October 4, 2006
As I search for a new name to call this that actually has some originality, here is that same daily item.
Alan Pardew is learning that you actually need to be winning matches in order to have influence over a club. [Sporting Life]
David Dein is now the most powerful man in the organization that fights against international football and Chelsea. [Eurosport]
Hidetoshi Nakata will not be coming out of retirement to play for amateur side Auckland City in the FIFA Club World Championship. [Sky Sports]
Fernando Gago wants to join Real Madrid just days after scoring his first for Boca Juniors. [International Herald Tribune]
Miroslav Klose wants to move to a bigger club outside of Germany, Premiership clubs surely interested. [Soccer365]
October 2, 2006
The official bung inquiry announced its preliminary findings which amounted to Lord Stevens saying he needed more time. [Eurosport]
Those androgynous Euro 2008 mascots face a legal challenge to their very existence. [Reuters]
Ivica Osim continues to not call up European-based players to his Japan squad. [Goal.com]
Boro keeper Mark Schwarzer’s preparation for international action includes criticizing former managers and backup keepers. [The Australian]
Italy are now relegated to calling up players from Serie B’s bottom club. [FOXSports.com]
September 29, 2006
Spurs have signed a 15-year-old goalkeeper from Sweden, who should do well in the Championship. [Sky Sports]
Mark van Bommel has been called up for Euro 2008 qualifiers as a reward for not criticizing Marco van Basten, unlike a certain Real Madrid striker. [FOXSports.com]
Gerald Asamoah will be out of the news and out of the Schalke team for a while after breaking his leg in two places. [Reuters]
Raymond Domenech will be carrying on his slave trading practices for another four years, or until France emphatically crash out of Euro 2008 in the group stage. [CNN International]
Kieran Richardson among those comically named in the England squad. [TheFA.com]
Two unbeaten sides remain in the English Premier League, and one of them faces the most difficult fixture in the entire league. Rafa Benitez changes his side again. A fat Irishman will try to take on Arsenal’s remaining English defender. While yet another boring match will take place at Bramall Lane. Yes, it really is Round 7 of the EPL.
September 28, 2006
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
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 26, 2006
Newcastle assistant Kevin Bond is the first to feel the fallout from the BBC Panorama program last week. [BBC]
Daniel Carvalho may be leaving CSKA Moscow for Bordeaux in January. [Sky Sports]
Ruud van Nistelrooy opts to avoid the diplomatic route to ending his international career. [SI.com]
Raul doesn’t believe his international career is coming to an end. [International Herald Tribune]
Sven-Goran Eriksson is close to deciding which team should have the honor of having him as manager. [The Australian]
September 25, 2006
Helton insists that he is staying at Porto despite being called into the Brazil squad for friendlies against Kuwait and Ecuador. [Clubcall]
Li Tie still believes he can make it in the Premiership despite not playing a league game for lowly Sheffield United this season. [FansFC]
Juan Roman Riquelme is reconsidering his international retirement. [Sky Sports]
Another potential scandal in Italy, only it isn’t that bad and Inter may face a fine at most. [Sporting Life]
Lukas Podolski is not happy at Bayern Munich. [FOX Sports]
September 22, 2006
What fantastic timing by the BBC that the two managers who would be most embroiled in the bung scandal would face off in the next round of Premiership fixtures.
Elsewhere it will be a return to normalcy for Arsenal as they go up against another team that will only look to defend. Former Spurs defender Erik Edman gets a mention for a belter. Reading will be looking to avoid destruction in their first big match of the campaign, and there’s a London derby between Fulham and Chelsea which ended in fan confrontation on the pitch last season.
The FA’s Fast Track procedure apparently works once in a while as Celestine Babayaro has been handed a three-match ban. [BBC]
Paul Le Guen wants people to think he has no idea what he is doing at Rangers. [Sportinglife.com]
And the fat Ronaldo has vowed to fulfill a “30 years, 30 goals” pledge this season at Real Madrid. [News24]