Monday, May 05, 2014

Italian Violence, Manchester City Beat Everton, Atlético Madrid Lose, Milan Beat Inter, Monday Night Football, Fulham & Cardiff Relegated, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Good Morning. We'll begin today in Italy where Juventus won their third Scudetto in a row and Napoli claimed the Coppa Italia after some dodgy and speculative interplay between the head of their ultras and their captain, Marek Hamsik, following violence on the streets of Rome. Instead of our customary Tuesday Scribe look-in with Paolo Bandini, we'll go to his column now.

Another odd thing about Italy this weekend was the Milan Derby. Rarely have both teams been so poor, but that's currently the case. AC Milan won the match (1-0) but that only moves them up to eighth. Inter sit in fifth. A bit anti-climatic, no?

Moving over to Spain, Levante shocked leaders Atlético Madrid 2-0, but Real Madrid could only manage a draw at home to Valencia (thanks to a ridiculous Ronny volley) so your table looks like this. Don't forget that Barcelona and Atlético Madrid still have to face each other on the final day of the season (May 18). Returning to Atlético Madrid for a moment, it seems Levante's midfielder Papakouli Diop claims he was subjected to monkey chants. So he danced like a monkey. When is this shit going to stop? Not for a while, sadly.

In the Premier League, Manchester City maintained control of their own destiny with a win at Everton. At the other end of the table, 'Ye Ole Gunnar and his Cardiff boys will be in the Championship next season. As will Fulham. Sunderland beat Manchester United at Old Trafford and Norwich and Chelsea couldn't score at Stamford Bridge. After that match, Ashley Cole cried. Here's your lot from the weekend:

We noted last week that the 2016 Copa America will be played in the United States. Tim Vickery doesn't think that's necessary good thing for South American football.

What now?
Violence, Racism...and more Violence: Toilet Bowl Kills Fan in Brazil after Second Division Game.

There is a critical match in the Premier League this Monday Night. It's Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool. Here's your preview.

Jonathan Wilson is one of our favorite scribes. He's good with his research and able to get beyond the facade of football. He's got a new piece out on Bosnia-Herzegovina and it's good.

Hotlist! USA! There is one week until the Diving German gets the lad together for a little camp. Who is hot? (Brad Evans) Who's not? (Eddie Johnson)

1/4 of the season is already complete in Major League Soccer. Let's take a gander at what's been happening in the U.S.'s top league. Oh, this weekend? Yes, we should review the latest action. Here.

That'll do. Till tomorrow.



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