Barcelona all smiles after clásico

December 1, 2010

“In the aftermath of Barcelona’s incredible 5-0 win over Real Madrid in the clásico Monday, here are some postgame reflections…” SI

La Liga Lowdown, Jornada 13: Magnificent Barcelona victorious in El Clásico
“After weeks of constant hype, Barcelona and Real Madrid finally met in the Camp Nou last night for the first Clásico of the season. Weeks of “Messi vs Cristiano”, “Guardiola vs Mourinho” were finally put to an end as Barça emerged as winners. And, not only did they win, they did it in style – their style.” Just Football

Barcelona, the ‘Orgasm Team’, win another epoch-defining clásico
“Eric Abidal raised his hand. Gerard Piqué raised his. And then the crowd that engulfed Jeffrén Suárez raised theirs. Víctor Valdés raised his, latex glistening in the light and soon the rest of Camp Nou joined in. So did the fans who gathered down the Ramblas – palms open, fingers outstretched. Not far away, a hand was being raised on the front cover of Sport. On the back, its cartoonist was taking the easy way out. ‘Today, instead of drawing,’ he wrote, ‘I have decided to scan my hand.’ So he did.” Guardian

What does Mourinho have on the drawing board?“In January this year, Football Further examined the first few months of Manuel Pellegrini’s stint as Real Madrid coach and discovered that he fielded 16 different midfield and attack configurations in his first 16 league matches. Pellegrini’s time at Real ended in disappointment – despite phenomenal success in the goalscoring department – and a look at how his successor, José Mourinho, has approached team selection in the early weeks of his tenure reveals a very different style.” Football Further

The Eccentric Pioneer

December 1, 2010

“Working class icon. World-record breaking sprinter. African royalty. Goalkeeper. Arthur Wharton’s story is worth a few moments of your time, Josh Clarke elaborates.” In Bed With Maradona

Will Arsenal Win A Trophy In The 2010-11 Season?

December 1, 2010

“It’s been several years since the Gunners won a trophy but will this season be any different? Arsenal are still alive in all competitions (Carling Cup, FA Cup, Champions League, EPL) and below is a closer look at their chances in each one.” The 90th Minute