Soccer City FC Archives for January 2010

Barcelona hammer Madrid

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El Clasico. El Hammering. Real Madrid went into the game one point clear at the top of La Liga under the management of Jose Mourinho and ended the game two points behind Barcelona after a sensational defeat. This must have been the worst result of Mourinho's career. A local derby, probably the biggest in the world and Pep Guardiola's men played them off the park from start to finish.

Despite improvements, Roy must go

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Liverpool fans are clearly keen to find any excuse to knock Roy Hodgson at the moment, and their capitulation to Spurs after having taken the lead has added fuel to an already intensely raging fire. However, despite the result, Hodgson should be commended for keeping faith in the same tactics that he employed so effectively against Chelsea, with Liverpool impressively upsetting the fixed odds that day.

Manchester United Transfer: Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard joins the Premier League club

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26-year-old Danish international goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has formally joined Manchester United but will be unable to play until the transfer window reopens in January.

He joins United via Aalesund and has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with the EPL club.

Is Lindegaard the long-term successor to 40-year-old Edwin van der Sar?

Rooney back with a bang

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Wayne Rooney scored a match winning penalty on his first start since his contract saga. The all-British clash at Ibrox was hardly a classic, with both sides producing brave defensive displays and it was a late penalty that won it for the visitors with three minutes to go. The spot kick was awarded after Steven Naismith's high boot caught Fabio in the area and Rooney stepped up to send Allan McGregor the wrong way.

Wenger shuffles his pack as injuries bite

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Robin Van Persie, Andrey Arshavin and Cesc Fabregas are all set to sit out Arsenal's Champions League clash with Braga on Tuesday.

Van Persie and Arshavin are to be rested by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger while Fabregas is nursing a persistent hamstring complaint that Wenger doesn't want to inflame in Portugal.

Kids to lead the way against Zilina

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Despite their recent poor form Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti looks set to rest some of his underperforming players for their Champions League Group F clash with MSK Zilna.

With four wins from four the Blues are certain of qualification and a point tonight against their Slovakian opponents will secure top spot.

Spurs fixture provides real test for Hodgson's men

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With Liverpool improving overall in recent weeks following a horrendous start to the season that left them languishing in the relegation zone and saw their football odds to win this year's Premier League title lengthen to ridiculous figures, the Reds have managed to improve in recent weeks, although their consistency levels still leave something to be desired.

Taylor Twellman speaks with The American Soccer Show

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Jason Davis of Match Fit USA and The American Soccer Show spoke today with former MLS star Taylor Twellman about topics ranging from concussions to Sporting Kansas City.

A solid, insightful interview that you should take 25 minutes and check out today.

How do you solve this problem, then Martinez?

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Wigan find themselves in a precarious position at present. Sitting just one place above the relegation zone, they have been struggling for consistency since the opening day of the season when they were thumped at home 4-0 and 6-0 by Blackpool and Chelsea respectively, only to go and beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane the next week.

Lazio Transfer Rumours: Reto Ziegler a target?

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Via Swiss media outlets, Lazio appear ready to add 24-year-old left winger/left back Reto Ziegler.

Ziegler, at Sampdoria, has an expiring contract and could look to leave the Serie A club.

Boss Sven-Goran Eriksson brings in two on trial at Leicester

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Leicester boss Sven Goran Eriksson looks likely to offer contracts to on trial winger Fabrice Pancrate and goalkeeper Michael Rensing.

Pancrate came to Leicester via free transfer from Newcastle and Rensing left Bayern Munich in the summer.

Eriksson spoke with Daily Mirror about the duo.

Fulham Transfer Rumours: Carlos Kameni a target?

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Online reports have Fulham tracking Espanyol goalkeeper Carlos Kameni and the Spanish club may part with the 26-year-old Cameroon international in January if a club meets the £5million asking price via The People.

West Ham Transfer Rumours - Everton Transfer Rumours: Clubs battle over QPR striker Jamie Mackie

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25-year-old QPR forward Jamie Mackie is a target of both Everton and West Ham United via The People.

Will the Scotland international make the jump to the EPL this January?

Manchester City Transfer Rumours: Clubs line up for Roque Santa Cruz

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Via Italian online media report, Wolfsburg, Lazio, Fulham, Leicester City and Getafe all want to capture City striker Roque Santa Cruz this January.

His price is listed at 9 million Euros via the report.

[Source - Footballpress.net]

Rooney's long-term rehab thrown into doubt

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The news that a Premier League player has decided to fly out to America in order to continue recovery from an injury is nothing shocking.

Owen Hargreaves has spent considerable lengths of time seeing American specialists to cure his persistent knee problem after all. So, the news that Wayne Rooney has been sent to the USA to aid his recovery from an ankle injury shouldn't, in itself, be enough to cause United fans any real concern.

Back Chelsea to grab Moscow win

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Given they sit top both of the Premier League and their Champions League group it would be hard to go against Chelsea right now.

In Europe three wins from three sees them clear of Spartak Moscow in Group F, with the Russian side next up at Stamford Bridge.

The reverse fixture two weeks ago saw Chelsea demonstrate their class, coming away with a professional 2-0 win on the tricky plastic pitch in Moscow.

Napoli Transfer Rumours: Espanyol's Victor Ruiz a target of Italian club

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Napoli offered Espanyol €6.9 million for 21-year-old centre back Victor Ruiz via www.tribalfootball.com report.

Former Cameroon international François Omam-Biyik's son being tracked by Mexican national team

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Via La Pagina (Spanish), François Omam-Biyik, a World Cup hero for his native Cameroon, played in Mexico during parts of the 1994-99 campaigns.

The striker, known for his aerial prowess, scored the historic header in his country's 1-0 win over defending title-holder Argentina at the 1990 World Cup.

Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Michael Owen to look to MLS to finish career?

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Via a report from an Italian website, comes the speculative rumour that 30-year-old forward Michael Owen may look to end his career in North America's Major League Soccer.

Owen has played for super-clubs Liverpool, Real Madrid and United.

[Source - Footballpress.net]

Holloway quick to slam doubters

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Ian Holloway likes the sound of his own voice. This is obvious. He loves a good rant and will never shy away from giving his opinion on all things football. This was evident during his recent interview when he discussed the Wayne Rooney Saga.

Luckily for Holloway, other people like the sound of his voice too.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini outdone by former boss Mark Hughes

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Former boss Mark Hughes collected 19 points in his first 10 EPL league matches of the 2009-10 campaign.

Current City boss Roberto Mancini has 17 points from his first 10 EPL League matches this season.

Wow.

[Source - The Daily Express]

Valencia Transfer Rumours: Midfielder Ander Herrera a serious target

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Real Zaragoza midfielder Ander Herrera looks destined to sign with another La Liga side - Valencia.

A one-time speculative transfer target of Inter Milan, Levante-EMV is now reporting that Los Che will finalize the deal this January. Via the report, Herrera will join Valencia for €12 million.

Palermo Transfer Rumours: Tommaso Bellazzini tracked by Serie A clubs

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22-year-old Tommaso Bellazzini, an attacking midfielder at Cittadella, is being observed by three Italian top-flight clubs -- Brescia, Palermo and Udinese -- via Italian online media reports.

[Source Footballpress.net]

Liverpool duo join Notts County until January

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Liverpool's Thomas Ince and Stephen Darby were sent on loan to Notts County through the end of December.

18-year-old attacking midfielder Thomas Ince is the son of Notts County manager Paul Ince.

22-year-old right-back Stephen Darby will start on Tuesday against Hartlepool since captain John Thompson is suspended.

QPR adds Cypriot Georgios Tofas until the end of the season

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Queens Park Rangers agreed to terms through the end of the campaign with 21-year-old Cypriot midfielder Georgios Tofas.

Tofas trained at the Loftus Road recently after his depature from Anorthosis Famagusta.

"QPR is such a big club and I'm happy to be here," Tofas said when speaking with the QPR's official website.

Celtic Transfer Rumours: Olivier Kapo to Parkhead?

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Celtic look ready to add former Wigan Athletic midfielder Olivier Kapo. The 30-year-old free agent has been training at Sunderland under former manager Steve Bruce, but now it appears that Kapo and Celtic boss Neil Lennon may have struck a deal via speculative reports including the Daily Mail.

nPower League One News: Forward Will Hoskins doing well at Bristol Rovers?

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24-year-old English youth international Will Hoskins is off to a solid start at his new club Bristol Rovers. Five goals in fourteen league matches as well as a goal in Bristol's 1-0 triumph over Aldershot Town in the Johnstone Paint Trophy competition.

Hoskins arrived in the summer of 2010 via nPower Championship side Watford (2007-2010).

Newcastle United's Kazenga LuaLua doing well on loan at Brighton

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The 19-year-old Congolese-English winger has been on loan at League One side Brighton & Hove Albion since September. He has four goals and three assists.

In the nine games Kazenga LuaLua has competed in, Brighton has six wins and three draws.

Will a call-up into England's youth squads be upcoming or will LuaLua play for his African birth nation?

Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Sir Alex joins chase with Chelsea for Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger

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Via Daily Mail and referenced by other U.K. media outlets:

Bayern Munich made it clear that the club intends to keep their midfielder, even though Bastian Schweinsteiger would like to make the jump to the EPL.

Chelsea and Manchester United have been noted in several speculative transfer rumours regarding the 26-year-old German international.

Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Omri Altman on trial at club

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Midfielder Omri Altman, a 16-year-old at Maccabi Tel Aviv, is now in England on trial at Liverpool via a report by IMscouting.com.

Source - IMscouting report

Major League Soccer 2010 Stats Review Part I: Toronto FC attempted the fewest shots on the season

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Ah, those poor supporters who diligently flock to BMO. Pining for a winner, hoping for a playoff appearance and maybe questioning why Toronto FC does not shoot more.

In fact, Toronto took the fewest shots (282) in the league in 2010. If you are wondering, Kansas City (393) attempted the most.

Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Peter Crouch to Anfield?

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Via Daily Star, Liverpool may look to bring in 29-year-old target man Peter Crouch in the most recent speculative EPL transfer rumour.