Posted on February 10, 2016 by asmithsportsfan
The Champions League is on its final stages on the Road to Milano.
Milan’s Stadio Giuseppe Meazza also known as San Siro will host the 2016 UEFA Champions League final on May 28th, this will be the 4th time in history the UEFA Championship is decided at this venue (1965, 1970 and 2001). Continue reading
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Posted on July 7, 2010 by Jazzsports
With the hardened, entrenched word “underachiever” at last pried from its reputation and flung into its past, Spain systematically topped Germany on Wednesday night in Durban and went streaming into the glamorous soccer nation’s first-ever World Cup final.
La Furia Roja will oppose the Netherlands on Sunday night because it habitually hogged the ball from a German attack that had splurged for 13 goals, because the humble central defender Carles Puyol scored a rare goal on a header off a corner in the 73rd minute, and because it clearly possesses a collective gut much sturdier than reputed.
In tense, thick knockout-round wins over Portugal, Paraguay and Germany – all 1-0 finishes – Spain displayed a patience noteworthy for a side that prefers to score and score gorgeously. Averting frustration, it scored finally in the 63rd, 83rd and 73rd minutes of those matches and gave itself a chance to become the first national team since West Germany in 1972-74 to win a European Championship and a World Cup in succession.
Against Germany, Spain’s goal finally came after it spent the match doing precisely what manager Vicente del Bosque intended, using its knack for ground passing and possession to keep the ball from a Germany which had scored four times on Australia, four times on England and four times on Argentina in a dazzling showing last Saturday. After a first half with only one real chance on goal – Spain’s main scorer David Villa up close against German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who saved adroitly – the Spanish heightened their assault pretty much right out of the gate in the second half, even if Germany did render Villa mostly muffled.
This figured to lend them either a winning goal or a profound heartbreak, but for once in Spain’s tortured World Cup history, the former came. It came shortly after Xabi Alonso’s two reasonably clear shots from afar blasted wide of the mark, and it came just after Andres Iniesta worked one of his trademark velvet possessions of the left edge of the box. Continue reading
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