May 20, 2010

Champions League Betting Preview: Inter Milan vs. Bayern Munich

The eyes of the soccer betting world may be on South Africa for the World Cup in the upcoming month, but on Saturday afternoon, everyone will be glued to Fox Sports for the broadcast of the Champions League Final between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid.

Inter Milan comes to the table as the Italian Serie A champions for the fifth consecutive season. The Italian champs needed a 1-0 win at Siena on the final day of the season to wrap up the Scudetto. In order to reach this point in the Champions League, they had to outlast some of the toughest sides in the entire world. Beating Chelsea 3-1 on aggregate was one of the more impressive feats of the tournament. Milan then dismissed CSKA Moscow before setting up a pair of matches with Spanish Primera champions, Barcelona. The Spanish side was heavily favored after grabbing a win and a draw from Milan in the group stage of this tournament, but thanks to a 3-1 home victory, even a 1-0 defeat at Camp Nou couldn’t keep the Italians out of the Champions League Final. Keep an eye on M Alberto Diego Milito, as he has already scored four goals in this tournament. GK Julio Cesar has been fantastic, conceding just nine goals in 12 matches.

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For Bayern Munich, a double has already been assured, as it has already won both the German Bundesliga and the DFB Pokal. Bayern Munich badly needed a 4-1 victory at Juventes on the final day of qualifying just to make it to the knockout round of the tournament, and danger was waiting around every single corner from then until the finale. Both Fiorentina and Manchester United’s home-and-home duels ended with Bayern Munich advancing by the skins of their teeth on away goals. However, the semifinal against Olympic Lyon ended with the Germans netting four goals in the two matches without conceding one in response. GK Jorge Butt was coming up against huge criticism for the way that he was performing in net before the series with the French monsters, as he had allowed 13 goals in ten matches. However, a pair of clean sheets was just what the doctor ordered. Someone is going to have to step up and produce goal scoring chances though for the Germans, as M Franck Ribery, who is expected to be one of the top offensive weapons on the French side in the World Cup next month, has been suspended for this match.

The winner of this match will become just the sixth team in European soccer history to win three cups in the same year. Barcelona pulled off the feat last year, but Manchester United was the club before that to make the accomplishment in 1999.

Inter Milan just has such a superior side at this point, and with Ribery out of the lineup, it is going to take an awesome effort from Bayern Munich to lift the cup. Instead, we’re going to back Internazionale.

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JCPenney Afterschool Fund Makes $9 Million in Grants to Afterschool Programs.

Health & Beauty Close-Up November 4, 2008 This school year, more than 20,000 children across the nation are participating in safe, life-enriching afterschool programs thanks to the JCPenney Afterschool Fund and its contribution of more than $9 million through the organization’s access grant program, the company reported. in our site jcpenney printable coupons

“Donations contributed to the JCPenney Afterschool Fund by JCPenney with the help of its customers, Associates and suppliers, have helped to directly improve the lives of tens of thousands of children,” said Mike Theilmann, chairman of the JCPenney Afterschool Fund. “Thanks to these grants, at-risk children across the nation now have access to afterschool programs that will keep them safe and foster their academic, physical and social development, helping them to reach their full potential.” It was noted in a release that through four national afterschool program providers and funders — Boys & Girls Clubs of America, YMCA of the USA, National 4-H and United Way of America — the JCPenney Afterschool Fund assisted children who were currently not in afterschool programs or on the verge of leaving afterschool programs due to a lack of funds. These national organizations identified the at-risk children and provided matching funds for full or partial financial assistance. The grants reached youth from kindergarten through the 12th grade in all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. Additionally, JCPenney contributed over $1 million in gift cards in support of the JCPenney Afterschool Fund grants. Each child who received a grant also received a $50 JCPenney gift card to help with the purchase of clothing and supplies for the school year.

Studies show that 14.3 million children in the United States are unsupervised after school between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day. Additionally, studies show that youth are at greater risk of involvement in crime, drug abuse and other destructive behaviors during these hours. To address this issue, JCPenney created the JCPenney Afterschool Fund in 2001, and together they have contributed more than $70 million to support the afterschool cause nationwide, giving tens of thousands of children the opportunity to participate in essential afterschool programs. The JCPenney Afterschool Fund continues working toward the day when all children in America will have access to life-changing afterschool programs that help them reach their full potential. web site jcpenney printable coupons

The JCPenney Afterschool Fund is a charitable organization committed to advancing the afterschool movement in JCPenney communities by increasing access for children in need, inspiring innovation in the field, and elevating awareness of the value of afterschool programs.

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