Friday, September 05, 2008
I was driving with my missus on the Cote d’Azur and we were having one of those typical conversations about property – if only we’d bought in this area at this time, and so on. She told me that a Russian has recently paid 500 million Euros for a house in the south of France. How ridiculous. Who would pay that?
The first tentative steps towards healing generations of bitterness between Turkey and Armenia will take place in a football stadium in Yerevan tomorrow when the two nations meet in a World Cup qualifier watched by their respective presidents.
One of the most protracted, and painful, farewells in football was confirmed last night when Kevin Keegan finally resigned as the manager of Newcastle United. An increasingly acrimonious three-day stand-off between Keegan and Mike Ashley concluded with the club's billionaire owner refusing to be backed into a corner by the former England coach's demands before forcing him to walk out.
After the shenanigans at Newcastle this week, it is advisable to steer clear of any manic Geordies no matter the sacrifice
Which one is the Newcastle owner, then?
UAE fans show their colors...
Back home in Brazil, though, the reaction has been more muted, in spite of yet another of their compatriots' arrivals to play in the country still known as 'The Mother of Football'. More Brazilians are represented in the English top flight than any other foreign nationality, but even the latest addition to that list seems a little underwhelmed by his move.
U.S. vs. Cuba
8 p.m. ET, ESPN Classic
U.S. vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill.
8 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Cuba cautiously optimistic
U.S expects hostile reception in Cuba
Martin Rogers Column
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli on Tiago's reaction after the Serie A club tried to encourage him to sign for Everton or Monaco.
All the Fun
Come on, be honest, there is a part, even within the most optimistic Manchester City supporter, that thinks we are all going to wake up tomorrow and it will turn out to be that bloke from the News of the World again. There is no Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment, no al-Nahyan royal family and Dr Sulaiman al-Fahim turns out to be an undercover reporter with a tin of cherry blossom, two white sheets, a JCloth and an accent borrowed straight from It Ain't Half Hot Mum.
Harry Redknapp will resist the lure of an emotional return to West Ham United. The Portsmouth manager fears he would suffer the same constraints that prompted Alan Curbishley to resign yesterday. That has left the Croatia coach, Slaven Bilic, as the favourite to take up the reins at Upton Park.
Curbishley's departure a sign of the times
The Fulham midfield player is widely regarded as the Barclays Premier League's court jester, a likeable individual whose infectious sense of fun is best demonstrated by the occasion when he treated the Real Madrid squad to an impromptu performance of Old MacDonald Had a Farm during a chance encounter in the bar of an Austrian hotel during a pre-season tour.
That's Jimmy there, second from the left, back in his Hollywood days...
Allegations of fixed Bundesliga matches have surfaced after a weekend of thrilling attacking football.
Solid Schalke and a glut of goals overshadowed by new betting scandal.
With their 2-1 victory over ULS-1 team Charleston Battery, the D.C. United added another trophy to the cabinet, winning their second Dewar Cup, twelve years after the first success.
There are multiple matches throughout the month of September, and beyond, that have larger implications for the participating countries than just the qualifier itself. Here are a couple of matches this weekend that mean more than just the eventual score line.
Montenegro might be ranked 143rd in the world but they shouldn't be underestimated
Read family fun in Montenegro...
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Manchester City's new billionaire owners are planning a world-record £135m bid for Cristiano Ronaldo in the January transfer window before turning their sights to, among others, Fernando Torres of Liverpool and Cesc Fábregas of Arsenal.
In: Louis Saha, Marouane Fellaini, Lars Jacobsen, Carlo Nash, Segundo Castillo (loan)
Out: Andrew Johnson, Lee Carsley, Stefan Wessels
After a summer of extreme inactivity, David Moyes went on the equivalent of a desperate dash round the shops on Christmas Eve. His first signing - Lars Jacobsen - came in the last week of the window and at a time when Moyes appeared to have a troop of boy scouts on the bench. Selling Andrew Johnson for less than originally intended added to the agony for the blue half of Merseyside; at least the pay-as-you-play element of his replacement Louis Saha's recruitment could prove cheap, though if Manchester United make 25p a season from the injury-prone striker, Everton are unlikely to benefit from many goals. Some of Moyes' targets - including Joao Moutinho and Wagner Love - promised much; the reality of the lesser-known Marouane Fellaini, at a seemingly inflated £15 million, is more of a mystery.
ALL THE CLUBS
Despite a statement from Newcastle insisting that Kevin Keegan remains their manager, the chances of him remaining at St James's Park appeared to shrivel further this morning when he did not turn up for training for the second successive day.
It wasn’t a good week for American centerback Danny Califf, as he did more to hurt his Danish club than help.
U.S. Open Cup Final
D.C. United vs. Charleston
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
7:30 p.m. ET
The story of Mario Martínez Rubio - who is paid 75 times less than Samuel Eto'o - is the perfect metaphor for his team's defeat of Barcelona.
Mario makes Barça pay as Numancia provide a heartwarming shock.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Here are a few articles that outline all the fun:
Phil McNulty sums it all up
Tim Vickery on Robinho's move to Manchester City
Barney Ronay on Berbatov's move to Manchester United
The former Celtic captain and club's current coach, Neil Lennon, was knocked unconscious and hospitalised by a street attack just hours after Rangers' Old Firm victory on Sunday.
After making his unhappiness with the club's failure to sign three or four major targets this summer known, speculation mounted about Keegan's future this morning when bookmakers stopped taking bets on whether he would be the first manager to be sacked this season.
Draws were the main item on offer in Italy as Fiorentina and Juve finished 1-1, Inter and Sampdoria were 1-1 and Roma and Napoli finished 1-1. Elsewhere Bologna stunned Milan at the San Siro.
Napoli fans take over train and clash with police
Borussia Moenchengladbach signed United States midfielder Michael Bradley from Dutch club SC Heerenveen to a four-year contract on Monday.
German engineering good for U.S.'s Bradley