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Week Ending 1 March 2009

We’re into March 2009.

The 11-a-side on Saturday, 21 February 2009, featured in last Sunday’s “Week Ending” post, but not its player poll, as there would have been insufficient time for everyone to vote.

Gilbert was voted FIOFAFI’s player of the match in our 3-1 win over the Reds, with 4 out of the 11 votes cast.   Nick was a close second with 3 votes.   Andy M, Chris, Luke and Rajseran each garnered 1 vote each.

For the 4 v 4 at The Cage on Tuesday, only 2 votes were cast, 1 for Adam and 1 for Edardy.   However, like I said before, for a 4 v 4, 2 votes will suffice for the poll to be valid, so it’s a tie between Adam and Edardy.  Essentially, the vote will only be void if less than a quarter of those who play vote.

The 4 v 4 game with modified rules (playing to the side-lines and only scoring from within the opponent’s half) worked out very well, and shows that if we’re short of 10 at The Cage, we can still go ahead with 8.

I included a player poll for the impromptu mini-tournament on Thursday.  Rajseran won the poll with 2 out of 5 votes cast.  The remaining votes were for Andy M, Philipp and Wade.  No one from the winning team got a vote, which only goes to show they won with good team-work. 🙂

Despite the regular sessions on Monday and Wednesday being cancelled, 45 places were filled in the games between Saturday and Thursday last week – 17 for the 11-a-side, 8 for the regular session on Tuesday and 20 for the mini-tournament – enough for 4.5 regular sessions.

In the end, we only had one regular session last week, and even then, it was a 4 v 4 game.  If people prefer something different from time to time, that’s fine with me as long as the alternatives are feasible, both in terms of numbers and ease of organising.

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur will contest the League Cup Final later today, the first time these two clubs with great cup pedigree are meeting in a major cup final.

Significant matches in Spain, Italy and Germany this weekend:

  • Yesterday, Real Madrid won 2-0 at Espanyol, Barcelona’s neighbours.  Barcelona, 4 points clear at the top of the Spanish La Liga,  play Real’s neighbours, Atletico Madrid today.
  • Juventus beat Napoli 1-0 at home yesterday.  Internazionale, 6 points clear at the top of Serie A, are at home to AS Roma today.
  • Hertha BSC Berlin won 2-1 at home against bottom club Borussia Moenchengladbach to move from third to first. 1899 Hoffenheim drew 0-0 away at Borussia Dortmund to slip from second to third. Previous leaders SV Hamburg are at home to 5th-place VfL Wolfsburg today. After a 5-0 win away to Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League, 4th-placed Bayern Munich are away to Werder Bremen, who knocked AC Milan out of the UEFA Cup on Thursday on the away-goals rule.

Feel free to discuss any sporting or other event over the past 7 days.

Nick, how did the play go?

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  1. Boris
    Sun 1 March 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Woah. Looks like I’m missing out on a lot! 🙂

  2. rajiv
    Sun 1 March 2009 at 4:29 pm

    How’s life in Jordan Boris?

    If a session goes on at FICO on Wednesday, you’ll miss that as well.

  3. rajiv
    Sun 1 March 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Current form tables are interesting. When Doncaster Rovers beat Derby County 2-1 on Friday, at first glance, it looked like a match between two sides struggling to avoid relegation from the Championship. However, on the Championship’s current form guide, it was a match between two sides in the top three.

    The Guardian’s report on the match covered broader social issues concerning Doncaster:

    Doncaster’s image has taken a bashing over recent years, branded the HIV capital of England and dogged by everything from local council corruption to devastating floods. At least the football club has been making headlines for the right reasons, Sean O’Driscoll’s side winning friends thanks to an attractive passing game that is finally earning its just rewards.

    Bottom of the table at Christmas, Rovers have played their way out of trouble by amassing 25 points from 10 games, Derby County becoming their latest scalp.

  4. rajiv
    Mon 2 March 2009 at 11:41 am

    It might have been the heavy turf, but the League Cup Final yesterday seemed to lack pace. Other than for the first 20 minutes, Manchester United in particular looked like they were out for a weekend stroll. Ben Foster won them the cup, both during the game, and in penalties.

    In Germany, SV Hamburg failed to regain top spot after losing 1-3 at home to VfL Wolfsburg. Bayern Munich were held to a goalless draw away to Werder Bremen. Top 3 in Germany:

    • Hertha Berlin, 43 points from 22 games.
    • SV Hamburg, 42 points from 22 games.
    • 1899 Hoffenheim, 41 points from 22 games.

    Top 3 in Spain after the weekend’s games:

    • Barcelona, 60 points from 25 games
    • Real Madrid, 56 points from 25 games
    • Sevilla, 47 points from 25 games

    Top 3 in Italy:

    • Internazionale, 60 points from 26 games
    • Juventus, 53 points from 26 games
    • AC Milan, 48 points from 26 games

  5. rajiv
    Tue 3 March 2009 at 9:09 am

    I put this here by mistake yesterday. I have now moved it to the right place.

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