Inside the Brain of a Teenage Soccer Genius

Essays, Player Reviews, Scouting Reports, Events, Match Reviews, Statistics and Things of no Importance

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Liverpool FC 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Well it looked as though the players on the pitch were having just as torrid of a time as I was controlling their body temperatures in the killer heat in Baltimore today. The cloud coverage, which was few and far between, provided little relief from the humidity and the sky-high temperatures; something I am not used to coming from the frigid state of Washington. The boys still worked hard to put on a show and for many of them, merely showing up did the trick. Liverpool fans outnumbered Spurs supporters by about 4:1 and they were thrilled even by the likes of Andy Carroll, a player who fails to impress me still. Nonetheless, we were dazzled by the incredible talent of some of the young players both teams put on to the pitch. Nearly every single man was rotated in or out at some point in the game, partly for the entertainment of the 42,000 or so fans who had braved the temperatures, and partly because the boys were simply not conditioned for the heat.

Liverpool vs Tottenham!!

Photos of fans from the game can be viewed here and my thoughts on the match along with some of the nicer pictures of the game will follow shortly!

Friday, July 27, 2012

The First Photos!

My mom stumbled (well, actually they were doing the stumbling) upon some footy fans at the Irish pub across the street :)

All the Fun on the LFC Tour 2012

The Jersey and I Have Landed :D
Well, I knew this day would come. The day when I make the transition from objective (well... with everything except Basel) writer who is more comparable to the title "journalist" than the title "blogger" to a full blown blogger. And one that is also a borderline stalker as well. I've just checked in to the hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, a lovely place so far with some incredible nightlife but probably not somewhere I would just pick up and go to if it weren't for football.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

This Weekend...

What is potentially coming your way depending on my internet feed...

There's only so much a 17 year-old blogger can do, and sometimes I bite off much more than I can chew. This week has been a fine example of me seeing these mouthwatering fixtures in all different leagues (Olympics, Swiss Super League, USL and a whole bunch of preseason games) and then realizing that as much as I'd like to, I can't dedicate the full 24 hours allotted in a day to watching the beautiful game. Trust me, I've tried. There were several games that I was looking forward to covering this weekend, until I realized that they either coincide with each other or I will be sitting on a flight from Seattle to Washington DC at the time the game is played. Just a look at what's ahead:

Switzerland 1-1 Gabon

Frustration for Switzerland and a glimmer of hope for the Olympic newcomers

Aubameyang strikes for Gabon
After a scrappy game in Newcastle, England, neither Switzerland nor Olympic newcomers Gabon were able to take all three points in what was really anyone's game as the battle for the first place spot in Group B continued. Earlier today, Mexico and South Korea battled it out but the game ended in a 0-0 draw. Both Gabon and Switzerland knew that if they could capitalize on their fixture today, they would take the top spot in the group.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

FC Basel 3-0 FC Flora Tallin

Zoua strikes twice for Basel and Diaz nets his first goal for the Swiss side and in European football as Basel roll on to the next round

Zoua Strikes Two for Swiss Champions
The reigning Swiss Champions and one of the Cinderella Stories of last year's UEFA Champions League campaign are now one step closer to their return to the European stage as they defeated Estonian side FC Flora Tallinn 3-0 on the night in St. Jakob Park and added to the two goals that were scored in Estonia by Alex Frei last week. Basel will move on to the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League with the 5-0 aggregate score.