down on the Three Lions. I will definitely give them another try and may even add the pod to my rotation.

The Forza Football pod is part of my rotation, and I usually mention them in my Morbo Minute posts, but recently they had Simon Kuper on to talk about his new book, Soccer Men. From the pod notes:

This book profiles the interesting and the not to so interesting football figures who have graced the world of football. Our interview was mostly focused on the contents of this book.

They also wandered into some interesting topics including Messi v CR7 and Messi v Maradona, and Cruyff’s legacy.

Grant Wahl appeared on Beyond the Pitch to talk about the recent US friendlies and early thoughts on World Cup qualifying next year. Anto and Grant also touched on Blatter’s ridiculous comments, the MLS Cup Final and DC United possibly moving. Have to say that would be a pretty stupid move but what do I know?

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I finally got around to spending my birthday money and hit Amazon pretty hard in a pre-Christmas shopping frenzy. I found several soccer related books pretty cheap so picked those up. I usually try to get books at the library but I don’t see these ever hitting the CADL shelves. Here’s the list:

  • FC Barcelona Badge Beanie
  • Damned Utd by David Peace
  • Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics by Jonathan Wilson
  • Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football by David Winner
  • Premier League Greatest Goals 3 DVD Box Set
  • Calcio: A History of Italian Football by John Foot
  • Morbo: the Story of Spanish Football by Phil Ball (updated version)
  • Seeing Red by Graham Poll

Items should start arriving this week and I’m excited.

Strip Club–YMMV edition

from http://stripclubcentral.com . . . YMMV: Your mileage may vary. This abbreviation is typically used to indicate that the amount of “mileage” you receive can vary from dancer to dancer.

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European Football  is a money grab on many levels, with the Champions League being the golden goose and the Europa League settling into being an allowance for doing your chores.  One aspect of the quest for cash is the third kit.  Long gone are the days when a club would use the same kit for years.  Now there is a new home and away kit released each season (sometimes released a week before the previous campaign ends), plus the advent of the third kit, which is worn in varying amounts.

I took a little time to search the interweb for third kits for 2011-12 teams involved in Europe.  The list below is by no means comprehensive, and the results ranged from mind blowingly amazing to disgustingly horrific.  Here we go . . .

Chelsea

Let’s ease into this post with a “Really?  That’s what you came up with?”  Chelski go in the way back machine to take us to maybe the late 70’s/early 80’s to give us this masterpiece.  Shocking really.

Real Madrid

Usually Los Merengues go with a purple, navy blue or black for their away or change strip.  Red is a daring choice but it works.  Different pics should rib panels that can make it look like a training top.  In the end I would prefer a red top, with white shorts and socks, but this isn’t too bad.

Valencia

The Orange is right down the middle.  It provides something a little different, which is sort of what Los Che do.

Manchester United

Can’t go wrong with black.  I really wish this was the away jersey rather than the blue/black piece of crap.  One of my future posts is to review all of the black kits from the mid-90’s until now, but for now this will have to do.  This one’s on the 2011 Wish List.

AC Milan

Staying with black kits, this one from AC Milan is fantastic.  The simple black kit is accented by the a narrow stripe across the chest using the colors of the Italian flag.  The gold crest adds a wonderful touch of class to the whole thing.  One of my favorite jerseys of 2011/12.

Bayern Munich

Like AC Milan, this kit takes the black top to a stunning level.  adidas does get it right on occasion.

Lyon

Then there’s Lyon.  Not only do they go pink, or whatever shade of pink that is, but the top half of jersey gives me a headache.  I have no idea what they are going for but it doesn’t work for me.

Napoli

Yellow Power?  I don’t think so.  Not impressed with this one.  Don’t see Cavani really intimidating his opponents wearing this.

Spurs

I love navy blue.  The yellow and white accents on this top aren’t too distracting, and this is one of Puma’s better efforts.

Borussia Dortmund (third and Champions League)

The reigning Bundesliga champs are going all out this season.  They have two third kits.  The white change kit is solid, while the official Champions League jersey is meh.  Don’t know if really I like the swirling lines.  Seems out of a 80’s template catalog.

So that’s it for now.  If I find some more in my travels, I will definitely put them up.