Karim Ait-Fana Goal vs Schalke (Video) | Champions League

Karim Ait-Fana Goal vs Schalke (Video) | Champions League

Frenchman Karim Ait-Fana started the scoring in Montpellier’s Champions League match against Schalke. And it was a pretty impressive goal to start the proceedings. Schalke did manage to equalise quickly with Draxler though.

Watch Karim Ait-Fana’s goal vs Schalke below.

Zenit vs AC Milan 2-3 Highlights & Goals (Video) | Champions League

Zenit vs AC Milan 2-3 Highlights & Goals (Video) | UEFA Champions League | 3 Oct 2012
Venue: Petrovsky Stadium, St. Petersburg

Goalscorers

Zenit St. Petersburg – Hulk goal vs AC Milan (45+2 minute), Roman Shirokov goal vs AC Milan (49th minute)
AC Milan – Urby Emanuelson goal vs Zenit (13th minute), Stephan El Shaarawy goal vs Zenit (16th minute), Tomas Hubocan own goal (75th minute)

Zenit Starting Lineup – Malafeev, Anyukov, Criscito, Lombaerts, Hubocan, Shirokov, Fayzulin, Witsel, Bystrov, Kerzhakov, Hulk
AC Milan Starting Lineup – Abbiati, Abate, Bonera, Zapata, Antonini, Montolivo, De Jong, Emanuelson, Boateng, El Shaarawy, Bojan

Watch Abbiati’s incredible save against a Hulk free kick.

Watch all the highlights & goals video from Zenit vs AC Milan below. AC Milan started brightly but Zenit came back into the game strongly but an own goal in the 75th proved to be the decider.

Christian Abbiati Save vs Zenit (Video) | Abbiati Saves a Hulk Thunder Strike

Christian Abbiati Save vs Zenit (Video) | Abbiati Saves a Hulk Thunder Strike

Christian Abbiati (AC Milan) has got hands made of steel, at least his left hand is. Abbiati saved a free kick from Hulk which was hit with some power and Abbiati was able to deflect the ball as strongly it was hit.

Watch Abbiati saving Hulk’s free kick below.

El Clasico: The Barcelona FC vs Real Madrid Love Story: History, Controversy, Events

El Clásico: Real Madrid vs Barcelona FC: History, Records, Goals, Events and More

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El Clasico: Real Madrid vs Barcelona FC

Real Madrid vs Barcelona Fans

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Once upon a time, the Real Madrid – Barcelona FC rivalry used to be the world’s most famous famous football rivalry.  That stage has long passed.

It has now become much bigger than a mere football rivalry. It is now a political rivalry, a clash between two opposing ideas. Barcelona FC has now become a symbol of Catalan identity and pride. “Catalonia is not Spain”, the fans scream when the two El Clasico rivals meet.

Catalonia not Spain, Barcelona FC FansThis is not a new story, not by any standard. Barcelona FC was being seen as a proud Catalan symbol by fans as early as the 1930s.

Real Madrid stood for the establishment, for the centralizing idea. Barcelona FC stood for freedom. Though the Catalonia region gained considerable autonomy since 1979, the support for a separate nation is wide. Invariably, these nationalist feelings are transferred to the football field.

History: Past & Present Events

Di Stefano Transfer

The controversial signing of Alfredo Di Stefano in 1953 created much bad blood between the two great football rivals. Both clubs tried to sign the Argentinian and later both claimed to have signed him. The situation refused to resolve, and finally FIFA had to intervene.

It was decided that both clubs would share the player in alternate seasons.

More controversy was in store, as Di Stefano later permanently moved to Real. Real Madrid officials claimed that it was Barcelona’s decision to relinquish him, but question marks remained. And yet another ugly chapter was added to the annals of football’s greatest rivalry.

Boixos Nois

The Boixos Nois was a Barcelona FC support group founded in 1982. Made up of left leaning Catalan nationalists, the group had a close relationship with the club. However, entry of fascist elements into the group and subsequent increase in violent activities led to the club president Joan Laporta banning entry of the group members for the matches.

Senyera Flag
The Senyera Flag was flown by the Boixos Nois members at the football grounds as a sign of Catalan nationalism

Some members of the group have even been convicted for death threats and murder.

But even after the ban, the group has been receiving support from various officials of the Barcelona FC.

Luis Figo Transfer and the Game of Shame

The year 2000 saw the controversial transfer of Barcelona vice-captain Luis Figo to Real Madrid. When Figo came to Camp Nou for the El Clasico in November 2002, the Boixos Nois called him a treacher, and booed him through the match.

Things got really ugly when the Boixos threw a cut Pig’s head next to Figo when he was taking a corner. The match was suspended for 13 minutes and the players removed from the field for fear of their safety.

Football fans in Spain have since referred to the match as the ‘Game of Shame’

(to be continued. This article on the El Clasico: Barcelona FC vs Real Madrid rivalry is yet incomplete, and will be updated soon).

Arsenal vs Olympiakos Team News, Probable Starting Lineup & Live Match

Arsenal vs Olympiakos Team News, Probable Starting Lineup & Live Match | UEFA Champions League
Date: 3 Oct 2012
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Kick Off: 19.45

Team News

Arsenal
Szczesny & Diaby are ruled out and Mikel Arteta is doubtful.
Olympiakos
Papazoglou, Torossidis, Djebbour & Fejsa are injured and will not take part in this fixture. François Modesto will undergo a late fitness test for this match.

Probable Starting Lineup

Arsenal
Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Coquelin, Ramsey, Cazorla, Gervinho, Podolski, Giroud
Olympiakos
Megyeri, Contreras, Holabas, Manolas, Modesto, Maniadis, Machado, Abdoun, Fuster, Mitroglou

Live Match on TV

UK – Sky Sports Events Centre, Sky Sports 4/HD
US – MSG Plus, Fox Sports Net, Fox Soccer 2Go

Catch all the highlights of the match as soon as the match gets over

Ajax vs Real Madrid Team News, Probable Starting Lineup & Live Match

Ajax vs Real Madrid Team News, Probable Starting Lineup & Live Match | UEFA Champions League
Date: 3 Oct 2012
Venue: Amsterdam ArenA 
Kick Off: 19.45 

Team News

Ajax Amsterdam
Ajax has got huge list players who would not be available for fairly long time, players such as Miralem Sulejmani, Thulani Serero, Sigthorsson, Nicolai Boilesen & Enoh.
Real Madrid
Real Madrid have a fully fit squad with Michael Essien also returning to training.

Probable Starting Lineup

Ajax Amsterdam
Vermeer, Van Rhijn, Alderweireld, Moisander, Blind, Poulsen,  De Jong, Eriksen, Sana, Boerrigter, Babel
Real Madrid
Casillas, Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Khedira, Essien, Alonso, Di Maria, Ronaldo, Higuain

Live Match on TV

UK – Sky Sports Events Centre, Sky Sports Red Button
US – Fox Soccer Plus, FOX Deportes, Fox Soccer 2Go, DirecTV
India – Ten Action

Also catch all the highlights of the match here after it gets over.
 

Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund Team News, Probable Starting Lineup & Live Match

Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund Team News, Probable Starting Lineup & Live Match | UEFA Champions League
Date: 3 Oct 2012
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Kick Off: 19.45

Team News

Manchester City
Both Maicon & Micah Richards are injured out so Zabaleta should be the one at right back also Jack Rodwell might not make the squad too due to injury.
Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has a fully squad to choose from.

Probable Starting Lineup

Manchester City
Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Garcia, Barry, Toure, Silva, Aguero, Tevez
Borussia Dortmund
Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer, Kehl, Gundogan, Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus, Lewandowski

Live Match on TV

UK – Sky Sports 2/HD, Sky Sports Events Centre, Sky Sports 3D
US – Fox Soccer 2Go, DirecTV, Fox Soccer Channel
India – Ten Sports

We will also post the highlights of the match here, once the match gets over.

The Lone Ranger Trailer | Johnny Depp & Armie Hammer Ride to Glory

The Lone Ranger Trailer | Johnny Depp & Armie Hammer Ride to Glory

So, we have the much awaited trailer for the Gore Verbinski epic ‘The Lone Ranger’. Set to release next year on 3rd July. Disney had faced a lot of problems during the making of the movie but it all looks set for a grand release now.

The trailer was shown on The Tonight Show with Armie Hammer as the guest. The trailer looks dark with a rocking soundtrack, so definitely not a children movie unlike the previous one. Johnny Depp plays the role of Tonto (Indian), who has a dead crow on his head and Armie Hammer is the ranger out to provide justice.

Check out the leaked ‘The Lone Ranger’ trailer below.