The Premier League has offered some spectacular moments this season but nothing quite beats a festival of the best goals of the season.
There have been some long range screamers, some ticky-tacky one-touch displays and some goals scored that barely escape the training-pitch. However, as the talent in the Premier League has grown of late so have the range of varying strikes.
So here it goes, LiveSoccerTV presents the top 10 goal of the campaign…
It’s always a big occasion when these two clubs lock horns, especially when it’s a cup final. Historically this fixture has arguably provided football fans with more exhilaration than any other match in Spain and the game between the two sides always lives up to the expectations.
Real Madrid and Barcelona have already met twice this season and on both occasions the match has ended in favour of the Catalans. However things might turn out to be different this time around with Barcelona on a disappointing run which has seen them loose both of their last two matches.
Preview: Has a successful title defense caused Bayern unforeseen problems?
Bayern last secured a victory in the league when they played Hertha Berlin. Incidentally, that was the day they completed a successful defense of their Bundesliga title. Since then, Bayern has played five games and recorded a grand total of one victory. In that victory, Bayern only played to a high level for roughly half an hour after falling behind. It seems Bayern cannot be bothered to turn up these days. Pep Guardiola took the blame of the recent 0-3 defeat on his shoulders. While Dortmund was excellent, Bayern’s poor and almost apathetic approach cannot be ignored.
Preview: City looking to respond following Anfield heartache
A scintillating encounter between title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City ended in a 3-2 victory for the Merseyside outfit as the Reds capitalized on a mistake by mister reliable, Vincent Kompany. The Citizens were met by a resounding Anfield, as the kop faithful made themselves heard putting the Man City players under pressure.
Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for the home side with a well composed finish which was followed by a thumping header from Skrtel to give Liverpool a 2-0 lead in the first half.
Preview: On the verge of winning the league, Benfica has to overturn a one goal deficit
Benfica took another step towards the Portuguese League title on Sunday, with a 0-2 victory over Arouca. Jorge Jesus’ side can now claim their 33rd league championship on Sunday, when they host Olhanense at the Estádio da Luz.
First, they will need to turn a negative result against rivals Porto in the Taça de Portugal.
The Águias have won this competition a record 24 times, but the last time they raised the trophy was in 2004. In a matter of a few days, they will have a chance to book a place in the final, as well as claim the Portuguese League.
The second Clasico of 2014: The Copa del Rey Final will be played at the neutral ground of the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Spain.
The Spanish Cup Final - El Clasico - will air on April 16th, 2014 at 3PM EST / 12 noon PST. The match will be broadcast live in the US on ESPN (english), ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio (spanish). You can also tune into the match online in both English and Spanish languages on WatchESPN (authenticated users only).
El Clasico always attracts global attention due to the intense Spanish rivalry between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. This match is even more signficant since Barcelona have just recently been kicked out of the UEFA Champions League and have very likely just seen their La Liga title hopes slip away with their most recent loss this past weekend, leaving them in third place behind Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. This might be Barca's only chance at silverware this season as well as Carlo Ancelotti's first chance for silverware with Los Blancos. The world will be watching. See broadcast details below for US television, radio and online coverage of El Clasico 2014, the second of the year:
ESPN NETWORKS : SPANISH CUP FINAL 2014 TV PROGRAMMING
English Language Programming:
ESPN Copa del Rey Final Coverage: (Check ESPN Listings)
Spanish Language Programming:
ESPN Deportes Copa del Rey Final coverage: (Check ESPN Deportes Listings)
Preview: After FA Cup victory, Arsenal now focus on a top four finish
Arsenal will host West Ham, after a long a grueling match at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. The Gunners came away with a shoot-out victory over Wigan, which helped them book their spot in the FA Cup final.
They now turn their attention to the Premier League, where they are once again in a battle for a top four spot.
Everton have a two point lead on the Gunners, but a victory over West Ham could put Arsene Wenger’s squad back into a Champions League spot. The Toffees will host Crystal Palace on Wednesday, so Arsenal will want to put pressure on Roberto Martinez’s men heading into that match.
Preview: Can Wolfsburg go one better this season?
Last season, VfL Wolfsburg overcame many tough opponents en route to the Pokal semifinals. However, once there, they were undone by Jupp Heynckes’ all conquering, high-flying Bayern, 6-1. This time, they have been drawn in the opposite half, away from Bayern. However, their opponents recently beat the Bavarians 0-3. Dortmund will be coming into this match on the back of a very spirited and satisfying performance against the title winners. More importantly, the result helped keep Dortmund in second ahead of Schalke in third in the Bundesliga.
Season falling apart for Barcelona
After being tactically outclassed in the second leg of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderón, Barcelona suffered another heart-ache as Yacine Brahimi’s solitary goal of the match subjected the Blaugrana to their second successive loss on Saturday against Granada.
In the course of the two matches, Barcelona have been knocked out of the Champions League a competition they have fared well in recently having made it to the semi-finals in each of the last six seasons.
Unlike ahead of the first Clasico of the year 2014, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not in top form. Leo has gone missing lately while CR7 is out injured. So which players will leave a mark on the game?
Two stars under pressure to perform are Neymar and Gareth Bale. Both completely rocked the 2013 summer transfer window and are expected to justify their astronomical price tags. Indeed, the stage has been set for Neymar and Bale to strengthen their rivalry and overshadow, at least for a day, the mouth-watering Messi-Ronaldo clash which cannot take place in the 2014 Copa del Rey final.
Preview: The Bianconeri resume their Scudetto challenge against the Zebrette
On Thursday, Juventus moved one step closer to the Europa League final in Turin by defeating Lyon 2-1 on the night, 3-1 on aggregate. Yet, while the score-line may look like a straightforward win for the side that has yet to lose a game at home, Bianconeri midfielder Claudio Marchisio admitted that his side were fortunate to have secured their position in the semi-finals.
"It wasn't easy. We started off well tonight, but then Lyon equalized and fortunately I was able to score a goal...but it was really lucky," the 28-year-old remarked to Mediaset following the game. Nonetheless, the team is still on course to lift two trophies in May, but will be keen on staying far ahead of second-placed Roma with a win later this evening.
Preview: Les Parisiens hope to wrap up title race against Les Gones
On Tuesday, despite holding a 3-1 advantage from the first leg, PSG were dumped out of the Champions League by a resurgent Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Two days later, Lyon saw their European dreams go up in smoke after being defeated in the second leg of their clash with Juventus.
Hence, both sides will be eager to put this week's disappointments behind them as they turn their attention towards the domestic campaign. For hosts Lyon, they are just four points behind fourth-placed Saint-Etienne who occupt the last European football spot--albeit whichever team makes it will have to secure a spot in the Europa League via the playoffs. As for PSG, Laurent Blanc's troops can clinch the league title should they win--and should Rennes do them a favour by beating second-placed Monaco.
Preview: Chelsea looking for three vital points at the Liberty
With either of Liverpool and Man City poised to drop points as the two title contenders go head to head on Sunday, Chelsea will be hoping to take advantage of the situation by grabbing all three points during their weekend encounter against Swansea City.
A win coupled with a Liverpool loss could allow the Blues to return to the Premier League summit.
Preview: Liverpool host City in potential title decider
The outcome of the match could verily decide who runs away with the Premier League title this season with only five matches left to play. Whereas Chelsea will remain in the mix of things Liverpool and Man City both have been in ravishing form as of late and have remained undefeated in their last five matches.
Liverpool in particular have been nothing short of spectacular and have won all of their last nine games in the Premier League. Much of their good form has been inspired from their magnificent strike duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge who share 49 goals between them in the league.
Preview: Weak Real Madrid looking for robust win
Cristiano Ronaldo was supposed to play one half of this game but it appears he will not spend a single minute on the field. Already, physios are trying to get him ready to face Barcelona in the 2014 Copa del Rey final next Wednesday.
Reports suggest Ronaldo may need a bandage under his knee to control the pain. Ancelotti has not ruled his biggest asset out of El Clasico yet, but it is certain that CR7 will not kick a ball this weekend.
“I had the same injury and I had to strengthen my knee with a lot of gym work with massages to reduce the inflammation,” Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos explained.
Preview: Granada will try to take advantage of a frustrated Barcelona
The chase for the La Liga title continues on Saturday evening, as Barcelona travel to Granada. Bouncing back from a mid-week disappointment will be the priority, but the Catalans also have a Copa del Rey final coming up.
After a 1-0 defeat against Atletico Madrid, which eliminated Barcelona from the Champions League, many are questioning Martino’s future at the club.
He is now asking for his players to respond on Saturday, against a Granada side that are just three points clear of the relegation zone. With six league games remaining and one point between separating them from the top spot, every point is important.
Borussia Dortmund has been criticized sometimes this season for not being as strong as last season. In their final appearance in the Champions League this season, they overturned quite a few opinions. With Robert Lewandowski back in the side following a dubious…
Preview: Arsenal faces a must win at Wembley Stadium
It has been nine long years for Arsenal fans, and on Saturday, they have a chance to see their club at Wembley. Taking part in the semifinals of the competition will not be good enough, and they will expect the Gunners to progress to the final.
All the pressure is on their side, and Arsene Wenger will be on the radar.
The Frenchman knows that he is up against his best chance to claim a title, since their last piece of silverware in 2005. All their injuries will not help, but it should not be an excuse.
Preview: West Brom hopeful of moving away from the relegation zone
Two wins in the last four games have ensured that the Baggies remain five points clear of 18th placed Fulham who currently occupy the final relegation spot. Pepe Mel who replaced Steve Clarke at the helm has played a vital role and should be given credit if his side is to avoid relegation this season.
Their 1-0 victory over Norwich City last time out has allowed them to leapfrog the canaries in the league table, but the relegation battle is hardly over for the throstles who are yet to play Manchester City and Arsenal in the league.
There will be no all-Spanish final come May 14, 2014. However, Sevilla coach Unai Emery is content with Friday's results of the draw. Here is why:
“We think it is going to be a really attractive tie and one that will take a Spanish team through to the final, which is good for the national game.”
Likewise, Valencia defender Ricardo Costa was happy with the outcome of the Europa League semis draw. He said:
“I wanted us to face Sevilla because we can beat them and get to the final, where I would like to meet Benfica.”