Sports, football: Man City take Premier League in last minute thriller

Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England – The English Premier League changed hands in the final seconds of the season when Manchester City scored two goals in extra time against QPR to move ahead of Manchester United, on goal difference. United won their game at Sunderland 0-1 with a Wayne Rooney goal but things were wilder at […]

Sports, football: Basel win title, Real Madrid move closer and Man United slip back

CAMP NOU, BARCELONA, SPAIN – Barcelona lost their second game in a week when they went down 1-2, 21 April, in their home El Classico match against Real Madrid, virtually handing the La Liga title to their arch-rivals. In the English Premier League Man United managed to go from two goals up with only seven […]

Sports, football: Man United surge ahead while Messi strikes again

OLD TRAFFORD, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – Manchester United took a firm hold of the Premier League by extending their lead over their noisy neighbours to eight points, 8 April. United beat QPR 2-0 while Man City lost 1-0 at Arsenal. United controlled the game and struck twice with a Wayne Rooney penalty and a trademark strike […]

Sports, football: Swiss Under-17 Veseli moves to Man United

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Frederic Veseli, a Swiss Under-17 defender, says he is “very happy” to be joining Manchester United, which pinched him from rival Manchester City. He moves onto the team’s reserve side initially. Veseli, 19, went to Manchester City in 2008 from Lausanne Sport. He made his name in 2009 when he captained the […]

Sports, football: Swiss FA crushes Sion 36-0

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss Football Association came down hard on Sion FC 30 December in the long-running battle of the Valaisan egos, between Sion owner Christian Constantin and Sepp Blatter, head of Fifa. The SFA fined Sion a total of 36 points, three for each game in which the team fielded an ineligible player […]

Sports, football: Fifa up the pressure on Sion and Basel may pay the price

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Fifa has threatened Switzerland with expulsion from all Fifa events unless the Swiss Football Association punish FC Sion in the long confrontation over the Valaisan team playing unregistered players. The  Sion chairman Christian Constantin responded in his own inimitable style by threatening to sue Sepp Blatter, the Valaisan head of Fifa. Unless […]

Sports, football: Basel knock Man United out of Champions League!

BASEL, SWITZERLAND – FC Basel scored a famous victory when they beat the stars of Manchester United 2-1 in the final game of the group stage of the Champions League 7 December. Basel are now in the knock-out stage while Manchester United join their Man City neighbours in the Europa League. Arsenal and Chelsea are […]

Sports, football: Brazil mourns Socrates

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL -  Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira : there will probably never be another footballer quite like him. Named, like his brothers, after a Greek philosopher Socrates was Brazil’s captain, a medical doctor, political activist, heavy drinker, smoker, a self proclaimed anti-athlete and a fan of Ché Guevara. The Brazilian […]

Sports, football: Gary Speed suicide overshadows results

CHESTER, ENGLAND – The Wales manager, 42-year-old Gary Speed, was found hanged at his home in Chester on Sunday morning 27 November. Speed played a record 85 times for Wales. He also played 315 times for Leeds and also represented Everton, Newcastle, Bolton and Sheffield United. In the Premier League games the two Manchester teams […]

Basel scare Man United!

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – The Champions League saw FC Basel travelling to Old Trafford to take on the might of Manchester United, unbeaten this season after winning the Premier League last season, 27 September. United took a two goal lead in the first half with a brace of goals by Welbeck, both created by Ryan Giggs. […]