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As we head towards couple of German-Spanish club semi finals where Bayern Munich (Last year’s finalist), which recently mantled a 23rd German title face favorites Barcelona and recently forced out Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund take on Real Madrid, the first leg matches to be played on April 23 and 24, with the return games on April 30 and May 1, Lets carve out some time to explore the prospect of an all-German European Champions League final next month on May 25 at Wembley stadium in London .

Some facts to start with:

*The four semi finalists feature a total of 18 titles between them.

* Both Barcelona and Real Madrid are allotted the home second leg (generally considered advantageous)

*Barcelona is seeking a third title in five years and Bayern their successive final.

* Borussia Dortmund track for their first European Championship since 1997.

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Barcelona’s hard-fought quarter-final victory over Paris Saint Germain showed just how dependent they are on world footballer of the year Messi whilst Bayern’s every player on the roll, looks like is out to prove something every time he steps onto the pitch. German side Bayern Munich’s last year final appearance experience and desire to grab the slipped silverware makes them a top prospect for the finals. If they are to reach their third final in four years, Bayern will have to do so without the services of leading scorer Mandzukic, who is suspended for the first leg.

Real Madrid the other Spanish opponent is doubtful to enjoy the thought of another trip to Dortmund in this season’s champion’s league. In the group stages German side topped the group demolishing Real 2-1 and later earned a 2-2 draw in Madrid. Real Madrid’s 3-2 away loss to Galatasary in the quarters is enough to set the alarm bells ringing. Not to forget Borussia Dortmund happen to be the only unbeaten side left in the competition.Real Madrid will need some all round performance from its squad apart from their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to dispatch biter memory of last year’s semi final loss to yet another German side Bayern and get hold of European champion crown after almost a decade.

An all German final would certainly point to a shift as to the top league in Europe dethroning Spain and England which has held the title for best leagues and teams. The mouth-watering prospect of a Bundesliga clash at Wembley keeps its hope high and lives on. Regardless of the final fixture, these are two tempting matches and will certainly, provide for absolute entertainment and offer exciting football.

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In a bid to reduce dubiousness for referees Football rule makers have agreed to mend the offside rule. Law which was adjudicated by the International Football Association Board  will take effect from July 1,2013.

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The change made to Law 11 is as follows:

The following definitions apply concerning “interfering with an opponent/gaining an advantage”:

— “interfering with play” means playing or touching the ball passed or touched by a teammate

— “interfering with an opponent” means preventing an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball by clearly obstructing the opponent’s line of vision or challenging an opponent for the ball (DELETES movements or making a gesture or movement which, in the opinion of the referee, deceives or distracts an opponent).

— “gaining an advantage by being in that position” means playing a ball

–(ADDS reference to deflected) that rebounds or is deflected to him off the goalpost, crossbar or an opponent having been in an offside position.

–(NEW subsection) that rebounds, deflected or is played to him from a deliberate save by an opponent having been in an offside position.

Source:The International Football Association Board-FIFA

 

Demba Ba arrived for Chelsea!

Demba Ba saluting the fans. Wonderful debut for him today!

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Rottengambol : 2012 in review

Posted: December 31, 2012 in SPECIAL

Rottengambol wishes its readers especially the Football fanatics a Very Happy New Year 2013.It was a very eventful year consisting of many ups and downs, celebrations and nerve-wracking moments in the world of Football. With the support of its readers/lovers ,Rottengambol was able to cover the most prominent events in the best possible way. Rottengambol promises to come out in a bigger way in year 2013.Continue to show your support and love for the Game and Rottengambol …. Because

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Graced by yet another tantalizing and tasty set of fixtures in Gameweek 6 produced stimulating results.Chelsea,Everton and Manchester City continued their unbeaten run.While Arsenal conceded their first loss of the season and Tottenham Hotspur achieved a historic win(first in 23 years) against Manchester united at Old Trafford.

Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea

Fernando Torres celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Arsenal at Emirates stadium on 29th September 2012.

Both teams went into this game unbeaten with one of the best defenses in the league this season.Chelsea controlled the ball for better part of the first half frustrating the home side.It was only after Chelsea got their first goal through Fernando Torres connecting one inside the box in 20th minute,Gunners showed a bit more urgency and looked sharp for next 25 minutes only to be awarded with an equalizer when the Ox fine cross was collected by Grevinho and he smashed the ball back into the net.In the second half visitors got the lead back early when Juan Mata’s free kick was deflected off Koscielny and the ball was in the back of the net.Rest of the match saw Arsenal carry out an onslaught on Chelsea goal only to be failed by solid Chelsea defense.It’s been a great start for Chelsea who have 16 points from five matches and four clear of both Manchester teams.

Fulham 1-2 Manchester City

Edin Dzeko celebrates his late winner against Fulham on Saturday at Craven Cottage.

It was nothing new for Manchester City this season when they found themselves trailing early in the match against Fulham at Craven Cottage.In the 10th minute of the game,Fulham went one goal up when Petric converted a penalty conceded by Zabaleta through a mistimed tackle on Riise. Game went on to open up and true Manchester City were beginning to re-surface. The passing was crisp, the possession went  high and City finally managed to find the back of the net for an equalizer as Aguero tapped a rebound into the back of the net in the 43rd minute. Home team went on to create better chances in the second half .League champions then showed their class when substitute Edin Dzeko scored the match winner in the 87th minute.

Everton 3-1 Southampton

Nikica Jelavic scored a brace against Southampton on Saturday at Goodison park.

Southampton’s surprise lead in the 6th minute from Gaston Ramirez didn’t stop The Toffees uncharacteristic great start to the season. Everton came from a goal down to win 3-1 against Southampton at Goodison park to put them second in league table above the Manchester clubs.Leon Osman scored the equalizer in the 25th minute.Later on two quick goals were scored  by Nikica Jelavic in the 32nd and 38th minute to give Everton their Fourth win in Six league games.

Norwich City 2-5 Liverpool

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez celebrates scoring his sides second goal against Norwich City on 29th September 2012.

Norwich expected to milk out some points when they played host to Liverpool counting on the Reds dreadful performance this season.But Liverpool had different plans as they won their first match of the season in style .The Reds went on an attacking mode from the start with Suarez scoring a very quick goal in the 2nd minute.The Uruguayan went on to score a hat trick with an easy second in the 37th minute and a superb third in the 58th  minute when he spin the ball into the net from twenty-two yards out.Norwich managed to score one through Steve Morison in 62nd minute.Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard scored the fifth goal for the team in 68th minute.

Reading 2-2 Newcastle united

Demba Ba scored twice for Newcastle United for a draw against Reading.

Reading found themselves in bottom part of league table after they failed to cement on to the start they got against The Magpies only to manage a draw in the end.Reading opened with Jimmy Kebe scoring the first goal of the game in the 57th minute. Demba Ba brought the Magpies back twice in the game with his goal in 58th and 83rd minute.

Stoke City 2-0 Swansea City

Peter Crouch celebrates a goal against Swansea City on Saturday at Liberty stadium.

Stoke City managed to get their first win of the season after four straight draws and a loss with a comfortable win over Swansea city at Liberty stadium on Saturday.Peter Crouch scored a brace in the game.The striker has now scored four goals in six matches.Swansea are now in a free fall losing their last two matches.

Sunderland 1-0 Wigan Athletic

Steven Fletcher scored the only goal of the game against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Sunderland won their first league match of the season behind a lone goal from in form Steven Fletcher against Wigan at the Stadium of Lights. Jordi Gómez was given a red card in the 47th minute bringing Wigan to ten men for rest of the game.Steven Fletcher has an incredible scoring rate with 5 shots on target this season resulting  in 5 goals.

Manchester United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Clint Dempsey celebrates scoring the third goal for Spurs against Manchester United on 29th September 2012 at Old Trafford.

An Injury ridden Manchester united hosted Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday as they looked to continue their unbeaten run over the rivals which extended to twenty-three years.Spurs had different plans for the day as they came out firing in the first half with Vertonghen scoring the opening goal of the game in the second minute.Spurs went on to double their lead when bale who sprinted some fifty yards beating a number of United players. He then went onto slide a shot across the face of the goal,beating the keeper easily.It was edge-of-the-seat stuff in the first half as Spurs dominated and the hosts were patchy defensively.Sir Alex made some crucial changes in the second half bringing on Rooney who inspired The Red Devils and assisted in bringing one goal back through Nani’s goal in the 51st minute.Visitors responded quickly with a goal from Clint Dempsey in the 52nd minute to take the scoreline to 3-1.After this Spurs were all behind cementing their defense only to be breached by a nicely driven through ball by Robin Van Persie to Shinji Kagawa  who went on to find space before stroking a clam and composed shot into the back of the net.Manchester United failed to score another and the match saw the London-based club pick up a very unpredictable and historic win at the end of the game.

Queens Park Rangers 1-2 West ham

Matt Jarvis scored his first goal of the season.

West Ham traveled across London to face Queen Park Rangers who are currently sitting in the relegation zone.Home team depicted a poor defensive performance as they lost 1-2 against newly promoted West Ham.Matt Jarvis scored his first goal of season giving hammers the lead.Their lead got doubled when Vaz Te’s shot got deflected of Stephane M’Bia, past Julio Cesar. QPR managed to get one back when Taarabt unleashed a curling shot on the run that left the goalkeeper frozen and then dropping the top corner to make it 2-1.

 

John Terry - Captain:Leader:Legend !

Chelsea’s captain John Terry walks off the pitch to give his boots to a fan after Chelsea defeated Arsenal at Emirates.

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It never disappoints,Super Sunday it was!Lots of action,high-profile matches,controversial decisions and few superb goals.Newcastle United,Manchester United and Tottenham won their respective matches while Manchester City and Arsenal played to a lone goal draw.

Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United

Rafael and Robin Van Persie celebrates during their 2-1 win over rivals Liverpool on Sunday at Anfield stadium.

Manchester United took on Liverpool at Anfield on a day when both teams paid tribute to the 96 fans killed at Hillsborough.Both teams were charged up to pick up three points from this one of the most fierce rivalry matches.The Reds dominated most of the first half without being rewarded with a goal.Instead before the first half came to an end, Shelvey was shown a straight red for a controversial two-footed lunge on Evans reducing them to 10 men.Despite one man down Liverpool broke the deadlock through skipper Steven Gerrard who rocketed past a nicely chested ball past United’s goalkeeper.Red Devils gave a fitting reply within five minutes when Rafael curled home a screamer in the 51st minute.Liverpool expecting a draw were handed another blow when referee Mark Halsey awarded a penalty in the 76th minute as Valencia was brought down in the penalty area.The penalty was a bit controversial as it wasn’t clear if there was enough contact to justify the call.Dutchman Van Persie stepped up to take the spot kick and scored the winner in the 81st minute.With this win Manchester united are one point behind European champions Chelsea while Liverpool need to turn around things in order to get out of relegation zone.

Manchester City 1-1 Arsenal

Arsenal team celebrates after Koscielny scored the equalizer against Manchester City on Sunday at Ethiad stadium.

Arsenal continued their unbeaten run this season as they secured a draw at Ethiad stadium against league champions Manchester City.The north London club dominated most part of the game but went down in the 40th minute when Lescott went on to head the ball from a corner kick into the top right corner of the goal.City asserted their authority on the game in the second half creating some close chances via Ageuro.For the Gunners it was Gervinho who found the ball most of the time and took hits on target.In the 82nd minute Defender Laurent Koscielny managed to equalize for Gunners by smashing a failed corner kick clearance into the back of the net. With this draw both teams are unbeaten in the league.

Newcastle united 1-0 Norwich

Demba Ba scores the winner for The magpies against Norwich City on Sunday.

Newcastle united took the lead in the 19th minute when the man in form Demba Ba broke the offside trap to collect the ball slotted by Hatem Ben Arfa behind the Norwich back four and executed a calm finish.Cisse had an opportunity to double the lead just before the break but missed a penalty kick.Despite being behind Norwich remained composed creating chances but failed to score the equalizer.

Tottenham 2-1 Queens Park Rangers

Jermain Defoe’s celebrates after scoring the second-half winner against QPR at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to beat QPR 2-1 to deliver Manager Andre Vilas Boas him his first home win in charge.Hoping to Carry on from where they left last week after beating Reading 3-1 ,Spurs found themselves a goal down when Bobby Zamora lifted the ball over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net following a through ball from Alejandro Faurlin in the 32nd minute.But a own goal in the 59th minute from Damian Faurlin leveled the match.This made Spurs push for victory and were rightly awarded the lead in the 61st minute by Defoe who placed the  ball into net after a thunderous strike onto the crossbar from Welshman bale.Spurs move up to eighth position after the win while Queens Park Rangers remain second from bottom in the Premier League.

 

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Fulham,Everton and Southampton managed to climb up in the Premier League rankings with their win over Wigan,Swansea and Aston Villa respectively while West Ham and Sunderland drew on Saturday.Chelsea remained on top in the league with a hard-fought win over Stoke city at Stamford Bridge.

Swansea 0-3 Everton

Everton celebrate Marouane Fellaini’s goal in their 3-0 win over Swansea on Saturday.

Everton jumped into second place in the premier league with an impressive 3-0 victory over  Swansea on Saturday.Everton went on to take the lead in the 22nd minute with Anichebe hammering past Vorm from a setup by Fellaini.They dominated rest of the half managing to surge into a two goal lead in 43rd minute with a Mirallas goal.Second half saw some elevated attack from home side but towering Howard denied them any success.Swansea were reduced to 10 men when substitute Nathan Dyer, who had only been on the pitch for 12 minutes, was sent off in the second half.In the 83rdminute, Fellaini headed in a Baines free kick to put the match beyond Swasena’s reach.

Southampton 4-1 Aston Villa

Rickie Lambert scored twice at St. Mary on Saturday against Aston villa to give the Saints their first win of the season.

Southampton pulled off first three points of the season on Saturday with an impressive 4-1 win over Aston Villa at St Mary’s.They came from one goal down when striker Rickie Lambert drew level in 58th minute.After that Villa were outplayed throughout in every possible manner leading to Nathaniel Clyne scoring the second for the Saints in 63rd minute.An own goal from Ciaran Clark in the 72nd minute saw the hosts turn the match on its head.Lambert then scored his fourth league goal of the season from the penalty spot in added time as Southampton, who had a tough start to the season with matches against last season’s top three, won at last.

Chelsea 1-0 Stoke City

A late strike from Ashley Cole hands a 1-0 win over Stoke and place Chelsea atop the league table.

A match expected to be an easy one for the home side turned into a frustrated event as The Blues struggle to break down an organized Stoke side.Stoke looking to post yet another draw created some close chances in the first half with one going off the top bar from a Walter’s header in spite of Chelsea holding on to most of ball possession.Di Matteo started Lampard and Terry from bench with Oscar on pitch who almost created the magic similar to that against Juventus last week.The game really sparked up late on, notably starting up around the time Lampard was subbed on in the 81st minute. A late goal in 85th minute from an unlikely scorer Ashley Cole who managed to sneak in behind the towering Stoke City back line, thanks to a cheeky heel-flick from Mata.With this win Chelsea are three points clear at the top of the table.

West Ham 1-1 Sunderland

Captain Kevin Nolan celebrates after scoring a late equalizer against Sunderland on Saturday at Upton Park.

It was a heart-break for Sunderland on Saturday at Upton park as Kevin Nolan rescued West Ham with a  last-gasp equalizer in the 93rd minute.Steven Fletcher’s first half goal in the 9th minute had put the visitors one goal up looking for the first win of the season only to be denied by captain Nolan who has scored three goals in the season.

Wigan 1-2 Fulham

Fulham’s Damien Duff celebrates scoring the second goal against Wigan on Saturday.

Fulham gained their first away win of the season on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Wigan on Saturday at DW Stadium.Hugo Rodallega gave the visitors lead in the 31st minute which was double by Damien Duff in the 68th minute to seal the points for the Cottagers.It has been a strong start for Fulham this season putting them into the top four.Arouna Kone grabbed a late consolation for the hosts.

West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Reading

Lukaku celebrates scoring the lone goal of the match against Reading to put his side in top three of the league table on Saturday.

Chelsea’s On-loan striker Romelu Lukaku grabbed his second goal of the season placing the Baggies at third place in the English Premier League table.Lukaku scored the lone goal of the match in the 71st minute firing home left-footed with keeper Alex McCarthy unsighted.Steve Clarke’s side now has a perfect home record who has won their opening three home fixtures for the first time in 58 years.Saturday’s loss has pushed Reading to the bottom of the table after their fifth game without a victory.

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The Brazilian Duo!

Oscar testifying the reason of having that no.11 jersey.

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England striker Jermain Defoe bags a brace against Reading to register first win of the season under the newly appointed manager Andre Villas Boas .

Jermaine Defoe scored a brace against Reading on Sunday at the Madejski Stadium.

Of the three previous matches Spurs had drawn two and lost one raising questions about the appointment of ex Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas.However it was a powerful and convincing performance on Sunday provided an emphatic response.The visitors from the start went on an attacking mode as they looked to create a number of goal scoring opportunities for themselves. The early pressure paid off as in the 18th minute,as Defoe slotted the ball into the far post from a pass from Lennon.Spurs dominated rest of the first half accompanied by lot of missed chances in front of Reading goal.

Gareth Bale celebrating after scoring the second goal for Spurs against Reading on Sunday.

The second half started where spurs left ,creating chances and dominating the game.Despite all their domination, they failed to really score another goal till 71st minute when a neatly taken shot by Gareth Bale with his right foot doubled their advantage.Jermain Defoe soon after scored his second of the match with a 50-yard run with a powerful angled finish  to give Spurs a 3-0 unassailable lead.Reading did manage to grab a late consolation in the breaking moments of the match when Le Fonde finished quite neatly in the near post.

Andre Villas registered first win as Tottenham Hotspur manager on Sunday against Reading.

In the end it was a sublime performance from spurs with limelight on welsh midfielder Gareth bale along with Dembele roaming all over the park and creating chances.With this win Spurs finally managed to climb up in the Premier League rankings.