Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Bootroom: We're There Now


Three titles were decided yesterday. Two without the champions even playing. No titles in the major leagues will be decided today. Oh well.

Enjoy the footie because we will be without it for the summer.

After the jump, Sunday's games.


TV Listings.

EPL

Sunday, May 17, 2009

8:30 ET West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool
11:00 ET Chelsea v Blackburn Rovers

Ligue 1

Sunday, May 17, 2009

11:00 ET Nantes v Stade Rennes
11:00 ET Lille v Nice
15:00 ET Marseille v Lyon

Serie A

Sunday, May 17, 2009

9:00 ET Juventus v Atalanta
9:00 ET Reggina v Cagliari
9:00 ET Genoa v Chievo Verona
9:00 ET Palermo v Lazio
9:00 ET Bologna v Lecce
9:00 ET Fiorentina v Sampdoria
9:00 ET Napoli v Torino
14:30 ET Internazionale v Siena

La Liga

Sunday, May 17, 2009

11:00 ET Racing Santander v Valladolid
11:00 ET Real Betis v Almeria
11:00 ET Espanyol v Athletic Bilbao
11:00 ET Numancia v Recreativo Huelva
11:00 ET Sporting Gijon v Málaga
13:00 ET Mallorca v Barcelona
15:00 ET Atlético Madrid v Valencia

62 comments:

Mike Georger said...

I decided to stay up all night playing computer games instead of trying to get up early for the game. I was rewarded with Lucas starting and no reserve players on the bench. Needless to say, I'm gonna need a caffeine and donut run before kickoff.

Mike Georger said...

Further, here's a photo of Guus with a nun.

Mike Georger said...

Oh come now I cannot be the only one up for this.

BentPav said...

Cmon the Albion

BentPav said...

..to make next week even better. No offense to the Scousers on UF

Mike Georger said...

No way does VDS make that play.

BentPav said...

12 minutes gone and I just cant see Albion keeping this close. Pool have class all over the pitch

Mike Georger said...

I'm not sure what country I'm pirating this feed from, but the cars being advertised on the scroll are clearly made of wood and whenever there's a foul the lone announcer shouts 'ABOOMBOOMBOOM'

BentPav said...

Does Carra get a game next yr for the Scousers? Or will he be strictly cover for Skrtel and Agger

Mike Georger said...

I don't think I've seen anyone get as much arch on their crosses as Insua does for this team since Benitez took over.

Keith said...

CHHHEEEEEEEEER UP STEVIE GEEEEEEEE
WE'VE STILL GOT BARRY; YOU'VE GOT
RAFA BENITEZ AND NO
TRANSFER MONEEEEEE-EEE-EE-EEEEEYYYY

/Seriously I hope you guys get Barry

// Come on you Baggies

Mike Georger said...

YOU'RE GOIN DOWN! YOU'RE GOIN DOWN!

Mike Georger said...

Oh it was Aurelio that got a touch to it? From the fucking bench I'm assuming? You ass.

Mike Georger said...

Cripes WBA play some shit defense. I'm all for the not parking the bus approach, but you have to be at least competent at the back to push forward. Jesus they let Robbie Keane score twice against them, they deserve to go down.

Mike Georger said...

This color guy is an idiot. Alonso was nearly at Arsenal and Rafa is willing to let him go? Fuck you.

Mike Georger said...

JESUS he just called him a 'decent' passer. Whoever this guy is, I'm gonna punch him in the neck.

Mike Georger said...

Wow that's a penalty. Minimum two red cards in this game.

Mike Georger said...

So Setanta's halftime show is done by puppets. I cannot imagine any business model that they are running that could have led to the financial situation they're now in.

Frank said...

Go Cambridge United!

Mike Georger said...

So the guy who accuses Alonso of diving, when he ends up being out for a week as a result of the tackle, accuses Mascherano of diving and he ends up coming off injured.

Setanta, see you in hell.

jjf3 said...

C'mon Torquay!!

/not really

Mike Georger said...

UP THE WIRRAL!

No?

Mike Georger said...

Captain jackass says Torres is miles offside. He's actually a foot onside. Georger's getting angry.

jjf3 said...

I think that I could successfully attack this WBA defense, and I can't play worth shit...is it that hard to find defenders who actually TRY?

Mike Georger said...

I'd say WBA look like an MLS side, but their crossing has actually been good.

Mike Georger said...

Captain Jackass: 'good decision' when in actuality two WBA players were a yard offside.

Also, EPIC FAIL there, holy shit. Only thing that's missing is Mike Bassett fighting a bunny mascot on the sideline.

Mike Georger said...

DIRK DIRK DIRK! Rare to see a pure striker's goal from him!

Mike Georger said...

According to Captain Jackass there's something called being offside in a 'minimal' manner. No. If he's offside, he's offside. Fuck.


This Fortune has missed two easy goals.

Oh well, they'll be right back up next year sure enough.

Mike Georger said...

Wow. Thus ends Alvaro Arbeloa's Liverpool career, Carragher is going to have him shot, stuffed, and then robbed from his own house. GTFO Arbeloa.

Mike Georger said...

You do NOT hit your vice captain.

The Fan's Attic said...

how in the hell did Babel miss that?

Mike Georger said...

I honest to God thought it went through the net at first, the announcers thought it was in that's for sure.

The NY Kid said...

what did Arbeloa do?

Frank said...

Heh. A ref might've just cost Lecce a chance to stay in the Series for sending off a player for dissent. Either that or the guy must've insulted his sister (That's how they roll in Italy, right?).

Mike Georger said...

Well he had some typically shoddy marking in the box, Carragher starts screaming at him, Carragher pushes him in the chest, Arbeloa runs back at him and pushes him back. Quite the bitch fight for sure, but Carragher was completely in the right, Arbeloa blew his coverage badly and Carragher is in charge of the back line.

Frank said...

*Serie A

Mike Georger said...

Classy job by the WBA crowd right now, that really must suck.

Mike Georger said...

Evidently Seal plays for West Brom. Carragher arguing with Alonso now on the field after the game, shirtless (shit yeah), Alonso broke up the two earlier.

jjf3 said...

Alright all, I'm off to the bar to watch Rovers get mauled by Spartak, and hear all about how Strachan is a worthless numpty of a coach from a bunch of surly Celtic fans...and this will probably be the high point of my weekend.

/needs to look into a new life

BentPav said...

Carra is a wanker. If you think he wasnt a touch out of order then you are blinded by the Red

Mike Georger said...

How would a team bias impact how I view something between two teammates?

Precious Roy said...

Fuck, I turn the TV on for the late kick. Walk over to the computer to check the early score. And before I can get it, Spartak score.

Ugh. I can't believe I did shots last night. Stupid.

30f said...

Are Chelsea wearing their new 'breastplate' jerseys?

Nice goal from Malouda but his hair is even more ridiculous today.

JT said...

that was a fine dive by Jose Bosingwa

phil said...

I don't think there's a single team in any league I dislike more than Spartak. Diving, whinging, kicking, grabbing bunch of bastards. The whole lot of them.

The NY Kid said...

@Phil - Bastos was nominated for POY in Ligue 1

phil said...

Wow. Nice. I covet him. Spurs really need a left-footed player of his ilk. Keane showed yesterday that he's too uncomfortable out on the left, it makes Modric far less effective to put him out there, and that shaved ape we call Gareth Bale shows flashes, but is wildly inconsistent. Ignoring for the moment that Spurs will offer their standard 15 mil, what sort of fee will Bastos command?

Precious Roy said...

phil: Doesn't that almost describe Untied as well?

The NY Kid said...

I could see around 9-10 million, but if other clubs are interested (rumours about Chelsea and Newcastle, possibly) his fee might go to 12-13

phil said...

@ PR: Less kicking, more whinging at United.


@ NYK: So the Spurs Standard Transfer Fee (patent pending) should get the job done. I seriously hope Spurs pursue him. Ending August with Bastos, Muntari, and Glen Johnson in the fold would make me very happy.

Steve said...

i'd be very happy with that list, as well.

Precious Roy said...

If I didn't know who Abramovich was, I'd be wondering why FSC keeps showing the special needs adult in the Spartak box.

phil said...

Steve what do you make of the dust-up between Pavs and 'Arry? 'Arry took some shots at him in the postgame presser, and Pavs minced right down the tunnel after he was taken off. Pavs was pants yesterday, and I'm not convinced it's fatigue. He's got loads of skill, but a highly suspect workrate. I wouldn't be surprised to see him go and Bent stay.

Steve said...

@phil: I caught the second half yesterday, and Pavs was awful. He just kept falling over, and he missed a few sitters. Even my girlfriend, who has never played in her life, asked who the guy who kept falling over was. I don't know if it's his confidence or just a lack of first touch, but I don't see it. I wouldn't be surprised if he moves on, either. The way 'Arry has turned things around for us, I'm taking him at his word over the sulky Pavs. I couldn't believe how mad he was when he came off yesterday (hopefully it was at himself?), because he was pants the entire time he was on the field. So do you think we need someone to replace him? Or do we just stick with Defoe, Bent, and Keane? I think Bent's been productive enough this year to warrant another season.

@PR: that was a classic shot of Abramovich after Chelsea barely missed that opportunity. errr....

EbullientFatalist said...

A thought: going forward, how will the past ten seasons of the Prem be remembered? I believe it must be the dominance of money in deciding the final table, with the little guy being pushed to the wayside. I was living in London when Southampton qualified for the UEFA Cup in 02/03; can't see such a thing happening today with a club of similar stature.

jjf3 said...

Way to go, Marseille! Owning the game against Lyon, and now you give up a stupid (and deserved) PK 30 minutes in...

0-1 Lyon

jjf3 said...

@EF: I'm the wrong person to answer your question, but I suspect you are generally correct in your statement. I do find as someone new to the sport over the last few years, that there is very little real innovation or creativity in running these teams. I suspect that a really imaginitive person who questions everything might be able to find ways to profit on the margins - probably not enough to build a ManU dynasty, but enough so that you make a decision that "this is the year we splurge", so to speak, and maybe pull of a top-4 or Championship every 5-6 years, cycle back down to mid-table, and repeat...

jjf3 said...

Benzema!! 0-2 Lyon

jjf3 said...

Marseille's back line utterly cratered on that goal - they were chasing ghosts all over the pitch, somehow ignoring every real threat...

jjf3 said...

Dammit, Wiltord makes it 1-2 with 10 minutes to go...

EbullientFatalist said...

@jjf3: Leeds followed that cycle to a certain degree, except when they tried to repeat, they found themselves in League 1. This is where I'd like to quote eminently quotable Method Man: cash rules everything around me. To combat this mentality, I'd advocate for some creativity both on the pitch and to the mentality of the club. For instance, mid-table squads like Fulham or Spurs (ha!) should experiment with tactics. From my detached perspective, I witness staid tactics that border on institutionalization. Why do teams continue to resort to the fourfourtwo? Why not try something a bit more creative, even if that means A 5-3-2, or a 4-1-2-1-2? Perhaps that will lead to more points, even if it would be difficult to implement. But, of course, its mighty difficult to argue against playing with the same old "hoof the ball and then cross the ball" tactic if it means you land in 13th and reap the Prem-bucks for another season. One of the reasons I wanted the Baggies to make it this season was because I respected what Mowbray was trying to do by playing quick, attacking football and sometimes breaking out of the fourfourtwo meme. Again, WBA is Colaship bound, so maybe that's not the best argument; still, I hope my point is taken.





Woah. I just regained consciousness.

jjf3 said...

@EF - I'm with you on WBA. "This is the way we play, and its the right way to play" as a mantra is very compelling, and if Mowbray could have found any defenders worth a crap, they could have stayed up. Also agreed on the need to look to new tactics and formations - the entire mindset toward the game right now seems very stagnant at many levels, though I think you're also correct that the golden goose of EPL cash is an ossifying factor.
I was not aware of that about Leeds - I'll need to look into their history a little more...thanks.
I think the only way around the money problem is to have a very rich owner who both loves football and loves the concept of maximizing efficiency and returns, and having him be able to essentially "afford" to make mistakes along the way to finding the "best" model to use...(ie, let's not hold our breaths waiting...)