Manchester City vs Barcelona

kekuatan kedua klub tersebut tidak usah diragukan lagi karena kedua klub tersebut masih kuat di liganya masing – masing. Manchester City sedang berambisi meraih treble musim ini begitu juga barcelona yang ingin mengulangi kesuksesan mereka pada tahun 2009 silam dengan pep guardiola yang meraih treble. namun jalan barcelona tak akan mudah, pasalnya manchester city sedang dalam kondisi onfire jelang leg 1 babak 16 UCL ini. Apalagi mereka berhasil mengalahkan chelsea di piala FA kemarin. itu menjadi modal yang sangat bagus bagi mental skuad manuel pellegrini. mari kita bedah kekuatan kedua tim.
Barcelona :
kekuatan ada dilini tengah dengan tiki taka nya dan kunci permainan akan berada dan ditumpukan pada la pulga leo messi yang baru sembuh dari cideranya. titik lemah adalah menghadapi serangan balik. dengan semakin tidak solidnya lini belakang barca belakangan ini. ini akan menjadi santapan empuk manchester city jika mereka berhasil memanfaatkan kelemahan yang ada.
Manchester City :
kekuatan bertumpu pada lini tengah terutama pada yaya toure dan david silva. kedua gelandang dan playmaker ini jika onfire bisa membuat lini belakang barcelona kocar kacir. manuel pellegrini dan bermain di kandang sendiri. itu faktor kekuatan selanjutnya, manuel pellegrini sudah tidak asing lagi melawan barca karena dia pernah melatih klub – klub la liga setidaknya dia sudah tahu titik kelemahan barca. faktor di kandang juga berperan penting memberi semangat lebih bagi manchester city.

Prediksi : walaupun alot sepertinya manchester city akan memenangkan pertandingan ini dengan skor tipis 2-1 ?


Manchester United Want to Bring Cesc Fabregas

BY HENRY AA269936_hp

In the last few days had circulated the news that AC Milan want to bring Barcelona midfielder, Cesc Fabregas Spaniard was still having trouble getting a place in the first team even though he claimed to feel happy having just feel the Spanish league title for the first time. On the other hand, performance is judged not go up because less able to adapt to the style of play Barca. The situation could have made ​​Fabregas to leave and return to the Premier League. According to news from the London Evening Standard , the situation was not lost on the Manchester United. They assess Fabregas could further strengthen the midfield left the team after Paul Scholes who decided to retire kenmbali, injuries that often afflict the age Flatcher Darren Michael Carrick who has entered 32 years. Yet the Red Devils who will be trained in the next season David Moyes should be prepared compete with Arsenal. Gunners have the first option to leave if Fabregas bid from Barca, who agreed when melegonya to the Nou Camp in 2011.

Game 55: Pringle Powers Warriors Past Slingers 64-39


64 VS 39 

Friday 10 May 2013, Tip off 7pm local time, 8pm HKT, Mahaka Square, Indonesia

The Indonesia Warriors showed those in attendance and fans watching on Fox Sports why they are a formidable force, heading into the ASEAN Basketball League playoffs by dismantling the Singapore Slingers 64-39 in Jakarta.

The Warriors opened the game on a six point run with buckets from Stanley Pringle, Steve Thomas and Chris Daniels. Rashad Jones-Jennings answered for the visiting Slingers with a jumper. The Warriors promptly answered with back-to-back three-pointers from Pringle and John Smith, who had 13.  The Slingers’ Rashaad Singleton and Phillip Morrison controlled the second half of the first quarter, bringing their team to within six after being down ten. Warriors’ team captain Thomas recorded his second foul with just under two minutes to play in the quarter.

Both teams were sluggish on offense in the second quarter. Indonesian local player Christian Sitepu got the scoring going. The Slingers scored their first points of the quarter on a series that saw four offensive rebounds, capped by a Jones-Jennings put-back. The Slingers would only score two more from the free-throw line the rest of the quarter. Daniels hit a shot at the buzzer to send the Warriors into the locker room at halftime up 14.

The Warriors continued right where they left off to start the third, scoring seven points in the first two minutes of the second half to push their lead to 20. The Slingers’ Wong Wei Long answered the Warriors with a three-pointer to break the run. Slingers’ coach Neo Beng Siang called a timeout to rally his troops. The Slingers ratcheted up their defense out of the timeout, holding the Warriors scoreless for the next four minutes. The drought was broken by a goaltending call against Jones-Jennings on a Pringle shot. Despite their defensive fortitude, the Slingers could not find the bucket, scoring six points over the same stretch.

The Warriors left no doubt at the start of the fourth quarter that they would defend their home court. Fan favorite Swen de Ruijter got the Warriors going with an early bucket. Six unanswered points later, The Slingers called a timeout. Yet this early timeout did not yield the same result as the one in the third. In response to the timeout, The Warriors subbed out all five of their players on the floor. The fresh legs of the Warriors proved too much for the Slingers to overcome, and the Warriors cruised to a 64-39 victory.

Stanley Pringle, still working to find his rhythm after knee surgery, paced all scorers with 16 points and eight rebounds. Chris Daniels continued to rack up doubles doubles with ten points and 12 boards. Phillip Morrison, sporting a new, clear mask to protect his broken nose, led the Slingers with ten.

After the game, Warriors head coach Todd Purves said he was, “…very pleased with the energy and defensive intensity,” of his team, calling tonight’s effort, “a building process for the playoffs.” These two teams complete the home and away series Tuesday in Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on at 8:00 PM HKT.

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Warriors 18 12 19 15
Slingers 12 4 16 7

Indonesia Warriors: Pringle – 16,  Smith – 13, Canada – 10, Daniels – 10, Sitepu – 6, Thomas – 4, Prihantono – 3, Swen – 2. Singapore Slingers: Morrison – 10, Wei Long – 8, Jennings – 7, Singleton – 6, Cabatu – 6, Folkoff – 2.

Seattle group raises bid to $625M


The record bidding war for the Sacramento Kings has hit a new height as the two sides involved keep throwing in money to try to sway NBA owners.

Two weeks after a committee of owners voted to recommend the Kings stay in California, the investors trying to bring the team to Seattle fired a last salvo Friday. Chris Hansen, who leads the group, announced he was increasing his offer for 65 percent of the Kings from $358 million to $406 million. The increase in the total valuation of the team would go from $550 million under his previous offer to a stunning $625 million.

To put into perspective how much Hansen’s group is offering over perceived market value, the Memphis Grizzlies was sold last October for $377 million.


“While we appreciate that this is a very difficult decision for the league and owners, we hope it is understood that we really believe the time is now to bring the NBA back to Seattle. It is paramount that we do everything we can to put Seattle’s best foot forward in this process.

— Chris Hansen


Technically, the bid is being offered to the Maloof family, which owns the majority of the Kings. But it is really a message aimed at all of the league’s owners before they officially vote on Hansen’s relocation bid at a meeting next week in Dallas.

“While we appreciate that this is a very difficult decision for the league and owners, we hope it is understood that we really believe the time is now to bring the NBA back to Seattle,” Hansen said in a statement. “It is paramount that we do everything we can to put Seattle’s best foot forward in this process.”

A group in Sacramento led by Vivek Ranadive has bid $341 million for the Kings and secured the promise of more than $250 million in public money to keep the team and build a new arena. That puts the total value of the team at $525 million.

In a backroom deal cut just before the relocation committee vote two weeks ago, Ranadive sweetened his offer considerably when he promised to forfeit tens of millions in revenue sharing to fellow owners in the coming years.

That incentive could be worth between $15 million to $20 million per season, money other owners would not have to share under the current agreement between teams.

While it wasn’t an outright bribe, it was a direct path to the voting owners’ pockets that leveled the playing field between the bids. The Seattle group was confident it presented the better financial offer because of the larger market.

Ranadive’s offer was both unprecedented and effective as the seven members of the relocation committee all voted in his favor. It has been assumed the rest of the owners would follow that committee’s recommendation.

“We feel very confident about the position we are in right now. The NBA leadership and owners have always said that their decision would not be dictated by a bidding war,” Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson said in a statement Friday. “This was always about whether Sacramento, a community that has supported the NBA for 28 years, can put together a plan and organization to ensure the franchise can rebuild and thrive.

“The ownership group, the city, and the community have shown the NBA, without any shred of doubt, that the Sacramento Kings belong in Sacramento. I believe the NBA owners realize that there is far more to think about than just an increased bid. They know what this story means to the league. We look forward to talking with all of them again in Dallas.”

Hansen’s public counteroffer Friday also included a promise that the franchise would pay into the revenue-sharing pool each season if the team was moved to Seattle. This also constitutes a raising of the stakes because Ranadive’s offer, sources said, included a caveat that he would not pay into the system, but only that he’d not take money out of the pool established for lower-revenue teams such as the Kings.

Previously, Hansen — whose group includes billionaire Steve Ballmer — announced he wanted to go through with a purchase of the Kings even if owners blocked the move to Seattle. In that case, Hansen would be in position to re-apply to move the team if there were any hold ups in Sacramento’s arena project, which is still in the infant stages.

Cristiano Ronaldo reaches 200 goals for Real Madrid with Malaga strike

Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 200th goal for Real Madrid as Jose Mourinho’s men battered Champions League quarter-finalists Malaga 6-2.

The Portuguese forward saw a penalty saved by Willy Caballero after 22 minutes, but made amends shortly afterwards as he blasted past the Argentine goalkeeper following a short pass from Xabi Alonso and also set up further goals for Mesut Ozil and Karim Benzema.

Ronaldo has reached the landmark in just 197 games for the Spanish side and has now scored 54 goals in 53 games this season at club level.


Raul Gonzalez 1994-2010 323
Alfredo Di Stefano 1953-1964 308
Santillana 1971-1988 290
Ferenc Puskas 1958-1966 242
Hugo Sanchez 1985-1992 208
Cristiano Ronaldo 2009- 200
Francisco Gento 1953-1971 182
Pirri 1964-1980 172
Emilio Butragueno 1984-1995 171
1962-1976 155

With 200 goals, Ronaldo is sixth in the list of the club’s all-time top scorers, eight behind legendary Mexico striker Hugo Sanchez.

Real Madrid ideal for Ronaldo, says Karanka

Aitor Karanka believes Real Madrid are the ideal club for Cristiano Ronaldo amid ongoing speculation that the attacker could be on the move this summer.

Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be monitoring the Portugal international’s situation at Madrid while Manchester United have long been linked with a move for their former star, and Jose Mourinho’s imminent exit from the club has added fuel to the rumours.

However, Ronaldo – who netted his 200th goal for Real Madrid on Wednesday as they battered Champions League quarter-finalists Malaga 6-2 – is already at the club which suits him best, according to Mourinho’s assistant.

“The coach has already answered questions about Ronaldo’s future. Here is the ideal place for him and for Real Madrid it is great to have him,” Karanka said at a press conference.

“The kind of player he is and the club where he is – Real Madrid – are good for each other. He will keep getting better.”

Karanka then went on to discuss Mourinho’s decision to drop Pepe in favour of Raphael Varane, defending the boss from criticism over the issue.

“The performances Varane has been putting in are being seen by everyone. You were all saying that Pepe was not a Real Madrid player before and now you are all defending him.

“I know the type of player that Pepe is and I still think the same of him. Match-day squads and line-ups are made based on players’ performances on the field and always for the team to win.”

Chelsea starlet De Bruyne open to Dortmund move

Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, currently on loan at Werder Bremen, admits he would be open to a move to Borussia Dortmund this summer.

The Bundesliga giants are keen to add some fresh blood to their squad ahead of next season due to the imminent departure of Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich, and the Belgium international is one of the candidates to take his place.

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“Dortmund? That would fit me. I am keeping tabs on what they have been doing,” De Bruyne toldBild.

“They have performed admirably in the Champions League, just like Bayern. We will see what happens.

“I will be on the road with Belgium’s national team after this season. Perhaps we will know by then where my future lies.”

Dortmund face stiff competition in the race for the 21-year-old’s signature, though, as Bayer Leverkusen are keen to lure him to the BayArena instead.

“We have spoken to De Bruyne as well. He seemed to be open to a move. But in the end Chelsea and their new manager decide what’s going to happen,” club chairman Wolfgang Holzhauser said.

B04 are hopeful that De Bruyne will move to Leverkusen as part of the deal that will see Andre Schurrle move in the other direction.

The 22-year-old Germany international has reportedly already agreed terms in principle with Chelsea, but both clubs are yet to agree a transfer fee.

Bale: Sir Alex Ferguson the best manager that’s ever lived

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale has hailed outgoing Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson as the best in history.

Sir Alex announced his decision to step down on Wednesday after 26 and a half years at the Old Trafford helm.

And Bale, who would cost United £70 million if they were to make a summer move, admitted the decision came out of the blue.

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“To be honest it came as a massive shock, I wasn’t really expecting it,” he told Sky Sports News. “He’s probably the best manager in world football that’s ever lived, and he will be a massive loss not just to Manchester United but to the world of football.

“It was a massive shock to me and a few of the lads at the training ground, it will be very strange to go to Old Trafford without Alex Ferguson there.”

David Moyes has been appointed as Sir Alex’s successor on a six-year deal, and while Bale admits he is likely to carry on the 71-year-old’s good work, there is scope for a rough bedding-in period.

“I’m sure now they’ve gone with the new appointment he will be there overlooking everything and making sure everything’s smooth,” he added.

“Once the new manager comes in you’ll see how they hit the ground running. If there are any problems there I think that might give other teams confidence. I thnk it’s all about waiting until next season and seeing how things go.”

Sir Alex will bid farewell to United fans after the game against Swansea at Old Trafford on Sunday, while Tottenham keep up their quest for Champions League football away to Stoke.

Sir Alex Ferguson is the greatest manager ever – and only Mourinho can catch him

By Carlo Garganese

If anything in this life is certain – if history has taught us anything – it’s that Sir Alex Ferguson is the greatest football manager of all time.

This is not Pele, Maradona or Messi, and it’s not Brazil 1970, Milan 1989 or Barcelona 2011 – it’s just Fergie.

There have been coaches and managers, hands-on and hands-off, legacy-builders and pure trophy winners – and they have worked for underdogs and super teams, clubs and countries, around the world or just at home – but there is simply no track record of silverware, consistency, longevity and legacy that stands up to that of Sir Alex. His managerial career personifies greatness in a way that we may never see again.

First and foremost come trophies, and no one can compare to Ferguson’s 49 in his 39-year career – featuring, among others, 16 English and Scottish Premier Leagues, two Champions Leagues, two Cup Winners’ Cups and 14 domestic cups.

Giovanni Trapattoni is the next in line in terms of truly elite titles, his 23 trophies since 1974 won across five countries stack up formidably – on paper, in some senses, even more impressively than Sir Alex’s – but even his legacy, despite the all-conquering Juventus team of the 70s and 80s, doesn’t compare to that of Ferguson.

The unforgettable treble of 1999, the unbridled influence on a youth system that produced a generation of stars like Beckham, Scholes and Giggs, the ‘Fergie time’ comebacks, the mind games with Wenger, Keegan and Benitez, the ‘hairdryer’ treatment of seasoned professionals, the reconstruction of at least three great United teams – these are just a selection of the things that the 71-year-old will be remembered for.

Sir Alex Ferguson
Valeriy Lobanovskyi
Jock Stein
Ottmar Hitzfeld
Giovanni Trapattoni
Walter Smith
Jose Mourinho
Bob Paisley
Louis van Gaal
Ernst Happel

Ferguson may have less of a pure footballing legacy than other successful coaches from the past. Valeriy Lobanovskyi brought science into the beautiful game, Celtic’s Jock Stein won the European Cup with a team born within 10 miles of Glasgow, Rinus Michels – following on from Hungary in the 1950s – took pressing, passing and possession to new levels with Total Football in the ’70s, Helenio Herrera changed defending forever with Catenaccio in the 60s, Marcello Lippi became the first trainer to marry Champions League success with World Cup glory.

They are great and, in some cases, relatively forgotten men in football history, and their innovations have inspired the very best and shaped football at the highest level in a way that Ferguson will not – he has never been considered the greatest tactical mind – and yet over time, he has adapted his teams and the players, from the superstars to those in squad rotation, to win with as much tactical flexibility and capability as anybody ever has and perhaps ever will.

But that’s not to say he has ever reached a pinnacle to match Arrigo Sacchi’s invincible Milan or Pep Guardiola’s scintillating Barcelona.

But Sacchi’s time at the top was far too brief, as he could not adapt like Ferguson has. And greatness took its toll on Guardiola, who resigned a year ago from Barcelona, but admittedly still has years ahead of him to prove he can match a great like Ferguson for the long haul.

Then there is Vicente del Bosque, who has hit the very highest level even more than Sacchi, Guardiola or anyone, ever. He has a World Cup – and could yet retire with another next year – a European Championship and two Champions Leagues as his headlines, but still cannot stand up to Ferguson’s as the very best.

And much of that comes back to time. Barring Trapattoni, no one has lasted at the top as long as Ferguson – and that is testament to his unparalleled appetite for constant, record-breaking success and the expertise to make that happen.

The early trophyless years at United would perhaps not be tolerated now and were barely tolerated then, but given the sorry state in which he inherited the club – without a league title since 1967 and seemingly without a future – it cannot be underestimated that his conviction, charisma, track record and management of the people and the situation around him are what got him the time, freedom and resources to build this empire. Would anyone else have been given as long as he got to turn it around?

Staying at United and ‘not challenging himself’ elsewhere is to overlook the challenges presented simply by staying at the highest level for so long – whether at one club in one country, or several. Managing through the Glazers’ takeover was only as easy as he made it look – it could have signalled the falling of a lesser institution, forged by a lesser man.

He has overcome several fantastic bosses and teams in the Premier League and enjoys a formidable record in Europe against the good and great sides of the last 20 years. Only Bob Paisley has won more European Cups than Fergie, while only Lippi and Miguel Munoz have contested as many finals. While boasting numerous great players and spending big in the transfer market, Ferguson’s United teams were not necessarily regarded as the best on paper – one only needs to look at the modest squad who won the Premier League this season for proof – which is further testament to the fact that it was him who so often made the difference.

His largely uncompromising and at-times menacing management style ultimately kept superstars grounded and squad players motivated, got him through transition after transition, and rubbished Bela Guttmann’s theory that after three years a manager loses his power over his players. While some great coaches tainted their legacies as they aged, Ferguson has remained a winner at the very highest level until his final day in the job. He also moves upstairs with United well set up for future dominance.

A coach is like a lion tamer. He dominates the animals as long as he shows self-confidence and has no fear. But when the first hint of fear appears in his eyes, he is lost

– Ex-Benfica coach Bela Guttmann

And it can’t be forgotten just what Ferguson achieved prior to joining United in 1986. At Aberdeen he broke a 15-year Old Firm duopoly by winning three Scottish league titles, and miraculously led The Dons to European glory in the 1983 Cup Winners’ Cup – defeating the mighty Bayern Munich and Real Madrid along the way. This is indicative that, like a Trapattoni or Ernst Happel, Ferguson would have been a success had he spread his wings outside of his comfort zone.

And yet, there is Jose.

It may be doing Guardiola in particular a disservice to mention Mourinho on his own, but only the Special One has shown that same hunger as Sir Alex to break every record and win every title – as well as the Midas touch to make it happen – to suggest he may actually go and do it.

His record – 20 titles and two Champions Leagues by the age of 50, and the only coach in history to win the three major leagues of England, Italy and Spain – is even more prolific than Fabio Capello, who before Jose was of a very similar breed and legacy. And his record will stretch far further than that of Del Bosque. If his two years together with Guardiola in Spain are anything to go by, his determination to come out on top – by any means necessary – give him the competitive edge there as well.

Mourinho and Ferguson began as rivals, first fleetingly at Porto and then at Chelsea, but became and have remained friends, and there had long been speculation that it would be Jose who would succeed Sir Alex.

“In terms of the period of time Ferguson has done it, he has been the greatest. A lot of managers – the Mourinhos of the world – are making their play for it, but they need to do it for as long as Fergie has”

– Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard

The controversy surrounding Mourinho – especially in the midst of the war he has started in Madrid this season – is a large part of what deterred some of the United board from wanting him at the club. Ferguson is no angel himself – the very best never are, and his nasty streak has unquestionably been an asset – but Mourinho’s self-interest and sinister tactics have driven him to the point of creating enemies just so he could have people to blame in the event of a failure.

If he is to surpass Ferguson in more senses than the purely statistical and superficial, he will have to learn that a manager’s autonomy is not compromised by compromise, and that without knowing where and when to make concessions, he is destined to be a self-destructive second-best.

And I think Fergie would take that.

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