Check out FC Barcelona as you’ve never seen them before. Fresh off a La Liga title and completely … well, happy.
They’re falling every which way; dancing and taking off their shirts. Yeah, they’re pretty … happy. Perfect song choice, by the way.
Here is something you don’t see everyday. After Bayern’s big win over Barcelona, a pitch invader joined the German club for their celebration. His first order of business was to hug Franck Ribéry and then hold on for dear life. Lucky for this lad, the Reds were in a pretty jolly mood after having just embarrassed Barcelona 3-0 at the Camp Nou. This kind of reminds of that one time LeBron tackled a fan who hit a half court shot. Although this Bayern fan was quickly taken away by security, he didn’t leave empty handed. Watch the video of Franck Ribéry defending the pitch invader and then giving him his shirt after the jump.
Forbes Magazine has released its latest ranking of the world’s most valuable soccer clubs and there’s a surprise change at the top. Since 2004, Manchester United has held the No. 1 spot until this year.
Real Madrid has taken over, valued by Forbes at $ 3.3 billion, narrowly beating out the Big Red ($3.2 billion). The rest of the top 10 is featured below, while you can see the full ranking HERE.
5. Bayern Munich
6. AC Milan
9. Manchester City
Not just anyone can be the Pope; it takes a supernatural “gift.” Apparently, it also comes with a few.
We’ve previously noted some of the great perks of being Pope. This time, Pope Francis received a Barcelona Messi jersey signed by the man himself and a Spanish National Team jersey signed by the whole team. Not bad. I wonder what he’s going to get next?
The Champions League Semifinal matchups were announced as the top two teams in Spain will face off against the Bundesliga powers.
Bayern Munich gets Barcelona, while Real Madrid faces Borussia Dortmund.
So many storylines bubble beneath the surface of these matches: Lionel Messi’s health; Pep Guardiola’s past and future clubs going head-to-head; Dortmund potentially playing the role of spoiler.
Then there’s the potential of an El Clasico final. Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could meet for the ultimate stakes in a dream scenario that will almost certainly not happen (you want it too bad, stop thinking about it … I said STOP!).
The opening matches will be played April 23-24 and the return legs are set for April 30-May 1. The final will be played at London’s Wembley Stadium on May 25.
The way in which Barcelona goes about attacking opponents cannot be overstated. Their quick touches and constant movement are the stuff of legend. Yesterday, that legend grew a little bit.
During a 1-1 tie against PSG, Xavi put on a clinic by completing every one of his 96 passes. Yeah, that’s a record. The next highest total was 72 by Javier Zanetti.