Brendan Rodgers’ Red Army has marched themselves to the top of the Barclay’s Premier League. Liverpool find themselves in a splendid position to win the title after a drought of twenty-four years.
Tottenham was in the way but as they did the first time they had an encounter in 2014, Liverpool outplayed the ailing Spurs 4-0. They got a gift from Spurs’ central defender, Kaboul at the opening minutes of the match, another from Suarez, a free kick from Henderson and a spectacular goal from Coutinho. For the ninety minutes, Spurs was not in the same class as Liverpool.
Liverpool is peaking at the right time. The defense has come together and Gerrard has been sterling at the defensive mid-field role. Under Brendan Rodgers, Raheem Sterling has turned to gold. He started his English career as a speedster but has now morphed into a total futbolr with great vision and a high work rate. Suarez has 20 goals thus far and his partner in crime, Sturridge has twenty goals. Liverpool has assembled a scoring factory and the fans are relishing the rejuvenation of the Red Army.
Mourinho’s Chelsea buckled before low-standing Crystal Palace. Palace might have played their best game of the season and even though they won through an own goal by John Terry, Puncheon and Bolasie kept beating Ivanovic and Azpilicueta like they were playing in slow motion.
Chelsea were without Ramires and Willian and lost David Luiz at half time to an injury. Mourinho’s attacking prowess is indeed unpredictable, just not as consisted as Liverpool. Chelsea’s loss created an opening for Liverpool and for Manchester City. Liverpool seized the moment. Manchester City drew with Arsenal.
Manchester City is like a mangy dog with a fierce bark and a bite at home but outside of the enclaves of the yard, is like an innocuous mouse. Arsenal had the better of the second half and Flamini equalized to keep Arsenal’s hope for the title very much alive. The return of some of the injured players would be a timely morale booster for the Gunnerz.
Manchester United saw a ray of sunshine as they beat the mistake-prone Aston Villa defense quite easily. Rooney has put the club on his back and given David Moyes some breathing room. They won but it was not pretty.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement coincided with the retirement of Giggs and Scholes. That tandem was crucial to Manchester United’s hegemony in the Ferguson. None of the mid-field replacements have the guile and match winning capabilities of Scholes and Giggs.
Further making Moyes’ challenge more herculean is also the aging of Vidic and Ferdinand. There is still some potency in attack with Rooney, Van Persie, Welbeck and Juan Mata but Manchester United has a lot of holes to fill in the 2014-2015 season if they are to return to the pinnacle of the Barclay’s Premier League.
On Tuesday June 22nd, ballers from all around the NYC soccer community gathered around the historic Met Oval Field in Maspeth to showcase their flair and skills in an exclusive 3v3 pop up event curated by Futbolr brand and Calculated Creativity. With Ligue 1 Champion and Lille forward Timothy Weah and New York Redbulls Player Kyle Duncan making a special appearance for the event as well as NJ/NY Gotham FC’s own Brianna Pinto and Jennifer Cudjoe, the event was nothing short of a star-studded cast that lit up an awe-inspiring scene with hundreds of players from all walks of life coming together to experience an event that not only highlighted the blazing swagger of the NYC futbolr community -- but also shining light on the key entities and groups that helped sponsor and promote the NYC footy scene.
The beautiful game that we cherish as futbolrs provides us with valuable lessons; sometimes, tragedies are also a part of this complex, beautiful game that we all share. And these tragedies in itself speak on a much greater narrative in regards to the way our societies and communities interact with one another. This past year we saw the movement of athletes empowering others to speak up and have a meaningful voice in social injustice, in communities, and in mental health. For the football community there is more work to be done, and the loss of Seid Visin only reinforces the amount of work that is needed to truly make this game an all-inclusive family. This week’s newsletter pays tribute to the loss of 20 year old adopted Ethiopian-Italian futbolr Seid Visin who struggled with the demons of mental illness. Taking his own life, the former Milan Primavera academy talent was a rising star in the ranks of Italian football before finally withdrawing from his dreams back in 2016-2017.