Monthly Archives: December 2009

Thigh Injury Sidelines Beasley

Rangers boss Walter Smith looks set to be without DaMarcus Beasley for the next few weeks after he suffered an injury in training that kept him out of their Sunday win over Hibs. The United States international has enjoyed a fine return to form in the last few matches and Smith admits his absence is…

Kaka ready to return for Real

Real Madrid forward Kaka is fit and raring to go as the Spanish side returned to training after the winter break on Monday. Kaka has been sidelined with a pelvis injury since the defeat at Barcelona at the end of November. But the Brazil international is confident he will be fully fit for Sunday’s match…

Mancini happy with spirit at Manchester City

Roberto Mancini has played down talk of dressing room unrest at Manchester City and declared himself happy with the players’ attitude. When Mark Hughes was sacked after the 4-3 victory over Sunderland on Saturday there were reports a number of senior players, including Craig Bellamy, leading a protest delegation to chief executive Garry Cook. There…

Work permit boost for Donovan

United States international Landon Donovan has been granted a work permit and can now officially join Everton on loan next month. A deal to bring the 27-year-old from Los Angeles Galaxy to Goodison Park for two and a half months was finalised between the two clubs on Friday. However, Donovan, who has won 120 caps…

Toffees tie up Donovan loan deal

Everton have confirmed the signing of United States striker Landon Donovan on a short-term loan deal from Los Angeles Galaxy. Donovan will join the Merseyside club in the January transfer window and stay until mid-March having been granted permission by his MLS club. The 27-year-old will increase manager David Moyes’ selection options during a season…

Champions League Round of 16 Draw

David Beckham’s AC Milan face Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Arsenal and Chelsea face Porto and Inter Milan. England midfielder Beckham, who won the Champions League with United in 1999 before joining Real Madrid in 2003, will be on loan at Milan from Los Angeles Galaxy. Chelsea take on…

Essien focusing Chelsea over country

Michael Essien admits he could face a club-versus-country dilemma in January, when he will feature in the African Nations Cup for Ghana. The Chelsea midfielder, preparing for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Apoel Nicosia at Stamford Bridge, will leave the Blues to take part in the tournament in Angola from January 10 to 31. Essien…

Juventus shock Inter – Serie A round-up

Inter Milan suffered a second loss of the season as Juventus won the Derby d’Italia 2-1 to move within five points of the Serie A leaders. The 21st-minute opener was a free-kick that appeared to ricochet in off Lucio, although Felipe Melo claimed the goal. Samuel Eto’o levelled five minutes later at Turin’s Stadio Olimpico…

World Cup 2010: Group A

A group of hosts, past and present. Next year’s home team, South Africa will kick off their campaign against 2-time hosts Mexico and France, as well as Uruguay, home of the first World Cup in 1930. Despite missing out on seeding, The French (with or without Thierry Henry) will fancy their chances of progression. Mexico,…

World Cup 2010: Group B

Diego Maradona’s Argentina will be the clear favorites to progress from Group B, but second place could be a dogfight between three very solid teams – South Korea, Nigeria and Greece. If Maradona can figure out his favorite 11, a Leo Messi-inspired Argentina will expect to win the group and go much further. Nigeria will…

World Cup 2010: Group C

All the focus in Group C will be on the opening match between England and USA. American fans will be hoping for a repeat of their famous 1-0 victory at the 1950 World Cup. Both sides will be confident of overcoming Algeria and Slovenia. Fabio Capello has transformed England since taking the manager’s hot-seat in…

World Cup 2010: Group D

One of the strongest groups on paper – featuring powerhouses Michael Ballack, Michael Essien and Nemanja Vidic – Group D is anchored by perennial favorites, Germany. Australia are a rapidly improving outfit, while Ghana and Serbia both deserve dark horse status. Three-time winners, the Germans haven’t failed to reach the second round since 1950. It…