Champions League & Franck Ribery

The Champions League Twenty20, also referred to as the CLT20, is an annual international Twenty20 cricket competition played between the top domestic teams from major cricketing nations. Franck Ribéry (born 7 April 1983) is a French international footballer who currently plays for German club Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. 5.0/5

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From full-backs in midfield to diamond formations: Reviewing 2014's tactics DECEMBER 30, 2014 11:54:12 AM PST By Michael Cox Tactically, 2014 was an interesting year for football at both club and international level, with more variety than usual, and some intriguing concepts being popularised -- or re-popularised. Here's a review of some of the most interesting tactical features of 2014. Guardiola's full-backs in midfield It's extremely rare to see players in positions you've never seen before, but Pep Guardiola's use of Philipp Lahm and David Alaba early in 2014 was genuinely revolutionary. It was particularly noticeable against Manchester United in last season's Champions League: their defensive positioning was that of natural full-backs, but rather than surging down the flanks to make overlapping runs, they instead drifted into central midfield positions. The idea, supposedly, was to allow Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery to come deep and collect possession with space to run into -- without overcrowding ...
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer have been named on a three-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or prize, Fifa has announced. The three were chosen from an initial 23-man list, which included Gareth Bale, and the world player of the year award will be announced on 12 January. Nadine Kessler (Germany), Marta (Brazil) and Abby Wambach (USA) were shortlisted for the women's award. Real Madrid forward Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or in 2013. Meanwhile, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, Germany's World Cup winning boss Joachim Low and Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone are on the shortlist for the Fifa coach of the year. Portugal international Ronaldo 29, scored 51 goals in the 2013-14 season while helping Real Madrid win the Champions League. He beat Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Barcelona's Messi to the 2013 award. Four-time winner Messi, 27, won the honour in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Ballon d'Or winners 2013: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 2012: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 2011: Lionel ...
Hard Tackle Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery believes either Manuel Neuer or Arjen Robben deserve to win the 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or - but fears 'politics' could work against them. Bayern goalkeeper Neuer, widely regarded as the best number one in the world, helped Germany win the World Cup, while Holland forward Robben enjoyed an excellent campaign with club and country. Both men are on the 23-strong shortlist for the award, but Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite to win for a second straight year after leading Real Madrid to Champions League success. Question Do you agree that the awarding of the Ballon d'Or is a question of "politics" rather than sporting achievements?
Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery big doubts for Bayern Munich ahead of crunch Champions League tie with Manchester City.
Ribery ruled out of Manchester City clash, but Robben fit Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has been ruled out of their Champions League opener at Manchester City after his knee problem flared up again. The Frenchman made his first appearance of the season, coming of the bench to score during Bayern's 2-0 win over Stuttgart on Saturday, but skipped Sunday's post-match training session and will miss Wednesday's Group E opener against the Premier League champions. "Ribery will not take part in the final training session," Bayern coach Pep Guardiola admitted. "He is at home and cannot play. "The doctor saw him on Monday and said he cannot play." Ribery, 31, missed the first two weeks of the season with a knee injury and could well find himself being rested between matches as he feels his way back to full fitness. Guardiola did, however, say that Arjen Robben - who missed Saturday's game with a knee problem - was fit and had been included in the squad. The Spanish tactician will need to reshuffle his defence ...
Louis Van Gaal vs. United ! Louis Van Gaal has faced Manchester United four times and, on every occasion, football fans have been treated to high-octane matches filled with goals and attacking endeavour. In September 1998, the Dutchman brought Barcelona to Old Trafford for a memorable Champions League tie. Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs scored early goals but Sonny Anderson and Giovanni restored parity on the hour. David Beckham’s stunning free-kick was then cancelled out by Luis Enrique’s penalty, capping a wonderful 3-3 draw. Remarkably, the sides did it all again two months later. The Catalans led first through Anderson, only for Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole to put United ahead. Two Rivaldo goals then sandwiched Yorke’s second to clinch another entertaining 3-3 draw at Camp Nou. Eleven years later, in March 2010, Van Gaal’s Bayern Munich welcomed United to the Allianz Arena. Wayne Rooney opened the scoring in the first leg after just 66 seconds, before Franck Ribery's deflected free-kick set up a dr ...
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has criticised his coach Pep Guardiola's rotation policy, claiming it is not good for morale for so many changes to be made.type:image caption:Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga with ease but have struggled as the season has wound down.ENDPep drops Bundesliga trophy - Schaaf: Beer showers for all - Injury blow for Schweini Although Die Roten won the Bundesliga in record time, players such as Ribery, Arjen Robben and Thomas Mueller all spent longer than they would have liked on the bench. Often, they were not even named in the matchday squad and Ribery feels he was unable to produce his best form because of this, with Bayern crashing out of the Champions League to Real Madrid at the semifinal stage. "Sometimes you were playing, sometimes you were on the bench and sometimes you were just left at home,'' he said on kicker.de. "That was a new situation for all of us. Personally, I need to be playing games. I need five or six games before maybe taking a break, but not after jus ...
Franck likely to face violent conduct charge + a ban for next season's Champions League after slapping Daniel Carva…
Pep Guardiola said that he wanted Franck Ribery to play angry in order to be at his best against Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal and early in the match Ribery proved that he was maybe a bit too angry. A scuffle early in the match led to a showdown between Jerome Boateng and Daniel Carvajal. With Boateng putting a finger to one of Carvajal's cheeks, Ribery walked over and slapped him across the other.
FRANCK RIBERY WON THE Best Player TROPHY IN EUROPE. CROWNED BY UEFA.FRANCE AND Bayern Munich MIDFIELDER BEATS MESSI AND RONALDO FOR BEING THE BEST IN EUROPE. Bayern München and FRANCE midfielder Franck Ribéry has crowned a memorable 2012/13 season by collecting the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.Related ItemsBest Player shortlistBest Women's Player shortlistHow the award came aboutWinner crowned in MonacoRibéry received the 2012/13 award from UEFA President Michel Platini after being chosen ahead of FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Madrid CF's Cristiano Ronaldo in a live vote by journalists who had to select, via an electronic voting system, their favourite from a world-class three-man short list.Ribéry was joined on the stage at the Grimaldi Forum by Messi in a special ceremony that followed the Uefa Champions League group stage draw. The France international is the third player to win this award after Andrés Iniesta (2011/12) and Messi himself (2010/11), and he ...
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola has backed France forward Franck Ribery to inspire a comeback from the five-time European Champions, who are aiming to become the first side to retain the Champions League. Ribery, who was named as the world's third Best Player behind Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in January, was criticised for his performance in Spain last week. But he shone against Bremen and Guardiola is expecting him to play another starring role on Tuesday. "Franck played like he was possessed at the weekend," said Guardiola. "He fights and fights and for this reason the people love him here at the Allianz Arena. "He is one of the Best Players in the history of Bayern Munich and we need his help." The winner of Bayern and Real will play either Chelsea or Atletico Madrid, who meet again on Wednesday, in the final on 24 May in Portugal's capital city Lisbon.
FC Bayern München defender David Alaba has backed "fantastic" Franck Ribery to fire the European Champions into the Uefa Champions League final. Ribery has come under fire for a dip in form over recent weeks, with former Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn claiming the Frenchman was struggling to shake off the disappointment of losing out on the Ballon d'Or in January. Via Goal.com
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All to play for in semi-final showdowns (FIFA.com) Monday 28 April 2014 Share With just one goal scored in last week's Uefa Champions League semi-final openers, the return legs ought to serve up plenty of drama and intrigue on Tuesday and Wednesday. Bayern Munich tackle Real Madrid for the 22nd time needing to score at least one goal to salvage their dream of retaining the title, whereas Los Merengues are the only club in the last four able to defend first-leg gains. As for Atletico Madrid, the sole team still unbeaten in the competition, their incredible adventure continues away against a Chelsea side brimming with belief. First semi-final, Tuesday 29 April Bayern Munich-Real Madrid (first leg: 0-1) The scoreline did not tell the whole story during Bayern's 5-2 win against Werder Bremen on Saturday as Josep Guardiola's men put in a Jekyll and Hyde display, labouring in the first half before hitting their stride after the break. The good news was that Franck Ribery seemed to rediscover his form, and the h ...
The four teams still dreaming of European glory will learn their fate for the last four during Friday's draw in Nyon WHEN IS THE DRAW? With the Champions League quarter-finals having come to an end on Wednesday, the focus of the football world will now turn towards Friday's draw for the semi-finals, with coaches desperate to find out whom they will face as the competition enters its final stages. The highly-anticipated event will take place in Nyon, Switzerland and is scheduled to start at 12:00 CET, with Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino and director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti in charge of proceedings, assisted by the ambassador for the final in Lisbon, Luis Figo. WHEN ARE THE Champions LeAGUE SEMI-FINALS? The semi-final ties involving the four winners from the Champions League quarter-finals will be determined by an open draw. At this stage of the competition, no teams are seeded and clubs from the same national association may be drawn against each other. The semi-finals are played on a ** ...
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Liverpool's Mega Summer Window: Five Stars The Reds Could Sign, Including Lallana Jordan Chamberlain Anfield is an attractive place to play for world-class talent once more... Read more Liverpool news here! With Liverpool almost definitely competing in the Champions League next term, manager Brendan Rodgers knows he has to make some serious additions to his currently impressive, but paper thin squad. The Reds predominantly need a left-back, a backup striker, and central midfield reinforcement, and possible signings for all these positions will likely be heavily targeted. 5) Ashley Cole - Chelsea (Metro) The ageing left-back still has the ability to do a job for a top club, and would be available on a free transfer as his contract expires at the end of the season. Liverpool badly need a new left- back, with Jon Flanagan (naturally a right-back) currently covering for the seemingly constantly injured Jose Enrique. The chance to bring in an experienced left-back, on a free transfer, will unlikely be ignored. ...
MATCH REPORT : BAYERN RESPONDS IN A CHAMPIONS TASTE HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED VIA UNPLUGGED SPORTS Bayern Munich remain on course to retain their Champions League crown after coming from behind to beat Manchester United on Wednesday evening to secure a 4-2 aggregate win. A 1-1 draw in Manchester last week meant United claimed a shock aggregate lead at the Allianz Arena when Patrice Evra hit a stunning 57th-minute strike. The goal awoke Bayern from their slumber though, and Mario Mandzukic quickly levelled proceedings. And Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben also netted as three goals in the space of 17 minutes sealed a 4-2 aggregate victory for Pep Guardiola's side. Bayern have now reached the semi-finals of Europe's premier club competition for the third season in a row. The result signals an end to United's hopes of winning a trophy this season – something that has not happened since the 2004-05 campaign. Mandzukic, Muller, Robben, Franck Ribery and Mario Gotze all started for Bayern in an aggressive line-up ...
Holders Bayern Munich romped into the Champions League semi-finals with a 3-1 victory at home to Manchester United in Wednesday's quarter-final, second-leg to win 4-2 on aggregate. Having drawn 1-1 at Old Trafford in last week's first-leg, Bayern had to come from behind after United's left-back Patrice Evra put the guests ahead with a superb second-half strike at Munich's Allianz Arena. But Bayern equalised almost immediately through a diving Mario Mandzukic header, the first of their three goals in the final half an hour. Thomas Mueller then tapped Bayern into the lead before Arjen Robben slotted the hosts third to knock David Moyes' United out of the competition. The first-half was a tense, tactical affair with Bayern failing to exploit their customary 70 percent possession as United packing their defence, forced the Germans to attack through the middle with little success. Manchester's wing-backs Phil Jones and Evra worked tirelessly to contain Bayern's wingers Robben and Franck Ribery, limiting the Ba ...
Franck Ribery has managed to create more chances (23) than any other player in this season's Champions League.
Elber not convinced by Manchester United: Only Real Madrid can beat Bayern David Moyes's men will be hoping to book their place in the last four but the former Brazil striker is expecting the Bavarians to dominate once again Apr 9, 2014 12:31:00 PM EXCLUSIVE By Christoph Kockeis Former Bayern Munich striker Giovane Elber is adamant that Manchester United are not capable of defeating the Champions League favourites in Wednesday's crunch clash at the Allianz Arena. David Moyes's side held the Bavarian giants in the first leg of their quarter-final tie and know that victory in Bavaria will guarantee them a spot in the last four. Bayern, though, are a formidable force on home soil and Elber believes that Real Madrid are the only side capable of beating them. The Brazilian told Goal : "Bayern are stronger than last year. "We have to wait for the match against Manchester United, but I claim there is only one team in the Champions League that can beat Bayern and that is Real Madrid." Although they took the lead ...
MATCH FACTS Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in five of their nine Champions League games this season; no side has kept more. Since the 1999 Champions League final, Man Utd have won just one of their seven Champions League encounters with Bayern Munich (W1 D3 L3). United have scored in each of their last 15 Champions League meetings with German clubs, but the last one to stop them scoring was Bayern in March 2002. Bayern have only failed to score in one of their last 28 Champions League matches, but this came against English opposition (Arsenal in March 2013). Bayern have won six and drawn two of their last eight matches in the CL knockout stages, but the last team to defeat them in the KO stages were English (Arsenal – 0-2 in March 2013). No side has won more penalties than Bayern Munich in the Champions League this season (4), but they have only scored two of these. Arjen Robben has won all four of these penalties – no other player has won more than two. Franck Ribery has created more goals ...
Do not fear we have not entered a parallel universe - as much as it might just feel that way after looking at the respective Bayern Munich and Manchester United results this afternoon. As United were tearing apart Newcastle United away from home - eventually winning the game 4-0 to consolidate their position as the best team on their travels in the Premier League - the unbeatable Bayern Munich were beaten. They lost 1-0 to FC Augsburg in the Bundesliga - their first defeat in 53 games and the first time they have failed to score since that 2-0 defeat to Arsenal in last season’s Champions League. United will therefore surely go into the Champions League second leg against Bayern with quiet optimism of pulling off a shock. And that is when I would reel in the excitement and give you all the Bad News. Bayern Munich rested an abundance of first-teamers for the game - some for all of it, some for most. The likes of Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Philipp Lahm were all told to stay at home while David Alaba, ...
Last night our Champions made it to the Quarter Finals of the Uefa Champions League after knocking out Arsenal 3-1 on aggregate. Last night was a crucial match for both sides, however goals from Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski made the scoreline 1-1. After Thomas Muller coming on for Franck Ribery at the 85th minute, Muller was denied from the spot kick by Fabianski at the 90th minute resulting in his second unsuccessful penalty kick ever.
Arsenal exited the Champions League at the first knockout stage for the fourth year in a row after drawing at holders Bayern Munich. A dominant Bayern, leading 2-0 from the first leg, had a Javi Martinez volley ruled out for offside before the break. Bastian Schweinsteiger gave Bayern the lead from close range before Lukas Podolski shot high into the net to level the score on the night. Thomas Muller had a late penalty saved as Bayern won 3-1 on aggregate. Arsenal's European exit leaves them just two more chances to end a nine-year trophy drought this season. Arsene Wenger's men are in the FA Cup semi-final and seven points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea. The damage was done in the first leg at Emirates Stadium, where Arsenal will rue an early missed penalty by Mesut Ozil and the dismissal of goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. Few gave the Gunners much chance of overturning the 2-0 deficit at the defending European and German champions, who won a record 16th Bundesliga game in a row against Wolfsburg on ...
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Champions League Watch: Milan, Arsenal dumped out; Bayern, Atletico progress Arsenal have been eliminated from this season’s Champions League, after a resilient 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich in Germany. The Gunners went into the second leg trailing by two unreplied goals and were looking to tear the history books. However, it was the hosts who grabbed the game by the scruff of its neck from kick-off, although the first half ended goalless. Bastian Schweinteiger gave Bayern the lead, after good work from Franck Ribery down the right. Lukas Podolski levelled for Arsenal almost immediately, smashing in an effort from a very tight angle. The Gunners failed to build momentum and there was time for late drama, as Lukasz Fabianski saved Thomas Muller’s penalty. In the other game of the night, Diego Costa grabbed a brace, as Atletico Madrid crushed AC Milan 4-1 (5-1) on aggregate, to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Arsenal battled hard but could only draw 1-1 away to Bayern Munich, who progress to the Uefa Champions League's last eight. The Gunners were given the runaround in a goalless first half at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night, with chances few and far between as they sought to turn around Bayern's two-goal advantage from the first leg. Ten minutes after the restart, Bastian Schweinsteiger scored from Franck Ribery's left-wing cross and although Lukas Podolski quickly smashed in an equaliser, the Gunners could not produce the goals they needed and went out 3-1 on aggregate. At least they were not beaten, with Lukas Fabianski saving a late penalty from substitute Thomas Muller after Laurent Koscielny fouled Arjen Robben in the box. Arsene Wenger made three changes to the Arsenal team that started the 4-1 FA Cup win over Everton on Saturday. In came Koscielny, Podolski and Olivier Giroud in place of Kieran Gibbs (ankle), Yaya Sanogo (foot) and Mathieu Flamini, who dropped to the bench. Wojciech Szczesny was su ...
Cristiano Ronaldo tops Messi, succeeds Beckham as world’s richest footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has often been taunted by anti-supporters for coming second only to Lionel Messi during the past four or five years. However, this trend is starting to change. In January, the Portuguese superstar dethroned four-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi. This huge achievement was preceded with triumphs in other prestigious accolades such as the World Soccer Player of the Year and FourFourTwo Player of the Year awards. In the Uefa Champions League and La Liga this season, the Real Madrid number 7 icon has scored more goals than anyone else as Los Blancos are on fire. On Monday, popular football website Goal.com released their Rich List – with net worth information compiled by experts – and declared Cristiano Ronaldo as world football’s richest active player. Retired footballer David Beckham was the 2013 Goal Rich List winner. Interestingly, Gareth Bale, Mesut Özil, Franck Ribery and a host of other sta ...
Shaqiri loss is a blow ahead of Arsenal: Guardiola - Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has admitted injury to both left wingers Xherdan Shaqiri and Franck Ribery is a blow to the holders ahead of their Champions League clash at Arsenal. The Eu -
Injured Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery knew Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil would miss his spotkick last night. Ozil fluffed his early penalty in Arsenal‘s 2-0 Champions League defeat. read more
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The 3 keys to Arsenal beating Bayern Munich Let’s not kid ourselves Arsenal fans, Bayern Munich are strong favourites to retain their Champions League crown this season for good reason. They may be without Franck Ribery, Shaqiri and Badstuber but they have an awesome array of talent and the Gunners, as Per Mertesacker declared, will need to perform brilliantly and for things to go our way if Arsenal are to make the quarter-finals. A good performance and result at the Emirates tonight will go a long way to achieving that and there are three key elements that I feel could swing the game in our favour. Firstly, the referee. I am not going on about bias or English teams being picked on. My name is not Manuel. What I mean is the style of refereeing we get tonight. If we get the sort of ref we had in our home game against Everton this season, Arsenal are in big trouble. They, like Bayern will, played a high pressing game which stopped us having time on the ball. The downside to that approach is that you leave ...
Midfielder Mikel Arteta is suspended and will miss out as Arsenal tackle holders Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16 first leg on Wednesday night at the Emirates Stadium. Tomas Rosicky replaces Arteta in the matchday squad which resembles that which beat Liverpool in the FA Cup on Sunday, with Wojciech Szczesny likely to return in goal in place of Lukasz Fabianski. Jack Wilshere (stiff back), Santi Cazorla (ill), Kieran Gibbs (muscular problem), Bacary Sagna (tired) and Olivier Giroud (tired) are poised to return to the starting XI after taking places on the bench against Liverpool. Bayern will fly to London on Tuesday without Franck Ribery, who has started running once again, but is some way off returning to team training after undergoing surgery on his buttock. Pep Guardiola is also without Xherdan Shaqiri, who pulled his thigh after scoring two goals in a 4-0 win over Freiburg on Saturday.
Franck Ribery an injury doubt for Bayern Munich's Champions League tie against Arsenal
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Franck Ribery faces a race against time to be fit for the first leg of Bayern's Champions League tie at Arsenal.
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Arsenal have been handed a boost ahead of their Champions League tie with Bayern Munich, following the news Franck Ribery could be sidelined after undergoing surgery on his buttocks.
European Champions Bayern Munich hope star player Franck Ribery will be fit in time to face Arsenal in the Champions League after the Frenchman underwent an operation on his buttocks.
France's Franck Ribery has undergone surgery for bruised buttocks with Bayern Munich hoping he will be fit for their Champions League clash at Arsenal. Read more details here:
Franck Ribery is a serious injury doubt for Bayern Munich's Champions League meeting with Arsenal.
Franck Ribery is confident their staggering league form can help them in their quest to retain the Champions League. Bayern are currently on a 44 game unbeaten run in the league, and are aiming to go the season unbeaten. "Each victory in the Bundesliga is.
Interview with Franck Ribery Franck Ribery had a standout year in 2013, lifting the Bundesliga, the Uefa Champions League, the Uefa Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup and the German Cup in what was practically a clean sweep in terms of trophies. Furthermore, the France forward’s excellent form earned him a spot among the three finalists for the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The former Marseille man gave an exclusive interview to FIFA.com just before the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich. “This is all a bit like the Oscars,” he marvelled. Looking at once proud, a tad awestruck and nervous to be part of the occasion, the 31-year-old nevertheless spoke openly about Les Bleus, Bayern, his exceptional year and his strength of character. FIFA.com: Everything you touched turned to gold in 2013. Was it one of those periods in which you felt invincible? Franck Ribery: It was. When that happens, when everything starts coming off for you in every match, training session ...
Ronaldo scored 69 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal last year, and his stunning hat trick against Sweden in a decisive World Cup playoff was perhaps the defining individual performance. "There are no words to describe this moment," said Ronaldo, who was sobbing in tears after accepting the trophy with his young son, also named Cristiano, beside him on stage. He beat out Barcelona's Messi and France winger Franck Ribery, who helped Champions League winner Bayern Munich to a sweep of major titles. Germany dominated the other major awards, with goalkeeper Nadine Angerer named women's player of the year ahead of United States forward Abby Wambach, last year's winner, and Marta of Brazil. Voting was done by national team captains and coaches, plus selected journalists, in FIFA's 209 member countries who chose their top 3 preferences. In a tight race, Ronaldo received 1,365 points, Messi had 1,205 and Ribery got 1,127. US coach Jurgen Klinsmann voted Ribery first, followed by Gareth Bale and Radamel Falcao, wh ...
Cristiano Ronaldo became only the 10th player to win multiple Ballon d'Or awards when he lifted the 2013 prize on Monday. RONALDO JOINS ELITE PLAYER WINNING YEARS Lionel Messi '09, '10, '11, '12 Johan Cruyff '71, '73, '74 Michel Platini '83, '84, '85 Marco van Basten '88, '89, '92 Alfredo Di Stefano '57, '59 Franz Beckenbauer '72, '76 Kevin Keegan '78, '79 K-H. Rummenigge '80, '81 L. Ronaldo '97, '02 Cristiano Ronaldo '08, '13 Ronaldo was crowned the Best Player in the world for the past year ahead of Barcelona star Lionel Messi - who won the previous four awards - and Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery. The Portugal captain first lifted the prize back in 2008 after leading Manchester United to the Premier League and Champions League, and joins a prestigious list of players to have been awarded the prize more than once in their career. Messi leads the way with four Ballons d'Or to his name, with Uefa president and France icon Michel Platini level with Netherlands legends Johan Cruyff and Marco van Baste ...
A tearful Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world's best footballer for the second time on Monday, preventing his great rival Lionel Messi from winning the award for a fifth year in a row. The Portugal and Real Madrid forward was so overcome with emotion he could barely complete his acceptance speech. "Thank you to everyone, my team mates, the national team and my family, to everyone here. Eusebio and (Nelson) Mandela were very important for me, I can't speak," he said after accepting his prize. Argentine Messi, hampered by injury problems at Barcelona late in the year, finished second in the poll, officially known as the Fifa Ballon d'Or. Frenchman Franck Ribery was third. Jupp Heynckes, now retired, was named coach of the year for the first time after his Bayern Munich team won an unprecedented Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble. Ronaldo secured the title with 1,365 points, ahead of Lionel Messi with 1,205 points and Franck Ribery with 1,127 points. The votes are held by the captains and c ...
January 13, 2014 Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or after a stunning year that saw him net an astonishing 69 goals in 59 games. The Real Madrid talisman's achievements saw him surpass Hugo Sanchez in his club's scoring charts and equal Portugal legend Pauleta at the top of his country's list with 47 in 109 games. Fourteen of his goals came in the Champions League as Madrid reached the semifinals before being beaten by Borussia Dortmund -- and that total eclipsed the record of 13 achieved in the season before by the shortlisted Lionel Messi. His 2013 goal tally has overshadowed those of his two Ballon d'Or rivals, Messi and Franck Ribery, and he is the top scorer in all of Europe's biggest leagues. Ronaldo, accompanied by Florentino Perez, Zinedine Zidane, Emilio Butragueno and Sergio Ramos, flew to the Zurich ceremony from Madrid after training on Monday morning. Speaking as he received the award, a tearful Ronaldo said: "I have to say a great thanks to all my teammates, I'm very happy." Meanwhile, ...
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has said he believes a conspiracy against the Champions League winners will mean Franck Ribery does not win the Ballon d‘Or.
France winger Franck Ribery, 30, is on the Ballon d'Or three-man shortlist after helping German giants Bayern Munich to five trophies - Bundesliga, German Cup, Champions League, Uefa Super Cup and Club World Cup - last year. Ribery averaged almost a goal every two games for club and country in 2013 but was considerably more effective in creating chances for others - he provided 18 assists and created 149 chances.
Bayern beat Hamburg, Dortmund stutter Bayern Munich bounced back from their midweek Manchester City defeat with a 3-1 win over Hamburg in the Bundesliga, while Borussia Dortmund suffered a Uefa Champions League hangover. Bayern slumped to their first defeat since July on Tuesday when they were beaten 3-2 at home to City, but still went through as group winners to the Champions League's last 16. Bayern bounced back on their return to league duty at the Allianz Arena with goals by Mario Mandzukic and Mario Gotze before Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri added the third deep into added time. Bayern surrendered their ten-match record Champions League winning run to City, but victory over Bert van Marwijk's Hamburg extended their record unbeaten run in the Bundesliga to 41 matches. Despite starting with France winger Franck Ribery and left-back David Alaba on the bench, while captain Philipp Lahm and star midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger are injured, Bayern still started with ten internationals. Alaba's replacement ...
Real Madrid’s Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo went home with the player of the year honours when he was named as the best on the planet on December 12 by the World Soccer magazine. The publication polls football writers from all over the globe and they named Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi as second best and Bayern’ Munich’s French forward Franck Ribery came in third.These three are also listed as the finalists by FIFA for the Ballon d’Or award as the top player in 2013. Ronaldo was named on 1075 ballots with Messi on 926 of them and Ribery on 870. It’s hard to argue with the outcome, especially with Messi being injured for part of the year. Still, Ronaldo hasn’t been on any cup-winning teams while Ribery won the German Cup, Bundesliga and Champions League.
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SPORTS NEWS UPDATE:With Emmah. INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL: Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho is set to put aside his differences with Belgian pair Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut and bring them back to Stamford Bridge this summer.Lukaku has been in excellent form for the Toffees scoring eight league goals for the Merseyside outfit in ten starts. Manchester United manager David Moyes says he takes "complete responsibility" for their recent losses but is confident his team will improve.United have lost their last two Premier League games at Old Trafford and are 13 points behind leaders Arsenal. Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery and Cristiano Ronaldo have been confirmed on FIFA's three-man shortlist for the 2013 Ballon d'Or, while former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is in the running for the Coach of the Year award. Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernando says the Ukrainian club are ready for the challenge of taking on Manchester United as the Champions League returns to Old Trafford tomorrow. CRICKET: England capt ...
We look through ten of the biggest names injured during the international break… Franck Ribery - Bayern Munich and France Fractured a rib against Ukraine - definitely misses Bayern’s crunch game with Borussia Dortmund this weekend. Mats Hummels - Borussia Dortmund and Germany Broke his foot as a substitute against England on Friday. Manager Jurgen Klopp furious as Bayern players Philip Lahm and Manuel Neuer got the night off while two of his players got injured - leaving him without his four first-choice defenders for upcoming Champions League ties and Bayern fixture. Marcel Schmelzer - Borussia Dortmund and Germany The other Dortmund player injured - suffered a calf strain. Victor Valdes - Barcelona and Spain Injured in a pointless friendly against South Africa. A ruptured calf muscle sees him out until 2014 and Barca looking at bringing in a goalkeeper, perhaps Pepe Reina in January. Christian Eriksen - Tottenham Hotspur and Denmark Playing for Denmark v Norway, he sprained his ankle. Neither team a ...
411: Bayern Munich will be without Franck Ribery for Saturday's Bundesliga clash with Borussia Dortmund due to a fractured rib. The winger picked up the problem during France's 3-0 FIFA World Cup play-off victory over Ukraine on Tuesday, which saw Les Bleus qualify for next year's tournament, and is now set to miss the re-match between last year's Uefa Champions League finalists. "I’m obviously gutted, because I was desperate to play in the big game in Dortmund," he told Bayern's official website. "But I’m sure the team can do it without me this time." Ribery joins an injury list at the Allianz Arena club that also includes Bastian Schweinsteiger, Claudio Pizarro, Xherdan Shaqiri and Holger Badstuber.
Ribery: France have to be in Brazil (FIFA.com) Thursday 14 November 2013 Franck Ribery may already be a long-established member of an elite group of the world's best footballers, thanks in no small part to his pace and individual ability, but even by his standards the past year has been extraordinary. The 30-year-old was a key component of the Bayern Munich side that won a domestic league and cup double, as well as triumphing in the Uefa Champions League, a success which earned his club a place at the forthcoming FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013. Nevertheless, with just a few weeks left until the turn of the year, Ribery is once again under immense pressure. With a place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ on the line as France prepare to do battle with Ukraine in the European play-offs, FIFA.com spoke to the winger. FIFA.com: What are your thoughts on the play-offs against Ukraine, who are standing between you and a place at Brazil 2014? Franck Ribery: For me it's very important that we qualify. Ukraine ...
Can this Arsenal team right a wrong? By Neil Ashton London – The great Champions League winners are easy to remember. No-one tires of talking about them and they left you wanting more.It felt as though Marcel Desailly, Zvonimir Boban and Paolo Maldini were re-inventing the game when their breathtaking Milan team were tearing Barcelona apart in 1994 at the Olympic Stadium in Athens. More than a decade later it was Barca who took the game to another level when Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi lifted the European Cup on three occasions. They are footballing gods. In May, Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribery were added to the list of great names when Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund at Wembley. Which brings us to Arsenal, where praise is being lavished on Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil like never before. They can do no wrong. Arsene Wenger’s side are a joy to watch, setting the pace in the Barclays Premier League and opening their Champions League group wit ...
Zinedine Zidane has said he would choose his former France international teammate Franck Ribery over his current Real Madrid charge Cristiano Ronaldo if he were picking the 2013 Ballon d’Or winner. • Ribery targets Ballon d'Or Ribery is hotly tipped to take the prize given his key role in Bayern Munich’s Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB Pokal triumphs last season and his impressive performances under new coach Pep Guardiola this term.
Manchester City suffered a dismal 3-1 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich during tonight's Champions League group game. Bayern, who are the tournaments current holders, were always expected to be tough opposition, but few will have expected them to deal with City in such a comfortable manner at the Etihad. It took just seven minutes for City, who had made four changes to the team that lost to Aston Villa at the weekend, to concede, with Franck Ribery finding the net with a shot that in truth, Joe Hart should have saved. From there on in things only got worse for the Manchester side, as Pep Guardiola's Bayern, despite not fielding a striker, treated fans to a masterclass. After the break things seemed to perk up for City as Bayern momentarily took their feet off the peddle, but with 56 minutes gone the German champions doubled their lead, Thomas Muller this time finding the target after losing Gael Clichy with alarming ease. Four minutes later Former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben smashed home an effort at J ...
Bayern leave City chasing shadows 03 October By Justin Palmer London - Holders Bayern Munich left Champions League aspirants Manchester City chasing shadows with a 3-1 win on Wednesday to serve notice Pep Guardiola will leave no stone unturned to re-establish their continental dominance. Franck Ribery, Thomas Mueller and Arjen Robben scored as Bayern left shellshocked City chasing shadows for much of a one-sided Group D encounter that ended the Premier League team's five-year unbeaten run at home in Europe. Cristiano Ronaldo's hot form continued with a double in Real Madrid's 4-0 rout of FC Copenhagen but he was not the only revered striker among the goals with Zlatan Ibrahimovic also netting twice as Paris St Germain brushed aside Benfica 3-0. Both, though, were outshone by Greece forward Kostas Mitroglou who grabbed a hat-trick in Olympiakos Piraeus's 3-0 romp at Anderlecht. A dramatic finale in Turin saw Galatasaray, with manager Roberto Mancini taking charge for the first time, *** a 2-2 draw with ...
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Joe Hart's poor form continued as Manchester City's England goalkeeper suffered a nightmare in this comprehensive Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich at Etihad Stadium. First he fumbled Franck Ribery's long-range effort into the net as the holders took an early lead, then he was too easily beaten at his near post after the break as Arjen Robben wrapped up a thoroughly deserved win for Pep Guardiola's side. Thomas Muller scored Bayern's second in between Hart's errors and a fine late strike from City substitute Alvaro Negredo could not put any gloss on a wretched night for Manuel Pellegrini and his team. Former City defender Jerome Boateng was sent off for hauling down Yaya Toure as the hosts mounted a late rally of sorts, but there was little by way of consolation to be salvaged from this experience. And after a display that only underlined the decline in his performances, much of the spotlight will be on Hart, who is simply making too many mistakes for the comfort of club and country. Pellegrini's p ...
Uefa Champions League: Manchester City 1 Bayern Munich 3 Bayern Munich secured a club record seventh Uefa Champions League victory in a row with a 3-1 win over Manchester City on Wednesday. Franck Ribery put the reigning champions ahead seven minutes in before Thomas Muller made it two after the interval. A first defeat at home for Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini was confirmed when the impressive Arjen Robben got in on the act just before the hour mark, with Alvaro Negredo grabbing the hosts' consolation late on prior to Jerome Boateng's dismissal. Micah Richards started for the first time under Pellegrini, while the Chilean was also able to name Sergio Aguero in his starting XI after the Argentina international missed Saturday's Premier League defeat to Aston Villa. David Silva was among the substitutes following his recovery from a thigh injury. Pep Guardiola opted to play Muller in an advanced role, replacing Mario Mandzukic, while Mario Gotze was named on the bench once more as he continues his ...
CHAMPIONSHIP P Champions LeAGUE FIXTURES Group A: Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen Real Sociedad v Shakhtar Donetsk Group B: FC Copenhagen v Juventus Galatasaray v Real Madrid Group C: Benfica v Anderlecht Olympiakos v Paris St-Germain Group D: Bayern Munich v CSKA Moscow Viktoria Plzen v Manchester City 1851: The long and the short of it is that tonight's fixture list is long rather than short. Let's have a look at how the Champions League elite roll out. 1851: BREAKING Real Madrid NEWS Gareth Bale is named on the bench by Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti despite scoring on his debut against Villarreal at the weekend. Angel Di Maria, Luka Modric and Isco will play behind the twin threats of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. 1848: FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST It was less than six years ago that Bolton were basking in the bright lights of European action, snatching a 2-2 draw away to a Bayern Munich side that featured Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski. Tonight they f ...
World Football News Update! 1. Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery, 30, has signed a two-year contract extension to stay with the Champions League winners until 2017. 2. Brazil striker Hulk has admitted there is some truth in reports linking him with a big-money move to Chelsea. 3. Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has confirmed he wants Arsene Wenger to sign a new deal and stay at the club for the "long term". 4. Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has denied his relationship with former manager Roberto Mancini suffered a breakdown. 5. Substitute Leroy Fer headed the winner as Holland Under 21s prevailed after a fightback by Germany U21s to win 3-2. 6. A late header from Alvaro Morata got defending champions Spain off to a winning start in a 1-0 victory against Russia at the Under 21 European Championship. 7. Gareth Bale has again hinted his immediate future is at Tottenham after revealing he loves playing under manager Andre Villas-Boas. 8. England have slipped two places to ninth in the latest FI ...
France international Franck Ribery is set to sign a new contract with Uefa Champions League winners Bayern Munich. Franck Ribery closes on new contract with Bayern Munich
When Arjen Robben latched onto a flick by Franck Ribery and danced his way past the Dortmund defence in that way that is uniquely his, before stabbing the ball wide of Weidenfeller to win the European Cup for Bayern Munich it was just more than redemption. The Dutchman has many critics, and I cannot understand why they are so vocal of a footballer who is one of the most gifted match-winners in world football. I have always been a big fan of Arjen Robben because of what he does on a football field. I still hold Peter Kenyon responsible for Manchester United missing out on his considerable talents and him ending up at Stamford Bridge. The former United Chief Executive took up the same role at Chelsea, paying double United's agreed fee with PSV. You will imagine that after his missed penalty in last season's final it felt like Robben owed his club one, and he duly delivered, making one and scoring the winner. It is absolutely fitting that Bayern Munich are the winners of the Champions League. They are by far ...
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has revealed that he took the Champions League trophy to bed with him...
France L'Equipe:.. "Bayern in seventh heaven Wembley was like a paradise Franck Ribery was involved in both goals FC Happy Munich Robben took advantage of the chance in the 89th minute, Bayern fifth victory in the Champions League / European Cup.. to bring national champion. Dortmund was in a grand finale at eye level. " Ouest France: "Bayern on the roof of Europe This time the Bavarians have not missed the opportunity the Munich have wiped out their bad memories The quality of the Borussia game was not in a class final..
Arjen Robben scored in the 89th minute to give Bayern Munich a 2-1 win over German rival Borussia Dortmund on Saturday in the Champions League final, ending four years of frustration for his team in Europe's biggest tournament. Robben ran onto Franck Ribery's backheeled flick in the penalty area and sent the ball past goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller to give Bayern its first Champions League victory since 2001. The German team had lost two of the last three finals. Mario Mandzukic put Bayern ahead in the 60th minute at Wembley Stadium before Ilkay Gundogan evened the score with a penalty kick eight minutes later after defender Dante fouled Marco Reus.
Who will be the star of the Champions League final? - Robert Lewandowski - Thomas Muller - Marco Reus - Arjen Robben - Ilkay Gundogan - Franck Ribery - Bastian Schweinsteiger - Other -Ashu
Latest from Bundesliga and Ligue 1: ~Hamburg general manager Frank Arnesen has left the club by mutual consent, the club has confirmed. ~Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber has suffered a major setback on his comeback trail and will not return to the pitch until March 2014. ~Franck Ribery has told L'Equipe his current campaign at Bayern Munich is his "best season" yet and that he hopes to end his career in Bavaria having left his "mark". ~Rafael Benitez would be interested in any offer to fill Carlo Ancelotti's shoes at Paris Saint-Germain, according to a member of Chelsea's coaching staff. ~Philippe Montanier is refusing to look ahead to his new challenge at Rennes until he has safely seen Real Sociedad into the Champions League. ~Marseille president Vincent Labrune has warned Ligue 2 champions AS Monaco that they will not be welcomed into the French top flight unless they comply with strict new laws regarding taxes. Admin X
MATCH REPORT « backprintsend Borussia M’gladbach 3 Bayern 4 Resolute FCB sign off with swashbuckling win 18.05.2013 Full-strength Bayern warmed up for the Champions League final with a stirring fightback and ultimately deserved victory away to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday afternoon, as the sides served up a seven-goal thriller to mark Jupp Heynckes’ 1,012th and last match in the Bundesliga. The 54,010 full house at Borussia Park saw the home side rocket into a two-goal lead after just five minutes with goals from Martin Stranzl and Mike Hanke, but although Javi Martinez calmly pulled one back straightaway, Havard Nordtveit restored the two-goal lead on ten minutes. Franck Ribery cut the deficit after 18 minutes to round off an exhilarating opening period, but although the visitors dominated the rest of the first half and created a number of chances, there were no more goals before the break. Ribery levelled the scores on 52 minutes with a sumptuous volley from fully 20 yards, and Arjen Robbe ...
Franck Ribery is out of Bayern Munich's 2nd Leg of their Champions League tie with Arsenal on Wednesday night with damaged ankle ligaments. How much does this boost Arsenal's chances?
Franck Ribery & Bastian Schweinsteiger both to miss the Champions League clash. Arsenal do have a chance.
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery ruled out of Champions League last-16 second-leg against Arsenal.
Franck Ribery has said that Bayern Munich's victory over Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday was easy.
Podolski is happy with life at Arsenal. He is also eagerly awaiting his homecoming match against him former club, Bayern Munich in the last-16 of the Uefa Champions League. Reflecting on his time at Emirates Stadium to date, he told Kicker: "I am in a new country, I am learning a new mentality. I am with a top club and pleased with how professional this club is run. Everything has changed for the better." "I have only been here for half a year, so it might be too early to take stock. I did understand people questioning that I never made it at Bayern and got relegated with Cologne. But I proved my qualities before the transfer. I was, and I am, convinced I will come out on top here." "I am looking forward to seeing Uli Hoeness, Jupp Heynckes, Franck Ribery, the colleagues from the national team and the many others who have been there during my time at Bayern."
Bayern Munich defender Dante has warned Lille that they face an impossible task in trying to stop Franck Ribery in the Champions League
Bayern Munich - Hoffenheim Preview: Bavarians look to bounce back from Champions League shock Jupp Heynckes' side saw their winning start to the season ended abruptly by BATE in Europe on Tuesday but can take heart from their 7-1 thrashing of Saturday's guests in March. Bayern suffered a humilating loss to BATE Borisov in midweek, and have been further taxed by the news that Franck Ribery is likely to miss this clash, while Arjen Robben has still not recovered from the problem that forced him to miss the trip to Minsk. Accordingly, Thomas Muller will continue on the right wing, with Xherdan Shaqiri slotting in on the left, with Toni Kroos playing as a No.10. However, long-term absentees David Alaba and Mario Gomez are still working their way back to fitness after their respective pre-season foot and ankle injuries, allowing Holger Badstuber to keep his place at left-back and Mario Mandzukic to start up front, despite Claudio Pizarro featuring against Werder Bremen. Injuries and suspension, meanwhile, have ...
Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has insisted they must now treat every Champions League match as if it were the final in the wake of their shock defeat at BATE Borisov. Bayern lost 3-1 in Minsk on Tuesday to leave them third in Group F after two games with their next European game at Lille, France, on October 23. The Belarus champions earned their second Champions League win to top the table with six points after midfielder Aleksandr Pavlov, then striker Vitali Rodionov put them 2-0 up with 12 minutes left. France wing Franck Ribery pulled back a consolation goal in added time, but a brilliant Renan Bressan goal from a counter-attack in the 94th minute gave the hosts victory. It was a first defeat for the Bavarians in 10 games this season and was also their first since losing the Champions League final at home to Chelsea on penalties in May. "We know that we now can't afford to give away any more points in the Champions League and that we have to approach every game as if it were a final," said Heynckes ...
Bayern Munich's star wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben should be fit to play the midweek Champions League clash against Spanish outfit Valencia coach Jupp Hey
Franck Ribery has admitted that he is not the best of friends with his Bayern Munich team-mate Arjen Robben. The France international and his Dutch counterpart had to be pulled apart after an angry exchange of words at half-time during the Bavarians' Champions League semi-final first-leg clash with Real Madrid in April, and the former Galatasaray winger was reportedly fined €50,000 for striking his colleague.Ribery made a point of fist-bumping Robben after netting the winner in the Bundesliga clash with Werder Bremen the following weekend, but the 29-year-old has confessed that while the pair continue to have the utmost respect for one another, they are by no means close. "We are not the best friends in the world," the former Marseille man admitted during an interview with Kicker. "But we respect each other. We are completely different." Bayern went onto defeat Madrid in spite of Ribery and Robben's dressing-room bust-up, but Jupp Heynckes' men were ultimately left heartbroken after being beaten by Chel ...
INTERNATIONALS: FLORENT STRIKES FOR FRANCE 01-06-2012 Florent Malouda added to the Chelsea scorers in midweek Euro 2012 warm-up games with a special strike. Fernando Torres scored for Spain on Wednesday night and on Thursday evening in a home match against Serbia, Malouda found the top corner from 25 yards out to make it 2-0 to France early in the first-half. Franck Ribery, recovered from the injury that saw him limp out of the Champions League Final, struck the first goal. That was the score at the final whistle although it took a good save to prevent Branislav Ivanovic scoring from a novel sight for Chelsea fans - a direct free-kick taken by the defender which was deflected by Malouda. Ivanovic played the full game for Serbia who did not qualify for Euro 2012. Malouda played 76 minutes for France who are England's first opponents. Yossi Benayoun played the first-half for another non-qualified nation, Israel going down 2-0 away to Germany. Oriol Romeu played the whole of Spain Under 21s' 1-0 win away to ...
An incredible night at the Allianz Arena saw Chelsea lift the Champions League trophy for the first-ever time after beating Bayern Munich on penalties. The odds were against the Blues playing at the Bavarian side's home with John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles all suspended, but Roberto Di Matteo kept the opposition on their toes by springing a surprise selection, Ryan Bertrand starting his first European game on the left wing. Bayern confirmed their home advantage by making the early running but couldn't make their chances count until late on, when Thomas Muller opened the scoring despite a heroic defensive effort. But that man Didier Drogba popped up with two minutes of the 90 remaining to send the match to extra time at 1-1. There was another scare when Bayern were awarded a penalty after Franck Ribery went down in the area, but Petr Cech continued his own heroics by saving low to his left. With time over, it all came down to a penalty shootout. Juan Mata saw his effort saved but ...
Didier Drogba says goodbye to Chelsea and backs Fernando Torres to fill the void Striker refuses to say where he will go but reveals Chelsea tried to keep him at Bridge WEDNESDAY 23 MAY 2012 Shanghai Shenhua confident of signing Didier Drogba Didier Drogba: Striker's parting shot - my blood will stay blue Chelsea defeat would be 'brutal' for Roman Abramovich claims Franck Ribery Chelsea ready to let Champions League hero Didier Drogba leave Didier Drogba departure from Chelsea confirmed Sport blogs Empire of Dirt: ‘Twenty thousand people came to watch BMXing and that’s mega’ When it comes to championing sport, Red Bull rarely does it half hearted. It’s partly this reason th... Didier Drogba announced his departure from Chelsea yesterday after eight years and 157 goals, and the Ivorian striker said he had faith that Fernando Torres would finally step up and fill the void he is leaving at the club. The 34-year-old said that he had not yet decided where he would play next season – he ruled out sign ...
Oh. "Bayern skipper Philipp Lahm has predicted French flyer Franck Ribery will tear Chelsea apart to earn his side Champions League glory"
These are Bayern Munich fans with Franck Ribery scar makeup at the Champions League final
bAYern-chelseA ooops sory! european champion sory chelseA fans. .I mistaked That. THEY ARE NOW THE BEST IN EUROPE BECAUSE THEY BEAT ALL THE BEST- the Report chelsea beat bayern on @ their homeground 4-3 on penalties after playing 1 all draw. Bayern had much the better of the game, missed numerous chances in the first-half and were made to wait until the 83rd minute for the opener when Thomas Muller appeared at the back post to head past Petr Cech. Despite a lack of ambition until then, Chelsea were not done and equalised in a thrilling finale when Didier Drogba headed home from the Blues' first corner of the game with two minutes left to go. Drogba almost turned from hero to villain as he tripped Franck Ribery in the box in the first period of extra-time but Cech saved Arjen Robben's penalty low down to his left. The rest of the game yielded no goals and it was left to penalties to decide the winner. It looked like Chelsea would lose the shootout as Juan Mata missed, but Ivica Olic - with his last kick ...
HOW DID CHELSEA WIN THE CHAMPION'S LEAGUE . So how did they do it? Often the underdogs throughout the campaign, Chelsea travelled to the Allianz Arena with nothing more than a chance. That’s what the bookmakers and experts would have you believe. But this is football, and we should know better. The Blues proved against Barcelona that over 90 minutes – or even 180 – the best team doesn’t always win. And, once again, Roberto Di Matteo’s side did the job they needed to do. True, a little bit of luck went their way they needed it, notably in the first half when Petr Cech’s low save from an Arjen Robben strike bounced down and hit the frame of the goal, and when Franck Ribery's tap-in was correctly flagged for offside. They say you make your own luck though, and it was no coincidence that the goalkeeper of the winning team on penalties went the right way for every single spot kick. Petr Cech guessed right in extra time, and got that little bit of fortune when Robben’s penalty squirmed under his b ...
Robben rues 'terrible' missed penalty against Chelsea May 20, 2012 5:25 AM Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has spoken of his regret at having missed a vital penalty in the Champions League final defeat to Chelsea on Saturday. The Germans were handed a massive opportunity to regain control of the match in extra time after Didier Drogba had fouled Franck Ribery in the box, but Robben's spot-kick was weak as Petr Cech dived to his left to save. The Dutchman admits he is struggling to come to terms with not only the disappointment of Bayern failing to lift a fifth European Cup, but also the impact of his penalty miss, which he feels may have contributed to his side's eventual downfall. "I can't describe how I feel with words, but it's been a terrible night," Robben said after the game. "Two or three times you feel you have the cup in your hands [during the match] but at the end you stand with nothing." "It wasn't a good penalty. I wanted to shoot the ball hard and high in the goal, but the ball didn't go hi ...
Chelsea has won the 2011-12 Champions League after a gripping 4-3 win over Bayern Munich on penalties at the Allianz Arena. Bayern set up camp in the Chelsea half for the majority of the match, but was extremely wasteful in front of goal, passing up a number of opportunities that allowed Roberto Di Matteo's men to stay in the contest. Thomas Muller looked to have finally broken their resistance when he scored in the 83rd minute, but Didier Drogba brought the Blues back from the dead with a powerful header two minutes from time to send the final into extra time. Arjen Robben saw a soft penalty saved by Petr Cech in the 95th minute, but there was no winner in the additional 30 minutes as the match moved into a penalty shootout. Drogba struck the winning attempt from the spot to send the Londoners to their first-ever Champions League crown, and finally put the demons of their 2008 failure in Moscow to rest. Both sides were forced to reshuffle their XI’s due to suspensions, but the biggest surprise came fro ...
Barca could not break them; neither could suspensions, including John Terry’s; nor playing Bayern on their home patch; nor going behind with seven minutes left. Having somehow dug out an equaliser to force extra-time through - who else? - Didier Drogba, Chelsea would not be shaken by a further trauma: when Drogba tripped Franck Ribery to concede a penalty, Petr Cech plunged magnificently to stop Arjen Robben’s spot kick. The 30 minutes of extra-time were like the 90 minutes preceding them: Bayern in possession, on the attack, but Chelsea - with Gary Cahill making an extraordinary diving block to thwart Mario Gomez - somehow still on terms. Then came that old enemy, the penalty shootout. Chelsea don’t win those; the Germans never lose them. Except there has been something other-worldly about this campaign in general and Chelsea in the Champions League particularly. Logic was not among the participants of season 2011-12.
Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery will move to Man Utd after Champions League loss to Chelsea Sky Sports NEWS UNDERSTANDS. lol
Franck Ribery ranks Champions League final against Chelsea alongside the 2006 World Cup Final as one of the biggest games of his life
Franck Ribery is 6/1 with BetVictor to be named man of the match in the Champions League final after Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm tipped the French ace to torment Chelsea.
Gomez ranks second behind Barcelona's Lionel Messi (14) in this season's Champions League goal scoring charts.His strenth in the air and clinical finishing, with either foot, could prove crucial especially latching on to balls from the Bundesliga's best provider Franck Ribery from the left, and Robben on the right but at d same time The final is likely to be Drogba's swansong for the Stamford Bridge club and the powerful Ivorian can usually be relied upon to produce the goods on the big occasion.
Franck Ribery says Champions League final as big as World Cup Final: Franck Ribery ranks Saturday's Champions Le...
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Chelsea's new signing Marko Marin is tipping them to beat Baryern Munich in the Champions League final if they can stop Franck Ribery and Mario Gomez
What's going on between Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery? Bury that hatchet guys and win Champions League title on May 19!
Robben extends Bayern deal until 2015 Arjen Robben has ended speculation about his Bayern Munich future by signing a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until June 2015, the Champions League finalists announced on Thursday. "We're delighted to have extended Arjen's contract until 2015," said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. "Arjen's contract has been extended. Arjen is a very important player and a guarantee for the club's brilliant future." Robben, 28, joined Bayern from Real Madrid in 2009 and the Dutch international winger's contract had been due to expire in June 2013. He has scored 39 goals in only 61 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern but has often been sidelined by injuries. "I've always said that I feel very good in Munich and at Bayern," said Robben. "That's why I wanted to extend my contract. This extension is also the right sporting decision. We're a great team and I'm sure we'll have great success in the years to come." Robben's future at the club had been cast into ...
Bayern Munich ace Arjen Robben to move out to Liverpool/Man City/Tottenham.. due to differences with Franck Ribery in the Champions League... Hope he gets in Liverpool .!!!
Uefa Champions League: Franck Ribery fined $63,782 for dressing room spat with Bayern Munich team-mate Arjen Robben
Bayern Munich will recall Philipp Lahm, Franck Ribery and Mario Gomez to the starting line-up for Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid, after the trio were rested on the bench for the weekend draw with Mainz.
Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque believes that Real Madrid can overturn a one-goal deficit in their Champions League semifinal tie against Bayern Munich. The Bundesliga club currently holds a 2-1 advantage thanks to goalsfrom Franck Ribery and Mario Gomez at the AllianzArena on Tuesday. Del Bosque believes that Madrid did not deserve to lose the match and expects Jose Mourinho 's men to bounce back in thereturn leg next week. "Matches between historic clubs can always go against your predictions," he told Kicker . "It was a great match, but it would have been fairer if it had ended in a draw. Mesut Ozil 's goal leaves Madrid with a lot of chances, because they have incredible attacking potential." "Scoring two or three goals at home is something that Madrid normally do." A goalless draw will be enough for Bayern to progress to the final, but Del Bosque does not think that the Germans will playa defensive game at the Santiago Bernabeu. "Neither Madrid nor Bayern can go against what they have shown this season ...
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Bild reporting Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben had to be dragged apart by team-mates at half-time of the Champions League match v Real Madrid
Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery took a swipe at Marseille fans after their Champions League quarter-final second-leg win at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery said his former club Marseille will provide tough opposition in the Champions League quarter-finals.
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