Sunday, May 30, 2010

Turkish GP

Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix
Istanbul Park, Istanbul
Pole Position : Mark Webber


1. Lewis Hamilton - McLaren Mercedes

2. Jenson Button - McLaren Mercedes

3. Mark Webber - RBR Renault

4. Michael Schumacher - Mercedes GP

5. Nico Rosberg - Mercedes GP

6. Robert Kubica - Renault

7. Felipe Massa - Ferrari

8. Fernando Alonso - Ferrari

9. Adrian Sutil - Force India

10. Kamui Kobayashi - BMW Sauber Ferrari

Sunday, May 23, 2010

France GP

Monster Energy Grand Prix de France
Le Mans



1. Jorge Lorenzo - Yamaha Factory

2. Valentino Rossi - Yamaha Factory

3. Andrea Dovizioso - Honda HRC



ARAG World Team Cup

ARAG ATP World Team Championship
Dusseldorf, Germany




Juan Monaco def. Sam Querrey
1-6, 6-2, 6-3

Horacio Zeballos def. Robbie Ginepri
6-4, 6-7 (7/9), 7-5

Diego Veronelli/Eduardo Schwank lost to Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
1-6, 2-6

Madrid 2010


European Champions League Final
Santiago Barnebeu, Madrid


Bayern Munchen - Internazionale 0 - 2
Milito 35' 70'









Saturday, May 22, 2010

ECL : The neutral view

English view (Alex Chick)

Who will win? Inter

Why? Inter have to be the favourites after deservedly beating Chelsea and Barcelona on the way to the final. They are masters at stopping their opponents from playing. Bayern have impressed at times and, in Arjen Robben, have possibly the player of the tournament, but needed a bit of luck to get past Fiorentina and Manchester United.

Is there much anticipation prior to the final in your country? We are not very good at paying attention to football when 'our' clubs aren't involved, but the presence of Jose Mourinho gives the media an easy angle. There is not much other football on at the moment, and the game is on terrestrial TV, so there will be a fair amount of interest.

Who will be the key players, and what will be the crucial elements to the final? Lucio, Javier Zanetti and Esteban Cambiasso have been Inter's key players so far. Arjen Robben, Ivica Olic and Mark van Bommel for Bayern. The decisive factor will probably be whether Robben is able to shine, or whether Inter shut him down as they did Lionel Messi. It should be an interesting tactical battle between two excellent managers, although probably not a spectacular game for the neutrals.

Which team will your country support? Britain is completely obsessed with Mourinho, so I imagine most people will probably support Inter. But Bayern won a few fans when they knocked out United...

French view (Maxime Dupuis)

Who will win? Inter

Why? Even if this final is a game between two tactical geniuses on the bench, I think Inter with Mourinho will find something that will give Van Gaal some serious headaches. Mourinho did it against Chelsea and Barcelona who were, in my opinion, stronger opponents.

Is there much anticipation prior to the final in your country? Not really. It would have been more highly anticipated if Franck Ribery had been on the pitch. And in France, you won't find many fans of Bayern (except me) or Inter. People prefer Barcelona and Arsenal.

Who will be the key players, and what will be the crucial elements to the final? For Bayern, Robben. Do I really have to explain why? He is the Bayern's version of Messi. We've seen it in the past rounds. For Inter, as I said before, the key will not be on the pitch but on the bench with Mourinho. If I had to highlight one player it would be Sneijder. If he is at 100 per cent he will be the key, which is funny to point out as he and Robben did not 'fire' for Real Madrid.

Which team will your country support? No one I think.

Swedish view (Kristian Borell)

Who will win? Inter

Why? Inter are a better team than Bayern, both with regards to their individual players, and the team as a whole. The Bayern back four looks far too vulnerable with forwards like Diego Milito and Samuel Eto'o about. The German threat will come from Robben, but he will be neutralised by Inter captain Zanetti.

Is there much anticipation prior to the final in your country? It's the Champions League final - it is the finest match there is in club football and is of great interest.

Who will be the key players, and what will be the crucial elements to the final? Mourinho will have to show that he and his team can deal with the Real Madrid-situation he has created. Everyone knows that he will leave, but the question is what impact that has on Inter in this final? If Mourinho were to lose, the verdict will be that it was his fault after creating the situation with Real.

Which team will your country support? 50/50.

Spanish view (Cristian Maxedo)

Who will win? Bayern.

Why? Inter have better players than Bayern, and Ribery will not be able to play in the final which is key - we must trust the strong character of Bayern's players. Robben is the third best player in the world at this moment (behind Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo) and I think his role will be crucial.

Is there much anticipation prior to the final in your country? Of course. With the final being held in Madrid, I think the public will go crazy for this event.

Who will be the key players, and what will be the crucial elements to the final? As I said before, Robben will be the best player in the final. The other players I think will fire are Olic and Bastian Schwesteiger for Bayern, and Maicon and Samuel Eto'o for Inter.

Which team will your country support? The opinion is divided. Barcelona's fans want Bayern to win because Inter defeated them, while Real Madrid's supporters are supporting Inter because they knocked out Barcelona. Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid's fans would like to see Bayern win because they are waiting for the European Super Cup and they would have an opportunity for revenge after losing the European Cup against them 36 years ago.

Arabic view (Mohammad Sanajleh)

Who will win? Both sides have an equal chance.

Why? I agree with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge when he said that Inter and Bayern have an equal chance of winning. Both sides equally deserve to clinch the title and have players who can really make the difference. Bayern have Robben, Schwesteiger and Olic, while Inter have Eto, Sneijder and Zanetti. All of these players could make the difference. Also, both teams have excellent coaches who are experts in knowing how to run the match.

Is there much anticipation prior to the final in your country? Everyone is eagerly anticipating the match. The Arab world in general has a special way of celebrating and watching such matches. We go to 'Shisah Coffee' cafes, and the fans of each team sit in one corner of the building and the other set of fans sit in the other. There is always a very enthusiastic atmosphere.

Who will be the key players, and what will be the crucial elements to the final? I think Eto'o, Sneijder and Zanetti for Inter, and Robben, Schweinsteiger and Olic for Bayern will have the key impacts on the match.

Which team will your country support? Inter have lots of supporters and fans in the Arab world, but the supporters of Barcelona will follow Bayern for sure. In the Arab world there are millions of Barcelona fans, and they will all support the German side because they hate Mourinho!

Chinese view (Li Lin)

Who will win? Inter.

Why? Although Bayern have enjoyed a wonderful performance in the Champions League this season, their overall strength is much less than Inter's. Due to the familiarity between Mourinho and Robben, "the special one" will certainly find a way to keep Bayern's best player quiet.

Is there much anticipation prior to the final in your country? Yes. We once expected that we would see Bordeaux face Inter and hoped that Laurent Blanc would emulate Mourinho. But unfortunately, Bordeaux was beaten by Lyon during the quater-final.

Who will be the key players, and what will be the crucial elements to the final? The "war" between Mourinho and Louis Van Gaal must be the most important element to the final. After that, the confrontation between Sneijder and Robben will decide the final result. Of course, do not forget Milito, who is the most dangerous forward in the two sides right now.

Which team will your country support? Of course Inter, because we are all the fans of Italian football.

Russian view (Roman Feigin)

Who will win? Bayern

Why? The German side have performed very well at the end of the season and are playing superbly, even without Ribery. Inter are also very strong, but the Italian champions are not showing the same stability.

Is there much anticipation prior to the final in your country? We expect an interesting game with plenty of brilliant attacking football. Each team needs a third title of the season and has a strong offence.

Who will be the key players, and what will be the crucial elements to the final? Robben and Olic will hold the key for Bayern.

Which team will your country support? In Russia, most people will support Bayern, as Olic and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk have played in our league.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Spanish King's Cup 2010

Copa del Rey
Nou Camp, Barcelona


Sevilla FC - Atletico Madrid 2 - 0
Capel 5', Navas 90'



Monday, May 17, 2010

European Golden Shoes



Rank Player Club League Goals Points
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2 Drogba, DidierDidier Drogba Chelsea English Premier League &0000000000000029.00000029 &0000000000000058.00000058
2 Di Natale, AntonioAntonio Di Natale Udinese Serie A &0000000000000029.00000029 &0000000000000058.00000058
4 Higuaín, GonzaloGonzalo Higuaín Real Madrid La Liga &0000000000000027.00000027 &0000000000000054.00000054
5 Suárez, LuisLuis Suárez Ajax Eredivisie &0000000000000035.00000035 &0000000000000052.50000052.5
6 Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney Manchester United English Premier League &0000000000000026.00000026 &0000000000000052.00000052
6 Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid La Liga &0000000000000026.00000026 &0000000000000052.00000052
8 Bent, DarrenDarren Bent Sunderland English Premier League &0000000000000024.00000024 &0000000000000048.00000048
9 Tévez, CarlosCarlos Tévez Manchester City English Premier League &0000000000000023.00000023 &0000000000000046.00000046
10 Doumbia, SeydouSeydou Doumbia BSC Young Boys Swiss Super League &0000000000000030.00000030 &0000000000000045.00000045
11 Džeko, EdinEdin Džeko Wolfsburg Bundesliga &0000000000000022.00000022 &0000000000000044.00000044
11 Lampard, FrankFrank Lampard Chelsea English Premier League &0000000000000022.00000022 &0000000000000044.00000044
11 Milito, DiegoDiego Milito Internazionale Serie A &0000000000000022.00000022 &0000000000000044.00000044
14 Villa, DavidDavid Villa Valencia La Liga &0000000000000021.00000021 &0000000000000042.00000042
14 Kießling, StefanStefan Kießling Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga &0000000000000021.00000021 &0000000000000042.00000042
14 Arbeitman, ShlomiShlomi Arbeitman Maccabi Haifa Israeli Premier League &0000000000000028.00000028 &0000000000000042.00000042
17 Cardozo, ÓscarÓscar Cardozo Benfica Liga Sagres &0000000000000026.00000026 &0000000000000039.00000039
18 Miccoli, FabrizioFabrizio Miccoli Palermo Serie A &0000000000000019.00000019 &0000000000000038.00000038
18 Barrios, LucasLucas Barrios Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga &0000000000000019.00000019 &0000000000000038.00000038
18 Pazzini, GiampaoloGiampaolo Pazzini Sampdoria Serie A &0000000000000019.00000019 &0000000000000038.00000038
21 Falcao Garcia, RadamelRadamel Falcao Garcia Porto Liga Sagres &0000000000000025.00000025 &0000000000000037.50000037.5
22 Torres, FernandoFernando Torres Liverpool English Premier League &0000000000000018.00000018 &0000000000000036.00000036
22 Defoe, JermainJermain Defoe Tottenham Hotspur English Premier League &0000000000000018.00000018 &0000000000000036.00000036
22 Kurányi, KevinKevin Kurányi Schalke Bundesliga &0000000000000018.00000018 &0000000000000036.00000036
22 Niang, MamadouMamadou Niang Marseille Ligue 1 &0000000000000018.00000018 &0000000000000036.00000036
22 Ruiz, BryanBryan Ruiz Twente Eredivisie &0000000000000024.00000024 &0000000000000036.00000036
27 Cissé, DjibrilDjibril Cissé Panathinaikos Super League Greece &0000000000000023.00000023 &0000000000000034.50000034.5
27 Boyd, KrisKris Boyd Rangers Scottish Premier League &0000000000000023.00000023 &0000000000000034.50000034.5
29 Forlán, DiegoDiego Forlán Atletico Madrid La Liga &0000000000000017.00000017 &0000000000000034.00000034
29 Gameiro, KevinKevin Gameiro Lorient Ligue 1 &0000000000000017.00000017 &0000000000000034.00000034
31 Shechter, ItayItay Shechter Hapoel Tel Aviv Israeli Premier League &0000000000000022.00000022 &0000000000000033.00000033
32 Ibrahimović, ZlatanZlatan Ibrahimović Barcelona La Liga &0000000000000016.00000016 &0000000000000032.00000032
32 Pizarro, ClaudioClaudio Pizarro Werder Bremen Bundesliga &0000000000000016.00000016 &0000000000000032.00000032
32 Robben, ArjenArjen Robben Bayern Munich Bundesliga &0000000000000016.00000016 &0000000000000032.00000032
35 de Morais, Welliton SoaresWelliton Soares de Morais Spartak Moscow Russian Premier League &0000000000000021.00000021 &0000000000000031.50000031.5
35 Junker, MadsMads Junker Roda Eredivisie &0000000000000021.00000021 &0000000000000031.50000031.5
35 Streller, MarcoMarco Streller FC Basel Swiss Super League &0000000000000021.00000021 &0000000000000031.50000031.5
35 Stokes, AnthonyAnthony Stokes Hibernian Scottish Premier League &0000000000000021.00000021 &0000000000000031.50000031.5
39 Grebis, KristapsKristaps Grebis Liepājas Metalurgs Latvian Higher League &0000000000000030.00000030 &0000000000000030.00000030
39 Fàbregas, CescCesc Fàbregas Arsenal English Premier League &0000000000000015.00000015 &0000000000000030.00000030
39 Gilardino, AlbertoAlberto Gilardino Fiorentina Serie A &0000000000000015.00000015 &0000000000000030.00000030
39 Makukula, ArizaAriza Makukula Kayserispor Süper Lig &0000000000000020.00000020 &0000000000000030.00000030
39 El Hamdaoui, MounirMounir El Hamdaoui AZ Alkmaar Eredivisie &0000000000000020.00000020 &0000000000000030.00000030
39 Fabiano, LuisLuis Fabiano Sevilla La Liga &0000000000000015.00000015 &0000000000000030.00000030
39 Lopez, LisandroLisandro Lopez Lyon Ligue 1 &0000000000000015.00000015 &0000000000000030.00000030
39 Erdinç, MevlütMevlüt Erdinç PSG Ligue 1 &0000000000000015.00000015 &0000000000000030.00000030
39 Ianu, CristianCristian Ianu FC Luzern Swiss Super League &0000000000000020.00000020 &0000000000000030.00000030

La Liga 2009/2010




P W D L GF GA Dif Pts

1 FC Barcelona 38 31 6 1 98 24 74 99

2 Real Madrid 38 31 3 4 102 35 67 96

3 Valencia 38 21 8 9 59 40 19 71

4 FC Sevilla 38 19 6 13 65 49 16 63

5 Mallorca 38 18 8 12 59 44 15 62

6 Getafe 38 17 7 14 58 48 10 58

7 Villarreal 38 16 8 14 58 57 1 56

8 Athletic Bilbao 38 15 9 14 50 53 -3 54

9 Atletico Madrid 38 13 8 17 57 61 -4 47

10 Deportivo 38 13 8 17 35 49 -14 47

11 Espanyol 38 11 11 16 29 46 -17 44

12 Osasuna 38 11 10 17 37 46 -9 43

13 Almeria 38 10 12 16 43 55 -12 42

14 Zaragoza 38 10 11 17 46 64 -18 41

15 Sporting Gijon 38 9 13 16 36 51 -15 40

16 Racing 38 9 12 17 42 59 -17 39

17 Malaga 38 7 16 15 42 48 -6 37

18 Valladolid 38 7 15 16 37 62 -25 36

19 Tenerife 38 9 9 20 40 74 -34 36

20 Xerez 38 8 10 20 38 66 -28 34

Serie A 2009/2010







P W D L GF GA Dif Pts

1 Inter Milan 38 24 10 4 75 34 41 82

2 AS Roma 38 24 8 6 68 41 27 80

3 AC Milan 38 20 10 8 60 39 21 70

4 Sampdoria 38 19 10 9 49 41 8 67

5 Palermo 38 18 11 9 59 47 12 65

6 Napoli 38 15 14 9 50 43 7 59

7 Juventus 38 16 7 15 55 56 -1 55

8 Parma 38 14 10 14 46 51 -5 52

9 Genoa 38 14 9 15 57 61 -4 51

10 Bari 38 13 11 14 49 49 0 50

11 Fiorentina 38 13 8 17 48 47 1 47

12 Lazio Roma 38 11 13 14 39 43 -4 46

13 Catania 38 10 15 13 44 45 -1 45

14 Cagliari 38 11 11 16 56 58 -2 44

15 Udinese 38 11 11 16 54 59 -5 44

16 Chievo Verona 38 12 8 18 37 42 -5 44

17 Bologna 38 10 12 16 42 55 -13 42

18 Atalanta 38 9 8 21 37 53 -16 35

19 Siena 38 7 10 21 40 67 -27 31

20 Livorno 38 7 8 23 27 61 -34 29

Madrid Masters

Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open
Park Manzanares, Madrid


Rafael Nadal def. Roger Federer
6-4, 7-6



Monte Carlo GP

Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Pole Position : Mark Webber

1. Mark Webber - RBR Renault

2. Sebastian Vettel - RBR Renault

3. Robert Kubica - Renault

4. Felipe Massa - Ferrari

5. Lewis Hamilton - McLaren Mercedes

6. Fernando Alonso - Ferrari

7. Nico Rosberg - Mercedes GP

8. Adrian Sutil - Force India

9. Vinantonio Liuzzi - Force India

10. Sebastian Buemi - Toro Rosso

Sunday, May 16, 2010

German Cup

DFB-Pokal
Olympiastadion,
Berlin



Werder Bremen - Bayern Munchen 0 - 4
Robben 35' (p), Olic 51' Ribery 63' Schweinsteiger 83'



Ligue 1 2009/2010






P W D L GF GA Dif Pts

1 Marseille 38 23 9 6 69 36 33 78

2 Lyon 38 20 12 6 64 38 26 72

3 Auxerre 38 20 11 7 42 29 13 71

4 Lille 38 21 7 10 72 40 32 70

5 Montpellier 38 20 9 9 50 40 10 69

6 Bordeaux 38 19 7 12 58 40 18 64

7 Lorient 38 16 10 12 54 42 12 58

8 Monaco 38 15 10 13 39 45 -6 55

9 Rennes 38 14 11 13 52 41 11 53

10 Valenciennes 38 14 10 14 50 50 0 52

11 Lens 38 12 12 14 40 44 -4 48

12 Nancy 38 13 9 16 46 53 -7 48

13 Paris SG 38 12 11 15 50 46 4 47

14 Toulouse 38 12 11 15 36 36 0 47

15 Nice 38 11 11 16 41 57 -16 44

16 Sochaux 38 11 8 19 28 52 -24 41

17 Saint-Etienne 38 10 10 18 27 45 -18 40

18 Le Mans 38 8 8 22 36 59 -23 32

19 Boulogne 38 7 10 21 31 62 -31 31

20 Grenoble 38 5 8 25 31 61 -30 23

FA Cup 2009/2010

FA Cup Final
Wembley


Chelsea - Portsmouth 1 - 0
Drogba 59'




Friday, May 14, 2010

Barclays Award

Barclays Merit Award

Chelsea FC
(First team to score 100 goals in a BPL season)


Barclays Golden Boot

Didier Drogba
(29 league goals)

Barclays Golden Glove

Petr Cech
(17 clean sheets)

FWA Player of The Year

FWA Player of The Year 2010


Wayne Rooney
Manchester United