Friday, April 17, 2009
Arsenal vs. Chelsea
FA Cup semi-final
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Date: Saturday, 18 April
Kick-off: 12:15pm EDT
TV: Setanta Sports USA
Injury concerns grow for Wenger
Manchester United vs. Everton
FA Cup semi-final
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Date: Sunday, 19 April
Kick-off: 11:00am EDT
TV: Fox Soccer Channel
Rooney inspired by Everton boo-boys
Sir Alex Ferguson's rapidly deteriorating relationship with Rafael Benitez has hit a new low, with the Manchester United manager accusing his Liverpool rival of 'arrogance’ and lambasting his ‘contempt’ towards Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce.
Charles Itandje, the club's reserve goalkeeper, was reportedly caught by television cameras laughing and fooling around during the service to mark the 20th anniversary of the deaths of 96 Liverpool supporters at Hillsborough, according to the Liverpool Echo.
This weekend will see the top two teams in the Serie A come face to face for the biggest domestic game of the season.
The Premier League relegation battle takes centre stage this weekend with tension rising ahead of the final six fixtures.
With Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton involved in FA Cup semi-final action and Liverpool left kicking their heels, all the attention will be on the scrap at the foot of the table.
Lawro's Predictions (Includes FA Cup)
Martin Tyler's stats offers you statistical gems to make your day, impress your mates and, on occasion, to settle the odd bet and this week, lift the lid on a rivalry!
Sky Sports' voice of football and his back-up team of experts are here to answer your questions and queries on all things statistical, historical, weird and wonderful from the beautiful game.
With the five top sides all within six points of each other, this weekend’s Bundesliga action could be a pivotal one in terms of the destination of the Championship. One slip could see anyone of them lose priceless ground in the race to be crowned league champions, so it promises to be a fascinating round of matches in Week 28.
1. Barclays Premier League (England)
2. Serie A (Italy)
3. Primera Division Argentina
4. La Liga BBVA (Spain)
5. Bundesliga (Germany)
6. Ligue 1 (France)
7. Brasileiro Serie A (Brazil)
8. Primera Division de Mexico
9. Liga Sagres (Portugal)
10. Ukraine Premier League
To the chagrin of La Liga followers, La Primera had dropped to fourth behind England’s Premier League, Italy’s Serie A, and even Argentina’s domestic league.
It's down to Ukraine vs. Germany for the UEFA Cup.
Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kiev advanced from the quarterfinals for the first time and will meet in the last four, while Hamburg and Werder Bremen progressed despite failing to win their second legs on Thursday.
Many are called but few actually choose to try and win the Uefa Cup. It feels as though much of Europe entered it, willingly or otherwise, at some stage of the season, but it is only in the quarter-finals that it seems as though two clubs who have targeted the tournament have finally met. And while the Champions League has the money, the glamour and the quality, its unloved sibling had at least as much drama on Thursday night.
"Oh no, he got through! Oh, it's alright it's only Ray Parlour...", former Soccer AM presenter and Chelsea fan Tim Lovejoy said to his Fanzone commentary partner Bradley Walsh as the curly-haired midfielder burst through on goal in the 70th minute of the 2002 FA Cup final in Cardiff.
No silverware will be distributed this Sunday but Manchester United against Everton in the FA Cup at Wembley will evoke strong memories for both sets of fans.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The Champions League semi-finals have set up some mouth-watering ties between four of the biggest clubs in Europe. Here are the key players who are likely to decide the fate of their teams.
Tues Apr 28 Barcelona v Chelsea
Wed Apr 29 Manchester United v Arsenal
Tues May 5 Arsenal v Manchester United
Wed May 6 Chelsea v Barcelona
Sat May 27 Stadio Olimpico, Rome.
Harry Redknapp on the problems created by Roman Pavlyuchenko's lack of English.
"I've never been so certain about anything in my life. I want to be a coach. Or a manager, I'm not sure which."
Phil Neville in Radio 5live interview on Easter Sunday.
"If Gerrard is really feeling his groin, he won't want to take any part in the game."
Commentator on Fox Sports during Liverpool v Blackburn.
"And that too would have been special, had it been on target and had it counted."
ITV4 commentator when Ivica Olic was flagged offside after shooting in the Hamburg-Man City game.
"It must be time for a sandwich!"
Villa fans at Old Trafford, after 30 minutes of the first-half, spotting United fans leaving their seats for their half-time refreshments.
"The staff at the car park have found a wallet (slight pause) it's got about about £4,000 cash in it so...yeah....that would be great if you could claim that..."
At Plymouth v Coventry on Easter Saturday.
There is no loyalty in football anymore. It is the sort of statement that is aired whenever, as happens with great regularity, a club dispenses of its manager, or when one of football's nomads adds yet another employer to an already extensive CV. Yet it is not entirely true. Virtually every one of Europe's major clubs can produce a recent example of faithfulness and fidelity over an extended period.
Porto 0 - 1 Manchester United
Rob Smyth: Tinkering Ferguson finds the answer to Porto puzzle
Arsenal 3 - 0 Villarreal
Paul Hayward: Arsenal youngsters becoming battle-hardened
Semifinals: Manchester United vs. Arsenal: Ferguson and Wenger predict classic
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
US sport fans will be hearing a lot less of Tommy Smyth, and his many irritating catchphrases, now that ESPN have lost Champions League rights.
After Chelsea and Liverpool served up a thrill-a-minute Champions League quarter-final, Telegraph Sport picks the ten other most entertaining matches from the competition involving English teams featuring Manchester United, Arsenal – and Leeds United.
Kick off: Wednesday, April 14, 2:45 EDT, Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal
TV: ESPN2, ESPN360
Hulk looks to break duck
Kevin McCarra: United must not let Porto dictate
Arsenal vs. Villarreal
Kick off: Tuesday, April 14, 2:45 EDT, Emirates Stadium, London, England
TV: Setanta Sports USA, ESPN Deportes, ESPN360, ESPNClassic at 7pm
Chelsea fired by Hiddink hairdryer treatment
Defiant Liverpool shine light in dark of sorrow
Don't complain about money when they produce this
Bayern Munich 1 - 1 Barcelona
Semifinals: Barcelona vs. Chelsea
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Kick off: Tuesday, April 14, 2:45 EDT, Stamford Bridge, London, England
TV: ESPN2, ESPN360
Kevin McCarra: Hiddink breathes new life into seasoned squad
Alan Hansen: Liverpool face near-impossible task
Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona
Kick off: Tuesday, April 14, 2:45 EDT, Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
TV: Setanta Sports USA, ESPN Deportes, ESPN360, ESPNClassic at 5pm
Sachin Nakrani: Bayern begin Mission Impossible
David Villa's affection for his former club Sporting Gijón knows no bounds – except when it comes to the business of scoring penalties.
David Villa returns the conquering hero only to play the villain.
Despite their pre-Christmas heroics, inflated egos, infighting and injuries look set to ensure the title of Worst Autumn Champions in Bundesliga History is the only one Hoffenheim will claim this season.
Schadenfreude reigns as Germany turns on the Hoff.
Goal.com's Cyrus C. Malek explains why Raul's changing role at Madrid should make him no less a legend...
Back in the day...
As Villarreal prepare for their quarter-final second leg against Arsenal, injured captain Marcos Senna is predicting a big future for their opponents.
Arsenal's young guns will dominate in Europe one day, says Senna.
On Friday, it was Roberto Carlos's birthday. More important to me, however, was that it's also my good friend Elmar's birthday. He grew up at Lake Constance, on the shoreline that belongs to the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. These days, he lives in Munich.
Happier times for Bayern...
Antonio smiles and nods: "Yes, fortunately Betis play on Sunday. I wouldn't be able to watch the match if they played today, I wouldn't miss this for anything". It's the night of Holy Saturday in Sevilla, and Antonio speaks as he gets dressed to take part in a procession, one of hundreds celebrated all over Spain during Easter. It's one of the rare occasions in which Spaniards actually practice their stated Catholicism, and probably the one preferred by most.
Monday, April 13, 2009
The temptation for Sir Alex Ferguson to start planning for life without Cristiano Ronaldo grows with every passing week.
The Manchester United boss fought tooth and nail to cling to his most-prized asset last summer, rebuffing the repeated overtures of Real Madrid, even when Ronaldo himself admitted a move to Spain held great appeal.
This edition of the SuperClasico may not have enthralled us, but it may have cemented the changing power relationship in the series.
Goal.com's Kyle McCarthy explains in the Monday MLS Breakdown.
The men in charge have become blinded to the huge problems facing their relegation-threatened clubs.
Senna limped off in the 80th minute of last night's 2-0 home defeat by Málaga with a hamstring problem, leaving the Spanish side reduced to 10 players as the coach, Manuel Pellegrini, had already made three substitutions.
Sitting in sunny Ft. Lauderdale back in January, coaches in attendance at the 2009 MLS Combine started out wondering where all the talent was that they had heard about. However, with each passing day, it was clear that there was plenty of talent to be had, including several players who could step in and make immediate impacts.
There has been no more emotive event in British football history than the Hillsborough Disaster of April 15 1989. It was the spring afternoon when a simple game of football became a massed human tragedy. Having failed to learn the lessons of Burnden Park in 1946, Ibrox in 1971, the Bradford Fire of 1985 and, in the same year, the Heysel riot, it was the watershed moment that football had to change or face extinction.
According to Marca, the 'number four' left the stadium at half-time to attend a local bullfighting event in the outskirts of Madrid. Star matador Alejandro Talavante is known to be good friends with Ramos, and the pair met up at the arena at 18:00.
An Easter weekend of football saw Federico Macheda continue to live out every schoolboy's fantasy, while over on Merseyside Fernando Torres scored a goal of the season contender at Anfield. And Yank Abroad Clint Dempsey grabbed a brace for Fulham in their win over Manchester City.
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