Re: Gold Championship 22 Match Report / Transfers Thread
The question remains... Can Guadalajara repeat the double of last year, where they won the Division 1 title and Mexican Cup? The former giving them entry this season to the prestigious SMFA Champions Cup, which will be the main focus this season, casting doubts over whether the squad is strong enough to be a major force in the league like last season, where Guadalajara ran rampage losing just two games, including two fine wins over previous league champions Club America. On top of this Mexican striker, Sergio Santana won the Golden Boot with 16 goals in 32 appearances, and also claimed the most assists with 18 in 32 appearances.
Golden Boot - Santana
The only new signing this season for Guadalajara is the talented 21 year old centre back Julio Cesar Dominguez. He came in for a hefty £11m from rivals Cruz Azul but he will be one of the three, first choice centre backs. However, a left back is badly needed because of the severe lack of depth in that position at the present time. Meanwhile, on the selling front Jose Antonio Olvera is available for £3m and youngster Jesus Padilla is available for loan.
New Signing - Dominguez
The strongest formation for this season is a 3-5-2, with the line up looking like this - Michel (88), Magallon (90), Dominguez (88), Reynoso (88), Pineda (89), Medina (88), Araujo (88), Castillo (87), Morales (89), Tchite (88) and Santana (88).
With Guadalajara's strength in depth though, a completely different system and line up (goalkeeper not included) can and will be used for cup matches and Division 1 matches where the first XI are being rested. This comes in the form of a 3-2-2-2-1, with the line up looking like this - Michel (88), Mendoza (87), Danilo (87), Korkmaz (87), Mejia (87), Kladrubsky (86), Solis (87), Martinez (86), Lobos (87), Avila (86) and Andres Mendoza (87).
To show the strength in depth all of the following players are still available in case of injuries or suspensions - Salcedo (86), Baez (86), Ninis (86), Oluwafemi (86), Diogo (85), Dos Santos (85), Arellano (86) and Bernberg (86). Attention all managers, these players are available to loan as long as they are not covering problems within my own squad.
Matchday 1 - 5th June 2009 - Charity Shield Final vs Pachuca
With Guadalajara at full strength, they were clear favourites for the first piece of silverware of the season.
Attendance - 84,782
Stadium - Wembley
Referee - Stephane Lannoy
Pachuca Line Up (4-4-2) - Calero (7), Aguilar (6), Kadlec (6), Samba (7), Perez (5), Alvarez (6), Rodriguez (6), Caballero (7), Lovenkrands (5), Christian (6), Montes (5)
Guadalajara Line Up (3-5-2) - Michel (7), Magallon (7), Reynoso (7), Dominguez (6), Pineda (6), Castillo (5), Medina (6) , Araujo (9), Santana (9), Tchite (9), Morales (6)
6th Minute - GOAL - Pachuca striker Correa Christian manages to meet an invited cross with a bullet header leaving Luis Michel stranded in the Guadalajara goal.
24th Minute - CHANCE - Pachuca winger Luis Montes grazes the top of the bar with a super header. Was unmarked, so he will be dissapointed he didn't score.
26th Minute - GOAL - Mohammed Tchite grabs the equaliser for Guadalajara in rather fortunate circumstances, as his miss-hit shot somehow beats Miguel Calero. What a blunder, drop your head in shame, disgrace.
27th Minute - CHANCE - The post is left rattling as Ramon Morales of Guadalajara beats the keeper when one on one but also beats the goal.
39th Minute - GOAL - A moment of pure class from talented youngster Patricio Araujo of Guadalajara, as he cuts in from the left and unleashes a venemous strike which flies into the Pachuca goal from 25 yards out.
HT - 1-2
67th Minute - BOOKING - Pachuca's Peter Lovenkrands takes a dive, and what a beauty it was, if that was gymnastics he'd be the world champion. Oh, look at this... Bruno Grandi the President of the International Gymnastics Federation is walking onto the pitch and gives Lovenkrands a gold medal for his artistic work on the pitch.
79th Minute - BOOKING - Ramon Morales is the second player to be booked, after a poorly timed tackle. Despite the ball being at the other end of the pitch, Morales decided to scissor kick Pachuca right back Paul Nicolas Aguilar for fun.
84th Minute - GOAL - Last season's top goalscorer, Sergio Santana opens his account with a simple tap in, following a goalmouth scramble. Surely game over now for Pachuca.
FT - 1-3
Possession- Pachuca 35% - 65% Guadalajara
Total Shots - Pachuca 11 - 21 Guadalajara
Shots On Target - Pachuca 2 - 15 Guadalajara
Corners - Pachuca 10 - 8 Guadalajara
Yellow Cards - Pachuca 1 - 1 Guadalajara
Red Cards - None
MOM - Sergio Santana of Guadalajara
Injuries - Alberto Medina of Guadalajara - Shin Splints (6 Days)
Manager's Comment - "Great result for us, especially as there is a trophy at the end of it. I was pleased with Dominguez on his debut, he dealt with the pressure well".
Ouch Shin Splints - Medina
Matchday 2 - 6th June 2009 - League Match vs Toluca (H)
Toluca were favourites coming into the opening match of the league season as Guadalajara were fielding their second team because of SMFA commitments the following day.
Attendance - 31,058
Stadium - Jalisco
Referee - Jacek Granat
Guadalajara Line Up - (3-2-2-2-1) - Michel (6), Mendoza (6), Korkmaz (6), Danilo (6), Mejia (6), Kladrubsky (6), Ninis (6), Martinez (6), Andres Mendoza (7), Lobos (7), Avila (6)
Toluca Line Up - (4-5-1 A) - Cristante (7), Lopez (7), Mareque (7), Da Silva (7), Duenas (7), Yebda (9), Ponce (6), Busquets (8), Nene (7), Zinha (8), Gimenez (8)
11th Minute - CHANCE - The opening moment of the match falls to Guadalajara's Oswaldo Martinez, who sees his shot cleared off the line. Unlucky.
15th Minute - GOAL - A bit of genious from Toluca's French midfield maestro Hassan Yebda, as he cuts inside and unleashes a shot which flies past Luis Michel in the Guadalajara goal. The stadium has gone silent.
35th Minute - GOAL - Toluca go two goals up after Miguel Nene rounds the goalkeeper and finishes it, into the empty net. Supurb composure by the Brazilian there.
HT - 0-2
47th Minute - BOOKING - Guadalajara's Jiri Kladrubsky thought he could get away with an uppercut on the Toluca player there. Mike Tyson would be proud of that one.
55th Minute - CHANCE - Another chance goes begging for Guadalajara as Sergio Avila can only hit the post when clean through on goal. On the replay you can see Toluca goalkeeper Hernan Cristante wetting his pants when left with a one on one situation with Avila. Fortunately the post saved his clean sheet, his underwear is far from clean though.
64th Minute - CHANCE - Guadalajara hit the woodwork for a second time, with playmaker Lucas Lobos rattling the crossbar from 25 yards.
71st Minute - CHANCE - Zinha of Toluca makes a brave diving header at the near post, only to see his header come back off the post and out of play. He's at his magical best today.
81st Minute - GOAL - After hitting the woodwork 10 minutes ago, Toluca attacking midfielder Zinha grabs his well desrved goal. A supurb pull back accross goal found its way to Zinha, who finished with great aplomb. Game, set and match to Toluca surely.
FT - 0-3
Possession - Guadalajara 39% - 61% Toluca
Total Shots - Guadalajara 17 - 9 Toluca
Shots On Target - Guadalajara 6 - 6 Toluca
Corners - Guadalajara 7 - 9 Toluca
Yellow Cards - Guadalajara 1 - 0 Toluca
Red Cards - None
MOM - Hassan Yebda of Toluca
Manager's Comment - "All of the credit must go to Toluca for playing extremely well throughout the entire 90 minutes. They kept the ball better than us, took their chances and defended well to. We played okay, but I feel there is a lot more in the tank. We were missing Solis today as well which didn't help us, but thats no excuse for the thrashing we received at home in front of our own fans today. Refunds will be given to all supporters".
Excellent Display - Yebda
Matchday 3 - 8th June 2009 - SMFA Champs Cup Match vs Espanyol
Guadalajara are looking to pick up a point away at Espanyol in the first matchday in the SMFA Champiosn Cup Group C. With Espanyol set to field Albert Riera, Luis Garcia and Carlos Kameni amongst other supurb players, the odds are firmly in their favour.
Attendance - 21,536
Stadium - Estadi RCDE
Referee - Hernando Buitrago
Espanyol Line Up (3-5-2) - Kameni (7), Zabaleta (7), Clemente Rodriguez (7), Jarque (6), Moises (8), De La Pena (8), Valdo (8), Gomez (9), Montero (7), Luis Garcia (8), Riera (9)
Guadalajara (3-5-2) - Michel (7), Magallon (6), Reynoso (7), Dominguez (6), Pineda (6), Castillo (6), Solis (6), Araujo (7), Santana (5), Tchite (7), Morales (7)
10th Minute - GOAL - Espanyol open the scoring through Fredy Montero, as his volley finds the back of the net.
19th Minute - CHANCE - Guadalajara almost grab an equaliser through Ramon Morales, but he sees his shot cleared off the line and out to safety.
37th Minute - GOAL - Tricky left winger Albert Riera manages to glide past two Guadalajara defenders and fire an unstoppable shot past Luis Michel and put Espanyol in a commanding position. Poor defending.
38th Minute - CHANCE - It should have been game over for Guadalajara as Fredy Montero somehow misses an open goal. Memories of Ade Akinbiyi at his appalling best spring to mind.
44th Minute - BOOKING - Espanyol's Daniel Jarque slammed into the Guadalajara player there. If you look closely you can see a tooth flying through the air and landing in that guy's Coke in seat 2B.
HT - 2-0
52nd Minute - BOOKING - New Guadalajara signing Julio Cesar Dominguez picks up his first booking after a clumsy looking tackle. £11m for that, what a waste.
54th Minute - GOAL - Its game over now as Alejandro Gomez puts Espanyol three up after climbing the highest and heading the inswinging corner into the back of the net. Poor marking, you pay the price.
65th Minute - CHANCE - Albert Riera is having a field day as he sees he brilliant lob cleared off the line. He has dismantled Guadalajara today.
79th Minute - BOOKING - Donkey of the match, Sergio Santana of Guadalajara caps of his awesome display by bringing out a rocket launcher, which was classed as dangerous play by today's referee.
FT - 3-0
Possession - Espanyol 54% - 46% Guadalajara
Total Shots - Espanyol 18 - 19 Guadalajara
Shots On Target - Espanyol 6 - 7 Guadalajara
Corners - Espanyol 4 - 6 Guadalajara
Yellow Cards - Espanyol 1 - 2 Guadalajara
Red Cards - None
MOM - Albert Riera of Espanyol
Manager's Comment - "I have to say we were unlucky today, we had more shots on goal, more corners and generally looked good going forward. However, our defence has not lived up to expectations for the second match running and the midfield couldn't get hold of the ball enough when Espanyol were in profitable positions. Santana wasn't at his best today and I believe we havn't seen the best of him at SMFA level yet".
Quality On The Wing - Riera
SMFA World Cup
Yesterday, Brazil clinched their first SMFA World Cup after defeating Portugal 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, thanks to goals from Robinho, Kaka and Diego, in the 81st, 85th and 87th minutes respectively. It capped off a wonderful tournament for Brazil, where they kept a 100% winning record throughout. "What a supurb achievement for this team and Brazil as a country. Football is a major part of life for the majority of Brazil, so by showing Brazil are still the best country in the world it brings even more cause for optimism in the future" - Were the words from the manager.
Road To Glory
Brazil 4 (Kaka 26, Robinho 34, Ze Roberto 81, Diego 87) Bulgaria 2 (Berbatov 71, Genkov 83)
Brazil 4 (Diego 7, Kaka 17, Ronaldinho 27, Robinho 56) Ireland 1 (N Hunt 62)
Brazil 2 (Robinho 28, Ze Roberto 84) Georgia 0
Brazil 4 (Mancini 22, Diego 33, Ze Roberto 63, Robinho 76) Israel 1 (Natcho 56)
Brazil 3 (Ronaldinho 14, Diego 22, Robinho 25) Netherlands 1 (Seedorf 2)
Brazil 5 (Diego 4 and 8, Ronaldinho 42, Robinho 70 and 77) Sweden 1 (Ljungberg 55)
Brazil 3 (Robinho 81, Kaka 85, Diego 87) Portugal 0
What an incredible tournament it was for Diego and Robinho. The former scoring 7 goals in 7 matches, whilst Robinho went one better and scored 8 in 7. The defence leaked only 6 goals and kept two clean sheets, whilst the midfield was outstanding in producing the goals and providing service for lone striker Ronaldinho. Brazil picked up the MOM award in every match, with Julio Cesar, Diego and Ronaldinho managing two apiece, whilst Mancini picked up the other award.
Brazil's system worked wonders, with the system and line up kept the same for every match (3-4-2-1) - Julio Cesar, Maicon, Juan, Lucio, Juninho, Ze Roberto, Robinho, Mancini, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Diego. The results quite clearly were incredible.
Best In The World - Brazil
Brazil begin the defence of their trophy in Group 3 of the Qualifiers, alongside Morocco, Canada, Ukraine and Lithuania.