Apr 4, 2012, 6:30 AM EST
Birthdays of note: Former Brazilian midfielder Emerson, whose 17-year career took him through Bayer Leverkusen, Roma, Juventus, Real Madrid and AC Milan, among other stops, turns 36.
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Alan Willey
Twitter dap: D.C. United center back Brandon McDonald (@BMcDonald4), who was suspended retroactively by the league for one match: “Not too thrilled with this 1 Game ban!! #HEATED!!”
What we should all be watching on TV: “Chelsea had quite a lot of luck in the first match, considering we dominated the match.” That’s from Benfica manager Jorge Jesus, regarding last week’s 1-0 win for the Blues in Portugal. And them’s fightin’ words! The return leg is this afternoon from Stamford Bridge in West London. (2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel). Real Madrid also closes things out (presumably) on tiny Apoel’s dream run (tape-delay, FSC, 5 ET).
Ahead on the blog today*: MLS Panic quotient (jumped the gun on that one yesterday), plus snapshots of your soccer day in Europe, South America, and Asia.
PST background noise while blogging today: Weather radio, if conditions look anything like they did yesterday around ProSoccerTalk’s regional HQ.
We’ll leave you with this: I noticed on Twitter yesterday where some people convinced themselves that referees / UEFA / spaceships or whatever conspired to make sure Barcelona won. I just shake my head. I get that people are passionate about their teams. But you cannot have watched those teams over two legs with any degree of objectivity and then run up the conspiracy flag – not with any credibility, anyway.
*Always subject to change; you know how it is
Nov 27, 2014, 9:26 PM EST
The big Europa League sides have begun to advance to the knockout round, with a few more very close to joining them.
Nov 27, 2014, 4:09 PM EST
Toffees seal spot in Europa League knockout rounds after terrific away day display.
Nov 27, 2014, 3:17 PM EST
Three FIFA ExCo members and German legend latest to be under the spotlight.
Nov 27, 2014, 2:05 PM EST
Brazilian legend hospitalized for second time this month.
Nov 27, 2014, 1:15 PM EST
Whelan charged by FA over accusations of anti-Semitic, racist remarks.
Nov 27, 2014, 12:00 PM EST
Spanish giants drop Christian symbol as they link up with Abu Dhabi based bank.
Nov 27, 2014, 10:55 AM EST
Can Spurs and Everton make a top four charge? Will Saints stun Man City?
Nov 27, 2014, 10:00 AM EST
Watch the incident unfold, as Brazilian striker is behind bars.
Nov 27, 2014, 9:13 AM EST
Wilshere has surgery on left ankle, as young midfielder set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Nov 27, 2014, 8:51 AM EST
Bradley opens up about his first season at Stabaek, his future in Europe and much more.
Nov 27, 2014, 7:28 AM EST
Klinsmann’s men drop further in FIFA’s latest rankings.
Nov 26, 2014, 11:15 PM EST
Is the FA getting too involved in non-events?
Nov 26, 2014, 10:30 PM EST
Wenger was in good spirits following his side’s victory that put an end to his two-match losing skid.
Nov 26, 2014, 9:50 PM EST
Yes, Barkley dove and yes, (news flash) Martinez is overly protective of his players.
Nov 26, 2014, 9:10 PM EST
Thigh injury sidelines Moses for 8 weeks.
Nov 26, 2014, 8:32 PM EST
“I feel that right now I am playing some of the best football of my career,” Fabregas said.
Nov 26, 2014, 7:38 PM EST
“It goes without saying, I’d love to come,” Heskey told BBC Radio Leicester.
Nov 26, 2014, 6:44 PM EST
Poor Franck. All fired up and not even on the 23-man shortlist.
Nov 26, 2014, 6:00 PM EST
Can Liverpool build off this draw in Sofia? Their manager Brendan Rodgers has cause for optimism.
Nov 26, 2014, 5:21 PM EST
All the action from the penultimate games in Groups A-D, as two teams booked their spot in the last 16.
- VIDEO: PST Extra examines huge top four showdowns in Premier League 0
- Huge blow for Arsenal as Jack Wilshere is out for three months 0
- Bob Bradley talks Stabaek, job offers, offseason plans and more 0
- USA drop five places in latest FIFA world rankings; England on the up 1
- Despite their struggles, Liverpool’s season intact as spirit shines through 4
- Champions League roundup: Arsenal, Atletico Madrid through, tense elsewhere 3