La Gazzetta dello Sport: The best XI youngsters in Serie A

The revered Italian football daily, La Gazzetta dello Sport, have set about the audacious task of putting together their best Serie A XI of youngsters, being players aged 23 or below. Adopting a 3-4-3 formation, this is the team they came up with: Goalkeeper: Gianluca Curci (Siena, 23). While Italy have a long history of […]

Villa leave it late to beat Hull

Hull 0 – Aston Villa 1 (Premier League, December 30, 2008) Martin O’Neill’s side claimed all three points when Ashley Young’s 88th minute cross was diverted into his own net by Kamil Zayatte, with Gabriel Agbonlahor waiting to pounce. At the death Hull were awarded a penalty by referee Steve Bennett for an alledged handball […]

Peru chase the ref as Extremadura claim a last-minute draw

Peru 2 – Extremadura 2 (Friendly, December 27, 2008) Peru took the lead through Junior Ross only for the Spaniards to draw level through Rai. Back came Peru as Pedro Garcia restored the hosts’ adavnatge. But the game ended in hugely controversial circumstances as the referee awarded the visitors a late penalty only to be […]

Berbatov shoots down Boro

Manchester United 1 – Middlesbrough 0 (Premier League, December 29, 2008) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here.) Wayne Rooney brought out a good save from Ross Turnbull in the opening exchanges. Rooney then teed up Cristiano Ronaldo at the back post but the number seven dragged his shot wide. (First half highlights here.) United dominated […]

When goalkeepers score: Adam Federici

“It was a good take. He had to get up off the floor quickly to finish, which is a skill he would have learnt in goalkeeping practice. I’ve seen him score for us before in a pre-season game at Bromley when he played outfield. He’s a good outfield player. All goalkeepers are frustrated centre-forwards anyway.” […]

Villa leave it late to beat Hull

Hull 0 – Aston Villa 1 (Premier League, December 30, 2008) Martin O’Neill’s side claimed all three points when Ashley Young’s 88th minute cross was diverted into his own net by Kamil Zayatte, with Gabriel Agbonlahor waiting to pounce. At the death Hull were awarded a penalty by referee Steve Bennett for an alledged handball […]

Luis Jimenez attacks Mauricio Pinilla in a Santiago nightclub

Steven Gerrard is not the only footballer to have been involved in a bar fight in the last few days. The main football story dominating the headlines in Chile has centered on a brawl that occurred in a Santiago night club between two international players, Luis Jimenez (Inter Milan) and Mauricio Pinilla (Vasco da Gama). […]

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Emanuel Pogatetz

“It seemed as though Pogatetz grabbed him around the neck. That happens in penalty boxes all the time. We’ve had referees coming to meet the players a couple of years ago and they said it would be stamped out with one warning and then a red card. But nothing ever happens.” – Sir Alex Ferguson. […]

Zaki, Ronaldinho, Henry, Kewell & the Premier League: The season so far

With under 48 hours left until we kiss 2008 goodbye, many are taking stock of the year that was and a variety of videos have been put together reminding us of how the season has so far panned out for some of football’s biggest names. 12 months ago Amr Zaki was unknown to most outside […]

Groningen’s boss Ron Jans swears at the ref

Groningen manager Ron Jans set a bad example on Sunday after being caught on camera giving referee Kevin Blom the middle finger salute after seeing his side lose 3-2 to Heerenveen at the weekend. Having seen his side pull back to 2-2, Groningen lost the match to a last-gasp header from Paulo Henrique which left […]

Sky News: Steven Gerrard is charged with assault and affray

As the facts start to emerge over the brawl at a Southport nightclub, the nightmare intensifies for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard as he has now been charged with assault and affray. Gerrard was released by police late Monday night after having been arrested with five other men in an incident which left which a man […]

Berbatov shoots down Boro

Manchester United 1 – Middlesbrough 0 (Premier League, December 29, 2008) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here.) Wayne Rooney brought out a good save from Ross Turnbull in the opening exchanges. Rooney then teed up Cristiano Ronaldo at the back post but the number seven dragged his shot wide. (First half highlights here.) United dominated […]

The BBC & Sky report on Steven Gerrard’s arrest

By now we expect that most people have heard that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was arrested early Monday morning after a fight broke out in a bar in Southport. Gerrard is without doubt one of those footballers who you would never think would be associated with such headlines. The clean-cut Scouser has acted as a […]

Good Weekend, Bad Weekend

It was a bumper weekend in the Premier League where, for many of us, there was sympathy for the professional footballers who had to play 180 minutes of football in three days. Liverpool reaffirmed their title credentials, Everton threw their name into the hat for what is shaping up to be an intriguing battle for […]

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