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.
A check of the record book speaks volumes. Over 57 editions of the Champions League (and its predecessor the European Cup) Italian teams have appeared in 26 finals and have won the competition 12 times.
No country has produced more finalists and only Spain has produced more winners with 13. Narrow the focus to the last decade and Italy still looks good. Three wins (Inter ’10 and Milan ’07 and ’03) matches the number of victories by Spain (Barcelona ’11, ’09, ’06) and England (Chelsea ’12, Manchester United ’08, and Liverpool ’05).
But perhaps only the most-blinkered fans of Italy’s top league Serie A would suggest that another successful… for more please click link to Forbes.com.
What a week it has been. Harry Redknapp was cleared of tax evasion, Fabio Capello walks into the FA office as England’s manager and walks out as the former manager and Deloitte’s publish their annual money list.
The good news is that the schedule this weekend looks very promising. The early game has the always combustible Manchester United – Liverpool encounter.
Then we have Everton at home to Chelsea. Everton wins over Chelsea have been few and far between but Everton have caused Chelsea a consistent headache for the last few seasons.
Arsenal travels to the Stadium of Light for the first of two meetings with Sunderland. Next week it will be the FA Cup but first the Premier League. A win for Sunderland would put them within four points of Arsenal and arguably within shouting distance of 4th.