It’s a well-known concept in soccer that there is no lead more dangerous than 2-0. Teams tend to play more conservative with a two-goal lead, which often makes them more prone to mental errors that end up shifting the momentum in the opposition’s favor. If you need any more proof to this theory, allow Bundesliga side SC Freiburg to demonstrate.
Freiburg held a 2-0 lead over Slovan Liberec in their Europa League opener on Thursday before completely falling apart in the second half. First, goalkeeper Oliver Baumann produced this awful howler to help Liberec get on the comeback trail:
Less than ten minutes later, Admir Mehmedi’s brain fart wiped out Freiburg’s lead for good:
Freiburg wasn’t done trying to self-combust, either. Karim Guede was sent off after committing a downright bone-headed handball in the 77th minute, exactly three minutes after getting his first booking for, you guessed it, another bone-headed handball.
The Germans did hold on to the draw, but after looking a sure bet to secure a comfortable home win to kick off its European campaign, none of Freiburg’s players must have found much consolation in the point.
Let this be a lesson to all!
We knew things were bleak for Scottish Premier League club Hearts, but we never expected this.
The club, regular competitors in the UEFA Europa League, have been listed on BusinessForSale.com. BDO, the group placed in charge of the club’s administration, took the unusual step in an effort to garner additional bids for the struggling side.
So if you’ve got some spare change lying around, and are interested in buying a club with a “squad of 22 players, together with a highly skilled, loyal and experienced workforce,” Hearts might be the team for you!!
The Coppa Italia final featured Serie A clubs Roma and Lazio, the first such time the final has been a Rome Derby. The final is always played at Stadio Olimpico, which happens to be the home stadium for both clubs, leaving officials to anticipate an incredibly heated match.
Prior to the match, police confiscated the above weaponry, which includes homemade knives, axes, and gardening paraphernalia.
The question we’re all wondering: were the fans that were brandishing these still allowed to enter the match after they had their weapons taken away?
Lazio prevailed over Roma with a 1-0 victory and have secured a place in the 2013-14 Europa League.
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The Barclays Premier League has come to an end and the Champions League positions are set. The Premier League will be sending the same representatives as last year but will be hoping for a much better result as none of them made it through to the Quarterfinals in this year’s competition.
There will be a different look for the Europa League representatives this season.
Tottenham will be returning to the Europa League for the second consecutive season and will be joined by Swansea and a relegated Wigan club.
Swansea has secured their birth thanks to a 5-0 victory over Bradford in the League Cup final. Despite the impending relegation, Wigan will be heading to the Europa League group stage courtesy of a 1-0 defeat of Manchester City in the FA Cup Final.
It’s every boy’s dream to celebrate a trophy with his heroes. This boy shares Chelsea’s Europa League victory with the players - before he is dragged off by a man in a suit…
Classic “Anchorman” prank!
An Australian news reporter was embarrassed by her colleagues while reading the highlights to Wednesday’s Europa League final. At the end of the highlight, her male colleague slyly changed the copy on the teleprompter to something completely non-soccer-related. Predictably, the reporter kept reading the script, sending the entire set into an uproar and reminding everyone of Veronica Corningstone’s prank on the legendary Ron Burgundy.
The lesson as always, don’t read everything you see on the teleprompter.
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By: Jamie Trecker
The conductor called the train: “Lille, Calais…and Chelsea FC.” The platform gave off a small roar of approval. Chelsea fans were headed home with another piece of silverware in their tuck. They seemed underwhelmed.
They should not have been. The Europa League final marked a number of firsts for the denizens of the Bridge: they became the first English team to have won all three major European titles (including the now-defunct Cup Winners’ Cup); the first European team to hold both European titles on offer simultaneously, and surely the first team to win back to back titles with, ahem, “interim” managers.
But as warmly as Roberto Di Matteo was regarded by the fans, his replacement, Rafa Benitez, is despised. Last night the ArenA and the arena of social media alike were filled with the moaning that has characterized Chelsea’s season.
Commentators made passing reference to the plastic flags that littered the away ends and a comment Benitez had once made about despising them. Unforgivable! The team started slowly – perhaps a reflection of the fact that they have now played more games in a season than any other English side since the Arsenal of 1970-71. So what! Chelsea’s now secured European play and won a major title under Rafa and erased a dangerous mid-season swoon. He was greeted by bedsheets and cardboard with the same message: “WE WANT MOURINHO.”
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