March 29th, 2010


praise be the lord

Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand passed fit for Man Utd

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand have been declared fit for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg at Bayern Munich.

The England internationals missed Saturday's 4-0 win at Bolton, striker Rooney with a foot injury and defender Ferdinand because of a groin problem.

But they were among the United party that checked in at Manchester Airport.

Ex-Chelsea star Arjen Robben is a doubt for Bayern after he injured his calf in Saturday's 2-1 defeat by VfB Stuttgart.

Robben pulled up late in the game after coming on as a second-half substitute.

"Maybe it will turn out not to be that bad but it looks difficult for the United match," said coach Louis Van Gaal.

The Dutchman has been a key figure for Bayern since joining the club from Real Madrid in the summer and in midweek scored an extra-time winner against Schalke 04 in midweek to send Bayern through to the German Cup final.

Bayern are in the running for three trophies, including the Bundesliga, and have a busy schedule in the coming two weeks.

For United winger Ryan Giggs, the meeting with Bayern brings back memories of his side's memorable comeback in the 1999 Champions League final, when they hit back to win 2-1 as part of their Treble that season.

"I can't believe it's 11 years ago," said the 36-year-old Welshman.
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Not feeling confident but I feel we can do it. Having these two back = major boost. We've never lost when I've been unable to watch so can we keep it this way guys? :|


Government plans to fix football and give clubs back to the fans

The government is to unveil radical proposals that would give football fans first option to buy their clubs when they were put up for sale and require clubs to hand over a stake of up to 25% to supporters' groups. The ideas, due to be included in the Labour manifesto with a promise of action in the first year of a new government, are designed to give fans a far greater say in how their football clubs are run and overhaul the way the game is governed.

It is believed that No 10, which has been working secretly on the plans for weeks, has resolved to deliver concrete proposals to tackle growing public disquiet at the level of debt carried by some clubs, the ownership model of others and the dysfunctional structure of the Football Association.

The plans include:

• Requiring clubs to hand a stake of up to 25% to fans in recognition of their links with their local community.

• Implementing a change-of-control clause that would allow fans a window to put together a takeover of their club if it was up for sale or went into administration.

• Giving the football authorities a deadline to reform the FA and remove "vested interests" from the board, and streamline decision making.

• Introducing a unified system of governance that co-ordinates issues such as club ownership and youth development.

• Allowing professional leagues and the FA additional oversight of club takeovers.

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Football Rankings 3/29/10

Most Points
Real Madrid (La Liga) - 74 points
Twente (Eredivisie) - 74 points

Fewest Points
RKC Waalwijk (Eredivisie) - 12 points

Biggest Lead
Rangers (SPL) - 10 points

Smallest Lead
Real Madrid (La Liga) - tied with 2nd place
Girondins de Bordeaux (Ligue 1) - tied with 2nd place

Closest to Danger
West Ham United (Premier League) - tied with 18th place

Farthest From Safety
Portsmouth (Premier League) - 14 points fewer than 17th place
Grenoble Foot (Ligue 1) - 14 points fewer than 17th place

English Premier League
Spanish Primera División
Italian Serie A
French Ligue 1
German Bundesliga
Dutch Eredivisie
Scottish Premier League