Top-soccer http://top-soccer.com Latest Soccer News and Opinion Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:20:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Hillsborough factor fuelling Liverpool title charge http://top-soccer.com/hillsborough-factor-fuelling-liverpool-title-charge/ http://top-soccer.com/hillsborough-factor-fuelling-liverpool-title-charge/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:01:38 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5746 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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LFC New Warrior KitLiverpool are now in a position to decide their own destiny after beating Manchester City 3-2 last weekend. The victory wiped out City’s advantage and Liverpool now have to win their remaining four fixtures to secure the Premiership title.

The City match proceeded an emotional week for everyone at Anfield as Tuesday marked the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster where 96 supporters perished. Whilst acknowledging that a mere football match pales into insignificance alongside such a tragedy, there is no doubt that all associated with Liverpool Football Club would dearly love to win the title as a tribute to the fans who lost their lives and the families who have suffered for the past 25 years.

It is impossible to gauge just how significant a factor the Hillsborough tragedy might be but there is an unusually high sense of emotion at Anfield in recent weeks. Captain Steven Gerrard was moved to tears after the City match and revealed that events at Sheffield on that fateful day were uppermost in his thoughts.

Liverpool certainly seem to have fate on their side this season as time and again they have found a way to secure the three points. City had wiped out Liverpool’s two-goal advantage and were pressing for a winner themselves when an error from the usually faultless Vincent Kompany presented the Reds with a winning opportunity.

It has been a similar story time and again in recent weeks and they now travel to Norwich in search of the first of four victories that would give them their first Premiership title since 1990. They have now won their last ten matches and are expected to beat a Norwich side that are currently three from bottom. Their 1-0 defeat at Fulham last week was widely regarded as a fatal blow due to the tough matches they have remaining.

The Canaries finally ran out of patience with coach Chris Hughton ahead of the Fulham match with Neil Adams thrust into the media spotlight. A home defeat by West Brom was the final straw for the Norwich board, although it is hard to see what Adams can possibly do to prevent relegation. After the Liverpool game, Norwich travel to Manchester United and Chelsea before hosting Arsenal on the final day of the season.

Liverpool have been very careful to play down title talk this season but they are now in the driving seat. It will be very surprising if they let it slip at Carrow Road this weekend and the destiny of the title may well be decided the following week against Chelsea.

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Rooney injury a major blow to United http://top-soccer.com/rooney-injury-major-blow-united/ http://top-soccer.com/rooney-injury-major-blow-united/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 02:02:10 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5734 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

The news that striker Wayne Rooney is struggling with a serious toe injury is a devastating blow to Manchester United’s Champions League hopes. The England Read More

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RooneyThe news that striker Wayne Rooney is struggling with a serious toe injury is a devastating blow to Manchester United’s Champions League hopes. The England International did not play in United’s impressive 4-0 win at struggling Newcastle on Saturday and faces a race against time for Wednesday’s second leg in Munich.

The news has distinct echoes from the tournament in 2010 when Rooney was declared doubtful by Sir Alex Ferguson after injuring his ankle in the first leg. He did actually play in the return leg but United still lost to Bayern Munich on away goals. The news may be greeted with some scepticism in Munich but it is difficult to under-estimate how important Rooney is to United’s prospects of reaching the semi-finals.

David Moyes is already struggling for big names with an injury to Robin van Persie and Saturday’s star player Juan Mata cup-tied. Rooney’s influence was very evident in the first leg when United held on for a 1-1 draw despite being largely outplayed by the reigning champions. Bayern would probably have taken the result beforehand as it gives them the away goal advantage, but they could easily have come away with a victory.

Rooney was also involved in the late incident which resulted in Bayern goal-scorer Bastian Schweinsteiger being sent off, although he has refuted allegations that he dived. Video replays suggested that Schweinsteiger made contact with the ball before Rooney tripped over him. The striker is automatically banned from the second leg but Bayern still have plenty of attacking options.

Not for the first time, it was Arjen Robben who tormented the Man United defence. The former Chelsea winger came close on a number of occasions and is certain to play a leading role on Wednesday night. The Dutchman knocked United out in 2010 and looks to be in the kind of form to repeat the dose this week.

Moyes will take heart from a confidence-boosting win at Newcastle having made eight changes from the team which battled to a draw in the first leg. Goalkeeper David de Gea has received his fair share of criticism this season and was rested for the game on Tyneside. He played a fine match against Bayern and will need to be at his very best on Wednesday if United are to progress. With or without Rooney, the Red Devils will go into the match as underdogs.

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Bayern Munich wary of United threat http://top-soccer.com/bayern-munich-wary-united-threat/ http://top-soccer.com/bayern-munich-wary-united-threat/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 02:12:21 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5720 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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Bayern MunichManchester United’s topsy-turvy season continued with a convincing 4-1 victory over Aston Villa in the Premier League at the weekend. Manager David Moyes must have been anxious when United conceded an early goal but Wayne Rooney came to his manager’s rescue and a seventh home defeat of the season was averted.

Moyes may have been relieved by the Villa result but he will know that is only temporary as he prepares his side for the visit of holders Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. United came perilously close to exiting in the previous round when only a brilliant hat-trick from Robin van Persie spared their blushes against Olympiacos of Greece.

They slumped to a 2-0 defeat in the first leg but fought back to earn a place in the last eight. Moyes must have been disappointed by being drawn against the holders. The upside for United is that they go into the game as underdogs after a miserable campaign that sees them sitting only seventh in the Premier League table.

United were easily beaten by Manchester rivals City in midweek, a defeat that forced Moyes into admitting that they were simply no match for the title chasing light blues. A major concern for United is the absence of Van Persie through injury. With record signing Juan Mata cup-tied, they must look to Rooney to lead the side again as they bid to unsettle the Germans.

There has been plenty of talk of the need for drastic action in the transfer market for United this summer and there are echoes of Chelsea’s 2012 victory in this campaign. The Blues sacked their manager in mid-season and many of their players were at the end of their contracts, yet they somehow beat Barcelona and Bayern Munich to lift the trophy. They are a team playing with a wounded pride and Bayern will be anxious not to take them too lightly.

The German side are hoping to become the first side to successfully defend the Champions League but there is some history between the two teams. Bayern have won three of the previous nine meetings with two going to United. However, one of those was the final in 1999 when the Red Devils struck twice in the closing moments to record an unlikely 2-1 victory.

Pep Guardiola will not expect his team to put the tie beyond United in the first leg and would probably take a draw. With the likes of Ribery and Robben, they are always likely to be a threat and it is difficult to see them failing to score against a frail United defence. The question is whether or not United can raise their game to compete against a better side, something they have failed to do all season domestically.

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Eleven facts about the Bundesliga you didn’t know http://top-soccer.com/eleven-facts-bundesliga/ http://top-soccer.com/eleven-facts-bundesliga/#comments Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:18:26 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5699 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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Think you know more about the Bundesliga than the average Bundesliga fan? Ok then, prove it by testing your knowledge with 11 of the most interesting statistical facts about the German top flight pieced together courtesy of www.bundesliga.com.

Bundesliga Facts

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Chelsea cannot afford any more slip-ups http://top-soccer.com/chelsea-afford-slip-ups/ http://top-soccer.com/chelsea-afford-slip-ups/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:00:36 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5697 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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Jose MourinhoChelsea once again showed that they can rise to the big occasion, producing a stunning performance to crush title rivals Arsenal 6-0 on Saturday. The case of “mistaken identity” over the red card has taken most of the headlines together with the fact that it was Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game in charge of the Gunners. As Jose Mourinho rightly pointed out, Chelsea were already 2-0 up and in charge of the game before the penalty incident.

Having produced a similar display to destroy London rivals Tottenham 4-0 and recorded a double over Manchester City and a priceless win over Liverpool, the Blues have a magnificent record in the top matches. However, they do have an Achilles heel as demonstrated by an inexplicably poor display at Aston Villa recently.

The Blues ought to have dismissed Villa without too much difficulty and may well have done so had a first half goal by Matic not be incorrectly ruled out. Be that as it may, there was no excuse for an awful second period in which they had Willian and Ramires sent off with Mourinho himself red carded in the closing stages.

It is hard to believe that it was the same team that strode out confidently at Stamford Bridge to all but destroy Arsenal’s title ambitions last weekend. The strength in depth of their squad was illustrated by the fact that they did not miss Willian or Ramires one little bit. The Villa defeat could prove very costly as it handed the advantage to Man City.

Chelsea still have to go to Anfield for a clash with old rivals Liverpool. With the Reds still scoring for fun, it is going to be a fascinating clash with Chelsea’s defence currently the best in the League. It will also see Daniel Sturridge determined to prove a point against his old club and Brendan Rodgers managing a side against his mentor.

Before that, Chelsea have to concentrate 100% on more humble opposition. First up is a short trip to struggling Crystal Palace. Although they are still among the favourites to go down, they have certainly tightened up in recent matches and are exactly the sort of potential banana skin that the Blues have slipped up on in the past. Chelsea definitely have a problem in overcoming inferior opposition, something that has not been a problem for Man City.

Mourinho has consistently played down Chelsea’s title prospects, insisting that he is building towards 2014/15. Saturday’s game will tell us a lot about Chelsea’s ability to go the distance in the title race this season.

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Gibbs get axed in London derby for the Ox http://top-soccer.com/kieran-gibbs-axed-london-derby/ http://top-soccer.com/kieran-gibbs-axed-london-derby/#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 15:59:10 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5690 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain “The Ox” as nicknamed by fans pulls off a superb save against Chelsea in their London derby, but later realized he’s not a shot stopper.

Watch Chamberlain did what Wojciech Szczesny couldn’t achieve below.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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Chelsea must bounce back from Villa defeat http://top-soccer.com/chelsea-must-bounce-back-villa-defeat/ http://top-soccer.com/chelsea-must-bounce-back-villa-defeat/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:44:49 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5681 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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Frank LampardChelsea suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa on Saturday that seriously damaged their title hopes. An otherwise tepid encounter turned ugly in the second half following the red card harshly awarded to Willian. The game ended in farcical scenes as Ramires and even Jose Mourinho received their marching orders.

Suffering a defeat against such modest opposition is a serious blow but their total lack of discipline could prove even more costly. Both players are available for Tuesday night’s clash with Galatasaray with a place in the last eight of the Champions League at stake and the Blues need to respond positively to their weekend defeat.

Mourinho has always insisted that Chelsea are not expecting to win the Premiership title this season and has been lamenting the shortage of attacking options. The first leg encounter ended all-square at 1-1 and he will almost certainly need a striker to come to his aid on Tuesday. That man is most likely Samuel Eto’o who was recently mocked for his age by Mourinho. The “off the record” comments seem to have been taken in good spirits by Eto’o who mimicked an old man leaning on a stick after scoring against Tottenham recently.

Eto’o’s absence from the Villa game was crucial as Torres and Ba both failed to make any impression in possibly the worst Chelsea display of the season. It is only the brilliance of Eden Hazard that has enable Chelsea to maintain a title challenge this season and they cannot afford his standard to drop. The Belgian could hold the key to unlocking the Turkish defence this week in a game that is delicately poised.

Galatasaray have nothing to lose and will see this as almost a Cup final. That will certainly be the case for returning Blues hero Didier Drogba. It was his penalty kick that ended Chelsea’s wait for Champions League glory, eventually proving to be his last touch in a Chelsea shirt. Stamford Bridge will give him a hero’s welcome and deservedly so.

The Turkish side ought not to give Chelsea too much trouble judged on their recent away form. They have only won four times on the road this season and have never won on British soil. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 16 games in this competition. Chelsea looked to be cruising in the first leg but took things easy in the second half and paid the penalty.

Chelsea must not dwell on the Villa defeat if they are to maintain their challenge at home and in Europe. Mourinho will know that the visitors can be dangerous and will be expecting his experienced players to step up to the plate on Tuesday.

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GIF: Kaas-Jan Huntelaar volley against Real Madrid http://top-soccer.com/gif-kaas-jan-huntelaar-volley-real-madrid/ http://top-soccer.com/gif-kaas-jan-huntelaar-volley-real-madrid/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:34:08 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5670 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

Real Madrid takes control of their Champions League tie with FC Schalke 04 by brushing them aside 6-1 in the 1st leg played today at the Veltins-Arena.

The goals came courtesy of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo who each manage a brace for Los Blancos.

View also: Gareth Bale’s Wondergoal against Elche in La Liga

Kaas-Jan Huntelaar scored Schalke’s only goal and unarguably the best goal of the night with a superb volley in the roof of Real Madrid’s net to ensure the return leg in Spain on March 18th worthwhile despite losing to his former team so heavily.

Huntelaar Volley

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Goal Scout: Three magnificent finish from this week’s Football action http://top-soccer.com/goal-scout-three-magnificent-finishes-from-this-weeks-football-action/ http://top-soccer.com/goal-scout-three-magnificent-finishes-from-this-weeks-football-action/#comments Sat, 22 Feb 2014 19:32:07 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5630 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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From the Europa League to domestic football action we’ve seen some quality goals scored and the three below from this week’s action shows us just how good the goals get.

3. Scorer: Greath Bale / Team: Real Madrid C.F.

Gareth Bale

2. Scorer: Jonathan Soriano  / Team: Red Bull Salzburg

Goal of the week

1. Scorer: Ricardo Quaresma / Team: FC Porto

Goal of the week

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Bayern take control of Arsenal tie after penalty drama http://top-soccer.com/bayern-take-control-arsenal-tie-penalty-drama/ http://top-soccer.com/bayern-take-control-arsenal-tie-penalty-drama/#comments Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:52:34 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5638 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

For the second night running, an English Premiership side fell to a 2-0 home defeat in the Champions League after going down to ten men. Read More

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Bayern MunichFor the second night running, an English Premiership side fell to a 2-0 home defeat in the Champions League after going down to ten men. On Tuesday night, Manchester City had seen their hopes all but ended as they slumped to defeat against Barcelona and now Arsenal face a similarly daunting task against holders Bayern Munich.

The result could have been so much better for the Gunners had record signing Mesut Ozil converted an early penalty. With only eight minutes played, Ozil was tripped in the area by Jerome Boateng and the scene was set for Arsenal to take an early lead. However, the midfielder struck a weak penalty which Neuer was able to beat away with his right hand.

There were chances at both ends in a surprisingly open game with Szczesny pushing a superb drive from Kroos around the post. Neuer was again called into action at the other end to deny Oxlade-Chamberlain after a poor back pass.

The game swung heavily in favour of the visitors in the 37th minute when Robben was brought down by the out-rushing Szczesny in the penalty box. The Dutch winger undoubtedly made more of the incident than necessary but there is little doubt that he had touched the ball past the keeper before being felled. Szczesny received his marching orders and was replaced by Fabianski for the spot kick.

A very nervous looking Alaba eventually took the penalty but dragged it onto the post with the keeper going the opposite way. It was always going to be a backs-to-the-wall effort for the Gunners to hold out from that point and they only survived until the 54th minute. Bayern Skipper Philipp Lahm set up Kroos on the edge of the penalty area and he curled a fine strike into the top corner.

Bayern continued to dominate possession and chances came and went for Robben and Gotze as Arsenal attempted to limit the Germans to a single goal advantage for the second leg. Inevitably they began to tire in the closing stages and, just as Barcelona had done the night before, they struck again late on to all but seal the tie.

Bayern introduced Muller and he latched on to a cross from Lahm in the 88th minute to send the Bayern fans into a mass celebration. The result could have been even worse for the home side when Kroos struck a post late on but that would have been rough justice on the Gunners.

The two teams met in this competition last season with Arsenal winning 2-0 at the Allianz Arena but losing on away goals. They must now achieve a similar result or wave goodbye to their Champions League hopes for another season.

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Rickie Lambert’s superb Free-Kick in draw against Stoke City http://top-soccer.com/rickie-lamberts-superb-free-kick-draw-stoke-city/ http://top-soccer.com/rickie-lamberts-superb-free-kick-draw-stoke-city/#comments Sun, 09 Feb 2014 13:41:22 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5623 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

Southampton’s Rickie Lambert will be looking to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer and Read More

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Southampton’s Rickie Lambert will be looking to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer and a goal of this caliber sure helps his cause.

View also: Yaya Toure stunning free kick at Craven Cottage

His superb free-kick below in the Saints 2-2 with Stoke City is a beauty to watch and let’s face it; we aren’t going to see too many like this often so enjoy the moment.

Free Kick

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Top Spenders: Chelsea emerges as top Spender during January transfer market http://top-soccer.com/top-spenders-chelsea-emerges-as-top-spender-during-january-transfer-market/ http://top-soccer.com/top-spenders-chelsea-emerges-as-top-spender-during-january-transfer-market/#comments Sat, 01 Feb 2014 16:46:35 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5608 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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Nemanja Matic

Chelsea emerges as the biggest spenders during the January transfer market after shelling out €52.8m for quad reinforcement.

A significant amount of that sum could be credited for the sale of Juan Mata to Manchester United and if taken into consideration how much of the club’s own money spent, Chelsea wouldn’t even make this list of top ten spenders. In fact, the club has made a profit during the window as pointed out by Joe Wright of Goal.com on YahooSports.

This is no doubt awesome business by Chelsea to be the top spender and yet manage to spend little or nothing of their own resources.

Coach Jose Mourinho brought in midfielder Nemanja Matic, attacking midfielder Mohamed Salah and defender Kurt Zourma who was loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the remainder of the French League 1 season.

See below the other top spenders alongside Chelsea.

Top ten spenders

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Juan MataJuan Mata greeted by United boss David Moyes after he arrived in Manchester in a helicopter to complete his move from Chelsea FC to Manchester United.

The 25-year-old Spanish international who is a fan favorite at Chelsea finds playing time limited under new coach Jose Mourinho this season and has been forced to reconsider his future to save his World Cup hopes.

With the abundance of talent in the Spanish midfield, playing time is essential for the player, if he’s able to make any use of the second half of the Premier League season to impress Spain’s coach Vincente del Bosque and boost his chances for selection in their World Cup squad.Juan Mata

What are your thoughts on the move? Is Chelsea doing themselves any good by letting the Spaniard go?

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Eusebio: Looking back at the greatest moments of the Portuguese legend career http://top-soccer.com/eusebio-looking-back-greatest-moments-portuguese-legend-career/ http://top-soccer.com/eusebio-looking-back-greatest-moments-portuguese-legend-career/#comments Sun, 05 Jan 2014 15:53:43 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5585 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

World football mourns the death of Portugal legend Eusebio da Silva Ferreira after he passes away today at age 71 from a heart attack. Like Read More

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Eusebio World football mourns the death of Portugal legend Eusebio da Silva Ferreira after he passes away today at age 71 from a heart attack.

Like so many others before him, the Portuguese legend has made an incredible contribution to football on the world stage and we’re all saddened by the death of the man who lit up the world with his incredible ball control and dribbling skills.

Eusebio who represents Benfica at club level scored 733 times in 745 professional matches throughout his career including his impressive 41 goals in 64 appearances for Portugal.

His nine goals in the 1966 World Cup Finals played in England helped to record Portugal best-ever showing at a FIFA World Cup and earned him the tournament’s top scorer prize.

Watch the video below which highlight some of Eusebio’s greatest moments including goals scored in the 1966 World Cup Finals.

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Yaya Toure scores stunning free kick at Craven Cottage http://top-soccer.com/yaya-toure-scores-stunning-free-kick-at-craven-cottage/ http://top-soccer.com/yaya-toure-scores-stunning-free-kick-at-craven-cottage/#comments Sat, 21 Dec 2013 18:43:21 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5526 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

Yaya Toure carved out this stunner against struggling Fulham at Craven Cottage to give Manchester City a 1-0 lead as free kick specialist Aleksander Kolarov Read More

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Yaya Toure Free KickYaya Toure carved out this stunner against struggling Fulham at Craven Cottage to give Manchester City a 1-0 lead as free kick specialist Aleksander Kolarov looks on.

I’m here thing; maybe Kolarov lends Yaya a trick or two from his free kick book after seeing this video below of him in training.

Word of advice to goalkeepers: Don’t stand in the way of projectile traveling the speed of light.

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Raja Casablanca upset Ronaldinho’s Athletico Mineiro 3-1 http://top-soccer.com/raja-casablanca-upset-ronaldinhos-athletico-mineiro-3-1/ http://top-soccer.com/raja-casablanca-upset-ronaldinhos-athletico-mineiro-3-1/#comments Wed, 18 Dec 2013 23:42:38 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5504 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

Ronaldinho’s Athletico Mineiro went out of the FIFA Club World Cup after losing to Moroccan league champions Raja Casablanca 3-1 in the semifinal. The 33 Read More

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Ronaldinho freekick

Ronaldinho’s Athletico Mineiro went out of the FIFA Club World Cup after losing to Moroccan league champions Raja Casablanca 3-1 in the semifinal.

The 33 year-old Brazilian who won the 2004 and 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year Award scored a superb free kick to draw the Copa Libertadores champions back on level terms.

Raja Casablanca who looked the better team throughout the match scored two more goals through Captain Mohsine Moutaouali and Vivien Mabide to prevent any comeback from the Brazilians and join Bayern Munich in the final.

At the end of the game the former Barcelona and AC Milan star was stripped of his gears by two Raja player who seems to be huge fan of the player.

Raja players removing Ronaldinho’s boots 

Ronaldinho boots taken off his feetRonaldinho’s equalizing free kick

Ronaldinho freekick

Athletico Mineiro will now face Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande F.C. for third place in the tournament were Ronaldinho will get another chance to show some of the skills he display throughout his career in Europe.

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UCL: Manchester City draw Spanish giant Barcelona – Arsenal to face Bayern http://top-soccer.com/ucl-manchester-city-draw-spanish-giant-barcelona-arsenal-to-face-bayern/ http://top-soccer.com/ucl-manchester-city-draw-spanish-giant-barcelona-arsenal-to-face-bayern/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:38:03 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5484 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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Champions LeagueThe draw for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 was announced today in Nyon, Switzerland and English heavy weight Manchester City handed one of the toughest draws alongside fellow Premier League side Arsenal.

Manchester City will square off against Barcelona while Arsenal goes up against German Champions and current UCL title holders Bayern Munich.

Of the four English teams in the Competition, City and Arsenal drew the toughest matchup after seeing Chelsea lands Turkish side Galatasaray and Manchester United schedule to battle Olympiacos.

Matches for the first legs schedule for February, 18 – 19 and 25 – 26 with return fixtures on March 11 – 12 and 18 – 19.

The final will take place in Portugal on May 24th at the Estadio da Luz, home of S.L. Benfica.

Full round of 16 draw:

Manchester City v Barcelona, Olympiacos v Manchester United, AC Milan v Atletico Madrid, Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Paris Saint-Germain, Galatasaray v Chelsea, Schalke 04 v Real Madrid, Zenit St Petersburg v Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal v Bayern Munich

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AVB reaction to Paulinho’s red card against Liverpool http://top-soccer.com/avb-reaction-to-paulinhos-red-card-against-liverpool/ http://top-soccer.com/avb-reaction-to-paulinhos-red-card-against-liverpool/#comments Sun, 15 Dec 2013 20:03:06 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5478 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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Tottenham suffer yet another humiliating defeat to another Premier League top four contender, this time at the hands of Luis Suarez and his Liverpool teammates.

The London outfit was 2-0 down at home to the visitors courtesy of an 18th minute strike from acting captain Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson.

Still trailing 2-0 in the second half, Spurs was hoping for a comeback but all hopes were buried after Brazilian midfielder Paulinho handed a red card by referee Jonathan Moss in the 61st minute for a challenge on Suarez.

Manager AVB was watching from the sideline as he incident unfold and words can explain the emotion the Portuguese shown in the GIF below.

Paulinho red card

Liverpool went on to comfortably win the game 5-0 with Flanagan scoring in the 75′, Suarez 84′ and Sterling 88′ to complete the scoring for Liverpool.

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Fan Club Barça Polska banner on display in the Camp Nou http://top-soccer.com/fan-club-barca-polska-banner-on-display-in-the-camp-nou/ http://top-soccer.com/fan-club-barca-polska-banner-on-display-in-the-camp-nou/#comments Sun, 15 Dec 2013 16:25:29 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5468 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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 Polish Barca Fan Club BannerA group of over 50 members of the Fan Club, Barça Polska have their huge banner on display at the Camp Nou.

The group which had originally put together the banner for a friendly played earlier this year on July, 30th between Polish Premier League team Lechia Gdansk and FC Barcelona.

Featuring on the banner are some familiar faces like Pep Guardiola, Lionel Messi, Carles Puyol and Johan Cruyff.

According to this article on the FC Barcelona website, the banner took over 700 pots of paint to create and require the collective effort of dozens of people to bring to life the vision of Marciej Gryko the person behind the idea.

Here is the video of the friendly match between the two teams which Neymar made his debut for Barça.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Behind the scenes access of Adidas Brazuca World Cup ball in production http://top-soccer.com/behind-the-scenes-access-of-adidas-brazuca-world-cup-ball-in-production/ http://top-soccer.com/behind-the-scenes-access-of-adidas-brazuca-world-cup-ball-in-production/#comments Mon, 09 Dec 2013 02:33:10 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5421 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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Adidas Brazuca

Adidas is one the major players in world football today and when it comes to new design and innovation the German brand is at the forefront.

Their latest innovation, the Brazuca World Cup soccer ball designed for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is seen below in behind the scenes footage of the production process.

The Brazuca which was released last week by Adidas features new structural innovation to enhance grip, stability, touch and Aerodynamics on the pitch.

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