Posts by steviewonder

    Nani's strike tough on battling rivals

    Smarting at the contentious way Manchester United amassed three points at Old Trafford yesterday, Tottenham Hotspur still made a significant point of their own. Through impassioned word and deed, Spurs fans and players demonstrated their wholehearted support for Martin Jol as assorted club directors shifted uneasily in the smart seats. The Dead Man Walking of popular perception is alive and kicking - for now.

    The defining moment of one of the season's unlikelier relegation scraps came with Nani's magnificent strike, confirming that reports of United's demise have been exaggerated, yet a draw would not have flattered Jol's well-balanced, well-motivated Spurs. In the elegant Gareth Bale and buccaneering Pascal Chimbonda, Tottenham boasted two of the best three players (Owen Hargreaves being the other), while they headed home fuming at Howard Webb's refusal to award at least one penalty.

    A cynic might suggest this result suited both boards, allowing relief to spread through the United hierarchy and perhaps a deepening belief amongst Spurs directors that they should indeed look beyond Jol. "He's got no hair, but we don't care,'' Spurs fans sing about Jol, but he may have an heir in Sevilla's Juande Ramos.

    Each time Spurs board members attempt to put out the fire started by their visit to Seville, they simply fan the flames further. They should stop briefing and focus on moving forward with Jol. The players want to. The fans want to. Let us hope they looked at all Old Trafford's trophies and photographs of victories under Sir Alex Ferguson and appreciated what can be achieved when one football man runs the show.

    From Jol and Ferguson to Paul Robinson, so many of the season's sub-plots were placed on stage at the Theatre of Dreams yesterday. Robinson looked a safe pair of hands and feet, making one stunning save from Rio Ferdinand in particular in front of the watching Steve McClaren.

    Hargreaves' outstanding work in deep midfield, winning the ball and using it intelligently, highlighted a quality missed by England in midweek, and the nimble recruit from Bayern Munich made Michael Carrick almost redundant yesterday. Hargreaves and Scholes must be Ferguson's first-choice central midfield.

    If the eye was taken by Hargreaves' dynamism, the ear could not escape the chants of the Tottenham fans. "I love Martin Jol,'' they sang, "Martin Jol loves me. Altogether now …'' The players certainly were, their all-for-one collectivity evident from the first whistle.

    Within 20 seconds, Jol's men could have been ahead. Steed Malbranque, far happier on the right, slid the ball to Dimitar Berbatov, who set up Robbie Keane. The Irishman was desperately unlucky to see his lofted shot clip the crossbar. Still Spurs came, Bale displaying all his touch and enterprise in a thrilling 60-yard dash. Still the chants for Jol came.

    But then came the controversy. When Nemanja Vidic accidentally collided with Berbatov midway through the second half, Spurs fans screamed for a penalty. Berbatov managed to slip the ball under Van der Sar, but Ferdinand sprinted back to clear off the line.

    Then frustration really flowed through lilywhite veins. Berbatov hurdled Van der Sar and flicked the ball goalward. Wes Brown dived in and stopped the ball with a combination of chest and arm, a blur of movement which Webb had to pass instant judgment on. Even a succession of replays from different angles could not clarify whether chest or arm had been hit first.

    Too many ifs clouded the situation. It was understandable that Webb, the best official in the country, simply applied the referee's trusty yard-stick that a penalty can be awarded only if no doubt exists, indicating that the ball had hit Brown's chest and then bounced accidentally on to his arm.

    Sympathy had to exist for Spurs, though. The feeling persisted that if the incident had occurred down the other end, Webb would have been under more pressure to award the penalty.

    As the visitors' focus was distracted by self-pity, United went through the gears, suddenly exuding more menace. Robinson saved from Nani, and then Jermaine Jenas cleared off the line from Carlos Tevez. Just as Spurs fans, aggrieved by Webb's officiating, were chanting "that's why you're champions'', United showed why they simply cannot be written out of this championship race.

    The irresistible combination of persistence, swift passing and devastating finishing swept United ahead. Brown, Hargreaves and Tevez carried the ball deep into enemy territory, before Tevez laid it back to Nani 30 yards out. Facing away from goal, the Portuguese winger turned and gratefully advanced into the space fatally granted him by Spurs' backpedalling defenders.

    Nani let fly, the ball kissing Tevez on the back of his neck before racing past Robinson, who had no chance. Ferguson claimed afterwards that the goal should be credited to Tevez, an observation greeted with sustained hilarity in the press-room.

    The stand-up circuit may have to wait a while for Ferguson. Yesterday showed that Ferguson's United remain a force to be reckoned with. Jol left Old Trafford at least heartened by the sight and sound of Spurs players and fans being so united behind him.


    bis die fcb-frauen mit dem ffc mithalten können, wird noch viel wasser die isar hinunterfließen - na ja, man muss ja auch nicht immer die beste mannschaft in deutschland sein - das macht die fcb-damen noch sympathischer ;-)

    <span style="font-weight:bold; font-style:italic">Zitat:</span><br><span style="font-style:italic">Dabei kann dann schon der Eindruck entstehen, dass sie alles kaufen was nicht schnell genug auf den Bäumen ist.</span><br>-------------------------------------------------------

    der heinze wollte aber auf gar keinen baum :D

    <span style="font-weight:bold; font-style:italic">Zitat:</span><br><span style="font-style:italic">Hätte man hier vor ´nem halben Jahr ´ne Umfrage gestellt... Ribery oder Robben... hätten sich 80% für Robben entschieden. Würde er bei uns spielen... hätten wir mit ihm einen der besten Aussenspieler der Welt. Da er aber jetzt bei Real... wird ihm natürlich die Klasse abgesprochen.</span><br>-------------------------------------------------------

    ja so sans, die oiden rittersleit *singmodus aus* ;-)

    <span style="font-weight:bold; font-style:italic">Zitat:</span><br><span style="font-style:italic">Geld schießt keine Tore !!!! Oder doch ? Bei uns jedenfalls macht es das ! Hehe .</span><br>-------------------------------------------------------

    dann leg dir mal lieber schnell nen anderen nickname zu 8-)

    dass hargreaves bester mann gewesen sein soll, halte ich auch für übertrieben; meine wahl wäre auf nani gefallen. aber ein solides debüt von owen ;-)

    ja, ich habs auch gesehen - seit ich premiere habe, gucke ich verstärkt premier league.... die spiele sind allemal spannender als bundesliga...

    unglückliche niederlage für man utd... aber das wird schon noch ;-)

    die hätte noch vier stunden weiterspielen können und hätten dann immer noch kein tor geschossen - frei nach andi brehme: "haste scheiße am fuß, haste scheiße am fuß".

    85 minuten spiel auf das city-tor.... 8-)

    aber immerhin:

    Owen provides silver lining

    Although United were unable to take any points from Sunday's Manchester derby, the promising debut of England midfielder Owen Hargreaves provided a welcome silver lining to a frustrating afternoon.

    Despite missing much of the Reds' pre-season preparations through injury, Hargreaves slotted seamlessly into midfield alongside Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick, much to the delight of Sir Alex Ferguson.

    "He was absolutely superb," the Manager told MUTV. "I think it was a magnificent first performance from the lad, and he was a major influence for Manchester United today."

    The summer signing from Bayern Munich has been absent with a bout of tendinitis, and Sir Alex confirmed that he now faces a race against time to have Hargreaves fit for next Sunday's visit of Tottenham.

    "His knees are a bit sore now," admitted Sir Alex. "He'll probably report for the game but I don't think he'll be anywhere near fit enough to play for England. He'll need a few days to recover and hopefully we can get him fit for the Tottenham game."


    <span style="font-weight:bold; font-style:italic">Zitat:</span><br><span style="font-style:italic">gibt es schon ein video von der roten karte</span><br>-------------------------------------------------------

    was willste denn mit ner roten pappe auf video??? :-O :x

    <span style="font-weight:bold; font-style:italic">Zitat:</span><br><span style="font-style:italic">was ist aus rizzitelli eigentlich geworden?</span><br>-------------------------------------------------------

    Attualmente Ruggiero Rizzitelli partecipa in TV alla trasmissione di Rai Due Quelli che il calcio, condotta da Simona Ventura, giocando nel Maifredi Team. La squadra, composta da calciatori non più in attività, ogni domenica ripropone le azioni dei gol più importanti della giornata di campionato, sotto la guida di Gigi Maifredi.

    stellt also mit ein paar amateurspielern die tore der serie a nach...

    <span style="font-weight:bold; font-style:italic">Zitat:</span><br><span style="font-style:italic">[Pizzabäcker in Duisburg ... da Bruno.... heisst die kneipe :D</span><br>-------------------------------------------------------

    bist du so dämlich oder tuste nur so??? sehr lustig >:|

    a propos:

    Rooney out for two months

    United have confirmed that Wayne Rooney will be sidelined for two months after suffering a hairline fracture of his left foot against Reading on Sunday.

    The 21-year-old Reds striker was forced off at half-time after clashing with Michael Duberry shortly before the break whilst stretching to reach Michael Carrick's cross.

    The forward was sent for a scan after the match which confirmed the fracture, and an early-season blow for the Reds.

    At a press conference to unveil Anderson and the player likely to step in for Rooney, Carlos Tevez, Sir Alex Ferguson revealed the hammer blow which will see United lose Rooney until October, but alluded to a slight possibility that Rooney could return sooner than expected.

    However, metatarsal injuries, as Wayne is well aware, make it difficult to predict specific comeback dates.

    "It's two months," confirmed the manager. "But you never know with these kind of fractures, hopefully it will be sooner, but that's the timescale we're putting on it at the moment."

    The boss also confirmed that he will not dip into the transfer market to find extra cover, having already added Carlos Tevez to his striking ranks last week.

    "That should be it," he added. "We've got a good squad and we have alternatives to compensate for Wayne's loss."


    <span style="font-weight:bold; font-style:italic">Zitat:</span><br><span style="font-style:italic">der ist doch nur sauer weil ManU 0:0 gespielt hat ;-)</span><br>-------------------------------------------------------

    und seine heißgeliebte sissy hat gar ned gespielt ;-)</span><br>-------------------------------------------------------

    seit wann spielen verletzte??? 8-)

    hier geht´s um man utd und nicht um arsenal oder jens lehmann - zefix...

    wenn ihr über lehmann ablästern wollt, dann machts euch gefälligst einen eigenen fred auf >:-|

    <span style="font-weight:bold; font-style:italic">Zitat:</span><br><span style="font-style:italic">Warum war Ballack eig. bei uns im Stadion?</span><br>-------------------------------------------------------

    weil er bei doc m-w in behandlung war 8-)

    ist halt immer schwer gegen mannschaften, die sich nur hinten rein stellen... hat halt nicht sollen sein...

    viel schlimmer ist, dass rooney einen haarriss im bein hat und auf unbestimmte zeit ausfällt :(