Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Juventus vs. Real Madrid, Arsenal Beat Hull, Fabian Johnson Interview, Scribes

Well! Hello! There! Tons to get through today, including the onset of the Champions League Semi-Finals. Real Madrid travel up to Turin to face Juventus in today's affair. Too bad The Old Lady will be without Paul Pogba. Hopefully he'll be back for the second leg. Last night, Arsenal cantered to a 1-3 win at Hull, leaving the Tigers in the relegation battle. Louise Taylor was at the KC Stadium and filed this report, and here are Three Points. Oh, and we can't move on without a look at Ahmed Elmohamady's dive. OK, now we're ready.Your Premier League Table now looks like this.

Juventus vs. Real Madrid. Here we go...

Juventus vs. Real Madrid: Preview I
Juventus vs. Real Madrid: Preview II

It's Tuesday and that means it's time for Gabriele Marcotti to muse. This week, Gab's gabbing about Real Madrid's big win; Terry's message; credit to Allegri; Bayern concerns.

We never cared much for Steve McClaren. It turns out, he's wiser than we reckoned...

Now is the time on SSN when we Scribe. This week there are plenty of excellent articles. Italy gets a fair amount of attention for some reason...

Where? Germany. Who? Raphael Honigstein. What? Stuttgart hit rock bottom against Schalke yet look to be on the up

Where? South America. Who? Tim Vickery. What? Intriguing battle between north and south

Fabian Johnson. He's one of those German/Americans brought into the USA side by The Diving German himself. Let's learn more about Fabian, shall we?

Podcast! This week it's...Well folks, it's all over. Against all the odds, Chelsea have won the Premier League title for the first time in plucky José Mourinho's second spell in charge at the club, and on today's Football Weekly, AC Jimbo is joined by Rafa Honigstein, John Ashdown and Ian McCourt to celebrate their much predicted triumph. With the title race done and dusted, our attention thusly turns to the relegation battle and Newcastle's utter implosion under John Carver. Will they ever pick up a point again, and will anyone shed a tear if they do end up going down to the Championship? Speaking of the Championship, we run down the final tables in said division and Leagues One and Two, before hitting the big time and previewing the Champions League semi-finals between Barcelona and Bayern Munich and Real Madrid and Juventus.

We should also catch up on Major League Soccer before we call it a day. Here are your Power Rankings and here are Five Things We Learned from the weekend.



Monday, May 04, 2015

Chelsea Win Title, Juventus Win Title, Monday Night Football

It's a wonderful world...
Happy Monday! As expected, Chelsea and Juventus wrapped up their championships in the Premier League and Serie A, respectively. Elsewhere, Barcelona scored eight goals, West Brom beat Manchester United, Real Madrid edged Sevilla, Man City beat Spurs, Napoli crushed Milan, and Newcastle continue to implode. Let's get to it, beginning with Chelsea...

And...everything else in the Premier League...

Tottenham 0 - 1 Manchester City: Three Points
Manchester United 0 - 1 West Brom: Paul Wilson at Old Trafford

Right, so, Italy. Carlos Tevez, Patrice Evra, Arturo Vidal, and Co. have led Juventus to the Serie A title. That's FOUR-IN-A-ROW for the Turin giants. James Horncastle is on hand to say that it's a vindication of sorts for Max Allegri. Kirsten Schlewitz says, well, much of the same. Oh, and legendary keeper Alice Cooper Gigi Buffon is also on hand to talk about all the good times for The Old Lady.


Down in Spain, what exactly did we learn? That Barcelona can score eight goals in a game? Already knew that. Ronaldo scores loads of hat-tricks? Yeah, knew that, too. More tomorrow with El Sid.

Monday Night Football, friends! Hull City welcome Arsenal to the KC Stadium in hopes of a third consecutive win and a bit more distance from the relegation zone. Here's a Preview.

And finally...Chelsea were the best, but the rest were rubbish.



Friday, May 01, 2015

Barney Ronay on Sergio Ramos, Newcastle Crisis, New TV Deal For Spain, Chelsea & Juventus On The Brink

Milan fans spell it out for Inzaghi BEFORE the loss to Genoa...

There goes another one, folks. Happy Friday. Do you know what happens when every SSN Staffer has to take his/her kids to the dentist on the same day? Nothing gets done. We're ready to remedy that, however, with today's post. What did we miss? Chelsea beat Leicester, Club America beat Montreal, both Madrid biggies won, Juventus beat Fiorentina, and AC Milan were defeated at home.

Things are dicey at the bottom of the Premier League title. Let's take a gander at the relegation battle.

It's been a while since we've heard from Jeff Carlisle. He's got something today, though. It's something about some guy in Chicago named David Accam. We're game. Sticking Stateside, here's your MLS Weekend Preview.

SSN Regulars will know that we love us some Barney Ronay. Dude can write. Today, he's gracing us with a piece on Sergio Ramos, and, as you would expect, it's fantastic.

The inequitable TV money situation in Spain is finally being addressed. That's good news for clubs not named Real Madrid or Barcelona.

More Spain? How about actual matches? This is your La Liga weekend preview. Real Madrid have a difficult trip to Sevilla to worry about...

Down in Italy, all Juventus need is one solitary point from their match against Sampdoria to claim their 563rd Serie A title. We're going to bet that it'll happen. Here's a preview for all of the weekend fun in Italy.

Hey! That's really about it. Enjoy.



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Liverpool Lose At Hull, Barcelona Crush Getafe, Bayern Munich Miss Four Penalties, Podolski Goal Wins It For Inter, Montreal vs. Club América

Hump Day! Holla! Mid-week action is in full effect, thankfully for us fans. Not thankful, however, is Brendan Rogers after his Liverpool side succumbed to Hull City. Ouch. Mrs. Doubtfire's club are now four points clear of the drop. James McMath was at the KC Stadium and filed this report. And here are Three Quick Thoughts from the match. As for Liverpool going forward? Jim White thinks the misery will continue.

Down in Spain, Messi and The Cannibal each had two as Barcelona dispatched of Getafe to the tune of 6-0. Damn. Barcelona now lead Real Madrid by five points, although Madrid have a game in hand (to be played today - see below).

If you watched the video above, you saw Bayern Munich's players shitting the bed in their penalty shootout with Borussia Dortmund. No Treble for you! Raphael Honigstein is on hand to take a look at the fallout from the action at the the Allianz Arena.

Pep is not pleased with Klopp...

Down in Italy, Lukas Podolski scored a goal for Inter Milan. Yup. We said it. It's true. Matches in Serie A today include AC Milan vs. Genoa, Roma at Sassuolo, and Fiorentina at Juventus. Here's a Preview.

Also this evening, Real Madrid host Almería in a match they must win to keep pace with Barca. At the other end of the table, it's rather chaotic. Let's just say that it's complicated.

There is one more match of note tonight. It's the CONCACAF Champions League Final Second-Leg between Montreal Impact and Club América. Check it out on Fox Sports 2 at 8:00 p.m. EDT. There's been some trash talking so it could be juicy.

Hey! That'll do it for today. Keep it tite.



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bournemouth Practically Promoted, Scribes, Monday Night Football, Klopp's last Klassiker, Goals of the Week

Hey Hey Hey! How goes it? For Bournemouth, it goes quite well. Seven years ago they were way, way down at the bottom of League Two with financial problems and the prospect of liquidation. Today? They're (basically) in the Premier League. Way to go, Cherries! Here are Five Reasons for their meteoric rise.

It worked!

It's Tuesday, so we're going to jump right in with Scribes. There's a lot of good stuff today - particularly Sid Lowe's look at the language issues in Spain.

Where? Germany. Who? Uli Hesse. What? The story of Germany's legendary 1984 DFB-Pokal semifinals

Where? Germany. Who? Raphael Honigstein. What? Bayern Munich charge ahead to leave their German rivals playing catch-up

Where? France. Who? Julien Laurens. What? Lacazette facing tough choice over future

Where? South America. Who? Tim Vickery. What? Breaking the Argentina-Brazil stranglehold on the Copa Libertadores

Monday Night Football! Liverpool host Hull in a big match for both clubs. The Reds are still clinging to faint Champions League hopes, while The Tigers remain one point above the relegation zone. Here's a Preview. Here's another. Also today? Inter vs. Udinese in Serie A and Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup. Not bad!

It's tight in Spain, amigos. Real Madrid and Barcelona are separated by two points. Here's a look at the run-in for both clubs. Meanwhile, Spanish Footie Expert Guillem Balague claims it'll be Barcelona hoisting the trophy at season's end. Barcelona host Getafe this afternoon

Major League Soccer! Bird's got all you need to know right here, including Power Rankings (Seattle!), who's hot (Jozy!), and Mix Diskerud!

Backheel Breakfast

Did you know that Liverpool have made 190 signings and spent almost £800m since they last won the title 25 years ago? No? Neither did we

And finally...how about a
European Team of the Week?



Monday, April 27, 2015

Chelsea Hold Arsenal, Watford Promoted, Torino Defeat Juventus, Everton Beat Manchester United, Bayern Munich Win the Bundesliga

The Lazio eagle is attacked by a crow...

And a very pleasant beginning of the week to you and yours! Bayern Munich got a little help from Borrussia Mönchengladbach and claimed their 254th Bundesliga title. In England, Chelsea got the result the needed (0-0) at Arsenal to almost claim the Premier League crown. And in Italy, Torino won the Turin Derby for the first time in 20 years amidst crown trouble. Let's get to it, beginning in the UK...

Manchester City 3 - 2 Aston Villa: Paul Wilson at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 3 - 2 Aston Villa: Three Observations
Southampton 2 - 2 Tottenham: Paul Doyle at St. Mary's
West Brom 0 - 0 Liverpool: Stuart James at The Hawthorns
Everton 3 - 0 Manchester United: Andy Hunter at Goodison Park
Everton 3 - 0 Manchester United: Three Things We Learned
Arsenal 0 - 0 Chelsea: Phil McNulty at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 0 - 0 Chelsea: Three Quick Thoughts

Down in Spain, Chicharito scored again, Messi and Neymar scored again, and all the top teams were victorious. Here are Five Things We Learned in La Liga, along with a Weekend Review.

Hey! Watford have returned to the Premier League! Welcome back, Hornets. Let's see how it was accomplished. More? Here are Five Things to Know about the Premier League newbies.

Over in Italy, as noted above, Torino defeated leaders Juventus to claim their first derby win since 1995. Here's a Weekend Review for Serie A. Sadly, however, only a madman would bring children to a Serie A match...

What did we learned this weekend in Major League Soccer? Good question. Here are Five Things, just to get us started.

And finally...Is Jose Mourinho really a boring manager?



Friday, April 24, 2015

Barcelona To Face Bayern, Real Get Juve, Arsenal vs. Chelsea, The Joy of Six, Croatian Racism

Woop! There goes another week in the book, kids. The Champions League draw just went down and it'll be Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich (juicy!) and Real Madrid vs. Juventus. Pretty damn good, we must say. You get a week off and then the matches commence in the first week of May. Now, then. This weekend. What have we got? In the Premier League, Chelsea go to Arsenal, and while the result won't have any impact on the title race, it's an intriguing match nonetheless. Elsewhere, Tottenham go to Southampton, and Everton host Manchester United. In Spain, it's the Catalan Derby as Espanyol host Barcelona, and in Italy, it's the Turin Derby as Torino welcome neighbors Juventus, Inter host Roma, and Napoli and Sampdoria clash. Let's hit some previews!

Arsenal vs. Chelsea: Key Battles 

Thierry Henry is on TV. Apparently, he's unpopular and terrible. Barney Ronay is on hand to tell us why.

Major League Soccer has matches this weekend, including the always spicy Portland vs. Seattle clash. Here's a weekend preview for the top North American league.

Serie A Preview? Done. La Liga Preview? Done. Bam!

Racism in Croatia. Not good. Aleksandar Holiga reports from Zagreb on how Croatia turned on an activist accused of reporting fans’ racism.

The Joy of Six! Scott Murray's leading the charge this week and it's...Everton vs. Manchester United! Splendid.

That...is quite a photograph.
The Europa League quarters were yesterday. Who made the semis? Well, it'll be Sevilla vs. Fiorentina and Napoli vs. Dnipro Dnipronitropetropsckovsksksksk. Good.

And finally...The Zlatan Suite.



Thursday, April 23, 2015

Real Edge Atlético, Juventus Advance, Adam Johnson Charged, More Milan, Montreal Draw at The Azteca, Soccer in New York

Well, hello there. The Final Four of the Champions League is set. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, and Bayern Munich are the last clubs standing. The draw is tomorrow, with the first legs set to go down on May 5 and 6. Let's do it:

Real Madrid 1 - 0 Atlético Madrid: Sid Lowe at the Bernabéu
Real Madrid 1 - 0 Atlético Madrid: Sid Lowe at the Bernabéu II
Real Madrid 1 - 0 Atlético Madrid: Three Things We Learned
Monaco 0 - 0 Juventus: Dominic Fifield at Stade Louis II
Monaco 0 - 0 Juventus: Three Thoughts
Monaco 0 - 0 Juventus: Three Things We Learned

They are also attempting to narrow the field in the Europa League down to four today. Here's what to watch for in Europe's second-best club competition.

AC Milan. Internazionale Milan. Two powerhouses not competing in the Champions League. Two powerhouses who will not compete in the Champions League next season, either. Here's the question: With the Milan clubs stranded in Serie A’s unfashionable midriff, will the derby take on added meaning, turn nastier and leave fans fighting for city pride?

Neymar & Nadal

How about this for MLS? Frankie Klopas and his boys from Montreal went down to the Azteca for the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Final and left with an away goal and a 1-1 draw. They could've won it, too. The return leg is next Wednesday in Montreal at the Olympic Stadium. The match is already sold out. Impact de Montréal, indeed!

Oh, dear. Adam Johnson was arrested back in March, and he's now been charged. Three counts of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl. Not good. Not good at all.

New York. The center of the Free World. And now home to tons and tons of soccer. The Guardian's Graham Parker attempted to get a handle on things this past weekend. Here's his take: The glut of live soccer options is a recent phenomenon, and this past weekend Graham Parker waded into the city’s most crowded schedule yet – four days, three teams, four matches. His takeaway? The competing visions for the future of the New York soccer scene still need to coalesce into something more substantial.

Listen. It's difficult to defend. We get that. Here's an excellent piece on why that's the case, featuring...Porto!

The Special One. José Mourinho. Jonathan Wilson takes a look at the man who learned his craft at Barcelona, but sets his sides up to play in a far different manner.

And finally...Tottenham are considering building a stadium that they can share with an NFL team.



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bayern Bounce Back, Barcelona Stroll, Real Madrid vs. Atlético Madrid, Monaco vs. Juventus, George, Kevin-Prince & Jérôme, CONCACAF Champions League Final

Pep got so excited he ripped his pants.

Happy Hump Day! Before we delve into what's in store on this fine Wednesday, let's examine the two matches from yesterday. Pressure on Pep? Another manufactured story of hyperbole. Bayern destroyed a shell-shocked Porto (the third goal was glorious - this clip doesn't do it justice) to advance to the semis of the Champions League. Barcelona vs. PSG? Yawn. The French side still can't defend. Look, David Luiz played. Enough said. Here's your lot:

Bayern Munich 6 - 1 Porto: Barney Ronay at Allianz Arena
Bayern Munich 6 - 1 Porto: Three Things We Learned
Barcelona 2 - 0 PSG: Sid Lowe at Camp Nou
Barcelona 2 - 0 PSG: Three Things We Learned
Graham Hunter: Iniesta works his magic

One of the Bayern (and German) stars is Thomas Muller. Gabriele Marcotti takes a closer look at the forward's success here.


Right! So! Matches today! There's nothing like the Madrid Derby, peeps! Here we go!!

Real Madrid vs. Atlético Madrid: Preview I
Real Madrid vs. Atlético Madrid: Preview II

Monaco vs. Juventus: Preview I
Monaco vs. Juventus: Preview II

George, Kevin-Prince and Jérôme. Care to learn more about the Brothers Boateng? Read this

The CONCACAF Champions League Final is tonight at the Azteca in Mexico City. Relative newbies Montreal Impact represent MLS against Mexican powerhouse Club América. The match is at 9:00 p.m. EST on Fox Sports 2.

Hey! That'll do it! Enjoy!



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bayern Munich vs. Porto, Barcelona vs PSG, Eight By Eight on Arsène Wenger, Uli Hesse on St. Pauli, Goals of the Week

Dear Barcelona, I will defeat you all by myself. Signed, The Zlatan.

It's Tuesday and all eyes are on Bavaria where Bayern Munich host Porto down 1 - 3 on aggregate. They'll have to take some risks or else they can kiss their Champions League dream goodbye. The day's other match in at Camp Nou. Barcelona lead PSG 3 - 1 on aggregate and look to have the tie locked up. The Zlatan will play, though, so...you never know. Here's some prep for your afternoon of fun, along with some extra stuff that includes tomorrow's matches:

Bayern Munich vs. Porto: Preview I
Bayern Munich vs. Porto: Preview II
Barcelona vs. PSG: Preview I
Barcelona vs. PSG: Preview II
Barcelona vs. PSG: Preview III

Eight By Eight is an excellent zine. If you don't know it, check it out. This month, it has an excellent piece on Arsène Wenger. You should, er, check it out.

Now is time time on SSN when we scribe:

Where? Germany. Who? Raphael Honigstein. What? Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and a wild week in the Bundesliga

Where? Germany. Who? Uli Hesse. What? The Ups and Downs of St. Pauli

Where? South America. Who? Tim Vickery. What? Copa Libertadores group stage finale promises spectacle and surprises

Where? Spain. Who? Tim Stannard. What? Rantings and ramblings from the weekend...

Let's see. What else? How about a European Team of the Week? Yes, that's nice. Oh, and we should probably check out some of those MLS Power Rankings. Who's on top? New York Red Bull Energy Drinkers.

And finally...the CONCACAF Champions League Final is tomorrow at the Azteca. Nigel Reo-Coker is playing.