Wednesday, February 28, 2007
That was where 10 players claimed they were struck down by food poisoning on the eve of their visit to Upton Park on the final day of last season.
Martin Jol’s men had needed a win to secure the fourth Champions League spot ahead of bitter rivals Arsenal.
But they were beaten 2-1 with several players still suffering the after-effects of what they believed was a dodgy lasagne.
The hotel was cleared of any blame over the incident but, as Spurs prepare to visit the struggling Hammers, Hughton confirmed the players would be staying in a different hotel this time.
The England striker ruptured his cruciate knee ligament against Sweden last year and has not played for the Magpies since.
Newcastle put in a compensation claim to FIFA for £6.2m but president Sepp Blatter has revealed they will recieve just £1m.
Fabio and Rafael Silva put pen to paper on pre-contract agreements from Brazilian side Fluminese.
The youth internationals will join up with United on July 9, when they turn 18.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Another chant of the week
Charlton fans to bald ex-Charlton player Paul Konchesky during Charlton's 4-0 win over West Ham.
Terry shook hands with Lewin in an emotional meeting and told him:
“Thank you mate, I owe you one.”
It was Lewin’s swift reactions which helped to avert a tragedy when the Chelsea skipper was accidentally kicked in the face by Abou Diaby in Sunday’s Cardiff final.
Terry was knocked unconscious and was convulsing after swallowing his tongue. But Lewin was already on the spot after treating an Arsenal player seconds earlier and sprang into action to help Terry.
Lewin, who doubles up as England physio, helped revive Terry and made sure he had regained consciousness.
Chant of the week
Exeter fans after a bad first-half performance by the referee.
"The referee's a legend!"
Exeter fans after the ref awarded them two penalties in the second half.
Wayne Bridge gets confused after winning the Carling Cup final with Chelsea.
Monday, February 26, 2007
The Chelsea skipper was knocked unconscious at 4.11pm after being kicked in the face by Arsenal’s Abou Diaby.
But after discharging himself from hospital in Cardiff he was back at the Millennium Stadium at 5.58.
There he joined in the party to celebrate the victory with relieved team-mates who cheered as he as he held the Carling Cup aloft in the dressing room.
Trick of the light
The Brazilian, previously considered the world's best player, has struggled for form this season but Rijkaard insisted the pictures were a "trick of the light"
The Dutchman said: "When the photo is taken quite close by, with inadequate light or if there is some movement, it can vary the reality a lot and, in this instance, for me there are doubts."
Sunday, February 25, 2007
The Manchester United boss will trim his squad, which has expanded to over sixty professionals.
And as he looks to bring in Owen Hargreaves and a couple more new faces, Fergie knows that he needs to get rid of some of his fringe players.
Topping the roster will be England star Kieron Richardson and - internationals John O'Shea and Darren Fletcher.
As well as Hargreaves, Fergie is also keen on Blackburn's David Bentley.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Fat Ronaldinho ?
William Hill's response to its £50,000 loss also raised eyebrows. A spokesman for the company said it was likely the Liverpool striker had heard about the bet before the match, though he played down suggestions of a coup.
A Uefa spokesman said: "We have regulations that prevent people betting in a way that endangers the integrity of the sport, but unless we had evidence that he [Bellamy] actually placed a bet it is very hard to investigate."
Thursday, February 22, 2007
The winger, 22, was angry at being subbed after 67 minutes of United’s 1-0 win over Lille in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
He stormed over to the dugout, refused the offer of a tracksuit top and then kicked a pile of water bottles with his right foot.
Ronaldo was given a precautionary cast to wear on the flight home.
The 6.05pm start for this evening's second-leg tie - which Rovers start 3-2 down - has been dictated by the demands of German television but makes getting to the ground tricky for many supporters.
Recognising the difficulties inherent in fans downing tools and walking boldly out midway through the afternoon, Blackburn have slashed ticket prices. While season ticket-holders receive free admission, children will get in for £1 and everyone else for £15.
There are some things money can't buy ...
Training trip to Portugal ... £1500
Broken golf club ... £55
Scoring a Champions League goal in the first game afterwards ... Priceless
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Billed as a cross between Black Hawk Down and Alien, the movie is set in the near future and follows the aftermath of an alien invasion of Earth.
The Wigan boss, who faces an FA disrepute charge for comments made about Dowd, refused to identify the ref or reveal at which level he officiates.
Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, is reported to be willing to sell his stake for the right price.
Nash, the most valuable player in the National Basketball Association for the past two seasons, is the son of British parents and a Tottenham fan.
The Phoenix Suns point guard has earned more than $100 million (about £52 million) in basic playing salary during his career and the NBA’s leading passer wants to play a key role in any potential takeover of Tottenham.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Reports indicate that fines will total a club record £150,000 once all participants are dealt with.
With a growing number of Premiership clubs slashing the price of admission in a bid to attract higher gates, the Football Supporters' Federation have issued a three-point directive they believe all top flight clubs should follow.
Their plans include:
• A League-wide away fans' ticket price of no more than £15.
• A League-mandated freeze on all matchday and season ticket prices
• The use of television facilities fees for broadcast games to lower ticket prices to compensate for fixture moves and inconvenient kick-off times.
The organisation, who claim to represent 140,000 members in England and Wales, believe their plan would win widespread approval.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Zidane, 34, quit the game after last summer's World Cup - a tournament at which the former Juventus and Real Madrid midfielder starred before being sent-off in the final for headbutting Italy defender Marco Materazzi.
And it would seem he has no intention of changing his mind and following former Madrid team-mate David Beckham, who has agreed a five-year deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy, to the MLS.
Guppy told the Chicago Tribune:
'We reached out to Zidane. But so has every other MLS club. The feedback we've all gotten is that he's retired.'
The footballers were thrown out but the soldiers followed them in a car, almost running them off the road. Enraged striker Charlie Nicholas hurled a bottle of vodka, which he happened to have on his person, at the car, smashing the windscreen and causing the Americans to career off the road.
After fleeing back to the team hotel, the players were awoken the next morning by the local constabulary and, according to Perry Groves, the following message was sent to Graham, who was on the 17th tee of a nearby golf course:
"Mr Graham, half your team have been arrested for attempted murder." A panic-stricken Graham pegged it to the police station and, after negotiations, the Marines eventually settled for £2,000.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Danubio are sponsored by Ricard - a brand of chocolates - and although player names are not printed on shirts in Uruguay, the sponsor's logo is blazoned across both the chest and back of Danubio's strip, meaning that Ricard's name is on both sides of his shirt.
Hardest recorded shots
2) David Beckham - 97.9mph (for Man Utd v Chelsea on February 22 1997)
3) David Trezeguet - 96mph (for Monaco @ Man Utd on March 19 1998)
4) Richie Humphreys - 95.9mph (for Sheffield Wednesday v Aston Villa on August 17 1996)
5) Matt Le Tissier - 86.8mph (for Southampton v Newcastle on January 18 1997)
6) Alan Shearer - 85.8mph (for Newcastle v Leicester on February 2 1997)
7) Roberto Carlos - 85.2mph (for Brazil v France on June 3 1997)
8) Tugay - 84.2mph (for Blackburn @ Southampton on November 3 2001)
9) Obafemi Martins - 84mph (for Newcastle @ Tottenham on January 14 2007)
10) David Beckham - 80.5mph (for Man Utd @ Derby on September 4 1996)
Henry will return to the side for today’s FA Cup fifth-round tie against Blackburn Rovers, but he will not be involved when Arsenal seek to win their first trophy in two years at the Millennium Stadium.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Chief executive Peter Kenyon revealed everyone is queueing up to get their hands on the revenue from the new £625million TV deal.
Kenyon claimed: “A reduction in prices is a difficult topic because other sectors of the business want their share of the TV cash and the players also want a slice.”
Changes at Anfield
"I am genuinely sorry. It's all about going into a red-hot dressing-room for 15 minutes and then coming straight back out to the freezing cold again."
God bless 'er again
Thursday, February 15, 2007
They grew up together in Lille and centre-half Dindeleux was the ex-Manchester City star’s best man at his wedding to Isabelle.
Regular visitors to the new stadium, including season ticket holders and reporters, have noted that, while attendance figures give the impression that it is at or close to its 60,500 capacity, the reality is that at times numerous seats have been empty. Sunday's game against Wigan Athletic was a case in point, with the official figure of 60,049 at odds with the large number of empty seats.
The club confirmed yesterday that the figure announced was for tickets sold rather than actual attendance and that on average as many as 3% of ticket holders - more than 1,800 people - did not take up their seats.
The DVDs are prepared and distributed, with match stats for the individual in question, by the coach Steve Round. "We always give them feedback: positive, negative, whatever we feel," said McClaren.
God bless 'er
Prince Philip stood in for her at the official opening of the Emirates stadium in October.
Now she is meeting players including captain Thierry Henry and manager Arsene Wenger at Buckingham Palace.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
England are unchanged in sixth place in the latest list, with the Republic of Ireland climbing three to 46th. The Republic have gone ahead of Northern Ireland, who fell two places to 49th, while Wales dropped one place to 75th.
"Two more officials would definitely help to clear up misunderstands," said a Uefa spokesperson. "Platini does not want to break up the flow of the game with video technology but he is keen to see a new system."
The death of football
Hoeness is still fuming over Beckham's decision to move to LA Galaxy in the summer — a switch he believes was manufactured by Victoria.
And the ex-Germany international has described Posh as "the death of football".
Hoeness said: "I like David Beckham very much — but not his wife.
"Such people are the death of the football and Beckham is a product of these people.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Highlighting how injuries had "depleted" the England squad in the build-up to the friendly against Spain at Old Trafford, Venables suggested holding a four-day training camp for the players as an occasional replacement for the traditional friendly match.
Monday, February 12, 2007
They had the chance to prove their worth in a series of seven-a-side games watched closely by Galaxy coaches. The players came from all over the world, with more than 20 countries represented. Some were there to make the squad. Some were there only to say they once tried out for Beckham's new team.
Missing out on next year’s finals in Austria and Switzerland could leave them looking at a £50m black hole.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
"I cannot buy a bigger blanket because the supermarket is closed. But I am content because the blanket is cashmere. It is no ordinary blanket."
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists he is happy with his injury-hit squad.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Wise's relegation strugglers kept a toe-hold in the Coca-Cola Championship with a 2-1 win, but a much-improved Leeds display was overshadowed by the manager's furious post-match outburst.
'It was a fantastic result for us, but unfortunately I'm very disappointed,' Wise said.
'One player gave my team to the opposition at my football club and I found that out.
'It disappoints me immensely and I told the players before, and he won't be playing for this football club again.'
'It's as simple as that because I can't have that.
Each of the five teams has six one-legged outfield players and a one-armed goalkeeper in the tournament, which is being sponsored by Fifa.
Many of the players taking part lost limbs during long-running civil wars in their countries.
Friday, February 09, 2007
The Feverish Excitement Soccer Ball
Beckham is reported to be earning £128 million during his five-year stay with the LA Galaxy.
Scolari said: "Football isn't about marketing, it's lost its way."
He added: "It seems to me that Beckham's going to be part of a big 'American show'. Soccer doesn't fit into my idea of football – it's all a show. For this reason I am sure Beckham will have an impact on this concept of the sport."
Red devils ?
He said: “I have disconnected myself from West Ham and signed a contract with Liverpool.
“I can consider myself a Red Devil. It’s now just up to the Premier League to authorise me to play, something I believe should happen because it was they who made the appeal to FIFA to allow me to move clubs. I hope the situation is resolved as soon as possible.”
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Big Phil revealed after the game that the Manchester United winger's promotion was the suggestion of Carlos Silva, the vice president of the Portuguese football federation, who died last Sunday.
Carlos Silva was a well known figure in Portuguese football, his 17-year playing career being followed by spells of management with clubs including Nacional, Farense and Belenenses.
Ronaldo cancelled his 22nd birthday celebrations on Monday as a mark of respect for the popular official and there was a minute's silence before the game at the Emirates Stadium.
Prosecutors alleged Hiddink evaded paying £900,000 in Dutch taxes during that period by claiming a tax home in Belgium when he was actually living in Eindhoven.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
It means that the Scottish lawyer David Will, who has held the position for 17 years, will be succeeded by another Scot. The English, meanwhile, are privately furious that they have been thwarted again and that it is more than 50 years since they held the privileged position.
"I shall be back once my national team has won the coveted championship," she said.
True to her word, she returned at the final whistle and named her child Matar after Ismail Matar who had scored the winning goal for UAE.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Monday, February 05, 2007
Reports in Spain suggested the former FC Porto coach was a summer target for Real, while Mourinho had been widely expected to leave the Premiership champions of the last two seasons at the end of this campaign.
There had been reports of a bust-up between Mourinho and Blues owner Roman Abramovich, but the Portuguese coach has seemed happier in his role recently.
He said: "This season is much more enjoyable. It's encouraged me to stay."
Article 17 of the regulations for the status and transfer of players allows the likes of Frank Lampard and John Terry to buy out their contracts at Chelsea and then negotiate a move elsewhere.
The former Heart of Midlothian defender Andy Webster made history by terminating his contract at the end of last season. Fifa ratified Webster's move to Wigan on September 4, seemingly creating a legal precedent for the conduct of international football transfers. The ruling utilised suggests that Hearts would only be entitled to an amount equal to Webster's salary for the remainder of his contract as compensation.
"If in England they've managed to beat every type of violence, I see no reason why we can't do the same," Mr Campana said.
"In England you see teams that have been relegated applauded by their fans, here our players are hit because they lose one game. I think football should stop for a year in order to reflect on the evils that exist."
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Michael Owen with a ball at his feet last week ... a sight that hasn't been seen for quite a few months
Friday, February 02, 2007
Thursday, February 01, 2007
The teenager wanted to have Boca Junior's crest designed on his back, but the unlucky punter should have asked the tattooist who he supported.
It turned out to be Boca Juniors' arch rivals River Plate - and the artist wanted victory off the pitch.
After discovering the cock-up, the youngster fumed: "I could not see what he was tattooing because he didn't have a mirror. I only saw it when I got home and showed it to my parents."