Thursday, November 26, 2009
The Champions League is full of recently retired players excelling in management. None of them works in England.
Goal.com runs through the best in show from matchday 5 of the Champions League...
Alves Pique Sharonov Tremoulinas
Hleb Fabregas Cisse Krasic Pedro
Manchester United 0 - 1 Besiktas
United left with work to do
United's kids not quite ready
Bayern Munich 1 - 0 Maccabi Haifa
Olic gives Bayern hope
Bordeaux 2 - 0 Juventus
Chamakh seals top spot
AC Milan 1 - 1 Marseille
Lucho denies Milan
Porto 0 - 1 Chelsea
Anelka swoops late as Blues stroll
Real Madrid 1 - 0 FC Zurich
The Path to the Knockout Stage + Complete Standings
Fulham 3 - 0 Blackburn
Dempsey double downs Rovers
Hull City 3 - 2 Everton
Tigers hold on for vital victory
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Chelsea and Manchester United can win their respective UEFA Champions League groups with qualification to the knockout phase already assured.
There is significantly more at stake in Group C, where all four clubs retain hopes of qualification, although heavyweight duo AC Milan and Real Madrid currently occupy the top two berths.
Milan play host to third-placed Marseille, who are just one point adrift of the leading duo, with Leonardo's men knowing victory would be enough to see them through.
Real welcome an FC Zurich side spanked 6-1 by Marseille in their last outing, but the Spanish giants must be wary after the Swiss club claimed a shock success at the San Siro in September to secure their only success so far.
Liverpool crashed out of the UEFA Champions League and Rangers tumbled out of Europe completely as Arsenal cruised into the last 16.
Debrecen 0 - 1 Liverpool
Reds win but crash out
Liverpool's bread and butter look stale
Uncertain future awaits
Fiorentina 1 - 0 Lyon
Viola through at Liverpool's expense
Barcelona 2 - 0 Inter Milan
Barca dominate Nerazzurri
A complete performance
Arsenal 2 - 0 Standard Liege
Gunners top group
Horror foul leaves Gibbs with broken foot
Rangers 0 - 2 Stuttgart
Germans too good
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Liverpool, Barcelona and Rangers are all facing the prospect of crashing out of the UEFA Champions League in the penultimate round of group games.
Debrecen vs. Liverpool
Victory in Hungary may not be enough
Carragher remembers past failures
U.S. TV: Setanta (LIVE at 2:45pm), FSC (5pm)
Barcelona vs. Inter Milan
Reigning champs face tough test
Eto'o can haunt former club
Barcelona on the brink
U.S. TV: FSE (LIVE at 2:45pm), FSNet (5pm), FSC (7pm)
Fiorentina vs. Lyon
Both clubs look to advance
Fiorentina raise stakes
U.S. TV: Fox Soccer Channel (LIVE at 2:45pm)
Arsenal vs. Standard Liege
Draw at home enough for Gunners to advance
Standard boss hopes to exploit Arsenal weakness
U.S. TV: Setanta (4:45pm), FSC (9pm)
Rubin Kazan vs. Dynamo Kiev
Russian champs look to continue success
Rangers vs. Stuttgart
Must win for both clubs
What: Fifa World Cup 2010 draw
Where: Cape Town, South Africa
When: December 4, 2009 5pm GMT.
The 32 teams will be seeded in four pots to be confirmed, perhaps, as late as the eve of the draw itself.
The 90-minute ceremony will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. More than 2,000 guests will be present in addition to a media presence of around 800.
Spanish striker Fernando Torres talks about life at Liverpool and in the Premier League, and how he had managed to avoid the limelight despite his football superstar status.
Freddie Ljungberg knows all the questions about Arsenal's durability. Do they have substance to go with their undoubted style? Character as well as creativity? Depth as well as desire? In short, when the going gets tough, can Arsenal get going?
Sepp Blatter has called an emergency meeting of Fifa’s executive committee to discuss the fallout from Ireland’s World Cup qualifying play-off elimination by France.
It's not supposed to be this way. Carlos Marchena's not supposed to score and he's certainly not supposed to score the same day David Albelda does.
Even the most evil men are capable of beauty once in a while.
A masterful display at Freiburg confirmed Mesut Özil's status as the best player in the league, a one-man source of creativity.
Mesut Özil streets ahead of rivals to inspire Werder to greater heights.
After seeing off Fiorentina 3-2, Parma find themselves fifth in the table and that certainly is an extraordinary achievement.
Seventh sister back on the scene as Parma perk up sibling rivalry.
The Dutchman's ignoring of Rubin players may have helped them retain the title and cost Russia a World Cup finals place.
Rubin Kazan have good reason to thank the blinkered Guus Hiddink.
Our discussion addressed a number of topics, including his views on using instant replay in soccer officiating (in the wake of the controversy in Wednesday's World Cup Ireland-France World Cup qualifier), the MLS salary cap, Landon Donovan's future in MLS, a move to a single table, consensus-building with MLS owners, and his thoughts on my book, The Beckham Experiment. The following conversation has been edited for space and clarity:
Monday, November 23, 2009
Not since Zinedine Zidane lined up Marco Materazzi’s chest with his head in Berlin over three years ago have so many opinions, distortions, hyperbole and hypocritical utterances been spewed forth.The “Henry Incident” has provided an opportunity for outlandish stereo-typing and xenophobia. Opportunists have embraced a platform from which to moralize while others see the chance to advocate the red herring solution of video replay. (When Tony Cascarino lectures on ethics and fair play and isn’t laughed out of town then the apocalypse must be at hand.)
Iraqi football teams have been banned from all international competitions after sectarian infighting among the country’s sports officials.
Goals fly in from all angles, with scoreboards threatening to blow a fuse and reporters racing through pencils as they frantically scribble away in an effort to keep up with the action unfolding in front of them.
These are the games which really capture the imagination - at least for the players and supporters of the side in the ascendancy.
Tottenham followers enjoyed one such afternoon on Sunday, with Spurs putting nine past hapless Wigan, so here skysports.com takes a look at a few other top flight fixtures which have seen the netting take a pummelling.
Few gave Real Salt Lake much of a shot to defeat Los Angeles and win its first MLS Cup. Kyle McCarthy explains how RSL positioned itself for glory and grasped the opportunity in the Monday MLS Breakdown.
MLS Final Player Ratings
Real Madrid have moved to the top of the Liga table after beating Racing Santander while Barcelona were held at Athletic Bilbao.
Valencia moved back into the Primera Liga's top four on Sunday with a convincing victory on their travels.
Ronaldinho (Milan): Arguably the former Barcelona star’s best match this season. A full ninety minutes of ingenuity and creativity. His one-touch assist for Pato was sublime and his penalty was dispatched with confidence. He is thriving in Leonardo’s system and enjoying his football again.
Tottenham Hotspur went scoring bananas in a humiliation of Wigan Athletic, their North London rivals Arsenal saw their title aspirations suffer a blow while struggling pair Hull City and West Ham United played out a six-goal thriller.
Liverpool 2 - 2 Manchester City
Richard Jolly at Old Trafford
Manchester United 3 - 0 Everton
Kevin Palmer at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea 4 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Dominic Fifield at White Hart Lane
Tottenham 9 - 1 Wigan