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

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Keep the ball rolling!!

Hello all!!

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Well the ball started to roll and we are already talking about the surprises! It’s serious business now, it’s early but even the first game can determinate the end of a season if you don’t believe me ask Real Madrid, their last season opening night was awful, and their first games didn’t got any better at the end they were out of the Championship run way before everyone expected, so this is serious business!!

The first game it’s kind of difficult for some clubs, it’s like breaking the awkwardness in a meeting or like going to a blind date, you really don’t know what will happen, if the other person  will like you and you don’t want to recover from a bad date you want to move forward after a nice first date… I am so into this dating analogies lol… Don’t know why??? **Worried** My unconscious might be sending me a message!! :/

Anyways this weekend was interesting, La Liga officially  kicked off their season and the two most famous and most possible contenders for the title played on Sunday with different results and evaluations, but one surprise in common, their benches gave to the media more to talk than some actions on the pitch!

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Let’s Start with Real Madrid, everyone was speculating if their legendary Captain Iker Casillas was going to be back to the starting lineup,  at first  everyone reports were that he was going to start and everyone thought that it was going to be Business as usual, but Carlo Ancelotti had a different plant and surprise everyone by leaving him on the bench, is still uncertain if is going to be like this and Diego Lopez will be the starting goalkeeper or if it is just some games situation, Lopez started training with the team from the beginning of the preseason, Iker joined their teammates almost 10 days later after playing the Confederation Cup with Spain, also last week he played with Spain against Ecuador, so someone can say he might have been tired or Ancelotti might have consider that the one more prepare was Diego Lopez, he didn’t clear that up, after being ask like three times by the media at the press conference after the game.

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Iker has been consider one of the symbols of Real Madrid, it has been his only club, and he kind of represent the dream of every little Spanish kid or any kid. He made it to the first team and became a star for his club and later for his country, but many agreed that he hasn’t had any competition lately, no one who could really challenge his position and sometimes that can lead to over-confidence not in his skills but on knowing that he was going to play all the time, all that change last season when Mourinho send benched him, we can made a whole new post about the rumors of why he did that, in my opinion was unfair, and out-of-place, but he was the coach and he could do it. What is true is that with the arrival of Diego Lopez to Real Madrid and his excellent performance  by the end of the last season, he definitely can challenge Iker to be at his best if he want to be the starter again, now they both have to compete for a spot in the starting eleven and they have to be at their best in every training and in every game… what is not clear yet is what Ancelotti will do… at some point he has to choose one of them to be the starter!

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In regards of the game, for Los Blancos it was a bittersweet opening day, the first half was tough, Real Betis played with no fear and they got themselves an early goal surprising everyone, Real Madrid struggle a lot in defense, Betis was even closer to increase the result but Real Madrid was lucky at some times, Benzema tied the game before half time. Again those 15 minutes can make a lot of difference, the second half was a different story, Los Blancos were more aggressive and moving better the ball, Marcelo played really good most of the time and at the last-minute he send a great pass to Isco who scored the wining goal,  the final result was 2-1 for Real Madrid, but many things to fix and reorganize for Ancelotti and Co.

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Barcelona on the other side had a dance party with poor Levante U.D, (Club), which I think had Stage fright or performance anxiety, because they were completely lost there, no options, no ways to react to the pouring of goals they were getting, the final result was 7-0, yes I feel bad for them but they play a bad game, not the best way to start, but at least they will have all season to recover hehe….  It took Barcelona less than three minutes to open the score board, and with a great Cesc Fabregas they were a demolition machine, they made beautiful passes and play great football, it was a real opening show, what a way to start the competition for their new coach Tata Martino.

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The surprise was Neymar who started the game in the bench,  it is a surprise consider he is the most expensive investment the club made for this season, and I guess everyone was expecting to see the dynamic duo Naymar/Messi playing together, apparently he wasn’t in the starting lineup due to his latest health problem, although he was ok to play with Brazil before this game, I guess he is still in the adaptation process, he didn’t look happy with the decision we can assume base on his face expression (apparently I and some of the media can interpreter face expressions now lol ). When he  finally made his official debuted in La Liga in the 64th min, he looked so eager to show all his skills, we didn’t have the chance to see the dynamic duo for too long, Tata Martino decided to rest Messi just minutes after Neymar debuted…

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But overall was an interesting Opening day!! I enjoyed it, I guess all Real Madrid fans suffered more than they would have expected it, in some ways was a reminiscent of how the season ended, early goal conceded, a come back and a last-minute goal to get the three points, I hope it will get better for the well-being of their fans lol…  For Barcelona fans was all joy and great expectations!

Some other notes!

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  • Isco had a great debut with Real Madrid, scoring the wining goal that put him as the savior of the team and the day! The stadium was chanting his name, a good sign!

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  • Cesc Fabregas made it clear that he wants to stay in Camp Barca, he played great and was one of the best in his team.

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  • Sergio Ramos is no longer a platinum Blonde!!…. I don’t know what happened there, either he was having too much fun as a blonde and decided to get back to business or the blondes don’t have that much fan after all…. lol

 I didn’t watch the rest of the games, but I don’t see any major surprises. It’s just the first game so we’ll see!

Let’s move to the EPL

I feel like I don’t need to say much about this, if you live in the USA I think the coverage of NBC was extensive and well done, I was happy to be able to see the game live on my phone lol!!

But we did have some surprises too…

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Arsenal opening game was not the best they lost 0-3 vs Aston Villa and the feeling they left to the fans was not promising, so they have to work to do specially in their defense and they face another problem as many pointed out, Arsène Wenger hasn’t been able to strengthen the team with good additions, I think their fans are wondering if they will buy someone in this window market! This was kind of the big surprise of the weekend.

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Manchester United had a very special game, the first one after the Sir Alex Ferguson era, which was a very successful, he is truly a legend in the football world, so some were a bit nervous and uncertain about the future, all that have put some pressure on the team, and if you add the Wayne Rooney situation, that create a lot of expectations, but base on what we saw yesterday well I think so far is all under control, Robin van Persie is sensational, he is again a contender to end the season at the top in the goal department, the team needs some improvement but a victory 4-1 over Swansea City, can be called a good start.

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Another game to watch was Chelsea vs  Hull City which marked the return of Jose Mourinho to the EPL, he received a lot of love from the fans and his team beat Hull 2-0 , it seems that everything went according to the plan!

So many news about the transfer market, but also about the reactions to this first games!!

**Eye Candy alert**

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I really enjoy the games, but I have to say it, I think Zidane looks so good in that black suit!! C’mon that is pure handsomeness and he is not that young anymore, see boys we don’t need much just a nice suit or a nice tan lol… he is definitely like a good wine let’s just leave it there… lol!! Oook, he is  cute though…

Thanks for reading, I hope you did enjoy opening day, it was a weekend full of emotions, reunion ns andsurprises!! Let me know what you think, what surprised you the most and what team are you supporting this season!!

Take care! This just started and we couldn’t be happier!! hahaha

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Besitos!

Pictures thanks to Real Madrid official Facebook, BarcelonaFC.com, telegraph.co.uk, Mirror.co.uk, and Google.com

Friendly Games and some dance moves!

Hola!!

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It’s all about friends and Friendly games between the European clubs, they are getting close to finish their pre-season tours, getting ready for regular season can be a challenge for some, but at least they entertain people in many places!

AC Milan's El Shaarawy shoots and scores his second goal against Cagliari during their Serie A soccer match at San Siro stadium in Milan

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Today is a busy day in Miami,  LA Galaxy 0-2 final result vs AC Milan and now Real Madrid vs Chelsea this one with a little bit of an old history behind, but overall should be a nice and fun day!! Lucky fans in Miami, yesterday a Calcio clasico Inter1-1 (9-8 penalty) vs Juventus… I should consider moving to Miami or at least traveling there next summer…you  had all the fun this pre-season!!

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Look who visited Real Madrid training in Miami;

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Paolo Maldini and ‎Shevchenko‬ two Legends of this Sport!!

And now I officially can say I am old!!…  I watched them, when both were active players, everytime that I see a former player now as a coach or retire I said to myself “wow you’ve been watching Football for too long now”  or maybe not enough, but it’s always nice to see a former player, it brings back old but nice memories!! I grew up watching them play, so always a nice feeling… taking aside the getting old part lol

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 And people went crazy in Bangkok with Barcelona, they play vs Thailand’s national team and at least the fan enjoyed watching their Barça idols because the result was to forget for their national team. (Thailand 1-7 Barcelona) Kudos to the player that scored that goal hehe…. This was all about exhibition and Camp Barca gave them a real show!

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Neymar scored his first goal, a good way to start and to show he is recovering from his health issues after his arrival to Barcelona.

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 This is football!!

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So let’s enjoy it!!

 I’m leaving you with some dance moves from Djokovic after Rogers Cup Win… I have to say, nice moves!! lol Let’s start getting into US Open tennis mood… soon

Thank for reading, I am ready to watch Real Madrid vs Chelsea final!!… Who will win?? If you want you can follow on Twitter @MonikJherrera

Pictures from Real Madrid official Facebook, FCBarcelona.com, www.inter.it/en/, google.com, video from Youtube.com user 103greatgoals