The Guardian — Nelson Valdez hails a ‘dream come true’ as Hércules shock Barcelona — by Sid Lowe
The most improbable of wins, La Liga new comers Hércules defeats Barcelona at the Camp Nou, the Catalan’s home and a place that teams not wearing the Barca shirt lose. Barceloan just doesn’t lose at home. It doesn’t happen. Never mind to a team that was just promoted and by two goals. They don’t lose by two goals either, but it happened. And Nelson Valdez’s two goals are the reason, and he earned those two goals over his long journey from homeless child to international soccer player.
Sky Sports — Bayern still on Fergie’s mind
The Champions League starts its big round of games this week, starting tomorrow, and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson still has trouble sleeping after his team’s exit last year at the hands of German champions Bayern Munich. His club was in control for almost the whole match and even had a 3-0 lead, but the Red Devils conceded two late goals, one was a wonder strike from Arjen Robben, and fell short because of away goals to Munich. His team will look to do better this year and it all starts tomorrow when the English side takes on a rowdy Scottish team, Rangers.
Four Four Two — Rating Africa’s Magnificent Seven — by Jonathan Fadugba
Fadugba looks at how seven of Africa’s top players who found new homes this season should perform at their new clubs and if the invest was worth the time and money. How will Asamoah Gyan work out for Steve Bruce and Sunderland on the heels of a great World Cup? Did the Ghana international cost too much money? And who was the best bargain of the bunch?
MLSsoccer.com — Vasquez: Braun will be ready for international game — by Greg Lalas
Justin Braun scored his ninth goal of the season on Friday night for Chivas USA in the team’s 2-0 win over the New England Revolution. Braun has more than doubled his season total in goals for the Goats this year and his manager thinks it may be time for the 23-year-old to step into the UNA national team picture. But does Bob Bradley think it’s time? What about the other worthy strikers who have a proven record? Braun will have to keep up his good form to keep his name in the mix.