The title race got a lot more interesting as Atletico Madrid thrashed league leaders Real 4-0 in the capital’s clasico on Saturday.

 

Diego Simeone’s side won comprehensively, as the ‘BBC’ (Bale, Benzema & Cristiano) failed to register a single shot on target.

 

Barcelona tightened the screw with a vintage display at the San Mames the following night, running out 5-2 winners to shorten Real’s lead to a point. Atletico in third trail Real by four points.

 

Real reel as Atletico advance Fred Pentland remembered.

 

Fatigue seemed to have got the better of Real, whose derby defeat came three days after a 2-1 win over Sevilla, where Sergio Ramos and James Rodriguez succumbed to injury.

 

Ramos is out for three weeks with a torn hamstring but https://synecoretech.com James’ broken toe will see the Colombian skip the key clash with Barça on the 22nd of March as well as the Round of 16 and probable Quarter-Finals of the UEFA Champions League.

 

So Real are once more ‘in crisis’ according to the press, emboldened by Carlo Ancelotti throwing them the biscuit that this was his worst defeat as a manager.

 

Normal service should be resumed this weekend at home to Deportivo La Coruna, but their European tie away to Schalke on the 18th is the real test. Losing the versatile James is a blow, but a knight in shining armour in the form of Norwegian prodigy Martin Odegaard might get an unexpected chance to impress.

 

* Cristiano Ronaldo turned 30, though his birthday bash had the unfortunate timing of a few hours after the debacle at the Manzanares. After showing a lack of spirit on the field, he and his well-munerated colleagues had no trouble letting off steam at the party, which drew …

 

 

Newsweek had a fascinating article titled “Do iPods Play Favorites” that reminded me of poker. The author, technology writer Steven Levy, bemoaned the fact that his iPod, which is supposed to play music randomly, seemed to play some songs over and over while some never got played at all. Of course, the author’s error was seeing patterns in what indeed are random events. If his iPod made sure that every song got played, it would not be random.

 

Poker players also face random events every time they play. Some players also have a hard time accepting the fact that the cards come off randomly, and that everything that can happen eventually will. People mumbling “Unbelievable!” every time their set loses, or “How could I miss this hand?” when their outs fail to materialize, exemplify this inability to accept random events as they come.

 

And poker players have plenty of company. The human mind has a hard time understanding the concept of randomness. The need to seek patterns is a central element of the brain. Consider a caveman who went out hunting and saw a lion eat his buddy. We know now that lions eat people (a pattern), but the caveman did not really know that. Nevertheless, if he was to survive, he could not think, “That may have been a totally random event. Maybe it was the only time in history that a lion ate a person.”

 

He needed to guess at a pattern immediately: “Maybe lions eat people; I had better avoid them.”

 

The better these people were at seeing patterns, the more likely they were to survive. And we inherit that trait today. Unfortunately, poker features a huge amount of randomness; the patterns that we think we see simply confuse us and …

 

 

Western Cape

 

Newlands Rugby Ground

UWC Soccer Field

Stellenbosch Rugby Ground

UCT Rugby Ground

Bellville Rugby Ground

Athlone Stadium

 

Johannesburg

 

Orlando Stadium

Dobsonville Stadium

Rand Stadium

Cecil Payne Stadium

Rabie Ridge Stadium

Ruimsig Stadium

 

Durban

 

SJ Smith Stadium

Chatsworth Stadium

Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium

King Zwelithini Stadium

Princess Magogo Stadium

 

Other regions

 

2010 World Cup Base Camps.

Johannesburg

 

Bafana Bafana – Southern Sun Keluaran HK Grayston Hotel and will train at Sandown High School

Honduras (Indaba Hotel Fourways)

Mexico (Thaba ya Batswana)

Netherlands (Hilton Sandton),

North Korea (Protea Hotel Midrand)

Serbia (Sunnyside Park Hotel)

Slovenia (Hyde Park Southern Sun)

Australia (Kloofzicht Lodge near Muldersdrift)

New Zealand (Serengeti Estate near OR Tambo)

Switzerland (Emerald Resort and Casino in Vanderbijlpark)

 

Pretoria

 

Argentina (High Performance Centre)

Germany (Velmore Hotel in Centurion)

Italy (Leriba Lodge outside Pretoria)

Slovakia (Villas Luxury Suite Hotel)

United States (Irene Country Lodge)

 

KwaZulu Natal

 

Algeria (Monduzur in San Lameer)

Cameroon (Oyster Box in Umhlanga)

Greece (Beverly Hills Hotel at Umhlanga Rocks)

Ivory Coast (Riverside Hotel)

Nigeria (Hampshire in Durban),

Paraguay (Woodridge Country Estate in the Midlands)

Portugal (Valley Lodge in Hillcrest)

 

Western Cape

 

Brazil (Fairway in Cape Town)

Denmark (Simola Hotel Country Club in Knysna)

France (Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa in Knysna)

Japan (Fancourt Hotel and Country Club outside George)

 

North West

 

England (Bafokeng Sports Campus in Rustenburg)

Spain (North West University campus in Potchefstroom)

South Korea (Hunters Rest Hotel in Rustenburg)

 

Mpumalanga

 

Chile (Ingwenyama Conference Centre)

 

Eastern Cape

 

Ghana (Rhoode Valley)

 

Northern Cape

 

Fan Parks in the Western Cape Area

Fan Parks are situated in central areas in the venue cities so that the general public can watch all the games. Entrance to …

 

 

It’s tough being Urawa Reds. The “biggest club in Asia” tag is a difficult one to live down, even if the Saitama giants haven’t come close to winning a trophy for years.

 

The Reds burst onto the Asian football scene by winning the J. League under the swashbuckling auspices of German coach Guido Buchwald in 2006, before his more circumspect successor Holger Osieck steered the Saitama giants to Asian Champions League glory the following year.

 

But no sooner had Urawa begun to dominate the J. League than their world fell apart, as the popular Saitama side spectacularly disintegrated in the 2007 title race, prompting the dismissal of coach Osieck just two games into the 2008 season. Two more Togel Singapore German coaches followed, but neither Gert Engels nor Volker Finke could steer Urawa to the silverware they so desperately craved.

 

Enter Zeljko Petrovic. The Montenegrin coach enjoyed a peripatetic playing career, turning out for the likes of Dinamo Zagreb, Sevilla and PSV Eindhoven in a 16-year career spent largely in the Netherlands. Petrovic ended his playing days at small Dutch outfit RKC Waalwijk – the club he coached in the Dutch second division in 2007-08 – but crucially he also enjoyed a three-year spell in Japan with Urawa Reds.

 

Petrovic’s time in Japan coincided with Urawa’s relegation to the second tier of the J. League and the charismatic coach knows all about the Reds’ storied history. Urawa packed out every game of their compact Komaba Stadium home in the second division and crowds have continued to grow since their move to the futuristic Saitama Stadium.

 

Saitama Stadium

Indeed, a crowd of 42,767 fans turned out at Saitama Stadium on April 24 to see Urawa hammer defending champions Nagoya Grampus 3-0, in a match …

 

 

*Shinji Kagawa hit a brace and Keisuke Honda added another as Japan downed South Korea 3-0 in Sapporo. Players wore black armbands in honour of former Japanese international Naoki Matsuda, who died a week ago, and observed a minute’s silence.

 

*Tottenham’s home match with Everton on Saturday has been postponed as the clean-up continues following the riots in London. The north Togel Singapore London area was the epicentre of the violence which spread to other English cities and forced an emergency debate today in the House of Commons.

 

*Cesc Fabregas’ move to Barcelona looks set to be finalised by the weekend. Arsenal are also negotiating to transfer Samir Nasri to Manchester City, leaving the Gunners three weeks to replace their best two players before the transfer deadline.

 

*Jack Warner ally Lisle Austin has been banned from football for a year by FIFA. The CONCACAF official was involved in the crazy in-fighting in May after Chuck Blazer shopped Warner and Mohamed Bin-Hammam for bribery. Austin ‘fired’ Blazer without authority, leaving CONCACAF to issue a press statement contradicting its acting president, who was subsequently dismissed. When Austin went to the Bahamian court to get his job back, FIFA isolated him.

 

*The FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia has reached the quarter-final stage. Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Guatemala, Saudi Arabia and South Korea fell by the wayside in the second round.

 

QF lineup: Brazil v Spain, Mexico v Colombia, France v Nigeria, Portugal v Argentina

 

*Jurgen Klinsmann’s first game in charge of the USA ended in a 1-1 draw with Mexico in front of 30,000 in Philadelphia, World Champions Spain lost 2-1 to Italy in Bari and Germany beat Brazil 3-2 in Stuttgart.

 

Football falls victim to London riots

 

The violence …

 

 

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Is this the most inconvenient World Cup for fans in recent memory? Without a doubt. After a week of travelling to games here in South Africa I would go as far as saying you are better off staying at home and watching on a big screen.

 

I feel like most of my time here has been spent in traffic crawling to and from games with tens of thousands of others who are afraid to use the skeletal public transport options or in the case of Rustenburg, have no choice but to hire a car.

 

Parking is a confusing toss-up between park and rides far away which can demand tickets without any being obviously on sale, or on-street hawkers ushering you to their ‘secure’ spot where they promise to watch your car for a fee. The Togel Singapore gritty neighbourhood around Ellis Park in Johannesburg for instance is one you would not want to walk around alone, and is buzzing with unofficial car-parkers who try to direct you off the road and give you no confidence.

 

Having followed signs for a park and ride there we were stuck in traffic on a tight commercial street without a white face in sight, which made us feel so uncomfortable we did a u-turn and found a verge instead. The arrangements for Soccer City in Joburg, capacity 90,000, entail a huge trek or a marathon wait for shuttle buses for those arriving by car.

 

There just is not an underground or adequate train network here like there has been at the previous three World Cups, and add to that inadequate highway space e.g. one lane in and out of Rustenburg and voila – a transport nightmare.

 

Add to all that the deafening din of vuvuzelas, blasting out …

 

 

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has a problem and, like so much in life, it boils down to a question of balance.

 

Not long ago, he was merely interim Socceroos coach Graham Arnold, the man tasked with plugging the unenviable gap created by Guus Hiddink’s departure after the World Cup.

 

Now the interim tag has been binned, and the Agen Qiu Qiu former international striker has his heart set on the long-term post of coaching Australia to the 2010 World Cup.

 

How does he snare the nation’s top footballing job for the immediate future?

 

Well holding aloft July’s Asian Cup would of course be excellent interview material for the man who hasn’t yet won all over his critics despite his approachable demeanour and a string of OK results.

 

But therein lies the heart of the problem. Despite a dose of swagger from Australia’s leading lights, taking out the premier regional crown at the first attempt won’t quite be the jaunt some are expecting.

 

Naturally, the region’s current ranked No.2 nation has high expectations, but competing with the AFC’s aristocrats, particularly in the sweltering conditions at their Bangkok base, is going to need an Australian squad close to its strongest – just as Hiddink enjoyed 12 months ago.

 

However, the dilemma is that if Arnold continues naming his strongest side, how are his peripheral squad members and local A-League players ever going to gain enough international experience to seriously compete for a place in South Africa in three years time.

 

Choices, choices.

 

“With the World Cup qualifying program coming up there’s going to be a huge emphasis on A-League players,” Arnold confirmed to reporters after announcing his 23-man squad for the June friendly against nemesis Uruguay.

 

“The short-term picture is …

 

 

Socceroo David Carney has reunited with former Sydney FC assistant Ian Crook after agreeing a deal to join Norwich City on loan until the end of the English domestic season.

 

He becomes Crook and new manager Bryan Gunn’s first signing since they took charge of the Carrow Road club last week.

 

Carney has been out of favour with Sheffield United Keluaran HK manager Kevin Blackwell this season after taking his place as one of three over-age players at the Beijing Olympics.

 

Despite playing 26 times for the Blades last year following his switch from Sydney FC, the 25-year-old hasn’t made a single league appearance this term with his senior national team spot coming under pressure from the returning Scott Chipperfield.

 

And Australia boss Pim Verbeek’s recent warning to any Socceroos regulars not enjoying first team football at club level is the clear motivation behind Carney’s transfer window move.

 

“With the World Cup coming up in 2010 he wants to have the chance to show what he can do so he has an opportunity of a place in the Australian squad,” Gunn told the official Norwich City website.

 

“He has a tremendous left foot and is a confident goalscorer who is technically gifted.”

 

Carney made 34 A-League appearances, scoring seven goals, and helped Sydney claim the inaugural league championship in 2005/06.

 

He was primarily used as a left winger, but has won the majority of his 17 national team caps as a left-back including as a member of coach Graham Arnold’s 2007 Asian Cup squad.

 

“Ian gave a very high recommendation of David and his capabilities and was happy to recommend him to us,” said Gunn.

 

“I know there were other clubs interested in him – both in …

 

 

After 11 days of non-stop football, at last a break. I Pkv used the opportunity to head for the pyramids, and also take in the Sufi dancing. The Sufi’s follow a Muslim mystic order who spin and whirl to attain a trance like state, it reminded me off defenders who have come up against Eto’o in this competition.

 

Giza pyramids lie just 8km south west of Cairo and are reached by a dual carriageway that runs right past them. Not content with just driving up to them I opted to take the classic approach and went to hire a camel for the day. As with everything in Egypt the price seems to be negotiable and there are always hidden extras. As well as this baksheesh is expected at every turn for even the smallest of service. The price was agreed and during the course of the trip extras were added. More money was required for entry to the pyramids, then for the guide and the boys looking after the camel. By now I am well aware that the Egyptian salesmen will never give you the full story and will always be looking for more money. The police at Giza could be seen openly counting their takings for the day from what appeared to be on the spot fines for cutting corners and causing damage to the monuments.

 

It has been the same with asking directions. The standard reply is that wherever you ask to go you will need a taxi. In some cases this may well be true. But in a number of cases the intended destination has been a five minute walk away. Even if you ask for the mini-bus station for the local bus they will deny that their is one, until you point …