Thrilling game!! Liverpool advance to the final with a gutsy 1-0 win over the English Premier League champs! Their fans are called "the best in the land", but I've been a sports fan in the U.S. since the early 60's, and I've never seen or heard fans like these anywhere! The atmosphere was electric, and now Liverpool FC will get to play "for all of Europe" in the final.
One sad note: three or four Liverpool fanatics ran onto the field in the 2nd half under the influence, and I think I saw John Davies out there. Luckily he still had some of his clothing on. I know you won't read this, John, until you sober up and get out of jail, but you have to learn to control yourself Man!
Just got back. The city centre's just one great party!
The atmosphere at Anfield was amazing. 40,000 singing and dancing Scousers. The roof was lifted when Luis Garcia scored in the first 5 minutes and then LFC shut up shop and defended, sometimes a bit desperately.
The back four of Finnan, Carragher, Hyypiä and Traore were rock solid and the blue forwards couldn't past round through or over them!
Yes, the two idiots that ran on the pitch were right paira pillocks and deserve what ever they get. LFC will probably be fined for that lapse of security.
Morinho is very bitter in defeat, but then it's rare experience for him. He's got no complaint - they were held to 0-0 in London and when the home team fails to score, it's bad sign. He'll get over it, and after all we did let him the League Cup in Cardiff!
So it's Istanbul on Wed 25th May at the
Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul where Liverpool will probably play AC Milan. So it's 3rd v 5th in the
European Rankings, and between them they have won this trophy 10 times - Liverpool 4, AC Milan 6 times. Yes, they are the top in Europe.
We'll be eligible for a ticket, but I not sure if I can afford the necessary three days off work and the others costs Ah, what the hell!!
Glad it wasn't you! Those idiots did very little harm, but it reminded me of the nut who pushed the marathon runner from Brazil who was leading in the Olympic men's marathon at the time. And they came all the way from Barcelona to do this?!
Gerrard's little flick up and over the defense was a wonderful ball. He set up the goal, and put LFC into the final. I thought on replay that there is no question the ball crossed the line, but I wish there had been a better angle shown. Doesn't matter, since the ref got the call correct! Do you know if the center ref or the assistant ref made the call for a goal first?
You've seen some brilliant and thrilling matches at Anfield this past month. I'm jealous.
The linesman gave it apparently, he was interviewed by the BBC today and defended his decision.
It was a no-brainer though. If the ref had disallowed the goal he'd have had to send Cech off for his challenge on Barros and award Livepool a penalty anyway. I think that's why the Chelsea players didn't protest much at the time.
Somehow he conveniently forgets that but for two own goals by Barcelona and Liverpool he would been out of the European Cup and lost the League cup final, and the goals which beat Barcelona and Liverpool in the League where lucky deflections. They were all "mistakes" but in his favour
Anyway it was goal. And 40,000 Koppites and Luis Garcia scored it!
Must get down the boozer for
PSV v AC (No Sky Sports in my house)
And now PSV Eindhoven have drawn even with AC Milan midway through the 2nd half! 2-2 on aggregate, with about 15 minutes to play, plus overtime if it comes to that. This is a very surprising scoreline given that Milan haven't conceded a goal in the CL since matchday 4!
I'm really disappointed about the fact that Liverpool made it to the Final. Their Premiership campaing has been flawed at best! They either win the Champions League or they won't make it to next year's 'cause surely Everton will take their spot! I don't know what happened to Chelsea, they had the motivation to win everything this year and they had defeated Liverpool 3 times already. About AC Milan there's very little I can say: first they bore you, then they tire you and then they make you go nuts! And that's when they attack! I honestly don't care who wins this year, my interest was lost when Chelsea lost. May the 'best' team win.
> > They either win the Champions League or they won't make it to next year's 'cause surely Everton will take their spot!
The Champions League regulations state:
] Places in the UEFA Champions League are allocated as follows:
a) 3 associations with 4 participants each,
b) 3 associations with 3 participants each,
c) 9 associations with 2 participants each,
d) remaining associations with 1 participant each,
e) the title-holders, if they do not qualify for the UEFA Champions League via their top domestic league championship, and if the UEFA Administration admits the club in question to the UEFA Champions League at the request of its national association (see Article 1 of the UEFA Champions League regulations).
Article 1 states:
] However, no association may enter more than four clubs for the competition.
The three Associations who have four places every season are Spain, Italy and England. The title holders can therefore only defend their title by right if they are a team in one of the other 49 associations.
If, for instance, AS Roma were in final instead of AC Milan, the Italians would be having the same issue to deal with as the English FA because Roma are currently 14th in Serie A.
The problem is the rules of EUFA, the implementation of which they have passed onto the English FA.
Whatever the outcome, both Premier League teams in Liverpool will be playing in Europe next season, which can only be good for the city.
When driving, why should you avoid swerving to hit a lawyer riding on a bicycle? It might be your bike.
(John was just citing the regulations to correct an error by Jonathan. These regulations are very important to football fans and teams. Just ask AC Milan, who "won" 3-3 on aggregate (two matches) vs. PSV because of the away-goal tiebreak rule.)
Liverpool are playing like champions in the CL, so they deserve to be in the final! Chelsea, PSV Eindhoven, Juventus, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United all came up short when it counted. Liverpool has shown their heart is huge!
>Fans of struggling Danish side Odense BK did their bit to lift their side's spirits by bringing a stripper to one of their training sessions last week. Armed with a banner bearing the slogan 'Sex is more fun when you win', a group of supporters calling themselves 'The Unofficial Odense' watched enraptured as the stripper, armed with a whip, came on to the training pitch last Friday, undressed and danced for the startled players. Jakob Jensen, a spokesman for 'The Unofficial Odense' explained: "The team has been lacking spirit, so we thought this would whip up some enthusiasm." Team captain Nicolai Stokholm was not ungrateful. "It was a good initiative," he said. "It is important to us to feel that our fans are backing us, and this was obvious proof that they do." Coach Troels Bech added: "It was quite unusual. I thought it was an OK idea, and it helped to unite us with our fans." However, the naked incentive did not change the team's fortunes on the pitch. They drew their subsequent home game against Viborg FF 0-0 and are still waiting for a first league win of 2005. Perhaps it would help next time if the stripper cracked the whip.
This is exactly the type of story the Anchorage Daily News used to run about soccer. If it was scandelous AND included a nil-nil score, the sports editor was ecstatic! But, jk3, you are falling behind the times, because even the Anchorage Daily News has realized something: Soccer is the most popular youth sport in the U.S. (watch out England), and it has been the most popular for over seven years now. In fact, the U.S. Youth Soccer Association is the largest youth membership organization in the world!
former Anchorage District Commissioner, Alaska Youth Soccer
former board member of Anchorage District Soccer Federation
former president of Northern Lights Soccer Club
former head coach for NLSC Dynamo '87,(1997-2003)
former head coach for various Boys & Girls Club teams
current videographer for West High girls/boys varsity
current soccer has-been
fan of the world's most popular sport
No need. What Gene said. People enjoy what they like, and it changes obviously, like you not being into the N.Y. Rangers this past decade as you were back in the 80s, and now suddenly the Champions League burns in your veins. I'm not into Nascar, and I'm not gonna be converted really, but the sport is growing. Kids I first coached in soccer at 8 or 9 are now 21. It's the echo boom, so there's a pretty big demographic of 25-14 year olds who grew up on the game. Lots of 'em probably prefer American Idle or other stuff to watching soccer on TV, but the high school kids who play talk about the sport and enjoy it. We get groups of 15-18 year olds at our house watching Champions League or EPL matches on our TiVo.
I may check out the U.S. Census Bureau some time to see what the U.S. birthrate has been estimated to be over the past 25-30 years.
I shall ignore that comment with the contempt that it deserves.
> > Soccer is the most popular youth sport in the U.S.
Excellent! Maybe there'll be a top class league there soon too, and their best players will have a choice of home or overseas.
I'm eligible for a ticket for the Euro Cup final at £86 having attended all 7 home matches, but with flights &c to Turkey, the cost will almost £600. Each. I'm not going to be able to afford the £1,200 for my son and I to have a day trip to Istanbul. :-(
>I'm not going to be able to afford the £1,200 for my son and I to have a day trip to Istanbul.
We have tickets!
I knew you wouldn't let it slip away--the chance of a lifetime for you and your son to share this big day!
I started this thread by predicting that AC Milan would take the CL trophy, but I get the feeling that Liverpool is not to be denied. My prediction: 2-1 win for Liverpool FC! I admire AC Milan and how they can play, but I'm cheering for LFC all the way! The Reds have the talent and the heart!
It's not exactly the chance of a lifetime as I could have gone to any of the five Champions Cup finals in 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984 and 1985. I was at the UEFA Cup finals of 1973 and 1976, but had to work on the night of the 2001 UEFA cup final. My mum said I was too young to go to the 1966 Cup-winners final in Glasgow, but I did see the home matches at Anfield.
> > I admire AC Milan and how they can play,
AC Milan are taking it very seriously too:
We've got seats at the North End of the upper balcony of the East Stand - Block 310.
Yes, the match day programmes are on sale in the City Centre already.
I've washed my red Carlsberg shirt and getting ready to leave tomorrow night just after midnight. Our flight leaves at 0700 BST from Luton and arrives in Istanbul about 1240 EET. So we'll have few hours to check out the local sights like Taksim Square before boarding the bus to the Stadium.
We leave Istanbul at 0400 EET, arrive back at Luton about 0600 BST, and with a bit of luck I'll not be too late for work!
I'm taking a pocket digital camera, so let's hope there's some good photos.
>Liverpool have won the matches that mattered, and this is why the team many claimed were least likely to progress in the Champions League are now in the final.
So if the Reds win, they will have won ALL the matches that matter to become Europe's best. Two of Europe's most storied clubs, with 14 appearances in the final between them, and tomorrow they meet in the European Final for the first time.
Exactly wrong. They WON when it mattered. The teams they played against LOST when it mattered.
I heard Chuck Conners on the radio once years ago (the actor from "The Rifleman" way back when) and he said the reason he was so sad not to have made it in major league baseball is because, unlike acting for TV or movies, you only get one try on any pitch or play in the field, and there are no retakes. You either do it when it matters, or you fail. Liverpool advanced from group play, and they have yet to lose in the knockout rounds. They did "hit" it, and their opponents "missed" it, so you could say it is "hit and miss", but not the way you mean it!
But then, you are just trying to get me to rise to the bait, so I guess YOU win!