Archive for March, 2012

PostHeaderIcon Berba – Time’s Up

I have always believed in Berbatov, but perhaps time’s up for him.

When Dimitar Berbatov signed a one-year contract extension early this year, I was honestly pleased and relieved. Prior to the signing  rumors were rife that the Bulgarian, who was having difficulties in breaking into the first eleven, could be tempted away from Old Trafford, with Bayern Munich reportedly willing to submit a credible bid. For obvious reasons we wouldn’t want to ship out someone that cost us a club record fee of £30.75 million just after four seasons because of poor form.

Apparently, that was not the case after all. Today Fergie has all but confirmed that the Bulgarian will be leaving United in the summer, with lack of opportunities cited as the main reason for the decision to be made.

For a player of his age and his ability it is disappointing for him that he is not getting first-team footbal,” said the gaffer. Yup, that’s definitely true. Not playing is painful, the player himself once admitted.

Since being left out of the Champions League Final against Barcelona at Wembley, a bit-part role is all that can be afforded to him at United.

In all fairness, his superb footballing skills have never been questioned. His unruffled, laid-back style of play has more often than not allowed him to mix technical ability with elegance and exquisiteness, which I find highly valuable to any football team. He is someone who we can expect moments of pure brilliance from.

Berbatov cuts a forlorn, frustrated figure at Old Trafford.

In fact, the 31-year-old striker’s record in a United shirt is not even half bad: 57 goals in close to 150 games. Even more unbelievable is the fact that he was last season’s joint-top goalscorer at 20 goals, tied with hero-turned-traitor former teammate Carlos Tevez. This season, so far, he has found the net 9 times in 19 games. See what I mean? How could it be possible for him to fall out of favor in such a way?

There’s only one problem with him. His style of play. It doesn’t suit the system, the way United play, it hinders the fast-paced attacking football the fans crave, which may even be the more effective of the various tactical options. While it’s true that he offers a wide dimension of options to United’s attacking threat with his unique, fantastic skills, it just hasn’t worked out well for the team. When he was on the field, his languid, composed body movement made him look lazy and less committed than the others, which of course, didn’t help him either. And I’m accustomed to seeing him getting disappointed and frustrated at his teammates. Especially Nani. 😆

He underperformed, everyone has to agree with that. It seems that the amount of goals he’s scored does not correspond with the expected, required level of performance as a first-team striker.

But I somehow wished he was going to be a legend at United, alongside the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Ole Solskjaer and Eric Cantona. Why not? Well, truthfully he simply hasn’t proved that he is really worthy of the £30 million paid to Tottenham. Yeah, four years should be more than enough, but he hasn’t truly delivered. And yeah, time’s finally up for him.

It seems that United extended his contract only to avoid losing him on a Bosman this summer. What a bummer.

PostHeaderIcon Devoir de Français #1

Le 1 mars 2012.
The climb, in simple french. 😆

Il faisait froid, ce matin là. Je dormais  bien quand mon père m’a reveillé. Je lui ai demandé l’heure, mais il m’a dit qu’on devait sortir tout de suite. J’ai réalisé qu’il était temps d’aller au pied du Mont Marapi qui est le plus haut volcan de Sumatra. On allait faire l’ascension du volcan.

Alors, je me suis douché et je me suis habillé vite. Après ça, j’ai retrouvé mon père, mon frère et ma sœur à l’extérieur de l’hôtel. Le ciel était encore sombre parce que c’était très tôt, mais nous étions prêts quand-même.

Le guide touristique nous a menés au pied du Mont Marapi. Puis, on a commencé à le monter. Il y avait beaucoup d’obstacles et de sangsues, bien sûr. À un moment donné, on a traversé une grande rivière sur un rondin. Petit à petit le soleil se levait. Ça faisait quatre heures qu’on n’a rien mangé et on était fatigués. Donc, on a fait une petite pause. J’ai pris une tablette de chocolat et je l’ai partagée avec les autres.

Après sept heures d’escalade, on a atteint le sommet. C’était magnifique parce qu’il n’y avait aucun arbre et c’était  très brumeux. De plus, il y avait un grand lac là, au sommet du Mont Marapi! C’était génial! Évidemment, l’odeur de soufre était très forte.

Tout à coup, un hélicoptère a apparu avec une petite équipe de tournage! On l’a bien regardé. Soudain, mon père nous a dit, << C’est Bear Grylls de Man vs Wild! >>.

Ah, je le connais! Il est animateur d’une émission sur Discovery Channel. L’équipe, malheureusement, était en train de partir. On regardait l’hélicoptère alors qu’il s’envolait. C’était un spectacle incroyable!

Puis, on y est resté pendant une heure parce qu’il était 16h00 de l’après-midi, et on ne voulait pas descendre de la montagne dans l’obscurité. Mais il a plu et quand on était dans la fôret, le soleil s’est couché quand-même. Finalement, on est rentrés à l’hôtel à 23h00. Ç’a été l’un des jours les plus beaux de ma vie!

*Mlle SF actually commented at the end, “Je ne sais pas si c’est une histoire vraie mais tu…”! Of course c’est vrai! Err…presque. Here‘s the real story. Merci! 

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