Five things we learned in Barclays Premier League action Sunday and the FA Cup final:
Bolton's Fabrice Muamba made an emotional appearance at their Reebok Stadium before their game against Tottenham Wednesday, just 46 days after collapsing on the pitch against the same opposition.
A Luis Suarez hat-trick earned Liverpool a 3-0 win against Norwich City in the English Premier League on Saturday to give the Merseysiders a boost ahead of next weekend's FA Cup final against Chelsea.
Five things we learned in Barclays Premier League action Sunday:
Tottenham are through to the semifinals of the FA Cup after beating battling Bolton 3-1, in a match that was originally abandoned after Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffered a heart attack on the pitch 10 days ago.
Bolton's first match since the on-pitch collapse of their midfielder Fabrice Muamba last weekend ended with an emotional 2-1 victory over local rivals Blackburn Saturday.
Dr. Pier Lambiase with London's Heart Hospital talks about football player Muamba's miraculous cardiac arrest survival.
Sepp Blatter, president of football's world governing body FIFA, has described Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba's recovery from a cardiac arrest as "a miracle".
Soccer player Fabrice Muamba remains in intensive care after suffering cardiac arrest during a game in London.
Bolton's Fabrice Muamba collapses during match against Tottenham. Mark McKay speaks to Zayne Nabbi of World Sports.
A 23-year-old English Premier League soccer player remained in intensive care Monday after suffering cardiac arrest during a game in London, his club Bolton said.
When the NCAA men's basketball tournament takes center stage in about a month, we'll hear plenty usage of the term "blind résumé." It is a comparison method for decision-makers to look at the body of work for teams on the tournament-field bubble without being clouded by predetermined bias linked to a school's name or conference affiliation.
Chelsea's title chances took another dent on Saturday as they dropped points away to Norwich City in the English Premier League.
Chelsea have completed the signing of England international defender Gary Cahill from Premier League rivals Bolton Wanderers for a fee of $10.7m.
Paul Scholes capped his return to Premier League action with a goal as Manchester United beat struggling Bolton Wanderers 3-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Five things we learned from the week's action in the Barclays Premier League.
With the European transfer window back open, there's no better time for the annual tradition of taking inventory of which Americans could be on the move over the next month.
Manchester City continued their impressive form in the English Premier League on Saturday as they thrashed Norwich City 5-1 at Eastlands.
CNN's Pedro Pinto breaks down next summer's Euro 2012 football match-ups.
So much has been written to mark Sir Alex Ferguson's 25th anniversary as Manchester United manager that if he reaches 30 years in the job in 2016 we may have only awkward silence left with which to greet the big day. "Well done Sir Alex. Um ... please see 2011." My contribution to the effort to preserve a few superlatives for the occasion will be to throw Ferguson an admiring nod (he's not done a bad job, all told), and focus instead on a club down the road.
Roberto Mancini's cool reaction will only have made the defeat smart all the more. "Is this a great day for Manchester City?" he was asked. "It will be a great day when we win the Barclays Premier League," he said, having offered Sir Alex Ferguson his hand looking as fearful as the rest of us as to what the Manchester United manager might do with it after a 1-6 drubbing. "Now, we've only won one game." Which is true enough, but this was the kind of game, the kind of result, the kind of performance that encourages grand conclusions in the heat of the moment: David Silva is the finest player in the country; the title is already City's to lose; Rio Ferdinand is finished.
The international break is a time for contemplation and reflection in the domestic leagues. It's a chance for the owners of football clubs to pause and take stock of their season so far. Frankly, that's the last thing that three beleaguered managers at the wrong end of the Premier League need right now. Owen Coyle, Steve Kean and Steve Bruce are all just a couple of bad results away from spending considerably more time with their families.
Kyle Walker scored a superb second half winner as Tottenham Hotspur beat north London rivals Arsenal 2-1 at White Hart Lane Sunday for their fourth straight English Premier League victory.
The rotating door at the U.S. Soccer infirmary, one that always seems to have high-profile inhabitants, keeps on turning.
Anticipated debuts, goal-scoring forwards and a potential renaissance.
What could have been a landmark weekend in the seasons of three first-choice U.S. national team midfielders turned out to be nothing more than a wait-till-next-time occasion.
English Premier League champions Manchester United continued their excellent start to the season by blowing Bolton Wanderers away at the Reebok Stadium 5-0.
A dominant display by Liverpool earned them 3-1 win over Bolton Wanderers at Anfield on Saturday to send them top of the English Premier League.
Big-spending Manchester City have gone top of the English Premier League after a thrilling 3-2 victory at Bolton Wanderers on Sunday.
Just before the 2008-09 season started, the Barclays Premier League launched its Get On With The Game initiative, designed to discourage "unacceptable behavior" from players and managers, usually directed at the officials. It had minimal impact (in fact, this might very well be the first you've heard of it), but given some of last season's dramas -- there were managers who made shrieking pantomime dames look like subtle artisans -- the scheme was revived last week. "There are always going to be incidents," said Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore last week, but he was "confident" that players, managers and referees were committed to improving relations/not behaving like infants.
It is that time of year again, when more than 34,000 minutes of Premier League action has to be mentally sifted for gems and the season's best performers picked. In some cases, statistics bear out your feeling that one player deserves recognition over another; in others, a less scientific cocktail of impact, awe and admiration sways the decision. Somewhat inevitably, many of the names below represent teams in the top five, but I've "shown my working out" in recognition of the quality of some of the candidates.
Arsenal's hopes of automatic Champions League qualification suffered another blow on Sunday, while London rivals West Ham dropped out of England's top division.
Manchester City missed the opportunity to tighten their grip on fourth place in the English Premier League on Saturday as they lost 2-1 to Everton at Goodison Park.
Arsenal are all but out of the race for the English Premier League title after losing 2-1 to Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday.
Arsenal's hopes of winning the English Premier League title were dealt a severe blow as Arsene Wenger's team conceded a heartbreaking 102nd-minute equalizer in a pulsating climax to Sunday's 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
With one unfortunate tackle, Stuart Holden's breakout season is over.
Manchester United moved five points clear in the English Premier League after snatching a 1-0 win against Bolton on Saturday despite having a player sent off.
A Wayne Rooney inspired Manchester United beat arch-rivals Arsenal 2-0 at Old Trafford Saturday to reach the semifinals of the English FA Cup.
For five Americans, the wait is over.
Two goals from striker Javier Hernandez helped Manchester United go four points clear at the top of the English Premier League on Saturday after a 4-0 win at Wigan Athletic.
Manchester United's 24-match unbeaten run this season came crashing to a halt in an extraordinary, record-breaking schedule of English Premier League fixtures on Saturday.
The football world paid tribute to former England and Bolton legend Nat Lofthouse who died on January 15 at the age of 85.
Reigning champions Chelsea revived their English Premier League title bid with a thumping 4-0 win at Bolton on Monday night.
Wayne Rooney scored his first goal in open play since March last year to help Manchester United to a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday.
Manchester United stayed top of the English Premier League as two goals from Dimitar Berbatov secured a 2-0 home win for the Red Devils over Sunderland on Boxing Day.
The ever-growing highlight reel of top-notch, club-level goals scored by Americans has a new addition. And for the first time in a while, it is not another Clint Dempsey special.
Thanksgiving: a time to ignore the number of calories in your dinner and count your blessings, instead. There's still a month to go before us Brits get stuck into the nation's turkey population, but if the people of Bolton were to celebrate thanksgiving, the speeches would go something like this: "Thank you for bringing us Owen Coyle."
With the opening of the European transfer window less than two months away, the United States' friendly against South Africa on Wednesday will be an excellent time for a few Americans stationed abroad to receive some much-needed exposure.
Tottenham's Champions League comedown continued on Tuesday when the London club drew 1-1 at home to Sunderland in the English Premier League.
Clarence Goodson is taking his talents to the western outskirts of Copenhagen.
Upon returning from international duty, only a handful of Americans had successful transitions back into their clubs.
Like most things, reaction to Kevin Davies' England call-up for Tuesday's match against Montenegro is refracted by context. Before it happened, his absence from international consideration despite his pivotal contribution at Bolton Wanderers made him a popular pick on best-players-who've-never-represented-their-countries lists. When it happened, Davies himself -- 33 and thinking about his testimonial -- thought it was a windup. And after it happened, fans wondered whether to be pleased or perturbed by Fabio Capello's choice.
Sunderland had the better of the chances against Manchester United at the Stadium of Light in the English Premier League on Saturday, but had to settle for a 0-0 draw against the 2009 champions.
Manchester United missed the chance to close to within a point of leaders Chelsea as they needed a second half equalizer from substitute Michael Owen to salvage a 2-2 draw at Bolton on Sunday.
Gale Agbossoumonde is widely regarded as one of the U.S.' top center back prospects, and within a few weeks' time he will no longer be team-less.
Wayne Rooney may finally have ended his drought, but his boyhood club can't buy a goal at the moment. Three games into the Premier League season, Everton has scored a single goal and notched a single point. That return amounts to the club's worst start since 1999, but the biggest worry for Everton is that it has been unable to convert possession, often in dangerous areas, into goals.
Manchester City's designs on the English Premier League title were dealt an early blow as an injury time penalty from Darren Bent handed Sunderland a shock 1-0 win.
After all the hype and speculation surrounding a major transfer for Michael Bradley in the aftermath of the World Cup, the 23-year-old New Jersey native stayed put at Borussia Monchengladbach, and the Bundesliga club couldn't be happier to have him.
With a week left on the Premier League clock, thoughts are starting to turn to the wheeling and dealing that the coming months will bring. Fernando Torres' scowl from the stands at Anfield on Sunday, as he watched his teammates surrender to Chelsea's endeavor, suggested his agent's phone would be buzzing before the weekend was up. The order in which the top six or seven teams finish -- not to mention the World Cup -- will help shape this summer's wish lists, so for now let's consider how the last year's signings have made an impact -- or not.
Chelsea moved a step closer to breaking Manchester United's stranglehold on the English Premier League title with a controversial 1-0 victory at home to Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night.
Hats off to Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, who surprised everyone -- perhaps even Didier Drogba himself -- by leaving his leading goal scorer on the bench against Manchester United and fielding the same starting 11 that had demolished Aston Villa the week before.
Manchester United reclaimed top spot in the English Premier League on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Wolves at Molineux thanks to a second-half strike from Paul Scholes.
Manchester City are up to fifth place in the English Premier League table after a comfortable 2-0 home win over Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday.
Arsenal came back from two goals down to claim a 4-2 victory over Bolton at the Emirates Stadium which saw them climb to the top of the English Premier League.
Arsenal moved to within three points of leaders Chelsea at the top of the English Premier League after Cesc Fabregas inspired them to a 2-0 victory at Bolton to spoil new manager Owen Coyle's first match in charge.
English Premier League side Bolton have finally confirmed the appointment of Owen Coyle as their new manager.
Arsenal's English Premier League clash with Bolton has been postponed because of heavy snow in north London, the club have confirmed.
Gary Megson has been relieved of his duties as Bolton manager with immediate effect, the English Premier League club have confirmed.
Arsenal dealt a crushing blow to the top-four aspirations of London rivals Tottenham with a 3-0 victory on Saturday, while Chelsea remained top of the English Premier League with a 4-0 win at 10-man Bolton.
Rock-bottom and financially troubled Portsmouth secured their first English Premier League victory and points of the season at their eighth attempt with a 1-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
Goals from Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov saw Manchester United come from behind to win 2-1 at Newcastle, a result that restores their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
Dimitar Berbatov scored a last-minute goal to give Manchester United a 1-0 win at Bolton to put them top of the Premier League table for the first time this season.
Liverpool cruised to a 2-0 victory at Bolton in the early kick-off to return to the top of the English Premier League before being displaced on goal difference by Chelsea, who won 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion in Saturday's late match.
Two late goals helped Bolton defeat Manchester City 2-0 to lift them off the bottom of the Premier League table, leaving Newcastle propping up the rest of the division.
Controversy reigned in the big European leagues this weekend, and some big local derbies were played out, testing the metal of the top names.
Last weekend saw the European football season really kick into gear with the English Premier League and the German Bundeslia both getting under way.
With the English Premier League kicking off on Saturday, Team Limey took some time out to discuss the 2008-09 season with Arsenal and England legend Martin Keown.
Premier League side Bolton have completed the capture of Swedish international striker Johan Elmander from Toulouse, with Norwegian forward Daniel Braaten moving in the opposite direction.
UEFA Cup finalists Rangers have completed the signing of Lithuanian international striker Andrius Velicka on a three-year contract.
Fulham hauled themselves out of the relegation zone in the English Premier League with a 2-0 home victory over Birmingham City, who slipped to second from bottom.
After eight months and 32 games, the destination of this season's English Premier League title has been decided in the space of five days.
Manchester United is running rampant. Last Saturday, the Red Devils demolished eighth-place Aston Villa 4-0 at Old Trafford and remain five points clear of Chelsea in the English Premier League race. The standard of United's soccer was so sublime, the score line actually flattered the losers.
Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano will return for Liverpool's Champions League quarterfinal first leg tie against Premier League rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
Ten-man Arsenal staged a stunning comeback to recover from two goals down at half-time to beat Bolton Wanderers 3-2 at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to give Manchester United a 2-0 victory over Bolton and a three-point lead over Arsenal at the top of the Premier League.
Brian McBride's first goal since August gave Fulham their second league win in 18 games and dented Everton's hopes of a top-four finish in the English Premier League on Sunday.
Scottish giants Rangers booked their place in the UEFA Cup quarterfinals after a dramatic 90-minute rearguard action at Werder Bremen on Thursday.
Ayegbeni Yakubu scored twice as Everton re-opened a three-point lead over Merseyside rivals Liverpool in the race for the crucial fourth spot in the English Premier League with a 3-1 home win over Portsmouth.
Kevin Keegan's first match in charge since he returned to Newcastle to much fanfare ended in anti-climax as his side were held goalless by Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
Just 24 hours after turning down the Newcastle job, Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp saw his charges slip to a 2-0 defeat at struggling Sunderland.
French international Nicolas Anelka has joined Chelsea from Premier League strugglers Bolton Wanderers on four and a half year deal.
Chelsea's opening bid to sign $25 million-rated French international striker Nicolas Anelka has been rejected by Premier League rivals Bolton Wanderers.
Gary McDonald provided one of the big shocks of the third round of the FA Cup with a 25-yard matchwinner as Oldham Athletic of the third flight in English football rocked Premier League Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park.
Bayern Munich's French international midfielder Franck Ribery has said that the team's recent form - two wins and four goals in seven games - is causing some concern as the German league leaders prepare to entertain Aris Saloniki in their final UEFA Cup Group F qualifier on Wednesday.
Sven-Goran Eriksson's Manchester City maintained their perfect home record with a 4-2 win over struggling north-west neighbors Bolton to move into fourth place in the Premier League.
Liverpool climbed to third place in the English Premier League after extending their unbeaten run to 14 matches with a 4-0 victory at home to struggling Bolton on Sunday.
Arsenal moved three points clear at the top of the English Premier League after closest rivals Manchester United suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at Bolton on Saturday.
Kevin Nolan struck deep into stoppage-time to earn Bolton a precious 1-1 draw at West Ham, lifting new manager Gary Megson's hopes of escaping relegation from the Premier League.
Premier League strugglers Bolton Wanderers appointed Gary Megson as their new manager on Thursday on a two-and-a-half year contract.
Premier League strugglers Bolton Wanderers look close to appointing Gary Megson as their new manager after agreeing compensation with Coca-Cola Championship side Leicester City.
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