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Seven Days: Friday, 24 April 2009

Posted by rajiv on 24 April 2009

While the FA Cup semi-finals in England were played last weekend, domestic cup semi-finals were also played in France and Germany during the week:

French Cup semi-final results:

• 21 April 2009:  Grenoble 0 Rennes 1
• 22 April 2009:  Toulouse 1 Guingamp 2

According to Wikipedia:

The Coupe de France is often difficult for the bigger clubs to win, as a higher-ranked club always plays as the away side when drawn against lower-league opposition. The ties are played over one leg and played to a finish (i.e. no replays), increasing the chance of an upset …. In recent seasons, several finalists (though no winners) have advanced through whilst playing in Ligue 2 or even lower in the league system, demonstrating the unpredictable nature of the competition. The frequent triumphs of smaller clubs over large also suggests that the cup is not the top priority for the Ligue 1 clubs ….

Rennes, currently lying 7th in Ligue 1, have won the French Cup twice before, in 1965 and 1971.  The two other occasions they reached the French Cup Final were before World War II.  Guingamp, currently lying 11th in Ligue 2, have reached the Final once before, in 1997, which they lost.

The Final will be played on 9 May 2009.

German Cup semi-final results:

• 21 April 2009:  Bayer Leverkusen 4 Mainz 1 (after extra time)
• 22 April 2009:  Hamburg 1 Werder Bremen 1 (Werder win 3-1 on penalties after extra time)

The final will be played on 30 May 2009, the same day as the FA Cup Final in England.

After Bayern Munich, Werder are the most successful side in the German Cup, having reached the final 8 times before, winning it 5 times.  The last time for both was 2004.  Leverkusen have reached the finals twice before (last time in 2002), winning it once (in 1993).

Before that, the two clubs will meet in the UEFA Cup semifinals.

Southampton have been relegated from the Championship to League One after the Football League ruled yesterday that they would have 10 points deducted as a result of their parent company entering administration on 2 April 2009.

Southampton are expected to appeal.

Roy Keane is back.  He has been appointed manager of Ipswich Town after Jim Magilton had been sacked earlier in the week.

Football action as usual this weekend in England.  Will the players be distracted by their association’s annual dinner?

In the S. League last night, at Hougang Stadium:  Sengkang Punggol 1 Woodlands Wellington 0.

Three more matches scheduled for this week:

  • Friday night at Jalan Besar Stadium:  Balestier Khalsa v Gombak United
  • Saturday night at Yishun Stadium:  Super Reds v Home United
  • Sunday night in Brunei:  DPMM v SAFFC

The Bahrain Grand Prix, the fourth race of the F1 Championship, takes place this weekend.

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12 Responses to “Seven Days: Friday, 24 April 2009”

  1. rajiv said

    • Friday night at Jalan Besar Stadium: Balestier Khalsa 1 Gombak United 4
    • Last night at Yishun Stadium: Super Reds 1 Home United 0

    Gombak United go back level on points with SAFFC. SAFFC remain top on goal difference, with a game in hand. They play third-placed DPMM tonight in Brunei. DPMM, two points behind Gombak United and also with a game in hand, will go top if they win.

    Home United, one of the pre-season favourites to challenge SAFFC for the title, lie below mid-table.

    Currently coached by former national team coach P. N. Sivaji, Home United have not failed to finish in the top four since 1999. I wouldn’t be surprised if P. N. Sivaji was replaced if Home United’s form does not improve soon.

  2. rajiv said

    Bayern Munich missed out on the chance to go level on points with Wolfsburg at the top of the Bundesliga after a 0-1 defeat at home to Shalke 04 yesterday.

    Hertha Berlin, who won 1-0 away at Hoffenheim on Friday night, are second, one point ahead of Bayern in third place.

    Stuttgart are level on points with Bayern and Hamburg after a 2-0 home win over Eintracht Frankfurt. They lie fourth between Bayern and Hamburg on goal difference. Hamburg lost 0-2 away at Borussia Dortmund yesterday. Borussia Dortmund are seventh, behind Shalke 04 on goal difference, and five points behind Hamburg.

    Wolfsburg can extend their lead at the top if they win at second from bottom Energie Cottbus today.

  3. rajiv said

    Manchester United’s 5-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur yesterday was reminiscent of their 5-3 win at White Hart Lane on 29 September 2001.

    On that occasion, Tottenham had taken a 3-0 lead at half-time, but 5 second half goals saw Manchester United run out 5-3 winners.

  4. rajiv said

    Rangers are through to the Scottish Cup Final after a 3-0 win over St. Mirren, who lie 9th in the 12-team Scottish Premier League, in the first semifinal yesterday.

    The other semifinal today is between Falkirk, who are bottom of the SPL, and Dunfermline Athletic, who lie 7th in Division One.

    Rangers should win the Cup whoever they face in the Final.

  5. rajiv said

    Wolverhampton Wanderers win the Championship after a 1-1 draw away at Barnsley. Birmingham City fail to secure automatic promotion following a 1-2 defeat at home to Preston North End.

    Peterborough United join Leicester City in automatic promotion from League One to the Championship.

    Brentford have secured promotion to League One as champions of League Two.

    Other promotion and relegation news can be found here.

  6. rajiv said

    Starting positions for the Bahrain Grand Prix today:

    1. Jarno Trulli (Italy), Toyota
    2. Timo Glock (Germany), Toyota
    3. Sebastian Vettel (Germany), Red Bull-Renault
    4. Jenson Button (Great Britain), Brawn-Mercedes
    5. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain), McLaren-Mercedes
    6. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil), Brawn-Mercedes
    7. Fernando Alonso (Spain), Renault
    8. Felipe Massa (Brazil), Ferrari
    9. Nico Rosberg (Germany), Williams-Toyota
    10. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland), Ferrari
    11. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland), McLaren-Mercedes
    12. Kazuki Nakajima (Japan), Williams-Toyota
    13. Robert Kubica (Poland), BMW Sauber
    14. Nick Heidfeld (Germany), BMW Sauber
    15. Nelson Piquet Jr (Brazil), Renault
    16. Adrian Sutil (Germany), Force India-Mercedes
    17. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland), Toro Rosso-Ferrari
    18. Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy), Force India-Mercedes
    19. Mark Webber (Australia), Red Bull-Renault
    20. Sebastien Bourdais (France), Toro Rosso-Ferrari

  7. […] April 2009 Falkirk reached the Scottish Cup Final with a 2-0 win over Dunfermline Athletic in the second semifinal yesterday.   Falkirk, who lie bottom of the Scottish Premier League, will face 32-time winners, Rangers.  […]

  8. […] goal in both may prove crucial. For Hamburg, it was also revenge for Werder defeating them in the German Cup semifinals. The final round of league matches takes place this weekend in Football League. To maximize TV […]

  9. […] lost the German Cup semifinals to Werder, Boris’s favourite German club, Hamburg, lose their UEFA Cup semifinal to them […]

  10. rajiv said

    Guingamp upset Rennes in the French Cup Final, beating them 2-1 at the Stade de France yesterday.

  11. […] Keane, who resigned as manager of Sunderland  in December, was appointed manager of Ipswich Town in April, replacing Jim Magilton, who was […]

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