September 26, 2006

Today’s News: September 26

Posted in English Premier League, Euro 2008, Football (soccer), Ligue 1, Russian Premier League at 5:56 pm by deadlymusings

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]

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September 25, 2006

Today’s News: September 25

Posted in Bundesliga, English Premier League, Football (soccer), Serie A, Superliga at 7:03 pm by deadlymusings

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 21, 2006

Whatever Happened to…Carsten Jancker?

Posted in Football (soccer) at 7:01 pm by deadlymusings

Carsten Jancker and his middle fingerHis shaved head was known to fans and opposing defenders alike when he terrorized clubs around Europe culminating in the 2001 Champions League title with Bayern Munich.

He may also be remembered as the German goalscorer in their infamous 5-1 defeat to England in a 2002 World Cup Qualifier.

A move to Serie A with Udinese seemed to end his career in 2002. Two seasons, 35 appearances, 2 goals are all he contributed for the bianconeri.

He returned to Germany with Kaiserslautern where he contributed the occasional goal, but was really a shadow of his former self. Following the club’s relegation last season, he left the club.

He then moved to China to play for one last paycheck with Shanghai Shenhua. He can still find the net in big games as he scored in last night’s 4-2 defeat to Jeonbuk Motors in the AFC Champions League.

Yet at 32, he may still move from their to some other club next season. Whether it is to the usual assumed retirement leagues like Qatar, the Australian A-League or MLS; or to a lower-league side back in Europe remains to be seen.

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 6, 2006

Today’s News: September 6

Posted in English Premier League, Football (soccer), La Liga, Superliga at 7:27 pm by deadlymusings

After an impressive showing in the FIFI Wild Cup, Gibraltar hopes to attain UEFA membership in January. [BBC]

Sevilla striker Fredi Kanoute will only wear a sponsorless shirt, as endorsing a gambling company would contradict his religious beliefs. [Daily Mirror]

Gilberto has never heard of Brazilian prospect Denilson. [Sky Sports]

Bamber Bridge hates football. [Leyland Today]

The Portuguese Football Federation wants to be above the law to keep their teams in Europe. [International Herald Tribune]

September 1, 2006

The 2006 Summer Transfer Window: Winners and Losers

Posted in English Premier League, Eredivisie, Football (soccer), North America, Serie B, South America at 4:34 pm by deadlymusings

Winners

Chelsea – So rich they can choose who to sell to, and affect where the best young prospects in the world can go. The Damien Duff transfer was a showcase of selling and not ruining your chances of winning the league. Roman Abramovich’s money probably played a role in Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano’s relocation to Upton Park. Let’s not forget their bullying of Arsenal that gave them one of the best left backs in the world in Ashley Cole.

Relations between Ajax and Feyenoord – For the first time since 1992, the two clubs collaborated on a transfer. Greek striker Angelos Charisteas moved from Amsterdam to Rotterdam in a €2.5 million move.

Juventus – The Serie B strugglers managed to hold on to more of their world class talent than they deserved to, although their ability to cope with the physicality of their new surroundings has not yet been tested.

Barcelona – The Catalan giants did not need to do much this summer and they still managed to improve. Aging legend Henrik Larsson departed with a Champions League medal, and Eidur Gudjohnsen was brought in from bitter rivals Chelsea. The additions of Gianluca Zambrotta and Lilian Thuram should help them retain the Primera crown.

Losers

Arsenal – With no depth at the wing positions, and very little experience at the back even with the addition of William Gallas, it is difficult to say the Gunners really improved at all this summer. The future is bright though.

Fans of Corinthians – Not only have they had to endure a fall from grace from winning the title a year ago, they also had to see two of their best players leave yesterday with the club seeing none of that money. The very existance of the club is a real doubt should they be relegated this December.

MLS – The league continues to be unaware of its rather low place on the economic totem pole of the transfer market. Turning down a decent bid for Clint Dempsey was the last thing they needed to do to a player desperate to prove himself in Europe.

Manchester United – They brought in an overpriced, unproven midfielder in Michael Carrick. Then they acquired a backup goalkeeper in Tomasz Kuszczak, who was once scored on by the opposing keeper from 90 yards out. Sure they got £12 million for a player who never played a game for them in John Obi Mikel, but the depth in the squad has been utterly decimated. The damage of which is after the jump. Now they find themselves trying to win the league when Darren Fletcher and John O’Shea will be regular partners in the center of midfield. At least the Glazers have reduced the debt a little, right?

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August 31, 2006

How Did That Happen?

Posted in English Premier League, Football (soccer), League One, South America at 5:15 pm by deadlymusings

New West Ham signing Javier MascheranoWith links to nearly every major club in Europe, Corinthians duo Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano were supposed to make a lot of money for themselves and for MSI. Yet, with hours remaining in the transfer window they were negotiating permanent deals with West Ham United. How did it come to this?

It’s quite simple on the part of the players involved and for MSI chairman Kia Joorabchian. The players had already refused to play another game for relegation strugglers Corinthians and were willing to play for any club in Europe, be it Chelsea or Leyton Orient. For Joorabchian, whose company actually owned the players, he knew he had to sell them today to whomever he could. The fact that he is a West Ham supporter probably played a role in the selection, but it could also be satisfactory for Roman Abramovich, who is rumored to be an investor in MSI.

And as with the Damien Duff deal, the Argentinian internationals still will likely not harm Chelsea’s chances of winning the Premiership, and they will certainly not affect their chances of winning the Champions League. It is also likely that MSI will get a large percentage of the fee when West Ham sell the pair.

August 30, 2006

Five for Fighting

Posted in Football (soccer), League One at 4:50 pm by deadlymusings

In the depths of the Coca-Cola Football League One, very rarely do matches get national attention. However, thanks to Sky Sports decision to air the Northampton v Bristol City fixture last night, viewers were treated to a very interesting surprise.

Bristol City’s Bradley Orr simulated a headbutt on Louis Carey, who plays for Bristol City. Oh dear. Thankfully, someone got highlights up on YouTube (around the :50 mark). Read the rest of this entry »

August 29, 2006

Today’s News: August 29

Posted in English Premier League, Football (soccer), La Liga, Serie B, South America at 6:23 pm by deadlymusings

Mido is bringing his sulking show back to White Hart Lane, while Lee Young-pyo takes Spurs’ sweet Asian marketing revenue to Roma. [BBC]

David Trezeguet looks to be staying with Serie B strugglers Juventus after they turned down Manchester United’s pathetic £17 million bid. [World Soccer]

Jonathan Woodgate has completely forgotten about last night, and will join Middlesbrough on a season long loan. [Sky Sports]

Maniche is leaving Russian Premier League strugglers Dynamo Moscow to join Atletico Madrid.[Reuters]

After being accused of trying to get sent off by his own manager, Javier Mascherano has stopped showing up to training at Corinthians. [Guardian]

August 28, 2006

Today’s News

Posted in Football (soccer) at 5:59 pm by deadlymusings

Stilian Petrov is on his way to Villa, Harry Redknapp is not happy. [Soccernet]
Roy Keane signs his contract to manage Sunderland. Mick McCarthy can hardly wait [BBC]
Mark van Bommel weighs in on Owen Hargreaves’ situation by saying his impending transfer to Bayern Munich is to replace the England midfielder. [Sky Sports]

Perennially misfiring striker Mateja Kezman has left the jeers of Atletico Madrid fans to join Fenerbahçe [Reuters]

After being linked to nearly every G14 club that isn’t playing in Serie B, Carlos Tevez appears to be heading to Roma. [Eurosport]

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