Tag Archives: FA Cup

English FA Cup: Chelsea vs. Manchester City – Prediction

Favourit has analysed both Chelsea and Manchester City as they prepare for their FA Cup semi final at Wembley Stadium. Continue reading

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

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

Party in Manchester: United takes Championship, City takes FA-Cup

Today is a day we will probably not see again for a while, if ever. The entire City of Manchester is celebrating, no matter what colors are supported. Both clubs won silverware today. United took the Championship and City won the FA-Cup thanks to a goal from Yaya Toure. Congratulations to the City of Manchester to two outstanding soccer teams.

Sir Alex Ferguson - picture alliance - kicker Sir Alex and his players took the Championship in the Barclay’s English Premier League after fighting off the quite uncomfortable Blackburn Rovers. It took a gift in form of a penalty caused by an over motivated ex-England goalie Robinson to give Rooney the chance to score for the title. Otherwise, United would still be playing tomorrow in order to score. It surely wasn’t United’s best presentation this season. The title, the record number 19, however, is deserved. United was the team that was able to play on a constantly even level, without the least crisis’ and other fallout. They can now prepare for the Champions League final in two weeks against Barca.

Yaya Toure Manchester City won the first silverware since 35 years. In an average final in front of 88,000 in Wembley, City held down Stoke City. Scorer of the “golden goal” was once again Yaya Toure. The Ivory Coast midfielder already scored City’s only goal in the semi final. Wembley turned out to be Yaya Toure’s holy ground. Cup win and qualification for the Champions League in the next season will be reason enough to turn the night into day on the blue side of the city. They can now go and try to even improve their Champions League situation with taking 3rd in the league from Arsenal. Two games to go and silverware in hand should give them wings.

Liverpool and the “p…”!

Manchester United vs Liverpool 1:0, 01/09/2011

Soccer is life! Who of the Liverpool supporters would disagree with this statement? Ownership discussions, issues with the coaches, all kind of other stuff and, most important, no results. Legend Kenny Dalglish took over and the move created high hopes for the FA-Cup game on 01/09/2011. After 90 minutes the result displayed nothing else than the results before: Empty hands and watching the coming rounds in the cup from the sideline.
Soccer is a game of physical fitness, strategy, desire, will power and trust in your own abilities. Everyone who has ever played the game knows that and is operating accordingly. However, there seems to be a rule the Liverpool supporters experience first hand: Once you sit in “p…”, the ladder rolls up the hill (one can express it a little milder and say, they just have no luck). The game just started and you are already behind. Penalty kick for nothing, 1:0 United. Not enough with that, the most important player sees a red card for “not much”. If you go back some time, to the more successful time of the Club, both situations would have resulted in a corner (at the most) and a yellow card. But because it is Liverpool at the current stage, it is the game deciding goal and finishing the game with 10. Adds to the frustration.
Looking at the game, ManU wasn’t that much better, but they sit on the other side of the hill. Everything they do right now works. Or, if you want, the “p…” rolls where its supposed to roll. So, what can Liverpool do? Man, if I would know, I would be the best paid coach in the World. Well, here is the best I can say: Sit down, lay back, accept the situation you are in (the “p…” rolls up the hill) , write-off the season, have a beer together, keep practicing as hard as you do, play the game as good as you can and, wait. Sometimes soon some ridiculous event will occur that will help you win a game and luck will come back. Yes, sometimes it is that easy in soccer. I admit, this is not something you can openly state in front of the press, so, blaming the referee or the weather is a good way out. Keep trying, it will get better again.