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Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Carles Puyol the Differences as Barcelona Edges Past Real Madrid

The hype, the pomp, the circumstance.  All of these rose to a higher level for this episode of El Clásico at the Camp Nou on Sunday evening.  Coming into this match, FC Barcelona turned their fortunes around in the UEFA Champions League with a 2-0 victory over Inter Milan.  The […]

FC Barcelona Falls Behind Real Madrid Before El Clásico

In American sports, pundits and journalists throw around the phrase “trap game” when describing a game that would be looked over in anticipation of more important matters in the immediate future.  With a pivotal UEFA Champions League fixture with Inter Milan on Tuesday and El Clásico on Sunday against Real […]

With Rubin Kazan’s Deserved Victory, FC Barcelona Suffers a Minor Setback

After a workmanlike 1-0 victory against Almería and a mediocre showing in their 0-0 draw at the Mestalla against Valencia CF on Saturday, FC Barcelona looked to reverse their form in the Champions League against a supposed weaker team in FK Rubin Kazan.  To their credit, Barça did not make […]

Why is Defense So Reviled in Football?

The theory is that because of the low amount of scoring in football, using particularly protective and cynical tactics ruins the sport whose nature inhibits a high amount of goals per match.  Football’s common nickname is “The Beautiful Game,” but from where did that phrase initially originate?  Credit is usually […]

Did Barca or Inter Milan Get The Better Player?

The summer’s Blockbuster trade involved Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Samuel. Eto’o swapping clubs and Inter also received a boat load of cash. The first Champions League clash between the two clubs failed to give a decisive edge as to which team gained the most from this transaction. While Inter made a handsome profit, Barca was […]

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: A Mixed Bag in Barcelona’s 3-0 Victory over Sporting Gijón

Writer’s Note: Unfortunately, WordPress does not recognize the “c” with an accent mark, so Bojan Krkic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s names will not include an accent mark above the ” c.” It is easy to overreact and overanalyze after one match and assume that whatever happens in that match will become […]

Messi Named Tops in Europe, Intriguing Returns for Zlatan, Kaka and Eto’o

The draw for the group stage of the 2009-10 UEFA Champions League was held Thursday in Monaco. Last season’s finalists face some tough going but they are not alone in that regard. FC Barcelona will begin their trophy defence in Group F with games against FC Internazionale Milano, FC Dynamo […]

Champions League – Group Stage Draw

Group A Bayern Munchen Juventus Bordeaux Maccabi Haifa Group B Manchester United CSKA Moskow Besiktas Wolfsburg Group C AC Milan Real Madrid Marseille FC Zurich Group D Chelsea Porto Atletico Madrid APOEL Group E Liverpool Lyon Fiorentina Debrecen Group F Barcelona Internazionale Dynamo Kiev Rubin Kazan Group G Sevilla Rangers […]

Ibra Wins Big At Italian Football Awards

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Inter Milan’s Swedish hitman had a big night on Monday 2 days after the Nerazzurri’s surprising 3-1 loss to Atalanta. Ibra won the award as the 2007-08 Serie A Footballer of the Year at The Oscars Del Calcio ceremony. Inter’s goal scoring assassin beat out Juventus’ icon Alessandro […]

The Special One’s Goal of Week Six

Headlines from Italy read, A sensational Swedish backheel, Magical Ibra!, Ibra waves his magic wand, Inter go top. Some excellent goals were scored this week including, Del Piero’s trade mark free-kick, Gilardino’s header and Kuzmanovic’s quick take, off the Montolivo free-kick but it should be obvious from the introduction Goal of The Week falls […]

Liverpool Through to Quarterfinals, Neutrals Cringe

Everyone was crying after this match.  Merseyside denizens shed tears of joy.  The Nerrazzuri cried into their cappuccinos.  Neutrals bellowed in agony at having been forced to watch the full ninety minutes.  But, for better or for worse, Liverpool is through to the Champions League quarterfinals defeating Inter Milan 3-0 […]

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Chelsea Releases Video to Promote US Summer Tour [VIDEO]

News from Miami and New York is that tickets for Chelsea’s summer friendlies against AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, respectively, are selling quickly. Plus Chelsea will be playing in Seattle, and against the MLS All-Star Team near Philadelphia in July. To promote Chelsea’s US summer tour, the club has released […]

Defending the Defensive Midfielder

During the excellent world cup coverage on my home channel RTÉ, two ex-footballers decried the rise in the defensive midfielder. Johnny Giles and Liam Brady are two certified legends of Irish football both won multiple trophies at club level and Brady is currently the director of Arsenal’s famed youth system. […]

Transfer Buzz: Gallas and Keane to MLS?

With MLS clubs signing up more designated players than ever before, fans should start getting used to European players being linked with moves to America. A pair of Tottenham players, William Gallas and Robbie Keane, have been linked recently with potential moves to the U.S. Gallas, who moved to White […]

7 Ways that World Cup 2010 Will Change America

One of the things about the World Cup is that it puts the sport into perspective. With 64 games in one month, it’s easy to get a cross-section of where a country is. How well it’s doing relative to the other teams in the tournament. What the level of officiating […]

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