Friday, January 16, 2009
The explosive return to form of Thierry Henry at Barcelona is a timely reminder to Arsenal fans of the club's failings this season.
It is at this time of the season, just after the league has passed the halfway stage, that you start assessing potential candidates for the player of the season award. Who has been the outstanding performer in the first half of the season? It has caused some scratching of heads because so many of the expected candidates have either underperformed or been sporadic at best.
Here are the matches, moments and inevitable bust-ups around Europe that we'll be keeping a close eye on.
Nick Webster's Predictions
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Americans are divided on whether to adopt a zany nickname for Philly's new football club – or simply nick names from Europe.
• Philadelphia Team Compassion
• Philadelphia Laser Rocket Cocks
• Philadelphia Zombie Sharks
• Philadelphia and Hove AlbionMu
The Special One reveals what he and Sir Alex didn't talk about after the Chelsea game.
"We made an offer and it was turned down. We offered Stoke-on-Trent."
Stoke boss Tony Pulis on the 'failed bid' to land Kaka.
"David Beckham is not bigger than the Galaxy."
Former LA manager Alexi Lalas shows off his astronomy skills.
"For those fans travelling on the away supporters' coach, please be advised that it has broken down."
Announcement at Aldershot v Dagenham and Redbridge, followed by loud cheers from the home support.
A very bad night for Joe Kinnear saw the Newcastle United manager dispatched to the stands once again before Daniel Cousin's late winner dumped his stuttering side out of the FA Cup.
Newcastle United 0 - 1 Hull City
Italy did not let itself down in welcoming David Beckham to its desolate, cold shores.
All the expected cliches, silliness, frivolous analysis and a badly disguised sense of disdain, oddly coupled with unabated praise, filtered easily from the pages of newspapers and TV shows. However, one can hardly believe the mainstream media's view of a subject coincides with the general public's.
Barcelona have been hit with a fine by the Permanent Commission of the State Commission against Violence, Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Sport for allowing three cans into the game against Real Mallorca earlier this month.
Berbatov and Tevez fail to fire in Rooney's absence as missed chances again threaten to hamper United progress.
Manchester United 1-0 Wigan
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Barcelona recorded a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou to secure a smooth passage to the next round of the Copa Del Rey, 5-2 on aggregate.
His appointment was supposed to signal a change of direction, but his team appear to have found reverse gear. He was brought in to transform Chelsea, to win the worldwide battle for hearts and minds as well as football matches; instead, the fundamental difference could be that, for the first time in five seasons, the title race is concluded without the Blues in the top two and possibly even the podium positions.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
When Cristiano Ronaldo first arrived at Manchester United in 2003, you could have been forgiven for thinking that a Portuguese player would not cut it in the Premier League. The precedents of Helder Postiga, Hugo Viana and Abel Xavier had not been great, but after taking time to settle, the newly crowned FIFA World Player of the Year has changed the perception of Portuguese players across Europe.
Gourcuff's reveals his brilliance for Bordeaux is Zizou-inspired.
Yoann Gourcuff is living up to his billing as the 'new Zidane'
Hotter than Zidane??
Inter beat 10-man Genoa in Italian Cup
FA Cup holders Portsmouth avoid upset + other results
FA Cup Replay: Southend shock could see off Scolari
Big Phil Drops Drogba
Copa del Rey Preview: Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid
A four-man delegation led by chief executive Garry Cook met top officials at Milan's headquarters Tuesday, where they offered to make the Brazilian player the highest paid in the world on 15 million pounds a year after tax, the Daily Mail and the Sun tabloids reported.
A week ago, there was an irate reader's letter in the Monday edition of Kicker magazine that scolded the publication for naming Franck Ribéry its Man of the Year. The logical choice, said the letter, would have been Ralf Rangnick.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Maradona urges Tevez to quit United and Join Inter Milan
Is this the greatest Premier League season ever?
Did Bendtner leak Arsenal's lineup to a Bolton player?
Fergie fury at "Arsenal Fan" ruling on Evra ban
Turmoil at Chelsea
Chelsea squad needs a makeover
Eleven charged over Sol Campbell abuse
Carlo Ancelotti surprised everyone by giving David Beckham his first Serie A start, but it was Alexandre Pato who saved Milan.
Pato outshines old-timers as Beckham makes surprise bow.
Jay DeMerit, Watford
DeMerit was a part of some dreadful defending on Friday as Reading ran circles around Watford en route to a 4-0 win. Noel Hunt and Kevin Doyle scored two goals within two minutes midway through the second half, extending Reading’s lead to 3-0. Leroy Lita capped off the scoring with a late dagger.
As part of Goal.com's series on the five FIFA World Player of the Year Nominees, we look at Cristiano Ronaldo's top five goals of the year 2008 and invite you to vote for the best one!
Spain customarily devotes the first week of January to prepare for Wise Men night. In spite of Santa Claus' fierce, almost ruthless competition, most of us Spaniards still hold on to the original tradition of delivering our presents on the night of the 5th when the Wise Men visit each house. As far as we know, all trustworthy reports state that the Three Wise Men were present in Bethlehem to hand their gifts, so they deserve their credit, while that jovial, white-bearded chap was nowhere to be seen at the time.
Indeed the Wise Men arrived and brought us a brilliant football week and the biggest snow storm I can remember in Madrid.
Monday, January 12, 2009
On Wednesday, Frédéric Kanouté, the Seville striker, while celebrating a goal against Deportivo La Coruña, lifted his jersey to reveal a T-shirt that read “Palestine”. Note, it didn’t read “May my Palestinian brothers drive the Israelis into the sea” or “Hamas: More Rockets Please” or even just “Free Palestine”. Simply “Palestine”.
• Cancellation at Craven Cottage two hours before kick-off
• Portsmouth said frost too deep for their blow heaters
The winger irradiated a spirit of invention that would have done credit to any of football's famous free spirits.
Ronaldo trickery leaves boys in blue looking like a mangled wreck.
Rafa rants, Scolari scowls, Wenger whines, Fergie flies...