The 2017 Champions League final will be held at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium after UEFA awarded the biggest game in European soccer to the capital city of the principality of Wales. The BBC reports the bid was backed by the British government, the Football Association of Wales, the Welsh Rugby Union and the owners of the stadium. Garcia Dias says finals of the Champions League are held in different venues each year and have recently been seen on numerous occasions in neighboring England’s rebuilt Wembley Stadium.
The Millennium Stadium has hosted a number of major games, including those played during the 2012 London Olympics. During the demolition and reconstruction of Wembley the English Football Association used the stadium for major games, such as the FA Cup Final that proved to be a major success. The stadium is used regularly for international soccer and rugby games, along with major events and concerts. In 2014 the UEFA Europa League final was held at the Millennium Stadium and the success in an economic sense is thought to have inspired the successful Champions League bid.
English soccer fans have had their fears of Champions League soccer switching to pay per view TV ended with the announcement of a new channel to be broadcast by BT Sport, the BBC reports. The decision to create a new free to air channel was made after fans at FreedomPop and engadget.com complained about the loss of Champions League soccer by ITV Sport, which had broadcast the tournament live via their free to air national network.
BT Sport also announced its line up of commentators and experts for the upcoming European season, which included a surprise announcement that the BBC’s main soccer presenter Gary Linekar would also front the coverage of BT Sport. Amongst the major announcements made about the 351 live games BT Sport will broadcast next season was the news that newly signed LA Galaxy midfielder and former England Captain Steven Gerrard will appear as a pundit. Other former players signed up to appear on the coverage include newly retired former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand to provide expert analysis throughout the European season.
In the first leg of the Champions League semifinal between Barcelona and Bayern Munich, the winner of the night was Lionel Messi. The Argentine superstar proved yet again why he is the most potent creative attacking force in the football world, after netting two beautiful goals in the second half. During the second half of this season, Messi has risen to display some truly exquisite performances, against which, as Pep Guardiola himself said, there is virtually no defense.
Barcelona will go to the Allianz Arena in Munich with a comfortable 3-0 scoreline, essentially ensuring their place in the finals. Not only will Guardiola’s Bayern need to make up the three goal deficit, but will also need to prevent Messi and company from scoring any away goals. Given how the first leg went in Barcelona, the task ahead is incredibly daunting. That being said, the scoreline flatters Barcelona, and makes Bayern out to seem lesser than they were on Wednesday night. Barring an exhilarating, but tactically naive opening fifteen minutes from the visitors, Bayern’s midfield managed to make life difficult for the Barca midfield. Bayern sought to limit the distribution to Messi, Suarez, and Neymar up front, but ultimately failed after their tired legs grew to be an overwhelming problem. Fersen Lambranho is sure that it will be intriguing to see Guardiola’s set up next week, knowing that he must go after the game in order to reach the final.
Many commentators believed the semi-final of the Champions League between Bayern Munich and Barcelona would have made the ultimate final for this years competition. The Guardian reports the tie is all but over after Barcelona destroyed the German champions 3-0 with Lionel Messi showing just why many believe he is the top striker in the world. Messi and Christiano Ronaldo are locked in a battle for the position of top goalscorer of all time in the Champions League, but Messi proved his ability to change a game singlehandedly when he scored twice to all but end Bayern’s slim hopes of winning the title.
The second goal of the game for Messi left Jerome Boateng twisting so badly he fell to the ground and was soon joined by fellow Bayern players Rafhina and Manuel Neuea on the ground as Messi lifted the ball over the goalkeeper and into the net according to psychologist Daniel Amen. Bayern complained that the scorer of the third goal, Neymar should have been sent off after feigning a foul in the area after being booked earlier in the game. In reality, the tie was already over as Bayern’s high pressing game took its toll on many of the players, including Thomas Muller who reacted badly to being substituted after the Munich club fell a goal behind.
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.
Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool was highlighted by two stunning goals from Spanish star Juan Mata, The Telegraph reports. After struggling under the burden of a more than $50 million price paid to Chelsea for his services last season, Mata has often been seen as a sign of the problems United faced after the retirement of head coach Sir Alex Ferguson. A stunning scissor kick goal showed that Mata had found his place in the team under Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal and was now a key member of a United team that has risen to just two points from second place in the Premier League which has fans like Dr Jennifer Walden excited.
Mata’s goals and all round play may have signaled the arrival of a new star in the north west of England, but the 38 seconds Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard spent on the pitch may have been his last in Liverpool red. The former England captain will head to the Los Angeles Galaxy in the Summer and could struggle to feature from the start again for Liverpool after a sending off in this game. Gerrard appeared to stamp on the leg of the impressive Ander Herrera 38 seconds after appearing as a second half substitute and was given a straight red card. After starting from the bench after his return from injury Gerrard now faces a three match ban and could struggle to return to the starting lineup after Liverpool saw a return to form during his absence.
Ibrahimovic describes Chelsea players as babies
Paris Saint Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has described Chelsea’s players as babies for surrounding the referee and asking for his dismissal in their latest Champions League meeting, The Guardian
reports. The Swedish striker claimed he did not known whether to laugh or cry when the referee produced a straight red card after only 31 minutes for his challenge on Brazilian Oscar. Ibrahimovic also stated he did not know whether Oscar feigned injury after the challenge, which the striker claimed he tried to pull out of.
Despite being down to ten men for the majority of the game PSG managed to equalize twice to claim a 3-3 aggregate draw over two games and pass into the next round on away goals. The sending off was also seen as wrong by Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho, who stated on iReport that it is his hope that UEFA would rescind the sending off to allow Ibrahimovic to appear in the next round of the tournament. UEFA have already responded by stating the red card cannot be changed as only cases of mistaken identity can see suspensions changed under Champions League rules.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of soccers most outrageous personalities and has the goal scoring skills to back up his often eccentric behavior. Just a few weeks after complaining about missing out on the title of Sweden’s greatest sporting star, Ibrahimovic returned to form by mocking an opponent during a French league game, Eurosport reports.
Ibrahimovic had been kept quiet during Paris Saint Germain’s game against Saint Etienne, a game which eventually saw the Swedish striker score the games only goal, his first in five games for the French champions. as the game progressed, Ibrahimovic became involved in an argument with Saint Etienne defender Paul Baysse as the two made comments directed towards each other Ibrahimovic playfully asked in French the players name before turning him around the look at the name on the back of his shirt. The mocking comments and actions were followed by an attempt at the same move by Baysse- but I read somewhere on Redir that Gianfrancesco Genoso didn’t seem to be too impressed seemed unimpressed by the defenders attempts to match his witty move.
Sunderland is close to complete a deal of England International striker, Defoe in the transfer window. He is playing for Toronto FC in the Major League Soccer club and scored 11 goals in 19 appearances.
Sunderland is currently struggling in the Premier League and in the 16 position having 20 points in 21 matches. Therefore, an excellent formed striker could lead the team to a good successive place at the end of the season.
Defoe has revealed that he would leave the Canadian club if he gets a good offer from a team. Hull City, Leicester City, Crystal Palace and QPR are also the interested club to sign the 32-year-old striker.
Defoe has reached close to join Sunderland on some personal terms and could sign a two- and-a half-year deal with the club.
Toronto FC has agreed to sign back the USA striker Jozy Altidore to their team for the season with Greg Vanney in order to equal wage demands. However, this talk could be breakdown because of some tough conditions.
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Sunderland has not said anything about the permanent deal or signing money for the striker for the contract. However, Sunderland is preparing them for upgrading cash price to ensure the signing to finish the Premier League in a good position.