sports update

nothing major, haven’t followed much of anything 1.ffc.frankfurt has done (i should) because we actually have a league of our own here between departments, co-ed “c-league” for the sort of beginners like me.  Due to lack of time/games/etc., they merged “c” and “b” leagues together, and one way led to another, we were in the final today against the all-spanish team.  These are quite serious guys, all dressed up in their national jerseys, muuuch more skillful than yours truly,  talked A LOT (in spanish) during the game as it should be, calling out where to pass, loads of dribbling, very nice 1-2 passings.  sadly, we lost in overtime 1-3 after 1-1 tie @ end of regulation, though we had our chances with one nice shot hitting the cross bar during regular time.  Haven’t run that hard in quite a while, ankle fully swollen now and legs want to fall off, but it felt GREAT.  As usual, yours truly played “right back”, the only possible position.   Read more of this post

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played my first “competitive” game 🙂 🙂
we lost though, 2-4, with opponents scoring 3 goals in a span of 5 min near end of 2nd half…
and yes, we actually played on a “near” full size field, just 20min each half though, and yours truly only had to run out gasping for air once. so, keeping tap of first:
* game
* full size field
* night game (to full moon!!)
* on astroturf (too bad it’s not grass!)
* got knocked over with an elbow, head still ringing
* blocked ball with butt, hey that’s what you do when you can’t use hands and don’t know how to stop the ball with your ab/chest!
* finished 1 dribble without losing the ball
* got spatially disoriented toward end of game, wasn’t sure which way i was facing (in the big picture. small picture-ly, i was fine, staying in front of the guy in yellow shirt)

so, you know i never learned to play the game properly, no technique. a long long time ago in a far away country, all boys in school wanted me to join the team. back then, i could beat 2/3 of them running, not any more. anyhow, parents said fußball was not for girls so there you have it. some 20+ years later in another country around the world, finally kicked the ball around for the first time. great great great fun!!! (as it should be). Read more of this post

fifa women world cup 2011 is here


thanks to free satellite tv on jetblue, i just realized the women world cup is here! and my favorite player scored the open goal of the tournament for Germany, wiht a similar header from the far side as the first goal i saw her scored way back in 2003 which knocked the US out of the semifinal. Anyhow, these fotos are “borrowed” from the official fifa website, where you can also find complete schedule. If you live in the US, the matches are available “for free” on espn3.com (for free means you need internet from some big name companies i believe, you can always go there and try out, for example here’s the replay of the tournament opening Germany vs Canada yesterday or Japan vs New Zealand today).
Edit: so, i’ve just done watching the complete replay of the opening match, amazing! here’s the highlight via youtube:

some comments:
the passing skill of Garefrekes is amazing, she passes very quickly as well before the defense can get set. Celia Okoyino Da Mbabi is also very good with her passing and finishing. On the Canadian side, Christine Sinclair is a specimen, it’s too bad I only get to see her brilliance on display now. I used to dislike the Canadian approach of bulldozing over all other teams, but now with the new Italian coach, they’re such a fun group of players to watch with the nice passing game. Don’t miss the very nice wind-kiss Sinclair gave to her coach after she scored that magnificent free-kick in the highlight video above. Read more of this post