Saturday, February 16, 2008
Avram Grant will have captain Steve Austin at his disposal after a quicker than expected return from injury
'Bionic man' Terry defies doctors' predictions to make early return
Friday, February 15, 2008
The former England defender knows all about the special tensions of games between Arsenal and Manchester United. As the teams prepare for tomorrow's FA Cup encounter he talks in detail for the first time about the infamous occasion when he turned on Ruud van Nistelrooy.
"I rang my wife after the game. She's usually very supportive, but she said: "I think you've gone and done it now..."
The top two in the Premier League are also the most successful clubs in FA Cup history; United and Arsenal have won the world's oldest football knockout competition 21 times between them and have appeared in a combined 35 finals. This is the 35th time Ferguson will have come up against his opposite number Arsene Wenger. Of the 34 previous encounters United have won 11, Arsenal 13. Eight of the 10 other games finished level and two were decided on penalty shoot-outs; United won the 2003 Community Shield, and Arsenal the 2005 FA Cup final.Preview
Liverpool vs. Barnsley
Rafael Benitez has a defensive headache after Martin Skrtel was ruled out with a calf injury. The Liverpool manager is still without metatarsal victim Daniel Agger and must decide whether to risk Sami Hyypia with one eye on next week's Champions League clash with Inter Milan. Fernando Torres is fit again after a hamstring injury but is expected to be rested, while Fabio Aurelio and Alvaro Arbeloa are available after recovering from thigh and stomach injuries respectively.
Martin Rogers on the strict physical regimen instituted by Ruud in L.A...
Becks and co. prepare for the the upcoming campaign...
In Rooney, Manchester United can point to the source of their inspiration, and the heartbeat of the side. This state of affairs has seen the fiery Liverpudlian play just as big a role as the Red Devils flying winger in shaping United’s results, even though he has scored fewer than of Ronaldo's goals.
"In my day, we played without boots and we kicked around a bundle of socks...and we liked it!"
No real mouthwatering stuff in Spain this weekend. Real travel to Seville to face Betis and could go 11 clear at the top. Barcelona face a tricky trip to Zaragoza. It's really about Champions League spots at this point...
Saturday 16 February 2008 (all times local)
20:00 Betis - Real Madrid
20:00 Espanyol - Sevilla
22:00 Zaragoza - Barcelona
Sunday 17 February
17:00 Levante - Osasuna
17:00 Villarreal - Racing
17:00 Almeria - Murcia
17:00 Valladolid - Mallorca
17:00 Recreativo - Deportivo
19:00 Getafe - Valencia
21:00 Atletico Madrid - Athletic
News: Henry struggling to adapt on the wing
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Manchester United and Arsenal meet in the FA Cup for the fourth time in a decade on Saturday.
What: FA Cup fifth round - Man United vs. Arsenal
Where: Old Trafford
When: Saturday 16 February
Kick-off: 1715 GMT
Replay if required: Wed 27 February, 1945 GMT
'Expect key battles all over the pitch'
* Born March 17, 1939, Cusano, Milan, Italy.
* As an AC Milan player, wins two league titles (1962, 1968), two European Cups (1963, 1969), the Copa Italia (1967), and the European Cup Winners' Cup (1968). Leaves A.C Milan in 1971 for FC Varese before retiring having won 17 caps.
European champions AC Milan missed the chance to go fourth in Serie A when they were held 1-1 at home by Livorno on Wednesday and their disappointment was compounded by a serious-looking injury to Ronaldo.
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Former Argentina captain Diego Simeone watched his new River Plate team lose 2-0 at Peru's Universidad San Martin in his first Libertadores Cup game.
Forgive me, but I was under the impression that his career was virtually over years ago...
Ronaldo was immediately rushed to hospital where tests revealed that he had completely severed the tendon in his left knee.
Now in his second season, the 28-year-old New Jersey native is the Toffees' undisputed No. 1 keeper and is tied for fourth in the Premier League clean sheets stakes.
Take away the so-called big four - Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and city rival Liverpool - and he leads the way along with Portsmouth's seemingly ageless David James.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Good news, this. Ireland have gotten themselves a top man who is proven on the international level. And it'll fascinating if Capello and Trap end up squaring off. Let's see how the Irish progress.
Giovanni Trapattoni, the seven-times Serie A winner and former Italy coach, has been confirmed as the new manager of the Republic of Ireland.
"Hah Hah! Here come the Irish!!"
Michael Bradley scores yet again and Clint Mathis notches his first tally in Greece...
Josh Wolff, 1860 Munich (2. Bundesliga) vs.
FC Kaiserslautern, A, 1-2 win (83 minutes, 0 goals)
18:00 Zenit - Villarreal
18:45 Galatasaray - Bayer Leverkusen
19:00 AEK Athens - Getafe
20:00 Brann Bergen - Everton
20:30 Werder Bremen - Braga
20:45 Anderlecht - Bordeaux
20:45 Marseille - Spartak Moscow
20:45 PSV Eindhoven - Helsingborg
21:00 Rangers - Panathinaikos
21:45 Sporting Lisbon - Basel
Thursday 14 February
19:00 Aberdeen - Bayern München
20:30 Zürich - Hamburg
20:45 Rosenborg - Fiorentina
21:00 Bolton - Atletico Madrid
21:00 Slavia Prague - Tottenham
21:45 Benfica - Nürnberg
Europe's secondary club competition resumes action tonight and there are still some strong teams involved. Preview
I've been ignoring this story for a while because it's so bloody absurd. But, now that various national associations are offering their opinion, let's catch up on where it stands...
Asian Football Federation: It's not a good idea
MLS: Let's wait and see
Australia: No thanks
Norman Hubbard: Global game has delusions of grandeur
David Conn: Money-making attempts will hurt the Premier League
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
The BBC's Latin American expert looks ahead to the Copa Libertadores...
Boca versus the Brazilians is a good banner for the Copa Libertadores 2008
Eurosport commentator during the Ghana-Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations semi-final.
"Jim Bullard, Bullard,
He's better than Steve Gerrard,
He's thinner than Frank Lampard,
Jim Bullard, Bullard."
Fulham fans salute Jimmy Bullard
All the Fun
Arjen Robben (Real Madrid): A stunning return to action! Los Merengues were supposed to struggle without Ruud van Nistelrooy, and after their defeat last week, but the Dutchman came into the side with nothing short of a miraculous effect. Goals, assists, step-overs, swerving runs, he produced it all for the Bernabeu faithful.
Clarence Seedorf (Milan): He came as a substitute in the second half and changed the game in favour of Milan with some shots from the distance and, more importantly, with the precious assist to Paloschi.
It'll be Poland on March 26 and Spain on June 4.
Both games will be on the road...
Arjen Robben has struggled with injuries all season, but he finally showed Real just what they'd paid €36m for...
Robben rocks the Bernabeu as Valladolid are routed
Gunners go five points clear
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Forget poignancy, Arsenal prefer to deal in title significance
Brian Brendell (Namibia)
In a Brave Warriors side playing in just their second-ever Cup of Nations, Brendell was an impressive spearhead. He found the net in Namibia's games against Morocco and Guinea and was a constant threat with his elusive running and movement. Indeed, had Brendell been a little more composed in front of goal, he could easily have added to his tally. However, at just 21, he has plenty of time ahead of him to hone his potential. That development is almost certain to come at a bigger club than the one for which he currently plies his trade, FC Civics of the Namibia Premier League.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Eighteen-year-old Alberto Paloschi needed just 18 seconds of his Serie A debut to make his mark for the Rossoneri. But will the club keep faith in youth? Signor Bandini reports.
Can Serie A's latest new kid on the block hang tough with Milan?
The idea is fucked on some many levels it beggers belief. Where do you start? That it's driven by insatiable greed? That it's almost unworkable? That it's outstandingly insulting to other domestic soccer leagues?
Premier League's priorities are all wrong
Supporters threaten boycott of Premier League sponsors
Richard Scudamore reneges on foreign fixtures
The weekend went fairly true to form as Inter squeezed past a resilient Catania side thanks to another goal that shouldn't have been, Roma dispatched Reggina, Milan beat Siena and Buffon kept Juve in it long enough for Iaquinta to grab the winner against his old team.
The goalkeeper produced a wonderful display to almost singlehandedly keep the home side at bay
James eyes World Cup role and Bolton won't argue
The Brazilian, Afonso Alves, made his debut but Jeremie Aliadiere grabbed the winning goal
Jeremie Aliadiere signs up for samba role
Newcastle Utd thrashed by Martin O'Neill's Aston Villa
Shades of '92 as Newcastle face up to fight for survival
Spurs are entering a crucial period when they will attempt to translate potential into prizes
Time for Tottenham Hotspur to show their bottle
The manager is warming to the thought that his side might yet be involved in the title race
Everton's David Moyes left in two minds
Robert Green may be "England’s No 6", but it is outfield players where national team has problems
Dull, overlong and no one cared for the ending