Emmanuel Eboue isn't averse to madcap behaviour, but this is special even by his standards. During his celebrations after Galatasaray won the Turkish title, the ex-Arsenal right-back picked up a television reporter, placed him on the pitch and held him down while carrying out an interview in which Eboue became the reporter.
The first time I saw Gervinho play was in the 2010 world cup for the Ivory Coast. Every time he had the ball, the crowd would go wild because of his amazing ability to get past any man who stood in his way. He has fast footwork like we see from Cristiano Ronaldo and he could actually score goals.
There is a lot of news surrounding our German striker Lukas Podolski today, both for good and bad reasons. It has almost been a year since Lukas Podolski's transfer to Arsenal was announced, with the deal being struck months before the summer transfer window and he has since become one of the more important players on our team.
Galatasaray allowed supporters to attend their training session this week — a decision they probablyregrettedafter a fan invaded the practice pitch and collided with Didier Drogba. The man appeared to be sprinting towards Drogba to give him a hug, but just before he reached the Ivorian striker, he slipped an fell on him.
Racism continues to be one of the hot topics in world football even in 2013, and Ivory Coast star Didier Drogba is the latest to be affected by racist chants. The Galatasaray striker was racially abused by Fenerbahce fans during a recent match between the two rivals, which finished in a 2-1 win for Fenerbahce.
Liverpool and Manchester United will face a fight with Galatasaray for the signing of Porto striker Jackson Martinez. The forward is now regarded as one of the world's best strikers, alongside Atletico Madrid's Falcao and Edinson Cavani of Napoli. And that has sparked the interest of free-spending Galatasaray, who have recently added superstars Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder to their squad.
His current side may have just this week dropped out of Europe's premier club competition. However personally it has been a pleasure to witness the return of Didier Drogba to the Champions League in the colors of Galatasaray. Albeit his absence was short-lived, having departed Stamford Bridge for China last summer only to return to Europe in January to join the Turkish side, his return has been a welcome reminder that the Ivorian striker still has something to offer at this elite level.
Mario Goetze of Borussia Dortmund (Google Creative Commons)
Friday's Champions League semifinal draw will have been particularly pleasurable for those symmetrically inclined.
The 2011-12 Bundesliga winners (Borussia Dortmund) are taking on the same season's La Liga champions (Real Madrid) in one match, with each division's runners-up (Bayern Munich and Real Madrid respectively) of that campaign contesting the other.
When Malaga's Eliseu put the ball in the net in the 82nd minute to give Malaga a 2-1 lead over Borussia Dortmund, it looked as though the reigning German champions had given themselves too high a hurdle to overcome in too short an amount of time. They couldn't dwell on the fact that the goal looked to be offside.
When Cristiano Ronaldo scored just eight minutes into Real Madrid's Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Galatasaray it seemed the result was a foregone conclusion. Real Madrid carried over a 3-0 lead from the first leg in Spain, so the final 82 minutes of the tie could've easily devolved into something even worse than an free information session on ski resort time shares.
After the results from the first leg of these matches, who would have thought that the second leg of the matches between Borussia Dortmund-Malaga and Galatasaray-Real Madrid would have so exhilarating? And I'm not even a supporter of any of the four clubs.
If you missed the matches, or if you want to watch the highlights, here they are for readers/viewers in the United States (due to rights restrictions).
Cristiano Ronaldo scored early for Real Madrid but it was Galatasaray who responded with three goals to make the second leg of this Champions Leauge Quarterfinal an exciting one. Cristiano Ronaldo then scored again late to secure Madrid's passage to the semi-finals, but Didier Drogba, Emmanuel Eboue, and Wesley Sneijder all scored to make it very interesting in Istanbul.
Club football is working its way to champions on every continent. Seattle Sounders FC and Santos Laguna are in the semifinals of their climb in North America. The Liga MX is favored in the contest (a Sounders win is listed at 9.00, Santos at 1.33), which isn't really a surprise. You certainly know of the big UEFA contests involving Malaga's trip to Dortmund and Turkish club Galatasaray needing a miracle to get past Real Madrid.
Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim still say it is not over until it is over!
"Anything is possible in football, but when you are playing against Real Madrid things are not so easy," Terim said during yesterday's press conference He wen on the say "Galatasaray will try everything.
Real Madrid come into the second leg of their quarter-final Champions League tie with Galatasaray knowing that they almost have one foot in the semi-final draw. The 3-0 comprehensive first leg victory means that Mourinho's men can afford to relax a little ahead of the match. Mourinho said after the first leg that Galatasaray needed a miracle in order to make it into the semifinals.
En vivo Galatasaray vs Real Madrid este martes 9 de abril a partir de las 20:45 horas de España. 12:45 de México y 15:45 en Argentina. Será televisado en España por La1 de TVE y en Sudamérica por ESPN.
Estadio: Turk Telekom Arena. Posibles alineaciones.
Borussia Dortmund vs Malaga Galatasaray vs Real Madrid
It has been a largely miserable weekend of travelling, bad weather and even death (in the tragic passing of Manuel Pellegrini's father) for Malaga. On Friday, The Spaniards had to sit through a nervy flight up to the Basque Country when their aircraft was struck three times.
"Ho?geldiniz!" You're looking at the lavish 'Sultan-esque' bedrooms of the Real Madrid players who arrived in Istanbul earlier to face Galatasaray in the second-leg of their Champions League encounter tomorrow. Indeed, Jose Mourinho and his players will be resting their million-euro feet at the Ciragan Palace hotel ahead of their "visit to hell", as dubbed by the Turkish media.
As much as things change, things stay the same. This season's Champions League quarterfinals feature clubs synonymous with the latter stage of the competition, as well as those who are less frequently a presence -or who at least have not been for some time.
Malaga and Borussia Dortmund, who contested a 0-0 draw on Wednesday, represent two different approaches to becoming part of the former.
Real Madrid's 3-0 win on Wednesday over Galatasaray should give them breathing room in their quest for a Champions League title, but news of an EU investigation has taken the wind right out of the club.
The European Commission is investigating the club for accepting illegal state aid, according to a report in The Independent.
There was a stark contrast in celebration styles during Real Madrid's 3-0 victory over Galatasaray in the Champions League quarter-final meeting last night. Clearly, Gonzalo Higuain enjoyed rolling on the all- too familiar grass patch at the Bernabeu more than Didier Drogba did.
Real troppo forte per il Galatasaray. Al Bernabeu questo è stato il verdetto uscito dall'andata dei quarti di finale di Champions League con i galacticos di Mourinho che hanno strapazzato i turchi per 3 a 0 e ipotecato il passaggio in semifinale. Tutto da decidere, invece, nell'altro quarto, quello tra Malaga e Borussia Dortmund, terminato [.
Real Madrid 3-0 Galatasaray Game In 10 Tweets is a post from: Just Football
Before the match, the game was mostly characterized as José Mourinho versus two of his disciples in Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba. Would the former Internazionale playmaker be able to hurt his former boss?
Real Madrid kept up their winning ways on Wednesday with a complete team performance that has them looking like a favorite to be at the Champions League final next month.
In Wednesday's other quarterfinal action, Borussia Dortmund and Malaga played out a scoreless draw that was marked by several missed chances from Dortmund's attacking trio of Mario Gotze, Marco Reus and Robert Lewandowski.
The Emirates cup will be back at Arsenal this summer after missing last year because of the London Olympics. It will be played at the start of August and, along with Arsenal, will feature Napoli from Serie A, FC Porto of the Primeira Liga in Portugal and Galatasaray from the Super Lig in Turkey.
These are all good teams and will provide a useful test for the Gunners.
First off, let me just gush a little here and say, "WHAT AN AMAZING NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FOOTBALL"!! Truly incredible. Nights like that are what make it the greatest club tournament on the planet. Malaga played spectacularly, only to have a Manchester City-esqe stoppage-time comeback shred their Cinderella-story hopes and dreams to pieces in front of their eyes.
Galatasaray boss Faith Terim has admitted the club will struggle to keep hold of Burak Yilmaz this summer with Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool all interested in signing the striker, according to the Express. The Turkish hitman only moved to Galatasaray from Trabzonspor last summer but has seen his stock rise considerably after hitting 26 goals in his 31 appearances so far.