Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Palacios brother kidnapped
Edwin Rene Palacios, the brother of Honduran midfielder Wilson Palacios, was snatched in the central American country on Tuesday.
Officials in Honduras said the parents were tied up after kidnappers stormed into a home in La Ceiba, which is north of the capital Tegucigalpa.
It said the international could return to Honduras at any time if he wanted to.
Benitez would let Fowler score
Benitez said: "Maybe we can leave him to score a fantastic goal in front of the Kop, but at the end of the game, if we have scored three."
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Riise's pay slip
Reds fans got the chance to see if the full-back really is value for money after two photos of his salary appeared on the web.
If the slip is genuine, it means the Norwegian earned a massive £139,000 with bonuses.
The slip, dated September 2006, reveals just how lucrative it is to play in the Champions League.
Riise picked up £15,000 extra for his appearances in Europe's premier club competition.
However, perks do not seem to include free attendance to games - he had £36 deducted from his wages for match tickets.
Representatives from the four national associations met this week to discuss the plan.
Smith said: "We had another meeting in Cardiff on Monday and are getting some answers on the issues surrounding a tournament like this, in terms of dates, sponsorship and TV."
Smith claims there are "positive vibes" from each nation and Scotland boss Alex McLeish has given his approval for the proposed tournament, which could take place in alternate years.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Angel voted one of the sexiest
Sheva gets speed training
Despite initial denials from Chelsea, Campbell has confirmed he has been working with Shevchenko this season.
And now that Avram Grant has replaced Jose Mourinho, the Great Britain ace believes Sheva is finally finding his feet.
Campbell said: "The club asked if I would work with Andriy and I said it would be a pleasure.
"While Mourinho was at Chelsea he was a bit funny about anybody from outside working with the players.
"So for the first sessions I had to do it on Andriy's tennis court. Now he's gone I can do it at the club.
"That's how serious he is about sharpening up."
With Campbell's support, Shevchenko is gradually showing Grant he still has what it takes to be a hit at Stamford Bridge.
And the Ukrainian did himself a huge favour by ramming home a last-gasp goal as Chelsea thrashed Manchester City 6-0 on Saturday.
Alonso gets tips from Fabregas
And he admits the swap ideas on other opponents.
He said: "Cesc is a nice guy and we have a lot in common.
"We speak to each other regularly and we will ask each other, 'How was this opponent?' and 'What are they good at?'"
Referee charged for swearing at Wise
Wise claimed McDermid used bad language after a stormy match between Leeds and Gillingham at Priestfield on September 29.
Wise has also been fined £5,000 and given a three-match touchline ban for using abusive and/or insulting words towards McDermid during half-time at the same game, the FA confirmed.
Robbie Williams to be consulted about Port Vale manager
Bratt said that Williams, who owns £249,000 of the club's shares, hadn't expressed a preference for a candidate.
He added: "The directors are here to run the club so it will be decided by the directors. Obviously we will be in contact with Robbie to let him know the situation and I hope he approves."
Stadium plans sunk by the Royal Navy
The club have been forced to re-locate and have announced new plans to build a waterside stadium on Horsea Island.
Chief Executive Peter Storrie says that the plans include at least 1,500 new homes to be built next to the M.O.D's diving school, building a new access road & bridge across tipner lake and possibly the building of a new railway station for Paulsgrove.
The new stadium itself will be built on the 15-acre site next to the diving school and the design will be similar to the one planned in the harbourside
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Dion Dublin breaks back
Norwich’s ex-England ace, 38, who broke his neck with Aston Villa and a leg at Manchester United, thought an injury sustained against QPR was just bad bruising.
But Canaries caretaker boss Jim Duffy revealed: “Scans have shown he has actually broken one of the smaller bones in his back.”
Minnows unlikely to advance
Ranked joint bottom at 200th in the FIFA rankings and without a victory in international soccer, a place in history awaits the Timorese if they can turn around their 3-2 first leg defeat in Hong Kong.
If the minnows are to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, they must get through three more knockout rounds and two group phases and must win most of their 20 matches.
Premiership games in the U.S.
With the NFL playing their first regular season game away from home, a debate has opened up over whether the Premier League should follow suit and take English soccer to the US.
'I can see that happening sooner rather than later. It would be good for the game,' Magnusson said.
Arsenal's American shareholder Stan Kroenke added: 'There is probably a good chance of getting a game to go over there because both owners could agree to it,' he said.
'I think there is a reasonable chance it could take place in the future.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Given's linguistic slip-up
Are WAGs good role models ?
Learning and Skills Council bosses say girls envy their lifestyles without realising many worked hard to build their own careers first.
Becks is the manliest man
AskMen.com's Top 49 Men of 2007 list was drawn up after over one million Internet users cast their votes and expressed their opinions as to which male star deserves to be called "the most masculine male".
Thursday, October 25, 2007
The striker borrowed a line from shagadelic secret agent Austin Powers to describe the Blues’ current form.
And he aims to continue the sharp-shooting form he showed against Valencia in the Champions League three weeks ago to prove it.
The Ivory Coast international said: “Even before any of us consider what kind of challenge Schalke offer, it’s vital for the players and fans to realise that the 2-1 win in Valencia really got our mojo working.
“It staked a genuine claim for us to be seen as Champions League favourites.
Beckham to play in 4 countries
The injury-hit former England captain returned to full fitness only last week but could not prevent Galaxy’s play-off hopes being dashed.
But in November and December he will play for them in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the USA.
Puerta's former partner gives birth
Spanish media said Aitor Antonio and his mother Mar Roldan were both in good health and that Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido was among the well-wishers who visited the Sagrado Corazon hospital in Seville.
Puerta, one of Spain's most promising young players, collapsed on the pitch during Sevilla's season opener against Getafe. He died three days later, aged 22, after a prolonged cardiac arrest.
Baby Aitor has already been enrolled as a season ticket holder of the club, whom his father helped to win back-to-back UEFA Cups and the King's Cup.
Galaxy are like a ‘pub team’
Galaxy missed the MLS play-offs after losing 1-0 to Chicago Fire, despite sub Becks playing for half an hour.
Cannon said: “I’ve not faced that many shots for a long time. “We were like a pub team and Chicago were like Chelsea.”
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
David Beckham's season lasts 360 minutes
Beckham's disjointed first season in America ended on Sunday, after a total of 360 minutes on the pitch, when the Los Angeles Galaxy failed to reach the playoffs.
The former England captain now faces the possibility of more than five months without competitive football before Major League Soccer resumes next April.
Several English clubs have already been in touch, however, with offers to allow him to train with their first-team for several months during the winter.
"I'm a person who likes to train and work every day. I've never had more than three weeks off in the summer," said Beckham.
"I'm not going to know what to do with myself. I'll be keeping on training and keeping fit no matter what. That's the way it's been through my whole career, for the last 15 years."
The oldest club in the world
The irony is not lost on Richard Tims, the Sheffield FC chairman.
His club might be the oldest in the world – set up by pioneers who wrote the modern laws of the game in a garden shed – but it is also one of the smallest, playing on a pitch that, until recently, belonged to a pub.
“To think that a club like ours, with a few hundred fans up in Sheffield, will be the centre of attention for that one night is amazing,” he said.
As well as Blatter, guests at the celebratory dinner will include Ramón Calderón, president of Real Madrid, as well as Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Bobby Robson.
Crucially, though, Geoff Thompson, the FA chairman, will be there alongside Richard Caborn, the former Sports Minister, who is Gordon Brown’s ambassador for the 2018 World Cup bid.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Klinsmann lining up England
Hamann, a former German international and Liverpool player, lost his licence after his £70,000 Porsche Carrera crashed into a fence last year and he refused to tell police who was driving.
Macclesfield magistrates heard two police officers stopped the 34-year-old running from the scene of the crash, which happened in the early hours of October 31, but did not breathalyse him.
"They asked him if he was the owner of the car and he answered 'No, I couldn't drive like this,'" Nicola Roberts, prosecuting, said.
"He smelt of intoxicants and said he had been to the Honey Bee [pub]."
The two police officers, who suspected Hamann was the driver, left him to see the crash scene.
They were unable to find him when they returned.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Drogba too taxed
After jetting back from Middlesbrough on Saturday night, the Chelsea striker was spotted leaving London's Embassy nightclub in a Porsche Cayenne with a tax disc 21 days out of date.
Scotland Named Dirtiest Team In Europe
Alex McLeish's men have one more game to play in the European Championship qualifying campaign and a win at home to Italy next month would take them to the finals.
But official UEFA statistics have put Scotland top of a table they didn't want to win - they have committed more fouls than each of the 50 other teams in Europe.
Records show 175 fouls in their 11 games so far - an average of almost 16 a game. That's three more than Estonia in second place and 30 ahead of England.
And Scotland have given away 95 more free-kicks than Euro 2008's cleanest team Spain.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Stan the actor
"Working with Stan was extraordinary. He is the loveliest, most chivalrous, most charming and most professional person.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Miguel Tevez impressed on his two-week trial at Old Trafford during the international break.
Miguel, 17, was brought to boss Alex Ferguson’s attention by his assistant Carlos Queiroz. The midfielder began his career with Argentine side Boca Juniors - his brother’s first club.
FA to make reluctant Jose Mourinho prime target
But there will be a clamour for the Portuguese to take over if McClaren is dismissed and it remains to be seen whether public opinion can change his mind.
Friday, October 19, 2007
The £1 billion blunder
Adu struggling to get playing time in Europe
The 18-year-old American transferred to the Portuguese club last summer from Real Salt Lake and has played just 64 minutes over 2½ months, appearing twice as a substitute.
Now he's training with the U.S. national team ahead of Wednesday night's exhibition game at Switzerland.
"Freddy is a great talent," said U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, who had similar problems getting playing time during stretches when he was with PSV Eindhoven.
"He just needs to keep his head straight and not get too down on himself, and when he gets his chances to take them."
Since former Spain coach Jose Antonio Camacho took over, Adu's only appearance was in the final 11 minutes of a league match against Sporting Lisbon on Sept. 30.
1021 minutes without conceding a goal
His next spell lasted four minutes.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
For not only is the former West Bromwich Albion captain intelligent, honest and, on a given evening, capable of playing rubbish, he has actually turned out for a pub team.
“I did once, when I was about 17, for The Antelope,” Davies said.
“It was my brother Danny’s team in London and they were short. It was before I broke into Luton Town’s first-team squad. In the first half, I was dribbling round everyone so I went in goal for the second half; I nearly saved a penalty as well. I realised I shouldn’t be taking anyone’s place out on the field.
Leeds in the clear
The Elland Road club, docked 15 points after going into administration when their relegation to League One was confirmed by the 1-1 draw with Ipswich, will not be censured for the scenes which saw the game delayed for 30 minutes.
West Yorkshire Police released photographs of those fans who ran on to the pitch and have made 17 arrests.
One of the four fans who have already been before the courts was handed a five-year ban from all football grounds.
Another eight people have been charged with offences relating to the pitch invasion, while the remaining five fans arrested have been released on police bail.
Football's no fun
The Portsmouth boss claims the multi-billion-pound industry is run like a business and the pressure to succeed on and off the field has become intolerable.
Redknapp said: "I'd be a total liar if I said football wasn't far more fun in the good old days.
"Sure, there's loads of money in the game, but where's the real passion and desire coming from?
"In my day we didn't give a damn about the money, we just wanted to play football.
"We were driven by the desire to succeed. We lived within earshot of the grounds, used public transport and drank in the same pubs as the punters.
"I accept the game has evolved and you have to change and adapt to the times.
"But if you ask any footballer from my time and before they'll say it was a lot more enjoyable. Managers didn't come and go in a flash either.
"Clubs notoriously stood by their own, but the days of a manager lasting 15 or 20 years have long gone.
"Fun has given way to intense pressure, intolerable pressure at times. People say the money has compensated for that, but I don't agree."
It was a contrite admission from the 80-times-capped Lineker after he presided over an incredibly negative buildup to England's qualifier against Israel last month.
Lineker confessed he and his three-man team of Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer and Ian Wright are as guilty as any supporters in the Wembley stands of dramatic mood swings.
Lineker confessed: "We tend to get carried away with England - they are either the worst team in the world or the best."
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Biking to games
This means that Woor has travelled over to fifty-six different grounds in support of his team.
'I do 10,000 miles a year and compete every year in a cycling event in Italy,' Woor says of his unusual habit.
'It's amazing how far you can get on a bike.'
Indeed, his latest trip took him 168 miles on a 12 hour ride to Altrincham. However, rather than being able to enjoy his side's 3-0 triumph over the Cheshire side in the relative comfort of the ground, Woor found himself arriving late and locked out.
'It's a sorry tale,' he said. 'I was really upset because of the 3-0 win I missed. It was very windy and slow going. I got lost in Leicester on the one-way system and didn't reckon on how hilly it was going to be.'
'I started out at 7.45am and got there at 8.20pm, going on half time,' Woor continued.
'No-one was around. They usually open up the gates at half-time but they must keep them banged up in there - it's a rum place. It was deserted outside so I started shouting over the walls. No-one heard me or they thought I was a mad Altrincham fan, so I went to a pub across the road. The locals were amazed by my tale and bought me a pint.'
Woor eventually got into the ground twenty minutes from full-time, but, if an Altrincham spokeswoman is to be believed, he could have got in a whole lot earlier.
'We have a late gate which closes approximately 20 minutes into the game and we open the exit gates 20 minutes before the game ends. We do have a bell on the main gate and someone who watches the game and keeps an eye on the gate. He should have got in.'
Robson to resume chemo
The 74-year-old, who is Ireland's national football adviser, has battled the illness for a number of years. "I am doing alright. I think the word is I am fighting," he told Irish public broadcaster RTE.
Robson was brought in as a consultant to the Irish squad in 2006 to offset the inexperience of national coach Steve Staunton who, despite being a veteran of three World Cups as a player, had never coached a team by himself.
Temperatures can dip below freezing at this time of year but the forecast is expected to be around three to four degrees at kick-off at 4pm.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Inter stand closed for offensive banners
'Fans of the host club grouped in the second tier of the north stand showed large banners with statements insulting to the rival fans and, above all, their city of origin,' the Italian Soccer League said in a statement on its website.
'In the second half chants of a similar derogatory tone were heard from the same sector of the stadium.'
One of the banners read: 'Naples, Sewer of Italy'.
As a result the second tier of the San Siro's north stand, the Curva Nord, will be empty for Genoa's visit on Oct. 31.
Inter were also fined 30,000 euros.
Le God may not have made the first team
“If I was coming through the ranks now I would probably have to be a lot fitter than I was,” he said.
“I wasn’t the fittest bloke in the squad but I was fairly fit. I was not unfit. The fitness side of things was very difficult for me. I did not have a great lung capacity naturally.
“I am not sure I would even make it through to a first team because I wasn’t an athlete, because I could not do the 100 metres in under 11½ seconds and it would be very difficult to break through on talent alone. It is horrific, but that is the way it is going.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Babel axed for oversleeping
Van Basten picked Real Madrid's Arjen Robben in place of Babel as a punishment after the Anfield player twice missed team meetings.
Van Basten said: "It was the second time that Babel overslept on a match day. That should never happen.
"That's why I left him out of the team. Robben trained hard and he is fit, so he played instead."
The coach added: "It is very likely that Babel feels disappointed. The first time he arrived too late, he settled the matter with a joke. The second time he joined us too late for the meal and that was a bit too much. He has to appear on time, just like all the others."
Babel, 20, came on as a 78th-minute substitute.
Giggs nearly swapped football for rugby
The son of former Welsh Rugby League star, Danny Wilson, Giggs is close to breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's appearance record for the Reds.
But he admits: "I loved rugby league just as much as football."I played for my school team and for other junior teams in Salford and Langworthy.
"And I'd just played my first game for Lancashire when United signed me as a schoolboy.
"Part of the deal was that I couldn't play any other sports, which was disappointing because I loved my rugby league. If I hadn't been spotted, maybe I would have gone the other way."
All-singing, all-dancing player
"I went to The Brits Performing Arts School in Croydon and was in the same year as Leona Lewis, who won the X Factor last year," he said.
"Her win was an inspiration to me. It convinced me nothing would stop me from doing what I wanted to do.
"Amy Winehouse and Craig David went to The Brits School before me. I got two A-levels in performing arts there.
"We did singing, dancing and acting. I had to sing songs from the musicals, and also did some R'n'B stuf f, but it's not something I talk about much, in case people think I'm soft.
"Going into the music business is definitely something I'll think about once I've finished playing. Simon Cowell looks pretty scary on TV, but he's not as scary as my manager at Charlton, Alan Pardew."
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Rooney doesn't like the attention
Tagged hitman Pericard arrested again
The tag, which first came loose after training earlier this week, fell off again after the 25-year-old made a goalscoring return for Stoke's reserves on Wednesday.
The tag is supposed to be fitted 24 hours a day to ensure Pericard observes a curfew between 7pm and 7am, and its removal is believed to have been an accident on both occasions.
The curfew was lifted temporarily on Wednesday evening to allow him to play for the reserves at the Britannia Stadium, but the tag was supposed to remain fitted throughout to monitor his return home that night.
Pericard was released early from prison a fortnight ago after serving nearly five weeks of a four-month sentence for falsely claiming he was not the driver of his speeding car.
He was ordered to wear the electronic tag for a three-week period after his release.
Outrage over escort agency sposorship
Trentino 1921 have received 10,000 euros (about £7,000) in the agreement which sees the name of the escort agency, Casa Bianca or White House, posted on the club's official website.
By clicking on to the logo - a white rose - surfers are taken to the Casa Bianca website, which warns it contains material of a sexual nature and users must be more than 18 years old.
The agency is based over the Austrian border in Innsbruck and describes itself as the "home of pleasure", adding that Casa Bianca is a "sensuous place to get everything you want".
France want Faroes postponement
"The federation will ask for the game to be postponed because these are extraordinary circumstances," said a source from the French Federation.
The team plane was diverted to Bergen in Norway due to bad weather.
Les Bleus will either fly to the Faroes on Saturday morning or take a ferry to fulfill the Group B fixture.
Uefa rules state that a team have to arrive at the match venue 24 hours before kickoff, which was scheduled for 1500 GMT on Saturday.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Austrians petition to have team withdraw
Dismayed at their national team's poor performance, fans have started a petition to have their team withdrawn from the tournament.
Started by four fans aged 33-40, the petition has been signed by more than 4,000 Austrian fans since it launched less than a week ago.
Leeds 'sign' horse
Southgate blocks charity donation
The Mayday to Nurses' Hardship Fund urged players to hand over a day's pay. But it then published which footballers had given money and who still owed on its website, angering Southgate.
He accused the charity of "shaming" players and has pulled the plug on his club's donation, saying it did a lot for charity without publicity.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Delia to quit
One of football’s most famous boardroom personalities, Delia boasts £8million in shares.
But she is set to hand over the club within the next month to a couple who own a multi-million pound mortgage-lending company.
The celebrity TV cook, Norwich’s joint majority shareholder with husband Michael Wynn-Jones, has been looking for outside investment for the last year.
Currently filming her latest TV series, she is likely to remain on the Carrow Road club’s board but is keen to take a back seat along with Wynn-Jones.
Delia bailed out Norwich — currently third bottom in the Championship after Monday’s 1-0 defeat at fellow strugglers QPR — just 48 hours before the club went into administration in 1996.
She has been a fierce critic of overseas investors and insisted she would never sell to someone who did not have the interests of the club at heart.
But Canaries supporters Andrew and Sharon Turner, who own finance firm Central Trust, fit the bill.
The pair, believed to be worth around £300m, bought a small number of shares in the summer and gave the club a £2m loan. They are now ready to significantly increase their stake and take charge of the East Anglian outfit.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Pele to visit Bramall Lane
Split-squad for World Cup qualifiers
Ahead of games away to Uruguay - to be played at sea-level - and home to Colombia - at high altitude - Bolivia will allow all foreign-based players to train in the lowlands while domestic-based players will prepare in the highlands.
Beckham buys houses for ailling Dad
Ireland withdraws again
Ireland has claimed he "would not do his country or himself justice" in the wake of his controversial withdrawal from the last qualifier against the Czech Republic in September, when he claimed his grandmother had died, a statement which was later found to be not true.
He later admitted he made the story up in order to be with his girlfriend, who had suffered a miscarriage.
"I have thought long and hard about whether I would do my country and myself justice if I joined up with the squad," said Ireland.
"Unfortunately, I don't believe I would on this occasion. The support I have received from Steve Staunton and the FAI has been excellent and everybody at Manchester City has also been superb. However, I do not believe I can make a positive contribution to our efforts to qualify."
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Player threatens to boycott Chile match
Vidal said the members of the under-20 squad were still waiting to receive a bonus of £5,000 each for finishing third in the tournament in July.
'I'm going to speak to the coach because they have to pay us this money,' the Bayer Leverkusen player told reporters. 'We've been waiting two months and there's no solution.'
'I think we'll take drastic measures to get paid.'
The Chilean federation say the money has not been paid because they are investigating an incident following the semi-final defeat against Argentina, when players brawled with Canadian police.
All 21 members of the squad were briefly detained after the game in Toronto. Witnesses said police used pepper spray and electric-shock guns against the players.
Jewish group wants player dropped
Ashkan Dejagah, 21, withdrew on personal grounds from Germany's European Championships qualifier against Israel, to be played in Tel Aviv on Friday, the German Football Association (DFB) said on Monday.
But the player was quoted in Monday's edition of tabloid daily Bild as saying his decision not to play was politically motivated.
Dejagah, who plays for Bundesliga club VfB Wolfsburg, was born in Tehran, but moved to Germany with his parents. He holds both German and Iranian passports.
Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran has refused to recognise Israel's right to exist and Iranian citizens are forbidden from travelling to Israel.
Argentine barra bravas
These gangs are professional organizations that deal with large amounts of money, and normally consist of between 100 to 300 members.
One of the biggest groups, Boca Juniors' La Doce ("The Twelfth Man") -- whose leader, Rafael Di Zeo, was imprisoned in March -- is said to consist of around 2,000 members.
As Argentina's main national newspaper, Clarín, recently declared, "Not only do club directors and players fund the barra bravas, but so do celebrities and politicians." (Many clubs deny any association with the gangs.)
Most barra bravas have similar roles. On Sundays, they attend their club's matches and set the scene in the terraces, chanting for their team while creating an intimidating atmosphere for the opposition in the middle of the stands behind the goals.
But their roles change during the week. Some members of barra bravas are also well-paid employees of their club.
Warnock's hint to return to work
He walked into his kitchen to see her cutting a 10% off voucher from a packet of cereal and he said: "I know I am out of work but that is a bit over the top, isn't it?"
Monday, October 08, 2007
Dida faces Uefa inquiry
WAGs to blame for loss of form - coach
Dynamo, last year's champions for the 12th time since 1992, have started the season poorly, spending most of August and September languishing in the bottom half of the 16-team league.
On Saturday, their recovery continued when they beat Zarja Lugansk 2-1 to move to third behind arch rivals Shakhtar Donetsk and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
Asked by a female reporter at a news conference whether the performance was shameful for the reigning champions, coach Josef Sabo said:
'Personally, I'm not ashamed because I see how in a short time they have made very good progress, because I have taken them away from their women, from their wives.
'We went to the (training) base, because women in football are a scourge. They do not understand that men need to work, that they have a hard job to do,' he said.
Overcharged by the police
The club's chairman, Dave Whelan has demanded the return of about £293,000 paid during 2003/04 and 2004/05. Michael Todd, Greater Manchester's Chief Constable, said the charges were reasonable and entirely lawful.
The High Court was told that Wigan used to be charged for special policing services it had requested inside the stadium. But the court heard that now GMP (Greater Manchester Police) also demanded payment for policing the area surrounding the stadium.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Scharner is The Spaceman
A glance at the blue streaks in his hair and thick fur coat was enough for keeper Mike Pollitt to confer the nickname on him when he signed from Brann Bergen.
To complete a character study that hardly fits the Premier League norm, he hangs on every note of Mozart's piano sonatas and sat enthralled as William Wallace, in the guise of Mel Gibson, delivered his address to the troops at Stirling in the film Braveheart, even if it was dubbed into German.
Manager banned for head-butt
Having already been fined by his club, he was also fined £500.
Widdrington was left with a broken nose, while both clubs were also charged by the FA with failing to control the conduct of their players and/or officials.
Hill said: "I wish to apologise to the club and the fans."
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Twenty huge speakers were installed around FC Zurich's Letzigrund stadium in Switzerland following complaints about the accoustics and lack of atmosphere after it opened just over a month ago.
The master race
Speaking on MUTV Fergie said: "What a week it's been for Scottish football - the master race is back."
Friday, October 05, 2007
Celtic fan banned for life
Personalised registration plates
The numberplate WE57 HAM is for sale and expected to fetch more than the £36,000 that someone paid for AR53 NAL
Ronaldo "will be beautiful once again"
“I don’t like to look like this, but in four or five days I will be beautiful once again,” he said.
With that there was a disarming smile, in keeping with the United forward’s desire to project a softer image, a desire shared by his many commercial partners and, presumably, the publishers of his new book, Moments, which is less an autobiography than an extended plug for the Ronaldo brand.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
The England striker came through a secret session with Newcastle team-mate Damien Duff which will increase hope that he will be fit for England’s vital Euro 2008 clash with Estonia in 10 days’ time.
Owen had two operations in a German clinic, on Friday and Saturday, to clear a muscle complaint that Newcastle feared had turned into a double hernia.
But he had recovered enough to link up with specialist fitness coach John Green and fellow crock Duff for a private workout at Mottram Hall, near Manchester.
Wearing a blue training kit, Owen embarked on a series of shuttle runs and fitness work which suggests he is well ahead of schedule in his bid to return to full fitness.
At one stage he was sprinting half the length of a pitch – clearly at a far more advanced stage of rehabilitation than the light jogging which Newcastle had earmarked for him at this stage.
Online petition to revitalize career
Munoz spent this season with California Victory of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) after Chivas released him following an ankle injury.
For Rodriguez, an assistant producer with the "On Air With Ryan Seacrest" morning radio program in Los Angeles, that meant months of long-distance telephone calls, fleeting visits to the Bay Area and countless tears.
After an emotional phone call last week, Rodriguez decided to take drastic action to get her man back to Southern California.
She took the remarkable step of starting an online petition aimed at convincing Chivas brass to allow Munoz to revitalize his Major League Soccer career.
She has already convinced over 800 well-wishers to sign up and although she admits to being a "hopeless romantic," she is determined to prove she isn't pursuing a hopeless cause.
First team to win every domestic trophy
They completed the set when they won the (then) Sherpa Van Trophy in 1988.
Apart from four FA Cups (1893, 1908, 1949, 1960), three First Division championships (1953-54, 1957-58, 1958-59) and two League Cups (1974, 1980), the Wolves set also includes the Charity Shield (beating Forest in 1959), the FA Youth Cup (1958) and the Anglo-Scottish Cup (1971).
They have also won the Second Division (1931-32, 1976-77), the Third Division (1988-89), the Third Division North (1923-24) and the Fourth Division (1987-88)
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Toad of Toad Hall
"It has come to the knowledge of this committee that Leider Preciado made obscene gestures at the public during the Santa Fe-Real Cartagena match," said a statement of the league's Web site.
The decision completed an unhappy week for Preciado after he arrived late for practice on Tuesday and was ordered to train separately.
Worst match-fixing attempt ever
Plenty of them already sell club-branded coffins for die-hard supporters and German side Hamburg are going one further.
They are building their own club graveyard, near to their stadium and with an entrance designed like a goalmouth and plots arranged in a semi-circle on three levels to resemble a football stand.
"We'll have room for 300 to 500 graves," said Christian Reichert, a member of HSV's managing board, who said that 15 people had already made reservations.
"The oldest is 85 years old, the youngest 27."
81-year-old fan Ernst Schmidt is keen on being buried there, even though he is already supposed to be getting buried next to his wife: "I'm going to enquire whether it's possible," he said.
"I've been an HSV fan for 57 years. My life, it's only football."
Lazaridis still forbidden to train
Nor can he take part in any of Western Australia's local leagues or, incredibly, even watch his teammates in action.
The 35-year-old ex-Socceroo remains in footballing limbo even though an Australian anti-doping tribunal gave him the shortest possible suspension - 12 months - after he tested positive for a banned substance he'd been prescribed for hair loss last year.
'It's a ridiculous situation and very unfair for a team sport player,' a Perth Glory insider said.
'Stan isn't a track and field athlete who can easily train by himself. He needs to be with his teammates.'
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
It's not often you let in 4 goals, and win
Boy hurt in Gerrard car collision
The boy suffered leg injuries when he was in collision with the England player's car near his luxury home on Grantham Road, Birkdale, Merseyside.
Onlookers said the 27-year-old sat with the boy before an ambulance arrived. A spokesman for the player said he had spoken to police and had been driving very slowly before the accident at 1515BST, when the boy ran out.
He said: "Steven was driving very slowly through an area of Birkdale when a young boy ran out and hit the side of his car."
"Steven comforted the boy until the paramedics arrived."
"The Liverpool captain was distressed over the accident and has been in contact with the boy's family to check his progress and plans to visit him in the next couple of days."
The child is suspected to have suffered a broken leg during the accident.
Grant walks around using his mobile phone a lot
Team of wimps
Having already forced the abandonment of Saturday's training session by brawling with club security staff, supporters showed their dissatisfaction by singing the club song with their backs to the pitch as the players ran on to the field.
They unfurled banners reading 'team with no shame' and 'team of wimps'.Fans protested again as the players left the stadium, chanting 'team of dolls'.
Highest coach turnover rate
America-Natal, bottom of the Brazilian championship, are on to their fifth coach of the year while Juventude and Figueirense have both employed four, including the current incumbents.
Monday, October 01, 2007
Lyon president to feed player whiskey
Aulas' remark is a thinly-veiled attack on the alleged Ibrox drinking culture that ruined Paul Le Guen's reign at Rangers. The Stade Gerland president is a close friend of Le Guen who, he feels, didn't have a chance of succeeding in Glasgow because of the attitudes in the dressing room.
Aulas made no attempt to disguise the fact he feels Ferguson was ringleader.
And the cheeky chairman says he'll head for the skipper's hotel room tonight to ply him full of the hard stuff ahead of tomorrow's Champions League crunch.
He said: "We're going to take care of Ferguson before the match.
"I'm going to go up to the Rangers hotel and bring Mr Ferguson a little gift to show our admiration.
Mariah Carey related to Ashley Cole
Upon researching a possible link to American jazz crooner, Nat King Cole, Mariah discovered the family connection.
Mariah says: “It’s fascinating. My grandmother was a Cole before she married and it turns out she comes from the same area of Alabama as Ashley’s ancestors – the Deep South.”