July 28th, 2011

Midweek Results: Promising Pre-Seasons

Presumably not the only trophy Vidic hopes to be holding in his mitts at the end of the season. Image: Getty Images/Daylife.

Well, we’ve resigned ourselves to the fact that our results posts are a year-round feature. We can only assume that this is because our coverage is so utterly fabulous that even the footballing authorities daren’t miss a week and so cobble together random competitions to keep ‘em coming.

Today, we’re mostly exuding relentless optimism. Mainly because the caffeine isn’t working.

MLS All-Stars 0 Manchester United 4

With the new EPL season within sniffing distance and Champions League conquerors Barcelona showing no sign of slackening off, Manchester United will be pleased that their pre-season has proved to be so prolific. Eighteen goals in four matches should be sufficient to calm most of the fluttering that might be taking place before Saturday’s face-off at the FedExField in Washington DC. Although possibly not all.

Last night, Alex Ferguson’s men comfortably dispatched the MLS All-Star squad, which featured David Beckham, Thierry Henry and our new lust object, Omar Cummings of the Colorado Rapids.  With Javier Hernandez crocked after a training ground concussion, it was up to Anderson, Park  Ji Sung, Danny Welbeck and Dimitar Berbatov to finish the job in a 4-nil game that ebbed and flowed with opportunity, if not necessarily dynamism.

The Red Devils face a considerably tougher test this Saturday, and we’re still trying to muscle some freebie tickets for ourselves. Hee!


Audi Cup 2011

If only all football competitions were as straightforward as the Audi Cup. Two days, four teams and sufficient substitutions to make the games look as though there is some sort of in-play player rotation system in place. Fantastic for those of us who like our man-meat platter to be refreshed every fifteen minutes.

But despite this innovative approach, the Audi Cup unfortunately succumbed to the same penalty shootout curse that stalked the Copa America, with three of the four matches decided from the spot. On Tuesday, Barcelona and Brazil’s Sport Club Internacional drew 2-2, with Barca going through 4-2 on penalties; Bayern Munich vs. AC Milan ended normal time at 1-1 before the Germans sent Milan to the third place play-off vs. Internacional by converting all their penalties (Milan lost again, 2-0 on a penalty shoot out). At least they know what they need to focus on in pre-season, no?

The final match saw Barca’s Thiago Alcántara scored goals either side of half time to take it all, as well as Pep Guardiola in pink and khaki cargo pants. Please discuss and play nicely in the process.

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24 Responses to “Midweek Results: Promising Pre-Seasons”

  1. Berba's Dream says:

    try talking to him as well… he's an absolute muffin!

  2. Lotte says:

    Pep is just lovely! And so so so so hot!

  3. Lotte says:

    Pep can do no wrong. He rocks my boat no matter what he wears. He’s as hot as the summer sun.

  4. lisa says:

    pep's fashion sense is apparently on summer vacation

  5. Slave4Mou says:

    Having now reviewed earlier posts, I believe I have identified the source of Pep's pants. Sadly, they are from the new "Alexis Sanchez" Collection.

  6. Cella.xx says:

    nemanja is hooooot….

  7. Miss Lampard says:

    Wowww Pep is so stylish…Love it!

  8. EspePique says:

    Thiago was amazing yesterday !! And who needs Cesc when we have Thiago ?

  9. MissEstonia says:

    I'm seeing United train tomorrow and play Saturday. :) I supposedly will have photo-with-players access, so I will let you all know if I did and how Nemanja's scrumptious bum looks in person.

  10. Taz says:

    Firstly; Thiago was brillliant! And PLUS he has a sweet/ bad ass conflicting vibe going on and i have got to say I'm likin' it. A lot. With Baby B gone, i feel Thiago sneaking in to take the space of hotness left bare by B's departure. Then Pep. Man knows how to work the golfer, cargo, nike trio. The only niggly bit for me was Geri, on the first night he looked bored shizless everytime the camera caught him (I feel almost traitorous saying this, but i feel my adoration slipping a little)

    • Gladys says:

      There's also a nice Xavi-esque brainy/leader side to Thiago. His post-game comments are always positive and well-thought-out. Dude's a well-rounded hottie!

  11. Sarah, Madrid says:

    I have to say, Pink is soo Pep's color, I can't help not loving this guy, " my forbidden love".
    How sweet of Beck mentioning SAF, I didnt watch the game, seen a bit of highlights, must been exicting couple of weeks for beck to play against his former clubs!

    What about Real madrid, I so in love with the free-sponsor shirt, I wish they wear it every time they play. Iker the yummiest GK ever!

    • Slave4Mou says:

      Pep's shirt colour is indeed good. He should stick to these colours. Remember the purple sweater. But those pants? Ewww. While not as bad as his jeggings, they are pretty awful. I can't help wondering if the fashion gods are punishing him for being so mean to poor Bojan?

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        lol! @ fashion gods!
        I just noticed his pants, you know!, I was so focused on his shirts, I forget about the pants, agreed not the best choice Pep.

  12. Gladys says:

    Forgive me since he's not even old enough to drink on his US tour, but Thiago is one smokin' hot midfielder!!! His two goals yesterday were outrageous. He's my new (albeit slightly creepy) Barca crush!!! I hope the team enjoys the US and gets to meet Obama (maybe they can solve the debt ceiling crisis while they're at it).

    • sarie says:

      yeah I don't think Barca, who are reportedly in the neighborhood of 442m euros in debt should be giving anyone financial advice. But the rest of your post is spot on.