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 […]
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 […]
El Nino exposed as arse groper
Euro links for your enjoyment C-Ron voted the hottest player involved in Euro 2008, according to poll of 12,000 women (he hasn’t slept with them all). [MSN Sport] Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy’s opening goal in the win over Italy was legitimate, says Premier League referees’ chief Keith Hackett. So there. [BBC] And some non-Euro […]
Transfer truths or sneaky speculation from bored hacks? You decide.
1. Samir Nasri to Arsenal
Arsene Wenger has launched an Â£11 million bid to bring the new Zidane to the Emirates. Nasri wants to make the move and the only stumbling block is Marseille’s masterplan that they might get Hatem Ben Arfa in a swap deal if they sell to Lyon instead.
Six of the best CL finals (or European Cup finals, if you’re old school), with all the YouTube evidence you need 1. Real Madrid 7-3 Eintracht Frankfurt (1960) A ten-goal thriller, although the result was never really in doubt. Frankfurt actually scored first, but Madrid’s legendary side hit back in crushing fashion, thanks to four […]
Six rumours, but which is most likely to materialise?
1. Wayne Bridge to Juventus
Claudio Ranieri is eager to sign Wayne Bridge for the second time in his career to rescue him from playing second fiddle to Ashley Cole. The Turin giants will battle a host of English clubs for Bridge’s signature and have made an official approach to Chelsea. [Daily Mail]
Liverpool’s least glamourous Spice Boy vs Peter Sellers Aptly, this is one of the strangest lookalikes we’ve ever run. Spotter’s badge to Emmet Farragher.
Monday’s most attractive transfer gossip. Surely one of these might happen? 1. Samuel Eto’o to Spurs Tottenham have outbid Italian giants AC Milan and Inter for the mouthy Barcelona striker (pictured). The Yids will go up to Â£24m for the Cameroon international – that’s Â£8m more than the Italian sides are prepared to pay. [Epping […]
Today’s hotter-than-July lies… 1. Mauro Zarate to Arsenal The on-loan Birmingham star (pictured) is on the wish list of one big-four club, at least according to his agent. I guess it’s Arsenal who want him, as an Eduardo replacement. [Setanta] 2. Jonny Evans to Sunderland Roy Keane is reported to have bid Â£5m for United’s […]
Vote on which one is most likely to happen… 1. Peter Crouch to Villareal Will Crouchinho (pictured) be playing in all-yellow next season? Perhaps, if Villareal can find Â£15m for the English beanpole. [KopTV] 2. David Bentley to Spurs Juande Ramos is keen on bringing Blackburn’s English star to White Hart Lane, for Â£15m [The […]
God at the peak of his powers As first touches go, they don’t come much better than Fowler’s backheel nutmeg, which leaves Steve Staunton looking even more clueless than he did in his time as manager of Ireland. The finish was sweet too. When Fowler was in this form, no other English striker could touch […]
Pies rates each Premier League team based on the 07/08 campaign Arsenal (3rd) Played some quite beautiful football at times but faded badly in the last quarter of the season, after leading the pack – Arsene Wenger should have added to his squad in January. Still, to finish just two points behind Chelsea and four […]
Have Liverpool priced Villa’s captain too low? Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill believes Liverpool have undervalued skipper Gareth Barry at Â£10m. O’Neill and his club captain will hold talks early next week after Liverpool made a players-plus-cash offer for the England midfielder. “Is Barry undervalued at Â£10m? Absolutely, without question,” said O’Neill. “He is playing […]
For those who like to hold and give, and get round the back…
Liverpool’s dynamic midfield duo of Xabi Alonso and Steven Gerrard enjoy a game of tonsil tennis. I guess you never know what sort of urges winning a European Cup will bring out until you have experienced it yourself.
This must be a Uefa ploy to get more American fans to watch the Champions League. Look, they have started incorporating American sports into the ‘soccer’. Avram Grant brought a bit of basketball to last night’s proceedings, and Steven Gerrard responded with a little bit of American football.
Last night’s game was a pulsating affair. If you were lucky enough to watch it, who gets your vote for man of the match? Most of the candidates wore blue, although I have put a couple of Liverpool players on the list, to prevent any accusations of bias. Vote below: Your man of the match? […]
CHELSEA Petr Cech Solid until Ryan Babel’s late late goal, which he really should have saved. 6 Michael Essien Started at right-back, but got involved in all areas of the pitch. An immense performance. 8 John Terry Not always convincing, but didn’t do too much wrong. 7 Ricardo Carvalho Like Terry, Liverpool’s attack gave him […]
Highlights of last night’s barnstorming semi, the best European game ever contested between these two teams, which usually cancel each other out: Great game, and you have to say the right team won. And I bet Sir Alex Ferguson was loving the fact that Chelsea were forced to play extra time.
The cheeky young scamp. You should respect your elders. Don’t you know he’s got an MBE? Shame on you. This young Chelsea fan pretends he wants to shake hands with the Liverpool skipper, but has no intention of going through with it…
So Liverpool have officially launched their new adidas home kit. And here it is… According to Liverpool’s official website, “The designs are already a big hit at Melwood, where the attention to detail and new V-neck are proving popular.” Yeah, I can see Dirk Kuyt having such a conversation with Peter Crouch: “Ooh, Crouchy, I […]
Didn’t get a chance to post this up yesterday. For the seven people in England who heven’t yet seen it, here’s Jon Arne Riise’s tragi-comic own goal: Oops. You have to laugh (unless you’re a Liverpool fan).
Le Tissier sticks it to Thommo when Havant & Waterlooville take the lead at Anfield: More after the break…
The Champions League semi-final picture is no clearer after the first legs. Both games ended in draws, with little to choose between either set of teams. Chelsea probably have the edge after Riise’s late own goal, but it’s way too early to write off Liverpool, who outplayed the Blues for most of the first leg […]