Friday, May 23, 2008

2008 European Championship Fixtures and USA TV Schedule

It's wonderful that we don't have to buy a package or purchase games this time around. All the matches will be broadcast in the States on either ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPN Classic.

Switzerland and the Czech Republic get things underway at St. Jakob Park in Basel on June 7.

Full Schedule

Paying the Penalty

The way of the shoot-out is to seek out not heroes but fools. More than any other device in sport, the shoot-out seeks only to belittle and diminish. There were three penalty misses at the end of the Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea and all three were deeply instructive of the hopes and illusions we had built about the penalty-takers.
Lesson of Terry's penalty misadventure

Many of football's greats have found themselves in the Chelsea captain's boots...
What becomes of football's broken-hearted?

Uli Hoeness missing for Germany

The German fans thanking him

England: Playoffs

It's playoff weekend in England as teams try to make the upward move to a higher division. In the Championship, Bristol City and Hull square off at Wembley to see which club will join West Brom and Stoke as the Premiership's newest members. Personally, I'll be pulling for Hull simply because they employ one of my favorite players. One level down, Gary McAllister's Leeds face Doncaster Rovers in an attempt to get back within sight of the top division.

Hull vs. Bristol City
Windass keen to offer experience

Lawro's Playoff Predictions

Disappointment For Park But He's Still A Champion

It was a bitter-sweet night for Manchester United fans in South Korea. Ever since Barcelona were seen off in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, anticipation had been rising slowly in Seoul, Suwon and elsewhere in the Land of the Morning Calm that Park Ji-sung would become the first Asian to see his reflection in the European Cup. He did but not in the way that was expected.

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Friday's Rumours



Shaka Hislop Column: Two faces of the MLS makes for great viewing

The MLS has some good players gracing its pitches, some potentially very good players, but too often they fail to make the grade elsewhere.

I should just put this photo up every day, regardless of the article...

Scotland: Celtic make it a hat-trick as Rangers slip up

Whether he chooses to admit it or not, this will unquestionably be the sweetest of Gordon Strachan's three successive Scottish Premier League titles. Castigated by supporters six weeks ago with the championship apparently an unattainable dream, he has watched his team recover both ground and glory in striking fashion.

Mod Rod likes what he sees...

Thursday, May 22, 2008

DC United Stumble Again

Another game, another setback for Tommy Soehn's boys. This time it was Toronto FC and Danny Dichio who did the honors, scoring early and hanging on for a 1-0 win. United have not won on the road since last September and despite some rather serious injury problems Soehn has to be feeling the heat.

Spain: Guillem's La Liga Best

Sky Sports' Spanish expert Guillem Balague names his La Liga dream team from the 2007/08 campaign
La Liga Dream Team

Manchester United Win Champions League

Well, the Champions League final turned out to be far better than expected. Ultimately it was a pretty good reflection of the Premier League: the entertainment came from pieces of great skill and verve, but also from sloppy passing and frenetic running. It arguably lacked the finesse and beauty of great CL finals, but there was also no sign of the tactical tedium all too present in past games. It even had the crazy 20 man pushing session which seems obligatory at every EPL game. You have to feel for John Terry but considering their opponents throughout the competition, the fact they haven't lost a game and their style of play, you can't really argue that ManU don't deserve the title.

Abramovich homecoming wrecked by United
Richard Jolly's Report

If you were in the Nou Camp in Barcelona nine years ago and here in the small hours of this morning you never again need to be told that a football match is never lost until the last kick and that sport, like life, can be as wonderful as it is cruel
Ferguson's competitive spirit edges epic contest

Despite coming breathlessly close, a fatal penalty slip by John Terry left Manchester United celebrating the European crown
A fast-paced cliffhanger to thrill a continent

A penalty shoot-out was the perfect way to end a wonderful Champions League final
Paul Doyle: a match worthy of champions

Red card may be fitting finale for player who infuriates and bedazzles all in equal measure
Drogba long walk

Despite English sides putting La Liga and Serie A in the shade, Italy and Spain were watching the match rather than sulking
World tunes in to watch English battle of Europe

Police use tear gas to quell Chelsea fans

Champions League final ratings: United Chelsea

Even more ratings

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Thursday's rumours
Thursday's BBC gossip column

Euroland: News

After failing to guide his club into Europe, Michael Skibbe has been shown the door
Leverkusen part company with Skibbe

Arsenal's Milan-bound midfielder Mathieu Flamini cannot wait to embark on his new adventure in Serie A – a league he believes is at the forefront of world football
Milan move holds new excitement for Flamini

Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of Fiorentina defender Tomas Ujfalusi on a Bosman transfer
Atletico Madrid Sign Ujfalusi

Marcelino Garcia announced he was quitting as coach of Racing Santander on Wednesday, days after leading the Primera Liga side to their first UEFA Cup berth
Marcelino quits as Racing Santander coach

Police are searching for the president of Bulgarian club Litex Lovech Angel Bonchev
Bulgarian police hunt missing Litex Lovech president

New Hamburg trainer Martin Jol has begun work at the Bundesliga club and has admitted that he is excited by the potential within the club
Hamburg Challenge Excites Jol

Kaka 'may require knee surgery'

England: News

The Spaniard says that a season of adversity will only mean his players come back stronger next season
We will be hungrier next season, insists Benitez
Juve must pay £16million for Alonso

Boro keeper turns down Bayern and Juve for Fulham [no, really]
Fulham win race for Schwarzer signature

The Times says the Marseille midfielder is determined to keep his options open but The Independent says he's on his way, but Aquilini ain't
Nasri delays Arsenal move
Nasri leads French influx but Aquilani snubs Arsenal

Nicky Shorey is set to leave the relegated club over the summer as they adapt to life in the Championship
Reading put Shorey up for sale

The England international has signed a new four-year contract which will keep him at the club until June 2012
Kirkland signs Wigan deal

Portsmouth assistant manager Tony Adams is ready to sign a new contract at Fratton Park to fulfil the club's Uefa Cup ambitions as well as his own
Adams to stay at Portsmouth

La Liga: Season's Review

It wasn’t the tension-filled, down-the-wire season many had predicted. But there were still more than enough shocks, surprises, disappointments and the usual controversies to keep everyone strapped in for the emotional roller coaster ride all season long. takes a look at the highs and lows, best and worst in the season that was in La Liga
La Liga Season In Review

Jimmy Conrad Column

Sometimes us ex-college students who never bothered to graduate take a little bit longer to have the lightbulb flicker overhead, but I assure you what you're about to read is well worth reading.
To referees with love

European Championship History: S and RO

Walter Townsend examines the short history in Europe's premier international tournament of Sweden and Romania

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

FC Dallas Burn Sack Coach

2-3-3 and 4th in the Western Conference after a disappointing finish last season is not what the Burn ownership conglomerate had in mind when they brought in former Head Coach Steve Morrow, and and last night they swung the axe, bringing to the end an 18 month tenure on the job. Assistant Head Coach Antonio Ferruzzi steps in as the interim gaffer.

UEFA Champions League Final

It all goes down in Moscow tonight as Manchester United and Chelsea attempt to claim the top prize in club football. If you're in the United States, you can catch all the action in HD on ESPN2 beginning with a preview show at 2 pm EDT. The match should kick off sometime around 2:45pm. For those of you who can't get out of the office this afternoon and don't have access to Tivo or a DVR, the Deuce will show the match again beginning at 7pm. Alec (a.k.a. Tracksuit Bottoms), SSN's Englishman in Hamburg, has compiled all the info you need below. Let's hope for a cracking affair! -Ed.

The gloss of a Champions League final is certainly missing when both teams taking part come from the same country. Hopefully the quality of the game will make up for it this time round. Manchester United are traditionally an attacking team and Chelsea have, over the past few weeks at least, opened up a bit. That said, finals are usually cagey affairs, United's flair often seems to get left in Manchester during the CL, and Chelsea remain Chelsea. So don't hold your breath for a goal-fest.

The all-English final will be a stirring affair: Chelsea stir respect but Manchester United stir the soul
It's United's artistry v Chelsea's muscle

According to World Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi, the all-Premier League final is not a reflection of the strength of the English game.
Lippi: Final does not reflect English strength

Never mind the perils of the pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium, Ashley Cole was the victim of a challenge by Claude Makelele last night that has thrown Chelsea's plans for the Champions League final against Manchester United into confusion
Cole and Vidic injuries add to the intrigue as United chase history

According to Professor Chadwick, the event will boost the clubs, the host city and the location of the winning team
Moscow final to have £210m economic impact

Tonight's game of contrasting arguments and interpretations may not be entertaining but it should be intriguing
Ferguson seeks to crack Chelsea code

On the one hand, he is branded a diver and a cheat; on the other, he is Chelsea's key man, a destroyer of defences. Tonight the 30-year-old has the chance to be remembered for the brighter side of his game
Drogba the man of two halves set for defining test

Of course there was no way Don Howe or David Pleat would fail to produce their a-game for such an important match. Strangely they both have chosen the key theme for their articles: for Dave it's key clashes but for Don it's key battles. Young Turk Alan Smith has moved into their turf a bit with a piece in which he assess every player: GameZone

Mihir Bose's Column
How Moscow is handling the English invasion

Lawro and Hansen
Comparing the defenses

Tim Vickery in South America

Adriano is back to something like his imperious best

Adriano at his imperious best...

Phil Ball in Spain

Our favorite Brit in Spain wraps the season in La Liga
In the Final Analysis

Manager of the season:
Unai Emery (Almería)
Most shots at goal: Güiza (Mallorca)
Most assists: Ibagaza (Mallorca) - second year running.
Most fouls committed: Moisés (Espanyol)
Most yellow cards: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Most fouled: Luis Garcia (Espanyol)
Most balls lost: (not over the stand) Dani Alves (Sevilla)
Surprise booby package of the season: Zaragoza
Best surprise package of the year: Almería/Racing de Santander
Biggest disappointment of the year: Getafe losing to Bayern Munich in the UEFA.

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Wednesday's Rumours
Wednesday's BBC gossip column
Transfer News

Euroland: News

FIFA President Sepp Blatter will meet his UEFA counterpart Michel Platini on Wednesday in an attempt to settle their differences over Blatter's controversial plan for limits on overseas players
Blatter aiming to placate Platini on foreigners quota

Inter President Massimo Moratti has declared that Juventus stole two of the Nerazzurri’s Scudetti, one in 1998 and another on May 5, 2002
Moratti Demands Two More Stolen Scudetti

Ewan Macdonald argues that the FC Barcelona board need to take a sincere and hard look at their own responsibilities...
Trouble At The Top For Barcelona

England: News

Newcastle will delay any decision on Joey Barton's future pending the result of another assault case
Barton's Newcastle career in the balance

Manager sees his salary fall by about £500,000 after the club's relegation back to the Coca-Cola Championship
Coppell opts to stay with Reading

Thaksin Shinawatra's representatives have made another approach to Luiz Felipe Scolari but signs are that the pursuit is failing
Scolari's demand for £3.9m a year cools City interest

Switzerland right back will move to Anfield from Borussia Dortmund when his contract with the Bundesliga club expires
Liverpool complete Degen deal

Marseille midfielder Samir Nasri looks set to complete his move to Arsenal within the next 24 hours
Nasri To Complete Arsenal Move

England: Martin Samuel Column

The Times' top dog assesses the dominance of English clubs in the Champions League
Europe's premier league in name and nature

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Germany and Italy: Season Reviews

This season’s Bundesliga has certainly provided its fair share of excitement and tension, even if the favourites did rather run away with the title leading from the front from day one. takes a look at some of the ‘Tops’ and ‘Flops’ of the past season
Bundesliga Tops And Flops Of The Season

With the league calendar in Italy now completed, Carlo Garganese offers his Serie A Team of the Season...
Serie A Team Of The Season

Kenny Sansom: I lost my wife, drank away my money and almost died like my old pal George Best

I was nearing my 50s, with five grandchildren, and was finally convinced to attend Tony Adams's Sporting Chance clinic where they made me understand how insane it is to drink seven bottles of wine a day.

At last, I faced up to my demons and admitted: 'My name is Kenny and I am an alcoholic.'

Holland: Sacked

Leander Schaerlaeckens: Nothing fails like success for managers in Holland as the top three's bosses are all shown the door
Dutch sack race begins at the top

Barton Sent Down

Newcastle's Joey Barton has been jailed for six months after admitting assault and affray
Barton jailed for six months
Jailed Barton retains support of Keegan

Player Profile: Paul Scholes

Marcello Lippi and Peter Schmeichel explain what makes Paul Scholes so special
Why Scholes is United's talisman

Paul Scholes is what he is because of an all-encompassing desire to succeed and a ruthlessness to go with it
Scholes blends steel and flair

The man described by Sir Bobby Charlton as "the heart of Old Trafford" is sure to have a big part to play in Moscow
Evergreen Scholes a shining example

Portsmouth stars have FA Cup medals stolen

defender Glen Johnson and team-mate Jamie Ashdown had their FA Cup winners' medals stolen in the aftermath of the club's victory celebrations.

Champions League Final

There's so many articles on tomorrow's Cl final in Moscow it's difficult to know which ones to post and which to leave alone. Unfortunately for all you Simply Red fans out there The Telegraph's 'Simply Red's Hucknall backs Utd' didn't quite make it.

English groundsman warns of problems for Manchester United and Chelsea players
in Wednesday's Champions League final.
Moscow pitch is like 'badly fitting carpet'

Roman Abramovich's millions have been revealed as interest-free loans to Chelsea, rather than donations.
Chelsea and United debts totalled at record £1.5bn

Premier League managers and former centre-backs Gareth Southgate and Tony Mowbray rate the finalists' rearguard rocks.
Clash of the titans at heart of defences

England has produced six of the past eight Champions League semi-finalists, suggesting a power shift.
Are England's shores now the home to the Continent’s premier league?

Martin Jol on Chelsea's chance for revenge
Final march on Russian front

You do not put a team into a pipeline and wait for the refined product to appear.
On threshold of triumph, Roman has yet to lay true basis for empire

Norman Hubbard thinks this will be the final match for Chelsea's current squads
Final act for Grant's Blues

England: News

Manchester City manager met the club's owner on Sunday but still does not know if he will be sacked this summer
Eriksson left guessing as Thaksin deliberates

Who's coming to The Emirates, Nasri or Aquilani?
Arsenal homing in on Marseille's £13.5m Nasri
Aquilani set to join Arsenal

Manager David Moyes appears set to prolong his stay at Everton after being promised more funds
Everton seal improved deal for Moyes

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp is resigned to losing talented French international
Gem Diarra in demand

The Swiss right back will leave Borussia Dortmund when his contract with the Bundesliga club expires
Liverpool complete Degen deal

A report that the midfielder is about to move to Italy rocks Stamford Bridge on the eve of the Champions League final
Lampard is 'set to join Inter Milan'

The FA have revealed that they'll be interested to read Ivorian ace Didier Drogba's autobiography after the Chelsea star claimed Jose Mourinho encouraged him to get cynical bookings
FA To Probe Drogba Book Content

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Tuesday's Rumours
Summer Sales: Transfer news and speculation on 19 May
Tuesday's BBC gossip column

North America: MLS (and more)

LA Galaxy midfielder may be punished for reaction to FC Dallas defender's dismissal
Beckham in kiss furore

With a ferocious slate of friendlies ahead for the U.S., Bob Bradley's 33-man roster will be tested to the limit
U.S. roster depth to be tested in full

Argentina coach Alfio Basile has named his twenty-one man squad for their upcoming friendly matches against Mexico and the United States in June
Basile Names Squad For US Friendlies

After watching the Earthquakes on person at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night, USA's Kyle McCarthy believes it will be long, long year for Frank Yallop's side
The Monday MLS Breakdown: San Jose is Struggling

Italy [2]: Are Inter Worthy Title Winners?

Inter secured their third straight Scudetto with victory at Parma. Carlo Garganese asks if the Nerazzurri are worthy Scudetto winners…
Calcio Debate: Inter Worthy Title Winners?

European Championship History: CH, E, HR, NL, CZ, P, D, RUS, and GR

Walter Townsend examines the short history in Europe's premier international tournament of Switzerland, Spain, Holland, Croatia, Czech Republic, Portugal, Germany, Russia and Greece...

Czech Republic

France: Lyttleton on Lyon, Williams on Dhorasoo

A thrilling night of goals, fights and fall-out ended with successive title No7 for Lyon
Lyon in seventh heaven after fresh glory

In a multi-talented, multi-ethnic French team, Vikash Dhorasoo became lost
A portrait of French footballing rejection

Spain: Sid Lowe Column

If the final day in Spain was Judgement Day, the judgement on Zaragoza was clear: you're rubbish, Señor Lowe reports...
It never rains but it pours for Zaragoza

Italy: Paulo Bandini Column

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's double won Inter the title and saved his reputation, Signor Bandini reports...
Ibrahimovic earns redemption

Monday, May 19, 2008

Spain: La Liga Final Weekend

Real Madrid go out with a bang

Bad boy Guiza finally comes good with Pichichi crown

Relegated: Levante, Real Murcia, Real Zaragoza
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Monday's Rumours



Italy: Inter Milan Win Scudetto

Roma is second, with Juventus and Fiorentina claiming the other Champions League spots. AC Milan will not participate in the CL for the first time since 2001/2002. At the other end, Livorno, Parma and Empoli go down to Serie B.

Mancini's future in question despite Inter triumph

Final Day Reports

FA Cup Final: Portsmouth 1 - 0 Cardiff

Walking down Wembley Way en route to the stadium it became instantly apparent that this final was about more than just winning the FA Cup; it was also about national pride. The Cardiff fans produced a huge banner that revealed the club crest emblazoned upon the flag of Wales and the Portsmouth supporters fervently waved their Pompey branded cross of St George flags.
Dom Raynor at Wembley

Core of veteran steel carries Portsmouth to the prize
Kevin McCarra's Report

Five-man midfield proves too strong for Cardiff side lacking bit
David Pleat's analysis

David James: Third time lucky and it's the best feeling in the world