He may be arrogant and cocky, but surely everyone would agree that Mario Balotelli is a class act after he scored a double in Manchester City‘s humiliating 1 – 6 defeat over Manchester United on Sunday.
‘It was a bad one, I can’t believe it’, said Sir Alex Ferguson after the match. It was the heaviest defeat for Sir Alex in his 25 years at Old Tafford.
‘The red card killed us,’ said Ferguson. Jonny Evans received a red card at the start of the second half which obviously had a huge impact on the game.
Goals for City: Balotelli 22, 60, Aguero 68, Dzeko 90, 90+3, Silva 90+1
Days have never been darker for Arsene Wenger. An ever growing list of banned and injured game changing players, a frustrated fan base that’s beginning to turn like werewolves at full moon and to add a kick in the ribs, it’s been 115 years since Arsenal last conceded 8 goals.
It was a day where a notable 5-1 drumming of Spurs by Manchester City was forced to take back seat. Danny Welbeck rewarded the Gaffer’s faith in him once again by drawing first blood in the 22nd minute. Welbeck broke away from Djourou as Anderson chipped a cheeky pass over the backline, taking advantage of Wojciech Szczesny’s hesitation and headed the home side’s first off the bounce. Robert van Persie had a chance to make it 1-1 from the penalty spot, but placed a predictable attempt to the left which was well saved by David De Gea, granting him some redemption after recent performances. United took advantage of the Dutchman’s failure to make any impact and immediately pushed back up the field to see Ashley Young net the host’s second with a mesmerizing curler in the top right corner.
Some people say you are what you eat (which means I’m in bigger trouble than I thought!) Others feel that it is your religion, sexual preference or even political affiliation that defines you. Then there’s a school of thought that maintain the colours you wear, determine your being. This might sound a touch superficial, but only if misunderstood and viewed in the wrong context. If you assume that they’re referring to expensive attire, the latest trendy gear or high-end fashion apparel, you’d be sorely mistaken. C’mon people, this is not and never will be Sex And The City, that’s just not how we roll…
This sentiment is rooted in something much more substantial and far less trivial, namely supporters’ colours. The very fabric that distinguishes binds and endears you to a select group. These matters that appears so fundamental to the tools inherent to making an on the spot, split second family differential. Imagine a staunch Manchester United supporter (I’m feeling nauseous already) sporting the famous Red Devil shirt, tucking into a Cornish pasty, washing it down with a luke-warm “widow-maker” ale. Have you got the mental picture? Scary isn’t it?! Now imagine this lout taking a seat slap-bang in the middle of the Kop section at Anfield.
Argentina’s most successful club took a very heartbreaking bow out of the Primera División for the first time in their 110year existence on Sunday, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by National B side Belgrano in the second leg of the Relegation/Promotion play-off.
For those fairly new to international club football, the fall of the boys from Buenos Aires is the equivalent to Manchester United being escorted out of the Premier League.
River Plate was already facing an uphill battle after losing 2-0 in the first leg in Cordoba last Wednesday evening. (more…)
Manchester United star Ryan Giggs had an affair with his brother’s wife of eight years.
His brother, Rhodri Giggs told The Sun newspaper that ’I was with her on Saturday but I’m not with her now’. They split up on Sunday.
Rhodri’s wife Natasha (28) apparently started seeing Ryan before she began dating his younger brother Rhodri. News of the World claimed that Ryan slept with Natasha a day after his 8-year-old daughter and the day after his four-year-old son was born.
The affair allegedly continued until April 9 this year.
His parent fling with former Big Brother housemate Imogen Thomas convinced his sister-in-law to tell her tale.
“When I found out he was cheating with Imogen too, I was really hurt,” she told the paper through a ‘friend’.
Every week, football fans pass each other in the office hallways, gather on the factory floor and around the water coolers at gym. We discuss the games to come, the potential outcomes and how those results will determine the fates and fortunes of our favourite clubs and players. That’s what makes the UEFA Champions League Final the immensely magnetic event that it is.
There are NO more league games left. No more bouts of football that offer log position changing results or reputation creating moments for the hungriest of players. All but one is done. One final battle that all fans will be focused on, and if the club you support isn’t involved in this massive spectacle, then you’re inevitably picking a side.
Saturday, 28th May 2011. Not only is it the biggest annual club match in the world, but this years final also sported two of the biggest clubs in the world. Both sides last featured in a Champions League Final in 2009, when Barcelona claimed a comfortable 2-0 victory over Manchester United at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
In the red corner: Manchester United have sported a less convincing side this past season than what we’ve become accustomed to seeing, yet Fergie‘s men showed a top-shelf level of discipline and consistency that overshadowed teams that seemed bigger challengers on paper. This proved to be key in their haul of a record 19th Premier League title and their climb to the Champions League final.
In the blue corner: FC Barcelona have had a tremendous 2010-2011 La Liga campaign, not only winning the Spanish league for the 3rd consecutive season, but beating Jose Mourinho’s superstar-studded Real Madrid side in what was a two horse race for the title.
Requiring only a point to lift their 12th championship of Sir Alex Ferguson’s incredible reign, United had fallen behind in the first half when Brett Emerton’s far-post drive gave Blackburn a shock lead.
With Tomasz Kuszczak’s nerves affecting his team-mates, for a while, United looked to be heading for a nerve-jangling final-day ending with Blackpool.
But help was at hand in the form of Rovers keeper Paul Robinson, who needlessly slid out on Javier Hernandez.