Champions League

Graeme Souness of Sky Sports News Hit Carlos Tevez with Both Barrels…

As you may or may not have seen, Carlos Tevez refused to come off the bench for Manchester City last night, and Graeme Souness of Sky Sports gave it to him with both barrels during the post match commentary. Its truly a classic moment, and at least one of these overpaid shills has his finger on the pulse of the common man, and my disgust with a whinny millionaire who doesn’t wants to go play a game ’cause he misses his home. Tevez is a disgrace to the Manchester City jersey, and has no business wearing it any longer.

Posted by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com

Nike Inter Milan black jacket

Nike Inter Milan Authentic N98 Jacket – Black with Blue

Inter Milan have had some major struggles to begin the new Serie A season. Three games into the Italian season and they only have one point and just fired their coach, Gian Piero Gasperini. To say it has been a rough start would be an understatement. However, even if their play is not looking good at least their training apparel is. The new Nike Inter Milan jacket is a great design to wear to support your team and hopefully Claudio Ranieri can bring some life back into the Inter Milan team.

Style
No one can accuse this new Inter Milan jacket of being too bland. Nike has brought in a new design that looks great. This jacket is made up of gray and black argyle diamonds all over. The collar, sleeve cuffs, and waist band are all solid black to contrast the argyle design. In order to incorporate the standard blue and black design, the jacket also features solid royal blue lines that run down each sleeve. The Inter Milan crest is stitched on to the left chest while the Nike swoosh is stitched on the right chest. The back of the jacket has Inter heat pressed in blue so everyone can see who you support. The design of the Inter words are dotted which is similar to the Nike numbers that are used with national teams, such as the United States. The cuffs of the sleeves as well as the waist band are elastic to help keep wind out and keep you warmer during the cold months.

Fit
This jacket is extremely comfortable and warm. It is a cotton/polyester mix which makes it very soft yet durable so you can wear it for years to come. The collar, when zipped up, is almost like a turtleneck. However, this collar is not itchy or stiff so you will not feel uncomfortable or constricted when it is zipped up all the way. This jacket does run a little small so I would recommend a size up to be safe. As I said before, this jacket is extremely warm so it is nice for the winter months when you can’t wear a jersey but still want to support your team.

Overall
This new Nike jacket sticks to the classic colors of Inter Milan, but does it in an unconventional method. Overall the jacket is primarily black and blue but the argyle design helps add some life into a jacket that could be extremely boring given the colors of the side. This jacket looks great, is extremely comfortable, and is not a bad price at $84.99. When Nike jerseys cost $79.99, you can get a great looking jacket that can be worn a lot more for just a little more money, which isn’t a bad deal. If you are an Inter Milan fan that wants a different look while supporting your team, this is the jacket for you.

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

adidas adiPower Predator-Champions League

Cleat Reveal: adidas adiPower Predator TRX FG – Champions League Edition

Our friend Sergio over at soccerpro.com has just let us know that the new Champions League Edition adidas adiPower Predators have just been released. I have to say, I’m not to sure about the purple color, but the Champions League decal on the back of the heel looks stunning.

These shoes feature the same technology as the other colors of adidas adipower, but have the added value of the being a limited edition. The toe box is still made from the Taurus leather, a type of softened and coated calf leather, which feels just like kangaroo leather and gives a great touch on the ball. It also has the adipower shooting element on the top of the boot which lets you get a hold of the ball better, putting more swerve on your shot. The insoles are also identical, and the shoe remains just as comfortable. They also fit true to size, so if you wear a 9 in another adidas shoe, you’ll want a size 9 in these too.

The cleats are housed on the adidas Sprint frame, which uses a new stud shape plus geometric learning to provide decent traction on firm ground surfaces, and they work pretty well in the wet too. Its also features the Predator Powerspine which lets you transfer more energy from your foot to the ball when shooting. It also help the shoe come up off the ground to meet your foot on the run your won’t get stuck or bogged down in wetter conditions.

Overall, they’re a great pair of soccer shoes, and the color scheme is certain to turn heads. You can order them off soccerpro.com right now for $199.99, and they ship out on the 9th of September.

Written by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com

Jeremain Lens Cracking Goal for PSV

This one is a beauty. It has everything, a keeper playing too far out fluffing a stop, the player recovering the ball, and beautiful shot from an insane angle into the net.

Posted by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com

Shamrock Rovers Make it To Champions League…Pat Sullivan Scores Cracking Volley

Shamrock Rovers are celebrating on the streets of Dublin today as they have become the first Irish side to make it out of the group stages in any competition ever. The match, played in Belgrade, against Partizan went to penalties, but the real gem of the evening was this stunning volley scored off the foot of Pat Sullivan from 30 yards out…

Well done son, well done…

Posted by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com

Borja Valero Headbutts Odense Player During Champions League Qualifier

Borja Valero, who plays for Villareal, took umbridge at an accidental kick to the head by an Odense player he got tangled up with and flattened the offending player.

Posted by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com

The Day Aberdeen Beat Real Madrid for the Champions League (Video)

Back in 1983 a small little club in Scotland called Aberdeen had a big day in the Winner’s Cup, the old Champions League, and in honor of tomorrows match and one Alex Ferguson, we look back on this momentous night. They made it to the final with players like McLiesh and Strachan leading them forward on a Cinderella run. But then they came to the final, and the mighty giants of Spain, Real Madrid. But that day in 1983, the Aberdeen players ran themselves to death for their manger, one Alex Ferguson, and they triumphed 2-1.

Posted by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com

Mourinho's in your Brain

Is the Champions League Fixed? Mourinho Seems to Think So

The same questions tend to linger over great teams in the modern age of soccer, or really any team sport. Are the players taking steroids, are they paid off, are the matches fixed, how honest was the ref, but in the end, these allegation are usually lots of huff and have very little substance. But Jose Mourinho, not know for a cool head or a quite demeanor may have taken it too far following last nights Real v. Barca fixture.

Already dubbed “El Farcico” by most of the daily papers, it was an ill-tempered match marred by diving, play-acting, and violence with several players and Mourinho being shown red. The match ended 2-0, with Messi firing in two goals to set up a trip Wembley for the Catalans, but the fuming Mourinho didn’t let it end there. He accused the Barcelona jersey clad men of receiving favors from UEFA, and refs as a whole, noting that every team who had played against them in the Champions League had ended with 10 men. But what he said next is sure to get him a ban for the final, if they even make it that far.

“If I tell Uefa what I really think and feel, my career would end now,” Mourinho said. “Instead I will just ask a question to which I hope one day to get a response: Why? Why? Why Ovrebo? Why Busacca? Why De Bleeckere? Why Stark? Why? Because every semi-final the same things happen. We are talking about an absolutely fantastic football team, so why do they need that? Why? Why does a team as good as they are need something [extra] that is so obvious that everyone sees it?

“Why Ovrebo [two] years ago [when the Norwegian referee did not give Chelsea a series of penalties against Barcelona]? Why couldn’t Chelsea go to the final? Last year it was a miracle that Inter got there playing with 10 men for so long. A miracle. Why weren’t there four penalties against Chelsea [in 2009]? Why send off [Arsenal's Robin] Van Persie [in the last 16]? Where does their power come from?

“It could have been 0-0 tonight, but then suddenly we are down to 10 men and they have a free path to find solutions that they could not find before then: we could have played for three hours and they would not have scored. But today we have seen that it is not difficult – it is impossible.

“The question,” Mourinho continued, “is why? I don’t know if it is the Unicef sponsorship or if it is because they are nice guys. I don’t understand. Congratulations to Barcelona on being a great team and congratulations for all the other stuff you have which must be very hard to achieve. They have power and we have no chance. Chelsea had bans for Drogba and Bosingwa; Wenger and Nasri were banned for Arsenal; me today. I don’t know why. All I can do is leave that question here in the air and hope that one day I will get the response. They have to get to the final, and they’ll get there, full stop.”

Mourinho then sought to discredit Barcelona’s 2009 Champions League victory and a win this year.

“Josep Guardiola is a fantastic coach,” he said, “but I have won two Champions Leagues. He has won [only] one Champions League and that is one that would embarrass me. I would be ashamed to have won it with the scandal of Stamford Bridge and, if he wins it this year, it will be with the scandal of the Bernabéu. I hope that one day he can win a proper Champions League. Deep down, if they are good people, it cannot taste right for them. I hope one day Guardiola has the chance of winning a brilliant, clean championship with no scandal.”

Barcelona have responded to the Special One’s comments by threatening to report him to UEFA, confirming their board will meet to consider their options. “Barcelona’s legal department will study the declarations made by José Mourinho to determine whether to refer them to UEFA,” a club statement read. Honestly, I can’t see this not ending in a ban for him.

The problem with Mourinho’s theory is the same problem with an conspiracy theory, the simple fact is that the Champions League involves to many people and too many moving pieces to be fixed. Its like saying the whole of the US government was in on the Kennedy assassination, it would involve millions of people, and wouldn’t stay secret for long. A fixed league would involve not just the UEFA hierarchy, but the refs, and the retailers, and the sponsors. I mean Adidas can’t even keep their soccer shoe designs under wraps…do you really think they’d be in on fixing the Champions League and not leak it. In my opinion, its just ludicrous.

Written by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com

Beautiful El Classico Animated (Video)

This come to us from the same fellah that animated Gareth Bale’s stunning runs a few weeks ago, and I think El Classico looks even better animated.

Posted by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com