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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~

RAFAEL NADAL, despite losing at the Australian Open 2012 final, you will always be an aspiring champion….

The Australian Open Tennis 2012 Grand Slam has come to an end following a final match encounter that I could not simply put into words. As a matter of fact, the match might have been too intense and mind blowing. This latest final confrontation occured between current world no. 1, Novak Djokovic against world no.2 Rafael Nadal, in which “The Djoker” has prevailed. The match was so epic that it will surely be written down into history book alongside 2008 Wimbledon Final which was arguably the best tennis match ever! In the latest Austalian Open final edition, Djokovic beat Nadal in an epic 5 sets match lasting for 5 hours and 53 minutes, which is the longest final Grand Slam match ever with a score line of 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-5. The previous longest duration final GS match was just at 4h 54m which was almost an hour shorter. Doesn’t that along with the scoreline could tell you anything? Simply LEGENDARY!

The longest final match ever in 100 years of tennis history

I dare to say that these two players have elevate their game even beyond Roger Federer’s, and I too reluctantly have to believe that Novak has been one of the finest player in tennis history. Both have performed well throughout the tournament as Nadal beat Federer relatively easy in four, while Novak was tested by Murray and eventually succeeded in five sets match, both in semis. But, being Rafa’s fan, I was tremendously devastated, saddened by his lost in the final. This has been his best performance against “The Djoker” in recent years, as he has given everything he could, retaliating with all his might and fate still doesn’t lie with him, yet again. Despite trailing 1-2 coming into the fourth set while his body language and confidence never looked any worse with errors after errors, he somehow astonishingly got his composure back and regrouped to fight Djokovic neck to neck in the fourth, and eventually prevailed with a tight scoreline.

Roger's age is finally catching up, the focus is now on rivalry between Novak and Rafa

Mental prowess that Nadal showed really filled me with awe, looking at how he pushed himself hard to get back into the game, giving his best in everything that he could, and so close to winning the game. Mind you that Nadal has lost to Djokovic for 6 consecutive finals in 2011 which include 2 Grand Slams, and 4 ATP Masters, even in clay court where it was supposed to be his territory. And coming into the final match, while holding a psychological disadvantage against his opponent, I have to salute & respect on his resilience and mentally as well through out the match because he was not only battling Novak on the other half of the court, but inside his mind as well. The last set lost was just a matter of Nadal being unlucky. It was 50/50 in the end after Nadal did an impressive job to stay in the game.

Djokovic embraces Nadal after an epic match..

RAFAEL NADAL, even though you lost the Grand Slam, but you have definitely raise my respect towards you that has actually been sky high. You had produced so many legendary & memorable matches with whoever great players you were battling against; and that others wont be able to take that from you despite you winning or losing. You are my idol as a person and as a sports man. You showed to most ordinary people that with true, tremendous hard work, you can be a champion as well. You are an inspiration and despite losing again, you are still the winner in everybody’s heart. You have won so many titles, beat the so called “Greatest of All Time” in Federer too many times, been world No.1, and has achieved everything that other people wish to achieve, and despite all that, you behaviour & manner are too unbelievable to believe. Outrageously humble, your attachment towards parents & uncle, your respect towards opponents, hard worker, never give up attitude, well behave on courts, your guts, and a very nice guy as a whole. All these character of yours for me have made you the best, well deserved and most unique tennis champion the game will ever have.

Rafa plays his tennis like a warrior

Contrasting, other champions like Federer definitely has true quality & actual character as a champion, Djokovic has talents and resilience as world best. Even McEnroe in the past was a hot tempered genius and the great Borg was a cool, calm & collected champion. But the man called Rafael Nadal is not a genius player like Federer, or even Djokovic. Nadal is just an ordinary guy who work, work and work hard; improve, improve and improve on his game until he is able to adjust himself to suit the situation he has to face. Challenges that came as specific players, different court surfaces or different playing style, he conquered them all by training diligently. In many people’s eyes, they don’t see him as only a tennis player but also a fighter. Dubbed as a modern day gladiator, he gains respect and fear even from opponents and their supporters. I know that this recent Djokovic “jinx” has been deeply buried in his mind after so many losses, however I always believe and pray that he will be able to overcome this mountainous obstacle eventually as he had proved before. And for all that, you will always be an aspiring champion for everyone especially me. Rafael Nadal would be my inspiration even in matters beyond tennis, as in real life. A real role model & a true aspiring champion. VAMOS RAFA!

SPAIN & THE CITY @ from a football fan perspective..

I guess today I would like to spend time to write about sporting scenes & I chose football first and has pick out some players. Okay, to be frank I don’t really have any particular football club that i devote for. Because i would rather like certain players than the whole team. If I would like a club, it would have to be my dream team then. International football is a different matter(soon i will tell you why). And I know everyone has one nowadays whether in La liga, Serie A, EPL or even Bundesliga. Even the ladies have, and I wonder if they actually enjoy the soccer game, or because it is trendy, or just simply want to watch cute face footballers(sorry, badmouth). For me however i have always admire the so called “Special One”, Jose Mourinho charisma as a coach, so i started to take a liking on his Chelsea around 2005. Later on, my heart began to move for Liverpool since Torres has joined them in 2007. You could say that I have been quite his fan since his spell at Atletico Madrid; and I particularly rooting for Spain National Team at World Cup 2006, just because he was in the team. After a slump in Euro2004, they made a moderate comeback after winning all games in group stage whilst Torres scored 3 in the process, but luck did not lie with them & were easily knocked out by France in round of 16. However,this has been the moment people start to look up to Torres regarding him as a world class player and marking the end of Raul’s national career(another my fav). But then, i took a notice of the rise of players like Puyol, Xavi, Marchena, Casillas & few others that soon will cement their places in the squad, and take the reign as a football powerhouse!

Torres trademark celebration after scoring in World Cup 2006

Charismatic Mourinho, you can't help but to love this guy

After 2 years, yet again critics has considered Spain as “one of the favorite but is bound to flop” during Euro 2008. Fortunately,they were proved to be sOo wrong because this year, Spain came up with proper selection of new talents combined with the more veteran but reliable players, while bravely overlook the more establish big names(like Joaquin and Raul). All under the guidance of former Madrid coach Luis Aragones; which he formed the basis of Spain’s Golden Era. The team by then was comprised of world most threatening forwards duo in David Villa(Valencia) & Torres(Atletico Madrid), majestic midfielders quartet of Xavi, Iniesta, Silva, and Senna (Fabregas as supersub), and a remarkable defensive “China” wall in the form of Marchena, Puyol, Capdevilla & Ramos, plus the invincible Iker Casillas in the goal. They went all the way & defied all odds, particularly during the penalty shootout against Italy(again!) to win the championship. As i watched them, I have to be a keen fan of their midfielders(who doesn’t?) especially both versatile wingers in David Silva and Santi Cazorla. Spain’s tactic was emphasizing on fluid passing and movement of each midfielders and fake wingers, before handing in killer passes after creating space to their forwards to score(the so called total football). For me, it was truly mesmerizing and I felt like watching FIFA game at times! Barcelona coach, Guardiola later applied this style of play into their own team. So in reality, it was not the Spain team that adapted the play from Barcas, it was the other way fellas! Spain coach, Aragones was a former Madridista too.

Euro 2008 Golden Generation

In comparison, i like the squad of 2008 rather than the 2010 squad as the latter was comprised of too many barca players. 2008 squad was a combination of star players scattered among the local’s major clubs like Valencia, Villareal, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and a few from England clubs. What wa unique, they manage to put aside their domestic differences, and were very very united under one coach and tactic, unlike England which has proved to be their Achilles heel. They were able to play the same kind of football too(tiki taka), something that they did not produce in their respective clubs. Hence, they were a lot stronger and able to score at will too(see their scoring tally compared to 2010). Leading to a record of 15 consecutive wins! and other records. Whereas, the present team is too barca minded, and I can see that they don’t really get along with Madrid players as of their rivalry, leading to less union(meaning less stronger,but still formidable nonetheless). For my personal opinion, Xavi & Xabi Alonso should not play together side by side, since they are the different types. But perhaps current coach of Spain, Del Bosque plays Xabi as he wanted to reduce the Catalan’s dominance and having his own trademark in the team.

unity that brought to succes

Valencia, Madrid, Villareal, Barca & Liverpool form a unity, a winning cause

Puyol: "If we stand together, we can win this!"

Ramos: "Go to hell, barbaric captain!" (this kind of incident might lead to Spain's downfall

Barcas & Madridistas have to unite again to take on top countries in Euro'12

Then in 2010, another talented winger emerged in Jesus Navas(from Sevilla). He really caught my eyes even though i could only see a glimpse of him because…his pace and dribbling ability were simply lightning! His only flaw was that he had chronically homesick sickness(so he cannnot travel outside Spain). Funny aite. If not, he should have been picked by Spain’s Aragones much earlier(now he already cured). Another one was the underrated Cazorla which i don’t know why he was. He performed very well as a regular during 2009 Confederations Cup and as a super sub in Euro’08. Was a key figure in Villareal, and now the playmaker in the big spending Malaga. I like him because of his calmness and able to dictate the play, versatile and being ambidextrous, he has all the traits that a perfect midfielder requires, like Snejider. He’s still young, even Iniesta and Xavi peak at after 26 years of age. This trio of Cazorla, Silva and Navas really are jewels on the crown(can include Juan Mata too), putting aside the more establish Xavi and Iniesta. Mark my word, that they will be Spain’s key toward winning more tropihies in future. And not to forget, they are all tiny but deadly. Malaysia come on! no more excuses please.

Supa SIlva celebrating with blue eyed Navas!

former submariners, Santi Cazorla

Mentioning Silva, what a tremendous form he is in right now since his transfer to Man City. To describe him is simply majestic! He is like the combination of xavi and iniesta. he holds & distributes the ball like Xavi; and very attacking minded like Iniesta. His main strength is able to give pin point, defense splitting passes even from angles that people think are impossible(yes,he can definitely do that)! My fav of his performance is during his Valencia days, as when he scored a 35 yards volley from the left side of the pitch, against Chelsea in the quarterfinal of 2007 Champs. League. The goal was very shocking! But then during 2010 World Cup, he was given less chances to play due to he had to take the blame upon the first match defeat. Today, looks like he has put all that behind him & bark up to perform at a whole new level. He is in the form of his life now, & logically should be suffice to redeem back his regular starting spot in the national squad as of 2008; and lead them to the winning cause (bye2 Fabregas:-p).

I regard Silva as the best player in current football after Messi and Ronaldo, and an Iniesta’s or Neymar’s equal. His majestic performance can obviously be seen during City’s match against Man United(which I don’t like) where he was involved in producing 5 goals out of a total 6!! Man Utd simply could not handle him, and I believe the City fans worship the grass the Spaniard floats on every time he produced a fine exhibition of his talents. It is a bless to able to see his exquisite play as the playmaker together with other Citizens, as together they always enjoy scoring mercilessly. He also has the ability to adapt & combine with whoever midfielders he plays with no matter Spain or City. And as of today, I would like to declare that I am officially a Man City fan now, a Citizen! Why? for the very reason that they have gather many talented players that I enjoy watching of course. Don’t blame me for committing treachery or not being loyal to a single club, since this is not our(my) local league anyway, this is England’s. Of course my loyalty lies in our(my) local team 😉 So, just support any team that you want to like and a joy to watch, don’t be so obsessive okay (home fans are exceptional)

the majestic number 21 & citizens

this is my tribute: Malaysian Gurusami vs Aquilani

p/s: I also like Mourinho’s Madrid. Hala Madrid, Viva Espana, Come on Citizens & Malaysia can!