Saturday, April 19, 2008
It's the German Cup Final today. Bayern Munich, who are going for the double, compete against Dortmund for the world's ugliest cup. It looks like something Siegfried would fight over for the love of Brünnhilde.
German Cup Final Preview: Borussia Dortmund – Bayern Munich
Mathieu Flamini must decide on his new contract with Arsenal by the end of the month according to Arsène Wenger. Moreover, he will review Gallas captaincy and Senderos is backed to get over his Anfield trauma
Wenger sets Flamini contract deadline and calls for pride
The Spanish manager insists he is happy, but is less than forthcoming about his long-term future at the Anfield club
Benitez vows to stay at Liverpool - for now
The English midfield player wants to see high-quality arrivals before signing with the manager desperate to hold on to him
Barry demands assurances from Aston Villa
The pressures of the final stretch might be getting to Avram Grant but Sir Alex Ferguson, who will be within a whisker of the title if Manchester United prevail at Blackburn this evening, could reflect yesterday on the benefits of an experience the Israeli does not possess in times like this
I'm too experienced to lose it at this stage, claims Ferguson
Friday, April 18, 2008
20:00 At. Madrid - Betis
20:00 Zaragoza - Recreativo
20:00 Barcelona - Espanyol
22:00 Sevilla - Almería
Sunday 20 April
17:00 Villarreal - Valladolid
17:00 Levante - Getafe
17:00 Osasuna - Deportivo
17:00 Murcia - Mallorca
19:00 Racing - R. Madrid
21:00 Athletic - Valencia
The Barcelona Derby is the key match of the weekend. Sorry -- no games in Ibiza...
Two classic derby encounters take centre stage ahead of Sunday's local spats between Newcastle United and Sunderlkand and St James' Park., and Aston Villa and
Premier Shorts: Today in the EPL
The Barcelona striker is understood to have raked in a record amount of cash from his last year in England
Henry 'paid up to £10m' in last Arsenal season
England defender will commit his future to Manchester United after deadlock over his contract negotiations was broken
United rewarded as Brown commits
Manchester City's owner is to meet Sven-Goran Eriksson in talks which could decide the manager's future
Eriksson and Thaksin scheduled for clear-the-air talks
Juande Ramos is poised to hand the club's captaincy to Jonathon Woodgate due to doubts about the number of games Ledley King is likely to play next season, or even if he will be at the club at all
Ramos leaves King fearing for Spurs future
George Gillett refused to sell a single share to Tom Hicks, and accused him of destabilising Liverpool FC
I'll never sell shares, says Gillett
Liverpool must repay £31.5m or risk having to sell striker as Tom Hicks calls Rick Parry's time at Anfield "a disaster"
Torres future under threat as banks keep watchful eye on Liverpool
Undeterred by the latest public outburst by Liverpool's co-owner Tom Hicks, the Arab consortium Dubai International Capital is ready to buy out his partner George Gillett
Arabs set to enter the battle of Anfield
No great shock here: an uninspired Everton versus a prosaic Chelsea resulted in a boring 1-0 for the Blues. It's games like this that makes you grateful for the existence of cricket and baseball.
Michael Essien goal keeps Chelsea's title hopes alive in this gritty win against lacklustre opponents
Essien pounces to keep Chelsea clinging on
Chelsea coach delivers bewildering press conference rebuffing questions with one word answers after 1-0 win at Everton
Grant loses the plot
Thursday, April 17, 2008
The ex-Arsenal player Alan Smith talks to the German captain who says Chelsea's critics must give the club's new manager more time. Or they could just sack him Michael and get someone interesting in, someone who likes to see his team go forward and score goals...
Michael Ballack stands by Avram Grant
Argentine demi-gods Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Marcello Gallardo lead their teams in this appealing Thursday evening clash of two of the most perennially disappointing teams in MLS. Ok, only one of them fits that bill though DC's early season form has been baffling to say the least. Gallardo and Schelotto faced off many times on the field in Argentina's classico, with Gallardo representing River and Schelotto already elected to the pantheon of club greats in the hearts of Boca Juniors fans. While both shoulder playmaking responsibilities, they lead from different parts of the field and, of course are compensated accordingly (Gallardo represent's DC's salary cap exemption). Both teams are capable of scoring and conceding goals by the score so this should be an entertaining one for the viewers.
(edior's note: David Beckham is not involved in this match but any mention of MLS carries with it a contractual obligation to mention GoldenBalls, at least in passing)
Liverpool CEO Rick Parry has hit back against Tom Hicks' request for his resignation, saying it's up for the Liverpool board to decide his fate. Parry is co-owner George Gillet's man and is clearly being used as a proxy for Hicks to attack Gillet. Hicks is also using a contract offer to Rafa Bentitez as a play to turn Liverpool fans against Gillet. What can we learn from all of this? That Tom Hicks is an idiot. The fans aren't going to choose sides when they can just wish that both owners would drop dead.
Dutch star reveals kidnap attempt on his family that changed his outlook on life
30 years on, truth behind Cruyff's World Cup absence
The acquisition of Luca Toni has finally brought an end to Uli Hoeness's long search for the perfect target man
Hoeness's patience rewarded as Luca show continues
You'd think being able to watch a match-up between one team pushing for the title and another pushing for a CL place would be an interesting prospect for a Thursday night. Unfortunately it's Everton Vs Chelsea. You never know, maybe the goals will flood in, but on paper it looks like a cure for insomnia:
Chelsea manager Avram Grant has defended his record and is looking forward to next season with the club
Defiant Grant says his future lies at Chelsea
David Moyes has claimed that Chelsea have been unfairly treated after being forced to play two decisive league games in the space of four days in order to satisfy television demands
David Moyes offers support to Avram Grant over congestion
The Mill has Chelski spending £100 mil, (presumably half funded by their sale of Andrei Schevchenko back to Milan), Sunderland £40mil, ManYoo £37mil, and Wigan £5 mil. That's certainly a foolproof plan to keep touch with leaders of the pack.
Fabio Capello is hoping to lure Paul Scholes out of international retirement. Stevie Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Micheal Carrick and Joe Cole are all undoubtedly ecstatic at this bit of news.
Ever-grateful Dimitar Berbatov wants a move to a Champions League club. Arsenal's dressing room has been short on moody divas since Henry moved to Barca; I think this would be a great match.
Silvio Berlusconi thinks he can fix Italy's stagnant economy by buying Schevchenko on the cheap, getting him thirty goals and then selling him back to Chelski for £35mil.
Man City may be in the market for a new manager as Thaskin Shinawatra refuses to back Sven. Perhaps Thaskin just needs to find a new way to motivate his manager; I suggest he fly in a few of the interrogation specialists he employed at his last job light a fire under the Swede, either literally or figuratively.
Aston Villa are contemplating a raid on Fiorentina's toy box.I say fuck off you Brum bastards, La Viola's prime talent isn't going to trade a spot in the Champions League for the chance to snort herion with Zat Knight.
Ca$hley Cole wants to end his career at Chelski. Sure thing buddy, the next time somebody offers you a penny more than you're making now you'll feel that you've been disrespected by your current employers.
Newcastle are set to offer Michael Owen a new contract. I wonder what Sven would tell a journalist posing as a Saudi tycoon about this?
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
"I can't say we are the best in England but I don't think there is a team stronger than us."
Chelsea manager Avram Grant with another classic line.
"You're just a fat Paris Hilton."
Sung to striker Andriy Voronin at Arsenal v Liverpool in the Champions League first leg.
All The Fun
Did Not Play
Freddy Adu, Benfica (Portugal)
vs. Academia de Coimbra, H, 0-3 loss
By now, it’s baffling as to why interim manager does not include Adu in the team squads. The side can’t buy a goal, this heavy home loss to midtable Academia knocks Benfica out of the Champions League slots, and giants FC Porto are coming to town next week. Adu showed up to training with a new pencil-thin mustache in an effort to attract the attention of his manager, but even that failed. Up next: FC Porto (Liga), 4/20.
MLS Primetime Preview
"Farewell! Gracias por todo! Come visit me in Columbus, Ohio. We'll have dinner at the Applebees..."
Manchester United are seven games away from a possible Premier League-Champions League Double. Can Sir Alex Ferguson's men go on to write another glorious chapter in the club's illustrious history?
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
The Italian press has been full of reports in the last few days that
Carlo Garganese asks whether this will be a wise decision…
Heskey leaves Chelsea's hopes in tatters
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Only 17 years of age, Mario Balotelli has responded superbly after being thrust into a starting role with Roberto Mancini's title favourites. Signor Bandini reports...
Super Mario provides platform for Inter's 'show of force'
Even coach No4 might not be able to prevent Zaragoza sinking into the Segunda Division. Señor Lowe reports....
Nothing left to lose on Zaragoza's long road to ruin
Monday, April 14, 2008
With Landon Donovan in form and the Galaxy playing at home, the odds looked poor for Toronto. However, Toronto walked away with a 3-2 win and its first points of the season
Cunningham's late goal lifts Toronto FC
The Earthquakes' return to MLS was spoiled by the Fire, who used an early goal to post a 1-0 win Saturday
Chad Barrett’s early goal stokes Fire
Much continues to be said about the MLS salary disparity, but not every team is spending its money wisely
MLS salary list reveals bargains and the overpaid
Gambian youngsters Abdoulie “Kenny” Mansally and Sainey Nyassi suffered a series of problems but their impact on the Revs has been immediate
Out of Africa, into MLS spotlight
Carles Puyol has admitted his frustration at Barcelona’s inability to finish off their opponents, following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Recreativo Huelva. Meanwhile, Real extended their lead
Sneijder strikes to ensure 10-man Real stay on track
Puyol: We Have Some Thinking To Do
Schalke 04 sacked coach Mirko Slomka yesterday after the Bundesliga club were eliminated from the Champions League by Barcelona and humiliated by league rivals Werder Bremen 5-1
Slomka sacked by Schalke after Bremen humiliation
Inter Milan are considering trying to hijack AC Milan's pursuit of Barcelona forward Ronaldinho
Inter considering Ronaldinho bid, says Moratti
Bordeaux kept the pressure up on Lyon at the top of the table, while PSG lost at home to Nice
Bordeaux Pressurise Lyon, PSG Shocked By Nice
Dinamo crowned Croatian champions, fans clash in Serbia
Petr Cech may have to play with added protection tonight, as Avram Grant faces a goalkeeping crisis
Cech may be back to face Wigan
Chelsea play United at home this month and their manager preserves the hope that Ferguson’s side will stumble
Grant: Chelsea deserve the title
It's been mentioned before on SSN that when Arsenal take a lead it's those players who should be showing some calm and experience who start panicking. And so it was yesterday with Gallas. That apart, Arsenal were outstanding, out-playing Utd for most of the game. Fabregas and Hleb were masterful down the middle, but while they got away with a handball for the goal, fortune just isn't on the Gunner's side at the moment. Meanwhile, down the M62 the Anfield soap opera rolls on...
Sir Alex Ferguson admitted his side's 2-1 victory over Arsenal puts them in a formidable position in the title race
United in control of their destiny
An enthralling game at Old Trafford has left United in the box seat in the title race, and Arsenal wondering what might have been.
Arsène Wenger last night conceded his title hopes were extinguished yesterday, although he hinted that his next assault on the title will be with the same group of young players
'I'm no idealist – we must win trophies,' says Wenger
Richard Jolly's view
United take spoils as Gunners misfire
Fernando Torres scored again, but it was the captain who stood out as Fabio Capello watched on
Gerrard takes charge after con-trick fails
Liverpool manager calls for urgent meeting between feuding bosses Gillett and Hicks
Benitez demands Liverpool crisis talks
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Kevin Davies goal hands Bolton win against West Ham to boost hopes of survival
Davies lifts Bolton
an abysmal Derby County side concede six goals for the third time this season in Pride Park surrender
Petrov leads Rams to the slaughter
Fulham win first away game in 19 months scoring stoppage-time winner after three crossbar denials
McBride gives Fulham a deserved lifeline
Sunderland fail to heed Roy Keane's warning against complacency to hand City three points
Vassell's late winner frustrates Sunderland
Juande Ramos will look to strengthen his defence after watching his side surrender another lead
Spurs give it away again
St Andrews point keeps Birmingham City ahead of a chasing pack which has closed in this weekend
Zarate kick rescues a point for Birmingham
David James attributed the miraculous save that ultimately earned Portsmouth a point to his hair
James puts on model display to keep out Newcastle