Archive for the ‘Deaths’ Category

Happy 2008

Posted: December 31, 2007 in Deaths, Euro 2008, Happy New Year, Soccer

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Last night of 2007, instead of doing what is probably going to be a lame year in review of footy, I will leave you with my best wishes to all in the new year. I’ll see you next year, and non-stop coverage of Euro 2008. Also, RIP to Motherwell player Phil O’ Donnell, who died in a Scottish Premier League match after suffering an apparent seizure.

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Another Tragic Death

Posted: September 4, 2007 in Deaths, Soccer

South African international Gift Leremi was killed yesterday in a car crash at the age of 22. Leremi lost control of his car and it went down an embankment. He scored 4 goals as a member of the South African National team, and was a popular player at his club, Mamelodi Sundowns. However, he apparently lacked discipline and had a drinking problem. In spite of all that:

RIP Gift Leremi.

Source: IOL 

Heck yeah, David Beckham is going to change US soccer in the span of 5 years. Looks like year 1 is off to a wonderful start. Haven’t won an MLS game with him, they lose in the Superliga final, and he gets injured during the final. Beckham strained his knee in the 30th minute as the LA Galaxy lost 1-1 (4-3 penalties) to Pachuca in Carson, California. So strained knee=4-6 weeks of missing action. My dad is a big soccer fan and played it after school all the time, he said that Beckham is injury prone. Not only is he right, but Beckham is 32, it’s not going to get any better. Maybe the MLS should focus less and less on marketing, and more and more on improving their players. Signing Beckham wasn’t for showing guys how it’s done, but for profit. Look how much attendance has jumped because of him. That’s not going to reflect well in the rest of the world. They (Europeans particularly), are probably thinking that we won’t sniff a soccer game unless there is a supposed big shot out there.

Speaking of attendance, it looks like they didn’t even sell out WITH Beckham starting. It’s a tournament final, they should be happy because they’re the pits of the MLS, and out of a 27,000 stadium, the grand total for a championship game was…..12,000. Most of them Pachuca fans. It’s an insult when it’s your home stadium, and yet there are more fans for the opposing team, than your own home team. Alexi Lalas has got 4 more years (possibly) of Beckham, if he can’t fix this now, it’s bye-bye to fans, and bye-bye to his job.

Source: CBS Sportsline

On a brighter note: Galaxy players wore black armbands in memory of Sevilla defender Antonio Puerta,who died on Tuesday of a heart attack. RIP Antonio Puerta.

RIP Antonio Puerta

Posted: August 29, 2007 in Deaths, La Liga, Soccer

So young (22 years old), promising future, and his life came to an end yesterday due to a heart attack. Here is a tribute video made by one Youtube user.

Antonio Puerta, Sevilla defender, 1984-2007.