So Goes the Fate of the Team

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The promising future of Tottenham Hotspur depends greatly on if they can climb into the top four of the Barclays Premier League standings with their remaining four games. If so then their sights are set on the prestige of Champions League with their superstar Gareth Bale returning for another year. If not then next season’s outlook is very bleak. A 2-2 draw against Wigan is a discouraging outcome for their aspirations. 

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Goal Of The Week #1

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So I finally decided to introduce a pretty remarkable new feature to The Sports Floor – It’s called ‘Goal Of The Week’. I don’t think I need to explain further.

Some may be thinking at this point “hmmm … Isn’t this just going to be a Messi/Ronaldo bandwagon?” The answer is no as you will see from the this week’s chosen winner, and I would just like to reassure everyone that you will be witnessing something special each weekend. It would be an extremely rare circumstance if I had to choose a player twice to claim this award.

This week’s pick was chosen from the 2nd tier competition in Europe, known as ‘The Europa League’ (basically teams that finish between numbers 4-6 in their countries domestic league) and features a majestic strike from an generally worldwide overlooked Belgian player (unless you follow the Premier League religiously) who goes by the name of Moussa Dembele. The attacking midfielder’s 89th minute strike put Spurs into the next round of the Europa League against French outfit Lyon – who are one of the most renowned teams in France.

But that’s enough chit chat – i’ll let you judge the quality of this strike for yourselves.

>>> Check out this great Fox Sports video – Dembele rescues Spurs against Lyon <<<

Something to Look Forward to on a Wednesday …

The Latest Lowdown on the Champions League Knockout Phase

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Top Contenders for the cup Barcelona who have won the title 3 times since 2006 face a trip to the San Siro where they will encounter an AC Milan side in the round of 16 that looked a lot different to the one they played in last year’s Quarter-final. The match will kick off at around 2.45pm Easter Time. The ‘Rossoneri’ as they are so affectionately known by their own fans have lost some prominent figures in the 1st team over the past season that include the sales of world class players Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris and Brazilian international striker Alexandre Pato to Club World Cup Champions – Corinthians. The unconventional looking new lineup won’t include recent flamboyant addition to the squad Mario Balotelli, as he is cup tied by his previous employers Manchester City. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the in’s and out’s of Mario, this guy set off fireworks in his own bathroom and set fire to his house. He is one of the biggest liabilities in the world of soccer and has the brain capacity of your average goldfish. The Argentinian wizard himself Lionel Messi will obviously be one to watch along with his talented disciples Xavi and Iniesta, and it will be interesting to see how veteran defender Carlos Puyol will fair again in this competition at the ripe old age of 34. Although it maybe easy and blindingly obvious to predict that Barcelona the stronger of the sides will come out on top, this is the Champions League and a big upset is always on the cards.

However Turkish outfit Galatasaray F.C is the team that I’m really excited about watching tomorrow, who also play at 2.45pm ET. This is because of the recent additions to their first team – former Champions League winners Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba. Both are players that I have admired for a few years now and the combination of these players along with the rest of the already established first team will create a formidable lineup.

Galatasaray are likely to play a (4-4-1-1) formation, and not only will the lethal combination of Sneijder and Drogba up front be crucial to the club’s chances for the up and coming game but so will the attacking and defensive work ethic from their full backs Emmanuel Eboue and Albert Riera. Both must be as enigmatic when defending, as they are when they enter the attacking equation.

They welcome the German side Schalke 04 who have been significantly weakened by the deadline day sale of playmaker Lewis Holtby to English Club Tottenham Hotspur. Much like AC Milan they should not be ruled out however with Target Man Klaas Jan Huntelaar always a danger for the opposition’s defense along with some recent impressive performances from the rapid Jefferson Farfan who plays on the right wing.

Schalke are likely to play a (4-2-3-1) formation, with Julian Draxler taking the playmaker position that belonged to the departed figure Holtby.

The most intriguing matchup in this game will be to see the tussles between Farfan and Riera on one flank of the pitch. This will definitely make for an exciting game.

– Asgard over and out.

The Curious Case of the Soccer Star’s Salary

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On 31st January 2013 (Transfer deadline day) one of the biggest named stars in soccer for the past 15 years David Beckham announced that he was to join Champions League contenders Paris Saint Germaine on a free transfer, in order to complete the twilight years of his career in some style. Beckham at the grand old age of 37 was a shock transfer simply because many feel that he has nothing more to give at the top level of the game. Obtaining the number 32 jersey number Beckham also announced that he would be donating his pay packet to a local Parisian children’s charity and instead opt for the French Ligue 1 minimum wage that would see him earn just €2000 a week.

Many have questioned the intent on Beckham’s behalf … is he doing this out of good will, is he avoiding the French tax regime, or is the whole thing just a publicity stunt. Funnily enough PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti ruled out a move for Beckham a few weeks before the transfer took place, and admitted once the deal was complete that he had nothing to do with it the whole ordeal. No one aside from the player and the club know what the real reason was for the deal, however one things for certain – PSG star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovich had a contrasting opinion in regards to the whole situation.

Following David Beckham’s announcement upon signing a five-month contract with PSG that he will donate his entire salary to a Parisian children’s charity, Zlatan Ibrahimovich has announced that he will donate all of his wages to himself.

“I heard Beckham’s decision and it made me think,” Ibrahimovic told reporters while on duty with the Swedish national team. “Who is most deserving of all of the money that I, Zlatan, am paid? The answer is Zlatan. The children of Paris are not leading Ligue 1 in goals this season. I am. I have 20 goals. The next best players have 12. Twelve! If anything, the children of Paris should be giving me even more money for having the privilege of being in the same city as my incredible quality. And so should David Beckham. Call it a Zlaritable donation.”

In other words once again Zlatan has proven to the world that he is the boss, and if ever a time comes when a Swedish man is eligible to become President of the United States of America, I shall be voting for him.

You don’t get bullshit with Zlatan – just common sense.

– Asgard over and out.

Champions League Review – Week 2/11/2013

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Four matches went underway this week, and none of them failed to impress with world class talent unveiled against one another in all of the games. The first was had a sensational preview. Sir Alex Ferguson VS Jose Mourinho ‘the special one’. Cristiano Ronaldo VS Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie. Although I had initially predicted Real Madrid to beat Manchester United by a solid margin at the Santiago Bernabeu arena, United surprisingly came out with a solid 1-1 draw against a Real Madrid team oozing with world class talent. Both goals were extremely impressive, with Danny Welbeck securing that vital away goal that gives Utd the advantage when they both play again at Old Trafford next week. But of course, who else should score against ‘The Red Devils’ than their former superstar Cristiano Ronaldo providing a rather spectacular goal that bamboozled his former teammates. Even though United have the advantage of the away goal going into the 2nd leg, I still believe Real have the all round depth that The Red Devils are lacking at the moment to progress into the Quarterfinals.

Therefore my prediction for the final score over both legs is:

Real Madrid 3 – 1 Manchester United

Another match that was rather entertaining was the matchup between Celtic and Juventus. Unsurprisingly, the favoured Juventus side came out on top with a blistering 3-0 win over The Hoops on foreign ground. Controversy will always be prevalent when an Italian team is in battle however with some extraordinary simulations within regards to diving came into evidence. A certain Juventus player named Lichsteiner being the prime culprit. I still believe Celtic Manager Neil Lennon still has some old tricks up his sleeve for the 2nd leg, although my overall prediction for this matchup is that The Old Lady of Italian football will reach the Quarterfinals.

Therefore my prediction for the final score over both legs is:

Juventus 5 – 1 Celtic

Paris Saint Germaine and their rich Qatari owners overcame a weaker Valencia side, than most are used, away from home to with a 2-1 win; and with such talent such as Zlatan Ibrahimovich, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Thiago Silva and new recruit Lucas Moura, I expect them to continue with this good form in the 2nd leg.

Therefore my prediction for the final score over both legs is:

PSG 4 – 1 Valencia

The last game was a tight one between Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Dortmund. Dortmund clearly go into the 2nd leg with the away goal advantage and I expect prominent figures like Mario Gotze to take charge of the Ukrainians, in order to secure an overall win for the German team.

Therefore my prediction for the final score over both legs is:

Borussia Dortmund 4 – 2 Shakhtar Donetsk

– Asgard over and out.