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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Friday, Dec. 19, 2008
The draw for the round of 16 in the European Champions League will take former Chelsea managers Jose Mourinho and Claudio Ranieri back to England. Mourinho's Inter Milan team will play Manchester United, while Ranieri will take his Juventus team back to Stamford Bridge. Liverpool will meet Real Madrid in ... Read the whole story
Aston Villa, the team of U.S. goalkeepers Brad Friedel and Brad Guzan, will meet CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Cup round of 32. Standard Liege and Oguchi Onyewu, provided he hasn't moved to Marseille in the transfer window, take on Braga of Portugal. Marseille plays FC Twente of the Netherlands, ... Read the whole story
Arsenal shareholder Nina Bracewell-Smith, who has a 15.9 percent stake in the club, has spoken out about the way she was treated by her fellow board members, and at her removal from the board. "I'm in total shock and very upset about the appalling way I have been treated," she ... Read the whole story
"Business, always business," a murderous character known only as "The Greek" answers laconically at the end of the second series of HBO's "The Wire" when asked by an airline check-in assistant if he's travelling for business or pleasure. The phrase could increasingly apply to soccer -- it's less about the ... Read the whole story
"Whether the Dynamo succeeds [in signing Mexican striker Luis Angel Landin] or are forced to look elsewhere is not the point. Rather, it is the fact the team has the tools to be aggressive in looking for talent -- at home and abroad -- that makes trading [Dwayne] De Rosario ... Read the whole story
"Claudio [Lopez] and a lot of other experienced players in the league sometimes make very intelligent runs and they don't always receive the ball early enough." Kansas City Wizards coach Curt Onalfo carefully pinpoints one of the difficulties for good players in adapting to Major League Soccer.   Read the whole story
"The managers believe there has been too great a focus on refereeing decisions in post-match interviews." Scottish Premier League Chairman Lex Gold announces that the league's 12 coaches have agreed to desist from talking about refereeing decisions after games. If anyone's heard of a soccer-related New Year's resolution less likely ... Read the whole story
"I think it is crucial all our players stay fit because we don't have a massive squad -- that is a must." Aston Villa's Brad Friedel says that avoiding injuries will be key to Aston Villa securing a Champions League qualification spot in the EPL. Villa's partly second-string lineup lost ... Read the whole story


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