September 27, 2006
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]
Last season, David Pleat filed occasional scouting reports on players in the lower divisions of England and one player in Egypt in the Guardian. This season, that role has been filled by Steve Claridge who has looked at a pair of strikers in Scunthorpe’s Billy Sharp and Bournemouth’s James Hayter.
But one year on, what has happened to those players David Pleat heaped praise upon. Find out after the jump.
September 20, 2006
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 18, 2006
David Beckham was, and probably still is mad at Steve McClaren for dropping him. [BBC]
West Brom finally realized that Bryan Robson is a pretty mediocre manager. [Sky Sports]
Gijs Luirink will miss several weeks with a broken cheekbone. [uefa.com]
Sabri Lamouchi has quit Marseille after realizing he is past his sell date. [International Herald Tribune]
Paul Le Guen has criticized his team for losing to someone in Scotland not named Celtic. [The Scotsman]
September 12, 2006
Roy Keane really goes out on a limb with this prediction. [BBC]
Ben Thatcher’s Elbow of Mass Destruction was worth a 12 match ban. [Sky Sports]
Marek Heinz has found a home at Saint-Etienne after leaving Galatasaray in the summer. [Soccerway]
A ballboy scored a late equalizer in the dying moments of a match in Sao Paulo. [The Offside]
While Freddy Adu may score some decent goals, the announcer gives a masterclass in how not to do his job with his reaction. [YouTube]
September 8, 2006
Atletico Madrid v. Valencia – Two teams expected to contend for the title battle it out at the Vicente Calderon. Sergio Aguero picked up an injury in training this week and will be on the bench, while Mista looks to get revenge on the team that thought he was not good enough after scoring 19 goals for Valencia three seasons ago. Joaquin and Maniche could make their debuts for the visitors. One would expect a few goals in this match.
Derby County v. Sunderland – Roy Keane makes his managerial debut at Pride Park. Only Dwight Yorke out of his six late signings will not make their debut against the Rams as Sunderland looks to escape the relegation zone in the Championship.
Fiorentina v. Inter Milan – The Nerazzuri begin their defense of the Scudetto against strugglers Fiorentina. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Hernan Crespo should be among the Inter players making their debuts, while Adrian Mutu will partner Luca Toni in attack for the Viola.
Rimini v. Juventus – The long road back to Serie A begins for strugglers Juventus. They are already many, many points behind their newly-promoted hosts Rimini. At least the Bianconeri get to start in one of the most scenic locations in world football.
Nacional v. Tacuary – The Tricolor get to defend the Unofficial World Club Championship against an unpredictable Tacuary side. The sides sit 5th and 4th respectively in the Apertura table, so it could go either way.
August 31, 2006
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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