December 3rd, 2012

Weekend Results: Great Balls Of Fire

Michu is somewhere under his Swansea team-mates Picture: ACTION IMAGES

Michu is somewhere under his Swansea team-mates, we think. Image: Action Images.

Hope everyone has recovered from the madness that was this weekend! We personally are in serious need of some vitamins after seeing so many cramped legs, wet hair-dos, bloody body parts and yellow cards. Lest we forget a few curious ‘transfer’ rumours, too.

harper mls cup champions 2012High fives all round to the boys from LA Galaxy, who beat the Houston Dynamo on Saturday to claim their second straight MLS championship. Of course, in today’s top stories, the game itself is taking a backseat to David Beckham and his departure from the U.S. pitch.

Goldenballs, we raise a glass of bubbly to you. And our dear-hearted readers, we’ll give you the rest of the bottle, pics of Gerard Butler and a large tin of chocolate biscuits to ease you through.


Ed Note: There are (many) teams and leagues missing from this post obvi. Some of their matches weren’t available for our viewing enjoyment, which is a reasonable defence. Others were played while we were sale shopping at Selfridges, which is no defence at all.

We’re sure you’ll do the honours for us – won’t you, Kickettes?


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  9. just_jenni says:

    I have fallen hopelessly in love with Swansea and new players Chico Flores, Michu and Pablo Hernandez, all from Spain. Especially Chico. :)

  10. Diana says:

    I hope that Falcao stays at Atletico because it would be best for La Liga. Love the Spanish playing style but IMO La Liga lacks competition. Actually the reason why I am conserned is that I love Spanish football and wish best for it.
    It is natural if Falcao and Llorente etc. players who have attracted attention of big clubs want to leave. Only in bigger clubs they have chance to win cups and be considered true world class players. They are ambitious and want to test themselves and of course have full right to it. But for La Liga is not a good thing because it widens the gap between Barca and Real and the rest of the teams.
    I think that Simeone should convince Falcao to stay. In Atletico he is a star but in the real big clubs his future and posession would be uncertain. He is 26 now. I don´t want him to waste his time on the bench when he is at the hight of his career. I don´t want that Arshavin thing to be repeated. Falcao deserves better.
    I am worried that the result of the derbi made it clear that Real is still the number one club and Falcao should move forward. It is ironic beacuse at he same time I couldn´t help drooling on those Crozil moments…:/

  11. Kay20 says:

    Congrats LA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So excited for the back to back championship.

  12. IrishBlue says:

    Oh my Chelsea….I was at the Fulham game last Wednesday and apart from internally screaming "I WANT YOUR BABIES!" every time Mata came near where i was sitting, it was pretty crap. The abuse thrown at Rafa was unbelievable. He's not exactly my first preference for the job but it's not his fault, it's Abramovich's. I hope for everyone's sake he turns it around for us….the West Ham game was mind boggling. We were amazing 1st half, shockingly awful 2nd half….COME ON BOYS!!

    Just to add: Azpilicueta= that boy has some thighs to be proud of, at least worthy of a Kickette Thursday Thigh mention…

  13. tammyv says:

    Omar Gonzalez's goal for the Galaxy was lovely… the match was not great but had fun. I will miss the Beckham boys at matches and running around afterwards. Dad can go but leave the munchkins, they are Americans after all. Whatever he does, I doubt Beckham does it long term. His body is about done and he always looks 3/4 dead.

    Congrats to Tijuana on the Mexican league title…Two American boys who won it too

    That Gerard Butler movie is must see… he plays a former DC UNITED player. Vamos United

  14. Fernanda says:

    Watching Barcelona play makes me so happy. They just keep getting better and better. Not to mention being able to watch Messi make history! It really baffles my mind that he has 84 goals this year… I mean, it's crazy and beautiful to see!

    On another note, and not trying to stir up any controversy here, but I do have a question for the Real Madrid fans. Does it get tiring to hear and see Mou's antics? I mean, what is the point of it all? I didn't really have a lot of knowledge of Mourinho until he started coaching Real Madrid so the only knowledge I have of him outside of La Liga pertains to his trophies in other clubs, but is this how he conducted himself there too? I know he is considered one of the greatest coaches, but lately all I see and hear from him are excuses and whining. Like I said, I'm not trying to stir up controversy and am in no way saying he is a bad coach. I'm just curious what Real Madrid fans think about his actions as of late.

    • Lara says:

      what did Mou whine about lately ?
      at least he stood up there like a real man when he lost couple of games,instead of running,hiding and taking vacations.That's what Real Madrid fans think!

    • Kristina says:

      I don't know what he was trying to prove, going into an half full arena to get whistled at. But then again I'm no fan of Mou. He loves the attention, that's all. I don't get it either. I would think he was a liability to the club. I only know that if I had a boss like that, I'd quit.

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        It is between us fans and our coach! and I repeat my comment if his players are behind him 110%, then I guess as players they are not quitting, btw players if they don't like what he is doing they can easily turn on their coach, reportedly Ramos who allegedly Spanish press said "stands up" "against" Mourinho and his behavior, said after derbi " I can't imagine a Real Madrid without Mourinho" I think pretty much summarize it

        + I think what Mourinho did is it between us fans and him! like they say it is our club business

        • Kristina says:

          Yes, I get it, it's between the fans and him. It's alright. But he did it in a very public space, and I don't feel guilty about having an opinion. There where a lot of people that could see this moment between him and his fans. It wasn't like I, and thousands of others, was peeping into a club meeting we weren't invited to. So he still comes across like an attention seeker. No matter what he intended. He's just a bit too self centered for my liking.

          • Sarah, Madrid says:

            You can have an opinion I am not trying too change your opinion about Mourinho, as you like, all I have said in the end of the day that was something between Real Madrid fans and him and showing the support to the team, he did it in public place? it is our own turf I don't call this a public place it is our own ground, where would he interact with the fans of the club? it is like he stood in Plaza de Cibeles and asked for fans to come and cheer him or boo him

            • Kristina says:

              Sorry, really don't want to fight. It is a public space and he opens himself up to speculation and criticism. It's just something the supporters of his present and past clubs has to deal with. As long as it benefits the club I can understand that the supporters are fine with it. Those that are not supporters enjoys it in another way :) .

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      Madridista could agree or disagree over what he does or say but we all are behind our coach and team regardless.!

      He can whine or complain, all coaches do the same when they are at rough patch anyway so whatever am not dueling on it

      • Fernanda says:

        Got it! Thanks. I was hoping you would answer cause I know you're a hardcore Madrid fan and have never ready anything disrespectful from you. I guess I find it annoying cause I'm no Madrid fan, but you're right. There have been several actions on the Barcelona side that I have been annoyed by and yet I keep supporting them regardless. Congrats on the win, and that Cristiano goal. Like I said, I'm a Barca fan through and through, but even I can recognize that was a thing of beauty!

    • xoWinnie says:

      i didn't like Mourinho before he came to Madrid, and i can't really say i "like" him now, but he's been good for the club. we were falling apart before he came, and its taken some time but he's gotten us back towards our full potential. i don't agree with his antics, but he is our coach and i support him.

  15. Sergz says:

    Reading – Man United's first half was mental. It was awful! Fun for a neutral fan with all the goals I guess, but for a supporter the defending was dreadful and all the goals almost have me a heart attack. This is not a good sign for the derby this weekend…

    Other than that – Cristiano scored a beauty! Free-kick king? Yes? We didn't call him Rocket Ronaldo for nothing!

  16. Sarah, Madrid says:

    Atletico nice try! maybe next year? Cristano legend!!
    Gladys I told you, wait for Atletico thuggery action in Derbi, didn't I? :p,

    • Gladys says:

      You were so right about the thuggery, Sarah. (Were you at the stadium?) So shameful. The only recent game worse than this one for behavior had to be last spring's Levante/Valencia, where both teams were behaving like children kicking and stamping each other off the ball and the refs missing it all.

      For me, this was easily the least enjoyable match of the season. (And I'm not just saying that because I wanted Atleti to win.) Why did I even watch?, I kept asking myself. Cristiano was by far the best thing about the match (and a little bit of credit to Courtois, despite the two goals in…he always makes some great saves. Chelsea is going to be lucky to have that boy some day.) Such a shame, since I thought the build up to the derby was fun, especially that catchy Coca Cola song commercial with the various fans from both teams. (I know, I'm probably a goofball for liking it.)

      I didn't expect Atleti to beat Madrid but I did think it would be more exciting. There was just so much stop and start and sloppy passing and so little momentum. But maybe that's the result of two teams looking for the counterattack (plus Simeone clearly telling his players to concentrate on pressure instead of technique).

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        No unfortunately :( , yes I agree it was one ugly first half, Atletico made it too easy for us, it wasn't even our first team gear, we were on our third maybe forth gear, second half we played better and we had overall control of the game of course, yes Simeone played on counter attacks, but Really Pepe won the battle vs Falcao, ( Pepe is a great defender regardless of his stupid antics), Simeone was a hot headed player himself so I guess he might have told his players to act like this on the pitch, Diego Costa was a something else on the pitch, he managed to get under Ramos skin ( however, it is nice how they all hugged after the game, like nothing happened)

    • Gladys says:

      BTW– on a totally different note, but I thought of you when Rami scored that amazing goal midweek from Valencia's half. Easily the best goal of the season, for me. There was also that incredible long pass to Soldado that resulted in a midair goal a few weeks ago. He's really been on a role. I hope Valencia can hold on in the CL and Copa for a bit. Mata even mentioned in his blog this morning about how sad his former teammates were with all the manager craziness and the loss. Bless his little heart. :)

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        Valencia Mestalla fans are easily the most demanding bunch of fans in Spain, they booed Emery consistently until he get sacked although he kept them into third place consistently, then when Pellergino with number of injuries and of course sells, they didn't have the best start of the season in Liga and he is sacked, I hope they are happy now.
        However, all of this It could work for the best, they get Valverde, he is one amazing coach! about time he is back to La Liga! awww it is not like Mata is not going under the same faith of changing coaches, how sweet :)

        • Gladys says:

          Oh but on another positive note, Canales is back!! So happy for him. I've been reading his adorable tweets the last six months in support of his team. He has such a good attitude. I'm hoping he stays healthy and gets back to form soon.

          • Sarah, Madrid says:

            Yes finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am soooo happy for him I hope this time he will remain fit

  17. Kristina says:

    Barca has the best start any team has had in the history of La liga. And they haven't even peaked yet, with all the injuries in the squad. But this weekend they were marvelous! There was energy, creativity and alternatives in abundance. Messi is only one measly goal away from yet another awesome record. What to say. I don't know anymore. He is a little Messiah.

    It was business a s usual in Madrid. But I must say I had expected more from the game itself. They all seemed a bit grumpy. Diego Costa trying to headbutt Ramos and Ramos spitting back. But Cris had a wonderful freekick. And Mou acted a bit of a drama queen actually, letting the crowd whistle at him. What did he expect? The drama!

    Congrats a bunch to LA Galaxy!

    Lastly, that Man Utd – Reading game was weird! Seven goals in 35 minutes! What was the defense doing? In both teams!

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      I loved it, classic Mourinho!!! I
      In regarding Diego Costa he pushed Pepe and spat on him, shoved xabi and called Cristano all kind of names, sure Ramos spatting on him isn't something I like, but he get it coming, he was an asshole

      • Kristina says:

        I know people say that Mou wants to draw attention to himself to spare the team. I think he wants to draw attention to himself. Period. But, whatever floats his boat.

        • Sarah, Madrid says:

          Well if his players are behind him 100% and like what he does! who I am to complain and say anything about what his intention is?

    • Gladys says:

      Missed almost all of FCB/Bilbao except one of Leo's goals. I kind of wanted to miss it since Athletic has been suffering so much this season and it kind of pains me to see them losing, but I wish I had seen Adriano's. I am so happy for him this season. It's nice to see the player with the perpetual smile on his face doing well. I'm just lovin' him in and Alba with all their left wing energy.

      • Kristina says:

        Yes, I'm happy for Adriano too. It's always nice when someone unexpected gets a bit of spotlight. And I agree with you on the Athletic bit. They're on a slippery slope right now.

  18. gin_in_teacups says:

    Liverpool won with a goal from Danny Agger and Real Madrid played like the team I know and love – not to mention that Cris and Ozil's goals were both pretty magnificent. I can't ask for much more.