Soccer Break Friday – Clasico fever rises
Barcelona destroyed their fierce domestic rivals 5-0 in November, and although the gap at the top of La Liga remains difficult for Real to peg back, they looked a very difficult team to beat against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League quarter-finals.
So, Real to narrow the gap, Barcelona to cut through Jose Mourinho’s men, or an edgy draw?
A former Real player David Beckham knows all about the drama of Barcelona meetings, and the England man is in the news in the MLS. Here’s a wrap of other games. Oh and here’s another Beckham story, it appears Fulham aren’t the only ones making statues of famous people.
On Thursday it was Portugal’s night in the Europa League, where three team progressed to the semi-finals. Villarreal took the fourth spot for a truly Iberian domination of Europe’s second tier competition.
This weekend in England there’s the FA Cup semi-finals and Manchester City’s time is surely now. Lose to Man Utd and manager Roberto Mancini could face a nervous wait to see whether he retains his job for next season. Triumph and they will face either Stoke City or Bolton Wanderers in the final, which you would have to fancy them to win.
One fan hoping for a Bolton victory has flown in from Australia, read more here.
If you are thinking about buying a ticket for the final at Wembley, are you also upset by soaring ticket prices?
Finally, about that time of the season to vote for your manager of the year. Read more here.
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Picture: Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos (3rd L) pushes Barcelona’s Carles Puyol (2nd L) during their Spanish first division soccer match at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona, November 29, 2010. REUTERS/Marti Fradera