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Three all-SPL Cup ties possible

Posted Monday, January 11, 2010 by BBC.com19 hits

St Mirren will host either holders Rangers or Hamilton Accies in the Active Nation Scottish Cup fifth round. Two other all-SPL ties are possible with Kilmarnock or Falkirk meeting Inverness or Motherwell, while Dundee United visit St Johnstone or Forfar. If Dunfermline remain in the cup after fielding a suspended player they will play Morton or Celtic at home. Hibernian could host amateur o...Full Story »

Togo head home as Africa Cup of Nations gets under way

Posted Monday, January 11, 2010 by BBC.com14 hits

Mali's players observe a minute's silence ahead of their 4-4 draw against Angola Togo's footballers flew home from the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday as the tournament got under way in Angola. The players had been keen to stay but Togo president Faure Gnassingbe urged them to withdraw after Friday's gun attack which killed three people. Three days of mourning for the dead and injured have b...Full Story »

World Cup boss Danny Jordaan allays security concerns

Posted Sunday, January 10, 2010 by BBC.com41 hits

World Cup boss Danny Jordaan says South Africa's hosting of the tournament will not be affected by the attack on Togo's team bus at the Africa Cup of Nations. Togo withdrew from the Cup of Nations after the gun attack in Angola, which is said to have killed three people. But Jordaan said there was no reason for the incident in Angola to have any impact on the World Cup in June. "It's nothin...Full Story »

Fabio Capello looks on as David Beckham shines on Milan return

Posted Friday, January 08, 2010 by theguardian.com61 hits

David Beckham hit the side-netting with a long-range shot and played a solid 76 minutes on his Serie A return with Milan tonight. David Beckham played 76 minutes in his first game back at Milan, helping to win a penalty and playing an influential role in a 5–2 victory over Genoa in front of the watching Fabio Capello. Beckham went close to scoring with a familiar long-range strike in the...Full Story »

Portsmouth player blasts 'complete mismanagement' under Ali al-Faraj

Posted Friday, January 08, 2010 by theguardian.com25 hits

A senior player said the situation at Portsmouth was 'a farce'. A senior Portsmouth player has blasted the regime of the club's owner, Ali al-Faraj, accusing it of "complete mismanagement across the board" and demanding that the squad be told the "truth" regarding the direction of the club. Portsmouth paid the players their delayed December wages today. The player, speaking on condition of an...Full Story »

PFA blasts Portsmouth after failure to pay players again

Posted Thursday, January 07, 2010 by theguardian.com4 hits

There has been little to smile about at Fratton Park this season. Photograph: PA Portsmouth have been accused of threatening the "integrity" of football and the Premier League as the club missed a second, self-imposed deadline to pay the squad their December wages. Nick Cusack, the senior executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, was outspoken over the club's inability to come up...Full Story »

Uefa warns Chelsea and Manchester City over huge losses

Posted Thursday, January 07, 2010 by theguardian.com19 hits

Roman Abramovich, the Chelsea owner, faces a threat over the club's losses from Uefa. Photograph: PA Manchester City and Chelsea face being excluded from the Champions League unless they can work the huge losses both have announced over the past seven days down to break-even levels within four seasons. Uefa is working up formal regulations that will entrench Michel Platini's plan to ensure that...Full Story »

FA Cup's average attendance flatters to deceive

Posted Tuesday, January 05, 2010 by The Independent5 hits

Magic of the Cup: not all grounds were as packed as Old Trafford for the third round of the Cup But the total of 514,172 at 28 ties was boosted by the 74,526 who saw Leeds shock Manchester United, at Old Trafford, and the 41,000 who saw Chelsea rout Watford. However, the FA will privately be concerned that some clubs suffered huge drops, most obviously at Wigan. Even though they hosted one of...Full Story »

Dunne driven by desire to collect his first Cup

Posted Tuesday, January 05, 2010 by The Independent26 hits

Richard Dunne cannot stop thinking about trophies. The Irishman who, at the age of 30, is yet to win a major title, has two in particular on his mind. There's the World Cup, a tournament that, thanks at least partly to Thierry Henry's quick hands, he will spend this summer watching rather than playing in – and then there's the Carling Cup, a competition that his Aston Villa side have a ver...Full Story »

Atletico conjure a 'miracle' but Madrid and Barcelona fail to sparkle

Posted Tuesday, January 05, 2010 by theguardian.com46 hits

Atletico Madrid's captain, Antonio Lopez, centre, celebrates their second goal against Sevilla. At night he tosses and turns but just can't sleep. Every time he shuts his eyes, Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack emerge from the shadows and rear up before him, invading his every thought, tormenting him, climbing inside his fragile conscience and confronting him with his sins. It is, he says, "a ...Full Story »

If teams don't show for the FA Cup, nor will fans

Posted Monday, January 04, 2010 by BBC.com19 hits

Nobody is going to pretend Wigan Athletic v Hull City, on a freezing cold day in January, was a tie likely to sparkle with the fabled verve of an FA Cup classic. With both teams mired in the Premier League's relegation battle, their supporters - and players, and accountants - have more pressing concerns than chasing some unlikely silverware. That may be why just 5,335 people turned up to watch...Full Story »

Leeds send Manchester United crashing out of FA Cup

Posted Monday, January 04, 2010 by The Independent19 hits

Leeds emerged from five years of hurt to inflict some pain of their own as Jermaine Beckford's first-half goal sent old enemies Manchester United crashing out of the FA Cup. It is six years since Leeds' loyal fans have made this particular trip - and not since 1981 have they returned across the Pennines celebrating victory. But in manager Simon Grayson they have a man with the club in his he...Full Story »

Watford's Jay DeMerit relishes Chelsea challenge as World Cup taster

Posted Sunday, January 03, 2010 by theguardian.com35 hits

Jay DeMerit, right, celebrates Watford's equaliser at Bristol City last Monday with his team-mate John Eustace. The American has become a key player for both club and country. Watford's captain sees the trip to Stamford Bridge as a stepping stone to facing England in the World Cup for the USA is a footballing life less ordinary. Bartender, bouncer, painter and decorator, sculptor, product desi...Full Story »

Portsmouth face freefall fears as club enters uncertain transfer window

Posted Sunday, January 03, 2010 by theguardian.com13 hits

David James is one of the likely departures from Fratton Park this transfer window, with a move to Tottenham on the cards. Concern is growing on the south coast that Avram Grant will be unable to strengthen a threadbare Portsmouth squad as he seeks to save the club, four points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League, from relegation. Portsmouth do not expect to be able to deal in the trans...Full Story »

Bolton fans forced Gary Megson out, says Sam Allardyce

Posted Friday, January 01, 2010 by BBC.com17 hits

Sam Allardyce was Bolton's manager for eight years. Sam Allardyce believes there was little Gary Megson could do to keep his job once Bolton's fans had turned against him. Megson was sacked on Wednesday after a 2-2 draw with Hull on Tuesday night left Wanderers 18th in the Premier League. Megson endured a rocky relationship with the club's fans almost from the moment he was appointed manager ...Full Story »

Old hero Peter Reid the favourite as Bolton consider Shearer-Speed alliance

Posted Friday, January 01, 2010 by BBC.com12 hits

Peter Reid, the Stoke No2, has not managed in the tiop flight since 2003 but is deeply experienced. Photograph: Action Images Peter Reid has emerged as the leading candidate for the managerial vacancy at Bolton Wanderers. Although a formal approach has not yet been made, it is understood that there is real interest from the Reebok in the Stoke City No2, and that his current employers would not ...Full Story »

PFA chief to meet Portsmouth hierachy over non-payment of players' wages

Posted Friday, January 01, 2010 by BBC.com32 hits

The PFA chief executive is set for a series of meetings at crisis club Portsmouth. The chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, Nick Cusack, will meet Portsmouth officials on Monday for talks about the state of the club's finances, after yesterday's disclosure that players' wages had not been paid on time for a third month this season. Portsmouth said that they expected the...Full Story »

Fabregas masterclass fires a warning

Posted Sunday, December 27, 2009 by PA5 hits

Captain Cesc Fabregas came off the bench to inspire the Gunners to a 3-0 win over Aston Villa which hauls them back into the Barclays Premier League title race.The Spaniard, who had been out with a hamstring problem, netted a superb free-kick on 65 minutes and then scored a fine breakaway goal before being substituted as a precaution.Abou Diaby netted a third in stoppage time at Emirates Stadiu...Full Story »

Arsene Wenger stands by Cesc Fabregas gamble

Posted Monday, December 28, 2009 by BBC.com4 hits

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes he was right to bring substitute Cesc Fabregas on against Aston Villa despite his captain aggravating his hamstring. Fabregas broke the deadlock and scored twice in the 3-0 win but had to go off after his second goal. "We do not know yet if it is a recurrence of the pull or just scar tissue," said Wenger. "If it is scar tissue then it is a few days, but i...Full Story »

RSL end magical season with MLS Cup

Posted Saturday, December 26, 2009 by MLSnet.com14 hits

Salt Lake caps move to top by winning first Anschutz Trophy Once they claimed the 2009 MLS Cup as their own, Real Salt Lake came full circle during a sometimes turbulent season.RSL went from a team touted as one of the top Western Conference teams in the preseason to a group seemingly on the verge of not even making the playoffs in just a few months. When Real finally put together an amazing ...Full Story »

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