football

Champions League Final Preview: Road to the Final

Today, Barcelona will meet Juventus in the biggest football match of 2015; the Champions League Final. The truth is, the final can only be a casual sporting event and irrelevant in the grand scheme of things for us fans, who feel the urge to spectate this moment. We take for granted that for everyone associated with Barcelona and Juventus, this very Saturday could end up being the pinnacle of their careers. I’d like to focus specifically on the players and managers in light of some great work that’s been done in these two clubs. (more…)

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Manchester Derby Preview: Predicted Lineups, Score, Latest News

The Manchester Derby has become a showcase of arguably the best footballing city in the modern world- both City and United have left marks in European and English football in recent years. Though Manchester City has been the dominant side in previous meetings, United is in the better run of form of late- and they look like they’re raring to be unleashed into Old Trafford and capture their 6th win in a row. Manchester City, on the other hand, just lost to Crystal Palace, and will be looking to move out of their recent slump in form. (more…)

Wednesday Champions League Review: Domestic Solidity and Teamwork Proven Vital

Wednesday’s action in the Champions League wasn’t as close as Tuesday’s in the Champions League, and 3 of the 4 teams in the action showed exactly why domestic form is vital in the Champions League race.

Borussia Dortmund saw devastating 5-1 aggregate defeat to Juventus after the Italians comfortably put 3 past them at their home stadium, the Westfalenstadion. Manchester City was incredibly lucky on the defensive side, as Joe Hart comfortably saved them, but City was only able to get forward in the 2nd half, a half that just happened to be a poor showing from Sergio Aguero. (more…)

St. Patrick’s Day Champions League Review: Sportsman Values and Tiebreakers on Display

Yesterday’s Champions League action had me glued to the TV for almost 3 hours. After Arsenal saw elimination at the hands of Monaco on away goals, I switched quickly to watch the cagey Atletico Madrid taking on the sturdy Bayer Leverkusen in overtime. It’s the overtime that made me realize the leading theme of the footballing day: tiebreaking decisions.

Arsenal exited on away goals, while Bayer Leverkusen surrendered to Atletico in shootout. Watching the heartbreaking shootout is what made me realize that, though shootout isn’t the fairest tiebreak in the world, it still is a great deal better than away goals. (more…)

Argentina vs Belgium: Match Highlights, Player Grades

Argentina had a Germany esque win today, scoring 1 early goal and using sound defending to pull their way through to the semifinals. Belgium didn’t go down without a fight, and they did very well to give the 2nd favourites a run for their money.

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Argentina vs Switzerland: Match Highlights, Tactical Analysis, Player Grades

Argentina barely overcame the Swiss today, taking 118 minutes to even open the scoring. The Swiss players were fantastic, and ultimately should’ve won the match in the 1st half, but Argentina took the challenge and Angel Di Maria stepped up to the plate alongside Lionel Messi. (more…)

France vs Nigeria: Match Highlights, Grades

France did well to overcome the stingy Nigerians today. Although Nigeria played well, France overcame them late and scored 2 goals to take it. (more…)