Friday, December 11, 2009
Watch YouTube clips of classic matches between Liverpool and Arsenal as two of the heavyweights of English football prepare for Sunday's Premier League contest.
Liverpool's mouth-watering encounter with Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday is the pick of this weekend's Premier League fixtures. Elsewhere, Aston Villa make the trip to champions Manchester United. Chelsea are aiming to bounce back against Everton, Tottenham Hotspur tackle Wolverhampton Wanderers, Manchester City head to North West neighbours Bolton Wanderers while bottom-of-the-table Portsmouth meet Sunderland.
Juventus will be looking to put their European heartbreak behind them as they take on Bari this weekend. AC Milan will look to keep up the pressure on Inter by winning against Palermo at the San Siro and Roma will go after their fourth straight Serie A win when they take on Sampdoria at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa.
Werder host Schalke and Dortmund pay a visit to Wolfsburg in this week’s fixtures…
Hertha Berlin – Bayer Leverkusen
Borussia M’gladbach – Hannover
Nuernberg – Hamburg
Freiburg – Koeln
Hoffenheim – Eintracht Frankfurt
Bochum – Bayern Munich
Werder Bremen – Schalke
Mainz – Stuttgart
Wolfsburg – Borussia Dortmund
Reports from Florence claim the Romanian was involved in a disturbance on the dancefloor...
Reports from the country earlier this week suggested that Colin Kazim-Richards, Vederson, Fabio Bilica and Santos organized 'sex-marathons' in a hotel in Istanbul.
The striker could never fully recover from an ankle injury suffered at England training in August 2006 and West Ham may now seek compensation in the form of a £7 million insurance claim against the Football Association.
How did Fiorentina more than double Liverpool's points total, who do the English survivors want to play next and were Rangers the worst team?
The Stuttgart goalkeeper jumped over the advertising hoardings and looked as if he was relieving himself before being interrupted by a Romanian counter-attack.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
While some clubs suffer from the mysterious footballing ailment known as 'second-season syndrome', at West Ham it appears to afflict managers. The first year in the top flight brings serene progress, but the next tends to result in a downturn. Glenn Roeder was relegated in his, Alan Pardew dismissed half-way through a second top-flight campaign with demotion appearing to beckon and Alan Curbishley, perhaps aware of the unfortunate precedents, left before he could celebrate a second anniversary at the Boleyn Ground.
Arsenal legend Adams, 43, has been scouting for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger since being sacked by Portsmouth in February.
My concerns for Aquilani are three-fold. First of all, he is not Xabi Alonso and, in a team where a loss of defensive nous has been the main effect of the Spaniard’s departure to Real Madrid, the immediate priority must be to play safe. Second, some excellent Italian players have struggled to adapt to the physical demands of the Premier League, where the prerequisite for any central midfielder is not to play or even to think, but to run. And third, can Aquilani stay fit long enough?
Michael Essien is unlikely to play again for Chelsea until February after a scan confirmed yesterday that he had torn his right hamstring in Tuesday’s 2-2 Champions League draw with Apoel.
The Final 16:
Bordeaux, Manchester United, Chelsea, Porto, CSKA Moscow, AC Milan, Barcelona, Inter Milan,
Lyon, Sevilla, Fiorentina, Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Olympiacos, Stuttgart
The group phase of the UEFA Champions League concluded with Barcelona safely avoiding elimination and Liverpool, Arsenal and Rangers all losing. Group F commanded the most attention and reigning champions Barcelona overcame Dynamo Kiev 2-1 to seal top spot, meaning they will not face any of the three remaining English sides in the next round.
Dynamo Kiev 1 - 2 Barcelona
Late Messi free-kick sends Barca top
Inter Milan 2 - 0 Rubin Kazan
Eto'o and Balotelli send Inter through
Liverpool 1 - 2 Fiorentina
Andy Hunter: More stoppage time woe for Reds
Olympiakos 1 - 0 Arsenal
Jon Carter: Arsenal kids lack cutting edge
Tom Dart: Youngsters acquit themselves well
Best and Worst of the Week
Final Results and What Happens Next
"Landon is a player David Moyes has identified as someone he would like to bring to the club"
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Arsenal, Liverpool and Rangers are in action in the UEFA Champions League but all eyes will likely be on Group F as holders Barcelona and Inter Milan both face possible elimination.
Dynamo Kiev vs. Barcelona: Preview
U.S. TV: Setanta @ 2:45pm EST & FSC @ 5pm
Inter Milan vs. Rubin Kazan: Preview
U.S. TV: FSC @ 2:45pm EST
Olympiacos vs. Arsenal: Preview
Following last night’s humiliating Champions League exit at the hands of Bayern Munich, Carlo Garganese looks back on the worst five European performances by the Bianconeri from years gone by…
Dan Petrescu's small-town side need to avoid defeat in Stuttgart tonight to reach the last 16.
Unirea Urziceni on brink of Champions League history for Romania.
Manchester United progressed to the latter stages of the UEFA Champions League as group winners as Michael Owen scored a brilliant hat-trick in Wolfsburg, while elsewhere Chelsea signed off with a disappointing draw at home to Apoel Nicosia and Bayern Munich battered Juventus 4-1 in Turin.
Wolfsburg 1 - 3 Manchester United
Harry Harris: Hat-trick throws Owen England lifeline
Juventus 1 - 4 Bayern Munich
Kris Voakes: Sack Ferrara following Bayern humiliation
Marseille 1 - 3 Real Madrid
Zurich 1 - 1 AC Milan
Ronaldinho rescues Milan
Chelsea 2 - 2 Apoel Nicosia
Phil McNulty: Kakuta shines but lapses still a worry for Chelsea
Houston midfielder Stuart Holden has the freedom to choose any destination in the world. In order to remain in the U.S. squad ahead of the World Cup and continue his development, Holden needs to select his next destination with care, according to Kyle McCarthy.
Stu "meets" some fans...
David Moyes hopes to strengthen his injury-plagued Everton squad in the January transfer window with a loan move for the USA forward, Landon Donovan.
"It has been frustrating and I'm looking to move away from Rangers,” Beasley told the Glasgow Evening Times. “It's not that I'm not happy with the club, it's just that I want to play. I'm only 27 and I feel like I have another six, seven or eight years left.”
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Some of Europe's heavyweights are facing the prospect of crashing out of the Champions League in the final round of games in Groups A to D.
Football.co.uk guides you through the final round of matches and the significance they hold for Europe's most prestigious club competition.
Real Mallorca are badly run, financially constricted and have a shoddy team. Yet somehow their manager is getting results.
Mallorca's managerial magic keeps boardroom bedlam at bay.
Arsene Wenger defends his decision not to touch gloves with Mark Hughes following Arsenal's 3-0 League Cup defeat to Manchester City.
"Bobby Moore was a national hero...they are all legends and that's what we would emulate. If we did...well, the West Ham fans might even forgive me everything! Maybe they'd claim me back as one of their own."
Lampard on the possibility of a Hammers love-in if England win the World Cup.
"I've a mate who for the past three years has taken his pals to the USA for a golf tournament against American pals. They have had a great time - the golf was great and the lads got on well. They took the wives this year and it was a disaster. All the wives had an argument and I think it's been cancelled for next year."
Harry Redknapp on why he's glad the WAGs won't be out in force at the World Cup.
"This is not a must-win game for Portsmouth, it's a game they must win."
5 live Commentator during the build up to Portsmouth v Burnley (isn't that a must win game, then?)
Barnet fans: "1-0 to the Barnet boys!"
Bournemouth fans: "1-0 to the referee!"
Barnet fans: "Referee, referee referee...sign him up, sign him up, sign him up!!"
Steve Cherundolo, Hannover 96 (Germany)
Vs. Bayer Leverkusen, 0-0, 90 minutes
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover gladly shared the spoils with league leaders Bayer Leverkusen Saturday as they drew 0-0. Cherundolo returned from injury to play 90 minutes in his normal right back slot.
DaMarcus Beasley, Rangers
Beasley played the final 28 minutes on Saturday and drew a penalty just four minutes into his stint when he was brought down in the box. Kenny Miller converted the spot kick as Rangers padded their lead and went on to win 3-1. This is encouraging playing time for Beasley and the fact that he made a big impact is even better going forward.
Brazil's most popular club lift the curse of Rio football and revel in a redemption day.
Resurgent Flamengo roll back the years to secure Brazilian title.
The man who started as the players' friend and a nice guy could not and would not transform himself into a believable hard man.
'The talented Mr Babbel' another victim of direct democracy, Bundesliga-style.
Observers hoping for a genuine title race in Italy now know that Inter will not have this Scudetto sewn up by Christmas.
Derby weekend lights up with fireworks on and off the field.
Okay - I know sherry doesn't go off, but give me a break. It's just taken half an hour to come up with that 'sherry's corked' headline. Getting more to the point: What is worse? To be bottom of the first division or to be top of the second? You might well answer that it depends on the stage of the season, but that does not seem to be the way that supporters in general see it.
Monday, December 07, 2009
United had hoped Vidic would have recovered from the flu bug that kept him out of Saturday's win at West Ham. However, the Serbian was absent as his team-mates checked in for the short flight to Germany. United's list of injured defenders includes the captain Gary Neville and Wes Brown, who both limped off at Upton Park, plus the longer-term casualties Rio Ferdinand, John O'Shea and Jonny Evans. With the Da Silva brothers, Fábio and Rafael, also sidelined, the only senior orthodox defender Ferguson has in his squad is the left-back Patrice Evra.
Wenger went into the match with a squad ravaged by injury. William Gallas (hamstring), Emmanuel Eboué (muscle), Armand Traoré (hamstring) and Andrey Arshavin (ankle) all picked up knocks during the match while Eduardo (thigh) was a late withdrawal from the squad. Gael Clichy (back), Abou Diaby (calf) and Nicklas Bendtner (groin) missed the win and are all doubts for next weekend's game with Liverpool while Johan Djourou (knee), Kieran Gibbs (foot) and Robin van Persie (ankle) are long-term absentees.
In the build-up to the Cape Town draw, where locals flooded the city centre for the most colourful of street parties, most of the talk centred upon Ghana and Ivory Coast spearheading Africa's unlikely quest.But now the tables have turned after the Black Stars landed in among Germany, Australia and Serbia (Group D) while the Ivorians face Brazil, Portugal and North Korea (Group G).
As the day began, U.S. fans had reason to expect the worst. A history of nasty draws and a recent crop of up-and-down performances had churned up a certain bitter cynicism.
By the end of Friday's prolonged-but-stirring proceedings from South Africa, "overwhelming joy" had routed "dread" as the prevailing sentiment among U.S. supporters, who now have every reason to believe their side can slip into the second round next summer.
The Arsenal manager gave an in-depth interview to the Sports Journalist of the Year and Martin Samuel, of The Daily Mail, at Great Ormond Street Hospital this week.
Here's their fascinating discussion in full.
The alleged argument is believed to have started after Pulis ordered the players to report for training today, prompting Beattie to object after it had previously been agreed that the first team would not be required to come in until Tuesday because they were due to go out in London last night for their Christmas party.
Let’s make something very clear right from the start of this editorial – Juventus fans who jeer Mario Balotelli are not racist. And nor are the large majority of supporters throughout Italy who abuse the 19-year-old.
The foreign media, and particularly England’s notorious SKY Sports, have been quick to pick up on this ongoing drama and I don’t need to tell you how they have presented it. The simple truth, though, is that Balotelli is targeted because of his repulsive attitude problem.
A second half Claudio Marchisio wonder goal proved the difference in a hotly contested encounter at the Stadio Olimpico.
AC Milan 3 - 0 Sampdoria
Rampant rossoneri crush sorry Samp
Roma got the better of local rivals Lazio, Fiorentina closed on the UEFA Champions League places as Siena secured victory over fellow Serie A strugglers Catania.
Team of the Week
Zlatan Ibrahimovic continued to impress in Barcelona colours as he took his Primera Liga goal tally into double figures during the 3-1 dismissal of Deportivo, while Cristiano Ronaldo saw red as Real Madrid also won.
Valencia moved up to third in La Liga after a battling win at Athletic Bilbao, while nine-man Villarreal overcame Getafe at home.
Manchester City 2 - 1 Chelsea
Richard Jolly: City set a marker for success
Paul Wilson: Ancelotti's masterplan falls short
Everton 2 - 2 Tottenham
Harry Harris: Tottenham stars on trial
Andy Hunter: Howard the Hero
Fulham 1 - 0 Sunderland
Dominic Fiefield: Zamora silences critics