Monthly Archives: December 2009

Messi and His Hermanos

Leo Messi won about a dozen annual awards in 2009, Spanish and international, individual and with his club, then on Monday he was formally recognized by FIFA and UEFA as the world player of the year. It was a correct…

Barcelona World Club Champion

How close was Estudiantes from achieving a most improbable and most stupendous victory against the world’s best club and entering the pantheon of impossible champions? Two and a few more extra time minutes. But after relentless pressure, as it always…

Futbol Pasion

Buenos Aires is a city reminiscent of a handsome, aging star. Amidst the narrow streets of San Telmo with its dilapidated buildings, streets littered with desecrated garbage, there are signs of the grandeur from another era. The black diesel exhaust…

Roundabout

Banfield Campeon Torneo Apertura 2009 For the first time in its history, Club Atletico Banfield from southern Buenos Aires is champion of Argentina. Banfield agonized until the end as it went down 2-0 at Boca Juniors on the final match…

Cristiano Ronaldo v CR9

Ronaldo is really the only Galactico. Maybe Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos also lead through presence and performance, but Benzema and Kaka are not at that level. When he plays with the Portuguese national team, Ronaldo is still one of…

Champions League Match Day 6 Notes

Bayern Munich completed its come-back mission and knocked Juventus out of the Champions League in the process. Inter, Stuttgart and Milan can breathe calmly, for now, but Marseille missed a golden opportunity, while Fiorentina is beaming with confidence after snatching…

Flamengo Campeao Brasileiro!

For the first time in 17 years, Flamengo lifted the Brasileiro championship trophy with a 2-1 final match-day victory over Gremio in front of a packed Maracana. It was the team’s sixth title, but first since 1992 for Brazil’s most…

River Plate’s New Beginning

River Plate draws tremendous support in Argentina, even as the club has performed miserably over the past few campaigns. For a club with maximum ambitions and super passionate fans, the moments of joy have been few and far between. This…

Spectacular Week-End Roundabout

Messi won the 2009 Balon d’Or a day after his team prevailed in the derby of the universe, a game that featured four or five of the best players in the world, capping an exceptional week-end of action. Chelsea’s resounding…