Thursday, 28 February 2008

FC Zurich vs Grasshoppers derby

02 Mar 2008. FC Zurich vs Grasshoppers derby. Stadium, Grasshopper Club Zurich, Switzerland. Hardturm, Hardturmstrasse 321, 8037 Zurich. Capacity - 17667. Zurich's Stadtderby is one of the oldest football derbies outside Great Britain. The first time it was played out was on 20 November 1897. Ever since there have been over 200 matches. Traditionally Grasshopper Club was known more as the noble and middle-class club, while FC Zurich was the club for the working men. But nowadays these social differences have nearly vanished. Those rivals played 200 Matches so far. In 101 Grasshoppers won, FC Zurich won 65 matches and 34 times was draw. Grasshoppers has a lot of supporter groups like Grassmokers, Blue-Side (1999), Wodka Fanatics (1999), Zone Romande. Zurich fans are Sudkurve. The support in the city for each club is about 50/50. Grasshoppers is mainly supported by the families who have been living in Zurich for many generations while FC Zurich attracts more people who have settled in Zurich but have their roots in other parts of Switzerland.

Kevin Blackwell said

Kevin Blackwell felt his side were unlucky to bow out of the FA Cup on Wednesday night.

"It was a cruel goal to concede, and after all the work-rate and endeavour we put in I thought we might have earned a bit of luck," he said after an extra-time own goal sent 'Boro into the last eight.

"There is nothing Paddy Kenny could have done about it. He is a very good goalkeeper and someone I rate very highly and it is particularly cruel that it should happen to him.

"We can go back home on the bus feeling slightly aggrieved, but the first thing you ask of any group of players is that they give you everything and these lads did that here."

Scott Sinclair news

Scott Sinclair is to join the Addicks promotion push.

The highly-rated England Under-19 star was wanted by a number of Championship clubs on loan but trained with Charlton earlier in the week and will join in time for the weekend.

Wayne Brown joined Brentford FC

Wayne Brown has joined Brentford Football Club on loan.

The 19-year-old midfielder has recently agreed a new contract with Fulham, yet he will move across the capital to Brentford for a loan deal where he will link up with Cottagers pal Rob Milsom.

"I'm pleased to welcome Wayne to the club," Bees boss Andy Scott said.

"He is a very talented midfielder who, like Rob Milsom, has just signed a new two-year contract with them. After the injuries we sustained on Saturday he will be a good addition."

Monday, 25 February 2008

Derby County boss threatens summer clearout

Paul Jewell wants an immediate improvement on Saturday's defeat at former club Wigan Athletic

"Derby County is a great club and a lot of players, not all of them, don't deserve to be here," he told the club's official website.

"But we've got to try and get to the end of the season and try and shape them up or ship them out for next season, because that's what it's going to take.

"I never slag players off normally but the way they've played, I can't defend it.

"I will defend my players all the way if they are giving their best and things are just not happening.

"But I can't defend that performance. It was absolutely disgraceful."

Miguel Veloso and Manchester United

Manchester United Football Club have reportedly ended their interest in Miguel Veloso.

The Reds have been strongly linked with the £10million-rated Sporting Lisbon midfielder in the past, yet it is believed Sir Alex Ferguson is more than happy with his current options in this area.

Brazilian superstar Anderson has already emerged as a key player for United despite being just 19-years-old, whilst Michael Carrick is enjoying another fine season and Owen Hargreaves and Paul Scholes are also available.

Veloso, meanwhile, has indicated he is happy to remain in Portugal with Sporting: "Now my head is only in Sporting. And until the end of the season I do not desire to follow talk about my future.”