Archive for June, 2009

U-21 European Championship Team of the Tournament

Posted in U21 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2009 by kemgooner

After a great tournament showcasing Europe’s top young footballers, here is Off the Post’s team of the U21 European Tournament:

Goalkeeper:

Manuel Neuer– Germany (Schalke 04)

Defenders:

Andreas Beck– Germany (Hoffenheim)

Jerome Boateng– Germany (Hamburg)

Salvatore Bocchetti– Italy (Genoa)

Kieran Gibbs– England (Arsenal)

Midfielders:

Mesut Ozil– Germany (Werder Bremen)

Sami Khedira– Germany (VfB Stuttgart)

Ola Toivonen– Sweden ( PSV Eindhoven)

Sebastian Giovinco– Italy (Juventus)

Forwards:

Marcus Berg– Sweden (FC Groningen) *Winner of the Golden Boot with 7 goals*

Robert Acquafresca– Italy (Genoa)

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Germany win U21 European Championship

Posted in U21 with tags , , , , , , , on June 29, 2009 by kemgooner

Germany u21 european final win

Germany U-21’s defeated the England U-21’s today 4-0,  with goals scored by Gonzalo Castro, Mesut Ozil, and two by Sandro Wagner.  It was always going to be a hard test for England who had three players out suspended for the match, two of them strikers, which left Theo Walcott up front on his own. Walcott was isolated most of the game and saw very little of the ball, and England had only one solid chance the whole match coming from a James Milner run and cross which found Adam Johnson whose backheel attempt deflected off his other leg and went wide.

Theo Walcott

Mesut Ozil was the star performer again for Germany, who along with scoring a goal assisted the first goal with a brilliantly placed pass to Castro who lifted the ball over the goalkeeper and into the net.  Ozil, who plays his club football for Werder Bremen in the German Bundesliga, was certainly one of the best performers in this European Championship.  Tomorrow we will profile some of the other top performers in the tournament. And for our readers, which players stood out to you in this U21 Championship?

Finally, congratulations to Germany, winners of the 2009 European U-21 Championship!

Germany U21 winners

And We’re Back

Posted in Welcome! with tags , , on June 29, 2009 by kemgooner

After a long period of inactivity I am happy to say that we are back.  As some may notice our return has come with a name change as well, Off the Post is the new name we have come up with as we feel it will better identify the site. The name change has also come with a slight change in content as well.  We are going to cut down on the match recaps and focus more on the latest news in the world of football, and also have more player profiles and pictures/videos.

So welcome everyone to Off the Post! Tell us what you think about the changes and what you would like to see in the future in your comments.