October 23, 2008 |
AC Milan is close to signing David Beckham in a loan deal that would allow the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder and former England captain to play in Italy for a few months starting in January. "We're discussing it with his agent," Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said yesterday on the club's Web site. With the MLS season nearly over, Beckham is eager to join another club in Europe so he can remain in shape and keep his place on England's team for World Cup qualifying. England coach Fabio Capello has said he will not pick players who are not active.
July 8, 2009 |
United States defender Oguchi Onyewu joined AC Milan yesterday, and will become one of the few Americans to play in Italy's top league. Milan signed Onyewu to a 3-year deal, after his contract with Standard Liege in Belgium expired. Onyewu, who played four seasons in Belgium and parts of others in France and England (Newcastle United), gained notice with superb performances in the U.S.' run to the Confederations Cup final. Playing in central defense, he helped the Americans end the 15-game winning streak of European champion Spain with a 2-0 win, an upset that put the U.S. in the final against Brazil where it led 2-0 at the half before falling, 3-2. "It's very exciting.
April 8, 2013 |
MARIO BALOTELLI, the gifted-yet-troubled soccer star for AC Milan, has a penchant for doing stupid things. This weekend, he was cited for smoking a cigarette in the bathroom of an Italian train, which was carrying his AC Milan squad to face Fiorentina on Sunday. Club vice president Adriano Galliani said Balotelli will be fined. Balotelli was really ticked off when he heard that the train's ticket collector, who caught him smoking, told Galliani, "You need to pull his ears. He was smoking in the bathroom," Gazzetta dello Sport reported.
August 3, 2004 |
It was just the preseason for both of the European clubs, and at times the pace wasn't quite Champions League level, but the goals gave them away: Those were world-class soccer teams last night at Lincoln Financial Field. A perfect 87th-minute free kick by AC Milan scoring star Andriy Shevchenko, buried just inside the right post from 28 yards out, gave the Italian power a 3-2 victory over Chelsea at the Linc, finishing off the American ChampionsWorld Tour for both clubs and saving everybody from a penalty-kick shoot-out.
February 15, 2013
Parma at AC Milan 2:30 p.m. Friday (beIN Sport) Italy striker Mario Balotelli has settled in quickly at AC Milan, scoring three goals in his first two games since moving back to Serie A from the English Premier League's Manchester City. Everton at Oldham Athletic 1 p.m. Saturday (Fox Soccer Channel) After knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup, third-tier Oldham hosts another Merseyside team in topflight Everton and its U.S. keeper, Tim Howard. Oldham's Matt Smith had two goals against Liverpool.
March 15, 2010 |
David Beckham will miss the World Cup and most if not all the MLS season after apparently tearing his left Achilles' tendon yesterday while playing for AC Milan in Italy. His international career for England is all but over. It remains to be seen how much he'll have left for the Los Angeles Galaxy and Major League Soccer. "He will miss the World Cup for sure," a person familiar with the injury told the Associated Press. The person said it was likely the 34-year-old midfielder will play again.
January 30, 2009 |
Dennis Felton was fired as coach of the Georgia Bulldogs yesterday, one day after the basketball team dropped to 9-11 overall and 0-5 in the Southeastern Conference with a 26-point loss to Florida. Felton, who was making $760,000 per year, is owed about $1.5 million on his contract, which runs through 2011. Assistant coach Pete Herrmann, a former head coach at Navy, will be the interim coach the remainder of the season. Washington is self-reporting to the Pacific Ten Conference a second recruiting violation this month by new football coach Steve Sarkisian.
March 19, 2004 |
Manchester United, the world's most famous soccer team, will make a return to Lincoln Financial Field on July 28. ManU will play Glasgow Celtic as part of a preseason exhibition tour of the United States. ManU played in the first event at the Linc on Aug. 3 against FC Barcelona. Manchester United won the match, 3-1, in front of a sellout crowd of 68,396. There will be a second game at the Linc this summer when Chelsea plays AC Milan on Aug. 2. There will be nine games on the tour, which begins July 24 in Seattle when Chelsea meets Glasgow Celtic.
September 9, 2011
AC Milan vs. Lazio 2:30 p.m. Friday (Fox Soccer Channel/ESPN3.com) After a one-week delay because of a players strike, Italy's Serie A kicks off with a meeting of traditional powers. Arsenal vs. Swansea City 10 a.m. Saturday (Fox Soccer Channel) Expect Arsenal's raft of new signings to make their debuts this weekend. Can imposing defender Per Mertesacker and creative midfielder Mikel Arteta keep the Gunners in the Premier League title race?
April 16, 2011 |
With eight trophies in the last three seasons, a 29-game Spanish league unbeaten streak heading into this weekend, and the world's greatest player in Lionel Messi, it's no stretch to argue that Barcelona is the best soccer team in the world right now. Once you've watched the team play for a while, another thought is hard to escape: Is this the best soccer team - ever? Unsurprisingly, there is no consensus. Unlike with sprinters or skyscrapers, where identifying the fastest or tallest is easy, there is no agreed standard benchmark for determining the greatest soccer team.