Footy In A Week

Quick overview..

Since I have not been able to post new stuff on the blog, here’s a quick overview of what has been happening around:

* Fiorentina and Lazio are back into Serie A, after both clubs appealed against the original ruling. They also had their points deduction reduced. Same goes to Juventus and AC Milan, as both had point deduction reduced as well, but Juventus are still dropping to Seria B, though they have a bettech chance on returning to Seria A next season. While AC Milan are now given back their spot in the Champions League (official declarion awaited). Inter Milan were also handed over last season’s 2005/2006 league title.

* Ruud Van Nistelrooy switched to Real Madrid afterall, after I had initially reported it two weeks ago.

* Valencia striker Mista has signed for Atletico Madrid, while Fernando Torres has declared that he will be staying at Atletico.

* Manchester United have signed Tottenham and English international midfielder Michael Carrick for 18m pounts.

* Chealse sold both Del Horno (to Valencia) and Duff (to Newcastle), while Liverpool gave up on Daniel Alves and signed Jermaine Pennant.


Champions League snub for Chelsea
July 18, 2006, 1:17 pm
Filed under: Champions League

Chelsea will remain among the second seeds for the Champions League next season despite the almost-certain exclusion of Juventus and AC Milan from the competition.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool will be among the eight top seeds for the draw but even with the top Italian sides missing Chelsea remain among the second seeds. French champions Lyon will benefit, however, as they will now become one of the top seeds.

Top pot of seeds for Champions League according to current UEFA co-efficient:

1 Barcelona (Spa) 127.0pts, 2 Real Madrid (Spa) 120.0, 3 Inter Milan (Ita) 112.0+, 4 Liverpool (Eng) 105.9*, 5 Arsenal (Eng) 101.9*, 6 Man Utd (Eng) 100.9, 7 Valencia (Spa) 95.0*, 8 Lyon (Fra) 89.7.

Second seeds:
9 Porto (Por) 87.5, 10 PSV Eindhoven (Hol) 81.6, 11 Bayern Munich (Ger) 80.9, 12 Chelsea (Eng) 79.9, 13 Roma (Ita) 76.0+, 14 Ajax (Hol) 60.6*, 15 Celtic (Sco) 60.0, 16 Lille (Fra) 54.7.

40 Hearts (Sco) 20.0; 64 Cork City (Irl) 1.4, 68 Linfield (NIr) 0.77, 69 The New Saints FC (Wal) 0.77.

(* denotes needs to qualify, + denotes may change if Juventus and AC Milan win appeals in Italy against match-fixing punishment).

The first round qualifications of the Champions League are already underway.

The Arabic European Super Cup
May 24, 2006, 3:25 pm
Filed under: Champions League, Misc.

The Arabic FA are in talks with Champions League winners Barcelona to organize a football match between them and current Arab Champions League winners Al-Raja Al-Baydawi. The Arabic FA is hoping to make this match a yearly competition between winners of of both Champions Leagues.

source (in arabic)

May 19, 2006, 3:38 am
Filed under: Champions League


Last night’s finale
May 18, 2006, 4:27 pm
Filed under: Champions League, Video

Nothing beats last year though 🙂

Here's a cool video. Last year's final remade in Pro Evolution Soccer.

Lehmann red card awards barca title
May 18, 2006, 2:18 am
Filed under: Champions League

For the second year running, an English club brought heroic defiance to the Champions League final. Arsenal showed all of Liverpool’s courage and resolve last night but, while it brought them great credit, it could not secure them the cup.

Lehmann was dismissed after he rushed out of his goal and tripped monkey Eto'o, clipping an ankle with his hand. The ball rolled to Ludovic Giuly who scored in the empty net – but referee Terje Hauge had blown for a free-kick, a yard outside the penalty area. And Arsenal's German international goalkeeper, outstanding all season, was shown the red card.

The Gunners, who played for 72 minutes with 10 men after Jens Lehmann was sent off, led tonight's Champions League final through Sol Campbell's 37th-minute header.

They hung on until the 76th minute, at times under siege from the Spanish champions. But Samuel Eto'o levelled and sub Juliano Belletti smashed in the winner, nine minutes from time as Barcelona won their first European Cup for 14 years and only their second in their history.

UEFA omit Linesman after wearing Barca shirt
May 17, 2006, 2:32 am
Filed under: Champions League

Norwegian assistant referee Ole Hermann Borgan was last night stripped of his duties for the European Cup final by Uefa after being photographed by a newspaper in his home country in a Barcelona shirt.

While Borgan admitted his actions had been stupid he said he would have been impartial, but Uefa has decided against using him and will replace him with fellow Norwegian Arild Sundet. Sundet was not in Paris last night, but will fly in this morning to assist referee Terje Hauge, another Norwegian.

Before Uefa acted the Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger played down the issue. [Officials] will always work hard and honestly," he said. "The fact that he wore a Barça shirt does not change my mind."