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Essien: Mourinho is a players´ manager
Michael Essien has defended coach Jose Mourinho as Real Madrid endure a difficult season with form struggles and rumoured player revolts.
After claiming the La Liga title in 2012, Mourinho's team now sit 13 points behind rivals Barcelona on the table.

There have also been reported fallouts with his players, including goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas.

"I think he (Jose Mourinho) is more close to his players, he's a manager but at the same time he is a teacher and a father," Essien said.

"He talks to everyone as a man and I thi ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 732 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 22:41

Real quartet star at table tennis
Four Real Madrid stars have taken advantage of the international break to show off their ping-pong skills.
Luka Modric, Sami Khedira, Michael Essien and Ricardo Carvalho teamed up in a titanic table tennis clash, with the midfield pair just about edging out the former Chelsea duo by 21 points to 19.

While the match may have appeared to be little more than a friendly, the competitive nature of the four stars soon began to shine through, with a stunning forehand smash from Essien the highlight of a closely-fought encounter.

With the scores deadlocked at 19 apiece, it was Essien who ultimately force ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 709 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 22:37

Dutch to trial ´sin-bin´ plan
The KNVB is introducing a scheme that will see a yellow card in the amateur game punished by a 10-minute spell on the sidelines.
The plans, which are to be brought in next season by the Dutch football body, will see a player removed from the action if they receive a booking and anyone who has been banned will have to show that they have improved their conduct before being allowed to return.

Anton Binnenmars, director of amateur football at the KNVB, said the manslaughter of linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen at the hands of three players at a local match late last year was the catalyst for the measures.

Category: News Views: 643 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 22:34

Allen out for season
Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.
The Wales international suffered a recurrence of his troublesome shoulder injury in October, while the club have confirmed he will now undergo surgery on Thursday.

Liverpool's first-team doctor Zaf Iqbal told the club's website: "Joe Allen is due to have a left shoulder operation tomorrow morning in Liverpool and will be ready to return to football at the beginning of next season."

The 23-year-old was brought off by Brendan Rodgers at half time in the 3-1 defeat to Southampton on Saturday and subseq ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 627 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 22:32

Constant happy with second behind Juve
AC Milan defender Kevin Constant has said that his side are aiming for a second placed finish in Serie A this season.
Milan are two points behind Napoli, who trail table-toppers Juventus by nine, and while the Guinean feels overhauling the champions will be tough, they could finish as runners-up.

"It will be difficult to catch Juventus unless there are missteps on their part," Constant told RMC.

"They are likely to finish champions but we have some important matches coming to up and we want to finish second. We have two matches coming against Fiorentina and against Napoli at San Siro. ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 719 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 22:28

Lukaku concentrates on West Brom, for now
On-loan West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku is refusing to discuss his Chelsea future until the end of the current campaign.
The 19-year-old has been in sparkling from since joining the Baggies on a season-long deal last summer - netting 13 times in 25 Premier League appearances.

Lukaku is set to return to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, with West Brom manager Steve Clarke negative on his chances of keeping the youngster, but the Belgian is keen to direct all focus on performing for the Baggies until then.

He told reporters: "I am just waiting until the end of season. I am just performing fo ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 642 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 22:25

FIFA hit back at Mourinho´s ´fix´ claims
FIFA have defended their World Coach of the Year award in the wake of Jose Mourinho's claim that the process was fixed.
The Real Madrid coach said in a TV interview on Tuesday that he was right not to attend the 2012 Ballon d'Or Gala, highlighting an apparent adjustment of voters' submissions which he suggested had compromised his hopes of winning the award given to the year's outstanding boss.

Mourinho told Record: "Do I regret not attending the gala? No, it was the right decision.

"They called me more than once. Two or three people said they voted for me but they appeared in another vote so I ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 718 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 20:45

´Disaster´ fear for Schwarzer against Oman
Stand-in captain Mark Schwarzer says it will be a 'disaster' if the Socceroos do not pick up three points against Oman.
Australia takes on Oman in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier in Sydney but is only just holding on to second spot in Group B.

First and second positions guarantee automatic qualification with the Socceroos under threat from Oman, Iraq and Jordan after Japan has all but secured top position.

Australia, Iraq and Oman are level on five points but the Socceroos have a better goal difference and a game in hand.

"(The ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 593 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 20:43

Rodgers backs Sterling to play for Under-21s
Raheem Sterling could benefit from representing England at the Under-21 European Championship this summer.
That's the view of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who has withdrawn Sterling from Premier League duty in recent weeks following the arrivals of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, amid fears the 18-year-old might suffer burnout.

But the Northern Irishman insists he has no reservations about releasing the talented youngster for the tournament, arguing it could help his development.

"I spoke to Stuart Pearce because we have a number of England U21 boys here, and I don't think it would ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 1026 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 20:35

Conte eyes long-term stay at Juventus
Juventus coach Antonio Conte insists he has no plans to leave the club any time soon as he dreams of winning more silverware.
The 43-year-old hinted at a move abroad on the weekend as he feels there is a lack of respect for Juve in Italy.

But the successful coach, who led them to the Serie A title last season, has now made it clear he is happy to remain at Juve for the foreseeable future. 

"When my career at Juventus is over in 10 to 15 years, I might have the desire to move abroad. However, I hope that day is still far away," Conte told Tuttosport.
Category: News Views: 699 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 20:27

ყველაზე დიდი შემოსავლების მქონე ფეხბურთელების ტოპ 10
მსოფლიოს ყველაზე დიდი შემოსავლების მქონე ფეხბურთელების ათეულს ასეთი სახე აქვს:

მე-10 ადგილი. ფერნანდო ტორესი,  ჩელსი, 16.3 მლნ. ევრო წელიწადში
მე-9 ადგილი. იაია ტურე,  მანჩესტერ სიტი, 16.6 მლნ. ევრო წელიწადში
მე-8 ადგილი. ზლატან იბრაგიმოვიჩი,  პსჟ, 17.5 მლნ. ევრო წელიწადში
მე-7 ადგილი.უეინ რუნი,  მანჩესტერ იუნაიტედი, 18 მლნ. ევრო წელიწადში
მე-6 ადგილი. სერხიო აგუერო,  მანჩესტერ სიტი, 19 მლნ. ევრო წელიწადში
მე-5 ადგილი. ნეიმარი,  სანტოსი, 20 მლნ. ევრო წელიწადში
მე-4 ადგილ ... Read more »
Category: ახალი ამბები Views: 753 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 19:04

Bayern unhappy to face Juve, says Buffon
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes Bayern Munich will not be pleased to have been paired with the Serie A champions. 
The experienced shot-stopper admits Bayern have a better record than Juve in the Champions League, but says Juve are a force to be reckoned with in the quarter-final tie. 

"We should approach the Champions League in the same way we’ve done up until now, hoping to gain the plaudits for a pro-active style of play, whilst also looking to gain the respect of our opponents. By and large we’ve achieved this objective," Buffon told the club's website. 

"In the qu ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 728 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 18:41

Lucas nearing his best
Liverpool midfielder Lucas believes he is finally rediscovering his best form after a succession of injury problems.
 The Brazilian matured into a key figure at Anfield following the departures of Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano, but saw his campaign cut short last season by an anterior cruciate ligament injury picked up in December 2011. 

His return was further hampered by a torn thigh muscle in August, but since returning to the side in December he has been ever-present, and now he believes the stellar performances of old are returning.

"I am not there yet but I feel I am getting very ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 644 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 18:35

De Gea: I´ve matured in Manchester
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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea says he has matured as a footballer and person in his two years at the club.
The 22-year-old moved to Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid for a fee in the region of 17 million pounds in June 2011, signing as the primary replacement for Edwin van der Sar, who retired that off-season. 

De Gea initially drew criticism for several costly mistakes and doubts were cast over his suitability for the physicality of the English Premier League but he has since ousted team-mate Anders Lindegaard as United's number one. 

"I've changed a lot in Manchester," he t ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 668 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 18:32

Real Madrid can match Barca, says Mijatovic
Predrag Mijatovic feels Real Madrid have no reason to fear Barcelona as they have shown this season they are on the same level as their rivals. 
Both sides have already met six times this term, with Real coming out victorious on three occasions, Barca winning once, and the remaining two encounters ending all square.

Mijatovic believes Real Madrid have nothing to worry about if they were to meet each other again in the Champions League. 

"Recently we can say that we've established some good statistics against Barcelona," the former Real Madrid attacker told Marca. 
Category: News Views: 704 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 18:14

Lampard: It´s not MLS or England
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard insists an off-season move to MLS would not spell the end of his England career.
Lampard has yet to agree an extension to his current Chelsea contract, which expires this off-season, and Los Angeles Galaxy have been widely touted as the likeliest destination should he decide to move on. 

Following England's 2-1 win over Brazil last month, manager Roy Hodgson admitted it would 'complicate things' if Lampard moved across the Atlantic, but the 34-year-old is convinced his international career could continue. 

"England will always be a big part of any decisi ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 692 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 18:11

Michu: Swansea ideal stepping stone
Swansea City star Michu has hailed the set-up at the club, claiming it is ideal for players aiming to break onto the international scene.
Jonathan de Guzman has recently received a call-up to the Netherlands squad, while Ashley Williams has been installed as Wales captain.

Former Rayo Vallecano man Michu believes such examples are a testament to the work done at the Liberty Stadium.

He told Swansea's official website: "When we see a lot of our players being called up for their national team that is a very good thing for Swansea.

Category: News Views: 724 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 18:06

Bale sits out Wales training
Tottenham's Gareth Bale sat out training for Wales on Tuesday, but is still set to face Scotland in Friday's World Cup qualifier.
A late double from Bale inspired Chris Coleman's side to a 2-1 win over Scotland at the Cardiff City Stadium back in October and the midfielder is again expected to be the centre of attention as the Welsh aim to keep their slim hopes of World Cup qualification alive.

Neither Coleman or the Welsh FA have not revealed any doubts over Bale's participation and team-mate Sam Vokes was quick to calm fears over his absence from training.

Vokes told BBC Sport: "We think he is goi ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 679 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 18:02

Blatter backs Brazil to deliver
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has reaffirmed his belief that Brazil will deliver a successful World Cup in 2014.
The 77-year-old is in the country ahead of the Confederations Cup and attended a meeting with the Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo to discuss progress ahead of the tournament.

"I am sure that the five time winners will present an outstanding competition in 2014," he told

"I am confident that through its economic power and strength of will, Brazil will be ready and deliver a wonderful World Cup."

Rebelo ha ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 732 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 17:57

Roar braced for crunch games
Brisbane Roar veteran Shane Stefanutto says his side are looking forward to the do-or-die matches facing them in the coming weeks.
The Roar sit seventh in the A-League ladder, but can ensure qualification for the finals by winning their last two regular season matches, against Melbourne Heart and Sydney FC.

After a four-match unbeaten run, Brisbane put in their worst performance in recent weeks in losing 1-0 to the Central Coast Mariners last Sunday, but they will take heart from the fact they control their own finals destiny.

Left-back Stefanutto says the Roar players perform ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 658 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 17:54

Navas swats away Del Bosque doubts
Spain winger Jesus Navas has defended head coach Vicente del Bosque after his FIFA Coach of the Year award was called into question.
The 62-year-old saw off competition from Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho to claim the accolade in January, only for Mourinho to criticise the voting process.

However, the Sevilla man is delighted with the impact Del Bosque has had on the national team.

"Del Bosque has given us all titles and we are very happy," Navas told reporters.

"We have to think about football and what lies ahead. And nothing mo ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 623 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 17:50

Anelka eyes double delight
Nicolas Anelka says he is hoping to win both the Champions League and Serie A titles with Juventus this season.
The Frenchman joined the Bianconeri in January, and while he is contemplating retirement in Turin, his primary focus is helping his side to success this season.

"I'd like to finish my career in Turin," the 34-year-old told the Corriere dello Sport.

"But what I would like the most is to win the Champions League and Serie A double."

Anelka has been used sparingly since moving to Italy, but coach Antonio Conte has insisted ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 693 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 17:46

Mourinho: Ronaldo deserved Ballon d´Or
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho believes Cristiano Ronaldo deserved to win the 2012 Ballon d'Or ahead of Lionel Messi.
The Barcelona star picked up the award for the fourth straight year, but the former Inter boss feels that Ronaldo's exploits in La Liga should have seen him pip his rival.

"Cristiano should have won the award to the best player in the world," Mourinho told RTP1.

"He was champion in La Liga, he was decisive in the league with all the records."

Messi broke Gerd Muller's 40-year record of 85 goals for club and coun ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 593 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 17:41

Serie B: Varese - Novara
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Betting Tip

Varese - Novara - Varese is playing very well at home ground. They have 8-5-3 where they scored 30 and conceded 19 goals. That's average 3,1 goals per game. Their top scorer is Ebagua (13 goals) and he will be in the squad for today. The coach will not have this players for this game:  Fiamozzi (df 14/0), Lazaar (df 11/0), Oduamadi (mf 8/1), Corti (mf 22/0), Zecchin (mf 27/4).

 Novara is solid team who is in the middle but they have chances for playoff. On the road they have 5-4-7 where they scored 2 ... Read more »
Category: Betting Tips Views: 895 Added: Better Date: 20.03.2013 - 16:28

NBA: Houston Rockets - Utah Jazz
Preview - Betting Tip

Houston Rockets - Utah Jazz Rockets and Utah are in a big fight for the playoffs, although here Houston has an upper hand. Due to its weaker results Utah lost the eight position, but still has a chance by the end of the regular season to squeeze in the top eight. So this match can change very much the outcome of the season for these teams. Begins: 21.03.2013 – 02:00 CET 

Houston Rockets
Houston is currently the seventh in the West but right next to are the Lakers, while Utah Jazz is in the ninth place. The di ... Read more »
Category: Betting Tips Views: 880 Added: Better Date: 20.03.2013 - 04:25

Wigan surrounds suit Di Santo
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Franco Di Santo insists he is happy to remain with relegation-threatened Wigan, despite his contract expiring at the end of the season.
The former Chelsea man is happy with Wigan's progress this season and wants to be a key part of Roberto Martinez's plans at the DW Stadium.

He told TyC Sports: "We're doing fine at Wigan. We are in the semis of the FA Cup. My contract is up in June and I haven't been playing a lot lately because there are too many things going on.

"It'd be key for me to keep playing. I'd love to stay in the Premier League. We'll see about that.
Category: News Views: 761 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 03:54

Capello pleased with London visit
Russia coach Fabio Capello says bringing his team to London is ideal preparation for their crunch World Cup qualifying clash with Northern Ireland.
The Eastern Europeans sit five points clear at the top of Group F and the former England boss feels preparations for their trip to Belfast on Friday are going well.

"In London, we have everything we need to prepare well for a very important game," Capello told the Russian Football Union's official website.

"The training base is nearby, and the airport is too. Belfast is almost a stone's throw away. It's very convenient. But most of all I am glad that ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 764 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 03:50

Luiz coy on Brazil captaincy
Brazil defender David Luiz said the captaincy for his nation's friendly with Italy on Thursday was still up in the air.
It is rumoured the armband will fall either to the Chelsea man or PSG defender Thiago Silva, with Luiz claiming a decision was yet to be made on who would lead Brazil out of the tunnel at the Stade de Geneve.

"I do not know who it will be. I think both have to keep the spirit of leadership within the team. The most important thing is the team and all players have to try their best," Luiz said. 

"Thiago Silva and I have a great friendship off the field too and I'm sure whoever ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 750 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 03:22

ბუფონი ნაკრებში ტოტის გამოძახების წინააღმდეგი არაა
იტალიის ნაკრების და "იუვენტუსის” გოლკიპერი მიესალმება ფრანჩესკო ტოტის "სკუადრა აძურაში” დაბრუნების იდეას. შეგახსენებთ, რომ გუშინ ნაკრების მთავარმა მწვრთნელმა ჩეზარე პრანდელიმ განაცხადა, ტოტის გამოვიძახებ, თუ "რომაში” კარგ ასპარეზობას გააგრძელებსო.

"ზოგიერთი რასა ჩეზარე პრანდელის აზრს იზიარებს. პირადად ჩემთვის, ტოტი ყოველთვის იყო ჩვენი გუნდის სატელიტი”, – განაცხადა ბუფონმა.

"თუ ის ასეთივე დონეზე განაგრძობთ თამაშს, მწვრთნელს კარგი საბაბი ექნება, რომ მუნდიალზე წაიყვანოს”.

"2006 წლის მსოფლიოს ჩემპიონატის შემდეგ ტოტიმ მთელი კარიერის "რომასთვის” დათმობა არჩია. შეიძლება ეს სწორი არჩევანიც იყო. ვთხ ... Read more »
Category: ახალი ამბები Views: 842 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 01:15

მონტოია ბარსელონას დატოვებს
21 წლის მარჯვენა მცველი, კლუბის ხელმძღვანელებს ამ ზაფხულს სატრანსფერო ფანჯარაზე დაყენებას მოსთხოვს. 

ამ გადაწყვეტილების მიღების მიზეზი, ნაკლები სათამაშო დროის ქონაა. ფეხბურთელმა იმედი გამოთქვა, რომ დანი ალვეშის დაშავების გამო, მას მოედანზე უფრო დიდი ხნის გატარების საშუალება ექნებოდა. თუმცა, ჟორდი როურამ დანიელის ნაცვლად ადრიანოს თამაში გადაწყვიტა.

ახალგაზრდა მოთამაშე ასევე იმედოვნებს, რომ მომავალ წელს მსოფლიო ჩემპიონატზე თავის გამოჩენის საშუალება მიეცემა.
Category: ახალი ამბები Views: 744 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 01:13

შესნი არსენალში დარჩება
"მეთოფეთა” გოლკიპერმა, თავის ლონდონურ სამომავლო გეგმებზე ისაუბრა.

"მე ამ კლუბში ძალიან ბედნიერი ვარ, რადგან ერთობ მეგობრული თანაგუნდელები მყავს. მე მჯერა, რომ "მეთოფეთა” ფილოსოფია ჩვენ წარმატებას მოგვიტანს და ეს გუნდი გამარჯვებებს კვლავ გააგრძელებს.”-აცხადებს ვოიზეხ შესნი.

"მე არასდროს მიფიქრია, სამუშაო ადგილის შეცვლაზე. ჩემი მიმდინარე კონტრაქტი 2015 წლამდეა ხელმოწერილი და კვლავ დავიცავ "არსენალის” ღირსებას, რადგან მე მათ ვჭირდები.”-დაასრულა პოლონელმა ფეხბურთელმა.
Category: ახალი ამბები Views: 729 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 01:10

სანტოსი რობინიოზე დაკვირვებას განაგრძობს
ბრაზილიური "სანტოსი” "მილანის” თავდამსხმელის რობინიოს ხელში ჩაგდების იმედს არ კარგავს.

"ჩვენ რობინიოს გადაბირებით ვართ დაინტერესებულნი. თუმცა "მილანთან” მოლაპარაკებებს ზაფხულში დავიწყებთ, როდესაც ბრაზილიაში ახალი სატრანსფერო ფანჯარა გაიხსნება”, – აცხადებს "სანტოსის” სპორტული დირექტორი ანდრე ზანოტა.

"ამ მომენტისათვის ჩვენი შანსები რობინიოს გადაბირებასთან დაკავშირებით არც თუ ისე დიდია, თუმცა ზაფხულში შესაძლოა ყველაფერი შეიცვალოს”.

შეგახსენებთ, "წმინდანები” ფორვარდის გადაბირებასთან ახლოს ჯერ კიდევ ზამთრის სატრანსფერო ბაზარზე იყვნენ, თუმცა საბოლოო ჯამში ეს ტრანსფერი ჩაიშალა.
Category: ახალი ამბები Views: 614 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 01:08

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ლონდონის "ჩელსის” მცველი გარი კეჰილი ინგლისის ნაციონალურ ნაკრებს სან-მარინოსთან გასამართ შეხვედრაში ვერ დაეხმარება.

"არისტოკრატების” ოფიციალური საიტის ინფორმაციით, ჯანმრთელობასთან დაკავშირებული პრობლემების გამო ზემოთნახსენებ შეხვედრაში მონაწილეობის მიღებას ვერ შეძლებს. კეჰილის ტრავმის ხასიათთან დაკავშირებით ჯერჯერობით არაფერი არ არის ცნობილი.

ცნობილია, რომ ინგლისის ნაციონალური ნაკრების ექიმები იმედოვნებენ, რომ ფეხბურთელი ჩერნოგორიასთან მატჩისთვის სრულ მზადყოფნაში იქნება, რომელიც ზუსტად ერთი კვირის თავზე გაიმართება.

ტრავმირებულ კეჰილს ნაკრების შემადგენლობაში "ნიუკასლის” მცველი სტივენ ტ ... Read more »
Category: ახალი ამბები Views: 658 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 01:04

Lucas:Ibrahimovic insults us a lot
The Brazil international says star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has helped him settle in to life at Paris Saint-Germain but admits the forward can be difficult to work with.
Lucas Moura has revealed Paris Saint-Germain's talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic frequently "complains" and "insults" his teammates.

The 20-year-old joined the Ligue 1 giant from Sao Paulo in the January transfer window, and though he sees the talent in Ibrahimovic, he also says the star forward is a complicated player.

"What I can already say about Zlatan is that he is a very strong player," Lucas told Fox Sports Radio. "Ibra is a complicated figure. He always asks ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 738 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 00:40

Aguero to return to Manchester City after failing to recover from injury with Argentina
The striker left for international duty despite not featuring since Feb. 24 and will now make his way back to the Etihad Stadium after being assessed by medical staff.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will return to England on Wednesday after failing to recover from a knee injury while on international duty.

 The 24-year-old met up with the Argentina squad on Monday, but Alejandro Sabella’s medical staff deemed it unwise to risk him in the upcoming World Cup qualifying doubleheader against Venezuela and Bolivia.

Ezequiel Lavezzi is expected to replace Aguero in the Argentina starting lineup, ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 699 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 00:31

Bayern-Juventus will be likea Champions League final, says Rummenigge
The Bavarian chief is of the opinion that the two European giants are set for a tough encounter in the last eight of the competition

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes that the club’s Champions League quarterfinal clash with Juventus is the sort of match which would befit the final.

The two European giants have been drawn against each other having knocked out Arsenal and Celtic respectively in the last 16.

Rummenigge, a former Bayern and Inter star, expressed his opinion that it will be a difficult tie for the Bavarians but one that will be entertaining due to the quality of the two s ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 733 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 00:28

Newcastle assistant John Carver charged with misconduct by FA
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The Magpies coach faces possible action following a halftime bust-up with Wigan players and staff in reaction to Callum McManaman's horror challenge on Massadio Mairdara.

Newcastle assistant manager and former Toronto FC coach John Carver has been charged by the Football Association with misconduct over his involvement in a halftime alternation during his side's Premier League fixture against Wigan on Sunday.

Carver was seen approaching Wigan player Callum McManaman at halftime following the forward’s horror challenge on Magpies defender Massadio Haidara, and had to be restrained by other staff and players.

Category: News Views: 655 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 00:23

Ramos:I want to go down in the history of Spanish football
The Real Madrid defender is adamant la Roja can qualify for World Cup 2014, while David de Gea, Isco and Javi Garcia are all delighted to be part of the senior set-up

Sergio Ramos is hopeful he can go down in history ahead of reaching the 100-cap mark for Spain this week.

The Real Madrid defender is on the verge of becoming the youngest ever player to bring up a century of appearances for his country - beating Lukas Podolski’s previous mark - though he called for focus ahead of crucial World Cup 2014 qualifiers against Finland and France this month.

"On a personal level, it'll be a moment to enjoy," he ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 726 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 00:20

Germans comfortable on synthetic turf
Germany assistant coach Hans-Dieter Flick insisted his team will be prepared for the challenge of playing on synthetic turf in Kazakhstan.
The squad have been training on a similar facility in Frankfurt ahead of making the long trip to central Asia for their World Cup qualifier.

Joachim Loew's side are in pole position in Group C of UEFA qualifying for the 2014 tournament in Brazil, and are strong favourites to beat the hosts in Astana.

And Flick was confident they would vindicate that favouritism at the Astana Arena on Friday.

"I think we've shown a couple of times now, however, that we can handle this - we've already played a few matches over there," Flick ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 657 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 00:14

Lampard: Ferdinand has England future
Frank Lampard believes Rio Ferdinand still has a future with England, calling him a player of 'fantastic quality'.
The Manchester United star pulled out of the squad for England's upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers, but Lampard says he is good enough to return to the side.

"I was sorry for him (Rio Ferdinand) and the team because he has been in fantastic form and sorry to lose a player of fantastic quality, but this is about the squad getting the results it needs," Lampard said at an England press conference on Tuesday.

"You see his performances against Real Madrid, particularly away where he was ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 729 Added: Sky Date: 20.03.2013 - 00:13

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