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What We Have Missed

We are back!  Our past few weeks have been slammed with work, so we haven’t been able to post many articles except a few videos.  So this single article will help breakdown briefly what we’ve missed over the past few weeks.  

United vs City

The game that decided it all.  The title race came down to the huge derby between the Manchester Clubs at the top of the table.  In a lackluster performance from a controversial squad chosen by Alex Ferguson, Manchester United struggled to create many chances going forward.  With red hot Valencia, Hernandez, and Welbeck all on the bench Sir Alex chose a conservative lineup with Giggs, Scholes, and Park all in the lineup.  That left Rooney and Nani to generate all the chances.  Ultimately Vincent Kompany’s header proved to be the difference at the end and catapulted them level with United with only 2 games left.

FA Cup

Drogba’s phenomenal scoring record in cup finals continued again when Liverpool faced Chelsea in the FA Cup final.  After a great through ball by Mata, Ramires was in on goal and scored near post on Pepe Reina.  Drogba then scored with 40 minutes left giving Chelsea a 2-0 lead.  Within the next 15 minutes Andy Carroll, with a great run into the box, showed great skill to get John Terry off balance and put a rocket in the roof of the net.  For the rest of the game Liverpool put constant pressure on the Petr Cech.  Their best chance to equalize was on a cross by Luis Suarez to the back post towards Andy Carroll.  Carroll put a firm header into the top corner only to be stopped by a great reaction save by Cech.  After looking at replays it was clear that it was definitely a close call, but a correct one. Not many other chances were made and Roberto Di Matteo went on to win his first trophy as manager of Chelsea.  Let us see if he can snag another in the Champions League Final next week.  

Champions League

In the Semi Finals Chelsea defeated Barcelona in an epic 1-0 nil win followed by a 2-2 draw and Bayern Munich defeated Real Madrid in a penalty shootout.  Manuel Neuer blocked both Ronaldo and Kaka’s penalties followed by Sergio Ramos’ blast into the parking lot was what sunk Madrid.  In the other match up Messi missed a PK that proved vital when Fernando Torres in the 90th minute touched the ball past Victor Valdes and passed the ball into the back of the net securing their place in the final.  Due to suspensions the final will not include key figures for each side. David Luiz and Gary Cahill are both fighting to be back in time for the final.  


RM 

Elite XI: All Free Kick XI

This week on Offside’s we will look over who we would have in our all free kick specialist starting XI.  These XI players are players you never want to see approach a dead ball situation anywhere close to your own 18 yard box.  Mine team is now listed under the Elite XI tab, under Cross-hairs FC. Surprised with the manager selection of Roberto Carlos?  Any changes you would make to my starting XI?

RM


Christiano Ronaldo: Check out this unbelievable power strike by Real Madrid’s star winger…as well as his celebration.


Ronaldo Back Heel Goal: When you think he has done it all.

Fun Facts by Luis Arroyo

As usual there was a lot of action on and off the pitch these past couple of weeks. Here are some fun facts for you lovely fans to get a few facts.

 

1. Did you know under-fire striker Adriano has “won” the most Bidone D’Oro awards than any other player? Well this is no surprise as this award goes to the worst player of the year in the Serie A.

2. Without it’s captain John Terry, Chelsea FC have the worst away record than any other club in the top half.

3. In the EPL players over the age of 31 have produced more points for all clubs this season so far.

4. Cristiano Ronaldo decided to buy his 12th car so far, a 350,000 pound lamborghini for his 27th bithday this past Saturday

5. 4 out of the 4 semifinalists in the EURO 2008 were NOT Pot 1 teams? And only 1 out of the 4 won their respective group? That’s news to me!

6. Lionel Messi has scored 142 goals in 198 for FC Barcelona

7. Rogerio Ceni, Sao Paolo’s current goalkeeper has played in 459 games for Sao Paolo scoring 49 free-kicks for the club, the most goals by a goalkeeper to this day!

8. Cesc Fabregas, after moving to the Barcelona has scored 11 times in 16 games for his new club, at this rate he will surpass any current player’s scoring ratio aside from Lionel Messi.

9. It is no surprise Joey Barton is at the top  of the player discipline list with 9 yellows and 1 red card so far.

10. Barcelona are undefeated in the last 55 games when Puyol was at center back

11. Mourinho quite a character in football as of recent years, he has always been something to handle as he dropped out on his first day of high school “just to get back at his mother” and went back in his later years.

12.  Infamous Andre-Villas Boas went on an impressive run of 45-4-2 with Fc Porto.

13. It is no surprise Fernando Torres won miss of the year in the EPL this past season.

14. Guess who’s jersey had the largest profit in the EPL? None other than Wayne Rooney’s selling around 1.5 million around the globe.

15. Carlos Tevez is so bad-ass he told Manchester City “ I am my own boss” at their last meeting.

16. Blackburn Rovers have 0 shutouts this season. Not sure if they are playing with any defense at all

Now that it has become clear that both star strikers from Brazil’s national team in 2006 have become too old and too fat to play, we begin to ask the most important questions.  Who would win 1v1 first one to 3 goals?  Who would win a 50 yard sprint?  Who would win in a hot dog eating contest?  And who would win a sumo wresting match?  Fat Ronaldo or Fat Adriano?RM 

Now that it has become clear that both star strikers from Brazil’s national team in 2006 have become too old and too fat to play, we begin to ask the most important questions.  Who would win 1v1 first one to 3 goals?  Who would win a 50 yard sprint?  Who would win in a hot dog eating contest?  And who would win a sumo wresting match?  Fat Ronaldo or Fat Adriano?
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Adriano Too Fat

Former Brazil Star Adriano has been locked in the club’s headquarters hotel at least through the weekend according to club officials. Adriano has been ordered to begin a strict diet created for him by the club’s Athletic trainers. The diet is to be accompanied by three training sessions a day to get the former standout striker back to good health and fitness. We always knew he was a little overweight but this seems to be a theme amongst Brazilian stars like Adriano and Ronaldo. Adriano is approaching 30 years of age…and probably ten times that in weight.

AG

El Clasico!

The biggest rivalry in Spain or perhaps in the worlds never fails to impress as far as entertainment is concerned. This time it was a first leg matchup for the Copa Del Rey tournament. Once again Barcelona FC outplayed and out passed Real Madrid FC in the Santiago Barnebeu and showed why it is the best club in the world. Messiʼs world class pass to Eric Abidal had the Madrilenos furious as they overturned the score. Madrid always seems to start out very strong as Ronaldo gave Madrid a 13th minute lead which they took into halftime. Puyol again scored against Madrid to level the score on the 50th minute header and put Barca back into the game. Barca comes out on top with a 2-1 win thanks to its defense scoring both goals, but not without some dirty plays in the game. Pepe somehow managed to stay in the game after 3 late tackles and a hand stomp on Messi. Lass Diarra also managed to keep himself on the pitch after nailing Xavi Hernandez to the ground multiple times. A brilliant Casillas was not enough for Madrid to come out on top. Next Wednesday is the second leg at the Camp Nou, and if Madrid can pull of the huge upset, Iʼm sure Mourinho will find a way to get himself fined for his theatrics.

LA