Sanford's Soccer Net Archives for January 2008

Top ten worst top-tier goalkeepers

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Inspired by Heurelho Gomes's run of error-strewn performances for Tottenham, Robert Dineen has compiled a list of the ten worst goalkeepers to grace England's top division.

Life and Crimes of Diego Armando Maradona

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Diego Maradona will have no need to make any wishes when he blows out the candles on his birthday cake on Thursday.

England: Premier League Wrap, Reports + Table

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Wrap

Liverpool 1 - 0 Portsmouth
Gerrard penalty undoes resolute Pompey performance

Hull 0 - 3 Chelsea
Tigers brought back down to earth

Aston Villa 3 - 2 Blackburn
Villa go fourth

Manchester United 2 - 0 West Ham
Ronaldo double

Fulham 2 - 0 Wigan
Johnson double

Bolton 0 - 1 Everton
Fellaini again

Middlesbrough 2 - 0 Manchester City
Tensions high as SWP tells Southgate to fuck off

Nº Team GP W D L Pts 1.

Italy: Serie A Wednesday Wrap + Table

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Wrap


Nº Team GP W D L Pts 1. Udinese 9 6 2 1 20 2. Napoli 9 6 2 1 20 3. AC Milan 9 6 1 2 19 4. Inter Milan 9 5 3 1 18 5. Fiorentina 9 5 2 2 17 6. Lazio 9 5 1 3 16 7. Genoa 9 5 1 3 16 8. Juventus 9 4 3 2 15 9. Catania 9 4 3 2 15 10. Atalanta 9 4 1 4 13 11. Palermo 9 4 1 4 13 12.

On Second Thoughts: USA 94

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The American jamboree divides opinion like few other tournaments, but it was surely the best World Cup since the 80s.

Germany: Bundesliga Wrap + Table

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WRAP

Nº Team GP W D L Pts 1. 1899 Hoffenheim 10 7 1 2 22 2. Bayer Leverkusen 10 7 0 3 21 3. Hamburg 10 6 2 2 20 4. Bayern Munich 10 5 3 2 18 5. Hertha Berlin 10 5 3 2 18 6. Schalke 04 10 4 5 1 17 7. Borussia Dortmund 10 4 5 1 17 8. VfL Wolfsburg 10 4 4 2 16 9. VfB Stuttgart 10 5 1 4 16 10.

Tottenham reveal new stadium plan

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Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed their intention to build a new 60,000-capacity stadium in the same location as their current White Hart Lane ground. The club announced favourable financial results to the stock market on Thursday and have decided to push ahead with proposals for a larger stadium to help cut their season ticket waiting list of around 22,000.

MLS Playoff Previews

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Ives Galarcep on The East:
Crew likely to emerge from crowded East

Jeff Carlisle on The West:
Dynamo still the team to beat in the West

Night on the town proves costly for Adriano

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It seems that troubled Brazilian striker Adriano just can't control his inner party-animal and has once again landed himself in hot-water at Inter Milan for a breach of discipline.

The North London Derby: Arsenal 4 - 4 Tottenham

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Report:
Tottenham make their point in the mayhem





Spurs showed character to level a thrilling match, but for Arsenal it was the same story of brilliance undone by carelessness.





After a disappointing draw against hated rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Arsene Wenger has admitted he has a laborious task eradicating his side's self doubt.

Quotes & Chants of the Week

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"I'm sure his missus would enjoy the shopping in Portsmouth far more than in Milan." Redknapp, in his previous guise as Portsmouth boss, attempts to entice David Beckham to Fratton Park - chances are he won't succeed.

"My timing has never been very good and, this week, it could not have been worse.

England: Wednesday Premier League Previews & Predictions

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The Big Clash is the North London Derby (see post below). Elsewhere, table toppers Liverpool look to continue their success when they welcome Tony Adams and Pompey to Anfield, Hull City try to prove themselves yet again, this time against Chelsea at home, Fulham host Wigan, Blackburn go to Villa, Manchester United welcome West Ham, Sunderland play Stoke, Boro host Manchester City and Everton are at the Reebok to face Bolton.

Goal.com Profile: Tony Adams, The New Portsmouth Boss

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Graham Lister reviews the career of Tony Adams following his appointment this week as the new manager of Premier League Portsmouth...

Italy: Serie A Wednesday Previews

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Inter and Roma seek quick fix to growing problems




Fiorentina vs. Inter

Roma vs. Sampdoria

Milan vs. Siena

Bologna vs. Juventus

U.S. Players Show Support for Obama

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The upcoming U.S. election for a new president has not escaped the notice of players who are busy with clubs abroad. Two of America's rising stars, Freddy Adu and Maurice Edu, both mentioned their support for Barack Obama in recent interviews.









Well, obviously they're only voting for Obama because he's black.

Wednesday's Intro

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Good Day SSNers!!

Diego Maradona's impending assumption of the Argentina hotseat dominates the headlines, the North London Derby goes down tonight at the Emirates Stadium as Tottenham and 'Arry Redknapp travel to their neighbors' abode to try and do the business, speaking of Arsenal and Portsmouth, Tony Adams is the new boss on the south coast, Fiorentina host Inter in Italy as The Special One tries to get his house in order by disciplining Adriano (no surprise there), Americans Abroad Edu and Adu support Obama, Quotes & Chants of the Week, Gabriele Marcotti's column, Joey Barton helps Newcastle to victory and much more!

Maradona set to be confirmed as Argentina coach next week

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Diego Maradona will be confirmed as the new Argentina coach next Tuesday, according to the Argentine Football Association national team secretary Luis Segura. Maradona, 47, revealed yesterday he is on the verge of accepting the job and met with the AFA president Julio Grondona last night.


Marcela Mora y Araujo:
A great player doesn't necessarily make a great manager, but El Diego's inspirational presence could bring the most out of potentially the best squad in the world


Tim Vickery:
Is it Maradona's time?

Gabriele Marcotti Column

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Star-gazing:
Tony Adams, Paolo Di Canio and Diego Maradona







Marcotti's friend...

England: Tuesday Match Report

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Newcastle 2 - 1 West Brom
Joey Barton spots chance to earn Newcastle United breathing space

North London Derby: Arsenal vs. Tottenham

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Phil Holland talks to Ex-Spurs and Arsenal stalwarts ahead of today's North London Derby.

'Arry:
We can be as big as Arsenal

Graham Lister:
What makes the North London Derby special?



What: Barclays Premier League, Matchday 10
Who: Arsenal (4th, 19pts) v Tottenham (20th, 5pts)
When: Wednesday, 29th October, Kick-Off 20:00 GMT
Where: Emirates Stadium, Ashburton Grove, London N5
Preview

Raphael Honigstein in Germany

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The Bundesliga's surprise leaders are a team built around attacking football and a crafty management team.

Hoffenheim party like it's 1899.







An 1899 Benz: Pimped ride the 19th century...

No place like home as Palestine redefine the meaning of winning

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The Palestinian FA's new president is a bruiser with a colourful background bidding to use football as an, albeit shaky, bridge towards peace in the area.

Look who’s in first: Hoffenheim

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When they attend Bundesliga games, Hoffenheim fans wear T-shirts with the inscription, "The entire village is here."

It may not be an overstatement.

Americans On The Continent: Bradley Getting Minutes

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Oguchi Onyewu, Standard Liege (Belgium)
vs. Racing Genk, 0-0, 90 minutes

Oguchi Onyewu and Standard Liege held on to the top spot in the Belgian Jupiler League with their 0-0 draw against rivals Racing Genk. Gooch, who looks increasingly likely to be on his way out of Belgium, put in a good performance, and will look to continue his good form as he approaches the January transfer window.

Spain: La Liga Winners and Losers of Matchday 8

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Ewan Macdonald and James Walker-Roberts look back on Matchday 8 of Primera action with an eye on those who made out best - and worst - after a weekend full of eventful matches...

England: Tuesday's Premier League Preview

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What: Premier League
Who: Newcastle United (19th – 6 points) v West Bromwich Albion (13th – 10 points)
When: Tuesday 28th October 2008 – 19:45 (local time)
Where: St James' Park Stadium, Newcastle

Preview

Germany: Bundesliga Midweek Preview

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There is a rare round of midweek Bundesliga action this week with a number of tasty looking matches on offer. Surprise leaders Hoffenheim will look to confirm their lofty position with a win away to Bochum, while second place Bayer Leverkusen travel to Werder Bremen.

Bayern will be looking for their third win on the trot against a resurgent Frankfurt, and Hamburg face a tough game against Stuttgart.

Alex Ferguson: why I don't pray - and other Manchester United secrets

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In an exclusive interview with The Times, the Manchester United manager offers candid reflections on his remarkable career - and sets his retirement date.

Americans in the UK: Dempsey To The Rescue

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Clint Demspey popped up in the right place at the right time to earn Fulham a point and bolster his bid for a starting role. Tim Howard backstopped Everton to a massive draw against Manchester United.

Crowd trouble between Sunderland and Newcastle fans blamed on alcohol

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The police officer who headed up the response to crowd trouble in and around the Stadium of Light has blamed excessive alcohol consumption for confrontations between Sunderland and Newcastle supporters.

Greg Lalas: Could MLS’s best team survive in EPL?

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Right or wrong, I spend a lot of time in bars. It's not that I'm a big drinker, but a barstool is one of the best soapboxes in the world (just behind an online column). Perched on that swiveling lectern, orators of varying talents can pontificate on everything from Aristotelian ethics to Sarah Palin's vice-presidential qualifications to the artistic influence of Motley Crue.

Adams to be named new boss of Portsmouth

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Adams, who has been Redknapp's assistant for the last two years, had been tipped to land the job as Portsmouth look for consistency.

Paolo Bandini in Italy

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Napoli's film producer owner could not have written a better script for his team's rise up the table.


Rags to riches story reaches its climax as Reja takes Napoli to the Serie A summit.

Top 10 Great British Stars Abroad

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No. 3: Steve McManaman

After becoming one of the first top names to take advantage of the Bosman ruling, McManaman left Liverpool for Real Madrid on a free in 1999. The winger incredibly went on to win the Champions League twice in his four years in Spain, as well as two league titles.

Sid Lowe in Spain

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As both the madness at the Madrigal and the top of the table prove, Spanish football is getting interesting again.

Goals galore as La Liga shakes off its torpor.

Ljungberg Latest MLS Recruit

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Former Premier League star Freddie Ljungberg has left England for the United States of America...












Ready to cause sleepless nights in Seattle...

Galaxy star Donovan eyeing European move

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Los Angeles Galaxy striker Landon Donovan is eyeing a move to the English Premier League or Spain's La Liga in the January transfer window.

Ramos out, Redknapp in as Spurs finally lose patience

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After weeks of speculation, finally some decisive action. Following a day of rumours of mounting dressing room unrest at White Hart Lane, Tottenham last night confirmed the dismissals of manager Juande Ramos, his first team coaches Gus Poyet and Marcos Alvarez, and much-criticised director of football, Damien Comolli – and that Ramos' replacement will be Portsmouth's Harry Redknapp.

England: Premier League Wrap, Reports & Table

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Saturday Wrap

Chelsea 0 - 1 Liverpool
Liverpool have the hallmark of title winners
Liverpool close to a title challenge
Richard Williams:
Run ends with a whimper

Everton 1 - 1 Manchester United
Toffees deserved draw

Sunderland 2 - 1 Newcastle
Richardson scuppers Newcastle resistance

Sunderland fans celebrate Derby win

Tottenham 2 - 0 Bolton
'Arry gets Spurs ticking

West Ham 0 - 2 Arsenal
Third loss in a row for Hammers

Manchester City 3 - 0 Stoke City
Robinho hat trick

Portsmouth 1 - 1 Fulham
Dempsey late leveller

Wigan 0 - 4 Aston Villa
Carew leads rout

Nº Team GP W D L Pts 1.

Carew fined 'heavily' by O'Neill for his lap dance

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"John thinks there are mitigating circumstances.

I listened and then I made a decision he was wrong."

Italy: Serie A Wrap

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Roma lose, Juventus win Turin Derby, Inter held scoreless, Fiorentina cruise...


WRAP

Phil Ball in Spain

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Barcelona start dreaming again

The Insider at White Hart Lane

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Tottenham 2 - 0 Bolton
Redknapp's miracle work begins

Match Report: Diego Gutierrez Farewell Match

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Last night the Jersey "Drug Cheat" Metrobulls came to Chicago needing a win to take control of their destiny and secure a playoff spot. The Fire didn't seem to have much to play for; a win guaranteed home field for the first round of the playoffs, an advantage that according to many pundits is questionable at best.

MLS, Galaxy Not Beckham’s Main Goal

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Martin Rogers: The midfielder's imminent loan switch to AC Milan in the opening months of 2009 proves that Brand Beckham and England rank far ahead of the employer that facilitated his estimated five-year earnings of up to $250 million.
Article

UEFA Cup Wrap: Milan, Hamburg, Udinese, CSKA win

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Another loss for Tottenham and Pompey fall apart...





WRAP

Germany: Bundesliga Weekend Preview

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With the season now fully underway, things are starting to settle down and teams are finding their way. Hamburg remain top with Hoffenheim also still flying high and the two clash this weekend.

Bayern Munich got their long-awaited win last Saturday, while Frankfurt also bagged their first win in midweek.

Italy and Spain: Weekend Briefs & Previews

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Italy:
Camoranesi to miss Turin Derby
Preview


Spain:
Higuain could replace RVN
Preview

David Ginola: My five-point plan to save Spurs

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Here Ginola, a former France international, lays out his five-point plan to turn around the club's fortunes.

Charlie Davies 2.0

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If you're wondering how much Hammarby forward Charlie Davies is enjoying soccer right now, here's your clue: despite several recent fatigue-inducing U.S. National Team call-ups, the speedster is quite bummed out to see the Allsvenskan season nearing its close.

England: Premier League Previews & Predictions

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Liverpool's visit to Chelsea is the Big One of the weekend. Elsewhere, Everton host Manchester United, Arsenal are at West Ham, it's the Tyne-Wear Derby as Sunderland and Newcastle clash, and it's a must-win for Spurs as they welcome Bolton to White Hart Lane





Preview One

Preview Two

Phil McNulty on Chelsea vs.

Bocanegra keeps plugging away

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Europe may be just about small enough to fit into the back garden of a Hollywood mansion in his native California, but Carlos Bocanegra is discovering the quintessential differences that make up the Old Continent can pose a globe-trotting footballer more headaches than the morning-after a bender with Paul Gascoigne.

MLS: NY Fail To Clinch Spot After Rout By Fire

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It was the Chris Rolfe show on Thursday as the 25-year-old netted a hat-trick in the Chicago Fire's 5-2 victory of the New York Red Bulls.

Spanish Debate: La Liga's Best Newcomers

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Ewan Macdonald crafts a line-up comprising only those who have made their Primera División debut this season. Is one of your club's heroes among them?


Renan
Nélson - Pareja - Pellerano - Morris
Busquets - Van Der Vaart - Román - Shojaei
Adrián
Piatti

On that day: End of the Invincibles

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It will perhaps be remembered for the use of a buffet in a post-match argument but October 24 2004 was a seismic day in the history of the English Premier League. In surrendering a truly wondrous unbeaten record of 49 games, Arsenal's aura of invincibility was gone. And has not returned since.

OCTOBER 24 2004:
MANCHESTER UNITED 2-0 ARSENAL

UEFA Champions League: Wednesday Reports & Wrap

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Chelsea 1 - 0 Roma
The Insider at Stamford Bridge
Totti provides few moments of quality

Atletico Madrid 1 - 1 Liverpool
Simao leveler
Sid Lowe at the Vicente Calderón

Inter Milan 1 - 0 Anorthosis Famagusta
Adriano goal settles drab affair

Basel 0 - 5 Barcelona
Catalonian class

Panathinaikos 2 - 2 Werder Bremen
Greeks held

Bordeaux 1 - 0 CFR Cluj
French stay alive

WRAP

Arsenal's Eduardo could return within weeks, says Arsene Wenger

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The injury was so bad that Sky Sports chose not to replay the incident, while Taylor received death threats from Croatian fans amid fears that the Rio de Janiero-born player would not play again.



Sorry...-Ed.

Gabriele Marcotti: AC Milan aim to cash in on David Beckham glitz

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David Beckham's proposed move to AC Milan on loan is merely the continuation of a vision laid out by Silvio Berlusconi, the club's owner, a long time ago.











Oh dear...which is worse...this or the Eduardo photograph??

Barton aims to "turn negatives into positives"

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Controversial Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton has vowed to use the tide of abuse heading his way to fuel his bid to return to his best form. The 26-year-old could return to senior action for the Magpies in Saturday's derby clash with Sunderland and the Stadium of Light.





The Interview in Full

Caldwell Set For Long-Term Celtic Stay

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It appears as through Gary Caldwell has finally established himself as a key man for Celtic under Gordon Strachan, winning an initial one-year contract extension...

Assistant referees have the impossible job, not England manager

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With every close decision analysed like molecules, the abuse and risk of injury, "linos" have a terrible time week in, week out.

UEFA Champions League: Wednesday Previews

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What: Champions League Group A
Who: Chelsea (1st, 4pts) v Roma (3rd, 3pts)
When: Wednesday, 22nd October, 2008 - 20:45 (CET)
Where: Stamford Bridge, London
Preview
Preview Two

What: UEFA Champions League Group D, Matchday Three
Who: Atlético Madrid (1st 6 points) - Liverpool (2nd 6 points)
When: Wednesday October 22 2008, 2045 CET
Where: Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
Preview
It's personal for Torres and Benitez
Preview Two


What: Champions League, Group C
Who: FC Basel (4th, 0pts) v FC Barcelona (1st, 6pts)
When: 20:45 CET - Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Where: St.

Another Ukraine Euro 2012 arena faces uncertainty

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Authorities in Ukraine's western city of Lviv are looking for new builders after an Austrian firm pulled out of constructing a stadium for the Euro 2012 finals, an official said on Monday.









Lviv is lovely...

Drogba is a diver, says Mourinho

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"I am no longer Chelsea coach and I do not have to defend them any more," he told feelfootball.com. "I think it is correct if I say Drogba is a diver."

Hail the masterly jacks of all trades

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It's a loss for football that so few players in the modern game have the flexibility and ingenuity to be a true all-rounder.





Jack of one trade...

Uli Hesse-Lichtenberger in Germany

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With roughly a quarter of the season already behind us, I guess we can now safely state that the Bundesliga has gone bonkers.

Forget Oktoberfest, it's a goal-fest.

UEFA Champions League: Tuesday Reports

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Manchester United 3 - 0 Celtic
Report
Richard Jolly at Old Trafford
Beguiling Bulgarian leaves Tevez as the odd man out

Juventus 2 - 1 Real Madrid
Del Piero stunner

Real Madrid and Juventus observe a moment of silence on behalf of those killed and injured in a bus crash on the way to the match in Turin.

Beckham to join AC Milan on loan

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David Beckham has agreed to move to AC Milan on loan in January, the Italian club has told BBC Sport.

Six things to note from MLS Week 30

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Steve Davis gives us an update on what's going on in MLS...






No Mo in the playoffs...

Boca Juniors v River Plate superclásico is the mother of all football matches

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The football is second to the party and not even Mothering Sunday can distract rival fans from trying to shout the loudest.










Sanford's 1994 Superclasico Report

Americans in the UK: The Woes Continue

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Just as was the case before the international break, the Yanks couldn't make much of an impact in the EPL or the Championship. And the SPL guys were on a break.

Americans on the Continent: Dortmund’s Good Fortune

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Neven Subotic and Dortmund were involved in one of the most exciting affairs in recent memory, as they earned a dramatic draw at Werder Bremen on the final kick of the game.
WRAP



Ravi Ubha's Roundup of Yanks Abroad

UEFA Champions League: Tuesday Previews

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What: UEFA Champions League, Group E
Who: Manchester United vs. Celtic
When: Tuesday, 21st October, 19:45 BST
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester
TV: ESPN2 at 2:30 EDT
Preview

What: Champions League Group H, Matchday 3
Who: Juventus (2nd, 4pts) vs Real Madrid (1st, 6pts)
When: Tuesday, 21st October 2008, 2045 CET
Where: Stadio Olimpico di Torino, Turin, Italy
TV: ESPN Classic delayed at 5pm EDT
Preview

What: Champions League Group Stage
Who: FC Bayern vs AC Fiorentina
When: Tuesday October 21, 2008 at 20:45 CET
Where: Allianz Arena
Preview

What: Uefa Champions League, Group G, Matchday 3
Who: Fenerbahçe SK (4th, 1 pt) v Arsenal (1st, 4 pts)
When: Tuesday, 21 October, 1945 BST
Where: Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey
Preview

Who: Villarreal vs.

Raphael Honigstein in Germany

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Bayern's return to winning ways means attention can turn to the team causing most excitement in the Bundesliga: Hoffenheim

Order is restored at Bayern while Hoffenheim's upstarts come good.

Spain: La Liga Team of the Week + Winners & Losers

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Team of the Week





Winners & Losers

England: Monday's Premier League Report + Table

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Newcastle 2 - 2 Manchester City
Ireland strike denies 10-man Newcastle a precious win

Barclays Premier League Table

TeamsP
GD
Pts 1Chelsea8 16
20 2Liverpool8 7
20 3Hull City8 0
17 4Arsenal8 10
16 5Man Utd7 8
14 6Aston Villa8 2
14 7Portsmouth8 -4
13 8West Ham8 0
12 9Blackburn8 -6
11 10Man City8 6
10 11West Brom8 -4
10 12Sunderland8 -2
9 13Middlesbrough8 -7
9 14Wigan8 2
8 15Bolton8 -2
8 16Everton8 -6
8 17Fulham7 -2
7 18Stoke8 -5
7 19Newcastle8 -6
6 20Tottenham8 -7
2

Phil Ball in Spain

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Atletico Madrid:
Stitching up the mattress makers

Italy: Serie A Reports

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Inter crush Roma to stay top, Napoli stun Juventus, Lazio lose and Fiorentina cruise...

Reports

R Mehdi's Reports

Argentina: 10-man Boca Beat River in Superclasico

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Boca Juniors ended 10 days of internal squabbling by beating arch-rivals River Plate 1-0 away on Sunday in the biggest fixture of the Argentine season despite playing most of the second half with 10 men.

Jimmy Hill involved as beautiful game turns ugly once again

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Football had a depressingly Seventies retro weekend full of crowd violence, coin throwing and even a spat involving octogenarian Jimmy Hill.

Structural damage Ramos's problem as White Hart pain continues

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Paul Doyle:
Spurs' decision-making has been poor, a fact exemplified by their defeat at Stoke.

Suspicions raised by John Terry’s swift return

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The defender seemingly chose club over country after sitting out on international duty only to play 90 minutes for Chelsea.

Americans Abroad: Whitbread quietly climbing the ranks at Millwall

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Whitbread joined Millwall, a club in South London that has struggled with hooliganism in the past, on loan from Liverpool in 2005-06, when Millwall was relegated from the Championship. He then signed a permanent deal with the Lions, though a pelvic injury sustained in December 2006 ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign.

England: Premier League Reports

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Manchester United win at home, depleted Chelsea have no problems at Boro, Bruce claims injustice as Liverpool complete comeback win, Arsenal beat Everton, Spurs simply cannot win, Hull's honeymoon continues, and Fulham, Sunderland, Blackburn, Bolton, Villa and Portsmouth cannot score a goal...
SATURDAY WRAP
SUNDAY WRAP



Manchester United 4 - 0 West Brom
Rooney and Giggs shine

Liverpool 3 - 2 Wigan
Bruce seethes after Liverpool comeback

Middlesbrough 0 - 5 Chelsea
No problem for Blues as Boro blown away

Arsenal 3 - 1 Everton
Moyes punished for caution

Hull City 1 - 0 West Ham
The party continues

Aston Villa 0 - 0 Portsmouth
Missile trouble at Villa Park

Fulham 0 - 0 Sunderland
Fulham miss McBride

Sid Lowe in Spain

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The Madrid derby ended on a familiar note, even though Atlético thought they had it won for once.

Derby day in Madrid brings Atlético same old woes.

Richard Jolly at the Britannia Stadium

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Stoke City 2 - 1 Tottenham
Spurs continue to sink

Look Alikes of the Week: Venus Williams & Bacary Sagna

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Is Bacary the long-lost Williams brother???








Italy: Serie A Weekend Preview

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The big match of the weekend in Italy pits Inter vs. Roma at the Olympic Stadium. Roma hope to have Totti healthy enough to participate...

Preview

Spain: La Liga Weekend Preview

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Tomorrow's Madrid Derby at the Calderon leads the fixture list in Spain...
Preview

Ban Lifted: Liverpool get go-ahead for Atletico

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The governing body of European football said its appeals body "decided to grant the request for suspension of the sanctions" against Atletico, due to "the organisational and logistical difficulties related to relocating" the Liverpool match to another venue at short notice.

Frings Mulls Quitting German Team

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Midfielder Torsten Frings is considering quitting Germany's national team after being left on the bench in the last two World Cup qualifying games. "I've been thinking a lot recently and retirement has been going on through my mind," the 31-year-old Werder Bremen midfielder told Friday's edition of Bild newspaper.

England: Steel City Sharpens Up for Derby Game

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Talk in Sheffield is of nothing but Sunday's derby where league position, form and logic go out the window.

Bolton Wanderers offer fans beer in bid to boost Blackburn crowd

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Bolton Wanderers will be offering free beer to their fans before their match against Blackburn in a bid to increase attendance levels at the Reebok Stadium.



It says a lot that not even all the Old Slapper I could drink would make me want to watch Bolton and Blackburn play.

Argentina coach Basile quits after Chile loss

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Alfio Basile has resigned as coach of Argentina, the country's football association have confirmed.

Basile:
Jumping before being pushed








He now has more time for this activity...

England: Premier Weekend Previews & Predictions

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Thanks heavens the international lull is over and we can get back to the business at hand. Boro host Chelsea in the early match tomorrow while Arsenal welcome Everton to the Emirates, Villa host Pompey, Bolton and Blackburn meet at the Reebok, Roy Keane takes his men to Craven Cottage to face Fulham, Wigan are at Anfield and Manchester United welcome West Brom to Old Trafford.

Top 10: Football Hate Figures

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4. Luis Figo

It was the ultimate betrayal. In the fanatical world of El Clasico, Barcelona and Real Madrid, Figo's move to from the Nou Camp to the Bernabeu was one of football's most controversial transfers. It was not just the sight of their former darling wearing the white of Madrid.

Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas criticises Arsene Wenger's reliance on youth

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Cesc Fabregas has expressed his doubts on Arsene Wenger's youth policy, suggesting it has jeopardised chances of winning the Premier League title.

MLS Receives Seven Bids For New Franchises

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A total of seven cities submitted official bids to MLS, which will make it's decision in the coming weeks on who will become it's 17th and 18th franchises. The teams will follow in the footsteps of soon-to-be Seattle and Philadelphia teams.

FA Probe Into Norwich-Derby Match

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The Football Association is looking into match-fixing allegations relating to the Championship match between Norwich City and Derby on 4 October.

Freshly Squeezed Oranjes: New Dutch Talent

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With Oranje being plagued by injuries at the moment, question marks surround Holland's chances of challenging for the 2010 World Cup. Now's the time, then, to have a look at the youngsters capable of claiming an Oranje spot in the (near) future....





Ricky van Wolfswinkel

Quotes & Chants & Announcements & Jokes of the Week

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Spurs Joke of the Week:
"What's the difference between Spurs and a triangle? A triangle has three points."

"You can only bring in kids from a certain radius and a lot of our radius is in the water. Any good fish out there?"
Sunderland boss Roy Keane carps on about the geographical restrictions placed on him.

CONMEBOL: Argentina lose, Brazil booed off

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Argentina were outplayed and beaten 1-0 by a Chilean team led by their former coach Marcelo Bielsa in the World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday while Brazil continued their astonishing run of goalless draws at home.







She's sad because her man can't score.

UEFA: Portugal woe, Dutch and England march on

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Portugal's stuttering form continued as a goalless draw at home to 10-man Albania on Wednesday left them in third place in Group One.
WRAP

Belarus 1 - 3 England
Rooney double sets England on fire
England remain work in progress

Belgium 1 - 2 Spain
Late Villa header wins it but Torres hurt


Ireland 1 - 0 Cyrus
Keane goal wins it

Italy 2 - 1 Montenegro
Italy scrape past minnows

Germany 1 - 0 Wales
Wales at breaking point

CONCACAF: Jamaica and T&T win, Sven's men are held

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Jamaica followed up Saturday's shock 1-0 home win over Mexico with a repeat performance against Honduras on Wednesday to stay in the hunt for a place in the final round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.
WRAP



T&T 2 - 1 USA
American youngsters show inexperience
Veterans lead T&T
Player Ratings

France to halt games when anthem is booed

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Any football match in France before which the country's national anthem is booed will now be "immediately stopped", French Sports Minister Roselyne Bachelot said Wednesday after meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy. The dramatic move followed the booing of "La Marseillaise" during France's 3-1 friendly win over Tunisia at the Stade de France in Paris on Tuesday.

2010 World Cup Qualifying: Wednesday's UEFA Previews

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Coach Fabio Capello must rejig his defence as England head to Belarus for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier with John Terry and Ashley Cole both out of action while Germany have doubts over Michael Ballack in their fixture against Wales.

2010 World Cup Qualifying: Wednesday's Brazil & Argentina Previews

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The squad was then driven for three hours over mountain roads to Merida, arriving at the airport at around midnight, only to be told that their plane was still in Caracas. After a long delay during which they were served ham sandwiches and fizzy drinks in plastic cups, the squad were flown to Maracaibo and then on to Rio.

WAGS Made Us a Circus, says Rio

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'People worried more about what they wore than the football'



Richard Williams' take

Outcry in Argentina as Rosario president threatens to kill team

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Usandizaga, who is also a politician, was unwittingly caught on film earlier this month as he vented his spleen in front of the club's supporters. "Central are going to get out of this situation," he said. "We are going to move forward. We are going to kill the players, coaching staff and anyone else.

WAGs: The Past, Present and Future

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WAGs are under threat like never before. First the credit crunch brought their conspicuous consumption under the spotlight, now Rio Ferdinand has blamed them for English football's demise. So can the WAG survive?

Barcelona to Bid for Miami MLS Franchise

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The giant Catalan club will announce details of their plan to form a new MLS side in Miami on Wednesday, when the deadline expires for applications for two new expansion teams to be added for the 2011 season.

2010 World Cup Qualifying: U.S. to Field Youthful Lineup Against T&T

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Who:
United States vs Trinidad and Tobago
What:
World Cup 2010 qualifying, CONCACAF semifinal round, Group 1
When:
8 pm ET, Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Where:
Hasely Crawford Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad
TV:
ESPN and Galavision
Preview One
Preview Two

Martin Rogers Column

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Rogers takes a look back at the action over the past few days...

Atletico Hit by Stadium Ban

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Atletico Madrid have been hit with a stadium ban for their next two home Champions League fixtures as UEFA handed out their heaviest punishment so far for racism.

Gullit: Americans Are Afraid Of Soccer And Beckham Can’t Change That

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The Dutch former World and European player of the year speaks out about soccer in the United States two months after resigning as head coach of David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy, claiming that the beautiful game will never reach the heights of the other major sports.

Kevin McCarra: Beckham waits in wings for chance of another international cameo

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David Beckham's willingness to play only bit-parts for England encapsulates his career-long determination.

Rush: 'I'd wanted to stay at Chester'

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The Liverpool legend reflects on his tentative Anfield start and how a formidable pairing with Kenny Dalglish blossomed in the 1980s.

Raphael Honigstein in Germany

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Hapless at club level, but a hero for the national team, Lukas Podolski again provided the spark as Germany beat Russia.

Clown prince Podolski enjoys shining night.

Paolo Bandini in Italy

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Fighting and fascist salutes have forced Italy's football federation to ban their supporters from away games but exclusions alone won't solve their problems.

Sofia trouble overshadows young Azzurri's point well made.

Richard Williams: Three tweaks of his tactics bring Capello no closer to a midfield solution

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Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard survived Fabio Capello's tactical shifts but still struggled to dominate proceedings.

Finding football's soul at Dagenham & Redbridge

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The home of the Daggers would not win any awards for design or comfort, offers a level of corporate hospitality that is hardly worthy of the name and has terraces on three sides, with both ends open to the elements, but I found the whole experience incredibly refreshing.

Tim Vickery in South America

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The boy from Bolivia shows Colombia the way.

South American qualifiers marred by more trouble

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Brazil complained of hostile treatment in Venezuela and three players were sent off in Ecuador's win over Chile on Sunday to complete a stormy weekend in South American World Cup qualifying.

English Debate: The Trouble With Tottenham

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Among the more surprising aspects of the Premier League season so far is how, in sharply contrasting ways, Hull City and Tottenham Hotspur have defied expectations. Hull sit proudly in third place while few predicted that Spurs - even if the pre-season hype was typically overblown - would be rooted to the foot of the table after seven games, without a win or, it seems, much of a clue.

World Cup Qualifying: Spain marches on, England rallies after fans jeer

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European champion Spain won 3-0 at Estonia to extend its unbeaten streak to 25 games, and England outplayed Kazakhstan 5-1 in another World Cup qualifying game Saturday after being booed off the field at halftime by its fans. Struggling France rallied from two goals down to tie Romania 2-2 and preserve coach Raymond Domenech's job, and Germany edged Russia 2-1 to stay in first place in its group.

Senegal fans riot after World Cup qualifying exit

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The Senegalese supporters then blocked a major highway outside the stadium with burning tyres, rubbish and rocks, and black smoke filled the sky.

World Cup Qualifier: Jamaica Stump Mexico For Three Points

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Ricardo Fuller's beautiful strike gave the Reggae Boyz an impressive win against CONCACAF powerhouse Mexico in front of a boisterous crowd in Kingston.

U.S. routs an overmatched Cuban team

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While some young faces stepped onto the field and excited U.S. national team fans with skill and promise on Saturday night, it was the U.S. team's veterans who delivered the decisive performances in the Americans' 6-1 thrashing of Cuba at RFK Stadium.

Phil Ball in Spain

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Records, records and more records. Spain continue to break them with almost tedious regularity, but I'm sure you don't want a whole article on them. A brief mention then - after Spain dispatched poor Estonia in Tallin on Saturday night, in front of 7,500 spectators. What's the big sport in Estonia then?

Injured Terry to miss qualifier vs. Kazakhstan

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Coach Fabio Capello said that fellow centre-back Rio Ferdinand will take the armband at Wembley in his absence.

Murray rounds on bigots whose ‘bile’ has embarrassed Rangers

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Sir David Murray, the Rangers chairman, took a swipe yesterday at a section of the club's supporters that he said was expressing "bile" on a daily basis and tarring the reputation of the club.

Top 10 England Humiliations

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No7: USA 2 England 0 (1993)

England flew to the States on the back of a poor World Cup qualifying loss in Norway but worse was to come. Graham Taylor's side were all over the place as they were comfortably beaten in Massachusetts. Even Alexi Lalas — wearing his ginger-goatee beard — got on the scoresheet.

2010 World Cup Qualifying Previews: U.S. vs. Cuba

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U.S. vs. Cuba
Saturday
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
7 p.m. ET, ESPN Classic

U.S. vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Oct. 15
Hasely Crawford Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad
8 p.m. ET, ESPN

U.S. unlikely to take it easy against Cuba

2010 World Cup Qualifying Preview: UEFA

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Only two months into the European football season and Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands are already limping into World Cup qualifying games, leaving behind long lists of injured stars.

Premier League Reflections: Muscles Flexed Before The Break

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Graham Lister examines how the Premier League is looking as its best players go off on international duty...

The five greatest comebacks in football history

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After Liverpool came from two goals down to seal a dramatic 3-2 victory over Manchester City yesterday we thought we'd look back on the top five comebacks by English teams.

Euro 2008 Champion Awarded Beer by Sponsor

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The Spanish players will each receive their weight in beer from sponsor Cruzcampo after winning Euro 2008 at Austria and Switzerland in June.

Norman Hubbard: Heskey enjoying England renaissance

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Kazakhstan have been dubbed, presumably to their displeasure, "Borat's boys". But the 11 players representing the former Soviet republic at Wembley on Saturday won't be the only footballers accustomed to being the butt of the jokes. Built like a boxer, Emile Heskey has spent much of his career providing the punchline to gags.

Perfect Pitch: Inside the New Rio Tinto Stadium

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With Thursday night's big game on national TV, Real Salt Lake will open their new stadium. Regardless of whether RSL beat the New York Red Bulls or not, they -- and their fans -- will end up as the winners. Goal.com's Randy Davis takes you inside Rio Tinto Stadium.



Ahhh, yes. And the naming rights go to the mining company with a wonderful history of pollution.

Columbus Captain Leads The Troops -- Chugging A Beer (with video!)

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While serving a recent suspension, US international and Columbus Crew defender Frankie Hejduk spent some time tailgating with the club's fans and showing them the proper way to chug a brew.




Sanford, Frankie, Ivar and Little Frankie at USA/Ghana...

Adu, Altidore back on familiar ground with U.S. team

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Freddy Adu walked through the familiar old chain link fence, lined with green material and covered in places with unruly ivy, to practice on the same field that was part of his daily routine for three years with D.C. United.

Brown: I Stripped For Windass

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Hull City manager Phil Brown has revealed all regarding the nature of Dean Windass' transfer to the club...







Thankfully, I was not able to locate the picture in question...

Posh’s Legs, Children, And Bird Droppings Soothe Beckham

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The Los Angeles Galaxy and England superstar has admitted that his marriage is constantly under "pressure," but he says that there are various ways for him and Victoria to cope with it all.



"When she got back to the US she found that some New York beauty salons now offer the treatment.

Italy searches for answers as Lou Gehrig's disease strikes down players

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Former footballers are dying in unusual numbers and no one knows why.





Borgonovo during happier times...

Raphael Honigstein in Germany

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Jürgen Klinsmann has been inept so far in Munich, but he must succeed to keep the forces of conservatism at bay.

Judgment day inches closer for Bayern's revolution



Too much Fest?

Sacha Kljestan & the Loaded Plate

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This is the truth:
both the mind and schedule of Chivas USA star Sacha Kljestan have been exceedingly busy of late - and they will probably remain so into 2009.

Lampard tries to solve England's midfield mystery

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It is a mystery that has baffled a succession of England managers:

Why can't the country's two greatest midfielders play together?

Stars Failing to Shine in Africa

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African teams have raised the bar at the World Cup in recent tournaments and with Ghana impressing in Germany in 2006 and Senegal having made the quarter-finals in 2002, the expectations of the continent are high. Especially with the next showcase event set to take place in South Africa.

Goal.com Commentary: CONCACAF Alpha Dogs, Then What?

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The United States will soon be top dog in CONCACAF and Goal.com staff writer Noah Davis wonders where the team looks for new challenges.

Bank Crisis Hits Hammers Spending

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West Ham admit they will have to sell players before they can buy any new ones in the January transfer window.





Set To Go Under The Hammer

Tartan Army Faces Drink Crackdown

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Scotland's police forces said they are mounting a "major operation" to stop fans getting drunk on the way to this weekend's World Cup qualifier.

David Bentley blames Juande Ramos for losing his England place

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David Bentley believes he has lost his place in the England squad because he is being played out of position for his club. The right winger shook his head when Juande Ramos, the Tottenham Hotspur head coach, asked him to play at right back when he came on as a substitute during the 1-0 defeat by Hull City on Sunday and has been employed in several positions by the Spaniard this season.

Richard Williams: West Ham may soon not be the only club where bubbles burst

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The current indebtedness of England's leading football clubs ought to be filling everyone involved with profound unease.

Kevin McCarra: Capello is bound to strike problems by shunning Owen's cunning

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Fabio Capello should beware the omission of Michael Owen on the basis that he is 'only' a goal-poacher.

England: Premier League Team Of The Week + Table

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Team of the Week

Club






Played Points Chelsea





717 Liverpool





717 Hull





714 Arsenal





713 Aston Villa





713 West Ham





712 Portsmouth





712 Man Utd





611 West Brom





710 Blackburn





710 Man City





79 Middlesbrough





79 Wigan





78 Sunderland





78 Everton





78 Bolton





77 Fulham





66 Newcastle





75 Stoke





74 Tottenham





72

Uli Hesse-Lichtenberger in Germany

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The struggle for shirt sponsorship...












Eintracht Braunschweig's 1976 kit...

Paolo Bandini in Italy

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The Old Lady's first home defeat to Palermo for 46 years has increased the pressure on their much-maligned coach.

Ranieri losing numbers game at Juventus

Americans On The Continent: Highs And Lows For Gooch

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It was an up and down week for Oguchi Onyewu and his Standard Liege teammates, as they were able to knock Everton out of the UEFA Cup, but fell 4-1 to Cercle Brugge in league play.

Phil Ball in Spain

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Managerial magic and its affects...









Valencia's 37-year-old gaffer...

UEFA Cup Draw: Milan Get Pompey, Spurs Meet Udinese

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Goal.com examines the draw for the Group Stage of the UEFA Cup.

Sevilla, Stuttgart and Sampdoria face off in one of the 'groups of death', AC Milan meet Heerenveen and Braga, and Hamburg square off with Ajax...

Sid Lowe in Spain

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A 6-1 humiliation at the Camp Nou suggests that Atlético's supposed title challenge is a sham.

Barcelona leave Coupet standing as Atlético implode

Americans in the UK: Dempsey Shows Grit

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In his weekly round-up of how the Yanks in the UK did, Goal.com's Matthew Braine sings the praises of unfavored Fulham striker Clint Dempsey, who impressed in his first start of the season.

Spain: La Liga Weekend Reports

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Espanol hold Real Madrid to a draw, Barcelona shoot six past Atletico, Valencia go top of the table, Villarreal win and Sevilla cruise...

REPORTS

Italy: Serie A Weekend Reports

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Palermo shock Juventus in Turin, Fiorentina win on the road, nine-man Roma lose in Siena, Lecce snatch a draw at Lazio and Inter win at the San Siro over Bologna and Milan can't score...

REPORTS

England axe leaves Michael Owen fearing worst

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Michael Owen's future as an England player looked bleaker than ever last night after Fabio Capello excluded him from the squad for the World Cup qualifying matches against Kazakhstan and Belarus.

The Fall & Rise of David Beckham

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He's a mediocre player for a failing team in a terrible league. But the Galaxy star's American adventure is not the disaster everyone foretold. In Los Angeles, Guy Adams reports on how he's filling stadiums and winning friends – despite losing on the pitch.

Richard Jolly at the City of Manchester Stadium

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Torres. Key to the title?


Manchester City 2 - 3 Liverpool

Adu: Bocanegra And I Must Represent Our Country Well

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Despite not playing much for his new club, Monaco, American starlet Freddy Adu has admitted he has responsibilities that go beyond the soccer field.

England: Premier League Wrap & Reports

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Spurs are off to their worst start since 1912 after losing to Hull at home, Liverpool rally to top Manchester City (see Richard Jolley's report below), Arsenal salvage a draw at Sunderland, Chelsea and Manchester United cruise, Everton and Newcastle draw and Zola tastes defeat as West Ham are beaten by Bolton.

Spain: La Liga Weekend Preview

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Barcelona and Messi face Kun and Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid host Espanol, Valencia go to Valladolid...

Preview

Let's hear it for the Arsenal

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All fans think their football club is special but it may be time to acknowledge that, to bastardise George Orwell, one club is more special than all the others. In these difficult economic times only one Premier League club is resisting – indeed actively fighting off – the rush to embrace a rich foreign businessman in the hope that they can buy success, and more importantly provide a massive dividend for the existing owners.

Manchester United's Alex Ferguson has firepower to trump rivals

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Six games into the domestic season with a couple of Champions League ties under their belts, it's worth taking a look at England's big four clubs in relation to the strikers at their disposal.

Italy: Serie A Weekend Preview

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Inter host Bologna, Juventus welcome Palermo, Lecce go to Lazio, Chievo host Fiorentina and Milan are on Sardinia to play Cagliari...

Preview

Germany: Bundesliga Weekend Preview

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Once again, due to the European fixtures this week involving German sides, the Bundesliga sees just five games on Saturday with three being played on Sunday. Bayern Munich are at home to VfL Bochum, while league leaders Hamburg face Cottbus.

Goal.com previews all the weekend action.

England: Premier League Weekend Previews & Predictions

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Manchester United go to Ewood Park to see their old boy Paul Ince, Chelsea host Villa, West Ham welcome Bolton, Sunderland host Arsenal, Liverpool go to Manchester City, Tottenham host Hull and Everton and Newcastle play at Goodison Park in the Clash of the Crisis Clubs...

Preview One

Preview Two

Preview Three

Lawro's Predictions

Tony Cascarino Column

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Spare a thought for Wes Brown, the forgotten man of Manchester United.






Brown relaxes with his family after a hard day's work at Old Trafford...

Henry On Guardiola, Ronaldinho And LIfe At Barça

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Thierry Henry has stated that he believes Pep Guardiola will bring success back to Barcelona and that the club's fans will now be able to see the best of him again.

"If you could see my iPod you would find Guns‘n'Roses, Nirvana, Jay-Z, Lionel Ritchie, Michael Jackson, 50 Cent, Public Enemy, Wu Tang Clan, Das EFX," he concluded.

Joe Kinnear swears an amazing 52 times in a five-minute rant at the Daily Mirror

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This is spectacular. Who knew Joe Kinnear sounds so much like Ricky Gervais?

JK Which one is Simon Bird [Daily Mirror's north-east football writer]?

SB Me.

JK You're a cunt.

SB Thank you.

JK Which one is Hickman [Niall, football writer for the Express]?

UEFA Cup: Gloom deepens for Moyes as Everton crash

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Standard Liege 2 - 1 Everton
"I want to stay" says Moyes despite unsigned contract

Manchester City 2 -1 Omonia Nicosia
Wright-Phillips sparkles as Hughes' men ease through

A Manchester City fan shows his appreciation for the traveling Nicosia supporters...


Wisla Krakow 1 - 1 Tottenham
Turgid Tottenham scrape through

Also: Milan and Aston Villa advance, Dortmund do not.

Calcio Debate: Ibrahimovic – A Square Peg In A Round Hole?

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic still doesn't seem completely comfortable playing in Jose Mourinho's 4-3-3 formation. Carlo Garganese asks whether the Swede can produce his best in the Special One's system...

Zenit deny UEFA Cup semi-final fixing claim

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Zenit St Petersburg manager Dick Advocaat has joined his club in expressing his dismay at allegations that the Russian club won the UEFA Cup by virtue of match-fixing.

Norman Hubbard on Arsenal

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Anyone who predicted Hull City's victory at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday can congratulate themselves on their foresight, safe in the knowledge few others thought such an upset was possible. Yet there is a way of defeating Arsenal, and from that perspective Daniel Cousin's winner, headed in from a corner, was predictable.

The Joy of Six: Manager/Media Spats

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A selection of the most volcanic managerial funks, featuring Big Ron, Fergie and Baron Greenback's sibling.

It's make or break time, admits Moyes

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Everton manager hopes that victory in Belgium tonight can kick-start their season.



He's upset...

Europe's Surprise Trio

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Europe's premier club competition is now well underway and 32 of the continent's finest teams are all still in the running to reach the knockout phase next year. Mark Pickering assesses the credentials of three of the more noteworthy teams in this year's edition of the Champions League.

Product Test and Review: Nike Arsenal Property Tee - Gray

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I wasn't having the best day a few weeks ago, but then I received an email that turned my frown upside down. The fine folks at soccerpro.com invited me to test one of their products. Not only would I receive an item and get to try it out, I would be allowed to pontificate to my heart's content about said piece of merchandise.

Richard Jolley at Anfield

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Liverpool 3 - 1 PSV Eindhoven
Understudies upstage Anfield star









The worst goal celebration in football?

Champions League Wrap: Magical Messi rescues Barca as Cluj defy Chelsea

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Liverpool win (see Richard Jolley's report in the previous post), Chelsea held in Romania, Inter and Werder Bremen draw, Messi strikes twice late to give Barcelona a win and Atletico Madrid beat Marseilles...

Wrap


Suspected knee ligament damage will put Drogba out six weeks.

Top 10 Worst Premier League Haircuts

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No. 8: David Seaman

While the secret to Samson's strength was his hair, the longer Seaman's locks grew, the more dodgy he became. The Arsenal keeper's ponytail sunk to its lowest depth at the 2002 World Cup – dangling behind him as he desperately failed to claw out Ronaldinho's freak free-kick that knocked England out.

Martin Samuel: Why the Fear Factor Haunts North London

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Juande Ramos, the Tottenham Hotspur head coach, may not have spent enough time on his English homework, but he is well acquainted with his history. The observation that his job is on the line after Sunday's 2-0 defeat by Portsmouth at Fratton Park showed a strong knowledge of how calmly the Tottenham directors traditionally react to the spectre of relegation.

Zenit Linked With UEFA Cup Match-Fixing - Report

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Reports from Spanish newspaper ABC claim that two Russian mafia kingpins have been arrested in Spain, and the pair have been caught talking about incidents of match-fixing in the semi-final and final of last season's UEFA Cup campaign involving Zenit St. Petersburg...

Juventus Focus: Goal drought puts Ranieri under pressure

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At the beginning of the season Juventus were tipped to be the main challengers to Scudetto holders Internazionale but a worrying lack of goals means the Bianconeri are already playing catch-up in Serie A.

The Kids Are Alright: Football's Youngest Ever

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If you're good enough, you're old enough goes the footballing mantra and with Reuben Noble-Lazarus making his debut for Barnsley aged just 15 years and 45 days he is in good company for record-breaking precociousness.

Ives: Seven players that deserve a look by Bradley

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Bradley needs to make full use of the luxury of running away with his qualifying group by using the remaining qualifiers to take a look at some of the better young prospects in the U.S. national team pool.




Former Wake Forest star Jeremiah White...

Champions League Wrap: Juve hold on, Real down Zenit

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Manchester United and Arsenal win, Fiorentina and Bayern held...

Wrap




Scholes is out for two months and Rooney hurt his ankle...


AaB Aalborg 0 - 3 Manchester United
Berbatov sparks into life with a double

Zenit St. Petersburg 1 - 2 Real Madrid
Madrid win thriller

Villarreal 1 - 0 Celtic
Senna sends Celtic home empty-handed yet again

Arsenal 4 - 0 Porto
Arsenal blow away Hull hangover
Defensive frailties still apparent

BATE Borisov 2 - 2 Juventus
Dismal Juve

Bayern Munich 1 - 1 Lyon
Problems mount for Klinsmann

2008 - 2009 UEFA Champions League: Wednesday Previews

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What: UEFA Champions League, Group D, Matchday 2
Who: Liverpool (2nd, 3 pts) v PSV Eindhoven (4th, 0 pts)
When: Wednesday 1st October, 1945 BST
Where: Anfield, Liverpool
PREVIEW
Rafa thinks he's finally got the right balance


Cluj's stadium...


What: Champions League Group D, Matchday 2
Who: Atlético Madrid (1st, 3pts) vs Olympique de Marseille (3rd, 0pts)
When: Wednesday 1st October, 20.