October 13th, 2010

Euro 2012 Qualifier Results

Sergio kisses it better? In our world, yes.

We’d like to say that the above photo is indicative of the international spirit of football and manlove characterising last night’s Euro 2012 qualifiers. And while Spain vs. Scotland was nearly a triumph of David and Goliath proportions, like the photo, the truth is somewhat different. There was little successful football played and the manlove was pretty thin on the ground too. Still, with true Kickette spirit, we soldier on. Pfffththhh.

England’s good form in the early stages of the competition puttered out last night, a feisty Montenegro putting on a superb defensive display to frustrate Fabio Capello’s men (left). Wayne Rooney failed to put his goal drought behind him and while debutant Kevin Davies put in a lively performance, no breakthrough was made. (Getty Images/Daylife)

While Wembley displayed dissatisfaction, a few hundred miles north Scotland fans looked on in disbelief as their side almost pulled off the shock result of the qualifiers so far. Goals by David Villa and Andres Iniesta had given Spain a comfortable 2-0 lead, the former a penalty for a handball that brings Villa level with Raul’s record of forty-four goals for his country. Astonishingly though, Scotland drew level via Stephen Naismith and a Gerard Pique own goal. It took a seventy ninth minute Fernando Llorente strike to restore order to the universe, the game finishing 2-3.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored an early free kick in Portugal’s 3-1 win over Iceland, while Germany continued their relentless march towards qualification, a half time 0-0 scoreline against Kazakhstan converted into a 3-0 victory by goals from Miroslav Klose (obviously), Mario Gomez and Lukas Podolski. France again continued their positive start to the campaign, beating Luxembourg 2-0, with goals from Yoann Gourcuff (left) and Karim Benzema.  (AP Photo/Daylife)

Netherlands also took a three goal margin from their match against Sweden, the 4-1 victory coming at a price though; Dirk Kuyt was rushed to hospital after landing awkwardly on his ankle. Liverpool fans will be thrilled to learn that Daniel Agger is also a doubt for the Everton match on Sunday after coming off early in Denmark’s 2-0 win over Cyprus.

A late, late goal from Balazs Dzsudzsak snatched victory for Hungary over Finland, while Sami Hyppia and Adam Szalai engaged in some light petting (left). A Kickette correspondent at the game confirmed that Gabor Kiraly’s tracksuit bottoms were indeed horrifying and expressed disappointment that former Helsinki ‘Man of the Year’ and mascot Bubi did not fly in for an appearance. (Reuters/Daylife)

Nope. We don’t get it either.

Finally, sad news from Italy where the Azzuri’s game against Serbia was called off after crowd trouble. Having seen this (left) it’s fairly obvious why. We have nothing. Seriously. (Getty Images/Daylife)

How was it for you, soldier girls?

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180 Responses to “Euro 2012 Qualifier Results”

  1. I was at the Scotland-Spain game, from Scotland but actually support Spain haha! I couldn't believe it when Steven Naismith scored, I love him to pieces so was happy for him but worried for Spain then when my adorable Pique scored an og I was shattered :( thankfully Llorente rescued us ;)

  2. ZaharaSpain NTBarca* says:

    !Viva EspaNa!
    oh geri, mi amor, it was staggeringly, terribly heartbreaking to see you on the ground, all sad ,when you scored that own goal…but then mi otro amor, fernando llorente,came to save the day and made you all happy again!how i love you both (pQ and Llorente)!
    also, congrats to daveed!yay!
    ps, what a shame about the italy serbia game,no?

  3. senora ramos says:

    so, i know it's days later, but i'm here now to give my 2 cents, though only on the us match as i STILL haven't watch spain-scotland.
    excited jermaine played so well!! brek is going to be a solid yank in the future i can see. i'd love to know why they felt they couldn't play with too much fire until the last 15 min. 1st half was too slow. 2nd half was better. 0-0 still sucks!
    very sad right now. i actually look forward to international break so i can watch la roja, but sadly they have taken my sergio out for the weekend :'( get weell soon bebe.

    also to lorena, love, how some of your countrymen acted was in no way your fault. no need to appologize. you are a great person for feeling like you needed to though. hugs!!

  4. Pique_Xavi says:

    Villa didn't beat Raul he tied, in less games than Raul but they both now have 44. But yes it was nice to see Villa happy and he, at least to me, looked serious after he scored. I wonder what was going through his head? I'm starting to love that guy… Pique, Xavi its possible you'll get a new roommate in my heart, watch out! LOL

    • @DebStimson says:

      I bet he was hoping he would have scored on something other than a PK. Not that PKs are in anyway easy but I think he's a bit frustrated at not being able to score in the run of play.

      • Pique_Xavi says:

        You're so right. I didn't even think of that possibility. But I think Xavi will give him a great pass when he gets to pass Raul's record so he won't have to think it was given to him. Though he is the one to go to for penalties.

  5. @DebStimson says:

    I agree. I think he feels a lot of pressure to silence the critics sometimes at the risk of coming back before he's completely healed. I feel that his recent injury is just a reinjury to the one he suffered at the WC. Shows he's a true competitor but….in the long run isn't helping him much.

    Oh yeah…and the fact that his teammates can't seem to get him the ball isn't helping him much. :

  6. blitzenTO says:

    Spain plays a friendly with someone or other in November, I think.

  7. Kejah says:

    The Netherlands- Sweden match was amazing!! The dutchiess showed their skills and the four goals were FANTASTICAL!!! Soooo happy!!
    Wish Kuyt a quick recovery though!! :(

  8. Leya_S says:

    Yeah I know he'll be back, too. The truth is, he had like 2 major surgeries only in, what, March? April? We can't expect him to be 100% so soon. Whenever I watch Liverpool play, it makes me a little sad bc not only is Fernando struggling (granted, he's been involved in most of their goals in the past several games), but the team's struggling as well, so then I have to hear all the commentators talk about him like it's all his fault.

    • @DebStimson says:

      exactly! Those major surgeries have taken my daughter's teammates at a year to recover from. Granted they don't have the qualities of pysios, etc. that Fernando has at his disposal but still…

      I agree about the commentators…and even some of the "fans" on his FB page. For some reason, they forget that there's 9 other people on the field (not counting Pepe) that are responsible as well.

    • ZaharaSpain NTBarca* says:

      yeah!i hate those commentators!they were doing the same thing durind the world cup!my friend and i i got so pissed that we wrote to them on their FB page and told them to stop being so mean to torres and did they just come back from surgery and are they playing worldclass football with no difficulty because of the operation?i remember how good it felt to defend nando!lol!

  9. Tania says:

    I also wonder what it was about. Sara Carbonero said she was going to ask him about it after the game, but in the end she only had time to talk to one of the players and she talked to Villa. If anyone finds out what the celebration meant, please share…!

  10. Tania says:

    I'm with you, Zinny! He'll be back!!! Ánimo, Fernando, estamos contigo!!! YNWA!!

  11. reggaeballgirl says:

    HMMMMM Sergio Ram-us! Hot all the time! Both Spain teams won yesterday, so I am happy. Anyways cheer up ladies (and some gents) we should be seeing the Spain Nt next month as they have a scheduled friendly vs Portugal, I think. In the mean time, we have league matches to drool over.

  12. Emme says:

    Wow, I cannot even fathom how terrifying the past few days have been for the Serbian players and also for the Italian players and fans. I can't imagine being in the position of Stojkovic & having to withdraw from a match b/c some militants are on the warpath. I don't know much as I probably should know about the contemporary European political landscape, but this is really crossing the line to do something like this. As much as I complain about living in the U.S., I am grateful that I have never gone to a game where someone is throwing fire on the field.
    On a lighter note, as much as I love La Furia Roja, I have to say the match vs. Scotland was pretty entertaining. I was secretly hoping Scotland would pull off the draw I kind of have a soft spot for the underdog. Special thanks to Carles Puyol & Xabi Alonso for truly embodying the spirit of international football (and the kickette army) by exchanging kits post-match. There hasn't been nearly enough of that going on lately. For shame

    • Pique_Xavi says:

      I'm with you on everything you said except for secretly wanting Scotland to tie part, lol. Poor Pique though and Iker seemed mad with his hands on his hips. Reminded me of a mom just looking at the kid because she knows the kid did something wrong, lol.

      • Emme says:

        I did feel badly for Pique, but if he hadn't tried to do anything, there was no way that ball would have not gone into the goal. Scotland gave La Roja a good run for their money, i thought. I love to see nail-biting, intense games. I heart Iker. He keeps everyone in line.

        • Pique_Xavi says:

          Yes I love those type of games too. Sometimes I don't like Iker sometimes I do. I don't know why but I don't like him getting mad. Its natural to get mad but in him I don't like it. But I like it that he isn't afraid to yell when need be. He is the captain, and its not just something he takes lightly. I still remember a lot of great save in the WC specially one in the final. He is great. I love goalkeepers almost as much as I love firefighters, lol. Must be the gloves :)

    • @DebStimson says:

      I'm with you on the underdog feelings. I'd much rather see a tight match and a blow out, regardless of the teams playing.

  13. Shumla says:

    Scotland v. Spain. The ESPN commentator said that Vincente del Bosque does wonders keeping all the egos of the team in check. Really? I don't think there are thaaat many egos. Am I wrong? I did notice that Xabi was acting bad. He was a bit moody and arrogant, but he was sick just a few days ago, so, I understand. Overall, I was very happy about the result of the game. The tiki taka style football is always pleasant to watch. There was a lot of excitement and drama, sometimes too much drama for my poor heart to handle. My sweet Piqué!!! I was sooo happy that Fern saved him from feeling even worse about his o.g. Also about Fern Llorente, I believe he is the sexiest Spanish NT player. There are a lot, a lot of sexy ones, but his sexiness just feels otherworldly. I can't… I just, wow.

    I'm very happy for France as well, that they are making it out of that World Cup madness. Yoann's goal: he fell over after he kicked the ball from 20-something metres, it was all kinds of adorable. Disney Prince, better eyelashes than all of us combined, skills, perfect.

    • Emme says:

      I am glad I was not the only one who noticed Xabi seemed a bit on edge. He seemed to be fouling more than usual and talking back to the refs. Unusual…kind of uncharacteristic of him.


  15. Rossanera says:

    I really just want to say to the Serbian fans out there that there is no need to apologize. I'm Italian and I harbour no ill will. These thugs are not representative of the entirety of your people and I think most people can recognize that. We are all united in our love of the beautiful game in the end.

    • Zhenya says:

      I agree, those thugs were nutters! Ivan Bogdanov was the ringleader. Politics in the Balkans are always touchy but a football game isn't the venue to raise awareness and going about it that way certainly isn't going to help their cause! It's too bad that this may adversely affect the Serbian NT for Europeans.

      • Tania says:

        Totally agree! I admit that I don't really know who the guy or his cause are, but the pitch is no place for politcs or violence (especially the latter).

    • Tania says:

      Very well said, bella!

    • ZaharaSpain NTBarca* says:

      you have a way with words…and i agree!

  16. Pique_Xavi says:

    Congrulations to those who won, and all of my three favorites are undefeated. Villa scoring and making history. Llorente helping out with style. But a better picture Kickette would of been when Villa scored his penalty. The look on McGregor face was priceless. Poor Pique but his team came through. Is it me or some ballers are just confused on what they really are… football players or kickboxers? I've seen way too much lately. I'm also sad we won't get to see NT matches until next year :(

    • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

      That fact just dawned upon me! I mean that we are not going to see these fine men play together for a long time. I guess we´re back to the feisty quarrels about Barca vs RM, Chelsea vs Arsenal and Inter vs the rest of Italy. :)

      • DeeRoma says:

        Inter vs the rest of Italy….so true.

      • Pique_Xavi says:

        Dee Roma beat me to it, lol…. that's how I feel about my America team. Everytime we lose the opposing team celebrates big and we haven't had a good season in years! Sad but true. And I'm starting to get into that Barca vs RM but not because of PQ & Xavi but because of what RM's loving coach has been saying. Please don't call our ballers animals Mr Mourinho, not even in a "good way". Rivalries can be fun in moderation :)

        Well as Mexican I have the Copa Oro and Copa America too look forward to in June & July even if FIFA has established special rules for them both, two different teams two reason to hopefully be happy.

    • @DebStimson says:

      about the kickboxing….really! Poor Xabi…does he like have a bullseye on his chest or what?

      • Pique_Xavi says:

        Its just been happening too much. In a mexican team a guy was suspended for 3 days for talking bad about the refs.. I hope they don't start acting like they rather make the red cards worthwhile.

  17. Tora says:

    I'm from Serbia, and I feel really bad about everything that happened in Genova. It's a disgrace for my country and my people. Here, in Serbia, we all agree it had nothing to do with football. It is connected with politics. I'm really sad because the match wasn't played. I think it could have been a good one.
    But, I'm happy for Spain and the Netherlands. Nando Llorente is sooo cute, and Gerard Piqué is sooo handsome. :P I'm also happy for Hunter's two goals. :)

    • littlegirl says:

      don't worry,

      littlegirl, from Italy, with love.

    • DeeRoma says:

      No need to apologize.

    • Tania says:

      I understand how you feel, but please know that we sane fans know that this does not represent Serbia or Serbian footie fans. Unfortunately for all, every country has its share of violent "fans".

    • Emme says:

      Chin up, sweetie. I don't think anyone actually believes this incident doesn't have anything to do with politics and nothing to do with football. People don't throw flares on a football pitch because they are angry that a player switches teams. I have never been to the Balkans, but I am guessing politics are complicated there. I think the important thing is that no one was killed or seriously injured.

  18. MadridistaJenn says:

    Dear Fernando Llorente,
    Your love of tight kits distracts me from matches. Never change.
    P.S. Nice goal, fantastic match (which I watch in between ogling at the team)!

    • Zinny says:

      OMG I know. I felt myself hoping his shirt would rip again like it did in the world cup. He's an amazing player though.

  19. JVD says:

    The only game I got to see was USA v Poland (Boca was still in the US so it was worth watching the up and down performance on Saturday). I spaced off England v Montenegro and couldn't see Spain v Scotland. I did get to read the live blog and YAY for Lllorente scoring in two consecutive games!!!!! All the pictures of him hugging/jumping on Ramos were amazing.*

    * I am going to ignore the Pique own goal…

  20. Ellie says:

    I was gutted that Wales lost to 4-1 Switzerland, but, lets be honest, we knew that it would happen. Baby Bale did an amazing job, fair play. His goal was fabulous. (btw kickette, i think you should post some Gareth Bale. He's adorable!).
    Spain and Scotland both played well. I was pleased with the result. (I'm Welsh, but my second team is FC Barcelona [first being Leeds United], so I was supporting Spain). Piques own goal broke my little bird heart. Did you see his little face? totally crushed.
    Its okay Pique, we still love you. <3

  21. nath says:

    hei I am from Luxembourg and of course support our team but last night I only watched because of Yoann;) I was so happy when he scored and at the end when he took his shirt off I was in heaven;) he's so hot<3
    trying to get tickets for the next game here in Luxembourg versus France. Hope to see him;)

    • @DebStimson says:

      The commentators were saying some really nice things about Luxembourg: how much their team has improved in recent years and that it's a young team with a lot of potential.

      Being the geographically challenged person that I am, I had thought that Luxembourg was actually a part of Germany. My apologies. I did a bit of googling and found that it is really a small country (about 500,000 people, I think, right?) so that makes it even more impressive that they are so competitive with much larger countries.

      They played well and you sould be very proud of them. Although, being able to watch Yoann play was a bonus too :p

  22. C16 says:

    HELL YEAH! It was a good day!!! :D

  23. zztop says:

    I was really impressed with Scotland.

  24. sidney says:

    Im happy for Cris and portugal sice they won yesterday.And I wanted the Scottish to win :(

    • gooner04 says:

      really starting to worry about Spanish defense…
      but, then again, how can I blame Pique when he was just missing Cescy? :D

  25. Kickettes — your football knowledge and generally sophisticated outlook and ogle-readiness always impressive.

  26. Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

    Terrible. I feel terrible. Sweden did´nt just get thrashed. They got played with. And then they got slaughtered. And then the depressing stuff that took place in Genoa.

    But you can always trust the spaniards to put a smile on your face. I love that foto of Ramos. They look like kids in a playground, arguing over something. Now i´m off to Kickette Island to heal my soul, with a frozen Marguerita in my hand.

  27. tracy765 says:

    The Ramos(TM) looks extremely worked up in the photo and appears to need some soothing. I am offering to fly to Europe, at great personal expense, to help him out. Sergio, I will wrap you in a cashmere blanket and brush your hair for hours. You can thank me later, in whatever manner you see fit.

  28. ela says:

    for all the sergio lovers out there if u NEED to see this…NOW


  29. ThatWelshOne says:

    Loving Montenegro holding England to a draw. And manged by the father of the very lovely Niko. Wales were shocking as ever but Bale got a goal! Woo!

  30. fieryheart says:

    Congratulations again to Germany and Spain for winning.
    I was a bit worried that Germany might have to settle for a draw with Kazakhstan but knowing the boys, they definitely won't leave the game goalless. Just a bit disappointed Thomas Muller didn't score again.
    By the way, does anybody realise that Mesut Ozil and CR7 are wearing somewhat identical pink boots ?
    CR7's doesn't come across as a surprise but didn't know that Ozil likes pink. And a bright shade at that.
    As for Sergio Ramos, oddly enough, I had a dream of him last night. The guy wasn't exactly my fav but after that dream, everything might change ;)

    • Emme says:

      Mesut is also starting to wear the same headbands as Sergio Ramos and it appears he is growing his hair out as well. He is settling in well at Real Madrid :)

      • fieryheart says:

        Yeah, I noticed that too. He's slowly starting to become Ramos No. 2.
        Haha ;)

        • Emme says:

          haha…I think so, but I really think the Sami Khedira is becoming the official doppelganger of the Ramos. They both have the same hair, the headband..in some pictures depending on the angle, they kind of look the same. Maybe the Ramos feels the need to have a body double..

          • fieryheart says:

            That's so true. Khedira is like a twin brother with different parents.
            And apparently he has influenced Ozil too. *Points to the headband and longer hair*

    • Unnecessary says:

      Cristiano and Mesut are wearing the exact same show. They are signed to Nike, specifically the Mercurial Vapour shoe department. Whatever shoe comes out of that, they must wear them.

  31. littlegirl says:

    i'm sorry for all the serbian kickettes, if there are some…i'm sorry for all the serbian good people, for all the serbian players…i'm sorry…
    i don't have any words, i don't want to say "it's a shame, bla bla bla" because these things just leave me speechless.

    • manuela says:

      I'm Serbian and I really don't know what to say! We all in Serbia are affected with this disaster and I guess some words of apologizes won't cover it! I just want to say that although now it looks different in my country there are also us-true fans and we and our footballers are most affected with this scandal! I only hope that you don't hate us because truly, we're not the country of vandalisms although it looks like that these past few days! Too bad, because Our NT- who is innocent will receive all the punishment and just to think of the disqualification- it really tortures me! We Serbians couldn't recover ourselves from this horrible situation and hope that the punishment from UEFA won't be so drastic!
      I'm so sad, I think that if Yoann would appear in front of my house all naked, he wouldn't cheer me up!

      • DeeRoma says:

        No need to apologize. We know that bad apples don't make the rest of the country bad. Please don't feel like you owe us anything.

      • Dru says:

        It's not you guys' fault, and it's not your NT's fault either- what happened was terrible, and they did nothing to provoke it, from what I can find out about this the violence was pre-planned and true football fans/ordinary Serbian people aren't to blame- football was only an excuse for whatever these thugs wanted to do. It's truly sad, and my thoughts go out to all those affected by it- I hope UEFA will see that the NT are innocent too, and not make this any worse than it already is.

        • manuela says:

          Thank you so much for your words, you're truly full of understanding and we in Serbia-normal people reallly appreciate that and it means us very much in this difficult and very hard moment!

  32. gin_in_teacups says:

    I've been away from the internet for almost 2 whole days – how I've missed Kickette!

    I didn't even know about Dirk Kuyt! I can't process. Why is this Liverpool nightmare neverending?

    The Spain match was AWESOME! It was a bit terrifying being in the midst of all those Scotland supporters but it really was a glorious game. I'm really glad there were so many goals and a lot of excitement and nerves. It made it way more fun. My camera bitched out on me and even though I had good seats the photos didn't turn out so well, but hopefully I'll get a chance to upload them soon and share with you guys. I tried SO HARD to get good photos of shirtless Xabi and Puyol at the end but they didn''t come out well at all :-(

    Meanwhile – so happy for Villa's record tying goal!!! Also, after being that close to Sergio for that amount of time, I am absolutely convinced I will never be able to love another man. Damn you Sergio and your life ruining hotness! No but seriously, I love him so much that I very nearly got into fights with not one but two Scotsmen who dared insult him.

    • Tania says:

      I am so jealous of you right now….!!!! In a good way though!!! Lucky lady!!!!

    • Leya_S says:

      "life ruining hotness"! I love it!

      Omg, going to matches is awesome bc it reminds you these ppl are real, not just figments of your imagination run rampant on Kickette Island. It just makes you wanna reach out and touch……

      • gin_in_teacups says:

        Seriously. There's a guy at school I was kind of into until I saw Sergio. Then the next time I saw school dude I was like "meh?"

        Yeah, seeing them in reality is amazing. I've been really lucky this year getting to see my 3 favorite teams over the last few months and each time it's like HOLY SHIT you are not just something my TV made up!

    • ZaharaSpain NTBarca* says:

      you SAW them???
      you kinda just lived my dream!i sooo wanna see them (maybe even meet them!)

      i am dying of jealousy right now…lol also in a nice way!

      but seriously, you absolutely HAVE to put up those pics!

  33. Summer says:

    I'm Italian, and yesterday night I was watching on TV these images that many people in the world have seen…I say that this is a shame..It's a SHAME but I'm not surprised because this wasn't the first time that something like this which has happened yesterday happens…Because in Italy, I don't know how, people sometimes don't pay attention for this thing..Yesterday night was a a terrible night not only for we who were watching but especially for the people (especially for many children who with their family were at the stadium) who were at the stadium. In this case Italy has shown again its worst part, and I haven't more words to comment this because how I have said it's simply a SHAME!!!

    Also I'm not happy for the other National team which is in my heart, England, because they haven't won and they haven't played well…The only positive thing yesterday was seeing Xabi Alonso win on the pitch with his Spain.

    • littlegirl says:

      voglio solo dire la mia, con tutto il rispetto…qualcuno da la colpa anche ai mancati controlli, ma quella gente avrebbe creato problema anche se fosse stata disarmata.mi dispiace ma stavolta la colpa non me la prendo.

      someone blames the italian police and the lack of contrlo, but i think that those people would be dangerous even unarmed.i'm sorry, but this time i don't take the blame as an italian.

      • Summer says:

        Non sto dicendo che mi prendo la colpa per quello che è successo, è che non capisco come mai questa gente che controlla il calcio, che controlla gli stadi, che controlla la gente che entra e che esce è brava a parlare tanto, ma alla fine non combina mai niente. Non è la prima volta che in Italia si assiste al fenomeno della violenza negli stadi, violenza tra diverse tifoserie e non solo in questo come in questo caso violenza compiuta da stranieri. Secondo me questo è stato solo un altro caso, che ha messo ancora una volta in luce quello che è in questo settore il problema dell'Italia e che non sono ancora riusciti a risolvere. Hanno fatto tante menate quest'anno per esempio con la tessera per il tifoso, ma poi alla fine c'è ancora tanta gente che entra allo stadio non per quello che dovrebbe essere il primo fine, cioè divertirsi e guardare una partita di calcio in tranquillità, ma solo per fare casino o scontrarsi con le altre tifoserie. Quello che non mi spiego però è, come ho già detto, che alla fine sono tanto bravi a parlare, ma dopo non combinano mai niente, e purtroppo è quasi sempre quello che succede in Italia, e non solo in questo campo.

        • Rossanera says:

          "Alla fine sono tanto bravi a parlare, ma dopo non combinano mai niente, e purtroppo è quasi sempre quello che succede in Italia, e non solo in questo campo."

          Agreed. Things need to change somewhere.

        • littlegirl says:

          certo, non hai torto…ma convieni con me che stavolta non abbiamo la colpa piu grossa?

          penso lo schifo sia soprattutto che ormai si è costretti a mettersi in assetto antisommossa solo per una semplice partita di calcio…dovunque ci si trovi.
          (che poi la nostra organizzazione statale fa cagare in ogni campo non lo metto in dubbio!)

    • @LizB18 says:

      But it wasn't the Italians being a problem, it was the Serbs.

  34. Malena says:

    seriously, Spain's defense has to do something about those counterattacks

    • @DebStimson says:

      yeah…they were getting exploited, weren't they. The problem is that so many people push up that in a counter, there aren't enough people there to defend. I did appreciate the one play where Capdevilla was hauling butt to get to the opposite side of the pitch to defend. Unfortunately, there wasn't much help for him (ahem…Sergio, love..where were you?) so he really didn't have a choice. I remember thinking…I wonder if Mourinho was cringing to see such terrible defense?

  35. Niina says:

    I honestly think we havent played well enough to deserve to win in any of the qualifiers. I think the team needs change, and it's time for a new strategy that would fit better the skills of our players, but that's just me :) I do hope they still keep fighting in the remaining games!

  36. Carvivlie says:

    Yoann played so well for France and it has been awhile since I've seen him take his shirt off. Ohhh it's a beautiful sight to behold.

  37. Dru says:

    Owww, not good news about Kuyt at all :( . On the other hand, Scotland v. Spain sounds like the kind of thing I'd have wanted to be present at- you guys should read the Guardian's blow-by-blow (or tiki-by-taka) commentary on it, it's hilarious.

  38. ioveyounando says:

    had such a dilema last night. im scottish but i LOVE spain, and really i was only at the game to see spain, wouldnt have went otherwise. was so annoying that i couldnt even celebrate when they scored though! was glad they won in the end but really happy that scotland actually played quite well cause normally we are crap.
    and never realised how tall pique is before! hes huge!
    gutted nando and cesc werent there though :(

    • Che says:

      haha had the same dilema!! think my family hate me now. i'm scottish but i love/am obsessed with spain!! so jealous you were there.
      thought the lovely pique was ever so generous to give us a goal. he's so sweet. :)

    • Pique_Xavi says:

      'never realised how tall pique is before! hes huge!'
      Ha ha ha that made me laugh thanks! I was moody right now because I hurt my finger but this was just too funny. Yes Pique is a tall boy 6'3" and 1/2 LOL :)

  39. Bri says:

    Goal for Meireles = happy me! He is so excited that he's actually getting play time since Liverpool doesn't seem to want to use him…
    Ronnie's dive was hilarious. He rolled around and then posed…and then rolled around and posed again! I was dying of laughter. However he is setting up some brilliant plays now, so proud.
    Also, is anybody else like me and dying to see Coentrão score? He is ADORABLE and AMAZING. I call him twinkle toes.

    • @DebStimson says:

      I think the commentators determined that, upon replay, he was actually fouled. However the comment the one announcer made right after he was fouled was funny…."I count 4 rolls and a loud yell…" I think he was expecting it to be a dive too. lol

    • Kai says:

      He was actually fouled on that one. I can sense you're a Portugal fan and I know that CR7 has a history in diving but even then, please don't discredit him where it's not necessary to do so.

      • Bri says:

        oh i saw that he actually got nicked…barely, i just find his penchant for going to ground so entertaining. trust me, everything i say is with the utmost affection, i love CR7.

  40. Thea says:

    Well – from what I've seen there possibly is not the level of policing that needs to be done to prevent these things from happening, the only time I've seen them i when they actually banned spectators from the stadiums! What use are 200 police men then?

  41. CarmenFoxe says:

    AHHHH Gomez scored! Well done Germany! Klose is on a roll!

  42. sheila says:

    Tuesday is never a great day – until now!!! Gourcuff scores again and removes his shirt, Spain wins… what more can the women of the world ask for? okay… you're right there is more shirt removal that we can ask for, win or lose… My kids wonder why I sit and watch the end of game handshakes. ;-)

  43. Violets says:

    I love the Spain NT, but it would have been kind of awesome if Scotland had pulled that off.

  44. Taskeen says:

    Man i felt so bad for Geri after the own goal fiasco! Poor thing!
    wow that definitely caused some stress! Thank God Llorente got i sorted though!

  45. Simone says:

    has nothing to do with the coach for England it's the players they have to much money and only care about what their wags look like. In the list with the richest footballers in the world the top 10 consists only of english players. it's all about money and fame.

  46. McRed says:

    I adore Pique and I'm Scottish. Just when i thought i couldnt love that gorgeous hunk of man any more he goes and scores a goal for us! what a guy!

  47. Niina says:

    Finland got freakin' slaughtered. That final goal, four minutes into overtime, what a kick in the face. Sami Hyypiä will probably be ending his career in the Finnish NT as of now, so enjoy the thighs while you still can. Bubi was probably off somewhere hiding in shame…

    Thankfully there is Spain. Would have been a horrible night otherwise, but is there a person in the world who isn't cheered up by a sight of that towering Hulk, Fernando Llorente?! And a shirtless Xabi in the end. All is well.

    • finlandfan says:

      freakin slaughtered is a bit harsh! It was very even for most of the match, I thought Finland were the better team in the first half, although there were some dreadful parts for both teams, in extra time the ball went back and forth up and down the pitch, it was just chance which team got the winner

  48. Leá says:

    Oh Sergio, it doesn't even matter that we almost lost after PQ's own goal when you give us glorious pictures like this one. Keep up the good work bb.

    • Leá says:

      By it doesn't matter that we almost lost I mean that I was ready to toss my tv out the window and shriek with frustration.

  49. Georgina Sanders says:

    Whew! Thank goodness Spain was able to escape with the win! After Pique's own goal, I became nerve-wrecked but thank goodness for the late substitution of David Silva for my love, Fer, and the late goal to save Spain, I breathed a sigh of relief. And Fer's goal celebration was so adorably cute. He was wiping his brow several times as if to indicate "Phew, we nearly lost but now we can escape with a win". Spain's defense was definitely lackluster but their offensive technique is amazing.

    • Georgina Sanders says:

      And finally, unamadridista is already able to post the spain-scotland game in her conlaroja blog. Check out the gif that she made of Fer's goal celebration and his delicious biceps (okay, serious arm-porn) that looks so good in TV: http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx268/unamadri…

      For more images and "noteworthy" details on the spain-scotland game, you can visit the blog itself: http://conlaroja.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/in-case…

      • Dru says:

        una is the best EVER. She's a godsend to Spain/Real supporters everywhere, I swear.

      • Leya_S says:

        LOVE conlaroja!!!
        My second favorite website behind Kickette (a CLOSE second)…I actually discovered them both right around the same time, I think.

        Anywayz, I was heartbroken for Geri and that own-goal.
        And I DO love David Villa and was happy for his tying Raul's goal-scoring record, but FERNANDO LLORENTE has been freaking AMAZING, and he's beautiful to boot! He has been creeping up on my radar, and just recently crossed to my top 10! Ironically, he's ALSO Fernando Torres (Fernando Llorente Torres, #19), so I think we'll be seeing him be just as brilliant as Fernando Torres (Sanz, #9) was back in the day (although I am still hoping that Torres will be back to full form soon!).!

        • Tania says:

          OMG, so did I…!! I discovered both after the World Cup, right in the middle of my La Roja fever… I just can't get enough of my boys…!

          • Leya_S says:

            Haha, I know what you mean!
            I only wish I had found both these websites earlier! I've been obsessed for a while, but conlaroja and kickette have brought that obsession to new heights!

          • ZaharaSpain NTBarca* says:

            lol me too!after the WC!IT IS AN ADDICTION!!and i never ever want to go to rehab for it.

            heehee wow that was LAME

            but seriously, i just cant get enough..!

        • @DebStimson says:

          really…could you imagine both Torres & Llorente up top for La Roja? I love Villa but his height is a disadvantage for passes into the box. Was glad to see he got the PK (thanks to Sergio, I might add ;) ) and how holds the record.

          • Leya_S says:

            Well, I think Spain is at the point that they're able to play both sides of the offensive fence, so to speak. And by that I mean David Villa/Iniesta/Xavi are all pequeñitos, but sometimes that can be really frustrating to other teams bc they can virtually run circles around them. Like, if you watch Xavi, he spends a large portion of the time cutting the ball all over the place away from opponents. BUT at the same time, when Llorente's not in, they try to get Pique and Biscuits up on the set plays for a little height. And then, of course, when Fer IS in, seeing as how he dwarfs both of them by comparison, they get even more dangerous height up top.

            SO, when everyone's done being injured/sick, we're talking David and Torres up top with real presence from an equally fabulous Llorente, plus Xavi and Iniesta controlling and distributing from the middle, a little fast footwork to push up with Jesus Navas, David Silva, and Cesc Fabregas, some dangerous height created in both the front and the back from Biscuits and Geri, plus defending and attacking abilities galore from Sergio, Xabi and Capdevila, then commanding presence in the back (and the front when he wants) from Puyi, Iker in goal with the very capable Pepe and Victor as backups, throw in a little pace and versatility from Santi, Mata, Pedrito, and Albiol, not to mention a plethora of other very talented players that I didn't mention……….I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it. How VdB will choose amongst them all, I don't know.

            I mean, in reality, its getting to the point where Spain is looking more and MORE unstoppable. Maybe not un-defeat-able, but they are definitely a force to be reckoned with. There are SOOOOOO many good players coming up. I was reading an article on the footie youth systems in both Germany and Spain and that's part of the reason that both those teams dominated in the World Cup, with a good mix of experienced players and new talent.

            So I guess the short answer to your question is: yes, Torres & Llorente up top together could be magical, haha!

      • @DebStimson says:

        the conlaroja recap is great! Thanks for the link.

        got a kick out of the post about:
        And speaking of kids, here’s a shot of the players whose kids were almost as tall as they were – los bajitos – Cazorla, Silva, Iniesta and Villa. :p

    • barcaholic says:

      For me Fer's goal celebration more like: Phew, i haven't even drop some sweat but i scored!! a.k.a Please give me more trust ,mister!

    • Frances says:

      I WAS AT THE MATCH!! Met Fernando (without molesting him – WTF was I thinking?!) — he's honestly the sweetest thing to grace this earth!!! Wonderful, uber-sexy man! Such a great match.. and girls, Spanish NT, JUST as beautiful in real life as they are on line!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • ZaharaSpain NTBarca* says:

        wow! i would have jumped him! i am so jealous ! lol!

      • Leya_S says:

        okay, not helping me to accomplish anything other than flipping through La Roja sites all day…
        ALSO, as of late, a love for Fernando Llorente has been creeping up on me, and in the last 3 or so days I've hardCORE fallen for him.

        Someone said it before: Spanish National Team = Certified Hot Men Factory….seriously!

      • Dru says:


        (seriously. how did you manage to not jump the Lion King? I wouldn't, but then I wouldn't really trust myself if faced with the other Fern who's my imaginary lover, restraint deserves medals!!! And of course they're as hot IRL- we never doubted it but thanks for the confirmation!!!!!)

  50. DeeRoma says:

    I have to admit I was watching it on RAI without the benefit of an Italian speaker being around. So at first I was totally confused. I expected to see a game and a riot broke out. I watched on in confused disgust as I saw the players all talking amongst themselves and flares being thrown at the pitch. When the action started and flares were still being thrown, I got mad. I feel bad, not only for the players and all the fans who wanted to see a game, but also for the Serbian players and the fans who were there for the right reasons.

    I wish I could comment on the other games, but I can't. The only other footie game I caught was the scoreless tie between US and Columbia.

    • Thea says:

      Italian football has not has the best press over the last few years……and it's sad as it puts people off Seria A. Do remember being in cental Rome when Lazio played Roma back in 2005 – that was truly a very scary experience.

    • Pique_Xavi says:

      Well even though it was a "friendly" game I can tell you the Serbia "incident" happened in Mexico too. I was ashamed as well even people running on the field, 6 people total. Like a told another Kickette if it were my country's team I wouldn't of allowed to have my team go play there. Is a notorious place for kidnappings or should I say dissapearing of many people and specially women. I'm Mexican and I wouldn't go there. People being rude to police officers throwing glass bottles and trash and laughing about it. The camera people actually showing this which "fans" know whenever it happens and get mentioned on tv which makes them want to do it even more. I felt so bad for the Venezuelan team and their poor coach trying to convince the people in charge to stop the game. Something of all the people in handcuffs, bottles thrown, policemen down, chair flyings should have clued them in it wasn't safe. Though the players weren't under attack they are under danger.

      • DeeRoma says:

        That is crazy to me. I've never seen that level of violence at a game. Sure I've seen the attention seekers who jump on the field, but all that gets them is a $500 fine and a night in jail. But the level you are talking about and what I saw yesterday…I'm glad I've never been live for.

      • @DebStimson says:

        Unfortunately, I saw that happen, although I don't recall if it was at a Mexican National Team match or in the Mexican league. Either way, a player was shown a red card and wouldn't leave the field, except under police escort because he feared walking in the tunnel to the locker rooms. Sadly his fears were justified as I saw people throwing glass bottles and other things onto the field and into the tunnel. It's one thing to support your team but this is just over the top!

        Sadly, from what I've seen on TV and in the media, there isn't a lot of respect/fear for the police in Mexico particularly by members of the gangs/drug cartels who are so extremely dangerous…even to law enforcement.

        • Pique_Xavi says:

          I don't know what's the saddest thing about your comment. The part about police not being respected nor feared because well I'm sure people get advised when going to Mexico about possibilities of kidnappings and things like that. More than often it does involve them. Or the other part, you said support their team, but sadly they weren't until it was tied. Before they were chanting "Indios" their local team it changed after Mex's second goal. I specially wouldn't go to that area, women are the most in danger down there. It makes me angry that a few people can ruin the game for everyone else. Not like we don't have enough problems in our league already. It happens within our league too. If you notice European stadium don't have fences protecting the players as they do in many south american and mexico's stadiums. I hope they (fans) are waiting for those to come down any time soon.

  51. Rossanera says:

    So, so angry with what went down in Genoa. If you haven't been reading the media, the Serbian "fans" threatened the life of their own keeper – Cesare Prandelli found him shaking in the Azzurri's changing room before the match. He'd begged his own coach not to play so they hid him out in there. They burned the Albanian flag and smashed glass partitions in the stadium and cut through a fence …

    It was really bad: http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Italy+v+Serbia…

    But Zhenya, here's our national anthem for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIh2SUlpvdc&fe…

    Just a sad day all around, really.

    • Dru says:

      That's just so sad- football is important in the culture of so many nations but it's NEVER an excuse to be giving out death threats! Worst of all, it looks like the violence was planned- and that too ostensibly because poor Stojkovic switched clubs! Disgusting behaviour, all around.

      • Rossanera says:

        It was. That's the scariest part. It goes way beyond the football, it was just ultranationalism and they chose a football match as their forum. I have a friend who's Albanian. Can you imagine what it was like for her to see an angry mob burn her flag?

        • Dru says:

          I'm so sorry about your friend- that's absolutely awful of whoever was doing it. You're right, ultimately this violence wasn't even about football at all, it was only an excuse and the innocent were the ones who ended up getting hurt. I hope action is taken against the thugs who did this, and it never happens again.

          • @DebStimson says:

            I hope there is a charge in Serbia that will give them jail time. Although, these idiots would probably consider it a compliment. :| I just hope that there won't be actual repercussions against the Serbian National Team because of these idiots.

    • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

      Sad, sad day.

    • bri_saldana says:

      Agreed….so sad! Sorry to hear :(

    • Zhenya says:

      Thanks, Rossanera! I actually did get to see yesterday's anthem, usually with feed set-up I miss at least the first 15 mins. of the game, but this time I actually started at 2:40EST! The Serbian NT had their anthem drowned out. What a shame, and two big players in Serie A. I was wondering why the Serbian GK was in the Azzurri changing room, now you explained it! Ultra-Nationalists – scary!

  52. Thea says:

    Shame for Scotland that they didn't get the draw they deserved!

    Think it's time that England and Fabio go their seperate ways……….he's record is not worth 6 million in any currency!

  53. @DebStimson says:

    Sergio definitely was a bit peeved at #3 after he was fouled. Whatever he was saying to him in the moment captured above definitely was not words of encouragement! lol And Spain, seriously…why was Xabi the only one switching jerseys at the end of the match?! *sigh*

    Are we sure the fans at Wembly were booing the English team and not the fact that Vucinic didn't score. Surely they were hoping that Gerrard was right about his post goal celebration: http://www.itv.com/sport/football/englandinternat… :p

    Poor Dirk…not good news for Liverpool. The fact that they took him to the hospital to have it looked at isn't a good sign.

    Yohann..wow! .Kickette is that pic doubling as the Tuesday Torso? That is one hot man!

    • Emme says:

      Carles Puyol swapped his kit as well. Have to say Senor Puyol is growing on me. Seems like he has good sportsmanship and great abs :)

  54. As someone who takes an interest in the Home Nations and Irish results, it was all a great big "meh" until I turned on the second half of Scotland v Spain. Yeah, maybe the result was a foregone conclusion, but I enjoyed the Scottish fight back. Salford-born Big Phil Bardsley making his debut in a Scottish shirt was interesting. And Roy Keane was in the crowd at Hampden Park, which always gets my attention. :) And I wanted to give Darren Fletcher a big ol' hug at the end.

  55. Zhenya says:

    I was frustrated as it was the first time I had a great feed in time to actually watch the anthem for the Azzurri game only to have it delayed by the antics of the Serb hooligans. I felt sorry for Serbian NT. Who needs fans like that?! Once the game was called off, I switched over to La Roja just in time to see Pique score an own goal! :( Fortunately, all was saved by LLorente! :)

    • Zhenya says:

      Sorry about the double caps on "Llorente"! 8/

    • @DebStimson says:

      Poor Pique was just devastated after that OG…did you see how he just laid on the pitch for a few seconds afterwards….like he was hoping the ground would just swallow him up? :'(

      • Leá says:

        He should have been disappointed. Can you imagine if we had lost the game and it had been his fault? I would have wanted the ground to swallow me up as well.

    • @DebStimson says:

      Did you see Llorente's post goal celebration? Wonder what that was all about?

      • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

        I was wondering about that too. First it looked like he was wiping the sweat off his forehead but then i realized that it was a goal celebration. Strange.

  56. lorena_yGp says:

    I can't tell you how ashamed I am for acting of my Serbian " supporters " (let's called them like that ) … Just want to say SORRY to football fans all over the world !!! I can't describe you how ashamed I am right now for being Serb- again…
    But I will try to ignore those drunk on_drugs gangs and focus more on great and positive side of football – La Roja won, Gourcuff scored – again !!! So yesterday was great for me :-)

    • DeeRoma says:

      You have nothing to apologize for, sweetie. Truly, all people shouldn't be insulted for the actions of a few. I was watching the game. I could see who were the buttmunches and who were there to see a game. I even saw kids in both sides of the crowd. They more than anyone else need the biggest hugs.

      • lorena_yGp says:

        No,no,no… I am deeply sorry !!! Trust me I was in a verge of tears- and right now – it's just putting our reputation in even worse position…This is really off the topic- but you have no idea how many times when i go abroad I have to explain to people- we are not all bandits :-( (( But these fools aren't doing us a favor :-( (((

        • DeeRoma says:

          No, please don't apologize again. It is not your fault and I have tremendous amounts of respect for you.

          • lorena_yGp says:

            TNX for your words really!!! I think that I should just stare a little more on picture #3 and all the problems will disappear…there is nothing that half-naked Yoann can't solve :-) Ohhh we need to focus on some positive topics ASAP!!!
            P.S. i was sooo excited for "that" match – I rarely have the opportunity to watch BORRIELLO for 90 minutes ;-)

            • DeeRoma says:

              Yes, Marco has that effect on everybody :)

            • CherylAc says:

              You actually didn't miss Marco because he started on the bench for this one. Btw, no need to apologize. As someone whose seen a lot of crowd violence at games in my own backyard, I know what it's like to have a good game ruined because of the actions of a few nutcases. The important thing is that I don't think anyone was seriously hurt in all the trouble.

    • ToffeeGirl17 says:

      Do not apologize for something that is not your fault! We want an apology from those extremists not a fair fan. You are one of the good supporters, who we want at matches and you should not say sorry for being a) a good sport and b) morally right. Those (fill in swear word) are not fans at all but every country has them unfortunately.

      *big hugs* It is not your fault in any way and do not take blame on for it. Those extremists do not deserve your emotions or your guilt. You are a good, fun, family, decent soccer fan who we want at matches.

      I can totally understand your shame but we do not judge you but those (fill in swear word) you acted like that. So chin up Lorena! At least you had some positives. I had a lousy night with a 1-1 draw with Slovakia (although weirdly when Mucha saved the goal, immediately I was thinking, can he do that in the Premier League instead of cursing him :P ) and Russia took top spot in our group


    • sheila says:

      You didn't go to the game and choose to act like an idiot. Those people have faulty decision making abilities and you don't. We *support* you, you *support* your team and they *support* stupidity. Keep up your good work for the good of all and the police will sort out the stupidity (one can only hope). Perhaps enforcing the flare ban would be a good idea. And a mandatory loss for the team whose *supporters* do things like that.

    • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

      Please, don´t apologize. The people that caused all this is idiots, and they exist everywhere. But it is sad that so few destroys the fun for so many .

      • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

        *are idiots* of course. And i could use a lot of other words, but then i would probably be blocked. Anyway, you have no part in the shame.

    • Pique_Xavi says:

      I'm neither Serbian nor Italian and was horrible but its not your fault. Sadly I know how you feel since I went through the same thing yesterday at one "friendly" game with my national team. Its sad that people like you and me have to look elsewhere for football happiness when our own people make whats suppose to be a fun match so ugly. By the way I give you thumbs up not because you apologize but because you didn't have to do it but did it. At least I won't judge all your people based on the actions of those who can't behave in public.

    • littlegirl says:

      i'm form Italy and i think that you have not to apologize, there wasn't you at the stadium in Genova…there were people that must not be called supporters and we all know that they don't represent the spirit of football…unfortunately they will represent Serbian for a lot of time, and i'm sorry for this…

    • Tania says:

      I understand how you feel, but you don't need to apologize for some idiots who do not represent Serbia of football fans at all. Really, what happened yesterday was a disgrace, but let's put the blame where it belongs and that is on the people who entered the stadium with no other intention than to cause damage.

  57. Berbie's Barbie says:

    Is it wrong that I'm extremely turned on by whatever Sergio Ramos is doing in that picture?