CONGRATULATIONS ESTUDIANTES!! The men from Argentina took their 0-0 home draw and wrangled a come from behind 2-1 win in Belo Horizonte against favorite Cruzeiro. If history continues, Estudiantes will be playing Barcelona in Japan this December for the Club World Cup. An interesting match indeed.
BOOM! Goes the dynamite. Not really. Looks like Filipe Luis will be staying at Deportivo after all. The asking price of 20 million euros was too much for Barcelona's tastes, and instead they announced the 4.5 million euro (.5 million variable) signing of another Brazilian leftback, Maxwell. That's right, R&B crooner and Columbia Records recording artist Maxwell will be playing for Barcelona next year. With such chart toppers as...oh wait, my bad. Wrong Maxwell. They signed the one from Inter Milan. Generally a leftback, Maxwell Andrade has played left winger, and though he has never been capped by Brazil is a solid replacement for Sylvinho.
Juventus finally completed the deal for Fiorentina and Brazil national team midfielder Felipe Melo. Melo and Diego may make Juve the team to beat in the Serie A this year. 25 million euros, and another player Wenger wanted slips away. Beaten by an old lady no less. Is Arsenal going to move for anyone this offseason? Or do they want to play in the Europa Cup in 2010-11?
Injury or no injury - Ribery will travel with Bayern Munich to their training camp.
In his efforts to grab the Asian market, Florentino Perez is proposing Real Madrid and other Spanish teams play a game at 3 p.m. Spanish time. That's 9 a.m. Eastern time. Not my cup of tea, and a bit contrary to the Spanish schedule. And by not my cup of tea, I mean I borderline hate the idea. But yeah, I'll be getting up.