Friday, February 05, 2010
Ahead of Sunday's derby, we look at the players who represented both teams.
The relaxed attitude to footballers' private lives in Italy means England's moral dilemma over John Terry is hard to fathom.
Rosaria Cannavo: a "friend" of both Panucci and Cassano...
Saturday sees Liverpool host Everton in the Merseyside derby before on Sunday, Premier League leaders Chelsea tackle London foes Arsenal. Elsewhere on a weekend that boasts a full programme of top-flight fixtures, bottom-of-the-table Portsmouth make the daunting trip to Old Trafford, ambitious pair Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa clash, Hull City entertain fourth-placed contenders Manchester City while Birmingham City meet Midlands rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Liverpool vs. Everton (7:45 EST on ESPN2): Preview
Tottenham vs. Aston Villa: Preview
Chelsea vs. Arsenal: Preview
Paul Merson's Previews & Predictions
Roma coach Claudio Ranieri insists his team is still alive in the race for the Serie A title.
The Giallorossi, who travel to Tuscany to face Fiorentina on Sunday, are nine points behind league leaders Inter Milan, with the latter having a game in hand.
Real Madrid will look to build on last weekend's morale-boosting victory over Deportivo La Coruna with an 11th successive home win on Saturday when they welcome Espanyol to the Bernabeu. Whilst Madrid will be looking to put one over Barcelona's city rivals this weekend, Pellegrini's men will also be hoping their neighbours Getafe can do them a favour when they take on Pep Guardiola's side.
Koeln – Hamburg
Freiburg – Schalke
Hoffenheim – Hannover
Bochum – Bayer Leverkusen
Nuernberg – Stuttgart
Mainz – Borussia M’gladbach
A 14-year-old fan died on Thursday after being shot along with two men when their bus was attacked on the way back to Rosario from a match in Buenos Aires, local media reported.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
Rene has walked away. And like the empty sidewalks in the old Four Tops hit, football is not the same. The game will miss Rene Higuita.
Fulham 1 - 0 Portsmouth
Jonathan Greening saves Stefano Okaka as Fulham end losing run.
Troubled Portsmouth have been hit by a triple whammy in the past 24 hours as it was revealed that their manager, Avram Grant, was the Premier League manager seen visiting a massage parlour in December.
Aston Villa have banned one of their own players from attending the Carling Cup final after he was caught selling tickets for the Wembley showpiece on Facebook. Nathan Baker, an England Under-19 international who is currently on loan at Lincoln City, was forced to issue an apology after Villa learned that he had sold his five tickets for the match against Manchester United for £200 each on the social networking site.
None now may be worth more than five, but that is still substantial; the league table would look altogether healthier for Wenger with an extra few points, especially if they had come at the expense of rivals.
So where does this leave Arsenal's season? In truth, the Arsenal of 2010 have all of the same deficiencies as the sides that have come up short in the last few years and the manager has to take his share of the blame for those failings.
They may only be six points behind Chelsea as we speak, but it feels as if the gap is so much bigger and it may be that the biggest mistake Wenger made this season was not taking heed of the scale of the hiding Carlo Ancelotti's men gave his troops a couple of months back.
The Record revealed yesterday that the American winger's £65,000 BMW had been torched outside his flat in the city's west end.
And in an exclusive interview last night, shaken Beasley said he was relieved the attackers targeted his car and not him personally.The Sun's Article
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
What you will notice:
· A comment from US Soccer president
· An original article on Soccernomics’ opinion that the Spanish national team “overachieves”
· An interview with Prof. Simon Chadwick on soccer sponsorships
· Four effective soccer non-profits highlighted
· Proposed rankings from the Yale and UCLA MBA soccer tournaments
What’s to come:
· An interview with Prof. Bill Gerrard and his application of Moneyball to determine the performance of professional soccer players
· An original article on why foreign domestic leagues should adopt American-style all-star games to generate more revenue
· Your contributions and thoughts to build a stronger foundation for our soccer clubs
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1.30pm: Knock on lid of sunbed and ask Claudine where designer washbag is. She says she'll pack it for me when she's finished topping up her tan. She's been a massive fan of UV rays, going back to when she was a kid growing up in Dublin.
The Rest of the Day
Fireworks were not going to make anyone forget Cabinda - unless they had happened on the pitch of course which, by and large, they didn't.
Neil Warnock on a roll after troubled Crystal Palace's 2-0 defeat of Peterborough.
"Perhaps they should call me Moses, as I led them out of the wilderness."
Bolton boss Owen Coyle cranks up the biblical references after Burnley fans taunted him with chants of "Judas" during their meeting at the Reebok.
"The scarf is cool. I want one. Mancini is certainly cooler than that Taggart from across the road. He's a good manager but he looks like a dustbin man."
Some might say there's no love lost between Liam Gallagher and Sir Alex Ferguson.
"Philippe was as good as we were going to get in our situation."
Philippe Senderos gets a ringing endorsement from new boss David Moyes after joining Everton on loan from Arsenal.
"90 years old, that's fantastic. If I can even get halfway there I'd be happy."
A not-so-optimistic Steve Bull, who turns 45 in March, talking about Wolves legend Bert Williams turning 90.
"Same old Terry, always cheating."
Burnley fans after John Terry committed a foul.
The recent trend of high-profile European movers appeared to come to an end in this transfer window as the money dried up, but that has not stopped some of the continent's best clubs snatching themselves a few bargains.
Gutsy Hull hold Terry and Chelsea
Ancelotti clears way for Terry to take a break
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Breaking more than a decade of silence, former U.S. soccer coach Steve Sampson said Tuesday he dropped John Harkes from the national team roster two months before the 1998 World Cup because the American captain was having an affair with the wife of teammate Eric Wynalda.
Wynalda brought up the situation Monday night during a discussion on "Fox Football Fone-In" about a scandal in England over an alleged relationship between current English captain John Terry and the former partner of Wayne Bridge, his teammate on the national squad.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Having not beaten Depor in La Coruña since 1991, it took something special to help Madrid get the better of the meigas.
How 'the heel of God' broke Deportivo's curse on Real Madrid.
Before sampling the intensity of the Klassieker between Feyenoord and Ajax, Ben Findon visited the more sedate home of AZ Alkmaar, and found that all is not well on and off the pitch for last year’s Eredivisie champions.
In a league that is now more competitive for European spots, the margin of error for Thomas Schaaf has become much smaller.
Appetite for self-destruction leaves Werder Bremen's season on the brink.
Time may be a luxury the new man in charge at the Stadio Olimpoco just does not have after Ciro Ferrara's departure.
Zaccheroni left clutching for positives as Juventus fluff their lines again.
Monday, February 01, 2010
Sir Alex Ferguson has overseen a run that launches his team to the season's latter stages with their morale at a new peak.
Manchester United performance caps their best 10 days since 1999.
Travel to South Africa, as exotic as it may sound, has turned out to be prohibitively expensive. Flights from New York to Johannesburg -- where most games, including the final, will be played -- would normally cost about $1,000, but they will set you back at least $2,500 if travelling during the World Cup.
Derby County 1 Nottingham Forest 0: Beaten Forest manager claims Rams counterpart assaulted him in 'poisonous' derby
Fabio Capello, England's coach, is to seek talks with Wayne Bridge to discuss the fall-out from Terry's alleged affair with the full-back's former partner, Vanessa Perroncel.
Terry's Wife Demands Divorce
Terry: Playing Away
Sevilla jumped to fourth place in La Liga with a 2-1 home victory over Valencia. Barcelona preserved their five-point lead at the top with a 1-0 win at Sporting Gijon, while second-placed Real Madrid won 3-1 at Deportivo La Coruna and Espanyol defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0.
Elsewhere, top-four contenders Liverpool and Manchester City were both victorious, Tottenham Hotspur dropped two points, Aston Villa inflicted a fifth straight loss on Fulham while Everton continued their resurgence.
Arsenal 1 - 3 Manchester United
Harris: Rooney showing leadership credentials
McCarra: United outclass Arsenal
Kay: Nani adds extra dimension
Manchester City 2 - 0 Portsmouth
Jolly: Pompey lose rags vs. riches clash
Burnley 1 - 2 Chelsea
Kempson: Terry heads winner