Friday, October 31, 2008

Tony Cascarino: Spurs' grand plans can be scuppered by mediocre team

Tottenham Hotspur announced plans for a 60,000-capacity stadium yesterday but would they fill it? The idea is for a new ground close to White Hart Lane, which is an awful place to get into and away from – the worst stadium in London in terms of transport links. And after the initial novelty factor of the new place has worn off, I wonder how many fans will turn up unless the club are doing something they haven't managed for decades – consistently challenging near the top of the table.

Ballack meets with Germany coach Loew

Germany captain Michael Ballack met with coach Joachim Loew on Thursday in an attempt to settle a dispute stemming from Ballack's criticism of the coach's selection criteria.

And after they met they went mountain climbing...

Spain: 10 Reasons Why Madrid Will Win Nothing

Paul Macdonald offers a provocative list of why he thinks that Real Madrid are in for a silverware drought in 2008-2009...

England: Premier League Weekend Preview & Predictions

Everton host Fulham, Sunderland go to Chelsea, Manchester United host Hull, Boro welcome West Ham, Wigan are at Pompey, Arsenal are at Stoke, West Brom host Blackburn, Liverpool go to Tottenham, Manchester City play at Bolton and Newcastle host Villa...


Team News

Lawro's Predictions

Germany: Bundesliga Weekend Previews

Leaders Hoffenheim host Karlsruhe, Bayern Munich host Bielefeld, Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach welcome Frankfurt, Bremen host Hertha Berlin and Steve Cherundolo and Hanover host Hamburg...


Raphael Honigstein:
Thomas Schaaf's stewardship is coming under scrutiny as Werder Bremen's Bundesliga campaign has stuttered.

Spain: La Liga Weekend Previews

Bilbao host Villarrea, Barcelona go to Malaga and Almeria host Real Madrid...



Italy: Serie A Weekend Previews

Juventus host Roma, Napoli and Milan clash and Inter go to Reggina...



Kasey Keller Interview

The expansion Seattle Sounders FC are making news again with the signing of Designated Player Freddie Ljungberg. Soccer365's Lars Lifrak talks with the team's other big name, Kasey Keller about his new teammate, the upcoming season and his thoughts about being back home in the Pacific Northwest.

Beckham to join AC Milan on loan in January

David Beckham will join AC Milan on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy in January after the deal was sealed with his lawyers and the Serie A club on Thursday. Beckham will join on January 7, and while the length of the loan contract as not been disclosed the England midfielder has stated he will return to the United States in time for the start of the Major League Soccer season, which is expected to begin in late March or early April.

English Debate: Are Arsenal Giving It All Away?

Graham Lister considers the implications for Arsenal of that spectacular North London derby in midweek, and the criticism of Arsene Wenger’s approach that the dropped points unleashed…

MLS: Fire, Revolution Draw In MLS Playoff Opener

In the opening game of the 2008 MLS Playoffs, the New England Revolution and Chicago Fire played to a 0-0 draw in Foxboro.

Hull City: From Oblivion to Old Trafford

Despite Wednesday's heavy defeat to Chelsea, a Tigers fan need only cast their mind back ten years to a time when the club propped up the entire Football League. Now they prepare to face Premier League and European champions Manchester United on November 1 when, for a brief period last Saturday after a 3-0 away win at West Brom, they were level on points with league leaders Liverpool and Chelsea.

Top Ten Premier League Goals

Tony Yeboah (LEEDS v Liverpool, 1995-96)

As the ball arcs through the air, Ghanaian Yeboah waits for it to drop before unleashing one of the most fearsome volleys you will ever see. The fact it crashed in off the bar, and Yeboah's finger-wagging delirium, only served to enhance the wonder of the goal.

The Other Nine

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Life and Crimes of Diego Armando Maradona

Diego Maradona will have no need to make any wishes when he blows out the candles on his birthday cake on Thursday.

Top ten worst top-tier goalkeepers

Inspired by Heurelho Gomes's run of error-strewn performances for Tottenham, Robert Dineen has compiled a list of the ten worst goalkeepers to grace England's top division.

MLS Playoff Previews

Ives Galarcep on The East:
Crew likely to emerge from crowded East

Jeff Carlisle on The West:
Dynamo still the team to beat in the West

Tottenham reveal new stadium plan

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed their intention to build a new 60,000-capacity stadium in the same location as their current White Hart Lane ground. The club announced favourable financial results to the stock market on Thursday and have decided to push ahead with proposals for a larger stadium to help cut their season ticket waiting list of around 22,000.

Germany: Bundesliga Wrap + Table


Team GP W D L Pts
1. 1899 Hoffenheim 10 7 1 2 22
2. Bayer Leverkusen 10 7 0 3 21
3. Hamburg 10 6 2 2 20
4. Bayern Munich 10 5 3 2 18
5. Hertha Berlin 10 5 3 2 18
6. Schalke 04 10 4 5 1 17
7. Borussia Dortmund 10 4 5 1 17
8. VfL Wolfsburg 10 4 4 2 16
9. VfB Stuttgart 10 5 1 4 16
10. Werder Bremen 10 3 4 3 13
11. FC Koln 10 4 1 5 13
12. Eintracht Frankfurt 10 2 3 5 9
13. Karlsruhe 10 3 0 7 9
14. Hannover 96 10 2 3 5 9
15. Arminia Bielefeld 10 1 5 4 8
16. VfL Bochum 10 1 4 5 7
17. Monchengladbach 10 2 1 7 7
18. Energie Cottbus 10 1 3 6 6

On Second Thoughts: USA 94

The American jamboree divides opinion like few other tournaments, but it was surely the best World Cup since the 80s.

Italy: Serie A Wednesday Wrap + Table


Team GP W D L Pts
1. Udinese 9 6 2 1 20
2. Napoli 9 6 2 1 20
3. AC Milan 9 6 1 2 19
4. Inter Milan 9 5 3 1 18
5. Fiorentina 9 5 2 2 17
6. Lazio 9 5 1 3 16
7. Genoa 9 5 1 3 16
8. Juventus 9 4 3 2 15
9. Catania 9 4 3 2 15
10. Atalanta 9 4 1 4 13
11. Palermo 9 4 1 4 13
12. Lecce 9 2 4 3 10
13. Siena 9 2 3 4 9
14. Torino 9 2 2 5 8
15. Sampdoria 8 1 4 3 7
16. AS Roma 8 2 1 5 7
17. Cagliari 9 2 1 6 7
18. Bologna 9 2 0 7 6
19. Chievo 9 1 3 5 6
20. Reggina 9 1 2 6 5

England: Premier League Wrap, Reports + Table


Liverpool 1 - 0 Portsmouth
Gerrard penalty undoes resolute Pompey performance

Hull 0 - 3 Chelsea
Tigers brought back down to earth

Aston Villa 3 - 2 Blackburn
Villa go fourth

Manchester United 2 - 0 West Ham
Ronaldo double

Fulham 2 - 0 Wigan
Johnson double

Bolton 0 - 1 Everton
Fellaini again

Middlesbrough 2 - 0 Manchester City
Tensions high as SWP tells Southgate to fuck off

Team GP W D L Pts
1. Liverpool 10 8 2 0 26
2. Chelsea 10 7 2 1 23
3. Arsenal 10 6 2 2 20
4. Aston Villa 10 6 2 2 20
5. Hull City 10 6 2 2 20
6. Manchester Utd 9 5 3 1 18
7. Portsmouth 10 4 2 4 14
8. Manchester City 10 4 1 5 13
9. Middlesbrough 10 4 1 5 13
10. Sunderland 10 3 3 4 12
11. West Ham 10 4 0 6 12
12. Everton 10 3 3 4 12
13. Blackburn 10 3 3 4 12
14. Fulham 9 3 2 4 11
15. Stoke City 10 3 1 6 10
16. WBA 10 3 1 6 10
17. Newcastle 10 2 3 5 9
18. Wigan 10 2 2 6 8
19. Bolton 10 2 2 6 8
20. Tottenham 10 1 3 6 6

The North London Derby: Arsenal 4 - 4 Tottenham


Tottenham make their point in the mayhem

Spurs showed character to level a thrilling match, but for Arsenal it was the same story of brilliance undone by carelessness.

After a disappointing draw against hated rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Arsene Wenger has admitted he has a laborious task eradicating his side's self doubt.

Wenger takes the blame

Player Ratings

Night on the town proves costly for Adriano

It seems that troubled Brazilian striker Adriano just can't control his inner party-animal and has once again landed himself in hot-water at Inter Milan for a breach of discipline.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wednesday's Intro

Good Day SSNers!!

Diego Maradona's impending assumption of the Argentina hotseat dominates the headlines, the North London Derby goes down tonight at the Emirates Stadium as Tottenham and 'Arry Redknapp travel to their neighbors' abode to try and do the business, speaking of Arsenal and Portsmouth, Tony Adams is the new boss on the south coast, Fiorentina host Inter in Italy as The Special One tries to get his house in order by disciplining Adriano (no surprise there), Americans Abroad Edu and Adu support Obama, Quotes & Chants of the Week, Gabriele Marcotti's column, Joey Barton helps Newcastle to victory and much more!!


U.S. Players Show Support for Obama

The upcoming U.S. election for a new president has not escaped the notice of players who are busy with clubs abroad. Two of America’s rising stars, Freddy Adu and Maurice Edu, both mentioned their support for Barack Obama in recent interviews.

Well, obviously they're only voting for Obama because he's black...

Italy: Serie A Wednesday Previews

Inter and Roma seek quick fix to growing problems

Fiorentina vs. Inter

Roma vs. Sampdoria

Milan vs. Siena

Bologna vs. Juventus Profile: Tony Adams, The New Portsmouth Boss

Graham Lister reviews the career of Tony Adams following his appointment this week as the new manager of Premier League Portsmouth...

England: Wednesday Premier League Previews & Predictions

The Big Clash is the North London Derby (see post below). Elsewhere, table toppers Liverpool look to continue their success when they welcome Tony Adams and Pompey to Anfield, Hull City try to prove themselves yet again, this time against Chelsea at home, Fulham host Wigan, Blackburn go to Villa, Manchester United welcome West Ham, Sunderland play Stoke, Boro host Manchester City and Everton are at the Reebok to face Bolton.


Lawro's Predictions

Quotes & Chants of the Week

"I'm sure his missus would enjoy the shopping in Portsmouth far more than in Milan." Redknapp, in his previous guise as Portsmouth boss, attempts to entice David Beckham to Fratton Park - chances are he won't succeed.

"My timing has never been very good and, this week, it could not have been worse." But leaving Portsmouth two days before he was awarded the freedom of the city was perhaps not the smartest move in the world.

"David Bentley are you listening,
Can you see what you are missing,
Bottom of the league,
With no Champions League,
Walking in an Incey wonderland."
Sung by Blackburn fans at Bolton (to the tune of Walking in a Winterland) .


England: Tuesday Match Report

Newcastle 2 - 1 West Brom

Joey Barton spots chance to earn Newcastle United breathing space

Gabriele Marcotti Column


Tony Adams, Paolo Di Canio and Diego Maradona

Marcotti's friend...

Maradona set to be confirmed as Argentina coach next week

Diego Maradona will be confirmed as the new Argentina coach next Tuesday, according to the Argentine Football Association national team secretary Luis Segura. Maradona, 47, revealed yesterday he is on the verge of accepting the job and met with the AFA president Julio Grondona last night.

Marcela Mora y Araujo:
A great player doesn't necessarily make a great manager, but El Diego's inspirational presence could bring the most out of potentially the best squad in the world

Tim Vickery:
Is it Maradona's time?

The North London Derby: Arsenal vs. Tottenham

Phil Holland
talks to Ex-Spurs and Arsenal stalwarts ahead of today's North London Derby.

We can be as big as Arsenal

Graham Lister:
What makes the North London Derby special?

What: Barclays Premier League, Matchday 10
Who: Arsenal (4th, 19pts) v Tottenham (20th, 5pts)
When: Wednesday, 29th October, Kick-Off 20:00 GMT
Where: Emirates Stadium, Ashburton Grove, London N5

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

No place like home as Palestine redefine the meaning of winning

The Palestinian FA's new president is a bruiser with a colourful background bidding to use football as an, albeit shaky, bridge towards peace in the area.

Raphael Honigstein in Germany

The Bundesliga's surprise leaders are a team built around attacking football and a crafty management team.

Hoffenheim party like it's 1899.

An 1899 Benz: Pimped ride the 19th century...

Look who’s in first: Hoffenheim

When they attend Bundesliga games, Hoffenheim fans wear T-shirts with the inscription, “The entire village is here.”

It may not be an overstatement.

Greg Lalas: Could MLS’s best team survive in EPL?

Right or wrong, I spend a lot of time in bars. It’s not that I’m a big drinker, but a barstool is one of the best soapboxes in the world (just behind an online column). Perched on that swiveling lectern, orators of varying talents can pontificate on everything from Aristotelian ethics to Sarah Palin’s vice-presidential qualifications to the artistic influence of Motley Crue. And because they’re in a bar when they run their mouth off, they generally escape unscathed. Often mocked but unscathed.

Crowd trouble between Sunderland and Newcastle fans blamed on alcohol

The police officer who headed up the response to crowd trouble in and around the Stadium of Light has blamed excessive alcohol consumption for confrontations between Sunderland and Newcastle supporters.

That's brilliant detective work, son!

Americans in the UK: Dempsey To The Rescue

Clint Demspey popped up in the right place at the right time to earn Fulham a point and bolster his bid for a starting role. Tim Howard backstopped Everton to a massive draw against Manchester United.

Alex Ferguson: why I don't pray - and other Manchester United secrets

In an exclusive interview with The Times, the Manchester United manager offers candid reflections on his remarkable career - and sets his retirement date.

Germany: Bundesliga Midweek Preview

There is a rare round of midweek Bundesliga action this week with a number of tasty looking matches on offer. Surprise leaders Hoffenheim will look to confirm their lofty position with a win away to Bochum, while second place Bayer Leverkusen travel to Werder Bremen.

Bayern will be looking for their third win on the trot against a resurgent Frankfurt, and Hamburg face a tough game against Stuttgart. previews all the midweek action.

England: Tuesday's Premier League Preview

What: Premier League
Who: Newcastle United (19th – 6 points) v West Bromwich Albion (13th – 10 points)
When: Tuesday 28th October 2008 – 19:45 (local time)
Where: St James’ Park Stadium, Newcastle


Spain: La Liga Winners and Losers of Matchday 8

Ewan Macdonald and James Walker-Roberts look back on Matchday 8 of Primera action with an eye on those who made out best - and worst - after a weekend full of eventful matches...

Americans On The Continent: Bradley Getting Minutes

Oguchi Onyewu, Standard Liege (Belgium)
vs. Racing Genk, 0-0, 90 minutes

Oguchi Onyewu and Standard Liege held on to the top spot in the Belgian Jupiler League with their 0-0 draw against rivals Racing Genk. Gooch, who looks increasingly likely to be on his way out of Belgium, put in a good performance, and will look to continue his good form as he approaches the January transfer window.
Next up: Away to Royal Charleroi SC, Friday, October 31
The Rest

Sid Lowe in Spain

As both the madness at the Madrigal and the top of the table prove, Spanish football is getting interesting again.

Goals galore as La Liga shakes off its torpor.

Top 10 Great British Stars Abroad

No. 3: Steve McManaman

After becoming one of the first top names to take advantage of the Bosman ruling, McManaman left Liverpool for Real Madrid on a free in 1999. The winger incredibly went on to win the Champions League twice in his four years in Spain, as well as two league titles. An unforgettable experience for the star.

The Other Nine

Paolo Bandini in Italy

Napoli's film producer owner could not have written a better script for his team's rise up the table.

Rags to riches story reaches its climax as Reja takes Napoli to the Serie A summit.