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Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Manchester United and England have been dealt a huge blow with the news that Wayne Rooney has been ruled out for four weeks with an ankle injury.
Rooney was expected to start United's Premier League clash with Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The in-form 22-year-old was also named in Steve McClaren's England squad for next week's friendly with Austria and the potentially decisive Euro 2008 qualifier with Croatia at Wembley five days later.
But following a training ground incident on Friday, Rooney will now miss at least three league games for United - against Blackburn this weekend, Bolton Wanderers on November 24 and Fulham on December 3.
The recently-named Barclays Premier League player of the month for October will also miss both legs of England's double-header.
"Wayne Rooney picked up an ankle injury in training and will be out for about four weeks," confirmed a club spokesperson.
Rooney had scored nine goals in his last nine games for club and country.
He had also formed a lethal partnership with Carlos Tevez, who had scored three times in his last three games for the Red Devils.
Louis Saha looks set to step up from the substitute's bench for the visit of Blackburn on Sunday.
Manchester United defender John O'Shea has confirmed that he is signing a long term deal with his club.
The Ireland International is determined to spend his Entire career with Manchester United,who is also following the footsteps of team-mates Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.
In his own words he said:"I have this season and the next on my current contract, but I'm very close to signing a new deal that will keep me at United into my 30s," said the 26-year-old.
"It is something I want to do. I want to stay here, everything is good and this is where I want to be. I have never looked to go elsewhere."
He Made is debut in the Carling cup defeat against Aston Villa in October 1999 and he has since been of good use to his club with 262 appearance for Manchester United.
Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has denied making a rude gesture to Germany fans during his country's Euro 2008 qualifying success over Cyprus on Saturday.
The veteran shot-stopper appeared to scratch his head with a middle finger which was construed as a gesture aimed at fans who were chanting for Hanover goalkeeper Robert Enke to come on.
"It's nonsense," Lehmann said after the match. "I've never done anything like that."
German Football Association president Theo Zwanziger added: "I will stand up for him here. He knows there's no reason to make gestures that could hurt fans. I know he respects the fans."
Meanwhile, Gunners midfielder Tomas Rosicky has returned to the Emirates Stadium after helping the Czech Republic reach the Euro 2008 finals.
He played and scored in Saturday's 3-1 triumph over Slovakia but will not feature in the midweek encounter with Cyprus.
Rosicky said after the weekend success: "In comparison to our win in Bratislava last year, the Slovaks have quite improved.
They are trying to play passing football and run a lot. I think they are an unpleasant opponent and that is why we appreciate our win more.
"At some moments we let the opponents play and they went forward with more players, which led to our chances. In the first half we outnumbered them several times, but did not capitalise on it.
"My goal came on the back of a fast-paced counter-attack. I was in the second wave and the ball found me after one of the clearances. It was going straight against my foot and I hit it with my instep well."
cull'd from football.co.uk
Liverpool Boss Rafa Benitez has today dimissed report that he is to quit Liverpool to join the Bundesliga side bayern. Munich.
The story stated that Bayern Munich had placed Rafa Benitez on thier wanted list.
But this was dismissed by Rafa saying he had no such talks with the Bundesliga side.
I stated in the Reds Website:
"It's always flattering to be linked with other big clubs because it must mean you are doing something right.
"But even if I was approached I would tell whichever club it was that I'm really happy with my club, my squad, my supporters and my city.
"There are still many things which I want to do here so I am planning on being here for a long time."
Rafa also dismissed a story connecting him in a race to buy Athletic Bilbao teenager Javi Martinez.
He further added :
"He is a young player who we know about because Bilbao paid good money for him.
"But we are not watching the player and are not thinking about signing him, as I have read in the Spanish press."
The Cameroonian and Benfica Midfielder Augustine Binya was handed a Six-match ban after perform an Horro-tackle against celtic opponent Scott Brown on Friday Nov 16 2007.
His side suffered a 1 - 0 defeat at ParkHead.Binya was sent off at the 85th minute of his side defeat for the horrible challenge on Scott.
Unfortunately,he will be missing his side's remaining Champions League matches with Ac-Milan,Shakhtar Donetsk and thier Four Enropean Matches.
This are his words after the matches:
He said: "I raised my right foot to the opponent but I didn't intend to injure him. It was a strong challenge.
"I tried to look for Scott Brown at the end of the game because I wanted to excuse myself, but I couldn't see him.
"I'll try to speak with him by telephone, but I also want to take this opportunity to make a public apology."
Well,the action has already being taking,it will have to be hard work to make UEFA cancel the sanction.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Spanish midfield playmaker Cesc Fabregas is a brilliant passer of the ball with an eye for goal and is one of a crop of outstanding youngsters beginning to establish themselves at Highbury.
Fabregas was voted the player of the tournament at the 2003 FIFA Under-17 World Championship and won the Golden Boot after helping Spain reach the final. He was a key member of the Spanish squad in the 2004 UEFA Under-17 European Championship, and scored a vital 89th-minute goal against England to take the team through to the final. Has since stepped up to U21 level.
Despite coming through the ranks at FC Barcelona, Fabregas moved to Arsenal FC in September 2003 at the age of 16 having never played a first-team game at Camp Nou.
2003: After impressing with the reserves, he became the youngest player to feature in the Arsenal first team when, at 16 years and 177 days, he made his debut in the English League Cup against Rotherham United FC on 28 October.
2004/05: Fabregas made his Premiership debut in the 4-1 win away to Everton FC on the opening day of the season and went on to start 24 matches as Arsenal finished second in the league. He opened his Premiership scoring account in the 3-0 win against Blackburn Rovers FC on 25 August and scored his first UEFA Champions League goal in December's 5-1 victory against Rosenborg BK.
Culled from cescfabregas.org
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