Friday, August 31, 2007
Germany: Bundesliga action features Hamburg hosting Bayern Munich
Spain: Villarreal vs. Real Madrid is the mouthwatering clash on Sunday
Italy: Fiorentina's visit to Milan is the standout fixture from the second round
I was happier when I had nothing. As daft as it sounds, Monty Python's four Yorkshiremen sketch springs all too readily to mind when I consider my lot as a Portsmouth supporter these days. As we get stuck into our fifth consecutive season of Premiership football, having broken our old transfer record three times this summer, I should be more excitable than I imagine Neil Warnock may be after a nosebag of jazz salt. The dizzy heights of ninth place last term - our highest finish in 50-odd years - an owner that spends money, rather than talks a lot about it (that's you, Milan Mandaric) ... this brave blue world was once merely the preserve of those who'd consumed an entire sheet of blotter acid.
Rumour: Andrew in Stamshaw has pulled over to send us a text after a near miss on the road. "Driving round Portsmouth this morning I was cut up by a flashy 4x4 driven by none other than the volatile dandy himself, El-Hadji Diouf. He was in a hurry."
1029: Manchester City are set to sign the first Thai to play in the English top flight. Suree Sukha is a 25-year-old right-back.
1024: There is always the chance your club could sign a right chump today and Liverpool could be that club. Despite your rumours of a welter of wonderful signings coming to Anfield today, the Italian daily Tuttosport reports that Jean-Alain Boumsong will arrive from Juventus. Yes, that's the same Boumsong who blundered his way around Newcastle's defence from 2005 to 2006.
· Takeover talk resumes as Usmanov pays £75m
· Board will fear any link-up with American Kroenke
Who is Alisher Usmanov?
Besides being one ugly mofo...
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Group B: Chelsea, Valencia, Schalke 04, Rosenborg
Group C: Real Madrid, Werder Bremen, Lazio, Olympiakos
Group D: AC Milan, Benfica, Celtic, Shakhtar Donetsk
Group E: Barcelona, Lyon, VfB Stuttgart, Rangers
Group F: Manchester United, Roma, Sporting Lisbon, Dynamo Kiev
Group G: Internazionale, PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow, Fenerbahce
Group H: Arsenal, Sevilla or AEK Athens, Steaua Bucharest, Slavia Prague
Wednesday's Champions League Round-up
Arsenal 3-0 Sparta Prague (Arsenal advances 5-0 on agg.)
Click here for complete report...
Knight, who joined his boyhood heroes Villa yesterday after completing a £3.5 million move from Fulham, was released on police bail.
Substances believed to be Class A drugs crack cocaine and heroin were said to have been seized at the house in Erdington, Birmingham.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Puerta, who won back-to-back UEFA Cups and the King's Cup with Sevilla, collapsed after jogging back towards his own goal 35 minutes into Saturday's game against Getafe. Although he was able to walk off the pitch he collapsed again in the changing rooms and had to be given cardiac resuscitation before being taken to hospital. He was treated in the hospital's intensive care unit but was unable to recover from the after-effects of several prolonged cardiac arrests.
Liverpool, Lazio, Rangers advance to Champions League group stage + EPL clubs Sunderland, Wigan and Derby knocked out of League Cup
Lehmann’s mood will not have been improved by Wenger’s words yesterday, with the Frenchman confirming that Manuel Almunia will play in tonight’s Champions League third qualifying round, second-leg tie against Sparta Prague and the goalkeeper’s shirt is the Spaniard’s to lose.
Wednesday, August 29
Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
11 p.m. EDT
For a tournament about to conclude its first incarnation, the SuperLiga has plenty of reasons to hold its head high. The nascent competition has featured competitive matches, with the requisite amount of drama and nastiness, and for the most part, the games have been well-attended.
The tournament is still far from perfect of course. The Champions League it isn't, and questions abound about how seriously some of the Mexican entrants -- not to mention their fans -- took the SuperLiga. So it seems fitting that all of these traits define Wednesday's final between Pachuca and the Los Angeles Galaxy: imperfect, but still filled with plenty of reasons to watch.
No-one - inside or outside Old Trafford - can muster up a single bad word to say about the Norwegian whose boyish appearance won him the nick-name "The Baby-Faced Assassin."
Solskjaer has caused many a curse from opposing teams and supporters with his unerring eye for the target, or his uncanny habit of scoring the goals that win matches, and on occasion trophies.
But once partisanship is removed from the equation, Solskjaer will receive nothing other than praise or respect from every football fan.
And Wenger explains why he refused the offer to bring Adriano to North London...
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
And what of Barça and their 'cuatro mágnificos', the phrase destined to be La Liga's soundbite-for-the-season? Gone are the galácticos, welcome to the magníficos. It's interesting, of course, that when Real Madrid instigated their policy of buying only the alpha males of the pack, this was seen by the mainstream Spanish press as exciting and wonderful, a phenomenon that proved that La Liga was the fat-cat of Europe. Now the same journalists have turned on Rijkaard for adding Henry to Messrs Messi, Ronaldinho and Eto'o, claiming that the four are tactically unplayable together.
Forget the pre-season wisdom. As La Liga got under way, the best-laid plans went haywire.
According to The Sun, the 34-year-old - who has not appeared in any of United's matches so far this season - will finally admit defeat in his long-running battle with injury and call it a day.
And so the Baby-Faced Assassin fades into the late-summer Norwegian sun...
But not before The Guardian looks back at six of his greatest moments.
Goal.com MLS Rankings
3. D.C. United – Not pretty, but effective in
4. FC Dallas – Off week gives them time to rest and integrate Denilson (3)
5. Chivas USA – Could surprise some people in the playoffs (6)
7. Red Bull
Pascal Cygan (Villarreal): The Frenchman was solid as a rock against Valencia, who played some pretty spectacular football until David Villa got himself sent off in the 38th minute. After that, Manuel Pellegrini threw men forward, leaving him to keep it tight at the back.
The Galaxy are certainly victims of some bad luck, cracked to the core by injury. But injury alone can't account for the depth of this mire. In many ways L.A. is the unquestioned architect of its own undoing, starting with a roster of dubious assembly.
Targets Curtis Davies (West Bromwich Albion), Jose Boswinga (Porto), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur)
Possible departures Shaun Maloney (Celtic)
In Nigel Reo-Coker (West Ham, £8.5m), Marlon Harewood (West Ham, undisclosed), Scott Carson (Liverpool, season-long loan)
Out Liam Ridgewell (Birmingham, £2m), Gavin McCann (Bolton, £1m), Jlloyd Samuel (Bolton, free), Aaron Hughes (Fulham, £1m), Lee Hendrie (Sheffield United, free), Steven Davis (Fulham, undisclosed), Chris Sutton (retired), Mark Delaney (retired), Eric Djemba-Djemba (contract terminated)
Monday, August 27, 2007
(This is priceless...)
The Catalan club, denied a title hattrick by Real's final day success in June, left French striker Thierry Henry on the bench to begin with before allowing him a half hour to impress after replacing Leo Messi.
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Quite what did the Tottenham Hotspur board think they gained by fatally undermining their manager? By attempting to sound ambitious, they merely came across as ungrateful. By belatedly showing support, they only served to highlight the predicament of their most successful manager of the Premier League era.
It has taken just two short weeks for Manchester City fans to rediscover the lost sensation of optimism.