Posts Tagged ‘INTER’

JUNE 8 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

June 8, 2010

JUNE 8 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

INJURED STARS DOWN, BUT NOT OUT
There may be good news for some of the high profile players at the 2010 World Cup who were injured over the weekend and some may even be able to play in the tournament.

Netherlands forward Arjen Robben is planning to travel to South Africa in hopes of joining his Dutch teammates. The Bayern Munich star has a small tear in his left hamstring but is hoping intense physiotherapy will help him take part in South Africa.

Speaking after his first session, Robben told reporters “It is impossible to say whether that (a return) will only be about four days or a week away. It was tedious exercises. But we will do everything to
get fit. I’m very hopeful.”

Meanwhile, Didier Drogba has undergone successful surgery on his broken arm and was due to link up with his Ivory Coast teammates yesterday.
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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: INTER MILAN v MAN CITY IN BALTIMORE

May 12, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: INTER MILAN v MANCHESTER CITY TO MEET IN BALTIMORE

European club soccer makes a return to Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium as Manchester City will face Serie A titans Internazionale Milan on July 31.

The match will be officially announced on Monday at a press conference in Baltimore.

Organizers will be hoping to repeat the success of last summers glamor friendly between Chelsea and AC Milan at M&T Bank Stadium, which drew a sell-out crowd of 71,000.

The Stadium is a finalist to be a venue in the United States Soccer Federations bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.

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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: DID INTER MILAN DO ENOUGH AT HOME?

April 22, 2010

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIFINALS

The First Legs of the Champions League semifinals are in the book, and though we some spectacular individual skill and brilliant tactical football, these two ties are far from over.  In reality, all four teams will have a reason to think the tie is theirs to win come next week.

DID INTER MILAN DO ENOUGH AT HOME?

Tuesday saw Inter Milan do what no one seems to have been able to do lately and that is to stop the outright onslaught that is FC Barcelona.  For all the self-love that exudes from Jose Mourinho and all the press he gets (good and bad) we sometimes forget that he is a brilliant tactician and manager. His strategy Tuesday at the San Siro, frustrated and slowed the impossibly quick defending champions to a normal pace.  He forced them to play football, which is something few understand as well as he does.  Pep Guardiola likes to let his team run and once they find their stride, they will run you into the ground and have you playing from behind.

Arsene Wenger saw this in the quarterfinals when in the first 20 minutes of the first leg. His Arsenal side could have been well and truly out of the tie. Fortune and the fact that Arsenal is a fast and free team also, helped save them and challenge Barcelona at their own game.  It didn’t work at the end of the day, as no team in the world right now is as good as Barcelona at that style.

It looked as if we were in for more of the same on Tuesday when Pedro scored for Barca inside of the 20 minute mark. Pedro has scored a goal in six (yes, that’s right… SIX) different competitions this season for Barcelona, and the goal Tuesday was his 20th of this, his first season.

Wesley Sniedjer equalized for Inter 10 minutes later and suddenly Barcelona slowed down a bit to settle into a football match.  That was a mistake

Inter continued to try and slow down Barcelona.  Ball possession, ball control and some fortune from the referees helped The Special One’s side regain a firm footing in the match, and eventually when the teams were both playing the same game, Inter took over.

Maicon’s Second Half goal was set up by the hard working Diego Milito and then Milito himself scored. the Argentine being the beneficiary of a blown offsides call.

Too late, Barcelona started attempting to ratchet up the pressure to counter the 3-1 scoreline, but Inter held fast against seemingly overwhelming Barca pressure. The score line became a result and Inter had claimed a famous victory, but was it enough to secure the tie

Barca are surely capable of outscoring anyone at the Camp Nou, so will Pep Guardiola  unleash the hounds?  Send everyone forward and try to get the goals back in front of their rabid fans? Perhaps Barca will sacrifice some of their offensive prowess in lieu of keeping Inter off the score sheet and thereby keeping the vital away goal out of Jose Mourinho’s reach.

Regardless, everything is left to play for next Wednesday in Barcelona.

SOCCER ON THE BOX: THE MID-WEEK

April 20, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX: THE MID-WEEK

It is impossible to escape the majesty of the knock out rounds of UEFA Champions League.  Every week we are treated to some of the best the sport has to offer.  Intelligent, quick and gifted players giving us sweeping challenges and magical goals. History, tension, passion and the beautiful game. The impossible match-ups that seem like they can only take place in a video game, but happen in front of your eyes every Tuesday and Wednesday.  A sort of weekly World Cup every spring, there is nothing like it, and this Tuesday will be no exception.

Defending Champions Barcelona are the best team on the planet in the past month or so, no team has been able to slow them down whether in La Liga or Champions League. They are the team that has it all, except of course the self proclaimed Special One: José Mourinho.

No Mourinho is not with Barca, he is the manager of Inter Milan, the team charged with stopping Barcelona in the semi-finals of this seasons Champions League which begin on Tuesday. No slouches themselves, Inter Milan are winners of the Italian Serie A four years running and have a very strong chance of making it five. The Special One, however will have his hands full on Tuesday, for Barca does not just have it all, it has it all and Lionel Messi the most entrancing player alive.

Lionel Messi  is riding the crest of a run of form that seems against all reason.  Many of us, in the years to come, will be attempting to explain Messi’s current form to those who hadn’t paid attention. Pay attention.

ALL TIMES EASTERN

BOLD – MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

ITALICS – GAME OF THE MID-WEEK

TUESDAY, April 20

FOX SPORTS NET

UEFA Champions League INTER MILAN-BARCELONA (live) 2:45 pm

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL

UEFA Champions League INTER MILAN-BARCELONA (delay) 5 pm.

FOX SPORTS EN ESPANOL

UEFA Champions League INTER MILAN-BARCELONA (live) 2:30 pm.

Copa Libertadores ESTUDIANTES-ALIANZA LIMA (live) 8 pm.

FOX SOCCER PLUS

Copa Libertadores ESTUDIANTES-ALIANZA LIMA (live) 8 pm.

WEDNESDAY, April 21

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL

UEFA Champions League BAYERN MUNICH-LYON (live) 2:30 pm.

Concacaf Champions League CRUZ AZUL-PACHUCA  (live) 10 pm.

FOX SPORTS EN ESPANOL

UEFA Champions League BAYERN MUNICH-LYON (live) 2:30 pm.

Copa Libertadores NACIONAL [URU]-MORELIA (live) 6:30 pm.

Copa Libertadores CLUB NACIONAL [PAR]-MONTERREY (live) 8:30 pm.

FOX SOCCER PLUS

England HULL CITY-ASTON VILLA (live) 2:40 pm.

UEFA Champions League BAYERN MUNICH-LYON (delay) 5 pm.

GOL TV

Italy UDINESE-ROMA (live) noon.

TELEFUTURA

Concacaf Champions League CRUZ AZUL-PACHUCA  (live) 10 pm.

THURSDAY, April 22

ESPN2

MLS DALLAS-SEATTLE (live) 8 pm.

ESPN DEPORTES

MLS DALLAS-SEATTLE (live) 8 pm.

FOX SPORTS EN ESPANOL

Copa Libertadores CHILE-U CATOLICA (delay) 2 pm.

Copa Libertadores SAO PAULO-ONCE CALDAS (delay) 4:30 pm.

Copa Libertadores INTERNACIONAL-DEPORTIVO QUITO (live) 6:30 pm.

Copa Libertadores CORINTHIANS-INDEPENDIENTE MEDELLIN (live) 8:30 pm.

GOL TV

Europa League HAMBURG-FULHAM (live) 3 pm.

Europa League ATL. MADRID-LIVERPOOL (delay) 8 pm.

Thanks to Soccer America, Soccer Insider and USsoccerplayers.com who I copy and paste this information from on a regular basis.