Lionel Messi Racially Abused Me Says Royston Drenthe

Axed Everton midfielder Royston Drenthe has labelled Lionel Messi a racist after a series of racial taunts when the pair faced each other in Spain. ‘I played against him many times and we always have problems with each other,” Drenthe told respected Dutch news website ‘You know what bothers me so? That tone with which he always says, “negro, negro”. I understand that “negro” in South America is very common, but we cannot stand it. ‘Mahamadou ... Continue Reading →

Was It The Game Of The Year?

For most hard-working Americans, the Champions League semifinal second leg between Chelsea and Barcelona was not to be viewed.  But, at high noon (when the match was played in the Western USA) one man sat in front of his computer and enjoyed what could very well have been the frontrunner for game of the year. Chelsea knew from the first whistle that they must defend, and defend.  Barcelona spent most of the first half well within Chelsea’s final third.  They passed the ball about effortlessly ... Continue Reading →

UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg: What ITS Learnt

Two ties, two home wins. The first-leg of the UEFA Champions League provided much in terms of surprises and shock. And here are five things we at In The Stands learnt. 1. Didier Drogba’s Theatrics Are Hilariously Sad No Matter how impressive he is upfront or how devastating he is to the opposition’s rearguard, Chelsea striker Didier Drogba’s theatrics on the pitch is, well…hilariously sad. How the big Ivorian dived, rolled, grimaced, winced and clutched his legs in agony before getting up ... Continue Reading →

Chelsea vs Barcelona Classic Matches At Stamford Bridge

Ahead of Chelsea and Barcelona’s eagerly anticipated UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg clash In The Stands recalls three classic matches between the two at Stamford Bridge. Prior to 1999, Chelsea and Barcelona had never even met in a competitive European fixture. The two great clubs were much like the neighbour across the road you never really speak with. Both were cognizant and in acknowledgment of the other’s existence, just not moved towards any sort of meaningful contact with each ... Continue Reading →

Lionel Messi To Be A Dad (Girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo Pregnant)

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi is set to become a father after news that his girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo is pregnant was leaked. The three-time World Player of The Year has been dating girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo since his late teens and now the pair are expecting their first child. News of Roccuzzo’s pregnancy first broke on an Argentine radio program and media sources across the South American country have moved to confirm the rumours. Messi himself has yet to either deny nor confirm ... Continue Reading →

Real Madrid 3-1 Sporting Gijon; Levante 1-2 Barcelona: La Liga Video Highlights

Barcelona kept the pressure up on Real Madrid at the top of La Liga after two goals by Lionel Messi gave the Catalans a 2-1 win over Levante. Real had temporarily gone seven points clear after beating Sporting Gijon 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu before Barcelona reduced the gap back down to four points with just five games left to play. The pair face-off against each other next Saturday at the Camp Nou in a potentially title-deciding Grande ‘El Clasico’. Tweet Continue Reading →

Atletico Madrid 1-4 Real Madrid; Barcelona 4-0 Getafe: La Liga Video Highlights

Real Madrid moved back to the top of La Liga after a 4-1 thrashing of city rivals Atletico Madrid with Cristiano Ronaldo bagging a hat-trick. After seeing their lead at the top of La Liga whittled down to just one point after Barcelona’s 4-0 win against Getafe the night before, grabbing all three points was essential for Jose Mourinho’s men. Alas, they duly responded with Cristiano Ronaldo’s treble and another goal by Callejon three minutes from time ... Continue Reading →

Pro Evolution Soccer 2012: Top 5 Players

After much harangued, and arguing we at In The Stands have managed to compile a shortlist of the top 5 players on Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2012. Of course the names included below are debatable and certainly there will be many readers who will disagree, but hey, is there ever a common consensus when football is concerned? 1. Lionel Messi Perhaps here is the exception to that theory. Unsurprisingly, one of the (if not the) number one players on Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 is none other than ... Continue Reading →

Barcelona 3-1 AC Milan: Stats Which Prove Barca Were Superior

Barcelona advanced to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League after a 3-1 win over AC Milan thanks to a Lionel Messi double and a goal by Andres Iniesta. Tuesday night’s 3-1 win means that holders Barcelona qualified for their fifth successive Champions League semi-final thus equalling the record set by the great Real Madrid of the late 1950s and early 1960s. In the process La Blaugrana had 21 shots at goal (8 on target) compared to AC Milan’s ... Continue Reading →

‘Lionel Messi Is Better Than Cristiano Ronaldo’: Ibrahimovic

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has waded into the Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo debate by suggesting that Messi is more talented than the Real Madrid winger Speaking ahead of his sides UEFA Champions League second-leg clash quarter-final clash with holders Barcelona, AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic singled out his opposition counterpart Lionel Messi as more gifted than Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo. “Leo Messi is all talent, while Cristiano Ronaldo is the product of much ... Continue Reading →

Lionel Messi Set To Sign For French Side Angers SCO!

We at In The Stands almost spat our coffees in shock after learning that Lionel Messi is set to sign for French Division 2 side Angers SCO! What is going on? Indeed, it is true. Struggling French Ligue 2 side Angers SCO are set to make one of the most important signings this year by securing the signature of none other than Lionel Messi. That is Lionel Messi Nyamsi a 17-year-old Cameroonian midfielder, whose full name just happens to coincide with the three-time World Player of The Year. Messi currently ... Continue Reading →

Lionel Messi Breaks Barcelona All-Time Goalscoring Record

Lionel Messi scored a superb hat-trick during Barcelona’s 5-3 win over Granada on Tuesday night to become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer. Well, it was bound to happen sooner rather than later and on a cold damp spring night in the Catalonia skies, the football God’s ordained Lionel Messi into Barcelona history. OK, fair enough, he had already marked his place in the club’s past, present and future as we all know, but the Argentine’s sensational hat-trick not only kept his La ... Continue Reading →