Hey friends, just wanted to give you a few newsworthy points before the weekend when there is another game and all that jazz. News, notes, thoughts, pass the time!
-As I am sure you are aware, Russia has been chosen to host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar will host 2022. While I would have loved this to have been in America for ease of access, I do not have problems per se with Russia, since they can probably pull it off, though this is some shady shit.
Qatar on the other hand is a confusing choice to be sure. Although I am sure Sepp Blatter believes he is actually being the knight is shining armor to the Middle East with the World Cup. Though, the rest if quizzical to say the least. Qatar is roughly the size of Connecticut in America, which is one of the smallest states in the country, it’s 3rd largest city has less than 100,000 people, and it’s average temperature during July is 115. I don’t care how nice the stadia are, when you walk outside, you might die. This of course doesn’t even touch the fact that Qatar has many repressive laws against women and homosexuals, and laws outlawing common practices, like alcohol consumption in public. I am not going to say they paid for the right, because I don’t know that, and their videos were quite impressive, but there are a few giant gaping questions regarding such elementary things as allowing people into the country and not harassing them for being gay or women and going out in public. Maybe Kevin’s right, maybe FIFA should stop giving countries the World Cup that are openly discriminatory towards groups and people and then hide behind their anti-racism sentiment?
-Yesterday, in what was surely the most heartbreaking information you will hear all day, FC Barcelona lost the Copa Catalunya to Espanyol 2-1, then defeated Hospitalet 2-0 to earn second place. We effectively started the kids and some had decent showings, with JDS picking up a goal in the second match. I would be distraught about this, but each match was only 45 minutes and some of the kids got good time in front of Pep. Though the world’s best looking Jehovah’s Witness was left nonplussed about the matter. Salient points: no one injured, young guys got time, go team!
-Barça takes on Osasuna on Saturday at 2:00 EST, 8:00 Barcelona time. We will have previews and all that jazz this weekend.
-Finally, a few stray thoughts on the Clasico to wrap up. Sensational, absolutely thrilling. I was throughly impressed with each player who participated. We went in there, did the work, thrashed the second hottest team on the planet at the time, and did so while getting under their skin beautifully. Being a former keeper, I do always kind of feel bad for Iker during the Clasicos because he gets hung out to dry by his backline. Marcelo, Pepe, and Carvalho were either awful, intermittently awful, or awful and should have been sent off twice. Villa got in on the action, just saying. Great victory, hope it carries through to this weekend.
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