Friday, January 15, 2010
Anyone fancying a flutter on an African team to do the unthinkable and win this year's World Cup may be thinking twice about dipping into their pocket after the first round of matches in the Nations Cup.
So far, little Malawi - the tournament's rank outsiders - have managed to muster more points than the combined tally earned by World Cup finalists Algeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Nigeria.
Bayern Munich should be refreshed after their winter holiday and, despite Dubai TV's efforts, can clinch the title.
Laughter a mixed medicine as German clubs return from break.
This is the first image that comes up when you Google "German TV..."
Ghana belatedly kick-off their African Nations Cup campaign against Ivory Coast in Cabinda and coach Milovan Rajevac is expecting no easy ride in what is certainly the pick of the first-round games.
When the word longevity is uttered in football conversation, images of Paolo Maldini and Ryan Giggs are probably the first to be conjured. But for 18 top-flight years, Gary Speed plied his trade at the highest level of English football, earning himself a reputation as one of the Premier League's most consistent performers and one of the game's model professionals, as well as setting the goal and appearance benchmarks for Welsh compatriot Giggs to reach.
After last week's snow fiasco, a full programme of Premier League fixtures is scheduled this weekend, starting with Stoke City versus Liverpool. Five 3pm kick-offs take place on Saturday, with Manchester United and Chelsea both involved, Roberto Mancini faces his first real test as Manchester City manager while on Sunday Owen Coyle's Bolton Wanderers and Arsenal conclude the action.
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The Nerazzurri go into Saturday's game at Bari on the back of three consecutive wins while Milan host rock-bottom Siena 24 hours later looking to make it three wins in a row in the league.
Juventus travel to Verona to face Chievo looking to replicate the form they displayed in their midweek 3-0 triumph over Napoli in the Coppa Italia.
Barcelona get an immediate chance to avenge their Copa del Rey defeat to Sevilla when they play them at the Nou Camp this weekend. In contrast, whereas Barca are now out of the cup, they are still sitting pretty in La Liga with a two-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of the table.
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Bayer Leverkusen – Mainz
Borussia M’gladbach – Bochum
Eintracht Frankfurt – Werder Bremen
Hamburg – Freiburg
Hannover – Hertha Berlin
Stuttgart – Wolfsburg
Schalke – Nuernberg
Koeln – Borussia Dortmund
The Bundesliga resumes after a long winter break…
Angola 2-0 Malawi: Black Antelopes Extinguish Harmless Flames
Mali 0-1 Algeria: Fennecs Ground Eagles To Keep Qualification Hopes Alive
The manager's task of delivering the top-four finish that would save his job was made more difficult when Steven Gerrard, Yossi Benayoun and Fernando Torres all returned to the treatment table, the latter with a withering attack on the club's owners.
Harry Harris: Jose interested
Top Six Contenders for Rafa's Job
The expansion team -- and host of the draft -- delivered a class filled with promise and potential, loading up on teenage prospects as well as college veterans.
Philadelphia got the ball rolling on its standout draft by pulling off a pair of pre-draft deals to land the No. 6 and No. 7 picks in the first round. With three of the first seven selections, the Union landed three young prospects who could end up being the cream of the 2010 crop.
Philadelphia was just one of three Eastern Conference teams to do well on draft day. Chicago and New York also walked away with impressive hauls that should help the East put up a better fight after finishing second best to the West in 2009.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
By far the most decorated and long-serving of his contemporaries, an Old Trafford great has garnered ever more accolades for his longevity, his quality and his dignity. His ability to excel at an age when others have retired has been rightly praised, his attitude described as an example to others. Enough about Ryan Giggs, though: Sir Alex Ferguson differs from his greatest servant. Indeed, having taught the winger for more than two decades, he could learn from him now.
Sevilla 0-1 Barcelona: Lone Xavi Strike Not Enough As Andalucians Progress On Away Goals Rule
Goal.com's Subhankar Mondal explores the several young Italian players who are struggling to get games for their respective clubs and says that this is only going to harm the national team....
"It is very difficult because our press officer, who was my personal press officer, died in my hands," he said. "Until now that is the worst image I have had in my life. I always hear people say [you think] somebody is going to die in your hands and at the end that person survives. But I had the press officer in my hands to his last respiration and he passed away in my hands, so you can imagine it is very difficult.
Yes, he attended a Togo team meeting yesterday wearing an Arsenal shirt...
Meanwhile, the company claims that crime rate is high in South Africa, and the Protektorvest will offer effective protection from potential attacks.
"We are getting lots of interest in this from around the world. It is quite amazing. Of course people think it is a bit crazy, but South Africa is famous for knife crime'', said Sascha Cutura, co-founder of Protektorvest. ''I can imagine that the organisers of the World Cup say it is safe, but fans want to do what they can.
Reading 1 - 2 Liverpool: This time there is no one else to blame but the players and manager of Liverpool FC.
Phil McNulty: Clock is ticking for Rafa
Kevin McCarra: There may be even more trouble ahead
Harry Harris: Loss must spell end for Rafa
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
In football, as in life, players are often told 'not to go back'. However in some cases over the years certain players have proved exceptions to the rule.
Laws, a former Burnley player, had been a free agent after being sacked by Sheffield Wednesday last month.
Under-fire Juventus coach Ciro Ferrara after watching his side lose four of their last five games.
"We've got three points today, and that's better than one point."
Nigel Adkins being interviewed after Scunthorpe's 4-1 away win against Derby.
"He's lucky to only get one red."
Robbie Earle commenting on El Hadji Diouf's horror tackle for Blackburn against Aston Villa.
"That's why you're going down!"
Arsenal fans to West Ham kid who put his penalty wide during half-time entertainment at Upton Park.
"Stand up if you're top of the league."
Leeds fans at Old Trafford.
Leeds fans when the injury time was announced at Man Utd.
Following a two-hour emergency team meeting on Tuesday, Ciro Ferrara remains as coach of Juventus for now.
But win or lose Wednesday's Coppa Italia match against Napoli, a game that brings together the only two clubs he ever played for as a professional, his days would appear to be numbered.
Egypt 3–1 Nigeria: Pharaohs Come Back To Defeat Super Eagles
Benin 2–2 Mozambique: The Mambas Come From Behind To Earn A Vital Draw
The African Cup of Nations really isn't going so well
Almost exactly 30 years ago, in January 1980, a man known by two names died at only 38 years of age. There were many facets to his unusual life, and so he's remembered for many things, depending on who you ask. The world of sports, however, primarily remembers him for having taken Germany's most famous football photo of all time.
Not the photograph in question...
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
He's technically gifted, good-looking and, after two goals against Sevilla, the 18-year-old 'marvel' has the Spanish drooling.
Introducing La Liga's next superstar ... Racing Santander's Sergio Canales.
Manchester United's owners, who loaded the club with more than £700m in borrowings to fund their purchase, have taken £10m out of the club in "management and administration fees" and have personally borrowed a further £10m in the past year, it has emerged.
How the Glazer family have milked debt-ridden United for millions.
United are currently training in Qatar...
Ivory Coast 0-0 Burkina Faso: Elephants Share Goalless Draw With Stallions
Malawi 3-0 Algeria: Malawi Hat-Trick Takes Algeria By Surprise
The big names suffered a humbling on their maiden voyages in the Africa Cup of Nations. Goal.com's Peter Staunton reflects on Monday's action...
Richard Jolly: Mancini's ideal start continues
Daniel Taylor: Tevez brilliant as City go fourth
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After last night's 3-0 home defeat to Milan, it looks like Juve coach Ciro Ferrara's days are numbered.
Ferrara faces the music after Milan lead Juventus a merry dance.
Lots of people (and newspapers) have been talking about Pep Guardiola this week, mainly because last week's home draw with Villarreal was followed up by a home defeat in the King's Cup to Sevilla, prompting the wunderkind of football management to announce to the press that he was fallible after all.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Togo's Prime Minister Gilbert Huongbo has denied the country wants to re-enter the Africa Cup of Nations.
Togo pulled out of the tournament in Angola after a gun attack on their team bus left three people dead last Friday.
City of Manchester Stadium
U.S. TV: ESPN2
Arsenal 2 - 2 Everton
Arsenal in Premier League race after Everton draw
Alyson Rudd: Everton superior in many respects
Kevin Palmer: Donovan shines in Everton debut
Birmingham 1 - 1 Manchester United
Sir Alex Ferguson frustrated as Birmingham hold Manchester United
Peter Lansley: Ferguson feels the heat
Berbatov may need surgery
Jon Carter: Safety first attitude a real bore
Chris Kamara's sub-zero heroes