13 - 19 December 2012
Costa de Almería
Weekend action will be topped off with Sports Personality of the Year awards
FTER action in the Champions and Europa Leagues, FA Cup and League Cup, it’s back to the bread and butter of domestic football this weekend. The Premiership fixtures are Chelsea (third) v Southampton (a rehearsal for next month’s third round FA Cup-tie), Liverpool v Aston Villa, Manchester United (top) v Sunderland, Newcastle v Manchester City (second), Norwich v Wigan, winless QPR v Fulham. On Sunday Spurs v Swansea, Stoke v Everton and WBA v West Ham. Monday sees Reading take on Arsenal. Championship leaders Cardiff play Peterborough (bottom), Crystal Palace
SPORTS SCENE By Tony Matthews A former football player and the world’s most prolific author of football books (more than 100 published), Tony is also the sports reporter for Spectrum Radio and lives in the Cabrera mountains.
(second) visit Birmingham, Middlesbrough (third) meet Wolves and Hull (fourth) take on Huddersfield. In FL1, Tranmere (top) oppose Sheffield United and Doncaster (second) entertain Coventry; FL2, pace-setters Gillingham face Fleetwood and SPL leaders Celtic welcome St Mirren.
And don’t forget that on Sunday we will know who has been voted the BBC ‘Sports Personality of the Year.’ I’m going for Bradley Wiggins, but don’t rule out Mo Farah, even Jessica Ennis. This will be a great programme to watch, if you like sport! FOOTBALL ROUNDUP • After the CL group matches, it left Arsenal, Celtic and Manchester United IN but Chelsea and Manchester City OUT. • Also in the last 16 are AC Milan, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Galatasary, Juventus, Malaga, PSG, Porto, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donestk, Schalke and Valencia. • Despite battering Nordsjaelland 6-1, Chelsea became the first holders of the trophy to be knocked out at the group stage after Juventus beat Shahktar Doneskt to finish second above the Blues. And those seven goals at Stamford Bridge eight days ago, came in just 27 minutes, a record I believe, for ‘rapid scoring’ in the European Cup/CL since the competition started in 1955. • Celtic who defeated Spartak Moscow 2-1 courtesy of Kris Commons’ penalty went through following Benfica’s draw in Barcelona. Both Manchester United and Arsenal, fielding understrength teams, lost their final group matches while
History maker Messi ON Sunday at 9.27pm in Sevilla, Lionel Messi broke the record set in 1972 by German striker Gerd Muller for most goals scored in a calendar year. At that precise time the Argentinian netted his, and Barcelona’s second, of a 2-1 win over Real Betis to take his tally in 2012 to an incredible 86 in only 66 games. Well played, little man! You’re a pure genius. Manchester City finished bottom of group D and so missed out on the consolation of a Europa League place, leaving Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle and Spurs as England’s representatives in this long-winded competition. • Three LC quarter-finals took place earlier this week - Bradford City-Arsenal, Norwich-Aston Villa and Swansea-Middlesbrough. Chelsea, involved in the World Club Cup in Japan, will play Leeds on 19 December. • West Ham, the ‘preferred bidders’ to take over the Olympic Stadium,
hope to play there in August 2015. Why then, I wonder? • Two American clubs want David Beckham to become an owner. Surely there’s something better left in football for Beckham? Come to Spain, you might squeeze into the Vera team! SPORT IN GENERAL • Alastair Cook scored a record-breaking 23rd century and became the youngest-ever batsman to reach 7,000 Test runs as England beat India by seven wickets to go 2-1 up in the four-match series. The last Test is now under way in Nagpur.
• Frankie Dettori has been banned for six months by the French Horse Racing Authority for drug abuse. • Golfer Rory McIlroy has been voted the 2012 PGA Player of the Year. • Mark Selby won the UK snooker championship. • Oxford beat Cambridge 26-19 in the annual varsity rugby match. • And the ‘new’ European Olympic Games will take place in Azerbaijan in 2015.
Published on Dec 12, 2012
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