Sanford's Soccer Net Archives for January 2007
The weekend is over and when we all get our breath back after some fantastic football we can all
agree on one fact - simply that the Premier League is in great shape.
Audiences are global, so why not give them a taste of the product in the flesh? Clubs have been
going on preseason tours for years, but, precisely because far-flung audiences are becoming savvy,
they know that a midsummer friendly is, ultimately, a meaningless exhibition match. There is
nothing like the real thing - when points are at stake â€“ to satisfy the craving.
A third-choice right-back helping out on the left salvaged a win for Stuttgart as this week's nine
Bundesliga games returned just 12 goals.
Manuel JimÃ©nez's unfeasibly large gonads can't obscure the fact that replacing Juande Ramos is a
Milan's belief that their Serie A campaign will improve betrays a naivety over the club's
Brazil's long wait to stage the World Cup will end on Tuesday (1430 GMT) when it is named the host
nation for the 2014 finals. Brazil is the only candidate to stage the world's largest and most
lucrative single-sport tournament after its bid was approved by FIFA's technical delegation last
week. By the time the finals kickoff, 64 years will have passed since the South American country
hosted the World Cup for the only other time.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed on Friday a first scan proved inconclusive - but a second
examination today has confirmed ligament damage, meaning Scholes will now be out of action until
Sacha Kljestan, Chivas USA -- Better get used to his name as Kljestan is now officially on
the radar. Finishing tied for second in the league with 13 assists is one thing, but putting
together solid performance after solid performance is another as he has become one of the most
consistent midfielders in the league. He has a great first touch and superb vision and is an
accurate passer, fit and strong, and tough in and out of tackles.
J.R. Eskilson and Zac Lee Rigg roundup the performances put forth by the Americans playing
throughout several leagues in Europe outside of England.
Goal.com USA's Matthew Braine looks at each American players performance over this past weekend in
England and Scotland.
Sun 28th October 2007Bolton1-1Aston Villa13:30
Sat 27th October 2007Birmingham3-2Wigan Athletic15:00
Henry and Messi lead Barca, Real Madrid Cruise...
October 28, 2007GPPT Real Madrid922 Barcelona920 Villarreal918 Valencia918 AtlÃ©tico Madrid917
Espanyol917 Mallorca915 Racing Santander915 Real Zaragoza914 FC Sevilla812 Murcia912 Almeria911
Athletic Bilbao910 Osasuna89 Real Betis98 Recreativo Huelva98 Deportivo La CoruÃ±a98 Valladolid96
Looks like Freddy is starting to settle. Good News.
He may fit Spurs' proud attacking history but Juande Ramos has a host of problems to address.
'Spurs are on their way to Belsen, Hitler's gonna gas 'em again...' It's not a song you would
expect to hear on a family day out at a Premier League game, but it is one of several anti-Semitic
chants still heard at some top-flight grounds. While the message about anti-black abuse is in the
public consciousness, campaigners say that anti-Semitism is alive - and unchecked.
Steve Davis: With a trio of upset wins in the first leg, seedings were once again proved irrelevant
in the MLS playoffs.
Drab Draw For Genoa and Fiorentina
Roma beat Milan while Juventus are toppled by Napoli and Inter held by Palermo...
R. Mehdi: There was a conspiracy in favour of Juventus during Moggi's crooked reign now I would
suggest, for this season at least, there is a conspiracy against them. That sick feeling most
Juventus supports have in their stomachs right now, that's how it feels to be cheated.
While another form of football was boring the pants of spectators at a muddy Wembley, the real game
of the day in England was taking place at Anfield.
The match proved without doubt that Arsenal are the real McCoy. Liverpool, who badly missed Agger
and foolishly risked Torres, were lucky to get away with a point. But for the posts and a fear of
open goals Arsenal would have taken all three.
I was out with my mates last Friday night in the local greasy Joe's (well - the owner's called
JosÃ© Mari actually), and after downing a fine round of 'filete con las obras' (steak with the
works) - the works consisting of chips, red peppers and two fried eggs, we were just about to tuck
into a plate of cheese and quince when the mobile rang.
LIVERPOOL 1-1 ARSENAL
English endeavour and Spanish silk cancelled one another out as the last two unbeaten records in
the Premier League were preserved. As the dominant figures in their respective sides, it was
fitting that Steven Gerrard and Cesc Fabregas were the scorers at Anfield. In a clash of styles,
their individual approaches epitomised the differences between the two teams.
With a spare hour I thought I'd check for any interesting soccer articles. Unfortunately it means
sifting through crap like "Pop group Simply Red to split up". Fuck, I can't believe it's taken this
long. Mind you, in a world where Gary Megson gets to be an EPL manager I guess anything can happen.
Though out of interest, while you can certainly understand why he'd want to to, how the hell does
that twat Mick Hucknall spilt from himself?
Besides the Liverpool/Arsenal clash, Manchester City's trip to Stamford Bridge leads the weekend
offerings and Sunderland entertain Fulham in a match-up of teams near the bottom.
SSN's snoozer of the week is Birmingham vs. Wigan.
Mushtaq Quraishi's Previews
Fasteddy's Hot Tips
The match of the week in Spain has Roma making the trip north to face Milan Without Talisman
Ballack set for Juventus Loan Move?
Calf Strain COuld Keep Vieira Out Until Next Year
Sevilla vs. Valencia catches the eye...
Saturday, 27 October (all times local):
20:00 Mallorca - Espanyol
22:00 Athletic Bilbao - Betis
Sunday, 28 October:
17:00 Levante - Atletico Madrid
17:00 Zaragoza - Villarreal
17:00 Osasuna - Valladolid
17:00 Racing Santander - Gteafe
17:00 Murcia - Recreativo Huelva
17:00 Real Madrid - Deportivo
19:00 Barcelona - Almeria
21:00 Sevilla - Valencia
With a third of the season nearly over, Bayern have done what many predicted they would, and
dominated the Bundesliga so far. Undefeated in their opening ten games, nobody has come close to
stopping them. The next team to try is Borussia Dortmund on Sunday. Before that Stuttgart face a
make or break clash at home to Leverkusen, while title challengers Schalke and Werder clash at the
Veltins Arena after their midweek Champions league exertions.
Chelsea v Man City
I have to go for Chelsea here, because they just keep winning.
They are not playing particularly well yet, but Frank Lampard and
Didier Drogba are so important for them and their return to the side has made all the
West Ham United's non-executive chairman Eggert Magnusson thinks that taking the Premier League to
the USA would be 'good for the game' and would boost soccer's global profile. With the NFL playing
their first regular season game away from home, a debate has opened up over whether the Premier
League should follow suit and take English soccer to the US.
As Arsenal equalled their highest ever score in the Champions League, with a 7-0 win over Slavia
Prague, there was one player in the squad whose smile at the final whistle would have been forced
through clenched teeth. Outspoken goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has had his say on many things throughout
his career, but this week his attention was diverted onto events closer to home, and most notably
his own manager, Arsene Wenger.
Toni Kroos scored a dramatic 90th minute winner to give Bayern Munich a 3-2 UEFA Cup win over Red
Star Belgrade in the Serbian capital tonight. Elsewhere, Tottenham lost to Getafe at White Hart
Lane while Villarreal and Fiorentina drew 1-1.
'We can confirm that the board has this evening asked Martin Jol, the club manager, and Chris
Hughton, the first team coach, to stand down from their positions with immediate effect,' the
Martin Jol was the victim of bad luck and poor judgment by himself and Tottenham's board.
Sid Lowe: Despite the Sevilla coach's protestations in the summer, Juande Ramos always knew he
would end up at Spurs.
Chris Rolfe scored the lone goal to lead the Chicago Fire to a 1-0 playoff victory over D.C. United
on Thursday night. The physical match included four yellow cards - two for each team - and 41
Blanco's antics during the Fire's 1-0 victory over D.C. United in the first leg of their Eastern
Conference semifinal on Thursday night were occasionally comical, often shamelessly theatrical,
undeniably entertaining and ultimately effective.
Wenger Reloads Again at Arsenal
BenÃtez told League title is a must
Andy Hunter: There are shades of GÃ©rard Houllier in Rafa BenÃtez's excuses but the problems at
Liverpool run deep.
Watch the match on Fox Soccer Channel on Sunday at noon.
Arsenal will not stand or fall by the results of their next two Barclays Premier League fixtures,
though successive matches against Liverpool and Manchester United are likely to reveal more about
the club's championship prospects than all of their previous games combined. Seven days could shape
Sunday, October 28: Liverpool vs.
Harry Redknapp, the Portsmouth manager, believes that Dimitar Berbatov is contributing to Tottenham
Hotspur's present predicament and has told Martin Jol to sell the Bulgaria forward before his bad
attitude rubs off on his team-mates.
Derek Rae Takes a Look at the Champions League
Gary Megson has been appointed Bolton's new manager and signed a two-and-a-half year deal at the
After leaving Leicester to move to Lancashire he will take charge of the struggling side for the
first time on Sunday when they face Aston Villa at home.
Newcastle United's Brazilian defender Claudio Cacapa was delighted to score his first goal for the
club in the 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Monday but he was rather less enamoured of his
goalkeeper Shay Given's linguistic skills.
Plenty of time for this man to focus on the Premier League??
Wrap: Real Madrid looked woeful against an inspired Olympiakos but pulled out a lucky win...
Besiktas 2 - 1 Liverpool:
Istanbul Not So Nice for Reds This Time Around
Chelsea 2 - 0 Schalke:
Drogba Leads the Way
AC Milan 4 â€“1 Shakhtar Donetsk:
Alberto Gilardino was the hero of the night, along with Clarence Seedorf and Kaka, as the Champions
League atmosphere benefited the entire Milan side who rediscovered their best form in a 4-1 win
over Shakhtar Donetsk.
This is Chicago's final home game of the season, and the last for Fire captain Chris Armas. The
midfielder has been with the club since its inception, helping lead the Fire to their lone
championship in 1998, and said he will retire after this season.
Injuries caused by violence around Italian football stadiums have dropped by 80 percent since last
season after tough new regulations were introduced, officials said on Thursday. A meeting between
the police chief and the heads of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and the league agreed the
aim must be to tone down the regulations by the end of the year.
Jonathan Wilson: If Red Star and Bayern Munich's Uefa Cup tie is as memorable as their European Cup
semi-final encounter in 1991, we're in for a treat.
It's hard not to pick Boogers when it comes to making the tough choices on who deserves to make the
SSN All-Name Team and who is flicked aside. Boogers was born on January 12, 1967, in Dordrecht,
Netherlands. The Dutch forward is now retired, but he played for a slew of clubs during his tenure
on the pitch, including DS '79, FC Utrecht, Sparta Rotterdam, West Ham, FC Groningen and FC
The 37-year-old told German TV channel Premiere: "I think - and this is aimed at my dear manager -
one shouldn't humiliate players for too long.
"It's possible that some day I'll feel like talking about the whole issue."
The fiery Argentinian tustled with compatriot Pablo Aimar last week during a practice game and has
this latest outburst could see his future at the club put in doubt.
While Dida made huge, unwanted headlines across Europe and in his native Brazil, it is outside the
game's traditional strongholds in places like the United States, Australia, New Zealand and South
Africa where the goalkeeper's disgraceful antics does the most damage.
The Football Association of Ireland will appoint an outside adviser to help them head-hunt a
successor to Steve Staunton, whose contract was terminated by mutual consent this morning.
Greg Ryan had always seemed curiously bulletproof, generally dodging the larger munitions in terms
of media scrutiny. His highly favored team looked plodding in the Women's World Cup, but Ryan
seemed to get a pass as all heads swiveled toward the Hope Solo fiasco.
Raphael Honigstein in Germany:
Stuttgart are only the latest Bundesliga side unable to cope with the trappings of success.
Shakhtar are one of only two teams among the 16 who will be in action on Wednesday that still have
a 100 per cent record after the first two matchdays. The other is Marseille. Given that the
tournament's three most successful clubs are in these four groups - Real Madrid (nine titles), AC
Milan (seven) and Liverpool (five), who between them have appeared in the final 30 times, it is
perhaps surprising that none of the trio boasts maximum points.
Arsenal and Manchester United edged closer to the Champions League last 16 with emphatic wins on an
action-packed evening that also saw Rangers hold Barcelona to a goalless draw at Ibrox.
Rangers 0 - 0 Barcelona:
Defensive Display or Anti-football?
Lionel Messi blasted Rangers for what he saw as an overly negative approach during Barcelona's 0-0
Champions League draw at Ibrox.
From Johan Cruyff's Total Own Goal to Janusz Jojko flinging a throw-out into his own net, The
Guardian picks the greatest own goals scored.
Kevin McCarra: As he approaches his 22nd birthday, Wayne Rooney is now living up to great
Nowadays the domestic Brazilian game lives off scraps that Europe leaves behind. It contains three
types of player: youngsters on the way up who are dreaming of a move to Europe, those who have gone
and come back, either to wind down their career or because the move didn't work out, and those not
considered good enough to receive the call.
The number of Derby County fans arrested for hooliganism has risen, with 70 picked up last season -
an increase of 19 from the season before.
Another goal in the Cup coming of the bench for Freddy. Better than nothing, I suppose...
Americans on the Continent
Oguchi Onyewu, Standard Liege (Belgian Jupiler League)
vs. RAEC Bergen Mons, 1-1 draw (90 minutes, 0
Despite being sent off in Standard Liege's last matchâ€”a UEFA Cup lossâ€”Gooch continued his
consistent form, starting in the heart of Standard's defense.
Fulham shot-stopper Kasey Keller admits he's â€˜devastated' after picking up an arm injury in
training that's likely to keep him out of action until the end of December.
It's been one of those rare weekends in Spain, with both Real Madrid and Barcelona losing. It's a
while since this happened, and its occurrence always seems apocalyptic somehow, as if the natural
order of the cosmos has been disturbed and the Earth has gone off in search of a different orbit.
Newcastle 3 - 1 Tottenham
After watching Newcastle secure their best beginning to a season for a decade, while all too easily
ending Spurs's six-game unbeaten run, Allardyce said: "We killed Tottenham's spirit by outplaying
them and scored three goals with some superb football. Confidence is growing throughout the side."
Arsenal vs. Slavia Prague: Gallas Issues Rallying Cry
Dynamo Kiev vs. Manchester United: Fergie Sees Goals Aplenty
Rangers vs. Barcelona: Rangers on High
Roma vs. Sporting Lisbon: Sagging Romans
The Manchester City footballer Dietmar Hamann was today banned from driving and fined nearly
Â£8,000 for a series of motoring offences.
Hamann, a former German international and Liverpool player, lost his licence after his Â£70,000
Porsche Carrera crashed into a fence last year and he refused to tell police who was driving.
No surprises this weekend but the Liverpool Derby had its share of controversy...
The Insider at The Emirates:
Arsenal 2 - 0 Bolton
P W D L Pts 1. Arsenal 9 8 1 0 25 2. Manchester United 10 7 2 1 23 3. Manchester City 10 7 1 2 22
Before kickoff Brazilian goalkeeper Dida did a tour of the stadium bowing to fans, apparently to
apologise for the incident at Celtic that cost him a two-match Champions League ban.
Leaders Real Madrid and rivals Barcelona suffered their first Primera Liga defeats this season on
Saturday at Espanyol and Villarreal respectively. Real were no match for team-of-the-moment
Espanyol as they lost 2-1. Albert Riera and Raul Tamudo, who led Spain to a 3-1 victory against
Denmark in their Euro 2008 qualifier last weekend, scored the goals at the beginning of each half.
Goal.com USA's Matthew Braine recaps the weekend for American players in England, as well as
DaMarcus Beasley in Scotland.
DaMarcus Beasley, Rangers
Vs. Celtic (15 minutes, 0 goals)
Beasley came on in the 75th minute of Rangers' 3-0 route of Celtic. The winger
was on the field to witness the third goal, which came courtesy of a Nacho Novo penalty kick in the
John Thorrington and the Chicago Fire clinched the final playoff spot with a well-earned victory
over a Los Angeles side that never seriously challenged.
Playoff Match-ups Set
No matter that Juan RomÃ¡n Riquelme is still pulling Argentina's strings; at club level the
midfielder is not being missed one jot.
This has to be one of the biggest stories in the sport at the moment. JRR is certainly one of the
best players in the world. He is arguably Argentina's most important player. That's Argentina --
one of the top soccer powers in world football.
Commemorations of a frequently forgotten tragedy at the Luzhniki Stadium temporarily diverted
attention from a thrilling race for the Russian title.
Official to miss out next weekend following criticism of his refereeing in Merseyside derby
'I am someone who has always campaigned for solidarity, so I've decided to stay until next summer'
DON'T BLAME IT ALL ON McCLAREN
I want people to stop blaming the manager and have a right good look at what the players
are doing. Steve will have asked them to do things and the bottom line is they didn't do them well
Beckham makes an appearance and Cobi signs off...
Aston Villa v Man Utd (1715 BST)
I have seen Villa play on a couple of occasions and they seem to lack a cutting edge, even
though they have got some good players.
United, on the other hand, have multiple threats going forward and striker Wayne Rooney seems
Spain: La Liga
Pires Looking Forward to Facing Henry
Italy: Serie A
Inter's Defensive Woes Worsen
Klose Likely to Return for Bayern Munich
Goal.com USA's Greg Lalas believes that the 2007 MLS season was the best one yet. Mostly, it was
due to the additions of Designated Players, such as Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Juan Pablo Angel and David
Beckham, but also because of imports such as Maykel Galindo and Luciano Emilio.
The Liverpool Derby is the highlight of the weekend as Liverpool travel to Goodison Park. Elsewhere
Manchester United face a tricky trip to Villa while table toppers Arsenal are at home to
Fast Eddie's Hot Tips: Goal.com's exclusive guide to this weekend's Premier League matches for
those who like to back informed hunches with a flutter for an extra dash of excitement - and the
possibility that the football results will deliver more than three points.
Beasley, who signed with Rangers from Dutch club PSV Eindhoven during the offseason after spending
the previous campaign on loan at Manchester City, is gearing up for his first Old Firm game.
Nothing he has experienced in his career so far can prepare him fully for the experience, but just
living in Glasgow for the past four months has given him a taste of the level of feeling the
Russia 2 - 1 England
Deservedly leading 1-0 through Wayne Rooney's spectacular first-half goal, England were on course
to earn a famous victory at the Luzhniki Stadium and secure qualification for next summer's finals
in Switzerland and Austria with a match to spare. But then a series of lapses of concentration â€“
starting with what McClaren called a "disgraceful" penalty award against Rooney for a foul that
appeared to be committed outside the 18-yard area â€“ turned the game on its head.
As the American players walked off the field after their 1-0 win over Switzerland Wednesday night,
the smiles on their faces said it all. Their five-game losing streak was over. A rare victory in
Europe had been achieved, and in the process, several young players gave some tantalizing signs of
future success. But what probably put the biggest smile on head coach Bob Bradley's face was the
means by which the win was accomplished, because at the heart of the American triumph was a solid
Anglo-Russian politics are frosty like the weather, but Russian fans feel warmer about England.
Four England supporters have been taken to hospital after being involved in a fight in Moscow ahead
of this afternoon's Euro 2008 qualifier against Russia. A spokesman for Moscow police confirmed
that the injured fans had been taken to the Botkan hospital, but it was not immediately clear how
serious their injuries were.
Kevin McCarra: Scotland are once again a formidable team, but let's hope their wonderful run will
not end now expectations are high.
'I'm not going to just change the line-up with the people coming back from injury,' he said. 'You
can't do that with a team that's on a six-game unbeaten streak and has won five games in a row.
'For me it's a great message for people coming back that they have to work their way into the team.
That's the correct way to have it.' Of Beckham's fitness, Yallop added: 'He's not close to being
The United States faces Switzerland on Wednesday with coach Bob Bradley looking to rediscover the
winning touch as he nears one year in charge. Bradley, who took charge of the team on an interim
basis in December before getting the job permanently in May, went 10-0-1 in his first 11 games, but
has now seen the Stars and Stripes lose five straight since winning the Gold Cup final in July.
Freddy Adu has been mainly a spectator with Benfica since arriving in Europe.
The 18-year-old American transferred to the Portuguese club last summer from Real Salt Lake and
has played just 64 minutes over 2 1/2 months, appearing twice as a substitute. Now he's training
with the U.S. national team ahead of Wednesday night's exhibition game at Switzerland.
Last week, officials from the governing body of world soccer, joined by South African organizers,
visited four of the nine host cities to assess the stadiums in Johannesburg, site of the opening
and final matches, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.
"FIFA is confident progress is on track and going the right way," FIFA general secretary Jerome
Valcke said after a board meeting of the local organizing committee.
Venezuela 0-2 Argentina
A headed from Gabriel Milito and yet another 'super-strike' from Lionel Messi saw Argentina pick up
a 2-0 win in Venezuela, in a match marred by a very nasty head injury suffered by Nicolas
Qualification is a case of finishing first or second, so Goal.com does the maths and a spot of
analysis to work out what is likely to happen, group-by-group...
And another summary of where we are at this point...
Qualifying round - Match kick-offs are listed in Central European Time:
17/10Grp ERussia17:00EnglandMore Â»17/10Grp BUkraine18:00Faroe IslandsMore Â»17/10Grp
CMalta19:30MoldovaMore Â»17/10Grp DRepublic of Ireland20:30CyprusMore Â»17/10Grp
FLiechtenstein20:00IcelandMore Â»17/10Grp FDenmark20:00LatviaMore Â»17/10Grp
AKazakhstan16:00PortugalMore Â»17/10Grp EF.
Bolton have parted company with manager Sammy Lee "by mutual consent", having taken just five
points from their first nine Premier League games. The club's general manager Frank McParland, who
joined Bolton in the summer from Liverpool, has also left.
And he wins the sack race...because Jose doesn't count. -Sanford
It's quite possible that both the Fire and Galaxy earn postseason berths. That scenario is now real
because Kansas City keeps sliding. Curt Onalfo's men started with such a flourish but are just
2-7-2 since July. That's only eight points from a possible 33, leaving the Wizards with one foot on
the proverbial banana peel.
What: World Cup Qualifier Who: Venezuela vs Argentina When: Tuesday, October 16 2007, kick-off
20:40 (local time) Where: Jose "Pachencho" Romero de Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Argentina come into the clash as the overwhelming favourites, not only because of their impressive
record against the Venezuelans, but because their football is at a completely different level.
David Suazo (Inter) â€“ The Honduran has been one of the most prolific goalscorers
in Serie A in recent seasons with Cagliari but things just haven't worked out in Milan thus far.
Despite a bright pre-season, Suazo has failed to score a competitive goal for the Nerazzurri and is
lagging behind in the forward pecking-order.
All The Losers
Thursday night at Las Rozas, the Spanish Football Federation's headquarters 25km north-west of
Madrid. Training has finished and it's gone dark but a gaggle of fans still gathers behind the
metal fence overlooking the car park, waiting for a glimpse of the players, an autograph, a hand to
shake, a cheek to kiss, or a photo. Through the bars, Luis AragonÃ©s appears.
Raphael Honigstein: Austria are in such a bad state that some supporters think they should withdraw
from their own tournament.
"Getting into the quarter-finals wouldn't be a sensation, it would be a world-sensation," said
Hickersberger. The head of the Ã–FB (the Austrian FA), Friedrich Stickler is a bungling know-it-all
but the malaise is no one's fault in particular.
Sepp Blatter, what are you on about? Your idea of limiting domestic club sides to five foreign
players in a starting XI to allow home-grown talent to flourish is mad. If you had your way I would
probably be working in a restaurant in Germany instead of playing for Fulham. But then, why am I
surprised? The only decent thing you have suggested was that girls should play in tight shorts to
increase the popularity of the women's game.
If you enjoy football it's always worth watching some kids' stuff. Because my 12 year-old son is
now playing for a club in the feeder leagues in the north of Spain (each region runs competitive
leagues from the age of 10, sponsored by a combination of municipal councils and the biggest local
clubs) I get to see quite a lot of games. The great thing is that you often see aspects of the game
in miniature that can lead you on to insights about the adult professional game.
Legendary Alabama football coach Paul 'Bear' Bryant used to conduct part of his practices perched
high above the pitch, watching proceedings from a privileged position, one of the many he enjoyed
as arguably the best-known person in the state of Alabama. Nothing sent his players into a state of
frenzied terror more than hearing his booming voice amplified by a loudspeaker or, worse still,
frantic footsteps as he flew down the ladder to tear into them for whatever misdeed the unfortunate
souls had committed.
As England head to Russia for their crucial Euro2008 qualifier they could do worse than take heed
of former manager Graham Taylor's interest in the fortunes of a previous visitor to Moscow. Taylor,
a hugely unfortunate, though not particularly good England boss, is fond of quoting Napoleon
Bonaparte, who himself preferred lucky generals to good ones; but Napoloeon's luck famously ran out
in Moscow with the onset of the Russian winter.
As has been Bob Bradley's habit since assuming the reins of the U.S. national team, his roster for
Wednesday's friendly against Switzerland contains a bit of everything: something old, something new
and something "huh?". Getting the most out of such a group has its challenges of course, and
establishing cohesion in a short time frame is the most onerous.
Juan Roman Riquelme converted two superb free kicks to give Argentina a 2-0 win over Chile at the
start of South America's World Cup qualifying campaign on Saturday.
Brazil struggled to an uninspiring goalless draw away to Colombia in their opening match of the
2010 World Cup qualifying campaign on Sunday.
No player has had a greater impact on MLS this season than the explosive, 5-foot-9 striker. Since
coming to the States in July, his creative and controversial playmaking has lifted the Chicago Fire
from last place in the East to eighth overall, putting them on pace for a spot in the playoffs,
which begin Oct. 25. While mainstream America drools over Beckham's brand name, it is Blanco who
has at last made the league relevant to working-class Mexicans, pro soccer's most passionate U.
There are some people you just don't want to get rub up the wrong way. Mad Jens is probably one of
them. So Arsene has a problem. Lehmann has warned his manager he expects to start against Bolton on
I'm fit so pick me, says Lehmann
There are some people who just seem to get along with everyone, gradually gathering more friends as
they travel through life. Luis Aragones ain't one of them. Spain's head coach has triggered a
controversy over his decision not to pick the national team's record goalscorer.
Aragones talks himself into Raul row
It's off to Russia for England and their crunch match in the group. There's problems for McClaren
with the pitch, injuries and a cold front. No problems for the Ruskies though, they've got Guus
Hiddink telling them what's what.
Cole injury forces McClaren into reshuffle for Moscow
Guus Hiddink lays smokescreen in plot for Russia's revenge
O'Connor warns England over 'nightmare' pitch
Sherlock Holmes observed that if one eliminates the impossible, whatever is left â€” no matter how
improbable â€” must be the truth...
Case very nearly closed for Alex McLeish
Shevchenko backing inspired Scots to qualify
"There were other clubs that showed interest, but none were so serious like Derby who came to me.
Billy Davies called me himself and talked to me. I felt like they were the team that really wanted
me the most and that influenced me also"
Feilhaber: I feel my football can still grow a lot
The Galaxy have won five in a row sans Beckham. So, with that play-off spot tantalizingly close and
David near full fitness there's just enough time for Bex to return and fuck everything up.
Galaxy Win Fifth Straight
Republic of Ireland show their good side again as Germany qualify
John Toshack questions future with Wales
France and Italy turn screw
Tamudo: It Has Been Great For Espanyol
Germany relax after booking place in finals
Escude out of Lithuania game
Marco van Basten, the coach, said it was the second time that the Liverpool midfielder has missed
team meetings for this reason.
Babel dropped by Holland for oversleeping
The constant abuse aimed at the Chelsea midfielder is doing him and England no favours, says Daniel
Lampard falls victim to the mocking culture
And according to Henry Winter, it's all water off a duck's back:
Fickle England fans fail to ruffle Frank
According to The Observer Jurgen Klinsmann is ready to replace Martin Jol as manager of Tottenham
Hotspur if he receives assurances about the club's future ownership:
Klinsmann 'ready for talks' over Spurs job
Despite impressive realism, Fifa '08 lacks the pace and hypnotic flow of the Pro Evolution Soccer
Mali players Frederic Kanoute and Mamady Sidibe were both injured during crowd disturbances
following their 2-0 win away to Togo in an African Nations Cup match, L'Equipe has reported.
Mali duo left bloodied after crowd attacks
L'Equipe: CAN 2008 - Graves incidents Ã LomÃ©
Every week during the regular season, ESPN Soccernet.com takes the pulse of the league by ranking
all 13 teams. The ESPN MLS Power Rankings consist of a consolidation of the votes by Andrea
Canales, Jeff Carlisle, Jen Chang, Steve Davis, Frank Dell'Apa, Kristian Dyer, Ives Galarcep, Allen
Hopkins and Rob Stone.
Twice former champions France are sweating in third place in Group B after their shock home defeat
by surprise leaders Scotland last month and travel to the rocky shores of the Faroe Islands knowing
they can afford no more slip-ups.
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13/10Grp DSlovakia15:00San MarinoMore Â»13/10Grp EEngland15:00EstoniaMore Â»13/10Grp
BScotland15:00UkraineMore Â»13/10Grp BFaroe Islands16:00FranceMore Â»13/10Grp
FIceland16:00LatviaMore Â»13/10Grp CHungary16:20MaltaMore Â»13/10Grp GBelarus18:00LuxembourgMore
Â»13/10Grp FLiechtenstein19:00SwedenMore Â»13/10Grp DCyprus19:15WalesMore Â»13/10Grp DRepublic of
Ireland19:45GermanyMore Â»13/10Grp FDenmark20:00SpainMore Â»13/10Grp AArmenia20:00SerbiaMore
Â»13/10Grp ECroatia20:15IsraelMore Â»13/10Grp GRomania20:15NetherlandsMore Â»13/10Grp
GSlovenia20:30AlbaniaMore Â»13/10Grp APoland20:30KazakhstanMore Â»13/10Grp ABelgium20:45FinlandMore
Â»13/10Grp BItaly20:50GeorgiaMore Â»13/10Grp CMoldova21:00TurkeyMore Â»13/10Grp
AAzerbaijan21:00PortugalMore Â»13/10Grp CGreece21:30Bosnia-HerzegovinaMore Â»
Scotland v Ukraine
I think that one of the interesting aspects to the remainder of Scotland's campaign is how they
handle raised expectations, both from their supporters and within the squad itself.
The 1-0 win in France was one of their best results in recent years and, with three games of
their campaign left, Scotland are top of Group B.
Could it be that after the Bolton Vs Chelsea match Gary Speed asked John Terry for some tips on
playing the Brutus role? Will Speed and his Liberatores be the end of Little Sam?
Lee left looking over his shoulder
England captain John Terry will miss tomorrow's Euro 2008 Group E qualifier against Estonia with
Sol Campbell set to replace him.Meanwhile Rooney would like to start scoring again:
Injury toll catches up with John Terry
Rooney bidding to shine for England
Weir: We'll be failures if we miss finals
Shevchenko looking to dent Scotland's hopes
Steve Staunton adds insult to Ireland's injuries
Dida gets a two match ban for bad acting, while Celtic get off with a 25 grand fine:
Nelson Dida handed two-match ban
After losing Sky's cash five years ago, Scottish football's resurgence is down to homegrown
How Scottish game came back from the dead
Surely having someone named 'Stevie G' central to your plans is always going to be a bit dodgy.
Scott Murray seems to think so:
Time for BenÃtez to give Gerrard a wide berth
After looking at the 21-player roster that Bob Bradley named for the U.S. National Team's friendly
against Switzerland next week, Goal.com USA's Ben Brackett believes this youthful side will be
motivated to make their mark, with Freddy Adu leading the way.
Where to play Adu
From Matt Le Tissier's insouciance to Gazza's 'Schoolboy's Own' screamer, we doff our titfers to
the greatest ever free-kicks.
6. Paul Gascoigne (TOTTENHAM v Arsenal 1991)
If ever a free-kick defined a man's career at the very top level of the world game, this was the
one. It's easy to forget how unlikely the chances of a Tottenham victory in the 1991 FA Cup
semi-final were: George Graham had organised Arsenal's back line so efficiently they would lose
only one league game all season, while Spurs, with tactical genius Terry Venables winging it at the
helm, were a dog's dinner.
There's a psychological diimension to finishing on top of the pile, and it's alive and well in the
He is the new man of Italian soccer. His goals, first and foremost, have propelled him into the
national side, but Udinese's Antonio Di Natale, known by his friends as TotÃ², is keeping his feet
firmly on the ground.
Serie A Table
CLUB GP W L D PTS GD Inter Milan75021711 Juventus7412149 Roma7412147 Fiorentina7304136 Genoa7313121
Palermo7322110 Udinese732211-2 AC Milan7214106 Napoli7331104 Atalanta7214100 Catania Calcio72239-1
Sampdoria72328-2 Torino71247-2 Lazio71247-3 Cagliari72417-3 Siena71336-2 Parma71336-4 Empoli71425-6
They call it â€˜Liga De Estrellas' â€“ â€˜The League of Stars'. There were many stars that shone,
each standing out for their club in one way or the other. So who is it going to be this season? Is
it going to be Ruud again for Madrid? Will Ronaldinho shine after a lacklustre season by his own
standards? Will Henry do it for Barcelona like Ruud did it for Real Madrid?
To the league's delight, DP's like New York's Juan Pablo Angel and Chicago's Cuauhtemoc Blanco have
more than lived up to their considerable hype. The same can't be said for New York's Claudio Reyna
(signed when the Red Bulls acquired Chivas USA's DP slot) and Dallas' Denilson, although the season
isn't over yet. As for David Beckham, his maiden MLS season has been cut short by injury, but the
boon to the L.
Ibrahimovic, who is currently preparing for his country's Euro 2008 qualifier against Liechtenstein
on Saturday, is not the only high-profile name to be left off FIFA's 30-man shortlist. Francesco
Totti, David Villa, Cesc Fabregas and Luca Toni also failed to make the cut.
This list is absurd. Cannavaro? He's been awful since winning the World Cup, which if I remember,
was in 2006.
With just a few games left before the automatic qualifiers for the Euro 2008 championships in
Austria and Switzerland are revealed, it is notable that not every country who were expected to
progress will be there.
The squad so far:
Dean Windass - Starting Striker
Rod Fanni - Starting Right Back
Berndt Haas - Starting Center Back
Danny Shittu - Starting Center Back
David Seaman - Reserve Goalkeeper
I've been asked how many players will make the team. The answer is 25. Here's number six:
Nicky Butt is a 5' 10" midfielder who was born in 1975 in Manchester, England.
After a veritable glut of La Liga action the previous week, this one has seemed a little tame in
comparison, despite the Champions League action in which only Valencia let the side down. Having
lost out to Chelsea in the Mestalla, they surprisingly lost by the same score in the same stadium
on Saturday night, after taking the lead early on, just as they had done against Chelsea.
A youthful roster, including the likes of seven players without international experience at the
senior level, have been named as part of the U.S. National Team's roster for next week's friendly
Goalkeepers: Marcus Hahnemann (Reading FC), Tally Hall (Esbjerg), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Dan Califf (Aalborg BK),
Jay Demerit (Watford FC), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Steve
Purdy (1860 Munich)
Midfielders: Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC
Heerenveen), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Hamburger SV), Eddie Lewis (Derby County),
Danny Szetela (Racing Santander)
Forwards: Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Preston Zimmerman (Hamburger
SV), Sal Zizzo (Hannover 96)
River Plate took their undefeated streak against Boca Juniors to two years, after Sunday's
comfortable 2-0 victory at the Monumental stadium.
It's not very easy to figure out which teams could be matching up in the MLS playoffs later this
month. Goal.com USA's Pat Walsh takes a stab at it, complete with analysis over the final weeks of
the regular season.
With just two weekends left in the MLS season, time is tight for teams whose playoff lives are
still in the balance. A majority of teams already know whether they will progress on to the
playoffs or clean out their lockers come October 20.
Things just aren't getting any easier for the diminutive Bolton manager. Now he's taking on fan
favourite and all-round Mr. nice guy, Gary Speed.
Lee's fragile grip at Bolton weakened
Martin Samuel, always someone who enjoys a bit of a rant, especially at a nice easy target, takes
aim at fat cat businessmen buying football clubs:
Businessmen wear replica shirts
Dynamo Kyiv were once Champions League contenders, but they have failed to evolve since the death
of an inspirational coach, write Jonathan Wilson:
Dynamo labour in Colonel's shadow
Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry have complimentary strengths and weaknesses but who is the right man
to partner Steven Gerrard? Asks ex-Spurs manager David Pleat:
Fat Boy or Mr. Villa?
Guus Hiddink does a bit of Abramovich arse-licking [presumably while stuffing more roubles into his
back pocket], but explains it'd be much better if it were his mate Henk dealing with the Russian on
a day to day basis. Meanwhile, Chelsea wouldn't be Chelsea unless they were pissing someone off.
Today it's Ajax. And just for a bit of fun, Ronaldo sticks the boot in:
Guus Hiddink reveals why he prefers Russian front to Stamford Bridge
Henk ten Cate's move to Chelsea angers Ajax
Cristiano Ronaldo writes off Chelsea challenge
USA name roster, Ireland disappoints Ireland, McClaren keeps deluding himself over Robinson, Koumas
questioned, Owen tells Big Sam to stick it, Scots praying they don't fuck it all up, and Joey
Barton is still wont shut up
U.S. names initial roster to face Switzerland
Ireland admits to ongoing battle
McClaren shows faith in Robinson
Wales force injured Koumas to turn up and prove it
England beckons as Owen gets the all-clear
Chick Young's view on Scotland
Joey Barton: I'm still a dick, and club comes before country for me
Landon Donovan captured the Honda Award as U.S. soccer player of the year in a landslide vote,
winning for an unprecedented fourth time:
Donovan becomes award's first four-time winner
Few would dispute that the Arsenal manager is a bit of a genius. But, as we all know, you can't be
a bone fide genius without a bone fide flaw. Wenger's is a inexplicable complusion to buy large,
cumbersome, slow central defenders who excel at looking really dumb. Prime examples being Pascal
Cygan, everyone's favourite oaf Igor Stepanovs, and young Frankenstein's monster Philippe Senderos.
I know the 'n' is missing, but what the hell.
Looks like there's more movement at Chelsea, leaving a place for Martin Jol back in his
Jol on Ajax alert as Ten Cate flies into Chelsea
Ten Cate arrives to put a bit of BarÃ§a into Chelsea
Having stabbed Jose in the back, John 'Brutus' Terry is now kissing up to toady new boy Avram
Grant represents progress and the fans will love him, says Terry
Liverpool wallow in their misery despite unbeaten league record
Man, this is where things really get exciting. I'm especially looking forward to Bolton's game
against Aris Thessaloniki, and anyone thinking of missing the group C thriller Mlada Boleslav Vs
Elfsborg needs their head checking.
Visionary Jurgen Klinsmann keeps his eye open for an opportunity and drops a few broad hints as to
why the Chelsea job was not for him:
German legend keeps his options open
AtlÃ©tico's trip to the Camp Nou was billed as AgÃ¼ero v Messi, but the BarÃ§a man stole the show,
reports Sid Lowe:
Messi beats off challenge of another young pretender
Alberto Gilardino has broken his goal-scoring duck, but some of his critics are yet to be
convinced, writes Paolo Bandini:
Gila monster shakes the monkey off his back
There have been a few surprises, but the table already has a familiar look to it, says Raphael
Sepp Blatter meddling in foreign affairs again
Celtic yesterday issued a life ban to the supporter who invaded the pitch at Celtic Park on
Wednesday night during the Champions league tie against AC Milan, though the club has been left
sweating over the punishment being considered by Uefa for the episode. The supporter, who owned up
to his act of stupidity by walking into Celtic Park yesterday and speaking with the club's
officials, was later interviewed by Strathclyde police.
The pressure is increasing on a number of teams as the new Bundesliga season progresses. Thomas
Doll looks to end a losing streak at Dortmund, as does Rudi Bommer as Duisburg.
Felix Magath is seeking his first home win, while Bojan Prasnikar is under pressure to turn things
around at Cottbus.
All The Previews From Goal.com
Liverpool welcome Spurs to Anfield in the top clash of the weekend...
Man. United v Wigan
Aston Villa v West Ham
Arsenal v Sunderland
Reading v Derby
Blackburn v Birmingham
Bolton v Chelsea
Liverpool v Tottenham
Man. City v Middlesbrough
Newcastle v Everton
Fulham v Portsmouth
Fiorentina â€“ Juventus
The match of week seven sees second-placed Juventus travel to Florence to meet third-placed
Fiorentina. The atmosphere in the Artemio Franchi is sure to be a hostile one as these two teams
have never hidden their hatred for one another.
The bitterness really originates in the 1981-82 season.
No fewer than eight Spanish sides found themselves in European action this week, concluding a
whirlwind spell of fixtures that saw each of them play six games in just over two weeks.
Nonetheless, the Spanish league doesn't wait for anyone, and each club will need to dust itself off
ahead of another vital round of domestic ties. Barcelona's visit from Atletico Madrid is perhaps
the most intriguing tie as we enter Matchday 7.
What: Argentine Apertura Championship (Round 13)
Who: River Plate vs Boca Juniors (El Superclasico)
When: Sunday, October 7 2007, kick-off 14:00 (local time)
Where: Estadio Monumental de Nunez, Buenos Aires
River come into this mega-clash undefeated in the last four meetings...
Two police officers were wounded in the Netherlands when hooligans identified as Ajax fans threw
bottles at them, resulting in 38 arrests before the game, Dutch national broadcaster NOS TV
While Bayern, Atletico and Tottenham were among the clubs to advance, Ajax was knocked out on
away goals after a 3-2 home loss in Amsterdam.
Houston Dynamo and United States midfielder Ricardo Clark has been banned for nine games after a
violent kick on an opponent who was lying on the ground. Major League Soccer Commissioner Don
Garber also fined Clark $10,000 for the kick on Carlos Ruiz of FC Dallas in the 89th minute of
Newcastle v Everton
It is just not happening for Newcastle as quickly as they thought and I think it might be a
while before Sam Allardyce has the club sorted as he would want it.
The problem for him is being granted the patience to achieve that, but the fans have to realise
that the number of managerial changes in recent years has got them nowhere.
Just one of this weekend's ten Premier League fixtures will kick off at the traditional time of 3pm
on a Saturday.
Our man Aaron Sheedy is on the ground in Buenos Aires and filed this report from La Bombonera where
Boca rolled over San Lorenzo:
La Bombonera is an amazing stadium. The steep stands crowd so close to the field that even when
you are on the top level at the end of the pitch, if you lean way out over the railing it feels
like you could spit on the opposing keeper.
Despite an indifferent start to their Serie A campaign, Italian side SS Lazio claimed a valuable
draw at home to Real Madrid on Champions League Matchday 2. The Spanish side twice took the lead,
only to be denied by two strikes from Biancocelesti striker Goran Pandev, who constantly tore teh
Madrid defence to shreds. He is Goal.com's Champions League MVP for week two.
Italy and Serie A are never short of promising youngsters. However out of the current crop of hot
prospects, who is destined for the top? Goal.com wants to know what you think. Here are five
3) Alberto Aquilani (Roma)
It seems only injuries can stop this brilliant midfielder from becoming an Azzurri regular in
The Brazilian team returned from China with runners-up medals from the FIFA Women's World Cup but
an uncertain future facing them despite a breakthrough performance. In the wake of their best-ever
position at a World Cup Finals the team and Coach landed back in Brazil with a sad question mark
hanging over how the sport will fare in the land that is almost synonymous with joyful football.
No one quite knew what to make of Denilson as FC Dallas signed the mercurial former Brazilian
international a few weeks ago. Here was a guy who graced two World Cup finals and was once the most
expensive player in the world, and yet had bounced around the continents without distinction over
the last few years.
Peter Crouch has a unique rapport with the footballing public. He has attracted ridicule, a cult
following and genuine support. Whether there is any great sense of sympathy now is a moot point,
but Liverpool's lesser-spotted striker is a cause celebre, at least in his own mind.
The New England Revolution have a long history of disappointing their fans in final games. However,
the 3-2 victory over FC Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup Final was a different story altogether, writes
Goal.com USA's Kyle McCarthy.
Liverpool fall at Anfield to Marseille, Chelsea win in Valencia, Lazio and Real Madrid draw...
And they didn't even catch the fan!!
Liverpool 0 - 1 Marseille:
Anfield has built its reputation on raucous European atmospheres but an unfamiliar sound
accompanied Liverpool down the tunnel last night. Boos reverberated around a stadium unacquainted
with defeat in the Champions League proper since Rafael BenÃtez's Valencia won here in October
2002, and the uncharacteristic response was perfectly in tune with a performance the Spaniard
readily accepted as the worst of his Liverpool reign.
Our man Aaron Sheedy is on the ground in Buenos Aires and filed this report from El Monumental
where River salvaged a draw with Rosario Central:
It was a muggy and heated affair at Monumental Stadium on Sunday where River Plate played host
to Rosario Central and managed to find the net in the 98th minute, yes the 98th, to get a most
While Brazil's women were hitting the headlines for their splendid campaign in the World Cup, back
home the players of Botafogo were greeted with a shower of women's underwear on their arrival at
From the pink jersey donned by Sicilian hardmen to the strip that hid blood on George Best's
ankles, Nick Szczepanik has picked the best kits ever. The first 25 are below. Return tomorrow for
the second installment.
38. Birmingham City 1972
The penguin outfit worn by Bob Latchford and Trevor Francis revived a season. There was a red away
version and a strange third kit that was black on one side, gold on the other and red down the
There are games in Lisbon and Liverpool, Valencia and Rome, Bremen and Trondheim, Glasgow and
And arguably the most intriguing ties are those in Rome, Valencia and Glasgow.
Lazio host Real Madrid, Valencia have a re-match with Chelsea following last season's
quarter-final, and Celtic have another crack at Milan, who beat them 1-0 on aggregate last season
in the first knockout round, a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Glasgow being followed by the San Siro
return settled by KakÃ¡ three minutes into extra time.
Joey Barton believes the newly-resurgent Manchester City would not even be in the Premier League
but for his performances last season.
What a jackass! This from a clown who moons opposing fans, puts a cigar out in the eye of a
teammate, starts a brawl in a preseason match and attacks another teammate in practice, sending him
to the injured list.
After 23 years in the game the former England forward has a cabinet full of trophies. So why play
on at Colchester at the ripe old age of 41?
Inside Teddy's Fridge:
2 Time Out bars. 5 tins of Foster's lager. 1 Caramel bar. 4 tins of Red Bull. 1 jar of Tesco's
strawberry jam. 5 bottled beers. 1 jar of Colman's horseradish sauce. 2 bottles of Dom Perignon.
Wins for Manchester United, Rangers, Arsenal, Barcelona, Sporting Lisbon, Inter Milan and
Lyon 0 -3 Rangers:
Goals from Lee McCulloch, Daniel Cousin and DaMarcus Beasley clinched a win which was as remarkable
as it was unexpected. Lyon have beaten Real Madrid 2-0 and 3-0 here in the past two seasons - and
top the French league - but Alain Perrin's side will now struggle to get out of the group.
After notching up a fifth win, newly-promoted Karlsruhe look set fair to become this season's
Lyon vs. Rangers, Stuttgart vs. Barcelona, Dynamo
Kiev vs. Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United vs. Roma, CSKA Moscow vs. Fenerbahce, Inter Milan vs.
PSV Eindhoven, FC Sevilla vs. Slavia Prague, Steaua Bucuresti vs. Arsenal
Matchday 2 of this season's Champions' League kicks off on Tuesday evening with eight matches on
tap across the continent.
From Johan Cruyff's limited edition Oranje shirt to Coventry's chocolate brown number, The Guardian
pays tribute to some of the best kits ever worn.
All became instantly recognisable and iconic strips for - in design terms at least - otherwise
unremarkable clubs. But the greatest wanton embellishment of the era was surely Cardiff's mid-70s
get-up, which saw a yellow-and-white stripe loosely influenced by the London Weekend Television
ident cascading down the left-hand side of a previously plain blue number.
Quite a week here in Spain, with three league games crammed into a space of seven days. Although
it's still too early to make any sweeping statements, it's nevertheless interesting how such a
short and intensive period of league action can make a difference to a team's morale, in both the
positive and negative senses. Whether it makes a difference only in the short-term we will have to
wait and see, but take poor Sevilla, for starters.
Others, however, are all too predictable. Nolberto Solano arrived at West Ham as the fourth player
signed for the same position within three months. With more right wingers than the Norman Tebbit
fan club, Alan Curbishley has not called upon the Peruvian yet.
After two weeks on the bench, Kasey Keller got the starting nod in the goal for Fulham on Saturday.
Thanks to the big 38-year-old's performance, the Cottagers earned an impressive point at Chelsea.
Goal.com's Matthew Braine takes an American whirl around the EPL.
Michael Bradley scored again last week, extending his streak to four games, but on the weekend, his
club, Heerenveen, ran into the juggernaut that is Feyenoord. Goal.com's J.R. Eskilson and Zac Lee
Rigg take a look at all the Yanks in Continental Europe.
Premier League Final - White Hart Lane Attendance: 36,094 Tottenham 4 - 4 Aston Villa
Dimitar Berbatov (20)
Pascal Chimbonda (69)
Robbie Keane (pen 82)
Younes Kaboul (90)
Martin Laursen (22)
Martin Laursen (33)
Gabriel Agbonlahor (40)
Craig Gardner (59)
Spurs Fight Back to Get an Epic Point
The amazing internet soccer resource soccertv.com is auctioning its domain names. This notice is
currently posted to the site:
Auction of soccerTV.com/futbolTV.com to take place in October
The "silent" auction of domain names soccerTV.com, futbolTV.com,
soccerTV.net, soccerTV.org, soccerTV.biz, and soccerTV.us,
as well as the rights to the "soccerTV" trademark
in the United States and the rights to the
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conducted by Moniker and will take place on October 12-18, 2007.
West Ham 0 - 1 Arsenal: The Insider Returns to Upton Park
Premier League Replay: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Andrew Discenza spotlights what was best and worst about the weekend's action in the English
Cuauhtemoc Blanco is one of the most colorful characters in Mexican soccer history and even
after moving to the United States, he still attracts magnified levels of adulation and controversy
south of the border.
Yahoo! Sports followed his three-day trip to Los Angeles â€“ the USA's biggest Hispanic market
â€“ as Blanco's Chicago Fire took on Chivas USA, the only Mexican-owned team in Major League
Fulham forward Clint Dempsey will not face punishment over his challenge on John Terry that left
the Chelsea and England captain nursing a fractured cheekbone.
Serie A Round 6 : A moment of madness by Ludovic Giuly literally hands Inter the lead and the
Nerazzurri run out 1-4 winners at 10 man Roma. David Trezeguet scores an injury time winner to
settle the Turin derby. Fiorentina win the Tuscan derby in Livorno for the first time in 75 years.
Antonio Cassano scores his first Serie A goal in two years in Sampdoria's 3-0 win over Atalanta.
Gareth Bale is bright spot in dark times
The curse of the dressing-room - R&B
Sunday:Valladolid Collapse, Villarreal March On Villarreal - perhaps temporarily - top the table
after a hard-fought victory over Villarreal, while Espanyol and Atletico Madrid also picked up
consecutive wins. Real Betis got their first victory of the season, Murcia punished nine-man
Valladolid, and Racing Santander took three points from a lacklustre Almeria side as La Liga's
Sunday afternoon card unfolded.
Conference leaders D.C. United and Chivas USA continued their 11-game and 9-game unbeaten streaks,
respectively. But two other streaks intrigued even more: Chicago's 3-game run of relinquishing late
leads, and (gasp!) LA's 3 wins on the trot.
More Chelesa gloom:
Chelsea's woes near crisis point
More Arsenal joy:
Arsenal combine graft with craft
More Arteta magic
Everton shake Euro blues
Benjani puts Portsmouth in seventh heaven
Reality hurts for Gary Speed
More Blackburn success:
Straight-up Hughes puts McCarthy in his place
More Liverpool rotation:
Torres factor makes the difference
More ManU playing poorly but still winning 1-0:
Ronaldo takes advantage
More of Eriksson proving everyone wrong:
Man City stars shine on centre stage
Germany won its second straight Women's World Cup on Sunday, defeating Brazil 2-0 behind
second-half goals by Birgit Prinz and Simone Laudehr. Prinz scored in the 52nd minute and Laudehr
added a cushion in the 86th, helping Germany become the first women's soccer team to successfully
defend its title in the World Cup or Olympics.
Abby Wambach gave the United States something more than bad memories to carry home from the women's