Monday, September 29, 2008

Starting Eleven Football Blog Roundup

Champions League takes center stage today with all eyes on Arsenal and how it recovers from this weekend's shocking home defeat to Hull--If Arsenal does beat Porto today, and since Hull beat Arsenal, does that mean Hull beats Porto too? Hmmm.
  • Deco really needs to learn how to shut up. At least that's what's going to happen if Arsenal loses today to Porto. Two weeks ago, he was advising Sporting on how to beat Barcelona and we all saw how that turned out. Now he's touting Porto to upend Arsenal today in the Champions League. Premiership Latest has the drudge from Deco.
  • CL The Offside points out that the Group of Death is in action today, and wonders whether French champs Lyon have recovered from its opening match. Lyon takes on Bayern today while Fiorentina takes on Steaua Bucharest.
  • Soccer by Ives has an outlook on every game today and suggests you keep an eye on Celtic, Porto and Zenit today; all three could go a long way toward determining their fate.
  • Champions League 2008-09 Blog has a good look at today's Aalborg-United match. This is Aalborg's second foray into the CL and the first time it hosts United. Aalborg are upstarts in this tournament already, having draw 0-0 at Celtic Park on Matchday One.
  • Soccernews points out that United is undermanned going into Denmark today with Owen Hargreaves and Gary Neville on the sidelines with knee and ankle injuries.
  • Reddevil says Wayne Rooney's goal Saturday could be the turning point for United.
  • Predictions? Someone ask for predictions? Soccerlens delivers some for today and tomorrow's matches.
  • Football Cup League has a roundup of all of today's matches as well; Real at Zenit is the spiciest match of the day.
  • Soccerlens also has a neat look at club sponsorships in the Premier League and some of the unique sponsorship opportunities availble.
  • Like lists? Everybody loves a good list! The Offside tells you 10 things they learned from the Premier League.
  • Serie A Talk has a great look at Milan's win over Inter and wonders if this finally puts Ronaldinho back in everyone's consciousness?
  • Matt Johnston analyzes some news coming out of the MLS owners meeting and illuminates three problems that need fixing.
  • Hitting up Soccer by Ives again, he connects Las Vegas and Columbus, Ohio with the news that a Vegas investment group has its eye on the Crew.
  • It's not a blog, but Soccernet is reporting that former England coach Sven-Goren Eriksson was ready to manipulate the system and get uncapped foreign-born players enlisted on the England national team via a loophole in FIFA regs. Wonder what the reaction in England would have been to that one?
  • And finally, one more from Soccernet to close it out: They're reporting that Arsenal defender Kolo Toure says he was scared to play Hull, which ended up winning at the Emirates 2-1 this weekend. Toure sensed some complacency apparently, and pointed out that sometimes "players play the game before it's started, and that's a problem."

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