Have A Little Faith My Friend ……….

Well the UEFA Champions League is in full swing and low and behold the upsets have begun. Not that anyone should be surprised at all by any of this. This is the one soccer competition where anything that can happen, has been known to happen . And at the end of it all , it can sometimes end up with a coach losing his job. Merely because of his team’s lackluster performance.

Steven  Davis (17) of  Glasgow  Rangers  of  the  Scottish  Premier  League  misses a  golden   opportunity  to   score  against  Unirea  Uriceni .   Rangers   would   go  on  to  lose   4-1   in  the  divisional   group   game.       picture  appears   courtesy  of    getty  images/  Alastair   Higgins    .............................
Steven Davis (17) of Glasgow Rangers of the Scottish Premier League misses a golden opportunity to score against Unirea Uriceni . Rangers would go on to lose 4-1 in the divisional group game. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Alastair Higgins .............................

Courtesy of Yahoo Sports and Associated Free Press;

Emotional Milan reunion for Real new boy Kaka

By Phil Seery

MADRID (AFP) – Real Madrid’s Brazilian superstar Kaka faces old club AC Milan for the first time on Wednesday when the two sides do battle at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Champions League Group C match.

Kaka was an icon at Milan after six successful years helping the club win the 2007 Champions League crown but left for Real this summer in a 65 million-euro move which he insisted was to help Milan with their financial problems.

The Spanish capital hosts a match-up between the two most successful clubs in European history with Real boasting a record nine European Cups to Milan’s seven.

Both sides can point to illustrious histories but at present they are looking to restore their reputations as European superpowers with Real failing to get past the quarter-finals of the competition since 2004 which was the year Milan last won their domestic title.

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Maxim   Gonalons  heads  the  winning   goal   for   Lyon  in their  upset   victory    2-1   over   Liverpool  in  the  Champions  League   group  match  at  Anfield.     The  Merseysiders   now   face  a  tough  away  match  against   their   French  opponents    when  the  two  re-meet   in  Lyons,  France.      picture  appears   courtesy  of   ap/photo/  Mark  Nuttall   ........................
Maxim Gonalons heads the winning goal for Lyon in their upset victory 2-1 over Liverpool in the Champions League group match at Anfield. The Merseysiders now face a tough away match against their French opponents when the two re-meet in Lyons, France. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Mark Nuttall ........................

All of the mighty European club powers are now in the midst of seeking supremacy in the soccer’s greatest club competition. And at the end of it all , they’ve the right to announce to the world , that they’re the best in the world. But not only that but some highly priced and ridiculously paid soccer stars have their reputations on the line. As they go out there seeking to prove themselves on the soccer stage in the world’s most prestigious club competition.

Barcelona   players   in the   foreground  are   stunned  in  disbelief  after    FK  Rubin   score the   first   goal  of the  game.  The   Russian  side  would   go  on to  defeat  the  Spanish   giants   2-1   in the  divisional   group  game.    picture  appears   courtesy   of    getty  images/    Renato   Gabriel   ...............................
Barcelona players in the foreground are stunned in disbelief after FK Rubin score the first goal of the game. The Russian side would go on to defeat the Spanish giants 2-1 in the divisional group game. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Renato Gabriel ...............................

The competition is now in its group stages and the teams are pitted against one another within their respective groups. In this case there are eight groups of four teams each. Making 32 teams in all entered in the Champions League Club competition.

Adrian Mutu   (foreground)  displays  a  moment  of  grace  as   he   scores   a  goal  against  Debrecen   .   Fiorentina   would   go  on  to  defeat   Debrecen   4-3  .    picture  appears    courtesy  of  afp/getty  images/   Christian  Porter  ..................................
Adrian Mutu (foreground) displays a moment of grace as he scores a goal against Debrecen . Fiorentina would go on to defeat Debrecen 4-3 . picture appears courtesy of afp/getty images/ Christian Porter ..................................

And last night’s scores alone did bring about surprises that in many ways none of us may have at all thought possible at first thought. But as I’d alluded to earlier , anything can happen and usually does. And it tends to come at the expense of the favored team in the match being played. When that happens an undue amount of pressure is brought to bear on the losing team in that leg , after the match. Questions are asked as to what went wrong and why ? And then as usual the customary finger pointing begins as blame is being sought and who it will be apportioned to. The manager or upon the star player or players on the team ? Never-mind the fact that the fans in attendance will make their own thoughts known on the matter !

Sebastian  Squillaci  heads  home   Seville's  opener   in their  3-1   win  over  VfB  Stuttgart    at  the  Mercedez  Benz  Arena   in  Stuttgart   , Germany.    picture  appears   courtesy   of  getty  images/   Christian   Reiner  ....................
Sebastian Squillaci heads home Seville's opener in their 3-1 win over VfB Stuttgart at the Mercedez Benz Arena in Stuttgart , Germany. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Christian Reiner ....................

Match results Tuesday 20th October 2009………

Status Home Score Away Stage Venue
FT Debrecen 3-4 Fiorentina Group E Stad’ Olan
FT Liverpool 1-2 Lyon Group E Anfield
FT Barcelona 1-2 FK Rubin Kazan Group F Est’ Nou Camp
FT Internazionale 2-2 Dynamo Kiev Group F Guisseppe Meaz’
FT Rangers 1-4 Unirea Urziceni Group G Ibrox Stad’
FT VfBStuttgart 1-3 Sevilla Group G Mercedez Benz Arena
FT AZ Alkmaar 1-1 Arsenal Group H Almaardehout
FT Olympiakos 2-1 Standard Liege H Karaiskaki Stad’

Cesc Fabregas  (4)  saves  Arsenal   with  a   goal  and  ignominy  of   defeat   against   AZ  Alkmaar    picture  appears  courtesy  of   getty   images  /  Richard   Shaw  ................................
Cesc Fabregas (4) saves Arsenal with a goal and ignominy of defeat against AZ Alkmaar picture appears courtesy of getty images / Richard Shaw ................................

And no matter how cliche’ this might sound , we’re all expecting to see the powerhouse teams prevail in the end. For the likes of AC Milan , Manchester United , Barcelona , Liverpool, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Arsenal . These are the teams one would expect to be in the thick of it all in the latter rounds of the competition. But if only that were so ! We know that a number of these teams may not survive and make it into the latter stages of the competition. But the primary reason with regard to the Champions League for many of the teams is the vast amount of money that can be made from this competition. A run through to the final itself, can earn a team in excess of $ 50 million and upwards. So an early exit from the competition can prove to be costly.

As an earnest soccer fan , when it comes to the Champions League there’s nothing that I find more desirable than watching some of the world’s elite soccer talent take center stage. Players such as Lionel Messi, Steven Gerrard, Cristiano Ronaldo , Adrian Mutu , Kaka , Michael Essien , Didier Drogba and others too numerous to mention. For want of a better word ……. you’re not going to find this sort of ‘soccer talent’ within the MLS (Major League Soccer ) , much less any other part of the world when it comes to the game of soccer. No way , no how !

As the league gets into the heart of its schedule number of the teams may well feel fatigued. One also to place into consideration that they’ve also got to deal with their domestic schedule as well as concentrating on the rigors of European club competition. But it’s of paramount importance that these sides don’t for one minute take their eyes of the prize. And that is, the Champions League trophy . As that is the most important thing at the end of the day. OK, so there’s the thought at the back of the mind that if a team should fail in its ambition to that particular trophy . Then there’s always the chance of success in lifting some domestic silverware. But when measured in comparison to that of the Champions League , it just doesn’t equate at all for one minute ! It’s like making the comparison between a vintage bottle of wine and comparing it to vinegar. One has the odor of uniqueness, whilst the other …… well, you can guess for yourself , can’t you ?

So there you have it, my thoughts on the Champions League and what it’ll no doubt means to a number of fans watching. For myself , wherein my loyalties are equally divided between Chelsea and Manchester United. I just can’t help myself there ! I’m just hoping that one , if not both teams can once again make it to the Champions League Final. You can’t fault a guy for wanting that can you ?


Group stage standings

Groups

Group stage
Group A Pld Pts
Bayern 2 4
Bordeaux 2 4
Juventus 2 2
Maccabi Haifa 2 0
Group C Pld Pts
Real Madrid 2 6
Zürich 2 3
Milan 2 3
Marseille 2 0
Group E Pld Pts
Lyon 3 9
Fiorentina 3 6
Liverpool 3 3
Debrecen 3 0
Group G Pld Pts
Sevilla 3 9
Unirea Urziceni 3 4
Stuttgart 3 2
Rangers 3 1
Group B Pld Pts
Man. United 2 6
Wolfsburg 2 3
CSKA Moskva 2 3
Beşiktaş 2 0
Group D Pld Pts
Chelsea 2 6
Porto 2 3
APOEL 2 1
Atlético 2 1
Group F Pld Pts
Barcelona 3 4
Dynamo 3 4
Rubin 3 4
Internazionale 3 3
Group H Pld Pts
Arsenal 3 7
Olympiacos 3 6
AZ 3 2
Standard 3 1

Pld:
Matches played
Pts:
Points

UEFA Champions’ League Stats ;

Goals Player Team
4 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid
3 Grafite Wolfsburg
2 Alan Dzagoev CSKA Moskva
2 Thomas Müller Bayern
2 Adrian Mutu Fiorentina
2 Alejandro Domínguez Rubin
2 Luis Fabiano Sevilla
2 Sébastien Squillaci Sevilla

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Assists
3 Luis Fabiano Sevilla
2 Clarence Seedorf Milan
2 Miralem Pjanić Lyon
2 Cesc Fàbregas Arsenal
1 Graziano Pellè AZ
1 Brett Holman AZ
1 Abou Diaby Arsenal
1 Alex Song Arsenal

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Author: tophatal ...........

An avid sports' fans that's all !!!!!

4 thoughts on “Have A Little Faith My Friend ……….”

  1. Hey Al,
    I have to admit to knowing very little about soccer, but if a good showing by Manchester United means the Bucs can afford to sign some free agent talent next year, I’m all for a M.A. win.

    Good luck man.

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    1. aero

      I don’t think that the Glazers’ll be spending money on the Bucs anytime soon. They’ve a mountain of debt that they’ve accrued with the purchase of the soccer club Manchester Utd. Not only that but they owe the Tampa Bay Sports Authortity in excess of $5.2 million which they’ve yet to repay. What’s even more bewildering is the fact that the city of Tampa hasn’t sought to collect on the money owed to them by the Bucs. That money is meant to go to first responders within they city for services rendered such as the fire service and police force. But Iorio and her administration are now making cutbacks on various services in the city in order to save money. What sort of message is that meant to be sending to the residents within the city of Tampa to begin with ?

      Alan Parkins

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  2. This is great for me to see Barca and Real get their huge egos handed to them by clubs they should have beaten. The Duck Man killed Real. Way to go garoto. I love this stuff. This is what makes a real Champions league. Liverpool is on the edge. The scousers are near death. Rafa is to blame.

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    1. Bobby Gee

      I have to hand it to Rafa’, he certainly knows how to kill a team’s ambitions with overly conservative play and mismanagement at times. As for Real Madrid and Barcelona they’ve killed the fatted calf in order to try and win it all. If they should fail to make it beyond the quarter final leg. Then there’ll be hell to pay in and outside of their respective boardrooms. Heads will definitely roll !

      Alan Parkins

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