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Cannes Lions – Top Buzz For Selena Gomez – Infographic

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity wrapped up in the south of France on Saturday, but people continue talking about the event’s hot awards and high-profile guests.

Cruising into the top spot was Selena Gomez, who attended the conference to speak on a panel called “Millennials and the Future of Creativity.” According to the infographic, created by SapientNitro, the actress and singer tweeted about her participation, earning over 2,600 additional tweets and conversations on Twitter alone. The seminar itself topped 3,863 mentions all together.

Other notable speakers included singer-songwriter Deborah “Debbie” Harry, who spoke about the entrepreneurial spirit. “Does anyone ever start at their best?” she asked. “That would be so depressing, to start at the top and work your way down.”

Source: Mashable.com, SapientNitro, Thumbnail image courtesy of Flickr, conceptx_design

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Galarcep: US gets much needed goal outburst – News | FOX Sports on MSN

Galarcep: US gets much needed goal outburst – News | FOX Sports on MSN.

When I look at the writing from the last game against France and look at this, all the nonsense from some of the “experts” was actually just a waste of time. What was bad the last game, is now a “suggested” possibility for games against the stronger opponents. The writing soccer press in the US is almost as “entertaining” as the English press.

US Soccer – Juergen Klinsmann’s trouble

US Soccer — Jurgen Klinsmann still upbeat despite loss — Ravi Ubha from Paris – ESPN.

The U.S national team harvested another loss. France was the opponent today and the winner of the match. If you look at the press reports in both countries, nobody is happy. A 1-0 win against the United States is rather average for the French. In the U.S. the experts are wondering when the team is intending to score goals. 2 goals in the last 5 games is not enough for the media in the U.S..

Listening to the experts on TV and reading the articles from guys that probably have never played the game (such as the one in the link above), it seems they are all just waiting for the WC qualifiers to start so that they can shoot with everything they have. Klinsmann made it clear that he is experimenting and that he is not interested in results at this point. The experts, deep inside, know a change in U.S. soccer was mandatory and they were all hoping that with Klinsmann, from one day to the other, the team will win against everyone. Not so fast. Miracles can happen quickly, the impossible takes a little longer.

Klinsmann has a big job to master. He must transform “crocks” into dancing shoes. He must make up the mistakes of at least 10 years in no time and deliver something Americans haven’t experienced yet. He must put the team and U.S. soccer on the World map, once and for all. This is important for soccer in this country where the winners of the two major sports usually call themselves “World Champions”, even though nobody else is playing. World Champions, that’s the goal, at one point.

Looking at the game today, one thing is clearly sticking out: Major League Soccer is not a competitive league. In no way can the league produce top players that are able to turn games on an international level. Examples: Kyle Beckerman and Brek Shea. Both are top players in the MLS, but struggle on an international level. Shea is a young kid that can have a bright future, if he gets out of this league and can make his way to Europe. He should be over there already, for at least three years. For Beckerman it doesn’t look good at all. He has “progressed” to much already as that any of the top clubs in Europe would be interested. They have that kind of material in the category “18 year old”. It is no wonder that Klinsmann is looking for players that could play for the U.S. everywhere he can. Those he found are of the same age as Beckerman and Shea, have even less talent, but have a much more intensive “education” than the two. And that is what this team needs. Before you can bark with the big dogs, you need to be able to lift your leg. In the case of soccer, Klinsmann needs to find the players first, before he can go after the big guns. Something the experts should consider when they unleash their wisdom.

All things considered, Klinsmann and the team are making progress. You can take something good out of every game. If Klinsmann is able to bring together the good things of the past few games, he will succeed and with him U.S. soccer. If he can manage to change the insufficient structures of U.S. soccer and support all the talent, the U.S. will be World Champions one day. Real World Champions. Imagine that.

 

 

 

U.S. soccer women beat France, reach final against Japan

It wasn’t pretty for a long time. Only in the 82nd minute was the final secured and the fans able to breath easier. Until then, the French dictated the game and had clear advantages. And again it was the same difference, Abby Wambach and Hope Solo. There is not much to say these days about Wambach. The best description, absolute World Class. Preparation, attitude, ability, intelligence and incredible will power took her and the team to where they are.

The second superstar in the team, Hope Solo, is following not far behind Wambach. On the “hit list” of some, for her unfortunate comments at the 2007 world cup, she demonstrated absolute focus on the task at hand. Fit, cool and no fuzzing around playing style helped her to become the best goalie in the world at this event. How important she is? If she would have been French Continue reading

US Women must focus on France

A day after the sensational game against Brazil soccer’s all-day business sets in. While the fans are still celebrating, the players now face the challenge to settle down and focus on the next task. It is a difficult one.

A game such as the one against Brazil is difficult to top. Performing for 123+ minutes on the highest level is difficult enough, to take the performance to the next game is actually much more difficult. The catch is, the U.S. have to manage the task. Wednesday’s game against France won’t be easier. For those that haven’t caught up to the events in Germany, the competition became much more tight. France is one of the teams that have entered the world stage and they are eager to show they can do more. Over are the group games, every mistake is capital punishment. Ask the Germans, they know what I am talking about.

With all the red flags going up, I still trust that the U.S. women will manage this challenge as well. The top players, Hope Solo and Abby Wambach, have showed me that they are completely focused on this tournament and are prepared for everything. If they manage, and I am sure they will, to lead the team on the field again, we will enjoy a World Cup final with U.S. participation. Good luck, girls.

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Women’s Soccer World Cup 2011: France – Nigeria 1 – 0

France won the World Cup opener against Nigeria and confirmed their ambitions in this World Cup. The French controlled ball and opponent and were never in danger of losing that control. France will meet Canada on Thursday, June 30th.

Bayern Munich and the difference – Or why Louis van Gaal fell over his own feet

The German record champ is one of the first addresses in world soccer. Ranked number 5 in the“world ranking for revenue”, the club is interesting for top players as well as for the top coaches in the world.

Last week, Louis van Gaal, a commonly considered top coach in soccer, lost his job in Munich. The press and soccer experts around the world are wondering about the reasons. Louis van Gaal made many mistakes, not only in managing the team, but also in managing the club and its grown structures. It is all his fault, clearly!

Lets look at a few details. Last year the Bayern made it into Champions League Final and lost against Inter Milan. At that time already clear, they need to shore up the defense. Both central defenders and the left full back position should have been reinforced. Van Gaal let it go, despite the fact that the Bayern were willing to spend money. After the World Cup, the real trouble started: The entire team was at the World Cup, for Germany, France and the Dutch. A real good preparation for the season was not possible. Van Gaal laid that out, and he was right. Until the team was getting back in some kind of normal form, the half of the season was over. Most important for the club, Bayern was not in the top five and had to struggle to keep up and put themselves  into Champions League qualifying position. At that time, while completely underestimating and disregarding competition and valuable resources, van Gaal got the glorious idea to shape the team for the next season. Butt out of goal and Kraft in. Sold Demichelis, the better of the two central defenders, and let van Bommel go to AC Milan. All  these actions, as expected, went straight into the pants, as the Germans say. Butt, who was mandatory for Bayern’s and van Gaal’s strategy, had to watch from the sideline how the young Kraft was overwhelmed with the tasks at hand. Many mistakes in the traditional goalie game, and hopelessly “under equipped” to support the Bayern strategy of keeping the ball and use the goalie to do so. Letting van Bommel go, with his experience and leadership abilities, comes close to a beginner mistake. If one wants to put numbers to just those two mistakes, those cost the Bayern five to six points at least, since the winter break. Add those to the current points, and van Gaal would still be in charge. You can go on and consider the dynamics that are created by such actions, and you have another 3 or 4 points.

Much more ridiculous, van Gaal managed to p… off the entire management “high society” at Bayern. Unlike other top clubs, were management has no clue about the game and just throws money out to buy players, at Bayern, everyone in charge knows everything about the game on the field and off the field. If, as a coach, you don’t take advantage of such resources, you are either stupid or you lost the ground under your feet. Van Gaal is not stupid.

One can charge management for not putting an end to this earlier, but you can also give them credit for letting the coach do his thing. Considering everything on the table, I find this worth to give them credit. As a coach, where do you find that kind of opportunity? A big club, money to buy players and incredible resources in management that help you do the job.  All you need to do is manage a “rose garden”. Van Gaal failed to do so.