Given how long Real Madrid sought the club’s 10th European title, the decima’s emotional value was bound to transcend most Champions League crowns. While most players would still see that victory as failing to match the prestige of a World Cup, Iker Casillas was willing to challenge that notion after his team downed Atlético Madrid 4-1 in Lisbon.
Captain for club and country, Casillas experienced the joys of a world championship in 2010 with Spain. In both 2000 and 2002, the now 33-year-old goalkeeper won European titles with the Merengues.
That Casillas had to wait 12 years to experience a third title helped Saturday’s victory for club eclipse Spain’s win four years ago:
“This is bigger than being world champion,” Casillas told Canal Plus (as noted by Dermott Corrigan). “We have been waiting so long, had promised fans we’d win la decima.”
With a first half mistake on Diego Godín’s header, El Real’s captain nearly cost his team that 10th title. With a 93rd minute goal from Sergio Ramos, however, Real Madrid forced extra time, where Gareth Bale eventually produced the winner.
“Sometimes you make mistakes, sometimes you do well,” Casillas explained. “I cannot complain, as despite my mistake, we did it in end.”
Sure to be on Spain’s 23-man World Cup roster (to be named on Sunday), Casillas will get a chance at a second world title this summer. Based on his reaction to today’s win, Casillas is unlikely to see any win in Brazil as eclipsing the glory of his club’s 10th European title.
Rog and Davo marvel at Mo Salah’s four goal, one dime haul in Liverpool’s 5-0 beatdown of Watford, analyze Jose Mourinho’s recent rants about football heritage at Manchester United, and recap Rog’s family trip to Stoke vs. Everton.
All of the MiB content — pods, videos and stories can be seen here, but to really stay in touch, follow, subscribe, click here:
[ Subscribe to the podcast OR to update your iTunes subscriptions ]
[ Click here for the RSS feed ]
A 106-year-old footballing relic has been snatched from a house in England.
The home of the 82-year-old grandson of former Barnsley player Philip Bratley was burglarized last weekend according to the BBC and other reports, and among the items stolen was an “invaluable” FA Cup winner’s medal from 1912.
That year, Barnsley defeated West Bromwich Albion in the finals of the 41st FA Cup, with Bratley scoring the winning goal in the semifinal replay over Swindon Town. He went on to make over 100 appearances for Barnsley between 1910 and 1014 before moving transferring to Liverpool, where he spent one season before he left during the first World War.
“This item is of great sentimental value to the family and belonged to the 82-year-old victim’s grandfather who, at the time, played for Barnsley,” the South Yorkshire police said. “The family is extremely upset that this, along with many of their belongings, have been stolen. If you have any information please get in touch so we can try and reunite this invaluable item with its rightful owner.”
Barnsley has offered to assist the South Yorkshire police in their search for the stolen artifact, as those with any information are encouraged to contact either entity to share what they may know.
French striker Antoine Griezmann is no stranger to seeing his name in the transfer rumor mill, but that familiarity doesn’t make it any more enjoyable for the Atletico Madrid attacker (who celebrates his 27th birthday on Wednesday).
Long-tipped for a move to either Barcelona or Manchester United, Griezmann knows one thing: He wants his future sorted before the World Cup.
[ MORE: Key newcomers for USMNT friendly ]
“I want to travel to Russia without this concern,” he told L’Equipe. “It’s not about knowing where I’ll play, but about having the peace of mind if I’m still in one place or another.
“It may be boring, but I have told my sister that, whether I stay or not, this will have to be resolved beforehand. What bothers me the most is that everyone asks me about this issue.”
That’s both honest and reasonable, and we can imagine it’s not a blast to answer questions on your future every day. He also has a contract through 2021-22, which won’t make any transfer a simple one.
Griezmann has 23 goals and 13 assists in all competitions for Atleti this season, as La Liga’s second place side remains alive in the UEFA Europa League. He’s scored 106 goals for Atleti since arriving from Real Sociedad.
Four years, two Homegrowns.
That’s the decent track record for New York City FC, which has spotted a second youngster from amongst its ranks in 15-year-old Joe Scally.
[ FOLLOW: All of PST’s MLS coverage ]
Scally joins United States youth international James Sands as Homegrown Players from NYCFC. Here’s USMNT legend and NYCFC technical director Claudio Reyna:
“Joe has been one of the top performers in the Academy for the past few seasons and represented US Soccer at U-15 and U-17 level.”
“He has all of the attributes we look for in a right-back: he’s strong in defense and can support in attack to help create chances from wide areas.”
Sands was signed last summer, and played 23 minutes for NYCFC against Colorado in his lone senior appearance.