The UEFA Champions League semi finals are set-no English teams are involved

4/7/10 in Soccer   |   bwfc2good4u   |   327 respect

For the first time since Monaco played Porto in 2004 (hands up who even remembered that because I'd forgotten it until I did a little research...:)) no English clubs will compete in the final of the Champions League. Instead Europes powerhouse countries are returning to the grand stage.  After the fantastic 1/4 finals Bayern Munich (Germany), Olymique Lyon (France), FC Barcelona (Spain) and Inter Milan (Italy) are still standing and are poised to do battle over the next two weeks.

Now being from England and seeing our teams represented in the final over the last few years, I've been proud to watch our football flourish and watch our teams reign over Europe. Over the last two years though the power seems to have shifted. The European powerhouse clubs have regrouped and have caught up. In the quater finals I watched some of the greatest football I've seen in a heck of a long time and after seeing these games/results,

Bordeaux 1-0 Lyon (agg 2-3)
Manchester United 3-2 Bayern Munich (agg 4-4) (Bayern Munich win on away goals)
Barcelona 4-1 Arsenal  (agg 6-3)
CSKA Moscow 0-1 Inter Milan (agg 0-2)

I'm now waiting in anticipation of the biggest match in club football which will come our way this Saturday (I think I'm right in saying it kicks off at 9pm so 4pm Eastern USA time (I think...)

The semi finals will now consist of;

Barcelona v Inter Milan
Lyon v Bayern Munich

The Barcelona v Arsenal game(s) provided the platform for some of the greatest football that you are ever going to see. Personally, after watching the first leg and seeing some of the football on offer, I cancelled a very promising night out to watch that game and it was so so worth it. The man who will be the main attraction at this summers world cup was the main attraction last night-Lionel Messi, scoring 4 goals in order to send the best team in the world-Barcelona through to the 1/2 finals and a chance at the greatness they deserve-becoming the first team to ever win back to back Champions League titles.

Over the last few weeks/months I think the standard of the football conversation has dipped a little on this site. Faniq in my opinion is the greatest sports site on the internet and soccer/football/whatever you want to call it is one of the greatest games in the world. We have a platform on here that is better than facebook or myspace could ever offer when it comes to sports debate and conversation. I encourage you, whatever you are doing on Saturday evening/afternoon American time, take the time to watch Real Madrid v Barcelona-you will not be disappointed and please come back after you've seen that game. Take the time to be impressed with Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Ronaldo, Higuain, Raul, Casillas and the rest then please come on the soccer section and say how you feel about it.

As well as the big game in Spain though the Premier League has an almost full calender this weekend but has a few gaps as the FA cup reaches its semi final stage (both of which I'll try and preview) where Aston Villa take on Chelsea (the last time these two met Chelsea won 7-1!) and Tottenham take on Portsmouth where Portsmouth look for one of the biggest semi-final updates ever given their unbelievably bad financial predicament.

Please folks, share your thoughts below on anything to do with the Champions League or football in general, and if anyone has any suggestions as to features or anything else that I could do or that you could do feel free to post or message me. Enjoy the weekends football!
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4/9/10   |   ksalaudeen


4/7/10   |   Dream_Machine   |   13477 respect

Nice Write-Up.