Monday, April 25 Brazil sides thrive amid 2014 concern - BBC - Why Copa progress is not mirrored by World Cup planning Real bristling with confidence before Champions League semi - Reuters - In our latest Monday Spanish soccer post,Danny Woodhead Patriots Jersey, Mark Elkington in Madrid looks at the state of play ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final between arch rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona, Diego Forlan’s relegation to the bench at Atletico Madrid and the curse of the balls on the pitch. Champions of pain seek relief - The Guardian - Schalke have survived turmoil to pose a real threat to Manchester United, writes Raphael Honigstein Seven Up for Fergie - The Daily Mail - Sir Alex Ferguson has helped Manchester United through to their seventh semi-final of the Champions League era, where they take on German outfit Schalke. Before anybody contacts us to remind me that the European Cup existed long before the 1990s, I couldn't be more aware. This is of course a 12th European Cup semi-final overall for the club. But this article is focusing on United in Europe under Ferguson. Let's take a look back then at the six previous semi-finals United have played under their long-serving manager. Joy, agony, delight, ecstasy, pain. It's all here EPL's All-Disappointing Team - ESPN - As the English Premier League season draws to a close, which players began the year with great expectations and delivered so little? Hernandez is One Hell of a Bargain - Daily Star - Gareth Bale and Scott Parker have been named as the Footballers of the Year, but what about the bargain of the season? There can be only one, can’t there? Javier Hernandez is way out on his own. The Overselling of British Accents to American Audiences - Americanizing Soccer Forum - Whether its news, politics, entertainment or advertising, the British accent seems everywhere in American culture. There are many contemporary British accented characters making a heavy impact on American culture, including Piers Morgan of CNN, Stuart Varney of Fox News, Stewie of Family Guy, entertainer/host Ricky Gervais and the Geiko Gecko,LaMarr Woodley Jersey. The simple explanation for all these British accents may be in how Americans perceive them. Rudderless - Fox Soccer - Nick Webster sees a straight jacket in Wenger's future,Shonn Greene Jersey, with Arsenal finishing another collapse. Dicing with danger - Sky Sports - Phil Thompson says Man Utd will come unstuck at Schalke if they let the hosts play on the counter-attack. Five things we learned this weekend - The Guardian - Fernando Torres has friends again, Owen has a future ... but strikers don't Sir Alex Ferguson's will to win is his greatest strength - The Telegraph - If Sir Alex Ferguson guides Manchester United to a Premier League-Champions League double this season it will be his greatest achievement as a manager because winning with mediocre teams is much harder than winning with great ones. The psychology of choking - BBC - Ahead of the Champions League semi-finals, Matthew Syed looks at why top sportsmen can lose their nerve The Premier League Winners & Losers - Football 365 - Don't forget the superior work of United's scouting department and faultless medical department when the day comes when they are kings again. Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger needs to start again... Cue the I-told-you-so's - ESPN - Earlier this week, Qatar arrested and interrogated two Swiss journalists -- and in so doing, reminded us all that the country's hosting of the 2022 World Cup is such a bad idea. Torres pushes West Ham to brink - BBC - Phil McNulty sees striker's Chelsea career take off Clasico WAGs - Fox Soccer - Looking at some of the wives and girlfriends behind the soccer world's defining rivalry. Belgrade derby was full of nice not nasty surprises - Reuters - I attended my first Belgrade derby on Saturday and all the preconceptions I might have had were happily blown away in the brisk Serbian wind. Season of discontent - Sky Sports - Andy Walker says that the 2011 Scottish season will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Beckham to do the double - LA Times - It has never been done in soccer history and in all likelihood nothing like it will ever be done again, but David Beckham will do it next week,D.J. Smith Jersey. On April 29, a week from Friday, the Galaxy midfielder will attend the royal wedding in London between Britain's Prince William and fiance Kate Middleton,Steve Smith Jersey. The next day, Beckham will be in Texas for the Galaxy's Major League Soccer game Sunday against FC Dallas. Shakira & Boyfriend Gerard Pique Make Out - Huffington Post - Shakira and her Barcelona soccer player boyfriend, Gerard Pique, put on a public show of love during a match between his team and Osasuna in Barcelona over the weekend,Brett Keisel Youth Jersey. (Gerard sat out this game.) Shayk is Back - The Sun - Cristiano Ronaldo's red-hot Russian Irina Shayk looks really Swede in her latest photoshoot as she strips off for Scandinavian High Street chain H&M.
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