Monthly Archives: March 2007

Copa Holders Desperate For Win

Brazilian strugglers Internacional will be bidding to remain the 2007 Copa Libertadores hunt when they take on Group 4 pacesetters Colo Colo on Wednesday. The defending champions failed to conjure much offense when they visited Chile earlier in the tourney, but coach Abel Braga has been doing his homework to devise a plan of attack….

Riquelme Makes Villarreal Pledge

Despite a fallout with the board that facilitated his loan out to Boca Juniors, ace playmaker Juan Román Riquelme says he will only return to Europe for Villarreal. “I know it is going to be hard for me to ever wear the Villarreal shirt again,” he conceded. “If the opposite were true, they would not…

Barça Could Land Robben On The Cheap

FC Barcelona could land Arjen Robben for as little as €6m if the player chooses to invoke a rarely used FIFA law that allows him to buy out his current contract. The Catalan club have made it clear that they would like to capture the Dutchman, but have baulked at Chelsea’s €18m asking price, claims…

Guti Invites Ronaldo And Kaka

Real Madrid midfielder spoke to Marca about the team’s title prospects, Capello, and the future. “The club have to sign the best players,” said Guti. “Real Madrid must have players capable of making the team win while delighting the fans with their football. “The last genius in our ranks was Zidane and I’m sure the…

I’ve Matured, Says Donovan

Fresh from netting a hat trick to lead the U.S. Men’s National Team past Ecuador as captain, Landon Donovan admitted that he’s done some growing up since World Cup 2006. The Los Angeles Galaxy ace performed below expectations against the Czech Republic and Ghana as the Americans bowed out in group play. “At the end…

Onyewu: We Were Able To Get Tight

Despite some first half struggles, U.S. Men’s National Team defender Oguchi Onyewu believes the backline came around after halftime to stifle friendly foes Ecuador in Tampa on Sunday. The Newcastle loan item was beaten badly on a 11th minute goal by FC Basel starlet Luis Caceido, but helped Jimmy Conrad calm things down after the…

'An Absolute Load Of Rubbish' – McClaren

England manager Steve McClaren has dismissed reports suggesting that he had been involved in a row with Wayne Rooney after the goalless draw with Israel – and that he had fallen out with his assistant, Terry Venables. McClaren admitted he had been ‘disappointed and frustrated’ with his team’s failure to score against the Israelis in…

Dunga Satisfied With Brazil Show

Brazil boss Dunga credited his players with handling Chile by a 4-0 friendly tally, and stated that their opponents made things tougher for them than the scoreline would indicate. “The score makes you think that Chile didn’t do anything, but I think that Chile played a good match,” he offered. “They have players that fight…

No Negative Thinking, Insists Terry

England captain John Terry has warned that his team should not be thinking negatively despite their bleak position in their Euro 2008 group. Terry will not allow his team-mates to entertain the prospect of failing to qualify for the Championships even though it is fast becoming the most realistic option as the run of matches…

Cannavaro Reveals Napoli Contact

Fabio Cannavaro has revealed that he has informed Napoli of his desire to return to the club and could be set to leave Real Madrid this summer. The Italian central defender met with the Serie B’s chief, Pierpaolo Marino, in Rimini recently and made it clear he is keen to end his career with the…

Donovan's hat-trick leads U.S. over Ecuador

Tampa Bay, FL (Sports Network) – The U.S. Men’s National Team got a performance from midfielder/forward Landon Donovan that reminded American fans of his play of old, before this past summer’s World Cup. Donovan scored three goals to lead the U.S. past Ecuador 3-1 at Raymond James Stadium, here, Sunday to raise his career total…

Kuranyi's double keeps Germany on top

Prague, Czech Republic (Sports Network) – Kevin Kuranyi scored twice to lead Germany to an important 2-1 win over the Czech Republic on Saturday in a EURO 2008 Group D qualifier. With the win, Germany moves three points clear of both the Czech Republic and Ireland, making them a favorite to advance as one of…

Euro2008 Qualifying Resumes Saturday

Nearing the midpoint in Euro2008 qualifying, Portugal, England, and Spain all need to pick up points in their matches this weekend. Meanwhile group leaders Germany and Czech Republic meet for sole control of Group D. The top two teams in each group will join hosts Austria and Switzerland in the Euro2008 Championship next year. Group…

Beckham: MLS Is No Vacation

Real Madrid superstar David Beckham has knocked back suggestions that his July move to the Los Angeles Galaxy is based on easier games to play. The former England captain says many Europeans would be surprised how difficult it is to work competitive, physical MLS contests in often-oppressive summer temperatures. “I don’t think it’s going to…

Cherundolo: Fresh Blood Is Good

U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo is happy to see some internationally green players called into camp by Bob Bradley, including fellow Bundesliga man Benny Feilhaber. “There are some new faces here,” he told a US Soccer podcast. “It’s always nice to have fresh faces in camp, and hopefully, they’ll be able to add something that was…