Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pakistan Cricketers Face the Death Penalty Over Corruption Allegations

The Pakistani Cricket corruption allegations have taken a sinister twist after it emerged today that team captain Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, and bowlers Mohamad Amir and Mohamad Asif face the death penalty in Pakistan if they are found guilty of cheating and aiding a betting syndicate.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Stoke City Write To The FA and Arsenal In Complaint at Wenger's Comments

Stoke City have taken the step of writing to the FA to complain about Arsene Wenger's comments about Ryan Shawcross and of their style of play. The Arsenal managers comments are made all the more ironic because Marouane Chamakh was guilty of exactly what he accused Shawcross of, against Spurs, in today's win over Blackburn at Ewood Park.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Luis Fabiano a Target for Tottenham As Redknapp Looks To Top-Four Finish

Luis Fabiano, Sevilla's Brazilian striker, is still hot on Harry Redknapp's radar, despite being cup-tied for the Champions League, and it now looks as if the Spurs boss will do his best to move heaven and earth to bring the player to White Hart Lane.
Redknapp is said to have tracked the striker all summer and sees him as the man to lead Spurs back into the top four come May. The striker's flexibility would also give Redknapp the option to use a 4-2-3-1 type system, as he feels that none of his current crop of forwards can be played in the fashionable formation.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Gareth Bale Can Lead Tottenham Hotspur Back into the Top Four in 2011

Gareth Bale, the Premier League's most complete athlete, scored what will surely be a contender for goal of the season against Stoke City on Saturday. His goal, a thunderous left footed volley that Bruce Lee would have been proud of, secured Tottenham's first win of the season and set them up perfectly for the return leg of their Champions League preliminary game against Young Boys of Switzerland next Wednesday.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Will Liverpool Last Another 37 Weeks Without Going into Administration?

Liverpool may have begun their season with a decent battling performance against Arsenal in their 1-1 draw on Sunday, but the many demons that haunt the club are still casting a long shadow over the famed Shankly Gates.
Despite all the doom and gloom that has surrounded the club, particularly this summer, hope is high at Anfield for the coming season. Rafael Benitez's departure may have left some fans thinking the club would then spiral uncontrollably, but if anything Roy Hodgson's signing as manager has actually helped quell those fears and install a new confidence that has been missing over the last 12 months.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Team USA Set To Go to War with Team Ireland Over 18-Year-Old Conor Doyle

Fresh from their recent battles with the IFA and the SFA, the Football Association of Ireland are turning their guns towards U.S. Soccer over the services of 18-year-old Conor Doyle.
The Texan recently signed for Championship side Derby County after impressing Nigel Clough in a three week trial during the summer. Clough Jr. was so impressed with the physique and technique of the youngster that he awarded the player with his debut against Crewe Alexandra just four days after Doyle signed on the dotted line.

Friday, August 13, 2010

La Liga 2010/11 Preview: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona vs. the Rest

The new Primera League kicks off in less than two weeks with a real case of  a "What have you done for me lately" vibe running through it. Spain may be World and European Champions but that is old news and the focus now moves from international to domestic. Barcelona and a new look Real Madrid are set out to battle it out, once again, for the hearts and minds of the Iberian Peninsula.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

EPL Preview 2010/11: Chelsea's Pensioners Not Too Old for Another Title

Carlo Ancellotti's may side have won the title on the last day of the season with an 8-0 demolition of Wigan but the real truth is that Blues were by far and away the best team in the league last year and will be the team to beat once again.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

EPL Preview 2010-11: Manchester United Always Win After a World Cup

The stars are beginning to align and as if that wasn't enough, Manchester United's preseason form has been bloody ominous.

The First Commandment of Management

Look back through the record books and you will find that from the year Sir Alex Ferguson won his first title as United boss in 1992-93, the Red Devils have won the English Premier League every year following a World Cup except for one. That was in the 1994-95 season, when they lost it on the last day of the season to Jack Hayward's money-rolled Blackburn Rovers...

Friday, August 6, 2010

EPL 2010/11 Preview: Arsenal Will Not Win the League

As the season nears, the old Gunners' cry of "this will be our year" is on the tips of many Arsenal fans' tongues. However, the likelihood of Arsene Wenger leading his troops to the title looks to be about as far away as it ever has.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Fernando Torres Declares His Future To Liverpool Under Intense Pressure

The old adage that no player is more important than his team came into focus today as Kenny Huang announced that his proposed Liverpool takeover depended upon the club keeping Fernando Torres at the club.
Needless to say, the Spanish striker, who just returned to pre-season training on Monday, announced that his "commitment and loyalty to the club and to the fans is the same as it was on my first day when I signed," and that he was looking forward to the new season with the Reds.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

EPL Preview 2010/11: Harry Redknapp and Tottenham Hotspur Hit Their Glass Ceiling

Tottenham Hotspur effectively had their best season since 1961 in 2009/10.
By qualifying for the Champions League, it looked as if they were back with the big boys, but if anything, it looks as if Spurs has hit a glass ceiling and may progress no further, unless their manager can work some magic during the transfer window.