Friday, November 21, 2008
William Gallas could be handed his wish of a move back to France sooner than expected following an attack on his Arsenal team-mates.
Arsenal fans call for Gallas exit
Argentina's football writers were in upbeat mood during the post mortem of Diego Maradona's first match in charge.
A sense of relief is fully reflected in the press.
A new study has revealed that almost two million adult football fans have pre-match rituals designed to bring their teams luck.
Dogs on Couch = Goal
After being relegated from to the English Championship, American Abroad Marcus Hahnemann is eager to help Reading back to the top flight. The goalkeeper spoke with Soccer 365 about the season, being relegated, his place with the U.S. national team and more.
More Team News
Goal.com previews all the weekend action.
Friday 21st November (all times local)
20:30 Karlsruhe – Borussia Dortmund
Saturday 22nd November
15:30 Bayern Munich – Energie Cottbus
15:30 Schalke – Bor.Mönchengladbach
15:30 Wolfsburg - Stuttgart
15:30 Eintracht Frankfurt - Hannover
15:30 VfL Bochum – Hertha Berlin
15:30 Arminia Bielefeld – Bayer Leverkusen
15:30 1.FC Köln – 1899 Hoffenheim
17:00 Hamburg – Werder Bremen
By all accounts, the 2008 MLS Cup Final should be a mismatch, with the dynamic and dangerous Columbus Crew taking on the short-handed and overachieving New York Red Bulls.
MLS Cup Final
New York vs. Columbus
Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
But while the price of demotion to the Championship is huge, only the boldest would stake much money on identifying the three teams to suffer. It could be West Brom, Tottenham and Blackburn, the current occupants of the relegation zone, but there is just as much chance that it will end up being Stoke, Wigan and Newcastle, the three clubs immediately above them. West Ham, Bolton and Sunderland form an equally plausible trio and, while Hull's reward for a stellar start is sixth place, they are not safe yet.
A voracious appetite for birds, booze and drugs rarely complements a fruitful footballing career but Frank McAvennie, a striker who once scored goals as freely as he partied, made a genuine effort to marry the two.
William Gallas, the Arsenal captain, has launched a scathing attack on the club's young players, accusing them of lacking the stomach for a fight.
Wait, I'm sorry. Who doesn't have the stomach for a fight...?
Thursday, November 20, 2008
How can anyone take a league that would crown a sub .500 team champion seriously?
This situation plays up the silliness that are the MLS playoffs. A thirty-game regular season is thrown out the window, in favor of this compressed, unnecessary four-game sprint.
Bayern Munich will sign U.S. international forward Landon Donovan on a loan deal running from Jan 1 to at least the middle of March and possibly until the end of the season, the Bundesliga club said on Thursday.
"I think City will come out on top."
Lawro's prediction for Hull City v Man City.
"I'm not sure I'm better than Steven - but I'm definitely thinner than Frank."
Jimmy Bullard reacts to the Fulham faithful's song about him. ( Jimmy Bullard, Bullard, he's better than Steve Gerrard, he's thinner than Frank Lampard, Jim Bullard, Bullard ).
"Too fat and you can't get up!"
QPR fans to Burnley's heavyweight keeper Brian Jensen as he sat on the pitch getting treatment.
"Are you Chelsea in disguise?"
Burnley supporters at Loftus Road after completing a west London double.
Diego Maradona enjoyed a winning start as Argentina coach with victory over Scotland on Wednesday while Marcello Lippi equalled a world record in charge of Italy. Brazil routed Portugal and England beat Germany. ROUNDUP
Richard Jolly at Hampton Park
Diego sets the rhythm for first tango in Glasgow
Brazil 6 - 2 Portugal
Germany 1 - 2 England
Republic of Ireland 2 - 3 Poland
Denmark 0 - 1 Wales
Netherlands 3 - 1 Sweden
Kenny Cooper’s second half strike and Freddy Adu’s first international goal sealed the deal as the United States eased past Guatemala on Wednesday night in Colorado.
Youngsters spice up U.S. attack against Guatemala
Looked like another weak-ass crowd to see The Nats, this time in Denver...
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
|Austria vs. Turkey||Preview|
|Brazil vs. Portugal||Preview|
|Denmark vs. Wales||Preview|
|France vs. Uruguay||Preview|
|Germany vs. England||Preview|
|Greece vs. Italy||Preview|
|Netherlands vs. Sweden||Preview|
|Rep. of Ireland vs. Poland||Preview|
|Scotland vs. Argentina||Preview|
|S. Africa vs. Cameroon||Preview|
|Spain vs. Chile||Preview|
|Switzerland vs. Finland|
|Ukraine vs. Norway|
|Serbia vs. Bulgaria|
|Colombia vs. Nigeria|
|Cyprus vs. Belarus|
|N. Ireland vs. Hungary|
| Romania vs. Georgia|
Portugal play Brazil...
Sixty fans of Argentina’s River Plate soccer team were being held by police Monday after hijacking a bus and demanding the driver to go faster so they could get to the game on time. It was the second soccer-related bus hijacking in less than a week.
The renewal of a great footballing rivalry between England and germany in Wednesday's Berlin friendly brings back memories of some of international football's greatest encounters. Here, we re-live five epics and focus on the key men who helped shaped the game's history.
Maradona's appointment as Argentina manager has captured the world's attention, but can he inspire his new players like he used to inspire his team-mates?
The amount of fantastic Maradona photos is staggering...
With Premier League managers quietly bemoaning what most of them see as the unwanted intrusion of another round of midweek internationals, Goal.com considers how each of the English top-flight bosses has fared so far this season – which is already a third of the way through…
Theo Walcott has become the latest casualty of a friendly international already denounced as meaningless by some Premier League managers after the Arsenal winger dislocated his right shoulder in training last night. The youngster will play no part against Germany tonight and, if the injury requires surgery, will face up to 10 weeks out of the game.
At first glance, the United States' World Cup qualifier on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN Classic) against Guatemala appears to be a game in which finding motivation could be difficult. The Americans already booked their passage to next year's hexagonal and can afford to experiment without pressure. But if you dig beneath the surface, you'll find several reasons for the U.S. team to bring the requisite intensity needed to secure victory.
As Bob Bradley expands his choice of players to some unlikely names, Goal.com's Noah Davis argues this can only help the team.
On Saturday, Bayern failed to hold on to a two-goal lead for the third time this season. As amazing as this is, the last weeks have been so successful for the Munich giants that there's now little of the hoopla which surrounded every Bayern game in August and September.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
five top nicknames
1, Diomansy Kamara Known as “Joe” because it’s a lot easier than saying Diomansy.
2, Patrick Vieira Or “Halifax”, at Arsenal, after the guy from the building society TV ads. He didn’t like it very much.
3, Neil Pointon The former Manchester City and Everton defender was dubbed “Dissa”. Think about it . . .
4, Fitz Hall The QPR defender was given the name “One Size” when he was at Oldham. One Size Fitz Hall. Total genius.
5, Kiki Musampa Responded to the name of “Chris” at Manchester City. Chris Musampa. Oh yes.
Argentina have appointed as their coach a former cocaine addict who prefers to watch football matches waving his shirt over his head rather than thinking logically in a dugout. A man who has enough trouble organising his own life, never mind meeting the needs of a squad. He once kept his biographer waiting 24 hours in an hotel lobby (the writer never budged from the sofa). And he twice invited me to Buenos Aires for an interview and did not show up.
This is a man who would not do a commercial for Viagra, unlike Pelé, but would make sure he was in attractive company and then swallow the whole packet.
A man who does everything to excess, be it bad timekeeping, feuds, drugs, sublime skills; and whose international coaching regime, which begins against Scotland in Glasgow tomorrow evening, is surely doomed as a result.
The tension between Fabio Capello and Rafael Benítez grew last night, with the Liverpool manager bewildered by his England counterpart's insistence that Steven Gerrard make a six-hour round trip to prove that he was not fit enough to play for his country in tomorrow's friendly match against Germany.
England's hotel in Hertfordshire...
Why some neat work from a ball-boy helped Karim Benzema and co reinforce their position as the dominant force in France.
Lyon get by with a little help from a little friend.
Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel led the way this weekend as the American contingent in the UK had a strong week.
Eddie Johnson, Cardiff
Johnson had his best game of the season on Saturday, as his aggressiveness paid dividends for Cardiff. Johnson, starting once again, won not one, but two penalties for the Bluebirds, one of which was converted into a goal. The speedy striker looked confident and was forceful on the pitch, resulting in a very productive affair. Cardiff won 2-1 over Crystal Palace.
In M'gladbach's huge game against Bayern Munich, American Michael Bradley netted a huge game-tying goal to snap Munich's five-game winning streak.
Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes (France)
vs. Monaco, 2-1, 90 minutes
Carlos Bocanegra and his Rennes teammates again put in a solid defensive display against Monaco, only giving up a penalty in the 72nd minute and securing a 2-1 victory against the visiting Monegasque side courtesy of goals from Moussa Sow and Jimmy Briand on either side of halftime.
Next up: Away to Bordeaux, Saturday, November 22
”To summarize, I had a few other adventures. Let’s say that between the 600 and 700 women I’ve been with, around 20 were from the show business world“). And then: “Many times I played great games right after having sex. Go look at Roma-Juve 4-0. I had sex at six in the morning that Sunday, with one of the many ‘friends’ I had at that time.
One of Antonio's "friends"...
Monday, November 17, 2008
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF), Matt Pickens (out of contract)
DEFENDERS (6): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Sean Franklin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Cory Gibbs (Colorado Rapids), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Drew Moor (FC Dallas), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), John Thorrington (Chicago Fire)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire)