Is the Copa Libertadores better than the Champions League

February 24, 2010


“There are people who argue that South America’s Copa Libertadores is better than the Uefa Champions League. It’s a perverse view, often motivated by bitterness – a bit like those who like to claim that The Beatles were over-rated. The Champions League congregates the best players from all over the world – it’s where they want to be, and where they need to shine these days in order to be considered truly great. But if Europe’s leading club competition is Lennon and McCartney, it doesn’t necessarily follow that the Libertadores is Herman’s Hermits, as last week made abundantly and gloriously clear.” (BBC – Tim Vickery)

TIm Vickery Interview: EPL Talk Podcast
“On this episode of the EPL Talk Podcast we welcome Tim Vickery, who picks up on some of the theses regarding player developed that we addressed with Andy Brassell two weeks ago. Then, Tim talks to us about some notable players in Brazil, talking about how their styles would fit into the Premier League. Then, we talk about Tim’s support of Spurs, the nature of being a club supporter, and how he found his way to Brazil.” (EPL Talk)

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Raul’s Declining Influence: A Legendary Real Madrid Career at it’s Twilight

February 24, 2010

“A highly symbolic moment took place at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu last weekend. As Real Madrid cantered to a Cristiano Ronaldo inspired 6-2 victory over Villarreal, they did so without the presence of their captain, leader and inspiration over so many years – Raúl Gonzalez. That in itself is quite normal. At 32 years of age, the great Raúl’s on-field influence has waned in recent months, largely due to the massive influx of fresh talent acquired by los Merengues over the course of an extraordinary summer spending spree. These days it is the Ronaldos, Kakas and Higuains of this world who hold centre stage at the Bernabeu. But the moment of symbolism came later on.” (Just Football)


Fiorentina 1-2 AC Milan – Recap and Video Highlights – Italian Serie A – Wednesday, February 24, 2010

February 24, 2010

“AC Milan played a midweek match in the Italian Serie A with a chance to close the gap behind Inter Milan to four points. They currently are third, two points back of 2nd place AS Roma, and have been unable to catch Inter Milan all season. Fiorentina is in the middle of the table, safe from relegation, but probably to far back to earn a spot in Europe for next season.” (The 90th Minute)


A Rising Star Despite the Taunts

February 24, 2010


Mario Balotelli
“Could 19-year-old Mario Balotelli be Italian football’s Jackie Robinson? The latter changed a nation, became a symbol of the fight for equal rights and left a legacy that’s made him a national hero in the U.S. The former may be given the chance to achieve all that for Italy, and maybe more, but so far hasn’t shown he wants the responsibility.” (WSJ)


Barça pep talk for Ibrahimović

February 24, 2010

“FC Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola was pleased to see Zlatan Ibrahimović silence his critics after the striker helped the UEFA Champions League holders to a first knockout round first-leg draw away to VfB Stuttgart.” (UEFA)


Are battle-weary Baggies running out of ammunition?

February 24, 2010

“The muddy, bloody battlefields of the Championship appear to be taking their toll on West Bromwich Albion’s promotion challenge. Ok, I exaggerate a little. The pitch at Plymouth was poor, though hardly Somme-like, and some of the injuries have been sustained in training or warm-up rather than in the rough-and-tumble of match action. Yet Albion looked like shell-shocked soldiers during a tame second-half surrender at Bristol City on Sunday afternoon.” (thetwounfortunates)