Friday, December 05, 2008
Over six years ago Niall Quinn sat in a news conference explaining why Roy Keane had left the Republic of Ireland's squad for the 2002 World Cup. On Thursday, Quinn found himself explaining a second Keane exit, this time announcing the 37-year-old's reign as manager of the north-east club was over after less than two-and-a-half years.
The footballer Thierry Henry has reached a divorce settlement with his ex-wife reported to be worth £8million.
The pair, who have a two-year-old daughter called Tea, met while appearing in television adverts for Renault cars.
Ronaldo also defended himself against accusations of diving. "You know Hercules? He was hefty and muscular but sometimes he fell," he said.
Hercules protects his face from being hit by a soccer ball...
From Diego Maradona gaining revenge on the Butcher of Bilbao to Franny Lee KO'ing Norman Hunter, Scott Murray looks at the footballers and managers who lost it big time.
Chelsea go to Bolton, Liverpool are at Ewood Park, Keaneless Sunderland head to Old Trafford, Fulham host Manchester City, Arsenal welcome Wigan, Hull host Boro, Stoke are at St. James' Park, Everton welcome Villa, West Brom welcome Portsmouth, and Spurs head to East London to face West Ham.
The Full English: Refried Beans
Nick Webster's Predictions
Former European Cup winners Hamburg, Aston Villa and Ajax qualified for the knockout round of the UEFA Cup from the same group Thursday— although one of them lost and another didn’t play.
James clanger puts Pompey out of UEFA Cup
With two rounds left until the winter break, the Bundesliga witnesses a David and Goliath clash this week as the mighty Bayern Munich take on minnows - yet league leaders - 1899 Hoffenheim. Elsewhere the teams at the bottom are looking for three points to give themselves some early Christmas cheer.
Goal.com previews all the weekend action...
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Liverpool skipper Gerrard, 28, said: “I am truly privileged.”
Stevie's is the one on the left...
Estimates suggest more than 200 people have died in football- related murders in Argentina -
but why, and what can be done?
Gomes has become the latest custodian to fall foul of the goalkeeping graveyard that is White Hart Lane. A regular in the Champions League with former club PSV Eindhoven, Gomes was seen as the experienced, reliable answer to the problem of Paul Robinson, but instead has turned out to be a comedy turn whose fear of crosses is more pronounced than Dracula's. His errors are too numerous mention here but the goal he gifted to Fulham stands out as the worst.
Chants were directed against the Egyptian striker as he came on as subsitute at the Riverside in Saturday's goalless draw. The FA wrote to the Tyne and Tees clubs last August after a similar outburst from the stands and issued Newcastle with a final warning. But no banning orders have been handed out and the FA has simply promised a new investigation into the repeat incident.
West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola has an early Christmas gift for Keano. He could do with some cheering up.
"Are you Bournemouth in disguise?"
Portsmouth fans while 2-0 up against AC Milan.
"You got your stand from Ikea."
Millwall fans singing to Leyton Orient about their shoddy stand.
Portsmouth Announcer: "Number 22 - Kaka!"
Announcer: "Number 80 - Ronaldinho!"
At Pompey-AC Milan.
All The Rest
Tottenham maintained its League Cup defense Wednesday by rallying to beat Watford 2-1, while Carlos Tevez scored four times to put Manchester United into the semifinals with a 5-3 victory over Blackburn.
Blackburn fans demand Ince's head
Gooch scored for Standard Liege...
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claims that the loan deal for the Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan is currently set to end before the start of the 2009 MLS Season.
Roy Keane has resigned as Sunderland manager following a dreadful run of form that has plunged the club into the Premier League's relegation zone.
Was Keane just a train wreck waiting to happen at Sunderland?
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
From Sylvester Stallone's fondness for Everton to the soft spot that Adolf Hitler had for Schalke 04 and Osama bin Laden's connection with Arsenal, Kaveh Solhekol lists the famous fans you really don't want behind your team.
vs. Aston Villa
Dempsey played a good game on Saturday, playing aggressively while also trying his best to hold his spot in the starting XI. He nearly opened the scoring for the London club as his 20-yard effort had to be tip over the bar by fellow American, Brad Friedel. Dempsey’s tenacity was almost too much early on as he was booked with a yellow card after a clumsy challenge on Barry. However, a point against a formidable side was important as Fulham extended their unbeaten run to four games running and seven of their last eight.
Up Next: Saturday, home to Manchester City.
Jozy Altidore picked up a rare La Liga start for Villarreal. The 19-year-old striker has been eased into the squad since making his 7 digit move to Spain from Red Bull New York, but is starting to perform as he torments Recreativo Huelva.
And Michael Bradley scored an own goal...
Premier League pints
Chelsea - £4
Arsenal - £3.50
Manchester City - £.3.50
West Ham - £.3.50
Fulham - £.3.50
Tottenham Hotspur - £.3.30
Sunderland - £.3.20
West Bromwich - £.3.20
Newcastle - £.3.20
Aston Villa - £.3.20
Everton - £.3.20
Manchester United - £.3.00
Liverpool - £.3.00
Stoke - £.3.00
Hull - £.3.00
Blackburn - £.3.00
Portsmouth - £.3.00
Bolton - £.2.90
Middlesbrough - £.2.80
Wigan - £.2.70
I spent the larger part of Monday evening reading an article in a monthly magazine and then checking the reactions across various message boards. The magazine's cover, almost solely devoted to this one story, depicts your classic prohibition sign, with the diagonal line crossing a megaphone. Below that are the words "Silence, please!" and then: "How ultras are ruining the atmosphere on German fan stands."
Fans may be on the verge of forgiving derided coach Víctor Muñoz for his lack of glamour after he masterminded victory over Real Madrid.
Muñoz keeps his chin up as Getafe enjoy last laugh over dysfunctional Real.
The Zebrette's Champions League hopes are fading, but Pasquale Marino may not have the resources to lift Udinese back into the European places.
Slender Udinese need to fatten up after Christmas.
Schalke's supporters have turned on sporting director Andreas Müller as their expensively-assembled team continues to fall short of expectations.
Müller in the firing line as Schalke's furious fans look for someone to blame.
Our favorite Schalke fan photo...he's furious.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Ferguson forecasts fight to the finish
Liverpool top, but for how long?
Adebayor reveals Arsenal's Achilles Heel
Fans taunt Mido again
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Gianfranco Zola handed Chelsea a multitude of reasons to revere him as their greatest ever player. Last night he gave them cause to toast his move into management as West Ham restricted Liverpool's rise to the top at an angst-ridden Anfield. Reaching the summit has rarely been greeted with such bewilderment in these parts.
Liverpool 0 - 0 West Ham
Quite a decent week for Barcelona, to quote a phrase. A 2-5 win in Lisbon in midweek followed by a 0-3 result in the Sánchez Pizjuan in Sevilla - never an easy place to visit - means that all is tickety-boo on the Catalan front. Messi even had time to lift his shirt and show us his flat tummy after his first goal, which was a little nod to the commentary team of La Sexta TV channel, who had suggested a while ago that he might have been a little overweight. Fat or thin, there's no stopping him, or his team at the moment.