Posts Tagged ‘ Serie A ’

Old Futbol Buffet–Gunners Go Down, Spurs Sputter, United March On

Saturday

I missed the Manchester United match against Bolton due to my son’s floor hockey game, and wasn’t able to catch the replay. Scholes’ continued his signing of the year campaign with a goal and United ran out 3-0 winners. Spurs, who caught United on Wednesday after their win against Everton, were not able to keep pace as Wolves held them to a draw at White Hart Lane. After watching Sevilla against Espanyol, I switched over for the second half with Spurs down 1-0. The hosts pressured their guests and finally got the equalizer through a well struck shot by Modric. Spurs were very fluid but lacked a cutting edge in front of goal. The winner never came and the London team dropped two huge points ahead of their monumental clash against City next Sunday.

Sunday

My friend and I switched over for the last 15’ of the Arsenal game when we saw that it was 3-2 to Swansea. The Gunners could not find an equalizer and lost vital points in the race for Champions League qualification.

This might have been the weekend when the race for the Scudetto well and truly kicked off. Juventus were pegged back at home by Caligari, so the Milan Derby kicked off with AC Milan knowing that a victory would take them three points clear of Juve and deal a crucial blow to Inter. However, Ranieri’s men left the San Siro with a 1-0 win which keeps their hopes alive for domestic honors. With Udinese losing as well and Lazio rebounding from last week’s hammering, the top of the table is getting tight.

Juventus 38
AC Milan 37
Udinese 35
Lazio 33
Inter 32

Despite being unbeaten in the league and at the top of the table, things are not necessarily rosy for the Old Lady.  Aaron points to fatigue, form and a lack of rotation as Juventus were pegged back at home again againstCagliari.  Hopefully the Winter slide will be avoided as Juve try to win back the Scudetto.

Inter have worked themselves back in the title chase, thanks to Ranieri and Milito, as they beat city rivals AC Milan 1-0.  Paolo Bandini looked at the Nerazzuri’s resurgence, which is looking a lot like Roma’s amazing run two years ago.  In the rest of the league, top teams are struggling and Fiorentina are in trouble on and off the pitch.

Podcasts

Men in Blazers went over the old man tour (Henry and Scholes) while discussing the FA Cup and other results. Plus they had Macca on to discuss hair product, Darkie and the Euro 96 video.

Grant Wahl & Alexi Lalas had interesting comments regarding Messi’s legacy; Americans in Europe and MLS short term loans on the latest SI Soccer Roundtable.

Gabriele Marcotti was on the Off the Ball last Tuesday and started talking about Roberto Mancini the player and stated that he was the best player of his generation, a generation that included Baggio and Zola. Wow. Coming strong.

The guys at the Manchester United Redcast looked back at the victory over Bolton, the return of Paul Scholes, and the enigma of Anderson.  The panel also touched on Morrison’s situation before reminiscing about games against Arsenal, particularly in the FA Cup.

Weekend Warrior

Saturday is meh. United to get back on track and Bolton should provide that, while Spurs have become true title contenders.  Their victory over Everton in midweek brought them level with Manchester United and only three points behind City.  In Spain. Sevilla, in a slump, will be hosting Espanyol who got a late goal to draw with FCB last weekend in the league and came back in dramatic fashion in the Cup.

Sunday is full of goodness. Set your alarms as Atleti and Villarreal kick off at 6am EST. Yikes. Compelling game featuring two new managers but still it’s got DVR written all over it. Juventus hosts Cagliari Sunday morning.  With a win and a Milan slip up later in the day against Inter, the Old Lady could go top of the table. As for the Milan Derby, Inter continue their charge up the table.  A win for the Nerazzuri would close the gap between the neighbors to five points and put Inter back in the title conversation.

Sunday afternoon sees sixth placed Marseille host third placed Lille in a key Ligue Un clash.  A victory for the hosts would put them only two points behind the defending champions and keep them within touching distance of leaders PSG.  The day wraps up with FC Barcelona hosting Betis. The aforementioned draw has hurt their league chances and now there are two Clasicos in the Copa del Rey looming. Don’t be surprised if this in only a narrow victory against the vistitors.

All Times Eastern Standard Time

Saturday

10:00a EPL MUFC Bolton ESPN3
12:00p La Liga Sevilla Espanyol GolTV
5:00p EPL Tottenham Wolves FSC

Sunday

6:00a La Liga Atl. Madrid Villarreal ESPN3
9:00a Serie A Juventus Cagliari FSC/ESPN3
12:00p La Liga Athletic Bilbao Levante GolTV
2:30p Serie A AC Milan Inter Milan FSC
3:00p Ligue Un Marseille Lille FS+
3:30p La Liga FC Barcelona Betis GolTV

Weekend Warrior

While the Eredivisie and Bundesliga are still on break, La Liga and Serie A are back, plus there is the FA Cup 3rd Round.

Nothing really stands out for me in Serie A.  Juventus plays Lecce, but I’ll be watching City vs United so I’ll have to catch the Old Lady on replay.  There are several key games in La Liga: Málaga v AtléticoMadrid, Villarreal v Valencia, and Espanyol v Barcelona to name a few. In looking for FA Cup games, the pickings are pretty slim, but there is only one match that matters: the Manchester Derby on Sunday.

All Times Eastern Standard Time

Saturday

12:00p La Liga Levante Mallorca ESPN3
4:00p La Liga Malaga Atl. Madrid GolTV

Sunday

8:00a FA Cup MCFC MUFC FSC
12:00p La Liga Villarreal Valencia ESPN3
3:30p La Liga Espanyol Barcelona ESPN3

Weekend Warrior–Holiday Edition

The holidays are a time of gifts and family and football.  Starting Wednesday, there are plenty of games to watch over the holiday break (if that applies to you).  Serie A wraps up on Wednesday with a ginormous game between first and second.  The Premier League takes over from there to provide a needed distraction to yet another version of Dickens’ Christmas Carol or Fruit Cake or Uncle Eddie in his mock turtleneck sweater.  Enjoy.

Wednesday

12:00p Serie A                            Juventus                      v          Udinese                                FSC

(also on ESPN3)

2:45p   Premier League           Aston Villa                  v          Arsenal                                 ESPN3

3:00p   Premier League           Fulham                        v          Manchester United          FSC

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Thursday

3:00p   Premier League           Tottenham Hotspur     v         Chelsea                              ESPN2/3

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Monday 12/26

10:00a Premier League           Manchester United     v          Wigan Athletic                ESPN2/3

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Tuesday 12/27

2:30p   Premier League            Norwich City                 v          Tottenham                       FSC

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Friday 12/30

2:30p   Premier League            Liverpool                     v          Newcastle                          FSC

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Saturday 12/31

7:45a   Premier League            Manchester United     v          Blackburn Rovers       ESPN2/3

Weekend Warrior

Saturday is the day to sleep in, get your chores done and do your Christmas shopping, because Sunday is absolutely chock full of footy.  All Day.  The day starts at 5:30am ET with the Final of the FIFA Club World Cup, with most expecting it to be Santos v FCB.  This is followed by United’s trip to QPR, with the London side doing well against the big boys.  Later, we will see how City respond to their first league loss of the season as Arsenal come to visit.  There are great clashes in Serie A and Ligue Un as well.  Sunday afternoon Valencia and Malaga meet in a crucial La Liga clash.  Los Che need to win to consolidate third and Malaga need to win to keep up their push for fourth.

Enjoy.

Saturday

4:00p   La Liga                            Sevilla FC                           v          Real Madrid                  GolTV

Sunday

5:30a   FIFA Club World Cup                                                                                                       FSC

7:00a   Premier League           QPR                                      v          Manchester United    FS+

9:00a   Premier League           Aston Villa                        v          Liverpool                       FS+

11:00a Premier League           Manchester City             v          Arsenal                            FSC

2:30p   Serie A                            Napoli                                  v         Roma                                 FSC

3:00p   Ligue Un                        Paris Saint-Germain      v          Lille                                    FS+

3:30p   La Liga                            Valencia                             v          Málaga                              GolTV

5:00p   Premier League           Tottenham                       v          Sunderland                     FSC

(replay)

7:00p   FIFA Club World Cup                                                                                                      FSC

(replay)

Weekend Warrior

This weekend is dominated by one game: Real Madrid v FC Barcelona, El Clasico.  Due to my busy schedule, I doublebooked 4pm EST, so I’m having a friend DVR the game and we’ll watch it later that night.  I will be in complete blackout mode to watch the game plausibly live.  Very nervous too as I feel the Evil Empire may finally have their day in the sun.

As for other games of interest (to me) . . .

Saturday

10:00a

Premier League

Manchester United

v

Wolverhampton

ESPN2 & 3

12:00p

La Liga

Levante

v

Sevilla

GolTV

4:00p

La Liga

Real Madrid

v

FC Barcelona

GolTV

Sunday

11:00a

Premier League

Stoke City

v

Tottenham

FSC

11:30a

Bundesliga

VfB Stuttgart

v

Bayern Munich

GolTV

Monday

2:40p

Serie A

AS Roma

v

Juventus

FSC & ESPN3

2:50p

Premier League

Chelsea

v

Manchester City

ESPN3

I will probably miss the United game because I’ll be too busy for the nap that game will put me into.  Bayern will be looking to maintain their lead in the Bundesliga against 7th placed Stuttgart.  Don’t forget Monday with two epic games in SerieA and the EPL.

Strip Club–Private Dance Edition

Juventus_team_2001_02

2002 was one of the peaks of my football consumption. My wife and I had been married just over a year as that season came to a close, and we had rented the upstairs of a house in downtown Lansing that was, how shall we say, quaint, but it had cable, including Fox Soccer Channel, and that’s all that mattered to me.  Cable was a luxury that would be sacrificed after the birth of our child and moving into a house of our own.

The run-in to that season saw Arsenal stun United at Old Trafford 1-0 to win the title; Valencia win La Liga for the first time since 1971; Real Madrid crush Leverkusen’s dreams hopes for European glory with a memorable strike from Zidane; but most of all it saw Juventus go for the double in Italy.

david_trezeguet

Heading into that campaign, the Old Lady strengthened their squad by signing Buffon, Thuram, Nedved, and Salas (totally forgot he played for Juve), adding to David Trezeguet the year before. Without a title since 1998, Juventus won their 26th Scudetto after Inter threw it away on the last day of the season. Led by Trezeguet’s 24 goals, the Bianconeri nearly won the double, falling to Parma on away goals in the Coppa Italia Final after winning 2-1 in Turin and losing 1-0 at the Tardini. In the Champions League they breezed through the opening group stage (remember the five minutes in Champions League history when there were two group stages before the quarters?) before being drawn into a tough with Bayer Leverkusen, Deportivo La Coruna and Arsenal. Look at the final table and how competitive it was.

Team

Pld

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Pts

 Bayer Leverkusen

6

3

1

2

11

11

0

10

 Deportivo La Coruña

6

3

1

2

7

6

+1

10

 Arsenal

6

2

1

3

8

8

0

7

 Juventus

6

2

1

3

7

8

−1

7

Bayer would go on to the final and Arsenal won the Premier League, while Depor would fall to Manchester United. Earning one point against Depor is what scuppered the Old Lady’s chances of progression.

juve away 2003

I couldn’t find a clean pic of the jersey (see above for a pic that I took), much less in long sleeves, so I refer to you to Colours of Football.

ita_juventus_2_0102

I really hated the kits of the Lotto years (the only other one Lotto got right was the silver jersey of 2000-01), but I remember seeing Juventus run out against Celtic in the all black strip, and I was instantly in lust.  Anyway, what a game, 4-3 to the Scottish team. I found this highlights package, including the goals and the panel remembering that night.  Tough loss but what a game and what an atomsphere.

The jersey was great, with the Lotto patches on the sleeves usually looking out of place, but, in this case, providing a nice accent. The jersey held up well after ten years and I loved wearing it on cool nights. My only complaint is that the cuffs were too big. This one became another victim of my kit purge and I passed it on to Peter Alegri, a lifetime Juventino. Forza Juve!!

Weekend Warrior

This Saturday is shaping up to another feast of footy. Newcastle continues to run the gauntlet with Chelsea coming to town; BMG v BvB in a top of the table Bundesliga clash; United try to get back to winning ways against Villa; and Barcelona try to keep the pressure on Real Madrid while creating some distance between themselves and their opponents, Levante.

Sunday sees Feyenoord Rotterdam hosting PSV in a battle between two of the top teams in Holland; and Juventus host Cesena after their epic match against Napoli in midweek.

Enjoy.

Saturday
7:45a
Premier League
Newcastle United
v
Chelsea
ESPN 2
9:30a
Bundesliga
Bayern Munich
v
Werder Bremen
ESPN3
9:30a
Bundesliga
Monchengladbach
v
Borussia Dortmund
GolTV
12:00p
La Liga
Racing
v
Villarreal
GolTV
12:30p
Premier League
Manchester United
v
Aston Villa
FSC
2:00p
La Liga
Barcelona
v
Levante
GolTV
4:00p
La Liga
Valencia
v
Espanyol
ESPN3
5:00p
Premier League
Tottenham
v
Bolton(replay)
FS+
Sunday
7:00a
Eredivisie
Feyenoord
v
PSV Eindhoven
ESPN3
9:00a
Serie A
Juventus
v
Cesena
FSC
9:00a
Serie A
Fiorentina
v
AS Roma

Weekend Warrior–Come for the Turkey, Stay for the Footy

I thought last weekend was amazing.  The weekend coming up is absolutely fantastic.  A couple of weeks ago the games started to come in to focus and I quickly emailed my brother about what was in store for us Thanksgiving weekend.  What a slate.  Newcastle continue to have their title credentials examined, this time against the other team from Manchester. Another London Derby, the Madrid Derby, and a Serie A title tilt between Juventus and Lazio. Then Sunday Liverpool, fresh from their huge win over Chelsea, host league leaders Manchester City.

Between all of these games and some big college football games, there won’t be much physical activity done or family time spent this weekend.

Saturday

9:55a

Premier League

West Brom

v

Tottenham

FS+

9:55a

Premier League

Manchester United

v

Newcastle

ESPN3

12:30p

Premier League

Arsenal

v

Fulham

FSC

2:00p

La Liga

Real Madrid

v

Atlético Madrid

ESPN3

2:30p

Serie A

Lazio

v

Juventus

FSC & ESPN3

4:00p

La Liga

Getafe

v

Barcelona

Gol TV

Sunday

11:00a

Premier League

Liverpool

v

Manchester City

FSC

Weekend Warrior

As I checked the TV listings, I realized that Saturday is a true footballing smorgasbord.  Several things have to happen between now and then for me to partake: one, have to help my son get his homework done; two, clean the house; three, rake leaves; and four, get some sort of hall pass from the wife.  Plan the work; work the plan.

As for Sunday, hopefully I can wake up to catch the Juventus game, then get something done before Sevilla v Bilbao.  If not, I’ll have to try to catch the replays later that night.  (All times ET.)

SATURDAY

12:00

La Liga Villarreal v Betis GOLTV

12:30

Bundesliga Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund ESPN3

12:30

EPL Swansea City v Manchester United FSC

2:00

La Liga Barcelona v Zaragoza GOLTV

4:00

La Liga Valencia v Real Madrid ESPN3
SUNDAY

9:00

Serie A Juventus v Palermo FSC

11:00

EPL Chelsea v Liverpool FSC

12:00

La Liga Sevilla v Athletic Bilbao ESPN3