Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: United fans plan "protest" in Denmark, FA Cup considering changes

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League- Round of 16 First Leg
Benfica 1-0 Zenit St. Petersburg
(Jonas 90+1')

Paris-St. Germain 2-1 Chelsea
(Ibrahimovic 39', Cavani 78')-(Mikel 45+'1)

Champions League Recap

UEFA Europa League- Round of 32 First Leg
Fenerbahce 2-0 Lokomotiv Moscow
(Souza 18', 72')

Fixture congestion has been a hot topic throughout England this winter. Several managers have come out and said England's clubs chances in Europe are hurt by having so many games to play. As a result, the FA is reportedly discussing the elimination of replays in the FA Cup. The FA Cup is currently the only top level European cup competition to utilize replays for tied matches. On one hand, this would slightly cut down on fixture congestion for top tier clubs. On the other, it would hurt smaller clubs that earn bug pay days from earning a replay agaisnt a higher profile club.

Ticket price protests by Englishmen are stretching to the continent. Manchester United, who visit Danish club Midtjylland in the Europa League, are being charged £71 to get into the stadium. United supporters, instead of simply not paying the price of admission and watching the match from the comfort of their own homes in their own country, plan to protest with... a banner that reads: "Welcome to Scamdinavia."
Cristiano Ronaldo showed a bit of his immature side yesterday. During his pre-match press conference, he was asked about his form away from home. He was clearly upset with the question and, after giving a brief response, left the podium.

The long in the works trade of Blas Perez from Dallas to Vancouver is finally complete. The Panamanian forward is of to Western Canada in exchange for Mauro Rosales.

There's a rumor floating around the the NASL is nearing a broadcast agreement with CBS. Now, before all the second division soccer fans get excited, I wouldn't expect this to be anything major that would result in NASL matches on a national over the air television network. I would think the televised matches would be placed on CBS Sports Network, which has a host of other minor league and small college sports on their airwaves. Regardless, more exposure for the NASL is a good thing. For no other reason than it means more soccer on TV.

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League- Round of 16 First Leg
KAA Gent v. Wolfsburg- 2:45pm- ESPN3
AS Roma v. Real Madrid- 2:45pm- FS1

La Liga
Sporting Gijon v. Barcelona- 12:30pm- beIN

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