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.



Monday, March 31, 2014

Chelsea Lose At Palace, Arsenal & Man City Draw, Napoli Beat Juventus, Liverpool Crush Spurs, Barcelona Edge Derby, Bayern Munich Do Not Win

Seems a bit rash...
A glorious Monday to you, friends. Loads of exciting stuff took place on the pitch yesterday and the day prior (as noted above). Let's get right to it, beginning in the Premier League...

Arsenal 1 - 1 Manchester City: David Hytner at Emirates Stadium

Wait! We're not done. Phil McNulty is looking at the big picture and claims Liverpool are ready to climb back on their perch. Are they? Just who will win the Premier League? Guardian writers give their verdict here, and it's a quite interesting variety of opinions.

In Major League Soccer, the Crew are the only club with a perfect record. Here's a weekend wrap for you.
Remove the residents. Build the stadia. Faster.

Real Madrid won 5 - 0. And they were booed. Good times in the Spanish capital. Anyway, it's still tite as heck at the top because Atlético Madrid and Barcelona won as well. Here's your weekend wrap. That other Madrid side continue to look strong. Could they pull it off?

Over in Italy, Napoli beat Juventus and Roma won. In Germany, Bayern Munich did NOT win for the first time in 3,229 matches. Here a Euro Review.

There was another death in Brazil. That makes it eight who have died trying to get stadia in Brazil ready for the World Cup. Meanwhile, a new report claims that over 1,000 people have been worked to death in Qatar. SPECTRE FIFA does it again.

As we noted last week, the BBC 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. Spain's Number One will not be participating. Who shall claim his spot?

That should bring us up to speed.