Friday, November 11, 2011
If you think the John Terry and Anton Ferdinand affair is dragging on a bit, spare a thought for Trevor Benjamin. On 25 September 2010 Benjamin was called “a black fucking cunt” by an opposition player while playing for Morpeth Town against Darlington Railway Athletic and has only found out the outcome of his complaint to the local FA in November 2011.
Who: France vs. United States
Where: Stade de France, Paris, France
When: 3pm EST
U.S. TV: ESPN2, Univision
Grant Wahl: U.S. faces big test
Ben Lyttleton: Blanc to experiment against U.S.
Five Matchups Worth Watching
Eight teams will look to edge closer to booking their place at next summer's European Championships on Friday in the first leg of their play-offs.
Bosnia vs. Portugal
Turkey vs. Croatia
Amy Lawrence: Proud Croatia continue to fly the flag
Estonia vs. Ireland
Ireland face Estonia banana skin
Keane desperate to end heartache
Czech Republic vs. Montenegro
Jonathan Wilson's Previews
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Former star striker Romario is pledging to step up his efforts in Brazil’s parliament to shed light on alleged irregularities involving FIFA and Brazilian football federation president Ricardo Teixeira.
Romario, now a congressman, said he is teaming up with other Brazilian legislators to investigate football’s governing body ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
All of them are winners of the Balón d'Or. And, although it was the Golden Boot that was being presented, everyone seemed obsessed with the Golden Ball. In their obsession they once again revealed much of what is wrong with soccer -- the twisted logic and not-so-hidden agendas. Time and again, they went back to the Balón d'Or, which is a roundabout way of saying that time and again they went back to Leo Messi. It was Ronaldo's big day but Messi was there too. He always is.
Impress at a heaving Wembley and the prospects of travelling to next summer's European Championship will be enhanced.
The only problem facing Bobby Zamora is the calibre of opposition against which he is about to be tested.
"There aren't any better out there than the Spanish," he says with a rueful smile. "Just getting a touch would be nice."
A competition to establish which English football ground has the worst toilets was temporarily suspended over allegations of vote-rigging.
The Biggest Loosers competition was put on hold after it emerged that some fans had voted up to 30 times in an effort to secure the prize – a £100,000 toilet makeover – for their club.
In a move which ends 119 years of history, Ashley has temporarily renamed the ground after his company – at no financial benefit to Newcastle – and invited external backers to purchase the rights.
It's a classy joint...
David Conn: Newcastle stadium name-change lacks class and is unworthy of history
The friend we all have, the fellow whose uncanny instincts always lead him to the best holiday resort, the best car, the places where you will "eat splendidly and barely spend any money". The guy who tells you over your morning coffee what's wrong with the economy. The know-it-all with the fat wallet who sits in the stands during a soccer match and pretends to spot your side's strengths and weaknesses by glancing at pre-game warm-ups.Sinisa Mihajlovic, who was sacked by Fiorentina on Monday night following a 1-0 defeat at Chievo at the weekend, knows all about the butcher's sinister, dark power.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Michael Bradley, M, Chievo Verona -- Started, played 90 minutes in Chievo's 1-0 victory over Fiorentina on Sunday. SEASON: 9 games, 8 starts
As Carlos Tévez defies Manchester City once again by returning to Argentina, Telegraph Sport tracks his ever-souring relationship with the club and Roberto Mancini since he refused to come off the bench in a Champions League fixture.
Marquez, 32, was handed the ban and a $2,250 (£1,400) fine after he was sent off for kicking a ball at the Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan at the end of the two teams' tempestuous MLS play-off clash.
And De La Torre responded by leaving the former Barcelona defender - who has been sent off four times in international action, including against USA in one of his three World Cups in 2002 - out of his squad.
Even the most notorious nitpickers will have to admit that the Bundesliga sent its fans into the international break in style. The past weekend produced no less than 34 goals in the nine games, which is pretty good even for the most goal-hungry of the big European leagues. The last time so many goals graced a weekend, we were only a few days away from Christmas eve.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Pep Guardiola experienced a riotously enjoyable reunion with his mentor Marcelo Bielsa in Barcelona's draw with Athletic Bilbao.
Athletic Bilbao make a splash to peg back Barcelona in thriller.
Even Flatliners' Kiefer Sutherland didn't manage to bring his mates back from the dead with such regularity.
Claudio Pizarro provides resuscitation for kamikaze Werder Bremen.
Udinese and Lazio both manage to cash in, despite their key strikers failing to register for a change.
Udinese and Lazio make hay after Naples floods delay Juve's progress.
Fans travelling to Poland and Ukraine for next summer's European Championship could face travel chaos with major roadworks, train links and airport terminals months behind schedule and workers racing to get them completed in time for the tournament, which starts in Warsaw on 8 June.
If Jay DeMerit played football or basketball, his fable would be known by millions of Americans already. And now, thanks to the documentary, it still has that chance.
Know your Major League Soccer --
Five things we learned from Sunday's conference finals:
Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain started his first La Liga match for Real Madrid on a cold January evening in 2007 against Zaragoza. Back then he was just 19 years old and, despite his young age, huge expectations surrounded his arrival at the Bernabeu as €13 million appeared a big price tag for an unproven, virtually unknown striker.
Pelosi, 17, who has played 28 times for the US Under-17s and scored eight goals and captained the side in this summer's youth-level World Cup in Mexico, has joined from De Anza Force in California.
Monday, November 07, 2011
Both Ferdinand brothers are under threats this morning, one of violence through a sinister letter, the other of being thrown on to the scrapheap by Fergie. Meanwhile Smudger Smith begins to question AVB and Blackburn look set to be miss the important Christopher Samba. In North London however things are much more cheerful...
Are André-Villas Boas' Chelsea team fit for purpose?
Police look into Ferdinand 'death threat'
'Ferdinand not finished at United
Arteta at centre of Arsenal revival
I promise to stay at Arsenal forever!
Frantic finale tests Redknapp recovery
Dynamo top Sporting Kansas City to reach MLS Cup finals
Galaxy earns spot in MLS title game with 3-1 win
Galaxy Stars off to International Duty
Arsenal 3-0 West Brom
Newcastle 2-1 Everton
Aston Villa 3-2 Norwich
Tottenham 3-1 Fulham
Liverpool 0-0 Swansea
Bolton 5-0 Stoke
Man Utd 1-0 Sunderland
Wolves 3-1 Wigan
Man City 3-2 QPR
Blackburn 0-1 Chelsea
Team of the Week
Five Things We Learned