Smiles were brought back to Goodison Park as the Everton faithful witnessed their team finally announce themselves for this season. The team's 3-0 win over Aston Villa was much needed, and much deserved.
Roberto Martinez had clearly worked hard with the team on the training pitch to improve the defensive side of Everton's game an area which had been the team's Achilles heel in their relatively poor start to the season.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez hailed the return of Ross Barkley after the England international's first appearance of the season contributed to their first home league win.
The 20-year-old played 65 minutes after recovering from a knee injury on the eve of the campaign and was instrumental in the 3-0 victory against Aston Villa, pulling the strings as Phil Jagielka and Romelu Lukaku scored before Seamus Coleman, also coming back from injury, added the third.
Although Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal brass had a successful summer transfer period (including signing Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers, David Ospina, and Danny Welbeck), there appears to still be unfinished business with incoming transfers. While Arsenal won't secure all of the following transfers, let's take a look at six possible transfer targets for the Gunners in the upcoming January transfer market.
As soccer has become a truly global sport, it's no surprise that so many celebrities have gotten in on the fun. For some celebrities, their fandom isn't surprising, especially those from countries in which soccer is a huge deal. Some are also so vocal about their clubs that it's common knowledge (*cough* Piers Morgan).
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa never lack for tough challenges, and this weekend is no different, with the Villans facing defending English Premier League champions Manchester City.
Aston Villa is on a two-match losing streak, but still sit just a point behind Manchester City for third place in the EPL, and the Villans will be hoping Villa Park can offer enough support to pull off another upset.
It's been an up and down week at Villa Park with the sudden high at the return of Christian Benteke after six months absence because of a ruptured Achilles. Followed by the nasty news that fellow striker Libor Kozak was to have another operation on his broken leg.
England goalkeeper Joe Hart will play his 300thgame for the club if selected and City will also be strengthened with the return of the tireless midfielder Fernando.
Aston Villa visit Goodison Park on the back of three consecutive defeats and Paul Lambert and Rot Keane will no doubt have been working on shoring up there defence during the International break while Everton haven't had the best of starts to the season either with Roberto Martinez's honeymoon period well and truly over and another defeat for either of these two sides tomorrow will have alarm bells ringing both from Liverpool to Birmingham!
In the world of soccer, so much of the attention by the media is focused on the enormous transfers and all of the stars who are playing at the top level. But very little, if any, focus is placed on the worst transfers —the ones that make you wonder what the manager and chairman was thinking when they signed a new player.
Fans should be prepared for the next few daysbecause they are about to receive a media blitz following the release of former Manchester United captain Roy Keane's new book, Roy Keane: The Second Half. The international break is upon us and news stories are normally hard to come by during this time.
[I]f football and music were starting to find common ground as the Nineties dawned, this was still very much at the underground level. The homespun productions of the fanzine movement cut across both disciplines and the offbeat haircut-chronicling and socially conscious When Saturday Comes reader identified more with fans of quintessentially indie jokers Half Man Half Biscuit, purveyors of such memorable ditties as All I want for Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit, Dickie Davies Eyes and I was a Teenage Armchair Honved Fan.
Along with all those juicy quotes from his book 'The Second Half', Roy Keane's magnificent two-tone beard has given us much joy in recent weeks. However, ahead of the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 clash with new-boys Gibraltar, Keane has decided to get rid of his facial fuzz.
A cracking way to start the morning, with the cockle-warming news that former Aston Villa and Celtic midfielder Stiliyan Petrov is back playing football again after being forced into early retirement in May 2013after being diagnosed withleukaemia the year earlier.
I thought this was supposed to be a crowded camp. Maybe the MLS playoff race took a hearty bite there. Also, the USMNT site has Ibarra as a forward, but Green as a midfielder. Dungetit. Then there's the obvious that call-ups no longer must be playing (apparently). Of course, you all already know what my final bug-eyed look is about, and his name is Eric.