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Soccer-Primera Liga matches, January 23-24

- – - – LEVANTE (14) v REAL SOCIEDAD (13) Both sides are in desperate need of a win if they are to avoid getting dragged into the danger zone. Off field squabbles are hardly helping. Having been the most consistent team in Spain over the last five years, the Galicians have struggled since the start of the season and are down in 12th position having not won in their last seven outings. The lugubrious Basque has instilled a new self-belief at the club since taking over at the start of the season and has built one of the most well-balanced sides in the Primera Liga. More accustomed to scrapping for survival in the lower reaches of the table, the Catalans have enjoyed a remarkable first half of the season and occupy a Champions League berth in fourth spot in the table. Ronaldo faces up to former coach Hector Cuper for the first time since the Brazilian’s acrimonious departure from Inter Milan. Defender Cesar Jimenez is out for the rest of the season after suffering torn knee ligaments following a reckless challenge from Luis Figo and central defender Alvaro is suspended. Michael Owen is expected to start on the bench despite notching up his 10th goal of the season in midweek. Depor have only won twice at the Riazor this season and another failure on Sunday could put unbearable pressure on Irureta, the longest serving coach in the league. Influential midfielder Deco is back after suspension to help his side defend their 12-month unbeaten record at the Nou Camp. – - – - Sunday: ALBACETE (16) v SEVILLA (5) A surprise defeat for Sevilla at Malaga last week, but the Andalucians should prove too strong for Albacete who have the second worst home record in the league. – - – - GETAFE (15) v REAL ZARAGOZA (11) Zaragoza face a tough return to Madrid after their unlucky 3-1 defeat against Real last week. Other matches being played this weekend (league positions in brackets, kickoff times 1600 GMT unless stated): Saturday: ATHLETIC BILBAO (9) v OSASUNA (8) 2100 After an inconsistent start to the season, Athletic have hit form in recent weeks. Much of the credit for their present success must go to coach Miguel Angel Lotina, who guided Celta Vigo to an impressive fourth place finish two seasons ago. – - – - REAL MADRID (2) v REAL MALLORCA (19) 2000 Real are looking to put their embarrassing exit from the King’s Cup at the hands of second division Valladolid behind them with a convincing home display against struggling Mallorca. “I’m convinced that we have still got room for improvement as a team,” says Lotina. Basement side Numancia have taken just one point away from home this season. But Claudio Ranieri’s team face a stern test of their revival when they take on regional rivals Villarreal, the form side in Spain. – - – - MALAGA (18) v ATLETICO MADRID (10) 1800 Antonio Tapia got off to a winning start as Malaga coach when he directed his side to a 1-0 win over Sevilla. “We still have some weaknesses but I’m not putting any limit on the ambitions of this team because we are capable of achieving a great deal.” In contrast Deportivo are in crisis. With the athletic Carlos Kameni in goal and the experienced Argentine duo Hugo Ibarra and Mauricio Pochettino at the back, Espanyol have one of the best defensive records in the league. Villarreal’s only worry is that the in-form Juan Roman Riquelme is doubtful because of muscle pain in his right leg.

. Manuel Pellegrini’s side followed up their emphatic 3-0 defeat of Barcelona with a 4-2 win over Levante, former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan grabbing a neat double to take his tally for the season to 11. Only this week Uruguayan striker Walter Pandiani blamed the team’s poor season on coach Javier Irureta and the failure of some of his team mates to put in the required effort. By Simon Baskett MADRID, Jan 21 – Espanyol will be looking to take advantage of the internal squabbles at Deportivo Coruna to continue their most promising campaign in a decade when the two clubs meet at the Riazor on Sunday (kickoff 1600 GMT). – - – - BARCELONA (1) v RACING SANTANDER (17) 1900 The Catalans have been experiencing a bit of a mid-season wobble in recent weeks and need a convincing win against struggling Racing to restore their confidence ahead of what is going to be a difficult month. – - – - VILLARREAL (7) v VALENCIA (3) With all the attention focused on Barca and Real, Valencia have been quietly recovering their confidence, putting together a nine-match unbeaten streak. Albacete’s new recruit Nico Olivera may get a chance to make his debut against his old side. After an unexpectedly bright start to the season Bernd Schuster’s Levante have now gone nine matches without a win, while Sociedad have lost all three of their games so far this year. A five-match unbeaten run in the league and a crushing 6-0 win over third division Lanzarote will have put them in confident mood for this match against the Navarrans who are a place above them in the standings. He will be hopeful of getting another good result against poor travellers Atletico who have only won one game away from home this season. – - – - REAL BETIS (6) v NUMANCIA (20) Betis’s Brazilian forward Edu grabbed a neat double in last week’s 2-0 win over Mallorca and should recover from a bout of flu to renew his prolific partnership with fellow countryman Ricardo Olivera up front. Midfielder Ivan de la Pena is playing his best football since leaving Barcelona in 1998 and Argentine international Maxi Rodriguez is in prolific form up front

Champions League final rehearsal ends in stalemate

They will play Augsburg next Saturday in their final home game where the Bundesliga shield will be presented.

Neuer, the stand-in captain for the day, was delighted they had survived the Dortmund test, thanks in good part to his penalty stop.

“That was a challenge where they met us eye-to-eye,” he said. “It was a great game, even though there isn’t much on it.”

In other notable Bundesliga action, third-placed Bayer Leverkusen clinched automatic qualification for the Champions League with a 2-0 win at Nuremberg.

Schalke 04 scored a 1-0 victory at Borussia Moenchengladbach Friday to stay fourth in the hunt for European spots.

Dortmund’s Champions League victims Real Madrid kept the Spanish title race alive for another week at least with a thrilling 4-3 home win over Valladolid.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Real after Oscar Gonzalez had given the visitors an early lead in the Bernabeu.

Oscar scored a late third for the visitors but Jose Mourinho’s men held on for three points which leaves them eight points adrift of champions elect Barcelona, who cannot now clinch the championship in their home game against Real Betis Sunday.

. Story highlightsBayern Munich draw 1-1 with Borussia Dortmund in Bundesliga Rehearsal for Champions League final on May 25Both teams fielded under strength for match at Signal Iduna ParkReal Madrid beat Valladolid 4-3 with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich battled to a 1-1 draw Saturday in a feisty rehearsal for their May 25 showdown at Wembley.

The draw ended Bayern’s 14-game winning run in the Bundesliga and they finished the match with 10 men after Rafinha was sent off with 25 minutes remaining at Dortmund’s Signal Iguna Park.

Bayern — who stayed 20 points clear of their arch-rivals — have already clinched the German title so there was only pride and the small matter of bragging rights ahead of final at stake for both sides.

Both fielded below strength starting line-ups, but the 80,665 who were crammed into Dortmund’s atmospheric stadium saw a full-blooded encounter.

Juergen Klopp’s home side went ahead through a stunning volley from Kevin Grosskreutz after 11 minutes.

But Bayern striker Mario Gomez equalized midway through the first half after being left alone at the far post.

In the second half, Dortmund won a penalty as Bayern central defender Jerome Boateng handled in the area.

Robert Lewandowski, who scored four goals in their Champions League semifinal first leg against Real Madrid, stepped up to take the kick and saw his effort brilliantly saved by Manuel Neuer.

Rafinha was then given his marching orders for elbowing Dortmund midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski, leading to a heated exchange between Klopp and Bayern’s sports director Matthias Sammer.

“No one came here thinking it would be a friendly,” Klopp said after the game.

A man short, Bayern survived to the end despite a few scares

Name all the football teams in england?

Watford FC

West Ham United F.C.

Wrexham F.C.

Southampton F.C.

Exeter City F.C.

Middlesbrough F.C.

Scunthorpe United F.C.

Queens Park Rangers F.C.

Newcastle United F.C.

Charlton Athletic F.C.

St Albons City F.C.

Cardiff City F.C.

Everton F.C.

Hartlepool United F.C.

Macclesfield Town F.C.

Crewe Alexandra F.C.

Sheffield Wednesday F.C.

Peterborough United F.C.

Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.

Football League Two (English Division Four) Teams

Barnet F.C.

Stockport County F.C.

Wycombe Wanderers F.C.

Luton Town F.C.

Woking F.C. .

Grays Athletic F.C.

FA Barclaycard Premiership Teams (English division one)

Arsenal F.C.

Stoke City F.C.

Crawley F.C.

Coventry City F.C.

Hull City A.F.C.

A.F.C.

Leyton Orient F.C.

Aston Villa F.C.

Dagenham & Redbridge F.C.

Cheltenham Town F.C.

Shrewsbury Town F.C.

Torquay United F.C.

Forest Green Rovers F.C.

Carlisle United F.C.

Altrincham F.C.

Brentford F.C.

Leicester City F.C.

Derby County F.C.

Stevenage Borough F.C.

Liverpool F.C.

Southend United F.C.

Millwall F.C.

Rotherham United F.C.

Northwich Victoria F.C.

Tranmere Rovers F.C.

Milton Keynes F.C.

Plymouth Argyle F.C.

Ipswich Town F.C. Bournemouth

Bradford City F.C.

Huddersfield Town A.F.C.

Morecambe F.C.

Football League Championship (English Division two) Teams

Barnsley F.C.

Reading

Sheffield United

Tottenham Hotspur F.C.

Wigan Athletic F.C.

Mansfield Town F.C.

Burton Albion F.C.

Nottingham Forest F.C.

Preston North End F.C.

Gillingham F.C.

Swindon Town F.C.

Leeds United F.C.

Burnley F.C.

Halifax Town A.F.C.

Boston United F.C. Football Conference Teams

Aldershot Town F.C.

Grimsby Town F.C.

Kidderminster Harriers F.C.

Chesterfield F.C.

Bury F.C.

Darlington F.C.

Swansea City F.C.

Oldham Athletic F.C.

Manchester City F.C.

Yeovil Town F.C.

Northampton Town F.C.

Norwich City F.C.

Colchester United F.C.

Bristol City F.C.

Millwall F.C.

Chelsea F.C.

Brighton and Hove Albion F.C.

Blackburn Rovers F.C.

Rochdale F.C.

York City F.C.

Football League One (English Division Three) Teams

Blackpool F.C.

Portsmouth F.C.

Oxford United F.C.

Lincoln City F.C.

Notts County F.C.

Bolton Wanderers F.C.

Doncaster Rovers F.C.

Manchester United F.C.

Port Vale F.C.

Rushden and Diamonds F.C.

Bristol Rovers F.C.

Chester City F.C.

Walsall F.C.

Gravesend & Northfleet F.C.

Hereford United F.C.

Crystal Palace F.C.

Southport F.C.

Fulham F.C.

West Bromwich Albion F.C.

Cambridge United F.C

The 10 Biggest Football (Soccer) Stadiums in Germany (by capacity)

This amazing stadium is in Dortmund, as the home of Borussia Dortmund team from the Bundesliga. UEFA Cup Final 2001 was hosted by this large stadium between Liverpool FC and Deportivo Alavs which was ended with an amazing Liverpool victory: 5-4 (And this is not penalty result) On European Level this is the 6th biggest stadium after the Camp Nou (99,354) or the Wembley Stadium (90,000), but it precedes the San Siro or the Stadio Olympico.. So these stadiums were the largests in Germany in the starting of 2012.

The biggest stadium in Germany is the Signal Iduna Park. This stadium isn’t as famous as the Allianz Arena or the Olympiastadion, but it is undoubted that this is the biggest

Top 7 EPL teams next year?

Arsenal and Liverpool will battle it out for the last champions league and in the end Arsenal will get with Arsene Wenger’s experience proving crucial and Liverpool will struggle to deal with the additional games in the CL and their new signings from Southampton will not step up to the continental stage. Liverpool

6. Southampton

I think that Chelsea and Man city will run away with it although Chelsea’s tight defense will win it for them. Man City

3.

Everton will just miss out as the goals Lukaku provided last season will not be able to be repeated in the 14/15 season

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Spurs will have a much less embarrassing season with Mauricio Pochettino’s side playing more exciting football. Spurs

7. 1. Chelsea

2. Arsenal

5.

Meanwhile United will easily take 3rd place as they do not have to worry about European football, although they will be no where near Chelsea and City. Man Utd

4.

Southampton will be the premier leagues surprise package with the new signings they make with 100+million in their pocket proving to be even better than their departed players

10 Most Memorable Quotes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Everyone loves to quote Swedish striker, some of his quotes are really popular and memorable. It’s a really memorable quote from Ibra! Probably, one of the best he had. Especially, when there’s a good reason for celebration!

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There aren’t too many players or manager in the game today that can find a criticism of Guardiola, Zlatan is an exception to that rule… He wasn’t happy about his time in Spanish grand. Zlatan. He’s still playing, now for Ligue 1 side PSG and I think there gonna be some extra quotes coming up in the next few seasons. It’s hard to imagine drunk Zlatan, but seems that sometimes such can happen. I was barely listening. It’s easy with Zlatan – he don’t like to speak about game, he loves to play and bring a lot of goals to his team.

Ibrahimovic rarely gets drunk, however after the Juventus title win in 2005 he was encouraged to enjoy a few Vodkas… Keep goin, Zlatan!

It’s hard to disagree with that. He didn’t felt well after such celebration with his older teammates. I thought ‘there is my enemy, scratching his bald head!’. Injuries happens rarely, but still they can create a lot of headache for every manager.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic felt himself really tired in November 2010…

Barcelona once again… Here’s the memorable quote about The Special One and his first meeting with Ibrahimovic’s wife.

Ibrahimovic was asked what present he bought for his wife’s birthday. I was completely mad. He scores and he talks a lot about his career and about his future. Zlatan-style! We can only hope that Ibrahimovic will not retire early. The first time he met [my wife] he whispered to her: ‘Helena, you have only one mission. His talent is amazing, rare diamond of modern football. He simply couldn’t find the common language with Guardiola, that’s why he left Barcelona really quickly.. Ibrahimovic does that really often and he feels good about that. Why would I? It was advanced bullshit about blood, sweat and tears, that kind of stuff.”

When he was asked by a reporter: “What kind of football does Zlatan Ibrahimovic play?” Ibrahimovic had the obvious answer. He scores one goal after another and it’s almost impossible to stop him. I’m sure he knows how. That’s the way everything goes for him. Arsenal was really a title contender back then, a leading club in England. I would like to show some of them to you. It’s hard to imagine someone else, who could reject the offer from Arsenal and Arsene Wenger at their prime… Not many footballers bring so much interesting material for journalist. I like him.”

“Guardiola was staring at me and I lost it. Seeing that at Milan there are two injured strikers, the situation is not very easy for me. But, probably just Ibrahimovic could do such way and reject such offer.

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Those were the top 10 of the most memorable quotes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a really unique footballer but above all else he is a character and without any doubts, he’s one of the best strikers in the world. He’s one of the most interesting and talented footballers in the world and it would be sad to say farewell for such a great footballer. Attention surrounds him all the time… He’s still the Zlatan. Well, maybe also Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao…Anyway, Sweden national team captain has seen a lot in his career and there always have been a controversy around him. I slept in the bathtub. Just some players can match up with Ibrahimovic, such as Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. He loves to be in the middle of spotlights! As a result Ibrahimovic is a popular target for the press, he says what is on his mind and cares little for the consequences. Now I hold my vodka much better.”

“Zlatan–style.”

“An injured Zlatan is a pretty serious thing for any team.”

“Come to my house and you’ll see if I’m gay… He never tried to be like someone, he always tried to be himself. It’s exciting to follow his career and performances, because age isn’t a factor for him. If he feels tired, he won’t be silent about that.

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“Then Guardiola started his philosopher thing. I’m not violent, but if I were Guardiola I would have been frightened.”

“It was the fault of David Trezeguet, who made me do one drink of vodka after another. That was just a beginning of the season, but Zlatan doesn’t care about that at all. And bring your sister.”

“I have played many games this season and now I feel tired, almost worn out. Ibrahimovic always takes the leading role in all teams he plays for. That can turn into something serious. Feed Zlatan, let him sleep, keep him happy!’ The guy says what he wants. I added: ‘You are shitting yourself because of Jose Mourinho. You can go to hell!’. Zlatan-Style!

Quote #6

Zlatan Ibrahimovic loves Jose Mourinho, they both have controversial characters and they understand each other well. Ibrahimovic wasn’t happy about long speeches of Josep Guardiola. Just look how he plays for PSG this season. I yelled to him: ‘You have no balls!’ and probably worse things than that. A typically confident response from Zlatan. Zlatan can simply invite you to his house and prove that he knows how to love a woman… Here are some of the most memorable quotes from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.”

“Jose Mourinho is a big star…He’s cool. I threw a box full of training gear across the room, it crashed to the floor and Pep said nothing, just put stuff back in the box. I have to thank the Sweden coach who allowed me to rest a little bit this week.”

“Nothing, she already has the Zlatan.”

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Arsene Wenger invited Ibrahimovic to trial to Arsenal in 2001, answer from Zlatan was simply stunning… Really, what could be the better present, then Swedish football superstar and idol of millions? Original present from Zlatan, isn’t it so?

Never joke or question Zlatan Ibrahimovic about his sexuality, especially if your a female reporter

CNN.com – Abramovich goal: Chelsea supremacy

Lawmakers in the regional legislature voted unanimously to appoint Abramovich to head the region, which lies 7,000 kilometers (4,375 miles) east of Moscow and across the Bering Strait from Alaska.. news, politics, entertainment, health, crime, tech and more.

“I hope to carry this forward in the true blue tradition of Chelsea but also build even stronger foundations to last us the next 100 years.

“Roman Abramovich is a very decent person.

As well as investing in Chelsea, Abramovich has injected much of his own money into Chukotka, building new homes and infrastructure for the previously impoverished region.

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Abramovich, center, celebrates with members of Chelsea winning the Premiership in 2004.

LONDON, England — Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has said he wants to turn the English football club into the most successful in the world. That is like a dream come true.

In the foreword to a new book “Chelsea FC — The Official Biography,” 38-year-old Abramovich outlined his goals for the west London club.

“It was 50 years since our previous title and everybody’s working hard to ensure we will not have to wait that long again.”

Oath of office

Meanwhile on Friday, Abramovich was re-elected as governor of the desolate Russian region of Chukotka, local media reported.

“In the long term, our strategy is to build the most successful football club in the world and everything we have done so far is geared to this.

The tycoon, who is Russia’s wealthiest man according to U.S. news, politics, entertainment, health, crime, tech and more.

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Russian media speculated Abramovich, who owns properties in London and spends much of his time there, would leave Russia, especially after he sold his interest in Sibneft oil firm to Russian gas monopoly Gazprom.

“We aim to retain the Premiership and get to the Champions League final,” said Abramovich, as reported in The Sun on Friday.

“When I became involved in Chelsea, I had little idea how much joy and excitement it would bring me. He wants to complete the initiatives that he has started in Chukotka,” RIA Novosti news agency quoted Putin’s envoy to the region, Konstantin Pulikovsky, as saying.

CNN.com gives you the latest stories and video from the around the world, with in-depth coverage of U.S. But his re-election was almost guaranteed after President Vladimir Putin nominated him for another term.

“I can think of no more fitting tribute to our centenary season than to enter it as the Premiership champions.

Footage broadcast by Russian state television from the snow-bound capital, Anadyr, showed Abramovich swearing the oath of office and visiting a power station to ensure homes were warm enough for the Arctic winter.

Last season Chelsea ended a 50-year wait to become league champions. magazine Forbes, has spent about 240 million ($425 million) on players since his 140 million takeover at Stamford Bridge in 2003

Mario Gotze – German Football player

He has been the main target for European managers especially English Premier league managers. Below are the total stats of his career in Borussia Dortmund

Gotze has amazing speed and vision. His speed and skills make him of the the best talents the world is looking in to. Dortmund is on top form and is capable to win the Champions League as said by Jose Mourinhio. Maybe, in future, he can turn into another Messi.

This shows that Dortmund is a great team and another reason for Gotze to stay in Germany for a while. He is an instinctive footballer – just like Messi.”

To some extent Beckenbauer is correct or maybe he is totally correct. Later on he got a chance to play instead of Shinji Kagawa who was injured and the rest is history.. In that season, Gotze had 15 assists and 6 goals in just 29 starts. 2010-11 – Matches Played – 26 – Goals – 12 – Assists – 7

Mario Gotze Stats

Mario Gotze has had an amazing career with his Dortmund youth team which led him to a place in the starting XI. He has the same assets as Lionel Messi in terms of his technique and understanding of the game. But he has insisted to stay in Germany.

2010-11 – Matches Played – 41 – Goals – 12 – Assists – 8

2010-11 – Matches Played – 21 – Goals – 12 – Assists – 7

Mario Gotze Profile

Mario Gotze joined the Dortmund Academy when he was just 8 years old. Gotze has a wonderful record with Borussia Dortmund and is looking ahead for a bright future in the English Premier League.

2009-10 – Matches Played – 5 – Goals – 10 – Assists – 0

Dortmund Career

But Gotze has denied to the rumors that he will join Manchester United or Arsenal and is concentrating on winning the Bundesliga again with Borussia Dortmund. He runs through opponents as though they aren’t there. Gotze is an instinctive player and relies much more on situations to get the best out of him. He literally goes through the defenders way to easily. Gotze has an amazing technical ability and skill. There is no one playing better than him. He quoted “It is not possible to stop Mario Gotze. He was a major part in Dortmund winning the Bundesliga. Dortmund have reached the top of Champions League 2013s toughest group consisting of French League Champions Ajax, Spanish Champions Real Madrid and English Premier League Champions Manchester City.

German legend Franz Beckenbauer has praised Gotze by saying one of the best footballers in his prime. He practiced harder and harder to get into the club’s starting XI and then eventually German National Team