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Football – In 2017

Another year, another busy schedule for football in general, especially at the international level with the Africa Cup of Nations which occurs every two years and will take place in Gabon (from January 14 to February 5, 2017) and the FIFA Confederations Cup (in the summer) which features the winner of each continental cup and the World Cup. This year, the tournament will host:

Russia (2018 World Cup host country)
Germany
(2014 World Cup)
Portugal (2016 European Championship)
Chile (2015 Copa America)
Cameroon (2017 Africa Cup of Nations)
Mexico (2015 Gold Cup)
Australia (2015 Asian Cup)
New Zealand (2016 Oceania Football Confederation )

Eight teams, four groups and “a curse”. Yes, since its creation in 1991, no country which has won this tournament has been able to repeat the following year by raising the World Cup as champions. A little bit like the new format of Champions League introduced in 1992 where no club has been able to repeat as back-to-back winners. Will the country of Russia be where the “curse” is going to end? I doubt it, but we never know, the Chicago Cubs, baseball infamous team ended their so-called “Curse of the Goat) this year after 108 years of waiting by winning the Major League Baseball World Series, so there is hope.

At club level, the different leagues are still dominated, in most parts, by the usual suspects:
FC Bayern Munich is dominating, albeit not as easily as expected the German Bundesliga.
Juventus FC is still on top of Italian Serie A.
Paris Saint-Germain is third, after winning four consecutive French Ligue 1 titles.
Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona are respectively first and second of Spain’s LaLiga Santander.
And Chelsea FC has a strong lead in the Barclays Premier League in Britain.

The UEFA Champions League will be interesting as well. The round of 16 offers already mouthwatering encounters such as:

FC Bayern Munich vs. Arsenal FC
FC Barcelona vs. Paris Saint-Germain
Real Madrid CF vs. SSC Napoli
AS Monaco vs. Manchester City FC

Another great year of football ahead. Stay tuned.

Barca wins; Bayern wins; Real Madrid loses…

Very interesting beginning of the quarterfinals in the Champions League. FC Barcelona faced Spanish rivals Atlético Madrid, at home, for the first leg and as it was expected, it was not easy. Diego Simeone’s club even scored the first goal of the game and by the same token, a precious away goal. Only to see its scorer, a certain Fernando Torres, being booked twice and sent off at the 35th minute of the match. This action gave a sight of relief to the home fans and more space to maneuver.

Bayern Munich FC scored quickly in the first half and was able to contain S. L. Benfica until the final whistle. Still a 1-0 result heading into Estadio da Luz will not be easy for the German giants and defending champions. At the same stage, last year, they lost 3-1 at Porto before beating them easily 6-1 in the return leg.

Real Madrid CF, coming off a surprising and positive El Clásico win against FC Barcelona, faces off a difficult battle. Losing 2-0 at VfL Wolfsburg will not do them any good. Playing at home will be a plus for Los Blancos, but as we have seen this season, even under Zinedine Zidane’s leadership, the team can be challenged and lose matches.It will be interesting to see what tactics will be used for the return leg at home for Real Madrid. Julian Draxler was a key player in this historic win. His pace, going after defenders and his knack for passing the ball well have been a nightmare for Real Madrid’s defenders to cope with, and nobody believes that it will stop there. After all, Wolfsburg have experience and most importantly, nothing to lose. Tricky tie.

As for Paris Saint-Germain FC vs Manchester City FC, the English club has scored two vital away goals despite some sloppy defending on their side and on Paris-SG’s part as well. This tie is wide open. The French club and Ligue 1 champions can win matches pretty much anywhere in Europe (expect at FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF, for now).

Sayed tuned…