Archive for the ‘Transfers’ Category

As the transfer period enters its final month with a flurry of movement, albeit not of the galacticos variety, there are a few Americans still looking for the right team.

Jozy Altidore seems to have settled his.

Via his Twitter feed and the standard soccer press, it seems as if Premier League side, Hull City, will sign Altidore on a 1 year loan from Villareal.

The move is still subject to a work permit.
I think it is a good move for the young American for a few reasons. Hull City is with out a clear number 1 striker at this time so this move will hopefully provide the consistent first team football which he needs. The Premier League is (arguably) the best in the world so to get the opportunity to go up against the likes of John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, etc on a week in, week out basis is invaluable and should help his game improve greatly over the next few months.

High risk signing for Hull but, potentially high reward. In his current form Altidore is probably not going to score 15 goals in the EPL, but he definitely has the potential to approach that number. In order for him to get into double digits he will have to improve and mature as a player. He wanted to be on the field and now he will have the burden of responsibility that comes with being a striker. Be about it.

Having survived their first season in the top flight, barely, lets hope that Hull City + Jozy Altidore can improve on last seasons 17th place finish. Their season kicks off on 8/15 against Chelsea.

God speed Jozy…we’ll be watching on FSC…

Apparently Kenny Cooper has joined 2.Bundesliga side 1860 Munich as well. A second division team but playing throughout the winter should at least help his chances at being included in next summers roster, that is, if he can stay in good form.

Now if only Freddy Adu could nail something down….

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So the actual deal that went through was….

Barca gets:
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Inter gets:
Samuel Eto’o
A one year loan of Aliaksandr Hleb
€43.25 million

For an attitude like this Samuel Eto’o will be missed

“I don’t feel at all inferior to Ibrahimovic. I am Samuel Eto’o and can’t be compared to anyone,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

Overall, should make for a very skilled and equally dangerous (on paper) Barca side as last season.

Also, I might try to post some US v Mexico thoughts later today…

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As has been widely reported this AM…Oguchi Onyewu has been obtained by AC Milan on a free transfer from Standard Liege in Belgium. Interestingly enough, during his time in Belgium, Onyewu was able to get a Belgian passport and therefore will count as an EU player for Milan, thus easing the transfer process.

This is arguably the biggest transfer move ever for an American player. Milan is a club who has just regained entry into the Champions League after the Calciopoli events of 2006 and consequences put them out of the competition since that spring. Additionally, they have just seen one of the all time great Italian Defenders and AC Milan legend, Paolo Maldini, end his 24 year tenure with the club.
This has resulted in an offseason devoted to attempting to strengthen their squad in order to improve on their 3rd place Serie A finish and to impress in their return to the CL. Additionally, they are obviously seeking defensive reinforcements. Thirdly, you will probably see another move or two from them after their sale of Kaka left them with a little extra cash.
In an attempt to temper the enthusiasm, let’s remember that this is only the first step and at its core, a huge opportunity for Onyewu. Alessandro Nesta, has a hold on 1 of the 2 center back positions but as the roster stands at this time, the other one is up for grabs. With Thiago Silva as the only other established defender, it is safe to assume that Milan brought him in to compete immediately for a starting role.
Here’s to Oguchi and him making the best of a fcking awesome opportunity!
Others….and their thoughts….

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Less than 6 weeks ago FCBarcelona strolled into the Santiago Bernabeu and made Real Madrid look nothing less than foolish, getting goals from center backs Puyol and Pique en route to a 6-2 thrashing.

In response Real Madrid has gone out and bought arguably 2 of the top 5 players in the game; the straight line, thank the lord for my ability, Brazillian orchestrator Kaka….and basically his opposite, the “I’m the first second and third best player in the world,” prostitute adoring, Portuguese megalomaniac Cristiano Ronaldo.
It’s undeniable that if these two (and the other 9 out there, can’t forget) generate an understanding Real Madrid will be a force in both Spain and Europe next year.
My allegiances and a belief in the absurd nature of predictions give me an excuse for not going out on a limb and making any predictions.
However, I will say this…..These two purchases immediately make the La Liga the league to watch going into next year. And there is a TBD December weekend when Real Madrid v Barcelona will face off in the most anticipated soccer game of the 2nd half of 2009.

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