Drie spelers van Bayern geschorst, vier van Chelsea

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Chelsea Bayern Munchen staan op zaterdag 19 mei in de finale van de Champions League. De trainers van beide clubs zullen nog de nodige moeite hebben om hun ploegen samen te stellen. Zeven spelers zijn geschorst.

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Bayern-trainer Jupp Heynckes zal geen beroep kunnen doen op David Alaba, Luiz Gustavo en Holger Badstuber. De drie kregen woensdag geel in de terugwedstrijd van de halve finale tegen Real Madrid en zijn geschorst. Bij Chelsea moet Roberto Di Matteo nog meer puzzelen. Hij ziet met aanvoerder John Terry, Raul Meireles, Ramires en Branislav Ivanovic vier basisspelers een schorsing uitzitten.

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So much for favorites. Both Spanish clubs go into the “halftime” of their respective two-legged affairs down, as Chelsea and Bayern Munich put together very impressive performances.

On Tuesday, the first leg of the semifinal battle between Munich and Real Madrid ended with a Mario Gomez strike in the 90th minute, giving Munich a 2-1 lead heading back to the Santiago Bernabeu. The win gives the German side hope that they will be able to return to the Allianz Arena as a home side in the final, which takes place in late May.

Frenchman Franck Ribery opened the scoring for Bayern in the 17th minute, giving his club a 1-0 advantage into halftime. However, Mesut Ozil equalized in the second half for Madrid, giving the side a precious away goal that could come in handy in the second leg. Despite this, Gomez’s goal to end the game will leave Los Blancos frustrated heading back to Spain, as the club will have an uphill battle over at least the next 90 minutes of the semifinal.

Chelsea shocked the world as they held Barcelona scoreless through the first 90 minutes of their semifinal at Stamford Bridge. Ivorian international Didier Drogba scored the lone goal in the match, giving the Blues a much-needed advantage. However, heading to Camp Nou and pulling off anything less than a draw will be difficult for the West London side, though it will be needed to advance to the final. The Chelsea defense will need to be in top form if the club is to pull off the upset, as Lionel Messi and company will be looking to exact a bit of revenge.

Barcelona will take on Chelsea in the second leg of their tie on April 24, while Madrid and Munich will battle the next day. The winners will face-off in Munich on May 19 for the final.

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Op zaterdag 19 mei vindt in de Allianz Arena namelijk de finale van de Champions League 2012 plaats. In die eindstrijd zullen Bayern M?nchen en Chelsea het tegen elkaar op gaan nemen. Beide teams wisten in hun eigen land niet de titel te bemachtigen, dus de honger naar een grote prijs is enorm.
Omdat Bayern M?nchen ook in het vorige seizoen geen kampioen van Duitsland was geworden, begon het Champions League-seizoen voor de Beierse club al een ronde eerder. In deze play-off ronde had Bayern M?nchen echter geen moeite met FC Zurich. Door een 3-0 uitslag over twee wedstrijden plaatste de Duitse ploeg zich vrij eenvoudig voor de poulefase.

Daarin kwam het terecht met als tegenstanders SSC Napoli, Manchester City en Villareal CF. Ondanks deze pittige loting wist Bayern M?nchen bovenaan in de groep te eindigen. Alleen de uitwedstrijd in Manchester werd verloren, maar toen was ‘FC Hollywood’ al geplaatst.
In de achtste finale leek het bijna mis te gaan voor Bayern M?nchen. In de uitwedstrijd tegen FC Basel verloren de mannen van Heynckes namelijk met 1-0. In de Allianz Arena werden de Zwitsers echter met 7-0 verpulverd.

In de kwartfinale werd Olympique Marseille twee maal met 2-0 opzij gezet, waardoor Bayern M?nchen in de halve finale mocht aantreden tegen het grote Real Madrid. Na een 2-1 thuisoverwinning kwam het in Madrid aan op strafschoppen. Mede door het goede keeperswerk van Neuer gingen aan het einde van de avond alle Duitse handen de lucht in.
Chelsea FC kende eveneens een lastige poule met Valencia CF, Bayer Leverkusen en KRC Genk als tegenstanders. Niet voor niets plaatste de Londenaren zich pas in de laatste speelronde van de groepsfase voor de volgende ronde. Door een 3-0 overwinning op Stamford Bridge gingen ‘The Blues’ ten koste van Valencia CF door naar de volgende ronde.

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Ook de achtste finale liep niet bepaald soepel voor Chelsea CF. In Napoli werd namelijk met 3-1 verloren van de plaatselijk voetbalclub. De Engelsen hadden in de return een verlenging nodig om de Italianen alsnog over de knie te leggen. In de 105e minuut scoorde Ivanovic de bevrijdende vierde treffer.
In de kwartfinale werd Benfica CF relatief eenvoudig uitgeschakeld met een 1-0 en 2-1 overwinning. In de halve finale konden de Londenaren vervolgens hun borst nat maken, want ze mochten het gaan opnemen tegen FC Barcelona. Na een knappe 1-0 thuisoverwinning werd het in Barcelona 2-2 waardoor Chelsea FC alsnog op een grote prijs mag hopen.

De Champions League Finale 2012 wordt gespeeld op 19 mei in het Bayern Munchen stadion

Euro 2012 football championship now one month away

In the run-up to the Euro 2012 football championship now one month away, much attention is focusing on racism among fans and the potential for violence in co-host nation Poland.

The assumption is that Poland’s hard-core hooligan groups will cause trouble during the championship and abuse foreign fans and players.

Theo van Seggelen, secretary general of players’ union Fifpro, told the BBC recently he was not “100% convinced” that “accidents” would not occur both inside and outside stadiums if the majority of fans watching the matches came from the co-host nations, Poland and Ukraine.

Racist incidents do still occur in grounds across the country but mainly in the lower leagues and they are more infrequent than before.

The Never Again association monitors racism in Poland and its booklet, Hateful, gives a flavour of incidents at grounds.

It describes a derby match from November 2008 in Krakow between the city’s teams, Cracovia and Wisla, whose rivalry is such that it is described here as a “holy war”.

Israeli footballer David Biton of Wisla Krakow celebrates scoring against Ruch Chorzow
Some Wisla fans sang an anti-Semitic song about the supposed Jewish origins of their rivals and when a Cracovia player left the pitch, fans shouted: “To the gas chambers.”

When the match ended Wisla players went over to their fans to thank them, some of them making obscene chants about Jews.

Beforehand, some Cracovia fans made monkey noises at Wisla’s Brazilian player, Cleber, when he was sent off.

But this is not the whole picture. Wisla now have two Israeli players in their first team, and one of them, David Biton, is the club’s top scorer this season.

Most teams have foreign players these days and when they score, whether they are white, black or Jewish, the supporters cheer.

‘Monkey, go back’
According to a recent Fifpro survey of professional players in Eastern Europe, 9.6% of respondents said they had been victims of racism, mainly from supporters. In Poland, the figure was 9.5%.

In the region, 11.7 % of respondents said they had been victims of violence from fans, coaches and management. In Poland the corresponding figure was 6.3%.

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I don’t know whether it’s racism or whether people are not used to seeing black people”

Bruno Coutinho
Brazilian midfielder for Polonia Warsaw
Senegalese defender Pape Samba Ba, 30, was assaulted twice in Opole, south-west Poland, when he played for the city’s Odra Opole club.

“I started playing here more than six years ago and then they didn’t have the security,” he told the BBC.

“The fans would scream ‘monkey, go back to your country’. Now it’s changing, the stadiums are getting better.”

Bruno Coutinho, 26, a Brazilian midfielder for Polonia Warsaw who plays in Poland’s top-flight Ekstraklasa division, has never been a victim of racism and says he has a good relationship with his teammates and coaches.

But he did witness racism while playing for Jagiellonia Bialystok in north-eastern Poland in 2009.

“They signed an 18 or 19-year-old black guy from Colombia,” he told the BBC.

“During a pre-season friendly match some of our own fans were making monkey noises at him. It was the first time I had experienced anything like that.”

Coutinho’s dark-skinned brother recently visited him in Warsaw.

“We were walking in the centre and people would look at him like a person from another planet,” he recalls.

“I don’t know whether it’s racism or whether people are not used to seeing black people. I’m not saying it’s everyone or everywhere.”

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Spanje blijft in rouw achter

De topclubs van het Spaanse voetbal, Real Madrid en FC Barcelona, zijn er niet in geslaagd om door te dringen tot de finale van Champions League 2012.

Op voorhand leken vriend en vijand het eens over de vraag wie de Champions League finale 2012 zouden gaan spelen; Real Madrid en FC Barcelona. Zelfs na de eerste wedstrijden in de halve finales leken de kansen van Chelsea en Bayern Munchen op het behalen van de Champions League finale 2012 zo goed als verkeken.

Nadat eerst FC Barcelona zich thuis verslikte in tegenstander Chelsea, bleek ook Bayern Munchen (na strafschoppen) in Madrid aan het winnende eind te trekken.

Spanje blijft in rouw achter nu Chelsea en Bayern Munchen zich op kunnen gaan maken voor het spelen van de Champions League finale 2012 in Munchen

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Chelsea ’s season and future hangs in the balance as the club prepares to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final at the Allianz Arena on May 19.

Fourth place and Champions League qualification via the league are now impossible after the Blues were demolished at Anfield by Liverpool 4-1.

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo made several changes to the team that saw off Liverpool on Saturday to win the FA Cup.

The Italian will not have been impressed with some of the performances he saw Tuesday. Michael Essien, Oriol Romeu and Paulo Ferreira did little for their chances of being including in Di Matteo’s squad for the final.

The one thing Chelsea do have in its favor is the fact the team have flourished in Europe, especially under Di Matteo. The Blues have tripped over every hurdle in the Premier League this season but look a different class in the Champions League since that dreadful February night in Naples.

Everyone at Chelsea knows the final will define their legacy at the club and shape the future of the Blues.

Chelsea can overcome Bayern Munich in the final, however, the team is going to need to improve. Here are the four things the team must do better in the final.

oal scorers and creators

You would have to say that Bayern have the edge in this department, as Mario Gomez has racked up 12 goals in the competition compared to just five for Chelsea’s top scorer Didier Drobga. Gomez is just two goals behind leading scorer Lionel Messi, so the Golden Boot will be his if he racks up a hat-trick in the final. Wing wonders Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery have scored seven between them, while the Blues’ Fernando Torres and Frank Lampard have three a piece.

As far as assists go, Ribery stands head and shoulders above anyone in either team with five to his name. That probably explains why he is such a marked man: the Frenchman has suffered more fouls, 42, than anyone in the tournament. The next most fouled is Lionel Messi on just 26.

Top scorers:

Bayern

12 – Mario Gomez
4 – Arjen Robben
3 – Frank Ribery

Chelsea

5 – Didier Drogba
3 – Fernando Torres
3 – Frank Lampard

Top assists:

Bayern

5 – Franck Ribery
2 – Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben, Holger Badstuber and Toni Kroos

Chelsea

3 – Frank Lampard
2 – Florent Malouda

Previous meetings:

The sides have met just once before in the UEFA Champions League, a 2004/05 quarterfinal tie that produced no less than 11 goals over the two legs. Chelsea advanced 6-5 on aggregate. Neutrals will certainly hope to see a similar goal return in Munich on May 19…

The Blues also have a pretty good record against German teams in the competition, with seven wins from 13 matches, while Bayern’s record against English teams has seen them pick up 13 wins from 35 matches.

The last time the Bavarians faced English opposition in the final of the Champions League was back in 1999 when Manchester United famously scored two late goals to secure a dramatic 2-1 win in Barcelona.

2004/05 UEFA Champions League quarterfinal:

1st leg: Chelsea 4-2 Bayern (J Cole 4, Lampard 60 70, Drogba 80; Schweinsteiger 52, Ballack 90 pen)
2nd leg: Bayern 3-2 Chelsea (Lampard 30, Drogba 80; Pizarro 65, Guerrero 90, Scholl 90+5)

Chelsea won 6-5 on aggregate

Bayern v English sides

P W D L

35 13 12 10

Chelsea v German sides

P W D L

13 7 2 4

Tournament history

There’s no question that Bayern have the superior heritage in the competition, winning it four times from eight appearances in the final, the most recent of which was in 2010 when they lost Jose Mourinho’s all-conquering Inter Milan. Chelsea, in contrast, are making just their second appearance in the final after 2008’s heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat to Manchester United in Moscow.

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Finals/wins 8/4 1/0

Bayern: Winners1974, 1975, 1976, 2001 / runners-up 1982, 1987, 1999, 2010

Chelsea: Runners-up 2008

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