Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Eric Cantona Becomes New York Cosmos Director Of Soccer

Image from The Sun

Eric Cantona has returned to the world of soccer. The former Manchester United legend announced that he will be New York Cosmos's Director of Soccer. Eric Cantona joins Pele (honorary president) and Cobi Jones (associate sporting director) at the New York Cosmos, and he has big aspirations. Here's what he said about the Cosmos to The Sun in an interview,

"I am very honoured to join the legendary New York Cosmos. It's a big project, a wonderful project. The Cosmos are very strong, beautifully made, with a great past. It's kind of a mix between football and art. I will do everything I can to help us first find our way to regain the No 1 position in the United States, and then for us to become one of the best clubs in the world."
Cantona's role at the New York Cosmos will be to help rebuild the team, starting by attracting professional players to the club. We might see David Beckham helping rebuild the Cosmos with Cantona in the future, because there are heavy ties linking him to the New York club. While the New York Cosmos are building a formidable team of board members and directors, will they build just as strong a team? We'll just have to wait and see.

Borussia Dortmund Continue Bundesliga Domination

Dortmund's players believe they can win the club's seventh title

In the past decade the Bundesliga has been eclipsed by Bayern Munich. In the past fifteen seasons Bayern Munich have won nine titles, and in the past ten seasons they have won six, maintaining a prolific 3:5 title to season ratio. While before German football was dominated by the Bavarian giants, this season the Bundesliga dances to a different tune, Borussia Dortmund's tune.

Borussia Dortmund have been truly suffocating the competition in Germany's top tier of football. Dortmund are in first place, with a staggering 12 point lead between them and second-placed Hannover 96. Jurgen Klopp revolutionized a team which previously could only arrive in sixth place, into a team which currently fears nothing.

This past weekend, Borussia Dortmund had a big test. Klopp's team had to travel away from home to face Bayer Leverkusen, and surrounding this match was a large amount of hopefuls, saying that Borussia Dortmund would buckle under the pressure under the spotlight.

Borussia Dortmund's motivating coach, Jurgen Klopp
But what took place in against Leverkusen wasn't a tense battle, it was a waltz in which Dortmund comfortably won 3-1. Like a team of miners, excavating towards goal in luxurious style, Dortmund made the Leverkusen players as uncomfortable as they've been in quite some time. Tireless in attack, Borussia Dortmund's players scored three goals in six minutes, in the 49th, 53rd, and 55th minutes. Kevin Gro├čkreutz scored the first two, and 18 year-old Mario Gotze scored the third.

All three goals were wonderful. Borussia Dortmund were an organic mechanism, working together in picking apart a shaky and imperfect defence. Mario Gotze tortured Leverkusen in his scintillating performance, and was ultimately substituted because Klopp feared that a Leverkusen player would try and harm the young genius.

Before the season started, this dominance was unimaginable. Borussia Dortmund are on the track to winning their seventh Bundesliga title, and they're doing it in style. Can Bayern Munich make a 16 point comeback? Share your comments below!

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