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Oh the media monkeys and their junket junkies will invite you to their plastic pantomime. Throw their invites away.

Messi Goal: Barca vs. Atletico

Another reason Leo Messi is considered the best in the world.  Thanks to 101 Great Goals.

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El Classico: Barcelona Beat Real Madrid 2-0

messi-pic-14Real Madrid played stern defense and Iker Casillas saved a penalty, but the Juande Revolution could not overcome a relentless Barcelona side. 

Samuel Eto’o gave Los Cules the lead in the 83rd minute and Thierry Henry assisted on a late Messi goal to seal the result.

The loss leaves Real Madrid 12 points adrift from Barcelona, in fifth.  If Atletico Madrid and Deportiva La Coruna win tomorrow, Madrid would drop to seventh.

The road appears better lit under Ramos, although it would with anyone after the mess Schuster made.  Special Juande has the talent to lead the club back to respectability.  Though, with consecutive upcoming fixtures with Valencia and Villarreal, it won’t be quickly.

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Champions League Match Day 5 Results

steven-gerrard-the-saviourBordeaux 1 – Chelsea 1: Chelsea strode out negatively, seeming more content to tackle chestily than attack, and it was to their detriment.  Anelka put them ahead but Diarra’s wonderful header evened the score.  If Chelsea do not beat Cluj, they could drop to the UEFA Cup.

CFR Cluj 1 – Roma 3: Matteo Brighi was hot, and it had nothing to do with his effeminate sweater.  His two goals and a third from Totti gave Roma a comfortable victory.  One point clear in Group A, Roma advance with a draw.

Inter Milan 0 – Panathinaikos 1: Mourinho played narrow, suffocating the midfield.  Panathinaikos stole a second half goal and withstood the barrage.  Inter move forward, but unimpressively.  The Greeks look likely to do the same.

Anorthosis Famagusta 2 – Werder Bremen 2: The Germans fought off two second half deficits, but could not get the required win to stay in the tournament.  The draw hurts Anorthosis, who must now win in Greece to move on to the knockout stages.

Liverpool 1 – Marseille 0: Steven Gerrard celebrated his tenth anniversary in fitting fashion, a sub-par performance punctuated with a critical goal.  Marseille may have had the better day, but Liverpool win and move through.

Atletico Madrid 2 – PSV Eindhoven 1: There was a party at the Vicente Calderon, but no one else was invited.  In front of the empty stadium, Simão and Maxi Rodriguez put the Spanish side ahead, the prolific Danny Koevermans could only retort with one.  Atletico advance.

Sporting Lisbon 2 – Barcelona 5: Barcelona scored five goals with four shots on target, thanks  to a Sporting back four conceding two own goals and a penalty.  There was no crying for Bojan Krkic, whose late penalty conversion will hopefully help his confidence.

Shakhtar Donetsk 5 – FC Basel 0: Shakhtar showed Ukraine is not weak, led by Brazilian Jadson’s hat trick.  It was too late for this endeavor, but they secured the UEFA Cup parachute.

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Headlines: Germans are Efficient and Ruthless…Referees

bojanLeave it to a German referee to devise a more efficient, time-saving manner of booking. (Off The Post)

Top 20 future England Stars, or Football Manager targets. (Soccerlens)

The pressure might be too much for young Bojan. (101 Great Goals)

Bundesliga shirt sponsorship overtook that of the Premier League. (Sports Business)

Manchester City may spend £46m on Ashley Cole, Kolo Toure and Lassana Diarra. (Guardian)

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Headlines: Obama to Affect 2018 World Cup, Everything Else


Barack Obama, as with everything else, may affect FIFA’s destination for the 2018 World Cup. (Guardian)

Tomas Rosicky has surgery, no closer to a return. (Arsenal Mania)

Xavi’s agent is trying to work up England move to create contract leverage with Barca (Setanta)

Everton can’t find a buyer (Guardian)

The Bank may force Liverpool to find one. (Dirty Tackle)

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Moroccan Boy Imprisoned For Loving Barca More Than King

A Moroccan student was imprisoned for loving FC Barcelona more than the king.

Yassine Belassal, 18, changed the phrase “God, The Nation, The King” on the school blackboard to read “God, The Nation, Barcelona.”  Moroccan authorities, apparently, did not realize that Barcelona is, in fact, more than a club.

The family will appeal the ruling, buoyed by an internet campaign.  Barcelona has obtained legal counsel to determine whether they can help the boy.

I would love hate to have seen what would have happened to the penis-drawing pranksters at my school under Moroccan law.

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Fabregas Comments Not Yet a Disaster, But a Concern

Cesc Fabregas caused a stir, with statements from his website, recently removed.  Fabregas’ website said the following.

Our squad is a bit short on numbers and we are very young. Behind me there is Denilson, who is 20, or Alex Song who is 21. Theo Walcott is 19 and Samir Nasri 21. It’s hard to imagine a midfield where I am the oldest member. We find it very hard to win matches, as we do not possess enough experience. I scored 13 goals last season but then I had plenty of allies. Rosicky was around, Flamini covered every blade of grass and Hleb was like a brother to me out there. Now none of those players are in the side and I feel like a rare being. We are more defensive-minded and sturdy as a team but we don’t play so much skillful stuff.

How do we interpret this?  Guillem Balague has two interesting points in his blog.  

First, this isn’t a “stunning attack” on Wenger and Arsenal, but, given their poor form, a “perfectly rational belief” about the squad’s youth and inexperience.

Second, Fabregas, not surprisingly, does not write the website himself, but a family member does.

It’s imprudent to overanalyze something Fabregas, himself, did not articulate.  Therefore bolstering claims of a Barcelona trade demand with it would be foolish.

However, Arsenal should not ignore this sentiment.  Fabregas is clearly the club’s talisman.  With Aston Villa and Manchester City getting stronger, losing Cesc could easily be a game changer.  

Is Fabregas going to pull a Ronaldo in the summer?  He probably won’t, as long as Arsene stays.  But, even the hint that he doesn’t foresee himself assuming the Arsenal captaincy for the next six to seven years should be worrisome.

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Headlines: Zimbabwe Led By a Cougar

Zimbabwe’s FA CEO is a hardcore cougar (Unprofessional Foul)

Michael Owen Injured? No way. (4thegame)

Mourinho may want Elano from Manchester City (BBC Sport)

Barcelona may be a front-runner for MLS bid (Goal)

Manchester City remove last traces of Thaksin Shinawatra (Sky Sports)

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headlines: William Gallas was the French Mr. Bean

William Gallas was not too bright as a trainee (The Spoiler)

Roy Keane is a bitter young manager (Soccernet)

Barcelona and FIU may bring MLS to Miami (MLS Rumors)

Jimenez leaves Newcastle “to pursue other interests” (Football 365)

Dr. Thaksin made a £20m profit selling Manchester City (The Guardian)

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Headlines: FIFA Cedes High Ground to Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand criticizes FIFA for not dealing with Croatian racism (fourfourtwo)

Arsenal has a thing for St. Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi (arseblog)

But, he may like Barcelona instead (Guardian)

Liverpool owners want Rafa to “prove his worth,” feel no compunction to prove theirs (SoccerLens)

Two and a half hours of training really is too much for Roman Pavlyuchenko (Football365)

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