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Pre-Season Friendly Report

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2009 by kemgooner

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Pre-Season friendlies have begun to kick off around Europe as teams prepare for next season, some teams have started slowly against lower league opposition, while others have taken on other big teams in tournaments around the world.  Already Chelsea have claimed the title in the World Football Challenge, while the Peace Cup is still taking place with teams like Juventus and Real Madrid as just a couple of the major teams participating. This pre-season has also seen the debuts of star players like Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid against Shamrock Rovers, and the introduction of Michael Owen as a red devil.

Here is a brief summary of pre-season matches so far from some of Europe’s big clubs:

England

Arsenal: vs Barnet 2-2, vs SC Columbia 7-1, vs Szombathelyi H 5-0. Leading Scorer: Bendtner (4).

Chelsea: vs Seattle 2-0, vs Inter Milan 2-0, vs AC Milan 2-1, vs Club America 2-0. Leading Scorer: Lampard (2), Drogba (2).

Everton: vs Bury 1-2, vs Rochdale 4-1, vs River Plate 0-1. Leading Scorer: Jo (2)

Liverpool: vs St. Gallen 0-0, vs Rapid Vienna 0-1, vs Thailand 1-1, vs Singapore 5-0. Leading Scorer: Nemeth (2)

Manchester City: vs Orlando Pirates 0-2, vs Kaizer Chiefs 1-0, vs Kaizer Chiefs 0-1. Leading Scorer: Ireland (1)

Manchester United: vs Malaysia 3-2, vs Malaysia 2-0, vs Seoul 3-2, vs Hangzhou Greentown 2-8. Leading Scorer: Giggs (3).

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Spain

Atletico Madrid: vs Colmenar Viejo 3-0,  vs Benfica 2-1, vs Ajax 3-3, vs Sunderland 0-2. Leading Scorer: Simao (2)

Barcelona: vs Tottenham 1-1, vs Al- Ahly 4-1. Leading Scorer: Bojan (2)

Real Madrid: vs Shamrock Rovers 1-0, vs Al-Ittihad 1-1. Leading Scorer Benzema (1), Raul (1).

Sevilla: vs Juventus 1-2, vs Seongnam 0-0. Leading Scorer: Squillaci (1)

Valencia: vs Den Haag 4-1, vs Udinese 0-0. Leading Scorer: Navarro (1), Gonzalez (1), Michel (1), Alba (1).

Villareal: vs Navata 27-0, vs Vilamalla 10-0. Leading Scorer: Pereira (10).

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Italy

AC Milan: vs LA Galaxy 2-2, vs Club America 1-2, vs Chelsea 1-2, vs Inter 0-2. Leading Scorer: Inzaghi (2)

AS Roma: vs Riscone 9-0,  vs Viktoria Plzen 1-1,  vs Blackburn Rovers 2-2. Leading Scorer: Totti: (3)

Fiorentina: vs Cortina 13-0, vs Belluno 7-0.

Inter Milan: vs Club America 1-1 (4-5 pks), vs Chelsea 0-2, vs AC Milan 2-0. Leading Scorer: Milito (2)

Juventus: vs Cisco Roma 4-1, vs Nancy 1-1, vs Vicenza 1-1, vs Sevilla 2-1.

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Some teams have started off their preseason’s with a bang while others have started slowly. How important are preseason games to how you feel about your team’s chances in the upcoming season?

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Roma 2 Empoli 1, Only 4 Points Behind Inter

Posted in AS Roma with tags , , , on March 23, 2008 by kemgooner

After midweeks very disappointing loss to Lazio it seemed like the title race might be over since Roma missed a chance to get 4 points behind their rivals for the scudetto. However, with Inter playing Juventus this weekend Roma knew there was a chance of their rival slipping up again.

Roma started playing pretty well and soon found themselves in the lead after about 30 minutes when Francesco Totti played a wonderful backheel to Max Tonetto who scored. Roma seemed even more in control as half time got closer, and there were other chances for Roma to possibly go 2 up. Right before halftime though a longball was played to Totti, but he was not able to control it. More worrying though was that Totti seemed to have injured his knee, and the Roma captain spent the last few minutes of the half on the side getting treatment.

While I was watching this game at my grandparents with crazy cousins running around yelling I couldnt hear what was going on during the half and had to wait until I saw Il Capitano running around to know if he was okay.  Let me say that it was the first time I ever genuinely hugged my little cousin.

However, that happiness soon turned to saddness as Giovinco scored for Empoli and Simone Perrotta was sent off for a ridiculous red card.  I dont see how the ref could say that foul was worthy of a red card, a yellow yes but definatly not a red.

Then Panucci did what he has done all year, score a clutch goal, headed in off a freekick, and save Roma. Though Roma werent entirely convincing the were able to overcome being down a man and come back to win.

The Inter Milan-Juventus game was a joy to watch, and I recommend if anyone has a chance to watch a replay of it they do, del Piero seemed to turn back the clock and produced the magic he has so many times during his career. Now as Roma sit 4 points behind Inter in the table its Game On in the race for the Scudetto!

Roma-Empoli highlights

Inter-Juventus highlights: