Archive for December, 2006

Warnie and Pigeon to retire

The news regarding the retirement of Warne and Mcgrath would have come as a shock to some. I’ll get you my views on the topic a little later 😀

And PS- I might be in Durban to catch the second test. 🙂

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Premiership results 23- December 2006- goals galore

Aston Villa 0-3 Manchester United ( Ronaldo*2, Scholes)

Impressive game from United again.

Fulham 0-0 West Ham  

Former Charlton fullback Paul Konchesky gets sent off

 Liverpool 2-0 Watford ( Bellamy, Alonso)

3 Points for the Reds, but they are still far away from the leaders.

Manchester City 0-2 Bolton ( Nicolas Anelka*2) 

France striker Anelka scores a brace against his former employers.

Arsenal 6-2 Blackburn ( Gilberto, Hleb, Adebayor, Van Persie*2,  Flamini/ Shabani Nonda*2) 

8 goals- an unprecendented high scoring game this season. 3 of the 6 came in the last give minutes.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Charlton ( Yakubu, Julio Arca) 

A battle between two teams not really in the running for top honours, and Boro win this one.

Newcastle 3-1 Tottenham ( Dyer, Martins, Parker/ Murphy) 

Tottenham’s dismal form away continues as they lose to Glenn Roeder’s men after taking the lead.

Portsmouth 3-1 Sheffield United ( Kozluk OG, Campbell, Pamarot/ Hulse)

3 points in the bag for Pompey

Reading 0-2 Everton ( Johnson, McFadden) 

Good win for the Toffees after that heartbreaking loss against Chelsea.

Wigan 2-3 Chelsea ( Emile Heskey*2/ Lampard, Kalou, Robben) 

Chelsea seem to have taken lessons from Harry Houdini it seems, and games featuring the Blues always seem to have a dramatic finish- a far cry from the team which used to win 1-0. Arjen Robben’s late strike rescues Jose Mourinho’s side, and breaks Wigan hearts.

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Fabio Cannavaro is FIFA World Player of the Year 2006

Italy and Real Madrid defender Fabio Cannavaro has become the first defender to win the FIFA world player of the year. The ” Berlin Wall” polled 498 votes to bag the award ahead of Zinedine Zidane ( 445) and Barcelona forward Ronaldinho ( 380).

Cannavaro also won the European player of the year in 2006 and this award caps what has been an excellent year for the former Parma, Juve and Inter Milan fullback.

Brazilian Marta won the womens’ award for the same..

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Internacional win FIFA club world championship.

Internacional have won the FIFA world club Championship after beating favourites Barcelona. Adriano ( Do not confuse him with the guy who plies his trade at the Giuseppe Meazza) scored in the 82nd minute. Barcelona had loads of opportunities and dominated the game, but were unable to find the back of the net.

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Barcelona enter Club World Championship final, beat Club America

Spanish giants and favourites Barcelona booked their spot in the final of the Club World Championship by defeating CONMEBOL champions Club America ( Mex) 4-0 in Yokohama.

The game was dominated by Barcelona and although the Catalans did appear a bit ragged, they weren’t given too much trouble by the Mexicans. CAM spurned some glorious opportunities though. They lacked the cutting edge in front of goal. Nothing like that from Barcelona who established a two goal within half an hour of the game kicking off. Eidur Gudjohnsen slotted one past Ochoa after picking up a fine Iniesta pass, which was set up by a beautiful Ronaldinho back heel. Rafael Marquez put his countrymen two behind when he headed home unmarked from a Deco corner.

Desperate to find a way back in the game, CAM’s coach brought on Cuauhtemoc Blanco for Cabanas. Cuevas and Lopez tried their best to pull one back, but couldn’t. Barca enjoyed good possession and made most of the space available to them in the centre and the wings. The Mexicans sat deep for most of the game, and one could say that they accorded their opponents a little more respect than what they deserved.

Anyway Ronnie added a third and then set up Deco for a stunning fourth to complete the last rites. A subtle Ronnie chip hit the post and CAM were rather relieved when the final whistle blew.

So it will be Barcelona vs Internacional in the final while CAM face Al Ahly in the third place playoff.

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FIFA Club World Championship results

Quarterfinals

Auckland City 0-2 AL Ahly ( Flavio, Aboutrika)

Club America 1-0 Chonbuk Motors ( Ricardo Rojas)S

Semifinals

Al Ahly 1-2 Internacional ( Flavio/ Alexandre Pato, Luiz Adriano)

Barcelona 4-0 Club America ( Gudjohnsen, Marquez, Ronaldinho, Deco) 

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Joey Barton for England??

England head Steve Mclaren has hinted that Joey Barton could be in line for an England call up.

Barton is reportedly among 50 Premiership players whom Mclaren has shortlisted to keep an eye on. The Manchester City midfielder has had displicinary problems in the past, but Mclaren has said that they wouldn’t come in his way. Barton was also a player Mclaren was interested in when he was managed at the Riverside. City had also rejected a verbal offer for the tenacious midfielder from Boro in January 2006.

The midfield for England is great on paper, but they have failed to click as a team. It could be for this reason, that Mclaren has been forced to look ou for people who can deliver on a consistent basis and Barton could figure in his plans.

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