Footy In A Week

Champions League snub for Chelsea
July 18, 2006, 1:17 pm
Filed under: Champions League

Chelsea will remain among the second seeds for the Champions League next season despite the almost-certain exclusion of Juventus and AC Milan from the competition.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool will be among the eight top seeds for the draw but even with the top Italian sides missing Chelsea remain among the second seeds. French champions Lyon will benefit, however, as they will now become one of the top seeds.

Top pot of seeds for Champions League according to current UEFA co-efficient:

1 Barcelona (Spa) 127.0pts, 2 Real Madrid (Spa) 120.0, 3 Inter Milan (Ita) 112.0+, 4 Liverpool (Eng) 105.9*, 5 Arsenal (Eng) 101.9*, 6 Man Utd (Eng) 100.9, 7 Valencia (Spa) 95.0*, 8 Lyon (Fra) 89.7.

Second seeds:
9 Porto (Por) 87.5, 10 PSV Eindhoven (Hol) 81.6, 11 Bayern Munich (Ger) 80.9, 12 Chelsea (Eng) 79.9, 13 Roma (Ita) 76.0+, 14 Ajax (Hol) 60.6*, 15 Celtic (Sco) 60.0, 16 Lille (Fra) 54.7.

40 Hearts (Sco) 20.0; 64 Cork City (Irl) 1.4, 68 Linfield (NIr) 0.77, 69 The New Saints FC (Wal) 0.77.

(* denotes needs to qualify, + denotes may change if Juventus and AC Milan win appeals in Italy against match-fixing punishment).

The first round qualifications of the Champions League are already underway.


Streakers and Pitch invaders
July 17, 2006, 3:32 pm
Filed under: Misc., Video

Streaker: Someone who engages in streaking, purposely appearing and running nude in public.

Football had it’s big share of streakers. Here are some videos.

WARNING! Might not be safe for work. Includes brief nudity.

A streaker actually scored an amazing goal once..

A funny streaker commercial. If streakers ruled the world!

Benitez hints at Trezeguet move
July 16, 2006, 1:52 pm
Filed under: Italian League, Premier League

Rafael Benitez today hinted at the possibility of bringing Trezeguet to the club on loan.

Trezeguet is a good player, the question is what kind of player do you need,” Benitez told The People.

We will look at what happens in Italy and see what we can do. All the Juventus players are good players – Trezeguet, Zambrotta – a lot of them are good players for us and for other clubs in the world.

They will now be a better price than they would have been three months ago.

There may be possibilities for a loan deal and for me that is not a problem. If he is a good player and he is a professional, it’s not a problem for me.

The French striker had expressed his desire to play for Liverpool in the past when the club was managed by Houllier. Zambrotta could be also be a loan possibility, as Liverpool are still yet to find a right winger, especially since Rafa’s main target Daniel Alves looks less likely to make a switch.

Real Madrid sign Nistelrooy
July 15, 2006, 9:39 pm
Filed under: Premier League, Spanish League, Transfer Market

According to latest reports, Real Madrid’s new manager, Fabio Capello, has signed Manchester United’s Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, after having secured a transfer for a fee in the region of €12-14 million.

UPDATE: so far everything shows that Nistelrooy did not sign for Real Madrid yet, and is also currently in talks with Bayern Munchen.

News flash: Juventus, Fiorentina and Lazio relegated
July 14, 2006, 2:10 pm
Filed under: Italian League

Italian newspaper reports today claim that Juventus have been relegated to Serie B and docked 20 30 points as a result of their involvement in match-fixing. They will also be stripped of their Serie A titles for each of the last two seasons.

Gazzetta dello Sport states that all the clubs have been informed of their punishments and that Juventus will be joined in Serie B by Fiorentina and Lazio. They will also all be docked points.

Fiorentina will start in Serie B with a 12-point deficit and Lazio a seven-point deficit.
It is also claimed that AC Milan will remain in Serie A but will have a 10 to 15 point deduction.

The official verdict will be announced at 6pm today.

In addition to the punishments handed to the clubs, a number of the individual directors were suspended.

Former Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi has been suspended from all football for five years. Adriano Galliani, who was AC Milan vice-president, has been suspended for one year.

All clubs made official statements on their websites, announcing the verdict unjust and unfair. All clubs announced to appeal.
The four clubs will have up to three days to appeal to the Federal Court but a final verdict has to be announced before July 25, when the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) must give UEFA, Europe’s football governing body, the list of teams that will compete in the continental club competitions in the 2006/07 campaign.

Inter, Roma, Chievo and Palermo are in line to take the places of the penalised clubs in the European competitions. While Lecce, Messina and Treviso are subject to keep their places in Serie A and avoid being relegated to Serie B.

There was no mention of who would be given the Serie A titles, but Inter Milan are the most likely club.

Donadoni appointed as Italy coach
July 14, 2006, 2:32 am
Filed under: International

Former AC Milan midfielder Roberto Donadoni has been names as the new Italy coach.

Donadoni, who resigned as Livorno coach midway through last season, is highly rated but has limited coaching experience in Serie A and filling Lippi’s shoes will be an enormous challenge.

The Italian ended his career in UAE playing for Al-Ittihad at the age of 37.

Zidane’s headbutt (Nintendo version)
July 13, 2006, 5:00 pm
Filed under: Video, World Cup 2006