Friday, February 18, 2011
English FA Cup
Chelsea vs. Everton -- 7:30am -- FSC
Manchester United vs. Crawley Town -- 12:15pm -- FSC
Italian Serie A
Inter Milan vs. Cagliari -- 2:45pm -- FSC
English Premier League
West Brom vs. Wolves -- 7:00am -- FSPlus
English FA Cup
Manchester City vs. Notts County -- 9:00am -- FSPlus
Leyton Orient vs. Arsenal -- 11:30am -- FSC
Spanish La Liga
Barcelona vs. Atletico Bilbao -- 3pm -- GolTV
Improving Levante have revenge on their minds as they go to Real Madrid this weekend while Barcelona host Athletic Bilbao.
Eduardo Alvarez's Quiniela
Chelsea vs. Everton: Preview
Manchester United vs. Crawley Town: Preview
Leyton Orient vs. Arsenal: Preview
West Brom vs. Wolves: Preview
We at ESPNsoccernet will be taking you through the season with a series of FA Cup features detailing the highlights of the competition's long and proud history. Here is a selection of the games that have entered FA Cup lore as some of the very best that weren't played in a final.
Alan Pardew nets the winner for Palace vs. Liverpool in 1990...
ESPNsoccernet will be taking you through the season with a series of FA Cup features detailing the highlights of the competition's long and proud history. Here, we look at those midfielders who have left their mark on the competition.
Sir Trevor David Brooking
Spurs last won a league title in 1961. The Jets last won a Super Bowl in 1969. And for years since those titles, both have competed with the best some years and floundered in others. Lately, they’re both making a push to the top, with the Jets reaching two straight AFC championship games and Spurs qualifying for the Champions League with a top four finish last year. Led by dynamic -– if not somewhat misunderstood –- young talents in Gareth Bale and Mark Sanchez, and two blustery coaches that please every interviewer that points a microphone at them (Harry Redknapp and Rex Ryan), the teams relish the spotlight. Trouble is, they can’t seem to stand the heat of it all at the end.
This Saturday marks another special anniversary for Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho. It is nine years since one of the four teams he has managed since 2002 - Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real - lost a league match at home.
The last time the self-styled "Special One" experienced a league defeat with a side that he coached was on 23 February, 2002, when Porto were beaten 3-2 by Beira Mar.
Some 11,000 tickets will go on sale to the general public costing £300, £225 and £150 plus a £26 "administration fee". An allocation of 50,000 tickets which will be reserved for fans of the two finalists will include "category four" tickets at £80 each, according to Uefa but the Football Supporters Federation condemned the prices as too high.
Off The Ball never rests in its mission to scratch around the underbelly of professional football to find the most bizarre, humorous and inexplicable stories.
This week, Domenech calls his France team a bunch of "spoilt brats", Newcastle Jets offer Michael Owen a cash-plus-horse deal, a posse of Corinthians fans force Ronaldo to retire and Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott loses more than just the derby to Wayne Rooney.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Arsenal get two late goals to defeat Barcelona, Roma shocked by Shakhtar, St. Pauli win Hamburg Derby, Inter Milan beat Fiorentina, Grant Wahl on Clint Dempsey's success with Fulham, top overhead kicks of all time, Gattuso charged for "gross unsporting conduct", Charlie Davies loaned to D.C. for one year, Norman Hubbard looks at David Moyes and Everton and much more!!
1 - 2
Genoa 0 - 1 Sampdoria
Gerald Asamoah grabbed the only goal of the game as St Pauli moved clear of the Bundesliga relegation battle while denting Hamburg's European hopes at Imtech Arena.
Arsenal 2 - 1 Barcelona
John Brewin at Emirates Stadium
Kevin McCarra at Emirates Stadium
Phil McNulty at Emirates Stadium
Paul Hayward at Emirates Stadium
Five Things We Learned
Barcelona left dazed
Spanish press reaction
2 - 3
Riise apologizes for howler
The final chorus was familiar. Soaked and suffering as the Everton supporters at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday were, they nevertheless hailed David Moyes. The chants of the manager's name are as much of a soundtrack to life at Goodison Park as the Z-Cars anthem. They have been a constant in a reign that has lasted almost nine years, giving the Merseysiders a continuity rivaled only by Arsenal and Manchester United.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
0 - 2
Richard Rae at St. Andrew's
AC Milan 0 - 1 Tottenham
Kevin McCarra at San Siro
Milan shame San Siro
Gattuso set for UEFA probe
Italian press reaction
Five Things We Learned
Don't Mess With Joe
Valencia 1 - 1 Schalke 04
Last July, in his first press conference as Brazil coach, Mano Menezes said that he was aiming to include a sports psychologist in his back-up staff.
Brazil had just lost their heads as they bowed out to Holland in the World Cup quarter-finals and Menezes was aware that in 2014, on home soil, the pressure would be much greater.
The events of the last few days have shown just how important the mental aspect is likely to be for the next World Cup hosts.
Last week, the continuing discussions about the pros and cons of football agents reached the Dutch parliament. Socialist MP Tjeerd van Dekken called on the sports minister to consider legislation on agents picking up under-16 players. On the Labour Party's website, he used the term "ronselen", a word equivalent in meaning to the English phrase "press gang".
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Gijón were heroic as they ended Barça's run of 16 straight La Liga wins, but they still dropped four places.
Sporting slip despite blunting Barça with draw that 'tastes like a win'.
Stuart Holden played a very solid game on Sunday, helping Bolton defeat Everton by assisting the first goal.
The American was impressive as he set up the first goal of the game during the win. The midfielder’s free-kick led to Gary Cahill’s header in the 10th minute. Holden then sent a challenging ball into the area in the 39th minute but Howard cleared the danger. Late in the game, Holden appeared to score but his goal was called back by the referee.
Carlos Bocanegra opened the scoring for St. Etienne against French giants and bitter rivals Olympique Lyonnais, but Lyon scored four straight goals to crush St. Etienne away from home.
The 2007 Bundesliga champions are on their third coach of the season, were blown away at home to Nürnberg and have slipped to a worrying 17th place.
Stuttgart still buying into the 'not bad enough to go down' line.
Alessandro Matri's winner sank Inter and prompted an enthusiastic press to declare it 'a black-and-white orgasm'.
Matri makes the difference as Juventus win the Derby D'Italia.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Now we know why that purple-faced meanie, Sir Alex Ferguson, played nice with Master Wayne during their contractual smackdown in October. Rather than telling his Prodigal Striker never to darken the gates of Old Trafford again -- as he had done with David Beckham, Roy Keane and just about any other player who felt he was too big for his United shirt -- Sir Alex kept faith with Rooney.
Manchester United 2 - 1 Manchester City
Paul Wilson at Old Trafford
Phil McNulty at Old Trafford
West Brom 3 - 3 West Ham
David Lacey at The Hawthorns
Liverpool 1 - 1 Wigan
Richard Jolly at Anfield
Sunderland 1 - 2 Tottenham
Louise Taylor at the Stadium of Light
Five Things We Learned
It's a sign of how far Alex Song has come in his career that the kid who was once excited to meet France's one-cap wonder Frederic Nee in the Bastia changing-room, can now laugh at the prospect of facing the most prolific strike-force in Europe in the Champions League Round of 16 next week.
Real Madrid closed the gap on Spanish leaders Barcelona, while Borussia Dortmund saw their big lead cut in Germany.
AC Milan thrashed Parma to stay clear in Serie A, Lille remain dominant in Ligue 1 and PSV and Twente both picked up victories.