Monthly Archives: December 2008

adieu …

I am saying goodbye to a good friend.

He has always been there when it matters most. He was there when I am about to enter the adult life. He was there when I became a man.

We had been good friends for almost 10 years.

And now we bid each other farewell …

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careful what you wish for …

Udin, you got what you wish for.

Another Italian experience for you, second year in a year.

Arguably one of the best player that ever play for both sides of the city,

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fanboyisme??…

They’ve released the MV few weeks ago.

Some cynics are saying, “baik panggil band nih NOH, jangan guna nama HUJAN dah!!?!”

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Enjoy..

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tahniah gamba osaka

Not that many team can claim they scored 3 times against Manchester United. But the champions of asia did.

Like Park said before, the gap is still wide between Asian football and European football. It was so apparent with Vidic’s, Ronaldo’s and Rooney’s second goal. You can’t see them scoring as easy in a European or BPL game.

Nevertheless, Gamba’s 1st and 3rd goal was pure class.

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While I am doing this, Thailand just scored their 3rd goal. A sweet left foot free kick, a true world class goal score by the under 23 player. Just makes me wonder, how easy it was for the Thais to score the goal, unlike our national team who huffed and puffed to score 3 goals against the same opponent.

I know, most of 26 million Malaysian spent their good 2 hours just now to see how our footbal team got a good kick at their behind. Though very few would like to admit doing so, football is still our nation number 1 supported sport. Though they might not know the Indras or the Amiru Hadis, the fact that whenever a Jalur Gemilang is at stake, everyone will take notice. Therefore, I don’t want to write who Sathia should have chosed to start the game with, or why Indra is our nation best hope to regain the foothold in this region footballing scene or even why Indra’s print on his jersey was Indra Putra on 1st half only to have it changed to Indra during 2nd half.

Before I start on what I intend to write about, have a look at the video below.

How ironic that something similar happened to us just now.

I want to spend this posting to write about, Zaquan.

Zaquan burst into the national footballing scene as an 18 year old boy who scored 5 goals against Sarawak in the 2004 Sukma at King George’s School field. That is the moment when I first heard the name Zaquan. For the record, Sarawak went half time at 0-0 scoreline only to have Zaquan subbed in during the second half.

My first experience with this new senssation known as Zaquan came during the Asia Youth Cup qualifier against Myanmar at KL Stadium. So ‘expectation changing’ his performance at that match, scoring 2 goals in a 4-1  rout, that I know, this is the very person that will single handedly bring Malaysia back to the footballing map not in South East Asia, but in Asia.

His first televise performance was against My Team, against a team from a local reality tv show will surely not bring the best of any professional football player. He was sent off in that match, being jeered off field by the My Team supporter. Pity him, but I know, that would not dampen his spirit to be the ‘messiah’ of Malaysian football.

When the actual Asian Youth Cup in India commence that year, the team fared miserably. There is a thing called too much football, I till today still thinks that is what actually happened to that ‘team of hope’.

But during last year’s Merdeka Tournament is where Zaquan proof his ‘messiah’ tag. For the entire tournament, he showed the touches, the vision, the explosive pace and the charisma of a true gem in football. He clicks so well with Safee Sali like a well oiled machine.

Fast forward to this year’s edition of AFF Cup. He did not start during Harimau Malaysia’s first match against Laos. The Laotion proofs to be a tough nut to crack, but only after Safee and Zaquan was subbed in did the tempo change, did the game plan changed. His remarkable performance merits him to start tonight against Vietnam.

But unfortunately during the entire game, Zaquan did not bring his scoring boots with him. Nicholas Bradtner woeful form for Arsenal might have affected him too. Similar with Bradtner, Zaquan chooses to wear the pink boots. That pink boots might carry some jinx with it.

His runnings was aimless, his turning is a second off, his vision is non existance, his timing is off and more importantly his finishing is; woeful.

Yes we might lost the game to Helmi’s comical indecisiveness between the goal. (Thai just scored their 4th goal, Malaysia is in for a torrid time in Bangkok on Wednesday) But I can’t deny the fact that if Zaquan converted only one of his hatful of chances just now, we might be talking a different tone of optimism now.

Malaysia might be looking to another pre-mature depature from this AFF tourney come Wednesday, but nothing is impossible when it come to footbal; but to think of it again all is impossible when it comes to Malaysian football. Malaysia was in the same tight spot in 2004 – 2005 Tiger Cup, but we pull through against the same opponent, thanks to the magical form of Khalid Jamlus. Khalid is no longere there to help us, but I still believe in our messiah.

Come on Zaquan, the hope of a nation rests on you.

KEMBALIKAN MARUAH BOLA SEPAK NEGARA !!!

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Malaysia (3) – Laos (0)

Video hasil sumbangan pakcumie.

Banyak yang telah diperkatakan mengenai persembahan Gah tetapi gemuruh (Berita harian, 2008) pasukan kebangsaan semalam menentang Laos. Kepada yang berpeluang menonton sendiri secara lansung perlawanan tersebut, atau menonton melalui siaran tertunda sebentar tadi, atau hanya berpeluang menonton highlights melalui paparan di atas kesemua mempunyai pandangan masing – masing terhadap perlawanan semalam.

Walaupun Malaysia berjaya mencatat kemenangan ‘selesa’ ke atas Laos, tetapi jika persembahan semalam mahu di jadikan ukuran kepada cabaran Harimau Malaysia di Piala AFF ini, kita kira boleh sahaja lupakan hasrat untuk menjada ‘Raja’ Asia Tenggara untuk edisi kali ini.

Melalui beberapa pendapat yang di beri di beberapa forum ternyata 4 nama menjadi sebutan banyak pihak. 4 nama ini menjadi perbualan hangat di ruang forum di seluruh negara.

1) Hardi Jaafar

Hardi mempunyai keupayaan sepakan yang amat menarik. Malangnya, untuk mencatat satu hantaran menarik ini, Hardi akan terlebih dahulu melakukan 6 atau 7 hantaran yang mengecewakan. Hardi juga berupaya untuk menjaringkan gol dari jarak jauh, malangnya seperti hantaran – hantaran jauh nya, untuk menjaringkan satu gol untuk Harimau Malaysia, Hardi terlebih dahulu melepaskan 6 atau 7 percubaan yang tersasar jauh.

Hardi mempunyai daya kretiviti yang amat tinggi . Ini adalah antara sebab mengapa Sathia memanggil dia kembali untuk bersama pasukan Harimau Malaysia walaupun selepas persembahan mengaibkan di Piala Asia 2007. Malangnya, tika mana kretiviti ini cuba di terjemahkan di atas padang, jarang sekali ada pemain sepasukan yang sefahaman dengan beliau. Oleh itu, hantaran – hantaran pendek ini biasanya akan terbiar tanpa sesiapa cuba mencuba untuk mengambil nya.

Inilah yang menjadi masalah Hardi Jaafar kepada pasukan Harimau Malaysia. Ini juga menjadi sebab mengapa pasukan kebangsaan kita hanya mampu untuk menjaringkan gol pada minit ke 68 ketika bertemu Laos.

Kepada Sathia, cuba – cuba lah beri peluang kepada Azi.

2) Zaquan dan Safee

Sathia memilih untuk tidak memulakan perlawanan dengan Zaquan. Safee di fahamkan mengalami sedikit kecederaan oleh itu Sathia memilih untuk memulakan perlawanan dengan Hairuddin sebagai penyerang. Banyak laporan / komen menyatakan hanya selepas kemasukan dua penyerang berbisa ini barulah serangan pasukan kebangsaan ‘menjadi’. Bukti dua gol Safee memang sudah cukup untuk mengingatkan kita kembali mengapa peminat pasukan Sarawak terlebih dahulu memberi jolokkan Supermokh kepada beliau.

Kepada Sathia, sudah – sudah lah dengan eksperimen. Kita memang tidak kemana kalau tiada Zaquan mahupun Safee.

3) Hairuddin Omar

Apa yang Hairuddin tawarkan kepada pasukan kebangsaan adalah seorang pemain yang rajin di atas padang. Akan mengejar semua bola, akan menutup ruang untuk pemain pasukan lawan. Tetapi apa yang terjadi adalah sebaliknya. Apa yang kita dapat adalah seorang pemain yang berlari seolah – olah tiada hala tuju. Pemain yang sepatutnya pada acuan Park Ji Sung, akhirnya menjadi acuan Bobby Pian. Keputusan Sathia untuk memasukan Hairuddin di kesebelasan utama di sebelik memilih Zaquan amat menghairankan. Mungkin Hairuddin amat ‘berguna’ jika bertemu dengan lawan yang lebih teknikal; contohnya Vietnam ataupun Thailand, tetapi untuk Laos, kita perlukan permainan yang menyerang dan terus menyerang. Bukan pendekatan yang berhati – hati. Untuk pendekatan yang berhati – hati, iya, Hairuddin adalah pemain anda.

Kepada Sathia, kalaupun Zaquan atau Safee cedera, Nizaruddin kan ada.

4) Indra Putra Mahiyuddin

Kehebatan Indra dalam perlawanan menentang Laos sudah cukup saya ceritakan di dalam ‘posting’ yang lepas. Oleh itu kita cerita pasal lain pula ya.

Jersi terbaru pasukan kebangsaan ini memang sesuai untuk Indra. Indra memilih untuk mengenakan fesyen ‘skimpy’ seperti pada jersi pasukan Selangor dan pasukan Malaysia sebelum – sebelum ini. Memang boleh di katakan Indra merupakan seorang pemain yang agak ‘fashionable’.

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Jika Sathia serius ingin memastikan Harimau Malaysia menjadi ‘raja’ Asia Tenggara pemilihan pemainnya perlu di perbaiki. Tetapi saya percaya, sebanyak mana pun kita selaku peminat perkatakan di blog ataupun forum, Sathia sentiasa mempunyai sebab nya yant tersendiri untuk menurunkan pemain seperti yang di turunkan nya.

Untuk bertemu Vietnam esok hari, saya tidak mengharapkan selain dari kemenangan. Jika kita serius ingin menjadi ‘raja’ Asia Tenggara kita perlu beraksi garang dari awal lagi. Bukan suam – suam kuku, tidak konsisten, seperti yang di gusarkan Sathia semenjak kebelakangan ini.

KEMBALIKAN MARUAH BOLA SEPAK NEGARA !!!

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there’s only one indra …

For those who knew me close enough, they know how much I rate Indra. Both Putra and Shahdan. But this posting is for Putra, Shahdan will be told hopefully in the very near future. ( Singapura tetap kalah !!!)

I followed Indra Putra progress since his early days donning the yellow of our national team circa 2001, his move to Pahang, his playing days in Selangor and later next year his service for Kelantan.

There are many ups and downs when it come to telling Indra Putra’s story of football. I believe all of you are well acquainted with his ups and also his downs.

But one incident that will always stuck in my mind was when he requested to be excude from national duty due to his wife giving birth but only to be spotted at one of the night spot with another national player.

That is when I questioned my undying support towards a player once coined as “Malaysian Ryan Giggs” by Sports Illustrated.

But from time to time, while playing for Selangor or used sparingly by the national team, Indra showed his glimpses of brilliance that used to terrorize defenses around this region. Who can forget his deft spin; sending the ball the other way, while spinning to the opposite direction leaving the China defender rooted to the ground only to see his shot, narrowly miss the goal. (Malaysia lost that game 5-0).

That is when my renewed believe in Indra returns.

In the running towards this edition of AFF Cup, Sathianathan have been including Indra in his squad for few ocassion already. Though he is not the Indra that used to dance around the field for Perak, lethally scoring goal for fun for Pahang, but Sathia sees something in him that most coaches and fans included choose to ignore.

The mantra, FORM IS TEMPORARY, CLASS IS PERMANENT is no more adamant in the case of Indra.

Indra’s reply to Sathia’s trust in him yesterday is another class act. Scored a delicious free kick and setting up 2 more for Safee ‘supermokh’ Sali was enough to cement himself up there in my list of all time favourite player. 😀

Though the national team played badly yesterday, but whenever you have Indra on the field, it is a sure bet that your team will win !!!

THERE’S ONLY ONE INDRA !!!

Ps: A good read about Indra 😛 Click here.

Pics are taken from Selangor FC
and Photokaki forum.

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