March, 2012

  1. Chelsea vs. Napoli: What to Expect in the Second Leg


    March 10, 2012 by Kyle Whitman


    Having been soundly beaten 3-1 by Napoli in Italy under former manager Andre Villas-Boas, Chelsea will have to come back from a two-goal first leg deficit at Stamford Bridge under the stewardship of caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo if they’re to have a shot at lifting the Champions League trophy so coveted by owner Roman Abramovich. It’s vital to understand how Napoli got their first leg lead and the tactical battles that may play out in the second leg at Stamford Bridge.

  2. The Panenka


    March 8, 2012 by Alexei Shishkin


    Perhaps one of the cheekiest maneuvers in football is a method of taking spot kicks called the Panenka. Namesake of creator Antonin Panenka, the Panenka involves approaching the ball as if one is going to strike it with full force and then easing up at the last second and lofting the ball, usually down the middle of the goal past a helpless goalkeeper who has already committed to a side.

    Czechoslovakian Antonin Panenka was born in 1948 and spent most of his career playing domestically for Bohemians Praha, where he scored 76 goals in 230 total appearances. Panenka was known more as a playmaker than a goal scorer, though, and in the 1976 European Championship, his name would be forever immortalized.

  3. The Rise and Rise of FC Basel


    March 7, 2012 by Ben Mepsted


    I don’t think that at the beginning of this season anyone believed that FC Basel would make the last 16 of the Champions League, let alone be in pole position after the first leg. They are not a team full of household names and they are not Italian, Spanish or English and therefore do not get the attention that they deserve.

  4. Goalkeeper refuses to stop penalty


    March 6, 2012 by Rami El Chamaa

    This incident happened in the Romanian first league, LIGA I. In the video, the team that conceded the penalty, Voinţa Sibiu, was furious at the referee for being completely biased towards the opposition, Petrolul Ploieşti. The ref awarded 2 red cards and 3 penalties for challenges that didn’t exist. As we can see, the players were protesting against the very poor refereeing, and some of the players even left the pitch.

    The goalkeeper decided to join the protest by making zero effort to try and save the penalty. He turned his back to the shooter, but was awarded a yellow card and the penalty had to be retaken, and then he just stood still and let them score the fourth goal.

  5. Real Madrid on Fire this Season


    March 5, 2012 by Mike Bruski

    Real Madrid
    Real Madrid are on course to break 3 major all time records this year, some even by a big margin. All while Mourinho just became the fastest La Liga coach ever to win 50 league games, and Cristiano Ronaldo is on track to better his record breaking goal tally from last season.

    When José Mourinho was appointed manager of Real Madrid in June 2010, he stated that his teams are always better in his second season. It appears he was right, because his Real Madrid is currently the runaway leader of La Liga, and on course to break 3 major historical records.

  6. Podolski, a Gunner?


    March 5, 2012 by Alexei Shishkin

    With Lukas Podolski’s summer transfer to Arsenal looking more likely every day, one can’t help but wonder if this is the right move for the Gunners. The North Londoners have been having a far from perfect year, and manager Arsene Wenger has attracted his fair share of criticism, but perhaps a summer spending spree could be the remedy.

    Podolski could become their first new signing, with a suggested fee of around €10 million. The German forward first made his name on the world stage at the 2006 World Cup where he won the Best Young Player award. That year, he scored 12 times in 17 appearances for the German national team.

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