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.
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?
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
"We're a tiny bit short up front," Hurst told BBC Radio 5 Live, a remark which suggests he has
never seen Peter Crouch.
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 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
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.
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 weekÂ has leftÂ 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You may well have come across Rocco Cammisola's football writing atÂ ITV Sport, In Bed
With Maradona or maybe on hisÂ blog The Football Express. Oh and Rocco is also aÂ Twitter legend so
follow him @RCammisola .. this is his account of the last ever goal in the European Cup Winners'
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.
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 [...]
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.
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
- 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
The Saturday match between Burnley and Bolton WanderersÂ 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
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.
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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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?
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!
A three-year deal Joao?ï»¿"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'
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.
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