In yesterday’s penalty kick shootout victory over Costa Rica, Netherlands star striker Robin Van Persie was held in check and failed to find the back of the net in 120 minutes of action.
Ironically, so were other celebrated scorers from the three other high powered teams whose recent victories enabled their countries to also advance to the 2014 World Cup Semi-finals.
Neither Thomas Muller of Germany, Lionel Messi of Argentina nor Neymar of Brazil were able to score in their sides’ respective wins. Like Van Persie, Muller, Messi and Neymar were heavily marked during their entire matches. Continue reading
In all of sports, there may not be a more intimidating warning than hearing that the opposing team has lots of weapons.
In this comic, this armed and dangerous metaphoric expression is readily apparent.
In the sport of soccer consider closely the prowess on the pitch of club teams teams like Real Madrid, Manchester City and Bayern Munich or national teams like Brazil, Argentina, Germany and The Netherlands. Continue reading
Yesterday, a cacophony of cheers erupted when Holland’s Robin van Persie’s brilliantly headed a perfect 50-yard cross from teammate Daley Blind into the back of the Spanish net.
The din dwarfed the distracting drone of the countless vuvuzelas that fans at the South African World Cup produced in 2010.
It also heralded the expectation of fabulous football for international fans in this year’s soccer spectacle in Brazil. Continue reading
No one was surprised to learn that within a 24 hour time span an important football game sold out at the University of Michigan’s iconic Big House 100,000+ seat stadium.
However, what did surprise, better yet shock, sports fans is that the sell-out for the August 2, 2014 game did not pit legendary rivals the University of Michigan Wolverines versus the Ohio State Buckeyes in NCAA football action.
Instead, the marquee match-up will feature the two top international football (soccer) teams in the world: Manchester United and Real Madrid. These squads will face each other ironically on the Big House’s gridiron turf turned into a soccer pitch. Continue reading