In this episode, Arsenal and Alexis Sanchez put contract talks on hold, Jose Mourinho is moving Man United in right direction and it's revealed Diego Costa wanted out of Chelsea.
The Manchester Derby is officially headed for the United States, one of several massive-named matches in the 2017 International Champions Cup this summer. The Mancunian foes will square off at a to be announced location on July 20, with United then facing both Real Madrid (Santa Clara) and Barcelona (Landover). United previously announced that it would play in Santa Clara, Salt Lake, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and a fifth location. Man City is scheduled to play in L.A. on July 26, and United will be in Santa Clara on July 23, but don’t pencil Salt Lake City in yet. It’s likely organizers will want to put the game in the biggest venue it can, so maybe City doubles up at the Coliseum? Could Seattle
That was master wordcrafter Phil AlsoNamed on the center back position heading into the season prior to the Shkodran Mustafi signing but following the knee injury to Per Mertesacker. Now seven months into the 2016/17 season, how are things looking at the back? First Team Arsenal’s captain, who joined the team in the infamous late 2011 summer spending spree, has been sidelined all season since picking up a knee injury in training in the summer. In January, Mertesacker extended his contract through the 2017/18 season, so we haven’t seen the last of the BFG yet. At 32-years old though and coming off of a knee injury, it’s fair to wonder how much he has left in those long legs. Koscielny joined Arsenal
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Benjamin Palandella dribbles around a bigger boy who comes charging at him and shoots to goal with shocking force for a 7-year-old player. Nearby, children jump to head a ball tethered on a rope, tip-toe over hoops and dribble around orange cones. The kids training in this concrete court in a Buenos Aires working class neighborhood play for Club Social Parque. It’s the same soccer talent factory where international stars like Diego Maradona, Carlos Tevez and Juan Roman Riquelme polished their skills as children. Spain’s “La Masia” youth academy may be the famed bedrock of Barcelona’s success and where Lionel Messi started training at 13 when he emigrated from Argentina.
There are ways to do things, and there are ways not to do things. For instance: you don’t show up at someone’s house uninvited, kick off your shoes, plop down on the couch, and demand that someone brings you a beer. You don’t go to someone’s house for dinner, take two bites of your food, then throw it on the floor and demand that the hosts order a pizza because you don’t like what you were given. And, when you leave somewhere, you should really leave with some grace and dignity, or at the very least, you should leave quietly. This is a lesson that, even a decade on, is lost on Ashley Cole, of the Carson Galaxy Of Los Angeles of The Major League Soccer League. As you may recall, Cole’s leaving
Oh, Mario. Now, we all know Mario Balotelli has done some strange things on and off the pitch during his career (talking selfies with pitch invaders, the ‘Why Always Me?’ shirt and setting off fireworks from inside the bathroom of his house are up there) but this is classic Balotelli. Ahead of Nice’s 1-1 draw at Nantes on Sunday in Ligue 1, Balotelli missed the opening minutes of the match because… he had tied his laces too tight. Watch the video below to see the hilarious incident play out as Nice were without the Italian striker for the opening minutes of their game. Needless to say his manager Lucien Favre was far from impressed…
Former Liverpool captain and coach Ronnie Moran has died at the age of 83. His son confirmed his death on Wednesday, stating Moran passed away after losing his battle with a “short illness” this morning. Moran played for Liverpool from 1952 to 1966 and made 379 appearances for the Reds. He then went on to work for the Merseyside club as a coach from 1966 until 1998 when he retired. The local lad won an incredible 44 trophies during his time at Anfield — seven as a player — making him a Liverpool legend as he was also 11 league titles and four European cups as a coach and worked under the likes of Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and Graeme Souness. Tributes have poured in for Moran as he had a huge
Arsene Wenger has branded speculation that he has been made an offer by Paris Saint-Germain as "fake news". It was reported in England that the Ligue 1 champions have made an approach to bring Wenger to Parc des Princes on a two-year deal at the end of the season. "That is what you call fake news.
This next week may define a generation of USMNT players, but only if it goes poorly. That may sound overly dramatic, but it isn’t. The United States started 0-2 in the final round of World Cup qualifying, earned its coach a firing, and now stares down its status in the confederation. Honduras is coming on Friday, far from a pushover. Then it’s off to Panama for another tricky tie. In a vacuum, coming up short in one of the two isn’t the end of the world, but the Yanks will be expected to take a minimum four points. Even that would be a disappointment to many. The crutches are gone, aside from any being used by injured players back in Germany (Bobby Wood and Fabian Johnson chief amongst them).
Djibril Sidibe has warned any potential suitors he will not even consider leaving Monaco if he cannot be guaranteed regular first-team football. The French full-back has been a revelation at Stade Louis II this season as Monaco have taken Ligue 1 and the Champions League by storm. Sidibe has played 24 of their 30 league matches to help them open up a three-point lead at the summit, while being an ever-present in their run to the last eight of Europe's elite club competition.
Bastian Schweinsteiger arrived at Manchester United from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2015 amid plenty of promise. He leaves with plenty of question marks surrounding his time in the Premier League and has spent close to 12 months in the shadows. Schweinsteiger, 32, signed for the Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer on Tuesday on a one-year deal as he brought an end to his disappointing 18 months at Old Trafford. The German World Cup winner was signed by former United boss Louis Van Gaal and became somewhat of a scapegoat of LVG’s second season in charge which saw the Red Devils turn into a predictable, laborious team to watch as they failed to break teams down and finished fifth in the Premier
Hector Bellerin is with the Spanish national team this week in what must be a welcome departure from the dour grounds at Arsenal. The Gunners’ struggles are not inescapable, though, and Bellerin’s electric skill set combined with the uncertainty of Arsene Wenger‘s future has the Arsenal back talking about his future. Bellerin, 22, left Barcelona in 2011 to join Arsenal’s academy, and admitted Tuesday that the club still has a special place in his heart. From Sport: “It’s nice there are a lot of big clubs that are interested in me, but if one of those is Barcelona that’s special. I don’t forget I grew up in that home and I will never forget my stay at Barcelona.” However, he added: “I left Barcelona
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has no regrets following his disappointing campaign having turned down a summer move to Arsenal. The 30-year-old scored six goals in the first six months of the campaign, but a run of four in his last five appearances and signalled an improvement in fortunes for the Premier League champions. Vardy himself has been subject to death threats amid accusations he instigated a coup against the former manager.
Lukas Podolski has won a EURO, a World Cup, and the Bundesliga with two different sides. Only Lothar Matthaus and Miroslav Klose have been capped more than Germany’s Polish born Podolski, and he received a hero’s send-off from the home crowd at Germany’s 1-0 win over England on Wednesday. And of course he sent himself off in style with a gorgeous goal. Podolski said there were more than 30,000 people from Cologne at the match, where he won one of his two Bundesliga titles. “That’s when you know where you home is, and that you’ve done a lot of good, also off the pitch,” Podolski said. “That makes me very proud.” It was a perfect night to say goodbye, and the goal made it almost surreal (Thomas
Thibaut Courtois wants to remain at Chelsea. The Belgium goalkeeper, 24, has had yet another fine campaign this season as Antonio Conte‘s Blues charge towards the Premier League title and has established himself alongside David De Gea and Hugo Lloris as the best goalkeepers in the PL. Speaking to Spanish radio station Cadena Sur, Courtois confirmed he wants to stay at Chelsea but also stated that no contract talks are ongoing with his current club about an extension to his deal which runs out in 2019. “I don’t see myself at Real Madrid,” Courois said. “I see myself at Chelsea, the club that six years ago saw me playing in Belgium and gave me the opportunity to sign for them. They also allowed
File the World Cup qualifiers and friendlies under the same interest level as sleep. READ MORE: Is Wayne Rooney to sign for West Ham? Here are five players worth keeping a close eye on across this international break.
A week ago, we brought you the story of goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes finding a new club despite a conviction for ordering the torture and murder of his mistress, whose body was then fed to dogs. The two were having a disagreement on child support. Fernandes, 32, was set free from jail on a technicality and has since been signed by Boa Esporte in Brazil. He said he couldn’t “throw in the towel” on his career because he believed in himself. Fans were outraged with the team, major sponsors pulled their funding, and an activist group even hacked Boa Esporte’s web page. And the club is digging in its heels. Boa Esporte’s president, Rone Moraes da Costa, reacted to protests by saying he’d rather move
James McClean is a colorful personality who doesn’t shy away from strong opinions — he once called Jurgen Klopp “a bit of an idiot” — and the West Brom man is using the big stage of World Cup qualifying to proudly honor a deceased ex-teammate. McClean has long before friends with Derry City captain Ryan McBride, who shockingly died hours after leading his side to a league win this weekend. Given his age (27), few saw it coming even after McBride admitted to feeling ill after the match. McBride and McClean played together at Derry, and the latter was excused from Republic of Ireland training to attend funeral services this week. He’s still expected to play a role in Ireland’s World Cup qualifier
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied he has been offered a two-year deal to become coach at Paris Saint-Germain. The 67-year-old Wenger, who has been in his position since 1996, is under increased pressure after Arsenal's 3-1 loss at West Bromwich Albion that saw the team drop to sixth place. It was Arsenal's fourth loss in five Premier League games.
Year Two of the Pep Guardiola era at Manchester City could feature another big goalkeeper purchase. Claudio Bravo hasn’t panned out in sky blue, and Joe Hart doesn’t look likely to be coming back. Wily Caballero is getting the lion’s share of the minutes right now, playing every minute aside from a trio of FA Cup matches since February. $43 million is the fee noted by Abola when it comes to the latest target for Guardiola, a neck-tattooed Brazilian by the name of Ederson. The Benfica backstop, 23, has 20 clean sheets in 32 appearances this season. He signed a new six-year deal in late January, but money may talk here.
Arsene Wenger has downplayed the significance of Arsenal's struggles this season by pointing out that a team like Liverpool have never won the title in the Premier League era. Arsenal have dropped to sixth place in the table following their 3-1 loss at West Brom last weekend, while they crashed out of the Champions League following a 10-2 aggregate defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich. Wenger, however, feels Arsenal's situation is not as bad as some make it out to be, stressing the quality of the other teams in the Premier League these days makes it difficult to consistently win trophies.
LA Galaxy left back Ashley Cole left Arsenal for Chelsea more than a decade ago, but that hasn’t erased the bitter memories of the departure from his boyhood club. Cole was famously involved in a “tapping up” meeting with Chelsea without Arsenal’s permission in 2005, but signed a contract extension with the Gunners. Still, he was gone a year later in messy circumstances. As the most capped fullback in England’s history who boasts both Premier League and Champions League titles with Chelsea, Cole easily could rest on his own laurels and move on from the divorce. But when asked whether he’s enjoying Arsenal’s current struggles, Cole couldn’t help himself. “If I’m honest, yeah, I still think to
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