Maaf, Malam itu Saya Mendukung Malaysia*

*Artikel ini dimuat di Tabloid Bola Edisi 24-25 November 2011

Senin, 21 November 2011, saya menjadi saksi pertandingan final sea games sepakbola yang mempertemukan Malaysia dengan Garuda Muda di stadion Gelora Bung Karno (GBK). Sebagai salah seorang panpel pertandingan, saya mendapat tugas mengawasi ruang kendali scoring board GBK dan sangat beruntung dapat menyaksikan laga panas tersebut tanpa berdesak-desakan dengan penonton. Read more of this post


Antara Ajax Amsterdam, Barcelona, Persipura dan Timnas*

*Artikel ini dimuat di Rubrik Oposan, Tabloid Bola edisi 22-23 September 2011

Masih ingatkah anda dengan generasi emas AFC Ajax atau Ajax Amsterdam yang menguasai negeri kincir angin dan mendominasi Liga Champion Eropa di pertengahan dekade 1990an? Saking hebatnya squad Ajax saat itu, lebih dari setengah lusin pemain mereka masuk kedalam starting eleven Timnas Belanda.

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Rapor Buruk Pelatih dan Manajer Timnas*

*Artikel ini dimuat di Rubrik Oposan, Tabloid BOLA edisi 15-17 Agustus 2011

Setiap manusia pasti memiliki kelebihan dan kekurangan, begitu pula dengan sosok seorang pemimpin. Sangat kecil kemungkinan bagi kita untuk menemukan sosok pemimpin yang sempurna untuk memimpin sebuah organisasi dengan pemasalahan yng cukup kompleks seperti PSSI. Rezim Nurdin Halid adalah contoh pemimpin yang mungkin sangat jauh dari sempurna. Pengaturan pertandingan, mafia wasit, dan ketergantungan klub profesional terhadap anggaran negara adalah warisan warisan permasalahan yang ditinggalkan oleh pengurus PSSI sebelumnya. Tapi apakah Nurdin dkk tidak mempunyai jasa?

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Which one is the best looking trench-coat?

Hairstyles have been always an useful mode of stylish players in the football pitch; whilst a football tactician, may express his  taste of fashion easily with his trench coat. The wonderful thing about trench coats is that it can be fancy or casual. We can wear them just as casual attire as demonstrated by José Mourinho, or, in contrast  we can wear it with a tie and suit like Josep Guardiola. Meanwhile  Roberto Mancini often fuses his trench coat with an ‘jersey’ scarf .  So, which one do you fancy the most?

Josep GuardiolaEl Entrenador Barcelona

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There’s always a room for Trequartistas at Milanello

Trequartista’ or the ‘hole’ player is the position employed by the playmaker behind the striker(s). It literally  means ‘three quarters’ in Italian and invariably sports the Number 10 jersey. Unfortunately modern football formations such as 4-4-2, 4-5-1 or 4-3-3 have brought the forth the death of the Trequartistas. Common tacticians would prefer wide players who cut inside rather than a-classic number-10-player that is stationed in the midfield area.

Playing in a wide role generally requires a fair degree of pace, and in that respect the likes of Messi, Wayne Rooney or Cristiano Ronaldo have no problems, and have their place in the modern game.In contrast the players that traditionally play as enigmatic artists who produce individual moments of genius, but have no enough the pace and trickery to play out wide will be rarely found. The likes of  Rui Costa, Zinedine Zidane, Francesco Totti and Juan Román Riquelme will be deemed as “the last generation of the old-style playmakers”. Read more of this post

Engineers at the University of Manchester

The University of Manchester was formed in 2004 after the Victoria University of  Manchester (established in 1851) and the University of Manchester Institute of  Science and Technology (UMIST, established in 1824) were formally merged into a single institution.

Environmental Engineers worldwide recognise this University as a  place where an important milestone of waste-water treatment technology had been achieved, the first discovery and development of Suspended-Growth Aeration Processes , which is now widely known as activated sludge process.

Furthermore some of the best known and notable  engineers  from this University that awarded  noble prize include John Dalton (founder of modern atomic theory), Niels Bohr (fundamental contributions to understanding quantum mechanics)Joseph John (J. J.) Thomson (experimental investigations on the conduction of electricity by gases) and Ernest Rutherford (investigation of the chemistry of radioactive subtances).

Outside shot of University of Manchester, Oxford Street.

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Top 10 – the Coolest Dream Theater’s songs

Dream Theater is well noted for being one of the early progenitors of the progressive metal genre. The experimentation of progressive metal has a strong emphasis on technicality and theoretical complexity (influenced by jazz music).  Unfortunately, since this is done by playing complex rhythms and implementing unusual time signatures and song structures – all with the use of traditional instruments- only few people fancy this genre of music.

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