Coventry 1 Blackburn 0 Fa cup Highlights

February 24, 2009

Coventry will host Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-finals after a thrilling replay victory over Blackburn.

Rovers made 11 changes from the weekend defeat by Manchester United and Elliott Ward and Clinton Ward both spurned gilt-edged chances for the hosts.

Jason Roberts flashed a shot wide and Tugay fired over for Rovers before Leon Best rose in the box to head the winner from Aron Gunnarsson’s fine cross

Fulham also knocked out swansea tonight final score 2-1

Full Highlights here in HQ

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Champions League Best Goals

February 24, 2009

Its that time again as tonight and tommrow the last 16 do battle in the knockout stages .So what we thought we would do is sit back and take a look at the top picked 50 goals of our time have a look below and see who gets your vote?Choose from the video below here are a few we picked below

Steven Gerrard – Liverpool vs Olympiakos at Anfield This goal was decisive and was scored during Liverpools successful Champions League campaign. Liverpool were heading out of the tournament. Gerrard scored, Liverpool went through and the rest is history! They defeated AC Milan in the final after making one of the most stunning comebacks in football history.

It was a screamer from 25 yards and in the words of Andy Gray, It was a beauty. The commentary is particularly hair raising. This goal had to pip Gerrard’s effort against West Ham United in the 2005 FA Cup Final.

Fernando Redondo– Real Madrid vs Manutd – Q/F (CL)
‘ He had a magnet in his boots’ is what ferguson remarked when asked to assess Redondo’s performance in this Quarter Final Clash at Old Trafford. It was scintillating and was capped off with a move which drew applause from rival fans as well. Unfortunately, Redondo was consistently plagued by injuries and also tiffs with various Argentinian coaches cut short his international career

Or how about Zidane Real Madrid Vs Bayer Leverkusen at Glasgow
What can i say? The magician from Marseille did this in The Champions League Final. Talk about being a clutch performer. Brilliant! This the sort of stuff that Zidane will always be remembered for

Just a  few from 50 of the best you will see so site back and enjoy the best goals well worth watching from past to present dont forget to come back here to see the highlights of tonights games!

 

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Hiddink ready for Chelsea test

February 20, 2009

Russia head coach Hiddink was announced as Luiz Felipe Scolari’s successor in West London last week and he is currently preparing his charges for his first game in charge at Aston Villa on Saturday.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich made the move for Russia coach Hiddink, who would combine the job at Stamford Bridge with his role with the Russian national side, following the club’s decision to sack Luiz Felipe Scolari on Monday.

Hiddink told Radio 538 in Holland: “Abramovich does so much for Russian football that I wanted to do something back. One of these days I will go to London. I expect to be there on the field next week.”

Hiddink has given little thought to staying beyond the end of the current campaign.

He said: “There are two scenarios: it goes bad and they say ‘go back east’ or it goes well, but I’m not thinking that far ahead.”

Hiddink is determined to lead Russia into the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

They have just two qualifiers between now and the end of the English season – against Azerbaijan at home at the end of March and Liechtenstein away on April 1, and neither will clash with a Chelsea fixture.

 

 

Hiddink has previous experience of holding two jobs at the same time, having coached Australia and PSV Eindhoven simultaneously.Will he go well for chelsea? we will see

Trivia

He was the coach for South Korea in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

He was the head coach of Australia national soccer team at 2006 Germany World Cup.

He is now coaching a Russian Men’s Soccer team. [2006]

From 1996 to 1998, he was a head coach for Dutch Men’s National soccer team and advanced to the semi-final at 1998 France World Cup.

In 1988, he won Dutch Professional league, FA Cup, and the European Champions Cup, which is today’ champions league. In December, 1998, he won Toyota Cup as the head coach of Real Madrid

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Fernando Torres EL NINO Liverpool’s Number 9

February 19, 2009

Fernando Jose Torres Sanz, more commonly known as just Fernando Torres was born in Madrid, Spain on 20 March 1984. He currently plays in the Premiership for Liverpool Football Club, and is viewed as one of the best strikers in the world. Fernando has been successful throughout his career, from his time in Spain with Atletico Madrid to his time at Liverpool and at international level with Spain.

Like many young boys, Torres developed a keen interest to the beautiful game from a young age. His grandfather was a keen Atletico Madrid supporter and his brother played at an amateur level as a goalkeeper. Initially, Fernando Torres wanted to emulate the bit of success his brother had in that position. However, as with many players they find out their best position a few years into playing. Despite starting off as a goalkeeper, Torres developed an eye for goal and after scoring 55 goals for academy club Rayo 13, he soon realized that his best position was upfront.

In 1995, Spanish club Atletico Madrid trailed three of Rayo 13’s star players, with Fernando being one of them. He impressed at his trial, and they decided to sign the young striker at the age of eleven.

Fernando Torres continued to make great progress through the ranks at the club during his teenage years, and his first chance to impress on a global scale came when Atletico Madrid decided to enter a team in the U15 Nike Cup. They won the tournament, with Torres voted the best player. Many were starting to see the potential in him, and his prospect excited many fans of the Spanish club. At 15, he signed a professional contract with the club, and made his first team debut at the age of 17 against Leganes.Torres came up through the youth ranks of his hometown club Athletico Madrid, ascending to early legendary status because of his promise and the fact that he was a fan before he ever was a player (much like Francesco Totti and Raul – blasphemy, I know). After watching Atletico back from the Segunda to La Liga, Fernando really began to shine, still but a boy. Five straight years of double digit goal tallies, including 19 in his final year, and it was quite clear Torres was ready for the big stage. Atletico were then promoted back to La Liga in 2001-02 season. Eventually, he went on to become club captain and scored 84 goals from 214 appearances for the team he had been with for many years.Enter Rafa Benitez, lover of all things La Liga, and the rest is becoming history  Despite this emotional attachment, when Liverpool came in with an offer of around £20 Million, he decided to leave the club for England in 2007.

Torres had the opportunity to showcase his skills in the Premiership and for Liverpool. With the high transfer fee, many thought he may not respond well to the pressure being placed on him by the football world. This, however, was not the case.

The striker settled quickly at Liverpool, and immediately started to score goals on a regular basis. His first hat-trick was scored in September against Reading. He went on to score 33 goals in total, and since has become a respected figure in the Liverpool team and has scored 9 goals in all competitions so far in the 2008/09 season.

Fernando Torres has also impressed at an international level for Spain and is known for scoring the winning goal against Germany in the Euro 2008 final. He continues to impress for both club and country and is recognized as one of the best strikers in the world .

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