Friday, February 20, 2009
The Portuguese star wrote off the £200,000 car as it hit both walls of the tunnel that goes under Manchester Airport. Now airport authorities have written to Manchester United winger Ronaldo via his insurers asking him to pay for repairs to damaged brickwork, buckled railings and a smashed exit door.
Seven players were sent off after a ferocious brawl sparked by a goal celebration in a Brazilian match.
The hilarious thing is that only seven were sent off...
Hull City chairman Paul Duffen has defended the club's decision to invest a club record £5million on injury-jinxed Jimmy Bullard.
Friday 20 February (all times local)
20:30 Schalke 04 – Borussia Dortmund
Saturday 21 February
15:30 Energie Cottbus – Werder Bremen
15:30 Bayern Munich – 1.FC Koeln
15:30 VfB Stuttgart – 1899 Hoffenheim
15:30 Borussia Moenchengladbach – Hannover 96
15:30 Karlsruher SC – Eintracht Frankfurt
15:30 Arminia Bielefeld – VfL Bochum
15:30 VfL Wolfsburg – Hertha Berlin
Sunday 22 February
17:00 Bayer Leverkusen – Hamburger SV
U.S. midfielder Beasley escaped serious injury in last night's Homecoming Scottish Cup win at Station Park after a shin-high challenge that forced him from the field and saw Smith shown a straight red card.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
The league that was the finest on the planet for much of the 1990s has struggled in recent years, having been pushed behind the English Premier League and Spain’s La Liga in terms of importance and interest. Three years ago, a match-fixing scandal rocked Italian soccer and devastated its fans. That followed a period with a mind-numbing level of tactical negativity, earning Serie A the “boring” tag with many neutral observers.
After the European chases of recent years the north-east's big three are now more worried about the bottom end of the table.
Passionate people feel chill wind of change in north-east.
Defending champion Zenit St. Petersburg faces a tough passage into the last 16 of the UEFA Cup after Stuttgart snatched a crucial away goal as the Russian club clinched a 2-1 win on Wednesday.
Also among the 11 matches, Aston Villa recovered a 1-1 draw against Werder Bremen as Dynamo Kiev held Valencia by the same score.
The 1978 final will always be remembered for the ticker-tape celebration following Argentina’s extra-time victory over Holland at the Monumental thanks to Mario Kempes’ double strike.
Goal.com takes a look back at that winning side and sees what has happened to them since that glorious night.
Institutional cleanups and structural change are needed to halt boardroom battles.
River Plate's troubled waters reflect deeper woes of Argentinian football.
Lucien Favre's minimalist side have mystified the pundits by becoming the Bundesliga's latest leaders.
Unlike Kuranyi's 'sacking', Hertha's rise to the top is no joke.
Home and away...
United take full control
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
It’s a fairly quiet day out there. Manchester United’s match against Fulham is the big story in my opinion, with the Champions looking to go five points clear with a win. And we really can’t expect anything other than a win, can we? Arsene Wenger has weighed in on this latest version of Fergie’s Army by calling them “untouchable”. United great Peter Schmeichel agrees and says the defense is the best ever. With Ferdinand and Vidic in the middle you wouldn’t argue with his assessment at this point. Elsewhere, the UEFA Cup resumes but unless your team is involved (Villa, Fiorentina,
It's raining here and that pretty much sums up the mid-week mood. -Sanford
Dynamo Kiev (UKR) v Valencia (ESP), Zenit St-Petersburg (RUS) v VfB Stuttgart (GER), Olympiakos (GRE) v St Etienne (FRA), Aston Villa (ENG) v CSKA Moscow (RUS), Werder Bremen (GER) v AC Milan (ITA), Paris St Germain (FRA) v VfL Wolfsburg (GER), NEC Nijmegen (NED) v Hamburg SV (GER), Sampdoria (ITA) v Metalist Kharkov (UKR), Bordeaux (FRA) v Galatasaray (TUR), Aalborg (DEN) v Deportivo La Coruna (ESP), Braga (POR) v Standard Liege (BEL)
Lech Poznan (POL) v Udinese (ITA), Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) v Tottenham (ENG), FC Copenhagen (DEN) v Manchester City (ENG), Marseille (FRA) v FC Twente (NED), Fiorentina (ITA) v Ajax (NED)
Guus Hiddink gave a clear indication yesterday of his desire to partner Nicolas Anelka with Didier Drogba as he took charge of his second training session at Chelsea, although problems at the other end of the pitch will most concern the interim manager before his first match against Aston Villa on Saturday.
This time last year Antonio Cassano stormed off the Sampdoria pitch, bare-chested, red-carded and with tears in his eyes after throwing his shirt at a referee in a fit of pique. It was another blot on an already stained copybook for the controversial Italian striker and the subsequent five-match ban left his top-flight career in jeopardy.
If fans thought Arsenal's season had been a tale of uncertainty on the pitch it is nothing compared to the evermore mysterious manoeuvrings of the club's major shareholders.
Another week, another update on Chelsea and the financial health of Roman Abramovich, and the latest reports make uncomfortable reading for the Russian.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
“I don’t like English dishes,” said the goal-shy Spurs striker, describing the food in north London as “modest” and when asked where the better looking women come from, saying a little too emphatically: “Russia, of course – there can’t be any comparison.”
It's what's for dinner...if you're Roman...
It must have been easy to underestimate Lee. Short, chunky with a boyish face, it was hard to see how he could find a place in one of Europe's best sides. As it happened, he turned into one of the most vital cogs in the red machine. Always available to receive the ball, always scurrying and closing down the opposition, Lee did the donkey work in midfield and allowed the more obtrusively talented players to strut their stuff. If any testimony is needed to Sammy's greatness, ask Paul Breitner. The German didn't think much of Liverpool after Bayern Munich secured a 0-0 draw at Anfield in the first leg of the European Cup semi-final in 1981. He was expecting to rule the roost in midfield back in Bavaria but Lee, charged with a man-marking job, made Breitner's life a misery and Bayern were never in it.The Rest
Just days after leading the U.S. to victory over continental rivals Mexico with two finely taken goals, Michael Bradley did the business again on Valentine’s Day, rescuing a point for Borussia Monchengladbach against fellow strugglers Werder Bremen.
The Italian press can't see anyone catching Internazionale after last night's derby win over Milan.
Adriano's arm puts Inter all but out of reach in title race.
The team from the Costa del Sol were frustrated by Valencia this weekend but have already surpassed all expectations.
Málaga transformed from yo-yo club to Champions League contenders.
Everton's star Australian says the deaths in bush fires have led him to question the importance of his chosen profession.
The summer of 2008 will never be forgotten by Spanish football fans. After a seemingly eternal 44-year spell since its last victory in a meaningful tournament, the national team won Euro 2008 with a fantastic display of classy football. Spain managed to beat Russia twice, Sweden, Greece, Italy (in a penalty shootout!) and Germany in the final, to achieve European glory and win the tournament in convincing fashion.
New Identity for the Armada
Monday, February 16, 2009
The Manchester United player is at last coming out of his shell to offer the midfield vision England so sorely need.
Despite being advanced in age, he has been one of Juve's better players since their return to Serie A last season as Nedved put off retirement and committed to the Old Lady for one last season this year. It was a move that was applauded by the Juve faithful.