Champions League Wrap

15 04 2009

Bayern Munich 1-1 Barcelona
BAY: Ribéry (47′)
BAR: Keita (73′)
BAR adv. on 1-5 agg.

Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool
CHE: Drogba (51′), Alex (57′), Lampard (76′, 89′)
LIV: Fábio Aurélio, Xabi Alonso (28′ pen), Lucas (81′), Kuyt (83′)
CHE adv. on 7-5 agg.

Arsenal 3-0 Villarreal
ARS: Walcott (19′), Adebayor (60′), Van Persie (69′ pen)
ARS adv. on 4-1 agg.

FC Porto 0-1 Manchester United
MAN: Cristiano Ronaldo (6′)
MAN adv on 2-3 agg.


Confirmed Lineups

14 04 2009

Bayern Munich: Jorg Butt, Phillip Lahm,Lucio, Martín De Michelis, Christian Lell; Andreas Ottl, Zé Roberto, Mark Van Bommel, José Sosa; Franck Ribéry, Luca Toni
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés, Eric Abidal, Carles Puyol, Gerard Piqué, Dani Alves, Andrés Iniesta, Touré Yaya, Xavi, Seydou Keita, Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry, Samuel Eto’o


Chelsea FC: Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, Branislav Ivanovic, Alex, Ricardo Carvalho, Michael Essien, Florent Malouda, Michael Ballack, Solomon Kalou, Didier Drogba

Liverpool FC: Pepe Reina, Álvaro Arbeloa, Martin Skrtel, Jamie Carragher,  Fabio Aurélio, Javier Mascherano, Xabi Alonso,  Yossi Benayoun, Kuyt, Fernando Torres

Barcelona Use Love Drug To Counter Altitude?

9 04 2009

No wonder so many women go to games in Ecuador!

Well that is the first thing that would have come to mind when the rumor first surfaced about Barcelona, the country’s most popular team, was being named in a doping scandal that involved Viagra.

Although there seems to be no evidence of the drug being administered to players prior to their 4-1 loss to Técnico Universitario in Ambato. The club discussed the information, but in no instance were they looking into the distribution of the drug to their players in order to counter the effects of altitude.

What Estada did admit was that the players were given Kobil, which is a medication that contains antioxidants used in the freeing up of free radicals created due to excessive activity in hostile conditions.

Many media outlets were stating that the use of those medications caused the players to have their muscles “stiffen”  (no pun intended).

Ambato is located 50 miles south of Quito and is at 2,577 meters above sea level.

Cruyff Doesn’t “Know Construction”, Florentino Doesn’t “Know Football”

25 03 2009
Former Barca star and coach Johan Cruyff (Photobucket)
Former Barca star and coach Johan Cruyff (Photobucket)

“I can imagine that he is not going to be involved in football matters. I don’t know about construction and he doesn’t know about football. It is obvious.”

In an interview with Cuatro, Johan Cruyff came up with yet another witty line when it came to criticizing former Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez.

“(Real Madrid) are trying to reorganize from the top because that is what is missing. If it does not work at the top it will never work at the bottom,” said Cruyff.

The former Barca idol and coach is known for not holding back an opinion on any football topic and he was not shy about sounding off on Florentino’s ability to lead. “He does have enough football knowledge to make decisions. Others have to take them. That is why he needs other people to make the decisions for him. That is the case of the people around him knowing about the game, not him.”