50 minutes | Mar 2, 2018
006: Pros and Cons to MLS Promotion and Relegation
Joseph and Joey discuss the goings on in soccer, and discuss the potential and consequences if the MLS would ever decide to add promotion and relegation to their league.
53 minutes | Feb 21, 2018
005: Injury Time: Some Alternative Options
Due to recent last minute results in the Liga Portuguesa, in regards to late injury time goals, we are going to discuss some alternative solutions to the current injury time rule. **Formal show notes to come later**
51 minutes | Feb 7, 2018
004: UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Preview
Download Episode **If you want to check out our sister show, I gave out the wrong website address accidentally. The correct address is calaabocashow.com ** THE RECAP Benfica come back from a 1-0 deficit at half time to win 5-1 against Rio Ave. FC Porto beat Braga at home 3-1 and Sporting suffers their first loss in the season against Estoril 0-2. Sporting has been suffering with injuries to major key players Gelson Martins and Bas Dost, and did not play an impressive game against Estoril. Estoril were able to capitalize on Sporting's defensive errors, while Sporting did not take full advantage of their opportunities (Bruno Cesar missing an open shot on goal toward the dying minutes of the first half) With these results, FC Porto climb to the top of the table once again (with a half game in hand), leaving Benfica and Sporting in second and third place respectively, Benfica only ahead by goal difference. THE DISCUSSION We are taking a look at the upcoming UEFA Champions League fixtures-games beginning next Tuesday, February 13. JUVENTUS v TOTTENHAM (2/13/18) Juventus come into this game with a lot of UCL experience, making 2 finals in recent years and playing at home gives them a tremendous advantage in the first leg. However, since losing Chiellini this year, their defense has not been as strong as in prior years. Tottenham have been putting up big results this year, upsetting Real Madrid, and beating out Borussia Dortmund to win their group in the UCL group stage. Harry Kane has also been a goal scoring machine, currently the top goal scorer in Europe, and is in top form. Our Pick: Juventus FC BASEL v MANCHESTER CITY (2/13/18) Basel has regularly made appearances in the UCL and Europa League tournaments year after year, and consistently one of the best teams in Switzerland. They were able to upset Benfica in the group stages and were able to keep up with group winners Manchester United. Manchester City, current EPL leaders, having only suffered one loss are in prime position to take this tie. They have the players, the chemistry and, most importantly, the experience of playing big teams in the UCL. FC Basel, while a very good team, is not that big of a threat, and City should have no problem moving on to the quarter finals. Our Pick: Manchester City FC PORTO v LIVERPOOL (2/14/18) Porto are playing some great soccer at the moment. Their team is firing on all cylinders, sitting in first place in the Liga Portuguesa with an undefeated record. More impressive than their starting 11 success is their bench depth. They have had UCL success in the past, winning it under coach José Mourinho, and playing at home will give them a tremendous advantage. We can't count out Liverpool though...or can we? The five time UCL champions have not been tremendously impressive lately. They are able to put up huge numbers, but have also been shaky in terms of their defense. In the group stages they let slide a 3-0 half time advantage against Sevilla into a 3-3 draw, recently allowing Tottenham to come from behind twice in a 2-2 draw. It's looking to be a very hard fought match. Our Pick: FC Porto REAL MADRID v PSG (2/14/18) Essentially out of the running in all other competitions, the UCL is Real Madrid's last hope at salvaging what is left of the 2017-2018 season. The back-to-back champions have been going through one of the biggest slumps in its recent history. 2-2 draws against mid-table teams as Levante and Leganes are not great indicators that they will be able to put up a huge fight against a hot PSG team. PSG is currently sitting in first place of the French League, and playing absolutely great soccer. With finishers Neymar and Cavani (39 goals between them both) in the front and Pastore and Verratti controlling the middle, they are one of the main teams to beat in this tournament. However, we can't forget how they blew a 4-0 lead against Barcelona in last year's tournament, could the same thing happen again? Our Pick: PSG BAYERN MUNICH v BESIKTAS (2/20/18) Bayern is year in and year out one of the main teams to beat. They are consistently in the quarter and semi-finals, also lifting the trophy in 2013. Currently 18 points clear in the Bundesliga, allows them the opportunity to focus more time on the UCL without worry of slipping down the table. Besiktas has consistently made it into the UCL group stages, also making appearances in the Round of 16. They are one of the best teams in Turkey, but they do not have the kind of raw talent that Bayern have, nor the experience. Our Pick: Bayern Munich CHELSEA v BARCELONA (2/20/18) A repeat of the 2012 UCL semi-final when Chelsea saw off Barcelona with a last minute goal by Fernando Torres. Can they do it again? Chelsea has hit a slight slump in recent games (1-4 loss to Watford, and 0-3 loss to Bournemouth) and has not looked the least bit impressive. Playing at home does give them an advantage, but they do need to improve their game play if they hope to take this tie. La Liga leaders, Barcelona, have an opportunity to take revenge on the English team that took away their finals hopes in 2012. Barecelona have been playing very clinical this year, and what surprises me most about their playing style is how easy they make it look. Playing away is always a slight disadvantage, but Barcelona has been known to be a tremendous threat at home or away. Our Pick: Barcelona SEVILLA v MANCHESTER UNITED (2/21/18) Sevilla have been a rising figure in Europe as of late, winning two Europa League titles, and quickly becoming one of the better teams in Spain outside of the big 3. They are the underdog in this match up, but they shouldn't be underestimated. Manchester United are trying to reclaim their footing as a top tier team in Europe after a few years of sub par results. Their coach, José Mourinho, has a lot of experience in the UCL, winning it with FC Porto, and Inter Milan. Our Pick: Manchester United SHAKTAR DONETSK v AS ROMA (2/21/18) This tie features two evenly matched teams which put up big results in the group stages. AS Roma took out last years semi-finalist Atletico Madrid out of the Round of 16. As an underrated game, this one seems to have the closest match up, and an opportunity for one of these teams to make it on to the next round. Our Pick: AS Roma CONNECT WITH US Comment on the show notes Email email@example.com Subscribe to the 442 Podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn Radio Follow us on Twitter @442pod Follow us individually @josephrocha42 and @oneunitedxvii Leave us a rating/review
56 minutes | Jan 31, 2018
003: To Buy or Build Players?
THE RECAP Sporting CP wins its first ever Taça da Liga against Vitoria de Setubal in a very hard fought 1-1 match which ended up going to a penalty shootout. Porto and Benfica both come up with draws as the tail end of the 20th jornada comes to a close, with Sporting set to play Vitoria de Guimarães today (Wednesday, January 31). Real Madrid remain shaky as they lose to Leganes in the Copa del Rey (2-2 agg.) by away goal rule, knocking them out of the tournament. THE DISCUSSION Today's topic is centered around the question, whether it is more beneficial to build players through a youth academy, or to purchase already developed players in the transfer market. Smaller teams usually decide to develop their youth squads because they lack the funds to purchase developed players, which at times can be very expensive. Benefits to having an academy for developing players include: Cheaper initial investment Potential for greater returns The player grows up learning the teams tactics and schemes Easier integration up to the A squad Most big teams, (Real Madrid, Manchester City, PSG, etc.) have the ability to spend a lot of money in order to transfer the players they want. Also, since they are playing at higher levels, and are expected to perform at their peak year round, it is more beneficial to them to purchase players who have that type of experience. Benefits to purchasing players include: Player is used to playing at a high caliber Skills are fully, or near fully, developed Teams can look for certain characteristics that players exhibit A squad ready Cons to developing players: Uncertainty in the youth's future Player wanting to leave because of lack of accomplishment (winning leagues/titles/etc.) Cons to purchasing players: May not integrate well with new systems/players Expensive LOOKING AHEAD In the Portuguese League, Porto and Braga are set to meet at Estádio do Dragão on Saturday, February 3rd. The same day, Benfica faces Rio Ave at home. In the Copa del Rey, Sevilla take on Leganes today (January 31), and Barcelona host Valencia on February 1 to finish out the first leg of the semi-final. THIS DAY IN SOCCER HISTORY January 25, 1942, Portuguese soccer legend Eusébio is born. Nicknamed the Black Panther, Eusébio is a famed soccer legend who played for SL Benfica and the Portuguese National team, winning 2 European Cups, 11 Primeira Liga titles, 5 Taças de Portugal, led Portugal to the semi-finals of the 1966 World Cup and score 621 goals for both club and country. CONNECT WITH US Comment on the shownotes Email firstname.lastname@example.org Subscribe to the 442 Podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher or TuneIn Radio Follow us on Twitter @442pod Follow us individually @josephrocha42 and @oneunitedxvii Leave us a rating/review
60 minutes | Jan 24, 2018
002: Is Real Madrid in Crisis?
THE RECAP FC Porto reclaim their spot at the top of the Primeira Liga table, and SL Benfica inch closer to second place Sporting CP after a 3-0 win against Chaves. The league is shaping up to be a close race between Portugal's "top three" and it's anybody's game. In other leagues, Liverpool slip up against last place Swansea City, and Real Madrid defeat Deportivo La Coruña 7-1. DISCUSSION Back to back Champions League champions, Real Madrid, have not been in top form lately (aside from their latest 7-1 victory), losing El Classico against Barcelona 3-0 at home, and other less than optimal results this season. We look at 9 reasons behind the crisis. Click here to view the full article. Points dropped while playing at home Goal drought Gareth Bale's injuries Marcelo's lack of form Zidane's failure to make adjustments Poor summer signings Lack of late goals Subpar results in El Classico Focus on the Super Cups LOOKING AHEAD The final of the Taça da Liga will be played this Saturday, January 27th. (As of this posting Vitoria de Setubal has progressed to the final with a 2-0 win over Oliverense, and will play the winner of the FC Porto/Sporting CP derby scheduled today, Wednesday, January 24th at 12:45PM PST). Belenenses will host SL Benfica on January 29th, and on January 31st, Moreirense will face FC Porto and Sporting CP will host Vitoria de Guimaraes. CONNECT WITH US Comment on the shownotes Email email@example.com Subscribe to the 442 Podcast on iTunes, Google Play or Stitcher Follow us on Twitter @442pod Follow us individually @josephrocha42 and @oneunitedxvii Leave us a rating/review
54 minutes | Jan 16, 2018
001: Video Assistant Referee; Good or Bad for Soccer?
Download Episode Welcome to the first ever episode of the 442 Podcast! We start off this podcast with a brief introduction of who we are, and what our qualifications we have to discuss soccer. In brief, both of us have a long background of playing in the sport, and have been avid soccer fans ever since we could remember. We have tremendous love and passion for the sport, and enjoy watching, learning, and, now, discussing it with you! THE RECAP The first games of the second round of the Liga Portuguesa has just concluded (not counting the unfinished Estoril vs Porto game, which we have just been notified will take place on February 21st) leaving Sporting CP, temporarily in 1st place pending a second half result from current 2nd place team Porto, and Benfica in 3rd place. In other leagues, Manchester City suffers its first loss (4-3) against Liverpool crushing their hopes of achieving an "Invincible" season. DISCUSSION This weeks discussion topic is on the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) system which was implemented during the 2017 Confederation Cup, and adapted by many leagues around the world. We discuss some of the controversies surrounding this new technology and its pros & cons. Pros: Reducing human error (to and extent) Ability to correct missed calls Remove the controversies of refs being "paid off" Retroactively catch intentional dives by player Cons: Slows down the flow of the game Some plays are reviewed and not corrected Does not reduce all human error (i.e. if a player is falsely flagged offside) UPCOMING EVENTS Every show will end with a look into what is coming up in the following week. This weekend for the Liga Portuguesa doesn't hold any big team matchups, however, the Taça da Liga is looking mighty interesting. FC Porto and Sporting CP clash, in the first of four matches in the next few months, in the Taça da Liga semifinal. They also must play each other one final time in the Liga Portuguesa, and a two tie semifinal for the Taça de Portugal. CONNECT WITH US Comment on the shownotes Email firstname.lastname@example.org Subscribe to the 442 Podcast on iTunes, Google Play or Stitcher Follow us on Twitter @442pod Or follow us individually @josephrocha42 and @oneunitedxvii