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Champions League group stage ends on completely crazy note

7 Dec

Well, who can say they saw today’s results coming?  Two results clearly stand out: 1) Manchester United getting knocked out of Champions League with a 2-1 loss to Basel.  Really?  2) Lyon somehow turning around a NINE goal difference to edge Ajax for second in group D.

Major props to Basel on the upset of United.  A late goal from Alexander Frei sealed second place for Basel and knocked United out in the group stage for the first time since 2005-06.  And that, Alex Ferguson, is why you don’t take the group stage for granted.

Meanwhile, in group D, Lyon scored six second half goals to seal an improbable 7-1 win over Zagreb.  Meanwhile, Ajax lost a 2-0 decision to Real Madrid, and with those results combined, it meant that Lyon, not Ajax, heads to the round of 16.  Holy crap, how mad does Ajax have to be?  For Zagreb to ship seven goals at home?  Absurb.  Props to Lyon for making something out of what seemed to be a near impossible situation, but it does seem a little bit sketchy since I think the futsal team I play on could have played better defense.

Only two English teams advanced to the round of 16.  Man City defeated Bayern 2-0, but a Napoli win with the same scoreline sent the Italian through to the next round.  Who would’ve thought that Chelsea and Arsenal would be the lone Premier League teams remaining?  Ridic.

While I’m on the subject, I don’t really understand why people would root for all the Premier League teams to do well.  Ok, sure, the league looks better, but really?  Who cares?  You’re telling me that as a United fan, you want Arsenal to succeed? I don’t think so.  I just can’t get behind the idea of rooting for a team that I would hate in every other circumstance.

Round of 16 teams: Bayern Munich (GER), Napoli (ITA), Inter (ITA), CSKA (RUS), Benfica (POR), Basel (SUI), Real (ESP), Lyon (FRA), Chelsea (ENG), Leverkusen (GER), Arsenal (ENG), Marseille (FRA), APOEL (CYP), Zenit (RUS), Barcelona (ESP) and Milan (ITA).

Really early, completely premature and totally unnecessary final prediction: Barcelona vs. Milan

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2011-12 Champions League group stage set

25 Aug

After a tediously boring draw earlier today, the Champions League groups are ready to go for another year of action. Group A ended up as the toughest draw with Bayern Munich, Villarreal, Manchester City and Napoli. Of course, Barcelona and Manchester United have one team in each of their groups that could pose a challenge.  The first group games are set for Sept. 13-14 and the complete schedule can be found here.

Oh and in case you were wondering, Lionel Messi won the first UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, which was announced after the draw to the surprise of approximately no one.

Group A
Bayern Munich (GER)
Villarreal (ESP)
Manchester City (ENG)
Napoli (ITA)

Group B
Inter (ITA)
CSKA Moskva (RUS)
Lille (FRA)
Trabsponzor (TUR)

Group C
Manchester United (ENG)
Benfica (POR)
Basel (SUI)
Otelui Galati (ROU)

Group D
Real Madrid (ESP)
Lyon (FRA)
Ajax (NED)
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)

Group E
Chelsea (ENG)
Valencia (ESP)
Bayer Leverkusen (GER)
Genk (BEL)

Group F
Arsenal (ENG)
Marseille (FRA)
Olympiacos (GRE)
Borussia Dortmund (GER)

Group G
Porto (POR)
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS)
APOEL (CYP)

Group H
Barcelona (ESP)
AC Milan (ITA)
BATE (BLR)
Viktoria Plzen (CZE)

Big games in Champions League today

24 Nov

Group A – Tottenham and Inter are tied at the top of the group with seven points. Both will be looking to cement those positions further with wins today.

Group B – Group leader Lyon meets second place Schalke in a crucial game for both squads. Meanwhile, Benfica will look to keep its hopes of advancing alive with a win against Hapoel Tel-Aviv.

Group C – Manchester United only needs a draw against Rangers to advance to the round of 16. However, Rangers will be searching for a win as they look to move into second.

Group D – Second place Copenhagen currently trails Rubin 1-0. A win for Rubin would keep them in contention for advancement. Barcelona should have no problems with last place Panathinaikos.

Rubin vs. Copenhagen
Inter vs. Twente
Schalke vs. Lyon
Valencia vs. Bursaspor
Hapoel Tel-Aviv vs. Benfica
Panathinaikos vs. Barcelona – 5 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)
Tottenham vs. Werder Bremen – 7 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Rangers vs. Manchester United – 2:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)

Champions League back in action

2 Nov

Rafa Benitez makes his return to England as Inter takes on Tottenham. (Of course, he couldn’t come to England without mouthing off about Roy Hodgson and what’s happening at Liverpool. Seriously, it’s irrelevant to your Champions League game, not necessary to talk about your former club.) Meanwhile, Rangers and Valencia will battle it out for a win that could see either squad go top if Manchester United falters. Barcelona will have its hands full with Copenhagen. The 2008 champs are only one point ahead of the Denmark outfit.

Rubin vs. Panathinaikos
Tottenham vs. Inter – 3:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Benfica vs. Lyon
Valencia vs. Rangers – 3:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Copenhagen vs. Barcelona – 6 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)
Werder Bremen vs. Twente
Hapoel Tel-Aviv vs. Schalke
Bursapor vs. Manchester United – 8 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)

Oct 20 Champions League schedule

20 Oct

Tottenham has a tough task ahead as they play the defending champs, Inter Milan, in Italy. Both teams have four points to lead group A. Lyon looks to extend its lead in group B when they face Benfica. Of course, Manchester United has to deal with the distractions of one Wayne Rooney, who won’t play because of an ankle injury (real one this time). However, even without Rooney, the Red Devils should be able to handle Bursaspor. Meanwhile, Barcelona looks to reclaim top spot in group D, which is currently occupied by today’s opponent, Copenhagen.

Panathinaikos vs. Rubin
Rangers vs. Valencia
Barcelona vs. Copenhagen – 5 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)
Twente vs. Werder Bremen
Schalke vs. Hapoel Tel-Aviv
Manchester United vs. Bursaspor – 2:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Inter vs. Tottenham – 2:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Lyon vs. Benfica

More Champions League today

29 Sep

Barcelona will look to avenge last season’s performance against Rubin Kazan (loss and a  draw) without the services of Lionel Messi.  As you may have heard, Messi’s ankle was the size of a small whale and he’s been out for a couple weeks, although he somehow is on the bench for today’s game that actually just started.  Later today, Manchester United will make the trip to Valencia without Wayne Rooney, who is out for three weeks with an ankle injury.  Rooney hasn’t exactly been in stellar form as of late, so they will probably cope okay without him.

Today’s schedule*
Rubin vs. Barcelona – 12:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Valencia vs. Manchester United – 2:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Inter vs. Werder Bremen
Panathiniakos vs. Copenhagen
Rangers vs. Bursapor
Tel-Aviv vs. Lyon
Schalke vs. Benfica
Tottenham vs. Twente – 2:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)

*They should play more games in Russia so we get to see more Champions League action instead of just one game on FSC.

Barcelona romps, Inter held on day one of action

15 Sep

Defending European champions Inter got more than they bargained for in a 2-2 draw with FC Twente yesterday.  Meanwhile, Barcelona dominated Panathinaikos in a 5-1 victory with little legend Lionel Messi notching two stellar goals.  The Argentine had a chance for a hat trick but had a penalty saved and hit the frame twice.  Valencia also ran riot in their game against Bursapor with a 4-0 win.  Tottenham got their campaign off to a dream start with two goals in the first twenty minutes, but couldn’t hold on and conceded a goal to Werder Bremen on either side of the break. Copenhagen left it late, but Dame D’Noye’s 87th minute goal clinched a 1-0 win over Rubin. Despite all the goals everywhere else, Manchester United and Rangers played to a 0-0 draw.

Werder Bremen 2 (Almeida 43, Marin 47)
Tottenham 2 (Pasanen 12 – og, Crouch 18)

Twente 2 (Janssen 20, Milito 30 – og)
Inter 2 (Sneijder 13, Eto’o 41)

Lyon 1 (Bastos 21)
Schalke 0

Benfica 2 (Luisão 21, Cardozo 68)
Tel-Aviv 0

Manchester United 0
Rangers 0

Bursapor 0
Valencia 4 (Costa 16, Aduriz 41, Hernandez 68, Soldado 76)

Barcelona 5 (Messi 22, 45, Villa 33, Rodriguez 78, Alves 90+3)
Panathinaikos 1 (Govou 20)

Copenhagen 1 (N’Doye 87)
Rubin 0