Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Next Week - who will be our keeper? It might not be who you expect...
25,761 cast votes in club ballot
And Ian Griffiths says, "Everton's famous old ground will be a genuine loss to the national game, but, it seems, money talks"
If you're planning that trip to Anfield before it's gone you might as well add Goodison Park to the itinerary...
Derby v Birmingham
This is a match between two teams in the bottom six, who, frankly, will be two teams who will finish the season in the bottom six.
Derby were mauled by Tottenham last week and they will have to be better on Saturday.
Birmingham boss Steve Bruce has signed quite a few players in the transfer window but I am finding it hard to work out where the goals are coming from.
A long hard season for both these teams.
Sid Lowe's Season Preview
Primera Liga Weekend Fixtures:
Playing on Saturday
Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid Click Here For A Madrid Derby Preview
Real Murcia v Real Zaragoza
Sevilla v Getafe
Playing on Sunday
Athletic Bilbao v Osasuna
Deportivo Coruna v Almeria
Racing Santander v Barcelona
Real Mallorca v Levante
Recreativo Huelva v Real Betis
Valencia v Villarreal
Espanyol v Real Valladolid
Serie A Weekend Fixtures:
Playing on Saturday
Lazio v Torino
Juventus v Livorno
Playing on Sunday
Fiorentina v Empoli
Genoa v AC Milan
Inter Milan v Udinese
Napoli v Cagliari
Parma v Catania
Reggina v Atalanta Bergamo
Siena v Sampdoria
Palermo v AS Roma
Oh, and Fast Eddie's Betting Guide!
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Sun 26th August 2007
Sources told ESPN.com that FC Dallas has finally agreed to a deal with the 29 year-old midfielder. The club is very hopeful Denilson will be available for his MLS debut Sept. 1 vs. D.C. United and for FC Dallas' U.S. Open Cup semifinal on Sept. 4 at the Seattle Sounders.
The King of the Stepover to MLS?
He's the one on the right...
Should we start calling Fulham "Team USA" ???
Globetrotter David Beckham's draining trans-Atlantic schedule is beginning to concern his employers Los Angeles Galaxy.
The former England captain drew a blank, along with his team-mates, in Galaxy's 3-0 Major League Soccer derby defeat against Chivas USA on America's west coast last night - less than 30 hours after he had finished playing for his country against Germany around 5,500 miles away at Wembley.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
For the first time in nearly twenty years, goalkeeper Kasey Keller doesn’t have a team…. And that’s just fine with him. Arguably the most accomplished American player ever, Keller talks with Soccer365’s Lars Lifrak about what it will take to get him back on the pitch. He also looks back at a career that has spanned four World Cup appearances and success at the club level in three of the biggest leagues in the world.
(And 20 years ago he also had a nice Kentucky Waterfall...Tennessee Tophat...Soccer Rocker...Neck Blanket...Louisiana Purchase...Missouri Compromise...Mississippi Mudflap...Canadian Passport...McGuyver...)
Heading into Wednesday's friendly match with Sweden, the stated goals of U.S. head coach Bob Bradley were to match the tempo and physical play of the Swedes, and build on the positive aspects of this summer's Gold Cup. Not only did the U.S. fail on almost all counts during its 1-0 loss on Wednesday, but the negative traits from this summer, namely a shaky defense and poor finishing, were once again staples of the American game.
Jen Chang said: I actually thought the U.S. had a good showing overall and a lot of positive aspects, but it only created two clear-cut chances and you never got the feeling that the U.S. was going to win.
England 1-2 GermanyAs even a couple of drunken England fans on the London Underground questioned why David Beckham was forced to fly half the way around the world for an England friendly, you couldn't help but wonder why Steve McClaren couldn't see their point.
Stuart Pearce answered Arsène Wenger’s claim that Theo Walcott should be considered for another call-up to the England senior squad by applauding the Arsenal winger’s starring role in last night’s friendly at Ashton Gate.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Before Liverpool’s new owners attempt to send English football to the poorhouse, it may be worth checking in with Phoebe Buffay, one of the gang in Friends, the American TV sitcom.
We could, for example, opine at length about how tedious we're finding this Martin Jol business, but where does that get anyone? Does that put bread on the table? No. All you really want to know is that Sevilla boss Juande Ramos doesn't want to go to Spurs anyway, he's really after Jose Mourinho's job at Chelsea.
It's a small minority of fans, "but at the same time you get it everywhere," the 25-year-old Beasley said. "You get still get it in Spain. I got it in Belgrade (Serbia). I got it Montenegro and the Netherlands as well."
But not in Scotland.
"I haven't had it in Scotland," Beasley said. "Hopefully, at some point it will stop in other parts of Europe."
Europe has long been where American soccer dreams go to die. Granted, the U.S. has taken its lumps in other non-CONCACAF locales as well, but nowhere has its reputation taken as much of a beating as it has across the pond. It's something coach Bob Bradley will be looking to change when the U.S. faces Sweden on Wednesday in Goteborg's Ullevi Stadium (2:30 p.m. ET Fox Soccer Channel).
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Sweden
Aug. 22, 2007 – Göteborg, Sweden
Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2) – Marcus Hahnemann (Reading FC), Tim Howard (Everton FC)
DEFENDERS (6) – Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (6) – DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Bobby Convey (Reading FC), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
FORWARDS (5) – Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Kamani Hill (VfL Wolfsburg), Sal Zizzo (Hannover 96
John Terry last night launched a staunch defence of his club-mate Frank Lampard, with the England captain hopeful there will be no repeat of the barracking to which the midfielder was subjected by the Wembley crowd against Brazil in June.
And...Michael Owen and Alan Smith are set to start for England against Germany in Wednesday's friendly at Wembley. Now that's a strike force to fear!
Oh, and of course we must include the Golden Balls Update.
Clichy: 'It just goes to show that we will never ever give in. Things have changed in comparison to the last few seasons. In the past two years we failed to have a true winning attitude at the start of the season and that cost us dearly.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Jol out of White Hart Lane?
Juande Ramos has declared his readiness to resign as Sevilla coach and become the new Tottenham manager, with the White Hart Lane board hopeful of closing the deal this week. Ramos could even take charge for Sunday's fixture against Manchester United.
GK: Steve Harper (Newcastle)
CB: Micah Richards (Man City)
CB: Richard Dunne (Man City)
CB: Andre Bikey (Reading)
RM: Steed Malbranque (Spurs)
CM: Jermaine Jenas (Spurs)
CM: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
CM: Mark Noble (West Ham)
LM: Steven Hunt (Reading)
ST: Nwankwo Kanu (Portsmouth)
ST: Emile Heskey (Wigan)
Manager: Sven Goran-Eriksson (Man City)
Chris Coleman was driving to the gym one day in June when he received the phone call that would lead to a new life in the beautiful Basque seaside town of San Sebastian.
Well, according to the Sun, Jol's crime was to try and sell Dimitar Berbatov, who he doesn't believe is a team player. The Mirror reckons Jol will be off before the match against Man United on Saturday (even though he already died in the first paragraph of today's Mill), the Star says Robbie Keane is starting up some kind of Guardian Angels vigilante squad to protect his manager and just about every paper going knows that Sevilla boss Juande Ramos is the man who'll be mopping up the (metaphorical etc) gore from Jol's office floor before settling down in his big, swivelly chair and then signing Juan Roman Riquelme. Oh, and the Mail reckons Marcello Lippi and Harry Redknapp are also on Spurs' shortlist.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Not a great day for the Fulham Yanks as Captain McBride injures his knee, Deuce misses a sitter and Blackmouth falls asleep for Boro's second...-Sanford
Sevilla stunned Real Madrid 5-3 in a rip-roaring encounter at the Bernabeu to lift the Spanish Super Cup 6-3 on aggregate.
Manchester City are today top of the Premiership with a 100% record after three matches, while Manchester United are in the bottom five. That is the strange state of affairs after Sven Goran Eriksson's side withstood a barrage of pressure to edge a 1-0 victory at a jubilent City of Manchester stadium.
Richard Jolly's Match Report
Goal.com Player of the Week: Cuahtemoc Blanco, forward, Chicago
It’s easy to pick from Mathis or Angel or Beckham from the
With Monday's result, the U.S. is in third place in Group E with a -1 goal differential separating them from Belgium (-2). The next match for the U.S. will be Thursday, August 23 against Tunisia. That match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 beginning at 4 a.m. ET.