Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
WEEKEND WRAPUP: International Soccer Headliners
by Paul Kennedy, October 1st, 2007 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

TAGS:  england, italy, spain


Things went from bad to worse for Chelsea, which had to settle for a 0-0 tie with Fulham in their West London derby on Saturday, the Blues' fourth successive league match without a goal -- their worst run for nine years.

England captain John Terry suffered a depressed fracture of his cheekbone after being elbowed up American Clint Dempsey. Ivorian star Didier Drogba was sent off for picking up two yellow cards, while Andriy Shevchenko was booed off the field when he was substituted after a poor display on his 31st birthday.

The game marked new manager Avram Grant's first game at at Stamford Bridge since Jose Mourinho left. Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said some of the protests about the managerial change were anti-Semitic in nature and had to stop. Grant's Polish father, Meir, 80, is a holocaust survivor.

Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson has quickly left his stamp on Manchester City, which he took over as manager following the club's takeover by Thai Thaksin Shinawatra over the summer.

The 3-1 win over Newcastle United on Saturday left the Citizens in third place behind only Arsenal and Manchester United in the English Premier League. Their performance was a far cry from their run of seven games without a goal at home to conclude the 2006-07 league campaign. New signings Elano and Martin Petrov and Emile Mpenza, who arrived last winter, all scored against Newcastle as City kept its perfect record at Manchester Stadium this season intact. Eriksson, the former England national team coach, says the approach of his players is the key to City's early success.

"It's always easier to be the manager with good football players as long as they want to work as a collective," Eriksson said. "A lot of them are good footballers, but they want to do the work, which is very important. And they don't try to get the ball and dribble past five players, they play football."

Defending champion Inter Milan flexed its muscles with a 4-1 win at Roma Saturday to break its tie with the Giallorossi at the top of the Serie A standings.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (his seventh goal of the season), Hernan Crespo, Julio Cruz and Ivan Cordoba scored for Roma, which broke a 1-1 tie with three goals in 12 minutes in the second half.

Inter has a one-point lead on Juventus, which moved up to second with a 1-0 win over city rival Torino on David Trezeguet's stoppage-time goal.

After hitting the woodwork three times in his four matches, $32 million signing Thierry Henry needed a little more than a half hour Saturday to score three goals for Barcelona in its 4-1 win at last-place Levante in La Liga action.

Lionel Messi, who scored the fourth goal, set up Henry twice in the first half, and Deco was the provider on Henry's third goal three minutes into the second half. Messi was happy to be of service to Henry.

"It was only a question of time before the goals came for Henry," said Messi, who has five himself and is building a case for himself as the world's best player. "He had chances the other day but no luck. I'm very happy for him."

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS Cup Playoffs: Schedule    
The MLS playoffs move into the conference semifinals with the first leg on Sunday. The four ...
What They're Saying: Nelson Valdez    
"I've been feeling like there's been a big mountain on top of me all season. Finally, ...
Report: Heaps will be back with Revs in 2017    
The New England Revolution have retained head coach Jay Heaps for a sixth season, despite its ...
MLS Playoffs: Sporting KC demands apology from league    
Sporting Kansas City did everything possible but score against Seattle, which was saved time and again ...
MLS Moves: Conor Casey calls it quits    
One of the strongest, most rugged forwards ever produced by American soccer has decided to end ...
Hex Files: Boniek Garcia called up by Honduras    
At least one Dynamo will be active during the MLS playoffs. Midfielder Oscar Boniek Garcia has ...
MLS Playoffs: No Drogba, no problem for Impact    
Didier Drogba didn't travel with his teammates to Washington, but he did make it to RFK ...
Video Pick: Patrice Evra does dancing panda    
Juventus' French star Patrice Evra dances and raps in a panda suit to send the "Say ...
What They're Saying: Landon Donovan    
"If [Lionel] Messi scored a goal like that, people would be talking about it for weeks. ...
USWNT: Five regulars return for Romania series    
U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis recalled five regulars who had sat out the Switzerland ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives