A friendly in Saudi Arabia was probably the last thing Alex Ferguson wanted, but his Man Utd team turned up with many of their biggest stars, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez, for yesterday’s testimonial against Al Hilal in Riyadh. The match was played in honour of Saudi legend Sami al-Jaber, who scored the obligatory […]
Here is Olympiakos striker Lomana LuaLua with exactly the sort of chest control and 25-yard volley that will have Newcastle fans thinking: “Hmm, he never did that for us.” This was the opening goal in a 4-0 rout against arch-rivals Panathinaikos in the Greek Cup.
Maykel Galindo is not a well-known footballer outside of the States, but his story is very interesting. Born and raised in Cuba, he played for the Cuban national team in the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup, held in the United States. Having scored in a 3-1 loss to Costa Rica, he sought asylum in the US […]
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Yep, it seems most Liverpool fans would be happy to ditch their ‘Yank’ benefactors, Tom Hicks and George Gillett â€“ if only because they could then return to baiting Man Utd fans about the Glazers. Even Steven Gerrard voiced his concern about the state of Liverpool FC last night, after his side drew 2-2 at home with Aston Villa – a result that virtually guarantees another season without the league trophy going to Anfield.
Last week Dudu Aouate got a whack in the eye from team-mate Gustavo Munua (who had replaced him as Deportivo’s first-choice ‘keeper), which left him looking like Frank Gallagher, the shambolic dad from Channel 4’s Shameless. More on the Aouate story at The Offside
Liverpool FC’s fancy-dress Xmas party is now a fixture on the football calendar. Paparazzi desperately try to get snaps of Liverpool’s players in costume. This year’s party was held a few weeks later than originally scheduled, but that didn’t stop the players pulling out all the stops to outdo their team-mates. Club captain Steven Gerrard […]
This Soccer AM Third Eye shows MK Dons boss Paul Ince multi-tasking by conducting an interview with Sky while seemingly retaining his interest in a tennis match…
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is having a fantastic season for Inter. He scored two goals for the runaway Serie A leaders at the weekend, in Inter’s 3-2 win at home to Parma. On current form, is he the best player in the world? surveys – Take Our Poll
A Newcastle fan’s eye view of Kevin Keegan’s second coming, before the start of the anticlimactic 0-0 draw with Bolton. Sam Allardyce never got a reception like that.
This morning’s five hottest soccer scoops & rumoursâ€¦ 1. Sven-Goran Eriksson wants to bring Bayern Munich starlet Lukas Podolski (pictured) to Man City. Not gonna happen, Sven. F365 2. Tom Hicks has no intention of selling his stake in his beloved Liverpool. BBC 3. Alex Ferguson in hot water with FA over ‘gestures’ to Reading […]
Hmm, that reminds me, I must take Sulley Muntari out of my Premier League fantasy football team. Via 101GreatGoals More African football
A great start to the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, with a game won by the hosts in the dying minutes of the game, thanks to a cracking goal by Portsmouth’s Sulley Muntari. To be fair to Ghana, they were much the better team and should have won by two or three clear goals – they hit the post three times in the first half. Michael Essien combined well with Muntari in midfield, whilst Asamoah Gyan and ex-Arsenal player Quincey Owusu-Abeyie were a constant threat.
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1. Career path Rangers, Coventry City, Dundee Utd, Hearts, Celtic (current)? 2. True or false? Kevin ‘The Messiah’ Keegan’s first name is actually Joseph. 3. Picture round Who can’t hear you? (Click to enlarge) 4. Team-mates Enzo Scifo, Roberto Carlos, Gabriel Batistuta, Mikael Silvestre and Robbie Keane have all played for which club? 5. The […]
These are players that I think Newcastle & Keegan have a realistic chance of signing and who would improve the NUFC squad â€“ rather than cloud-cuckooland signings like Kaka or Lionel Messi, which, let’s be honest, aren’t going to happen.
1. Michael Carrick (Man Utd)
Carrick was born in the north-east and I imagine he would be warmly welcomed by Newcastle fans. He is also talented enough to be the midfield conductor of King Kev’s new, attack-minded team. Carrick hasn’t been an unqualified success at Old Trafford, and could leave for the right price. He and Newcastle would make a good fit.
KK has snapped up a big targetman to bag him some goals. Howay The Monster!
Zlatan’s arrow-straight shot seems to be accelerating as it hits the back of the net. As pure a strike as you could wish to see, and executed with typically casual brilliance. More wonder goals
A world-class strike from Darren Barnard, a very talented player who played 24 times for Wales, but who never quite fulfilled his undoubted potential. Thanks to Pies reader David Allison for the tip-off. More wonder goals
It is taken for granted now that the Premier League is dominated by the Big Four of Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. But this season there has been a considerable amount of waffling done by pundits and managers about which side can haul themselves onto the same level as the Big Four and make it a Big Five.
Champions Lyon blew away the Christmas cobwebs with a 3-2 win over Toulouse. Hatem Ben Arfa, Juninho and star striker Karim Benzema – who has not left the club despite an anticipated scramble for his signature during the transfer window – were on the scoresheet to secure victory. And as nearest rivals Nancy could only muster a 0-0 draw against Caen, Lyon extended their lead to six points. Unfortunately for Lyon they took the shine off their league performances by getting knocked out of the League Cup with a 1-0 defeat to Le Mans (hence Juninho looking a little sorry for himself above).
The hottest five football stories doing the rounds this morningâ€¦ 1. Kevin Keegan to be unveiled at St James’ Park today, but not in front of the Toon Army. BBC Sport 2. Rio Ferdinand: ‘I’d love to be England captain, innit. I’d merk that job.’ Sky Sports 3. Shaun Wright-Phillips and Jermain Defoe issue ‘come […]