Friday, September 26, 2008
The 12th anniversary of Arsene Wenger’s arrival at Arsenal on Sunday should be an occasion for genuine celebration throughout the land – even at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge – as his principles of attacking football and youth development have enriched the English game for over a decade. The Arsenal manager has often appeared a martyr to his cause, particularly in defeat, though it does not necessarily follow that the man himself is destined for the sainthood.
Paris was practically at their doorstep when Brian McBride and his family lived in England. The rest of Europe, too. Now there are cousins next door, with more just down the street. McBride's brother lives nearby, and wife Dina can make it to the home of pretty much anyone in her family within 10 minutes.
Managerless Newcastle United are set to turn their attention towards former Leeds United and Aston Villa boss David O'Leary after Terry Venables turned down the job following a day of intense negotiations.
Joe Kinnear named temporary gaffer
Thursday, September 25, 2008
After Arsenal's destruction of Sheffield United, Sachin Nakrani profiles five of their best prospects.
This, meanwhile, is just ridiculous. Especially as it was an 89th-minute equalizer for the home side. "I should have trusted my own vision," said referee Silvia Regina de Oliveira after the game. Yes, it would have been a start, wouldn't it.The Other Five
With this week's reports that German giants Bayern Munich are sniffing around, Goal.com's Seth Vertelney urges LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan to go abroad again.
Perhaps Lando is finally ready...
Sporting Gijon crushed again, this time by Real Madrid, Barcelona hold off Real Betis thanks to a late Eider Gudjohnson goal, Atletico Madrid beat Getafe and Villarreal top the table after a win over Racing Santandar.
LA LIGA TABLE
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Inter squeeze out a win, Juventus can't hold off Catania, Milan win, Roma shot down by Genoa and Lazio roll over Fiorentina...
Fiorentina left grimacing as Lazio show European race is wide open
SERIE A TABLE
Manchester City boss Mark Hughes admitted his side had only themselves to blame for a humiliating League Cup exit at the hands of League One club Brighton. The cash-strapped outfit from the third tier of English football triumphed 5-3 on penalties after matching City's millionaires over two hours at their Withdean stadium on Wednesday evening.
Who: Chicago Fire vs. Los Angeles Galaxy
When: 9:00 pm ET
Where: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL
With a win, the Galaxy could jump into third place in the West -- playoffs! -- while Chicago are limping through the final few weeks of the season.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
STUNNING CHARLOTTE MEARS has revealed the incredible truth about her fabulous life as a WAG with ex JERMAIN DEFOE.
But Jermain, 25, broke their engagement off in November and traded 22-year-old Charlotte in for a new model, pin-up DANIELLE LLOYD. In an exclusive interview with the paper, Charlotte admitted she was so devastated she needed THERAPY to recover and is investing in £4,000 worth of new boobs.
No3: Deciding who's in charge
Some say the writing was on the wall for Kevin Keegan when Dennis Wise parked up in his role as executive director. Relative unknowns Tony Jimenez and Jeff Vetere were also handed jobs, helping to undermine the manager. When the next boss arrives, there is clearly a need for clarity at the top.
A stunning television investigative report has uncovered some hidden truths about Ronaldinho’s downfall at Barcelona, which subsequently led to his departure to AC Milan.
European soccer’s governing body UEFA is expected to stand by its decision to appoint Poland and Ukraine as hosts of Euro 2012 on Friday despite a lack of progress in preparations to stage the tournament. UEFA’s executive committee is also due to endorse an expansion of the European Championship finals to 24 teams from 16 at its two-day meeting starting on Thursday in Bordeaux, despite criticism that it could dilute the quality of the event.
Premier League sides West Ham and Fulham crashed out of the Carling Cup at the third-round stage at the hands of Football League opposition.
Eight arrests as violence mars south Wales derby
Arsenal 6 - 0 Sheffield Wednesday
Arsenal young guns run riot
Rodrigo given all clear after Pogatetz horror-tackle
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Juande 'Comical Ali' Ramos is simply thrilled to be bottom of the table after the 0-0 draw with Wigan.
"We play football with our feet, do-da, do-da."
Europe lose the Ryder Cup but win the battle of the chants at Valhalla.
All the Fun
Brad Friedel and Tim Howard continue to rack up the minutes in England, but their compatriots (see Dempsey, Edu and Johnson) can't seem to get a sniff...
Jay DeMerit, Watford
DeMerit had a terrible Tuesday as his hand ball in the box lead to the winning goal for Plymouth. Luke Summerfield netted the winner in the 72nd minute from the penalty spot after the captain made a crucial error. The loss was the first at home for Watford this season. Saturday’s match with Reading produced a solid result; however, DeMerit’s week was certainly stained by the Plymouth result.
'Los opens his account for Rennes with a UEFA Cup winner, while Michael Bradley debuts for Gladbach.
Danny Szetela, Brescia (Italy)
vs. Treviso, 0-0, 90 minutes; vs. Ascoli, 2-1, 90 minutes
Szetela continued his run in the first team for Brescia, putting in two solid performances and further cementing his place in the Italian club’s midfield. He went the full 90 as Brescia drew with Treviso at home midweek. On Saturday, he again played the full match, and Brescia were able to pull out a victory courtesy of two late goals from Savio Nserenko and Davide Possanzini. Next up: Away to Ancona, Tuesday, September 23
Just as Atlético Madrid's Sergio 'Kun' Agüero seemed to be taking over the world as we know it, his little compatriot and international rooming partner Leo Messi decided that he'd like to stay on the fingertips of Spain's keyboard judges for at least another week.
Passion and Law
Tonight's derby, a fixture historically marred by violence, is the first in nine years.
The biggest threat to Manchester United's third consecutive league title comes from the imbalances in their squad.
Monday, September 22, 2008
All even at Stamford Bridge, Hull hold Everton, Manchester City put six past Pompey, nil-nil between Stoke and Liverpool, the Zola Era opens at West Ham with a win and Arsenal beat Bolton...
Chelsea spirit keeps Bridge record in tact
Ferguson's fury masks frustration
Manchester City 6 - 0 Portsmouth
Landon Donovan first tested himself on the international stage in 1999 at age 16, signing with Bayer Leverkusen in Germany. The California teenager got homesick and frustrated with a coaching carousel that left him feeling his development was stalled.
But in the eight games Huckerby has played on the left side of midfield, the Quakes have scored 13 goals, after netting just 11 times in their first 16 matches. And in the process, he has bucked all of the stereotypes that follow older, foreign players, namely that they only come to MLS to go through the motions and collect one last paycheck. Not only has Huckerby tallied four goals and four assists during his short time in the South Bay; his marauding runs down the left wing have also done plenty to unbalance defenses.
Few of us like Monday but The Fifth Official does, for it brings the chance for him to point the finger and laugh. Here he pulls out the pretty, the puzzling and the downright pig-ugly from a five-star weekend.