June 6th, 2011

Weekend Results: International Idling

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves, Joey. Image: Reuters/Daylife.

We think at this point we’re supposed to offer you a comprehensive write up of all the International and Euro 2012 Qualifying fixtures that FIFA saw fit to throw at us this weekend, but running with the crowd is tough when caught in the thrall of the fashion world’s current predilection for towering heels.

Hence why we’re going to take a metaphorical sit down on the kerb for a breather and a juicebox while you review the things that caught our attention this weekend.

They may or may not include your team’s results and photos of hot players naked.

Euro 2012 Qualifiers

Mario Gomez. A man you can rely on. Images: AP Photo/Daylife.

Congratulations to England fans this morning, who will are sure will be fully appreciative of their team’s selfless campaign to improve the confidence of ‘smaller’ European sides by allowing them to dominate large parts of games and pick up useful points in qualifying matches.

Switzerland drew 2-2 with Fabio Capello’s underwhelming troupe, having taken a 2-0 lead in the first half. Joe Hart was arguably at fault for the goals, but aside from the fact that he’s hot and therefore likely to receive an easy ride from us, it would be wrong to blame him when Darren Bent missed easy chances at the other end and the entire defence looked shaky.

Frank Lampard, Ashley Young and a 1-1 draw in the other Group G match between Bulgaria and Montenegro spared England from the ignominy of losing top spot in the table, but on goal difference alone.

We feel this may come up.

Elsewhere, Italy consolidated a five point lead at the top of Group C with a 3-0 victory over Estonia, while France have a four point lead atop Group D despite drawing 1-1 with Belarus. Two Mario Gomez goals ensured three points for Germany in a tough fixture against Austria, but we figure that they can afford to play poorly, being seven points clear of er… Belgium in Group A.

Sweden are still playing catch-up in Group E having beaten Moldova 4-1.

International Friendlies

In a quick straw poll of the Kickette office, 4 out of 5 staff said they would happily replace Eric Lichaj in this photograph. The other one has spent the weekend researching what happens if you drink three jugs of Pimms on your own and is not currently available for comment.

Well, maybe we should head this section up as ‘USA 0-4 Spain’, as although many other peculiar results caught our magpie-like attention , it’s blatantly this one that dominated our thoughts. And we thought that it’s probably better that you Argentina fans don’t dwell on your last two sets of results.

Villarreal winger Santi Cazorla, Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo and part-time Chelsea forward Fernando Torres did the damage against a USA team that clearly missed the potent power of Landon Donovan and Carlos Bocanegra. Kickette representatives who attended the game reported ‘little to no’ hot action, but to be fair, their judgment skills *may* have been impaired.

We generally prefer not to know about that side of things, though.

It’s more than likely that your NT is celebrating a spectacular victory and we failed to mention it. Your job is now to roundly admonish us for failing to fulfill our promises. Again.

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  2. Nienke says:

    Yes, it's true, Belgium sucks at football.

  3. ostergold says:

    Xabi Alonso and Joe Hart
    What a couple of babes
    ummm !!!!

  4. April says:

    Was at the US v. Spain game, and id we're talking football… sure I think that Spain would have taken it, but we did sort of hand it to them without any trouble. We put our B squad out, and while it made sense to save up for the Gold Cup (which we won our first game against Canada tonight), it sort of sucked as paying fans to not see some of our stars.

    Once it got to 3 down at the half, and with Benny Feilhaber out on injury, I opted to focus all my love on Fernando Torres. Literally… 98% of my photos are of him. None of them are really good, because I was in the nosebleeds, but I could spot his hotness from further distances.

    I like this interview in particular, because he looks sort of like a younger Christian Bale at times (with whom I am also known to have great favor in): http://www.rtve.es/deportes/20110605/torres-somos…
    I have no idea what he is saying, but I am sure it's great.

    That interview came just after this one (someone else's capture of the interview). I also have no idea what he is saying, mostly because everyone around me was cheering so loudly that he couldn't be heard (or maybe that was me?): http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjczNjMzMTg0.html

    Now that he is long gone from States, I'll have to go back to Benny-spotting.

  5. eg4 says:

    squeeeee, i will be in philly, too! and i only have to drive a half hour for that one, not the 5+ hours i had to drive for boston. :-) whereabouts are you sitting for that one? if you see a crazy pitch invader charging the ramos, it's most likely me. i controlled myself very well on saturday, though. :-P

    • black widow says:

      i have a field-level seat for that one, too. and i had an 18-hour round trip for the boston match (from toronto!).

      i am amazed i didn't hop the barrier saturday and fling myself at iker when he was warming up. i think i was too much in shock at seeing him in the flesh!

      • eg4 says:

        well then, good job to both of us on controlling ourselves. :-) to me, not being thrown out of the stadium and enjoying the match outweighs tackling sergio. can't wait for philly! :-)

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  7. camille says:

    i was super bummed about usa and spain but i hope they learned from it and good luck to them for the gold cup!!!!!!:))))

  8. @DebStimson says:

    Benz is a beast! I'm glad that his good form is continuing and that he's staying at Madrid. And Ozi…love to watch him play.

    about Silva…I know right?! SO underrated! Hopefully, he'll get more playing time. I just love watching him play. He had a fabulous game as with Xabi….their passes are just brilliant…particularly Xabi's pass to Negrado. wow!

  9. @DebStimson says:

    rats! I did't read your post before commenting. You must have watched it on ESPN too, right?

    I was happy that Fernando scored too. Poor guys had such a rough time as of late. I really hope he gets his form back soon so he can shut up the critics.

    So happy for Santi's brace & Negrado's goal. It's really good to see players that have had such a good year with their clubs get the chance to play and do well.

    I was happy to see the love from my countrymen(women) to Spain. And which one of you Kickettes that were at the game did Sergio wink at when coming off the field? Glad the cameras caught that! ooof!

  10. Kait says:

    The lack of shirtless men after the USA-Spain friendly was a crime. I only saw Pique shirtless for about 3 seconds before they showed the crowd. More shirtless men would have lessened the loss considerably for me.

  11. Louise says:

    Conversation at Gillette Stadium as Eric Lichaj lay on the ground in pain after that picture:
    Friend 1: He's really milking that. It couldn't have hurt that badly.
    Friend 2: Louise says Alonso's a decent sized guy.
    Friend 1: Louise just wishes Alonso was sitting on her.
    Me: True. Or vice versa.

  12. Gladys says:

    Sorry, but I'd rather change places with Xabi! That little Lichaj is an adorable genetic cross of Cesc and Ibi Afellay. Also, hotness hat tipped to Negredo and his two goals – he looks good with his head shaved (sorry, U.S. NT – don't mean to be unpatriotic but I need to focus on something positive).

  13. IrishBlue says:

    No mention of Ireland's win over Macedonia in group B? Guess I'll have to do that then :)

    • Kitty1979 says:

      Here Here!

      At least we won!!!

      Keano.. 51 international goals that's worth celebrating! A picture even Kickette?

    • athenarena says:

      Haha! Glad to see somebody mentioned it! We won and we should be top of the league with the amount of goals we have scored (11 for 6 against. Russia has the same goal difference I think but has only scored 9 goals. Yes I was poring over the Group. I like to see Ireland do well!)

      Fabulous match, we played very well. Keane is now the top Irish and/or British scorer. Second is the legend Bobby Charlton with 49. We still love him for his stint as Irish manger. Well I do anyway. Bit peeved Coleman did not get played! He better play on Tuesday if Trap wants to make it up to me :P .

      And Baines got a run out! Annoyed Jags didn't but hey I cannot get it all ways now can I?
      Well done on the mention IrishBlue *tips hat* and hopefully a win on Tuesday.

      • IrishBlue says:

        Yes Kickette, a mention for our goal-machine Keano and the lads would have been nice! I'll never forget the one he scored in the dying minutes against Germany in the 2002 World Cup, I do believe my heart stopped beating during that :O We love you Robbie! Ok I'll stop now :D

        • athenarena says:

          I just remember Roy Keane being sent home from the 2002 World Cup (McCarthy were you nuts?!), then Keano taking all the glory for his goal scoring antics. A mention would have been lovely, but one can keep dreaming. *sighs*

          We love the new Keano. The original Keano cannot be replaced of course, he did inspire the play I Keano XD. Don't stop the adoration of Robbie Keane IrishBlue, keep going. It will inspire him to score more XD but he desperately needs a new club :P .


  14. Jade says:

    The Netherlands drew with Brazil in what was one of the most dreadfully boring matches I have seen in a while. Have to say though, that Neymar is a bit of a diver…
    Even RVP couldn't lift my mood. And hey, he's not injured now either.

    • @DebStimson says:

      I started watching it but I couldn't find a good stream. What little I watched looked like Brazil was totally dominating possession. Did David Luis get to play?

  15. Emari says:

    Chicharito scored a Hat-trick for Mexico!!!
    Surely this deserves mention somewhere!

    • @DebStimson says:

      I was watching the game online and turned it off at half time. I could just kick myself! Those were my favorite commentators too….Chi Chi…Chicharito! :D

  16. JA7 says:

    Ayee papie! Spain beat USA 4 – 0! I was really glad Torres got in a goal, he needed that :) Kinda disappointed with the brazil vs. netherlands match since it ended 0 – 0, was hopin for the dutch to win! But it was a good weekend, since I was literally craving football..suffering from withdrawal symptoms lol.__ps. the spanish and dutch team both look soo hot in white

    • @DebStimson says:

      "the spanish and dutch team both look soo hot in white"

      And leave it to the commentators to wonder how the Barca players felt wearing all white. But I have to ask…Pique & Sergio…WHY the long sleeves?! It was beautiful in Foxboro. And phooey to ESPN to cut off the broadcasting before any shirts were traded.

      • JA7 says:

        Yeah i watched it on ESPN! :) Loved the lil wink sergio ramos did (i bet he cud feel my presence ;) ) anddd totally happy for nando, he has been so outta form, it was awesome seeing him score a goal! Lmaooo yeah i really wonder how the barca players felt..prolly like this white itches :P but they were all so hot, it was a good game :D

  17. black widow says:

    hey, kickette linked to my pix, ha! *sigh* what a wonderful, WONDERFUL day saturday was. if it's even possible, the SNT is even better looking in the flesh — those white kits set off their spanish tans perfectly. and iker is so, so beautiful … i was truly speechless.

    • Rossanera says:

      OMG he really was though. When he came up to us at the end (we were at the barrier) we freaked out.

    • eg4 says:

      those were your pics? fantastic! :-) i was there, too, but way up in the nosebleeds. we made it down right near the field during the warm ups, though – so great to see them up close! what a fun day!

    • Spainardlover5 says:

      Yessss, I totally agree! I love them all, but god DAMN in person they really are beyond beautiful.

  18. Red_Girl says:

    & on Sunday, Xabi Alonso declared his enduring love for Liverpool. It's so bitter-sweet, Xabi-hun. Maybe better for my heart if you let me forget you.

  19. Reno says:

    I'm still so disappointed that Austria lost. -.-" We didn't deserve a defeat; I've never even seen the Austrian National Team playing that good… stupid Mario Gomez, crushing our hopes just in the last minute.
    Well, at least I've seen him and Mesut Özil shirtless =D

    • Mirella says:

      My brother and I were sitting in front of the TV with open mouths and were constantly asking each other: " How is it possible we dominate this match?" "Since when is it fun to support our team?"
      So don't be disappointed; we can be really proud of our boys! ( I just hope I'll be thinking the same after tomorrow's match)
      Maybe I missed it, but I think Mario Gomez didn't get a yellow for removing his shirt, did he?

      • kathrynlouw says:

        He did get a yellow card for the shirt removing. I am a fan of Germany, but I really just can't stand Mario Gomez. I don't know why, but I don't like him at all. I don't even find him attractive.

      • Reno says:

        Oh, yes, of course I am really proud of our boys =D It's just a pity and somewhat disappointing that the team practically got no reward for playing so good. Even some German fans we met waiting for the boys in front of the team bus said that it should have been at least a draw.
        Nevertheless, it was so much fun to watch the game, and the atmosphere in the stadium was sooo incredible, especially after Friedrich's own goal!! =D
        I hope we continue playing like this =)
        I completely missed it (all I was thinking was "NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! THAT CAN'T BE TRUE!!! >_<"), but the match report on the UEFA homepage says Gomez got booked.

    • @DebStimson says:

      Austria did play really well making it a great game to watch.

  20. Rachael says:

    Harry Redknapp was right his wife can finish better than Darren Bent Sheesh

  21. MadameGourcuff says:

    ramos was on american soil again and i missed it :(

    • Kristine says:

      I had to miss it too! wahhhh! I've got my ticket for Philly, NOT going to miss that!

    • xoWinnie says:

      i feel you…America is the closest i'll ever come to that man
      i doubt they'll come to Canada any time soon
      and every time i am in Europe on vacay,
      these people are away somewhere else on holidays!

    • sarrible says:

      You mean you weren’t the one in the stands with the “Marry me Sergio Ramos” sign?

    • Kaitlin says:

      now that they trampled the us on american soil, maybe they'll come back more often.

      -crosses fingers. (:

  22. Rossanera says:

    OH AND ITALY WON. Best weekend ever.

  23. Zahara says:

    yayy! spain! damn i wish i saw the match in the stadium, too bad im millions of miles away!

  24. chay says:

    and might i add that portugal beat norway in their head-to-head 2012 euro qualifier!

    i would gladly replace eric lichaj as well in that foto!

  25. Rossanera says:

    I met Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Arbeloa in Boston on Saturday night. Epic weekend was epic.

    • Summer says:

      Are you joking? If not you were so lucky girl!!:)

    • xoWinnie says:

      wow, i…kind of hate you right now lol
      but on a serious note–HOW WAS IT!?!

      wow, i sound like a sixteen year-old whose best friend just lost their virginity.

    • hereforthenando says:

      WHAT???? I am disgustingly jealous of you right now. Tell us everything that happened!!!!

    • Peanut9188 says:

      Where did you meet them? Out at nightbin Boston? That's pretty awesome I'm green with envy :)

      • Rossanera says:

        At the W hotel in the theatre district, where I was out for drinks with my girls. They came up to the hotel as we were trying to flag a cab. I tapped Xabi on the shoulder but he waved us all away and refused to sign anything. Alvaro kept going in and out of the hotel (there was tons of security) so I ran up to the door and tried to flag his attention. First I just yelled ALVARO! ERES GUAPO! in his face and he laughed at me and walked by. Then the second time he came out I was like "please can you sign this" (I gave him the only thing I had, which was a business card for the taxi company) and he was like "but do you have a pen?" and I didn't, so he laughed at me again and shook his head (like, as in a "but now what do you expect me to do"") but someone who was also waiting for an autograph did, so he took it, and signed it, and that was that. AND THEN … we were waiting on the corner and Fernando walked by with a BUNCH of people (not the team) so we just yelled FERNANDO! TE AMO! and he laughed and waved and kept walking. Epic. Just epic.

        • Rossanera says:

          I was clearly nowhere near as smooth and charming as I'd hoped to be, but still – epic.

        • Bri says:

          I am so jealous, and admire your stalking strategies! Fantastic. I don't know what I would have done if I was in that close proximity to one of the boys, I was a few rows behind Spain's goal in the second half of the game and when Iker came in it was near impossible to control myself.

        • xoWinnie says:

          lmao! that's the cutest fan-girl story i've ever read! haha :)

          • Rossanera says:

            Even the security guard laughed at me, guys. BUT he didn't shoo me away. He was yelling at everybody to leave and he got to me and I gave him serious puppy-dog eyes and he was like "you can stay, but I swear to god, woman, DON'T do anything stupid! Don't make me tackle you, it would make me really uncomfortable to have to do that to a girl!" and I just gave him the thumbs-up a la Sergio. Best security ever.

        • Howie says:

          Bah! So jealous. You touched Xabi. And were laughed and waved at by Fer. So, so, soooooo jealous.

        • @vinivia says:

          WOW i'm so jealous!! that's disappointing that xabi refused to greet the fans or sign anything.

          WAS THERE ANY SIGN OF THE RAMOS?? and did anyone else at the game see sergio take off his warm-up shirt and throw it into the crowd right before the match as he was running back into the tunnel?? i was sitting about 30 rows too high to grab the shirt (and throw myself on top of him) but trust me, everyone sitting in my vicinity heard my proposal to him. unfortunately, sergio did not.

        • April says:

          Interesting… the rest of the guys were at the Roxy in Providence (about an hour away)… wonder why it was split? Clearly those that chose the W chose the better of the two, but then, we really don't have anything in the way of a good club here in the area.

          Dude, I still can't get over the girl that got to sell Fernando, Xabi, Sergio (and maybe others) underwear at Abercrombie & Fitch in the Prov Place mall (actual picture evidence of this trip exists). I'd have asked them if they needed a personal fitting :)

    • Rossanera says:

      I answered all your questions below, ladies.

    • Marina_Isabella says:

      DAYUM! nice! :D

    • Marina_Isabella says:

      Btw, Alvaro seems like a really nice guy then! what a bummer about Xabi totally ignoring to sign some autographs… I think I would have probs cry, lol.