Spanish Inquisition: The Myth About Real Madrid & Barcelona

December 18, 2009


“One of the most damning accusations spit at towards Real Madrid in recent times is their abuse of money. Over €250 million were splashed out this summer to recruit Neo-Galacticos and questions persist whether it is morally right to spend so much money on football – mere football, as some would suggest – when the world is subsumed in economic crisis. And true, president Florentino Perez’s persistence to spend huge to become huge is an apt indication of just how much money there is to make in football.” (Goal)


Primera División Argentina, 2009 Apertura: attendance map

December 18, 2009

“Club Atlético Banfield are champions for the first time in their 113 year history. On Sunday, Banfield failed to get a result versus Boca Juniors at the Bombonera, losing 2-0, but second-place Newell’s Old Boys also lost, to San Lorenzo 2-0. As champions, Banfield will be making their third appearance in the Copa Libertadores next year. Holders Estudiantes de La Plata will also be part of the 2010 Copa Libertadores, along with Primera División 2009 Clausura champions Vélez Sársfield, and the three clubs with the best average from the 2009 Clausura and 2009 Apertura…Lanús, Colón, and Newells’ Old Boys.” (billsportsmaps)


World Cup Moments: Pelé Becomes the Youngest Goalscorer in a World Cup Final

December 18, 2009


“We all know Pelé was good. But it’s easy to forget just how good. If you have any doubts, take a look at Pele’s first goal for Brazil vs Sweden in the 1958 World Cup Final, below. The striker takes the ball on his chest, lifts it over the defender’s head with his right and then volleys home low with the same foot.” (World Cup Blog)


Liverpool draw Unirea Urziceni in Europa League

December 18, 2009

“Liverpool will take on Romanian side Unirea Urziceni at the round of 32 stage in the Europa League. Unirea, like Liverpool, dropped into the competition after finishing third in their Champions League group but defeated Glasgow Rangers and Sevilla. Fulham face a tricky tie against Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk. Everton take on Sporting Lisbon, who play in the same city where David Moyes’ team were defeated 5-0 by Benfica during the group stage.” (BBC)