May 1st, 2010

  • teenny

Marta is on TV Today Y'all!


Marta makes her 2010 national television debut Saturday evening at 6pm ET on Fox Soccer Channel when FC Gold Pride (2-1-0, six points) visits Sky Blue FC (2-1-0, six points).  No team brings out her magic more.

Of the 11 goals Marta has scored in Women’s Professional Soccer, four have come against the New Jersey club, the most of any opponent.  The four-time reigning FIFA World Player of the Year has already scored against Sky Blue FC this year, on April 17 in a 3-1 victory over the defending WPS Champion.  The rest of her goals came last year as a member of the Los Angeles Sol who discontinued operations in the off-season.

In the ensuing dispersal draft, FC Gold Pride landed the rights to the Brazilian superstar who trekked north.

“Everything was very smooth and I adapted well,” said Marta.  “I like the Bay Area.  I feel like it's the right place for a soccer player to concentrate and focus on work.”

And there is a lot of work to be done.  FC Gold Pride finished in the cellar of the WPS standings last year with just four wins to its credit.  Four wins won’t suffice in 2010 for a team that has aspirations of a title. more

Team GP W L T PTS GF GA +/-
FC Gold Pride 3 2 1 0 6 5 4 1
Sky Blue FC 3 2 1 0 6 3 3 0
Independence 3 1 0 2 5 4 2 2
Breakers 3 1 0 2 5 4 3 1
Athletica 3 1 0 2 5 4 2 2
Freedom 3 1 2 0 3 5 6 -1
Red Stars 3 0 2 1 1 1 3 -2
Beat 3 0 2 1 1 2 5 -3

Marta dances, sings and laughs.....remains adorable while doing so

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Buffon.....stating the obvious.

Manchester City are not one of Europe's elite teams, says Juventus goalkeeper Buffon

Champions League-chasing Manchester City have been snubbed by Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon after he revealed that he doesn't consider them to be one of Europe's elite teams.

'It doesn't surprise me that a lot of big players have turned down Manchester City,' said the Italian.

'The best players in the world want to be playing for the top teams in the top three leagues, no more than five or six teams in Europe. It's a very elite list and Manchester City have to accept the fact they are not one of them.

'I read that City were interested in me last summer. I don't know if anything was tabled, but there is no way I could have considered it. I couldn't justify leaving one of Europe's most famous clubs for a team that are not playing football at the highest level.'

The Juventus stopper did at least concede that that situation might change should City achieve their aim of finishing fourth and grabbing that all-important Champions League spot.

'They have signed some fantastic players, but if they want to go up to the next level and sign even better players then they must claim a Champions League spot this year,' he said.

Daily Mail

Tbh when I heard Buffon was linked my first reaction was why the heck do they need another goalie? When Given is fit of course. Neither Buffon or Given would settle with being a number 2.
combing his hair!

New FIFA Rankings just for the fun of it.

Brazil reclaimed the top spot from Spain in the FIFA rankings, while the United States moved up two places to 14th.

Brazil returned to No. 1 on Wednesday for the seventh stretch since the ranking began in 1993, ending the five-month reign of the European champions. Brazil has held the top spot for 143 months total.

World Cup semifinalist Portugal moved into third, swapping places with the Netherlands, and defending World Cup champion Italy rounded out the top five.

Germany was sixth and Argentina rose two places to seventh, followed by England, Croatia and France, which dropped two spots to 10th. Russia was 11th, with Greece, Egypt, the U.S. and Chile followed by Serbia, Mexico, Uruguay, Cameroon, and Nigeria and Australia in a tie for 20th.

At 14th, the United States matched its ranking from November to February, which was down from 11th in September and October. The Americans were as high as fourth in April 2006.

Only new five matches counted toward the April rankings, meaning most of the changes were due to the devaluation of past results.