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Week 15 - Premier League 11/12 & El Clasico

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Saturday, 10 December 2011

Barclays Premier League

Arsenal v Everton, 15:00

Liverpool v QPR, 15:00

Norwich v Newcastle, 15:00

Swansea v Fulham, 15:00

West Brom v Wigan, 15:00

La Liga El Clasico

Real Madrid v Barcelona, 21:00

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Barclays Premier League

Stoke v Tottenham, 16:00

FIFA Club World Cup

Esperance Sportive de Tunis v Al Sadd, QF, 07:00

Kashiwa Reysol v Monterrey, QF, 10:30

Monday, 12 December 2011

Barclays Premier League

Chelsea v Man City, 20:00

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Uefa Europa League

Besiktas v

Stoke, GpE, 18:00

Dynamo Kiev v Macc Tel-Aviv, GpE, 18:00

FC Zurich v FC Vaslui, GpD, 18:00

Lazio v Sporting, GpD, 18:00

Paris SG v Athletic Bilbao, GpF, 18:00

Slovan Bratislava v Red Bull Salzburg, GpF, 18:00

Anderlecht v Lokomotiv Moscow, GpL, 20:05

Fulham v Odense BK, GpK, 20:05

Maccabi Haifa v Schalke 04, GpJ, 20:05

Steaua Bucharest v AEK Larnaca, GpJ, 20:05

Sturm Graz v AEK Athens, GpL, 20:05

Wisla Krakow v FC Twente, GpK, 20:05

FIFA Club World Cup

Loser Q/F 1 v Loser Q/F2, 5th, 07:30

Winner Q/F 1 v Santos Futebol Clube, SF, 10:30

Thursday, 15 December 2011

FIFA Club World Cup

Winner Q/F 2 v FC Barcelona, SP, 10:30

Uefa Europa League

FC Copenhagen v Standard Liege, GpB, 18:00

Hannover 96 v Vorskla Poltava, GpB, 18:00

Hapoel Tel-Aviv v Legia Warsaw, GpC, 18:00

PAOK Salonika v Rubin Kazan, GpA, 18:00

PSV Eindhoven v Rapid Bucharest, GpC, 18:00

Shamrock Rovers v

Tottenham, GpA, 18:00

AZ Alkmaar v FC Metalist Kharkiv , GpG, 20:05

Atletico Madrid v Rennes, GpI, 20:05

Austria Vienna v Malmo, GpG, 20:05

Birmingham v NK Maribor, GpH, 20:05

Club Brugge v Braga, GpH, 20:05

Udinese v

Celtic, GpI, 20:05

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Arsenal 4-0 Everton

Bolton 2-2 Villa

Liverpool 2-0 QPR

Manchester United 0-1 Wolves

Norwich 2-3 Newcastle

Swansea 1-0 Fulham

West Brom 3-1 Wigan

Sunderland 0-0 Blackburn

Stoke 2-0 Tottenham

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QUOTE ME 11.12.11 @ 6PM

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Arsenal 4?

Don't jinx it fam.

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Only one game matters this weekend

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Always look forward to this thread.

Gonna be a great weekend for sport in general UFC, Amir + Classico.

God is Good

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Any acc

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Madrid vs Barca cant wait!!!!!!

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Imagine if one santos and barca dont get thru their semi final :lol:

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getting the train to scouse land at 10 am tomorrow, meeting some of the lads in the pub at 8. cant wait.

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Tomorrow night is gonna get messy, El Classico followed by the Khan/Peterson fight.

Saturday>>>>>>>>>_________

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Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka has played down the importance of the first Clasico of the season and insists the Primera Division leaders will not alter their approach to end Barcelona's recent superiority in the fixture.

Madrid have won their last 10 La Liga games, 15 in all competitions, and go into the fixture looking down on their arch rivals. They have a three-point advantage at the summit and a game in hand.

But when they go head to head it is invariably the Catalans who come out on top - Barca have lost only one of their 11 meetings since Pep Guardiola took charge in 2008 and have never lost under his stewardship at the Bernabeu.

It all adds up to another tasty encounter although Karanka, standing in for Jose Mourinho, claimed it was just another game.

The one-time Spain defender told reporters at a press conference: "We are in good shape. It is just one more game and we will not change our way of doing things.

"It is true they are a direct rival but that does not change anything. There are three points at stake and that will not change."

Conflicting

Madrid could be forgiven for having conflicting thoughts ahead of the game. A draw would preserve their advantage, a win would put them in a very strong position even at this early stage while a defeat would see Barca regain a foothold in the title race before they head off to the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.

Karanka, however, is clear how Madrid will approach a game which will be viewed worldwide.

"We did not go for the draw against Ajax (in the Champions League in midweek). We went out to win even though we had already qualified," he said.

"It is clear that if we win our position will improve but that will not change the way we work."

Karanka said Madrid would adopt an attacking formation - confirming the belief that the best way to beat Barca is by getting at their sometimes suspect defence.

"Let's play to win with a 4-3-3 formation with Cristiano (Ronaldo) and (Angel) Di Maria in support of (Karim) Benzema or (Gonzalo) Higuain," he said.

"In the centre we have several options and it is important that the 11 are right for this game."

Absent

Madrid's only absentee is the injured Ricardo Carvalho while Mourinho's main selection dilemma concerns whether to go for Benzema or Higuain in attack.

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta talked up his own team before the contest, declaring them the best Barca side he has ever played in.

The 27-year-old, whose goal handed Spain victory over Holland in the 2010 World Cup final, told www.fifa.com: "I believe this is the best Barca team I've ever played in."

On the debate over Barca's formation - Guardiola has varied between 4-3-3 and 3-4-3 this season - Iniesta is comfortable with both and puts that down to the schooling he received at the club's famed La Masia academy.

"We try to work on variations in so far as we can, because we have so many games," said Iniesta.

"We take advantage of training games and even official matches [to work on these].

"However, many of us in the current squad are already familiar with the 3-4-3 variant from our time playing youth football, so it's not that new for us.

"This familiarity means we can adapt to it quite naturally. Having tactical alternatives for any given match scenario or opponent is important."

Guardiola, however, is likely to err on the side of caution and revert to four at the back, although one of the centre-halves could be Javier Mascherano, who is more accustomed to playing in a midfield role.

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http://www.guardian....87958?fb=native

LUANDA, Dec 9 (Reuters) - An Angolan teenager allegedly shot and killed his father after a row about this weekend's "Clasico" between Real Madrid and Barcelona, Angolan state news agency Angop reported.

The 17-year-old and his 48-year-old father had argued about Spanish soccer and Angolan music on Thursday in the capital Luanda and the discussion ended in violence, the report said.

"That led to both parties losing control," Angop quoted Carlos Andre, an officer with the Criminal Investigation Police, as saying. "They started a big fight in the area. The youngster picked up a firearm in the yard of their house and shot twice at his father," he added.

The police officer said the father died at the scene, while the teenager escaped with the firearm and is still on the run.

Many Angolans are passionate about soccer and thanks to satellite television channels Can follow top European leagues such as Spain's La Liga.

El Clasico 's no joke

Where's Porchy and I swear he's Angolan.

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Andre Villas-Boas has launched a scathing attack on Gary Neville's "ridiculous" criticisms of Chelsea.

The former Manchester United player said Blues defender David Luiz played like a man being controlled by a 10-year-old using a PlayStation.

"I'd say this to his face with most pleasure," the Chelsea boss said.

"You can't speculate and invent things that are going on. Some people can have more or less an idea. But not him. He cannot know."

Villas-Boas added: "You cannot approach a top Brazil central defender saying he's commanded by a kid with a PlayStation. That's ridiculous.

"He plays for the team with most [world] titles, so be careful with what you're saying."

Neville, now a television pundit, made the remarks about Luiz after Chelsea's home defeat by Liverpool in the Premier League.

He also said before Chelsea's Champions League win over Valencia on Tuesday that he would not want to be in the Blues' dressing room, comments heard by Villas-Boas.

The Portuguese said: "What does he know about the Chelsea dressing room? What does Gary Neville know about our dressing room?

"How can you imagine what is going on in the Chelsea dressing room? How can you know?

"Have you been here? Do you know where Cobham [Chelsea's training ground] is? You don't even know how to get here.

"I'm normally indifferent, not watching on the telly to see what these people say. But I was watching the television at that moment and I was gobsmacked."

Villas-Boas, 34, has also taken issue with criticism from Liverpool legends Alan Hansen and Graeme Souness since his appointment as Chelsea boss in the summer.

"Most of these people we are speaking about have a direct past related to single clubs, which are their favourite clubs, which in the end brings a likely biased position in their opinion-making," he said.

"Comic criticism from top ex-professional players when they take the route to the ridiculous, I think I have a word to say.

"When they opt for words as we've been seeing, in the past, I have to be aggressive."

:lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

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Rah, Chelsea Man City on MNF... SICK

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Going Emirates tomorrow, looking forward to seeing RVP.

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Citeh players get their own harvey nic store in the training ground>>>

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AVB must be feeling that heat :lol:

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http://www.guardian....87958?fb=native

LUANDA, Dec 9 (Reuters) - An Angolan teenager allegedly shot and killed his father after a row about this weekend's "Clasico" between Real Madrid and Barcelona, Angolan state news agency Angop reported.

The 17-year-old and his 48-year-old father had argued about Spanish soccer and Angolan music on Thursday in the capital Luanda and the discussion ended in violence, the report said.

"That led to both parties losing control," Angop quoted Carlos Andre, an officer with the Criminal Investigation Police, as saying. "They started a big fight in the area. The youngster picked up a firearm in the yard of their house and shot twice at his father," he added.

The police officer said the father died at the scene, while the teenager escaped with the firearm and is still on the run.

Many Angolans are passionate about soccer and thanks to satellite television channels Can follow top European leagues such as Spain's La Liga.

El Clasico 's no joke

Where's Porchy and I swear he's Angolan.

Congolese/Portuguese born in France

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