Sanford's Soccer Net Archives for January 2008
An attacking midfielder and a product of Milford, Mass., Videira played his college soccer at Duke,
where he was a three-time semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy (2005, 2006,
2007) and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) third-team All-America selection
in both 2006 and 2007.
Spain's glorious triumph at Euro 2008 was one of the stories of the year, and the manner of victory
played its part in the makeup of Yahoo! Sports' Best XI from the last 12 months.
Recently acquired by Giggs, Ronaldo and van der Sar...
Also in 2000 an English amateur player, Lee Todd, was sent off after two seconds when he responded
to the referee's whistle to start the game by saying "xxxx me, that was loud" and was
dismissed for foul and abusive language.
The Damned United, a film about Brian Clough's 44-day disaster at Leeds United, will be
released next year. An adaptation of David Peace's brilliant novel, it's billed as the inside story
of the most catastrophic managerial reign in English football history.
And that's exactly what it was.
DaMarcus Beasley and Maurice Edu, Rangers
vs. Celtic (Both DNP)
Neither American was involved in the Old Firm clash on Saturday as Celtic won a close battle 1-0.
Both Beasley and Edu have had a hard time earning playing time this season. Edu is getting some
quality reps with the Reserves, but Beasley's time has lessened this season.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard yesterday hailed the current squad as "the best" during
his time at the club. Here, Telegraph Sport's Jeremy Wilson assesses this season's table-topping
team with the last Liverpool side to win the league title back in 1989/90.
In light of the recent revelations over Steven Gerrard's alleged involvement in an early morning
assault, Goal.com glances through the police files of other fallen idols.
One report suggested Gerrard and a group of his friends were involved in an altercation after the
man refused to allow them to choose the songs played on the venue's sound system. Gerrard is a big
fan of Phil Collins and counts the singer's greatest hits as his favourite album. He is also
partial to Coldplay.
He is the type of player who would rather miss the bus than be seen breaking into a sprint, but, as
a sense of urgency grew around Old Trafford last night, it was the languid figure of Dimitar
Berbatov who ensured that Manchester United did not fall further behind schedule in their hunt for
a third successive Premier League title.
Wins for Reds, Gunners, Baggies, Hammers, Latics and Toffees
Deuce's Deuce holds Chelsea...
Nº Team GP W D L Pts 1. Liverpool 20 13 6 1 45 2. Chelsea 20 12 6 2 42 3. Manchester Utd 17 10
5 2 35 4. Arsenal 20 10 5 5 35 5.
Almost a decade and a half after his European adventure began, Ronaldo is back in his homeland
and preparing for the new season with Corinthians.
Some see this as a sign of the growing strength of Brazilian domestic football, but I'm not so
sure. To me it seems more like a sign of its weakness.
The Derby County manager, Paul Jewell, has resigned from his position with immediate effect, with
the club's chairman, Adam Pearson, claiming the role had "taken its toll" on the
What: Barclays Premier League, Matchday 20
Who: Manchester United (3rd, 35 pts/51 pts) vs. Middlesbrough (17th, 20 pts/57 pts)
When: Monday 29th December, 20:00 GMT
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester
Arsenal 1 - 0 Portsmouth
Below-par Gunners paper over cracks
Newcastle 1 - 5 Liverpool
Liverpool inspired by peerless Gerrard
Another one got away.
That's the general consensus among American soccer fans who were faced with the disappointing
news that highly regarded defender Neven Subotic of the German Bundesliga team Borussia Dortmund
had chosen to play for Serbia rather than the U.S. national team. Subotic's decision ended a
lengthy saga that saw him transform from Bosnian immigrant to U.
The Liverpool captain was arrested along with five other people in the early hours of this morning
after an alleged altercation at a licensed premises on Bold Street, Southport. Gerrard has spent
the night at a police station and is still being questioned about the incident this morning.
Welcome to what seems like the 163rd Fiver Christmas Awards, although in truth they're actually
only the ninth. Or are they the 10th? Nope, it's no good, we've lost both count and the will to
live. Anyway, enough of the padding-ou ... hold on ... pleasantries. Let's get on with handing out
these awards, and then we can all get on with our lives, eh?
Everton 0 - 0 Chelsea
Chelsea scuppered by Terry's dismissal
Nº Team GP W D L Pts 1. Liverpool 18 11 6 1 39 2. Chelsea 18 11 5 2 38 3. Aston Villa 18 10 4
4 34 4.
Mallorca, in debt and in danger, scrambled a draw with Sevilla at the weekend but the club remain
in utter disarray.
Mallorca facing a battle with the banks and bulldozers
Santa Claus brings nothing more than a pile of uncertainty for English Premier League clubs this
Christmas. With the league choked at top and bottom, no one wants to end up as the festive turkeys.
The title is still wide open as the midway point of the campaign approaches, with the usual
suspects of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool all firmly in the hunt.
Arsène Wenger's period of dominance is over, undermined by boardroom unrest and his own
David Beckham began his Milan charm offensive but his new side remain nine points off the pace in
Beckham receives lukewarm welcome as Serie A enters its winter break.
Jozy Altidore was left in the stands for Villarreal's heartbreaking 2-1 loss against Barcelona.
Clint Dempsey, Fulham
vs. Boro (90 minutes, 1 goal)
Dempsey grabbed his second goal of the season on Saturday, touching up Middlesbrough in the 59th
minute for the third Fulham goal of the day. The 25-year-old midfielder scored after some great
build up play from Andy Johnson and Danny Murphy.
Barcelona go off for their Christmas break ten points ahead of their nearest rivals, Sevilla, after
coming back from one-down in an awkward game at Villarreal. In this final column for the season, I
would expect to be able to say for certain that the Catalans will take the title when summer comes,
but you never know.
This is making the rounds all of a sudden. Cheers to JD and Ken for the heads up...
Arsenal have suffered a bitter blow to their hopes of success this season with the news that Cesc
Fabregas will miss up to four months with the knee injury he sustained against Liverpool on Sunday.
Diarra completes move from Portsmouth to Real Madrid
Team of the Week
David Beckham's love match with AC Milan
Ibrahimovic better than Ronaldo
Nº Team GP W D L Pts 1. Inter Milan 17 13 3 1 42 2. Juventus 17 11 3 3 36 3. AC Milan 17 10 3
4 33 4. Fiorentina 17 10 2 5 32 5.
What: Barclays Premier League
Who: Everton (7th, 25 pts) vs Chelsea (2nd, 37 pts)
When: Monday, 22 December 2008 – 20:00 GMT
Where: Goodison Park, Liverpool
Richard Jolly at the Hawthorns:
West Ham 2 - 1 Manchester City
Adebayor sending off was a joke
The confrontation between Manchester United players and members of Chelsea ground staff following
United's 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge was regarded by many as just one more example of the worst
of the Premier League.
FA's handling of Evra affair under fire
The Bundesliga's winter break has arrived and Hoffenheim have been crowned "Autumn
Champions," courtesy of a draw against nine-man Schalke 04. Mönchengladbach have been
experiencing a rough season, whereas Hoffenheim are having an excellent one. Werder are going
through a mixed season.
Jose Mourinho's opportunity to outwit Sir Alex Ferguson again is just one of the intriguing
sub-plots from a mouth-watering line-up for the last 16.
Memories of Michael Thomas still haunt Liverpool, but they can finish off Arsenal's title hopes
with a win at the Emirates.
A Twente fan was injured by a hatchet in clashes with Paris St Germain supporters ahead of a UEFA
Cup game at the Parc des Princes, police said on Thursday.
Liverpool's trip to North London on Sunday to face Arsenal is the marquee match of the weekend.
Elsewhere, Everton host Chelsea, West Brom welcome Manchester City, Newcastle host Spurs, Villa are
at West Ham, Hull host Sunderland, Fulham welcome Boro to Craven Cottage, Pompey go to Bolton and
Blackburn play Stoke.
"I must admit I have a dressing room curiosity over Beckham. I want to see if he is equipped
as he is in the underwear adverts."
AC Milan striker Marco Borriello looks forward to the arrival of Goldenballs.
David Pleat: "Here comes the surging Brazilian right-back... he's Argentinian
Holders Manchester United FC will take on FC Internazionale Milano in the first knockout round of
the UEFA Champions League following today's draw in Nyon.
Columbus Crew Stadium is the meat and potatoes of American soccer grounds.
Sat 20 Dec 2008 (all times local)
20:00 Real Madrid - Valencia
22:00 Espanyol - Atletico Madrid
Sun 21 Dec
17:00 Mallorca - Sevilla
17:00 Osasuna - Getafe
17:00 Deportivo - Recreativo
17:00 Numancia - Valladolid
17:00 Racing - Malaga
17:00 Sporting - Almeria
19:00 Villarreal - Barcelona
21:00 Betis - Athletic
Ewan Macdonald looks ahead to the last weekend of Primera Division action in 2008.
The Brazilian's desire to make the 2010 World Cup means he could light up the Unibond Northern
Spain struck a joyous blow for the beautiful game as they finally shone on the international stage
but the misery of Chelsea captain John Terry on a rainy May night in Moscow provided soccer's most
vivid image of 2008.
This tournament is totally retaaarded and worthless so I'll not be posting any links on the
subject. I suppose I'd be excited if I were a Gamba Osaka fan and Manchester United came to play my
team. But if I were a United fan I'd be furious that my club has to travel around the world to
compete in what is simply a money-making endeavor for sponsors and organizers.
Even as Premier League clubs are busy scouring the European market for January transfer window
targets there is a wealth of talent available closer to home in the Championship.
Arsenal's future ownership was plunged into fresh doubt on Wednesday night when it emerged that
Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith and Richard Carr, who between them own more than 20 per cent of the
company's shares, have left the board of Arsenal Holdings plc.
Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith = Gone
San Lorenzo beat Tigre 2-1 in the first game of a three-way Argentine championship playoff on
Wednesday, the match ending in ugly scenes as the losers protested over a red card. Play was halted
for nearly six minutes in stoppage-time after Tigre goalkeeper Daniel Islas shoved his hand in the
face of San Lorenzo midfielder Pablo Barrientos.
There are many measures of sustained success, but one of the most intimidating was apparent at
White Hart Lane on Saturday. When Sir Alex Ferguson decided upon a double change, the men
introduced had a combined haul of almost 50 trophies and the best part of 1400 appearances for
This week's Counterattack takes on the question of which American player has been the greatest
overseas performer in history.
Big Brad during his forgettable stint at Liverpool...
Rosario's two big football clubs are casting away past controversies to build a brighter future for
Rosario: One big football city with a tale of two presidents
Olympique Lyon's French international Sidney Govou was arrested and found five times over the
French drink-driving limit, police said on Monday.
Liverpool are the best supported football team in the Premier League, as more than a third of
football fans claim to support their team based on "past successes".
Allardyce is reported to have been in discussions with the Ewood Park outfit since late on Tuesday
night and he is now set to succeed Paul Ince.
English goals, Chelsea's blues, Carra in the red
Cristiano Ronaldo and other stars looked bleary-eyed as they emerged from a swanky club after their
Christmas party early yesterday.
You won't find Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard or John Terry here. We've tried to give the
little-known and the under-rated their due by concentrating on those who have enhanced their
reputations this year. The kind of footballers who took their game to the next level in 2008, no
matter what level it was before.
The United States will play its home World Cup qualifier against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, for the
third straight time following victories in 2001 and 2005. The Feb. 11 match will be the U.S. opener
of the final round of World Cup qualifying in the North and Central American and Caribbean
Let's hope it looks like this in central Ohio for the match.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has tried to dissuade his players from moving to the Premier
League by claiming "English women do not wash their genitalia."
It's too early to place the Bulgarian alongside the antichrist of Old Trafford, but there are
As we draw ever nearer the end of 2008, it's time to take a look back at the year that was.
The United States national team had another successful campaign, storming through the semifinal
round of CONCACAF World Cup 2010 qualifying and removing any doubt over its status as one of the
top two teams in the region.
Eduardo da Silva will, all things going well, take to the pitch once more in an Arsenal shirt
Aston Villa has teased, poked, and threatened all season, and finally, the battle is for real as
Villa supplanted Arsenal in fourth place after defeating Bolton on Saturday.
Eddie Johnson, Cardiff
Johnson played 17 minutes on Tuesday against Burnley as the Bluebirds coughed up a 2-1 lead and
eventually drew 2-2 on the road.
Oguchi Onyewu spearheaded the Yanks playing in continental Europe, helping his side to the top of
the Belgian table. In Germany, Neven Subotic and his Dortmund teammates got the upper hand over
Michael Bradley's Monchengladbach.
Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes (France)
vs. Nantes, 0-0, 90 minutes
Carlos Bocanegra and the nearly impregnable Rennes defense continued their stalwart run in Ligue 1
play, but again came up short in the final third, drawing with Nantes to leave them at 5th in the
The first three-way play-off for Argentina's Apertura title for 40 years silences all the
Boca, Tigre and San Lorenzo in three-way Christmas fight for title
Opponents believe they will score when they face current crop, the former captain tells David
For the first time in the club's proud history La Liga champions Real Madrid appear to be
celebrating a loss to their great rivals Barcelona.
Surely this cannot be Real as Madrid revel in el clásico defeat
The season's surprise package will go into the winter break on top but a tired draw against Schalke
hints at tougher times ahead.
Hoffenheim hobble to Winter Championship
The failure of the Premier League's established order to impose themselves has added an element of
surprise to proceedings.
"I don't think Paul knew his best XI and I think that was the problem. When you are letting in
an awful lot of goals you've got to rectify it and he didn't quite do that."
Young guns Claudio Marchisio and Paolo De Ceglie excelled as Claudio Ranieri's side threw down an
emphatic challenge to leaders Inter.
Youth trumps experience as rampant Juve expose Milan's creaks
The Italian chose the ideal venue — the ground where he was idolised as a player — to
demonstrate his management potential.
Zola summons West Ham performance of craft cast in his own image
As we approach the midpoint of the English Premier League season, one statistical anomaly has
lasted too long to be a coincidence.
Home comforts are meaning little this campaign, with five of the top seven EPL teams having won
more away games than on their own territory. Now, it would be easy to disregard the evidence as a
freak run of away results, but the evidence points more toward a shift in mentality.
The Argentine Apertura championship ended in a three-way tie on Sunday as leading trio San Lorenzo,
Boca Juniors and Tigre all won their final games to finish level on points at the top and force a
Goal difference is not used to decide the title and a three-way playoff will be held, the first
in the tournament's history, with matches on Dec.
The futures of Newcastle's Michael Owen and Liverpool's £20m summer signing Robbie Keane were
on the agenda after a weekend of contrasting fortunes for the two strikers.
As most of Chelsea's all-time greats are either deceased or still playing in their current team,
this occasion was always going to be something of a novelty for the Stamford Bridge faithful.
Zola returns to upset Chelsea
Few have shown a greater gift for on-field defiance than Paul Ince. Among the iconic images of the
England football team's history is Ince, bloodied and bandaged, but unbeaten, in Rome's Stadio
Olimpico. Qualification for the 1998 World Cup represented his finest hour.
Pressure mounts on under-fire Ince
The top four all drew and Villa won so they move above Arsenal...
Six goals in Turin as Juventus down Milan. Six goals in Milan as well as Inter down Chievo. Napoli
Barcelona beat Real Madrid...
This time last year it was hard not to get excited about a magnificent mop-haired midfielder who
was the hub of a Manchester City team challenging for the Champions League places. Michael Johnson,
then 19, had a retro haircut and a playing style to match, an elegant, upright approach that had
many City fans comparing him with Colin Bell.
Grant: Chelsea players acted like children
Hull Striker King Arrested For Assault
Spurs players worse for wear after booze-up
Rooney could face three-match ban for stomp
This weekend a global audience of hundreds of millions will watch one of sport's fiercest
At the 98,000-capacity Camp Nou stadium, Barcelona welcome rivals Real Madrid as
two of world football's giants meet in La Liga for the first time this season.
Manchester United's trip to White Hart Lane tops the fixture list this weekend. Elsewhere,
Manchester City host Everton, Liverpool host Hull, Fulham go to Stoke, Wigan welcome Blackburn,
Arsenal go to Boro, Villa welcome Bolton, West Ham go over to Chelsea, Newcastle travel way down to
Portsmouth and Sunderland host West Brom.
Milan's trip to Turin to face Juventus dominates the scene but there are some other clubs in action
Baptism by fire for Juande Ramos as he takes his struggling Real Madrid outfit to the Camp Nou to
face Barcelona. Elsewhere, other teams in the league play against each other...
From sunken Armadas to a ballistic Super Caley, The Guardian looks at the moment-defining headlines
that have become stories in themselves.
There was a time when Liverpool's No. 7 shirt ranked among the most prized in football, when, for a
decade and a half, it was in the possession of first Kevin Keegan and then Kenny Dalglish. Now,
however, an observer could be forgiven for thinking it denotes the greatest underachiever at
The Argentine championship is set for a dramatic finale on Sunday as four teams go into the final
round of games with a chance of winning the Apertura title. Boca Juniors, San Lorenzo and upstarts
Tigre are level on 36 points from 18 games while Lanus are two points behind.
One of the classic encounters of Italian football awaits Calcio fans on Sunday night.
The Premier League's elite quartet ensured it was business as usual in the Champions League as
they made their way into the last 16 and the knockout phase - but the passage was not always
Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal have cast a huge shadow over the tournament,
with an English presence in every final since 2005.
Even before the final round of UEFA Champions League group matches, 13 of the 16 teams had booked
their place in the knockout phase. That's why Matchday 6 was an odd way for the competition to
close up shop for the next couple of months. Several teams that had already advanced to the last 16
decided to rest key players this week.
It's impossible to win at Barca's stadium. They are devastating. I think it is their
Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster writes out his own P45.
"If I'd scored two goals in the old days it would have been straight to the pub for
sausage and chips and a pint. Now it's a bottle of water and some wine gums - it's not quite the
Rooney was involved in a series of clashes with at least three Aalborg players throughout the match
and appeared to bring down his studs on Kasper Risgard when his opponent was on the floor.
January's transfer window approaches as Kaka and co decide their futures...
10. Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy- Everton)
A £5 million move has been suggested and the Galaxy striker has already been contacted by
Everton, with a view to a loan; he is sorely needed with Aiyegbeni Yakubu out for the season.
Barry Norman Hutchinson, 49, pleaded guilty to racist or obscene chanting under the Football
Offences Act 1991 during the Magpies' 0-0 derby draw at Middlesbrough on November 29. His
23-year-old son, Andrew Barry Hutchinson, denies the same charge. Hutchinson Sr was fined £270
with £45 costs, but escaped a banning order which would have prevented him attending games
anywhere in the country.
Back in 1999, U.S. soccer put together the first U-17 national residency squad. It was an
experiment, if you will, a European-style training center, set up in Bradenton, Fla. The mission?
Resurrect the slumping game here.
Progress for the U.S. national teams, at times slowly, has followed.
Defending champion Manchester United, Bayern Munich, FC Porto and Juventus finished at the top of
their Champions League groups on Wednesday, making them seeded teams for the knockout round ahead
of next week's draw. Man United drew with Aalborg 2-2 in Group E, Bayern beat Lyon 3-2 in Group F,
Porto defeated Arsenal 2-0 in Group G, and Juventus was held to a 0-0 draw by BATE Borisov in Group
With Liverpool and Chelsea having safely negotiated their passage to the last 16 of the UEFA
Champions League, Wednesday's action turns to Arsenal and Manchester United's bids to top their
Pictures have been released of the Spurs fans accused of chanting racist and homophobic abuse at
Pompey's Sol Campbell.
Despite the abuse officers didn't arrest the fans at the time as they feared it may spark a riot.
Chelsea scraped through to the second round of the Champions League alongside AS Roma and
Panathinaikos after beating CFR Cluj 2-1 on Tuesday. Cluj had no hope of a place in the next round
but looked likely to deny Chelsea the victory it needed to be sure of advancing until last season's
runner-up brought on star striker Didier Drogba as a late substitute.
Reports out of Belgium have linked American defender Oguchi Onyewu with the struggling Blackburn
Rovers of the England's Premiership.
Here is a look at the 10 MLS players expected to draw the most interest from European clubs when
the transfer window opens on New Year's Day:
Out of 55 names included on the list for the uefa.com team of the year award, Spain's victory at
Euro 2008 has seen more than half their squad put forward for nomination.
Right backs: Aleksandr Anyukov (Zenit St. Petersburg), José Boswingwa (Chelsea), Maicon
(Inter), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
Another good week for Americans in Europe saw Jozy Altidore go the full 90 for Villarreal in a very
exciting draw against Getafe.
Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes
Away to Caen, 1-1, 90
Carlos Bocanegra and his Rennes teammates put in
yet another solid defensive display, extending their unbeaten run to 15 games.
Sheffield Wednesday defender Frank Simek finally returned to action on Saturday, helping his club
earn a late draw against Southampton.
DaMarcus Beasley and Maurice Edu, Rangers
Vs. Hamilton (79 minutes) Edu (DNP-Unused substitute)
Rangers ran wild on Hamilton Saturday, scoring 7 times after shockingly going down 1-0 within the
first two minutes.
Thirty years ago the European Cup had all the drama you could possibly want.
An absorbing rivalry is born in a pulsating top-of-the-table showdown between the Bundesliga
champions and the newly promoted upstarts.
To Bayern the spoils, to Hoffenheim the plaudits in a David v Goliath classic.
New England Revolution defender Michael Parkhurst has signed a contract to play for FC
Nordsjaelland of Denmark's SAS Ligaen starting in January 2009, and was presented today a press
conference in Farum.
Former Sevilla and Tottenham Hotspur coach Juande Ramos has been handed a six-month contract at
Real Madrid after the Spanish giants parted company with Bernd Schuster on Tuesday.
Real Madrid: 11 coaches in 10 years
Guus Hiddink - 1998 - 1999
John Toshack - 1999
Vicente Del Bosque - 1999 - 2003
Carlos Queiroz - 2003 - 2004
Jose Antonio Camacho - 2004
Mariano Garcia Remon - 2004
Vanderlei Luxemburgo - 2004 - '05
Juan Ramon Lopez Caro - 2005 - '06
Fabio Capello - 2006 - '07
Bernd Schuster - 2007 - '08
Juande Ramos - 2008 - present
Madrid's coach reckons a battling home defeat to Sevilla leaves no hope for the visit to Camp
Time for Real Madrid fans to follow Schuster and accept the inevitable
My 13 year-old son's into some Canadian band called 'Sum 41'. I'd not heard of them myself but then
again music did stop for me in 1982 when Captain Beefheart decided to call it a day. Anyway, my son
asked me the other day, 'Dad. What does ''It's so easy when you're always in the Nile'' mean?
Ledley King and Jamie O'Hara give Harry Redknapp winning return.
The Argentine has proved his value yet again, upstaging a brash Sampdoria striker as
Grifone maintained their winning momentum.
Milito cuts Cassano down to size with Genoa derby winner
The final three spots in the second round of the Champions League will be filled after this week's
final round of group matches, with Chelsea unexpectedly among those still trying to qualify. With
13 clubs already through to the next round, a haul of just one point from two matches has left
Chelsea vying with AS Roma and Bordeaux for one of Group A's top two spots.
The much hyped game of the season certainly lived up to its billing with a great game at the
Allianz Arena. The Bavarians triumphed 2-1 but were made to work for the three points by
Bayern Munich 2-1 1899 Hoffenheim
Emmanuel Eboue felt the full fury of the Emirates when Arsenal beat Wigan on Saturday - suffering
personal abuse on such a level that he became the substitute who had to be substituted.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech talks exclusively about how fatherhood and the fractured skull he
suffered on the pitch made him look at his life in a new way, and how he owes his love of sport to
growing up under the Communist system in Czechoslovakia.
Inter have little trouble with Lazio
Genoa win the Derby, Milan and Juventus keep pace
CLUB GP W L D PTS GD Internazionale1511133617 Juventus159333013 AC Milan15933308 Napoli15843277
Fiorentina15852268 Genoa15744256 Atalanta15762234 Lazio15762233 Catania1565422-1 Udinese15663213
Palermo1567220-1 Cagliari1567220-1 AS Roma1466220-2 Siena1556419-2 Sampdoria1446416-4
Lecce1526713-7 Torino1539312-9 Reggina1539312-16 Bologna1528511-11 Chievo Verona1521039-15
Arsenal 1 - 0 Wigan
Arsenal stumble over finish line
Manchester United 1 - 0 Sunderland
No Keane and no point for Sunderland
Everton 2 - 3 Aston Villa
Young's last-gasp strike stuns Everton
West Brom 1 - 1 Portsmouth
Crouch nets equalizer to keep Baggies bottom
Club Played Points Liverpool1637 Chelsea1636 Manchester United1531 Arsenal1629 Aston Villa1628 Hull
City1626 Portsmouth1623 Everton1622 Fulham1520 Bolton Wanderers1620 Wigan Athletic1619
Middlesbrough1619 Stoke City1619 Manchester City1618 West Ham United1518 Newcastle United1616
Tottenham Hotspur1515 Sunderland1615 Blackburn Rovers1613 West Bromwich Albion1612
What: Barclays Premier League Matchday 16
Who: West Ham United (15th, 18pts), Tottenham Hotspur (17th, 15pts)
When: Monday 08 December, 8pm BST
Where: Upton Park, West Ham, London
Henry nets three as Barcelona cruise past Valencia
More woe for Real Madrid as Sevilla win in seven-goal thriller
Club Played Points Barcelona1435 Villarreal1429 Valencia1427 Sevilla FC1427 Real Madrid1426
Atlético Madrid1424 Deportivo La Coruña1424 Valladolid1420 Real Betis1418 Getafe1418
Málaga1418 Sporting Gijon1418 Racing Santander1416 Almeria1415 Numancia1414 Athletic
Bilbao1413 Mallorca1413 Espanyol1413 Recreativo Huelva1410 Osasuna149
The footballer Thierry Henry has reached a divorce settlement with his ex-wife reported to be worth
The pair, who have a two-year-old daughter called Tea, met while appearing in television adverts
for Renault cars.
Over six years ago Niall Quinn sat in a news conference explaining why Roy Keane had left the
Republic of Ireland's squad for the 2002 World Cup. On Thursday, Quinn found himself explaining a
second Keane exit, this time announcing the 37-year-old's reign as manager of the north-east club
was over after less than two-and-a-half years.
Chelsea go to Bolton, Liverpool are at Ewood Park, Keaneless Sunderland head to Old Trafford,
Fulham host Manchester City, Arsenal welcome Wigan, Hull host Boro, Stoke are at St. James' Park,
Everton welcome Villa, West Brom welcome Portsmouth, and Spurs head to East London to face West
A pretty juicy clash this weekend as Barcelona host Valencia. Elsewhere, struggling Real Madrid
have a tough match at home against Sevilla while Jozy Altidore and Villarreal host Getafe...
From Diego Maradona gaining revenge on the Butcher of Bilbao to Franny Lee KO'ing Norman Hunter,
Scott Murray looks at the footballers and managers who lost it big time.
Ronaldo also defended himself against accusations of diving. "You know Hercules? He was hefty
and muscular but sometimes he fell," he said.
Hercules protects his face from being hit by a soccer ball...
Former European Cup winners Hamburg, Aston Villa and Ajax qualified for the knockout round of the
UEFA Cup from the same group Thursday— although one of them lost and another didn't play.
James clanger puts Pompey out of UEFA Cup
Sampdoria's Antonio Cassano and Genoa striker Diego Milito can each claim to be the revelations of
Serie A this season even if their clubs have been more inconsistent. The in-form pair will be on
opposing sides on Sunday (1930 GMT) in the hotly-contested Genoa derby, a rare occasion for the two
famous Italian clubs to snatch back some of the limelight from the dominant trio of Inter Milan, AC
Milan and Juventus.
Workers are scheduled to break ground on a $115 million soccer stadium just outside
The current site...seriously.
With two rounds left until the winter break, the Bundesliga witnesses a David and Goliath clash
this week as the mighty Bayern Munich take on minnows - yet league leaders - 1899 Hoffenheim.
Elsewhere the teams at the bottom are looking for three points to give themselves some early
"I think I still have a couple of his studs in my ankle I can give back to him."
West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola has an early Christmas gift for Keano. He could do with some
"Are you Bournemouth in disguise?
Chants were directed against the Egyptian striker as he came on as subsitute at the Riverside in
Saturday's goalless draw. The FA wrote to the Tyne and Tees clubs last August after a similar
outburst from the stands and issued Newcastle with a final warning. But no banning orders have been
handed out and the FA has simply promised a new investigation into the repeat incident.
3. Heurelho Gomes
(PSV Eindhoven – Tottenham, £7.8 million)
Gomes has become the latest custodian to fall foul of the goalkeeping graveyard that is White
Hart Lane. A regular in the Champions League with former club PSV Eindhoven, Gomes was seen as the
experienced, reliable answer to the problem of Paul Robinson, but instead has turned out to be a
comedy turn whose fear of crosses is more pronounced than Dracula's.
Estimates suggest more than 200 people have died in football- related murders in Argentina -
but why, and what can be done?
Liverpool skipper Gerrard, 28, said: "I am truly privileged."
Stevie's is the one on the left...
Roy Keane has resigned as Sunderland manager following a dreadful run of form that has plunged the
club into the Premier League's relegation zone.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claims that the loan deal for the Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan is
currently set to end before the start of the 2009 MLS Season.
Crowd trouble overshadowed Udinese's passage into the UEFA Cup knockout phase alongside
Galatasaray, Standard Liege, FC Twente and Metalist Kharkiv on Wednesday. Udinese became the first
Group D team to qualify by beating Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 in a match that was temporarily suspended when
visiting Croatian fans launched flares onto the Italian pitch.
Tottenham maintained its League Cup defense Wednesday by rallying to beat Watford 2-1, while Carlos
Tevez scored four times to put Manchester United into the semifinals with a 5-3 victory over
Clint Dempsey, Fulham
vs. Aston Villa
Dempsey played a good game on Saturday, playing aggressively while also trying his best to hold his
spot in the starting XI. He nearly opened the scoring for the London club as his 20-yard effort had
to be tip over the bar by fellow American, Brad Friedel.
From Sylvester Stallone's fondness for Everton to the soft spot that Adolf Hitler had for Schalke
04 and Osama bin Laden's connection with Arsenal, Kaveh Solhekol lists the famous fans you really
don't want behind your team.
I spent the larger part of Monday evening reading an article in a monthly magazine and then
checking the reactions across various message boards. The magazine's cover, almost solely devoted
to this one story, depicts your classic prohibition sign, with the diagonal line crossing a
megaphone. Below that are the words "Silence, please!
The transfer window opens next month. Prepare for speculation galore...
Beer and football; two pleasures inextricably linked, but at a time when fans are tightening their
belts and trying to cut down on frivolous spending it seems that the evil, money-grabbing football
clubs in the Premier League are conducting a booze shakedown.
Premier League pints
Chelsea - £4
Arsenal - £3.
Jozy Altidore picked up a rare La Liga start for Villarreal. The 19-year-old striker has been eased
into the squad since making his 7 digit move to Spain from Red Bull New York, but is starting to
perform as he torments Recreativo Huelva.
And Michael Bradley scored an own goal.
Burnley 2 - 0 Arsenal
Young guns crash out
What now for the kids?
Richard Jolly at Turf Moor
Stoke 0 - 1 Derby
Rams on the brink of Wembley
Beware the pink boots, Caldwell...
Fans may be on the verge of forgiving derided coach Víctor Muñoz for his lack of glamour
after he masterminded victory over Real Madrid.
Muñoz keeps his chin up as Getafe enjoy last laugh over dysfunctional Real.
Sunderland manager accused of stumbling around 'in a fog'
Schalke's supporters have turned on sporting director Andreas Müller as their
expensively-assembled team continues to fall short of expectations.
Müller in the firing line as Schalke's furious fans look for someone to blame.
Our favorite Schalke fan photo.
The Zebrette's Champions League hopes are fading, but Pasquale Marino may not have the resources to
lift Udinese back into the European places.
Slender Udinese need to fatten up after Christmas.
Manchester City 0 - 1 Manchester United
A Derby Day to Forget for Ronaldo
Quite a decent week for Barcelona, to quote a phrase. A 2-5 win in Lisbon in midweek followed by a
0-3 result in the Sánchez Pizjuan in Sevilla - never an easy place to visit - means that all
is tickety-boo on the Catalan front. Messi even had time to lift his shirt and show us his flat
tummy after his first goal, which was a little nod to the commentary team of La Sexta TV
channel, who had suggested a while ago that he might have been a little overweight.
Gianfranco Zola handed Chelsea a multitude of reasons to revere him as their greatest ever player.
Last night he gave them cause to toast his move into management as West Ham restricted Liverpool's
rise to the top at an angst-ridden Anfield. Reaching the summit has rarely been greeted with such
bewilderment in these parts.
Ferguson forecasts fight to the finish
Liverpool top, but for how long?
Adebayor reveals Arsenal's Achilles Heel
Fans taunt Mido again
Premier League Table
Club Played Points Liverpool1534 Chelsea1533 Man Utd1428 Arsenal1526 Aston Villa1525 Hull1523
Everton1522 Portsmouth1522 Bolton1520 Fulham1419 Wigan1519 Middlesbrough1519 West Ham1518 Stoke1518
Man City1517 Tottenham1515 Newcastle1515 Sunderland1515 Blackburn1513 West Brom1511
I'm taking a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday. Back on Tuesday. And thanks to The English Pub in
Naples, Florida, for their hospitality (and fine cask Fullers ESB ) during the Chelsea/Arsenal