Friday, April 17, 2015

FA Cup Semis, Chelsea vs. Manchester United, Milan Derby, Barcelona vs. Valencia, Juventus vs. Lazio, Amy Lawrence on Wayne Rooney

Things done changed...

Woof! There goes another week, and the next couple of days are looking good! All you need to do is check out the subject line to get an idea of the monumental clashes in store for the weekend. Monumental, we say! Let's rock some previews, beginning with FA Cup Semifinals and the Premier League.

Arsenal vs. Reading: Preview
Aston Villa vs. Liverpool: Preview
FA Cup Semi-Finals: Why you should watch them
Chelsea vs. Manchester United: Preview

Down in Spain, leaders Barcelona face a tricky test when Valencia show up at Camp Nou. Here's your weekend preview for La Liga.

Over in Italy, it's Number 1 vs. Number 2 as Juventus host Lazio in Turin. Yes, the gap between the two is large, but the match is hardly without significance. The other biggie in Serie A is the Milan Derby. Both clubs have struggled and sit adjacent in mid-tableland, but city bragging rights should ensure an enthralling encounter at the San Siro.

There were matches in the Europa League yesterday. Here's a little recap.

Two of The Guardian's top scribes have pieces of interest today. Barney Ronay says this: Bring back Gareth Bale, the galáctico who can win you the Premier League. Amy Lawrence says this: How Wayne Rooney saw off Robin van Persie’s Manchester United challenge. Enjoy.

Hey yo! That's it. Have a great weekend.



Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dos a Cero Otra Vez, Barcelona Punish PSG, Porto Shock Bayern, More on Klopp

Right. The United States beat Mexico last night. The score was 2 - 0. Again. The kid from Stanford got a goal, along with his sub, Juan Agudelo. Here's all you need to know about the latest U.S. win over their biggest rivals:

USA 2 - 0 Mexico: Report
USA 2 - 0 Mexico: Three Thoughts
USA 2 - 0 Mexico: Three Things We Learned
USA 2 - 0 Mexico: Five Things We Learned

Across the pond in Paris, PSG were spanked by Barcelona. David Luiz in particular had a howler. It was so bad for Sideshow Bob that his mom took to The Socials to defend him. See below for that one. It must be said, however, that Barcelona were fabulous. Things also went horribly wrong for Bayern Munich down in Portugal. They couldn't defend either and lost to Porto. Check it out:

PSG 1 - 3 Barcelona: What the papers say
Julien Laurens: PSG too naive

Porto 3 - 1 Bayern Munich: Three Things We Learned
Porto 3 - 1 Bayern Munich: Can fatigued Bayern recover?

We mentioned yesterday that Jurgen Klopp announced he's leaving Dortmund at the end of the season. Miguel Delaney reckons Klopp's Dortmund fell victim to modern football. Regardless, here are Klopp's best one-liners.

Matches today? But, of course! It's the Europa League. Here's what to expect.

Hey! That's it.



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bradford Fire Revelations, Madrid Draw, Klopp to Leave Borussia Dortmund, USA vs. Mexico

It's Hump Day. And it's not a good one. The Bradford Fire was awful. It would now appear that it was much worse than we thought or could ever imagine. This is incredibly sad

Apologies for beginning on that dour note, but it couldn't be avoided. There were matches yesterday. The Madrid Derby ended goalless, and Juventus edged Monaco (Pirlo!!). Barney Ronay took the rare trip to Spain and enjoyed the match at the Estadio Vicente Calderón. Here is his report. Graham Hunter also wrote about it. Read about it here. As for Juventus? James Horncastle says they got lucky.

The United States play tonight. It's only a friendly, but the opponent is Mexico, and you know what that means. It's down in San Antone. Here's a preview. You can catch all the action on your television at 9:00 p.m. EDT on Fox Sport 1.

Jürgen Klopp, everyone's favorite photo-bomber, has announced that he'll leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season. We would expect that he'll land very soon at a very big club. He's a good gaffer.

Serhiy Rebrov. Remember that guy? Premier League bust, for sure. Not to worry. He's doing fine. As Jonathan Wilson reports, he's got Dynamo Kiev kicking some major ass at the moment.

OK, we've gotta split. Today's matches are PSG vs. Barcelona and Porto vs. Bayern Munich.

Smell you later.



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Atlético Madrid vs. Real Madrid, Juventus vs. Monaco, Goals of the Week, Liverpool Beat Newcastle, Head-butts, Lost Teeth and a Dressing Room Fight

Hello. Raheem Sterling played very well yesterday and Liverpool defeated Newcastle. Andy Hunter was at Anfield and filed this report. After last night's match, your Premier League Table looks like this. Run-ins for the top six sides? Here.

The greatest club tournament in the world has finally reached the quarterfinal stage. Today's matches? Oh, just the little matter of a Madrid Derby (along with Juventus vs. Monaco). Here's what you need to know to be prepared:

Atlético Madrid vs. Real Madrid: Preview I
Atlético Madrid vs. Real Madrid: Preview II
Atlético Madrid vs. Real Madrid: Predictions
Juventus vs. Monaco: Preview I
Juventus vs. Monaco: Preview II
Juventus vs. Monaco: Tevez vs. Berbatov

Now is the time on SSN when we scribe:

Where? Germany. Who? Raphael Honigstein. What? Head-butts, lost teeth and a dressing room fight: Bundesliga kicks off

Where? South America. Who? Tim Vickery. What? Must-see Copa Libertadores matches this week

It's Tuesday and that means it's time for Marcotti's Musings. This week Gab is gabbing about Van Gaal gets Man United clicking, Yaya Toure's form, Barca drop points.

Can't forget MLS. Yes, it's easy to, but we shouldn't. Here are the latest Power Rankings.

And finally...let's go inside Ciudad Real Madrid.



Monday, April 13, 2015

Manchester City Fall Apart, Sevilla Hold Barcelona, Cesc Saves Chelsea, Lazio Go Above Roma, Monday Night Football

Four defeats in their last six league matches...

Badda Bing Badda Boom! Nowhere else to begin today other than at Old Trafford. It was close for a moment, and then Manchester City shat the bed. They are in chaos at the moment. And United? Suddenly LVG has The Reds ripping and roaring all over the place. Ashley Young!! Ashley Young?? The diving twat has cleaned up his act and is playing out of his head! Let's hit all the weekend action in the Premier League, shall we?

Burnley 0 - 1 Arsenal: Paul Wilson at Turf Moor
Tottenham 0 - 1 Aston Villa: Jacob Steinberg at White Hart Lane
Tottenham 0 - 1 Aston Villa: Three Thoughts
QPR 0 - 1 Chelsea: Dominic Fifield at Loftus Road
Manchester United 4 - 2 Manchester City: Daniel Taylor at Old Trafford
Manchester United 4 - 2 Manchester City: Phil McNulty at Old Trafford
Manchester United 4 - 2 Manchester City: Five Talking Points
Manchester United 4 - 2 Manchester City: Five Talking Points II
Manchester United 4 - 2 Manchester City: Three Thoughts

So. Things are really bad at the Etihad at the moment. Phil McNulty has taken the time to assess each player at City. Who should stay? Who should go?

Down in Spain, Barcelona went up by two goals against Sevilla...and failed to win. Meanwhile, rivals Real had no trouble defeating Eibar at home and the gap at the top of La Liga has shrunk to two points. Here are Five Things We Learned from Spain's top league on Saturday and Sunday. Speaking of Barcelona, the are "More Than A Club, " and perhaps that's best illustrated by the amount of coaches they've produced. Sid Lowe is on hand to dig deeper into the Catalan more than a club's success in cultivating gaffers.

Over in Italy, Roma finally relinquished the second spot in the table, and they won't be pleased that taking their place behind Juventus are hated city rivals Lazio. Elsewhere, Napoli claimed a vital win over Fiorentina. Here's a review - more domani with Paolo.

Time to sell, Silvio...

The United States of America + Canada? Here are Five Things We Learned in MLS this weekend, along with a Round-Up.

There's Monday Night Football today, folks. Liverpool host Newcastle (Preview I, Preview II) and Valencia host Levante. The fun never stops!

And finally...Ouch!