BARCELONA -- Three things from the Camp Nou as Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in the 2015 Copa del Rey final.
1. The Messi final
This will surely go down in history as Lionel Messi's Copa del Rey final. Messi opened the scoring with a wonderful solo goal, finished the game off completely by adding his second late on and was just operating on a different level from everyone else throughout.
Even against a team packed with superstars, Athletic clearly knew who Barca's main dangerman was,...
LONDON -- This was the kind of football that Arsene Wenger has been promising for years. This was the kind of flawless 4-0 display that wins hearts, minds and silverware. Granted, it might have been more impressive had Aston Villa not frozen in the opening exchanges and forgotten their game plan, but it was still a pleasure to watch.
"We were at it from the first minute to the last," glowed Arsene Wenger afterward. "I never felt that the focus dropped or the quality dropped. It became comfortable...
Now Arsenal are out on their own in the history books. They have won football's oldest honour, the FA Cup trophy, more often than anyone else -- their 12th FA Cup means they have overtaken Manchester United in the all-time standings. It was also Arsene Wenger's sixth, and no manager has tasted glory more often in the competition's 144-year existence.
LONDON, England -- Early goals from Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond pushed Norwich back into the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough at Wembley. Here are three quick observations from the Championship playoff final.
1. Norwich are back in the Premier League
Wembley's stadium announced labeled Monday's game as "the most lucrative game in world football," rather unhelpful for those nervously lining up to play their part. As is tradition for the losing team, the gate receipts will...