Farewell Wigan Athletic, a flawed yet loveable Premier League team is a post from: Just Football
by Matt MacKenzie
Despite their frankly astonishing FA Cup triumph, the axe has finally fallen on one of the Premier League's most appreciated sides. A neutral's favourite throughout this season in particular, Wigan Athletic have become the latest victims of relegation to the Championship.
Viva Scaffolding! Manchester United fans celebrate 20th league title at trophy parade is a post from: Just Football
Manchester United supporters were in jubilant mood at the parade to celebrate their 20th league title on Monday.
A day after being handed the Premier League trophy, Sir Alex Ferguson's 13th and final league championship before he retires from football after 26 and a half years in charge at Old Trafford, United's trophy parade took place in Manchester.
3 To See: Crystal Palace, Porto v Benfica, Farewell Sir Alex at Old Trafford is a post from: Just Football
The weekend's 3 to See for the weekend 10th-13th May, as brought to you by Just Football:
Crystal Palace v Brighton
(Friday 10th May 19.45 GMT)
After Leicester and Watford did battle in the first of the Championship play-off semi finals on Thursday attention turns to the teams who finished 5th and 4th in the Championship respectively, as Crystal Palace face fierce rivals Brighton and Hove Albion in what should be a tense and dramatic play off.
Juventus are back to back champions on Italy after picking up their 29th or 31st Scudetto title, while both Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona had to put the champagne back on ice. Here is a roundup of all the weekend from the big leagues in Italy.
Italy Juventus won the Serie A title finish with three games remaining thanks to a 1-0 win against Palermo.
Three big battles this weekend in Spain, England and Italy that will have major impacts on who will be playing in the Champions League next season. Here is a look at those games:
England: Liverpool v Chelsea Back on the top three following a 3-0 west London derby win at Fulham on Wednesday, Chelsea travel to Anfield for what will be their second of three away games in eight days.
It was a good weekend for Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and FC Barcelona as they all moved as step closer to winning their respective titles.
PSG stretched their cushion to nine points in France and United returned 15 points clear in England.
France PSG bounced back from the disappointment of losing to Barcelona in the Champions League in midweek by winning 1-0 at ES Troyes AC, a victory that left them nine points clear at the top of the table.
Congratulations to Wigan Athletic Football Club on reaching the FA Cup Final, their first major final in the history of the club. Hats off go to Wigan owner Dave Whelan as well as manager Roberto Martinez and his players. The achievement of going this far in the tournament should not be overlooked.
Thiago Silva the best defender in the world? is a post from: Just Football
In my latest piece for FourFourTwo, where I write as a feature columnist on French and African football, I take a look at Paris Saint-Germain's brilliant centre backThiago Silva and his rise to becoming one of if not THE best defender in the world.
1. Chelsea know how to win these trophies against the run of play. They were inferior to Benfica for huge chunks of this match, but Bayern Munich will testify that counts for little. 2. "Winners of Europe's second most prestigious club competition, we know what we are" doesn't have quite the same ring to it.
By Kirsten Schlewitz / Senior West Coast Beer and Aston Villa Correspondent
In the U.S., the soccer season has barely begun. But over in Europe, most countries are 6-8 weeks away from the end of the season – and the title race has more or less been decided in each of the big leagues.
Bayern Munich: The Story of a Record-Breaking Season is a post from: Just Football
by Cristian Nyari
Another weekend, another win for Bayern Munich. That seems to be the trend this year in the Bundesliga.
The recently-crowned German champions rolled over Hannover with an emphatic 6-1 on matchday 30, prior to that they got their their 100th win at the Allianz Arena with another imperious 4-0 win against Nürnberg, and with a squad of second choice players no less.
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard says the club have gradually grown to love the Europa League after the initial disappointment of being knocked out of the Champions League. After winning Europe's showpiece tournament last season, Lampard and his team-mates were not initially pleased to find themselves in the less prestigious Europa League this campaign.
Talking Barcelona: Things do need to change, Vilanova is a post from: Just Football
'We don't need to change any players'. Tito Vilanova's words after Barcelona's humbling 0-7 aggregate defeat against Bayern Munich."What we do need is to get our injured players back because they are top performers," he added.
Borussia Dortmund The passion and pain of BVB is a post from: Just Football
""We're hurt but this makes us even more determined.Everyone should support the team [tonight], no matter what– Real Madrid cannot capitalise on this. If someone does not understand how much heart has gone into getting this far, they should not come.
Bayern Munich 4-0 Barcelona Game in 10 Tweets is a post from: Just Football
On a day that was firstly dominated by Bild announcing Mario Götze would be transferring to Bayern Munich, then Borussia Dortmund confirming said transfer, then RMC Radio announcing Edinson Cavani had agreed terms with Paris Saint-Germain, it was easy to forget about the true footballing matter of the day.
It is upon us, a clash of the titans: Bayern Munich hosting Barcelona in the 1st leg of their Champions League semifinal tie. The German superclub and Bundesliga champions against the Catalan superclub and La Liga champions-elect. Both of them 4-time European champions (Bayern in 1974,1975,1976, & 2001, Barcelona in1992, 2006, 2009, & 2011).
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has identified Champions League semi-finalists Borussia Dortmund as a blueprint for the project he has undertaken at Anfield. The German side reached the last four of Europe's elite competition earlier this week courtesy of a dramatic 3-2 victory over Malaga at the Westfalenstadion - setting up a semi-final with Real Madrid.
The Champions League and Financial Fair Play, part I: Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona The Safe Clubs is a post from: Just Football
by Ebrahim Sadien
The last 15 years has seen European football experience a global expansion of significant heights. With the advent of television rights and continuous advancement of technology, European football has not only received additional capital inflow but also gained exposure to every corner of the globe.
Barnet drop out of the Football League and into the unknown is a post from: Just Football
by Tom Furnival-Adams
When Edgar Davids reflects upon his football career, his 36-game spell at Barnet will surely be one of the most memorable periods not, albeit, for the same reasons as his Champions League-winning stint with Ajax, or his contribution to three Serie A titles while at Juventus.
The video speaks for itself. Final whistle blows, a linesman, Musa Kadyrov, attacks player on the pitch. It was only a reserve game in Russia, but it's making headlines for obvious reasons. And yes, it's Russia which means..."In Russia, linesman atta...nevermind.
The player was bewildered by the outburst, and his response was, errr, well it was a response.
Mats Hummels seemed destined to win this week's award for worst backpass, especially considering the magnitude of the match. Thankfully, Bayern Munich's teammate Robert Lewandowski came to the rescue and who the hell remembers Hummels anyway.
Georgian Akaki Khubutia of Mordovia Saransk won't be quite so lucky.
Bologna playmaker Alessandro Diamanti is the most fouled player in Europe so far this season. While you might assume that Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi would be on the receiving end of most rough treatment, it is actually the former West Ham player who's taken a bit of a battering this season. According to figures [.
I don't think we have ever taken as many hit in Europe as we took when we visited Paris last week. The two goal conceded and the last minute draw was not only the bad thing, what worried us more was the injuries to Messi and Mascherano. With Mascherano out we don't have any proper center back option to chose from for tomorrow night, assuming that Abidal don't start.
As mentioned in the last section, Ferguson's long transition to a system that would work in Europe was one of the greatest challenges of his career, but he was wise that he had taken the time before to make himself untouchable. For it was a return to the bad old days of ta-ra Fergie the two things that individually are acceptable but together United fans will not tolerate.
Diego Lopez or Iker Casillas? Under pressure at Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho comes out swinging... is a post from: Just Football
The temperature continues to rise for Jose Mourinho in Madrid. After elimination in the semi finals of the Champions League courtesy of a brilliant Borussia Dortmund side, and with the league title all but conceded back to Barcelona, the pressure on Mourinho is building as speculation increases that this will be his final few weeks as head coach at Real Madrid.
Brendan Rodgers says he would have no issues with Liverpool qualifying for Europe via the Fair Play league next season. The Merseyside outfit is second behind Arsenal in the Premier League's disciplinary standings but the Gunners are expected to finish in the European places, meaning Liverpool would receive England's potential Fair Play spot.
Adidas' campaign for the new Chelsea kit involved many of its stars being doused in blue paint. Maybe to highlight the fit of the new shirts, hoping to persuade the more unfit among their fans to maybe buy a sweatshirt instead. Icelandic club Tindastóll decided to make one of their own. Less for shirt sales and more for comedic purposes.
Fans of Rapid Wien took unhappiness with the club's performances to the next level. The eighth level, to be exact those eight levels of bricks sit in front of the entrance to the club's offices, placed there by fans of the club. Blockading the club's offices is a pretty good way of voicing one's dissent, really.
This should be just about the best goal you see this year, and if it doesn't make the FIFA shortlist, well then shame on Sepp Blatter's hot pants. Her name is Elisabeth Jeppesen and she plays in Norway. The female domestic league in Norway isn't going to get the most media exposure in the world, and that's where the internet and 0.
The FA Cup comes at an interesting time in the league. Split the teams up and some may take their opportunity to pull ahead. How much of a psychological shift will that cause as points become the focus?
On the flip side: Wigan and Millwall have a chance to make history for themselves. Swansea set the cup agenda, but then their league status looked very secure.