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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.  


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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