Saturday, June 21, 2008

Videos: Turkey - Unbelievable comeback # 2

First the turkish equaliser that was scored in the injury time of the added time.....

...and then the 3 -1 penalty win that took them to their first semifinal ever.

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Khalid Boulahrouz loses baby daughter

Khalid Boulahrouz with his wife

Khalid Boulahrouz battles a personal tragedy ahead of Holland's crucial game against Russia. Boulahrouz's wife was taken to hospital this week with pregnancy complications and the couple's prematurely-born daughter later died.We at All4All Blog express our sympathy to him on his loss.

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Turkey…The Comeback Kings

Croatia coach Slaven Bilic called it the "X factor". That is the only way to explain how a team can, on three occasions, come from behind to achieve their goal.

impossible is nothing with turkey

Last gasp goals gave Turkey a victory 2-1 victory over Switzerland, followed by a 3-2 win over the Czech Republic.

The spree continued in Friday's quarter-final against Croatia when Ivan Klasnic put Croatia ahead in the 119th minute, but Bilic's team were stunned when Semih Senturk dramatically equalized deep in stoppage time.

Semih's goal forced a penalty shootout which the Turks won with great conviction.

"It was a shock for us, it seemed as if it was all over, and then we concede a goal and go on to the penalty shootout, that was certainly a psychological advantage for the Turks," said Bilic.

Man of the Day: Semih Senturk

Once again Semih comes off the bench to make all the difference for Turkey. He first did it when he was thrown into the fray at halftime against Switzerland, scoring the equalizer for Turkey.

He did it again against Croatia who were only seconds away from a place in the semi-finals.

Semih had come in as a second-half substitute and as usual impressed. He collected a loose ball in the Croatian are and took his shot. His deflected effort went past keeper Stipe Pletikosa, sending the game into a shootout.

The diminutive player played his part in the shootout and scored from the spot.

Goal of the Day: Klasnic's goal for Croatia

Just when everyone thought the game was going to a shootout, Ivan Klasnic once again rose to the occasion netting home clinically with one minute left in extra time.

Modric pounced on a mistake from Turkish keeper Rustu Recber who left his goal to catch the ball. However, Modric beats him to it and sends a baseline cross to Klasnic who slots home a header past the despairing Rustu.

Play of the Day: Croatian emotions

I don't know what was more emotional to see, the celebrations of the Croats and their coach after Klasnic's goal, which they thought would be the winner, or the tears that filled their faces after losing the shootout.

Klasnic seemed to be living the dream after scoring what could have been the winner for his team. The striker, who scored his second goal of the tournament, was overwhelmed by his teammates who were happy for him as much as they were happy for the potential progress.

Coach Bilic even ran half the length of the field to celebrate with his players beside the Turkish goal.

But less than half an hour later, these same excited faces were filled with tears, even veteran Dario Srna couldn't hold back the waterworks.

Quote of the Day: Guus Hiddink

Usually a person aims to be the hero for his/her country, however, for Dutchman Guus Hiddink it's completely different.

"I want to be the traitor of the year in Holland, because if I am the traitor of the year back home, it will have meant we won the game," joked Hiddink.

The former Holland coach will lead Russia against his home country when the two teams face off in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
"I don't know the words to the Russian national anthem, but I like the melody, so I will mime along," he said. "If I am going to be a traitor, I might as well do it properly."

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It looks likely that Cristiano Ronaldo will face an uncomfortable few days after admitting he wants to leave Manchester United.

Ronaldo Vs Ferguson

The winger stated on Friday that it would be a "dream" and a "step forward" to sign for Real Madrid, and went on to confirm that Luiz Felipe Scolari's advice was a factor in his decisions.
"For me it is a great opportunity and, as Scolari says, that train passes by only once and we have to take advantage of it" said Ronaldo.
Ronaldo must now return to Manchester to face a presumably furious Alex Ferguson, but the winger's bravado/arrogance is such that he appears unconcerned about the 'hairdryer' related horrors that may await him.
"I don't know what I have to say to him," he said. "I have to say what I want and what I think.
"It is my opinion. That is why I don't mind if people get upset. It is my decision. It is what I want."
The Daily Mail claims that Ronaldo will have to meet an angry Ferguson - a man continuously irked by Real's constant pursuit of Ronaldo - when the players involved in Euro 2008 are expected to report for pre-season training on July 14.
Ferguson has expressed his confidence that Ronaldo will not be sold on a number of occasions, even going as far as to claim the Glazer family will leave him to "rot" in the stands rather than sell him.
However, whether in reality a club of even United's size can afford to pay Ronaldo's substantial wages and ignore potential bids of around £70million remains to be seen.
United seem determined not to let their man go without a fight, if at all. The club released a terse statement on their website on Friday morning, stating in no uncertain terms that they have no intention of selling their prize asset and best player.
'Further to Friday's press speculation about where Cristiano Ronaldo's future lies, the club has moved to reiterate its stance on the matter: United are not listening to offers. The club reaffirmed to on Friday morning that the 23-year-old United star is 'not for sale.'

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Pirlo's absence gives Spain its best chance

Just when Andrea Pirlo was showing his best form in a while, against France, he picks up his second yellow card and misses his match against Spain. In the absence of Italy's medio, you have to fancy Spain's chances. Previous meetings have been exercises in futility for Spain whose fragile psyche will be tested by the Italians who thrive on opportunism. But this is a Spain whose midfield is so gifted, that Cesc Fabregas comes on as a substitute for Xavi Fernandez. They also have Andres Iniesta who has had a muted tournament so far.
The find so far has been David Silva, a diminutive winger, who has been a live wire with his versatility, speed and outstanding ball control. He stretches the game out wide and uses both flanks equally well. Swedish defenders had a hard time stopping his crossing runs one of which led to the Torres goal.
Spain's game is very circumscribed. Their success lies in their midfield creating chances for Torres and Villa to score, rarely do they themselves avail of scoring opportunities. Against Sweden it became de riguer to watch 20- 30 passes strung together as the midfield probed the Swedish defense seeking supply lanes for the strikers to score. The Swedes were very good at crowding them out.
The tie was broken in heartbreaking fashion in extra time as David Villa latched onto a long ball beating the Swedish defenders. They will have to employ the same unorthodox methods against Italy which will be gearing up for Spain's control of the midfield. Italy on the other hand have won even with their biggest scoring threat, Luca Toni registering no goals.
Spain's weakest link remains the defence. Carlos Puyol and Carlos Marchena provide bulk but also a great deal of inertia, Puyol in particular has been slowed down by niggling injuries, Sergio Ramos has great pace but his defensive instincts are somewhat suspect. The one bright spot has been Marcos Senna, whose defensive organization is similar to that of Gilberto, while providing a threat on set pieces too.

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Portugal vs. Germany - Match Highlights

1st Half Highlights

2nd Half Highlights

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Tottenham are reportedly a target for a Dubai-based group keen to make them the ninth foreign-owned club in the Premier League.

According to The Daily Mirror, representatives from the optential investors have made contact with Joe Lewis - head of the ENIC investment group which owns 82 per cent of the club - with a view to a takeover.

They presumably think that Lewis would be vulnerable to a bid because he has reportedly lost almost £400m in the US banking crisis.

But the price is likely to be a sticking point, with the club currently valued at just £250m but with the potential for a massive boost if Tottenham do manage to break into the Champions League places.

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USA beat Barbados 8 - 0

Here's a video that almost slipped through the cracks.USA beating Barbados 8 - 0 in a World Cup 2010 qualifier.

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Ronaldo focused on Euros

Cristiano Ronaldo has reiterated that he will not discuss his future before the end of the European Championship.
Ronaldo focused on Euros

The Manchester United winger is being courted by Real Madrid, with the Spanish champions rumoured to be preparing a big-money bid for Ronaldo.
Real's pursuit of the Portugal international prompted United to complain to Fifa, only for world football's governing body to take no action at this stage.
Ronaldo, whose international boss Luiz Felipe Scolari is heading to the Premier League after Euro 2008 to take over at Chelsea, was again quizzed on his future at a press conference on Tuesday.
But the 23-year-old stressed that he will not contemplate his future now and is focused on Portugal's quarter-final with Germany on Thursday.

Scolari praise
"At the last game I already said that I don't want to talk about my future," said Ronaldo, live on Sky Sports News.
"Now, I am concentrated for the Germany game.
"Mr Scolari has already decided (his future) and has decided very well. I will talk about it at the end of the European Championship."
Ronaldo also praised Scolari's influence and expects the Brazilian to make an impact during his time at Stamford Bridge.
He added: "He's a friend and I have a great friendship with him.
"He has decided on a good future and I think things will go all right for him.
"He's a great coach and I will always consider him as a friend."

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Romania Holland highlights

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Thierry Henry's self goal - Au revoir France

...also a bitter au revoir to Thierry Henry as he comes to the end of his international career .The video of the first goal - Andrea Pirlo's spot-kick - can be viewed here..

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Italy escape Group of Death

Italy secured second spot in Euro 2008 Group C and a quarter-final against Spain with a 2-0 victory over 10-man France in Zurich.
Italy escape Group of Death
Andrea Pirlo's 25th-minute penalty and Daniele De Rossi's deflected second half free-kick were enough to secure the three points, and Romania's defeat to Holland ensured Italy survived.
Pirlo stroked home calmly from the spot after Luca Toni had been brought down by Eric Abidal, who was duly given his marching orders.
France's night got off to a bad start in the seventh minute when Toni's Bayern Munich team-mate Franck Ribery was carried off on a stretcher after landing awkwardly on his left ankle challenging Gianluca Zambrotta for the ball.
Marseille playmaker Samir Nasri came on as a replacement, with Ribery clearly in pain.
Moments later, Les Bleus had Claude Makelele to thank for clearing Christian Panucci's header off the line following a Pirlo corner.
France right winger Sidney Govou, who started brightly, then screwed an effort way wide from distance, although a pass to fellow Lyon colleagues Karim Benzema or Francois Clerc may have been a better option.
Then, just before the half-hour mark, Pirlo's ball down the middle to Toni was inch-perfect and the striker was brought down by Abidal in the box.
Red card
The Barcelona defender was the last man and got a straight red card - and his misery was compounded when Pirlo netted from the spot.
France started the second half well despite being a man down, but De Rossi's 35-yard free-kick deflected off Thierry Henry and past the stranded Gregory Coupet to leave Les Bleus too much to do, although the lively Benzema's curling effort did force Gianluigi Buffon into a fine save.
There was some bad news for the Italians, however, with Pirlo and Gennaro Gattuso both receiving bookings that will force them out of Sunday's quarter-final.
For Italy, searching for their first European title in 40 years, this victory was consolation after the world champions failed to get past the first round at Euro 2000.
For France elimination, with just one goal scored, was the unwelcome prize for a campaign dogged by reported internal strife, player fatigue and controversy over injured captain Patrick Vieira.
This game was billed as 'our final' by France boss Raymond Domenech, and he made three changes from the side swept aside by Holland, with defenders Lilian Thuram and Willy Sagnol replaced by Abidal and Francois Clerc, and Benzema joining Henry in attack with midfielder Florent Malouda dropping to the bench.
Roberto Donadoni unveiled an attacking line-up, dropping Alessandro del Piero in favour of Euro 2008 debutant Antonio Cassano and picking Gennaro Gattuso in favour of Mauro Camoranesi in midfield.
Ribery blow
France lost Ribery, their best player up to now, early on in proceedings as the Bayern star was stretchered off on a buggy after going over on his left ankle in a tackle on Zambrotta.
Play resumed with a corner for Italy and only quick thinking by France midfielder Makelele kept out Panucci's low angled header and Coupet then did well to deny Pirlo's curling free-kick from the right flank.
The game's turning point came in the 24th minute when Toni, at full stretch trying to latch on to a lob, was tackled and felled from behind by Abidal in the box.
Slovakian referee Lubos Michel had no hesitation in pulling out a red card, with Pirlo blasting his shot high into the left hand corner.
Abidal's sending off evoked wretched memories for France of the last time these two countries met in a major competition, in the World Cup final, when Zinedine Zidane was given his marching orders for headbutting Marco Materazzi.
That though came in the closing minutes and with over an hour's play left, Domenech decided to shore up his defence, taking off Nasri for Jean-Alain Boumsong.
The Azzurri celebrated the news that Holland had taken the lead over the Romania when De Rossi struck a free-kick which flew past Coupet after the ball was diverted on its course by Henry's foot.
Then not for the first time in this competition Buffon performed miracles to tip out a Benzema special from the edge of the area, which was heading into the top far corner.
The stuffing though had been knocked out of France and Italy were never going to be denied, the resounding win keeping alive their dream of a repeat of their 1968 success.

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Yet another Dutch ball hawg scores

Jan Huntelaar

Klaas- Jan Huntelaar this time, folks! Another player with a strong id comes through for the Oranje as they pile on the goals. Nine so far. The nonplussed Romanians could only gawk.

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Ivan Klasnic's debut goal for Croatia

He is putting his life on the line by returning to football - coming back to the game after undergoing two kidney transplants. Last night he scored the only goal on his debut in the European Championship.A remarkable comeback..

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Ballack free kick

The 'Miracle of Cordoba' - Austria's 3-2 victory which denied the Germans a place in the 1978 World Cup final was not repeated. The only miracle for the Austrians last night was that German striker Mario Gomez somehow managed to miss an open goal from three yards.Ballack took the Germans home.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Bad day for Brazil, Argentina in qualifiers

Brazil lost 2-0 to 10-man Paraguay and Argentina needed a stoppage-time equaliser to hold Ecuador 1-1 at home in South American World Cup qualifiers on Sunday.
Chile completed a dramatic day by winning 2-0 at high altitude in Bolivia with two goals from defender Gary Medel, the first a bicycle kick.
Brazil and Argentina's poor displays should add to the usual spice when the two meet in Belo Horizonte on Wednesday in the next round of matches.
Paraguay's win in Asuncion, their fourth in the last eight matches against Brazil, took them three points clear at the top of the 10-team group with 13 points from five games.
Argentina are second with 10, followed by Colombia (9), Brazil (8), Venezuela and Chile (7) and Uruguay (5).
The top four teams qualify directly for the 2010 World Cup and the fifth play off against a side from the CONCACAF region.
Paraguay twice hit the woodwork and were rarely troubled by Brazil despite having defender Dario Veron sent off in the 48th minute.
Bad day for Brazil in qualifiers
Striker Roque Santa Cruz side-footed Paraguay ahead from close range in the 26th minute and set up the second for Salvador Cabanas one minute after Veron's dismissal.
'There are days when things don't work,' said Brazil coach Dunga, whose team lost 2-0 to Venezuela in a friendly 10 days ago.
'We didn't have any difficulty on controlling our opponents,' said Santa Cruz.
In Buenos Aires, substitute Rodrigo Palacio came on in the 89th minute and scored the winner five minutes later with the last kick of the game after the Ecuador defence lost concentration.
The visitors, who have four points, went ahead when midfielder Patricio Urrutia rifled a 20-metre shot in off the crossbar following a clever Carlos Tenorio backheel in the 69th minute.
'We were lucky to draw the match with the last move of the game,' said Argentina coach Alfio Basile.
Bad day for Argentina in qualifiers
'We played well in our last games and today we didn't. There's not much to add.'
Bolivia were delighted to be able to face Chile in La Paz at 3,600 metres above sea level after FIFA last month overturned a ban on internationals at high altitude.
But their joy dissolved on the half hour when Medel scored with an overhead kick from 12 metres. The defender then finished off the hosts with another goal from a corner in the 77th minute.
As well as the altitude, both teams had to contend with a shocking pitch at the Hernando Siles stadium.

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Nothing Is Impossible With Nihat

Ten-man Turkey came back from 2-0 down to stun the Czech Republic 3-2 and take their place in the quarter-finals.The Turks scored their 3 goals in the last 15 minutes - two by captain Nihat Kahveci in the 87th and 89th minutes.Truly a game to be remembered .A quote from Fatih Terim - the Turkish coach. "I've seen many things happen in the last minute," he said. "That's the beauty of the game we call football. I'm very pleased to have a team that doesn't give up."

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Indomitable Turks stun Euro 2008

Indomitable Turks stun Euro 2008

Andy Gray said "This is the best I have seen seen Turkey play." Me thinks he held back a bit. It would not have been awry if he had said that this was the best any team could have played. In the second half the sea of red breached the white shores time and time again. The 25,000 Turkish fans raining down Turkiye Turkiye provided a lifeline to their players, and not even Jaroslav Plaisil's goal could snuff out what now looks like destiny. Tuncay Sanli embodied the Turkish renaissance. There he was blasting a 20 foot piledriver, running back to tackle Jans Koller, laying a pass for Nishat to score a goal. And so when Volkan Demirel was red-carded, Fatih Terim without hesitation gave the goalie jersey to his most omnipresent player. By the time the match ended, Tuncay had played every position known to soccer.

Tuncay was magnificent. So was Nishat. So was Turan. So was Altintop. The Turks tore up the Czech defense in the second half reducing them to bystanders. Aeons had passed since the Jan Koller and Jaroslav Plasil goals gave Bruckner's team a comfortable 2 goal lead. The Czechs were well on their way to the Geneva pubs to cement their reputation as the hardest drinking nation.

Two things took place to derail that celebration. The Turks kept coming in suffocating waves mostly down the right where Marek Jankulovski and David Rozenhal's gave away generous clumps of real estate which Sanli and Altintop exploited to feed Nishat and Turan. And under the unrelenting pressure the normally adroit Petr Cech crumbled.

Cech barely caught a whiff of the Turan goal. And minutes later he had an even more unforgivable mistake as he dropped an Altintop cross and an opportunistic Nishat cashed in on the mistake. The Turks had stormed back. This match was going to PKs. Or so everyone thought. Tuncay Sanli had other thoughts and lofted a pass that Galasek waffled on. The result was an onside Nishat who smartly angled the ball to the right of Cech. In a short span of 14 minutes the Turks scored three goals to turn conventional wisdom on its head.

And the other match saw Hasan Yakin, a Swiss player of Turkish origin, score two goals against Portugal as the hosts ended their Euro run on a positive note. Everyone is talking about the obligatory Brazilian in the national side. How about the obligatory Turk?

So I ask this question. Turkey is unwanted by the EU. Why would they want membership when they perform best with that chip on their shoulder?

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Torres Vs Sweden

Torres Vs Sweden

Duration: 3:30
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Song: Tupac - Hit em up

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▌ Robben V France ▌

Amzing Skills , Speedy , What a Great Player

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Nice Video For Complete Player who know"s when he can attack and when he can defence

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Buffon Vs Romania

Great Saves From Bufoon That Prevented Romania From Scoring ...

Snapshot : Buffon Vs Romania
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Russia shows Greece the door

A greek tragedy of monumental proportions unfolded in the second game yesterday as the defending champions bowed out of the competition after Russia beat them 1 - 0 .

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EURO 2008 Day 8 Round-up: From Russia with Love

It was a sad night for the Greeks as they saw their team exit from the EURO 2008 first round after a second defeat in the group stage on Saturday.

Greece slipped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Russia to officially relinquish their European throne after having lost to Sweden 2-0 in their opening game.

Russia's victory handed Spain first spot in Group D. But the Spaniards also did their part as they edged past Sweden with a 2-1 victory earlier that day.

Man of the Day: David Villa
His performances in Spain's two games and crucial four goals not only make him a contender for the top-scorer award, but also for best player.

In the game against Sweden Villa was on fire. The Valencia striker exhausted the Swedish defense with his pace, quick-thinking and agility.

Villa was purely a menace for the Scandinavian side and he made his contribution felt when he scored a last-gasp winner for Spain to boost their chances in the Group before guaranteeing qualification when Russia beat Greece.

Villa .. Goal Of The Day

Goal of the Day: Villa's winner for Spain
Out of the four goals scored on Saturday, Villa's is by far the best goal of the night. The mercurial striker got at the end of Joan Capdevila's long pass.

Villa controlled the ball superbly, taking it down in his stride and evading defender Petter Hansson in one movement before slamming the ball home past the helpless Andreas Isaksson.

Play of the Day: Greece bows out
It doesn't matter whether you are a fan of Greece or not, it's always a disappointment to watch the defending champions bow out, especially in the early stages of the tournament.

Greek fans were saddened by their teams exit

Most of Greece's players tried to hold back their tears, but all the pride in the world would not be enough to cover the gloomy faces of the Greeks both on the field and in the stands.

Quote of the Day: Luis Aragones
In what may be considered as a plea, coach Roberto Donadoni made it clear he trusts the integrity of former AC Milan teammate Marco van Basten.

Both Italy and France are looking to Holland to give a formidable performance against Romania, even though the Dutch have already booked their place as Group C winners.

Holland coach Van Basten is expected to field a second-string team to give his key players some rest before the quarter-finals. But to Donadoni and Raymond Domenech's dismay, that could allow Romania a victory.

A win for Romania will oust the world champions and runner-ups from the tournament, even if either team comes out as the victor.

"What is more is that the coach van Basten is an honest, competent and upstanding person. That is three guarantees already. I have confidence in him," said Donadoni.

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