Rabona Chip Nutmeg: It’s like an ice cream flavor.
I wonder why Brazilian players tend to wear their socks above their knees. Especially Neymar; how is that comfortable?
I sort of resent the fact that it’s only really acceptable to be a one-club player (that is, stay with one club for your entire career, or the majority of it) in Europe. No one ever complains about Gerrard staying at Liverpool or Puyol staying at Barcelona, but if Neymar wants to stay at Santos or if Landon Donovan wants to stay with the LA Galaxy, they get criticized by other players/fans.
I mean, why? I understand that Neymar and Landon would be presented with better competition in Europe, and thus, they’ll have a better opportunity to improve themselves as players, but there’s no shame in deciding to stay at one club for the rest of your life, regardless of where it is. That sort of loyalty’s rare these days, and it’s kind of nice to see players here and there who love their club and want to stay there, especially in this age of so-called “mercenary athletes”.
I don’t see why it has to have such negativity attached to it. It’s a missed opportunity, there’s no doubt about that, but there’s no shame in it.
At least I don’t think so.
I kind of don’t like the fact that the main picture of Neymar on his Wikipedia page is the one of him wearing a NYRB scarf.
I’m afraid it’s going to spark ridiculous (and unfounded) transfer rumors. :p
If this doesn’t win FIFA Goal of the Year, I’m going to punch the sun.
Are the tables turning in European soccer?
From what I’ve heard, it’s been confirmed that André Villas-Boas (who recently lead FC Porto to an undefeated domestic season, and set a bajillion records in his first season alone) has now been confirmed as Chelsea’s new coach, having signed a three-year deal.
In other news, Santos FC wunderkind Neymar Santos is rumored to have begun contract negotiations with Real Madrid. Then again, those appear to just be rumors, as Neymar and the Santos front office have been irritated by these reports to the point where they’re ready to make a formal complaint to FIFA over the persistence and directness of European clubs.
Regardless, it’s been said that Neymar’s transfer is still a likely occurrence.
So, tell me, soccer fans; do you think these recent happenings indicate a shift of power among European clubs? Do you think Villas-Boas and Neymar have the potential to topple some of Europe’s current giants (eg: Manchester United, Barcelona, etc.)?