New 14/15 EPL Managers

After a post World Cup Break the Two Daft Yanks podcast springs into action with another Premier League season just 20 days away. The USA is crawling with teams from Europe who are looking to raise a little revenue as well as build their brand recognition here in the Read more

Auf Wiedersehen World Cup

With an extra time goal by Mario Götze, Germany has a new World Cup hero and another World Cup title to add to their storied fussball history. It also means the World Cup is over and although Brazil has thrown one heck of a party it is time to Read more

What Is The Way Forward For US Soccer?

On the heels of US Soccer being bounced from the World Cup by Belgium in the round of 16, there has been much talk about how US Soccer can develop a better player pool that can compete with the top teams in the world. The Two Daft Yanks are Read more

What It Would Take To Sign Niklas Bendtner

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I’m sure by now most of us have heard the most recent ridiculousness from Niklas Bendtner, the famed über-confident (read as arrogant), once-upon-a-time highly touted striker for now former club, Arsenal. Bendtner’s often seemingly comedic, over-the-top wage demands and contract negotiations are the stuff of infamy now. With that in mind, the Two Daft Yanks’ secret spy ninjas have obtained a list of contract demands that it would take for Niklas Bendtner to sign for your club:

1. A daily supply of Cuban cigars is to be delivered post-match in the player’s lounge to Master Bendtner by velvet draped Shetland ponies.

2. Said cigars are to be prepped and lit by the current reigning Miss Universe contestant of country of which football club employing Master Bendtner resides.

3. Any therapeutic or recovery whirlpool sessions are to be only done in apparatii filled with champagne or cognac. Fine brandy may be substituted and used provided 48 hours notice is given to Master Bendtner on lack of availablity to prior two options.

4. A contract clause which shall trigger the option to be cast as the next James Bond upon Master Bendtner scoring his next goal. Clause shall also contain subclause to allow option for Master Bendtner to collect royalties for Bond character without actually appearing as James Bond in any film or promotional appearance.

5. Any living nobility or royalty in country of employing club shall provide Master Bendtner access and inspection of any breeding age females for Master Bendtner’s dating pleasure.

6. Master Bendtner shall only be addressed as “Master Bendtner,” and only by those who make more money than him. As this is likely only to be the chairman or board member(s) of employing club, all other club staff shall only be allowed access to Master Bendtner on Twitter.

7. All of a given country’s internet access of employing club shall be given to Master Bendtner Enterprises as only clips of Master Bendtner’s exploits and massive selfie library shall be allowed consumption by adoring populace.

8. Finally, each Friday before matches shall be referred to henceforth as “Sexy Go Day” and Master Bendtner shall be excused from any club activity- be it playing, training or promotional- so Master Bendtner can have many sexy rendevouses with adoring females.

So, there ya have it. Quite the demands and you can see why so many clubs have backed off of the pursuit of Niklas Bendtner or why negotiations have thus far always collapsed on permanent moves from Arsenal and now that the striker is a free agent. Maybe just only ask for petting zoo ponies, Nik,er, I mean Master Bendtner?

See you all next Sexy Go Day!

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New 14/15 EPL Managers

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After a post World Cup Break the Two Daft Yanks podcast springs into action with another Premier League season just 20 days away. The USA is crawling with teams from Europe who are looking to raise a little revenue as well as build their brand recognition here in the States. A few of those clubs have new managers and are looking to install their systems as their newly found clubs. Therefore the topic of this week’s show is…new 14/15 EPL managers! Topics include:

Louis van Gaal at Manchester United

Gus Poyet returns to Sunderland

Garry Monk installed as permanent boss at Swansea

Mauricio Pochettino switches over to Tottenham

Ronald Koeman takes over at Southampton

Sean Dyche of newly promoted Burnley

Nigel Pearson of also newly promoted Leicester City

Harry Redknapp returns with QPR

and Alan Irvine takes control at West Bromwich Albion

and more!

Listen to or download the podcast below, or listen on your mobile device via StitcherTuneIn or iTunes

Two Daft Yanks: New 14/15 EPL Managers 

 

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Real Madrid and Barcelona Summer Arms Race Hits Full Speed

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With Barcelona failing to win a trophy for the first time in six years and Real Madrid being crowned the champions of Europe we all knew changes would be made at Camp Nou. After securing the services of Neymar last summer in a deal that has been highly scrutinized for potentially dodgy behind the scenes financing, Barcelona has kicked on this summer signing four high profile players in Luis Suarez (€81m), Ivan Rakitic (€18m), ter Stegen (€12) and Claudio Bravo (€12m). While at the same time the club giants have shifted out Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal for €37.8m and Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea for €33m. This has all been done by the way after Barcelona received a transfer ban for illegal youth signings and successfully postponed the ban through appeal.

Real Madrid have not sit idle to this. After bringing in Gareth Bale for a world record fee last summer the club has secured just one high profile transfer to date in World Cup champion Toni Kroos but an even bigger signing is reportedly on its way. That player? Colombian star James Rodriguez currently of Monaco who just stepped onto the world stage this summer but those who follow European football closely have known about him for a few years. If Real Madrid are successful in this transfer (for a reported €80m) they may have one of the best attacking trios in recent history with Bale and Ronaldo flanking James. Do they need James? They certainly don’t but Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has to keep up with the Jones’ and he is not afraid to spend massive amounts of money. It helps that Barcelona and Real Madrid get sweetheart loan deals from the Spanish government and get a majority of the La Liga television revenue to fund these deals. These two facts allow the two clubs to stay out of FFP trouble (but that’s a topic for another day). The La Liga arms race has hit full speed and we better hope that both Real Madrid and Barcelona win trophies this year or the transfer activity next summer will trump the current summer window leaving the talented players at the clubs we follow at the mercy of thick Spanish wallets.

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Auf Wiedersehen World Cup

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With an extra time goal by Mario Götze, Germany has a new World Cup hero and another World Cup title to add to their storied fussball history. It also means the World Cup is over and although Brazil has thrown one heck of a party it is time to say auf wiedersehen World Cup. The Two Daft Yanks are back to break it all down. On this week’s episode:

-Germany World Cup facts.

- UEFA and CONMEBOL have a strangle hold on World Cup superiority.

- World Cup Final TV ratings and the end of the ESPN era.

- Was this the most physical World Cup ever? and much more!

Listen to or download the podcast below, or listen on your mobile device via StitcherTuneIn or iTunes

AUF WIEDERSEHEN WORLD CUP

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Argentina v Germany World Cup Final History

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Argentina and Germany will meet in a World Cup Final for a record breaking third time on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro at the Maracanã. The two sides have split their two head to head finals thus far and this third final will act as the rubber match of the series. Both sides are looking to make history, a German win would mark the first time a non South American country has won the World Cup on South American soil and an Argentina win would give them a world title on the soil of their bitter rivals Brazil. Here is a quick look at the past two finals these countries have contested:

1986, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City

Argentina 3 West Germany 2

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Manager Carlos Bilardo set out Argentina in a 3-5-2 formation featuring some guy named Maradona as captain and a second striker. Germany also utilized a 3-5-2 formation (the hot formation at the time) under the direction of manager Franz Beckenbauer. The star player at the time for Germany was striker Karl-Heinz Rummenigge the current chairman at Bayern Munich.

Argentina took the lead in the first half on a goal in the twenty-third minute from sweeper Jose Luis Brown on a free-kick to the right of goal. That goal held until halftime and Argentina doubled their lead in the fifty-sixth minute courtesy of a Jorge Valdano side-footed strike. Germany made things interesting though scoring two goals off corners in the seventy-fourth minute and in the eighty-first minute from Rummenigge and Voller. The score did not stay level for long though and Argentina scored the third and winning goal just minutes later at the eighty-four minute mark off the boot of Jorge Burruchaga from a pass into open space from Diego Maradona.

The German loss was a history making moment as Franz Beckenbauer became the first person to lose a World Cup final as a player and a manager.

Watch highlights of this match here: Argentina v Germany World Cup Final

 

1990, Stadio Olimpico, Rome

West Germany 1 Argentina 0

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Germany got revenge against Argentina for the loss in the previous World Cup final in Mexico. Bilardo and Beckenbauer were still the managers for each side and they both set-up (again) in a 3-5-2 formation. The 1990 final was the first World Cup final for current USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann who started the game at striker.

This match ended up being a more cagey affair than the previous final with just one goal scored and featured the first red cards in World Cup final history with two Argentine players being sent off at the sixty-fifth and eighty-seventh minute marks. The lone goal of the match was scored via penalty in the eighty-fifth minute by Andreas Brehme who was a defender for Inter Milan at the time. 

This World Cup win was Germany’s third World Cup title, a number they haven’t added to since.

Watch highlights of this match here: 1990 Argentina v Germany World Cup Final

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