Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Manchester City vs. Barcelona, Juventus vs. Borussia Dortmund, Paolo on Parma, Winter World Cup

Oooooo. Manchester City vs. Barcelona. That should be nice, right? Get to that TV at 2:45 EST this afternoon (Fox Sports 1 USA) and soak it all in. Here are some previews of today's Champions League matches:

Manchester City vs. Barcelona: Preview
Manchester City vs. Barcelona: Preview II
Matthew Stanger: Messi back to his best 
Juventus vs. Borussia Dortmund: Preview
Juventus vs. Dortmund: Preview II
Adam Bate: Are Dortmund back?

Over in Italy, Inter Milan beat Zola's Cagliari side 2 - 1. Here are Five Key Points from that island encounter. Napoli also won. Here's a panino.

Scribe Time! Travel the globe! Well, sadly, today it's just Europe...

Where? Italy. Who? Jonathan Jurejko. What? Time is running out for Parma

Where? Germany. Who? Andy Brassell. What? Stuttgart starting to lose hope at the bottom

Where? France. Who? Julien Laurens. What? Wenger's reunion with Monaco dredges up unpleasant memories

Where? Italy. Who? Paolo Bandini. What? Parma’s downfall pains a city and its people 

Oh, this is fabulous: Burnley boss Sean Dyche breaks down Jose Mourinho's 'four moments'. Take that, Jose! Paul Parker's got more on Chelsea here. He (rightly) claims that Chelsea will never be champions off the pitch with The Special One in charge. And how about this? Can we just stop talking about referees altogether? Thank you.

Podcast! This week it's...AC Jimbo is back, back, back - and on today's Football Weekly, he's joined by Barry Glendenning, Paul MacInnes and Nick Ames to laud Liverpool, bravo Burnley and salute Spurs as we look back on the best and worst of the weekend in the Premier League. Plus, we look forward to Manchester City's visit from Barcelona in the Champions League with Sid Lowe, as well as the second legs of the Europa League's round of 32. Finally, we get nostalgic for the Football Italia days as we ponder the fate of poor old' Parma, who find themselves well and truly on the brink.

Bloody hell. In an (failed) attempt to save face, it looks like SPECTRE FIFA will hold it's Qatar World Cup during the "winter." Idiots. Idiots. Idiots. Anyway, Owen Gibson is on hand to off the when, why and what of a winter Qatar tournament. And Dan Roan is wondering if conditions have improved for all the laborers imported by Qatar to make the stupid thing happen.

On most Tuesdays, we visit with Gabriele Marcotti for his musings. This Tuesday is no different. Today, Gab's gabbing about...Barca no longer control their Liga fate; Mourinho's siege mentality; Parma woe.

And finally...The Athens Derby, or, The Eternal Derby, turned chaotic over the weekend. Enjoy the mayhem.



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