Sunday, October 4, 2009

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Soccer Training - torn quad

10-3-09 - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Treinamento leve com uma ruptura no musculo da coxa. Estarei pronto para jogar dentro de 2 meses.

Recovering from a 3rd degree right quad tear. Currently doing Physical Therapy with Team Physical Therapy and training on my own. This was a light training, I ran one brisk mile and then juggled with the ball some. I am on my 3rd month of Physical Therapy.






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Sunday, September 27, 2009

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Ravey Slideshow - Training



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Friday, September 25, 2009

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Training at Balboa Beach, 9-19-09

Treinamento leve com uma ruptura no musculo da coxa. Estarei pronto para jogar dentro de 2 meses.

Training with a torn quad. I should be fit in 2 months.



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Guilherme Awesome Goals!

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Crazy soccer tackle on newcomer Neymar (age 17)


This tackle on the young and upcoming soccer player Neymar was ridiculous. This is how someone almost broke my leg in two. I had to have surgery, and I was practically away from the fields for 1 1/2 years. I don’t understand why front ended tackles with the cleats up are even still allowed. I have seen instances where defensive players tackle with cleats up, but they “touch” the ball or the offensive player. The referee doesn’t give a yellow card, because there was no contact. However, if the offensive player doesn’t jump and get out of the way, then the tackle would have ended his career.

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Soccer is a very contact sport and it is very strenuous on the muscles. However, these tackles are not done to take away the ball. These tackles are done to scare the offensive player or injure the offensive player.


Players who tackle and hit the opponents knee section need to be “RED Carded,” and then taken to judicial court over the league. The player should get fined and suspended from official games for 30 days or more, depending on how bad the injury.

If the defensive player merely misses the offensive player with a crazy tackle in the knee area, then the defensive player should be “Yellow Carded” and then taken to judicial court over the league for attempt of breaking someone’s leg. The defensive player should then do a suspension of 10-15 days.

I love hard soccer, and I love when people go in hard for the ball. However, when a tackle is near the knee area, it means the player isn’t playing the ball and he should be punished.

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Nilmar the Brazilian Soccer Player you don’t know


Following Nilmar’s unbelievable goal last Sunday, he has gotten worldwide recognition. The band Oasis, asked him to play for Manchester City and asked for a signed t-shirt from the young soccer player.

I have been following Nilmar for quite some time. When he was a young 17 something weighing like 100 pounds I was watching him run like crazy at Sport Club Internacional.


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I have been saying for years that the Brazilian National Team should give him a chance. It baffles me that Dunga gives Vagner Love a chance and not Nilmar. Nilmar’s goal last Sunday was genial. His speed and ball control is unbelievable. Don’t get me wrong Nilmar is not Ronaldo, Kaka, or Robinho, but neither is Luis Fabiano who is constantly the second forward picked by Dunga. Ronaldo is the perfect forward, strong, fast, great ball control, great passing and above everything else, AWESOME vision. Nilmar is nothing like Ronaldo, but Nilmar can definitely bring a different dynamic to the National Team.

Dunga has said that no one was demanding Nilmar on the national team until he made this amazing goal. He said, “Two weeks ago the Brazilian public wasn’t demanding Nilmar to be chosen for the national team.”

Well maybe the masses of Brazilian people have come to the realization that Nilmar is good. People know and understand that ONLY a special kind of player can make a goal like what he made. The truth is that Nilmar has been injured and has recently come back. He returned in January 2009, and he played the state championship in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and made many goals.
He is finally coming into optimal playing form. Due to the lack of a “quality” second forward on the Brazilian National Team, I think they could really use a new and different dynamic.

He is a young agile player who can definitely come in as a sub during any Brazilian National Team game and make a difference.

I hope Dunga gives him a chance, and I hope Nilmar continues to grow.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

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Maradona Vs. Dunga (The good vs the bad)


People are baffled at Argentina’s dire situation in the South American World Cup qualifying. How can one of the best soccer players ever, Maradona, take his team to the point of destruction as a coach? If you are a great player like Maradona, you should be able to teach players little bit of information that otherwise mediocre players, like Dunga, wouldn’t be able to teach? So why the hell has first time coach Dunga prevailed while first time coach Maradona failed?


First off, soccer is a mental game as much as physical. Maradona prevailed in soccer because of his “technical” ability (ease of dribbling, running with the ball, passing, trapping etc). Dunga on the other hand prevailed in soccer because of his mental ability. Dunga was never considered a great player. He was an above average stopper who carried the piano on the field while Romario and Bebeto played the piano. This means Dunga did the grunt work on the field so that other “good” players could create scoring opportunities or score.


Dunga studied tactics, strategies and formations throughout his career in the relentless effort to become a mediocre player. Maradona didn’t need to study as his great field sense and unbelievable technical ability drove him to the front of every team. I can see how the coach of Maradona would tell everyone on the team to pass the ball to Maradona. The coach would orientate the team to function for Maradona.


In other words, Jimi Hyndrix received his first guitar at 15 and the only class he failed in school was music class! Could Jimi Hyndrix read music? Probably not very well, but he could play the hell out of that damn guitar!

So just like Jimi, Maradona can play great, but he hasn’t studied the game enough to become a national team coach. His mental concept of the game is worthy of an “F”.


In today’s competitive soccer world the top level coaches study the game and are able to relay their message to the players with heart and reasonableness. Maradona, has the heart, but lacks the head.


What can you expect from a guy who ruined his legacy on drugs?


He will still be remembered as one of the best players in history.


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