Friday, October 21, 2011
The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the decision hasn’t been announced.
It is the same fixture that provided the goal of the season last year, and with both teams flying at the top of the Premier League, the first Manchester derby of 2011/12 is arguably the most-anticipated fixture of the campaign so far. United host their neighbours City at Old Trafford, with Wayne Rooney scoring a spectacular overhead kick the last time the sides met in the league. There are other local derbies as Chelsea take on Queens Park Rangers for the bragging rights in West London, while Aston Villa host West Brom in a Midlands encounter.
Manchester United vs. Manchester City
Phil McNulty: Are City in position to overtake United?
Daniel Taylor: How the defenses compare
Liverpool vs. Norwich City
Arsenal vs. Stoke City
Blackburn vs. Tottenham
Premier League Spotlight
Napoli travels to Cagliari in table-topping clash, while Roma plays host to Palermo. Elsewhere, Lazio visit a revitalized Bologna and Udinese hosting free-scoring Novara while Michael Bradley and Chievo go to Milan to face Inter.
Most group matches to kick off at 5pm, 9pm or 11pm. In a break from tradition, Fifa has allowed four daily kick-off slots in the 32-team group phase instead of three, so one group match will start at 2am UK time after which there will be three group matches each day. The round of 16 and the quarter-finals will be at 5pm and 9pm. The semi-finals – to be played in Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte – will start at 9pm while the final, to be held in Rio de Janeiro at the Maracana on 13 July, will kick off at 8pm. The World Cup will kick off on 12 June 2014, a Thursday, with Brazil playing at a 65,000-seat arena being built at Itaquera in Sao Paulo. The Maracana will stage six matches in addition to the final, but the five-times champions, Brazil, will only play at the stadium if they reach the final.
Denis Law, christened the 'King of Old Trafford' after scoring 236 goals in 11 years after joining Manchester United in 1962, also played his part in sending his former club down to the Second Division when he backheeled the winner for rivals Manchester City in the penultimate game of the season in 1974. While United would have been relegated even if they have drawn the game, Law's goal has gone down as one of the most memorable in history and, crushingly, proved to be his final touch in English football.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The British author Simon Kuper was born in Uganda and grew up in England, the Netherlands, the United States, Sweden and Jamaica. His soccer writing has taken him to even more far-flung corners of the globe — even on daring forays inside the minds of Diego Maradona and Wayne Rooney — for the profiles of what he calls the “rogues, geniuses and neurotics” of world soccer that make up his new book, “Soccer Men.” Kuper’s previous books include the prize-winning “Football Against the Enemy” and the groundbreaking “Soccernomics,” written with the economist Stefan Syzmanski.
So far there appears to be little progress on the matter, with the FA reportedly due to interview Evra today.
The France international is likely to have to provide evidence in the form of witnesses as he did not raise the allegations with referee Andre Marriner at the time.
"For Popplewell to say that the Hillsborough families are 'harbouring conspiracy theories' while the Bradford families 'organised a sensible compensation scheme and moved on', is an absolute travesty of the truth and a disgrace," Fletcher said.
In 1998, FIFA has ditched the concept that teams should be based on one venue for the group stage and has sent them cavorting around the various hosts nations since then.
However, Brazil's sheer size combined with severely limited transport options is likely to force FIFA to use the old system.
With the tournament being played in winter, teams forced to play at different ends of the country could also face huge changes in playing conditions, with tropical weather in the north and chilly temperatures in the south.
Chelsea 5 - 0 Genk
Dominic Fifield at Stamford Bridge
John Brewin at Stamford Bridge
Marseille 0 - 1 Arsenal
David Hytner at Stade Vélodrome
Jeremy Wilson at Stade Vélodrome
Shakhtar Donetsk 2 - 2 Zenit St Petersburg
Jonathan Wilson at Donbass Arena
Barcelona 2 - 0 Viktoria Plzen: Sheer brilliance from Iniesta
D.C. United's Charlie Davies is suing the owners of a Washington nightclub and the drink company Red Bull for $20 million, claiming they are responsible for a fatal car crash that ended the MLS player's hopes of joining the 2010 U.S. World Cup team.
Davies, now 25, was a passenger in the car driven by a woman who has since pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and drunken driving in the 2009 one-car crash that killed a second passenger. The lawsuit claims the Shadow Room and Red Bull served excessive alcohol to driver Maria Espinoza.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Manchester City 2 - 1 Villarreal
Kevin McCarra at Etihad Stadium
Richard Jolly at Etihad Stadium
Paul Hayward at Etihad Stadium
Phil McNulty at Etihad Stadium
Otelul Galati 0 - 2 Manchester United
Andy Hunter at Stadionul National
A retired judge has sparked fury by calling on the Hillsborough families to drop their "conspiracy theories" and behave more like the relatives of victims of the Bradford City stadium disaster.
Sir Oliver Popplewell, who chaired the public inquiry into the 1985 fire at the Valley Parade stadium, which killed 56 people, called on the Liverpool families to look at the "quiet dignity and great courage" that relatives of the Bradford victims have shown in the years following the tragedy.
What a prick...
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
For Levante to be joint top with a team afforded a playing budget 20 times the size is an achievement of absurd proportions.
Levante are back and this time they're ready to take on the world.
Otelul Galati vs. Manchester United
Andy Hunter: Rooney starts as United take no chances
Louise Taylor: Galati have something to prove
Manchester City vs. Villarreal
Kevin McCarra: City still trying to find their Euro feet
Real Madrid vs. Lyon: Preview
Napoli vs. Bayern Munich: Preview
Lille vs. Inter Milan: Preview
By strengthening the squad with astute purchases and reducing the wage bill, the Swabians are stable and consistent at last.
Stuttgart's men at work building strong foundations for better future.
Roma were left cursing the referee and their captain's prediction after Miroslav Klose settled the Derby della Capitale.
Lazio profit from Hernanes penalty as Roma regret Totti's prediction.
Had responsibility for the football tragedy been accepted early on, there would be no need for a parliamentary debate.
Steve Rotheram reads the victims' names in Parliament...
Pride of place this week goes once again to Levante, who stay second behind Barcelona on goal difference after beating Malaga 3-0 in the duel of the new-teams-on-the-block. It's true that Malaga lost their goalkeeper Willy (he might have to change the name on his shirt if he ever gets signed by an English team) after half an hour to a sending-off, but Levante proved themselves perfectly capable of taking full advantage, winning a game with lots of symbolic meaning attached to it. Real Madrid's income this season will be €488 million, while Levante's will be €23 million.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Bayern Munich's 4-0 win over hapless Hertha BSC on Saturday was so comprehensive that Berlin midfielder Andreas Ottl professed himself "rather satisfied" afterward; it really could have been much worse for the visitors. The imperious league leaders kept another clean sheet -- their eighth in as many games -- and only looked troubled once during the 90 minutes, when the camera closed in on a glum-looking Arjen Robben in the Allianz Arena stands. The 27-year-old winger's continuous struggles with injuries and speculations about his standing in the team remain unseemly blots in the red and white copy book.
The Breakdown spends some quality time working through a few key playoff possibilities after a typically tumultuous weekend slate.
Barcelona turned on the style once again in Spain, while Lazio claimed the Rome bragging rights and Bayern Munich's excellent form continued. Celtic dropped more points in the SPL but this time so did Rangers, while it is Paris St Germain setting the pace in France and FC Twente's winning run came to an end in Holland.
Manchester United left Anfield with something to show for their efforts, for the first time in four years, but they now find themselves chasing Manchester City after the in-form Blues clambered to the Premier League summit. For all the talk of Manchester dominance this term, Chelsea remain ominously placed just behind the frontrunners. Outside of the top two, Newcastle remain the only other unbeaten side in the top flight, while Wolves are on a serious slide after coming unstuck in Sunday's Black Country derby.
Liverpool 1 - 1 Manchester United
Paul Wilson at Anfield
Richard Jolly at Anfield
Phil McNulty at Anfield
Andy Hunter at Anfield
Manchester City 4 - 1 Aston Villa
Tim Rich at Etihad Stadium
Chelsea 3 - 1 Everton
Kevin Palmer at Stamford Bridge
Arsenal 2 - 1 Sunderland
David Hytner at Emirates Stadium
Newcastle 2 - 2 Tottenham
Kevin McCarra at St. James' Park
Team of the Week
Garth Crook's Team of the Week
Five Things We Learned
Reports suggest that Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish was summoned after United boss Sir Alex Ferguson had accompanied Evra to the referees' room and consulted with fourth official Phil Dowd. Sources in France said the word Suarez is alleged to have used is "n*****".
Graham Poll: Why FA may never get to bottom of Evra/Suarez row