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LONDON---The FA Cup final
today features two teams
apparently heading in different
There s Manchester City,
confirmed for another season
in the ritzy Champions League.
And Wigan, happy to forget
for one day an impending fall
into anonymity in the League
Wigan, three points from
avoiding relegation in the Eng-
lish Premier League with two
games to go, still believes it can
stay up. In its pursuit for sur-
vival, Wigan says the FA Cup
has been a driving force, and
not a distraction.
And in reaching the final for
the first time, it s driven to pull
off an almighty upset of the
five-time cup champions at
"There s no question of
which we would rather have in
terms of the FA Cup and Pre-
mier League survival, because
we want both," Wigan midfield-
er James McArthur said.
"We re able to concentrate
on the FA Cup and Premier
League separately and, if any-
thing, the cup has been a pos-
itive to our Premier League form
because it has built up winning
rhythms which will hopefully
The pitch at Wembley is
notoriously heavy and Wigan
will hope the experience does
not leave its players physically
and mentally drained before
tough league matches against
Arsenal, only three days later,
and Aston Villa, on the last day
of the season.
Despite its heavy underdog
status, Wigan goes into the final
drawing encouragement from
its recent league fixture against
City, when it was unfortunate
to lose 1--0 to a goal in the last
City is also aware of its oppo-
nent s love of surprises. Wigan
is well known for its tendency
to upset the odds, beating the
likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and
Chelsea in recent seasons.
"We all know Manchester
City are the major favorites and
rightly so," Wigan manager
Roberto Martinez said. "But
there are many examples of
major upsets in the past. It can
happen but we will have to be
Wigan will also bring an
emotional element to its biggest
ever match through club chair-
man Dave Whelan, who will
lead the team onto the field, 53
years after his own FA Cup final
appearance for Blackburn ended
with a broken leg and a 4--0
Whelan bought Wigan in
2005 and his injection of funds
has been integral to the club s
rise. A little over a decade ago,
Wigan was bottom of the
fourth tier in English football.
It surged up the divisions and
has remained in the Premier
League for seven consecutive
"The emotional side of the
game is down to our chairman,"
Martinez said. "His attachment
to this competition is quite rare.
"He ended that final in 1960
with a feeling of unfinished
business so we are all excited
about the prospect of him being
able to lead the team out and
complete the circle in this com-
City is making its tenth
appearance in the final, and
looking for a second triumph
in three seasons after beating
Stoke 1--0 in 2011.
There s added motivation for
City, in that having surrendered
the Premier League title to
Manchester United with more
than a month to play, it can still
capture silverware for a third
"Every single time it is some-
thing very special," City captain
Vincent Kompany said. "You
shouldn t take these kinds of
games for granted, they don t
always keep coming.
"It is unbelievable for us to
do it again, and for the fans it
is unbelievable as well. We
have to be respectful of every
trophy we can get. If we win
this one it will be massive for
the club and something to
Wigan aims to pull off
shock FA Cup final victory
JOHANNESBURG---Liverpool cancelled its first visit
to South Africa in 19 years yesterday after the local
league blocked a game against Ajax Cape Town
because it would fall within the South African sea-
Liverpool was due to play at Cape Town Stadium
on May 21, but South Africa s Premier Soccer League
said Ajax couldn t take part in the fixture because the
season doesn t end until the weekend afterward.
The English Premier League team says "we are
hugely disappointed that we are unable to visit and
the team cannot play in front of our terrific support-
The PSL told The Associated Press this week that
the game could have gone ahead after the season-
ending Nedbank Cup final on May 25 but not before-
hand out of respect to local sponsors. (AP)
MUNICH---Outgoing Bayern Munich coach Jupp
Heynckes says he will not coach in the Bundesliga
again, without specifying his future plans.
The 68-year-old Heynckes will be replaced by Pep
Guardiola next month after leading Bayern to what
could be a unique treble.
Bayern clinched the Bundesliga with a record six
matches to spare and is in the finals of the Champions
League and the German Cup.
Heynckes was not offered a contract extension by
Bayern, which originally said the coach would be
retiring. Heynckes later left his future open and has
not ruled out taking over another club.
"There is no goal left for me in the Bundesliga,"
Heynckes said yesterday, a day before his final home
match in Munich, against Augsburg. Bayern will also
be presented with the championship plate.
His final Bundesliga match will be one week later
at Borussia Moenchengladbach, where Heynckes began
his career as a player and later as coach.
"The circle is closing," said Heynckes, who has
appeared in 1,009 Bundesliga games as a player and
After the final Bundesliga round, Bayern faces
Borussia Dortmund in an all-German final of the
Champions League at Wembley on May 25, and then
travels to Berlin for the German Cup final against
Stuttgart one week later.
Guardiola, the former Barcelona coach, takes over
on June 26. Bayern ousted Barcelona 7--0 on aggregate
in the Champions League semifinals. (AP)
won't coach in
LONDON---Lionel Messi s life story is set to hit the
movie screens in time for the 2014 World Cup.
Epic Pictures Group says it is financing and devel-
oping a Rocky-style film after buying the rights to
dramatize a biography about the Barcelona soccer
The Beverly Hills-based company says the biopic
will chart Messi s rise from a modest background in
Argentina and how he "overcame his physical short-
comings to become one of the greatest players of all
Co-founder Shaked Berenson hopes "audiences
will be uplifted by this incredible tale of fighting for
your dreams." (AP)
ahead of WCup
Manchester City's Carlos Tevez, second left, trains with team-mates at Carrington training ground, Manchester, England, yesterday.
Manchester City will play Wigan at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup Final football match today. AP PHOTO
mund coach Juergen Klopp
says he expects midfield star
Mario Goetze to be fit for the
all-German Champions League
final against Bayern Munich
on May 25 at Wembley.
Goetze will resume jogging
next week and join the squad
for regular practices.
Klopp says "one week of
jogging and one week of train-
ing with the team is optimal."
Goetze injured his left ham-
string in the return leg of the
Champions League semifinal
against Real Madrid. Dortmund
advanced 4--3 on aggregate.
The final in Wembley will be
Goetze s last game for Dort-
mund, before he moves to Bay-
ern. The 20-year-old is con-
sidered Germany s top prospect.
Dortmund's Goetze to resume training next week
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