The match that defined the Spanish season

June 9, 2009

“This year’s league title race effectively came to an end one sunny bank holiday weekend in Madrid at the start of May as Barcelona, champions for the 19th time, wrapped up one of the most brilliant campaigns in their history, in which they have scored more goals than ever before, and left Real Madrid empty-handed in second place.” (World Soccer, 2)

Switching allegiance: the transfer moves they said would never happen (Independent)
“These are the words of Real Madrid’s latest signing Kaka – this time last week. His move from AC Milan for a world record transfer fee of £58m is just the latest in a long line of players who have declared their undying loyalty to a club, only to switch allegiances.”

The Soccerlens Premier League 08/09 Season Review (Soccer Lens)
“So that’s it. The curtain has fallen on another season in English football and what a season it has been too! We’ve seen Manchester United look as though they would win every conceivable trophy and yet their season ends with ultimate disappointment. Liverpool’s recent form was the stuff of champions but in a campaign that looked to be promising so much, they ended up winning nothing.”

Revitalised Serbia riding high under Raddy Antic (Guardian)
“Red Star are disintegrating, crowds for domestic matches remain low and violent, and there are constant allegations of corruption. Serbian football should be in a mess – domestically it is in a mess – and yet somehow the national team sits atop what looked a tough qualifying group for the World Cup.”

Return of the Galacticos (NYT)
“It seems Real Madrid’s president, Florentino Perez, hasn’t lost his taste for galacticos. On Monday, Perez and Real Madrid completed the acquisition of the Brazilian star Kaka from A.C. Milan. The transfer fee was reported to be about $92 million, a record. (I guess money was everything after all.)”

Football: Europe’s top 40 summer transfer targets (Guardian)
“Cristiano Ronaldo His on-off move to Madrid looks like it could be back on again after Real’s new president, Florentino Pérez, said he wanted to bring both Kaka and Ronaldo to the club. Possible destination – Real Madrid. Value – £60m”

Tom Jenkins’s best pictures of the football season (Guardian)
“This was at the game between the so-called two richest clubs in the world and true to form the City fans had come prepared to show their backing to the new Arab owners. I like this sweet moment caught as the players, including Robinho on his home debut, warmed up in front of these young boys dressed in identical headwear.”

Top 10 footballers who revealed T-shirts with messages (Who ate all the pies)

Scout: Sebastian Giovinco

June 9, 2009

“Sebastian Giovinco (born January 26, 1987 in Turin) is an Italian footballer who plays for Serie A club Juventus. Giovinco is an attacking midfielder with noted dribbling and play-making skills.” Wikipedia, YouTube