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What games should I watch this weekend?

On Saturday in the Premier League you’d be a total dumb-dumb to miss Liverpool vs Arsenal at 7:45 AM EST. Of the 10:00 AM kick offs I would take Chelsea vs Newcastle. The 12:30 PM is the Welsh derby, Swansea vs Cardiff.

In the Bundesliga, Wolfsburg vs Mainz 05 at 9:30 AM is vaguely important. Serie A has Napoli vs Milan at 2:45 PM, and in La Liga, Real Madrid vs Villareal at 2:00 PM should be okay.

Moving on to Sunday, Spurs vs Everton is where it’s at, 8:30 AM! Ligue 1 has the Super Sunday battle of the rich, Monaco vs PSG at 3:00 PM. A win by Monaco could put some pressure on Laurent Blanc’s side and cut the lead in top spot to 2 points. Serie A has the scary Rome derby, Lazio vs Roma at 9:00 AM. Finally La Liga has Sevilla hosting Barcelona at 3:00 PM. A lot of football you guys. A lot of football…

What’s the big story?

Nemanja Vidic is leaving Manchester United after eight years with the club (to the old among us…was it really that long? I mean my god). He is also apparently refusing to engage in contract negotiations to extend his stay. His statement:

‘My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career. I never could have imagined winning 15 trophies and I will certainly never forget that fantastic night in Moscow, memories that will live with me and the fans forever.

‘However, I have decided that I will move on at the end of this season. I want to challenge myself again and try to make the best of myself in the coming years.

‘I’m not considering staying in England as the only club I ever wanted to play for here is Manchester United and I was lucky enough to be part of this Club for so many years.

I’ve got a few options to move on and I will choose the right one for me and for my family.

‘I am now going to focus all my efforts on playing for Manchester United and do the best I can for the team until the end of the season.

I hope this stops any further speculation about my future.’

The obvious point here is that Moyes is losing his best and brightest players, though it’s not as if some were questioning the utility of keeping the Serb defender at the club any longer. Natter natter natter…

Any other news?

The referee who gave Cristiano Ronaldo a red card last weekend to some controversy has been suspended for one month and cannot ref a Real Madrid game again.

Frank de Boer speculates over a move to Spurs or Liverpool one day, which means nothing.

FA considers rescinding its decision to give Andy Carroll a three match ban following highly dubious red card.

Any fun stuff?

Why Pirlo and Lichtsteiner have a symbiotic relationship at Juventus:

Any good reads?

Rafa Benitez on good practice in the January transfer window.