Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Rome UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona Outplays Manchester United to Win Final 2-0

Rome UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona Outplays Manchester United to Win Final 2-0

Barcelona Simply Outplayed Manchester United today in Rome to win the UEFA Champions League in a 2-0 shutout. Barcelona adds Rome to a winning streak that is now a European Capital tri-fecta that includes London, Paris and Rome. Is Madrid next?

The fact that Manchester United couldn't put one ball in the net speaks to Barcelona's perfect playing and the great shape of each Barcelona player. 7 of the 11 Barcelona starters rose up from the junior level teams.

Xavi Hernández, Barcelona's 29-year-old crowned a memorable 12 months in Rome by setting up Barça's second goal for Lionel Messi in the 2-0 win against Manchester United FC and was selected as the man of the match by the UEFA Technical Study Group, yet another personal accolade for the midfielder who was also named the player of the tournament at UEFA EURO 2008™. "I'm very happy, especially for the team and for my personal prize – we're very content," he said. "This is historic, for Barcelona and the squad."

Homegrown heroes
Xavi, one of seven homegrown players in the Catalan club's starting lineup produced by the famed academy at La Masia, encapsulates the club's philosophy and has no doubts the Blaugrana's family spirit had been a crucial factor. "I feel very comfortable; I've said for a long time that it is wonderful with these team-mates around me. We worked hard and pressured United by attacking so they wouldn't feel comfortable. Apart for the first ten minutes, we dominated most of the game."

"Xavi was outstanding, he epitomised the outstanding Barcelona midfield performance; the passing of the ball, the movement," Technical Study Group member Roy Hodgson told "There were a lot of other candidates, but Xavi was the midfield motor, ran the match and dictated the tempo. United started really well but the first goal is so important at this level. When Barcelona got that their confidence rose, Manchester United had to take more risks getting forward and that played into Barcelona's hands, especially as skilful as they are. Their defending was also very good; they quickly got back into shape and when the back four was called upon they did very well."

Hodgson reserved most praise for Barça's fluidity, explaining: "Most important of all is the tempo of their passing and their ability to change that. If you pressurise them they're very good at playing it first time and they've always got lots of players around the ball willing to receive it. But if you don't get around them they hold the ball and suck you in and the moment you come forward they pass it. They work very hard and it looks simple, but the front players and the midfielders do an awful lot of running to create space. There's so much movement from wide positions coming infield with the full-backs getting forward, and it's not easy to find an antidote to that."

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Rome Walking Maps for IPhone

Rome Walking Tour Maps for IPhone

WebVisionItaly's Motorino Man released Rome mobile maps for the IPhone just in time for Angels and Demons fans to visit Bernini's Rome.

Produced by WebVisionItaly's in-house talent, Motorino Man's Mobile Maps: Rome includes maps of Rome to Motorino Man's personal favorite restaurants, destinations, and hotels in Rome, Italy, the first of Motorino Man's Italy travel maps accessible by IPhone.

Motorino Man's Mobile Maps: Italy series includes Italy IPhone maps for traveling to Italy's cities like Naples, Florence, Milan, Venice, and Italy's regions like Abruzzo, Calabria, Puglia, Umbria, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, Piedmont, Campania, Veneto, and Sicily.

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WebVisionItaly IPhone Rome Walking Maps are full of Motorino Man's favorite things to do in Rome, with maps to delicious Roman trattoria, Motorino Man's video as your personal Rome tour guide to see Bernini's Baroque Rome and the Obelisks of Rome, or go shopping like a pro with Motorino Man's maps to Rome's fashion boutiques to shop in Rome for the latest fashions from Rome's runways. Motorino Man is your Rome tour guide on your IPhone.

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Rome Walking Maps: Angels and Demons Renews Focus on Map to Bernini's Rome

Angels and Demons box office movie release spotlights Baroque Rome attractions designed by Bernini, whose masterpieces are scattered throughout Rome.

Bernini is considered the architect of St. Peter's because of his influence on painting, sculpture, and architecture creating spaces like St. Peter's Square that is marveled for its adherence to the human dimension while the impact on the visitor transcends the temporal space.

Angels and Demons the movie spotlights Italian geniuses like Rome's Baroque master Bernini, who takes center stage 400 year after his work was first released.

While checking out Bernini and Angels and Demons don's miss Boromini. The two Roman masters competed to create great works that make the modern layer of the Rome , created 1000 years after Rome's first fall, so magnificent.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

UEFA Finals Rome: Barcelona ties Chelsea, Faces Manchester United

Barcelona tied Chelsea with a spectacular goal by Andrés Iniesta's in the 93rd minute during penalty time to tie the game 1-1. Since Barcelona was the away team its goal counted for more than Chelsea's goal, meaning the tie goes to the away team and Barcelona is going to Rome to face Manchester United in the Champions League UEFA final in Rome May 27. Last year Manchester United beat Chelsea in the finals, but there will be no repeat this year.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Manchester United Going to UEFA Finals in Rome

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring United's second goal as they reached the Champions League final.

Manchester United remains on course to become the first team to reach the Europe Champions League final, scoring two goals in the first 11 minutes led to a defeat of Arsenal 3-1 for a 4-1 aggregate victory and a place in the final against either Chelsea or Barcelona, which game will be played tomorrow, in Rome at the UEFA Finals.

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