October 9, 2006

The Weekend That Was

Posted in A-League, Euro 2008, MLS, South America at 6:49 pm by deadlymusings

Craig Gordon was a busy man SaturdayWith England deciding to crap the bed against Macedonia, the media focus has turned to Wayne Rooney’s inability to score for his national team. The Manchester United striker has not scored in two years, which is all the more disappointing to him considering Peter Crouch’s record year in an England shirt.

Scotland secured a famous 1-0 win over France at Hampden Park on Gary Caldwell’s header. Despite that, there are problems within the squad. Lokomotiv Moscow striker Garry O’Connor is not only homesick, but he has jeopardized his international career by not joining up with the squad in Ukraine.

Wales were emphatically destroyed by Slovakia, but at least Craig Bellamy’s assault trial was pushed back in their only good bit of news.

An inept defensive display by the Republic of Ireland saw them leave Cyprus on the wrong end of a 5-2 scoreline. Steve Staunton will be lucky to be in the job much longer after making Cyprus’ attacking displays look like Barcelona.

Italy finally got their qualifying campaign going with a 2-0 win over Ukraine, and the pressure is increasing on Marco van Basten after the Netherlands’ 1-1 draw in Bulgaria.

A recap of club action around the world after the jump.

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September 28, 2006

Today’s News: September 28

Posted in A-League, African Nations Cup, Champions League, English Premier League, MLS at 6:28 pm by deadlymusings

Benito Carbone will now officially bring that Italian flare to Sydney FC, and his new manager thinks he will stay the whole season. [The Australian]

Radhi Jaidi announced his international retirement and his intent to keep his word. [The Guardian]

FC Kobenhavn’s Swedish international Marcus Allback is questioning Thomas Gravesen’s toughness. [Ireland On-Line]

Arsene Wenger can call himself Arsenal manager for life. [Sky Sports]

DC United are going to block the most amount of money MLS will ever get for Freddy Adu. [Clubcall]

September 27, 2006

Today’s News: September 27

Posted in A-League, English Championship, Euro 2008, Ligue 1, Serie A at 4:50 pm by deadlymusings

Kaka is no fan of Carlo Ancelotti’s tactics against Lille last night. [Eurosport]

Bjorn Helge Riise has been called into the Norway squad along with his much more recognizable brother. [CNN International]

Anthony Le Tallec wants nothing to do with Liverpool anymore. [Sky Sports]

Leeds United are taking a look at an Iraqi-born goalkeeper playing at non-league Woking. [ITV]

Sydney FC are replacing their old chairman with the director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. [The Australian]

September 20, 2006

Today’s News: September 20

Posted in A-League, Champions League, English Championship, English Premier League, MLS at 9:07 pm by deadlymusings

With the club languishing at the Championship trap door, Leeds United have decided to change managers. [BBC]

It’s now alright to laugh at Manchester City. [Sky Sports]

UEFA and *cough* the G14 *cough* are debating limiting the spending ability of clubs, which is in no way related to Chelsea. [Soccernet]

They’ve finally done it! They have broken ground on the new stadium in Harrison, NJ. [New York Times]

Benito Carbone’s move to Sydney is on the verge of collapsing because of his fitness. [The Australian]

September 19, 2006

Today’s News: September 19

Posted in A-League, English Premier League, Euro 2008, La Liga, Ligue 1 at 6:04 pm by deadlymusings

Apparently the Football Association of Australia doesn’t want Stan Victor Collymore and Rivaldo to ruin the A-League by simply showing up. [The Australian]

The new era at Aston Villa can begin as Randy Lerner officially completed his takeover of the club. [The Globe and Mail]

Joseph-Desire Job has found a club in Sedan willing to pay his wage demands. [Eurosport]

German Lux has left River Plate to sign with Mallorca. [Sky Sports]

Marco van Basten continues to leave out Ruud van Nistelrooy from his national team. [Irish Examiner]

September 14, 2006

Today’s News: September 14

Posted in A-League, English Premier League, Euro 2008, Football (soccer), Scottish Premier League at 8:56 pm by deadlymusings

Ousmane Dabo’s three-match ban has been upheld by the FA. {Sky Sports]

Slave trader Raymond Domenech believes he has the support of his colleagues in the Claude Makelele dispute. [The Independent]

A shirt worn by George Best in a six-goal effort has sold for £24,000. [Gulf Daily News]

Vladimir Romanov is not going to like the result of his public charge of a conspiracy against Hearts. [BBC]

Well-traveled Benito Carbone is on the verge of signing for Sydney FC. [The Australian]

September 5, 2006

The New Zealand Knights, Now 600% Better

Posted in A-League at 9:18 pm by deadlymusings

Darren BazeleyA late Malik Buari strike provided the home side with something more than a win, confidence that they belonged in the two-year old league.

With just two rounds gone, the New Zealand Knights have already shattered their record for home wins in a season, which now stands at one. Adelaide United were the first visiting team to lose in A-League action at North Harbour Stadium; a landmark they will surely not want to be remembered for.

The Knights now sit third in the A-League table with twice as many points taken at home (four) than they took all of last season (two) in ten matches, and they now sit on pace for 42 points.

Next up for the Knights are the Melbourne Victory, and hopefully more than 4,100 fans show up to the fortress North Harbour Stadium.

September 1, 2006

5 Intriguing Matches This Weekend

Posted in A-League, League One, North America, South America at 1:38 pm by deadlymusings

Kevin MuscatWith Euro 2008 matches going on, this may seem like a difficult mission to find five good league fixtures. I will let you know at the end how hard this really was scouring the globe for good ones.

Melbourne Victory v. Sydney FC – The Victory, inspired by captain Kevin Muscat (left) finally knocked off Adelaide United last week to open the season with three points. Champions Sydney have to deal with the departure and exchange of words upon the departure of Dwight Yorke to Sunderland. Expect plenty of fireworks and few goals from this encounter.

FC Dallas v. Houston Dynamo – The Texas rivalry continues to build in a match between the top two sides in the Western Conference. Dallas will be hoping to end a four-game losing streak in front of the Pizza Hut Park faithful. The Dynamo will be looking to go top of the conference with just a few weeks remaining in the regular season.

Brentford v. Bradford City – It is early days in League One, but two promotion contenders meet to decide who can hang with leaders Nottingham Forest. Brentford, despite the long injury list they are sporting, are unbeaten this season. Bradford continue to be carried by Dean Windass, whose four goals have taken the Bantams up to third in their last four matches.

El Nacional v. Deportivo Quito – Someone will have to win this match in the hopes of ending Barcelona’s march to the Clausura in Ecuador. Deportivo Quito sit three behind in second place, while El Nacional are third; a further two points behind with a match in hand.

Sportivo Luqueño v. Nacional – The Unofficial World Club Championship hits Luqueño on Sunday. The bottom side in the Paraguayan Clausura will be hoping to move up against the Champions who are nowhere near the top of their own domestic competion.

As you can see from the placement of a League One match in this, it was quite difficult.

August 31, 2006

Deadline Day Recap: England

Posted in A-League, English Championship, English Premier League, Eredivisie, League One, Serie A, South America, Superliga at 6:14 pm by deadlymusings

This item will probably be updated a few more times over the rest of the day so we start in England of course.
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