Featured Matches
Previous
Vitesse Arnhem
Chelsea
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
AEL
Zenit St Petersburg
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
FC Copenhagen
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Grasshoppers
Lille
5:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Feyenoord Rotterdam
Besiktas
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Legia Warsaw
Celtic
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Aktobe Lento
Steaua Bucuresti
3:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
FK Qarabag
SV Salzburg
3:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
AEL
Zenit St Petersburg
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
FC Copenhagen
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
HJK Helsinki
Apoel Nicosia
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Grasshoppers
Lille
5:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Feyenoord Rotterdam
Besiktas
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Ludogorets Razgrad
Partizan Belgrade
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Standard Liege
Panathinaikos
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
AaB
Dinamo Zagreb
6:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
NK Maribor
Maccabi Tel-Aviv
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Legia Warsaw
Celtic
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Vitesse Arnhem
Chelsea
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Chesterfield
Aston Villa
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Hartlepool United
Middlesbrough
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Walsall
Leicester City
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
York City
Nottingham Forest
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Brentford
Espanyol
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Bury
Blackburn Rovers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Chester City
Tranmere Rovers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Peterborough United
Charlton Athletic
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Plymouth Argyle
Yeovil Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Port Vale
Bolton Wanderers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Sheffield Wednesday
Newcastle United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Southend United
Queens Park Rangers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
St Neots Town
Luton XI
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
DC United
Toronto FC
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
New England
Colorado
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Chicago
Vancouver Whitecaps
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Real Salt Lake
New York Red Bulls
ESPN2 1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Bolívar
San Lorenzo
12:15 AM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 5
Game Details
At. San Luis
Santos
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Mérida
Toluca
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Morelia
Necaxa
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Veracruz
Oaxaca
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Atlas
Dorados de Sinaloa
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Celaya
Puebla
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
UNAM
Atlante
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Novo Hamburgo
ABC
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 1
Game Details
CR Vasco da Gama
AA Ponte Preta
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 0
Game Details
Bragantino
São Paulo
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Internacional
Ceará
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Manchester City
Liverpool
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Los Caimanes
César Vallejo
6:15 PM GMT
Game Details
UTC
Juan Aurich
8:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Universitario de Deportes
Real Garcilaso
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
U. Católica
Mushuc Runa
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Emelec
Deportivo Quito
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Independiente del Valle
Club Deportivo Cuenca
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Olmedo
El Nacional
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Liga de Loja
LDU Quito
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Manta F.C.
Barcelona
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Antigua
Municipal
9:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Washington Spirit
FC Kansas City
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Houston Dash
Seattle Reign FC
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Next

Summer transfers survey

Sunderland Jul 20, 2014
Read

Jozy's chance?

Colin Randall May 28, 2014
Read
Apr 29, 2014

SuperKev's glories recalled as he calls time on grand career

When Kevin Phillips arrived at the Stadium of Light to join a newly relegated team hoping for a swift return to the Premier League, one legitimate reaction was to wonder whether Sunderland had bought the right Watford striker.

Another Watford man, David Connolly, was also available. There were even rumours he was Peter Reid's true target. Connolly would eventually play on Wearside but the move he made then, in the summer of 1997, was to Feyenoord.

If news of Phillips' acquisition, at the initial knockdown price of 325,000 pounds, failed to cause immediate excitement, the consequences -- for player and club -- were to be extraordinary.

- Report: Poyet praises ref for Cala call

Seventeen years on, as the man known as "SuperKev" prepares to end a magnificent playing career, he is remembered as the one of the greatest strikers to wear Sunderland's red and white stripes.

His six years with the club ended unhappily with Sunderland relegated and Phillips wanting a move. Gathering doubts about his commitment were confirmed and he went to Southampton. But he had already done enough to ensure an overwhelming majority of fans would forever be grateful for the immense part he played in a brief but exhilarating spell in Sunderland's history.

It would be wrong to underestimate the contribution Niall Quinn made to the wonderful strike partnership that brought a runaway promotion and two successive top-seven Premier finishes under Reid. But attackers' reputations are made on goals and, while Quinn scored a good many of his own and was a superb provider, Phillips was utterly prolific.

Those six seasons yielded 134 goals, including the 30 he notched to win the Premier and European Golden Boot awards in 1999-2000. That was the season in which the former QPR, Manchester City and Tampa Bay Rowdies striker Rodney Marsh had blithely predicted he would struggle to score more than six.

Phillips at his best was a joy to watch, the sharp goal-poacher's instinct enhanced by outstanding vision and impressive athleticism to compensate for his lack of height.

Even in the relegation season of 2002-2003, when the goals were sparse and supporters moaned that he was not trying, I felt the bigger problem was that by then the team was so poor that he was having to do a great deal more than act as a forward. I even suspected he might turn into a combative but creative midfielder, but was wrong. The goalscoring knack returned at Southampton and was sustained at almost all of the other clubs for which he played in the final 10 years of his career.

West Brom, Birmingham and Blackpool fans, in particular, have their own fond memories of SuperKev. And who at Selhurst Park will ever forget the confident way he blasted home an extra-time penalty in the 2013 Championship promotion playoff final? It proved the winner that took Crystal Palace and not his old club, Watford, into the Premier League. Defying the advancing years -- he celebrated his 40th birthday two months later -- he remained at Palace for the first half of the current season before moving to Leicester City to assist in their promotion push.

Phillips himself acknowledges that he is most closely associated in neutrals' minds with his time at Sunderland. "That was where I made my name and I've still got huge affection for that football club," he said when announcing his decision to retire after Leicester's final game on Saturday.

As Phillips develops his media work and contemplates openings in management, one pressing question about his career has no adequate answer. Should he have played more often for England than the desultory eight games he was given? Football's jury is not so much still out as discharged in the knowledge it will never reach an agreed verdict.

Watching England's early exit from the Euro 2000 tournament in Belgium and the Netherlands, I felt relief that he had not even been sent on as a late substitute in any of the three matches to share the collective guilt. But I accept that Kevin Keegan, then the national coach, had reason to be dismissive of Phillips' form at international level: no goals from those eight games. We shall never know whether a longer run, or just a little luck in the outings he had, could have made him an England star.

But for supporters whose happiest sporting moments are spent watching their clubs and not their countries, Kevin Phillips will always be revered as a complete striker who embraced a succession of causes in style.

And I am delighted to note that memories of the Phillips/Quinn partnership will be revived next Monday when they team up again to play for a Sunderland XI against Wolves in testimonial match for another former Sunderland player, Jody Craddock. There'll be plenty to talk about over post-match drinks.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.