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I've been meaning to do this for quite awhile but never had the time. And it was difficult as well. Also very subjective, since all our tastes are unique and special.

For me the top two choices were not difficult, but coming up with number three was terribly hard. And in the end, the winners were one Portuguese and two Spaniards.

My Number One: Miguel Veloso, Portugal


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*sigh*

As always, there are good things and bad things about the preseason. Mostly concerning transfers.

These are just some random things I've been collecting about the clubs/players, etc. that I care about. And it doesn't cover all of them by any means.

1. English Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur

While I felt a bit sad to see 'Arry go, I am thrilled that Andre Villas Boas has been signed as the new coach. May all go well for Spurs this coming season. *fingers crossed*

Andre (or AVB) at training...


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Results, standings, goalscorers, etc. for the Qualies can be found here:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_FIFA_World_Cup_qualification_(CONMEBOL)

I'm just going to post some pictures from Matchday Six which took place June 9 & 10.

From Bolivia vs Paraguay (not a good matchday for Paraguay). :(


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*Argentina got a bye for this round. ;)
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My NEW Favourite Teams



I always like to feel good. I hate that feeling of being down when it comes to my teams' losses. I always like to have a lot of teams around me. I don't know - my feeling has always been that if I had only ONE team and they lost and made me feel bad, then I would have no other teams I could watch that might be able to cheer me up. Therefore I have always watched a lot of matches from a lot of different leagues with a view to finding teams that interest me and are fun to watch and get involved with.

And this year, at season's end for most leagues, I've decided that I am no longer going to cheer for the biggest teams. In the beginning I think I, like most people, got sucked in to thinking I had to get behind teams like Real Madrid or Manchester United because they were the ones I could see the most on TV. Or Barcelona. Or Liverpool, or Chelsea. AC Milan. Etc., etc. But once I got Pay TV and discovered streaming, there was no excuse NOT to follow other, 'lesser' teams. And once I got started doing that, what did I discover? That these teams are much more fun to follow. Their players are not the big headed 'superstars' that the BIG teams seem to swallow up like so many jelly beans until some of the disappear into what seem like black holes, never to be seen again.

It seems that these superstars are usually too 'professional' for me to like them very much. It's like they are playing only for the money and the stardom, to see how many goals they can rack up in a season, as if that is the only reason they are playing, certainly not for the team that hired them. They tend to change teams a lot as well, maybe because it's a way of staving off boredom. I don't know. To each his own, I guess. I am not knocking these teams or players, but just writing about what's interesting for me and what isn't.

So, okay. The teams I REALLY, really like based on what I've seen during the past season, are:


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EDIT: I forgot to mention CONCACAF! I love the Mexico NT with all my heart, and I like Costa Rica. I also like the Venezuela NT. Forgot to mention them as well. ;)
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These two guys play for two of my favourite football (soccer) teams. And I am probably crazy, but for me they have a few similarities, despite being from different countries, playing different positions and playing in two different leagues.

First: Atsuto Uchida, Japanese, Born March 27, 1988, 5'9" tall and plays right back (#22) for Schalke04 in Germany.


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Second: Fredy Montero, Colombian, Born July 26, 1987, 5'9" tall and plays forward (#17) for Seattle Sounders in the MLS.

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Some Serie A from last weekend: :P

Never mind the scores. Who cares? Let's get to the pretty:

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Results:
Barcelona 2 - 0 Athletic Bilbao
Atletico Madrid 3 - 0 Getafe
Valencia 1 - 1 Levante
Real Sociedad 4 - 0 Rayo Vallecano
Malaga 0 - 2 Real Betis
Sevilla 3 - 1 Mallorca


Sevilla back to winning ways?

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I found some training photos of Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay. Not very many, but these are nice:

COLOMBIA - Falcao and Dayro Moreno with coach Leonel Alvarez

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Here is a link to a video and other information on the U-20 World Cup and the Colombia seleccion.

http://www.futbolred.com/mundial-sub-20-2011/noticias/la-seleccion-colombia-sub-20-recibio-el-estadio-el-campin/9909404

Also some training photos:

James Rodriguez

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Falcao has just penned a new deal with FC Porto that will see him there until 2015. This is really great. I guess he wants to help them go as far as possible in the Champions League. :)

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/934696/chelsea-target-falcao-extends-porto-contract?cc=5901

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I have no words. Good luck to both teams. :)

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And now a few photos of my lovely, beautiful cafeteros.♥

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Chile and Peru were both already through. Peru chose to play with a squad of alternates, whereas Chile went for the win by starting out with alternates, then subbing in 3 of their big stars in order to secure the win. However, although they did win 1-0, it was by own goal from an unfortunate Peru player. Excuse me for sounding bitter, but Peru is one of my favourites.

Still in keeping with the fact that I have no computer still, and can only upload a limited amount of photos to my small notebook, this picspam will be SMALL.

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The Mexico-Uruguay match was one of the most exciting I've ever seen. Uruguay won 1-0 which means they will have to face Argentina in the next round. I feel bad for Mexico, a team I really like a lot. (And I am sorry I won't be staring at Rafa Marquez Lugo anymore for awhile until the Mexican league gets underway.) Mexico almost equalized with a Lugo header, but he was called offside. If Uruguay had tied they would have played someone else in the next round, either Colombia, or perhaps another team. I don't know, it was so confusing to try and figure it all out. Mexico actually had to win this match in order to move on.

Btw, my favourite Copa teams in order: #1 - Colombia, #2 - Paraguay, #3 - Uruguay, #4 - Peru.

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One of my favourite Colombian footballers is leaving Junior Barranquilla to move to Russia. While I do believe it is important for talented young footballers to move to Europe and gain experience, I will miss him dreadfully at one of my favourite teams. :(

All the best, Carlos. May you find your dream. ♥

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These are from the last few days.

Paolo Guerrero helps Juan Vargas of Peru


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