Saturday, July 05, 2008

The Spanish lads celebrate their Euro win

...and David Villa gets cozy with the announcer. Alert: multiple dancing men in Speedos

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Guzan Looks To Euro Jump

Now that Jozy Altidore is on his way to Europe, there may be no MLS player with more interest from teams overseas than ChivasUSA keeper Brad Guzan. He talks with Soccer365's Lars Lifrak about his current team, his prospects for making the jump to Europe and where he thinks he fits in on the US National Team.

Gareth Barry - Demise Of The One-Club Wonder

Peter Staunton explains why Gareth Barry's move to Liverpool may in fact denegrate his reputation as a player by comparing him to many of football's great one-club men...

Barry exiled by Villa

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Thursday's Rumours


Van der Vaart Fart

Copa Libertadores: LDU make history to win thriller

Fluminense midfielder Thiago Nieves scored a hat-trick as the tie finished 5-5 on aggregate but his efforts were in vain as LDU won the shootout 3-1 to stun the 86,000 crowd at the Maracana.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Look Alikes of the Week: Alice Cooper & Gianluigi Buffon

Alice and Gianluigi

Fun in the Sun: Bye Bye to Euro Babes

But the football wasn't the only thing to admire in Austria and Switzerland!

The babes have been just as good to watch — so impressive that we've decided to do a best of the best slideshow of all those gorgeous female footie fans from across the continent.


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Sid Lowe in Spain

A month ago, there were calls for the head of Luis Aragonés. Now he leaves the selección as their most successful ever manager. Here's how he did it.

The definitive story of how Aragonés led Spain to Euro 2008 glory

Boca furious as 20-year-old leaves after one match

Boca Juniors midfielder Sebastian Nayar’s decision to leave after playing only one game to negotiate a deal with a European club has provoked an angry reaction from the Argentine club.

Spain gives everyone hope – except England

Martin Rogers: ...Spain’s win doesn’t mean England’s time is coming. England doesn’t deserve success just because it’s England. That time may never come again unless the arrogance and superstition and nonsense is swept away and replaced by a dose of realism.

Copa Libertadores: Fluminense believe Libertadores final a formality

Brazil’s Fluminense believe overturning a two-goal deficit against Ecuadorean champions LDU in the second leg of the Libertadores Cup final on Wednesday is little more than a formality.

Valdano Warns Eriksson Of Cultural Differences

Former Argentine star Jorge Valdano has insisted Mexico manager Sven-Goran Eriksson will be in for a culture shock when his side resume their World Cup qualifying campaign in Central America…

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Quotes of the Week

"Thirty per cent of the black players in the Premier League are black."
Paul Elliott on Radio 5Live.

All the Fun

(a lot of tennis this week -- sorry)

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Ronaldinho On Chelsea, The Olympics And Nightlife

Ronaldinho has hinted that if Chelsea made an offer to sign him then he would jump at the chance to work under Luiz Felipe Scolari again and team up with Deco once more.

Savour 2008 because greed will be party-pooper

Kevin McCarra:

It was the charm of Euro 2008 that everyone looked beatable, including Spain.

Major League Soccer: Some Stuff

Now that the tournament is over, we'll try and catch up with the league that is currently in action here in the States.

The Monday MLS Breakdown

Steve Davis:
Ten things to note from MLS Week 14

Uli Hesse-Lichtenberger in Germany

I hope this doesn't always become apparent, but normally I labour quite a bit when writing these columns. Coming up with something worthwhile to say (yeah, yeah - keep that quip to yourself) and then saying it in what is not my native language is not always as easy as, well, as it is today.

Wolff agrees to four-year contract with Wizards

Wolff left the Wizards in December 2006 to sign with 1860 Munich in the German second division, and scored two goals in 34 games with the German club.

Phil Ball in Spain

The best team won (for a change)

Deco aiming to put Chelsea back on top

Deco arrived at Chelsea from Barcelona, for a fee of around £7million, on Monday night and instantly declared that he can help the Blues become the best team in the Premier League and in Europe.

Pick a possible caption...

Monday, June 30, 2008

Premier League Unveils New Ball

The Premier League has revealed that it will be using the ‘Nike Total 90 Omni Ball’ for the 2008/09 season, with the manufacturer claiming it to be the ‘most consistent ball ever’.

Americans Abroad: Injury Cloud To Rain On Simek Deal?

Aston Villa may want to wait until January before following up their interest in injured Sheffield Wednesday defender Frank Simek…

David Dein's warning to Arsenal: Take Usmanov's money or slip out of top four

Arsenal's board were warned yesterday that they risked slipping out of the Champions League positions unless they sold up to Alisher Usmanov, the Uzbekistani multi-billionaire who owns 24.9 per cent of the club.

Over a long breakfast at Uefa's gleaming hotel in Vienna yesterday, Dein talked openly about everyone from Arsene Wenger to Cesc Fabregas, Jose Mourinho to Luiz Felipe Scolari. Smitten by the Euro 2008 bug, Dein enthused about Russian strikers and Uefa's throwing of a "faultless" party for footballers and supporters.

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Monday's Rumours



Tim Vickery in South America

While Europe has been concentrating on the international game, South America now builds towards the biggest match in its club calendar - Wednesday's second leg of the final of the Copa Libertadores.

Euro 2008: A Look Back

BBC Pundits on the Final
Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer and Martin O'Neill

Paul Wilson:
Invisible referees make it a tournament to remember

Biggest disappointment: Ronaldo
Specifically, his failure to flop, as everyone deep down hoped he would. But he still didn't shine - and failed to disprove the idea that he's a big-game bottler. Perhaps he found it hard to concentrate...The Observer's Sport team assess Euro 2008's best and worst.

Norman Hubbard's Team of the Tournament

Xavi Awarded Euro 2008 Accolade + Team of the Tournament

Spain midfielder Xavi has been named the best player of Euro 2008.

Euro 2008 team of the tournament:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Iker Casillas (Spain), Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands).

Defenders: Bosingwa (Portugal), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Carlos Marchena (Spain), Pepe (Portugal), Carles Puyol (Spain), Yuri Zhirkov (Russia).

Midfielders: Hamit Altintop (Turkey), Luka Modric (Croatia), Marcos Senna (Spain), Xavi Hernández (Spain), Konstantin Zyryanov (Russia), Michael Ballack (Germany), Cesc Fàbregas (Spain), Andrés Iniesta (Spain), Lukas Podolski (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands).

Forwards: Andrei Arshavin (Russia), Roman Pavlyuchenko (Russia), Fernando Torres (Spain), David Villa (Spain).

Euro 2008 Final: Germany 0 - 1 Spain

Kevin McCarra:
Torres delivers finishing touch to make Spain kings of Europe

Richard Jolly:

Spain's victory a vindication of their ideals

Richard Williams:
Spain reign with beautiful game for the purists

Low admits Spain deserves victory

Lehmann lays into 'biased' referee following Germany defeat
'The referee didn't really fancy us Germans,' claims beaten goalkeeper

German Media: Spain deserved it

Henry Winter: Spain's long wait finally over