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David Beckham has teamed up with Kevin Hart in an amusing new advert for H&M.

The ad sees Beckham reluctantly agree to let the comedian shadow him around New York, with Hart preparing for a new film in which he is cast as the former England captain.

However, Beckham’s wariness is proved correct as his new acquaintance’s presence proves rather destructive – stealing a ride in his classic car, borrowing his toothbrush and even clambering into his bed.

But the highlight? Hart wincing at, and then fleeing from, an ice bath. Glorious stuff.

ACTUALIZACIÓN: (via goal.com)

El cuadro tuzo le entró a la guerra de tuits para calentar el partido entre Estados Unidos y México.

Los ánimos comienzan a prenderse de cara al duelo que enfrentarán Estados Unidos y México en busca del pase a la Copa Confederaciones 2017. Todo comenzó gracias a que un aficionado le preguntó aLandon Donovan si recordaba el gol que le metió Giovani dos Santos a Michael Bradley en la Copa Oro 2010, a lo que el futbolista norteamericano respondió con otro tuit en el que él marcó frente al Tri en el Mundial de Corea-Japón durante los octavos de final del certamen, con el combinado azteca quedó fuera.

Sin embargo, el ‘sabor mexicano’ se agrandó cuando Pachuca entró a la trifulca y posteó una imagen en la que se recuerda cuando Miguel Calero le detuvo un penal a Donovan en la Interliga del 2007, cuando los Tuzos se quedaron con el título.

Incluso, minutos después, el jugador norteamericano bloqueó de su cuenta a la del equipo mexicano.

 

 

El partido se acerca y ambos países calientan el partido:

Mexico:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=4&v=w-T7anMOHFw

USA:

 

Cúal arde más?

ASÍ QUEDARON LOS GRUPOS DE LA ELIMINATORIA EN CONCACAF

GRUPO A:

1. México

2. Honduras

3. Canadá

4. El Salvador

CALENDARIO ELIMINATORIA GRUPO A CONCACAF

GRUPO B

1. Costa Rica

2. Panamá

3. Haití

4. Jamaica

 

GRUPO C

1. Estados Unidos

2. Guatemala

3. San Vicente

4. Trinidad y Tobago

 

ESPERAMOS QUE ESTA VEZ NO  NECESITEMOS DE ESTO EN LOS ÚLTIMOS PARTIDOS

Mexico draws No. 1 Argentina, proves it’s in much better shape than USA (via si.com)

After the U.S. floundered against Brazil, its biggest rival and next competitive opponent put together a stellar performance in a 2-2 draw over Argentina on Tuesday. Despite coming up against the No. 1-ranked team in the world, with Lionel Messi, Carlos Tévez and Javier Mascherano all in the starting lineup, El Trilooked like it would defeat La Albiceleste until a last-minute equalizer.

Mexico took the lead after hardly more than a quarter-hour passed, as Javier Hernández put away the penalty earned by Raúl Jiménez in the 19th minute. The goal came somewhat against the run of play, as Argentina had much of the early momentum, but the de facto home side in Texas took over after scoring.

Argentina eventually worked its way back into the game but couldn’t get past Moisés Muñoz in the Mexico goal before halftime. A series of impressive saves from the Club América goalkeeper left La Albiceleste goalless at the break and beyond.

Muñoz remained El Tri’s best player throughout the second half as well, making saves on Messi, Tévez and the whole cast of world-beaters facing him. Finally, the team in front of him scored the second goal in the 70th minute, as Miguel Layún found Héctor Herrera with a driven cross from the left flank.

Herrera smacked his shot into the net, but Argentina would score twice late to leave with a draw. Sergio Agüero scored first, after Ezequiel Lavezzi chased down a long ball and crossed along the ground for a tap-in in the 85th minute. Messi equalized, smoothly turning and firing from inside the penalty area, three minutes later.

Regardless, Mexico is now undefeated in 10 games, its last loss coming with a second-choice squad in the final group match at Copa América. Here are three thoughts on the match, El Tri’s last friendly before naming a new coach and taking on the U.S. in a playoff for the CONCACAF berth into the 2017 version of the Confederations Cup:

Mexico returns to 5-3-2 for first time since Herrera’s firing

On Tuesday, interim Mexico coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti put El Tri in its familiar 5-3-2 that former manager Miguel Herrera used to great effect at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The team put together probably its best performance since that tournament, and although formations generally don’t offer a reliable barometer of team style—they’re as useful as “telephone numbers,” as Pep Guardiola says—that isn’t completely a coincidence.

Ferretti’s preferred style at Tigres resembles what he implemented with the national team against Argentina. Rafa Márquez and José “Gallito” Vázquez acted as the anchors defensively, allowing their partners in central defense and midfield, respectively, to press runners in the spaces between lines. The common denominators between Ferretti and Herrera’s styles are those free men, who hold the team shape together.

In attack, the fluid midfield triangle supports an interchangable forward pairing, with wingbacks bombing down the flanks to add an extra element on both sides of the ball. It’s strange to see Ferretti coaching the last two remaining tune-ups before such an important match against the U.S.; any coaching points or selections he makes could be null and void by next week, since he’ll be gone by the time of the Rose Bowl game.

Still, his formation and style maintain Mexico’s national footballing identity nonetheless. Of course, like any other coach, Ferretti has several players he didn’t select based on his preference, but they should return in October, most notably Memo Ochoa—though Muñoz made a strong claim on the starting spot on Tuesday—and Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos. Oribe Peralta should also make his return if he recovers from the lower-back injury that kept him out of the friendlies against Trinidad and Tobago and Argentina.

Chicharito goal could kickstart his return to form, just in time for U.S. playoff

After missing two chances inside the first 10 minutes, Hernández put away the penalty to potentially give himself a much-needed confidence boost. It’s been a long end of the summer for Chicharito, as he hasn’t played yet for Bayer Leverkusen since his transfer from Manchester United, where he only made one appearance this season. He also spent the entirety of the 3-3 draw with Trinidad on the bench.

He knew he needed a goal, and credit to Hernández for grabbing the ball immediately upon Mexico winning its first-half penalty and sticking it into the bottom right-hand corner. He showed no hesitation despite his last attempt going against him—and breeding the incredulous look between United manager Louis van Gaal and assistant Ryan Giggs that was shared worldwide on social media.

Chicharito is still far from sharp. His first touch let him down all night, and he seemed to be running through wet concrete on a two-on-one counterattack in the 59th minute. He ended up playing a poor pass behind strike partner Jiménez that left him only with space to miss wide. Still, he outsmarted center back Nicolás Otamendi in the box not 10 minutes later, though he was late to the header, and generally looked on the cusp of scoring for much of the game.

It’s just a matter of regaining more of that confidence, getting consistent training in Germany and perhaps making a couple appearances for Bayer, and Chicharito should be back to top form in short order. If it all falls into place, Hernández should be in the mix to start up top on Oct. 10 against the Americans, along with “ÉlCepillo” Peralta, Giovani dos Santos and Carlos Vela.

Mexico in far better shape than the U.S. for their big matchup

One team played No. 1-ranked Argentina straight up, taking the game to La Albiceleste and nearly defeating it with exciting, attacking soccer. The other timidly lost by three goals to No. 5 Brazil, leaving its manager under pressure and creating more questions than answers with its performance.

To say Mexico looks better than the U.S. before their Oct. 10 playoff would be a major understatement. The vast improvement between the Trinidad match and Argentina win alone point to a ramping-up in preparedness that the U.S. just didn’t match this international window, regardless of the strength of El Tri’s lineup in its second match versus the first.

Despite the revolving door of managers that Mexico has always had, the national identity on the field is still there. That’s something the U.S. has either lacked for a long time or never had in the first place, depending on with whom you speak. Uncertainty and insecurity are nothing new for Mexico, so culturally, it’s in a far more comfortable position than the U.S.

El Tri is in better shape on all fronts, also coming off the Gold Cup tournament win. It’s not that the team doesn’t have its shortcomings; Argentina threatened all game long, forcing excellent individual defensive play and goalkeeping interventions in desperation situations before breaking through twice in the last five minutes.

Still, Mexico looks to be on a different level than the U.S. and a clear favorite heading into the Oct. 10 playoff match in Los Angeles.

MÓNACO — Hoy en Mónaco se realizó el sorteo de la fase de grupos de la temporada 2015/16 de la UEFA Champions League donde los 32 equipos conocieron sus primeros rivales en la lucha por la ‘Orejona’.

GRUPO A

El primer grupo destacó por el duelo entre Paris Saint Germain, cabeza de serie, ante el Real Madrid, máximo ganador del certamen con diez trofeos.

Shakhtar Donetsk, quien logró su pase venciendo al Rapid Wien de Austria, completa el grupo junto al Malmö de Suecia, equipo de donde surgió Zlatan Ibrahimovic, y que derrotó al Celtic escocés para llegar a esta instancia.

Grupo A

GRUPO B

El PSV holandés, con Andrés Guardado y Héctor Moreno, se medirá ante el Manchester United de Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández. El cuadro inglés amarró su pase a la fase de grupos goleando 7-1 al Brujas en la fase previa.

El CSKA de Moscú, clasificado tras eliminar al Sporting de Portugal completa el grupo junto al Wolfsburgo.

Grupo B

GRUPO C

El Benfica portugués, cabeza de serie, tendrá que medirse al Atlético de Madrid, finalista en 2014, y uno de los cinco cuadros españoles en esta etapa de la Champions.

Esta será además la primera ocasión que estos cuadros ibéricos se enfrenten en el torneo continental.

Junto a ellos se ubica el Galatasaray tuco y el Astana, primer equipo de Kazajistán en clasificar a la fase de grupos de la Champions.

Grupo C

GRUPO D

La Juventus de Italia, quien cayó en la final pasada y es el equipo con más derrotas en el partido decisivo de Champions con seis, deberá medirse al Manchester City de Inglaterra.

El Sevilla y el Mönchengladbach de Alemania completa el grupo.

Grupo D

GRUPO E

Barcelona, el actual campeón y que celebró su quinta ‘Orejona’ en la edición pasada, empezará la defensa de su título ante el Bayer Leverkusen de Alemania.

La Roma, finalista en la edición 1983-84, fue el tercer elegido para el grupo y el BATE de Bielorrusia completan el grupo.

Grupo E

GRUPO F

Bayern Munich, campeón en 2013, tendrá como rivales al Arsenal de Inglaterra, equipo que solamente ha disputado la final en una ocasión y la perdió ante 2005-2006 ante Barcelona.

Olympiacos de Grecia y Dinamo Zagreb de Croacia forman parte también de este sector.

Grupo F

GRUPO G

El Chelsea inglés, actual campeón de la Liga Premier, enfrentará al Porto, campeón en las ediciones 2003/04 y 1986/87, y al Dynamo Kiev. El Tel-Aviv de Israel fue el último equipo en integrar el grupo.

Grupo G

GRUPO H

El Zenit ruso, cabeza de serie, forma parte del último grupo con el Valencia español, finalista en ediciones consecutivas – en 2000 y 2001, y el Lyon francés.

El Gent de Bélgica completa el grupo, mismo en donde no hay ningún campeón de la UEFA Champions League.

Grupo H

Amazing: Werder Bremen away fans belt out ‘Wonderwall’ during friendly at West Ham (via lokerdome)

German football fans are renowned for taking an incredible atmosphere wherever they go and Werder Bremen fans lived up to the billing during their pre-season friendly at West Ham. The travelling fans got to see their team win 2-1 and supported them with a bizarre rendition of Oasis’s 1995 smash hit ‘Wonderwall’. Werder Bremen’s fans sang the Britpop song for 15 minutes to the amazement of the on-looking West Ham United fans.

Mexico’s soccer federation on Tuesday fired the passionate, madly gesticulating national-team coach whose sideline antics endeared him to Internet users during last summer’s World Cup in Brazil. (via mashable)

World Cup 2018: Qualifying draw in full

The draw for the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign took place in St Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday.

The Fifa confederations of Africa, Oceania, South America, Concacaf (North, Central America and the Caribbean) and Europe were drawn. Qualifying has already started in Asia.

Europe

Group A

Netherlands, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Belarus, Luxembourg

Group B

Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Faroe Islands, Latvia, Andorra

Group C

Germany, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan, San Marino

Group D

Wales , Austria, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Moldova, Georgia

Group E

Romania, Denmark, Poland, Montenegro, Armenia, Kazakhstan

Group F

England, Slovakia, Scotland, Slovenia, Lithuania, Malta

Group G

Spain, Italy, Albania, Israel, FYR Macedonia, Liechtenstein

Group H

Belgium, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Greece, Estonia, Cyprus

Group I

Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland

Nine group winners qualify. Eight runners-up with the best record against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their groups proceed to play-offs. Russia automatically qualify as hosts.

Africa

Round one

Two-legged ties, played 5 October and 13 October.

Somalia v Niger, South Sudan v Mauritania, Gambia v Namibia, Sao Tome e Principe v Ethiopia, Chad v Sierra Leone, Comoros v Lesotho, Dijibouti v Swaziland, Eritrea v Botswana, Seychelles v Burundi, Liberia v Guinea-Bissau, Central African Republic v Madagascar, Mauritius v Kenya, Tanzania v Malawi

Round two

Two-legged ties, played 9 November and 17 November.

Somalia/Niger v Cameroon, South Sudan/Mauritania v Tunisia, Gambia/Namibia v Guinea, Sao Tome e Principe/Ethiopia v Congo, Chad/Sierra Leone v Egypt, Comoros/Lesotho v Ghana, Djibouti/Swaziland v Nigeria, Eritrea/Botswana v Mali, Seychelles/Burundi v Congo DR, Liberia/Guinea-Bissau v Ivory Coast, Central African Republic/Madagascar v Senegal, Mauritius/Kenya v Cape Verde, Tanzania/Malawi v Algeria, Sudan v Zambia, Libya v Rwanda, Morocco v Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique v Gabon, Benin v Burkina Faso, Togo v Uganda, Angola v South Africa

The 20 winners from the second round will go into a third round comprising five groups of four. The winners of each group qualify for the World Cup.

Concacaf

Third round

Two-legged ties, played from 31 August to 8 September.

Curacao v El Salvador, Canada v Belize, Grenada v Haiti, Jamaica v Nicaragua, St Vincent & Grenadines v Aruba, Antigua & Barbuda v Guatemala

Group A

Honduras, Mexico, Curacao/El Salvador, Canada/Belize

Group B

Panama, Costa Rica, Grenada/Haiti, Jamaica/Nicaragua

Group C

Trinidad & Tobago, USA, St Vincent & Grenadines/Aruba, Antigua & Barbuda/Guatemala

The top two teams from each group will play in a six-team mini-league. The top three qualify and the fourth goes into an inter-continental play-off.

Oceania

Round one (group stage)

American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga

Round two (group stage)

Group A

Winner of round one between American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga. Plus Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Tahiti

Group B

New Zealand, Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands

The top three teams in Group A and Group B progress to round three. That will comprise of two groups of three, with the top team in each progressing to a two-legged play-off. The winners of that qualify for the inter-continental play-off.

South America

Group stage

Colombia, Chile, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay

Top four automatically qualify. Fifth place goes into a play-off.

Andres Guardado Shining for Mexico in Captain's Role at Gold Cup

In the moment of Mexico’s greatest need, it was only fitting that Andres Guardado had the ball at his feet. And considering the way he has performed for El Tri in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, it was no surprise when the captain shrugged off the pressure and scored the winning goal.

The setting was a packed MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and the situation was a potentially match-deciding penalty kick for Mexico in stoppage time of extra time. After more than 120 minutes of scoreless soccer, the partisan fans in the stands were growing restless for something to celebrate. And after a series of uninspiring displays during the tournament, both Mexico and coach Miguel Herrera were feeling immense pressure to defeat Costa Rica.

But Guardado apparently felt no pressure at all. Ignoring the controversy surrounding the referee’s dodgy decision to award the penalty, the 28-year-old midfielder swept in an unstoppable spot kick to give his side a 1-0 victory.

«I knew I had to take the responsibility. The group was confident in me,» Guardado told Univision (h/t Jon Arnold at Goal.com). «They’re the type of decisions you take in a second, and fortunately everything went well.»

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Until then, it hadn’t been pretty. Mexico had missed several opportunities to score and needed a questionable penalty decision to secure the tightest of wins. But with Costa Rica beaten, El Tri can now look forward to building momentum ahead of the semifinals and easing the pressure on both themselves and Herrera.

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And for that, they have Guardadoto thank. Which is little surprise—»El Principito» has been Mexico’s best player throughout the Gold Cup.

Sunday’s match highlighted the point nicely. Guardado came close to scoring with a blazing shot from outside the box in the 37th minute, a blast reminiscent of his outstanding goal against Trinidad and Tobago.

And while Mexico were unable to score before the closing seconds of extra time, it wasn’t for a lack of chances. Starting attack after attack by spraying precisely weighted passes all over the field, Guardado served as his side’s chief creator throughout the game. If teammates Carlos Vela and Oribe Peralta had finished better, Guardado might have finished the night with a hatful of assists.

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That’s been a running theme during this tournament for Mexico. WhileGuardado has excelled in the captain’s role, other stars like Vela, Peralta and Hector Herrera have not fully impressed. With key contributors Javier Hernandez and Hector Moreno injured, Guardado‘s importance to the squad has been magnified further. And as the tournament progresses, El Tri will only need him more.

But that’s a responsibility he can handle. After helping PSV Eindhovento the Dutch title this past club season, Guardado was named theEredivisie‘s player of the year, as reported by Fox Sports. If he continues to shine in his role as captain, he seems like a lock to take the armband full-time, as Tom Marshall noted at ESPN FC:

For a player who, before the World Cup last year had no guarantee of being a starter in the national team, it has been a great last 13 months. Guardado has won the Eredivisie having been a key player last season for PSV and is now on course to captain Mexico at Russia 2018.

In the meantime, the icing on the cake for Guardado would be lifting the Gold Cup next Sunday in Philadelphia. Such a success would consolidate his status as the successor to Rafa Marquez as El Tri‘s permanent captain.

First, though, Mexico will have to advance past Panama in Wednesday’s semifinal. The Canaleros put El Tri out of the competition at the same stage in 2013 and will be looking for another upset in Atlanta.

But with the dependable and creative Guardado leading the way, Mexico will have a solid foundation on which to build another victory.

 

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