Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by Buzz, Nov 13, 2010.
An upset like that is always the lead story, Buzz....
Just wanted to add that I went to the Real Madrid vs Málaga game back in March in Madrid. My seat was in the second highest row from the top of the stadium. They call this part of the stadium vomitorio. No kidding. I should have taken a picture of the sign.
Piermario Morosini an Italian 2nd devision footballer died yesterday after collapsing on the field. He suffered a heart attack less than one month after Fabrice Muamba also had a heart attack. He is still in hospital.
RIP, Piermario. What a tragedy and apparently his mother, father and brother all died when he was he was a teen at separate times and now he leaves behind a disabled sister.
My heart and prayers go out to her and her family. He was WAAAAAAY to young to die.
I 2nd this. Any young 'un in his 20's is way to young to go. Especially one with responsibilities. Infinitely tragic.
Barcelona - Chelsea
Exciting first 10 minutes.
Huh. 1-0 for Chelsea after the first half of the first leg. Who would have thought.
Brilliant defending by Chelsea. Back 8 moved as a unit....and then got a bit lucky at the end.
Even I did not expect that result. Still testing over it.
A BIT lucky? Outrageously lucky is what you mean. Plus, they seemed to catch Barca on an off day. For all of that, they earned the 1-0 win. My hat's off to Chelsea for their play in that game. Now all they have to do is repeat this performance at Camp Nou....
so booked my hubby's tickets to Boston for Liverpool FC their tour of NA this summer.. it actually falls on our anniversary - 26 years.. never missed a one but I'll accept it for footie Now found out that they are also playing in Toronto so I will actually go to that game
My favourite team, BVB 09, became the German Champion for the second time in a row yesterday! Never thought they'd defend their title...
Now, since Barca lost "El Clasico" to Real Madrid 2-1, thus probably sealing Real winning the league title, Chelsea has to play at Nou Camp against a Barca team that has lost 2 straight games that everyone thought they'd win. They may have to do it without Didier Drogba playing because of an injury. A tall order to win with him. Probably impossible without him.
The EPL Championship will go to the City of Manchester. But, since Man U was tied 4-4 by Everton Sunday & Man City won 2-0 to close to 3 points behind Man U, and, they play at Man U's home field Saturday, it could be either team. If Man U wins I can't see them not winning their last 2. The same for Man City.
It is getting interesting in Europe...
Chelsea through to the final
And what a game.
John Terry is an idiot.
So happy for Chelsea though.
Today proved this over and over again. But I guess he's bulletproof to the Blues, as seemingly no matter how much he screws up on and off the pitch, he's their guy.
Barca should be embarrassed that they had no answer for the Chelsea bunker.
And kudos to Torres for saving his otherwise horrendous season with a clutch breakaway goal as you'd ever see.
This cannot be happening!
I had to when the first reaction from Sky commentators was 'he's just paid off his 50 million signing fee.'
And I loved the guardian's live blog comments on John Terry claiming his foul was unintentional.
"John Terry is claiming he didn't deliberately knee Sanchez in the back. Oh John. Yes you did. They have these things called cameras, you see."
Now, how do I get out of our all-important work meeting later on today to watch Real's game?
Well said on all of the above. Each of Terry's team mates should give him a swift kick in his gluteus maximus for one of the most profound brain farts in the history of the sport.
I'm not a Chelsea fan, but I gave them a standing O at the final whistle. One of the most memorable games ever.
Barca's plan B was to keep trying plan A over and over and over. It was actually working, up to a point, but they just could not finish when it was needed in either game, especially Messi. They looked befuddled and emotionally drained during the 2nd half with no idea why the magic was no longer working.
That's what Messi, Guardiola, Iniesta, the 90,000+ fans in Nou Camp, et al were thinking from Chelsea's stunning 1st half added time goal to the final whistle.
I dearly love Barca's version of "the Beautiful Game". When it is working, it can be breathtaking. When it isn't, and you have no other way to approach the game, it is frustrating to the point of weeping. As Chelsea and Real have proved in the last week, there is more than 1 way to play the game to win a match. Or a 2 game series.
Barca also had some chances and simply couldn't do anything with them. Chelsea scored on the only 2 chances they had during the game - and, yes, I was delighted for Mr Torres getting the finisher - his season has been a horror. That might take a bit of the sting out of it.
Chelsea earned it & Barca didn't.
I adore the guardian's live blog. They have a great sense of humour.
I don't want a penalty shootout here...
Bayern through. And while it was a surprisingly shaky penalty shootout for German standards - I still ask myself why a team like Madrid risks a penalty shootout against a German team. If there is one thing we are good at in football, it's penalty shootouts.
Also, Kroos and Lahm will get their citizenship revoked for those two awful penalties. We have a European Championship to play this summer, they can't miss penalties. (Actually, Lahm's wasn't really bad, Casillas was just brilliant on that one)
Congrats to Bayern and bummer for Real. Still getting over my darling Barca's early trip home.
What do you suggest Spain does with Sergio Ramos in that case ?
Cut off all his hair and leave him bald!!!
Barca w/o Pep? Unimaginable....
NJL (..he's had a great 4 year run..it's understandable that the pressure finally did him in...)
I like this final
I do, too. I have no dog in this fight so it's just going to be a good game to watch. That way I can cheer good soccer from both teams, then give kudos to the loser for getting to the final and another trophy for the trophy cabinet & star on their jersey for the winner....
Would like to see Chelsea win, but it's definitely nice to see a team-oriented final instead of Messi vs. Ronaldo which is what would have been hyped left and right if Barça and Real were in the final...Or Mourinho vs Guardiola which would have been even worse.
It's Manchester derby day!
You said it. I have to go have dinner at my favorite restaurant where the owner/manager is a huge ManU fan. They had the game on there earlier and I was stuck at work (but caught some of the match on ESPN). I just wonder if he'll be standing by the time I get there.
For those that don't know, Man City won 1-0. This gives them the lead, on goal differential, to win the EPL championship with 2 games remaining on the league schedule. They really have to screw up to not win the title. If they do win the league title it will be the first time since, I think, 1964. The defeated Man U won the title last year and has pretty much owned the EPL for the last decade or so.
Actually I would hold off anointing Man City just yet (who last won the title in 1968 actually - pushing Man U into 2nd place!!)- they have a tough game on Sunday - away at Newcastle who themselves are pushing for a top 4 finish which would put them in the Champions League next year. Then their final game is at home vs QPR who are fighting to avoid relegation so have nothing to lose by throwing everything at Man City. Man U on the other hand have two games vs opponents in the middle of the table who are already looking towards next season. All the pundits over here in the UK are saying that Man U has the far easier finish to the season - it is still either teams championship to win/lose. It will all depend on what result Man City can get against Newcastle on Sunday.
It has certainly become an awesome end to the season - after Man City sat on top for a lot of the season and then Man U looking like they had it in the bag a few weeks back. The game last night was not a brilliant one - the players were aware of how important it was so it was fairly tense - it spilled over to the touch line at one point with Ferguson having a go at Mancini after an incident on the pitch!! That was tellling as Ferguson is usually pretty stoic on the sidelines. But Man City did deserve the win - they were in control for pretty much the whole of the 2nd half. Let's see if they can hold on and take the title this year - it's amazing what money can buy nowadays
Man City took over around the 20 minute mark, IIRC. They were pretty much the dominant team from that point on. They absolutely deserved the win. They were at least one goal better on the day. Man City only had a few shots on goal. One went in. Man U had no shots on goal. That pretty much defines the game.
NJL (and, you are right.....money can buy all kinds of nice things....maybe a championship....we'll see..)
Man U played one man up front - Rooney - so Ferguson was playing for the draw - which would have set them up for the title. Bad mistake IMHO (and many of the pundits) - it was a negative action and Man City just played the better football.
I know I said money can buy anything but it's one thing to buy the players - another to actually get the results. Mancini has managed to pull the team together - even with some of the diva's he has had to deal with on his team. If they do win the chamionship they will have earned it!!
I was astounded by the lineup Sir Alex put out there. Did he really think he could bunker for 90 minutes against those guys?? Park instead of Hernandez or Berbatov??? No wonder they didn't come close to scoring.
Has anyone seen the second goal of Cissé in yesterday's Chelsea vs Newcastle? There are goals - and there are goals.
Cissé played in Germany before he went to Newcastle, at Freiburg, a decent but small club. He was incredibly good here, but he is even better now. Newcastle has a good chance to make the Champions League now with two games remaining (though one is aginst Man City).
It was worthy. Tough angle and a hard shot, but he made it look easy.
Am still about Chelsea's chances of being back in the CL next "sison", though...
His first goal was a beauty as well:
The game on Sunday vs Man City will be a tight one as there is so much to paly for from both teams.
So anybody else watching the game?? FA Cup Final Liverpool vs Chelsea? So far Chelsea is ahead.. basically walked in with a goal from no where But LFC almost got a goal back.. so far fairly even.. hopefully Liverpool will get it back GO LFC.. GO the REDS..
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