Life of Kakà, from Iceland to Orlando, simply a gentle giant footballer

Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, commonly known as Kakà, entered the schene of international football in a game v. Bolivia in 2002 and a few weeks later scoring one of the six Brazil goals in their 6-1 friendly win v. Iceland. This was just in front of the World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

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Kaka made the 2002 World Cup squad, but was not selected for the final and at the age of 20 only played 25 minutes, in the 5-2 win v. Costa Rica. But he can then of course regard himself as a World Cup winner lifting that magic trophy for the first and only time in his career.

Kakà did play a more major part in the next two World Cup’s in Germany (06) and South Africa (10), but had to see his Brazil ending their runs in the quarter finals of both tournaments. Kakà scored one single goal in all of his World Cup games, the 1-0 winner v. Croatia in 2006.

A player of his capacity was of course noticed outside Brazil and being influential as a teenager with his club Sao Paulo and making an early debut in the national team, made Europe his next step, signing for AC Milan in August 2003. He soon found his place at AC and established himself and in time seen as one of the best players in the history of this fantastic football club.

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Kakà won Serie A, Coppa Italia and the UEFA Champions League and in that same year of 2007 bcoming the Ballon D’or of that year. He later made a move Real Madrid  (2009), where he also became a league and cup winner, later to return back to AC Milan for a second spell and after that sailing out for his last destination in football, MLS club Orlando City.

Though it wasn’t to be his last destination, joining Sao Paulo on loan for a while until Orlando City were officially part of the MLS circus. After his stint with his first club he finally made his debut in North America, and stayed on until 2017 when he at the age of 35 made a decision to leave the game.

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Kakà is known for being a passionate Christian and The Bible is said to be his favorite book, he has since his early days in football been an Ambassador against hunger and not yet returned to football as he is looking for the right offer to come along, and we all hope we haven’t seen the last of Kakà in the World of football.

Wolves out, Man Utd goes through in Europa League, The Sandy Jardine Story and Emile Hojbjerg to Spurs



Wolves are out, Man Utd are through

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Wolves was defeated by Sevilla, a more experienced team in European football, while Man Utd managed to get through winning 1-0 against FC Copenhagen. The battle became more equal than anyone would have thought. The former Cologne and Wolves manager Ståle Solbakken in charge of FC Copenhagen made it difficult for his fellow countryman Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but in the end Man Utd won the battle 1-0 as expected.



Wolves in the Europa League!

Wolves did ever so well in the Europa League, but had to see their days ended with a defeat to the more experienced Sevilla, but anyway a great campaign and of course one to remember.


Rangers goes top in Scotland with win over St. Johnstone

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The Scottish 2020/21 League season is well on it’s way, two to three games are played and Hibernian are up there on top with Rangers.

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I, Sandy Sandy: The Biography of Sandy Jardine (9781845029913 ...

This is worth it’s read and goes through the life of one of the most elegant defenders in the Scottish game ever, most known for his time with Rangers but also a great servant to Hearts. Sandy Jardine also represented Scotland 38 times from 1970 to 1979.


Hojbjerg joins Spurs!

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As expected Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg left Southampton for a new adventure and will play for Spurs next season, the former Bayern Munich midfielder is hopeful this move would also put him into a position to again get back in the Danish national team.

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Coutinho to Arsenal?

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The saga regarding Philippe Coutinho’s possible transfer away from Barcelona is still a topic and the latest club to be linked with the Brazilian is Arsenal. If Mike Arteta joins the race it could be a move that looks interesting for The Gunners.

All rumours as they appear minute by minute.


Weekly Updates

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Don’t miss out on all Soccervoice updates published during the week, special blog topics from past and present. This update will appear every week and you will find it published from our Twitter and Facebook pages as well. We are also on Pinterest and Instagram.

This week you will find a blog talk about Birmingham City and the rivalry with Aston Villa, of course new updates at our Focus On – Vintage section and also a new player or two in our England specials.

The Second City Taboo, Aston Villa and Birmingham City

Some city’s do have rivalry between their best football teams, and in most places they accept each other for what they are, but between Birmingham City and Aston Villa there are still difficult to do that, it’s like a clan dispute.

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The two clubs represent communities inside the Birmingham area and they are easily separated and you are either one or the other, not much of a mix of, so to see players and even managers move over the border is a bit of taboo, but it happens.

Those who have been in both camps are quite a few and we have strolled down to find the interesting stories about a number of them, starting with Ron Saunders, who turned Aston Villa into a league winning side, but months later moved on and took charge of rival Birmingham City.

He stayed 8 years at Villa Park and was 4 years in charge at St. Andrews, doing a grand job in both clubs, but due to financial restrictions at Birmingham City moved on to yet another area district club West Bromwich Albion. Before moving to Aston Villa, Saunders had been in charge at Norwich and Man City and did not have any relations in this area at all, being brought up in Birkenhead outside Liverpool and during most of playing career been down south with Portsmouth.

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Steve Bruce and Alex McLeish are two others that have been in charge at both clubs, and especially McLeish getting unpopular by the Birmingham City fans jumping ship to take over the rival at Villa Park. Steve Bruce was a different story and probably a softer accept as he took charge of the clubs with a number of years in between.

A number of players have been in both camps and from the 60’s and 70’s, players such as Trevor Hockey, Geoff Vowden and Ron Wylie must be mentioned as they played in Aston Villa and Birmingham City, Hockey with a few years and clubs in between, Vowden and Wylie making straight moves between the two.

Going into the late 70’s and early 80’s, Dennis Mortimer, Des Bremner, David Geddis and David Hopkin are names that made the trip between clubs. All of them being surplus at Villa Park and turning up at Birmingham City either in a straight move or with a club in between.

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Looking into the club books of later years Emile Heskey and Liam Ridgewell are to mention, so is Kevin Phillips, and not to forget the two Gardner’s, Gary and Craig. Would also put up the name Curtis Davies who is one defender to rank. The recent move of Jota who joined Aston Villa from Birmingham City last summer, is also of course one to notice.

But to find the greatest players to have represented both The Villa and The Blues you have to go back loads of years, seeing the likes of Stan Lynn, Harry Hampton, Charlie Athersmith and Bobby Thompson as heroes of the two clubs in the past.

Despite that long term rivalry between the two, the players looks welcomed as they tend to get the respect from fans as long as they play well, contribute to wins on the field and pulls on the right jersey.

But we believe that in a way it is the Second Town Taboo and that it lives on, and as you can see most players do have a life in each camp and not in both.




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