Friday, March 25, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: The world remembers Johan Cruyff

Yesterday's Scores
World Cup Qualifiers- CONMEBOL
Bolivia 2-3 Colombia
(Arce PK 50', Chumacero 62')-(Rodriguez 10', Bacca 41', Cardona 90+2')

Ecuador 2-2 Paraguay
(Valencia 20', Mena 90+2')-(Lezcano 38', 59')

Chile 1-2 Argentina
(Gutierrez 11')-(Di Maria 20', Marcado 25')

Peru 2-2 Venezuela
(Guerrero 61', Ruidíaz 90+4')-(Otero PK 32', Villanueva 57')

World Cup Qualifiers- AFC
Australia 7-0 Tajikistan
(Luongo 2', Jedinak PK 13', Milligan PK 57', Burns 67', 87', Rogic 71', 72')

Japan 5-0 Afghanistan
Okazaki 43;, Kiyotake 58', Mukhammad OG 63', Yoshida 74', Kanasaki 78')

South Korea 1-0 Lebanon
(Jeong-hyeop 90')

China 4-0 Maldives
(Jiang 3', 84', 90', Yang 12')

Vietnam 4-1 Chinese Taipei
(Ving 8', 90', Nguyen 29', 42')

Jordan 8-0 Bangladesh
Aldaradreh 7', 23', 40', Salim PK 29', PK 90', Al-Rawashdeh 32', Faisal 65', Al Naber 83')

Uzbekistan 1-0 Philippines
(Ismailov 59')

Iraq 2-2 Thailand
(Mahdi 65', Namwiset OG 90')-(Tossakai 39', Kraisorn 86')

Iran 4-0 India
(Hajysafi PK 33', PK 66', Azmoun 61', Bakhsh 78')

Oman 1-0 Guam)
(Al Muhajiri 53')

United Arab Emirates 2-0 Palestine
Al-Hammadi 32', Khalil PK 60')

Bahrain 3-0 Yemen
(Abdullahatif PK 31', Al Malood 53', Al Romaihi 90')

Qatar 2-0 Hong Kong
(Al Haidos 20', Quintana 86')

Syria 6-0 Cambodia
(Khebin 7', 19', Kalasi 57', Al Hussain 70', 9-', Malki 84')

Saudi Arabia 2-0 Malaysia
(Al Sahlawi 50', Al-Jassim 74')

Kuwait P-P Laos
Postponed

Headlines
Yesterday we mourned the passing of Dutch legend Johan Cruyff. Cruyff was known for his skills as both a player and manager. He lost his battle with lung cancer yesterday at age 68. During his playing career for Ajax and Barcelona, he won three Ballon d'Or awards, two European Cups, and eight Eredivisie titles. He also helped the Netherlands reach the 1974 World Cup Final. He is also a reminder that American leagues have always poached aging European talent, as he had a brief stint in the United States with Los Angeles Aztecs and Washington Diplomats of the original NASL. As a manager, he was the pioneer to Barcelona's famed tiki-taka style of play and the youth development system that they have become world famous for.

Today's France-Netherlands friendly will be halted in the 14th minute in honor of Cruyff, who wore the number 14.

Adam Johnson has been sentenced to six years in the slammer thanks to his child sex charges. This brings an end to the saga that began last year when Johnson lured a 15-year-old girl into sexual acts with him. He pleaded guilty to two charges, was found guilty of another, and was let off on one other.

The Seattle Sounders have signed former American International Herculez Gomez. Gomez, who made seven appearances for Toronto last season, had been training with the team signed on with Seattle having lost all three of their matches to open the season. they are the only MLS club without a point so far.

While I had given up on David Beckham's Miami project, the English superstar sure hasn't. He has purchased a swatch of land in the city to build his stadium to house his unannounced expansion club. His plot is in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami and totals about six acres of land. He still needs approval from the city and Dade County to begin his development.

Manuel Lanzini had been at West Ham on loan from UAE based club Al Jazira, but the East London club has signed him on permanently. It is a four year deal to keep him at West Ham, where he has scored five times in 18 matches. How much the Hammers paid Al Jazira was not disclosed.

Today's Matches
World Cup Qualifiers- CONCACAF
St. Vincent and the Grenadines v. Trinidad and Tobago- 3:30pm- beIN
Haiti v. Panama- 7pm- beIN
Jamaica v. Costa Rica- 8pm
El Salvador v. Honduras- 9:06pm
Guatemala v. United States- 10:06pm- beIN
Canada v. Mexico- 10:08pm- Unimas

World Cup Qualifiers- CONMEBOL
Brazil v. Uruguay- 8:45pm

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