Monday, June 30, 2008
Argentina World Cup win fixed
It's claimed that Peru's players, as well as the referee and linesmen, each received $50,000 ahead of their match against Argentina, who needed to win by four clear goals to reach the final at the expense of bitter rivals Brazil.
There have always been suspicions about the match, which Argentina won 6-0, before going on to beat Holland 3-1 in the final.
Ronaldinho rejects Manchester City move
City's Thai owner Thaksin Shinawatra was desperate to pull off a major transfer coup by landing Ronaldinho and was believed to be ready to pay him £200,000 a week.
But the 28-year-old has held talks with Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola and assured him that he is ready to clean up his act and fight for his future.
Ronaldinho's brother and agent Roberto De Assis is still in dialogue with City but the chances of the deal are fading.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Asprilla held after machine gun attack
The striker, who was a hero in Kevin Keegan's first spell as manager of the club, has been placed under house arrest on charges related to illegal possession of weapons and criminal damage.
He is accused of spraying a privately-run security checkpoint with a machine gun near his farm in south-western Colombia.
The security post was struck by 29 bullets Asprilla has denied the charges and his lawyer, Carlos Sanchez, said he would appeal.The owners of the guard house say that Asprilla, 38, reacted violently when a security guard refused to let Asprilla's friends, three women and a bodyguard, pass. No one was hurt.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Heart problem stalls Thuram deal
Thuram played for Barcelona last season but was not offered a new contract by the Nou Camp club.
He was expected to link up with PSG but the move is now on hold pending further tests.
Thuram held a press conference this afternoon at the Parc des Princes at which he was expected to announce news of his move to PSG.
"If I'm holding this press conference, unfortunately it's not to announce my becoming a PSG player," said Thuram.
"But to tell you that that the doctors have detected a heart problem.
PSG coach Paul Le Guen admitted it was a big blow but did not rule out signing the former France captain in the future.
Premier League names youngest ref
The 25-year-old from Nuneaton has been promoted to the list of top flight officials after just one season in the Football League.
Premier League referees' chief Keith Hackett said: "Last season week-in week-out he produced consistent, high quality performances.
"Under pressure he remained calm and showed a great deal of maturity when managing players."
Attwell has been fast-tracked through the refereeing system, having started in 1998, and was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2007.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
World Cup '66 win was fixed
The 92-year-old believes FIFA deliberately chose English referees to influence several games in Alf Ramsey's side's favour.
In an interview with the Folha of Sao Paulo newspaper, Havelange said:
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
BMW stops production during game.
Up to 1,000 vehicles will not be built, more if it goes to extra time.
The European Robot Football Cup
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Solano in gun controversy
Ronaldo's agent to net £10m
Mendes, known as 'The Octopus' because of the number of moves he has a hand in, can expect the huge commission if he clinches Ronaldo's exit from Old Trafford.
Monday, June 23, 2008
As many as 10 people were reported to have been involved in the robbery, but Pele was unhurt in the incident.
He was on his way from the city of Sao Paulo to a house he owns on the coast when the robbery happened at the entrance of a tunnel.
The robbery took place earlier this month, but details have only just emerged.
Police say there is frequent traffic congestion in the area, and that gangs from a nearby favela (shanty town) often take advantage of this to stage robberies.
According to the newspaper Estado de Sao Paulo, Pele's car was surrounded by 10 armed men who took his gold necklace, a mobile phone and a watch.
Pele was in the passenger seat of his car.
According to his spokesman, when the gang recognised the former player they gave the driver back some items they had taken from him.
The former Brazilian football star was not so lucky, as the gang then decided to flee on foot with his valuables.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Premier bosses in dug-out blackout
Bosses will find it far more difficult to argue from next season when all TV monitors will be removed from the technical and tunnel areas.
Managers and their assistants will therefore no longer have access to slow-motion replays as ammunition against referees and their assistants over controversial decisions that go against them.
Swiss railways change colour
A railway spokesman said the changed strip had been prompted by an incident in the Swiss capital Berne when a group of Netherlands supporters followed a worker on to the lines after mistaking his uniform for their traditional orange dress.
"We have now given out yellow vests to all our staff who have to work on or cross the tracks in Basel, where the Dutch fans are now based," Oliver Tamas said.
"It has raised a few eyebrows but we think it's a necessary measure to ensure the safety of our guests."
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Swiss TV in German anthem blunder
The national channel SRG ran subtitles to Germany's national anthem including the obsolete first verse - ignored since the fall of the Third Reich.
"Deutschland, Deutschland ueber alles" or "Germany, Germany above everything", was popular under the Nazi's rule.
Germany adopted the third verse as its anthem following unification in 1991.
The error was described as "inexcusable" by a spokesman for Swiss Text, a subsidiary of SRG, responsible for subtitling services.
According to an interview in the Swiss newspaper Blick, the spokesman said two young sports editors were at fault, and that the mistake was a result of poor research.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Croatian boss pens team song
Monday, June 16, 2008
Monkey picks Austria to win
The monkey's fellow zoo-dwellers have a 2-0 record so far with their predictions : a porcupine correctly tipped Germany to beat Poland and an Arctic fox forecast the defeat by Croatia.
First player to compete after a kidney transplant
Nine months later, the 28-year-old made returned to football with his club Werder Bremen.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Soccer and smoking
"Ossie Ardiles was on 40 a day when he won the World Cup with Argentina," Hoddle said.
"It didn't bother Ossie and it doesn't bother me."
Newcastle owner makes players pay
Mike Ashley, Newcastle's owner, did not become a billionaire through needless extravagance and, having wiped out the club's £70million debt last summer, he is now implementing a series of cost-cutting measures.
A soaring wage bill is being tackled, and younger, hungrier players are being pursued in the transfer market.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Dutch welcomed with orange tulips
The Dutch play all three of their Group C games in the city, and to make them feel welcome, city officials have decorated the centre of town with pots of orange tulips, grown to order by the Holland flower service.
Mayor Alexander Tschäppät and Dutch ambassador Edo Hofland laid out the first pots, with the latter saying: "We would like to thank the people of Berne for welcoming us."
Friday, June 13, 2008
Polish PM wanted to kill ref
The late equaliser on Thursday meant Poland had to settle for one point from their first two games in Group B.
'As the prime minister I have to be balanced and collected,' keen soccer fan Donald Tusk told reporters.
'But last night I was speaking very differently about the whole thing, I wanted to kill.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Chelsea appoint Gene Hackman as manager
Ronaldo named after Reagan
His parents named him after former US president Ronald Reagan because he was his father's favourite actor, and not for political reasons.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
The best part about playing for England
Ronaldo pictured with Real official
He's pictured with Real’s fitness coach Walter Di Salvo, who quit Old Trafford for Spain
Real boss Ramon Calderon is furious at Sir Alex Ferguson for linking Madrid with former Spanish dictator Franco.
The Real supremo said: “It seems grotesque to talk about Franco and the occupation of Portugal. It wasn’t a very fortunate thing to say.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Czech goalkeeper on ferris wheel
Syrian anthem played for Lebanese
Ronaldo risks losing £25m
Manchester United, who will report Real to FIFA next week for their public pursuit of Ronaldo, are working on a complicated image rights deal with the club's kit manufacturer for a 'CR7' range in an attempt to appease the winger.
United's non- executive director Bryan Glazer, who was closely involved with the deal for shirt sponsor AIG, is in negotiations with Nike over a contract that could be worth another £100,000 a week to the Portugal winger.
The contract is expected to run concurrent with his existing £120,000-a-week package at Old Trafford and will effectively top the £200,000 a week on offer at the Bernabeu.
Ronaldo, who has changed his signature simply to 'CR7', can market baseball caps, T-shirts and shorts around the world to capitalise on his growing status.
Monday, June 09, 2008
Massive alcohol consumption at Euro '08
'Massive alcohol consumption led to a series of incidents of shoving and some fighting but they did not have any serious consequences,' Basel police said.
Twelve people were taken to a special temporary jail in the city for either vandalism or aggression towards officers, four of whom were held in custody, police said in a statement.
Around 20 people had to make use of a sobering-up facility and roughly 200 were treated for minor injuries and problems with their blood pressure, the statement said.
Authorities in Geneva said about 60,000 people flocked to the fan zone at the Plainpalais in the city centre and just under 30,000 attended the match between Portugal and Turkey at the Stade de Geneve.
No serious incidents were reported, police said. Two people in an inebriated state were temporarily taken into custody and one insulted some French police officers and threw some liquid at them, they added.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Hurst backs Germany
"I don't mind admitting it, they are a great footballing nation. And Germany's a great country as well," said Hurst, who scored a hat-trick against Germany in the 1966 World Cup final.
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Cantona returns to Manchester
Cantona, recently voted Manchester United's greatest-ever player in a poll of the club's fans, is playing himself in 'Looking for Eric'.
And Cantona, who spent six seasons at United and proved the catalyst for their domestic revival, revealed his delight at being back in his adopted home.
"I want the world to speak even more about the Manchester United fans after this film," said 42-year-old Cantona.
"Many of my best memories are from when I was at the club and in Manchester. I'm very proud the fans still like me.
Friday, June 06, 2008
Polish coach blasts newspaper
Beenhakker said sorry to the German people on behalf of his team ahead of Sunday's Euro 2008 clash between the two countries. The Dutchman said the article was an "awful thing" done by "weird and dirty and sick people".
"What was in one newspaper is not representative... Polish and German fans were together celebrating the match at the World Cup two years ago," said Loew.
Several Polish papers played on the troubled history between the two neighbours, using images of Loew and skipper Michael Ballack, but Beenhakker said: "I hope I can speak in the name of many Polish people and in the name of the Polish team.
"We want to say that we apologise to the German people for what was on the front page of a certain paper in Poland. It was an awful thing, and we want to totally distance ourselves from these weird and dirty and sick people who think they have to represent Poland this way in relation to Euro 2008."
McClaren lost twice to Croatia in the Euro 2008 qualifiers but McClaren will be one of BBC Five Live's pundits for their opening game with co-hosts Austria in Vienna on Sunday.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
All Blacks welcome 'bubbly' Keane
Ex-Republic of Ireland and Manchester United star Keane is spending a week with the rugby team in the build-up to their Test against Ireland on Saturday.
Keane has hooked up with the All Blacks as part of his Uefa Pro Licence coaching course.
"Roy has been great. Great to talk to, very bubbly," said Henry.
Sven's hotel bill is £350,000
The Swede had been staying in the £1,250 a night penthouse suite at the city centre hotel since September.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Moyes wins Rooney book libel case
The writ had claimed the publication "injured his professional and personal reputation" and caused him distress.
Moyes had objected to the account of how Rooney came to leave Everton and sign for Manchester United.
Speaking after the hearing Mr Moyes said he was glad that his name "had been fully cleared in this matter".
Ian Monk, spokesman for Wayne Rooney, said that all the costs and damages were being paid by the publishers HarperCollins.
He said Moyes was accused of leaking a private and confidential conversation about the star's intention to leave Everton to a local newspaper, the Liverpool Echo.
Mr Parladorio told the court that the allegation was "wholly untrue".
Pre-tournament drug tests all negative
Director of communications William Gaillard told a media briefing that eight to 10 players from each squad had taken part in the out-of-competition testing programme and all had returned negative results.
Gaillard said full details of the programme, which for the first time included blood and urine testing, would be announced at a news conference ahead of the opening match on Saturday.
Throughout the tournament two players from each team will be randomly selected for dope testing after every match.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
No sign of terror threat, says Austrian Minister
"When I think of the scale of Euro 2008 -- 6,000 people alone went to watch the Italian team train -- it poses a huge security challenge," he said at the centre's opening ceremony.
"We are extremely well-prepared and have seen nothing to suggest any large-scale security scenario."
Up to five million fans are expected to attend the finals being co-hosted by Austria and Switzerland, whose police forces will be supported by foreign colleagues.
Mourinho: 'I'm not special any more'
Asked at his first Inter press conference whether he still considered himself lo speciale - the Special One – he insisted: "I am Mourinho – that's all".
"I have arrived at a special club and I believe I am a great coach but I don't want to be special," said Mourinho, before quickly insisting that this did not mean he would not be tempering his outspoken approach to management.
"I don't change - I am the same person as I was before, with the same mission and the same passion for my work.
Monday, June 02, 2008
Wayne and Coleen's big day
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Gazza rushed to hospital strapped to a wheelchair
Anna Gascoigne warned anyone helping her brother to get alcohol: 'You are killing him with your kindness.'
On Saturday, he fell over at King's Cross station in London and was unable to get to his feet.
'People like Paul. He is a hero and they go up to him and want to buy him a drink, which I understand.
'But what they don't know is, every person who buys him a drink, or gives him a drink, or sells him one is contributing to his death.
Anna Gascoigne is calling on her brother's fans not to buy him drinks, warning their kindness is killing him
'Please stop. Please leave him alone.'
Eto'o attacked me, Cameroon journalist alleges
Radio Siantou reporter Philippe Bonney told Reuters the Cameroon international had headbutted him in the face and said he would file a lawsuit against the striker.
The fracas took place when Cameroonian journalists decided to walk out of a news conference ahead of Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Cape Verde to protest at the team's refusal to grant interviews to local reporters.
"I cannot let this go unpunished," Bonney, who said he had suffered a facial injury, told Reuters.