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Roma fans stage training ground protest
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Roma supporters have staged a protest outside the club's training ground in the wake of last week's Coppa Italia final defeat to Lazio.
Aurelio Andreazzoli's men were beaten 1-0 by their bitter city rivals on Sunday, and missed out on UEFA Europa League qualification as well as silverware as a result.

Around 200 fans subsequently gathered outside the club's Trigoria base to call for the resignation of directors Franco Baldini, Walter Sabatini and Mauro Baldissoni.

Daniele De Rossi and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo are also believed to have been targeted by the group of supporters, while one banner read: "Give us back our Roma."

Category: News Views: 682 Added: Sky Date: 01.06.2013 - 18:43

Van Nistelrooy praises top class Van Persie
premier league
Former Manchester United star Ruud van Nistelrooy has praised striker Robin van Persie for his excellent first season at the club.
Van Persie enjoyed a superb campaign, finding the net 30 times in all competitions for the Old Trafford outfit after joining from Arsenal last August and helping them to the Premier League title.

Van Nistelrooy collected one league winners' medal and also won the FA Cup and League Cup in his time at United, and feels that his compatriot Van Persie is among the best strikers in the world.

He told the club's official website: "Robin made a massive impact in his first season. Right from the beginning. He's been a great signing and it ended with h ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 689 Added: Sky Date: 01.06.2013 - 18:39

Prandelli considering options for qualifier
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says there is plenty of room for improvement after his side's 4-0 friendly win over San Marino on Friday.
Goals from Andrea Poli, Alberto Gilardino, Andrea Pirlo and Alberto Aquilani powered a comfortable win in Bologna.

Prandelli said he was satisfied with the performance but has some decisions to make ahead of their World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic on Friday.

"We need to improve the tempo when we start moves from the back, but physically we're in good shape," Prandelli said.

"I cannot name names now, as I wanted to see some players in action and they all deserve to be here, but I have to make choices.
... Read more »
Category: News Views: 625 Added: Sky Date: 01.06.2013 - 18:37

Vilanova dismisses Cruyff calls
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova says he will definitely be in charge of the team next season despite calls for him to resign.
Barca legend Johan Cruyff had told the media that Vilanova should step down and focus on his health.

The 44-year-old had a tumour removed in 2011, but suffered a relapse in December 2012 and consequently missed several months of the 2012/13 campaign to undergo treatment.

But Vilanova said he had no intention of relinquishing his post.

"Well, I don't have anything to say because I've already told you. I can say it louder but not clearer. I will be here at Barcelona next season," Vilanova said.
Category: News Views: 733 Added: Sky Date: 01.06.2013 - 18:36

Mourinho thanks Real fans
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Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has sent out a message of thanks to the club and their fans ahead of his final game in charge on Saturday.
The Portuguese trainer and Spanish giants reached a decision to tear up his contract at the end of the season, meaning he is free to return to Chelsea in the off-season.

Mourinho will take charge of his last game as Real coach against Osasuna on Saturday and wished everyone at the club all the best going forward.

"I wish everyone associated with Real Madrid much happiness in the future," he said in a statement on the club's website.

"I appreciate the support of lots of fans ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 555 Added: Sky Date: 01.06.2013 - 18:35

Ribery close to new Bayern contract
Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that winger Franck Ribery is close to signing a new deal with the club.
Ribery has enjoyed great success since joining the Bundesliga outfit from Marseille in 2007, adding the UEFA Champions League to a list of honours including three German titles when Bayern overcame Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on May 25.

The France international had previously indicated that he wanted to finish his career at the Allianz Arena, and Rummenigge has now confirmed that the Bavarian giants are close to renewing the 30-year-old's contract.

"I can reveal that we have agreed terms in principle," he told Bild.
Category: News Views: 660 Added: Sky Date: 01.06.2013 - 18:33

Pellegrini almost took charge at Barcelona
Manchester City-bound Manuel Pellegrini has revealed he was almost hired by Barcelona instead of Pep Guardiola.
The La Liga champions went on to enjoy incredible success under the Spaniard – including winning two Champions League trophies – while Pellegrini spent a year in charge at Real Madrid before being ousted in favour of Jose Mourinho.

Pellegrini's reputation has grown since his move to Malaga in 2010 and ahead of his last game in charge of them against Tito Vilanova's Barca, the Chilean said the past few years could have turned out very differently for him and Guardiola.

"Before Pep Guardiola took charge of Barcelona, I was very close to signing," he told Television Nacional de Chile.
Category: News Views: 619 Added: Sky Date: 01.06.2013 - 18:32

Puyol: I want to play until I am 40
la ligaBarcelona captain Carles Puyol wants to come back stronger from his injury and play until he is 40.
The Spain international defender has missed the last two-and-a-half months with a knee problem, sparking rumours he may retire.

However, the 35-year-old has insisted his recovery is going well and he plans to be back representing the La Liga champions next season and beyond. 

Puyol also reiterated his desire to see out his contract, which expires in 2016, and play until he reaches 40 years of age. 

"My future is at Barca," he said.

"I ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 638 Added: Sky Date: 01.06.2013 - 02:29

Gervinho: I want to stay at Arsenal
Arsenal forward Gervinho has dismissed speculation linking him with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.
After a disappointing season in which the Ivorian failed to establish himself as a regular starter at the Emirates Stadium, he has targeted an improvement in the next campaign.

As well as wanting to become a fixture Arsene Wenger's line-up, Gervinho also wants to remain at the club for some years to come.

"I have a contract until 2015 with Arsenal and I intend to honour it," he told Sky Sports.

"There is always speculation in the papers, but I am looking forward to a good holiday and to come back to Arsenal.
Category: News Views: 615 Added: Sky Date: 01.06.2013 - 02:27

Falcao joins Monaco on five-year deal
Radamel Falcao has joined Monaco, it has been confirmed.
The Colombian striker, who had been linked with a move away from Atletico Madrid for some time, has agreed a five-year contract with the newly-promoted Ligue 1 side. 
Monaco's president Dmitry Rybolovlev told the club's official website: "We are absolutely delighted that Radamel Falcao has accepted the challenge of coming to play for AS Monaco FC. 
"We are proud to have secured one of the best players in the world and confident that he will help AS Monaco FC regain its rightful status."
The former Porto man is one of a string of signings made by big-spending Monaco since gaining promotion as they look to establish themselves in Ligue 1.
He joins Ricardo Carvalho, James ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 631 Added: Sky Date: 01.06.2013 - 02:24

Coupe de France: Bordeaux 3:2 Evian
A late goal from Cheick Diabate sealed victory for Bordeaux in a dramatic Coupe de France final against Evian on Friday.
Diabate gave Bordeaux the lead late in the first half before missing a second-half penalty. Evian levelled matters through Yannick Sagbo before Henri Saivet restored Bordeaux's advantage. 

Brice Dja Djede notched a second equaliser before Diabate stepped up again to score a dramatic late winner and clinch glory for Francis Gillot's men.

Bordeaux made five changes to the side which beat Evian in the last league fixture of the season. Carlos Henrique, Benoit Tremoulinas, Gregory Sertic, Jaroslav Plasil and Ludovic Obraniak came in for Marc Planus, Florian Marange, Andre Biyogo-Poko, Adbou Traore and Fahi ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 663 Added: Sky Date: 01.06.2013 - 02:19

Manchester City appointment to be made in next two weeks
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Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has confirmed a new manager should be appointed "in the next two weeks".
Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini has been heavily linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium as a replacement for Roberto Mancini, who was sacked after the club lost in the FA Cup final and failed to defend their Premier League crown. 

While Al Mubarak indicated that a new boss should be in place sooner rather than later, he stopped short of naming any potential candidates.

"We're pretty much done," he told City's official website. 

"We're very close. I expect to make an appointmen ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 654 Added: Sky Date: 01.06.2013 - 02:15

Baines: Martinez is a terrific manager
Leighton Baines has described potential Everton manager Roberto Martinez as a "terrific" boss.
The defender, who has been rumoured to be on new Manchester United boss David Moyes' transfer radar, believes the Spaniard has the qualities to succeed at Goodison Park.

Baines, who is currently in Brazil with the England squad, told the Liverpool Echo: "Roberto Martinez has been linked with the job. He is a terrific manager so we will just have to wait and see.

"Thankfully we are in camp so I am keeping it at the back of my mind for now and concentrating more on England."

Fellow Everton defender Phil Jagielka is also with the national side and he added: "Everton i ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 634 Added: Sky Date: 01.06.2013 - 02:07

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