Archive for October, 2006

Copa America 2007 Venezuela

October 31, 2006

copa-america-2007-venezuela.jpgMexico and the United States have accepted invitations from CONMEBOL to participate at next summer’s Copa America 2007 in Venezuela.

Mexico is a regular participant in the tournament. The United States has not participated in the event since 1995.

The tournament is scheduled to be held between June 26 and July 15, 2007.

Brazil won the 2004 Copa America in Peru, defeating Argentina 4 – 2 on penalties after a 2 – 2 draw.

CONMEBOL Official Announcement (new window) AP Report on United States (new window)

Copa America Official CONMEBOL Site – English (new window)

Copa America Official CONMEBOL Site – Español (new window)

Wikipedia – Copa America (new window)
Wikipedia – Copa America 07 (new window)
Klinsmann Possible U.S. Manager – 27.10.06


West Ham “Takeover Decision Close”

October 31, 2006

The BBC is reporting that a West Ham takeover decision is near, but it does not specify what that decision will be.

BBC Story – (new window)

David Beckham Interview – BBC

October 31, 2006

david-beckham-balls.jpgBBC – David Beckham Interview 1:04 (new window)

David Beckham: “I am not going anywhere.” – 31.10.06
David Beckham, Tottenham’s Martin Jol Considers Becks Transfer – 30.10.06
David Beckham, Real Madrid President Claims Becks Will Stay – 28.10.06
Sven-Goran Eriksson, West Ham Rumours Denied – 26.10.06
David Beckham, Updates on Contracts or Transfers – 26.10.06
Becks Merchandise

David Beckham: “I am not going anywhere.”

October 31, 2006

david-beckham-balls.jpgDavid Beckham says he will not leave Real Madrid in January, even if no contract is in place.

The former England captain is no longer a starter at the Spanish club and he has been linked with moves back to the Premiership and MLS in the United States.

Beckham rejects Madrid exit talk – BBC Report (new window)

David Beckham, Tottenham’s Martin Jol Considers Becks Transfer – Monday, October 30th, 2006
David Beckham, Real Madrid President Claims Becks Will Stay – Saturday, October 28th, 2006
Sven-Goran Eriksson, West Ham Rumours Denied – Thursday, October 26th, 2006
David Beckham, Updates on Contracts or Transfers – Thursday, October 26th, 2006
Becks Merchandise

Champions League Fixtures/Results 31.10.06 01.11.06

October 30, 2006

champions-league.jpgChampions League Fixtures for October/November 2006

Tuesday, 31 October 2006

Group A

Barcelona 2 – 2 Chelsea
Chelsea are close to going through, 3 points clear of Bremen and 5 points clear of Barcelona, who now have their work cut out for them, sitting in third.
SoccerGolazo Match Report and Video Link

Levski Sofia 0 – 3 Werder Bremen
Werder Bremen move to second with 7 points, but now must face Chelsea and Barcelona, likely needing one win or two draws to qualify for the next round.
Goals :38 (new window)

Group B

Bayern Munich 0 – 0 Sporting Lisbon
Bayern are through to the knockout stages.

Spartak Moscow 0 – 1 Inter Milan
Inter are back on track to go through, now in second, one up on Sporting.
SoccerGolazo Match Summary
Goal Video :22 (new window)

Group C

Liverpool 3 – 0 Bordeaux
Luis Garcia gets two and Steven Gerrard gets one, as the Reds are through to the Round-of-16.
Goals :29 (new window)

PSV 2 – 0 Galatasaray
PSV are through to the knockout stages as well, with goals from Timmy Simons (59′) and Arouna Kone (83′). Galatasaray go down to 10 in the 39th as Stjepan Tomas sees red.
Goals :28 (new window)

Group D

Roma 1 – 1 Olympiacos
Julio Cesar puts the Greek side up in the 19th, but Francesco Totti gets the equalizer in the 66th. Roma is in good shape in second with 7 points.
Goals :33 (new window)

Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – 2 Valencia
Valencia comes back twice with goals from Fernando Morientes (18′) and Roberto Ayala (68′). The Spanish side are almost through, leading the group with 10 points.
Match Highlights :52 (new window)

Wednesday, 01 November 2006

Group E

Real Madrid 1 – 0 Steaua Bucuresti
Madrid squander countless opportunities, including a penalty miss by Van Nistelrooy and the miss-of-the-year by Ivan Helguera. Only an own goal on a freak play sees the Spanish side through to the knockout stages.
Own Goal :27 (new window)

Lyon 1 – 0 Dynamo Kiev
Lyon are perfect after four matches. A 14th minute goal from Karim Benzema holds up as the French side are through to the next round.
Match Highlights :52 (new window)

Group F

FC Copenhagen 1 – 0 Manchester United
Marcus Allback’s 73rd minute winner will surely have United supporters fearing a repeat of last year. Fergie’s side will likely need a result from one of their two final group matches against Celtic and Benfica.
Goal :46 (new window)

Benfica 3 – 0 Celtic
Benfica breathe life into their chances of going through with a rout of Celtic. The Scottish side missing an opportunity to go even with Manchester United on points.
Benfica Goals:
11′ – Gary Caldwell own goal
23′ – Nuno Gomes
77′ – Andrei Karyaka
Goals :27 (new window)

Group G

Arsenal 0 – 0 CSKA Moscow
Moscow stay top the table with 8 points. Arsenal are now tied for second with Porto, both on 7 points.

Hamburg 1 – 3 FC Porto
Porto jump into a second place tie with Arsenal just one point behind CSKA Moscow. Goals from Lucho Gonzalez (44′), Lisandro Lopez (61′), and Bruno Moraes (88′) squelch Hamburg’s only goal from Rafael van der Vaart (62′).

Group H

AC Milan 4 – 1 Anderlecht
A Kaka hat-trick, the third being a cracker, sees AC Milan five points clear on 10. The Italian side are almost through as second place Lille are beaten by Athens.
7′ AC Milan – Kaka penalty
23′ AC Milan – Kaka
56′ AC Milan – Kaka
61′ Anderlecht – Roland Juhasz
89′ AC Milan – Alberto Gilardino
Match Highlights :43 (new window)

AEK Athens 1 – 0 Lille
Stathis Tavlaridis is sent off for Lille in the 21st as Nikos Lyberopoulos 74th minute goal gives Athens hope of going through. They now have four points, only one behind second place Lille.

Tuesday, 21 November 2006

Group E
Real Madrid v Lyon
Steaua Bucuresti v Dynamo Kiev

Group F
Celtic v Manchester United
Benfica v FC Copenhagen

Group G
Arsenal v Hamburg
CSKA Moscow v FC Porto

Group H
AEK Athens v AC Milan
Lille v Anderlecht

Wednesday, 22 November 2006

Group A
Werder Bremen v Chelsea
Levski Sofia v Barcelona

Group B
Inter Milan v Sporting
Spartak Moscow v Bayern Munich

Group C
Liverpool v PSV
Bordeaux v Galatasaray

Group D
Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma
Valencia v Olympiacos

Tuesday, 05 December 2006

Group A
Chelsea v Levski Sofia
Barcelona v Werder Bremen

Group B
Bayern Munich v Inter Milan
Sporting v Spartak Moscow

Group C
Galatasaray v Liverpool
PSV v Bordeaux

Group D
Roma v Valencia
Olympiacos v Shakhtar Donetsk

Wednesday, 06 December 2006

Group E
Lyon v Steaua Bucuresti
Dynamo Kiev v Real Madrid

Group F
Manchester United v Benfica
FC Copenhagen v Celtic

Group G
Hamburg v CSKA Moscow
FC Porto v Arsenal

Group H
AC Milan v Lille
Anderlecht v AEK Athens

Champions League
Champions League Results 17.10.06 18.10.06 – October

Steven Gerrard, Liverpool Manager Rafael Benitez Says Captain Not For Sale

October 30, 2006

liverpool-soccer-ball.gifLiverpool manager Rafael Benitez says Steven Gerrard is not for sale and is surprised at media speculation that he doesn’t get along with his team captain.

Concerning that speculation Benitez states, “He is my captain and we talk all the time, sometimes for long times. To say anything else is crazy.”

Gerrard is not for sale, insist Reds – RivalsDM Report (new window)

Sir Alex Ferguson Pleads for Calm Before Match – Sunday, October 22nd, 2006
Peter Crouch Goal – Champions League Stunner – Friday, September 29th, 2006
Liverpool Jerseys

Didier Drogba, Andriy Shevchenko, Make Trip to Barcelona

October 30, 2006

uefa-champions-league.jpgChelsea strikers Didier Drogba and Andriy Shevchenko both made the trip to the Nou Camp for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Barcelona.

Shevchenko missed Saturday’s match with a leg injury. Drogba came off after being kicked in the foot.

Match Preview at the BBC (new window)

Didier Drogba Goal, Champions League Strike v Barcelona GOLAZO! – Thursday, October 19th, 2006

David Beckham, Tottenham’s Martin Jol Considers Becks Transfer

October 30, 2006

david-beckham-balls.jpgTottenham manager Martin Jol might be interested in bringing David Beckham to White Hart Lane from Real Madrid.

Beckham is not starting for Madrid and has admitted his frustration at his lack of playing time.

Spurs weigh up swoop for Beckham – – RivalsDM Report (new window)

David Beckham, Real Madrid President Claims Becks Will Stay – 28.10.06
Sven-Goran Eriksson, West Ham Rumours Denied – 26.10.06
David Beckham, Updates on Contracts or Transfers – 26.10.06
Becks Merchandise

Stankovic Goal, Inter Milan v AC Milan, 28.10.06 GOLAZO!

October 29, 2006

Dejan Stankovic scores a brilliant goal from 22 yards for a 2 – 0 Inter lead.

10-man Inter holds on for a 4 – 3 win.


Match Highlights 1:10 (new window)

Juventus, Fiorentina, Lazio Penalties Reduced – 28.10.06
Weekend Fixtures/Results 28.10.06 29.10.06

David Beckham, Real Madrid President Claims Becks Will Stay

October 28, 2006

david-beckham-balls.jpgReal Madrid president Ramon Calderon claims David Beckham will be staying at the club.

Twice, Calderon has claimed that a deal with Beckham would be sealed in 15 to 20 days, although both deadlines have passed.

Calderon also claimed that Beckham would end his career at the club, but that was refuted by a Beckham spokesperson the next day.

The latest quote from Calderon states, “I’m almost sure.”

Beckham is no longer a regular starter for Real Madrid and will be free to talk with other clubs in January if an agreement is not reached.

Madrid president hopeful Beckham will stay – AP Report (new window)

Becks Merchandise
Sven-Goran Eriksson, West Ham Rumours Denied – 26.10.06
David Beckham, Updates on Contracts or Transfers – 26.10.06

Petr Cech, Chelsea Goalkeeper Doesn’t Remember Incident

October 28, 2006

chelsea-soccer-ball.jpgChelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech doesn’t remember the collision with Reading’s Stephen Hunt that fractured his skull. The Czech international said he has only seen video of the incident once.

Cech is expected to be out for at least a year. The 24 year-old Chelsea number one, still has headaches and is unable to exercise for long stretches.

Hunt collision still haunts Cech – BBC Report (new window)

Petr Cech, Chelsea Keeper Returns Home – 25.10.06
Petr Cech, Chelsea GoalKeeper On His Feet – 20.10.06
Chelsea Jerseys

Juventus, Fiorentina, Lazio Penalties Reduced

October 28, 2006

The Italian Olympic Committee, the top of the Italian sports justice system, have reduced the point-penalties for Juventus, Fiorentina, and Lazio.

AC Milan’s penalty was not reduced, while Reggina is still waiting for their decision.

Juventus – reduced to 9 from 17
Fiorentina – reduced to 15 from 19
Lazio – reduced to 3 from 11
AC Milan – not reduced – eight-point penalty remains

Weekend Fixtures/Results 28.10.06 29.10.06

October 28, 2006


Saturday 28 October 2006

Bolton 0 – 4 Manchester United
Liverpool 3 – 1 Aston Villa
Sheffield United 0 – 2 Chelsea
Arsenal 1 – 1 Everton
Portsmouth 3 – 1 Reading

Racing de Santander 1 – 0 Valencia
Goal :23 (new window)

Barcelona 3 – 0 Recreativo de Huelva
Match Highlights :49 (new window)

Gimnastica 1 – 3 Real Madrid
Match Highlights :54 (new window)

Udinese 0 – 1 Roma
66′- Roma – Matteo Ferrari

AC Milan 3 – 4 Inter Milan
A 7-goal classic sees 10-man Inter hold on for the narrowest of wins. Stankovic’s 22-yard strike in the 22nd is an absolute stunner. Gilardino’s header in the 75th and Kaka’s chip in the 91st are equally brilliant. 5 minutes of added time make for a frenzied finish as the match lives up to its billing as the match of the weekend.

17′ – Inter – Hernan Crespo
22′ – Inter – Dejan Stankovic
47′ – Inter – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
50′ – AC Milan – Clarence Seedorf
66′ – Inter – Marco Materazzi
75′ – AC Milan – Alberto Gilardino
91′ – AC Milan – Kaka

Match Highlights 1:10 (new window)

San Lorenzo 2 – 2 Velez Sarsfield
42′- Velez Sarsfield – Zarate
43′ – Velez Sarsfield – Zarate
89′ – San Lorenzo – Ferreyra
90′ – San Lorenzo – Quatrocchi

Estudiantes de La Plata 2 – 1 Nueva Chicago
17′ – Estudiantes – Pavone
32′ – Estudiantes – Gonzalez own goal
40′ – Chicago – Higuain

Sunday 29 October 2006

West Ham 2 – 1 Blackburn
12′ West Ham – Teddy Sheringham
80′ West Ham – Hayden Mullins
90′ Blackburn – David Bentley

Celta de Vigo 1 – 2 Sevilla
7′ Celta de Vigo – Anderson Nene
31′ Sevilla – Christian Poulsen
61′ Sevilla – Adriano Correia

Fiorentina 2 – 3 Palermo
8′ Palermo – David Di Michele
32′ Fiorentina – Manuel Pasqual
79′ Palermo – Carvalho de Oliveira Amauri
87′ Fiorentina – Adrian Mutu
90′ Palermo – Carvalho de Oliveira Amauri

Palermo are even on 21 points with Inter at the top of Serie A.

Independiente 0 – 0 River Plate
River Plate dominate throughout but are unable to finish, as they are shutout for the first time this season. The draw puts River in a three way tie at the top of the table with Boca Juniors and Estudiantes, although Boca have a game and a half in hand.

Boca Juniors 2 – 1 Argentinos Jrs.
41′ – Boca Juniors – Krupoviesa
73′ – Boca Juniors – Boselli
85′ – Argentinos Jrs. – Carrera

Boca tops the Apertura with River and Estudiantes on 28 points.

Match Report – AP (new window)

Klinsmann Possible U.S. Manager

October 27, 2006

world-cup-2006.jpgJuergen Klinsmann is in talks that might make him the next manager of the United States national team.

The World Cup winner and former Germany boss lives in Los Angeles and has been linked with the U.S. job since the end of World Cup 2006, where he led the hosts to the Semi-Finals.

Klinsmann talking with U.S. Soccer – AP Story (new window)

Maradona in Talks to Manage Honduras
World Cup 2006 Merchandise

Maradona in Talks to Manage Honduras

October 27, 2006

argentina-soccer-ball.gifDiego Maradona is in talks to become the next manager of Honduras.

One of football’s greatest legends, Maradona coached at club level in Argentina in the mid-90s.

Maradona to hold Honduras talks – BBC Story (new window)

Argentina Merchandise
Boca DVDs Jerseys and More
Boca Soccer Balls

Gimnasia La Plata v Colo Colo , Chilean Side Into Semi-Finals

October 27, 2006

copa-sudamericana-logo.jpgGimnasia La Plata 0 – 2 Colo Colo (6-1)

Thursday 26 October 2006

Match Highlights Video 4:37 News Commentary – Español ( new window)

Match Highlights Video 7:55 Match Announcer – Español ( new window)

Match Highlights

The stage is set early as Colo Colo nearly scores in the first minute.

Colo Colo is in total control throughout the first half, but are unable to finish.

The second half signals the beginning of the end as Escobar pulls down Matias Fernandez in the box and Humberto Suazo buries the penalty to make it 1 – 0 on the night, 5 – 1 aggregate.

Suazo cuts through the Gimnasia defense all night, but the Chileans are unable to kill the game off, even missing a penalty in the 68th.

The Gimnasia strategy to stop the Colo Colo scoring machine seems to be elbows to the head and studs-up challenges. There is even a headbutt from Silva as the home side sees yellow all night. In the 71st, a kick to the shin of Alvaro Ormeno from Sebastian Dubarbier gets a well-deserved red and Gimnasia are down to 10.

In the 79th, the entire tie is summed up in one play, as Gustavo Semino slips in his own half. Fernandez picks up the gift and fires across to Gonzalo Fierro, who cracks a low drive into the far corner to make it 2 – 0, 6 – 1.

The last ten minutes are only saved by the spirited Gimnasia supporters who sing strongly, even in defeat. After the violence last week in Santiago, the pitch is surrounded by police, but it appears that the match is played without incident.

Any team with aspirations of hoisting the trophy at tournament’s end will need to figure out a way to stop Colo Colo’s incredible goal-scoring onslaught.

CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana Official Site – English

CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana – en Español

Atletico Paranaense v Nacional – Copa Sudamericana Quarterfinals 25.10.06
San Lorenzo v Toluca 25.10.06 Copa Sudamericana
Copa Sudamericana Quarterfinals

Tienda – en Español (ventana nueva)
Colo Colo Fans Banned From Copa Sudamericana Return Leg
Copa Sudamericana Results 10.10.06 11.10.06 12.10.06
Boca Juniors Crash Out of Copa Sudamericana to Nacional

Sven-Goran Eriksson, West Ham Rumours Denied

October 26, 2006

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson was seen dining with some of Kia Joorabchian’s people. Joorabchian has been linked with a West Ham takeover.

Eriksson denies it was anything more than lunch.

On a wildly speculative side-note: If Eriksson were to end up in charge at West Ham, it would be the perfect opportunity for his fancied-superstar David Beckham to return home to his original youth team.

Eriksson link to West Ham denied – BBC Story (new window)

David Beckham, Updates on Contracts or Transfers

David Beckham, Updates on Contracts or Transfers

October 26, 2006

david-beckham-balls.jpgDavid Beckham has a lot to ponder at this point in his career.

With his contract in flux at Real Madrid, he needs to choose from his humbling options.

His first option is to continue to fight for a spot on a Madrid team that is riddled with talent, and rarely plays a standard 4-4-2. This one could see him spending his last few, possibly productive, years on the Real bench, being no more than a marketing tool.

His second option being a return trip to the English Premier League, where he is unlikely to find a Champions League contender interested in his services.

Or finally, he could make that long, one-way trip to the United States, where he can play in a sub-par league with half empty stadiums. After a few trips around MLS, the Beckham mystique would be gone and it would be very sad to see the one-time Champion of Europe taking free kicks on astroturf blanketed with American football markings.

The last option would surely be the end of his serious football playing days and the beginning of the acting career.

Assuming he still has fight in him, and assuming he does want to play for the national team again, his best option would be to head home to England, wait for the axe to fall on McClaren and hope he can find form that raises the likes of an Aston Villa to a European spot.

Otherwise, it could be free kicks for old-times’ sake when Real Madrid leads by a few goals and he subs-on in the 80th minute. He might get to touch the Champions League trophy again, but it’s a sad way to go out for a passionate player that still has a few years left to make a difference for a team on the fringes.

It all seems to come down to whether or not David Beckham really wants to play football again.

In all fairness, when you’ve reached the heights of superstar-dome that Becks has, it would be very difficult to leave the galacticos life behind.

But it is only going to become increasingly difficult for him to watch Real Madrid return to its former glory while he only plays a bit part.

David Beckham Stories at the BBC (new windows):

Beckham makes rare Madrid start
Capello defends Beckham strategy
Beckham frustrated by bench role

Beckham Merchandise
Real Merchandise

Atletico Paranaense v Nacional – Copa Sudamericana Quarterfinals 25.10.06

October 26, 2006

copa-sudamericana-logo.jpgCopa Sudamericana Quarterfinals 25.10.06

Atletico-PR (Brazil) 4 – 1 Nacional (Uruguay) 6 – 2

Match Highlights:

A deflected free-kick in the 30th falls to Joao Leonardo who fires home for Paranaense’s first goal.

In the 39th, the tie is all but sealed when Denis Marques fires a wonderful strike from just outside the penalty area making it 2 – 1 on the night and 4 – 1 on aggregate.

In the 50th, Britez pulls one back for the visitors, but any hopes for a comeback are dashed in the 57th. Six passes go end to end to find Marcos Aurelio in the area, and the diminutive forward’s sweet move leaves three players in the Nacional defense sprawled prone in the box.

Danilo adds a header from a free kick in the 70th to finish the rout.

Nacional will have to take solace in having knocked out Boca Juniors as Paranaense goes to the Semi-Finals.

San Lorenzo v Toluca 25.10.06 Copa Sudamericana
Copa Sudamericana Quarterfinals
CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana – English
CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana – Español

San Lorenzo v Toluca 25.10.06 Copa Sudamericana

October 26, 2006

copa-sudamericana-logo.jpgCopa Sudamericana Quarterfinals

San Lorenzo (Argentina) 3 – 1 Toluca (Mexico) 25.10.06

Match Highlights:

San Lorenzo have a goal taken off in the 1st minute. But in the 17th, a series of volleys find Quatrocchi unmarked in the area and he appropriately heads home for the 1 – 0 lead.

In the 51st, Adrian Gonzalez fires a rocket from just inside the area, Andres Silvera brilliantly cuts in front of the keeper just before the save and heads in. Although Silvera appears onside, Toluca will justifiably argue the play was offside from two other players.

In the 56th, Silvera wonderfully heads home a 35 yard free kick for his second, and San Lorenzo’s third.

A horrible studs-up challenge by Sergio Ponce in the 58th puts Toluca down to 10. But the Mexican side keep their hopes alive with a lovely 50-yard pass over the defense that puts Bruno Marioni in alone. The Argentine striker one times a beautiful strike to give Toluca a chance in the November 1st return leg.

Atletico Paranaense v Nacional – Copa Sudamericana Quarterfinals 25.10.06
Copa Sudamericana Quarterfinals
CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana – English
CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana – Español

Midweek Fixtures 25.10.06

October 25, 2006

In England they are playing the Carling (League) Cup. In Spain, it is the Copa del Ray. Italy has Serie A and South America has the Copa Sudamericana.

Wednesday 25 October 2006

Palermo 2 – 1 Messina
7′ – Messina – Christian Rigano
25′ – Palermo – Cristian Zaccardo
41′ – Palermo – David Di Michele penalty

Inter Milan 4 – 1 Livorno
2′ – Inter – Marc Pfertzel own goal
13′ – Inter – Marco Materazzi
70′ – Liverno – Cristiano Lucarelli
71′ – Inter – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
78′ – Inter – Julio Ricardo Cruz

Roma 2 – 2 Ascoli
22′ – Ascoli – Marco Delvecchio
50′ – Roma – Francesco Totti
64′ – Ascoli – Sasa Bjelanovic
90′ – Roma – Philippe Mexes

Chievo Verona 0 – 1 AC Milan
31′ – AC Milan – Marek Jankulovski

Carling Cup – BBC (new window)

Copa Sudamericana Quarterfinals

West Ham Crash Out of Lowly Carling Cup – 25.10.06
Colo Colo Fans Banned From Copa Sudamericana Return Leg – 24.10.06

Petr Cech, Chelsea Keeper Returns Home

October 25, 2006

chelsea-soccer-ball.jpgInjured Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has left hospital and is expected to begin light training this week.

Cech returns home from hospital – BBC Report (new window)

Petr Cech, Chelsea GoalKeeper On His Feet – 20.10.06
Buffon Will Not Move to Chelsea – 20.10.06
Jose Mourinho – Chelsea Not Interested in Fabien Barthez – 19.10.06
Didier Drogba Goal, Champions League Strike v Barcelona GOLAZO! – 19.10.06
Chelsea Merchandise

West Ham Crash Out of Lowly Carling Cup

October 25, 2006

West Ham crashed out to Chesterfield 2 -1 in the Carling Cup, England’s least prestigious competition.

Things are going from bad to worse for Alan Pardew’s Hammers as they have lost eight in a row since Carlos Tevez and Javer Mascherano have joined the Premier League side.

Chesterfield are currently 15th in League One, England’s third division.

Defoe “Bite” of Mascherano Goes Unpunished – 23.10.06
Carlos Tevez Jerseys
Carlos Tevez Enjoying His Time at West Ham – 22.10.06

Copa Sudamericana Quarterfinals

October 24, 2006

copa-sudamericana-logo.jpgCopa Sudamericana Quarterfinals – October and November

Wednesday 18 October 2006

Lanus (Argentina) 0 – 3 Pachuca (Mexico)
17′ – Pachuca – Cacho
80′ – Pachuca – Gimenez
87′ – Pachuca – Cacho

Thursday 19 October 2006

Nacional (Uruguay) 1 – 2 Atlético-PR (Brazil)
56′ – Nacional – Alonso
74′ – Atlético – Odoni
89′ – Atlético – Aurelio

Colo Colo (Chile) 4 – 1 Gimnasia La Plata (Argentina) Suspended
24′ – Colo Colo – Matias Fernandez
38′ – Gimnasia – Matias Escobar
47′ – Colo Colo – Suazo
66′ – Colo Colo – Suazo
75′ – Colo Colo – Suazo

Colo Colo v Gimnasia La Plata, Match Suspended in 86th – SoccerGolazo Match Report

Match Highlights Video 4:54 (new window)

Wednesday 25 October 2006

San Lorenzo (Argentina) 3 – 1 Toluca (Mexico)
SoccerGolazo Match Highlights

Atletico-PR (Brazil) 4 – 1 Nacional (Uruguay) 6 – 2
SoccerGolazo Match Highlights

Thursday 26 October 2006
Gimnasia La Plata (Argentina) 0 – 2 Colo Colo (Chile) 6 – 1
SoccerGolazo Match Highlights

Tuesday 31 October 2006
Pachuca (Mexico) 2 – 2 Lanus (Argentina) 5 – 2
SoccerGolazo Match Summary

Wednesday 1 November 2006
Toluca (Mexico) v San Lorenzo (Argentina)
SoccerGolazo Match Report
Match Highlights Video 1:17 (new window)

CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana Official Site – English

CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana – en Español

Tienda – en Español (ventana nueva)
Colo Colo Fans Banned From Copa Sudamericana Return Leg
Copa Sudamericana Results 10.10.06 11.10.06 12.10.06
Boca Juniors Crash Out of Copa Sudamericana to Nacional

Colo Colo Fans Banned From Copa Sudamericana Return Leg

October 24, 2006

copa-sudamericana-logo.jpgThe Copa Sudamericana second leg match between Chili’s Colo Colo and Argentina’s Gimnasia La Plata will be without groups of fans from Colo Colo.

Authorities have banned Colo Colo supporters from traveling together to Argentina for Thursday’s showdown.

The first leg, in Santiago Chili, was suspended in the 86th minute, with Colo Colo ahead 4 -1, due to Colo Colo supporters throwing chunks of cement onto the pitch.

One large chunk hit Gimnasia’s Nicolas Cabrera in the neck and he was stretchered off as the match was abruptly halted.

The first match has been made final by CONMEBOL, making Colo Colo the 4 – 1 winner.

CONMEBOL also banned Colo Colo from hosting its next two matches at Monumental stadium.

Colo Colo stadium provisionally suspended for two matches – CONMEBOL.COM – Official Announcement (new window)

Authorities to prohibit Colo Colo groups – AP (new window)

Copa Sudamericana Quarterfinals

Colo Colo v Gimnasia La Plata, Match Suspended in 86th – SoccerGolazo Match Report

CONMEBOL (new window)
Tienda – en Español (ventana nueva)

Arsene Wenger, Arsenal Manager Happy with Squad

October 24, 2006

arsenal-soccer-ball.jpgArsene Wenger says Arsenal will not be looking for more players during January’s transfer window.

The Gunners are currently only five points back with a game in hand on big spenders Chelsea and Manchester United.

Wenger rules out January market moves – RivalsDM – (new window)

Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal Midfielder Signs Eight Year Deal – 10.20.06
Thierry Henry Goal Errantly Ruled Out For Handball – 18.10.06
Jerseys and More Arsenal Merchandise

Defoe “Bite” of Mascherano Goes Unpunished

October 23, 2006

tottenham-hotspur-spurs-logo-rug.jpgThe English Football Association will not be punishing Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe for his “comical nibble” on West Ham’s Javier Mascherano’s arm.

The two tangled in Sunday’s first half Spurs 1 – 0 win. Both were booked and the FA claims FIFA regulations prevent further action.

Defoe feels the incident is being overblown stating, “I reacted in a bit of a mischievous way.”

FA will not punish Defoe ‘bite’ – BBC (new window)

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Sir Alex Ferguson Pleads for Calm Before Match

October 22, 2006

manchester-united-soccer-ball.gifSir Alex Ferguson has asked Liverpool fans, as well as his own Manchester United fans, to behave respectfully ahead of Sunday’s match, fearing violence will once again mar the bitter rivalry.

Liverpool visits Old Trafford on Sunday.

Fergie urges rival fans to behave – RivalsDM –

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