Posts Tagged ‘Alexei Shishkin’

  1. Carlos Valderrama


    March 18, 2012 by Alexei Shishkin

    Known as much for his hairstyle as for his on-field prowess, Carlos Valderrama is one of the greatest midfielders to ever grace the game. A native of Colombia, he represented his country from 1985-1998. During this span of nearly 15 years, he made 111 appearances for Colombia, including captaining his country in three consecutive World Cups (Italy ’90, USA ’94, France ’98).

    Valderrama spent most of his career in the Americas, playing for numerous Colombian and American clubs. The years he did spend in Europe were spent playing for Montpellier in France and Real Valladolid in Spain.

  2. The Panenka


    March 8, 2012 by Alexei Shishkin


    Perhaps one of the cheekiest maneuvers in football is a method of taking spot kicks called the Panenka. Namesake of creator Antonin Panenka, the Panenka involves approaching the ball as if one is going to strike it with full force and then easing up at the last second and lofting the ball, usually down the middle of the goal past a helpless goalkeeper who has already committed to a side.

    Czechoslovakian Antonin Panenka was born in 1948 and spent most of his career playing domestically for Bohemians Praha, where he scored 76 goals in 230 total appearances. Panenka was known more as a playmaker than a goal scorer, though, and in the 1976 European Championship, his name would be forever immortalized.

  3. Podolski, a Gunner?


    March 5, 2012 by Alexei Shishkin

    With Lukas Podolski’s summer transfer to Arsenal looking more likely every day, one can’t help but wonder if this is the right move for the Gunners. The North Londoners have been having a far from perfect year, and manager Arsene Wenger has attracted his fair share of criticism, but perhaps a summer spending spree could be the remedy.

    Podolski could become their first new signing, with a suggested fee of around €10 million. The German forward first made his name on the world stage at the 2006 World Cup where he won the Best Young Player award. That year, he scored 12 times in 17 appearances for the German national team.

  4. AFC 2014 World Cup Qualifiers Round-Up


    March 1, 2012 by Alexei Shishkin


    It was a dramatic final day in the third round of Asian World Cup Qualifiers with Oman and Qatar sneaking through and living to fight another day while Saudi Arabia and Bahrain narrowly missed the cut.

    While the Saudis have historically been one of the stronger teams in Asian football, they needed a victory against Australia, a team sitting comfortably at the top of Group D.

    A 19th minute goal from Salem Al-Dossari, combined with a stoppage time strike from Nasser Al-Shamrani had the visitors up 2-1 at the break. However the Socceroos managed three goals in a span of four minutes courtesy of Brett Emerton, Harry Kewell, and Alex Bosque, adding to his first half tally. When all was said and done, the Aussies left satisfied with a 4-2 victory.

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