South American sides make capital gain

March 14, 2011


Once Caldas celebrate victory in the 2004 Copa Libertadores
“With Tottenham into the last eight and Chelsea likely to join them, London is in with another chance of ending its wait for the Champions League success. But London is not the only capital city to have missed out on Europe’s biggest club prize. Rome, Paris and Berlin have never won it either. It is a different story in South America, where the continent’s capital cities have had a stranglehold on the Copa Libertadores, their equivalent of the Champions League. The explanation is straightforward enough.” BBC – Tim Vickery


Non-League Video of the Week: Supporter-Owned Clubs Special

March 14, 2011

“It’s a slightly different time for our non-league videos of the week, and this week we’re focussing on clubs that are owned by their supporters again. First up is the match from the Evostik League Premier Division between FC United of Manchester and Worksop Town. A couple of months ago, we could have been forgiven for thinking that FC United’s league season was grinding to a halt, but they have won seven of their last nine matches and now have an excellent chance of making the play-offs at the end of the season. Their opposition, Worksop Town, are in mid-table but with several games in hand on the teams above them will surely not have given up on their ambitions of making the play-offs either.” twohundredpercent


Good Day, Bad Day: Angry Unai Emery & Merry Real Madrid

March 14, 2011

“Tough to know where to stick Barcelona in today’s section. It was two points dropped – which a concerned Pep Guardiola would have probably taken before the clash – but it was a match that could easily have been won in the final minutes with Barça having efforts crashing against the bar and being cleared off the line.” FourFourTwo

Sevilla 1-1 Barcelona: Sevilla recover from poor first half to hold Barcelona to a draw
“Barcelona failed to win for only the fourth time this season in La Liga. Having favoured a 4-3-1-2 formation in recent weeks, Gregorio Manzano returned to a 4-2-3-1 system here. Didier Zokora came into the centre of midfield, and Diego Capel started over Diego Perotti on the right, so Jesus Navas was on the left.” Zonal Marking


Carroll Needs Time and Patience.

March 14, 2011

“Finally, some six weeks after signing, Andy Carroll squeezed his considerable frame into a Liverpool shirt and entered the action from the bench. Against Manchester United his introduction appeared to change the game for the worse – although the game was effectively already won – but against Braga his slipped more seamlessly into the action.” Tomkins Times


Clausura 2011: Racing win big & River finally lose (video)

March 14, 2011

“The weekend’s games from the fifth round of the 2011 Torneo Clausura are only getting written up all together now, due to my housewarming on Saturday night. Saturday saw Boca Juniors lose away to San Lorenzo in the weekend’s clásico, and Argentinos Juniors finally claim a win, against Arsenal de Sarandí, after opening with four straight draws. On Sunday, Racing visited Colón and thrashed them 4-0 to go out on their own at the top of the table. River Plate hosted Vélez Sarsfield and Leandro Chichizola, the goalkeeper who’s been so impressive filling in for Juan Pablo Carrizo, committed a howler to concede his first goal of the tournament, handing Vélez a lead they eventually turned into a 2-1 win, Santiago Silva bagging a double. All these goals and the others from the weekend are right here.” Hasta El Gol Siempre


1950s Month: Tripping the light fantastic

March 14, 2011

“If I was to ask which British team have had the greatest impact on the formative years of European competition, who would you say? Hibernian, the first British team to play in a continental tournament? Tottenham, the first British winners of a European trophy? Perhaps Celtic, whose Lisbon Lions of ’67 defeated Helenio Herrera’s Internazionale?” The Equaliser


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