Monday, May 23, 2011

Football News

Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola believes the fact the
Champions League final is played at Wembley is
an advantage to Manchester United. Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola believes the fact the
Champions League final is played at Wembley is
an advantage to Manchester United. The two sides collide in the decider of European
football's most prestigious club competition on
Saturday, in a repeat of the 2009 final which saw
Barcelona emerge victorious 2-0. Guardiola says because the final is in England, his
opponents will have an advantage while he also
rejected suggestions that his side are far stronger
than Sir Alex Ferguson's outfit. "It's an advantage because they play there, it's
always more comfortable when you play at
home," Guardiola said. "I don't know the distance from Manchester to
London, but one hour and a half is always more
comfortable, for the supporters, for the team, for
the refs, for everything. But we knew that at the
beginning of the season so it's not a problem for
us to travel in London. " "We know in England the atmosphere helps lifts
the football there in their country. So for us it is
always a pleasure." Much of the media build-up has been about how
the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta
will simply be too good for a Manchester United
side missing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and
Carlos Tevez - who both featured in Rome in the
2009 final. And although Guardiola conceded Ronaldo is a
big loss, he still expects a big challenge from
Ferguson's side. "In the United team there are still a lot of top
names that were in the final in 2009 although
(Cristiano) Ronaldo has gone. Ronaldo is an
important player but they are still a powerful
team," he said. "They have a lot of depth and are capable of four
or five different line-ups without any problem.
They are always competitive and are one of the
best teams in the world and have been for the
last five or ten years." "I saw United play in the second leg of the
(Champions League) semi-final against Schalke
and they were very strong even without several
important players." "We are up against (Wayne) Rooney, (Antonio)
Valencia and Chicharito (Hernandez) who are
very good players that can pressure us a lot and
are very dangerous in space. On top of that,
though, they have a strong defence. Ferguson
has been at the top for many years and is one of the great names of football."

A small heart touching story

I was walking around in a Big Bazar store making
shopping, when I saw
a Cashier talking to a boy couldn't have been more
than 5 or 6 years
old.. TheCashier said, 'I'm sorry, but you don't have
enough money to buy
this doll. Then the little boy turned to me and asked:
''Uncle, are
you sure I don't have enough money?'' I counted his cash and replied: ''You know that you
don't have enough
money to buy the doll, my dear.'' The little boy was
still holding the
doll in his hand. Finally, I walked toward him and I asked him who
he wished to give
this doll to. 'It's the doll that my sister loved most
and wanted so
much . I wanted to Gift her for her BIRTHDAY. I have to give the doll to my mommy so that she
can give it to my
sister when she goes there.' His eyes were so sad
while saying this.
'My Sister has gone to be with God.. Daddy says
that Mommy is going to see God very soon too, so I thought that she could
take the doll with
her to give it to my sister...'' My heart nearly stopped. The little boy looked up at
me and said: 'I
told daddy to tell mommy not to go yet. I need her
to wait until I
come back from the mall.' Then he showed me a
very nice photo of him where he was laughing. He then told me 'I want
mommy to take my
picture with her so my sister won't forget me.' 'I
love my mommy and I
wish she doesn't have to leave me, but daddy says
that she has to go to be with my little sister.' Then he looked again at
the doll with
sad eyes, very quietly.. I quickly reached for my wallet and said to the boy.
'Suppose we check
again, just in case you do have enough money for
the doll?'' 'OK' he said, 'I hope I do have enough.' I added
some of my money to
his with out him seeing and we started to count it.
There was enough
for the doll and even some spare money. The little boy said: 'Thank you God for giving me
enough money!' Then he looked at me and added, 'I asked last night
before I went to
sleep for God to make sure I had enough money to
buy this doll, so
that mommy could more give It to my sister. He heard me!'' 'I also wanted to have enough money to buy a white rose for my
mommy, but I didn't
dare to ask God for too much. But He gave me
enough to buy the doll
and a white rose. My mommy loves white roses.' I finished my shopping in a totally different state
from when I
started. I couldn't get the little boy out of my mind.
Then I
remembered a local news paper article two days ago, which
mentioned a drunk man in a
truck, who hit a car occupied by a young woman
and a little girl. The
little girl died right away, and the mother was left
in a critical state. The family had to decide whether to pull the
plug on the
life-sustaining machine, because the young woman
would not be able to
recover from the coma. Was this the family of the
little boy? Two days after this encounter with the little boy, I
read in the news
paper that the young woman had passed away.. I
couldn't stop myself as
I bought a bunch of white roses and I went to the
funeral home where the body of the young woman was exposed for
people to see and make
last wishes before her burial. She was there, in her
coffin, holding a
beautiful white rose in her hand with the photo of
the little boy and the doll placed over her chest. I left the place, teary-
eyed, feeling
that my life had been changed for ever... The love that the little boy had for his mother and
his sister is
still, to this day, hard to imagine. And in a fraction
of a second, a
drunk driver had taken all this away from him:(