Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Man City vs. Bayern Thrills, Messi Marches On, Arsenal vs. Dortmund

Whew! Just when you thought Manchester City's Champions League campaign couldn't become more disastrous, they relinquish a two-goal lead at home to Bayern Munich while playing up a man! Who could save them? Kun, of course. Sergio grabbed a hat-trick and City's blushes were spared. What a match. Elsewhere, Lionel Messi (remember that guy?) scored a bunch to become the Champions League's all-time highest scorer as Barcelona cruised. We're pressed for time today because of that holiday thingy so we'll be brief. Go.

Manchester City 3 - 2 Bayern Munich: Daniel Taylor at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 3 - 2 Bayern Munich: Five Talking Points
Schalke 0 - 5 Chelsea: Dominic Fifield at the Veltins-Arena


Arsenal vs. Borussia Dortmund: Preview
Arsenal vs. Borussia Dortmund: Preview II
Ludogorets vs. Liverpool: Preview

Gotta go.



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Champions League, Scribes, Aston Villa 1 - 1 Southampton, Copa America Draw

Archway Sheet Metal burns. It's all a bit curious...

No rest for the weary! More matches today, this time in Europe where Manchester City host Bayern Munich, PSG welcome Ajax, Barcelona go to Cyprus, Roma head to Moscow, Porto and BATE clash, and Chelsea are in Gelsinkirchen to face Roberto DiMatteo and Schalke. Let's bust some previews:

Manchester City vs. Bayern Munich: Preview
Schalke vs. Chelsea: Preview

How sketchy is this?! Firm locked in stadium land dispute with Tottenham hit by blaze. Hired goons?

It's Tuesday and that means it's time to scribe. Hit it:

Where? Brazil. Who? Tim Vickery. What? Why are South Americans succeeding in England?

Where? Germany. Again? Yes. OK. Who? Raphael Honigstein. Again? Yes. OK. What? Roberto Di Matteo needs to justify big name status at Schalke

Yank Abroad Brad Guzan had another good game last night but couldn't keep out Nathan Clyne's late equalizer for Southampton and the match finished 1 - 1. Stuart James was at Villa Park and filed this report.

Sticking with Yanks, here's an MLS Playoff Rewind. Enjoy.

Time this Tuesday for Marcotti's Musings. This week, Gab is gabbing about...Arsenal woe down to Wenger, Milan sides have far to go, Chelsea impress.

Uli Hesse is talking, too. He wants to explain how attacking football's evolution has impacted defending. Good. Do it.

According to Kirsten Schlewitz, record-breaking Lionel Messi is both football god and mere mortal. Good to know.

This summer's big tourny is Copa America. The draw for the tournament that will take place in June took place yesterday. Check it.

And's your European Team of the Week.



Monday, November 24, 2014

Arsenal Lose to Manchester United, Milan Derby Draw, Liverpool Lose at Palace, MLS Playoffs, Monday Night Football

SSN's Special Correspondent for the Arsenal vs. Manchester United match on November 22, 2014, LT's view of the proceeding at the Emirates.

Happy Week of Thanksgiving! All of us here at SSN Headquarters hope you enjoyed the weekend of football. In the big match, Arsenal contrived to lose to Manchester United yet again. How exactly it all happened would be a bit confusing if it had not been happening with regularity over the past several years. Groundhog Day, indeed. Meanwhile, Liverpool continue to struggle and they looked quite poor at Selhurst Park yesterday, losing 3-1. Let's dive into all the action, yes?

Arsenal 1 - 2 Manchester United: Daniel Taylor at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 1 - 2 Manchester United: Chris Bevan at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 1 - 2 Manchester United: Barney Ronay at the Emirates Stadium
Crystal Palace 3 - 1 Liverpool: Dominic Fifield at Selhurst Park
Hull City 1 - 2 Tottenham: Three Things

Over in Italy, AC Milan and Inter Milan drew 1 - 1. Here are Three Things We Learned. A bit like the "big" Arsenal/ManU match, sadly, the Milan Derby no longer impacts the Serie A title. More tomorrow with Paolo.

In Spain, a certain Lionel Messi is dominating the headlines after his hat-trick against Sevilla. He's now got more goals than anyone else in the history of La Liga. Well done, lad. Here are his Top Ten La Liga Goals. Here are Five Things We Learned in La Liga this weekend.

Back Stateside, the assGalaxy edged the Sounders 1 - 0. Jeff Carlisle has Three Points from that match, and Bird want to give his take, as well. Meanwhile, The Revs won 2 - 1 in New Jersey in what sounded like a pretty good game (we didn't watch it). Doug McIntyre has Three Points from that one, while Grant Wahl has Three Thoughts. And here's more on both of those matches that ended with one-goal leads yet leave the teams involved in very different circumstances.

Monday Night Football tonight, friends! It's high-flying Southampton at a decidedly not high-flying Aston Villa. Check it out at 3 p.m. EST on NBCSN if you so desire. 

And finally...Good 'Ol Gervinho tried to smuggle a woman onto his flight back to Rome from Ivory Coast.