Football News: Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Ah, yes. Day four of the Champions League group stage beckons and there are some riveting story lines to tell.

Why wait?

-David Beckham is heading back to Milan on loan: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/europe/8326285.stm

– Steven Gerrard misses the return match against Lyon in a near must-win match: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/europe/8338788.stm

– As if that isn’t bad enough, the Reds missing Gerrard, manager Rafa Benitez will be playing Fernando Torres hurt as the match is that crucial: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/2711018/Fernando-Torres-in-Kop-op-blow.html

– Carlo Ancelotti wants to qualify for the knock-out stages as soon as possible, preferably today: http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11945_5670371,00.html

-And, Manchester United believe they have injury concerns of their own before they take on CSKA Moscow: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=692972&sec=uefachampionsleague&cc=5901

In other football news not pertaining to the Champions League:

– Another Tottenham Hotspur defender faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines (hard to believe hint: it isn’t Ledley King!): http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=692902&sec=england&cc=5901

– Phil Brown does his best to tell people he has the “full support” of the club despite the fact the Tigers have two wins in their last 22 Premier League outings: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=692824&sec=england&cc=5901

-The Premier League saw 9, that’s right 9, red cards in the 10 matches from this past weekend… Someone had to talk about it, right? http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=692981&sec=england&root=england&cc=5901

-The League Cup, now down to 8 Premier League teams, sees Arsenal head to Manchester City. For those who don’t know—three words— Emmanuel. Adebayor. Youtube. It wasn’t pretty when the former Gunner hitman (pun intended?) was banned for his goal celebrations and the stomp on former teammate Robin Van Persie’s head. Van Persie’s thoughts about their rematch? http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=692981&sec=england&root=england&cc=5901

-And, Jonah Freedman has people talking yet again about his “World Soccer Power Rankings”: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/jonah_freedman/10/29/rankings/index.html

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