Friday, August 21, 2009
New Jersey Metrobull Head Coach Juan Judas Osorio has resigned in a surprise move. Obviously he views the job he started in Jersey as finished, as the Metrobull are on track for the worst individual season in the history of MLS. Richie Williams, known for his penchant for aimlessly brutal fouls as a player, returns to his previous post as interim head coach. Don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out, dickhead.
Full disclosure: Bobbie BS is not a fan of Mr. Osorio. -Sanford
Marquee names might have jumped ship, but Italian football still has enough talent and intrigue to give birth to a healthy new era.
Serie A's 'Year Zero' may not be as dire as the doom-mongers suggest.
The self proclaimed black panther Bentafemi Gomis gave Lyon a short victory last weekend but the midweek 5 – 1 thrashing of
Auxerre – Lyon 0 - 4
This is a real test for St Etienne, playing the newly promoted
St Etienne -
PSG coach Antoine Kombouare is back at his old haunts and you can make sure
Marseille is also facing a real test playing at
Marouane Chamakh (MOR) did a reverse Johann Lescott by scoring two goals at Sochaux and installing
Andre-Pierre Gignac (FRA) scored his first goal for
I hit six correct predictions out of ten last week, 100% progress…
PS: a quick shout out to tiny Ligue 2 side Guingamp, the surprise winner of the Coupe de France last year who couldn’t prevent from getting steamrolled 1 – 5 by Hamburg SV in the Europa league on Thursday.
Inter Milan begin their title defence against Bari on Sunday eager to make amends for their 2-1 Italian Super Cup defeat by Lazio.
After storming to last season's Scudetto, they appear well equipped to capture another despite the departure of Serie A's top scorer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, to Barcelona.
From Irish predators to a Danish maestro, The Guardian looks at six players who didn't get the credit they deserved.
The third round of matches in the Bundesliga is upon us, with Wolfsburg and Schalke the early front runners and Koeln the only side without a point so far. Goal.com previews all the weekend action…
Friday 21st August (all times local)
20:30 Hoffenheim - Schalke
Saturday 22nd August
15:30 Borussia Dortmund - Stuttgart
15:30 Koeln – Eintracht Frankfurt
15:30 SC Freiburg – Bayer Leverkusen
15:30 Mainz – Bayern Munich
15:30 Nurnberg - Hannover
Sunday 23rd August
15:30 Bochum – Hertha Berlin
17:30 Wolfsburg - Hamburg
17:30 Werder Bremen – Bor. Moenchengladbach
"And that sums it all up!" was the perceptive cry of the commentator, who was referring to Arsenal's new-found swagger and style under one Arsene Wenger. But he could equally have been alluding to the remarkable rebirth of Adams - one of the finest defenders to grace the Premier League.
Adams and Ian Rush face off in 1989...
Thursday, August 20, 2009
The goal: to eat a pie at all 92 grounds in English league football. The results: in some cases, surprising.
The pie and football go together like strawberries and cream at Wimbledon, like popcorn at the cinema or like ten lagers and a kebab on a Friday night. It is a match made in heaven. The pie may as well have been hand-crafted by God for the sole purpose of cheering up 5,000 miserable Scunthorpe fans at a freezing-cold goalless evening match against Huddersfield. I had therefore made a vow to eat a pie at each of the 92 grounds; pies of all shapes and sizes, the good (see below) the bad (Walsall) and the ugly (Chester City).
"Until the end of the season and then that is it," he told reporters in Romania before Stuttgart's 2-0 win against FC Timisoara for the Champions League qualification play-off on Tuesday. "It will be good to move out of the spotlight for a bit."
Goal.com's Subhankar Mondal welcomes the new Serie A season and explains why the 2009-10 campaign could be very special....
While most of the major Premier League clubs are transfixed on creating new fanbases in China only, most of the clubs have ignored the United States. Chelsea is one of the few exceptions, so it’s interesting to see hear about Chelsea’s latest announcement today that it has partnered with Adidas to develop a basketball shoe, which comes with an exclusive scarf and Chelsea jersey.
Los Angeles improved to 8-4-10 (34 points) on the season and jumped into second place in the West. Chicago fell to 9-5-8 (35 points), but remain in second place in the East.
Lyon thrashed Anderlecht 5-1 to effectively book a spot in the lucrative Champions League group stage on Wednesday. FC Zurich took a big step toward advancing from the playoff round by beating FK Ventspils 3-0 in the first leg, while Atletico Madrid scored valuable away goals in a 3-2 victory at Panathinaikos.
Burnley shocked Premier League champions Manchester United at Turf Moor as Liverpool bounced back from an opening day defeat to brush aside Stoke City. Tottenham Hotspur built on their first game win over Liverpool by hammering Hull City away from home and Birmingham City snatched a last-gasp win at home to Portsmouth.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Martin Tyler's stats and facts column is back for the new season.
Every week he will be here to offer you statistical gems to make your day, impress your mates and, on occasion, to settle the odd bet.
Sky Sports' voice of football and his back-up team of experts are here to answer your questions and queries on all things statistical and historical from the beautiful game.
Manchester United travel to Burnley, Birmingham welcome Pompey, Hull host Tottenham and Stoke are at Anfield to face Liverpool...
Lawro's Predictions (He got both of yesterday's matches wrong, incidentally. Sunderland to get a point against Chelsea? Come on, Lawro!)
Rather than giving Fernando Torres a wake-up call, it's Liverpool's manager who may need a sharp dose of reality.
Argentina coach Diego Maradona on the difficulty of tracking down Lionel Messi.
"The management are doing well to keep us away from the media."
Manchester City's Gareth Barry....being interviewed on Sky Sports.
"A night without a game of football on television leaves me a little bit disillusioned. England is a good country because it gets dark early in winter, you go home and you're in an environment where you want to watch television....my wife understands my passion and is ready to pay the price."
Arsene Wenger clearly knows how to treat a lady.
"There's no if, buts or maybes, that was a great save. But Robbie Keane should have scored."
Andy Gray commentating on the Spurs-Liverpool game.
"I'm thinking about locking the national team in my basement, turning on a fog machine, and making them run laps."
Landon Donovan on ESPN about preparing for the Mexico-USA match.
"You're getting sacked in the morning!"
Hull fans to new Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti after the Tigers took the lead at Stamford Bridge.
"His name is Gerrard,
He's got a cousin called Stevie G.
But now young Tony is much more famous,
Because he's signed for Cardiff City!"
Cardiff fans to the tune of You Are My Sunshine.
Celtic's Champions League dreams hang precariously in the balance following a cruel home defeat at the hands of Arsenal. The much anticipated Battle of Britain produced an action packed display as the Gunners returned south of the border with precious away goals thanks to their 2-0 victory. But just what went wrong for Bhoys boss Tony Mowbray at Parkhead?
David Hytner: New look Arsenal pass the test
Jon Carter: Vermaelen and Song make impact
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Who: Celtic vs. Arsenal
Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2:45pm EDT
Where: Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland
U.S. TV: Live on regional Fox Sports Net, Tape Delay on FSC
Celtic aim to silence Gunners
The city of Timisoara will be fully behind its new club against Stuttgart having lost its last one to a botched franchise move.
FC Timisoara hit purple patch and hope to write history they can call their own.
Even as the U.S. men's national team was creating all kinds of buzz this summer -- usually for all the right reasons -- one disturbing trend was the team's inability to finish off games. But the root cause of that weakness can be traced to the Americans' inability to keep the ball against the world's better teams, a tendency that has long plagued the U.S. side.
The legendary rocker can't quite believe that he's now part of the club he's followed since boyhood...
Fulham have completed the signing of Damien Duff from Newcastle United for a fee believed to be in the region of £4m. The Ireland international had committed his future to the Magpies following their relegation to the Championship, but his reputed wages of £60,000-a-week always suggested a sale was likely.
I'm beginning to understand why Felix Magath is so fanatical about pre-season conditioning. Guess I have been woefully unprepared for what lies ahead, because the new campaign is only a couple of weeks old - and I'm already drained. Mentally as well as physically.
Monday, August 17, 2009
ESPN will carry 48 live matches from the English Premier League on Saturday and Monday in the United States, the cable network announced Friday night. It was the eve of the 2009-10 E.P.L. season.
The network announced this schedule (all games on ESPN2):
Sat., 7:40 a.m. Chelsea vs. Hull City
Sat., Aug. 22, 9:55 a.m., Wigan Athletic vs. Manchester United
Mon., Aug. 24, 2:55 p.m. , Liverpool vs. Aston Villa
Sat., Aug. 29, 7:40 a.m., Chelsea vs. Burnley
Sat., Sept. 12, 9:55 a.m., Liverpool vs. Burnley
Sat., Sept. 1, 7:40 a.m, Burnley vs. Sunderland
Sat., Sept. 26, 7:40 a.m., Portsmouth vs. Everton
Mon., Sept. 28, 2:55 p.m., Manchester City vs. West Ham
Rafael Benitez tried to adhere to the new rules imposed by the Premier League, about speaking out against individual officials. But the Liverpool manager could not resist an aside at the officials, making his feelings clear about Phil Dowd, while claiming that fourth official Stuart Attwell, still only 26, is too young to officiate at Premier League level.
Four MLS teams made moves to go out and acquire defensive help on Friday. Kyle McCarthy analyzes the moves – including the interrelated nature of three of those deals – before reviewing the Week 22 slate.