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Saturday, October 29, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Nigeria goalkeeper Dele Aiyenguba has rejected accusations he is responsible for Nigeria’s failure to qualify for next year’s African Cup of Nations despite conceding two goals against Guinea.
To include Beckam in the squad seems tempting. He is, after all, heralded from the very territory in which the Olympic stadium now stands. We could happily indulge a fond farewell to the golden boy, a fitting tear-jerker to pay homage to an ambassador who brought the Games to London. The resulting back-page jingoism would certainly make for a fine Olympic souvenir.
The glorified encore, though, an exercise in sycophancy and a concession to sentimentality, would be of little benefit.
The shadow of Beckam would surely loom large over the squad. His aura of celebrity and the accompanying paparazzi would reintroduce the aforementioned press attention. An unwelcome distraction, the inevitable media carnival would only hinder the squad’s capacity to focus on the task at hand.
Needless to say, of course, that the weight of Brand Beckam will also be a valuable marketing asset to the Games of the XXX Olmpiad. Naïve are those who believe that Beckam’s likely inclusion will be decided by the manager alone. What kind of lesson does this send to Britain’s young footballers?
More important than any of this, though, is the fact that there are plenty of eligible players who would offer more in a competitive sense. Of the over-23 brigade likely to be excluded from the Euro’s, Jonathan Woodgate, Phil Neville, Paul Robinson, Joe Cole and Danny Murphy, to name but a handful, all represent better choices. England ought to be teaching young players that merit alone is the sole arbiter of selection for the national team.
Moving to Paris may come with an exorbitant salary for David Beckham, but the ex-Manchester United winger is adamant about the happiness of his family. Obviously, this serves as a possible sticking point for any team who desire David Beckham’s multi-service, let alone Paris Saint-Germain. In addition, Beckham has made no secret of his desire to return to the Premier League. A sporting director role at his beloved Manchester United has been mooted, whereas Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers are said to be interested in adding Beckham to their respective squads.
Reports suggesting that David Beckham is poised to join Paris Saint-Germain are premature. However, the rumours continue to circulate and Beckham hasn’t exactly poured cold water over the idea. Is David Beckham’s fame to shine in the City of Lights?
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Duncan Ferguson is back at Everton and working for free in a bid to earn a coaching career.
Big Dunc, a Goodison legend after an 11-year stay over two spells, has been working with the Blues youngsters.
The 6ft 4in former striker has been putting in 12-hour days largely with the club's Under-16s.
And he has made such an impression that boss David Moyes has admitted he could become part of the backroom team.
Moyes revealed: "Duncan isn't a qualified coach yet, but we have got him in and he's happy working down at the academy.
"He's showing he wants to do it. He is putting the hours and the effort in.
"He still has to get his B licence and A licence but he is shadowing Academy chief Alan Irvine.
"Could it lead to something here? It could do, but you need your qualifications and that is the first thing.
"I didn't foresee him going into coaching but he he has come back and I think he misses the smell of football a bit."
Monday, October 17, 2011
Poacher, chip and header
Xavi has got his goals in a variety of ways this season, with a classic poacher’s strike at Anoeta after a pass from Alexis Sánchez, a lovely chip at the Camp Nou in the 8-0 win over Osasuna and his header on Saturday from Pedro’s cross.
Three goals in the last two seasons
Xavi has thus equalled his goal tally from the last two seasons in just the first couple of months of this year’s league campaign. Last year he scored in the 1-5 win over Espanyol, the 1-3 win at San Mames and the 5-0 thrashing of Real Madrid at the Camp Nou. In the 2009/10 season, he scored against Valladolid (1-3), Villarreal (1-4) and at home to Getafe (2-1). In neither season, nor in the previous two, did he manage to score in the first seven games.
Arsène Wenger believes that Robin van Persie's commitment to Arsenal was encapsulated by his performance against Sunderland.
The Dutchman used his programme notes to reaffirm his allegiance to the Club and went on to score the goals that secured a vital 2-1 victory. Van Persie's manager had nothing but praise for his captain when he spoke to Arsenal Player after the game.
"There is no better way [to show your commitment to the Club]," said Wenger.
"People speak about the length of contracts but what you want from a player, as long as he is at the Club, is to give absolutely 100 per cent. On that front you cannot fault Robin. He is committed, every day he is focused in training, and I am pleased that he got two goals again.
"It was a special moment from Van Persie to win the game but overall I was pleased with the team performance," Wenger added.
"I think when we got back to 2-1 we wanted to protect our goal but we looked quite comfortable and I must say the central defence was strong. Mertesacker goes from strength to strength and Koscielny had a very good game."
Arsène Wenger’s side have started their European campaign brightly with four points from their opening two fixtures and will look to continue their unbeaten run when they travel to Marseille on Wednesday night.
Last season the Gunners won their opening three matches in the Group Stage before eventually finishing second in the table to set up a last-16 encounter with eventual champions Barcelona.
Rosicky admits that topping Group F this time around is the priority.
“It must be our aim to win the group, especially after what happened to us last year when we were not top of the group,” he said. “In the last three games we messed up.
“Marseille are a direct contender for us who would like to qualify from the group as well.
“It’s a big game and we want to be successful there. It looks like it will be between us, Dortmund and Marseille so it will be a vital game for us.”
Ministers should release all government documents relating to the Hillsborough disaster, MPs have agreed following a debate in the House of Commons.
MP Steve Rotheram, opening the debate, said there had been a campaign to blame Liverpool fans. He called on the prime minister to issue a formal apology.
Home Secretary Theresa May told MPs the government supported the release of all papers, via an independent panel.
Ninety-six Liverpool fans died in the disaster in April 1989.
The debate was sparked by 140,000 people signing an e-petition.
Mr Rotheram, whose Walton constituency includes Anfield, said David Cameron had apologised to the victims of Bloody Sunday and called on him to do the same for those affected by Hillsborough.
'Look for scapegoats'
"I call on the prime minister to make a statement in this house and apologise for the mistakes that were made and the mishandling of this whole tragedy on behalf of a previous government," he said.
The Labour MP attacked the "smears" and "establishment cover-up" which led to fans initially being blamed for the disaster.
"Instead of those at fault taking responsibility for their actions, a co-ordinated campaign began to shift the blame and look for scapegoats," he said.
"It is claimed that truth is the first casualty of war, but the same can be said of Hillsborough.
"Misdirection, obfuscation and damned lies were all used as smokescreens to deflect attention away from the guilty."
Mr Rotheram attacked claims that Liverpool fans had turned up late, without tickets and were drinking heavily.
A "senior police officer and a Conservative MP" leaked stories to the press about the disaster, he said.
He criticised the Sun newspaper over its "The Truth" headline and its story about drunken and criminal behaviour by Liverpool fans.
The cause of the tragedy was clear from Lord Justice Taylor's report, he said, "which concluded that the police fundamentally lost control of the situation and did not demonstrate the leadership expected of senior officers".
The match commander told the FA that Liverpool fans had rushed a gate, creating the crush. "This disgraceful lie set the tone for all that came later," he said.
Mr Rotheram said the "misinformation" began almost as soon as the match, a FA Cup semi-final tie between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, was abandoned.
Mr Rotheram read out the names of the 96 who had died, as campaigners looked on from the public gallery.
Home Secretary Theresa May apologised for any anxiety caused by the decision to oppose a Freedom of Information request from the BBC but it was right that the families should receive the information first as they needed to be treated with "dignity and respect".
Mrs May said: "I will do everything in my power to ensure the families and the public get the truth.
"No government papers will be withheld from the panel, no attempts to suppress publication will be made, no stone left unturned."
'Act of brutality'The independent Hillsborough panel already has some cabinet papers, she said.But she said there may be some "minor redactions", including the names of some junior civil servants and the details of the victims' medical files, which would be a matter for the panel.Mr Burnham, speaking for the opposition, said the disaster and the events following it, were "one of the biggest injustices of the 20th Century".He said moves to blame the victims for the tragedy were "unprecedented". He added: "It was an unbelievable act of brutality against the 96 fans."Mr Burnham also read from police papers which quoted an officer who watched as fans used advertising hoardings to ferry the injured.A senior officer had written that the pages should be amended because "these are his own feelings" and said the comments showed "they were organised and we were not".Mr Burnham said he had "private disappointments" that more had not been done to reveal the truth under the previous Labour government.He said the House of Commons coming together behind the families of the 96 who had died was a "huge moment".Other MPs were then called to speak in the debate.Labour MP for Garston and Halewood Maria Eagle called for News International to disclose who had briefed The Sun on its story.Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts, leader of Sheffield City Council at the time, was at the game. The Labour MP said he remembered returning the following day and crying."What else could you do? This was in our city, in my football ground, 96 people had died before our eyes. What else could you do?"Cchampme
Everton footballer Magaye Gueye was described as "shaken" after thieves forced their way into his home.
The 21-year-old French winger was threatened at about 01:30 BST on Sunday as he went to his car outside his apartment in Sefton Park, Liverpool.
Merseyside police said Mr Gueye was approached by three men who forced him to let them into his flat.
The robbers, described as black and in their late 20s, stole cash, his mobile phone and other items.
Everton Football club said he was "shaken but unhurt" and that the player was helping police with their inquiries.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
So many football loving Nigerians are disappointed today over the inability of the Supper Eagles to win the match against Guinea. A win was just all the supper eagles needed to qualify for the Nations cup but unfortunately ended in a draw (Nigeria 2:Guinea 2). this unfortunate match for the Nigerians has cost them the opportunity of participating in the Nations cup. This is the first time in history after 25 years that Nigeria would not be playing at the Nations cup.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
football is a universal game with a world wide attention and is loved by many people. football is a game that has been able to gather one of the greatest number of people in a place. it's a game that cuts across various tribes and religions and has been able to unite so many race probably with no conscious effort. The love of this game makes it possible for even enemies to sit on the same bench just to watch a match. This blog will provide you with latest information about football players, clubs, and general issues concerning football all around the world. stay connected.