Figured I'd post a little soccer snack, since I noticed a fair amount of fans in previous threads in recent weeks. I said in an earlier thread that Arsenal(Whom, admittedly, I root for first and foremost) was destined for greatness in the Premier League next season, what with the return of All-world youngster Jack Wilshere amongst my reasons for believing so.
Podolski is a big-name, and at just 26, he's already a proven international commodity with 95 caps for Germany to date. Moreso, he's a bigtime performer at the highest levels, having scored 43 goals already for Germany. He outplayed Ronaldo and Messi as a youngster in the 06 World Cup, excelled at Euro 08, and has generally never disappointed at any major competition. He now gets to play with RVP and a host of other stalwarts at Arsenal now, and whether he lies in behind RVP or shares the wing with Gervinho, methinks he's going to up his scoring pace to a level he wasn't quite used to at FC Koln.
I'm a fan of Arsene Wegner because he always turns a profit and still performs well against other financial giants, and this is a smart move that I think will help them immenesely in the EPL next year. What are your thoughts?
It's halftime now, but Arsenal has put themselves in a position to pull off the unlikely comeback. After going down 4-0 in the first leg at the San Siro, Arsenal would have to score at least five in the second leg today--without conceding--to advance to the next round.
Well the Gunners have come out swinging, netting their first goal 5 or so minutes after kickoff. After 45 minutes of play, Arsenal is up 3-0 (down only 4-3 on aggregate). With Milan pressing to get the all-important away goal (which would change the complexion of the match), it has been a wide open affair, with the pace of the match slowed only by questionable officiating. Sets up nicely for a thrilling second half.
EDIT: Above stream may no longer be available.
That one has been a serviceable backup.
I don't have Fox Soccer Channel, but I saw that FSN Detroit will be broadcasting the game and I was excited enough to create this thread. If anyone is reading this and thinking, "Soccer? that's lame," you should switch over to FSN and see the light. It doesn't get too much better than this.
A lot of great players from both clubs are out due to injury or suspension. I'll be rooting for Barcelona (and they've got to be the favorites), but it won't be easy for them without Puyol, Piqué, or Ibrahimović. (EDIT: or maybe it will be!)