Friday, October 26, 2007
With a spare hour I thought I'd check for any interesting soccer articles. Unfortunately it means sifting through crap like "Pop group Simply Red to split up". Fuck, I can't believe it's taken this long. Mind you, in a world where Gary Megson gets to be an EPL manager I guess anything can happen. Though out of interest, while you can certainly understand why he'd want to to, how the hell does that twat Mick Hucknall spilt from himself?
More interesting, well somewhat more interesting, where the following peices:
The News favourite Gabriele Marcotti reviews the Italian FA's fining of Inter for offensive banners, and if it's perhaps a touch over the top.
Ultra-cautious stand a real passion killer
Another News regular Tony Cascarino tries his hand at being an Agony Uncle:
Martin Samuel puts the boot into McClaren and the England team:
Evolution will happen only when tactical revolution is embraced
And here's a review of Football Manager 2008. I've never played it myself, but heard it's pretty darn addictive.
Football Manager 2008
West Ham United's non-executive chairman Eggert Magnusson thinks that taking the Premier League to the USA would be 'good for the game' and would boost soccer's global profile. With the NFL playing their first regular season game away from home, a debate has opened up over whether the Premier League should follow suit and take English soccer to the US.
Chelsea v Man City
I have to go for Chelsea here, because they just keep winning.
They are not playing particularly well yet, but Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba are so important for them and their return to the side has made all the difference.
City, as brilliant as they have been at home, have yet to convince me away from Eastlands.
Prediction: 2-0All His Predictions
With a third of the season nearly over, Bayern have done what many predicted they would, and dominated the Bundesliga so far. Undefeated in their opening ten games, nobody has come close to stopping them. The next team to try is Borussia Dortmund on Sunday. Before that Stuttgart face a make or break clash at home to Leverkusen, while title challengers Schalke and Werder clash at the Veltins Arena after their midweek Champions league exertions.
Saturday, 27 October (all times local):
20:00 Mallorca - Espanyol
22:00 Athletic Bilbao - Betis
Sunday, 28 October:
17:00 Levante - Atletico Madrid
17:00 Zaragoza - Villarreal
17:00 Osasuna - Valladolid
17:00 Racing Santander - Gteafe
17:00 Murcia - Recreativo Huelva
17:00 Real Madrid - Deportivo
19:00 Barcelona - Almeria
21:00 Sevilla - Valencia
SSN's snoozer of the week is Birmingham vs. Wigan.
Mushtaq Quraishi's Previews
Fasteddy's Hot Tips
Benítez told League title is a must
Andy Hunter: There are shades of Gérard Houllier in Rafa Benítez's excuses but the problems at Liverpool run deep.
Watch the match on Fox Soccer Channel on Sunday at noon.
Blanco's antics during the Fire's 1-0 victory over D.C. United in the first leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal on Thursday night were occasionally comical, often shamelessly theatrical, undeniably entertaining and ultimately effective.
But United see it somewhat differently. They think Blanco is a cheat. A diver. A con man who fools referees into giving him calls and gets protected because he is one of the most high-profile players in Major League Soccer.
Martin Jol was the victim of bad luck and poor judgment by himself and Tottenham's board.
Sid Lowe: Despite the Sevilla coach's protestations in the summer, Juande Ramos always knew he would end up at Spurs.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Toni Kroos scored a dramatic 90th minute winner to give Bayern Munich a 3-2 UEFA Cup win over Red Star Belgrade in the Serbian capital tonight. Elsewhere, Tottenham lost to Getafe at White Hart Lane while Villarreal and Fiorentina drew 1-1.
As Arsenal equalled their highest ever score in the Champions League, with a 7-0 win over Slavia Prague, there was one player in the squad whose smile at the final whistle would have been forced through clenched teeth. Outspoken goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has had his say on many things throughout his career, but this week his attention was diverted onto events closer to home, and most notably his own manager, Arsene Wenger.
Harry Redknapp, the Portsmouth manager, believes that Dimitar Berbatov is contributing to Tottenham Hotspur’s present predicament and has told Martin Jol to sell the Bulgaria forward before his bad attitude rubs off on his team-mates.
Sunday, October 28: Liverpool vs. Arsenal
Saturday, November 3: Arsenal vs. Manchester United
Tight controls for supporters were brought in following revulsion at the death of a policeman during riots outside Catania's Serie A derby with Palermo in February.
This is Chicago's final home game of the season, and the last for Fire captain Chris Armas. The midfielder has been with the club since its inception, helping lead the Fire to their lone championship in 1998, and said he will retire after this season.
Wrap: Real Madrid looked woeful against an inspired Olympiakos but pulled out a lucky win...
Besiktas 2 - 1 Liverpool:
Istanbul Not So Nice for Reds This Time Around
Chelsea 2 - 0 Schalke:
Drogba Leads the Way
AC Milan 4 –1 Shakhtar Donetsk:
Alberto Gilardino was the hero of the night, along with Clarence Seedorf and Kaka, as the Champions League atmosphere benefited the entire Milan side who rediscovered their best form in a 4-1 win over Shakhtar Donetsk.
Werder Bremen 2-1 Lazio:
Werder Bremen have got their Champions League challenge back on track with a 2-1 victory over Lazio at the Weser Stadion. Goals from Boubacar Sanogo and Hugo Almeida clinched the points. A Christian Manfredini goal at the end gave Lazio some hope, but the home side prevailed.
Rosenborg 2-0 Valencia:
Rosenborg earned a thoroughly deserved 2-0 victory over the Spanish side after bossing the game from the first minute.
Benfica 1 - 0 Celtic:
Away Woes Continue
Newcastle United's Brazilian defender Claudio Cacapa was delighted to score his first goal for the club in the 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Monday but he was rather less enamoured of his goalkeeper Shay Given's linguistic skills.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The Rest of The Squad to Date (there will be 25 total):
Nicky Butt - Starting Holding Midfielder
Dean Windass - Starting Striker
Rod Fanni - Starting Right Back
Berndt Haas - Starting Center Back
Danny Shittu - Starting Center Back
David Seaman - Reserve Goalkeeper
The always lovely Shakhtar stadium in the Ukraine...
AC Milan-Shakhtar Donetsk
Greg Ryan had always seemed curiously bulletproof, generally dodging the larger munitions in terms of media scrutiny. His highly favored team looked plodding in the Women's World Cup, but Ryan seemed to get a pass as all heads swiveled toward the Hope Solo fiasco.
The Football Association of Ireland will appoint an outside adviser to help them head-hunt a successor to Steve Staunton, whose contract was terminated by mutual consent this morning.
While Dida made huge, unwanted headlines across Europe and in his native Brazil, it is outside the game's traditional strongholds in places like the United States, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa where the goalkeeper's disgraceful antics does the most damage.
Rangers 0 - 0 Barcelona:
Defensive Display or Anti-football?
Lionel Messi blasted Rangers for what he saw as an overly negative approach during Barcelona's 0-0 Champions League draw at Ibrox. The young Argentine seethed, "It was incredible: Rangers just did not want to play football."
Arsenal 7 - 0 Slavia Prague:
Electric Walcott Comes of Age?
Dynamo Kiev 2 - 4 Manchester United:
Ronaldo Lights it Up
Roma 2 - 1 Sporting Lisbon: Important Win
CSKA Moscow 1 - 2 Inter Milan: Inter Limp to Victory
"It's possible that some day I'll feel like talking about the whole issue."
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
The number of Derby County fans arrested for hooliganism has risen, with 70 picked up last season - an increase of 19 from the season before.
Nowadays the domestic Brazilian game lives off scraps that Europe leaves behind. It contains three types of player: youngsters on the way up who are dreaming of a move to Europe, those who have gone and come back, either to wind down their career or because the move didn't work out, and those not considered good enough to receive the call.
Kevin McCarra: As he approaches his 22nd birthday, Wayne Rooney is now living up to great expectations.
Americans on the Continent
Oguchi Onyewu, Standard
After watching Newcastle secure their best beginning to a season for a decade, while all too easily ending Spurs's six-game unbeaten run, Allardyce said: "We killed Tottenham's spirit by outplaying them and scored three goals with some superb football. Confidence is growing throughout the side."
It's been one of those rare weekends in Spain, with both Real Madrid and Barcelona losing. It's a while since this happened, and its occurrence always seems apocalyptic somehow, as if the natural order of the cosmos has been disturbed and the Earth has gone off in search of a different orbit.
Monday, October 22, 2007
No matter that Juan Román Riquelme is still pulling Argentina's strings; at club level the midfielder is not being missed one jot.
This has to be one of the biggest stories in the sport at the moment. JRR is certainly one of the best players in the world. He is arguably Argentina's most important player. That's Argentina -- one of the top soccer powers in world football. And yet, he does not play club football because Villarreal have frozen him out. Amazing. -Sanford
DaMarcus Beasley, Rangers
Vs. Celtic (15 minutes, 0 goals)
Beasley came on in the 75th minute of Rangers’ 3-0 route of Celtic. The winger was on the field to witness the third goal, which came courtesy of a Nacho Novo penalty kick in the 79th minute. Beasley continues to impress and will look forward to Champions League action in midweek.
Leaders Real Madrid and rivals Barcelona suffered their first Primera Liga defeats this season on Saturday at Espanyol and Villarreal respectively. Real were no match for team-of-the-moment Espanyol as they lost 2-1. Albert Riera and Raul Tamudo, who led Spain to a 3-1 victory against Denmark in their Euro 2008 qualifier last weekend, scored the goals at the beginning of each half.
The Insider at The Emirates:
Arsenal 2 - 0 Bolton
|2. Manchester United||10||7||2||1||23|
|3. Manchester City||10||7||1||2||22|
|6. Blackburn Rovers||9||5||3||1||18|
|8. Newcastle Utd||8||4||2||2||14|
|9. Aston Villa||9||4||2||3||14|
|10. West Ham Utd||9||4||1||4||13|
|14. Birmingham City||10||2||2||6||8|
|15. Wigan Athletic||10||2||2||6||8|
|18. Tottenham Hotspur||9||1||4||4||7|
|19. Derby County||10||1||3||6||6|
|20. Bolton Wanderers||10||1||2||7||5|
The Manchester City footballer Dietmar Hamann was today banned from driving and fined nearly £8,000 for a series of motoring offences.
Hamann, a former German international and Liverpool player, lost his licence after his £70,000 Porsche Carrera crashed into a fence last year and he refused to tell police who was driving.