Friday, September 26, 2008

Thierry Henry demands showdown talks at Barcelona




Thierry Henry has revealed he could seek a move from Barcelona during the January transfer window if he continues to be played out on the left wing.

Sid Lowe in Spain





Anything Barcelona can do, Real Madrid can do better...

Wenger ignores the fact Arsenal are the poor man's Manchester City


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.

England: Premier League Previews and Predictions

Yet another Derby this weekend in England and this time it's the Merseyside. Everton play host to Liverpool at Goodison Park in what should be a tasty clash. Elsewhere, Newcastle host Blackburn, Stoke host Chelsea, Hull visit Arsenal, Bolton go to Old Trafford and Portsmouth welcome Tottenham to Fratton Park.

Preview1

Preview2

Lawro's Predictions

Spain: La Liga Previews



Another big Derby, this one in Catalonia where Español and Barcelona face off. Elsewhere, poor Sporting Gijon now face Villarreal, Real Madrid visit Real Betis, and Atletico Madrid host Sevilla.

Preview 1

Preview2

Revamped UEFA Cup rebranded Europa League




Not that we really care all that much, but I suppose it is news...

Article

UEFA's explanation...

Home is where the heart is for McBride




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.

MLS: Fire Make Short Work of Struggling Galaxy




In another match with huge playoff implications, the Chicago Fire battled the LA Galaxy on Thursday night, coming away with a well-deserved 3-1 victory.

Newcastle turn to O'Leary after Venables snub



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.


UPDATE:
Joe Kinnear named temporary gaffer

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Croatia fined over Heskey abuse




Fifa has fined the Croatian Football Federation £15,000 for racist behaviour by their fans during the World Cup qualifier with England on 10 September.

The next generation rolls off Wenger's production line






After Arsenal's destruction of Sheffield United, Sachin Nakrani profiles five of their best prospects.

The Joy of Six: Shocking Refereeing Decisions

6. Santacruzense 1-1 Atletico Sorocaba (Paulista Football Federation Cup, 2006)

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

Goal.commentary: The Time Is Right For Donovan’s Return To Europe




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...

Spain: La Liga Midweek Wrap + Table





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.

WRAP





LA LIGA TABLE
CLUB GP W L D PTS GD
Villarreal4301104
Real Madrid431098
Atlético Madrid431098
Sevilla FC420283
Barcelona421175
Valencia320174
Almeria320173
Espanyol421170
Getafe411250
Deportivo La Coruña411250
Athletic Bilbao311140
Numancia31203-1
Osasuna40133-1
Valladolid31203-2
Recreativo Huelva31203-4
Real Betis40222-2
Mallorca30122-3
Racing Santander40222-4
Málaga30211-5
Sporting Gijon40400-13

Italy: Serie A Midweek Reports + Table





Inter squeeze out a win, Juventus can't hold off Catania, Milan win, Roma shot down by Genoa and Lazio roll over Fiorentina...

REPORTS


Paolo Bandini:
Fiorentina left grimacing as Lazio show European race is wide open



SERIE A TABLE
CLUB GP W L D PTS GD
Inter Milan4301104
Lazio431095
Atalanta431092
Napoli420282
Juventus420282
Udinese421174
Catania Calcio421171
Genoa422062
AC Milan422061
Palermo422060
Torino411251
Siena411251
Chievo Verona41125-1
Roma41214-1
Lecce41214-2
Fiorentina41214-3
Sampdoria40133-2
Bologna41303-4
Reggina40311-5
Cagliari40400-7

Italy: Serie A Weekend Preview




The Milan Derby at the San Siro dominates the weekend fixtures, elsewhere Fiorentina host Genoa, Sampdoria host Juventus and Roma host Atalanta...

Preview

Carling Cup Wrap: Switched-off City stars upstaged by Brighton


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.

WRAP

MLS Preview: Chicago Fire vs. Los Angeles Galaxy




Who: Chicago Fire vs. Los Angeles Galaxy
When: 9:00 pm ET
Where: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL
TV: ESPN2

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.

Preview

Venables mulling over approach from Toon





Former England boss Terry Venables is trying to decide whether to become interim manager of troubled Newcastle.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Charlotte's life with Jermain


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.

Police: Ronaldinho, Anderson know drug suspect






Brazil football stars Ronaldinho and Anderson were caught on a police wiretap talking about attending a party with a fugitive drug dealer who was found hiding in Anderson's apartment, police said on Tuesday.

The soul of football followers has gone for a song




Whipping fans of the game into a frenzy with banal songs is a demeaning attempt to turn each of us into Pavlov's dog.

Dempsey Aiming To Regain Place




"The coach that's here now is not the coach that brought me in, and I've had three coaches in a year and a half."

Top Ten Problems For Newcastle


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.

The Other Nine

Ronaldinho’s Barça Secrets Revealed



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.



“In Barcelona, there are a lot of bad influences that can harm a player and perhaps he did not have the will to stay away from them.”

Italy: Serie A Midweek Preview




Lazio host Fiorentina, Milan travel to Reggina, Juventus host Catania, Inter welcome Lecce...

Previews

UEFA to discuss Euro hosts Poland and Ukraine


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.

Carling Cup: Hammers and Fulham crash out, Gunners hit for six


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

Quotes and Chants of the Week

"I am delighted to be here at Tottenham. I'm having a marvellous experience."
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

Tim Vickery in South America




Premier League puts South America in the Shade

Raphael Honigstein in Germany




While it's too early to write Jürgen Klinsmann off, Bayern Munich's heavy loss is a cause for concern.

Bayern defeat raises questions about their spine

Sid Lowe in Spain




Barcelona's arrival confirmed Sporting's top-flight return and even a hammering couldn't dent the devotion of their fans.

Real Sporting de Gijón's party

Paolo Bandini in Italy




The Rossoneri's strikers put Lazio to the sword under the San Siro floodlights, but the team are still over-reliant on Kakà.

Sleepy Milan benefit from a Sunday lie-in

All for one: Wenger's motivational tips revealed




The buzz words also included "belief" and "desire" while one of the recurrent themes was the need to push oneself to the limit and never settle for second best.

Americans In The UK: It's All About the Keepers



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.

Americans On The Continent: Bocanegra Scores Big


'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

Phil Ball in Spain





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

Carling Cup: Swansea and Cardiff savour rivalry before resumption of hostilities




Tonight's derby, a fixture historically marred by violence, is the first in nine years.

Talk of crisis is premature but Ferguson has problems to solve





Kevin McCarra:

The biggest threat to Manchester United's third consecutive league title comes from the imbalances in their squad.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Ronaldo's Girlfriend is a Prostitute



Reputable newspaper News of the World claims that a woman Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed a brief tryst with is not only a hooker, but also a drug dealer...
Ron's bit on the side is a coke selling pro

England: Premier League Reports


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...

Reports

Kevin McCarra:
Chelsea spirit keeps Bridge record in tact

Ferguson's fury masks frustration


Manchester City 6 - 0 Portsmouth

Italy: Serie A Reports



Milan wake up and put four past Lazio, Juventus and Fiorentina win, Roma bounce back and Inter have little trouble with Torino.

Reports


Sunday Roundup

Saturday Roundup

Donovan eyes potential move to Germany



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.

Spain: La Liga Weekend Roundup & Team of the Week



Barcelona put six past Gijon, Real Madrid and Valencia win and the Sevilla Derby is scoreless...

Roundup

Team of the Week

Huckerby addition transforms the Earthquakes


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.

The Insider at Upton Park




Newcastle owner Mike Ashley braved his army of enemies to watch the team who have turned his life into a living hell at Upton Park.

West Ham 3 - 1 Newcastle

Fifth official: The last look at the weekend




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.

Reading's Coppell open to replaying Watford game




Linesman Nigel Bannister flagged for a goal instead of a corner after the ball crossed the goal-line wide of the goal, following a challenge between John Eustace and Royals striker Noel Hunt.