Friday, October 31, 2008
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.
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...
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...
Thomas Schaaf's stewardship is coming under scrutiny as Werder Bremen's Bundesliga campaign has stuttered.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
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.
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
Fulham 2 - 0 Wigan
Bolton 0 - 1 Everton
Middlesbrough 2 - 0 Manchester City
Tensions high as SWP tells Southgate to fuck off
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
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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!!
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...
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.
"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) .
ALL THE FUN
Newcastle 2 - 1 West Brom
Joey Barton spots chance to earn Newcastle United breathing space
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
Is it Maradona's time?
Phil Holland talks to Ex-Spurs and Arsenal stalwarts ahead of today's North London Derby.
We can be as big as Arsenal
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
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.
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!
In an exclusive interview with The Times, the Manchester United manager offers candid reflections on his remarkable career - and sets his retirement date.
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. Goal.com previews all the midweek action.
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
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.
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.