Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Dirk Kuyt goes to Fenerbahce, what ails English football & the Corazon Classic

One of my favorite Liverpool players, Dirk Kuyt, is leaving Anfield after six years, 285 games and 71 goals, the Dutch winger is moving to Turkish club, Fenerbahce (where the great Roberto Carlos played for after his sterling stint with Real Madrid). Kuyt says that his decision to leave wasn't the addition of all these midfielders like Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson aside from the arrival of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll, but I can't help but think that played into his feelings as he saw less playing time. I always thought that he always gave a maximum effort every time he stepped on the pitch. Thanks for your time with Liverpool, Dirk. Good luck in Istanbul.

This is the latest issue of the Asian edition of Time magazine and it's the latest in a long series of essays on what ails (not ale, okay?) England. It's an interesting and scathing look at English football and its place in the world. I even took my knocks in a column titled NATIONAL IRONIC dating back to 2007 for the Business Mirror (woefully cut short due to space concerns).

Here's something we all thought we'd never see again -- Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, and Fernando Morientes in a Real Madrid kit in match together against Manchester United. It was the Los Blancos legends versus the Red Devils legends in the Corazon Classic at the Bernabeu. The home side won 3-2. Here's the recap from Real Madrid's website. The photo is by Angel Martinez.

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