Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Kerrzy's Notebook: Dives, Bowls and Goals

Dives

If there’s one unfortunate thing people associate with soccer (and Dan Carcillo), it’s “simulation,” or the act of diving.

There’s nothing that frustrates spectators and fans alike more than a high-end player flopping around like he’s just been shot, only to get up and take the ensuing free kick. Well, with the 2010 World Cup less than a month away, ESPN's Ravi Ubha has compiled a list of the 10 worst divers in soccer.

From Cristiano Ronaldo to Didier Drogba to Steven Gerrard, divers come in all shapes and sizes when it comes to pro soccer – get educated on who to watch for before it’s too late.

In the meantime, here’s a random YouTube clip with some Oscar-worthy material:







Bowls

While everyone else is thinking about the World Cup, Diego Maradona’s mind is, at least partially, somewhere else at the moment.

Britain’s The Daily Telegraph reports that a special request was sent by Argentina’s national football association to the University of Pretoria (where they’ll be based during next month’s tournament) asking for Maradona’s bathrooms to be remodeled.

We’re talking new washbasins, toilet bowls, taps and…luxury toilet seats.

The “E-Bidet” is the model he’s after, which features “a warm air blow-dryer and front and rear bidet wands,” according to the Telegraph, and it retails for over $400! I’m glad I read this, because I think I can honestly say now that I’ve likely heard it all.

By the way, Argentina put the boots to Canada on the weekend in a 5-0 win – ESPN’s Soccernet put it this way on the front page: “Minnows thrashed.”

Okay, so we’re not good at everything. At least we’ve got hockey!

Goals

Days after managing Inter to its third Champions League title, The Special One is already looking ahead to his next challenge.

Jose Mourinho has now won the Champions League with two different clubs, a UEFA Cup and six domestic league titles in three countries – and his next goal is the “grand slam.”

The legend of Mourinho, or “The Special One,” began with Portuguese side Porto where he won a UEFA Cup one year and a Champions League title the next. He then went to England’s Chelsea where he won back-to-back league titles (four straight league titles from Porto to Chelsea). His latest stint had him with Italian side Internazionale where he won two Serie A titles and the treble this season (league, Coppa Italia, Champions League).

What’s next? Real Madrid.

Mourinho told Spanish newspaper Marca on Monday that he wants to be the first coach or player to win a league title in each of the “three important leagues” – England, Italy and Spain.

One thing you have to admire about Jose Mourinho is his passion to be the best – he’s just won three trophies with a team and he’s ready to move on to the next challenge.

Seventeen trophies, not to mention countless individual honors, since 2002 is hard to argue with!

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