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Football / Bolton secure free transfer of Villa's Samuel
« on: May 25, 2007, 05:51:52 AM »
Lee brings Jlloyd to the Reebok.

Jlloyd Samuel will become Sammy Lee's first signing as Bolton manager after agreeing a free transfer from Aston Villa. The 26-year-old defender will join the club on July 1 on a four-year deal.
The former England under-21 international joined the midlands club as an apprentice in 1997, making almost 200 appearances for the club.
However, he fell out of favour under new manager Martin O'Neill, making just two starts this season.
Lee said on Bolton's official website: 'I'm delighted that Jlloyd will join us and I think he will be an excellent signing.
'He's versatile and will offer us quality in a number of positions, which is vital for our squad. 'He's English, has youth on his side and I think he will give us a lot.'
Samuel is Wanderers' fourth summer signing, joining Zoltan Harsanyi, Blerim Dzemali and Gerald Cid at the Reebok Stadium and will not be the last, according to Lee.
'There's activity going on all the time, even though it's the close season,' he said.
'Just because there are no games, it doesn't mean that there isn't any activity.
'We are always looking to strengthen the squad with quality additions.'

Football / Warner Back to Fulham
« on: January 02, 2007, 09:23:16 AM »

Leeds have terminated the loan deal of striker Geoff Horsfield.

The 33-year-old was supposed to be with the Elland Road club until the end of the month, but manager Dennis Wise has allowed him to return to Sheffield United ahead of schedule.

He made 15 appearances for Leeds, scoring twice, but is not a part of Wise`s plans.

Fulham goalkeeper Tony Warner and Middlesbrough defender Ugo Ehiogu have also returned to their parent clubs after their deals expired, while former Leeds skipper Paul Butler has been released.

The 34-year-old had been on loan at MK Dons until New Year`s Day, but an agreement has now been reached to terminate his deal at Elland Road, leaving him free to join another club on a permanent basis.

Butler made a total of 106 appearances for the club, having been one of former manager Kevin Blackwell`s first signings in the summer of 2004.

Football / Newton gets 7-month ban for cocaine use
« on: July 19, 2006, 09:47:13 AM »
West Ham winger Shaun Newton has been banned for seven months by the Football Association after testing positive for cocaine.

The 30-year-old provided the positive test following the FA Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough on April 23.

The ban started on May 20, the date the former Charlton and Wolves player was suspended by his club.

The ban applies to matches but not training and other football activities.

The FA also confirmed Newton will be target tested throughout the period of his suspension.

Newton did not travel with the club when they left for a pre-season tour of Sweden.

Football / No Offers For Sancho
« on: July 17, 2006, 02:57:20 PM »
Gillingham manager Ronnie Jepson expects World Cup hero Brent Sancho to start the season in a Gills shirt.

The 29-year-old starred for Trinidad & Tobago in their three group games in Germany and his agent said last month that there had been a lot of interest in the former Dundee defender.

But Jepson told Kent On Sunday: 'Let me make this clear because I have no idea where these stories keep coming from.

'We have not received a single offer and I have not had one phone call about Brent Sancho.

'Someone gets in the shop window after performing well at the World Cup and the stories keep springing up suggesting he is leaving but that is not the case at all.'

Sancho, Ian Cox and new signing Kelvin Jack, who were all in the Soca Warriors squad in Germany are back in training with the Gills now and Jepson is keen for them to keep their focus on domestic matters.

He added: 'The World Cup and its impact is over now as far as I'm concerned.

'The lads involved had a great time and when they hang up their boots they will have a great story to tell their grandchildren but my focus now is on Gillingham and everyone is expected to buckle down and earn their money.'

Football / Australian clubs set for Asian Champions League
« on: July 17, 2006, 04:28:02 AM »
MELBOURNE, July 17 (Reuters) - Two teams from Australia's A League will be offered places in the 2007 Asian Champions League after the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) decided to cut Thailand and Vietnam's allocation.

'This decision was made based on the technical performance and match results of the Thai and Vietnamese clubs in recent seasons of the AFC Champions League,' an AFC statement said on Monday.

The AFC Executive Committee said Thailand and Vietnam would keep one representative each in the competition with their second places demoted to the AFC Cup.

The AFC said it would meet with officials from Football Federation Australia to discuss qualification, with the two places likely to go to the A League champions and the top club from the regular season.

No Thai team has progressed from the group stages since BEC Tero Sesana reached the inaugural AFC Champions League final in 2003. The country's two representatives in 2006 - Thailand Tobacco Monopoly and Provincial Electrical Authority - were disqualified for failing to comply with player registration deadlines.

Vietnam's teams have faired little better with none progressing past the group phase while their two 2006 entries lost all eight matches.

The Executive Committee confirmed the competition's 28-team format featuring seven groups of four teams, each top side joining last season's champions in the quarter-finals.

Sydney FC were the winners of the inaugural A League title in March and the 2006-07 competition started last weekend.

Football / Tiger?
« on: July 04, 2006, 11:35:10 AM »
Before the WC he was supposedly training with Kaiserslautern
does anyone know what happened with that?

Football / Kelvin in the firing line
« on: June 08, 2006, 07:06:29 PM »
Dundee goalkeeper Kelvin Jack has been pinpointed as a weak link in the Trinidad and Tobago line up by opening World Cup opponents Sweden (writes Tom Duthie).
The pair, who are in England’s group, clash in Dortmund in Saturday’s tea-time kick-off and, with training now focusing specifically on the game, veteran Swedish coach Lars Lagerback has altered shooting practice.
He has instructed a strikeforce that includes ex-Celt Henrik Larsson, Arsenal’s Freddie Ljungberg and Juventus ace Zlatan Ibrahimovic to concentrate on hitting low efforts just inside the near posts.

The move is apparently based on the belief that Jack, as he often has been since Dutchman Leo Beenhakker took over as T&T coach, will be preferred to the more experienced West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop.

“Yesterday, training was interrupted and the strikers were told to fire the ball in low. We believe Jack has a weakness with those type of shots and it is something that can be exploited,” said an insider from the Swedes’ training camp.

“We are surprised that Hilsop will not play, but our understanding is that Beenhakker has faith in Jack and will go with him — that might be good news for Sweden.”

The Scandinavians have been doing their homework and their predicted Trinidad line-up also includes Dundee United striker Collin Samuel being used wide on the left — no big surprise as it is the position in which he has been used most by Beenhakker.

St Johnstone’s Jason Scotland and former Dundee man Brent Sancho are expected to be on the bench.

2006 World Cup - Germany / Jack backs Sweden over England
« on: May 30, 2006, 12:35:28 PM »
Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Kelvin Jack believes Sweden are favourites to win World Cup Group B - not England.

The former Dundee number one insists the team ethic of the Swedes will overcome the individual talent in Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad.

"Everyone seems to be focused on England, but Sweden are, for me, the best team in our section," said Jack. "They are favourites even though everyone in England seems to think they have the group won already. I can tell them right now they haven't."

He added: "Sweden have a superb record against England and in the likes of Henrik Larsson, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Freddie Ljungberg have players every bit as good as what the English have.

"As a team, the Swedes are more solid and don't rely so heavily on individuals. They are the ones we all have to beat."

Football / Roberto Carlos: Real Madrid must match Chelsea offer
« on: May 20, 2006, 10:21:27 AM »
Real Madrid wing-back Roberto Carlos is ready to join Chelsea.
The Brazilian has told Real that they must match Chelsea's mega offer if they want to keep him. At 33, it's unlikely Real directors will accept Roberto Carlos' demands.

The Brazilian ace told AS: "In London I have an offer of two years with the option of another one and a very important financial number. I want to play at a good level.

"If Madrid equals the offer, I remain, I know this clearly. But I know that football in the Premiership is very competitive and is a good level."

2006 World Cup - Germany / Owen comes through England training
« on: May 16, 2006, 10:31:42 AM »
Michael Owen pulled on an England shirt for the first time in seven months to give Sven-Goran Eriksson a World Cup boost.

The Newcastle United striker came through a full training session with his international team-mates with no apparent ill effects at their training camp in Portugal.

Owen has been sidelined since breaking a metatarsal in a collision with Tottenham and England keeper Paul Robinson at White Hart Lane on New Year's Eve.

His last involvement with England was when scoring twice in the thrilling 3-2 win over Argentina in Geneva in early November.

Owen has been restricted to just 29 minutes' action as a substitute against Birmingham at St Andrews last month since suffering the setback.

But he is pencilled in to play in the B international with Belarus at Reading on May 25 ahead of the warm-up internationals with Hungary and Jamaica at Old Trafford.

Five of Eriksson's 23-man squad - confirmed yesterday - were not present with strike partner Wayne Rooney continuing to receive treatment Manchester United for his broken metatarsal.

Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell will be in Champions League final action for Arsenal against Barcelona tomorrow, Steven Gerrard has been given a week's break after his exertions for Liverpool while captain David Beckham finishes his commitments with Real Madrid tonight.

Jamie Carragher, Nigel Reo-Coker, Peter Crouch and Owen Hargreaves were rested after their weekend exertions with Liverpool, West Ham and Bayern Munich respectively.

Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas and Charlton defender Luke Young - one of five players on stand-by - only participated in some light work after recent shin and ankle injuries respectively.

But there was a first training session with England for surprise selection 17-year-old Theo Walcott, who was not required by Arsene Wenger for the battle in Paris.

Jokes / The United and City Car Crash Joke
« on: May 12, 2006, 02:34:31 PM »
A Man City and Man United fan collide in a huge accident on the motorway. Both cars are a wreck, but both men are unhurt.

"This must be a sign from God that we are meant to be friends" says the City fan "I agree" replies the United fan

The City fan then returns to the wreckage of his car, and finds a bottle of whiskey he had been saving.

"Look" he says to the united fan, "this must be another sign from God, we should drink this whiskey to celebrate our friendship and survival"

He hands the bottle over to the United fan who takes a large gulp from the bottle before passing it back to the City fan, who then puts the top back on & returns the bottle to his car.

"Aren't you having any?" asks the United fan. "No" replied the City fan, "I think I’ll wait til the Police get here."

Football / Barcelona players clash in training
« on: May 12, 2006, 01:50:21 PM »
Barcelona players were spotted arguing with eachother at training yesterday.
Barca skipper Carles Puyol had a heated discussion with Thiago Motta after the Brazilian's rough challenge on the defender. Later Gio van Bronkhorst and goalkeeper Victor Valdes also squared up during the six-on-six bounce game.

"This is normal, we played games of six against six, the one that scores is the winner and we always play it hard. Of course, sometimes we discuss a kick or a decision," said Van Bronkchorst, "it's nothing unusual."

Jokes / Old lady joke
« on: May 11, 2006, 10:55:30 AM »
There was once a very prim and proper older lady who had a problem with passing gas. Since she came from a generation when people didn't even talk about this kind of problem it took a long time for her to seek help. Finally, however, she was persuaded to consult her family doctor.

After she filled out all the proper forms and had waited about 20 minutes in the waiting room the doctor called her into his office, leaned back in his chair, folded his hands into a steeple and asked her how he could help.

"Doctor," she said, "I have a very bad gas problem. Yesterday afternoon I had lunch with the Secretary of State and his wife and had six, um, er, ahhh... silent gas emissions. Last night I had dinner with the governor and his wife and had four silent gas emissions. Then, while sitting in your waiting room I had five silent gas emissions! Doctor, you've got to help me! What can we do?"

"Well," said the doctor raising his voice a little, "I think the first thing we're going to do is give you a hearing test."

Football / Uefa cup final preview
« on: May 09, 2006, 03:47:48 PM »
Europe’s second biggest domestic Final takes place at the Phillips Stadium, Eindhoven on Wednesday night, with Premiership side Middlesbrough taking on Spanish outfit Sevilla for the UEFA Cup.
This is the 35th UEFA Cup Final and the ninth since it became a one-off game rather than a two-legged affair (although the Inter-Cities Fair Cup preceded it for 13 years).  CSKA Moscow won last season’s competition with a 3-1 win over Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese sides’ own stadium and now it is the turn of Middlesbrough or Sevilla to write themselves in to the record books.   

The two sides are both making their debuts in a major European Final and will be looking to add to relatively bare trophy cabinets.  Middlesbrough’s only domestic success game in the League Cup Final two years ago, while Sevilla have not won the Spanish league since 1946 or been in a major Final since 1962.   

The Spanish side looked unlikely to match last season’s sixth place finish in La Liga at the start of the season following the departures of star striker Juan Baptista and key defender Sergio Ramos.  But new boss Juande Ramos, who replaced Joaquin Caparros in the summer, has does wonders with limited resources and Sevilla look set for a top-five finish this term.   

Boro have had a roller-coaster season, with high’s coming in the form of this fabulous UEFA Cup run and victories over Chelsea and Manchester United in the Premiership, but were also potential relegation candidates at one stage after losing against Sunderland and crashing to a 7-0 defeat against Arsenal.


Boro (All competitions, earliest result first): LWLDDL

Steve McClaren’s last league game in charge of Boro ended in defeat on Sunday after Fulham won 1-0 at Craven Cottage.  That defeat meant Boro finished the season with just two points from twelve available as McClaren rested key players for the important UEFA and FA Cup games.  This will the Teessider’s 64th game of the season and their 15th in this competition alone.   

Sevilla (All competitions, earliest result first): DDWWWW

The Spaniards beat local rivals Malaga 2-0 in La Liga on Saturday to guarantee at least a top six finish and UEFA Cup football again next season.  They could still make a Champions League spot, but face Real Madrid and champions Barcelona in their last two matches.  They enter the final on the back of four straight wins in all competitions; Getafe, Sociedad and Schalke were all beaten prior to the weekend win over Malaga.   



Boro qualified from their group comfortably with wins over Grasshoppers, Dnipro and Liteks and eliminated Stuttgart and Roma on away goals in the following rounds.  The Quarter-Final and Semi-Final saw two staggering comebacks; Boro found themselves needing four goals to turn around the ties with both Basle and Steaua Bucharest and Massimo Maccarone incredibly scored last minute winners in both games to send McClaren’s men to Eindhoven.   


Sevilla made it through to the Final in a much more comfortable fashion than their opponents, although they did need a fantastic Antonio Puerta strike to overcome Schalke in extra time of their Semi-Final.  They saw off Besikas and Guimaraes in Group H as well as drawing with Bolton Wanderers, before eliminating Loko Moscow, Lille, Zenit and Schalke on the way to the Final.   



The big news for Steve McClaren is goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is available to start after suffering a fractured cheekbone in the FA Cup Semi-Final.  The injury has initially thrown his participation in this summer’s World Cup Finals into doubt, but he’ll be fit to take the field on Wednesday with a protective mask over the damaged cheek.  Gareth Southgate has recovered from a hamstring strain and will lead out the side, while Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will also be available for selection following the same injury.   


Frederic Kanoute is a doubt for Sevilla with a calf injury which kept him sidelined for the Semi-Final second leg.  The Malian international played for the last 20 minutes on Saturday, but could be struggling to make the starting line-up on Wednesday.



Massimo Maccarone has already written himself into Middlesbrough folklore and would love to cap an amazing UEFA Cup run with a goal in the Final.  The hero in both the Quarter and Semi-Final’s is dreaming of another last minute winner in Eindhoven in what would be a truly remarkable campaign.   


Javier Saviloa is only on loan at Sevilla from Barcelona, but the talented Argentinian is playing some great football for his new club and will be a pivotal man in the middle of the park.  Enzo Maresca is another one to watch for Sevilla, he joined in the summer from Juventus and has weighed in with eight league goals from midfield to make him the club’s top scorer.  Fans of the English Premiership will be familiar with Frederic Kanoute; the former West Ham and Tottenham striker has scored five goals in Sevilla’s UEFA Cup run this season, but is a doubt with a calf injury.


After Boro’s amazing comebacks in the last two rounds the Teessiders will believe their name is on the cup, but this game will be their toughest task to date.  The players will want to do it for Steve McClaren before he leaves to take up the England national team reigns and it is sure to be a thrilling game.   

Prediction: Boro 3-2 Sevilla

Football / Yorke Article
« on: April 27, 2006, 02:59:22 PM »
LONG before Ronaldinho hit the headlines, the widest smile in football belonged to Trinidad and Tobago's Dwight Yorke, a smile that got wider in 1999 when his 29 goals helped Manchester United to an unprecedented treble.

It was Yorke's first season at Old Trafford after a £12.6 million transfer from Aston Villa and he hit the ground running, forging a lethal partnership with the conversely grim-faced striker Andy Cole.

Yorke was 28 at the time and winning the English Premier League and the FA Cup followed with victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, which he described as his "World Cup final", was thought to be the pinnacle of his career.

Now Yorke, who once said he grieved at seeing team-mates go off for World Cup duty, and in the twilight of his illustrious career, will finally grace the competition he so lamented having missed.

Yorke could have missed the competition outright after a falling out with the head of Trinidad and Tobago's football federation and retired from international football for several years until he was offered an olive branch in 2005.

By this time Yorke's career was seemingly winding down somewhat from its dizzy heights.

He won two more English Premier League titles with United in 2000 and 2001, but his penchant for nightclubbing had angered his manager Alex Ferguson who marginalised him and eventually sold him to Blackburn Rovers at a knock down price after Ferguson signed Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

Yorke has since had mediocre seasons at Birmingham and Derby now plays in in Australia's A-League with Sydney FC.

But the likeable Caribbean can look back with pride to one of the greatest performances ever by an English side, United coming from 2-0 down at Juventus to win 3-2 in the 1999 European Cup semi-finals.

As a teenager Yorke moved to England when Aston Villa boss Graham Taylor signed him for £10,000, but he missed the beaches and his mother's cooking and wanted to go home the first time he saw snow.

When he does go home now it is with the keys to Port of Spain in his pocket, to play in the stadium named in his honour, and while it is unlikely the team or Yorke can make any real waves in Germany, qualifying Trinidad and Tobago for the World Cup Finals is folklore enough in itself.

Football / Southampton match report
« on: April 17, 2006, 05:29:40 PM »
Kenwyne Jones blasted a warning to England with one of the goals that relegated Millwall.

Jones will be lining up for Trinidad & Tobago against England in the World Cup and gave a performance of pace and power, letting himself down only with his finishing.

Jones scored from the penalty spot but missed two other good chances in the first half as Southampton coasted to their successive win.

Jones was brought down on 11 minutes by Marcus Phillips and from the spot sent Colin Doyle the wrong way.

Jones should have scored again in the 30th minute after racing clear on to a long pass from Chris Baird but as Doyle came out, Jones shot over the bar.

Jones went close again on 42 with a left-foot shot just past the post with Doyle beaten.

Millwall needed to win and hope other results went their way in order to survive but after a bright start they quickly faded.

Southampton sent on Jamaican Ricardo Fuller in the 61st minute and he should have added another soon after.

Racing clear on to a Nathan Dyer pass, Fuller shot wide in the face of a brave challenge from the on rushing Doyle.

Millwall went close to a leveller on 79 minutes when Matt Lawrence crossed from the right and substitute Ben May headed against the underside of the bar.

Fuller was then booked on 86 minutes but got his revenge in stoppage time as Millwall won a corner.

Goalkeeper Doyle went up in search of an equaliser but the set piece broke down and Fuller was able to run from the halfway line before shooting into the empty net from the edge of the box.

Football / Fowler agrees new deal
« on: April 13, 2006, 05:33:57 PM »
James Fowler has agreed a two-year contract extension with Kilmarnock.
The 25-year-old midfielder has been rewarded for an impressive season with the side currently fifth in the Scottish Premier League.

Fowler follows Frazer Wright, Alan Combe, David Lilley and Garry Hay in committing his future to the club.

Killie manager Jim Jefferies also hopes to secure Danny Invincibile on a new two-year contract, although the forward has other offers.

  :devil: :rotfl:

Football / Shakes score
« on: April 11, 2006, 02:25:27 PM »
swansea vs. swindon
10 mins left score is 1-1 and shakes score

Football / More Competition for Glenn
« on: April 08, 2006, 09:47:37 PM »
CARSON, Cailf. -- The Los Angeles Galaxy have signed Brazilian forward Thiago De Souza, the club announced today. De Souza, who was most recently with the German Bundesliga's BV Borussia Dortmund, will join the club as a youth international, pending visa approval. Per club policy, terms of the deals were not announced.
"Thiago is a unique player who we think will add an exciting offensive dynamic to our club," said Galaxy Assistant General Manager Tom Payne. "He has the experience of playing in one of the top leagues in the world and we feel he will make a solid contribution to the Galaxy."

The 21-year-old joined Dortmund from Uniao Sao Joao of Brazil. Thiago, a 5-foot-6, 143-pound forward, has also appeared for Rio Branco and Corinthians of Brazil in his short career. Thiago trained with the Galaxy during the club's preseason trip to Costa Rica and is expected to add a dimension of speed, finishing ability and technical superiority on the ball.

"We saw Thiago play with us in Costa Rica and there is no question that he can make an impact in this league," said Galaxy head coach Steve Sampson. "He is a young, smart and quick player who will continue to develop and improve."

The defending 2005 MLS Cup Champions host the Chicago

he sounin like he good
like glenn go hadda come good

Football / Sheva to chelsea?
« on: March 30, 2006, 07:29:24 AM »
Chelsea are ready to offer Hernan Crespo in a £25 million swap deal for AC Milan striker Andrei Shevchenko.
The Sun says Blues' billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has finally persuaded Shevchenko to quit Serie A for the Premiership.

Sources close to the deal confirm the Ukrainian's Italian agent Fabio Paresi met Abramovich in London late last year to set the ball rolling.

The Russian and the Ukrainian World Cup goal-machine are personal friends.

But Shevchenko has repeatedly told Abramovich his loyalty to Milan would not allow him to jump ship and move to Chelsea.

The striker was originally valued at £30m after he pipped Ronaldinho and Thierry Henry to the European Player of the Year title.

But Chelsea have knocked it down because Shevchenko is now 29.

Crespo is happy to go in the other direction. He and Blues boss Jose Mourinho had a bitter fall-out, paving the way for his return to the club where he spent most of last season on loan.

Chelsea will smash their wage structure to pay Shevchenko around £150,000 a week AFTER tax - which will trigger pay rises for both John Terry and Frank Lampard.

Football / Littbarski ready to quit sydney fc
« on: March 03, 2006, 05:28:57 AM »

Football / Blues to take a look at Spann
« on: February 26, 2006, 10:28:56 PM »
Birmingham are believed to be ready to run the rule over Silvio Spann in action for Trinidad & Tobago in midweek.

Trinidad play Iceland at Loftus Road and it is believed that Birmingham could have representatives in attendance to take a look at the midfielder.

Spann is available on a free transfer as he is without a club and, thought to be also interesting Bolton, the 24-year-old is confident of landing a new club between now and the campaign's close, having left Yokohama FC in December.

''There is some interest but for me, the main focus is playing for my country and ensuring I can make the World Cup,'' he told the News of the World.

''The coach has told me to make sure I take care of myself and pretty soon I will be playing with a club again.''

Football / Sydney FC takes upper hand with 2-2 draw
« on: February 12, 2006, 07:32:37 AM »
Sydney FC took one significant step towards hosting the inaugural Hyundai A-League grand final following a tense and highly entertaining 2-2 draw in the first leg of the Major semi-final against Adelaide United in Adelaide today.

Goals to Steve Corica and Sasho Petrovski send Sydney FC back to the rematch at Aussie Stadium on Sunday not only buoyed by holding the home team to a 2-2 draw but with two crucial away goals in the back pocket.

It was a thrilling match with some great goals in a gripping encounter that lived up to all the pre-match hype.

Sydney FC will now return to Aussie Stadium on Sunday as favourites to win through to the grand final but there is no doubt that the 5th meeting between the two teams will be as tight and tense as the previous four encounters.

Pointedly, it was the first time that the home team has not won a game between these two sides and it could prove the difference.

While all the pre match talk surrounded Sydney FC stars Dwight Yorke and David Carney it was the experienced heads of Corica, Matthew Bingley and Mark Rudan that stood tall as the Adelaide United midfield duo of Ross Aloisi and Carl Veart was played off the park.

Rudan also kept Shengqing Qu completely out of the game with a commanding performance that has stamped his return to the team.

Corica not only scored the first goal but he was dangerous all day in behind the forward line and Bingley set up the second goal with some vintage football and was a rock in the middle of the park for the entire 90 minutes.

Sydney FC went into the game with an unchanged line up from the team that defeated Adelaide United 2-1 at Aussie Stadium last weekend.

The only changes came on the bench with Iain Fyfe suspended following yellow card trouble with Andrew Packer and teenage debutante Tolgay Ozbey coming into the squad.

Adelaide United was forced to make one change from last weekend’s match with Lucas Pantelis ruled out with a leg injury. That resulted in a start for Robert Cornthwaite as part of a reshuffle that saw him slot into the right fullback role and Richie Alagich moved to the midfield.

Sydney FC’s stability helped in the early stages as it was the visiting team that settled into a pattern first, in front of a strong but slightly disappointing home crowd of 15,104 that seemed to startle Adelaide United.

In the 9th minute the crowd was silenced when Corica scored after a deft ball from Ruben Zadkovich, who was once again industrious on the left flank.

The teenager beat his man, surged through the centre of the park and rolled the ball in behind the defence for Corica, who chipped the ball over Daniel Beltrame as the ‘keeper dived at his feet.

It was exactly what Sydney FC deserved and they should have gone 2-0 in front in the 30th minute when Yorke had a gift chance to double the lead but he was unable to poke the ball home following a goal-mouth scramble.

Adelaide took advantage and within two minutes they were 2-1 in front and the momentum of the match had changed.

First it was Travis Dodd who made a break down the left and beat two defenders before firing home on 31 minutes and then Fernando Rech scored with a simple header at the far post from a corner in the 33rd minute.

The game looked like changing but Sydney FC never panicked and equalized in the 39th minute through Petrovski but a lot of the credit should go to Bingley.

The former Socceroo midfielder switched play beautifully from the centre of the park to Carney on the right and continued his run to get a return pass before crossing to an unmarked Petrovski, who headed home at the far post.

It was vintage Bingley and at 2-2 the game was there to be won for either team at half time.

Sydney FC did have to make a change at half time when defender Jacob Timpano felt a twinge in his groin and he replaced by Andrew Packer, who went to right fullback with Mark Milligan slipping back into the middle of defence.

The tempo continued at breakneck speed in the second half with both teams giving nothing, especially in the centre of the pitch, which was particularly tough.

Both teams had chances to grab a winner but neither team was able to break the 2-2 deadlock and Sydney FC comes home with momentum and a significant lift in confidence.

The two teams will now meet in the return clash at Aussie Stadium with the winner of the two-legged tie winning through to the grand final, as hosts, on March 5.

Football / Trinis in action today
« on: February 01, 2006, 02:16:27 PM »
Jlloyd and shaka starting today so i think they should have a thread
good luck shaka against arsenal
and barry starting for villa but samuel is to so maybe he is showing good form

Football / Rangers up 2-1 at ht
« on: January 29, 2006, 09:05:29 AM »
courtesy of a marvin andrews goal
well done marv

Football / Villa's Samuel wants Charlton move
« on: January 29, 2006, 08:23:07 AM »
Jlloyd Samuel is closer to an Aston Villa exit.
Samuel was a schoolboy at Charlton Athletic and at a time when some Villa fans are on his back, he admits he could be interested in a return.

He said: "It is something I would definitely look at if it was to come up. Alan Curbishley is a very good manager. He's seen something that he likes and if something does come along then I would listen to what they have to say.

"I've been at Charlton before and know the club. I want to play regular football and if it means elsewhere then so be it.

"I am from London, although I've been up here a long time. We'll have to see how much interest clubs have and if I feel like it is time to move on, then so be it."

Football / Jones Startin tonight
« on: January 25, 2006, 02:04:21 PM »
He geh a start in the southampton game tonight
i hope he can make the most of it

Football / Yorke to romania?
« on: January 18, 2006, 03:48:48 PM »
DWIGHT Yorke and Sydney FC teammates Iain Fyfe, Sasho Petrovski and David Carney may be heading to Romania after the end of the A-League season to keep match-fit leading into the World Cup finals.

Cashed-up Romanian first-division club Politehnica Timisoara is believed to be ready to take the Sydney FC quartet on a three-month loan arrangement.

Timisoara has just appointed legendary former Romanian international Gheorghe Hagi as its coach, and Hagi has been told money is no object in the quest to move the fourth-placed team up the table and into a Champions League qualifying place. Fringe Socceroos defender Jon McKain is already on its books.

Yorke said last weekend his UK-based agents were scouring Europe to solve the problem of how he can keep in shape before heading to the World Cup finals as skipper of Trinidad and Tobago in June. Socceroos hopefuls Fyfe, Petrovski and Carney are in the same boat.

The difficulty is in the timing, with many European leagues closing their transfer windows at the end of this month before the start of the A-League finals. But the solution could be in Romania, which doesn't close for transfer business until March 5 — the same day as the A-League grand final.

Sydney FC chairman Walter Bugno said he could not confirm any offers, adding: "If four of my players were going somewhere, I'd like to know about it. But we have been discussing a range of options with Dwight and his advisers, and there have been a few nibbles. What I can say is that no one will be leaving this club until after the grand final."

The board of Sydney FC will meet today, and an announcement on Pierre Littbarski's coaching future could be made.

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Football / Hughes questions merit of Yorke
« on: December 31, 2005, 02:29:06 PM »
Falkirk manager John Hughes has yet to be convinced that recruiting Dwight Yorke would benefit his side.
Bairns midfielder Russell Latapy has talked with his Trinidad and Tobago colleague about coming at the end of the Australian season in February.

But Hughes said: "It would be great for the fans, but I am not sure if it would be right for Falkirk Football Club.

"We have plenty of options up front and plenty of cover there, while it is at the back where we have problems."

Former Manchester United, Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers striker Yorke is presently with Sydney FC in the Hyundai A-League.

He is looking for ways of keeping match fit as he and close friend Latapy prepare for their country's debut at the World Cup finals in the summer.   Sitting idle is not an option for him

Sydney FC chairman Walter Bugno

But Hughes treats with trepidation the prospect of managing both veterans, who have a reputation as party animals.

"I don't think I could handle Yorke and Latapy together," he joked.

"We need to take our business seriously here."

Latapy, though, has spoken to Yorke about the prospect of playing the latter part of the season with Falkirk and claims that his friend is keen on the idea.

"I've known Dwight for a long time and we've played together for the national side many times," he told The Sun.

"It's always been an ambition of mine to play in the same club side as him and this would be the perfect opportunity."

The 34-year-old has been an integral part of Sydney's team, currently second in the Australian competition's inaugural season, after enduring a tough time with Birmingham City.

No approach to loan Yorke has been made.

And Sydney chairman Walter Bugno told Australia's Daily Telegraph: "Any deal would need to be concluded before January's transfer window closes, but we want to make sure Dwight goes to Germany in the best possible condition.

"Sitting idle is not an option for him.

"But there has been no approach from Falkirk to date, or anybody else for that matter."

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