Friday, October 25, 2013

Steve Sidelnyk's Football Blog 25th October 2013 : El Clasico Edition!

Arguably the greatest rivalry in football along with Arsenal v Tottenham, Man Utd v Man City, Liverpool v Everton...........................Leeds v Huddersfield : O )..........................Barcelona v Real Madrid takes place on Saturday morning our time on BEIN sport.

Lionel Messi v Christiano Ronaldo is really what everybody talks about, a match of truly epic proportions but there he is our little Welsh wizard Gareth Bale sneaking in on the action...if he is fit!

Showcasing some of the greatest and most well-paid football talent in the world this game sets the standard that everyone else aspires to.

The north-east has its own Clasico with Sunderland v Newcastle on Sunday : )

Last week saw much action and controversy and Arsenal showing true class with a win over Norwich and a wonderful display of one touch football to give Jack Wilshire a contender for Barcelona-like goal of the season.

Liverpool drew at the Toon Army and Steven Gerrard scored his 100th Premier League goal........Nice one!

Chelski hammered Cardiff and Samuel Eto scored his first goal for the club after a controversial rob from the Cardiff goalie and a gifting Hazard a goal.

Everton back to their winning ways with a hard fought win over Hull and Steven Pienaar scoring after a lengthy spell of injury..........also the first taste of some harsh weather in Merseyside.

Stoke and West Brom drew, Swansea thrashed Sunderland 4-0, West Ham were beaten by an in-form Man City and Villa lost to Spurs.

Second manager to get the tin-tack from the Premiership in Ian Holloway, who after less than a year in charge of Crystal Palace was let-go.
Gus Poyet new manager at Sunderland, has his work cut out as its looking pretty ominous for both teams with only 3 points for Palace and 1 for Sunderland after 8 games : (

Oh nearly forgot........Man Utd drop points at home again after a spirited performance by Southampton to snatch a point at the very end............A lot of people in Hampstead were very upset!

Champions League action this week with wins for Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd with only The Gunners unable to procure a win against a very tasty looking Borussia Dortmund side.................But Arsenal top of the league right now.

A bit of naughty-ness though with Yaya Toure of Man City being taunted by CSKA Moscow fans in their win......a history of racial abuse exists behind the old iron curtain and its not gonna be the last time we hear about this!

Even more controversy at the tie in Belgium were Anderlecht were beaten by a superb Paris Saint-Germain side where before the match there was a high number of arrests of PSG fans armed to the teeth with knives, knuckle-dusters and even a nice young gentlemen from Karkow in Poland that travelled, via Germany, armed with a butcher's knife.....................and me-thinks NOT to attend an edition of Master-Chef!

But ending on a much lighter note our wonderful acting legend from Sarf Laaandon , Mr Timothy Roth, has been to cast to play Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president in a film provisionally titled F2014.
Gerard Depardieu will also appear in the movie as Jules Rimet-one of FIFA's founders and longest-serving president.
In a video published on Fifa's website, Blatter said Roth's casting was "well done" and they had "common qualities".
The film is due for release next year, to coincide with Fifa's 110th anniversary and the World Cup.
Production will take place in France, Brazil and Azerbaijan.
The video showed Blatter meeting with Roth for the first time in Zurich, which Blatter said was "a very interesting get-together".
"I had read a lot of the CV and all the [films] that Tim Roth has made [and] I was very eager to meet him," the 77-year-old said.
The movie is being made by French production companies Leuviah and Thelma Films.
Blatter has run Fifa since 1998 amid a series of controversies including allegations of corruption.
In 2004 the Swiss was criticised for suggesting female footballers should wear tighter shorts and low cut shirts to attract more male fans, while in 2011 he insisted there was no racism in football and any incidents could be settled with a handshake.
He was also at the centre of allegations of bribery resulting in Qatar's successful 2022 World Cup bid and was criticised for saying gay football fans should not have sex while in the nation, where homosexuality is illegal.
He has since apologised for his remarks.
Roth, 52, will soon be seen on the big screen as Prince Rainier of Monaco, opposite Nicole Kidman in Grace of Monaco.

Its goodnight from me and its goodnight from him : O ) Steve "Leaving Las Vegas" Sidelnyk

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