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Napoli fans after Gonzalo Higuian scores against Borussia Dortmund in the champions league
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1. Ronaldo & Messi are at it once again, both scoring hat-tricks.
2 - Jurgen Klopp’s facial expressions during Borussia Dortmund’s defeat at Napoli.
3 - Bayern Munich’s traditional Bavarian-style jackets. Found here at 0.44
4 - Lorenzo Insigne’s free-kick for Napoli against Borussia Dortmund
5 - Vladimir Weiss’s solo effort against PSG for Olympiakos.
6 - The dip on David Alaba’s free-kick against CSKA for Bayern Munich
7 - Theo Walcott’s volley against Olympique Marseille for Arsenal
8 - Yaya Toure’s screamer vs Viktoria Plzen for Manchester City
9 - David Alaba’s assist for Arjen Robben for Bayern against CSKA
10 - Basel’s performance against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Mohammed Selah, and equaliser in particular.
Special Mention - Viktoria Plzen faced an English side for the first time since playing Grimsby Town in an entertaining friendly in 1959, which ended 3-3.
There is little doubt.The debate of our generation lies upon Spanish shores. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo battle for supremacy seemingly more and more with each day that passes. The Argentinian maestro, carrying humility and genius in equal measure, surpasses records with an unerring ease whilst the Portuguese captain hosts a scoring ratio and all-round ability that could improve any team on the planet. It’s clear that whether you’re Team Messi or Team Ronaldo, we are living in the age of giants.
The Messi vs Ronaldo argument has much life left to live and is undoubtedly the debate above all others in the world of contemporary football; however, as far as this year is concerned, Leo and Cristiano must take a back seat. The battle for Real Madrid’s number 1 shirt is THE debate of 2013.
After suffering a hand-injury and being dropped for the inexperienced Antonio Adan in December 2012, Iker Casillas suffered at the hands of José Mourinho. Only a month later, Mou purchased Diego Lopez from Sevilla casting further doubt about Ikers’ previously undeniable reign as Los Blancos number one.
Even after Casillas regained full fitness, Diego Lopez has remained as the first-choice goalkeeper at Real. Perhaps most curious is that as Mourinho left Madrid to be replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, Casillas remained warming the bench, causing many to question whether he would ever return. Only against Galatasaray in the Champions League did Casillas return after a whopping 238 since his last start. Caught by a stray Sergio Ramos elbow, the Spanish appearance record holder was substituted in the 14th minute for his rival, Diego Lopez.
There is little questioning the ability of either goalkeeper. Lopez has performed extremely well since his return to the Santiago Bernabeu (Lopez moved to Real Madrid Casilla in 2003, and onto Real in 2005), and Casillas will always be seen as a Los Merengues legend. However, the question still remains whether Iker has been a negative influence in the dressing room.
Casillas has been Mr Real Madrid for the last 15 years but his reign may be coming to an end at the hands of his previous understudy. Is Diego Lopez really good enough to be Real Madrid’s number one or will Iker Casillas be reinstated as Real look to challenge for the La Liga title? Is it unimaginable that Iker could leave the capital? Real’s sparring partners over at the Camp Nou will soon be in the market for a world-class goalkeeper; could Casillas join the Catalans? One things for certain, the debate of 2013 continues to raise more questions than answers. Hala Madrid.
Monday 14th of May 2012. The world awakens to the news that Villarreal will begin life in Spain’s Segunda Division after a horrendous 2011/12 season, confirmed by a defeat at the hands of Athletico Madrid. Less than a month later, the Yellow Submarine would face one of the sternest tests in it’s history when new coach Manuel Rebolledo suffered a tragic heart-attack only hours after being unveiled as manager. The Castellón club faced a manager-less relegation, a player-exodus alongside a club-tragedy on their hands. The Yellow Submarine were well and truly sinking.
But in death, life springs forth. Former West Brom favourite Borja Valero left for Fiorentina, Goalkeeper Diego Lopez left for Sevilla only to join Real Madrid months later, and talented forward Nilmar joined Qatari outfit Al Rayyan. Other players to leave included former Spanish international Carlos Marchena and expensive flop Christian Zapata. A successful season in 2012/13 saw Villarreal promoted back into La Liga, after a year languishing in the Segunda Division.
Since their return to Spain’s premier division, El Submarino Amarillo have excelled and look extremely impressive under new manager Marcelino. Unbeaten after 4 games, the new-look squad have raised eye-brows. Former Spurs winger Gio Dos Santos looks to be building a strong resumé after moving from Mallorca, and veteran play-maker Cani looks to be finding his best form late in his career.
Three successive wins followed by an impressive draw at home to Real Madrid have seen the Yellow Submarine soar to third in the table. Although they are likely to drop, the east-spanish team must be commended; a strong defence paired with a goal-threat has seen Villareal excel where promoted teams often struggle. If they can maintain their wonderful start, El Madrigalmay well be home to one of Europe’s surprise packages this season. The return of Villarreal to La Liga has been one of the standout stories of the season so far.