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Rome 09: United Leave Rome – No Tevez?

Posted by Keano! on May 28, 2009

Manchester United boarded their luxury bus about an hour ago headed for the airport destined for Manchester. As the players left their hotel, each cut a forlorn image as they walked one-by-one in silence along the side of the bus and up the steps. A few stopped for autographs but it was clear for all to see that they just wanted to go home.

The biggest story to come from this brief story was that Carlos Tevez was the only player not to board the bus for the airport and its believed he is still in the hotel. Tevez’s future is in severe doubt as United aren’t fully sure if they’ll cough up the £32M asking price.

We’ll bring you more news on this story as it breaks but as for now, Manchester United are coming home with Champions League runners up medals, and without their number 32, Carlos Tevez, or so it seems.

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Rome 09: Barcelona 2-0 Manchester United – A Footballing Lesson

Posted by Keano! on May 27, 2009

All the build up midweek, all over the world was tipping Manchester United, the holders of the Champions League and English Champions, but how could we have got it so wrong? Barcelona handed us a footballing lesson and surprisingly it doesn’t pain me to say, well done Barcelona, the new European Champions, and winners of the Spanish treble.

It was the dream final according to everyone, it was the dream performance by Barcelona but a nightmare of a display from the “White Devils”, who didn’t shed a tear after the game as they all simply knew they hadn’t shown up and were consequently beaten by a better team, who by the way were missing 3 of the preferred back four.

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Rome 09: United Fan Stabbed

Posted by Keano! on May 27, 2009

Ahead of the Champions League final tonight, trouble has arisen in the capital and the result saw an alleged Manchester United fan stabbed in the thigh and sustain minor head injuries. The man was taken to the local hospital and has since been discharged with appropriate treatment applied.

Greg Walden who is 34 years of age told police that he was approached by four men outside his hotel in Rome. He sustained a knife wound to his right thigh along with minor injuries to his head. Police are on “full alert” after hearing the news, as up to this incident, everything has been calm ahead of the big game.

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Rome 09: Road To Rome

Posted by Keano! on May 26, 2009

Its been some season and the European campaign all comes down to 90 minutes, or maybe 120 and more, but the journey taken by the squad of players has been a wonderful feat knocking teams like Celtic, Inter Milan and Arsenal off course on their way to the Italian capital.

A wonderful compilation of that Road To Rome created by Zhaban can be viewed below, and I think you’ll agree with me in saying, that it really is a fantastic watch.

Show your appreciation by leaving a quick comment at the bottom. 

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Rome 09: Poorly Setup Press Conference

Posted by Keano! on May 26, 2009

Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson joined the gathered media in Rome with  star players Rio Ferdinand and Cristiano Ronaldo, all of whom were in optimistic mood ahead of the final tomorrow.

Confused expressions and dodgy equipment were the ingredients for the start of the press conference as photographers, microphones and movements were all causing the electrics to act up.

When all was calmed down and the three men on show had working microphones and headsets, the confidence flowed with every sentence.

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Rome 09: United Arrive In Rome

Posted by Keano! on May 26, 2009

Manchester United are preparing for a training session in the Stadio Olimpico later this lunchtime after arriving safe and sound yesterday evening at their hotel which cannot be named for security purposes. They were greeted with hundreds of fans and media reporters as they entered the hotel. 

Thousands of United fans are heading for the Italian capital along with famous figures related to United such as Sir Bobby Charlton and Bryan Robson who left Manchester airport this morning.

Both were optimistic of the challenge ahead and Sir Bobby believes there “will be a lot of goals.”

See pictures of United leaving Manchester yesterday lunchtime.

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Rome 09: Rooney Is The Key – Iniesta

Posted by Keano! on May 26, 2009

Barcelona star, Andreas Iniesta and scorer of the goal that has them in the final tomorrow believes that United’s number 10 in Wayne Rooney may hold the key to United winning the Champions League for the second season running.

Iniesta who was a doubt for the game earlier in the week leading up to the final is expected to play after taking part in a light training session after picking up a slight knock on his thigh.

The silky midfielder is amazed by the Englishman’s work ethic and desire to do what is best for the team. Whilst Rooney is a forward player, he will give up on getting goals to help the team out defensively and Sir Alex is tipped to play Rooney on the left side against Barcelona.

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Rome 09: Hopefully Not Penalties – Berbatov

Posted by Keano! on May 26, 2009

Manchester United front man, Dimitar Berbatov has spoken out of his wish for the final in Rome to not go the distance and end with spot kicks. Speaking to the Daily Mail, the Bulgarian admitted he didn’t want to see a penalty shootout between Man United and Barcelona, and this if it did come down to it, he wasn’t sure if he’d step forward to take one for the English Champions.

Berbatov was heavily criticised by United fans after their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Everton after a shootout at Wembley, when Berbatov took a very lazy penalty and saw it comfortably saved by ex-United ‘keeper, Tim Howard.

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Rome 09: UEFA Confirm Referee For Final

Posted by Keano! on May 25, 2009

UEFA confirmed earlier that Swiss referee, Massimo Busacca will the the man with the task of overseeing the biggest club game of the year as Manchester United and Barcelona meet, on Wednesday at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Busacca who has an impressive CV in terms of refereeing will take charge of his first ever UEFA Champions League final, and he’ll be hoping he won’t be a talking point the next day.

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Rome 09: Alcohol Lockdown!

Posted by Keano! on May 25, 2009

As of 11pm tomorrow morning until around 6am Thursday morning, Rome will be implementing an alcohol lockdown where no drinks with alcohol will be sold in shops, supermarkets, pubs, the Stadio Olimpico and any other places where alcohol can normally be bought.

It comes after Rome officials decided that if there is any trouble at the Champions League final between United and Barcelona, and then the AS Roma fans, then it would be alcohol related and this measure has been taken “for the safety of the travelling fans, the residents and the sporting event”

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