Portland Thorns - 2013 NWSL Champs
Portland Thorns - 2013 NWSL Champs
Who can forget Hernanes’ incredible impact at the end of yesterday’s final?
(Image via @BenSmithBBC, H/T WAATP)
Stating the obvious, absolutely nothing went right for Spain in their 3-0 loss to hosts Brazil in the Confederation Cup final. Spain not only gave up three unanswered, but also missed a penalty kick and received a red card.
The silver lining? Shakira got some face time as her significant other Gerard Pique was walking off the pitch for his rough foul on Neymar. Clearly, the pop star, who shares a child with the Barcelona star, wasn’t very happy.
Here’s what former England international Gary Lineker had to say about it:
Shakira clearly upset that Pique has finished early.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)
Complete with pregame footage, replays, and commentary, this is a pretty solid reenactment of the 2013 Champions League final that saw Bayern Munich defeat Borussia Dortmund 2-1. They even nailed it with Arjen Robben’s “haircut.”
Take a look at the actual highlights, looks like the Legos are pretty spot on:
H/T The Guardian
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.
Image via Dirty Tackle
It’s game time!
The atmosphere at Wembley
The day before the big game
Photo: Jamie Trecker / FOX Soccer
By Jamie Trecker
STAMFORD BRIDGE - There’s no Rafa, but Megan Rapinoe just went down the tunnel, kitted out, like all the Lyon players, in a chic white pantsuit. Lyon came dressed for business.
The women’s Champions League final is here tonight, and while it feels like an afterthought this weekend, there is little doubt that Lyon are taking this game very seriously. The Wolfsburg players came out in sweats and busied themselves by taking pictures and posting them on Instagram. Patrice Lair, Lyon’s non-nonsense coach, was having none of that and took his players into a huddle at the Shed End.
Lyon are wild favorites in this game: they are the back-to-back defending UWCL champions and come in riding a stunning run of form. The scorelines they have posted Europe seem like a bit of a joke: they’ve conceded only two goals while pasting teams 9-1, 11-0, 12-1 and 8-0. At home, they are 20-0-0 in their league play and have an eye-watering goal difference of +115. Lair’s seriousness may have something to do with that.
And Rapinoe has a chance to make history tonight, becoming the first American to start and win a Champions League medal. Jovan Kirovski has a medal, but he did not start for Dortmund back in 1997; Ali Krieger has a medal, but the Champions League didn’t exist when she suited up for Frankfurt. (Rapinoe was delighted to learn this, joking that she finally has something to tease Krieger about.)
If things break her way, Rapinoe will also beat Neven Subotic, expected to start Saturday for Dortmund, to the punch. Subotic, as you may know, is the former USA U-20 player who was grossly mishandled by the U.S. national team program, and ended up declaring instead for Serbia.