Sunday, May 31, 2009

Italian MotoGP - Mugello

1. Casey Stoner - Ducati

2. Jorge Lorenzo - Yamaha Factory

3. Valentino Rossi - Yamaha Factory

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Eto'o 10', Messi 70'

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Facts and figures relating to the Champions League final between Manchester United and Barcelona in Rome.

The final will be the 54th since the competition started in 1955-56 with Barcelona appearing in their fifth final and United appearing for the fourth time. It will be the last final played on a Wednesday. From next season's final in Madrid, the match will be played on a Saturday.

Manchester United have won all three previous finals in which they have competed, in 1968, 1999 and 2008. Barcelona have won two finals, in 1992 and 2006 and been runners-up twice in 1961 and 1994.

Barcelona also won the European Cup Winners Cup a record four times and the UEFA Cup a record-sharing three times. United won the Cup Winners Cup once and have never won the UEFA Cup.

It is the fifth successive season that England have been represented in the final following Liverpool (winners 2005), Arsenal (runners-up 2006), Liverpool (runners-up 2007) and last season's all-England final between Manchester United and Chelsea.

Manchester United are attempting to become the first club since the Champions League started in 1992-93 to retain the European Cup and the first since Milan did so in 1989 and 1990. The last club to finish as runners-up the season after winning the trophy were Juventus, who won in 1996 and lost in 1997.

United are unbeaten in their last 25 Champions League matches, a record for the competition. They last lost to Milan in the semi-finals in 2007.

Rome will be staging the Champions League final for the fourth time following previous finals in 1977, 1984 and 1996. An omen for United could be that an English club - Liverpool - won on the two occasions that an English club played the final in Rome in 1977 and 1984.

London's old Wembley Stadium staged more finals than any other ground, hosting the finals of 1963, 1968, 1971, 1978 and 1992 when Barcelona won. Paris has also staged five finals but at different stadiums. Wembley will host the final again in 2011.

Last season United manager Alex Ferguson became the 16th man to win the European Cup more than once following his first success in 1999.

If United win he will join the late Bob Paisley (Liverpool 1977, 1978, 1981) as the only other manager to win the European Cup three times. He won his first European trophy, the Cup Winners' Cup, with Aberdeen in 1983.

Now 67, Ferguson become the second-oldest man to win the trophy last year when he was 66. The oldest is Belgian Raymond Goethals who was 71 when Marseille won in 1993.

If Barcelona win, manager Pep Guardiola, aged 38 years and 129 days, will be the youngest manager for 49 years to lift the trophy and the third youngest of all time. Miguel Munoz was 38 years and 121 days old when he led Real Madrid to their 1960 triumph.

The youngest winning coach was Jose Villalonga, who was 36 years and 185 days old when Real won the first final in 1956.

Guardiola would also become only the sixth man to win the European Cup as player and coach and only the third to do so with the same club following Munoz (Real Madrid player 1956, and 1957 and coach 1960 and 1966) and Carlo Ancelotti (Milan player 1989 and 1990 and coach 2003). Guardiola was in the Barcelona team which triumphed in 1992.

Guardiola spent half a season as a player with AS Roma in 2002-03, his only Champions League action being 44 minutes in a 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the group phase.

As an Arsenal player, Thierry Henry scored his first ever Champions League hat-trick in the Olympic Stadium, against Roma in November 2002 in a 3-1 comeback win for the London club.

United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, voted Man of the Match in last year's final, and United midfielder Owen Hargreaves are among 12 players to have won the European Cup with different teams.

Van der Sar won it with Ajax Amsterdam in 1995 and United last year while Hargreaves won it with Bayern Munich in 2001 and United last year. However he is not part of the squad now, having missed the entire season through injury.

United striker Dimitar Berbatov played for the Bayer Leverkusen side beaten by Real Madrid in the 2002 final. Patrice Evra, who picked up a winners' medal with United last year, was on Monaco's losing team against Porto in 2004.

Barcelona's Thierry Henry and Alexander Hleb were both in the Arsenal team beaten by Barcelona in the 2006 final.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

BPL - top 100 stats of the season

942 - The final goal tally was the second lowest in Premier League history.

14 - Manchester United set a new Premier League record of 14 consecutive clean sheets between November 2008 and February 2009.

167 - There have been 167 headed goals scored this season.

22 - Liverpool have recouped the most points from losing positions this season.

23 - Sunderland dropped the most points from winning positions this season.

31 - There were just 31 goals scored at White Hart Lane - fewer than at any other stadium.

59 - The Hawthorns saw more goals than any other this season.

117 - Kevin Davies conceded the most fouls this season. He has topped this ranking in five of the last six Premier League seasons.

5 - Danny Murphy has scored five Premier League goals this season - all penalties.

37 - Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 37 goals in his last 33 Premier League games at Old Trafford.

100 - Kanu made his 100th appearance as a substitute in the Premier League when he came off the bench away at Blackburn on 9th May, becoming the first player to reach this landmark.

100 - Nicolas Anelka, Frank Lampard and Emile Heskey all netted their 100th Premier League goals this season. A total of 16 players have now reached this landmark.

11 - Chelsea set a new Premier league record of 11 consecutive away wins between April and December 2008.

248 - Chelsea fired in the most shots on target this season.

566 - Hull committed the most fouls in the Premier League.

73 & 5 - Stoke City picked up the most cards - 73 yellow and five red.

24 - Manchester United kept the most clean sheets.

50 - The champions also had the best home record, picking up 50 points.

44 - Chelsea had the best away record, winning 44 points.

57 - Frank Lampard had more shots on target than any other player.

10 - Frank Lampard and Robin van Persie were joint-top of the assists ranking.

167 - Lee Cattermole made 167 tackles during the season - a league high.

14 - Marouane Fellaini picked up the most yellow cards in the top flight.

7 - Seven Premier League players were sent off twice in this season's Premier League.

80% - Mark Schwarzer of Fulham was the league's best shot-stopper, saving four of every five shots on target faced.

149 - Bolton's Jussi Jaaskelainen made more saves than any other goalkeeper.

6-0 - Man City's win over Portsmouth at home was the season's biggest winning margin.

7 - Peter Crouch scored more headed goals than any other player.

18% - Headed goals scored of all strikes this season.

1 - Middlesbrough scored fewer headed goals than any other team.

7 - Bolton conceded more headed goals than any other side.

19% - Arsenal goals conceded from outside the box - the highest proportion in the top flight.

20 - Hull took 20 points from their opening nine games but just 15 from their last 29 matches.

22% - Bolton scored the highest percentage of goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches.

36% - Middlesbrough scored the highest percentage of goals in the final 15 minutes of games in the Premier League.

10 - Hull scored the most goals from corners in the Premier League.

9 - Newcastle gave away a league high of nine penalties in 2008-09.

8 - The Magpies also had eight red cards shown to their players - a division high.

34 - Manchester City have used more players than any other team in the Premier League this season.

21 - Aston Villa have called upon the least amount of players in the league this season.

7 - Blackburn won a joint-high seven penalties along with Man City.

3 - Blackburn missed three penalties - more than any other team.

10 - Bolton scored 10 goals from free-kicks - the most in the Premier League.

51% - Hull scored the highest percentage of their goals from set plays.

20% - Spurs scored the lowest percentage of goals from set pieces.

12 - Hull conceded 12 goals from corners - a league high.

38% - Everton conceded the highest proportion of goals from set plays in the top division.

21% - Fulham conceded the lowest percentage of goals from set plays in the Premier League.

11.5% - Around one in every nine goals scored was netted by a substitute.

9 - Spurs, Manchester United and Liverpool all had nine goals netted by subs - a joint-league high.

61 - Aston Villa used the fewest substitutes throughout the campaign.

109 - Hull, Stoke and Liverpool made the most substitutions.

6 - Cristiano Ronaldo scored six goals from outside the box - more than any other player.

26 - Premier League champions Manchester United have used the most number of players as substitutes.

4 - Bolton have had more players featuring in every game of the season than any other side.

3 - Liverpool have the most players who have accrued 10 or more goals this season.

5 - Newcastle used the most penalty takers.

5 - Sunderland only had five players who netted more than once this season.

7 -Liverpool had more opponents sent off than any other side in the top flight.

29 - The opposition hit the woodwork more often against relegation survivors Hull City than any other team.

345 - English players scored 345 goals in 2008-09, accounting for just 37 per cent of goals.

15% - Aston Villa were the league's most clinical teams scoring with 15 per cent of their shots.

8% - Wigan had the worst conversion rate in the top flight.

81% - Chelsea were the most accurate passers in the league this term.

337 - Stoke took the most long throw-ins this season.

267 - Rory Delap took 189 more long throws than any other player this season.

9 - Stoke scored the most goals from throw-in situations this season.

33% - One third of all goals scored this season came from set plays.

8 - Eight different Liverpool players scored with shots from outside the box this season.

0 - Liverpool were the only team not to suffer a home defeat in the Premier League this season.

13 - Spurs picked up the most points in London derbies this season.

8 - West Ham picked up the fewest in all-capital clashes.

30 - Liverpool garnered 30 points against their North West rivals.

1 - Bolton won just one match against another team from the North West this season.

8 - Sunderland took the most points in North East derbies this season.

77 - Liverpool were the league's top scorers with 77 goals.

83 - Shaun Wright-Phillips made more successful dribbles than anyone else this term.

4 - Anton Ferdinand and Hermann Hreidarsson both received four yellow cards for dissent, more than any other players in the year the FA's &lsquoRespect' campaign was launched.

10 - Stoke have collected only 10 of their 45 points on the road this season.

5 - Aston Villa have benefited from five own goals this season - more than any other team in the division.

6 - Jamie Carragher and Richard Dunne now hold the Premier League record for own goals with six apiece.

6 - Middlesbrough scored six own goals - more than any other team.

24 - Gareth Bale has now played 24 league games for Spurs and never been on the winning side.

86 - Liverpool's total of 86 points is their best haul in Premier League history.

2 - Liverpool became the first team in top-flight history to lose only two games and not win the title.

63 - Spurs have not won away at any of the big four since August 1993 - a run of 63 games.

86 - Liverpool's tally of 86 points is the highest of any team not winning the league in a 38-game Premier League season.

10 - Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka (pictured) collected the Golden Boot award after scoring 19 Premier League goals this season. It is 10 seasons (1998-99) since the Premier League top scorer last ended the campaign with fewer than 20 goals.

82 - Stewart Downing had more shots (including blocked attempts) than any other player who did not score.

110 - Liverpool allowed their opponents fewer shots on target than any other team.

141 - Arsenal caught more opponents offside than any other team.

141 - Hull were flagged offside more than any other team this season.

61 - Djibril Cisse was caught offside more than any other player.

6 - Six players scored hat-tricks this season.

4 - Andrei Arshavin was the first player to score four goals in a Premier League match and not end on the winning side.

13 - Mike Dean awarded more penalties than any other referee.

8 - Dean also sent off more players than any other official.

63 - There were 63 red cards shown this season.

13.5 - Mark Halsey was the league's most lenient official, showing a card on average for every 13.5 fouls.

5.8 - Rob Styles was the strictest referee dishing out a card for every 5.8 fouls committed.

BPL Manager and Player of The Season



Manager and Player of The Month

M: Alex Ferguson
P: Andrei Arshavin

M: Rafael Benitez
P: Steven Gerrard

M: David Moyes
P: Phil Jagielka

M: Alex Ferguson
P: Nemanja Vidic

M: Martin O'neill
P: Ashley Young

M: Gary Megson
P: Nicolas Anelka

M: Rafael Benitez
P: Frank Lampard

M: Phil Brown
P: Ashley Young

M: Gareth Southgate
P: Deco

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Monaco GP

Pole : Jenson Button

1. Jenson Button - Brawn Mercedes

2. Ruben Barrichello _ Brawn Mercedes

3. Kimi Raikkonen - Ferrari

4. Felipe Massa - Ferrari

5. Mark Webber - Red Bull Racing

6. Nico Rosberg - William

7. Fernando Alonso - Renault

8. Sebastian Bourdais - Toro Rosso

Saturday, May 23, 2009








Thursday, May 21, 2009

UEFA Cup Final

Bremen - Donetsk 1 - 2
Bre: Naldo 35' , Don: Luiz Adriano 25', Jadson 97

Sunday, May 17, 2009

French MotoGP


1. Jorge Lorenzo - Yamaha Factory

2. Marco Melandri - Kawasaki Hayate

3. Daniel Pedrosa - Honda HRC

Friday, May 15, 2009

Copa del ray vs Coppa Italia


Lazio - Sampdoria 1 - 1
Lazio: Zarate 4', Samp: Pazzini 31'
(Lazio won by penalty 6 - 5)

COPA DEL RAY 2008/09

Athletic Bilbao - Barcelona 1 -4
Bil: Toquero 8"
Bar: Toure 30', Messi 55', Bojan 57', Xavi 64"

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Spanish GP

Pole Position : Jenson Button

1. Jenson Button - Brawn Mercedes

2. Ruben Barrichello - Brawn Mercedes

3. Marks Webber - Red Bull

4. Sebastian Vettel - Red Bull

5. Fernando Alonso - Renault

6. Felipe Massa - Ferrari

7. Nick Heidfeld - BMW

8. Nico Rosberg - William

Friday, May 8, 2009

UEFA Cup Semi final 2nd leg

Shakhtar Donetsk - Dynamo Kiev 1 - 2
Don : Jadson 17' IIsinho 89' ; Kiev: Bangoura 47'

Hamburg - Werder Bremen 2 - 3
Ham: Olic 12', 87' ; Bre: Diego 29', Pizarro 66', Baumann 83'

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

ECL Semi Final 2nd Leg

Chelsea - Barcelona 1 - 1
Che: Essien 9' Barc: Iniesta 90'

Arsenal - Manchester United 1
- 3
Ars : Van Persie 76' (pen)
MU : Park Ji Sung 8' Ronaldo 11', 61'