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February 9th, 2006

Two weeks from now, this season’s UEFA Champions League is entering its First Knock-out round. After only few teams left to compete for this round, the matches are surely going to be very exciting.

One match that I’m anticipating to watch is the match between the English Chelsea FC and the Catalan FC Barcelona.

This is a sort of rematch of last season’s stormy showdown between these two great teams. Both legs of that volatile tie were marred by controversy as Chelsea went on to win 5-4 on aggregate. It was also during this match where at the end of the game there were skirmishes in the tunnel after a Chelsea steward allegedly called Barcelona’s black striker Samuel Eto’o a “monkey”. FC Barcelona Coach Rijkaard and Ronaldinho were both involved in the clashes after the match and the Barcelona coach admitted that the defeat was hard to bear.

On February 22, these two teams will meet again at London. For sure this match will be full of drama and scintillating football. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

This Chelsea-Barcelona first knock-out round match will be shown live at ESPN on February 23, 2006 at 3:30 AM (Philippine time).

Also not to miss is a knock-out round match between Real Madrid and Arsenal which will be shown live at STAR Sports Channel on February 22, 2006 at 3:30 AM (Philippine time).

These two matches is a great treat, it offers the best of futbol Espanyol versus the top notchers of the English League. So place your bets.

The break’s over, now back to the match.

Photo taken from UEFA.com

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  1. February 11th, 2006 at 21:39 | #1

    salamat ani nga reminder. busy sa trabaho. haven’t been checking the skeds lately. kumbati gyud ni’g sakto.

    on a related note, i thought real madrid was riding high na. gisayon-sayon lang ug pildi sa zaragoza! nabuang na! i think it’s time real’s young guns take the helm. mahina na si helguera, salcedo, etc. bring on cicinho, robinho anytime!

  2. February 12th, 2006 at 03:43 | #2

    go barca!:) uhm, lito pa ako sa arsenal at rmad kung alin ang kakampihan ko pero mlamang rmad. hehehe:)

    i can’t wait for the games to start. unta naa na gyud mi’y cable on or before the 21st. ah, kung wala, makig-overnight gyud ko!:)

    go juve! ahihihi!:)

  3. Sam
    February 12th, 2006 at 22:59 | #3

    Hi rene, salamat sa pagbisita. Yeah I agree, murag medyo hinay nang tuhod sa mga manoy sa real madrid, it’s time they should infuse young blood to the team. Robinho is just waiting for a good break. And when that time comes, Real will surely be back on its feet.

  4. Sam
    February 12th, 2006 at 23:18 | #4

    Hello BabyPink, GO BARCA tayo! Juve is up against Bremen sa knock-out round din.

    At least ngayon pa lang may alam na akong apat ka tao na magpupuyat dahil manunuod sa match, ikaw, si rene, ako and my wife bambit. Sana dumami pa tayo :)

  5. February 13th, 2006 at 14:18 | #5

    It’s a little bit sad that these two teams are matched against each other again this early in the season. Well, siguro in the last 16,…every match-up could always be betweeb favorites. I have a feeling that since both FC Barcelona and Chelsea are doing wonders in their respective leagues this season, the winner of this match-up may just end up as this year’s UEFA champion.

  6. Sam
    February 13th, 2006 at 16:23 | #6

    Hi Major Tom, it is already part of the Round 16 stage. These matches are the first leg of the Round 16 stage. They’re going to meet again for the second leg of Round 16 before reaching the quarter finals. From the last 16 until the semi-finals, clubs play two matches against each other on a home and away basis with the same rules as the qualifying rounds applied. Thats what makes this stage match between Chelsea and Barca exciting. It is going to be a repeat of their last season’s meeting where Chelsea defeated Barca only by an aggregate lead during their second leg match.

    My prognosis is same as yours, Chelsea and Barca who are both on top of their respective leagues, will reach the quarter finals and even perhaps the semis. But then again there’s also the strong teams from the German (Bayern and Bremen) and Italian (Juve, Inter and Milan) sides to contend with. Even Lyon and the Rangers are considered dark horse bets for this season’s title. Meanwhile theres the defending Champion Liverpool who is seriously trying its very best to retain the title.

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