Friday, May 09, 2008
Arsenal midfielder and Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky has confirmed he will miss next month's European Championships due to a tendon injury.
Brutal piece of news for the Tommy Gun but perhaps with the surgery he'll finally get healthy...and stay healthy.
Sunday, 11 May 2008
20:00 Almeria v Recreativo Huelva
20:00 Athletic Bilbao v Racing Santander
20:00 Atletico Madrid v Deportivo La Coruna
20:00 Barcelona v Mallorca
20:00 Levante v Valencia
20:00 Osasuna v Murcia
20:00 Real Betis v Sevilla
20:00 Real Zaragoza v Real Madrid
20:00 Valladolid v Getafe
20:00 Villarreal v Espanyol
The penultimate round of Bundesliga action gets underway this weekend with the title decided, but many more questions unanswered. The race for the CL places has also been sewn up by Werder Bremen and Schalke, but the race for the Uefa Cup places is still anyone’s guess. Hamburg and Stuttgart lead the way but Bayer Leverkusen will be hoping they can make it. Down at the bottom the battle for survival looks set to go right to the wire with nobody mathematically doomed yet
Saturday, 10 May 2008
14:30 Arminia Bielefeld v Borussia Dortmund
14:30 Cottbus v Hamburg
14:30 Hansa Rostock v Bayer Leverkusen
14:30 Hertha Berlin v Nurnberg
14:30 Karlsruhe v VfL Bochum
14:30 MSV Duisburg v Bayern Munich
14:30 Schalke 04 v Eintracht Frankfurt
14:30 Werder Bremen v Hannover 96
14:30 Wolfsburg v VfB Stuttgart
The leaders could have sealed a third successive scudetto last weekend but a 2-1 derby defeat by AC Milan allowed second-placed AS Roma to close the gap to three points. With two games remaining, Inter still only need one win because their better head-to-head record over Roma would be the deciding factor if they finished level on points.
Sunday, 11 May 2008
14:00 Fiorentina v Parma
14:00 Genoa v Lazio
14:00 Inter Milan v Siena
14:00 Juventus v Catania
14:00 Livorno v Torino
14:00 Napoli v AC Milan
14:00 Palermo v Sampdoria
14:00 Reggina v Empoli
14:00 Roma v Atalanta
14:00 Udinese v Cagliari
15:00: Birmingham v Blackburn
15:00: Chelsea v Bolton
15:00: Derby v Reading
15:00: Everton v Newcastle
15:00: Middlesbrough v Man City
15:00: Portsmouth v Fulham
15:00: Sunderland v Arsenal
15:00: Tottenham v Liverpool
15:00: West Ham v Aston Villa
15:00: Wigan v Man Utd
And so it all comes down to this. ManU simply have to win at Wigan to claim the title. The Big Four remain the Big Four and at the other end of the table, Birmingham, Reading and Fulham try to avoid relegation.
Lawro's Final-Day Predictions
Tony Cascarino's football lesson No 10:
Anatomy of last day miracles and mess-ups
Title Race Goes to Final Day
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River Plate coach Diego Simeone told reporters that he is solely responsible for the side's recent dip in form after watching his team crash out of the Copa Libertadores at the hands of San Lorenzo on Thursday
Simeone Takes Responsibility
South Africa's new coach Joel Santana had a nightmare farewell to Flamengo when his side blew a two-goal first-leg lead at home to America and were knocked out of the Libertadores Cup on Wednesday
Santana's nightmare send-off as Flamengo go out
Boca Juniors defeated Cruzeiro 2-1 in front of over 70,000 fans in Belo Horizonte, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores after a 4-2 aggregate victory
Boca Advance After Beating Cruzeiro
Dave Whelan is worried Wigan will be swamped by 20,000 ticketless United fans for Sunday's title decider
Wigan fear United army invasion
If the title goes down to the wire, Man Utd midfielder Owen Hargreaves is ready to call on his own experience
Bayern time helps Man Utd
When the final whistle blows on the Barclays Premier League season on Sunday and the first battle between Chelsea and Manchester United is settled, the psychological effects will reach far into their Champions League final preparation
United have still got psychological edge
Manchester United yesterday included statements from captain Gary Neville and coach Mike Phelan in evidence to the Football Association that accuses a member of Chelsea's staff of racially abusing Patrice Evra
Neville leads accusations against Chelsea
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has stressed the importance of ending the season with a trophy to avoid a demoralising end to the season as Arsenal have just endured...
Let's Not End Up Like Arsenal, Says Cech
I'm not totally convinced by this article which argues playing Ballack and Lampard together doesn't work. True Ballack's form improved while Lampard was sidelined and both would rather player the role of attacking midfielder, but did the author not see the CL semi against Liverpool?
Matt Monaghan looks at the relationship between Chelsea duo Frank Lampard and Michael Ballack...
Frank Lampard & Michael Ballack: Together/Apart
Chicago were the victors for their third consecutive game, extending D.C. United's woes with a 2-0 win. The back-to-back Supporters' Shield winners lost for the fourth time in five games and had the unveiling of their new shirt sponsor, Volkswagen, ruined
Chicago Extends United's Misery
Goal.com's Greg Lalas believes that the veteran Fulham striker should reconsider his international retirment and play for Bob Bradley. In his latest column, Lalas also looks closer at first-place Columbus
The 3-5-2: McComeback
U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley is preparing to return to Glasgow Rangers after being sidelined for six months with a knee injury
Beasley set for return
Premier Shorts: Today in the EPL
Signing of Luka Modric shows that League Cup winners are aiming to compete with elite
Keane spells out Tottenham's ambition
Tottenham make plans for life without striker Berbatov
Summer transfer targets top agenda for manager, owner and Dennis Wise, as meeting aims to clarify management structure
Ashley rebukes Keegan over negative comments
Sven-Goran Eriksson has stalled on Benfica's job offer in the hope of replacing Avram Grant
Eriksson holds out for Chelsea job
Benfica confident Eriksson on his way
Arsenal are preparing to enter the race to sign Gareth Barry as well as Roma's Alberto Aquilani
Wenger joins fight for Barry
Hleb will jump ship to sign for Inter, says agent
Doubt over club's ownership leaves Rafael Benítez planning a clear-out of players before start of summer spending spree
Bargain buys hard to find at Liverpool
Fulham's players have been promised a raucous celebration should they avoid relegation but the manager is more refined
Hodgson has only survival on his mind
Frank Rijkaard will leave Barcelona at the end of the season, leaving a former club captain, Pep Guardiola, to take over as coach, the club president Joan Laporta announced yesterday
Rijkaard exit confirmed
After giving Real a guard of honour, Barça followed up with a display so complete in its patheticness that it summed up their season
Madrid take the pasillo out of Barça
The European Parliament dealt another blow to Fifa president Sepp Blatter's controversial plans to curb the number of foreigners in the game by voting against the proposals yesterday
Blow for Blatter as EU rejects '6+5' plan to limit foreign players
AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso would fit in perfectly at Bayern Munich, club president Franz Beckenbauer has said
Beckenbauer eyes Gattuso for Bayern
Thursday, May 08, 2008
England supporters who experienced trouble in Moscow last October yesterday warned Chelsea and Manchester United fans not to parade their colours en route to the Luzhniki Stadium on May 21, urging them to travel in small groups, to arrive early and beware local traffic and particularly local Ultras.
Manchester City fans singing to the tune of Pink Floyd's "The wall":
"We don't need no Phil Scolari,
"We don't need Mourinho,
"Hey! Thaksin! Leave our Sven alone!"
Blackburn Rovers fans singing to the tune of "Santa Claus is coming to town":
"You better watch out,
"You better beware,
"He's good on the ground and he's good in the air,
"Santa Cruz is coming to town."
All the Fun
...when the striker first entered the cauldron of Argentine football for Buenos Aires club Independiente at the age of only 15 years and 35 days in 2003, he broke a much-vaunted record previously held by one of the greatest players ever to kick a ball.
Diego Armando Maradona.
West Ham offer Fredrik Ljungberg £3m to tear up contract
Hammers keen to reduce wage bill
Sven meets with Benfica officials
City boss prepares for his next position
Keane releases Sunderland quartet
Cole, Harte, Varga out
Wenger pleads with players to stay
Is Hleb to follow Flamini to Milan?
Warren Aspinall, 40, did not enjoy great fame or fortune, but the former England Youth midfield player did collect some impressive signing-on payments and, on two occasions, commanded record transfer fees as his career took him to Everton, Aston Villa and Portsmouth. “I've worked it out that I've done at least £1 million gambling over my career,” Aspinall said.
Lazio 0 - 2 Inter Milan
The Serie A leaders will go in search of a second league and cup double in three years and a third cup triumph in four attempts after prevailing 2-0 on aggregate following last month’s goalless first leg.
How long will this man be around?
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Volkswagen will also be prominently featured through a variety of other club and in-stadium marketing components. United will debut the new uniforms on national television Thursday night when the club hosts the Chicago Fire. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at RFK Stadium.
Real Madrid are set to rub salt into the wounds of arch rivals by parading their 31st Spanish league trophy when they host Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Wednesday.
Real fans waited until the early hours to celebrate with the players at Cibeles fountain on Sunday night after Real retained the title with a thrilling late 2-1 victory over Osasuna.
DC's old sign was designed by Albert Speer
I've been asking myself one question all week: what's wrong with DC United? Despite snapping up someone called Marcelo Gallardo during the off-season their start has still been shite. Lucky Pat Walsh from Goal.com has been asking himself the very the same question...
DC not looking United
The Arsenal manager may need a radical rethink to avoid the 'nearly men' label, writes Dominic Field
Exodus threatens Wenger masterplan
Wenger has created a problem ouut of nothing by mishandling the Flamini situation, and sent a very dangerous message to the rest of the team, says Abhishek Thakur
Fans must blame Wenger, not Flamini
Give Gullitt, Vialli, Ranieri and Mourinho credit for Blues' current success
Kevin McCarra: Chelsea helped by ghost of Mourinho
Uncertainty has gone but sell-out crowds show Premier League is special, writes Tim Rich
The manager now knows that his dream of competing with the best in the Barclays Premier League is doomed to failure, claims Martin Samuels
Keegan confronts grim reality at Newcastle
Football's claim to have gone green is really a red herring, writes Jim White
When green is red
A certain cynicism usually descends whenever footballers' charitable projects are mentioned. When it does contribute to society, the gesture is frequently dismissed as a publicity stunt, reports James Mariner
Football's charitable status: Philanthropists in the EPL
The "special one" is not the chosen one. Barcelona have decided not to appoint Jose Mourinho as their first-team coach for next season despite him being the overwhelming choice of the club's supporters
'Special one' snubbed by Barcelona despite fans' backing
Bordeaux's late charge has sparked an irritable reaction in Lyon's voluble president
Aulas cries conspiracy as Lyon wobble
Real want Arsenal talisman at the Bernabeu to form a new Spanish backbone
Fabregas on Real agenda
Don't you dare
The former Tottenham Hotspur coach is close to accepting a two-year contract to replace Huub Stevens as Hamburg coach
Jol ready to accept new challenge
Rangers chairman Sir David Murray has criticised the SPL's refusal to extend the season
Murray attacks SPL inaction
Premier Shorts: Today in the EPL
After missing out in January, Spurs will make another attempt to sign Portsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra
Tottenham confident of claiming Diarra
Patrik Berger will not play for Aston Villa again after encouraging Gareth Barry to join Liverpool
O'Neill ends Berger's Villa career
Manchester City approach Portugal coach to replace Sven-Goran Eriksson but owner wants decision before Euro 2008 finals
Scolari's £3.2m offer
German rewarded for crucial goals with a two-year extension, as Avram Grant views him as essential to plans for next season
Deal puts Ballack at Chelsea's heart
Doubts persist that the Liverpool co-owner can raise the funds to build the new 71,000-seat stadium in Stanley Park
Hicks under pressure to show his money
Light goes green for new Liverpool stadium
South American, African and other non-European footballers who cannot speak English will be barred from joining Premier League clubs from the autumn under the new points-based immigration system detailed by ministers yesterday
Premier footballers will have to speak English
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
The Rams officially clinched the worst point total for any team in Premier League history as they fell to Rovers on Saturday. Derby now sit on 11 points, and even with a win next week, would only have 14, one off Sunderland’s mark of 15 points from two years ago. Lewis had a rather ineffective game as
All the Yanks
In the end it was all fairly dramatic, as the rain poured down from the dark Pamplona sky. The owner of the bar where I decided to watch the second half of the Osasuna v Real Madrid game is from Navarre, and he adorns the walls of his hostelry with team photos of Osasunas past and present.
Avram Grant believes the Barclay's Premier League title is within his side's grasp after their 2-0 win over Newcastle United
Chelsea hold out for final twist
Michael Ballack's economy of physical effort enables him to shine when it comes to ball retention and distribution
White Ferrari finds top gear as United look nervously back
Reports in Spain are claiming that the Barcelona board have decided on former skipper Josep Guardiola to take over from Frank Rijkaard, and that he will be officially unveiled as head coach on May 19...
Guardiola new Barca coach?
The AC Milan forward has described his altercation in a Rio de Janeiro motel as the "biggest mistake of his life"
Ronaldo 'ashamed' by scandal
Russia has agreed to allow fans with European Cup final tickets entry to the country without a visa
New visa deal for Moscow final is just the ticket for fans
Well the lure of dirty lucre was too much for Mattieu Flamini, who joined Milan yesterday. It will hardly have come as a shock to Wenger as the midfielder joined Arsenal from Marseilles in similar circumstances. In terms of the type of player Flamini is Wenger shouldn't find it too difficult to find a replacement, but his going could have a destabilising effect. Both Wenger and Diarra could be regretting that move to Portsmouth this morning. Possible replacements? I quite like Michael Johnson at Man City, though maybe he doesn't cover the ground as much as a Flamini or a Hargreaves. The Guardian is suggesting Gattuso, which would be more of a like-for-like replacement.
Loss of key midfielder might prompt a rethink in Arsene Wenger's transfer policy
Wenger faces a summer of rebuilding
Hleb wants to follow Flamini out of Arsenal
Premier Shorts: Today in the EPL
Supporters' union in talks with private-equity company about being represented should buyout of American owners go ahead
DIC promises fans place on Liverpool board
Liverpool are winning the battle to sign Gareth Barry with the player himself having made the decision to sign for Rafael Benitez's club this summer rather than agree a new contract at Aston Villa
Barry to reject record pay deal and join Benitez
Former England international Paul Gascoigne is in hospital following an incident at a hotel in London
Gascoigne in hospital after hotel incident
Gascoigne's tears a tragedy foretold
Stephen Warnock, Martin Olsson and Matt Derbyshire all agree new deals that will keep them at Ewood Park until 2012
Blackburn trio sign new contracts
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Monday, May 05, 2008
Another exciting weekend in MLS has come to a close. It's still early and the only thing we know for sure is that it sure seems like every team is capable both of winning big and tripping over its own dick.
New England keeps losing players when they play the Fire and can claim that they've yet to play a fairly contested match, but it's hard to argue with the fact that the Fire crushed the Revs, and John Thorrington is the Goal.com player of the week. Payback since last year's Revolution playoff win currently stands at 7-0.
Real Salt Lake has thus far proven that they can play anybody as long as they get to do it at home on their crappy plastic football field, but they couldn't stop Goldenballs from saving LA's bacon on a couple of nicely struck balls from distance.
DC United shipped out two-time MLS MVP Christian Gomez last winter and used the DP they got in return to bring in Marcello Gallardo. Last night Gomez had something to say about it.
Chivas, Dynamo battle to draw.
The Crew Just Keep Winning.
Columbus sits atop this week's ESPN MLS Power Rankings
Newcastle vs. Chelsea
Cech promises to keep the pressure on United
Dempsey signs new Fulham deal
Deuce to stay at The Cottage until 2010
Stoke City promoted
Stoke are back in the top flight for the first time since 1985
West Bromwich Albion promoted
WBA win the Championship
Leicester City relegated
Foxes in freefall
Gazza in hospital
Incident at a hotel has fallen star back in bed
Richard Jolly at Old Trafford
Fulham 2 - 0 Birmingham City
McBride on target as Fulham revival continues
Liverpool 1 - 0 Manchester City
Sven headed out of Eastlands
Arsenal 1 - 0 Everton
Aston Villa 0 - 2 Wigan
Euro charge in shambles
Reading 0 - 1 Tottenham
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Olympique Lyon missed a chance to close in on a seventh consecutive Ligue 1 title when they were held to a goalless draw at mid-table Nice on Saturday
Lyon fail to wrap up title after Nice draw
A Pierre Ducasse thunderbolt sealed a fantastic win for Bordeaux to keep the side's title hopes alive
Bordeaux comeback keeps Ligue alive