Monday, May 19, 2008

Starting Eleven Football Blog Roundup

Cup finals dominate the weekend, the final for domestic play for the most part in Europe. Here's our weekly trek around the football blogosphere.
101 Great Goals gathers the best from the U.K. papers on Portsmouth's 1-0 FA Cup win over Cardiff at Wembley. Harry Redknapp is the star of the day. Kanu gets the game-winner. Portsmouth denies a second division team its dream of winning silverware. Sanford Soccer has a bit more from the Cardiff side. Soccernews has more on Redknapp, as does the English Football Blog.

Portugoal is the place for the Portuguese Cup final. No double for F.C. Porto this year in Portugal. Sporting takes the Portuguese Cup, beating Porto 2-0 in extra time yesterday. Porto played with 10 men for the last 50 minutes of the match. Substitute Tiui scored both Sporting goals; Sporting wins the Cup for the 15th time. Sporting finishes the year strong, wrapping up an automatic berth in the group stage of the Champions League and beating the domestic champs for the Cup.

Real Madrid was crowned on Sunday in La Liga. Levante did not strike. It played. It lost, 5-2. The Real Liga points out how anticlimactic this game was, and that it had the feel of a friendly. For the record, Real finishes with 85 points, a record. In case you were wondering, David Beckham says Real deserved the Spanish title.

Meanwhile, the story turns toward Cristiano Ronaldo and whether he bolts Manchester United after this week's Champions League final for Madrid. Coach Bernd Schuster says no, which of course means a deal is imminent. Sir Bobby Charlton is not a happy camper about Madrid's poaching of Ronaldo.

How do you spell dynasty in Italian? I-n-t-e-r? Milan's other club wrapped up its third straight domestic championship on Sunday, beating Parma 2-0. Soccer By Ives has a thorough recap of Inter's season, as does Ara Sports. Gooners Guide points out that AC Milan makes it to the UEFA Cup--next year's Bayern Munich? FC Football Blog has a bunch of Inter highlights from yesterday. Nowaday's What has a sobering look at the way Inter fans celebrated.

Barcelona president Juan Laporta has kicked open the door and has his boot aimed at Ronaldinho's backside. He told a Catalan TV station that the star needs a new "challenge." Soccernews seems to think Ronaldinho is bound for AC Milan.

Quick Hits:
Top of the 18 says Fabregas, Clichy ready to re-up at Arsenal.
MLS Rumors swishes this one around: BarcaNY? BarcaMiami?
Oh You Beauty relives Liverpool's season
Talking to the Doll has a bit on Benfica's trip to Africa. Good reading for Adu fans.
American Soccer Spot looks at the sack race in MLS.
One note about the photo used here; it's from urban75blog who was at Wembley yesterday, and apparently had outstanding seats.

19 days to Euro 2008.

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