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Attacked Togo stars mull pull-out

Posted Saturday, January 09, 2010 by BBC.com24 hits

Stunned Togo players in disbelief after attack Togo's stunned players are considering pulling out of the Africa Cup of Nations after their team bus came under sustained gunfire in Angola on Friday. Two players were injured in the attack in the northern province of Cabinda. Organisers insist the tournament will go ahead but Togo's players met later on Friday to discuss returning home. "If w...Full Story »

Togo soccer team bus attacked in Angola; 6 hurt

Posted Saturday, January 09, 2010 by AP11 hits

LUANDA, Angola (AP)—Gunmen in an area plagued by separatist violence opened fire Friday on a bus carrying Togo’s national soccer team to a tournament in this southwest African country, wounding at least six people including two players, an official said. Some players said they wanted to pull out of the African Cup of Nations tournament following the violence, but an official in Ango...Full Story »

Adebayor: 'Africa has given us a lot – now we have to give something back'

Posted Friday, January 08, 2010 by The Independent15 hits

From continental bragging rights to Ivory Coast's coming elections – the African Nations Cup is about more than simply outstanding football. Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Touré tell Ian Herbert what it means to them Kolo Touré has lived through some strife at Manchester City these past few months but now he finds himself in a place which puts football's many passing storms into pro...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 »

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

Posted Tuesday, January 05, 2010 by theguardian.com48 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 »

Kevin Blackwell bemoans replay after QPR hold Sheffield United

Posted Monday, January 04, 2010 by theguardian.com18 hits

Richard Cresswell celebrates with his team-mates after scoring Sheffield United's equaliser. Photograph: Action Images The Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell admitted a draw was the last result he wanted after his side pulled back to finish 1-1 in their FA Cup third-round clash with QPR. Jay Simpson broke the deadlock for the visitors seven minutes before half-time when the on-loan Arsena...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 »

Palace fears grow as players go unpaid

Posted Saturday, January 02, 2010 by The Independent11 hits

Like Portsmouth earlier this week, Crystal Palace have again failed to pay their players wages on time. In Palace's case, this is the second successive month, raising fears the Championship club is in danger of being forced into administration. As of last month, "cash flow" is said to be the problem, and the wages are expected to be paid next week. Palace are already under a transfer embargo a...Full Story »

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

Posted Friday, January 01, 2010 by BBC.com35 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 »

Liverpool's Glen Johnson set for month out of action

Posted Friday, January 01, 2010 by BBC.com11 hits

Liverpool's Glen Johnson has been ruled out for "at least a month" with a medial ligament tear in his right knee, according to boss Rafael Benitez. The full-back, who recently missed three games with a calf problem, was injured in the 1-0 win at Aston Villa. "Johnson has a problem, so he'll see a specialist and then we'll talk but we know he'll be out for at least one month," said Benitez. ...Full Story »

Real Madrid deny approach from Manchester City owner

Posted Wednesday, December 30, 2009 by The Independent341 hits

Reports suggest Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan has made a mega offer to Real Madrid Real Madrid have denied they have received a mega offer from Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan to buy out the Spanish giants. Reports in Spain suggested the Sheikh was set to shell out one billion euros for Madrid and was due to meet club president Florentino ...Full Story »

Late Hunt brace denies Bolton

Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 by PA11 hits

Hull midfielder Stephen Hunt scored twice in the last 19 minutes as Bolton's defensive deficiencies allowed the Tigers to snatch a point in a 2-2 draw at the Reebok Stadium.Wanderers looked comfortable after Ivan Klasnic's 20th-minute goal and Kevin Davies' second-half header.However, Hunt nodded in from close range to spread panic in a defence without a clean sheet all season and the Republic ...Full Story »

Blues bounce back to sink Fulham

Posted Monday, December 28, 2009 by PA2 hits

Chelsea came from behind to spare their blushes against west London neighbours Fulham and restore their lead at the Barclays Premier League summit to five points.Zoltan Gera gave Roy Hodgson's side a fairytale start at Stamford Bridge when he struck after just three minutes and Fulham looked comfortable for the first hour.But then Chelsea moved through the gears and were rewarded with two goals...Full Story »

Strauss leads England back from brink to promised land

Posted Sunday, December 27, 2009 by The Independent15 hits

Captain wins ultimate prize after making players responsible for their actions Everything seems different when the Ashes have come home. The world, or at least the English part of it, is somehow a much happier, sprightlier place. Presumably, in the Australian part of it at present, the reverse is true. Quite how England managed to reclaim the trophy in the summer of 2009 continues to be somet...Full Story »

Capello cracks whip to free Three Lions

Posted Sunday, December 27, 2009 by The Independent9 hits

As with any winter sport, reviewing a calendar year carries a sense of unfinished business; all the more so with a World Cup to come. In choosing 100 heroes or villains from the past decade last week, this newspaper justifably placed Fabio Capello in the former category. Of vastly greater import for English football, however, is which classification he will merit in 12 months' time. Or seven mon...Full Story »

Hard times force new equality on the Premier League's economic miracle

Posted Sunday, December 27, 2009 by theguardian.com22 hits

John Terry reacts after Aston Villa's James Collins headed the winner at Villa Park in October. The question we all dread from foreign visitors to these islands is: "What does Britain actually do?" All we can say is that we surge into cities on overcrowded trains and then disperse mysteriously, pointlessly invade far-off countries and talk an awful lot about the Premier League. England's highe...Full Story »

Talent 2010: The sportsman, Jack Wilshere

Posted Saturday, December 26, 2009 by The Independent43 hits

Not the least remarkable fact about Jack Wilshere is that his first name is not Jacques or Juan. This is because the 17-year-old is not only a rare English football talent but is also seen as potentially a vital force in the future of Arsenal, the club who frequently send out a team minus a single native-born player. Club manager Arsène Wenger has already displayed extreme enthusiasm for...Full Story »

Mancini: City lack winners' mentality

Posted Saturday, December 26, 2009 by The Independent19 hits

Robinho singled out as key to club's success as new manager echoes targets set by Hughes and attitude of Eriksson "For the amount of time they've been in the top tier of football they [Manchester City]should have won more trophies. We are trying to change the mentality of everyone here and that takes time." Mark Hughes. March 12, 2009 "We want to arrive on top – because of this we mu...Full Story »

Strachan: I'll get Boro back on track

Posted Friday, December 25, 2009 by teamtalk.com5 hits

Gordon Strachan insists he will "get things right" at struggling Middlesbrough after a miserable start to his spell in charge of the club. Strachan: Determined to put things right Strachan has won just one game since taking charge of the club at the end of October and has seen them sink to 14th in the Championship. Strachan insists things will improve at The Riverside as he has full belief i...Full Story »

The Question: How will football tactics develop over the next decade?

Posted Thursday, December 24, 2009 by theguardian.com43 hits

Could we see the death of the classic goal poacher in the next 10 years? It is hugely difficult to imagine the future as a radically different place, which is probably why so many visions of the future in the past century have stuck to three basic templates: silver suits and hover-boots; totalitarian nightmare; apocalyptic wasteland. Still, given the way football has evolved in the 146 years s...Full Story »

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