Shakhtar win their first ever European title, in the last ever UEFA Cup final

Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – Werder Bremen 1 (AET) (UEFA Cup final, May 20, 2009) (Extended highlights here.) After a bright start in Istanbul, it was Shakhtar who struck first after 25 minutes, Werder were slow to react at the back as Rat threaded a pass through to Luiz Adriano, who raced away down the middle […]

Betting Preview: Celtic & Rangers set for final day SPL drama

Celtic v Hearts & Dundee United v Rangers, SPL, May 24, 2009 It may be the same two clubs as always slugging it out for the SPL title on Sunday, but no one can deny Celtic and Rangers don’t know how to make the Scottish title race dramatic. This is the fourth time in seven […]

The Eredivisie play-offs; Lech Poznan win the Polish Cup

MVV Maastricht 2 – De Graafschap 3 (Eredivisie promotion/relegation play-offs first-leg, May 19, 2009) On-loan Chelsea striker Ben Sahar fired De Graafschap in front inside the opening 60 seconds, before Stijn Wuytens doubled their lead on 34 minutes. Five minutes later Oussama Assaidi appeared to have ended the game as a contest when he notched […]

Goals from the Asian Champions League

Central Coast Mariners 0 – Tianjin Teda 1 (Asian Champions League, May 19, 2009) The Chinese visitors snatched all three points courtesy of a goal from Mao Biao after 65 minutes when the striker beat goalkeeper Danny Vukovic with a shot low inside the near post. Suwon Bluewings 3 – Singapore Armed Forces 1 (Asian […]

Ignoring the Facts: “Wayne Rooney has won it for… Newcastle” (video)

Apologies for being pernickerty but, as fans of British comic Omid Djalili, we were surprised at how the BBC refused to do the most basic of research to see that a comedy sketch actually makes factual sense. In a skit called “The Commentator,” which appears to be aimed at poking fun at the BBC’s commentator […]

Looking back in Anger: Spurs fans heckle Liam Gallagher (video)

During Spurs’ 2-1 defeat of Manchester City last weekend in the Premier League, one of the off-field talking points to emerge from the match was the Tottenham faithful’s heckling of Oasis front-man Liam Gallagher. The kerfuffle ignited after City’s Valeri Bojinov drew the Mancunians level in the second half. Unable to keep his emotions under […]

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