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Unbeaten in three games and with confidence flooding back, Man City make the journey south to face a resurgent West Ham side, flourishing under the inspirational leadership of Gianfranco Zola and Steve Clarke. These sides are only separated in the table by one place and just a solitary point, with City currently holding tenth position. A Blues win, however, would see them leapfrog the Hammers, Fulham and Wigan and catapult them into the top seven.
City come into this game having progressed during the week in the UEFA Cup and gaining …

Tomorrow afternoon, the Tottenham squad will travel the short way to Wembley to face Manchester United in the League Cup Final. Tottenham are looking to become the first team to defend the trophy, since Nottingham Forrest with Brian Clough at the helm in 1990. Spurs go into the game off the back of UEFA Cup exit in the hands of Shakhtar Donetsk, and before that an encouraging three points in the league at the KC Stadium.
The road to Wembley has provided a nice distaction from the day-in day-out stresses of …

Watford recorded their third successive clean sheet as they won, for the third time in a row, by two goals to nil.
Don Cowie put the Golden Boys ahead at Vicarage Road with his first goal for the club, before Jose Fonte put the ball past his own keeper to put the game beyond the reach of Neil Warnock’s side.
The game lacked any kind of rhythm and the opening period was very scrappy. Paul Ifill went close for Crystal Palace, whilst Cowie had a couple of half chances at the other.
The …

Manchester United face Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday in the League Cup final from Wembley.
Manchester United and Tottenham have met 167 times in their history but tomorrow’s clash will be the first time they have met in the final of any competition. The teams did meet in the 1967/68 Charity Shield but that’s not quite the same thing is it? Incidentally, that match ended 3 – 3 and the teams were declared “joint winners”. What an anti-climax that must have been.
Of the 167 matches, united have won 77 whilst drawing 44 …

  Stoke make the short trip south to Birmingham to face Aston Villa in a difficult looking away fixture at Villa Park on Sunday. Villa’s form has been excellent this season, and they have surprised many people by storming into the Champions League positions after a long run of good results in the league, currently sitting in fourth place, six points clear of Arsenal in fifth. They will be keen to get back to winning ways after crashing out of the UEFA Cup last night, following a 3-1 aggregate defeat to …

I usually put videos in my posts, and now it’s time to give the desired credits to the guys who capture Palmeiras’ moments and history:

Evaldo Filho: all Palmeiras highlights from this year, and lots from last year.
Junior Zanetti: lots of brazilian football videos, not only from Palmeiras.
They still didn’t get the thanks they deserve, but at least they were credited. =)

Result: Man City 2 -1 FC Copenhagen
An accomplished and professional performance against a thoroughly underwhelming FC Copenhagen side enabled Man City to progress to the next round, the last 16, of the UEFA Cup, where they will face yet another Danish team, AaB Aalborg, who advanced comfortably with a surprising 6 – 1 aggregate victory over Deportivo La Coruna. The Blues were in full control of this match from start to finish, with both goals coming courtesy of Craig Bellamy, who then dedicated the victory to his cousin and best …

van Persie’s penalty gave Arsenal an advantage in the second leg against a hopeless Roma. Arsenal took a deserved lead on 37 minutes from a wonderful penalty from van Persie, who was fouled clumsily by Phillipe Mexes.
Nicklas Bendtner shot over from eight yards and Emmanuel Eboue’s shot went inches wide. Marco Motta fired from long range but his shot was well saved by Manuel Almunia.
John Arne Riise, the former Liverpool defender, saw his shot fizz past the Arsenal upright. Apart from those two chances, Roma didn’t create much. Arsenal dominated …

Liverpool fought hard to take a one-goal lead away from the Santiago Bernabeau, against a rather ordinary Real Madrid side, leaving ‘the Reds’ in a solid position for the seond leg. As many expected, the fixture offered a tense game of football in which Yossi Benayoun headed home after 82 minutes, to clinch a crucial winner for the away side. Liverpool go into the home tie knowing a similar performance will guarentee progression into the quater finals; Madrid however, will need to rejuvinate their attacking approach, which appeared …

After two games with no wins, Palmeiras beat São Caetano last wednesday:
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Palmeiras was 2-0 behind with ten minutes of the game, in two defensive mistakes. The team managed well the situation, and with fast plays and set pieces, overcome São Caetano yet in the first half to 2-4. Five minutes to the end of the game, São Caetano scored the third goal, but wasn’t able to achieve the draw (game rating here; in portuguese)
With this win Palmeiras maintained the …