Self-proclaimed Asian Cup champions elect Australia recorded their first win of the tournament in their third group game. The Socceroos had previously drawn with Oman and lost to Iraq. Thailand were a different matter: not so hot in the air, unable to deal with Mark Viduka and his big booty and unlucky enough to be the first side in 673 matches that Harry Kewell completed a run-on-goal against without tweaking his hamstring, groin or eyelid.
There are bound to be a few more twists to this year’s transfer season, especially if someone remembers where they put Carlos Tevez’s ownership papers, but new TV money and the arrival of more glory hunting billionaires means there’s been plenty of action.
Here’s what we think are the ten best deals done so far:
Chelsea struggled to overcome Club America of Mexico, having conceded a goal after just three minutes. New signing Florient Malouda did score on his debut to equalise, then super skipper John Terry headed the winner with six minutes left to play. Watch all three goals below, plus a rather crap goal celebration after JT’s goal.
Playboy Brazil has chosen a Brazilian football official for their next line-up. Paula Oliveira shot to fame after incorrectly ruling out a goal in a Copa Brasil match and received a three-match ban from the Brazilian FA. You can find out more about her and get a rundown of five top footballing females at Pies’ […]
Chinaglia, a striker, was born in Italy but grew up in Wales, where he began his football career, with Swansea Town. But he made his name with Lazio, where he played for seven seasons, scoring more than 100 goals in that time. He remains a cult hero with Lazio fans. Chinaglia was also one of the first big-name players to go to America to play in the NASL (North American Soccer League).
They could overlook the corruption allegations and even his dubious human rights record, but this might be taking it a bit too far for Manchester City fans. Here is the former Thai Prime Minister proudly holding his United shirt aloft as Fergie looks on.
Gunnerblog makes an interesting point about Arsenal’s current squad in its match report of the Gunners’ 2-0 friendly win at Barnet this weekend: ‘One man who wasnâ€™t in the side despite his presence at Underhill was Eduardo [da Silva]. Worryingly, he is very very slight in the flesh (as you can see from the picture). If a breeze had struck up, he might wellâ€™ve blown over. People talk about missing [Thierry] Henryâ€™s speed and finishing prowess, but letâ€™s not forget that the man was six-foot plus and incredibly powerful. Our already small team is getting smaller.’
LA Galaxy have appointed themselves the footb… soccer ( I’ll get used to that some time) version of the Harlem Globetrotters. The MLS outift – who not so long ago were concerned about the effect of David Beckham jetting back to England for international games – have decided that a David Beckham Travelling Circus is the solution to their problems.
John Terry and Frank Lampard snuggle up during an appearance at the Adidas Sports Performance Store on July 15, 2007 in Santa Monica, California. Just look how much the pair love each other. It’s scary. [Photo: Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images]
Arsene Wenger has been mesmerised by pendulum-like rat-tail Horror Hair of Argentinian striker Rodrigo Palacio and is preparing to make a Â£15 million move for him. The 25-year-old had been linked with a transfer to Barcelona, but they have since purchased a little-known striker by the name of Thierry Henry.
Just when you think you’ve got this game sussed… Argentina – who have been on fire throughout this tournament and were favourites to win – get whipped in the final by a Brazil side who have struggled along at times. The scoring was opened with a fine finish from Julio Baptista, who hasn’t be able to hit the proverbial cow’s backside all season at Arsenal.
If anyone knows Pies would really like to find out what the answer is. Michael Chopra is the latest player to move for a ridiculous fee. Cardiff have flogged the 23-year-old striker to Roy Keane’s Sunderland for Â£5 million, and who can blame them. That is an extra nought on the figure they paid Newcastle for him last summer. Yes, he had a decent season and scored 22 goals but does that really mean he is worth Â£5 million?
Oliver Kahn, Germany’s most notable metrosexual, lifts weights during a Bayern Munich training session on July 13, 2007 in Donaueschingen, Germany. Either that, or it’s a German version of hit TV show Superstars.
[Photo: Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images]
Arsenal fans will be delighted to learn that Cesc Fabregas has turned down a move to Real Madrid and pledged his future to Arsenal. The 20-year-old Spanish midfielder had been linked with a return to his native country for several weeks and the speculation wouldn’t go away. Fabregas revealed he has spoken to Real, but was persuaded to stay at Arsenal by Arsene Wenger.
Months and months of relentless hype come to an end on Friday 13th of all dates, as David Beckham will be officially unveiled as a Los Angeles Galaxy player today, at 6pm. He will be paraded, like some very expensive pony, before a select audience of season-ticket holders and special guests. About time too, because let’s face it, hype means nothing in football.
Roma defender Cristian Chivu was put up for grabs on eBay after a fan got fed up of his on-off move to virtually any Champions League side who would give him the time of day. The Romanian is looking to move amid rumours that the Italian club could not offer the money he wanted in order to stay at Stadio Olimpico. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan were all said to be interested, but the news that Barca were having second thoughts led one Roma fan to take matter into his own hands.
This clip from last week’s U20 tie between Brazil and the USA shows Brazilian youngster Luiz Adriano throwing himself into the back of the net at full speed (for some reason best known to himself). His side are losing with three minutes to play, but it is nothing smashing your face into the net won’t solve!
Spare a thought for Uzbekistan coach Rustam Akramov. His nation are not exactly one of football’s major powers, but nonetheless they are currently battling it out for the Asian Cup. The question is: who do you play in goal when all your keepers look like crazed serial killers?
Pies loves a good goalkeeping blunder – and this is a great one. Vietnam’s Phan Thanh Binh unleashes his shot from 25 yards. Qatar goalkeeper Mohamed Saqr lets the ball squirm under his body Massimo Taibi. He can only spin round like a dog chasing its tail and watch the ball roll over the line.
That’s Ajax’s Ryan, not the mediocre Brad Pitt movie of the same name. Rafa ‘we’re working with wingers’ Benitez has reportedly got his man after an Â£11.5 million deal was agreed. The 20-year-old will finalise his move over the coming days.
1 Robbie Fowler to Everton
It would certainly interesting to see the childhood Evertonian lining up in a Merseyside derby against the club where he is known as God. Fowler is available on a free transfer, but a drop down to the Championship or a move to Australia or the States seem more likely than a move to Goodison Park.