Friday, March 06, 2009
With 10 games remaining in the season, the drama is increasing at the foot of the table as a host of sides battle to save their Premier League skins.
Skysports.com examines the survival chances of the 10 clubs battling relegation in the Premier League.
Real Madrid's 10-game winning streak will be tested against crosstown rival Atletico Madrid on Saturday, and Spanish league leader Barcelona will look to rebound against Athletic Bilbao only days after the two clubs reached the Copa del Rey final.
Italy's top teams will be looking for morale boosting wins in Serie A this weekend ahead of tough midweek matches against English opponents in the Champions League. Italian league leader Inter Milan, mired in controversy and struggling with its form, visits Genoa in its final game before its second leg matchup against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Champions League. Juventus will be hoping for a boost in the Turin derby before it looks to overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit against Chelsea, while Roma hosts Udinese before taking on Arsenal. Roma is also 1-0 down after the first leg.
A few years ago, World Soccer Magazine listed its greatest teams of all time (which I have listed below).
With 12 games to go this season, the Bundesliga title is still very much up for grabs with just four points separating the top five. Goal.com previews all the weekend action.
Friday March 6 (all times local)
20:30 Schalke 04 – 1.FC Koeln
Saturday March 7
15:30 1899 Hoffenheim – Werder Bremen
15:30 Borussia Moenchengladbach – Hamburger SV
15:30 Bayern Munich – Hannover 96
15:30 Energie Cottbus – Hertha Berlin
15:30 VfL Wolfsburg – Karlsruher SC
15:30 VfB Stuttgart – Borussia Dortmund
Sunday March 8
17:00 Arminia Bielefeld – Eintracht Frankfurt
17:00 Bayer Leverkusen – VfL Bochum
The Galaxy announced Thursday that last season's team MVP will rejoin Los Angeles on March 10, two days after the end of his loan to Germany's Bayern Munich.
It was a glorious victory for youth, heralding the emergence of the next generation and proving a rite of passage for the promising and the precocious. Or was it? Manchester United's Carling Cup final triumph lends itself to different interpretations. Was it a win for the latest batch of Fergie's Fledglings or the Scot's seasoned squad players?
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Ronaldo felt he was clobbered by Taylor, who got only a booking from ref Steve Bennett, and let fly with a verbal blast at the Toon’s style.
He'll obviously be out 4-6 weeks with a face injury like that...
Germany: Bayern suffer another blow as they lose their Cup crown
Spain: Messi leads Barcelona to Copa del Rey Final and clash with Bilbao
Italy: Sampdoria humiliate Mourinho's out of form Inter
France: Holders Lyon crash out, PSG shocked by third-division side
No cup needed in Bilbao...
Manchester United recover from Van der Sar's blunder
Manchester City 2 - 0 Aston Villa
Elano sparkles as Villa start to stumble
Tottenham 4 - 0 Middlesbrough
Spurs players buzzing if not boozing
Fulham 0 - 1 Hull City
Manucho on target as Hull get back to winning ways
Blackburn Rovers 0 - 0 Everton
Everton unable to take quantum leap
Wigan Athletic 0 - 1 West Ham
Carlton Cole keeps West Ham's European ambitions burning
Stoke City 2 - 0 Bolton Wanderers
There's no place like home for Stoke
There is no question that Sigi Schmid has more attacking options than almost any previous MLS expansion team, but it can certainly be argued that this approach has left Seattle a bit thin in the back.
On Monday, Oliver Kay posed the question whether the magic had faded for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, given their four trophyless seasons.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Wolfsburg's tea-drinking supremo Felix Magath is making his mark on and off the pitch as well as with the disciplinary panel.
Magath's endless appeal overshadowed as Wolfsburg make title case.
Wednesday, 4th March 19:45 GMT
St. James’ Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
After placing another trophy on the Old Trafford sideboard at the weekend, Fergie's squad get back to the serious business of earning enough points to retain the Premier League title. Struggling Newcastle United will be doing their utmost to avoid becoming whipping-boys in their own backyard.
Manchester City vs. Aston Villa
Wednesday, 4th March, 19:45 GMT, City of Manchester Stadium, Eastlands, Manchester
Two clubs with giant aspirations do battle at Eastlands.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Middlesbrough
Wednesday, 4th March, 19:45 GMT, White Hart Lane, London
Tottenham Hotspur and Middlesbrough are at the wrong end of the Premier League table, but victory for either of these sides could mean significant progress.
Fulham vs. Hull City
Wednesday, 4th March, 20:00 GMT. Craven Cottage, London
Fulham look to continue their chase for European football against a struggling Hull side.
Wigan vs. West Ham
Wednesday, 4th March, 19.45 GMT. JJB Stadium, Wigan.
West Ham welcome Wigan Athletic to Upton Park, sitting just one point and one place above Steve Bruce’s men.
Blackburn vs. Everton
Wednesday, 4th March, 20.00 GMT. Ewood Park, Blackburn
Everton set sights on a top-four finish.
Stoke vs. Bolton
Wednesday, 4th March, 20.00 GMT. Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke look to build on dramatic comeback at Villa Park
Nick Webster's Predictions
Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric has criticised Cristiano Ronaldo over his “theatrics” on the pitch following the Manchester United winger’s yellow card for diving in their Carling Cup final victory at Wembley.
ITV commentators in the second leg of Man City v Copenhagen.
"I was fortunate enough to play with Robbie Williams back at White Hart Lane."
Les Ferdinand has a slip of the tongue when talking about Robbie KEANE.
"Is he going to shoot? Of course not, it's Arsenal."
John Motson commentating on Samir Nasri's lack of shooting prowess.
"Why is Corluka taking the penalty? He's a defender. It should be Bentley because he's the dead ball expert."
Paul Merson in the Carling Cup final. Corluka scored and 'dead ball expert' Bentley missed.
A large section of Arsenal supporters are split on whether the club should back or even sack manager Arsene Wenger after the club's stuttering run. Telegraph Sport's Alan Smith, a former Gunners striker, addresses the main criticisms in the questions from a selection of Arsenal fans.
A man was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of threatening at knifepoint the fiancee of Darren Fletcher, the Manchester United midfielder, and burgling the footballer's house.
Don't mess with the Fletchers...Jessica will get you every time...
Miami is no longer a candidate for a Major League Soccer expansion team after FC Barcelona and the league agreed the poor economic conditions made it unfeasible to launch an MLS team there in 2010.0
Sonny and Rico digest the distressing news...
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
If a fit, hungry and determined Beckham had suited up in Galaxy colors instead of a hobbling and exhausted wreck with his focus on an England national team recall, then the club would surely have performed far better than its miserable efforts the past two seasons.
Yet the 33-year-old cannot be held solely responsible. The Galaxy’s mismanagement – and certain actions by his team of advisors – all contributed toward the collapse of Beckham’s American Dream.
Galliani is hopeful that the club will be successful in convincing Los Angeles Galaxy, Beckham's club, and Major League Soccer, to allow the former England captain to extend his loan deal until June.
Sol Campbell has called on football's authorities to deduct points from clubs whose supporters are found guilty of indecent and racist chanting. The Portsmouth captain, speaking in an interview with the Guardian, has long been the target of abuse from Tottenham Hotspur fans, who have never forgiven him for leaving them for Arsenal in 2001, and was subjected to vile chants during Portsmouth's 2–0 Premier League win over Tottenham at Fratton Park last September.
Portsmouth vs. Chelsea
Tuesday, 3 March, Kick-off 19:45 GMT.
Fratton Park, Portsmouth
Second-placed Chelsea travel to the south coast to take on Portsmouth searching for a further win that will keep their title hopes alive...
Liverpool vs. Sunderland
Tuesday, 3 March, Kick-off 20:00 GMT.
The Reds' title hopes are all but dashed, and they take on a Black Cats outfit eager to put more space between them and the bottom three...
West Bromwich Albion vs. Arsenal
Tuesday, 3 March, Kick-off: 1945 GMT
The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
The two sides who meet at The Hawthorns are both desperate for a win to change the negative course of their respective seasons...
Nick Webster's Predictions
Inter's unlikely game-saver against Roma stole the headlines in Italy and rewarded his determined efforts behind the scenes.
Crespo creeps back into the limelight to rescue Inter.
After an extended injury layoff, Steve Cherundolo made his return to the Hannover 96 starting lineup to help his side secure a vital three points and shutout. With the 1-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen, Die Roten clings to its hopes of staying in the German Bundesliga.
Monday, March 02, 2009
Liverpool lose at Boro, Chelsea edge Wigan, Villa allow late Stoke comeback, Arsenal "enjoy" their fourth consecutive clean sheet, Manchester City lose, Hull's slide continues, Everton handle West Brom and Bolton edge Newcastle...
Team of the Week
Landon Donovan sat on the bench as Bayern Munich failed to score against 10-man Werder Bremen and fell to fifth place. Elsewhere, Veronin scored his fourth goal in four games to send Hertha Berlin back to the top of the table.
Team of the Week
Juventus edges Napoli while Lazio win to keep Bologna near the foot of the table.
Leaders Inter need a late goal from Hernan Crespo to draw 3-3 with Roma, while AC Milan fell to Sampdoria and Fiorentina could only muster a draw.
United win 4-1 on penalty kicks
Spurs suffer Wembley woe