Monthly Archives: February 2010

Wednesday Champions’ League Preview

The last of the round of 16 first leg matches take place in Champions’ League on Wednesday. Surely, the pick of the two in so far as storylines go is the Inter-Chelsea match. However, equally exciting for us here at One Game, One World will be the CSKA Moscow-Sevilla pairing. Will one of these two do a “Porto” (suprise winners in 2004) and come out of nowhere to challenge?

A quick recap of yesterday’s matches show us that although Barcelona struggled mightily in the first half against VfB Stuttgart, the defending European champions showed their mettle with a solid second half showing which saw them snag an all-important away goal. Stuttgart could still make things interesting at the Nou Camp in a few weeks’ time, however the advantage surely lies with Pep Guardiola’s team. Continue reading

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The Globetrotting Goalkeeper

Jailed in Singapore, stones thrown at him by an angry mob in Albania, and cheating death in England. It all sounds like the life of an international spy rather than a  footballer. Lutz Pfannenstiel however is not your everyday player. The German goalkeeper has the distinction of being the only man to have played at the professional level on every continent (excluding Antarctica of course, though there are still plans for that..read on!).

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Lutz Pfannenstiel

So one can imagine that a career spanning nearly two decades and 25 clubs brings with it some unique experiences. And that is exactly what Pfannenstiel relayed to us at One Game, One World when we spoke to him recently.

Now in Namibia as player coach of Ramblers FC and goalkeeper coach for the Namibian national side, Pfannenstiel has not lost any of his desire for football. At first glance it might seem that his career took a path similar to if you spun a globe around and stopped it with your finger 25 times or so. However, upon listening to Pfannenstiel, who has played in nearly 400 matches in his career, you don’t get the ravings of a madman, but rather the inspirational football musings of a true globetrotting legend. Continue reading

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Tuesday Champions’ League Preview

We’re back it on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week as the final four 1st leg matches of the Champions’ League Round of 16 take place. This week features three underdogs trying to establish an early advantage in the matches and of course the Inter-Chelsea pairing that so many have been waiting for.

Without further adieu let’s preview Tuesday’s fixtures and give you the One Game, One World occasionally reliable predictions. Continue reading

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Haiti: Football Trying To Rebuild

Seeing the daily images coming out of Haiti in the wake of the devastating 7.0 earthquake on January 12th, I ask myself numerous times how on earth will these suffering people possibly recover from the magnitude of the destruction? Surely we have seen few disasters in our lifetimes that can be placed on the same level as the loss of life and damage that this earthquake in Haiti has caused.

Football may not be the first thing on people’s minds when a catastrophic event likes this takes place and rightly so. However, football, can play a role when a nation is ready to rebuild after such a disaster.

I was able to speak with Haitian Football Federation President Dr. Yves Jean-Bart recently and he described in great detail the traumatic events of last month. Jean-Bart was in the FA headquarters at the time of the earthquake, meeting with other officials to discuss details for the participation of the U-17 Haiti Women’s Team in the upcoming CONCACAF Championship in San Jose, Costa Rica. Continue reading

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Wednesday Champions’ League Preview

After two superb matches played out on Tuesday that saw Manchester United defeat AC Milan 3-2 at the San Siro and Lyon keep their fine home record against Real Madrid intact with a 1-0 victory, two more exciting fixtures are on tap for Wednesday. The best of Tuesday had to have been two goals that were scored.

Jean Il Makoun’s strike againt Real Madrid was fantastic, a true wonder goal. While Clarence Seedorf’s skillful goal against Manchester United was quite nice. Anyone catch Paul Scholes’ goal? Oh my goodness, surely one of the luckier ones I have seen in the past couple years. Anyhow… enjoy our quick previews and predictions. Continue reading

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Champions’ League Knockout Round Begins

Well, it’s the day many people have been waiting for about two months as the Champions’ League resumes today with the start of the knockout rounds. The two matches on tap for Tuesday have gigantic storylines that most of the football media have been salivating over since the draw was made in December. Let’s take a closer look at these match-ups and give you our One Game, One World predictions. Continue reading

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Giorgos Diamantis: The Gerrard of the Kambos

 

Giorgos Diamantis

Giorgos Diamantis

If you ever happen to stumble upon the lower leagues of Greek football, specifically the regional leagues of the city of Larisa, then undoubtedly you will come across Giorgos Diamantis. Diamantis is something of a legend in this area and One Game, One World was lucky enough to catch up with him on a recent trip to Greece.

                We are proud that he represents the site’s first ever interview as this story helps encapsulate what our site is about and that is football coverage of all levels and stories from outside the daily headlines. At first glance, a career spent mostly in the 4th and 5th Divisions of Greek football might not seem all that remarkable, however upon closer inspection it is precisely that sort of experience that gives us a glimpse into the places where the heart of football beats strongest.

                Diamantis has been playing at the amateur level for over 17 years and has been enjoyed titles, goals, assists, and many other club and individual successes. He has played against some top level professionals as well as had some as teammates. His career is all the more impressive because he has never really had a full preseason under his belt.

                His real job, working his family’s cotton fields just outside Larisa in the town of Kambos have ensured that his summers are spent riding tractors and tending to the high quality cotton and wheat that they produce. Still, despite the difficulties that such difficult work and long hours may represent for large parts of the year, Diamantis has always found the time to engage in his true love, football. Continue reading

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