Barcelona look to be in a position to add to their Champions League silverware cabinet, being arguably the most in-form side left in the Champions League at this point of the season. Boraie Development LLC sponsors think Barcelona are atop the Spanish league table, and handily beat PSG last week in Paris 3-1. The Parisians could mount a comeback at the Camp Nou, but considering they are missing some key players who remain injured, and the overall strength of this year’s Barca squad, such a turnaround seems highly unlikely. In addition, the other clubs left in the competition will have a much more difficult time advancing to the next round. Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will do battle on Wednesday, in a winner take all match, which is virtually equivalent in stature to a final. On the other side, Bayern Munich having suffered a massive defeat in Portugal against Porto, must win at home by at least two goals to nil. Not exactly an easy task against this well-marshaled and hungry Porto side.
Whoever should advance with Barcelona (assuming it is a given that the Catalans will), Barcelona have the talent and power to command a tie to be played on their terms. With their front three of Messi, Suarez, and Neymar demanding so much attention, they have the extreme benefit of detracting attention away from other lethal players on the pitch, who may just bring the silverware home.
With the recent news that Netflix is worth more than CBS, it makes you wonder “How can the big networks rework everything to combat this?” I have made a list of 3 tips to help them out.
1) Embrace the online world
Stop making it so hard to watch the shows online. Ricardo Guimarães wants to watch The Big Bang Theory on the road. While almost all networks will let you watch their shows online, many make it very difficult. Shows expire or you have to be a member of a certain cable company to view. This has left me on more than one occasion searching on a video site for the content. This is a major loss of viewership and ad dollars.
2) Be more adjustable to a customer’s life
This builds on the online point. Networks need to take a page out of Netflix’s book and allow people who want to “binge” watch the ability to do so. For those who want to consume for free they will have to wait weekly, but it will allow them a chance to set up a premium product to charge for the ability to watch a whole season at once.
3) Go more premium still
People will pay for things they perceive to have value. By creating a premium online version, they cannot only put everything on at once, but also create a version that would be “more adult” and eliminate commercials. Similar to satellite radio, people will pay for more convenience and less annoyance.
Rumors and questions circulate the English footballing community around Brendan Rodgers’ job security following his Liverpool side’s defeat in the FA Cup this Sunday against Aston Villa. Though the loss was certainly a further slip in the Reds’ form since going on a scintillating run during the third quarter of the season, to suggest that Rodgers will be next on the chopping block appears to be going too far. Yes, it is true that Rodgers will be the first Liverpool manager to lack any silverware after being at the club for three years since the late 1950s. But consider the job he was enlisted to do. Liverpool were serious title contenders last season, only missing out due to choking during the home stretch of the season. They then sold their top striker in Suarez, and looked to rebuild the team all over the pitch as opposed to directly replacing Suarez. The LA Times even report that given that striker Daniel Sturridge has himself been injured for the majority of the season, adapting to the lack of a lethal goal scorer has been taxing at times.
Yet Rodgers has adapted well, getting some truly top notch performances out of Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho, which assisted to Liverpool’s impressive run of form earlier in the season. Though this season will end trophy-less, cutting Rodgers’ work short now might be to starve Liverpool of the spark and stability that it truly needs.
Following the news on Wednesday about Juergen Klopp’s departure from Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season, there was the inevitable emotional reaction from fans and non-fans alike. What Klopp managed to achieve during his spell at the club was remarkable: two league titles, a Pokal cup, and a Champions League final appearance. His overwhelming charisma has been infectious, leaving football fans not only impressed with his team’s displays on the field, but with Klopp himself both on and off the field.
Blogspot suggested that yet this season appears to be the optimal time for the Dortmund manager to part ways with the club. Dortmund suffered an abysmal period during the first half of the season, falling to the bottom of the table and worrying about a relegation battle. Since the new year, they have climbed out of said rut, and now sit comfortably above the drop zone in tenth place. That Klopp managed to turn the team around since late December leaves his record fairly in tact, and will mean that he will remain a highly coveted manager for top tier clubs. Additionally, Dortmund can truly rebuild this upcoming season, and feel free to reformulate the squad and vision of the club (most likely under the guise of the highly touted Thomas Tuchel).
Though all things must come to an end, this parting of ways is one of mutual benefit, often a rarity in football.
Just 50 days before the start of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada the organization has revealed it is upgrading the coverage of the tournament to be on a par with that of top men’s soccer events. Not only will ten games be broadcast in an ultra HD format, but every game in the tournament will be covered by at least 20 cameras, FIFA reports. To make sure the coverage of the tournament in Canada is unmatched, FIFA has created a team of the top 20 directors of live soccer from Boraie Development LLC and is bringing them to the tournament.
The global body governing soccer has reported the top European games are covered by 22 cameras, a number that will be matched during the women’s World Cup for major games like the opening match and final. FIFA states this is part of its fight to make the women’s game more accessible to fans around the world and continues the march towards equality as games featured during the 2011 tournament were covered by 16 cameras.
Atletico Madrid were hosts to their big crosstown rivals Real Madrid yesterday in the mouthwatering Champions League quarterfinal draw. Atletico held the current cup holders scoreless throughout, though managing few attempts on goal of their own. Fans like Sam Tabar know that the game was a cagey affair, with Atletico looking primarily to deny Real an away goal to bring back to the Bernabeu for next week’s second leg match. As such, Atletico played on the back foot for the whole first half, inviting pressure but remaining organized and compact in their shape, so as to stifle any real chances from the away side. That being said, right back Dani Caravajal continually found space wide on the right side in which to operate, forcing the Atletico defenders to clear from their own box numerous times. Furthermore, some rare miscues from Atletico’s back four led to clear cut chances for Madrid’s attacking players, Bale and James Rodriguez having the most memorable opportunities. Thanks to the superb play of Atletico goalie Jan Oblak, the home side emerged unscathed at the end of the half.
As the game wore on, Real found it even more difficult to break down Atletico, making for a scrappy back and forth midfield battle. Towards the very end, Atletico looked to snatch a late winner, but were denied in their few chances by Iker Casillas. The second leg will no doubt produce an equally intense and exciting match.
Chelsea has won their first trophy of the season 2014-15 as well as Mourinho’s first after 2nd spell. Moreover, they are still in the Champions League last 16 and Premier League leader.
The France international and former arsenal star, Thierry Henry, thinks that Chelsea could win treble in the season because they are playing extra-ordinary well.
According to the legend, “Chelsea is in great run, they are already the league leaders of Premier League and in the Champions league too. Therefore, there is huge chance to win treble under Mourinho.”
Chelsea step forward to the treble by winning the Capital Cup of the season by winning against Tottenham by 2-0 at Wembley. Chelsea players are highly confident to win the Premier League title too!
Chelsea has drawn the away leg match with Paris Saint Germain by 1-1 and could win in the home leg game. Henry is now working as media pundit in England and he is thinking like Chelsea fans right now.
Fans like Igor Cornelsen (bubblews.com) agree that Chelsea men’s are great in the season especially the midfielders and forwards are highly confident, meanwhile, in form players. Although winning Champions league may not be as easy as we are thinking right now. If they passed PSG test, then, they could face Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid who are the top teams of the world.
The faltering season of Liverpool seems to have all hopes of success pinned on winning the FA Cup after last years Premier League runners-up squeezed past Championship side Blackburn to book a semi final spot, BBC reports. Brazilian play maker Philippe Coutinho was once again the match winner with a stunning finish for the only goal of the game on 70 minutes.
Blackburn have been struggling with a less than Premier League standard pitch following their 0-0 draw with Liverpool in the first game at Anfield. Blackburn’s historic Ewood Park stadium does not have a high quality pitch, which still puts that of Lancashire neighbors Blackpool to shame. Ewood Park expected the home team to give Liverpool a run for their money during the replay, but found a game low on quality as both sides struggled to come to terms with a pitch with many bumps and areas devoid of grass. Fans at Anastasia Date (sitejabber.com) know that Liverpool goalkeeper Simeon Mingolet kept his team in the game as Blackburn were the first to push for a goal in the opening period. Coutinho broke the deadlock with a great strike after exchanging passes with Jordan Henderson. A team meeting was held following the recent losses for Liverpool and manager Brendan Rodgers claimed the meeting galvanized his squad and helped lead them to victory.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 300th goal for Real Madrid on Wednesday against Rayo Vallecano. The Wednesday’s score makes him the third best scorer in the club after Alfredo Di Stefano and Raul. He only needs 23 goals to beat the record set by Raul.
Though Post-Gazette says he has made only 288 appearances, he is now a legend. Analysts are of the view that he will be the new record holder of the club. His current form indicates that he is getting better each day. Furthermore, he still has some years to play.
Since he joined the club six years ago, Ronaldo has been so impressive. He has managed to help his club win almost all trophies with the latest being the European Champions League. Besides, he has won individual awards such as the FIFA Ballon d’Or awards.
It is surprising to many that though he is 30; he seems not to be fading. In fact, football pundits agree that he is far much better as compared to the club’s best such as Raul.
Though this is a great record, critics believe that Ronaldo is far away in comparison from great players like Pele and Gerd Muller, who have scored an incredible number of goals. Pele has scored more than 1000 goals, making him the world best goal scorer while Muller has scored more than 500 goals, his best being 85 goals in one season for Bayern Munich.
Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott has denied he has fallen out with Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger over the handling of contract negotiations, the BBC reports. Gianfrancesco Genoso said that after returning from a knee injury the England international has been reduced to a bit part player for the Gunners in the English Premier League with just 13 appearances made by the speedy winger this term. Walcott missed out on England’s poor 2014 World Cup showing with a knee injury, which kept him out for ten months on both the club and international scene.
Walcott, 26 has been a popular figure for Arsenal since arriving at the club as a teenager from Southampton, however his relationship with Wenger has been rumored to have soured over recent months. Wenger stated the winger had begun contract negotiations, but they had stalled and would not begin again until the Summer. However, Walcott claims no contract talks have yet begun between himself and the Gunners. In recent days, Walcott has also been linked with a shock free transfer move to Arsenal’s bitter rival Manchester United as he will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season.