Is French football witnessing a renaissance?
Lyon’s swatting of Real Madrid was the European result of the season so far. The elimination of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka et al from the Champions League was cheered by neutrals across the world, for whom the galacticos represent all that is unfair about the soccer world.
The 2-1 aggregate defeat was doubly galling for Real as not only are holders Barcelona still in the competition but this season’s final will be taking place in their home ground, Santiago Bernabeu.
Marseille, drawn into a group alongside this week’s eliminated giants Milan and Real, did not make it to the knock-out stages, but Bordeaux are well-placed to join their French counterparts in the last eight, leading Olympiakos 1-0 from the first leg.
Olympique Lyonnais, as Simon Kuper and Stefan Pengeluaran HK Szymanski told us across a chapter in ‘Why England Lose’, are the model of a well-run club, while Real are perhaps the epitome of reckless overspending and cavalier ownership, who only survive because of their untouchable status as a national icon.
French clubs are not as wealthy as their English, Italian and Spanish counterparts, which makes Lyon’s downing of Real all the more impressive. But Lyon are not a poor team either, having invested 70 million Euros on players last summer. French football is more physical than its latin counterparts, but equally more technical than the English tradition. Ultimately, a lack of financial clout has impaired its clubs’ Champions …
My route this time took me to Muscat, Oman and then to Dubai, where a flight of 22 minutes saw me arrive back in Abu Dhabi at 13.40 on Matchday 1.
The first difference I noticed was that this time there was a bus available for passengers to get to the city centre. So after numerous enquiries I was sent outside to search for the elusive bus stop. Sure enough I found a stop but there were no signs (in English) indicating the times or the route. So I waited …and waited. Eventually other people arrived but they wanted to share a taxi, so as time was getting on I decided to join them. My Daftar Judi Online24Jam Terpercaya 2021 companions both worked at the airport and were from Mauritius and Egypt. Both were keen on football but had little idea about the competition that was due to start in their adopted city in around 5 hours time.
Arriving in downtown Abu Dhabi I was confident I would be able to find my way about as the city is laid out in a grid system. However I didn’t take into account the massive reconstruction taking place to the main road in Abu Dhabi itself. At first I was told the work was to do with the laying of a Metro (keeping up with Dubai, who have recently opened a 30 km route), I believe the work is actually to build a major underpass right into the …
Two of Australia’s greatest football exports have been ranked among the finest Leeds United players of all time.
A well-received article in The Times newspaper placed controversial pair Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka at numbers 13 and 14 in the list of the 50 best-ever Leeds stars.
The lofty ranking was met by surprise by a handful of respondents, but clearly illustrates the standing of the Socceroos duo in the eyes of Leeds supporters despite mixed receptions after leaving Elland Road.
Viduka, again absent for Australia’s vital home World Toto Hk Cup qualifying clash against Uzbekistan next Wednesday, is not expected to remain with Newcastle at the end of his current deal after only a fleeting comeback following Achilles and groin injuries.
But Kewell’s renaissance at Turkish side Galatasaray has banished his injury-blighted spell at Liverpool to distant memory.
“Ignore the inflated ego, the farcical exit and the failure at Liverpool and remember just how good Kewell was in his pomp. He was such a beautifully balanced runner with the ball and the goals he scored were astounding,” praised The Times.
“In terms of natural talent, Kewell was as good as anyone on this list.”
Viduka scored 16 goals in 72 appearances for Leeds after joining David O’Leary’s side from Celtic.
His arrival in 2000 coincided with a golden period for the club and he was one of the cornerstones of the side which reached the Champions League semi-finals in …
With four games remaining until the mid-season break, Gamba Osaka have opened up a seven point gap over nearest rivals Urawa Reds.
Gamba’s last match was a case of top versus bottom, but they had a tough time against Yokohama FC, eventually winning 2-1 in front of a near-capacity crowd of 19,752 fans at Expo ’70 Stadium in Osaka.
Kawasaki Frontale lost ground when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Nagoya Grampus Eight in front of 21,190 fans at Toyota Stadium. Veteran midfielder Toshiya Fujita opened the scoring for Nagoya from the penalty spot less than sixty seconds into the match, before Juninho equalised for the visitors after twenty-two minutes. Norwegian international Frode Johnsen restored Nagoya’s lead after sixty-five minutes, but just two minutes later young Korean substitute Chong Te-se ensured that Kawasaki went home with a share of the spoils.
Albirex Niigata were the big movers, coming from behind to beat Vissel Kobe 3-1 in front of 38,667 fans at Big Swan Stadium and moving up to fourth place in the J-League as a result. They leapfrogged Kashiwa Reysol, who were held to a 0-0 draw by Omiya Ardija at Kashiwanoha Stadium. That was Omiya’s fifth match unbeaten – although they have only won once during that run – a 1-0 win over bottom club Yokohama FC.
Oita Trinita pulled off a coup recently by announcing that they had re-signed talented midfielder Tsukasa Umesaki from Grenoble, as well as young Sanfrecce …
The definition of happiness is spending time with the one you love; for me, that’s the television. Having accidentally flicked on to a science channel, I was intrigued by the following question, “What came first, the chicken or the egg?”
Armed with just Wayne Rooney, an egg, a 20 year old brunette from Manchester and a nightclub kitchen, I conducted an experiment that could easily land me a Nobel Prize.
Given only six minutes and 22 seconds in the controlled environment, Rooney completely ignored the opportunity to enjoy a nice boiled egg; instead, the Dominoqq game bird received his full attention.
Is Wayne Rooney a metaphor for life itself? I’ll let you be the judge. Are Man Utd a good bet to beat West Ham at 8/13? Undoubtedly. Sir Alex has neutered, sorry nurtured young Rooney along wonderfully; the big lad is available at 20/1 to score another three times.
Rio Ferdinand will play against his brother in a competitive match for the first time, there’s a 62% chance of Rio ending up with the bragging-rights; that’s almost two Ferds.
Alan Pardew suggested that Anton Ferdinand should change his hairstyle to differentiate himself from his brother. I’d like to suggest the Kevin Keegan style from the 70’s, as my Grandma used to say after senility kicked in, ‘The surly Ferd matches the perm’. You can back either brother to score at 11/2, both brothers finding the net is a 150/1 shot.
I’m not the type of man who makes disparaging comments about a person’s individual beliefs, but anyone who visits a psychic should be institutionalised. The wife is a prime example, when I questioned why she regularly throws her money away on such an obvious scam, she screamed, “It’s not a con, Zelda doesn’t even charge, she just asks for a voluntary £10 contribution.” If she was any slower she’d stop.
I’m a huge cynic of all things ‘supernatural’, although I have to admit to being slightly nervous when I received a videotape that was accompanied with a warning: ‘Watch this, and within 7 days you will die’. It turned out it was an entire episode of Soccer AM, and boredom related deaths were a genuine possibility.
There are a few people like the wife who believe that Arsenal’s new home is cursed. Even if the Emirates stadium was built on an Indian burial ground, with a tribe of Indians actually visiting at the time, there’s only one possible result when Sheff U roll into town. Back the Gunners at a spooky 1/5.
If anyone should be charging for psychic visions, it’s Roy ‘I see dead people’ Keane. The former United hard-man announced before the Arsenal match that Rooney had done nothing in the game; Wayne’s performance placed an exclamation mark at the end of his sentence. The tubster will be looking to regain his form when United travel to the Data Sgp…
As the rainy season, hopefully, comes to an end, the football season in South Korea is just past the halfway stage. It has been a very interesting and unusual campaign so far with some big fish struggling down in the murky waters while minnows play around in unfamiliar waters near the surface.
Usually, there is no smaller catch in the K-League than Gwangju Sangmu. The military club spends every season at the bottom. That is not a huge surprise considering that they are restricted to players on their two-year tour of duty and are not able to go out and sign exotic foreign stars, something that many clubs in the league are doing right now.
The addition of strikers Choi Sung-kuk has helped. The ‘Little Maradona’ has revitalized the team, adding invention, creation and, at the risk of going overboard, even a touch of magic from time to time. He has bagged seven goals, the same as strike partner Kim Myung-joong, a big man to compliment Choi.
Gwangju’s problem is a small squad that will struggle if injuries and suspensions take their toll. That hasn’t really happened yet but is always a worry. Recent results have taken a downturn with three straight defeats but the team is still in third-place and on course for a place in the end of season championship play-offs. For more info, check out – https://senatordarwinbooher.com/
The biggest fish this season and top of the standings is FC Seoul. …
Sigmund Freud was nothing but a hairy quack. My cantankerous nature is not the result of a repressed Oedipus complex; I only feel hostility towards my father because he’s really annoying.
Before senility kicked in, the old fellow would try in vain to act cool around my friends. I genuinely sympathise with anyone who has had to endure a similar ordeal; so naturally I have plenty of time for Shaun Wright-Phillips.
I must defend Shaun after allegations that he left a female guest in tears at his recent birthday bash. It’s been reported that the young lady broke down when Wright-Phillips allegedly snatched her camera. All she had to do was hold it up in the air.
I can’t be as forgiving in regard to the disgraceful behaviour of John Terry. I have no problem with the England captain publicly urinating in a cup; but hitting the dance floor remains a strict social faux pas for any self-respecting male.
Frank Lampard was on his best behaviour at the party, as he’s completely focused on his personal grudge match against West Ham. I guess it’s true about an elephant never forgetting. I’ve emailed myself a reminder to get on Chelsea at 1/3.
Email has definitely made my daily life more efficient, but it really annoys me when I receive about 40 emails a day asking me to buy Viagra. On reflection, I should never have shared my email address with the wife. Paul Jewell …
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