December 12, 2010

Where are they now? Liverpool vs. AC Milan, 2005

Filed under: football, Humor — ubikcan @ 10:37 am

Here are two football teams battling for the biggest prize in Europe. Can you guess who they are? (Cue “Camberwick Green” music¹).

Yes, it’s 2005 and the Champions League Final:

And who was playing on that night?

GK 1 Brazil Dida
RB 2 Brazil Cafu
CB 31 Netherlands Jaap Stam
CB 13 Italy Alessandro Nesta
LB 3 Italy Paolo Maldini (c)
DM 21 Italy Andrea Pirlo
RM 8 Italy Gennaro Gattuso Substituted off in the 112th minute 112′
LM 20 Netherlands Clarence Seedorf Substituted off in the 86th minute 86′
AM 22 Brazil Kaká
CF 7 Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko
CF 11 Argentina Hernán Crespo Substituted off in the 85th minute 85′
GK 1 Poland Jerzy Dudek
RB 3 Republic of Ireland Steve Finnan Substituted off in the 46th minute 46′
CB 23 England Jamie Carragher Booked in the 75th minute 75′
CB 4 Finland Sami Hyypiä
LB 21 Mali Djimi Traoré
DM 14 Spain Xabi Alonso
RM 10 Spain Luis García
CM 8 England Steven Gerrard (c)
LM 6 Norway John Arne Riise
SS 7 Australia Harry Kewell Substituted off in the 23rd minute 23′
CF 5 Czech Republic Milan Baroš Booked in the 81st minute 81′ Substituted off in the 85th minute 85

Of all the Liverpool players, only Stevie Gerrard and Carra can still be found (and actually they’re both out injured).

So where are they now? Here’s the tale of the tables:

Yes, where Milan lead the top of their table by 6 points, Liverpool are in 9th and yesterday lost to Newcastle, who’ve been playing so badly they recently sacked their manager (as did Liverpool last season). We’re looking at a top ten finish at best.

Two seasons ago we came 2nd in the league and Torres scored the most goals of any foreign newcomer to the EPL. Now Torres has struggled with injury and is reduced to bickering (OK, he played in the World Cup Final, but pulled up injured and didn’t score).

I’ll always support Liverpool of course and have 2005 (and 1977) to remember but A) we shouldn’t have sold Alonso (he scored the tying goal remember) and B) we really need to buy in the January transfer window. Otherwise Milan have the last laugh.

And I ain’t just being Windy Miller.

¹If you’ve never seen this or forgotten it, it was a children’s show back in the 60s-70s, and more recently was referred to in the second season of Life on Mars.

November 7, 2010

Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0

Filed under: football, Liverpool FC — ubikcan @ 6:50 pm

Get in!

March 18, 2010

Chelsea lose in ignominy, Drogba sent off–again!!!

Filed under: football — ubikcan @ 11:06 am

Seems like every spring I can just repeat this post. Here’s a reminder from 2 years ago:


2009 (OK he wasn’t sent off here but did issue his famous rant to the ref after losing to Barca: “it’s a disgrace, a fucking disgrace”

Here’s the video:

And now this year we have him sent off again for stamping:

I like to think I can be as fair as the next soccer fan, and Chelsea were hard done by last year, but there’s a pattern here.

October 24, 2009

The game

Filed under: football, Liverpool FC — ubikcan @ 8:04 pm

Soccernet’s montage for the big game tomorrow:

Ugh, my nerves will be shredded! No beach ball jokes plz.

I’m somewhat confused by the time change as the US doesn’t change for another week (thanks Bush!) but Europe, ahead as always, changes tonight. Oh well, I’ll tune in early just in case!

May 24, 2009


Filed under: football, Liverpool FC — ubikcan @ 1:35 pm

So goodbye then, Premier League 08-09. Second best team in the country, but… not quite good enough. Thanks Sami for a great 10 years!

Goodbye also Toons. Will you be back and what will happen to Michael Owen?

If you look at the table, you see that 2 draws were what made the dfifference. In a season with 38 games. Win those two draws and you have the same number of points as Utd but with a better goal difference…


March 22, 2009

5-star Reds

Filed under: football, Liverpool FC — ubikcan @ 2:28 pm

One week later, one amazing victory later.


These three significant victories in a row (against Real Madrid in the Bernabéu 4-0, against Man U at Old Trafford 4-1, and now against Villa at Anfield 5-0*) are the most imperious performances in a row I can remember seeing.

And I started supporting Liverpool in the mid-1970s.

*Brad Friedel should not have been sent off, though no doubt it was a penalty. It was sporting and appropriate of the Kop to applaud him and chant his name as he walked off.

January 19, 2009

The weekend we lost the Premiership

Filed under: football, Liverpool FC — ubikcan @ 7:25 pm

well it doesn’t take a genius to say that this is the weekend lost the Premiership. Just watched them draw with Everton after going ahead from a Stevie G wonder strike and then Everton get a late equaliser through bad defending.

Liverpool stay in 2nd place, have played one more game than Utd, AND have to go to Old Trafford for the return match.

Beside all that though Liverpool just don’t look up for it.

October 11, 2008

England late show

Filed under: football — ubikcan @ 3:09 pm

England left it late in today’s game, but came thnrough in the end! Nice 5-1 victory at home over Kazachstan, which leaves them top of the group.

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