Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Weekend Headliner: Barca-Valencia
CNN International, September 21st, 2006 3:57PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

FC Barcelona hosts Valencia Sunday at the Nou Camp in what is surely the standout fixture across Europe this weekend. It's a massive test for Valencia in particular, as a convincing away performance against the Spanish and European champion will be a good appraisal of Valencia's title credentials. After three games, Valencia, Barcelona, and Sevilla are the only unbeaten teams left at this early stage of the La Liga season; the winner will likely be regarded as the favorite for the title. Striker Fernando Morientes has been an early revelation for Valencia, the 2004 La Liga champion, scoring five goals in his first six appearances for the club. Morientes netted a fantastic hat trick in Greece last week en route to a 4-2 Champions League victory against Olympiakos, and looks to be much more at ease playing in his home country than he did during his brief spell at Liverpool. "I wanted to return to what I knew and play the kind of soccer in which I felt more comfortable," Morientes told the Spanish sports daily El Mundo Deportivo on Thursday. He already looks to have forged a good partnership with fellow striker David Villa, who finished second in the La Liga scoring charts last year. Barcelona, of course, has the fearsome up-front combination of Samuel Eto'o, last year's leading scorer, 2005 World Player of the Year Ronaldinho, and Argentine phenom Leo Messi. Eto'o himself is already off the mark, having scored four goals in six games. Other big matches in La Liga this weekend feature first-place Sevilla away to Atletico Madrid, and in the only Saturday game Real Betis hosting fourth place Real Madrid, which failed to impress during a 2-0 home win against Real Sociedad last week. Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Report: Arsenal Leads EPL with 900 Injuries in 12 Seasons    
According to a report from PhysioRoom.com, which monitors sports team injuries, Premier League giant Arsenal has ...
Underdog BATE Bounces Back Against Bilbao     
Despite losing its opening game to FC Porto, 6-0, underdog BATE Borisov found itself right back ...
Bayern Bosses Slam CSKA's Empty Stadium     
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola admitted there were few benefits to playing in an empty stadium ...
Diego Costa Ready to Play for Spain, Despite Mourinho     
Diego Costa on Wednesday declared himself fit to play for Spain despite club coach Jose Mourinho's ...
Totti: Man City's Tweet Inspired Me to Score    
AS Roma captain Francesco Totti claimed that Manchester City brought him luck by referencing him prior ...
PSG Tames Barca in UCL Thriller    
Paris Saint-Germain might finally have what it takes to win the UEFA Champions League, coach Laurent ...
The case for more female coaches in youth soccer    
Nicole Farley, who coaches at Southern California's Laguna United SC and Dana High School, says "I ...
Nasri to Miss a Month Following Surgery     
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri will miss a month after having groin surgery over the weekend. ...
Herrera Out as Man United Injury Crisis Worsens    
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera will be out for "weeks" with a fractured rib in yet ...
Giroud Signs Gunners Extension    
Goal.com reports that injured Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has signed a two-year contract extension with the ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives