Sanford's Soccer Net Archives for January 2009
The major non-event of last weekend was the cancellation of the Classico between Marseille and
Paris SG. The supporters made up for it by rioting in downtown Marseille antagonizing locals and
behaving like the idiots they are. Many arrests, mostly local fans when it seemed like the
Parisians started it all.
Marouane Chamakh, Hull City's interested...
The major non-event of last weekend was the cancellation of the Classico between Marseille and
Paris SG. The supporters made up for it by rioting in downtown Marseille antagonizing locals and
behaving like the idiots they are. Many arrests, mostly local fans when it seemed like the
Parisians started it all.
From Gazza's Wembley howitzer to an infamous off-field result, here are half a dozen memorable
north London derbies.
Saturday lunchtime's North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur kicks off the
latest round of Premier League fixtures.
The day of Halloween sees nine top-flight matches take place, including Chelsea's trip to Bolton
Wanderers, Fulham versus Liverpool, Manchester United against Blackburn Rovers and troubled Hull
City's clash with Burnley.
Third host fourth in 162nd competitive clash between north London foes...
When: Saturday, 31 October
Kick-off: 8:45am EDT
Where: Emirates Stadium, London N5
U.S. TV: ESPN2
Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor was interviewed on CNN International by the sports
correspondent Pedro Pinto. He spoke about his early months at Eastlands, how they can get into the
top four and why the attitude of former team-mates hurts.
The Forecast reflects on Thursday night's 0-0 draw between Houston and Seattle before casting its
eye over the remaining first leg ties on tap this weekend.
Schalke host Leverkusen, Bayern travel to Stuttgart and Werder pay Nuernberg a visit in this week's
Borussia Dortmund â€“ Hertha Berlin
Koeln - Hannover
Hamburg â€“ Borussia M'gladbach
Nuernberg â€“ Werder Bremen
Stuttgart â€“ Bayern Munich
Wolfsburg â€“ Mainz
Schalke â€“ Bayer Leverkusen
Freiburg â€“ Hoffenheim
Eintracht Frankfurt â€“ Bochum
Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero has urged his side to "turn the page" ahead of their clash
against Getafe. "We have to turn the page and think of Getafe. We are Real Madrid and we have the
club's prestige to defend. We are going to give it everything against Getafe."
Reigning European and Spanish champions Barcelona have no such concerns, and they go to Osasuna
with a three-point lead over second-placed Madrid with seven wins in eight games.
Juventus are looking to end an impressive week on a high when they host Napoli on Saturday.
Third-placed Sampdoria expect to erase the humiliation at the hands of Juve and focus on
maintaining their unbeaten run at the Luigi Ferraris stadium against Bari.
Promoted side Parma are determined to defend their fourth position in the standings when they
travel to the San Siro to meet AC Milan on Saturday.
Blood, noise, yellow cards and a disputed whistle outnumbered scoring chances as expansion Seattle
made its MLS postseason debut with a scoreless tie against the more experienced and bullish Houston
Dynamo on Thursday night.
Seattle couldn't take advantage of dominating possession, or the energy created by 35,807 fans at
Inter Milan moved four points clear at the top of Serie A after winning an eight-goal thriller
against Palermo tonight.
The game seemed to be all wrapped up when two goals each from Samuel Eto'o and Mario Balotelli
gave Inter a 4-0 lead at the interval, but Palermo fought their way back to put the Nerazzurri
The 5-1 win over Samp was an ideal start for Jean-Claude Blanc, who's wasted no time in seeking a
club badge makeover.
Show of force from Juventus as their new president sees the stars.
"I had a great experience in the MLS, where they treated me very well, but at this stage of my
career there were some clubs from the Mexican league that wanted me to come home," Blanco said on
his Web site. "I will start a new stage in Veracruz, a place where I used to play and I promised to
Wigan striker Marlon King has been jailed for 18 months after being found guilty of groping a young
woman in a nightclub and then breaking her nose when she spurned his "disgusting'' advances, with
the Premier League club confirming they will now sack the player.
I'd planned to write a full match report for the Arsenal vs Liverpool Carling Cup game I went to
last night, but there's not much to write. For a League Cup fixture it wasn't a bad game at all,
with two excellent goals and quality throughout. But most of the things I could write about either
side have been written plenty of times before.
Robbie Keane reckons Spurs have a better squad than Arsenal, which gives the Daily Bung a fair idea
how Saturday might turn out...
I don't like Robbie Keane...
Striker Henrik Larsson bid an emotional farewell to football last night, admitting his decision to
retire had left an "emptiness".
A class act who will be missed...
Kyle McCarthy runs the rule over the eight MLS Cup contenders and assesses which teams are in the
best spot to lift the trophy at Qwest Field.
The MLS playoffs are an exercise in which lunacy often prevails. In the past five postseasons, the
lower seeds have won their first-round series almost half the time. Top seeds have found the going
especially rough, falling six out of ten times during this period. In fact, you have to go back to
2003, when Chicago and San Jose both triumphed, to find the last time that the No.
Juventus moved up to second in Serie A after thrashing Sampdoria as AC Milan were denied three
points by a dramatic comeback from Napoli.
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While other clubs are fighting for silverware, worrying over bad results or wondering if they could
do better, there's one team that is proving to be a revelation in the Spanish Primera DivisiÃ³n.
Real Mallorca are reborn from the ashes and, with hardly any new faces, are comfortably in the top
half of the table.
With the world writing about South Africa ahead of the 2010 World Cup, Goal.com thought it
was time to find out what people who actually live in the host country have to say.
We talked to three young, talented and passionate people who call the Rainbow Nation home.
Arsenal 2 - 1 Liverpool
Arsenal's youngsters shine brightly again
Manchester City 5 - 1 Scunthorpe
Santa Cruz leads returning calvary
Chelsea 4 - 0 Bolton
Chelsea reserves thrash Megson's pussycats
The Football Association has confirmed they are to investigate reports of crowd disturbances in the
clash between Barnsley and Manchester United.
There are reports that eight catering staff were trapped inside a food kiosk and had to barricade
themselves in a store room for around 25 minutes as fans broke in and stole cash from the till and
food from the shelves.
Luigi Del Neri believes Sampdoria's match at Juventus on Wednesday evening will provide a true
indicator as to their potential.
Inter are set to welcome their top scorer Diego Milito back to the starting line-up for Thursday's
game against fourth-placed Palermo with the Argentinian having shaken off a thigh injury.
Arsenal vs. Liverpool
Chelsea vs. Bolton
Manchester City vs. Scunthorpe
"His was a terrific performance," O'Neill said of Guzan, who was standing in for Brad Friedel, his
fellow American. "I think he's a great goalkeeper in the making. He's got everything in his locker
and he's as brave as they come. I can pay him no higher compliment than to say I expected him to
make all those saves.
Google the word "AD Alcorcon". Chances are the first thing you will notice is the glaring typo made
by every football website across the globe. But there's no typo. Alcorcon did beat Real Madrid 4-0
on Tuesday night.
Madrid name team worth Â£125m, with 465 caps and 95 honours - and are humbled 4-0 by third division
With the World Cup playoffs and draw just around the corner, Carlo Garganese looks at the Top 10
World Cup goalkeeping blunders of all time...
From Landon Donovan's volley against New England to Claudio Lopez's strike against L.A., 2009 has
seen a superb batch of goals.
"I can't stand it when someone is mean," she complained to the weekly celebrity gossip publication.
"I want a man anyway, not someone who runs about like a little girl. He's a wimp!"
Manchester United bounced back from their weekend disappointment, while Tottenham, Portsmouth and
Blackburn also reached the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.
A private plane carrying the Potters back from Fratton Park was forced to make an emergency landing
at Gatwick Airport after players became concerned by a burning smell in the cabin.
A game against Dagenham & Redbridge at Spurs Lodge training ground last week saw a Spurs XI packed
full of internationals take to the field eager for some much-needed match practice, but Redknapp
has few qualms about the plight that established and highly-paid stars Bentley and Pavlyuchenko
find themselves in.
It was great to see the U.S. qualify for the World Cup and I think that's great for American
soccer, but as a Swede, of course I'm upset that we couldn't qualify. Our biggest rival is Denmark
and we knocked them out last qualification round and unfortunately they knocked us out this
And they are much more relaxed here in Seattle.
Stop the God-awful crawl ticker thingy during ESPN's soccer coverage. I'm tired of tying two
scarves together and wrapping them around my television to block the crawl. Cheers to Jackie for
passing this along. -Sanford
Stop the Crawl
Case in point...
"I had come from Man United with the slippers, dressing gowns and heated floors. All of a sudden I
was getting changed in a tent, chasing ducks off the training pitch and cleaning up their mess. And
they leave a mess like dogs, believe me."
Steve Bruce fondly recalls the day he left United to join Birmingham.
The length of time for both injured American players to recuperate for the World Cup is short.
Goal.com looks at those who performed poorly in the ninth round of action...
The first set of fixtures in the fourth round of the Carling Cup take place on Tuesday night as
holders Manchester United bid to avoid an upset. Elsewhere, there are all-top-flight clashes as
Sunderland host Aston Villa, Portsmouth welcome Stoke, and Everton visit Tottenham in the quest to
reach the quarter-finals.
South America is a million miles away from contemporary, cosmopolitan western Europe. Distances are
vast, mass salaries are low, air travel is expensive. There has been little significant mass
immigration to the continent in decades.
Everyone knew Abel Resino was going to get the sack. What everyone didn't know was that AtlÃ©tico
would such a mess of it.
Nine coaches in one day? And still AtlÃ©tico blow it in most ridiculous way.
The former Italy defender wasn't the only hero for Milan at Chievo, but the other one would have
been far harder to predict.
Milan saved by Alessandro Nesta's brilliance and an unlikely helping hand.
A time-wasting ballboy dared to cross the Stuttgart goalkeeper as the club suffered a fourth
Jens Lehmann aims ire at Hannover ballboy after Stuttgart hit 'rock bottom'.
The leading sides are no longer good enough to feel safe â€“ and that makes the season more
Last Friday, AtlÃ©tico de Madrid's supremo, Enrique Cerezo, decided to fire the
rojiblanco coach, Abel Resino. Just like all things AtlÃ©tico, Abel's tenure was an
emotional rollercoaster full of expectations, disappointments and a significant amount of
During these intense eight months, any sharp observer would distinguish four very different
The Texas native scored his first Premier League goal of the season on Sunday, grabbing an
equalizer in Manchester to give Fulham a share of the points.
A mixed week for Spanish fortunes, with the country's leading European lights (at least in
statistical terms), both slipping up in the Champions League, although Sevilla continued to make it
look like child's play with a 3-1 win at Stuttgart. Champions League? They're 'aving a laugh.
Chelsea had one as well, predictably stuffing AtlÃ©tico Madrid 4-0 and condemning their manager,
Abel Resino, to the social security queue.
"It's going to cost him a lot of money, unfortunately," Brown said. "That for me is information
that stays in house. The reason he wasn't on the bench was our business."
Get fired already, will you...?
English Premier League
Italian Serie A
FrÃ©dÃ©ric Thiriez, the president of the French Football League, has defended his handling of the
decision to postpone Marseille's Ligue 1 match at home to Paris St Germain because of swine flu.
Manchester United are negative, Birmingham should be more positive and Phil Brown fans are braced
for the worst.
"...this was the most spineless, lily-livered and unforgivable performance of Ferguson's 23 years
at the club."
Rams fans show their displeasure after loss to QPR...
With two playoff berths on the line and a host of possible outcomes, the final weekend of the MLS
season promised drama and delivered it in a big way. Kyle McCarthy kept a running diary of the
weekend and breaks it down minute-by-minute.
Richard Jolly at Anfield
Liverpool 2 - 0 Manchester United
Kevin Palmer at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea 5 - 0 Blackburn
Harry Harris at Upton Park
West Ham 2 - 2 Arsenal
Liverpool's victory over Manchester United ensured a change in mood on Merseyside while Chelsea
climbed to the Premier League summit in emphatic circumstances.
Elsewhere on another top-flight weekend of twists and turns, Arsenal were made to rue two points
dropped against West Ham United, Manchester City also let a two-goal lead slip while Stoke City
pulled off a smash-and-grab at Tottenham Hotspur.
The fine folks at soccerpro.com have once again asked for my razor-sharp product analysis. This
time, it's something a wee bit more important than a t-shirt. The item in question this time around
is the Puma King Classic Top di. Yes, it's the boot revered across the globe for its simple lines,
supple leather, and all-black no-nonsense approach to the game.
It was quite the week for French teams in European football where Lyon showed incredible poise and
Hugo Lloris certainly scored some points as the # 1 goalkeeper for France for the World Cup...it
was also somewhat poetic justice to see a team Houllier successfully coached for 2 years beat
Benitez's Liverpool at Anfield.
"Yes, we have crime," Jordaan said, noting that South Africa has seen an increase in tourism of
around one million visitors a year. "But there is a difference between societal crime and hosting a
big event and tourism."
If the crime is being sexy, then lock 'em up, right?
Liverpool host Premier League champions Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday in what is
considered to be a make-or-break game for Rafa Benitez. Elsewhere on a full weekend programme of
top-flight action, Wolverhampton Wanderers entertain Midlands rivals Aston Villa on Saturday
lunchtime, Chelsea are in action against Blackburn Rovers while Arsenal make the short trip across
London to Upton Park to tackle struggling West Ham United.
Watch YouTube clips of classic matches between Liverpool and Manchester United as English
football's fiercest rivalry is renewed in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday.
It had always looked a desperate, last-ditch attempt to avoid introducing video technology, but on
Thursday night the true folly of Michel Platini's idea to introduce an extra assistant referee
behind each goal in Europa League matches was truly exposed.
Jermaine Pennant has accused Rafael BenÃtez of "restricting" his players and failing to get the
best out of the Liverpool squad. The winger, who left the club to join Real Zaragoza in the summer,
believes the Spaniard's managerial style and cautious tactics have resulted in some high-profile
players finding their best form elsewhere.
The Forecast gears up for the final weekend of the regular season and winds its way through the
decisive round of fixtures.
U.S. National Team forward Landon Donovan made history today by winning the 2009 Honda Player of
the Year Award, thus becoming the only six time winner of the most coveted prize in U.S. Soccer.
For the last 19 years, the award has honored the best player on the U.S. National Soccer Team as
chosen by the American soccer media.
Tough challenges lie ahead for Leverkusen, Hamburg and Schalke in this weekend's Bundesliga
Bayer Leverkusen - Borussia Dortmund
Bayern Munich - Eintracht Frankfurt
Borussia M'gladbach - Koeln
Hannover - Stuttgart
Mainz - Freiburg
Hoffenheim - Nuernberg
Hertha Berlin - Wolfsburg
Schalke - Hamburg
Bochum - Werder Bremen
Barcelona and Real Madrid attempt to bounce back from midweek losses.
Fiorentina host Napoli, Inter welcome Catania, Milan go to Verona to face Chievo, Roma have
Livorno, Siena host Juventus...
Javier Saviola and Oscar Cardozo both scored twice as Benfica blew UEFA Europa League Group
I wide open with a comprehensive 5-0 defeat of previously unbeaten Everton.
The Russian team with a name like a Harry Potter spell have turned Group F into a magical prospect.
From England's doomed heroism in St Etienne to Man City's stunning comeback against Spurs, here are
half a dozen of the best displays with 10 men.
Rafael BenÃtez's team may have lost their fourth consecutive game in all competitions against Lyon
on Tuesday night but they are not the first Liverpool team to suffer such a poor run of form, and
probably won't be the last.
Goal.com selects the best in show from a week in which the big teams struggled...
First there was the question of Alan Wiley's fitness. Then there were the issues caused by an
inflatable ball purchased from the Liverpool club shop. Sunderland's successes have an unfortunate
habit of being obscured in unlikely fashion. Nevertheless, the last two matches have marked a
seismic step forward from Steve Bruce's side.
And now, all of a sudden, Moyes may have a new and unfamiliar problem: options. The days of untried
unknowns making up the numbers on the bench may be nearing an end, the era when substitutions were
predictable because the alternatives were so underwhelming is almost over. Everton still have three
significant long-term absentees - Jagielka, Arteta and Phil Neville - but their squad is acquiring
With World Cup qualification confirmed, U.S. coach Bob Bradley continues to evaluate players.
ESPNsoccernet projects whom we think Bradley will choose as his 23-man U.S. roster for the 2010
Still in the mix...
Players are ranked from top to bottom in terms of how certain a lock they appear to be for the
roster and their current perceived pecking order.
Four consecutive losses have left Liverpool seemingly at the risk of implosion. After defeat by
Lyons in the Champions League on Tuesday, their next opponents are Manchester United and Rafael
BenÃtez's side will take to the pitch at Anfield on Sunday in the knowledge that another loss
would all but end their Barclays Premier League title hopes with seven months of the campaign
France are likely to be without midfield star Franck Ribery for their two World Cup play-off
matches against the Republic of Ireland.
It is a measure of Arsene Wenger's impact on global football that having arrived at Arsenal in
1996 to the headline "Arsene Who?", he could now waltz into almost any managerial post in the
Other leading clubs would long since have sacked a manager who failed to lift a single trophy in
four years but, as Gerard Houllier told BBC Sport, "Why do Real Madrid still want him then?
Chelsea and Manchester United maintained their 100 per cent records in the UEFA Champions League
group phase as AC Milan beat Real Madrid in a thriller.
Real Madrid 2 - 3 AC Milan:
Pato settles five-goal thriller
Sid Lowe: Pato double rocks Madrid
CSKA Moscow 0 - 1 Manchester United: Valencia completes happy Moscow return
United meals destroyed by Russian customs
Bordeaux 2 - 1 Bayern Munich: Two missed penalties, two red cards
Chelsea 4 - 0 Atletico Madrid
Palmer: Blues call on reserves to crush Atletico
McCarra: Kalou double helps keep Chelsea perfect
Rangers were continuing their hunt for the "moron'' who Maurice Edu alleges racially abused him
after the Champions League thrashing by Unirea Urziceni.
Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones' application to switch to the U.S. national team from Germany has
been approved by FIFA.
World Cup qualification in South America came to a close with only one change from the previous two
campaigns. Brazil, Paraguay and, in the end, Argentina made it through once again, while Uruguay
claimed fifth spot, the play-off position, for the third time running. The sole modification is
that Chile have qualified instead of Ecuador.
"I lost sight of the official ball and stayed on the red one. I went for the red ball instinctively
as it was the closest to me and the other went past me."
Pepe Reina on THAT beach ball.
"You have to say he was right on the spot and kept up with play well."
Mischievous Mark Hughes praises Alan Wiley's handling of the Wigan-Man City game, following Sir
Alex Ferguson's comments that the official was too unfit.
Wednesday sees Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid put their 100 per cent records in the
UEFA Champions League on the line.
Amy Lawrence: Madrid hold all the aces as Milan struggle
Rubin Kazan have created one of the biggest shocks in Champions League history when they stunned a
seemingly indestructible Barcelona side 2-1 at the CampNou.
Pep ready to fight after shock home defeat
A miserable night for British interest in the UEFA Champions League saw Liverpool and Rangers both
lose at home, while Arsenal dropped points on their travels as AZ Alkmaar grabbed a last minute
leveller. Elsewhere, Inter Milan were held at home.
Rangers lost 4-1 at home.
Edu wrote a message on his Twitter feed which read: "Not sure what hurt more: result last nite or
being racially abused by couple of r own fans as I'm getting in my car."
Suggestions have intensified that Steve Gibson, Boro's chairman, had already lined up Strachan
when, at around midnight last night, he sacked Southgate following the team's 2-0 home win over
"Silly question gets no answer," he said. "I'm not answering it."
Another reporter replied that "It's not a silly question", Ferguson then got up and left the
room, saying only "Good night" as he stormed out.
After 28 regular season Major League Soccer matches, two international exhibitions and a run to the
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title, Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller still feels pretty
good. Not bad for a 39-year-old.
Sailing close to the wind has been a feature of Liverpool's European adventures under the
stewardship of Rafael BenÃtez. A defeat at home to Lyons last night meant they were all but blown
off course altogether.
As in 2007, only a trio of victories from their final three group games will give the Merseyside
club a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages of this season's Champions League, and having
lost their past four matches â€” Liverpool's worst run in 22 years â€” hopes will not be high that
an upturn in fortunes is just around the corner.
Liverpool and Rangers are in urgent need of victory in the UEFA Champions League, while Arsenal can
extend their 100 per cent start.
Liverpool vs. Lyon: Preview
Gerrard back as Liverpool aim to avoid worst run in 22 years.
Debrecen vs. Fiorentina: Preview
He will have surgery next week on his broken elbow and may require further surgery as he begins his
After a joyous weekend during which the US Men's National team clinched qualification for the 2010
World Cup, tragedy struck when Charlie Davies USMNT and Sochaux was involved in a horrific one-car
collision on October 13th.
Elsewhere, Michael Bradley scored in Borussia MÃ¶nchengladbach's loss.
Aston Villa's defensive stalwart stunted the formidable Chelsea attack on Saturday, limiting them
to one goal while allowing his squad to press on for the winner.
The teenage Bosnian playmaker is relishing the opportunity of a showdown against Liverpool's Steven
Lyon's Miralem Pjanic holds key to unlocking Liverpool.
It has not escaped anyone's attention that Inter have now won all six of their league games in
which the Dutch midfielder has played.
Wesley Sneijder the key as Mourinho's master plan works wonders for Inter.
The stalemate between Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend reflects a wider trend this
Goals dry up as Bundesliga's top sides revert to kontrollierte Offensive.
Their football isn't as super as in the days of Rivaldo and co, but Depor's cut-price squad is
again surprising Spain's big boys.
Deportivo La CoruÃ±a grind their way back to where they once belonged.
Time is an inconvenience between football matches. Who said that? Albert Camus? Nah - it was
actually my mate Rob from Grimsby - but you can best appreciate that sort of sentiment if you come
from such a place. In Spain, however, some extraordinary stuff again this weekend. Who needs beach
balls when you've got La Liga?
It's no surprise so many MÃ¼llers have run out for Germany, as this is the most common family name
in this country. It is one of those names that refer to an occupation and means, of course, miller.
Phil Brown has much to ponder between now and Portsmouth's visit on Saturday, when Paul Hart's
bottom-placed strugglers must surely be defeated or the questions regarding the future of Hull's
perma-smiling manager will again be raised. This was a particularly disappointing defeat to
comprehend for Brown and City's travelling support, who admirably filled the away end
Fulham 2 - 0 Hull City
English Premier League Table
Club Played Points Manchester United922Chelsea921Tottenham Hotspur919Arsenal818Manchester
City817Aston Villa816Sunderland916Liverpool915Stoke City912Burnley912Everton811Fulham810Blackburn
Rovers810Wigan Athletic910Bolton Wanderers88Wolverhampton Wanderers98Birmingham97Hull City97West
Dean Windass has announced his retirement as a player. The former Bradford City and Hull City
striker, 40, has decided to hang up his boots after an 18-year playing career in order to focus on
completing his Uefa coaching badges.
Republic of Ireland fans should not grumble that their team will have to beat a good team to
qualify for South Africa.
Sunderland beat Liverpool 1-0 thanks to a fifth-minute goal from Darren Bent
which beat Pepe Reina only after striking a beach ball thrown from the crowd by a Liverpool
It later emerged that Jones should have ruled the goal out and, instead, ordered a free-kick
after the ball struck an "outside agent".
Meet the tough little forward whose foot was sliced open yet he carried on, even scoring as the
blood seeped out.
"But the lifestyle is very difficult for me. There are a lot of rules I don't understand. In
Russia, you can break any rule. Here you can't break rules.''
"There are a lot of crazy things here.
Valencia hold Barcelona, Raul inspires Real Madrid...
Team of the Week
Inter thump Genoa, Fiorentina and Juventus draw, Milan beat Roma...
After the penultimate weekend boosted the playoff hopes of several teams, there are plenty of
matters still left to decide heading into the final weekend. Kyle McCarthy spends some time
perusing the playoff landscape before breaking down all of the Week 31 action.
Goal.com's Cyrus C. Malek recaps an exciting return to La Liga football...
Liverpool and Chelsea both lost as Manchester United climbed to the top of the table on a cracking
weekend of top-flight action.
Elsewhere, Harry Redknapp enjoyed a happy return to Fratton Park, Arsenal saw off Birmingham
City, 10-man Manchester City earned a point at Wigan Athletic while West Ham United suffered
another defeat to ensure they remain in the relegation places.
The voice that will guide American viewers through 2010 FIFA World Cup is a familiar one to
international soccer fans. SI.com has learned that Martin Tyler, the venerable British
announcer who was voted the FA Premier League Commentator of the Decade, has been hired by ESPN to
be the lead play-by-play voice for the network's English-language coverage of next summer's
tournament in South Africa.
Ties to be played on November 14 and 18
Republic of Ireland v France Portugal v Bosnia-Herzegovina Greece v Ukraine Russia v Slovenia
Blackburn 3 - 2 Burnley
Richard Jolly at Ewood Park
Wigan 1 - 1 Manchester City
Harry Harris at the DW Stadium
Sunderland 1 - 0 Liverpool
Kevin Palmer at the Stadium of Light
The World Cup qualifiers handed two wins to France and a ticket to the playoffs in November. The
feat was celebrated like a resounding success despite the overall weakness ofGroup 7. France will
find out on Monday if they play Ukraine, Ireland, Slovakia or Bosnia Herzegovina...it could be 1993
all over again.
Praise the Lord. Praise Jesus. I am blessed (uncomfortably ubiquitous North Carolina saying...)
After what seemed like an interminable amount of time, the latest slate of internationals is
finally over and we can now get back to business. Don't get me wrong -- international soccer is
Espanyol de Barcelona Veteran
Beastie Boy Veteran
Ol 'Arry Redknapp returns to Portsmouth with Tottenham, Aston Villa host Chelsea, Liverpool will be
without Gerrard and Torres for their trip to Sunderland, Manchester United won't have Rooney when
Bolton go to Old Trafford, Manchester City are at Wigan, Burnley are at Blackburn, Birmingham are
at Arsenal, Stoke host West Ham and Everton welcome Wolves to Goodison Park.
Asked whether he would be taking extra security with him on Saturday, Redknapp told talkSPORT:
'Absolute rubbish. Am I bothered about some nutter running up to me? No.
'If I'd have been at Portsmouth and been the worst manager that they'd ever seen, got them
relegated and turned out c**p football teams then they should have the hump.
Sam Kelly wonders if Diego Maradona was the mastermind behind Argentina's escape.
The Forecast notices how David Beckham's fortunes have changed recently before tackling the Week 31
From England's crop of 1934 to Zambia's talented but tragic USA hopefuls: half a dozen teams who
didn't make it to the big party.
After reaching a sixth straight World Cup, the USA feel they are not as far behind the best as the
stereotype would have it.
Barcelona will look to create a new club record when they attempt to keep their 100% start against
Valencia at the Mestalla.
Goal.com's Subhankar Mondal gives his take on the three huge matches in the Italian top flight this
Juventus vs. Fiorentina
Saturday at Noon (Live on FSC)
Genoa vs. Inter
Saturday at 2:45pm EDT
(Tape-Delay at 11:30pm on FSC)
Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen meet in Autumn's penultimate match. Clark Whitney previews all the
Eintracht Frankfurt - Hannover
Koeln - Mainz
Nuernberg - Hertha
Freiburg â€“ Bayern Munich
Stuttgart - Schalke
Bremen - Hoffenheim
Hamburg â€“ Bayer Leverkusen
Wolfsburg â€“ Borussia M'gladbach
Borussia Dortmund â€“ Bochum
In a Premier League full of seriously high stakes and grave financial ramifications for failure, it
is easy to forget that football is just a game. And no player better embraced that philosophy -
enjoying making a living playing the sport you love - than Dwight Yorke. For 15 Premier League
seasons, the striker charmed English fans with his smiling demeanour and impressed them with his
"I'm very angry because once again the national teams take players and we lose out due to
injuries," AC Milan chief executive officer Adriano Galliani told Italian media Thursday.
Hey Galliani! Join the club, pal. That's the way it works...
Edward Fischman is an occasional commenter on the Goal blog under the handle fischy. He was in the
stands in Florence, Italy, on June 10, 1990 when the United States returned to World Cup play after
a 40-year absence. As the 2010 World Cup qualifiers wind down, he provides his selections for an
Ultimate XI of players who have never competed in a World Cup tournament game.
Peter Crouch showed Emile Heskey the way to goal but Gabriel Agbonlahor will struggle to make the
World Cup squad.
Why am I not surprised that he drives a car like this...?
With the World Cup qualification programme completed following last night's dramatic 3-2 comeback
win over Cyprus in Parma, all the talk in Italy now is over who will make the Azzurri squad for
Si o no...?
Switzerland and Slovakia clinched Europe's last two automatic spots at next year's World Cup on
Wednesday, while Portugal got the win it needed to keep alive its hopes of reaching the competition
in South Africa.
The playoffs start Nov. 14, with the return matches four days later.
He's not going to South Africa.
Argentina's much-maligned manager may have qualified for next year's World Cup, but his mood was
anything but mellow.
Just because Maradona's paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get him.
The World Cup of 2010 is already taking shape, with twenty-three of the 32 teams on offer having
already staked a claim towards a tournament berth.
South Africa (CAF - as hosts)
South Korea (AFC)
North Korea (AFC)
Cote d'Ivoire (CAF)
Late Goal From Supersub Bolatti Puts Argies Into World Cup.
Diego lashes out at journalists:
"They can suck it and carry on sucking it," he fumed in the press conference after the dramatic
win. "This is for all Argentines, minus the journalists.
With their World Cup place already locked up, the United States were able to see themselves into
the tournament in dramatic fashion pulling back from a 2-0 deficit to tie Costa Rica 2-2.
Ives: U.S. shows heart in salvaging tie
U.S. digs deep to honor Davies
Winners and Losers
Gooch out for 3-4 months
"If I had a cat I'd buy another one so I could kick one and then the other."
The fur flies from Carlisle boss Greg Abbott after seeing his side concede a soft winner to
"He made one mistake, that is all, and that was for the penalty. The only other one was for
Following Diego Maradona's eye-catching diving celebration after Martin Palermo's dramatic
last-gasp winner against Peru, Goal.com looks at 10 other crazy moments during the footballing
career of the current Argentina coach.
Uruguay have slipped right off the international radar. But tonight the dream of a resurgent force
could flicker again.
El Maestro seeks to restore the tradition of a forgotten footballing identity.
Having once been the smallest ever nation to qualify for finals, Slovenia could do the unthinkable
and qualify again tonight.
Climbing second World Cup mountain would be tiny Slovenia's greatest feat.
Not the prettiest of nations, but don't hold that against them.
Sven-Goran Eriksson is understood to have turned down an offer from North Korea to become their
technical adviser for next year's World Cup.
Don't be surprised if Sven is found floating face down in the Thames...
Honduras are seeking their first appearance in the World Cup finals since 1982 when they take on El
Salvador in the final round of qualifying matches for the CONCACAF region. They will need some
help, however, from the United States to avoid the play-off route and pip Costa Rica to third
With the final games of the 2010 World Cup qualifying upon us on Wednesday, we take a look at
the remaining matches that matter.
Already qualified: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Korea DPR, South Korea, Japan, Australia, England, Spain,
Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Serbia, Mexico, U.S., Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, South Africa
With just one round of qualifying matches left, half of Africa's six places at next year's World
Cup are still up for grabs, as teams battle desperately to be involved in the first finals to be
held on the continent.
Charlie Davies, a striker for the United States national soccer team, was involved in a one-car
accident early Tuesday in suburban Washington, D.C., in which another person was killed, a U.S.
Soccer Federation spokesman said. Davies was in surgery Tuesday afternoon at Washington Hospital
Center and in stable condition, U.
But the Japanese fans would have come along even if the away side was Swaziland instead of
Scotland, such is their fervour for their national team.
Many of them took their seats as much as two hours before kick-off - a phenomenon almost unheard
of in our country where we like to keep the waiting around to an absolute minimum.
As the heavens opened in Buenos Aires it took Diego Maradona a few seconds to go from King Lear
Gene Kelly, to from howling in the storm trapped in tragedy to singing, dancing and sliding in the
rain in celebration.
They won nothing, but the ultra-attacking team of Elkjaer, Laudrup and the Olsens was one of the
most interesting in football history.
Lippi reiterated a point made in the Italian press; that the only previous times the Azzurri
had secured their passage to the World Cup with one game to spare were in 1981 and 2005 and, as
fate would have it, two World Cup triumphs followed soon after.
Several teams have had the chance to lock up the eighth and final playoff spot over the past few
weeks, but none has stepped to the fore as of yet. Kyle McCarthy details how the chase for the
final wild card berth has flummoxed most of the clubs fighting for the berth before reviewing all
of the Week 30 action.
Terim has managed Turkey since 2005 and took them to the semi-finals of Euro 2008, where they lost
narrowly to Germany.
Argentina's last-minute victory over Peru was great theatre but a poor comment on Diego Maradona's
Diego Maradona's Argentina: it's magnificent but it's not football.
Bradley guided the U.S. to qualification for the 2010 World Cup, and did so amid criticism for
everything from his lineup selections to the perception of some that he is too conservative a
coach. On Saturday, Bradley once again showed a willingness to make decisions that might be
unpopular to some, such as starting Conor Casey ahead of fan favorite Jozy Altidore on Saturday,
and added yet another victory to a rÃ©sumÃ© that is far more impressive than he gets credit for.
Wayne Rooney's performance against Ukraine drew high praise from Fabio Capello but England must
develop other options.
Belarus dead rubber lets Fabio Capello plan for life without Rooney.
The fact that several high-profile clubs are in a tizzy about the possibility of their star men not
making the World Cup is a new twist to the saga of club power. It all started with Cristiano
Ronaldo, of course, and the fact that if Portugal fail to make it to South Africa, he will suffer
from gloom and a lack of motivation that will affect his club performances for the rest of this
season, poor chap.
"Quite how Germany keep on doing it is mystifying," he wrote on Sunday, meaning how the team keeps
on getting results with uncanny regularity. He also said "it feels at times Germany are proceeding
by some ancient genetic memory rather than on merit" and concluded "this was simply one of those
nights when Germany exercised their age-old hold on the fates".
From France blowing it against Bulgaria to England holding out in Rome, The Guardian looks at half
a dozen classic qualifying deciders.
Danish brilliance has been in short supply ever since the Laudrup brothers announced their goodbyes
to the game and without the luxury of a glut of talent, Denmark have usually relied on the sum of
the team's parts to produce their "total football".
Malawi 1 - 1 Ivory Coast
Elephants book ticket
Cameroon 3 - 0 Togo
Lions too much for Togo
Republic of Ireland 2 - 2 Italy
Trap rues ability to hold lead as playoffs loom
Russia 0 - 1 Germany
Klose strikes to send Germans through
Serbia 5 - 0 Romania
Rout clinches spot in South Africa
France 5 - 0 Faroe Islands
Les Blues seal play-off spot
Denmark 1 - 0 Sweden
Late goal sends Danes through
Mexico 4 - 1 El Salvador
El Tri cruise through
Bolivia 2 - 1 Brazil
Selecao run out of steam in La Paz
Fading Rio Ferdinand cast in new role as England's premier saboteur.
In 1989 all hell broke loose when Algeria and Egypt met for a World Cup place - the stakes will be
just as high when they meet again.
These Countries Will Be There:
South Africa (CAF - as hosts)
South Korea (AFC)
North Korea (AFC)
Cote d'Ivoire (CAF)
Here's the situation for those still on the path.
When Peru's Hernan Rengifo scored an unlikely equaliser in the final minute of the World Cup
qualifier against Argentina at the Monumental stadium on Saturday, it seemed that Diego Maradona's
and Argentina's World Cup dream had come to an abrupt end.
It was touch and go in the final moments, and a missed penalty kick played a role, but Americans
triumphed in a tough away match versus Honduras.
Winners & Losers
Joy and relief and U.S. clinches World Cup berth
Ives: Casey gets the party started
Rogers: USA To-Do list for 2010
The ever troubled French national team will be facing the Faroe Islands @ Guingamp, the 2009 winner
of the Coupe de France and "birthplace" of the current Chelsea partnership of Didier Drogba and
Florent Malouda. The match should be a formality but even with a win against Austria at Stade de
France on Wednesday , it will take a miracle to see France finish first of group 7 and qualify
directly for the World Cup.
Who has qualified already?
Top Five Biggest Matches of the Weekend
Diego to rely on Messi
Diego: "I will not quit!"
Uruguay face tactical dilemma
Bolivia Wary of Kaka
Mexico/El Salvador Preview
Costa Rica/Trinidad Preview
USA/Honduras: Cletus looks back
USA Needs Midfield Quality
Future bright for Ghana
Cameroon Ready for Revenge
Pressure mounts on Egypt
Fabio: England will play for win
Ronaldo fit to face Hungary
Danes Wary of Zlatan
Arshavin trains his sights on Germany
Trapattoni Does Italian Job on Irish
Henry demands France improvement
Last run out for Socceroos Golden Generation
Playoff Preview: Bahrain/New Zealand
In an unexpected decision which shocked many, FIFA has decided to award its annual Player of the
Year award early this year, saying that United States President Barack Obama was the obvious choice
and that there was no point in delaying the decision. There has been no comment at this time from
the trio expected finalists, Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Christiano Ronaldo.
Every week he will be here to offer you statistical gems to make your day, impress your mates
and, on occasion, to settle the odd bet.
Sky Sports' voice of football and his back-up team of experts are here to answer your
questions and queries on all things statistical and historical from the beautiful game.
England take on Ukraine in Dnipropetrovsk on Saturday, with the hosts desperate for victory to keep
their World Cup hopes alive. But just how much do we know about Ukraine...
Picture the scene: Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula is rocking with a mass of
flag-waving Hondurans clad in blue and white. Bob Bradley looks pensive on the sidelines, and Tim
Howard flexes his neck muscles, trying to alleviate some of the tension before the game that could
clinch the United States' place in next year's World Cup.
Turkey hope to sustain their World Cup qualifying hopes in Belgium, but the hosts will just want to
avoid another fiasco.
"But the mentality of some of the players is deplorable ... we got fed up with the many intolerable
things that made it impossible for us to do our jobs .
"We saw Jaws from James Bond at our hotel. He looks frightening in real life, like in the film. We
all had a group photo and he was pretending to choke some of us. He would make a good keeper
judging by the size of his hands."
Bristol City goalkeeper Dean Gerken as the team meet an unexpected guest at their hotel in
The Italian hopes to follow the path laid by Jack Charlton and lead his side to the World Cup
The news does not only come as a blow for Schalke coach Felix Magath, but endangers the player's
chances of making it into the USA's 2010 World Cup squad. Jones will not be able to participate in
any of the States' potential November international friendlies due to the recovery setback.
(Summary is not available.)
The Manchester United manager is prepared to put Alan Wiley's professional reputation at risk just
to stop people pointing out his keeper is hopeless.
While World Cup qualifying has become a rite of passage for the U.S. national team, given its five
straight trips to the World Cup, the same success has eluded Honduras, which has not qualified for
the World Cup since its lone appearance in 1982.
A loaded generation of talent stands poised to change that.
Goal.com's Peter Pedroncelli & Samm Audu take a close look at all the possible permutations as
World Cup qualifying draws to a climax, and they find that some big names will miss out...
There are literally dozens of international games taking place across the world this weekend, from
Argentina to Bahrain to Croatia and beyond. For many countries, there is nothing left to play for
but pride. They may have already qualified, as is the case with Brazil, or have been eliminated,
As Vicente del Bosque nails down his Spain World Cup squad, Goal.com's KS Leong takes a look at
some of the country's other gifted stars who have so far been deprived of a call-up to La
Alvaro Negredo, Sevilla...
Who are the finest Under-23 players in Serie A? Who has shone the brightest in the Italian top
flight so far this season? Goal.com's Gil Gillespie cuts through an increasingly congested forest
of young talent and singles out the ten most outstanding saplings around...
Marek Hamsik, Napoli.
Maradona said his appointment a year ago had made him "the happiest guy in the world, but then
things happened that I didn't like."
"If I carry on, it will be on my terms," Maradona told reporters after a squad practice, adding
he would discuss the job with Argentine Football Association president Julio Grondona.
The first of a series on former World Cup winners struggling to reach South Africa looks at France.
Grant has been out of the game since being sacked by Chelsea at the end of the 2007-08 season after
they lost to Manchester United in the Champions League final and were beaten to the Premier League
title on the final day.
International week. For clubs and supporters alike, an opportunity to sit back and reflect (cliche
alert - why? Why can't we do star jumps and reflect?) on the first three months of the season and
consider the tribulations which might lie ahead. In the lack of any grand theme to get our teeth
into, this column is getting in on the act: this week, a scattergun approach to North East
I can still remember my first impression of Arsene Wenger when he took over as Arsenal manager back
in 1996. He had the look of a geography teacher about him and came across as being very studious. A
few of us in that Arsenal side were of an age where we were set in our ways, but also looking over
our shoulders to see how long we had left in the game.
For a succession of visitors to a foreign corner of Lancashire, it has become the Turf Moor death
rattle. Seemingly rocking, the stands erupt as the bouncing Burnley fans celebrate another goal,
another win and another vaunted victim. It is becoming a routine.
FIFA doesn't easily forgive or forget when it comes to World Cup seedings.
If the U.S. goes to South Africa next year, hanging over its head will be losses to Germany, Iran
and Yugoslavia (1998) and to the Czech Republic and Ghana (2006). And, even should the U.S. remain
high in the FIFA rankings and win the CONCACAF qualifying group, it has almost no chance of being
selected as a seeded team.
A levelling down of the Premier League's dominant clubs does not mean they are spent forces in
Europe, but it does make for a season of surprising results.
Sampdoria and Jermaine Pennant...
It's South America's newest force against the oldest when Ecuador meet Uruguay this Saturday in
a crunch World Cup qualifier.
It is a match with much to teach about the geography of the continent and the history of the
game in this part of the world.
George Gillett has claimed that Rafael BenÃtez is to blame for Liverpool's failings on the pitch
â€“ rather than the owners â€“ after stating that the club is in "extraordinarily" good financial
shape compared with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Aston Villa youngster Isaiah Osbourne has been arrested during training on suspicion of conspiracy
to rob, it emerged on Tuesday afternoon.
Everton striker Jose Baxter has been released on bail following his arrest on a drugs charge, it
was confirmed on Tuesday morning. Baxter, 17, was one of three men arrested in Kirkby on Monday on
suspicion of possession of cannabis with intent to supply and on suspicion of possessing
Steve Cherundolo's Hannover 96 squad hit five goals against SC Freiburg over the weekend, ending
their streak of three games without a win.
In isolation, defeat at Palermo might have been shrugged off. But in the context there are deeper
issues for Ciro Ferrara and Juve.
Cause for concern at Juventus as Old Lady's fragility is exposed again.
Jupp Heynckes has instilled the characteristics of their midfield maestro into a team that is now
hammering away at the imperfections.
Simon Rolfes finds mean streak and Sami Hyypia helps send Leverkusen top.
It was more than just the season's first big clash. It was as if Sevilla were representing the
For a moment Sevilla's fans thought Real Madrid were going to get away with it. They weren't.
"SSC Napoli would like to communicate that Roberto Donadoni has been relieved of his duties as
first team coach. We have given the technical duties to Walter Mazzarri.
Both Everton and Fulham took charge of their Europa groups but looked less than stellar in the
Premiership last week.
On the evening of February 11, while Germany were playing Norway, unexpected breaking news appeared
on Schalke's official website, announcing the club had terminated the contract of striker Kevin
Kuranyi due to "Kevin's intolerable statements directed at the team".
It was meant to be the night when Gareth Barry showed Aston Villa just how much they are missing
But instead it was Richard Dunne, cast aside by Manchester City almost as an afterthought after
Barry's arrival at the City of Manchester Stadium, who proved how strong a character Martin O'Neill
I've just watched the Sevilla v Real Madrid game, and it was a bit of a cracker, as was expected.
The game may prove to be significant in various ways this season, but anyone watching can have
little doubt as to the wonders that La Liga will have to offer this season. A two-horse race?
Forget it. More like fools and horses - the fools being those that write off Sevilla, the horses
being the chaps who occupy the left side of Real Madrid.
Who: Aston Villa vs. Manchester City
Where: Villa Park, Birmingham, England
Kick-off: 3:00pm EDT
(Summary is not available.)
Kenny Miller strikes early and more than once as Rangers punish limp Celtic.
The FA have confirmed that they will review comments made by Sir Alex Ferguson about Alan Wiley,
the referee, in Saturday's draw at home to Sunderland.
The Manchester United manager is facing a charge of improper conduct after his post-match rant
claimed that Wiley was not fit enough to take charge of a game of that standard.
The song is by Catherine Ringer, a former porn actress, who gushes admiration for Domenech in
lyrics such as "un sacrÃ© beau mec (a bloody handsome guy)".
"If he attacked my penalty areas, I would be without defenders," sings Ringer.
Bayer Leverkusen maintained their unbeaten record and moved to the top of the Bundesliga after an
easy 4-0 victory over Nurnberg.
Friedhelm Funkel was shown precisely how big a task he has on his hands as he witnessed his Hertha
Berlin side collapse to Hamburg 3-1.
With a raft of knee injuries sidelining every available Colorado winger, Rapids fullbacks Jordan
Harvey and Kosuke Kimura are facing additional pressure to provide service from the wide areas.
Kyle McCarthy checks in with the Rapids to see how their fullbacks are coping with the additional
strain before taking a look at all of the Week 29 action.
In its final group match, the U.S. U-20 national team played just as they had in a previous match
at this World Cup in Egypt. Unfortunately for coach Thomas Rongen, the match the U-20s replicated
was not their convincing win over Cameroon, but rather the comprehensive opening loss to Germany. A
clinical and hard-working South Korean side was everything the Americans weren't, winning battles
in every sector of the field and taking away a convincing 3-0 victory, to leave the Americans'
chances of advancing at the FIFA U-20 World Cup dangling by a thread.
Champions Inter Milan moved back to the top of Serie A with a last-gasp 2-1 win over in-form
Udinese on Saturday.
Juventus and Sampdoria both missed out on the chance to reclaim top spot in Serie A as AC Milan's
stuttering start to the season continued.
Barcelona made it six wins out of six with a narrow 1-0 win over Almeria at Camp Nou.
Real Madrid missed the chance to return to the top of the La Liga table after suffering their first
defeat of the season to Sevilla.
Kevin Palmer at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea 2 - 0 Liverpool
Harry Harris at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea 2 - 0 Liverpool
Harry Harris at Old Trafford
Manchester United 2 - 2 Sunderland
Amy Lawrence at Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 6 - 2 Blackburn Rovers
Carlo Ancelotti's Chelsea returned to the top of the Premier League table after edging out title
rivals Liverpool at Stamford Bridge while at the wrong end of the standings Portsmouth earned their
first points of the season against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Vive la Foot!
A belated Vive le Foot this week since I found myself flying to the land of Ligue 1
overnight...sadly enough I will not be able to attend the PSG -Nancy tie in Paris...but my SF
correspondent will be at the Emirates scouting some Frenchies vs. Blackburn...
Boulogne lost the match of the promoted last weekend and will face a Lille side that destroyed
Slavia Prague 5 - 1 in the last 15 minutes of their Europa League tie.
It certainly would have been an unusual sight for the drivers making their way across the
world's fifth largest suspension bridge, as manager Phil Brown took the entire first-team "looking
for clarity" during a walk over the bridge.
Instead, as Brown revealed in a weekly news conference, the team found the woman who Brown
managed to "sweet talk" to safety.
The Berlusconis want to sell, the team look old and Leonardo may not be around for long. Things do
not look good in Milan.
Milan's humbling defeat to FC Zurich sends them lurching deeper into crisis.
The national team is a joke, the top two are nowhere and it is only going to get worse.
Old Firm's decline signposts the end of Scotland's glorious heritage.
"20 paces to the shower room..."
Italian league leaders Sampdoria are brimming with confidence heading into this weekend's game
against Parma. This follows their 1-0 victory over three-time defending champions Inter Milan last
week, a victory that pushed Samp one point clear of Juventus after six matches of the season.
Liverpool's trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea is the big clash of the weekend. Elsewhere,
Manchester United host Sunderland, Wolves welcome Pompey, Arsenal host Blackburn, Wigan go to Hull,
Birmingham are at Burnley, Spurs are at Bolton, Everton host Stoke and West Ham welcome Fulham.
Monday Night Football is Manchester City at Aston Villa.
The Forecast discusses how a traditional English front duo has sparked Colorado towards the
playoffs before it unveils its Week 29 selections.
Real Madrid's 100% record could come under serious threat this weekend when they travel to face
Guillem Balague's Preview
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Barcelona Star Thanks Arsene Wenger And Arsenal Fans, Tips Gunners For Champions League Push.
In an era in which boy bands dominated popular culture, David Ginola, a man who looked like a
Musketeer crossed with a male model, was football's answer to Take That. Dancing down the
wing for Newcastle and Tottenham, and making opposition defenders play to his tune, the flamboyant
Frenchman was every inch a modern superstar and a true Premier League hero.
The Americans' itinerary will depend largely on which group turns up against the South Korean team
-- the one that was trounced by Germany in the opening match, or the squad that pummeled Cameroon
on Tuesday night.
U.S. vs. South Korea
Mubarak Stadium; Suez, Egypt
October 2, 12:30 p.
Stuttgart host Bremen, Lukas Podolski returns to Munich and Prussians face off in Moenchengladbach
in Round 8. Clark Whitney previews all the weekend action...
Schalke â€“ Eintracht Frankfurt
Hannover - Freiburg
Bayern Munich - Koeln
Bayer Leverkusen - Nuernberg
Bochum - Wolfsburg
Mainz - Hoffenheim
Borussia M'gladbach - Borussia Dortmund
Stuttgart - Werder Bremen
Hertha Berlin - Hamburg
It is meant to be Scottish football's most eagerly anticipated match. A fixture that, love or
loathe it, is impossible to ignore. A derby that even has English fans, brought up on the champagne
football of the Premier League, glancing upwards through jealous eyes - fascinated by a rivalry
that is always capable of reducing even the most cultured player into a raving lunatic.
Take the Quiz!
Cheers to Smith for this one...
Skysports.com's James Dall reflects on Arsene Wenger's impact on football since arriving at
Arsenal 13 years ago.
Arsene Wenger at Arsenal in pictures
Arsene Wenger's Top 10 Signings
Arsene Wenger's Top 10 Moments
Andy Gray: Wenger still a winner
"He is married and a perfect husband, so sorry for the women, but they will not have any
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez breaks the hearts of Fernando Torres' female admirers.
"Giving a penalty to someone else because you feel sorry for him, because he has not
scored, is the sort of thing you do in the school playground, not the Premier League.
Speed was his original forte. If it is now skill, it is a sign of an ability to reinvent himself.
Once a fixture on the left flank, he has been a second striker, a deep-lying central midfielder, a
right winger, though this season has brought him full circle with a return to his old territory.
General Review II
AC Milan 0 - 1 FC Zurich: San Siro shocker
Leonardo defiant despite defeat
Apoel 0 - 1 Chelsea: Struggle in Cyprus
Harris: Lampard stuck in a rut
Bayern Munich 0 - 0 Juventus:
Old Lady looks better
Bordeaux 1 - 0 Maccabi Haifa: Ciani winner
CSKA Moscow 2 - 1 Besiktas: Krasic winner
Porto 2 - 0 Atletico Madrid: Atletico woe
Manchester United 2 - 1 Wolfsburg: Owen hurt again
Jolly: Berbatov takes his chance
Real Madrid 3 - 0 Marseille: Ronaldo double
Best of the Week in the Champions League