It is perhaps one of the most intriguing stories of a World Cup with many intriguing stories. Steered by the unsteady hand of Diego Maradonna, Argentina qualified for the finals by the skin of their teeth but boast some world class players that make them genuine contenders in South Africa this summer.
Can Argentina Win The World Cup?
Few men have won the World Cup as Keluaran HK player and coach – Maradonna’s legend is already secure but lifting the Jules Rimet trophy again would bring true god-like status among his people.
It is amazing that in spite of his many previous transgressions he is national coach at all. A chaotic qualifying campaign did little to enhance his coaching reputation and he loses friends at an alarming rate. Still he is there though and in Lionel Messi he has the one player who could emulate Maradonna’s own feat at Mexico 86 – single handedly inspiring his country to become World Champions.
There’s a snag though – Maradonna has yet to find the right role for Messi and has struggled to get the best from his best player. Messi’s domestic form for Barcelona is rarely transferred to the international team and Maradonna must work out this conundrum before the finals begin if his team are to have any chance of lifting the famous trophy.
Finding the right blend has been an wider problem as well – in qualifying 78 players were used with people falling in and out of favour by the game. They lost 6-1 to Bolivia early in the campaign and eventually qualified in fourth place in quite bizarre circumstances.
The final game against Uruguay was a must win for both sides to secure fourth spot. Debutant Mario Bolatti’s 84th …
“There was total confusion. Not one of them had a clear idea of what was going on, not a clue.”
Kaka’s damning words confirmed the egg is stuck fast to the face of the blue half of Manchester, following a shockingly public humiliation which made City the laughing stock of the soccer world and a source of overflowing schadenfreude from Old Trafford to Olduvai. But are City really to blame for missing such an apparently open goal so embarrassingly?
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy’s ineffable soccer daily, it was Bosco Leite, Kaka’s father & Adriano Galliani, the Milan Chief Executive previously in favour of the sale, who pulled the plug.
The Blues did negotiate for a full seven hours in an effort to pull off the deal of the century, before nature demanded an interval.
Having agreed to meet again after breakfast in the morning, City Chief Executive Gary Cook was surprised to receive a late-night Keluaran HK phone call ignoring his concerns and instead demanding he put his money on the table with a fat salary offer there and then.
Cook promised to email an offer in the morning, a pledge Leite and Milan chose to spurn. Italian PM and Milan president Silvio Berlusconi then materialized on television minutes later to announce Kaka would be staying at the San Siro. A dramatic transfer tale had run its course.
Make no mistake, it was not Kaka’s Christian faith which led him to walk away, nor was it the love of the red and black tifosi, whose public devotion to a millionaire sports star looked somewhat quaint if not deluded in 2009. Nor was his family’s Italian homelife the clinching factor any more than the fact Milan are a top team …
Pelatih AC Milan, Massimiliano Allegri mempersiapkan peran anyar untuk Stephan El Shaarawy. Agar produktivitasnya kembali, El Shaarawy diminta bermain lebih dekat ke kotak penalti.
Musim lalu, El Shaarawy sangat produktif kala menyisir sisi kiri I Rossoneri. Namun, sinarnya surut seiring Mario Balotelli yang menghuni pos striker utama.
“Allegri berkata kepadaku agar lebih banyak bertahan di tengah lapangan dan berinteraksi dengan penyerang tengah,” ungkap El Shaarawy kepada Milan Channel.
“Aku siap untuk beradaptasi dengan posisi anyar. Sekalipun, aku merasa lebih baik saat bermain di sayap kiri,” sambung El Shaarawy.
Bulan lalu, rumor kepergian El Shaarawy sempat berkumandang deras. Ditenggarai, tawaran sudah dilayangkan Manchester City atau Arsenal. Pemain berusia 20 tahun ini pun membeberkan alasan penolakan.
“Mengapa aku menolak tawaran yang sebenarnya menguntungkan? Sebab, aku selalu menjadi seorang fans Milan,” tegas eks penggawa Genoa ini.
“Aku berharap dapat bertahan di Milan dalam waktu yang lama,” tutupnya.
Taruhan Bola – Gerrard ingin mempunyai karir yang panjang
Kapten Liverpool, Steven Gerrard, yakin ia bisa bermain untuk Liverpool sampai melewati tahun 2015 setelah menyatakan bahwa ia tak pernah merasa lebih bugar dari yang dirasakannya sekarang.
Gerrard yang kini telah berusia 33 tahun baru-baru ini menandatangani perpanjangan kontrak yang akan memastikan ia bertahan di Anfield untuk dua tahun ke depan. Kapten The Reds ini akan tampil untuk pertama kalinya sejak keluaran hk menandatangani kontrak baru itu pada pertandingan testimonial dirinya menghadapi Olympiacos, Sabtu (3/8).
Dan kini ia berjanji untuk bermain selama ia bisa setelah mendapatkan nasehat dari mantan rekan setimnya, Jamie Carragher dan Robbie Fowler.
“Ketika Anda melaju ke tahap terakhir dalam karier Anda, Anda ingin menghargai setiap momen yang ada dan membuatnya berharga. Saya telah bicara banyak dengan Jamie sejak ia berhenti bermain dan juga dengan Robbie Fowler,” ujar kapten Liverpool itu.…
Full Tilt Poker started 2008 on the right foot by overtaking PartyPoker in the crucial online poker market.
Still accepting US customers, the online poker website Full Tilt Poker real cash players came in just shy of 10,000 over a 24 hour period average while the peak just narrowly beat out PartyPoker, which has been struggling to gain more customers outside the US since leaving that market just over a year ago.
PokerStars continues to lead the pack with double the number of players as Full Tilt.
PokerStars hit an interesting milestone of its own this past week. It was the first online poker room to hit 20,000 simultaneous real money ring game players.
PartyPoker is also facing increased competition from other online poker ventures. Both the OnGame and iPoker networks are breathing down Party’s back in the international markets.
Among the remaining top 5 US-facing poker rooms, UltimateBet.com, Absolute Poker and Bodog Life Poker are promising more aggressive advertising over the next year and have expressed their long term commitment to Gambling911.com in helping them accomplish this feat.
UltimateBet and Absolute are sister poker sites that run independently. Combined, they would rank as the 6th largest online poker venture in the world behind PokerStars, Full Tilt, PartyPoker, OnGame and iPoker.
Bodog Poker is promising more aggressive advertising, a boost in the European market and a 110% sign up bonus for new online poker players.
Bodog Keluaran HK Poker has been criticized for having poor celebrity player endorsements such as David Williams, who has fallen off the radar in recent months. Bodog was the talk of the poker world last year (and essentially placed them on the map) following a win by its player, Jamie Gold, in last year’s World …