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Soccer Is Life: Possession In Football/Soccer Is Useless As A Measure For Dominance

In the aftermath of the Champions League clash between Manchester United and Real Madrid (1-2) the discussions are heated. Reporters, fans and otherwise acknowledged experts debate who deserved the win. One word that comes repeatedly to the surface is “possession”. Here is the explanation of possession in football/soccer: Continue reading

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With the next round of the UEFA Champions League just round the corner, we decided to take a closer look at one of the big ties as we reach the last 16.

Gareth Bale could join every European top club – Spurs star looking for international competition

Bale future could be elsewhere – Fox Soccer

Gareth Bale is one of the major stars in the Barclay’s English Premier League. While he is certainly proud to play for Wales, the fact doesn’t help his international career. Not being able to play at the big tournaments like a World Cup or the European Championship must be a major bummer for him. It is a similar situation like the one for Ryan Giggs, Manchester United’s superstar for almost 20 years. While he experienced the same faith with the National Team, Giggs is Welsh like Bale, he played in a top team and had plenty of international exposure.

There is nothing wrong with Bales checking on his possibilities to join a club that is playing for glory in the Champions League. Bale has quality to offer and would fit into the top teams in Europe. Bale leaving Spurs would be a major loss for the ambitions of Tottenham and could certainly put a stop on their efforts to establish a presence in the Champions League.

It has to be seen how Spurs can compete over the last few games and what eventually the outcome will be. After looking like a major competitor for third place in the Premier League, their hotness cooled down substantially. Inexperience and the continued rumors that Harry Redknapp will drop Spurs for the England job, ruined a promising campaign for Spurs.

 

It can be done – Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho claim La Liga Title from Barca and Pep Guardiola

Saturday’s clasico between the two soccer heavy weights Real Madrid and Barca once again delivered an outstanding soccer event worth watching. Saturday’s winner: Real Madrid. With a deserved win over their rival from Barcelona, Real has more or less secured the championship in La Liga.  With four games left, Real is seven points ahead of Barca and can only lose the title if Christmas and Easter fall on the same day.

Sami Khedira put Real up, while Alexis goal tied the game for a few minutes until Cristiano Ronaldo took Oezil’s master pass and secured the win for Real.

The much anticipated clash between the giants demonstrated that Barca can be beaten at Camp Nou. While Barca dominated possession, Real, like Chelsea in the middle of the week, controlled the game from a defensive position. With Real shutting down the major supply lines Messi, Xavi and Iniesta, Barca couldn’t develop the grip it takes to break the Real defense.  Dangerous attacking by Real also kept Barca honest when it comes to establishing overwhelming pressure. Very rarely was Barca able to confuse Real’s defense and when it happened the few opportunities were generously wasted.

Jose Mourinho, who is in the firing line of the press for month, should have a good night sleep and sweet dreams for the night. The Portuguese is on the hitlist of the entire soccer press around the world after deciding not to speak to the press anymore. Since soccer knowledge is usually low in the soccer press, but personal revenge need high, the coach had to listen and read all kind of nonsense over the past weeks. Since the midweek loss at Bayern Munich the heat has turned up and the press claimed and reported all kind of stuff from tactical mistakes to personal issues and back. The win against Barca and the win of La Liga should ease the pressure for the Portuguese, at least until the second leg champions league semi final against Bayern Munich.

Real is facing Bayern Munich on Wednesday and Real is under pressure to overcome a 2-1 deficit in order to reach the champions league final. With Saturday’s presentation against Barca, Real should be ready for the Germans.

Barca on the other hand has to overcome a few other obstacles in order to reach the final.  It will be interesting to see how the success spoiled team is dealing with a mini crisis after two consecutive losses in major games. Failing to overcome the 1-0 deficit against Chelsea on Tuesday will leave the Catalan’s with nothing else than the Copa del Rey, or even nothing.  The same result has left Real on the receiving end of healthy laughter from parts of the press last year.

It is very well possible that the dream of a champions league final between Real and Barca will be busted in the coming week. Bayern Munich and Chelsea are travelling to Spain with the determination to defend their lead and will fight with the knife between their teeth. Both have major motivations and issues themselves and are fighting for European participation next season and in Bayern’s case, for participation in the final in their own stadium.  Full Report and Comment Section

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

Chelsea and a New Start

According to AVB, Chelsea is now out for the title race in the Barclay’s English Premier League. One could now be a smart a.. and ask “what took you so long”? Well, he is right, there is no reason for Chelsea to discuss anything about the top two spots in the league. It is much more appropriate to take a look at third place and think of the opportunities in that matter. Continue reading

Experts opinion…

Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel in the Champions League?

Champions League and Europa League Draw…

Powershift in the Champions League?

5 things we learned from the Champions League

Valencia flying high – Genk an Embarrassment

Gunners in the second round – So far as the only English Club

Chelsea Mini Crisis has Potential for Catastrophy

Tuesday’s Champions League Results and Reports – Overview