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Arsenal’s Arshavin joins Henry in Kop praise

November 18th, 2009 No comments

phpYgtQIbArsenal forward Andrey Arshavin says fans of his national team, Russia, need to take lessons from the passion of Liverpool supporters.

Arshavin, who scored four times on the Gunner’s visit to Anfield last season, picked out the Kop as the best fans in the world, saying, “Our fans need to learn from the English football supporters, and in particular from Liverpool fans.”

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And it wouldn’t be the first time an Arsenal player has sung the praises of Liverpool supporters.

In 2003, French striker Thierry Henry said, “First of all, I would have loved to play with Steven Gerrard and second I like the club and their fans. There’s something about Anfield that you can’t explain Read more…

Interview with USA skipper post final match

June 29th, 2009 No comments

phpmdNJCrAt half-time of their first-ever FIFA final, USA were in the unlikely position of leading five-time FIFA World Cup™ winners Brazil by two clear goals at Ellis Park. There was a kind of hubris in their rampaging first-half performance, with Clint Dempsey flicking an elegant opener and the outstanding Landon Donovan doubling the lead after a devastating counter-attack shortly after.

In the end, though, normal service was resumed and the mighty A Seleção roared to life, scoring three times to seal their third FIFA Confederations Cup title with a thrilling 3-2 triumph. Although sadness was the general feeling in the Americans’ camp at the final whistle, Donovan, speaking exclusively to, painted a picture of a team that will be better off for the hard lessons learned on Sunday night in Johannesburg.           : It was a tough loss tonight. Can you talk a little bit about how you’re feeling right now?
Landon Donovan : We’re disappointed. At the end of the day there’s a reason why Brazil are consistently considered one of the best teams in the world. But in the situation we were in, up 2-0 at the half, we felt that we should have been able to kill off the game. Read more…

Seleção sink brave Americans

June 29th, 2009 No comments

phpoZ9fYJBrazil showed their undeniable class in the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 in Johannesburg, fighting back from two goals down at the interval to sink the courageous Americans 3-2. Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan grabbed goals in the first period, but the South American champions roared back with a Luis Fabiano brace and a Lucio header to pick up their third FIFA Confederations Cup crown.

The United States not only heeded their coach’s pre-game battle cry by not conceding an early goal, but they ran out and notched a surprise opener for themselves after only ten minutes. A lovely cross from right-back Jonathan Spector was met on the volley by Clint Dempsey and guided gently inside the back post by the Fulham striker. Read more…

Spain edge the supersub show

June 29th, 2009 No comments

phpkOR8N5Spain claimed third place at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 with a dramatic 3-2 extra-time victory over host nation South Africa at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.

Bafana Bafana had come within minutes of winning the game thanks to Katlego Mphela’s 73rd-minute opener, only for fellow substitute Daniel Guiza to find the net in both the 88th and 89th minute to leave the home fans shell-shocked. But up stepped Mphela again to thump home a free-kick from fully 35 yards in the third minute of added time and take the match into extra-time, when another set-piece from Xabi Alonso eluded everyone including home keeper Itumeleng Khune and finished in the back of the net.

South Africa fought hard to the end of a pulsating encounter, and exit the tournament knowing that a firm foundation has been laid for next year’s FIFA World Cup™ finals. Read more…

Dunga : The game against the US in the group stages was different

June 28th, 2009 No comments

phppnzygMBrazil coach Dunga insists their victory over the USA earlier in the competition is now history as the two sides prepare for a rematch at the FIFA Confederations Cup final in Johannesburg. The South Americans were in complete command during their Group B encounter nine days ago, easing to a 3-0 victory on goals from Felipe Melo, Robinho and Maicon. With the two-week tournament set for its climax at the Ellis Park Stadium, it is the North Americans that now seem to have all the momentum heading into the final.

After sneaking into the knockout stage with a 3-0 win over Egypt in the last group game, they then turned in a gladiatorial effort to dump the world’s number one side Spain out of the competition with a 2-0 triumph to seal their date with Brazil, who looked out of sorts as they eventually overcame hosts South Africa 1-0 in their semi-final. And the turn of fortune by Bob Bradley’s men has been closely watched by his opposite number as they now ready themselves for a second meeting.

“The game against the US in the group stages was different,” said Dunga. “Now they are more consistent and tomorrow will be different. Read more…

Torres : I’d rather happen now than 2010

June 26th, 2009 No comments

phpDHBtdoLiverpool striker Fernando Torres has reacted forcefully to last night’s shock 2-0 defeat of the Spanish national team by the United States in the Confederations Cup, and has affirmed that the beaten Spaniards must react positively to the set-back by making every effort to return to winning ways as soon as possible.

“When you lose a game and you’ve got a lot of players who can barely remember the last time it happened, then it shows that you’re on the right track,” the 25-year-old told the Reds’ official website.

“In fact, I’d rather this happen now than at the 2010 World Cup. We have to go back to square one now and start putting some more wins together.

“I’d love us to go another 35 matches without losing. That would be great, especially with a World Cup in the middle.”

The Spaniards will now contest a third place play-off on Sunday, against the losers of the Brazil - South Africa semi-final, and Torres is targeting that game as a means of making an instant positive response to the American defeat. Read more…

Daniel Alves saves Brazil goes to final

June 26th, 2009 No comments

phpnPKzR1Brazil edged South Africa 1-0 in a very tight semi-final thanks to Daniel Alves’s brilliant late free-kick. The Barcelona wing-back only entered the fray in the latter stages, but his 88th-minute rocket finally undid goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.

The game kicked off to the sound of vuvuzelas reverberating around the stadium, and within seconds, so too was the roar of ‘Booooooth’ as South Africa’s towering defender got his first touch. Teko Modise drew gasps from his adoring supporters in the fourth minute by bursting past two opponents before Lucio aborted the attack, and Felipe Melo did brilliantly to dispossess Steven Pienaar after the Everton playmaker had wriggled away from two markers down the left. Read more…

USA knocks out Spain

June 25th, 2009 No comments

php0Gs2xjUSA caused another sensation at the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009, beating European champions Spain 2-0 to book a place in their first-ever world final. The Spaniards controlled possession at Bloemfontein’s Free State Stadium, but the USA, losers of their first two games here in South Africa, played a brave and spirited 90 minutes in freezing temperatures, pulling off a historic victory with goals in each half from Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey.

Bob Bradley’s side made a lively start to proceedings, surging into attack early against their illustrious adversaries. Young Charlie Davies, rewarded with a second straight start by the coach in attack, was causing havoc at the Spanish back. His audacious overhead volley nearly caught out Iker Casillas before bouncing wide in the seventh minute. Carlos Bocanegra, back in the team and wearing the captain’s armband for the first time at these finals, went close shortly after with his head and Dempsey tried his luck from distance. Read more…

Brazil post 3-0 victory over Italy

June 23rd, 2009 No comments

phpNcYSrPBrazil are sure to remember their handsome 3-0 defeat of Italy in Tshwane/Pretoria on Sunday for a long time. After all, comfortable wins over old adversaries tend to be few and far between, which explains why the Brazilians were celebrating gleefully at the final whistle and then in the changing room.

The party over, Dunga’s men finally started making their way out of the stadium complex en route to the bus taking them back to their hotel, giving the opportunity to catch up with defensive mainstays Maicon and Lucio. Understandably, the duo were happy to talk and gave their exclusive views on a memorable night for Brazil and their army of fans around the world.

“It’s a historic match,” was the Inter Milan full-back’s verdict on the evening. “We played an absolutely fantastic game. We were extremely focused and we played with a lot of quality. It was one of those games you remember for a long time. We beat the world champions and we have to make the most of it.” Read more… is proudly powered by WordPress