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Friday, July 24, 2009

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English champions United play a friendly against Hangzhou Greentown this weekend in a country whose national team have slumped to 108th in the FIFA world rankings and made an early exit from qualifying for next year's World Cup in South Africa.
Fangzhuo played just a few games before returning home last year and the failure of Chinese and other Asian players to match the impact some Korean and Japanese have had in the top leagues is the subject of great debate, not least among coaches such as Ferguson.Charlton agrees that foreign coaching is one of the keys to getting the best out of talented youngsters in China, a strategy apparently abandoned by China in April when they replaced experienced Serbian coaches with 43-year-old Gao Hongbo.
Fangzhuo played just a few games before returning home last year and the failure of Chinese and other Asian players to match the impact some Korean and Japanese have had in the top leagues is the subject of great debate, not least among coaches such as Ferguson.Manchester United great Bobby Charlton is worried about the fortunes of another team in red -- China.So impressed was he by the skill of the Chinese, Charlton persuaded United manager Alex Ferguson to take two of them, Wu Chongwen and Su Maozhen, back to Manchester with him to train alongside Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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Joel Santana is focused on guiding South Africa to the Confederations Cup final despite the hype about his battle with his countrymen.

The Bafana Bafana boss is highly regarded in his homeland and is one of only a handful of coaches to have won the league title with the four clubs - Botafogo, Flamengo, Fluminense and Vasco da Gama.

However, he has played down the fuss, calling for full support for the host nation ahead of the clash with the defending champions in Johannesburg in tomorrow's second semi-final.

"I am 100% focused on Bafana Bafana," he said. "My work is in Africa. I respect the opponents, but I don't really care about them because I am now with Bafana Bafana.

Friday, May 8, 2009

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Sheffield United`s Matt Kilgallon has warned the Championship play-off winners will be decided by whichever team holds their nerve The former Sunderland man missed last weekend's home win over QPR due to a one-match ban for his red card in the victory at Birmingham the week previously.

He is expected to go straight back into the starting line-up after withdrawing from Scotland the B international against Northern Ireland in midweek in order to prepare for the Blades showdown.

On-loan Watford midfielder Lee Williamson remains absent and will miss both legs of the semi-final due as he serves a three-match ban.

The 25-year-old endured play-off final heartache with Leeds at the Millennium Stadium against Watford in 2006, while Blades team-mates Leigh Bromby, Chris Morgan and Darius Henderson have been involved in previous play-off campaigns.

Kilgallon told the Star: "Everyone knows what's at stake. They are massive occasions.

"I've been there before and they are very tense because nobody wants to make a mistake. Everyone, every single player out there is like that.

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O`Hanlon missed the final two games of the regular season after picking up a knee injury against Walsall and while he is back in training he is expected to miss out.

His absence is a big loss for manager Roberto Di Matteo and means utility man Jude Stirling will have to fill in alongside Miguel Angel Llera in the centre of defence.

Winger Jason Puncheon missed the 1-0 defeat at Hereford last weekend with a slight ankle problem but is fit enough to return while top scorer Aaron Wilbraham should also start at Glanford Park.

Wilbraham was rested for the trip to face the already relegated Bulls but will lead the line alongside Sam Baldock. Fellow forward Ali Gerba is likely to again miss out thanks to his knee injury.The Dons boss has made no secret of his ambition to lead his charges to a third-place finish, but his side currently sit four points adrift of fourth placed United. Calderwood admitted a win at Tannadice would do his side's European hopes a world of good.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

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Blues have reached five semis - and one final - in the past six years, and Hiddink said: "These players don't have five, six or seven more years to have the same chances they have had in recent years.

"It's very respectable that Chelsea made it to five semi-final in the past six years - it is a sign of big ambition.

"But this is the last occasion for these players to be where they want to be.

"They have a lot of desire to win the Champions League. We must play with intelligence and emotion - if we combine both we have a very good chance."

Following the goalless draw in Spain last week, Barcelona have been critical of Chelsea's tactics, accusing them of playing negatively and behaving over aggressively.

They then disposed of Spanish championship rivals Real Madrid with ease, winning 6-2 at the Bernabeu over the weekend.

As a result, motivation within the Barca camp is now at a high, but Hiddink watched the La Liga encounter and is confident he will keep Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto'o at bay

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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players dominated the Premier League Team of the Year as named by the Professional Footballers' Association.

Veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs celebrated being named player of the year by headlining a six-strong group of Old Trafford stars in the annual selection.

Defenders Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, winger Cristiano Ronaldo and goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar were all named in the all-star XI.

However, there was no place in the side for England striker Wayne Rooney.

Elsewhere, United's main title rivals Liverpool had two players honoured after captain Steven Gerrard and striker Fernando Torres were named.

Portsmouth and England defender Glen Johnson was given the nod at right-back, while there was a surprise inclusion for Chelsea Nicolas Anelka up front.

PFA young player of the year Ashley Young of Aston Villa completed the line-up.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

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They play at a high level both on and off the ball. In my Barca days, I remember we put on the pressure when we lost the ball. They still do this now and the Chelsea players are aware of it.

"But I've never been with a team like Chelsea, a team that wants to win more. Some of the players have won just about everything, but they never give up fighting.

"We have some great individual players, but we are also a great team. Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and John Terry are on great form, and Nicolas Anelka is regaining his form.

"What makes us a strong side is our desire to win the Champions League. Our weaknesses depend on the day. We're capable of going to Camp Nou and not losing.

"I think the second leg will be decisive. In the first leg you still know you have another 90 minutes. It would be great to score in Nou Camp, but we also realise we can't afford to let any goals in. We want the semi-final to be decided at home."

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"Nobody is unstoppable. I've played in the Brazilian national side for a long time and we've never thought we were unstoppable. When I was with Barca we played great football but we weren't either. Unstoppable teams don't exist.

"They play at a high level both on and off the ball. In my Barca days, I remember we put on the pressure when we lost the ball. They still do this now and the Chelsea players are aware of it.

"But I've never been with a team like Chelsea, a team that wants to win more. Some of the players have won just about everything, but they never give up fighting.

"We have some great individual players, but we are also a great team. Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and John Terry are on great form, and Nicolas Anelka is regaining his form.

"What makes us a strong side is our desire to win the Champions League. Our weaknesses depend on the day. We're capable of going to Camp Nou and not losing.

"I think the second leg will be decisive. In the first leg you still know you have another 90 minutes. It would be great to score in Nou Camp, but we also realise we can't afford to let any goals in. We want the semi-final to be decided at home."

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009

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In 1886, a group of workers at the Woolwich Arsenal Armament Factory formed a team called Dial Square, renaming themselves to Royal Arsenal shortly afterwards. The team turned professional in 1891 and changed its name again to Woolwich Arsenal, eventually dropping the prefix completely in 1913 when they moved to Highbury.

The Gunners joined the Second Division in 1893 and were promoted in 1904. Success eluded them until the arrival of Herbert Chapman in 1925 when they won the league five times between 1930 and 1938 and the FA Cup twice. Chapman, who died in 1934, was also behind the renaming of the nearest London Underground station to Arsenal.

Arsenal had to wait until the 1970s for their next period of success. But their first double in 1971 was followed by several near-misses - finishing second in 1972, and losing three FA Cup finals and the 1980 European Cup Winners' Cup final.

It was not until the return of ex-player George Graham as manager that the club rose to greatness again - winning six trophies during his nine-year reign. That included League Cup success in 1987 and 1993, the FA Cup in 1993, the league title in 1989 and 1991 and European Cup Winners' Cup in 1994. Arsenal hold the enviable record of the most consecutive seasons in the top flight - 80 at present.

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Carlos Villanueva is not exactly sure of his immediate future at Rovers after his parent club have revealed they have received two offers for him.
The 23-year-old joined Blackburn last summer in a season-long loan move from Chilean side Audax Italiano, there was an option to buy the player at the end of the season, but nothing has been sorted out yet for the forward who has made just 18 appearances this season and scored two goals.

Villanueva has made no secret of the fact that he wishes to remain at Ewood Park and Audax Italiano chairman Claudio Tessa has no objection.

But Tessa claims that a host of anonymous clubs are interested in the players services, he told La Tercera: "We have already received several offers for his transfer. Two of them are concrete, one is from Europe and the other is from another continent.

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Un supercampionato europeo per fronteggiare la crisi che rischia di mettere a repentaglio il calcio e il grande "business" legato al pallone. L'idea viene rilanciata oggi dal periodico "France Football" che rivela il progetto dei grandi club europei di un "Supercampionato" d'Europa con tre divisioni e un sistenma di promozioni e retrocessioni. L'idea - riporta il periodico - non è nuova; dagli inizi degli anno '90 alcuni grandi club riunitisi in seguito nel cosiddetto G14 avevano reso la vita dura a Uefa e Fifa reclamando un campionato tra supergrandi sul modello della Nba americana.

In seguito il G14 si è sciolto ed è stato rimpiazzato dall'Associazione dei Club europei (Eca) e ora i membri più illustri del gotha del calcio europeo vogliono tornare alla carica ma agendo di concerto con l'Uefa e per questo sono pronti - si legge sul giornale - a fare alcune concessioni.


Il progetto con le tre serie A, B e C più i preliminari prevederebbe la partecipazione di 20/22 club ad ogni serie con 3/4 squadre promosse e/o retrocesse. Chi vince la Superlega A si vedrebbe assegnato il titolo di Campione d'Europa. Nelle dell'Eca e della Commissione Calcio Fifa con Platini la SuperLega non è in agenda, ma il dibattito è ormai aperto. 

"La Superlega? Credo che alla fine il calcio è destinato a uscire dalla sfera provinciale o nazionale per abbracciare quella internazionale". Arrigo Sacchi spiega così il suo sostegno all'idea della creazione di una Superlega europea.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

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'Manchester United never had to get out of first gear to beat Portsmouth. Without being disrespectful to Pompey this was by far the easiest of the week`s matches for the 3 title chasers. 

That win for United has put them in a pretty much insurmountable position now as they can afford to lose a match and still take the title back to Old Trafford. They could lose to Arsenal at home in a few weeks and still win the trophy. That`s suggesting that Liverpool and Chelsea will win all their games and I certainly don`t think that`s a given and didn`t before the midweek games.

I`d also expect Manchester United to beat Tottenham this weekend despite their huge Champions League clash with Arsenal looming large. The cushion they now have at the top should allow them to relax more and after a recent slump in form I think they are due a big performance. 

Spurs certainly won`t be easy to beat as they proved in the Carling Cup final and are one of the Premier League form teams. However, despite their good form and massive improvements, I`d expect United to pick up another 3 points towards the title.'

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An update on the current status on the Vital Liverpool Mini League. Doing this we see that Johndoe's Warriors remains the current leader.

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We need to start getting used to the idea that Guus Hiddink will not stay on as Chelsea manager, so there will be (yet another) new man on the Chelsea touchline next season. Lindy has set us a challenge to say what we feel about Chelsea`s managerial prospects. But rather than write about what we would like to happen, I thought I would write about what I think is likely to happen. And, from what we read, the name that keeps cropping up is Milan`s coach, Carlo Ancelotti.

We`ll pass over the rather banal revelations from David Beckham that Carlo Ancelotti is learning English although I can`t help point out that, if the purpose of this was to help communications between coach and player, surely it is up to Beckham to learn Italian. Then again, in his time at Real Madrid Beckham failed to learn Spanish. 

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Very bad news for Wilfred Bouma. He has had a set-back in his rehab and will now definitely be out for the rest of the season. On the flip side of that, there are not many games left, it would be asking a massive amount for him to come straight back to his best and strangely, Nicky Shorey is actually starting to play like the bloke I thought we`d signed in the first place. Hopefully Freddie can just get sorted and come back for pre-season then start again - ideally as good as new!

We get drawn against hometown team Malaga in the Peace Cup, and also Celtic, which obviously creates the odd headline relating to MON. Celtic still need to win their league in order to qualify; I am not 100% sure why and nowhere seems to explain it, but I assume it is relating to CL qualifiers.

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ZABALETA - 6 clearly didn't look fit and didn't really cope all afternoon. 

ONUOHA - 8 outstanding again for city and only for him we may not have won this game. 

DUNNE - 7 played better in the last 20 mins to keep Albion at bay and made some good tackles late on. 

BRIDGE - 5 the games seem to keep passing him by and he as well doesn't look fit. 

DE JONG - 6 yet again played to deep even for a defensive midfielder and only passed the ball forwards twice. 

KOMPANY - 6 like De Jong really he plays to deep and seems to give away needless fouls in dangerous places all the time. 

IRELAND - 6 not his best game and he looks drained. A great run and pass at the end to Sturridge though to make the points safe. 

ELANO - 8 was Eastlands MOTM but I would go for Ned as MOTM but Elano had a great game and I'm baffled why he got subbed again for the headless chicken. 

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Stoke City boss, Tony Pulis will be running in the London Marathon to help the Donna Louise Trust.

Coming hot on the heels of Rory Delap's announcement that he is going to be cycling from Edinburgh to Newcastle-on-Tyne in June in aid of the same local children's hospice, Tone's decision to run the 26 mile course is also just as impressive.

The run takes place on Sunday April 26th, just the day after the Potters are in the capital for the match at Fulham. But we'll have to wait and see if he takes to the streets wearing his trademark baseball cap.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

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Chelsea's interim coach Guus Hiddink is already working on a way to combat Barcelona's attacking prowess without a recognised left-back. Ashley Cole's second-half booking in Tuesday night's astonishing 4-4 draw with Liverpool has left the Blues with a real headache when Chelsea meet the Spanish giants in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at the Nou Camp in a fortnight. The club's decision to sell Wayne Bridge to Manchester City in the January transfer window and Paulo Ferreira's subsequent knee ligament injury have conspired, along with Cole's booking, to leave Hiddink searching within his ranks for a player capable of stopping Barca's Lionel Messi. "The left-back situation might cause problems but we have time to think how we might resolve it," said Hiddink. "Barcelona are a very advanced team with very skilful players. They know how to handle the pace. I like their philosophy of football."

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Sir Alex Ferguson is convinced Saturday's win at Sunderland will prove to be a watershed in Manchester United's season. After sweeping all before them on their return from the Club World Cup in Japan, United have suddenly hit an alarming slump. Ferguson admitted goalkeeper Ben Foster made another mistake at the Stadium of Light. But it was the only thing that went wrong in a narrow 2-1 win at Sunderland that United's wily manager feels will mark the point in his side's season when confidence began to return. "It was a watershed," said Ferguson. "The back four played very well and restricted Sunderland to only a few chances because we dealt with their crosses terrifically. Ben is young and inexperienced but apart from that one mistake, the defence was very good. Hopefully from now on we will be fine."

Monday, April 20, 2009

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Liverpool have maintained their status as a domestic and European force since the Premier League began in 1992, rarely finishing outside the top positions. The club have won seven major trophies since then, including the Champions League, Uefa Cup, two FA Cups and three League Cups.

Indeed, 2001 saw the Reds claim an unprecedented League Cup, FA Cup and Uefa Cup treble. Having won more domestic and European trophies than any other English club, Liverpool's status as giants of the domestic game is undisputed.

Under Rafa Benitez, Liverpool have secured Champions League football in each of the last four seasons.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

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United retained the trophy in the following campaign and romped to further titles in 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003. More silverware was added to the Red Devils' burgeoning trophy cabinet with FA Cup success in 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2004, plus League Cup victories in 1992 and 2006.

Perhaps the most memorable time in the club's history was the treble-winning season of 1999 when they added the European Champions League trophy to the league title and FA Cup.

Chelsea briefly broke their league dominance with title wins in 2005 and 2006. But in the 2006/07 season, the Red Devils roared back to regain the Barclays Premiership.

They went one better last season, enjoying their most successful campaign since winning the treble. They saw off the challenge of Chelsea and Arsenal to win an exciting Barclays Premier League title race and defeated the Blues on penalties in the Champions League final after a 1-1 draw between the two sides in Moscow.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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United retained the trophy in the following campaign and romped to further titles in 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003. More silverware was added to the Red Devils' burgeoning trophy cabinet with FA Cup success in 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2004, plus League Cup victories in 1992 and 2006.

Perhaps the most memorable time in the club's history was the treble-winning season of 1999 when they added the European Champions League trophy to the league title and FA Cup.

Chelsea briefly broke their league dominance with title wins in 2005 and 2006. But in the 2006/07 season, the Red Devils roared back to regain the Barclays Premiership.

They went one better last season, enjoying their most successful campaign since winning the treble. They saw off the challenge of Chelsea and Arsenal to win an exciting Barclays Premier League title race and defeated the Blues on penalties in the Champions League final after a 1-1 draw between the two sides in Moscow

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The Premier League crown eluded them until 1998 - two years into manager Arsene Wenger's tenure - when they did the league and FA Cup double. Under the Frenchman, the Gunners shook off their "boring" image and began to play some of the most attractive football in England.

In eight of his 12 seasons at the club, Arsenal have finished first or second. And together with star players such as Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp, Wenger took Arsenal to another "double" in 2002.

The Gunners reached the Champions' League final in 2006, becoming the first London team to do so, but lost to Barcelona. Their Barclaycard Premiership title in 2003/04 saw them become only the second team to win the league without losing a match - earning them the title "The Invincibles." Overall they went 49 matches unbeaten, which is a national record.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

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O'Neill stormed on to the pitch at the full-time whistle to remonstrate with referee Mike Riley, who the Villa boss later claimed to have missed a foul on Ashley Young in the build-up to the winning goal.

He said after the match: "The officials also got three offside decisions wrong when we were clean through."

A statement on the FA's website confirmed that O'Neill has been charged for his behaviour at the final whistle, and not for his post-match comments.

The statement read: "The charge relates to O'Neill's conduct towards referee Mike Riley following the final whistle at Villa's match against Manchester United at Old Trafford on April 5."Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has been slapped with an improper conduct charge by the FA.

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"There are seven games left which is about 20% of the season and we want to make the last 20% of the season as good as the first 80%. 

"We want to make certain that we finish well and not leave a bad taste in our mouths by not keeping up that level of performance and allowing ourselves to relax. 

"Even in games we've lost this season we've always been in there fighting and I am very anxious for that to continue." 

Seventh spot and a place in next season's Europa League is now a realistic possibility, although Hodgson will not lose too much sleep if they fall just short. 

"I think Europe will be something that just happens to one team," he added. "I don't think any of the teams who could finish seventh are saying they want to be in Europe. It's more a question of seeing how well we play the last seven games.

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The about-turn has been quite startling for a club that seemed well set for an unprecedented quintuple before they were dismantled by Liverpool on March 14.

Having seen one rallying call go unheeded, Sir Alex Ferguson delivered another ahead of the trip to Sunderland.

And this time Carrick is confident United will not let their manager down."It has been a strange time," said the England midfielder. "Obviously we have not helped ourselves because we are doing things that we have not done for so long.

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It will be interesting to see how Rafa Benitez approaches the next week. He has stopped rotating his squad so much, but with a tired squad approaching the business end of the season he must be tempted to give some players a rest.

Wednesday's match showed that Guus Hiddink has got Chelsea back to their awesome best.

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"Bolton will not be an easy game because they know we had a tough match on Wednesday.

"We have to focus on it being difficult and our concentration will be the key. I hope we don't need an alarm bell to before we start playing well."

Hiddink is likely to make minor adjustments to the side for the visit of Bolton but will resist the temptation to rest a players.

"You must always be careful with temptations, professionally, and I think we still have to focus on the league," said Hiddink.

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Asked about any influence Wenger had on him, Diarra said: "Me? Nothing. With Wenger I learnt nothing. Well, he only taught me how to doubt everything.

"I played 15 matches. The relationship I had with him was not good.

"Wenger never spoke to me until I told him I was leaving. He spoke with the others but not me."Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has brushed off talk of fatigue and vowed to rotate his squad to keep their Champions League and FA Cup bid alive.Arsenal face three matches in eight days which could define their season, beginning with a trip to Wigan in the Premier League on Saturday on the back of a 17-match unbeaten run that Wenger hopes will be enough to 'steal' third place.

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Spurs have scored 90th minute goals in their last two league games against West Ham.

Spurs have scored in their last six league games, the joint-best current run in the division.

Robbie Keane has scored three goals in his last five Premier League appearances for Spurs.
Twenty-two per cent of the goals Tottenham have conceded have been scored by defenders - the highest proportion in the top flight.

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Stoke have taken 252 long throws - no other team has even reached 100 yet.Newcastle have scored only three goals in their last six Premier League games Stoke have taken 11 points from their last six league games to rise from 17th to 13th Newcastle have averaged only 4.2 corners per game this season,

the lowest figure in the top-flight.Stoke have failed to score in five of their last six home games against Newcastle (all competitions).

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That match was Hull's last Premier League win on home soil.

Marlon King scored the winner for Hull in this match from the penalty spot - he is now on loan at Middlesbrough from Wigan.Phil Brown's men have scored a league-high nine goals from corners, whereas no side has conceded more in this way this season than Boro - eight.

The Tigers have been saved by their own goal-frame 23 times this season, more than any other side.Hull have gone 261 minutes without a league goal.

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Papa Bouba Diop is on the road to recovery from a knee ligament injury which has kept him out since January, while Richard Hughes continues in midfield having proved his fitness at Hull last week following a hamstring injury which sidelined him for two months. On-loan Armand Traore has recovered from a sprained ankle but is unlikely to feature while Greek pair Angelos Basinas and Theo Gekas, signed in the January window, have hopes of only a substitute's role at best.

Pompey (from): James, Kaboul, Campbell, Distin, Hreidarsson, Pennant, Hughes, Mullins, Nugent, Kranjcar, Crouch, Kanu, Pamarot, Belhadj, Utaka, Basinas, Traore, Wilson, Cranie, Begovic.Suspended Glen Johnson and injured Sean Davis (knee) miss Portsmouth's Premier League clash with West Brom at Fratton Park

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McLeish said in the Birmingham Mail: "I did give him the opportunity to stay to the death with us, but he declined.

"I think he will be going back to Ecuador to give himself the best chance of being involved with the national team for the World Cup and Copa America campaign.Blues back at the start of March having impressed as a free agent while on trial when the club were struggling with injuries.

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Andy King and Steve Howard were restored to the starting line-up against the Cumbrians after missing the defeat to Peterborough due to international duty and suspension respectively and should keep their places in Pearson's side.

Goalkeeper David Stockdale is in contention after extending his loan spell from Fulham earlier in the week to keep him at the Walkers Stadium until the end of the season.Midfielder Carl Baker (ankle) and striker Peter Thompson (collapsed lung) are still out as Jim Gannon's men bid to end a four-match winless streak.

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Bees boss Andy Scott will choose from an otherwise unchanged squad as the leaders go in search of a first win in five attempts.

Veteran defender Darren Powell made his first start since rejoining the club where he began his career against Bradford last weekend and should keep his place at Griffin Park.

Strikers Nathan Elder (cheekbone), Charlie MacDonald (shoulder) and Jordan Rhodes (metatarsal) are out for the rest of the season so Billy Clarke and Damian Spencer will keep their places in attack.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

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However, unless manager Mark Wotte can inspire his young side to a remarkable turnaround in fortunes, any penalty could prove academic for the club's survival chances this season.

Southampton are still two points adrift of safety with five games left and seem set to be plying their trade in League One - if at all - come August.

Teenage winger Kieron Cadogan scored on his debut to earn Crystal Palace a point in a 1-1 draw against Coventry.

The latest graduate from Palace's prolific academy had only been on the pitch for 12 minutes when he pounced on a defensive mistake, rounded City goalkeeper Keiren Westwood and tucked the ball into the net.Late goals from John Joe O'Toole and Arturo Lupoli decided a typically feisty derby, although there was still time for Barnsley to miss a penalty and score a consolation through Daniel Bogdanovic.

O'Toole, on loan from Watford, bundled home his first goal for the club in the 81st minute to keep the Blades' automatic promotion hopes alive and Arsenal striker Lupoli slid home the clincher six minutes later.

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Peterborough due to the absence of Elvis Hammond.The Robins striker has picked up an ankle injury and will miss the clash at London Road, which could see the club take another giant stride towards inevitable relegation. 

Cheltenham's status as a League Two club could be confirmed after Easter Monday's home clash against Yeovil, but Allen will be looking for plenty of spirit from his side regardless of results between now and May 2. 

Forward Nicholas Bignall returned to parent club Reading on Wednesday due to a groin injury and will therefore not feature. 

Midfielder David Bird and defender Alan Wright both remain sidelined with their respective calf injuries, while defender Gavin Caines (knee) remains a long-term absentee.Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson has revealed he is likely to turn to defender Shane Blackett to fill in for injured Tom Williams.Blackett last played for Posh in their home defeat by Southend on February 28 but is expected to be get the nod against Cheltenham on Good Friday following the knee ligament injury suffered by first choice left-back Williams. 

The other option for Ferguson is to move Charlie Lee over from central defence but he does not want to disrupt his defence even further.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

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Liverpool must cope without the suspended Javier Mascherano against the Blues after the Argentina international was booked in the second leg of the Real showdown.

Mascherano's absence means that Xabi Alonso is likely to start alongside Lucas in midfield with Gerrard supporting star striker Fernando Torres.

Alvaro Arbeloa and Andrea Dossena will miss the second leg at Stamford Bridge next week if they are booked in the first leg clash."Steven had some problems, but I think he will be OK for Wednesday," said Benitez.

"He was a little bit tired and he felt something a bit tight. We will see."

Gerrard has been the driving force behind Liverpool's recent resurgence and is the joint top-scorer in the Champions League with seven, including two in the thrashing of Real Madrid in the last round.Liverpool skipper Gerrard was a slight doubt for the all-Premier League first leg after being substituted late on against Fulham on Saturday with a slight groin problem

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Bayern defender Daniel van Buyten will miss the trip to Spain because of personal reasons.

"The team left on Tuesday midday without Van Buyten for the match against Barcelona," the club said on their website.

Van Buyten is the second central defender to be ruled out, after Brazilian Lucio picked up a muscle injury in Bayern's 5-1 defeat against Wolfsburg on Saturday and will be out for several days.

Coach Juergen Klinsmann is expected to rely on Martin Demichelis and 19-year-old Brazilian Breno to harness the Spaniards' pace.

He also brought in Holger Badstuber from the reserve team."We are going to have to be at our very highest level to score goals and we know that at this level your mistakes are punished ruthlessly, especially against a team like Bayern."

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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Although Ferguson said he did not expect the 30-year-old to feature, he stopped short of saying Ferdinand would definitely miss the game and the defender remains in the squad.

The Scot has been known to talk pessimistically about certain players' chances of featuring as a psychological ploy before picking them for big games.

He said: "Most of the players will be okay and we can bring some fresh faces in but Rio, no, I don't think so."

Nemanja Vidic, Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes all return for the European tie after the suspended trio sat out the victory over Villa.

Park Ji-Sung is also likely to come back into the starting line-up, while Ferguson will make a late decision on the fitness of Ryan Giggs.

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Arsenal beat Manchester City 2-0 on Saturday and Wenger is looking forward to his men producing another good performance at El Madrigal.

"I believe it is always good to win before you go into another big game. It lifts the confidence and belief of the team a bit more," he said on Sky Sports News.

"We are on a good run and we feel we are consistent, which is a good basis to go into a Champions League game."

Luckily for Arsenal Adebayor is back from injury, as Robin van Persie has been ruled out. Likely to lead the line on his own, he quickly found his scoring touch at the weekend.




Saturday, April 4, 2009

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What a finale. What drama. Arsenal and Manchester United had lost this season at this footballing idyll by the Thames. Chelsea had drawn. 

It looked as if Liverpool would leave with less than they wanted too. And if they had only the man upstairs would have known how. 

Four times Liverpool hit the woodwork. Through Fernando Torres and Xabi Alonso. And Andrea Dossena twice. They played some magical football, too, but try as they might they struggled to breach the iron curtain Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has draped around Craven Cottage this season. 

Much is made of the importance of confidence in football and Liverpool have been stacking that commodity like beans in Tesco this past month. 

They had scored 11 goals and conceded just one in their last three league games, a period which had also seen them dispatch Real Madrid from the Champions League.

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The Everton manager has employed midfielder Tim Cahill as a lone striker since before Christmas and has even used Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott as makeshift centre-forwards to try to find goals from somewhere.Achterberg's testimonial against an Everton XI on Monday. 

But the unlucky forward was forced off during the first half after sustaining suspected medial ligament damage and could now be sidelined for between two and six weeks. 

Moore should have young striker Craig Curran available after he came through a full 90-minute work-out against the Toffees. 

But Terry Gornell, a first-year professional who has made 10 senior appearances this season, faces another week on the sidelines with a medial ligament injury.

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Gerrard agreed a two-year extension to his contract on Friday, believed to be worth around £130,000 a week, which means he will be at the club until 2013. "We have got big matches to play, all of them cup finals as we have to win them all to stay in the title race and go all the way to Rome for the Champions League final." 

He added: "It is a fantastic feeling to have agreed the deal. This is what I wanted, to see out the rest of my career with Liverpool.
Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool can fight for the Premier League and Champions League after tying down a string of stars to new deals.

"I have said all along that as long as the club wanted me then I would stay at Liverpool. 

"I have been a fan all my life and it will be fantastic at the end of my career to look back and say I have been with Liverpool all the way through.

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The Blues have also been heavily linked with Juventus striker David Trezeguet, whose very public spat with manager Claudio Ranieri has alerted the eagle-eyed Frank Arnesen.

Maybe the Dane deserves that promotion to director of football after all - not just any Tom, Dick or Harry can unearth a man with over 200 career goals to his name, including the most famous Golden Goal ever.

Real Madrid defender Fabio Cannavaro has been quoted as pointing out that it 'would not be a huge drama' if he left the Bernabeu in the summer: maybe Arnesen - in charge of global scouting - could send a few of his number to watch the little-known Italian in action, with Manchester City also understood to be interested.

Arsenal are understood to be lining up the man billed as the 'Serbian Saviour', no, not Nemanja Vidic, but 17-year-old striker Danijel Aleksic.

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Arsenal might fight off interest for a while, but it will be hard for Arsene Wenger to turn down an offer of £45 million from either, particularly as he has seen his side go 16 games unbeaten without his skipper.

Not so long ago, Amr Zaki was one of the hottest properties in the Premier League.

On loan from Zamalek to Wigan, he scored eight goals in 10 games, prompting the Egyptian club to double their original £6 million asking price as clubs of the calibre of Liverpool began an apparent bidding war.

Fast forward six months, and Zaki has not scored from open play for 19 matches, has been involved in a bizarre row with his compatriot Mido and been described by Steve Bruce as the most unprofessional player he has ever worked with.

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It is another set back for the former Chelsea forward after he had only recently recovered from injury to step back into the Hammers' line-up.

West Ham United striker Carlton Cole has been ruled out for six weeks with a groin injury."Fortunately, he won't need an operation," West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola told the club website.The 25-year-old only played for 20 minutes as a substitute in England's home friendly against Slovakia before picking up the injuryThe Hammers have blocked more shots (161) than any other side in the top flight.

Sunderland have only scored more than once in a game in one of their last 12 Premier League games.


"It's just a problem in between the muscle and the tendon in his groin so he doesn't need an operation."

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Bentley's problem is that he is not getting regular starts at Spurs, mainly due to Lennon's sparkling recent form - and Redknapp hopes he does not have to make changes to his side as they are in the hunt for a place in the Europa League. 

Luka Modric has also impressed on the left so Bentley will probably be on the bench this weekend when he returns to Blackburn, who he left last summer. Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp expects bids for David Bentley this summer after a frustrating first season for the winger at White Hart Lane.Bentley arrived at Spurs looking to cement his place as David Beckham's successor for England but has fallen out of favour and is behind Aaron Lennon in the pecking order for club and country.

Redknapp added: "It's hard for David. Aaron has been in great form. You hope that Aaron keeps playing well and the team keeps winning and I don't have to change it, I've got to be truthful.

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"The consensus of opinion was that Derby, Fulham and ourselves would get relegated, but two of us got out of it, so there is still everything to play for with every club down there at the moment." 

There has been undeniable progress at Bolton since their successful fight with relegation last season, yet the fear of sliding into the Championship still haunts Megson. 

The Trotters are five points above third-bottom Newcastle, but Megson said: "The relegation issue is between nine clubs at the moment, from West Brom up to ourselves, and we want to try and get out of that relegation area as soon as we can. 

"At the moment I don't think there's a single club in the entire Premier League who has not got something to play for with eight games to go.

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Striker Daniel Cousin is Hull's only fitness concern after the international break gave the likes of Michael Turner, Andy Dawson and Ian Ashbee time to overcome injuries. 

The two-week recess since the last-gasp loss at Wigan has also taken the sting out of the Tigers' 13th defeat of the season. 

"To say the two-week break came at the right time is an understatement," Brown added. "We finished against Wigan with five playing out of position. 

"But the effects of Wigan have not been evident in the last fortnight. 

"The sessions I have been witnessing this week are ones that have given me a spur. 

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And Pulis believes all three promoted sides - Stoke, West Brom and Hull - can all be proud to retain hopes of survival at this late stage of the campaign. 

He added: "I'm very pleased that the three of us are still fighting because it's a massive, massive step when you come up from the Championship. 

"Everything is different, on and off the field, and it's a big learning curve for us all. 

"There may be only eight games left, but the biggest part of the season is still in front of us and it's all to play for. 

"It's incredibly exciting with 10 or 11 teams still not safe and we think we are ready for the challenge."

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Leicester are boosted by the return of Steve Howard and Andy King as they look to get their title charge back on track at home to Carlisle.Striker Howard is likely to go straight back into the starting line-up alongside top scorer Matty Fryatt after serving a two-match suspension. 

Midfielder King comes back into the reckoning after missing the defeat at Peterborough while on international duty with the Wales Under-21 side. 

Elsewhere, Wayne Brown is in contention to start after being on the bench at London Road. He will challenge Patrick Kisnorbo and Michael Morrison for the right to partner Jack Hobbs at the heart of defence. 

The League One leaders saw second-placed Peterborough narrow the gap at the top of the table to just four points with a 2-0 victory in last week's meeting between the two sides.

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Brentford boss Andy Scott will be without striker Charlie MacDonald when the League Two leaders travel to Bradford City on Saturday.The Bees' top scorer suffered a dislocated shoulder during last weekend's draw with Gillingham and the club are waiting on the results of a scan to determine the extent of the damage. 

Boss Andy Scott is therefore light in attack, with Nathan Elder (cheekbone) and Jordan Rhodes (metatarsal) ruled out for the rest of the season. 

Ipswich forward Billy Clarke, who played on the wing against Gillingham, will probably be pushed up front alongside another loanee, Aston Villa's Sam Williams. 

On-loan Cheltenham striker Damian Spencer and recent midfield recruit Craig Dobson are pushing for starting places but captain Kevin O'Connor is still missing with a knee injury.

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Celtic boss Gordon Strachan is confident Artur Boruc will recover from his nightmare with Poland and rebuild his reputation with the Bhoys.Strachan was at fault for two goals in Poland's 3-2 defeat by Northern Ireland at Windsor Park last Saturday, the third goal especially embarrassing when he let a back-pass bounce over his foot. 

Boruc was then axed from the squad following a confrontation with Poland boss Leo Beenhakker when he was told he would play no part in the midweek World Cup qualifier against San Marino. 

It was the latest in a long line of controversial incidents involving Boruc on and off the field this season. 

In January, Strachan revealed he would have a word with the erratic Pole after another gaffe had handed Dundee a shock opener in a Homecoming Scottish Cup tie at Parkhead. 

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Celtic boss Gordon Strachan is confident Artur Boruc will recover from his nightmare with Poland and rebuild his reputation with the Bhoys.Strachan was at fault for two goals in Poland's 3-2 defeat by Northern Ireland at Windsor Park last Saturday, the third goal especially embarrassing when he let a back-pass bounce over his foot. 

Boruc was then axed from the squad following a confrontation with Poland boss Leo Beenhakker when he was told he would play no part in the midweek World Cup qualifier against San Marino. 

It was the latest in a long line of controversial incidents involving Boruc on and off the field this season. 

In January, Strachan revealed he would have a word with the erratic Pole after another gaffe had handed Dundee a shock opener in a Homecoming Scottish Cup tie at Parkhead. 

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Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed the club want to sign Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas.

Arsenal lured Fabregas away from Barcelona as a teenager after he came through the club's youth ranks.

The 21-year-old has gone on to establish himself as one of the best young midfielders in Europe and a host of clubs have been credited with an interest in his services.

Fabregas has been continually linked with a return to his native Spain with both Barcelona and Real Madrid keen on signing him.

Laporta is a big admirer of the schemer and believes the player 

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Bayern and Wolfsburg are joint second on 48 points, a point behind leaders Hertha Berlin with nine matches left and a defeat for either would see them drift off at least three points.

Wolfsburg, with seven consecutive wins, have the league's most feared home record, dropping only two out of a possible 36 points from 12 matches.

Toni's return from a four-week absence with a heel injury is welcome news for Bayern who had been short of fit strikers after Miroslav Klose injured his ankle and was ruled out for more than a month, leaving volatile Lukas Podolski as the only option.

"Luca is hungry. He wants to get stuck in there," said Bayern coach Juergen Klinsmann after the Italian scored a hat-trick in training.

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even-time reigning champions Lyon, who are away at Le Mans on Saturday, top the table with nine rounds of fixtures left but they are just a point clear of Marseille, with Bordeaux a further two points back. 

Les Gones are still considered favourites to land what would be a record eighth consecutive crown but they have won just one of their last four matches. 

This weekend's match should be one of their easier games between now and the end of the season as they still have the likes of OM, Bordeaux, Paris Saint-Germain and Toulouse yet to play. 

"If we are going to win the title, we'll have to produce a great end to the season," said Lyon forward Ederson. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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Gabriel Agbonlahor has been called up as Bent's replacement, but the Aston Villa man is lacking in confidence at the moment and suffering from a terrible run of form. One goal in 17 games is hardly the kind of record you'd want to from a player about to spearhead England's attack in such a crucial fixture.

But what were the other options? James Beattie has done well enough since moving to Stoke City and Kevin Davies regularly does a decent job for Bolton, but neither are good enough to hold their own at international level. 

Michael Owen may once have been world class, or at least close to that, but he is miles away at the moment and has deservedly been overlooked.

Increasingly, it appears that Rooney apart - some of the time - England simply do not boast anyone in the same class as the likes of Spain's Fernando Torres.

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"Spain are the European champions and a very good team. I have learned a lot." 

It was not so much a gulf in quality Spain exposed. Apart from Phil Jagielka's inexplicable error in playing the ball into a midfield area occupied only by Spanish players to create the opening for David Villa's first-half strike, England acquitted themselves reasonably well. 

True, midfield maestro Xavi, with his quick feet and even quicker brain was a class apart, while Villa, Fernando Torres and Xabi Alonso provided pretty competent back-up. 

But in one-off situations, England quite often had the answers. 

But that extra 5%, which turns good teams into trophy-winning ones, was missing. 

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Domenech continues to get panned by the French press, while crowds at France home games howl with derision when his name or face appears on giant screens in the stadia. However, French Football Federation (FFF) president Jean-Pierre Escalettes, who gave his full backing to Domenech after the Euros, will stick by his man until the end of the World Cup qualifying campaign, whatever happens along the way. 

"The (federation's) federal council made a decision and it has confirmed it since," Escalettes told French channel L'Equipe TV. 

"It said at the time that Raymond would be going all the way to the end of qualification and we are not going to review this after the third match, after the fourth match, after the fifth match.

His demeanour and attitude in front of the press have changed, prompted by a request by Escalettes and the FFF to improve his relationship with the media in the wake of the Euro 2008 debacle.

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Sampdoria striker Pazzini is expected to earn his first start after scoring on his national team debut away to Montenegro in Saturday's 2-0 win.

Villarreal striker Rossi, who did not appear in the Podgorica game at the weekend, is eager to show what he can do in the national team shirt.

"If I play, I will try to give my best for the team and do the right thing," said Rossi.Lippi looks set to start with Giampaolo Pazzini, Giuseppe Rossi and Simone Pepe in the clash at the San Nicola Stadium.

"In my case, as a striker, that would be either to score or help a team-mate by giving the right assist."

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"The coach has told us that some players who have not yet competed here will be coming into the team," said Alexandros Tziolis, who could fill a spot in Greece's midfield.

Other candidates are defender Nikos Spyropoulos, midfielder Loukas Vintra and striker Dimitris Salpigidis.Spain are also expected to rest several of their key players ahead of their quarter-final.

But striker Yannis Amanatidis said that did not make Spain less dangerous."In football, major success and major failure should be left behind after 24 hours," he said. "All the players want to enjoy themselves against Spain and want to show off their abilities and skills."

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Switzerland's desire to exit the tournament well shone through after the break, and after an extended bout of pressure with 20 minutes to go Eren Derdiyok's deft touch put Yakin through on goal and the striker blasted past Ricardo to spare the hosts the ignominy of finishing with no points.

Yakin then scored his and Switzerland's third of the tournament form the penalty spot after Fernando Meira fouled substitute Tranquillo Barnetta in the final ten minutes.

The result does not change Portugal's status as winners of Group A, but the break in their momentum may yet affect them in the quarter-finals.SWISS TXT published a full apology on its website and on page 776 of its television information service and national coordinator Gion Linder said it had been "an embarrassing mistake".

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Low has a slight doubt over midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who picked up a calf injury in Saturday's 4-0 win over Liechtenstein, but the Bayern Munich man is expected to be fit.

Low insists he will keep faith with misfiring striker Mario Gomez, who was booed off by Germany fans after Saturday's match after missing a string of chances.

Wales boss Toshack will make changes to his side in the fall-out from the weekend World Cup disaster.

Toshack, in a prickly mood at his media conference today, has demanded a much better display against the Germans after a few days of "soul searching".

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"The ball does bounce slightly differently but not enough to be used as an excuse. It rolls pretty straight. It doesn't move and you get used to it pretty quickly to be honest. 

"You've got to try and be experienced and not worry about it at all. You've just got to play your normal game." 

Barry is confident Villa's ability to win on their travels - they have won their last seven Premier League away games - means they can pull off a positive result. 

He said: "We felt we should have won the first game and we know we've got to score in the second leg because of the away rules goal. 

"But we will fancy our chances because it might be set up a bit better for us to play our counter-attacking game away from home.

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Captain Aaron Hughes insists the players are refreshed and ready to cement their place at the top of Group Three when Slovenia arrive at Windsor Park.

The Fulham defender and his team-mates ran themselves into the ground to secure a rousing victory against Poland at the weekend.

However, Hughes dismissed fears they would have little energy left for their second game in five days.Manager Nigel Worthington is already without Chris Brunt, who is banned after picking up his second yellow card of the campaign in the 3-2 victory against Poland.

He believes the recuperation programme under sports scientist Jonny Bloomfield - who was drafted in by Worthington - and his team has been second to none.

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Miller has excelled in the lone striker's role he is expected to fill in Amsterdam and he believes the rest of the players know exactly what is required against one of Europe's top teams. 

"We've shown in the past we can go away and get the right result," the Rangers striker said. 

"We have been to France and won, everything has to fall for you on the night. 

"You have to defend very well and limit them to very few chances, or none at all would be great, and when that one chance or two chances come along for you, you need to make sure you take them. 

"We've been put against world-class opposition before and we've dealt with it. 

"Sometimes we have been beaten when we've not deserved to get beat, but we have produced good results against France, Italy and Germany, so there is no reason why we can't do it again."

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Club physio Matt Byard told Town's official website: "Luca ruptured his anterior cruciate ligaments and also had extensive damage to his lateral collateral ligaments and tore cartilage as well.

"It's obviously a long-term injury and we are not expecting him to return to training until the new year.The 22-year-old suffered ligament damage to his right knee in the 1-1 draw with Burnley on March 17 and went under the knife in London on Friday."He will need time after that to build up his match fitness but the knee, post surgery, is strong and stable and we anticipate Luca completing a full recovery."

"He will need time after that to build up his match fitness but the knee, post surgery

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They have already had three managers this season. Kevin Keegan resigned as manager in September when Hughton took over as caretaker for three weeks.

Kinnear was announced as interim manager at the end of September and was in control of the team until the beginning of February when he was admitted to hospital with a heart condition.

Hughton then resumed control with Colin Calderwood as his assistant, but in the five league matches since then Newcastle have drawn two and lost three and dropped from 13th place to 18th and into the relegation zone.The visitors grew in confidence as the half went on and almost scored just after the half-hour when Szabolcs Huszti dragged his shot wide of the post after Gergely Rudolf had burst to the byline.

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Laszlo (pictured) told Hearts News Today: "We are at an important stage of the season, and it's also important to have as many players available as possible.

"They all want to be involved; the spirit in the dressing room is good, "We have a few players away on international duty this week and we hope they come back okay."and everyone is looking forward to the weekend after the break.The 19-year-old has not played for the first team for more than a month but is on course for Saturday's SPL clash with Kilmarnock.

"The English teams have proven the strength of the Premier League in recent years. Last season we had three in the semi-finals and two in the final, the previous year there were three in the semis and Liverpool made it to the final.
Glen's recovery follows that of star winger Andrew Driver and goalkeeper Marian Kello.

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Gunshots and car alarms could be heard as fans attacked cars and smashed nearby shop windows.

Many Bosnian Muslims back Turkey in international competitions for historical and cultural reasons that date back to the five centuries of Ottoman rule in the Balkans, while Croats regard the Croatian national team as their own.

"Dozens of people were admitted to hospital, including four police officers of whome one with serious injuries," a local doctor said.

Mostar has a history of football-related violence. The southern Bosnian city has roughly an equal number of Croats and Muslims, who were enemies during a 1993-1994 conflict but later became allies against Bosnian Serbs.

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Warnock told the Lancashire Telegraph: "You can't single out just one or two defenders when you talk about the last few weeks. They have all been immense. 

"Gael Givet has come in and you would not even realise he has only been here for a few weeks. He has been fantastic and Andre Ooijer has been fantastic. Stephen Warnock has sung the praises of the Blackburn defence as the club continue their bid for Premier League survival.Five clean sheets in 13 league games have helped Rovers move two points clear of the drop zone with eight minutes remaining.

"The back four are very hard to break down and we know that. Having played in midfield myself it is sometimes the midfield that has let the back four down and the forwards as well.

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It was young striker Federico Macheda who made the biggest impression, grabbing a hat-trick for the visitors to earn them a share of the spoils as the match finished 3-3.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Red Devils side took the lead in the first half through a Macheda penalty after Claudio Cacapa was penalised for handball.

Neville and Ritchie De Laet gave away a penalty as they were both in close attendance of Xisco when the Spaniard went to ground, and he duly stuck away the spot-kick.

Mark Doninger gave Newcastle the lead in the second period only for Macheda to equalise with a quarter of an hour remaining after Reece Brown had replaced Neville.

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Shevchenko, 32, scored nine league goals in 47 appearances in two seasons at Stamford Bridge after moving from AC Milan for a £30 million fee.

He is now back on loan with Milan but has only started two Serie A games this season and scored two goals - one in the Coppa Italia and the other in the UEFA Cup.

However, Shevchenko is looking for a milestone 40th goal for Ukraine in his 86th international on Wednesday.

Lampard also said Saturday's 4-0 friendly win over Slovakia, in which he scored England's third goal, was the perfect warm-up.

"Slovakia's technical style is similar to Ukraine but I am sure Ukraine will be stronger. They will come here to get points and there will certainly be an edge to their play."

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Tigers manager Phil Brown is adamant he saw Spain midfielder Fabregas - who was out injured and did not play but came on after full-time to celebrate with his team-mates - spit towards Horton in the tunnel.

Brown told the Hull Daily Mail that he had now sent in his evidence to the FA as hard Horton and fitness conditioner Sean Rush.

"My evidence has gone in, Brian Horton's evidence has gone in and Sean Rush's evidence has as well. That is all that has been necessary as regards to us up to now," Brown said.

"There is an independent solicitor representing us and hopefully there will be no bias towards any one club.

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3-0 victory over Scotland on Saturday, the Dutch FA stated.

Arsenal, who were reliant on Van Persie for creating and scoring goals in early 2009, face Manchester City on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger's side are in the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot, but only three points clear of Aston Villa.Netherlands striker Robin van Persie has pulled out of the squad preparing to play Macedonia in a World Cup Group Nine qualifier on Wednesday.

Netherlands are top of Group Nine with 12 points after four matches, eight points ahead of Scotland and Iceland, who will meet in Glasgow on Wednesday.

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Next year's World Cup finals are being played in South Africa and Brazil has been awarded the 2014 tournament.

Apart from the US, other formal expressions of interest in bidding for 2018 or 2022 have come from England, Australia, Japan, Qatar, Mexico, Russia, Indonesia and South Korea.

There are also joint proposals from Belgium and Netherlands and Spain and Portugal.

Kissinger was recruited by US Soccer to join the USA Bid Committee to present world football's governing body FIFA with proposals to stage a second World Cup in the United States.

The 1994 tournament was held in America.

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Asked what he would stress to FIFA in a bid, Kissinger said enthusiastic crowds were one of the key things the US offered.

"In most World Cups, the preliminary games don't have huge attendance. If Yemen plays Egypt, people don't rush to see it, unless it's in one of those countries," he said.

"(In 1994) we were sold out at practically every game."

Noting the Americans reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, the former diplomat said the standard of the game in the United States was getting better.

"I'd like it to become a major sport. But it is tough finding a time as there's always some other sport overlapping with Major League Soccer," he said.

"But it's progressing. We had bad luck because when the World Cup was here, the final was 0-0," he said of the 1994 final won by Brazil in a penalty shootout over Italy after a goalless draw.

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

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The news will be a blow to Capello, who views Heskey as an integral part of his future plans.

He has been in impressive form recently and before his enforced exit on Saturday night Heskey scored his first international goal for almost six years to put England ahead.

However, the FA have confirmed scans to Heskey's left hamstring have left little alternative other than for the Aston Villa man to withdraw.

It is the second withdrawal in less than 24 hours as Carlton Cole was ruled out immediately following the completion of England's win over Slovakia after suffering a thigh strain.

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The England striker will be the centre of attention again on Saturday, seven days after his red card at Fulham which was followed by a wild swing at the corner flag as Manchester United's late-season slump continued.

It once again raised question marks over Rooney's ability to keep his cool in pressurised situations, triggering memories of his dismissal in the World Cup quarter-final with Portugal in Gelsenkirchen as England bowed out of their last major tournament.

Yet David Beckham has already backed the 23-year-old, insisting it would be wrong to try and 'cage' the Merseysider.

And now Capello has followed suit, recalling evidence from his own playing days to emphasise the delicate balance act needed to maintain 'the right level of aggression' is not an easy one.

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German patriotism unimaginable just a few years ago, many held placards thanking them for a thrilling run to the final.

The team's plane from Vienna had made a series of low-flying passes over central Berlin to get a closer look at the enormous crowd jamming the centre of the German capital.

"We were all pretty sad last night but I think we achieved a lot with second place and I think we can all be proud that we were in the final," coach Joachim Loew said.

"Spain were a great team throughout the tournament and they were a class act last night. But if we meet Spain in a tournament again, we'll beat them next time."

Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann admitted giving away the goal was going to haunt him.

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Then the Three Lions could not get a false impression of their current status, or run away with the idea the gap between themselves and the top teams in the world is now pretty small. 

For, as Spain proved, there is still plenty of work ahead if England are to challenge properly in South Africa next year. 

"Yes," was Capello's unequivocal answer when asked whether if the 2-0 defeat would be the game his players learned most from this year. 

"Spain are the European champions and a very good team. I have learned a lot." 

It was not so much a gulf in quality Spain exposed. Apart from Phil Jagielka's inexplicable error in playing the ball into a midfield area occupied only by Spanish players to create the opening for David Villa's first-half strike, England acquitted themselves reasonably well.

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Giourkas Seitaridis was out with a thigh injury, Fanis Gekas fractured a cheekbone in the match against Russia and will be out for six weeks, while Vassilis Torosidis was also injured, Greek FA spokesman Michalis Tsapidis said.

"Giorgios Karagounis is also doubtful," he said. Karagounis has been nursing a leg injury since the start of the tournament.

None of the injuries, apart from that of Karagounis, had been announced before.

Tziolis said anyone coming into the starting XI was ready for the match.

"In football, major success and major failure should be left behind after 24 hours," he said. "All the players want to enjoy themselves against Spain and want to show off their abilities and skills."

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Russia have not hosted a World Cup or European Championship before but the Champions League final was held in Moscow this year.

Mutko is hoping they can draw on their successful bid to host the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014 to aid them in the process.

"We want to organise a sporting event of the highest level," Mutko added. "Nevertheless, we have to take a very close look at all the possibilities.

"We have to have 12 host towns ready and have available at least a dozen stadiums with 40,000 seats for the tournament.

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Switzerland's desire to exit the tournament well shone through after the break, and after an extended bout of pressure with 20 minutes to go Eren Derdiyok's deft touch put Yakin through on goal and the striker blasted past Ricardo to spare the hosts the ignominy of finishing with no points.

Yakin then scored his and Switzerland's third of the tournament form the penalty spot after Fernando Meira fouled substitute Tranquillo Barnetta in the final ten minutes.

The result does not change Portugal's status as winners of Group A, but the break in their momentum may yet affect them in the quarter-finals.

Switzerland fielded the same outfield players that started their first two matches, while Portugal manager Luiz Felipe Scolari made eight changes to his first-choice side.

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Deemed a prodigy at Bari, he became labelled an 'enfant terrible' for frequent shows of petulance which included spats with former Roma coach Fabio Capello and on-pitch arguments with referees, opponents and even team-mates. 

He seemed to have left the bad times in the past when he earned a place in former Italy coach Roberto Donadoni's European Championship squad. 

A return for the games against Montenegro and the Republic of Ireland seemed likely, particularly with Bayern Munich forward Luca Toni and Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino sidelined through injury, but he has been snubbed since Lippi took charge for a second time after Euro 2008. 

Cassano's Sampdoria team-mate Giampaolo Pazzini, who is in Lippi's 23-man squad, said: "Cassano is a very strong player, but it is Lippi that makes the decision and it has to be respected."

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Hungary dominated for long spells and almost took the lead in the 15th minute when the hosts were caught cold. Krisztian Vadocz hoisted the ball over the top and Torghelle was the first to react but he failed to test goalkeeper Maik Taylor, who was captaining the side, dragging his effort wide from a good position.

The visitors grew in confidence as the half went on and almost scored just after the half-hour when Szabolcs Huszti dragged his shot wide of the post after Gergely Rudolf had burst to the byline.

Northern Ireland's first real effort on goal did not come until the 54th minute. Chris Brunt swung in a cross from the left, with Keith Gillespie doing well to win the header from Peter Halmosi.

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His first spell as Portugal coach from 1991 to 1993 ended with failure to qualify for the 1994 World Cup finals.

The former Manchester United assistant coach, who took the post left vacant by Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari, has signed a contract with the Portuguese Football Federation until 2012.

Queiroz plans to speak to predecessor Scolari to gather all useful information.

He said: "I'm sure we will find room for him to give me all his feelings regarding the strengths of the team over the last few years and also some things he would change if he could go back in time because that's always the case."

Scolari stepped down after Euro 2008 following five-and-a-half years in charge to join Premier League club Chelsea who will again be one of the main challengers to champions United for the title.

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Polish sports minister Miroslaw Drzewiecki said Poland would do everything it could to host the tournament with Ukraine.

"Ukraine is the only partner for us, it can count on our full support and cooperation," Drzewiecki said in a statement.

"We will do everything to ensure that the tournament is a joint success of both Poland and Ukraine."

Hryhoriy Surkis, chief of Ukraine's football federation, said the two countries have increased their cooperation.

"Neither the Ukrainian nor Polish side recommended hosting Euro 2012 solely in Ukraine or Poland," he said.

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"In three years at United I have just lost two games on the trot for the first time, I understand that we have to win the next game. But even when we've lost, they've still applauded us, not booed." 

Evra admits the players have been affected by the jeers and has urged the fans to get behind every single member of the France camp ahead of the crucial double header against Group Seven rivals Lithuania. 

"It certainly affects us," he continued. "We talk about it between ourselves. 

"I'm at a great club. When you have 76,000 people behind you, it gives you a massive boost, but if you hear boos from the fifth minute, you can't feel the same thing.

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