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    2010 Champions League Final

    Bayern vs. Inter

    I'm hoping for an entertaining game but am expecting a low scoring affair with neither team really taking too many chances. My best guess, Bayern wins on a ridiculous Arjen Robben goal (haunting his former manager in Mourinho).

    Also, a HUGE step forward for soccer with the game on Network TV on the middle of a weekend. More people in the world watched last years final than watched the Super Bowl, this can only help.
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    Re: 2010 Champions League Final

    What channel and what time? Don't see it on the guide.
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    Nevermind found it... Fox @ 2:30
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
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    Looking forward to the game. Definitely rooting for Bayern. As a side note, Munich is a beautiful city and probably the best city for beer drinking in the world.
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    Rooting for Inter ... purely selfish reasons. Currently Italy gets 4 Champions League spots and Germany gets 3. They use a formula to determine how many spots each league gets in the tournament. Italy and Germany are very close now, and if Bayern wins or it goes to penalties, Germany would get 4 spots next year ... Italy 3.

    My team, Sampdoria, finished 4th in Serie A this year and their spot in Champions League hangs in the balance today.
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    Wouldn't a part of you almost be happier with them playing for the UEFA Championship? They'd stand a much better shot of winning it.

    edit: That may not be the correct title... I'm talking about the OTHER club championship in Europe.
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
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    Hmm.. interesting. It used to be called the UEFA Cup (which is what I knew it as) but is now called 'Europa League.'

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Europa_League
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
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    Re: 2010 Champions League Final

    Quote Originally Posted by WMR View Post
    Wouldn't a part of you almost be happier with them playing for the UEFA Championship? They'd stand a much better shot of winning it.

    edit: That may not be the correct title... I'm talking about the OTHER club championship in Europe.
    More prestige in the Champions League and ownership will be more likely to keep stars Pazzini, Cassano and Palombo if they're in the Champions League.

    If you make it to the third round of the Champions League and lose at that point, you then move into the Europa League.
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    Re: 2010 Champions League Final

    There are too many leagues for me to even know whats going on.

    EPL, UEFA, Champions, MLS

    Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
    Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
    Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
    University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
    Cincinnati Bengals - None
    Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98

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    Re: 2010 Champions League Final

    Inter got away with some handballs in the first half. The first one was iffy, but Maicon's was pretty blatant. Can't believe they didn't catch that. Can't complain about Inter's goal though. Milito just got around his guy and got it in. Of course, now Inter appears to be in full catennachio, dropping 6 to the back line and barely pressing Bayern until they get just outside the box.
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    Re: 2010 Champions League Final

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph View Post
    There are too many leagues for me to even know whats going on.

    EPL, UEFA, Champions, MLS
    Yep, because baseball only has one league.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph View Post
    There are too many leagues for me to even know whats going on.

    EPL, UEFA, Champions, MLS
    That's the cool thing about international soccer. Instead of having an extensive playoff system for domestic leagues (except MLS, which makes allowances for American comfort with a playoff system), the top team during the regular season is the champ, no question about it. Then, depending on the strength of the league, the top 3 or 4 teams qualify for play in international cup tournaments. Would be the equivalent of MLB just naming the top regular season team as the champ and then having the World Series conducted as an international tournament where the division champs of the AL and NL go on to compete against teams from Japan, Korea, Mexico, the DR, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela during the following season. That would be the Champions League.
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    Ouch, Bayern. Another Milito goal means Inter really has things under control now.
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    Inter just took Bayern to school. That was pure dominance. I'm no fan of the Italian style of play, but that was quite impressive to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reds1869 View Post
    Inter just took Bayern to school. That was pure dominance. I'm no fan of the Italian style of play, but that was quite impressive to watch.
    I wouldn't say they took them to school. Had Maicon been called for that handball and Bayern taken the first goal out of it, Inter would have been forced to move up the field to get that goal back. With Bayern's offense, that could have easily turned things into a 3-2 game with a lot of back and forth. Unfortunately for them, no handball call, Inter gets the first goal and crams their whole team into the back third of the field, sending long balls up to Milito and Sneijder. Bayern has to move everyone up, opening up the possibility that Milito and Sneijder could get through on a long counter and you get a 2-0 result. Even with all that, Bayern still got quite a few shots on goal through and, had fortune smiled upon them, might have been able to tie it up and even take the lead. But it was not to be. Give Bayern a goal or two before Inter scores their second and they could have dropped an extra man back to bottle up Milito to prevent those breakaways.

    I would say what impressed me about Inter was that, other than Maicon's blatant handball and Pandev either flopping or fouling his way up and down the field, Inter played a rather clean game. Not saying that Inter is normally a dirty team, but often that style of play leads to a lot more diving and fouling as it is a part of the gamesmanship associated with that style developed in the Italian and Argentinian leagues. I suspect that the Italians will once again play this style in the World Cup, but if they play it the way Inter played today, it will be a lot more palatable than 2006. I will still always prefer the open, attacking style to the defensive "bunker and counter" mentality.
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