Emmanuel Adebayor scored his 19th goal of the season and three in a matter of four days against
Kevin Keegan's disappointing Newcastle side at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday. The win takes the
North London side top of the Premiership table for atleast twenty-four hours as Manchester United
could regain the spot with a home [.
Fabio Capello names his first England squad this weekend for the forthcoming friendly against
Switzerland. There is eager anticipation to see which new players will be selected and which of the
old guard will be left out. However, not for the first time in relation to the national side, the
name on everyones lips is David [.
It wasn't a good day to be a Manchester City player. They were comprehensively outfought by a
Sheffield United side that last week were comprehensively outfought by a Sheffield Wednesday side
deep in relegation trouble. To add insult to injury, they returned from their humbling to find
their dressing room had been raided by the [.
A tough tackling defensive midfielder, Mohamed Lamine Sissoko is seen by some as a future midfield
star of European football, in particular Liverpool manager Rafael BenÃtez, who showered praise
upon him when he arrived at Merseyside, saying Sissoko possessed "incredible ability for his age"
and similar qualities to Frenchman Patrick Vieira.
Allegations of match-fixing approaches and resigning coaches have stole some of the headlines in
the African Cup of Nations over the last several days, but while all of that's going on, there's a
pretty entertaining football competition to turn your attention to at the same time. The four
groups are in the midst of [.
Momo Sissoko can't be too pleased that his Mali team got dumped out of the African Cup of Nations
in the first round, but I imagine he might be skipping down the streets of Turin pretty shortly, as
his transfer to Juventus has been completed. Sissoko wanted out of Liverpool, and now he's out,
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Newcastle United have agreed a compensation package with Leeds United to obtain the services of the
current Leeds manager, Dennis Wise. The role he is going to undertake at Newcastle is as yet
unspecified, but is believed to be an executive role, looking after transfers amongst other things.
To all intents and purposes it appears [.
There is going to be only one all-Premiership tie in the fifth round of the FA Cup, but they
certainly pulled out a good one. Manchester United and Arsenal are battling it out for the Premier
League crown, and in a few weeks, one is going to knock the other out of the FA [...]
It's been a busy month with far more speculation than actual moves, but with only a few days left
in the January transfer window, you can expect to see a lot of movin', shakin', and possibly
shankin' in the next few days. This one is old news, but Milan Baros is back in the [...]
Soccerlens's Hugo Steckelmacher looks back at the week gone by in the slightly crazy and always
entertaining world of football. In the Premiership... Pool in the deep end before Crouch the hidden
dragon roars The week started and ended with a draw for Aston Villa, although in enormously
Premier League sides have been dropping like flies in the last couple of rounds of the FA Cup, and
two more fell on Sunday. At Bramall Lane, mid-table Championship side Sheffield United had
Manchester City put away within 25 minutes, as Luton Shelton (12) and Jon Stead (24) put the Blades
up 2-0. [.
Real Madrid took a giant step towards winning their 31st league title this weekend when they beat
Villarreal 3-2 in the Bernabeu after all their closest rivals had failed to win. There may still be
17 games to go but Madrid now have a nine point advantage and it will be very difficult for
Fabio Capello has arrived in England to find the game in this country at its lowest ebb for many
years. Failure to qualify for this summers European championships has left English football in the
doldrums. He must have expected the worst when he started attending Premier League games in order
to assess the talent he [.
When Paul Jewell announced he was leaving Wigan Athletic just twenty four hours after his side had
won a last day relegation shoot-out at Sheffield United, few people criticised him. This, after
all, was the man who had masterminded- with the aid of Dave Whelan of course- the club's fairytale
ascent of the Football League, [.
It might have been just the Carling Cup where Arsene Wenger tests out his future stars. Yet the
midweek loss to great rivals Tottenham at their own backyard by an unthinkable margin did hurt the
Emirates faithful, no matter how loyal one could be towards the Gunners. It doesn't matter that
Spurs have broken the [.
Saturday was packed full of FA Cup fourth-round action, and as was the case in the third round,
things didn't come easy - and for some, at all - for several Premier League sides. I'll leave the
full Liverpool-Havant & Waterlooville recap to Kyle, but I can't go far without commending the
Hawks for [.
As a sportsman he has already written a chapter for himself in German footballing history, and is
widely acknowledged to be one of the finest strikers to have graced European football in the 1990s.
As a businessman he's less known (neither Wikipedia nor the countless news stories covering his
reign as Germany manager or [.
What a rollercoaster ride that was eh? Thankfully, we managed to avoid the upset the BBC were
hoping for, but only just. With Lee Dong Gook scoring only his second goal in two seasons for us, I
actually began to feel sorry for Mansfield. There was nothing good about that goal - an average
cross from [.
Mid transfer window, what could/should your team do to improve? Already we are over midway through
the January transfer market and despite this being the priciest ever window on record (an estimated
Â£96M spent already) much of the pre-window speculation has failed to materialise (Berbatov to
More than 700 teams were entered into the 2007/08 FA Cup, and only 31 are still standing, after
Barnsley upended Southend 1-0 on Friday. Among the sides still aiming to lift the trophy at Wembley
in May are 11-time winners Manchester United, 10-time winners Arsenal, 8-time winners Tottenham,
7-time winners Liverpool, and current cup-holders Chelsea, four-time [.
In today's Manchester United roundup - can Tottenham cause an upset, Fergie sticks it into
Liverpool and Manchester City fans will need to behave themselves at Old Trafford. Manchester
United v Tottenham FA Cup Preview It seems that with United's jaunt over to Riyadh to play Al-Hilal
coupled with Tottenham's emphatic 5-1 win over Arsenal in [.
It seems Juande Ramos is not willing to sit back and bask in the glory of reaching a major final in
his first three months in charge at White Hart Lane. Tottenham have agreed a fee in excess of Â£7m
for Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate, who will discuss personal terms today. Ramos has also
Sir Alex Ferguson has said that Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are the best players he has had at
Manchester United in his time as manager. Does this stand up to scrutiny? There are several players
who may have a justifiable claim to the title. Eric Cantona, Bryan Robson, Gary Neville, Peter
Schmeichel, Roy Keane, Wayne [.
Yeah, yeah its been a week since the draft but I wanted to add some perspective to what has not
been discussed as much about MLS and the SuperDraft. Being my third year out to the draft, this was
the most exciting for me on a few levels. For one thing, it was [...]
After 3.75 million votes were cast by 277,985 users, the uefa.com Team of the Year 2007 has been
revealed last week. After much thinking and a lot of videotape viewing (mostly Champions League
matches probably), the UEFA writers have come up with 60 nominations,Â which were then submitted to
the general public of theÂ uefa.
It's Friday, so if you're going out this weekend, be safe, and don't do anything that Cristiano
Ronaldo wouldn't do. The Corriere dello Sport reports that Chelsea are getting ready to make a bid
of 15 million pounds for Palermo striker Amauri. Amauri and nearly everyone around him are saying
that he won't [.
Statistics are normally my trusted ally, but even close friends can occasionally fall out. Research
claims to prove that men are over 50% more likely to be involved in a road accident than women, but
that's probably because they've all been run over by dippy bints. Only last weekend, the wife's
vertiginous nature led to [.
The next seven days could well be crucial for Manchester City's season. And not just for the fact
that they visit Sheffield Utd on Sunday in the FA Cup, before a trip to basement side Derby next
Wednesday. Those two games are big games of course, but manager Sven-Goran Eriksson's activity in
the transfer market [.
It is reported that Kevin Keegan is keen to make Jonathon Woodgate his first signing in his new
spell as manager at Newcastle. There is little doubt that Newcastle need to strengthen their
defence, but is Jonathon Woodgate the answer? The 28 year-old centre half is reportedly unsettled
at Middlesbrough, his hometown club, due to his [.
Senegal's opening Group D clash against Tunisia was built up as a grudge match after the Teranga
Lions' controversial exit from 2004 African Cup of Nations by the same opponents. The revenge was
seven minutes away until Mejdi Traoui had other ideas. Traoui sweetly connected a 25-yard long
ranger that flew into the top left [.
In this week's WagSnatch roundup Ronaldo's mum begs his son to come and play for Real Madrid, Wayne
Rooney is voted the ugliest footballer (but that would not stop women from dating him), Gunners
lose to Spurs and get into a tussle at the pitch, Becks brings attention to Sierra Leone and Slaven
So you all are up to date with everything, Umbro has delayed the release of the 2008-10 England
Away Kit until March 12th. However, our friends over at Subside Sports have unveiled a beautiful
Fabio Capello shirt that will be given away free when you pre-order the new England away kit, or
you can [.
It was a familiar story at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday evening following yet another Real Madrid
success over their poor relatives. A story that more often than not involves rotten luck and a
reality check for Atleti, and precedes a relentless march towards success from Real. It's been that
long since the paupers beat [.
The Carling Cup final is now set, and cup holders Chelsea will be getting a chance to defend their
title. Thanks to a last-minute own goal by Everton's Joleon Lescott, Avram Grant's side took a 2-1
lead into Goodison Park for Wednesday night's second leg semifinal tie. There was to be only one [.
Fulham's glaring need for attacking improvements was quite evident in their FA Cup shootout defeat
to Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night, but Roy Hodgson may finally be getting his prayers answered.
The Cottagers have signed American international striker Eddie Johnson from the Kansas City
Wizards, with the 23-year old penning a three and a [.
To older football fans, the idea of the race for fourth place being as interesting, or as
important, as the title chase or the relegation dogfight is fundamentally absurd. After all, as
Bill Shankly once said "if you are first you are first, if you are second you are nowhere". But
this season one of [.
Juande Ramos' stock is high at the moment. A quick skim of the papers and football websites will
tell you that. Spurs' 5-1 victory over their North London rivals Arsenal on Tuesday night had fans
and pundits purring. Arsene Wenger's side was admittedly a mostly second-string one, but it was
these second stringers who had [.
Here's a thought - why don't they start calling it the soccer circus? I know Keegan's taken the
name and brought it with him to Newcastle, but let's make it official. The Real Madrid transfer
circus has a new twist - where yesterday Ronaldo's mum was going on and on about how she loves Real
Nicklas Bendtner scored an own goal and argued with his strike partner last night as if to further
compound his Arsenal misery, so is it time Arsene Wenger cut him loose? Last season, he spent a
year in the Championship with Birmingham City, scoring a moderately impressive 11 league goals to
guide them to a second [.
It took a little longer than expected, but the FA Cup fourth round is finally all set. The twelve
replays were scheduled to be played last Tuesday and Wednesday, but thanks to poor weather, three
of the ties were postponed until yesterday, and all three were decided by penalties. The most
notable result [.
The Newcastle United circus has a new ringmaster with a script that has his followers roaring their
approval. Meanwhile, the rest of the country sits there laughing hysterically at the Geordie
â€˜messiah' rather than chortling along with him. Newcastle's scattergun approach to find a
replacement for the overly talented Sam Allardyce finally bore fruit when [.
TSo Keggy Keegan's back on the Tyne. The Toon Army are partying like it's 1999 and the red tops are
thanking the great editor in the sky. It's a football fairytale and if all the work shy script
writers over in Hollywood hadn't recently downed pens, I'm sure they'd already be working on the
Wayne Rooney has just been elected the ugliest player in the world, at least according to 33% of
the 2,500 women polled by www.thepeoplesclub.com. "Shrek" (as the Man Utd striker is
affectionately, or not-so-affectionately rather, nicknamed) is however judged to be the perfect
mate for girlfriend (and soon-to-be wife) Coleen McLoughlin, the latter indeed [.
Egypt started the defence of the title they won two years ago at home in some style by cruising to
a comfortable 4-2 victory over four-time winners and favourites Cameroon in Kumasi. The result has
come as a surprise to many given Egypt's lacklustre qualifying campaign where they have struggled
to score goals, particularly away [.
The joys of the long ball game... I'm a Watford fan. It's not my fault. I was born two hundred
yards from the Vicarage Road stadium and I had no choice. The first time I went to see them in 1968
as a seven year old I fell in love immediately. I was smitten, and as [...]
Tottenham fans, it's not a typo. This time, your team made sure Arsenal couldn't do it again, and
break your hearts for the umpteenth time. A Tottenham victory over their archrivals was inevitable,
but in the process of getting the long-awaited triumph, Juande Ramos' side released years of
frustration and disappointment on an [.
Throughout the crisis that has engulfed Liverpool since late October, there has been one man who
has stood out and hasn't said a thing, hasn't done his best to look out for the best interests of
our club. That man is Rick Parry. The Chief Executive was kept on by the Americans presumably to be
The 2008 African Cup of Nations is truly underway and one team has already made their intentions
clear at such an early stage. 2006 runners-up Ivory Coast(Cote D'Voire) are desperate to go one
step further this time around. The Elephants took a firm lead in a tough Group B when a Salomon
Kalou stunner left [.
No, we're not talking about WAGs here, let's get things straight right away. What is the latest
invention of the world of soccer for making money? In the Iberian peninsula, the game is called
"Caca de la vaca". For those familiar just a bit with the Spanish language, you've already got the
A tale of the unexpected... Little Salisbury City FC from Wiltshire are finally making a mark on
the football map in this country. The club who play at the Raymond McEnhill stadium in the City
currently sit in tenth place, only seven points off the play-off places in the Blue Square Premier
League, formerly the Conference [.
Now that Kevin Keegan has taken over at Newcastle, itâ€˜s time to kick their transfer speculation
into fifth gear. First up, the Daily Star has said that Newcastle are set to launch an 18 million
pound bid for Manchester United's Michael Carrick, I'm doubtful about United selling a player who,
despite being part of [.
The 2008 African Cup of Nations got into full swing on Monday. In Group A, 1976 champion Morocco
took on Namibia in Accra, finishing up the first round of action in Group A after Ghana defeated
Guinea 2-1 on Sunday. Group B also got underway, with 1992 champion Ivory Coast took on two-time
(1980, 1994) [.
The season is at a distinct crossroads for Manchester City at present and it seems as good a time
as any to analyse the positives that have propelled them, in contrast to recent seasons at this
stage, into the top-half and also the negatives that have forced limitations on them to break into
the elusive [.
The tension at Anfield must have been palpable as the Reds stepped on to the pitch to face off
against a resilient Aston Villa on Monday night. The Liverpool faithful made their feelings toward
the team's current American owner duo perfectly clear. Every other cheer from the Kop end was
directed at Hicks [.
The hype couldn't stay down for long - after the Bolton anti-climax (Newcastle either didn't have
the players, enough motivation or they just weren't tall enough) the speculation and hyperbole
starts again as King Kev looks to potential signings with just 10 days to go in the January 08
Just a single win in the last six Premier League games for politician-turned business tycoon
Thakshin Sinawatra's Manchester City and already there are talks that Sven Goran Ericsson would be
provided a look at the transfer market at the fag end of January to bring in extra recruits,
possibly a high-profile striker, to restore an [.
Real Madrid stay seven points clear at the top of La Liga after overcoming Atletico Madrid 0-2 at
the Vicente Calderon stadium. An early goal from Raul and then one from Ruud Van Nistlerooy were
enough to take the three points as Iker Casillas continues to stop anything that goes near his
goal. Bernd Schuster decided [.
The 26th edition of the African Cup of Nations is underway in Ghana with the hosts kicking off the
colourful tournament with a tense 2-1 win against Guinea in Accra. The build-up to the match saw an
unusual incident with the two teams' officials clashing over training pitches due to an apparent
lack of [.
The 2008 African Cup of Nations gets underway on Sunday, and while many managers and fans of
Premier League clubs will be hoping that it's an injury-free competition for their players, the
objective there for each of the 16 clubs is to be the one hoisting the trophy at the end. The 26th
If you didn't know better, you'd think that this African Cup of Nations was a sneaky bastard. How
dare it creep up on the Premier League clubs without them finding out until too late? What? There's
an International Calendar for FIFA events? Damn... Ok, but the sheer audacity of this tournament!
How dare it disrupt [.
How things change... When the Arabs and the Americans were jostling for position to take over
Liverpool, the arguments raised against the Arabs were political - could you trust them, was their
money legal, how did they treat their women and children, etc etc. Sure, they looked at the
financial aspects - no debts, plenty [.
Let's set the record straight - the Glazer takeover put Manchester United under a lot of debt, and
the ticket prices (and the new ticket scheme) have driven many fans away from Old Trafford. In
other words, the takeover hasn't been a good thing for the United fans (and I doubt that winning
For his last few seasons at Arsenal Thierry Henry was the best player in England, and arguably the
world. Over the past couple of years Arsenal have been praised for the quality and style of their
football, but have often flattered to deceive in the title race. This season they seem to be
serious challengers [.
On the verge of hosting the 2008 African Cup of Nations, Ghana has uniformly adopted the green,
red, and gold colours. Some have tattoed them on their backs, some are wearing them around their
necks, some are leaving them on their natural medium but using that medium to decorate everything
and anything: FLAGS cover [.
Fabio Capello recently offered compliments to England referees when he observed how infrequently
they stop the game. Capello praised the match officials, stating: "The first thing I noticed were
the referees because they whistle so little compared to those in the rest of Europe." Statistically
his inference that the England refs tend to let the game [.
The 2008 African Cup of Nations kicks off today in Ghana with the hosts taking on Guinea for the
first match of the tournament. Complete ACN 08 fixtures are listed below: ACN 08 Fixtures All times
are GMT Group A: Ghana, Guinea, Morocco, Namibia Sunday, 20 January 2008 Ghana v Guinea, 17:00
Monday, 21 January 2008 Namibia v Morocco.
There are two things that I share a great passion for - food and football. So, what better than to
combine the two? Here are the clashes over the next few days that I'll be cleansing my football
palette with, complete with a few recipes and recommendations sure to tickle the taste buds as
The "Emperor" is back. Back in Brazil that is, and back to scoring some goals. Adriano Leite
Ribeiro has hit some pretty rough patches these past few months, but since he was loaned out to
Brazilian club SÃ£o Paulo by Inter Milan, he seems to be doing a lot better. He's doing so good
It's the weekend, but I'm not taking any time off from keeping you updated with the latest transfer
news. It was too little, too late for the mystery club who came in for Everton's, well now,
Birmingham's James McFadden. After apparently balking at a move to the Midlands club due to a
second club entering [.
Happy belated birthday Gennaro Gattuso! Last week the Italian midfielder turned 30 and gave his
adoring Milanese public an insight into how long he thinks he can carry on playing for the
Champions League holders.......for ever! Well not quite, he modestly suggested he had â€˜three or
four' more years left at the top before he [.
It seems that the Scottish Football Association have a short list of four names for the vacant
managerial position for the national team. The candidates are Mark McGhee, George Burley, Tommy
Burns, and Graeme Souness. Whilst accepting that these are four football men through and through,
none of them have set the world alight during [.
My heart goes out to the clinically depressed and the morbidly obese, but I have a genuine illness;
I suffer from sleep deprivation. I believe my condition is a result of an incident that occurred
many years ago, when I was naÃ¯ve enough to believe that physical attractiveness was not an
essential requirement in [.
It's Friday, so I know that you who are reading Soccerlens at work, you can't wait to skate through
the rest of your day and get home for the weekend, but that doesn't mean you can do the same with
the transfer roundup, because if you click, you read to the bottom - no return [...]
With Premier League teams Middlesbrough and Manchester City apparently competing to sign Brazilian
wonder-striker Afonso Alves, AZ Alkmaar could be ready to throw a spanner in the works after they
announced Alves had signed for them. They believe Heerenveen gave them permission to speak to the
forward, and they have a transfer agreement in place [.
Welcome back to the 1990's seems to be the message at the moment in the world of football. Welcome
back to a time where Kevin Keegan manages Newcastle, where the G14 doesn't exist, and where
Middlesbrough are closing in on Brazillian strikers they really shouldn't stand a chance of
signing. Welcome back to a time where Chelsea [.
In Michael Owen's 2004 autobiography 'Off the record' he was less than complimentary about Kevin
Keegan's management style. In the book he describes his time with Keegan as his England manager as
a 'dark phase' in his career. "I really started to resent him - not as a man, but as a manager,"
As you may (Or may not) have heard a bunch of semi-professional School Teachers and Electricians
had a histroric win against Swansea City in the 3rd round of The FA Cup against all odds after a
4-2 win at the Liberty Stadium. Now, the Blue Sqaure Premier South club have a dream date with
"I'm out for presidents to represent me; I'm out for dead presidents to represent me" - When the
rapper Nas wrote these lines in the early â€˜90s, lyrics later popularized by the ironically more
commercially successful Jay-Z, he was talking, of course, about money. However, looking at the
lines from the perspective of football, and [.
His full name, says Gazzetta, is almost as long as the list of trophies he accumulated during his
career. But hopefully for Inter, Nuno Ricardo de Oliveira Ribeiro "MANICHE" has thirst to add many
more to his curriculum. The recent transfer from Atletico Madrid felt quite relaxed at his Milan
press conference this week, [.
Disclaimer: The contents of this article are not suitable for ages 13 and below. In this week's
WagSnatch roundup: another Ronaldo orgy (so he has fun, when will people stop complaining about
their excess of hypocritical virtues?), Kaka linked with a corrupt church (does Jesus take
kickbacks?), Jermain Defoe's ex sheds light on their relationship [.
Yesterday, I received this email: Dear Ahmed, Over 27,000 MyFootballClub members are one week from
buying a 75% stake in Ebbsfleet United Football Club. Members have seven days to authorise the
agreement to take control of Ebbsfleet United. Thank you, The MyFootballClub Team What? In 7 days I
am going to own a football club?
The G-14 knew what they wanted all along, it just took eight years and the presumed dissolution of
their organization to get it. Platini called for the "elitest" G-14 to disband last year, but it
wasn't until Tuesday that he got his wish. UEFA, FIFA, and the G-14 signed a letter of intent,
setting out [.
Today's transfer roundup is pretty light, so you donâ€˜t have to worry about your lunch getting
cold while you read. Wigan have made a couple of signings to help bolster their survival hopes,
bringing in former Tottenham defender Erik Edman from Rennes on a 500,000 pound deal, and Honduran
defender Maynor Figueroa from Olimpia.
This article was written by former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister and first published on
4sportsake.com. Since this article was written, Kevin Keegan has been appointed as Newcastle United
manager. As a fan of Sam Allardyce, I was disappointed not to see him given more time to turn
things around at Newcastle but I suppose that's [.
In selecting Kevin Keegan as the next Newcastle United manager, Mike Ashley went for the guy with
passion and experience (with passion playing a major role here) - and the last man to bring
Newcastle United within touching distance of winning the Premier League. If Kev is going to do a
repeat (or do one [.
The football world breathed a sigh of relief Monday as the Home Office announced that 19-year old
Watford midfielder Alhassan Bangura would be granted a work permit and avoid deportation back to
Sierra Leone. Though a work permit looked bleak, (Bangura has never been capped by Sierra Leone,
who are absent from top 70 nations [.
When England's 2010 World Cup qualifying group was announced, one tabloid headline - "Oh No! It's
Cro!" summed up the public reaction best. England need to win their group to qualify for South
Africa 2010 and seeing Croatia's impressive (and consistent) record in the Euro 2008 qualifiers, it
would be a tough, tough task.
Don't fault me for the fact that this roundup is filled with news about strikers. If you hate
goals, goals, and more goals, well, something's wrong with you. A day after Lyon striker Fred said
he'd rejected offers from Tottenham and PSG, Goal.com says that the striker is supposed to be
joining Tottenham [.
While there aren't any jaw-dropping ties in the fourth round of the FA Cup, there are definitely a
few ties worth watching. However, we don't know who we'll be watching in many of the ties, as there
are still 12 places yet to be decided by replays that will take place over the next [...]
I'm back, and ready to disappoint a lot of people again. If you dislike Tottenham and Portsmouth,
you can selectively scroll around for the non-Tottenham and Portsmouth bits, because I may as well
warn you - there are quite a few today. I will be starting with something related to neither, but,
Gazzetta dello SportÂ will have to forgive me, but that title features the best one-word summary
for Sunday's evening match, a Milan-Napoli full of excitement like we have rarely seen in 2008. Ok
I'm exaggerating: the year has only just begun, but boy did the Rossoneri set a high standard
In one of the first articles I ever wrote for Soccerlens, I delved into potential candidates for
McClaren's new-look England squad. As in this article, I employed a pun from the world of
automobiles in the title, asking myself, and the readers, whether McClaren could get England off to
a "racing start" in the [.
Image courtesy of Wikipedia. He is forever remembered for the wrong reason. His penalty kick miss
at the final of World Cup 1994 against Brazil. Before that kick, he had never missed one for the
Azzurri in seven attempts. In his Serie A career through 2001 (he retired in 2004), Baggio
converted 71 out of 79 [.
Destiny's Child. The Savior. The Messiah. The One. These are just some of the names that 18 year
old Brazilian teen sensation Alexandre Pato have gone by. Whatever you think of him, there can be
no denying that on Sunday, all eyes were on AC Milan and Pato. And the most pressing question that
was on [.
Thierry Henry played his best game so far for Football Club Barcelona in Saturday's 4-0 victory
over Murcia. Henry didn't get on the scoresheet but he set up goals for 17-year-old Bojan Krkic and
for Samuel Eto'o who marked his last game for BarÃ§a before joining up with the Cameroon national
team with a brace.
Ronaldo certainly picked a fine time to make his return from injury, but he was the elder statesman
on Sunday as AC Milan took on Napoli at home in their first match of the new year. On the day that
wonderkid striker Alexander Pato made his debut for the Rossoneri, the fans who packed [...]
As we approach the opening ceremony of the African Cup of Nations for 2008, I thought I would give
a brief synopsis on the kits the countries will be wearing. Much like I did for the Euro 2008 as
well, if you want to go to the African Cup of Nations page just click [...]
I watched the Women's World Cup final with my aunt in her living room. I watched the semifinal
match between Brazil & USA in a sports bar in France (pictured, Christiane fighting off Natasha
Kai). I caught the televised second half of the 1999 final in Pasadena, but I don't know where I
was, or [...]
Manchester United beat Newcastle United thanks to 6 goals in the second half as the visitors
repeatedly slammed the self-destruct button and helped the home side regain their position at the
top of the Premier League table (OK, so Birmingham helped too). For Sir Alex Ferguson, this is the
perfect time to refocus and get [.
Louis Saha is injured, again. And while Gill says that it's just a slight knock (trashing reports
that Saha would be out for the whole 2007/2008 season), Saha's persistent injury problems pose Sir
Alex Ferguson and Manchester United a few problems. One - who will fill the 3rd striker berth for
Manchester United in the [.
Joleon Lescott's goal ensured the only fire burning brightly around Goodison Park this week was
Everton's European dream as they recorded a valuable three points today against Manchester City. It
was a hotly-anticipated affair and the Toffees went into it not only handicapped by the loss of
African stars such as Yakubu and Joseph Yobo, but [.
The table, they say, doesn't lie. Derby County (20) lie 10 points behind Sunderland (18) and Wigan
(17) and with 17 games to go, Derby manager Paul Jewell will know that a Portsmouth / West Ham
styled come-back is highly unlikely even if he could bring in a new starting XI (Paul already has
All of us have had a few days to muse about the departure of Sam Allardyce from Newcastle United
now, the announcement coming on Wednesday afternoon, but my opinion hasn't changed at all in that
space of time, and I'm sure it won't the in the coming months: It's a laughable decision, from an
Note to Newcastle United - when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. This is not said lightly
- I have great affection for the romance that surrounds Newcastle United and admit to have been
swept, like many others, by the swell of goodwill that engulfs fans and followers (including the
media) whenever Newcastle [.
A New Year brings about new hopes, new wishes, new resolutions. A time to recollect, make new plans
and then try keeping to them. And since it is that time of the year again, I thought it will be
fitting to write a post about my beloved club - AC Milan - and what the [...]
In Italy, there is a phrase: from the stars to the stable. Qualify that to from the stable to the
stars. For 16 years Internazionale FC ploughed through the stinking stable while their rivals
escalated to the stars; for 16 years Internazionale had failed to seduce the scudetto mistress; for
16 years Internazionale had been [.
Following the numerous articles written on the subject of the effect of the African Cup of Nations
on the Premier League, shaping in particular the fortunes of Portsmouth and Chelsea, I would like
to take a short look at the La Liga teams which might suffer most from the exodus of African
players to Ghana.
Finally, Nicolas Anelka is off to Chelsea, so we can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Everyone
has what they want, as Anelka is finally on the move again (it took long enough, didn't it?),
Chelsea have their striker (and didn't â€˜overpay'), and Bolton have the money to do a little
spending. And, [.
I got the news the other morning when I turned on my computer and checked The Sun website for some
fun articles. And there he was. Beckham in a black or navy sweatshirt with â€˜Fly Emirates' written
all across it in golden letters. Surely that was have the work of a journalist who played with
Bernd Schuster is going for it. Jose Mourinho almost had it. Only four men in the history of the
game have done it but Gerard Houllier thought he'd got it - only it turned out to be plastic. The
Treble: European Cup (or Champions League) in the same season as the domestic double of league and
In case you've missed anything over the last two days, here we go with the important stuff. Robbie
Savage has completed his 1.5 million GBP move from Blackburn to Derby, but it's certainly not
without silence. But, instead of a comment towards his former club, Savage's words were for
Sunderland, who lost out [.
When it comes to a worthy cause, I live to give. I was so moved by Pele's appeal to help men with
erectile dysfunction that i agreed to pay Â£10 a month towards the campaign, but unfortunately I
wasn't able to keep it up. Liverpool FC were not so generous of spirit when Luton Town [...]
Several times over the last eight years, Tottenham have had victory against Arsenal within their
grasp, only to let it slip away in the late stages. History repeated itself at the Emirates Stadium
on Wednesday night, as Tottenham took a first-half lead, only to see Arsenal nick a goal in the
late stages again [.
This week, instead of following live coverage of the 3rd Round of the FA Cup, or scanning the rumor
mills to see who could be moving where in this January's transfer market, I was at a hospital with
family, waiting for up-to-the-second reports on the condition of a relative. Once again, I was
What happens when your best ever player not so much as leaves the club as is walked to the
departing train by your manager and President? What happens when the central piece of the jigsaw is
pulled out? What happens when the player who almost single-handedly Midas-es your club from an
also-ran to one of [.
According to many observers, Rafael Benitez does not know his best eleven. Well, perhaps we as the
Liverpool fans we should put forward our suggestions and see which one is the most popular. In my
opinion, 4-4-2 with these players is the most balanced side Liverpool can put out. If it is played
consistently and its a [.
And then there were three. It might have been third versus fourth at the Montjuic in La Liga on
Saturday night but Espanyol Barcelona certainly didn't buy that. From the word go, the high flying
"other" club from the Catalan capital played with their hearts on their sleeves and sliced through
Villarreal like a knife [.
For yet another week Real Madrid have Iker Casillas and the decisiveness of their forwards to thank
for their victory. Second half goals from Ruud Van Nistlerooy and Robinho gave them a 2-0 victory
over Zaragoza who try as they might could not beat the Madrid keeper. Casillas made at least five
decent saves when [.
As opposed to ending the roundup with the signings as I usually do, I'll start today's with the
signing news. Derby have been one of the busiest clubs since the transfer window opened, and are
set to wrap up a few more deals in the next couple of days. Former Newcastle and Portsmouth [...]
Arsenal and Tottenham have a tough act to follow after Chelsea and Everton kicked off the Carling
Cup semifinals with a thriller at Stamford Bridge. It took more than 90 minutes to decide who would
have an edge heading into the second leg, and in the end, it would be a costly mistake by [...]
If at first you don't succeed, pull out the checkbook and try again. That's the situation Chelsea
are in right now, after having their offer for Nicolas Anelka rejected by Bolton. As for what the
offer was, the reports don't say, but I can confirm, without a shadow of a doubt, that whatever
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very pleased to welcome Mr. Paul Blank. He is a professional photographer who lives in Amsterdam,
The Netherlands, with his partner and daughter.
With the African Cup of Nations coming up, many teams will start counting their players, because
losing some of them for a period which could range between 4 to 6 weeks is not very funny if you
are a Premier League manager. Especially since most of them will return injured and exhausted. So,
in the utter [.
Since I've been a serious football fan, I've never really cared much for Arsenal. Quite the
opposite, in fact. However, I can't help but be impressed by Arsene Wenger's latest steal, who,
like many before him, hasn't taken long to make good on Arsenal's investment. Who am I referring
to? Hint: He [.
Those of you who have never played organized coed soccer (mixed football) will be surprised to
learn that in some coed leagues (e.g. UC San Diego's intramural leagues) your team wins 2 points
when women score. First time I heard that (while playing one weekend in a coed 5 aside league in
Santa Monica, CA) [.
After the World's Top Goalscorer of 2007, the IFFHS (International Federation of Football History &
Statistics) has done the impossible: make yet another controversial ranking, and make some more
thousand-something fans pissed off about it. This time, it's the All-Time Club Rankings. So where's
In a move rarely made by Premiership clubs, where making money and appeasing the sponsors takes
priority over all else, Middlesbrough have gone one step further in involving the fans in how they
want the team to look. Having ditched the short-term revival of the white chest band at the
Riverside as part of the 're-branding [.
Whilst the English papers continue to link all and sundry with transfers, grappling with the
particularly persistent rumours of Berbatov and Anelka's moves to Manchester United or Chelsea,
here in Spain the transfer talk is somewhat calmer. This is for various reasons. Firstly, a rule of
which most foreign commentators are ignorant states that no [.
I'll get today's transfer roundup started by getting your obligatory Berbatov tidbit out of the way
first. Juande Ramos has slapped a 31 million GBP price tag on his prized asset. So, if you want to
get him, you'll have to pay an arm and a leg to get him, or, if you're [...]
La Liga returns after a two-week hibernation and Week 18 could be a potentially explosive one.
League leaders Real Madrid are guaranteed Winter Champions and Levante will remain rock bottom
after this weekend's round of matches but all other things could change. The pick of the games in
the Spanish first division this weekend is the [.
5th January sees the clash of the two richest clubs in England as Chelsea welcome local rivals
Queens Park Rangers to Stamford Bridge for the first time in over 10 years. Unfortunately, this
most intriguing local rivalry, coupled with the rare sight of seeing someone richer than Roman
sitting in the Directors box hasn't quite captured [.
It's comic, it's tragic and it's pathetic. Every season Atletico Madrid start their season saddled
with a sack full of hope, hype and expectation and at the end of every season there's rue, regret
and an all too familiar disappointment wailing all around. This time too there's a strong suspicion
that Atleti are here for [.
FA Cup 3rd Round Preview (07/08), with Gerry McDonnell - Let's all do the Bart Man Ignorance is not
necessarily bliss. I've recently discovered that binge drinking can lead to long-term health
problems, such as crabs and Chlamydia. The arrival of a new year offers me the opportunity to
reflect upon my previous [.
Finally, we have some signings, because it can get a little boring talking about speculation
sometimes. Reports indicate that Chelsea have beaten Manchester United and Juventus to the
signature of Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic. Chelsea have agreed a 8.9 million GBP deal with
Lokomotiv Moscow for the 23-year old, who looked to be [.
The big clubs in Spain have long defended the seeded, two-legged format in the Copa del Rey which
means that even if they do lose to a second-level team in the first game, they can be sure to turn
the tie around on their own pitch in the return match. This may appear to serve [...]
"Soccer is a world made of numbers". A phrase which would make any mathematician proud, with the
eternal claim that you can find mathematics anywhere. And where better to find numbers than Goal
Totals: the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS), the famous (and
often criticized) organization that chronicles the history of football, [.
Last month, I wrote a brief article about the humanitarian efforts of a MLS player, Diego
Gutierrez, a midfielder who plays for the Chicago Fire. Mr. Gutierrez, who is a native of BogotÃ¡,
Colombia, is the spokesman for a very interesting cause called Nothing But Nets. This charity was
formed to help alleviate the [.
Now that we're into the new year, it's time to think about some of the stories to watch for in
2008. Can anyone knock one of the Big Four out of the top four in the EPL? Arsenal, Manchester
United, and Chelsea all look set to take three spots in the top four, but the [...]
For many teams across Europe, the second biggest tournament to qualify and win would be the Euro.
Behind the World Cup, of course. So it is a big time for all teams across the continent to unveil
kits that will be worn for this event only, or for a couple years following. [...]
The transfer window is open, and that means the rumors and news items are going to be flying off
the wire with blistering speed for the next month. The Nicolas Anelka to Chelsea rumors are heating
up now that both parties have admitted their undying lust for one another. Anelka, a man of
ambition, wants [.
Tradition dictates that as the clock counts down to midnight on New Year's Eve, Spaniards all over
the Peninsula stuff twelve of those sumptuous Spanish grapes their mouths, in tune with the twelve
strikes of the bells signalling the birth of the new annum. Quite often this has comic
consequences; for instance, two years ago, [.
Following tradition (we've been tracking Premier League transfers ever since Soccerlens started),
here's a full (and regularly updated) list of transfers in and out of the English Premier League.
January 2008 Transfers - English Premier League Have fun and make sure that you check out our
transfer rumours column for the latest transfer news.
While football accomplishments and failures are usually measured season to season, the end of an
year gives an opportunity to view a team's (or a player's) performance from a different
perspective. Here's a look at the teams and people who deserve to be nominated as the best
performers in 2007, even by their own high standards.
While football accomplishments and failures are usually measured season to season, the end of an
year gives an opportunity to view a team's (or a player's) performance from a different
perspective. Here's a look at the teams and people who deserve to be nominated as the worst
performers in 2007, allowing for slumps in form and [.
For months we've been hearing that Nicolas Anleka wants out of Bolton. The noises were there since
before Sam Allardyce left, and they've continued, as Manchester United, Chelsea, Newcastle United,
Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City have all been linked with the reformed Frenchman. He was
widely tipped to move last summer but with the top [.
When Arsenal played 'direct-ball' against Everton, and especially when Arsene Wenger talked about
the change in Arsenal's tactics as being necessary, it marked a very special moment in Arsenal's
history. For a start, after a couple of poor years (by their standards), Arsenal are now a side
brimming with confidence.
Note: This article was written by Antonio Saviano. It was originally published on the Soccerkix
blog. The activities in the youth sector, 10-12 years of age, have as the main objectives the
teaching of all individual abilities that represent the fundamental base of the game of soccer. The
individual abilities are what we call, the [.
Note: This article was written by Jennifer Doyle. It was originally published on the From A Left
Wing blog. Before Christmas, the media here in England was whipping itself up into a froth over
what has become known as Manchester United's "Rape Party" - a private-ish holiday bash for which
players paid a planner to [.
The January 2008 transfer window hadn't officially started when Real Madrid (predictably) fired off
their first salvo, this time aiming for Manchester United. Having hit a stone wall in their chase
of Milan's Kaka (Milan refuse to sell, Kaka's contract means he can't budge for a long time),
they've changed their tune and are [.
One of the root causes of the minor rift / disagreement between Rafa Benitez and the Liverpool
owners was the status of Javier Mascherano. To make a long story short, Rafa thinks that Liverpool
need to pin down their star players as quickly as possible because over the past three years they
have lost [.