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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

Real Madrid Are The Victors In El Clasico And Are On Their Way To Being Crowned La Liga Champions As They Defeat Barcelona At The Camp Nou

Real Madrid take a victory in the 164th El Clasico match, held in the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Northern Spain. After a nightmarish midweek for both sides, failing to bring home victories in their Champions League matches, the title decider was bound to be a tense match when the two Spanish giants clashed in the legendary stadium.

Dortmund Secure Bundesliga Title!

Dortmund celebrate their 2nd consecutive

Dortmund Clinch Title In Front Of Home Fans As They Defeat Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-0

Despite a young squad and the absence of their best player, Mario Gotze, for the second half of the season, Borussia Dortmund clinched the Bundesliga title for the second consecutive season at home as they defeated Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-0. Dortmund needed the full three points for the title while Gladbach needed just a point to secure Champions League playoffs but their point would have to come from a later fixture as the black and yellow side celebrated finishing on top ahead of Bayern Munich.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Monchengladbach Secure Xhaka Agreement

young Swiss international Granit Xhaka is Bundesliga bound
Several Swiss and German websites have claimed that the young Swiss midfield sensation Granit Xhaka has agreed to play his club football for Borussia Monchengladbach next season. Although no official statement has been released from either club, it is rumored that they are currently negotiating a price tag for the center midfielder.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

El Clasico - Match Preview

Spain's Most Heated Rivalry Kicks Off On Saturday
Barcelona play hosts to their heated rivals Real Madrid this Saturday at the Camp Nou in a match rich in political, social and, quite possibly, football related history. As it stands, Barcelona are in second place with 81 points and Real Madrid are top with 85. The remainder of the teams that make up La Liga have been left in the dust for the Barcelona Real Madrid show (Valencia, the next closest team sitting in third place has only 52 points). This match will likely be the title decider. If Barcelona win, the pressure will be on for Real Madrid to not drop any more points from their remaining fixtures. If the side from the capital city are the ones to take all three points, the title will be theirs to lose. If the match ends in a draw, the title will still be more in favor of Jose Mourinho’s side than Pep Guardiola’s Catalan men. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Chelsea Shock the Spaniards

The Cheers of Chelsea Fans Rock West London

Goal Scoring Hero for the Home Side
It was Chelsea’s night at Stamford Bridge as they put on a world class display of defensive discipline and attacking creativity and organization to defeat Spanish giants FC Barcelona in London. The home side had a stroke of luck about them, to quote Chelsea fan Tyler Whitford, “The post has been a brilliant signing for us this season.” It really should have been 2-2 or 2-3 as both teams made plenty of good attacks, the visitors hitting the crossbar in the first half and then the post in the closing moments of the match but Chelsea continued their dream revival under Roberto Di Matteo and can now go to Spain with a narrow one goal advantage. 

World Class
Just a peek at what kind of talent is brewing in Switzerland and their grassroots program...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bayern Munich 2-1 Real Madrid

Real Madrid Slapped Around By A Strong Bayern Munich Side In Germany- the Germans head to Spain with a one goal advantage
Spanish giants Real Madrid and the seemingly unstoppable Bayern Munich faced off at the Allianz Arena in the first leg of their semi-final fixture in the UEFA Champions League. Real Madrid had had an arguably easy ride on through to this semi-final stage but they were about to hit a speed bump as their defense was tested for nearly the full ninety minute duration of the match.

Semi-finals Kick Off Today!

Semi-final game number one will be held in Munich, Germany as the dominant Germans Bayern Munich take on the current La Liga leaders Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena. Semi-final game number two between Barcelona and Chelsea will be hosted by the London side at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
Bayern Munich had a seemingly easy time in their past three UEFA Champions League fixtures after an embarrassing away defeat to FC Basel. Although their Champions League form is fantastic at the moment, their domestic form took a bit of a blow thanks to a defeat from Borussia Dortmund. The Dortmund side are now at the top of Bundesliga by six points with four games to go. Real Madrid were able to live up to the general expectation of easily defeating underdogs APOEL from Nicosia, Cyprus and are sitting at the top of the Spanish table by just a single point while their hated Catalan rivals, Barcelona sit right behind them. The two teams play each other in the title-deciding match on Saturday, April 21st. Chelsea are struggling with scoring goals and keeping them out of the back of their net, an issue you really don't want to have when you're facing off against the defending UCL Champions, especially when Lionel Messi is their front man and Victor Valdes is between the posts. Chelsea will need to focus on not conceding the away goals and then try to push for a goal or two themselves before they travel to Camp Nou. Barcelona are in hot pursuit of yet another La Liga title, however Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid stand in their way.
We are looking at two fantastic fixtures here but of course, in soccer, we could be facing two shutouts, a bunch of yellow cards and ninety minutes of Olympic quality diving. Only time will tell.

Monday, April 16, 2012

This Week in the EPL...

Young is once again the center of controversy after this dive
against QPR and his second dive against Villa on Sunday

Manchester United stay on top with a convincing win at Old Trafford against Aston Villa. Manchester City are not giving up the fight and proved that they are also a team with high quality striking ability when they demolished Norwich 6-1 on Saturday. Swansea are back on track after they secured three points from their fixture against drop zone side Blackburn Rovers at the Liberty Stadium while Sunderland and Wolves played out a mundane draw Stadium of Light. Arsene Wenger’s side dropped valuable points in their fixture against Wigan, who were in need of the boost as they face the danger of the relegation zone but their day was not all bad as their captain Robin van Persie was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award this afternoon.

Update on the Kenya Soccer Project!

Shebby has worked his magic and I am pleased to announce that we have players!
Shebby messaged me this morning via Facebook and said that they have recently began gathering to play! This is a HUGE step for us. Although we don't have any pictures yet, and won't until someone with a camera visits and can get them onto a computer for us, I have faith in Shebby and the people who are playing for our club. I am hopeful that more people will join the club as it grows and time goes on!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

FC Winterthur 1-2 FC Basel

FC Basel March On To The 2012 Swiss Cup Final At The Expense Of Challenge League Side FC Winterthur

Streller hits the mark for Basel
FC Basel paid a visit to Winterthur in the canton of Zurich to play out their afternoon Swiss Cup semi-final fixture. Winterthur defeated fellow Challenge League side FC St. Gallen in the quarter finals to reach this stage while FC Basel hosted and defeated FC Lausanne back in March. The team to go through would face off against FC Luzern, who currently occupy second place on the Axpo Super League table and went through to the final after defeating FC Sion 1-0 during the week. Basel made a few changes to their side that drew with FC Luzern last weekend. Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka were rested from the midfield while Valentin Stocker got a rare start as he continues to work his way back from a knee injury that kept him sidelined for nine months. Radoslav Kovac replaced David Abraham alongside Aleksandar Dragovic in the back but the regular striking duo of Alex Frei and Marco Streller remained intact up front for the visitors.