Tue, March 28th 2006

Four England-based managers on Madrid shortlist

Real Madrid seek high profile appointment to turn fortunes around

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, along with Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho, Liverpool’s Rafael Benitez and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger are on the shortlist of manager’s wanted by Real Madrid.

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Mon, March 20th 2006

Who are the G14?

The G14 are a group of successful and rich European clubs that formed in September 2004 “to find a constructive way of reforming a system in which their voice was not heard and to establish for the clubs a meaningful executive role in the management of the international game.” (The G14 website)


Fri, March 17th 2006

Fifa announces hard line on football racism

Scottish and Spanish FA's likely to be the firing line

Fifa has reacted to the apparent inability of national football associations to deal with racism by announcing that it plans to enforce sanctions on consistently offending clubs.


Thu, March 16th 2006

Fifa reject bid to extend World Cup squad deadline

Eriksson fails to get May 15th deadline pushed back

Despite having the backing of other top European coaches, Sven Goran-Eriksson’s attempt to delay the date that World Cup coaches have to choose their squads, has failed.

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Reports in the English media indicate that Barcelona claim they have reached a verbal agreement to sign Arsenal striker Thierry Henry.

The Gunners’ inspirational skipper has long been a target for the Catalan giants and his continuing reluctance to sign a new deal in North London has resulted in constant speculation over his future in The Premiership.

From: Sky Sports


Its always been suspicious that Henry has looked to put off talks with Arsenal until the end of the season considering that you would expect his priorities to then lie with France’s attempts to regain the World Cup.

Related: Chelsea to sign Ballack ‘before World Cup’


Wed, March 15th 2006

Chelsea to sign Ballack ‘before World Cup’

German captain aims to move before June

Germany’s Michael Ballack is hopeful of signing for Chelsea before the start of the World Cup in June. The 29-year-old Bayern Munich captain is out of contract in May and his agent said: “I think there is definitely something happening before the World Cup.”

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Sat, March 11th 2006

Rangers have announced that Paul Le Guen will replace Alex McLeish as manager at the end of the season.

From: BBC


See also: Guen deserves better than Scotland



Tue, March 7th 2006

The best midfield in the world?

...only if Sven can get them playing together

England head coach Sven Goran Eriksson believes he could have the world’s best midfield at his disposal for the World Cup this summer [From: Sky Sports].


Mon, March 6th 2006

A late equaliser from Inter Milan brought AS Roma’s record-breaking run of 11 consecutive Serie A wins to an end.

Roma broke the record held by Juventus (1931-2), AC Milan (1950-1) and Bologna (1963-4) last week with a 2-0 win over Lazio, but could not extend their run against Inter Milan, drawing 1-1.

Roma are 4th in Serie A after a poor start to the season.


Sun, March 5th 2006

Penalty shootouts instead of draws? Two points for a score draw? A bonus point for a team winning by more than two goals? These are not the latest madcap ideas from ‘soccer’ Stateside, but radical proposals the French League are taking very seriously in an effort to tackle the dearth of goals.

From: The Observer


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