Kaka unveiled at Real Madrid

Posted in Real Madrid with tags , , , , , , , on July 1, 2009 by kemgooner

Kaka unveiled at Madrid

Kaka was introduced to around 50,000 fans at the Bernabeu yesterday.  It was revealed that he was given the number 8 shirt, instead of the 5 that many speculated he might receive. In his introduction he said that Florintino Perez’s project to get Madrid to compete with the best teams in Europe was one of the reasons he joined, and that Madrid was the only team he would leave AC Milan for. He concluded saying:

“It’s a great privilege to form part of great teams. I’ve been fortunate to play with great players, and I’m now going to continue doing the same.”

Cristiano Ronaldo has also completed his reported 80 million euro move to Real Madrid and will have his own unveiling ceremony next week.

Breaking News: Karim Benzema has now become the latest player to join Real Madrid, with it being announced that the 21 year old striker has joined from Lyon for 30 million euro.

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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)

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.

Kaka going to…no where

Posted in AC Milan with tags , , , , , on August 21, 2008 by beutyskooldpout5

Chelsea are  getting hot and heavy for Milan’s star player Ricky Kaka. They have been trying to pry their way into negotiations no matter how much Milan try and keep the door close denying the rumors. But I think we will finally be able to get some relief, Milan published an official statement saying:

“KAKA’ E’ INCEDIBILE”
19/07/2008
MILANO – In merito alle dichiarazioni pubblicate oggi dal quotidiano inglese “The Guardian”, Vittorio Mentana, direttore della comunicazione rossonera, ribadisce “Kakà non è assolutamente in vendita”.

Translation? Thought so…

“KAKA IS NOT SELL ABLE”

Milan- In regards to the publication today of the english news “The Guardian”, Vittorio Mentana, director of communication rossonera, says “Kaka is absolutely NOT for sale”

I will start with saying that I dislike the transfer window so much that if it were a person I would dump a cold bucket of water on it and then give it a swift kick in the behind.

Kaka leaving Milan will hopefully be when he can no longer play. He’s achieved a lot in the rossonera shirt, and at Milan he’s worshiped like a God, the fans are crazy about him. Him going to Chelsea would be a big blow to his career if he weren’t to do well the first game. The British after all aren’t exactly the forgiving type, where at Milan he’s already proven himself time and time again. We milan fans are easier to forgive the bad moments and look forward to the good because we look at Milan like a family.

Hopefully all these rumors about where Kaka will be at come the start of next season will be put to rest!

Cannavaro Out of Euro 2008

Posted in Football with tags , , , on June 2, 2008 by kemgooner

Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro was injured in training today going for a 50-50 ball with Giorgio Chiellini.  He lay on the ground after and had to be carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital where it was determined he damaged ankle ligaments and will most likely need surgery. Alessandro Gamberini who plays domestically with Fiorentina has been called into the squad to take the place of Cannavaro.

Pre-Euro 2008 News and Rumours

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , on May 29, 2008 by kemgooner

As I sit in my living room watching the third place match in the Toulan Youth Tournament it strikes me how much more I am going to enjoy this summer than last, football wise at least.  Last summer dragged by with never-ending transfer rumours that largely amounted to nothing, and waiting for the start of the new season to begin. This summer we have the Euros, the Olympics, and yes, never ending transfer rumours that will largely amount to nothing. However, some deals have gone through such as Alberto Gilardino leaving AC Milan for Fiorentina, and Chelsea signing Jose Bosingwa for 16.6 million, and some rumours must amount to something (right?!) such as the already getting long saga of Samir Nasri and if he will or will not be moving to Arsenal.

Apart from the transfer rumours we have also had the joy of watching and waiting to see who will be part of the Euros. Teams have now submitted their final rosters, and there are a few surprises.  One of these ‘surprises’ is the inclusion of Antonio Cassano on the Italian squad. Now most probably know what a loose cannon Cassano can be, but for those who do not take in his reactions to be sent off in Sampdoria:

However, while there have been plenty of moments like the one above in Cassano’s career, he is also a fantastic player who could be a wild card for Italy in the tournament. One thing for sure is all eyes will be on him when takes the field.

The other main shock when the squads were named was the exclusion of not only David Trezeguet from the French squad, but also AC Milan’s new boy Mathieu Flamini and Roma defender Philippe Mexes.  All three of whom have had great season’s domestically, and its really surprising that Domenech has left them out. However, none have ever seemed to be in Domenech’s favor in the past, so its not as surprising as it should be.

What makes Euro 2008 different from previous tournaments for fans in the United States? ESPN has deceided to show every match live over its family of networks. Yes, there is no need to pay for those annoying online streams anymore. Please try to contain your excitement, and check out this schedule of matchs here which will be useful for anyone planning on watching the tournament.

 Finally, if anyone is interested in writing about Euro 2008, the Olympics, or just their club’s news in general just drop me a note.