Rooney vs Mandzukic, Fellaini vs Schweinsteiger, Smalling vs Lahm, Robben vs Giggs… How the players match up in Man United vs Bayern showdown

It couldn’t have been any tougher for David Moyes and his faltering Manchester United team. Of course there are no easy draws in the quarter-finals of the Champions League – it is the blue riband event of European club football after all – but there is no greater challenge in world football at the moment than Bayern Munich. The Bavarians are relentless in their pursuit of an unprecedented ‘double Treble’…

April 1, 2014

Preview: Bayern Munich v Inter Milan

Bayern Munich prepared for Tuesday’s Champions League second leg with Inter Milan by thrashing Hamburg 6-0 on Saturday. The Germans had been in crisis since winning 1-0 at the San Siro in the first leg. All that changed against Hamburg as Bayern halted their plummet down the Bundesliga standings and gave coach Louis Van Gaal, who will leave at the end of the season, some respite. Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben…

March 14, 2011

Chelsea Chasing £17m Spain Winger:Santi Cazorla

The Blues are lacking a quality winger with Florent Malouda looking a shadow of his former self and they are crying out for an orthodox winger. The Premier League champions have not possessed such a player since the departure of Arjen Robben in 2007 and with manager Carlo Ancelotti now favouring a flatr 4-4-2 in a bid to accommodate new signing Fernando Torres, pace and delivery from the flanks is…

March 3, 2011

Xavi, Iniesta And Messi…Who Really Deserve The Award?

Leo Messi was wearing a dickie bow. Proof, some said with a smile, that he knew he was going to be awarded with a second successive Ballon d’Or – after all, Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta were only in ties. But he didn’t know: amid all the shock, the disgust and the pathetic patriotic paranoia, the man most surprised at Messi’s award was Messi. On his way into the gala,…

January 12, 2011

Uruguay vs Holland

Kick-off: Tuesday, 6th July – 7:30pm Venue: Green Point Stadium, Cape Town Semi-Final Uruguay The likelihood of Uruguay being South America’s one and only representative at the semi-final point of the competition would have been slim at the very beginning of the tournament, just as unlikely even at the quarter-final stage where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay all remained alive and kicking up till then. We are left with just one…

July 5, 2010