Philip Mboya

Am a passionate football fan who enjoys every aspect of the game. When am not watching or writing about it, then you can find me on the pitch trying out some of Ronaldinho's neat flicks and tricks!

La Liga

Racing Santander Relegated

Racing Santander became the first team in the Spanish Primera Division to be relegated after a 3-0 defeat to Real Sociedad on Saturday. Racing went into the game knowing that a win no matter how how vital, would not keep them from escaping the relegation axe.

After 34 matches, Racing were at the bottom of the league standings having only garnered 26 points. However, their relegation comes as no surprise as they have struggled throughout the season going through 3 coaches whilst also having their ownership come under sharp scrutiny after accusations of improper dealings involving their president Ahsan Ali Syed.

Barcelona, La Liga

Barcelona Line Up Biesla As Guardiola Replacement

Barcelona have lined up Marcelo Biesla as a possible replacement for Guardiola who is set to announce his resignation today. Guardiola’s future with the club has remain in uncertainty ever since his remarks to take a sabbatical surfaced early this year.

Reports emerging suggest that Guardiola met with both club president Sandro Rosell and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta on Thursday and informed them of his desire to leave at the end of the season.

The Barcelona board has already moved in quick by setting their eyes on Athltetic Bilbao boss Marcelo Biesla whose contract is also up at the end of the season.

Europa League

Its Bilbao v Atletico In Europa League Final

Spanish duo Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid will face off in the Europa League final slated for May 9th after defeating Sporting Lisbon and Valencia respectively in last night’s semi finals.

Bilbao were 4-3 winners over Sporting while Atletico had a 5-2 aggregate win over Valencia. At the San Mames stadium, fans were treated to a very entertaining fixture between two sides that did not fail to entertain.

The game seemed to be heading for extra time until Fernando Llorente struck in the 88th minute to make it 3-1 on the night (4-3 on aggregate) and break the hearts of the traveling fans.

Europe

Emre Accused Of Racist Abuse

The Turkish Super Lig finds itself in more controversy after claims of racial abuse against former Tottenham defender Didier Zokora emerged recently. The incident between Fenerbahces’ Emre and Trabzonspor’s Didier Zokora that occurred more than a week ago could not have happened at a worse time for Fenerbahce.

The Istanbul based club find themselves dealing with a number of issues including the  multi-million dollar trial of their Chairman who was involved in the match-fixing scandal that rocked Turkish football last year and the club’s denial by the TFF to participate in this season’s Champions League. The match resulted in a Fenebahce victory.

Champions League, Real Madrid

Mourinho Refuses To Criticise Players

Real Madrid Coach Jose Mourinho came out in defense of his star player Cristiano Ronaldo after his sides surprise 3-1 penalties loss to Bayern Munich yesterday. The Portuguese tactician who refused to be drawn into the raging Messi-Ronaldo debate however, stated that Ronaldo had had a better season compared to his Barcelona rival.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is fantastic. I will not compare him with [Lionel] Messi, we’re talking about two great players. I will say this year Cristiano Ronaldo has been better,” he said.

Barcelona, Champions League

Guardiola To Decide Barca Future Soon

Following his sides shocking exit from the Champions League, Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has stated that he will make a decision on his future ‘within the next few days’.

Guardiola who had remain coy on his his long term future with the club made the revelation after last night’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea at the Nou Camp.

“In the next few days we will decide if I stay or not,” he said.

“I will speak with my assistant [Tito Vilanova] and president Sandro Rosell and then we will decide what is best for the club.We will talk about everything, about the club’s situation, and we will make a decision because evidently now is the time.”

Barcelona, Champions League

Nothing Less Than A Win

Tensions are already rising ahead of tonight’s Champions League return leg fixture between Barcelona and Chelsea. During yesterday pre-match press conference, both managers yesterday said that they will be going for nothing less than a win.

Di Matteo who is expected to delay his decision o Drogba, said that his side will attack from the start.

“It is too difficult to play for a goalless draw. To score would give us a greater advantage but we all know how difficult it is going to be. Ultimately Barcelona will create chances against any team and we will have to try to score a goal. But we will also try to limit the chances they create against us.”

Premier League

Rangers Owner Craig Whyte Banned For Life

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) yesterday banned Rangers owner and director Craig Whyte for life for misconduct on his part arising from unclear dealings since he took over the club last May after buying it from Sir David Murray for £1.

A tough talking Whyte who was hit with a £160,000 fine and 12 month transfer embargo however scoffed at the SFA’s decision saying that it would not affect him one bit.

“Tell me how it is going to affect me?

“I couldn’t care less. It makes no difference to my life whatsoever – and good luck collecting the money. It’s a joke. he told the BBC.

Barcelona, Champions League

Barcelona v Chelsea Preview

Barcelona won’t be taking any chances when Chelsea come visiting at the Stamford Bridge tomorrow for their return leg of their semi final Champions League fixture.

The Catalan giants who lost for the first at home this season to Real Madrid over the weekend, will be like wounded lions against a confident Chelsea side who carry a slender 1 goal advantage into tomorrow’s match

“We have to congratulate Madrid for their win and the title that they have also won tonight,” Guardiola said.

“We created chances but it was not our night, sometimes that happens against such a good opponent as Madrid.”

Serie A

Juventus Thrash Roma To Move 3 Points Clear

Juventus made a significant step towards clinching their first Serie A title in 7 years with a resounding 4-0 win over AS Roma at the Juventus Stadium to move 3 points clear at the top of the Serie A table.

Juve’s win stretches their unbeaten run in the league to 33 which matches Fiorentina’s record set in the 1955/56 season and just one short of Milan’s leading record of 34 set back in the 1991/1992 season.