Friday, October 17, 2008
Bolton Wanderers will be offering free beer to their fans before their match against Blackburn in a bid to increase attendance levels at the Reebok Stadium.
It says a lot that not even all the Old Slapper I could drink would make me want to watch Bolton and Blackburn play...
Midfielder Torsten Frings is considering quitting Germany's national team after being left on the bench in the last two World Cup qualifying games. "I've been thinking a lot recently and retirement has been going on through my mind," the 31-year-old Werder Bremen midfielder told Friday's edition of Bild newspaper.
Frings would like to spend more time with his friends...
The governing body of European football said its appeals body "decided to grant the request for suspension of the sanctions" against Atletico, due to "the organisational and logistical difficulties related to relocating" the Liverpool match to another venue at short notice.
Loads of teams are faced with injuries sustained by players on international duty...
Nick Webster's Predictions
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Spurs Joke of the Week:
"What's the difference between Spurs and a triangle? A triangle has three points."
"You can only bring in kids from a certain radius and a lot of our radius is in the water. Any good fish out there?"
Sunderland boss Roy Keane carps on about the geographical restrictions placed on him.
ALL THE FUN
With Oranje being plagued by injuries at the moment, question marks surround Holland's chances of challenging for the 2010 World Cup. Now's the time, then, to have a look at the youngsters capable of claiming an Oranje spot in the (near) future....
Ricky van Wolfswinkel
A total of seven cities submitted official bids to MLS, which will make it’s decision in the coming weeks on who will become it’s 17th and 18th franchises. The teams will follow in the footsteps of soon-to-be Seattle and Philadelphia teams.
Cesc Fabregas has expressed his doubts on Arsene Wenger's youth policy, suggesting it has jeopardised chances of winning the Premier League title.
It was the ultimate betrayal. In the fanatical world of El Clasico, Barcelona and Real Madrid, Figo's move to from the Nou Camp to the Bernabeu was one of football's most controversial transfers. It was not just the sight of their former darling wearing the white of Madrid.
Perhaps the greatest pain for Barca fans was having to accept that Madrid now held the power and money in Spanish football. When Figo first returned to the Nou Camp the whistles that greeted his arrival on the field were louder than a jumbo jet taking off. Two years later he was back and among the objects thrown at him was a pig's head. Lovely.
Portugal's stuttering form continued as a goalless draw at home to 10-man Albania on Wednesday left them in third place in Group One.
Belarus 1 - 3 England
Rooney double sets England on fire
England remain work in progress
Belgium 1 - 2 Spain
Late Villa header wins it but Torres hurt
Ireland 1 - 0 Cyrus
Keane goal wins it
Italy 2 - 1 Montenegro
Italy scrape past minnows
Germany 1 - 0 Wales
Wales at breaking point
Norway 0 - 1 Netherlands
Van Bommel goal enough for Orange
Argentina were outplayed and beaten 1-0 by a Chilean team led by their former coach Marcelo Bielsa in the World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday while Brazil continued their astonishing run of goalless draws at home.
She's sad because her man can't score...
Jamaica followed up Saturday's shock 1-0 home win over Mexico with a repeat performance against Honduras on Wednesday to stay in the hunt for a place in the final round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.
T&T 2 - 1 USA
American youngsters show inexperience
Veterans lead T&T
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Usandizaga, who is also a politician, was unwittingly caught on film earlier this month as he vented his spleen in front of the club's supporters. "Central are going to get out of this situation," he said. "We are going to move forward. We are going to kill the players, coaching staff and anyone else."
Usandizaga makes his point...
The squad was then driven for three hours over mountain roads to Merida, arriving at the airport at around midnight, only to be told that their plane was still in Caracas. After a long delay during which they were served ham sandwiches and fizzy drinks in plastic cups, the squad were flown to Maracaibo and then on to Rio.
Coach Fabio Capello must rejig his defence as England head to Belarus for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier with John Terry and Ashley Cole both out of action while Germany have doubts over Michael Ballack in their fixture against Wales.
Any football match in France before which the country's national anthem is booed will now be "immediately stopped", French Sports Minister Roselyne Bachelot said Wednesday after meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy. The dramatic move followed the booing of "La Marseillaise" during France's 3-1 friendly win over Tunisia at the Stade de France in Paris on Tuesday.
United States vs Trinidad and Tobago
World Cup 2010 qualifying, CONCACAF semifinal round, Group 1
8 pm ET, Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Hasely Crawford Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad
ESPN and Galavision
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The Dutch former World and European player of the year speaks out about soccer in the United States two months after resigning as head coach of David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy, claiming that the beautiful game will never reach the heights of the other major sports.
Fighting and fascist salutes have forced Italy's football federation to ban their supporters from away games but exclusions alone won't solve their problems.
Sofia trouble overshadows young Azzurri's point well made.
Monday, October 13, 2008
The home of the Daggers would not win any awards for design or comfort, offers a level of corporate hospitality that is hardly worthy of the name and has terraces on three sides, with both ends open to the elements, but I found the whole experience incredibly refreshing.
Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard survived Fabio Capello's tactical shifts but still struggled to dominate proceedings.
European champion Spain won 3-0 at Estonia to extend its unbeaten streak to 25 games, and England outplayed Kazakhstan 5-1 in another World Cup qualifying game Saturday after being booed off the field at halftime by its fans. Struggling France rallied from two goals down to tie Romania 2-2 and preserve coach Raymond Domenech’s job, and Germany edged Russia 2-1 to stay in first place in its group.
Among the more surprising aspects of the Premier League season so far is how, in sharply contrasting ways, Hull City and Tottenham Hotspur have defied expectations. Hull sit proudly in third place while few predicted that Spurs - even if the pre-season hype was typically overblown - would be rooted to the foot of the table after seven games, without a win or, it seems, much of a clue.
Ricardo Fuller’s beautiful strike gave the Reggae Boyz an impressive win against CONCACAF powerhouse Mexico in front of a boisterous crowd in Kingston.
While some young faces stepped onto the field and excited U.S. national team fans with skill and promise on Saturday night, it was the U.S. team's veterans who delivered the decisive performances in the Americans' 6-1 thrashing of Cuba at RFK Stadium.
U.S. almost perfect against Cuba
Records, records and more records. Spain continue to break them with almost tedious regularity, but I'm sure you don't want a whole article on them. A brief mention then - after Spain dispatched poor Estonia in Tallin on Saturday night, in front of 7,500 spectators. What's the big sport in Estonia then? I'm going there next week so I'll ask the taxi drivers. It can't be football.