It was quite the busy weekend in the football world, wasn’t it? And before I catch you up on the weekend’s biggest matches and stories, if you thought that Charles Itandje’s ill-timed giggles were bad, I can only imagine what you might think of how World Soccer Daily radio show host Steven Cohen picked the absolute worst time to do his best Kelvin MacKenzie impression.
The quintuple dream is officially over for Manchester United. Former United keeper Tim Howard saved two penalties before Phil Jagielka converted the winning penalty in a 4-2 shootout win for Everton, following a goalless 120 minutes at Wembley.
Theo Walcott gave Arsenal an early lead, but thanks in part to Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski, Chelsea earned a 2-1 win that puts them in the FA Cup final for the second time in three seasons.
Poor Team Selections Cost Ferguson and Wenger
Manchester United and Arsenal are facing off in the UEFA Champions League semifinals, but thanks in part to weak team selections by both Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, it’s a meeting we won’t see in next month’s FA Cup final.
Bolton chairman Phil Gartside is a man full of ideas. Are they good ones? Well, I’ll let you be the judge of that.
The Premier League’s Big Four were either busy in the FA Cup or not playing at all over the weekend, but that didn’t mean that the weekend was devoid of key matches, and with them, questionable refereeing decisions.
If you’re young and super-talented, you’re automatically the next incarnation of someone, and whether it’s the new Maradona, Gazza, or any other football legend of past and present), you’ve got a lot of pressure on your shoulders.
Lyon entered the weekend in an unfamiliar place of at this stage of the Ligue 1 season, and their hopes for an eighth straight title took a further hit, as their 1-0 away defeat to Bordeaux saw them drop four points behind Marseille and two back of Bordeaux.
After three straight wins to open their maiden Major League Soccer campaign, Seattle Sounders FC may have come back down to earth with consecutive defeats, but it’s been an amazing start to MLS life for the club.
Recently, Soccerlens podcast host Stephen Darwin interviewed League One’s leading scorer and his former teammate, Swindon Town striker Simon Cox.
The Offside’s Weekend Quiz: Title Races
From the SL Vault
Let’s take a look back a little over a year to this lovely compilation of footballer nicknames put together by Hugo Stecklemacher. If you have a few minutes to waste, play with the ‘Brazilian Name Generator.’ As if I didn’t already have enough on the internet to distract me…