Friday, October 22, 2010
Bobbie B.S.'s better half, the future Dr. Dickie, enjoys the company of C.J. Brown at "Meet the Fire" day back in 1998 (?) at Soldier Field. At right is Ms. Souris...
Pablo Seijas said the argument with Chilavert, who played in the 2002 World Cup, started when they met in Ezeiza Airport in Buenos Aires and continued until they arrived in Paraguay.
Dale Johnson previews Spurs vs. Everton
Jon Carter previews Man City vs. Arsenal
Paul Merson previews both of Sunday's matches
Hamburg – Bayern Munich
Borussia Moenchengladbach – Werder Bremen
Eintracht Frankfurt – Schalke
Hannover – Koeln
Nuernberg – Wolfsburg
Freiburg – Kaiserslautern
Borussia Dortmund – Hoffenheim
Bayer Leverkusen – Mainz
Stuttgart – St Pauli
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho will be demanding no let-up from his in-form side as they host Racing Santander this weekend.
While life is looking good for Madrid, it is not so pleasant at the other end of the Primera Division standings where Real Zaragoza are having a tough time of it.
They are one of only two clubs still searching for a win and, to make matters worse, they host two-time reigning champions Barcelona this weekend. Possibly the most intriguing encounter in the eighth round of La Liga is Sunday's showdown between Villarreal and Atletico Madrid at El Madrigal.
AC Milan, meanwhile, are desperate to forget Tuesday's European setback - a 2-0 loss at Real Madrid - their first slip in the Europe's elite club competition this season.
Massimiliano Allegri's men are focused on making it four wins in a row when they take on Napoli at the San Paolo on Monday.
Fiorentina coach Sinisa Mihajlovic will be under pressure to take a win against Bari on Saturday.
Mihajlovic has led the Florence outfit to just one win in Serie A so far.
Paul Gascoigne has been arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs one day after being warned he could face prison for drink-driving.
Wayne Rooney has signed a new five-year contract with Manchester United, ending speculation about his future. It brings to an end an amazing ten days of claim and counter claim coming out of Old Trafford which began with Rooney refuting manager Sir Alex Ferguson's claim that he was suffering from an ankle injury and seemed set to culminate with the player being sold in January.
Mark Ogden: Rooney plays a blinder
John Brewin: Confusing
Daniel Taylor: Wayne stays
Thursday, October 21, 2010
This site has long used the Guardian’s excellent Chalkboards facility to illustrate Premier League games. There is now a similar tool for analysing Champions League games, the TotalFootball iPhone app which allows real time analysis.
It also has a more specific range of options – nabling analysis of particular aspects of a game, like the passes received by a certain player, the type and distance of pass played, and passes played within the final third of the pitch.Using that app, here is a Chalkboard for all sixteen Champions League games played this week.
There is a heady list of contenders, ranging from Alf Ramsey's Ipswich through to 02-03 Pompey, via Leeds and Liverpool.
The Príncipe de Asturias awards are Spain's equivalent of the Nobel Prizes, the most prestigious of decorations. Held every year in the Campoamor theater in Oviedo, designated by a 'jury' and handed out by the Prince of Asturias, heir to the Spanish crown, they reward excellence in a number of fields -- from international cooperation (in other words, peace), to science and arts. At every event not only does Prince Felipe attend, so too does Queen Sofia.
Inter Milan survived a Gareth Bale inspired Spurs comeback, Manchester United edged out Bursaspor, while Rangers were held by Valencia. In the other game in Group A FC Twente and Werder Bremen shared the spoils after a 1-1 draw in Holland.
Barcelona moved to the top of Group D with a hard-fought 2-0 win over FC Copenhagen at Camp Nou. Panathinaikos and Rubin Kazan remain winless after a goalless draw in the other game in Group D.
Lyon maintained their 100 per cent record in Group B with a 2-0 victory over ten-man Benfica at Stade Gerland. Raul equalled Gerd Muller's all-time record for goals in European competition with a clinical brace in Schalke's 3-1 success over Hapoel Tel-Aviv to take his tally to 68 goals in Europe.
Rangers 1 - 1 Valencia
Clive Lindsay at Ibrox
Ewan Murray at Ibrox
Manchester United 1 - 0 Bursaspor
Richard Jolly at Old Trafford
Daniel Taylor at Old Trafford
Inter Milan 4 - 3 Tottenham
Kevin McCarra at San Siro
Michael D Silva at San Siro
David Hytner at San Siro
Rooney is right. Manchester United no longer have the means to match the ambition and wealth of their rivals.
Sir Alex Ferguson will hold emergency talks with Manchester United's chief executive, David Gill, on Thursday morning to decide whether to sell Wayne Rooney after the player's damning statement accusing the club of not matching his own ambitions and questioning whether they are in decline.
Newcastle striker Andy Carroll was the target of an arson attack on Wednesday, when his car was torched while parked on the drive of club captain Kevin Nolan.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Manchester United will attempt to find some solace from the Wayne Rooney saga when they host Bursaspor, while Tottenham face defending champions Inter Milan and Rangers welcome Valencia to Glasgow.
Barcelona see Copenhagen arrive in Spain, FC Twente and Werder Bremen meet, and Lyon and Benfica clash. Elsewhere, Rubin Kazan visit Panathinaikos, and Hapoel Tel-Aviv travel to Gelsenkirchen to take on Schalke.
Manchester United vs. Bursaspor: Preview
Barcelona vs. Copenhagen: Preview
At one point, having abandoned the piece of paper from which he had initially intended to read, Sir Alex fell silent, apparently lost for words. He appeared close to tears. For the first time in his long reign at Old Trafford, the manager seemed to have no answer to the simple question: "Why?"
It is one of the ancient battles of sport, the struggle between talent and the ravages of time. And it's being fought out as the Brazilian Championship reaches a thrilling finale.
With eight rounds to go - and at least four clubs still in contention - one of the big questions is this: Can he really do it again? Is Ronaldo capable of staging yet another extraordinary comeback?
There are many ways to lift a team in crisis. Train harder, for example. Or appoint a new manager. Or go on a team-bonding boot camp.
Liverpool, however, have taken a slightly different route. They have been flown to Naples for their Europa League game against Napoli on Thursday by the Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson.
Arsenal and Chelsea have one foot in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League after victories over Shakhtar Donetsk and Spartak Moscow. Braga picked up their first victory of the campaign against Partizan Belgrade in the clash between Group H's also-rans. Marseille got off the mark in Group F as they inflicted a third successive defeat on MSK Zilina.
Real Madrid came out on top in the clash of European heavyweights at Santiago Bernabeu as AC Milan were left reeling with two goals in as many minutes in the opening quarter of an hour. Ajax moved level on four points with Massimiliano Allegri's men although they were left hanging on for their 2-1 victory over Auxerre in Amsterdam. Bayern Munich are in firm control at the summit of Group E but they were given a huge helping hand from CFR Cluj as the Romanian visitors contrived to score two own goals. The race for second place in Group E is tight after Basel claimed their first victory with a surprise 3-1 success away to Roma.
Real Madrid 2 - 0 AC Milan
Sid Lowe at the Santiago Bernabéu
Roberto Gotta: Tactical dilemmas remain for Milan
Arsenal 5 - 1 Shakhtar Donetsk
Jamie Jackson at Emirates Stadium
Tom Adams at Emirates Stadium
Paul Hayward: Wilshere blooms alongside captain
Spartak Moscow 0 - 2 Chelsea
Dominic Fifield at Luzhniki Stadium
The Manchester United manager has cast Rooney as a mercenary with no regard for the club's health.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Elsewhere, European giants Real Madrid and AC Milan meet, Bayern Munich host Cluj, Roma welcome Basel, and Auxerre travel to Ajax.
Braga take on Partizan Belgrade, and Marseille see Slovakian outfit MSK Zilina arrive in France.
Real Madrid vs. AC Milan: Preview I
Jon Carter's Preview
Five classic Real/Milan ties
Spartak Moscow vs. Chelsea: Preview
Jeremy Wilson on Spartak Moscow
Arsenal vs. Shakhtar Donetsk: Preview
Barça's members' assembly gave the club president Sandro Rosell the chance to settle a few old accounts – literally – with Joan Laporta.
End of an expensive era, but Barcelona's players prove priceless.
Violence in the stands, threats to players and coaches, and poor quality on the pitch are blighting Swedish football.
Hooliganism sends Sweden crashing back into football's dark ages.
"It's no secret, for example, that in London they have the highest crime rate compared with other European cities, and the highest level of alcohol consumption among young people."
Sorokin went on to again insist that a banner with a picture of a banana aimed at West Brom's striker Peter Odemwingie and produced by fans of his former club Lokomotiv Moscow was not racist, and he points out that anti-Glazer fans had burned an American flag at Old Trafford on the same day.
Frank Simek’s inspiring play continued last week for Carlisle as he sent his squad into the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Quarterfinals.
Borussia top, Schalke going down and Bayern nowhere. Things can't get much better for Jürgen Klopp's side right now.
Why Dortmund's form is the stuff black and yellow fantasies are made of.
Inter silenced fans in Sardinia but still look short of firepower, while supporters in Genoa made a political point.
Effigy brandished at Sampdoria and Eto'o silences Cagliari in Serie A.
We learned a few things this weekend, and we are likely to learn some more in midweek when three of the pretenders to the Spanish throne pit their wits against European rivals in the Champions League. Meanwhile, it will befit Villarreal - the team that continues to lend La Liga its face validity - to return to the top of the table on Monday night by beating Hercules away, and thus dampen a little the growing feeling that Real Madrid could be shaping up for an over-imperious campaign. What did we learn?
Monday, October 18, 2010
With just one match remaining in a busy year, here's where things seem to stand in terms of how Bradley sees the squad:
Everton 2 - 0 Liverpool
Richard Jolly at Goodison Park
Kevin McCarra at Goodison Park
Aston Villa 0 - 0 Chelsea
Kevin Palmer at Villa Park
Manchester United 2 - 2 West Bromwich Albion
Richard Jolly at Old Trafford
Arsenal 2 - 1 Birmingham
Jamie Jackson at Emirates Stadium
Fulham 1 - 2 Tottenham
David Lacey at Craven Cottage
Blackpool 2 - 3 Manchester City
Daniel Taylor at Bloomfield Road
Hoffenheim are up to fourth place in the Bundesliga while Hamburg ended Mainz's perfect start to the season.
Bayern Munich are well off the pace but a 3-0 win at home to Hannover may give them some momentum, the glory going to Mario Gomez as he scored a hat-trick.
St Pauli achieved their first home win of the season, a 3-2 victory over Nurnberg secured by a late effort from Florian Bruns.
Lazio returned to the top of Serie A during the weekend after scrambling a 2-0 win over Bari at the Stadio San Nicola. Earlier, Inter Milan's 1-0 victory at Cagliari was marred as the referee threatened to halt the game following apparent racist chanting against Samuel Eto'o. Juventus thrashed Lecce 4-0 to move up to fifth. Sampdoria came from behind to win their first Serie A game in seven weeks, beating Fiorentina 2-1.