Soccer Break Thursday

April 14, 2011

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/So there were no incredible comebacks after all. Sorry Tottenham and hapless Heurelho Gomes, but the neutrals have got their Real Madrid v Barcelona semi-final and expect the hype to be greater than almost any two games ever played.

In the other semi-final Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson will be able to take a close look at Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who was largely untroubled by departing holders Inter Milan last night.

With Edwin van der Sar set to retire, United are on the lookout for a new keeper and many reports say Neuer is top if the list although Bayern Munich will also be sniffing. Atletico Madrid’s David de Gea has also been linked to Old Trafford.

Now Inter are out, what about a cheeky bid for Julio Cesar? Gianluigi Buffon may also be available from Juventus while Liverpool’s Pepe Reina may want to quit if they miss Champions League football again.

If you were Fergie would you instead try to persuade the giant Dutchman to play one more year? Look at how Ryan Giggs and Raul get better and better with age.

Van der Sar wont have to worry about Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez as the Argentinian is out of this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final while back in his neck of the woods Deportes Quindio, who fielded a
junior side swamped 5-0 while their professional players were on strike over unpaid wages, have been handed a suspended 30-day ban by the Colombian government’s sports regulator.

The realities of world soccer are sometimes a long way from the riches of the Champions League.

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