The bird is the word: Liverpool 3 - Blackburn 2
Hope you got to be there,otherwise I picked up on this bit of EPL humor:
Not a very nice headline, but goes a long way to explaining the club's fall from the top and the exodus of players to Real Madrdi, Barcelona, Chelsea, &c.
And even transport for fans for the Cup Final is fouled up:
It does explain how Hicks and Gillett screwed up the club. Sad but true.
Great former LFC players have been doing quite well in Europe, as you alluded to. Arbeloa was solid for Real Madrid along with Alonso of course. I'm happier to see Bayern and Chelsea in the final than the two Spanish sides. I was cheering for Barca, but they were unable to adapt and be unpredictable when Chelsea went to seven at the back. Great teams have to be able to adjust in the heat of battle.
John Terry got what he deserved. What's wrong with him, John? He's the CAPTAIN and he let the entire club down because he didn't think they could win, in my opinion. He expressed that frustration just as the rest of his teammates were showing their mettle. After the final a few years ago when he slipped with the chance to win it all, I would have expected a true leader to fight to the end and never give up, but Terry didn't do that. What a stupid move to earn red.
I see Chelsea are asking for some kind of amnesty, as four of their players are excluded from the final because of misconduct via an accumulation of red and yellow cards.
I have no sympathy - these guys know the rules, and UEFA, bless them, are trying to encourage fair play.
Terry's in a mess, as he's also facing criminal prosecution for racist conduct against Ferdinand (not that one, his cousin who plays for Queens Park Rangers).
However, if Chelsea do win the Champions League, it seems he may be allowed to receive the trophy in the stadium as Club Captain. This has not gone down well because of his recent conduct. And I don't buy the sympathy argument of him "missing this year's final" and screwing up his penalty v the Manks in 2008 in Moscow.
Seeing John Terry lift the Champions League trophy would be grotesque (and that's a London newspaper!)
Anyway, the BIG one is next Saturday, 5:15 pm (GMT+1), the FA Cup Final from Wembley. I've not got a ticket - again lots of arguments as LFE and EFC got around 35,000 tickets each for the semi-final, but LFC and Chlesea now get around 25,000 tickets, as the "FA Family" take the remaining 40,000.
Then there's the row about the kick-off time of 5:15 pm. Traditionally it's 3pm. Now the semi-final was brought forward to a 12:30pm kick-off supposedly to reduce the opportuinty for pre-match drinking and not to upset the locals (as if 100,000 people could tip-toe to the stadium). This has gone out of the window as a new set of prioriites are "discovered". Why don't the FA say it's all about TV; the FA Cup no longer takes precendence over the Prem League, as it's more important not to interrupt the Trafford Rovers fans somewhere in the Far East. The UK fans who actually pay to travel to the stadium, buy the match-day tickets and spend moeny in and around London count for nothing, as the FA know they are so dedicated to following their team.
And, then Chelsea visit Liverpool on Tues 8th May in the Prem League fixture, originally scheduled for Cup Final Day. I have a ticket for that match; let's hope it's LFC parading the FA Cup!
You make a great point. Got some great info here. I think that if more people thought about it that way, they’d have a better time get the hang ofing the issue. by the way, you can check the 2012-2013 UEFA Champions League fixture http://info.nowgoal.com/en/CupMatch.aspx?SclassID=103&lang=2
by the way, you can check the 2012-2013 UEFA Champions League fixture
Actually, I watched the draw live on TV…
Here's the full details of the first leg matches, times are CET.
Champions League, spread over four dates: http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/index.html
If you're a real footballing nerd, this is THE site for European Club Football: http://kassiesa.home.xs4all.nl/bert/uefa/data/method4/match2013.html
Current Rankings (which also affect TV payments) are on the smae site: http://kassiesa.home.xs4all.nl/bert/uefa/data/method4/trank2013.html
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