Friday, November 25, 2011
Right! SSN Headquarters has cleared out for the Thanksgiving holiday and I plan to follow the staff out the door. There are plenty of good matches this weekend. Check your local listings. See you Monday with a complete review. For some reason I'll be here (see left) tonight...
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Bayer Leverkusen 2 - 1 Chelsea
Dominic Fifield at the BayArena
Arsenal 2 - 1 Borussia Dortmund
Phil McNulty at the Emirates Stadium
Kevin Palmer at the Emirates Stadium
Kevin McCarra at the Emirates Stadium
Phil McNulty: van Persie proves his worth again
AC Milan 2 - 3 Barcelona
Ian McCourt at the San Siro
Amy Lawrence: Five Things We Learned
Gabriele Marcotti: 12 Thoughts
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Arsenal's Robin van Persie goes into tonight's Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund as one of the most feared strikers in Europe. And with good reason.
Napoli 2 - 1 Manchester City
Daniel Taylor at the Stadio San Paolo
Richard Williams at the Stadio San Paolo
Italian Press Reaction
Manchester United 2 - 2 Benfica
Richard Jolly at Old Trafford
Paul Wilson at Old Trafford
Some two hours before this game was supposed to kick off on Saturday, the referee in charge of the match, Babak Rafati, did not show up for the scheduled pre-game meeting with his assistants.
They went looking for him and found Rafati in the bath of his hotel room, his wrists slashed.
If only Claudio Marchisio's Turinese accent was stronger, it would make the stereotype of 'local lad done good' jump out of the page at you. The Juventus midfielder, though, while retaining several of the peculiar traits of his origin, has matured too steadily on and off the pitch to be cast in the role of someone whose imagination and dreams barely stretched beyond the confines of Chieri, the small town right outside Turin where he was born in January 1986.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The frenetic and controversial climax to Real Madrid's 3-2 win at Valencia led to a familiar war of words in the press.
Spain plays video games after Real Madrid win a thriller at Valencia.
The manager of the last team to win back-to-back European Cups is changing the way Italy's youth learn their trade.
Arrigo Sacchi, the magician of Milan, begins to build a new Italy.
German-born U.S. internationals Jermaine Jones and Timothy Chandler played against each other, while Tim Howard and Everton earn much-needed win.
Ian Darke will continue to be ESPN's lead play-by-play voice for the U.S. national team, the English Premier League, Euro 2012 and select MLS broadcasts. Alexi Lalas will continue in his position as an ESPN studio analyst. Adrian Healey is expected to continue calling MLS games when Darke is not involved.
Napoli vs. Manchester City
Daniel Taylor: City determined to smash Wall of Sound
Manchester United vs. Benfica
Trabzonspor vs. Inter Milan
England: What City and United must do to advance
Mario Götze's goal gave Dortmund another victory at Bayern, but the match was far too tight to draw any major conclusions.
Bayern stay calm after Dortmund's 'quantum leap' opens up title race.
Lazio parked the bus to frustrate Napoli, who go into their crucial match against Manchester City having not won for a month.
Napoli struggling to hit top gear ahead of Manchester City visit.
Henry Winter lists five of the most intimidating grounds around the world.
Estádio São Januário, Rio, Brazil...
It was the penultimate round of the campaign and much was at stake. Botafogo badly needed a win to qualify for the Copa Libertadores, South America's Champions League equivalent, for the first time since 1996.
The stadium was half-full, with a crowd of 19,604, which surprised the visitors all the more when I explained that tickets were half-price in an attempt to pack as many in as possible.
Botafogo lost 2-1 and the home crowd probably hindered as much as it helped. My guests were amazed at how the home fans turned against their own team, picking out certain players for particularly vicious treatment.
Tottenham 2 - 0 Aston Villa
Kevin McCarra at White Hart Lane
David Hytner at White Hart Lane
Jeremy Wilson at White Hart Lane
Kevin McCarra: Spurs' panache could be undermined by a lack of punch
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With accusations of racism in the boardroom, the internal crisis at Ajax has reached a new low. Johan Cruyff's velvet revolution, started last year after the humiliating defeat at Real Madrid in the Champions League, has descended into a war of words and Cruyff could be facing a battle for his own survival.
It was General Election day on Sunday in Spain, and as you can imagine, everyone was really interested in who the next Prime Minister was going to be. Well, as long as the football results were in first, of course.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Chelsea 1 - 2 Liverpool
Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge
Richard Williams at Stamford Bridge
Henry Winter at Stamford Bridge
Five Things We Learned
Swansea 0 - 1 Manchester United
Kevin Palmer at Liberty Stadium
Everton 2 - 1 Wolves
David Hopps at Goodison Park
Five Things We Learned
Team of the Week I
Team of the Week II
Steve Davis: Does big-name Galaxy's MLS Cup title signal a new era for league?
Grant Wahl: Three Thoughts
Tevez, who returned to his homeland without City's permission after being charged with misconduct following his refusal to warm-up against Bayern Munich in September, won a Buenos Aires Grand Prix for professionals and amateurs, partnering golfers Sebastian Fernandez and Andres Romero.