Friday, March 05, 2010
Other studies conducted by Dr. Krustrup and colleagues have shown similar heart and bone benefits in male soccer players. One study looked at muscle function and balance in a group of 65- to 75-year-old men who played recreational soccer most of their lives. In a one-leg balance test, the older soccer players performed just as well as 30-year-old men. Older men who weren’t trained in soccer had twice as many falls during the balance test as their soccer-playing peers.
'There's nothing to worry about,' the manager said after home defeat to Spain – but that isn't stopping anyone.
Premier League on Saturday: Arsenal vs. Burnley, West Ham vs. Bolton, Wolves vs. Manchester United
FA Cup on Saturday: Fulham vs. Tottenham, Portsmouth vs. Birmingham
Premier League on Sunday: Everton vs. Hull
FA Cup on Sunday: Chelsea vs. Stoke, Reading vs. Aston Villa
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EPL Preview II
FA Cup Preview I
FA Cup Preview II
A draw in Rome would only benefit Jose Mourinho's Inter.
The Nerazzurri host Genoa having ended a three-match winless run last weekend by edging Udinese 3-2.
Red-hot Palermo, who head into the weekend in fourth spot, take on relegation-threatened Livorno.
Napoli and Juventus are just two points behind Palermo, who hold the last Champions League qualifying spot. Napoli visit Bologna looking to end a five-match winless run, while Juve face a big test when they visit Fiorentina on Saturday.
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has again heaped praise on "extraordinary" Sevilla winger Jesus Navas. Ramos' comments come before the weekend's mouthwatering La Liga showdown between the two high-flying clubs at the Bernabeu.
Barca have not been in top form recently, as admitted by coach Pep Guardiola, but they looked close to their best in defeating Malaga 2-1 last weekend despite needing a late winner from Lionel Messi.
The reigning champions face a potentially tough trip on Saturday though as they take on an Almeria side that has been in impressive form in 2010, winning four of nine matches and losing just once.Preview
Guillem Balague's Previews
Koeln host Bayern Munich, Nuernberg take on Bayer Leverkusen, and Werder Bremen face off with Stuttgart in this week’s action…
Eintracht Frankfurt – Schalke
Freiburg – Hannover
Wolfsburg – Bochum
Borusia Dortmund – Borussia M’gladbach
Hoffenheim – Mainz
Michael Owen has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, ending his faint hopes of playing in this summer's World Cup.
The most natural predator England has ever produced, Gary Lineker was a striker with the knack of being in the right place at the right time. Though rarely known for his general teamwork or ability outside of the penalty area, Lineker's goalscoring instincts made him the archetypal "fox in the box", able to sniff a chance out of nowhere.
Fox in the box, indeed...
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Martin Tyler's stats and facts column is here!
Every week he will be here to offer you statistical gems to make your day, impress your mates and, on occasion, to settle the odd bet.
Sky Sports' voice of football and his back-up team of experts are here to answer your questions and queries on all things statistical and historical from the beautiful game.
Spain gave further proof of why they are one of the favourites for World Cup glory this summer after seeing off France 2-0 in Paris to continue their phenomenal run of form.
The Euro 2008 winners deservedly clinched their first win over their northern neighbours on French soil since 1968 thanks to first-half goals from David Villa and Sergio Ramos.
The friendly victory also means Spain have now won 42 - including two after extra-time - of their last 45 fixtures, with their only defeat coming against the United States at last summer's Confederations Cup.
Asia met Africa in west London this week with both sets of fans unhappy about their respective managers.
South Korean TV calls tune on a bleak afternoon for Ivory Coast at QPR.
Arsenal forward highlights a wider problem for Fabio Capello in the build-up to the World Cup.
Theo Walcott a clipped wing as England labour to make inroads.
Carlos Tevez last night launched an astonishing attack on John Terry and warned: "If you acted like this in Argentina you'd be dead."
Holden was injured during the United States' 2-1 friendly defeat by the Netherlands on Wednesday.
After leaving Houston Dynamo, Holden signed for Bolton in January on a deal until the end of the season - and Coyle confirmed on Thursday he would be taking up an option to extend the deal until the end of next season.
Editor's Note: After consultation with SSN staff, the decision has been made to discontinue use of this photograph in conjunction with any Landon Donovan or United States National Team articles until after the World Cup. Staff consensus is that Donovan does not deserve any stick for a while based a bit on his solid play for Everton, but primarily for his excellent tackle on one Ashley Cole.
The Dutch opened the score before the break and doubled their lead in the second half. The guests pegged one back in the dying minutes of the game, but were unable to restore parity.
Leander Schaerlaeckens: U.S. hangs tough with Dutch
Martin Rogers: Winners and Losers
George Caulkin: Slumbering USA awake too late
Winners & Losers
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
The Knights may have walked away with the Cup, but nearly every team averaged $1,000 in donations.
For those who have already donated, thank you. For those who have not, please do so as soon as you can:
Niko was in attendance that Sunday morning, as were other family members including his mother who had just arrived from Greece. For his family it means that they can focus a bit more on getting the right treatment and not worry as much about how everything will be financed.
Additional photographs from the event can be seen here:
Before Wednesday night’s friendly against Holland at the Amsterdam ArenA, Bradley cheekily suggested that several of Ferguson’s peers have privately offered him their backing for when the countries meet in Rustenburg on June 12.
“I have been in Europe a lot lately and I’ve had the chance to catch up with different people,” he said. “I appreciated those opportunities, whether it was watching training sometimes or communicating about our players.
Former Arsenal star Perry Groves does his bit for world peace
"I'd have dealt with it by going down to see Terry in private. If that ended up in a fight, then so be it."
But Groves calms down a little later.
"It's me. I'm jinxed."
Shay Given after Man City's FA Cup defeat by Stoke ensured the keeper's long wait for club honours continues.
"It was a penalty, but I like this referee."
Inter Milan's Walter Samuel, who tripped Chelsea's Salomon Kalou in the box but saw the ref wave play on.
"I've done stupid things before when I've had too many sherbets but nothing
Wales back row forward Andy Powell after his arrest for drink-driving. Police arrested him at a service station - where he went to buy a bar of chocolate and a sandwich - after driving a golf buggy along the M4 motorway.
"People say 'go with the flow' but do you know what goes with the flow? Dead fish."
Roy Keane when comparing Wayne Bridge's withdrawal from the England squad to his own World Cup exit in 2002.
"We're not very warm!
"We're not very warm!
"We're not very, We're not very,
"We're not very warm!"
Cambridge City fans at a windswept Leamington FC.
The South Africans have invested so much emotionally in success that failure would be crushing to their psyche.
Current state of the 10 stadiums in pictures
The Manchester United star on life outside football, the World Cup Wags – and finding out he was England's new captain from the TV news.
As the samba road-show wheeled back into its increasingly familiar setting of the Emirates Stadium in North London for this friendly with the Republic of Ireland, Brazil coach Dunga knew that time was running out in his bid to iron out the numerous dilemmas before him ahead of his ultimate test.
The fracas erupted after the alleged victim was singing Manchester United songs with friends in the club, 42nd Street, in the city centre. Johnson, 22, was arrested later and interviewed by police. He is currently on bail.
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
With the World Cup now just three months away, Carlo Garganese looks at the Top 10 players from the qualified countries who may miss out on the tournament…
Would you take him...?
When Arsène Wenger preached recently about Arsenal as a lone force for good in an ugly football world, he was rightly slapped down in several quarters, this column among them, for one-eyed sermonising.
That case against him stands, but it does not mean we should now dismiss his concerns about the rough tactics employed against Arsenal.
Whatever your choices, we can all agree that the world's biggest sporting event can't arrive soon enough.
South Africa and Mexico kick off the World Cup on June 11, but until then we can only count down the days until the tournament begins. We're going to do that with 101 different stories running over 101 days -- call it World Cup 101.
Since Lando took out Cashley can he move up to 49...?
Alfonso Pérez Burrull's officiating of the match was so farcical it could easily have come from the Muppet Show.
Atlético's thumping of Valencia upstaged by antics of referee.
Palermo keeper Salvatore Sirigu looks and plays similar to Gianluigi Buffon - could he replace him in the Italy team?
Sirigu offers Buffon a glimpse of the future as Palermo beat Juventus.
Another late 'that's how they are'-moment for Bayern has filled their rivals with a dreadful sense of deja vu.
Franck Ribéry sinks Hamburg to end Bayern's identity crisis.
But then the country was struck by Saturday's massive earthquake and amid the chaos and confusion the matches could clearly not go ahead. The Uruguayan FA made a swift and noble offer to stage the games in Montevideo, so Chile's preparations for the World Cup would not be disturbed, but Chile decided that calling off the friendlies was the only appropriate step.
Maurice Edu unleashed a furious kick from close range in the 93rd minute and scored the winner as Rangers knocked off Celtic 1-0.
It was a week to forget for the Americans plying their trade in continental Europe as Michael Bradley and Carlos Bocanegra were the only national team players to see significant action.
Freddie Ljungberg and Kieron Dyer will have cost West Ham effectively £1m a match, it was revealed in the club's latest accounts. Ljungberg, who has left Upton Park, and Dyer will have cost £34m over the terms of their contracts, having started a combined total of only 32 matches for West Ham since the summer of 2007.
Despite the fact he is now 33, there is a feeling that Guti remains a juvenile character and likes to rebel against authority. On the pitch, he has always been unpredictable, as he can play three different games in the space of 90 minutes.
At his best, Guti is among the top five midfielders in the world. He has the skills to unlock any defence, devastating passing ability and is as natural in front of goal as a striker. At his worst, Guti is capable of disturbing an entire team. He has a volcanic ego, and that can lead to mistakes few would expect from a player of his undoubted ability. "If Guti could have just focused on performing on the pitch, he could have been the new Zidane," former team-mate Michel Salgado has said of him in the past.
Monday, March 01, 2010
Because the World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the known universe, it draws viewers and pundits from beyond the world of football. And, perhaps because they cannot grasp that they are watching a “mere sporting event”, they feel the need to imbue the competition with some larger, non-sporting meaning.
Rangers Maurice Edu came off the bench to put what could be a final nail into Celtic’s Scottish Premier League title hopes, as the American stabbed home late into injury time to put his side one step though the door towards the title.
Maurice is mobbed after scoring the winner...
There is a conspiracy against Arsenal, managers really do not like each other and Craig Bellamy is a guilty pleasure.
An Alexandre Pato brace set AC Milan on their way to a routine 3-1 win over Atalanta which kept them four points behind Inter in the title race.The Brazilian, whose afternoon ended on a negative note as he came off injured 10 minutes from time, scored twice in the final 15 minutes of the first half and, even though Jaime Valdes pulled one back, Marco Borriello followed up to score after Ronaldinho's penalty was saved five minutes later.
Palermo leapfrogged Juventus into fourth with a 2-0 win at the Stadio Olimpico.
A sickening injury to Aaron Ramsey marred what was otherwise a positive weekend for Arsenal as they closed within three point of leaders Chelsea, who endured a day to forget against Manchester City and the much-talked about Wayne Bridge.
David Hytner at Stamford Bridge: Terry shaken as Bridge saga stirs City
Richard Jolly at Brittania Stadium: Gunners battle through adversity
Richard Jolly at Anfield:
Torres provides timely boost
Paul Weaver at White Hart Lane: Magic Modric leads Spurs over wasteful Everton