Friday, October 02, 2015

Atlético Madrid vs Real Madrid, Everton vs. Liverpool, Arsenal vs. Manchester United, Sevilla vs. Barcelona, Bayern München vs Borussia Dortmund

Anfield and Goodison Park. Liverpool. England.

There goes another one, Peeps! And just look at what's on deck for the weekend. Look at those matches! The Liverpool Derby, the Madrid Derby, Arsenal/United, Number One vs. Number Two in the Bundesliga, it just keeps going! Throw in Milan vs. Napoli and PSG vs. Marseille, and you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Footie Gods were playing some sick joke. But, no. 'Tis all true. Welp, we'd better get to it. As always, we'll begin with the Premier League.

There were some matches in Europe last night. The Europa League is in full swing. Here's a review of all the action where Liverpool could only produce a draw at Anfield and Fiorentina continued to impress. And why note Five Talking Points, too?

Over in Spain, Barcelona face a tricky trip down to Sevilla on Saturday, while league leaders Atlético host city rivals Real on Sunday. Here's a Weekend Preview for La Liga.

In Italy, Fiorentina will look to continue their fine form when they host Atalanta. Have you read about how fun Serie A is again?

Gosh. You want more on the ineptitude of the Premier League in Europe? Here.

Woop! Hit the TVs and enjoy the weekend.



Thursday, October 01, 2015

City, United, and Juventus Win, Atlético Madrid Shocked by Benfica, Sporting KC Win U.S. Open Cup

"Hmmm. How much more black could my outfit be? The answer is none. None more black."

Good Day. Let's jump right into yesterday's action in Europe, shall we?

Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 - 2 Manchester City: Jamie Jackson at Borussia Park
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 - 2 Manchester City: Three Thoughts
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 - 2 Manchester City:
Manchester United 2 - 1 Wolfsburg: Daniel Taylor at Old Trafford
Manchester United 2 - 1 Wolfsburg: Three Observations
Juventus 2 - 0 Sevilla: Khedira Masterclass
Atlético Madrid 1 - 2 Benfica: Match Report

Robin van Persie. Remember that guy? He's in Turkey and things aren't going so well.

Barney Ronay has yet another wonderful piece for us to enjoy today. He says this: Guardiola’s evolution unlocks the brilliance of Robert Lewandowski.

Tottenham's Dele Alli has earned an England call. Who is this guy?

Sporting KC defeated Philly Union last night to claim the U.S. Open Cup. Graham Parker was at PPL Park and filed this report. Brian Straus was there, too. He filed this report.

Gosh. That's fine, no?



Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Arsenal Lose, Chelsea Lose, Barcelona Win, Bayern Win, U.S. Open Cup Final

Gosh! We said it was Hump Day yesterday and nobody noticed. Oh, well. Anyway, it's now Hump Day and we're awash in Champions League and the continued ineptitude displayed by Premier League sides. Arsenal lost the must-win home match against The Greeks, and Chelsea couldn't snare anything from Porto. Let's hit the fallout:

Arsenal 2 - 3 Olympiakos: Phil McNulty at the Emirates
Arsenal 2 - 3 Olympiakos: Barney Ronay at the Emirates
Arsenal 2 - 3 Olympiakos: Three Thoughts
Arsenal 2 - 3 Olympiakos: Five Things We Learned
Porto 2 - 1 Chelsea: Three Thoughts
Barcelona 2 - 1 Bayer Leverkusen: Three Quick Thoughts

Today, both Manchester clubs are in action, as well as both Madrid sides. Here is a Preview for today's matches.

The U.S. Open Cup Final is tonight. It's Philly vs. K.C. Here's your Preview. Here's your Preview II. In case you're not familiar, here is some info on the tournament, courtesy of the Wikipedias:

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, commonly known as the U.S. Open Cup, is a knock-out cup competition in American soccer. It is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the U.S. and the world's third-longest-running open soccer tournament. The 102nd edition, to be held in 2015, is expected to be contested by 91 clubs from the three professional leagues sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation, including Major League Soccer, the North American Soccer League, and the United Soccer League, and amateur clubs in the earlier rounds of the tournament after qualifying through their leagues. The overall champion earn a total of $250,000 in prize money, while the runner-up receives $60,000 and the furthest-advancing team from each lower division league receive $15,000. In addition, the tournament winner qualifies for the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League, first represented by 2007 winners New England Revolution in the inaugural 2008–09 edition. The competition was first held during the 1913–14 season as the National Challenge Cup, with Brooklyn Field Club winning a trophy donated by Thomas Dewar for the promotion of American soccer. It was renamed to the U.S. Open Cup in 1990 and then dedicated to MLS owner Lamar Hunt by the United States Soccer Federation in 1999. The 101st and most recent champions of the competition, Seattle Sounders FC, were awarded their fourth Dewar Cup after defeating the Philadelphia Union 3–1 after extra time in the 2014 final.

It's that time of the year again...

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski is tearing it up. On fire. Raphael Honigstein interviewed the guy. Check it.

OK. We out.



Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Champions League, Jack Warner Banned, Scribes, 11 Scandals Involving John Terry

Buh bye.

Gosh. Hump Day already. Where else to begin but with Jack Warner? He's been banned. Yay! Good riddance.

On the pitch, Everton produced a stunning comeback against West Brom yesterday. Andy Hunter was at the Hawthorns and filed this report.

More matches today! It's the Champions League! Barcelona begin their non-Messi life, The Special One returns to Porto, Arsenal host The Greeks, and Zagreb go to Munich. Here's your lot:

Barcelona vs. Bayer Leverkusen: Preview
Porto vs. Chelsea: Preview
Arsenal vs. Olympiacos: Preview

Woof! Former United defender Paul Parker is having quite the go at his old side, and the Premier League in general. Good stuff!

And now it's time for...11 Scandals Involving John Terry.

Scribe Time! Do it:

Where? Germany. Who? Raphael Honigstein. What? High-pressing Bayer Leverkusen have sights set on Barça

Where? Germany. Who? Uli Hesse. What? Monchengladbach seek glory again

Where? South America. Who? Tim Vickery. What? Messi injury blow opens door for Tevez

Where? Italy. Who? Paolo Bandini. What? Hunchback of Fiorentina instils judgement as much as luck

Where? Germany. Who? Dominic Fifield. Really? Yes. OK. What? English teenager Mandela Egbo savours life at Borussia Mönchengladbach

It's Tuesday, and that also means Marcotti's Musings. This week, Gab is gabbing that Barca can't afford any more injuries, Man United's tests, Inter loss not a blip.

Podcast!! Manchester United breezed past Sunderland to take their place at the top of the table for the first time in two years. That's because Manchester City lost their third game in a row, this time a shambolic 4-1 defeat at Tottenham. Will resurgent Borussia Mönchengladbach make it four in a row for Manuel Pellegrini's charges when they meet in the Champions League on Tuesday night? Elsewhere in the Premier League, Arsenal finally scored some goals in their impressive 5-2 win at Leicester, Brendan Rodgers lived to fight another day as Liverpool beat Aston Villa, and Newcastle really should have beaten Chelsea. Well, it is the Best League in the World. Finally, we pay visits to Scotland - sorry Aberdeen, we'll never speak of you again - and the Championship, where Brighton are flying high.

And finally...Barry Glendenning wishes to salute football's one-club men.



Monday, September 28, 2015

Spurs Shock City, Fiorentina Eviscerate Inter, Newcastle Almost Defeat Chelsea, Messi Hurt, Málaga Hold Real Madrid, Monday Night Football

Bummer, bro...
Wowzers! The incredible matches just keep coming, do they not? Wild scenes in all of the top leagues in Europe and some fascinating results. Who's happy? Tottenham, Napoli, Villarreal, and Fiorentina. Who's sad? Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Manchester City, and Juventus. let's hit it, beginning in the Premier League!

Tottenham 4 - 1 Manchester City: Barney Ronay at White Hart Lane
Tottenham 4 - 1 Manchester City: Daniel Taylor at White Hart Lane
Leicester 2 - 5 Arsenal: Amy Lawrence at King Power Stadium
Leicester 2 - 5 Arsenal: Richard Rae at King Power Stadium
Leicester 2 - 5 Arsenal: Three Observations
Manchester United 3 - 0 Sunderland: Jamie Jackson at Old Trafford
Liverpool 3 - 2 Aston Villa: Andy Hunter at Anfield
Newcastle 2 - 2 Chelsea: Paul Wilson at St. James' Park

Loads of shit going down Stateside, yo! Here are Five Things We Learned in Major League Soccer over the weekend, and here is a Weekend Review.

Speaking of shit...and holy shit at that, the team at the top of La Liga is Villarreal! Villarreal! For the first time ever, no less. Here are some Talking Points from Spain. Meanwhile, sad news for Barcelona where Messi's been ruled out for at least a few months with a torn internal collateral ligament in his left knee. Ouch. Here's your Weekend Review for La Liga. Más mañana con El Sid.

Over in Italy, Fiorentina are top after opening a can of whoop ass on Inter Milan at the San Siro. Here's your Weekend Review for Serie A. More domani con Paolo.

And finally...there is Monday Night Football to enjoy! West Brom vs. Everton.

That'll do it! We're now up to speed after a wacky one.