Archive for September, 2006

My Premiership predictions for this weekend-Sep 30-31

Bolton 0-1 Liverpool

Charlton 0-2 Arsenal

Everton 2-1 Manchester City

Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

Sheffield 1-2 Middlesbrough

West Ham 1-2 Reading

Blackburn 1-1 Wigan

Manchester United 2-0 Newcastle

Tottenham 1-1 Portsmouth

Watford 2-0 Fulham

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Mikael Silvestre to be out for six weeks

  French defender Mikael Silvestre will be out for about six weeks after suffering a you guess what—yes, a broken metatarsal.

The former Rennes leftback suffered the injury in the loss against Arsenal earlier this month, a game in which he was replaced by Patrice Evra after playing some 20 odd minutes.

United do have options at leftback with Evra and Heinze both available. Heinze though hasn’t played much this season owing to injury. Evra has attacking capabilities for a fullback, although his defensive skills can sometime leave much to be desired.

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Scott Parker earns England recall

Tenacious Newcastle midfielder Scott Parker has earned a recall to the English squad after 2 years for the qualifiers against Macedonia and Croatia. Parker has been called up as a replacement for Bayern Munich’s Owen Hargreaves who is injured.

Parker, who is the current Newcastle captain, was one of the surprise omissions from England’s squad to Germany. He is regarded as one of the finest box to box medios England have.

Well done Scott and to sign off , here is the England squad for the European Championship Qualifiers against Croatia and Macedonia.

Goalkeepers: Chris Kirkland, Ben Foster, Paul Robinson

Defenders : Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Wayne Bridge, Jamie Carragher, Gary Neville, Ledley King, John Terry, Wes Brown, Phil Neville

Midfielders: Jermaine Jenas, Stewart Downing, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Scott Parker, Michael Carrick, Shaun Wright Philips, K. Richardson

Forwards : Wayne Rooney, Jermaine Defoe, P.Crouch, A.Johnson

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The top 10 teams in Men’s field hockey after the World Cup

 This list is according to Sahara’s Men’s world Hockey rankings.

  1. Germany
  2. Australia
  3. Spain
  4. Netherlands
  5. Pakistan
  6. South Korea
  7. India
  8. Argentina
  9. England
  10. NewZealand

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UEFA in favour of life bans for bung takers

UEFA are advocating a life ban for any one found guilty of taking illegal payment from a transfer. Director of commmunications William Gaillard believes that the practice is prevalent all over Europe and not just England.

Read this article here  http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=381310&cc=4716

It will be a good move, but given the large amount of transfers that do take place, it could be difficult to implement.

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Martina Hingis wins Sunfeast open, Sania Mirza and Liezel Huber win the doubles

  Swiss Miss and World no 9 Martina Hingis eased past Russian Olga Poutchkova 6-0, 6-4 to claim the Sunfeast open in Calcutta, India. Hingis who defeated India’s Sania Mirza in the semis was rarely put under any pressure by the Russian, and barring some resistance in the second set, Poutchkova didn’t really have any answer to Hingis’ array of strokes.

Meanwhile Sania Mirza made up for her semis loss in the singles to Hingis as she partnered Liezel Huber of South Africa to beat the Ukranian team of Beygelzimer and Yuliana Fedak 6-4, 6-0 in the final.

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Arsenal and United to battle it out for Camoranesi in January

According to reports in the News of the World, both Arsenal and Manchester United will fight for Mauro German Camoranesi’s signature in the winter transfer window.

Camoranesi, of the few Juventus players to remain at the club after the match fixing scandal which engulfed Italian football, is reported to be unhappy with life in Serie B, not finding life easy out there. He had earlier reinstated his desire to stay at the Turin club despite strong interest from the likes of Valencia, Lyon and Liverpool amongst others in the recent transfer market.

The Tondil born midfielder is a natural at the right of the park, and was a part of the WC winning squad of the Azzurri in July.

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