Thursday, September 4, 2008

Oliver Kahn: Time to say goodbye

Oliver Kahn: Time to say goodbye

All good things come to an end.A final exhibition game between Bayern Munich and a team made up of German players.A lap of honor around the stadium to the tune of "Time to Say Goodbye" as 69,000 fans cheered him on.And the curtain fell....

Andrea Bocelli/Sarah Brightman - Time To Say Goodbye

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Keanu Reeves to solve English Football problems

It's a revolutionary football training system called the Matrix and its designed to train the next generation of football players.If it works English football will never be the same again.Can you imagine what Keanu Reeves would have done with a football if had those Matrix skills for real.
Welcome to the Matrix.

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Brazil reach the end of the road

After the recent run of disasters and defeats the majority of fans who voted in a poll conducted by Brazilian website,expect Brazil to lose to Chile in a 2010 World Cup qualifier on the weekend.From the 9,118 votes, 50.26% voted for a Chile victory, 9.32% for a draw, and only 40.41% voted in favour of Brazil .Dead End for Dunga

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Top Twenty Transfers Of The Summer

list of the top twenty transfers of the summer. In this edition, we considered all moves officially concluded by the start of Monday, 1 September 2008...

The factors taken into account are

(a) form over the last 12 months,
(b) potential, and
(c) transfer fee involved.

The extension from ten to twenty was compiled by taking into account previous editions.

There's just one new entry this week. Find out who below...

20. Hatem Ben Arfa (Lyon to Marseille)
Last Week: 19

Marseille have lost Samir Nasri to Arsenal, but have managed to land the perfect replacement in the man Arsene Wenger had his sights on to start with. What is more, they can keep him for a year or two, and make a cool 8-10 million profit.


19. Alberto Gilardino (Milan to Fiorentina)
Last Week: 18

On the face of it, it looks like the Viola have signed an unhappy, out-of-form striker. However, that was just what Adrian Mutu's move from Juventus looked like not so long ago. The fans will help him forget Milan in a hurry, and rediscover the striker that wowed Calcio when at Parma. The partnership with Mutu can be backed to produce some special moments in the Champions League.


18. Andriy Shevchenko (Chelsea to AC Milan)
Last Week: 17

After two seasons of mediocrity at Chelsea, the Ukrainian is back at his spiritual home. Nonetheless this is a considerable gamble for the rossoneri: with a full complement of fit strikers, a Shevchenko who cannot hit form may warm the bench. On the other hand his return - even as a 30-year-old - could signal a goalscoring comeback unseen in Serie A since... well, since Andriy Shevchenko.


17. Julio Baptista (Real Madrid to AS Roma)
Last Week: 16

The Beast, The Tank - you'd be as well calling him The Happy Wanderer, for the Brazilian has now experienced three countries in as many seasons. The 26-year-old has only seldom repeated the form that saw him shine at Sevilla four seasons ago, but he began the last campaign well enough with Madrid. Part of the problem is that he's been kept out of position for so long in order to accommodate more prestigious players: if Roma can build a system around him, instead of slotting him in wherever there happens to be a space, they could have a real superstar on their hands.


16. Seydou Keita (Sevilla to Barcelona)

Last Week: 15

At the time of his arrival he was the best signing Barcelona had made this season, particularly in light of the way their soft underbelly was exposed on the road last year. With him partnering Yaya Touré in the middle, it will ensure that the likes of Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi do not get bullied, and also get the full license to thrill. 15 million euros worth their value.


15. Ezequiel Garay (Racing Santander to Real Madrid)
Last Week: 14

What a capture! Barcelona seemed to have him in the bag, but hesitated a little too much as they waited for Frank Rijkaard to leave and a new coach to take charge. Madrid managed to snatch Sergio Ramos a few years ago, and what a signing that has turned out to be. This one may be no different.


14. Deco (Barcelona to Chelsea)
Last Week: 13

On the wrong side of 30, a first look suggests that he is past it, but nothing could be further from the truth. There is a fire that burns in him as we saw during Euro 2008, and he has a lot more to give to football. He is not what Frank Lampard is, as he will never score as many goals. But then, he is also everything Lampard is not. Superb creativity, a great eye for the game, and an ability to run the show that has seen him win the Champions League with two different clubs. Finally, Chelsea have a player who can orchestrate the pleasing football their owner wants. With Ballack and Essien set to play around him, it will be an ominous midfield.


13. Amantino Mancini (Roma to Inter)
Last Week: 12

Jose Mourinho does not quite promote exciting football, but he does like a fast, aggressive winger forward at least on one flank. That is just what he has found in Mancini, who will be handed the license to thrill just as Arjen Robben was during the glory years at Chelsea. Tends to blow hot and cold, though, as Roma found out last season. Lack of consistency will not go down well with the 'Special One', so he does need to focus a lot more.


12. David Bentley (Blackburn to Tottenham)
Last Week: 11

A great way for Spurs to show their ambition - by winning the race for the talented Blackburn winger, and in the process signing a former Arsenal youngster. Given what Juande Ramos did with Jesus Navas - a very similar player - this one has success written all over it. He has the potential form a formidable attacking midfield along with Giovani Dos Santos and Luka Modric.


11. Robbie Keane (Tottenham to Liverpool)
Last Week:10

Make no mistake, I rate him very highly. That said, the Reds paid a few millions too many. He will still score the 15-20 goals needed to complement Fernando Torres' 25-30, so Rafa might just have splashed the extra cash with good reason. Their draw happy start to the season destroyed their title challenge last time around, so goals is what they need, and that is what they will get.


10. Amauri (Palermo to Juventus)
Last Week: 9

The Brazilian-Italian striker made it to number three after earning himself a long overdue move to a top four club, but now slips down to nine. He has already shown his potential with Palermo, and the prospect of him getting some top quality service from the Juve midfield is simply mouth-watering. Champions League, here he comes.


9. Vincent Kompany (Hamburg SV to Manchester City)
Last Week: 8

The former Hamburg man left Germany under something of a cloud in order to affect a very quick transfer to City, but for all the "shotgun wedding" nature of the move it seems to have been the Mancunians' best of the summer. Put it this way: just one game into his tenure he put in a confident, mature showing in what is thought to be the world's fastest and most furious league, then said afterwards with characteristic nonchalance that he learned his new teammates' names on the pitch. Imagine what he'll be like once he's settled in and has a bit more experience.


8. Daniel Alves (Sevilla to Barcelona)
Last Week: 7

Chelsea, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester United – these are just some of the clubs that have queued up for him over the last 18 months or so. However, it is Barcelona who land him after some difficult negotiations with Sevilla. Perhaps a touch overpriced at 30 million euros (he would have been number one on this list at 20m), but then again, he is the best attacking full-back this world has seen since Roberto Carlos.


7. Quaresma (FC Porto to Inter)
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The only transfer saga of the summer more long-running (and some would say more boring) than that of Amauri, it seems as though Ricardo Quaresma has finally made his move from Porto to Inter. A class act at domestic level for years, the Portuguese international still has much to prove in Europe, particularly in light of the fact that his time with FC Barcelona was deemed a failure. Nonetheless he brings with him considerable talent and pedigree. His price tag - €30.6m - is on the high side, but he is nonetheless a fine acquisition for José Mourinho's side. Remember - he's still only 24.


6. Samir Nasri (Marseille to Arsenal)
Last Week: 6

The highly rated French international is the latest to join the clan of young Gunners. Many view him as a replacement for Aliaksandr Hleb, while others go a step further and call him the next Zidane. He has had some problems with injuries, but let's hope those were exceptions as opposed to the rule. The prodigous playmaker is at number five.


AC MIlan Brasilian forward Ronaldinho reacts during their
5. Ronaldinho (Barcelona to Milan)
Last Week: 5

A gamble? Yes. But given the chance, would you sign one of the all time greats of football for a third of his market price last summer? You bet you would. At 28, he is far from over. Some diet planning and some tough training, and he will give at least three or four good years to the Rossoneri. A gamble nonetheless, or he would definitely have been number one. Number four for the Gaucho.


4. Luka Modric (Dinamo Zagreb to Tottenham)
Last Week: 4

The hottest young Croatian was snapped up by Spurs despite the interest of clubs such as Barcelona and Chelsea, and what a signing it has already turned out to be. Looks set to become the jewel in Juande Ramos' midfield next season. He remains at the sharp end of our list.


3. Aliaksandr Hleb (Arsenal to Barcelona)
Last Week: 3

A very shrewd buy, and what could very well turn out to be a stroke of genius from Barcelona. With Lionel Messi expected to run the show, what they needed was not a Ronaldinho, but a tireless, no-nosense attacking midfielder to offer support from the other flank - without hogging possession or the limelight. And they got him on the cheap too. A true critics' player in that while fans rave about others, he runs away with the technical plaudits.


2. Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal to Milan)
Last Week: 2

The underrated Frenchman was one of Arsenal's best players last season, and Milan's signing was nothing less than a coup. That it was a free transfer makes it even better. Has been the smartest transfer this summer for a while, now, but drops down to number two, finally.


Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefan, Real Madrid's president Ramon Calderon ( R ) and Real Madrid's new signing Rafael Ferdinand Van Der Vaart (C ) of he Netherlands attend Van Der Vaart's presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid August 5, 2008. REUTERS/Juan Medina (SPAIN)
1. Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg to Real Madrid)
Last Week: 1

A lifelong Barcelona fan and one of the best playmakers in the world today, how Madrid managed to sign him for nine million euros I don't know. What is even more baffling is how Hamburg let him go at that price (even if clauses could raise it to 13m). I would probably have put him up here even if he had cost 15 million. A downright steal, and just the kind of person who will add to Bernd Schuster's team without destroying it (get the hint?).

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Official: Berbatov At Old Trafford

Berbatov On The Brink Of United Switch - Report
Following a phenomenal final day of the transfer window, Tottenham Hotspur star Dimitar Berbatov has reportedly completed a medical and has been seen on video at Old Trafford with Sir Alex Ferguson, as a move to Manchester United is now thought to be imminent...

Berbatov has been a long-term target of Manchester United, who first made a move for the Bulgarian last summer, but were rebuffed by Tottenham at the time.

The Red Devils have come back in for the classy front-man this summer, though Spurs have been aggressive in their attempts to keep the player at the club. With the asking price thought to be in excess of £30 million, United have done their utmost to negotiate with the Lilywhites down to a lower price to little avail.

Fleeting interest from Barcelona disappeared almost a month ago when they failed to offload Samuel Eto'o, while Bayern Munich emerged as late contenders for his signature.

However, on the final day of the deadline the saga has surged to further levels of absurdity, as Manchester City - United's local rivals and fresh from their second major money takeover in as many years - had a British record bid of over £30 million accepted by Tottenham.

Meanwhile United, who have not had a bid accepted, have reportedly been holding talks with the 27-year-old at their training ground, Carrington, and even having a medical with the double-winners, according to Sky Sports News. This prompted Tottenham to reiterate in an official statement that United had not been given permission to speak to the player.

Real Madrid were fleetingly linked with a move for the former Bayer Leverkusen man, as Bernd Schuster continues his search for a striker and possibly let Robinho leave for Chelsea as a result, but all such reports have been denied directly by the club.

United could face legal action should it emerge that they have illegally approached the player, while Manchester City are in a strong position to seal his signature, though Berbatov appears to have his sights set on Champions League football with Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

Sir Alex Ferguson and United chief executive David Gill have been at Old Trafford this evening and Berbatov has been caught on camera arriving at the ground at approximately 2100 BST, pictured with Sir Alex Ferguson after completing a medical.

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

AC Milan 1 - 2 Bologna Highlights

AC MIlan Brasilian forward Ronaldinho reacts during their

Serie A AC Milan 1 - 2 Bologna Sunday, August 31

AC Milan:
Massimo Ambrosini 41″
Marco Di Vaio 18″
Francesco Valiani 79″

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Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham Highlights

31/8/08 Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Stadium:Stamford Bridge, England
Match Time:08:30 am Eastern Time
Juliano Belletti 27″
Darren Bent 45″

A resolute Tottenham earned their first point of the season as they held a frustrated Chelsea to a draw.

Michael Essien hit the bar for Chelsea before they went ahead from a disputed corner after Darren Bent’s sliced clearance went in off Juliano Belletti.

But Bent atoned when he slotted in the equaliser after inadvertently being played in by Chelsea’s Frank Lampard.
The home side dominated possession in search of a winner but Spurs repelled their attacks to hold on for a draw.

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Sampdoria 1 - 1 Inter Milan Highlights

Sampdoria 1 - 1 Inter Milan Highlights

Inter Milan managed only a 1-1 draw in their away game against Sampdoria. It’s the opening day of the 2008-09 Serie A season. Ibrahimovic opened the score for the Italian Champions with a narrow angle shot. Delvecchio equalized for the home side in the second half. Both squads get a point and not an ideal start of the seaon.

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Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle Highlights

30/8/08 Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle United
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie scored a brace as his side found some of their irresistible form to beat Newcastle.

Van Persie powered in a spot-kick after Charles N’Zogbia handled an Emmanuel Adebayor cross as Arsenal overwhelmed a depleted Newcastle.

Michael Owen shot wide for the Magpies but a Emmanuel Eboue’s clever backheel let Van Persie to slide in and score.

A Nicky Butt header hit the Arsenal woodwork but Denilson added the home side’s third after an intricate move.

Arsenal were clearly out to prove a point and back up boss Arsene Wenger’s claim that, despite their youth and lack of experience, they have the qualities to be successful.

They burst out of the blocks and could have had a penalty after just two minutes when Van Persie ran on to a Cesc Fabregas pass only to be brought down by Fabricio Coloccini.

First Half

Second Half

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Bolton 0-0 West Brom Highlights

Bolton 0-0 West Brom Highlights

West Brom earned their first point of the season in a goalless draw at Bolton, but left the Reebok Stadium with thoughts of what might have been.

Ishmael Miller missed two terrific chances to give West Brom victory.

He hit wide from seven yards with only Jussi Jaaskelainen to beat, then headed weakly straight at the goalkeeper.

Bolton lacked the creative flair of their opponents, and had their best hope of a goal - a Mustapha Riga free-kick - saved by Scott Carson.

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Everton 0-3 Portsmouth Highlights

Everton 0-3 Portsmouth Highlights
Jermain Defoe struck twice as Portsmouth secured their first win of the season at Everton. Defoe scored on the turn after 12 minutes, then set up Glen Johnson for a second five minutes before half-time. Everton dominated for long periods, but David James was in superb form, saving brilliantly from Mikel Arteta. He saved Yakubu’s penalty just after the interval following Johnson’s foul on James Vaughan, then Defoe chipped home his second via the bar.

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Hull City 0-5 Wigan Highlights

Hull City 0-5 Wigan Highlights

Watch highlights of the English Premier League match between Hull City and Wigan Athletic here, right after the match.

Venue: KC Stadium Date: Saturday, 30 August Kick-off: 1500 BST.

Hull midfielder George Boateng (thigh) is set to miss out and striker Marlon King, on loan from Wigan, is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Veteran forward Dean Windass could start, while Ian Ashbee, Andy Dawson and Geovanni have all overcome slight knocks to be available for selection.

Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland should be fit but midfielders Paul Scharner and Jason Koumas (both ankle) are doubts.

Striker Henri Camara is pushing for a place in the starting line-up.

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Middlesbrough 2-1 Stoke Highlights

Middlesbrough 2-1 Stoke Highlights

Middlesbrough’s Tuncay struck in the dying stages to deny 10-man Stoke a vital away point at the Riverside.

Stoke had Amdy Faye sent off for a two-footed lunge on Mohamed Shawky and Afonso Alves stroked the subsequent free-kick in off the bar.

Stewart Downing missed a penalty after Seyi Olofinjana fouled Alves, but Justin Hoyte bundled into his own net under pressure from Dave Kitson.

But Boro secured the points when Tuncay poked home from close range.

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West Ham 4-1 Blackburn Highlights

Blackburn missed the chance to go top of the Premier League as manager Paul Ince suffered a first defeat as Rovers boss at his former club West Ham.

Calum Davenport headed West Ham ahead before Mark Noble’s scuffed shot went in off Christopher Samba for a second.

Jason Roberts poked in for Rovers, who were denied a leveller when Matt Derbyshire was dubiously ruled offside.

Roberts had a penalty saved by Robert Green before Craig Bellamy and Carlton Cole struck injury time West Ham goals.

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