Posts Tagged ‘ Serie A ’

Weekend Warrior

The weekend will be dominated by El Clasico but there are plenty of other good games on as well.

In England, Chelsea looks to keep their week of glory going with a game against Arsenal.  The Blues are already in the FA Cup and have FCB on the ropes.  Could they sneak fourth place as well?  United play Everton on Sunday.  A win and the pressure will really be on City next week.

La Liga is coming to a close the race to avoid relegation could get tight, especially if Villarreal drop points and Zaragoza continues their run.  As for the European places, it’s anyone’s guess who will finish in the top six.

Serie A resumes and Juventus host Roma in game that is important for both squads.  Juve will want to win to stay clear of AC Milan, while Roma need all three points to maintain their Europa League spot and give them hope for finishing third.

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Saturday

7:30a EPL Arsenal Chelsea ESPN3
2:00p La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid GolTV/ESPN3

Sunday

5:55a La Liga Real Sociedad Villarreal ESPN3
7:30a EPL Manchester Utd Everton FSC
9:50a La Liga Racing Santander Athletic Bilbao ESPN3
12:00p La Liga Atlético Madrid Espanyol GolTV
2:40p Serie A Juventus Roma ESPN3

Midweek Warrior–Be Sick on Wednesday

Take Wednesday off.  I can’t but you should.  Epic games in big leagues that could determine the where the championships end up.

2:00p    Bundesliga         Borussia Dortmund x Bayern Munich        GolTV

1st against 2nd.  If Bayern wins, they catch Dortmund and would have the momentum.

2:40p    Serie A              Juventus vs. Lazio                                  ESPN3

Juventus finally overtook AC Milan and this will be a tough game as the Old Lady tries to win back the scudetto.

4:00p    La Liga              Atl. Madrid x RealMadrid                        GolTV

Real Madrid stumbled at the weekend and will need all three points to keep FCB at arms length before El Clasico on 4/21.

Weekend Warrior

Don’t have time to craft this post. Let me just say, WATCH. Serie A, La Liga, EPL, even Portuguese Super Liga. Get in front of an electronic device and soak it in.

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Saturday

12:30p Serie A Palermo v Juventus FS+/ESPN3
2:00p La Liga Zaragoza x Barcelona GolTV
3:30p Portugal Braga vs. FC Porto ESPN3
4:00p La Liga Betis x Villarreal GolTV

Sunday
5:55a La Liga Levante vs. Atletico de Madrid ESPN3
8:30a EPL Manchester Utd. v Queens Park Rangers FSC
10:30a EPL Arsenal v Manchester City FSC
12:00p La Liga Ath. Bilbao x Sevilla GolTV
3:25p La Liga Real Madrid vs. Valencia ESPN2/3

Old Futbol Buffet–What I Missed

My life has been super super busy.  I have been trying to keep up on events going inEurope, which has been tough.

Two Saturdays ago I spent six hours at the local bar watching Chelsea v Spurs, Arsenal v Aston Villa (with an eye on Liverpool v Wigan) and then Real Mallorca against FC Barcelona.  Needless to say a nap was on the cards afterwards.

The London Derby wasn’t that great of a game.  Spurs seemed to be completely out of sorts with Bale drifting inside while Mata seemed awfully subdued for the Blues.  There were very few moments of quality: Adebayor’s run down the sideline and Walker’s terrible run to goal; free kicks from Bale and Mata; and double save on VdV. 2 pts from last 15 for spurs.  They will be lucky to hang to fourth.  (Did manage make the FA Cup semis against Chelsea though.)

Arsenal ran circles around Villa.  Albrighton had one nice run for the Villains but that’s about all I can remember from the visitors.  Once Given let in a soft goal from Gibbs, the writing was on the wall.  The goals from Theo and Arteta were simply spectacular.

Midweek saw the return of the Champions League, with Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Chelsea all but booked their places in the semis, with the gigantic clash between AC Milan and FC Barcelona still in the balance.  The game was entertaining but the surface and the lack of finishing kept the gloss of the game.  Zonal Marking examined the narrowness of FCB (until the introduction of Tello) and the organized pressing from the Rossoneri in his post.

The weekend in the Premiership saw more surprising results, with Arsenal losing to QPR and Wigan winning again in a dramatic last push to avoid relegation. Liverpool lost again but that’s not really a shock.  The biggest shock had to be Sunderland leading City 3-1 at the Eithad, before the blue team of Manchester pulled it back for a 3-3 draw.  If United beat Blackburn, then the Citizens may have kissed the title good bye.

The Men in Blazers pod this week was a mixed bag.  Roger’s phone line fromLiverpool was not stellar, but the banter on the previous week’s fixtures was great.  The guys spent a moment remembering Giorgio Chinaglia, who passed away last week.

Scott the Red is seeing his prediction for league honors come good in his post match wrap as United finally broke down a determined Blackburn team with two stunning goals from Valencia and Young.  I had the game on the background at work and, while it always looked like United were in control, there were some nervy moments.  As usual, I looked away and both goals were scored.  United have QPR on Sunday and if they win, surely City will feel the pressure against Arsenal.

One issue that has bothered me this season is Evra’s form for the Red Devils, which Doron addressed at stretford-end.com.  He examined all of the factors affecting the Frenchman—playing almost every minute this season, dealing with Suarez incident, negotiating the tendencies of the players around—and feels that United are lucky to have a player of his caliber.  Yes his form has dipped slightly but the rest of Europe would kill to have him.  Decent perspective, but next year Fabio has got to put up or shut up, so that Evra can be phased out.

In Serie A, Juventus thumped Napoli 3-0 to get within two points of AC Milan.  The title race is definitely back on and should be a fantastic finish.

Aaron and Marco of Juventiknows looked back at the Juventus game against Napoli which featured a comprehensive second half that produced 3 goals without replay.  Although Conte’s selections still cause some head scratching and face palms, you can’t argue with the results.  30 games unbeaten, two behind the leaders, and an easier run-in.  How great would it be if ADP ended his Juventus career by lifting the scudetto?

Speaking of dramatic title races, keep an eye on Portugal, Germany and Holland.  Epic finishes ahoy!!

PORTUGAL

Porto 60
Benfica 59
Braga 58

Ben Shave was on Beyond the Pitch to talk about the Portuguese League as the a dramatic run-in approaches.  Great information about the traditional powers and some of the surprising stories like Maritimo and Guimaraes.  They also discussed where AVB might land after his short time at Chelsea.

GERMANY

Borussia Dortmund 63
Bayern Munich 60

HOLLAND

Ajax Amsterdam 58
AZ Alkmaar 57
Twente Enschede 55
PSV Eindhoven 54
Feyenoord Rotterdam 54
Heerenveen 54

Finally, Jonathan Wilson looked ahead to England’s Euro 2012 campaign by reminding readers of the events of the last two years.  His verdict: And soEngland, with three months to go until Euro 2012, is without a manager, without a captain and, frankly, without much of a clue.

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Podcasts

Phil and Doron were back on Beyond the Pitch to look at news around Old Trafford, with the Reds picking up three vital points against Fulham.  Doron did an extensive look at Academy prospects and gave an update on the reserves.  Possible transfer window possibilities were discussed, focusing on Macheda and Berbatov.

Roberto Gotta was on Beyond the Pitch as well to discuss Serie A.  Inter took center stage as they have hired their 17th coach in 17 years.  Plus the guys looked at AC Milan down the stretch.

Grant Wahl and Alexi Lalas discussed the US’s failure to qualify for the London Olympics on the SI Soccer Roundtable and what that might mean for the coaches, players and program down the road. Interesting thoughts and well worth a listen.

Graham Hunter and Jonathan Wilson were Off the Ball Tuesday to discuss the FC Barcelona v AC Milan. Wilson pointed out that FCB’s manipulation of the refs does not cover them in glory and feels that this year’s vintage is not of the same standard as previous years.  Hunter praised the Blaugrana and thoroughly enjoyed the encounter between the European heavyweights.

Weekend Warrior

Quite a weekend is in store as there are crucial match ups inItaly,SpainandEngland.

Saturday starts things off early with Spurs travelling to Stamford Bridge, having only gained one point from their last 12.  The Blues fell late on to City midweek so their response will be critical.  From there Milan host Roma, who have been improving as of late. Milan must get three points to keep Juventus four points behind them.  The afternoon is filled with La Liga action with FCB playing before Madrid who have stumbled as of late.  A win for the Blaugrana would cut the deficit to three before Los Merengues host Sociedad right after.  Two draws have seen Mourinho’s men lose a ten point lead.  The final match of the day is Valencia travelling to Getafe.  Los Che were stunned in midweek by bottom of the table Zaragoza and are now only three points ahead of Levante.

Sunday gets off an early start as well as the Old Firm match comes to Fox Soccer.  That is followed by Espanyol against Malaga.  Pellegrini’s men are on quite a run and Espanyol need the points to keep their faint European hopes alive. Bilbao host relegation candidates Gijon and need three points to get off their recent slide.  Finally the Italian Derby wraps up things.  Inter travel to the new Juventus Arena in all sorts of trouble—poor form, coach on the hot seat and may not qualify for Europe.  Meanwhile the hosts, buoyed by a 5-0 thrashing of Fiorentina last weekend and knocking AC Milan out of the Coppa Italia, will be looking for all three points as they chase the Scudetto.

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SATURDAY

8:30a EPL Chelsea Tottenham ESPN2/3
12:55p SerieA AC Milan Roma ESPN3
1:00p La Liga Mallorca FC Barcelona GolTV
2:50p La Liga Real Madrid Real Sociedad ESPN3
4:55p La Liga Getafe Valenica ESPN3

SUNDAY

8:00a SPL Rangers Celtic FSC
10:30a La Liga Espanyol Malaga GolTV
12:30a La Liga Ath. Bilbao Sporting Gijon GolTV
2:40p SerieA Juventus Inter FSC/ESPN3

Weekend Warrior

This weekend is problematic for me on several levels.  One, just found out my son is involved in yet another floor hockey tournament.  Seriously, this needs to be over.  Two, Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day, which prevents me from watching games at my favorite pub.  Three, March Madness has started so my eyes will be inexorably drawn towards those games.  But there are some really good fixtures over the weekend so I will attempt some sort of balance.

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Saturday

1:30p FA Cup Tottenham Bolton FSC
3:00p La Liga Sevilla FC Barcelona ESPN3
3:30p Serie A Juventus Fiorentina FSC

Sunday

9:30p EPL Wolves Manchester United FSC
1:00p La Liga Atl. Bilbao Valencia GolTV
4:30p La Liga Real Madrid Malaga GolTV

Weekend Warrior

Hoping to take a breath this weekend and get caught.  I’m involved in several things and am way behind in each of them.  Of course there is footy to be watched, so here is smattering of decent games this weekend.  Am going to try to catch Malaga v Levante for sure.  We’ll see about the rest.

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Saturday

12:30p EPL Everton Tottenham FSC
2:30p La Liga Malaga Levante GolTV

Sunday

9:55a Serie A Genoa Juventus ESPN3
10:00a EPL Man United West Brom FSC
1:00p La Liga Racing FC Barcelona GolTV
4:30p La Liga Osasuna Atl. Bilbao GolTV