Park Ji-sung says goodbye.
It was apt. On the day that Park Ji-sung announced his retirement from the South Korean national team, leaving the way open for even more young players, then 21 year-old midfielder Koo Ja-cheol was bidding farewell to Jeju United and heading to Europe to join 2009 German champions VfL Wolfsburg.
Park’s goodbye was more emotional and marks the end of an era. After making his 100th appearance in the semi-final of the 2011 Asian Togel Hongkong Cup that ended in a penalty shootout defeat at the hands of eventual champion Japan, Park confirmed that he wouldn’t be seen in the famous red shirt of his nation again in order to prolong his career in another red shirt, that of Manchester United.
Even at the far-from-ancient age of 29, Park feels that the lengthy journeys from Manchester to Seoul don’t do his body any favours and it can be safely assumed that his English employers are not against this decision.
“I think I could have continued my international career without health issues,” Park said, blinking in front of hundreds of flashlights at KFA House in Seoul. “But I will accept the situation as it is and I have no regrets. Because of our geographic location, I’ve had to travel long ways from Europe to play (in South Korea). But to be competitive in the world, we have to travel around the world and players from now on should take care of themselves.”
Try as he might, he couldn’t convince the assembled press pack that he doesn’t plan to make a dramatic comeback at the 2014 World Cup when he will be 33.
“If we make it to the World Cup in Brazil, then players who worked hard during the qualification …
Far from the tinderbox of the Gaza strip there’s a pocket of South America where you can see the Palestine flag flying high and football fans decked out in keffiyeh headdresses.
These fans are the loyal followers of Club Deportivo Palestino, a team that narrowly missed out on Chile’s Primera División last season. They lost to Colo Colo in the championship play-off decider and were denied the third league title of their history.
Chile has the largest population of displaced Palestinians outside the Middle East region and in 1920 a group of them decided to start a football team in Santiago. While in its infancy Palestino competed in the colonial championships of Osorno.
These days home games are played at Cisterna Keluaran HK Municipality Stadium and a capacity crowd produces a 12,000 strong sea of red, green and black.
When a national league was established by the Federación de Fútbol de Chile in 1952 Palestino joined the second division and won an instant promotion to the top-flight.
Three years later they won the national championship under the guidance of former Argentine captain Guillermo Coll. Their only other title came in 1978 with a league and cup double, this time with legendary Chilean captain Elías Figueroa at the helm.
Another familiar face to have passed through the ranks at Palestino is former Chilean international midfield Clarence Acuña who had a spell at Newcastle United as well as appearing at 1998 World Cup for Chile.
Despite Palestine remaining unrecognised as a country by everybody from the United Nations to Myspace, FIFA has allowed a Palestinian national team compete in World Cup qualifiers for the last 10 years.
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There is a familiar look to the top of the J-League, where Gamba Osaka and Urawa Reds currently occupy the top two positions.
The two clubs clashed in front of 55,258 fans at Saitama Stadium on May 13, where the shares were spoiled in a 1-1 draw, after Bare’s early opener was cancelled out by Washington.
Washington endured a frustrating afternoon against Gamba, first seeing a goal chalked off for a foul on thirty-seven minutes, before Gamba goalkeeper Yosuke Fujigaya saved Washington’s spot-kick after sixty-four minutes. The temperamental striker finally got on the score-sheet after seventy-six minutes, as the honours were shared in Saitama.
Gamba got back to winning ways on May 19, beating Kashiwa Aplikasi Judi Online Reysol 2-1 in wet conditions at Expo ’70 Stadium in Osaka. Ex-Ventforet Kofu striker Bare scored his seventh goal of the season to open proceedings. Midfielder Takahiro Futagawa then produced an early contender for goal-of-the-season, with a stunning thirty yard strike that rocketed passed Yuta Minami in the Kashiwa goal.
On the stroke of half-time former Bayer Leverkusen front-man Franca played in strike partner Tadanari Ri, and the Japan under-22 international produced a clinical finish to beat Fujigaya in the Gamba goal. That’s how the scoreline stayed, as the second half failed to match the excitement of the first.
In Aichi-ken 34,347 fans turned out at Toyota Stadium, but the home fans left disappointed as Urawa snatched a 2-1 win over Nagoya Grampus Eight. With Marcus Tulio Tanaka missing through a thigh injury, Brazilian defender Fabio Nene stepped in, and he opened the scoring by heading home Robson Ponte’s twenty-seventh minute corner.
Norwegian international Frode Johnsen equalised when he ghosted in behind the Urawa defence to volley home Shohei Abe’s left-wing cross, as the …
Woken this morning by the call of the muezzin, blaring out “Allahu akbar” on a microphone at 5.30a.m. This got me thinking further about the similarity Pkv between Islam and football. The muezzin will call people to prayers five times a day every day, at sunrise, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset and night. The timetable for these calls can be found in the daily papers. A more flexible timetable is adopted for football but details can also be found in the paper, for many everyday people participate in this form of religion through the television. Our TV listings page will show, Soccer AM, Football Focus, Match of the Day any live games and late night football from overseas. Other more devout followers, will also turn to the fixtures section and answer the call, sometimes by travelling vast distances.
Islam means ‘submission’ and the people are expected to observe the five pillars which form the basis of the religion. The first pillar is to publicly declare ‘there is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his Prophet’. In football we will tell anyone that our team is better than anyone else’s, no matter what our current league position is.
The second pillar, is to answer the call of the muezzin, and pray five times a day. (I answered this mornings call by asking him to be quiet). In football it is important to get your daily fix and an innovation of recent times has been the great ball in the sky – the satellite which provides non stop information.
The third pillar is to give alms for the propogation of Islam and to help the needy. In football this can be done by paying exorbitant amounts of money in the form of either match day admission fees or …
In Europe, England qualified for the World Cup in South Africa in style from Group 6 with a 5-1 thrashing of Croatia at Wembley. Two goals a piece from Gerrard and Lampard and one from Rooney meant that England qualified with a 100% record so far in their group.
Elsewhere in the the European qualifying zone Northern Ireland’s hopes of making the tournament took a blow with a 2-0 loss at home to Slovakia. Scotland’s hopes were dashed when they crashed 1-0 at Hampden to The Netherlands after a late goal by substitute Elia.
There were wins for Germany 4-0 at home to Azerbaijan, Portugal 1-0 away to Hungary, Italy 2-0 at home to Bulgaria. Spain qualified for South Africa with an impressive 3-0 drubbing of Estonia.
Holders Italy, Serbia, Slovakia and Switzerland seem to be on course for automatic qualification with France, Portugal, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland hoping to get to South Africa through the play-offs.
The biggest surprise of the night was Faroe Islands 2-1 Lithuania . This was the Faroe Islands’ first win in a World Cup qualifying match for eight years.
In Asia, Bahrain advanced through the play-offs after a 2-2 draw in Saudi Arabia with a dramatic late equalizer. Bahrain will face New Zealand is another two-legged play-off to decide which team will appear at the 2010 World Cup.
In South America, Paraguay beat Argentina 1-0 to qualify and leave Diego Maradona’s team in serious danger of not making the finals. Paraguay dominated a disorganized Argentina and the second half sending off of Juan Sebastian Veron sealed Argentina’s fate. Argentina are 5th in the group only one point ahead of Uruguay who they must play away next month.
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Arsenal are a tad late to the party, but they are very close to signing two new players. Their rivals have all signed at least two new players, but Arsenal’s exploitation of the transfer market means that they could bring in Mathieu Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez in a matter of days, as reported by Talksport. The fans are obviously jubilant at this news, which has been in circulation for a few days now. However, they will now be wondering who is next on the shopping list.
I am personally wondering who Arsenal are lining up because beyond Sanchez and Debuchy, not much has been reported. There have been hints that a defensive midfielder, striker, centre-back and back-up goalkeeper will be brought in. Who do Arsenal need to focus on first though?
It was apparently made clear that the Gunners would be trying to bring in a striker next season, but if they are successful in signing Alexis Sanchez then the need to buy another expensive attacker is reduced. As Arsenal are seemingly not chasing a big-name striker, they may be content with bringing in a cheaper option that is not sought after by everybody. The reduced competition would not only make them more likely to get their man, but also for a relatively low price.
I think Arsenal should be eyeing up a defensive midfielder next, as they need to pay up to replace Mikel Arteta who simply doesn’t have the fitness to start and finish every game of the Premier League season. He will still be a very important player, but he shouldn’t be starter. Therefore, I think the Gunners need a player who is both for the long-term and ready to play for a team like Arsenal now.
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