Friday, March 28, 2014

The Joy Of Six, Liverpool/Tottenham, Arsenal/Manchester City, Barcelona Derby, Napoli/Juventus, Atlético At Athletic, Ranking Manchester United's Worst-Ever Seasons

Franck arrives at Bayern's title fiesta...

And so goes another week into the books. Let's buck the trend and begin with The Joy of Six this fine Friday. Most likely because of Rooney's long strike last weekend, we're treated to Goals From the Halfway Line and Beyond. Beckham, Rivaldo, Xabi know the drill. Good fun.

There are a couple of big matches in the Premier League this weekend. Tomorrow Manchester City go to Arsenal, and on Sunday Tottenham travel to Liverpool. Here's everything you need to be prepared for the weekend fixtures:

The Special One has been playing his usual mind games this season, Saying Chelsea are a "little horse" and such. Richard Jolly takes a look at the Mourinho's power of persuasion.

Manchester United is not having a good season. We all know that. But how does it stack up in terms of their worst? We now proceed with...Ranking Manchester United's Worst-Ever Seasons.

We've got a little mini-scribe action this Friday because of the mid-week fixtures in Europe. Paolo Bandini is in Italy and he's talking Tevez, whilst El Sid Lowe is in Spain and he's tackling Real Madrid's fall from the top. Disfruten, chicos.

Sticking with the Continent, if not now, then when, Atlético Madrid? The Two Giants have their issues and you can sneak in an nab the title! Here's your complete La Liga Weekend Preview.
Thomas Muller leaves Bayern's title fiesta around 5am...

In Italy, Napoli vs. Juventus is the big one but it ain't until Sunday night. How do you kill the time until that match? Here's how.

We've also got your Major League Soccer preview here. The weekend in North American footie is highlighted by Michael Bradley's and Jermaine Defoe's trip to Real Salt Lake.

That's it for this week. Keep it tite.



Thursday, March 27, 2014

USA & The German Connection, Real Madrid Lose Again, Liverpool Win, Spain Lose Valdés, AC Milan Defeat Fiorentina, Manchester United Mutiny

Changing your shoes, Gareth? Really?!
More bad news for Real Madrid. They lost their second league match in a row yesterday down in Sevilla, while their rivals both won (although Barcelona and Spain keeper Victor Valdés tore his ACL). When Sevilla scored the winner, Gareth Bale was off the pitch changing his boots.  Oh, dear...

Elsewhere, Liverpool beat Sunderland by just one goal, and West Ham edged Hull. In Italy, Milan won in Florence, while Juventus (Tevez at the Double) and Napoli both claimed victories. Here's a wrap of the Serie A stuff.

But, let's jump back to the Premier League for a moment. Richard Jolly has Three Things to look at regarding Liverpool's win. And Andy Hunter was at Anfield and filed this report. In London, poor Big Sam was booed because the Irons struggled against a Hull side composed of 10 players. Dominic Fifield was at Upton Park and filed this report. Table? Here it is.

So, the Diving German persuaded yet another German (Bayern Munich's Julian Green) to play for the Yanks. Green has the potential to be the best of the lot. Green was born in the U.S. to U.S. and German parents but moved to Germany at the age of two. What does that say about the direction of U.S. soccer? Home ground talent?

Here's the roster for next week's "friendly" with the Mexican wankers:

Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards: Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Manchester United Mutiny! Crisis At Old Trafford! The media are having a field day, folks. Here's your lot:

Jamie Jackson: Moyes Dead Man Walking
Barry Glendenning: Scholes Hurls Grenade

AS Roma. American-Owned. Tudor Investments. Like A Rock. They want a new stadium. Not surprising considering they have to share the old Coliseum with hated rivals Lazio. Here are some lovely images of what might be.

Hey! We'll see you on Friday.



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

City Defeat United, Arsenal & Swansea Draw, Raphael Honigstein On Bayern Munich's Title, More Midweek Action

They've seen enough, Moe.
And a fine Hump Day to you and yours. Where else to begin today than in Manchester where City had little trouble with a very poor United. The blue side defeated the red side 0 - 3. Yes, there's trouble at Old Trafford. Elsewhere, Arsenal's comeback against Swansea was negated by a late own-goal from Matty Flamini, and Everton impressed in a 0 - 3 win at Newcastle. Here's your lot from yesterday's action in England:

Manchester United 0 - 3 Manchester City: Daniel Taylor at Old Trafford
Manchester United 0 - 3 Manchester City: Five Talking Points
Newcastle 0 - 3 Everton: Louise Taylor at St James' Park

So the title race in the Premier League remains up in the air. Arsenal are pretty much out of it, but there are still three in the thick of the hunt. In the Bundesliga? Not so much. Bayern Munich won it for the 24th time with a record seven games to spare after victory at Hertha Berlin last night. Raphael Honigstein takes a look at a club that have outgrown their league.

Back in Spain, it's more akin to England as three clubs continue the push for glory. New leaders Atlético Madrid host Granada, Barcelona host Celta Vigo, and Real Madrid go to Sevilla. Here's your midweek La Liga Preview.

Das ist Wunderbar! 
Serie A, you ask? More akin to Germany as Juve look to have things pretty much wrapped up. They host Parma today but the big one is Fiorentina vs. AC Milan. Fiorentina are fighting for a spot in Europe whilst Milan are attempting to stop the rot. Here's your midweek preview. (Roma beat Torino yesterday)

More matches! More matches! Liverpool host Sunderland and West Ham welcome The Hull City Tigers to East London. Paul Merson is predicting a bloodbath for Sunderland at Anfield and a draw at Upton Park.

Get to it!



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Manchester Derby, Scribes, Marcotti's Musings, Escobar(s), MLS Power Rankings, Mexican Violence, World Cup Watch, Beckham's Miami Stadium, More Fun With FIFA

Don't know about you guys, but most of us milling about SSN Headquarters this morning are still trying to recover from the weekend's wacky events. But...there is no time! Manchester United host Manchester City this afternoon. Arsenal try to get back on the horse at home against Swansea. Newcastle and Everton go at it. And Roma host Torino. Let's get moving.

Manchester United vs. Manchester City: Preview

Golden Balls has big plans for Miami. Specifically, a new stadium. It looks lovely, Becks.

Scribe Time!

Where? Brazil Who? Tim Vickery. What? Remembering Bellini

Where? Italy. Who? Paolo Bandini. What? Sampdoria show their revival could be permanent

Where? Germany. Who? Raphael Honigstein. What? Bayern on course amid chaos elsewhere

Where? Germany. Who? Uli Hesse. What? What's wrong with international friendlies?

Sad scenes here from the Chivas/Atlas match over the weekend:

We've made it through three weeks of Major League Soccer. What's the most powerful side? According to Jeff Carlisle, you need to head to the Great White North to find it. According to Mr. Bird, you should go south to Texas. Bird also has his best of the week here.

FIFA. What a bunch of asshats. Here's the latest.

Right, so BBC Sport, with the help of European football expert Andy Brassell, is taking a weekly look at happenings from across the world of football and what impact they could have on the tournament in the summer. Go on. Take your weekly look. If you look closely, you'll see Ricardo Quaresma. Remember that guy?

We've got another candidate for Best Goal Celebration Ever thanks to Estonian side Nomme Kalju. You'll be bowled over, we promise...

Gab Marcotti is in the mood to muse today. He'd thinking about a classic Clasico, Marriner's mistake, Milan's malaise and more.

World Cup: 25 stunning moments … No7: Andrés Escobar's deadly own goal. That pretty much speaks for itself, right?

Enjoy the action later!



Monday, March 24, 2014

Barcelona Beat Real Madrid, Chelsea Crush Arsenal, Tottenham Win Late, USA Hotlist, Rooney Wondergoal

Don't EVER touch my hair, Cesc!
What a weird weekend, eh? Barcelona edged Real thanks to three from Messi in yet another controversy-laden affair, Chelsea completely throttled Arsenal as Wenger's 1000th match in charge was probably his worst (why didn't Flamini start?) and Marriner sent off the wrong man, and Wayne Rooney did his best Beckham with a volley from 45 yards out. Let's begin in the Premier League with all the fallout:

Chelsea 6 - 0 Arsenal: Dominic Fifield at Stamford Bridge
Cardiff 3 - 6 Liverpool: Stuart James at Cardiff City Stadium

There's a friendly coming up for the States against Mexico in Arizona. Here's the latest on the lads as the World Cup looms. Hotlist!

Oh, dear...
We linked to a report of the Clásico above, but Sid Lowe was also at the Bernabéu and filed this report on the scintillating affair. Not to be left out, Graham Hunter has some food for thought that he'd like to add. Jonathan Wilson wants a word? But, of course.

What else happened in La Liga? Here's a weekend wrap.

Over in Italy, Parma maintained their unbeaten run, Inter lost to Atalanta, Fiorentina left late to defeat ten-man Napoli, Juventus beat Catania, and Lazio played out a draw with Milan. Here's your weekend wrap.

Back in the USA, Robbie Keane and Jermaine Defoe scored goals. Here's your weekend wrap.

And finally, Sergio Ramos got a red card yesterday. That makes it 19 for his Real Madrid career. Let's take a walk down his ill-disciplined memory lane, shall we?