bated breath

Wayne Rooney

England+Rooney confident of beating Ukraine

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England are looking to beat Ukraine, qualify for the knockout stages for Euro 2012 and give his side the momentum to kick on and go far in this year's Euros.

England v Ukraine (7.45pm KO, Live on ITV1)

A nation will wait with bated breath as England bid to book their place in the quarter-finals, and they go into the game knowing that a draw will be good enough to see them progress.

Fraizer Campbell’s Sweet Justification

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29 August 2010. A scream of agony reverberated through the Stadium of Light, as he collapsed to the turf. Unbridled pain soared through his knee, wincing with every second of that agonizing afternoon. Leaving the pitch on a stretcher, one thing was sure in his mind it would be a long time before he was to be afforded the luxury of kicking a ball again.

Wayne Rooney’s Injury Only Adds to England’s Pain

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There are only 70 days before the World Cup kicks off in Johannesburg and the last thing England supporters wanted to see was Wayne Rooney hobbling off the field in Munich. While football fans around the world wait with bated breath on news of Rooney's injury, it's worth considering, who on the England team is actually heading into the World Cup healthy and on form?

Has England World Cup hero lost his marbles?

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World Cup 1966 hero Geoff Hurst thinks England won't win the main prize in South Africa this year. While he's not alone in holding this perfectly reasonable view, Hurst's pessimism is backed by some bizarre reasoning.

"We're a tiny bit short up front," Hurst told BBC Radio 5 Live, a remark which suggests he has never seen Peter Crouch.

Champions League

Champions League Preview: A Question Of Balance

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Image: AP Photo/Manu Fernandez.

The Chelsea squad (and the world) wait with bated breath. Can Didier remain on his feet for more than thirty seconds without attention from the physio?

Where will you be watching tonight's drama unfold, Kickettes?

Serie A Sister: Napoli’s Cinderella Story!

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There are moments of true magic in the beautiful game of football. This year, perhaps no one knows this better than SSC Napoli in sizzling form in the Serie A, and now having sealed their spot in the final sixteen of the Champions League! Napoli's debut in the Champions League has been nothing less than a Cinderella story.


The King is back: Thierry Henry's celestial return to Arsenal

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szólj hozzá: Arsenal v Leeds 1:0 HIGHLIGHTS

The stage was set after 68 minutes of frustrating football with Arsenal brought to a standstill by a Leeds Utd team that parked the bus. The moment everyone was waiting for with bated breath. Number 12 strode in to a standing ovation - Thierry Henry had arrived home to a flood of good time memories.

Wenger still keen to bring Benzema to Arsenal

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Cesc Fabregas is on the verge of leaving and Samir Nasri could be a Manchester City player before long. So who is Arsene Wenger going to bring in before the transfer deadline?

All summer we have been linked with players but there is a fresh round of speculative yarns in the papers this morning with the obvious names being bandied around as reporters write stories about AW splashing the cash in the wake of the double departure.

The rare position of being heavy underdogs could release our shackles

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Here we go. Since the draw was made, we've been waiting for tonight with bated breath. There could have been nothing to play for, but the never-say-die spirit shown last week has left the tie firmly in the balance.

At this stage of the season, one of two things is normally happening. Either a) every match is a pressure cooker situation, usually labelled a 'must-win', or b) you're out of contention.

What dreams are made of.

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Lighter's Note : I am neither an Arsenal nor a Barcelona fan. However, I really cannot help myself.

5 hours. The football fan in me is salivating. In a country with out a live telecast of the La Liga, this one is special.

I wait with bated breath.

Filed under: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United, The Rest of it

Champions League Draw Reactions

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Well, I sure did tempt the fates when I said the Romantic in me wanted to face Barcelona. While it is obvious that I'd rather have faced Lyon or Bordeaux (a fact Laurent Blanc himself testified to), a fact that is as undeniable as that the earth is a sphere slightly flat at the poles is that this is clearly thus far the Match of the Season.

Some Thoughts on our Draw with Bolton… I mean, Villa

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Since we find ourselves engaged in a 3-way title race at the end of February, from here on out, every draw will have us considering one of football's most philosophical questions: Was it two points lost, or a point gained?

I know. I did it after the Everton match. While many disagreed with me, though not most according to our poll, I believed we had gained a point on that day.

Diego Maradona

India dreams of Lionel Messi

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A great video of street football in Kolkata as the city waits with bated breath for the Argentina Venezuela friendly tomorrow.

...and more footage of Messi mania in one of the most soccer crazy cities in India.
About 120,000 people are expected at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium in Salt Lake tomorrow and they will all turn up to see Messi play

Bhaswar Goswami, chief executive of the celebrity management group staging the match, has highlighted the importance of Messi's arrival: "Pele came here at the end of his career - Diego Maradona came but did not play.

Messi and Maradona must unite for Argentina success

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Messi and Maradona must unite
By Kevin Palmer

As Lionel Messi prepares for his date with destiny at the World Cup finals, the greatest footballer on the planet could be forgiven for wondering whether the biggest rival standing in his way this summer is, in fact, on his own side.


Nedved – Lazio vs Mallorca – 1999

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You may well have come across Rocco Cammisola's football writing at ITV Sport, In Bed With Maradona or maybe on his blog The Football Express. Oh and Rocco is also a Twitter legend so follow him @RCammisola .. this is his account of the last ever goal in the European Cup Winners' Cup ..

Moving Past, Moving Forward After the 2022 Bid Failure

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Oops...On Thursday morning we watched with bated breath for FIFA's 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts announcement. And in a single moment our hopes for the United States to be the home for the world's largest sporting spectacle in 12 years time vanished like a fart in the wind.

When Sepp Blatter pulled "Qatar" out of that plain white envelope my heart sank.

English Premier League

Mark Lawrenson’s Comedy – FA Cup Special

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On the Law-road to Wembley It was with bated breath that I loaded up the BBC sport homepage this morning. Fingers crossed, mouth slightly dry, and a heart beating marginally faster than if I was in the presence of a female porn star or royalty. And so it became true. Our man has done a [...]

Trumpet those Vuvuzelas ‘til the Walls Come Down

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Guest Blog Post by Jade Scully

Vuvuzelas characterised South Africa's Soccer World Cup. We knew they would. We also knew (from previous experience) that they wouldn't go down well with many of the European soccer playing nations who prefer a more (ahem) civilised atmosphere.

Weekend Results: Good For You?

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Philippe Mexes. Baguette Smuggler? Images: Getty Images, AP Photo & Reuters via Daylife

At the editorial meeting for this post, we thought long and hard about which picture to lead with.

- Should we use this one of Theo Walcott, who scored his debut club hat trick in Arsenal's 6-0 whipping of Blackpool at the Emirates, and celebrated by gallantly trying to stifle Marouane Chamakh's backspray?

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The Saturday match between Burnley and Bolton Wanderers ended in a draw as both the team scored a goal each and had to settle for a point each in this highly contested match. Nugent headed a cross from Wade Elliot at the fifty sixth minute and that was the one and only breakthrough. The visitors [.

The Rest

More Espinoza Rumors

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We're now less than 48 hours away from the end of the European transfer window for the vast majority of clubs (some countries have through 9/1), which means that Sporting KC fans only have to wait with bated breath a little while longer to see if Roger Espinoza will finish the season with Sporting KC or not.

Lucas Moura Transfer to Paris Saint-Germain Underscores How Soccer Spending Is Unsustainable

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As a staunch Manchester United fan, I have waited with bated breath for the best part of a fortnight awaiting news that Lucas Moura, the latest teenage sensation from Brazil, has finally signed for the club and has announced his ...

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Soccer Science: Side Effects

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Hello again, DT-goers. First off, apologies for my lengthy absence. Not that I am deluded enough to think that hordes of orange-clad readers were waiting on bated breath for my return, but I do hope it was noticed...or at the very least you felt some dull aching at not being lectured on science in a while (that happens to people, right?

Chelsea’s Win Was Destiny!

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Maddy's Note: A guest post from the Blue Corner of this blog.

Let me start this post with a challenge. Go and ask any Chelsea fan about the most memorable night in his life. He will mention the 19th of May ahead of even the night when you know, well you get the point!

Big deal for wee man

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A three-year deal Joao?"El MosQuito" will be buzzing around BMO Field for the foreseeable future as Toronto FC announced today that Joao Plata has signed a multi-year deal with the club. The dynamic yet diminutive Ecuadorian was often the only bright spark in a miserable first half of 2011 and his re-signing was considered as an off-season must in most supporters' eyes.

The AVB Doomsday Syndrome

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So much promise....

At some point you just have to feel sorry for a coach.... regardless of team affiliation. The execution time is quickly approaching with bated breath and grim reaper fingerprints. This is the time where Roman Abramovich gets itchy on the trigger finger, picks up a cell phone from Moscow and calls the front office of Chelsea Football Club to let them know that Chelsea will no longer be requiring the service of Andre Villas-Boas.

Zidane – Real Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen – 2002

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Dominic Pollard's blog, Polly's Pause for Sport, is one of the Guardian's Top 100 blogs to follow in 2011. You can follow him on Twitter @DominicPollard ... This is Dom's favourite goal:

Ok, so zero marks for originality with my choice. The more I racked my brains for my all-time favourite goal, though, the harder I found it to pull myself away from this moment of magic from Zidane.

The South Stand Report : TFC v Philadelphia... or Guess which one is the expansion team and win a prize!

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I probably could've done something to the stars, but oh well...

Oh Toronto in the spring. Arguably spring started mid-March when we had a week of +20 C temperatures. And our spring lasts 6 weeks around here. Which means it'll be almost summer by the time Seattle gets here. Pre-gaming at the Foggy Dew with gorgeous women everywhere I look in this city a black velvet in hand, I await with bated breath for this evenings festivities when I am privy to hurl insults with my season friends at 11 men running around on a newly minted grass pitch.