Soccer Break Monday

March 7, 2011

SOCCER-EUROPA/Welcome back after a breathtaking weekend of soccer action around Europe. If you missed anything then read our European roundup.

Now for some blogs. The real drama of the weekend came on Saturday, when FIFA banned the snood (in our picture). Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has said they shouldn’t be worn by real men. What do you think?

Ferguson was on the end of a thumping defeat to a rejuvenated Liverpool, though no one can be hurting as much as Nani, whose shinpad failed to stop a clattering Jamie Carragher tackle which left a nasty gash. Ouch.

Click here for five things we have learnt from the Premier League this season. Do you agree?

Over to Italy, and the Rossoneri blog says AC Milan’s 1-0 win at Juventus is “a leap forward” in their bid for a first scudetto since 2004. Massimiliano Allegri’s side, who visit Tottenham Hotspur in their Champions League return leg on Wednesday, hold a five point lead in Serie A.

Unlike Allegri, Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal is not having such a fun time and the Offside describes him as “Rasputin” and wonders how he is still in a job following their latest woeful result.

And finally, a nice tale about West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie and his battle against racism.

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Picture: Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez arrives for a training session at the club’s Carrington training complex in Manchester, northern England, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Phil Noble

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