“It is no longer acceptable that we have to give up our players, taking the risk that, in case of injury, we still have to play their salaries,” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, president of the European Clubs’ Association (ECA), told reporters. “We believe it is the right moment for (world ruling body) FIFA and (Europe’s) UEFA to take care of our players.”
The European Club Association is basically a pressure group representing Europe’s biggest teams. And no big European team currently has a bigger… Continue reading
THE BIG PICTURE Many will be shocked to see Uruguay still alive and kicking, and just one win away from the World Cup final. Theoretically South America’s fifth best team (based on World qualification) la celeste have outlasted Chile, Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina to be CONMEBOL’s sole remaining representative. Some might even be annoyed at Uruguay’s presence here, since it’s a direct result of Luis Suarez’ handball (since Adiyiah’s header was definitely going in). Good news for those people is that Suarez is suspended for this game as a result of that handball, which breaks up that fearsome Forlan/Suarez combo… Continue reading
THE BIG PICTURE Netherlands cruised through the group stage, winning every game and conceding just once. Robin van Persie and Wesley Sneijder have both already scored, and Arjen Robben and his comedy hamstrings made their rather exciting return to action in the final group game against Cameroon. Not to put too much pressure on the Dutch, but they really should be winning this game.
Slovakia seem happy just to be in the last 16. Despite the attacking talents of Marek Hamsik and Miroslav Stoch, Slovakia started World Cup 2010 with a draw against unfancied New Zealand and then a defeat… Continue reading
It wasn’t quite Germany 4-0 Australia, and it wasn’t the fluid Oranje football we were all hoping to enjoy, but the Netherlands made a decent start to World Cup 2010 by comfortably beating Denmark 2-0.
There were chances for both teams early on, with Netherlands Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart all looking keen if not lethal, and Dennis Rommedahl (still only 31, I feel like he’s been around forever) looking dangerous for Denmark down the right. Goalless at halftime, but then disaster struck for Denmark right at the start of the second half. It… Continue reading
Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk says winger Arjen Robben is likely to join his teammates at the World Cup in South Africa because his left hamstring injury isn’t as bad as initially feared.
It’s Inter vs Bayern in the 2010 Champions League Final tomorrow. The biggest game in club football. Maybe in the world, if you believe Jose Mourinho, who recently claimed the Champions League was bigger than the World Cup.
Plenty of the players involved in tomorrow’s game will soon be able to make a direct comparison between the two, as the Champions League final is their last game before joining their national teams for World Cup duty. The following is a (hopefully?) complete list of every player potentially involved in the Champions League final, and currently listed on a national… Continue reading