Sunday, February 28, 2010

Carling Cup final - Aston Villa 1 - 2 Manchester United

  Wayne Rooney is mobbed after his superb header won the Cup

Latest Romanian Football News and more information on this match

Wayne Rooney was the Carling Cup final head boy as Manchester United came from behind to retain a knockout competition for the first time with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.

After starting as a substitute, Rooney was only on the pitch because of an injury to Michael Owen, who had levelled James Milner's fourth-minute penalty.

He was not going to let that inconvenience stop him becoming the Wembley match-winner against Villa though and 16 minutes from time, Rooney got on the end of Antonio Valencia's cross and looped home yet another headed goal - his fifth in a row - to take his goal tally for the season to 28 and allow United to retain the trophy after a thrilling Wembley encounter Sir Alex Ferguson feared was not possible.

One of the more obvious reasons why Ferguson would choose to leave his best player out of such a showpiece occasion was the surface, which has been claggy every time the Red Devils have played at the rebuilt stadium.

Fearing a draining match, plus extra-time, then an England game and a Premier League trip to Wolves, when victory will take his side top, before that decisive meeting with AC Milan on March 10, Ferguson presumably felt this was an outing Rooney could do without.

Yet any worries about the pitch were groundless. And Villa's flying start meant there was no chance of either side being allowed to turn this into the sterile affair many had predicted.
At the time, Martin O'Neill questioned how Nemanja Vidic avoided a card of any kind for his foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor. As the contest wore on, and an increasing number of his own players ended up in Phil Dowd's notebook, the criticism grew.

If Agbonlahor had gone down when Vidic first grabbed his shirt, the card should have been red. Instead, the Villa striker admirably attempted to stay on his feet after outpacing the Serbian to reach Ashley Young's lofted pass beyond the United defence. In the end, it was too much. Vidic stuck out a leg and hauled Agbonlahor down. Milner kept his nerve, sending Tomasz Kuszczak the wrong way to provide the contest with the start it craved.

As tends to be the case when they fall behind, United's response was an all-out attacking assault, which in turn provided Villa with space to counter. The mixture produced a thrilling spectacle, made all the more absorbing because Ferguson's team levelled so quickly.

So solid all season, it was just Richard Dunne's luck his blunder should come in Villa's biggest game of the year. The Irishman was robbed by Dimitar Berbatov close to his own penalty area and though he made up the ground, in making his despairing tackle, Dunne only succeeded in rolling the ball into Owen's path, offering the kind of instinctive first-time finish he has made a career out of.
That Owen's contribution - and Rooney's exile - came to an end three minutes before the break was cause for regret, although the watching Fabio Capello has long since deduced those dodgy hamstrings cannot be trusted through another World Cup campaign.

Capello was probably also reaching the conclusion Stephen Warnock should be handed his problematic left-back berth against Egypt on Wednesday. But when Warnock slipped just before half-time, man-of-the-match Valencia galloped past him down the by-line, his cross eventually arriving at the feet of Park Ji-sung, who slammed it onto the inside of a post, where it rocketed across goal for Carlos Cuellar to hack clear.

Friedel palmed away a magnificently constructed effort from Michael Carrick after half-time, although Villa were United's equals and could easily have levelled when Ashley Young sent a volley bouncing into the ground.

The problem for Villa was knowing Rooney lurked. After falling victim to him in midweek, Gianfranco Zola claimed England's superstar has the Midas touch. It is more a Boy's Own story he is writing at the moment and having looped home yet another header to put his side ahead, Rooney came agonisingly close to making it number six when he crashed another onto the woodwork.
Villa responded in kind, Vidic nudging Emile Heskey's header onto his own bar. But that would have spoiled the story.

A great comeback from Manchester United! 
 They fully deserve the trophy! :)

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Check out the SWU Forums and Romanian Football!

Two massive updates,

1. Check out the official SWU Forums, although it may be a bit tough to see, right below our header you can now click on the tab that says SWU Forums, which will take you directly to where you can debate and talk about your favorite footy action.

2. Found a great site (and contributor), it's Romanian Football, the best place to find news about the Romanian Liga I, Romanian teams competing in the Europa/Champions League, and Romanian players playing in leagues around the world.

That's all for now, expect a wrap up after this weekend's matches, meanwhile, visit the forums!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Inter Milan Win against Chelsea and Liverpool knocks out Unirea Urziceni

With Jose returning to his former club and all the Champions League action, many forget that an extremely entertaining Europa League is going on, and SWU is here to bring you all the action.

Here are the teams that go through to the next round of the Europa League:
Sporting Lisbon
Rubin Kazan
Standard Liege
Werder Bremen
Olympique Marseille
Atletico Madrid
Liverpool (for more info on Liverpool vs Unirea Urziceni, be sure to visit for all the Romanian football news)

Inter Milan - Chelsea

What can only be described as a match of the ages, Inter started with a bang, it took them just 3 minutes to set up Diego Milito in the box, Milito turned Terry inside out, striking it past Cech and put Inter in front. Chelsea had an immediate reaction, they kept possession and stopped any of Inter's advances up the field quickly, many good shots on goal, and Drogba hit the crossbar with a rocket free kick, but the two teams went in 1-0 at halftime. Right after the half, Chelsea wanted a penalty after Samuel tripped up Kalou in the box, but the Ivorian made theatrics of it and that could be the reason that the referee saw it as a dive. As Chelsea pushed, the goal eventually came, a long range effort by Kalou snuck past a distracted Julio Cesar into the bottom corner. But Jose Mourinho's team reacted immediately, Inter pushed up the field and Cambiasso drilled a shot past Cech to make sure that Inter stayed ahead. Inter have the win, but Chelsea have a crucial away goal.
Final score: 2-1

Stuttgart - Barcelona

Barcelona were unable to put their stamp on this match, the European champions were slow to start and lucky to get the away goal, Cacau started the scoring in the 25th minute with a fantastic header over Valdes. Barcelona eventually woke up and started to create some scoring chances, eventually Ibrahimovic was 1 on 1 with Lehmann, the goalie made a fantastic save, but the Swede was able to get the rebound which he promptly tucked into the net. Barcelona will be rueing their injuries and will be trying to make a bigger bang at the Camp Nou.
Final score: 1-1

Olympiakos Piraeus - Bordeaux

A match where Bordeaux will be glad to have gotten the away goal, but unhappy to not have put the tie away with a couple more. Ciani's goal was at the end of the first half, after a controversial free kick awarded by referee Howard Webb, the Frenchman headed the ball into the net. At the final minutes, Olympiakos were disallowed a goal because Howard Webb claims to have seen the young Englishman Derbyshire impeding Carasso from challenging Lua Lua who's goal was disallowed.
Final score: 0-1

CSKA Moskva - Sevilla

This match was very similar to the Stuttgart vs Barcelona match and the Olympiakos vs Bordeaux match, Sevilla pushed, but wasted chances to take more than one crucial away goal against a strong CSKA Moskva side. It seemed like everything was perfect after Alvaro Negredo scored in the 25th minute, but Gonzalo scored a fantastic rocket goal to keep Moskva in the tie. A rocket shot that was unstoppable for the Sevilla goalkeeper Palop, and Sevilla will be disappointed with the wasted chances.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Everton Overpower Manchester United and Real-Ronaldo Pummels Villareal

This weekend must be described as liberating for me, not only is an american finally proving his worth abroad, Landycakes at Everton, but we are finally seeing some fantastic football by Real Madrid, guided by its galacticos.

Real Madrid - Villareal

We start at the Santiago Bernabeu, Manuel Pellegrini was under a lot of pressure after the Lyon loss, and it seemed that Villareal was finally rising up the tables in La Liga, but a spectacular free kick by Ronaldo in the 18th minute seemed to put the game to bed, and only 2 minutes later Kaka' put a penalty away. Then Marcos Senna scored a fantastic free kick to keep Villareal in the match, but Higuain promptly puts away a goal after halftime. Nilmar scores for Villareal, but the game was definitely over after Higuain scored another in the 71st minute, and Kaka' and Xabi Alonso followed soon after making the final score, 6-2.

In Spain, Barcelona had no trouble facing Racing Santander who recently had their young starlet, Sergio Canales, bought by Real Madrid, Barca scored four to keep themselves five points ahead Real Madrid. Mallorca's fantastic run ends against Sevilla, a 3-1 victory, but the talking points were the two red cards to Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo and Zokora, and Mallorca's Ramis. David Villa scores two to make sure Valencia get past Getafe 2-1, and Almeria beat a disappointing Atletico Madrid.

In England, Everton beat Manchester United, 3-1, the red devils were overpowered by Everton and its teamwork, Rooney was disappointing and it seems that Chelsea could run away with the title after winning against Wolves 2-0. Arsenal rise up to beat Sunderland 2-0, and Aston Villa have a fantastic match against Burnley with the final score being 5-2 for Villa. Manchester City and Liverpool had a terrivle match between them, the final score 0-0, the two teams were scared of giving up anything, taking out any excitement from the match. Tottenham continue their romp to fourth place after beating Wigan 3-0 thanks to two goals by the controversial Pauvlychenko, who although is disliked by Redknapp, the Russian can only score goals.

In Italy, Genoa find their form against an ever-sinking Udinese who has re-signed Marino as it's coach, Genoa beat Udinese 3-0 thanks to two goals by Acquafresca and one by Palacio. Inter Milan lose more points against Sampdoria after Cordoba and Samuel were sent off, leaving the nerazzurri in nine men, the two teams drew 0-0. All the teams chasing Inter were able to nab wins, Roma beat Catania 1-0, Juventus beat Bologna 2-1, and AC Milan beat Bari 2-0 after a fantastic bicycle kick by Borriello.

What do you think of this week's action? Comment below!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Blogroll Updated: check out Livin La Liga and Madrid Atleticos, and other Miscellaneous News

Just some miscellaneous news for all the SWU followers out there,

  • Blogroll updated, added some new sites that you should certainly check out like Livin La Liga, the best La Liga blog around, Madrid Atleticos, a fantastic Atletico Madrid blog, and Serie A Talk, one of the best places around for Serie A articles.
  • For all of the World Soccer Daily followers, in case you didn't know, World Soccer Daily has returned as World Football Daily, they have a different system now (no more Sirius), and although it is payment for the full show, it is totally worth it with tons of new content, guests, and giveaways like an Ipad, it is the best soccer podcast around.
  • Europa League update: here are the Europa League scores from the first leg of the knockout round,
Everton - Sporting Lisbon: 2-1
Rubin Kazan - Hapoel Tel Aviv: 3-0
Lille - Fenerbache: 2-1
Twente - Werder Bremen: 1-0
Standard Liege - Salzburg: 3-2
Ajax - Juventus: 1-2
Club Brugge - Valencia: 1-0
Villareal - Wolfsburg: 2-2
Hamburg - PSV Eindhoven: 1-0
Liverpool - Unirea Urziceni: 1-0
Fulham - Shakhtar Donetsk: 2-1
Atletico Madrid - Galatasaray: 1-1
Panathinaikos - Roma: 3-2
Kobenhavn - Olympique Marseille: 1-3
Athletic Bilbao - Anderlecht: 1-1
Hertha Berlin - Benfica: 1-1 
  • And finally, remember to keep following Soccer Wrap Up, we are growing little by little (very little by little), and it is up to you to comment and spread the word about SWU.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Milan, Real, and Fiorentina Defeated while Fabianski Mixes things up for Arsenal

Spreading out the Champions League was a masterstroke by UEFA, it has to be said, it not only allows  viewers to see all matches without having to fast-forward to the goals, but it allows SWU to cover it all more in depth.

AC Milan - Manchester United

What can only be described as a fantastic match of misses, AC Milan started fantastically with Ronaldinho scoring in the 3rd minute with a deflected shot from outside the small area, but then AC Milan wasted an excessive amount of chances. Everybody had great chances, especially AC Milan with Huntelaar, but they were sloppy in front of goal and did not capitalize, and eventually they were punished, an extremely lucky deflected shot by Scholes crept past Dida to make it 1-1. And in the second half, a Rooney double puts the game to bed, not much can be said, although Nesta and Thiago Silva were at fault for one of the goals, the English masterclass dragged United to the win. And when Leonardo tried to liven things up by putting in Seedorf, he was sluggish, and his only good feature was the backheel which brought the two teams closer. Although Carrick got sent off near the end and Inzaghi missed a chance to equalize late in the game, we saw AC Milan's age in the midfield, showing that they may be unprepared to push for the Champions League.

Lyon - Real Madrid

What can only be described as a fantastic upset, Real Madrid were baffled after the goal, and although tried to win, they were held by a tough Lyon team. The goal was fantastic, a rocket shot by Makoun flew into the top right corner, but Casillas' positioning was a bit suspect and things were made worse with the Madrid defense unable to stop Makoun. Pellegrini brought on Benzema to face his former team in the 64th minute replacing a tired Higuain, but the Frenchman's return to Lyon was ruined by a great goal by Makoun.

FC Porto - Arsenal

It must be said that Arsenal was heavily affected by Fabianski's performance, Arsenal's goalie was shocking. But the match was full of attacking football by both sides, Porto playing extremely well, and Arsenal showing signs of good play. Wenger started with Bendtner, and it made a difference, the striker had important chances and was a reference point for the gunners, but Porto gained the advantage after Varela crossed a low ball across the goal, and Fabianski pushes it into his own net. Arsenal drew back with a header off of a corner from Sol Campbell, but the biggest howler of them all, when Sol Campbell passes the ball back to Fabianski, the Arsenal goalie picks it up, causing an indirect free-kick. While him and Campbell are complaining, Porto takes the free kick instantaneously to slide a cheeky goal into the Arsenal net.

Bayern Munich - Fiorentina

An unjust goal which may put an end to Fiorentina's hopes to make it through this round, Bayern went ahead at the end of the first half after Robben tucked away a penalty, and Fiorentina equalized soon after with a corner, Kroldrup passing the ball in from the back post. But when Gobbi was sent off with a straight red, Fiorentina held on until the 89th minute, when a Klose from an offside position of at least a meter and a half, headed the ball in Fiorentina's goal. The offside was obvious, and Fiorentina will be rueing UEFA's anti technology rule.

What do you think of this Champions League action? Comment below!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Atletico Stun Barca and Inter Slips as Juventus Returns

A weekend with no English action, but there was plenty in the Spanish and Italian leagues.

Atletico Madrid - Barcelona

Atletico Madrid re-opened the title race after defeating Barcelona 2-1, Barcelona had a makeshift back four with Jeffren at right-back, Puyol and Milito center-backs, and Maxwell at left-back. Barca also suffered after Keita limped off being substituted by Pedro, Atletico ruthlessly pressured the Catalans, and when Reyes released Forland with a fantastic through ball, the Uruguayan striker slotted it past Valdes. When Aguero was also released 1 on 1 with Valdes, he didn't have the tenacity that Forlan did, Aguero wasted a perfect opportunity by trying to pass it to a teammate, which was intercepted. Simao doubled the lead after he curled a beautiful free kick past Valdes who took a step too much in the wrong direction, making him unable to reach the ball.  Ibrahimovic equalized for  Barcelona with a volley at the far post, and although Barca pressed for a draw, Atletico held on for a fantastic win.

In Spain, Real Madrid reduced the gap between them and Barcelona to two points after a comfortable win over Deportivo Xerez. Cristiano Ronaldo missed some great opportunites even though he scored two goals, Arbeloa started the scoring after sliding it into the goal after a dubious onside call. Cristiano Ronaldo doubled with a header and scored the third for Real after a blunder by the Xerez goalie. Villareal grab an important win against Athletic Bilbao, a 2-1 victory allows the yellow submarine to move up to ninth in the table.

In Italy, Milan, Juventus, and Roma all pull off wins, Milan beat Udinese 3-2 thanks to an inspiring Ronaldinho, Juventus beat Genoa 3-2 after what seemed like a dive from Del Piero for a late winning penalty, and Roma comfortably took care of Palermo 4-1 with two goals coming from a fantastic Brighi. Meanwhile, one of the best 0-0's all season took place in Naples, Napoli was able to hold off Inter, both teams hit the woodwork at least three times, lots of opportunities were wasted, and the two goalkeepers, Julio Cesar and De Sanctis were fantastic. Inter is only 7 points ahead of Roma, and 8 ahead of Milan which has a game in hand. It looks like the Serie A is really heating up and could easily re-open itself to a new winner.

What do you think of this week's soccer action? Comment below! 

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

EURO 2012 Qualifying Groups Drawn and Terry's England Captaincy Removed

While the whole John Terry Wayne Bridge controversy occurred in England, the EURO 2012 Poland-Ukraine qualifying groups were drawn. Some great looking groups, but controversy has been aroused about the draw being "rigged" so teams like Russia and Georgia wouldn't be drawn together. It seems that the whole Terry affair (no pun intended) has calmed down thanks to Capello's quick decision, the armband was taken away from Terry and given to the next in line, Ferdinand.

Here are the EURO 2012 qualifying groups:

Group A:

Group B:
Republic of Ireland
FYR Macedonia

Group C:
Northern Ireland
Faroe Islands

Group D:

Group E:
San Marino

Group F:

Group G:

Group H:

Group I:
Czech Republic

Bye to Finals (hosts):

Monday, February 8, 2010

Major League Wrap Up: Drogba Doubles Down to Pummel Arsenal

A weekend with great action, this could be the resurgence of Liverpool, and downfall of Arsenal, especially seeing that the two teams will play each other next week.

Chelsea - Arsenal

Drogba never misses a chance to destroy Arsenal, it doesn't matter that he has just come back from the African Cup of Nations, Didier rolls his sleeves up and provides us with two goals that could spell the end of the title challenge for Arsenal. Drogba's first goal was off a corner, John Terry gets to it first, and Drogba ghosts in at the back post for an easy tap in, but it was the second goal that highlighted what Arsenal is missing, a true striker. Drogba takes the ball on the right side of the area, turns two defenders inside out as he cuts in, and blasts the ball past Almunia with his left foot. A spectacular goal that highlights Arsenal's weakness. But the Drogba show wasn't over, near the end of the match, Drogba blasts a free kick into the crossbar which is still shaking, and Almunia hadn't taken a step until the defense cleared the ball. Arsenal had few chances, with Arshavin either missing most of them, or being stopped by a phenomenal Cech, but it seemed like all Chelsea needed on the field to defeat Arsenal  was Cech and Drogba.
Final score 2-0

In England, the Merseyside derby was intense and full of fouls, but Liverpool did what it needed to do and came out with a 1-0 win thanks to a headed effort off a corner by Kuyt, putting the reds in fourth place. Tottenham and Aston Villa drew 0-0, and so did Bolton and Fulham, while Sunderland and Wigan drew 1-1. Hull City defeated Manchester City 2-1 after a goal by the american Jozy Altidore, and a rocket volley by Boateng, and although Adebayor scored with a tap in off a corner, and Vieira made his debut for Manchester City, they were disorganized, spraying passes everywhere without precision. Manchester United seem to have lost all their troubles thanks to a 5-0 win against Portsmouth where the Portsmouth defenders scored three own goals to help United keep the pressure on Chelsea for the title race.

In Italy, Juventus have dropped down to seventh after an extremely disappointing 1-1 draw with Livorno, with Felipe Melo being sent off, it doesn't seem like Juve will pick itself up anytime soon. Not only did Juventus slow down their challenge against Inter, but AC Milan drew 0-0 against Bologna, even though Milan had 17 shots, only four were on goal, with Ronaldinho skimming the crossbar. A team which has picked itself up is Roma, even though they were outplayed for most of the game against Fiorentina, they were still able to snag a 1-0 victory which raises them up to second, only 8 points away from Inter. Inter Milan instead continue their dominance with a fantastic 3-0 victory over Cagliari, Pandev played a spectacular game scoring and creating, Inter dominated, and they didn't even have their creative player, Sneijder.

In Spain, Valencia continue to march on thanks to a 2-0 victory over Real Valladolid, the young prospect Banega scored with a long range effort along with a bullett header by the unstoppable David Villa, this puts them in a solid third position, 8 points away from Real Madrid. Mallorca remain fourth thanks to a 1-0 victory over the ever-sinking Villareal, and Sevilla are fifth after losing to Real Zaragoza 2-1, Contini scored for Zaragoza, but Kanoute equalized minutes after, then Negredo scored an own goal, lowering Sevilla out of the Champions League spots. Barcelona won 2-1 against Getafe, Messi scored in the 7th minute making it seem all simple and easy for the Spanish champions, but when Pique was sent off in the 26th, Barcelona had to make sure they could hold on. Xavi scored another one in the 67th minute, but in the 90th, Soldado scored a penalty and Marquez was sent off, leaving Barca without two important defensive players for their next match against Atletico Madrid. Real Madrid won 3-0 against Espanyol with Kaka' scoring to end his barren run without goals, Ramos scored in the fifth with a header, then Kaka' followed and finally Higuain scored in the 90th minute, keeping los blancos within five points of the Catalan giants.

Just a quick question for the gooners who are disappointed with Wenger, if insanity is repetition of the same action expecting a different result, could we say that Arsene has finally lost it with his beautiful football? What do you think? Comment below!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

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