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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Fabrice Muamba in Critical Condition- Thoughts and Prayers For Him and His Family

Soccer communities around the world will have Bolton Wanderers midfield player Fabrice Muamba in their thoughts and prayers this evening as he remains in critical condition in a North London hospital. Muamba collapsed on the pitch during Bolton's FA Cup quarter final match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Heart Lane. At the moment it is unclear as to what exactly happened, but an official statement on the club website disclosed that Muamba was admitted to a Heart Attack Center in a North London hospital and is in critical condition in intensive care.
Please hope and pray for a good outcome for this young player. Muamba is only 23 years of age and is a talented young player who plays a key role in the Bolton squad. Our thoughts will be with him and his family.

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it."
~Helen Keller~

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The road to Munich continues!
Basel’s dream campaign comes to an abrupt and cruel end as Mario Gomez hits four past the Swiss side in Bayern Munich’s 7-0 demolition of the knockout stage newcomers. The Bavarians were able to turn the tables after a 1-0 defeat in the first leg, cruising into the quarter finals on a high and keeping their hopes of featuring in the 2012 UEFA Champions League final at the Allianz Arena alive. While 2010 finalists Bayern Munich kept their campaign alive, 2010 winners Inter Milan crashed out of the competition against underdogs Olimpique Marseille who paid a visit to the San Siro from South of France, losing 2-1 on the night but going through on a dramatic away goal in stoppage time. Real Madrid follows in the footsteps of fellow Spanish side Barcelona and progress at the expense of Russians CSKA Moscow, who had managed to hold them to a 1-1 draw in Russia after a dramatic late goal in stoppage time. Chelsea were the last team to progress on to the quarter finals as they go through after added time thanks to a goal from Ivanovic in the 105th minute.

FC Basel's Campaign Through the Eyes of a Super Fangirl
Well, I'm not going to lie. Yesterday I was moved to tears as I had to sit through 90 minutes of my beloved FC Basel being slapped around by Bayern Munich. For those of you who don't know, although at this point I am confident the entire soccer universe has heard, we lost 7-0 at the Allianz Arena. I didn't cry because I was a bad sport, I didn't cry out of anger and honestly I wasn't even that upset about us crashing out of the knockout stages (I don't think I would have been able to handle another high-stress game like our last three UCL fixtures), I was just devastated that such a dream campaign had to end that way, and I felt so bad for the eleven men getting annihilated on the soccer pitch. Instead of focusing about yesterday, I'd much rather focus on everything leading up to it and select some of my favorite things from FC Basel's 2011/2012 UEFA Champions League campaign.