The Seattle Sounders welcome the Vancouver Whitecaps to CenturyLink Field and expect a boisterous home support because as of Tuesday 50,000 tickets have already been sold for the match. The Sounders will be with their designated player Obafemi Martins after he got his red card overturned that he received in their previous match, a 2-0 win over Chivas U.
Is it really time to hold our breath? Could the end really be nigh? Sky Sports News is reporting
that Wolfsburg have agreed a Â£9m fee with us for Obafemi Martins. Though it's yet unconfirmed by
Newcastle, Oba was left out of the squad for the friendly against Leeds, which has given credence
to the claims.
In a summer full of astronomical transfer fees, clubs are beginning to look further down the
pecking order to unearth some economical and hidden gems. Here are the five players still Â out
there that would be bargains for whoever signs them:
1. Ronaldinho - AC Milan
The former world's greatest player may be fat and out of shape these days, but with his talent
it remains a mystery why no one wants to take a risk on the Brazilian.
I never thought I'd see it in my lifetime, but Newcastle United has been relegated to the Coca
Cola Championship. Just like the downfall of Leeds not too long ago, Premier League clubs are
licking their lips at the prospect of another firesale. Some top class players will be leaving St.
James' Park over the course of the next few months, and here we'll take a look at the best of the
best Newcastle has to offer.
Newcastle's Mike Williamson had another very strong display at the back for Newcastle last night at
Birmingham, when the lads came away with a great 2-0 victory. Mike Williamson last night holding
offÂ Oba Martins The pitch was difficult as it had cut up badly in the previous game, and it
looked a little [.
Kevin Nolan had one of his best games for Newcastle on Monday night, when he brilliantly set up
Danish International, Peter Lovenkrands, for the third and decisive goal. Kevin Nolan - good game
against Middlesbrough Â Kevin was also part of Oba Martin's amazing goal, but it looked like it
was the great Mark Viduka back-header that got [.
Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has become the latest Barcelona star to egotistically
pronounce the treble winning club's's dominance over their global rivals. Following Sweden's bitter
loss to Denmark this weekend, where the spotlight was stolen away from him thanks to Nicklas
Bendtner's scintillating performance for the Danes, Ibrahimovic has taken his frustrations out on
former club Inter Milan.
With the first quarter of football almost over in most leagues around Europe, now is a good time
to measure the current progress of some of the giant clubs on the continent. Actually, analyzing
the success or failure of clubs in general won't be nearly as exciting as identifying a more
specific object of analysis.
A great majority of the football world has grown used to laughing off Arsene
Wenger's dramatic remarks over major incidents in recent years. This is precisely why the
Arsenal manager was largely ignored when he labeled the accusations over
Gunners striker Eduardo's recent "dive" against
Celtic as a "witch-hunt".
This coming season promises to be the most exciting in years. Of course, every coming season
promises to be the most exciting in years. This is one of the many truisms of English Football.
Last season we gaped open mouthed as Manchester City clumsily wooed Global Franchise Entities with
the promise of dreams and Ferrero Rocher.
On the 20th of June 2006 in Cologne, Germany, I was sat high behind the goal in the
RheinEnergieStadion (then called simply 'The FIFA World Cup Stadium') when in the fourth minute, a
figure crumpled to the ground. It was hard to see who it was from my unique vantage point, but the
man sitting to my left immediately turned round and said 'any money it's Owen'.
Despite a composed 1-0 win for the LA Galaxy at home to the New England Revolution this weekend,
soccer fans around the world (or at least in the US) are still in shock over the rift between two
Galaxy stars who missed this weekend's game. While superstar David Beckham is yet to return to the
Galaxy this season, his estranged teammate Landon Donovan was rested following a busy period
representing his country.
What is it with all of these stupid confusing names when it comes to different league names and
tournaments? I'm talking about some of Europe's domestic leagues and two UEFA club competitions.
Why do they have to have these fancy names like Premiership and Europa League? They should just
stick with a name that is simple and that tells you what the competition is.
An entrepreneur comes up with a product. It can be any product: a website, a toaster, a killer
mutant robot, you name it, but he designs and develops it. He makes it successful. It's him who
brings this product to the attention of the world... and it's a truly great product.
With the Premier League over for another season. Here are some of the things I noticed from the
Like a bat out of Hull
Hull City were everyone's favorite to go straight back down this season. They seemed like a
sweet little feel good story, content to have their moment in the big leagues before quickly
sinking back to lower level obscurity where they could be patronized by football and non-football
people alike for sounding like a thoroughly dull and uninspiring place to live.
Does anyone else get the feeling that things have been going too well for too long? The English
Premier League has gone from European underachievers to world dominators in only a few years.
Foreign investment and an influx of the world's best talent has made the Premiership the undisputed
champion of Europe and of the world.
It's time - yet again - for a whole team to get some recognition. All season long we haven't
been seeing teams capitalize on opportunities presented to them. That all changed on Monday when
the proverbial golden egg fell into Newcastle's lap, and they actually took advantage of it! With a
late match on Monday night at home against fellow relegation candidates Middlesbrough, Newcastle
was forced to sit tight and watch while the rest of the Premier League battled for position on the
Football FanCast columnistÂ Mike HarveyÂ feels that technology in
football is not the answer.
Officiating in football is headline news these days. The past few weeks left a sour taste in the
mouths of many fans. FIFA is at a crossroads and how they choose to handle this problem will affect
the game for years.
Here in America, ESPN is truly the "Worldwide Leader In Sports." Millions of people wake up with
Sportscenter in the morning, and go to bed with it on in the evening. Anyone in America that
follows sports seemingly gets their information from ESPN.
The only problem? ESPN has literally no respect for soccer.
Ten things I noticed from this week's Champions League semifinals:
1. Much Ado About Nothing â€“ Much to the woe of slobbering, over enthusiastic
journalists everywhere, the Barcelona myth was partially debunked on Tuesday. It's not that they
were awful by any stretch of the imagination, but when faced with anÂ equally good team who didn't
stand aside and let them play through them they looked more than a little stumped.
It's always this way, isn't it? You wait forever for one bus and then four or five come along at
once. After a fairly drab season by Premier League standards, it's all gone frigging loopy as the
fight for European and domestic dominance reaches its final stretch. A month ago we (well mainly I,
but I'm sure you, too) were bemoaning the lack of really exciting games from the 08-09 Premier
The PFA Player of the Year nominees are now out, and what a farce they are. It's not that five
Manchester United players have been nominated for the main award that I find farcicle. Nor that
Steven Gerrard is the only representative from the 19 other clubs. Nor that Aaron 'I can run very
fast but I get a little stumped when I have to do something with this ball thingy' Lennon is in
with a shot of winning Young Player of the Year.
All season long the relegation battle has made pundits around the world look foolish. With no
true contenders in sight - or maybe far too many contenders - the relegation battle has been
anyone's guess. On the Premiership Talk Podcast, Taylor and I have thrown many guesses out there,
and in an interviewÂ Football Corner's Cathal Breathnach even suggested Portsmouth could be facing
While some of us Premier League fans must be jubilant with celebrations right now, others are
still sure to be hurting, as the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals is already in the
books. Rather than reviewing the Champions League results, however,Â this article focuses on moving
on to this weekend's Premier League fixtures for the "Big Four", and how their Champions League
outings will end up affecting their Premier League outings this weekend.
Martins set for debut | Birmingham City - EatSleepSportObafemi Martins has been given the green
light to make his Birmingham debut and is set to be in Saturday's squad to face Stoke...However,
the Nigeria international has now been given the go-ahead to play and is expected to be involved
when Birmingham look for another vital win against the Potters this weekend.
The award for the most fictional Saturday press report this week goes to.... and I have just
realised its Friday.
Fuck, double shit and bollocks.
Anyway, the Independent think that we are going to buy Danielle De Rossi for 30 million quid,
there is no doubt that De Rossi is a very good player but there is doubs as to whether he would
move from the club that brought him up from the little kiddie ranks and move from the place he was