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GREAT SPORTING WEEKEND! …but perhaps not for some

..and how the foul-mouthed fans were forced to watch in agony the condemning goal

Fewwwwwwh! What a great weekend of sports this time around as there were many surprises and turn around of events. Hence, I will recap on some major sporting actions that occurred over the whole weekend in this writing. First, Borrusia Dortmund of Bundesliga manages to retain their Bundesliga crown, denying their closest rival Bayern Munich with still two games to play, and marking a back to back championship title. Remarkably, they have been very consistent in this past two years even when several of their key players leaving or injured. German league might not be as popular as the other highest level league of England, Italy and Spain, however their presence in European competition are always threatening. Even though I rarely watch or follow any German league clubs, Dortmund is nonetheless different, especially with Shinji Kagawa in it. He is spectacular for an Asian and arguably their best player for 2012 season, and which for him being the reason I began to watch the league again. Together with the rest of low profile assembled players and Jurgen Klopp’s superb coaching, Dortmund is simply classy. And with Bayern’s dominance ended, Bundesliga shall no longer be justified as a one club league. Moreover, Kagawa proves that asian players, in particular Japanese can compete at highest level, alongside Okazaki(Stuttgart), Nagatomo(Inter), Ryo Miyaichi(Arsenal), Keisuke Honda(CSKA Moscow), and Kawashima(Lierse) to prove the case.

Jurgen Klopp can't hold back his emotion and hugs Kagawa after he scored the 2nd goal that seals the Bundesliga title.

Borussians celebrating back to back title

The biggest sporting event this weekend was undoubtedly the mouth watering encounter between Real Madrid and their fiercest rival Barcelona, with the estimation of half billion people across the world were watching the “El Clasico” last Saturday night. In the match, Real Madrid spectacularly managed to break their hoodoo against Barcelona to pull off the first win in 8 matches against Barcelona, this time away from home at 2-1. I was really overjoyed by the win, as Madrid proved that they no longer inferior to their rival, and Mourinho’s counter punch tactic was a success. Ronaldo despite his arrogant attitude bettered Lionel Messi that night and shut the hell of all critics that said he cannot turn up during big games. Anyhow, the most ironic moment that night was, almost 100 000 supporters of Barcelona, after their team scored the equalizer, started to taunt “Ronaldo is son of a bitch” in Spanish and jeered him. Just while they were taunting & singing, Madrid counterattacked, and as you all guessed he scored the faboulous goal in a blink of eye shutting the fuck up all their mouths, and to accomplish the goal was Ronaldo celebration pose that asked Barca fans to calm down with sole intent to provoke them. I can only ROFL haha, what an antic from him I can say. Real Madrid now is 7 points ahead of Barca in the league table and I cant see anyway in hell they would lose the Liga with 4 games left to play. !

Ronaldo celebrating while Messi ...cries?

Sometimes you need 3 or 4 players to stop Messi alone!

..and the same can be said for Ronaldo!

Emotional Casillas embraces Pepe after winning the El Clasico

"Calm down, calm down haters!" Ronaldo performs antic sarcasm for 90,000 Barca supporters after scoring the winning goal.

I bet Rafael Nadal without doubt has seen the El Clasico last saturday since he’s a football freak, and hence definitely has been carrying the inspiration of his colleagues of Madrid beating their rival. In this 2012 Monte Carlo ATP 1000 masters final on Sunday, Rafa finally emerged triumphant over Novak Djokovic in a very one sided straight sets match win, his first victory in eight finals over 18 months. Nadal hammered Djokovic 6-3, 6-1 on the first 2012 major clay court tournament marking his 20th ATP 1000 masters title breaking his previous record tie with Federer. What is more, this is his eight consecutive wins at Monte Carlo! What a staggering record that is and probably wont be broken ever. This is a very big win for him for another reason which it will boost his confidence and remove his inferior psychological barrier over Djokovic. Having said that, even before the game started I was already convinced Nadal would win since he has shown tremendous improvement during his last meeting at grand slam against his rival despite losing. And today he proved himself as still an indisputable player on clay court. This win will most probably be the remedy for him before the upcoming Rolland Garros grand slam.

The tennis gladiator is on fire!

The champion's smile and confidence are back. Nadal poses with runner up Djokovic

Whereas at Old Trafford England, goodness me! The title race is a definite on! Manchester United just managed a draw against Everton despite scoring 4 times! I was already giving up on City’s title hope when Everton was trailing 3-1 and 4-2. The Evertonians however proved me wrong by amazingly stagimg a comeback. They definitely did a big favor to Manchester City whom won their match against relegated Wolverhampton right after with the score of 2-0. Currently, City just trails their neighbour by 3 points in the league ahead of their derby next weekend at City’s turf. If City managed to get a win against United(I hope), they will be equal in points with 3 games left to play. City have the upper hand to lead the league whenever both are equal points since they have higher goals margin than United, but will have a rather trickier match ups left compared to their rival, having to face the highflying Newcastle and unpredictable QPR both away from home.

Amazing comeback by Everton left United frustrated

England's biggest derby in the upcoming weekend, Battle of Manchester.

The key battle is between these two top scorers of BPL, who will outscore the other in the derby?

To end the recap with, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel clinches his first win of 2012 Formula 1 by ensuring his victory in Bahrain GP, followed by second and third placed Lotus Renault’s Raikonnen and Grosjean. Franky, I would have already acknowledged on the high pace of Red Bull car. However I was forced to witness even the newbie Lotus Renault could overtake Alonso’s Ferrari piece of cake-ly and achieved podiums finish. What a ridiculous job Ferrari is doing now. I am truly disappointed as the great Fernando Alonso just managed a seventh place on that race despite having an excellent start. Nonetheless, the gap between him and the leader is just 10 points over 4 races. Formula 1 would have a one month break before the next race, so please Ferrari get ready a better car as you had promised for the upcoming Monaco GP!

Redbull's Vettel is sandwiched by Lotus Renault's Grosjean and Kimi Raikonnen

P/s: to a good friend whom support Nico Rosberg so much, congrats on him winning his first F1 GP last weekend at Shanghai 😉


FERNANDO ALONSO Of Ferrari Wins Rain Hit F1 Malaysian GP! WOOOHOOOO!

WOOOoooooooooooHOOooooo! Wuaaahahahaha! ROFL! Fernando has lived up to his status as the most complete Formula 1 driver once again. Hoho, I have so long never been this happy especially since the devastating loss of Alonso’s fellow countryman Rafael Nadal on previous Grand Slam final. This win marks his third Malaysian GP wins(a record) and 28th overall. Wet race condition at Sepang is a common sight, and that includes the 2012 edition, where a heavily poured rain even forced a 50 minutes race suspension at the 9th lap. Coming into the second race of 2012, despite having a not so competent car identical to last year’s, he had shown once more his ability to sneak a win from the 8th qualifying grid position by exploiting the rainy condition to suit his car while driving flawlessly. Whereas at the Australian GP last week, the truly brilliant Alonso arm-wrestled his Ferrari from 12th to 5th in the Australian GP that launched the new F1 season. Those results show how strong his character and what a fighter he is, err much like Rafael Nadal. I guess most Spaniards are really like a bull huh, once he senses an opportunity, there is no holding back. His team-mate, Felipe Massa, however, found the car fundamentally undriveable. He started 16th before retiring in the closing laps, and i thought he had the feel of a merciful release. Ferrari’s statistics stating that in normal circumstances, their cars this year are approximately 1 second off of the fastest car on the grid which is Maclaren. Even though there is slight improvement than last year’s performance which was almost 1.5 sec slower, but frankly is still far from what people would expect out of a Ferrari. Ferrari’s cars are supposed to fight on the front grid, but unfortunately this is not always true in current F1.

Fernando was truly happy with this win since having to cope with a below par Ferrari car.

On the bright side, if we follow Alonso’s career closely, we know that Alonso despite whatever car given, he will definitely bring the best out of the car. In 2010, Ferrari throughout the whole season has been regarded as the third fastest behind redbull and Mclaren, but he however fight excellently towards the end; just a strategical error by Ferrari team has costed him the championship on the final race. For a reminder, he also fought for the championship in 2007 just to lose it in the final race too. According to what some of the driver including De La Rosa were quoting, Alonso is the finest and most complete driver of the lot, arguably even over Schumacher. Why? Because no matter what the rules changes were by the FIA, he was always come out on top regardless with grooved tyres, with slicks, with blown diffusers, with double diffusers, with Pirelli, Bridgestone, Michelin, and in any condition especially on the wet as he has prooved again today and throughout his whole career. Wet condition is very challenging and hard to drive in as anything can unexpectedly happen.

Alonso leading the pack in the heavy rain-hit race

Some recklessly fast driver like Hamilton, Vettel or Raikonnen won’t stand a good chance in this condition. It is however a different story for Alonso, Button or Schumacher with their precise and accurate driving. That is why Alonso was always able to outperform others in this sort of situation while able to fully show his talent. On his third win in Sepang, I want to congratulate Fernando Alonso for his superb consistency and amazing drive. The new leader of the championship in this early 2012 season, keep up the good work, and hopefully Ferrari would get some encouragement from the win to improve and produce the best car to match up with Alonso’s driving abilities. To people out there, trust me when I say Formula 1 is even better this year since the former 7 times F1 champion, M.Schumacher is making a come back and he showed glimpses of his old self in this first two races whilst adding another thrill in 2012 is the return of 2007 champion, Kimi Raikonen from World Rally that drives for Lotus F1. Never before there were 6 world champions on the grid battling in a season. And the stellar second placed Sergio Perez of Sauber really draws my attention. Alonso’s successor perhaps? I will wait and follow him closely on incoming races I guess. Ultimately, top notch performance and VIVA ALONSO!
P/s: Ferrari, please keep up with him!

Till next year Malaysian Sepang F1~