I hope Bayern can now make it to the final in Berlin.”
German football league (DFL) President Reinhard Rauball said Schalke and Leverkusen had been a little unlucky.
“Schalke could have advanced,” Rauball said after the Germans gave Real a major scare in the return leg, coming to within a goal of advancing.
Five-time winners Bayern Munich are the last German team left in the competition, less than two years after they featured along with Dortmund in the first ever all-German Champions League final in 2013.
Dortmund lost 3-0 at home to Juventus on Wednesday to equal their highest home defeat of the competition after also losing the first leg 2-1 in Italy.
With four teams, Germany had more clubs in the knockout stage this season than Spain, England or Italy, though all three of England’s last-16 contenders also went out.
“There is no time to rest, no time to ease off. Borussia Dortmund joined Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke 04 out of the Europe’s premier competition on Wednesday after a 5-1 aggregate loss to Juventus.
(Editing by Mitch Phillips)
Germany’s Bundesliga has been witnessing a boom for the past 10 years with revenues rising, clubs largely debt-free and successful on the pitch.
Bayern alone have reached the Champions League final three times in the last five seasons, with Dortmund also making the final and Schalke into the semis.
BERLIN German football officials have played down the failure by three out of four Bundesliga clubs to advance past the Champions League round of 16 but said success should never be taken for granted even months after the country won the World Cup.
On Tuesday Leverkusen were eliminated on penalties by Atletico Madrid with Schalke eliminated last week despite winning 4-3 at Real Madrid following a 2-0 loss at home.
Both teams had also made the quarter-finals in 2013 and 2014.
“This (exit) confirms what we had said after the glorious World Cup,” German football association (DFB) President Wolfgang Niersbach told reporters.
“Leverkusen were extremely unlucky and the only club that deservedly was eliminated is unfortunately Dortmund,” said Rauball who is also president of the Ruhr valley club.”. We have to keep at it if we are to remain at the top
In Sunday’s other Premier League game, Fulham celebrated their passage to the final of the Europa League with a 3-2 win over West Ham in an entertaining London derby.
Didier Drogba’s first half goal set Chelsea on their way to a vital win at Anfield.
Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-0 to strengthen grip on English Premier LeagueGoals in each half from Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard seal vital winChampions Manchester United close gap to one point with 1-0 win at SunderlandChelsea and United both have home matches in final round next week
(CNN) — Chelsea closed on the English Premier League title with a commanding 2-0 win over a disappointing Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday with goals in each half from Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard.
The victory leaves them a point clear of champions Manchester United, who beat Sunderland 1-0 in a later match on Sunday with Nani scoring the only goal in the first half at the Stadium of Light.
Chelsea will win the title if they beat lowly Wigan at Stamford Bridge next Sunday. It’s a crazy game,” he told Sky Sports. United, who host Stoke, must hope they secure a win and Chelsea lose or draw.
The trip to Liverpool appeared the last major obstacle to Chelsea ending a run of three successive titles for Alex Ferguson’s United but it proved a routine win.
Defeat ends Liverpool’s hopes of a Champions League place and coming hard on the heels of a Europa Cup semifinal exit to Atletico Madrid on Thursday casts considerable doubt over the future of manager Rafa Benitez.
Liverpool made a bright start but Chelsea took the lead after a sorry error by home captain Steven Gerrard as he failed to spot Ivory Coast international Drogba in making a back-pass to his goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
It was a very important step for our fight for the title
Drogba accepted the gift with relish to round the Spanish keeper and put his side ahead after 33 minutes.
Other goals might have followed as Liverpool wilted and Nicolas Anelka was a fraction away from getting a decisive touch to a Salomon Kalou cross.
But in the 54th minute the Frenchman picked out Lampard, who scored easily from close range.
Reina’s one-handed save kept out Florent Malouda while Chelsea were rarely troubled by a lackluster Liverpool, missing star striker Fernando Torres, who watched forlornly from the stands.
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti knows his men have one hand on their third English championship.
“It was a very important step for our fight for the title,” Ancelotti told Sky Sports. Tactically we did very well.”
After Chelsea’s win, Unitd knew that three points were a must to leave themselves a chance of a 19th English crown.
Nani’s neatly-taken 28th minute goal proved enough although United might have added further goals with Dimitar Berbatov wasteful.
Wayne Rooney, who has been struggling with injury, played a full part in the victory while fellow England internationals Rio Ferdinand and Owen Hargreaves, who has endured a lengthy injury layoff, were also deployed as late substitutes.
Ferguson said the title race was not over and hoped that Chelsea might struggle against Wigan.
“They’re a good team, they’ll have a go and you just never know.
“Maybe we are clutching at straws a little bit.
“We played very well, we deserved to win.
“We are happy because it was a difficult step against Liverpool. It is important for us to win in front of our home fans and play the right way
St James’ Park is the home of Newcastle United and is an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 52,387. A remarkable fact about this stadium is that Sir Stanley Matthews’s ashes were buried beneath the centre circle of the pitch following his death in February 2000. The stadium is since 1910 the home of Manchester United and with a capacity of 76,000 people it is one of the biggest stadiums in the United Kingdom. Molineux has a capacity of 28,525 people.
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White Hart Lane was built in 1899 in the Tottenham-area in London and is the stadium of Tottenham Hotspur. At an altitude of 551 feet it is the highest ground among all 92 Premier League and Football League clubs.
West Ham United – Boleyn Ground
The Boleyn Ground, built in 1904, is the home ground of West Ham United, but most fans know it as Upton Park due to its location in Upton Park in London. The Reebok Stadium was named after sponsor Reebok. The DW Stadium has a capacity of 24.826 supporters.
Wolverhampton Wanderers – Molineux Stadium
Molineux Stadium has been home to Wolverhampton Wanderers FC since 1889 and has a long history. Bloomfield Road’s capacity is 12,555 all-seated, but when the redevelopment of the stadium is complete, the new capacity will be 17,625.
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West Bromwhich Albion FC – The Hawthorns
The Hawthorns has a capacity of 28,003 people, all seated, and it has been the home ground of West Bromwich Albion since 1900. Only Wembley Stadium, Old Trafford, Emirates Stadium and St James’ Park have a greater capacity.
Birmingham City – St Andrew’s
St Andrews was constructed and opened in 1906 and has a capacity of 30, 079 spectators. For that reason the players of Fulham are also called The Cottagers. The stadium has undergone many changes and presently it has an all-seated capacity of 40,157.
Bolton Wanderers FC – Reebok Stadium
The Reebok Stadium is the home of English football club Bolton Wanderers. The stadium has a capacity of 28,383 fans. The stadium is located right in the centre of Newcastle and its white roof s visible across the city. The stadium has a capacity of 24,600 spectators and is located near the river Thames.
Chelsea FC – Stamford Bridge
Stamford Bridge Stadium in London has a capacity of 42,055 spectators. After various renovations, White hart Lane is now an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 36,310.
Fulham FC – Craven Cottage
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Manchester United – Old Trafford
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Everton FC – Goodison Park
The stadium has been home to Everton F.C. It was built in 1901 and was named after the road on which the stadium’s main entrance used to stand. The former name of the stadium was the JJB Stadium, named after sports retailer JJB Sports, which is also owned by David Whelan. The capacity of Stamford Bridge will increase in the coming years to about 55,000.
Sunderland AFC – Stadium of Light
The Stadium of Light is the home ground of Sunderland AFC. Ewood Park has a capacity of 31,367 spectators.
Blackpool – Bloomfield Road
Bloomfield Road is the football stadium of newly promoted Blackpool FC. since 1892 and just two miles away from the Liverpool city centre. The stadium has a capacity of 45,362 seats.
Manchester City – City of Manchester Stadium
The City of Manchester Stadium is the home ground of Manchester City. Before the new Wembley and the Emirates Stadiums were opened, it was the largest stadium in London. Though both Anfield and Stamford Bridge have been built earlier (in 1884 and 1877), Liverpool and Chelsea moved into those grounds later, respectively in 1892 and 1905. Since 1892 Anfield is the home of the club. The stadium has a capacity of 60,000 spectators, making it the third largest stadium in England.
Aston Villa FC – Villa Park
The stadium, with the official name Aston Lower Grounds, opened in 1897. The stadium opened in 1997, replacing the Roker Park Stadium. Villa Park has 43,300 seats, but there are plans to expand the stadium to 51,000 seats in the near future.
Newcastle United – St. There are plans for a new City of Birmingham Stadium for the club with 55,000 seats, but city council as well as club are seeking sources of funding for this project.
Blackburn Rovers FC – Ewood Park
Ewood Park is Blackburn Rovers FC’s stadium and the oldest football stadium of Premier League club. With 49,000 sats, the Stadium of Light is the fifth largest stadium in England. The stadium is named after its sponsor DW-Fitness.Com Sports, whose director David Whelan owns Wigan Athletic as well as the Wigan Warriors
Klopp’s side are renowned around Europe for their progressive,
The Germans were runners-up to Bayern Munich in both the Bundesliga
and the German Cup last season, and were Champions League finalists in
“This fixture promises an electric atmosphere as both teams
get ready for the upcoming season and the possibility of meeting again
in the Champions League.”
Billy Hogan, chief commercial officer at Liverpool, said: “It
has been over a decade since Borussia Dortmund played at Anfield so we
are looking forward to welcoming them back.
Dortmund’s last competitive visit to Anfield came in 2001,
when goals from Vladimir Smicer and Stephen Wright gave the Reds a 2-0
Champions League win.
The Reds have already announced a pre-season trip to Preston North
End, on Saturday July 19, and will play games against Roma, Olympiakos,
Manchester City and AC Milan as part of their US tour.
LIVERPOOL will take on German giants Borussia Dortmund in apre-season friendly at Anfield.
The Reds will entertain Jurgen Klopp’s side on Sunday, August
10, in what is likely to be their final fixture ahead of the new Premier
League campaign. The game will kick off at 12.15pm.
. Dortmund CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke, said: “The match between
Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund is the meeting of two teams that have a
lot in common: a rich history, unique fans and a passionate style of
“We are honoured and very much looking forward to playing in
this iconic stadium.”
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The English striker had a sensational run of form last year which saw him become Spurs talisman. They have progressed in their 11 away third round ties since.
The most recent League Cup meeting was in the third round in 2010/11 at White Hart Lane. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source . Tall and with an eye for goal, Kane is Tottenhams main threat.
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The Gunners take on Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Wednesday in their Capital One Cup fixture.
You can find out more about their opponents below:
Tottenham Hotspur Full name: Tottenham Hotspur Football Club
Manager: Manuel Pochettino
Club colours: White shirts, navy shorts, white socks
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There has been 12 meetings between the North London rivals in the League Cup, including four semi-finals.
The Gunners havent been eliminated in an away third round tie since 1991/92, when Coventry knocked them out at Highfield Road
The German chipped over the Bournemouth defense line to the right wing, where Clyne was making his run. Christian Benteke played a very good game against Bournemouth and started his goal-tally in a Liverpool shirt. On the other side, the Reds also created a few promising situations, with Philip Coutinho’s shot getting blocked after some good work by Benteke. After 51 minutes, captain Jordan Henderson left the pitch with a foot injury. He was replaced by Emre Can, who is expected by the manager to step into the defensive midfield role as soon as his fitness reaches a satisfactory level.
Rodgers himself is continuing to worry the fans, with his refusal to start a game with a different formation, however impotent the 4-2-3-1 seems at times. Nathaniel Clyne is building on the foundations he had set during pre-season, James Milner as well. Adam Lallana and Martin krtel are really the only ones who aren’t meeting expectations, and should this continue, they could find themselves warming the bench, especially Lallana, as Firmino slowly progresses towards full fitness.
Meanwhile, as the game went on, Bournemouth were making themselves the ones controlling the game, and managed to create a few decent chances, with a couple of notable shots just wide from Matt Ritchie. The final whistle blew: Liverpool – Bournemouth 1:0.
The Conclusion and Some Talking Points
The game provided Liverpool with another three points, taking them to the total of 6 out of 2 games, together with the two Manchester clubs and Leicester City. However, the impression is that manager Eddie Howe will need to make some tactical tinkerings if he intends to stay in the Premier League after the season ends. He combined extremely well with Benteke.
The visitors, AFC Bournemouth, displayed real bravery and considerable team quality. To sum things up, it was another hard-working Liverpool performance against an unexpectedly tough side, another win and another three points. Stay tuned.
Other players are looking good as well. The points are after all the most important part of the puzzle, so we can truthfully say it was a productive matchday for Liverpool.
The Second Half
After the break, the visitors charged forward again, and Liverpool were once more hard put to it. Joe Gomez is proving to be quite a revelation. Roberto Firmino is looking a bit rusty, but he’s also showing class.. The famous 2013/14 season also started with two 1:0 wins for the Reds, so there’s reason for the superstitious among the fans to be optimistic. Towards the end, Coutinho made way for Alberto Moreno, and while this initially looked as a defense-strengthening move, Moreno actually went to play out on left flank of the attack, and didn’t look out of place at all. Also, many criticize him for choosing Lovren over Sakho, but the Croat is justifying the trust put into him so far.
But now the really hard work begins, with the next game being played at the Emirates, against Arsenal. Let’s take a look at what awaits Liverpool in the next few away games:
Good news for Brendan Rodgers is that his new signings are looking good so far, with a strong feeling that they will only improve as the season moves on. Henderson, Coutinho, Can, Ibe, Lovren, all of them give out a really positive impression and are a just cause for optimism. One more step forward. Will the Reds be able to continue their march against stronger opposition? We’ll soon find out. The full-back then sent in a cross that flew over Firmino, but found Benteke who hit the crossbar, with the whole of Anfield sighing loudly. He received applause from the Anfield crowd, having done a lot of work directing the play and shown real leadership. It was very visible that Bournemouth players are used to controlling the game and enjoying possession, having previously played in the Championship. They’ll need to adjust to playing against better teams and fast in order to stand a chance of survival.
With one minute of regular time on the clock, Roberto Firmino, having come on instead of Ibe, started a swift attack, passed short to Emre Can and continued his run into the box. The visitors tried desperately to get forward during the added injury time, but nothing came of it. The Gunners are deemed by many to be among the title contenders this season, although they started with mixed accomplishments, losing at home to West Ham in the first and having barely overcome Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the second game
With the match goalless and Arsenal under relentless attack,
Welbeck managed to drag Aaron Ramsey’s clever pass wide with just
Roman Weidenfeller to beat.
DORTMUND 2 ARSENAL 0 ARSENAL endured a chastening start to their
Champions League group campaign after being overwhelmed by Borussia
Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park.
For the second time in two matches Danny Welbeck illustrated why
his finishing is considered below par for a top forward by failing to
convert a one-on-one with a goalkeeper.
Had he scored it would have been a grave injustice, however, given
that Arsenal’s back four were tormented throughout in a display
that will see Arsene Wenger face renewed criticism for refusing to sign
defensive reinforcements over the summer.
. And Mesut Ozil drifted around aimlessly until his second-half
Ciro Immobile and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck either side of
half-time and the German club would have been more emphatic victors than
2-0 but for the reflexes of Wojciech Szczesny and their own
It was a key moment and the PS16million signing from Manchester
United, who had other chances to open his Gunners account, only enhanced
concerns over his record in front of goal.
Aubameyang nips in for Dortmund’s second |
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said Bill Squadron, President of Bloomberg Sports. Lionel Messi (85.43) beat Zlatan Ibrahimovic (84.91) into second place and Cristiano Ronaldo (84.59) of Champions League finalists Real Madrid ranks fourth. Bloomberg Sports was named by SportsPro (2014) as one of 50 Companies Shaping World Sport, by Fast Company (2013/14) as Finalist for the Most Innovative Technology Companies in Sport, and by Mashable as one of the Five Most Innovative Sports Brands for 2012.
In this exciting World Cup year, we are pleased today to unveil our second edition of the BSports Power 50. This BSR includes evaluations on the defensive performance of a player, such as the effectiveness and efficiency of the player in key metrics, as well as the performance of the defensive unit as a whole. For more information go to bsports.com.
RANK Player Team League BSR 1 Luis Suarez Liverpool Premier League 86.02 2 Lionel Messi Barcelona La Liga 85.43 3 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Paris Saint Germain Ligue 1 84.91 4 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid La Liga 84.59 5 Kevin Strootman AS Roma Serie A 81.86 6 Diego Costa Atltico de Madrid La Liga 81.68 7 Mehdi Benatia AS Roma Serie A 81.30 8 Robert Lewandowski Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga 81.21 9 Tiago Atltico de Madrid La Liga 80.79 10 David Silva Manchester City Premier League 80.79 11 Franck Ribry Bayern Mnchen Bundesliga 80.78 12 Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga 80.66 13 Miranda Atltico de Madrid La Liga 80.36 14 Yaya Tour Manchester City Premier League 80.31 15 Carlos Tvez Juventus Serie A 80.30 16 Leandro Castan AS Roma Serie A 80.28 17 Martn Demichelis Manchester City Premier League 80.27 18 Diego Godn Atltico de Madrid La Liga 80.21 19 Gervinho AS Roma Serie A 80.18 20 Thiago Silva Paris Saint Germain Ligue 2 80.08 21 Miralem Pjanic AS Roma Serie A 80.01 22 Gabi Atltico de Madrid La Liga 79.97 23 Filipe Luis Atltico de Madrid La Liga 79.96 24 Gareth Bale Real Madrid La Liga 79.96 25 Giorgio Chiellini Juventus Serie A 79.94 26 Juanfran Atltico de Madrid La Liga 79.92 27 Daniele De Rossi AS Roma Serie A 79.84 28 Koke Atltico de Madrid La Liga 79.64 29 Karim Benzema Real Madrid La Liga 79.63 30 Mats Hummels Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga 79.61 31 Dejan Lovren Southampton Premier League 79.59 32 Eden Hazard Chelsea Premier League 79.48 33 Morgan De Sanctis AS Roma Serie A 79.45 34 Edinson Cavani Paris Saint Germain Ligue 3 79.39 35 Jose Fonte Southampton Premier League 79.34 36 Gary Cahill Chelsea Premier League 79.30 37 Paul Pogba Juventus Serie A 79.30 38 Aaron Ramsey Arsenal Premier League 79.29 39 Gianluigi Buffon Juventus Serie A 79.28 40 Adrin Ramos Hertha BSC Bundesliga 79.27 41 Loic Perrin St Etienne Ligue 4 79.22 42 Daniel Sturridge Liverpool Premier League 79.13 43 Andrea Barzagli Juventus Serie A 79.10 44 Andrea Pirlo Juventus Serie A 79.08 45 Rickie Lambert Southampton Premier League 79.05 46 Leonardo Bonucci Juventus Serie A 79.05 47 Simon Kjaer Lille Ligue 5 79.04 48 Wayne Rooney Manchester United Premier League 79.03 49 Joe Hart Manchester City Premier League 79.02 50 Roberto Firmino TSG Hoffenheim Bundesliga 79.01 . The full BSports list of players can be found at www.bsports.com/Power50 along with a more detailed explanation of the methodology. The Power 50 index stirred healthy debate among fans and experts during its inaugural year, demonstrating a clear appetite from fans across the globe for advanced football analytics.
Luis Suarez of Liverpool FC topped the index with a BSports Rating (BSR) of 86.02. Serie A provided the most players from one league (14 players), with the Premier League (13) and La Liga (12) following. This index, evaluating players purely from the data, has become a reliable measuring stick for player performance in the minds of the fans.
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Launched in 2010, Bloomberg Sports (BSports) takes the technology developed by Bloomberg, the leading global provider in data and analytics, and applies it to the vast data analysis opportunities in sports. BSports has also developed pre and post-game commentary packs along with on-air graphics for broadcasters including Sky Sports, Channel 4, Turner and Fox in a number of sports. Manchester City were the best represented English team with four players on the list (Silva, Tour, Demichelis & Hart), with Southampton, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid each featuring three players. The system evaluates the thousands of data points collected during every match and analyses players based on their core responsibilities on the field to produce a BSports Rating (BSR).
The BSports rankings provide the most scientifically-based analysis of player performance relevant to their respective positions.
Serie A (14), Premier League (13), La Liga (12), Bundesliga (6), Ligue 1 (5) CLUBS:
Atltico de Madrid (8), AS Roma (7), Juventus (7), Manchester City (4) NATIONALITIES:
Italian (7), English (5), Spanish (5), Brazilian (5), French (4) WORLD CUP:
Half of top ten not participating in Brazil (17 of Power 50)
Diego Costa (6th) was one of eight Atltico de Madrid players to make the top 50 list, whilst AS Roma (led by Kevin Strootman) and Juventus (led by Carlos Tevez) each placed seven players, respectively. BSports delivers services for teams, broadcasters and athletes and boasts a consumer tool for European football, Match Analysis,; a powerful predictive and analytic tool forecasting game results and scores to help bettors beat the bookie. The rankings provide a purely objective analysis that evaluates players in their respective positions and considers the context of opponent strength in each game throughout the season. On the attacking side, there is an emphasis on a players effectiveness and efficiency in passing, creativity, shooting and scoring, among other more granular areas. The comprehensive index covers the entire 2013-2014 season, highlighting the performances of some of the worlds most recognized and lauded players, along with some of the sports rising stars.
LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bloomberg Sports (BSports), the worlds leaders in sports analytic technology, today unveiled the 2013/14 edition of the BSports Power 50, the most advanced data-driven ranking of individual player performances across Europes top five leagues