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Levein appointed Scotland manager

Posted Thursday, December 24, 2009 by BBC.com23 hits

Craig Levein has been confirmed as the new Scotland national coach after he signed a contract at Hampden believed to be for two-and-a-half years. Confirmation of his departure from Dundee United was delayed because snow held up the journey from his Fife home. "As a proud Scotland fan, it is a dream come true to take charge of the national team," said the 45-year-old. And Levein said players...Full Story »

Well-Suited: Our Fantasy Four at FIFA World Player Gala

Posted Thursday, December 24, 2009 by Kickette.com27 hits

Well, this is extremely convenient. These four very talented footballers have agreed to be photographed together for the FIFA World Player Gala, and in doing so have created the perfect fantasy-assisting scenery. As all women know, we’re creatures made of many different facets and characteristics. This helps to justify owning several hundred pairs of shoes, and needing to possess a dif...Full Story »

Manchester City admit lining up potential managers last summer

Posted Wednesday, December 23, 2009 by theguardian.com16 hits

Manchester City's chief executive, Garry Cook, defended the club's contingency planning, including a decision to sound out replacements for Mark Hughes last summer. PA Manchester City's increasingly beleaguered chief executive, Garry Cook, has risked further damaging the club's credibility by admitting he started sounding out possible replacements for Mark Hughes as long ago as last summer. Th...Full Story »

CUELLAR REBUFFS REAL MADRID MOVE RUMOURS

Posted Wednesday, December 23, 2009 by BBC.com47 hits

CUELLAR: In excellent form for Villa The Aston Villa ace has been in outstanding form recently and has helped spark the side's charge up to fourth place in the Premier League table. The eye-catching performances led to the prospect of Real launching a bid for the Spaniard, who is still hoping to go to the World Cup finals with his country even though he has yet to win a cap. The Bernabeu o...Full Story »

Singapore Face Threat To Asian Champions League Places From 2012

Posted Wednesday, December 23, 2009 by Goal.com38 hits

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 »

Government planning to regulate offshore bookmakers

Posted Wednesday, December 23, 2009 by theguardian.com7 hits

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.com12 hits

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 »

Lionel Messi named Fifa's World Player of the Year

Posted Tuesday, December 22, 2009 by theguardian.com71 hits

Lionel Messi accepts his World Player of the Year award from Fifa president Sepp Blatter. Lionel Messi has been named the Fifa Fifpro World Player of the Year. The Argentina and Barcelona forward won the accolade for the first time for helping his club win an unprecedented six trophies, including the Champions League and the domestic league title. The 22-year-old beat last year's winner Cristi...Full Story »

FC Barcelona’s Messi wins World Player of the Year

Posted Tuesday, December 22, 2009 by AP152 hits

  ZURICH (AP)—Lionel Messi claimed the World Player of the Year award on Monday to nearly complete his collection of football’s greatest honors. Messi tacked on the prestigious award to his growing list of accolades at a FIFA gala ceremony in Zurich, easily outdistancing the last two winners— Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka—along with his Barcelona teammates Xavi Hernan...Full Story »

'Fantastic' Levein prepares to take on Scotland role

Posted Tuesday, December 22, 2009 by The Independent10 hits

Craig Levein has been offered the Scotland job Scotland are closing in on their man. Craig Levein last night had "positive" talks with the Scottish Football Association that are expected to conclude with the Dundee United manager being appointed to succeed George Burley as the national side's coach, possibly as early as today. Exactly what the role will entail is key to Levein's final decisio...Full Story »

Cristiano Ronaldo Planning Year To Remember

Posted Monday, December 21, 2009 by YAHOO Sport56 hits

Malaga's forward Nsofor Obinna (R) fights for the ball against Mallorca's Mart Soler (L) during a Spanish league football match at Rosaleda stadium of Malaga, southern of Spain. Real Mallorca failed to consolidate their place among the candidates for a place in Europe after crashing 2-1 against lowly Malaga.       MADRID (AFP) - – Cristiano Ronaldo, the world's most ex...Full Story »

Saviola scores as Benfica beats Porto 1-0

Posted Monday, December 21, 2009 by AP13 hits

LISBON, Portugal (AP)—Javier Saviola scored as Benfica beat Porto 1-0 in the Portuguese “classico” on Sunday, taking the Lisbon team to a share of the lead in the league standings. The Argentine striker dribbled past defender Bruno Alves to score in the 23rd minute. The win gives Benfica 33 points, the same as Braga and four more than traditional rival Porto, which is third. ...Full Story »

Evra - I hope Becks plays badly

Posted Saturday, December 19, 2009 by skysports.com37 hits

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra says he will offer David Beckham a warm welcome back to Old Trafford - and then ruin his trip down memory lane. The midfielder will return to his old club in the colours of AC Milan after the two sides were drawn together in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League. The meeting will be the first time the former England captain has played in front of an ...Full Story »

Everton sign LA Galaxy striker Landon Donovan on loan

Posted Saturday, December 19, 2009 by BBC.com16 hits

The 27-year-old, who holds the USA's records for goals scored, will join the Toffees on 2 January and is to remain on Merseyside until mid-March. "He will come in and add pace, he's a good finisher and is captain of the USA national team so has that experience," said Everton manager David Moyes. "He is the first of two or three players I want to bring in in January." Donovan's arrival will...Full Story »

Bayern pleased enough with Viola tie

Posted Saturday, December 19, 2009 by Worldfootball.net37 hits

Louis van Gaal declared himself "not dissatisfied" after the UEFA Champions League first knockout round draw paired his FC Bayern München team with ACF Fiorentina, who the Bavarian side met for the first time in last season's group stage. Not too bad"I am not dissatisfied; it could have been worse," said the 58-year-old Dutch coach, perhaps mindful of the fact that the Viola have never w...Full Story »

Real Madrid Enjoy Watching Barcelona Play - Kaka

Posted Friday, December 18, 2009 by Goal.com52 hits

Real Madrid star Kaka has admitted that even his team-mates enjoy watching the current Barcelona side. In an interview with El Confidencial, the Brazilian said, "everybody likes to see Barcelona play, us included." The former World Player of the Year went on to express his admiration for the Catalans, denying any claims that they may be one dimensional. "They're two different teams, they h...Full Story »

Chelsea have forgotten how to finish teams off, says Frank Lampard

Posted Friday, December 18, 2009 by theguardian.com35 hits

Frank Lampard celebrates scoring Chelsea's winner against Portsmouth from the penalty spot. Frank Lampard fears that Chelsea have lost their ruthless edge during a nervy December and is concerned that opponents are threatening to score against them at every set piece. The England midfielder was a relieved man on Wednesday night, after his 79th-minute penalty secured an unconvincing 2-1 home win...Full Story »

Rivals ready for last-16 draw

Posted Friday, December 18, 2009 by UEFA.com24 hits

The draw for the first knockout round of the UEFA Champions League takes place at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, from 12.00CET on Friday with seven former winners of Europe's élite club competition involved. Madrid lead the wayNine-time champions Real Madrid CF, whose Santiago Bernabéu Stadium will host the final on 22 May, have reached the knockout phase for a record 14th ti...Full Story »

Harry Redknapp claims Arsenal and Liverpool may drop from elite

Posted Thursday, December 17, 2009 by theguardian.com30 hits

Peter Crouch and Niko Kranjcar celebrate Tottenham's third goal against Manchester City. Harry Redknapp has proclaimed the end of the Premier League's big four by declaring that only Chelsea and Manchester United are certainties to finish in the Champions League places this season and that the other pair of prized berths for Europe's elite tournament could be filled by any two of several teams...Full Story »

Scotland may need sponsor to pay for a top manager

Posted Wednesday, December 16, 2009 by The Independent4 hits

The Scottish Football Association will only seek a financial sponsor for a new national coach if the preferred candidate is out of their price range. The Republic of Ireland were able to employ Giovanni Trapattoni after entrepreneur Denis O'Brien donated £1.5million to pay half of the former Italy manager's salary over two years. While the Irish were denied a World Cup play-off penalty sh...Full Story »

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