Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Also in 2000 an English amateur player, Lee Todd, was sent off after two seconds when he responded to the referee’s whistle to start the game by saying “xxxx me, that was loud” and was dismissed for foul and abusive language.
An attacking midfielder and a product of Milford, Mass., Videira played his college soccer at Duke, where he was a three-time semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy (2005, 2006, 2007) and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) third-team All-America selection in both 2006 and 2007.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard yesterday hailed the current squad as "the best" during his time at the club. Here, Telegraph Sport's Jeremy Wilson assesses this season's table-topping team with the last Liverpool side to win the league title back in 1989/90.
DaMarcus Beasley and Maurice Edu, Rangers
vs. Celtic (Both DNP)
Neither American was involved in the Old Firm clash on Saturday as Celtic won a close battle 1-0. Both Beasley and Edu have had a hard time earning playing time this season. Edu is getting some quality reps with the Reserves, but Beasley's time has lessened this season. Maybe 2009 will bring more opportunities for the crafty winger.
The Damned United, a film about Brian Clough's 44-day disaster at Leeds United, will be released next year. An adaptation of David Peace's brilliant novel, it's billed as the inside story of the most catastrophic managerial reign in English football history.
And that's exactly what it was. Until Paul Jewell took over at Derby County.
In light of the recent revelations over Steven Gerrard's alleged involvement in an early morning assault, Goal.com glances through the police files of other fallen idols.
He is the type of player who would rather miss the bus than be seen breaking into a sprint, but, as a sense of urgency grew around Old Trafford last night, it was the languid figure of Dimitar Berbatov who ensured that Manchester United did not fall further behind schedule in their hunt for a third successive Premier League title.
Dimitar Berbatov keeps Manchester United in Premier League hunt.
One report suggested Gerrard and a group of his friends were involved in an altercation after the man refused to allow them to choose the songs played on the venue's sound system. Gerrard is a big fan of Phil Collins and counts the singer's greatest hits as his favourite album. He is also partial to Coldplay.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Almost a decade and a half after his European adventure began, Ronaldo is back in his homeland and preparing for the new season with Corinthians.
Some see this as a sign of the growing strength of Brazilian domestic football, but I'm not so sure. To me it seems more like a sign of its weakness.
Wins for Reds, Gunners, Baggies, Hammers, Latics and Toffees
Deuce's Deuce holds Chelsea...
The Liverpool captain was arrested along with five other people in the early hours of this morning after an alleged altercation at a licensed premises on Bold Street, Southport. Gerrard has spent the night at a police station and is still being questioned about the incident this morning.
Another one got away.
That's the general consensus among American soccer fans who were faced with the disappointing news that highly regarded defender Neven Subotic of the German Bundesliga team Borussia Dortmund had chosen to play for Serbia rather than the U.S. national team. Subotic's decision ended a lengthy saga that saw him transform from Bosnian immigrant to U.S. youth national team player to European prospect to full-blown European star.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Barcelona go off for their Christmas break ten points ahead of their nearest rivals, Sevilla, after coming back from one-down in an awkward game at Villarreal. In this final column for the season, I would expect to be able to say for certain that the Catalans will take the title when summer comes, but you never know. There seem to be no really consistent rivals, no-one capable of a real challenge, but it's a funny old game. A couple of injuries to key players, a couple of bad results, but no. As Schuster said, it's surely Barcelona's year.
vs. Boro (90 minutes, 1 goal)
Dempsey grabbed his second goal of the season on Saturday, touching up Middlesbrough in the 59th minute for the third Fulham goal of the day. The 25-year-old midfielder scored after some great build up play from Andy Johnson and Danny Murphy. Johnson threaded the ball from the left flank to Murphy, whose pass to the right side of the box found Dempsey, setting up a perfect one-on-one with the keeper which Dempsey won with a low shot into the left corner. The Cottagers moved up to eighth place in the league table and are now just 12 points behind their total from all of last season, a huge improvement no doubt.
David Beckham began his Milan charm offensive but his new side remain nine points off the pace in Serie A.
Beckham receives lukewarm welcome as Serie A enters its winter break.
The title is still wide open as the midway point of the campaign approaches, with the usual suspects of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool all firmly in the hunt.
Yet there has still been room for a few surprises, such as the emergence of preseason relegation favorites Hull City and Aston Villa’s bold attempt to crack the Big Four hegemony.
Yahoo! Sports takes a look at how the teams have stacked up so far and evaluates their chances for the second half of the season.
Mallorca, in debt and in danger, scrambled a draw with Sevilla at the weekend but the club remain in utter disarray.
Mallorca facing a battle with the banks and bulldozers
Everton 0 - 0 Chelsea
Chelsea scuppered by Terry's dismissal
Welcome to what seems like the 163rd Fiver Christmas Awards, although in truth they're actually only the ninth. Or are they the 10th? Nope, it's no good, we've lost both count and the will to live. Anyway, enough of the padding-ou ... hold on ... pleasantries. Let's get on with handing out these awards, and then we can all get on with our lives, eh?
Monday, December 22, 2008
What: Barclays Premier League
Who: Everton (7th, 25 pts) vs Chelsea (2nd, 37 pts)
When: Monday, 22 December 2008 – 20:00 GMT
Where: Goodison Park, Liverpool
Team of the Week
David Beckham's love match with AC Milan
Ibrahimovic better than Ronaldo
Friday, December 19, 2008
A Twente fan was injured by a hatchet in clashes with Paris St Germain supporters ahead of a UEFA Cup game at the Parc des Princes, police said on Thursday.
Memories of Michael Thomas still haunt Liverpool, but they can finish off Arsenal's title hopes with a win at the Emirates.
Jose Mourinho's opportunity to outwit Sir Alex Ferguson again is just one of the intriguing sub-plots from a mouth-watering line-up for the last 16.
The Bundesliga's winter break has arrived and Hoffenheim have been crowned "Autumn Champions," courtesy of a draw against nine-man Schalke 04. Mönchengladbach have been experiencing a rough season, whereas Hoffenheim are having an excellent one. Werder are going through a mixed season.
Let's take a look at each team's results through the first half of the season, and the prognosis for the second.
The confrontation between Manchester United players and members of Chelsea ground staff following United's 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge was regarded by many as just one more example of the worst of the Premier League.
FA's handling of Evra affair under fire
AC Milan striker Marco Borriello looks forward to the arrival of Goldenballs.
David Pleat: "Here comes the surging Brazilian right-back... he's Argentinian actually."
Clive Tyldsley: 'He's Uruguayan."
ITV commentary team.
All The Rest
Liverpool's trip to North London on Sunday to face Arsenal is the marquee match of the weekend. Elsewhere, Everton host Chelsea, West Brom welcome Manchester City, Newcastle host Spurs, Villa are at West Ham, Hull host Sunderland, Fulham welcome Boro to Craven Cottage, Pompey go to Bolton and Blackburn play Stoke.
Nick Webster's Predictions
20:00 Real Madrid - Valencia
22:00 Espanyol - Atletico Madrid
Sun 21 Dec
17:00 Mallorca - Sevilla
17:00 Osasuna - Getafe
17:00 Deportivo - Recreativo
17:00 Numancia - Valladolid
17:00 Racing - Malaga
17:00 Sporting - Almeria
19:00 Villarreal - Barcelona
21:00 Betis - Athletic
Ewan Macdonald looks ahead to the last weekend of Primera Division action in 2008.
Columbus Crew Stadium is the meat and potatoes of American soccer grounds.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
This tournament is totally retaaarded and worthless so I'll not be posting any links on the subject. I suppose I'd be excited if I were a Gamba Osaka fan and Manchester United came to play my team. But if I were a United fan I'd be furious that my club has to travel around the world to compete in what is simply a money-making endeavor for sponsors and organizers.
Spain struck a joyous blow for the beautiful game as they finally shone on the international stage but the misery of Chelsea captain John Terry on a rainy May night in Moscow provided soccer’s most vivid image of 2008.