Soccer Break Thursday – How to stop Barca?

May 12, 2011

Just another night of footballing action and another trophy for the all-conquering Barcelona, who on Wednesday clinched their third successive La Liga title despite a laboured 1-1 draw away to Levante.

Manchester United will be hoping a similarly weary Barcelona turn up at Wembley for the Champions League final on May 28, hopefully having themselves recently won their top domestic honour, the Premier League.

Now, onto Manchester City, who are in the news for two reasons on Thursday. One, they play Stoke City in the FA Cup final on Saturday. Click on this link for facts and figures about the game. Two, newspaper reports say they are lining up a move for Barca’s Xavi. But then again, it was Cesc Fabregas on Wednesday.

Realistically who do you think they might poach for the new season?

Sadly the news dominating the sport this week has been the FIFA corruption allegations, where president Sepp Blatter is promising a swift enquiry into the accusations. Brazil 2014 World Cup chief organiser Ricardo Teixeira is coming under fire in his home country but he is defiant and says former FA chief David Triesman should prepare for legal action.

This blog says Triesman’s accusations have further harmed English football’s reputation.

Another sour note for the game and another damaged reputation is in Scotland, where the attack on Celtic boss Neil Lennon on Wednesday was the latest blow to Scottish football.

To end on a high note, Fulham fans, have no fear after your 5-2 drubbing by Liverpool. Read on. And finally, a slight confusion in dates means the hardy Highland Marchers are already underway. 160 miles in 65 hours? Good luck lads.

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Picture: Barcelona’s players celebrate after winning the Spanish first division soccer league at Ciutat de Valencia stadium in Valencia May 11, 2011. REUTERS/Albert Gea


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