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ArchDuke  posted on Jan 01, 2009 3:42:07 AM - Report post

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Well fixture related all we have today is a lot of activity(games) in the Blue Square (all of them), Wales Premier and Japan Emperors Cup, no interesting matches though.
Atal  posted on Jan 01, 2009 8:45:25 AM - Report post

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Friday 2nd January 2009

Australian Hyundai A-League
Melbourne Victory vs Queensland Roar

The FA Cup sponsored by E.ON
Tottenham vs Wigan

Coupe de France
Sainte Genevieve des Bois vs Lille

Saturday 3rd January 2009

The FA Cup sponsored by E.ON
Hartlepool vs Stoke
Charlton vs Norwich
Millwall vs Crewe
Sheff Wed vs Fulham
Portsmouth vs Bristol City
Arsenal vs Plymouth
West Brom vs Peterborough
Torquay vs Blackpool
Leyton Orient vs Sheff Utd
Macclesfield vs Everton
Watford vs S****horpe
West Ham vs Barnsley
Forest Green vs Derby
Kettering vs Eastwood Town
Cheltenham vs Doncaster
Histon vs Swansea
Chelsea vs Southend
Birmingham vs Wolverhampton
QPR vs Burnley Loftus
Sunderland vs Bolton
Man City vs Nottm Forest
Middlesbrough vs Barrow
Leicester vs Crystal Palace
Cardiff vs Reading
Hull vs Newcastle
Coventry vs Kidderminster
Preston vs Liverpool

Atal  posted on Jan 01, 2009 11:47:57 AM - Report post

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Big four to provide rising stars

The new year is here. And who will be the stars of football in 2009? Will the Big Four provide the names? Find out here.

To start with, a little bet is fact, make it a rather large wager.

Football's star of 2009 will belong to either Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool or Arsenal.

There is an outside chance he will be at Manchester City, but only an outside one - and it depends on whether the price being paid is high enough or the player in question is willing to complete football's equivalent of walking out of a 10th-storey window, with your eyes closed, believing that a soft crash pad is waiting rather than hard concrete.

Robinho's arrival at Eastlands has changed perceptions about City. But it will take more than one, admittedly excellent, Brazilian to make the Blues a must-go-to for the modern-day football superstar.

Instead, look towards Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge, Anfield or the Emirates...Cristiano Ronaldo, Michael Ballack, Steven Gerrard and Cesc Fabregas?

Yes, yes. We know all about them. But what about the eager youngsters just below the surface, eager to break through and carve their own names in big, bold letters?

In these times of multi-million pound transfer fees, how warming it would be to praise some home-grown talent at the big clubs.

It seems only fair to start with Arsenal.

With due deference to Sir Alex Ferguson and his famed Class of 92, in recent times it is Arsene Wenger who has created the best youth policy.

Wenger's work is part love, part necessity as the Gunners have lacked sufficient funds to battle Chelsea and United for the best established players.

The Frenchman's reputation is the reason Aaron Ramsey ended up in north London. United were just as eager to sign the Welshman, not 18 until Boxing Day, and agreed a fee with Cardiff - whose chairman Peter Ridsdale advised the player to move north.

But Ramsey, who styles his game on Gerrard, felt Arsenal was a more attractive proposition. After he made his debut in the Barclays Premier League, scored in the Champions League and earned his first full cap for his country, it is difficult to argue.

There are some in Wales who feel Ramsey is a better player than Ryan Giggs was at the same age. The tag of becoming the next Giggs is too great. Half of what the Manchester United great has achieved - which would mean five Premier League titles and a single European Cup - is a lofty enough aim for now.

Not far behind Ramsey is Jack Wilshere, a player already spoken of in admiring terms by England coach Fabio Capello.

There is no suggestion Capello is thinking of a senior call for the 16-year-old. But the Italian has suggested Wilshere may be fast-tracked into Stuart Pearce's Under-21s squad - and from there, who knows?

Not so much a driving force like Ramsey, Wilshere is more an intelligent playmaker in the Liam Brady mould.

Interestingly enough, Wenger is taking more of a Giggs route with him - shielding the Stevenage-born player from the insatiable demands of the modern-day media, just as Ferguson did when he was taking care of such a precocious talent.

That Wilshere was not old enough to drink the champagne given as reward for a Carling Cup man-of-the-match display serves as a reminder of his youth. But if his talent can be harnessed and guided properly, England and Arsenal will have cause for celebration.

At United, Rafael Da Silva is at the head of a queue of teenage Brazilians who have enough quality to break through.

Rodrigo Possebon and Fabio Da Silva are the others, their presence bringing a few nervous glances from more established members of the Old Trafford hierarchy - whose places are no longer secure.

But it is Fabio's twin brother who has really made an impression.

His energy, speed and, in all senses, bravery have effectively seen him muscle past both Gary Neville and Wes Brown as the Red Devils' first-choice right-back. That is not bad for a lad still to turn 19.

Big things are expected of Michael Mancienne at Chelsea, even though he has never actually played for the club.

Currently on loan at Wolves after a similarly impressive spell at QPR last term, Mancienne has joined a rare breed that has been called into an England squad despite having never played at the top level.

His contract at Chelsea runs until 2010, and it will be interesting to see whether Luiz Felipe Scolari allows Mancienne a suitable stage to test his talent.

At Liverpool, the star quality is not quite as obvious. But in Emeliano Insua and Jay Spearing, they do have a couple of lads capable of bursting through.

Like Scolari, the problem seems to be more about the faith of Rafael Benitez. Yet maybe, if 2009 yields a more robust Liverpool side, it can bring about a bolder streak in their manager too.

Zaki KO for Tottenham clash

Egypt striker Amr Zaki is set to miss Wigan's FA Cup third-round clash against Tottenham with a knee injury.

In a statement on his personal website, Zaki revealed he has been ruled out of the match after taking a knock in the game against Bolton.

Zaki joins a list of absentees that includes Emile Heskey (hamstring) and goalkeeper Chris Kirkland (groin). Lee Cattermole is also out through suspension.

Provisional squad: Pollitt, Melchiot, Taylor, Bramble, Scharner, Boyce, Figueroa, Valencia, Brown, Palacios, Koumas, Camara, Kilbane, Kingson, De Ridder, Kapo, Cywka.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his side are not far away from 'dominating' the Barclays Premier League.

Wenger feels his side are tantalisingly close to being a major force despite them sitting 10 points behind leaders Liverpool at the turn of the year.

The Gunners have endured a disappointing first half of the campaign after suffering five defeats in their opening 20 league matches.

Wenger's side sit fourth in the table, but the Frenchman has boldly claimed they are "one or two per cent" away from dominating the league.

ArchDuke  posted on Jan 01, 2009 2:44:21 PM - Report post

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Thursday 1 January 2009

UEFA looking forward to 2009
While 2008 was a memorable and momentous year for UEFA on a variety of levels 2009 promises to have a wealth of excitement and innovative developments, with the Nordic nations taking centre stage in the summer.
Thursday 1 January 2009

Harrison reflects on Fledgling progress
Football scouts scour the world in search of that elusive spark of potential, but Manchester United FC's former youth coach Eric Harrison has helped more than one rough diamond become an established star at Old Trafford.
Wednesday 31 December 2008

2008 Roll of Honour salutes all the clubs and national selections who won trophies this season with our annual breakdown of who won what where during the year which saw Spain end their 44-year wait for Europe's top prize.
Wednesday 31 December 2008

'A huge and irreplaceable loss'
Football mourned the loss of some cherished figures during 2008, among them Constant Vanden Stock and Tommy Burns, men synonymous with their clubs, while the death of Maksym Pashayev at 20 shocked Ukraine.
Wednesday 31 December 2008

Referees' fitness put to the test
Referees in the modern game need to be as fit as the players themselves but few people realise the tests that they have to go through to officiate at the elite level - the UEFA Training Ground offers up all of the answers.
Thursday 1 January 2009

Awat awaits Mallorca challenge
Israeli international goalkeeper Dudu Awat is keen to get on with the task in hand after leaving RC Deportivo la Coruña for an undisclosed fee to sign a two-and-a-half year contract with struggling RCD Mallorca.

ArchDuke  posted on Jan 01, 2009 11:23:45 PM - Report post

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The Manchester City rumours continue to come thick and fast but today’s Daily Mail suggests that the sights of the club may have been lowered.

They claim that City have made West Ham a combined offer of £15 million to try to sign striker Craig Bellamy and midfielder Scott Parker.
Today’s Manchester City rumour

The Manchester City rumours continue to come thick and fast but today’s Daily Mail suggests that the sights of the club may have been lowered.

They claim that City have made West Ham a combined offer of £15 million to try to sign striker Craig Bellamy and midfielder Scott Pa
They are both decent players but they are hardly David Villa and Kaka are they? Are they two players that would take Manchester City towards the Champions League qualification that the club owners so obviously crave?


Portugal Liga Sagres

Académica - Leixões

England FA Cup

Tottenham - Wigan

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Atal  posted on Jan 04, 2009 2:11:52 AM - Report post

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News Transfers

Bolton sell Helguson

Queens Park Rangers have completed the permanent signing of Heidar Helguson from Bolton Wanderers.

The 31-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal which will keep him at Loftus Road until the end of June 2011.

The Iceland international, who moves for an undisclosed fee, joined Rangers on loan in November and has since gone on to make seven appearances for the Championship side, scoring three goals.

Helguson told the club's official website: "I have really enjoyed my loan spell here and I am happy that my future is sorted out.

"I believe we have a great opportunity to push on in the second half of the season and I am looking forward to playing my part in what promises to be an exciting future for this club."

Manager Paulo Sousa said: "Heidar has proved to be a valuable addition to the squad in recent weeks and I am delighted we've managed to bring him here on a permanent deal."

United sign Serb duo
Manchester United have completed the signings of Serbian duo Zoran Tosic and Adem Ljajic from Partizan Belgrade.

United announced a couple of months ago they had reached agreement with Partizan for the duo, since when the Red Devils have been attempting to agree personal terms.

At one point it was suggested talks had collapsed as the various parties could not reach a satisfactory conclusion.

However, any outstanding issues have now been resolved, leaving Tosic free to join the Old Trafford outfit next week, with Ljajic staying in Belgrade for the remainder of the season.

Despite being just 21, Tosic has already made 12 appearances for Serbia and is regarded as one of the best young wide players in Europe.

In theory, his arrival could be bad news for Nani, who has struggled to make anything like the same impact as countryman Cristiano Ronaldo, having left Sporting Lisbon for United 18 months ago.

However, with Ryan Giggs now 35 and set to figure even less over the next 18 months, Sir Alex Ferguson may decide to persevere with Nani, giving Tosic time to get used to his new surroundings.

At just 17, Ferguson feels Ljajic will benefit from the stability of remaining with Partizan, knowing his first-team opportunities at United would be almost non-existent this season.

Ljajic has already made his presence felt at under-21 level for Serbia and most observers believe it is only a matter of time before he gains full international honours.

It has been suggested United could end up paying around £17m for the duo, who will link up with Nemanja Vidic at Old Trafford, although that figure is likely to be based heavily on future success and the club have refused to comment on the size of an initial payment.

Bridge completes City switch
Chelsea defender Wayne Bridge has completed his move to Manchester City.

The England defender completed his medical on Saturday morning and agreed personal terms on a move from Chelsea which is reported to be worth in the region of £10million.

Bridge has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract after ending his time at Stamford Bridge, where he has largely played second fiddle to Ashley Cole.

The 28-year-old was introduced to the home fans immediately before Saturday's FA Cup tie with Nottingham Forest and is expected to make his debut against Portsmouth at Fratton Park next Saturday.

"I played alongside Wayne at Southampton and saw him come through the ranks," manager Mark Hughes told City's official website.

"He was an outstanding young player and he's progressed year on year in his career.

"He is a successful player. He is an England international and has just played for one of the top four sides in the country.

Ferguson unsure over Tevez deal
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Carlos Tevez future at Manchester United is still uncertain.

Tevez joined United on a two-year loan that is due to expire in the summer.

It is thought the contract stipulates the sum United must pay the Argentina forward's advisers to buy him outright but so far, there has been no agreement on personal terms with speculation also surfacing that the Red Devils have tried to renegotiate the fee given Tevez has not been a first-team regular this term.

Ferguson confirmed United have attempted to instigate negotiations aimed at bringing forward a self-imposed deadline of next May. But so far it seems the Red Devils have met with little success.

"I have no idea about Tevez," said Ferguson. "The contract is due to be the end of the season anyway but obviously we tried to bring it forward and we will keep trying to do that.

"But it is difficult with agents sometimes. All the managers signing players this January will experience that."

Meanwhile, Gary Neville and Ji-Sung Park are both in line for new contracts at Old Trafford.

A lifelong United fan, Neville will celebrate his 34th birthday next month and despite almost 18 months on the sidelines with a broken ankle and various muscular ailments, Ferguson feels the England international has returned to something like his best form.

The emergence of teenage Brazilian starlet Rafael means Neville can no longer be regarded as automatic first-choice right-back, but he remains integral to the Scot's plans, even though he was surprisingly uninformed about the player's contract, which expires this summer.

"I have not spoken to David (Gill) about it but I am sure there will be another contract because Gary has been back to his best," said Ferguson.

"He is looking really good now and he did a crucial job for us when we brought him on against Middlesbrough last Monday.

"The experience he has is so important to us."

Similarly, Ferguson was unaware of the concern recently expressed by Park over his Old Trafford future.

The popular South Korean has overcome the disappointment of not even getting a place in the United squad for last season's Champions League final win over Chelsea to force his way into Ferguson's side on a regular basis this term.

ArchDuke  posted on Jan 18, 2009 3:32:19 AM - Report post

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The fixtures here are all from today.

Serie A

Catania -Bologna
Torino-AS Roma

Casino Eredivise

Sparta Rotterdam-Groningen

Portugal League Cup

Maritimo-Rio Ave

Scotland Premier League

Dundee Utd-Motherwell

Spanish Primera Division

Real Madrid-Osasuna
Ath Bilbao-Valencia
Almeria -Atl. Madrid

Turkish Cup

Konyaspor 0 - 0 Alanyaspor Min 2

English Premier League

West Ham-Fulham

Atal  posted on Jan 20, 2009 1:57:25 AM - Report post

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Good to see the thread up and running again.
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