Story of the Day Being Overshadowed by the Story of the Day

October 1, 2009

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“The story of today is Milan. Milan and their complete faceplant to start the season. And while the criticisms are deserved, and Leonardo fully on his way to the unemployment office, sometimes we pay a bit too much attention to the fall of the big teams and not enough to the rise of the small ones. So with that in mind…” (The Offside)

Milan’s humbling defeat to FC Zurich sends them lurching deeper into crisis
“Forty minutes into a game that made Milan look like they needed a great big hole in the San Siro to swallow them up, the TV cameras cut away to a pair of faded stars on the substitute’s bench. Dida, the Brazilian goalkeeper, was ranting with the disgust of a man who has just found his car vandalised mindlessly for the umpteenth time. Next to him Ronaldinho resembled a nine-year-old stuck in a maths lesson whose mind could not stretch beyond his bubble gum.” (Guardian)

Zürich shock Milan with Tihinen magic
“FC Zürich pulled off one of the shocks of the UEFA Champions League group stage as Hannu Tihinen’s tenth-minute goal earned the Swiss titleholders a memorable win at AC Milan.” (uefa)

Sky the limit for jubilant Zürich
“Alain Rochat conceded FC Zürich rode their luck at times, but said their momentous 1-0 victory at AC Milan has given the Swiss champions the confidence to push on to the knockout stages. “If we can win here, we can win anywhere,” the defender said.” (uefa)

UEFA Champions League Video Highlights – Wednesday, September 30, 2009
“The UEFA Champions League wrapped up its second set of group stage matches on Wednesday with 8 matches. Real Madrid continued to show they are ready to challenge with a 3-0 win over Marseille. Cristiano Ronaldo has taken no time in adjusting to Madrid as he scored two goals. In England, Manchester United came from behind to defeated VfL Wolfsburg 2-1. Chelsea held onto a 1-0 win at APOEL and in the upset of the day FC Zurich beat AC Milan 1-0 at the San Siro.” (The 90th Minute)

Standings
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Top 25 goal celebrations: best and worst

October 1, 2009

“Following Emmanuel Adebayor’s knee slide against Arsenal, Telegraph Sport looks back at 25 of the most memorable celebrations ever.” (Telegraph)


FIFA 10 Review

October 1, 2009

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“Adding hundreds of subtle features is all well and good, and the team has done that this year, but, I’ve been thinking, there’s no one revolutionary gameplay feature left for the team to implement that would result in a significant step up. I knew FIFA 10 would be good. Great, even. But I doubted it would be much more than a roster update with a few new bells and whistles. I was wrong.” (videogamer)


South African rivalry threaten to undermine World Cup planning

October 1, 2009

“FIFA is worried that the World Cup organisers could take their eye off the ball in the run-up to, and in the aftermath of, the South African FA presidential election at the end of September. Confusing and upsetting all the world authority’s carefully laid plans is the association’s presidential battle between the local World Cup organising chairman, Ivan Khoza, and the organising chief executive, Danny Jordaan.” (WorldSoccer)