BBC pundits on title showdown

May 21, 2009

“Rangers lead Celtic by two points going into the final round of Scottish Premier League fixtures, with the Ibrox club travelling to Tannadice to face Dundee United while Celtic host Hearts. A win for Rangers would see them secure their first title in four attempts, but failure to record victory in Tayside could allow Celtic to clinch the championship on either points or goal difference.” (BBC)

Looking to the future (ESPN)
“The fantasy season is winding down for another year but it’s never too early to start planning for next term. The cream has, in general, risen to the top with big names scooping the top points. Pepe Reina, Nemanja Vidic, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nicolas Anelka lead the way in each position proving that you do need to spend your cash on class to challenge, be it in your mini-league or in the overall competition.”

6+5 Rule Is ‘No Problem’ for President of Spain’s La Liga (NYT)
“The president of Spain’s La Liga, contrary to the view of many of his counterparts in top European leagues, supports FIFA’s controversial plan to impose the so-called 6+5 rule.”

2009 Confederations Cup FAQ (Road to 2010 World Cup Final)
“We’re 26 days from the start of FIFA’s 2010 World Cup dry run in South Africa, the 2009 Confederations Cup. Like many of you, I have no idea what the Confederations Cup is. Let’s spend the next 26 days previewing the Cup, answering questions and becoming Confederations Cup experts!”

Walker to Wilkins, Beckham to Baker – Five of the best and worst Englishmen in Italy (SoccerLens)
“It’s somewhat rare these days to see an Englishman trying his luck in Europe’s top leagues, especially in the tactical cauldron that is Serie A. In fairness, for many, life seemingly begins and ends with the Premier League where visions of a move abroad are often distorted by what many perceive as the ‘greatest league in the world’.”

Pro Vercelli: Fortune Comes in Threes (The Run of Play)
“Mid-March, and we’re still alive in three competitions. We’re in the semifinals of the Coppa Italia, where we hold a 2-1 lead over Juventus after the away leg thanks to goals by Rubino and Galli at the Delle Alpi.”

Uefa Cup final photos (BBC)