Friday, January 28, 2011
Edwin Van der Sar's retirement puts Manchester United's spotlight on Manuel Neuer and Maarten Stekelenburg
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Holland’s Maarten Stekelenburg head a three-man shortlist to replace Edwin van der Sar at Manchester United following the 40 year-old’s confirmation that he will retire from football this summer.
Fulham vs. Tottenham: Preview
Phil McNulty: Can FA Cup cheer Moyes and Ancelotti?
Bayer Leverkusen - Hannover
St Pauli – Koeln
Werder Bremen – Bayern Munich
Schalke – Hoffenheim
Wolfsburg – Borussia Dortmund
Nuernberg – Hamburg
Kaiserslautern – Mainz
Stuttgart – Freiburg
Eintracht Frankfurt – Borussia Moenchengladbach
Eduardo Alvarez's Quiniela
Guillem Balague's Column
SI.com: Lastly, you're known as a prankster on your teams. What's your best prank of all time?
Piqué: The best prank? I remember one we did against Cesc Fàbregas. Here in Spain we have these small bottles of milk. And I went with [Carles] Puyol in the national team, and we took all the milk out and put liquid potatoes, potato purée, inside the bottles. You couldn't see if it was milk or potato liquid inside because of the label. So Cesc opened the bottle and started to drink the potatoes. He went crazy against me and Puyol! We were laughing so hard for days and days.
The secret is out on Bob Bradley: The U.S. coach has some tactical wanderlust in him, after all.
We all raised a curious brow at that dalliance with the 4-2-3-1 formation late last year, a walk on the wild side for a man previously tied to a 4-4-2. Fans wondered if it was just a brief fling. Now they may be nodding with approval at something that looks more like a steady thing.
Abramovich has shown he is still prepared to spend big but Liverpool can demonstrate their strength by holding on to Torres.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
From Freddy to Jozy to Juan they have passed the label of "The Future." Deserved or not. Ready or not.
West Ham (agg 1 - 2)
Sky Sports' Spanish football expert revealed the deal for the Togolese striker to join Real on loan from Manchester City for the rest of the season after their bid to re-sign Ruud van Nistelrooy from Hamburg failed.
Jose Mourinho would then have an option to sign Adebayor permanently in the summer, but Balague feels it's more likely to be a short-term deal to cover for the injured Gonzalo Higuain.
Three women who held prominent positions at Sky Sports describe a 'lads' club' and a 'climate of fear'.
A Victory For Enlightenment
Richard Keys in firing line after new sexist Sky Sports footage emerges.
Henry Winter: Out of Date Gray Had To Go
Keys and Gray Apologize
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Sky has confirmed it has terminated his contract in light of "new evidence of unacceptable and offensive behaviour".
Arsenal vs. Ipswich
(agg 0 - 1)
David Hytner: Arshavin registers hazy on Carling Cup barometer
Seven goals, three red cards and a dramatic winner – Valencia v Málaga had it all. But one man was still furious at the end.
A night of beautiful madness at the Mestalla as Valencia win thriller.
The man once destined to be the new Franz Beckenbauer is firmly on course to be the next Lothar Matthäus instead.
Matthias Sammer's cold feet ensures a hot fall-out in Germany.
Post-match comments from managers are always worth listening to. This week, I was particularly interested in the words of Roberto Martinez and Tony Pulis after their teams conceded penalties.
First things first: they were both penalties, and young referees Kevin Friend and Stuart Attwell were well positioned, decisive and correct in awarding them.
Sky Sports presenter Andy Gray is under increasing pressure after Sky News unexpectedly broadcast fresh footage of him making sexist remarks about assistant referee Sian Massey.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham Hotspur manager, eventually got the deal over the line for his club, but not before casting a quizzical eye on the transfer machinations at Stamford Bridge.
'It's all very strange that they suddenly offered £3m for him,' he said. 'The manager of Chelsea, who's a lovely guy and honest as the day is long, went on television and denied they made an offer. So I don't know who did it.'
Another entertaining weekend of Premier League action saw big victories for Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, while Darren Bent scored a match-winner for Aston Villa on his debut against Manchester City.
Martin Lipton's Review
Wolves 0 - 3 Liverpool: Richard Jolly at Molineux
Aston Villa 1 - 0 Manchester City: Paul Wilson at Villa Park
Arsenal 3 - 0 Wigan: David Lacey at the Emirates Stadium
Newcastle 1 - 1 Tottenham: Louise Taylor at St. James' Park
Best of the Weekend
Five Things We Learned
The attitude of Richard Keys and Andy Gray towards the lineswoman Sian Massey shows how deeply entrenched – and how casual – sexism is in football.
Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys and pundit Andy Gray have both been dropped from the channel's coverage of Chelsea's Premier League game against Bolton on Monday night following the sexism row that has swamped the pair.