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Monday, April 3

Champions League this week

Tueday ESPN is doing the decent thing and showing Milan V Lyon And Wednesday they are showing Juve V Arsenal. Thank God.

4 Comments:

  • also dont forget you can see MLS games live on the internet through this saturday.

    go to mlsnet.com!

    go CREW!

    By Blogger CrewFan1, at 8:31 AM  

  • Thanks for the heads up...can't wait to check out that site!

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 6:37 PM  

  • gac-- are you from england? you seem like you know a lot about this stuff.

    By Blogger CrewFan1, at 9:39 AM  

  • From yesterday's Guardian. Crewfan, do you get The Guardian in Columbus?


    Arsenal regain respect just as Chelsea are throwing it away

    Richard Williams
    Tuesday April 4, 2006
    The Guardian


    Sometimes you think it would be nice if sport were not fuelled by such extreme emotions, if it were somehow a bit more civilised. More Corinthian, even. And then comes a week such as this, when emotion is all there is.
    Tomorrow night Arsenal will arrive at the Stadio delle Alpi knowing they carry the good wishes of a large part of football-loving England in their attempt to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League; in saloon bars and front rooms throughout the nation, diehard fans of other clubs will be hoping to see them complete the elimination of Juventus so brilliantly begun at Highbury last week. And four days later Chelsea, champions of England, will take the field at Stamford Bridge with virtually everyone except their own supporters praying for their failure.


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    Seldom can there have been such unanimity among a broad mass of football fans on matters that lie outside their own allegiance. And the really strange thing about this phenomenon is that it represents a precise reversal of the two clubs' historic roles over the last half-century.
    Until Arsène Wenger's arrival in north London, Arsenal had laboured under the burden of a nation's disdain for the humdrum style in which their victories were accumulated. From Bertie Mee to George Graham, the story was the same. Arsenal were respected, certainly. Admired, never.

    Before the advent of Jose Mourinho, the image of Chelsea was similarly well defined. From Tommy Docherty to Claudio Ranieri, Stamford Bridge produced teams with a combination of artistry and inconsistency that won friends rather than titles. When Dave Sexton's glittering team confronted Leeds United in the Cup final of 1970, for example, there was no doubt about where the nation's sympathies lay.

    Yet now Chelsea, thanks to the way one man's personality is perceived, have achieved the seemingly impossible and transformed themselves into a latter-day version of Don Revie's Leeds, detested and reviled not for their success but for the manner in which it has been achieved. Thanks to Wenger, meanwhile, Arsenal have become a symbol of all the virtues to which the game aspires: inspiration, optimism, self-expression, le fair-play.

    These are generalisations, and disguise much contradictory evidence. Wenger's blindness to his players' disciplinary indiscretions is an old issue, but still relevant. The brilliance of Mourinho's coaching is beyond dispute. But now we see Arsenal, without an Englishman on the field, binding the country together in a joyful embrace while Chelsea, with three first-choice England internationals at their heart, respond to rumours of internal conflict by narrowing their eyes, closing their ears and adopting the siege mentality.

    But if Arsenal go all the way to Paris and face Barcelona, every football lover's current darlings, in the final, how are we supposed to behave? And where will a neutral's sympathy lie if Chelsea and Manchester United meet at the Bridge on the last Saturday of this month with the title still in the balance? This week, at least, we all know where we stand.

    By Blogger Glazer Shmazer, at 11:06 AM  

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