Sanford's Soccer Net Archives for January 2008
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.
Diego Maradona will have no need to make any wishes when he blows out the candles on his birthday
cake on Thursday.
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
Fulham 2 - 0 Wigan
Bolton 0 - 1 Everton
Middlesbrough 2 - 0 Manchester City
Tensions high as SWP tells Southgate to fuck off
Nº Team GP W D L Pts 1.
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.
The American jamboree divides opinion like few other tournaments, but it was surely the best World
Cup since the 80s.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
"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.
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.
Graham Lister reviews the career of Tony Adams following his appointment this week as the new
manager of Premier League Portsmouth...
Inter and Roma seek quick fix to growing problems
Fiorentina vs. Inter
Roma vs. Sampdoria
Milan vs. Siena
Bologna vs. Juventus
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.
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!
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
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
Is it Maradona's time?
Tony Adams, Paolo Di Canio and Diego Maradona
Newcastle 2 - 1 West Brom
Joey Barton spots chance to earn Newcastle United breathing space
Phil Holland talks to Ex-Spurs and Arsenal stalwarts ahead of today's North London Derby.
We can be as big as Arsenal
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
The Bundesliga's surprise leaders are a team built around attacking football and a crafty
Hoffenheim party like it's 1899.
An 1899 Benz: Pimped ride the 19th century...
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.
When they attend Bundesliga games, Hoffenheim fans wear T-shirts with the inscription, "The
entire village is here."
It may not be an overstatement.
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.
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...
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
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.
In an exclusive interview with The Times, the Manchester United manager offers candid reflections
on his remarkable career - and sets his retirement date.
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
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
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, who has been Redknapp's assistant for the last two years, had been tipped to land the job as
Portsmouth look for consistency.
Napoli's film producer owner could not have written a better script for his team's rise up the
Rags to riches story reaches its climax as Reja takes Napoli to the Serie A summit.
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.
As both the madness at the Madrigal and the top of the table prove, Spanish football is getting
Goals galore as La Liga shakes off its torpor.
Former Premier League star Freddie Ljungberg has left England for the United States of
Ready to cause sleepless nights in Seattle...
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.
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.
Chelsea 0 - 1 Liverpool
Liverpool have the hallmark of title winners
Liverpool close to a title challenge
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.
"John thinks there are mitigating circumstances.
I listened and then I made a decision he was wrong."
Roma lose, Juventus win Turin Derby, Inter held scoreless, Fiorentina cruise...
Barcelona start dreaming again
Tottenham 2 - 0 Bolton
Redknapp's miracle work begins
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.
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.
Another loss for Tottenham and Pompey fall apart...
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
Camoranesi to miss Turin Derby
Higuain could replace RVN
Here Ginola, a former France international, lays out his five-point plan to turn around the club's
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.
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
Phil McNulty on Chelsea vs.
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.
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.
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?
Nélson - Pareja - Pellerano - Morris
Busquets - Van Der Vaart - Román - Shojaei
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
OCTOBER 24 2004:
MANCHESTER UNITED 2-0 ARSENAL
Chelsea 1 - 0 Roma
The Insider at Stamford Bridge
Totti provides few moments of quality
Atletico Madrid 1 - 1 Liverpool
Sid Lowe at the Vicente Calderón
Inter Milan 1 - 0 Anorthosis Famagusta
Adriano goal settles drab affair
Basel 0 - 5 Barcelona
Panathinaikos 2 - 2 Werder Bremen
Bordeaux 1 - 0 CFR Cluj
French stay alive
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.
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??
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
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...
With every close decision analysed like molecules, the abuse and risk of injury, "linos"
have a terrible time week in, week out.
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
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
It's personal for Torres and Benitez
What: Champions League, Group C
Who: FC Basel (4th, 0pts) v FC Barcelona (1st, 6pts)
When: 20:45 CET - Wednesday, October 22, 2008
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...
"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."
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...
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.
Manchester United 3 - 0 Celtic
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.
David Beckham has agreed to move to AC Milan on loan in January, the Italian club has told BBC
Steve Davis gives us an update on what's going on in MLS...
No Mo in the playoffs...
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
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.
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.
Ravi Ubha's Roundup of Yanks Abroad
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
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
What: Champions League Group Stage
Who: FC Bayern vs AC Fiorentina
When: Tuesday October 21, 2008 at 20:45 CET
Where: Allianz Arena
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
Who: Villarreal vs.
Bayern's return to winning ways means attention can turn to the team causing most excitement in the
Order is restored at Bayern while Hoffenheim's upstarts come good.
Team of the Week
Winners & Losers
Newcastle 2 - 2 Manchester City
Ireland strike denies 10-man Newcastle a precious win
Barclays Premier League Table
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
Stitching up the mattress makers
Inter crush Roma to stay top, Napoli stun Juventus, Lazio lose and Fiorentina cruise...
R Mehdi's Reports
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
Football had a depressingly Seventies retro weekend full of crowd violence, coin throwing and even
a spat involving octogenarian Jimmy Hill.
Spurs' decision-making has been poor, a fact exemplified by their defeat at Stoke.
The defender seemingly chose club over country after sitting out on international duty only to play
90 minutes for Chelsea.
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.
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
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
The Madrid derby ended on a familiar note, even though Atlético thought they had it won for
Derby day in Madrid brings Atlético same old woes.
Stoke City 2 - 1 Tottenham
Spurs continue to sink
Is Bacary the long-lost Williams brother???
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...
Tomorrow's Madrid Derby at the Calderon leads the fixture list in Spain...
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
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.
Talk in Sheffield is of nothing but Sunday's derby where league position, form and logic go out the
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.
Alfio Basile has resigned as coach of Argentina, the country's football association have
Jumping before being pushed
He now has more time for this activity...
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.
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.
Cesc Fabregas has expressed his doubts on Arsene Wenger's youth policy, suggesting it has
jeopardised chances of winning the Premier League title.
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.
The Football Association is looking into match-fixing allegations relating to the Championship
match between Norwich City and Derby on 4 October.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
T&T 2 - 1 USA
American youngsters show inexperience
Veterans lead T&T
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
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.
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.
'People worried more about what they wore than the football'
Richard Williams' take
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 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?
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.
United States vs Trinidad and Tobago
World Cup 2010 qualifying, CONCACAF semifinal round, Group 1
8 pm ET, Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Hasely Crawford Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad
ESPN and Galavision
Rogers takes a look back at the action over the past few days...
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.
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.
David Beckham's willingness to play only bit-parts for England encapsulates his career-long
The Liverpool legend reflects on his tentative Anfield start and how a formidable pairing with
Kenny Dalglish blossomed in the 1980s.
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.
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.
Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard survived Fabio Capello's tactical shifts but still struggled to
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.
The boy from Bolivia shows Colombia the way.
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.
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
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.
The Senegalese supporters then blocked a major highway outside the stadium with burning tyres,
rubbish and rocks, and black smoke filled the sky.
Ricardo Fuller's beautiful strike gave the Reggae Boyz an impressive win against CONCACAF
powerhouse Mexico in front of a boisterous crowd in Kingston.
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.
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
Coach Fabio Capello said that fellow centre-back Rio Ferdinand will take the armband at Wembley in
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.
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
U.S. vs. Cuba
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
7 p.m. ET, ESPN Classic
U.S. vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Hasely Crawford Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad
8 p.m. ET, ESPN
U.S. unlikely to take it easy against Cuba
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.
Graham Lister examines how the Premier League is looking as its best players go off on
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.
The Spanish players will each receive their weight in beer from sponsor Cruzcampo after winning
Euro 2008 at Austria and Switzerland in June.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Hull City manager Phil Brown has revealed all regarding the nature of Dean Windass' transfer to the
Thankfully, I was not able to locate the picture in question...
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
"When she got back to the US she found that some New York beauty salons now offer the
Former footballers are dying in unusual numbers and no one knows why.
Borgonovo during happier times...
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?
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.
It is a mystery that has baffled a succession of England managers:
Why can't the country's two greatest midfielders play together?
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.
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.
West Ham admit they will have to sell players before they can buy any new ones in the January
Set To Go Under The Hammer
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 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.
The current indebtedness of England's leading football clubs ought to be filling everyone involved
with profound unease.
Fabio Capello should beware the omission of Michael Owen on the basis that he is 'only' a
Team of the Week
Played Points Chelsea
713 Aston Villa
713 West Ham
712 Man Utd
611 West Brom
710 Man City
The struggle for shirt sponsorship...
Eintracht Braunschweig's 1976 kit...
The Old Lady's first home defeat to Palermo for 46 years has increased the pressure on their
Ranieri losing numbers game at Juventus
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.
Managerial magic and its affects...
Valencia's 37-year-old gaffer...
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...
A 6-1 humiliation at the Camp Nou suggests that Atlético's supposed title challenge is a
Barcelona leave Coupet standing as Atlético implode
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.
Espanol hold Real Madrid to a draw, Barcelona shoot six past Atletico, Valencia go top of the
table, Villarreal win and Sevilla cruise...
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...
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.
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.
Torres. Key to the title?
Manchester City 2 - 3 Liverpool
Despite not playing much for his new club, Monaco, American starlet Freddy Adu has admitted he has
responsibilities that go beyond the soccer field.
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.
Barcelona and Messi face Kun and Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid host Espanol, Valencia go to
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.
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.
Inter host Bologna, Juventus welcome Palermo, Lecce go to Lazio, Chievo host Fiorentina and Milan
are on Sardinia to play Cagliari...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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]?
JK You're a cunt.
SB Thank you.
JK Which one is Hickman [Niall, football writer for the Express]?
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.
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
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.
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.
A selection of the most volcanic managerial funks, featuring Big Ron, Fergie and Baron Greenback's
Everton manager hopes that victory in Belgium tonight can kick-start their season.
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.
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.
Liverpool 3 - 1 PSV Eindhoven
Understudies upstage Anfield star
The worst goal celebration in football?
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
Suspected knee ligament damage will put Drogba out six weeks.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
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
Former Wake Forest star Jeremiah White...
Manchester United and Arsenal win, Fiorentina and Bayern held...
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
Bayern Munich 1 - 1 Lyon
Problems mount for Klinsmann
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
Rafa thinks he's finally got the right balance
What: Champions League Group D, Matchday 2
Who: Atlético Madrid (1st, 3pts) vs Olympique de Marseille (3rd, 0pts)
When: Wednesday 1st October, 20.