The FC Zurich women are not messing around. The Swiss team has played 22 matches, winning all of them, scoring 125 goals while only allowing nine. Apparently they aren’t facing tough enough competition, so they are looking to take a crack at one of the top clubs in the world, FC Barcelona.
They’ve challenged Barca to a friendly match on the evening of May 25th, and given that it is the same day as the Champions League final, Barcelona’s calendar should be wide open. The ladies have gone so far as offering to play on Barcelona’s home turf.
The only question left for Barcelona: “Do you have the balls?”
By: Jamie Trecker
LONDON— It was the matchup we all anticipated: Barcelona and Real Madrid in London for the Champions League final. And it did take place – but not at Wembley Stadium.
This weekend, the 02 Arena here is hosting the Euroleague basketball finals, the latest attempt to bring the game to England’s capital. Major soccer clubs boast basketball teams now – Olympiakos and CSKA Moscow are the other two sides involved in the four-team tournament — and the game’s increasing popularity has meant that England is involved in something of a tug-of-war. The NBA have been holding exhibitions here for several years and talk of a permanent franchise here has grown more serious than speculative.
Basketball has yet to make the inroads in England that it has across Europe. The fact that these games were held at all was treated as a bit of a comic footnote by the sports pack here, and a way to get “Barcelona” and “Real Madrid” into a headline for the web. But 16,000 people didn’t think it was a gag, showing up for the three-game series on a weekend normally given over to the FA Cup.
In a massive group wedding in China, 688 couples were married in total, with one couple standing out from the rest. In this particular marriage, the groom wore a Cristiano Ronaldo jersey while the bride wore a Lionel Messi jersey.
This is easily riskier and more forbidden than Romeo and Juliet’s relationship. These two lovebirds have crossed all kinds of cultural and geographical lines and are putting their true Real Madrid and Barcelona fandom to the test.
Here’s hoping they can keep their marriage intact after the next El Clasico.
H/T Dirty Tackle
David Luiz’s stunning season with Chelsea has not gone unnoticed by Barcelona, so recently humiliated by Bayern Munich in the Champions League. The Catalans are desperate to find a center-back to replace ageing defender Carles Puyol. Luiz can also play in midfield and scores spectacular long-range goals too. When was the last time Barca scored one of those? Click here for this and more rumors about Edinson Cavani and Robert Lewandowski.
Talk about looking through rose-colored glasses.
One of the top stories on the club’s official website yesterday was headlined: “Barca rule Champions League possession.”
If David Alaba is not the best left back in the world right now, he’s surely well on his way. His gorgeous pass to Arjen Robben set up Bayern Munich’s first goal of the night against Barcelona at Camp Nou. Of course, it also helps that the ball landed at the feet of Robben, another man on a long list of Bayern’s world class players.
Robben’s goal was just the start of the German club’s crushing performance in Barca’s stadium. The 3-0 scoreline silenced tens of thousands of fans and sent them home bitterly disappointed as their side went out with a whimper, losing 7-0 across both legs.
But don’t forget, Barcelona is team full of world class players too, even without Lionel Messi. Look at Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas — they’re still one of the best teams in the world. This two-legged affair was more about Bayern being an absolute dominant force than it was Barca failing to even get on the score sheet.
However, any way you slice it, this is going to sting for a while in Spain.
If you want to witness the demolition, be sure to check out the match report with full highlights. If you’re a Barca fan, you may just want to look away:
Every Barca fan
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