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Seven Days: Friday, 10 April 2009

Posted by rajiv on 10 April 2009

This is the first of the renamed “Seven Days” posts.

The big match in England last Sunday saw United take the lead, and the game finish 3-2 after a late winner – Luton Town 3 Scunthorpe United 2 after extra time at Wembley in the final of the Football League Trophy (currently known as the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy).

The Malaysian Grand Prix last Sunday was shortened by failing light as a result of a late start to accommodate European audiences and torrential rain – only 33 of the scheduled 56 laps were completed.

So who won.  Does it matter with all the shenanigans that go on?  You have to laugh.

S. League results so far this week:

  • Monday at Toa Payoh Stadium:  Balestier Khalsa 0 Woodlands Wellington 1
  • Wednesday at Yishun Stadium:  Super Reds 2 Albirex Niigata 1
  • Thursday night at Tampines Stadium:  Tampines Rovers 2 Young Lions 0

Tonight is the big one – top of the table Gombak United play third-placed DPMM at Jalan Besar Stadium.   No one interested to go watch it, even with free entry.   Perhaps if it were Geylang United playing ….

Geylang United are playing Home United at Bedok Stadium on Sunday night.  How about going to watch that instead?   Before that, Sengkang Punggol play SAFFC tomorrow night at Hougang Stadium.

UEFA Cup results from last night:

  • SV Hamburg (Germany) 3 Manchester City (England) 1
  • Paris St Germain (France) 0 Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) 0
  • Shaktar Donetsk (Ukraine) 2 Marseille (France) 0
  • Werder Bremen (Germany) 3 Udinese (Italy) 1

A good night for clubs from Germany and Ukraine.

European Champions League matches were played on Tuesday and Wednesday night.  I suppose everyone who is interested would know the results by now.

Bayern Munich’s 0-4 defeat in Barcelona compounded their 1-5 defeat away to VfL Wolfsburg last Saturday.  VfL Wolfsburg are now top of the Bundesliga. Bayern are fourth, behind Hamburg in second place and Hertha Berlin in third.  1899 Hoffenheim have fallen away to sixth, behind VfB Stuttgart.

According to Wikipedia:

The city of Wolfsburg is very young, since it was planned by the Nazis in order to build a town for the workers of the Volkswagen factories. It was founded in 1938 as Stadt des KdF-Wagens (“City of the KdF Car”) around the village of Hesslingen in the District of Gifhorn. Kraft durch Freude (abbreviated KdF and meaning “strength through joy”) was the German state-controlled leisure organization; one of its projects was the KdF-Wagen, which would later be known as the VW Beetle. During World War II there were also jeeps, airplanes and other military equipment built, mainly by forced workers and POWs at these factories.

After World War II, in 1945, the city got its present name after the Wolfsburg castle located in the city, which was founded about 1300 on the bank of the Aller river. Today there is another castle at the place, which was built after 1600.

Interesting.

VfL Wolfsburg wear a green top, just like Geylang United.  I imagine that’s about all they have in common.  VfL Wolfsburg have not won anything in their history.  The club are managed by former German international Felix Magath, who played for Germany in both the 1982 and 1986 World Cup Finals.

Another “Wolves”, Wolverhampton Wanderers, remain top of the Football League Championship, despite losing 0-2 to second-placed Birmingham City in a West Midlands derby on Monday night.  Birmingham City were reduced to 10 men in the first half.

Lots of football and sport over the weekend.  Feel free to discuss any of it below.

9 Responses to “Seven Days: Friday, 10 April 2009”

  1. rajiv said

    DPMM beat Gombak United 2-1 last night at Jalan Besar Stadium to go top of the S. League, ahead of Gombak United.

    If SAFFC win their game in hand tonight, they will go top.

  2. rajiv said

    Sheffield United won 1-0 at fourth-placed Reading last night to go second in the Championship.

    Over the last 8 games, Sheffield United (6 wins and 2 draws), along with Peterborough United (7 wins and 1 draw), are the form teams in England.

    Over 6 games, both clubs, along with Leeds United, have 5 wins and 1 draw.

    In the Premier League, Chelsea are top over 6 games, with 5 wins and 1 defeat, wile over 8 games, Liverpool are top with 6 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat.

    As a measure of current form, 6 games might be better than 8 games?

  3. rajiv said

    After Rafael Benitez had a go at Alex Ferguson on 9 January 2009, Liverpool had several bad results, before getting their act together again at the start of March 2009, after a long period without Benitez having anything to say about Feguson.

    Benitez had a go at Ferguson again on Tuesday, and Liverpool promptly lost 1-3 at home to Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie.

    Does the man never learn?

  4. rajiv said

    Last night’s result at Hougang Stadium: Sengkang Punggol 1 SAFFC 7.

    SAFFC go back to the top of the table on goal difference from DPMM.

  5. rajiv said

    As I was driving home at about 9 pm, I passed Bedok Stadium.

    The score early in the second half between Geylang United and Home United was still 0-0.

    • rajiv said

      Geylang United won 1-0, with a 67th minute goal.

      Home played below their best for much of the match, although they still seemed capable of getting past an Eagles side that rarely threatened.

      But the hosts made their one chance count to claim all three points, sending them up to fifth in the table ….

  6. […] Seven Days: Friday, 10 April 2009 […]

  7. […] last two games were both 1-0 wins, over Super Reds and Home United.  Lloyd Butler, who scored the only goal in both those two games, grabbed the first goal last […]

  8. […] Felix Magath will leave German table-toppers Wolfsburg at the end of the season to take over at Shalke 04.  He admits it’s all about money.   Didier Deschamps will take over at French table-toppers Olympique Marseille next season. […]

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