Friday, January 25, 2008
Who are they??
Striker - Rocky Baptiste: "Rocky is a Liverpool fan and training to be a London cabbie. He is a bit of a non-league football legend and loves scoring goals. Off the pitch he is a lovely lad and you will definitely see him before you hear him.
Coventry v Millwall
You look at this and wonder if Millwall can go there and upset Coventry, given that the Sky Blues haven't really been firing of late.
I would say no.
Coventry play well in cup ties - they've already beaten Manchester United and Blackburn in cups this season - so they should win this one.
Third-placed Villarreal travel to the Bernabeu looking to slow leaders Real Madrid's charge to towards their second consecutive Primera Liga title on Sunday.
The champions have a seven-point lead over arch-rivals Barcelona, with Villarreal and Atletico Madrid trailing in the distance by 12 and 13 points respectively.
Burley had been managing Southampton but he revealed that he had no hesitation about leaving the Championship club to succeed Alex McLeish.
The roller-coaster emotions have generated some evocative books on the club and this is yet another masterpiece.
Udinese – Inter
Udinese were desperately unlucky to lose against Milan last weekend following Alberto Gilardino’s winner deep into injury time.
The Zebrette have now dropped out of the Champions League places but they are still having a superb season and should not be too disheartened by this loss.
Inter picked up their eighth win on the trot in Serie A with a controversial 3-2 success over Parma last weekend. They maintained their seven-point gap over Roma at the top of the table, although they will have their work cut out this weekend.
The Nerazzurri have started to ship goals since the injury of Walter Samuel, and they conceded twice again during the 2-2 Coppa Italia draw with Juventus in midweek. This result halted Inter’s incredible run of 13 straight wins in all competitions.
Southend United - Barnsley
Wigan Athletic -
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wenger was the innocent victim of what sources at Spurs admitted were "players' high jinks" as Jermain Defoe and two team-mates emerged from the celebrations in the home dressing room and into the White Hart Lane interview area, spraying bubbly as they went.
Late goals from Alessandro Del Piero and Jean Alain Boumsong earned Juventus a 2-2 draw at 10-man Inter Milan on Wednesday in the first leg of their Italian Cup quarter-final.
The Daily Mail has revealed that Arsene Wenger is considering a loan spell at another club for his young forward, Theo Walcott, as he assesses the implications of Tuesday night's 5-1 rout by rivals Tottenham in the Carling Cup semi-final.
Jon Carter on Theo's Lack of Progress
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
It's raining goals, hallelujah: A six-goal thriller and the greatest ever national anthem - the African Nations doesn't get any better than this
Old and new stars in the African football galaxy come face to face Wednesday in the Africa Nations Cup when Senegal meet Tunisia.
Goal.com USA's Matthew Braine runs down the happenings of the American players in England this past week.
Bobby Convey, Reading
Vs. Manchester United (80 minutes, 0 goals)
Convey played well for the Royals on Saturday. But in the end, the league leaders were just too much for the home side as they fell 2-0. Convey has looked amazing at times this season, but needs to be a bit more aggressive from the get go.
Premier League Fulham were knocked out of the FA Cup by League One (third division) Bristol Rovers on Tuesday as all three of the night's third-round replays went to penalties.
What: Carling Cup, Semi-final
Who: Everton (1) vs Chelsea (2)
When: Wednesday, 23rd January, 2000 GMT
Where: Goodison Park, Liverpool
Following their embarrassing FA Cup exit at the hands of Oldham, Everton will jog out on Wednesday night in front of their own home crowd knowing it is their last genuine chance at winning a trophy this season.
Grant says the cup is a major trophy - for Everton
Tottenham ended more than eight years of failure against arch-rivals Arsenal in some style with a resounding 5-1 win at White Hart Lane to book a trip to Wembley in the Carling Cup final.
Arsenal at war as Adebayor clash bloodies Bendtner nose
FA to investigate Adebayor/Bendtner clash
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
"People hesitate to call Wenger arrogant because individuals of overweening pride are not usually associated with wit and charm, as he is. Whatever the terminology, no other major team is managed as Arsenal are. This has brought about an unparalleled era for the club but it still entails self-imposed limitations. Wenger, in financial terms, leaves potential unexploited."
Kevin McCarra on Arsenal
Yesterday's Madrid derby had been mercilessly and tirelessly hyped as the best in years. However, in the end the result was all too predictable.
Real talking titles after Madrid derby takes an inevitable turn
Inter win on a late penalty, Roma and Fiorentina keep pace while Juve drops 2. Serie A Round 19
Inter players are suddenly finding themselves in an unusual position- fielding complaints of favoritism because of refereeing decisions. Inter and their President were long the leading leaders in the complaint department, mostly in the direction of Juventus, but now that they're closing in on their third scudetto, the complaints are raining down. The Inter squad's response to the criticism is rather unsurprising: Silence in the Press.
Peter Crouch's last minute goal saved a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa at Anfield yesterday, but the draw served to highlight the turmoil at the club. The fans continue to protest the fact that someone actually owns the club (god forbid, they're American and even worse they actually expect the team to perform) and now Stevie G is saying that the whole situation has unsettled the squad. Whatever the cause of the poor form it's impossible to deny that Liverpool are officially a club in crisis.
Who: Tottenham (11th EPL, 27pts) v Arsenal (2nd EPL, 54pts)
When: Tuesday, 22nd January 2008, 20:00 (GMT)
Where: White Hart Lane, London
North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham go into battle on Wednesday with their semi-final finely poised after the 1-1 draw in the first leg at the Emirates.
2007 was a pretty good year for the midfielder. He saw increased time with his old club, Hamburger SV, including significant action in the Champions League. He made a dream switch to the English Premier League, where he now suits up for Derby County.
The Madrid derby last Sunday was supposed to be some kind of watershed in La Liga this season, with a lot of journalists predicting an Atlético win and the beginning of the end for Real Madrid's imposing looking seven-point lead. But nothing of the sort.
Donkey Derbies and Marca's memory