The defending UEFA Champions League Champions proved too much for City at the Etihad Stadium. It took the Bavarians seven minutes to open the scoring much to the demise of Joe Hart. Frank Ribery’s effort was powerful enough to beat the England international at his near post much to the demise of his teammates and the home support.
Thomas Muller extended the lead for Bayern ten minutes into the second half. Four minutes later and Arjen Robben was at it as he got a goal of his own beating Hart at his near post, once again the England international was at fault for another Bayern Goal.
Munich was showing their difference in class to the Citizens who were surely fearing that the scoreline could get a lot worse. Pep Guardiola’s men were in rampant fashion as they were clearly dominating the match with 66% of the possession. The tie ened 3-1 in favor of Guardiola’s men with Alvaro Negredo scoring a consolation in the 79th minute after entering the match as a substitute with a curling shot beating Manuel Neuer. The match wasn’t a complete success for Munich as Jerome Boateng was sent off for fouling and denying Yaya Toure a clear goal scoring opportunity. City couldn’t capitalize on the free-kick but came close enough as the resulting kick by David Silva struck the crossbar.
Pellegrini’s men will look to pull themselves together after a disappointing showing when they come up against undefeated Everton over the weekend in the English Premier League.
The last time Liverpool won the league title was during the 1989-90 season which was then the Football League First Division. For years Liverpool fans had endured the pain of watching the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and recently the blue side of Manchester (City) lift the league title.
The Reds have not gone trophyless during this 23 year period though. They have won (3) three FA Cups, (4) four League Cups, (3) three Charity/Community Shields one which was shared in 1990, (1) one UEFA Cup, (2) two UEFA Super Cups and (1) UEFA Champions League title. If you mention those achivements to any Liverpool they are surely going to enjoy talking about those triumphs but they will quickly mention not winning a Premier League title. Winning the league title is highly coveted on the Merseyside.
Could Brendan Rodgers be the man to lead The Reds to the promise land or will it be another season of heartbreak for Liverpool. Having started out the 2013/14 campaign winning three our of their first three matches once which included a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Anfield. Their fine for was achieved without their trouble but talented striker Luis Suarez. The Reds are currently in second place behind Arsenal by two points, it might be a too early to consider them serious title contenders but with Suarez back and in fine form himself shouts of title contenders might just be right. The season has a long way to go and this can possibly change but this year could quite possibly be “Their Year”.
During the Carling Cup match between at Old Trafford a Liverpool FC fan threw a flare into the section of Manchester United fans.
Chelsea captain John Terry appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court where his racial abuse case started. The former England skipper was accused of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in a match on October 23rd, 2011. Terry and Ferdinand got into a heated argument and words were exchanged, during this argument Ferdinand allegedly taunted Terry about his affair with the Chelsea captain’s former teammate Wayne Bridges wife in which the skipper responded by racially abusing Ferdinand.
The prosecution was opened by David Penny who said: “The Crown alleges that the words he used demonstrated hostility based on Mr Ferdinand’s membership or presumed membership of a racial group.”
“The Crown alleges that the defendant, most probably in response to physical gestures being made by Mr Ferdinand which the defendant understood to refer to the well-publicised allegation of an extra-marital affair with a team-mate’s wife, shouted at Mr Ferdinand.”
During the case the Chelsea skipper was shown video footage of his alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand. This case is expected by some fans to be a long one where the Chelsea captain could wrongly walk away with just a slap on the wrist even though he deserves more than that. Racism is something that FIFA has been fighting to get rid of from football and behavior like this by the former England captain is highly unacceptable.
“The Crown’s case is that the words were abusive and insulting in a straightforward sense and they were uttered by the defendant in response to goading by Mr Ferdinand on the issue of his extra-marital affair, rather than by way of exaggerated and instant querying of a perceived false allegation.”
Robin van Persie has completed his move to 19 Time English Champions Manchester United earlier today. The former Arsenal player signed a reported 24m deal which will see him at United until 2016, the 29 year old striker enjoyed his best ever season in the English Premier League last season .
Sir Alex Ferguson said: “Robin is a world-class striker with a proven record in England and in European football. His talents need no introduction to our fans – he has scored a number of goals against us in some classic battles with his former club. His movement, finishing and all-round ability are outstanding.”
An official unveiling will take place today, we’ll be sure to bring you a more detailed post on this major deal.
The nation of Spain are European Champions, Under 21 Champions and World Champions but Olympic Gold will not be added to the list of achievements. La Roja were eliminated from the competition after suffering a second consecutive 1-0 defeat, this time in the hands of Honduras. A 7th minute Jerry Bengtson header was enough to grab a surprise victory for his country while eliminating favorites Spain from the competition at St. James’ Park.
Spain had their chances in the match as they struck the post on three occasions, the Hondurans could’ve ended the match six minutes into the second half as Espinoza saw a headed chance came off the bar. The Hondurans had to fight a huge battle in the second half after an onslaught of attacks by the Spaniards, they fought well and managed to hold on to secure a historic victory and advance into the next phase of the tournament.
The loss leave the Spaniards bottom of Group D with zero points and zero goals scored thus far. Their final match of the competition will see them come up against feloow Group D strugglers Morocco, August 1st at Old Trafford, the home of 19 time English Champions Manchester United and club of goalkeeper David De Gea.
Over the years football governing body FIFA have been under pressure to intro due goal-line technology in football. At first fans were skeptical about the introduction of technology in football amidst fears it will slow down the match, some said it will take away some the excitement missed calls sometimes bring to a match.
In a recent meeting held in Zurich the technology was finally approved and will be done by using two systems, Hawk-Eye and GoalRef. This decision came was given the green light by the IFAB after passing a series of tests set out by FIFA.
Jerome Valcke (FIFA General Secretary) said they intend on introducing goal-line technology in December for the Club World Cup in which will be held in Japan, the Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Over the years there have been many instances of goals being scored but were not allowed as the referee or his linesmen failed to see it. A few notable instances were Manchester United v Tottenham (Premier League 2005), England v Germany (World Cup 2010), Ukraine v England (Euro 2012).
The English FA haven been lobbying for this decision for many years and they have welcomed this news with opened arms.
“We welcome today’s decision by IFAB and will engage in discussions with both Hawkeye and GoalRef in the near future with a view to introducing goal-line technology as soon as is practically possible.”
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Real Madrid won it’s 32nd Spanish league title and their first in four season after a 3-0 win at Athletic Bilbao on last night. The win leaves Los Blancos seven points clear of their biggest rivals FC Barcelona with two games remaining.
Goals from Gonxalo Higuain, Mesut Ozil and a 44th goal of the La Liga season for their superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Since winning the title in 2008 Madridistas had to endure watching their rivals Barcelona lift the La Liga title. The players, coaches and fans celebrated their triumph in traditional fashion at Cibeles fountain and will continue their celebrations at the Granada over the weekend.
“I won the league title in Portugal, Italy and England, but this one has been the toughest. I’ve won seven league titles overall and I know what it feels like.
“Barcelona won all their games, as befits the great team that they are. They’ve been winning to the very last day.
“They are a club with great tradition that knows we deserved to win this title.”- Jose Mourihno
Despite winning his first La Liga title Mourihno knows his club cannot lose focus as next season they’ll have to fight even harder next season if they are to retain their title.
“We have to celebrate this championship, we have to continue working after tomorrow because next season will also be tough and we have games to play still in this campaign.
It was a tough ans strenuous season for Jose Mourihno and his men and they deservedly won the title that not even their biggest rivals should envy.