Top 20 sporting moments of the decade: Liverpool’s ‘Miracle of Istanbul’

December 9, 2009

“It was the six minutes that shook the world. It was the six minutes that so stunned AC Milan that Carlo Ancelotti’s devastated players threw away their losers’ medals at the end – much to the delight of the souvenir-hunters among Liverpool’s apprentices.” (Telegraph – Henry Winter)

U.S. won’t overlook its opponents

December 9, 2009

“Remember the old adage, ‘Be careful what you wish for, you may get it?’ The U.S. men’s national team should. With stars like Karim Ziani playing in Europe, Algeria won’t be a pushover.After years of getting the proverbial short end of the World Cup draw, last Friday the Americans received the kind of first-round group that manager Bob Bradley could only dream of. Yet with it comes some uncharted territory. The U.S. is now in the unfamiliar position of being favorites to progress to the second round. Those expectations come with the kind of pressure that they haven’t always coped well with in the past, and closer inspection of their opponents reveals plenty of reasons to be wary.” (ESPN)

Top 10 England Debacles

December 9, 2009

“If you’re an England supporter, and despite the best efforts of the likes of Eriksson, McClaren and Barwick, some of us still are, then you will be used to disappointment. In fact, you will have a PhD in it. England are simply masters at falling short. This article celebrates, if that is the right word, 10 of the worst experiences of being English and interested in football. Interestingly we haven’t included anything from between 1953 and 1981, a period which covers the 1970s. This decade was probably the worst ever for the national team yet our failures to qualify for either the 1974 or 1978 World Cups never produced anything as lamentable as this lot. Additionally we haven’t added anything from the Steve McClaren era. It’s still too fresh. Too sore. When an updated version of this appears (or a 20) we will correct this glaring omission.” (midfielddynamo)

Fan friendships are possible

December 9, 2009

“With the draw out of the way, the build-up to the World Cup now begins in earnest. As is the case with any tournament involving England, questions will asked over how well-equipped the South African police are to handle the huge influx of potentially troublesome fans. Plans to bring in “state-of-the-art” water cannons and specially designed train carriages, equipped with their own holding cells and police stations, have already been mooted.” (WSC)

Flamengo lifted by unlikely heroes

December 9, 2009

“Just a few months after deep personal problems forced him to quit Italian soccer — and hint at giving up the game altogether — Adriano was the star man as Rio de Janeiro powerhouse Flamengo won the Brazilian Championship for the sixth time on Sunday. At times, the hulking striker looked like an adult who had wandered on to take part in a kids’ game. A decent cross from the byline always gave him a chance to score with a header, and his left foot is a weapon capable of both astonishing strength and surprising subtlety. He finished the tournament tied for the scoring title. But like any striker, he needs a supply line. (SI- Tim Vickery)


December 9, 2009

“UEFA Champions League comprises of three qualifying rounds, a play-off round, a group stage and four knockout rounds. In matches in the three qualifying rounds and the play-off stage, clubs play two matches against each other on a home and away basis, with the club scoring the greater aggregate of goals qualifying for the next round. In the event of both teams scoring the same number of goals, the team which scores more goals away qualifies.” (UEFA)


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