Friday, January 11, 2008
Saturday 12 January 2008 (all times local)
20:00 Barcelona - Murcia
22:00 Athletic - Sevilla
Sunday 13 January 2008
17:00 Betis - Getafe
17:00 Valladolid - Recreativo
17:00 Almeria - Espanyol
17:00 Villarreal - Deportivo
17:00 Zaragoza - Mallorca
17:00 Osasuna - Racing
19:00 Levante - Real Madrid
21:00 Atletico Madrid - Valencia
Anelka joined Bolton in 2006 from Turkish club Fenerbahce for a club record £8m. He has also played for Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League, Paris Saint-Germain and won the Champions League while at Real Madrid. The move makes him the most expensive footballer in history with combined transfer fees of £85 million, beating the previous record of £77m for Juan Sebastian Veron, the former Argentina midfielder.
Ahead of his side's visit to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, Birmingham City midfielder Sebastian Larsson has said he knew he wasn't good enough for Arsenal, but has no regrets at all about leaving the Gunners for St Andrew's.
"When we were in the Premier League, there wasn't much pressure on us to win because we weren't predicted to win too many times," DeMerit said as he took time out from watching the New York Giants beat Tampa Bay in last weekend's NFL wild-card tussle. "So the fans came in and wanted to enjoy the season and enjoy the big teams that came. Now, we're in the Championship and they think we should be top, and when we're not necessarily playing well at home, they get on our backs."
25-year-old Ajax keeper Maarten Stekelenburg will be cursing his luck behind the Spurs' backline, while Fredi Kanoute will be on his way back to North London if his frantic winking, fluttering of eyelashes and blatant come-and-get me pleas float Ramos' boat.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Chicago Fire President and GM John Guppy seems to have compensation-related issues. He lost his hand picked Head Coach, J.C. Osorio, to the Red Bulls partly because they offered him superior pay, and the counter offer was not enough to keep him. Now after a month of interviews his successor of choice, Houston Dynamo assistant Head Coach john Spencer, has turned down the Fire job because Guppy lowballed him:
"It wasn't much more money than I (was making) here with the Dynamo, and I felt that to move my family to another state and all the upheaval and such, I just didn't think it was worth it, so I turned it down.''
Maybe the Gupster lowballed Spencer because he thought he could bring in Big Sam, but frankly I find that doubtful.
John Spencer turns down offer to coach Fire
Oh, Big Sam! We hardly knew ya!
Newcastle have ended Sam Allardyce's managerial reign after eight months.
Shearer and Redknapp distance themselves from the job.
SAM ALLARDYCE FACT FILE
Spurs left frustrated again
Arsenal Injury Crisis
Juande Ramos' decision to drop Paul Robinson against Arsenal was a massive vote of no confidence
This was another match that proved that Berbatov is simply heads and shoulders above his teammates. The Bulgarian oozed class and if anyone else in a Spurs jersey had matched his skill they would have rolled over the Young Gunners. -Sanford
FC Dallas signed Club America defender Duilio Davino to a two-year contract on Wednesday, a move team officials expect will shore up their defense and appeal to their Hispanic fan base.
'It's well known that Sunderland put in a bid for me but I never really felt that they were too keen. 'If I was them, I would have gone the whole hog to get me because I'm the type of player who can keep a team in the Premier League.
The way things are going right now, Germany could buck this trend of moaning about fixture congestion and tired legs prior to Euro 2008 - by worrying about players who haven't seen enough action.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Who: Arsenal (1st, EPL, 50/63 pts) v Tottenham (12th, EPL, 24/63 pts)
When: Wednesday, 9 January, Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
Where: Emirates Stadium, Ashburton Grove, North London
Spurs - without a win against their hated neighbours this century - last tasted victory on 6th November, 1999, at White Hart Lane.
Chelsea 2 - 1 Everton
Lescott lets Chelsea off the hook after Mikel's reckless red lunge
Chelsea escape cannot hide striker shortcomings
With its crisp image of shiny new stadia, superstar international players and wall-to-wall television coverage, the modern game is barely recognisable from that of 20 years ago.
You may have heard the words 'slow news day' used in connection with the appearance of news that, in a regular situation, would not find its way past the editor's desk. Reading a paper brimming with those empty shells of news is excruciating, but just try to imagine a stretch of 21 days filled with the printed equivalent of hot air.
The slowest of slow news days
Solo was dropped from the team after last year's World Cup semifinal, when she was benched for the Americans' 4-0 loss to Brazil in favor of veteran Briana Scurry. Her strong criticism of then-coach Greg Ryan led to her being suspended from the squad for the third-place game and sent home separate from the team.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Derby have agreed a fee with Blackburn for the former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage, who is expected to meet Derby officials this afternoon to discuss terms. Also joining the Pride Park influx is the former Newcastle winger Laurent Robert and Tottenham outcast Hossam Ghaly, who are poised to wrap up moves.
Wanker, wanker, wanker.
Say it ain’t so. The beloved Rams are going to sign Grade-A Prick Robbie Savage. I like
Coming from a player who picked up six Premier League titles, three FA Cup winners' medals and a Champions League winners' gong at Manchester United, that says a lot.
The Toffees skipper, who will lead the side out at Chelsea, is driven by the desire to add a winners' medal he does not have to his impressive collection.
Neville, 31 later this month, said: ``This is the only winners medal I have not got. I have two losers medals and normally I give my medals to my father.
Fasteddy's Hot Tips for Both Semis
Michael Parkhurst's honeymoon has featured a rainy field instead of a sunny beach, twice-daily workouts instead of rest and relaxation and the company of 22 sweaty men instead of his new bride, Sam. The New England Revolution defender got hitched during the Major League Soccer postseason, but he had to forgo the traditional post-marital getaway after being called into Bob Bradley's U.S. national team training camp.
Ivan de la Pena (Espanyol): Ernesto Valverde sent out an attacking eleven to take on Villarreal, with the former Barcelona man handed the duty of pulling the strings. From start to finish, everything went through him, and the only downside was that he did not get himself a goal for his efforts, being denied by the bar.The Rest of the Team
Though below par, results are not sufficiently poor to justify his dismissal, but the feeling that Allardyce's position is untenable is increasing. He is not a bad manager, but Newcastle verge on being unmanageable and the current incumbent is spectacularly ill-suited to a club he does not understand.
In the Christian calendar Sunday was Epiphany, a word that has taken on a wider meaning over the centuries, and which as a normal noun means something like 'revelation' or 'deep understanding'.
Monday, January 07, 2008
FA Cup 4th Rd Draw:
Arsenal v Stoke, Newcastle/Coventry v Walsall/ Millwall, Oldham v Huddersfield, Swindon/ Barnet v Fulham/ Bristol Rovers, Wigan v Chelsea, Luton/ Liverpool v Swansea/ Havant & W, Southend v Barnsley Southampton v Norwich/ Bury, Manchester United v Tottenham/ Reading Portsmouth v Plymouth, Derby/ Sheffield Wednesday v Preston, Watford v Wolverhampton, Peterborough v Charlton/ West Brom, Sheffield United v West Ham/ Man City, Mansfield v Middlesbrough, Tranmere/ Hereford v Cardiff
Derby, Fulham Held; Arsenal Through
Luton 1 - 1 Liverpool
Aston Villa 0 - 2 Manchester United
Rooney the new super-sub
Everton 0 - 1 Oldham
Oldham's reward for dumping Everton? £75 each
Blackburn 1 - 4 Coventry City
Alarmingly poor Rovers
Chelsea 1 - 0 Queen's Park Rangers
Own-goal settles it
West Ham 0 - 0 Manchester City
We have heard about Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham (the only one to come true) and now we have Luis Figo as the latest alumnus of Real Madrid's failed "Galacticos" experiment to be tied to a move to the United States.