United We Stand, Divided We Fall

When Harimau Muda A entered the field, the young tigers knew they have to at least win the bronze medal for the SEA Games 2013. Especially after they failed to enter the finals for the first time since 2005.

During the first half of their last match, only two goals were scored. Both coming from the Singapore squad’s captain, Hariss Harun. Determined to win, Malaysia’s young tigers played with every bit of energy left in them and managed to fight back, giving the Singaporean lions an offensive threat and scored a goal. Yet, as the final whistle blew, they knew that they have failed to make Malaysia proud. After four years as the football champions of South East Asian games, the Harimau Muda A squad failed to not only defend their crown but even earn a bronze medal. They left the field with their heads down in frustration as the Singaporeans left the field beaming from ear to ear– they may have failed to bring back a gold medal, but being able to defeat the ex-defending champion and bringing home a bronze was enough.

Malaysian players leave with their heads down.

If we are to start blaming people, then we can say a million. We can scold Irfan Fazail for not defending the goal at minute 14 when the ball passed right in front of him. We can say that Thamil Arasu had not lay down enough effort in the game with his weak shots and bad aiming. We can scold the forwards for not being able to cooperate with the midfielders as Nazmi Faiz always have to try to score a goal from an impossible distance because the forwards failed to produce themselves when needed. We can even scold Ong Kim Swee for his silly strategy during the semi finals.

Ong Kim Swee, sadden by the defeat.

But the game is over. What we should do now is learn from mistakes. Regroup and discuss what went wrong and how to improve it. What football teaches us is the importance of being a team and being able to cooperate and work together. Every bit of football is important. The managers, the coaches, the players and even the football supporters. FBL-AFF-INA-MAS Our support is what gives the young tigers the confidence and the spirit to keep on going. So it is our responsibility to give our feedbacks and keep on supporting them even though they have played badly. As Harimau Muda A’s right wing player said, “We are a team. We win together, we lose together.” We must stand together and try again next time. As we all know, bersatu kita teguh, bercerai kita roboh. Skuad Harimau Muda A

Late Massa grid penalty promotes Alonso

From Formula 1’s official website:

Ferrari have made a late decision to open the gearbox on Felipe Massa’s car, thus incurring a five-place grid penalty and dropping the Brazilian from P6 to P11 for the start of the 2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.

The Italian team openly admitted that it was a tactical decision taken in order to promote Massa’s team mate and title contender, Fernando Alonso, from P8 to P7 on the grid, a slot which is critically on the right where grip is expected to be far superior as the cars leave the line.

If polesitter Sebastian Vettel wins the Austin race for Red Bull, Alonso needs to finish no lower than fourth if he is to stop the German clinching his third successive drivers’ title.

Congratulations Kelantan FA!

Piala Malaysia Final Results:

Kelantan FA: 3; Norshahrul  44′ 50′, Indra  96′

ATM FA: 2; Rezal 49′, Marlon 62′

Congratulations Kelantan FA for their victory in the Piala Malaysia final. Kelantan scored 3 goals against ATM FA which scored 2 goals. Though ATM FA played very well throughout the season and shocked Singapore during their semifinal match, they failed to claim the trophy which would have been their first Piala Malaysia trophy. The last time Kelantan FA won the Malaysia Cup was in 2010.

The first goal was scored during the 44th minute by Kelantan FA forward, Norshahrul Idlan Talaha. On the 49th minute, just as the second half was heating up, Rezal Zambery Yahya of ATM FA scored a goal which came from 25-meters to equalise the game to 1-1 during a free-kick. The ATM FA fans were excited and thrilled with Rezal’s goal but was downed by a goal at the 50th minute again by Norshahrul Idlan Talaha of Kelantan. Then, a goal by ATM FA’s Marlon Alex James equalised the game to 2-2 during the 62nd minute.

Since the match was still in a tie, extra-time were needed to conclude the winner for the cup. Just at the 96th minute, Indra Putra Mahyuddin scored a goal for Kelantan FA. The ATM FA’s fans waited for a goal from the ATM FA players. They waited and waited for the two goals needed to win the match. The whistle blew at the 124th minute and the game was over. Kelantan FA won the cup.

UEFA Euro 2012… Awards time!

After 23 days of football, now let’s see who received what awards…

UEFA EURO 2012 Team of the Tournament

by the UEFA Technical Team:

Goalkeepers:

  • Gianluigi Buffon (Italy) 
  • Iker Casillas (Spain)
  • Manuel Neuer (Germany).
Goalkeeper of Italy, Gianluigi Buffon (L) saves a penalty shoot-out by England’s Ashley Cole (R) during their quater-final match at Kyiv, Ukraine.

Defenders:

  • Gerard Piqué (Spain)
  • Fábio Coentrão (Portugal)
  • Philipp Lahm (Germany)
  • Pepe (Portugal)
  • Sergio Ramos (Spain)
  • Jordi Alba (Spain)
Gerard Pique of Spain in action during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Midfielders:

  • Daniele de Rossi (Italy)
  • Steven Gerrard (England)
  • Xavi Hernández (Spain)
  • Andrés Iniesta (Spain)
  • Sami Khedira (Germany)
  • Sergio Busquets (Spain)
  • Mesut Özil (Germany)
  • Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
  • Xabi Alonso (Spain)
Steven Gerrard of England (L) vies the ball with France’s Samir Nasri (R) during their first match in the tournament at Donetsk, Ukraine.
Germany’s Mesut Ozil skips round the challenge of Greece’s Kostas Katsouranis in the Euro 2012 quarter-final match at Gdansk, Poland.

Forwards:

  •  Mario Balotelli (Italy)
  • Cesc Fàbregas (Spain)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
  • Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden)
  • David Silva (Spain)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores a spectacular volley for Sweden’s opener against France during their third match in the tournament in Kyiv, Ukraine.

UEFA EURO 2012 Best Player of the Tournament

by the UEFA Technical Team

  • Andrés Iniesta (Spain)
Andres Iniesta (R) in action during their third match of the tournament at Gdansk, Poland against Croatia.

Castrol EDGE Index Award

by Castrol Edge:

  • Sergio Ramos (Spain)
Sergio Ramos’s chipped penalty in the shoot-out against Portugal was symbolic of Spain’s belief during their semi-final match at Donetsk, Ukraine.

Adidas Golden Boot Award

by Adidas:

  • Fernando Torres (Spain)
Fernando Torres struck twice as Spain routed Republic of Ireland 4-0 during their second match of the tournamen in Gdansk, Poland.

In Pictures: UEFA EURO 2012 final match

The first goal-Spain: Spain’s David Silva (L) plants his head on a 14th-minute cross from Cesc Fàbregas @Getty Images (14th minute)
Jordi Alba (in jersey no. 18) sweeps Spain’s second goal past Gianluigi Buffon four minutes before the break @Getty Images (41st minute)
Italy’s hopes all but evaporate as Thiago Motta (in blue jersey) goes off injured with almost half an hour to play after they had made all their substitutions @Getty Images (63rd minute)
Substitute Fernando Torres (R) bears down on Gianluigi Buffon with six minutes remaining @Getty Images (84th minute)
Fernando Torres (R) slips his finish past the goalkeeper for his third goal of the tournament @Getty Images (84th minute)
Juan Mata (R) taps in Spain’s fourth goal with two minutes remaining to complete the victory @Getty Images (88th minute)
Juan Mata celebrates his goal with Fernando Torres, whose assist ensured he picked up the golden boot @Getty Images
Spain players run from the substitutes’ bench to celebrate their victory on the final whistle @Getty Images
Cesare Prandelli (Italy’s coach) consoles his Italy players after the contest @Getty Images
Iker Casillas of Spain lifts the trophy surrounded by his delighted team-mates @Getty Images

SPAIN WINS AGAIN!!!

The champion for the UEFA EURO 2012 is…

Spain won 4-0 in an action packed match against Italy in the final round of UEFA EURO 2012. Spain’s chance for the cup looked bright as Silva scored their first goal in the 14th minute.

Spanish midfielder David Silva (R) score

A surprise goal was produced by Spain at the 41st minute, as Xavi rolls a perfectly weighted pass down the inside-left for Jordi Alba.

After just nine minutes on the field, Spain’s striker Fernando Torres scored the third goal for Spain at the 84th…

Spanish forward Fernando Torres (L) score

Sealing their trophy at the 88th minute, Torres hares after another Xavi sliderule pass down the inside left. He draws Buffon, before sliding the ball inside to his Chelsea teammate Mata, who clips home. They also broke West Germany’s legendary record to win the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship. Helmut Schön was at the West Germany helm for the 1972 EURO and 1974 World Cup.

The final whistle blows and Spain are the kings of Europe. Their play has been glorious tonight – the Italians were helpless in comparison Final score: 4-0

Congratulations Spain!

Final Round is Here!!!

Now that the semi-finals are finished, the two winning teams (Spain and Italy) will be competing in the final showdown of UEFA 2012 for the cup.

Spain, champion of UEFA 2008 and FIFA 2010 have won 4 (and one draw) out of their 5 matches so far in in this year’s UEFA tournament while four times world champion, Italy won 3 (one draw) out of their 5 matches in this year’s UEFA tournament. But Italy had proven their strength by defeating Germany who before this, won all of their matches in the tournament. But with the best goalkeeper in the world, Casillas and world-class defenders Pique and Ramos, perhaps Spain can stop Italy’s Baloteli from scoring…

Who do you think will win? Please vote here…

-The UEFA EURO 2012 final matchbetween Spain and Italy will be held at the Olympic StadiumKiev, Ukraine on 1st July 2012, 20:45 (2nd July 2012, 2:45 Malaysian time).

Real Football Fever…

The UEFA EURO 2012 had started. As usual, most people will be infected with the ‘football fever’. Everywhere you go, you’ll see people clad in their favourite team’s jerseys. Football fields are rarely empty for the boys would be playing football there.

On our way home from Tok Teh’s house <Click here for ‘Fresh Coconut Drink!’>, I spotted a football field where some football fans were playing football.

Can you see who’s playing football in the football field?

Here’s a clearer image of the match:

COWS!!!
Unfortunate for the cows, they didn’t get to wear their favourite team’s jerseys…

This is REAL football…

Malaysia wins gold in SEA games football match again!

Malaysia won 4-3 on penalty kicks against Indonesia at the Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta for the SEA Games football final match yesterday! This means that Malaysia had won another gold medal for the football SEA Games after winning a gold medal on the last SEA Games at Laos.

The ‘Harimau Muda’ celebrates their victory after defeating Indonesia 4-3 on penalty kicks at the Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakartayesterday.

Indonesian Gunawan Dwi Cahyo headed the ball in the 5th minute from a corner kick to score the first goal in the game. However, in the 38th minute, Malysian captain Baddrol Bakhtiar passed the ball to Malaysian Mohd Asraruddin Putra Omar and with a sliding head, drew the game to 1-1. The result stayed the same even after the second half of the game and the extra-time play.

Malaysian fans celebrate Malaysia’s first goal by Mohd Asraruddin Putra Omar at the Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta yesterday.

In the penalty shoot-out, Titus Bonai, Egi Melgiansyah and Abdul Rahman scored for Indonesia while Gunawan Dwi Cahyo and Ferdinan A.S. failed to convert their attempts. For Malaysia, Mahalli Jasuli, Fandi Othman and Mohd Fadhli Shas scored while Ahmad Fakri Saarani failed to make good. The fifth penalty was scored by captain Baddrol Bakhtiar causing Malaysia to win the game a 4-3 over Indonesia.

Malaysia’s captain Baddrol Bakhtiar scored the last penalty, causing Malaysia to win the game 4-3 on penalty kicks over Indonesia at the Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta yesterday.

Iniesta’s Shot Saved it All

The first all-European World Cup final ended up with Spain’s first win with a 1-0 victory. over Netherlands. Click here for full summary. The myth is now broken as Spain wins out of Europe. The match was full of excitement right from the beginning.

Netherlands played extremely hush and didn’t even apologise for the rough arm tactics. Nigel De Jong became the fifth player receiving a yellow card after planting his foot on Xabi Alonso’s chest. Gerard Pique looked poised to follow up only to be denied by a combination of Joris Mathijsen and Dirk Kuyt. Most of their shooting were near-to-goals.  After the near-to-goals, the exciting part came when Fabregas passed the ball to Torres and he passed the ball back at Fabregas and to Iniesta. Iniesta would not be denied, however, and his fine late strike put Spain into the history books  that left  the Dutch ‘s dream shattered.

The match ended up with fourteen yellow cards (9 for the Netherlands and 4 for the Spaniards) and 1 red card for John Heitinga (Netherlands). So, Paul the octopus Oracle made a 100% correct prediction the 2010 World Cup.

WE DID IT!!!
One of David Villa's near-to-goal
Nigel De Jong (Netherlands) kicks Xabi Alonso (Spain)
Sergio Busquets (Spain 16) speaks to referee, Howard Webb after Xabi Alonso who lies injured after being kicked by Netherlands' Nigel De Jong.
Spain’s goalkeeper, Iker Cassilas catches the ball over fallen Carles Puyol

 

 

The Netherlands players receive their medals
Receiving the World Cup Trophy...