Archive for August 2010

Bright start for Atletico

Tuesday, 31st August 2010 11:09pm
Atletico Madrid started the 2010/11 season with a massive win over Sporting Gijon.

Atletico who beat Inter Milan in the UEFA Super Cup three days earlier, scored two goals in each half to start the season with a high scoring win.

It wasn't a good start for rivals Real who were held goalless by Real Mallorca.

Defending champions Barcelona started with a 3-nil win over Real Santander.

Sevilla were the other team to score four goals as they overcame newly promoted Levante 4-1.


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Black Cats stun Man City

Tuesday, 31st August 2010 11:03pm
Sunderland won its first match of the season after beating Manchester City 1-nil at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats scored from a penalty in the dying moments of the match to inflict Man City to its first defeat of the season.

There was also another surprise loss in the round with Tottenham Hotspurs losing 1-nil to Wigan at White Hart Lane.

Wigan had shipped ten goals in its first two fixtures but managed to keep a clean sheet against Spurs to record first win and first points.

Liverpool also recorded its first win of the season after overcoming West Bromwich Albion 1-nil at Anfield.

No 6-nil in round 3 and the highest winning margin came from Old Trafford where Manchester United beat winless West Ham United 3-nil.


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Category: English Premiership | Comments : 0


AC Milan, Real in same group again

Friday, 27th August 2010 6:34am
For the second year running, AC Milan has been drawn in the same group as Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League group stages.

In last season's competition the two teams came through their group and this time its more interesting with former Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho having taken the reigns at the Bernabeau.

Champions Inter Milan are in the same group as Werder Bremen, Tottenham and Dutch champions FC Twente.

Debutantes Bursaspor have been placed in the group comprising Manchester United, Valencia and Rangers.

The other debutantes MSK Zilina will face Chelsea, Marseille and Spartak Moscow.

Below are all the groups for the 2010/11 Champions League:


Group A - Inter Milan, Werder Bremen, Tottenham, FC Twente


Group B - Lyon, Benfica, Schalke, Hapoel Tel-Aviv


Group C - Manchester United, Valencia, Rangers, Bursaspor


Group D - Barcelona, Panathinaikos, FC Copenhagen, Rubin Kazan


Group E - Bayern Munich, AS Roma, FC Basel, CFR Cluj


Group F - Chelsea, Marseille, Spartak Moscow, MSK Zilina


Group G - AC Milan, Real Madrid, Ajax, Auxerre


Group H - Arsenal, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting Braga, FK Partizan



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2010/11 Champions League draw

Thursday, 26th August 2010 2:00pm
The qualification matches for the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League competition and the 32 teams have now been decided.

The teams to come through the qualifiers are Ajax, Auxerre, FC Copenhagen, MSK Zilina, Spurs, FK Partizan, FC Basel, Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Werder Bremen and Braga.

The 32 teams who have qualified for this season's competition will be grouped into four pots as shown below:

Pot 1: Inter Milan, Barcelona, Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Lyon

Pot 2: Werder Bremen, Real Madrid, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Benfica, Valencia, Marseille, Panathinaikos

Pot 3: Tottenham, Rangers, Ajax, Schalke, Basle, Braga, FC Copenhagen, Spartak Moscow

Pot 4: Hapoel Tel Aviv, FC Twente, Rubin Kazan, Auxerre, CFR Cluj, Partizan Belgrade, MSK Zilina, Bursaspor


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Too easy for Spurs

Thursday, 26th August 2010 1:35pm
Tottenham Hotspurs entered the group phase of this season's UEFA Champions League after beating Young Boys 4-nil in the second leg at White Hart Lane.

Spurs were trailing 3-2 on aggregate at the start of the second leg but four goals at home means they will be the fourth team from the English Premiership in this season's tournament.

This will be Spurs' first entry into the Champions League in its current format.

The English Premiership will be the only league with four teams in this year's edition after both Sevilla and Sampdoria failed to win their qualifying matches. The two teams had finished fourth in La Liga and Serie A respectively.


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6-nil : Its the order of the season

Wednesday, 25th August 2010 1:34pm
A total of twenty matches have been played so far in the English Premier League and four matches have finished 6-nil.

This is like 20% of the matches have finished with such a high number of goals.

Defending champions Chelsea have won their first two matches 6-nil and they have been joined by Arsenal and Newcastle who won their round 2 matches by the same scoreline.

Here is a list of all the scorelines in the Premier League so far:


ScorelineFrequency
0 - 0 2
0 - 4 1
0 - 6 1
1 - 0 2
1 - 1 2
1 - 2 1
1 - 3 1
2 - 1 2
2 - 2 2
3 - 0 3
6 - 0 3


Interestingly no single match finished 6-nil last season and here is the list of scorelines for the 2009/10 season:


ScorelineFrequency
0 - 0 32
0 - 1 26
0 - 2 16
0 - 3 3
0 - 4 4
0 - 5 2
1 - 0 33
1 - 1 39
1 - 2 19
1 - 3 8
1 - 4 4
1 - 5 1
1 - 6 2
2 - 0 34
2 - 1 42
2 - 2 21
2 - 3 5
2 - 4 1
3 - 0 23
3 - 1 16
3 - 2 8
3 - 3 4
4 - 0 10
4 - 1 5
4 - 2 3
4 - 3 2
5 - 0 4
5 - 1 3
5 - 2 2
5 - 3 1
6 - 1 1
6 - 2 1
7 - 0 1
7 - 1 1
7 - 2 1
8 - 0 1
9 - 1 1


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Category: English Premiership | Comments : 0


Sydney, Heart anchor table

Wednesday, 25th August 2010 1:29pm
The reigning A-League champions Sydney FC are still without a win after three matches after only managing to get a draw.

The new Melbourne team, Melbourne Heart also have a single point to their name after a loss in round three.

Its early days in the new season but Perth Glory are flying and now sit on top of the table with seven points and they are the only team to have won twice so far this season.

The Glory next meet Heart at AAMI Park.

A quick look at the scorelines so far shows that 3-all is the most popular result at the moment with three matches having finished that way.

ScorelineFrequency
0 - 0 2
0 - 1 1
0 - 2 1
1 - 0 2
1 - 1 2
2 - 0 1
2 - 1 1
2 - 2 1
3 - 2 1
3 - 3 3

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Osieck takes Socceroos helm

Thursday, 12th August 2010 10:25pm
Holger Osieck has replaced Pim Verbeek as the Socceroos after being unveiled before the friendly loss to Slovenia.

Osieck who has experience in Asian football will lead the Socceroos at the 2011 Asian Cup in Qatar.

After the Asian Cup his task will turn to qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

If the Socceroos win the Asian title in Qatar then there will be the 2013 Confederations Cup to contend with as well.

More about Osieck's background can be found here.


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O'Neill leaves Villa Park

Tuesday, 10th August 2010 1:58pm
Martin O'Neill has resigned from Aston Villa with the new 2010/11 season kicking off at the weekend.

Neill has been at Villa Park from 2006 and at one time during the last two seasons his team has challenged for a Champions League finish.

Last season Villa finished in sixth place and qualified for the Europa Cup where they are drawn to meet Rapid Vienna later this month.

Here is some of the stats for O'Neill's Villa in the 2009/10 season:


O'Neill's Villa2009/10 season
Final Position6
Played38
Points64
Won17
Drawn13
Lost8
Goal difference13
Clean sheets15
Failed to score8
Goals scored52
Goals conceded39
Ave. goals scored1.4
Ave. goals conceded1.0
Biggest winAston Villa 5 - 1 Bolton
Biggest lossChelsea 7 - 1 Aston Villa
Scored 3 or more4
Conceded 3 or more3
Home matches
Played19
Points32
Won8
Drawn8
Lost3
Goal difference13
Goals scored29
Goals conceded16
Ave. goals scored1.5
Ave. goals conceded0.8
Away matches
Played19
Points32
Won9
Drawn5
Lost5
Goal difference0
Goals scored23
Goals conceded23
Ave. goals scored1.2
Ave. goals conceded1.2


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Draws dominate A-League opening round

Monday, 9th August 2010 9:40pm
The first round of the new A-League season was dominated by draws with only one of the five matches resulting in a winner.

So the Central Coast Mariners were the only winners and their first half goal was enough to get all three points against new boys Melbourne Heart.

There was a contrast in the drawn matches with two ending goalless and the other two ending in high scoring 3-all draws.

The champions Sydney could not get a winning start as they defend their title.

However, should be happy that at last they managed to score against Sydney in a league match having failed to find the net in three attempts last season.

The North Queensland Fury got a last minute goal to secure a point in the other scoring draw of the round.

This week I will take a look at all the results for the Mariners from season 1 in the opening round:


Match Score
Perth Glory vs Central Coast Mariners 0 - 1
Sydney FC vs Central Coast Mariners 1 - 0
Central Coast Mariners vs Sydney FC 0 - 1
Newcastle Jets vs Central Coast Mariners 1 - 1
Melbourne Victory vs Central Coast Mariners 0 - 2
Melbourne Heart vs Central Coast Mariners 0 - 1

So the Mariners have lost in the first round only when they have played Sydney FC and twice have opened the season in Melbourne and won.

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Ajax face Dynamo hurdle in playoffs

Friday, 6th August 2010 10:34pm
The draw for the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League playoffs has been made and former champions Ajax will face Dynamo Kiev in a bid to reach the group stages.

The winners of the ties will join the Champions League in the group stages whilst the losers will drop into the Europa Cup draw.

Sporting Braga dispatched Celtic and for their efforts they will face Sevilla.

Tottenham Hotspurs will meet Young Boys with the second leg being at White Hart Lane. A win for Spurs will see the Premiership once again with four stages in the group stages.

Another interesting tie will see Werder Bremen against Sampdoria.

The rest of the draw is as shown below:


Dynamo Kiev v Ajax
Young Boys v Tottenham Hotspur
Sporting Braga v Sevilla
Werder Bremen v Sampdoria
Zenit St Petersburg v Auxerre
Salzburg v Hapoel Tel-Aviv
Rosenborg v Copenhagen
Basel v FC Sheriff
Sparta Prague v MSK Zilina
Partizan Belgrade v Anderlecht

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Heart, Mariners kick off 2010/11 A-League season

Tuesday, 3rd August 2010 10:09pm
The new Melbourne team, Melbourne Heart will kick off the A-League's sixth season when it hosts the Central Coast Mariners at the new AAMI Park Stadium.

The two teams are coached by coaches with no previous experience in the A-League and it will be interesting to see how the match will be approached.

Round one will also see the grand final rematch as defending champions Sydney FC take on runners up Melbourne Victory.

For the first time the A-League will have byes now that there is an odd number of teams and the first team to get the bye will be Wellington Phoenix.

Once again there will be a number of posts on the A-League this season in a season which looks very unpredictable especially with Heart looking good on paper but it has to be seen what they can do on the pitch.


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