What’s the score with the Bundesliga?

June 3, 2009

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Sascha Riether
Disclaimer: If you have been following these columns for a number of years, you might be bored by what you’ll find below. I cannot be held responsible for this inconvenience, because it’s time for the traditional end-of-season column which never offers anything new. Postscript: Then again, the very fact that nothing ever changes with regards to the end-of-season column is, at least from my point of view, quite interesting in itself. So why not stick around for some brainstorming?” (ESPN)

Real Madrid Prepares to Spark Summer Frenzy (NYT)
“Less than a week after Barcelona’s great triumph in Rome, five of the eight richest clubs on earth have made drastic changes to their managerial structure. Removing the coach is a customary rite of summer. On Monday morning, Chelsea and A.C. Milan installed new men to run their teams, while Real Madrid went for the full revolution.”

Rampant US face Tico test (FIFA)
“USA, currently top of the final six-team hexagonal in North, Central American and Caribbean qualifying, travel to Costa Rica for their next test on Wednesday 3 June. The game marks the start of a hectic period for the Americans, who face third-place Honduras in Chicago on Saturday before shipping out to South Africa to represent the region at the FIFA Confederations Cup.”

South American numbers game (FIFA)
“As anyone in football will tell you, statistics can be misleading while sequences, no matter how good or bad, all come to an end sometime. With this in mind, FIFA.com delivers some interesting facts and figures ahead of Matchday 13 in South American Zone qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.”

Onyewu Goes to Court to Stop Racist Abuse (NYT)
“The United States national team defender Oguchi Onyewu, who will probably be in the starting lineup Wednesday night when the Americans visits Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier, sued an opposing player Tuesday over what he said were racist insults in a Belgian league playoff game.”

Spain Top FIFA Rankings (Goal)
“Spain have completed a memorable year at the top of the FIFA World Rankings as they have remained in first place while those below them have swapped places after mixed results. Vicente del Bosque replaced Luis Aragones at the helm of la Furia Roja last summer and the switch has been almost seamless as the team have maintained their incredible form.”

Anatolia still searching for Turkish title (ESPN – Jon Carter)
“Back in February it looked as if one of the most remarkable stories in Turkish football history was about to unfold. Sivasspor, a club who have only been in the top flight since 2005, were sitting on top of the league and were poised to become only the fifth team to win the Super Lig title. By the final day of the season the club’s title dream was still a mathematical possibility, but a defeat to Galatasaray coupled with Besiktas’ win over Denizlispor sent the title to Istanbul’s Besiktas. Not that it was seen as failure in the eyes of the fans.”

Barry gets England talking (BBC – Phil McNulty)“Gareth Barry had plenty of time to ponder his decision to quit Aston Villa for Manchester City as he flew almost 3,500 miles to Europe’s Eastern extremity. Barry was part of England’s squad that travelled on Wednesday to Kazakhstan’s second city, Almaty, where they will play a World Cup qualifier on Saturday night. As European trips go, this is football’s longest and Barry’s preparations were interrupted by a deal that will have caused plenty of mid-air turbulence among his team-mates.”