As usual, our pals at Climbing the Ladder have put together a handy video of all the goals from the latest round in MLS. Noobs Toronto FC have yet to score a goal, whilst Chicago Fire and Red Bull New York are setting the pace in the East. In the Western Conference, the big news was LA Galaxy’s first win of the season, a 3-1 win against CD Chivas. Do they even need Becks?
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and a member of his staff take time out during training prior to tonight’s Champions League semi final second leg match against Liverpool at Anfield. [Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images]
The Special One has been called many things since he took over as Chelsea manager, but here is Bill O’Herlihy cutting a little too close to the bone as he brands Mourinho… [drum roll please]… ungenerous!
FourFourTwo has been pondering the similarities between Lionel Messi’s recent wonder goal and the one scored by his idol… Roy Wegerle! Weggers – which I have no idea whether he was nicknamed, but he is now – scored this cracker against Leeds for QPR in 1990.
The Beckhams have ended their mansion-hunting by purchasing a property in Los Angeles. The couple bought the six bedroom house in the legendarily upmarket Beverly Hills area. The Italian-style villa reportedly cost Â£11 million, which begs the question: what will Becks spend next week’s wages on? The house – dubbed Beckingham Palace West – also […]
England could be in line to host the World Cup in 2010 if South Africa cannot get the necessary infrastructure ready in time. FIFA president Sepp Blagger erm… Blatter has confirmed that England are being considered as potential replacements along with the United States, Mexico, Japan and Spain.
Kilmarnock goalkeeper Alan Combe managed this superb assist for Aberdeen at the weekend. He propelled his throw into the head of Aberdeen’s Darren Mackie, and could only stand and watch as the ball bounced back into the net. Mackie was only too happy to claim his goal! [Via The Offside]
Former France and Manchester United goalkeeper Fabien Barthez has quit Nantes after being attacked by a fan while driving away from the ground at the weekend. Barthez’s car was kicked as he left the stadium following a 0-2 defeat to Rennes.
We don’t cover Dutch football very often, but the climax to this season’s Eredivisie title race was so remarkable that we’d be remiss not to mention it. AZ Alkmaar, Ajax and PSV entered Sunday level on 72 points each at the top of the table. AZ had a superior goal difference and needed just three points against the not-very-good Excelsior to walk away as champions. However, AZ choked, losing 3-2 and getting a man sent off in the process.
1 Dimitar Berbatov, Middlesbrough v Spurs
As Alan Hansen would say, that is fantastic technique. If Dimi carries on like this, Spurs will really struggle to keep him in the summer. Chelsea and Man Utd will surely be keen to track down his agent’s mobile number.
Arsenal Ladies’ Irish contingent, Ciara Grant, Emma Byrne and Yvonne Tracy (l to r), celebrate after the Gunners defeated Swedish champions Umea IK over two legs to win the Women’s UEFA Cup Final. The second leg was held at Meadow Park, home to Borehamwood FC. The match finished 0-0; Arsenal had won the first leg 1-0. [Photo: Ian Walton/Getty Images]
Props to Pies reader Patrick for spotting that Roy Keane-plus-beard is a modern-day King Leonidas (leader of the frankly suicidal Spartans). I can imagine Roy’s half-time team talks in a totally different light now: ‘Mackems! Tonight we dine in hell!’
Sweet baby Jesus of Nazareth! Accrington Stanley secured League Two status with a thrilling 3-2 win against Paul Ince’s Macclesfield (who are in danger themselves of dropping out of the league) at the weekend. Most English football fans have a soft spot for Accrington, a traditional club whose name reeks of muddied nostalgia and half-time pies. I like them even more now that I’ve discovered their chairman is a real-life Brian Potter (without the wheelchair though)â€¦
Sunderland and Birmingham have secured Premiership football for next season after clinching the automatic promotion places in the Championship. Both sides have returned to top-flight football at the first time of asking after being relegated last season. But what is the reason for Sunderland’s success after a disastrous start to the season?
The FA is to launch an investigation into the disgraceful scenes at the end of Leeds United’s match at home to Ipswich on Saturday. A late equaliser for the Tractor Boys left Leeds all but mathematically relegated sparking a pitch invasion involving several hundred fans.
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Middlesbrough chief executive Keith Lamb has implored Gareth Southgate to toughen up, saying that the young Boro boss will only improve ‘when he gets rid of the naivety, the honesty and integrity and he becomes as shitty as all the rest’.