Friday, June 01, 2007
USMNT China Friendly Roster
Guzan, Brad CD Chivas (USA)
Howard, Tim Everton (England)
Keller, Kasey Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany)
Bocanegra, Carlos Fulham (England)
Bornstein, Jonathan CD Chivas (USA)
DeMerit, Jay Watford (England)
Hejduk, Frankie Columbus Crew (USA)
Onyewu, Oguchi Standard Liege (Belgium)
Simek, Frank Sheffield Wednesday (England)
Spector, Jonathan West Ham United (England)
Beasley, DaMarcus PSV Eindhoven (Holland)
Bradley, Michael SC Heerenveen (Holland)
Dempsey, Clint Fulham (England)
Feilhaber, Benny Hamburg SV (Germany)
Kljestan, Sacha CD Chivas (USA)
Marsch, Jesse CD Chivas (USA)
Nguyen, Lee PSV Eindhoven (Holland)
Davies, Charlie Hammarby IF (Sweden)
Hill, Kamani VfL Wolfsburg (Germany)
Razov, Ante CD Chivas (USA)
Terry demands fortress
Where: Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London
When: 20:00 (Local Time), Friday 01/06/07
Who: England (World Champions: 1966) versus
Brazil (World Champions: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
Friendly Preview: England-Brazil
Beckham can ride to rescue of England and McClaren
I couldn't find a picture of humble pie. Instead here's one of Lawro [yes, the ex-Liverpool player who makes the dodgy EPL predictions] about to bite into a tasty Liver bird pie.
The top European targets
How Europe’s second tier is counting the cost of the wealth gap
I doubt this fellow performs well in any capacity...-Sanford
The more tattoos a player has, the worse he tends to perform:
Blues sign football's most beautiful man?
Ticket holders at Euro 2008 will enjoy free public transport throughout Austria and Switzerland, the first time that such a step has been taken at a major sports event, the organisers said Thursday.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
After a playing career defined by controversy, the infamous Sinisa Mihajlovic is set to take his first managerial job at Red Star.
Anderson: the next Ronaldinho?
Leading strikers Thierry Henry and Andriy Shevchenko will be missing from France's Euro 2008 qualifier at home to Ukraine on Saturday when both sides will be looking to take command of Group B.
United also get Nani from Sporting and Anderson from Porto:
Parker gets out of Newcastle and choses West Ham over Spurs:
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Perhaps I'm missing something but I find it startling that there is no room in Dunga's Brazilian team for Roma's Alessandro Mancini. He had an excellent run of form this season and practically carried the team on his back when Totti was out injured last year. He's also incredibly versatile. He can play pretty much anywhere on the pitch, including in defence at left or right back. Lately he's been used by the Giallorossi primarily for his offensive ability but you gotta think that a guy like him would be a very valuable asset in terms of late-game substitutions since he can play multiple roles. With guys like Josue (Sao Paulo), Elano (Shakhtar Donetsk), and Mineiro (Hertha Berlin) in Dunga's midfield it's not like any big egos would have to make way to give Mancini a shot. -Sanford
The Fire have been on a brutal 0-4-1 streak and have had serious issues scoring goals. They're hoping that former Chile/Lazio/River great Marcelo Salas could be the answer to their scoring problems. He's nearly 33 and not the player who inspired Chile at WC'98 but if he's got anything left in the tank then his addtion to the team will be greatly appreciated.
Chilean legend Salas to get look from flailing Chicago
Hell, I'd sue too! Can you imagine? You go through all the crap, get a flight, get a ticket and then you can't get in?
Michel Platini, the president of Uefa, is facing legal action for compensation from an enraged Liverpool supporter denied entry to last week's Champions League final in Athens, despite having a ticket. The action is seen on Merseyside as a test case which, if successful, could lead to a flood of further litigation against Uefa.
With two friends, Paul Gregory, an architect, spent €3,490 (£2,370) on flights, accommodation and tickets. "I would like this to be reimbursed by Uefa,'' wrote Gregory in a letter sent to Platini. "It's the least you can do for putting our lives at risk. If this is not forthcoming we intend to take action against Uefa through the British judicial system, and through the European Courts if necessary. It was only through good luck that Uefa avoided deaths.
Brazil have undergone a sea change under new boss, Dunga, and his hard-line tactics are restoring national pride, reports Alex Bellos.
Derby County 1-0 West Bromwich AlbionIt used to be 39 steps at Wembley. Now there are 112 that Matt Oakley had to climb to lift the Championship play-off trophy. And yet the strides Derby County have taken are far, far greater than that. Finishing in 20th place 12 months ago and burdened by huge debts, they are now a Premiership club. It is a remarkably rapid journey, albeit via the scenic route of the play-offs.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
If you are an Udinese fan you won’t be too happy to know that next season your favourite team will be playing its first ten home games away from home, more precisely at
Bolivia are screwed. No more matches at their stadium that sits 3,600 meters (just under 12,000 feet) above sea level...
And a classic Sepp Blatter comment:
"People said then that Americans didn't know what football was, but we taught them."
Toni, who has been heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich in the Italian press, held a meeting with Fiorentina President Andrea Della Valle and made it clear he wanted to go.
Well, Derby have made it to the Prem. Nice of them to do it the easy way by messing up direct promotion, needing a penalty shoot-out and then the play-off final. Now they might loose their manager...
Davies keeps Derby waiting
That would indeed be classic Derby. It happened years ago with Brian Clough, so why not a mini version with Billy Davies? They'll be favourites for the drop, and rightly so. Perhaps only 2 or 3 of their present team would get into Watford's starting 11. That said, Davies is a canny leader. The Rafa Benitez of the Championship. He goes against the traditions of club, as his teams offer little in the way of flowing football. But they get results [also against the traditions of the club]. We also have a few good young players to watch out for, Barnes, Jones and Pearson.
West Brom were arguably the better team yesterday, but Derby were 8 points ahead of them at the end of the season, so they can't really complain.
Now have some cash to spend...
Derby gamble hits the jackpot
...or perhaps pay off our huge debt.
Mission accomplished – but staying up is harder
Uli Hesse-Lichtenberger says: The Bundesliga season just past has, as always, brought many intriguing stories and subplots. You'll be pretty familiar with many of the fairy tales and/or dramas which unfolded in the top flight, so let's cast our glance to the floor below, the 2nd Bundesliga.
A season of redemption
Monday, May 28, 2007
After five years in the Championship the Rams have played their way back into the Premiership. Special congratulations to lifetime season ticket holder and The News contributor Alec "TSB" Thomson!
Pearson puts Derby in dreamland
Oakley disbelieving after Derby victory
Van Nistelrooy optimistic of Liga title
Real Madrid 3-1 Deportivo La Coruña
Barcelona hold on for Getafe win
Sevilla Keep Pressure On
Relegation Zone Takes Shape
Serie A Round 38
Team W D L GD Points
1 Inter 30 7 1 46 97
2 Roma 22 9 7 40 75
3 Lazio 18 11 9 26 62*
4 Milan 19 12 7 21 61*
5 Palermo 16 10 12 7 58
6 Fiorentina 21 10 7 31 68*
7 Empoli 14 12 12 -1 54
8 Atalanta 12 14 12 2 50
9 Sampadoria 13 10 15 -4 49
10 Udinese 12 10 16 -6 46
11 Livorno 10 13 15 -13 43
12 Parma 10 12 16 -15 42
13 Catania 10 11 17 -22 41
14 Torino 10 10 18 -20 40
15 Siena 9 14 15 -10 40**
16 Reggina 12 15 11 2 40*
17 Cagliari 9 13 16 -11 40
18 Chievo 9 12 17 -10 39
19 Ascoli 5 12 21 -31 27
20 Messina 5 11 22 -32 26
* Calciopoli points deductions : Fiorentina 15, Reggina 11, Milan 8, Lazio 3
** Siena deducted 1 point for financial irregularities