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Aftermath of the Real Madrid – Bayern Munich Semi Final

Posted on 26 Apr, 2012, by in Soccer

Cristiano Ronaldo was the hero for 14 minutes. The best player in the world again. But Bayern Munich were the better team through the 90 minutes, deserving more than just one goal for how they cancelled Real Madrid at home in their second leg. Justice? A Penalty shootout isn’t exactly justice. Ronaldo, only human, failed like Messi. More

Aftermath of the Barcelona – Chelsea Semi Final

Posted on 25 Apr, 2012, by in Soccer

Lionel Messi was the tragic figure on the Camp Nou pitch, while Fernando Torres was the heroic figure, maybe even redeemed. A sense of an end engulfed the stadium once again, with Guardiola’s future filled with question marks, while Chelsea and Di Matteo have problems of their own to deal with once the celebrations are over. More

Fernando Torres as the Winner, Lionel Messi as the Loser (Barcelona vs Chelsea)

Posted on 24 Apr, 2012, by in Soccer

Lionel Messi couldn’t score against Chelsea and Petr Cech once again. Barcelona got stung by a team that did nothing but defend and strike back exactly twice, exactly enough. Fernando Torres saw Barca colors, and remembered how to score. An incredible night, incredible Semi Final. Somehow, against all odds, Chelsea drew 2-2 at the Camp Nou and are back in the Champions League Final with a 3-2 aggregate score. More

Barcelona – Chelsea and the Must Win Match Factor

Posted on 23 Apr, 2012, by in Soccer

Barcelona host Chelsea in the second leg of their Champions League with Lionel Messi and crew heading into the game in a unfamiliar situation, after losing two straight vital matches, including the Clasico against Real Madrid at home. More

Borussia Dortmund and Emulating Bundesliga Success in the Champions League

Posted on 22 Apr, 2012, by in Soccer

Borussia Dortmund have turned things around in Germany. If last season’s incredible title run was the opening act, winning Bundesliga titles back to back, going undefeated 26 matches to close out the season (not over yet), makes you think of them as potential Champions League winners next season. More

Didier Drogba Lives To Score in Big Games (Chelsea vs Barcelona)

Posted on 18 Apr, 2012, by in Soccer

Didier Drogba isn’t having one of his best season. In fact, it’s probably his worst since he began his Chelsea career. But all that didn’t matter. Great players have short memories. Great players rise to the occasion. Didier Drogba scored two minutes into injury time of the first half, giving Chelsea a lucky 1-0 win over Barcelona in the Champions League Semi Final. More

Jose Mourinho Doesn’t Have Much to Complain About

Posted on 18 Apr, 2012, by in Soccer

Jose Mourinho did what his instincts tell him. The instincts that have helped him win two Champions League titles in the past. You go for the kill at home. Away, even if you’re Real Madrid, you play cautiously. Probably too cautiously, losing to Bayern Munich with a last gasp goal from Mario Gomez. In the big picture, Real are in pretty good shape. More

Mario Gomez Comes Through With Typical Tap-in Goal (Bayern vs Real Madrid)

Posted on 17 Apr, 2012, by in Soccer

Mario Gomez wasn’t having the best of matches, but he’s one of those players that doesn’t do much but score. Eventually, after 89 frustrating minutes for the prolific striker, he came through with his usual perfectly timed half fluke of a goal, giving Bayern Munich a 2-1 win over Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League Semi Final clash. More

Comparing Lionel Messi to the Chelsea Strikers

Posted on 16 Apr, 2012, by in Soccer

Numbers usually don’t tell the whole story in sports, especially in football. But Lionel Messi doing what he has this season and in general over the past few years, specifically in Barcelona colors, defies that theory. When comparing his scoring this season with Chelsea strikers, one begs to wonder how on earth Chelsea think they’ll get through this one. More

Athletic Bilbao Players

The La Liga Has Five Teams in Champions & Europa League Semi Finals

Posted on 6 Apr, 2012, by in Soccer

Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League Semi Finals, Valencia, Atheltic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid in the Europa League Semi Finals. Spain is more than just the big two in a sort of wide, continental perspective, dominating the European club competitions. More