It’s obvious to observers of the beautiful game in the US that Freddy Adu wasted too much time screwing around in the MLS and finger banging JoJo. He should have gone to an Italian, Dutch or French soccer academy where he could have developed his game at a top level as opposed to starring in a league that doesn’t do anything for players of his age and raw, undeveloped skill.
Adu’s been unable to secure a starting place in Portugal or France let alone regular playing time. Could this be the end of the boy wonder? Four Four Two takes a look at the premature demise of Freddy Adu.
Take Giuseppe Rossi of Villareal. Not only does he start for a La Liga (Spain) team but he’s also made his way onto the Italian national team. No small feat for a kid from Teaneck, New Jersey. His parents sent him to Italy in his teens and the results speak for themselves.
Adu’s not finished yet but he needs to establish himself somewhere and fast as opportunity is quickly passing him by. If his run of poor form and bad luck continues, he won’t even be able to bag a Kardashian. It’s not all bad. He’ll always have Ja Rule.
The Premier League may be the best league top to bottom in Europe right now but the Spanish league (La Liga) is right up there with them. The mid-table to bottom teams may not compare but the high levels of unabashed corruption and sleaziness make up for it. One has to admire the desire to win at any cost whether it be poaching players, taking shady government bailouts to stay afloat or signing large mammals to lucrative contracts.
Take the example of Real Valladolid. Good isn’t a term you would use when referring to the Castile and Leon team. Their greatest claim to fame is once being coached by the famous fat Spanish waiter, Rafa Benitez, who’s now one of 12 people not on the dole in Liverpool.
Valladolid’s weekend match against Valencia scared them enough to go out and sign a new player even though the transfer window has been closed since August 31. Don’t let us tell you about their newest signing El Oso. See for yourself.
Bears are funny just like monkeys except they also maul people. However this bear turned out to be El Fracaso. Valencia smoked Valladolid 4-2 on Sunday. It’s unclear whether El Oso will feature in the Real Zaragoza match next Sunday. Rumor has it Zaragoza will sign a silverback from the Congo later this week. The team notes that he has a Spanish grandfather who they “discovered” an hour ago so any work visa issues should before the weekend.
The Barca-Espanyol derby may not be as well known as Inter-Milan, Boca-River Plate or Celtic-Rangers however you can bet the Barcelona face-off is big time in Spain. I’m not sure why I listed Celtic-Rangers. The Guardian’s Barry Glendenning once described the Scottish derby as “two pygmies fighting over who’s taller”.
The latest edition of the Barcelona derby kicked off on Saturday with the two teams battling it out on the pitch while their supporters got it on in the stands. The match was stopped after flares were thrown onto Espanyol supporters in the lower deck of Espanyol’s Olympic Stadium and all hell broke loose. In case you don’t think that’s a big deal, check this video from an Espanyol supporters section. Start at :40. You also get a bonus Spanish lesson. Use it at your local bodgea, cockfight or amateur midget rodeo and make new friends!
The match resumed and Barca pulled back two goals against 10-man Espanyol for a 2-1 win.
I don’t know why the fans are getting so worked up. It’s not like someone tried to throw a scooter on them from the upper deck Milan-style. Seriously, that’s some scary shit right there.
Years ago I was at a Brazilian derby match in Belo Horizonte which pitted Cruzeiro against Atletico Mineiro. Consider that I started the day walking into an Atletico bar wearing Cruziero colors. Sometimes playing the stupid American saves your life. So does leaving with utmost haste. The stadium itself had a moat surrounding the field to keep fans out and we were blocked in our section Yankee-Gestapo style by military police with german shepards. Some of the scenes from the upper deck were terrifying yet amazing. Police dogs and batons on fans, flares flying, people pissing where they stood and fighting. However there was also incredible camaraderie, endless singing and chanting as well as new levels of inebriation I didn’t know were possible.
Would I do it again? In a second. A big time derby is something every soccer fan should try to do in their lifetime. LA Galaxy vs. Chivas USA does not count. Think about it as a Soccer Hajj with multiple destination options. Just try to avoid the flares and flying bags of piss whenever you get where you end up.