Friday, January 26, 2007

FA Cup Fourth Round Preview: Hope & Glory

World football's original knockout competition, the oldest and most glamorous domestic cup tournament of them all, takes centre-stage again this weekend when the Fourth Round of the FA Cup is played over 16 ties across England.

Aston Villa, Charlton, Everton, Liverpool, Newcastle, Sheffield United and Wigan from the Premiership have already been eliminated. And six of the 13 top-flight clubs remaining have been drawn in all-Premiership ties. The other seven face lower league opposition with the attendant possibility of an upset.

Ronaldo Milan deal agreed, awaiting medical

Ronny misses his Milanese pasta, so he's off! -Sanford

FA Cup Classics - Were You There?

Derby County vs. Bristol Rovers in 1975 at the Baseball Ground...

Coppa Italia Report: Exciting Draw Between AC Milan And Roma

The Rossoneri were held by the Giallorossi to a 2-2 draw at San Siro in front of a beaming Ronaldo, whose transfer to Milan will be announced officially on Monday.

Chelsea striker Robben to tie knot

The happy couple...

Fàbregas leads way as Arsenal youth take centre stage

Young guns(Keep)
Almunia, Hoyte, Senderos, Traoré, Walcott, Fàbregas, Denilson, Diaby, Aliadiãre, Baptista

First XI(Sell)
Lehmann £3m, Eboué £8m, Gallas £15m, Clichy £6m, Hleb £10m, Gilberto £7m, Rosicky £8m, Henry £25m, Adebayor £12m

Total dividends £94m,,277-2566623,00.html

Serie A In Detail: Dodgy Bans, Bad Tackles And Poor Refereeing

As seen in the recent Roma rumble, violent conduct on the pitch looks less likely to be heavily sanctioned than swearing to a referee. That’s the picture one can get going through punishments handed down by Italian football authorities in Serie A.

La Liga: Valencia look to take advantage against Betis;_ylt=AjHgF.p6i5bAG2eeBYmWr40mw7YF?slug=reu-spainpreview&prov=reuters&type=lgns

Bundesliga: Bayern confident despite early season failures

Serie A Preview: Buoyant Inter target repeat win over Sampdoria

Redknapp laughs off fly spies who got under United’s radar

At least Harry Redknapp, the Portsmouth manager, can be ruled out as the mastermind behind the mystery spy plane that buzzed Manchester United’s training ground last week and is believed to have filmed extensive footage of the club’s practice sessions.,,6751-2566782,00.html

Ceiling falls in after Mourinho picks on the wrong guy in power struggle

José Mourinho is like Michelangelo. Roman Abramovich is like Pope Julius II.,,8303-2567003,00.html

Celtic To Face MLS All-Stars In July

It's an odd looking stadium...

Friday's Rumours,,1999436,00.html

Claudio Reyna Q&A

How long before you get injured?

Lawro's FA Cup Predictions

The Kevin Nolan column

Nolan says he's getting tired of playing Arsenal in the FA Cup...

Thursday, January 25, 2007

River Fan Tattoos Penis on Boca Fan

More fun from Argentina. Thanks to The News friend Peter Bogaty for bring this to our attention...

Phil Ball in Spain

Phil gives us his half-time report on all the teams in La Liga...

Ernst Bouwes in Holland

Ernst gets us up to date on what's shaking with Feyenoord...

Chelsea eyes American Onyewu to shore up defense

Don't do it, Gooch! Don't go over to the dark side...

I do like the tie/no shirt look that your lady friend is sporting, though.

Reyna a U.S. star fans can identify with

I hope I'm wrong but I can't see Claudio making much of an impact back on home soil. The guy is just so injury prone and never seems to be able to put together a substantial run of form. Every time he gets into a rhythm and reaches the top of his game he pulls a hammy or strains a groin. -Sanford

Carling Cup: Tottenham 2 Arsenal 2

Having demonstrated their class in the Carling Cup quarter-final win away to Liverpool, Arsenal’s youngsters used a feverish North London derby to showcase their remarkable character last night. Júlio Baptista was again to the fore, scoring twice in the second half to make up for an earlier own goal and complete a remarkable comeback from 2-0 down.,,27-2565117,00.html

Mourinho exit draws closer as Chelsea look to ditch his aides,,277-2564713,00.html

Barclays Premiership Table

Barclays Premiership Table

1Man Utd243557
13Man City24-930
14Aston Villa24-229
16Sheff Utd24-1424
18West Ham24-2120

Cheeky Joey lands in Lampard's bad books

Marina Hyde says that Joey Barton was right to have a pop at England's World Cup losers and their subsequent tomes and I could not agree more. -Sanford

Why football can happily live without Warnock's brand of Sheffield steel,,8305-2562748,00.html

And here's a recap of all the shenanigans from last weekend when United met Reading...

La Liga: Real Betis 1-1 Barcelona + Table

Struggling Betis hold on...

3Real Madrid191238
5Atl Madrid191235
6Real Zaragoza191031
7Recreativo Huelva19330
12R Santander19-525
14Celta Vigo19-521
16Athl Bilbao19-719
18Real Betis19-718
19Real Sociedad19-1313

La Liga fails to excite despite tight title contest

Spurs handed bye into next round of UEFA Cup

Well that's one way to advance...

Baptista plays his way into the first team

"Julio Baptista has shown again what a player he is," Wenger said. "He is mentally strong. He scored an own-goal and instead of feeling sorry [for himself] he scored two. He will play [more in the coming weeks]. We have lost Van Persie and now Hleb tonight, so of course he is in my mind and he will play more than you think.",,1998139,00.html

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Reyna signs with Red Bull

Make some room in the whirlpool. I'm setting the over/under on games started at 18.

Fire miss out on Zidane

In other news Bill Gates won't come to my house to help with my computer problems and Kate Moss won't date me.

Next wave of US talent looks promising

Reyna prepared for MLS landing

Juve update

How's Serie B treating Europe's favorite referee influencers?

Another tale of a Spurs choke

Pleat recalls losing the league cup to the Gunners in '87, back when football managers treated each other like human beings.

Rossi in demand

He struggled at Newcastle, so obviously the big Italian clubs must have him. Don't they know he's actually from New Jersey?,,1997334,00.html

Special One holds Chelsea Board hostage

This is going to get really ugly.,,1997302,00.html

Charges in Blades/Royals scrum,,1997730,00.html

Saviola Prefers to stay at Barca

Wright-Phillips sytmies Baros Cheslea move

Q: What the hell would Chelsea want with Milan Baros? Euro 2004 was 3 years ago and he's done fuck all since.

Jol Wishes he had Arsene's squad

Chelsea Bury Wycombe

Schevchenko and Lampart score 2 apiece in the route to secure a place in the Carling Cup final.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Totti Tantrum

Arsenal 2 Manchester United 1

Henry blows title wide open...,,277-2559818,00.html

Liverpool 2 Chelsea 0

Chelsea lose plot...

English Premier League match reports

Spanish Primera Liga reports

Inter beat Fiorentina to go 11 points clear

Van Persie suffers the curse of the metatarsal

USA 3 - 1 Denmark

You can call Saturday's friendly between the United States and Denmark a case of mission accomplished, at least as far as the U.S. team and its interim head coach Bob Bradley are concerned. The Americans prevailed 3-1 and gave some young players their international baptism.

The Insider at Craven Cottage

Richard Williams Column

Henry rises above prosaic toiling to make decisive contribution.

The Frenchman's late winner gave Manchester United a taste of their own medicine in a match that neither side deserved to win.

Adu's two goals help U.S. qualify for Under-20 Cup

Demotion looms for Rennie over 'appalling' gaffe

Uriah Rennie faces being dropped from the Premiership over the glaring error that enabled Newcastle to fight back for a 2-2 draw with West Ham. His mistake in allowing James Milner's goal to stand when Scott Parker was clearly interfering with play in an offside position is also likely to be used as a demonstration video for referees on how not to apply football's most complicated law.,,1995854,00.html

Larsson exposes madness of the Anglo transfer duty

Why does the simple matter of their nationality vastly inflate English players' value in the transfer market?

Ice thaws for best of enemies

In the preamble to this match, Arsène Wenger had stated that Thierry Henry resembled a lion, which was news to those who have sometimes felt that, when the going gets tough, he actually resembles a tabby who wants to go home to the fireside. The claws were out yesterday, though, a late winner proving that while this is an Arsenal side in progress, the old guard remains pivotal.,,277-2559745,00.html