After Real Madrid defeated their city rivals Atletico 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League, many feel the race is over and that little would change at the Vincente Calderon.
However, there have been big defeats against the Spanish side in history but the issue is if Atletico would be able to rise to the occasion.
The 2009 game against Liverpool in the Champions League Round of 16 easily comes to mind. Former Spurs coach Juande Ramos was in charge as Madrid sought to overturn a 1-0 defeat. Liverpool had Fernando Torres who was in form. He was a threat to the Madrid defence that had Sergio Ramos and Pepe in their prime. Steven Gerrard combined with the Spaniard to punish Fabio Cannavaro and the rest of the team. Andrea Dossena was on the scorers’ list alongside Gerrard who grabbed a brace on the night.
Real are arguably the most consistent side in recent European football history. There was a time not too long ago that Barcelona were the force to reckon with but Real seem to have picked up the baton. The 5-0 loss to their biggest rival in the 2010/2011 season remains one that would not be forgotten in a hurry. Coach Pep Guardiola andJose Mourinho clashed and the Catalan side were the victors in the La Liga game. Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, David Villa and Jefferson combined to humble the mighty Madrid.
Atletico did something similar in the league in 2014/15 as the defending champs defeated Madrid 4-0. Madrid were touted as the La Liga champions in waiting under manager Carlo Ancellotti but that failed to materialize as they crashed to Diego Simeone’s men. Continue reading “BIGGEST MADRID DEFEATS IN RECENT HISTORY”
Liverpool FC Foundation charity match is set to bring some of the world’s biggest soccer stars together at Anfield on Saturday.
Both sides are two of the most successful in European history – with 16 European Cups and 50 League titles between them.
Both sides have met in different competitions in the past but this occasion is for charity and it is a repeat of the Corazon Classic of 2015. Reports say Steven Gerrard will appear for the first time since his retirement. He would play alongside legends like Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Luis Figo, Roverto Carlos, Jamie Carragher and others.
With the domestic football fixtures suspended for the international break, this offers some of the best excitement over the weekend. Both sides have met a few times in history, on the pitch and during contract talks.
The Reds won the European Cups of 1977 and 1978 but met Madrid in 1981in Paris. Liverpool emerged victors after the sole goal of Alan Kennedy.
Whilst Robbie Fowler was one of the biggest Liverpool stars in the 90s, the 1999 incident surely made his infamous compared to the exploits of McManaman. The highly-talented midfielder left the club controversially though to Madrid after the club allowed his contract run down in its last season. Continue reading “RED LEGENDS FACE MADRID COUNTERPARTS”
Giampiero Ventura reckons that the tier-one competition in Italy this year kicked off a week or two later than it should ideally have.
As per Ventura, the main reason of the defeat at the hands of France in what was his debut game as the Italy coach earlier in the summer was that the players had not had too many top tier games under their belt ahead of that game.
If they had had played some more games, maybe two if not more, for their clubs by that time, they would have handled France better and would not have been beaten as comprehensively as they were.
In the words of Ventura, “The first interaction that I had with the team was a day before the France game, just a day before; I had no interaction before that and we were going to go into that game with not much exposure in the league either. So, you can understand.” Continue reading “Giampiero Ventura comments on Italy Competition Kick-Off Time”
Giuseppe Iachini is an Italian football coach who is not such as accomplished or successful in comparison to other well-known managers and his latest coaching position saw him only being able to take charge of Udinese for around 5 months in what was a fairly disappointing spell.
The 52 year old manager became the head coach Udinese as Giuseppe Iachini took charge of Udinese from May 19 until October 2 of 2016 but after losing 4 of his 7 opening matches as the new coach of the Italian team, the pressure quickly was quickly being built and he was swiftly sacked.
Iachini would later be replaced by Luigi Delneri as Udinese is attempting to find someone that can push the club safely away from the bottom relegation zone.
Even though Giuseppe Iachini’s time as the head coach of Udinese was an underwhelming one, Andrea Dossena has come out and defended the experienced manager. Dossena is an Italian footballer who has performed in various Italian clubs including: Napoli, Palermo, Verona, Treviso and Udinese.
Andrea Dossena spent 2 years performing with Udinese and he is aware of how the environment and how things work in that club. The 35 year old player has recently come out and defended Giuseppe Iachini as he said: Continue reading “Andrea Dossena praises the former Udinese manager Giuseppe Iachini”
Liverpool haven’t not gotten a replacement to take on the left back role in the squad, so James Milner is set to continue in the role as Liverpool continue their quest for Premier League title under Jurgen Klopp.
The defence has hampered the Reds for many years, and the experiment continues.
Alberto Moreno was very poor in the first half of the first game against Arsenal, drawing criticisms from all corners. The game angered many, as they remembered his inept showing when Liverpool lost out on a major silverware against Sevilla in the Europa League.
Klopp had to place James Milner in the role as the criticism went off the room. He defended his decision to use him, yet removed him to place Milner. Milner couldn’t do much to stop the attacks as the Reds painfully lost their second game to Burnley, the new Premier League entrant. The myriad of players that have played the role since John Arne Riise have not been able to fit into his shoes. Julian Dicks, Gregory Vignal, Christian Ziege, Andrea Dossena, Jose Enrique, Aly Cissokho and co, have tried at various point but none could fit Riise’s shoes or Fabio Aurelio’s.
Continue reading “MILNER SET FOR LEFT BACK ROLE AGAINST LEICESTER”
Host of the 2016 Olympic tournament, Brazil, are keen on landing their first gold medal in football.
The top football nation has never won the gold medal despite their record five times win of the FIFA World Cup. They will be playing this time at home with their biggest star player set to feature, they are set to lift the title in Rio de Janeiro.
Coach Dunga refused to take Neymar to the Copa America Centenario in the United States as he opted to allow the player join the three allowed over aged players at the tournament. Brazil were knocked out at the group stage by Peru ending their hopes on moving further instantly. Dunga was sacked as a result of the loss and Tite was chosen to replace him. Dunga, who was set to lead the team to the Olympics, also lost the opportunity as the usual 23-coach Rogerio Micale will lead the team. Continue reading “BRAZIL WANT FIRST OLYMPIC FOOTBALL GOLD”