Liverpool take on Swansea City on Saturday in a lunchtime kickoff as Jurgen Klopp’s Reds look to keep their momentum going following a string of high-scoring wins. Swansea, meanwhile, are down in the bottom reaches of the table having lost four of their first six games into the 2016/17 season.
Francesco Guidolin is seeking to stop the rot that has set in at Swansea after a spirited performance at home to Manchester City only resulted in a defeat.
The Premier League season is well under way and teams have been establishing themselves over these first six weeks. After just over a month, it is already clear what teams have had a great start and will contend for the title. On the other end of the spectrum, there are teams that have not been up to par and have gotten out of the starting blocks rather slowly.
The Manchester City team faces Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, in a battle of the unbeaten teams in the Premier League. While Manchester City have won 6 out of 6 of their Premier League matches, Spurs have won 4 games, and drawn the other two.
In fact, City could have equalled Spurs’ record of 11 consecutive wins had they won against Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday, but Brendan Rodgers’ side did the unthinkable and held the City to a 3-3 draw.
Sam Allardyce contract with The FA as the England manager has been terminated by mutual consent.
The 61-year-old was appointed as the national team manager in July and he has spent 67 days in his “dream job” and managed just one game for his nation, against Slovakia.
The search for the new England manager is set to begin soon and in the meantime, Gareth Southgate will be in charge of the senior team for the next four matches against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain.
On the heels of hearing the news that Kevin De Bruyne will be out at least a month with a hamstring injury, it is important to point out how significant of an injury this is to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. By our count, De Bruyne has been involved in 10 of Manchester City’s 17 goals (59%) in league play thus far.
Another week of Premier League action, another fascinating round of matches. Chelsea’s defensive frailties were on show again in their 3-0 defeat at Arsenal, and Liverpool made the most of Ahmed Elmohamady’s red card to beat Hull City 5-1 at Anfield. These are the 11 players who made the biggest impact on matchday six.
In an incredibly strange move, Fifa has disbanded its anti-racism task force, declaring that their work is complete. This act comes as a surprise given the corners surrounding the next World Cup in Russia.
Fifa has written to members of the task force to say that it has “completely fulfilled its temporary mission” and at this moment dissolved and no longer in operation.
Paul Pogba has become one of the world’s top midfield players and has many admirers none less so than Thierry Henry who said he can go on to become one of the best midfielders in history. Such high praise for Pogba from a player of Henry’s stature tells us all how good a player Pogba could become for Man Utd over the next 5-10 years.
In every league match since the Liverpool fiasco on the opening day of the season, Arsenal’s performances have improved steadily with the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin being particularly impressive. But Saturday evening’s game against Chelsea is Arsenal’s first real test since then.
Manchester City could find themselves in a tight spot as they were reported to Fifa for an alleged ‘trafficking’ of Benjamin Garre. The club apparently beat Manchester United and Barcelona to the youngster’s signature.
A formal complaint was lodged against the side by Argentine club Velez Sarsfield.
West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet is regarded as one of the best free-kick takers in world football, something League Two Accrington Stanley can attest to after the Frenchman’s 96th minute set-piece sent the Hammers into the fourth round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday.
A curling effort from the right, up and over the Accrington wall and into the bottom left corner of the keeper’s net; Payet’s latest was his seventh successful free-kick for club and country since joining West Ham in 2015, for a measly £10.
Manchester United are going through a sticky phase in the Premier League having suffered back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Watford. While the recent losses have set them back by six points in the title race, the league is still a long way from being over with 33 more rounds of games yet to be played.
As Manchester United prepare to take on Leicester City, Neither of the two sides would be jubilant with the season they have had so far. While United began their season in a promising fashion under new boss José Mourinho, the Portuguese suffered three consecutive defeats for the first time since 2002 following losses to Manchester City, Feyenoord and Watford.
After some EFL Cup action midweek the Premier League weekends with some big matches up and down the league.
Manchester United ended their three-game losing streak versus Northampton Town midweek but will be wanting to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they host champions Leicester City in Saturday’s lunchtime kickoff.
FIFA has built a cult following around FIFA Ultimate Team and this year’s much anticipated FIFA 17 release is no different – along with the clamour for the new game, fans are also looking for more information about the FIFA 17 Ulimate Team.
FIFA 17 is all set for its official worldwide launch next Thursday (September 29th).
Football has definitely had its advances, from uniforms to training facilities, team tactics to new cleat and ball designs. One piece of technology that the highest levels of professional football have incorporated into the game is goal line technology. Installing advanced cameras in the frame of the goal notifies the center referee when the ball has crossed the line via his watch.
There’s no better feeling than proving people wrong and that’s exactly what Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas did with distinction on Tuesday night. After being dropped in all of the 5 Premier League games thus far, the Spaniard was given his chance from the start against Leicester City in the EFL Cup third round.
Etienne Capoue is edging his name into Fantasy Premier League folklore. The 28 year old is better known for his defensive capabilities rather than for his attacking returns. Yet, he continues to deliver at the other end of the pitch for Watford this season (4 goals and 1 assist).
Capoue has given fantasy managers nightmares in the opening 5 weeks of the season.
Fresh from hammering home his 5th header of the season, Michail Antonio, is fast becoming the head Hammer, at London’s Olympic Stadium. The mercurial winger has now scored 5 goals this season, all of which have come from his head. His scintillating form has resulted in him scoring in 4 Premier League games on the trot.
So the Premier League continues to be as unpredictable as ever. Defeat to Watford completed a dreadful week for Manchester United, while Liverpool picked up victory at Stamford Bridge over a disappointing Chelsea side. Manchester City kept up their excellent start to the season, while it continues to be a torrid start for Stoke City and Sunderland.
Arguably the most popular of the many variations of football, five-a-side is played with two teams of five players (four outfield players and a goalkeeper) on a smaller pitch, with smaller goals and with a reduced game time.
5-a-side matches can be played indoors or outdoors (the latter on AstroTurf or artificial grass pitches), which are often inside cages or surrounded by barriers to prevent the ball from leaving the playing area, thereby keeping the game flowing at a fast pace without the need for throw-ins or corners.
India is a growing market for football. Popularly termed the “sleeping giants” of football, European leagues and clubs have made massive inroads in India in the last few years. The aim is to popularise the sport in India further and tap into a resourceful market.
On Thursday, the La Liga officially launched the league in India.
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United slumped to a third defeat in as many games following a 3-1 loss to Watford at Vicarage Road.
The latest loss leaves the Red Devils seventh in the standings, six points behind leaders and local rivals Manchester City.
Mourinho’s teams are generally known for their defensive solidity but at a club that demand a more open, attacking approach, the Portuguese has been found wanting in a bid to balance attack and defence in these early days.
Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid were without Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale for their trip to Espanyol but that didn’t stop them from equalling the Periquitos’ local rivals Barcelona’s league record of 16 consecutive wins.
Goals from James Rodriguez-his first for the club in five months-and Karim Benzema made sure los Blancos head into mid-week’s clash against Villarreal with one eye on breaking a record held by their fierce rivals.
Tottenham Hotspur and the Champions League have a very special relationship – despite the fact that the North London club are entering only their second campaign in Europe’s top tournament in its current format.
The elite competition has offered up both delight and misery to the White Hart Lane supporters over the years.
Stamford Bridge played witness to Antonio Conte’s first defeat as Chelsea manager as Liverpool secured another impressive win on the road. Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson gave the Reds a 2-0 first half lead but Diego Costa’s 60th minute strike was not enough to inspire a Chelsea comeback.
It was a surprise to see Chelsea start the game off with none of their usual energy and impetus on display.
De Kuip was under-capacity for Feyenoord’s first group stage game of the Europa League but what it lacked in numbers was made up for by a famous continental win over Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho was right to admit post-match that United didn’t play well over the course of the 90 minutes and now has his work cut out to restore the morale of his players after back-to-back losses against Manchester City in the league and now in Europe.
On the face of it, Chelsea vs Liverpool is a game between the sides that finished 8th and 10th last season. But in actuality, it is an absolute slobber-knocker. Jurgen Klopp leads his troops to Stamford Bridge on Friday night in what promises to be a fascinating battle of tactical wits with Antonio Conte.
Arsenal drew PSG 1-1 in Paris, earning a valuable point, in the first round of the Champions League. A point away against PSG is a good result in any scenario. The Gunners would be happy with getting the crucial away goal, but would feel, their performance should have been better. Arsene Wenger has received some criticism for his team selection and tactics.
Manchester United have reportedly identified the Sporting midfielder William Carvalho as a January transfer target.
Jose Mourinho is thought to be an admirer of the Portuguese defensive midfielder and Caliomercato are claiming that the Premier League giants will make their move for Carvalho when the January transfer window opens.
4 matchdays are down in the English Premier League and the early results in the Most Valuable Offensive Payers’ (MVOP) rankings suggest that the EPL is back to its status quo. The likes of Eden Hazard, Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa are raking in the points for their sides. This isn’t a situation we came across often last season.
The rivalry between Glasgow clubs Rangers and Celtic, popularly known the “Old Firm” is historically tied up in religion and subsequently politics. Sectarianism in Glasgow takes these forms, and the fierce rivalry between Celtic F.C. and Rangers F.C. only reinforces the same.
Celtic was founded by Catholic immigrants, while Rangers has always been perceived as the “Protestant club”.
For the uninformed, UEFA will be choosing a new president on Wednesday, whose primary task will be to stop what European authorities say is an inflexible slide towards a breakaway football Super League open just to richer clubs, like Real Madrid and Chelsea.
Slovenian Aleksander Ceferin, a legal advisor from Slovenia, and Dutchman Michael van Praag, an accomplished football director, are the men seeking election to replace the disgraced Michel Platini.
It was another intriguing round of Premier League football after a fortnight off for the international break. Pep Guardiola beat Jose Mourinho in what was the most highly anticipated game of the weekend, while Watford came from 2-0 down to beat West Ham 4-2 at the London Stadium. Below are the 11 players who shone the brightest in the Premier League this weekend.
This season’s Champions League campaign kicks off later today and the European heavyweights will be looking to make a bright start.
The likes of Juventus, Manchester City and Barcelona will be fired up after a disappointing European campaign last season. Atletico Madrid will look end their poor run of form in the finals and win the trophy this year.
It’s difficult to describe Diego Costa without using the word ‘controversial’. Every time he plays it seems that he is involved in some sort of incident with an opposition player. However, the Spaniard has proved that when it comes to football, he is one ofthe top strikers in the Premier League, and he could be the man to fire Chelsea to the title this season.
The Chelsea fans’ plea for defensive reinforcements in the transfer window was answered by the club on deadline day, with the signings of Marcos Alonso and David Luiz from Fiorentina and Paris Saint-Germain respectively. The Blues paid over £50 million combined for the duo. While Alonso had been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge for a while, the coup of Luiz came as an absolute shocker.
In August, Paul Pogba became the most expensive player in football history when Manchester United paid nearly £90 million to bring him back to the club after four years at Juventus. He was seen as the final piece of Jose Mourinho’s puzzle, but after a difficult start to his time at Old Trafford, it seems like the Special One may need to find another way to fit the midfielder into his team.
The summer before 11th grade, I had to read a book for school titled 10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America. To my disappointment, the book left out what was arguably the most unexpected, most impactful moment in American history: June 23, 2010. For those of you that don’t remember, this happened.
The Premier League is back with a bang on Saturday with Manchester United vs Manchester City kicking things off at 12:30 at Old Trafford. Its Jose Mourinho vs Pep Guardiola in the first round of the battle of Manchester – but without one key ingredient.
City striker Sergio Aguero, banned for three domestic matches for a nasty elbow on West Ham’s Winston Reid, will sit out the clash of the English titans, with fans deprived of the Argentine starting a personal dual with United front-man Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
With the new Premier League season three games in, there are clear signs that Chelsea are looking like a side with a point to prove, with Swansea next to come.
Although the Blues are yet to play their best football and perhaps have been slightly fortuitous to record maximum points to date, Antonio Conte has undoubtedly restored the feel-good factor at Stamford Bridge.
Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid have lost their appeals against transfer bans. The bans were imposed on them for breaching rules on signing non-Spanish under-18 players; FIFA announced on Thursday.
The statement on Fifa’s official website read: The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by Spanish clubs Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid and to confirm in their entirety the decisions rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in the respective cases relating to the protection of minors.
Looking at the recent alumni of Charlton Athletic Football Club, it is clear to see that The Valley is a breeding ground for players destined for the Premier League.
Jonjo Shelvey, Carl Jenkinson and Joe Gomez have all left the London club to sign for elite teams in the recent past, while Ademola Lookman appears to be the next gem to be snapped up by a top-flight side.
There is always a lot of build-up and a lot of reason for excitement when the two Manchester clubs take each other on. Perhaps this has faded a little in recent years with Manchester United struggling a fair bit after Sir Alex Ferguson departed the club. This season, however, things look to get back to the same zesty level with the two clubs under fierce rivals José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.
I’ve always compared watching the United States Men’s National Team to riding a rollercoaster of emotions. If you’ve watched the USMNT, you know exactly how boring the ride is yet how occasionally exciting it can be. The consistent mediocrity of pretty much everyone on the field makes you want to change the channel.
The papers yesterday were awash with the rumour that Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is being ‘seriously considered’ by the Arsenal hierarchy to replace long-serving manager Arsene Wenger at the end of the season.
Wenger, who has been at the club since 1996, has endured a difficult last decade with many fans calling for the 66-year-old to retire and allow Arsenal to be taken forward by a fresh pair of hands.
Manchester United will entertain Manchester City at Old Trafford in a Premier League tie on Saturday in what would be a clash of egos, personalities, and of course, ex-colleagues. This top of the table match will perhaps define the course of the Premier League season as managers Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola prepare to get one over each other.
Manchester United host Manchester City in the first Manchester derby of the season this Saturday at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho will take on Pep Guardiola for the 17th time in his career and the Portuguese manager will be hoping to improve his tally against the former Bayern Munich manager with a win this week.
FIFA 17 is all set for its official launch later this month, but all eyes will be on the FIFA 17 demo next week when it launches on 13 September.
The latest iteration of FIFA is powered by the ultra modern graphics engine Frostbite. EA Sports promises to transform the playing experience with the sophistication of a new game engine and complete innovation.
28-year-old Lauren Holiday is a midfielder who retired from the US soccer team in 2015. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion. One would think that her sparkling CV would be enough to get her respect during a particularly tough time in her life.
Holiday has unfortunately been diagnosed with a brain tumour while eight months pregnant.
David Luiz’ return to Stamford Bridge for £34m this summer has been met with an equal amount of delight and disdain, both from neutrals and Chelsea fans alike. The 29-year-old left the Premier League on the eve of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, becoming the world’s most expensive defender as PSG shelled out £50m for the centre-back.
El Salvador football players shocked the football world as they claimed at a Monday night press conference at their Vancouver hotel that they had been offered money if they manage one of three specific results in Tuesday’s World Cup qualification match vs. Canada at BC Place Stadium.
Tuesday’s game between Canada and El Salvador is being played simultaneously along with Mexico vs.
After being left with Harry Kane as the club’s only recognised centre forward last season, it was little surprise to see Tottenham Hotspur splash out on a new striker over the summer to add strength in depth to Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.
Netherlands international Vincent Janssen was added to the Spurs contingent following a goal-laden campaign in the Eredivisie and offers the White Hart Lane outfit an extra option in leading the line.
After seasons of Arsenal fans begging Arsene Wenger to sign another striker, the Frenchman finally satisfied the fans by signing Deportivo man Lucas Perez. His signing does give the Gunners some much-needed depth. Danny Welbeck has struggled with injuries in recent years and his move from Manchester United doesn’t look as good as it did two years back.
Chinese spending in the football market hasn’t gone unnoticed. Many are under the impression that the Chinese’ massive investment will help clubs strike gold in the future. Very recently, Liverpool Football Club has garnered the interest of Chinese investors. A Chinese-backed investment group are looking at buying a stake in Liverpool, with the club reportedly being valued at £1 billion.
Former French international and Arsenal star, Mathieu Flamini, has reportedly attracted interest from Premier League outsiders Crystal Palace. Flamini’s contract with Arsenal was not renewed by coach Wenger following the rather disappointing second-place finish of the Gunners last season. Flamini is well-known in the footballing world for his successful spells at Marseille, Arsenal and Milan; surprisingly, no club has ever paid a transfer fee to acquire his services.
Superstition and pre-match rituals are very much part and parcel of the footballer’s daily life. From the bizarre to the obsessive; these rituals have been around since the first pig’s bladder was kicked, and they’ll be around long after the game goes intergalactic.
Music choices, car park spots, breakfast and accessories; the list really is endless, and even the most well-known of footballers boast some of the weirdest superstitions – take Chelsea captain John Terry for instance.
A record-breaking transfer window came to its conclusion last night as Premier League clubs managed to smash the £1 billion mark in terms of transfer expenditure, shattering last year’s record of £870m.
14 out of 20 Premier League clubs managed to break their own transfer record as spending reached a new high this summer.