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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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Barcelona vs Valencia – 27.02.08

Posted in Barcelona, Valencia with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2008 by vikstervik

Copa del Rey – Semifinal

1000 Valencia fans travelled 219 miles North to Barcelona to watch their side concede a goal in what was the last chance of the game. It took Barcelona 26 shots to finally get the ball in the back of the net. 

It was the 14th time Barcelona and Valencia had played against each other in the Copa del Rey with the stats favouring towards Barcelona with winning 9 times out of the 14 games. It was also the chance for Ronald Koeman to win his first game against Barcelona in the whole of his managerial career. 

It was a Barcelona team with no Ronaldinho in the side altogether and a Spanish team with 6 Spanish faces in the squad including the trio upfront of David Villa, Joaquin and David Silva. The game started with early pressure from Barcelona and managing to earn a corner within the first 2 minutes of the game. The corner came to nothing and was safely punched away by Timo Hildebrand in the Valencia goal.

6 minutes into the first game saw the first real save of the match with Messi linking up well with Xavi by finding him with a superb pass but only to be denied by Hildebrand making a fantastic save. The ball then rebounded out causing another shot to be blocked but this time by Raul Albiol, which again was rebounded back out and again was blocked by Marco Caneira.

On the 9th minute the first goal of the game was conceded, however this was offside. Joaquin for Valencia produced a lovely back heal which went in the back of the net but only to hear the referees whistle shortly after it had gone in for offside.

Valencia had found themselves constantly blocking shots and closing down the likes of Messi and Eto’o very well to prevent them from scoring.

On the 22nd minute Valencia found themselves doing just that with Eric Abidal making a dashing run upfront linking up with Xavi who then passed to Messi who found his shot being blocked.

33 minutes into the game Barcelona had a free kick in a very good position, however, this came to nothing as Yaya Toure had blasted it over the bar, he was one of a couple of Barcelona players who were having a poor game. A minute later another good chance fell to Barcelona. This time by Henry who spun past Caneira then passed to Eto’o who then produced a low dangerous cross in the box only for Henry to miss it by a metre or so.

On 47 minutes the referee blew for halftime. Barcelona finished the half with all the stats in their favour with having the most procession and all of the chances. Valencia had still not had one shot, however Valencia would finish the half feeling much happier than the opposition though with Koemans team holding on well and not letting Barcelona break the deadlock against them.  

The 2nd half started and it saw Valencia kick off in their white and black kit, kicking the ball from right to left.

The first chance of the half fell to Xavi who had managed to break past the defence and produce a great pass to Messi only to be stopped by Timo Hildebrand who was having a brilliant game.

Near the hour mark saw Barcelona break through the defence again. A gap on the right hand side saw Eto’o pass the ball to Messi who then went inside Moretti and then for Hildebrand to produce a good save not for the first time tonight.

After that shot Valencia decided to make a change and decided to bring off one Spanish International, Joaquin, to bring on another Spanish International, Javier Arizmendi.

A few minutes later Messi got booked box for a dive in the box, and rightly so. Hildebrand came out to save the ball only for Messi to fall down ridiculously and easily and so the referee decided to show the yellow card.

Both managers then decided for more changes with Valencia taking off Ever Banega being replaced by Ruben Baraja. It also saw a poor Deco and Henry being replaced by Andres Iniesta and Bojan.

30 seconds after these changes were made, around the 69th minute mark, Valencia scored with their first chance of the game. The new trio upfront of Arizmendi, David Villa and David Silva saw them link up well together with a cross coming in by Arizmendi on the right then only for Villa to put it away. It’s now David Villas 5th game in a row playing against Barcelona where he has scored in every game against them.

1-0 Valencia.

Barcelona’s best chance of the game was on the 80th minute mark where Messi had the ball and skipped past the Valencia defence and was one on one with the keeper, who made himself look big in the goal and prevented Messi from scoring. The shot rebounded to Xavi only for Hildebrand to make another fantastic save.

It was attempt number 26 and the last chance of the game when Barcelona finally scored. Eto’o managed to bring another good save out of Hildebrand only for Xavi to pounce on the rebound and slot it home. The Valencia players did try to claim that Eto’o handballed it in the build up but the referee said disagreed.  

Barcelona finally managed to get their deserved goal, only for Valencia to feel like the game was a defeat with them with holding on for so long and to prevent Barcelona from scoring until the very last chance of the game.

Valencia now take their crucial away goal to the Mestalla in 3 weeks time for the 2nd leg of the semi final to be played. 

Final scoreBarcelona 1-1 Valencia.