Friday, April 13, 2007
United have overcome Disaster. Now they face a far trickier foe — Triumph
Flying winger and Chelsea's first black player who had to endure racist abuse from his own fans when he broke into the side in 1982. He played more than 100 games for the club before joining Reading where injury prematurely ended his professional career. Has twice successfully fought off cancer and now works as a driver for disabled people and also works with schools through his work with Chelsea In The Community. He is also about to have his autobiography published.
Real Madrid see title race moving in their favor:
Inter set to test Palermo's European ambitions:
Schalke welcome Lincoln back for title push:
Arsenal vs. Bolton is the clash of the weekend
TOTTENHAM: 2 SEVILLA: 2 - Sevilla win 4-3 on aggregate
The delusional few who dared to dream that Tottenham were on the brink of something big were brought crashing back down to earth with a sickening thud at White Hart Lane.
It would be shamefully easy to fit the differing European fortunes of Roma and Milan into the predictable rhetorical categories of, respectively, extreme disappointment and huge elation.
No, that's too easy, and incorrect. Because Roma's collapse at Old Trafford and Milan's triumph at the Allianz Arena were first of all connected, judging from a general reaction overheard among everyday people and fans, by the fact few Italians actually wanted them to go through.
ESPNsoccernet: Do you have a favorite player?
CJ: Thierry Henry, [laughs] of course.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Liverpool will face Chelsea
Richard Jolly's take:
Benitez starts war of words with Mourinho:
Milan will face Manchester United
Match Report (The Diving Twat Scored):
Jol Praises Fans:
In his programme notes for tonight's return leg, Jol said: "You, our fans, have been fantastic ambassadors for the club all across Europe this season and it has made a real difference to have you there, in real numbers, and at home, raising us when we need it most. Be in no doubt that when we step out there tonight we shall do so determined to get the result for us all."
Spanish Trio Eye Uefa Cup Semi-Finals:
Niemi: Players to Blame for Coleman Axe
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Manchester United 7 - 1 Roma
Richard Jolly's take:
Totti Reflects on "Saddest Night of Sporting Career"
The Italian Press Reacts:
"Last night was an epochal beating that Italian football has never previously suffered at the hands of the English," says Roma fan and columnist Candido Cannavò. "Now I run to father Dante to find out what circle of Hell my beloved Roma has fallen into: maybe that of the proud and vainglorious. Conceding three goals in eight minutes could only have happened to a squad that thought it was divine."
Mourinho's switch brings Chelsea rich reward
Just last week, Clint Mathis packed his bags again. Traded by the Rapids to the Red Bulls for draft picks and onto his fourth team in as many years, at least Mathis can say that this time it was (somewhat) voluntary. Although he became expendable in Colorado, New York's dearth of attackers makes this move an ideal fit.
For the 30-year-old Mathis, this could be his last chance to show he's not washed up, a claim he dismisses with his typical Georgian charm as "b-------".
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
And here's my favorite quote from the article above:
Barça are like a James Bond baddie: instead of just pulling the bloody trigger, they insist on the laser creeping slowly towards Connery's crotch. And if they keep arsing about and allowing their rivals to escape alive, ready to fight another day, they'll end up paying for it. Which may be exactly what they deserve.
Sums it up quite nicely, I think. - Sanford
And in Germany...
Theofanis Gekas is the unlikely success story of the Bundesliga, but the club that made him famous are resigned to losing him.
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It was the perfect English day out. Transport on a coach to the game, a smiling and witty MC (Seamus, from Donegal), well-behaved English families, a Rory McGrath 'Own Goals and Gaffs' DVD on the telly, followed by a violence-free match in perfect weather. Then, in the evening, a beer and a chicken Madras to finish things off. What more could a soccer correspondent ask for? Nothing, of course, except that the day out was in Spain, Mallorca to be precise. The game was Mallorca v Getafe (2-0) and the curry was in the 'Indian Palace' in Pollença. Excellent fare, should ever you pass by that way.
Spanish Primera División
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Most summers when I was a kid I had to visit my grandparents in Grimsby. Never has a town been more aptly named. On one of these trips my mother took us to the beach [I use the word liberally] at nearby Cleethorpes. Earlier that summer I'd broken my arm, so an afternoon sitting on the sand but not being able to go into the water [probably a blessing in disguise considering British pollution] wasn't fun. Then all of a sudden my mother spotted Tony Hadley. Yes, the Tony Hadley from 80's greats Spandau Ballet. Certain it was going to cheer me up, she dragged me over to Tony and demanded he sign my plaster cast. Thinking myself a genius, I handed Tony a pen I knew didn't work. Tony tried courageously to leave his mark but failed. Unfortunately this totally backfired on me, as my mother spent the rest of the summer gladly telling all my friends how heart broken I'd been at not getting Tony's autograph. I never really lived down the shame.
Image then my horror at reading yesterday that Spandau Ballet plan to reform! This sent me into an almighty state of panic. Childhood trauma came rushing back. Luckily the girlfriend stepped in, and, in typical Germanic fashion, calmed me down. Alec, she said, there's an absolute top week of European footy coming up. Other than Liverpool, every game is on a knife edge. There's even Spurs/Sevilla on Thursday. Forget the very poor man's Duran Duran and concentrate on Mourinho, Bayern, Ronaldo, etc...
Tuesday's Champions League Previews:
Mourinho undaunted by Valencia cauldron
Depleted resources leave United disjointed
Alan Hansen on the Champions League
Monday, April 09, 2007
West Ham End Arsenal's Home Run, Manchester United defeated by Pompey:
Real Madrid beat Osasuna to close on Barca and Sevilla:
Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen both win:
Inter held by Reggina, Milan and Roma win:
Those who have a tendency to suffer from height discrimination struggle to cope with the notion that Peter Crouch is a top class striker.
In what its publicists often describe as the best league in the world, is it possible to survive by dint of spirit alone? It is a theory Sheffield United seem intent on testing.
In 1998 Arsenal won the title after trailing Manchester United by 12 points in January, and in 1996 Newcastle blew the championship despite leading Manchester United by 12 points in January.