I usually find myself in cool places around the world to watch the FA Cup finals, but this year I found myself in an airplane, and was thus unable to watch a surprising final where Wigan Athletics won a surprising 1-0 victory over Manchester City. Wigan are fighting relegation from the Premier League and this victory is their first FA title ever!
With Borussia Dortmund out of the race to retain their German league title, the Champions League has taken even larger significance.
After dispatching Shakhtar Donetsk 5-2 on aggregate, Dortmund could have been paired against a number of strong European sides with their quarter-final draw. With Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich (who hold currently a 20 point lead over them domestically) all possible pairings, Dortmund could've got a rough draw, but seemed to be slightly fortunate to get Malaga, currently sitting 6th in the Spanish League.
Rafa Benitez has finally let the water-off-a-duck's-back approach to the hostile treatment he's received since arrived at Chelsea slip as he hit out at the club and its supporters. The Blues boss also confirmed he will leave his post at the end of the season. He criticised the club's hierarchy for undermining his position by [.
I don't want Spanish teams to be eliminated from the Champions League. On the contrary, I would love to see Valencia and Malaga, who both lost their first last-16 matches, to go through. But there is nothing I wold like more than to see Real Madrid and FC Barcelona eliminated. So it was with delight that during a trip to Colombia I saw both struggle in their initial last-16 matches in the CL.