9:18 PM EDT, Sun May 24, 2015
The Liverpool Offside 3 hours ago

Liverpool to Start 2015-2016 Europa League Qualification in Late July

Combined with Spurs' victory at White Hart Lane, Liverpool's loss at Stoke City on Sunday means they'll have to qualify for the group stages of the Europa League, with the first leg set for the final day in July. There will likely be some significant consequences as a result of Liverpool's capitulation at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday afternoon, but the most immediate--other than humiliation, shame, sadness, three points lost, etc.--is that Brendan Rodgers' side finished the Premier League season sixth. Tottenham Hotspur edged Everton 1-0 at Goodison, giving them the fifth spot in the...
Royal Blue Mersey 4 hours ago

Distin thanks the fans after Everton farewell

"Everton is a special club" says Frenchman on his final Toffees' appearance. Sylvain Distin has given an emotional and heartfelt interview after making his final appearance for Everton at Goodison on Sunday. The 37-year-old will be released when his contract expires in the summer and was afforded a final day farewell by Roberto Martinez when he was introduced in the closing stages against Spurs. It was only Distin's second appearance since January and that was allegedly only after senior members of the dressing room put pressure on Martinez to select him. There is no denying Distin's form...

The Footy Has Finished.....But We Haven't

Chris looks at what the new broom at LOV Towers may seek to bring to you, dear readers The season may have ended a couple of weeks ago, but we can promise you, our lovely readers, that we at Lion of Vienna Suite have no intention of downing tools and having a summer break. Whilst other blogs may take a holiday, or quieten down, we intend on bringing you the finest BWFC related blogs, news updates, random brainfarts and of course our record-breaking, world-dominating, stylin' and profilin' LOV podcast on a daily basis throughout these barren summer months. We are going through some changes,...
The Liverpool Offside 6 hours ago

Stoke City 6, Liverpool 1: No Way Back for Brendan Rodgers

An embarrassing, shambolic first half against Stoke City--in which Liverpool conceded five goals and provided little fight--leads to a 6-1 loss on the season's final day, and will likely be enough to see the Brendan Rodgers era end at Liverpool. Stoke City 6: Diouf 22' 26', Walters 30', Adam 41', N'Zonzi' 45', Crouch 86'Liverpool 1: Gerrard 70' On March 22, Liverpool had a chance to leapfrog Manchester United into the fourth spot with a win at Anfield. They lost 2-1 in a match that was far more comfortable for the visitors than the scoreline suggested. It was significant in the race for...
7500 To Holte 7 hours ago

Given hurting, Guzan looks likely to start FA Cup final against Arsenal

Shay Given has hurt his groin, and that may me that Brad Guzan gets the start in the FA Cup final. Shay Given has started every match for Aston Villa in the FA Cup this season. His steady presence as goalkeeper has been a major part of the reason that the club are set to face Arsenal in the final at Wembley on Saturday. But thanks to a groin injury that kept him out of this weekend's Premier League finale against Burnley, Given may have to give up his starting FA Cup role to Brad Guzan. Guzan has been Villa's first-choice keeper for most of the season, and despite a shoddy game against...
The Short Fuse 8 hours ago

Arsenal target Paulo Dybala announces he'll join Juventus

Fine, I didn't even want you here. For a little bit a few weeks ago, Palermo striker Paulo Dybala was linked as a possible Arsenal transfer. The rumors dies down there pretty quickly, as it seemed the player himself was leaning toward remaining in Italy rather than venturing out of the peninsula, and lo, it appears that he has in fact made that decision somewhat official. After Palermo's game today, Dybala announced that he'll be joining Juventus this summer. From SB Nation's Conor Dowley: The deal for the 21-year-old Argentine is believed to €28 million, plus likely performance-related...

Stoke City 6, Liverpool 1: Rank the Performances

Or, you know, don't. Liverpool end their season with their worst defeat in forever, a match best scrubbed from one's brain using the memory scrubbing thing from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Steven Gerrard got his final goal in red as Liverpool's tiny consolation prize on the day, but otherwise there is literally nothing worth taking from this match other than that the season is finally over. Yay. Now let us know how you saw things. Clicking the thumbs up button is a vote to move the player up the list-or to help keep them on top. Hitting thumbs down is a vote to push that player...
Roker Report 8 hours ago

Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland: Player Ratings

Sunderland lost at Stamford Bridge, here’s how the lads played. Vito Mannone – 5 Probably should have saved Remy’s first goal. In what could be his last game for Sunderland he did ok. Patrick Van Aanholt – 7 Offered himself all afternoon down the flank and was ignored on a couple of occasions when Wickham decided to keep the ball. Attacked well but was not the best defensively. Billy Jones – 6 Like many players today he didn’t get out well enough to block the cross for Chelsea’s third goal. Again another ok effort. John O'Shea – 4 The game was played at a preseason pace and...
Kmoney2405 / Bitter and Blue 9 hours ago

Match Report: City 2 - 0 Southampton

With one team with all to play for and another with second place locked up, Southampton came out with a lot of energy needed to claim three points at a chance to secure a spot in Europe next season. The Saints weren’t to be kept quiet as the teams traded opportunities to get a shot towards goal, though all were less than threatening. In the 20th minute Shane Long had a great chance to put the visiting side up a goal, but Joe Hart showed big and made the save. That chance was quickly followed up on the other end by a Sergio Aguero chance, but the striker put his close range chance into...
Cartilage Free Captain 9 hours ago

Everton v. Tottenham Hotspur: final score 0-1, Spurs end the season in fifth place

Spurs finish the season on a win and qualify for the Europa League group stages with a good match against an uninspired Everton side. Tottenham Hotspur ended the season with two consecutive wins and in fifth place in the Barclay's Premier League table after a 1-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park. Harry Kane scored his 31st goal of the season in all competitions, and it was the difference between the sides. Spurs' starting lineup was a weird one as it appeared Mauricio Pochettino was starting three center backs with six midfielders. Pre-match speculation centered around whether Spurs were...
Royal Blue Mersey 9 hours ago

Everton 0 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur: Instant Reaction

2014/15 was a disappointing campaign for Everton, especially after last season's fifth-place Premier League finish and securing European competition for the first time in five years. The final Sunday at Goodison Park ended in similarly disappointing fashion, as the Blues fell 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur. The first half was dominated by Spurs, and they went into the break with a deserved lead. The North Londoners controlled possession, and had a number of chances at Tim Howard's goal. Harry Kane opened the scoring in the 24th minute when he headed in Eric Dier's superb cross. Kevin Mirallas'...
Coming Home Newcastle 9 hours ago

Newcastle do the job. Finally. NUFC 2 - 0 WHU

It only took thirteen opportunities, but Newcastle United finally secured the points needed to keep them up. Our club still has problems.  Make no mistake.  Finally, however, after three months of terrible performances and promises that "we'll get it right this time", Newcastle United's playing squad stood up and were counted.  It wasn't consistent, it was far from pretty and plenty of chances were left begging (I'm looking at you, Emmanuel Riviere).  The likes of Moussa Sissoko (for about 15 minutes total) and Vurnon Anita finally came good with the former scoring the opening goal of...
The Busby Babe 9 hours ago

Hull City 0-0 Manchester United: Drab draw relegates Tigers

Farewell, 2014-15. Let's be honest, all we really care about today is that Stoke City played Liverpool off the park and roundly humiliated Steven Gerrard on his final appearance for the club. Yes, it really was 6-1. Alas, we're also duty-bound to note that something happened at the KC Stadium today, and that thing was Manchester United playing out a miserable 0-0 and relegating Hull City in the process. Hull headed into this game with everything to play for and United with pretty much nothing to, which meant it wasn't too surprising that Hull played like a team that cared and United, well,...
7500 To Holte 9 hours ago

Aston Villa 0-1 Burnley: Instant reaction to a dull loss to end the season

Aston Villa lost today, but it's hard to be too bothered by it. Today meant nothing. Burnley were relegated and Aston Villa were mathematically safe. So just keep that in mind when you look back over this insipid 90 minutes of football. Aston Villa spent the match looking every bit the team who were already looking forward to next weekend's match against Arsenal at Wembley in the FA Cup final. Burnley opened the scoring in the 6th minute with a Danny Ings header that came as the result of a Leandro Bacuna header that didn't clear out of the box. That ball then pinged off of the heads of...
Roker Report 9 hours ago

Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland: Remy Gives Chelsea All Three Points

Champions Chelsea come from behind to beat a spirited Sunderland side at Stamford Bridge. Two goals from Loic Remy and a Diego Costa penalty cancelled out Fletcher’s opener as Chelsea were made to work for their win against the Black Cats. Chelsea had the first opportunity of the game when Cuadrado got the better of Van Aanholt before sliding a low ball across goal which Drogba could only flick past the post. Sunderland replied with a chance of their own from a Larsson free kick which Cech had to parry away. A few minutes later Sunderland opened up the Chelsea defence with a nice flowing...

SACKED: Sam Allardyce: The Greatest Living English Manager

West Ham have just made the biggest mistake of their miserable lives Former Bolton Wanderers boss Sam Allardyce was relieved of his command at West Ham United earlier today, following rumours of club owners and porno merchants David Sullivan and David Gold, together with vice-chairman Karren Brady having met on Monday to discuss Allardyce's future. With the likes of former Manchester United manager David Moyes and ex-Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez supposedly targeted by the smut kings of East London, Allardyce's position has been uncertain for a number of months, all coinciding with the...
The Short Fuse 9 hours ago

Arsenal 4-1 West Brom: Reportage and Reaction

Well, that was easy Arsenal closed out their Premier League season in style today with a 4-1 demolition of a West Brom team that pretty much defined "going through the motions". A bit of rotation saw Walcott, Coq, and Bellerin get starts, and turned Giroud and Ramsey into late game subs. The subs weren't necessary, though, as this game was over after 17 minutes. Two Theo Walcott goals and one from Jack Wilshere in that time frame meant that Arsenal could put little bit handbrake on and play a safe game for the rest of the first half, which they did until the 37th minute. That's when Theo...
The Liverpool Offside 9 hours ago

Stoke City 6, Liverpool 1: First Thoughts

Liverpool and Steven Gerrard are humiliated on the final day of the season and the captain's career at the club, conceding five first-half goals and a late one to Peter Crouch in the 6-1 loss. Stoke City 6: Diouf 22' 26', Walters 30', Adam 41', N'Zonzi' 45', Crouch 86'Liverpool 1: Gerrard 70' Pre-match thoughts: In Steven Gerrard's final match, he started along with no less than six other midfield players scattered throughout the starting eleven. Emre Can was at right-back again, Joe Allen and Lucas were restored to the side to join Jordan Henderson, and Philippe Coutinho and Adam...
Bitter and Blue 11 hours ago

City v Southampton: Match Thread

City host the Saints on the final day. Lineups are in: TEAM NEWS @MCFC: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Milner, Lampard (C), Toure, Silva, Aguero #cityvsaints — Manchester City FC (@MCFC) May 24, 2015 Southampton XI vs. Man City: K. Davis; Clyne, Fonte, Alderweireld, Bertrand; Wanyama, S. Davis, Djuričić; Mané, Long, Pellè. #SaintsFC — Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 24, 2015 SUBS NEWS @MCFC: Cabellero, Sagna, Kompany, Navas, Jovetic, Dzeko, Bony #cityvsaints — Manchester City FC (@MCFC) May 24, 2015 Frank Lampard takes the captain's...
The Short Fuse 12 hours ago

Arsenal vs. West Brom: TV info, lineups, discussion

Welcome to game 38. Arsenal v. West Bromwich AlbionEnglish Premier LeagueSunday, May 24, 2015, or as NBC insists on branding it, CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY7AM PT/10AM ET/3PM BTEmirates Stadium, LondonFORM: ARS: An ice cold bottle of Coke you opened a half hour ago and still haven't finished | WBA: that same bottle, four hours laterUS TV: Bravo (yes, Bravo. Hopefully James Lipton will do PBP) | Worldwide TV info: livesoccer.tv It's the last match day of the season, and only the Cup final remains after today. Arsenal didn't quite do what I thought they would this season, but it's hard for me to be...

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  • 9 Didier Drogba

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  • 6 Frank Lampard

    Frank Lampard

    Man City's Frank Lampard insists he could have played on in England after farewell

  • 5 Theo Walcott

    Theo Walcott

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  • 4 Moussa Sissoko

    Moussa Sissoko

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