Posted: 4/9/2009
Title: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

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      Well, if you are a Liverpool or Bayern Munchen supporter I would cancel any plans right now for the Champions League Final at Stadio Olympico in the eternal city on May 27th, after disasterous performances Wednesday night in the Champions League quarter final first legs.

     After smashing Sporting Lisbon 12-1 on aggregate in the last round, FC Bayern conceeded five goals in the Bundesliga on Saturday at leaders Wolfsburg, and it didn't get any better for Jurgen Klinsmann and his team at the Camp Nou. Barcelona scored 4 without reply in the first half and look certain to play Chelsea in the semi-finals.  Liverpool and Chelsea have played each other  in the quarter or semi-final stage 5 times in recent years, with The Reds going marching on each time. After a stunning opening goal in the 4th minute at Anfield from Spaniard Fernando Torres it seemed that history was to repeat itself, until Chelsea under temporary boss, Guus Hiddink, won away 3-1, with a brace of goals from Branislav Ivanovic from Serbia.

      In the other side of the draw Arsenal will have the advantage over Villareal at The Emirates next week while FC Porto, who knocked out Manchester United before winning the Cup 4 seasons ago, take a 2-2 tie and away goals back to their splendid home at the Dragao.

    Do you want to buy a professional club REALLY cheap!! Well, I told you about the troubles of Blue Square Premier club Salisbury City a couple of weeks ago, who overspent. Today they are on sale for 1.00. Anybody interested? www.salisburycity-fc.co.uk. They are half way up the legue in 14th place.

      Womens professional soccer started up with  matches in the USA last weekend in crowds that averaged about 6,000. www.womensprosoccer.com.  Not so good news in England, where the Football Association had offered contracts to at least 20 players for the launch of the English Pro League in 2010 which is to move to a summer schedule. Last week they announced that the plans had been set back by at least 12 months to 2011.

       Alan Shearer, 38 year old legend, took over as manager of struggling Newcastle United last week and the Magpies still lost and remain in the relegation zone. A very popular move was the firing of Dennis Wise, the unpopular former Chelsea player and Leeds manager who was supposed to be in charge of buying new players. After less than a year he is paid up 1.5 million, and can still remain in London since he didn't move to the North-East. Perhaps he can take over at Stamford Bridge when Hiddink goes back to Moscow? NOT!!

      Big news yesterday where ant-terrorism squads moved on addresses in Liverpool, Manchester and Clitheroe in East Lancashire, arresteing at least a dozen Pakistanis on student visas. The rumour is that they were planning terorism at big soccer stadiums such as Old Trafford and Liverpool. How on earth Pakistanis or Bangladeshis are offered visas unless they are cricket players and nurses, I don't know.

    No, its not a Polish joke, but The FA , www.thefa.com are going to employ SIX referees and assistants at each of the two F.A. Cup Semi-finals at Wembley next weekend, including South African Daniel Bennett, who has not even been put forward by The South African F.A. for next years FIFA World Cup. Does it need more than one man in black to change the light bulb in the referees room??  In 1891 'umpires' were moved to the touch line as referees were introduced to control the middle.

 

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