Champions at Home Too?

April 18, 2010


“One of the curious aspects of this season’s UEFA Champions League is that three of the four semifinalists—who square off in their first-leg encounters on Tuesday and Wednesday—are all also embroiled in legitimate title races domestically. Inter Milan and Barcelona are neck-and-neck with Roma and Real Madrid in Serie A and La Liga, respectively, while Bayern Munich is nursing a slender two-point lead over Schalke in the German Bundesliga. The same held true for Olympique Lyonnais, the fourth semifinalist, at least on April 7—the day it actually reached European soccer’s final four—when it was two points off the top of the table. (It now sits third, nine points behind league-leading Marseille.)” (WSJ)


Espanyol share spoils with Barca

April 18, 2010

“Espanyol put a dent in Barcelona’s hopes of securing consecutive Primera Division titles after holding their local rivals to a goalless draw. However, Pep Guardiola’s side may consider it a point gained rather than two lost after playing 28 minutes with 10 men.” (ESPN)

Barca held in derby, Sevilla thrash Sporting
“Espanyol put a dent in Barcelona’s hopes of securing consecutive Primera Division titles after holding their local rivals to a goalless draw. However, Pep Guardiola’s side may consider it a point gained rather than two lost after playing 28 minutes with ten men.” (ESPN)

Espanyol 0-0 FC Barcelona – Recap and Video Highlights – La Liga – Saturday, April 17, 2010
“FC Barcelona faced Espanyol in a derby match in the Spanish Primera Division on Saturday, April 17, 2010. Barcelona held a three point lead over rivals Real Madrid but would face a tough test in Espanyol. Barcelona could go six points clear with a win in the match as Real Madrid do not play until Sunday. Espanyol are not in any relegation danger but will have the motivation of a derby match.” (The 90th Minute)


The Power of Football in Northern Kenya

April 18, 2010

“Soldiers of Peace, a new documentary film, takes us into the world of conflict resolution. In the excerpt below (courtesy of Telegraph 21), we meet a courageous Kenyan woman named Fatuma Abdulkadir who risks her life to bring peace to her community through the creation of a football league.” (Nutmeg Radio)


Kevin James: I still think about cup final goal that never was

April 18, 2010

“He’s had a career in Scottish football that has spanned over 15 years. In that time he has savoured the joy and ecstasy of scoring the equaliser in a Scottish cup semi final against Celtic, and the pain and frustration of being sidelined for 18 months through injury. Kevin James has gone through just about every emotion known to man in a playing career packed full of euphoric highs and devastating lows.” (The Away End)