This week. we have five candidates in “the idiot of the week” contest:
The first is Atletico Madrid’s defense that continued its habit of idiotic mistakes from the last few years. This week it was the turn of Luis Perea and Raul Garcia who collaborated to give Sporting Gijon’s David Barral the winning goal.
The second candidate is Beira Mar, a small clubÂ from PortugalÂ Superliga. This is what happened during its 89th birthday celebration.
The third and leading candidate is Stoke City’s Jermaine Pennant. The formerÂ Liverpool and Arsenal player, transferred in August from Zaragoza to the potters.
This week it was revealed that Pennant left his expensive Porsche inÂ Zaragoza’s train station, with the keys on the driver seat. Someone in The Spanish club called to notify the player, but Pennant claimed that he doesn’t remember having such car. A quick check into the car plate number (P33NNT) confirmed that the car does belong to Pennant.
Today, by the way, Pennant is driving a Ferrari with an identical plate number.
The fourth candidate is Abdullah, the king of Saudi Arabia. His national team had been humiliated, losing all of its Asia Cup’s three games, but the performances on the field paled in comparison to the king’s actions off it.
After the opening game loss, 1:2 to Syria, Prince Sultan Bin Fahed, who is also the president of the SaudiÂ football federation, firedÂ Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro. After the second game, a 0:1 loss to Jordan, the king relieved the prince from his position as president of the football federation.
If this wasn’t enough, Saudi Arabia was humiliated 0:5 by Japan in the third game, after which the king had decided to fire coach Nasser Al-Johar who his third term as the national coach lasted only two games.
The last candidate is Cesena’s attacking defender Maximiliano Pellegrino. One week after scoring his own goal in the 89th minutes against Roma, the Argentinian continued to influence the championship race in Italy by scoring another weird own goal against Milan.
2) Real Madrid finally answered coach Jose Mourinho request to add a scorer to its roster when itÂ took on loan Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City.
This, of course, coming on the heel of Karim Benzema scoring his second leageu goal of the season (and first in the last 16 fixtures), a decisive goal at home against Mallorca that kept alive Real’s hopes to catch up to Barcelona.
Real will face Sevilla this week in the first leg of the Copa del Ray semifinal. TheÂ Andalusian opponent is preparing for a war as we can see in the following video (which end with the sentence “We are going to leave you without a crown”, in Portuguese).
3) Dramatic times for the always exciting club from Hamburg, St Pauli. First there is the investigation over match fixing of its players during 2008, that can carry a heavy punishment for the club. Â This is a great shame for the team’s fantastic supporters.
In the past strippers used to dance and expose themselves in a luxury box owned by Susis Show Bar, an Hamburg strip joint. But a few days ago management had announced that strippers will not be able to entertain the box attendees during the matches.
Unfortunately, we have no Â videos to accompany this feature. What we do have isÂ St PauliÂ surrendering a goal in the 90th minute in the 2:2 tie with Hoffenheim.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkusen’s Michael Ballack came of the Bench for the first time since his injury in September, and helped his team for a 3:1 win over Borussia Moenchengadbach. At least the loser can take some comfort with this goal by Martin Stranzl – amainzg one for a defender:
4) And now, our weekly segment of Â ”another wonderful goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic”.
The 12th goal for the Swedish international in 12 different games. By the way, pay attention at the end of the clip to the reaction of Adriano Galiani, Milan’s Vice President.
Also in Italy: a horrible miss byÂ Alessandro Del Piero deprived Juventus of three points against Sampdoria.
Which calls to mind Il Principe’s lost opportunity in the 2000 Europe Cup.
Inter lost 1:3 to the refreshing and exciting team of Udinese,Â ruining new coach Leonardo perfect record (he was five of five until this game).
What happened? Samuel Eto’o, who scored five goals in the last three games, was out of focus after appearing in this TV show:
5) The Dutch league (Eredivisie) isÂ always a good source for great goals. Here’s one by Jeremain Lens inÂ PSV Eindhoven’sÂ 3:0 win over VVV Venlo:
It is also the league with the hottest scorer in Europe, Twente’s Marc Janko. The Austrian giant (1.97) scored four goals for his team last week against in a derby against Heracles and this week, in a 2:1 win for the dutch championsÂ at Groningen, he added two more goals, including this beauty:
In the Meantime, pathetic Ajax lost 0:3 at Utrecht. It wasÂ Frank de Boer’s first loss as Ajax’s coach. Edouard Duplan scored twice, and here is the most beautiful of the two:
6) Finally, in the under-20 South American Cup, gave us one of the mostÂ ridiculous misses of the year. Here’s 17-year-old Argentinean midfielder Bruno Zuculini missing an empty netter in a 1:1 tie with Venezuela: