Friday, December 19, 2008
A Twente fan was injured by a hatchet in clashes with Paris St Germain supporters ahead of a UEFA Cup game at the Parc des Princes, police said on Thursday.
Memories of Michael Thomas still haunt Liverpool, but they can finish off Arsenal's title hopes with a win at the Emirates.
Jose Mourinho's opportunity to outwit Sir Alex Ferguson again is just one of the intriguing sub-plots from a mouth-watering line-up for the last 16.
The Bundesliga's winter break has arrived and Hoffenheim have been crowned "Autumn Champions," courtesy of a draw against nine-man Schalke 04. Mönchengladbach have been experiencing a rough season, whereas Hoffenheim are having an excellent one. Werder are going through a mixed season.
Let's take a look at each team's results through the first half of the season, and the prognosis for the second.
The confrontation between Manchester United players and members of Chelsea ground staff following United's 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge was regarded by many as just one more example of the worst of the Premier League.
FA's handling of Evra affair under fire
AC Milan striker Marco Borriello looks forward to the arrival of Goldenballs.
David Pleat: "Here comes the surging Brazilian right-back... he's Argentinian actually."
Clive Tyldsley: 'He's Uruguayan."
ITV commentary team.
All The Rest
Liverpool's trip to North London on Sunday to face Arsenal is the marquee match of the weekend. Elsewhere, Everton host Chelsea, West Brom welcome Manchester City, Newcastle host Spurs, Villa are at West Ham, Hull host Sunderland, Fulham welcome Boro to Craven Cottage, Pompey go to Bolton and Blackburn play Stoke.
Nick Webster's Predictions
20:00 Real Madrid - Valencia
22:00 Espanyol - Atletico Madrid
Sun 21 Dec
17:00 Mallorca - Sevilla
17:00 Osasuna - Getafe
17:00 Deportivo - Recreativo
17:00 Numancia - Valladolid
17:00 Racing - Malaga
17:00 Sporting - Almeria
19:00 Villarreal - Barcelona
21:00 Betis - Athletic
Ewan Macdonald looks ahead to the last weekend of Primera Division action in 2008.
Columbus Crew Stadium is the meat and potatoes of American soccer grounds.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
This tournament is totally retaaarded and worthless so I'll not be posting any links on the subject. I suppose I'd be excited if I were a Gamba Osaka fan and Manchester United came to play my team. But if I were a United fan I'd be furious that my club has to travel around the world to compete in what is simply a money-making endeavor for sponsors and organizers.
Spain struck a joyous blow for the beautiful game as they finally shone on the international stage but the misery of Chelsea captain John Terry on a rainy May night in Moscow provided soccer’s most vivid image of 2008.
San Lorenzo beat Tigre 2-1 in the first game of a three-way Argentine championship playoff on Wednesday, the match ending in ugly scenes as the losers protested over a red card. Play was halted for nearly six minutes in stoppage-time after Tigre goalkeeper Daniel Islas shoved his hand in the face of San Lorenzo midfielder Pablo Barrientos.
Arsenal's future ownership was plunged into fresh doubt on Wednesday night when it emerged that Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith and Richard Carr, who between them own more than 20 per cent of the company's shares, have left the board of Arsenal Holdings plc.
Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith = Gone
Rosario's two big football clubs are casting away past controversies to build a brighter future for fans.
Rosario: One big football city with a tale of two presidents
This week's Counterattack takes on the question of which American player has been the greatest overseas performer in history.
Big Brad during his forgettable stint at Liverpool...
There are many measures of sustained success, but one of the most intimidating was apparent at White Hart Lane on Saturday. When Sir Alex Ferguson decided upon a double change, the men introduced had a combined haul of almost 50 trophies and the best part of 1400 appearances for Manchester United. Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are arguably the finest winger and the outstanding creative central midfielder of the Premier League era. Had Gary Neville, probably the premier right-back of the last decade and a half, accompanied them on to the pitch, that total of games would have been swelled above 1900.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
10. Dean Windass
Scoring Hull’s winner in the Coca-Cola Championship play-off final was the worst thing he could have done for his playing time, as Phil Brown appears to think that the Premier League isn’t much of a place for 39-year-old strikers. But what a winner and what a story for the local legend.
Allardyce is reported to have been in discussions with the Ewood Park outfit since late on Tuesday night and he is now set to succeed Paul Ince.
Olympique Lyon's French international Sidney Govou was arrested and found five times over the French drink-driving limit, police said on Monday.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has tried to dissuade his players from moving to the Premier League by claiming "English women do not wash their genitalia."
Let's hope it looks like this in central Ohio for the match...
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The United States national team had another successful campaign, storming through the semifinal round of CONCACAF World Cup 2010 qualifying and removing any doubt over its status as one of the top two teams in the region. The squad drew with an admittedly weakened Argentina side and took care of business in classic Bob Bradley fashion the rest of the time. They could play with more pace, more excitement and more panache, but it’s a young group that keeps improving its play and especially its depth. You can’t ask for more. Next up: the February showdown with Mexico in Salt Lake City, which will set the tone for the entire year.
The failure of the Premier League's established order to impose themselves has added an element of surprise to proceedings.
For the first time in the club's proud history La Liga champions Real Madrid appear to be celebrating a loss to their great rivals Barcelona.
Surely this cannot be Real as Madrid revel in el clásico defeat
Opponents believe they will score when they face current crop, the former captain tells David Hytner.
The first three-way play-off for Argentina's Apertura title for 40 years silences all the conspiracy theories.
Boca, Tigre and San Lorenzo in three-way Christmas fight for title
Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes (France)
vs. Nantes, 0-0, 90 minutes
Carlos Bocanegra and the nearly impregnable Rennes defense continued their stalwart run in Ligue 1 play, but again came up short in the final third, drawing with Nantes to leave them at 5th in the league table.
Eddie Johnson, Cardiff
Johnson played 17 minutes on Tuesday against Burnley as the Bluebirds coughed up a 2-1 lead and eventually drew 2-2 on the road. Johnson really didn’t do much to help create a winner; however, his mediocre performance was just the beginning as Saturday’s contest against Ipswich Town was somewhat embarrassing for Johnson. The striker was brought on in the 35th minute after Michael Chopra limped off with a hamstring injury. Johnson was then brought off in the 83nd minute in favor of Stephen McPhail, who is a usual starter. Being subbed off for McPhail is no crime, but that Johnson’s performance was so uneventful that a late substitution was actually necessary is.
Young guns Claudio Marchisio and Paolo De Ceglie excelled as Claudio Ranieri's side threw down an emphatic challenge to leaders Inter.
Youth trumps experience as rampant Juve expose Milan's creaks
Monday, December 15, 2008
The Argentine Apertura championship ended in a three-way tie on Sunday as leading trio San Lorenzo, Boca Juniors and Tigre all won their final games to finish level on points at the top and force a playoff.
As we approach the midpoint of the English Premier League season, one statistical anomaly has lasted too long to be a coincidence.
Home comforts are meaning little this campaign, with five of the top seven EPL teams having won more away games than on their own territory. Now, it would be easy to disregard the evidence as a freak run of away results, but the evidence points more toward a shift in mentality.EPL’s best taking road less traveled
The Italian chose the ideal venue — the ground where he was idolised as a player — to demonstrate his management potential.
Zola summons West Ham performance of craft cast in his own image