He came so close on three occasions this season, but there’s no cigar for Germany’s captain Michael Ballack might have ended the 2007/08 season as a winner of the Premier League, Champions League and Euro 2008. He made it to final games in all three competitions, but in the end, he won absolutely nothing, nichts, […]
Just a few of the many rumours filling up today’s back pages 1. Samir Nasri to Arsenal The 21-year-old French playmaker is expected to join the Gunners at some stage in the next week, although his agent Jean-Pierre Bernes insisted last night the reports on the midfielder’s site of a done deal were “premature”. The […]
Mourinho wants Lamps for his new gang. No, Jose, no. Of all the players in the world that Inter could have at the top of their summer shopping list, they choose Frank Lampard. Does Frank have secret photos of Jose Mourinho doing unnatural things with John Terry? Inter’s president, Massimo Moratti, confirmed this week that […]
Portuguese trickster claims to have signed for a “big club” With Porto out of next season’s Champions League – Uefa suspended them in the wake of allegations of bribery in 2003/04 – it seemed inevitable that Ricardo Quaresma would look for a big-money move to England, Spain or Italy. It looks like his wish has […]
Chelsea look to Portugal’s Gene Hackman-alike As of 1 July, Felipe Scolari will take over as Chelsea’s head coach. That’s just two days after the Euro 2008 final, which could feature Portugal. A bit soon, no? Scolari has a fine track record, but how will his Sgt Major demeanour go down with Chelsea’s stars. We’ll […]
Basketball hero forced to like Chelsea Garnett is on course to help the Boston Celtics defeat the evil L.A. Lakers and win this season’s NBA finals. In between shooting hoops though, he found the time to pick up a personalised Chelsea shirt, free of charge. “Y’all made my day…this is huge” Kev, you’re such a […]
Do Jose’s job for him If you’ve just come back from a trip to the moon, you may not know that Jose Mourinho is Inter’s new manager. It’s good to see Jose back in football, although we’d have preferred it if he’d chosen to return to the Premier League – still, can’t wait for the […]
Monday’s best football stories 1. Karim Benzema to Man Utd Fergie is preparing a Â£30m mega bid for the very highly rated Lyon striker. God help the rest of the league if the United boss gets his man. [Manchester Evening News] 2. Jose Mourinho to Inter Milan This is more than mere rumour now, it […]
John Terry is “always on the England team”, apparently Legend. That is all. [Via our friends at The Spoiler] Watch the full interview after the click…
The race to become Chelsea’s new boss… Some very big names are reportedly on the shortlist to replace Avram Grant as Chelea’s new manager: including ex-Inter boss Roberto Mancini, Felipe Scolari, Mark Hughes and – surprise surprise – Jose Mourinho. Didier Deschamps also claims to be on the list, but I can’t see that happening, […]
Remembering the poor man’s Makelele THEN In his time at Chelsea (1990-99), Newton earned a reputation as a reliable squad player, best utilised in a defensive midfield role. In many ways, he can now be viewed as the poor man’s Claude Makelele. He graduated to Chelsea’s senior squad from the club’s youth system, and enjoyed […]
Which central defender deserves the England armband? Don Capello has chosen JT to skipper England for their next game, a meaningless friendly against the USA, presumably as a consolation prize for spunking the CL final up the wall. But is Terry the best long-term candidate? Let’s see… JOHN TERRY Strengths Indestructible, fearless, passionate, great in […]
Despite losing the title on the final day of the season and the Champions League only because of a John Terry slip, Chelsea sacked Avram Grant at the weekend. Given that his main downfall (apart from failing to entertain the Roman Emperor sufficiently) was not living up to the charisma of Jose Mourinho, we thought the best way to mark his departure was his top quotes.
Well, you can make your own minds up from this GIF. Just what is JT doing behind that sleeve? If he was trying to hide it from the referee, it is far from subtle. Anyway you can mull it over and let us know. Enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend (unless you live in a country that does not have one, in which case enjoy your normal weekend. And if you live in a country that doesn’t have a normal weekend, move).
Thierry Henry to Spurs? Surely not…
1. Robinho to Chelsea
The Real Madrid star’s agent has flown to London to generate a transfer to one of the Premier League’s big boys, and Chelsea are front of the key. Real are reluctant to sell, but that will count for little if the pint-sized Brazilian wants to move. [Telegraph]
The best bits from last night’s gripping Champions League final This wasn’t a classic game, but it was very tense and utterly absorbing, I thought – on reflection, United just about deserved to win, as they could have been three or four goals up in the first half. Credit to Chelsea for coming back and […]
Edwin Van der Sar The hero of the penalty shootout as he saved from Nicolas Anelka. A couple of important saves in the match too. 8
Wes Brown Quietly effective for the most part. Kept Malouda quiet, although the French winger was doing a pretty decent job by himself. 7
Rio Ferdinand Made some crucial interventions especially in the first-half, but got a little reckless as cramp and fatigue set in. 7
1 Man Yoo might not have deserved it on the night, but it has been their season. They have been the best team in Europe this season and it is not too often that the best team wins this competition.
This shit goalkeeping kit made Chelsea’s keepers look like patchwork Scousers. And nothing dates a football shirt quite like being sponsored by Amiga. Chelsea will shortly be taking to the pitch in Moscow wearing slightly more tasteful kits than this, but the blast from the past is being modelled by Russian goalie/poodle Dimitri Kharine. Neatly done, I’m sure you’ll agree (unlike Kharine’s Horror Hair).
The questions on almost everyone’s lips It’s a vote bonanza on Pies today. So many questions – all you have to do is think and click… Where will you watch the final? ( surveys) More votes below…
We tell you who’s going to win in Moscow, amongst other things 1. If United are losing with ten minutes to go, Clive Tyldesley will inevitably invoke “that night in Barcelona”. 2. Chosen methods of leadership: Rio Ferdinand and John Terry will both clap their hands a lot. It’s the key ingredient in both players’ […]
The best pics from Chekski’s pre-final training session Ashley Cole lies injured after a hefty challenge by team-mate Claude Makelele. Cole should be fit to play this evening.
French midfielder almost puts Cashley out of the Champions League final According to Chelsea, Ashley Cole should be fit enough to play tonight, but no thanks to Claude “Mad Mak” Makelele, who scythed down his team-mate with a two-footed tackle, of the type that might have earned the Frenchman a red card in a proper […]
On the pitch Michael Ballack will take risks to score… but not in the bedroom. Apparently this is a UN AIDS awareness campaign, although given how breathless Ballack is after his snail pace dribble it could just as easily be for asthma. Try not to have nightmares about Michael Ballack thrusting a condom in your face, kids.