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Real Madrid Wins the European Cup

Atletico Madrid may have won La Liga, but they could not take the Champions League Title. That honor belongs to Real Madrid, who defeated Atleti yesterday 4-1. It started off going well for Atletico, who held Real scoreless the entirety of regulation time. It wasn’t until Sergio Ramos scored in extra minutes to tie the game at 1-1. It seemed like forever for the next goal to be scored, but Gareth Bale knocked in a header in the 110th minute. Real took a shot on goal, had it deflected, only to bounce right towards Bale, who put it in the top right corner to take the lead. From there, it only got worse for Atletico. Marcelo knocked in a goal eight minutes later and then Cristiano Ronaldo had his moment on a penalty kick in the 120th. With that goal, Ronaldo became the first player to score a goal in the Champions League Final for two different teams. He did it with Manchester United back in 2008.

The 4-1 win was Real’s 10th Champions League Title, winning their last one back in 2002. With a team like Real Madrid, you would think that they would have won more titles and won more recently. Nevertheless, Madrid Manager Carlo Ancelotti enjoyed his third Champions League Title as a manager. The former A.C. Milan manager won two Champions League Titles with that club and now celebrates his first with Real Madrid.

As for Atletico Madrid, their spectacular defense fell short and without leading goal-scorer Diego Costa, they were unable to win the match. If things go well for Atleti in the off-season, they could come back better than before if Diego Simeone decides to stay with the team. He is obviously on other team’s radars for an open manager position after what he did with an Atletico Madrid club this year. For now, Real Madrid will savor this victory that they achieved by defeating their rivals.


Atletico Madrid wins La Liga Title

Most fans would be upset or disappointed with a draw. Not fans of Atletico Madrid! Their team tied with Barcelona 1-1 in the final regular season match and won La Liga and are now crowned the Spanish Champions. Barcelona had a realistic shot to take the title, but Atleti came through with the draw to win! It sounds funny I know, but Barcelona will finish the regular season tied with Real Madrid for 2nd place with 27 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses. Atletico ends the season with a 28-6-4 record. Atleti’s defense has always been the best in La Liga, only allowing 26 goals scored against them, and they proved it earlier today by holding Barcelona to just one goal. Lionel Messi was held scoreless, as Alexis Sanchez scored the first goal in the 33rd minute for Barcelona. Then in the 49th minute, veteran defender Diego Godin‘s header equalized the match for Atletico Madrid. After the match, Barcelona’s manager, Gerardo “Tata” Martino announced that he will no longer coach the team. His fear of failure had come true and he let down a team that was poised for victory. Atleti won their first La Liga title since 1996, showing how much of an upset it must have been for Barcelona’s club to fall short.

In other soccer news, Arsenal won the FA Cup in dramatic fashion against Hull City. After being down 2-0 eight minutes into the match, the Gunners came roaring back with three goals to win it all, 3-2. Santi Cazorla started off the fireworks in the 17th minute with a free kick. Fast forward to the 71st minute, Laurent Koscielny knocked in a goal and then the match went into extra minutes. Things were looking tense, until Aaron Ramsey scored the game-winner! It was a match for the ages and Arsenal ended up on top. It was a big day for soccer fans, but now they have to wait until May 24th for that ultimate showdown between Real Madrid and newly crowned La Liga champions Atletico Madrid. What a match that will be!

Soccer Regular Season Coming to a Close

A lot of great matches have been played so far this season and a lot of superstars have given us exciting plays. The UEFA Champions League championship match will be held on May 24th and it will pit Real Madrid against Atletico Madrid. These La Liga rivals have been battling each other all year with Real Madrid leading the season series 2-1-1. This Champions League Final will determine who is the better Madrid of Europe. Real Madrid entered this match by defeating Borussia Dortmund 3-2 on aggregate in the Quarterfinals and then they shut out Bayern Munich in both Semifinal matches to advance to the Finals. Atletico Madrid fought hard by upsetting Barcelona in the Quarterfinals and then squeaking by Chelsea 3-1 on aggregate in the Semifinals. There should be a lot of star power in this match with Cristiano Ronaldo facing off against Diego Costa. Both of these players are having memorable seasons so far.

I would be this happy to if I scored 65 goals in a single season!  Credit: www.ronaldo7.net
I would be this happy too if I scored 65 goals in a single season!
Credit: http://www.ronaldo7.net

As for elsewhere around the world, Manchester United is doing fine without their former manager David Moyes. They have won two of their last three matches. Wayne Rooney has been keeping his team together by scoring 17 goals for his club. Current manager of the Dutch national team, Louis van Gaal, will take over the team after the World Cup is over.  The top three clubs in the English Premier League are all fighting for the top spot. Liverpool is currently on top with Manchester City right behind them and Chelsea closing in. There’s only one regular season game left for Liverpool when they take on Newcastle United on May 11th. After guiding his team to the best offense in the league (99 goals scored), manager Brendan Rodgers just recently signed a four-year contract extension to remain with the club. Goal scorers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge should get plenty of credit for how Liverpool has been playing this year. Suarez leads all players with 31 goals and Sturridge is right behind him with 21 of his own. Manchester City can sneak its way to the top by winning their last two games of the season. They are both home games and they are against Aston Villa later tonight and West Ham on May 11th. If they win those two games, they claim the top spot in the Premier League. As for Chelsea, they would have to hope that Liverpool and Manchester City to lose all of their games if they were to claim the regular season title. Chelsea will play at Cardiff City this Sunday for hopes of gaining the top spot.

In La Liga, Atletico Madrid remains on top, but they could fall if Barcelona plays their best futbol of the season. Madrid will play Malaga on Sunday and then the regular season title will be determined the next week after when they travel to Barcelona. That game is must-watch T.V. if Barcelona can win their next game at Elche, which should be an easy win. As mentioned earlier, Diego Costa is having a memorable season. The 25-year-old Brazilian has scored a career-high 27 goals and is also responsible for 3 assists. For Messi, he is second in La Liga with 28 goals scored. The showdown on May 18th will probably be the biggest soccer game of the season by far!

Barcelona Eliminated from Champions League

Atletico Madrid reaches the UEFA Champions League semifinals for the first time in team history thanks to a 1-0 win over La Liga rival Barcelona. The goal came very early in the match thanks to Koke’s goal in the 5th minute. It was the 22-year-old’s only goal of the tournament and what a time to score one. Atletico Madrid was able to attain this victory without their star player Diego Costa, which shows Diego Simeone’s ability to adapt as a manager. Barcelona came into this game as favorites, but were unable to score a goal for the first time in this tournament.

In the other deciding match, Bayern Munich defeated Manchester United 3-1 yesterday as well. No one scored until Patrice Evra of Man U came through in the 57th minute. But after that, it was all Bayern Munich. Mario Mandzukic scored two minutes later, Thomas Müller scored in the 68th minute and Arjen Robben finished it off in the 76th minute. Pep Guardiola’s squad led an offensive attack against Manchester United with 25 shots (5 on goal) and 11 corner kicks. Bayern also dominated in possession, holding the ball for 65 percent of the match.

The final four teams are set with Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Real Madrid. Atletico Madrid looks to be the underdog of this tournament, having never made it this far in club history. Without their leading scorer, there is doubt that they will make it any further. Bayern Munich looks to be the favorite, having one of the best offensive teams out of these four as well as a steady goalkeeper in Manuel Neuer. With superstars like Franck Ribéry, Thomas Müller, Mario Götze, Arjen Robben and leading scorer Mario Mandzukic Bayern should easily win this year’s Champions League Final. Real Madrid is a sure favorite with Cristiano Ronaldo playing one of his best seasons ever, leading La Liga with 31 goals. Karim Benzema has also been a great help. He is currently 5th in La Liga with 17 goals scored. Eden Hazard has been carrying his Chelsea team as of lately. He leads the club in both goals (14) and assists (7). Demba Ba (who is likely to leave Chelsea after this season) scored the game-winning goal in the last game against Paris-Saint Germain. Having the other Chelsea players step up in these big moments could propel them to the top. It’s time to see who the top soccer club in Europe really is.

Recent News in the Soccer World

In the big worldwide sport of soccer, things are always happening around the globe. It’s hard to keep up with it all, but thanks to technology, we can always stay updated of what’s happening to our favorite teams. First, we’ll start with England and work our way around.

Samir Nasri has 4 goals and 3 assists in 21 games this season. Credit: telegraph.co.uk
Samir Nasri has 4 goals and 3 assists in 21 games this season.
Credit: telegraph.co.uk

For the Barclays Premier League, the FA Cup is in full swing with teams heading to the quarterfinals. Manchester City got revenge against Chelsea last Saturday by beating them 2-0 to knock them out of the tournament. Samir Nasri scored the second goal of the match to put the Citizens in the quarterfinals. Arsenal defeated Liverpool 2-1 last Sunday with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski each scoring a goal.

Diego Costa is 2nd in La Liga with 21 goals for Atletico Madrid this season. Cristiano Ronaldo has 22. Credit: hiilkubad.com
Diego Costa is 2nd in La Liga with 21 goals for Atletico Madrid this season. Cristiano Ronaldo has 22.
Credit: hiilkubad.com

Now we go to Spain, where Barcelona continues to dominate with a 6-0 thrashing of Rayo Vallecano last Saturday. Atletico Madrid also won a big game defeating Real Valladolid 3-0 that same day. Then last Sunday, Real Madrid crushed Getafe 3-0. All three of those winning teams are tied for first place in La Liga. It truly is going down to the wire after 24 games played. Barcelona has a slight edge because their offense is unstoppable, having a goal differential of 52!

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has 31 total goals in 34 games this season. Credit: ftbpro.com
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has 31 total goals in 34 games this season.
Credit: ftbpro.com

However, Barcelona’s next game could prove a challenge for them. They play Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday at 2:45 p.m. The entire Champions League will have some good fixtures and match-ups that day. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paris Saint-Germain will take on Sidney Sam’s Bayer Leverkusen that same hour. Bayer Leverkusen is a formidable opponent; they are 2nd in Bundesliga right behind Bayern Munich, who takes on Arsenal on Wednesday. The Gunners are 2nd in their league as well, behind Chelsea who play next Wednesday against Galatasaray. Another well-known Premier League team is Manchester United, who plays Olympiakos next Tuesday. The biggest game to watch out for will be AC Milan against Atletico Madrid. Milan has been struggling badly this year, but Mario Balotelli’s goal-scoring abilities should be fun to watch and will make his game more exciting. Unfortunately, Robinho might miss this game due to a left thigh injury, so expect Atletico to win this one.

After beating the Houston Dynamo 2-1, Kansas City advanced to their first MLS Cup. Credit: usatoday.com
After beating the Houston Dynamo 2-1, Kansas City advanced to their first MLS Cup.
Credit: usatoday.com

As for the United States, the MLS is just around the corner. The season starts on Saturday March 8th and seven games will be played on that day, including the defending MLS Cup Champion Sporting Kansas City who plays at the Seattle Sounders at 3 p.m. Kansas City won a thrilling cup match against Real Salt Lake last year in a penalty shootout and hope to capture another MLS Cup this year. As for DC United, they have had a struggling stretch the last few years. This team went to the first four MLS Cups and won three of them. United has not won a title since 2004. They look to rebound this year.

There is your worldly soccer update for the day. I hope it’s enough soccer news to keep you satisfied and reminds you to watch some big games coming up!

Atletico Madrid Rising Up

When most people think of La Liga, they think of two teams: Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, they should add in a third team to that list: Atletico Madrid. The other Madrid team has been quietly earning some respect around the country of Spain for their play lately. They are coming off a 4-2 win on the road against Rayo Vallecano. In that game, Diego Costa scored his 20th goal of the season, which is 2nd in the league. 32-year-old veteran and former Barcelona player David Villa also contributed in the win with his 11th goal of the season. Atletico Madrid has only lost one game this season and it was to Espanyol back in October of 2013. They have beaten Real Madrid once and tied with Barcelona back on January 11th. So as you can see, these guys are top contenders to knock off Barcelona and Real Madrid late in the season. After the win against Rayo, they are now tied for first in the league with Barcelona acquiring 54 points. Most of their wins this year have been blowouts, having a goal differential of 38. Coach Diego Simeone clearly has this time heading in the right direction. Ever since he took control of the club back in 2011, this team has always been a threat to Real Madrid and Barcelona. Last year, Atletico Madrid finished third in the league, their best finish since 1996 when Simeone played for the team himself. Their most recent achievements were winning the Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup in 2012, and then the Copa del Ray in 2013. The team is not filled with many superstars besides Adrian and Filipe Luis, but Simeone is showing everyone that you don’t need a star-studded team to win. The club has enough talent to win the La Liga and to snatch it away from Lionel Messi’s Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid.