North Korea vs South Korea in Asian Games 2014 Football Final

Regardless if it has been predicted or not or because both are currently the best team in Asia…whatsoever, it was North Korea vs South Korea in the penultimate football gamees in Asian Games 2014 Incheon.

Rather smoothly, the participation of North Korea on Asian Games 2014 which was held on their ‘enemy’s land’ found no serious issues at all. Kim Jong Un’s official send 150 North Korean athletes plus officers to cross the border, into the country which is technically at war with them (Both North – South only signed a truce back then, not a peace treaty). And as nothing really happen, the North Korea contingent achieved respectable results including breaking world record on lifting.

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EPL 2013 / 2014 : Any team

I spotted an intelligent but entertaining stat in Daily Mail Website today. It shows a rich-facts circle statistic which reveals how each team has beaten and has been beaten in yet just 10-games English Premier League Season 2013/2014. Provided in an interesting circular graph, it speaks my language of how I really admire this Football League above all other competitions in this world.

Interesting circular stat, show how each team involved in EPL this season has beaten and has been beaten by any team

Interesting circular stat, show how each team involved in EPL this season has beaten and has been beaten by any team

To my excited-stance, the current table position also show how ‘crazy’ the league is. Both Man. United and Man. City, the Top-2 last season are currently set off out of the Top 4, and the point-gap between the 2nd and the 10th just extend to 6 points. However nothing is perfect, from 10 games football fans could also easily predict 3 teams who will lost the boat at the end of this season

LINK : Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day – Timeline Photos (Daily Mail UK)

To embrace the precious legacy of Sir Bobby Robson, Football Association (FA) has dedicated a day (August 10th) to become Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day.

Indeed it was today. I would like to share a nice link from Daily Mail which provide a kind of timeline photos from Sir Bobby Robson career, as player and as coach.

Here’s the link. Take a tour on it 🙂

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My Comparison between English Premier League and Spanish Primera League

As an European Football fan, of course as with many other fans around world, I think that both of EPL and La Liga stand out as two of the best football league in the Europe continent (automatically become the best in the world in terms of quality and popularity)

Of course everybody has their own cup of tea of the best. To me La Liga cannot hold a candle to EPL because of those reasons below (please note that I am only another football fan from Asia which do not have a space to research or verify all the things about both of this football leagues, this is just simply an opinion from a common fan)

1. First is simple, the key word is diversity. How many clubs have won the league title over the last 10 years, 20 years? And how many clubs got the 2nd place?

2. I don’t know why but it is always visible that

    most of the ‘other’

La Liga clubs have already throw the towel in the first 10 or 20 minutes of the game against either Barcelona or Real Madrid.

3. Half of the season we can easily predict who will compete for the La Liga title, and the rest of the positions become unimportant except for each club’s fans. While in EPL usually there will be 3-4 teams to the cup with 1 or 2 sniffing around. But unlike its counterpart, EPL is also show great competitiveness for Champions League spot, Top 10 place, and surprisingly the relegation battle. Towards the end it is dice that low positioned club can beat top 5 teams because they are fighting for not to be relegated.

4. Can you mention 20 players from other La liga Clubs easily excluding Barca and Madrid? In EPL somehow it’s easy, and yes the comentator and media played a big part in ‘publishing’ players from the clubs that are not even on the Top 10.

5. The level of competition in EPL is very HIGH. Don’t underestimate lower clubs, they can bring nightmare and this happens often (eh, how many times do you hear a lower club beat Barca or Madrid? No it should be a party of goal for both clubs)

6. In EPL most of the games end at 90th minute (regardless of extra time) while in La Liga there are many games I have watched had already stopped de-facto if an opponent has won with 2 or 3 or more goals gap.