Lebanon vs. Oman – 27/5/2012

Maher M. Melhem ماهر

Lebanon played on Sunday their last friendly game before the beginning of the decisive round in the FIFA World Cup 2014 Asian Qualifications, that kicks off next Sunday 3/6/2012 when the Lebanese side hosts the Qatari team on Sports City stadium in front of 52000 Lebanese fans thirsty for the win.

So Far, the Lebanese National Team played 3 friendly games during this month and yet didn’t manage to win any.

  • Lebanon vs Egypt – Friday 11/5/2012 – Final score 1-4.
  • Lebanon vs Jordan –  Friday 18/5/2012 – Final Score 1-2.

And Finally today’s game against Oman in Muscat who themselves are preparing to continue their campaign in the Qualifications in the GROUP B along with Japan, Australia, Iraq & Jordan.

While Lebanon came in GROUP A along with Iran, Korea Republic, Uzbekistan & Qatar.

Lebanon played the game without 5 of its players,

  • Youssef Mohammad “Defender” – Playing with…

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Spain’s squad for Euro 2012 announced, Torres lucky, Soldado unlucky

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Fernando Torres, Euro 2012

Fernando Torres has been included in the Euro 2012 squad, after many experts claimed that he might not take Spain’s flight to Ukraine and Poland. Had David Villa been fit, Torres might have been excluded. The squad, which was announced today and as usual, there were surprises. Along with Torres, they have taken 3 other strikers for the Championship, Fernando Llorente, Pedro and Alvaro Negredo. All of them belong to a league of its won. It would be interesting to see as to how many of these strikers would play during a game.  What kind of formation would they try to explore? The most notable absentee from the squad has to be Roberto Soldado.

Spain, the defending champions are considered to be favourites for Euro 2012 title. They have some of the best players in the world, which put them in good stead for the championship. If football matches are…

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Under-23 Japan Team Crashes out of Toulon Tournament

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(Highlights from Japan’s final game in Group A, a 3-2 loss to Egypt leading to their exit from the Toulon Tournament)

The Japan Under-23 national team’s preparations for London 2012 were underminded on Sunday as a 3-2 defeat against Egypt in the Toulon Tournament ended their participation at the group stage. Japan, who finished bottom of Group A with just three points and having conceded seven goals, had given themselves hope of further progress with a 3-2 success against the Netherlands after their abject display in the opening match with Turkey, but those hopes were dashed both by a pair of baffling decisions from referee Mounir Mabrouk and some hapless defending, a failing which has plagued the side throughout this competition.

While the surprise early exit may have prevented manager Takashi Sekizuka from deploying a few players on the periphery of selection in order to make their case for inclusion…

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Le cadeau blaugrana de Guardiola

Nulla dies sine linea

Un mois après le tremblement de terre de l’annonce du départ de Pep Guardiola, Barcelone s’est remis à vivre. Et donc à gagner. Ce vendredi soir, le Barça a offert un beau cadeau de départ à l’entraîneur catalan en remportant la Coupe d’Espagne face à Bilbao (3-0). C’est la 26e Copa de l’histoire blaugrana, un record en Espagne. L’Athletic, lui, n’a soulevé le trophée «que» 23 fois…

Révélation de la saison, l’Athletic l’a très mal terminée. Epuisés par la débauche physique demandée par Marcelo Bielsa dans le jeu, les Basques ont notamment perdu la finale de la Ligue Europa (0-3 face à l’Atlético le 9 mai dernier) avant d’être totalement dépassés par un FC Barcelone irrésistible au Vicente Calderon de Madrid. Cette finale aura finalement duré à peine plus longtemps que l’hymne d’avant-match, copieusement sifflé par les nombreux indépendantistes présents au stade. Barcelone avait tout plié en 24 minutes, Pedro…

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Coppa del Re al Barça: 3-0 al Bilbao. Guardiola saluta con 14 trofei

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Una storia memorabile, forse irripeteibile, meritava la chiusura del cerchio perfetta. Il primo trofeo vinto da Pep Guardiola col Barcellona fu una Coppa del Re nel 2009, proprio contro l’Atheltic Bilbao. Tre anni dopo il risultato si ripete: allora finì 4-1 a Valencia, stavolta i baschi vengono spazzati via per 3-0 a Madrid dopo una partita durata 24′, fino al secondo gol di Pedro. Così Guardiola chiude la sua avventura da allenatore con il bottino di 14 trofei in quattro anni: 3 campionati, 2 Coppe del re, 3 Supercoppe di Spagna, 2 Champions League, 2 Supercoppe europee e 2 Mondiali per club. Se non vi basta metteteci anche 638 gol segnati in 247 partite (2.58 di media), altri numeri pazzeschi e un gioco difficilmente riproducibile.

NESSUN INSEGNAMENTO— Nella serata del “Vicente Calderon”, aperta da una bordata impressionante di fischi all’inno spagnolo, ci sono grandi meriti per il Barcellona, che…

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