International Friendlies Round Up: A Good Weekend For Muppet Babies, Sami & Mesut Get Released

27 Mar

Marcelo with a fan and her baby before his injury.

Aw! How adorbs does he look? He said that the baby reminded him of his son, Enzo. It wasn’t all fun and definitely no games for Marcelo this weekend. He was injured in practice on Friday, feeling pain in his back and ribs. He was supposed to start the game today, but instead he was examined on Saturday by the team doctor and sent back home to Madrid. Luckily, it was nothing serious.

Brazil went on to beat Scotland 2-0 thanks to a brace by Muppet Baby Week alum, Neymar. This was only Neymar’s third cap for his country and he scored 2 goals. Damn.

Go Muppet Go! I know we’d like to scoop him up for Real Madrid. That would be awesome.  Sadly, the day and his brilliant performance was overshadowed by bullshit.  A banana was thrown at Neymar at Emirates Stadium in London during the game. This is really depressing. WTF, people?!  Stop the racist crap.

Another Muppet Baby Week alum who had a fantastic weekend was Team USA’s Juan Agudelo. (USA! USA! USA! USA!)

He came on as a sub at 46′ and scored the equalizing goal vs. Argentina. Just a bit over 18 and looking amazing, kiddo! Goalie Tim Howard was a total rock star and worked his ass off to keep Argentina at bay. Messi was brilliant, as per usual. As for our Real boys, Di Maria dove like he was going for an Oscar AGAIN (Fideo, STOP IT. You’re too good for this shit) and Garay didn’t play. Final score 1-1.

Raul Meireles & Gary Medel go for the ball

Another game that ended in a 1-1 tie was Portugal vs. Chile. As we all know, Crispy didn’t play, but Carvalho started and then was subbed out for Pepe at 46′.

Big news out of Germany! After their 4-0 win over Kazakhstan, Jogi Loew has decided to release captain Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil from duty for the friendly vs. Australia on Tuesday. He wants to field an experimental side for the match to try out some new things. The trio will return to their respective clubs.  Speaking of Germany, while we’re at it, can we please buy Miroslav Klose? That would be AMAZING. See? He already looks good in a white jersey!

I love this man!

10 Responses to “International Friendlies Round Up: A Good Weekend For Muppet Babies, Sami & Mesut Get Released”

  1. kfunk22 March 28, 2011 at 12:35 am #

    first up, marcelo is utterly adorable, that’s how adorbs.

    the banana incident is completely unacceptable, as are a string of other recent racist incidents. wondering when fifa or the leagues are going to address this – it’s well past time, no?

    di maria and his diving = huge pet peeve of mine.

    • headbandsandheartbreak March 28, 2011 at 11:13 am #

      Yeah, it’s ridiculous that it’s roundly being ignored. Neymar, Roberto Carlos, Marcelo are all recent victims of racist incidents. How can FIFA, La Liga, etc. continue to pretend that this isn’t happening?!

      I’m deathly sick of Di Maria’s diving. It’s so obvious. It’s like he’s Norma Desmond in the climactic scene of Sunset Boulevard. He’s ready for his close up, Mister Mourinho.

  2. suzanne March 28, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    1st, rediculous. i didn’t hear about the banana incident. people, enough is enough. this is SUPPOSE to be a global community now. that poor kid. i hope they find and prosecute whoever did it. but we all know it’ll get swept under the rug.
    btw, he looked less rooster rockstar hair. 🙂

    the guys that i watch soocer with have dubbed agudelo “el chosen juan.” skeletor needs to stop with the 4-5-1 though…it does NOT work with only jozy up top. timmmay and his delish body rockin between the post. he literally completely kept us in that match. i am soooooo proud of our boys (and missed stuhawk sooooo much 😦 )
    angel, the amount of diving is getting old. you are way too good a player to do that. and props to the argies for having kick about and scrimage with the U-18 Red Bulls. 🙂
    glad ozi and sami were released. those germans are going to give spain a run for their money next summer!!! they are so impressive!!
    hope marcelo is not too injured. i was so sad when i read he wouldn’t play after being in the starting line-up 😦

    • headbandsandheartbreak March 28, 2011 at 11:06 am #

      It’s appalling. It also happened to Roberto Carlos in Russia recently: http://supersport.com/football/europe/news/110323/Zenit_probes_Carlos_banana_incident

      Completely disgusting behavior. I see that the article says “reportedly” – change that to “definitely” – There’s a photo of the fan offering Carlos the banana. It makes me sick to my stomach.

      “El Chosen Juan” is brilliant. Tim Howard is a fave of mine (and a special fave of Shiggers – she has a thing for goalies).

      • shiggers March 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

        Who wouldn’t have a thing for Tim Howard? I mean, seriously, the man is tasty. And talented, of course.

  3. Jenny March 29, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    What I want to know is this: how the hell did a fresh piece of fruit, a pure, unadulterated, preservative-free, edible snack-food make it into the Emirates Stadium?

    Knowing them, they’ll be investigating that and not the gross behaviour of the Tartan-army – as the less pleasant (and occasionally racist Scottish fans) call themselves. The Scottish press is already falling over itself, claiming that Brazilians were sitting in that section too (yes that’s right, the Brazilians sneakily threw a banana onto the pitch to make the Scottish fans look bad – SNEAKY!) and that their famously classy fans would never, ever do such a thing!

    • headbandsandheartbreak March 29, 2011 at 11:34 am #

      It’s all so repulsive. I was pissed to also see Juan Capdevila and Carles Puyol laughing over a racially insensitive joke on Twitter (Puyi later deleted his tweet). It’s not just the fans. The players seriously need some education too. 😦 But this crap has got to stop.

      • Jenny March 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

        I can’t wait until the first Primera Liga game is suspended over this. It should have happened against Atleti – but just thinking of it happening makes my mouth water.

        I hope the result is that the fans who are responsible will see their teams punished by being forced to play behind closed doors – that can be an amazingly effective tactic.

        • headbandsandheartbreak March 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

          I should think it would be. Back in this post, I mentioned some previous sanctions, but they have not actually acted on closing down the stadium. I think that might work.

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