Hello and welcome. As much as I enjoyed my vacation, I can't say that I'm sad to be here typing this up right now. I'm very happy to be back and I'm very excited about the new SoccerNation event that will be held and my 200th blog. The latter should come sometime in the next week and it will mean something that is a whole lot better than my usual crap. Well, let's get started with actual soccer news.
The Saga Ends- FIFA has finally made the right decision: Players must be released to the Olympics if they are under 23. A FIFA appointed judge ruled that Werder Bremen, Schalke, and Barcelona would have to release Diego, Rafinha, and Lionel Messi respectively. With the ruling, FIFA has put their foot down and declared that they are serious about the Olympics. I think this is a huge step to growing the popularity of this sport and it is also a huge step in making the Olympic tourney into a big international tourney. Just think about this: FIFA is really setting the 2012 Olympics up to be great. The game will come home to England in 2012 and it is shaping up to be a great tourney. I want to say thanks to FIFA because they have really are looking to make the sport and this tourney bigger and better. Congrats to everyone, this is only a great thing.
Ochoa to Everton- It's no lie or a surprise to you regulars. I love goalkeeping and I love talking about goalkeepers. Fortunately I have one to talk about today. The Mexican superstar-to-be could be heading to Everton, who have Tim Howard as their starting goalkeeper. If this happens, one can only wonder what Everton will do with both of them. Will they possibly loan out Ochoa? Will they sell Howard? Will they both stay and fight for the spot or will Tim just teach him and then Memo take the reins? I'm very interested to see what happens in the situation. I'll have more on this as more news comes out.
Petit to Germany- Cologne is more like it, though. The Portuguese veteran winger is set to move to Koln for a few of around 1 million euros. In my opinion, Cologne is really trying to keep themselves up for a couple of seasons. If they can somehow get Podolski (it's very unlikely now) then they will be a team to take seriously. They would be more than capable on pipping points off of you. Well, we are just going to have to wait to see how this turns out.
Champions League 2nd Round Qualifying- Well, the big boys are now ready to enter. Today, there will be 11 matches played and they will feature a number of big name sides. The sides include Rangers of Scotland, Sparta Prague of the Czech Republic, and Fenerbache (a Quarter-Finalist from last season). If you can, then check one of these games out. They shouldn't be bad matches.
As always thanks. I hope you enjoyed it. It's been Keeper and I'm out.