Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

Team of the Year 2010 (+poll)

Posted in Uncategorized by peterbein on December 24, 2010
FC Bayern München

Are FC Bayern München your team of the year?

Here is Stoppage Time – International Football Blog’s Team of the Year 2010 shortlist

FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN: Secured their 22nd championsip title in the 2009-10 season after seeing off nearest challengers Schalke 04 to the Meisterschale by five points. Also secured the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) by hammering Werder Bremen 4-0 in the final in Berlin’s Olympiastadion, securing the club’s sixth such ‘double’ in the last decade. However their fortune ran out in Madrid where they lost out to Internazionale FC in the final of the UEFA Champions League.

SC Internacional

Are SC Internacional your team of the year?

SC INTERNACIONAL: The Porto Alegre based side won their second Copa Libertadores (South American Champions League) title in four years topping a group with Deportivo Quito, CA Cerro and CS Emelec before getting past CA Banfield, previous champions Estudiantes de La Plata and São Paulo in the knockout rounds before beating Chivas Guadalajara 5-3 in the two-legged final. Finished 7th in the Brazilian domestic championship and a losing semi-finalist in the FIFA Club World Cup.

Internazionale FC

Are Internazionale FC your team of the year?

FC INTERNAZIONALE: After seeing many titles winging their way to their bitter enemies AC Milan over the years it was finally time for the Nerazzurri to have some glory of their own. Jose Mourinho led the club to an unprecedented treble with success in Serie A (pipping AS Roma to the title on the final day), Coppa Italia (also beating AS Roma) and UEFA Champions League (beating FC Bayern 2-0) whilst Rafa Benítez has led the club to further glory with wins in the Italian Super Cup (again AS Roma) and FIFA Club World Cup (3-0 v TP Mazembe).

Spain national team

Is Spain your team of the year?

SPAIN: The Spanish national team is riding on the crest of a wave after winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Following a less than impressive start against Switzerland, against whom La Selección lost 1-0, the Spaniards went on to defeat Honduras and Chile in the group stage before getting past Portugal, Paraguay, Germany and the Netherlands to lift football’s biggest prize for the very first time. This meant that Spain are the third team after West Germany and France to hold the European and world titles at the same time. Spain also top the FIFA World Rankings at the end of the year.

TP Mazembe

Are TP Mazembe your team of the year?

TP MAZEMBE: The Congolese side were desperately unlucky not to win their domestic title, losing the championship to rivals AS Vita Club only on the back of goal difference. But it’s for the club’s international exploits that they reach our shortlist; a second consecutive CAF African Champions’ League beating Esperance ST 6-1 on aggregate followed by a maiden appearance in the FIFA Club World Cup final becoming the first non-European/South American team to reach that stage of the competition.

Player of the Year 2010 (+poll)

Posted in Uncategorized by peterbein on December 24, 2010

 

Andres Iniesta

Is Andres Iniesta your player of the year?

This is the shortlist for Stoppage Time – International Football Blog’s Player of the Year. Who will get your vote?

ANDRÉS INIESTA: What a year it’s been for the Spain and FC Barcelona midfield maestro. Not content with winning a second consecutive league title with his club but he starred in the FIFA World Cup. His goal against Chile ensured Spain’s progress to the Round of 16 following a tough start. In the final against the Netherlands he scored the winning goal (see picture above) and collected the Man of the Match award. One of three candidates to win the 2010 FIFA Ballon D’or.

Arjen Robben

Is Arjen Robben your player of the year?

ARJEN ROBBEN: The Dutchman was the inspiration for FC Bayern München’s run to the UEFA Champions League final as well as helping the Bavarian giants secure the domestic league and cup double in the club’s history. Also featured for the Dutch national team in their second place finish at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Sadly he has been injured for the last three months and his absence has had a negative effect on his team who currently lie a distant 14 points behind Bundesliga table-toppers Borussia Dortmund.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Is Cristiano Ronaldo your player of the year?

CRISTIANO RONALDO: Although he ended 2010 empty-handed the Portuguese sensation has had an extraordinary year in terms of his contribution to club side Real Madrid. Ronaldo scored 26 league goals in his first season as los Blancos finished just three points behind a resilient FC Barcelona team which could only beat Madrid to the title with a record number of points.

Lionel Messi

Is Lionel Messi your player of the year?

LIONEL MESSI: The little Argentine may not have had a great FIFA World Cup tournament but he was the focal point for the team who tried to give him the ball at every opportunity. At club level, however, Messi continues to excel at FC Barcelona where he won a second league title in 2009-10 scoring 34 goals in La Liga and has chipped in with another 17 goals in the current campaign, including two in the recent 5-0 demolition of Real Madrid. One of three candidates to win the 2010 FIFA Ballon D’or

Xavi Hernández

Is Xavi Hernández your player of the year?

XAVI HERNÁNDEZ: The Spain and FC Barcelona playmaker has really earned the plaudits following an almost faultless year. Just like Iniesta he was a pivotal figure in his club and national team successes and has chipped in with some important goals such as the brace he got in the 5-0 win over Real Madrid and a goal in last week’s 5-1 win over local rivals RCD Espanyol. One of three candidates to win the 2010 FIFA Ballon D’or.

Stoppage Time – International Football Blog Awards 2010

Posted in Uncategorized by peterbein on December 24, 2010

I think many of you would agree that 2010 has been an eventful year in the world of football. Therefore I ask you to take a few minutes of your time in voting in the first ever Stoppage Time – International Football Blog Awards.

OK so this humble little website may not have the clout of many similar websites but at least the end result of these awards will be based on the votes of readers all around the world. In the next four posts Stoppage Time will ask you to vote on the following four categories:

– Player of the Year

– Coach of the Year

– Team of the Year

– Goal of the Year

There will be five choices in each category and, quite simply, the winner is the one with the most votes. So what are you waiting for? Get voting now!

You can vote at any time until Saturday, January 1st 2011.

Stoppage Time celebrates its first birthday!

Posted in Uncategorized by peterbein on December 1, 2010
1st Birthday Cake

Stoppage Time celebrates its first birthday today

It was on December 1st, 2009 when I posted my first ever blog on Stoppage Time and it is good to know that the novelty hasn’t worn off. Of course when one tries to cover the world of football it is difficult to keep up with every event as it happens but the intention is there on my part to provide a service dedicated to informing my readers about the world of football. When I was growing up there was a very limited service regarding football beyond the shores of the United Kingdom and I had to look far and wide to find out any information about the Beautiful Game. The football magazine World Soccer was and remains a Bible of the world game and that was the medium which gave me the buzz for following football outside of my homeland. In recent years the Internet has given a new lease of life to writing and the Blogosphere very much reflects this. Having been encouraged by a friend last year I finally decided, after much consideration, that I should give football writing a go.

As an inexperienced writer of any kind I was wondering if my reports would ever attract enough interest to sustain my enthusiasm for blogging. The response, in terms of traffic numbers, has given me a positive outlook as the blog enters its second year and I hope that the numbers will continue to grow. The highlight for me personally was the sudden explosion of hits that my blog attracted during the 2010 FIFA World Cup with nearly 25% of the year’s visitors to Stoppage Time coming during world football’s showpiece event. In all there have 37,517 visitors in the blog’s first year and I can only hope that the interest will keep growing, especially now that you can follow Stoppage Time on Facebook and Twitter.

So what do we have to look forward to in 2011? There are many international tournaments with the AFC Asian Cup kicking things off from January 7th in Qatar. The CONCACAF Gold Cup, North and Central America’s big international tournament, begins on June 5th with the Copa America starting in Argentina nine days later on June 14th. The FIFA Women’s World Cup will begin on June 26th and will take place in Germany where the hosts will want to win their third consecutive title following wins in 2003 and 2007. There are many qualifying matches still to go for the 2012 European Championships and African Cup of Nations so it will be as eventful as ever at international level. This will be complimented by the World Championships at Under-17 and Under-20 levels, the UEFA Under-21 European Championships and the 2011 South American Youth Championship all of which, I’m sure, will prove to be a great stage for the next generation to showcase their talents.

As well as the international game Stoppage Time will continue to focus on the club game in all continents. The Champions League brand, started off by UEFA in 1991-92, has been successfully copied in each continent and the blog will look at the latest news in all of the elite club competitions of each confederation, the winners of which go into the FIFA Club World Cup at the end of the year. Finally there will be more Away Days to report on and there will be a new feature in the middle of the year in which the blog will look at the world’s biggest and most successful football clubs.

But, of course, if you have any comments or ideas for the blog I will be only too happy to read and consider them. You can join the fan page on Facebook;  just type in Stoppage Time – International Football Blog and you will be updated on the latest reports and you can leave your comments. Also you can follow the blog on Twitter where you can also reply to the various tweets. Go to http://www.twitter.com/StopTimeBlog

Finally I would like to personally thank everybody who has taken time out to read the blog and make it an enjoyable first year. Plus I would like to thank everybody who has helped advertise the blog on their websites such as BBC Sport, Soccer Blogs, Polish Football Scout and others who have helped add to the numbers visiting the blog. Hopefully Stoppage Time’s second birthday will prove even better than its first one and I personally urge you to tell your friends about the blog if they have any interests in world football. If you don’t believe me just consider the comments of the well-known football website In Bed With Maradona which published this in its article “The Football Sites You Simply Must Visit” earlier this year:

If there’s a better football blog out there then IBWM would like to see it. Peter offers coverage of everything from everywhere. Brilliant. A real IBWM favourite.

All the best and happy reading.

“Peter Bein”

English TV Station Scores Another Own Goal

Posted in Uncategorized by peterbein on June 13, 2010

British commerical station Independent Television (ITV) is once again embarrassed after its coverage of a football match was rudely interrupted by a mis-timed advertisement break. For anybody who missed it, ITV’s coverage of the FA Cup 4th round tie in 2008/09 between Everton and Liverpool was strangely interrupted by some advertisements with three minutes of extra-time still to play. When the station realized its mistake and put the football back on screen millions of viewers were annoyed to find out that they’d just missed out on seeing Dan Gosling’s winner for Everton. See the video here:

Roll on to the 2010 FIFA World Cup match between England and the United States in Rustenburg, South Africa. With just three minutes of the match played viewers watching the game on ITV’s High Definition channel were surprised to see an advertisement interrupt the match coverage. And, as if that weren’t bad enough for ITV, they were again unlucky to re-instate the match coverage just moments after a goal had been scored. Steven Gerrard’s strike came four minutes into the match and, once again, millions of viewers missed it.

Once bitten, twice shy, eh? See the video here:

“Stoppage Time” celebrates six monthly rise in figures

Posted in Uncategorized by peterbein on June 1, 2010

“Stoppage Time – International Football Blog” was officially created on November 30th, 2009 with the first blog posted one day later on December 1st, 2009. After a slow start the numbers of visitors to the blog has increased every month since its inception. From December to April there was a steady increase in the amount of monthly traffic but the month of May has seen “Stoppage Time” reach the 2,000 barrier for the first time. This has been aided by links to the blog being included on the BBC Sport (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport) and Soccer Blogs (http://soccerblogs.net/) websites, both of whom I would like to take the opportunity here to thank for their help in promoting my blog. To those people who are and have become regular visitors to “Stoppage Time” I would also like to thank you too for playing your part in the blog’s increasing popularity. Here are the figures for the first six months of the blog:

December 2009 = 339

January 2010 = 342

February 2010 = 386

March 2010 = 589

April 2010 = 850

May 2010 = 2,749

The first six months of “Stoppage Time” has covered many topics within the world of football. The draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa featured prominently at the beginning and, since then, the blog has continued to cover topics from within the club game as well as at international level. From the UEFA Champions League to the Copa Libertadores, the A-League to the J-League, Major League Soccer to the Triobet Baltic League, “Stoppage Time” will continue to promote the game from all levels and all regions of the world and to provide exposure to those levels of the Beautiful Game that, all too often, get ignored.

A popular feature of the blog is the “Away Days” section in which I travel to a random game and write a special piece about my experiences. Anyone who is familiar with the German football magazine “11 Freunde” will know of a monthly feature entitled “Auswärtsspiel” which sees many contributors venture to various games around the globe and this is a concept that I’ve shamelessly copied for my blog. So far I’ve reported from an FA Cup tie at English third-tier club Tranmere Rovers, been on the road with the Eintracht Frankfurt fan group “EFC 11-er” to Nuremberg and witnessed an exciting Polish league game on a bitterly cold afternoon in Wrocław. More recently I’ve reported on another big European night for Liverpool FC at Anfield and in a special “Cup Final Week” have been to two unlikely cup final match-ups in Scotland and Latvia. I hope to bring more such reports from places such as Madrid, Milan, Lisbon and Budapest, to name but four examples, later in the year.

From time to time the blog has also encouraged reader participation in various polls allowing people to vote on certain issues. In the first six months the blog asked who was the “Team of the Decade” in which the majority of readers decided that FC Barcelona was the best team in the 2000’s. There were also votes asking who would win the UEFA Champions and Europa League competitions and we had a novelty poll asking who was the biggest club never to be champions of Europe. At the moment we have a special poll asking who will win the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa so, if you haven’t done so already, PLEASE VOTE NOW!!

As ever if you have any comments or feedback please contribute as your input is and always will be invaluable to future developments on the blog. And, once again, many thanks for your continued support of “Stoppage Time – International Football Blog” and encourage you to stay with us for the best in world football action.

Stoppage Time – Weekend Break

Posted in Uncategorized by peterbein on March 5, 2010

Hi everybody.

Just a quick message to say that “Stoppage Time – International Football Blog” will be taking a break until Monday, March 8th whilst I sample the delights of Wrocław, Poland.

Please comment any articles or blogs that you find of any interest and thank you for your continued support of my blog.

See you soon.

Happy Christmas from Stoppage Time

Posted in Uncategorized by peterbein on December 23, 2009

To all of those people who have taken time out to read one or more of my blogs I would like to convey my appreciation and gratitude to you for reading my work. Having only started on December 1st, 2009, things are moving slowly in terms of expressing myself to a wider audience so if you know somebody who is interested in international football then please let them know about Stoppage Time. Next year there were be a lot more features and articles about the Beautiful Game. In the near future I shall be having a few days off for Christmas and the next blog shall be back on Sunday, December 27th with all the latest thoughts of the festive football played in England and Scotland.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND SEASON’S GREETINGS!!

Welcome to Stoppage Time

Posted in Uncategorized by peterbein on November 30, 2009

This is an international football blog where all issues of any relevance to the world of the ‘beautiful game’ will be discussed. Any comments are welcome from the people who count the most – you and all football supporters from around the world. However I do request that any comments made on this site are constructive and are not liable to cause any offence. Posts or images deemed inappropriate, or which are against the rules regarding spam (i.e. we don’t want any!), will be removed.

Thank you and happy reading!