Ever since Rafa Benitez took charge at SSC Napoli, the Naples based club has splashed the cash. In a spending spree partly fueled by the sale of Edinson Cavani, the Partenopei remade their squad last off-season not only in an attempt to finally surpass Juventus atop Serie A, but also to make serious strides in Europe.
Muniain, Higuain, Ba... Names of the Champions League 2014/15 1st leg playoff is a post from: Just Football
Names of the Champions League is a feature on Just Football looking at the key names after each round of the tournament. With a place in the Champions League proper at stake, let's take a look at the names of the playoff 1st legs:
Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli)
Without his goal Napoli would really have been struggling heading into the second leg against Athletic Bilbao.
Video Torino vs Napoli 2014 Higuain Goal 0-1 Highlights is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Video Torino vs Napoli 2014 Higuain Goal 0-1 Highlights is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Torino vs Napoli 2014 (Torino SSC Napoli VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Torino vs Napoli 0-1 (Higuain) Stadio Olimpico, Turin- 17 March, 2014 Gonzalo Higuain's last gasp winner helps Napoli come away with three [.
Gonzalo Higuain has been in incredible form this season for Napoli however even the best of them have an off day and thats exactly what Higuain had after this incredible miss against Chievo who led 1-0 before the incident yesterday.
The hosts did equalize but it's more two points lost than one gain as Napoli's quest for Champions League football for next season took a stumble.
Chelsea fans around the world have woken up to reports of an "official" Chelsea bid for Gonzalo Higuain being rejected by Napoli. When asked of these reports, Jose Mourinho had denied any bid was made at all!
Jose Mourinho continues to re-iterate to everyone that he is happy with his squad and his strikers but the press are still convinced that a move will be made!
Juventus sit one point behind league leaders Roma after a convincing victory over Napoli.
Antonio Conte made two changes to the side that drew Real Madrid in midweek. Angelo Ogbonna joined Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli at centre back, while Mauricio Isla made an appearance as a right wingback.
Arsenal produced a scintillating performance against Napoli at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsene Wenger made two changes to the side that defeated Swansea at the Liberty Stadium last weekend. Tomas Rosicky joined Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey in Arsenal's attacking three, behind Olivier Giroud, while Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini played in the double-pivot.
Italian side Napoli are sitting on a perfect domestic under Rafael Benitez and his side already have knocked off last year's Champions League finalists, Borussia Dortmund in Naples and will be looking to get the same result when they travel to Arsenal's Emirates Stadium Tuesday night.
Arsenal host Napoli tomorrow at the Emirates in another massive Champions League clash as both sides look to cement their place at the top of the Group of Death.
Both Arsenal and Napoli won their opening matches, defeating Marseille and Borussia Dortmund respectively. A new look Napoli side look extremely impressive under new manager Rafa Benitez and sit in second place in the Serie A, two points behind league leaders AS Roma.
Ramsey's goals could inspire a title challenge The clamour for signing a striker over the summer was driven by a legitimate concern about the number of goals in the team. I felt Arsenal scored 10-15 less League goals than they needed to last season, which was almost entirely because of a lack of goals from midfield.
Napoli missed the fifth win in a row - the sixth if we include the Champions League's successful clash against Borussia Dortmund â€“ after drawing surprisingly with Sassuolo whose maiden season in Serie A had started in an humiliating way, with four defeats - the latest a wretched 7-0 at hands of Inter.
It has been quite the week in European soccer/football, and as the season progresses there's finally a huge sense of excitement from the results of the round of Champions League group stages which will inevitably bleed over into a weekend of derbys and possibly season-defining matches. The result which dominated the headlines of recent Italian press was Napoli's 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund, a match which saw a club lift itself to new heights while another gradually self-imploded, all in 90 minutes.
How is this for an atmosphere? After Gonzalo Higuain put his Napoli side ahead of last year's Champions League finalists Borrusia Dortmund, the stadium's announcer grabbed his mic, flipped on his camera, and got the crowd going.
Napoli eventually beat Dortmund 2-1 on the evening, making Group F, the Group of Death, even more interesting.
Here's a bit of brilliant candid footage of Napoli's stadium announcer, a chap by the name of "Decibel Bellini", living up to his name and roaring the crowd on after Gonzalo Higuain's first goal at the Stadio San Paolo after the Argentinian striker opened the scoring against Atalanta on Saturday evening.
Manuel Neuer's big hit on Gonzalo Higuain has been a major talking point with the non contact sports specialists calling for a red card and the hard as nails specialists calling for a badge of honour and I must agree it was a great hit and a fair one too he got the ball and done what I'd expect every great keeper to do knee's up and protect themselves when coming for a ball in the area!
The World Cup is inching ever nearer, and there are plenty of betting markets for punters to get involved with over the month long tournament. A lot of focus will be on the Golden Ball winner (player of the tournament) with the best players in the world vying to join a list of winners that includes the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Pele and Bobby Charlton.
I support Argentina and I am wearing my Argentina shirt today. It will be a long-held dream to see them again lift the trophy, as I still remember their last triumph with nostalgia. 1986; when football became my passion. That said, I have been very critical of their play in this tournament. They are not that offensive side that many expected with the players they have.
Argentina are in the semifinals afetr defeating Belgium 1-0 on an early goal by Gonzalo Higuain. Although Argentina played well the first half hour, second half saw them holding to the result, defending well against a rather toothless and disappointing Belgian side.So Argentina did not impress, but have now made it the furthest they have made it in a World Cup since 1990.
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Argentina vs Belgium Highlights World Cup 2014 Gonzalo Higuain Goal Video Quarterfinals is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Argentina vs Belgium 2014 (Argentina Belgium VIDEO BELOW) Estadio Nacional, Brazil- 5 July, 2014- 17.
Argentina 2014 World Cup squad is a post from: Just Football
Playing on South American soil as they are, many are tipping Argentina to end their 28-year pursuit of football's biggest prize, and they certainly have the squad capable of doing so. Many envy the attacking talent that Argentina have at their disposal, and if the man, the maestro Lionel Messi performs as he can, it could just be their year.
When Olivier Giroud joined Arsenal many were scratching their heads. This was the potential replacement for Robin Van Persie? Replacing a world class striker with someone who only led scoring in Ligue 1 the previous season? Many were not amused.
Even this summer, after an impressive first season, Giroud was written off as a good sub to have coming off the bench.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has publicly discussed the club's summer transfer saga over Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, admitting that he was excited to hear the rumors. The French striker also went on to admit that he would have preferred the signing of the Uruguayan over Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain before the latter player's move to Napoli as the Argentine would have been in direct competition at the Emirates Stadium.
Without Gonzalo Higuain as a fallback option, Real Madrid are starting to wonder if Karim Benzema is strong enough physically and mentally to be their lone option up top over the course of the season.
After a season where the Frenchman scored 20 goals in all competitions, Benzema has had a rough start to this year, scoring just twice in eight La Liga matches Carlo Ancelotti's side sit five points back of Barcelona in the league standings.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has told Liverpool fans he will not bid for Luis Suarez when the transfer window opens at the end of the year. The news will come as a further boost to Liverpool supporters who eagerly await the return of their star man after serving a 10-match ban. 'We will not be signing anyone in January,' he said to the club's members at the Real Madrid annual general meeting on Sunday.
12.09.2013 - Veremos que depara nuestra nueva secciÃ³n de portadas "FUTBOLUDO" cuyo nÃºmero uno se lleva Gonzalo HiguaÃn quien, relegado del Real Madrid al NÃ¡poli, saliÃ³ a conocer las aguas italianas con la profundidad que se merecen. Sabemos que, a raÃz de sus dÃas madrileÃ±os, el Pipita destacÃ³ a "The Climb" como su canciÃ³n predilecta y que, de algÃºn modo, algunos de sus fans no superan la categorÃa de portada.
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has always been an animated fellow. Perhaps still carrying some pent-up aggression from his side's loss to Bayern Munich in last season's Champions League final, Klopp started the new Champions League campaign by freaking out and getting sent off just shy of half an hour into the Group F opener against Napoli.
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