Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Police are currently investigating how the stolen vehicle entered Albania. Luxury vehicles stolen from Western Europe often end up on Albania's streets after their plates are changed and are then sold on with falsified documents. The car, a Range Rover SUV, stolen from the Italian football player three years ago, had Tirana plates and was registered to an Albanian national.
He has won the Champions League, but only one of his last nine fixtures. He still appears adored by many on the Kop, but is derided by still more on messageboards and phone-ins. He is one of the most divisive figures in football. But how many of the criticisms commonly levelled at Rafa Benitez stand up to analysis?
When future historians look back at the age of globalisation, it is not the Americanisation of the planet’s culture that will amaze them most, nor the pervading presence of brands such as Coca-Cola and Nike. No, it is the global conquest of football.
North America will have a new soccer league from April after rebel clubs broke away from the established second tier league to form a new competition.
The seven include USL champions Montreal Impact and the team they beat in the league's final game -- Vancouver Whitecaps.
The Carolina Railhawks, Miami FC and Minnesota Thunder have also split from USL to form the new league along with former USL team the Atlanta Silverbacks and a new team from St. Louis.
Remember Freddy Adu? Of course you do. In 2004, he was the 14-year-old who was seen as the future of the game in the United States and a potential new global star. The subject of gargantuan hype when he made his Major League Soccer bow in April of that year for DC United, Adu still holds records as the youngest player and goalscorer in the MLS's short history and is also the youngest player to appear for the senior US team.
Post-war Germany is traditionally reluctant to dwell on the past. But, as the country mourns the loss of a great footballer, for once the show cannot go on.
Robert Enke's death has cast a long shadow over German football.
Brazil's playmaker on Steven Gerrard, Cristiano Ronaldo and why England can triumph in South Africa.
'I have no doubt England can win the World Cup' says Kaká.
Using the squad that Raymond Domenech has picked for the World Cup play-offs, Goal.com's Robin Bairner has picked his starting XI to send France to South Africa. In addition, he has selected a wildcard player to keep an eye on...
France stars Yoann Gourcuff and Karim Benzema give off the impression that they have been pinned back on the ropes for a little too long as they prepare for Saturday's World Cup play-off against the Republic of Ireland.
"Ferguson is a very complicated man," Nani said. "He's tough. If things are all right, then they are all right. But when he thinks something is wrong, everything is screwed.
"He can go from complimenting you to just plain trashing you in a matter of minutes. Has it happened to me? Hell, yes! He'll say 'Nani, how could you miss this or this'?
"He shouts at players in front of everyone. No one escapes, everybody is the same. Giggs and Neville suffer most, because they have more experience. It is 'F**k' here and 'F**k' there."
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
One suspected it was bound to happen. Every year we are presented with a new edition of the internal drama at Bayern Munich. It's a phenomenon that takes place frequently at Saebener Strasse and leaves the club's management in sheer disillusion and the fans in astonishment while blood-thirsty journalists start sharpening their pens.
I don't really want to go back to the Michael Owen issue, but, since with eerie regularity people mention his "great goalscoring record for England" I might as well chip in. First of all, a "goalscoring record for England" is put together over a long period of time, especially in his case, since he made his debut back in February of 1998. That's why it's largely irrelevant. If Owen scored a lot of goals for England a decade ago, so what? Gary Lineker scored plenty for England in the 1980s, that's about as relevant as Owen's goalscoring record at the turn of the Millennium.
The 27-year-old striker says he wants to hold talks with Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham manager, after becoming disillusioned with life at White Hart Lane.
Lee Sharpe on the days when he was king and David Beckham was his bootboy.
"Phil's having a Guinness in his office at the moment - and he deserves one."
Hull assistant Brian Horton explains why Phil Brown would not give any interviews after the last-gasp win over Stoke.
"If you don't score at this level, unfortunately you aren't going to get a win."
"At this level you've got to score goals to win matches."
Mark Lawrenson commenting on 5 live after Andriy Voronin's miss in the Lyon-Liverpool match.
"I will ask the medical staff to take as long as they need to try to get him back into shape as quickly as they can."
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson on Damian Duff.
"Are you Sandra in Disguise?"
Following Darren Bent's penalty miss at White Hart Lane, referring to Harry Redknapp's wife. Last season, Redknapp said of Bent 'My missus could have scored that'.
"No Woodman - No cry."
At Wycombe v Brighton,when Wycombe took a second-half lead after Craig Woodman's first-half dismissal.
What’s a bigger embarrassment? Real
Real Madrid jeered off the pitch by their own fans after being knocked out of the Copa del Rey by minnows Alcorcón.
Alcorcón's home ground. Not quite the Bernabéu...
The 32-year-old was hit by the train as it passed through a crossing at Neustadt-Eilvese on its route between Hamburg and Bremen. Police said the Hannover 96 captain's car, parked metres away from the tracks, was unlocked and his wallet still inside. The two train drivers reported seeing a man on the tracks but could not stop in time, police reported. Enke was pronounced dead at the scene.
Widow reveals struggles with depression
United States and Sochaux striker Charlie Davies has been released from hospital after being injured in a car crash last month near Washington DC.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
"The surgery went well, I was told afterwards that it was textbook," said Onyewu, who is now rehabbing in California. "Everything went along well, I am feeling better each day."
Onyewu recalls looking down and seeing that his kneecap was in his quadriceps muscle. "It looked pretty bad," he said.
U.S. vs. Slovakia
Tehelne Pole; Bratislava, Slovakia 10 a.m. ET
Fox Soccer Channel
U.S. vs. Denmark
NRGi Park; Aarhus, Denmark
2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN360.com
Over 50 clubs from Saudi Arabia to Merseyside have beaten Real since 1999. Agonised Atlético still aren't one of them.
Groundhog day for Atlético as Real dish out familiar Madrid derby pain.
Guus Hiddink's side are favourites to make it through the play-offs to South Africa, but his selection problems give Matjaz Kek hope of masterminding an upset.
Slovenia hoping for another play-off miracle against the might of Russia.
Instead of acting on Philipp Lahm's criticisms, Bayern are glossing over their failings in Europe and, at the moment, the Bundesliga.
Philipp Lahm slaughters his own club to leave Bayern Munich ranting and railing.
He would help...
"Top teams in the Champions League have first-class players in seven, eight positions – we don't," Lahm said. "Other clubs have a system, a philosophy, and buy the players accordingly. We don't. It's not enough to buy good players, one has to develop a team," he added.
The fact that Sporting Gijón lie seventh in the league, with a quarter of the games now played, is probably the fairest thing to highlight at the start of this week's column. After beating Espanyol 1-0, they have garnered sixteen precious points from the ten games so far played, and as averages go would be very happy to end the season on something around 60 points, their present haul multiplied by four. They managed 43 last season, when Betis went down with 42, but 62 points saw Valencia into Europe. Ah - lies, damned lies and averages! Best to wait until Christmas before making any rash predictions.
Richard Jolly: No glory for Reds in Anfield draw
Andy Hunter: Ngog's embarrassing case of cheating gets draw
Kevin McCarra: Gerrard returns to curb humiliation
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Monday, November 09, 2009
Lilian Thuram, Caribbean-born French soccer player, activist and writer, is well-known both for his successes on the turf and for his frequent political interventions off of it. During his week-long residency at Duke, he will participate in several events, sharing his thoughts on sport, racism, and immigration as well as discussing the work of his new foundation.
Public Events at Duke University and North Carolina Central University
November 9‐13, 2009
“A Conversation with Lilian Thuram,”
Facilitated by Achille Mbembe and Laurent Dubois
Nasher Museum Auditorium, 7 p.m. (Reception to Follow)
Discussion with Students and Faculty, History Department
North Carolina Central University
BRITE Building Rm. 1050, 4:30‐6:00
Visit to Professor Laurent Dubois’ “World Cup and World Politics Class,” 1:15‐2:30
Richard White Auditorium, East Campus, Duke University (Visitors Welcome)
Visit to Professors Achille Mbembe and Laurent Dubois’ class “Archives of the French Empire” 4:30‐6:00 (East Duke Parlor, Blue Room; 119 East Duke Bldg)
Visitors welcome; this discussion will take place in FRENCH
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE and ALL ARE WELCOME!
VISIT SOCCERPOLITICS.COM for UPDATES and COMPLETE INFORMATION
Duke University Sponsors: Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Franklin Humanities Institute, Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation, Center for French and Francophone Studies, Athletics Department, Center for International Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for Documentary Studies, Concilium on Southern Africa, Center for Global Studies, The Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality and the Social Science Research Institute, and the Departments of Cultural Anthropology and History.
When: Monday, November 9, 2009 - 3:00 EST
Where: Anfield, Merseyside, England
U.S. TV: ESPN2
Los Angeles 1 - 0 Chivas USA
Donovan penalty sends Galaxy to semis
Chicago 2 - 0 New England
Blanco leads Fire surge
Houston 1 - 0 Seattle
Ching strikes in extra time to end Seattle's dream
Calcio Debate: Jose Mourinho’s 150 Game Record, Patrick Vieira Is Batman, Viva Vargas & Thi Amo Silva
Carlo Garganese looks back over another explosive weekend of Serie A action, paying tribute to an incredible Jose Mourinho record and coining a new nickname for elbow-attacker Patrick Vieira...
Kevin McCarra's Match Report
Defeat hurts Sir Alex hard
Chelsea's belated revenge leaves Manchester United nursing grievances.
Sir Alex screams blue murder: “It was a bad decision, but what can you do? You lose faith in the refereeing sometimes. That’s the way the players are talking in the dressing room. It was a bad one. That goal should not have been allowed. We dominated the game and had great chances to win. And that’s our fault. Some of the football we played getting up to the box, and some of the chances in and around the box, we should have finished them off, but we never got the break we needed.”
Team of the Week
Sevilla and Valencia maintained their pursuit of title favourites Barcelona and Real Madrid with wins on Sunday. On Saturday, 10-man Real Madrid continued their remarkable run of success against city rivals Atletico at the Vicente Calderon, but they were given a huge scare after almost surrendering a 3-0 lead in an incident-packed derby they won 3-2.
Manchester City played out a six-goal thriller with Burnley at Eastlands, Everton returned to winning ways, as did Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur - the former in a more convincing manner than the latter - while an inspired double substitution helped Blackburn Rovers fight back against Portsmouth.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
What they got out of Blanco was the best performance he's turned in wearing the Fire shirt since his first season. He showed the kind of form that Fire fans have seen from him on TV in the Mexico shirt but not in person in some time; he found an extra gear on the run, tracked back and won balls, and generally used his strength and big game experience to maximum effect. The sold out crowd of 21,500 provided an outstanding atmosphere throughout. Marco Pappa and playoff hero of yore John Thorrington both sparkled and Patrick Nyarko's speed off the bench turned out to be the difference maker. Dasan Robinson and C.J. Brown's partnership at the heart of the defense has solidified over the past month, and Jon Busch made some vital saves in the last 15 minutes against the Revs to preserve the win.
Much was made of the Fire's decision to move the advertising boards much closer to the field to limit long throw-ins, and how it caused Maurico Castro to cut his hand and lose his rag, booting a loose ball into the stands before leaving the field for treatment. The advertising boards being closer to the field did have an unfortunate impact on the sight lines from our seats in the first row- all action on the field within 10 feet of the sideline was cut off at the waist.
Real Salt Lake comes to Chicago for the Eastern Conference Finals next Saturday. The Fire beat RSL 1-0 at home in August and drew 1-1 away a month later. Their wide speed has potential to give us trouble but if Blanco shows up to play again and our fullbacks aren't too badly exposed the Fire have a real chance to play for the championship in Seattle in two weeks.
MLS Playoffs: Crowd, Nyarko Ignite Fire
Game Faces On
Blanco and Rolfe defend an early free kick. Note the impinging advertising boards, much further from our seats than normal. Very annoying.
Blanco takes a throw. Again, the ad boards.
Eff this guy.
Nyarko hauls ass
Blanco takes a corner unfazed by a crazed drunken fan getting handcuffed right behind him.
Sad dickheads after the second goal.
A happy fan celebrates.
Baggio subs in.
Captain CJ greets his Legion.
Bring on the Conference Finals!