Friday, July 27, 2007
Saudi Arabia will be favourites for Sunday's final, but most neutrals want to see Iraq secure an unlikely triumph, says John Duerden.
Class...pure class. Too bad he's nearing the end of his great career. McBride will be missed.
So let's return to Kluivert, whose footballing exile Billy Davies is keen to end by offering him a trial at Pride Park. Kluivert has yet to confirm he supported the Rams as a boy and used to dream of being offered a trial there when he was winning the European Cup and several league titles with Ajax, Milan and Barcelona, but it's surely only a matter of time. He'll certainly be tempted to go for the trial when he hears who else has been invited: only Slovakia's Dusan Svento, that's who.
Fan violence has put paid to Partizan Belgrade's hopes of making an impact in this season's UEFA Cup after they were thrown out of European competition for a year and fined 50,000 Swiss francs ($41,600) on Thursday. UEFA took the most drastic action against a Serbian club yet after serious crowd trouble during their first qualifying round first-leg match at Bosnian rivals Zrinjski Mostar last week.
David Beckham is still a major injury doubt for the Los Angeles Galaxy's SuperLiga clash with Mexican giants Chivas Guadalajara on Saturday.
The former Real Madrid midfielder has continued to struggle with a swollen left ankle following ligament damage sustained at the end of Spanish La Liga season.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Okay, so I know nothing about Kansas. But I love BBQ, and of course a bit of ballet is always nice, and I see the sun shines there during the summer, which sure isn't the case in Derby. Today's weather - Derby: rainy 59, Kansas: Sunny 89.
Let's just run thru the Editor's three reasons why Johnson should have gone to Derby:
1. Darley Park - well the park may be great for the annual concert, but for the rest of the year it's great for muggings and buying drugs.
2. Derby, city of Jazz. I must admit this is news to me, but sitting in smoke-filled dark rooms listening to music makes sense when the alternative is being outside, in the city.
3. Ponce in the Park - I'll let this BBC article 'What Went Wrong? Ponce in the Park' do the talking.
Football wise, I see what you're saying, Mr Ed. I think if Johnson had made a trip to the ground, seen the facilities, which are some of the best in the UK, he may have thought about it a bit harder. My guess is he doesn't fancy playing in the Championship next season. If he had some balls he'd have seen it as a chance to put himself in the shop window. A dirty, urine-stained shop window with Jazz being played behind it maybe, but a shop window nonetheless.
The annual open-air concert at Darley Park is one of the biggest free concerts of its kind. It is one of many performances given throughout the year by Sinfonia Viva, a professional chamber orchestra based in Derby. The Derby Jazz group caters for the jazz interest in the city and is regarded as one of the UK's leading live jazz organizations. There is also a summer rock music festival 'Ponce in the Park' which takes place in late July every year.
The Kansas City Ballet, founded in 1957 by Tatiana Dokoudovska, is a ballet troupe comprising 25 professional dancers and apprentices. Between 1986 and 2000, it was combined with Dance St. Louis to form the State Ballet of Missouri, although it remained located in Kansas City. From 1980 to 1995, the Ballet was run by renowned dancer and choreographer Todd Bolender. Today, the Ballet offers an annual repertory split into three seasons which ranges from classical to contemporary ballets. The Ballet also is located at the Lyric Theatre, and also will move with the Symphony and Opera to the Kauffman Center in 2009.
E.J. went with K.C. Perhaps because of BBQ. If I lived in K.C., I'd eat a whole lot of it. But BBQ or no BBQ, I think he's a fool for passing up this opportunity. How does he know that he'll have any sort of chance like this down the line? Does he think he should be at a larger club? Considering how he plays in games that count (read: Gold Cup) I'd say he's made a big mistake. Another case of an American not willing to pull the trigger and make the tough decision.
Iraq moved into its first Asian Cup final, beating South Korea 4-3 on penalty kicks Wednesday night after a 0-0 tie. At least 50 fans were killed by car bombs during postgame celebrations in Baghdad.
And coverage in The NY Times.
"Barcelona remind me of our Real Madrid of four years ago; it is inevitable," said Casillas.
13 Michael Thomas - Liverpool 0 ARSENAL 2, First Division championship decider, 1989. "It's up for grabs now!" gasped Brian Moore in the commentary box as Thomas strode through in the last minute at Anfield to score the goal that gave Arsenal the title in the most dramatic climax to a season in memory.
What more do you want? This was an excellent opportunity to play in a team that has just been promoted to one of the top leagues in the world. The chance to get quality minutes and fight for a starting place is not enough for you, Eddie? You want to stay and win an MLS Cup? Whatever.
With the new French Ligue 1 season opening on on August 4, it seems few, if any of their rivals, actually have the capacity to prevent Lyon winning the title for the seventh successive season.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
The Costa Rican forward is in talks to sign with the Fire. Wanchope made his name as a Derby County Ram in the late 90's and has spent time at West Ham and Manchester City. Much like Red Bull's signing of Juan Pablo Angel, this is exactly the sort of signing that MLS should be aiming for- he's affordable, he's got a good record at the highest level (yes, Derby County), he's a physically gifted player (6'4") and he's still relatively young at 30 years old. Hopefully his arrival combined with Chris Rolfe's return from injury, Blanco's integration into Osorio's new system and Chad "Diesel" Barrett's relegation to the bench will improve our scoring.
As saddened as I am by his departure from Arsenal, I must say that I cannot help but be excited at the prospect of Henry and the Geri-Curled One combining on the pitch. I just wonder if Barcelona will become similar to their enemies Real Madrid in years past where all the Galaticos are up front running around doing pretty things but there is nobody to keep an eye on the defense. Puyol is getting older and we saw last season how Barca’s defense let them down far too often. Perhaps some more cash for guys in the back would have been wise.
50 - 26
These aren't the best goals ever scored. Far from it. Our list contains a good sprinkling of toe-pokes, deflections and clownish mis-kicks. One of them was scored by a third division goalkeeper.
But despite their respective artistic merits, they all command a place in the annals of the game. They might have decided World Cup finals, settled championships or saved sides from relegation. Some of the goals stand out as statistical milestones. Others have entered the game's mythology to become shared treasures, revered by fans of every club. Others set records that will never be broken.
Whether they are sitters or scorchers, the fifty selections share one quality in common: each made a big impact on the history of football.
Eddie Johnson, the leading scorer in the MLS with Kansas City Wizards this season has revealed he rejected a move to join Premiership newcomers Derby County. The US international striker has hit 12 goals in 11 games so far this season, but wants to remain in America.
The change may have been more symbolic than substantive, given the whirlwind events of the past two months, but Freddy Shepherd’s low-key departure from Newcastle United yesterday ushered a shop-soiled era into the past. After a decade as chairman, Shepherd was replaced by Chris Mort, Mike Ashley’s lieutenant, a development that will be broadly welcomed by supporters.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Jeff Carlisle's take: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=447234&root=mls&cc=5901
Argentina's 3-0 defeat to Brazil in the Copa America final means that it is 14 years since they won a senior title.
But at Under-20 level the picture could not be more different. Sunday's 2-1 win over the Czech Republic brought the blue and whites their sixth World Youth Cup, and their fifth in the last seven tournaments.
From Roy Keane's humbling of Holland to Robert Pires' fiercest, indeed first, tackle.
1. Roy Keane on Marc Overmars, Republic of Ireland 1-0 Holland, World Cup qualifier,
September 1 2001
Monday, July 23, 2007
West Ham have announced a 2pm press conference, with reports claiming they will unveil Freddie Ljungberg as their fifth summer signing.
And this after Arsene Wenger said he was "90% certain" that Freddie would remain a Gunner...
Done Deal. Sniff, sniff. We'll miss you Freddie! Why didn't you go to Florence?
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, on March 17th, 1982, Steven Pienaar is considered one of South Africa’s most promising stars. While he undoubtedly created an impression when he moved to Europ, joining Dutch club Ajax, many believe the 25-year-old is still to reach his full potential.