Monthly Archives: May 2008

Messi given Olympics go-ahead

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has confirmed he has been given the go-ahead to play for Argentina at the Beijing Olympics this summer. The 20-year-old would miss the end of Barca’s pre-season preparations as the Olympic competition runs August 7-23 and Fifa does not require club teams to release players but the Spanish giants have approved…

Mourinho waiting for 'big' club job

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits he has rejected offers from around 10 clubs since being out of work as they were not “big enough”. Mourinho, who parted company with the Blues in September, recently said he was ready to return to management after eight months out of the game. Mourinho has been linked with…

Michael Owen: Sayonara to Newcastle?

Japanese side JEF United Chiba have refused to rule out the possibility of making a shock move for England and Newcastle striker Michael Owen. The struggling J-League side were said to be considering an approach for the 28-year-old striker, according to a report in Japanese daily Nikkan Sports. Former Liverpool first-team coach Alex Miller was…

Huntelaar Targets Title With Ajax

Ajax striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has set his sights on winning the Eredivisie with the Amsterdam outfit and insists the only reason he would leave the club would be for “a new sporting challenge”. The 24-year-old’s goals helped Ajax finish second in the league to PSV Eindhoven, with their hopes of reaching next season’s Champions League…

Donovan Enjoying Beckham Link-Up

Los Angeles goal monster Landon Donovan has sounded a warning to the league, explaining that he and David Beckham are starting to build a no-look chemistry. The U.S. star has hooked up for goals with his England counterpart several times already on the young season and foresees more damage to league nets ahead. “We understand…

Samuel Eto'o

Samuel Eto’o has made his mark on soccer at both the international and the club level despite often playing in the shadows of other greats. The striker from Cameroon signed with Real Madrid when he was 16 but spent the majority of his time with the club on loan. His last loan stint, for RCD…

Manchester United celebrate; Fulham escape

Manchester United’s 2-0 win at Wigan confirmed a 10th Premier League title for the Reds, while Fulham won to send Reading and Birmingham down. Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty and a late goal from Ryan Giggs gave United a 2-0 victory over Latics at the JJB Stadium as they retained the Premier League title. The Portugal winger…

Real Madrid Party With Barcelona Rout

Newly-crowned champions Real Madrid enjoyed a title party to remember at the Bernabeu on Wednesday as they crushed arch-rivals Barcelona 4-1 in a hugely one-sided El Clasico. Goals from Raul and Arjen Robben sent Bernd Schuster’s men on their way to victory, before substitutes Gonzalo Higuain and Ruud van Nistelrooy completed the rout against a…

FIFA worried by English CL domination

FIFA president Sepp Blatter says the dominance of English clubs in the Champions League proves a quota system on foreign players is needed. For the last two seasons, there have been three Premier League sides in the last-four of Europe’s elite club competition and Blatter fears a monopolisation of football, with the richest clubs buying…

Chelsea win sets up final-day drama

Chelsea won 2-0 at Newcastle on Monday to ensure they head into the Premier League’s final day level on points with leaders Manchester United. Michael Ballack and Florent Malouda were the men on target in the second half at St James’ Park. The Blues host Bolton on Sunday, while United – who have a far…

Real Madrid claims Liga title

Real Madrid came from behind with two goals in the last three minutes at Osasuna to retain the Primera Liga title in dramatic fashion. After Villarreal’s win against Getafe, Madrid needed three points in Pamplona to claim the title on Sunday, but that looked unlikely when Francisco Punal put Osasuna ahead from the spot as…

Bayern Munich secure Bundesliga title

Bayern Munich sealed their 21st Bundesliga title on Sunday with a 0-0 draw at Wolfsburg which puts them 10 points clear of Werder Bremen. Ottmar Hitzfeld’s men went into the game knowing a point would be enough to wrap up the title. And that was exactly what they got, recovering from their 4-0 UEFA Cup…

Rangers Reach UEFA Final On PK's

Nacho Novo and Neil Alexander were the heroes as Rangers booked a place in the UEFA Cup final with 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over Fiorentina. Novo kept his cool to convert the decisive spot-kick after Alexander had saved from Fabio Liverani and Christian Vieri had missed in a tense penalty shoot-out. The full 210 minutes…

Barcelona set for sweeping changes

Barcelona could be set for a major summer overhaul in the wake of their second successive trophy-less season, according to the Spanish media. Marca believe at least eight players could be moved on at the end of the campaign, including Ronaldinho, Deco, Lilian Thuram, Gianluca Zambrotta and Eidur Gudjohnsen, while there are question marks against…