Friday, May 01, 2015

Barney Ronay on Sergio Ramos, Newcastle Crisis, New TV Deal For Spain, Chelsea & Juventus On The Brink

Milan fans spell it out for Inzaghi BEFORE the loss to Genoa...

There goes another one, folks. Happy Friday. Do you know what happens when every SSN Staffer has to take his/her kids to the dentist on the same day? Nothing gets done. We're ready to remedy that, however, with today's post. What did we miss? Chelsea beat Leicester, Club America beat Montreal, both Madrid biggies won, Juventus beat Fiorentina, and AC Milan were defeated at home.

Things are dicey at the bottom of the Premier League title. Let's take a gander at the relegation battle.

It's been a while since we've heard from Jeff Carlisle. He's got something today, though. It's something about some guy in Chicago named David Accam. We're game. Sticking Stateside, here's your MLS Weekend Preview.

SSN Regulars will know that we love us some Barney Ronay. Dude can write. Today, he's gracing us with a piece on Sergio Ramos, and, as you would expect, it's fantastic.

The inequitable TV money situation in Spain is finally being addressed. That's good news for clubs not named Real Madrid or Barcelona.

More Spain? How about actual matches? This is your La Liga weekend preview. Real Madrid have a difficult trip to Sevilla to worry about...

Down in Italy, all Juventus need is one solitary point from their match against Sampdoria to claim their 563rd Serie A title. We're going to bet that it'll happen. Here's a preview for all of the weekend fun in Italy.

Hey! That's really about it. Enjoy.



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Liverpool Lose At Hull, Barcelona Crush Getafe, Bayern Munich Miss Four Penalties, Podolski Goal Wins It For Inter, Montreal vs. Club América

Hump Day! Holla! Mid-week action is in full effect, thankfully for us fans. Not thankful, however, is Brendan Rogers after his Liverpool side succumbed to Hull City. Ouch. Mrs. Doubtfire's club are now four points clear of the drop. James McMath was at the KC Stadium and filed this report. And here are Three Quick Thoughts from the match. As for Liverpool going forward? Jim White thinks the misery will continue.

Down in Spain, Messi and The Cannibal each had two as Barcelona dispatched of Getafe to the tune of 6-0. Damn. Barcelona now lead Real Madrid by five points, although Madrid have a game in hand (to be played today - see below).

If you watched the video above, you saw Bayern Munich's players shitting the bed in their penalty shootout with Borussia Dortmund. No Treble for you! Raphael Honigstein is on hand to take a look at the fallout from the action at the the Allianz Arena.

Pep is not pleased with Klopp...

Down in Italy, Lukas Podolski scored a goal for Inter Milan. Yup. We said it. It's true. Matches in Serie A today include AC Milan vs. Genoa, Roma at Sassuolo, and Fiorentina at Juventus. Here's a Preview.

Also this evening, Real Madrid host Almería in a match they must win to keep pace with Barca. At the other end of the table, it's rather chaotic. Let's just say that it's complicated.

There is one more match of note tonight. It's the CONCACAF Champions League Final Second-Leg between Montreal Impact and Club América. Check it out on Fox Sports 2 at 8:00 p.m. EDT. There's been some trash talking so it could be juicy.

Hey! That'll do it for today. Keep it tite.



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bournemouth Practically Promoted, Scribes, Monday Night Football, Klopp's last Klassiker, Goals of the Week

Hey Hey Hey! How goes it? For Bournemouth, it goes quite well. Seven years ago they were way, way down at the bottom of League Two with financial problems and the prospect of liquidation. Today? They're (basically) in the Premier League. Way to go, Cherries! Here are Five Reasons for their meteoric rise.

It worked!

It's Tuesday, so we're going to jump right in with Scribes. There's a lot of good stuff today - particularly Sid Lowe's look at the language issues in Spain.

Where? Germany. Who? Uli Hesse. What? The story of Germany's legendary 1984 DFB-Pokal semifinals

Where? Germany. Who? Raphael Honigstein. What? Bayern Munich charge ahead to leave their German rivals playing catch-up

Where? France. Who? Julien Laurens. What? Lacazette facing tough choice over future

Where? South America. Who? Tim Vickery. What? Breaking the Argentina-Brazil stranglehold on the Copa Libertadores

Monday Night Football! Liverpool host Hull in a big match for both clubs. The Reds are still clinging to faint Champions League hopes, while The Tigers remain one point above the relegation zone. Here's a Preview. Here's another. Also today? Inter vs. Udinese in Serie A and Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup. Not bad!

It's tight in Spain, amigos. Real Madrid and Barcelona are separated by two points. Here's a look at the run-in for both clubs. Meanwhile, Spanish Footie Expert Guillem Balague claims it'll be Barcelona hoisting the trophy at season's end. Barcelona host Getafe this afternoon

Major League Soccer! Bird's got all you need to know right here, including Power Rankings (Seattle!), who's hot (Jozy!), and Mix Diskerud!

Backheel Breakfast

Did you know that Liverpool have made 190 signings and spent almost £800m since they last won the title 25 years ago? No? Neither did we

And about a
European Team of the Week?



Monday, April 27, 2015

Chelsea Hold Arsenal, Watford Promoted, Torino Defeat Juventus, Everton Beat Manchester United, Bayern Munich Win the Bundesliga

The Lazio eagle is attacked by a crow...

And a very pleasant beginning of the week to you and yours! Bayern Munich got a little help from Borrussia Mönchengladbach and claimed their 254th Bundesliga title. In England, Chelsea got the result the needed (0-0) at Arsenal to almost claim the Premier League crown. And in Italy, Torino won the Turin Derby for the first time in 20 years amidst crown trouble. Let's get to it, beginning in the UK...

Manchester City 3 - 2 Aston Villa: Paul Wilson at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 3 - 2 Aston Villa: Three Observations
Southampton 2 - 2 Tottenham: Paul Doyle at St. Mary's
West Brom 0 - 0 Liverpool: Stuart James at The Hawthorns
Everton 3 - 0 Manchester United: Andy Hunter at Goodison Park
Everton 3 - 0 Manchester United: Three Things We Learned
Arsenal 0 - 0 Chelsea: Phil McNulty at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 0 - 0 Chelsea: Three Quick Thoughts

Down in Spain, Chicharito scored again, Messi and Neymar scored again, and all the top teams were victorious. Here are Five Things We Learned in La Liga, along with a Weekend Review.

Hey! Watford have returned to the Premier League! Welcome back, Hornets. Let's see how it was accomplished. More? Here are Five Things to Know about the Premier League newbies.

Over in Italy, as noted above, Torino defeated leaders Juventus to claim their first derby win since 1995. Here's a Weekend Review for Serie A. Sadly, however, only a madman would bring children to a Serie A match...

What did we learned this weekend in Major League Soccer? Good question. Here are Five Things, just to get us started.

And finally...Is Jose Mourinho really a boring manager?