Staying in England, we can't get away from woeful Arsenal. John Brewin laments the death of a Derby and Henry Winter discusses the culture of complacency that's dominating the club at the moment.
OK, let's head over to the continent. Phil Ball wants to crunch some numbers in San Sebastián, and Sid Lowe says it's not all doom and gloom in Madrid even though Atlético Madrid had their winning streak snapped by Valencia. Did you know that neither Messi, Ronaldo, nor Falcao scored this weekend? You've got to go back over a year to find the last time that happened. Or didn't happen. Whatever.
The Bundesliga is Raphael Honigstein's territory. He says Bayern Munich are back after their 3-0 win over Hamburg. Check out this super-sweet goal from Thomas Müller from that match. Quick thinking, indeed!
Among other things, Grant Wahl talks about Tim Howard. And Jozy. Jozy keeps scoring in Holland, but will he score for the USA?
The UEFA Champions League returns this afternoon. And look, they're already fighting in Paris. PSG vs. Dynamo Zagreb. Not too many hooligans between those two. No, not too many at all. Idiots.
Yes, it's Matchday Three. Real Madrid host Borussia Dortmund. Schalke will try to beat Arsenal again, this time in Germany. And this could be it for Manchester City. They host Ajax. Maybe they'll just roll over and end it already. Here's a link to the tables so you can see where everyone stands at the moment.
Shit. Tim Vickery in Brazil. Just what is going on down there?
Football Weekly. We'll let them tell us what's on offer:
On today's Football Weekly, James Richardson invites Barry Glendenning, Owen Gibson and banter's Rob Smyth to look back on a weekend of occasional drama but mostly just draws. We start with all the business from the Premier League, where Manchester United beat Arsenal in a game every bit as chastening as last season's 8-2, Liverpool showed that they're also a long-ball side, and Chelsea were lucky to leave Swansea with a point. Next, we wonder whether Manchester City can pull off a Lazarus-like comeback in the Champions League (probably not), and then it's a quick stop to Serie A, where Inter stopped Juventus making it 50 matches unbeaten. Elsewhere, we hear from Ewan Murray about how Celtic plan to stop Barcelona , while Sid Lowe sends out an appeal to save his beloved Oviedo and challenges you not to watch Gary Lineker doing the do instead. And finally, we speculate over the tubbiest footballers ever to take to the field of play. Which is a bit naughty and very hypocritical, considering most of our podders get out of breadth just climbing stairs.
Do you care what it's like for U.S. soccer players raising kids in Europe? Do you? Really? Fine, read this.
Let's sneak Gabriele Marcotti in here. He considers the new Inter Milan gaffer. Stramaccioni. Is he "special"? He certainly has a special name.
|Ibra's wife and kid. No comment.|
More fun with The Idiotic Ibrahimovic! Here's his kung-fu red card from the weekend.
Fine, that's your lot. Have at it. We'll be enjoying the Real Madrid/Dortmund match later. Hopefully you can get some footie in as well.