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Robbo's Christmas presents

Posted Wednesday, December 23, 2009 by BBC.com

'Father Christmas' juggles ball at West Ham It's that time of year when we all look forward to a portly man in a white beard showering us with gifts and goodwill. But sadly Ken Bates can only own one football club at a time. It's the time of year when that red-nosed old dear usually comes into his own - however it looks like Fergie'll struggle this year. It's the time of year when we think...Full Story »

Chievo Striker Erjon Bogdani Was Once A Shakhtar Donetsk Target - Agent

Posted Wednesday, December 23, 2009 by Goal.com

Haxhia Sokol says that there was at one stage interest in the Albanian from the Ukrainian side, but not at the moment... Chievo hitman Erjon Bogdani might be linked to Bari and Catania as possible transfer moves, but the player's agent revealed that the 32-year-old could have joined Ukrainian side  Shakhtar Donetsk in the past. Currently, Bogdani is recovering from an injury to his cheekb...Full Story »

Singapore Face Threat To Asian Champions League Places From 2012

Posted Wednesday, December 23, 2009 by Goal.com

Singapore could lose their Asian Champions League spots as the league doesn’t meet the new attendance requirements.  From 2012, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) confirmed that only leagues that can boast average attendances of at least 5,000 will be able to participate in the competition.  The S-League currently only manages attendances around the 2,000 level but are su...Full Story »

A European team for the 'noughties'

Posted Wednesday, December 23, 2009 by BBC.com

As we lurch towards the end of the year and, indeed, the end of the decade, it's time for a retrospective piece which considers the top European stars of the game in the last 10 years. Here's a quick recap of who won what. After all the hangovers from all the parties at the start of the Millennium had ebbed away, Italy were Europe's only World Cup winners, but France, Greece and Spain all won ...Full Story »

Sunderland defender Michael Turner banned for Christmas as FA appeal fails

Posted Wednesday, December 23, 2009 by

Early bath: Sunderland defender Michael Turner is shown a red card against Manchester City The 26 year-old has been handed a four-game ban - the three games he would have served automatically for catching Gareth Barry with his elbow, plus another for fighting the punishment, in the view of disciplinary chiefs, with no prospect of success. He will miss the Boxing Day clash with Everton and th...Full Story »

Catalunya 4-2 Argentina

Posted Wednesday, December 23, 2009 by Goal.com

After a quiet but entertaining first half, the unofficial friendly between Catalunya and Argentina exploded to life in the second period with five goals as the hosts strolled to a convincing 4-2 win. Argentina entered the game without their two icons, Lionel Messi and coach, Diego Maradona. The Catalans, meanwhile, summoned FC Barcelona’s big guns including Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Ser...Full Story »

Lens beats Saint-Etienne 1-0 in French league

Posted Wednesday, December 23, 2009 by AP

PARIS (AP)—Lens edged Saint-Etienne 1-0 in stoppage time and moved closer to the middle of the table in the French league on Tuesday. Eduardo converted a penalty kick in the 91st minute after Blaise Matuidi had fouled Toifilou Maoulida. Lens jumped to 13th place with 26 points while stretching Saint-Etienne’s winless streak to seven games. Saint-Etienne remained in 17th place with ...Full Story »

Fernando Torres urges Liverpool not to sack Benitez

Posted Wednesday, December 23, 2009 by BBC.com

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres says sacking manager Rafael Benitez will not solve the club's current ills. Out of the Champions League and off the pace in the race to qualify for next season's tournament, the Reds have won just three times in 12 games. "I think sacking the manager is not a solution," said Torres, who thinks the players are to blame more than Benitez. "We have to play muc...Full Story »

Government planning to regulate offshore bookmakers

Posted Wednesday, December 23, 2009 by theguardian.com

The government is planning to recommend a new licensing regime for offshore bookmakers to help ensure they provide information about suspicious betting patterns, amid increased concerns about the extent of match-fixing in sport. Early in the new year the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is expected to unveil the results of a review commissioned in April to look into how overseas operator...Full Story »

Ian Watmore launches four-year plan to sort out the FA's finances

Posted Wednesday, December 23, 2009 by theguardian.com

The FA's chief executive, Ian Watmore, believes the period between now and the 2014 World Cup will be 'critical' for the organisation. Ian Watmore, the Football Association chief executive, has unveiled a four-year plan to overhaul the governing body's finances and operations by the time of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. After a protracted period of financial uncertainty sparked by the collapse...Full Story »

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