March 29, 2011
Around the first four of the big four VII
Although the Spanish, Italian, English and German leagues took a bye this weekend due to FIFA World Cup qualifiers games, several relevant news took place like the possible strike in La Liga.
By Andrew Hill
La Liga is at risk of going to strike this coming weekend if the LFP (Spain’s national football league) doesn’t reach an agreement with the Spanish government soon. The main reasons of the conflict are that the 20 teams in the league are against the government’s decision of keep on broadcasting one game from each match day in national television, as well as making some changes to the current betting law, which they feel to be harmful to the teams’ interests.
Match day 30 could be suspended in Spain
LFP president Jose Luis Astiazaran send a message to fans where he explained to them that in case the strike takes place during La Liga match day 30, it will be moved to the final stage of the calendar, which would result in the championship ending a few days after it was initially expected.
In the Serie A there is no risk of strike for match day 31 like in Spain, but a lot of expectation instead because the first place will be at stake when city rival Inter visits the solo leader Milan.
Inter threatens Milan’s first place
At some point early in the competition Milan enjoyed of up to 13 points of advantage over the defending champions, but Inter far from giving up began to shorten distances, placing themselves only two points away from them. With a win at San Siro the Nerazzurri would be snatching No. 1 from the Rossoneri, placing themselves in the best position to win their sixth championship in a row.
Chelsea opens negotiations with Neymar
Considered by many as the new Brazilian star, Santos 19 year old forward Neymar could arrive to the Premier League this summer if the negotiations with Chelsea are successful. The defending champions are in a process of renovation, which this year led to the signing of young players such as Neymar’s countrymen Ramires (24) and David Luiz (23), or the Spaniard Fernando Torres (27).
The Blues don’t want to risk their future after all the millions invested in building their early present, which has allowed to them to win three Permier League championships since the 2004-05 season.
Manchester City has spent the last three years trying to build a program as Chelsea’s, but they are not being successful at it. To make things worst their 22 year old Nigerian striker Kelvin Etuhu has been sentenced to eight months of prison for beating up civilian Owen Fitzpatrick outside a casino.
Bayern Munich announces their new coach for the upcoming season
Dutch coach Louis Van Gal’s days in charge of defending champions Bayern Munich are counted. The club has decided not to renew his contract for the 2011-12 season and replace him with German Jupp Heynckes.
Finding the team in the fourth place of the Bundesliga standings after 27 games, 14 points away from the leaders Borussia Dortmund has led to this decision.
The news affect Bayern Leverkusen because Heynckes is their current coach, which obviously means that that they are in search of a replacement.
Those were the most important events in Europe’s finest football leagues during this bye week. Luckily for us this weekend the action will be back -expect from La Liga- and we will be here keeping you up with the results.
About the Author
When it comes to sports, Andrew Hill is more than just a passionate fan. Despite being in the early years of his career as a journalist, which began in 2006, he has proven that he can translate that passion into truthful and objective information of interest for the sports betting industry. As of today he specializes in the coverage of European soccer and NCAA basketball for BetIAS’ website.