UCL Talk

With the 1st legs now finished, we take a look at who is best placed to make Lisbon in May.

Just one goal was scored over both games and that came courtesy of Karim Benzema as Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich 1-0 at the Bernabeu and will now travel to Munchen with the lead. If Real Madrid do make it to the final and win, it will be Carlo Ancelotti’s third Champions League win as a coach, twice with AC Milan and what would be once with Real Madrid. As reported by Sky Sports News, Pep will not be to disappointed not to have won yet would have at the very least liked to have registered an away goal but will be confident of a turn around in the Allianz arena.

La Liga leaders Atletico now travel to Stamford Bridge and after failing to score at home in the Vicente Calderon, they will hope that Diego Costa et al can provide Los Colchoneros with an away goal. Before the Chelsea game only Barcelona and Real had managed to stop Atleti scoring at the Calderon this season.

Jose Mourinho will be happy with the 0-0 draw away in Spain, but at what cost? Both Cech and Terry came off injured, the former will now miss the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder whilst Terry will only play again should Chelsea make the Champions League final.

The 2nd legs will be very tight indeed; each side knows how close they are to the final of Europe’s elite tournament and will be extra careful not to make any mistakes.

It’s tough to call who I think will make the final. It would be great to see Atletico lift the trophy with the big ears, nobody would have predicted that at the start of the season and it could well top off a double winning season for them. Chelsea could well win three European trophies on the bounce, taking their tally to two UCL trophies, with a Europa League sandwiched in between. Real will be hoping to win their 10th title and their first since 2002; long over due with all who are associated with the Los Blancos.

And to holders Bayern Munich, could they be the first team to retain the Champions League?  AC Milan, Juventus and Manchester United have all made the final the year after winning it; they all failed to retain. History then suggests Bayern will fail in their quest to retain the Champions League trophy, but there has always got to be a first… right?

Tell us what you think in the comments below!

#LCQ Archive Players #3 – Christian Vieri

Never a man to stay in one place for to long, Christian Vieri is our third #LCQ archive player.

In a career that spanned 18 years, Christian Vieri played for no less than 12 clubs, Vieri began his professional career in Turin and Torino. He spent two years with the club before moving on to Pisa. This began a sequence of a club a season for Vieri, a nomadic striker, he scored at whatever club he was with, most notably with Atletico Madrid in where he scored 24 goals in 24 league games. A move to Lazio followed, another one season stint, before he move on to Internazionale where he would remain for the next five seasons.

He was prolific with Inter, scoring 123 goals in his tenure with the club. He only managed to win a Coppa Italia with the cup however, which turned out to be one of his last games for the club.

Following his release from his Inter contract, Vieri moved across town, to AC Milan. His spell with the red side of Milan, didn’t last long however and he was quickly off to the principality of Monaco. Desperate to play in the World Cup, Vieri sought first team football with AS Monaco, but a serious knee injury scuppered all plans for a third appearance at the tournament, a World Cup Italy won by the way.

A 2 month stint with Sampdoria followed his time at Monaco, he made no appearances and promptly signed for former club Atlanta. 7 games and 2 goals later, Vieri was on the move again, this time to Fiorentina, before moving back to Atlanta and then retiring.

All in all Vieri averaged a goal every 2 games, as he scored 236 in 476 appearances.

He is Italy’s all time leading scorer at World Cup tournaments with 9 in 9 games. He is one cap short of a half century with Italy, but he scored 23 goals during his time for the Azzurri.

Interesting fact – His brother Max Vieri, has played for the Australian national side.

Christian Vieri

6th November – NEWZ as it happens

Sascha Riether has been given a three match ban for a stamp on Adnan Januzaj

Riether Stamp

Microsoft are in the running for the naming rights to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium

Good Morning, and welcome to another day of football NEWZ.

BREAKING NEWZ – Robert Lewandowski has revealed that he has decided what club he is to join next summer. “I will reveal my future next year. No one needs to contact me anymore”. So speculation will be rife, for the next month or so, who do you think he has signed for? Leave us your thoughts in the comments at the bottom.

Robert Lewandowski

We will start with the fallout from last night’s Champions League games, and we will begin in the San Sebastian Anoeta. Manchester United and Real Sociedad fought out a 0-0 draw in the Basque country. Marouane Felliani saw red, whilst Robin Van Persie missed a penalty, following a foul on Ashley Young, (I’ll touch on that lightly, much the same as the amount of contact for Young to go down).

The other game in that group, between Shakhtar and Leverkusen also finished 0-0, so nothing has really changed in Group A.

Juventus drew their third game of the group, meaning that they are yet to win in this years Champions League. Goals from Ronaldo and Bale, prevented a win for the Old Lady, as the game finished 2-2. Arturo Vidal has put Juventus ahead, before it was left to Fernando Llorente to equalise. PSG could only manage a draw against Anderlecht, while Bayern Munich did just enough to see of Viktoria Plzen. Manchester City’s 5-2 win over CSKA has put them within touching distant of the knock-out phase for the first time.

Ray Wilkins has blasted Ashley Young’s dive and says he really needs to cut it out of his game.

It is certainly not the first time Ashley Young has been accused of diving

It is certainly not the first time Ashley Young has been accused of diving

Arsene Wenger has called for a ‘positive approach’ when Arsenal face Borussia Dortmund this evening


Marcelo Salas – October 9th

A Chilean legend, Salas was a great goalscoring forward. He won numerous titles and awards throughout his career, his best period coming with Lazio where he won an Italian Cup, A UEFA Cup Winners Cup and he scored the winner that defeat Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup in 1999.

Born in Temuco, Chile, Salas began his professional career at Universidad de Chile. He stayed with the club for two seasons, winning the league championship twice. He scored 76 in all competitions for the Universidad. During his spell at Universidad, Salas made his debut for the Chilean national team. He would go on to represent Chile 70 times and score 37 goals, still a national record. He had a formidable partnership with Ivan Zamorano and helped guide Chile to the second round of the World Cup in France 98. He also received the Bronze shoe at the tournament for being the third top goalscorer.

Prior to his move to Italy and Lazio, Salas had two very successful years at River Plate in Argentina, winning both the Apetura and Clausura, including a Supercopa Sudamericana.

On his arrival in Italy, Salas instantly won the Supercoppa Italiana, the annual Serie A curtain raiser. That season would prove to be successful for Lazio, as they went on to win the UEFA Cup Winners Cup. His second season with Lazio got even better, as Salas’ 12 league goals helped to bag a Serie A title for the Rome club. He was also the only goalscorer in the UEFA Super Final victory.

Salas spent one more year with Lazio before moving on to Juventus. His time with the Turin giants, was was torrid. He sustained many injuries and could never replicate the form he had shown at Lazio. He was eventually loaned back to River Plate, but his injury problems continued.

The deadly duo, Salas and Zamorano

The deadly duo, Salas and Zamorano

A final move back to his first club Universidad, saw him manage to get back to decent scoring form before injury struck again. He eventually retired at the age of 33, to bring a close to Chile’s best ever goalscorers career.

4th October 2013

3:30 – Mourinho has told everyone to give Samuel Eto’o time to bed into the Premier League

12:50 – FIFA set up a task force to move the World Cup in 2022 to winter. Read more HERE

11:00am – apparently Nicolas Otamendi of Porto is set to sign for Chelsea at the end of the season

10:50am – Michael Carrick looking to sign a new contract with Manchester United

Michael Carrick

10:12am – Wilshere caught smoking, Wenger upset with his behaviour

8:30am – Rumours of the day

Shinji Kagawa set to return to Dortmund in a swap deal

Liverpool want £55 million for Suarez

Juventus and Napoli monitoring Tom Ince

8:15am – Niko Krancjar is hoping to make his move to QPR, permanent.

Krancjar is currently on loan from Dynamo Kiev

Krancjar is currently on loan from Dynamo Kiev