Hoffenheim signs fourth-division striker January 27th, 2009 | No Comments »

Bundesliga leader Hoffenheim is bringing back a fourth-division striker, but says he is not a replacement for the injured Vedad Ibisevic, the league’s leading scorer. Kai Herdling, from the neighboring team SV Waldhof Mannheim, is slated to sign a contract Tuesday. Herdling played for Hoffenheim when it was still in the lower leagues and left [...]

Dunga picks Ronaldinho for friendly against Italy January 27th, 2009 | No Comments »

AC Milan midfielder Ronaldinho is back on Brazil’s national team after missing three consecutive matches. Ronaldinho was among 22 players picked by coach Dunga for the Feb. 10 friendly against Italy at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in London. Milan teammates Kaka and Alexandre Pato also were included in the roster for Brazil’s first match of the [...]

Cudicini, Chimbonda move to Tottenham January 27th, 2009 | No Comments »

Tottenham signed backup Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini on a free transfer Monday, and Pascal Chimbonda returned to Spurs from Sunderland. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has been looking for a goalkeeper because first-choice Heurelho Gomes has a thigh strain and is in erratic form. Signed by Gianluca Vialli in 2000, the 35-year-old Cudicini has played under [...]

Tevez and Keane; contrasting tale of two strikers January 27th, 2009 | No Comments »

Manchester United is trying to decide whether 35 million pounds ($48,3 million; ?37,1 million) is too much to spend for Carlos Tevez, Liverpool is wondering whether almost half that sum for Robbie Keane was a waste of money. With English football’s two most successful clubs neck-and-neck in the Premier League title race, United has a [...]

Arsenal to claim compensation for Walcott injury. November 22nd, 2008 | No Comments »

Arsenal to claim compensation for Walcott injury. Arsenal will demand compensation from the English Football Association for Theo Walcott’s expected three-month layoff after the winger dislocated his right shoulder while on international duty. “There should be compensation of course,” manager Arsene Wenger told Arsenal TV Online on Friday. Walcott sustained the injury Tuesday while training [...]

German Football Results. November 22nd, 2008 | No Comments »

German Football Results. Results in the 14th round of the Bundesliga, the German first-division football league (home teams listed first): Friday’s Game Karlsruhe 0, Borussia Dortmund 1 Saturday’s Games Schalke vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach Wolfsburg vs. Stuttgart Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Hannover Bochum vs. Hertha Berlin Cologne vs. Hoffenheim Bayern Munich vs. Energie Cottbus Arminia Bielefeld vs. [...]

Poland remains a host of soccer 2012 European Championship. October 7th, 2008 | No Comments »

Poland remains a host of soccer 2012 European Championship. But for how much longer? Co-host with Ukraine, Poland is staggering from one crisis to another, from construction delays to corruption, from a national federation suspension to possible forfeiture of World Cup qualifying matches. Yet, European soccer’s governing body is still giving the nation one more [...]

Ottmar Hitzfeld called up FC Basel striker Eren Derdiyok into his squad on Monday. October 7th, 2008 | No Comments »

Ottmar Hitzfeld called up FC Basel striker Eren Derdiyok into his squad on Monday. For Switzerland’s crucial World Cup qualifying matches against Latvia and Greece. The 20-year-old Derdiyok replaces his Basel teammate Marco Streller who is still recovering from a muscle injury that has kept him out of the national team since the first game [...]

Seven games into the season and 100 days into Juergen Klinsmann tenure. October 7th, 2008 | No Comments »

Seven games into the season and 100 days into Juergen Klinsmann tenure. Bayern Munich is off to its worst Bundesliga start in more than three decades. The “Klinsmann out” chants have already started. The defending champions are 11th in the standings with nine points, trailing leader Hamburger SV by seven. The last time Bayern had [...]

FIFA president Sepp Blatter plans to propose new World Cup bidding rules. October 7th, 2008 | No Comments »

FIFA president Sepp Blatter plans to propose new World Cup bidding rules. That would dash the hopes of the United States to organize the tournament in 2018. Blatter said Monday he wants to avoid the World Cup staying in the Americas after Brazil in 2014. He said there were so many strong candidates lining up [...]