First Whistle – September, 2011

After the overwhelming response of the first issue, here we are with the second issue of Goalden Times. As per the feedback received, we have made a few changes. Most importantly, we have moved to a new home at The readers may now discuss with the respective authors of individual articles directly in the site.
Onto the football pitch – Spain, Italy, Germany and Netherlands have confirmed their places in Euro 2012. England managed a narrow win over Wales and now just needs a draw against Montenegro to forget the ghost of 2008.
Football fans in India and Bangladesh experienced Messi Mania with the Argentina national team playing against Venezuela in Kolkata and Nigeria in Dhaka. These two Fifa friendlies also marked the beginning of Messi’s stint as the captain of the Albicelestes.
The domestic leagues in Europe have started in a predictable fashion. Spain saw the start getting delayed by the players’ union strike over the issue of unpaid wages. Italy also had a similar picture
with Serie A season starting two weeks late following a player’s strike. Albeit delayed, both the leagues started with a number of goals and promises to be super exciting. We have discussed them in detail in this issue. Bundesliga will be keenly contested with 3 teams at the top after 3 match days.
In England, although this is very early but pundits are predicting that the Premier League title race will be a battle between the two Manchester clubs. After being outwitted by Manchester United, Arsenal signed four new players on the transfer deadline day. With Cesc Fàbregas and Samir Nasri gone, this is going to be a tough season for them.
Last but not the least, the UEFA Champions League has justkicked off this week and we have a ‘group of death’ with FC Bayern München, Manchester City, Napoli and Villarreal all drawn together in group A.
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