Football CornerMixed news on the Gunners injury front (22.12.2005, 13:38 UTC)
Arsenal have been given some mixed news with regard injuries picked up in last night's Carling Cup victory over League 1 side Doncaster. Dutch winger/striker Quincy Owusu Abeyie is set to be on the sidelines for up to six weeks with a knee injury while fellow Dutch man Robin Van Persie looks as though he might be fit for the busy Christmas period after he also picked up a knee injury last night and was taken off after only 33 minutes. "Van Persie has a knock over his knee," Gunners chief Ar...
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Football CornerXavier's appeal unsurprisingly turned down (21.12.2005, 18:30 UTC)
Portugese defender Abel Xavier has had his 18 month drug's ban appeal turned down (not surprisingly). Xavier tested positive for a banned substance nearly three months ago after Boro's UEFA Cup game against Xanthi. He has simultaneously denied any wrong doing and is understood to of told UEFA he unknowingly took the drug in a contaimed substance.Look at that hairThe defender can now either accept the punishment or appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. A Uefa statement said: "...
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Football CornerRonaldinho awarded player of the year award (19.12.2005, 22:02 UTC)
Ronaldinho has added yet another award to his growing cabenit after he bagged world player of the year tonight beatting Barca team mate Samuel Eto'o and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard. The Brazilian gained 960 points in the poll of national coaches and captains. England midfielder Frank Lampard was second with 429 points and Ronaldinho's team-mate, Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon, third with 190. Ronaldinho, named European footballer of the year this month, said: "I want to dedicate this award to my...
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Football CornerBen Haim on way to Chelsea? (13.12.2005, 19:41 UTC)
Bolton boss Sam Allardyce has today said that he feels talk of Chelsea's reported interest in defender Tal Ben Haim could have an inkling of truth about it.The Israeli international has impressed everyone at The Reebok since arriving in the North West from Maccabi Tel Aviv in the summer, with a series of excellent performances having not gone unnoticed elsewhere. Chelsea are well stocked in terms of central defenders but with talk of possible departures for Robert Huth and William Gallas , a mov...
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Football CornerBirmingham injury blow (13.12.2005, 16:17 UTC)
Birmingham have today found out that their Dutch defender Mario Melchiot is almost certain to be unavailable for the busy Christmas period. The Birmingham City defender has been speaking to the media in Holland and revealed his frustration at the injury niggles that are affecting his progress. "I gave a normal pass and felt directly that something ripped," he told Voetbal International."I am very disappointed. "The team needs me at this difficult time."I haven't had such a series of injurie...
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Football CornerWorld Cup Draw (9.12.2005, 23:07 UTC)
Here is the full draw for next year's World Cup in Germany: GROUP AGermanyCosta RicaPolandEcuadorGROUP BEnglandParaguayTrinidad & TobagoSwedenGROUP CArgentinaIvory CoastSerbia & MontenegroHollandGROUP DMexicoIranAngolaPortugalGROUP EItalyGhanaUSACzech RepublicGROUP FBrazilCroatiaAustraliaJapanGROUP GFranceSwitzerlandSouth KoreaTogoGROUP HSpainUkraineTunisiaSaudi ArabiaMy favourites for the World Cup: BrazilMy dark horses for the World Cup: EnglandBest group: Group E
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Football CornerHarry returns to Pompey (7.12.2005, 21:48 UTC)
Harry Redknapp has returned to the hot seat at Portsmouth after he walked out on the South Coast club only 11 months ago, and he went to bitter rivals Southampton. In the season Harry was at Southampton they were relagated. The 58-year-old said: "It took me less than a minute to sign the contract, it didn't even have any figures on it. "The key to coming back was that Milan [Mandaric] wanted me and was big enough to say 'Harry, I want you back'." Harry and Milan back together again Redknap...
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Football CornerEight teams seeded for World Cup draw (6.12.2005, 18:24 UTC)
Eight teams have been seeded for Friday's much awaited World Cup 2006 draw. The list includes England, holders Brazil, Spain, hosts Germany, Italy, Mexico, France and Argentina. England will now avoid meeting those countries in the group stages when the main draw for the tournament is made in Leipzig on Friday evening. Under the seeding system used by Fifa, England came out second to Brazil and Italy narrowly beat the US into eighth. Fifa's ranking co-efficient meant that performances at the 20...
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Football CornerRedknapp quits Saints (3.12.2005, 12:05 UTC)
Harry Redknapp has left Southampton after only a short spell at the club. This news further increases rumours that Redknapp will move back to Saints bitter rivals Portsmouth, the club he left last season. In a statement on the Saints' official website, chairman Rupert Lowe revealed Redknapp told him on Friday it was now "impossible" for him to stay. "He told me he regarded his employment with the club as being at an end. Accordingly I have placed Dave Bassett in charge against Burnley," said Lo...
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Football CornerWho will be next Pompey boss? (2.12.2005, 23:12 UTC)
Who will be next Pompey boss? Well that's a good question that I would love to know. I have heard plenty of name like George Burley, Harry Reddknap, Brian Kerr, Lawrie Sanchez, I could go on for days. One person I know who defeinetly isn't taking over at Fratton Park is Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock after he held talks with the South Coast club but has decided to stay and try and get into the Premiership with United.I would love to know who is going to take over, so why not give your sugge...
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Football CornerNeville named new Red Devils Captain (2.12.2005, 18:13 UTC)
Gary Neville has been appointed captain of Manchester United after former captain Roy Keane left the club last month. Ferguson had drawn up a short-list of three, including Ryan Giggs and Ruud van Nistelrooy, who skippered United in the aftermath of Keane's departure. However, with Neville recovered from the groin injury which had ruled him out for most of this season, Ferguson has handed him the captain's armband. "Given the service Gary has given this club, it is the right decision," said Fer...
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Football CornerBallack offered to two clubs (1.12.2005, 21:06 UTC)
Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Ballack has been offered to both Real Madrid and Chelsea. Chelsea's cheif executive Peter Kenyon said that the club had been approached about buying the German international, who will be out of contract at the end of the season. Spanish giants Real Madrid have also been given permission to negotiate with the 29 year-old."Ballack has been offered to Chelsea and Real Madrid," said Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. "I have a good friendship with Flo...
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Football CornerFIFA World Player Of The Year shortlist announced (30.11.2005, 19:09 UTC)
Three players have been placed on the FIFA World Player Of The Year awards shortlist. One of the players play's at Chelsea while the other two play at Spanish giants Barcelona. Frank Lampard, Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto'o are the three players and I persopnaly think that the result of the winner is a four gon conclusion, Ronaldinho. On Monday the 25-year-old Brazilian, who this year also won the inaugural FIFpro award, was named the 2005 European Footballer of the Year. Ronaldinho with the aw...
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Football CornerAbel to appeal against drugs ban (29.11.2005, 20:20 UTC)
Middlesbrough defender Abel Xavier has decided to appeal against FIFA's decision to ban him from playing football for another 18 months. The 32-year-old tested positive for a banned steroid after Boro's Uefa Cup game in Xanthi on 29 September. Uefa has confirmed Xavier has lodged an appeal and a hearing is likely to take place early in 2006. Xavier has strenuously denied any wrongdoing and is understood to have told Uefa he unknowingly took the drug in a contaminated supplement. The former Live...
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Football CornerMatch Of The Day: Arsenal 3-0 Blackburn (26.11.2005, 22:20 UTC)
Club record goalscorer Thierry Henry became the first player to net 100 goals at Highbury as Arsenal were made to work for victory over Blackburn. Cesc Fabregas shot Arsenal into an early lead but Rovers reacted strongly with Craig Bellamy a constant threat. Henry made it 2-0 just before half-time as Arsenal looked comfortably on top. Bellamy and David Thompson went close with headers as Rovers refused to give up, before Robin van Persie's stunning late effort gave Arsenal all three points. Grea...
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Football CornerBoro fan stabbed to death in Amsterdam (25.11.2005, 22:17 UTC)
A middlesbrough fan has been fatally stabbed whilst in Amsterdam after Boro's UEFA Cup game against AZ Alkmaar on Thursday. Police have also confirmed that another man suffered serious injuries following the match which took place around about 40 miles from the Dutch capital.A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: "We are in regular contact with police in Holland following information received by Cleveland Police this morning of an attack that took place in Amsterdam."This incident resulted in the...
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Football CornerDeath Of A Legend (25.11.2005, 20:43 UTC)
Today football has heard the very very sad news of the death of one of footballing's greatest ever players.R.I.P George Best, 25 November 2005. Please pay your tributes to George Best by leaving a comment.
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Football CornerCole K.O (24.11.2005, 21:07 UTC)
Ashley Cole has been ruled out of action until the new year due to his nasty foot injury. The news is a blow to boss Arsene Wenger, who had hoped to have the 24-year-old back in action in December. Arsenal are now without any left-back as Cole's replacement, Gael Clichy, will be out for at least three months with an identical injury. Centre-half Pascal Cygan may switch to left-back to cover the position, while Lauren is also an option. Cole and Clichy are both out of Arsenal's home match ag...
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Football CornerPompey sack Perrin (24.11.2005, 17:07 UTC)
Portsmouth have today sacked French man Alain Perrin after just eight months in the job. Coach Joe Jordan will take temporary charge of the club, who meet champions Chelsea on Saturday. Chairman Milan Mandaric said: "This has not been an easy decision. Alain is a talented coach and a good man who has worked extremely hard since arriving. "However, the view taken is that recent performances and the general morale amongst the squad needed improvement. We are all extremely grateful to him." Perrin...
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Football CornerBarca striker could be on way to Betis (22.11.2005, 18:11 UTC)
Real Betis have contacted Barcelona over the possibilty of taking Argentinian striker Maxi Lopez on loan until the end of the La Liga season. The Argentine only signed for Barca last season but has failed to earn a first team place ahead of the likes of Samuel Eto'o, Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi. Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain told El Mundo Deportivo: "We are talking, but a deal has not been signed."They have shown interest in the player, but I prefer to wait until everything is c...
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Football CornerMcClaren extends Boro stay (22.11.2005, 17:18 UTC)
Steve McClaren has committed his future to Middlesborough by signing a new four year deal at the Riverside. McClaren's future has been the subject of speculation as contract talks took place and he had been linked to taking over at England and Manchester United. He is an assistant to England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson and was understudy to Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. But he said: "The club going is places so it was never even a question of whether or not I wanted to stay." The new deal wil...
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Football CornerFootballing Interview # 4 (21.11.2005, 22:00 UTC)
The fourth of my Footballing Interview's comes from Swiss Toni over at a very very good blog called CheerUpAlanShearer (I would recommend you look at it). You may of read my other interview's but if you haven't the interview's are about all the recent topics in football. I hope you enjoy the latest installment. The Interview: FC: First of all, do you think that goal-line technology should be brought into the game? ST: Hm. Interesting question. On the one hand, it seemsridiculous in ...
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Football CornerRaul set for lengthy lay-off (21.11.2005, 19:46 UTC)
Real Madrid striker Raul is likely to be sidelined for up to four months with a cruciate ligament injury he picked up during Saturday's 3-0 defeat to rivals Barcelona. The 28-year-old striker was stretchered off during Saturday's derby and will undergo tests to assess the extent of the complex injury. It is believed that Raul will definitely be out of action for at least two months.Recovery time will double should the Spain international need surgery. Raul sustained the injury when taking a sho...
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Football CornerCork claim Irish league title (18.11.2005, 22:54 UTC)
Cork City have won the Irish league by beating second place Derry City at Turner's Cross tonight. The match was winner takes all and in the end Cork took it all. It is the first time since 1993 that the club has won the Eircom League. Here is the match report: Cork had struggled for goals in recent weeks in the absence of O’Flynn, but the former Irish under-21 star was passed fit to start. But the Leesiders were dealt a blow after just eight minutes when O’Flynn’s partner Ne...
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Football CornerRonaldo signs for United (18.11.2005, 16:45 UTC)
Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed a new two year contract extension to his current contract at Man United. The new deal will keep him at Old Trafford until2010 and that will be very good news for all United fans this is the day that they lost one of the best midfield players in the world (Roy Keane). United have been locked in talks with Ronaldo all summer in a bid to tie him down to a new long-term deal. Ronaldo has proved to be a major hit with The Red Devils since joining the club as a teenager f...
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Football CornerKeane quits United (18.11.2005, 16:18 UTC)
Roy Keane leaves United. Your thoughts.
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Football CornerClichy set for long long spell on side-lines (17.11.2005, 18:36 UTC)
Geal Clichy has been ruled out of action for up to 4 months following confirmation that he has suffered a stress fracture in his foot. Clichy picked up the injury during France's under 21 qualifier against England last Friday. "The story is that Gael will need surgery," manager Arsene Wenger told Arsenal's website. "Ashley is five weeks away and Gael is three to four months away." Wenger now faces a problem of trying to fill his left-back berth. "The quite remarkable thing, in a negative way, i...
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Football CornerFIFA to investigate tunnel trouble (17.11.2005, 18:26 UTC)
Fifa president Sepp Blatter says it will hold an investigation into the violence at the end of the World Cup tie between Turkey and Switzerland. The Swiss qualified on the away goals rule but the end of the game was marred as players clashed in the tunnel. Blatter says the inquiry will be finished by the 9th of December, when the draw for the finals takes place in Leipzig. He warned: "I can tell you this, not as a Swiss but as president of Fifa, that we will act and we will act tough." Blatter ...
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Football CornerSwiss, Czech's and Spain all progress (16.11.2005, 21:32 UTC)
Switzerland, Czech Republic and Spain have all qualified for next years World Cup in Germany. Switzerland survived a nail-biting second-leg World Cup play-off against Turkey to qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals on the away goals rule. The Swiss appeared to be cruising when Alex Frei converted a second-minute penalty after Alpay Ozalan's handball. But two first-half headers from Tuncay Sanli
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Football CornerAussie's and Trinindad qualify for World Cup (16.11.2005, 18:20 UTC)
Austrailia and Trinindad & Tabago have both booked their places in the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. It is the first ever time that Trinindad have qualified for the World Cup and it's the first time since 1974 that Austrailia have qualified for the World Cup finals.First of all, we start with the Austrailia game against Uraguay which went all the way to penalties. Marco Bresciano's 35th-minute goal levelled the tie following Uruguay's first-leg victory, but neither team was able to find the ...
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