Monday, January 06, 2014

Eusébio is Dead, FA Cup, La Liga, Serie A, Monday Musings, Lewandowski to Bayern Munich

A woman pays tribute to Eusébio outside Benfica's ground
Sad news to start the week as Portuguese legend Eusébio passed away. European Footballer of the Year in 1965 and lead scorer at the 1966 World Cup, Eusébio was a class act on and off the pitch. Here's a profile. And another by George Vecsey.

Right. Things resumed in Serie A where Roma are no longer unbeaten. Juventus beat them to go eight clear at the top of the table and effectively end the Serie A title race. Roma finished with nine men after Rossi and Castan saw red. Yank Abroad Michael Bradley was an unused substitute. Elsewhere, Fiorentina won, Napoli won, Milan are winning at the moment (Monday matches!), and Inter are in Rome to face Lazio a bit later this afternoon. We'll get more from Paolo domani.

In Spain, it's all set up rather nicely for next weekend's Barcelona/Atlético Madrid after both teams were victorious. Barcelona hardly missed Messi or Neymar thanks to three from Alexis, while Atlético were able to sneak past Malaga.
Fittingly, a white horse ushers the Tottenham team bus into the Emirates
Back in England, the romance of the FA Cup was in full swing. In the glamour tie, Arsenal beat Tottenham 2-0 but lost Theo Walcott to a knee injury. Apparently he will not be punished for his hand gestures in response to the coins thrown at him by the Spurs supporters. Manchester United's troubles continued as they lost late to Swansea at Old Trafford. Manchester City will have to try again after they could only draw against Blackburn. West Ham? Oh, dear. Five-Nil at Forest. Here's your lot:

Well. Would you look at that. Sepp Blatter said something sensible. The bumbling racist, sexist, homophobic, corrupt twat actually said something smart. Brazil is the worst-prepared World Cup host country ever. Duh.

Rumors! Rumours! The Mill! Plus One!

How about some additional 2013 review action? Here is Serie A Review - 2013: A Year To Remember Part I. Titesboro.

Back to Manchester United for a moment. Daniel Taylor thinks David Moyes's appointment might have been the wrong move. Was it?
Walcott responds to Spurs supporters
Stefan Bienkowski has a great headline here: Bullying Bayern Munich target Europe domination after Lewandowski raid. We suppose they do indeed.

The Diving German has called his U.S. men to camp. Read all about it here.

It's our lucky day. Gab's Monday Musings are available on Monday. Today, he's thinking...The Moyes blame game, imperious Juventus and Eusebio memories.

And with that...we take our leave.



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