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Thumbs down to Blatter’s extra-time proposals

Posted Friday, September 10, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

PARIS (AP)—In 514 matches for club and country, German wunder-forward Oliver Bierhoff scored 226 times. Yet only once, Bierhoff says, did he celebrate by whipping off his jersey: when his left-footed golden goal made Germany the European champion in 1996. That sudden-death winner against the Czech Republic, after just four minutes of extra time, was the first golden goal scored in a major...Full Story »

Vieira brushes off City snipers

Posted Thursday, September 09, 2010 by teamtalk.com

Patrick Vieira has dismissed criticism that Manchester City's squad is overloaded with a surplus of star players. After adding more high-profile names to their line-up this summer, City have come under fire from some areas of the media, and former player Stephen Ireland, for having a bloated squad. But midfielder Vieira, who won three league titles with Arsenal and four with Inter Milan, in...Full Story »

FA wrong not to punish Wenger over lies

Posted Thursday, September 09, 2010 by teamtalk.com

Arsene Wenger avoided punishment for his recent comments on Ryan Shawcross but Mark Holmes feels it is time the Frenchman was brought to book. Arsene Wenger is an extremely intelligent man and his comments ahead of Arsenal's game at Blackburn two weekends ago were undoubtedly designed to put pressure on referee Chris Foy. Foy had taken charge of Stoke's game against Tottenham the week befor...Full Story »

Joe Hart and Gary Cahill bring love of life to jaded England

Posted Sunday, September 05, 2010 by theguardian.com

Joe Hart has been given the thumbs-up by the England management and fans for his impressive performances.  England could start against Switzerland on Tuesday night with one centre-half from Bolton Wanderers and another who clocks on for work at Everton, with the pair ably supported by a goalkeeper who was on loan at Birmingham City last season and whose first competitive start for his coun...Full Story »

Belarus beats France 1-0 away in Euro qualifier

Posted Saturday, September 04, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP)—France's football misery only got worse Friday when it followed up its World Cup debacle with an embarrassing 1-0 loss at home to Belarus in their opening qualifier for the 2012 European Championship, with Sergei Kislyak scoring in the 86th minute to stun the Stade de France crowd. With new coach Laurent Blanc taking over from Raymond Domenech, France was facing...Full Story »

Italy Coach Demands Positive Attitude Against Estonia

Posted Friday, September 03, 2010 by Goal.com

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli is trying to encourage his squad to forget about previous failures. Cesare Prandelli - Italy Italy coach Cesare Prandelli is trying to revive the embers of positive thinking as he embarks upon Euro 2012 qualification. Prandelli is trying to win back fans and critics following la Nazionale's failure at the World Cup under Marcello Lippi. So far the coach has enjoy...Full Story »

Argentina's Lionel Messi Expecting Open Game Against World Champions Spain

Posted Friday, September 03, 2010 by Goal.com

Spain visit Argentina for a friendly next week and Lionel Messi expects to see an open game as his side look to the future. Argentina's Lionel Messi failed to score in the World Cup Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi has said that he is expecting to see an open game when la Albiceleste take on world champions Spain next week. The teams meet in a friendly for the second time in the spac...Full Story »

David Beckham plans LA Galaxy comeback next weekend

Posted Friday, September 03, 2010 by theguardian.com

• Beckham hopes to face Columbus Crew on 11 September• Midfielder almost recovered from achilles tendon injury LA Galaxy's David Beckham hopes to play his first game for six months on the 11 September. David Beckham hopes to make his return to action in LA Galaxy's match against Columbus Crew on 11 September, the midfielder said today. Beckham has been on the sidelines since March...Full Story »

Javier Mascherano blames Liverpool 'lies' for acrimonious exit

Posted Thursday, September 02, 2010 by theguardian.com

Javier Mascherano at his unveiling as a Barcelona player on Monday. Javier Mascherano's desperation to leave Liverpool led the Argentina captain to take a pay cut to complete his £20m move to Barcelona. The midfielder has claimed broken promises – and not his family's failure to settle on Merseyside – prompted his decision to force a move from Anfield. The 26-year-old finally ...Full Story »

Rafael van der Vaart leaves no place for Jonathan Woodgate at Tottenham

Posted Thursday, September 02, 2010 by theguardian.com

Rafael van der Vaart had to wait the better part of a day before his signing for Spurs was officially confirmed. Rafael van der Vaart's £8m transfer to Tottenham Hotspur from Real Madrid was officially ratified by the Premier League this afternoon but there was some dispute from the Spanish side regarding Harry Redknapp's claim yesterday that Bayern Munich had been prepared to pay £1...Full Story »

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