After a run of 684 minutes without a goal Thierry Henry finally scored for the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night. His 88th minute goal completed a 3-0 win over San Jose for Henry’s team. It was the Frenchman’s third goal since joining the MLS outfit. Yes, third, and that for a designated player. At a reputed $5 million per season that works out at approximately $1.7 million per goal. What a waste of money!
How ironic that on the day Arsenal’s title challenge was ended, the team their manager hates the most would cruise into next month’s FA Cup Final. Arsene Wenger has derided Tony Pullis and his Stoke City team for their style of play since their return to the Premier League three years ago. After hammering Bolton Wanderers, Pullis and City are only 90 minutes away from winning a trophy, something Wenger and Arsenal have not done for six years. What were the preseason odds on Birmingham and Stoke winning silverware this year, but not Arsenal, or Chelsea for that matter?
Something’s to consider as the 2010-11 season comes to its conclusion. EPL: Blackpool is in free fall as is Sunderland and it would not be a surprise to see one, or both relegated. Is Steve Bruce one of the most overrated managers in England?
Championship: Sheffield United now sits bottom of the league and already has one foot in League One. At least the Blades will have a Steel City derby against Sheff Wed to look forward to next season. Meanwhile, their former manager Neil Warnock will be back in the Premier League with Queen’s Park Rangers next season. Look out Arsene Wenger. While Cardiff City currently occupies an automatic promotion spot their Welsh rivals Swansea are comfortably in the play off positions. What a game it will be if they meet in the playoffs?
Scotland: Celtic and Rangers play their seventh and final game of the season on Easter Sunday, but the league is too close to call and will once again go to the wire.
Spain: Barcelona’s 1-1 draw at Real Madrid ensures they will be champions for the third year in a row. The Spanish Cup and Champions League games are still to come. It will be as much a battle of Mourinho against Guardiola as it will be Messi against Ronaldo.
Italy: Milan looks to have held off the challenge from Napoli and bitter rivals Internazionale to win the Scudetto. The fact that Spurs and Schalke dumped the two Milan clubs out of Europe shows the standing of Serie A this year.
During its recent home game against Wigan Athletic, Chelsea offered its young fans the chance to play free games of Xbox 360 soccer. By all accounts the computer generated play was more exciting than anything seen at Stamford Bridge this season. However, there is no truth to the rumor that of the thousands of games played; Fernando Torres still failed to score a single goal.
Prior to Monday’s Liverpool-Man City game a minutes silence in memory of the 96 people who died at Hillsborough was impeccably observed. Twenty-two years after that terrible April day in Sheffield the painful memories for football fans in general and Liverpool fans in particular have yet to abate. The fans are gone, but not forgotten. May they rest in peace!