Monday, December 31, 2007
Nigeria star robbed and kidnapped
Apam, who turned 22 yesterday, was returning from a church service when the incident took place.
Adriano unhurt after multiple pile-up
The Brazil striker was involved in a multi-vehicle incident early this morning although neither the 25-year-old nor anyone else involved was injured.
Adriano was a reputed target for Premier League clubs including West Ham and Manchester City but will complete a loan move to Sao Paulo from Serie A leaders Inter Milan tomorrow.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Beckham honoured to be a gay icon
He once wore a sarong on a night out with Spice Girl Victoria, and she heaped further humiliation on him when she confessed on TV that he liked to borrow her underwear.
Ex-boss's voice still used
Friday, December 28, 2007
The referee, who was also a policeman, ran to his patrol car to get his gun after players mobbed him for showing the red-card to one of them, the New Straits Times said.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Dean Ashton is NOT fat
Lehmann's son verbally abused
He is ready to take anything thrown at him but admits he was furious when his lad told him what happened at a school rugby match.
Lehmann said: "I believe the prejudices are still the same. Most recently my son was called a 'bloody German Nazi' from a boy of the opposing team during a school rugby match. He was very sad."
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Beckham in knickerbockers
Arsenal pull out
The Gunners reported on Friday that they had 15 players unavailable due to either injury, illness, pregnancy or being out of the country for Christmas.
"We're on the floor here," said the manager Vic Akers, whose problems had mounted rapidly after fielding a team only two players short of full strength in the previous Sunday's League Cup semi-final against Liverpool.
Arsenal's predicament brought no sympathy from Birmingham's chairman, Steve Shipway, who said angrily: "This is the sort of thing that happens in a Sunday morning pub league. Arsenal have got a big enough squad to have fulfilled the fixture.
As well as costing us money and embarrassment at having to call the game off they've done a great disservice to women's football.
Shipway reckoned his club would be out of pocket to the tune of around £2,000, and the FA spokesman Alex Stone confirmed: "Arsenal will be charged with failing to fulfil a fixture and will have to put their case.
If they are unsuccessful, sanctions against them could include having to meet any costs incurred by Birmingham."
Monday, December 24, 2007
Keane in F-word storm
Sunderland’s fiery boss let rip with an amazing rant after being invited in for a Christmas drink following Saturday’s controversial 2-1 defeat at the Madejski.
A Reading player said: “It was incredible. Roy was absolutely steaming. And at the time no one had a clue why.
“He was invited into the gaffer’s office for a drink, which is the normal act of courtesy here.
“But, within 10 seconds of going in there, all hell seemed to break loose. He was fuming and really having a go at everyone in there as if it was his office at Sunderland.”
Reading boss Coppell was absent but Keane stunned backroom staff with his outburst which included accusing them of ‘disrespecting Sunderland’.
QPR are richest club in the world
In fact, they are not even the wealthiest in West London any more.
That honour now goes to unfashionable neighbours Queens Park Rangers after Lakshmi Mittal — the fifth most minted man on the planet — bought a 20 per cent stakeholding.
And with the Rangers board already boasting F1 tycoons Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore, it means the Championship’s bottom club have a fortune of more than £22 billion — even bigger than Real Madrid.
The three wealthy directors have pledged to splash the cash to turn Rangers into the game’s next big force.
And boss Luigi de Canio will be given an open chequebook to strengthen his squad during next month’s transfer window.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
South African power problem
It's getting new stadiums, infrastructure, and new city names.
Yet those in charge have a larger concern about power, and it's one that could bring the games to a halt.
World Cup 2010 government unit director-general Joe Phaahla said they were concerned about the weak supply of power especially during June and July which it was feared could disrupt the first World Cup to be held in Africa.
"We will not want to see blackouts during the tournament," Phaahla told reporters in Johannesburg.
This past June South Africa a cold front swept across large parts of the country, resulting in a record demand of electricity.
Phaahla has said that the government is planning to increase the infrastructure budget by almost 50% to ensure the power problem would cease to become one.
Champs auction trophies
But amazingly, with less than 24 hours to go the auction has garnered just 7 bids, with the current price being $550.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Lineker's new girlfriend
The couple checked into a five star beachfront hotel where rooms cost £1,200 per night before taking a stroll allong the sands.
The 29-year-old beauty was with the former footballer on a break in Vienna earlier this year.
She has a five-year-old daughter from her relationship with former Coventry City player Adam Willis.
The first team wore blindfolds during the game, and used a ball equipped with a rattle.
"It was my idea," said Gallas.
"It was something I did with the French national team at Clairefontaine a couple of years ago and I found it a really good experience.
"Sometimes we forget how lucky we are, how fantastic a job we have. Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to have something as simple as our eyesight. When you see those kids play with such skill and precision, it's amazing."
The fact that all Arsenal's first team players took part in the game is a measure of how much respect Gallas commands as club captain.
"I didn't even mention it to the lads until after training," he said.
"I meant to say something beforehand but I forgot. Some players had appointments and other things to do, but they all stayed and gave their time to these kids. They were interested to see how it would be to be blind, or visually impaired, and try to play football. I don't know how they do it."
Friday, December 21, 2007
Curbishley in call to ban players' Christmas parties
The West Ham manager's comments came after the problems at the Manchester United players' party on Monday, after which Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans was quizzed by police over an allegation of rape.
The Hammers players also held their party this week, at the Sports Cafe in London, but Curbishley has put the future of such celebrations in doubt.
He said today: “I hope we've come out unscathed.
“I don't like Christmas parties for the players and I will have to seriously think about banning it next year, after what has happened in Manchester.
Fab's men won't learn English
The FA have spent £30million in hiring Capello, Franco Baldini, Massimo Neri, Italo Galbiati and Franco Tancredi.
But the new Three Lions chief’s pals want to snub living in England — and cannot be bothered to learn the lingo.
Capello’s No 2 Galbiati, 70, will play a crucial role in getting messages through to the players.
But Galbiati said: “Now I have got to learn English — it will be a real hassle. Maybe I’ll leave it to the others.”
Fitness guru Neri added: “We will only go to England during the squad get-togethers. We’re not dealing with a team with which you have to work on a daily basis.”
Capello’s assistants will rake in £1.5million but Neri expects FA chief executive Brian Barwick to bow to the demands.
That would mean only Capello and off-pitch assistant Baldini are on English soil permanently.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Cole may face charges over two-fingered salute
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Danielle doesn't bear a grudge
Rooney's caffeine fix
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Shevchenko is the biggest transfer flop in football history
Beckham's obsessive compulsive disorder
The former England captain reveals: "In our house in Spain we used to have this big rug that when you hoovered it, you could do it in lines like Wembley.
"Victoria used to catch me after the kids had gone to bed doing the hoovering and it would all be in perfect lines."
New England boss supported Germany in '66
The former Real Madrid and AC Milan coach, who was 20 at the time, taunted his English cousin Giorgio Callighan throughout the tournament.
Mr Callighan, who played football with Fabio during visits to his Italian relatives as a teenager, revealed: "I took a lot of stick. I visited northern Italy many times as a child, but I only really got to know Fabio in 1966 when England were in the World Cup.
"All the Italians supported Germany against England at the time, including Fabio of course. I got a lot of stick because I was English.
"I don't think Fabio had anything against England. It was just that everyone in Italy supported the Germans because there were a lot of Italian players in the German league at the time."
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Toast your team's initials
Ipswich Town was the first club to stock the £45 novelty appliance and sold out in two days.
Now they are on sale at Premiership side Reading with a host of other top clubs also interested.
Ipswich's head of retail Elaine Hull said: "I knew it would be a winner as soon as I saw it."
Coventry backers promise £20m
The agreement, under which Ranson will supplant Joe Elliott as the chairman, should safeguard Coventry's short-term future and also ease fears that Iain Dowie, the manager, might step down.
Ranson plans to restructure Coventry's estimated £38m debt to ensure that financial commitments are met and significant funds, believed to be up to £20m, have been promised to deliver progress.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Hi-tech football tells referees when it crosses the line
Coach to drop fat players
A physical examination last weekend during a national team training camp in Guangzhou revealed that nine of the 22 outfield players were too flabby.
"The excessive fat will seriously affect their mobility and speed," Petrovic said.
"I hope they reduce it as quickly as they can."
Petrovic has vowed that the players who do not lose the weight will be dropped from his side and miss the World Cup Qualifiers.
The coach has a history of being strict on fatties after he relegated one striker to the bench and sold a defender for being overweight when he was managing Chinese Super League (CSL) club Dalian Shide in 2005.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Posh takes Becks to a Sin City strip club
McClaren wins something
He fought off tough competition from U.S. President George W. Bush to win a dreaded 'Foot in Mouth' award on Tuesday from the Plain English campaign.
He won the award when he uttered this beautifully crafted sentence about Wayne Rooney, "He is inexperienced but he's experienced in terms of what he's been through."
Capello wants to bring his assistants too
While the FA board have no objection in principle, they are concerned by the mounting cost, particularly as board members are pushing for the addition of an Englishman to the coaching staff.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Capello and hairy shins
He is quoted as saying: "When a man crosses his legs and the trouser rides up to show hairy shins, it offends my eyes."
Naming children after yourself
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Luton able to pay wages
The Hatters have had to stop paying wages since the club was plunged into administration earlier in the month.
Liverpool vow to protect players
Gerrard's wife Alex Curran was confronted by four burglars at the couple's mansion last night.
A spokesman for Liverpool FC said the club was shocked to hear the news of Ms Curran's ordeal.
He said: "Our first concerns are for the welfare of Alex, Steven and the family.
"The club takes this extremely seriously and we will be looking at ways to provide cover for the players' houses while they are away with the club on domestic and international duty."
A Merseyside Police spokeswoman said four men entered the property in Formby, Merseyside, just before 9.30pm and stole items of jewellery.
Smell like Rooney
He was approached with the plan after he backed fiancée Coleen McLoughlin as she started her perfume range earlier this year.
A source said yesterday: “He likes this idea. But it certainly won’t be anything too poncy - he would never hear the end of it at United.”
Man United fans stabbed in Rome
Violence erupted between a group of 50 rival fans on a bridge near the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
Police used two baton charges to disperse the fans and arrested two British nationals.
The last time the two teams met in April, 11 fans were taken to hospital after violence in the stadium. The stab injuries are not said to be serious.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Chinese players injured in knife attack
Wang Lin, a 22-year-old former striker from relegated Chinese Super League club Xiamen, was unconscious in hospital in Shenyang, capital of the northeastern province of Liaoning, after surgery for multiple stab wounds.
His friend Cao Chen, a former China youth international, was also injured but has been discharged from hospital.
OBE honour for Giggs
The 34-year-old Cardiff-born former Wales captain, who made his Old Trafford debut at 17, collected the award at Buckingham Palace.
Giggs, who was given the day off to attend the ceremony by club boss Sir Alex Ferguson, said: "It is a very proud day for me and my family."
FA announce 'One FA Cup' £1 ticket deal
Six matches have been selected for the 'One FA Cup' promotion, where adults attending as either a home or away fan will be able to buy a child's ticket for a pound.
The FA are funding the initiative and have chosen matches based on geographical location which also feature sides from various levels.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Player controls ball with buttocks, sparks riot
His bit of unorthodox skill was interpreted as a mocking act by Universitario players, who chased Viafara.
Fans began to fight in the stands, then poured onto the field before the referee abandoned the game.
Reds fans selling fake steward bibs
According to local reports, "sources in Liverpool" have warned French authorities that visiting fans will trigger security chaos not just by circulating forged tickets, but also by selling replicas of Marseille stewards' bibs - L'Equipe today reports that 1,000 such replicas are believed to have been produced.
Arsenal bus gets lost
The league leaders arrived for their pre-match warm-up just an hour before kick-off after turning off the A19 and heading for Darlington instead of Middlesbrough.
If only they had noticed that Boro are sponsored by a sat-nav equipment company.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Beckham teaches Snoop's soccer-mad children
They refused to practise unless dad could persuade his buddy David Beckham to provide the coaching.
Barwick to offer England job to Mourinho
Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick was on the verge of finalising a four-and a- half-year deal worth more than £27m last night, with the former Chelsea boss in Lisbon waiting to take a private jet to London.
His agent, Jorge Mendes, spoke with Barwick on Friday night about the details of the FA's offer and negotiations are believed to have gone well.
Mourinho is reported to have said: 'I have decided I will go to England if they want me. I am going away on holiday now, but if everything goes well, I can be in England on January 1.'
The appointment of the charismatic Portuguese coach would stagger the football world, but the FA know he will be popular with the media, players and supporters, who all believe that he is the right man to restore England's tarnished international reputation.
A source close to the England team said yesterday: 'I spoke to Jose last night. Fingers crossed this happens. I know all the England players will be delighted.'
Redknapp anger at crowd 'abuse'
Redknapp was seen to be involved in exchanges with Villa fans in the enclosure behind the Pompey dug-out.
He said: "You've got people saying stuff behind you with little kids shouting filth. I didn't bring my kids up to talk like that.
"Do we have to keep standing there and accepting that?"
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Tough schedule for Africans
The first group phase of the qualifiers begin at the end of May and conclude in September.
The four weekends of June will be used for the first four rounds of group matches, presenting a potential logistical headache for teams having to criss-cross the continent.
Poor flight connections, which often turn traveling to international matches into multi-day and multi-stop expeditions, are likely to cause consternation among coaches.
Man United to wear retro shirt
United have been criticised in the past for 'exploiting' supporters by constantly changing their home and away shirts.
But the strip to be worn by Sir Alex Ferguson's players when they face Manchester City at Old Trafford on February 10 — four days after the anniversary — will not be sold to the public and will not even be photographed before the game in a bid to stop replicas being produced.
The Premier League have given United permission to wear the shirt even though it will contravene regulations by not carrying their Barclays logo, not having the names of the players on the back and not carrying squad numbers.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Portsmouth's wearable steroid shirts
Striker gets Player of the Month award and wins a shed
And now he has a place to keep them after the Football League's first-ever Player of the Month won a shed put up by league sponsor Wickes.
It was not practical to deliver the building to the club's training ground, so Hatch was presented with an IOU by Barnet fan Adrian Singer.
Asked how he felt about winning the shed, Hatch said: "The other players tell me that I should live in it."
Policeman attacked with flare
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Bolton fans held in Serbian hotel
Serbian police have held the supporters at the Hotel National amid security fears after trouble involving Red Star Belgrade supporters last weekend.
The club said the fans, on an official trip, are being held without reasonable explanation and it has expressed its "frustration and disappointment".
Bolton face Red Star in a Uefa Cup Group F match this evening.
Chelsea star's orgy probe
Albanian chief accused of 'selling' Euro qualifiers
In a letter addressed to UEFA last month and made public earlier this week, Culture Minister Ylli Pango called upon the sport's governing body in Europe to investigate 'clear suspicions that both matches might have been sold by the President of our National Soccer Federation'.
'This is clear evidence that he is using our national soccer team's matches for his own interests, insulting the feelings of its fans and supporters,' Pango wrote.
'Therefore, I kindly invite UEFA to investigate both matches,' he added.
Albania lost 4-2 at home to Belarus and 6-1 away to Romania in the last two Euro 2008 qualifiers.
Coach Otto Baric resigned after the unsuccessful campaign.
108 game unbeaten streak
When their winning streak did eventually come to an end - via a 2-1 defeat by SO Armée - the backlash was immediate: they crushed their next opponents 11-0.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Nightclub bans player for sake of career
Chelsea stars junk food habit
Spurs boss Juande Ramos has become the latest foreign coach to tell his players to clean up their diet since arriving in English football.
But France winger Malouda, who joined for £13.5million from Lyon in the summer, claimed the Stamford Bridge stars can still snack away.
"The people at Chelsea don't control what the players eat," he said.
"You can help yourself to whatever you like, drink Coke or anything, and it is up to you to prove yourself on the pitch.
"I hate Ronaldo"
The internet search engine revealed "I hate Ronaldo" was one of the most popular searches in 2007.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Police probe Drogba laser attack
Beckham makes surprise appearance
The football ace saw wife Victoria for the first time in three-and-a-half weeks after jetting back from New Zealand where he was on tour with his team LA Galaxy.
Posh Spice confessed she was nervous about her husband seeing the show.
Victoria said: "David turned up today but he hasn't been at any of the rehearsals because he's been away working so I'm nervous about what he's going to think about the show.
"He's not even seen any of the costumes."
The show at the General Motors Place in Vancouver marked the start of the sell-out Return of the Spice Girls Tour and coincides with the group's Greatest Hits album.
Relegated 2 years after being champions
Winners of FIFA's Club World championship in 2000, they began the day one point off the danger zone but were overtaken by Goias, who beat Internacional 2-1 with a three-times taken penalty.
Corinthians finished 17th in the 20-team first division with 44 points from 38 games.
Relegation came almost exactly three years after Corinthians signed a controversial partnership deal with London-based Media Sports Investments (MSI).
Although MSI initially spent lavishly on new signings, the relationship soured last year and the investments dried up.
This year's squad was based largely on players brought in from second and third division clubs.
Coventry to be put into administration
The statement continued: 'This is merely a legal process protecting the Bank and its creditors and should speed up the potential takeover of the Club and therefore take Coventry City into a solvent financial situation.'
The Sky Blues are 14th in the table but are in a perilous financial state with estimated debts of £38million.
Monday, December 03, 2007
The Beckham Effect takes hold Down Under
The soccer superstar, visiting both countries for the first time and borne along on a wave of fan hysteria, drew 80,000 to the match between the MLS's Los Angeles Galaxy and the A-League's Sydney FC last Tuesday and 35,000 - a national record - to Saturday's match with the Wellington Phoenix of New Zealand.
They were massive crowds for exhibition games, games with little lasting meaning, and it was Beckham's presence alone, the singular drawing power of one of sport's hottest properties, that filled stadiums in Sydney and Wellington.
In New Zealand, where soccer is a minor sport, thousands queued at Wellington Airport to glimpse Beckham on arrival, an estimated 18,000 - mostly school children - attended the Galaxy's only training run on Friday.
Hundreds kept vigil outside the team's downtown hotel for the three days of Beckham's stay, satisfied to see the England player from a distance, barely daring to hope for a wave or an autograph.
In Sydney, the reaction to Beckham's visit was similar - crowds at Sydney Airport, crowds at his hotel. Hundreds turned up at a downtown department store to see Beckham launch his new range of perfumes for men.
And unlike many sports superstars - happy to be kept at arms length from fans - Beckham didn't disappoint. At every media call he said the right things, behaved with a winning charm and humility that helped win over even his hardest critics.
Redknapp's belt confiscated
"I think they were worried I'd hang myself," he said, sombrely.
When he wanted to use the toilet, he had to do so in the company of a policeman.
Redknapp had his fingerprints taken,along with a sample of his DNA, before he was bailed to reappear at a police station in February as part of an ongoing investigation into corruption in football.
Sir Bobby recommends 5 none-English managers
Robson is among a group of senior figures in the domestic game who will be consulted by FA chief executive Brian Barwick over who should succeed Steve McClaren after the team's failure to qualify for Euro 2008.
His list consists of Aston Villa's Northern Irish boss Martin O'Neill, Russia's Dutch coach Guus Hiddink, former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, Italian Fabio Capello and Frenchman Gerard Houllier.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Ferguson's son arrested for assault
Darren Ferguson, 35, who is player-manager of Peterborough United, was held after an alleged row with 28-year-old Nadine Ferguson on the front drive of Sir Alex's £2 million house in Wilmslow, Cheshire.
A spokesman for Cheshire Police said today: "We were called to an address in Fletsands Road, Wilmslow in October after an allegation of assault.
"A 35-year-old man was arrested, questioned, and was released on bail until December 6 pending further enquiries."
Coleen's junk food shopping
A customer said: "I hope it's not her weekly shop because it didn't seem like the ideal diet for a top sportsman."
QPR players learn Italian
The Italian coach has been forced to use a translator to get his message across in training so far.
But that might not be necessary for too much longer - because the Rangers squad are picking up the lingo of their boss.
On-loan striker Rowan Vine revealed: "The manager's team talks and training sessions are in Italian, and I'm starting to understand a few words. Perhaps before too long I'll be giving an interview in Italian!"
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Blackburn unveils male cheerleader
Pub football case ruling delayed
Lord Justice Pumfrey and Mr Justice Stanley Burnton are expected to deliver a verdict in the next few weeks.
The case was brought by the FA Premier League against Karen Murphy of the Red, White and Blue pub in Hampshire.
Ms Murphy was showing live matches through a Greek broadcaster called Nova, which charged her about £800 a year - compared with the £6,000 that she would have had to pay Sky for the service.