France will be the predecessor to Poland and Ukraine's joint hosting of the European
Championships after they fort off competition from Italy and Turkey to win the right of hosting the
tournament in the summer of 2016.
It will have been twelve years since France last hosted a major tournament as they did in 1998
as they delivered a fine FIFA World Cup where Les Bleus eventually won the coveted world title in
Paris to spark mass scenes of joy and jubilation in the countries capital.
If the All Whites were hoping to be underestimated at this year's World Cup, then perhaps
scalping a team 68 places above them in the FIFA world rankings wasÂ probably not theÂ rightÂ way
to go about it.Â After the heartache of last week's last-gasp defeat aginst Australia, many were
beginning to wonder ifÂ New Zealand had theÂ capacity to play world class opposition for a full 90
minutes and beyond.
It's no secret. I loathe most football commentators. Not all, but definitely most.
I do not care to recall the amount of times I have been reduced to watching long stretches of
televised games in complete silence over the past few years, as a preventative measure taken to
quell the acid-reflux caused by those jibber-jabbering morons up in the gantry.
In celebration of England's passionate supporters, England 'Til I Die (compiled by
David Lane) reveals the funny, the absurd, the emotional, the peculiar and unbelievable that is
part and parcel of being a die-hard England fan.
Following England home and away has become a way of life for many people.
Ah, the end of another football season in Europe. Across the continent, league titles have been
decided, champions crowned and the transfer market is slowly clicking into gear. Joining us in the
studio this week to digest the final week of the season (apologies to the playoff finalists in
League One and League Two) is the world class podcasting unit that is The Sound of
Football: Graham Sibley, Terry Duffelen and Chris
Jose Mourinho has enjoyed what is arguably his most successful year in managerial football with
a treble in the Serie A. Inter Milan enjoyed an unprecedented rout of silverware under the keen eye
of â€˜the special one', who will now head west, to the city of Madrid, to hopefully enjoy a similar
success that the Spanish giants have not encountered for too many years, seemingly playing in the
shadow of the Catalonian supreme.
As yet another talismanic player gets ready to pack his bags and bid farewell to North London,
the rumour mill is working overtime as Arsenal are linked with every discontented player in world
football. Yaya Toure, Per Mertesacker, Zlatan Ibrahohimivic and Gianluigi Buffon (amongst many,
many more) have all been linked with a move to the Emirates in the past few weeks.
It's started again. In fact it started about a month-and-a-half ago.
The now seemingly omnipresent 'En-Ger-Land' white-van jingo-jango has farted it's way back onto
the front and back pages of all the tabloids, television commercials and supermarket shelves even
the sodding cakes are getting nauseatingly patriotic.
A sea of Oranje, waves of Azzuri and Mexicans, the samba brigade and the Vuvezula army are on
Four years have passed but this is brand new to me, as if the World Cup never happened before. A
festival of football is on the way that I'll never forget.
Stadiums chock full of life, nations that may even breathe new life, teams that can become
inspirational heroes and believe that this is their time, and the blistering sunshine all combine
to create one big almighty party.
The 23 man squad is named and after great anticipation Diego Milito is in, as is Martin
Palermo.Â This may surprise a few football observers around the globe but after all nothing has
been less than surprising about Maradona's road to South Africa 2010.
6 attackers have been named and most countries would salivate at the luxury of options Maradona
has going forward.
The best way to relive the previous season for a football lover is to watch the best action of
the season. The best action of the season usually ends with a goal or sometimes with an injury. The
best of those bits of action that ended in goals have been put together and Soccerlens will present
the 101 Great Goals's 101 Greatest Goals of the 2009/2010 season.
The USA ace Landon Donovan features in the ESPN SportsCenter's ad for the World Cup. The theme
is a day at the SportsCenter's office and Donovan fails miserably to operate a simple photocopier
and is subsequently punished. Take a look:
"ESPN SportsCenter's Landon Donovan ad" was originally published at
Possibly one of the biggest certainties in football is coming ever closer to fruition. Jose
Mourinho will leave his newly crowned European champions to take prime place in the hot seat of the
world's biggest football club after Real Madrid's president Florentino Perez confirmed during a
news conference on Wednesday that Chilean Manuel Pellegrini has been dismissed.
Some things in sport are as inevitable as night following day. No Grand Prix is complete without
Martin Brundle brilliantly interrupting Tanja Bauer on his grid-walk. You can be almost as sure of
a British fighter being let down by their wrestling in the world of mixed martial arts. When it
comes to football, and more specifically Arsenal however, nothing is more likely than a summer of
uncertainty and discontent.
So we now know the 23 Bob Bradley will take to South Africa. They are:
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England), Marcus Hahnemann
(Wolverhampton, England), Tim Howard (Everton, England).
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes, France), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA),
Steve Cherundolo (Hannover, Germany), Jay DeMerit (Watford, England), Clarence Goodson (IK Start,
Norway), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan, Italy), Jonathan Spector (West Ham, England).
Fabregas moving to Barcelona is by no means a done deal Arsenal will presumably look for both a
suitable fee and a nailed-on squad replacement before allowing the Spanish midfielder to leave for
his dream move and there's a good chance it might not be resolved till the end of the World
The nation's disaffection with England's inability to keep possession in the aftermath of
England's World Cup warm-up match with Mexico on Monday shrouded what should have been a day of
high praise for full back Glen Johnson. The Liverpool man scored a superb goal to give England a
3-1 victory displaying a skill, tenacity and two-footedness that were he Brazilian, would have had
the world drooling.
When Massimo Moratti appointed Jose Mourinho the new Internazionale manager in May 2008, some
wondered "why"? Inter had won the Serie A for a third successive season yet Roberto Mancini
declared after their Champions League exit that he would be leaving. The reasoning behind
appointing Mancini's successor was simple, Mourinho was then and is now a winner.
With the footballing space on the internet dominated by Britain and America, this group is being
intensely studied. But it shouldn't be. I mean, really, it's not all that interesting. England have
been given a group to cruise, and U.S.A. should get through given their progress in the
It is fun but usually wrong to predict German failure. Euro 2008 was yet another example of
Germany's ability to deliver in major tournaments; they reached the final despite being low on star
players and performing poorly in the early stages.
Ghana, however, will give them a good game.
Five times World Cup winners, Brazil, head to South Africa looking to confirm their position as
the best international team in World football by winning the World Cup for a sixth time, which
would mean that they would have won one in every three tournaments since the competition started in
In the run up to every World Cup there are certain inevitabilities that are so predictable, you
can almost set your watch by them.
Every other television commercial will start to contain dubious tournament tie-ins (Anusol the
official haemorrhoid cream of SA2010), hundreds of god-awful nick-nacky songs (official and
otherwise) will be released in support of whomever, Michel Platini will stun the world by backing
England and finally, the goalkeepers will start to get there excuses in early by criticising the
new official ball.
Veteran Arsenal centre-back Sol Campbell has revealed that he is in talks with
Celtic over a move north of the border.
Campbell has reportedly been offered a twelve-month extension to his current deal at the
Emirates but the former England international has admitted that he has been flattered by the
interest shown in him by the Scottish club and, after holding initial negotiations with Celtic's
interim boss Neil Lennon, the 35-year-old is now considering his options.
After living in the USA for 5 years now after moving from Manchester, UK a few different things
frustrate and also offer optimism about the future of the game stateside.
Coaching various different squads at junior and adult level I have noticed the sleeping
opportunity in all major cities in America and that is the cities where the urban population,
namely schools where soccer is completely overlooked.
Tim Brown,Â the combative All Whites midfielder, has arrived back in Auckland
today after his colleagues departed for Austria in preparation for the World Cup. Brown suffered aÂ
fractured shoulder during the 2-1 defeat to Australia on Monday, after a fairly innocuous challenge
from Aussie Vince GrellaÂ sent him crashing to the ground .
Speculation has mounted over the years of a possible strike by top Spanish clubs in The Primera
Division over a financial debacle that is threatening a war between the football clubs in Spain's
top division against Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
These rumours have intensified this month after a number of wealthier clubs have suggested a
break away from Spain's top two in order to create a new league.
Much was made before the gameÂ (in some small part by me)Â of the 'no holds barred' attitude
that New Zealand would have for this fixture. Yet it was Australia who were guilty of some horrific
challenges during the first half, with the Australians lucky to still have 11 men on the field by
the end of the game.
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has revealed he is 'very surprised' that the
club are yet to receive a bid from Barcelona for their talismanic captain 'Cesc
The Spanish midfielder is understood to have told manager Arsene Wenger that he wanted to leave
Arsenal this summer, following years of increasingly intense speculation linking him with a move to
the Camp Nou.
The Soccerlens Podcast returns for an end-of-season wrap for European football with Adrian
Clarke & Iain Spragg.
With Iain baked back from his vacation and Adrian fresh off of playing at the Emirates, the duo
reviews the weekend's action with two major finals being played out on Saturday and all the
Join celebrated football pundit, author, radio show host and DJ Andy Brassell every Monday
on the Soccerlens Show.
In Episode 29, Andy wraps up the European season with a look back at the Champions League final
between Bayern Munich and Inter. The perennial Italian champions became Europe's top dogs again for
the first time in 45 years, and Andy looks at the key men behind their triumph.
The 2009/2010 football season has been a rollercoaster ride of thrills, spills and tragi-comic
falls as it builds up to the summer's main event, the World Cup.
The memory of Blackpool's monumental triumph is still fresh, and the sight of Jose Mourinho
gracefully accepting the adulation of the traveling Inter fans on Saturday night was a poignant
reminder of the man's sense of timing and ability to mould his destiny to his will.
Soccerlens looks at the 2009/2010 Champions League season, from the format changes to
the upsets, sublime attacking performances and their masterful tactical counterbalances, and of
For the first time in the competition's history the qualifying rounds were divided in to two
distinct sections: The Champions Path, for those who won their domestic league but didn't
automatically qualify for European competition, and The Non-Champions Path, which unsurprisingly
contains those teams who did not win their own league.
Jose Mourinho is reportedly planning to test Ashley Cole's
commitment to Chelsea by offering the England left-back the chance to team up with his former
manager at Real Madrid.
Mourinho is expected to officially confirm his switch from Inter Milan to the Bernabeu later
today following a meeting with club president Florentino Perez, less than 48 hours
after securing the Champions League title with the Nerazzuri on Saturday evening.
I could paraphrase an endless list of comments across an endless list of articles and blog
contributions but let me quote a comment by the BBC's chief sports writer, Phil McNulty, in his
review of the season this week:
"once again we have to ask how much more Ferguson can dredge out of the old reliables
such as Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.
The Swiss Football Association (ASF) have handed substantial bans to nine Swiss Football League
players for their respective parts in a match-fixing scandal that is sweeping across Europe.
Five professional players from Swiss second-tier clubs Thun,
Gossau and Slavonija Bern were given open-ended suspensions that
will last at least three years thus effectively ending their football careers.
As Jose Mourinho prepares for his second Champions League final, memories of his first are
reignited. One moment in particular sticks in the mind. As his Porto side jumped up and down on the
podium celebrating their improbable success, Mourinho dramatically walked off. A man who had bred
an incredible team spirit betraying them at the last.
Forgive me if there is a shred of emotion underlying the theme I wish to expound, and similarly,
forgive me if there is a more than a shred of hypocrisy. But you see, in the immortal words of
Tupac Shakur, I have a beef, or actually, I don't, because someone else is trying to take mine.
Not that I should be surprised given the cannibalistic nature of the Premier League, and nor, in
light of the actions of my own club in the past is there any real basis for my anger, but still,
Aston Villa's recent travails with first their plucky manager and now their players, is a fabulous,
tear-tinged reminder why despite the increase in standard in the Premier League, there are powerful
forces mitigating against the leveling of any proverbial playing field.
Jose Mourinho's date with a German club in European footballs most glamorous fixture is somewhat
ironic as his rise toÂ super-stardomÂ as the world's most coveted football coach came six years
prior in Germany as he took a modest Portuguese side to the city of Gelsenkirchen which made them
heroes, and made him immortal.
Arsenal have officially confirmed (via their club website) that Marouane
Chamakh has finally joined the club on a free transfer, following the expiration of his
contract with Ligue 1 side Girondins de Bordeaux.
The Moroccan striker has joined the club on a 'long-term' deal (believed to be a five-year
contract) that will see him wearing the no.
And so we reach Episode 50, and I'm sure you'll forgive me the indulgence of thinking that it's
an achievement to be very proud of.
For those not yet in the know, no money changes hands at any stage of the production of this
podcast, and never has done. The hosts earn nothing, the studio is very kindly donated by my
employers and the guests are all entirely unpaid save for a bottle of water I usually pop out to
buy every Thursday evening.
According to the club's administrator, Andrew Andronikou, Portsmouth's veteran
goalkeeper David James has put himself forward as a potential candidate to fill
the recently-vacated managerial hot seat at Fratton Park.
Speaking to BBC Radio Solent, Andronikou said;
"David has expressed an interest in taking the next stage of his career into management,
albeit we believe [the Portsmouth vacancy] has come a bit too early to appoint him as
Silly season has definitely arrived in Scotland, despite the lack of money for Glasgow's big
two. The last week or so has seen several players linked with the Old Firm, particularly Celtic. It
does seem rather strange, but it's a sign that the Scottish media are getting rather desperate to
fill their back pages.
Not long to go before the World Cup and we have the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
warning England fans who will be driving in South Africa about safety when travelling this summer.
These warnings are not specifically for the English fans neither will the South Africans treat the
English fans indifferently but all football fans travelling to South Africa from the rest of the
world should make a note of the following instructions/warnings.
With the World Cup just 20 odd days away we thought to ourselves what could we offer to our
loyal community to pass the time until the kick off (twiddling your thumbs and having a pint down
the local will only keep you busy for a limited period of time). And then it came to us a list of
WAGs and HABs websites.
Football Media has covered an interview of FC Barcelona's Chief Marketing Officer, Lander
Unzueta, who talks at length about Barcelona's unique place in football and how the club is
actively working in growing its brand and fanbase (increasing commercial assets) while staying
involved in social causes.
Aston Villa have confirmed that they have received and rejected a bid from Manchester
City for their versatile midfielder James Milner.
There was strong speculation earlier in the week that City would be first out of the traps in
the race to sign Milner, triggering a bidding war between themselves and bitter rivals Manchester
United in the process.
The Spanish side took on 200 hyperactive children right after completing a rather decent season
finishing seven points above Atletico Madrid at 8th position on the table. It is kind of hard to
imagine how it would be like to play any football at all with 200 children running around the
Premier League official Howard Webb has been given the nod by UEFA to referee
Saturday's Champions League final that will see both Inter Milan and Bayern Munich chasing
astonishing trebles both teams having already won their respective domestic league and cup
Webb, who has already been selected to referee at this summer's World Cup, is currently enjoying
a steady growth in his reputation within world football circles after seeing his domestic standing
arguable begin to wane slightly during the last month of the Premier League season, due to some
high-profile errors of judgement.
This year's Champions League sees Inter Milan and Bayern Munich play the finals, we all know
that. But were these the two teams who anyone even thought would make it to the final in the start
of the season? Probably not.
Who would take the crown and make history by winning a treble as both clubs have already
conquered their respective countries both in league and cup.
Speaking in a press conference in America to promote their summer tour, Sir Alex Ferguson has
claimed he is only looking to sign one more player this summer. Names like Franck Ribery, David
Villa, David Silva, Angel Di Maria, Yaya Toure and Lassana Diarra have all been bandied about in a
manner befitting the covetous nature of transfer window spending, and that will continue to happen,
but Manchester United would be better off signing someone else: Stephen Ireland.
What was planned to be an inspirational ad for the nation of England, kind of turns out to be a
bit too exaggerated with a bit too many of the English faces involved. Now, I couldn't recognize
all of them but here's the list of people featured in this ad from Guardian:
Stuart "Psycho" Pearce, Trevor Brooking, Steve Redgrave (literally draped in the flag
shouting "Do us proud!
Luigi Del Neri is poised to take over the reins at Italian giants Juventus after stepping down
from Sampdoria on Monday. After months of speculation of who will take on The Old Lady, the former
FC Porto boss is the man in the frame to take the coveted hot seat which was left vacant following
Ciro Ferrara's dismissal earlier this year.
Despite the failing performances of Scottish clubs in Europe, this season has been relatively
entertaining year in Scottish domestic football. We have witnessed some excellent individual games,
for example, Aberdeen's four-all draw with Celtic, Motherwell and Hibernian sharing a six-each
draw, Falkirk and Celtic in a three-each draw and a desperately late injury-time winner for Maurice
Edu in a crucially important Old Firm derby.
It would appear that the years of conjecture, rumour and speculation have ultimately taken their
toll on Arsenal midfielder 'Cesc Fabregas, who is reported to have finally bowed
to Barcelona's relentless pursuit and told his manager Arsene Wenger that he
wishes to leave north London and return to his boyhood club.
So, it's damn near official now Fabregas wants to leave Arsenal for Barcelona.
Arsenal fans will say they saw it coming miles away (it's by far the longest-running transfer
rumour in English football), he's got the whole 'back to hometown club' story neatly packaged and
doing the rounds in the media, and Barcelona have the means to match Arsenal's demands.
The ad starts with Nicolas Anelka and Peter Crouch kicking around an animated empty Pringles box
and throwing it in a bin and then celebrate with the people. Cesc Fabregas and Dirk Kuyt join the
party later on.
The World Cup is probably best known for its long history of winning teams, great players and
classic matches; however, there is another side to the World Cup's rich heritage that often goes
unnoticed, â€˜surprise packages'. Teams classed as World Cup surprises packages are those sides who
defy the pre-tournament odds to reach the later stages of the competition.
England's goalkeeping legend Peter Shilton and former Chelsea fullback Graeme Le Saux go
head-to-head 200ft. above London to shoot start the biggest single prize in sports betting history
This spectacle is being staged by Titanbet.com to mark the UK launch of the 100 million dollar
Tune in to the latest Soccerlens Podcast with Adrian Clarke & Iain Spragg.Â
At the launch of Yahoo's new online penalty shoot-out game, ex-Arsenal midfielder Clarke caught
up with his former team-mate David Seaman for an interview covering all things Arsenal and
As well as that special exclusive chat, the duo dissect and debate the Lord Triesman affair, the
FA Cup and Champions League finals â€“ as well as revealing their innermost thoughts on vuvuzela's
and this season's Championship play-off hopefuls Blackpool and Cardiff City.
Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has admitted that he still harbours
regrets about not joining Spanish giants Barcelona last summer.
The Argentinian scrapper held talks with Barca over a transfer directly before the start of last
season and has now confessed to The Liverpool Echo that, after the move failed to
materialise, the distraction of the protracted negotiations left him struggling to find his
"The situation with Barcelona really affected me, It was a shame it didn't happen as
[Barcelona] was the city where I wanted to live.
First off, welcome to this space, hopefully to become your one-stop-shop for USMNT analysis
along with the rest of the world of U.S. soccer. I'm extremely passionate about the beautiful game
as it continues to develop in the U.S., and hopefully we'll have some interplay on the topic in the
coming weeks and months.
There have been speculations about Bojan Krkic and Dmytro Chygrynskiy will be leaving Barcelona
at the end of the season. Barca President Joan Laporta has publicly assured fans that these two
will be staying at the club for the next season as well.
On the other hand, the news about the Ivory Coast national Yaya Toure and the Swedish striker
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not as good.
Buy: "Food Guide for Soccer: Tips & Recipes from the Pros" by Gloria Averbuch and Nancy Clark,
MS, RD ISBN: 978-1-84126-288-8
"You are about to embark on one of the most wonderful aspects of your, or your child's, soccer
career. Understanding the principles of good sports nutrition (which is good nutrition for life),
it is completely reasonable to expect a player and team to discover a whole new level of play, and
As 08/09 ended, Barcelona were roundly recognized as the world's greatest team. They had
dominated in La Liga, claimed the Spanish Cup, and comfortably beaten Manchester United in a
much-hyped but ultimately bathetic Champions League Final. Following on from Spain's triumph at
Euro 2008, it led to the Hispanic media celebrating what they called a "golden age" of Spanish
(and, it's worth adding, Catalan) sport.
While this years Champions League final may not have the names of Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, or
Rooney, it has a massive significance for both of the teams fighting for the trophy. This final is
probably the most balanced final we've ever had, and while both teams are fighting for the treble,
there are even deeper story-lines that intertwine between Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.
Internazionale have won the Seria A league championship for the fifth consecutive season thanks
to Diego Milto's 57th minute winner against Siena.
The Nerazzurri have now won the domestic cup double after defeating AS Roma in the Italian cup
final earlier this month and will now turn their attention to next week's Champions League final
against Bayern Munich who themselves have won the league and cup double.
Football World Champ on Facebook is a football game integrated with Facebook to enhance the
social gaming experience. The game enables all Facebook users to participate in the biggest
sporting event of 2010.
Every user can choose the country he/she wants to play for. Even if your country's team didn't
make it to the real World Cup in South Africa, you can play for it online.
Serie A is a league of pragmatists. There are pragmatic coaches, who specialise in delivering
results rather than entertainment. There are pragmatic owners, who will sack a manager without
blinking. And there are pragmatic players, who will (allegedly) occasionally agree to play for a
scoreline that suits both teams.
You may remember that a few weeks ago I made the best XI not at the World Cup, sporting a 5-3-2
and players like Ibrahimovic, Cech and Zhikov
It was a great team, but there was one fundamental flaw. It consisted only of players who's
nations had failed to qualify. This week it became clear that it was not the best XI not gracing
the pitches of Africa.
According to reports in this morning's press, Manchester City are to make their first foray into
this summer's transfer market by lodging an opening bid of Â£24 million for Aston Villa midfielder
and recently crowned PFA Young Player of the Year James Milner.
City are mindful that an impressive World Cup could inflate Milner's price further and will move
quickly possibly within the next 48 hours according to The Daily Mail to, at the very
least, declare their interest in procuring the 24-year-old.
If you were asked to make a 'World Cup Best XI', who would you pick? Better yet, could that team
win the World Cup? And would you put money on your team?
Answering these very important footballing questions is the basis of Soccerlens' World Cup
Fantasy Football. Based on our original Fantasy Football game, the World Cup edition gives you the
opportunity to pick your best XI from the 32 competing teams at the World Cup and pit your skills
against fellow fantasy football managers.
"I'm pretty disappointed but I can rest easy knowing I gave it my best shot. I did everything I
could so at least I'm not sitting here going, 'man, if only I'd done this or that'."
The All Whites world cup squad was recently released for the world to disect, with perhaps the
only controversy being the omission of Waitakere United defender and All Whites Olympic captain,
AC Milan have confirmed that head coach Leonardo will step down after their final game of the
season against Juventus this weekend.
The Brazilian has only been in charge for one season after taking over the reins from Carlo
Ancelotti who departed for West London last summer.
The Rossoneri have severely underachieved once again this season as they failed to capitalise in
the Serie A title hunt and were heavily defeated by Manchester United in the Champions League round
Sevilla have scraped into the Champions League by the skin of their teeth as a stoppage time
winner from youngster Rodri gave the club a 3-2 victory over Almeria to cement them the coveted
Eyebrows were raised as the youngster was brought on a substitute by manager Antonio Ãlvarez
ahead of Brazilian international Luis Fabiano.
The 2010 World Cup is the first FIFA World Cup to be played in Africa and the second World Cup
being covered by Soccerlens.
We've come a long way since those early days of 2006 hopefully that will show in our coverage of
We'll be adding our major features for South Africa 2010 here, you can check out the latest news
about the World Cup here or you can browse through the links below to learn more about South Africa
2010 with the just the hint of the history of the glorious tournament.
No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK James Bannatyne 30 June 1975 (aged 34) 3 Team Wellington GK
Glen Moss 19 January 1983 (aged 27) 15 Melbourne Victory GK Mark Paston 13 December 1976 (aged 33)
20 Wellington Phoenix DF Andrew Boyens 18 September 1983 (aged 26) 14 New York Red Bulls DF Tony
Lochhead 12 January 1982 (aged 28) 27 Wellington Phoenix DF Ryan Nelsen (c) 18 October 1977 (aged
32) 38 Blackburn Rovers DF Winston Reid 3 July 1988 (aged 21) 0 FC Midtjylland DF Ben Sigmund 3
February 1981 (aged 29) 13 Wellington Phoenix DF Tommy Smith 31 March 1990 (aged 20) 1 Ipswich Town
DF Ivan Vicelich 3 September 1976 (aged 33) 65 Auckland City MF Andy Barron 24 December 1980 (aged
29) 11 Team Wellington MF Leo Bertos 20 December 1981 (aged 28) 31 Wellington Phoenix MF Tim Brown
6 March 1981 (aged 29) 24 Wellington Phoenix MF Jeremy Christie 22 May 1983 (aged 27) 20 Tampa Bay
Rowdies MF Aaron Clapham 1 January 1987 (aged 23) 0 Canterbury United MF Simon Elliott 10 June 1974
(aged 36) 60 Unattached MF Michael McGlinchey 7 January 1987 (aged 23) 4 Central Coast Mariners MF
David Mulligan 24 March 1982 (aged 28) 25 Unattached FW Jeremy Brockie 7 October 1987 (aged 22) 15
Newcastle Jets FW Rory Fallon 20 March 1982 (aged 28) 4 Plymouth Argyle FW Chris Killen 8 October
1981 (aged 28) 30 Middlesbrough FW Shane Smeltz 29 September 1981 (aged 28) 27 Gold Coast United FW
Chris Wood 7 December 1991 (aged 18) 6 West Bromwich Albion
Most Capped Player: Ivan Vicelich 72 Top Goalscorer: Vaughan Coveny 28
No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK Ri Myong-Guk 9 September 1986 (aged 23) 27 Pyongyang City GK
Kim Myong-Gil 16 October 1984 (aged 25) 10 Amrokgang GK Kim Myong-Won 15 July 1983 (aged 26) 9
Amrokgang DF Nam Song-Chol 7 May 1982 (aged 28) 41 April 25 DF Ri Kwang-Chon 4 September 1985 (aged
24) 39 April 25 DF Pak Nam-Chol 3 October 1988 (aged 21) 37 Amrokgang DF Pak Chol-Jin 5 September
1985 (aged 24) 33 Amrokgang DF Cha Jong-Hyok 25 September 1985 (aged 24) 30 Amrokgang DF Ri Jun-Il
24 August 1987 (aged 22) 25 Sobaeksu DF Ri Kwang-Hyok 17 August 1987 (aged 22) 15 Kyonggongop MF
Kim Yong-Jun 19 July 1983 (aged 26) 52 Pyongyang City MF Mun In-Guk 29 September 1978 (aged 31) 40
April 25 MF Pak Nam-Chol 2 July 1985 (aged 24) 34 April 25 MF Ahn Young-Hak 25 October 1978 (aged
31) 23 Omiya Ardija MF Ji Yun-Nam 20 November 1976 (aged 33) 20 April 25 MF Ri Chol-Myong 18
February 1988 (aged 22) 12 Pyongyang City MF Pak Sung-Hyok 30 May 1990 (aged 20) 3 Sobaeksu MF Kim
Kyong-Il 11 December 1988 (aged 21) 1 Rimyongsu FW Hong Yong-Jo (c) 22 May 1982 (aged 28) 38 Rostov
FW Jong Tae-Se 2 March 1984 (aged 26) 20 Kawasaki Frontale FW Choe Kum-Chol 9 February 1987 (aged
23) 15 April 25 FW An Chol-Hyok 27 June 1985 (aged 24) 14 Rimyongsu FW Kim Kum-Il 10 October 1987
(aged 22) 11 April 25
No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club GK David James 1 August 1970 (aged 39) 49 Portsmouth GK Robert
Green 18 January 1980 (aged 30) 9 West Ham United GK Joe Hart 19 April 1987 (aged 23) 1 Manchester
City DF Ashley Cole 20 December 1980 (aged 29) 77 Chelsea DF Rio Ferdinand (c) 7 November 1978
(aged 31) 76 Manchester United DF John Terry 7 December 1980 (aged 29) 59 Chelsea DF Jamie
Carragher 28 January 1978 (aged 32) 34 Liverpool DF Glen Johnson 23 August 1984 (aged 25) 20
Liverpool DF Ledley King 12 October 1980 (aged 29) 19 Tottenham Hotspur DF Matthew Upson 18 April
1979 (aged 31) 19 West Ham United DF Leighton Baines 11 December 1984 (aged 25) 1 Everton DF
Stephen Warnock 12 December 1981 (aged 28) 1 Aston Villa DF Michael Dawson 18 November 1983 (aged
26) 0 Tottenham Hotspur MF Steven Gerrard 30 May 1980 (aged 29) 78 Liverpool MF Frank Lampard 20
June 1978 (aged 31) 77 Chelsea MF Joe Cole 8 November 1981 (aged 28) 53 Chelsea MF Gareth Barry 23
February 1981 (aged 29) 36 Manchester City MF Shaun Wright-Phillips 25 October 1981 (aged 28) 30
Manchester City MF Michael Carrick 28 July 1981 (aged 28) 21 Manchester United MF Aaron Lennon 16
April 1987 (aged 23) 15 Tottenham Hotspur MF Theo Walcott 16 March 1989 (aged 21) 9 Arsenal MF
James Milner 4 January 1986 (aged 24) 7 Aston Villa MF Scott Parker 13 October 1980 (aged 29) 3
West Ham United MF Tom Huddlestone 28 December 1986 (aged 23) 1 Tottenham Hotspur MF Adam Johnson
14 July 1987 (aged 22) 0 Manchester City FW Wayne Rooney 24 October 1985 (aged 24) 58 Manchester
United FW Emile Heskey 11 January 1978 (aged 32) 57 Aston Villa FW Jermain Defoe 7 October 1982
(aged 27) 39 Tottenham Hotspur FW Peter Crouch 30 January 1981 (aged 29) 37 Tottenham Hotspur FW
Darren Bent 6 February 1984 (aged 26) 5 Sunderland
Most Capped Player: Peter Shilton 125 caps Top Goalscorer: Bobby Charlton 49 goals
Veteran midfielder David Beckham has confirmed that he hopes to be playing a
much more active role in England's World Cup campaign than just travelling to South Africa in a
Beckham, who saw his hopes of playing in this summer's World Cup ended by a ruptured achilles
tendon sustained in March, has revealed that he has discussed the possibility of joining England
manager Fabio Capello's coaching staff for the duration of the tournament â€“ if
he manages to fully convalesce from his injury on schedule.
It's been a big week for football news, and at this stage of the season it's always news that
matters. The focus for many has been the announcement of 32 preliminary squads for World Cup 2010
and the noteworthy absentees which stole the headlines for a number of countries.
In this week's podcast, we're joined in the studio by the football editor of ITV.
After a fresh wave of speculation linking him with a summer move to Barcelona, Arsenal captain
'Cesc Fabregas has muddied the waters regarding his Emirates future, by admitting
that he wants a decision to be made one-way-or-the-other before the World Cup begins in June.
Whilst he has openly admitted his desire to rejoin Barca at some point during his career,
Fabregas has, up until now,Â firmly spurned the advances of his boyhood club and seen his desire
to remain in north London cited on several occasions.
In an interview with SkySport 24 that was republished in the Milan sports daily, La Gazzetta
dello Sport, Carlo Ancelotti discussed winning the Premiership, a
conversation between him and Jose' Mourinho, the growth of Florent Malouda, the next manager of AC
Milan and the upcoming FA Cup final at Wembley.
With all the (predictably) negative publicity the English media as given England's 2018 World
Cup bid, it's good to see something creative, entertaining and fun to share come out of the
woodworks 'supporting' the bid.
npower, also the official energy provider to Wembley stadium, has launched a new TV ad to
support the FA's â€˜Back the Bid 2018' campaign for England to host the World Cup.
Vicente Del Bosque probably had the easiest job in the world when choosing his initial strike
force. Torres and Villa are two of the best on the planet, and make up the best front two at the
World Cup. But, there is a problem. As highlighted by Torres' vast problems this season, neither is
It is easy to forget that this season's Europa League was in its inaugural year. After picking
up an undesirable yet understandable reputation as the Champions League â€˜sinferior little
brother, Michel Platini oversaw the rebranding of what we once called, with a pejorative sneer,
â€˜the UEFA Cup'.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has vowed to bolster his defensive ranks over the
summer hiatus, after admitting that his side have been guilty of some 'average' defensive
performances last year.
Former Ajax centre-back Thomas Vermaelen has proven to be a shrewd acquisition
on Wenger's part, but sporadic injuries have marred an otherwise impressive debut season in the
Premier League for the Belgian.
It would appear that England centre-back John Terry has suffered the same fate
that befell Wayne Rooney, Ledley King and David Beckham before him, after seeing a suspected broken
metatarsal -Â sustained during a Chelsea training session earlier today leaving him on the verge
of having to pull out of Fabio Capello's World Cup squad.
Internazionale manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that he will make no decisions regarding his
future until after the Champions League final in Madrid.
The "Special One" has reiterated a number of time this season his honor of coaching one of
Europe's biggest clubs but has also expressed his displeasure of Italian football which has sparked
rumors of a possible move to Real Marid and a return to England.
For a long time, European football fans regarded the Bundesliga as the backwater home of poor
defending and psychotic goalkeepers.Â It was a league that lived in the shadow of its more
illustrious neighbours: Serie A, La Liga, and the Premier League.
However, growing disillusionment with the â€˜bigger' leagues has seen the Bundesliga become the
envy of Europe.
A belated congratulations to Chelsea for winning the Premier League, but I've been a bit under
the weather recently so I haven't had a chance to come up with one of these fascinating little
comparison pieces for your pleasure. Of course, I've made a habit of comparing this Premier League
campaign to that of last year's, predicting on three separate occassions that three different teams
would win the title.
England coach Fabio Capello has named his 30-man provisional squad for this summer's World
There are some slightly surprising inclusions, namely that of midfield pair Scott Parker and Tom
Huddlestone (who have seen their fine club form this season acknowledged) and the decision to
gamble on the fitness of Gareth Barry rather than risk taking Owen Hargreaves (who himself has only
just returned from a long-term lay-off) to the tournament.
On May 11, World Cup Buzz released an eBook with the title "What the World Cup means to
me". This book contains stories from 21 of the top football writers and personalities from
around the world; including Tim Vickery (BBC), Simon Kuper (co-author 'Soccernomics'), Rebecca Lowe
and Tommy Smyth (ESPN), Paul Dempsey (Setanta), Misha Sher (Soccerex), Adam Spangler (This is
American Soccer), Phil Schoen (GolTV) and others.
It will be a disgrace if Jamie Carragher is called up by England this afternoon. He shouldn't
even be considered. This is the man who quit his country because he couldn't get in the first team.
Yes, let me say that one more time for full, ineradicable, reflexive effect: he quit his country
because he couldn't get in the team.
Bundesliga outfit VfL Wolfsburg have appointed former England manager Steve
McClaren as their new manager on a two-year deal.
McClaren found himself linked with managerial posts right across Europe (including Celtic, West
Ham and Hamburg) after leading FC Twente to their first Eredivisie title in 84 years last season,
but the former Middlesbrough boss has now decided to take up the reigns at Die WÃ¶lfe
replacing current caretaker coach Lorenz-GÃ¼nther KÃ¶stner.
Congratulations then to Chelsea, who have emerged as rightful Champions, with 27 wins, 86
points, and 103 goals in the bank. For a long time this looked like the competition no-one wanted
to win, but once Jose Mourinho had robbed his former side of a shot at Champions League glory, the
west-Londoners revved their domestic engine with impressive gusto.
You'll find the latest Ligue 1 Transfers (January 2010) listed here. Archives
for older transfer seasons are at the end of this page. For the latest transfer rumours and
transfer lists for other leagues, see our transfer news column.
If you find a transfer not listed here let us know and we'll add it.
Check out Adrian Clarke & Iain Spragg in the latest episode of the award-nominated Soccerlens
Chelsea TV presenter Alison Bender joins the boys for anÂ insightfulÂ chat on what life is
really like inside Stamford Bridge, as she looks back on the Blues' tremendous Premier League title
success and ahead to a likelyÂ first ever Double.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has confirmed that his side are within striking distance
of wrapping up an Â£11 million deal for 21-year-old Hamburg defender Jerome
The German international who is one of the Bundesliga's hottest properties has found himself
squarely in City's sights for the past six months or so, and is now expected to complete his
protracted move to Eastlands within the next few weeks.
According to Uncle Google, a millionaire is defined as someone who has a "net worth of a
million or more units of currency". In the good old days it was relatively easy to become a
millionaire simply take a flight to Turkey and you could have a million Turkish Lira in your pocket
for no more than one US Dollar.
I refrained from writing about the title race until it was done and dusted and there's plenty to
talk about, from pre-season predictions to key battles where the title was won and of course, what
the future holds for the 'big' teams.
The build up to the final day of the 2009/10 Premier League season created more tension than the
day itself in the end, however fans were still treated to a host of goals and fascinating results
to round off this season in Style.
Chelsea were finally crowned champions, thumping a poor Wigan side 8-0.
Portuguese giants Benfica have clinched their first league championship in five years after
defeating Rio Ave 2-1 in the Estadio da LuzÂ on Sunday night. This is the 32nd league triumph in
the history of The Eagles as they pipped Sporting de Braga to the post.
Manager Jorge Jesus has come up trumps in his first season for the club after taking over the
reins from former manager Quique Sanchez Flores last summer.
The Barclay's Premier League season came to its finale yesterday and the nation held its breath
yet again. This was not because of the extremely tense circumstances in which the league was
decided, but because Wayne Rooney had felt a slight twinge in his groin and had to be substituted
during Manchester United's four-nil drubbing of Stoke City.
Bastian Schweinsteiger kept to his word of giving manager Louis Van Gaal a beer shower after the
German giants clinched their 22nd league championship. A real comedy of errors from the Dutch
tactician who tried to elude his players by running behind the goal as they soaked him in litres of
vintage German ale following their 3-1 victory over Hertha Berlin.
The La Liga title race will go right down to the wire after both Real Madrid and Barcelona
picked up all three points on Saturday. The Blaugranas are just a point ahead of Los Blancos who
have both incidentally smashed the leagues points tally of 92 which was set in 1997 by Fabio
It's D-Day in the Premier League as all 20 teams kick off at 16:00 on Sunday, with one final
chance to decide on their final positions in th table this season. With fourth place decided on
Wednesday night this week, and the relegation battle done and dusted, all that remains to be seen
is who will be crowned Champions of England; Chelsea?
Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli has accused AS Roma captain Franceso Totti of racially
insulting him during the Coppa Italia final Wednesday night which saw Inter lift their first piece
of silverware of 2010.
The Roma captain was shown a straight red card in the closing stages of the game after lashing
out at Balotelli by wildly kicking him which resulted in his dismissal.
Bayern Munich will clinch their 22nd German league championship in the beautiful Olympic Stadium
which played host to the FIFA World Cup final four years ago. The Bavarians travel to the German
capital on Saturday to face relegated Hertha Berlin where they have a three point lead over second
placed Schalke, but have a far more inferior goal difference over The Knappen of seventeen
Reports in this morning's Daily Telegraph are suggesting that Liverpool defender
Jamie Carragher may be poised to make a shock return to the England squad for this
summer's World Cup.
Carragher declared his retirement from international football in the summer of 2007 (due to his
frustration at the lack of opportunities handed to him by Steve McClaren) but has now indicated a
willingness to reverse his decision following a series of secret meetings held with the current
England management team.
Next month, thousands upon thousands of visitors from locales near and far will make the trek to
South Africa to support their teams in person at World Cup 2010.
It's certainly something to be envied if you're going to be watching from your TV or computer,
not only because of the wonderful football on offer, but also because of all of the attractions
that South Africa has to offer as well.
Much interest is always taken in Group A. Not necessarily because it offers much excitement, but
because it offers us the opening game, which we have far too long to build up to. As traditional,
it will be the hosts, and South Africa will face off against Mexico.
This draw might just have left the Bafana Bafana weeping into their Vuvuzelas, though.
If we took Chelsea's wins over Sunderland, Aston Villa and Stoke City in isolation, we would be
amazed that the Premier League title race should be alive in the final 90 minutes of the season.
Carlo Ancelotti's side have been thrilling to watch on occasion, but an apparent vulnerability in
routine games and a tendency to slip up where they shouldn't has allowed the competition to
continue for much longer than perhaps it might have.
Liverpool have confirmed that they have held the first in what they hope to be a series of talks
with manager Rafa Benitez over his future at the club.
Benitez (who is understood to have already cancelled two prior meetings) met with chairman
Martin Broughton with the hope of discussing his available transfer budget for
next season although, with the club currently up for sale, it is unlikely that current owners Tom
Hicks and George Gillett will be willing to invest any more substantial amounts of money.
Manchester City's club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has said that current
manager Roberto Mancini will remain in charge 'for many years'.
City's saw their hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League ended by Tottenham on
Wednesday evening, but speculation that Mancini's job was under threat as a result has been
dismissed by his chairman.
Wednesday night's heroic display from Harry Redknapp's Tottenham side completed a hugely
successful week for a dying species, that species being top flight English managers. Harry now
joins Steve McClaren and Roy Hodgson on that cloud whose number comes between eight and
ten, and rounds off a fantastic week for England in a game that is dominated so much by the foreign
Inter Milan are up and running in their monumental attempt of being the first Italian club in
history to clinch the treble after taking their first step to such greatness by defeating AS Roma
1-0 Wednesday night to win the Coppa Italia. Diego Milito's first half strike in the Stadio
Olimpico was enough to give The Nerrazzuri the victory in the home of their opponents.
Tottenham Hotspur came out victors on what proved to be the most vital match of both sides'
seasons on Wednesday. Tottenham are now guaranteed the fourth and final Champions League spot this
season, the spot that has so eluded teams outside of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and
Arsenal in seasons gone by.
It had to happen eventually. The conversion of football from a joyful sporting pursuit into a
sprawling global business had to have side effects. They are visible everywhere; from shirt
sponsorships to endorsements, from stadium names to media coverage.
WHILE the decision to sack Chris Coleman might have come as a surprise to most outside the Ricoh
Arena, for a large band of Coventry City supporters the writing was on the wall for some time.
The 4-0 home defeat to Watford in the final game of the season was just the last in a series of
embarrassing performances that fans have had to endure over the last two months â€“ a period which
saw the club go eleven games without a win.
Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh has all but confirmed he is to join Arsenal
at the end of the season by admitting he is now 'counting the days' until he makes the switch from
Aquitaine to north London.
The Moroccan international has been a long term target for the Gunners, and almost joined in the
summer of 2009, but chose instead to see out his contract at Les Girondins, leaving him
quite literally free to join Arsenal the following year.
Follow Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur live on Soccerlens!
As the season draws to what can only be described as the most exciting yet strangely under par
finale, it is not only who claims top spot that is at the forefront of Premiership supporters
minds. It is who will claim the all important fourth place and who will be in with a shout of
competing in next years Champions League that seems to have taken centre stage.
Internazionale coach Jose Mourinho was in another defiant mood ahead of his side's Coppa Italia
final with AS Roma by hitting out at their president Rosella Sensi demanding her respect. Mourinho
and his team are building up for yet another showpiece with Roma which will incredibly be the fifth
time in six years that the two Italian giants have met in the final.
Massimo Moratti of Inter Milan is finally living his dream; the one he must have arguably seen,
ever since he would have been a small boy during the Grande Inter days of the 1960's. To emulate
his father and bring glory to Inter.
However, I wouldn't be surprised if he is not getting any sleep.
Not so very long ago, many an eyebrow was raised (mine included) when Aston Villa shelled out
the lion's share of Â£12 million to sign James Milner from Newcastle United.
Milner, then just 22-years-old, was a young player with a burgeoning talent and a growing
reputation, but it still seemed that the inflated transfer fee was possibly more a result of his
recent purple patch than a true reflection of his talents.
With the eyes of the footballing world set to focus on Africa this summer you could forgive
Sven-Goran Eriksson for starting to feel a little anxious.
The former-England manager has been charged with leading the Ivory Coast at his third World Cup
but, with only 37 days left until the tournament starts in earnest, Eriksson is still in the
process of assembling his back-room staff and has yet to meet half of his players let alone train
Join celebrated football pundit, author, radio show host and DJ Andy Brassell every Monday
on the Soccerlens Show.
The Episode 27 of the show covers the Eredivisie champions FC Twente and their coach, Steve
McClaren who went from a zero to hero after getting Twente a Champions League spot in his first
season and helped them become the national champions for the first time since 1926.
Don't get me wrong, I admire Arsene Wenger's 'technique-above-all' philosophy
of football as much as the next guy, but was does irritate me is the lengths he will go to to
defend his ethos when it is found wanting which is fairly often, as it happens.
Arsenal can be a joy to watch but they also have the uncanny ability to frustrate you to the
point of hernia case in point being Monday's 2-1 defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers.
Lyon made two big signings in the forward line last summer to replace the departed Karim
Benzema. One man was Bafetimbi Gomis from arch-rivals Saint-Etienne and the second one was
Argentine Lisandro Lopez from Porto.
The two strikers with a combined fee of nearly â‚¬40m started off from a level playing
It's entirely fitting that the fight for fourth place has culminated in what will essentially be
a cup final in form and function the race has been hard-fought and full of twists and turns, with
both City and Spurs more than deserving the chance to engage in this jackpot skirmish.
It's a shame Liverpool were so lacklustre and Villa fell so late, but in reality, whatever the
kvetches of Martin O'Neill and Rafa Benitez, their league positions are merited.
No trophies to speak of, a fairly unimpressive league standing and the added frustration of
being currently mired in one of the most convoluted takeovers in recent history. In short,
Liverpool have had to endure a pretty awful season but there is a dot of hope on the horizon.
According to today's Daily Mail, Liverpool are hoping to usher in a new dawn at the
club with a wave of home-grown summer signings, to instill some much needed 'English passion'
within their ranks.
Manchester City: impossible is... nothing?!
Manchester City, as hard as it is for a fan of Manchester United to admit, has become a club that
has genuinely expanded the realms of possibility. I remember, closely watching the final hours of
transfer deadline day in 2008, as Robinho was expected to be settling down in some Mayfair hotel
putting pen to paper on a new multi-million pound deal with Chelsea.
For those Liverpool fans upset at this weekend's loss to Chelsea, I say 'What are you upset
about?'. The loss that Liverpool have just experienced, has ironically just ensured that their long
term rivals Manchester United will fail to win a 19th Premier League title this season, overtaking
Gianluigi "Gigi" Buffon was interviewed by Sky Sport Italia, and his remarks
were published by the Milan sports daily, La Gazzetta dello Sport. Buffon discussed a
potential transfer to England, the current dismal campaign of Juventus, Rafa Benitez, Italian hopes
in South Africa and his choice for the next Azzurri manager.
21st November 2007 was the night that English football experienced one of its biggest ever
wakeup call as a miserable dreary wet night at Wembley saw the English National Team humbled by
Slaven Blic and his Croatian side as they ripped away a nation's hope of qualifying for The
European Championships the following summer.
If someone said to me at the beginning of the season that we would have to rely on
Liverpool to help us win the title and therefore overtake them as the most successful
English team converting into massive Liverpool fans for the penultimate weekend of the season I
would have literally thrown the afro wig and shell-suit I was being handed right back in his
On 17th July, 2010 at the O2 Arena, A:3K will bring six of the
world's greatest footballers to compete and be crowned the first A:3K
Football Champion. A:3K have gathered over Â£300 million (transfer value)
of global football talent to compete in a serie of gladiatorial
games of skill.
Today I realized that the most anticipated sporting event in the world is approaching in just
one, lousy, unbearably long month. No, it's not the Stanley Cup Finals. No, it's not the NBA
Finals. No, it's not the UEFA Champions League, and it most certainly isn't the Blue Jays'
inter-league date with the Colorado Rockies.
As a football fan, as opposed to a Man Utd fan, I have to confess to feeling some sympathy for
the Liverpool faithful right now. As loyal, knowledgeable, good humoured and expectant a group of
fans as you are likely to find, how many more kicks in the gut can they be expected to endure
before things get better at Anfield?
Bayern Munich v Inter Milan
2010 UEFA Champions League Final
Saturday 22nd May 2010
Kickoff: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
As it was written in the ancient prophecies or the Dead Sea scrolls or some such Tyldesley-esque
nonsense, Jose 'The Self-Appointed Special One' Mourinho will
lead his Inter Milan team out against Bayern Munich in the UEFA
Champions League final on the 22nd May.