UEFA Champions League Video Highlights for Tuesday, September 29, 2009

September 30, 2009

Milan during a soccer training session in Marseille September 14, 2009
“It was another match day in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. Several of the top clubs were in action including Arsenal, Liverpool, and FC Barcelona. There were a few surprises as Liverpool were shut out 0-2 at Fiorentina and Inter Milan could only manage a draw with Russian side Rubin Kazan. The other top clubs, Arsenal and FC Barcelona, both had 2-0 wins at home. Scottish club Rangers had a very disappointing loss at home to Sevilla FC, losing 1-4.” (The 90th Minute)

Inter shocked in Russia
“Inter Milan were held to a surprise draw at Rubin Kazan in the Champions League but the Italian champions will be relieved to be leaving Russia with a point after ending the game with 10 men. Rubin took the lead in the 11th minute thanks to Alejandro Dominguez but the hosts gifted Dejan Stankovic the equaliser on the half hour.” (ESPN)

Title dreams a long way off for Italy
“The debate has long raged over which is the most well-equipped country to mount a serious challenge on the Champions League title. Is it the English clubs (who have had the most recent success), Spain (with all the summer’s transfer business) or someone else? Well, this year, the calls have been heard loudest from Italy as the country attempts to overcome the loss of their finest players – Kaka and Zlatan Ibrahimovic – to La Liga.” (ESPN)

Miralem Pjanic – Lyon’s New Juninho
“If it is the number 7 shirt at Old Trafford or the number 10 in Argentina that holds special, mythical significance, then the equivalent at Olympique Lyonnais would surely be that of the number 8. For it was once worn by midfield maestro Juninho Pernambucano, the brilliant Brazilian whose style and craft, not to mention jaw-dropping free-kicks, wrote the slick playmaker’s name into Lyon legend. Think of Olympique Lyonnais now and you think of their relentless recent march to seven straight league championships in France. Before Juninho arrived in 2001 Lyon had never won the French title.” (Just Football)

Champions League: Reds beaten, Inter shocked
“Montenegrin teenager Stevan Jovetic struck twice in a 10-minute first-half spell to stun Liverpool in their Champions League Group E clash against Fiorentina. The 19-year-old grabbed his first after 27 minutes after being put clean through, and then he touched home his second from the near post 10 minutes later.” (ESPN)

Barcelona 2 – 0 Dynamo Kiev

September 30, 2009

“Holders Barcelona made it four points from two games in their Champions League group after confidently seeing off Dynamo Kiev at the Nou Camp. Lionel Messi put the Catalan giants on their way with the opening goal in the 26th minute before half-time substitute Pedro Rodriguez sealed a fairly comfortable victory with Barca’s second 14 minutes from time.” (ESPN)

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“FC BARCELONA defeated DYNAMO KIEV 2-0 in an interesting & entertaining match. Full credit & praise to Dynamo who went for the game until the end, they even had their chances with a goal being called off-side in the latter part of the 1ºhalf.” (Spanish Football)

FC Barcelona vs Dynamo Kiev Highlights
(All About FC Barcelona)

Liverpool pay heavy price for bad start against Fiorentina

September 30, 2009

“‘Welcome Reds — your story for us is a legend’, read the banner unfurled by the Fiorentina Ultras housed in the Curva Fiesole at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. If that message was one of respect for Liverpool’s past European triumphs, the one delivered by their victorious team was designed to damage the English club’s hopes of adding to their considerable achievements.” (TimesOnline)

Jovetic stars for Viola
“Liverpool’s Champions League hopes took a shattering blow as Fiorentina claimed an impressive victory in a delirious Stadio Artemio Franchi. This was their first away defeat in Europe since the semi-final defeat at Chelsea in April 2008, and only their ninth away reverse in 38 attempts in the competition under boss Rafael Benitez. Montenegro international Stevan Jovetic did the damage with a quick-fire double inside 10 first-half minutes.” (ESPN)

Viola expose Liverpool’s deficiencies
“Fernando Torres’ baby faced smile was replaced with a scowl as Liverpool failed to score for the first time in two and half years in the Champions League. Rafa Benitez looked suitably furious with the performance against Fiorentina as a Reds team that has looked so full of goals came to a grinding halt. Sorry to say this. But I did see it coming. Nevertheless, it’s time for a deeper analytical assessment of Liverpool as their season.”

Rafael Benítez promises ‘very different’ Liverpool for visit to Chelsea
“Rafael Benítez has promised it will be a ‘very different’ Liverpool side that faces Chelsea on Sunday before back-to-back Champions League meetings with the Group E leaders Lyon in the coming weeks. Liverpool must face Manchester United as well in a seven-match spell that includes the Chelsea game, the Lyon double-header and Arsenal away in the Carling Cup.” (Guardian)

Benitez disappointed with Gerrard and Torres
“Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has revealed his disappointment over the Champions League displays of his top two stars, Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres.” (Independent)

As Stan Kroenke Ups Arsenal Share, Will Team be Americanized Before Arsenalized?

September 30, 2009

“During the summer, members of the Arsenal board and Arsene Wenger announced that the club’s stadium, The Emirates, would go under a process of redecoration three years after its opening. This process became known as “Arsenalisation” with many new features being added to the stadium.” (Bleacher Report)