Steven Gerrard has revealed why he believes his career would not have reached such glorious heights had it not been for the influence of former teammate Dietmar Hamann.
Liverpool’s skipper played alongside ‘The Kaiser’ for seven years, often forming an imperious partnership in the heart of midfield.
Speaking on Thursday at the launch of the German’s new book, ‘The Didi Man: My Love Affair with Liverpool’, Gerrard told Liverpoolfc.tv how Hamann’s defensive abilities allowed him to focus on the attacking side of his own game.
read more :- http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/latest-news/gerrard-he-helped-make-me
Dietmar Hamann most memorable night for Liverpool culminated in Istanbul 2005. He scored a penalty that helped LFC become Champions of Europe Again

Steven Gerrard has revealed why he believes his career would not have reached such glorious heights had it not been for the influence of former teammate Dietmar Hamann.

Liverpool’s skipper played alongside ‘The Kaiser’ for seven years, often forming an imperious partnership in the heart of midfield.

Speaking on Thursday at the launch of the German’s new book, ‘The Didi Man: My Love Affair with Liverpool’, Gerrard told Liverpoolfc.tv how Hamann’s defensive abilities allowed him to focus on the attacking side of his own game.

read more :- http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/latest-news/gerrard-he-helped-make-me

Dietmar Hamann most memorable night for Liverpool culminated in Istanbul 2005. He scored a penalty that helped LFC become Champions of Europe Again

Pep Guardiola - The Boss - Must Watch for the Blaugrana

This is a must watch for any Barca fan, especially fans of Pep Guardiola. It’s funny even if your favorite club is Real Madrid. We know that’s saying a lot.

Enjoy Pep the Director.

Guaranteed to make any Liverpool supporter cry, ‘Will’ is set in 2005 and is the story of an orphan boy who is determined to make his dream come true by crossing the whole of Europe to attend the Champions League Final in Istanbul. Pfff another cheesy kids movie, I bet it has some cheesy ending like a team coming from 3 - 0 down to lift the trophy - like that could ever happen

Even if you don’t support Liverpool, Will is a tale about a young boy following his dreams, and the story of football is merely a vessel for hope.

UPDATE: The Premier for the filmwill be held in Liverpool October 16th, with the general release in UK cinemas October 21st. A date for a worldwide release is still uncertain, but the production company is hoping that Likes on Facebook & Views of Youtube will spur the decision to release the film to audiences everywhere.

Owen Hargreaves Scores in his Man City Debut - Continues Shutting People Up

contributed by Imani W

In what will be one of the best stories in football no matter what team you support, Owen Hargreaves made an unlikely debut for Manchester City even more memorable with this wonderful goal from outside the area in the Carling Cup on Wednesday.

After not playing more than five minutes of a competitive football match since 2008, Hargreaves scored a glorious goal from outside the area as if to say “I was never meant to be forgotten” in front of astonished Manchester City fans.

Owen started his professional career moving to Bayern Munich at the age of 16 in July of 1997. He made his first team debut with the club in 2000, the year FC Bayern lifting the Champions League trophy in 2001. Hargreaves is only one of two English players to win a Champions League title with a non-english club. Hargreaves went on to win 4 Bundesliga titles with Bayern in 2001, 2003, 2005, & 2006. His first major injury setback came when he broke his leg which kept him from playing for Bayern Munich for most of the 2006-2007 season.

It was the performances he put in for the German club that attracted the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson who signed Hargreaves for £17 million in the summer transfer window before the 07-08 season. Trophies seemed to be following Hargreaves wherever he went winning both the Premier League and the Champions League with United in his first season.

However Hargreaves second season at United was laddened with injuries including a patellar tendinitis problem that lead him to see reknowned knee surgeon Richard Steadman in 2009. He would also have minor surgery on his left knee which kept him out of the 08 - 09 season. This saw him miss out on a second Premier League title for the club, which must have been a difficult time for a footballer used to being in the midst of such success.

Owen underwent his rehabilitation process in the United States, slowly but surely building up his fitness. It would be almost a year until Hargreaves returned to England & over that mark before he returned to a place at the club. In May 2010, he made a 93rd minute return to the Premier League against Sunderland after missing 133 matches in 20 months.

In what was surely to be his moment, Hargreaves was listed in the starting line up against in November 2010 against Wolves, his first start since September 2008. But fate seemed to toy with Hargreaves again as he limped off with a hamstring injury only 5 minutes into the match.

In May 2011, Sir Alex confirmed that Manchester United would not be offering Hargreaves a new contract, speculating rumors of his retirement. However, this resourceful man who had already defied the odds many times in his career would not give up.

Instead, he posted videos on YouTube to prove his fitness. In fact, he posted goofy videos on youtube to prove his fitness that were the laughing stock on the blogosphere for weeks afterward. But it’s Owen who’s had the last laugh, his persistence paying off as he was signed on a one-year-deal by Manchester City; a team surely to win a trophy this season. He also proved doubters wrong again, writing him off as a useless signing by scoring his debut goal the way he did.

Who knows what’s in store for Hargreaves this season. It has to be said that Manchester City may be the perfect fit for the injury prone midfielder, their rotation policy will ensure he will be well rested & prepared before each of his appearances. A fit Owen Hargreaves may prove to be the ace in the hat for City this year and Owen may be riding another celebration bus off into the sunset come may perhaps with a Champions League and Premier League trophy in Hand.

Weekend Pre Season Round Up: Arsenal-Boca, Man Utd-Barca, Chelsea-Villa, Real Madrid-Leicaster, Man City-Inter, Arsenal-New York, Liverpool-Valarenga

Arsenal vs Argentina’s Boca Juniors in the Emirates Cup ended in a 2-2 draw. Arsenal took an early 2-0 lead through Robin Van Persie & Aaron Ramsey. But it has to be said that they conceded two very soft goals to let Boca back in the game. With Cesc Fabregas watching from the stands, that can’t have been impressive from his perspective, especially with his transfer from Barcelona still looming. Arsenal have no problem scoring goals, it’s conceding them that seems to be the problem. Gervinho looked lively during the match, playing in Van Persie for Arsenal’s first goal and giving the Boca defenders a fine test. But it’s unknown how he will fair against tougher Premire League defenders who are faster & aren’t afraid to jostle him for the ball. This draw at home will feel like a loss to Arsenal fans, who have to ask some serious questions about their defense this close to the Premier League season.

 

In the Barclays Premier League Tour of Asia Final Aston Villa play Chelsea in a contest that was lately dominated by the Blues. Josh McEachran scored his first Senior goal for the Blues just 39 seconds into the match after a scramble in front of goal that left Shay Given defenseless against the rebound after pulling off a wonderful initial save. Fernando Torres scored a fine redirected goal with his first touch after coming on barely a minute before. Drogba & Torres were paired up front for the second half, with Torres looking more like his old self while Drogba seemed a bit sluggish in pre season. The usual suspects: Lampard, Terry, Ivanovic, Malouda, Kalou all looked impressive as Chelsea lifted their first trophy of the season on the asian tour.

 

Real Madrid vs English Championship (second division) side Leicaster City was always going to be one way traffic. Real took the lead with an early goal, and Karim Benzema knocked in a second after a calamitous bit of defending by Leicaster which left Peter Schmeicel fuming for the second time that day. The gap in class was evident in this one.

 

In the marquee match up of preseaon Manchester United took on FC Barcelona in a rematch of the Champions League Final. It was an exciting match between the two clubs, with United scoring first when Danny Welbeck sent a perfectly timed ball through to Nani whom slotted home cooly under Victor Valdes. Thiago would equalize for Barca with a brilliant goal, the 23 year old is one of Barcelona’s most exciting prospects for the season after coming off an Under 21 European Championship win with Spain along with United goalkeeper David de Gea. A vintage Michael Owen goal would seal United’s victory. It must be said that Barcelona fielded a weakened side without the likes of Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, or Lionel Messi, but nothing can be taken from United’s redeption of their Champions League Final loss even if it is only preseason. The day was full of festivities at RFK Stadium in Washington DC, including Kobe Bryant & US WNT’s Alex Morgan sporting Barcelona colours in a charity match.

Aguero-less Manchester City dominated in their second match of the Dublin Cup against Italian side Inter Milan. Mario Balotelli redeemed himself from last week’s inexcusable gaff on their U.S. tour to put City up 1 - 0, the wayward Italian showing quality & form when focused, tour apart the Inter defense. Edin Dzeko added a another after a brilliant piece of passing play from David Silva who is looking to have a big season for City with Champions League football on the horizon. Silva is looking to make his mark at City and distinguish himself from other players vying for places in La Seleccion. Balotelli added another header to complete the embarrassing rout of Internaziole, fueling even more speculation of Wesley Sneijder’s unrest.

 

Arsenal hosted MLS side New York Red Bulls in the Emirates Cup on Sunday, looking to lift the trophy for the 4th time with a win after Saturday’s disappointing draw. Things looked to be going the Gunners way with a goal from Aaron Ramsey. The match marked the return of Theirry Henry to the Emirates who came came close to scoring against his former club with afree kick which buzzed over the bar. Arsenal were guilty of squandering some glorious chances to put the game away and were made to pay for it by a New York equalizer in the 89th minute. The result gave New York Red Bulls the Emirates Cup, becoming the first club club outside of Europe to lift the trophy. Sunday’s match also compounded Arsenal’s embarrassment of failing to win on their home ground against non European opposition, as they were booed off the pitch by their home crowd. Even worse for the Gunners, Jack Wilshere picked up an ankle knock that should keep him out for at least a week. He has been by far Arsenal’s brightest player.

  

Out of all Premier League contenders going into the 2011-2012 season, Liverpool have been the most disappointing with their preseason form. After making some big money signing early on in the window, LFC fielded a line up including the likes of Henderson, Downing, Adam & January signing Andy Carroll looking to provide the goals against Norweigan side Valarenga. Things did not go according to plan, to put it lightly, with Liverpool falling behind 2-0 inside 25 minutes. In fact, Valarenga dominated the first half and had most of the meaningful possession. Liverpool looked to be going forward with no real purpose & their sloppy passing and positioning yielded no goals until Andy Carroll managed to pull one back with a headed effort that might have been called for hand ball.

It wasn’t until the second half introduction of Alberto Aquilani that Liverpool ever looked like scoring. The Italian swung in two corner kicks that resulted in Daniel Agger headers to put the Reds up 3-2 in 88th minute. But like Arsenal, Liverpool have been conceding goal after goal in preseason, and Valarenga equalized with a fine strike to earn themselves a draw. Liverpool must be disappointed with the performances of their new signings, who appear to have no defensive prowess whatsoever in midfield, resulting the backline being criminally unprotected which lead to Liverpool conceding 3 goals in each one of their 5 preseason games to Guandoung, Malaysia XI, Hull City, Galatasaary, & Valarenga. Makes you wonder how they plan on stopping the likes of City, Chelsea & Man Utd. Time will tell what the impact of Liverpool’s new signings will be, but there’s no guarantee that they will ever get that time in a Premier League season that is shaping up to be the hardest yet for the 6 sides with a chance at winning the title and qualifying for the Champions League