Video Highlights: Manchester United Expose Arsenal As The Frauds That They Are Plus a Special Thanks to

April 13, 2008

I just finished watching what was arguably our most gutsy performance of the year. I’ve been in Whistler at the Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival this week and for some reason, I was having a bitch of a time getting the game over Sopcast or TVUPlayer… None of the hotels digital cable channels seemed to be showing it, until I found the live broadcast from The Score HD… You guys saved me this week and I really do have to give respect to all the people behind the scenes at Canada’s best sports network. Thanks for having the foresight to show a good game (I’m talking to you Sportsnet, Fulham-Reading…. captivating…)

Anyways, I have to be honest, I thought for some time that Arsenal are an embarrassment to our league and it was effectively validated today. The amount of diving, gamesmanship, shirt-pulling and out-and-out cheating was so obvious that I think any Arsenal fan needs to have a long look in the mirror and ask themselves why, or even how, they could support such a petulant team. Your goal shouldn’t have counted, Adebayor was cheating and he knew it. Luckily for them, Arsenal had a 12th man today in the referee who was giving every single borderline call Arsenal’s way and in many cases allowed Arsenal to basically dictate the call. My example was the corner that was given midway through the second half. The referee had effectively ruled a goal kick and then every Arsenal player threw up their arms and shouted and the referee REVERSED HIS CALL. That is unacceptable. I don’t care if the referee was wrong, if they made the call, they shouldn’t be allowed to reverse it. When a team can plead with the referee and get the calls they want, it throws the credibility of the game into question. Adebayor should also have been given a straight red for his dangerous and cynical tackle on Anderson. It was from behind, it was late, it was two footed and studs were showing. He hooked his feet around Anderson and put both boots directly into Anderson’s right ankle. That was a deliberate attempt to injure a fellow professional and the referee only gave a yellow, no wonder Hargreaves was furious. How can Arsenal fans continue to support this? They are a truly pathetic bunch and deserved exactly what their mark asses got today.

However, even with all the cheating and soft calls, Arsenal were beaten by a much better team. I will acknowledge that Arsenal have skill and they have some quality players, they have their own attacking style but their accomplishments there are undermined by their cynicism and petulance. They are an embarrassment to football and a stain on the credibility of the English Premier League. Wow they beat a Milan side with an average age of 65. Good for them. They couldn’t even beat Liverpool.

And what of Hargreaves? Absolutely unfucking believable what he pulled today. I think that was a vintage Manchester United goal and Hargreaves took the shot so well. We were all waiting for a shot from Ronaldo (doubtlessly, Jens Lehmann was) and Hargreaves just hooked it over the wall and into the left side of the goal. His celebration capped his greatest week in his career. While he always possessed defensive solidity, his attacking prowess and sheer technical ability are above and beyond most of the players in England. He is the definition of a complete player and he is a better player than David Beckham ever was (except for England against Greece) and I will argue that with anybody. If a team is going to win the title these days, in the climactic stage of the season, they need their middling players to step up and become outstanding players. Hargreaves is a future United legend. Observe.

Van Der Sar was the man of the match. Our defense looked shaky and I don’t think Pique is ready yet after watching him today. I think Silvestre is a better, more experienced option at this vital stage of the season.
VDS came up with some huge saves (some of which were from our own team) and he showed safe hands all the way. He deserves a Champions League and Premier League double and he is an absolute rock for us. Why oh why did Fergie sign Barthez over Van Der Sar back around the turn of the century?

And Ronaldo. What to say of him? His penalty was so cheeky and full of confidence that you know Jens Lehmann will never forget the look on Ronaldo’s face. That stutter step and complete stop… A penalty so nice, he took it twice. Lehmann even guessed right both times and couldn’t keep the ball out of the net. I will acknowledge that Lehmann is better than Almunia… Kind of, anyway.

Chelsea will beat Wigan tomorrow and it all comes down to April 26 now. If we win all of our games from here on out, we’re set. If we beat Chelsea, it’s over. Even if we lose or draw, we are still ahead on goal difference. How cool would it be for us to meet them in the Champions League Final as well?

United ensured that we remained in the drivers seat today with a performance that wasn’t perfect, but was effective. Arsenal got their just desserts.


England Lose Meaningless Friendly to France… Mediocre Football at Best but Watch the Highlights Anyway

March 27, 2008

Yeah, I watched the match yesterday and while I’m not one of those types who think we should abolish friendlies, yesterday’s game served as testament to nothing else. 1-0 to France, it should have been 0-0, but Calamity James, as per usual, showed up between the sticks as opposed to that bloke who actually does a fairly solid job for Pompey. I think if you see images of the foul, you’ll notice that dude is actually upside down at one point after James takes him out. You figure that James could have at least tried to play the ball, eh? Jesus….

So, my one real thumbs up from last night (aside from Sir Becks) was that wicked move that Rooney pulled when he runs through the three guys and of course the move goes to shit as soon as he passes it, but moves like that are why I argue that Rooney isn’t over-rated and he is, at the moment anyway, the only England player able to create something out of nothing and truly take on defenders.

So, the Beckham saga…. I think he will continue for a few more games, but I will also acknowledge that there is an outside chance that he may be on the bench in 2010. And I think the reason for that is the fact that he’s going to be playing football in America. Hear me out, if he was still plying his trade in the Premiership, he would be subject to the intense pace and brutal physical treatment of teams like Wigan, Blackburn, Championship sides in cup matches etc etc. Instead, he’s going up against the Colorado Rapids and the Columbus Crew… Every MLS team will have been told, either subtly or not-so-subtly “injure Beckham and it’s your ass.” He doesn’t have to fear bone-crunching tackles in his league, so if he can keep himself relatively fit I think he will be putting in those long balls to Crouch from the right back position for a few more years… Whether thats a good thing or not isn’t really the issue. Beckham doesn’t offer genuine width and I don’t think he should start games, but with a team relatively short of veterans (players w/ 80 caps or so early to mid 30’s) we need experience on the bench.

I may be lambasted for saying so, but last nights game was the type of England performance that needed a Mr. Paul Scholes raising hell in that area just 15 yards ahead of the opposition goal-box. Stevie G’s anonymous performance leaves no excuses as Lampard didn’t feature. Why wasn’t Steve there? Compliments to Mr. Hargreaves for another workmanlike Canadian performance. He does my whole country proud every time he plays. He has guile and grit in abundance, the type of football you can expect from a corn-fed Calgary boy. I wouldn’t be surprised if Hargreaves is the next in line for Capello’s rotating captaincy. Wouldn’t that be something?

Shocking scene! Portuguese U-20 player Zequinha sent off for snatching red card out of referee’s hand! Vidal red carded!

July 13, 2007

Unbelievable- I have officially seen it all on a football pitch now. I caught the tail-end of the Fifa Under 20 World Cup match and managed to see a double sending off in the closing minutes of the game. Chile was still up 1-0 after a slugfest of a match with no real potent attacking play, and then all of a sudden a Portuguese player is hauled down unfairly by a Chilean player and then this dreadlocked guy (I’ll grab his name in a few from the Portuguese team runs over and bodychecks the offending Chilean. The referee comes over and he pulls out the red when-

Okay, just a sec… I’m still watching the match- one of the Chilean players has just been sent off for time-wasting… Jesus, he looks pissed… Oh man, he’s not leaving the field. It’s Vidal… Chile’s goalscorer will no longer be eligible for the next stage… Oh my… a straight red too… This is absolutely nuts.

Anyways, back to the Zequinha thing… So, the referee is about to pull out the red card and he is completely surrounded by Portuguese guys- they’re literally pushing his arm down so he can’t hold the red card up… And then he holds it over his head and Zequinha literally RIPS IT OUT OF HIS HANDS. Can you believe that? I’ve seen Paulo Di Canio push a referee over after being sent off himself, but literally pulling the card out of the referee’s hand as if to say “No… I’m making the call here- it’s not a red card.”

Holy shit. Shocking scenes on the pitch in Edmonton… I never thought I’d say that in my entire life. What a farce of a match, but to be honest, it was of the player’s making… The referee got those three red cards pretty much right.

Still though… Incredible.

Referee denies legitimate goal in Gold Cup semi-final to give America 2-1 win over Canada

June 22, 2007


After letting in two crappy goals in three crappier minutes, Canada almost achieved the impossible by fighting back against the U.S.A in the gold cup semi final. Well, actually we did achieve it, but the referee and the linesmen conspired to gift America the win by denying Canada’s LEGITIMATE injury time goal that would have evened it up at 2-2 forcing golden goal extra time. Absolutely disgraceful. The ball clearly was headed down by the Americans into the path of Atiba Hutchinson who slotted home, while he was initially in an offside position, the Americans played him onside by heading the ball into his path. Further replays showed that the Canadian was in line with the American defense. But still, they ruled it offside. There was simply no way America was going to be allowed to lose that game.

Seemingly determined to give America the win in front of their home crowd, the referee offered soft calls on the Americans all night long. The one exception being the yellow for Landon Donovan’s disgustingly cynical simulation, which if you ask me should have been a straight red. Another straight red should have been shown to Bocanegra in the eleventh minute for the tackle which wound up sending Julien De Guzman literally head over heels. By the way, the challenge was two-footed and studs-up. Straight red in my opinion. The red card finally did come out in the 88th minute, but come on… As if that wasn’t long overdue.
If you ask me, the tournament officials would have been pretty pissed off if America had lost this game. I mean, this is their tournament to win and its on home soil… Once the videos hit youtube I’ll make sure I post them so we can all see how America was gifted their spot into the finals.

The final game of the 2007 Gold Cup is no longer legitimate. Fact.

Owen Hargreaves video highlights- Manchester United’s newest signing

June 15, 2007

It’s taken pretty well friggin’ forever for me to be able to find a suitable Owen Hargreaves compilation video that doesn’t involve a bunch of Pro Evo highlights or is just a tape of some crappy interview that aired in Germany.

This is the real-deal and one thing that many of us have been deprived of is a solid look at the illustrious Mr. Hargreaves. As an avid football365 reader, I was privy to the rating/slating/slagging off of Canada’s sole representative in the England squad and admittedly, I tended to agree with them. Unfortunately, this was out of ignorance as the only times I had ever actually seen Hargreaves play was either in an England friendly or during a champions league game where I was cheering against Bayern Munich.

As we all know, all that BS ended when England were cruelly eliminated by the Portuguese in the last world cup. Hargreaves produced a gutsy man-of-the-match with some absolutely lazer-guided tackles which I think did England proud. Sure, we lost the match, but with the shitty mentality in the squad that year and the WAG-influence, there was absolutely no way we were going to win that game or the tournament for that matter.

To me, Hargreaves represents true English grit- a hardman’s hardman who can hit a long range shot and play box-to-box for 90 minutes. But hey, don’t take my word for it. Check out this 4 day old compilation of Hargreaves action.

Julian De Guzman is better in real life than Football Manager – check out Canada’s highlights

June 7, 2007

Canada upset Costa Rica last night 2-1 in Gold Cup action in Miami. While I am very familiar with the exploits of the De Guzman boys from football manager I didn’t really have any idea just how good Julian De Guzman really is. That is, until I tuned in to the live broadcast of Canada vs. Costa Rica last night.

Costa Rica were in the last world cup and have a few somewhat decent teams, namely Deportivo Saprissa. That’s who most of their national team seems to play for and I think all of them played for the club at one point or another.

As you can imagine, with our one world cup appearance, Canada was understandably the underdog in this match and while we had put together a couple of good chances early on, once we went down 1-0 I thought that was it. Until Julian De Guzman took the game by the scruff of the neck and produced a Steven Gerrard-like talismanic performance.

De Guzman took the ball from the kick off, played it down field, fired a thirty-yard screamer and gave Canada an instant equalizer- the tico’s looked shell-shocked.

But that was just the beginning of the De Guzman show. He scored a beautiful Paul Scholes like long range shot where he takes on four defenders or so right there in Scholesy’s office. You know the 10 yards or so from the outside of the box?

While some good keeping, the competent defending of Paul Stalteri and Dwayne De Rosario constantly unsettling the Costa Rican defence Canada came out on top and pulled off a sick upset.

So, what would a day on Andrewisahater be like without a highlight reel. Check out the goals for yourself (and I’ve included a video of De Guzman’s sick panna).

Goal #1

Check out this sweet move.

“De Guzman… De Guzman… De Guzman… DE GUZMAAAAAAAANNNNN!”