Europe

Europe

Thiago Shines As Spain Win Euro U21s Again

championsBarcelona’s Thiago Alcantara scored a first-half hat-trick as Spain outclassed Italy to retain the European Under-21 Championship today.

The Spanish captain was left unmarked to head in early on before Ciro Immobile scored a wonderful equaliser from Giulio Donati’s pass.

Thiago restored the lead with a crisp shot and added a third from the spot. In a flat second half, Isco’s penalty sealed the win before Fabio Borini added a late consolation for Italy.

AC Milan, Barcelona, Bundesliga, Europe, Inter Milan, Juventus, La Liga, Ligue 1, Premier League, Real Madrid, Serie A

Juve Wins Serie A But PSG And Barca Forced To Keep Champagne On Ice

Juve31Juventus are back to back champions on Italy after picking up their 29th or 31st Scudetto title, while both Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona had to put the champagne back on ice. Here is a roundup of all the weekend from the big leagues in Italy.

Italy
Juventus won the Serie A title finish with three games remaining thanks to a 1-0 win against Palermo. Needing just a point to be confirmed champions, Antonio Conte’s men retained their crown, and the club’s 29th overall, thanks to an Arturo Vidal penalty. Juventus claims 31 titles as they include the back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006 that were later stripped of them and relegated to Serie B in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.

AC Milan, Europe, Juventus, La Liga, Premier League, Serie A

Three Matches To Watch This Weekend

Rafa-LiverpoolThree big battles this weekend in Spain, England and Italy that will have major impacts on who will be playing in the Champions League next season. Here is a look at those games:

England: Liverpool v Chelsea
Back on the top three following a 3-0 west London derby win at Fulham on Wednesday, Chelsea travel to Anfield for what will be their second of three away games in eight days. After taking on Liverpool, in seventh, the Blues journey to Basel next week for their Europa League semi-final opener. The match will be former Reds boss Rafa Benitez’s first appearance at Anfield, an ironic situation where he will be warmly welcomed by the home fans than the Chelsea fans.

Bundesliga, Europe, La Liga, Ligue 1, Premier League, Serie A

Europe Weekend Review: PSG, Barca And United Continue Title March

RVP CelebrationIt was a good weekend for Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and FC Barcelona as they all moved as step closer to winning their respective titles.

PSG stretched their cushion to nine points in France and United returned 15 points clear in England.

France
PSG bounced back from the disappointment of losing to Barcelona in the Champions League in midweek by winning 1-0 at ES Troyes AC, a victory that left them nine points clear at the top of the table. Second-placed Olympique de Marseille were unable to match the leaders, drawing 0-0 at LOSC Lille, while third-placed Olympique Lyonnais finally returned to winning ways, defeating Toulouse FC 3-1 after a five-game winless run.

Bundesliga, Europe, La Liga, Ligue 1, Premier League, Serie A

European Weekend Roundup: Bayern Win Bundesliga

bayern fansBayern Munich wrapped up the Bundesliga title on a weekend in which Juventus, FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain all took another step closer to winning their respective titles,

Germany
Bayern set the seal on their 23rd German title with an unprecedented six games to go courtesy of a 1-0 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt. Borussia Dortmund relinquished their crown despite powering past FC Augsburg 4-2. Elsewhere, fourth-placed FC Schalke 04 swept aside SV Werder Bremen 2-0 to move within four points of Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who drew 1-1 with VfL Wolfsburg.

Europe

European Weekend Review: Bayern Close In On Title While PSG Stretch Lead

Bayern MunichThere was plenty to savour for some of Europe’s leading clubs this weekend as Bayern Munich marched within three points of the Bundesliga title, Paris Saint-Germain stretched their lead in France and both Manchester United and Juventus maintained their advantages with wins.

Germany
Bayern moved to within one victory of the Bundesliga crown with a scintillating display on Saturday, sweeping aside Hamburge 9-2. Claudio Pizarro struck four goals and Arjen Robben two as Jupp Heynckes’ men also sent a warning to Tuesday’s Champions League last-eight rivals Juve. Anything less than a win for Borussia Dortmund would have handed Bayern the title with seven games to go, but the current champions, who visit Málaga on Wednesday, won 2-1 at Stuttgart, while third-placed Bayer Leverkusen prevailed 4-1 at Düsseldorf.

Europe, World Cup

Balotelli Helps Italy Draw 2-2 With Brasil

BRASILVITALYDaniele De Rossi sparked Italy’s fightback and Mario Balotelli scored a superb second-half equaliser as the Azzurri battled to a 2-2 draw in a match tonight between two of the best five teams in the world in Geneva today.

Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side looked poor in their 1-0 defeat by England in February, but they jumped out to a commanding 2-0 half-time lead through goals by Fred and Oscar.

Italy had created several chances in the opening half, including a curling effort from Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo, but ultimately struggled with Brazil’s pacy rhythm.

AC Milan, Europe, Juventus, La Liga, Ligue 1, Man Utd., Premier League, Real Madrid, Serie A

Will Ibrahimovic To Juventus Set Off A Summer Transfer Merry Go Round?

ibra1The French newspaper Le Parisien was the first to broach the subject recently that Paris Saint Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had enough of Ligue 1 and that he wants to return to Italy.

Ibra has carried PSG on his back for most of the season, and he has not being amused with the attitude of the PSG fan who have taken to whistling and booing the team recently.

That has set off Ibrahimovic who fired back:

“They are asking a lot. Isn’t that funny when you think about where they were in the past? Before this they didn’t really have much at all…”

Barcelona, Bundesliga, Europe, La Liga, Ligue 1, Premier League, Real Madrid, Serie A

Europe Weekend Review: Only One Title Race Left And That Is In France

Newly-named Paris St Germain soccer coach Ancelotti and sport director Leonardo pose with a club shirt during a news conference at Parc des Princes stadium in ParisWe have barely passed the middle of March and already the title races in Spain, England, Italy and Germany are all over. The only major league in Europe that still has a competitive title race is in France where Paris Saint-Germain only have a five point gap.

Here is a look at this weekend’s action across Europe:

France
PSG increased their Ligue 1 cushion by one point to five, but it should be seven as PSG let a two-goal lead slip against Saint-Étienne and ended up drawing 2-2 with the side in fourth. PSG lead increased because second-placed Olympique Lyonnais suffered a shock 4-1 loss to Bastia, while Olympique de Marseille, two points further back than Lyon, were held to a goalless draw at home against Ajaccio.

Barcelona, Bundesliga, Europe, La Liga, Ligue 1, Real Madrid, Serie A

European Weekend Review: Bayern, Juve And Barcelona All Win

Bayern MunichBayern Munich moved closer than ever to reclaiming the Bundesliga crown after moving 20 points clear on a weekend where the Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 leaders all won.

Germany
It was business as usual for Bayern as their seemingly inevitable march to the title continued. Bayern, who play Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday, moved 20 points out in front thanks to a 3-2 win against Düsseldorf.

Second-placed Borussia Dortmund failed to keep pace as they lost 2-1 to Schalke in the Ruhr derby. With the win Schalke moved into the fourth Champions League spot behind a Bayer Leverkusen side beaten 1-0 at FSV Mainz.