Friday, May 22, 2015

Final Weekend in England, Spain, Germany, MLS Preview, Middlesbrough vs. Norwich City, Gerrard vs. Lampard

And there goes another week, Peeps! We missed yesterday due to a small fire, so we'll let Paolo get you caught up on what the Coppa Italia means to Juventus. And then we'll get right to the previews for Championship Sunday!! Too bad for NBC that the only thing that really matters is who will be the final club relegated. Will it be Hull? Will it be Newcastle?

10 Things To Look Out For This Weekend (includes lower divisions)

They call it the biggest game in club football because of the money at stake. This year, it's Boro vs. Norwich for the right to return to the Premier League. It's not until Monday, but here's a Preview to get you excited.

It's also the last weekend of action for La Liga. Sid Lowe is here to talk about the relegation battle. There's always something dodgy going on at the bottom, is there not...?

Shit's about to wrap up in Das Bundesliga, too. And, like the other top European leagues, the title was decided long ago and the question marks all surround relegation. There are six (!) teams still in the mix. Raphael Honigstein is on the case.

Back Stateside, Major League Soccer has a full slate of matches to enjoy. Here's a Preview for the weekend. Deuce is attempting to set some sort of record, apparently. More? Here.

So Stevie G and Fatty Frank are both headed this way. Gerrard goes to Los Angeles and Lampard goes to New York. Who was better? Phil McNulty takes a look at the English legends. Not going to MLS? Xavi. He's going to Qatar.

There's a Top Tenner today. It's Top 10 memorable moments of the Premier League season.

And finally...a free pint for Leicester fans!



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Marina Hyde on Qatar, Coppa Italia Final

Hump Day has arrived yet again. And it's all a bit quiet. There's a match later - Arsenal vs. Sunderland. A draw at the Emirates would mathematically ensure that Sunderland stay in the Premier League, and leave Newcastle and Hull to fight it out for the last relegation spot on the final day of the season. Here's a Preview of that one.

Over in Italy, Juventus are still in the hunt for The Treble and will attempt to claim their second trophy of the campaign when they face Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico this evening in Rome. Check out the action on beIN Sport USA at 2:45 p.m. EDT.

Qatar. Marina Hyde is wondering how many have to die so this country can host the World Cup. Will SPECTRE FIFA actually do something about it? Doubtful.

Raheem Sterling. Dude says he wants out of Liverpool. What has he done to garner interest from "bigger" clubs? Nothing. He was justifiably booed at the awards dinner last night. But, is he just a scapegoat for bigger issues? Jim White says Liverpool have plenty of other problems to worry about.

And finally...who makes the money?



Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Odd Cesc Red, Sid Lowe on Barcelona, Middlesbrough Misspelled, Copa Libertadores, BBC Qatar Account

Where is Middlesborough?
Well, hello! Yesterday's match in the Premier League did not go as expected. Hopefully you were able to catch some of it. West Brom won 3 - 0 and Cesc Fabregas saw red for kicking the ball at the Bromies. It was all very weird. Stuart James was at The Hawthorns and filed this report. John Brewin has Three Points.

So, just how does Cesc's red stack up to the 10 dumbest red cards in world football? Let's have a look.

The Premier League season is coming to a close, and tactical guru Michael Cox is already looking back. Here are his Performances of the Season.

Meanwhile, in the United States and Canada, the season is just getting going. That's because, you know, we do things differently here. 'MERICA! Anyway, Jeff Carlisle talked to Benny and Charlie about how the MLS has changed, and Bird's got a Weekend Review along with Power Rankings. More? How about L.A.'s stadium and what it means for Minneapolis?

Now is the time on SSN when we Scribe!

Where? Germany. Who? Raphael Honigstein. What? Bayern down tools, Schalke in meltdown and monkey business for Stuttgart

Where? France. Who? Julien Laurens. What? PSG on course for historic season 

Where? South America. Who? Tim Vickery. What? Crucial quarterfinal clashes loom in the Copa Libertadores

Where? Germany? Who? Andy Brassell. What? Gladbach plan for more success after reaching Champions League

How about a look at Premier League ineptitude? Should be fun, right? It is. Not fun? Getting arrested for attempting to document the shitshow that is Qatar 2022. We noted the arrests previously. The BBC's man has now released his account of his trip.

Podcast! Well, listeners, the end is in sight, and on today's Football Weekly, AC Jimbo has Barry Glendenning, Jonathan Wilson and Paul MacInnes doing their damndest to make sure it doesn't end just yet. We start with the final piece of the relegation jigsaw. Hull occupy the dreaded 18th place going in to the final weekend, having had a shocking week both on and off the pitch. Newcastle, meanwhile, went down 2-1 at QPR. If only Middlesbrough and Norwich could replace them both … Away from the Premier League, we compile the Football Weekly A to Z, covering everything from the A League to Zenit St Petersburg's league triumph. We'll need your help please, listener, to fill in the blanks. Finally, we hear from Sid Lowe about Barcelona's title triumph and the latest on David de Gea's much-mooted move to Real Madrid.

Raheem Sterling wants to leave Liverpool. Phil McNulty says it really wouldn't be a big deal if he were to do so.

And finally...Oops!



Monday, May 18, 2015

Barcelona Win La Liga, United and Arsenal Draw, Norwich vs. Boro For Premier League Return, Boca Kicked Out of Copa Libertadores

And...a very pleasant Monday to you! Barcelona won the Primera Liga the hard way yesterday, defeating Atlético Madrid on the road 0 - 1, and prompting the cava to flow. Who got the goal for Barca, you ask? Who do you think? Sid Lowe was at the Vicente Calderón and filed this report. The Treble beckons...

Back in the UK, United and Arsenal drew, Manchester City beat Swansea, Crystal Palace crashed Stevie G's party, Southampton thumped Villa (Sadio Mane scored the fastest hat trick in Premier League history), and QPR beat Newcastle. Here's your lot:

Liverpool 1 - 3 Crystal Palace: Andy Hunter at Anfield
Swansea 2 - 4 Manchester City: Three Quick Observations
Manchester United 1 - 1 Arsenal: Phil McNulty at Old Trafford
Manchester United 1 - 1 Arsenal: Daniel Taylor at Old Trafford
Manchester United 1 - 1 Arsenal: Three Quick Observations

Later this month, Wembley will host the mega-money match as Boro and Norwich City compete to see who will make a return to the Premier League. Boro beat Brentford and Norwich dispatched of Ipswich over the weekend.

Barcelona are champs in Spain. How did they do it? Andy West has 10 reasons right here, yo. And here are Three Things We Learned from the match in Madrid. What else did we learn in La Liga this weekend? Hit the link.

In Italy, Inter Milan couldn't beat Juventus at the San Siro and neighbors AC Milan lost on the road to Sussudio. Not a pretty campaign for two of Italy's giants. What else? Cagliari were relegated and Roma moved up to second. Here's a wee review.

We noted the idiocy at La Bombonera last week. Don't worry, Boca fans, you won't be able to return to the ground to see your side play for awhile. Fools.

There's Monday Night Football tonight. It's not terribly meaningful, but knowing the matches are about to dry up, it might be worth your time. West Brom vs. Chelsea. Here's a Preview.

Oh, and don't forget Major League Soccer. Here are Five Things We Learned from the USA/Canada league over the weekend.