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sábado, 23 de mayo de 2009

THE DECISIVE DAYS (article in English and Español)

The European leagues are arriving to the end and of course it is time to see many games with high tension, since many teams will define their imminent future in the next 1 or 2 games.
On one hand, after the Manchester United´s championship, the fans of the English Premier League will pay special attention to the situation of an historic and powerful team, Newcastle United, which is a clear example of mismanagement during the last seasons and specially during this season, which has started with the dismissal of the coach the team, Kevin Keegan, who discussed with the directors of the team after the arrival of the Spanish striker Xisco, since KK understood that Xisco was not the necessary player for the club, since the team of St Jame´s Park had many strikers and it needed midfielders to be a competitive team. Of course, Keegan was right and the results of the team during the season have been very poor and besides showing a very bad image: it has been a broken team, without ideas, without playmakers, showing a very predictable play, which is very easy to defend and with horrible results- 7 wins in 37 games(2 in the last 19 games played)-, arriving to the last day with many problems to remain in the Premier League, since it must win its complicated game at Villa Park and besides it needs a Hull City´s defeat-it will plays at home against Manchester Untied, which will have its head in Rome-or a Sunderland´s defeat-it will play at home against Chelsea which will play with calmness-. So, the magpies´s fans needs to see a big miracle to see their team playing next season in Premier League…this is football, ¿who could think up 9 months ago that this team-players like Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins, Fabricio Coloccini, Damien Duff, Gérémi, Mark Viduka and Nicky Butt- would be in this situation? ... the final result, this Sunday at 17.00 CET.

On the other hand, there will be also very interesting games in the Spanish league, because if we exclude the 3 top teams in the standing, almost all other teams will play very important games to decide their future, as for example the decisive match to play next Champions League between Villarreal CF and Valencia CF(Valencia will play without Manuel Fernandes and David Silva and Villarreal without Santi Cazorla),or the key game to remain in Primera division between Getafe and Numancia-if Numancia can win this game, it will have the same point as Getafe in the standing and besides it can advance Osasuna in the standing, since the Jose Antonio Camacho´s team has a complicated game at Camp Nou stadium against FC Barcelona-. Anyway, it will be a day with high emotions in the Spanish league, as in the German league, whose teams will play this Saturday at 15.30 CET the last game of the season to decide which team will be the champion of the Bundesliga, being VfL Wolfsburg the team with more number to be, because it arrives in the top position of the standing(66 points) and it will play at home, where is an excellent team, since it has won 15 games and it has drawn only one game during this season, so it has many chances to win today the Bundesliga, since its rival, Werder Bremen does not arrive in its best moment after its Uefa Cup Final´s defeat last Wednesday in Istambul-I can not understand why Diego has some critics, since it is very clear that he is a key player and without his play, Werder Bremen is simply a normal team, without the necessary imagination of a top player, since Mesut Özil is a young player and he must learn many things to be a good Diego´s replacement-. If the Wolfsburg excellent trio-the brilliant Zvjezdan Misimovic(19 assists this season in the Bundesliga –he sounds as Bayern Munich´s future player-), Grafite (26 goals) and Edin Dzeko (25 goals-he is in the agendas of the European top teams-)- does not have its best day and these players can not overcame the pressure and Wolfsburg can not win the game, the fans must pay attention to the other Bundesliga´s game between Bayern Munich(second in the standing with 64 points) and Stuttgart (third in the standing with 64 points), since the winner of this game can be the Champion.

Furthermore, possibly we will have emotion until the last day in the Turkish Süper Lig, since 3 teams arrive to the last 2 days with many chances to be the Champion-Besiktas is the leader with 65 points, followed by Sivasspor with 63 points and Trabzonspor with 62 points-, so anything is possible, because Besiktas has a complicated derby this Sunday at 19.00 CET against Galatasaray, which wants that its top rival does not win the Lig. Probably Besiktas is the team with a more attractive play of Turkish Lig and it is a more consistent team since the arrival of Fabian Ernst (Besiktas have lost only 1 game with the German player in the field) and Yusuf Simsek last January, but now it is the time to show that its players can play well under pressure and against a top team-although Galatasaray is not in its best moment-, since until this moment Besiktas has not win any game played against the top Turkish team-it drew the 2 games played against Sivasspor, Trabzonspor, and Bursaspor and it lost the 2 games against Fenerbahçe and the match played against Galatasaray in the Ali Sami Yen stadium-.So we'll see if Besiktas, which will play without Matías Delgado and Mert Nobre, can beat the judge of Süper Lig, Galatasaray-the Ali Sami Yen´s team will play next week against Sivasspor-, at the Inönü stadium(obviously about Luís Aragonés, it is better not talk because his performance is very poor, both in results as play showed, having a listless team, being normal that Fenerbahçe is far from the leader in the standing-it is 5th in the standing with a gap of 10 points to the leader, which is not the paradigm of authority-).
Finally, we should also indicate that there are attractive and critical games in Italy-a crucial Chievo Verona-Bologna on Sunday at 15.00 CET- and in France- decisive games as Sochaux-Nantes or Olympique Lyon-Caen, on Saturday at 21.00 CET-.
Good luck.
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J&F
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