Friday, May 01, 2009
We've got Beckham. They've got Obama. Say
goodbye to our World Cup bid and make plans to visit the U.S. in 2018. That was The Times of London's take on President Barack Obama's support for the 2018/22 World Cup Bid Committee in the U.S.
Tea ladies do not generally hold legendary status at a football club but Kath, who has spent over four decades serving 18 managers, is something of a Tyneside celebrity. Having arrived at St James’ 12 months before that Fairs Cup triumph, Kath provided Joe Harvey his pre-match cuppa and now she does the same for Alan Shearer.
With the season reaching a climax Sir Alex Ferguson once coined 'squeaky-bum time', skysports.com takes a look at the permutations for the runners and riders at both ends of the table. It's sure to be an intriguing finale in all the divisions.
Nick Webster's Predictions
Hamburg SV stunned hosts Werder Bremen 1-0 in their UEFA Cup semi-final first leg on Thursday with Piotr Trochowski’s first-half goal putting the visitors in control of the tie.
Brazilian Fernandinho’s second-half equaliser earned Shakhtar Donetsk a 1-1 draw with Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of their UEFA Cup semi-final in Ukraine’s capital on Thursday.
Saturday, May 2 2009
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu,
U.S. TV: GolTV
It’s the match the whole of Spain have been waiting for. It’s the 158th edition of El Clasico, and one that could very well determine the destination of the 2008-09 league title.
Guillem Balague's Preview
Two games eagerly anticipated by neutrals were more notable for chalkboard strategy than emotional engagement.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
IMAGINE how Michael Owen will feel when he emerges from the players' tunnel at Anfield on Sunday and glances to his right towards the Kop. Until five years ago, he went up and down those same steps wearing the red of Liverpool, the darling of Anfield, a man with the world at his feet. But on Sunday, Owen returns wearing the black-and-white stripes of Newcastle, the Kop will afford him the same indifference his return has generated in recent seasons and, whether he likes it not, he will go there with his career in ruins.
Tonight's Uefa Cup semi-final is Dynamo Kyiv's biggest game in a decade and probably Shakhtar Donetsk's biggest ever.
Dynamo and Shakhtar Donetsk fight for Ukraine supremacy on European stage.
The top players in Major League Soccer will face English Premier League team and FA Cup finalist Everton FC in July's MLS All-Star game at Rio Tinto Stadium.
As one of the best and most physically demanding football seasons in the world enters its final stage, many teams have started to release signs which invite us to think they are at their limit in terms of exhaustion. It happened to Serie A leaders Inter in their Napolitan journey at Stadium San Paolo, last Sunday.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp after Howard Webb's dubious penalty award to Manchester United saw the champions turn a two-goal deficit into a 5-2 victory.
"How can it be right for top players to be earning £15-20m a year? It's crazy. These wages need to be capped. But I worry that it won't happen because the Premier League and the FA are run by donkeys who don't understand business, who are dazzled by money.''
Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed, clearly one for sitting on the fence when it comes to discussing players' wages.
"Our biggest mistake was turning up."
Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia after watching his side capitulate to West Brom.
"I'm not surprised, but it is surprising."
Glenn Hoddle speaking on Alan Brazil's Talk Sport show about the combined tally of 90-odd goals from Barcelona trio Messi, Eto'o & Henry.
"Leighton Baines - I bet you think this song is about you."
Football chant heard at Everton v Man United FA Cup semi-final, to the tune of You're So Vain by Carly Simon.
"We'll never play you again."
Spurs fans to Newcastle after winning 1-0.
A 1-0 lead is a decent advantage to take into the second leg at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, with John O’Shea, of all people, scoring the only goal last night, but it could have been so much better for United. A single goal seemed a disappointing return for a vibrant display that was epitomised by the tenacity of Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Wayne Rooney and the recalled Carlos Tévez, but Arsenal could claim that they had the game’s outstanding performer in Manuel Almunia.
Ronaldo: Referee cost us bigger win
Almunia keeps Arsenal in contention
East to see why Tevez is fan favorite
Arsenal looked raw, callow and bewildered
Wenger's Euro itch may persist
How Manchester United Rated
How Arsenal Rated
After Monday night's 0-0 stalemate with Portsmouth, Newcastle United fans are coming to terms with the fact that relegation is now a distinct possibility. But while dropping out of the Premier League after 15 years as a top flight club would be a devastating blow for legions of proud Toon supporters, the financial reality of relegation could quickly lead to disaster for the club.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Kick-Off: Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 2.45 EDT
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
U.S. TV: ESPN2, ESPN360
Sir Alex: We will put on a show against Arsenal
Oliver Kay: Rooney can expose Arsenal's soft center
Lee Dixon: Key Areas
Matt Hughes: Fabregas the key to unlock United's defense
Paul Hayward: Friends united by commitment to attack
Ray Parlour: United always team to beat
Ten Years On: A look back at the 1999 FA Cup Semi-Final
The Manageable Conflict: Sir Alex vs. Arsene Wenger
Manchester United and Arsenal's first Champions League meeting brings back memories of some of football's ugliest encounters, stemming from a fierce rivalry.
Back in 1999, U.S. soccer put together the first U-17 national residency squad. It was an experiment, if you will, a European-style training center, set up in Bradenton, Fla. The mission? Resurrect the slumping game here. Progress for the U.S. national teams, at times slowly, has followed.
Fulham inched closer to a European spot on Saturday, winning 1-0 over Stoke to close within six points of the final European spot. In Scotland, Rangers defeated St. Mirren to advance to the Scottish Cup final.
There can be no sweeter sound for a visiting team at the Nou Camp than the catcalls that filled this vast arena at the final whistle. No side in the world can hope to outplay this Barcelona team of many talents, so, if containing them was the extent of Chelsea’s ambitions, the frustration of the locals was testament to a successful mission that has taken Chelsea to within 90 minutes of another Champions League final against English opposition.
Barcelona players rage at negative, unfair Chelsea
Guardiola frustrated by Chelsea tactics
Hiddink tactical nous shackles Messi
Chelsea not to blame as they park the bus
Barcelona dominant but tongue-tied
How Chelsea Rated
How Barcelona Rated
No baloney, but it's funny how the name "Bologna" evokes memories of everything, outside of Italy, except a successful football team. 45 years have now passed since the local side last won a Scudetto in a memorable play-off against Inter in Rome, and their modern-day battles revolve mostly around trying to avoid becoming a side who push the elevator button up and down every year.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
U.S. TV: ESPN2, ESPN360
Matt Hughes: Drogba can make the difference
Gabriele Marcotti: Chelsea should probe space behind Alves
A Brief History
10 Reasons for Hiddink to be Fearful
Why the world wants Barca to beat Chelsea
Roma blasted by president after crushing defeat at Fiorentina.
Real Madrid are finally in touching distance of the leaders. As their No1 fanatic Tomás Roncero might put it: 'Come out Barça – you're surrounded!'
Relentless Real Madrid scent Barcelona blood in dogged pursuit of title.
With his reformist agenda dead, an embarrassing over-dependence on Frank Ribéry and a public falling-out with key players, Klinsmann leaves with his credibility irreparably damaged.
Bayern Munich call time on Jürgen Klinsmann's failed revolution.
Birmingham, Reading and Sheffield United still have it all to play for as the Championship goes to the wire.
Ranieri was given the kiss of death earlier in the week i.e. the vote of confidence. I'll be amazed if he's still on the Juve bench at the start of next season. He's done a very good of bringing through younger players but his misuse of Giovinco is a sackable offence.
The most successful clubs in soccer's richest league have some of the biggest debts in the sport. A report by British lawmakers last week accused Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea - the top three teams in the Premier League - of "financial doping," or reckless borrowing to maintain their domination.
If Newcastle United’s chances of avoiding relegation were previously limited, they can now be characterised as minimal.
Point not enough for disappointing Newcastle
Pep Guardiola and Juande Ramos represent two different paths to become a top level gaffer: the former elite player who puts into practice what he learned during his playing career, and the self-made coach that builds his own career growing with each new job.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Goals by strikers Helder Postiga and Liedson, sandwiching a stunning strike by Marcelo Goianira, gave Sporting a 2-1 victory over Estrela da Amadora at the Alvalade Stadium tonight. The win was the eighth in nine Liga Sagres games for the Lions.
Pompey boss Paul Hart believes the Alan Shearer factor will have little bearing on Newcastle's bid for survival unless the former England captain's players share the responsibility with their new boss.
This evening represents Shearer's fourth managerial assignment since swapping the BBC's Match of the Day sofa for the technical area but, with Newcastle second bottom of the Premier League and a solitary point to his name, he is certainly not exaggerating its significance.
Thousands of Mexican soccer fans had to forgo a beloved tradition Sunday, forced by a swine flu epidemic to cheer from their living room couches instead of the sun-soaked seats at packed stadiums.
John Carver's resignation placed Toronto FC director of soccer Mo Johnston in a difficult spot by forcing him to replace a competent manager early in the season. If Johnston makes the wrong choice, it could be his future on the line at the end of the campaign, writes Goal.com's Kyle McCarthy.
The reigning champions charged past the Rojiblancos to put the title race on a knife edge. Goal.com's Sulmaan Ahmad puts the method to all the Madrid madness...
Milan have closed the gap on league leaders Inter to seven points to breathe new life into the Scudetto race. Carlo Garganese asks whether they could miraculously overtake their city rivals…