Good morning all. It was a pretty entertaining day of soccer on Wednesday, with quality games galore and plenty of transfer talk to go around. Today promises to be action-packed as well, with the Portugal-Germany Euro quarterfinal taking center stage.
Let’s start the morning off with some stories from last night and this morning to get your day started:
Brazil and Argentina tie
It was one of the most highly-anticipated matches of the summer, but it wound up being one of the most boring as Argentina and Brazil finished in a scoreless tie in their World Cup qualifying match in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Playing without Kaka and Ronaldinho, Brazil found few quality scoring chances against an Argentina side that had the better of the scoring opportunities.
Is this a sign of things to come for Brazil? It just might be if Kaka doesn’t return from knee surgery in a hurry and if Ronaldinho has lost his best form forever.
Argentina moves into second place in CONMEBOL qualifying, two points behind leaders Paraguay, which suffered a shocking 4-2 upset loss to Bolivia on Wednesday night. Brazil moved into fourth place with the draw.
In other CONMEBOL action, Colombia remained unbeaten with a 0-0 tie vs. Ecuador in Quito.
Barcelona bid for Adebayor
A day after stating that Samuel Eto’o career with Barcelona is over comes word that Barca has made a big offer for Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor. If the reports from Spain are to be believed, Arsenal and Barcelona are between one and five million pounds apart in the price, which means Adebayor could very well join Thierry Henry at Barcelona.
Count me as a bit shocked that Arsenal would even entertain the offer. Yes, money talks in the world of big-time transfers but losing Adebayor would leave Arsenal with a pretty depleted forward stable that would include injury-prone Robin Van Persie and still-mending-a-broken-leg Eduardo. Might the sale of Adebayor clear the way for Arsene Wenger to buy Ajax striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar? Stay tuned.
Mourinho to bid for Lampard, Drogba
To the surprise of nobody in particular, Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho has outlined his plan to make transfer bids for Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard and forward Didier Drogba, as well as Barcelona midfielder Deco. All three are former players of Mourinho’s and all three could force their way into the starting lineup at Inter.
Will Chelsea really let Lampard walk? It’s already known that Drogba is on his way out but Lampard would be a much tougher player to replace. Perhaps a more intriguing question is which Inter Milan players would be shown the door to make room for all these new Mourinho soldiers?
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