It was yet another entertaining and eventful weekend in the soccer world. It was a good weekend to be a Fulham fan, a Real Madrid fan and Bayern Munich fan. It wasn’t a good weekend to be a Birmingham fan, Reading fan or Ronaldo, who probably spent the weekend watching ‘The Crying Game’ on a loop.
Here are some news tidbits get your day started:
Flamini to sign with Milan today
Mathieu Flamini’s move to AC Milan is expected to be completed today after the French midfielder completed a physical. Flamini is leaving Arsenal as a free agent after seeing his contract with the Gunners expire. Flamini’s departure is a tough blow to a strong nucleus of young Arsenal players. He was the bulldog in the middle expected to take over for Gilberto Silva (which he did this season). Where will Arsene Wenger turn now to replace Flamini? Very good question.
Ronaldo speaks, apologizes for transgression
Brazilian World Cup hero Ronaldo spoke publicly for the first time since his run in with three transvestite prostitutes last week. He apologized, insisted that he did not know the three were not female, and also threw in the fact that his AC Milan contract expires next month. He could sign with Flamengo. The real question is whether anyone outside of Brazil would even think about signing him?
Real Madrid clinch title
It took a little longer than they probably wanted it to but Real Madrid successfully defended its La Liga title by clinching its 31st Spanish First Division championship on Sunday with a 2-1 win against Osasuna. With Barcelona falling apart late in the league season, Real Madrid was able to overcome its own struggles and win another trophy.
Bayern Munich reigns again
With the memories of its UEFA Cup embarrassment still fresh, Bayern Munich regrouped and salvaged a scoreless draw on Sunday to clinch its 21st German Bundesliga title. Bayern dominated the German league from start to finish and will head into next season as a strong candidate to challenge for the UEFA Champions League. The addition of Juergen Klinsmann as head coach along with the likely transfer moves this summer mean Bayern Munich could have more hardware to celebrate in 2009.
Boca beats River
Sebastian Battaglia scored the lone goal to give Boca Juniors a 1-0 victory over arch-rival River Plate in the biggest rivalry this side of Galaxy-Chivas USA (okay, I’m kidding). The win was Boca’s first against River in three years. And here we thought Marcelo Gallardo’s weekend couldn’t get any worse.
Odds and ends
Barcelona and Argentina defender Gabriel Milito will be sidelined for six months after knee surgery. … Slaven Bilic has signed a two-year extension to stay on as coach of Croatia after the European Championships.