Last Sunday, I had pretty much decided to write a piece on the approaching UEFA Champions League semi-finals. I even had the first paragraph done – “Just twelve months ago the accepted wisdom was we were getting set for a Champions League el clasico final. It didn’t happen but the bookmakers believe it will happen this time. Are we getting ahead of ourselves again?”
Then Luis Suarez decided that Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic looked a bit tasty and decided to nibble on his arm.
Out went the Champions League and in came Suarez and his chomp.
At this time last week bookmakers had Barcelona….to read more click on the link.
Well over a century ago W.S. Gilbert noted that “a policeman’s life is not a happy one.” Perhaps, if he was around today the lyricist might have changed that to a soccer manager.
Buffeted by the media on a daily basis as they look to inflame controversy where often little or none exists; critiqued by fans whose emotions are hard-wired to the last result; often undermined by their employers who look to deflect any responsibility for the overall health of their club to an easier target.
Nonetheless, there is never a shortage of candidates willing to step forward to face (or perhaps eventually cower) under the… to read more please click on the link.
This past weekend two incredibly long and impressive unbeaten streaks ended. In Germany Borussia Dortmund’s run of 31 games without a loss finally hit the wall.
Over a year ago, Dortmund, fresh from their first Bundesliga title since 2002, travelled to Hannover and…for more click on the link.