Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Football Roundup

FA Cup Draw
Barnsley v Cardiff
West Brom v Portsmouth
- 3 Teams from the Championship. One from Premiership.
- I am cheering for Barnsley to win the whole thing.
- First time since 1995 that FA Cup will not be won by one of the Big Four
- Great for the Competition. Wonderful news for the Sport.

Euro League Roundups

Portugal: Porto 54, Benfica 40, Guimaraes 38, Setubal 37, Sporting 34
Porto have dominated Portuguese footer for most of the last twenty-five years. I personally prefer Benfica but it looks as though the League will head to Portugal's second city. Somewhat of a runaway. Also just in: Jose Antonio Camacho quits as coach of Benfica.

Netherlands: PSV 59, Ajax 53, Groningen 50, Breda 50, Feyernoord 48
It would be great to see Ajax launch a full out push and steal the League but PSV seem to have enough distance between the two clubs to make that happening unlikely.
Ajax forward - Klaas Jan-Huntelaar has been fantastic once again with 23 goals.

Germany: Bayern are making up for missing out on the Champions League this season. I will be very surprised if they cannot hold on to win another Bundesliga.
Bayern 50, Werder Bremen 43, Hamburg 42, Leverkusen 41, Schalke 38 (may be more focussed on Champions League).
My team - Moenchengladbach - are leading Budesliga 2 and will hopefully be back with the big boys next season.

Spain: A combination of Barcelona injuries and Real Madrid's ability to grind out results should allow the all-whites to successfully defend their title.
Villareal have played well this season - less so Valencia and to some extent Sevilla.
Real Madrid 62, Barcelona 54, Villareal 50, Atletico Madrid 44, Racing Santander 44

Italy: The smart money is on another Inter Milan title although Roma have appeared to have not given up the pursuit. Its great to see Juventus back amongst the big boys. Would peronally not shed a tear if Fiorentina edged out AC Milan for a Champion's League spot.
Inter 64, Roma 58, Juventus 51, Fiorentina 47, AC Milan 46
Big flop: Lazio 11th place 33 points
Personal Hope: Parma avoid relegation.

France: Another season - another Lyon title. Can't remember if this would be six or seven in a row. Closest rivals are Bordeaux who were defeated 4-2 by Lyon on Sunday. My team St. Etienne are hovering around mid table.
Lyon 58, Bordeaux 52, Nancy 48, Marseille 45, Le Mans 41.

Scotland: I prefer Celtic but this looks to be Ranger's year (not only in Scotland but perhaps in the UEFA Cup as well).
Rangers 68, Celtic 64, Motherwell 46, Dundee United 45, Hibernian (team I support)41
Old Firm runaway - once again.

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