Friday, November 14, 2008
Police official Carlos Durante said that in two separate incidents in Buenos Aires on Thursday night, Chacarita Juniors supporters forced passengers to get off the vehicles and told the drivers to take them to the stadium where their side were playing Talleres.
November 1958. Then, as now, the world was in the midst of a sharp economic downturn. Direct-dial telephone calls in Britain were three weeks away and would be inaugurated with a call from the Queen to speak to the Lord Provost in Edinburgh. The No 1 hit single of the time was It’s All In The Game by Tommy Edwards.
It is easy in a recession to become an inverted snob and damn all footballers as being big on blacked-out BMWs and small on grey matter. The fans are in the red and the players are in the pink, but then you meet the record-breaking goalkeeper who says that he is inspired by Victorian philanthropy rather than Versace and Armani.
I wouldn't live there...if you paid me to...
Team News II
Nick Webster's Predictions
Viareggio, Tuscany -- Collina's hometown, not Friedel's...
Argentina coach Diego Maradona on Thursday denied that he had considered quitting the job only a week after taking over because of a row over his choice of assistant.
"There's never been a resignation, there's never been anything"
"Want to see my tattoo? It's you!"
With just two days until the Rome derby, a situation not seen in years has occurred - Lazio are ahead of Roma in the Serie A standings. In fact, the Biancocelesti lead their counterparts by 14 points at this stage of the season.
Is the balance of power shifting in the Eternal City?
The FA set a precedent in 2002 when Jamie Carragher was handed a three-match ban after being sent off for throwing a coin back into Arsenal's support at Highbury.
Argentina has long been seen as one of the most successful national teams in football. Boasting a proud history that includes two World Cup wins, a lot of the success they have achieved can be put down to their commitment to youth.
Despite the Crew fans' “traitor” chants, former Crew forward Brian McBride did his best to put his old team away by giving the Fire an early 1-0 advantage. But galvanized by their first playoff action in six years, the Crew rebounded to score twice and reach the MLS Cup final.
Columbus 2 - 1 Chicago
Thursday, November 13, 2008
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Guardian writers pick their best 20 players in England who are 18 or under.
Mark Beevers (Sheffield Wednesday)
Van Nistelrooy travelled to the United States this week to see specialist Dr Richard Steadman about his injured right knee and, after undergoing an exploratory arthroscopic operation to determine the extent of the problem, it has been decided the Dutchman will now need surgery.
The Vail doc...
Ipswich midfielder David Norris, with his ill-advised 'handcuffs' gesture at the weekend, was merely the latest in a long line of dodgy goal celebrations down the years.
Telegraph Sport doffs its cap to 10 of the best...
Gazza does the "Dentist Chair"...
"My wife Coleen's brother and his girlfriend stayed with us, so when we went to bed I had to stay on the floor. It was a bit weird - we'd just won the Champions League and I was going to sleep on the floor! But I don't think I'd have minded where I got my head down that night."
Wayne Rooney on being brought back down to earth after Man Utd's triumph in May.
"You're supposed to have a neck!"
Middlesbrough fans to Craig Bellamy
All the Fun
Columbus and Chicago face each other for the first time in the MLS Cup playoffs with a spot in this year’s championship game on the line.
Who: Columbus Crew v. Chicago Fire
When: 7:30 pm ET, Thursday, November 13
Where: Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
McBride spearheads Chicago offense against Columbus
Drogba apologizes for coin throw as Chelsea tumble out
Drogba throws Chelsea into chaos
Police open investigation
Tottenham 4 - 2 Liverpool
More White Hart Pain for Rafa
Sunderland 1 - 2 Blackburn
Bragging rights go to Ince
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Five months after Italy won the World Cup in 1934, the team visited London to play England in what the home press dubbed the real World Cup final. But the ferocious tactics of the visitors caused outrage and encouraged calls to limit the number of international friendlies, a now familiar debate.
ENGLAND: Moss (Arsenal): Male (Arsenal), Hapgood (Arsenal) (captain); Britton (Everton), Barker (Derby County), Copping (Arsenal); Matthews (Stoke), Bowden (Arsenal), Drake (Arsenal), Bastin (Arsenal), Brook (Manchester City).
ITALY: Ceresoli (Ambrosiana); Monzeglio (Bologna), Allemandi (Ambrosiana), Ferraris IV (Lazio), Monti (Juventus), Bertolini (Juventus); Guaita (Roma), Serantoni (Juventus), Meazza (Ambrosiana), Ferrari (Juventus), Orsi (Juventus).
Inter may have a new coach in Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho this season, but they appear to be dealing with the same old problems with Brazilian striker Adriano. What should Inter do with ‘The Emperor’, who not so long ago was one of the most feared strikers on the planet?
Keith Harris, the chairman of Seymour Pierce, the investment bank, and the man responsible for brokering some of the biggest takeovers of Barclays Premier League clubs, including the sale of Chelsea to Roman Abramovich in 2003, believes that the Americans could be forced to sell leading players if they are unable to pay off the club’s £350 million debt
The Bundesliga has been all about attacking verve this season, but can the risk-takers and mavericks stay ahead of the pragmatists?
Bayern and Hamburg put the brakes on Bundesliga's style offensive.
Arsenal 3 - 0 Wigan
Arsenal kids far too strong for full-strength Wigan
Can Wenger Shape New England?
Manchester United 1 - 0 Queens Park Rangers
Tevez penalty sees off QPR
Stoke City 2 - 0 Rotherham
League Two Opponents Dominated
Other League Cup Matches From Tuesday
MLS will have two new conference champions this week, but it is too tight to declare just who they will be.
Only four MLS teams remain but all is still to play for.
Owen Hargreaves' future as a professional footballer is in jeopardy after he was ruled out for the rest of the season because of his persistent problems with tendinitis. Hargreaves underwent surgery on his right knee yesterday and will also need a successful operation on his left knee if his career is to progress beyond the age of 27.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Former England striker brings curtain down on a career of numerous highs that ended on an unfortunate low.
In spells in the top flight with Newcastle United, Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth and Sunderland, he scored a remarkable total of 187 goals, a figure surpassed by only Alan Shearer (260). Thierry Henry, Robbie Fowler and Les Ferdinand are next on the list.
As a child, Barack Obama often played soccer on the streets of Indonesia. These days, his affinity for the sport stretches little further than watching his daughter Malia’s junior games and owning a long-distance appreciation for English Premier League team West Ham United.
Manchester United vs. Queens Park Rangers
Manchester United (from): Kuszczak, Foster, Amos, Rafael, Evans, Cleverley, O'Shea, Chester, Possebon, Gibson, Hewson, Fletcher, Park, Anderson, Carrick, Nani, Giggs, Welbeck, Manucho, Rooney, Tevez
All The Previews
With a reputation for racist slurs and unsavoury friends, the Serb has much to do to mend his image in a famously left-leaning city. On the field at least, a crazy own goal has given his managerial career a creditable start.
Late leveller boosts Mihajlovic's Bologna charm offensive
While Barça and Real Madrid plunder goals at will, spare a thought for goal-shy Osasuna, whose combative new manager has yet to effect much-needed improvement.
Camacho's call to arms draws blank at Osasuna, chumps of Europe
DaMarcus Beasley and Maurice Edu, Rangers
vs. Dundee United and
Away to Arminia Bielefeld, 2-0, 90 minutes
Michael Bradley played the entire match as M’Gladbach secured a vital three points away to Arminia Bielefeld. Young Bosnian-born Germany international Marko Marin took Borussia’s fate upon his shoulders, scoring in the 6th and 80th minutes to secure the away win. The victory moved Die Fohlen to 14th in the league, and they will attempt to improve their standing even further as they take on Bavarian giants Bayern Munich next.
Standing on the Robertson Stadium field and surrounded by a sea of 30,000 orange-clad Houston Dynamo fans, the New York Red Bulls faced some of the longest odds ever faced by a Major League Soccer team.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Unbeaten in five, with four wins and an average of nearly three goals scored per game; last-gasp comebacks against Arsenal and Liverpool; a dramatic improvement in attitude... Just what has Harry Redknapp done to effect such a drastic turnaround at White Hart Lane?
Arsene Wenger's prediction that this year's title race could go down to the wire may well prove prescient, although it is unlikely to be for the reason offered up by the Frenchman.
If Mark Hughes is to get the best out of the fluid attacking talents at his disposal, he needs solidity behind them - and to stay in the job long enough to make his mark.
Barca are top with 25 points from ten games, one ahead of Villarreal, after hammering Valladolid 6-0 at the Nou Camp on Saturday.
Valencia have 23 points and moved above Real Madrid into third on goal difference. The champions scrambled a 4-3 comeback win at home to Malaga on Saturday.
Fulham beat Newcastle, Spurs continue streak with a win at Manchester City, Boro snatch victory from Villa, Pompey beat Sunderland, Liverpool cruise, Bolton topple Hull, Everton roll over West Ham and Stoke and Wigan draw...