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Fantastic result again South Korea icon14.gif.

Shame the tradition 45 mins sub-off occured again icon_wink.gif.

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Yay, wanted by Celta Vigo and a great win for the motherland!

KUTGW

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Japan v Turkmenistan

Weds 1st Apr: World Cup 2010 Asian Qualifying 3rd Round

Pre Match

10 superkids start for Turkmenistan, with Cook on the bench. Captain is the non-superkid and Key Man is Selim Atas. Ali Obeid is again not included in the match day squad.

My Opinion

Probably the toughest game of the group, but after their terrific performance against Iran who knows what Turkmenistan could achieve. I think they could pull off a win here as well.

12 minutes in and a loose pass by Japan lets Gonzalez in, but the keeper saves well.

Libertinho picks up a yellow card.

Gonzalez is played in again put through, and again the shot is pushed behind by the keeper. However, from the corner Mendieta rises and heads the ball into the net. 16 minutes gone, 0-1.

Japan win their first corner off Koppers after 38 minutes. It comes to nothing, which sums up Japan in the 1st half really.

The only worrying moment for Turkmenistan was a freekick from Nakamura, which hit the upright but bounced to safety.

HT: Japan 0 v 1 Turkmenistan

Half Time Stats

Gonzalez is subbed at halftime.

Japan seem like a different team in the second half, with De Santiago having to be in fine form to deny them an equaliser early on.

Chaoconov hits a long range powerful shot at the Japanese keeper who can only punch the ball straight back out, but it is cleared.

After 70 minutes, a long ball to the back post from deep by Japan, that is finished with a first time shot. 1-1.

Koppers is then subbed off as part of a double Turkmenistan substitution. Atas takes over as Captain.

Just as it starts to look as if Japan might edge this, another poor pass by a midfielder puts Atas through on goal. One-on-one with the keeper, he calmly slots home to score on the counter. 1-2.

FT: Japan 1 v 2 Turkmenistan

Match Overview

Player Stats

A great win for Turkmenistan, with Atas getting the MOM award.

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Good win again for us against Japan this time, although like a few others i seem to be subbed at half time or just generally early in the match, despite my ratings for that match.

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Australia v Kyrgyzstan

Weds 1st Apr: World Cup 2010 Asian Qualifying 3rd Round

Pre Match

11 superkids start for Kyrgyzstan. On the bench is Freealdinho, Bartinho + Halali. The Captain is Alan and the Key Man is Davo.

My Opinion

Australia is a good team, probably the best team in the Asian qualifying section. I think Australia is fielding a fairly strong line up, so Kyrgyzstan may lose this.

Australia has the first decent chance after 17 minutes, but the shot goes over the bar.

Australia play the ball across the pitch and then down the left wing. Kewell whips in a great cross, but Ryan is there to whack it into touch.

36 minutes gone and Bill is replaced by Halali.

Corner from the right for Australia. It is over hit and looks like it will be no threat, but Prof Frink pushes Cahill in the penalty area. Penalty to Australia. Up steps Bresciano and it fires it into the net with ease. 1-0.

Strangely, Alan is then subbed off for a central defender. Kygryzstan move to their more traditionally defensive 4-2-1-2-1 formation.

Davo saves the day, clearing a Cahill shot off the line.

HT: Australia 1 v 0 Kyrgyzstan

Half Time Stats

2 minutes into the 2nd half and Halali produces a bit of magic. He curls a freekick into the top left hand corner of the goal for his first ever goal for Kyrgyzstan. 1-1.

52 minutes gone and Williams jinks past Birkinaldo before blasting the ball over the bar yet again.

Australia continue to apply the pressure, with Kyrgyzstan struggling to get out of their half for the next 20 minutes.

Al-Dahash is replaced by Bartinho after 73 minutes.

Birkinaldo receives a yellow card for bringing down an Aussie on the edge of the area. Fortunately the resultant freekick is off target.

With 5 minutes to go, Bartinho races clear down the left and gets to touchline before pulling the ball back for Azeryk, who 10 yards out and with no defender right next to him misses a golden chance to snatch a win for Kyrgyzstan.

FT: Australia 1 v 1 Kyrgyzstan

Match Overview

Player Stats

A draw for Kyrgyzstan is a good solid result for them. MOM goes to Birkinaldo.

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Good draw against the Aussies icon14.gif.

Shame I got subbed off after 39 mins this time icon_biggrin.gif.

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World Cup 2010 Asian Qual Results – Weds 1st April 2009

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Group A Group B

Australia 1 v 1 Kyrgyzstan Japan 1 v 2 Turkmenistan

South Korea 3 v 0 Bahrain Iran 4 v 1 Qatar

At the halfway stage:

Group A Table Group B Table

1. Kyrgyzstan +7 7 1. Turkmenistan +10 9

2. Australia +4 5 2. Japan +2 6

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3. South Korea -3 4 3. Iran 0 3

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4. Bahrain -8 0 4. Qatar -12 0

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Both Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan are now pretty much guaranteed at least 3rd spot in the group, but you have to think that they have already done enough to secure qualification to the World Cup 2010, especially with both having to play Bahrain / Qatar again.

The first definite qualifier for the World Cup 2010 (apart from the hosts South Africa) is Argentina, who has qualified with 6 games to spare in the South American group.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by wisla_krakow:

Good draw against the Aussies icon14.gif.

Shame I got subbed off after 39 mins this time icon_biggrin.gif. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

At least you got SOME playing time! icon_frown.gif

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Player Cam Match Report

Sat 4th Apr: Charlton v Middlesbrough – League Match

Both Azeryk + Marcus Cook start upfront for Boro.

Great start to player cam for Azeryk when after 14 minutes he races onto a Cattermole throughball before expertedly sliding the ball under the keeper. 0-1.

Superkid heaven, as a minute later Cattermole crosses the ball in from the right and Cook volleys home. 0-2.

The rest of the half is fairly even, but no more goals.

HT: Charlton 0 v 2 Middlesbrough

Within 5 minutes of the restart Charlton pull a goal back via a freekick from Karimi. 1-2.

Just before the hour mark Boro restore their 2 goal lead when a long ball freekick into the box is met by the head of McGeady. 1-3.

Azeryk has a good shot well saved by the keeper with 5 minutes to go.

FT: Chartlton 1 v 3 Middlesbrough

Full Time Stats

A good match for Azeryk in front of player cam.

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Week ending Sunday 5th April 2009

Al-Dahash is wanted by Marseille.

Libertinho may be on his way out of Sweden. Heerenveen of Holland are interested in the superkid.

Hermandinho is wanted by Porto. Not sure if this is for buying or loaning though, as Hermandinho is listed as ‘available for loan’.

It had been coming for a while - Samaras Taraldo has put in a transfer request to move. The interested clubs in him are: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd, Wigan, AC Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, Valencia and Zaragoza.

I’m afraid the Azeryk + Cook striking partnership is over for the season (and quite a chunk of the next one as well). Marcus Cook has damaged his cruciate knee ligaments and will be out for 7-9 months. icon_frown.gif

Thought it was about time for a league table update, with about a month of the season remaining in most of the leagues:

Beligum - Premier League

England - Premiership

England - Championship

England - League One

German - First Division

Holland - Premier League

Italy Serie A

Italy - Serie B

Scotland - Premier League

Spain - La Liga

Turkey - Premier League

The Summer Leagues

The Swedish league has only played 1 game so far, Hacken drawing it. The Russian league has had 4 rounds of fixtures, Zenith St Petersburg in 10th place with 5 points from 4 games.

Here are the games played stats as well:

Turkmenistan Players

Kyrgyzstan Players

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Player Cam Match Report

Sat 11th Apr: Middlesbrough (16th) v (7th) Leeds Utd – League Match

Azeryk starts upfront for Boro.

Apart from a dangerous move early on by Leeds that forced a sharp save by the Boro keeper, the opening half hour was fairly quiet, although Boro did have the more possession.

Azeryk has a hit and hope shot from long range which just misses the left post.

Boro hit the crossbar after 35 minutes with a header.

Oh dear! Azeryk catches a Leeds defender with his elbow in the midst of a tussle for a ball. The ref decides to send him off, a decision that the Boro bench thought was very harsh. Early bath for Azeryk!

HT: Middlesbrough 0 v 0 Leeds Utd

Half Time Stats

50 minutes gone and the 10 men go ahead, Huth heading in a freekick from the left. 1-0

Huth is a rock at the back for the rest of the half, not letting Leeds have a decent shot on goal.

FT: Middlesbrough 1 v 0 Leeds Utd

Full Time Boro Stats

Umm, not ideal for Azeryk - remains to be seen how many matches he will miss and how this will affect player cam!!

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Week ending Sunday 12th April 2009

El-Loco Bartinho has concussion and will be out for upto 2 weeks.

Ali Obeid is wanted by Sheff Utd.

The Champions League Quarter Finals have been completed:

(Nobody played in the first legs due to international commitments)

Samaras Taraldo played the whole match as PSV drew 0-0 at home to Man Utd (Freealdinho was not included in the match squad). Man Utd progress 4-1 on agg after thumping PSV at Old Trafford in the 1st leg.

Alvaro De Santiago played the whole game as Arsenal drew 0-0 away to Liverpool (Birkinaldo was an unused sub for Liverpool). This meant that Arsenal progress 4-0 on agg after destroying Liverpool in the first leg.

Pablo Gonzalez played the last 20 minutes as Real Madrid drew 0-0 at home to Valencia. Real Madrid progress 2-1 on agg.

De Santiago’s parent club Inter Milan also progressed through to the last four, beating Roma on away goals after a 4-4 agg scoreline.

So 4 superkids progress through to the Semi-Finals.

The Semi-Final draw is:

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Inter Milan v Arsenal

Real Madrid v Man Utd

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A very interesting draw, as it remains to be seen whether De Santiago can play against his parent club in the semis, which after his recent form would be a crushing blow to Arsenal’s chances.

The UEFA Cup Quarter Finals have been completed:

(Nobody played in the first legs due to international commitments)

Selim Atas scored as Athletico drew 1-1 at home to Chelsea (Koppers not in match day squad). However, that goal was not enough as with Chelsea winning the first leg 1-0, they progress 2-1 on agg.

Salman Al-Dahash also failed to make the next round, with Espanyol losing 2-1 away to Bordeaux to go out on agg by the same scoreline..

So only Koppers is still in with a chance of winning the UEFA Cup. The Semi-Final draw is:

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Chelsea v Sampdoria

Bordeaux v Marseille

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You would have to say that Chelsea are the stand out team left in the draw.

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My current side 6th in La Liga icon14.gif.

However my future club are top of the Premiership icon_cool.gif.

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Not too shabby so far, 2 mom still and a rating over 7, not happy with just 15 starts but I guess I can live with it.

World Cup competition is gonna be great.

Peace

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a goal and a mom in match against japan. nice

a goal to chelsea is good, but sad that we got out icon_frown.gif

come on turkmeni brothers! time for our first world cup! (competition that is.)

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me playing good and am i playing inter?

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Don't seem to be playing for Chelsea. Need to move on I think. Porto is not really a bad choice for a hard defender. Portugese competition is just about the perfect training ground for a complete nutter like Hermandinho icon_smile.gif

Looks like Hermandinho ruled the defensive center in the Turkmenistan game. Good job icon14.gif

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Scored my first goal against my second nationality, ironic that

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Cruciate injury nooooooo icon_frown.gif

I'll be back icon_wink.gif

Am going away for a few weeks so won't be posting, will catch up later icon14.gif

KUTGW

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Wow, 1 substitute appearance for Manure icon_frown.gif

I would assume that I am still available for loan?

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by freelinet:

Wow, 1 substitute appearance for Manure icon_frown.gif

I would assume that I am still available for loan? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yeah, you're still available for loan - but (I'm not certain about this) I think the deadline for initiating loan deals is either the end of March or April, so if its the end of March looks like your are going to be staying on the sidelines for a little longer.

Shouldn't have missed that penalty - things could have been so much different then icon_wink.gif

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Walcott's Wonderkids:

Shouldn't have missed that penalty - things could have been so much different then icon_wink.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Is that supposed to make me feel better? icon_wink.gif

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Been away for a couple of days. Nice to see that Koppers' teams are doing well, but the player himself is not in his best form. Would have been nice to end the season with an UEFA-cup medal and qualification to the world cup.

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Player Cam Match Report

Mon 13th Apr: Portsmouth (9th) v (16th) Middlesbrough – League Match

Azeryk is suspended for the match after being sent off in his last game.

Ljungberg opens the scoring for Boro after 28 minutes but O’Connor equalises for Pompey 2 minutes before the break.

HT: Portsmouth 1 v 1 Middlesbrough

Huth is sent off for Boro after 61 minutes, yet Yakubu puts the 10 men ahead only 2 minutes later. However, Le Tallec gets Pompey’s 2nd equaliser in the 88th minute.

FT: Portsmouth 2 v 2 Middlesbrough

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Player Cam Match Report

Sat 18th Apr: Middlesbrough (16th) v (1st) Man Utd – League Match

Azeryk has served his one match suspension and his back in time to face top of the league Utd. Freealdinho is not included in the match day squad for Man Utd.

Great start for Boro as they counter attack down the left, with a ball played through for Azeryk who fires the ball into the far corner of the net. 1-0, 4 minutes gone.

Man Utd enjoy the best of the rest of the half, but Sanchez in Boro’s goal.

HT: Middlesbrough 1 v 0 Man Utd

56 minutes gone and another ball down the left is collected by the corner flag by Azeryk. He crosses the ball into the feet of Cattermole who finishes well into the corner of the goal. 2-0.

Azeryk is then subbed off.

Man Utd pull one back after 61 minutes. 2-1.

Yakubu hits the side netting after 78 minutes when he should have done better.

2 minutes to go and Man Utd’s all out attack finally pays dividend with O’Shea heading in at the far post.

FT: Middlesbrough 2 v 2 Man Utd

Match Overview

Boro Player Stats

For the 2nd game in a row Boro throw away victory by conceding a late equaliser. On a brighter note, Azeryk has returned to action with a MOM for his goal and assist.

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Week ending Sunday 19th April 2009

Swinson has completed his spell at Tottenham and has returned to Chelsea.

Elfdog has probably ruled himself out of the Stanlies Cup at the end of May. He is out for 1-2 months with strained knee ligaments. On a side note, he has returned to Watford after his loan spell.

Bartinho is out for a week with concussion.

Lui has a sprained ankle and will be out for up to a month.

Osasuna’s Manager has praised Pablo Gonzalez for his performance for Real Madrid against them in the Spanish Cup semi final. He received the MOM award after scoring twice. He doesn’t play for Real much, but he has a fabulous scoring record of 9 goals from 11 apps.

The World Rankings for April have been announced:

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Turkmenistan 48th Up 15 places

Kyrgyzstan 61st Up 5 places

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Turkmenistan has started to create a gap between themselves and Kyrgyzstan thanks to their two fantastic victories last month.

This is a historic moment as in the battle of the ‘stans’, you can now see that Turkmenistan have for the first time ever become the highest ranked ‘stan’ nation:

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1. Turkmenistan 48th

2. Uzbekistan 55th

3. Kyrgyzstan 61st

4. Tajikistan 84th

5. Kazakhstan 111th

6. Afghanistan 155th

7. Pakistan 173rd

</pre>

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Player Cam Match Report

Sat 25th Apr: Wigan (14th) v (16th) Middlesbrough - League Match

What a farce!! The Premier League disciplinary panel has met (a lot later than should have been expected) and has decided to ban Azeryk for a further 2 games, hence ruling him out of this game.

Aghahowa opened the scoring for Wigan after 21 minutes, with Hunt equalising for Boro on the stroke of halftime.

HT: Wigan 1 v 1 Middlesbrough

After 59 minutes Aghahowa scored for Wigan. 2 minutes later Hunt also scored his second goal of the game. 2 minutes later again, Aghahowa completed his hattrick to culminate an end to end 5 minute spell.

FT: Wigan 3 v 2 Middlesbrough

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Week ending Sunday 26th April 2009

The Champions League Semi Final 1st Legs have been completed.

Freealdinho was not included in the match day squad for Utd and De Santiago was not allowed to play for Arsenal against his owners Inter Milan. Which meant that only Gonzalez made an appearance, coming on as sub for Real Madrid with 20 minutes to go. The scorelines were:

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Real Madrid 1 v 2 Man Utd

Inter Milan 3 v 2 Arsenal

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The UEFA Cup Semi Final 1st Legs have been completed:

I had an inkling this might happen and it has. Both Swinson + Koppers were on the subs bench for the match, but it was only Swinson – the guy who has been on loan for the vast majority of the season at a lower league club – who got on the pitch playing the last 30 minutes. The scorelines were:

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Bordeaux 1 v 1 Marseille

Chelsea 1 v 1 Sampdoria.

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Juventus has won Serie A with 5 games to spare.

Bayern Munich has won the German First Division with 3 games to spare.

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What the heck, I cant seem to play in a Stanlies to save my life, let alone a goal or two, lol.

Maybe, just maybe next year, but I hope to be back in time for the world cup. Woo Hoo.

Peace

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Hah! Those Kyrgyzi dogs can't even keep those Uzbeki amateurs behind them. The Stanlies Cup will be ours soon! icon_smile.gif

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What is happening!?! I'm becoming a bench warmer.

Good thing the money is good then.

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Not quite sure why I'm posting this as it will be blatantly obvious from my next post, but player cam for May will focus on Pablo Gonzalez as Real face a title run-in battle. icon14.gif

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Player Cam Match Report

Sat 2nd May: Celta (15th) v (2nd) Real Madrid – League Match

With the majority of teams in La Liga having only 1 round of matches left after this weekend (Real have 2 after this game), Real Madrid are one point behind Zaragoza with this game in hand. Importantly, Real have a better head to head record against Zaragoza.

Pablo Gonzalez starts upfront for Real Madrid and needs to make an appearance in the next 2 games as well if he is to pick up a winners medal if Real go on to become champions.

After 15 minutes Gonzalez plays the ball out to Sneijder on the left wing. After running with the ball he crosses for Higuain to head home for Real. 0-1.

Gonzalez has a shot from the edge of the area go just wide. 5 minutes later he has a long range shot tipped over the bar.

In injury time at the end of the half Gonzalez races onto a long ball over the top but his first time shot is pushed out by the keeper to safety.

Real dominated the half and deserve to lead at the break.

HT: Celta 0 v 1 Real Madrid

Half Time Stats

Gonzalez has shot after shot, but everytime it either goes just wide or the keeper saves well. It just doesn’t appear to be his day and after 72 minutes he is subbed for Raul.

After 79 minutes Raul plays in Higuain who powerfully finds the far corner. 0-2.

FT: Celta 0 v 2 Real Madrid

Full Time Real Madrid Stats

A good win for Real, but a harsh rating of 6 for Gonzalez, who did look dangerous throughout.

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Week ending Sunday 3rd May 2009

Lazio’s boss has criticised Tomaldinho for his recent lack of form (6-5-5-6-5) and you have to say he has a point!

Chaoconov is out for 2 weeks with a calf strain.

Prof Frink is out for a month with a sprained ankle. However, on the plus side Rangers have won the SPL. Prof Frink has played exactly 10 games, meaning he will receive a winners medal. Not that he will mind too much probably, but his old team Bournemouth have been relegated from League One in England.

As Tottenham won the Championship in England, Swinson receives a winners medal for efforts on loan there.

The Champions League Semi Final 2nd Legs were this week:

Pablo Gonzalez started and scored for Real Madrid, who after 90 minutes beat were leading Man Utd 2-1 away. This forced extra time as the agg scoreline was then 3-3. During extra time Man Utd scored, with the final score on the night being 2-2, meaning they went through 4-3 on agg. Freealdinho was not in the match day squad for victorious Utd.

De Santiago watched from the sidelines as Arsenal and Inter Milan produced another thriller, this time at the Emirates Stadium. The 2nd leg was won 3-2 by Arsenal thanks to an injury time winner by Bendtner, which forced extra time as the agg scoreline was then 5-5. No goals came during extra time, forcing penalties. Arsenal won 6-5 on penalties, with Inter missing their first sudden death penalty. This means that De Santiagocould play in the Champions League Final if he is recalled ahead of Lehmann.

The UEFA Cup Semi Final 2nd Legs were also this week:

Both Swinson + Koppers were unused subs as Chelsea won their 2nd leg 2-0 away to Sampdoria, to win 3-1 on agg.

In the other Semi Final Marseille won 2-1 at home to Bordeaux to win 3-2 on agg.

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Champions League Final

Arsenal v Man Utd

UEFA Cup Final

Chelsea v Marseille

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Player Cam Match Report

Weds 6th May: Real Madrid (2nd) v (18th) Getafe – League Match

Pablo Gonzalez is relegated to the subs bench as Raul and Van Nistelrooy start upfront.

Getafe goes down to 10 men after just 8 minutes after a dangerous 2 footed challenge on Diarra.

Yet somehow Getafe holds onto halftime with the game goaless.

HT: Real Madrid 0 v 0 Getafe

After 55 minutes Raul breaks the deadlock. 1-0.

2 minutes later, Raul decides to score a second. 2-0.

Gonzalez Intro

After 67 minutes Gonzalez comes on to replace Van Nistelrooy.

76 minutes gone and Boulahrouz heads in a Sneijder corner. 3-0.

2 minutes later and on a counter attack Raul feeds in Gonzalez who slips the ball past the keeper. 4-0.

FT: Real Madrid 4 v 0 Getafe

Full Time Real Madrid Stats

A good cameo performance by Gonzalez.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Freealdinho was not in the match day squad for victorious Utd </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

There's a bloody surprise! icon_rolleyes.gif

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So tired of being a unused sub.

Mourinho must have something against people from the old soviet republic icon_wink.gif

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Player Cam Match Report

Sun 10th May: Real Madrid (1st) v (3rd) Osasuna – League Match

Pablo Gonzalez starts on the bench for the last league match of the season. Real Madrid only needs a draw to guarantee winning La Liga.

Casillas makes a great diving save to stop an Osasuna freekick after 10 minutes.

A silenced crowd at the Bernabeu in the first half is brought to life after 43 minutes when Raul curls a 20 yard shot into the top right hand corner of the goal. 1-0.

HT: Real Madrid 1 v 0 Getafe

With their title rivals Zaragoza losing 3-0 at home to Barcelona at half time, it looks almost certain that Real will win the league. Interesting thing is, even with Barcelona looking like winning the game, they are in 5th position in the league and look like missing out on the Champions League next season.

Real start to dominate Osasuna, with Van Nistelrooy twice scoring offside goals.

Gonzalez Intro

Gonzalez is brought on with about 10 minutes to go.

Having only been on the pitch for 5 minutes, Gonzalez scores an outrageous goal, lobbing the keeper from only 8 yards out and from an acute angle into the far side of the goal. 2-0.

(I especially like the opinion of the commentator: “Great goal for Gonzalez, he deserves that for his great performance today†– He’s only been on the pitch 5 minutes!!!)

FT: Real Madrid 2 v 0 Osasuna

Full Time Real Madrid Stats

With Zaragoza being hammered 5-1 at home to Barcelona, Real Madrid have comfortably won La Liga!

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Week ending Sunday 10th May 2009

Barcelona, Arsenal and Man Utd have all tabled bids for Samaras Taraldo. The bids are £9m, £8m and £7m respectively.

Porto are interested in Turkus Mendieta.

Leicester have joined Porto in being interested about Hermandinho.

Aston Villa are interested in Luke Swinson.

Rennes are interested in Ryan.

Man Utd have retained the Premier Division title, with Arsenal finishing second. Both teams drew on the last day of the season, so Arsenal could have snatched the title if they had managed to win the game.

England - Premier League

Real Madrid have won La Liga.

Spain - La Liga

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My new side will be in the CL icon14.gif.

But as I move, the team I've leaving finishes 3rd in La Liga icon_biggrin.gif.

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Player Cam Match Report

Wed 13th: Osasuna (1) v (3) Real Madrid – Spanish Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg

Real won the 1st leg back in April 3-1 thanks to a double strike by Gonzalez. This leg Gonzalez starts on the bench. Away goals do count.

Osasuna make a dream start, scoring after just 42 seconds. It goes down as a Cambiasso own goal as he slid back to try and hook clear but couldn’t. 1-0 (2-3)

Real Madrid quickly restore their 2 goal agg lead. After 10 minutes Robinho plays in Raul who slots home. 1-1 (2-4).

HT: Osasuna 1 (2) v (4) 1 Real Madrid

Osasuna try and pile the pressure on Real, but Casillas won’t let anything get past him.

Gonzalez Intro

With 10 minutes to go Gonzalez replaces Raul.

A quiet last 10 minutes though.

FT: Osasuna 1 (2) v (4) 1 Real Madrid

Full Time Real Madrid Stats

So Real Madrid are through to the Spanish Cup Final, which even though the league season is over is not until the middle of June!!

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Player Cam Match Report – UEFA Cup Final Special

Weds 13th May: Chelsea v Marseille – UEFA Cup Final

Line Ups

A late injury to Ashley Cole means that Humphrey Koppers starts at left back for the final. Hermandinho + Swinson are not included in the match day squad.

Great start for Chelsea, 4 mintues gone and John Terry powerfully heads in a corner from Ribery. 1-0.

2 minutes later and Ribery runs down the right and crosses for Drogba to volley at goal. The keeper gets a hand to it but can’t keep it out. 2-0.

Niang pulls a goal back for Marseille after 17 minutes with a shot from the edge of the area that looked to go straight through Petr Cech. 2-1.

The rest of the half is relatively quiet.

HT: Chelsea 2 v 1 Marseille

Half Time Stats

After half chances for both sides, Didier Drogba restores Chelsea’s 2 goal lead with a powerful shot from the edge of the area after 72 minutes. 3-1.

Koppers heads a ball clear from a Marseille corner.

In injury time, Drogba completes a well deserved hattrick, collecting a ball from Essien and shooting from just outside the area. 4-1. Drogba has been on a different level to everyone else today.

FT: Chelsea 4 v 1 Marseille

Full Time Chelsea Stats

Chelsea and Humphrey Koppers have won the UEFA Cup!

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Week ending Sunday 17th May 2009

AC Milan have made a £9m bid for Taraldo accepted. Barcelona have had their £9m bid accepted. Man Utd and Arsenal have upped their bids and both have now been accepted as well.

Chaoconov has snubbed a new deal with Anderlecht.

Watford are now also interested in Libertinho.

With only a week to the Stanlies Cup 2009 the call ups for both teams have been announced:

Turkmenistan have called up 13 superkids, with Marcus Cook being injured. Both Tarlado + Atas were called up, but both have been withdrawn by their clubs!

Kyrgyzstan have called up their 14 fit superkids – Elfdog + Prof Frink missing through injury.

The World Rankings for May have been released:

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Turkmenistan 39th Up 9 places

Kyrgyzstan 52nd Up 9 places

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Kyrgyzstan have now overtaken Uzbekistan and are now ranked as the 2nd best ‘stan’ nation in the world.

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Player Cam Match Report – Champions League Final Special

Weds 20th May: Arsenal v Man Utd – Champions League Final

Line Ups

Alvaro De Santiago has been recalled by Arsenal and starts in goal for them. Unfortunately Freealdinho does not make the squad for Man Utd.

Arsenal have the early possession, twice coming close to taking the lead.

Plenty of shots in the first half, just a severe lack of shots on target.

De Santiago has only had to tip a ball over the bar – that’s the extent of his work in the first half.

HT: Arsenal 0 v 0 Man Utd

Half Time Stats

The off target shooting continues well into the second half. After 70 minutes it is starting to look like penalties.

Just as extra time looked a certainty, Clichy plays through Adebayor and one-on-one with the keeper he places it in the top corner of the net with just 10 seconds of normal time left. 1-0.

Man Utd could come up with nothing during injury time.

FT: Arsenal 1 v 0 Man Utd

Full Time Arsenal Stats

Arsenal + De Santiago win the Champions League!

What a turnaround for De Santiago – he was in the Inter Milan youth team during the first half of the season, but he wins the Champions League at his loan club in the second half of the season! Inter Milan might just be thinking why they weren’t playing him in goal from the start of the season.

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Midtable finish for Watford, and I didnt play there much, too bad for them. Maybe next season, unless someone rescues me, lol.

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Good thing we won the UEFA cup final. But I don't understand why Hermandinho was put on the bench. I mean, who the $@#% are Terry and Milito anyway? Not better defenders than Hermandinho, surely icon_smile.gif

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