Thursday, December 31, 2009

Chelsea 2-1 Fulham Match Highlights: 12/28/2009

Chelsea opened up a five-point gap at the top of the Premier League table as they came from behind to beat Fulham. The visitors stunned Chelsea by taking the lead after four minutes when Zoltan Gera hooked in from 12 yards. Fulham then defended comfortably as Chelsea struggled to make an impact but Didier Drogba finally got the equaliser when he headed in at the far post. And an unfortunate own goal by Chris Smalling handed Chelsea a victory that had looked unlikely for long spells.

0-1 Zoltan Gera4"

1-1 Didier Drogba 73"

2-1 Chris Smalling 75" (own goal)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Champions League Draw Reunites Beckham with Manchester United

The latest Champions League draw is something Red Devils’ fans look forward to as AC Milan, where David Beckham is presently on loan, and Manchester United meet on February 16. As I’ve read from Phil McNulty’s blog, Beckham said that a reunion with his former team would be beautiful.

The reunion will surely give Beckham a warm welcome since he has contributed so much to Manchester United’s success. How nice it is to see this elliptical travel back to his former team. I look forward to hear about this match.

Hoping That Manchester United's Defense Adjusts Soon

Defense! This is what Manchester United has been lacking lately, because of injuries. With Rio Ferdinand out and his return not known, the Red Devils’s defense may just fail. This showed in their last match against Fulham where they conceded three goals.

As a unit, a team should provide defense for their keeper like an electric blanket. Or at least the team of full backs should be doing this. Better, if each individual defender is able to keep off attackers. In United’s case, this is what they used to do. But, I hope they would be able to make the necessary adjustments in their next match.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Fulham 3-0 Manchester United match Goals and Highlights: 12/19/2009

Bobby Zamora's continued his good form as Fulham cruised past a desperately disappointing Manchester United at Craven Cottage. Zamora - touted for an England call-up in some quarters - scored his 10th goal of a prolific season and was Fulham's spearhead as they gave an injury-hit United side a grave loss. Danny Murphy, a scourge of United when at Liverpool and now again with Fulham, put the skids under United with a low finish after 22 minutes and the champions, with Michael Owen anonymous up front, never looked like mounting a recovery. Zamora was on the scoresheet seconds after the interval when he provided a comprehensive finish from Clint Dempsey's header, and Damien Duff's powerful drive completed a hugely-deserved win for Roy Hodgson's side. Pictures of the goal scorers below.

1-0 Danny Murphy 22"

2-0 Bobby Zamora 46"

3-0 Damien Duff 75"

Friday, December 18, 2009

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal Match Goals and Highlights: 12/16/2009

Graham Alexander's penalty scored Burnley a deserved point as Arsenal failed to maintain the pressure on Chelsea and Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table. Burnley looked like they might be in for a long night at Turf Moor after Cesc Fabregas capped a scintillating Arsenal opening salvo with an early finish. Arsenal threatened to put the game to bed before Burnley got out of the blocks as Fabregas quickly wasted another chance and Andrey Arshavin struck an upright. But Burnley, who were denied by the woodwork themselves in the opening seconds when Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia turned Thomas Vermaelen's wayward header on to the bar, are formidable opponents at the wonderfully atmospheric Turf Moor and refused to give up. And Alexander, the master from 12 yards, equalized before half-time from the spot following Vermaelen's foul on the hulking figure of Andre Bikey.

0-1 Cesc Fabregas 7"

1-1 Graham Alexander 28" (penalty kick)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Chelsea 2-1 Porstmouth Match Goals and Highlights: 12/16/2009

Chelsea regained their three-point lead in the Premier League standings - but only after an unconvincing victory over Portsmouth. Nicolas Anelka side-footed Chelsea in the 23rd minute after good work from Alex as the home side dominated the first half. But Pompey, managed by former Blues boss Avram Grant, equalized through Frederic Piquionne's fierce finish and even had chances to go ahead. Frank Lampard saved the hosts' blushes with a 79th-minute penalty after Marc Wilson's lunge on Branislav Ivanovic. Pictures of the goal scorers below.

1-0 Nicolas Anelka 23"

1-1 Frederic Piquionne 51"

2-1 Frank Lampard 79" (penalty kick)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Africa in 2010: The Closest I Can Get to the World Cup in South Africa

This 2010, I will be traveling on a missions trip to Nairobi, Kenya and hopefully to Arusha, Tanzania, too. This will be around May and June next year. This will be my first trip out of our country and I am excited. What makes it more exciting or what makes me sad, is it will be the closest I can get to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and it’s still quite far.

I’ve been looking at the map of these places and saw that Kenya is right at the equator. I just hope that we won’t have a hard time getting water and that there are a lot of establishments that use 4396710 water filters. I’m confident that a city like Nairobi will have that.

A friend in Facebook hinted/ joked about sponsoring me so I can see the World Cup in South Africa. The other alternative would be to find a link to watch the live video streaming of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. I’ll just keep my fingers crossed until then.

Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa Highlights and Match Goal Photo: 12/12/2009

Aston Villa ended a 26-year wait to beat Manchester United in the league at Old Trafford as they moved up to third place in the Premier League.

Gabriel Agbonlahor scored the winner, heading in from Ashley Young's cross.

The last time Villa beat United was in 1999, in a league cup match, and it is the first time that Villa have claimed all three points against Sir Alex Ferguson's men at Old Trafford, in a run stretching back to 1983.

0-1 Gabriel Agbonlahor 21"

Monday, December 7, 2009

Jogging at Marikina Sports Park

After months of not being able to visit Marikina Sports Park where our football club, Marikina United FC, holds regular training and practice, today, I was able to visit the place and jog.

I brought my soccer ball with me but it did not have the right amount of air in ti, it was too soft, so I decided to just leave it in the car and jogged instead. I ran a few rounds and did some stretching exercises.

After exercising, I drank water from on of the faucets in the vicinity then proceeded to Jollibee to meet a friend about business. It was great to have exercised again, and I hope I would be able to do this at least once a week so I can get back in shape and play with our club again.

Barcelona 1-0 Real Madrid Match Goal Photo 11/29/2009

Barcelona's £60m striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off the bench to score the only goal of a fiercely contested El Clasico against Real Madrid and move the champions back to the top of the league. Barca, who started the game a point behind their arch rivals, had to play with 10 men for nearly 30 minutes after Sergio Busquets was shown a second yellow card. But by that time they had a lead courtesy of Ibrahimovic's brilliantly-struck left-foot volley from Dani Alves' right-wing cross - the Swede netting just minutes after coming on for Thierry Henry.

Real created the better of the chances in the Camp Nou, but paid for their wastefulness, with substitute Karim Benzema most culpable as he ballooned haplessly over with only five minutes left. Barca captain Carles Puyol twice crucially denied Marcelo with last-ditch blocks as the Brazilian prepared to shoot and, despite a fraught last few minutes, Barca held on for victory.

1-0 Zlatan Ibrahimovic 56"

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Arsenal 0-3 Chelsea Match Goal Photos: 11/29/2009

Premier League leaders Chelsea left Arsenal's title challenge reeling by beating the Gunners to increase the gap to 11 points on their London rivals. Striker Didier Drogba guided an Ashley Cole cross into the top corner to put the visitors ahead. Another Ashley Cole delivery was then diverted into his own net by Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen. Drogba put an elaborate seal on a deserved victory when he powered in a 25-yard free-kick late on.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had said the game was a moment for his players to show their strength but, instead, the defeat only served to blow a massive hole in his side's title hopes.

Chelsea, however, move five points clear of Manchester United at the top of the table and have now kept clean sheets in their previous six Premier League matches.

0-1 Didier Drogba 41"

0-2 Thomas Vermaelen 45" (own goal)

0-3 Didier Drogba 86"

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Importance of Headers

In football, you should not discount goals made through headers. Many of the goals in matches are headers. It does not matter if the player has hair or uses hair vitamins for his head with not much hair. What matters is the skill to guide or direct the ball to your target without loss of force. When you are able to do that, you provide an addition to your team’s arsenal.

Portsmouth 1-4 Manchester United Match Goal Photos 11/28/2009

Wayne Rooney's hat-trick helped guide Manchester United to victory over bottom-of-the table Portsmouth. Rooney put the visitors ahead from the spot after he was brought down by Michael Brown only for Kevin-Prince Boateng's penalty to haul Pompey level. Ryan Giggs crossed for Rooney to slot in and the Welsh winger was then fouled to allow the England striker to grab his third with a second penalty. Giggs added a late free-kick as United kept the pressure on leaders Chelsea.

0-1 Wayne Rooney 25" (penalty kick)

1-1 Kevin-Prince Boateng 1-1 32" (penalty kick)

1-2 Wayne Rooney 48"
1-3 Wayne Rooney 54" (penalty kick)

1-4 Ryan Giggs 87"

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Keep From Being the One to Be Replaced

Any football squad would want to flush out a bad player and have him replaced with a better, more sharp counterpart. It is like having personal colon cleanse to relive yourself of any hindrances and pains. This is what many coaches and club managers continue to deal with – improving the quality of team play and eventually the win rate of the team. That’s why as a football player, one should always prevent himself from being the one to be replaced.

Chelsea 4-0 Wolverhampton Match Goal Photos 11/21/2009

Chelsea ran riot to rout strugglers Wolves and retain a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League. It was a stellar Blues display despite a host of absences, kick-started by Florent Malouda's 22-yard strike. Michael Essien then grabbed two in 10 minutes, heading home unmarked and squeezing in from the edge of the area, before Joe Cole clipped in on the hour.

1-0 Florent Malouda 5"

2-0 Michael Essien 12"

3-0 Michael Essien 22"

4-0 Joe Cole 56"

Dreaming to Become a Football Star

As I have mentioned in a previous post, soccer celebs enjoy so many perks. Aside from the huge salary package and working like what they’re doing isn’t work, they enjoy the cars they can buy.

They can choose from prestigious cars and macho trucks and buy their parts like Mopar parts, for example. That’s why it really is a dream for many to become a football celebrity.

Stoke City 1-0 Portsmouth Match Goal Photo 11/22/2009

Ex-Portsmouth striker Ricardo Fuller made his old club pay for a penalty miss as he hit Stoke's winner against the Premier League's bottom club. Kevin-Prince Boateng saw his tame spot-kick for Pompey easily saved by keeper Thomas Sorensen after Rory Delap's foul on Aruna Dindane. The visitors were the more threatening side but went behind when Fuller curled in a low shot after a well-worked move. A dejected Pompey failed to recover as Stoke held on for a hard-fought win.

1-0 Ricardo Fuller 74"

Monday, November 23, 2009

Match Fitness Through European Leagues

Age is a big factor for any athlete. Football players who are getting older are starting to consider retirement but most are still trying to stay fit for the upcoming 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

But age can be overcome if there is what football coaches call match fitness. It will take more than a wrinkle cream which just deals with looks. It’s going to take participation in leagues, preferably European leagues.

Brazil 1-0 England Match Goal Picture 11/14/2009

Nilmar's header early in the second half condemned Fabio Capello's reshaped England side to defeat against Brazil in Qatar. England battled hard against a superior Brazil, but Nilmar headed Elano's pass beyond Ben Foster after 47 minutes. Brazil's victory margin could have been greater, but Luis Fabiano missed a penalty after Foster fouled Nilmar.

1-0 Nilmar 47"

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Scheduling Weekly Football

Football is something that is really enjoyable to play. Many gadgets have tried to simulate football but nothing beats the real thing. The closest probably that came to imitating sport games is the Wii. In the indoor level, it can make you move, but again, nothing beats the real thing. Right now, I plan to fix my schedule for the week and include a once a week football schedule.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Football Stars Can Spend Vacation Anywhere

Any football star can afford expensive vacations or even vacation homes. I have heard before that football superstar David Beckham owns a vacation house at Dubai’s Palm Islands.

Because of a football star’s income, this is very possible. They can choose wherever they want to have a vacation or buy a vacation house like the Outer Banks vacation homes or something like that. Who doesn’t want to be a football star?

Argentina Coach Diego Maradona Banned for Two Months

Even as Argentina has qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Argentina coach Diego Maradona has been banned from football for two months by FIFA for his furious outburst after last month's victory over Uruguay. Maradona, under pressure in the run-up to the match, directed an expletive-laden tirade, broadcast on live TV, at reporters and critics after the game. The 1-0 win ensured Argentina qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Argentina's Coach: Diego Maradona

The ban will run from 15 November to 15 January 2010, which means he will miss the World Cup draw on 4 December. He could also miss a home international friendly against the Czech Republic scheduled for 16 December at a so-far unspecified venue, though his role as coach at the World Cup will not be affected.

Maradona, who attended the three-hour disciplinary committee hearing in Zurich, was also fined £15,000.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Perks of Being a Football Star

One of the perks of being a football or soccer superstar, aside from the popularity, is the car. Most European football superstars get a car package from their football club. The cars that they use are those brands that are expensive and are well accessorized that the football stars won’t need to get other accessories. The cars they drive already have great stereo system, dash kit, and probably even body kits that are hard to find to make themselves standout. That is why becoming a football star is a dream of many young people because it’s a job that isn’t like a job. They can enjoy while they work and that makes it seem like it’s not work at all.

Eye Accessories for the Holidays

As another season, the holiday season, unfolds this next two months, looking for gifts for everyone, not just for football players, becomes an issue. People look around for new products or New Arrivals.

One suggestion I would like to make are Holiday Fun Eyeglasses. You can either get expensive ones or you can get your friend or loved one $8 Prescription Zenni Glasses. You can select from their wide array of eye accessories. One of my favorites is below.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United Match Goal Photo: Nov 8, 2009

John Terry grabbed the only goal of the game to extend Chelsea's Premier League lead to five points and deal a big blow to Manchester United's title chances. The Blues skipper met Frank Lampard's free-kick in the 76th minute to earn his side a 10th straight home win.

But a makeshift United side will feel aggrieved after a fine display, with Darren Fletcher in impressive form. Wayne Rooney twice went close from range, but a lack of cutting edge cost the reigning champions dear in the end. And with Sir Alex Ferguson's side now five points behind their London rivals, United must hope Chelsea's current form falls away if they are to win a fourth successive title.

1-0 John Terry 76"

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Do You Have Proper Conditioning and Training?

For football players and even for other athletes in other physically challenging sports, having the right weight and fitness is essential. Soccer players who are about to retire are trying their best to get into their national teams for the 2010 World Cup. They try to maintain match fitness and maintain the right weight to still be powerful but agile at the same time.

Even for boxing, like this coming Pacquiao-Cotto match (see previous post for live video streaming information), the two boxers are working hard to make it to 145lb. Without using any slimming pills, they worked hard to get their weight down and hopefully not lose any power and strength as they fight at that weight.

So, it is very important to have proper conditioning and training as athletes. Do you have proper training?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Link to Live Video Free Streaming of the Manny Pacquiao - Migel Cotto Fight Entitled Firepower

In less than a week's time people in the net will start to search for a link to live video free streaming of the Manny Pacquiao and Migel Cotto fight entitled Firepower. I myself will try to find sources of these free links which will definitely become available a day before. I will gladly share the link/s and would encourage you to subscribe to my blog feed if you want to receive the link straight to your e-mail box.

Firepower: Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto

If you are looking for an updated link to the free live video streaming of Firepower, Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto's fight at the MGM Grand on November 15, 2009, even though this blog is about football os soccer, I can cover boxing for this momentous event - a show of support for our Filipino hero and a help to all our "kababayans" out there.

I would suggest, if you want real time update on the availability of the link, that you subscribe to the blog feed of Football Videos and Pictures. I have provided links to live football matches before and can also provide free link to live video streaming of the Pacquiao vs Cotto boxing match. I will not ask for donations or anything - just a free offer.

I am excited to watch the match myself, but am also excited to share the joy with others in the online community. Watch out for the free video live streaming of the Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao match a.k.a. Firepower and don't forget to subscribe to my feed.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Who Will You Cheer For?

Football, Halloween, Christmas seasons! Some of the few seasons a lot of people wait for. Well, me? I look forward to that once every four years season – the World Cup!

While other people are putting up their artificial christmas tree, football players are training hard and playing hard for their respective countries, especially those who haven’t qualified yet. Who will you cheer for?

More Football or Soccer Videos to Come

Football Videos and Pictures will start to post videos of goals again soon. The reason why there have been so many pictures instead of videos is because my sources of videos have vanished. Plus, I do not have enough system memory on my computers to process the videos from my sources. I may just have to resort to looking for other sources of football videos.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Arsenal 3-0 Tottenham Premiere League Match Goal Pictures: 10/31/2009

Arsenal emphatically swept aside claims from Tottenham that they were ready to challenge the supremacy of their north London rivals with a convincing victory at the Emirates.

The game turned inside 11 seconds shortly before the interval as the Gunners struck twice to set up a victory that gave manager Arsene Wenger 1000 Premier League points since his arrival at the club in 1996.

It also ended any hopes Spurs may have harboured of ending a winless league sequence against Arsenal that now stretches back 20 games.

Boss Harry Redknapp would have been satisfied with how his side had coped with Arsenal's threat until they imploded spectacularly as half-time approached.

Robin van Persie reacted quicker than Ledley King to meet Bacary Sagna's cross in the 42nd minute, but Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes should have done much better than fumble the ball over the line.

And worse was to follow for the visitors straight from the kick-off when Wilson Palacios gifted possession to Cesc Fabregas, who ran through the heart of a static defence to beat Gomes.

Any lingering optimism that Redknapp's side could follow in the footsteps of West Ham and claw back a two-goal lead against Arsenal was snuffed out by more crass defending that saw the hosts add another on the hour.

1-0 Robin Van Persie 42"

2-0 Cesc Fabregas 43"

3-0 Robin Van Persie 60"

I Should Have Backed Up My Back Up

I should have resorted to an online backup of my football video files. My external hard drive fell and stopped working. I had so much files in it and felt so much regret that I did not back up my files. I used the external HD as my mobile office because the computers I used were always infected with virus. I guess I should have backed up my back up files too.

Manchester United 2-0 Blackburn Rovers Goal Pictures 10/31/2009

Dimitar Berbatov's second-half volley helped to set up a stuttering Manchester United win over Blackburn.

United's new look defence had few problems and after being twice denied early on, Berbatov flicked up Patrice Evra's skewed shot to score the opener.

Wayne Rooney doubled the lead after 87 minutes, cracking in an Anderson cross with an exquisite half-volley.

1-0 Dimitar Berbatov 55"

2-0 Wayne Rooney 87"

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Going Back to Normal After Ondoy

I still have not re installed the car accessories for my Nissan California – the same vehicle I use to get to football related activities like tournaments, tune up games and training sessions. And with the other things I need to get fixed, I am pretty sure that I won’t be able install the new stuff we need in the vehicle. I am hoping that everything will go back to normal soon, including our football club’s regular training schedule.

Waiting for Marikina Sports Park

The recent typhoon in our area struck Marikina which is the home of our football club, Marikina United FC. I heard that the venue of our club’s regular training and practice, the Marikina Sports Park, was submerged in flood during the typhoon and it left the football field destroyed. So as other team mates taking GMAT prep courses think about going back to training, I, on the other hand, am hoping that I would be able to keep myself fit because it has been a long time since I have jogged. As for the venue, it doesn’t really matter. All I am concerned about right now is to start running again.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Ukraine 1-0 England International Football Match Photo: 10/10/2009

England keeper Robert Green was sent off as Ukraine wrecked their 100% record in the World Cup qualifiers.

Green saw red after only 13 minutes for fouling Artem Milevskiy after he cashed in on Rio Ferdinand's mistake.

Andriy Shevchenko sent substitute David James the wrong way from the spot, but struck the post.

Sergiy Nazarenko's deflected shot after 29 minutes secured a crucial win for Ukraine, with Wayne Rooney coming close for England in the dying seconds.

1-0 Sergiy Nazarenko 29"

Monday, October 5, 2009

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Portsmouth Match Goal Photo: 10/03/2009

Portsmouth ended a turbulent week with their first Premier League win of the season courtesy of Hassan Yebda's goal. The Algerian midfielder, who is on loan from Benfica, powerfully headed in Kevin Prince Boateng's right-wing cross after Wolves failed to clear a corner. Home keeper Wayne Hennessey then pulled off a fine save, low to his right, from Aruna Dindane's first-time strike. Wolves were denied a second-half penalty after Marc Wilson appeared to handle Michael Kightly's cross. The photo of the goal scorer can be viewed below.

0-1 Hassan Yebda 19"

Which Do You Like Better?

During a cold night, next to watching a live football match is sitting on your couch with your sweetheart, watching the soccer match on a 32” LCD and burning some fire wood in a fireplace like Amish fireplaces. For me it is either live in the stadium or live in the comforts of your home. What about you, which do you like better?

Manchester United 2-2 Sunderland Match Goals Photos and Video" 10/03/2009

Manchester United fortunately, placed second in the Premier League table as they salvaged a draw against Sunderland as an unfortunate Anton Ferdinand scored a late own goal. Darren Bent swivelled and rifled in to put Sunderland deservedly ahead, and a below-par United were unable to get a shot in on goal in the first half. Dimitar Berbatov levelled with a superb bicycle kick before Kenwyne Jones nodded Sunderland ahead again. Kieran Richardson was then sent off before Ferdinand diverted in Patrice Evra's shot to hand United a point.

Photos of the goal scorers and the video of the goals can be viewed below.

0-1 Darren Bent 7"

1-1 Dimitar Berbatov 51"

1-2 Kenwyne Jones 58"

2-2 Anton Ferdinand 90+4" (own goal)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

No Celebration this Season?

October 1 it is and the spirit of the holiday season should be in the air. But as disaster struck in Metro Manila, Philippines, a lot of the people affected by the onslaught of Ondoy (a.k.a. Ketsana) do not see any celebration. Literally, christmas cards and other stuff were flooded and it seems like it would really be difficult to enjoy the season this year.

Wigan 3-1 Chelsea Match Goals Photos: 09/26/2009

Wigan produced a massive shock with a victory over 10-man Chelsea which ended the Blues' 100% record and knocked them off the top of the Premier League.

A close-range Titus Bramble header gave Wigan a first-half lead, but Didier Drogba equalised from close range. Petr Cech then conceded a penalty and was dismissed for a foul on Hugo Rodallega, who scored from the spot. Wigan put the result beyond doubt when the impressive Paul Scharner tapped-in from a Maynor Figueroa cross.

1-0 Titus Bramble 16"

1-1 Didier Drogba 47"

2-1 Hugo Rodallega 53" (penalty)

3-1 Paul Scharner 90+1"

Ryan Giggs: The Consummate Professional

Sir Alex Ferguson introduced Ryan Giggs in the recent match against Stoke after finally tiring of Nani's posturing and lack of end product, and within minutes the gulf between the pretender and the consummate professional ensured Manchester United's win. I personally feel that Gigg’s performance deserved him a sconce in the palace of football greats.

Ryan Giggs showed the man he replaced that football is essentially a simple game made complicated by players like Nani - making two goals by allowing Dimitar Berbatov and John O'Shea to take advantage and score goals.

Ryan Giggs in action

Giggs is the shining example to every player in the Premier League. Eleven Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, two Uefa Champions League winner's medals as well as the PFA player of the year award in 2009 plus two PFA young player awards.

Apoel Nicosia 0 - 1 Chelsea Match Goal Photo: 09/30/2009

Chelsea made harder work than necessary of a second Champions League Group D win as they beat Apoel Nicosia. Nicolas Anelka steered home a precise angled strike just inside the far post to open the scoring.

Chelsea were in control but nearly paid the price for not adding to their lead when Savvas Poursaetides' deflected shot was saved by Petr Cech's legs. Constantinos Charalambides also headed a far post header agonisingly high late on for Apoel as Chelsea held on.

Staying Fit and Competitive

Staying fit is one of the many important things a football or soccer player must do to keep himself or herself in the game. Disciplining oneself in training, in diet and in certain habits is very essential. Efforts to stay away or even minimize the intake of liquor or cigars, even if it is Black and Mild must be made to keep oneself competitive.

Stoke 0-2 Manchester United Goals Photos: 09/26/2009

Ryan Giggs emerged from the bench to inspire Manchester United to an impressive win at Stoke City as the champions demonstrated their hunger to claim a fourth successive title by returning to the Premier League summit.

Giggs - outstanding in the contentious derby win against Manchester City last Sunday - showed his enduring quality by making the decisive contribution to set up a victory Sir Alex Ferguson's side richly deserved.

He replaced the infuriating Nani early in the second half and swiftly set up a simple opener for Dimitar Berbatov as United finally transformed their domination into tangible rewards.

He then helped settle the match when he sent over a pinpoint free-kick for John O'Shea to head the second with 13 minutes left.

Photos of the goal scorers can be viewed below.

0-1 Dimitar Berbatov 62"

0-2 John O'Shea 77"

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fulham 0-1 Arsenal Match Photo

Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone was the hero as the Gunners secured an untypically scrappy victory at Fulham. The Italian made stunning one-handed saves from two Andrew Johnson headers and also parried Zoltan Gera's drive.

Fulham were the better of the two teams, but Arsenal won it when Cesc Fabregas clipped a pass for Robin van Persie to take a touch and fire home.

A picture of the goal celebration can be seen below.

0-1 Robin Van Persie 52"