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Soccer Report Extra Podcast: Episode 12 – Podcast Misses McMahon Like Mourinho Misses Marbles.

Written by on April 29, 2011 | 24 Comments »
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Have you seen this SRE Podcast contributor? He seems to have gone missing.  It’s been three weeks now, and we’re all a little bit worried.

Bobby McMahon is still away, so this week Eoin O’Callaghan and producer Luke Crofford delve into the mid-week soap-opera that was the UEFA Champions League Semifinal – 1st Leg between Real Madrid & Barcelona.  Did Guardiola win the mind-game war?  Are there ‘dark forces’ at play, preventing Real Madrid from realizing their dream of a place at Wembley? Do the things that come out of Jose Mourinho’s mouth, post-match, make sense to anyone other than Jose Mourinho?  We’ll also discuss what happened on the pitch, including Pepe’s sending-off, some dodgy Catalan play-acting, and discuss Manchester United’s surprisingly easy trip to Gelsenkirchen.  Plus, a quick recap of a disappointing Wednesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium for RSL, as Mexican guests Monterrey dashed MLS hopes by claiming the CONCACAF Champions League title.

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24 responses to “Soccer Report Extra Podcast: Episode 12 – Podcast Misses McMahon Like Mourinho Misses Marbles.”

  1. John Bladen says:

    “do the things …. sense to anyone but Mourinho?”

    Well, with someone who refers to himself in the third person, and employs a nickname he awarded himself, I have my doubts…

  2. rdm says:

    Eoin, you’ve hit a new high water mark with this effort. Best contribution so far to the podcast. Honourable mention of course has to go to the life sized cardboard cutout of Bobby.

    Well done and very entertaining.

  3. Mark says:

    I’m wondering what everyone thinks of the video footage found on Real Madrid’s website, allegedly showing that Pepe’s red card was incorrectly given, as well as a couple of Barcelona players clutching their faces, after being shoulder barged or otherwise tackled.

  4. Mark says:

    Pep Guardiola should be the next Manager of Manchester United – NOT Jose.

  5. Mourinho is the only one who can play against such a great team as Barca and that is why he was brought to Real. He has to play dirty, he has to play on field and out of the field as well.

  6. Boris says:

    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson reveals he would have chosen Tottenham’s Luka Modric as player of the season
    Red Devils manager hails Croatian midfielder and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, and praises Ian Holloway for the “fantastic job” he has done with Blackpool this season

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    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he would have picked Tottenham’s Luka Modric as his player of the season.

    Modric, who lost out to team-mate Gareth Bale in the PFA vote, has long been linked with a move to United, and Ferguson feels the Croatia international should have received the award, while acknowledging the impressive season Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has had.

    “Luka Modric, and I think the boy [Jack] Wilshere has really emerged as a great young talent,” he told Inside United.

    When asked about who he would have chosen as his manager of the year, Ferguson said Blackpool boss Ian Holloway.

    He added: “He must come into it when you look at what he has achieved in the economic climate he works under. He’s done a fantastic job.”

    This is from the’s website. It’s one thing for a crazed fan to say that Modric should have won the award but when you hear this from the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, and Dalglish (yes, he’s been quoted saying the same thing), it means a lot more.
    Modric has truly grown since coming to the Premier League and I think he will do even better in years to come.
    Will Ferguson try to sign him in the summer? I still think the 50 mil price tag is too steep. We’ll see.

  7. Gus Keri says:

    Is this the next Messi or the next Kruyff?

  8. Mark – why was the red card incorrectly given? There is nothing on the video that indicated that the referee was wrong in sending Pepe off. Late, leading with studs showing and high – that is more than enough to get you sent off.

  9. Boris says:

    Omg Gus. That is insane. Messi or Kryff? Could he surpass both?

  10. Gus Keri says:


    Profeesional clubs are already lining up to sign him. He is going to be the youngest ever professional player, I think.

  11. Gus Keri says:


    I think Barcelona players exagerated their reaction to every contact to get some of Madrid players in trouble. It was a trick and the referee fell for it. Dani Alves is a major culprit here. I agree he wasn’t touched but did you see his reaction? This is an Oscar worthy act.

    Saying that, Pepe deserved the red card. If Alves didn’t move his leg away in time (and we are talking a fraction of a second here), we would’ve been talking about a Zakuani-like leg break.

    One more point. I think Pepe’s exit gave Messi the chance to shine. I wonder if he would’ve been able to produce those two goals if Pepe was still in the game.

  12. John Bladen says:


    My opinion in relation to the RM suggestion is that people who live in glass houses (or in this case, employ Cristiano Ronaldo) shouldn’t throw stones.

    More managerial mind games, I would suggest. The card looked legitimate to me.

  13. Tim says:

    ONLY 8 minutes into the podcast and i absolutely love Eoin….this has made my day…an it doesn’t take a physics major and a forensic video expert to believe Alves went to kick the ball and with no opposing force, completely swing his body in the opposite direction….video is BS and i cant believe they are clinging to that

  14. Ogo Sylla says:

    GREAT Pod Eoin! Finally someone out there dismantles the Cult of Jose. You and I few and far in between to question this so-called “Special One”. Great Stuff and let the truth be out there!

  15. Mark says:

    Bobby, Gus & John:
    I agree with you that the red card was deserved, given the three points made by Bobby. I was only reiterating what the website said.
    However, IF Pepe didn’t actually come into contact with Alves’s leg, his reaction (that of extreme pain, not falling to the ground) could be seen as trying to get Pepe sent off. That is improper conduct, is it not? Additionally, both Busquets and Pedro clutched their faces (in a way similar to Rivaldo during the 2002 World Cup)after clearly not being struck in the face, and in my opinion, all three should get cards for the deception. Finally, Adebayor should have gotten a yellow card for the push on Busquets (I think).
    So much promise, yet so much disappointment.

  16. Gus Keri says:


    I agree that they should be punished for simulation.

    Here where I think FIFA should help referees.
    On many occasions, referees are not able to tell who is acting and who is not.
    After reviewing the tape, if it’s proven simulation, they should retro-actively punish the player.
    There is no need to interrupt a game to watch it. Just do it later in a board room.

  17. Mark – Your points are very appropriate and relevant. In cases such as this (Dani Alves) I would agree with Gus.

  18. Chad says:

    I am so glad that there are people out there who aren’t buying this utter garbage that Jose is selling. It annoys me so much to hear analysts talk about how Mourinho dominates press conferences to take the pressure and focus off of the team. Really? Pep said it best when he mentioned that his players would not run any harder or faster due to his pre-match response to Mourinho. Jose is special alright, and he needs treatment. He dominates the media because he’s clearly in love with himself. He is an egotistical, disrespectful hypocrite.

    I realize now that of everything that Mourinho brings to a club, it was his absolute hatred for Barcelona that must have won him the Real Madrid job. A job in which he really hasn’t added anything to the “how to beat Barcelona handbook.” Furthermore, it’s not about which tactic is the right one. It’s about how frustrating it must be to buy any player you want, to construct a team precisely how you like it, with this “special” manager and yet STILL defend for your lives in front of your own fans. How is this lost on Madridistas? Is that really acceptable? It’s worth pointing out that teams like Hercules & Rubin Kazan were just as effective against Barcelona with their defensive/counter-attacking approach. The difference is that they didn’t need Jose to do it… or Ronaldo… or Kaka.. or Benzema.. well you get the point. The back-pass and the away goals rules were both introduced to discourage teams from overly negative and boring play. It seems now that football needs a “Mourinho” rule.

    Barcelona players were absolutely wrong for play-acting in the first leg. There’s no question about it. But would the world have been happier if Pepe broke Dani Alves’ leg? Or Messi’s for that matter? In my opinion, unnecessarily rough tackles, waving of imaginary cards, diving, surrounding referees, intentionally keeping stadium grass high, and press conference slandering of players, managers & clubs all fall under the same dark umbrella of unsportmanslike conduct. And I have never, in all my years of watching football, come across a single team that wasn’t guilty of one of these things.

  19. Roberto Manita says:

    Now it’s all clear to me. Boris is actually related to Luka. Yeah, that’s it. Boris Modric.

    On the simulation matter, let’s not vilify FCB only (via Alves, Busquets, and Pedro). I would submit that RM are even worse offenders in this matter (via Di Maria, Ronaldo, Marcelo, et al), especially during the course of the season. Simulation is a double edged sword and sometimes when you play with fire you get burned. Oh, and one more cliché, Jose … karma is a bitch.

  20. Roberto Manita says:

    And after hearing Jose’s latest conspiracy theory regarding FCB, I also believe Jose and SL are related (grassing knoll, crop circles, black helicopters, cattle mutilations, alien obductions, Ovrebo, Stark, and now Unicef).

  21. soccerlogical says:

    So let me get this straight… you’re not a Mourinho fan?

    No props for the guy going to several top leagues, learning the languages and winning the league everywhere he has coached (not to mention 2 CL titles)?

    You think Fergie could have accomplished those feats?

    Every owner knows what he gets when they hire “The Translator”, no one puts a gun to an owner’s head and says hire Jose….

  22. Roberto Manita says:

    Short answer: Jose is a cancer on the game. The sooner RM remove him for the club and La Liga the better it is for the beautiful game.

    But as an FCB fan, I kind of want Jose to stay at RM as long as possible and let his cancer spread throughout their club as much as possible. Di Stefano, the legend of legends of RM, is not exactly enamoured of TSO and his ways at the club. I’m not sure why anyone else would be either. If negative footy wins then maybe I could see it from RM’s point of view (although, winning ugly would never be acceptable at FCB as they would rather die on their shield than not being true to their principles). Losing ugly, playing like thugs and cowards, at home, and with the most expensive team on the planet surely cannot be acceptable to the supporters of the royal white? Can it be? And to do it with such a clown like Mourinho who will only cause further damage to their club? We shall see in the off season.

  23. John Bladen says:

    Roberto – JM’s conduct and self aggrandizing behaviour (will never forget his post CL win interview, on pitch, last year…) is appalling. But he wins – a lot.

    We’ll likely be seeing him at elite clubs for quite some time. But take heart, you can always listen to one of his former employers refer to him as ‘the translator’ to help you manage…

    Mark: I agree completely on retroactively punishing simulation. Still, it isn’t a perfect solution. Retroactively punishing Iniesta for three shameless cardable dives during the WC final last summer wouldn’t have changed the result, of course.

  24. Gillian says:

    I’m finally listening to this podcast and re: Eoin calling Mourinho the Gollum of football management? Hilarious! But in the last few days, I have been perplexed by all the disingenuous pearl clutching being done in reaction to Mourinho’s comments.


    You all in the press LOVE it when Mourinho acts up and/or melts down. When people ask why he throws tantrums, I think the answer is obvious: because he is rewarded by days and days of attention from the likes of you all. So, the “ZOMG! Jose is reprehensible!” stuff is a bit much.

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