Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Champions League, Podcast, Weekend Action, Africa Playoffs Set

Tuesday, friends. Tuesday. This Tuesday is a tad more special than most super-boring Tuesdays because the Champions League Group Stage gets underway. More on that later.

Let's blast off with Jimbo and Co. and his Podcast
. It's the best in the business as far as we're concerned. Here's his intro: On today's Football Weekly, AC Jimbo and Barry Glendenning are joined by Barney Ronay and Michael Cox to cogitate and regurgitate all the bits and bobs from the weekend in the Premier League, including a sparkling debut for Mesut Özil for table-topping Arsenal, Everton's defeat of Chelsea, and more points dropped by Manchester City. Next, we gaze ahead to opening fixtures in the Champions League proper. Will David Moyes be found out in his first European night in charge of Manchester United as they welcome Bayer Leverkusen? Maybe ust go and hide in the bushes to watch them train, like this chap at Genoa. Finally, we hear from Sid Lowe about Gareth Bale's first goal for Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo's eye-watering new contract, and why our exiled friend has no love for Status Quo.

We love Marcotti's Monday Musings. They're nice for Mondays. Trouble is, we don't see them until Tuesday. Regardless, this week he's musing on: Ronaldo's deal, Halsey breaks trust, Young's dive, more. OK, muse on, Marcotti.

Monday Night Football lived up to expectations as John Joe Billy Bob Shelvey had a hand in all four goals of the 2-2 draw between Swansea and Liverpool. It was a fun match, that's for sure. Henry Winter was at the Liberty Stadium. The Reds now top The Table!

O.K. It is Tuesday, after all, and that means the top scribes have filed their reports. Let's begin in Germany, Ja? Raphael Honigstein is over there and he's all over Der Bundesliga. Turns out, although Borussia Dortmund have sold some guys recently, they're still quite good. Quite good. 

They're still blessing the rains down in Africa for some reason. The draw took place to see who would play whom for the right to party in Brazil. Check it.

Dude. Gareth Bale. Real Madrid. Villarreal. You know the gents in Spain are all over it. Phil Ball says this: Bale himself, who continues to look like a vaguely polite schoolboy who has grown inexplicably large overnight, wandered timidly around the pitch looking like he'd lost his satnav. Did you really wonder why we love Phil Ball so? Sticking with Spain, Sid Lowe wants to talk Bilbao. They left the legendary San Mamés last year, but according to Sid, their intoxicating spirit remains despite move next door. 

Over in Italy, Paolo Bandini is on the Serie A scene. He discusses the hilarious story that we posted yesterday regarding Rambo and looks in on all the other weekend action, including the sudden resurgence of Inter Milan.

OK, time to hit the Champions League. It's all kicking off this afternoon, with heavyweights such as defending champs Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid, PSG, and Juventus in action. The media are going gaga over it so we'll just toss out some links:

Hey! Don't forget Major League Soccer! Here are some Power Rankings and a Team of the Week. Don't say we don't love you.

We'll finish with some insane-o attacking football from RB Leipzig. Now that's what we call a kick-off!!


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