Since Tottenham crashed out of the UEFA Cup on penalties back in March, its fair to suggest that
cruise control mode has set in a White Hart Lane. The north London club are guaranteed a spot in
next season's UEFA Cup following their Carling Cup victory. But with just two games of the season
Being the Los Angeles Galaxy manager isn't easy, or rather, it's much harder than Ruud Gullit had
anticipated. The former Chelsea coach and 1987 European Football of the Year is getting a closer
grip on reality day after day, and isn't hiding his malcontent (event though the team is currently
ranked 2nd in the [.
Manchester United, take a bow. Out gunned and out classed, but not beaten. 3 games more to go and
how things swing from one direction to the other. There really should be a full match report here,
but you'll have to wait for it tomorrow on Red Rants. I will touch upon a few [...]
The teams for the Blue Square Premier playoffs had already been decided ahead of the final day of
the season but, although the final fixtures would just shakedown the final playoff pairings, there
was still a decent smattering of last-day drama. The expected pairings for the playoffs before
kick-off were Torquay taking on Nigel Clough's Burton [.
When the referee pointed to the spot in the 2nd minute of the match, it looked like we are about to
witness an entertaining match, with a lot of attacking football and scoring chances. Unfortunately,
the spectators were the only ones thinking so, as both teams did their best not to score. To be [..
Looking through the Soccerlens mailbag this week we came across a letter from a Premier League
player who is facing a difficult dilemma. As always, Soccerlens can help. Dear Soccerlens, I am
faced with an impossible decision at a crucial stage in my career. I don't know what to do for the
best and I am told [.
Sunday 27 April 2008, Premier League highlights: Portsmouth 0-1 Blackburn Boring match but in the
end, Blackburn prevailed with a Roque Santa Cruz winner Everton 2-2 Aston Villa Not so entertaining
in the first half but became exciting after Phil Neville opened the scoring for Everton. Agbonlahor
scored twice for Villa while Yobo scored the other for Everton "EPL Highlights: [.
Real Madrid need just two points from their remaining four matches to seal their 31st La Liga title
after comfortably beating Athletic Bilbao 3-0 at the Bernabeu on Sunday evening. Barcelona are in
big danger of losing out on second place to Villarreal. The Catalans obviously had their minds on
Tuesday's return match with Manchester [.
The stench of defeat is unbearable, as is the joyous celebration of the the non-Man Utd football
family. We love to build up teams and then knock them down, and as far as the mob is concerned it's
time for United to be knocked down. Since yesterday a lot has been said (hardly in praise [...]
Saturday 26 April 2008 - English Premier League highlights: Chelsea 2-1 Manchester United The race
is on for the EPL title as Ballack double strike destroyed defensive minded United. Birmingham 2-2
Liverpool Birmingham was dealt a severe blow when Benayoun scored a late equalized for Liverpool.
The relegation battle is still on.
Nike just released a new video in their buildup to Euro 2008 - it's well-directed (very 'in your
face' and raw) and it features the likes of Wenger, Fabregas, Gallas, Ronaldo, Rooney, Materazzi,
Ibrahimovic, and a couple of babes and ends with...well, I'll let you see that for yourself.
They're supposed to be showing a [.
Two years ago (well, actually it was April 29, 2006) England's chances of winning the World Cup
went splat. Or should that be crack! I'll always remember where I was when, amid Chelsea's second
consecutive Premiership celebrations at Stamford Bridge, Man United striker Wayne Rooney chased a
lost cause in the penalty area and went down [.
Chelsea v Manchester United Stamford Bridge, 12:45 BST Chelsea make a strange phenomenon. While
being under heavy criticism throughout the season, The Blues find themselves just 3 points behind
highly respected Manchester United. It seems that all the noise surrounding Avram Grant made us
forget that Chelsea have one of the most talented squad in the [.
The Chelsea 08/10 home kit is now available for pre-order. The official images for the Chelsea home
shirt will be available later today, but you can catch a glimpse of the leaked kit images here. The
launch date for the the 08/10 Chelsea home kit is 8th May but you know how these things go out
The Liverpool 2008/2010 Home Shirt is now available for pre-order. The shirt will be launched on
22nd May and as with all things Liverpool they are bound to be a sell-out so get your order in as
quickly as possible to ensure that you get your hands on the new 08/10 Liverpool home kit [...]
Noun catenaccio m. (plura; catenacci) 1. a bolt (for a door) 2. a system of defensive play in
football Catenaccio is tactical playing scheme in the game of football. It consists mostly in a
5-4-1 formation alignment characterized by its defensive propensity. Under the definition of
catenaccio lie a series of modules and tactical schemes that define the main [.
A couple of weeks ago the Blue Square Premier looked to be moving towards several thrilling
last-day games but, surprisingly, after Tuesday night, the final weekend is a lot more sedate. The
play-off places are now all settled after Exeter's 4-1 victory over Stafford and Stevenage's slip
up to Northwich Victoria left Boro four points off [.
Steve Amoia returns with his preview of Week 35 in the Serie A - with a look at Adriana Lima,
transfer rumours involving Milan and highlights from last weekend in Italy. Brazilian Supermodel
Adriana Lima is an Interista with changing room privileges: Quotes of the Week from Italian Calcio
"He has forgotten Italian and that's why he wants [.
We might be jumping the gun here, but we'd like to think that Gerry would have written about Megan
Fox instead of French foibles and Ashley Cole if he'd gotten his hands on this collection of Megan
Fox snaps. It quite puts media coverage into perspective, doesn't? Airbrushed to death and all
that. Kind of [.
Barcelona 0-0 Manchester United Will Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty miss prove costly for Manchester
United in their quest for European glory? 2nd leg will commence 6 days after this. Visit
goalcentre.com for more football videos. "Barcelona v Manchester United Highlights" was
originally published at Soccerlens.
This is the moment North American soccer fans have been waiting for; the CONCACAF Champions Cup
Final is here. However, with more exciting MLS action coming up this weekend, Americans are spoiled
for choice as we creep closer to summer. CONCACAF Champions Cup This will be a good final,
contested by two teams with rich histories in [.
With the football season almost at its end, there is no doubt that the most outstanding player this
year has been the Portuguese wing-wonder, Cristiano Ronaldo. With almost 40 goals in all
competitions, few would argue that he is the player of the moment.Naturally, this has led some fans
to wax lyrical about him.
Without suspended inspiration Eric Cantona and crippled by the three-foreigners rule, Manchester
United lost 4-0 to FC Barcelona on a memorable night in 1994. Hristo Stocihkov (2), Romario and
Albert Ferrer were the executioners of Alex Ferguson's depleted forces at the packed Nou Camp. But
who were the 12 players in black chasing shadows that [.
Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea Liverpool players scored both goals with Dirk Kuyt giving the Kops the lead.
Riise scored a shocker own goal which beat Reina all the way. Advantage Chelsea! By the way, you
can catch all coverage of the Liverpool - Chelsea semifinal here. Visit goalcentre.com for more
The football league is taking on a distinctly nostalgic tinge. Two seasons after football's most
famous milk drinkers, Accrington Stanley, won promotion to the football league the familiar name of
Aldershot Town has fought its way out of the non-league pyramid and into League Two, sixteen years
after the original Aldershot FC went bust.
Juve's managing director Luciano Moggi seems to think so: "There are no gays in football, I
don't know if players are against having them in their team but I definitely am. In the teams where
I worked there were never any. I never wanted to have a homosexual player and I still wouldn't sign
one. I'm old [.
Photo Caption: Grant thinks Kenyon was joking when Chelsea picked AG as manager - the ironic bit
is, Kenyon might have been. Both Avram Grant and Rafael Benitez have been locked in various
off-pitch wrangles lately. Grant with the press and the fans and if the media is to be believed,
players. Benitez with the owners, [.
If there was any doubt that Real Madrid are going to win their 31st La Liga title, it was dispelled
after their 0-2 victory over Racing Santander. With a ten point advantage over closest rivals
Villarreal, Madrid now need just five points from their remaining five games and they will now be
hoping to clinch [.
Manchester United v Barcelona, Semifinal, 2007/2008 Champions League. First Leg Camp Nou, Barcelona
- Wednesday 23 April 2008 - 19:45 GMT Second Leg Old Trafford, Manchester - Tuesday 29 April 2008 -
19:45 GMT Overview It's tempting to paint this tie as the anti-thesis of the 'shit on a stick'
syndrome some people are expecting to see at Anfield and [.
Cesc Fabregas is set to star in his own one-off TV program called "The Cesc Fabregas Show:
Nike Live" which will be broadcast on Monday 19 May on Sky Sports 1. In the show, Cesc will be
taking the audience on the journey of his own life to date as a player and person. The [...]
Apparently, these clubs have (or have had) players with the most Champions League semifinal
appearances. Before you go through the list, try guessing who'd be on this list. Several Italians,
of course, which is where Juve / Milan come in, and then there is the Madrid - Chelsea connection
(bonus points if you can think [.
On Wednesday, 9 April, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson reached his fifth Champions
League semifinal after his club progressed at the expense of AS Roma. Only Carlo Ancelotti has
reached so many semifinals as head coach in this competition. What's interesting to note here is
both Jose Mourinho and Rafael Benitez have made [.
Sunday's Premier League highlights: Aston Villa 5-1 Birmingham Villa ran riot in their derby match
against a poor Birmingham City. Birmingham City should drop together with Fulham and Derby.
Newcastle United 2-0 Sunderland Another derby match where the home side won. Michael Owen is back
with a brace.
While Manchester United keep closing the gap between themselves and rivals Liverpool in terms of
league titles, a debutant playing at Anfield is close to matching (and if opportunities permit,
breaking) a record set by a former Manchester United striker. With 3 games left in the Premier
League (2-3 more in Europe), Fernando Torres has [.
Manchester United and Barcelona have enjoyed several unbeaten streaks in Europe in the last decade
- United went 16 matches without defeat twice, while Barcelona have 2 14-game streaks and 1 15-game
streak (the one that won them the Champions League) to their name. In fact, despite their domestic
league troubles, Barcelona go into this [.
Liverpool v Chelsea, Semifinal, 2007/2008 Champions League First Leg: Anfield, Liverpool - Tuesday
22 April 2008 - 19:45 GMT Second Leg: Stamford Bridge, London - Wednesday 30 April 2008 - 19:45 GMT
Overview This annual Champions League tie (3rd semi-final between two sides in 4 years) is often
billed as a contest between old and new, established and imposing, equal [.
Here's a list of the top scorers in this year's Champions League (so far), plus their career stats
for the Champions League: Top scorers 2007/2008 Champions League Player Nation Club Goals Matches
All-time Goals All-time Apps Cristiano Ronaldo POR Manchester United 7 8 10 37 Lionel Messi ARG FC
Barcelona 6 7 8 19 Steven Gerrard ENG Liverpool 6 10 12 52 Zlatan Ibrahimovic SWE Internazionale 5
7 14 52 Raúl ESP Real Madrid 5 8 61 116 Fernando Torres ESP Liverpool 5 8 5 8
Frédéric Kanouté MLI Sevilla FC 5 8 5 8 Deivid BRA Fenerbahçe 5 8 5 8 Filippo
Inzaghi ITA AC Milan 4 5 42 71 Goran Pandev MKD Lazio 4 5 4 5 Robinho BRA Real Madrid 4 6 5 21
Liedson BRA Sporting CP 4 6 4 11 Ruud van Nistelrooy NED Real Madrid 4 7 53 68 Karim Benzema FRA
Olympique Lyon 4 7 7 11 Didier Drogba CIV Chelsea 4 8 21 42 Cesc Fábregas ESP Arsenal 4 8 6 34
Mirko Vucinic MNE AS Roma 4 8 5 14 Luis Fabiano BRA Sevilla FC 4 8 4 12 Wayne [.
Highlights from Saturday's games: Arsenal 2-0 Reading A stroll in the park for the gunners with
goals from adebayor and gilberto. Fulham 0-2 Liverpool Fulham doomed for relegation after the 0-2
defeat from Liverpool. The Kops scored from Pennant and Crouch. West Ham 2-1 Derby Derby is
destined to be the worst club in the EPL history.
I have to admit I didn't know much about Mauro Zarate before he joined Birmingham City on loan in
January. In truth, I didn't know a lot more until after he announced himself to the Premiership
with his second and third goals of his spell in the Blues' 3-1 home win over Manchester City. Then
Sometimes the bleeding obvious gets lost in the speculative hype the media creates. So here's a
clear-the-air edition focused on some misconceptions about Manchester United: Fiction: Brown wanted
to leave Manchester United. Truth: Wes Brown, born and bred in Manchester and a long-term club
servant, would never leave the club unless he knew he didn't have [.
Everton 0-1 Chelsea Everton hopes of qualifying of the Champions League is all but over after
Essien gave Chelsea the winning goal Visit goalcentre.com for more football videos. "Everton
0-1 Chelsea - Video Highlights" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.
Quotes of the Week in Italian Calcio You didn't know that Salma likes Italian football? Or can
quote the great masters of literature? Do you really care? "I wouldn't repeat the same gesture
that cost me a five-game ban. It was a big mistake, especially for the example that I set the
children who were [.
Today I want to talk about the Gentlemen's club that each level of football in England pretends to
be. Should any team not deemed worthy of admittance to their particular club have the temerity to
be successful and gain promotion to join them, they will be met with criticism, hilarity and
condescending pity wherever they [.
Yes, we're back to that age old rivalry between the Red-Men from Liverpool, and the Blues from
London, the Angels of the North against the Arseholes of the South. So here is a very Liverpool
view on why we will beat Chelsea, and then see Fergie in the final in Moscow. Reason One: L4 The
Spion Kop, [.
Gerry McDonnell returns with a fistful of Ashley Cole, playing offside (or playing them onside if
you're Ashley Cole), and expert relationship advice (although in A. Cole's case, 'she deserves a
lot better, you moron' should suffice). As a society, we're obsessed with appearance. I blame teen
magazines for perpetuating the myth that skinniness equals [.
I received a letter this morning from former England manager Steve McClaren. (If you believe that,
you'll believe anything!) Anyway, I thought I would share it with you because it contains some
wonderful insights into some of the decisions he made over his England career. Dear Graham,
Firstly, let me say that I think you are probably [.
England boss Fabio Capello has warned his players that those who make themselves unavailable for
games without a genuine reason will be putting their international careers at risk. This message
has been sent prior to the forthcoming friendlies against the United States at Wembley on 28 May
and the visit to Trinidad and Tobago on [.
Although there are two teams (San Jose and New York) that have only played two matches, this will
be the first review in which I publish the Major League Soccer table, and this season there are
some surprises early on. In fact, what I predicted to be a weekend of matches that are nothing
Football Club Barcelona is not in the best state to go into the Champions League semi final with
Manchester United. If you regularly read the Spanish sports press you will know that Barça is
a club in crisis. It may also seem that the press always says the same, at least when Barça
are not [...]
Has anyone ever noticed how little there is to do with regards to football between matches? Once
you read the paper, rant like a nut on your favourite blog, post a few things on a forum and
elaborately explain to anybody willing to listen why your team should have won, you are left with
From Coca Cola kid to Kazim Kazim. Whether you know him as the player who Brighton fans won in a
fizzy drinks promotion or the Champions League super-sub who shook a billionaire's empire and now
goes by a Brazilian-style moniker, Colin Kazim-Richards is a modern rarity. In these days of
over-stuffed Premier League academies and [.
Images courtesy of GolTV. Soccerlens is very privileged and honored to welcome a legend of world
football, Enzo Francescoli. Mr. Francescoli, who was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, was one of the
best players of the modern era. He was a striker with unusual grace and elegance on the football
pitch. He was affectionately known as [.
Previously, I had mentioned that AC Milan have chosen Singapore to set up a youth football base.
Now, according to Channel News Asia (CNA), training camps could begin as soon as this year. Milan
have plans for 5 day football camps for children aged 6 to 16, and these camps could begin later
As we approach the end of the season and that awful time called ‘the cricket season' in
England, I thought I would take a look at what constitutes a successful year. The Summer is a truly
dreadful period when us footy fans be come morose and irritable. We suffer from SAD, Seasonal
Adjustment Disorder, it's just [.
It's that time of the season when the player of the season awards start being handed out. It's also
the time of the season when us fans argue about who has been the best player in each of the
positions. It is unlikely that any two fans would select an identical ‘team of the year'
In my eyes, Juventus is the greatest team to have ever graced the pitch. Obviously, this is
questionable. But I am on a mission to clear the cheating, horrible and dishonest view people have
of the better club from Turin. Now get ready for five hopefully convincing reasons to not hate
Don't call me Hugo any more. I'm English, don't you know? So you have to change my name. At school,
P.E. teachers insisted on branding me "Steckel", although I suppose I should just be
grateful I escaped that awful nom de plume that is the quintessentially British "Macca".
It's 10:30pm, and a day both frustrating and [.
There was a sense of history in the air at Wembley this weekend. Not history being made, but the
history of the two clubs taking to the field. In the pink and chocolate shirts, Corinthian-Casuals:
a club that plays strictly to the amateur code and the inspiration behind one of Brazil's most
While Colchester United prepare for the life in League One and Dagenham struggling at the wrong end
of League 2, one club in Essex is on up the up. Chelmsford City won the Ryman Premier with a 1-1
draw against Ramsgate at last weekend and, with a strong set of players and decent cash behind
Is it the end of Chelsea's title chase after the draw against Wigan? Essien gave the blues the lead
but Heskey gave Chelsea the blues with an equalizer late into the match. "Chelsea 1-1 Wigan
(Video Highlights)" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.
Real Madrid moved another step closer to their 31st La Liga title with an uninspiring 1-0 victory
over relegation bound Murcia. Barcelona have more or less said adios to their title hopes after
only drawing at Recreativo, but the big news this week is the almost certain sale of Ronaldinho to
What a shame it was to see Derby County concede six at home to Aston Villa over the weekend. I'm
sure Villa fans and probably all of Derby's local rivals will have enjoyed the humiliation but no
neutral football fans can enjoy watching a team so desperately out of their depth. I watched my
beloved Watford [.
Highlights from the Premier League games on Sunday, 13 April 2008: Liverpool 3-0 Blackburn
Liverpool was wasteful in the first half but turn on the style in the second with goals from
Gerrard, Torres and Voronin. 4th spot is close. Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal Manchester United is
nearing to the finishing line for the EPL title.
Saturday's Premier League game highlights: Birmingham 1-1 Everton Everton UEFA Champions League
hopes are fading after Zarate canceled out Jolean Lescott opener. Bolton 1-0 West Ham Kevin Davies
goal decisive for Bolton's survival in the EPL. Derby 0-6 Aston Villa Aston Villa trashed sorry
This article was partly inspired by this incredible piece from the Guardian. As anybody who has
heard me talk about the Premier League, and even European football in general, will tell you, I
don't speak very highly about Arsenal Football Club. I never found any reason to respect them. It
seemed all they did was blame [.
Once the world's most feared attacker, injuries and a drastic loss of form have Ronaldinho a shadow
of his former self. For a long time, Ronaldinho has been widely rumoured to be on the way out of
the Nou Camp and today, numerous reports [Goal, Soccernet, International Herald Tribune] have
emerged claiming that the former FIFA [.
Manchester United play Arsenal on Sunday, 13 April needing to win to keep Chelsea at arm's length.
Arsenal have been United's trickiest opponents since Alex Ferguson took over at Old Trafford in
November 1986. The London club have won 13 league fixtures against United in this period and
collected 53 points, more than any [.
"It's just a game. Twenty-two stupid men chasing a ball around a pitch." We've all heard
it said. In fact, when our team have lost a game we have even been known to say it ourselves.
Usually after the fourth or fifth pint. Bill Shankly once famously said that football was more
important than life and [.
This can be a difficult time of the season for strong recommendations as title hopes evaporate;
teams get lost in mid-table mediocrity with little to play for and those resigned to their fate
fail to perform to expectation. But there are some interesting clashes this weekend as in Serie A
six of [.
Like last season, Ronaldo is a strong favourite for winning the Professional Footballers'
Association players' player of the year and the PFA young player of the year awards. Here's the
full list of nominations: PFA player of the year: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) Cesc
Fabregas (Arsenal) Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal) Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) Fernando Torres
(Liverpool) David James (Portsmouth) PFA young player of the [.
Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United have all progressed to the Champions League semifinals for
the second season in a row which equals the record set in 2000/2001 when three of the previous
year's semifinalists again reached the last four. In 2000/2001, the previous season's winners Real
Madrid were joined by 1999/2000 runners-up and losing semifinalists [.
Soccerlens welcomes odds man Gerry McDonnell for another round of playing offside, general
debauchery and betting scams...although there is no evidence to suggest that Gerry McDonnell was
involved in a scam, or in fact a scam actually took place, or that he's actually paying for
exclusive access to Lindsay Lohan.
In the past couple of days: •The Mexican league continued its commanding dominance in the
Champions Cup – the most finalists in the history of the competition with thirty-two,
twenty-three of which have won. •Costa Rica has also had a good record – in second
place with ten finalists, six of which were also winners.
Trading in shares in Birmingham City football club was suspended on the London Stock Exchange on
Thursday amid an investigation into suspected corruption, the Stock Exchange said. Trading in the
English Premiership club's stock was halted pending a further announcement, after it emerged that
managing director Karren Brady and co-owner David Sullivan had been interviewed.
Manchester City and Juventus will play exhibition matches in Hong Kong next month against a South
China invitational XI, a report said Thursday. The English Premier League side, owned by former
Thailand prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, will appear at Hong Kong Stadium on May 22, followed by
a match between South China and the Italians, [.
One of the many privileges of being a football writer is that occasionally you can be totally self
indulgent and write something just to get it off your chest. Today I am going to abuse my position
and do just that. Hello everyone, my name is Graham and I'm a Watford supporter. I'm thinking of
setting up [.
It's a bit unfortunate that we're not privy to behind-the-scenes machinations at Liverpool,
particularly when it comes to the current owners. It would be so much easier if we knew exactly why
relations between Hicks and Gillett deteriorated (although all hints point to the way Hicks has
dealt with the press over several issues), [.
A superb goal in each half from Adrian Mutu ensured ACF Fiorentina progressed to the UEFA Cup
semi-finals while recording their 50th victory in European competition at PSV Eindhoven. With the
Serie A side having to score to stay in the tournament after a 1-1 first-leg draw, they started in
an adventurous 4-3-3 formation.
Zenit St Petersburg reached the UEFA Cup semi-finals on Thursday despite drawing a blank in their
quarter-final return, a 1-0 reverse to German side Bayer Leverkusen.The result gave the Russians a
4-2 aggregate win after their surprise stroll in Germany, rendering academic the only goal scored
by Leverkusen's Russian star Dimitri Bulykin on 18 [.
Rangers stunned Sporting Lisbon in Portugal on Thursday with a 2-0 victory to book their place in
the UEFA Cup semi finals. French striker Jean-Claude Darcheville had put the Scottish side ahead
against the run of play in the 60th minute and in injury time substitute Steven Whittaker scored a
brilliant second to clinch the [.
Luca Toni saved Bayern Munich's blushes against courageous 10-man Getafe here Thursday with a late
extra time double to put the German giants into the UEFA Cup semi-finals on away goals. The high
achieving Spaniards, who were down a man after just six minutes, produced another heroic
performance after eking out a crucial 1-1 draw [.
Roy Keane insists that Sunderland haven't yet secured their Premier League future. A fourth
consecutive win for the Black Cats at home to Manchester City on Saturday will all but see the
north-east club safe. Despite the recent upturn in fortunes which leaves them 10 points clear of
Bolton Wanderers, who occupy the final relegation place, [.
Amidst a week of hectic Champions League and UEFA Cup matches, this piece of news almost slipped
past me. According to TODAY newspaper, Milan have plans to set up a football school in Singapore.
The camp, set to be called AC Milan Junior Camp, will provide training for youngsters between the
ages of 6 and 18.
Recently Rafa Benitez talked about how he had already signed three Liverpool players for next
season, two of those youth prospects while the other a senior "ready for the first team".
This player according to 'The Daily Mail' is believed to be the FC Schalke right-back Rafinha. With
Guilleme Balague, La Liga expert [.
When the full-time whistle blew at Wembley on Sunday afternoon and Cardiff City booked their place
in an FA Cup final for the first time in 81 years there was a ray of sunshine over South Wales, but
a black cloud hanging over Soho Square. The prospect of Dave Jones' mid-table Championship side
winning the greatest [.
9 April 2008 For Immediate Release For further information, contact: Lisa Cherubini 703.477.6590
firstname.lastname@example.org U.S. Soccer School Affiliates with Italian Powerhouse ACF
Fiorentina Great Falls, VA - AC Cugini Scuola Calcio President Fabio Diletti has announced that
Cugini was accepted by world-renowned Italian professional club ACF Fiorentina as an affiliated
Fiorentina scuola calcio (soccer school).
Highlights from last night's Champions League quarter-final ties: Manchester United 1-0 Roma Even
with Ronaldo and Rooney on the bench, United were just too strong for Roma. Turning point of the
game, Del Rossi's penalty miss for Roma. Barcelona 1-0 Schalke Early aggression by Schalke could
not turn into goals.
Tottenham Hotspur are exploring the possibility of building a new stadium on the trading estate
that is adjacent to White Hart Lane. The Wingate estate is to the north of the ground, behind
Paxton Road and between the High Road and Worcester Avenue. The club has identified it as an
option, as they seek [.
Trust a billionaire to go after the jugular when it comes to make long-term financial investments.
Chelsea are now boosting their involvement in grassroots development of football in Asia with China
and India top of their list. Spurred by chief executive Peter Kenyon, the side in 2006 became the
first major team to sign a agreement [.
It always amuses me how football managers can have selective eye sight when decisions either go for
or against their respective teams during big games. There is no doubting that Arsenal boss Arsene
Wenger is one of the world's best coaches and has done wonders since being unveiled by the north
Londoners on October 1 1996.
Heard a rumour the other day that Thierry Henry might be moving away from Barcelona after just one
season. Henry's name may not be synonymous with loyalty for most fans but why would he pack up and
leave so quickly when he's taken so much time to get settled in? And then I heard that [...]
All English football fans know all about Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock. He is a manager who
you either absolutely love or absolutely hate. For those fans not in England you might not know too
much about him. He is a loud, opinionated and vaguely unpleasant man during games and is constantly
in trouble with the [.
Liverpool 4-2 Arsenal Yet again another controversial match with the referee playing a big part on
it. Arsenal was poised for the semi finals with the score 2-2 but the referee awarded Liverpool a
controversial penalty. Arsenal crumbled after that. Penalty or not? Kolo Toure's challenge a right
or wrong decision from the referee?
Chelsea 2-0 Fenerbahce Never really troubled by the Turkish champions with goals from Ballack and
Lampard settled the match. Brought to you by goalcentre.com. "Chelsea 2-0 Fenerbahce - Video
Highlights" was originally published at Soccerlens.com - Football News.
So, a twenty-two year old goalkeeper has been charged with blackmail against a Premier League
footballer. The story is that currently club less Goalkeeper Ashley Timms, is accused of demanding
£15,000 from an unnamed player. He appeared at Manchester Magistrates' Court on Saturday
charged with making an unwarranted demand for money with menaces between March [.
Arsene Wenger is adamant that Arsenal can not only beat Liverpool at Anfield but also pip rivals
Chelsea and Manchester United for the Premier League title by winning the remaining games of the
season. To progress into the last four of the Champions League, Arsenal must score at least once on
Tuesday evening and, having [.
In the buildup to the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, both Barcelona and Chelsea
have talked about the quality of their players and the fact that pound for pound, their teams are
good enough to on and progress to the semi-finals (at the very least). But that's only half the
Michael Ballack has said that Chelsea's stars have to reach the Champions League semi-finals to
make up for their self-inflicted misery in the FA and League Cups. Chelsea face Fenerbahce tonight
after trailing 2-1 from last week's away game in Istanbul. Although Chelsea are only 3 points
behind Manchester United with the champions still to [.
21-year old Gerard Pique has long been heralded as a future first-choice center-back for Manchester
United and a successor to Rio Ferdinand. He's done well whenever he's been called upon this season
and with more playing experience in the first-team squad there is every chance that he could
blossom into an imposing central defender.
Just as teams in the Championship are stuttering as the finish line for the prize of Premiership
football gets ever closer, so the contenders for the playoffs in the Blue Square Premier are also
doing their hardest to avoid a top five finish, with just half a dozen games to go. Aldershot have
no such worries.
Until the 2010 qualifying series, Australia's road to the World Cup was a twisted, teasing and
torturous one. Stuck in a Confederation with only one credible opponent and too far away for anyone
else to fly out for friendlies, Australia would dominate its neighbours and be forced to play the
also-rans of a stronger [.
In many ways US soccer remains a bastard child. Unwanted by many sports fans in the states, and
scoffed at by much of the rest of the world as second class. I generally try to ignore my
countrymen who hate soccer. For the rest of the soccer world, I try to present a realistic [...]
The basis for this very short piece lies in a phone call received from my brother after work today,
which comprised predominantly one-way traffic on his part, proclaiming all that was great about
Ronaldinho and how he would be joining Manchester City in the summer. He never seems to be aware of
the hyperbole created [.
The 2008 Emirates Cup kicks of on 2nd August this year in preparation for the 2008/2009 season. The
tournament will mark Ranieri's return to London as Juventus take on hosts Arsenal along with
Hamburg and Real Madrid. The competition is played in a Group format with three points for a win,
one for a draw [.
Award-winning blogger Laurie writes: Ever wonder what leads up to a photo like this one? How it
came to be that the most beautiful players on the teams end up swapping shirts with each other? Of
course you have. Admit it. Once again, we have the answers. Here's how it went down after the first
leg of [.
Paul Tomkins has written an interesting article over at liferpoolfc.tv, in which he talks about
tonight's game at Anfield, the falsity of the notion that Liverpool are a 2-man team, and hypocrisy
of the media in lauding Arsene Wenger's transfer record while trashing that of Rafa Benitez. Here
are a few excerpts: Arsenal are a young [.
On one hand, he's a good looking chap (when he can keep a straight face) and an 'effective' striker
(when he can find his bearings, is motivated and doesn't have to jump). On the other hand, he's
woefully underused at Liverpool, even though he's had more than a handful of substitute
appearances. As he himself [.
Czech captain and Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky is doubtful for Euro 2008 because of recurring
knee tendonitis. The 27-year Rosicky is suffering from a painful inflammation at the back of his
knee and has been out of action since the end of January. The vice president of the Czech football
federation Vlastimil Kostal says that [.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech (as if you didn't know who he played for, hah) had facial
re-constructive surgery (fancy term for fixing a broken jaw, I bet) on Sunday after, according to
official reports, a training ground collision with another player. The memory of Petr Cech being
put into the hospital needing emergency medical attention [.
The top three all failed to win this week but Real Madrid who played badly will be the happiest
with their 1-1 draw at Mallorca which leaves them seven points clear with seven games to go.
Barcelona played better than in recent weeks but will be most disappointed with their 0-0 draw at
home to [...]
Major League Soccer's second week kicked off on Thursday, with two matches, and finished with five
more at the weekend. Also, CONCACAF Champions Cup semi final action took place in Pachuca, Mexico,
and Houston, Texas. Review Before I get all excited about the great weekend matches in MLS, I have
to take a moment to review the [.
Something very sad happened to me on Sunday 6th April. It was the day that I realised that the FA
Cup had finally lost its ‘magic'. I was watching the semi-final between Cardiff and Barnsley
on the television and my fourteen year-old football mad son said, "I don't care about this
game," and walked out of [.
All the goals from 5-6 April 08 English Premier League games: Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool Arsenal hopes
of winning the English Premier League went up to smoke after this 1-1 draw with Liverpool. Arsenal
had Bendtner to thank for the 1-1 score. Aston Villa 4-0 Bolton Villa trashed sorry Bolton with a
thumping 4-0 win.
It's April, the season is coming to a head, there's a United-Chelsea game ahead that could decide
the season as United do their best to hold off Chelsea for the Premier League title. There's a
crucial Champions League game coming up at Old Trafford. United have just drawn away at Riverside,
a game they [.
3 points behind (4 if you factor in the goal difference) and 5 games to go - can Everton catch
Liverpool? David Moyes seems to think so: "We are optimistic, we believe we can still catch
Liverpool. That's 60 points and we have won 18 games in the Premier League, and with five to go we
At the beginning of the season, no one expected Juventus to achieve UCL qualification. All the
critics (some of them were even Juve fans!!) predicted that La Vecchia Signora would only manage
the UEFA Cup. But they've been proven wrong. The question is: can the bianconeri rise from the mist
and mount a season-ending title [.
Rafael Benitez has demonstrated how to best utilise Dirk Kuyt effectively in the last 10 games that
Liverpool have played. Whereas before Kuyt was an auxillary striker he now plays out on the right
wing. In the 4-2-1-3 (and NOT 4-2-3-1) formation that the manager employed the team has won nine,
drawn one and [.
There has been an awful lot written this season about the ‘respect agenda', the malicious
tackles creeping into the game and the hounding of referees. Most of what has been written has been
along the lines of suggesting that the players at the very top of the game have a duty to act as
Hey! You! Yes, you Arsenal fans, I'm talking to you. You are 5 points behind Manchester United, 3
behind Chelsea, and only 5 games to go. You've drawn a must-win game, at home, to Liverpool's
B-side. You will be up against it away to Liverpool next week. Worse, the champions have a game in
Sunderland effectively ensured they will be playing Premier League football again next season with
an impressive 3-1 win at Fulham, who will now need a most unlikely turnaround in their form and
fortunes to avoid relegation. Sunderland (13th) are now 10 points clear of Bolton (18th) and with 5
games to go, it's hard to [.
Blackburn Rovers' hopes of UEFA Cup football next season took a hit when they were held to a 1-1
draw by Tottenham. Bulgarian international Dimitar Berbatov gave Tottenham, who have already made
sure of a return to Europe by winning the League Cup, a sixth-minute lead before Morten Gamst
Pedersen levelled for Blackburn on the [.
After a turbulent season as replete with failure as success – an extremely disappointing
league position and a whimpering exit from the UEFA Cup compensated only by a euphoric Carling Cup
win – one gets the feeling that Juande Ramos and his team are to take advantage of the long
summer break to effect a [.
OK, before I start I need to make a couple of things clear. I'm not a Manchester United fan, nor do
I support Arsenal or Chelsea or Liverpool. The fact is that I still curse my mum and dad on a daily
basis for living in Watford. Why couldn't they have moved to Manchester or [...]
Just got done reading through Steve's translation of Seedorf's recent interview (the original
appeared in La Gazetta dello Sport last week, I think). Seedorf talks about his future plans (he's
very focused and clear on them), how he deals with pressure, his thoughts on the commercialisation
of football and most enlightening, what he says about [.
FC Barcelona's Bojan Krkic scored against Schalke 04 on Tuesday, 1 April to become the youngest
goalscorer in a Champions League knockout match. Peter Ofori-Quaye is still the youngest player to
score a Champions League goal but he scored in the group stage. Krkic missed Ofori-Quaye's record,
which has stood for over 10 years, by [.
On Saturday, 5 April, Arsenal play at home to Liverpool in the second of their three fixtures
against each other in the space of seven days. It will be Rafael Benítez's 12th Premier League
visit to one of the big four and he has yet to win. Benítez has lost all three matches at
Manchester City manager Sven Goran Eriksson still believes that Manchester City can make it into
Europe this season. I'm not going to argue with him (or other Manchester City fans) but I'd just
point at their recent run in the league and ask - why are you trying to pretend you're Keegan
(we're going [.
Sir Alex Ferguson says that Rio Ferdinand is close to agreeing a new contract at Manchester United,
that Neville and Silvestre are fit and ready to play, that Vidic will be back for the semifinals
and that, yes, we need to win our away games. Ferguson on Rio: "Negotiations have been
on-going for a few weeks [.
Nicolas Anelka has gone a long way to shed his reputation of being a spoiled brat (he credits his
family and the time away from the fishbowl that is the Premier League for the transformation) and
if you were to listen to him, you'd think him a wise man (how wise you can be [...]
Gary Neville played a full game for the Manchester United reserves this week and along with Mikael
Silvestre is considered fit to play a role in the remaining games this season by SAF. While
Silvestre will most probably be used to give Patrice Evra a breather, it is Neville's return to the
fold which is [.
In recent seasons, we have witnessed (and continue to witness), slowly but surely, the elegant
destruction of what we know as the 'big' teams. Spain, Italy, France, England, Scotland, Germany,
Holland, Russia, Greece, and Turkey have all fallen to the inevitable rise of the 'middle' teams.
Let's review the movers and shakers: Spain Last season, Real [.
I make no apologies for returning to the Javier Mascherano sending off at Old Trafford, despite the
strong feelings the subject aroused on both sides of the argument. If we couldn't all agree on who
was right or who was wrong in the incident and the analysis of it, then I hope we can all agree
Stuttgart have slapped a 50m euros price tag on Mario Gomez, in a manner reminiscent of Lyon's
incessant posturing that comes every year before they sell their star player in the summer (usually
to Madrid or Chelsea, or Barcelona have been the beneficiaries as well). Mario Gomez is in demand
right now and if he [.
What will it take to fix the mess at Newcastle United? 100m? 50m? 200m? Unless Ashley pulls an
Abramovich and Keegan turns into a pleasant version of Jose Mourinho, things aren't going to change
overnight at St James' Park. Keegan will first have to convince players to come play for Newcastle
United, which, to be [.
David Beckham scored his the first goal and set Landon Donovan (who set Becks up for the first one)
up for another as LA Galaxy win 2-0 against the San Jose Earthquakes. I don't care what the match
was like. I don't particularly care about the LA Galaxy either. All I care is that Beckham [...]
Cristiano Ronaldo. Straight up, straight in. No time to react, no time to even breathe. Perhaps not
the best player, but definitely one of the best free kicks ever taken by CR. There have been better
goals than this, surely - I remember a Leighton Baines free kick against United that was a rocket
There's been a lot of criticism for Avram Grant, most of it undeserved (he's NOT the best manager
in the world, and sometimes his players just don't play well enough). But if there's one arena
Grant definitely lacks in, it's the ability to deal with other managers. Remember the Grant whinge
about the fixture switch [.
To be fair, I support the principle of fining / charging players and managers with disciplinary
charges if they publicly insult referees or the system in general - there is very little to be
gained from such actions and all it does is bring the game into more disrepute (if bringing
attention to the [.
As a rule, I don't believe anything that comes out of Real Madrid. But the following statement made
by current Real Madrid manager Bernd Schuster about Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo is a
bit interesting: "He's the star at Manchester United and until they win the Champions League
and another league title or two then [.
A points difference of 9, with 6 games to go, is hardly something to make you quiver in your boots.
In fact, such chances are excellent opportunities for fighting talk - just now Southgate is talking
about derailing Manchester United's title march this weekend and recently Keegan talked about
overtaking Tottenham in the league [.
Why did Harry buy David Nugent, and why did he then not use him like a mid-table club would use a
6m striker (that is, frequently)? Surely they tried before buying, gave him the ball and checked if
he could shoot and run with it. A medical is standard procedure, right? If he's not good [...]
Laurent Robert has signed for Major League Soccer side Toronto, after his contract at Derby was
cancelled by mutual consent. The French winger was one of several players signed by Paul Jewell
during the January transfer window, but made just three appearances. Robert, 32, played under
current Toronto coach John Carver at Newcastle.
Comparisons can be a pain in the backside. My dad says that nobody was ever better than Tom Finney
or Puskas, my older brother says George Best and Pele have no equals, I believe Maradona to be the
best ever and my son says that Cristiano Ronaldo has more than the lot of them put [...]
After I read Graham Fisher's superb article about Cristiano Ronaldo, I was reminded of something
from last year. I saw a goal by Ronaldo, along with his resulting display, against his childhood
team, Sporting Lisbon. I wrote a blog about it on 19 September 2007, and believe that it would
serve as an interesting complement [.
What does being a manager mean? For teams in the Blue Square Premier and the lower reaches of
League Two it means a much different thing to being the manager of a top Premiership side. For
those down there in the depths being a manager might mean sweeping out the dressing rooms, ringing
players up to [.
A lot was said regarding Arsenal's and Liverpool's three consecutive matches. After all, two of
English football giants clash in three extremely important matches, so there is no doubt we are to
face high pace and tense matches. And this line of thought continued up to the point when Dirk Kuyt
squeezed in Liverpool's [.
The inimitable (we're running out of adjectives) betting expert Gerry McDonnell gives his take on
this weekend's FA Cup action, Premier League action and all the other action he loves watching on
the telly. The adult film industry has many knockers, but I remain a fully-fledged supporter. My
only possible critique would be that [.
Ever since Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea all made it to the Quarter-Final stage
of the UEFA Champions League, this topic has been debated ad nauseam. However recently, with the
real lesson in efficiency inflicted by Manchester United upon AS Roma Tuesday night, Italian
newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport joins the table and provides [.
Kevin Thomson is fit for Rangers' UEFA Cup tie against Sporting Lisbon. I am so relieved because I
thought he might be seriously injured. He took an awful clattering from Celtic's Georgios Samaras
when he deliberately moved his leg to the side so that he could make minimal contact with the
Celtic player before throwing [.
Roma midfielder David Pizarro has hit out at Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo saying that his
tricks are unnecessary and show a lack of respect for the opposition. He says Ronaldo is a show off
and big headed. Whilst this comment has all the hallmarks of being a great big dish of sour grapes,
I wonder [.
It is all square at the Emirates with Adebayor giving the lead to Arsenal before Dirk Kuyt
equalized for Liverpool. You can catch the coverage here, and the videos are below. Arsenal 1-0
Liverpool - Adebayor Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool - Gerrard Brought to you by goalcentre.com.
"Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool - Champions League Video Highlights" was originally published at
Fenerbahce stunned Chelsea with a Deivid cracker which rocket into the back of the net. You can
catch the coverage here, and the videos are below. Fenerbahce 0-1 Chelsea - Deivid (own-goal)
Fenerbahce 1-1 Chelsea - Kazim-Richards Fenerbahce 2-1 Chelsea - Deivid Brought to you by
goalcentre.com. "Fenerbahce 2-1 Chelsea - Champions League Video Highlights" was
originally published at Soccerlens.
Generally I try to steer clear of criticising referees. I am a believer that they have a very
difficult job and am in the camp that doesn't like the analysing of decisions from all conceivable
angles in super slo-mo by the experts on the television. Despite this, I have to speak out about
one particular referee [.
Despite the 14 point difference between Liverpool and the league leaders Manchester Utd at present,
I feel it is only a matter of time before Rafael Benitez achieves success in the Premiership. This
summer will no doubt be more telling than ever, but with his future pretty much reassured (Guillem
Balague, the Spanish journalist [.
"David Bentley is David Bentley, he ain't bloody Maradona." Those were the words of
Reading's Irish midfield player Stephen Hunt after the 0-0 draw with Blackburn on Saturday.
"He plays for England and hype comes with England. People don't go on about Damien Duff and
Robbie Keane every day so they need to get a life.
Roma 0-2 Manchester United The R-R show again. Ronaldo and Rooney destroyed Rome in the UEFA
Champions League 1st leg quarter finals. Schalke 0-1 Barcelona Bojan Krkic the toast for Barcelona
in Germany as Barcelona come out tops. "Champions League Videos Roundup 1: Roma 0-2 Manchester
United, Schalke 0-1 Barcelona" was originally published at Soccerlens.
Before this game (and indeed, before any away game Manchester United have played in the last couple
of seasons) the media trotted out figures to suggest that United were abysmal away in Europe - and
few United fans would have argued against it after 4 away defeats last season (Celtic, Copenhagen,
Roma and Milan) [.
Reports both Newcastle United and Liverpool are interested in signing Tottenham's Aaron Lennon. For
starters, I don't see why Ramos would want to sell Lennon - it's not like Tottenham need the money,
it's not like Lennon is going to fetch too much money, and it's hard to see Ramos replacing someone
like Lennon when [.
David Bentley has admitted that his desire to be England's first-choice right-winger at the 2010
World Cup could result in him leaving Blackburn if a bigger club comes knocking. Bentley has begun
discussing a new contract with Blackburn but says his top priority is playing regularly in Europe,
something the Lancashire club may not [.
This year's Barclay's Premier League is perhaps one of the most exciting in recent memory. Three
teams, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, are vying for the right to be crowned Champions,
with only 6 points separating them and 6 games to go. To spice things up even more, these three
teams will meet one another [.
Everton have complained to the police in order to draw attention to the abuse targeted at their
players during the Merseyside derby on Sunday. Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez had already made his
feelings known in the post-match conference with his disgust towards the treatment of Steven
Gerrard by a section of the visiting fans.
Chelsea have reached an agreement with debt-ridden Manchester United to buy the England and
Manchester United captain, Rio Ferdinand. Rio Ferdinand will cost Chelsea £30m, and the amount
will go some way towards helping the Glazers pay off Manchester United's mountain of debt. One
wonders how Chelsea will make space for Ferdinand in their starting line-up, [.
Juande Ramos has decided to splash the cash in Manchester United's direction with Tottenham picking
up a host of stars from the Manchester United firesale. Tottenham are reported to have struck deals
with United keeper Ben Foster, former Tottenham midfielder Michael Carrick as well as French
internationals Louis Saha and Mikael Silvestre.
Manchester United's fearsome four have established their reputation not only for their brilliant
football but also for their sexual exploits, the likes of which have never been revealed to the
mass media before. Sources close to Wayne Rooney have revealed the grand exploits of this foursome
with their conquests ranging from the top of Hollywood [.
In the most expensive transfer in the history of professional sports, Real Madrid have committed to
paying 100m for Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo. In a move that David Gill described as 'the
textbook definition of too-good-to-refuse', Manchester United will net £100m upfront and take
off around £6m / year from their bloated wage bill.
The Premier League have slapped a 20 point penalty on Newcastle United, condemning them to certain
relegation this season. The huge penalty leaves Newcastle United with a paltry 15 points in the
season, ahead of Derby but well behind the likes of Bolton, Fulham and Birmingham, and with 6 games
to go, Newcastle look certain [.
Chelsea have been the most successful club in the Premier League ever since Roman Abramovich took
over - 2 back-to-back titles and if the Premier League were to finish today, 3 2nd placed finishes
that put them ahead of Manchester United and Arsenal in the last 5 years. And yet this has come
with a [.
A consortium of Liverpool fans have outlined their plans for buying out Tom Hicks and George
Gillett for a staggering £500m, making a fan-based takeover imminent and throwing Liverpool FC
smack in the middle of a possible bidding war between the fans and DIC. The fan-based consortium
(called "We Heart Liverpool") have promised a total [.
BURIED under mountains of debt and interest payments, Manchester United's American owners have
decided to cash in their star players and get rid of the club's debt in an ambitious plan to be
debt-free by 21 December 2012. With Manchester United expected to win the Premier League second
year in a row and also win [.
In a stunning takeover, Alisher Usmanov has bought out Stan Kroenke AND the Arsenal board, giving
him ownership of more than 80% of Arsenal and effectively making him the ruler of all things
Arsenal. Shocking as this news is, it might be least of worries for Arsenal fans - 2 of the most
important people [.
Arsenal have decided to bolster their squad by splashing big for the first time under Monsieur
Wenger. Backed by Alisher Usmanov's millions, Arsenal will spend around 30m to bring Owen
Hargreaves and Carlos Tevez from Manchester United to the Emirates. Manchester United have been
eager to offload their star players this summer in a bid [.
In an ambitious and somewhat desperate attempt to wipe off their debt, Manchester United have
struck a stunning 40m deal with Liverpool, taking Scouser and former Everton star Wayne Rooney to
Anfield. Reports suggest that Manchester United's need to sell, coupled with the lack of quality
strikers at Liverpool and Steven Gerrard's desire to win [.
Today's matches: Roma v Manchester United (match discussion here) and Schalke v Barcelona. European
football is around the corner (as soon as we deal with today's Sunday fixtures - Chelsea, Liverpool
and Tottenham for the win, btw) and it's time for us (you and me) to predict the future with all
the confidence that being [.
Chelsea take on Fenerbahce today at Stamford bridge in a game that they need to score at least two
goals more than the opposition (keeping in mind Fener's ability to score away from home) to safely
negotiate a berth in the Champions League semi-finals where they will meet the winner of tonight's
Liverpool v [.
Twice Rafa has taken Liverpool to the Emirates and twice he's come out more satisfied, with his
team getting the better result in both cases. Away draws are nothing to write about but against
Arsenal and at this stage of the season, if Liverpool fans were offered this last week they'd have
Two below-par performances, two 1-0 wins and Barcelona are through to the Champions League
semi-finals in the most unconvincing fashion. Not to begrudge them their victories - they took
their chances (few as they were) and Schalke made a hash of the many that fell their way. And
there's still time for Barcelona to improve [.
A controlled performance at Stadio Olimpico and another European class act at Old Trafford secured
passage to the Champions League semi-finals for Manchester United for a second year in a row. Roma
go home humbled (and tired of playing United) but while they actually showed up this time around at
Old Trafford, so did [.