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« Reply #340 on: April 30, 2013, 07:33:46 PM »
affirmative. messi is far from being done.
 
also you can play this sport for a long time.

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Re: Football Lounge
« Reply #341 on: April 30, 2013, 07:33:56 PM »

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Re: Football Lounge
« Reply #342 on: April 30, 2013, 10:03:23 PM »
indeed you can play the sport for a long time and there is no better example than Ryan Giggs.

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He made his Manchester United debut in 1991 and 22 years later, he is almost 40 yet has just won his 13th premier league title as a player (the first he won in 1993) he also has 2 CL titles and 2 FIFA world club titles.

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« Reply #343 on: April 30, 2013, 10:12:07 PM »
a s roma`s captain is also getting up in age and he is still a terror on the field.
 
 

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« Reply #344 on: April 30, 2013, 10:26:44 PM »
indeed you can play the sport for a long time and there is no better example than Ryan Giggs.

Ryan Giggs Top 10 Goals

He made his Manchester United debut in 1991 and 22 years later, he is almost 40 yet has just won his 13th premier league title as a player (the first he won in 1993) he also has 2 CL titles and 2 FIFA world club titles.






that is just amazing durability. also a testament to his fitness and his drive.



incredible stuff.

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Re: Football Lounge
« Reply #345 on: May 01, 2013, 05:45:55 PM »

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Re: Football Lounge
« Reply #346 on: May 01, 2013, 06:25:46 PM »

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Re: Football Lounge
« Reply #347 on: May 01, 2013, 06:33:51 PM »
Robben really was ruthless tonight! :)) Stunning goal with his magic wand of a left foot. Bayern made Camp Nou theirs tonight.

They will be huge favourites, but Borussia Dortmund know them very well. The two giants of German football colliding at Wembley Stadium, London. Looking forward to it :))

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« Reply #348 on: May 01, 2013, 06:46:48 PM »
it all goes down on may 25th.
 
Bayern should shake and bake.
 
 
 

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« Reply #349 on: May 01, 2013, 08:48:53 PM »
End of an era for Barcelona after humiliation?2 hours 44 minutes ago
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Lionel Messi could only sit by helplessly and watch as Barcelona suffered the most astonishing humiliation in its recent history.
While as an individual Messi, nursing his ailing hamstring on the sidelines, remains undisputedly the best on the planet, his team may no longer be able to make the same boast after Bayern Munich ripped them apart at the seams in the second leg of this Champions League semifinal.
Barcelona forward David Villa reacts during the Champions League semifinal. (AP)As if its 4-0 victory in the opening leg was not enough, Bayern followed it up on Wednesday by marching into Barca's famed Nou Camp stadium and drilling the hosts 3-0 on their own turf.
Even the absence of Messi could not be used as an excuse as the Spanish side, so well-drilled and tireless and dominant in recent years, were simply outplayed in all facets of the game.
Embarrassment does not even begin to describe the feeling in this proud Catalan city, one which has become so accustomed to seeing its pride and joy conquer all.
If soccer is a religion in Barcelona, this was its Armageddon, a desperate and demoralizing experience that it will take decades to fully forget. And crucially, the question must now be asked, is this the end of an era?
Because Bayern may have just provided the blueprint for taming the heretofore untamable.
[Related: Soccer player Justin Fashanu's coming-out story ends in tragedy]
The German side did it with effort and poise and pressure, but most of all persistence, refusing to give Barca’s players time on the ball or clear passing openings. While a fully-fit Messi would have added some spark, those who believe his presence would have altered the overall outcome are delusional.
Even after Barca lost to Chelsea in last season's semifinal, the invincibility was still in place. Chelsea, by common consensus and even its own admission, had gotten lucky, defending resolutely and taking a rare scoring opportunity.
But the mystical powers have gone now and future opponents will have belief that they too can combat Barca’s attacking genius. The tears trickling down Cesc Fabregas' cheek symbolized the new reality that Barca is, after all, human.
Going into Wednesday, no one expected this. While few envisioned a Barca four-goal fightback, most expected them to give it a decent shake. Not so, not even from the start. And certainly not from the moment Arjen Robben curled in Bayern's first of the night after 48 minutes, leaving his team's place in the final beyond all doubt, if it wasn't already.
Then it just got ugly, Gerard Pique knocking the ball into his own net with his carelessly outstretched knee as Barca lost shape and focus. Thomas Mueller added a third, just for laughs, towards the end and the rout was complete.
So what now?
What now for Bayern is an all-German affair in the final, against Borussia Dortmund at London's Wembley Stadium on May 25. What now for Barca is a little trickier, and a lot more long-term.
New arrivals are guaranteed and the choice of whom will lend a clue as to whether the club wants to maintain its close possession, short-passing game, or take a more direct approach.
Young Brazilian superstar Neymar would add a dash of extra flair, while powerful Welsh midfielder Gareth Bale, the English Premier League player of the season, would inject force. Neither would be cheap, but Barca will not be shy about spending to try to reestablish its dominance.
With the money at its disposal, a rebuilding project can be undertaken and it may not be long to see the status quo restored. For now though, it is German soccer that is at the top of the heap.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich may not have the same gravitas as Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, but it is the right final, featuring two teams fully deserving of their new status as the best on the continent.

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Re: Football Lounge
« Reply #350 on: May 02, 2013, 06:24:53 PM »
Barcelona have had many worse days. In 2004 they did not even qualify for the CL, instead they had to play in the Europa League, Europe's secondary competition, because they finished too low in La Liga. Also in 2007 they lost in the last 16 to Liverpool. It's just that Pep's great team were THAT good, that they raised the bar in the sport. And all great teams have a cycle and a shelf life. They'll be back next year.

They are still going to win La Liga and that is a nice consolation.


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Re: Football Lounge
« Reply #351 on: May 02, 2013, 07:33:32 PM »
bayern was and is on a rampage. I am not sure if even a healthy and fully fit Messi would have helped this time around.
 
it is their time. we just have to congratulate them and move on.
 
Barca will be back. they are too good and they will learn from these defeats.
 
 

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Re: Football Lounge
« Reply #352 on: May 03, 2013, 10:49:27 PM »
may 25th is the day a new dynasty will be born:
 
Bayern will take control and command of the football universe for a few years.
 
 
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« Reply #353 on: May 03, 2013, 10:58:59 PM »
Mario Gotze, Dortmund's star player, will play his final game AGAINST his future employers, as he is signing for Bayern. Imagine if he has to take a penalty against them? :))

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« Reply #354 on: May 03, 2013, 11:06:05 PM »
interesting. I did not know that.
 
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« Reply #355 on: May 04, 2013, 07:27:05 PM »
Dortmund and Bayern drew 1-1 in the Bundesliga in a dress rehearsal for May 25.

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Re: Football Lounge
« Reply #356 on: May 04, 2013, 07:57:53 PM »
Bayern wont be so kind on doomsday (may 25th).
 
 
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« Reply #357 on: May 04, 2013, 08:33:51 PM »
Barca can wrap up the La Liga championship by winning tomorrow.

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Re: Football Lounge
« Reply #358 on: May 04, 2013, 08:46:13 PM »
will messi play?

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« Reply #359 on: May 04, 2013, 08:49:13 PM »
Hopefully. Real Madrid won, so they may need to wait till next week to pick up the trophy.

Soccer-Messi back in training for Barca before Betis clash

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BARCELONA, May 4 (Reuters) - Barcelona forward Lionel Messi trained normally on Saturday and midfielder Sergio Busquets was also back working with his team mates as the La Liga leaders prepare for Sunday's potentially title-clinching game at home to Real Betis.
World Player of the Year Messi damaged a hamstring just over a month ago and although he had been given the all-clear by medical staff he was unable to play in Wednesday's Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich.
Busquets, who has been suffering from a minor groin problem, also missed the Bayern game as Barca were thumped 3-0 in the semi-final second leg for a humiliating 7-0 aggregate reverse.
"Leo Messi and Sergio Busquets, who had not been able to work at the same pace as their team mates in recent sessions, trained normally," Barca said in a statement on their website (www.fcbarcelona.es).
Victor Valdes was still suffering pain in his left foot and forward Pedro missed training because of a bout of gastroenteritis.
Barca have an 11-point lead over last season's champions Real Madrid in second and need five points from their remaining five games to secure a fourth title in five years.
If Real fail to beat Real Valladolid at home on Saturday a Barca victory against Betis would be enough as they would be at least 13 points ahead with only 12 left to play for. (Writing by Iain Rogers in Madrid, editing by Ed Osmond)