Friday, July 25, 2008

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Friday's Rumours

MLS All Stars beat Hammers

Beckham and Blanco pulled the strings of Steve Nichol's MLS All Stars, leading them to an entertaining 3-2 victory over West Ham. The score flattered the tired looking Irons, for whom only Aston and Boa Morte seemed up to scratch.
De Rosario Gives MLS All-Stars Victory at BMO

Mexes in car-jacking drama

Roma defender Philippe Mexes and his family suffered a horrendous ordeal in Rome late last night, when armed thieves stole the player's car while his two-year-old daughter Eva slept in the back seat.
Car-jacking drama for Roma star

Kaka to join Tomkat?

Given the fickle loyalty of footballers these days, don't be surprised if dedicated Christian Kaka signs up for Scientology
So Kaka belongs to Jesus, but will he sell?

James Lawton ponders the goings-on at Arsensal

Lack of funds, mass exodos, no titles, betrayal, snide comments...what's going on at The Emirates?
Wenger betrayed as the last bastion of sanity descends into temple of gloom

Fergi to help find successor

Alex Ferguson will be given the opportunity to anoint his successor as Manchester United manager after the club's chief executive, David Gill, confirmed that the club's owners, the Glazer family, plan to seek the opinion and advice of the 66-year-old when he finally announces his retirement at Old Trafford.
Ferguson will have big say in deciding his successor

Hansen unconvinced by his old team

Alan Hansen fears Rafa Benitez will fail to conquer Premier League without signing quality wide players. The Reds look less likely to sign Gareth Barry, but have snapped up young Frenchman Ngog
Liverpool wide of the mark, warns Alan Hansen
Barry forced to stay if Liverpool miss deadline
Ngog becomes latest Liverpool signing

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Chelsea are too old to win title, says Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson has cast doubt on Chelsea's ability to kick on next season under Luiz Felipe Scolari, suggesting that the Brazilian World Cup winner has inherited an ageing team and will struggle to surpass the achievements of Jose Mourinho.

Frisians Resigned To Bradley Loss

While the club would prefer to keep U.S. international Michael Bradley, Heerenveen exec Yme Kuiper has conceded it is unlikely they will wage the new Eredivisie season with the midfielder still in tow.

Clubs call stars out of China Olympics

Clubs are refusing to release their stars even though the players have been called up by countries searching for an elusive gold medal. The teams argue that this is an irrelevant and poorly timed tournament in which the International Olympic Committee and soccer’s world governing body are trying to give soccer a higher profile at the games.

Thigh injury? Hmmmm....

Police: Mob Tried to Buy Lazio

Italian police arrested seven people Tuesday in a crackdown on an organized crime group that allegedly tried to buy the Lazio soccer team with laundered money.

"'s what we do..."

Turkey captain Emre leaves Newcastle for Fenerbahce

Yet another Newcastle casualty. This guy was mint for Inter and Turkey but his talent was wasted or he was simply unable to perform for some reason for the Magpies. Article

Goodbye pasties, hello parsnip crisps

Match day cuisine is leaping into a new league as a food revolution sweeps the football terraces, reports Alex James.

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Wednesday's Rumours



Barcelona's New Look Defence: An Analysis

The concept of defence has never been a popular one at the Nou Camp. After all, why would a crowd fed on a diet of Cruyff, Romario, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Messi, to name just a few, care about what happens on the other end of the field?

Alves will help...

Gunners Hit By Toure Malaria Blow

Arsenal defender Kolo Toure has reportedly been taken to hospital after coming down with malaria, thus throwing the club’s summer plans into disarray…

Messina Disappear From Italian Football

Messina have disappeared out of the professional Italian game following their financial collapse.

Barry harried as he returns for Villa

The boos were as predictable as the hostile chants as Aston Villa fans turned on Gareth Barry for a period last night when the England midfielder was subjected to a chastening run-out in a reserve XI at Walsall.

MLS: All-Stars aim to maintain perfect record

Watching an All-Star Game is a bit like eating at a fondue place or one of those touristy hibachi restaurants. You're not really looking for a meat-'n'-taters kind of filling experience; it's mostly about the novelty.

MLS: Ten most memorable moments in All-Star history

Tab Ramos thrilled the crowd that landmark day at Giants Stadium by nailing an absolute beauty of a goal. It was July 14, 1996, date of the first MLS All-Star game in the debut season for an upstart league. A venue with so much soccer tradition, thanks to the Cosmos' dance through the sporting stratosphere, had just been granted yet another historic moment.

That was but one lasting All-Star memory. A dozen MLS All-Star encounters have provided a distinguished list of memorable moments or occasions. Here they are:

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Charm of the Championship

There are six new clubs in the Championship this season but, as was the case last summer, I really couldn't say with any degree of certainty what the division will look like at the end of the forthcoming season.

I have asked various people how they think their team will do this season. None of them know.

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Tuesday's Rumours


Monaco Complete Adu Signing

Freddy Adu has completed his switch to Monaco on a season-long move.

Freddy's girlfriend for the next year...

Ernst Bouwes in Holland

The moment of Feyenoord's century

Messi Included In Final Argentina Squad

Porteros: Oscar Ustari (Getafe), Sergio Romero (AZ).

Defensas: Pablo Zabaleta (Espanyol), Ezequiel Garay (Real Madrid), Luciano Monzón (Boca Juniors), Federico Fazio (Sevilla), Nicolás Pareja (Anderlecht).

Medios: Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Fernando Gago (Real Madrid), José Sosa (Bayern München), Ever Banega (Valencia), Juan Román Riquelme (Boca Juniors).

Delanteros: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli), Sergio Agüero (Atlético de Madrid), Angel Di María (Benfica), Lautaro Acosta (Sevilla), Diego Buonanotte (River Plate).


Norman Hubbard: A battle to stay on top

Can Sir Alex Ferguson avoid the mistakes of 1999?

McCarthy: Xavier Speaks Out Against Gullit

In an extensive interview, Abel Xavier shared his views on his time with the Los Angeles Galaxy with's Kyle McCarthy.

Canales: U.S. sending its strongest lineup yet to the Olympics

The U.S. reached the medal round of Olympic soccer at the 2000 Games in Sydney, though the squad finished fourth. That left hunger for more, but the next team failed to qualify for the Olympics in Greece, falling to archrival Mexico.

Kranjcar's fresh chance to leave chequered past behind

One of the most controversial figures in Croatian football sees a bright future ahead.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Tim Vickery in South America

Why are the Olympics so important to South Americans?

Beckham's US move: One year on

When the New York Red Bulls hosted LA Galaxy this weekend, the obligatory group of young female fans was screaming for Beckham.

They'd painted B-E-C-K-S onto their midriffs.

Becks does his best K-fed...

Jose Mourinho thinks Italian football fans are feistier than their English counterparts

After his first week of training at Inter Milan, Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is suffering from culture shock. Football fans in Italy, he says, are far more intense than their English counterparts.

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Monday's Rumours



From the pop charts to the terraces - songs that strike a chord

Football and music are indelibly linked in the minds of fans, whether the composers like it or not. Profile: Carlos Vela

With Carlos Vela set to make his Premier League debut this autumn, Nick Turner looks at what English fans can expect from the young Mexican who has already made waves in Spain...

German clubs won't release Olympic players

The general secretary of the German Football Association insists FIFA have given him assurances Bundesliga clubs will not have to release players for the Olympics.

Makelele returns to France with PSG

Claude Makelele will end his five-year spell at Chelsea by completing a move to Paris St Germain.

Fans clash as West Ham beats Crew 3-1

A halftime brawl between more than 100 fans marred an exhibition match Sunday between West Ham United of the English Premier League club and the MLS' Columbus Crew.

England's Dream Teen

More than two years of living with the pressure generated by a multi-million-pound club transfer and selection for the 2006 World Cup have left Arsenal's 19-year-old forward strikingly unscathed.