Some people collect stamps. Others collect football programmes. Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien collects photos of his team-mates sleeping. The Ghana international has put together a photo montage of team-mates including Demba Ba, Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel, Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole catching 40 winks during the Blues' pre-season travels.
AVB's chance of revenge: Tottenham vs Chelsea preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham go head-to-head at White Hart Lane on Saturday in an early season indicator of where each side are in their respective ambitions this term. The Blues are undefeated and top of the pile after seven games, whilst Spurs have shown good form of late in their pursuit of Champions League football.
KayP's Note: To make up for all the silence on this site, we are now double-billing our posts. Surely the return of AVB deserves a double-bill revenge story. Like Kill Bill. So first up, we have big-time Chelsea fan Vineeth 'Fat Frank' Raman (his suggestion, not ours) with his first post for BigFourZa!
Andre Villas-Boas will be looking for revenge this weekend when Spurs take on Chelsea at White Hart Lane. Ethan Rowe, Tfbets.com tipster, explains where you should put your money. AVB and Chelsea will meet again on Saturday in what is a crucial match for the Spurs manager to continue restoring his reputation.
For their third Olympics in a row and fourth time overall, the United States Women's National
Team stood at the center podium, and had gold be put around their necks. Even sweeter was the
victory, which came at the expense of Japan, who stole the 2011 World Cup in a heartbreaking
penalty shootout last summer.
A dream tournament ended with a dream result for the U.S. women's national team.
A year after losing to Japan in the World Cup final, the United States exacted revenge en route
to claiming the gold medal in the Olympic final by defeating the Japanese, 2-1, at a sold-out
Wembley Stadium on Thursday.
Olympics Womens Football Final:Â USA v Japan Wembley Stadium, London 2.45pm EST D-Day for a USA
ripe for revenge for the 2011 World Cup Final and a chance to retain their Olympic title.
Thursday's final should be a cracker. Here's hoping anyway. Living south of the River Thames, I
always find it a dragÂ going to Wembley, a forlorn outer suburb of London sprawl with nothing to
recommend it bar
When FC Dallas hosts Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday night at FC Dallas Stadium, it won't
exactly be their first taste of facing the second-year member of Major League Soccer. After all,
FCD has faced the Whitecaps twice already in 2012, falling 1-0 at BC Place back earlier in the
season. But Dallas did exact a bit of revenge in the last meeting, blanking Vancouver 2-0 to split
their two trips at BC Place for the year.
Only one week after dropping a 2-0 decision to the Houston Dynamo, the Red Bulls had a chance at
revenge as they played host to the Dynamo on Friday night.
A strong overall performance, along with the evolving chemistry between Thierry Henry, Kenny
Cooper, and recently acquired Tim Cahill, paced the Red Bulls to a 2-0 victory over Houston at Red
The Portland Timbers were trying to exact some revenge against Chivas USA, a team they had yet to
beat during the 2012 season. After playing just 12 days ago in California, the two sides had some
idea about how to attack each other, but it was a goalkeeping miscue that allowed Chivas USA to
score a goal in the second half.
Saturday night, the New England Revolution defeated the Vancouver WhiteCaps 4-1 at Gillette
Stadium. The match held a special significance for Revs midfielder Lee Nguyen, who was released by
the WhiteCaps earlier in the season.
Nguyen did not disappoint, scoring twice and adding an assist, propelling the Revolution to
While the U.S. men's national team will be trying to avoid falling further behind Jamaica in
Group A on Tuesday, 10 other CONCACAF teams will be looking to improve their chances of reaching
the Hexagonal round of qualiyfing in what are sure to be intense and intriguing matches.
Watching a pre-match motivational speaker rip phonebooks in half didn't help the U.S. in their
first of two World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica. The U.S. lost 2-1 in Kingston for their first
ever loss in 19 matches against Jamaica, even though Clint Dempsey scored just 36 seconds into the
match for a new U.
Injuries form a brutal reality of football that every player hopes to avoid as much as possible
but for Arsenal's Abou Diaby, a background plagued by injuries is now only powering a redemption
The 26-year old Diaby has featured minimally for the Gunners over the last two seasons and
recently admitted that an extended period on the sidelines sometimes led him to the shocking lows
From the Girls Aloud singer's second solo album comes a song titled "Screw You" in which the
Geordie effectively (and finally) puts an end to her former life and WAG title with this lyrical
line: "I loved you so much but you never gave a f**k so screw you." Well played, Chezza. Revenge
doesn't get [.
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League and finally.
"There wasn't a game I wanted to win more this year than that one tonight and I'm really happy
our guys went out felt the same way and took care of business," says Boswell. He goes on to state
that it was revenge for the ugly 4-2 loss in Montreal earlier this season.
As was the case four years ago, the USWNT have collected Olympic gold, beating Japan 2-1. And like
four years ago, your hero is Carli Lloyd. Apparently, revenge is best served in a pastry pie with
mash. Here is her second goal of the day, the silly winner. - Greg Seltzer
Alex Morgan became the Heroine of the Hour after her extra-time goal catapulted
the USA women's team into the final of the Olympics football event yesterday. Sadly, Canada seemed
to have it all written in the stars whenÂ Christine Sinclair netted an outstanding hat trick to
make it 3-3 by the 90th minute.
Sporting KC punched their ticket to their first cup final since the 2004 season when they made both
the US Open Cup and MLS Cup final. KC topped the Philadelphia Union 2-0, on the road to advance to
the final in the 99th running of the competition. Goals by Jacob Peterson and Graham Zusi helped
Sporting KC grab the win over the Union in a bit of "revenge" from the last time the two clubs met
and Philadelphia won 4-0.
For the third straight game, Sporting KC has a chance at revenge on a team that has recently beat
them. First it was a trip to Montreal where KC was able to avenge their first home loss of the
season, beating the Impact 3-1 at Saputo Stadium. Then this past weekend, KC got the opportunity
for revenge on the Houston Dynamo for the loss in the Eastern Conference final last year.
1. Italy owe Spain one. It's not often they can counter the ultra-defensive sterotypes by saying:
'Well the other team didn't even have a striker on the pitch.' 2. Vicente Del Bosque brought
Fernando Torres on for a cameo performance to demonstrate why he had preferred to start the match
with six midfielders.
Dirk Kuyt has admitted that he has been unhappy with life at Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish this
season and has hinted that there are a number of clubs interested in his services.
The Holland international has struggled to become a first team regular under Dalglish despite being
in superb form last season and ending the campaign with 13 Premier League goals.
Lacazette scored today his 11th and 12th goal, making him the best scorer of Ligue 1 in the game. Ibra and Cavani scored more in total (17 and 13), but if we take away the penalty kicks (6 and 2), they're behind our Alex, with 11 goals in play each. Not bad, uh?
There's no doubt Gremio's Maximiliano Rodriguez has a box full of tricks and flicks as he nut-megs Nautico's defender three times in succession, however like all good defenders he leaves his taunter in a heap out wide on the sideline and not in a dangerous position for a set-piece.
Schalke played a friendly against lower division club TuS Erndtebruck, giving newly acquired Ibrahim Afellay, on loan from Barcelona, a chance to show what he can do. When he did just that by hoping over fellow Dutchman and Erndtebruck goalkeeper Jannick von der Heiden to score an easy goal, the keeper got his revenge by putting in a late tackle on Afellay's legs as the ball found the net.
It's that time again folks. Fire gamedays are always fun, but it's even better when we are
facing the Crew. With the game only a few hours away, the cauldron of hate should be bubbling for
many Fire fans. Not only are we playing a rivalry match, but we get to do it at home in front of
Section 8 and our wonderful fans.
Three straight losses against beatable clubs (including the U.S. Open Cup defeat to a USL team)
does not do wonders for confidence. Both the Chicago Fire squad and fans had to feel pretty low
heading into the international break. Fortunately, the squad found motivation during the two weeks
off, and they came out with their best performance of the season, and arguably, their best
performance in the last two years.
Football disobeyed the mighty will of Zlatan Ibrahimovic as England beat Sweden 3-2. Zlatan
scored exactly none of the match's five goals -- though he did set up Sweden's first with his
levitation kick (see below) -- and his frustration only grew throughout the match. As Sweden fought
back to take the lead in the second half before eventually losing it again, the primary target of
Zlatan's fury was England keeper Joe Hart.