Friday, July 25, 2008
Beckham and Blanco pulled the strings of Steve Nichol's MLS All Stars, leading them to an entertaining 3-2 victory over West Ham. The score flattered the tired looking Irons, for whom only Aston and Boa Morte seemed up to scratch.
De Rosario Gives MLS All-Stars Victory at BMO
Lack of funds, mass exodos, no titles, betrayal, snide comments...what's going on at The Emirates?
Wenger betrayed as the last bastion of sanity descends into temple of gloom
Alex Ferguson will be given the opportunity to anoint his successor as Manchester United manager after the club's chief executive, David Gill, confirmed that the club's owners, the Glazer family, plan to seek the opinion and advice of the 66-year-old when he finally announces his retirement at Old Trafford.
Ferguson will have big say in deciding his successor
Alan Hansen fears Rafa Benitez will fail to conquer Premier League without signing quality wide players. The Reds look less likely to sign Gareth Barry, but have snapped up young Frenchman Ngog
Liverpool wide of the mark, warns Alan Hansen
Barry forced to stay if Liverpool miss deadline
Ngog becomes latest Liverpool signing
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Sir Alex Ferguson has cast doubt on Chelsea's ability to kick on next season under Luiz Felipe Scolari, suggesting that the Brazilian World Cup winner has inherited an ageing team and will struggle to surpass the achievements of Jose Mourinho.
While the club would prefer to keep U.S. international Michael Bradley, Heerenveen exec Yme Kuiper has conceded it is unlikely they will wage the new Eredivisie season with the midfielder still in tow.
Clubs are refusing to release their stars even though the players have been called up by countries searching for an elusive gold medal. The teams argue that this is an irrelevant and poorly timed tournament in which the International Olympic Committee and soccer’s world governing body are trying to give soccer a higher profile at the games.
Thigh injury? Hmmmm....
Italian police arrested seven people Tuesday in a crackdown on an organized crime group that allegedly tried to buy the Lazio soccer team with laundered money.
"OK...here's what we do..."
Yet another Newcastle casualty. This guy was mint for Inter and Turkey but his talent was wasted or he was simply unable to perform for some reason for the Magpies. Article
The concept of defence has never been a popular one at the Nou Camp. After all, why would a crowd fed on a diet of Cruyff, Romario, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Messi, to name just a few, care about what happens on the other end of the field?
Alves will help...
Arsenal defender Kolo Toure has reportedly been taken to hospital after coming down with malaria, thus throwing the club’s summer plans into disarray…
That was but one lasting All-Star memory. A dozen MLS All-Star encounters have provided a distinguished list of memorable moments or occasions. Here they are:
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
There are six new clubs in the Championship this season but, as was the case last summer, I really couldn't say with any degree of certainty what the division will look like at the end of the forthcoming season.
Defensas: Pablo Zabaleta (Espanyol), Ezequiel Garay (Real Madrid), Luciano Monzón (Boca Juniors), Federico Fazio (Sevilla), Nicolás Pareja (Anderlecht).
Medios: Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Fernando Gago (Real Madrid), José Sosa (Bayern München), Ever Banega (Valencia), Juan Román Riquelme (Boca Juniors).
Delanteros: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli), Sergio Agüero (Atlético de Madrid), Angel Di María (Benfica), Lautaro Acosta (Sevilla), Diego Buonanotte (River Plate).
The U.S. reached the medal round of Olympic soccer at the 2000 Games in Sydney, though the squad finished fourth. That left hunger for more, but the next team failed to qualify for the Olympics in Greece, falling to archrival Mexico.
One of the most controversial figures in Croatian football sees a bright future ahead.
Monday, July 21, 2008
After his first week of training at Inter Milan, Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is suffering from culture shock. Football fans in Italy, he says, are far more intense than their English counterparts.
Football and music are indelibly linked in the minds of fans, whether the composers like it or not.