Friday, May 29, 2015

Heysel at 30, FA Cup Final, Copa del Rey Final, German DFB Pokal Final, Serie A

Brussels - May 29 - 1985

There goes another week. Where did it go? Nobody knows. We're going to begin today on a sad note. It's been 30 years since the disaster at Heysel. Let's take some time to look back. It deserves our attention:

The FA Cup Final is tomorrow. Arsenal are attempting to win it for the second year running. It's at Wembley, of course, and can be viewed in the United States on FOX at 12:30 p.m. EDT. Here's what you need to prepare:

Arsenal vs. Aston Villa: Preview
Arsenal vs. Aston Villa - The FA Cup final's four key battles

It's the next step in the march for The Treble for Barcelona. The league is won, the Champions League Final awaits, but's the Copa del Rey Final vs. Athletic Bilbao! Here's your Preview.

Raphael Honigstein is in Germany, and according to Raphael, Jürgen Klopp plans a super-cool German Cup final for his Borussia Dortmund farewell. We don't doubt it!

It's the final installment of 2014-2015 Serie A this weekend. Napoli play Lazio with a Champions League spot at stake, and James Horncastle says the match is critical to Rafa Benitez's legacy in Naples. Here's a Weekend Preview, along with some story lines to follow on the final weekend in Italy.

FIFA? Today we've chosen to ignore that bologna. With one exception: Barney Ronay. OK, OK, there's more in Backheel Breakfast, too. Here:

There's a Joy of Six this week. It's Curtailed Football Careers. Michael Bridges, anyone?

Major League Soccer. Here's a Weekend Preview. Here's another Weekend Preview.

That's it! Have a good one.



Thursday, May 28, 2015

More FIFA Fallout, Sevilla Retain the Europa League Crown, Emerson Hyndman, Goals of the Week

Hello, friends. Sevilla are the champions of Europe (Tier Two) yet again. In a highly entertaining affair in Poland,  Los Blanquirrojos knocked off Dnipro Dnipropeptreptakniptrovsk by the score of 3 - 2. Jonathan Wilson was at the National Stadium on Warsaw and filed this report. Mr. Wilson also says that...The Rise and Rise of Sevilla's Carlos Bacca Is Truly Inspirational. And here are Three Things We Learned from the encounter.

Meanwhile, the soccer world continues to freak out over the shit that went down yesterday in Switzerland. SPECTRE FIFA UNDER SEIGE!!! Here's your lot for today on that front, beginning with a word from their sponsors:

One more thing before we move on: The Vlad is getting in on the mix! He thinks the U.S.A. is meddling again. Love that guy!

He's from Texas and he plays for Fulham. Clint Dempsey? Not anymore. No, it's Emerson Hyndman! Meet this Yank Abroad here.

Here's a headline for you: The prison where murderers play for Manchester United. It's a long piece, but well worth your time.

The FA Cup Final is Saturday. Scott Murray is on hand to explain why Wenger doesn't get the credit he deserves for his extraordinary record in the competition.

That'll do!



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

FIFA's Shit Hits The Fan, Europa League Final

What's the good word, Walter?
Hello, Hump Day! Let's see. Well, it's not a terribly pleasant one for SPECTRE FIFA, that's for sure. There's so much going down with everyone's favorite quasi-governmental multi-national body that we're not sure where to begin. Let's simply roll with some links, beginning with (gasp!) The New York Times.

Hey! Look at this! The Europa League Final is today. It's Sevilla vs. Dnipro Dnipropeptreptakniptrovsk. Let's learn:

Europa League Final: Preview

Time to bounce to France for a second. Julien Laurens has his Best XI of the Season from Ligue Uhhhhhhhhhhn.

And finally...The Zlatan quotes are lies! All lies!



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Promotion, Relegation, Transfer Rumors, Scribes, Rafa in at Real?

Burn! Totti lets the Lazio faithful have it...

Hey there! Hopefully your holiday weekend went well. Shit's done and dusted in the Premier League (check Phil McNulty's Season Review), La Liga, and Bundesliga. There's one more round of action in Serie A. Let's roll...

Hull are out of the Premier League. Mrs. Doubtfire simply couldn't keep them up. Meanwhile, Norwich City are back in the Premier League. Good to see you, Canaries! They ousted Boro 2 - 0 at Wembley to join Bournemouth and Watford in the top tier. Daniel Taylor was there and filed this report. Here are all of the ups and downs for England (and Wales) and Scotland.

It's sad, but it's true. The Mill must return, and today, it does. It's silly season time, folks!

Speaking of rumors...Rafa to take over at Real Madrid? Oh, boy.

Now is the time on SSN when we Scribe!

Where? Spain. Who? Sid Lowe. What? Eibar left with a bitter taste after suffering relegation 

Where? South America. Who? Tim Vickery. What? Four players who may prove pivotal in Copa Libertadores quarterfinals

Where? Germany? Who? Uli Hesse. What? Darmstadt's improbable rise to the Bundesliga

Where? Italy. Who? Paolo Bandini. What? Totti has the final say after Roma leave rivals Lazio on edge
Screech makes his mark...
Let's see. What else? Raphael Honigstein has his Bundesliga 2014-15 Best XI. What else? Garth Crooks has a Team of the Season for the EPL. What else? Good times in Turkey. What else? Premier League Report Cards, beginning with Liverpool's "F." What else? Major League Soccer.

And finally...some people were none too pleased that soccer took over the TeeVee on Sunday.