Champions League & Raul Meireles

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. Raul José Trindade Meireles (Ra-Ul Mey-Re-Lesh) (born 17 March 1983) is a Portuguese footballer who currently plays for Chelsea as a midfielder in the Premier League. 5.0/5

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Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, will miss his country’s World Cup build-up match against Mexico as fears grow he could miss at least parts of the World Cup. Ronaldo continues his recovery from tendinosis in his left knee, as well as a tigh injury, and will remain in Portugal’s training camp in New York while his teammates travelled to Boston. He is yet to take part in a full training session with his teammates since joining the Portugal camp last Friday. Without Ronaldo, a toothless Portugal was only able to achieve a goalless draw against Greece last Saturday. The 29-year-old struggled with minor injuries, caused from muscle fatigue, during the closing stages of Real Madrid’s season, but played 120 minutes in the Champions League final. Raul Meireles (thigh) and Pepe (muscular injury) will also remain in New York for recovery training as confirmed by the Portuguese FA. “They will maintain the programme pre-established by the medical department for their injuries, with specific work in the ** ...
It's our 16 th and final European game of the season, with silverware at stake. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton have all the final facts and figures… TALKING POINTS Chelsea have the chance to join a genuinely elite group of clubs this evening but may have to show all the hunger and determination of last season's Champions League triumph to achieve it. Here's hoping it is fourth time lucky for silverware this season after defeat in the Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. Victory would put the Stamford Bridge club on the same pedestal as Bayern Munich, Juventus and Ajax, whose stadium hosts tonight's showpiece. The Pensioners would stand alongside those greats as the fourth club to win all three of UEFA's major trophies. If the UEFA Super Cup is added, the current coterie is reduced to just Juve and Ajax. KEY STAT A Chelsea victory will ensure we are the first club ever to be holders simultaneously of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League ...
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has claimed that his Blues squad is not big enough to cope with their heavy fixture schedule. The Champions League holders travel to Japan for their Club World Cup semi-final on December 13 - naming a strong squad including the likes of Juan Mata and FernandoTorres. Chelsea have used just 20 different outfield players during their 22 outings so far this season - including the now departed Raul Meireles - and Benitez has confirmed that targets for the January transfer window havealready been discussed. "You analyse the players who have played every game; there aren't many players here," Benitez told reporters. "They'd been playing fewer players. I'm not here to criticise, but that's the reality. They'd played so many games, two a week and massive games in the Champions League, the players were getting tired. You can't give them a rest, either, because there's no time. "They were asking me my opinion on what we need [in the January transfer window], and I said it was t ...
A- Anfield, the greatest home any club in the world could ever have B- Brad Jones, played a match right after his sons death…true inspiration C- Carragher, has only played for Liverpool, and has been since before I started watching D- Dirk Kuyt, one of my favorite Liverpool players ever E- Europe, which we have been champions of 5 times F- Faith. Always having faith that things will get better. G- Gerrard, my favorite player of all time and club captain H- Hamann, crucial to the Champions League comeback in 2005 I- Inspiration, something that Liverpool has always been to me. J- Jerzy Dudek, Polish goalie who played the match of his life in Istanbull K- Kewell, one of my favorite strikers to watch growing up L- Liverpool, an amazing city with an amazing club M- Manchester United, the scum of the Earth N- Nemeth, an amazing reserve player who never got his chance with the first team O- Owen, a great player who ended up becoming a traitor P- Pepe Reina, starting keeper for any nat team if he hadnt played f ...
Ex-Chelsea star Meireles insists Fenerbahce no step down Former Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles is thrilled with his move to Fenerbahce . Meireles insists its not a step down. "I am excited and very happy to wear the shirt of Fenerbahce ," said Meireles. "I am a player who prefers talking on the pitch, but going from the Premier League to the Turkish League was an easy decision. "When I heard of the proposal I accepted because Fenerbahce is a great club, as well known as Chelsea , Liverpool or FC Porto . "I played with Dirk in Liverpool and, first of all, he is a friend. He already told me that Istanbul is a fantastic citadel. "I do not lose ambition with my departure from the Premier League. I had fantastic years in England and a great final season at Chelsea , winning the Champions League. "Now I want to have the same success in the Fenerbahce and win trophies."
Outraged Arsenal fans have sent death threats to Robin Van Persie's wife after his move to arch rivals Manchester United. Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin has been told to stall on a loan move to Liverpool by Arsenal who hope the lure of Champions League football will be enough to sway the Turkish player. Manchester City, Liverpool and Spurs are in the hunt to sign Swansea winger Scott Sinclair, 23, who has refused to sign a new deal. Tottenham are ready to make a move for Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles, 29, as a replacement for Real Madrid-bound Luka Modric. Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz is ready to tear up his contract in order to seal a permanent move to Spanish side Real Betis. Jack Wilshere will be given Robin Van Persie's number 10 shirt at Arsenal.
This midfielder could be headed out of Chelsea. The Kenyan DAILY POST Sports 00:51 Friday, 10 August 2012 - Portugal and Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles , has emerged as apotential transfer target for Italian side, Napoli. The Italian club is keen to add more attacking options and is ready to spend after cashing in on their talisman striker, Ezequiel Lavezzi to cash rich League 1 outfit Paris Saint Germaine. The Portugal international, who joined Chelsea on the nick of thetransfer window last summer after a single season at Liverpool, played a pivotal role inthe Blues' Champions League successful campaign last season and clearly caught the eye of Napoli, who they encountered ontheir way to European glory. Meireles was in top form for thePortuguese national team at theEuros where they were eliminated in the semi-finals by eventual winners, Spain. Reports reveal that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurent hasmade enquiries to Meireles’ agents concerning his availabilityand is keen to try and make themove co ...
Chelsea midfielder Meireles locked in Napoli talks Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles has entered talks with Napoli . The London Evening Standard says Meireles is in discussions with Napoli about a possible move away from Stamford Bridge. The 29-year-old, who joined Chelsea from Liverpool last summer, still has three years left on his contract and is valued at £8million. Meireles made 45 appearances for Chelsea last term but was suspended for their Champions League final victory against Bayern Munich in May.
Napoli have set their sights on Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles, who has caught the eye with Portugal at the European Championship.
Chelsea's Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles (C) holds the trophy after the UEFA Champions League final football match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC on May 19, 2012 at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich. Chelsea won 4-3 in the penalty phase. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/GettyImages
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 ...
Tens of thousands of Chelsea fans gave their team a hero’s welcome on Sunday as they made an open-top bus parade through their west London home after their Champions League win over Bayern Munich. Blue-clad fans lined the streets and roared their delight as the hero of Saturday’s victory, Didier Drogba, held the trophy aloft, flanked by captain John Terry, who was suspended for the final in Munich. The bus was emblazoned with a banner proclaiming ‘Champions of Europe’ and Drogba, who scored the decisive spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out, milked the cheers of the crowd. Fans cheered, hung from lampposts and sounded horns as the bus passed along the route. (L-R) Members of the Chelsea squad, Portuguese mid-fielder Raul Meireles, team captain John Terry, Portuguese defender Jose Bosingwa, and Ivorian forward Salomon Kalou wave to fans as they ride during an open-top bus parade along Kings Road in west London on May 20, 2012. Chelsea's dramatic win over Bayern Munich on penalties last night has resul ...
If Di Matteo can get a team with John Obi Mikel and Raul Meireles to Champions League final,then he deserves the Nobel Prize
Chelsea 1-1 Bayern Munich Allianz Arena Chelsea stunned Bayern Munich in a dramatic penalty shoot-out at the Allianz Arena to win the Champions League for the first time. Thomas Mueller's late header put Bayern on the brink of victory on home territory but Didier Drogba levelled things up with a bullet header at the death before coolly converting the decisive spot-kick. The tournament which gave Chelsea their greatest agony when they lost on penalties to Manchester United four years ago in Moscow has now delivered the greatest glory in their 107-year history. Juan Mata missed Chelsea's first penalty but David Luiz, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole were all successful. Philipp Lahm, Mario Gomez and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer were all on target for Bayern. The momentum shifted decisively when Cech denied Ivica Olic and Bastian Schweinsteiger hit the post to leave Chelsea on the brink and present Drogba with his moment of destiny. He was calmness personified as he rolled the ball past Neuer to spark wild scenes of ...
Raul Meireles: sold to make way for Charlie Adam; wins Champions League.
Raul Meireles has a Champions League, FA Cup & Carling Cup medal. Total time played in any of the finals: 0
CHELSEA VS Bayern Munich In terms of goal-scoring and defending, there is little to separate the two teams. Bayern Munich have scored 25 goals in the UEFA Champions League this season, compared to 24 for Chelsea, while the Germans have also conceded one goal less, 10 versus 11. Bayern are the more accurate team in terms of their shooting, getting 90 attempts on target from a total of 155 efforts (58% accuracy), while Chelsea managed just 78 on target from a total of 161 (48% accuracy). However, the English side has needed an average of just 3.25 shots on target to score a goal, while the German club has averaged 3.6. Even in discipline they are pretty similar: Bayern have racked up 28 yellow cards to Chelsea’s 27 (even though the German side has committed nearly 40 more fouls overall) and each has had one red card in the tournament. Chelsea will be without John Terry, Ramires, Branislav Ivanovic and Raul Meireles in the final due to suspension, while Bayern will miss David Alaba, Holger Badstuber and Lu ...
17:40 FACT: Bayern have played 38 games against English sides in European competition (incl. fairs): the Germans have won 14 of these, losing 11 and drawing 13; Bayern Munich have met English sides 17 times in the modern format of the Champions League, winning seven times (five defeats and as many draws). 17:35 FACT: Chelsea have played 15 times against German sides in European competition (incl. Fairs cup), winning eight times (D3 L4); The Blues have met German clubs 12 times in the Champion League: the Londoners have won six times, losing four times and sharing the points twice. 17:30 HEAD TO HEAD: Three of Chelsea’s six goals against Bayern have been scored by Frank Lampard, the others by Drogba (two) and Joe Cole. Indeed, Bayern are the side against whom Lampard has scored the joint-most goals in the Champions League (three), alongside Barcelona and Liverpool. 17:25 HEAD TO HEAD: Bayern Munich and Chelsea have met on two occasions so far in the Champions League. In the quarter-finals of the 2004-05 ...
Finally, the UEFA Champions League final is almost here. Bayern Munich and Chelsea will compete for European club football's top prize Saturday evening in Munich. While you count down the hours, minutes and seconds, we've got your comprehensive preview right here. Inside, you'll find all the information you need for both teams. Anything else? Leave a question in the comments. First things first: Just the basic facts. Who: Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea When: Saturday, May 19, 8:45 p.m. Central European Time (2:45 p.m. Eastern) Where: Allianz Arena, Munich (dubbed Fußball Arena München for the day by UEFA, for sponsorship reasons) Road to the Final: Bayern Bayern Munich, who finished third last season in the Bundesliga, defeated FC Zurich in the Champions League's final qualifying round last August. The 3-0 two-legged victory secured Bayern a spot in the group stage. There, Bayern won Group A with 13 points, beating out Napoli, Manchester City (who eventually won the English Premier League) and Villarreal (wh ...
Di Matteo: ALL THAT MATTERS Posted on: Tue 15 May 2012 Roberto Di Matteo says Saturday's Champions League Final could be the biggest match in Chelsea's history. We meet Bayern Munich in their own stadium on Saturday, looking to lift the European Cup for the first time in the club's 107-year existence. The Italian believes it would be an achievement of enormous magnitude. 'This game can decide the history of our football club,' he said. 'It would obviously be the first time we would win the European Champions League. That's all that matters and all we are focusing on. 'Both teams have a chance to win, it is 50-50, and we will try to do our best. 'A final is a game where anything can happen. We just have to go into it with the belief and confidence that we can win it, and try our best and see what the outcome is. We are facing a very strong European club with a lot of experience in the Champions League and it will be difficult, but to reach the final was a difficult road as well.' Indeed we came from behind ...
Chelsea players out of Champions League final: Terry, Ramires, Raul Meireles and Branislav Ivanovic
John Terry and Raul Meireles put their Champions League agony aside as Chelsea warmed up for Saturday's final by winning their last Premier League game of the season - 2-1 against Blackburn. Terry and Meireles - who are suspended for next weekend's clash with Bayern Munich - both found the net within three first-half minutes against already-relegated Rovers.
Chelsea 2 Blackburn Rovers 1: match report: John Terry and Raul Meireles put Champions League agony aside as Che...
Munich-bound Chelsea rounded off their Premier League season with a comfortable 2-1 home victory over Blackburn. John Terry and Raul Meireles, both suspended for the Champions League final, scored before half-time for Roberto Di Matteo's carefully selected side, who would finish sixth no matter what happened on the final day.
Hopes of qualification for next season's Champions League via our league position were extinguished by a performance deserving of the scoreline. It could have been labelled a Cup Final hangover but it was a much-changed side named by Roberto Di Matteo as he continues to negotiate the draining schedule, and although the Blues hit the woodwork before Liverpool opened the scoring, an error-strewn first-half left us trailing 3-0 at the interval. It could have been a greater margin had the home side not wasted a penalty. Ramires beat Pepe Reina for the second time in four days shortly after the restart but the fledging fightback didn't grow any further and defeat was ensured after a Ross Turnbull mistake led to Liverpool's fourth. Team news There were eight changes to the side that began the Cup Final. Wembley heroes Petr Cech and Didier Drogba were rested completely from the trip and John Mikel Obi and Raul Meireles were added to the injury list. Ross Turnbull kept goal, his first Premier League start of the ...
Fernando Torres TRANSFER RUMOURS "Serie A league leaders Juventus have set their sights on capturing Van Persie to spearhead their attack next season. But the Bianconeri are also keeping tabs on Chelsea's Fernando Torres and Athletic Bilbao's Iker Muniain." Italian giants Juventus are preparing for their return to Champions League football and are eyeing a double summer swoop for Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic, 30, and Chelsea's Fernando Torres, 28.Torres' agent has hinted that the Spanish striker, 28, could be tempted by a move to Serie A side Roma.Three Former Chelsea managers are plotting raids on the club. Fernando Torres is a £45m target for Guus Hiddink's Anzhi Makhachkala, Carlo Ancelotti wants Ashley Cole at Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, coached by Jose Mourinho, are eyeing Raul Meireles.Chelsea are lining up a bid for Atletico Madrid's Colombian striker Falcao - and could offer the Spanish club Fernando Torres as part of the deal.Carlo Ancelotti, the Paris Saint-Germain manager, has re ...
Chelsea trio will miss final Branislav Ivanovic, Raul Meireles and Ramires will miss the Champions League final after an attempt to overturn their suspensions failed.
Chelsea trio Raul Meireles, Ramires and Branislav Ivanovic will all miss the Champions League final.
Who is Chelsea’s Player of the Season? Goal.com names the top three stand-out performers for the Blues in 2011-12 and then declares the overall winner. Have your say below! May 2, 2012 9:00:00 AM Juan Mata, Chelsea This season was supposed to be the start of a new era at Stamford Bridge under the guidance of Andre Villas-Boas , who arrived fresh from guiding Porto to Europa League success and was handed the chance to overhaul an ageing Chelsea side. Juan Mata , Romelu Lukaku , Oriol Romeu and Raul Meireles all arrived at the club with fans hopeful of challenging for silverware. But the Blues stuttered their way through the first half of the season, losing a number of matches and finding themselves well off the blistering pace set by the two Manchester clubs at the top of the table. However, unlike both United and City, they scraped through to the knock-out stages of the Champions League. Gary Cahill arrived in January with the aim of shoring up a leaky defence seemingly struggling to come to terms with ...
Ramires, Raul Meireles, Ivanovic, John Terry, Robben all out of the Champions League final then what's the point!!!
Chelsea produced one of the greatest escapes in the history of European football tonight as they survived the sending off of John Terry to win an astonishing Champions League semi-final with Barcelona. - Terry explains red card On a night of unparalleled drama at the Nou Camp, Terry looked to have pressed the self-destruct button on the Blues' hopes of glory on the continent when he saw red for kneeing Alexis Sanchez from behind. But the 10 men were simply magnificent for the rest of the second leg, fighting back from goals from Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta with a stunning chip from Ramires before half-time. And after surviving a Barca siege from start to finish that saw Lionel Messi miss a penalty, Fernando Torres came off the bench to score a stoppage-time breakaway goal as Chelsea avenged their 2009 defeat in the most dramatic manner possible. Reaching their second final came at a huge cost, with Terry's red card and yellows for Ramires, Branislav Ivanovic and Raul Meireles ruling them out of the ...
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Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has hailed his side's "incredible achievement" in edging out Barcelona with 10 men to reach the Champions League final. The Blues drew 2-2 at Camp Nou despite having captain John Terry sent off, progressing 3-2 on aggregate, with Ramires and a stoppage-time effort from Fernando Torres sealing the triumph. "It’s an incredible achievement by this group of players. A lot of people had written us [off] but we showed again what kind of character these players have," Di Matteo told Sky Sports after the game. "We didn’t expect to play with 10 men, but we knew it was going tobe tough and it was even more difficult than we expected. Barcelona have some fantastic players but we showed what we’re made of. "The second half wasn’t much about tactics – it was about the pressure, the pride, the desire to go to the final. We were 45 minutes away from the final and that’s what the second half was about. "The belief was always there - we wouldn’t be in the final if we didn’t b ...
Messi misfires and Barcelona blunders as Chelsea claims unexpected first-leg cheer It may well have dominated possession just as in any other game, but Barcelona’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League semifinal first leg at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night was all its own doing. And at the crux of the disappointment was Lionel Messi’s inability to stamp his undoubted class on proceedings. That Messi played a crucial role in the winning goal was no real shock. That it was in handing over possession to Frank Lampard in the build-up to Didier Drogba’s crucial strike was unexpected to say the least, and that proved to be his greatest mark on the game. Moments earlier he had gone down off the ball and with the amount of collisions occurring across the field all night, many were expecting the replays to show some contact between the Argentine and Raul Meireles. Instead, Messi had simply slipped on the increasingly wet Stamford Bridge turf. It was the story of his night, in many ways. He was to ca ...
As It stands David Luiz,Ashley Cole & Raul Meireles are still one yellow card away from a suspension in the Champions League.
Didier Drogba, David Luiz, and Raul Meireles are all fit and could play in the UEFA Champions League this week.
Raul Meireles, David Luiz and Ashley Cole are Chelsea players a yellow card away from a Champions League suspension
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