La semaine en France: Weeks 34 and 35

May 15, 2011


“Marseille are bloodied but they are not beaten yet. Lille’s 2-1 victory at Saint-Etienne on Tuesday saw OM fall seven points off the pace in the title race, but the champions defeated Brest 3-0 the following day and will be just a point behind Lille the next time the league leaders take to the field if they win at Lorient on Sunday.” Football Further


Liverpool 0 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur

May 15, 2011

“Tottenham seized the advantage in the race for the final Europa League spot as Liverpool’s first match since the appointment of Kenny Dalglish as permanent manager ended in a 2-0 defeat. But referee Howard Webb could have been accused of having a helping hand in deciding the outcome with a series of questionable decisions which culminated in the award of a very favourable penalty for the visitors’ second.” ESPN

Liverpool 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur – Video Highlights, Recap, and Match Stats – EPL
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Scottish football reaches a new low

May 15, 2011

“For the second time in a month, Scottish football is making headlines around the world. Unfortunately, the first time was because ‘viable’ explosive devices were posted to Celtic manager Neil Lennon and high-profile Celtic fans. The second occurred when Lennon was assaulted by a Hearts fan on the Tynecastle pitch on Wednesday night, as if in a deliberate attempt to prove that this level of football hatred is not unique to the west coast, and that, in terms of football, Scotland is not a civilised country.” WSC


Ajax close to title joy after going back to their roots

May 15, 2011

“After a season that has taken in institutional crisis, European humiliation and the departure of a popular head coach, it seems extraordinary that Ajax enter their final game with a chance to become Dutch champions for the first time since 2004. Yet that is exactly the situation ahead of tomorrow’s winner-takes-all meeting with FC Twente at the Amsterdam Arena.” Independent


Only Kenny can restore Liverpool way

May 15, 2011


“When Luis Suarez scored his fourth goal for Liverpool on Monday night at Fulham, there were fans typically beside themselves. They now had ‘the best player in the world’. Now obviously this is nonsense, and Suarez himself probably can’t believe his start. In the past, such form certainly wouldn’t have lasted. One thing you could set your watch by – almost without exception – is that whatever happened in the first year or two for a player signed by Liverpool, he’d end up devoid of spark and a lesser player.” ESPN


Manchester City 1-0 Stoke: Man City clinch first trophy since 1976 after Toure strike

May 15, 2011

“Yaya Toure’s powerful shot 15 minutes from time gave Roberto Mancini’s men the victory. Mancini was able to call upon Carlos Tevez upfront, meaning Edin Dzeko dropped to the bench. Mario Balotelli started on the wing, and Aleksander Kolarov played over Pablo Zabaleta at left-back.” Zonal Marking


Bochum 3-1 Duisburg

May 15, 2011

“Bochum are just 180 minutes away from promotion to the Bundesliga after an accomplished performance against Duisburg. This round 34 tie in 2. Bundesliga involved two sides with all still to play for. Bochum, two points ahead of 4th-placed Greuther Fürth, knew that a win here would earn them a place in the Bundesliga two-legged play-off against the top division’s third-worst side, Borussia Mönchengladbach.” Defensive Midfielder