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Articles Archive for January 2009

   
  The Potters pulled out of the relegation zone this afternoon after an extremely hard-working and courageous performance earned a 1-0 win over underachieving Manchester City at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke played almost two-thirds of the game with just ten men, after midfielder Rory Delap was sent off for stupidly kicking the ball at City’s Shaun Wright-Phillips as he lay on the ground, making it even more remarkable that Stoke could go on to take the lead, through an excellent James Beattie header, and hold it through a second …

Palmeiras made a great 1st leg game of Libertadores da America, and now it’s almost guaranteed that the team will go on to the group stage of the competition.
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It’s just the forth game of the season, and Palmeiras won them all, scoring 12 goals. The newcomers are having great performances: Keirrison scored 4 goals in 3 games; Cleiton Xavier scored every game, and made 4 assists; Williams suffered 2 penaltis and the new defenders, Maurício Ramos, Danilo and Edmilson …

Hearts captain Christophe Berra has been given permission to talk to Wolves and will travel to Molineux this morning, which means the Scotland international may already have played his last game for the Jambos.

Berra challenged by Fletcher in the Edinburgh derby earlier this month

Berra, a product of the Hearts youth academy, made his debut as a substitute in a 2-1 defeat to Dundee United in 2003 and made his first start in a 1-1 draw away to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in March 2004. It wasn’t until after the infamous …

Almost every side in the SPL has had an extended run of form at one point or another this season and currently it is the turn of Hamilton who have won five of their last six matches.  Hearts travel to New Douglas Park tomorrow to take on a side who, since their 7-1 defeat at Ibrox, have reverted back to basics, conceding only once in their recent run.
Although possessing some of the league’s oldest campaigners the Accies squad has its fair share of exciting young talent, none more so than …

  After a dismal first half performance at Tottenhamon Tuesday night, and a heartbreaking late defeat at Chelsea two weeks ago, it is about time Tony Pulis’ Stoke sideproduced something to cheer about. Tomorrow’s fixture against ”World’s Richest Club” Manchester City could provide this tonic, and with Stoke’shome form good all season and City having won only once on the road this term, I have every confidence that we can halt our slide with a much-needed result tomorrow.
 
Kaka: Set to make his City debut…oh wait
  Inspired by Brazilian forward/winger Robinho, who gives …

On the back of possibly Tottenham’s best performance of the season, Harry Redknapp’s side travel to the Reebok Stadium to face a Bolton side, still reeling over the loss of Kevin Nolan to Newcastle. Spurs moved up to 13th after their recent 3-1 victory over Stoke, three points out of the bottom three, and level on points with their next opponents.
Team News
Recent signing Pascal Chimbonda is available for the match, although Wilson Palacios is serving the last match of his ban, and is yet to make his debut. Cudicini will …

Brimming with confidence after successive hard-fought victories in the Premier League, Manchester City make the short journey south to face a Stoke side suffering from a loss of form and belief and without a win in any competition for eleven games. City, meanwhile, are unbeaten in four Premier League games, and come into this encounter looking to cement their position in the top half of the table.
Team News
Blues boss Mark Hughes faces one of his easier team selections for a while, with only a pair of minor injuries to Pablo Zabaleta …

 
  Failure to turn up for the first half hour was Stoke’s downfall at White Hart Lane last night, as Harry Redknapp’s Spurs side eased past the Potters, who are now ten games without a win. A 25 minuted blitz from the North Londoners meant Stoke went into half time an embarrassing 3-0 down, the goals coming from Aaron Lennon, Jermain Defoe and Michael Dawson. The Stoke performance was marginally improved in the second period, James Beattie adding a hint of respectibilityto the scoreline for Stoke withhis first goal …

I think it is safe to say I love Tim Cahill. Im sure I speak for many when I say I love him. I mean, if you don’t, then you should stay away from football to be quite honest. Or was that too harsh?
Anyway, I’ve decided to blog about this because I went to the Arsenal game last night and decided that I think Tim is a true gentleman in the way he puts himself on the line for the club. He dosent moan, demand high wages, demand to leave …

Result: Man City 2 – 1 Newcastle
Man City produced a thoroughly professional and accomplished performance to see an extremely poor Newcastle side to record their third Premier League victory in four games: a result which pushed the Blues further up the table and into ninth position. Goals were scored by Shaun Wright-Phillips, who netted for the first time in seventeen matches, Craig Bellamy on his debut for City, and a consolation strike from Andy Carroll for the visitors
Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to go into any sort of detail …