Monthly Archives: November 2009

Drogba: Blues have title edge

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba reckons the Blues now have the mental edge over their rivals in the race for the Premier League title. The Blues restored their advantage over Manchester United to five points with an impressive 3-0 win at Arsenal, which leaves the Gunners some 11 points off the pace, albeit having played a…

Casillas curses 'unjust' Clasico defeat

Goalkeeper Iker Casillas claims the 1-0 defeat to Barcelona in El Clasico was ‘unjust’, and believes Real Madrid did enough to earn a draw. The Catalans took all three points courtesy of a thumping second-half Zlatan Ibrahimovic volley, five minutes after coming off the bench, to send the Camp Nou into raptures. Real were left…

Ronaldo diving pleas annoy Iniesta

Andes Iniesta was left incensed after Cristiano Ronaldo told him to stop diving during Barcelona’s win over rivals Real Madrid in El Clasico. The midfielder fell to the ground rather easily twice in the first half with the second time meriting a response from the former Manchester United winger. However, Iniesta questioned whether the 24-year-old…

Abidal hails sparkling Barcelona show

Barcelona full-back Eric Abidal claimed the impressive 2-0 Champions League win over Inter Milan was the team’s best performance of the season. Barca were facing possible elimination heading into Tuesday night’s fixtures, where a home defeat to Group F leaders Inter combined with a Rubin Kazan victory over Dynamo Kiev in the evening’s earlier match…

Messi: It's do or die for Barcelona

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is confident the Champions League holders will not crash out of the competition at the group stage. The Spanish giants are in serious danger of becoming the first Champions League holders to go out at the first stage, as Group F is delicately poised with all four teams having a chance…

Ireland Coach Accepts Fate

Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni concedes it will be “impossible” to replay his side’s World Cup play-off with France but the FAI is holding out hope after requesting the FIFA replay the match. Ireland’s World Cup dreams ended in controversial circumstances after Thierry Henry handled the ball twice in the build-up to William Gallas’…

Hand of Henry Books World Cup Ticket

Republic of Ireland were eliminated from World Cup 2010 in very controversial fashion as Thierry Henry’s handball earned France a 1-1 draw and a trip to South Africa. Giovanni Trapattoni’s team were beaten 1-0 in Dublin in the first leg of the qualifying play-off on Saturday, but they gave themselves every chance of going through…

Algeria Join South Africa Party

Algeria earned the final African qualifying spot in next summer’s World Cup finals in South Africa with their 1-0 win over Egypt. Antar Yahia hit a great volley five minutes before the halftime break for the difference. The game was played to a capacity crowd filled the Khartoum Stadium in Sudan with 5,000 more fans…

Greece Seals World Cup Berth

After a 16 year absence, Greece is headed back to the FIFA World Cup earning their berth with a 1-0 win over Ukraine on Wednesday evening at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. Dimitris Salpigidis scored the game’s only goal in the 31st minute. The hard fought game was played in less than ideal conditions with…

Maicon poised to sign Inter deal

Inter Milan defender Maicon is poised to sign a new deal at the club, ending speculation he was set to move to England or Real Madrid. The Brazilian’s future at the San Siro has been the subject of conjecture in recent months with the likes of Real, Manchester City and Manchester United all linked with…

Premier Clubs Reject Rangers, Celtic

Premier League clubs have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to allow Celtic and Rangers to join the English top flight. A proposal by Bolton chairman Phil Gartside to include the Old Firm clubs was rejected as neither “desirable or viable”. Other suggestions put forward by Gartside including having a two-tier Premier League will be fed into…