Saturday, May 22, 2010

News: Bayern Munich vs Inter Milan Final Preview 22/05/2010 UEFA Champions League

Bayern Munich vs Inter Milan Final Preview 22/05/2010 UEFA Champions League Final

Bayern Munich - Inter Milan Match Kick Off Time 20:45 CET 19:45 UK at Real Madrid's Bernabéu, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan live online on Saturday 22 May 2010, You can watch the Champions League final either on (for free) or on Sky Sports (if you're a Sky subscriber). Club football's biggest prize is at stake when two of the great names of the European game, FC Bayern Munich and FC Inter Milan, cross swords in the climax to the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League season in Madrid.

The Santiago Bernabéu, home of Real Madrid CF, will stage the showdown between a Bayern side seeking their fifth European crown and an Inter team looking to lift the trophy for the first time in 45 years.

Bayern go into the game seeking a third Italian scalp in this term's competition having already eliminated Juventus and ACF Fiorentina but Inter have their own reasons to believe, not least their impressive dethroning of the holders, FC Barcelona, in the semi-finals.

The personal history between coaches Louis van Gaal and José Mourinho enhances the intrigue with the latter having worked as assistant to the current Bayern boss at Barcelona between 1997 and 2000.

Both men are past winners of the competition and each will join the exclusive club of coaches who have guided more than one team to European Champion Clubs' Cup success if victorious in the Spanish capital.

Previous meetings
This is the fifth match between Bayern and Inter whose most recent encounter came in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League group stage. Patrick Vieira's added-time equaliser earned Inter a 1-1 draw in Munich on 5 December 2006, cancelling out Roy Makaay's 62nd-minute opener.

The teams that night were:
Bayern: Kahn, Sagnol, Lucio, Van Buyten, Lahm, Ottl, Salihamidžić (Deisler 79), Van Bommel (Demichelis 73), Schweinsteiger, Pizarro, Makaay (Santa Cruz 83).
Inter: Toldo, Zanetti, Samuel, Andreolli, Maicon, Vieira, Mariano González, Maxwell, Solari (Grosso 83), Ibrahimović (Crespo 46), Figo (Recoba 70).

Bayern had earned a 2-0 win at Inter on 27 September that year, courtesy of goals from Claudio Pizarro (81) and Lukas Podoski (91). Inter finished with nine men after the second-half dismissals of Zlatan Ibrahimović and Fabio Grosso.

The lineups at San Siro were:
Inter: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Córdoba, Materazzi, Grosso, Zanetti, Figo (Mariano González 67), Dacourt, Stanković (Solari 77), Ibrahimović, Crespo (Adriano 77).
Bayern: Kahn, Sagnol, Lucio, Van Buyten, Lahm, Salihamidžić (Scholl 70), Van Bommel, Ottl, Schweinsteiger, Pizarro (Podolski 89), Makaay (Santa Cruz 82).

Felix Magath and Roberto Mancini were the respective coaches for those ties in 2006/07 and it was Magath's Bayern who topped the group with Inter second.

Bayern produced a spectacular comeback to defeat Inter in the clubs' only two-legged contest in the 1988/89 UEFA Cup third round.

Inter had looked set to progress when Aldo Serena (60) and Nicola Berti (71) gave them a 2-0 first-leg win in Munich on 23 November 1988. But Bayern struck three goals in eight first-half minutes in the return through Roland Wohlfarth (33), Klaus Augenthaler (37) and Jürgen Wegmann (40). Although Serena pulled a goal back just before the break, Bayern's 3-1 win carried them through on away goals.

Jupp Heynckes was in charge of Bayern with Giovanni Trapattoni, a future coach of the Bavarian club, at the Inter helm.

Match background
Bayern, winners most recently in 2001, are seeking to join Liverpool FC on five European Cup wins and so become the joint-third most successful club in the competition's history behind Real Madrid and AC Milan.

Bayern's record in European Cup finals is four wins and three defeats:
1974: 4-0 v Club Atlético de Madrid, Brussels
(replay after 1-1 draw)
1975: 2-0 v Leeds United AFC, Paris
1976: 1-0 v AS Saint-Etienne, Glasgow
1982: 0-1 v Aston Villa FC, Rotterdam
1987: 1-2 v FC Porto, Vienna
1999: 1-2 v Manchester United FC, Barcelona
2001: 1-1 v Valencia CF, 5-4 on penalties, Milan

Bayern also won the 1967 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final and 1996 UEFA Cup final.

Inter are hoping to secure their first European crown since Helenio Herrera steered them to back-to-back triumphs in the mid-60s. With a third win, Inter would join Barcelona and Manchester United FC on three European Cups.

Inter's record in European Cup finals is two wins and two draws:
1964: 3-1 v Real Madrid CF, Vienna
1965: 1-0 v SL Benfica, Milan
1967: 1-2 v Celtic FC, Lisbon
1972: 0-2 v AFC Ajax, Rotterdam

Inter appeared in four UEFA Cup finals in the 1990s, winning in 1991, 1994 and 1998 but losing in 1997.

Javier Zanetti was in the Nerazzurri side that lost the 1997 UEFA Cup final on penalties against FC Schalke 04 but lifted the trophy the following year with a 3-0 victory against S.S. Lazio, scoring the second goal.

Bayern were 4-1 winners at Juventus in Turin in December to qualify for the knockout rounds at the Bianconeri's expense, finishing second behind FC Girondins de Bordeaux in Group A. They then squeezed past Fiorentina on away goals in the round of 16, following a 2-1 home win with a 3-2 reverse in Tuscany.

Bayern subsequently edged past Manchester United FC in another away-goals success before beating Olympique Lyonnais 4-0 on aggregate in the last four.

With four defeats en route to Madrid, Bayern have lost more games than any finalist since Milan, the champions in 2002/03 who suffered four reverses in the competition proper and another in qualifying.

Like Bayern, Inter were runners-up in the group stage, finishing behind Barcelona in Group F. They have since ousted Mourinho's old club Chelsea FC and PFC CSKA Moskva before a 3-2 aggregate success against Barcelona in the semi-finals.

Both clubs have played the same number of matches (28) against teams from the rival country, but Inter have the superior record:
Bayern v Italian clubs: P28 W9 D7 L12
Inter v German clubs: P28 W13 D8 L7

Van Gaal has twice faced Italian opposition in the UEFA Champions League final. In 1995 his Ajax team overcame Milan 1-0, losing the following season's showpiece to Juventus after a penalty shoot-out.

Van Gaal guided Ajax to victory against Torino FC in the 1992 UEFA Cup final.

Inter's most recent encounter with Bundesliga opposition came against Werder Bremen in last season's group stage – they drew 1-1 at home and lost 2-1 away.

Van Gaal and Mourinho have both won the European Cup before – Van Gaal with Ajax in 1995 and Mourinho in 2004 with FC Porto. Whoever prevails will become the third coach to have lifted the famous trophy with two different clubs, following Ernst Happel and Ottmar Hitzfeld.

Thirteen years separated Happel's successes with Feyenoord (1970) and Hamburger SV (1983) meaning Van Gaal would establish a record for the longest gap between European Cup triumphs if he emerged victorious. Hitzfeld's wins came with BV Borussia Dortmund (1997) and Bayern (2001).

This is Bayern's tenth visit to the Santiago Bernabéu. Their record from nine previous matches there is W2 D1 L6.

Mark van Bommel hit Bayern's second goal in the 88th minute of their 3-2 defeat at the stadium in a last-16 meeting with Real Madrid in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League. His strike set up an eventual away-goals triumph for the Bavarian side, 2-1 victors in the second leg.

Bayern visited the Bernabéu twice in 1999/2000. They won 4-2 in the UEFA Champions League second group stage in February 2000, but then suffered a 2-0 defeat by Madrid in the first leg of a semi-final that they lost 3-2 on aggregate.

The following season Giovane Elber's strike secured a 1-0 semi-final first-leg success at the Bernabéu en route to Bayern winning the trophy.

Inter have won one and lost six of seven previous matches at the Bernabéu.

Zanetti featured on their most recent visit for a 2-0 defeat in the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League group stage.

Inter have lost four semi-finals against Real Madrid after defeats in the Spanish capital, suffering spectacular reverses in successive UEFA Cup campaigns.

In 1984/85 Inter's 2-0 first-leg lead disappeared as Madrid overwhelmed them 3-0 at the Bernabéu. The following season the Nerazzurri succumbed 5-1 after extra time in Madrid following a 3-1 home success. Final ambassador Emilio Butragueño was in the Merengues' lineup that day.

Inter's only win at the Bernabéu came in the 1966/67 European Cup quarter-final against Madrid when a Renato Cappellini strike and Ignacio Zoco own goal earned the Italian side a 2-0 second-leg success and 3-0 aggregate triumph.

Team ties
Mourinho got the better of Bayern in the 2004/05 quarter-finals, although he was suspended for both legs of that contest. His Chelsea side won 4-2 in London before going down 3-2 in Munich.

Two members of the Bayern squad have played in a UEFA Champions League final – Hans-Jörg Butt in Bayer 04 Leverkusen's 2002 defeat by Real Madrid and Van Bommel in Barcelona's 2006 victory against Arsenal FC.

Samuel Eto'o played alongside Van Bommel in Barcelona's 2006 success, scoring the first goal, and hit the target again when the Azulgrana defeated Manchester United in last seasons's final.

Lucio, meanwhile, was a team-mate of Butt in the 2002 defeat, scoring Leverkusen's goal.

With a goal against Bayern, Eto'o would become the first player in the UEFA Champions League era to find the net in three finals. Only Real Madrid's Alfredo di Stéfano has managed the feat previously – he scored in five successive finals between 1956 and 1960.

Arjen Robben played under Mourinho at Chelsea from 2004 to 2007, winning two Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge.

Esteban Cambiasso spent two years with Madrid's B team from 1996 to 1998 then, after four seasons on loan back in Argentina, joined the Merengues' senior squad from 2002 to 2004 before moving to Inter. Walter Samuel was there for 2004/05 while Wesley Sneijder spent two seasons at Madrid alongside Robben from 2007 to 2009.

Cambiasso had a spot-kick saved when his Argentina side lost on penalties to Germany in the 2006 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals. Miroslav Klose had scored Germany's equaliser in a 1-1 draw that also featured the Bavarian side's Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The Bayern trio came unstuck in the semi-finals, however, against an Italy side that included Marco Materazzi.

Two famous names of European football, Lothar Matthäus as a player and Trapattoni as a coach, hold the distinction of having won domestic titles with both Bayern and Inter.

This is the third final between German and Italian teams – on both previous occasions the Bundesliga side prevailed:
1983: Hamburger SV 1-0 Juventus
1997: BV Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Juventus

The Santiago Bernabéu has hosted three previous European Cup finals:
1957: Real Madrid CF 2-0 ACF Fiorentina
1969: AC Milan 4-1 AFC Ajax
1980: Nottingham Forest FC 1-0 Hamburger SV

The stadium also hosted the 1964 UEFA European Championship final and the 1982 World Cup final when Italy beat West Germany 3-1. Alessandro Altobelli, then an Inter player, scored Italy's third goal in that final, the German consolation coming from Bayern's Paul Breitner.

Bayern's record in penalty shoot-outs is:
5-4 v Valencia CF, 2000/01 UEFA Champions League final
9-8 v PAOK FC, 1983/84 UEFA Cup second round
4-3 v Åtvidaberg FF, 1973/74 European Champion Clubs' Cup first round

Inter's record is:
1-4 v FC Schalke 04, 1996/97 UEFA Cup final
5-3 v Grazer AK, 1996/97 UEFA Cup second round
3-4 v Aston Villa FC, 1994/95 UEFA Cup first round
5-4 v Celtic FC, 1971/72 European Champion Clubs' Cup semi-final

This season's UEFA Champions League final is the first to be played on a Saturday.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Michael Ballack get an ankle injury


The German captain and star midfielder Michael Ballack will miss next month’s FIFA World Cup 2010 due to an ankle injury,in FA Cup final victory over Portsmouth on Saturday.

The 33-year-old Chelsea midfielder has made 98 appearances for his country and played in the last two World Cups.
A scan showed damage to two ligaments but it is expected to be eight weeks before he can resume training and Germany’s first match is on 13 June.

“It’s bitter to get a diagnosis like that before the World Cup,” he said.

Michael Ballack was injured after a challenge by Portsmouth’s Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Ironically, Boateng could be part of the Ghana squad that will face Germany in Group D at the finals in South Africa.


The former Tottenham player was born in Germany and represented German youth teams but chose to play for Ghana, his father’s country of birth.

After Fifa removed the age limit for players who want to switch national allegiance, the 23-year-old was cleared to appear for Ghana in the finals and has been named in a provisional 30-man squad.

The Portsmouth midfielder’s late tackle in the 35th minute of Chelsea’s Cup final victory at Wembley led to Ballack limping off.

An early X-ray at the stadium showed no broken bones but a further scan in Germany on Monday highlighted the full extent of the problem.

The German Football Federation said Ballack’s right ankle will be placed in a cast and he will have to wear a special shoe for two weeks after the cast is removed.

A Chelsea statement confirmed: “The German national team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt, estimates the earliest possible return to training for the player is in eight weeks.”

Ballack, who joined Chelsea in 2006 after four years with Bayern Munich, sustained a tear of one ankle ligament and a partial tear of another.

“There’s naturally a lot of disappointment,” he said. “But that’s football. That happens. Life goes on.”

Germany coach Joachim Loew said: “We were all naturally shocked this morning when we got the news. I talked to Michael. He’s deeply disappointed. He put all his energy and power into playing in this World Cup.
“He’s near his 100th cap. That would have been a match in Frankfurt against Bosnia.

“That’s an immense disappointment for him to not be able to play in this World Cup.”

Loew hopes the setback might galvanise his squad as the World Cup unfolds and added: “I called the team together and spoke with the team and passed along the information.

“It’s very, very unfortunate for us. But it shows we have to pull all our strength together and look forward. We’ve got a lot of young players.

“We’ve now got to get to that point that our younger players get this self-confidence and can grew into the roles.”

Boateng’s half-brother Jerome, the Hamburg defender, is in the German provisional squad and the coach has requested that he is not targeted by fans and the media.

“I have spoken with Jerome Boateng,” Loew explained. “I told him that we absolutely unreservedly stand by him. He is a member of the family.

“I ask everyone not to drag him into this.”

Ballack impressed for Germany during the 2008 European Championship, when they were eventually beaten 1-0 in the final by Spain, and was considered a key figure for them again this summer.

The Germans begin their campaign against Australia on 13 June before matches against Serbia on 18 June and Ghana on 23 June.

Rima Fakih Miss Michigan Won Miss USA 2010 Crown

Image: Miss USA Rima Fakih

Rima Fakih, Miss Michigan, was crowned Miss USA 2010 on Sunday night, becoming the first Arab-American to win the beauty pageant.


A 24-year-old Arab American from Michigan beat out 50 other women to take the 2010 Miss USA title Sunday night, despite stumbling in her evening gown.

Rima Fakih of Dearborn, Mich., won the pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip after strutting confidently in an orange and gold bikini, wearing a strapless white gown that resembled a wedding dress and saying health insurance should cover birth control pills.

Fakih, 24, a former New Yorker who was raised in Dearborn, Mich., beat out 50 other contestants, including runner-up Miss Oklahoma, for the grand prize.

When asked on stage how she felt about the big win, the petite brunette quipped, "Ask me after I've had a pizza."

"I feel great. Thanks for hiring me, Donald Trump," she said of the co-owner of the Miss USA pageant.

Fakih accepted her crown from Kristen Dalton, the outgoing Miss USA, at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Born in Lebonon, she emigrated with her parents to the United States as a baby and attended Catholic school in New York City until her family moved to Michigan in 2003.

She is a graduate the University of Michigan-Dearborn with degrees in economics and business management. She plans to begin law school after her year-long reign.

Fakih nearly tripped on the train of her long, strapless gown during the evening-wear portion of Sunday night's the competition, broadcast live on NBC.

In the interview segment of the event, she was asked whether she thought birth control should be paid for by health insurance. She said yes.

"I believe that birth control is just like every other medication even though it's a controlled substance," said Fakih, who was raised in a household that celebrates both Christian and Muslim faiths.

She told reporters she sold her 1998 Ford Taurus to pay the $800 entry fee for the Miss Michigan pageant.

In addition to winning scholarships and a wardrobe fit for a queen, Fakih will be given a luxury New York City apartment to live in while she's Miss USA.

Fakih, an advocate for breast and ovarian cancer awareness, will compete for the Miss Universe title later this year.

She is already bracing for questions about her roots.

"I think it would prove that Arabs don't always try to separate themselves, but instead are integrated into American culture," she recently told the Global Arab Network.

"It would show the world that yes, there are Arabs that are beautiful not only in looks, but also on the inside," she said. "There are Arabs that are caring, that are good people, and who love the country they live in. I think it would make the Arab image a more positive one."

Miss New York Davina Reeves, 26, of Manhattan failed to make the 15 finalists.