Federico Macheda – A Hero is Born

I realized yesterday why Old Trafford is called “Theatre Of Dreams”. A place where dreams come true as in the case of 17 year old Federico Macheda who scored a superb goal to give Manchester United the victory. 24 hours earlier, no one would have known who he was, but right now, probably all the football lovers everywhere know about him and he has also become the new hero of Italian press.

Everyone else including me might have been surprised to see him come on as a substitute. I was expecting Sir Alex to bring on someone experienced like Park Ji Sung or Danny Welbeck who has played a few cup games. But it was a gamble that paid off as the young Italian announced his arrival in English football in a brilliant fashion. So important was his goal that many are comparing it to the goal which Steve Bruce scored against Sheffield Wednesday in 1993 which gave Man Utd the victory as they went on the win the English Premier League. But most important is the fact that the goal gave Manchester United the belief that they can win the Premier League. read more »

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Another Club Joins the Berbatov Chase

Looks like there is going to be a transfer war between Manchester United and Barcelona over the signature of Berbatov. Earlier it looked that Berbatov was heading for Manchester when Sir Alex said that he was almost sure that Berbatov will sign for Man Utd by the end of this month. It is reported that united have made a bid of around $20 million for the Bulgarian forward. Though Tottenham have rejected the bid and also reported Man Utd and Liverpool to FA for pursuing both there forwards, it looks as if they are going to lose both there forwards.

Barcelona seems to be a new club that has joined the race for Berbatov. After not progressing in there negotiations with Arsenal over Adebayor, it seems they are going to make a bid of around $24 million for Berbatov. One advantage they have is that, they can also offer Samuel Eto to Tottenham as a bait for Berbatov. But I highly doubt that Eto will want to come to Barcelona. But what will Berbatov do, he already snubbed United once, will he do it again ? If Berbatov moves to Barcelona, then another player that Man Utd can pursue is Samuel Eto. With Barcelona no longer wanting the forward, he would be an easy target. Though I am a bit amazed to see that no clubs such as AC Milan, Liverpool etc are going for Eto who is available and is also a proven goal scorer at the top level.

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Ronaldinho To Milan ?

It looks like Ronaldinho may be on his way to AC Milan in the summer. According to his brother and agent Roberto de Assis, Ronaldinho has already agreed terms with Milan and now a deal concerning the transfer fees needs to be reached with Barcelona. Earlier, there was also a reported interest from Manchester City but seriously didn’t see that going through. He is set to earn around £6.5million per year at Milan according to Italian Media.

Ronaldinho has had a difficult season at Barcelona due to injuries and lack of form. He is currently out for the season because of a muscle injury. And with young players such as Messi, Bojan, Dos Santos playing so well, the time may well come for him to leave a seek a new challenge. AC Milan also seems to be an ideal club for the twice World Player of the year. They are struggling to create goals, with Ronaldo being injured and Gilardino in lackluster form and Kaka not playing at his best. They are also fifth in the Serie A and in danger of missing out on the Champions League. The arrival of Ronaldinho may just give them the attacking edge they seem to be missing. And the prospect of having Kaka and Ronaldinho in the same team is too tempting. Milan manager is also eager to bring Chelsea’s misfiring striker Andrei Shevchenko back at the San Siro. Shevchenko has been unable to produce the same form for Chelsea as he did for Milan and so it will be better for him to return to his former club where he is considered a legend.

Currently, only an agreement has been reached and only the transfer fees has to be agreed now. Lets see how this turns out to be

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Carling Cup Final and other news

Arsenal Edebayor and Bendtner clashSpurs were quite confident before the game that they would be able to beat Arsenal this time and they did that emphatic style. Even I was expecting Spurs to reach the final but I didn’t expect them to beat by Arsenal by 5- 1. Even though Arsenal had a few youngsters in there side, they also had a few experienced players with them and they should have done more. There was also some on field spat between Arsenal Adebayor and Nicolas Bendtner which are being talked about in every newspaper recently. Football is a game of passion and things could boil over if you are losing 5-1 from a team that hasn’t beaten you in 9 years. Credit must be given to spurs who played really well and have reached there first final in six years. They will now face Chelsea in the final at Wembley.

The other semifinal between Chelsea and Everton was a tight game with Joe Cole scoring a great goal to seal a 1 – 0 win for Chelsea ( 3 – 1 aggregate). Everton have played well in the first leg and were extremely unlucky to have lost the game 2 – 1 at Stamford Bridge. They started off in a similar fashion, dominating possession and making chances but the Chelsea defense along with Peter Cech proved too much for them to break down. At the other end, Chelsea’s Joe Cole scored a beautiful game to wrap things up for Chelsea. The final between Chelsea and Tottenham will sure be an exciting game with Chelsea being the clear favorites to win. But Spurs shouldn’t be underestimated and having reached there first final after a long time, they should be motivated enough. And with Berbatov and Keane as strikers, you can’t rule them out. As for me , i will be rooting for a spurs win.

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