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Major League Soccer, Time to Shine

12 Jun
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The time has come for soccer to take its rightful place in the United States and its long- awaited return to triumph and popularity.  I wonder why it is that people continue to question the place of major league soccer, MLS.  The media may play a part in this influence, as financially speaking the big money rests in baseball, football (American) and basketball.  The sporadic location of soccer teams may be another, if a city has no team, then its citizens are not as apt to promote a sport.

The decline of soccer popularity in the United States has contributed to soccer fans turning their attention to the Premier league, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga.  Now is the time to bring the joy back to US soil, now is the time to let soccer shine in this neck of the woods.

New York has already announced a second MLS team, giving the Red Bulls a competitor, and now it seems, maybe Miami will soon join in the excitement.

David Beckham is said to be considering club ownership in Miami.  The international friendly fixtures seem to draw a crowd and create frenzy among the local fans and then there is the upcoming International Champions Cup.  The idea of major league soccer in a town heavily populated with South Americans may prove interesting, at the very least lucrative, that is, if the introduction of a new team is managed properly.  The high profile name of Beckham may be the seal on the deal.

We will soon find out if another MLS team is born, in the meantime we can enjoy the game in limited release as well as in World Cup Qualifying matches, for it seems like the US Men’s Soccer Team has no intention of giving up its bid for World Cup 2014.

Now for those of you who still question the brilliance of soccer. Let me just recap my views on this fantastic sport, just in case you missed it before.

The game of soccer is magnificent to watch.  It is a game of skill and art.  The combination of immaculate fit, masculine, close to perfection bodies, as well as the skill to maneuver a leather, 28 inch, 16 oz ball across a grass field while 9 other set of legs quickly and assertively manipulate that same ball to their advantage is a sight to see.

That last minute crossing pass that seems to slow down time as it soars from the sidelines, down the middle to the perfect chip shot that floats over the goalkeeper’s head and just makes it swiftly under the crossbar to score the winning goal.

Since many of us, soccer fans, will say anything so that this sport is given a higher profile in the US, may I add for some of you ladies that are still on the brink of hesitation on whether to watch this wonderful game…

The game of soccer is an artistic endeavor and a sexy game as well.  When that tone, fit to perfection player immaculately and skillfully maneuvers a chest trap, you have to sigh at the tone chest rippling underneath the snug jersey, while the hamstring and quadriceps muscles peak from underneath those fantastic billowing shorts.

Of course, there are those of us who enjoy the game for its athletic and skillful intensity, but a little bonus fun never hurts.  Besides I believe that promoting a sport should be done in any way possible, just ask the folks in Europe; they know how to use this marketing strategy and do it very well.

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Soccer International Break: The Rain of World Cup Qualifications

17 Oct

My nerves on the edge of betrayal, the love of the game intertwined with the reality of what is to come, the calm before the down pour that brings joy, disappointment and the wonders of a sport alive until the very last seconds; turning dreams into a different reality.

The future is swift, history created in one moment; the honor of World Cup champions hangs by a very fine string.

La Roja beats strong, the heart of a defender with nothing to prove looks to the sky and gives thanks for the honor to score for a team that etched their glory into a past never forgotten.

How is one to decide the path that lays open for creation, wide with anticipation, and long with possibilities.   The clouds roll in and allow the magic of water to flow, encompassing the green below, mixing tension and fear with determination and hope.  Can the ripeness of what could happen, be picked with certainty?

The strength of a four-point lead, allows the wondrous sprinkle of sunshine to bring joy to those that never give up.  The fog rolls thick, one hundred ways in which one man brings a smile to the faces of many, but within the raindrops, the win cannot be achieved, yet the applause will remain forever to keep.

A sparkle of aspiration for countries long forgotten, lost in the shuffle striving to be found, looking for a moment of glory.  The monster of the south, with the help of a number ten legend, showing the unstoppable hunger to find the splendor of 2014.  A country which has yet to step up to the game, make their own mark on the name of football, a European foundation that has yet to stronghold its existence in a country with youth on its side.

The love of a country, the rain of the past, makes way for the forthcoming mistakes that lead to a rebirth of a people full of love for the world, the strength to overcome a sodden mess that makes way for a glorious contribution to a game that will continue to keep fans cheering in their seats for its unpredictability and wonder.

A game of magic that leads us to shout for the past to make way for the future; rays stream through the cloudburst.

(Some of my favorite Groups)

GROUP A
Team MP W D L GF GA Pts
Belgium 4 3 1 0 8 1 10
Croatia 4 3 1 0 6 2 10
Serbia 4 1 1 2 6 5 4
FYR Macedonia 4 1 1 2 3 4 4
Wales 4 1 0 3 3 11 3
Scotland 4 0 2 2 2 5 2
GROUP C
Team MP W D L GF GA Pts
Germany 4 3 1 0 15 6 10
Sweden 3 2 1 0 8 5 7
Republic of Ireland 3 2 0 1 7 8 6
Austria 3 1 1 1 5 2 4
Kazakhstan 4 0 1 3 1 8 1
Faroe Islands 3 0 0 3 2 9 0
GROUP F
Team MP W D L GF GA Pts
Russia 4 4 0 0 8 0 12
Israel 4 2 1 1 10 5 7
Portugal 4 2 1 1 6 3 7
Northern Ireland 3 0 2 1 2 4 2
Azerbaijan 3 0 1 2 1 5 1
Luxembourg 4 0 1 3 2 12 1
GROUP H
Team MP W D L GF GA Pts
England 4 2 2 0 12 2 8
Montenegro 3 2 1 0 9 2 7
Poland 3 1 2 0 5 3 5
Moldova 4 1 1 2 2 7 4
Ukraine 3 0 2 1 1 2 2
San Marino 3 0 0 3 0 13 0
GROUP I
Team MP W D L GF GA Pts
Spain 3 2 1 0 6 1 7
France 3 2 1 0 5 2 7
Georgia 4 1 1 2 2 4 4
Belarus 4 1 0 3 3 8 3
Finland 2 0 1 1 1 2 1
GROUP MATCHES
Team MP W D L GF GA Pts
Argentina 9 6 2 1 20 7 20
Ecuador 9 5 2 2 12 9 17
Colombia 8 5 1 2 14 6 16
Venezuela 9 3 3 3 8 9 12
Uruguay 9 3 3 3 16 18 12
Chile 9 4 0 5 14 18 12
Bolivia 9 2 2 5 12 14 8
Peru 9 2 2 5 10 15 8
Paraguay 9 2 1 6 6 16 7
GROUP A
Team MP W D L GF GA Pts
USA 6 4 1 1 11 6 13
Jamaica 6 3 1 2 9 6 10
Guatemala 6 3 1 2 9 8 10
Antigua and Barbuda 6 0 1 5 4 13 1

No Motivation to Write: No Problem, Eye Spy the Soccer (football) Lads of Euro 2012

20 Jun

Sometimes we find ourselves unable to focus, unable to pick through the rubble that makes way for the diamond of the future. What must we do, when there is no urge to create, no urge to foster something for the morrow? Writing gets you in a pickle sometimes; focusing all energy on a project causes you to exclude the world around you. I am transported into another realm, one in which my imagination creates; a realm where all my ideas seem to make sense.

However, not being able to focus on my writing tasks causes me to disconnect with my world even more; I worry whether I will ever finish a piece, whether it is all worth the effort. I walk myself through all the motivational artillery I possess and most of the time I can get my inner demons of self-doubt, sometimes just plain laziness, out into the light, evaporated or maybe only invisible, waiting to reappear, but at least I have won against them for now.

Then there are the times that nothing does the trick, and I step away from the tasks for a while, give myself room to breathe, stop pushing and allow the fruition to manifest until it is ready to be brought forth, on its own, without my need to push something into existence, force it to become.

Those are the times I need a little distraction; currently, that is Euro 2012, the great game of football (soccer), and the lovely men who make it not only a game of talent and great fluid foot work, but also I feast for my eyes.  A girl has to have a distraction, alas a few handsome lads in uniform or out of it, for that matter, always get my creativity back on the path of cultivation.

That’s how I feel! (Robert Lewandowski)

We all have to win sometimes, right?! (Croatia)

Happiness is Energy. (Czech Republic)

 He is just that good, high five. (Cristiano Ronaldo)

Well… Not much to say or too much! (Fernando Torres)

I needed a little bit more, didn’t you? (Fernando Torres)

Yup, that’s the name of the game; which team jumps higher. (Germany)

That’s how we do it!! (Poland)

Moving on to the quarterfinals is something to celebrate! (Greece)

They tried their hardest. (Ireland) A little more Lewandowski, who can resist? (Robert Lewandowski)

That’s how you get your hair off your face 😉 ( Sergio Ramos)

Oh those Spanish boys, each uniquely good looking. (Spain)

The celebration was there for a little bit. (Poland)

We would love Pique to wave to us, right girls? (Spain)

We all want to know what he’s thinking. (Steven Gerrard)

Air Hugs! (Sweden)

 A little sprinkle of fabulous chest hair. (Xabi Alonso)

This is what Soccer (football) is all about!!!!

Cristiano Ronaldo and  Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Portugal and Sweden)

Euro 2012: The Curtain has fallen on Poland.

16 Jun

The Polish team failed to lead the host country into the quarterfinals.  Poland came out strong, with opportunity after opportunity to score.  However, it was not to be; Czech Republic would deny Poland the advance.

The atmosphere is somber, Polish fans are left to ponder the future of their football (soccer) team, and the reality of coming back for World cup 2014.

Tears have been shed; hearts are broken.

Poland will prevail, as we always do.  The economy will grow, and the country of Poland will continue to unveil its wonders for those visiting.

With Special thanks to the players who Kept Poland ahead, even if just for a while.

Przemyslaw Tyton

Robert Lewandowski

Jakub Błaszczykowski

I give a farewell round of applause to the team of Poland.

Euro 2012: Fans Enjoy the Best of Poland, Good Beer and Great Food!

15 Jun

I love really good food and a good glass of wine or a great cold mug of beer; add to the mix a great football (soccer) match and life is good.

The fans who flocked to Poland and the Ukraine for UEFA Euro 2012 have not been disappointed when it comes to entertainment; there hasn’t been a dull moment since the opening celebrations.  What has kept them happy and coming back for more, the hospitality, the food and beer of course.

Some fun food Friday for those that have not yet had the privilege of sampling the best of Poland; No I don’t mean the good-looking guys and gals!

The fans are definitely enjoying the beer in Poland, as I mentioned in Euro 2012: Have a Drink or Two, I believe Poland has some of the best beer and vodka.  I think the fans may agree.

Na Zdrowie!!

Love this Picture, this is so Europe!

What’s his favorite brand?

Is Polish beer better than German, I might argue, yes?

Drinking may inspire your team to win; it surely helps the Polish economy!

 Yup, it’s better to drink when your team still has a chance, makes for happier fans.

Now for some food.

Gołąbki (cabbage rolls)

Pierogi (dumplings with different yummies on the inside)

Barszcz

Barszcz

Salatka kiszona z marchewką

Kielbasa

Kotlety schabowe

The perfect Polish meal.

Check out Euro 2012: Gdansk, A City of Freedom, to take a look at grand Polish breakfasts.

Inspire your Confidence, Create Success: Sometimes a Good Sports Match is the Key!

13 Jun

The idea of success, no matter what your path in life may be, has been installed in our minds since before most of us can even remember.  As small children, even newborns, there are the hopeful dreams of our parents that we will be successful in life and love.

However, success can only show its bright glow if we have the belief in our talents, the belief in what we, as individuals, can bring to society, and the feeling, that ‘I’ can make a  small impact in this world.

Watching Euro 2012 has been a delight, but as I have noticed, just as the media writes off certain teams; Poland, Czech Republic, Portugal, the team goes on to equalize their position in the tournament, proving once again that they will not come tumbling down; not yet.  Confidence and motivation become the key elements that draw someone back in the game, which creates an opening for success.

PortugalCzech RepublicPoland

No matter what your goals in life may be, no one should have the ability to keep you down, to keep you from reaching for the highest star and making it your own.  We have seen it all through history; those that have been turned down, rejected and unappreciated have blossomed.  As a writer, I have had my fair share of rejection, but what else is there to do but keep trying, keep writing, continue perfecting and push harder for the ultimate outcome: the published project.

We have to push through all the individuals who want to tell us we are not good enough.  We have to strive to continue no matter the chatter behind our backs, the part of the world that wants us to fail can only be proven wrong, if we work harder and push for our own future, the one we write with our own ambition and the confidence we build from within.

Sometimes big sports events can reawaken our senses, and stir ambition.  The summer will prove to be full of such events; first Euro 2012, next the 2012 Summer Olympics, and all kinds of fun stuff in between.

Euro 2012: Whatever Happens, Poland Wins the Hearts of Thousands

12 Jun

One of the most stressful matches of the tournament for any fan of Poland will be today:

Poland

vs

Russia

I am Polish of course, so the stress will be 10 fold, not only will the final score, more or less, solidify the outcome of group A, but the tension in the air is as thick as honey.

Unfortunately, the Russian fans have already shown their unsportsmanlike behavior sending four stewards of the European championships to the hospital.  There are no excuses to why Russian fans would attack stewards after a match that left Russia winning against the Czechs 4-1.

Security will be tight today in Warsaw; thousands of fans, both in Russia and Poland, will watch the match.  The hoopla surrounding the tensions between the Polish and the Russians have been aggravated by the media, hopefully history will be kept off the field and the fans will focus on the spirit of the tournament, the spirit of friendly matches that unify the world.

Of course, we all have our favorites, and I will be putting all my fan energy into this match; the Polish team would be more than national heroes if they could pull this one off and win, or even bring home a tie.

Long Live Poland, and all the Best of Luck to a Wonderfully inspiring Team!

Robert Lewandowski: Poland Needs You Again

GO POLAND!

Euro 2012: An Oldie but Goodie Keeps the Spirits High: Andriy Shevchenko

11 Jun

A lack luster England vs France match left me begging for more; more flair like the football (soccer) matches I have become accustomed to.  England played a defensive match, lacking the energy needed to produce positive crowd appreciation.

The highlight was the Sweden vs Ukraine match.  Who would have thought??

Well apparently not the commentators, they thought Sweden would take the win.

 Andriy Shevchenko scored 2 points, utter brilliance.  The striker was not even supposed to make the starting lineup, but for a few days back.  Well, the veteran player, who made his Euro debut, didn’t let his age get in the way of grand football (soccer) skills, scoring not one but two goals: goals rewarded by the Ukrainian fans, who made their own impact on the game.  The crowd support stirred the players to go for the win.

Oldest Striker in the tournament,  Andriy Shevchenko, scores better than the youngest superstars yet to make their mark.

Now that was some exciting Football (soccer)!

Tomorrow, will be a nail biter, and I might just have to be a little tipsy for the Poland vs Russia Game.

Long live Poland!

Euro 2012: Lewandowski Polish Hero: He Could Have Been!

8 Jun

A perfect header into the net, Robert Lewandowski gave Poland a 1-0 lead in the first half of the game against Greece.  The Polish team came out strong, looked unstoppable and left the crowd in awe of a football (soccer) game written like a perfect play by play.

Lewandowski was ready by the net, with a wonderful smile on his face throughout most of the first half.

Poland dominated possession of the ball and looked to be not only in prime offensive domination, but was eagerly awaiting to jump on their defensive skills as well.  Alas, the Greeks looked sluggish and unresponsive in the first half, failing to keep the ball away from their neck of the woods, playing a defense game, a non impressive one to add.

Then we go to break, a half time motivational speeches from the coaches; speeches that could have kept the Polish team on top, and the Greeks spirits revitalized.

The second half of the match is still a wonder to me.  What happened behind the scenes, the Polish team comes back out onto the field, and looks deflated, energy sapping and offense almost completely invisible.  The only highlight of the second half is goalie substitute Przemyslaw Tyton saving a penalty kick.

A question arises, did Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, lose the match?  Do you rush the ball, if you are not confident enough to dominate the hold?

All in all, it was a good game, and it had me glued to the television set, although I could have been a little less tense had the Polish team kept up their fever.

Okay back to the job at hand, Czech Republic vs Russia.

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