Defensive Wall

FC Barcelona

‘Blood, sweat and tears’ not enough for beaten Barca

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi ended with a bloodied face, Neymar in tears, but no matter what they tried Barcelona couldn’t break down a Juventus defensive wall as the Spanish champions crashed out of the Champions League.

Wednesday night’s 0-0 draw wasn’t the cause of their demise, but an error-strewn 3-0 first leg defeat that left even Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez too much to do against the team with the best defensive record left in the Champions League.

‘Blood, sweat and tears’ not enough for beaten Barca

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi ended with a bloodied face, Neymar in tears, but no matter what they tried Barcelona couldn’t break down a Juventus defensive wall as the Spanish champions crashed out of the Champions League.

Wednesday night’s 0-0 draw wasn’t the cause of their demise, but an error-strewn 3-0 first leg defeat that left even Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez too much to do against the team with the best defensive record left in the Champions League.

FC BARCELONA 2 CHELSEA FC 2 | CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2 º LEG SEMI RESULT

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FC BARCELONA has been knocked out of the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE tournament after English Club CHELSEA FC managed a 2 - 2 final result ( 2-3agg ) in the 2º leg semi final match. It was a victory against the grain & with all the Chelsea FC players singing ( metaphorical) the Pink Floyd track ..."all in all we´re just another brick in the wall.

Ronaldo’s Goal Helped Madrid Stunned Barcelona at Camp Nou

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Real Madrid are truly on the finish line for wining this season's La Liga title after surprisingly beating their arch rival Barcelona 2-1 at Camp Nou, with Christiano Ronaldo scoring the winning goal after Sami Khedira puts Los Blancos in the lead.

Although Alexis Sanchez managed to grab an equalizer for Pep Guardiola's side but Ronaldo's fine finish simply ended Madrid's bad run against their rival at Camp Nou and might as well clinched the league title as Jose Mourinho's squad goes seven points ahead because of the three points.

Barcelona – All the Possessions, Get Robbed

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Barcelona have all the possessions. 75% of the play, hundreds of passes, gold ingots embossed with Messi and his ilk. All that treasure waiting to be robbed. It's a perfect plot for some good old London gangsters to exploit. Today, Chelsea burgled the Catalans, stealing the goal in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final in England's capital.

CL Recap: Chelsea Hold On To Claim First Round Knockout

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By the skin of our teeth, we're walking away victorious. More, after the jump:

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Just like that, we're heading to Spain with a 1-0 lead. Yeah, that actually happened. If you witnessed the match, you might have lost your mind. Barcelona did precisely what they came to accomplish- they knocked it about, made our defense chase the triangles, and altogether dominated the ball for extended stretches.

Most efficient football clubs in England, Spain, Italy and Germany in 2011/2012

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The study of football, and its players, is perhaps best accomplished by evaluating efficiency. Of course there are many methods of such evaluation – ranging from weekly player ratings on the typical "start at 6" scale to full scale statistical analysis.

In this article we look at football clubs in Europe's top four leagues the English Premiership, La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga and analyse their offensive and defensive efficiency so far this season.

Diego Simeone Accepted Defeat Against Barca, Praises Messi’s Genius

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Atletico Madrid's tactician, Diego Simeone, didn't left the pitch in rage after his team's defeat against Barcelona, especially with a rather controversial yet brilliant Lionel Messi's free kick which simply decided the end result.

Speaking to the press after the game, Simeone is content with the defeat and even hailed Messi as the genius that simply decided the end result on the Sunday fixture with his brilliance, more than anything.

The three-dimensional wall of ARS – and why we will not be buying Goetze or Hazard anytime soon

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Ever since the departure of Fabregas and the long-term injury to Wilshire, I have been trying to figure out how the ‘New Arsenal' will play this season. For quite a while I was convinced Arsène wanted to continue with his 4-2-3-1 formation of the previous seasons, and as such, he was trying to get Ramsey to play in the Fabregas position/role, with Song in the more traditional DM role and Arteta in the box-to-box ‘Wilshere' role which is effectively a second DM (most of the times).

The three-dimensional wall of ARS – and why we will not be buying Goetze or Hazard anytime soon

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Ever since the departure of Fabregas and the long-term injury to Wilshire, I have been trying to figure out how the ‘New Arsenal' will play this season. For quite a while I was convinced Arsène wanted to continue with his 4-2-3-1 formation of the previous seasons, and as such, he was trying to get Ramsey to play in the Fabregas position/role, with Song in the more traditional DM role and Arteta in the box-to-box ‘Wilshere' role which is effectively a second DM (most of the times).

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Liverpool: Reds Deploy Ingenious ‘Kneeling Coutinho’ Tactic To Thwart Tottenham Free-Kick (Video)

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Liverpool produced a superb, vibrant display against Tottenham on Saturday evening, deservedly beating the Lilywhites 2-0 courtesy of a quickfire first-half brace from Sadio Mané.

The Merseysiders thwarted the high-flying north Londoners throughout the game, even deploying a very clever Brazilian trick to stop Christian Eriksen from scoring a free-kick.

BORO FIGHT BACK TO TAKE ALL 3 POINT'S FROM HALL ROAD RANGERS.

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AT A VERY WINDY QUEENSGATE SCARBOROUGH ATHLETIC STUTTERED TO A 2-1 VICTORY AGAINST A FAIRLY CAPABLE LOOKING HALL ROAD RANGERS OUTFIT.
BORO STARTED THE GAME IN A CONVINCING MANNER BUT THIS ROBUST START WAS TO BE SHORTLIVED AS IT WAS RANGERS WHO WOULD HAVE THE LIONS SHARE OF POSSESSION THROUGHOUT THE OPENING FORTY FIVE MINUTES.

Referees' Body Backs Stuart Attwell Over Liverpool FC Goal Against Sunderland

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Refereeing chiefs said Stuart Attwell was right to award Liverpool FC their controversial opening goal in Saturday's 2-2 draw against Sunderland.
The Professional Game Match Officials body, which provides match officials for all matches in the Premier League and Football League, issued a statement after Attwell faced criticism.

Spain

Euro 2012 – Week One View from the San Francisco Sofa

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Go charge at windmills if you think Spain has run out of energy. The reigning champions still possess the power to blow defensive walls apart. Their little midfield cannon, Andres Iniesta, can lob at will. Barcelona's Xavi, can spot the ball with illumination (is he not a Robert Downey Jr.

Picture of the Day : Fabregas Saves Spain’s Blushes

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Vicente del Bosque's attacking formation of Fabregas-Iniesta-David Silva against on Sunday may not have worked against the Italian defensive wall, although 3 attackers vs five defenders with Xavi driving the key balls looked highly promising from the start.

La Liga

Levante’s Remarkable Start To Season Continues

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Levante extended its best ever start by beating 10-man Malaga 3-0 Sunday for a fifth straight victory that kept it level with Barcelona atop the Spanish league.

In a matchup between the league's lowest payroll and biggest offseason spender, Levante outplayed the revamped Malaga by taking advantage of the visitors' goalkeeping gaffs.

SPANISH FOOTBALL - LIGA RESULTS | ROUND 24 SATURDAY GAMES

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Three games celebrated tonight as part of Round 24 of Spanish Football League - La Liga. Lets take a brief look at events, the results & the scorers in tonight's matches. Valencia CF - Sporting Gijon VALENCIA CF could not manage to break the REAL SPORTING DE GIJON defensive wall & finished with a 0 - 0 draw.

SPANISH FOOTBALL | 2010 - 2011 SPANISH LEAGUE - LA LIGA | ROUND 19 | SUNDAY NIGHT RESULTS

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SPANISH FOOTBALL continued today with three programmed matches as part of Round 19 of the SPANISH LEAGUE - LA LIGA. Tough games, all difficult for the favourites with surprise included. Here are the match results & scorers. Mathieu opens the can for Valencia CF Suffered & very worked 2 - 0 victory for VALENCIA CFÂ Â against DEPORTIVO.

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Rapids get key three points against struggling Earthquakes

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

Jeff Larentowicz's low bouncer through the San Jose wall and past goalkeeper Jon Busch in the 72nd minute proved to be the difference as the Colorado Rapids came from behind to defeat the host San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Singapore U23 v Myanmar U23

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SINGAPORE, 27 July 2011: The Singapore Under-23 side secured a 1-0 win over Myanmar Under-23 in an International Friendly match that was played this evening at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

The match got off to a slow with both teams looking to put their game plan into place. The Singapore U-23 team got the first shot of the game but it was directed straight at Myanmar U-23's goalkeeper, Hein Kyaw Thu.

Barcelona demolish Deportivo

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MADRID, Spain -Ballon d'Or finalists Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta scored to lead Barcelona to its 12th straight Spanish league win in a 4-0 victory at Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday. Messi played David Villa clear into the right side of the area before the Spain striker squeezed a right-footed shot past goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia [.

The Special Ones: Week 10

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Clean-sheets are fast becoming a thing of the past as clubs pour more focus and importance into the aspect of scoring goals. That said, however, Week 10 proved to be a more normal week in the English top-flight as seven of the twenty clubs managed to keep clean-sheets. Chelsea were able to overcome an early goal to keep their five-point lead over the rest of the title contenders.

Cech - Back to his best?

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I think it's safe to say, and Cech himself would hold his hands up and admit since the awful injury he suffered a few years back at Reading it has taken him a long while to recapture the form he showed in the early days at Chelsea.

For anyone to come through a life changing injury like that and try and get back to the person you used to be must have been hard and would be hard for anyone.

Wolves: So Little To Show For So Much Effort.

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Another Premier League game, another defeat and you'd be mistaken for thinking Wolves were a side struggling to play football. Oddly, Wolves have lost the last 3 league games when they probably deserved so much more for their efforts. After running Fulham so close at Craven Cottage, with two defensive slip ups gifting the hosts all three points, Mick McCarthy was honest in his criticism.

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Singapore v Chinese Taipei 3-2

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SINGAPORE, 18 July 2011: Singapore defeated Chinese-Taipei 3-2 at the Jalan Besar Stadium just days before they march back onto the very same pitch for the 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZILâ„¢ ASIAN QUALIFIERS ROUND TWO Match against Malaysia.

The game got off to a slow start and steadily picked up pace with both teams looking to break the deadlock.

[Media Information] Singapore beat Maldives 4-0 in an International friendly held at Jalan Besar Stadium‏

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(Media Information from the Football Association of Singapore)


SINGAPORE, 07 JUNE 2011: The new-look Singapore team cruised to a 4-0 victory over the visiting Maldives team in the international friendly held on June 7 2011 at Jalan Besar Stadium. The match started off with a new captain for our national team and it was none other than 20-year-old Hariss Harun, who was also playing in his new role as a centre back.

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Set-Piece Pioneers: Japanese High School Team Successfully Deploy Ingenious ‘Walking Wall’ Freekick Ruse, 2016 (Video)

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These days it's positively ubiquitous, but as strange as it is to think, the world had never seen the now-humdrum "walking wall" set-piece routine before January of last year.

Largely uncredited as they may be for innovating and subsequently adding such an instant staple to the football repertoire, 'twas the football team from East Fukuoka High School who first demonstrated the Monkees-style routine.

Match Report: Aston Villa 0 - 2 Liverpool

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Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish celebrated his first league win as a manager at Villa Park as first-half goals from Craig Bellamy and Martin Skrtel ensured a comfortable 2-0 victory over Aston Villa.
Bellamy and Skrtel struck inside the first 15 minutes to seal the Reds' fifth away win in the Barclays Premier League this season.

Fergie looking after the present and future

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For much of the 90 minutes at Anfield on Saturday there was a feeling of unfulfilled excitement and expectation.

The game, billed as the best in the World 24 hours earlier by sir Alex Ferguson, proved to be one of those occasions where passions run high, but nerves and a failure to get a grip on the game results in a highly-charged stalemate.

WNT Player Profile: Amy, Becky and Ali

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Here is another in our series of U.S. WNT Player Profiles. For this one, we triple up defenders with Amy LePeilbet, Becky Sauerbrunn and Ali Krieger. It's also our only WNT Player Profile that has anyone setting up a defensive wall or anyone speaking German. So three cheers for the defense as you get to know Amy, Becky and Ali just a little bit better.

Beckham’s rebirth continues in Galaxy win

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CARSON, Calif. – After four long and often frustrating years, David Beckham has learned to bend it once again. That famous right foot, so effective and prolific that it spawned the title of a movie, has been quiet for much of his Los Angeles Galaxy career, but its effectiveness has returned with a vengeance this [.

How Bayern can pull off a Miracle

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The season has got off to a horrid start for Bayern Munich, sitting seventh on the ladder, a remarkable seventeen points behind league leaders, Borrusia Dortmund. Despite a fair home record, they have been severely let down by their away form – winning only one game outside of Allianz Arena – following a devastating two nil loss to Shalke on the weekend.

Season review: Jack McInerney

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John "Jack" McInerney was an up-and-coming teenage talent in the fall of 2009. Signing a Generation Adidas contract coming out of high school in Florida, the US U-15 and U-17 star entered the 2010 MLS Superdraft at 17-years-old and was the youngest player selected. The Philadelphia Union nabbed him with the 7th overall pick, to the surprise of many analysts, and he quickly joined a cadre of teenage talent that the Union amassed during its expansion season including Amobi Okugo, Danny Mwanga, and Roger Torres.

10 Brilliant Photos Of Defensive Walls

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By Ollie Irish

Let's hear it for the defensive wall, without which, er, more goals would be scored.

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Match report: Arsenal step up a gear

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Manchester City 0-3 Arsenal

For much of the week just gone I've been muttering sometimes, but not always to myself that yesterday's match was pivotal.

Pivotal because, firstly, we'd not beaten either of the Manchesters or Chelsea for something like ten matches, which is a pretty substantial mental block for a team that has title ambitions.