Tag Archives: Carling Cup

Dark Clouds over Manchester

Saturday’s FA Cup match between Liverpool and Manchester United put some expression of concern of all Manchester soccer fans’ face. While it was United that lost and excused themselves from the FA Cup, on the blue side of town things are no less a concern. Both clubs started into the season with hopes and ambitions in different competitions. And, a number of “pots” was expected on both sides and in the soccer world, not only in the English, in general. Now, for both, there are two opportunities left” The Europa League and the Barclay’s English Premier League Title. Continue reading

Soccer is big today: Liverpool – Manchester City and El Clasico, Barca – Real Madrid

Today is soccer day: 2:30pm, Fox Soccer Channel, Liverpool – Manchester City, 2nd leg, Carling Cup

4:00pm, GolTV, El Clasico, Barca – Real Madrid, one of the biggest soccer matches, the world is watching.

Manchester United, Manchester City – Only one can save the season

Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League game day has delivered some big surprises. England’s top contenders, Manchester United and Manchester City, both got the boot. While City’s failure to reach the knock-out stages was almost sealed on game day five, United’s loss at FC Basel came as “the hammer” of the group stages. Under-performing during the entire campaign, it came down to the last game and a single point was needed out of the game against Basel. While in soccer everything is possible, it was hard to believe United will not gather that one single point out of a “one-game-competition” against the Swiss. Continue reading

Carling Cup has it…

Carling Cup Semi Final

Wenger warns City


Arsenal’s desire for a Title! Empty handed again?

Last Sunday’s loss against Birmingham City in the Carling Cup final is just another blow in Arsenal’s attempt to end a five year drought and period without glory and silverware. Optimists could say, well, one down, three more to go. Meaning, there are still three competitions left and Arsenal is in all of them. Yes, that’s true, however, taking a closer look, they could very well lose all opportunities in a very short period of time. Today, the replay of the 5th round FA-Cup against Leyton-Orient should not be a problem, shouldn’t it? We have seen more unlikely things to happen, everything is possible. Fabregas out, Walcott and van Persie out is not necessarily in support of Arsenal trying to beat the underdog. Those cup competitions have their issues. It is, however, expected that the Gunners make it into the next round. Guess who is waiting? Manchester United at Old Trafford! Two down, two more to go?

The next blow could happen next week in the Champions League in Barcelona. Lionel Messi and his friends are eager for a pay-back for the 1st leg loss at the Emirates. And, realistically, how good are Arsenal’s chances to survive in Camp Nou? Fabregas far from being fit and questionable for that game, so are Theo Walcott and van Persie. In my opinion, these are important players and without those cornerstones it is going to be difficult, to say the least. It can very well be three down, one more to go, right?

In the Barclay’s English Premier League the Gunners rank second. Fighting to catch up with Manchester United for the place on top and winning the championship in the Premier League. While doing so, they also have to deal with the hungry folks from Manchester City and, now again, Chelsea. A crisis, caused by injury or lost moral and confidence, can have fatal consequences for the Gunners up to losing Champions League qualification. Four down, nothing left, except empty hands, again?

Gunners supporters will call this scenario pessimistic, and it might be. From today’s view, all of this can very well happen. Soccer has a few dynamics that just can’t be controlled. Right now is a time when only the old soccer rule “eat or die” must be considered, even for a team like Arsenal. The season, all competitions, are in the last quarter and now you need to be able to bite and overcome obstacles. Arsenal has quite a few to overcome.

Carling Cup: Arsenal’s drought goes on! Birmingham City: Europe, here we come!

>Birmingham FC will play in Europe in the 2011/12 season. While lucky, the 2-1 win was deserved and earned with determination and passion. Martins’ 88th min. goal decided the Carling Cup final in favor of Birmingham City. For Birmingham it is the first titel since 1963 and will serve as a boost in their fight in the Barclay’s Premier League.

Arsenal’s titel drought goes on. While competing in all national and international competitions for 6 years and having another titel up for crab, the loss today leaves the Gunners starving. Arsenal has three more opportunities to end the drought, but today’s Carling Cup final seemed to be the easiest opportunity for a letterhead change.