Four-nil down to PSG in Paris and there should not have been much hope, BUT 6-1 and a finish not to be believed for Barca at Camp Nou and they advance in the Champions League. For PSG it was not a happy homecoming at the private Le Bourget Airport as fans attacked the returning players, their families and their vehicles. On May 21, 1927 Charles Lindbergh landed at Le Bourget in 'The Spirit of St. Louis' after a 33 hours and 30 minutes trans-Atlantic flight from Roosevelt Airport, Long Island to Paris and IMMORTALITY !!., 3,600miles (5,800 km approx) and a $25,000 Orteig Prize.WHAT A DIFFERENCE IN THE RECEPTION !!!
Dunfermline FC of Scotland congratulated Lionel Messi and his team mates after they broke THE PARS European comeback record from December 1962. Managed by the great Jock Stein they had lost 4-0 to Valencia in the old Inter-Cities Fairs Cup first leg but then battered the Spaniards 6-2 at East End Park in front of 15,000 fans in the return leg,. They had a play-off in Lisbon and lost 1-0 and Valencia went on to win the competition.
Positive news from across tha Atlantic as the MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER 22nd season kicked off with two new clubs in Minnesota and Atlanta...a total of 22 clubs. ORLANDO CITY opened their brand new stadium with a sell out crowd of 25,000 purple bedecked fans and one end a safe standing area to rival the one in Dortmund in the Bundesliga. A 1-0 win over the visiting NYCFC sent the locals home happy.
In Georgia. ATLANTA UNITED in their red and black stripes had an incredible 55, 270 at Bobby Dodd Stadium on the grounds of Georgia Tech. They scored first but lost 2-1 to visiting Red Bulls from New Jersey. Half way through the season they will move into the new Mercedez-Benz Stadium. The attendance was the FOURTH BIGGEST IN THE WORLD LAST WEEKEND !
Englands Three Lionesses may have lost narrowly to both France and Germany at the SHE BELIEVES CUP on the East Coast of USA but their Welsh coach Mark Sampson lead them to a 1-0 victory over the Engish Jill Ellis coached USA , the World Champions, at a full Red Bull Arena NJ with Ellen White's 89th minute goal. Surprisingly the Americans were downed 3-0 by France in the final match of the tournament. All three European teams will be competing in the 16 team UEFA Womens Championships in The Netherlands this summer. First up for England will be Scotland on 19th July in Utrecht. England play Spain in Breda 23rd July and Portugal in Tilburg on 7th.
Other competitors include The Netherlands, Iceland, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, France, Austria, Russia, Italy, Sweden, Germany.. The final will be in Enschede on 6th August at FC Twente Stadium.