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NeilJLeonard
04-01-2010, 04:16 AM
Saw Rooney on the evening news, on crutches, ankle/foot heavily bandaged and strapped. Apparently out for a month. Slo-mo showed bad roll-over of his ankle.
Yep. Major ankle sprain. Out 2 to 4 weeks. He should be OK for SA, but he's out for Saturday and the return against BM.

NJL

Buzz
04-01-2010, 06:13 PM
Fabregas is also injured and will be out for about six weeks. He will be unable to play in Arsenal's return match in Barcelona. Speaking of which, Barca and Arsenal tied 2-2 but Arsenal was a bit lucky because of a questionable penalty call. Inter-Milan also beat CSKA Moscow 1-0 and it was a fair result despite a couple questionable calls in this match as well.

Buzz
04-07-2010, 01:33 AM
Inter-Milan won against CSKA 1-0 in Moscow but by far the better match to watch was the 4-1 Barca victory against Arsenal! Messi scored all FOUR goals!!!! :eek: That match was something to behold! And the World Cup is going to be sooooo exciting! I am hoping to finally get my all South American final with Brazil playing against Argentina in the final! :cheer2:

fragoletta
04-07-2010, 09:47 PM
((((Buzz)))) Man Un won 3:2 but it wasn't enough so Bayern moves on...The first time in awhile with no English team at the semis :eek:

I predict the final would be Barcelona-Bayern with Leo Messi scoring 162928632165 goals and claiming the victory on his own...:P

NeilJLeonard
04-07-2010, 11:35 PM
((((Buzz)))) Man Un won 3:2 but it wasn't enough so Bayern moves on...The first time in awhile with no English team at the semis :eek:

I predict the final would be Barcelona-Bayern with Leo Messi scoring 162928632165 goals and claiming the victory on his own...:P
Man U "lost" 3-2. They had a 3-0 lead then gave up one just before the half. One of Man U's wonderkids picked up a 2nd yellow in the 50th minute on an absolute asinine foul on his part & BM took over the game. Constant pressure brought on Arjen Robbens remarkable goal making it 3-2 with a 4-4 aggregate and BM w/2 away goals. The 2nd time that Man U let Bayern off of the hook and snatched defeat from apparent victory. Probably the 2 most pathetic performances I've ever seen from the red devils. They coulda, woulda, shoulda won this round but some remarkable creativity on their part allowed Bayen Munich to go to the semis.

My biggest surprise was that Rooney started. He was ineffective, but he gave it his best. Perhaps an indication of what Man U lacks.

I agree that Barca will repeat as champions, but your goal total for Messi may be too small....;)

NJL

Buzz
04-08-2010, 12:51 AM
!@#$%^&*()@#%*&^$#@!!!!!!!!!!!! :angryfire But Messi is on fire! Hopefully this is the year I finally get my all South American final! hehehe :D

fragoletta
04-08-2010, 09:07 AM
It was totally SAF fault! When the defender got a red card he took out Rooney and put another defender. OK, but that left Man with practically no attack and at 3:1 and plenty of time to go he must have known that BM would put some pressure on them...Why didn't he let Giggs or Berbatov in play earlier? Had it been 4:1 BM wouldn't have found the strenght to score another 2 goals or even 1 IMHO...

Anyway, I am thinking about going to see Messi in person as Barca is coming to Milan to play agaisnt Inter (I can't stand Inter any way :D) but tickets are pricy, I am not sure I can spare 50-100 euro but may be Leo is worth it???

NeilJLeonard
04-09-2010, 04:22 PM
On a much, much lower level than the UEFA Champions League the USA's domestic Div II, the NASL/USL1, opens play tomorrow. Since our local team, Miami FC, plays in Ft Lauderdale and only charges $12.00 per ticket with free parking to boot I'll probably go see what they have to offer this year against the Rochester Ragin' Rhinos at Lockhart Stadium tomorrow. The Brazilian owner, Traffic Sports, has brought in a bunch of young Brazilians to play here this season to augment the players they've signed in the last 2 months or so from he USA and elsewhere. It could be interesting. It certainly was that last year, and a lot of fun, too. We'll see...;)

KHenry14
04-11-2010, 06:28 PM
Well, the LA Galaxy are on a role, opening the season with three straight wins, and without allowing a goal. Edson Buddle has scored all five Galaxy goals this year, he is definately En Fuego right now. :D

All this without Becks in the midfield too...

Buzz
04-15-2010, 08:56 PM
A lack of internet access and credit cards are being blamed for slow sales of tickets to this summer's tournament. There are some 500,000 tickets up for sale.

http://goal.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/15/final-sales-phase-for-world-cup-tickets-begins-with-a-frenzy/

KHenry14
04-15-2010, 09:54 PM
A lack of internet access and credit cards are being blamed for slow sales of tickets to this summer's tournament. There are some 500,000 tickets up for sale.

http://goal.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/15/final-sales-phase-for-world-cup-tickets-begins-with-a-frenzy/

How could FIFA allow this to happen? Don't they check stuff like this out? Sheesh...

Buzz
04-18-2010, 09:11 PM
Fernando Torres needs knee surgery and will miss the rest of the EPL. I doubt he will be able to play in Spain's opening match against Switzerland.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/l/liverpool/8628770.stm

fragoletta
04-19-2010, 06:38 AM
That's a sad news about Torres...Hope he makes it for the WC, Spain will need him.

Meanwhile Barcelona leaves today for Milan by bus :eek: trying to avoid the flight mess. It really sucks for them that they are the ones to travel now and by the time Inter has to go to Barcelona probably they won't have this problem...

Buzz
04-21-2010, 12:09 AM
Inter beat Barca 3-1 and I wonder how much that loooong bus ride to the match had to do with the loss. This article has free highlights of the match. ;)

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/matches/season=2010/round=2000031/match=2000487/postmatch/report/index.html#impressive+inter+leave+barca+ropes

NeilJLeonard
04-21-2010, 01:10 PM
Inter beat Barca 3-1 and I wonder how much that loooong bus ride to the match had to do with the loss. This article has free highlights of the match. ;)

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/matches/season=2010/round=2000031/match=2000487/postmatch/report/index.html#impressive+inter+leave+barca+ropes
I was wondering about that bus ride myself as I watched Inter totally frustrate & pretty much dominate Barca. For the 1st time in months Messi was not a factor. In fact, for most of the game his name was never mentioned. His impact was nil.

I also wonder if Dunga watched this match. Dani Alves got undressed on the 1st Inter goal exposing the weakness in his game. He's marvelous on the attack but too often near useless as a defender. Meanwhile, the man that keeps him on Brazil's bench, Maicon, got caught upfield on Barca's goal, but scored a gem to make it 3-1, and played decent "D" for the rest of the game.

This was the 1st time in ages that I've seen Barca outmatched. Although I expect them to rebound at Camp Nou & eventually win the UEFA crown, it was refreshing to watch them scurry around like so many of their opponents have done with them over the past 2 years.

NJL