Friday, June 06, 2008
Switzerland v Czech Republic
Date: Sat 7 June
Kick-off: 1700 BST
Venue: St Jakob-Park, Basel
U.S. TV: 12:00pm EDT, ESPN Classic
Portugal v Turkey
Date: Sat 7 June
Kick-off: 1945 BST
Venue: Stade de Geneve, Geneva
U.S. TV: 2:45pm EDT, ESPN Classic
They look more talented than ever, but Europe's biggest under-achievers might not be any closer to being more than the sum of their parts.
Lars Lagerback's durable team have more attacking strengths than might be expected, but expect the customary quarter-final exit.
There has been a report that Villarreal, which finished second in the Spanish League, might send the 18-year-old American to Recreativo Heulva on loan to indoctrinate him into European soccer.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
"I want to play for Real Madrid, but only if it is true they are eager to pay me and Manchester United what they have been saying they will," said Ronaldo in an interview with the respected Brazilian website Terra. "However, it does not depend on me."
His neck looks weird...
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Santander...from the air. Wouldn't mind hitting those links.
U.S. men's schedule:
U.S. vs. Spain
Estadio El Sardinero, Santander, Spain
4 p.m. ET, ESPN360
5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2 (Tape delay)
U.S. vs. Argentina
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Classic
Uncharacteristically cast as outsiders, the Dutch have potential to thrive - but a basic inability to defend properly could cost them in Group C.
If the Italians can decide on a system and overcome an unkind draw, they may add to their World Cup success.
Victor Piturca's no-nonsense management may see Romania progress from the Group of Death
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Michael Ballack's form, combined with an easy draw, will take Joachim Löw's men all the way.
Raymond Domenech has the best squad in the tournament, but will he pick the right XI?
Slaven Bilic's charismatic leadership won't compensate for a lack of quality up front.
The Champions League and Premier League winners have had an offer accepted believed to be in the region of £5m to £6m.
Cardiff also had offers from Premier League rivals Arsenal and Liverpool for the Wales Under-21 star, BBC Sport understands.Ramsey, 17, has played just 22 games for Championship side Cardiff.
Goal.com USA's Greg Lalas comes out shooting from the hip, giving opinions on everything from the racial incident in Columbus last weeekend, the U.S. National Team's loss to England and Brian McBride's upcoming return to MLS.
Missed this from earlier. Apologies. -Ed.
My best player? Cantona
"Eric's great asset was to score important goals at important times or make a goal at important times. That's what his great asset was. Just when you're saying to yourself, 'God, we need a goal here', up he'd pop. And he'd either make one or score one. He was a fantastic personality - I've been very lucky, the players I've had. Some fantastic players."
Brian McBride wants in. He's sitting by the phone, waiting to become Chicago Fire property. It's up to the bosses at Toyota Park to make it happen. They may have to get creative, but it's surely worth the effort. A very special season for the Fire is there for the taking.
The undisclosed sum is being paid to Moyes by Rooney, co-author Hunter Davies and publisher HarperCollins, a judge in London heard.
Lies! All of it...lies!!
The 34-year-old defender twisted his ankle in training today following a collision with team-mate Giorgi Chiellini, and underwent lengthy treatment on the pitch before being carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital.
Chiellini in Tears
"You know you can't complain, you know. To play for your country, like I've always said, you know, it's the best thing in the world, you know. When a new manager comes in you know, everyone starts on, you know, the same level, you know. I've just gotta keep working hard, you know."
Jermain 'You Know' Defoe enjoys his two goals for England in Trinidad.
All the Fun
Monday, June 02, 2008
There is only one prediction it is safe to make about Euro 2008, and that is that England will not win it. There is still just about time for a war to break out between Spain and Portugal, and Carlos Queiroz seems to be doing his best to start one, but even in the unlikely event of England being drafted in as late replacements for squabbling Iberians, they still won't win it. It is history that repeats itself, not fairy tales.
Josef Hickersberger's hosts are so bad that they would consider one positive result in the group stages a creditable performance
Poland have qualified impressively for the last two World Cups, only to flop badly having got there and the fear is that, having reached the finals of the European Championship for the first time, the big tournament experience might be about to repeat itself.
The former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been confirmed as the new manager of Internazionale. The Portuguese has signed a three-year contract with the Nerazzuri, and will work alongside his former Chelsea colleagues Rui Farias, Silvino Louro and André Vilas-Boas at the San Siro.