Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Some News for Wed Apr 29


Me & You togetha on da Twitta: dunord

Best person I get Tweets from : Lil Jon! He even says YEEEEAHHH in his messages. And they are always ALL CAPS!

UEFA Champions League

Simon Kuper of the Financial Times with a nice history of the politics of FC Barcelona and Catalonia.


UEFA Champions League Semifinals
First Leg:
-Tue Apr 28
Barcelona 0-0 Chelsea - A real dullards delight.
-Wed Apr 29
Manchester United v Arsenal - 1:30pm Central on ESPN2

Kevin McCarra of the Guardian with a match report from Barca v Chels.

And Sid Lowe of the Guardian sees it from the Spanish viewpoint.

MLS News

Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales has been named MLS Player of the Week.


Kyle McCarthy & Jeff Carlisle writes this week’s Eastern Conference and Western Conference notes for MLSnet.


US Open Cup - MLS team qualifying round:
-Tue Apr 28
Seattle Sounders 4-1 Real Salt Lake - So much for RSL's 6-0 win over New England. Former USL1 star Sebastian Le Toux bagged 2 goals for the Sounders.
Venue: Starfire Sports Soccer Complex, Tukwila WA
-Wed Apr 29
San Jose Earthquakes v Red Bull New York - Winner to face DC United, date and location TBD
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara CA


Street & Smith's Business Journal has some info on the partnership just formed between the Chicago Fire and Mexican kings Club America.

And to commemorate the occasion here's a nice friendly match tonight:
-Wed Apr 29
Chicago Fire v Club America
Venue: Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL
-A return match will be played at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City later this year.


The MLS All-Stars will take on Everton of Liverpool England on Wed Jul 29 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy UT, home of Real Salt Lake.


Bill Archer joins those tossing hand grenades at former Toronto coach John Carver. Yes, I do enjoy this stuff.


Jonah Freedman of Sports Illustrated does a Q & A with current Seattle goalkeeper & former USA great Kasey Keller.


Former Chicago, Vancouver & Puerto Rico player Jared Montz has a website for his soccer training business and also has a blog to go with it. Check it out now.
-He also recently posted an audio interview with Columbus Crew fullback Jed Zayner. Listen to or download here.

Mexico News

Mexico & Barcelona centerback Rafa Marquez tore up his knee in yesterdays Champs League game against Chelsea, and will need surgery to repair Meniscus damage. He will be out of action for at least 2 months. Hopefully he will be fully healed for the USA visit to Mexico City on Aug 12 for World Cup Qualifying. It will be fun to watch him have another meltdown.


Due to the ongoing Swine Flu scare, all 9 Mexican Premiera League games this weekend will be played at empty stadiums. Wow!


And, a reminder that the CONCACAF Champions League 2nd leg between Atlante and Cruz Azul that was scheduled for tonight has been delayed until May 12 due to the Swine flu scare. Atlante lead 2-0.

England News

Our pal Rich Allen of the Craven Cottage Newsround writing for The Times in London gives us the 50 greatest players in Fulham Football Club history. Awesome job man. Thanks to BQ for the heads up on this one.
-Johnny Haynes is #1 on the list playing from 1952-70, with 658 appearances, and 158 goals! Does Brian McBride make the list? Clint Dempsey?


FIFA has a Q & A with Aston Villa & England forward Emile Heskey.

Europe News

Bayern Munich has turned to an old war-horse and hired Jupp Heynckes as their interim coach. He has an extensive coaching resume and had a great deal of success winning 2 Cups with Bayern in the late 80's/early 90's and the European Championship with Real Madrid in the late 90's. On the other hand, that was a looooooooong time ago.


NRC Handelsblad in the Netherlands with a report on deep financial trouble at legendary club Feyenoord of Rotterdam.


Juventus will be playing their home game this weekend against Lecce in an empty stadium as punishment for their fans racist chanting. That is a loss of nearly 2m Euros in ticket revenue.


Ben Lyttleton of the Guardian looks in on Ligue 1 as it becomes a 2 horse race between Marseille and Bordeaux. Bye bye Lyon? And a round up on the rest of the French top flight.


Romania has hired Razvan Lucescu as their new national team coach.


Other Cup competitions around Europe:

Puchar Polski Semifinals
1st Leg
-Wed Apr 29
Legia Warszawa 0-1 Ruch Chorzow
-Thu Apr 30
Lech Poznan v Polonia Warszawa
2nd Leg (1st Leg scores included)
-Wed May 6
Polonia Warszawa v Lech Poznan (-)
-Thu May 7
Ruch Chorzow v Legia Warszawa (1-0)

Landspokal Semifinals
2nd Leg (1st Leg scores included)
-Tue Wed 28
Kobenhavn 2-1 Nordvest - Kob advance 6-1 on aggregate.
-Wed Apr 29
Aalborg 1-1 Brondby - series tied 4-4 after 2 legs, with AaB advancing due to the away goals tie breaker.


An Arsenal fan in the Twin Cities - Carl - has started a Facebook page for his favorite team! Join him here.

South America News

Tim Vickery at Sports Illustrated with an article on long time Boca Juniors standout striker Martin Palermo.


Ronaldo has now scored 8 goals in 10 games for Corinthians! He sure would have looked good in a MLS team shirt.


Have to give credit where it is due: Reuters reports that FIFA has overturned the suspension of 5 federations in Asia who had opposed the reelection of current AFC President (and FIFA executive committee member) Mohamed Bin Hammam. The countries who will now be allowed to vote are Kuwait, Laos, East Timor, Afghanistan and Mongolia. This seems to go against the Sepp Blatter conspiracy theories that so many of us live by. On the other hand, maybe Sepp is backing the other candidate!


FIFA says that "more than 300,000 tickets have been sold for the Confederations Cup." The 8 team tournament in South Africa kicks off on June 14 in Johannesburg with the host country v Iraq, and New Zealand v Spain.

Special Reports

Der Spiegel reports on a true sign of economic crisis - the beer mat industry, where the #1 manufacturer (97% of all US beer mats) has gone broke. Includes a fantastic photo gallery. Personally, while I don't drink beer, I do appreciate the old fashioned simply designed mat's.

Any long time du Nord reader will understand the importance of this particular beer mat:


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