Archive for November, 2009

RVP hit by injury KO 0

RVP hit by injury KO


Arsenal have been dealt a blow with the news that Robin Van Persie faces up to three months on the sidelines after reportedly tearing ankle ligaments during Holland’s friendly international against Italy last night. The 26 year old forward was the subject of a heavy challenge from Giorgio Chiellini and left the field on a […]

World Cup Qualifier: Ireland 0-1 France 4

World Cup Qualifier: Ireland 0-1 France


Nicholas Anelka’s deflected strike in the 72nd minute against Ireland made it advantage France before the second leg on Wednesday night. Neither side managed to get a foothold in the grippingly tense match, but luck from Anelka’s shot gave the Frenchmen the lead, while Liam Lawrence, Glenn Whelan and John O’ Shea missed chances for […]

Kiwis book ticket to South Africa 0

Kiwis book ticket to South Africa


A goal from Plymouth Argyle striker Rory Fallon has sent New Zealand to the World Cup for the first time since 1982 as they overcame Bahrain 1-0 on aggregate in a playoff today. With the sides level at 0-0 after the first leg, Fallon sent the Wellington crowd wild with a headed goal in the […]

Ashley's Flying High 0

Ashley’s Flying High


£4.50 an hour. That is what the new Wales captain, Ashley Williams, was earning, as a waiter just six years ago while he plied his trade part-time for Hednesford Town. Nowadays, things are a bit more comfortable for Ashley. The Wolverhampton-born Welshman was, this week, named both Wales’ Player of the Year for 2009, and […]

Trap to make late decision on first XI 0

Trap to make late decision on first XI


Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni will wait until the last minute to finalise his starting eleven for tomorrow’s World Cup playoff against France at Croke Park. Ten of the team have been named with a decision still to be made over who will take their place on the right hand side of midfield. Celtic’s Aiden McGeady […]

Celtic's Kennedy announces retirement 1

Celtic’s Kennedy announces retirement


Scottish international John Kennedy has lost his battle with injury and announced his retirement from the game. The 26 year old Celtic defender has had ongoing problems dating back to a knee ligament injury suffered on his international debut following an horrific challenge by Romania’s Ionel Ganea. He spent three years on the sideline which […]

Set pieces key for Ireland 0

Set pieces key for Ireland


Ireland and France do battle over two legs this week and BackPageFootball has some interesting facts to digest thanks to Castrol Performance research. A big factor in this tie could be the ability of the Ireland team to take advantage of set pieces. In the group stages, the Irish netted seven times from dead balls, […]

Premier League rejects Old Firm proposal 0

Premier League rejects Old Firm proposal


The Premier League has today knocked back a plan to bring Celtic and Rangers to English domestic football. Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside had submitted a proposal for a two-tier league of between 36 and 40 teams and both Old Firm clubs were hoping to be part it. “Bolton Wanderers submitted a discussion paper detailing […]

A-League midseason review 0

A-League midseason review


The Australian A-League is in full swing, and our man Down Under Darren Lutton gives BackPageFootball an update on how things are progressing. We’ve just passed the halfway mark in the A-League season.  Two new teams have provided a new dimension to the competition which is throwing up suprise results week after week.  Last season […]

Bosingwa faces spell on the sidelines 0

Bosingwa faces spell on the sidelines


Jose Bosingwa has been ruled out of action for up to three months. The Portugual and Chelsea defender has been struggling with a knee problem all season, and he has undergone surgery. He has not played since mid-October and this week travelled to Lisbon to consult a specialist. And Chelsea have now confirmed that he […]