Brendan Rodgers has defended Daniel Sturridge after it emerged that he will play in Liverpool's match against Swansea on Monday evening despite having missed England's recent World Cup qualifiers. The Reds boss said it was medical experts, not the player himself, who ruled him out of the games against Moldova and Ukraine.
The first big match of the Premier League season takes place tomorrow evening when Manchester United and Chelsea meet (even if United boss David Moyes can't believe the fixture computer dared to throw this one up so early in the new campaign). So, we'll scour the major betting sites looking for the best bets ahead [.
Manchester United suffered a shock defeat in David Moyes' first game in charge as they lost 1-0 to a Singha All Star XI. Teeratep Winothai scored a 50th minute winner, beating Ben Amos at his near post. Moyes said he wasn't overly disappointed with the loss. He said: "Well, it wasn't a brilliant result but [.
The close season isÂ traditionallyÂ a time where clubsÂ jettisonÂ their weak players, replacing
them with footballers with the skill to take the club one step further, whether that be to qualify
or European competition or avoid another year's relegation struggle. With that in mind I thought it
would be interesting to see which clubs decided a wholesale change would be preferable to keeping
faith with the players who toiled their way through the 2011/2012 season.
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is full of praise for summer signing Robin van Persie,
insisting that the heroic showing of the former Arsenal captain has compensated for the club's poor
Vidic struggled with make-shift defensive partner Michael Carrick as United conceded three goals
in their opening two matches.
Manchester United recovered from an opening day loss to Everton with a 3-2 win over visiting
Fulham. Sir Alex Ferguson made changes after the disappointing first game, including dropping Wayne
Rooney to the bench, while Van Persie gets his first club start. Meanwhile, Fulham came into the
game after beating Norwich City 5-0 to open [.
Unfortunately, due to a back injury I can't join my team mates on the Asia Tour the next few weeks. I will be staying in London...1/2 Thomas Vermaelen (@T_Vermaelen05) July 11, 2013 Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen could make his return from injury in tomorrow's game against Sunderland, according to Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal signing Mathieu Flamini says he feels like he's come home after returning for a second stint with the Gunners. The Frenchman, snapped up on a free transfer this summer, made his second debut in last weekend's north London derby win over Spurs. And after Jack Wilshere's illness pushed him into the team perhaps a [.
It seems that Belgian players have taken the Premiership by storm this season, and although Eden
Hazard and Thomas Vermaelen have been extremely impressive in the first few games, neither were
quite as imperious as Marouane Fellaini when Everton beat Man United in the first game of this
campaign. The Belgium international has been steadily [.
Andy Carroll might have been absent from the West Ham team for yesterday's Premier League opener against Cardiff, but he was in the stands. Sort of. This fan lost a bet and as a forfeit had to attend the first game of the season in Carroll fancy dress. That meant a 'Carroll 9â€² replica kit [...]
Liverpool striker Iago Aspas says pre-season training has been tougher than he's used to in Spain but he's determined to put the work in to start the season in the team. The Â£7m signing from Celta Vigo has faced the most difficult training sessions of his career since moving to Anfield. He hopes that [.
All Premier League matches will use goal-line technology from the start of next season. Representatives of all 20 Premier League clubs ratified a decision to implement Hawkeye technology from next season. The Community Shield at Wembley is likely to be the first game in English football to use the technology.
New Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has asked supporters for patience as he attempts to get the team playing a different style of football. The brand of football deployed by previous boss Tony Pulis was criticised by opposition managers, most notably Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, and often by the Britannia Stadium faithful, too.
On Sunday, Geoff Cameron was named man-of-the-match in his first game for his new team, Stoke City.
Â After weeks of waiting and paperwork, Cameron was finally able to take the pitch after a transfer
that continued the gradual march of ...
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The Roger Espinoza news continues today as Honduras announced their roster for the upcoming
World Cup qualifiers on September 7th and 11th, both against Cuba.Â Even though he's suspended for
their first game on the 7th due to his red card in the Olympics again Brazil, Espinoza has been
named to the roster.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It has been nearly 11 years since the 9/11 tragedy, but the effects from the
events that took place that day are still felt by many across the nation each and every year and
the U.S. men's national team are no exception.
It's been more than eight years since the U.S. MNT took the field inside the picturesque confines
of National Stadium, and it was quite the thriller. Grouped together along with Panama and El
Salvador, the teams squared off Aug. 18, 2004 in the first game of the semifinal round. The
Reggae Boyz snatched the lead off a goal from Iam Goodison - off an assist from current
Jamaica coach Theodore Whitmore - and seemed to be heading towards their first ever win against the
Be honest. If we told you that Steve Cherundolo played his first game for the National Team in
1999, would you have believed it?
Well, we've got one better. Not only did he play Sept. 8, 1999, as a 20-year-old, but he did it
right here in Kingston. On that day, he went 90 in the USA's 2-2 draw.
By Clemente Lisi â€“ NEW YORK, NY (Sept 6, 2012) US Soccer Players â€“ After upsetting Mexico at
the Azteca Stadium last month, the United States will try to take that ego boost and refocus its
energies on defeating Jamaica in back-to-back World Cup Qualifiers. The USA travels to Kingston on
Friday (8pm ET - beIN Sport) for the first game.
Injury problems are mounting for Newcastle but Cheick Tiote, who has been out since the first game
of the season against Tottenham has a good chance to be back for our next game at Everton a week on
Monday. Cheick Tiote in action against Spurs Ryan Taylor is presumably out at least six months,
News coming through that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been given a two-match touchline ban and
fined Â£20K for improper conduct during Newcastle's win over Tottenham in the first game of the
season. The Football Association put this up on their web-site a short time ago: Following an
Independent Regulatory Commission held today [Monday 3 [.
Alan Pardew has been talking about the form of his strikers before today's game with Aston Villa at
home, a game we have won these last two seasons, but of course we've only had two league games so
far, Â and Demba Ba scored that great goal in the first game against Tottenham, and Papiss Cisse
Dynamo Theory is giving away a ticket in the lower supporters section for tomorrow night's match
against Real Salt Lake. If you want to win that ticket, all you'll have to do is answer a trivia
question. Simple enough.
Just a couple "ground rules". Please only enter if you really want the ticket and will go to the
game, or can give the ticket to someone who will use it.
Whether it is off the bench or after being introduced in the starting lineup, Fredy Montero is
having quite an impact during August. That continued on Saturday night, as the Colombian netted his
first career hat trick at Home Depot Center against Chivas USA.
Shanghai East Asia FC: A new young hope for football in China is a post from: Just Football
These are exciting times for Shanghainese football. Not just because of Shanghai
Shenhua's brash, noisy acquisitions of Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba but because lower
down a division, another team from the city, Shanghai East Asia are within
touching distance of promotion to the Chinese Super League.
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says he burgeoning friendship with Kolo Toure and the fact that they both speak French as their first language is behind the Reds' solid defensive record so far this season. Brendan Rodgers' side have conceded just three goals in the league so far this season and two of [.
Chelsea handed debuts to some of their summer signings in yesterday's 1-0 victory over a Singha All Star XI. Brazilian midfielder Wallace's individual highlights can be seen in the video above. Kevin De Bruyne also made his bow. And here's the best bits from Marco Van Ginkel's first game. Via 101GG
It finally looked as if the Minnesota Stars FC's luck had turned against Canadian rivals FC
Edmonton. For the majority of the 90 minutes, the Stars preserved a one goal lead in hopes of
winning their first game since July. Not only would then win end the monotony of draws and losses,
but it would [.
Abby Wambach celebrates a goal in front of her hometown crowd
The first game of the Fan Tribute Tour for the U.S. WNT was certainly memorable. It featured a sold
out crowd in Rochester, N.Y, two goals for hometown hero Abby Wambach, eight goals total and some
real emotion after the announcement that head coach Pia Sundhage was stepping down.
Three U.S. internationals are in action today as the second leg of the Europa League playoffs are
contested this evening. Steve Cherundolo and Hannover host Slasz Wroclaw and sit in the pole position of
their series after collecting a 5-3 win in the first leg. AZ Alkmaar is down a goal after losing
1-0 at Anzhi Makhachkala, and Jozy Altidore looks to continue his impressive
strike rate at home.
Welcome to yet another player ratings! I'm happy to report that, well, we have something happy
to report this week as the Portland Timbers put in an overall valiant effort in securing three much
needed points in this year's Cascadian Cup competition. While the regular MLS season remains
dismal, at least the Timbers are looking like a strong candidate for taking home the regional
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