Thursday, February 22, 2007

Bellamy Tees Off

Liverpool's Craig Bellamy, center, celebrates scoring a goal against Barcelona by pretending to swing a golf club in the Champions League first knockout round, first-leg soccer match at the Camp Nou Stadium, Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday Feb. 21, 2007. The gesture appears to be a reference to claims that Bellamy allegedly hit team mate John Arne Riise in the legs with a golf club in a fracas while Liverpool was in Portugal at a training camp preparing for a Champions League match against defending champion FC Barcelona. Bellamy now faces a fine of 80,000 pounds (US$155,000; 118,000) and an uncertain future with the 18-time English league champions, who were recently taken over by a pair of American businessmen. At right is Liverpool's Steven Gerrard. (AP Photo/Peter Byrne/PA)

BBC: Barcelona 1-2 Liverpool

What a game, what a game. Can the defending title holders recover from giving up two away goals? Unfortunately for me I had to watch it time-delayed on ESPN Classic, with Seamus Malin and some other ill-informed boob sitting in the booth in Bristol, Connecticut mailing it in. They didn't even give the line-ups, and maybe that's why it took the morons a full half to figure out that Liverpool newboy Arbeloa was playing left back, not right back (the Stevie Finnan position). And how could they say nothing when Bellamy did the golf swing celebration. How could you not mention the Bellamy-Riise bust-up at that moment? How could you not be aware of it? ESPN, bringing you the very worst in soccer announcers consistently. I guess I should be thankful that I didn't have to listen to Dave O'Baseball. And Liverpool with another improbable win. Can't win in the Premier League, can't lose in Europe. Go figure.

Telegraph: Bellamy tees up Liverpool success (hey, that headline was my idea!)

Telegraph: Bellamy swings it as Barcelona are stunned

Independent (uk): Barcelona 1 Liverpool 2: Bellamy and Riise get in the swing for Liverpool

Richard Williams, Guardian SportBlog: Bellamy rewards the pragmatism of Benítez and stuns Camp Nou
Craig Bellamy repaid Rafa Benítez's faith in him by silencing his critics at the Camp Nou.

Times (uk): Bellamy and Riise swing into action for Liverpool

Guardian: Player Ratings

How can Pepe Reina get an '8' when he waved harmlessly at THREE balls in the box in the final 10 minutes?

Bellamy's coming after me with a driver! Heeeeeellllp!


footbal news said...

Craig , the man without the neck as most them call him is a man of calibre. He is fast and furious not only in football but also with team mates and officials.

but he silenced his critics by scoring against barca and the golf swing is a perfect way to celebrate a goal

Anonymous said...

Note to ESPN....get some people who know football! The Setanta coverage didn't reference the golf swing either, I mentioned it to Coach Mom while we watched together for about a half hour...she missed it, but it was hilarious to me....still surprised the Setanta geeks didn't make a comment as the build up to the game contained the mostly Fleet Street selling drivel that was made irrelevant.