Manchester United: The Introspection Begins

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Now that the clouds have settled to a certain extent, it is about time we dissected Manchester United’s performance in the Manchester derby.

The most successful club in the history of British football was humiliated by the European football’s rising power. It’s not just the score line that would concern the Manchester United faithful, but also the manner in which its players were hassled and bullied for most parts of the game.

This is unquestionably a shocking result for any club that is expected to fight tooth and nail in a derby match. The club, its manager and its players [Read more…]

Manchester United vs City: Preview

The much awaited Manchester derby is finally here. With changes to the managerial hot seats at both the clubs, it’ll be interesting to see how Manuel Pelligrini and David Moyes approach their first Manchester Derby.

Manchester United is coming off from a fairly strong performance against Bayer Leverkusen in midweek’s game. The due credit must go to David Moyes for implementing the much [Read more…]

BBC Announcer attributes Spain Euro 2012 win to “unbelievable amounts of sex: (video)

It was a weekend of Freudian slips for sports casters. ESPN’s Andy Katz first tried to describe the “bulging discs” in the back of Jared Sullinger with an omission of the letter s. And told us in NSFW language about Sullinger’s sexual arousal.

Then yesterday Alan Shearer was trying to articulate the team’s success in the Euro 2012 Final; right after Spain crushed Italy in the final. Not a surprise with how well these fellows are doing in the female department. (h/t The Big Lead)

UEFA Euro 2012: Spain vs. Italy final preview

After 30 games played and 72 goals scored, just one match remains in the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament.  In a rematch from the group stage, reigning World Cup champion Spain will attempt to defend its Euro crown against an Italian team that appears to be peaking just at the right time.  Can La Furia Roja take home yet another major tournament title?  Or will Mario Balotelli and the Azzurri claim Italy’s second European Championship?  With the title match kicking off Sunday afternoon, here’s what you can expect to see from these European powers. [Read more…]

UEFA EURO 2012: Knockout stages preview

Just 12 days removed from the opening match in Poland, Euro 2012 has been as good as advertised and more, with 60 goals scored and not a single 0-0 draw in 24 group stage matches.  Host countries Poland and Ukraine each treated their fans to close and controversial thrillers before narrowly missing the knockout stage, while four teams that won their opening match (including Ukraine) somehow failed to escape the group stage.  As the quarterfinals kick off this afternoon, here are some keys to look for throughout the knockout rounds.

How far can Cristiano Ronaldo carry Portugal?

After wasting two golden opportunities against Denmark, Cristiano Ronaldo came alive against the Dutch in his final group stage match, scoring the equalizer and game-winner to send Portugal through to the quarterfinals.  [Read more…]