[ad#ad-1] Real Madrid showed that they are not far behind Borussia Dortmund fans in the second leg of the Champions League semi final clash between the two sides at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Madrid needed to play the game of their season after the 4-1 loss in the first leg and the supporters came out in full support with a brilliant mosaic (pictures below) which was seen in before the match started.
There was big banner below the colorful mosaic which read, ‘Madrid vibra por ella’. Our translation of which is ‘Vibrate for the moment, Madrid.’ It could also mean something else very easily but we like our translation and we are sticking with it.
Another impressive performance from Liverpool’s 20 year old Brazilian Philippe Coutinho. Acquired from Inter Milan, Coutinho is quickly growing in stature amongst the Kop faithfuls.
Liverpool’s 0-6 rout of Newcastle saw the youngster along with Daniel Sturridge terrorizing the Geordies defence throughout the match until he was substituted. He couldn’t score any but was instrumental in many of Liverpool’s attack. Not afraid to take shots too.
Following the 1-2 loss against Burnley, hoards of Wolves fans ran out on the pitch when the full time whistle was blown. The supporters angry at the loss and the eventual demotion to League One smashed the dugout.
Only some serious mathematics fluctuations along with a win against Brighton can keep Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship now.
[ad#m1] Football took a back seat in the FA Cup semi final between Wigan and Millwall at the Wembley Stadium.
Wigan won 2-0 and reached the final for the first time in club’s history but the occasion was marred due to a bunch of Millwall fans who ended up fighting with each other during the last 10 minutes of the game.
Punches flew and even a policeman was attacked, bloodied and horrified people were seen and caught by the television cameras.
Back to dark ages it seems for these bunch of absolutely deluded Millwall fans.
[ad#m1] Poznan, a kind of celebration where the fans jump up and down, hand in hand and showing their backs. Pretty famous with Manchester City fans.
And we have now witnessed an entire stadium doing the Poznan. It looks quite incredible when the whole stadium does it.
It happened in the Australian A-League as Western Sydney Wanderers won 2-0 against Brisbane Roar. The crowd at the Parramatta stadium went ballistic as everybody joined in the Poznan. And someone with great sense of timing managed to get the video.
[ad#m1] De Toekomst, the stadium where Ajax’s reserve side play and train for matches, the place where young and aspiring children are converted into some of the best footballers of their time, through a masterful plan and sheer tenacity. This is the story of Jong Ajax, the reserve side of Ajax Amsterdam. Providing superstars for many clubs since a very long time.
This is the story of the Ajax Youth Academy.
The present world is filled with competitions at almost every level in all fields. One of them is football. It does take immense and focused hard work and supreme talent to reach to a position which is now probably enjoyed by players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar. All these players have surely turned into role models for aspiring amateur sportsmen.
But even more important than all the above criteria is the vision to recognize a player during his youth and Ajax, now, have become a master of that trade.
Ajax, the present leader in the Dutch League has an exemplary youth club programme which is sure to turn beginners in to world class football players.
We are familiar with players like Patrick Kluivert, Dennis Bergkamp, Edwin van der Saar, Rafael van der Vaart, Clarence Seedorf and Wesley Sneijder. These are a few of many who have completed full training at the Ajax Youth Club.
Seeing these players perform at their best which is indeed amazing, one cannot fathom the degree of the training they have undergone.
This youth academy is called the “Breeding Ground” of Dutch Football as Ajax’s youth academy which continuously proves to be one of the most successful ones in the world.
The aim of the club has always been to recognize talented football players at a very early age and transform them into professionals. The advantage is that the youth teams are trained in exactly the same way as the first team hence they already know how to play when they are drafted into the senior side.
Eyeing a creative approach to find new talents, Ajax has started the TIPS programme which stands for Technique, Insight, Personality and Speed. Even more interestingly, all the youth players have a passport in which they keep record of each objective.
The philosophy of Ajax has always been to keep the game fair, offensive minded, creative and attractive. And pretty much everyone would agree that they have achieved and keep on achieving the ideas set forth. Check out the video below which sums up success the Dutch club has achieved through its homegrown players.
[ad#m1] Super big match is coming up this Sunday in Eredivise as league leaders Ajax Amsterdam travel to Philips Stadion to take on second placed PSV Eindhoven.
And by the looks of it, Ajax are leaving no stones unturned as the difference between the two sides is only 3 points. And in their pre PSV training some Ajax players showed the kind of skills they possess.
Amazing training drill, where Christian Eriksen, Siem de Jong and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson do some super long range keepie-uppies.
It seems effortless but would be really difficult to pull off in reality.
It got real interesting towards the later part of the video.
[ad#m1] The whole world waits for one of the most magnificent matches which should hopefully be in the memories of people’s lives for a long time. Bayern Munich plays hosts to the Old lady in their most wonderful Allianz Arena.
Both these teams are no doubt in their prime and pristine form as they are the leading clubs in their domestic leagues, Bayern are ahead by 20 points whereas Juventus have a nine point lead over second placed Napoli in Serie A.
The recent 9-2 win for Bayern Munich over Hamburg might have opened a few eyes especially the ones in the Juventus dressing room.
One of the main clashes to notice in this match will be the classic battle in the midfield, for both teams posses a plethora of exceptional midfielders. The battle between Bayern Munich play maker Bastian Schweinsteiger and one of the true living legends of football, Andrea Pirlo should dominate this match.
The results of their previous head to head matches include a 1-4 win for Bayern Munich in December 2009 and a 0-0 in October 2009 in the Champions League itself.
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Surprisngly ex Bayern Munich player Stefan Effenberg favours Juventus to be the better side because Jupp Heynckes’ side lack a player who can lead them from the front when things are not really going in their favour.
The match will witness a strong Italian defence to a powerful German attack, it is indeed a fight between the topmost.
Bayern defender Holger Badstuber will miss this fixture as he is taking rest due to sustaining a serious injury in December and the home side will also play without the important Spanish defensive midfielder Javi Martinez after obtaining a one match ban.
Whereas for Pirlo and Co, MirkoVucinic, who has developed the symptoms of a fever since returning from international duty with Montenegro will most liekly miss the first leg and the versatile defender Giorgio Chiellini, who missed Italy’s international weekend after the return of a persistent ankle injury, has now regained fitness and is likely to play.
Bayern still remember the loss in the final at their own Allianz Arena to Chelsea last season, and now, while leading their league bullishly, they seem to have the potential and will want to win the final at Wembley.
Both Dante and Lahm would not any booking in this match and if they do so, they both would miss the second leg on April 10.
The obvious thing to watch out for is the exuberance of Ribery, Kroos ,Schweinsteiger and Muller’s extraordinary midfield attack against Antonio Conte’s wicked tactics to negate them and then counter attack.
[/mt_one_half] Real Madrid pulled off another victory to extend their winning streak to 7 games unbeaten in all competitions. After a poor first half performance from the hosts, Real turned things around in the second half.
Real Madrid failed to impress in the first half of the game, not showing the performance expected from a club of their quality. True to their word, Gregorio Monzana’s side produced a game worthy of critical appreciation in the first half. Emilio Nsue headed from a corner at the sixth minute, giving Mallorca a dream start at the Santiago Bernebau. Real Madrid, however, equalized nine minutes later through Gonzalo Higuain, who was presented with an open chance at goal following Pepe’s run into the box. Mourinho’s side, who looked feeble at set pieces conceded another goal from a corner. Arbeloa completely lost track of his man and Alfaro managed to beat Sergio Ramos in the air and found the back of the net, restoring Mallorca’s one goal lead at the Bernebau.
Mourinho’s side looked nervous and feeble at set pieces, with Mallorca coming close to scoring a third goal in the 43rd minute, when Hutton’s header from a corner went just wide of the post. Even Christiano Ronaldo was not looking comfortable in the pitch and had few poor touches in the first half. He also failed to capitalize from the free kick which was awarded to Madrid outside of the penalty box.
However, the half time change which brought Ozil and Benzema onto the pitch saw things change for Real Madrid. Real Madrid looked a refreshed and recharged side in the second half and the equalizer looked inevitable. Things changed for Madrid as three goals came in quick succession. The first came from none other than Christiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo, who so far had a poor first half, spear headed his side to a brilliant equalizer. Excellent bit of movement from the Portuguese star allowed him to lose his marker and score for Madrid. Luka Modric, who equalized for Madrid in the clash against Manchester United with a stunning strike, produced another sensational strike to give Real the lead for the first time in the tie at the 54th minute. Real striked again just 3 minutes later, and Higuain completed the turnaround at the Bernabeau in the 57th minute with substitute Ozil making the assist.
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After Real gained a two goal lead, Mallorca struggled to stay in the competition. Still, they put up a brave fight, coming close to scoring another goal at the 86th minute but were denied by Diego Lopez, who produced a great save. Real Madrid finished things off in style with Benzema adding cherry on top of the cake. Gonzalo Higuain selflessly pulled back the ball and passed it off to fellow striker Karim Benzema, who finished off coolly to make the final score 5-2 for Madrid.