Monday, December 11, 2017

Superliga, round 21: Napredak - FK Partizan 2:1

Pictures appeared on social media sites the day before the game about the huge amount of snow on the Kruševac pitch. The leadership of Napredak asked everyone to help as much as possibly and asked for fans’ patience. For the morning of the gameday the pitch was cleaned, the referee delegation decided that it was eligible to play the game, there was no obstacle for the teams to clash.

Everyone who threw a hissy fit about pitch conditions, namely that it looked like a pigsty full of mud, all of you please go and fuck yourselves. First, a professional football player MUST endure even such conditions, because this is his job, that’s why he gets salary. If they don’t like it, they are free to leave and switch profession to be ballerinas. Second, obviously nobody wanted to postpone this game until spring, so obviously both teams’ leadership agreed to play this game, regardless of pitch conditions.
FYI, professionalism exists in this world, not just whining and making excuses.

Then the game was about to start, but it just didn’t start… A few home fans found it funny to throw snowballs to Stojković from the stands. Seeing this both teams decided to leave the pitch. Nothing happened for 5 minutes, just fans got more and more annoyed, booing and hissing. When teams returned to the pitch, something broke in Partizan-fans, they threw a firecracker onto the grass.

It came to my mind already at this point that FSS would fuck us. And the end wasn’t even near...

Then we could finally start the game (and mud-wrestling). We had a strong start, in the 6th minute the goalkeeper saved Ožegović’s sho, then in the 12th Pantić’s free kick crossed to the goalmouth, a defender kicked it downfield, the ball dropped to Radin, he shot, the goalkeeper had a great save.
The game had a halt again in the 14th minute. Partizan-fans hanged a banner on the tribune on which they let FSS and the referee committee know their opinion about them. (In short, ‘go and fuck yourselves, bastards’.) They also threw firecrackers on the pitch.

I have no idea what those on the southern tribune thought when hanging out this banner. Did they really think the leadership of FSS will sprinkle ash on their heads and resign with deep regret about their sins when seeing this banner? No, you idiots, seeing this banner FSS will fuck us so hard that those at Brazzers will clap their hands and I’m sure they would offer a certain amount of percent for the rights as well.

Meanwhile on the other side Stojković was again thrown with snowballs. So, it was a nice, peaceful, Sunday afternoon atmosphere with high-level, intellectual entertainment.
Oh, wait...
The match continued in the 18th minute, right with an attempt by the home team. Alivodić ran upfield, he was tackled, we made a counter-attack, Tawamba got the ball, he was tackled inside the penalty area. The Cameroonian fell, many complained for penalty. I’ll be honest, I didn’t see clearly what happened, so I rather say nothing.
We still had a Tawamba-moment in the 29th minute… he got the ball again, defenders fell asleep, Tawamba dribbled the goalkeeper, shot…
…and it was such a terrible shot being too wide with metres that the ball burst into tears as it flew out of the pitch to the southern tribune. In the 31st minute baldhead Miletić got the ball after a goalmouth scramble. Baldhead shot, it was too wide with 1-2 centimetres.
Then… Then came the 34th minute. Alivodić ran upfield on the right side, crossed to the middle where Vukanović arrived all alone. Defenders were just watching as Vukanović shot and scored a huge goal. (1:0)

It was really a huge goal, plus the action itself was spectacular as well.

Not much later Alivodić shot after a solo, but that was saved by Stojković.
For the left of the first half we just struggled. It looked as so that if the ball fell into the opponent’s penalty area and someone from us was hanging around there, then we were dangerous. If not, then not. Additionally our defense line was painfully tragic.

In the halftime Partizan-players went to the fans to talk. Even though it didn’t come to spotlight what they discussed, but it was almost surely something like ‘guys, be kind enough to stick up all your fucking transparents in your arses, ecause the team will (again) get fucked because some of you (again) can’t behave’. (photo: partizan.rs)



The second half started with another Tawamba-moment. 49th minute, all doors and windows are wide open, and Tawamba shot too wide…
In the 54th minute Napredak scored again. This one was even more spectacular than the previous. Boranijašević got a great pass, crossed to the middle, nobody was there, only Đerić, who simply walked into the box with the ball. (2:0)

This was again a huge goal from a fantastic action.
There was only one problem with it.
We received it.

We could score only once, in the 59th minute, even then it was just a penalty. I’m not even sure if it was just… What I could see from the slow motion replay was that the defender who tackled Tawamba actually did touch the ball before tackling the Cameroonian. Anyway, penalty is (just like goal) what the referee validates, and referee Milorad Mažić pointed at the white spot. Here came another weird situation.
Nobody wanted to shoot the penalty. Neither Soumah (who was again invisible for the whole game, literally doing nothing for 90 fucking minutes), nor Ožegović. Finally Jevtović was brave enough to stand behind the ball. He scored. (2:1)
Then nothing happened for 13 massive minutes. The first action came in the 72nd minute, Napredak attacked, just everyone was way behind Vukanović’s cross. It was actually very good, because our defenders were way behind, too...

It was a bit muddy (photo: partizan.rs)


The home team attacked immediately afterwards. Eskić’s shot was too high, our defenders were again in the woods probably… In the 82nd minute Solomon headed the ball so wide that it caused physical pain to watch.
The end game brought the most unbelievable situation. We got a free kick in the extra time (90+4.), even Stojković left his box and came to the opponent’s penalty area. The problem was that the home team made a turnover and Alivodić was already running upfield towards the empty box like a hurricane. Two desperate defenders tried to catch him, they couldn't… Stojković disappeared, Alivodić was unstoppable, just reached the penalty area, making one of the world’s biggest solos, shot…
…and the shot was too wide with just a millimetre, the ball rolled out of the pitch near the goalpost. Maybe the gods of football thought it would be a way too big shame for us. After this referee Mažić quickly gave the final whistle to the game.

Venue: Mladost stadium, Kruševac
Official: Milorad Mažić

Napredak: Nikola Petrović, Boranijašević, Nemanja Petrović, Miladinović, Simonović, Eskić, Alivodić, N. Mitrović, (Vulić, 90.), Vukanović (Ivanović, 90+5.), Sekidika (Milisavljević, 84.)

FK Partizan: Stojković, Vulićević, bald Miletić (M. Mitrović, 77.), Ostojić, non-bald Miletić, Jevtović, Radin (Solomon, 69.), Pantić, Soumah, Ožegović, Tawamba

Goal scorers: Vukanović (34.), Đerić (54.), Jevtović (59. - pen.)
Yellow card: Nemanja Petrović (74.), non-bald Miletić (84.)

Current championship standings:
1. Crvena Zvezda 56 points
2. Partizan 47 points
3. Spartak 39 points
4. Radnički Niš 36 points
5. Voždovac 35 points
6. Čukarički 35 points
7. Vojvodina 32 points
8. Napredak 31 points
9. Mladost 27 points
10. Radnik 25 points
11. Mačva 23 points
12. Zemun 21 points
13. OFK Bačka 18 points
14. Borac 15 points
15. Javor 15 points
16. Rad 14 points

Sunday, December 10, 2017

ABA Liga, round 11: KK Partizan - Cedevita 82:92

I deliberately didn’t write about the game against Lietuvos back on Tuesday. It would have been senseless, just as the game itself was. We lost, we were shit, it just wrecked my nerves, it was useless, simple as that.
Just like this one.

I’ll be honest, I missed out the entire first quarter
I’ll be even more honest, I have no regrets.

The second quarter was interesting, because sometimes we took the lead. What is more, sometimes our actions distantly reminded of basketball. Williams-Goss carried the team on his back, not just here, but for the whole game. I’m not a fan of this American, but this time he deserves a high five. (photo: Facebook/KK Partizan)



The half time result was 44:44, Cedevita equalized right before the buzz. The third quarter was again a surprise

at least for the worn-out, tired-as-hell-of-it-all fan

because we still did things that actually looked like basketball. No, not for the whole quarter, come on. Still, there was some pace, running and some very very distant idea in the heads. In tracks only though. For a while it was nip-and-tuck, then the Zagrebians got bored of this fumbling and made a jump from 56:56 to 59:63. The quarter ended with 62:67, but the team ran out of oxygen already after 5-6 minutes.

Seriously, the best part of this whole game was Cedevita’s commercial with all those bears in a break.

As for the last quarter… let’s just forget it.
Šalić and Cherry had a fight right at the beginning. Other than that time passed slower than a rheumatic snail. I just hoped they would finish it until the game between Juventus and Inter starts. (They did.) Still there were moments that brought me new grey hair… Cedevita was leading to 74:79, maybe two minutes were left, Miller stole the ball from a Croatian player, then wanted to run up to slam, but he dropped the ball from his hand, and the ball rolled out of the court.
Then about a minute before the end Cedevita reached the 10-point-difference (78:88) and kept it until the final buzz.
After the game raging Grave Diggers hissed and booed the team, as they walked back to the locker-room, while throwing curses on head coach Miroslav Nikolić demanding his resign.
I really don’t want to look overly pessimistic, but dear everyone, I don’t think it will change in the near future.

KK Partizan: Miller (15), Williams-Goss (25), Aranitović (2), Tanasković (7), Veličković (2), Tomić, Pecarski, Gavrilović (4), Andrić (7), Čakarević (4), Stevanović (9), Šalić (7)

Cedevita: Ukić (23), Krušlin (8), Perković, Katić, Nichols (12), Žganec (2), Musa (16), Cherry (10), Markota (5), Ramljak, Stipanović (8), Murphy (8)

Current championship standings:
1. Budućnost 21 points
2. Cedevita 19 points
3. Crvena Zvezda 18 points
4. FMP 16 points
5. KK Partizan 16 points
6. Zadar 16 points
7. Petrol Olimpija 16 points
8. Mornar Bar 16 points
9. Mega Bemax 15 points
10. Igokea 15 points
11. Cibona 14 points
12. MZT Skopje 13 points

Friday, December 8, 2017

Europa League, group stage, round 6: Dinamo Kiev - FK Partizan 4:1

Well. This was just shit. We were knocked out. And I can’t even say it was unjust, because it wasn’t. (photo: partizan.rs)


There was pace, though. And action, too. In the beginning it was really a good game. Both teams fought, clashed, they all played it hard, Everton had a marvellous shot in the 5th minute, hitting the crossbar, seriously, only a little would have been needed for a goal.
One minute passed. One goddamn, rotten minute.
Dinamo attacked. Someone shot, Stojković saved, but couldn’t catch the ball. Morozyuk arrived, he was all alone, defenders were… God knows where they were… Morozyuk did what every striker has to do in this situation, he shot and scored. (1:0)
Afterwards… well, the boys really worked hard. They ran, fought, slid, clashed - but it all resulted only one attempt by Solomon in the 11th minute, shooting from 16 metres, right into the goalkeeper’s hands. Clashes were more and more tough, once Everton fell on the ground, then Tsygankov.
Then we got an awful goal.
28th minute. Shepeliev crossed from left, Shaparenko headed it forward, Morozyuk received it and immediately - and very selflessly - passed to Moraes. Moraes ruthlessly kicked it into the box. (2:0)
And the end wasn’t even near…
31st minute, fans still cheering after the previous goal. Pivarić headed the ball forward, Morozyuk placed it to the middle, all Partizan-defenders were just staring out of their heads with mouth open, Moraes arrived and just had to walk into the box with the ball. (3:0)

3 goals within 25 minutes, one shittier than the other. Fucking record. I really don’t remember when was the last time our defense line was this amateur.

Only the end of the first half brought again action. In the first minute of the extra time Dinami had a big chance, Shaparenko  hit the sidenet. Then in the very last minute we got a penalty. Soumah was tackled and fell to the ground inside the penalty area.

Seriously. Soumah was invisible for the whole fucking game. He barely touched the ball for 90 minutes. This was his one and only useful action to fall and earn us a penalty.

Jevtović stood behind the ball, shot and scored. (3:1) He had luck, because the goalkeeper moved to the right direction, but couldn’t save.
There were a few attempts in the beginning of the second half. The Ukrainian goalkeeper had a big save, when Pantić shot in the 50th minute. 5 minutes later Shaparenko had a huge solo, running upfield, finally Stojković saved. And there’s no Partizan-match without the usual Tawamba-performance… He shot the ball with full force into the goalkeeper’s face in the 58th minute. (Goalkeeper Bushchan felt a bit dizzy, but he could continue the game.)
Then nothing happened for long-long minutes. We were just struggling.

I was thinking - and actually felt very sad - that these boys now really worked hard and did all that they could. And really that’s all they know. Not more. Not physically, but rather, and much more mentally.

The coup de grace came in the 76th minute. Bald Miletić and a Ukrainian clashed inside the penalty area. The home player fell to the ground, the referee gave penalty.
All slow motion replays from all angles made it clear that Miletić did touch the ball before sweeping off the Ukrainian, so it was a regular tackle. The referee did make a big mistake.

Let me be honest. In that situation one more or less penalty really didn’t matter anymore.

Moraes scored. (4:1) Hat-trick.
And it could have been 5:1… Besedin scored in the 87th minute, but he was on an at least 1-meter-long offside, the referee invalidated the goal.
Then it finally ended.

Venue: Olimpiyskyi stadium, Kiev, Ukraine
Official: Pawel Gil (POL)

Dinamo Kijev: Bushchan - Kedziora, Khacheridi, Kádár, Pivarić - Shepeliev, Buyalskiy (Garmash, 66.) - Morozyuk, Shaparenko (Besedin, 77.), Tsygankov (González, 83.) - Moraes

FK Partizan: Stojković - Vulićević, bald Miletić, Mitrović, non-bald Miletić - Pantić, Everton (Đuričković, 72.), Jevtović, Soumah - Solomon (Ožegović, 66.), Tawamba

Goal scorers: Morozyuk (6.), Moraes (28., 31., 77. - pen.), Jevtović (45+4. - pen.)
Yellow card: Everton (40.), non-bald Miletić (48.), Morozyuk (62.), Đuričković (89.), Shepeliev (90+1.)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Superliga, round 20: FK Partizan - Vojvodina 1:1

This was interesting. At the beginning there was no beginning. There was such a big snow on the pitch that fans gathered together and cleaned it off. (photo: partizan.rs)



Rumours say that Their Majesties Vazura and Vućelić also took a shovel and helped to clean the pitch. I hope there are photos about it. I want to laugh. The Fat Pig and the Old Commie actually doing something useful. A real fairy tale.
Let me note though, I hope players also helped to clean the pitch. On one hand they are athletes, on the other shoveling snow is an excellent way to warm up. Not mentioning the benefits of it to the team collective.
One additional thing: all other football games in Belgrade were cancelled, except for this one. Neither the pitch of Čukarički, nor of Rad was eligible for football. (The game was also cancelled in Čačak, but poor Borac, they are happy that they exist at all.)

Finally, after an hour-long delay the match started. It was actually exciting in the beginning, lots of running, sliding, actions and attempts on both sides.
It lasted for 10 minutes.
It was still snowing heavily and it brought life to the dull game. Partly because both the pitch and the ball were white, partly because after a while the pitch lines disappeared under the snow. There was just a big, white plain where players desperately ran after and fought over something invisible. Sometimes it was pure comedy.
As for the game itself, Tawamba had his private show in the 20th minute, heading Vulićević’s precise-as-possible cross too wide from the goalmouth. After that Vojvodina had chances. Stojković saved Mesarović’s shot in the 30th minute, then they missed out two attempts around the 37th. After the second one we had a counter-attack, at the end Rockov had a great save, when Tošić shot.
They found a red ball for the second half to play with, also two men with shovels cleaned the pitch along the lines, so we could see something out of the nervous players running up and down. And it seemed we did have luck. In the 48th minute Tošić took us the lead. A cross arrived from left, the ball rolled through the defenders trying to find their balance on the snowy ground, nobody saw Tošić appearing from behind. He grabbed the ball, Rockov desperately jumped out into the goalmouth, but couldn’t save, Tošić pushed it into the box. (1:0)
After this it was snowing heavily, other than that nothing happened. (photo: partizan.rs)



In the meantime I watched Getafe - Valencia on TV. The sun was shining there.

In the 64th minute non-bald Miletić was pushed to the ground inside the penalty area. The slow motion replay made it obvious that the ball wasn’t even nearby, but referee Zoran Široki whistled goal-kick instead of penalty.

Many felt revolted, and they were right. As for me, I just sigh every time this happens, I can’t get upset anymore, seeing it way too often. Just one little note, from here, at the sideline: could we maybe score from action perhaps? Because if our victory and honour depend on penalties, then it’s all fucked up.

Then in the 70th minute fans made a pyro show, it was much more spectacular than the game itself. The 73rd minute brought a snow-cleaning break, two workers entered the pitch and shoveled away the snow from the lines. (photo: partizan.rs)



Let me ask again, why not those big, well-trained athletes cleaned the snow? Does it hurt them or what? Even if they can’t be gentlemen, at least they would have done something useful instead of getting slowly deep-frozen.
And let’s be honest, the majority of them would be eligible only as a snow-cleaner.

Then… Everyone was watching the romantic snowfall when Vojvodina equalized out of the blue. 86th minute, cross arriving from the right, Stojković could only hit the ball with his gloves, but couldn't catch it. It fell right in front of the arriving Kojašvić, who thanked the gesture and scored. (1:1)

Did we fuck it up? - We did, as always.
Have we been lame ducks? - When have we NOT been lame ducks?... (Alternative answer: we are always lame ducks, just sometimes we have luck.)
What does that person deserve who used the snowfall as an excuse for our shitty performance and the result? - To get fucked by a cartful of tiny monkeys.
What does that person deserve who seeks only for excuses instead of taking a deep breath, standing in front of the public saying ‘dear everyone, we were/are shit and this is also my fault because…’ (and here they would nicely make a list about what they fucked up)? - To get fucked by a T-Rex.

Venue:  Partizan stadium, Belgrade
Number of spectators: 3000
Official: Zoran Široki

FK Partizan: Stojković, Vulićević, Mitrović, Miletić I., Ostojić, Miletić II., Everton (Radin, 33.), Tošić (Marjanović, 51.), Pantić, Ožegović, Tawamba

Vojvodina: Rockov, Saničanin, Kojašević (M. Zličić, 89.), Lakićević, Antić, Vukašović, Jovančić, Kalezić (L. Zličić, 60.), Mihajlović, Mesarović (Subotić, 66.), Veselinović

Goal scorers: Tošić (48.), Kojašević (86.)
Yellow card: Mitrović (38.), Jovančić (81.)

Current championship standings:
1. Crvena Zvezda 53 points
2. Partizan 47 points
3. Spartak 36 points
4. Voždovac 35 points
5. Vojvodina 32 points
6. Čukarički 32 points
7. Radnički Niš 30 points
8. Napredak 27 points
9. Mladost 24 points
10. Radnik 22 points
11. Zemun 21 points
12. Mačva 20 points
13. OFK Bačka 18 points
14. Borac 14 points
15. Rad 14 points
16. Javor 14 points

Sunday, December 3, 2017

ABA Liga, round 10: Budućnost - KK Partizan 86:79

I worked out a new strategy for Partizan-games. Whenever the team play, I search for a TV-broadcast that runs parallel with it (it can be anything, football, basketball, handball, waterpolo, ice hockey, Formula 1, athletics, even archery… no matter whether domestic or foreign, it can even be a rerun), because I really can’t take this shit anymore and life is too short to waste it for crappy football (or basketball or whatever).
I watched this rubbish labeled as basketball in such a way that the meantime I watched Ferencváros - Videoton on TV. Watching Marko Nikolić, Marko Šćepović and Danko Lazović on a derby is a must, I won’t miss it out, no way.

I didn’t regret it. It was a tough, combative and exciting game with lots of action. Lazović even scored a goal, but FTC was better, stronger and more aggressive, they deserved the victory. (3:1)

As for Partizan…
Whatever. Never mind.
The first quarter was a pure torment. In the second we took the lead a few times for 1-2 points, but none of these lasted long. The third one should is better to forget

I’m looking into my notes I made during the game, but all I see is Budućnost leading for the whole time, also “nothing extraordinary happening”

then came the fourth quarter.
Without this FTC - Videoton and Lazović’s goal I would have surely got a convulsion. Veličković missed out a chance from which even I would have scored

even though I’m small (less than 170 cm) and slow and the last time I had basketball in my hands was approx. 30 years ago

then, when Average Fan thinks this is the bottom line, Marinković misses out an even bigger chance.
Listen, my dearies.
Veličković, GO TO HELL, RETIRE RIGHT NOW, FOR FUCK’S SAKE!!! Dude, you make more harm to the team than well.
Marinković, my dear son, please, go abroad to play there. As soon as possible. Anywhere, to Italy, Germany, Russia, Turkey, Spain, Greece, it doesn’t matter. Just go and don’t stay, because here you’ll just regress.
The same goes for you, my dear Andrić.
And now I share with you the most memorable moment of the basketball game.


Yep. It was Lazović’s goal.
Bye.

Current championship standings:
1. Budućnost 19 points
2. Cedevita 17 points
3. Crvena Zvezda 16 points
4. Partizan 15 points
5. FMP 14 points
6. Igokea 13 points
7. Petrol Olimpija 13 points
8. Mornar Bar 13 points
9. Mega Bemax 12 points
10. Cibona 12 points
11. Zadar 12 points
12. MZT Skopje 12 points

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Superliga, round 19: Voždovac - FK Partizan 0:1

It’s hard for me now, believe me. I’ve used up all attributes. There has already been all forms of “shit”, “lame ducks” has been my mantra and let’s say it out loud, English language isn’t too rich in curse words. (Unlike Hungarian and Serbian. Hehe.)
It would be hard anyway to find any attribute to that which this wonderful (LOL) team made as performance.
They had ABSOLUTELY NO performance. The value of their play is zero. (photo: partizan.rs)



There was some running in the beginning, but they gave it up after 15 minutes, they didn’t even wait until the 20th.

As for me, I started my favourite rosary in the 22nd, namely “why am I watching this shit?”

The only goal of the game came in the 26th minute, even that was the result of a mistake in the defense. Ožegović got the ball, passed to Tošić, he sent a distant shot to the box and scored. (0:1)

Seriously. If that Voždovac-defender hadn’t had that momentary lapse of reason, the final result would have been 0:0.

The 34th minute brought a smaller upheaval, Tawamba had an attempt, flag up, free kick downfield. The slow motion replay showed that Tawamba wasn’t on offside, a defender got stuck within the offside field - on the other side of the pitch. Tawamba was clear, yet the referee whistled it off.

Two things to mention. First, Tawamba was standing at the goalmouth, all doors and windows open. We all know how very effective Tawamba is (not…) in these situations. Yes, these are the moments when he shots too wide/too high/into the goalkeeper. I suspect the assistant raised his flag from purely humanitarian reasons to free Tawamba from the possible shitstorm, taking it on himself. Second, offside is what the referee whistles off as offside. (Same goes for goals - goal us what the referee validates.)

That was it about the first half.
The second was even worse. Seriously, this second half may come up as a tool for torture. If the client is not willing to talk/testify, just make them watch this second half. They will confess even what they didn’t commit.
I’ll be honest, I fell asleep.
Saša Ilić joined the game as a substitute in the 70th minute. This was his 400th game for Partizan. This was the top moment of the half. Well, of the entire game, rather.
Soon after came the lowest point. I mean, if this shit can get any lower. 79th minute, we got a penalty. Voždovac’s goalkeeper and Tawamba clashed, the Cameroonian fell, the referee whistled. Jevtović stood behind the ball.
Did he miss it out? Sure he did. Goalkeeper Popović had a brilliant save.

This is always heroic from a goalkeeper, independent of everything.

Then I don’t know what happened, I slept back. I think the teams did the same.

Current championship standings:
1. Crvena Zvezda 52 points
2. FK Partizan 46 points
3. Spartak 36 points
4. Voždovac 32 points
5. Čukarički 32 points
6. Vojvodina 31 points
7. Radnički Niš 30 points
8. Napredak 27 points
9. Radnik 22 points
10. Mladost 21 points
11. Zemun 21 points
12. Mačva 17 points
13. OFK Bačka 17 points
14. Borac 14 points
15. Rad 14 points
16. Javor 14 points

Monday, November 27, 2017

Superliga, round 18: FK Partizan - FK Spartak 1:1

I don’t know what’s there left to be told about this game (or this team) that hasn’t been told a million times. We were shit, we were lame ducks, plus there was the obligatory Đukić-bullshit at the post-match press conference.

I’d love to smash him into the face with something big and heavy. Like e.g. a wrecking ball. I don’t give a single fuck on how much of a cool guy he is or what a great player he used to be (he has never been a good player…) back in the Stone Age. For fuck’s sake, we don’t need fucking buddy boys anymore, we need a professional coach who can make a real team out of this mass of mediocre monkeys.

In the first half I noticed that I didn’t notice Soumah. Not at all. As if he hadn’t been on the pitch. As if he would be scared of the ball that it might bite him. He barely ever touched it, and if he still did, he got rid of it as quickly as he could. And this dude is supposed to be a striker...

Is this Soumah the same player Iliev fought so hard for, to sign last year? Is this pathetic idiot that Soumah? Signed for zillion euros? Iliev, go and fuck yourself, together with this arsehole!

Otherwise it was the same like always. We pushed hard the first 20 minutes, possessing the ball

if football was played for ball possession, we’d be champions forever
unfortunately - or not - it’s still played for goals

but Spartak seemingly prepared for this and gathered around their penalty area, bit like a bunker, and it did work for them. We lost our breath. After the 25th minute Spartak attacked frequently, it’s solely Stojković’s merit that they didn't score. Savković missed two huge chances, first in the 39th minute, the next in the 44th, both saved by Stojke.
We took the lead in the beginning of the second half with Tošić’s goal. (1:0) Don’t ask me how. I have no idea. Well, miracles do happen sometimes.
Afterwards nothing happened, and that happened massively. On both sides. We were the usual lame ducks, Spartak woke up around the 65th minute. The biggest chance of the game happened in the 69th minute, we were kind enough to miss it out. Solomon ran up all alone, shot from a very sharp angle, the ball rolled away along the goal line and left the pitch. Spartak equalized in the 72nd minute, a free kick crossed in, Nikolić headed it into the box. (1:1)

Did we speed up after the equalizing goal? Not at all.
Have we been lame ducks? As always.
How did the team play? Let’s make it clear, the team’s performance can’t be called “play”. They were as if we would be leading with 5 goals, plus as if we would be on the top of the league table with at least 6 points ahead of the neighbourhood.
What is the truth? The truth is that they played exactly like a bunch of idiots who give absolutely no shit.

And after all these Đukić appeared on the post-game press conference with a 24-carat smile and said, the reason we played like shit was that the boys were still tired after Thursday’s game.
No, mofo. These boys are not tired. These boys hate it all.
(photo: partizan.rs)



Venue: Stadium Partizan, Belgrade
Number of spectators: 2000
Official: Vlado Glođović

FK Partizan: Stojković, Radin, B. Ostojić, Mirtović, Antonov, Everton, Pantić (Ilić, 55.), Tošić, Janković (Đuričković, 45.), Soumah (Solomon, 46.), Tawamba

Spartak: M. Ostojić, Shimura, Jočić (Torbica, 83.), Kerkez, Nikolić, Ivanović, Hajdin, Savkivić, Čečarić (Abaz, 73.), A. Stojković, Ćalasan

Goal scorers: Tošić (48.), Nikolić (72.)
Yellow card: A. Stojković (75.), Ivanović (90+1.), M. Ostojić (90+3.)

Current championship standings:
1. Crvena Zvezda 49 points
2. FK Partizan 43 points
3. Spartak 33 points
4. Voždovac 32 points
5. Vojvodina 31 points
6. Čukarički 31 points
7. Radnički Niš 27 points
8. Napredak 26 points
9. Radnik 22 points
10. Mladost 20 points
11. Zemun 18 points
12. Mačva 17 points
13. OFK Bačka 16 points
14. Rad 14 points
15. Javor 12 points
16. Borac 11 points

Friday, November 24, 2017

Europa League, group stage, round 5: FK Partizan - Young Boys 2:1

I’m sick now and i’m writing this blogpost laying in bed.
I told this to you to fucking appreciate how very much I’m willing to do for you.

Yep, we won. It was a shitty, terribly tensed game, with awful performance from both teams. In fact we had luck, great luck against a confused, soulless Young Boys. There wasn’t much going on the pitch apart from the goals themselves, only wrestling. We scored the first goal in the 12th minute, Janković literally placed a free kick on Tawamba’s head, the Cameroonian had luck not missing out this unmissable “zicer”. (1:0) (photo: partizan.rs)


The Swiss team was probably shocked by the goal, because they didn’t really work hard to equalize. Both teams were running up and down in chaos on the pitch, the equalizing goal came in the 25th minute, after a corner-kick. Tawamba wanted to kick the ball downfield, but instead he made a perfect pass to Moumi Ngamaleu, who thanked the generous assist, shot and scored. (1:1) Other than this nothing happened. Maybe once around the 28th minute Janković had an attempt, it was too wide. Other than that chaos only, with no chances or attempts.
The second half wasn’t better at all. Wrestling, growing tension slowly reaching the level of explosion both on the pitch and the tribunes. Young Boys had an attempt in the 48th minute, Stojković caught it. Our second goal came in the 53rd minute as a huge mistake by the Swiss defence, practically it was again an unmissable “zicer”. Tawamba sent a long forward from the half-line

yeah, sometimes he can do such things

the Swiss defender got stuck behind, Pantić got the ball, selflessly passed it to Ožegović, who shot and scored. (2:1)
After this there was mostly wrestling left. The Swiss team realized around the 70th minute that it might end up for them as an awful defeat, so they attacked, putting Partizan’s box under pressure, but our defense kept itself.

Tawamba had his own little private show once again. He missed out a huge chance in the 78th minute. Just the usual. All alone, nobody around him, all doors and windows wide open - and he kicks the ball into the goalkeeper from 5 steps. Could you, please just do your job, for fuck’s sake?...

After the chance mentioned above we had great luck. Young Boys immediately ran up for counter-attack, Assalé shot, the ball landed in the box, but it was flag up long ago, offside, the referee invalidated the goal. For the rest of the match there was one more Swiss attempt (Sow shot, too high), other than that 22 psychopaths were running all over the pitch trying to kill each other. Nobody showed actual interest in playing with the ball, only in the final whistle.
That came, too.

Apart from the only game left, we qualified among the best 16. Last time Partizan managed to do it was around 2004/2005. The thing is that we were very lucky with the draw, to find ourselves in a relatively easy group and didn’t have to face AC Milan or Lyon, nor Arsenal or 1. FC Köln.
The other thing - and I know I won’t be popular with my point of view, but I don’t give a fuck - this is still the result if Marjo Nikolić’s work. He - and only he - deserves hats off and respect.
I find this current hype around Miroslav Đukić and especially Ivica Iliev funny, bizarre and very sad (all at the same time). Đukić is still not a good coach, because nobody can turn from lame duck into a master trainer overnight. He harvested the fruits of Nikolić’s work, being at the right time and the right place. I still feel neither respect, nor appreciation for him. As for Iliev, I waste no words on him. I wrote my point of view on him many times on this blog and it hasn’t changed since then.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Superliga, round 17: Javor - FK Partizan 0:2

I love Ivanjica. This town enchants me every time, and when Partizan play there, sometimes I’m busier staring at the misty mountains surrounding the football pitch than actually watching the game.
I must get to Ivanjica. I must see the mountains and the houses in the valley. Here is a photo about the town and its main street (source: skyscrapercity.com), enjoy.


As for the game itself, we had great luck, because we could score from our very first attack in the 10th minute. Janković ran up from a counter-attack, shot and scored, the goalkeeper was just blinking, like a fish in the shopping bag. (0:1) Then all that happened was that there was some pace (it was slowly gone after the 20th minute…), but no attempts. Though in the 23rd minute the ball fell into the net on the Ivanjica side of the pitch, but the referee whistled it off, fouling Tawamba (there was some wrestling in the goalmouth). Goal-kick. Javor had a chance in the 27th minute, but the shot was too wide. Then Ožegović was dancing on my nerves (most probably not just on mine…) in the 31st minute. He was in the goalmouth, Tawamba crossed from left, and Ožegović, well, he simply fell on his arse, while the ball rolled away. Ouch… The pace slowed down, all those ideas we still had (BWAHHAHAHA, we, having ideas?... Joke of the year…), were gone, too. Finally it was Janković again who got fed up with it all saying “go fuck yourselves, check this”, ran up and scored our second goal. (0:2) (photo: partizan.rs)


Sometimes I don’t know what to think about Janković. Sometimes he is like depression itself on two legs, just hanging around the pitch, not even touching the ball. Then, like now, he runs, scores (one or more goals), organizes attacks, USES HIS HEAD, not just to forward the ball, but to think, too. He definitely needs a Marko Nikolić-alike coach who’s not only a coach, but also psychologist, educator and second father as well.

As for the second half, let’s just forget it.
It says all that I turned on the TV in the 63rd minute to watch the rerun of Atletico Madrid - Real Madrid on Sport 2 Channel, because I needed something that is real football, not just “contains football in tracks”.
On this game in Ivanjica we had two huge chances, both missed out (first in the 65th minute, the non-bald Miletić shot too wide from 5 metres, then in the 75th Tošić kicked the ball into the goalkeeper from 3 steps), then Stojković had to perform a great save in the 80th minute, when Mikanivić had a distant shot.
That’s all.

Current championship standings.
1. Crvena Zvezda 46 points
2. Partizan 42 points
3. Spartak 32 points
4. Voždovac 31 points
5. Vojvodina 31 points
6. Čukarički 31 points
7. Radnički Niš 24 points
8. Napredak 23 points
9. Radnik 22 points
10. Mladost 20 points
11. Zemun 18 points
12. Mačva 16 points
13. OFK Bačka 13 points
14. Javor 11 points
15. Rad 11 points
16. Borac 10 points

Sunday, November 19, 2017

ABA Liga, round 9: KK Partizan - Petrol Olimpija 77:78

We reached the “joke” level. It was just a question of time though.
In the first quarter we were ahead with 20:9. Both teams were just standing on the court doing nothing, don’t ask me how we still scored. We were beyond the lame duck label. When half the team is under the backboard as some kind of dysfunctional traffic jam, pushing and pulling the ball around to press it into the ring, and it still rebounds after the 6th time, then that team should quit basketball and find another hobby. Olimpija seemed to be apathetic, giving absolutely no shit at all.
The most memorable moment of the second quarter was a timeout by Olimpija after about 4 minutes. The head coach threw a storm of curses on the players, not minding for a moment that he was live on air. Perhaps that was what Slovenes needed, because slowly, with clenched teeth they started to reduce the difference. 24:22, then 26:25, meanwhile I had a new mantra for myself: Veličković, off to pension with you, for fuck’s sake!

Veličković was beyond critics. It’s awful what this guy has been doing as basketball. One of the weakest links of the team. It’s obvious he has lost all interest, doesn’t even try to keep up some sort of illusion.

At the half-time Marinković had a buzzer-beater from at least the half-line. That made the half-time result 45:35.

Had circumstances been different, I’d have jumped out of my skin and danced around the house seeing such a cannon shot. Now it just made me raise my eyebrows, not more, not less. Wow, look at the kid.
Yeah, it’s already gone.

The third quarter was a torture for Average Fan. It just can’t thrill me to see the team falling short of expectations to say the least. We fucked up everything. Less than two minutes were left from the quarter when Olimpija took the lead. (56:57) Honestly? I wasn’t surprised at all. We were shit, we played soullessly and apathetically, while Slovenes resurrected and had a marvellous performance for the rest of the quarter. They kept the lead. (58:61)
We took it back for a short while in the fourth quarter (65:63), but we couldn't keep it. (65:66) It was a ping-pong game, in one moment the home team leading, in the other the guests, always with just 1 point. In the last 1-2 minutes both teams scored only from free throws and it was obvious that the winners will be the those with stronger nerves.
I guess it won’t make any spoiler for you if I tell you it wasn’t Partizan.
52 seconds were left. Olimpija led to 75:76. Williams-Goss scored. 77:76, the Slovenian coach asks for timeout. We return to the court. 45 seconds are left. Clenched teeth. Referees whistle a foul on us. Free throw for Olimpija. They score from both. 77:78. 19 seconds are left. Timeout for us. We return again to the court. Novica Velučković throws in the very last moment - and screws it up. Air ball.
Olimpija win. (photo: twitter.com/Starsportphoto)


Did they deserve it? Absolutely.
What should we learn from this? If a team can lose from 20:9, there are very serious problems, not just with the coach, but with the players as well.
If this team can be team only in their name but not in reality, then what is their function? Depressant, a serious one.
Shall we go and fuck ourselves? Right now, please.