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An absolutely huge deal came about today, as Brazilian midfielder Ronaldinho will apparently be off to AC Milan from F.C Barcelona. The deal is said to be worth $33,000,000 for 3 years. The report from Reuters says:

“AC Milan and Barcelona have reached an agreement in principle over the transfer of Ronaldinho,” Milan said in a statement on their website (www.acmilan.com) on Tuesday.

So my April Fools Joke a while back ended up being not too far off. Not surprised Ronaldinho was moved, but goodness AC Milan how many Brazilians do you need?

Manchester City must feel devastated, but as a United supporter, I feel more confident that City won’t be winning at Old Trafford for a while. 🙂

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Certainly a very interesting week of football just now….and it’s not over, Manchester United vs. Arsenal may very well decide Arsenal’s fate and United’s title chances.

Portsmouth vs. Cardiff City in the FA Cup Final

Both Cardiff and Portsmouth won in er….very boring 1-0 games over Barnsley and West Brom respectively, and Portsmouth’s win confirms the Premier League will have one team in the FA Cup Final again. I certainly never envisioned either team making it past the quarterfinals but here they are and have pulled off miraculous runs. It’s good every once in a while that we don’t have the likes of Liverpool or Chelsea of the Premiership coast their way to Wembley.

Champions League Final 4

Manchester United will face Barcelona after hammering AS Roma 3-0 (2-0, 1-0), in their quest for a Cup Double. Barcelona are looking for something to raise their heads about as their La Liga chances are all but dashed.

Liverpool vs. Chelsea blah blah blah…I’m sick of seeing that series.

Arsenal/Liverpool 1-1

Before the classic encounter at Anfield in which the Reds won 4-2 on Tuesday, Arsenal could not put away Liverpool twice at the Emirates and suffered 1-1 draws. Arsene Wenger can pretty much kiss any trophy goodbye with a loss or even a draw this weekend at Old Trafford.

Canada’s Women’s Team Qualifies For Olympics

A first in Canadian football as the ladies qualify for their first ever Olympics after a 1-0 over Mexico, the team that knocked them out during qualification in 2004. They will join the USA, who as you know, steamrolls through everyone in CONCACAF. The men had a chance to qualify as well but they lost to the U.S in the semifinal 3-0.

Looks like our star Brazilian midfielder Ronaldinho wants to leave FC Barcelona. He stated that he wanted to play in either the Barclays Premier League or go back home to Brazil to play for Santos once the La Liga season ends.

Last year there was quite the speculation that Ronaldinho was headed to Chelsea, but talks came crashing down.

This one is true, as the report from Sky Sports says:

The 28 year old Barcelona star has had some off the field issues with fellow teammates and the manager. He wants to move on from this, and go back to a club that can win, and not settle for 2nd best, as his club is all but assured defeat in La Liga yet again.

Ronaldinho said, “I’ll think about this once the season is over, but right now, I’m exploring my options, and maybe I can play for the likes of Chelsea or Manchester United. I could even go back to Brazil and play for Santos, continue the tradition of great Brazilian footballers playing with the famous club.” FC Barcelona have denied all rumours, and one spokesman says that Ronaldinho is here to stay.

I’m quite surprised by this, but if thats what he wants, good luck for him.

These 4 teams made the top 6 in the Barclays Premier League, with Liverpool, Man U, Arsenal making it at least to the round of 16 in the Champions League, while Tottenham went to the quarterfinals in the UEFA Cup. That was last year, things have changed for these guys in 2007.
Arsenal: I don’t know about you, but winning your last UEFA CL game 7-0 over Slavia Prague, is quite impressive. Also, it’s very good when you don’t lose a single Premier League game, and are at the top of the table. All of this, without Thierry Henry.

Manchester United: Slow start to the season, all of their wins were either 1-0 or 2-0. Now they can’t stop scoring goals with Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney healthy. They are 2nd in the Premier League, 2 points behind Arsenal, and have a 3-0-0 record in the Champions League, including a 4-2 thrashing of Dynamo Kiev.

So you’ve heard about the good, but what about the other two teams? Read more after the jump.

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RIP Antonio Puerta

Posted: August 29, 2007 in Deaths, La Liga, Soccer

So young (22 years old), promising future, and his life came to an end yesterday due to a heart attack. Here is a tribute video made by one Youtube user.

Antonio Puerta, Sevilla defender, 1984-2007. 

Real Madrid Sign Robben, Heinze

Posted: August 25, 2007 in La Liga, Soccer

Real Madrid have made huge signings that were made official 2 days before the start of the La Liga campaign. The defending Spanish champs have signed Arjen Robben from Chelscum and Gabriel Heinze from Manchester United. Robben was signed to a five year deal worth $51.5 million US and Heinze’s deal was for 4 years and $17.2 million. These are 2 huge signings for Real, as they look to repeat their La Liga title run from last year, in which they edged out FC Barcelona by 1 point.

The Madrid Derby is scheduled for today, as Atletico Madrid faces Real Madrid to start the year.

Source: BBC