The Pittsburgh Blue’s Shad Richardson is at the World Cup following the USA with the American Outlaws. Shad has tickets to all of the Team USA matches and two other games being played in Natal, Brazil. He’s sampling the local food and enjoying the beach. Let’s hope the food agrees with him and he helps Team USA progress to the knockout rounds!
You can follow along with Shad’s adventure in Brazil on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shad321 and on Instagram @shad321verizonnet
The Pittsburgh Blues had an exclusive chance to interview former Chelsea player and current Chelsea FC academy coach Tore Andre Flo. Flo played over 100 games during a very successful three year spell at Stamford Bridge. He won the Cup Winners’ Cup, the League Cup, the Super Cup and the FA Cup, also playing a pivotal role in our memorable run to the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 1999/00.
Questions by Justin Weible:
What is your greatest moment as a Chelsea player?
I think that has to be the home leg against Barcelona. Especially if we could have stopped the game at half-time, it was pretty amazing. We were 3-0 up and I scored 2 goals as well. It was a pretty big game at the time as it was our first year in the Champions League and quarter-final and we were 3-0 up against Barcelona, it was an amazing feeling.
Who would you consider to be the best player you have played alongside?
Zola. That’s an easy question as he was a super football player first of all, but also a person that everybody learned from, all the younger boys and including me too. So he could give advice as well as being good himself.
How do you compare the training methods today to when you used to play in the Premier League?
I think now they are getting use to training in a way where they can handle the ball quicker, the tempo could be higher, so maybe areas are tighter, and they can get out of problems a lot better than they could before. You see younger players now being able to play at a higher tempo than they did before.
What was it like to see Di Matteo lift the Champions League trophy?
First of all I am a Chelsea fan, a Chelsea supporter since playing here. I’ve always had my heart here. So to see a friend achieve such a great achievement was just great. I’ve had good contact with him since we played here together and he’s a good friend. It was amazing to see him lift that trophy.
What was your reaction to the snow in Tromso?
A lot of my teammates could not believe what they saw there. Being from Norway, I have been in similar situations before, as there could be a lot of snow quite suddenly in Norway. In a European game though, I have never seen anything like it, not that much snow coming down in such a short space of time, and with our boys who were used to green pitches, nice pitches, but the funny thing was we started to play better. It should have been the other way round! We played quite well in the snow.
Why do you think so many of the players you played with went on to be managers?
I think they were part of a very special generation, with a lot of leaders in the dressing room at that time. So I’m not surprised that some of them became managers, although I wouldn’t have thought it would have been that many, but then again it was a great group and we all learned from each other at that time and we took a lot of information with us, which we
One day back in 2004, Chelsea actually came to Pittsburgh. The played AS Roma at Heinz Field and won 3-0.
Here is a link to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about the day. http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/more-sports/soccer-fans-get-a-taste-of-real-thing-544785/