Naughty by nature?
Naughty by nature?
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The derby between Lisbon rivals Benfica and Sporting has been postponed after loose pieces of roof padding at the Estadio da Luz began flying down toward the pitch due to high winds.Yes, this is the same Estadio da Luz that is scheduled to host this year’s Champions League final.
About 60,000 fans were sent home after a 30-minute delay. According to Benfica’s Twitter, the roof was damaged by bad weather:
As más condições climatéricas danificaram a cobertura do estádio do Sport Lisboa… http://t.co/Ms9ukfbTaP— Sport Lisboa Benfica (@SL_Benfica)February 9, 2014
Bing Translation: “The bad weather damaged the covering of the Estádio do Sport Lisboa.”
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The road to Lisbon just got a lot harder for two Premier League giants.
Manchester City have been drawn against Barcelona, while Arsenal will face Bayern Munich following the draw for the Champions League round of 16 on Monday.
Arsenal, the Premier League leaders despite their heavy defeat to Manchester City over the weekend, were beaten by Bayern Munich at the same stage last year, paying the price for their group stage defeat at Napoli which relegated them to runners-up in their group.
Here’s the full draw:
Visit FOXSoccer.com for more news and updates regarding Monday’s Champions League draw.
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This week, U.S. national team record goalscorer Landon Donovan joins Fox Soccer’s UEFA Champions League broadcast as an analyst on FOX Sports 1. But first, he answers a few questions about his foray into television.
FOX Soccer: What draws you to TV commentary?
Landon Donovan: “I’ve always had an outside interest. I’ve watched from afar and always thought it was something that would be enjoyable. As most of us are, I can be pretty opinionated and sometimes I see things on TV and I go, ‘Oh, I wish they would have mentioned that’ or I think ‘The viewer would have wanted to see that.’ While I understand it’s probably not easy, it’s always something that I’ve had an interest in so when this opportunity came up it was something I wanted to do.”
FOX Soccer: You’ve been talking about wanting to do television commentary for a year or so, maybe even longer. You’ve been saying you want to better educate the public. What do you think you can add to the conversation?
LD: “I think we’re at a point now where people watching our game are thirsty for more intimate knowledge and that’s why guys like Warren [Barton] and Eric Wynalda, [Brian] McBride, you see Kasey Keller and Taylor Twellman and [Kyle] Martino, all these guys can add an insight that a lot of the commentators couldn’t in previous years. I think that people understand the game better now, people are more connected to the game than they ever have been in our country. There’s still a lot of insight and a lot of intimate details of the game that people I think would really enjoy hearing our thoughts about.
FOX Soccer: With all respect to the guys you’ve mentioned, you’ve seen and done more than any American soccer player ever. Do you think that adds a dimension for the viewer?
LD: “I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of different experiences, played in all sorts of different competitions and against many high-class players so I’ve been able to see the game in many different ways, in many different scenarios. I think I have a pretty good understanding of what happens and why it happens and why certain teams play certain ways and all those finite details. I look forward to sharing that with people.
FOX Soccer: Why the UEFA Champions League?
LD: “The timing was good. FOX was very proactive about having me. I’ve made it clear to my agent and a lot of different people that this is something that I’m interested in and FOX really took the initiative to give me an opportunity. If you’re going to do a broadcast it doesn’t get much better than the Champions League and I’ve been really looking forward to it.
Landon Donovan hopes to add some “forward thinking” to this week’s coverage (Image: Thomas Hautmann/FOX Sports)
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Poor Sacha Kljestan.
Despite his team, Anderlecht, securing a surprising 1-1 draw against PSG on Thursday, it appears the American international still wound up taking one on the chin. Or in this case, the upper lip.
On-pitch trash talk is nothing new, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic bagging on Kljestan for his mustache is too good to pass up.
Ibra, — likely frustrated by his inability score four goals again — took out his aggravation on Kljestan.
Per Het Nieuwsblad, Kljestan claims Zlatan “told me I have an ugly mustache.” Now, not one to lay down, Kljestan offered this retort: “I told him he has a long nose!”
What witticism from both parties! No telling if either side stuck their tongue out or thumbed their nose. At least the mustachioed Kljestan kept it above the belt, unlike Joey Barton:
And there you have it. It can always get more immature.
Manchester City achieved club history on Tuesday night by reaching their first-ever knockout stage in the Champions League, blowing out CSKA Moscow 5-2. Alvaro Negredo netted a hat trick after two goals by Sergio Aguero had put City comfortably ahead. Not even the two goals conceded by Costel Pantilimon — in place of the benched Joe Hart — could spoil the party.
After two consecutive painful group stage exits, the relief amongst the City players and fans was noticeable on social media:
We have book our place in the knockout round of the champions league for the very first time tonight. It feels so good !!! 😍😍😍👏👏👏👏— yaya toure (@Toure_yaya42)
Very proud of the team and the qualification. And thanks to all the people of @MCFC for their support, they deserve this and much more!— Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun)
City wouldn’t have made history had they not received a little help from their Group D rivals Bayern Munich. Bayern still had to take care of business at Viktoria Plzen. Not surprisingly, they did just that, winning 1-0 on a Mario Mandzukic header in the second half:
Not only did Bayern secure a Round of 16 spot themselves, it was also their ninth straight victory in the Champions League, which ties the all-time record set by Barcelona in the 2002-03 season.
Bayern manager Pep Guardiola, said afterwards: “I’m very happy over this new record. I hope we can extend it in Moscow.” Indeed, they would set the all-time mark with a tenth straight win.
— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern)
Bayern Munich beat Viktoria Plzen 5-0 on Wednesday in the Champions League, but that scoreline doesn’t even begin to describe how dominant the reigning champions were. According to UEFA’s official match report, Bayern incredibly out-shot Plzen 35:0. Twenty-two of Bayern’s attempts were on target.
No, really. This is a fact:
To be fair, stat services WhoScored.com and Opta both had it at 35:1 shots, crediting Plzen with one blocked attempt. But either way, this marks the biggest-ever shot discrepancy since such data was recorded:
34 - Bayern hatte gegen Pilsen 35-1 Torschüsse, eine solche Differenz gab es in der CL in 90 Minuten noch nie seit Datenerfassung. Übermacht— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz)
Translation: “Bayern had 35-1 shots on goal against Plzen, such a difference has never existed in the [Champions League] in 90 minutes since data collection. Superiority.”
Want more fun Bayern facts?
Bayern have held an average possession advantage of 71% so far in the Champions League, the highest of any team. Their 76 shot attempts are also the most of any team, while they’ve conceded only five shots on target thus far, another top mark. And Wednesday’s win was Bayern’s eighth straight Champions League victory, a new club record.
In short, we’re thinking Bayern are still the team to beat in Europe.