Friday, January 30, 2009
Chelsea's trip to Liverpool on Sunday tops the fixture list this weekend. Elsewhere, Arsenal host surging West Ham in a London Derby, leaders Manchester United welcome Everton to Old Trafford, Villa host Wigan, Manchester City go to Stoke, Spurs head to the Reebok to face Bolton, Fulham host a faltering Pompey side at Craven Cottage, West Brom are at Hull, Blackburn at Boro and two northeastern clubs clash as Sunderland go to St. James’ Park to play Newcastle.
Nick Webster's Predictions
Bayern emerge the stronger from the winter break
The MLS import Landon Donovan, a man Klinsmann has taken a shine to, has played surprisingly well so far and there are no injuries at all in the camp. It all smells like a Bierdusche (beer shower) in May.
Far superior to Gatorade...
Friday 30th January (all times local)
20:30 Hamburg – Bayern Munich
Saturday 31st January
15:30 Hannover - Schalke 04
15:30 1.FC Koeln – VfL Wolfsburg
15:30 Borussia Dortmund – B. Leverkusen
15:30 Hertha Berlin – Eintracht Frankfurt
15:30 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim – E. Cottbus
15:30 VfB Stuttgart – B. Moenchengladbach
Sunday 1st February
17:00 VfL Bochum – Karlsruher SC
17:00 Werder Bremen – Arminia Bielefeld
Columbus Crew defender Frankie Hejduk was added to the U.S. training camp roster Thursday ahead of next month's World Cup qualifier against Mexico.
Goalkeepers: Jon Busch (Chicago), Will Hesmer (Columbus), Matt Pickens (Colorado).
Defenders: Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus), Ugo Ihemelu (Colorado), Chris Wingert (Salt Lake), Marvell Wynne (Toronto).
Midfielders: Brian Carroll (Columbus), Ricardo Clark (Houston), Eddie Gaven (Columbus), Stuart Holden (Houston), Jack Jewsbury (Kansas City), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus), John Thorrington (Chicago).
Forwards: Brian Ching (Houston), Kenny Cooper (Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby, Norway), Chris Rolfe (Chicago).
He will never go away...
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Jimmy Bullard after his £5m switch from Fulham. Miaow.
"I was desperate to swap shirts with Andy Johnson but I didn't know we were allowed to. It's killed me really. I didn't know we were allowed to give our shirts away. I thought it would have come out of our wages."
Kettering striker Craig Westcarr, whose two goals rocked Fulham in their FA Cup tie, neatly crystallises the gulf between the Premier League and the also-rans.
"Look at the feet, diamonds in shoes, beautiful by Lionel, he softens the hard corners of our lives just by watching him."
Ray Hudson describes Lionel Messi on Gol TV.
"It's good to be linked with players all over Europe."
Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce on reports linking him with Egyptian winger Mahmoud Abdul-Razek.
"Kaka, wherever you may be
Have you heard of Man City?
Never go there,
It'll end in tears,
They haven't won a trophy in 33 years."
Wigan fans to Man City.
I have a sneaky feeling that Rafael BenÍtez is a manager who is happy to end the season with more points than last year. Then he can go to a board meeting and tell his directors that the team are improving and that everything is moving in the right direction.
RadioShack Corp. will not sponsor a Mexican newspaper’s promotional campaign inviting fans to prick voodoo dolls to boost the nation’s soccer team in a Feb. 11 World Cup qualifier against the United States at Columbus, Ohio.
Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Mexico continued their dismal run by losing 1-0 to the coach’s native Sweden in a friendly international on Wednesday.
Let's hope it continues for another couple of weeks...
Liverpool draw with Wigan, late heroics from Robin van Persie salvage a draw for Arsenal at Everton, Chelsea win, Blackburn and Bolton draw, Manchester City beat Newcastle but lose Michael Owen to injury and West Ham down Hull City...
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Football is one of the greatest things in the world but it’s not perfect. It used to be perfect. Before money and television and the Bosman ruling and Baby Bentleys and roastings and tattoos and takeovers and no standing and agents and prawn sandwiches and rotation.
In keeping a record eleventh consecutive clean sheet in the Barclays Premier League, Edwin van der Sar, the United goalkeeper, also broke the top-flight mark of 1,025 minutes without conceding a goal, set by Petr Cech, of Chelsea, in the 2004-05 season. Van der Sar, who has not let in a goal for 1,032 minutes, will better the all-time league record in England — set by Steve Death, of Reading, with 1,103 minutes in 1979 — if he remains unbeaten for the first 72 minutes against Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday.
River Plate feel the chill as the Argentinian season kicks off.
Return of Verón and Riquelme boosts Argentina's domestic scene.