[T]here comes a point in every football fan's life when the "sod it, I'm not going moment" occurs. For some Manchester City fans, contributing £62 to Arsenal's coffers was a step too far. For me, spending £25 to sit in a rickety away end at Brisbane Roadon a cold December afternoon watching Exeter toil against an equally uninspiring Leyton Orient side proved beyond even my levels of tolerance and fanaticism.
Liverpool's Lucas successfully completed an hour on his first competitive appearance for three months on Friday. The Brazil midfielder injured a thigh muscle during a 2-2 draw with Manchester City on 26 August but returned to training earlier this month. And he was part of an U21 side which beat Middlesbrough 1-0 at the Kirby Academy.
Lucas Leiva is in contention to make his return to action this week, assistant manager Colin Pascoe has revealed. The Reds are set to play four games in as many days, with the U18s, U21s and first team all in action from Thursday to Sunday. And Lucas, who has not figured for Liverpool since sustaining a thigh problem against Manchester City on August 26, could be considered for 45 minutes in Friday's second-string clash against Middlesbrough - though not before being assessed by the club's medical team.
Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe says Brazilian star Lucas Leiva is in contention to return to action this week as the Reds are set to play four games in as many days, with the U18s, reserves and first team all in action from Thursday to Sunday.
The 25-Year old has not featured for Liverpool since he suffered a thigh injury against Manchester City on August 26.
[T]o put it mildly, it's been a calamitous 2013 so far for Middlesbrough Football Club. Here, Mike Baker, a pioneer with his outstanding but sadly now defunct Smog Blog and a contributor to our series of posts previewing the season back in August, assesses a decline that the Roman Empire itself would have been proud of.
The January transfer deadline is less than a week away now and message boards everywhere are heralding a cry for more experience to be added to Championship squads. The judicious addition of a central defender with a Premier League background or a proven striker could be enough to convert pretenders into serious challengers.
Poor Rafa Benitez he's been feeling a little hurt by the actions of several ungrateful Chelsea fans at Riverside stadium following the Blues' FA Cup 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough yesterday. The result has granted them a quarterfinal meeting against Man United but despite the result, a section of Chelsea supporters have continued to jeer at him during matches because of his long-standing association with rivals Liverpool.
Rafa Benitez has finally let the water-off-a-duck's-back approach to the hostile treatment he's received since arrived at Chelsea slip as he hit out at the club and its supporters. The Blues boss also confirmed he will leave his post at the end of the season. He criticised the club's hierarchy for undermining his position by [.
Chelsea beat Championship side Middlesbrough 2-0 in the fifth round of the FA Cup with an odd hodgepodge starting XI. Though you might think the club's first win in three matches would bring a smile to despised interim manager Rafa Benitez's face, it actually proved to be the opening act to his inevitable press conference meltdown.
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Chelsea plays Middlesbrough today at the Riverside Stadium in the north east of England. A win for the Blues today and they'll play Manchester United in the sixth round. If it's a draw, it'll be another fixture added to...
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Chelsea plays Middlesbrough today at the Riverside Stadium in the north east of England. A win for the Blues today and they'll play Manchester United in the sixth round. If it's a draw, it'll be another fixture added to Chelsea's already congested fixture schedule.
Chelsea's match against Boro comes under increasing pressure for Rafa Benitez after it was revealed that there was a bust-up on the training pitch earlier this week.
Chelsea avoided becoming the latest victims of the FA Cup's spate of giant-killings as the holders eased into the fifth round with a 4-0 win over League One minnows Brentford on Sunday. Chelsea, who have won the Cup four times in the last six seasons, will travel to Championship side Middlesbrough for their delayed fifth round tie on 27 February.
Even though Man Utd and Reading don't play out their fifth round tie until Monday evening, enough of the games are sufficiently decided for the draw for the next round to take place in the honoured presence of some football people. In terms of teams still left, we can now right off Arsenal, who lost to Blackburn on Saturday.
Martes 12 de febrero de 2013 Leicester vs Huddersfield 13:30 hrs (desempate 4a ronda) Sábado 16 de febrero de 2013 Luton Town vs Millwall 6:45 hrs Arsenal vs Blackburn Rovers 9:00 hrs Milton Keynes Dons vs Barnsley 9:00 hrs Oldham Athletic vs Everton 12:00 hrs Domingo 17 de febrero de 2013 Chelsea vs Brentford 6:00 hrs (desempate 4a ronda) Manchester City vs Leeds United 8:00 hrs Huddersfield/Leicester vs Wigan Athletic 9:55 hrs Lunes 18 de febrero de 2013 Manchester United vs Reading 14:00 hrs Miércoles 27 de febrero de 2013 Middlesbrough vs Brentford/Chelsea 13:45 hrs Gracias por tu visita Estadísticas de Fútbol
Capital One Cup cuartos de final Martes 11 de Diciembre de 2012 1 Norwich vs Aston Villa 4 (3) 1 Bradford vs Arsenal 1 (2) Miércoles 12 de Diciembre de 2012 1 Swansea vs Middlesbrough 0 Miércoles 19 de Diciembre de 2012 1 Leeds vs Chelsea 5 Gracias por tu visita Estadísticas de Fútbol
Capital One Cup cuartos de final Martes 11 de Diciembre de 2012 1 Norwich vs Aston Villa 4(3) 1 Bradford vs Arsenal 1 (1) Miércoles 12 de Diciembre de 2012 Swansea vs Middlesbrough 13:45 hrs Miércoles 19 de Diciembre de 2012 Leeds vs Chelsea 13:45 hrs Gracias por tu visita Estadísticas de Fútbol
At a hastily arranged midweek, midday press conference, in a middle-of-the-road hotel in the Midlands, Arsenal's Theo Walcott and Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge came together to announcetheirplans to join forces and form their own club.
The press conference was initiallydelayed for an hour, with each player insisting that they both sat in the middle of the stage the players finally agreed to sit on the same chair, a buttock each- they informed the media of their plan by both speaking at the same time.
Without the benefit of context, this finish looks like a defender taking advantage of some slack marking to power home a header from the edge of the six-yard box. To an extent that's true. Alas, Middlesbrough defender Seb Hines is heading into his own net. Hines' own goal proved to be the winning goal for [.
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FIFA Club World Cup on Fox Soccer: Ulsan - Sanfrecce at 2:30am and Al Ahly - Corinthians at 5:30am.
FA Cup on Fox Soccer: Mansfield Town - Lincoln City at 2:30pm. English League Cup on beIN: Swansea - Middlesbrough at 6pm. Copa del Rey on beIN: Barcelona - Cordoba at 2pm and Celta Vigo - Real Madrid at 4pm.
Stewart Downing is frustrated at his limited opportunities at Liverpool - but he is in rush to leave the club. The England international has been restricted to making the majority of his appearances in the Europa League since boss Brendan Rodgers succeeded Kenny Dalglish in the summer. And Downing has been linked with a return to boyhood club Middlesbrough but, ahead of Liverpool's Sunday Premier League game at West Ham United, he is committed.
An experimental Liverpool U18 side lost 3-1 away at Middlesbrough in freezing conditions on Saturday. With an eye on Tuesday's FA Youth Cup third round tie at Swindon Town, Steve Cooper chose to rest key players and fielded an experimental line-up mainly comprising youngsters from the U16 team.
Championship battlers Middlesbrough are planning a daring swoop that would see their former winger Stewart Downing rejoin his former club on loan from Liverpool. Reports last week suggested that Brendan Rodgers had given up on the lackluster winger and had sanctioned his exit in the January transfer window.
Tykes Go Loan Crazy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Champions side Barnsley have today completed the double signing of JonathanGreeningand Akos Buzsaky from Nottingham Forest and Portsmouth respectively.
Greening, who's last of only three appearances for Forest this seasonwas back inAugust, will arrive at Oakwell until January 2 with the aim of receiving first team football and provide some valuable experience for the struggling Tykes.
The race for the Premier League which Championship clubs will get lucky? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Cardiff City are the current favourites to get promoted to the Premier League at the end of the season but Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough, Hull and Leicester all stand a great chance of pulling off promotion into the big time.
Need some company for the working day? How does nine hours of Tony Mowbray playing the saxophone solo of Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street sound? You can get on with your work, and Tone will keep wailing away in the background. For nine hours. This masterpiece of hilarious pointlessness is the work of the Football Ramble.