Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 24th 2013 Contents A year of football comes down to these
last 90 minutes of blood, sweat and tears.
The Champions League this year has
proved that money can buy you love---but it
won't buy titles.
Since the near financial meltdown of some
teams back in the late 90s, the Bundesliga has
had to face the tough reality of life as a B-
(Que the purists: Yada, yada, yada...German
football has always been strong...yada.)
That's not a bankable fact. Germany as a na-
tion had to face several stark realities because
of that financial uncertainty. As a result, Ger-
man teams had to accept that they couldn't
take the same roads to success a many EPL or
La Liga teams have. Case in point is the recent
purchase of Queen's Park Rangers and---all of a
sudden---they become contenders. Never mind
that they ply their trade in the Championship
(basically. England's second division), eh? But
because they have new money, the expecta-
tions of the British tabloid press rose to the oc-
Howsoever unrealistic this type of thinking
is, and teams like Paris Saint Germain will fall
into this category of cash-churned fan frenzies,
there are other ways to skin a cat.
Another case in point: Borrusia Dortmund,
one of the two finalists that will duel tomorrow
for the ultimate crown in world club football.
This team is from the Ruhr region in north-
west Germany. It's an industralised region with
a working class profile, and is the fifth largest
urban area in Europe. Dortmund's home ground,
Westfalenstadion (now called Signal Iduna
Park) was the site of the nil-nil draw between
Sweden and T&T in the 2006 World Cup Finals.
During the period when Dortmund won the
Bundesliga in 1995, and after they won the
1997 UEFA Champions League Final against a
Juventus team featuring Zinedine Zidane, and
beating Brazilian club Cruzeiro in the Interconti-
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Issue 89 • Friday May 24, 2013 15
Tomorrow is going to be a long day for me.
Aside from the Champions League Finals, OuterRR will be stag-
ing their Skateboard Jam, and Best Trick Jam Contests at the
Woodbrook Youth Facility. Then T&T will also hosting the Hamp-
ton International Games, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, from
2pm. Thankfully, all these will be taking place within the same
Last weekend I went down to look at the local quals for the finals,
and I must say that the standard of competition really took my
In every age group in the 100m sprints---the only races I was able
to stay for---I saw A-grade times and talent on the track. From
Under-9 to Under-15, both boys and girls showed the poise, strength
and ability of true champion-calibre athletes.
There were standouts, of course: Southern Athletics' Adell
Colthrust, 13 years old, ran the smoothest 11.38 I've ever seen in my
life. (Only to find out that he already dropped to 11.07 for the year. I
expect to see this young man in the news for quite some time again.
Oh yeah, he ran 22.50 in the 200m qualifying.
Another young athlete whose name is worth remembering is
Jenea Spinks, of Neon Trackers, who ran 12.47 in her Under-15 quali-
fying race. Spinks ran 25.59 in her 200m race---but I wasn't around
to see it.
Which brings me to my other point: no one else was either!
These young athletes all go to schools. They all live in communi-
ties. For the most part, they all have mommies and daddies, if not
brother, sister, tantie and nennen! Where are they?
Yes, most athletes are supported by at least one parent. ( I was
hanging out with my good friend Wendy-Ann Thomas, whose
daughter, Rennisha Mc Eachnie, runs for her team, Concorde, in the
Under-11 age-group, and two other proud mommies from the club
who were also screaming their lungs out for theirs---and all the other
kids.) But yeah, I'm going to call out the rest of the community.
WHERE WERE YOU?
We as a nation love to mamaguy we self eh? We love a Kershun...
ah mean Keshahn...or is it Kushorn? We doh even know how to pro-
nounce the youth man name but we quick to pelt not just the
kitchen sink---but the whole house when he win something. And
rightly so, too! But i dare ANYONE (except my good bredrin and
Guardian photographer, Anthony Harris) to produce a Keshorn Wal-
cott in-competition photo from BEFORE 2012. Tag meh on Facebook
and I will find something to give you. Straight.
The stands are empty. Always. No matter if it's these youngsters,
who have to struggle with SEA, with Form 1, with CXC and CAPE and
homework and, worst of all...the knowledge that nobody in this 868
really cares about sports!
This column comes out too late for the National Primary Schools'
Championships (which would have taken place on Wednesday of
this week), but on June 1 & 2 is the NAAA National Junior Champi-
onships, and on June 15 & 16 the National Juvenile Championships,
all at the same venue. I'm calling on the Minister of Transport, Chan-
dresh Sharma, to send buses for as many of the young charges
under his Cabinet colleague, the Education Minister Dr Tim
Gopeesingh's purview. Over 400 primary schools and over 140 sec-
ondary schools. Over a quarter million youth are enrolled in out pri-
mary and secondary school system!
We cyar fill them stands?
Come nah man!
I'm calling on every company that rushed to put Keshorn Walcott
on an ambush marketing ad after he won an Olympic gold in London
last year to put that same amount of money in Sharma and
Gopeesingh's hand. No...wait, let me rephrase that: make that same
amount available to rent the buses to take these young Trinis
friends and classmates to the Stadium to see them. Filling the Sta-
dium with 30,000 screaming (wait, what yuh mean it only holds
27,000? Jack will make them fit!) fans will only take 600 bus trips!
Ok, that's plenty. Some of them will have to take maxi.
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Ball out! NBA continues the postseason
with Paces versus Heat and LeBron ain't
wanna hear no more of those Michael Jordan
comparisons. Neither does Chris Bosh want to
hear Skip Baylis call him Bosh Spice one more
time either. Gametime is 8.30pm and I'm
packing Heat on this one.
Tomorrow night is over on the left coast,
with Spurs versus Grizzlies at 9pm. Like my
bredrin Kerryn said: "Them Spurs making the
Memphis Grizzlies look a lot like the Toronto
I just want to see T-Mac get a sweat and
hopefully drop a lil point or something.
Games alternate every night after that till
nental Cup Final to become world club champions
that same year, Dortmund's fortunes were high.
At the turn of the new century, BVB became
the---and still is---only publicly traded club on the
German stock market. In a few short years Dort-
mund would find itself at brink of bankruptcy.
In a touch of subtle irony, Bayern Munich
loaned €2m to Dortmund for a couple of months
to pay their payroll.
Dortmund's climb back to the CL Final has
been long and arduous, but it has been built on
youthful talent and assiduous scouting of talent---
coach Jürgen Klopp can be likened to the German
version of a young Arsene Wenger: he finds great
talent for small money and makes them play
above their pay-grade.
Well, if Dortmund is a poor man's Gunners,
then most certainly, Bayern Munich is your Man-
chester United of the Bundesliga.
Situated in the city of Munich, Bayern have
lifted a record 23 national titles and 15 German
cups. Their history in the Champions League is
just as impressive: Three consecutive trophies
won by FC Bayern Munich between 1974--76. An-
other was added in 2001. They are five times run-
ners-up. Yeah, that's what those stars above the
crest mean---the team beats you till you see stars.
Bayern's roster, too, is very different from
Dortmund's: although just about any team in Ger-
many will be filled with locals, the starters have a
decidedly international flavour, with Frenchman
Franck Ribéry and Dutchman Arjen Robben being
the most celebrated names. In contrast, Dort-
mund backers will find themselves challenged to
pronounce the names of Robert Lewandowski,
the Polish forward who shamed Barcelona with
four goals in the first-leg semifinal, and compa-
triot Jakub Blaszczykowski. Yeah....good luck with
that after a few of those Heinekens.... One name
that may not prove difficult at all is Mario Götze
(rhymes with "guts") because he pulled up in-
jured earlier in the week and will be a match day
decision for coach Klopp. Jupp Heynckes, the Bay-
ern coach, will probably not want to see the bril-
liant youngster either, but for another reason as
well---Götze becomes a Bayern player from next
Needless to say, Saturday will be brilliant foot-
ball. Both teams have proven scorers and they
both play as attractive a brand of football as both
the teams they beat in the semis: Real Madrid
You know Sportline is the bottom
line in sports. Each week (well, mostly
every week, right Laura?) I scan the
world of sports to bring you the most
awe-inspiring, thought-provoking tid-
bits of the passion and spectacle that
we all love.
From autosport to zumba---and every
sweaty sport in-between---Sportline will
get you into the game with the VIP seats
at the heart of the action.
Well, in gratitude for this honor to
serve you, I'm going to give some love
back to my #1 fans!
Sportline, together with Red Mango
Kits, will be giving away a hamper
packed with really cool EPL replica kits
and merchandise. I'm also going to get
up off my chair and give you the best
seats in the house to watch the Confed-
erations Cup Finals with my crew on
June 30. Drinks are on me. (I'll announce
the location via Twitter on the day before
All you gotta do is simple:
Like the daily promo pics that will ap-
pear on my Facebook feed.
Share the pic with all your friends (or
as many as possible).
Retweet my promo pics as they pop
Follow me on Twitter.
(Yeah, right! You know you're going to
have to answer some sports trivia ques-
tions too eh?)
Starting June 1, each day till the Con-
federations Cup Finals I will select one
winner who will lime with us, and then
from all the daily winners I will select the
winner of the hamper from Red Mango
These are two of the guys who will be key to their team's victory: Bayern Munich's
Franck Ribéry and Borrusia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski.
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