Saturday, February 09, 2008
Friday, February 08, 2008
Managers ought not to expect too much from their players after a gruelling Cup of Nations, says Brian Oliver
Out of Africa
Everton manager David Moyes is considering the future of £11.25 million club record signing Yakubu and preparing to fine the player two weeks' wages (£80,000) following his failure to return from Africa Cup of Nations duty with Nigeria
Everton fury with missing Yakubu
After his team's thrilling African Cup of Nations win over the hosts, Geremi is now determined to bring joy to the whole of Cameroon
Pharoahs beware: sleeping lions are stirring
"Keegan keen on Henry" - Yeah, and I'm keen on Scarlett Johansson, but for some reason she won't return my calls...
The Newcastle United manager told supporters he would like to beat the highest transfer fee ever paid
Kevin Keegan ready to pay for Thierry Henry
The Liverpool manager is backing his wayward striker to rediscover his goalscoring touch against Chelsea on Sunday
Rafael Benitez backing Dirk Kuyt to regain form
Man City have agreed a bumper new 5½-year deal with Micah Richards
Richards commits to City
Manchester City ready to ban fans who break minute's silence at derby as Sven-Goran Eriksson says 'it must be respected'
City hold breath over Munich tribute
Gary Neville's ongoing struggle to get fit has prompted Man Utd to enquire about Porto's pacy right-back Jose Bosingwa
Fears over Neville press United to declare interest in Bosingwa
Sunderland boss Roy Keane has become the highest-profile name to back English Premier League plans to stage some matches across the world.
Fergie Fury: Sir Alex Ferguson is angry that club managers, including himself, were not consulted before the Premier League made public their plans for an 'international round' of matches.
How the game is changing shape
Football League founded, with 12 clubs, three years after the Football Association had sanctioned professionalism
Second Division formed and promotion and relegation introduced, with two places contested via "test" matches between the bottom two teams in the First Division and top two in the second
League expanded to two divisions of 18; automatic two-up two-down promotion and relegation introduced
Top flight expanded to 22 teams as football resumes after the first world war
Number of promotion and relegation places increased to three
Three points for a win introduced
Promotion and relegation play-offs initiated involving third-, fourth- and fifth-placed teams in the Second Division and fourth-bottom team in the First Division
Play-offs to involve only the third- to sixth-placed teams in Second Division
First Division increased to 22 clubs
Breakaway Premier League formed
Saturday 9 February 2008 (all times local)
20:00 Real Murcia - Villarreal
20:00 Deportivo - Getafe
22:00 Sevilla - Barcelona
Sunday 10 February
17:00 Osasuna - Zaragoza
17:00 Athletic - Levante
17:00 Racing - Atletico Madrid
17:00 Mallorca - Almeria
17:00 Espanyol - Recreativo
19:00 Real Madrid - Valladolid
21:00 Valencia - Betis
And they once again ignore international fixture dates
The Los Angeles Galaxy, whose top stars are David Beckham and Landon Donovan, host the Chicago Fire on Aug. 21, the day after the United States is likely to play its opening semifinal-round qualifier, likely at Guatemala. England probably will have an exhibition.
Egypt Shock Ivory Coast In Five-Goal Thriller
Cameroon 1 - 0 Ghana
Hosts Out After Cameroon Snatch Win
Team of the Tournament
Andrew Hush: Cameroon revival as favourites fall
The Pharaohs thank God for letting them score a goal...
Thursday, February 07, 2008
If the ridiculous maelstrom that surrounds Luis Aragonés doesn't end soon, even victories like last night's won't help to improve Spain's situation.
Classy Brazil Edge Plucky Ireland
Italy 3 - 1 Portugal
Luca Toni, Andrea Pirlo and Fabio Quagliarella scored the goals as an impressive Italy beat Portugal 3-1 in a highly entertaining and open friendly at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich.
Spain 1 - 0 France
Joan Capdevila was the unlikely hero for Spain as he scored the only goal of a very tight friendly encounter to give Spain an historic victory in Málaga.
England 2 - 1 Switzerland
Tame England leave Capello with more questions than answers
Liverpool owners and manager are urged to cease conflict as chief executive targets return to winning ways
Rick Parry calls for end to Liverpool hostilities
Fernando Torres is confident of being fit for Liverpool's weekend trip to Chelsea, despite injuring his thigh
Torres plays down injury fears
After a morale-boosting performance for England Under-21, the Arsenal youngster is all too aware of his shortcomings
Theo Walcott wants regular Arsenal place
The Brazil forward has not played for more than a month but is keen to show Middlesbrough fans what all the fuss is about
Alves anxious to put on scoring boots
The Arsenal manager attacks internatiuonal friendlies for the 1001st time, this time over an injury to his midfield enforcer
Flamini injury angers Wenger
The Ivory Coast, with a Chelsea-loving Drogba, and Ghana are the teams to beat as the competition reaches the semi-finals.
Drogba and Essien have key roles as big four play for final honour
Didier Drogba loves the challenge at Chelsea
Samuel Eto'o threat forces Ghana to reshuffle
Oguchi Onyewu and Jozy Altidore provided the goals for the hosts, while Jonny Magallon notched both of the goals on set pieces for Mexico.
Jen Chang's Take
Martin Rogers on Jozy Altidore
Lo siento, Hugo. Suerte por la proxima...
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb has no intention of leaving the club in the summer, according to the player's agent, but Benjani, having woken up from his little airport nap, is finally moving up north.
Alexander Hleb to stay at Arsenal
Benjani completes move to Manchester City
Sacré bleu! The new France away kit is red.
Ahead of France's friendly in Spain, David Trezeguet has become the latest player to fall foul of Raymond Domenech's peculiar policies, explains Monsieur Lyttleton.
'Provocateur' Domenech opens his black book again
USA vs. Mexico Reliant Stadium Houston, Texas
ESPN 2 9 PM EST
What's not to love??
The American that Mexico Loves to Hate
Love Thy Neighbor
U.S. Brings Its A-Team
Glimpse of USA-Mexico rivalry's future
Also, France face Spain in Malaga and Italy host Portugal.
Real Madrid and Barcelona
Is the gap between the Big Two and the rest now too wide to bridge?
With Kaka and Alexandre Pato seemingly set to miss Milan’s monster Champions League clash with Arsenal a fortnight today, Carlo Garganese is concerned that the European Champions could be in big trouble…
Sir Alex fears Munich tribute will be targeted by 'idiots' and be remembered for the wrong reasons
Phil Holland on the Busby Babes
Richard Williams Remembers
Facts About the Crash
The dream final is still on in the African Cup of Nations after Ghana and Ivory Coast successfully negotiated quarter-finals with performances at the opposite ends of the comfort extreme.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Republic of Ireland fans are in for a treat this week when Brazil come to town; and the fact that Dunga's squad is not at full strength only adds interest to Wednesday's match.
Newcastle fans when Nicklas Bendtner came on for Arsenal, joining Emmanuel Adebayor on the pitch, a week after their on-field tussle.
"There's only one Kevin Keegan!"
Arsenal fans when they went 3-0 up.
"I was full of it, I wanted to cuddle everyone I could see!"
Fulham's Jimmy Bullard on hugging the ref after hitting the winner against Aston Villa with a cracking free-kick.
All the Fun
He might be anonymous for now, but if Unai Emery continues to perform masterstrokes like Almería's win over Madrid, he won't be much longer, writes señor Sid Lowe
Almería's miracle-working pesado masterminds another Real upset
While the majority of the headlines about the Barclays Premiership seem to revolve around the tight, three-way battle for the Premiership crown between Arsenal, Manchester United, and Chelsea, an equally intriguing fight is ensuing right behind them.
Matt Monaghan looks at the Premiership challengers' prospects of European football...
Stephane M'Bia and Cameroon needed extra time to beat Tunisia 3-2 Monday and reach the semifinals at the African Cup of Nations. Defending champion Egypt also advanced, beating Angola 2-1 to complete the final four. Cameroon will face host Ghana and Egypt takes on Ivory Coast in Thursday's semis.
Easily Cameroon's #1 fan. Does soccer.com sell those diaper-shorts?
While victory in Mexico has continued to be elusive, the U.S. has proved to be almost as tough on its side of the border, in spite of some decidedly unfriendly crowds.
And if there was one match that signaled the U.S.'s transformation from doormat to rival, it would be its 2-0 victory in the semifinals of the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Monday, February 04, 2008
Goal.com USA's Matthew Braine runs down the happenings of the American players in England this past week.
Brian McBride, Fulham
vs. Aston Villa (20 minutes, 0 goals)
The gap narrows as Madrid fall to Almeria and Barcelona snatch a late win...
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
Fulham 2 - 1 Aston Villa
Bullard Dream Return
Manchester City 1 - 3 Arsenal
Arsenal So Superior
Blackburn 0 - 0 Everton
Referee Errors Cost Everton
Wigan 1 - 0 West Ham
Wigan En Route to Safety
Newcastle 1 - 1 Middlesbrough
Michael Owen Scores a Goal
Portsmouth 1 - 1 Chelsea
Defoe on Target
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Manchester United have been fined by the FA after seven players were booked in the draw at Tottenham.
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton, England)
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham, England), Ramiro Corrales (Brann, Norway), Drew Moor (Dallas), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard Liege, Belgium), Michael Parkhurst (New England), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock, Germany), Eddie Robinson (Houston)
Midfielders: Freddy Adu (Benfica, Portugal), Michael Bradley (Heerenveen, Netherlands), Ricardo Clark (Houston), Bobby Convey (Reading, England), Brad Davis (Houston), Maurice Edu (Toronto), Benny Feilhaber (Derby, England), Stuart Holden (Houston), Eddie Lewis (Derby, England)
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (New York), Clint Dempsey (Fulham, England), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Pat Noonan (Aalesund, Norway)