Friday, January 25, 2008

Who are Havant & Waterlooville?

Havant and Waterlooville, Blue Square South minnows, face seven-times winners Liverpool in the fourth round on Saturday.
Who are they??

Striker - Rocky Baptiste: "Rocky is a Liverpool fan and training to be a London cabbie. He is a bit of a non-league football legend and loves scoring goals. Off the pitch he is a lovely lad and you will definitely see him before you hear him.

Lawro's FA Cup Predictions

Coventry v Millwall

Coventry v Millwall

You look at this and wonder if Millwall can go there and upset Coventry, given that the Sky Blues haven't really been firing of late.

I would say no.

Coventry play well in cup ties - they've already beaten Manchester United and Blackburn in cups this season - so they should win this one.

Prediction: 2-0

All the Predictions

Spain: La Liga Weekend Preview

Third-placed Villarreal travel to the Bernabeu looking to slow leaders Real Madrid's charge to towards their second consecutive Primera Liga title on Sunday.

The champions have a seven-point lead over arch-rivals Barcelona, with Villarreal and Atletico Madrid trailing in the distance by 12 and 13 points respectively.

2010 World Cup the target as Burley takes charge of Scotland

George Burley was Thursday appointed as the new manager of Scotland and immediately set his sights on leading his country to the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

Burley had been managing Southampton but he revealed that he had no hesitation about leaving the Championship club to succeed Alex McLeish. Book Review: Hammers Heaven And Hell

Few clubs have experienced such turbulent times as West Ham United in recent seasons and it just as well that their fans are renowned for their immense sense of humour and are not faint of heart.
The roller-coaster emotions have generated some evocative books on the club and this is yet another masterpiece.

WAG's Sport Relief Mile Photos

Pictures as the WAGS run their Sport Relief Mile in London

Italy: Serie A Weekend Preview looks ahead to all the Serie A action in round 20 of the calendar...

Udinese – Inter

Udinese were desperately unlucky to lose against Milan last weekend following Alberto Gilardino’s winner deep into injury time.

The Zebrette have now dropped out of the Champions League places but they are still having a superb season and should not be too disheartened by this loss.

Inter picked up their eighth win on the trot in Serie A with a controversial 3-2 success over Parma last weekend. They maintained their seven-point gap over Roma at the top of the table, although they will have their work cut out this weekend.

The Nerazzurri have started to ship goals since the injury of Walter Samuel, and they conceded twice again during the 2-2 Coppa Italia draw with Juventus in midweek. This result halted Inter’s incredible run of 13 straight wins in all competitions.

England: FA Cup 4th Round Preview - Big Clashes, Possible Upsets

Mushtaq Quraishi previews this weekend's intriguing set of cup ties in the world's oldest knock-out competition...

Southend United - Barnsley

Mansfield Town - Middlesbrough

Arsenal - Newcastle United

Coventry City - Millwall

Oldham Athletic - Huddersfield Town

Barnet - Bristol Rovers

Liverpool - Havant & Waterlooville

Southampton - Bury

Portsmouth - Plymouth Argyle

Derby County - Preston North End

Watford - Wolverhampton Wanderers

Peterborough United - West Bromwich Albion

Wigan Athletic - Chelsea

Hereford United - Cardiff City

Manchester United - Tottenham Hotspur

Sheffield United - Manchester City

African Cup of Nations Update

The Big Shake Up

Elephants Favourites for the Cup


Nigeria vs. Mali: Preview

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Look Alikes of the Week: Chris Klein and Kevin Davies

Chris Klein -- American Pie Actor

Kevin Davies -- Bolton Wanderers Hacker

Spurs say sorry after Wenger sprayed with champagne

Wenger was the innocent victim of what sources at Spurs admitted were "players' high jinks" as Jermain Defoe and two team-mates emerged from the celebrations in the home dressing room and into the White Hart Lane interview area, spraying bubbly as they went.

Late double gives Juve Cup draw with 10-man Inter Milan

Late goals from Alessandro Del Piero and Jean Alain Boumsong earned Juventus a 2-2 draw at 10-man Inter Milan on Wednesday in the first leg of their Italian Cup quarter-final.

Johnson granted U.K. work permit to sign for Fulham

EJ Joins Yank Crew at Craven Cottage

Martin Rogers on how Johnson can cope in the EPL

Wenger To Send Walcott Out On Loan

The Daily Mail has revealed that Arsene Wenger is considering a loan spell at another club for his young forward, Theo Walcott, as he assesses the implications of Tuesday night's 5-1 rout by rivals Tottenham in the Carling Cup semi-final.

Jon Carter on Theo's Lack of Progress

3-5-2: From Ghana with Love

Greg Lalas on the African Cup of Nations
Despite most games going as expected, are there some surprises in the offing at the Africa Cup of Nations?

Resilient Chelsea Reach Cup Final

Everton 0 - 1 Chelsea
Richard Jolly at Goodison Park

Atalanta blunt Milan's Champions League charge + Italian Table

Atalanta 2 - 1 AC Milan

Serie A
Inter Milan1915044930
AC Milan176562412
Catania Calcio1957722-4

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

African Cup of Nations Update

Cameroon fall to electric Egypt

It's raining goals, hallelujah: A six-goal thriller and the greatest ever national anthem - the African Nations doesn't get any better than this

Old and new stars in the African football galaxy come face to face Wednesday in the Africa Nations Cup when Senegal meet Tunisia.

Americans in England: Howard's Everton in Top Four USA's Matthew Braine runs down the happenings of the American players in England this past week.

Bobby Convey, Reading
Vs. Manchester United (80 minutes, 0 goals)

Convey played well for the Royals on Saturday. But in the end, the league leaders were just too much for the home side as they fell 2-0. Convey has looked amazing at times this season, but needs to be a bit more aggressive from the get go.

Managers losing the plot is the same old story

Sir Alex Ferguson's gesture may have been misunderstood, but plenty of managers have lost their cool in public

Fulham dumped out of FA Cup as replays all go to penalties

Premier League Fulham were knocked out of the FA Cup by League One (third division) Bristol Rovers on Tuesday as all three of the night's third-round replays went to penalties.

Carling Cup Preview: Everton – Chelsea

What: Carling Cup, Semi-final
Who: Everton (1) vs Chelsea (2)
When: Wednesday, 23rd January, 2000 GMT
Where: Goodison Park, Liverpool

Following their embarrassing FA Cup exit at the hands of Oldham, Everton will jog out on Wednesday night in front of their own home crowd knowing it is their last genuine chance at winning a trophy this season.

Grant says the cup is a major trophy - for Everton

Tottenham 5-1 Arsenal: Rout ends hoodoo

Tottenham ended more than eight years of failure against arch-rivals Arsenal in some style with a resounding 5-1 win at White Hart Lane to book a trip to Wembley in the Carling Cup final.

Arsenal at war as Adebayor clash bloodies Bendtner nose

FA to investigate Adebayor/Bendtner clash

MLS News

Galaxy Sign Babayaro

Fire Send Curtin to Chivas USA

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Wenger, please win more.

"People hesitate to call Wenger arrogant because individuals of overweening pride are not usually associated with wit and charm, as he is. Whatever the terminology, no other major team is managed as Arsenal are. This has brought about an unparalleled era for the club but it still entails self-imposed limitations. Wenger, in financial terms, leaves potential unexploited."

Kevin McCarra on Arsenal

USA top Sweden, Lando sets Scoring Record

Donovan Sets Goal Scoring Mark as U.S. Opens 2008 with 2-0 Victory vs. Sweden
Jen Chang's observations

The Rumor Mill

The Mill
Ronaldo's Mum wants him at Real

MLS Superdraft Report

The excellent Ives Galercep recaps the 2008 MLS Superdraft(!) and ranks the winners and losers.

Sid Lowe in Spain

Yesterday's Madrid derby had been mercilessly and tirelessly hyped as the best in years. However, in the end the result was all too predictable.

Real talking titles after Madrid derby takes an inevitable turn

Paolo Bandini in Italy

A disputed penalty helped the Nerazzuri to an undeserved victory, and had their opponents complaining of favouritism.

Serie A goes hungry as Inter get the tripe

Serie A Wrap Up

Inter win on a late penalty, Roma and Fiorentina keep pace while Juve drops 2. Serie A Round 19

Inter players are suddenly finding themselves in an unusual position- fielding complaints of favoritism because of refereeing decisions. Inter and their President were long the leading leaders in the complaint department, mostly in the direction of Juventus, but now that they're closing in on their third scudetto, the complaints are raining down. The Inter squad's response to the criticism is rather unsurprising: Silence in the Press.

African Cup of Nations Update

Ivory Coast shocks Nigeria, who now face an uphill battle.
Morocco crushes Nambia
Kanute penalty secures a Mali win over Benin
Sulley Montari Saves a win for Ghana.

Liverpool Woes Continue

Peter Crouch's last minute goal saved a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa at Anfield yesterday, but the draw served to highlight the turmoil at the club. The fans continue to protest the fact that someone actually owns the club (god forbid, they're American and even worse they actually expect the team to perform) and now Stevie G is saying that the whole situation has unsettled the squad. Whatever the cause of the poor form it's impossible to deny that Liverpool are officially a club in crisis.
Premier League Replay: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Reading 0 - 2 Manchester United
Late goals keep United top

Fulham 0 - 3 Arsenal
Cottagers in trouble

Tottenham 2 - 0 Sunderland
Keane tops Keane

Manchester City 1 - 1 West Ham
Frustrated Sven

The rest of the reports

Carling Cup Preview: Tottenham Hotspur – Arsenal

What: Carling Cup Semi-Final, 2nd Leg
Who: Tottenham (11th EPL, 27pts) v Arsenal (2nd EPL, 54pts)
When: Tuesday, 22nd January 2008, 20:00 (GMT)
Where: White Hart Lane, London

North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham go into battle on Wednesday with their semi-final finely poised after the 1-1 draw in the first leg at the Emirates.

Feilhaber determined to make it work in England

Forgive Benny Feilhaber if he is a bit wistful at the changing of the calendar.

2007 was a pretty good year for the midfielder. He saw increased time with his old club, Hamburger SV, including significant action in the Champions League. He made a dream switch to the English Premier League, where he now suits up for Derby County.

Not to mention he has become a fixture in the national team picture, scoring the winning goal against Mexico in the Gold Cup final.

Phil Ball in Spain

The Madrid derby last Sunday was supposed to be some kind of watershed in La Liga this season, with a lot of journalists predicting an Atlético win and the beginning of the end for Real Madrid's imposing looking seven-point lead. But nothing of the sort.

Donkey Derbies and Marca's memory