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  Arsenal’s Theo Walcott celebrates scoring their fourth goal of the game




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Theo Walcott plundered a well-taken                    several chances to cancel out Kenwyne Jones’
double as Arsenal powered their way into               early opener at Upton Park.
the Carling Cup quarter-finals with a 4-0
                                                       But captain Scott Parker finally equalised with six
win at Newcastle.
                                                       minutes of normal time remaining before Manuel
Walcott’s controversial 53rd-minute strike, when       Da Costa and substitute Victor Obinna completed               We ’ r e g i v i n g a w a y a p a i r o f
                                                       the turnaround.
defender Mike Williamson appeared to be blocked                                                                      tickets for every Red Bulls home
by Nicklas Bendtner, made it 2-0 after Tim Krul’s
own goal in first-half injury time.                    Aston Villa also needed extra time to see off the     Con-    match at firsttouchonline.com
                                                       brave challenge of Championship club Burnley.          tin-
However, there was no fortune about Bendtner’s
83rd-minute strike and Walcott’s second with two       Substitute Stewart Downing settled the tie with a
minutes remaining as the Gunners powered their         powerful shot after 96 minutes.
way into the last eight.
                                                       Burnley defender Clarke Carlisle had cancelled out
West Ham’s substitutes came to Avram Grant’s           Villa substitute Emile Heskey’s opener with just a
rescue as they helped seal a place in the last eight   minute of normal time remaining.
with an extra-time 3-1 victory over Stoke.
                                                       Villa had winger Marc Albrighton sent off four min-
The Potters looked set to pile the pressure on         utes after Downing had scored but last season’s
Hammers boss Grant after the home side missed          beaten finalists held on to reach the last eight.



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day that was acknowledged in the city with a
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huge billboard in the middle of Times Square.
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Fans lined up around the block at Planet Hollywood
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at an event staged by the newly reformed New York                                                                                                 Pies                           Sweet Scones
Cosmos.                                                                                                                                     Shepherd’s Pies                      Potato Scones
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Instead of putting his feet up Pele has taken the                                                                                              Bean Pies                             Breads
role as honorary President of the team he starred                                                                                             Angus Beef                       And much more....
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                                                                       November’s issue of 442 magazine in which Pele
Cosmos again. I have the opportunity to come
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                                                                       recalls his playing days in New York;
back and work to revive the Cosmos and promote                                                                                                                                     no MSG or food
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football in the United States. Now, I want to see my                                                                                                                                preservatives.
dreams come true of kids learning football in the
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                                                                       of names in the crowd: movie stars, sports stars,                      Potted Head
right way,” said Pele in a recent interview.
                                                                       pop stars, politicians, artists. Robert Redford,
The New York Cosmos have achieved legendary
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                                                                                                                           STOP INTERFERING
                                                                     they’d be flagged for offside but the ref ruled Suggett wasn’t
                                                years offside        interfering with play, Brown charged forward, squared the ball       In times of confusion in the game, it’s always as well to go
                                                has been one         for Jeff Astle and he tapped in.                                     back to the source, to the little red book and the wisdom of Bill
                                                of the great                                                                              Shankly. When confronted by the interpretation of interfering
                                                controversies        Cue Don Revie marching onto the pitch to remonstrate, a huge         with play in the old offside law, his opinion was straightfor-
                                                that stokes          pitch invasion, players slugging it out with spectators and utter    ward – “If a player isn’t interfering with play, he damn well
the fires of the game, gets supporters talking and has man-          carnage which continued into the tunnel after the game with          ought to be”. There is of course great sense in that, because
agers turning prematurely grey. Game upon game turns                 Leeds players reputedly trying to kick the referee’s door down.      even if a player raises his hands and suggests that the game is
on hairline decisions that, even when watched afterwards,            Revie later went on TV armed with flipcharts and diagrams to         passing him by, defenders have to take account of his presence
often split opinions on whether a player was on or offside,          explain how the goal was unfair but Leeds lost the title by a        because he can suddenly become “active” again in the next
whether the goal should or should not have stood.                    single point as Arsenal did the double, and Leeds then had to        phase of play which is a complete nonsense. If he hadn’t been
                                                                     play some home games on neutral ground the following season          where he was when he was considered inactive, he almost cer-
The offside rule not only influences games, but the game itself.     as punishment, dropping points which again cost them dear –          tainly wouldn’t have reached the spot where he then becomes
Dating back to the 1920s, a change to the rule that meant a          they missed out to Derby by a single point.                          active in the next phase to knock the ball in the back of the net.
player would be onside if two, rather than three, players were                                                                            Got it? Clear as mud.

                                                                                                                                          We might also look at the discrepancy that attackers can be
   ‘“If a player isn’t interfering with play, he damn well ought to be”                                                                   ruled as not interfering with play by virtue of the fact that they
   Bill Shankly.                                                                                                                          are too bone idle to run back onside when an attack initially
                                                                                                                                          breaks down and yet the hapless defender going in for a bit of
                                                                                                                                          daydreaming on the far side when his mates are trying to spring
between the goal and the furthest forward. Goals aplenty             Today, Suggett would have been onside and nobody would               the offside trap and clearly interfering with nothing except the
followed until the great Herbert Chapman concluded that a            have questioned it, so different is the interpretation of the        contents of his nose is always supposedly interfering with play.
change to the standard formation, from 2-3-5 to 3-2-5 would          offside rule with the emphasis on different phases of the attack     How can that be?
stem the flow, thus inventing the stopper centre-half who is still   and whether players are “active” or not – no reference to the
a part of the game today.                                            remarkably indolent Dimitar Berbatov incidentally.                   So, with confusion mounting, TV coverage getting ever
                                                                                                                                          more microscopic and referees and linesmen required to not
The rule also unwittingly tipped us into an age of hooligan-         Yet the changes in interpretation of the rules, while designed       merely make line calls but also to make judgement calls on
ism, heralded by a pitch invasion by Leeds United supporters         to create more goals have served only to leave us confused.          just whether a player was active or not in a specific move at a
after they were defeated 2-1 at Elland Road by West Bromwich         In the politically incorrect days of yore, it was once sad that if   specific time, maybe the time has come for a bit of clarity and
Albion as they were closing in on the league title in April          your wife or girlfriend could understand the offside rule, you       move to a simplistic reading of the law - if you are offside, you
1971. Albion hadn’t won an away game in 16 months but                needed to check you weren’t seeing a transvestite. Nowadays,         are offside and no amount of arguing is going to change it. Not
were already a goal up when they broke free after Tony Brown         you can be certain that if she does understand it, she’s a nuclear   even Don Revie, marching back from beyond the grave with a
intercepted a wayward pass. As he ran into Leeds territory with      physicist – nobody else can figure it out.                           clipboard in hand.
not a defender in sight, Colin Suggett was still making
his way back from a previous attack and was miles off-
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LA LIGA                               ENGLISH PREMIER
Valencia v Zaragoza        12:00 PM   Blackpool v WBA                4:00 PM
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  Chelsea
Arsenal         9   38   5   27 2   52
                                     6 21 10 17 +11
                                         103 32 86 +71
                                                             Swansea        13   7   2   4   17   12   23     +5        Peterborough    13   7   1   5   29   24   22  +5   Bury           13   7   4   2   25   17   25     +8
  Man Utd
Man Utd         9   38   4   27 5   40   86 28 85 +8
                                     7 20 12 17       +58
                                                             Norwich        13   7   2   4   19   15   23     +4        Sheff Wed       13   6   3   4   17   8    21  +9   Rotherham      13   6   5   2   25   18   23     +7
  Arsenal           38       23     69 83 41 75 +42
Man City        9        5      2     212 8    17    +4      Watford        13   6   3   4   25   18   21     +7        Huddersfield    13   6   2   5   22   17   20  +5   Shrewsbury     13   6   3   4   21   14   21     +7
  Tottenham         38       21     710 67 41 70 +26
Tottenham       9        4      3     211 8    15    +3      Coventry       13   6   3   4   20   16   21     +4        Colchester      13   4   8   1   16   14   20  +2   Wycombe        13   5   6   2   20   14   21     +6
  Man City          38       18      7 73 45 67 +28
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West Brom       9        4                                   Burnley        13   5   5   3   21   15   20     +6        MK Dons         13   6   2   5   16   16   20   0   Crewe          13   4   7   2   30   18   19    +12
  Aston Villa       38       17 3    8 13 15 15
                                    132  52 39 64 -2  +13
Sunderland      9        2                                   Reading        13   5   4   4   18   11   19     +7        Carlisle        13   5   4   4   18   12   19  +6   Stevenage      13   4   6   3   15   12   18     +3
  Liverpool         38       18 6    11 61 35 12
                                    91 8 7       63 +1+26
                                                             Millwall       13   5   4   4   18   15   19     +3        Rochdale        13   5   4   4   20   15   19  +5   Aldershot      13   4   6   3   11   12   18     -1
  Everton
Bolton          9   38   2   16 6   13
                                     9 13 13 12
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                                                             Nottm Forest   13   4   7   2   15   12   19     +3        Charlton        13   5   4   4   18   20   19  -2   Cheltenham     13   5   3   5   17   22   18     -5
  Birmingham
Newcastle       9   38   3   13 2   11
                                     14 38 47 11
                                      414 13     50 +1 -9
                                                             Doncaster      13   5   4   4   20   19   19     +1        Exeter          13   5   4   4   18   20   19  -2   Oxford         13   4   5   4   16   11   17     +5
  Blackburn         38       13      14 41 55 50 -14
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Aston Villa     9        3      2     49 13 11       -4      Derby          13   5   3   5   21   16   18     +5        Bristol R       13   5   4   4   16   18   19  -2   Burton         13   4   5   4   18   14   17     +4
  Stoke             38       11      13 34 48 47 -14
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Everton         9        2                                   Portsmouth     13   5   3   5   19   18   18     +1        Oldham          13   4   6   3   17   15   18  +2   Torquay        13   4   5   4   19   16   17     +3
  Fulham            38       12 4    16 39 46 10
                                    1039 8       46 +1 -7
Birmingham      9        2                                   Ipswich        13   5   3   5   15   15   18      0        Southampton     13   5   3   5   13   11   18  +2   Accrington     13   3   7   3   19   16   16     +3
  Sunderland        38       11 4    16 48 56 10
                                    11310 12     44 -2 -8
                                                             Scunthorpe     13   5   2   6   17   17   17      0        Swindon         13   4   4   5   20   21   16  -1   Gillingham     13   3   6   4   16   18   15     -2
  Bolton
Stoke           9   38   3   10 1    19 42 67 10
                                    95 10 13     39 -3-25
                                                             Leeds          13   5   2   6   19   25   17     -6        Notts Co        13   5   1   7   18   21   16  -3   Stockport      13   3   6   4   14   18   15     -4
  Wolves
Blackpool       9   38   3   9 1    11
                                     18 32 56 10
                                      513 20     38 -7-24
                                                             Barnsley       13   4   3   6   17   24   15     -7        Plymouth        13   4   4   5   15   20   16  -5   Macclesfield   13   4   3   6   15   20   15     -5
  Wigan             38       9      920 37 79 36 -42
Wigan           9        2      4     37 16 10       -9      Sheff Utd      13   4   3   6   9    17   15     -8        Hartlepool      13   4   4   5   13   19   16  -6   Southend       13   4   2   7   14   17   14     -3
  West Ham          38       8       19 47 66 35 -19
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Fulham          9        1                                                                                              Brentford       13   4   3   6   12   15   15  -3   Morecambe      13   3   5   5   13   21   14     -8
  Burnley           38       8 6     24 42 82 9 30 -1
                                    62 10 11          -40    Hull           13   3   4   6   9    17   13     -8
Blackburn       9        2                                   Preston        13   4   1   8   20   29   13     -9        Yeovil          13   4   2   7   12   22   14 -10   Bradford       13   4   2   7   9    17   14     -8
  Hull              38       6 3     20 34 75 9 30 -2
                                    1248 10           -41
                                                             Leicester      13   3   3   7   16   27   12    -11        Leyton Orient   13   3   4   6   14   17   13  -3   Lincoln        13   3   3   7   7    15   12     -8
  Portsmouth
Liverpool       9   38   2   7 3 7 4 24 34 66 9 19 -5
                                       9 14           -32
                                                             Middlesbro     13   3   2   8   12   22   11    -10        Tranmere        13   3   4   6   13   21   13  -8   Barnet         13   3   3   7   14   26   12    -12
Wolves          9        1     3     5    8   15   6   -7                                                               Walsall         13   3   2   8   14   21   11  -7
                                                             C Palace       13   3   2   8   14   25   11    -11                                                            Northampton    13   2   4   7   13   22   10     -9
West Ham        9        1     3     5    7   17   6   -10   Bristol C      13   2   4   7   12   23   10    -11        Dag & Red       13   2   5   6   14   23   11  -9   Hereford       13   2   4   7   10   25   10    -15




                                                                                                                       LIVERPOOL TO SPEND
                                                                                                                       LESS, NOT MORE
                                                                                                                       Liverpool are not expected to                        ‘His organisation
                                                                                                                       make any big-money signings in                       is not thought to
                                                                                                                       January, with new owner John                         blame the former
                                                                                                                       W Henry reportedly set to take                       Fulham man for
                                                                                                                                                                            Liverpool’s travails
                                                                                                                       a ‘hands-on’ role overseeing the
                                                                                                                                                                            this season, but
                                                                                                                       club’s transfer dealings.
                                                                                                                                                                            they do see it as evidence that a closer
                                                                                                                                                                            eye is needed on the club’s transfer
                                                                                                                       Quashing any hopes that the takeover
                                                                                                                                                                            business.’
                                                                                                                       NESV would spark an instant spending
                                                                                                                       spree in the transfer market, both The
                                                                                                                                                                            A concurring Telegraph declares: ‘The
                                                                                                                       Daily Telegraph and The Independent
                                                                                                                                                                            American consortium has made it clear
                                                                                                                       report that the club’s new American
                                                                                                                                                                            it expects value for money, both from
                                                                                                                       owners instead want to put an end to
                                                                                                                                                                            fees and salaries. Henry will take an
                                                                                                                       what they reputedly consider to be the
                                                                                                                                                                            active role in football matters at Anfield,
                                                                                                                       club’s recent profligate spending.
                                                                                                                                                                            assessing both Hodgson’s suggested
                                                                                                                                                                            transfer targets and setting budgets
                                                                                                                       “We have to be smart,” Henry is
                                                                                                                                                                            for contract renegotiations of players
                                                                                                                       quoted as saying by both newspapers.
                                                                                                                                                                            already at the club.
                                                                                                                       “We have to be more efficient. When
                                                                                                                       we spend a dollar, it has to be wisely.
                                                                                                                                                                            ‘The 61 year-old has already expressed
                                                                                                                       We cannot afford player contracts that
                                                                                                                                                                            his concern at the wages earned by
                                                                                                                       do not make long-term sense.”
                                                                                                                                                                            older players on long-term, high-value
                                                                                                                                                                            contracts.’
                                                                                                                       According to The Independent, Henry
                                                                                                                       ‘has made it clear already that he is not
                                                                                                                                                                            Glamour signings will thus be shunned
                                                                                                                       happy with the number of older players
                                                                                                                                                                            in favour of following ‘the Arsenal
                                                                                                                       at the club who are earning big money
                                                                                                                                                                            model - for which NESV has been keen
                                                                                                                       on long contracts. Henry is expected to
                                                                                                                                                                            to stress its admiration - or, perhaps
                                                                                                                       play a hands-on role at Anfield, assess-
                                                                                                                                                                            more pertinently, institute on an infor-
                                                                                                                       ing Hodgson’s transfer targets and
                                                                                                                                                                            mal basis the transfer policy employed
                                                                                                                       setting budgets for contract renegotia-
                                                                                                                                                                            at Manchester United, where premium
                                                                                                                       tions.
                                                                                                                                                                            fees are only paid for younger players
                                                                                                                                                                            with resale potential.’



  GENERAL

  1 - WHICH CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP CLUB’S GROUNDSMAN ACCIDENTALLY SPRAYED THE
  PITCH WITH CONCENTRATED WEEDKILLER IN 1986 FORCING THE CANCELLATION OF PRE
  SEASON FRIENDLIES ?

  2 - WHICH HARD UP LEAGUE CLUB SURRENDERED THEIR GOALPOSTS TO BALIFFS IN 1986 ?

  3 - WHO KEPT GOALS FOR EVERTON IN THE 1986 FA CUP FINAL ?

  4 - WHICH AFRICAN NATION HELD ENGLAND TO A SCORELESS DRAW AT MExICO ‘86 ?

  5 - WHO WERE RELEGATED TO THE OLD FOURTH DIVISION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THEIR
  HISTORY IN 1986 ?

                                                                                                             ANSWERS ON PAGE 26
                                                                                   9




BECKS BACKS REAL FOR LA LIGA CROWN
David Beckham is backing former                  president) - I love Florentino who is such a
club Real Madrid to wrest the Prim-              great man and makes special things happen
era Division title off arch rivals Barce-        at the club - so with him there, with the play-
                                                 ers they’ve got at the club, I believe they will
lona this season.
                                                 be number one this year.”
Madrid have not won a major trophy since
                                                 Beckham, 35, spent four years at Madrid
2008 and in the meantime have seen Barca
                                                 and won the Primera Division title in his final
establish themselves as one of the great-
                                                 season before moving to the Los Angeles
est sides in football history, but with Jose
                                                 Galaxy in 2007.
Mourinho now at the helm the capital club are
hoping to reclaim top spot in both Spain and
                                                 The former England captain, who was ruled
Europe.
                                                 out of this summer’s World Cup after suf-
                                                 fering an Achilles injury while on loan at AC
The nine-time European champions could
                                                 Milan in March, also spoke of his admiration
hardly have had a better start under Mourin-
                                                 for Madrid boss Mourinho.
ho. They are unbeaten after 12 games,
winning nine, and are currently at the top of
                                                 The former Manchester United man said of
both the Primera Division standings and their
                                                 the Portuguese: “I love him as a person, he’s
Champions League group.
                                                 an incredible person. He was one of the first
                                                 people to send me a message after I did my
There is still a long way to go, but Beckham
                                                 injury.”
believes Madrid can come out on top this
season.
                                                 On who he felt deserved to win this year’s
                                                 prestigious FIFA Ballon d’Or award, Beckham
When asked who he thought out of Barca
                                                 added: “David Villa. I think he had a great
or Madrid would win the title, Beckham told
                                                 World Cup, but I’m gonna give it to Iker
Spanish television channel Antena 3: “As
                                                 (Casillas, Real Madrid goalkeeper) because
much as I respect Barcelona and think it’s
                                                 he’s my friend!”
a great club, my heart is always with Real
Madrid.

“So I believe that this year, with the manager
they’ve got in, with Florentino (Perez, Madrid                                                      Photo: Connie Aramaki
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QPR            v Burnley              10.00    French Ligue 1                                         Werder         v FC Twente      15.45          Rosenborg      v Atl Madrid           14.00
Reading        v Doncaster            10.00    Auxerre        v Nice                    13.00
Scunthorpe     v Leeds Utd            10.00    Brest          v St Etienne              13.00         Group B                                        Europa League Group C
Sheff Utd      v Coventry             10.00    Caen           v AS Nancy                13.00         Benfica         v Lyon                15.45    AA Gent        v Sporting             14.00
                                               Lorient        v Arles                   13.00         H Tel-Aviv      v Schalke 04          15.45    Levski Sofia   v Lille                14.00
npower League   1                              Lyon           v Sochaux                 13.00
Bournemouth      v   Colchester       10.00    Marseille      v Rennes                  15.00         Group C                                        Europa League Group D
Bristol R        v   Carlisle Utd     10.00    Toulouse       v Lens                    13.00         Bursaspor       v Man Utd             15.45    Club Brugge    v Dinamo Zagreb        14.00
Charlton         v   Sheff Weds       10.00                                                           Valencia        v Rangers             15.45    PAOK Salonika v Villarreal            14.00
Dag & Red        v   Hartlepool       10.00    Dutch Holland   Casino Eredivisie
Exeter City      v   Brentford        10.00    Excelsior        v Heerenveen            13.45         Group D                                        Europa League Group E
Huddersfield     v   Walsall          10.00    Heracles         v Ajax                  13.45         FC Copenhagen v Barcelona             15.45    BATE           v FC Sheriff           14.00
Leyton Orient    v   Rochdale         10.00    NAC              v De Graafschap         13.45         Rubin Kazan   v Panathinaikos         13.30    Dynamo Kiev    v AZ                   14.00
Notts County     v   Southampton      10.00    PSV              v FC Twente             14.45
Oldham           v   Plymouth         10.00    VVV              v FC Groningen          12.45         npower League   1                              Europa League Group F
Peterborough     v   Brighton         10.00                                                           Brentford        v   Bournemouth      15.45    CSKA Moscow    v Palermo              14.00
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                                               Sunday 31st             October 2010                   Brighton         v   Exeter City      15.45    Lausanne       v Sparta Prague        14.00
                                                                                                      Carlisle Utd     v   Tranmere         15.45
                                               Barclays Premier       League                          Colchester       v   Leyton Orient    15.45    Europa League Group G
npower League   2                              Aston Villa    v       Birmingham        8.00          Hartlepool       v   Notts County     15.45    AEK Athens     v Anderlecht           16.05
Accrington       v   Cheltenham       10.00    Bolton         v       Liverpool         12.00         MK Dons          v   Yeovil           15.45    Hajduk Split   v Zenit St P           16.05
Aldershot        v   Bury             10.00    Newcastle      v       Sunderland        9.30          Plymouth         v   Bristol Rovers   15.45
Bradford         v   Oxford United    10.00                                                           Rochdale         v   Oldham           15.45    Europa League Group H
Macclesfield     v   Burton Albion    10.00    Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier                       Sheff Weds       v   Huddersfield     15.45    Getafe         v VfB Stuttgart        16.05
Northampton      v   Gillingham       10.00    Hearts         v Kilmarnock      8.45                  Southampton      v   Dag & Red        15.45    Odense BK      v Young Boys           16.05
Port Vale        v   Crewe            10.00                                                           Swindon          v   Charlton         15.45
Shrewsbury       v   Barnet           10.00    Italian Serie   A                                      Walsall          v   Peterborough     15.45    Europa League Group I
Southend         v   Rotherham        10.00    Bari             v     Udinese           10.00                                                        PSV            v Debrecen             16.05
Stevenage        v   Chesterfield     10.00    Brescia          v     Napoli            10.00         npower League   2                              Sampdoria      v FC Metalist          16.05
Stockport        v   Hereford         10.00    Cagliari         v     Bologna           10.00         Barnet           v   Stevenage        15.45
Torquay          v   Morecambe        10.00    Catania          v     Fiorentina        15.45         Burton Albion    v   Port Vale        15.45    Europa League Group J
Wycombe          v   Lincoln City     10.00    Cesena           v     Sampdoria         10.00         Bury             v   Bradford         15.45    PSG            v B Dortmund           16.05
                                               Palermo          v     Lazio             7.30          Cheltenham       v   Southend         15.45    Sevilla        v Karpaty Lviv         16.05
Blue Square Premier                            Parma            v     Chievo            10.00         Chesterfield     v   Accrington       15.45
AFC Wimbledon v Darlington            10.00                                                           Crewe            v   Shrewsbury       15.45    Europa League Group K
Forest Green   v York City            10.00    Spanish Primera Liga                                   Gillingham       v   Wycombe          15.45    Liverpool      v Napoli               16.05
Gateshead      v Cambridge Utd        10.00    Ath Bilbao     v Getafe                  14.00         Hereford         v   Aldershot        15.45    St Bucuresti   v FC Utrecht           16.05
Grimsby        v Eastbourne B         10.00    Atl Madrid     v Almeria                 16.00         Lincoln City     v   Northampton      15.45
Hayes & Y      v Altrincham           10.00    Deportivo      v Espanyol                12.00         Morecambe        v   Stockport        15.45    Europa League Group L
Histon         v Wrexham              10.00    Malaga         v Real Sociedad           12.00         Oxford United    v   Torquay          15.45    FC Porto       v Besiktas             16.05
Luton Town     v Bath City            10.00    Racing         v Osasuna                 12.00         Rotherham        v   Macclesfield     15.45    Rapid Vienna   v CSKA Sofia           16.05
Mansfield      v Crawley Town         10.00    Sp Gijon       v Villarreal              12.00
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Williams has confirmed              ber of players whose con-         to return to the English
                                                                                                                                              has been ruled out for “the next few
                                                                      Premier League in January
the club are keen to extend         tracts expire next summer,
                                                                      and while all rumors had                                                weeks” after suffering a hamstring injury.
the contracts of David              but they have earmarked
                                                                      the L.A. Galaxy midfielder
Vaughan, Stephen Crainey            the first-teamers - including     heading back to Everton,
and Matt Gilks beyond the           Vaughan, Crainey and Gilks        Newcastle have come                                                     Owen was expected to start Tuesday’s Carling Cup tie
end of the season.                  - as priorities.                  forward to court the U.S.              those three months after         against Wolves after recovering from a recent groin
                                                                      international.                         Christmas will be vital - we     complaint.
The trio’s deals expire next        “There are quite a lot of                                                want a mid-table finish.”
                                                                                                             Donovan made an immedi-          However, the 30-year-old was a late absentee from the
summer and they have been           players without an option         “He is exactly the signing
                                                                                                             ate impact on his loan stint     team and has confirmed he has now picked up a fresh
key performers for manager          but the main ones, in the         Newcastle need with Ben Arfa
                                                                      out with a long-term injury,” a        with Everton last season. He     muscle problem.
Ian Holloway this term fol-         first team at the moment,
                                                                      Newcastle source told Goal.            scored two goals and was a
lowing promotion to the             are Crainey, Vaughan and                                                 threat in his 13 match ap-       “I’ve trained for a week and had a setback with another
                                                                      com UK. “The boss is wor-
Premier League.                     Gilks,” Williams told the                                                pearances with the Toffees.      muscle injury,” said Owen.
                                                                      ried the team rely too much
                                    Blackpool Gazette.
                                                                      on Andy Carroll and Donovan
The players can negotiate                                             has proven that he can hurt            But matters with the Liverpool   “I’ve got some damage in my hamstring and will be out
moves elsewhere from Janu-          “I know the chairman is           defences in the Premier                club were made more compli-      for the next few weeks unfortunately.”
ary if they wish, something         looking at those, where we        League.”                               cated when they were unable
Blackpool are keen to avoid         are at with them, and he is                                              to raise the funds to sign him   The former Liverpool forward has not featured for
having made a solid start to        keen to keep all three, par-      “It would work really well for         permanently which may now        United since he was replaced at half-time during the 0-0
                                                                                                             allow the Magpies to steal him   draw at Sunderland at the start of the month.
the new campaign.                   ticularly given their form.”      the player because he will
                                                                      be guaranteed a game every             away.
                                                                      week and for the club because                                           His outing at the Stadium of Light was his first start in
                                                                                                                                              the Premier League this season, although he did come
                                                                                                                                              off the bench to score the equaliser against Bolton in
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             Man Utd v Spurs             12:30 PM                                                                                             term was in the third round of the Carling Cup when he
                                                                                                                                              scored twice in a 5-2 success away to Scunthorpe.
              SERIE A
              AC Milan v Juventus        2:30 PM
                                                                                                                                              He missed the closing months of last season with a
              LA LIGA                                                                                                                         hamstring injury suffered in the Carling Cup final and
              Hercules v Real Madrid     2:00 PM
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                                                                     MLS PLAYOFF PREVIEW
                                                                                                                                         Seattle’s story: Last year’s freshman darlings were struggling
                                                                                                                                         until trading Freddie Ljungberg to Chicago in July. Since then,
                                                                                                                                         they’ve posted four and five-game winning streaks and won
                                                                     Key MIA: Henry is doubtful for the opener, while the Quakes         another Open Cup.
                                                                     are missing standout rookie defender Ike Opara.
                                                                                                                                         Key MIA: Midfield back-up Chris Birchall is the only Galaxy
                                                                     Prediction: As solid as San Jose has been this year, it’s hard to   worry, while Seattle are without Brad Evans and ace defender
                                                                     believe they can keep up with the Angel/Henry/Marquez trio          Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.
                                                                     over two games.
                                                                                                                                         Prediction: The Sounders are not the same team as the one that
                                                                     Columbus v Colorado                                                 got walked on by L.A. in May and in July. Fact is, the Galaxy
                                                                                                                                         have looked a bit ragged at home of late.
                                                                     Season series: Each won their home game, with Pablo Mas-
                                                                     troeni scoring the Rapids’ lone goal in each match.
                                                                                                                                         Real Salt Lake v FC Dallas
                                                                     Columbus’ story: The Crew snapped a six-game victory drought
                                                                     on closing day. Much of the blame for their late swoon falls on                                                  Season series:
                                                                     the back; Columbus allowed two goals or more in five of those                                                    FC Dallas won
                                                                     six winless games, with eight of them leaked before halftime.                                                    the first meeting
                                                                                                                                                                                      at home, 2-0 on
                                                                                                                                                                                      a pair of second
                                                                     Colorado’s story: The Rapids have been a roller coaster side                                                     half goals. Real
                                                                     since July, but at least the offense has been clicking regularly.                                                Salt Lake identi-
                                                                     Colorado has 22 goals in the last 10 games, with 10 of those                                                     cally returned the
                                                                     scored by a red-hot Omar Cummings.                                                                               favor last week to
                                                                                                                                                                                      end FCD’s record
                                                                     Key MIA: The Crew are without keeper Will Hesmer and defen-                                                      unbeaten streak.
                                                                     sive handyman Danny O’Rourke, while Colorado’s regulars are
                                                                     largely fit.                                                        Real Salt Lake’s story: The champs are back, and yes, are better
With the Major League Soccer postseason set to kick                                                                                      than ever. They haven’t lost since July, led the league in goals
off, we take a capsule glimpse at each of the four first             Prediction: Has Columbus put it back together at the last mo-       scored, set the record for fewest goals allowed in a season and
round match-ups.                                                     ment? I think not. With Cummings the difference maker, Colo-        have gone 26 games without a loss at Rio Tinto.
                                                                     rado are more explosive at home.
New York v San Jose                                                                                                                      FC Dallas’ story: What can you say about a team that sets the
Season series: Each club posted a big shutout win in their
home game. It’s worth noting, though, that San Jose’s 4-0
                                                                     Los Angeles v Seattle                                               league standard for unbeaten runs? They are consistent, they are
                                                                                                                                         in nearly every game. They’ve also rallied for points seven times
rout came in May, before the Red Bulls added Mehdi Bal-                                                             Season series:       and have the most productive second half attack in MLS.
louchy, Rafa Marquez and Thierry Henry.                                                                             Though Seattle
                                                                                                                    would get Open       Key MIA: The champs are sweating the fitness of Will Johnson,
New York’s story: Who hasn’t heard it by now? Having never                                                          Cup revenge, L.A.    but Jamison Olave and Alvaro Saborio should play through
won anything, New York said enough was enough, plucking                                                             took both regular    knocks. For FC Dallas, Kyle Davies is out, Heath Pearce is
down the cash for a pair of world superstars. From August 1st,                                                      season meetings      questionable for the opener, while #1 keeper Kevin Hartman
New York went 7-3-4 to claim the East crown. Now, they have a                                                       by force: 4-1 away   could return.
departing Juan Pablo Angel hoping for one last shot at MLS Cup                                                      and 3-0 at home.
glory.                                                                                                                                   Prediction: As good as FC Dallas has been over the last 20
                                                                                                                  Los Angeles’ story:    games, are they dangerous enough at home to put the screws
San Jose’s story: Down in the dumps and searching a year ago,        Last year’s beaten finalists managed to keep Landon Donovan,        to RSL? Provided Olave and Saborio are physically ready to
the Quakes have really turned it around with gritty, opportunistic   get David Beckham healthy and keep Edson Buddle supplied            rumble, the answer is no.
play. To wit, San Jose leads the league in blocked shots, has the    even when the two superstars were absent. They won 18 games
second best road record and has yet to lose a game they led in       and the West... now comes the unfinished business.                  by Greg Seltzer for Soccer365
2010.
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MAN CITY FANS PAY TRIBUTE TO BIG MAL
Hundreds of Manchester City fans                   The cortege stopped briefly at the City of             “Some of the coaching techniques you see in        He went on to manage Crystal Palace on two
paid their respects to Malcolm Al-                 Manchester stadium before his funeral service          football today, Malcolm Allison was doing all      separate occasions and returned to City in 1979
                                                   at Manchester Crematorium.                             those years ago.”                                  for a brief and unsuccessful spell.
lison when the former manager’s
funeral cortege passed by the club’s               Around 300 people had gathered to pay their            City season ticket holder Shirley Hull, 74, from   His management career also included spells at
home stadium.                                      respects and a round of applause greeted the           Macclesfield, added: “He was a big man on the      Bath, Plymouth, Galatasaray in Turkey, Sport-
                                                   arrival of the cars.                                   pitch and off.                                     ing Lisbon, Toronto City, Middlesbrough and
Flamboyant Allison, known as ‘Big Mal’ and                                                                                                                   Bristol Rovers.
remembered off the pitch for his trademark         A sky-blue Manchester City scarf was draped            “As well as bringing us success he is also part
cigar and fedora, died earlier this month at the   over Allison’s coffin and next to it was an ice        of the reason Manchester City is such a close-     Ill health was a feature of his later years and
age of 83.                                         bucket containing a bottle of Moet et Chandon          knit, family club.”                                he had been living in a nursing home for some
                                                   champagne.                                                                                                time when he died on October 14.
He enjoyed a long and colourful career as a                                                               Working alongside Joe Mercer, Allison helped
player, coach and manager, and is best remem-      Stephen O’Neill, 51, from Gatley, near Stock-          transform City into one of the most exciting       Current assistant manager Brian Kidd attended
bered for his time at City.                        port, said: “Big Mal was a Manchester City             sides in the country.                              the funeral, as did former City players Francis
                                                   legend.                                                They won the league title in 1968, the FA Cup      Lee, Gary Owen and Dennis Tueart.
                                                   “He was an innovative coach who brought us             in 1969, and in 1970 the League Cup and Euro-
                                                   great success.                                         pean Cup Winners’ Cup.


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                                     Houston       2-1     Seattle                                          Ps GP W          L T     GF GA GD        Team                       Ps GP W    L    T GF GA GD
                                     D.C. United   2-3     Toronto FC              1 New York Red Bulls     51 30 15         9 6    38 29 9      1   Los Angeles Galaxy         59 30 18   7    5 44 26 18
                                     Kansas City   4-1     San Jose                2 Columbus Crew          50 30 14         8 8    40 34 6      2   Real Salt Lake             56 30 15   4    11 45 20 25
                                     Colorado      2-2     Real Salt Lake          3 Kansas City Wizards    39 30 11         13 6   36 35 1      3   FC Dallas                  50 30 12   4    14 42 28 14
                                                                                   4 Chicago Fire           36 30 9          12 9   37 38 -1     4   Seattle Sounders FC        48 30 14   10   6 39 35 4
                                     Chivas USA    1-4     Chicago                 5 Toronto FC             35 30 9          13 8   33 41 -8     5   San Jose Earthquakes       46 30 13   10   7 34 33 1
                                     Columbus      3-1     Philadelphia            6 New England Revolution 32 30 9          16 5   32 50 -18    6   Colorado Rapids            46 30 12   8    10 44 32 12
                                     Los Angeles   2-1     FC Dallas               7 Philadelphia Union     31 30 8          15 7   35 49 -14    7   Houston Dynamo             33 30 9    15   6 40 49 -9
                                                                                   8 D.C. United            22 30 6          20 4   21 47 -26    8   Chivas USA                 28 30 8    18   4 31 45 -14




   RED BULLS FACE SAN JOSE IN PLAY-OFFS
                                   The Eastern Conference regular season cham-
                                   pion New York Red Bulls will face the San Jose                                  HENRY LIKELY OUT FOR PLAYOFFS
                                   Earthquakes in the teams’ two-leg, aggregate
                                   goal Eastern Conference Semifinal Series.                  The New York Red Bulls
                                                                                              will likely begin their first
                                   New York will travel to Buck Shaw Stadium to take on San   playoff campaign since
                                   Jose in the first leg on Saturday before the teams head to 2008 without the services
                                   Red Bull Arena on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 8:00 PM ET for the of Thierry Henry, who
 second leg (TV: ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3).                                                missed much of Tues-
 Tickets for the Red Bulls’ home leg are on sale now by calling 1.877.RBSOCCER. The win-      day’s training with a knee
 ner of the series will take on the victor of the Columbus Crew-Colorado Rapids match-up in   injury.
 the Eastern Conference Final.
                                                                                                                     “He probably has too much pain
 Under the semifinal series format, the team that scores the most goals over the two legs                            to be involved in this Saturday’s
 will advance to the Eastern Conference Final. By virtue of being the top seed in the East,                          game,” head coach Hans Backe
 the Red Bulls, which underwent one of the most significant one-year turnarounds in MLS                              said from the team’s training
 history and finished with 15 wins - 10 more than a season before - have home field advan-                           facility on Tuesday morning.
 tage throughout the playoffs and would host a potential Eastern Conference Final at Red                             “Looks like he’s probably out.”
 Bull Arena.
                                                                                                                     Though he trained and drilled
                                                                                                                     with the team for the early part of
 This season, San Jose was one of six Western Conference teams to book its ticket for the                            Tuesday’s training session, which
 postseason. With the top two clubs in the Eastern and Western Conferences automatically                             included small-sided possession           toward the team’s facility. The head
 qualifying, four Western Conference Wild Card teams also clinched berths and the fifth and                          games, when the team broke into a         coach, however, seemed slightly
 sixth placed clubs – Colorado and San Jose, respectively – moved to the Eastern bracket.                            4-vs.-4 match and then scrimmaged,        more optimistic about the striker’s
                                                                                                                     Henry was with the team’s medical         availability for Nov. 4 when the Red
                                                                                                                     staff getting attention.                  Bulls host San Jose in the second leg
 New York is 1-1-0 against San Jose this season. In the teams’ most recent match on Aug.
                                                                                                                                                               of the playoff series.
 28, the Red Bulls defeated the Earthquakes, 2-0, at Red Bull Arena behind goals from
                                                                                                                     “Didn’t look that good, to be hon-
 Dane Richards and Thierry Henry. On May 8, the Earthquakes beat the Red Bulls, 4-0, at                                                                        “I think it’s still possible for [Henry
                                                                                                                     est,” Backe said of Henry’s training
 Buck Shaw Stadium with New York playing most of the match down a man. San Jose is led                               stint.                                    to play] next Thursday,” Backe said.
 by MLS Most Valuable Player candidate Chris Wondolowski, who has a MLS-high 18 goals                                Backe talked with Henry midway            Henry’s knee injury has kept him out
 this season. The teams have never faced each other in the postseason.                                               through the training session before       of the Red Bulls’ past two games.
                                                                                                                     the player walked off the field and


  RED BULLS END SEASON IN STYLE                                                                      By James Rogers
  The New York Red Bulls ended their reg-                           New England coach Steve Nicol, clearly riled by his team’s           Fortunately for Coundoul, Ilija Stolica’s shot was blocked
                                                                    performance, was immediately off the bench, screaming at his         at point-blank range by the massed Red Bull defenders.
ular season in style last Thursday evening,                         defenders to get a grip on the game.
defeating the New England Revolution 2-0                                                                                                 The free-flowing football that had characterized the Red
to finish top of the Eastern Conference.                            Still, though, the Red Bulls kept coming forward, and the            Bulls’ first-half performance was notably absent as the second
                                                                    lively Richards nearly grabbed an assist 10 minutes later            period progressed, and the Revolution slowly carved out a
A first-half scorcher from Dane Richards and a 92nd minute          when he fed the ball to Salou Ibrahim on the edge of the area,       toe-hold in the game.
strike from Joel Lindpere made sure of the points, and finally      but the striker side-footed his shot wide.
exorcised the ghosts of last season when New York was the                                                                                Stolijca had another chance on the hour, when his team-mate
worst team in MLS. The Red Bulls ended this regular season          With new signing Mehdi Ballouchy showing some great                  Kenny Mansally lofted a beautiful ball to the far post, but the
with a record of 15-9-6, and 51 points, 30 more than last term.     touches on the left wing and rookie Tim Ream again domi-             Serbian was unable to keep his header down.
                                                                    nant in defence, the Red Bulls looked a far cry from the side
”It’s phenomenal to get 30 points more than last season,” said      that won just five games last season. Since then, the team has       There was another letoff for the Red Bulls eight minutes from
Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe, during his post-match              moved into the state-of-the-art Red Bull Arena, and signed           time, when Marko Petrovic blazed over the bar after good
press conference. “They key was the first six games [of the         both Thierry Henry and Mexican World Cup star Rafa Mar-              work by Joseph. The home side, however, clinched the win
season], when we won five out of six.”                              quez.                                                                in the stoppage time, when substitute Tony Tchani played
                                                                                                                                         in Joel Lindpere. The Estonian international cleverly timed
Missing the injured Thierry Henry, the Red Bulls played some        There was a scare for the Red Bulls after 39 minutes, though,        his run from midfield to beat the offside trap, before turning
crisp football in the opening stages against New England, and       when Marquez went down under a heavy challenge from                  inside Revs keeper Shuttleworth and calmly side-footing his
Dane Richards broke the deadlock in the 17th minute. After          New England skipper Shalrie Joseph. With the midfielder              shot into the back of the net.
snuffing out a New England attack, the Red Bulls countered          lying prone, the Red Bulls’ physio raced onto the field with
quickly and Juan Pablo Angel played the ball out of the             a stretcher team, although Marquez was quickly back on his           Lindpere, who has been the driving force of the Red Bulls’
centre-circle into the path of the onrushing Richards. With         feet after treatment.                                                midfield throughout the campaign, earned massive praise
acres of space ahead of him, the jet-heeled midfielder sprinted                                                                          from his coach after the game.
towards goal before unleashing a blistering shot that sailed        Despite being on the back foot for most of the opening peri-
past the despairing dive of Revs keeper Bobby Shuttleworth.         od, the Revs tested Red Bulls keeper Bouna Coundoul in time          ”Joel Lindpere was definitely the VIP player for us this sea-
                                                                    added on at the end of the half. New England’s Sainey Nyassi         son, no doubt,” he said. “His work ethic is phenomenal.”
The goal, a sure contender for MLS goal of the week, was            rifled a shot at Coundoul from a tight angle after Marquez
Richards’ fifth of the season, and heralded a period of sus-        turned the ball into the midfielder’s path. Coundoul, however,       Finishing top of the Eastern Conference clinches home field
tained pressure from the Red Bulls. Just a few minutes later,       was equal to the shot, parrying the drive past his post.             advantage for the Red Bulls during the MLS playoffs. Red
the ball broke to Richards on the edge of the penalty area, but                                                                          Bull Arena will thus host its first ever playoff game on Thurs-
this time his shot flew over Shuttleworth’s crossbar.               The keeper nearly made a costly error at the start of the first      day November 4th against San Jose.
                                                                    half, though, when he dropped a throw-in inside the box.



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                                        SAT 30-Oct                                                 SUN 31-Oct
                                     ENGLISH PREMIER                                               MLS PLAY-OFFS
                                  Arsenal v West Ham            10:00 AM                           Seattle v LA Galaxy              8:00 PM
                                  Wolves v Man City             10:00 AM
                                  Blackburn v Chelsea           10:00 AM                           CHAMPIONSHIP
                                  Man Utd v Spurs               12:30 PM                           Derby Country v Watford          2:00 PM
                                  Everton v Stoke City          7:30 PM
                                  Fulham v Wigan                8:00 PM                            MON 1-Nov
                                                                                                   ENGLISH PREMIER
                                  SERIE A                                                          Blackpool v WBA                  4:00 PM
  12 FLAT SCREENS                 Roma v Lecce
                                  AC Milan v Juventus
                                                                12:00 PM
                                                                2:30 PM                            TUES 2-Nov
                                                                                                   CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
                                                                                                   Bursaspor v Man United           3:45   PM
                                  LA LIGA
     DRAFT BEERS
                                                                                                   Valencia CF v Rangers            3:45   PM
                                  Valencia v Zaragoza           12:00 PM                           Spurs v Inter                    3:45   PM
                                  Hercules v Real Madrid        2:00 PM                            København v FC Barcelona         3:45   PM
                                  Barcelona v Seville           4:00 PM

 IRISH BREAKFAST
                                                                                                   WED 3-Nov
                                  MLS PLAY-OFFS                                                    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
                                  Dallas v R Salt Lake          4:30 PM                            AC Milan v Real Madrid           3:45 PM
                                  San Jose v NY Red Bulls       10:00 PM                           Chelsea v Sp. Moscow             3:45 PM

  SUNDAY BRUNCH
                                                                                                   Sh Donetsk v Arsenal             3:45 PM
                                  SUN 31-Oct
                                  ENGLISH PREMIER                                                  THUR 4-Nov
                                  Newcastle v Sunderland        9:30 AM                            EUROPA LEAGUE

 LATE NIGHT MENU
                                  Bolton v Liverpool            12:00 PM                           Juventus v Red Bull Salzburg     2:00 PM
                                                                                                   Lech Poznan v Man Çity           2:00 PM
                                  SERIE                                                            Liverpool v Napoli               4:00 PM
                                  Brescia v Napoli              10:00 AM
                                  Catania v Fiorentina          3:30 PM                            MLS PLAY-OFFS
                                                                                                   NY Red Bulls v San Jose          8:00 PM



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CHINAGLIA REJOINS COSMOS
U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer to Fulfill Role as                Chinaglia retired from The New York Cosmos in                     “It was over 30 years
International Ambassador                                    1983 as the NASL’s all-time leading scorer with                   ago when I first came to
                                                            243 goals. In 2000, he was inducted into the U.S.                 this club. To see it come
The New York Cosmos today announced that Giorgio            National Soccer Hall of Fame.                                     back for our loyal fans
Chinaglia – four-time NASL champion and former                                                                                of the past, as well as
striker for the world-renowned club – has signed on         “It is important for us to respect the heritage of The            for the next generation
as its International Ambassador.                            New York Cosmos and Giorgio has been a big part                   of fans, is very exciting
                                                            of the club’s history. We are honored to have a true              to me.
Chinaglia’s role will comprise mainly of global appear-     legend endorse our vision during this exciting new
ances, speaking engagements and participation in            era,” says Terry Byrne, Director of Soccer, The New               The New York Cosmos name resonates all over the
key product initiatives. There will also be integration     York Cosmos.                                                      world and I look forward to being involved to bring
with his radio show “The Football Show” (Sirius Satel-                                                                        back the excitement of American soccer,” says Gior-
lite Radio, Channel 125, Weekdays 7-9am EST).                                                                                 gio Chinaglia.


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                                                                  Pele looks on as teammate Giorgio Chinaglia runs at the Seattle Sounders defence.       Photo Peter Robinson/EMPICS Sport
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  SAT 30-Oct                                            SUN 31-Oct                                              TUES 2-Nov
  ENGLISH PREMIER                                       ENGLISH PREMIER                                         CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
  Arsenal v West Ham              10:00 AM              Newcastle v Sunderland            9:30 AM               Bursaspor v Man United           3:45   PM
  Wolves v Man City               10:00 AM              Bolton v Liverpool               12:00 PM               Valencia CF v Rangers            3:45   PM
  Blackburn v Chelsea             10:00 AM              SERIE                                                   Spurs v Inter                    3:45   PM
  Man Utd v Spurs                 12:30 PM              Palermo v Lazio                   7:30 AM               København v FC Barcelona         3:45   PM
  Everton v Stoke City             7:30 PM              Brescia v Napoli                 10:00 AM
  Fulham v Wigan                   8:00 PM              Catania v Fiorentina             3:30 PM                WED 3-Nov
                                                                                                                CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
  SERIE A                                               LA LIGA                                                 AC Milan v Real Madrid           3:45 PM
  Roma v Lecce                    12:00 PM              Deportivo vs. Espanyol           12:00 PM               Chelsea v Sp. Moscow             3:45 PM
  AC Milan v Juventus              2:30 PM              Sporting v Villarreal            12:00 PM               Sh Donetsk v Arsenal             3:45 PM
                                                        Atl Madrid v Almeria              4:00 PM
  LA LIGA                                               MLS PLAY-OFFS                                           THUR 4-Nov
  Valencia v Zaragoza             12:00 PM              Seattle v LA Galaxy              8:00 PM                EUROPA LEAGUE
  Hercules v Real Madrid           2:00 PM                                                                      Juventus v Red Bull Salzburg     2:00 PM
  Barcelona v Seville              4:00 PM              CHAMPIONSHIP                                            Lech Poznan v Man Çity           2:00 PM
                                                        Derby Country v Watford          2:00 PM                Liverpool v Napoli               4:00 PM
  MLS PLAY-OFFS
  Dallas v R Salt Lake             4:30 PM
                                                        MON 1-Nov                                               MLS PLAY-OFFS
                                                        ENGLISH PREMIER
  San Jose v NY Red Bulls         10:00 PM              Blackpool v WBA                  4:00 PM                NY Red Bulls v San Jose          8:00 PM



                                      w w w. b a k e r s t r e e t n y c . c o m
   ITALY                                                   in the Bologna penalty area              The second big game of the weekend
                                                                                                                                                              By Michael Ottolenghi
                                                                                                                                                        to wonder whether Rafael Benitez is
The eagle continues to soar. Lazio                         without the slightest contact            features Lazio’s trip to Palermo for                importing his curious ability to have
defeated Cagliari 2-1 at the Stadio              from any Bologna player. He fooled                 Sunday’s lunchtime kickoff. Palermo                 his teams simultaneously impress in
Olimpico on Sunday to register their             nobody but the referee, who awarded                are coming off two losses: a 3-0 home               Europe and stagnate at home, after
fourth successive victory. It is the             the penalty. Italy goalkeeper Emiliano             defeat to CSKA Moscow in the Eu-                    another impressive Champions League
Roman team’s best ever start to a                Viviano saved Vincenzo Iaquinta’s shot,            ropa League and a 2-1 away loss to                  display against Tottenham and another
league campaign, and they remain                 and Krasic was later suspended for                 Udinese. Manager Delio Rossi’s men                  disappointing Serie A performance in
top of the table with 19 points from             two games thanks to video evidence.                are eager to rebound, and playing the               their 1-1 draw with Sampdoria at San
8 games.                                         Regardless of Krasic and other po-                 league leaders (and Rossi’s old team)               Siro. The talk has been of the team
                                                 tential absences (both Amauri and                  at home will provide ample motiva-                  being overly reliant on Samuel Eto’o,
Milan follow two points behind, after            Vincenzo Iaquinta are injury doubts),              tion. Argentinean Javier Pastore and                but even more worrying than the lack
their 2-1 defeat of Napoli at the San            Luigi Delneri’s defense will be tested             Slovenian Josep Ilicic, who so far have             of goals has been the defensive difficul-
Paolo stadium. Inter are in third place          by Milan’s powerful strikers in an early           been a potent creative combination in               ties of Christian Chivu on the left flank,
                                                 season verdict on the quality of the               midfield, will have to step up to test              cleverly exploited by Antonio Cassano
                                                                                                    Lazio’s relatively weak defense. For                last Sunday.
‘The worries for Milan continue to be at the back, where                                            Lazio, if creative midfielder Hernanes
ageing or inadequate players rotate around the anchor                                               can keep up his rich vein of form and               Italian violence meter: Liverpool fans
that is Alessandro Nesta.’                                                                          the strikeforce of Sergio Floccari and              in Naples for the Europa League game
a further two points behind, and a                                                                  Mauro Zarate can replicate their                    a week ago were hunted down and
surprising Chievo are in fourth place.           new Juventus.                                      recent goalscoring exploits, they could             stabbed by Napoli fans. A quiet week of
While Lazio’s start to the season has                                                               take advantage of Palermo’s dip in form             footballing violence by Italian standards.
been impressive, what is more striking           Milan are flying high following their              to register their first away win of the
is that no team has managed to really            win in Naples, although they very                  season against a big(ish) team.                  Serie A
stand out, as Inter were able to do in           nearly conceded the draw to a feisty
                                                                                                                                                   Team                  GP   W   D   L   Pts   GF   GA   GD
the past five seasons. That may start            performance by 10 man Napoli. The                  The final game of note is Inter’s trip          Lazio                8    6   1   1   19    12   6    6

to change this weekend, with 3 big               worries for Milan continue to be at                to Genoa. Genoa were tipped to                  AC Milan
                                                                                                                                                    Inter Milan
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games.                                           the back, where ageing or inadequate               rebound after a disappointing season            Chievo Verona        8    4   1   3   13    11   9    2
                                                                                                                                                    Juventus             8    3   3   2   12    16   9    7
                                                 players rotate around the anchor that              and a flurry of transfer activity over          Napoli               8    3   3   2   12    14   11   3
The game that will no doubt attract the          is Alessandro Nesta. Given Juventus’               the summer which brought in the                 Palermo              8    3   2   3   11    15   12   3
                                                                                                                                                    Sampdoria            8    2   5   1   11    10   8    2
most attention will see Juventus travel          attacking issues it is unlikely that the           likes of striker Luca Toni and former           Genoa                8    3   2   3   11    8    9    -1

to Milan on Saturday night. Juventus             Milan back line will be severely tested            Shalke midfielder Rafinha. But Genoa            Lecce                8    3   2   3   11    7    13   -6
                                                                                                                                                    Udinese              8    3   1   4   10    6    10   -4
are coming off a disappointing 0-0               this Saturday, but given Nesta’s injury            started the season poorly before ris-           Catania              8    2   3   3   9     8    8    0

draw in Bologna, with one incident               history, Milan fans should be worried              ing up the table to 9th place thanks            Brescia              8    3   0   5   9     8    11   -3
                                                                                                                                                    AS Roma              8    2   3   3   9     7    12   -5
standing out. In the first half, Milos           about their prospects against better               to a 1-0 win against Catania at home            Fiorentina           8    2   2   4   8     9    10   -1

Krasic, the classy Serbian who has               sides (such as Real Madrid, who easily             last Sunday. The new signings have              Bologna
                                                                                                                                                    Cesena
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been an early contender for signing of           defeated Milan 2-0 in the Champions                yet to gel together, but perhaps                Bari                 8    2   2   4   8     7    13   -6
                                                                                                                                                    Cagliari             8    1   4   3   7     8    8    0
the season, took an Olympic quality dive         League).                                           facing Inter could be a good motivat-           Parma                8    1   4   3   7     6    8    -2
                                                                                                    ing factor. Inter fans are starting


LAZIO COAST THROUGH
 Serie A leaders Lazio cruised into the fourth round of the Coppa Italia with a 3-0 home            Catania survived a scare as they needed extra time to beat Serie B side Varese 4-3 in a high-
 win over Portogruaro.                                                                              scoring contest.

 The Romans sewed up their fifth consecutive win in all competitions with goals from Alvaro         Nicolas Spolli scored the decisive goal three minutes from the end of extra time.
 Gonzalez Luengo, Libor Kozak and Mark Bresciano.
                                                                                                    Bologna needed late goals from Gaston Ramirez and Ivan Radovanovic to avoid an upset and
 Newly-promoted Cesena were the only top-flight side to be eliminated after they lost 3-1 to        beat Modena 3-2.
 Serie B leaders Novara after extra time.
                                                                                                    Brescia made heavy work of overcoming Serie B’s bottom side Cittadella 1-0, with Ales-
 Ezequiel Schelotto had sent Cesena ahead after 44 minutes but Rubino (56) took them game           sandro Diamanti scoring the decisive goal after 31 minutes.
 into extra-time, where Francesco Evola and Guillaume Gigtiotti sealed the away side’s win.
                                                                                                    It was a far easier night for Cagliari who beat Piacenza 3-0 thanks to Anderson Miguel Nene
                                                                                                    scoring a double before Robert Acquafresca added a third.
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                                     SCOTLAND                                                                premier
                                                                                                                                      P    W   D   L   F    A    Pts GD
                                                                                                           Rangers                    9    9   0   0   25   8    27 +17
                                                                                                           Celtic                     9    8   0   1   19   7    24 +12
                                                                                                           Motherwell                 9    5   1   3   14   11   16 +3
                                                                                                           Hearts                     9    4   2   3   14   10   14 +4
                                                                                                           Inverness CT               9    4   2   3   13   9    14 +4
                                                                                                           St Johnstone               9    3   2   4   9    10   11 -1
                                                                                                           Dundee Utd                 9    3   2   4   10   16   11 -6
                                                                                                           Aberdeen                   9    3   1   5   13   13   10 0
                                                                                                           Hibernian                  9    2   2   5   10   17   8 -7
                                                                                                           Kilmarnock                 9    2   1   6   10   14   7 -4
                                                                                                           Hamilton                   9    1   3   5   9    20   6 -11
                                                                                                           St Mirren                  9    1   2   6   8    19   5 -11

                                                                                                           division one
                                                                                                                                      P    W   D   L   F    A    Pts GD
                                                                                                           Raith                      10   7   2   1   15   5    23 +10
                                                                                                           Dunfermline                10   7   1   2   20   11   22 +9
                                                                                                           Falkirk                    10   6   0   4   20   10   18 +10
                                                                                                           Dundee                     10   3   4   3   10   10   13 0
                                                                                                           Queen of Sth               10   4   1   5   13   16   13 -3
                                                                                                           Cowdenbeath                10   4   1   5   15   20   13 -5
                                                                                                           Stirling                   10   3   3   4   12   18   12 -6
                                                                                                           Morton                     10   2   3   5   9    11   9 -2
                                                                                                           Ross County                10   2   3   5   7    11   9 -4
                                                                                                           Partick                    10   3   0   7   9    18   9 -9




   191 Orchard Street NYC            REFEREE PROBE PASSED TO SFA COMMITTEE
        212 228 9888                 The investigation into the Celtic penalty                        “On concluding my own investigation, and adopting
                                     U-turn that led assistant referee Steven                         due process, the matter has now been referred to
SAT 30-Oct                                                                                            the referee committee for consideration at their
ENGLISH PREMIER
                                     Craven to quit has been passed to the                            next scheduled meeting, which will be held on Fri-
Arsenal v West Ham        10:00 AM   Scottish Football Association’s referee                          day, October 29.
Wolves v Man City         10:00 AM
Blackburn v Chelsea       10:00 AM   committee.
Man Utd v Spurs           12:30 PM
                                                                                                      “It would therefore not be appropriate to comment
SERIE A                              Craven resigned from the professional game amid a                any further until the committee has met.”
AC Milan v Juventus       2:30 PM    backlash over his part in referee Dougie McDonald’s
LA LIGA                              decision to rescind a penalty award for Celtic during            Craven quit after he and his teenage sons were
Hercules v Real Madrid    2:00 PM    their 2-1 victory over Dundee United on October                  reportedly the subject of threatening remarks and
MLS PLAY-OFFS                        17.                                                              verbal abuse.
San Jose v NY Red Bulls   10:00 PM

SUN 31-Oct                           SFA chief executive Stewart Regan has been looking               Craven was reportedly angry that the SFA did not
ENGLISH PREMIER                      into the incident in one of his first tasks since taking         make clear that he had not instigated the discus-
Bolton v Liverpool        12:00 PM
                                     on the role.                                                     sions with McDonald, before the referee withdrew
MON 1-Nov                                                                                             his penalty award following United goalkeeper Dusan
ENGLISH PREMIER                      Regan said in a statement: “I can confirm I have
Blackpool v WBA           4:00 PM                                                                     Pernis’s challenge on Gary Hooper.
                                     concluded my investigation into the events during
TUES 2-Nov                           the recent Clydesdale Bank Premier League match
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE                                                                                      Television pictures showed Pernis got the ball but
Bursaspor v Man United    3:45 PM    between Dundee United and Celtic.                                Celtic wrote to the SFA seeking clarification over
Valencia CF v Rangers     3:45 PM
Spurs v Inter             3:45 PM                                                                     the decision, which manager Neil Lennon branded
                                     “During this investigation, I spoke to the match                 “unacceptable”.
WED 3-Nov                            referee, Dougie McDonald, his assistant, Steven
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
AC Milan v Real Madrid    3:45 PM    Craven, Hugh Dallas, the head of referee develop-                The incident will now be discussed later this week
Chelsea v Sp. Moscow      3:45 PM    ment, and Jim McBurney, the referee observer.                    by an eight-man committee chaired by Cove Rang-
Sh Donetsk v Arsenal      3:45 PM
                                                                                                      ers vice-president Alan McRae.
THUR 4-Nov
EUROPA LEAGUE
Lech Poznan v Man Çity    2:00 PM



                                     OLD FIRM DUO REACH SEMIS
Liverpool v Napoli        4:00 PM

MLS PLAY-OFFS
NY Red Bulls v San Jose   8:00 PM

                                     Celtic survived a St Johnstone comeback at                       Saints midfielder Murray Davidson headed in the second in
                                     McDiarmid Park to book themselves a place in                     the 54th minute to promise a remarkable fightback but while
                                                                                                      Parkin missed a decent chance to level and Forster saved
                                     the semi-finals of the Co-operative Insurance                    brilliantly right at the end from Saints substitute Jennison
                                     Cup with a 3-2 success.                                          Myrie-Williams, Celtic also passed up on opportunities to
                                                                                                      draw further ahead.
                                     An Anthony Stokes double and a Niall McGinn strike had
                                     the visitors three goals up after only 13 minutes. Stokes        Andrew Little grabbed his first goal of the season as Rangers
                                     played the ball out to Ki Sung-yueng on the right and when       took a step closer to retaining the Co-operative Insurance
                                     the Saints defence failed to clear the South Korean’s cross,     Cup with a 2-0 win over Kilmarnock.
                                     Stokes quickly dispatched a low drive past Perth keeper
                                     Graeme Smith to make it 1-0.                                     The Northern Irishman - making his second start this term -
                                                                                                      handed the holders a first half lead with a superb half-volley
                                     Moments later Smith had to make a fine save to prevent           into the top corner from Steven Naismith’s knockdown after
                                     Stokes grabbing his second but in the 11th minute, after pull-   Kilmarnock had an early Liam Kelly effort ruled offside.
                                     ing off a decent save from a Ki free-kick, he was helpless to
                                     prevent McGinn squeezing the ball in from the angle.             Naismith then continued his fine form this season when he
                                                                                                      added a second on the hour against his former club.
                                     It seemed too easy for the Parkhead men and two minutes
                                     later the tie appeared over when McGinn took a Gary Hooper       Gregg Wylde’s pass was collected by the striker and he dis-
                                     pass and cut the ball back to Stokes who beat Smith from         patched a low shot past Cameron Bell into the bottom corner.
                                     close range, the ball going in off the post.
                                                                                                      The home side could have pulled a goal back soon after but
                                     Sam Parkin reduced the deficit before the break when he          Kelly could only look on in disbelief as his shot cracked off
                                     was allowed time and space to drive a left-footed volley past    the upright and the chance was lost.
                                     Fraser Forster from 16 yards.
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                               Billy’s Index, October 2010                            Last time Celtic had a penalty scored against them at Parkhead: 29 April
                               FIFA ranking of Scotland before Craig Levein           2007
                               took over: 46
                               FIFA ranking of Scotland now: 57                       Distance from Ross County FC to Stranraer FC: 192 miles

                               FIFA ranking of Faroe Islands: 133                     Number of seasons top-division Scottish football attendance has averaged
                               Below: Ethiopia, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda,        over 20,000: 1 (1948-49)
                               Puerto Rico                                            Season with lowest average attendance: 1973-74
                               FIFA ranking of Liechtenstein: 159
                                                                                      Number of European campaigns undertaken by Rangers: 51
                                Previous result of Scotland v Faroe Islands at
                                                                                      Which have ended in rioting after the final: 2
                                Pittodrie: 2-1 for Scotland
                                                                                      Number of teams in Europe who have played in more campaigns: 4
                                Attendance: 18,517
Capacity of Pittodrie today: 22,199                                                   Number of teams in Britain who have played in more campaigns: 0

Scotland’s all-time record in international matches at Pittodrie: P12 W8 D2           First year of publication of The Evening Times’ Wee Red Book: 1928
L2 F25 A15                                                                            1927-28 Scottish Champions and Runners-Up: Rangers, Celtic
Number of times Scotland have failed to score: 0                                      Scotland v England score: 5-1
Record attendance for an international match at Pittodrie: 36,500 vs Belgium,
November 1971                                                                         First year of publication of Mao’s Little Red Book: 1964
                                                                                      1963-64 Scottish Champions and Runners-Up: Rangers, Kilmarnock
First time Dundee FC were saved from liquidation: 1898                                Scotland v England score: 1-0
Pounds needed before Christmas to keep Dundee FC alive: 500,000
                                                                                      First visit of Czechoslovakia to Hampden: 1937
Number of Fife teams in the top 2 in Division One: 2
Number of teams in the top 3 of Division 2 who are nearer England than Glas-          Score: 5-0 to Scotland
gow: 3
                                                                                      Head-to-head record vs Czechoslovakia: P10 W5 D1 L4
Number of former Highland League teams in the 4 national divisions of the             Head-to-head record vs Czech Republic: P4 W1 D0 L3
SPL/SFL: 4                                                                            Head-to-head record vs Slovakia: P0 W0 D0 L0
Percentage who have reached the SPL: 25
Percentage who have never left Division 3: 25                                         Craig Levein’s year of birth: 1964

Number of Celtic players released by Tony Mowbray at Celtic: 11                       [with apologies to Harper’s Index]
Who are now at Middlesborough: 4

Number of teams Scotland have a 100% record against: 10
With the initial C: 4
                                                                                      Sources:
Number of teams Scotland have played but never beaten or drawn with: 7                Sporting Life, Dee4Life, Wikipedia, scottishfootballarchive.co.uk,
Who are UEFA members: 1                                                               distance-calculator.co.uk

Last time Rangers won first 9 league games in a row: 1921/22
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Werder Bremen captain Torsten Frings will                                                                             PSV Eindhoven failed to hit             Team                   GP   W   D   L    Pts   GF   GA   GD
set his sights on a move to Major League                        Frings has spent his                                  double figures tonight but goals         PSV Eindhoven         11   8   3   0    27    37   8    29
                                                                whole career in Germany                               from Jonathan Reis and Balazs
                                                                                                                                                               Twente Enschede       11   7   4   0    25    22   8    14
Soccer if he fails to land a new contract                                                                                                                      Ajax Amsterdam        11   7   3   1    24    29   12   17
                                                                - having also had spells                              Dzsudzsak saw them retain their
with his current employers at the end of this
                                                                                                                                                               Roda JC Kerkrade      11   6   4   1    22    20   13   7
                                                                at Alemannia Aachen,                                  lead of the Dutch Eredivisie with        FC Groningen          11   6   3   2    21    20   13   7
season.                                                         Borussia Dortmund and                                 a 2-0 win at Vitesse.
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men for over 10 years across two stints but has yet             afield if released come                               ning 10-0 win over Feyenoord,
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to agree terms on a new deal with the Bundesliga                the summer.                                           Reis opened the scoring in the first     De Graafschap         11   3   4   4    13    15   23   -8
club’s hierarchy.                                                                                                     half and Dzsudzsak’s penalty on          Heracles Almelo       11   3   3   5    12    18   17   1

                                                                And New York - home of the Red Bulls MLS fran-        the hour sealed their fourth succes-
                                                                                                                                                               Excelsior             11   3   2   6    11    14   21   -7
                                                                                                                                                               Feyenoord Rotterdam   11   3   2   6    11    15   24   -9
                                                                chise, which already boasts the talents of Thierry    sive win.                                Vitesse Arnhem        11   2   2   7    8     10   24   -14
    Bundesliga                                                  Henry, Rafael Marquez and Juan Pablo Angel - ap-
                                                                                                                      Feyenoord recovered from their
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  Team                   GP   W   D   L   Pts   GF   GA   GD                                                          weekend humiliation at the hands
   FSV Mainz             9    8   0   1   24    19   8    11
                                                                “I will definitely have one or two [more] years       of PSV by dispatching fellow                     added a second shortly after the interval
                                                                                                                      strugglers VVV-Venlo with three unan-            before Vurnon Anita’s strike and Bas Dost’s
   Borussia Dortmund     9    7   1   1   22    21   7    14
   Hannover 96           9    5   1   3   16    13   12   1     playing football,” Frings said in an interview with
                                                                                                                      swered second-half goals at De Kuip.             consolation.
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   Hamburg SV            9    4   3   2   15    13   11   2
                                                                                                                      The Rotterdam side were tentative in the         FC Groningen notched their fifth consecu-
   Freiburg              9    5   0   4   15    14   14   0     “Werder Bremen is for sure my first choice [but] if   wake of their mauling by PSV and had to          tive home league win after fighting back
                                                                I leave, it will not be for another German club.
   Werder Bremen         9    4   2   3   14    17   18   -1
   Eintracht Frankfurt   9    4   1   4   13    14   9    5                                                           wait until the 66th minute to break the dead-    from a goal down to defeat ADO Den Haag
   St. Pauli             9    4   1   4   13    11   12   -1
                                                                                                                      lock through Georgino Wijnaldum.                 3-1.
   Bayern Munich         9    3   3   3   12    8    8    0
                                                                “The United States, it excites me. I am fan of
                                                                America, and New York is my dream city.”
   Nurnberg              9    3   3   3   12    11   12   -1
   VfL Wolfsburg         9    3   1   5   10    15   16   -1                                                          Andre Bahia made it 2-0 six minutes from         The visitors led at half-time thanks to Lex
   VfB Stuttgart         9    2   1   6   7     16   17   -1
                                                                                                                      time before Wijnaldum notched his second         Immers’ 12th-minute opener before Gronin-
                                                                                                                      in stoppage time.
   Kaiserslautern        9    2   1   6   7     10   18   -8
   Schalke 04            9    1   3   5   6     10   16   -6                                                                                                           gen stormed back with three goals after the
   Borussia M’gladbach   9    1   3   5   6     14   27   -13                                                                                                          break.
   Koln                  9    1   2   6   5     9    17   -8                                                          Second-placed FC Twente kept the pressure
                                                                                                                      on the pace-setters after coming from behind     Jonas Ivens equalised three minutes after the
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                                                                                                                                                 Lille               10   3   5   2   14    13   11   2



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                                                                   France coach Laurent Blanc              leaving him with too little           Caen                10   3   5   2   14    9    9    0

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                                                                                                           to the team and team
                                                                                                                                                 Auxerre             10   2   5   3   11    14   13   1
                                                                   ter chance of success on the                                                  Lorient             10   3   2   5   11    9    11   -2
                                                                                                           selection, we must move
                                                                   international stage.
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                                                                                                           towards a more consistent             Monaco              10   1   6   3   9     7    9    -2
                                                                                                           calendar,” Blanc told                 Lens                10   2   3   5   9     8    17   -9
                                                                   Les Bleus have fallen short of          L’Equipe, adding that a
                                                                                                                                                 Arles-Avignon       10   0   2   8   2     4    21   -17
                                                                   expectations in recent years, with      less-congested domestic
                                                                                                                                                    MATUIDI WANTS
                                                                   group-stage exits at both Euro          season seemed the sen-
                                                                   2008 and this year’s World Cup.         sible solution.
                                                                   Blanc took up the national reins in
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                                                                                                           “There is no one answer to balance
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                                                                   his job is not helped by the number     Ligue 1 or we get rid of a cup
                                                                   of matches his players take part in,                                              The defensive midfielder was linked with Arse-
                                                                                                           competition.”
                                                                   in the 20-team French top-flight,                                                 nal last winter and has also been reported as a
                                                                                                                                                     target of Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla
                                                                   PSG COMEBACK CONDEMNS LYON                                                        and Valencia.
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    SPAIN                                                   Barca missed
                                                            playmaker Xavi,
                                                            who sat out with
                                                            a strained Achil-
                                                                                        La Liga
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                                                                                    Villarreal
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BY CESAR BENOIT                              les tendon. But Messi more than
                                                                                    Barcelona             8    6   1   1   19    14   6    8
                                                                                    Valencia              8    5   1   2   16    13   8    5
                                             made up for his absence, terror-       Espanyol Barcelona    8    5   0   3   15    8    10   -2
Cristiano Ronaldo is on fire.                izing the Zaragoza defense.            Sevilla               8    4   2   2   14    14   11   3
                                                                                    Getafe                8    4   1   3   13    14   10   4
                                                                                    Atlético Madrid       8    4   1   3   13    12   9    3
The Portuguese wonder scored                 While Messi’s excelling, striker       Mallorca              8    3   2   3   11    7    8    -1
four goals in a forty-minute span as         David Villa’s struggling. El Guaje,
                                                                                    Athletic Bilbao       8    3   1   4   10    14   14   0
league leaders Real Madrid stormed           the star of this summer’s World
                                                                                    Osasuna
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past Racing Santander 6-1. Ronaldo           Cup, continued to be frustrated        Levante               8    2   2   4   8     8    14   -6
has scored 10 goals this season,             over his inability to find the back
                                                                                    Sporting de Gijón     8    2   2   4   8     8    14   -6
                                                                                    Real Sociedad         7    2   1   4   7     7    11   -4
making him the league’s Pichichi             of the net despite a plethora of       Almería               8    1   4   3   7     6    7    -1
(leading scorer).                            chances. The striker came close        Málaga                8    2   1   5   7     13   19   -6
                                                                                    Racing Santander      8    2   1   5   7     5    14   -9
                                             in the 87th minute, hitting a shot     Deportivo La Coruña   7    0   4   3   4     3    11   -8
Madrid have won three straight in            off the post. But so far, he’s not     Zaragoza              8    0   3   5   3     6    14   -8
La Liga, are unbeaten in 12 over-            had much luck in Barca’s kit.
all matches and lead by one point.
They’re on fire and it doesn’t look like     “We came here to win a game and
                                                                                                                                                         HOME OF THE NYC
anyone’s going to stop Jose Mourin-          not for Villa to score goals,” Guardiola     The seven? Andres Iniesta, Xavi,
                                                                                          Carles Puyol, David Villa, Iker Casillas,
                                                                                                                                                      STOKE CITY SUPPORTERS
ho’s super squad.                            said. Let’s see how long he feels this
                                             way.                                         Xabi Alonso and Cesc Fabregas. The
After the Santander match, Mourinho
was delighted yet cautious.
                                                                                          list has 11 players overall who ply their
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“I like to win like this,” The Special One                                                Some sad news, though as the octo-
said. “The more goals, the better.”          The Yellow Submarine got back to             pus who predicted Spain’s victory over
                                             winning ways after last week’s draw          Germany and Holland in the World
But while the Santiago Bernabeu              against Hercules, goals from New Jer-        Cup has died. Pulpo Paul, you will be
crowd is ecstatic, Mourinho remains          sey’s Guiseppe Rossi and Cani sending        missed.
heedful of his Spanish competition.          them to a 2-0 victory over Atletico
                                             Madrid.                                      Quiniela time! How’d you do last week?
“People can feel euphoric but we have                                                     I was 4-6, leaving my record at 11-19
to remain calm,” he added. A fair as-        Villarreal lie a point behind Madrid and     overall.
sessment.                                    are tied with Barca. Can they make
                                             a run at La Liga this year? Let’s hope       The weekend’s main event? Barcelona
Reall Madrid managed to draw Span-           so.                                          host Sevilla in the week’s most alluring
ish minnows Real Murcia 0-0 in a                                                          draw.
mid week Copa Del Rey domestic               It doesn’t appear that Valencia are the
cup match. But I doubt supporters            alternative, losing at home to Mal-          Remember, it’s ‘1’ for a home win, ‘X’
will have sleepless nights over that         lorca 2-1. Coupled with a midweek            for a draw and ‘2’ for an away win.
encounter.                                   Champions League draw with Glasgow           Good luck and enjoy the weekend’s
                                             Rangers plus a loss last week against        action!
Over in Zaragoza, second-place Bar-          Barcelona, Los Che are in a mini free
celona cruised over local club Real          fall. Squad depth might be an issue.         Valencia – Zaragoza: 1
Zaragoza 2-0, a Lionel Messi double                                                       Barcelona – Sevilla: 1
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                       As reported in this very space last week exclusively             if Joel Lindpere is the man to take the captain’s armband upon the departure of
                       for First Touch, the MLS Playoffs are here. It’s a very          Juan Pablo Angel. Dane Richards transforming into the elite player some had
                       nerve-wracking time, because any one individual mo-              the sneaking suspicion he might be able to become. Hell, even Chris Albright,
                       ment of brilliance - or, as has been much more likely            the once-despised DC, LA and New England defender, has morphed into a solid
                       the case in the history of New York’s MLS franchise,             defender in the back line. We have a coach who isn’t buried in a notebook and
                       any one individual moment of abject stupidity - can ruin         actually seems to know what he’s doing and how to get the best out of his players.
your season. Eight teams enter, and seven find out the hard way that fate               We have a general manager who brought in the aforementioned Henry, Marquez
simply isn’t fair.                                                                      and Lindpere. I sincerely wish I could travel back in time one year and explain this
                                                                                        to 2009 Me. I doubt he’d believe it, but here we are, and 2010 Me has trouble
You may remember that earlier this year I wrote a column for this fine publication      not taking it all for granted now. To paraphrase an old Virginia Slims cigarettes
in an effort to remind you that this is, ultimately, just a game we’re watching here,   slogan, we’ve come a long way, baby.
and we shouldn’t allow ourselves to turn into shaking balls of anger and nerves
over it. However, since this time of year can turn even the most rational fan into      3) The future is bright. This season featured the addition of two rookies who
a quivering pack-a-day smoker, perhaps we’d do well with a quick refresher. So I        played their way into regular action in Tony Tchani and Tim Ream, the latter of
humbly present to you, fellow New York Red Bulls fans, the top five reasons why         which seems assured of at least a top-three spot in Rookie of the Year voting and
we should all just relax.                                                               a look from Bob Bradley when the US National Team resumes friendly action over
                                                                                        the winter break. That’s not even to mention US U-19 standout Juan Agudelo, and
1) This season has already been a success. This shouldn’t come as a shock to            rookies Conor Chinn and Irving Garcia who all have showed flashes of brilliance in
anyone blessed with the gift of sight and the ability to add on a first-grade level,    their first seasons here. Then you can tack on Austin da Luz and Giorgi Chirgadze,
but let’s pause and really look at the numbers here. A miserable, abysmal five win      who have been the subject of considerable speculation and possess an unknown
side from last year has been completely turned on its head and transformed into         ceiling. Then add on an academy that by all reports is among the most formidable
a dangerous, entertaining fifteen win team. A team that couldn’t get a lucky break      in the United States, including an Under 23 squad that competed in, and finished
all last year is suddenly finding them. The team that let in two - TWO - stoppage       atop their conference in, the semi-pro National Premier Soccer League. And
time goals at home to DC in 2009, turning a 2-1 win into a 3-2 defeat, is now the       considering the fantastic 2010 draft the new Eric Soler/Hans Backe regime had,
team scoring a goal in the 93rd minute to steal a win against Houston. It’s not so      would a similarly good 2011 Superdraft be all that surprising? Regardless of what
much the players that have changed, but the attitude. This Red Bulls team has a         happens the rest of the way, it would appear that the Red Bulls are loaded for
swagger now that they were completely devoid of last year. In 2009, there was           bear for many years to come.
an air of waiting for things to go horribly wrong, whereas now, there’s an air of
anticipation even in the darkest times, where we - player and fan alike - can sense     4) We haven’t ever won anything, so, in a way, the pressure’s off. Yes, I’ll admit
that things will turn around and the soccer gods will smile down upon us. A year        freely this is a defeatist way of looking at things, but when you’ve been defeated
like 2009 could scare away even the most resolute supporter, but if you, like me,       so many times, it’s quite difficult not to be a touch defeatist about things. Look,
stayed on, you had your faith restored in the most amazing of manners.                  despite everything I listed above to give you a warm, fuzzy feeling, ultimately there
                                                                                        is one undeniable truth: we’re a snakebitten franchise. I’m not any happier about it
2) No, seriously, this season has already been a success. A shining jewel of a          than you are, my brothers- and sisters-in-arms, but ignoring it doesn’t make it go
stadium to call our own (which was expected). Thierry Henry (mostly expected).          away: this franchise’s two greatest successes are a failed 2008 MLS Cup Final
Rafa Marquez (if you say you saw this coming, you’re either a psychic or a liar).       and something called La Manga Cup, and that one was years ago. But rather
A mysterious player from Estonia who shows up and has people wondering aloud            than turning ourselves into bemoaning, ‘woe is me’ lot, there is a way to spin this
into something positive, believe it or not. Presently, and forever until we do win      Upcoming Events:
a championship, we’re playing with house money. If the Red Bulls win, we get to
have the biggest party ever. (Seriously, as a Red Bulls supporter, have you con-        October 30th 10pm
sidered the seven shades of crazy a victory celebration would be? The massive           New York Red Bulls @ San Jose Earthquakes:
amount of alcohol flowing everywhere? The number of babies named Thierry and            The first leg of the home-and-away playoffs starts in California, as Hans Backe’s
Bouna born nine months later? It’s a fun thought.) And if the Red Bulls don’t win,      men take on MLS Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowski and the San Jose
so what? Nothing will have effectively changed. I know it’s not the greatest way of     Earthquakes nee Clash. The benefits of naming a club after a natural disaster
looking at things, but it sure beats smashing your head into a wall year after year.    common to your area are still in question. What isn’t in question is that this
                                                                                        game happens late on Saturday night, the day before Halloween, and there’s a
5) It is, STILL, just a game. It may be more important because of the opponent
                                                                                        watch party at Nevada Smiths (74 Third Ave. Manhattan) where you’ll undoubt-
or the time of year, but never, ever lose sight of the fact that this is just a game,
                                                                                        edly see a slew of women dressed in an assortment of costumes that represent
and in the greater scheme of things, means absolutely jack squat.
                                                                                        the ‘sexy’ version of various occupations. Hopefully, the soccer will be equally as
                                                                                        sexy.
So there you have it, five perfectly good reasons why you should take a deep
breath, make yourself a cup of hot cocoa, get comfy on your couch and watch...

Ya know what? Forget all that. We’re New York sports fans, damnit! GET OUT              November 4th 8pm
THERE AND WIN THE CUP YOU BUMS!
                          ,                                                             New York Red Bulls vs. San Jose Earthquakes:
                                                                                        And here’s the return leg. I shouldn’t need to hype you up for this, so I won’t.
There, I feel better.                                                                   Look forward to seeing you at the game.
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                                             into it. They band didn’t seem that into      a leprechaun in a top hat. The girl on
                                             it either. Their music is sort of sad         keyboards kept experimenting with a         NEW YORK GIG GUIDE
                                             indie, which is just no fun at a party.       gold mask.                                  First Touch picks of the week
                                             They finally picked up at the end of
                                                                                                                                       Thursday October 28th.
                                             their set, but it was too little too late.    This was a band that basically formed       Petty Fest- Bowery Ballroom.
                                                                                           overnight and you could tell by appear-     The Mother Hips- Brooklyn Bowl.
                                              I’ve liked Body Language for a while         ance. However, by sound, it seemed          Shellshag- Bruar Falls.
                                              now, and I just don’t understand why         like they’d been playing together for       Strange Boys- Knitting Factory.
                                                                                           years. The harmonies between Charles        Palmdale- Mercury Lounge.
                                              they aren’t catching on. I saw them at
                                                                                                                                       Oh No! Oh My!- Pianos.
                                              the Highline Ballroom on Night 1 and         Manson (real name: Christian Zucconi)       K-OS- Highline Ballroom.
                                              thought they were great. Their sound         and Girl In Mask (real name: Hannah         The Misfits- Irving Plaza.
The Drums “surprise” show at Santos           is best described as jungle disco            Hooper) were of the light, soaring          Kid Koala- Santos.
Party House on Night 2 was pretty            mixed with Gnarls Barkley. Angela,            variety. There was sort of a Death Cab
epic. They brought a ton of energy to        the singer, adds a funky edge with            for Cutie vibe going on with a punk         Friday October 29th.
                                                                                                                                       Black Prairie- Mercury Lounge.
the stage (along with plenty of awkward      her Lauryn Hill voice. It seemed like         edge (there was a lot of jumping). They
                                                                                                                                       Neon Indian- Brooklyn Bowl.
dancing) and had the crowd going for         each member of the band really added          might’ve been my CMJ favorite.              The Babies- Cake Shop.
almost an hour. The Smiths-esque             something, including the crazy Asian                                                      The Zeros- Maxwells.
tunes sounded great live, and the band       who simply killed the drums. This was         After GROUPLOVE, I somehow made it          Ok Go- Terminal 5.
did a nice job of switching things up so     the first show that got the audience to       to Bowery Electric to see Jukebox the       Local Natives- Webster Hall.
it wasn’t just a straight-from-the-record    move to the front and dance (even if it       Ghost. Three guys playing catchy pop        Cloud Cult- Bell House.
                                                                                                                                       Crystal Stilts- The Rock Shop.
show. They’ve been receiving a lot of        was just a two-step). After the show,         songs? There could be nothing better.
                                                                                                                                       Phantogram- Musichall Williamsburg.
hype recently, and I think they live up to   the band told me this was their second        The lyrics are as creative as the melo-
it, if only because lead singer Jonathan     CMJ and they were “just waiting for           dies, which sort of bounce all over the     Saturday October 30th.
Pierce basically had a seizure on stage.     the guys in the offices to listen to their    place. They definitely don’t stick to the   Norah Jones- Le Poisson Rouge.
                                             music.” Unfortunately, it’s not looking       simple pop song format with catchy          Jedi Mind Tricks- Bowery Ballroom.
                                             too good. Show some support and               hooks. Ben Thornewill’s smooth voice        Devo- Hammerstein.
Also notable at Santos on Night 2
                                                                                                                                       Mr. Brownstone- Brooklyn Bowl.
were Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and Wild         check them out.                               skipped happily through the tracks
                                                                                                                                       A Sunny Day in Glasgow- Mercury Lounge.
Nothing. As for the NASCAR boys,                                                           while his support made it seem as if        Local Natives- Webster Hall.
they came on super late, and the             Night 3 brought two of my favorite            there were many more men on stage.          Frightened Rabbit- Terminal 5.
crowd seemed pretty annoyed when             shows. First was GROUPLOVE who                They remind me a little of Ben Folds,       An Albatross- Cake Shop.
they went backstage to throw on their        played at Public Assembly. I’d spent          but not in a bad way.
                                             quite a bit of time with their self-titled                                                Sunday October 31st.
fire-resistant racecar suits. The cute
                                                                                                                                       The Dresden Dolls- Irving Plaza.
pop songs cheered the crowd up,              EP (“Colours” being one of my favorite
                                                                                                                                       Robbers on High Street- Mercury Lounge.
even if they sounded exactly as they         songs this summer) and was anxious            Kate Bonacorsi                              The Black Crowes- Nokia Theatre.
do recorded (which ain’t too shabby).        to see them live. I’m not sure what                                                       Old Ceremony- The Rock Shop.
Wild Nothing I would have to place in        I was expecting, but it certainly was         Read More CMJ reviews at
the “sort of bad” category. It may have      different than what I got. The lead           www.live4ever.uk.com                        Monday November 1st.
                                             singer sort of looked like Charles                                                        Jonathon Richman- Bowery Ballroom.
been the venue, but the crowd wasn’t
                                                                                                                                       Dum Dum Girls- Musichall Williamsburg.
                                             Manson. The bassist was sort of like
                                                                                                                                       Anne Steele- Joes Pub.


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                                                                                                                                       Florence and the Machine- Terminal 5.
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ARI UP AND GREGORY ISAACS
                                                                                                                                       Cassette Kids- S.O.B’s.

                                                                                                                                       Tuesday November 2nd.
Arianna Forster, better known as                   hugely experimental during the course of                                            Shout Out Out Out Out- Le Poisson Rouge.
Ari Up, frontwoman of influential                  their final two studio albums, ‘The Slits‘ and                                      Clinic- Bowery Ballroom.
punk pioneers The Slits, passed                    ‘Return Of The Giant Slits‘ before they broke                                       Joemca- Cake Shop.

away yesterday at the age of 48,                   up in 1982.                                                                         Ava Luna- Glaslands.
                                                                                                                                       Villagers- Knitting Factory.
her mother Nora’s husband John
                                                   Ari Up and Tessa Pollitt reformed the group                                         Florence and the Machine- Terminal 5.
Lydon has announced.                               with new members in 2005, after which
                                                   they released a new EP in 2006                                                      Wednesday November 3rd.
The former Sex Pistols man announced the                                                                                               Black Mountain- Bowery Ballroom.
sad news on his website, confirming her                                                                                                The Dears- Knitting Factory.
                                                   Gregory Isaacs died at the age of 59 after a
                                                                                                                                       Bettie Serveert- Maxwell’s.
death after a ’serious illness’. “John and         battle with lung cancer. He passed away at
                                                                                                                                       Villagers- Mercury Lounge.
Nora have asked us to let everyone know            his home in London.                                                                 Clinic- Musichall Williamsburg.
that Nora’s daughter Arianna (aka Ari-Up)          The 1970s icon dubbed “Cool Ruler” was                                              The Duke Spirit- Santos.
died today (October 20) after a serious ill-       known as much for his designer suits,
ness,” said the posting on JohnLydon.com.          cocaine addiction and brushes with the law
“She will be sadly missed. Everyone at John-       as he was for his “lovers rock” songs “Night
Lydon.com and PiLofficial.com would like to        Nurse,” “All I Have is Love,” “My Only Lover”
pass on their heartfelt condolences to John,       and “Slave Master,” the Los Angeles Times
Nora and family. Rest in Peace.”                   said Monday.
                                                                                                                                        “Music, beer and football.
Born in Germany on New Year’s Day 1962,            “I’d say he’s one of the three geniuses I’ve                                         The very stuff of life itself.”
Forster was just fourteen years of age when        known in the reggae music business, and
she formed The Slits at the height of punk                                                             Ari Up performs with             John Peel
                                                   I’ve known everyone,” producer Gary Himel-
in 1976. They released their debut album,                                                              The Slits in NYC 2008.
                                                   farb told the Times.
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  3	 	SL	Benfica	           3	    1	   0	   0	   0	    0	   2	     1	   0	   2	   2	   4	   -2	   3      3 Olympique Marseille   3     1    0    1    0    0    1    1    0    2     1    3    -2    3
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RUSSIA’S ‘PRIMITIVE’ DIG AT
ENGLAND BID
The war of words between England                                 out against England in
and Russia’s 2018 World Cup bids                                 an improper manner.
has intensified with England being
called “absolutely primitive” by the                             “I think it’s a raising
                                                                 of tensions, and also
honorary president of the Russian
                                                                 an attempt to in some
Football Union for their decision to                             way influence the work of our bidding team.
make a formal complaint to FIFA
about their bid rivals.                                          “These acts have little chance of success.
                                                                 Russia should not be afraid of sanctions.
Viacheslav Koloskov, a former member of                          There won’t even be an investigation.
FIFA and UEFA’s executive committees, said
England “were afraid of how badly their bid is                   “The behaviour of the English is absolutely
going”.                                                          primitive. Instead of talking about their own
                                                                 excellence and merits, they try to put off
England complained to FIFA that Alexei So-                       their opponents.”
rokin, chief executive of Russia 2018, had
highlighted London’s “high crime rate” and                       FIFA have confirmed they had received a com-
youth alcohol problems in an interview that                      plaint and said: “We have been in contact
appeared to contravene FIFA’s rules about                        with the England and Russia bids in relation
talking about rival bidders.                                     to this matter, which is currently pending.”
Koloskov’s comments were made to Russian                         It is understood the England bid team are
sports website www.championat.ru and have                        seeking a formal apology from Sorokin for try-
been translated by a fluent Russian speaking                     ing to denigrate their bid rather than expect-
working for ITV.com.                                             ing FIFA’s ethics committee to deal with the
                                                                 case before the December 2 vote.
Koloskov said: “It’s a comical situation. The
English are afraid of how badly their bid is go-                 Sorokin said yesterday: “I will provide an
ing. Their journalists are provoking members                     explanation to FIFA but I do not feel that what
of the committee, and they now say one of                        I said originally requires an apology.”
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 Man Utd v Spurs           12:30 PM   FRANCE                               CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
 Everton v Stoke City      7:30 PM    Montpellier v PSG         4:00 PM    Bursaspor v Man United         3:45 PM
 Fulham v Wigan            8:00 PM                                         Valencia CF v Rangers          3:45 PM
                                      SERIE                                Spurs v Inter                  3:45 PM
 SERIE A                                                                   København v FC Barcelona       3:45 PM
                                      Palermo v Lazio           7:30 AM
 Roma v Lecce              12:00 PM
                                      Brescia v Napoli          10:00 AM
 AC Milan v Juventus       2:30 PM                                         WED 3-Nov
                                      Catania v Fiorentina      3:30 PM
                                                                           CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
 LA LIGA                                                                   AC Milan v Real Madrid         3:45 PM
 Valencia v Zaragoza       12:00 PM   LA LIGA                              Chelsea v Sp. Moscow           3:45 PM
 Hercules v Real Madrid    2:00 PM    Deportivo vs. Espanyol    12:00 PM   Sh Donetsk v Arsenal           3:45 PM
 Barcelona v Seville       4:00 PM    Sporting v Villarreal     12:00 PM
                                      Atl Madrid v Almeria      4:00 PM    THUR 4-Nov
 BUNDESLIGA                                                                EUROPA LEAGUE
 Wolfsburg v Stuttgart     9:30 AM    MLS PLAY-OFFS                        Juventus v Red Bull Salzburg   2:00 PM
                                      Seattle v LA Galaxy       8:00 PM    Lech Poznan v Man Çity         2:00 PM
 MLS PLAY-OFFS                                                             Liverpool v Napoli             4:00 PM
 Dallas v R Salt Lake      4:30 PM    CHAMPIONSHIP
 San Jose v NY Red Bulls   10:00 PM   Derby Country v Watford   2:00 PM    MLS PLAY-OFFS
                                                                           NY Red Bulls v San Jose        8:00 PM




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