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Cisco / Google…Clash of the Titans?


March 20, 2009 - 19 Comments

St. Patrick’s Day witnessed Cisco’s soccer team in action in its debut match against Google at Ortega Park in Sunnyvale as part of the SBASL 2009 Corporate League. Playing fortuitously in all green uniforms, the Cisco side was hoping for some of the ‘luck of the Irish’ to propel them to victory. In a fitting tribute to the strength of both companies, the game resulted in a tie, 4-4.Google and Cisco both had some good players, although it seemed that youth was on the Google side. Cisco started shakily, ceding a goal within 30 seconds of the kick off and another 2 minutes later. The initial shock and Google-awe gave way to some reasonable passing and tenacious battling against a mixed side.In a game of two halves, both sides fielded large squads and substituted players frequently. At times this excessive subbing at almost every stoppage caused confusion, and both teams’ organization on the field was troubled and intermittent. The Cisco defense seemed strong and disciplined, and were able to keep Google at bay much of the game, but in the end were outpaced by a couple of Google athletes who were the highlights of the Google team. The game was cleanly fought, with slide tackles outlawed and the sportsmanship was clear and civilized in a mostly clean game.Cisco recovered 2 goals in part due to some flawed Google defense. In the 34th minute, the Google ‘keeper came too far out of his box and the Juan Munoz was able to trundle a goal in for Cisco from outside the penalty area with almost no-one in the 18 yard box. Alessandro Boch knocked in another from a corner.Later in the game saw the Google outdone by seemingly random offside calls, but in the end Google dug deep and were able to put 2 more in the onion bag.Final score was a whopping 4-4 including a penalty in the first half in Cisco’s favor that Eric Donkers fired into the top right corner with some confidence. At the end of the day, sport was clearly the winner. Cisco takes on Oracle next week.Cisco Goals – Chi Nguyen 15, Eric Donkers 18 pen, Juan Munoz 34, Alessandro Boch 70 (Managers: Chris Noland, Mike Winter)



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19 Comments

  1. Its like figure of speech which is refering to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity.

  2. Go Cisco,Good luck and God Bless.

  3. About a very beautiful and very informative, thank you to everyone who have contributed to these types of issues still waiting... thank

  4. About a very beautiful and very informative, thank you to everyone who have contributed to these types of issues still waiting

  5. Go Munoz!!!

  6. The WSJ discusses (free link) Google's (GOOG) push to mend fences with content owners and creators and strike advertising revenue sharing deals. Google is the undisputed efficiency and size leader of connecting on-line advertisers with on-line consumers, with the exception of Yahoo! (YHOO) in banner advertisement.

  7. I agree with MAC. Don’t count on Microsoft being distracted, they’re smarted than that

  8. Yes, the match was a wonderful time. In reality the fight big business goes here do not know who will win.

  9. This is a sports competition. But the real war will never cease.

  10. go cisco

  11. good result for Cisco...David vs Goliath 4-4, reasonable result...

  12. @Par luri: Don't count on Microsoft being distracted, they're smarted than that

  13. Well worth the read. Thanks for sharing this information. I got a chance to know about this.

  14. This is a sports competition. But the real war will never cease. I concurecti on a particular segment and this can be seen daily. Even in this trivial game.

  15. I think that MS is distracted by Google and Apple right now and is going to get blindsided when they miss this market shift. I definitly think Cisco will win in this round.

  16. nice

  17. Wow.... A soccer match between Google and Cisco employees. Goes to show even in this time of recession, these companies are still going strong and employee satisfaction is on top of their agenda.Kevin Johnsonhttp://www.walkersresearch.com/emaillists.asp

  18. Is it any chance to see video from it?

  19. First!