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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Copa Sudamericana Finals US TV Times


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Copa Sudamericana - Final - Ida
Pachuca (Mexico) vs Colo Colo (Chile)

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Fernando Gago - Real Madrid Agree to Terms With Fernando Gago, Now Pressing Boca Juniors

boca-juniors-soccer-ball.jpgMidfielder Fernando Gago has agreed to terms with Real Madrid.

Boca Juniors president Mauricio Macri wants Gago to remain until June in order to play in the upcoming Copa Libertadores.

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon would like to unveil Gago as early as Sunday. AP report (new window)

Newcastle United Takeover Deal Still In Limbo

A takeover of Newcastle United is still a possibility according to a spokesperson for the investment group Belgravia.

The group had shown interest in the club as early as August, but no deal has materialized.

Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd has stated, "...until they make an offer we cannot say anything."

Group hopeful on Newcastle buyout - By Andrew McKenzie (new window)

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Carlos Tevez - Argentina Striker Carlos Tevez Refuses to Wear Brazil Jersey

carlos-tevez-jersey.jpgCarlos Tevez, Argentina international, accepted only half of his punishment for walking out after being subbed-off in Sunday's 1 - 0 win over Sheffield United.

The 22-year-old's West Ham teammates voted on a two-part punishment requiring Tevez to make a donation to charity and then to wear a Brazil national team jersey.

Of the second requirement, Tevez expressed his respect for Brazil but also laughed and stated, "I can get all my salary discounted but I am never going to dress in Brazil's or River's shirts."

Tevez gets shirty with Hammers By Patricio Figueroa - (new window)

FIFA's World Player of the Year Finalists Announced, Ronaldinho, Fabio Cannavaro, Zinedine Zidane

FIFA has announced the three finalists for World Player of the Year: Ronaldinho, Fabio Cannavaro, and Zinedine Zidane.

Ronaldinho was the winner of the two previous World Player of the Year awards.

Cannavaro was just recently honored as European Footballer of the Year. AP Report (new window)

Andriy Shevchenko, AC Milan Loan Rumours Run Wild

chelsea-soccer-ball.jpgRumours have Chelsea's Andriy Shevchenko being loaned to AC Milan in January's transfer window.

The Shevchenko rumours are linked with speculation of a Chelsea swoop for Valencia's David Villa.

Valencia president Juan Soler's only reply has allegedly been in reference to Villa's £100 million buy-out clause.

Sheva Linked With Loan Exit - (new window)

G-14 To Discuss Problems Thursday

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has threatened to pull out of the G-14, the club of Europe's biggest clubs.

Earlier in the week, Rummenigge had complained about Chelsea's spending power and Real Madrid's lack of interest in the well-being of other clubs.

G-14 to discuss division in group at board meeting on Thursday - - AP Report (new window)

G-14 deny rift with Bayern Munich - Reuters (new window)

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Ronaldinho Nike Tiempo Gaucho 10R Football

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Goal-Line Technology Gets Serie A Test

Sunday's Serie A match between Udinese and Reggina will feature the use of goal-line technology.

Four cameras will be placed above the corner flags and will use a computer to determine when the ball has crossed the line.

Goal-line technology to be tested in Italy - FoxSoccer AP Report (new window)

Ronaldinho Shoes - Ronaldinho Nike Tiempo 10R Soccer Shoes

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Fernando Gago, Real Madrid Looking for Gago Transfer in January

boca-juniors-soccer-ball.jpgFernando Gago's agent, Marcelo Lombilla, is now in Madrid and Real president Ramon Calderon hopes to have a deal done by Sunday.

The 20-year-old Boca Juniors midfielder is expected to cost Real Madrid for around €20 million.

Reports: Gago's agent to negotiate with Real - AP Report (new window)

Monday, November 27, 2006

Copa Sudamericana Finals - Soccer Golazo

This schedule is from the official CONMEBOL web site:

No | Date | City | Match | Result | Referee
65 - 30.11.06 19.15 - Pachuca - Pachuca CF v Colo Colo - SILVERA Roberto (URU)
66 - 13.12.06 21.30 - Santiago - Colo Colo v Pachuca CF

Pachuca 1-1 Colo Colo

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CONMEBOL Español (ventana nueva)
CONMEBOL English (new window)

Midweek Matches Fixtures/Results 28.11.06 29.11.06

epl-laliga-afa-seriea.jpgAll Midweek Matches and Results in the English Premier League.

Tuesday 28 November 2006

Watford 0-1 Sheffield United
88' Sheffield United - Danny Webber

Wednesday 29 November 2006

Aston Villa 1-3 Manchester City
18' City - Darius Vassell
32' City - Joey Barton
66' Villa - Gavin McCann
75' City - Sylvain Distin

Bolton 0-1 Chelsea
45' Chelsea - Michael Ballack

Fulham 2-1 Arsenal
6' Fulham - Brian McBride
19' Fulham - Tomasz Radzinski
36' Arsenal - Robin van Persie

Liverpool 0-0 Portsmouth

Manchester United 3-0 Everton
39' United - Cristiano Ronaldo
63' United - Patrice Evra
89' United - John Oshea

All Remaining Premiership Fixtures (new window)
All Current La Liga Fixtures (new window)
All Current Serie A Fixtures (new window)
All Current Apertura Fixtures (new window)

Carlos Tevez, West Ham Forward Apologizes for Walkout

West Ham striker Carlos Tevez has apologized for walking out after being subbed-off during the team's 1 - 0 win against Sheffield United.

Of his decision to leave the grounds early, Tevez stated, "It was a spur-of-the-moment decision, which I regretted almost straight away."

Although the Argentine superstar has played well, he has yet to score for the Hammers since his August transfer.

Tevez apologises for walking out - BBC Report (new window)

Fabio Cannavaro, European Footballer of the Year

italy-soccer-ball.gifItaly and Real Madrid defender Fabio Cannavaro has officially been named European Footballer of the Year by France Football magazine.

A little over a week ago, Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon had stated Cannavaro would be the winner.

The award is based on voting by European football journalists.

Ronaldinho was last year's winner.

Today's Official Announcement - Cannavaro wins Euro player award - BBC Report (new window)

19 November 2006 - Last Week's Announcement Cannavaro, Real Madrid and Italy Defender Wins European Footballer of the Year

Rodrigo Palacio, Boca Juniors' Palacio Scores Two Goals As Boca Nears Apertura Title

boca-juniors-soccer-ball.jpgRodrigo Palacio scored two goals in Sunday's 4 - 1 win over Colon, putting Boca Juniors just one win from the Apertura title.

The Boca superstar had factored in the home side's first goal as well.

After Jesus Datolo made a superb run up the touch line and crossed into the area, Palacio sliced between two defenders and deftly touched to a wide-open Neri Cardozo, who fired home the game's first goal.

Colon would equalize on a penalty before the half, but after the break, it would be all Boca.

In the 51st, Guillermo Marino would benefit from Matias Silvestre's hard work, as Silvestre left three Colon defenders in his wake before shuffling a pass into the area. Marino rewarded the effort by stepping away from goal for space, and firing a perfect strike across to the far post.

Then it would be time for Palacio to take center-stage.

In the 61st, Datolo picked out Palacio just outside the area. The Argentine international took four quick touches and fired a magnificent strike from a sharp angle to make it 3 - 1.

He then capped off the afternoon by putting himself top of the Apertura's scorers.

In the third minute of extra time, when Andres Franzoia put him in alone on keeper Tombolini, the Boca superstar made it 12 goals in 17 matches.

Sporting a new, shorter hair cut, but not without the famous rat-tail, Palacio had started the match with warm greetings and hugs for opposing manager Julio Falcioni.

In 2003, the Colon boss had given Palacio first Division playing time at Banfield before the striker's move to Boca in 2005. Unfortunately for Falcioni, that would be the last nice gesture of the day from Palacio as he helped keep his old manager's team near the bottom of the table in 18th.

Boca, now on 44 points with only two to play, are four points clear of Estudiantes as River Plate have been eliminated.

Boca can now claim an unprecedented third consecutive title with a win this Sunday at Belgrano.

Boca won decisively - Boca Juniors Official Site Match Report (new window)

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United Sign Wayne Rooney to New Contract

Wayne Rooney has signed a new contract with Manchester United, tying him to the club until 2012.

The 21 year-old England international made clear his desire to stay at Old Trafford, saying, "It is something I have always wanted."

Rooney signs new deal at Man Utd - BBC Report (new window)

Gonzalo Higuain, River Plate Say Deal With Real Madrid Not Done is reporting that the Gonzalo Higuain, Real Madrid deal is far from done.

River Plate are not yet ready to part company with the 18 year-old striker, saying a deal "is not close to happening, we have received bigger offers for the player than that of Real Madrid."

River turn down Madrid offer - by Daniel Grech - (new window)

Carlos Tevez, West Ham Striker Walks Out After Being Substituted

Carlos Tevez did not stick around after he was subbed-off in the 66th minute of West Ham's 1 - 0 win over Sheffield United.

The Argentine striker received a good reception when he was replaced by Teddy Sheringham, but Tevez apparently was frustrated at being taken off.

Much speculation has surrounded Tevez and teammate Javier Mascherano since Eggert Magnusson took over the club this week.

Tevez angers Pardew with walk-out - BBC Report (new window)

Carlos Tevez, West Ham Forward's Future Now Uncertain

Chelsea, Manchester United, "Biggest Club in the World" Battle Begins

Chelsea's Peter Kenyon has claimed his side are looking to pass Manchester United's "biggest club in the world" status by 2014.

Sir Alex Ferguson has fired back, as the war of words in the run-up to Sunday's showdown at Old Trafford heats up.

United are top of the table, three points clear of the EPL Champions.

Ferguson laughs off Chelsea claim - BBC Report (new window)

BBC Match Preview (new window)

Carlos Tevez, West Ham Forward's Future Now Uncertain

The takeover at West Ham this week by Eggert Magnusson has left Argentine striker Carlos Tevez in limbo.

Tevez and Argentine teammate Javier Mascherano are both heavily linked with Kia Joorabchian, who's takeover attempt never materialized.

The Mirror reports that Tevez admits to being unsure of his future saying, "I don't know anything about moving from West Ham. They're all asking if we're staying but we just keep on training."

The Argentine international has had trouble adjusting to the more physical, English style of defense.

Tevez' adjustment has also been hampered by West Ham manager Alan Pardew's decision to play the striker on the wing, nearly in a midfield position.

Tevez: Defenders In England Eat My Legs - By John Cross - (new window)

Friday, November 24, 2006

Wayne Bridge, Chelsea Defender Signs New Contract

chelsea-soccer-ball.jpgWayne Bridge has extended his contract at Chelsea to four years, up from 18 months.

Bridge's future at the club seemed in doubt when the Blues brought in Ashley Cole during the summer, but the England international has still managed playing time in Jose Mourinho's side.

Cole is also first choice left-back ahead of Bridge for England as well.

Bridge signs new Chelsea contract - BBC Report (new window)

Weekend Matches Fixtures/Results 25.11.06 26.11.06

epl-laliga-afa-seriea.jpgFeatured Weekend Matches and Results in the English Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, and Argentina Apertura.

It's a big weekend for domestic football. Unfortunately, most of it happens on Sunday.

Super Sunday:
In the English Premier League, it's the match of the season with champions Chelsea making the trip to Old Trafford for a showdown with Manchester United.

Serie A has the top two head-to-head as well, with Inter Milan at Palermo

Spain's La Liga has Valencia v Real Madrid.

And Boca could win the Apertura if Estudiantes slips on Saturday.

Saturday 25 November 2006

English Premier League

Bolton 3-1 Arsenal
10' Bolton - Abdoulaye Faye
44' Bolton - Nicolas Anelka
45' Arsenal - Gilberto Silva
76' Bolton - Nicolas Anelka

Liverpool 1-0 Manchester City
67' Liverpool - Steven Gerrard

Spain La Liga

Barcelona 4-0 Villarreal
35' Barcelona - Ronaldinho penalty
55' Barcelona - Eidur Gudjohnsen
70' Barcelona - Andres Iniesta
88' Barcelona - Ronaldinho

Serie A

AC Milan 1-0 Messina
13' Milian - Paolo Maldini

Argentina Apertura

Estudiantes de La Plata 2-0 Racing Club
16' Estudiantes - Galvan
76' Estudiantes - Saucedo

Sunday 26 November 2006

English Premier League

Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea
29' United - Louis Saha
69' Chelsea - Ricardo Carvalho

Newcastle 1-0 Portsmouth
69' Newcastle - Antoine Sibierski

Spain La Liga

Valencia 0-1 Real Madrid
52' Madrid - Gonzalez Raul

Athletic de Bilbao 1-3 Sevilla
5' Sevilla - Luis Fabiano
10' Sevilla - Jose Luis Marti
68' Athletic de Bilbao - Aritz Aduritz Zubeldia
90' Sevilla - Luis Fabiano

Serie A

Palermo 1-2 Inter Milan
7' Inter - Zlatan Ibrahimovic
45' Palermo - Amauri
61' Inter - Patrick Vieira

Sampdoria 2-4 Roma
13' Roma - Francesco Totti
14' Sampdoria - Sergio Volpi
33' Roma - Simone Perrotta
45' Roma - Christian Panucci
74' Roma - Francesco Totti
90' Sampdoria - Francesco Flachi penalty

Argentina Apertura

Boca Juniors 4-1 Colon de Santa Fe
17' Boca - Neri Cardozo
24' Colon - Hernandez penalty
51' Boca - Marino
61' Boca - Rodrigo Palacio
90' Boca - Rodrigo Palacio

Godoy Cruz 0-1 River Plate
61' River - Belluschi

All Remaining Premiership Fixtures (new window)

All Current La Liga Fixtures (new window)

All Current Serie A Fixtures (new window)

All Current Apertura Fixtures (new window)

Shaun Wright-Phillips, West Ham Make Offer to Chelsea

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has acknowledged an offer from West Ham for winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Wright-Phillips has yet to score for Chelsea and has been used sparingly since his July 2005 transfer.

West Ham's new owners will be looking to acquire fresh talent in January's transfer window.

West Ham move for Wright-Phillips - BBC Report (new window)

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Matias Fernandez, Colo Colo Star Scores Two Goals - Golazo!

copa-sudamericana-logo.jpgMatias Fernandez' stunning Copa Sudamericana display continues. Not only is he scoring goals, but his brilliant passing and dribbling have led Colo Colo all the way to the Final.

Goal Number 1
At the top of the box, the red-hot midfielder snaps off a deadly strike for the 1 - 0 Colo Colo lead.

YouTube Video 1 (new window)

Goal Number 2:
Colo Colo's Sanchez earns a free kick that is almost directly lined up with the post, 35 yards from goal. Fernandez cooly steps up and curls a spectacular shot over the wall. Cristante is rooted to the spot as the ball sails just inside the post and in. So perfectly placed is the shot, that it appears to graze the side netting on its way in. Golazo! Golazo! Golazo!

YouTube Video (new window)

For Colo Colo and Fernandez, it is a date in the Finals.

Pachuca, Copa Sudamericana Finalists
Colo Colo 2 - 1 Toluca, Copa Sudamericana Semifinal First Leg
Paranaense 0 - 1 Pachuca, Copa Sudamericana Semifinal First Leg

Pachuca, Copa Sudamericana Finalists

Pachuca have made the Final of the Copa Sudamericana after defeating Atletico Paranaense 4-1 on the night, 5-1 aggregate.

Paranaense leveled the aggregate at 1 - 1 just before the half via a Ferreira tap-in.

But a soft penalty in the 57th restored Pachuca's one goal advantage when Christian Gimenez converted the spot kick.

Just seven minutes later, Gimenez' made it two, with a brilliant diving header from a corner.

Things would only get worse for the visitors.

In the 65th, Paranaense's Jancarlos was sent off with a straight red, even though replays showed that not only had he won the ball, but that he did not actually make contact with a diving Gabriel Caballero.

A little over ten minutes later, Damian Alvarez got the home crowd celebrating in earnest as he took a cross field pass from Caballero, blew by his marker and tucked the ball neatly under diving goalkeeper Cleber.

The hosts would add another for good measure when Juan Carlos Cacho took a nice touch from a wonderful 65-yard pass, cut toward the middle, and unleashed a lovely shot into the top corner.

Paranaense's nice run comes to a end on a rough night that had its fair share of controversy.

For Pachuca, some wonderful finishing and spirited performances have them deservedly representing Mexico in the Copa Sudamericana Final.

Goals Match Announcer 5:03 (new window)
Match Highlights 1:45 (new window)

CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana Official Site - English (new window)

CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana Official Site - Español (new window)

Colo Colo, Copa Sudamericana Finalists
Colo Colo 2 - 1 Toluca, Copa Sudamericana Semifinal First Leg
Paranaense 0 - 1 Pachuca, Copa Sudamericana Semifinal First Leg

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Argentina Football, Traveling Fans Ban Lifted

The ban on traveling fans in Argentina is being lifted by the AFA.

The ban, which was being enforced in an effort to stop fan violence, had caused a rift between fans, management, and the players.

A number of matches in this year's Apertura have been suspended due to unruly crowds.

AFA takes steps to avert players' strike - AP Report (new window)

Guti, Roberto Carlos, Real Madrid Contracts Extended

Roberto Carlos extended his contract with Real Madrid by one year, while Guti is now signed through 2010.

Guti, Roberto Carlos extend Real deals - AP Report (new window)

Colo Colo, Copa Sudamericana Finalists

copa-sudamericana-logo.jpgIn a thrilling second-leg, Colo Colo defeated Toluca 2 - 0 on the night, 4 - 1 aggregate to advance to the Copa Sudamericana Finals.

The Chilean side started strong and looked to have taken the lead when Alexis Sanchez found himself one-on-one with keeper Hernan Cristante. The speedy forward easily fired home, but was errantly ruled offside to keep the score at zero.

Despite the defensive lapse, Toluca was having the better of it, but it would be another defensive error in the 15th minute that would put Colo Colo up.

When Sanchez made a brilliant run through the Toluca defense, Cristante mistakingly left his line. Sanchez picked out Matias Fernandez at the top of the box and the red-hot midfielder snapped off a deadly strike for the 1 - 0 Colo Colo lead.

Toluca went right back to work, but still couldn't find the breakthrough.

And it seemed certain the Mexican-side would score during a frenetic spell that started in the 32nd minute.

Antonio Sinha made a wonderful run through the Colo Colo defense only to fire straight at keeper Sebastian Cejas from point-blank range.

Colo Colo's Sanchez would miss the far post by inches just seconds later, but it would be Toluca again that would come agonizingly closer.

In the 37th, Bruno Marioni's free kick hit the inside of the post and caromed back out to Vincente Sanchez. With the goal at his mercy, Sanchez took a touch. The split second was enough for midfielder Alvaro Ormeno to brilliantly recover, and two spectacular opportunities to equalize went begging.

But Toluca wouldn't let up, and just seconds before the break Cejas would have to make a brilliant save to preserve the lead. Humberto Suazo would almost counter immediately, but it still seemed as though Colo Colo were saved by the bell when the halftime whistle blew.

The Chilean-side looked to slow things down in the second half and the strategy was working. Toluca couldn't find their first-half flow as Colo Colo seemed content to play the counter.

Any hope that the home-side might provide a dramatic finish was lost for good in the 59th.

Just as Colo Colo manager Claudio Borghi looked to pack things in, when he subbed-off forward Sanchez for midfielder Moises Villarroel, Fernandez was about to make any strategy academic.

Colo Colo's Sanchez had earned a free kick that was almost directly lined up with the post, 35 yards from goal. After the substitution, Fernandez cooly stepped up and curled a spectacular shot over the wall. Cristante was rooted to the spot as the ball sailed just inside the post and in. So perfectly placed was the shot, that it appeared to graze the side netting on its way in.

To Toluca's credit, they fought on for the remaining 30 minutes, even though the impossible task of scoring four goals lay in front of them.

Tempers boiled over in the 90th and wisely, no extra time was played.

Toluca will be left to rue missed opportunities, as they spent large portions of both legs in control. But even though they suffered from poor finishing, it was surely Fernandez' heroics that was their undoing.

For Colo Colo, it is a date in the Finals.

A fitting finish for the "scoring machine" who have played brilliantly throughout the tournament. They become the first team from Chile to make it all the way to the Copa Sudamericana Finals.

Match Highlights 3:05 (new window)
YouTube Video - Goal 1 (new window)
YouTube Video - Goal 2 (new window)

CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana Official Site - English (new window)

CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana Official Site - Español (new window)

Pachuca, Copa Sudamericana Finalists
Colo Colo 2 - 1 Toluca, Copa Sudamericana Semifinal First Leg
Paranaense 0 - 1 Pachuca, Copa Sudamericana Semifinal First Leg

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

West Ham Takeover Complete

BBC is reporting that Eggert Magnusson's group, with Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson's financial backing, has taken over West Ham.

West Ham accept £85m takeover bid - BBC Report (new window)

Monday, November 20, 2006

Eggert Magnusson, Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson, West Ham Takeover Almost Done

BBC is reporting that Eggert Magnusson's group, with Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson's financial backing, will takeover West Ham this week.

Magnusson closes on Hammers deal - BBC Report (new window)

Freddy Adu, Manchester United Training Begins

17 year-old American footballing sensation Freddy Adu has begun his much talked about two-week training session with Manchester United.

Adu does not have a work permit so he cannot participate in a competitive match, although a behind-closed-doors encounter may be in the making.

Adu starts two-week Man Utd trial - BBC Story (new window)

Champions League Fixtures/Results 21.11.06 22.11.06

champions-league.jpgChampions League Fixtures for November / December 2006

Tuesday, 21 November 2006

Group E

Real Madrid 2-2 Lyon
Both were already through, now Lyon are Group E winners. Van Nistelrooy scores late, but then misses a penalty that would have surely sealed the win.

Steaua Bucuresti 1-1 Dynamo Kiev
Bucuresti finish 3rd and are on to the UEFA Cup.

Group F

Celtic 1-0 Manchester United
In the 81st, Shunsuke Nakamura curls a spectacular 30-yard free kick into the top corner as Celtic make their first-ever trip to the last 16 of the Champions League. Louis Saha has an equally spectacular miss when he has only keeper Boruc to beat and pulls up, thinking that play was ruled offside. Saha goes on to miss a last-minute penalty as United will now need to avoid defeat to Benfica on the Group Stages' last day.

Benfica 3-1 FC Copenhagen
Benfica will need to beat Manchester United on the last day to go through.

Group G

Arsenal 3-1 Hamburg
The Gunners now top the Group with 10, even with Porto who they play on the final day. A draw will get them through. Moscow are just 2 points back.

CSKA Moscow 0-2 FC Porto
Porto are even with Arsenal on top and only need a draw to get through. Moscow are still alive, but will need a win and a winner from Arsenal v Porto.

Group H

AEK Athens 1-0 AC Milan
Milan are already through. Athens control their own destiny in second, one up on Lille. A win against Anderlecht on the last day would see them through without help.

Lille 2-2 Anderlecht
Lille sit third on 6 points. The French-side will need help from Anderlecht to overcome second-place Athens.

Wednesday, 22 November 2006

Group A

Werder Bremen 1-0 Chelsea
The English champions are through despite the loss. Bremen will need to draw or win at the Nou Camp to go through.

Levski Sofia 0-2 Barcelona
The holders will need to defeat Bremen to progress.

Group B

Inter Milan 1-0 Sporting
After a rough start in the Group, Inter are through to the Knockout Stage.

Spartak Moscow 2-2 Bayern Munich
Bayern were already through, but will now need a result against Inter to win the Group.

Group C

Liverpool 2-0 PSV
Both teams were through, but the Reds now win the Group.

Bordeaux 3-1 Galatasaray
Bordeaux go to the UEFA Cup.

Group D

Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 Roma
Shakhtar Donetsk could go through, but they will need help from Valencia who play Roma. The Italian side control their own destiny, but a slip-up would mean they would need help from Olympiacos.

Valencia 2-0 Olympiacos
Valencia are through as Group winners as Olympiacos can still make the UEFA Cup.

Tuesday, 05 December 2006

Group A
Chelsea v Levski Sofia
Barcelona v Werder Bremen

Group B
Bayern Munich v Inter Milan
Sporting v Spartak Moscow

Group C
Galatasaray v Liverpool
PSV v Bordeaux

Group D
Roma v Valencia
Olympiacos v Shakhtar Donetsk

Wednesday, 06 December 2006

Group E
Lyon v Steaua Bucuresti
Dynamo Kiev v Real Madrid

Group F
Manchester United v Benfica
FC Copenhagen v Celtic

Group G
Hamburg v CSKA Moscow
FC Porto v Arsenal

Group H
AC Milan v Lille
Anderlecht v AEK Athens

Tables @ the BBC (new window)

Live Updates @ BBC (new window)


Sunday, November 19, 2006

Cannavaro, Real Madrid and Italy Defender Wins European Footballer of the Year

italy-soccer-ball.gifFabio Cannavaro has been named European Footballer of the Year according to Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon.

The award is based on voting by European football journalists.

Ronaldinho was last year's winner.

Cannavaro wins Ballon d'Or - Real - BBC Report (new window)

Madrid Merchandise
Italy Jerseys

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Weekend Matches Fixtures/Results 18.11.06 19.11.06

epl-laliga-afa-seriea.jpgFeatured Weekend Matches in the English Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, and Argentina Apertura.

Saturday 18 November 2006

Chelsea 1-0 West Ham
Geremi scores with a lovely free kick into the top corner. Essien hits the post as West Ham hardly threaten. Carlos Tevez is for all intents and purposes a midfielder, but still plays well, providing numerous opportunities that his teammates fail to take advantage of. Chelsea keep pace with United for next week's showdown.

Sheffield United 1-2 Manchester United
A Wayne Rooney double erases an early Keith Gillespie goal. Evra's cross on Man U's second was superb, but paled in comparison to Rooney's spectacular volley. Fergie's side are up three on Chelsea going into the big match on Sunday.

Arsenal 1-1 Newcastle
Fabregas hits the bar for the Gunners, but it is Newcastle who strike first through Kieron Dyer. Arsenal have 26 shots to the Magpies 2 and super-sub (46') Henry finally puts things right when he knocks a free kick off the crossbar and in to salvage a point in the 70th.

Middlesbrough 0-0 Liverpool
Woodgate clears a Crouch header off the line to deny the Reds. Rafael Benitez' side can officially start thinking about that fourth Champions League spot.

Real Madrid 3-1 Racing de Santander
Madrid score through a powerful Sergio Ramos header in the 5th, a patented left-footed Jose Antonio Reyes strike in the 58th, and a Mahamadou Diarra tap-in in the 71st. A comedic goal celebration sees Ruud Van Nistelrooy tugging at Diarra's head before slamming him to the ground and falling hard on top of the Malian midfielder. Garay answers back for Racing in the 76th and Iker Casillas is called on time and again to preserve the win. Madrid are on 23, two behind leaders Sevilla. Barca is also on 23 and plays Sunday.

Sevilla 3-0 Valencia
Escude scores the first on a low drive off an indirect free kick. Luis Fabiano makes it two on a lovely through ball from Daniel Alves. Fredi Kanoute finishes the rout with a cheeky tap-in after controlling nicely in the area. Sevilla are in first on 25 with Barca playing on Sunday.

Empoli 0-0 AC Milan
AC Milan continue to collapse after a bright start to the season. Hitting the post on numerous occasions, the best the Rossoneri can do is salvage a point and avoid another defeat. Empoli hang in 4th, as Milan are 19 points off the pace and might do well to grab a Champions League spot.

Cagliari 1-0 Palermo
At the end of the first half, Palermo's Simplicio is sent off for bringing down David Suazo as he races alone towards goal. The visitors give up all the points when on-loan from Palermo striker Simone Pepe poaches a 90th minute winner. Palermo are even at the top on 27, with co-leaders Inter playing on Sunday.

Newell's Old Boys 1-2 Estudiantes de La Plata
Calderon and Platti score in 89th and 93rd respectively to keep the Apertura alive. Oscar Cardozo had earned and scored a penalty in the 31st that almost stood up. Estudiantes are now only 1 point behind Boca, who play on Sunday. On a negative note, the away-fans-ban left the stadium completely empty on one end, removing the boisterous celebrations that would have surely accompanied the two late goals.

Sunday 19 November 2006

Real Mallorca 1-4 Barcelona
Gudjohnsen gets two to keep Barca atop La Liga one ahead of Sevilla and three above Real Madrid. Iniesta and Ezquerro add one each to make the rout complete.

Inter Milan 1-0 Reggina
Hernan Crespo's 4th minute goal stands up as Inter go three up on Palermo.

Roma 7-0 Catania
Two for Panucci. Two for Perrotta. One for Mancini, Montella, and Totti. Roma still just four points back of Inter.

River Plate 2-0 Gimnasia La Plata
Gallardo and Higuain keep River's slim hopes alive.

Gimnasia Jujuy 1-2 Boca Juniors
Cardozo and Diaz both score brilliant goals as Boca stay four up on Estudiantes and seven up on River with only three to play.

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Drogba Goal, Ivory Coast v Sweden 15.11.06

Didier Drogba's incredible goal scoring run continues with his national team Ivory Coast.

A lovely header for a 1 - 0 Ivory Coast win.

Goal (new window)

Higuain, Gago, Real Madrid Updates

real-madrid-soccer-ball.jpgReal Madrid president Ramon Calderon has said that agreements with River Plate's Gonzalo Higuain and Boca Juniors' Fernando Gago have been reached.

He added that Real has not yet worked out the deals with their respective clubs.

Real Agree Deals With Gago And Higuain - Report (new window)

Higuain, Real Madrid Make Offer to River Plate Forward
Gonzalo Higuain, River Plate Star Rejects France Call-Up
Gago, Real Madrid Will Sign Fernando Gago in January
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Colo Colo 2 - 1 Toluca, Copa Sudamericana Semifinal First Leg

Copa Sudamericana Semifinal
Colo Colo 2 - 1 Toluca

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Toluca nearly found a way to stop the Colo Colo scoring machine on Thursday night in Santiago.

For the first ten minutes, the visitors' strategy of doing battle in the midfield was working.

But then Matias Fernandez seemed to figure out the plan and the Colo Colo midfielder simply tore through the Toluca midfield and defense.

In the 12th minute, Fernandez lost his marker in his own half, sprinted 25 yards, and split the heart of the Toluca defense with a brilliant 25-yard ball that rolled perfectly to Gonzalo Fierro just inside the area.

Fierro was cut down by Toluca keeper Hernan Cristante and Suazo converted the penalty for the 1- 0 lead.

The goal seemed to fire up both sides, with the home team having the better of it, but Toluca would be the next to score.

The Mexican side took full advantage of a defensive lapse which started with a poor clearance and finished with Bruno Marioni firing a speculative shot from the wing that deflected just inside the near post. Keeper Sebastian Cejas was left rooted to the spot and the match was even at 1 - 1.

For all the Colo Colo fire power, the Toluca defense was holding their own. Collapsing three and four players onto the ball, allowing no room for a free-flowing passing game.

Ironically, it was the defense that was serving so well that would have a momentary lapse in the 31st. Colo Colo's Fiero was there again to make them pay.

Running onto a poor backpass, the Colo Colo forward was tripped up in the box by Toluca defender Ariel Rosada, who had mistakenly gone to ground in an attempt to reach the errant pass.

Fernandez converted the spot kick and Colo Colo's one goal lead was restored.

Colo Colo seemed to press even harder, looking for a bigger cushion for next week's return leg, but the Toluca defense became even more stingy, giving even less space in the second half.

Emphasizing the Colo Colo commitment to scoring more goals, with thirty-five minutes to go, Colo Colo manager Claudio Borghi brought on forward Alexis Sanchez for midfielder Andres Gonzalez.

Sanchez' speed made an immediate impact as he dangerously crossed twice from the touchline within minutes.

It would also be Sanchez who would have Colo Colo's best scoring chance late on. On 76 minutes, his free kick from 30 yards was just palmed over by Cristante.

As the game wore on, Toluca looked more and more to counter with the long-ball as the home-side pushed forward.

The final five minutes, plus four added minutes, provided a frenzy as Colo Colo looked for one more goal to take on the road.

But the Toluca defense gallantly held on and Americo Gallego's side have to feel good going home for Tuesday's return leg showdown in Mexico.

Colo Colo will argue they have the better of it, needing only a draw to make it to the Finals.

Player of the Match: Matias Fernandez. The Colo Colo midfielder was brilliant all night. A one-man highlight reel, who at one point, was simply thrown to the ground by Toluca's Edgar Duenas, who seemed to tire of Fernandez' wonderful dribbling.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Copa Sudamericana Semifinals U.S. TV Times


Thu Nov 16 04:00PM Pacific
Thu Nov 16 05:00PM Mountain
Thu Nov 16 06:00PM Central
Thu Nov 16 07:00PM Eastern
Length: 2 hr 30 min LIVE
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Euro 2008 Qualifying Matches/Results


Tuesday, 14 November 2006

International Matches
Australia 1-1 Ghana
Wales 4-0 Liechtenstein

Wednesday, 15 November 2006

European Championship Qualifying
Belgium 0-1 Poland
Cyprus 1-1 Germany
FYR Macedonia 0-2 Russia
Finland 1-0 Armenia
Israel 3-4 Croatia
Portugal 3-0 Kazakhstan
Rep of Ireland 5-0 San Marino

International Matches
Albania v Congo DR
Austria 4-1 Trinidad and Tobago
Bolivia 4-1 El Salvador
Chile 3-2 Paraguay
Czech Republic 1-1 Denmark
Egypt 1-0 South Africa
Estonia 2-1 Belarus
France 1-0 Greece
Georgia 2-0 Uruguay
Holland 1-1 England
Hungary 1-0 Canada
Italy 1-1 Turkey
Ivory Coast 1-0 Sweden
Jamaica 1-1 Peru
Luxembourg 0-0 Togo
Malta 1-4 Lithuania
Morocco 6-0 Gabon
Serbia 1-1 Norway
Slovakia 3-1 Bulgaria
Spain 0-1 Romania
Switzerland 1-2 Brazil
Tunisia 2-0 Libya
Venezuela 2-1 Guatemala

Euro Summary at the BBC (new window)

Qualifiers - Goals and Scorers at (new window)

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Euro 2008 Tables at the BBC (new window)

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Paranaense 0 - 1 Pachuca, Copa Sudamericana Semifinal First Leg

Copa Sudamericana Semifinal
Paranaense 0 - 1 Pachuca

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Goal (new window)

In a match that seemed destined to be a draw due to poor finishing, Pachuca finally got it right when Damian Alvarez unleashed a strike from 20 yards out for the game's only goal.

Time and again, both Pachuca and Atletico Paranaense looked as though they were trying to walk the ball into the net. And even though Paranaense had the better of it, numerous chances in the box saw too many touches allow the defense to get into position to make the block.

It had all started so well for Paranaense. In the 5th minute Jancarlos' free kick rattled the crossbar and only a reaction save from Enrique Meza stopped Alan Bahia from scoring seconds later.

But in the 7th minute, it was Pachuca's turn.

From a free kick, Fernando Salazar found himself all alone behind the Paranaense defense only to have his effort denied by keeper Oswaldo Alvares. Salazar had appeared offside on the play, but only if the ball were touched after being headed on, otherwise the linesman had got it right.

Nonetheless, it would be Paranaense who would spend the better part of the first half and most of the second making glorious chances seem benign. When late on Denis Marques actually one-timed a shot inside the penalty area, it was straight at keeper Meza and it seemed too little too late.

In the end, it would be Pachuca's Damian Alvarez who would provide all the heroics.

When Alvarez' Argentine teammate Christian Gimenez hit him with a pass just across the midfield stripe, Alvarez was one-on-one against defender Danilo. The Brazilian defender kept his back to goal as Alvarez pushed him upfield.

When the rest of the Paranaense defense caught up, Danilo backed off and that was all the space Alvarez would need. He snapped off a quick strike from just outside the area. The ball slammed off the near post and in for the match-winner.

Pachuca take a 1 - 0 lead back home for next week's second leg.

Paranaense will be left to ponder what happened to all the goals and great finishing that has brought them all the way to the Copa Sudamericana Semifinals.

CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana Official Site - English (new window)

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England v Holland Live on Web at

If you live outside of the UK and Holland, you can watch England v Holland on the web.

It is being shown at for 3.99 Euros.

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Copa Sudamericana Semifinals US Times


Wed Nov 15 09:30AM Pacific
Wed Nov 15 10:30AM Mountain
Wed Nov 15 11:30AM Central
Wed Nov 15 12:30PM Eastern
Length: 2 hr LIVE
FOX Sports en Espanol - US
Copa Sudamericana - Semifinal - Ida
Atletico Paranaense (Brazil/Brasil) vs Pachuca (Mexico)

Gago, Real Madrid Will Sign Fernando Gago in January

boca-juniors-soccer-ball.jpgBoca Juniors midfielder Fernando Gago will sign with Real Madrid in January according to Real president Ramon Calderon.

The Spanish giants have already signed left-back Marcelo from Fluminense and have been reported to have offered River Plate's Gonzalo Higuain 10 million Euros.

Madrid is said to be offering 15 million Euros for Gago.

Rumours have also linked Real Madrid to River Plate midfielder Fernando Belluschi.

Real Madrid to sign Gago, Higuain - AP Report (new window)

Higuain, Real Madrid Make Offer to River Plate Forward
Gonzalo Higuain, River Plate Star Rejects France Call-Up
Marcelo, Real Madrid Sign Fluminense Left Back
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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Higuain, Real Madrid Make Offer to River Plate Forward

It is being reported that Real Madrid have made an offer for River Plate forward Gonzalo Higuain.

Higuain's father has said the Spanish giants are offering 10 million Euros for the 18 year-old.

HIGUAIN SET FOR REAL MOVE - Story (new window)

Gonzalo Higuain, River Plate Star Rejects France Call-Up
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Gonzalo Higuain, River Plate Star Rejects France Call-Up

River Plate forward Gonzalo Higuain has rejected a France call-up.

France manager Ray Domenech called up the 18 year-old for Wednesday's friendly against Greece.

Recent speculation has linked Higuain with a transfer to Real Madrid. Story (new window)

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Marcelo, Real Madrid Sign Fluminense Left Back

real-madrid-soccer-ball.jpgMarcelo passed his medical and will be presented Wednesday at the Bernabeu.

Marcelo to join Real Madrid, president says - AP (new window)

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Copa Sudamericana Semifinals

Pachuca, Copa Sudamericana Finalists

Colo Colo, Copa Sudamericana Finalists

Colo Colo 2 - 1 Toluca, Copa Sudamericana Semifinal First Leg

Paranaense 0 - 1 Pachuca, Copa Sudamericana Semifinal First Leg

The following schedule is from the CONMEBOL web site:

No | Date | City | Match | Referee
61 | 15.11.06 | 15.30 | Curitiba | Atl. Paranaense - Pachuca CF | MARTÍN Claudio (ARG)
62 | 16.11.06 | 21.15 | Santiago | Colo Colo - CD Toluca | RIVERA Víctor Hugo (PER)
63 | 21.11.06 | 19.15 | Toluca | CD Toluca - Colo Colo
64 | 22.11.06 | 19.15 | Pachuca | Pachuca CF - Atl. Paranaense

FINALS: November 29 and December 6.

CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana Official Site - English (new window)

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Beckham, MLS Change Salary-Cap Rules

david-beckham-balls.jpgIn an effort to allow America's MLS to attract big name players, the league has changed its salary cap rules.

David Beckham has been mentioned as a transfer target in recent weeks, but MLS rules would have made it difficult for any of the MLS franchises to sign him.

MLS approves 'Beckham Rule' - AP (new window)

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Drogba Goals


Chelsea superstar Didier Drogba scores three goals in the Blues 4 - 0 rout of Watford.

Link to video.
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Messi, Barcelona Star May Miss Three Months

barcelona-soccer-ball.gifLionel Messi limped off in Barcelona's 3 - 1 win over Real Zaragoza.

The Argentine international could miss as much as three months of the season with a fractured foot.

Barcelona Match Report BBC (new window)

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Van Nistelrooy Goals


Ruud Van Nistelrooy Scores 4 Goals

Osasuna 1 - 4 Real Madrid
Ruud 11', Ruud, 27', Ruud 44', Ruud 83'. Ruud not named to Dutch coach Marco van Basten's side that plays England on Wednesday. 13 goals in 15 appearances for Ruud as Real keep pace, just 3 points behind Barca.

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Friday, November 10, 2006

David Beckham, Blackburn Interested in January Transfer

david-beckham-balls.jpgBlackburn Rovers boss, Mark Hughes has said he would consider an attempt to sign David Beckham if he were to come available in January.

Blackburn is the latest in a string of Premiership teams to show an interest in the former England captain.

Beckham scored in Madrid's 5 - 1 rout of third division side Ecija in the Copa del Rey on Thursday.

Rovers may enter race for Beckham - by Andy Neild - Lancashire Telegraph (new window)

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