Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Barcelona vs. Atlético Madrid, Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich, Scribes, Podcast, Goals of the Week

Alas, it is April. Spring finally appears to be springing and the Champions League has reached the quarterfinal stage. Manchester United and Bayern Munich clash (Fox Sports 1 at 2:45pm EDT) and that inevitably makes us all think of 1999. While it brings back a slew of mixed memories for the SSN Staff, it remains a nightmare for Samuel Kaffour. In today's other match, it's Madrid vs. Barcelona (Fox Soccer Plus at 2:45pm EDT), with the Spanish capital represented by Atlético. Let's get to it!

Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich: Preview
Barcelona vs. Atlético Madrid: Preview
Champions League Quarterfinals: Five Talking Points

What did you learn from MLS this weekend? Thanks to this article right here, we learned Five Things.

There was action in Serie A yesterday. Inter could only draw at Livorno. Here's the current Serie A table. Oh, and there was action in the Premier League. It's not looking good for Gus and Sunderland. They lost at home to West Ham. Jozy made the bench but didn't see any action. Relegation beckons.

Now...everyone Scribe!

Where? Spain. Who? Sid Lowe. What? Atlético Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid make La Liga tightest race in years

Where? Brazil. Who? Tim Vickery. What? More to Colombia than Radamel Falcao

Where? Italy. Who? Paolo Bandini. What? Napoli enjoy win in The Big Match

Where? Germany. Who? Uli Hesse. What? Keeping something in reserve?

Where? Germany. Who? Raphael Honigstein. What? Leverkusen lose faith in Sami Hyypia

Clean up! Get your act in gear, son! Liverpool's Raheem Sterling has done just that.

The enigma that is Juan Román Riquelme is still playing. He even garners a spot in this week's Goals of the Week.

Podcast!! James Richardson is back from his week with the world's strongest men, and on today rip-roarin' Football Weekly, he's got three Adonises in the pod in the form of Barry Glendenning, John Ashdown and Michael Cox. We begin at Anfield where Liverpool are Daring To Dream after they grabbed control of the Premier League title race with victory over Tottenham. They now have a mere six games to win before their Meeting With Destiny. Which is exciting. Anyway, after bigging up Liverpool's Merseyside neighbours Everton, we turn our attention to the Champions League and discuss Chelsea's prospects against PSG after Mou's men were surprisingly beaten by Crystal Palace, and we hear from Sid Lowe about the all-Spanish affair between Atlético Madrid and Barcelona. Finally, there's everything you need to know about football and philately and plenty of other nonsense too.

And finally...Gary Neville. If you loved him or hated him as a player, it's tough not to love him as a pundit. He's astute, aware, intelligent, and funny.



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