Get your passport and tickets ready…. destiny Brazil 2014!!

Hello ♥s!!

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Yep we are going to places!! lol…. Some teams already got their tickets to the hottest place and the most excited adventure in football World next year, and I meant Football soccer, so no I was not talking about New York/ New Jersey Super Bowl, I was talking about a much bigger scenario, nations have been fighting with their hearts, minds and bodies to get there, yes you got it now… Brazil 2014, THE WORLD CUP!!

Now that we are starting to see more teams getting their direct tickets with non stops in between, the feeling and emotions are increasing too… Can’t wait! But according to my blog countdown we went from nine months to eight months now! One less!! Wohooo…

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Costa Rica's Brenes celebrates his goal against Jamaica with teammates during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Kingston

In our side of the map, in our region the qualifiers were as expected emotional,  with a happy ending for two out of the six team playing the hexagonal, the USA and Costa Rica are ready to get their passport stamped and it will says Brazil! Good for them, they did an amazing job, the Hex is not over yet but mathematically they are classified for the World Cup, kudos to them, they will not suffer the anxiety that it is trying to get that last spot or to at least get into that 4th place that would give a hope to get a chance to dance Samba in the place where everyone knows what Samba is and how to dance it! lol

The games last week were very emotional for different reasons depending on who you were supporting, The Red, White and Blue had a great game with a needed Mexican team, they both needed the win, but with two different feelings, the U.S was looking to booked their plane seat to Brazil and Mexico was trying to stay alive and with options.

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Mexico visited the USA in Columbus, with an incredible turnout and support for U.S fans, this was great to watch, it is something we are not used to see in U.S soil, but happily is something that we are starting to see more often and I hope it will continue that way!  Anyways back to Mexico, they came with a new coach after Chepo was fired, Jose Tena’s mission was to win this game and keep the hopes alive, but he was not lucky, first base on previous encounters in Columbus, the result in latest games played there have been 2- 0 in favor of the bars and stars, so you have that and if you add a team that is not in their best mind-set, fiscally and emotional under a lot of pressure well it was a difficult mission… And we all saw it, the result was once again a “dos a cero” as the whole stadium chanted and let us know just in case we weren’t looking at the board lol…

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So I think out of the six team playing the Hexagonal, Mexico is the one that has surprised us the most, because of their history, because of what they meant to the region, the rest of the teams still fighting for a ticket, Honduras, Jamaica and Panama  they know they might have a chance, but historically they are not expected to be there every WC, like Mexico, they have missed one due to suspension and beside that one they have been in there all the time therefore the surprise….

So yes it’s a big disappointment, and base on the fact that Tena who was on an interim basis was replaced  just after one game you can feel the pressure and the rush,  Honduras in holding the third place with a direct ticket, Mexico  is fith and in the hopes for a miracle they hire a new coach Victor Manuel Vucetich to see if he can be the savior that could lead them at least to the fourth place that would get then not to Brazil, but to New Zealeand in November to fight for a chance to Brazil…

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The good news for them is that despite still needing a miracle,  the results of the other games played last week still make it possible for them to hold on to that hope, mathematically they still have a change but most likely they will be hoping for that fourth spot… let’s see how it would turn out, they only have two matches left in CONCACAF qualifier.

Aside from Mexico real drama… for Costa Rica and the USA was all celebration, well deserved it!

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Thank you for reading, and let me know what you think?  You think Mexico will make it to the WC? Feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Have a great week!

Besitos!

Pictures thanks to USsoccer official facebook page, nacion.com and deportes.terra.com.ar, gif from google.com and US celebration video from YouTube user: Pablo Maurer

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The road to Lisbon starts today!! UCL

Hello!!

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The Champions league is about to start!! First Match for some teams is today, and for the rest is tomorrow!!

So excited!

Today this is what we will be looking;

Group A

Man. United (Flag) Man. United
Leverkusen (Flag) Leverkusen
And

 Real Sociedad (Flag) Real Sociedad

Shakhtar Donetsk (Flag)Shakhtar Donetsk

Group B

Galatasaray (Flag) Galatasaray
Real Madrid (Flag) Real Madrid
And
København (Flag) København
Juventus (Flag) Juventus

Group C

Benfica (Flag) Benfica
Anderlecht (Flag) Anderlecht
And
Olympiacos (Flag) Olympiacos
PSG (Flag) PSG

Group D

Bayern (Flag) Bayern
CSKA Moskva (Flag) CSKA Moskva
And
Plzeň (Flag) Plzeň
Man. City (Flag) Man. City
Let the fun begging and let the ball start rolling!! Lisbon is the goal!!
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Thanks for reading, and later my thought on first matches!!… Working in CONCACAF WC post also… so I’ll be back soon, but now I am watching Real Madrid  vs Galatasaray, which team are you supporting or watching?
Besitos!
P.S UEFA.com blocked the video buuuu…. so I took it down, you can only see it in their pages… whatever ;/
Thanks to KIckTV for the picture,  the mirror.co.uk, the teams schedule of today is from UEFA.com!

Dramaaaaa!! Who will survive… Brazil is waiting!!

Hello y’all!!

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Some people have asked me since I am Latin living in the U.S, and it is well known that most Hispanic channels here have this great among of soap operas or as we call them novelas, and they have asked me if I watch them, and I always says no, I watch a lot of sports and some series… But now that I think about it, I really don’t miss the drama of a novela, I get plenty of that just  by watching Football soccer lol!!

Most leagues are on breaks due to the World Cup qualifications, this is almost done, we are almost ready to find out who will be at the best and most important scenario of this sport! We are in the last run of the Qualifiers and this is getting sooo dramatic!!

Las Friday was surprising and crazy… see I don’t need more drama… And I didn’t even need to look across the pond in our side we have more drama than what we have expected…

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First this dates of games, the ones played last Friday and the ones schedule for today are very important in the aspiration of all the teams playing the Hexagonal, for some this is a chance to still have options and for some others is a chance to almost if not seal their ticket direct to Brazil 2014, so yes the pressure is high which means that it can go either way sometimes and it can produce incredible surprises in a good and for some in a worst way, if not you can ask Chepo de la Torre, former Mexican national coach…

I’m going to talk a bit about the surprises because they just took today’s game to another level of drama and emotions.

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First the USA faced Costa Rica as visitors, the Ticos wanted some kind of revenge for the last game they played in U.S soil under the snow, which in their opinion was not fair and should have been cancelled, and if you add that they were second in the qualification board just under the U.S this meant that a win for then will put them on top and closer to Brazil… The USA had a 13th wining streak before this game and I think everyone was a little overconfident that wining in Costa Rica land was going to be difficult but doable…

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In this game as in many others probably,  nothing is certain until the balls starts to roll and until the last whistle is blow, so the surprise was not only the final result, but the poor performance the bars and starts showed at the beginning of the game, they were down 2-0 early, then after a penalty they were able to reduce the distance to be 2-1 and then we saw a little bit of what they are used to do, moving the ball, controlling it and having more options, it looked like they were closer to tied the game but Costa Rica was all heart, determination and effectiveness, one counterattack and they made it 3-1 which was practically over for the U.S team. It was a surprise because we expected a more balance game from the U.S, and they have shown a different style of playing, 13th victories in a row, the three goals felt a lot for what they have had been doing the past months, but all credit to Los Ticos, they play with their hearts, they had great elements to control the game and they were very effective!  They finish on top of the qualification and today they might be getting their ticket to Brazil soon… (Can I join them? pretty please??)

 mexhon1_crop_650x440After that set back for the USA we heard about the big surprise of that day, I mean it is big not only for what it meant that day but what it means today to, Mexico was playing Honduras in the Azteca stadium, which was full capacity and that stadium have been a forte for the Mexican team, wining there has been practically impossible for many teams, and it’s one of the strength for Mexico, so of course we all expected that they will get a victory or at least some point there in their home, Mexico has been struggling the whole WC Qualifications, I never understood how they didn’t let go Chepo de La Torre sooner, I think they waited too much and let’s see if they wont have to pay the price for that.

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Everything started somehow normal for the Mexicans, they got up 1-0 which we thought everything is going according to the book, but then they complicated themselves, and Honduras played a good game and made what everyone thought was impossible in three minutes they changed everything and went from a 1-0 down to a 2-1 up, and voila you have what the media called an Aztecazo which means the biggest surprise, it doesn’t happen very often and for sure it happened in the worst time for the Mexican Team, that result sent them to the fourth position which means they will have to play with an European country for a spot in Brazil, if they remain in that position but they can face the worst scenario too which means no World Cup at all… Something that for Mexico will be an epic failure…

At the end Chepo was fired, my only thought was “finally”, I think they hold up to him for too long and he never found a way to really take the team back to their usual being, Mexico has been one if not the top team in the region, so for them being in this dangerous position is more than surprising is just a real drama, not only for the player, the media and the national team organization but for a whole country that live this sport with their hearts and love their national team with pure love…

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Now in a couple of minutes they have to play as visitors vrs the USA, with a new head coach Luis Fernando Tena, for them it’s simple they need to win, but the U.S also needs to win to get closer to be mathematical qualified for Brazil, so this game it is going to be interesting, a bit nerve racking for Mexico and excited for all… So we will be watching the game with an eye in the other results and by the end of the night we will know if the drama will  be less or if it can become a nightmare for some teams…

So let’s see what will happen, for sure it’s going to be entertaining…

Thanks for reading and let know what you think??

Besitos!

Pictures founded in Google.com and concacaf.com

The transfer Window was all drama till the end!

Hola Hola!!

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Let’s start with the big Drama of the Summer, this lasted three months, oook it was shorter than a Mexican novela, but it had all the ingredients of one lol… It was a love triangle story, with Real Madrid in love of Gareth Bale and he was totally corresponding that love and then we had the villain Tottenham Hotspur FC president who didn’t want to let him go, but in this case Love conquers all… or sort of… it was more wallet conquers all, €91 million to be kind of exact, that was the final chapter, after many negotiations and Bale going all revel with his former team, both teams reached an agreement on the money and as every novela or tale we have a happy ending…

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At least for the moment because, we still have to see him play and the pressure for him have to be a big one, all that money is insane… and he is not even consider the best player as of now, the idea is that he will be…. and that’s why Real Madrid paid all that money, at least that’s the idea, but until he kind of shows and proves what he is capable of doing we will have just to trust lol

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But he finally showed up in Madrid wearing white and the world went crazy…  I mean we have been waiting for this moment for long time…

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The transfer window closed and the final hours were a bit crazy, with Bale signing for Real Madrid, but after paying all that money I guess the Whites feels the need to sell in order to be able to recover some of the investment and then we had the biggest surprise of the summer, I think this was bigger than Bale, let’s face it we knew he was going to be a Real’s player we just didn’t know when was going to happen, but the Surprise was Mesut Özil!!!!

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And I didn’t even see it coming. There were a lot of talks about clubs interesting in him even there was a moment when they thought he was going to be part of the Bale transfer deal but what we never saw coming or at least I didn’t was his transfer happening in the closing moments of the transfer window, and it was done in less than two days… That was crazy, just after we found out that Bale was finally a Real Madrid player, the rumors started and the next thing we know is that Arsenal reached to an agreement with Los Blancos to sign Özil, it was a matter of hours and for half of Bale’s price €45 millions…

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On the other side if you are an Arsenal fan, those two days were the happiest in a long time lol… I think most of them if not all were heavily praying for some miracle, the fans were upset about the lack of actions from their club, they waited until the last-minute to bring any reinforcement to the team, but I guess the wait was worth it, they got one of the best players, he is talented and can move the ball and make some passes that many dream to make and fans dream to see, so I think they feel very happy right now!

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I still can believe it though, Özil is a great player, the pressure on him lately in Real Madrid was big, and with the great performance Isco is having and Bale’s possible arrival he was facing a lot of competition to avoid the bench so I guess it was a good deal for him too…

“I’m a player who needs the confidence [of the manager],” Ozil explained to dfb.tv, the official channel of the national team, on Tuesday. “At the weekend, I was certain that I would stay at Real Madrid, but afterwards I realised that I did not have the faith from the coach or the bosses. I am really looking forward to [joining Arsenal] because I have the faith of the coach. I had spoken to him at length on the telephone, he explained his plans and that he has faith in me – that is what I need as a player.” (Quote from the Guardian)

Real Madrid fans were unhappy they didn’t want him to go, and some of them made it loud and clear to Florentino Perez in Bale’s presentation, by chanting  “Özil is not for sale”, but it was inevitable by that time…

The other kind of last-minute  transfer although this one wasn’t that surprising was Kaka’s who got back to his old team, AC Milan, for him was kind of going back home, at least that’s what he said, he wasn’t having minutes in Real Madrid, he wasn’t receiving love from the fans either, during the last game he got a lot of whistles which means they weren’t happy with his performance, Milan has always expressed his desire to see him playing there again and now it’s a reality…

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As you can see the final hours of the Transfer Market were more than interesting and surprising… let’s see how this will unfold, the good news is that we have front row tickets to see it all!!!

Thanks for reading, it was a long, never-ending post but it was a very, everything happen at once kind of weekend!!

Besitos!

Pictures thanks to Real Madrid official Facebook page, Mesut Özil official Facebook page, acmilan.com,  the video is from YouTube (updated: GoalsInHD (La Liga)) but it was also posted in Marca.com. and Özi quote was taken from theguardian.com.

Now it’s all set, ready and go for the UCL!!

Hello!!

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I’ve been kind of melting in this last summer heat weather… I know I will regret saying this later but I really need some fall and more chill weather, I’ll complaint  about it later when I am freezing lol

Anyways a lot to talk but as of now, let’s talk about the UEFA Champions League, because hello now we know the groups and it’s all set to go on September 17th and 18th… Those are the days, so mark them in your calendars, first game for everyone! The group stage look like a  lot of fun or not depending on what group your team is…

It all started with all the name of the teams in the little balls, which were taken from a bowl and we all were waiting to see who will face who in this first stage…

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And after all that ball picking and wondering we finally have the group stage ready! and it looks like this:

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There was a lot of debate about which group will be the hardest one, I am still thinking about it, a lot of people say that Arsenal in group F is the difficult one, but I am not sure…

I think Real Madrid group B is not as easy as some might think, base on previous seasons, last year eliminating Galatasary was not easy and it gave them a lot of trouble, and they have Juventus in the same group an Italian club that they haven’t been able to win comfortable in a while, so in my opinion it’s a difficult group.

I also think that Barcelonas’ group H it’s a difficult one Milan is a competitive club and has a champions league history, Ajax might not be at the same level as it was some years ago but still can complicate them too, and you have Celtic, in my opinion when almost all teams in your group might not be as good as you are but they have complicated you or can complicate you it means that anything can happen, so for that reason this two groups are difficult.

It’s not like Chelsea for example in group E in theory the teams in their group are not at the same level as they are or you don’t think they can not complicated them that much, you will expect Chelsea to move forward without much problem, that’s a kind of easy group to say something….

I think the normal group is when you have two teams that you know or expect them to advance to the next stage, that is not easy but a kind of normal competitiveness to have in first stage of a competition, when you have three teams or all in your group with possibilities in theory to advance then you might have a problem or what we call a hard or difficult group! In World Cup lingo that’s the “group of death”….

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What is for sure is that until the ball starts rolling we won’t know… and until it will stop rolling we won’t know either and everything and anything can happen, that’s why this is so excited!! La Orejona or the trophy with the big ears is waiting for the same or a new champion!!

I can wait! 🙂

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In the same event Franck Ribéry was awared with the 2012/13 UEFA Best Player in Europe, a big honor and big accomplishment for the French player currently in Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, so Congrats to him!!

So for now I leave you with the UEFA Champions League official theme song!! (Just to get us into the mood, not that we need it but is excited to listen to it!)

Thanks for reading, feel free to share what team you are supporting and how you feel about their group!

Besitos!

Pictures thanks to the uefa.com and video from YouTube user gorgul90