Friday, July 11, 2014

Road to Final : Argentina vs Netherlands. Penalty drama.

I'm a bit losing memory about the match yesterday, but it got me have sleep marathon since 7 am in the morning until 3-4 pm. Ah, I remember. I yelled in full enthusiasm when Argentina's victory have been confirmed. And Romero, hell yeah Sergio Romero, you are awesome!!
I prepared my Pepsi and Lay's with Messi's photograph on the wrapper. Of course I'm counting on his magic movements so Argentina will win.

I always like Netherlands' national song, along with Germany and England. Feels classy and elegant :D
The main referee is from Turk and I know he will play neutral. When Messi and Van Persie shook hand before the match begin, man, that was contrast. Messi, you just a few centimeters higher than me, but how come you could be so dangerous for goal keepers and defenders? -_-
Another silly concern from me, I think Alejandro Sabella and Louis Van Gaal have the same... appearance. I couldn't clearly describe it, and I don't know where part is that but they're look alike. Except for their behavior during the match, Sabella likes to stand up and walk here and there while Van Gaal likes to sit down with other coaches.

Game started. Argentina were taking initiative in offensive way, but Van Gaal piled up, I don't know precisely but I thought it was 4-5 defenders -_-
The dangerous movements by Arjen Robben and Jordy Clasie made my heart beats rapidly. Gosh, I was afraid they will shoot a goal!
Mascherano fell because of one deadly head hit with De Jong (unpredictable, of course) and I was worried that he won't be able to continue. Fortunately, he could back to the field.
Messi and Garay tried to score a goal, but well, none. Ugh! Cillessen was great!
Martins Indi got yellow card. He deserved it! :v

Commentator said that Netherlands always play aggresive at the second half. Made me surprised because they really played like that. Ball possession went to Netherlands with 53% and Argentina 47%. I must admit, their passes were slightly like Spain at 2010. Team which have passes like that always score a goal -_-
Argentina played defensively and I don't know whether in second half or the additional time, Mascherano made a brilliant savings when Robben was dribbling close to the goal post. "Man, that guy in yellow shoes!" my dad said. Though there are some in the field wearing yellow shoes, I know he meant Mascherano.

Sergio Aguero and Palacio (I got my hands itches to pull his hair, that was kinda.. annoying -_-) were in replacing Higuain and Perez. Why Higuain? I grumbled. Again, Robben and Clasie. Clasie got the ball, then he passed it to Robben or Schneider. Aaagh if they were ants I will hit my TV screen so they will stop their attack -_-
Van Persie also made one touch near the goal post but it also blocked. Still 0-0.

Additional time felt longer than the normal time. That was impossible because normal half twice longer than the half of additional time, but it really felt longer. Maybe because both team played more aggressive, of course for the goal. People in the net said both team played carefully, but in my opinion was the opposite.
Van Persie wasn't harmful, not like usual, made him replaced by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (what a name!). As the time goes by since their match with Spain, I kept an eye for Huntelaar. He got powerful kick on his feet. Argentina also made a replacement for Lavezzi (he's great) with Maxi Rodriguez. Lavezzi looked tired, and maybe Sabella were preparing Rodriguez for the penalty game.

Palacio and Rodriguez made two chances but still Cillessen with his guard and the match went to penalty game. Well, everything could happen in this part. Luck is one of the main requirement.

My dad said Romero was a number two goal keeper in AS Monaco, made me go pitapat because Argentina never have a penalty before while Netherlands once have it with Costa Rica. But wonderful!! He blocked the first shot from Ron Vlaar. Wooooooh!!! I yelled loudly!
Then Messi's turn. I wonder why he was put as the first kicker, but it clearly made the goal. I forgot who was the second kicker from Netherland but he was success. Was that Robben? Because the kick was fast and powerful, huh -_-
Garay was a success too. I really think that Argentina could win this.
Here came Wesley Sneijder. If he failed, that will be a big punch for Netherlands. He was my dad's favorite in Netherlands. I hope he will fail. And he failed! Romero blocked the goal!! Romeroooo!! Sorry Sneijder. You are a midfielder ace, that means if you success your friends will be relieved and gathered their confidence but if you failed, well, the opposite done :v
Aguero also succeed. But Kuyt succeed too, so the last hope were Maxi Rodriguez. He shot very hard, Cillessen blocked it but the ball bounced, hit the upper pole and went in, jarred the net.

I yelled. My dad applaused. I heard my neighbor yelled, too. 4-2 for Argentina. That was one dramatical match. In the end I saw Robben applaused while approaching his wife and I saw his child crying. Maybe he/she realized that his father and his friends failed to grab a ticket to final.

Romero became the man of the match, well he made critical savings at the penalty. He was the hero. But if I was able to give my own 'man of the match', I'll give it to Mascherano and Robben.
I added Mascherano and Marcos Rojo as my favorite player in this World Cup, along with Ochoa and Thiago Silva ^_^

Albiceleste and Der Panzer were often met each other in World Cup, especially at final. Last time, Germany won. I know Messi and friends won't let them do the same easily this time. Oranje and Selecao for the third place? Thiago Silva is back, that's a lot of improvement. Oranje? Oh, they will have a revenge. I know they're not satisfied with their lose.

The end of World Cup 2014 is near! How can I miss it?

Road to Final : Brazil vs Germany. Brazil crushed. Get well soon.

I typed this at break time, 9 July 2014 but delayed to post it because suddenly my dial-up connection out of quota. That time, I still have tiny strength on my fingers to type about the disaster. Let me give a little summary about the condition of both team before they're going to the semifinal. Thiago Silva missed next match yellow card accumulation. Neymar broke his bone and cannot join any match for 6-8 weeks. Brazil went to the semifinal bloody and wobbly while Germany perfect fit and well.

Scolari, I hope you will still able to find a job because you can't predict the worst scenario that you lost two pillars. And why don't you use Dani Alves? At least he won't let it FIVE-ZERO at 26'!!! I feel sorry Brazil, really sorry 'cause I feel the same when Spain lost 5-1 from Netherland. At least in the end of the game. This time, game hasn't over yet and score have been 5-0.

5-0. First half. Brazil. In such event like World Cup. Though it's Germany as the opponent, don't you think this is a little ...

I wonder what happened in the fitting room at break time. Joachim Lehw maybe in way telling his boys to hold on. How many people in yellow-green jersey crying right now? Well, I saw two showed by the camera.

Back then at Euro 2012 final, Casillas yelled to his boys to stop their offense because Italy need to be appreciated, especially Buffon. Maybe Neuer will do the same? I can't watch the match any longer, really, so I left my dad alone watching the rest. Brazil embarass the teams they beated on the previous matches. They lost their confidence since the second goal but I respect their persistency for still fighting 'til the end, they're the host after all. Get well soon, Brazil :'(

Man, Julio Cesar must be very depressed.

I predicted that Germany will score one more goal in the second half. But they scored two, and Oscar, blessed you man, gave one goal on 90'. You know, that one felt like a gift. I knew it from Facebook because like I said before, I didn't watch the match. I saw the end where Thiago Silva hugged his friend number 11, and then hugged David Luiz. Scored one goal at the very end means Brazil still fighting and give their best, but Germany wasn't an easy opponent at all. It's not okay, but it's over now so left all the regrets on the field and prepare for the 2018.

And that's it, Brazil 1-7 Germany at the semifinal. It left a deep wound for Brazil but I hope they could learn from it. Congratulation Deutschland, for making sure your path to the final match. Fresh, fit and well. They're ready for Argentina.

#Brazil #Germany #Semifinal #WorldCup2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014

[Read & Review] - Theodore Boone, Pengacara Cilik (John Grisham)

Satu hal yang membanggakan dari membaca novel ini adalah : saya beli, bukan pinjam! Yeeeey!! Untuk pertama kalinya di tahun ini saya membeli novel, dan langsung dua buku. Yang pertama yang udah saya taksir sejak hari pertama bazar buku, yaitu buku yang akan di-review ini, dan Wuthering Heights yang baru ditemukan H-1 penutupan bazar. Yah, ngutang dulu separo harga sama temen, untung dia baik dan emang komplotan sejak kelas 1 SMA -_-

Saya kesengsem buku ini karena emang saya cukup tertarik dengan karya-karya John Grisham yang banyak menceritakan dunia hukum, pengadilan, pengacara dan kliennya. Dan lagi-lagi buku ini pun temanya tidak lepas dari yang telah saya sebutkan, hanya lebih ringan, lebih mudah dibaca buat amatiran yang nggak ngerti sistem hukum. Gaya bahasa yang digunakan juga lebih mudah dimengerti. Satu hal lagi yang saya suka : bukunya tipis! Emang sih ukuran hurufnya sedikit lebih kecil daripada biasanya, tapi lebih nyaman buat mata dan dipegangnya juga enak :v

Buku ini menceritakan kehidupan Theodore Boone, bocah laki-laki berusia 13-14 tahun yang kedua orangtuanya pengacara dan ia sendiri bercita-cita menjadi seorang pengacara hebat. Theo punya banyak kenalan di pengadilan dan bahkan akrab dengan salah satu hakim utamanya. Theo pun membuka layanan konsultasi hukumnya sendiri secara gratis untuk membantu teman-temannya. Suatu hari, kliennya membawa berita tak terduga yang membuat keputusan sidang seorang pembunuh berdarah dingin justru bergantung pada tindakan Theo. Theo Boone sudah tahu terlalu banyak.

Display BukuBerawal dari kehidupan sehari-hari Theodore Boone di rumahnya yang disiplin soal waktu. Awal-awalnya diceritakan kesukaan Theo terhadap hukum dan pengadilan, betapa ia ingin menjadi seorang pengacara hebat dengan kasus-kasus kontroversial dan ia ingin beraksi di depan hakim dengan pernyataan-pernyataan hebat. Kedua orangtuanya juga seorang pengacara yang cukup terkenal dan sangat sibuk. Mereka memiliki sebuah kantor hukum sendiri. Theo mampir ke kantor itu setiap hari sepulang sekolah. Di sekolahnya, Theo merupakan ahli debat di kelas Pemerintahan (semacam mata pelajaran PKn), dan baik guru maupun teman-temannya selalu bertanya pada Theo tentang perkembangan terbaru di pengadilan. Terkadang Theo juga melayani konsultasi hukum ringan dari teman-temannya tentang hal sepele seperti hewan peliharaan sampai penyitaan rumah. Theo tidak sesehat teman-teman lain sehingga tidak bisa ikut kegiatan olahraga, tapi itu membuat nilai-nilainya rata-rata A.

Theo dan keluarganya suka membantu orang lain terutama imigran-imigran yang hidup kurang layak, salah satunya adalah imigran dari El Salvador, Julio beserta ibu dan adiknya. Theo sendiri sering membantu Julio belajar aljabar. Suatu hari, kelas Pemerintahan Theo akan belajar di luar, tepatnya menghadiri sidang Mr. Duffy yang menjadi tersangka utama pembunuhan istrinya. Theo adalah penghubung utama antara sekolahnya dengan hakim, Judge Henry Gantry. Sidang berlanjut selama beberapa hari mendekati vonis akhir yang tampaknya akan membebaskan Mr. Pete Duffy. Tak disangka-sangka, sepupu Julio mengetahui bukti-bukti vital yang bisa mengubah jalannya sidang dan juga seorang saksi penting. Julio dan sepupunya berkonsultasi pada Theo. Beban dan rahasia ini terlalu berat untuk ditanggung Theo seorang diri, padahal ia berjanji tidak akan membahayakan posisi Julio dan sepupunya.

Akhirnya Theo memutuskan untuk berkonsultasi pada pamannya, Ike Boone, mantan pengacara, karena tidak mau merepotkan orangtuanya. Ike berusaha semampunya namun mereka harus melakukan sesuatu secepatnya sebelum vonis akhir dijatuhkan. Mau tidak mau mereka harus bicara dengan hakim dan kedua orangtua Theo. Namun, Theo tetap tidak bisa mengungkapkan jati diri sepupu Julio, karena sepupu Julio bisa ditangkap dengan alasan imigran gelap padahal ia saksi penting. Di sisi lain, bodyguard Pete Duffy mulai mencurigai gerak-gerik Theo Boone!

Tidak semenegangkan karya-karya John Grisham yang lain seperti Pelican Brief dan The Client, tapi Theodore Boone tidak kalah cerdas dari Mark Sway (tokoh utama The Client). Bisa dibilang, buku yang ini memang untuk konsumsi remaja, tapi bukan anak-anak :D
Untuk yang ingin tahu prosesi hukum dan pengadilan Amerika Serikat tanpa istilah-istilah sulit sembari menikmati cerita, Theo Boone dan sudut pandangnya sangat menarik untuk dibaca! :3

Dan, eeehh... ternyata novel ini bukan single novel, tapi novel seri :v
Terjemahan Indonesia diterbitkan oleh Gramedia Pustaka. Berikut ini seri lain dari seri Theodore Boone (yang tentunya belum saya baca, baru aja tahu :v) :
1. Theodore Boone : Kid Lawyer (Pengacara Cilik) [2010]
2. Theodore Boone : The Abduction (Penangkapan) [2011]
3. Theodore Boone : The Accused (Sang Tersangka) [2012]
4. Theodore Boone : The Activist (Sang Aktivis) [2013]

Psst, di toko buku online bisa sampai 42.000, diskon pun dapetnya 27.000-an. Saya beli di bazar harganya 20.000 :P Sabar aja deh tunggu sampai banting harga ~
Ah semoga bisa koleksi semuanya :D

#JohnGrisham #TheodoreBoone #novel #review