Friday, January 29, 2010
The Chelsea star claimed he was being chased by paparazzi when a speed gun recorded him driving his black Lamborghini Gallardo at 104mph.
From King Eric to Carlisle's emergency loan signing, here are some mid- and late-season deals that changed the world.
"I am not a man, I am Cantona."
Those words, delivered with a knowing twinkle in last year's Ken Loach-directed film "Looking for Eric", perfectly sum up the demi-god status afforded to a man still hailed by those of a certain age as their favourite Manchester United player of all time.
Hamburg – Wolfsburg
Bayern Munich – Mainz
Borussia M’gladbach – Werder Bremen
Eintracht Frankfurt – Koeln
Hannover – Nuernberg
Hertha Berlin – Bochum
Schalke – Hoffenheim
Stuttgart – Borussia Dortmund
Bayer Leverkusen - Freiburg
Hamburg host Wolfsburg, Bayern face Mainz, and Schalke meet Hoffenheim this week.
With Madrid not playing Depor until late on Saturday night, champions Barca could once more build an eight-point gap as they travel to 10th-placed Sporting Gijon earlier in the evening.
The big match on Sunday sees third-placed Valencia travel to sixth-placed Sevilla.
Milan host Livorno knowing a defeat could see in-form Roma leapfrog them into second in the standings.
Claudio Ranieri's side take on rock-bottom Siena at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday trailing Milan by two points.
Jose Mourinho's Inter make the journey to Parma without suspended duo Wesley Sneijder and Lucio, but bolstered by the return of striker Samuel Eto'o from the African Nations Cup.
Coming soon in 3D...
The Premier League clash between Arsenal and Manchester United will be filmed in 3D and broadcast over the Sky platform to selected pubs around the UK and Ireland, with their customers becoming the first audiences anywhere in the world to experience live Premier League in 3D.
Arsenal host Manchester United on Sunday in the weekend's big clash. Also on Sunday Pompey go to Manchester City. On Saturday, Burnley host Chelsea, Wigan welcome Everton, West Ham welcome Blackburn, Bolton go to Liverpool, Hull host Wolves, Fulham host Villa and Spurs go up to Birmingham.
Not participating on Sunday...
Egypt 4-0 Algeria: The Pharaohs Subdue Bitter Rivals To Reach Final
Ghana 1-0 Nigeria: Black Stars Shoot Down Super Eagles To Reach Final
Egypt prepare for final against Ghana
Ciro Ferrara is not expected at Vinovo as the axe falls on him. The club are currently working on his contract resolution and will inform him of their decision later.
Plymouth Argyle are set to sign striker Kenny Cooper on loan from 1860 Munich until the end of the season, according to the German club's official website.
Tottenham have completed the signing of former Chelsea and Barcelona forward Eidur Gudjohnsen on a loan deal from Monaco for the end of the season.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Widely touted as Africa's great hope ahead of the first World Cup to grace the continent, Ivory Coast may well approach this summer's finals with trepidation following their disappointing quarter-final defeat to Algeria in the African Nations Cup. It is the elephant in the room for the Elephants - will potential and talent ever translate into success?
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 - 0 Liverpool:
Wolves hold up lacklustre Liverpool's top-four mission
Tottenham 2 - 0 Fulham:
Bentley gives Spurs reason to smile
Portsmouth 1 - 1 West Ham: Fratton Park draw
Bolton 1 - 0 Burnley: "Judas" claims all three points
"Stuart has been training with us and he has done well," Bolton manager Owen Coyle said. "He has a great energy and desire, and he wants to show that he can play in the best league in the world, so he is a young man with a point to prove."
Ljungberg hinted a new deal could be on the horizon, writing, "Based on the latest news I've heard from both sides, there won't be a lockout or strike on Feb 1. So from Feb. 1 I will be with my team in Seattle trying to help them become the best team in America."
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier after Saints drew Portsmouth in the FA Cup fifth round, to be played on Valentine's weekend.
"I'll probably sit up at home tonight reading the rule book for a couple of
hours and see what the rules actually are. Neither the referee nor the linesman
seemed to know - they probably phoned a friend."
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is baffled after Jermain Defoe has a goal ruled out against Liverpool.
"It's a great sight sometimes when Jenas opens his legs like that, isn't it?"
Setanta's Curtis Fleming commentating on Spurs v Leeds in the FA Cup.
"Scott Parker and Mark Noble are suffering from the same groin strain."
Commentator on Sky Sports during West Ham v Aston Villa.
That spells (flipping) debt to me,
With a knick knack paddywhack, give a dog a bone,
Ocean Finance on the phone."
Man City fans chanting to United.
After years of relying on curious adverts to lure supporters, the football is now enough of an attraction by itself.
Getafe emerge from the shadow of their own advertising campaign.
An informal meeting between some of their key players failed to save the job of the champions' manager.
Armin Veh pays price of Wolfsburg's forlorn hunt for their old Bundesliga bite.
The manager's conspiracy theories cannot mask the overwhelming conviction of Inter's 2-0 derby win.
José Mourinho lets Wesley Sneijder subplot overshadow Inter's dominance.
Less than four months after the crash that threatened to end his promising career, Davies is already jogging at a good rate and working on agility drills that would have seemed impossible just weeks earlier, when simply getting out of a wheelchair was an exhausting exercise.
Egypt 3-1 Cameroon: Controversial Free Kick Ends Indomitable Lions' Hopes
Nigeria 0-0 Zambia (5-4 On Pens): Vincent Enyeama Is The Hero As Super Eagles Beat Chipolopolo On Penalty Kicks
So Luca Toni is no longer at Bayern Munich. I guess ever since early September, there was never any doubt it would come to this. That's when the Italian gave an interview in which he said that, contract or no contract, he was going be doing one, pronto, if the cruel and pigheaded new coach, Louis van Gaal, had the gall to pick one of those useless bunglers ahead of him.
Luca during happier times...
Monday, January 25, 2010
It really does leave you scratching your head at times, wondering what goes through the mind of a footballer. What brings a player to the point where, as one photograph shows, he feels the need to seemingly attempt to gouge an opponents eyes. Or in another case, apparently attempt to kick an opponent while he is lying on the ground. What are they trying to achieve?
Rodrigo Palacio and Hernan Crespo scored first-half goals as Genoa saw off the challenge of Atalanta for their first win of 2010. Genoa moved back into contention for a place in Europe as Palacio struck in the eighth minute and Crespo sealed the win three minutes before the break.
Angola 0-1 Ghana: Blackstars Dump Hosts Out Of AFCON
Cote d'Ivoire 2-3 Algeria: Fennecs Oust Elephants In Thriller
Zambia vs. Nigeria: Preview
Egypt vs. Cameroon: Preview
Jonathan Wilson: Ahmed Hassan and Rigobert Song set for legacy-defining battle
Sad Ivory Coasters...
FA Cup Weekend Review
The FA Cup 5th Round Draw:
Manchester City v
Derby County v Birmingham
Chelsea v Cardiff
Fulham v Notts County or
Reading v West Bromwich Albion
Southampton v Portsmouth
An opportunity to learn more about several U.S. players on the bubble for a place in the World Cup squad was squandered Saturday night in a 3-1 loss to Honduras. The cause appeared lost once a 17th-minute red card was awarded to central defender Jimmy Conrad, which sent the team scrambling to assert itself and control the damage.
Winners and Losers
'Everything was done today to try and prevent Inter from winning, but my squad is strong and we will win the Scudetto,'' he told Sky television. ''But I will leave it at that. This is your country and your league. I am just a foreigner working here. One day, I will go and leave this problem with you.''