April 11th, 2014
Holders Bayern Munich made it through to the last four the 2013/14 Champions League after beating Manchester United 3-1 in the second leg of their tie at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening.
The German club were on top 4-2 after the two games against the Premier League side and are still on course for the treble this season.
Patrice Evra gave the visitors the lead on 57 minutes with a superb strike from outside the box to reward first goalscorer backers with Betfair. However, just 90 seconds later, Bayern were back on level terms through Mario Mandzukic. The Croatian forward headed home past United ‘keeper David de Gea to mute the celebrations from the away supporters who had made the trip for the game. Read the rest of this entry »
March 17th, 2014
Ever since the Brazilian forward of Ac.Milan, Robinho made his way out of Santos and initiated his football career journey in Europe, it has not been an impressive campaign for the star that Pele once considered him to be his successor.
During his time with Real Madrid he made a series of performances that led him to be nominated in the top 10 candidates for the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations which was a sign of just how important he was for the Spanish club but his stay with Real Madrid was hampered with a series of injuries and he did not make a single appearance for the Spanish club in the last season that Robinho still was a Real Madrid player.
In 2008, Real Madrid tried using Robinho as bait in order to lure in C.Ronaldo from Manchester United but the transfer was never made and the Brazilian player was signed by Manchester City as they were willing to offload €42 million to secure his services but that was the moment when his career hit a new low as he only remained with Manchester City for 2 seasons despite having been bought at such a high price.
Things aren’t changing for Robinho even after making a move to the Italian side, Ac.Milan. The 30 years old Brazilian player is not even being taking into consideration for Brazil as he was not featured in Brazil’s latest friendly match against South Africa and they still managed on claiming a resounding 5-0 victory with Neymar being the star of the show.
Injuries still keep on causing problems for Robinho and even though he continues underperforming in Ac.Milan, Seedorf still uses the Brazilian as a consistent player but it is becoming very evident that his football career in Europe is reaching its end and he was nowhere even close to the player that the media and Pele expected him to be.
February 18th, 2014
AC Milan have revealed that striker Robinho will not be available for the upcoming Champions league clash with Spanish club Atletico Madrid, who are second in the table only behind Real Madrid. Atletico Madrid have been one of the surprise packages this campaign, as they have been able to maintain their title challenge for most of the season. They even had the league lead for a brief period before the 2-0 defeat against Almeria. Hence, this is going to be a tough match for the Italian club, who are struggling to find their feet this campaign.
This led to the sacking of manager Massimiliano Allegri, but results have not improved significantly even after the appointment of former midfielder Clarence Seedorf as the new manager. Seedorf will have the huge task on his hands ahead of this Champions league match especially after the news about Robinho. Even though the 30-year-old has scored only three goals in 18 matches this campaign, his experience would have been invaluable to the team. As it is, Milan will now be dependent on stars like Mario Balotelli and Kaka in order to see them through.
Seedorf has had a tough run of matches and he has managed just two wins in the last five matches.
“Robinho has sustained a muscular injury in his left thigh. The Brazilian striker will undergo further tests next week,” said a statement on the official site of AC Milan. The club, though, will be hoping that the player recovers in time in order to be available for the second leg, which will take place in March. The first leg will be away from home. Milan are in the bottom half of the table and they will be depending on the Champions league success this season in order to qualify for next season’s competition.