Friday, January 21, 2011
Plans to be finalized today
Wolves vs. Liverpool: Mark Lomas' Preview
Aston Villa vs. Manchester City: Jon Carter's Preview
Barcelona will look to return to winning ways after their Copa del Ray defeat to Real Betis when they face Racing Santander.
Eduardo Alvarez's Quiniela
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has told his players to hold their nerve and focus on themselves rather than others. The Serie A leaders head into Sunday's game against Cesena on the back of draws against Udinese and Lecce. Napoli are joint second in Serie A, level on 37 points with Lazio, and travel to rock-bottom Bari on Sunday.
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli hoping to avoid knee operation by having treatment in America
Manchester City have sent Mario Balotelli to a Vermont-based knee conditioning specialist in an attempt to resolve the injury that has forced the Italian forward to miss three months of the season.
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has made more headlines off the pitch than on it. Here are some of his choicer quotes.
Although Villa have publicly denied "tapping up" Bent, Bruce could not disguise lingering suspicions to the contrary based on the unusual speed of the switch's completion.
Steve Bruce gets angry...
Hang on a minute ... defeat? Madrid wasn't defeated by Almería on Sunday night. It didn't lose. It drew 1-1.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
It's a long way from Chelsea to Grozny, but in one of the most extraordinary appointments in recent sporting history, the legendary Dutch footballer and former Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit has been unveiled as the new manager of Terek Grozny, the Russian premier league club from the country's restive region of Chechnya.
In Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, they boasted all three shortlisted players for the FIFA Ballon d'Or and the current side, including the Champions League-winning predecessors of 2006 and 2009, are now certain of their place in the pantheon of the all-time great teams.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Sven-Goran Eriksson's return to Eastlands turned sour as Manchester City went through to the FA Cup fourth-round.
Manchester City 4 - 2 Leicester City
Richard Jolly at Eastlands
Manchester United's signing of a callow, improbably talented Cristiano Ronaldo in August 2003 was a defining moment for the Premier League and modern football itself, heralding a dazzling new superstar for a fledgling millennium.For the 18-year-old's agent, former nightclub owner and semi-professional footballer Jorge Mendes – who is being sued by the English agency Formation for half the fees he earned on that and other deals – Ronaldo's arrival marked his entry into football's big time.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Arsenal may not win the Premier League but they are rescuing it. Unless Arsène Wenger's side are in action, a match between members of the elite now leads to a sense of foreboding. When Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United inflicted their 0-0 draw on the public, Luka Modric was prized not so much for creating chances as for looking as if he might do so. By comparison with the others on the pitch the Croat's performance for Spurs gleamed at White Hart Lane.
The inventive management of Mauricio Pochettino and a flourishing youth policy has helped Espanyol defy their critics.
Espanyol indebted to Mauricio Pochettino as kids show their worth.
The return of Ronaldinho after a decade in Europe is an undoubted coup for the Brazilian game. He ended up joining Flamengo, who pipped Gremio and Palmeiras to his signature. He could have gone elsewhere - to the Premier League, for example. Coming back across the Atlantic was a vote of confidence in the direction that the country is taking, with its financial stability, strong currency, and so on.
In the first full week of resumed action, Steve Cherundolo’s Hannover 96 side defeated Ricardo Clark’s Eintracht Frankfurt to go 2nd in the German Bundesliga.
The usually sturdy keeper played admirably before committing a crucial error against arch-rival Liverpool.
Leonardo wakes Inter up from their slumber to leave Milan wobbling.
Mario Götze became possibly the first Bundesliga player to be substituted for being too good as Dortmund threatened to humiliate Leverkusen.
Borussia Dortmund preach caution but they are cruising to the title.
Now that almost every La Liga team have played their first 19 fixtures, that magic moment of the football season has finally arrived: ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the mid-term review.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has urged the authorities to issue a lengthy ban to the supporter who barged into Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper at the end of Sunday's game at the Stadium of Light.
Liverpool 2 - 2 Everton
Richard Jolly at Anfield
Andy Hunter at Anfield
Tottenham 0 - 0 Manchester United
Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane
Kevin McCarra at White Hart Lane
Sunderland 1 - 1 Newcastle
Louise Taylor at the Stadium of Light
Birmingham City 1 - 1 Aston Villa
Stuart James at St. Andrew's
Five Things We Learned