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Brazil vs. Mexico in 2012 Olympics Football Final



It’s on.

Brazil will take on Mexico in the final of the Under-23 football tournament in the 2012 London Olympic Games at Wembley on Saturday after winning their semi-final clashes on Tuesday.

Brazil held off a determined performance from South Korea to emerge 3-0 winners at Old Trafford. South Korea looked the better side at the start of both halves, but Brazil edged in front seven minutes before the break with a low Romulo drive after a quick break.

Leandro Damiao then put Brazil in complete control as he completed a brace with goals in the 57th and 64th minutes.

Mexico had earlier come from behind to defeat Japan 3-1 in the day’s other semi-final at Wembley. With Japan having taken an early lead through a fine strike from Yuki Otsu, Mexico responded in fine style, equalizing before the break as lively forward Marco Fabian headed home a Giovani dos Santos corner after a Jorge Enriquez flick-on.

Mexico further imposed themselves on the game in the second-half and were rewarded with two more fine goals. With 25 minutes remaining, Oribe Peralta capitalised on a Japanese defensive error to win possession and curl a fine effort into the top-corner.

Mexico looked to be playing out the win comfortably, but added extra gloss to the victory in the final-minute when Javier Cortes fired home after a powerful run down the right.

Mexico headed to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London…

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Spain beats Italy 4-0 to win Euro 2012



For the second straight time, Spain is champion in all of Europe.

Just like clockwork, Spain’s ”tiki taka” passing game tore Italy apart. The World Cup champions controlled the play Sunday in the Euro 2012 final, as they usually do. They moved the ball up the field with short pass after short pass, as they usually do. But, incredibly, they also managed to score a whopping four goals, something they don’t usually do. It all added up to a 4-0 win over Italy and a third straight major soccer title for Spain.

”We won being true to our playing style, and by moving the ball the we way we moved it we knew how to take charge of the match,” said Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, the team’s captain. ”What we do is difficult but we make it look easy.”

Casillas and Spain striker Fernando Torres also made their own histories. Torres became the first man to score in two European Championship finals, and Casillas played in his record 100th victory in international soccer. Spain’s other goals on Sunday at the Olympic Stadium came from David Silva, Jordi Alba and Juan Mata.

”We were superior to Italy,” said midfielder Xavi Hernandez, perhaps Spain’s most influential player over the last four years. ”We played a complete game and perhaps the best of the entire European Championship. We made history.”

Four years ago at Euro 2008, Spain ended a 44-year drought…

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Real Madrid beat Barcelona in El Clasico



I don’t think Barca can catch Real Madrid now.

Cristiano Ronaldo netted the winner as Real Madrid opened up a seven point gap over title rivals Barcelona in the 2012 Spanish La Liga season with a 2-1 win at the Nou Camp.

The Real Madrid side defended well after Sami Khedira had given them the lead following an error from Victor Valdes. As a corner came in, Pepe’s header was palmed out into the danger zone and Khedira swooped to hack home as Carles Puyol could not clear.

Barcelona attacked and missed two great chances when Xavi and then youngster Cristian Tello got a sight of goal, but equalised in the 70th minute as substitute Alexis Sanchez bundled the ball home from close range.

It was 1-1 for only a few minutes as Mesut Ozil released Cristiano Ronaldo who turned on the afterburners to get away from the defenders and slot past Valdes for his 54th of the season.

In other games, Sporting Gijon boosted their survival hopes with a vital 2-1 victory over nine-man Rayo Vallecano thanks to Mate Bilic’s superb late free-kick.

Gaston Sangoy gave the hosts a deserved lead after 17 minutes and, although Mikel Labaka equalised six minutes into the second half, substitute Bilic’s fine strike 12 minutes from time restored their lead. The winner arrived moments after Labaka…

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Mourinho opposite Chelsea in the Champions League?


It could happen.

You see, the final four in the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League is set and we have Chelsea taking on Barcelona on one side while Bayern Munich takes on Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid on the other.

If Chelsea manages to beat Barcelona and Real Madrid takes out Bayern Munich, we are looking at a Champions League final between Mourinho’s former club, Chelsea, and his new one Real Madrid.

However, it seems Jose Mourinho feels different. Mourinho has dismissed the chances of facing former side Chelsea in the Champions League final after Real Madrid thrashed APOEL to set up a final four clash with Bayern Munich.

As expected, Real Madrid racked up the goals against the Cypriot minnows after cruising to a 3-0 victory in the first leg last week. Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and further strikes from Kaka, Jose Callejon and Angel di Maria secured an 8-2 aggregate win after APOEL found the net through Gustavo Manduca and Esteban Solari.

But after booking a semi-final with German giants Bayern, Mourinho confidently predicted it would be Barcelona he would face in the final, should Real get there.

“Barcelona aren’t the favourites, they are super-favourites,” Mourinho said…

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Borussia Dortmund have the Bundesliga title won



Yeah, it’s looking like Borussia Dortmund will win the Bundesliga for the second straight year.

Borussia Dortmund took a giant step towards defending their Bundesliga title with a 1-0 home win over closest challengers Bayern Munich this 2011-12 German Bundesliga season.

Robert Lewandowski struck the winner on 77 minutes to move Borussia Dortmund six points clear with four games remaining. Bayern had their chances to claim a point, with Arjen Robben the villain as he missed a late penalty before skying over from point-blank range in injury time.

Schalke missed the chance to fortify a Champions League place as they were surprisingly beaten 4-1 at relegation-threatened Nurnberg.

First-half goals from Hanno Balitsch (25), Timmy Simons (37pen) and Daniel Didavi (45) sent Nurnberg on their way to moving six points clear of the drop zone. Lewis Holtby pulled a goal back on 85 minutes but Didavi immediately replied.

Hamburg’s relegation worries deepened as they were thumped 4-0 at Hoffenheim. Jannik Vestergaard (17), Sejad Salihovic (25pen), Fabian Johnson (51) and Sven Schipplock (59) scored the goals to leave Hamburg two points from danger.

Bayer Leverkusen stayed above Hannover in the final Europa League place…

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Manchester United can taste the Premier League title


But Man City ain’t giving up just yet.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has insisted the title race is far from over this 2011-12 English Premier League season, convinced Manchester United can drop points between now and the end of the season.

Man City have slipped five points behind Manchester United, who have been in characteristically fine form as the season nears its end. The two sides meet at Eastlands at the end of April, but United could be out of sight by then and Mancini’s team face a tough clash with Arsenal at the weekend.

Mancini says he would congratulate United if they win their final seven games and clinch the title, but he feels twists and turns lie ahead. “If they win all their games, we will congratulate them as they deserve to win the title, but seven games to the end, I believe anything can happen,” the Manchester City boss said. “We lose four points in two games, so it is possible also for them.”

“Maybe in this moment there are some that do not believe because it is difficult, but in football we can believe always. It is important we go to win our game and after that we see what happens. We then play a derby, which can be three points and there are six other games and in that they can lose points.”

Yaya Toure had earlier denied reports of a bust-up with Mario Balotelli, and Mancini underlined that there were no problems with either Toure or…

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Thierry Henry and his $400,000 fish tank



What do you do if you’re a soccer player who has everything?

The Red Bulls’ striker Thierry Henry, who lives in a stunning triplex when he is in New York, is reportedly in the process of developing plans to demolish his $9.5 million house in London and rebuild it with a huge personal aquarium, that could be 40 feet tall.

According to a report in the London Daily Mail, the project, stretching 40ft from the bottom of his house to the very top, will take 5,500 gallons of water to fill, house 300 fish and cost a staggering £250,000 [$400,000] to build.

The 15ft long by 3ft wide tank will set Henry back £12,000 [$19,000] a year to run, including weekly inspections at about £50 [$80] an hour. The annual bill for fish food alone would be £2,500 [$4,000].

The newspaper said that Henry’s plans call for four distinct tanks, one for each level of the house which, when stacked top to bottom, will give the impression that it is a single tank.

One of the great unknowns is why so many elite soccer players seem to have been smitten by ever-larger fish tanks, a roster that includes David Beckham, Stephen Ireland, Joe Hart and Micah Richards. Ireland’s setup is reportedly to have cost nearly…

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Can FC Barcelona win the 2012 Champions League?


It’s that time of the year again.

The world of football will be put to a standstill as we get to the nitty gritty of the 2012 UEFA Champions League. Round 16 of the football tournament is just around the corner and this year, FC Barcelona, the defending champions, will go for their second straight title.

The European All-Star team that is FC Barcelona have continued to recruit star names to live up to their reputation as the planet’s finest football club. They are still the team to beat this year in the Champions League and they know it too. That’s why they loaded up.

Who would’ve thought that Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez could make such instant impacts on the Barca first team already? Defensively sound with the best midfield – attack combination in the competition and an underappreciated work ethic, there’s not much else to say about Pep Guardiola’s team except that they’re once again a force to be reckoned with.

Just how do you stop the Xavi – Iniesta – Messi axis and also deal with David Villa, Cesc and Sanchez? I’m looking forward to seeing the masterplans that other coaches will come up with against Barcelona. Good luck to those guys because it ain’t gonna’ be easy.

But if there’s one club who can put up a challenge to their title chase…

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Juventus looking to deny AC Milan of the Serie A Title


Can they do it?

AC Milan and Juventus are currently the top two teams in the 2011-12 Italian Serie A with the Rossoneri ahead by two points.

However, AC Milan has played two more matches than their rivals Juventus and by the looks of things, Juventus is going to catch the defending Serie A champions sooner than later.

Juventus is undefeated this season in official play, and this is due to a number of factors such as a solid defensive effort and a midfield marshalled by veteran Andrea Pirlo with the aid of Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal. As for AC Milan, the league champions are dependent on the volatile star Zlatan Ibrahimovic and an experienced squad spearheaded by savvy veterans such as Alessandro Nesta and Clarence Seedorf.

Can Juventus deny AC Milan of a second straight title? Probably. And here’s why.

There is a hunger among established Juve players, particularly Marchisio and Giorgio Chiellini, both of whom have yet to win a major trophy with the club. In addition, Pirlo has a point to prove after his free transfer from Milan during the summer.

Juventus has the proper blend between the old and the young players. Older stars such as Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon offer the experience and stability needed at a prestigious club (such as Juve) while emerging players such as Vidal and Marchisio provide the energy and…

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Can Manchester United win the 2011-12 Premiership?



It’s getting close.

Manchester City kept fierce rival Manchester United at arm’s length in the 2011-12 English Premier League title race on Sunday, winning 1-0 at Aston Villa to maintain its two-point lead.

England center back Joleon Lescott grabbed the winner in the 63rd minute, hooking in a shot from close range after Gareth Barry nodded down a deep corner from James Milner.

Regaining the title initiative after Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday, City has 13 matches to hold out if the club is to win the English league for the first time since 1968.

We have been there (at the top) since August because we deserved it,” Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said. “It was a difficult game. We knew this before the game but the guys played fantastic football.”

City could be given an unexpected boost in the title race following reports in the British media that Carlos Tevez is set to end his unauthorized stay in his native Argentina, where he has been since November. Mancini gave little away regarding the potential return of his top scorer last season, saying: “Carlos knows the situation, we are here and it depends on him.”

City went into the game having won only once on its travels since…

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