It had been coming for a few weeks now, but Barcelona officially clinched the La Liga title for this season with a 4-2 win over Deportivo La Coruña. Lionel Messi scored a hat trick in the game, and the game was not too challenging for the Blaugrana, their opponents facing relegation all year, which was also confirmed by this result. This was Barcelona’s 25th La Liga crown, and quite the achievement, especially early when it looked like they would drop off after Neymar left in the summer. This week for Barcelona was also notable as long time Barça great Andres Iniesta announced he would be leaving at the end of the season. He made a late appearance in the game, and this will be his 9th La Liga title with Barcelona.
They were sometimes heated foes during their times as opposing managers, but Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson respected each other, and that respect has remained since Ferguson retired and now Wenger will depart his club at the end of the season. The two had a warm exchange before the start of the Arsenal-Manchester United game, and Ferguson presented Wenger with a gift, a metal vase. Ferguson and Wenger dominated the Premier League between the late ‘90’s and early 2000’s. United won 6 titles in that span, and Arsenal won 3, before Chelsea’s rise and first title of the Premier League Era in 2005.
The soccer gods are fickle, and what last week seemed like an open title race now seems back in the hands of Juventus. The pendulum of momentum swung Juve’s way this weekend, as they rallied for a comeback win against Inter Milan. This combined with Napoli’s 3-0 loss to Fiorentina pushes the gap back to four points, undoing the victory Napoli got over Juventus last weekend. It was so close to going the other way on Saturday, as Inter Milan lead Juventus 2-1 late in the second half. But Juve rallied to win right at the death, and on Sunday, the hero of the Juventus game Kalidou Koulibaly was sent off in the 6th minute for Napoli, and they proceeded to lose 3-0 from there. With only three games left in the season, it looks like another title for Juventus is all but inevitable.
A Portland-based comic book publisher has taken that city’s soccer stars and made them stars of a comic book now. Diego Valeri and Diego Chara of the Timbers, and Tobin Heath and Christine Sinclair of the Thorns were apart of Dark Horse comic’s in Portland’s latest endeavor. Some see their favorite players as heroes on the pitch, but for these lucky players, they are now truly superheroes in print.
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