Friday, January 05, 2007

McBride Again

I was thinking about this photograph recently and when I tried to find it online again, it was gone. Luckily, it's still up on SSN from a previous post in August. Big Brian is having a good campaign so I thought I'd honor him with top billing for the weekend. -Sanford

p.s. - I love this picture

A George Best Goal

Thanks to Guardian Football's look into the world of YouTube, we don't have to search as hard for gems such as this:

Onyewu back with Liege after Fulham talks stall

FA Cup Third Round Preview Part One: The Magic Starts Here

Boa Morte swaps Fulham for West Ham

FA Cup preview: No sentiment from Zamora

Season Over For Amauri

This is a shame. Amauri has been lighting it up so far for Palermo and has really established himself as one of Serie A's new stars. Hopefully he'll be back as strong as when he left. -Sanford

Liverpool Step Up Chase For Mascherano

Terry to miss cup-tie as comeback put on hold,,283-2532914,00.html

Why so scary, Woodgate?

As the recent Stevens inquiry so vividly proved (Lord Stevens? They’d have got more out of footballers and agents if they’d sent Rachel Stevens), we still know little or nothing about football’s inner workings. The more we ask, it seems, the less we find out.

Now, one of my new year’s resolutions is to stop banging my noggin against brick walls, so I no longer wish to know who is purchasing a plainly hapless Andorran centre back because the lady wife fancies new curtains in the extension paid for by last year’s arrival of the equally hopeless striker from Tierra Del Fuego. But there are, though, a score of questions — some serious, others more friv — to which I simply demand to know the answers before 2007 is out . . .,,23530-2526554,00.html

Decision time nears for Beckham

Football League Spy: 10 to watch in 2007

Ten of the best prospects outside the Premiership to keep a close eye on during the next 12 months.

James Richardson in Italy

Emerson's fed up of Real Madrid and wants some Milan. Milan want some of Massimo Oddo, and possibly a family-size striker like Vincenzo Iaquinta, to score some goals. Inter are standing optimistically next to a £60m pot with Lionel Messi's name on it, while according to Wednesday's papers, Juventus have lined up Javier Mascherano and Werder's Miroslav Klose. Or, said yesterday's, Peter Crouch.

Friday's rumours

Gilberto to Inter, Bent to Spurs, yadda, yadda...,,1983596,00.html

Ince says age of most chairmen is bar to black managers

Paul Ince has criticised English football chairmen for failing to offer black British managers the opportunity to work at the higher levels, claiming that their reluctance may be "a generational thing".,,1983223,00.html

Spain: La Liga Weekend Preview:

And Fernando Gago adds some more quality hair to the Madrid lineup...;_ylt=AjjbOA5f8jK85kxm6V_q2_Emw7YF?slug=reu-spainpreview&prov=reuters&type=lgns

Spain: La Liga Table

3Real Madrid161232
4Atl Madrid16928
5Real Zaragoza161027
7Recreativo Huelva16225
12Celta Vigo16-121
13R Santander16-421
16Athl Bilbao16-815
18Real Betis15-413
19Real Sociedad16-1210

Spain: La Liga News in Brief

Lawro's FA Cup Predictions

Kevin Nolan column

The Bolton captain talks about the transfer market...

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Were you there...when Charlie George won at Wembley?

Indeed, indeed. I was but a wee lad, and me pop took me round the ground for what he said would be a fine spot of footie. And a fine spot it was… -Sanford

Zidane plays a bit of indoor 5 a side

The final scenes show the master in his full glory:

Shevchenko risks being remembered as bigger flop than Verón

Tough call here -- Verón was so inept while Sheva's presence on the pitch has made a difference, especially for Drogba. Sure, for the money he's a flop but he was never going to live up to his pricetag. I'd vote for Taibi or Balaban. -Sanford,,277-2530459,00.html

Mascherano demands move from West Ham

Poor Javi. You not only make the plane to Germany for a stacked Argentine side but have a great campaign and emerge from the World Cup as one of the top young talents on the planet. What’s next? Why your big move to Europe, of course. You’re ready to follow in the footsteps of the multitudes of Argentines before you: Maradona, Ayala, Redondo, Simeone, Balbo, just to name a few. Will you go to Italy? Or perhaps Spain? No, it turns out you’re off to the English Premiership. Well, that’s OK, you think. Ardiles and Villa did well at Spurs, surely you’ll be OK at West Ham. And they play a fast-paced, offensive style in a historic ground with boisterous fans. Y tu amigo Carlo will be coming too! Then it all goes to rot. You don’t play. No, really. You don’t play. And not only that, you are owned by an investment company. And that investment company is getting paid whether you ride the pine, play in the reserves, or come on for that last 45 seconds of injury time in a 4-1 loss to Fulham. Suerte, Javi. You need it. As a fan, I hope you get the hell out of East London and end up at a club that works for you. -Sanford,,1982816,00.html

Montella Flies In To Fulham On Loan

Davies continues trend by opting for Europe

Boston College forward Charlie Davies could have been the first pick in this month's MLS SuperDraft. But Davies refused MLS' contract offer and instead signed with Hammarby IF in Sweden last month.

Alan Hansen's column

Jose Mourinho has tried to lift Chelsea's spirits by claiming Manchester United have failed to take advantage of their blip by only building a six-point Premiership lead.

Cassano banned from training: report

Who takes the blame for Chelsea's recruitment policy?

Whether it's an exercise in teamwork, or all down to Jose Mourinho, who at Chelsea will own up to signing the flops?

Thursday's rumours,,1982821,00.html

Bentleys and bling make cars the stars for the Premiership elite

I should have taken a break sooner, admits revived Henry,,1982322,00.html

EPL: Transfer Window Watch

Tore Andre Flo to Leeds! Can he really only be 33 years old?! Perhaps he got his birth certificate from Adu's agent. -Sanford,,27-2529861,00.html

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Fulham agrees on deal for Dempsey pending work permit

English Premier League Reports

EPL Table

Barclays Premiership Table

1Man Utd223454
10Man City22-629
13Aston Villa22-226
16Sheff Utd22-1223
18West Ham22-2118

Emre under the FA spotlight after Howard accuses him of racism

The FA has launched an investigation after Emre Belözoglu, the Newcastle United midfield player, was accused of racially abusing Tim Howard, the Everton goalkeeper, during his team’s 3-0 defeat at Goodison Park on Saturday.,,293-2528652,00.html

Mourinho confident despite Villa setback

The Special One keeps playing those mind games...

Benayoun: Hammers played like drunks

The Hammers' miserable season reached a new low on Monday when they were thrashed 6-0 at the Madejski Stadium, leaving them four points adrift of Premiership safety.

Buffon issues Juventus quit warning

Both Milan Clubs Chasing Arsenal's Lupoli

Why would he not want to stay with the Rams?

Wednesday's rumours,,1981839,00.html

Onyewu Nearing Fulham Switch?

Will Coleman buy all the decent American players? -Sanford

Prem Perspectives: Top Of The Form

Now that the busy festive period in the Premiership has been completed, with teams having played four matches in ten days, managers and players can turn their immediate thoughts to this weekend's FA Cup Third Round ties. But before dreams of Cup glory take hold, it is worth reflecting on how the recent spate of matches has left things in the English top flight.

United must solve the strange case of Rooney's missing goals

According to Kevin McCarra, United won't win the title unless Wayne starts scoring...