Monday, May 16, 2005

[World Soccer Club] Digest Number 1486

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There are 23 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Barça bask in title glory
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
2. West Brom survive scramble
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
3. Coca-Cola Football League Championship
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
4. England: Promoted and relegated teams
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
5. Aulas secures Lyon's share
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
6. Close shave for Gazzaev
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
7. Sounds familiar
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
8. Rapid return to winners' enclosure
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
9. Re: Barça bask in title glory
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
10. Re: West Brom survive scramble
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
11. Re: Coca-Cola Football League Championship
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
12. Re: Aulas secures Lyon's share
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
13. Re: Rapid return to winners' enclosure
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
14. Re: Close shave for Gazzaev
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
15. Re: Chelsea bitchslap the scummers
From: "Manuel" <manuelgon_1999@yahoo.com>
16. Re: Sedan spring another surprise
From: "Manuel" <manuelgon_1999@yahoo.com>
17. Re: Barça bask in title glory
From: "Manuel" <manuelgon_1999@yahoo.com>
18. Sheriff shoot to fifth straight title
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
19. Gorica storm to championship
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
20. Eto'o has double cause for joy
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
21. Stalteri set for Spurs
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
22. Debrecen crowned Hungary's finest
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
23. Zürich collect Swiss Cup
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>

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Message: 1
Date: Sun, 15 May 2005 18:33:15 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Barça bask in title glory

FC Barcelona claimed their 17th Primera División title after drawing
1-1 at Levante UD, while Real Madrid were held 2-2 at Sevilla FC.

Rivera warning
Taking to the field in their beige away strip, Barça knew that they
required just a draw to be crowned champions after closest
challengers Madrid drew in Seville. But the Catalans were made to
work hard for their point by a resolute Levante side.

Levante warning
Alberto Rivera fired the first warning on 24 minutes, his chipped
effort forcing Víctor Valdés to tip over his crossbar. The goalkeeper
could do nothing nine minutes later, however, as Alexis Suárez's deep
free-kick was laid off for Rivera to place a pinpoint volley inside
the post to put Levante ahead. Samuel Eto'o almost levelled on half-
time but his snap shot ricocheted off the post.

Eto'o equaliser
Levante maintained their fast pace during the second half and almost
doubled their lead when Jofre Mateu surprised Valdés with a long-
range volley but the ball bounced back into play off the post. But
Barça equalised on the hour when Xavi Hernádez's corner was flicked
on for Eto'o to head into the roof of the net. The score puts Barça
on 82 points and secures their first league title since 1999.

Ramos rocket
Earlier in the evening, Madrid's seven-match winning streak came to a
stuttering halt as they were held at Sevilla. The home side made an
impressive start and went ahead after just 18 minutes when Sergio
Ramos unleashed a fierce drive from an indirect free-kick from
outside the area. But the visitors were invigorated by a Ronaldo
effort which hit the woodwork ten minutes later, and were back on
level terms when Javi Navarro turned a Roberto Carlos centre into his
own net.

Late leveller
Zinedine Zidane put Madrid in front with a stunning drive from
distance which crashed in off the underside of the bar. But Sevilla
refused to surrender and made it 2-2 when Julio Baptista headed in
his 18th goal of the campaign with two minutes left. Madrid's misery
was compounded by the late dismissal of Iván Helguera was as the side
remain second with 76 points, while Sevilla lie third with 59 points.

Table:
1.Barcelona.. 36 25 07 04 70-26 82 Champions
2.Real Madrid 36 24 04 08 68-31 76 CL
3.Villarreal. 36 17 10 09 62-33 61
4.Sevilla.... 36 17 08 11 44-39 59
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5.Espanyol... 35 16 08 11 49-43 56
6.Betis...... 35 14 13 08 56-46 55
7.Valencia... 35 13 14 08 51-37 53
8.Ath. Bilbao 36 14 09 13 59-50 51

Last champions:
1997/98 FC Barcelona
1998/99 FC Barcelona
1999/00 Deportivo La Coruña
2000/01 Real Madrid CF
2001/02 Valencia CF
2002/03 Real Madrid CF
2003/04 Valencia CF
2004/05 FC Barcelona

Number of Wins
29 Real Madrid CF
17 FC Barcelona
09 Atlético de Madrid (includes Atlético Aviación)
08 Athletic de Bilbao
06 Valencia CF

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It was about time for Barca :)

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Message: 2
Date: Sun, 15 May 2005 19:06:09 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: West Brom survive scramble

West Bromwich Albion maintained their top-flight status with a 2-0
win against Portsmouth as Southampton, Norwich City and Crystal
Palace were relegated on the final day of the Premiership season,
while Middlesbrough secured the final UEFA Cup berth.

Dramatic escape
West Brom started the day at the foot of the table, but goals from
Geoff Horsfield and Kieran Richardson at the Hawthorns saw them
leapfrog all three of their relegation rivals into the safety of 16th
place by just one point.

Late heartbreak
However, it could have been different had Jon Fortune not equalised
for Charlton Athletic against Crystal Palace with just eight minutes
of their game remaining. Iain Dowie's side looked to have secured
another season of top-flight football after Dougie Freedman and an
Andy Johnson penalty had overturned Bryan Hughes' first-half strike,
before Fortune condemned them to relegation late on.

Saints down
They will be joined in the Championship by Southampton who lost 2-1
against Manchester United. An own goal from John O'Shea had put the
Saints ahead, bu the lead lasted just nine minutes before Darren
Fletcher equalised. Ruud Van Nistelrooj then sealed Southampton's
fate with a 63rd-minute header.

Norwich numbed
Norwich, who began the final round of fixtures outside the drop zone,
would have guaranteed their top-flight status with victory at Fulham.
But they failed to recover from Brian McBride's early strike and the
American later added another, while Papa Bouba Diop, Zat Knight,
Steed Malbranque and Andy Cole were also on target in a 6-0 victory.

Middlesbrough joy
Middlesbrough ensured a second consecutive season of European
football after a 1-1 draw at Manchester City. Victory for the hosts
would have seen them leapfrog Middlesbrough into the final UEFA Cup
spot after Tottenham Hotspur, the other contenders for seventh place,
were held 0-0 by Blackburn Rovers.

Last-gasp penalty
Middlesbrough were indebted to goalkeeper Mark Schwartzer who saved a
90th-minute Robbie Fowler penalty to earn his side the point after
But Kiki Musampa had cancelled out Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's opener.

European qualifiers
They will be joined in the UEFA Cup by Bolton Wanderers, who defeated
Everton 3-2 and Champions League finalists Liverpool who won 2-1
against Aston Villa. Elsewhere, Premiership champions Chelsea drew 1-
1 at Newcastle United and second-placed Arsenal lost 2-1 at
Birmingham City.

Final Table:
1. Chelsea........ 38 29 08 01 72-15 95 Champions
2. Arsenal........ 38 25 08 05 87-36 83 CL
3. Manchester Utd. 38 22 11 05 58-26 77 CL qualifying
4. Everton........ 38 18 07 13 45-46 61 CL qualifying
5. Liverpool...... 38 17 07 14 52-41 58 UEFA Cup
6. Bolton......... 38 16 10 12 49-44 58 UEFA Cup
7. Middlesbrough.. 38 14 13 11 53-46 55 UEFA Cup
8. Manchester City 38 13 13 12 47-39 52
9. Tottenham...... 38 14 10 14 47-41 52
10.Aston Villa.... 38 12 11 15 45-52 47
11.Charlton....... 38 12 10 16 42-58 46
12.Birmingham..... 38 11 12 15 40-46 45
13.Fulham......... 38 12 08 18 52-60 44
14.Newcastle Utd.. 38 10 14 14 47-57 44
15.Blackburn...... 38 09 15 14 32-43 42
16.Portsmouth..... 38 10 09 19 43-59 39
17.West Brom...... 38 06 16 16 36-61 34
18.Crystal Palace. 38 07 12 19 41-62 33 Relegated
19.Norwich City... 38 07 12 19 42-77 33 Relegeted
20.Southampton.... 38 06 14 18 45-66 32 Relegated

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Damn, I wished that Norwich or Southampton would have saved
themselves. But West Brom is still beter than Crystal Palace :)

Did you guys expected at the begining of the season that Southampton
could have finished last??

No Europe for Spurs or Villa again, unless they play in the
Intertoto. I don't know if the English teams do that and how many
places they get...

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Message: 3
Date: Sun, 15 May 2005 19:21:21 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Coca-Cola Football League Championship

Final Table:

1. Sunderland............. 46 29 07 10 76-41 94 Promoted
2. Wigan Athletic......... 46 25 12 09 79-35 87 Promoted
3. Ipswich Town........... 46 24 13 09 85-56 85 Promotion Playoff
4. Derby County........... 46 22 10 14 71-60 76 Promotion Playoff
5. Preston North End...... 46 21 12 13 67-58 75 Promotion Playoff
6. West Ham United........ 46 21 10 15 66-56 73 Promotion Playoff
7. Reading................ 46 19 13 14 51-44 70
8. Sheffield United....... 46 18 13 15 57-56 67
9. Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 15 21 10 72-59 66
10.Millwall............... 46 18 12 16 51-45 66
11.Queens Park Rangers.... 46 17 11 18 54-58 62
12.Stoke City............. 46 17 10 19 36-38 61
13.Burnley................ 46 15 15 16 38-39 60
14.Leeds United........... 46 14 18 14 49-52 60
15.Leicester City......... 46 12 21 13 49-46 57
16.Cardiff City........... 46 13 15 18 48-51 54
17.Plymouth Argyle........ 46 14 11 21 52-64 53
18.Watford................ 46 12 16 18 52-59 52
19.Coventry City.......... 46 13 13 20 61-73 52
20.Brighton & Hove Albion. 46 13 12 21 40-65 51
21.Crewe Alexandra........ 46 12 14 20 66-86 50
22.Gillingham............. 46 12 14 20 45-66 50 Relegated
23.Nottingham Forest...... 46 09 17 20 42-66 44 Relegated
24.Rotherham United....... 46 05 14 27 35-69 29 Relegated

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Sunderland back in the Premier League that's nice.
Wigan I don't know well, will be very interesting to see this new
name :)
For the last spot I hope on Ipswich or West Ham. Am not a big Derby
fan, while Preston North End also sounds like a surprise to a
foreigner like me...

At the bottom it's a real shame to see Forest go down :(

Wolves only finished 9th while scoring 72 times!
For Leeds lets hope on better times next season...

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Message: 4
Date: Sun, 15 May 2005 20:23:35 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: England: Promoted and relegated teams

I....Football League 1888-92, Division One 1892-1992, FA Premier 1992-
II...Division Two 1892-1992, Division One 1992-2004, Football League
Championship 2004-
III..Division Three 1920-21 & 1958-92, Division Three (South) 1921-58,
Division Three (North) 1921-58, Division Two 1992-2004, Division One
2004-
IV...Division Four 1958-92, Division Three 1992-2004, Division Two 2004-

Premier League relegated:

*Crystal Palace (1920): 78 seasons
I...13: 1969-73, 1979-81, 1989-93, 1994-95, 1997-98, 2004-2005
II..29: 1921-25, 1964-69, 1973-74, 1977-79, 1981-89, 1993-94, 1995-97,
1998-2004
III.33: 1920-21, 1925-58, 1961-64, 1974-77
IV...3: 1958-61

*Norwich City (1920): 78 seasons
I...21: 1972-74, 1975-81, 1982-85, 1986-95, 2004-2005
II..29: 1934-39, 1960-72, 1974-75, 1981-82, 1985-86, 1995-2004
III.28: 1920-34s, 1946-60s

*Southampton (1920): 78 seasons
I...35: 1966-74, 1978-2005
II..34: 1922-53, 1960-66, 1974-78
III..9: 1920-22, 1953-60

Championship promoted:

*Sunderland (1890): 104 seasons
I...75: 1890-1958, 1964-70, 1976-77, 1980-85, 1990-91, 1996-97, 1999-
2003
II..28: 1958-64, 1970-76, 1977-80, 1985-87, 1988-90, 1991-96, 1997-99,
2003-2005
III..1: 1987-88

*Wigan Athletic (1978): 27 seasons
II...2: 2003-2005
III.17: 1982-93, 1997-2003
IV...8: 1978-82, 1993-97

Championship relegated:

*Gillingham (1920-38, 1950): 73 seasons
II...5: 2000-2005
III.52: 1920-38, 1950-58, 1964-71, 1974-89, 1996-2000
IV..16: 1958-64, 1971-74, 1989-96

*Nottingham Forest (1892): 102 seasons
I...56: 1892-1906, 1907-11, 1922-25, 1957-72, 1977-93, 1994-97, 1998-99
II..44: 1906-07, 1911-22, 1925-49, 1951-57, 1972-77, 1993-94, 1997-98,
1999-2005
III..2: 1949-51

*Rotherham United (1919) (Rotherham County to 1926, merged with
Rotherham Town): 79 seasons
II..27: 1919-23, 1951-68, 1981-83, 2001-2005
III.45: 1923-51, 1968-73, 1975-81, 1983-88, 1989-91, 1992-97, 2000-01
IV...7: 1973-75, 1988-89, 1991-92, 1997-2000

League Division 1 promoted:

*Luton Town (1897-1900, 1920): 81 seasons
I...16: 1955-60, 1974-75, 1982-92
II..32: 1897-1900, 1937-55, 1960-63, 1970-74, 1975-82, 1992-96
III.29: 1920-37, 1963-65, 1968-70, 1996-2001, 2002-2005
IV...4: 1965-68, 2001-02

*Hull City (1905): 89 seasons
II..50: 1905-30, 1933-36, 1949-56, 1959-60, 1966-78, 1985-91
III.29: 1930-33, 1936-49, 1956-59, 1960-66, 1978-81, 1983-85, 1991-96,
2004-2005
IV..10: 1981-83, 1996-2004

League Division 1 relegated:

*Torquay United (1927): 71 seasons
III.34: 1927-58, 1960-62, 1966-72, 1991-92, 2004-2005
IV..37: 1958-60, 1962-66, 1972-91, 1992-2004

*Wrexham (1921): 77 seasons
II...4: 1978-82
III.54: 1921-60, 1962-64, 1970-78, 1982-83, 1993-2002, 2003-2005
IV..19: 1960-62, 1964-70, 1983-93, 2002-03

*Peterborough United (1960): 45 seasons
II...2: 1992-94
III.21: 1961-68, 1974-79, 1991-92, 1994-97, 2000-2005
IV..22: 1960-61, 1968-74, 1979-91, 1997-2000

*Stockport County (1900-04, 1905): 93 seasons
II..26: 1900-04, 1905-21, 1922-26, 1937-38, 1997-2002
III.38: 1921-22, 1926-37, 1938-59, 1967-70, 1991-97, 2002-2005
IV..29: 1959-67, 1970-91

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Some facts:
- After only 1 season, Crystal Palace and Norwich return to their
beloved second level.
- After almost 30 years at the highest level, Southampton is relegated.
- After a 2 year absence, Sunderland is back at the top level.
- For Wigan it will be their first experience at the highest level!!
- Gilligham and Rotherham return to their 3rd level after 5 and 4 years.
- Forest is going down to the third level for the first time since more
than 50 years!!
- Luton Town and Hull return to the second level where they played most
of the time.

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Message: 5
Date: Sun, 15 May 2005 22:22:18 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Aulas secures Lyon's share

Back in 1987, it was the common belief that the third most populous
city in France, Lyon, was a footballing suburb of nearby Saint-
Etienne. At that time the greens, who had won ten national titles,
towered over their neighbours in Ligue 2, Olympique Lyonnais.

Historic goal
With their French Cup successes of 1963/64, 1966/67 and 1972/73 doing
little to make up for the empty space in their home stadium, few ever
thought that Lyon would go on to rival 'Les Verts'. However, as
Claudio Caçapa's goal gave them a 2-1 win against AC Ajaccio last
weekend, that is exactly what happened.

Fourth success
Victory on 8 May put Lyon eleven points clear of the Ligue 1 pack
with three games of the season remaining, confirming their fourth
successive French title to match the records of the Olympique de
Marseille team of the turn of the 1990s and the St Etienne side of
the 1970s.

Exceptional achievement
"Lyon are certainly now well placed to make it five in a row," said
former St Etienne star and one-time Lyon coach Robert Herbin with a
wry smile. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, meanwhile, revelled in
the success. "One crown is wonderful, four are extraordinary," he
said.

Ambitious Aulas
Taking over at the club in 1987, and receiving advice from
controversial Marseille president Bernard Tapie, Aulas used part of
the fortune he earned from his software firm Cegid to build up
a 'formula one' Lyon footballing side, who will start a seventh
successive European campaign next season.

Solid standing
And while they have never been able to match Paris Saint-Germain,
Marseille or the evergreen St Etienne in terms of popularity, Aulas's
hand has guided Lyon to greatness. Last-year's Deloitte & Touche
report on football's richest clubs placed Lyon as the 19th largest
side in Europe.

Ever upwards
Having won a trophy a year since taking the French League Cup in
2001, Lyon are not about to let that upward momentum subside. While
Brazilians Cris and Juninho Pernambucano were still celebrating on
the pitch in their underpants following victory against Ajaccio,
goalkeeper Grégory Coupet told reporters: "The fourth crown must be a
springboard for the fifth."

Continual growth
While their latest success was somewhat diminished by the resignation
of coach Paul Le Guen, who masterminded their last three title
successes, Aulas was not about to give in to despair. "We're solid
enough to carry on with another coach as we did in the past," he said.

Constant success
Sure enough, coaches and players have come and gone at Lyon since the
turn of the decade, but success has remained a constant. "For next
season we'll keep all our players except Sidney Govou who has helped
the side enough to be allowed to leave," said Aulas, who boasted to
have rebuffed Chelsea advances for midfield powerhouse Michael Essien.

Lyon umbrella
In the meantime, Aulas's Lyon - which now incorporates the OL-Taxi
cab firm, OL-Conduite driving school and OL-Coiffure hairdressers
among its businesses - will strive to be the second French side to
win the Champions League, having reached the quarter-finals in the
last two seasons. A recent poll showed that 91 per cent of Frenchmen
think they can do it.

Big plans
Should those OL-branded subsiduaries ever manage to bring in more
income than the football team, Aulas hopes to make Lyon the first
French club to be listed on the stock exchange. Whether it is from
winning Europe's biggest club competition, a fifth successive title,
or making a splash in the financial world, he will make legends of
Lyon one day.

Table:
1.Olympique Lyonnais.... 36 21 12 03 55-22 75 Champions
2.Lille OSC............. 36 17 13 06 49-26 64
3.AS Monaco............. 36 15 16 05 50-33 61
4.Olympique de Marseille 36 15 09 12 44-38 54

Last champions:
1993/94 Paris Saint-Germain
1994/95 Nantes
1995/96 Auxerre
1996/97 AS Monaco
1997/98 Lens
1998/99 Bordeaux
1999/00 AS Monaco
2000/01 Nantes
2001/02 Olympique de Lyon
2002/03 Olympique de Lyon
2003/04 Olympique de Lyon
2004/05 Olympique de Lyon

Number of Titles
10 Saint-Étienne
08 Olympique de Marseille
08 Nantes
07 AS Monaco
06 Stade de Reims
05 Girondins de Bordeaux
04 Nice
04 Olympique de Lyon

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Damn, am so tired of Lyon, hopefully another team will manage to beat
them...

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Message: 6
Date: Sun, 15 May 2005 22:33:13 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Close shave for Gazzaev

CSKA Moskva coach Valeri Gazzaev has given his moustache a stay of
execution after promising to shave it off if his side reached the
UEFA Cup final.

The 50-year-old coach has worn his trademark cookie-duster facial
hair since his playing days with Lokomotiv Moskva and Dinamo Moskva,
but when his side were pushed into the UEFA Cup this year after
finishing third in their Champions League qualifying group last
December, he pledged that the moustache would go if the Army Men made
the march to Lisbon to become the first Russian side to reach the
final of a major European competition since Dinamo lost 3-2 against
Scottish side Rangers in the final of the 1971/72 Cup Winners' Cup.

However, just as he was sharpening his razor following his side's 3-0
aggregate semi-final win against Parma, Gazzaev was persuaded to
leave his moustache alone after supporters decided that it was a
symbol of the club's successes in Europe this season.

"I have received numerous messages from our fans in the last few
days, urging me to keep my moustache and bring the cup home to Moscow
instead," he said.

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Damn right, go CSKA!! :p

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Message: 7
Date: Sun, 15 May 2005 22:40:06 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Sounds familiar

At Llanelli FC's Stebonheath Park last week, Carmarthen Town and Total
Network Solutions were lining up before the Welsh Cup final waiting to
hear the national anthem.

However, as the stadium tannoy crackled to life with the
words: "Soldiers are we, whose lives are pledged to Ireland", it was
clear that something was amiss.

TNS's former Republic of Ireland youth international goalkeeper Ger
Doherty immediately clocked the song as the Irish national anthem,
Amhrán na bhFiann.

A confused silence descended on the stadium until the crowd took the
initiative and sang the Welsh anthem, Land Of My Fathers, unaccompanied.

The Football Association of Wales apologised for the mix-up, saying
that they had mistakenly brought a tape that had been used for a game
between Wales and Ireland.

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LOL, I would have loved to see their faces :p

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Message: 8
Date: Sun, 15 May 2005 23:00:07 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Rapid return to winners' enclosure

Rapid Wien ended a nine-year hiatus to claim their 31st Austrian
Bundesliga crown after arch-rivals Austria Wien were held to a 1-1
draw by SV Pasching.

Must-win match
Rapid sauntered to a comfortable 4-1 win against bottom side SW
Bregenz yesterday, leaving their Viennese rivals with a must-win game
against the out-going champions at the Waldstadion. Adam Petrous
looked to have put them on course for a win when he broke the
deadlock three minutes after the interval. But Edi Glieder equalised
midway through the half as Austria were held.

Unassailable lead
The result leaves Rapid with an unassailable nine-point lead with
three matches to play after a penalty imposed on Austria after the
abandonment of their match against Grazer AK on 5 May. GAK were
awarded a 3-0 win after a group of Austria supporters invaded the
pitch and the capital club will be placed behind any opponent with
whom they finish level on points, irrespective of goal difference.

Austria turbulence
It ends a turbulent season for Austria who ,despite dwarfing their
rivals in terms of investment, have failed to impress, save for an
enthralling run to the UEFA Cup quarter-finals. The side looked to
have clawed their way back into the reckoning after sidling alongside
Rapid at the end of last month but they have won just one match in
five since.

Rapid consistency
Austria will now have to be content with the second qualifying round
of the UEFA Cup next season, but Rapid will enter the Champions
League at the same stage after a season marked by consistency. Josef
Hickersberger's side have never been out of the top three and six
successive wins as Austria and GAK have faltered, sees them claim the
title in style.

Table:
1.Rapid Wien.. 33 21 08 04 65-23 71 Champions
2.Austria Wien 33 17 11 05 56-21 62
3.Grazer AK... 33 18 07 08 52-26 61
4.SV Pasching. 33 17 07 09 51-43 58

Last champions
1995/96 Rapid Wien
1996/97 Austria Salzburg
1997/98 Sturm Graz
1998/99 Sturm Graz
1999/00 FC Tirol Innsbruck
2000/01 FC Tirol Innsbruck
2001/02 FC Tirol Innsbruck
2002/03 Austria Wien
2003/04 Grazer AK
2004/05 Rapid Wien

Number of Titles
31 Rapid Wien
22 Austria Wien
10 Wacker/FC Tirol Innsbruck
08 Admira Wien

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Well done, great to see them back on top! :)

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Message: 9
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 07:43:51 -0000
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Barça bask in title glory

It wasn't a bad recovery from Real Madrid... but just not good enough.

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> FC Barcelona claimed their 17th Primera División title after drawing
> 1-1 at Levante UD, while Real Madrid were held 2-2 at Sevilla FC.
>
> Rivera warning
> Taking to the field in their beige away strip, Barça knew that they
> required just a draw to be crowned champions after closest
> challengers Madrid drew in Seville. But the Catalans were made to
> work hard for their point by a resolute Levante side.
>
> Levante warning
> Alberto Rivera fired the first warning on 24 minutes, his chipped
> effort forcing Víctor Valdés to tip over his crossbar. The goalkeeper
> could do nothing nine minutes later, however, as Alexis Suárez's deep
> free-kick was laid off for Rivera to place a pinpoint volley inside
> the post to put Levante ahead. Samuel Eto'o almost levelled on half-
> time but his snap shot ricocheted off the post.
>
> Eto'o equaliser
> Levante maintained their fast pace during the second half and almost
> doubled their lead when Jofre Mateu surprised Valdés with a long-
> range volley but the ball bounced back into play off the post. But
> Barça equalised on the hour when Xavi Hernádez's corner was flicked
> on for Eto'o to head into the roof of the net. The score puts Barça
> on 82 points and secures their first league title since 1999.
>
> Ramos rocket
> Earlier in the evening, Madrid's seven-match winning streak came to a
> stuttering halt as they were held at Sevilla. The home side made an
> impressive start and went ahead after just 18 minutes when Sergio
> Ramos unleashed a fierce drive from an indirect free-kick from
> outside the area. But the visitors were invigorated by a Ronaldo
> effort which hit the woodwork ten minutes later, and were back on
> level terms when Javi Navarro turned a Roberto Carlos centre into his
> own net.
>
> Late leveller
> Zinedine Zidane put Madrid in front with a stunning drive from
> distance which crashed in off the underside of the bar. But Sevilla
> refused to surrender and made it 2-2 when Julio Baptista headed in
> his 18th goal of the campaign with two minutes left. Madrid's misery
> was compounded by the late dismissal of Iván Helguera was as the side
> remain second with 76 points, while Sevilla lie third with 59 points.
>
>
> Table:
> 1.Barcelona.. 36 25 07 04 70-26 82 Champions
> 2.Real Madrid 36 24 04 08 68-31 76 CL
> 3.Villarreal. 36 17 10 09 62-33 61
> 4.Sevilla.... 36 17 08 11 44-39 59
> ------
> 5.Espanyol... 35 16 08 11 49-43 56
> 6.Betis...... 35 14 13 08 56-46 55
> 7.Valencia... 35 13 14 08 51-37 53
> 8.Ath. Bilbao 36 14 09 13 59-50 51
>
>
> Last champions:
> 1997/98 FC Barcelona
> 1998/99 FC Barcelona
> 1999/00 Deportivo La Coruña
> 2000/01 Real Madrid CF
> 2001/02 Valencia CF
> 2002/03 Real Madrid CF
> 2003/04 Valencia CF
> 2004/05 FC Barcelona
>
> Number of Wins
> 29 Real Madrid CF
> 17 FC Barcelona
> 09 Atlético de Madrid (includes Atlético Aviación)
> 08 Athletic de Bilbao
> 06 Valencia CF
>
> ------------------------------
>
> It was about time for Barca :)

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Message: 10
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 07:45:44 -0000
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: West Brom survive scramble

Villa refused the previous chance to get into intertoto so I'm
guessing they won't go for it again.
It's strange that Palace got relegated.. they had one of the
Premiership's most prolific strikers this season and they STILL go down.
Poor Peter Crouch! He's outdone every Villa striker this season and
still his team will go down.

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> West Bromwich Albion maintained their top-flight status with a 2-0
> win against Portsmouth as Southampton, Norwich City and Crystal
> Palace were relegated on the final day of the Premiership season,
> while Middlesbrough secured the final UEFA Cup berth.
>
> Dramatic escape
> West Brom started the day at the foot of the table, but goals from
> Geoff Horsfield and Kieran Richardson at the Hawthorns saw them
> leapfrog all three of their relegation rivals into the safety of 16th
> place by just one point.
>
> Late heartbreak
> However, it could have been different had Jon Fortune not equalised
> for Charlton Athletic against Crystal Palace with just eight minutes
> of their game remaining. Iain Dowie's side looked to have secured
> another season of top-flight football after Dougie Freedman and an
> Andy Johnson penalty had overturned Bryan Hughes' first-half strike,
> before Fortune condemned them to relegation late on.
>
> Saints down
> They will be joined in the Championship by Southampton who lost 2-1
> against Manchester United. An own goal from John O'Shea had put the
> Saints ahead, bu the lead lasted just nine minutes before Darren
> Fletcher equalised. Ruud Van Nistelrooj then sealed Southampton's
> fate with a 63rd-minute header.
>
> Norwich numbed
> Norwich, who began the final round of fixtures outside the drop zone,
> would have guaranteed their top-flight status with victory at Fulham.
> But they failed to recover from Brian McBride's early strike and the
> American later added another, while Papa Bouba Diop, Zat Knight,
> Steed Malbranque and Andy Cole were also on target in a 6-0 victory.
>
> Middlesbrough joy
> Middlesbrough ensured a second consecutive season of European
> football after a 1-1 draw at Manchester City. Victory for the hosts
> would have seen them leapfrog Middlesbrough into the final UEFA Cup
> spot after Tottenham Hotspur, the other contenders for seventh place,
> were held 0-0 by Blackburn Rovers.
>
> Last-gasp penalty
> Middlesbrough were indebted to goalkeeper Mark Schwartzer who saved a
> 90th-minute Robbie Fowler penalty to earn his side the point after
> But Kiki Musampa had cancelled out Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's opener.
>
> European qualifiers
> They will be joined in the UEFA Cup by Bolton Wanderers, who defeated
> Everton 3-2 and Champions League finalists Liverpool who won 2-1
> against Aston Villa. Elsewhere, Premiership champions Chelsea drew 1-
> 1 at Newcastle United and second-placed Arsenal lost 2-1 at
> Birmingham City.
>
>
> Final Table:
> 1. Chelsea........ 38 29 08 01 72-15 95 Champions
> 2. Arsenal........ 38 25 08 05 87-36 83 CL
> 3. Manchester Utd. 38 22 11 05 58-26 77 CL qualifying
> 4. Everton........ 38 18 07 13 45-46 61 CL qualifying
> 5. Liverpool...... 38 17 07 14 52-41 58 UEFA Cup
> 6. Bolton......... 38 16 10 12 49-44 58 UEFA Cup
> 7. Middlesbrough.. 38 14 13 11 53-46 55 UEFA Cup
> 8. Manchester City 38 13 13 12 47-39 52
> 9. Tottenham...... 38 14 10 14 47-41 52
> 10.Aston Villa.... 38 12 11 15 45-52 47
> 11.Charlton....... 38 12 10 16 42-58 46
> 12.Birmingham..... 38 11 12 15 40-46 45
> 13.Fulham......... 38 12 08 18 52-60 44
> 14.Newcastle Utd.. 38 10 14 14 47-57 44
> 15.Blackburn...... 38 09 15 14 32-43 42
> 16.Portsmouth..... 38 10 09 19 43-59 39
> 17.West Brom...... 38 06 16 16 36-61 34
> 18.Crystal Palace. 38 07 12 19 41-62 33 Relegated
> 19.Norwich City... 38 07 12 19 42-77 33 Relegeted
> 20.Southampton.... 38 06 14 18 45-66 32 Relegated
>
> -------------------------------------------------------
>
> Damn, I wished that Norwich or Southampton would have saved
> themselves. But West Brom is still beter than Crystal Palace :)
>
> Did you guys expected at the begining of the season that Southampton
> could have finished last??
>
> No Europe for Spurs or Villa again, unless they play in the
> Intertoto. I don't know if the English teams do that and how many
> places they get...

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Message: 11
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 07:47:42 -0000
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Coca-Cola Football League Championship

Ah well... I hope Wolves get promoted next season, and it'll be
interesting to see what happens with their manager and Seol.
As for Leeds, I think they'll be staying down here for a while.
Wigan is indeed a surprise and Nottingham Forest... that's going a
long way down!

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> Final Table:
>
> 1. Sunderland............. 46 29 07 10 76-41 94 Promoted
> 2. Wigan Athletic......... 46 25 12 09 79-35 87 Promoted
> 3. Ipswich Town........... 46 24 13 09 85-56 85 Promotion Playoff
> 4. Derby County........... 46 22 10 14 71-60 76 Promotion Playoff
> 5. Preston North End...... 46 21 12 13 67-58 75 Promotion Playoff
> 6. West Ham United........ 46 21 10 15 66-56 73 Promotion Playoff
> 7. Reading................ 46 19 13 14 51-44 70
> 8. Sheffield United....... 46 18 13 15 57-56 67
> 9. Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 15 21 10 72-59 66
> 10.Millwall............... 46 18 12 16 51-45 66
> 11.Queens Park Rangers.... 46 17 11 18 54-58 62
> 12.Stoke City............. 46 17 10 19 36-38 61
> 13.Burnley................ 46 15 15 16 38-39 60
> 14.Leeds United........... 46 14 18 14 49-52 60
> 15.Leicester City......... 46 12 21 13 49-46 57
> 16.Cardiff City........... 46 13 15 18 48-51 54
> 17.Plymouth Argyle........ 46 14 11 21 52-64 53
> 18.Watford................ 46 12 16 18 52-59 52
> 19.Coventry City.......... 46 13 13 20 61-73 52
> 20.Brighton & Hove Albion. 46 13 12 21 40-65 51
> 21.Crewe Alexandra........ 46 12 14 20 66-86 50
> 22.Gillingham............. 46 12 14 20 45-66 50 Relegated
> 23.Nottingham Forest...... 46 09 17 20 42-66 44 Relegated
> 24.Rotherham United....... 46 05 14 27 35-69 29 Relegated
>
> ***************************************************
>
> Sunderland back in the Premier League that's nice.
> Wigan I don't know well, will be very interesting to see this new
> name :)
> For the last spot I hope on Ipswich or West Ham. Am not a big Derby
> fan, while Preston North End also sounds like a surprise to a
> foreigner like me...
>
> At the bottom it's a real shame to see Forest go down :(
>
> Wolves only finished 9th while scoring 72 times!
> For Leeds lets hope on better times next season...

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Message: 12
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 07:50:47 -0000
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Aulas secures Lyon's share

Monaco :))

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> Back in 1987, it was the common belief that the third most populous
> city in France, Lyon, was a footballing suburb of nearby Saint-
> Etienne. At that time the greens, who had won ten national titles,
> towered over their neighbours in Ligue 2, Olympique Lyonnais.
>
> Historic goal
> With their French Cup successes of 1963/64, 1966/67 and 1972/73 doing
> little to make up for the empty space in their home stadium, few ever
> thought that Lyon would go on to rival 'Les Verts'. However, as
> Claudio Caçapa's goal gave them a 2-1 win against AC Ajaccio last
> weekend, that is exactly what happened.
>
> Fourth success
> Victory on 8 May put Lyon eleven points clear of the Ligue 1 pack
> with three games of the season remaining, confirming their fourth
> successive French title to match the records of the Olympique de
> Marseille team of the turn of the 1990s and the St Etienne side of
> the 1970s.
>
> Exceptional achievement
> "Lyon are certainly now well placed to make it five in a row," said
> former St Etienne star and one-time Lyon coach Robert Herbin with a
> wry smile. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, meanwhile, revelled in
> the success. "One crown is wonderful, four are extraordinary," he
> said.
>
> Ambitious Aulas
> Taking over at the club in 1987, and receiving advice from
> controversial Marseille president Bernard Tapie, Aulas used part of
> the fortune he earned from his software firm Cegid to build up
> a 'formula one' Lyon footballing side, who will start a seventh
> successive European campaign next season.
>
> Solid standing
> And while they have never been able to match Paris Saint-Germain,
> Marseille or the evergreen St Etienne in terms of popularity, Aulas's
> hand has guided Lyon to greatness. Last-year's Deloitte & Touche
> report on football's richest clubs placed Lyon as the 19th largest
> side in Europe.
>
> Ever upwards
> Having won a trophy a year since taking the French League Cup in
> 2001, Lyon are not about to let that upward momentum subside. While
> Brazilians Cris and Juninho Pernambucano were still celebrating on
> the pitch in their underpants following victory against Ajaccio,
> goalkeeper Grégory Coupet told reporters: "The fourth crown must be a
> springboard for the fifth."
>
> Continual growth
> While their latest success was somewhat diminished by the resignation
> of coach Paul Le Guen, who masterminded their last three title
> successes, Aulas was not about to give in to despair. "We're solid
> enough to carry on with another coach as we did in the past," he said.
>
> Constant success
> Sure enough, coaches and players have come and gone at Lyon since the
> turn of the decade, but success has remained a constant. "For next
> season we'll keep all our players except Sidney Govou who has helped
> the side enough to be allowed to leave," said Aulas, who boasted to
> have rebuffed Chelsea advances for midfield powerhouse Michael Essien.
>
> Lyon umbrella
> In the meantime, Aulas's Lyon - which now incorporates the OL-Taxi
> cab firm, OL-Conduite driving school and OL-Coiffure hairdressers
> among its businesses - will strive to be the second French side to
> win the Champions League, having reached the quarter-finals in the
> last two seasons. A recent poll showed that 91 per cent of Frenchmen
> think they can do it.
>
> Big plans
> Should those OL-branded subsiduaries ever manage to bring in more
> income than the football team, Aulas hopes to make Lyon the first
> French club to be listed on the stock exchange. Whether it is from
> winning Europe's biggest club competition, a fifth successive title,
> or making a splash in the financial world, he will make legends of
> Lyon one day.
>
>
> Table:
> 1.Olympique Lyonnais.... 36 21 12 03 55-22 75 Champions
> 2.Lille OSC............. 36 17 13 06 49-26 64
> 3.AS Monaco............. 36 15 16 05 50-33 61
> 4.Olympique de Marseille 36 15 09 12 44-38 54
>
>
> Last champions:
> 1993/94 Paris Saint-Germain
> 1994/95 Nantes
> 1995/96 Auxerre
> 1996/97 AS Monaco
> 1997/98 Lens
> 1998/99 Bordeaux
> 1999/00 AS Monaco
> 2000/01 Nantes
> 2001/02 Olympique de Lyon
> 2002/03 Olympique de Lyon
> 2003/04 Olympique de Lyon
> 2004/05 Olympique de Lyon
>
> Number of Titles
> 10 Saint-Étienne
> 08 Olympique de Marseille
> 08 Nantes
> 07 AS Monaco
> 06 Stade de Reims
> 05 Girondins de Bordeaux
> 04 Nice
> 04 Olympique de Lyon
>
> ----------------------------------
>
> Damn, am so tired of Lyon, hopefully another team will manage to beat
> them...

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Message: 13
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 07:53:27 -0000
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Rapid return to winners' enclosure

Two weekends ago, Seo Jung-won's solitary strike for Salzburg saved
them from relegation ;)

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> Rapid Wien ended a nine-year hiatus to claim their 31st Austrian
> Bundesliga crown after arch-rivals Austria Wien were held to a 1-1
> draw by SV Pasching.
>
> Must-win match
> Rapid sauntered to a comfortable 4-1 win against bottom side SW
> Bregenz yesterday, leaving their Viennese rivals with a must-win game
> against the out-going champions at the Waldstadion. Adam Petrous
> looked to have put them on course for a win when he broke the
> deadlock three minutes after the interval. But Edi Glieder equalised
> midway through the half as Austria were held.
>
> Unassailable lead
> The result leaves Rapid with an unassailable nine-point lead with
> three matches to play after a penalty imposed on Austria after the
> abandonment of their match against Grazer AK on 5 May. GAK were
> awarded a 3-0 win after a group of Austria supporters invaded the
> pitch and the capital club will be placed behind any opponent with
> whom they finish level on points, irrespective of goal difference.
>
> Austria turbulence
> It ends a turbulent season for Austria who ,despite dwarfing their
> rivals in terms of investment, have failed to impress, save for an
> enthralling run to the UEFA Cup quarter-finals. The side looked to
> have clawed their way back into the reckoning after sidling alongside
> Rapid at the end of last month but they have won just one match in
> five since.
>
> Rapid consistency
> Austria will now have to be content with the second qualifying round
> of the UEFA Cup next season, but Rapid will enter the Champions
> League at the same stage after a season marked by consistency. Josef
> Hickersberger's side have never been out of the top three and six
> successive wins as Austria and GAK have faltered, sees them claim the
> title in style.
>
>
> Table:
> 1.Rapid Wien.. 33 21 08 04 65-23 71 Champions
> 2.Austria Wien 33 17 11 05 56-21 62
> 3.Grazer AK... 33 18 07 08 52-26 61
> 4.SV Pasching. 33 17 07 09 51-43 58
>
>
> Last champions
> 1995/96 Rapid Wien
> 1996/97 Austria Salzburg
> 1997/98 Sturm Graz
> 1998/99 Sturm Graz
> 1999/00 FC Tirol Innsbruck
> 2000/01 FC Tirol Innsbruck
> 2001/02 FC Tirol Innsbruck
> 2002/03 Austria Wien
> 2003/04 Grazer AK
> 2004/05 Rapid Wien
>
> Number of Titles
> 31 Rapid Wien
> 22 Austria Wien
> 10 Wacker/FC Tirol Innsbruck
> 08 Admira Wien
>
> --------------------------
>
> Well done, great to see them back on top! :)

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Message: 14
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 07:52:01 -0000
From: "THE FUGITIVE!" <the_13th_redneck@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Close shave for Gazzaev

I'm glad CSKA won. I was hoping they'd send Parma out >:)

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> CSKA Moskva coach Valeri Gazzaev has given his moustache a stay of
> execution after promising to shave it off if his side reached the
> UEFA Cup final.
>
> The 50-year-old coach has worn his trademark cookie-duster facial
> hair since his playing days with Lokomotiv Moskva and Dinamo Moskva,
> but when his side were pushed into the UEFA Cup this year after
> finishing third in their Champions League qualifying group last
> December, he pledged that the moustache would go if the Army Men made
> the march to Lisbon to become the first Russian side to reach the
> final of a major European competition since Dinamo lost 3-2 against
> Scottish side Rangers in the final of the 1971/72 Cup Winners' Cup.
>
> However, just as he was sharpening his razor following his side's 3-0
> aggregate semi-final win against Parma, Gazzaev was persuaded to
> leave his moustache alone after supporters decided that it was a
> symbol of the club's successes in Europe this season.
>
> "I have received numerous messages from our fans in the last few
> days, urging me to keep my moustache and bring the cup home to Moscow
> instead," he said.
>
> ---------------------------------
>
> Damn right, go CSKA!! :p

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Message: 15
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 12:55:52 -0000
From: "Manuel" <manuelgon_1999@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Chelsea bitchslap the scummers

fucking slut...gotta love her LOL

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "THE FUGITIVE!"
<the_13th_redneck@y...> wrote:
> lol yes I know.
> Apparently he's the child of some homosexual parenting and they
have
> no clue which last name he should carry... or his mother had a
rather
> exciting night and they can't figure out who the father is!
>
> --- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
> <jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> > Vennegoor of Hesselink is just such a stupid name!
> > In English this would be translated: Vennegoor or Hesselink :p
> >
> > --- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "THE FUGITIVE!"
> > <the_13th_redneck@y...> wrote:
> > > Well, it's just Chelsea's year.
> > > Man Utd have lost a lot of the glamor they used to have. RvN
not
> > > scored since November until now? Geez... so THAT's why they
were
> > > looking for Vannegoor of Hesselink.
> > >
> > > --- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, Adrian Bagley
> > > <adrianbagley27@y...> wrote:
> > > > Manchester United 1 Chelsea 3
> > > >
> > > > CHAMPIONS Chelsea pulled off one of the season's classiest
> > comeback
> > > wins - to humiliate Manchester United with a stack of new
> records.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > The Blues dictated the last half-hour to reach 94 points -
> beating
> > > United's Premiership record by two - as well as wrecking the
> > unbeaten
> > > home term of Alex Ferguson's full-strength side.
> > > >
> > > > Chelsea's recovery was so comprehensive that it mocked the
> claims
> > of
> > > United boss Alex Ferguson and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
that
> the
> > > three teams are on a par.
> > > >
> > > > United's initial edge in urgency led to Ruud van Nistelrooy's
> > > opener, but the Blues soon defied the absence of key men like
John
> > > Terry and Arjen Robben.
> > > >
> > > > The busy Tiago, for once outshining Frank Lampard and Claude
> > > Makelele in midfield, hit a superb 30-yard leveller to
underline
> > > United's need for a new keeper.
> > > >
> > > > Then, when Chelsea finished much the stronger, Eidur
Gudjohnsen
> > > clipped a stylish second goal due as much to United's defensive
> > > failings as the Blues' elegant probing.
> > > >
> > > > Joe Cole tucked in a late third from an offside position to
add
> an
> > > irrelevant touch of injustice.
> > > >
> > > > It all left the Blues celebrating a ninth away win in a row
and
> a
> > > staggering 20-point lead over third-placed United, who they
have
> > > beaten three times out of four this season.
> > > >
> > > > And Chelsea chief Jose Mourinho has still NEVER lost against
> > United.
> > > >
> > > > Fergie had acknowledged the Blues' first title in 50 years by
> > > ordering his players to form a pre-match guard of honour.
> > > >
> > > > Gary Neville, in particular, looked far from comfortable
with
> > that -
> > > while other serial winners like Roy Keane and Paul Scholes
must
> > surely
> > > have been equally fired up by the rare reversal of
circumstances.
> > > >
> > > > Early on, then, Cristiano Ronaldo and main menace Wayne
Rooney
> > > regularly tested Chelsea's stand-in keeper Carlo Cudicini.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Then van Nistelrooy prodded in Rooney's seventh-minute cross-
> shot
> > > for his first Premiership goal since November.
> > > >
> > > > But United's long-known keeper problems resurfaced within 10
> > minutes.
> > > >
> > > > Tiago found plenty of space to whip in a right-footer with
> little
> > > backlift that flew in off the top of the right post - Roy
Carroll
> > > barely moving, perhaps thinking the shot was going wide.
> > > >
> > > > Blues' duo Cole and Tiago promptly became the major
influences
> in
> > > midfield.
> > > >
> > > > And United's limited response was flattered by Darren
Fletcher
> > > thundering a right-footer off the bar 10 minutes past the
break.
> > > >
> > > > After that, though, it was Chelsea's rhythm and confidence
that
> > > improved - peaking with the type of breakaway strike that
United
> at
> > > their best used to serve up regularly.
> > > >
> > > > One second Ronaldo was tumbling under Geremi's challenge on
the
> > edge
> > > of the area.
> > > >
> > > > Then, almost before you could say "United are going to
finish
> > third
> > > for the second season running," Tiago was sending Gudjohnsen
> through
> > > the middle to wait for Carroll to move and then dink the ball
> > cleverly
> > > in over the keeper's diving body.
> > > >
> > > > Cole completed United's misery as Old Trafford began to
empty,
> > > tucking home once Lampard had exposed gaps in the home defence
to
> > > cross from the left.
> > > >
> > > > Many of the United fans still present at the end clapped the
> > Blues off.
> > > >
> > > > But scarcely half the ground was full by the time Fergie's
men
> > took
> > > their supporters' muted applause following an indifferent
> > Premiership
> > > season.
> > > >
> > > > Just imagine being a scummer fan and watching your team lose
> their
> > > last home league game of the season to the champions Best
thing
> > about
> > > the match? The Chelsea fans chanting "Easy! Easy! Easy!"
> > > >
> > > > Aid
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > ---------------------------------
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> > for
> > > FREE with Yahoo! Photos. Get Yahoo! Photos

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Message: 16
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 12:59:24 -0000
From: "Manuel" <manuelgon_1999@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Sedan spring another surprise

that's the stupidest joke of your career LOL

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "THE FUGITIVE!"
<the_13th_redneck@y...> wrote:
> If the win the whole thing we should rename them Sports Car.
> ha ha
> You may shoot me.
>
> --- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
> <jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> > Second division CS Sedan-Ardennes became unlikely French Cup
> > finalists after surprising Ligue 1 high-flyers AS Monaco 1-0 at
> Stade
> > Louis II in today's second semi-final.
> >
> > Final hopes
> > The Ligue 2 side will face AJ Auxerre at the Stade de France on
4
> > June - their second final in six years and their fifth overall -
> and
> > will hope to go one better than their last final appearance, a
> > slender 1-0 defeat by Nantes Atlantique in 1999. They stand
every
> > chance of lifting the trophy if they can repeat this performance
> > against a lacklustre Monaco side, and fully deserved to go
through
> > after dominating their hosts for long periods of the game.
> >
> > Citony winner
> > Monaco began brightest with Lucas Bernardi and Mohamed Kallon
> drawing
> > saves from Patrick Régnault, but Sedan were always a threat on
the
> > counterattack and went close through Mickaël Citony and Laurent
> > Gagnier. The visitors began to take hold of the game after the
> break,
> > and it was Citony who delivered the decisive blow on 75 minutes.
> The
> > midfield player rounded Patrice Evrà and curled a left-footed
shot
> > past the helpless goalkeeper Flavio Roma to bring yet another
upset
> > in this year's competition.
> >
> >
>
http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Photo/footballcentral/FootballCen
t
> > ral/301634_BIGLANDSCAPE.jpg
> >
> > ---------------------------------------
> >
> > What a humiliation. They didn't just lost, but were also
dominated!
> > Well done Sedan!

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Message: 17
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 13:26:59 -0000
From: "Manuel" <manuelgon_1999@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Barça bask in title glory

Too many points were lost in the first half of the season.

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "THE FUGITIVE!"
<the_13th_redneck@y...> wrote:
> It wasn't a bad recovery from Real Madrid... but just not good
enough.
>
> --- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
> <jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> > FC Barcelona claimed their 17th Primera División title after
drawing
> > 1-1 at Levante UD, while Real Madrid were held 2-2 at Sevilla FC.
> >
> > Rivera warning
> > Taking to the field in their beige away strip, Barça knew that
they
> > required just a draw to be crowned champions after closest
> > challengers Madrid drew in Seville. But the Catalans were made
to
> > work hard for their point by a resolute Levante side.
> >
> > Levante warning
> > Alberto Rivera fired the first warning on 24 minutes, his
chipped
> > effort forcing Víctor Valdés to tip over his crossbar. The
goalkeeper
> > could do nothing nine minutes later, however, as Alexis Suárez's
deep
> > free-kick was laid off for Rivera to place a pinpoint volley
inside
> > the post to put Levante ahead. Samuel Eto'o almost levelled on
half-
> > time but his snap shot ricocheted off the post.
> >
> > Eto'o equaliser
> > Levante maintained their fast pace during the second half and
almost
> > doubled their lead when Jofre Mateu surprised Valdés with a long-
> > range volley but the ball bounced back into play off the post.
But
> > Barça equalised on the hour when Xavi Hernádez's corner was
flicked
> > on for Eto'o to head into the roof of the net. The score puts
Barça
> > on 82 points and secures their first league title since 1999.
> >
> > Ramos rocket
> > Earlier in the evening, Madrid's seven-match winning streak came
to a
> > stuttering halt as they were held at Sevilla. The home side made
an
> > impressive start and went ahead after just 18 minutes when
Sergio
> > Ramos unleashed a fierce drive from an indirect free-kick from
> > outside the area. But the visitors were invigorated by a Ronaldo
> > effort which hit the woodwork ten minutes later, and were back
on
> > level terms when Javi Navarro turned a Roberto Carlos centre
into his
> > own net.
> >
> > Late leveller
> > Zinedine Zidane put Madrid in front with a stunning drive from
> > distance which crashed in off the underside of the bar. But
Sevilla
> > refused to surrender and made it 2-2 when Julio Baptista headed
in
> > his 18th goal of the campaign with two minutes left. Madrid's
misery
> > was compounded by the late dismissal of Iván Helguera was as the
side
> > remain second with 76 points, while Sevilla lie third with 59
points.
> >
> >
> > Table:
> > 1.Barcelona.. 36 25 07 04 70-26 82 Champions
> > 2.Real Madrid 36 24 04 08 68-31 76 CL
> > 3.Villarreal. 36 17 10 09 62-33 61
> > 4.Sevilla.... 36 17 08 11 44-39 59
> > ------
> > 5.Espanyol... 35 16 08 11 49-43 56
> > 6.Betis...... 35 14 13 08 56-46 55
> > 7.Valencia... 35 13 14 08 51-37 53
> > 8.Ath. Bilbao 36 14 09 13 59-50 51
> >
> >
> > Last champions:
> > 1997/98 FC Barcelona
> > 1998/99 FC Barcelona
> > 1999/00 Deportivo La Coruña
> > 2000/01 Real Madrid CF
> > 2001/02 Valencia CF
> > 2002/03 Real Madrid CF
> > 2003/04 Valencia CF
> > 2004/05 FC Barcelona
> >
> > Number of Wins
> > 29 Real Madrid CF
> > 17 FC Barcelona
> > 09 Atlético de Madrid (includes Atlético Aviación)
> > 08 Athletic de Bilbao
> > 06 Valencia CF
> >
> > ------------------------------
> >
> > It was about time for Barca :)

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Message: 18
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 17:17:17 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Sheriff shoot to fifth straight title

FC Nistru Otaci's failure to defeat CSF Zimbru Chisinau handed FC
Sheriff their fifth consecutive Moldovan First Division title at the
weekend.

Successful start
Nistru opened the scoring after just three minutes through Yury
Grosev but were pegged back by Serghey Clescenco's equaliser and had
to settle for a 1-1 draw, leaving Sheriff ten points clear at the top
with three weeks of the season remaining.

Solid defence
Sheriff were founded just eight years ago, but already have five
Moldovan titles to their name as well as their 2003 Commonwealth Cup
triumph. Leonid Kuchuk's team have lost just once in the league this
season and conceded only eight goals in 24 matches.

Table:
1.Sheriff Tiraspol 24 19 04 01 45-08 61 Champions
2.Nistru Otaci.... 25 16 03 06 41-17 51
3.Zimbru Chisinau. 25 11 07 07 26-11 40
4.Dacia Chisinau.. 25 12 03 10 31-27 39

Champions since independence
1992... Zimbru Chisinau
1992/93 Zimbru Chisinau
1993/94 Zimbru Chisinau
1994/95 Zimbru Chisinau
1995/96 Zimbru Chisinau
1996/97 Constructorul Chisinau
1997/98 Zimbru Chisinau
1998/99 Zimbru Chisinau
1999/00 Zimbru Chisinau
2000/01 Sheriff Tiraspol
2001/02 Sheriff Tiraspol
2002/03 Sheriff Tiraspol
2003/04 Sheriff Tiraspol
2004/05 Sheriff Tiraspol

Number of Titles (since independence)
8 Zimbru Chisinau
5 Sheriff Tiraspol
1 Constructorul Chisinau

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No surprises here

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Message: 19
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 17:27:29 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Gorica storm to championship

Last week saw NK Gorica confirm their dominance in Slovenia as the
defending champions secured another title and beat NK Publikum who
had been their closest challengers earlier in the season.

Gorica power
The team from Nova Gorica were just too strong in the end - not just
for Publikum but for all the pretenders. Pavel Pinni's team achieved
the greatest consistency with no true stars but thanks to an
efficient system and fine team spirit.

Great shape
Due to their run to the Champions League third qualifying round, they
were in great shape going into the season and managed to maintain
their form and togetherness throughout the campaign. Despite one
short run of uncertain results, they left the rest with little hope
of ending their First League reign. Their pole position was assured
by a 1-0 win at Publikum on 14 May.

Influential Pinni
The club, founded in 1947 and in Slovenia's top flight since 1991,
now celebrate a third title. Gorica were champions in 1996 and again
last year, when they fought a thrilling battle with NK Maribor and
Olimpija Ljubljana until the last round. Coach Pinni has been
integral to their success and has signed a new contract along with
captain Miran Srebrnic.

UEFA Cup hopes
With the title decided, attention has turned to the battle for second
place and a 2005/06 UEFA Cup berth. With Publikum in third spot
guaranteed UEFA Cup entry as Slovenian Cup finalists against this
year's champions, the other teams fighting for Europe are NK Drava,
NK Domžale and NK Primorje.

Drava chance
After two successive victories, second-placed Domzale are three
points above Drava in fourth and closest to achieving UEFA Cup
qualification - particularly as they have the most favourable run-in.

Duricic in
Seven-time champions Maribor lead the way in the relegation play-
offs, and after a disappointing campaign the Ljudski Vrt club are
looking to the future – Croatian coach Milan Duricic will replace
Vojislav Simeunovic next season. Gorica and Publikum will contest the
cup final at the Arena Petrol Stadium in Celje on 17 May.

Table:
1.Gorica.. 29 18 08 03 47-21 62
2.Domzale. 29 13 08 08 42-33 47
3.Publikum 29 14 04 11 44-25 46
4.Drava... 29 12 08 09 36-31 44
5.Primorje 29 11 08 10 33-28 41
6.Olimpija 29 10 06 13 32-46 36

Champions since independance
1991/92 Olimpija Ljubljana
1992/93 Olimpija Ljubljana
1993/94 Olimpija Ljubljana
1994/95 Olimpija Ljubljana
1995/96 HIT Gorica
1996/97 Maribor Branik
1997/98 Maribor Branik
1998/99 Maribor Branik
1999/00 Maribor Branik
2000/01 Maribor Branik
2001/02 Maribor Branik
2002/03 Maribor Branik
2003/04 ND Gorica
2004/05 ND Gorica

Number of Titles
7 Maribor Branik
4 Olimpija Ljubljana
2 ND Gorica (includes HIT Gorica)

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Message: 20
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 17:39:42 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Eto'o has double cause for joy

FC Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o moved to within one goal of ESM Golden
Shoe leader Thierry Henry by equalising in a 1-1 draw at Levante UD -
giving him the chance to overtake his rival in Barça's two remaining
games.

Eto'o opportunity
It was a crucial strike as the point secured a 17th Primera División
title for his team, with Real Madrid failing to beat Sevilla. And
with the English Premiership concluding yesterday, and Henry not
adding to his tally, Eto'o now has a golden opportunity to top the
chart.

Makaay double
Bayern München's Roy Makaay was another star performer, registering
twice in the German champions' 6-3 defeat of FC Nürnberg.
Trabzonpor's Fatih Tekke moved ahead of Vincenzo Montella and Andrew
Johnson as he scored once to take his total to 29. Finally, Christian
Giménez's phenomenal run of 12 goals in five matches has fired FC
Basel 1893 to the Swiss championship - and the striker to joint-13th
place in the table.

1. Thierry Henry (Arsenal FC-ENG)..................25x2....50
2. Samuel Eto'o (FC Barcelona-ESP).................24x2....48
3. Marek Mintál (FC Nürnberg-GER)..................23x2....46
4. Alberto Gilardino (Parma FC-ITA)................22x2....44
4. Cristiano Lucarelli (Livorno Calcio-ITA)........22x2....44
6. Fatih Tekke (Trabzonspor-TUR)...................29x1.5..43.5
7. Roy Makaay (Bayern München-GER).................21x2....42
7. Ricardo Oliveira (Real Betis Balompié-ESP)......21x2....42
7. Vincenzo Montella (AS Roma-ITA).................21x2....42
7. Andrew Johnson (Crystal Palace FC-ENG)..........21x2....42
11.Diego Forlán (Villarreal CF-ESP)................20x2....40
11.Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF-ESP)....................20x2....40
13.Dirk Kuijt (Feyenoord-NED)......................26x1.5..39
13.Christian Gimenez (FC Basel 1893-SUI)...........26x1.5..39

Last updated: 16 May 2005

Only the leading five countries (Spain, Italy, Germany, France and
England) on the UEFA Ranking have two as their multiplier. This is to
emphasise the difference in international performance level between
clubs from those countries and those from the other countries.

A player cannot first play in a summer league (eg Norway) and then in
a winter league (eg Spain) and combine the points total for each
season.

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Eto'o could still do it in the last game.

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Message: 21
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 17:44:19 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Stalteri set for Spurs

Werder Bremen defender Paul Stalteri is leaving the Bundesliga to sign
for English Premiership club Tottenham Hotspur on a four-year contract.

Plenty of success
The 27-year-old full-back, who can also play in midfield, has spent the
past eight seasons at the Weserstadion, although did not make his first-
team debut until August 2000. Since then he has established himself as
a regular in the Bremen lineup, helping them to the German double in
2003/04 before appearing eight times in this season's Champions League.

Trio of signings
Canadian international Stalteri will be Tottenham's third new face next
season with England Under-21 defender Tom Huddlestone and Finland
midfielder Teemu Tainio agreeing in January to leave their clubs, Derby
County FC and AJ Auxerre respectively, in the summer. Stalteri has been
capped 49 times by his country, scoring six goals.

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This should be a good signing!

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Message: 22
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 17:53:11 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Debrecen crowned Hungary's finest

Debreceni VSC are celebrating the first Hungarian league title in
their history following a 5-1 home win against Békéscsabai EFC on
Saturday and Ferencvárosi TC's 2-0 defeat at Pécsi MFC on Sunday.

Budapest dominance
Debrecen have become only the fifth team from outside Budapest to be
crowned national champions, building an insurmountable eight-point
lead at the top of the table with two games to play.

Lipcsei error
Ferencváros captain Péter Lipcsei scored an own goal after just 15
minutes and although Csaba László's team dominated the second half,
there was no way through a resolute Pécs side. Gyula Horváth made it
2-0 in stoppage time to seal victory and end Ferencváros's title
hopes.

Supka delight
Debrecen coach Attila Supka said most of his squad had spent Sunday
afternoon together: "We did not want to celebrate too early - we
pretended we were just together to discuss things on a Sunday
afternoon."

Party time
After the final whistle in Pecs, thousands of supporters gathered in
the main square of Debrecen to celebrate with fireworks and songs.
More festivities will follow on Saturday when Debrecen host Pécs at
their Oláh Gábor utcai stadium.

Table:
1.Debreceni Vasutas 28 18 05 05 53-22 59 Champions
2.Gyõri ETO........ 28 15 06 07 40-28 51
3.Ferencvárosi TC.. 28 15 05 08 51-29 50
4.Újpest FC........ 28 13 10 05 53-32 49
5.MTK Hungária..... 27 14 08 05 39-24 49
6.Zalaegerszegi TE. 28 12 05 11 44-40 41

Last champions:
1997/98 Újpesti TE
1998/99 MTK
1999/00 Dunaferr FC
2000/01 Ferencváros
2001/02 Zalaegerszegi TE
2002/03 MTK-Hungária
2003/04 Ferencváros
2004/05 Debreceni VSC

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Nice, we kicked them out of Europe 2 years ago.
They are a welcome opponent in the CL qualifying :p

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Message: 23
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 18:01:38 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Zürich collect Swiss Cup

FC Zürich upheld their healthy Swiss Cup final record by defeating
second division side FC Luzern 3-1 to lift the trophy for the seventh
time in their history on Monday. It was the club's eighth appearance
in the showpiece event.

Schneider strikes
Although René van Eck's team created a few early chances, Luzern's
hopes of becoming the first club from outside the top flight to win
the competition began to fade six minutes before the interval, when
Zürich's Marc Schneider opened the scoring.

Tararache relief
Alhassane Keita doubled the lead just after the hour, securing his
spot as the tournament's top scorer with six goals. Mihai Tararache,
who lost three finals during his time with Grasshopper-Club, scored
the third on 74 minutes before David Andreolis registered a late
consolation for Luzern.

Last finals:
1999/00 FC Zürich 2-2 Lausanne-Sports [aet, 3-0 pen]
2000/01 Servette FC 3-0 FC Yverdon-Sports
2001/02 FC Basel 2-1 Grasshopper Club [aet]
2002/03 FC Basel 6-0 Neuchâtel-Xamax FC
2003/04 FC Wil 3-2 Grasshopper Club
2004/05 FC Zürich 3-1 FC Luzern

Number of wins (lost finals between brackets) [79 cups]
18 (13) Grasshopper Club
09 (07) Lausanne-Sports
09 (00) FC Sion
07 (12) Servette FC
07 (06) FC Basel
07 (01) FC Zürich
06 (05) BSC Young Boys
06 (01) FC La Chaux-de-Fonds

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