Sunday, March 16, 2008

European Soccer Teams: Good Form/Bad Form

Good Form:

Fenerbahce (Turkey)
  1. Finally adapted to Zico's Brazillian mindset and style of play.
  2. Strikers Semih and Kezman are simply on fire.
  3. Roberto Carlos injured, but Fenerbahce is not showing any weaknesses on left back position.
Manchester United (England)
  1. Playing wonderful soccer at the moment.
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo is simply not from this planet, amazing winger that keeps on improving exponentially.
  3. Red Devils are favored to win the Champions League this year.
Heerenveen (Netherlands)
  1. Selling Alfonso Alves to Tottenham did not weaken this team, instead the Serbian youngster Miralem Sulejmani (Mickey Mouse) got a chance to lead this team and he's doing pretty damn well. (12 goals, 8 assists)
  2. Contenders for a place that could take them to Champions League or UEFA Cup. (Currently 3rd)
  3. With money received from the sale of Brazilian Alfonso Alves, Heerenveen is likely to even further strengthen their squad. (No transfer rumours yet)
Bad Form:

Barcelona (Spain)
  1. Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto'o are Injured.
  2. Frank Rijkaard doesn't seem to allow Thierry Henry a free role that he had in Arsenal, instead Henry only plays on the left wing which seems to be sucking the game out of him.
  3. Ronaldinho is only 30-50%, not quite the old Ronaldinho yet.
AC Milan (Italy)
  1. Simply put, team is too old. They better find a new Maldini and Inzaghi or they are history.
  2. On the good side, Brazilian youngster Pato seems to have found his form and place in the starting eleven and is doing really well.
Valencia (Spain)
  1. Valencia is in deep trouble. Nothing is working for them at the moment.
  2. Arguably 2 players that should be in starting elven (Zigic and Joaquin) are not!
  3. Only solutions seems to be getting a new coach, possibly one with a modern strategy.

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