Soccer Tickets Online Archives for January 2011

Man United Stunned In Carling Cup By Palace

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There will be no dream Carling Cup semi-final match-up for Manchester United fans with Man City or Liverpool as United were unceremoniously bounced from the cup tonight by Crystal Palace 2-1 at Old Trafford after extra time. This was not a case of United battering Palace for 120 minutes and them escaping.

Steve Bruce Is First Premier League Manager Fired

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Sunderland have announced they have fired manager Steve Bruce and that assistant manager Eric Black has taken over interim first-team duties.

A statement on the Sunderland web site from Chairman Ellis Short said:

"This has been a difficult time for everyone at Sunderland and is not a situation that any of us envisaged or expected to be in.

Del Piero Makes 700th Appearance For Juventus

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Serie A leaders Juventus came from 2 goals down to draw with Napoli at the San Paolo stadium in a enthralling Serie A fixture last night. Goals from Hamsik and Pandev in the first half put the host in the driving seat and in position to secure all points on offer before a resurgent Bianconeri responded with goals from Matri, Marcelo Estigarribia and Simone Pepe saved Juventus from suffering their first loss of the season.

What’s His Excuse This Time?

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I feel for Chelsea fans who yet again had to endure another loss 2-0 home loss to Liverpool last night. I mean the first loss although hard to accept was a bit understandable, however, suffering a similar loss with an identical scoreline to the same team in less than 2 weeks is simply unacceptable.

Former Roma Winger Mancini Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison

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Some shocking news for you today. Former Inter Milan and AC Milan Brazilian winger Mancini has been sentenced to 2 years and 8 months in prison after he was found guilty of rape.

Not many will remember Mancini as a Milan player because he only made 7 appearances for the club before returning to his boyhood club Atletico Mineiro, however, his stint with capital club Roma is where his skill was brought to the fore.

Neymar v Messi Showdown Expected In World Club Cup Finals

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In a couple of days, the world's finest clubs will meet in Japan to battle it out for the coveted title of the best club in the world. The teams that make up this years challengers include:

Al-Sadd Club, Auckland City FC, Club de Futbol Monterrey, Esperance Spotive De Tunis, FC Barcelona and Santos

Brazilian club Santos released it list of players who will feature in the competition with both Ganso and Neymar making the cut.

Ronaldinho Anxious Over 4 Month Salary Delay

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Former Barcelona and AC Milan star Ronaldinho who now plays for Brazilian club Flamengo has not been paid for the last 4 months and according to his brother who also doubles up as his agent, Gaucho is starting to lose patience with the club.

It is known the exact amount Dinho is paid every week, but it is believed to be in the region of £95,000.

Togolese Players Killed In Bus Crash

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6 Togolese players were killed in an unfortunate accident on Saturday after the bus they were travelling in plunged into a ravine and exploded into flames. This is the latest tragedy to affect the footballing fraternity in the Western African nation after their after yet another attack on their team bus by armed gun men in Cabinda in January 2010 left team members and officials dead.

4 months in – Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi?

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In the 2011/12 season we are approximately 35% of the way through the campaign and it is the same two players who stand out on the world stage as usual. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Since Cristiano Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 he has scored 106 goals in 108 matches, an incredible feat that would appear unbeatable in the modern age.

Wales Manager Gary Speed Dies Of Apparent Suicide

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Shocking news today that Wales manager David Speed is dead. Speed was found dead at his home near Chester in an apparent suicide.

A spokesman for the Cheshire Police said:

"At 7.08am today, Cheshire Police was informed of a sudden death at an address in Huntington, Chester.

Barca Now 6 Points Adrift After Getafe Lose

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After beating Milan 3-2 at the San Siro on Wednesday, i certainly was not expecting Defending European and Spanish League champions Barcelona to lose to Getafe.

If anything, i expected them to reduce the points margin on leaders Real Madrid who were themselves facing a tough opponent in Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Stalemate at Anfield and a refereeing howler at Old Trafford

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Manchester City escaped from Anfield with a point. The sky blues had taken the lead in the first half, thanks to Vincent Kompany's shoulder. Appreciated fortune. Moments later Liverpool responded in kind, thanks to an enormous deflection off of Joleon Lescott from Charlie Adam's wayward shot.

Man City and a quandary

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A balance sheet that reads hundreds of millions more Euros in expenses than income. A defender who is just returning from a suspension enforced because of his use of banned substances. A star striker, former captain, who is on strike and refusing to play for the club anymore. On the brink of an exit from the European Champions League after a defeat by Napoli in Italy.

Barca Secure Top Spot In Group H With Win At The San Siro

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So after a much awaited night of footballing action, i have to say i am very disappointed. Disappointed because not only did Milan lose (which i was not expecting), but also because of other shocking results across the continent.

Before i get into the Chelsea game, i just want to give my 2 cents worth on the Milan v Barcelona tie.

Van Persie Scores A brace To Take Arsenal To The Knockout Stage

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Arsenal booked their place in the knock out stages with a 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates stadium. Once again Robin Van Persie was the hero for the Gunners as they secured their qualification to the knock out stage for the 12 consecutive season.

I must admit that it was a fine performance from Arsenal.

Leonardo Confirms Talks Between PSG And Galaxy Are Ongoing

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After leading the LA Galaxy to victory in the MLS Cup, former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham could be starting the next face of his career in Paris if talks between city club PSG and La Galaxy are fruitful.

According to PSG sporting director Leonardo who also happened to coach Beckham during his short stint with Milan confirmed that talks between the two clubs were underway.

Chelsea’s nightmare run continues – Ballack’s revenge

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It was 1-1, in the final ten minutes of the match, and Didier Drogba was clearly fouled in the Bayer Leverkusen penalty area. Chelsea ought to have been awarded a penalty. Chelsea should have won 2-1 in Germany. The obvious penalty was not awarded, Chelsea proceeded to concede a late goal. Chelsea lost.

Major League Soccer Revamps MLS Cup Format For 2012

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The playoffs and MLS Cup final are being completely revamped in 2012.

Instead of rotating the MLS Cup between different cities, starting in 2012, the MLS Cup final will be played at the home venue of the participating team with a higher regular-season point total. No more neutral fields, which is something that the MLS has done since 1996.

Where have Man Utd disappeared to?

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They destroyed Tottenham. Destroyed Arsenal. Destroyed Chelsea. Then the red team in Manchester lost to the blue team in Manchester, Manchester City, and the va-va voom, flair and excitement has disappeared. Sir Alex Ferguson's team stumbled to a victory against Everton at Goodison Park, they got over the line against Norwich, just about beat Sunderland and then defeated Swansea by one goal without impressing anybody at all.

Inter, Bayern And Benfica Advance In Champions League

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Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Benfica all advanced to the knockout stages tonight, while Ajax and Napoli took huge strides towards joining them. Meanwhile both Manchester teams, City and United, are in real danger of being sent to the Europa League.

Inter knew before their game against Trabzonspor that all they needed was a point to win the group after Lille surprised CSKA Moscow and won 2-0 in Russia.

LA Galaxy Sign $55 Million TV Contract

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Stunning development by the LA Galaxy who have signed a ten year TV contract with Time Warner for $55m. What is stunning about this deal is  that the number of games to be televised each year is undetermined, as that will depend upon ESPN and NBC's selection of games. To reword that sentence.

Champions League Matchday 5

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Europe's premier footballing competition the Champions League resumes today with fixtures that could mark the end of the journey for 16 teams. All teams will be left with one group match after this round of fixtures however, many will not want to take any chances on their qualification to the next round.

Busquets: Barcelona Not Focused On Ibrahimovic

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As attention shifts to matchday 5 of the Champions League today, many will be waiting with bated breath for what could very well be the Match of the season. Italian giants AC Milan host defending Champions Barcelona at the San Siro tomorrow.

The first leg of this fixture ended in a 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp and Milan know that they can't take any chances with the champs this time round.

Tottenham stay on winners avenue

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It was 2-0 to the home side at White Hart Lane. Tottenham created chances at will. The away side, Aston Villa, scared Tottenham not once. Emmanuel Adebayor scored both the goals and should have had more. Ledley King and Younes Kaboul were imperious in central defence. Luka Modric was exceptional in central midfield.

Bundesliga Ref Attempts Suicide

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Before i get into the main story of this post, focus must be drawn to the most unexpected result of the weekend. Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich suffered a shock 1-0 home loss to second place Borussia Dortmund yesterday.

The loss means that Bayern's 2 closest challengers for the Bundesliga crown Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mochengladbach remain only 2 points behind them in the title chase.

Robinho: I Want To Stay With Milan For The Next 10 Years

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Just a few days ago, Brazilian club Santos FC revealed that they were keen on resigning their former player Robinho. It seems like the comment from their president has sparked rumours that the AC Milan star could move back to his native Brazil.

Robinho who scored a brilliant goal (which was voted goal of the week) against Catania has come out to say that he intends to finish his career with the Italian giants.

Vote For The FIFA Goal Of The Year 2011

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You can now vote for the FIFA Puskás Award for the best goal of the year. The voting begun on Thursday the 18th November and will run until 5th December 2011 when the three most voted for goals will be made public.

The award was named in honour of the legendary Rela Madrid forward Ferenc Puskas who scored 84 goals for his country in 85 appearances and an amazing 514 in 529 appearances through out his club career.

Chelsea vs Liverpool – a preview

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It's too easy to paint this as an important clash for Champions League position contenders. Not only would it be too easy but it would also be a fallacy. These are two teams that probably had title ambitions at the start of the season. Chelsea as last season's runners up had genuine hopes of leading from the front and Liverpool, a team which had been on a great run of form in the second half of last season since Kenny Dalglish took the managerial reigns, had hopes of being surprising unexpected challengers.

Arsenal – away from the Emirates – on the way up?

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It's easy enough to look at Arsenal's recent away form and state that a victory against Norwich City is near enough inevitable. At Stamford Bridge Arsenal defeated Chelsea 5-3 in a roller coaster of a match. Prior to that they had defeated Marseille in the Champions League in France at the Stade Velodrome.

Will London Police Charge John Terry With Making Racial Comments?

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The Daily Mirror today has a front page story that the London police are considering charging John Terry with making racial comments to QPR's Anton Ferdinand.

According to the Mirror story the police have quizzed six senior Chelsea players about what was said during the match and have sent the file to crown prosecutors to make a final decision.

Chelsea Looking To Avenge Arsenal Loss On Sunday

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League action resumes this weekend with some very exciting fixtures across Europe. In Italy defending champions AC Milan face a tough away fixture to Fiorentina tomorrow in a match that could see them on their current position 3 ranking.

However, all attention will be on the Juventus v Palermo tie and the Napoli v Lazio match.

Milan Cool Drogba Talks

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Serie A champions AC Milan have cooled down talk of Chelsea star Didier Drogba joining the club. Drogba who is out of contract with Chelsea next summer, has been consistently linked with a move away from the bridge.

Now, however, Milan Vice President Adriano Galliani has cooled down talks of the Ivorian star joining the 7 time European champions.

Manchester City Post Incredible Loss Of £195m For Last Season

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Manchester City today losses of £194.9 million for the financial year 2010-11, the highest such figures ever posted by an English football club.

The £195m consisted of a net loss of £160.5m and £34.4m to write off player contracts. These are incredible numbers and City tried hard today to put a positive spin on them:

"Our losses, which we predicted as part of our accelerated investment strategy, will not be repeated on this scale in the future," said chief operating officer Graham Wallace.

Blatter Clarifies Racism Comments

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Despite FIFA'SÂ campaign to ensure fair play is maintained in the sport, the ugly face of racism still rears itself over and over again. FIFA president Sepp Blatter who had earlier stated that racism between players should be settled by a handshake, reiterated that his comments were taken out of context.

England – Who to take to Euro 2012?

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Having just defeated the World Cup holders, Spain, and then Sweden, their bete noire (Sweden were undefeated against England for almost half a century, until Tuesday evening), England have gone nine matches without defeat. Fortunes are good, expectations are up, possibilities are endless. England beat Spain without Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry and Steven Gerrard and then they beat Sweden with Bobby Zamora, Stewart Downing and Theo Walcott in attack and Jack Rodwell and Phil Jones in midfield.

Baffling Move As New England Revs Name Jay Heaps Its New Coach

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In a move that baffles me, the New England Revolution have named the color commentator on the team's television broadcasts as their new coach.

I am shocked that with so many good coaches available, hello Garry Smith, that the Revs would hire a coach with no professional coaching experience.

16 Would Be Perfect

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Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has joined the bandwagon of people who are calling for the number of clubs playing in top flight Spanish, Italian and English leagues to be cut down to 16.

According to Rosell, La Liga is too big and needs to be cut down to 16 teams. Rosell who also doubles up as the European Club Association Vice President, said that UEFA is in danger of witnessing a mass walk out of some of its biggest club's if the association refused to consider the demands made by the ECA.

U.S. Gets Rare Win In Europe

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Big night for U.S. soccer and the men's national team won in Europe for the first time in 3 1/2 years, beating Slovenia 3-2. Yes that is not a misprint. The U.Sc. scored three goals tonight, more than doubling the number of goals that they had scored in the previous six games under Jurgen Klinsmann.

Barcelona Offer Guardiola New Contract

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Reigning Spanish and European champions Barcelona have offered coach Pep Guardiola a new contract. Speaking to news agents, Barca president Sandro Rosell confirmed that the club had offered Guardiola a new contract which he could sign when he was ready.

However, a very interesting twist to this news is the fact that Guardiola still remains non committal on his long term affiliation with the club.

Ronaldo Shows Fans The Middle Finger

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Just when he was starting to gain some ground on his rival Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo had to ruin all the progress he has made in the past few weeks by reacting to Bosnia and Herzegovina fans by showing them middle finger.

According to Ronaldo, he was forced to act the way he did because of incessant criticism from fans during Portugal's training session ahead of their Euro 2012 play off fixture.

Another Player Criticises Guardiola

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Yet another former Barcelona player is making news for criticising coach Pep Guardiola. Bojan Krkic the young Spaniard who had failed to make a meaningful impact for the Catalans this year, has found himself trying to bring clarity to the comments he made in the summer.

Bojan who is now with Italian club Roma, said that there was no bad blood between him and Guardiola and that contrary to Ibrahimovic's story, he does not have anything against the Barca coach.

Ribiero: Mourinho Will Force Neymar To Cut His Hair If He Moves To Real

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Just days after Neymar put pen to paper and signed a new improved contract that will see him stay with Brazilian club Santos until 2014, club President Luis Alvaro Ribiero has spoken out on Spanish club Real Madrid's aim to sign the teen sensation.

Ribiero who did not have any kind words for the European power house slammed the club's behaviour labeling it lamentable and arrogant.

Can England defeat Spain?

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In name it's only a friendly but when any world champion rolls up to Wembley everybody watching can be sure it will be anything but. Spain, FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship winners, are rightly considered the best team in contemporary international football. Some even consider this Spanish side to be the best international team that has ever played the game.

More Shocking Excerpts From Ibra’s Autobiography

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Love him or hate him, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is undoubtedly one of the best strikers in the world. The Swedish International has in the past few weeks been in the spotlight for revealing personal details about his professional relationships in some of the world's biggest clubs.

Ibrahimovic who is scheduled to launch his autobiography in the next few days, continued with his shocking remarks on Wednesday during an interview with La Gazetta Dello Sport.

Van der Sar says Man Utd need to change

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Edwin Van der Sar, one of the greatest Manchester United goalkeepers in the club's history, has said that if his old club are going to be able to defeat Barcelona then they need to change their style of play in midfield. Van der Sar has said his old team need 'to have more touches, be a little less direct, and more intricate in their play' if they are to challenge, get closer and eventually beat Barcelona.

Neymar Signs New Deal To Stay At Santos

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Last week we covered tha ESPNsoccernet reported that Brazilian star Neymar had agreed to join Real Madrid next summer from Santos for around £53m.

Well today we learnt that the ESPN story was wrong as Neymar announced that he will stay at Santos until at least 2014.

"I'm very happy, it's another decision I'm taking in my life, a family decision," Neymar told a news conference where he was handed a Santos shirt with the number 2014 on it by club president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira.

St James’ Park Renamed The Sports Direct Arena

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In a move that is sure to further infuriate the Toon Army over his ownership of the club, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has ended 119 years of Newcastle United history and heritage by re-naming St James' Park the Sports Direct Arena.

Newcastle Chairman Derek Llambias says that Newcastle needed to sell the naming rights to St James Park if its wants to compete with the top clubs in the Premier League:

"Roman Abramovich has more money than God but Chelsea are out there trying to re-brand Stamford Bridge to bring in even more money" said Llambias.

Former Juventus Director Moggi Gets 5 Years For Involvement In Calciopoli Scandal

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The curtains were finally drawn on the Calciopoli trial yesterday when chief suspect Luciano Moggi was found guilty of sporting fraud and sentenced to 5 years and 4 months in prison.

The 74 year old was director of Juventus during the infamous 2005/2006 season when the club was demoted to Serie B for its involvement in match fixing scandals that saw them win the league that season.

Latest Kaka Injury Huge Blow For Brazil

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Brazilian midfielder Ricardo Izecson Dos Santos Leite aka Kaka won't be making his much awaited return to the Brazilian national team after a calf injury ruled him out of the Selecao's upcoming friendlies against Gabon and Egypt.

The Real Madrid star who has been in fantastic form for Los Merengues these past few weeks will have to wait a little longer to play his first match for his country in more than a year.

Chelsea Considering Selling Drogba In January

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Premier League club Chelsea are considering selling their Ivorian striker Didier Drogba in the winter transfer window. Drogba who has failed to make an impact on the league this season, has been a long time target for Italian giants AC Milan, however, it is not likely he will move to the Serie A champions because of his hefty wage demands.

Colorado Rapids Fire Gary Smith

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Shocking move by the Colorado Rockies who fired coach Gary Smith. What makes this decision such a head scratcher is that Smith led the Rapids to their first MLS Cup less than a year ago.

Managing director Jeff Plush said Monday that he decided not to renew Smith's contract, which ended after the season.

What next for Carlos Tevez?

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The diminutive Argentinian striker has accepted the fine of two weeks wages imposed on him by Manchester City. Carlos Tevez had recourse to appeal the fine but opted not to. Might it be that the striker has accepted his punishment, which totals close to half a million pounds (or approximately three quarters of a million dollars), with a hope of forcing his way back into his managers reckoning?

Milan and Madrid Register Massive Wins

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What a fine weekend it was across Europe as a number of top notch clubs produced fantastic results in the respective leagues. The biggest result was definitely, Real Madrid's 7-1 home win over Osasuna.

In neighbouring Italy, champions AC Milan beat Catania 4-0 to move into 3rd place as the eagerly awaited clash between Juventus and Napoli failed to get underway as bad weather hampered the fixture.

Cristiano Ronaldo Wins Golden Boot Award 2011

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Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is giving fellow La Liga rival Lionel Messi a run for his money for the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or award as the Portuguese striker capped a fantastic few days his had with Los Merengues by not only bagging a hat trick in last night's fixture against Osasuna, but also by winning his second Golden Boot award.

Ibrahimovic Hits Out At Messi And Guardiola

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Former Barcelona player Zlatan Ibrahimovic has blamed Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola for his failure at the Camp Nou, claiming that Guardiola used to ‘bully' him.

Ibra was an expensive flop at Barca after joining from Inter Milan for £40million plus Samuel Eto'o in 2009, but has explains why he struggled so much in Spain.

Europe Roundup: Real Madrid Extend Lead A Top La Liga

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The last weekend in Europe ahead of the international break saw Real Madrid extend their lead in La Liga while Udinese and Lazio took advantage of some Juventus's match being postponed to move to the top of Serie A.

Real Madrid have a three-point lead at the top of the Liga table over Barcelona after Barca need a late goal from Lionel Messi to grab a point at Athletic Bilbao.

Rifts Emerge In Barcelona Camp Ahead Of Tough Bilbao Fixture

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Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has slammed reports that forwards Messi and Villa do not see eye to eye. These latest reports are emerging on the backdrop of former Barcelona player Zlatan Ibrahimovic's public rants and displeasure with the treatment he received while he was a Barca player.

Spanish newspaper Superdeporte claims that there is a trouble brewing at the Nou Camp between 2 of the clubs top players.

Manchester City roll on, but for how much longer?

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Nobody expected Manchester City to be in this position with 11 matches, between a quarter and a third of the season, gone. Five points clear, ten wins from eleven matches, the other result being an away draw at Craven Cottage, a resolute joyful destructive masterclass at Old Trafford (6 goals against Manchester United!

Sir Alex Ferguson’s 25th Man Utd anniversary – My Man Utd XI

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Having won 12 Premiership titles and 2 European Champions League's, along with plenty of other cups and trophies, Sir Alex Ferguson is quite clearly the most successful manager of the past two decades.

Some, like Pep Guardiola, have achieved great success over a period of a couple of seasons with a largely inherited team.

Ibrahimovic To Bare It All In New Autobiography

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AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is no stranger to controversy and judging by his recent remarks, the Swede is far from burying his hatchet with Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.

Ibrahimovic was traded to Barcelona in the summer of 2009 after it became apparent that striker Samuel Eto'o had become surplus to requirements in the Catalan dressing room.

Does Rooney Have Anger Management Problem?

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Wayne Rooney is often considered one of England's brightest talents, however, there is one thing that stands in his way of following in the footsteps of fellow legends Allan Shearer and Paul Gascoigne -Â his temper.

After last month's horror lash out on Miodrag Dzudovic during the 2-2 draw with Montenegro in a Euro 2012 qualifier, it became apparent that Rooney has a problem handling his anger.

Tottenham and the Europa League

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Tottenham have more immediate concerns than the Europa League. Their manager Harry Redknapp's health, usurping Arsenal and Chelsea as the top team in London and qualifying for next season's Champions League. Why, though, is the Europa League so far down their list of priorities?

Having stumbled to a victory against Rubin Kazan at White Hart Lane, despite resting the majority of their first team players and consequently playing poorly, Tottenham decided to rest even more players for the away fixture against Rubin Kazan.

Average Take-Home Pay For A Premier League Player Is £1.76m

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For the first time Sportingintelligence has published the average basic weekly wages, division by division, of footballers in England for the past 25 years. And it makes fascinating reading.

One thing to keep in mind as you are reading the post is that these wage numbers represent basic pay; wages typically increase by 50 to 100% with appearance money and bonuses.

Ronaldo Scores 100th Goal As Madrid Beat Lyon 2-0

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It was a week of records for 2 of the best players in the world. Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi achieved significant personal milestones in their careers as they scored their 100th and 200th goals in midweek Champions League action.

I have to admit, although i am not Cristiano Ronaldo fan, his accomplishment in two seasons with Madrid is simply amazing.

Real Madrid Through To Champions League Knockout Stages

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Real Madrid maintained their perfect record in Group D and strolled into the round of 16, while Inter Milan and Bayern Münich both took giant steps towards the knockout stages.

Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo in each half, a trademark free-kick and a penalty, were more than enough for Real Madrid as they beat Lyon 2-0 to make it four wins out of four in the Champions League this season, and they join Barcelona and AC Milan in looking up a round of 16 place with two games to spare.

MLS Sees 7% Growth In Attendance This Season

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The final numbers are in and Major League Soccer saw a 7% increase in attendance this year, from 16,675 fans per game to 17,870 fans according to .

Out of the 18 teams in MLS only four saw a decrease in average attendance. They were Chicago, Columbus, Philadelphia, and Toronto.

Arsenal and Van Persie

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Robin Van Persie, the Dutch striker whom Arsenal bought from Feyenoord for a little under £3 million pounds, has developed into the most important player at the Emirates. Whilst before he was behind Thierry Henry, and even the likes of Juan Antonio Reyes, in the Arsenal pecking order he has now become the fundamental part and bedrock of this Arsene Wenger side.

Heart Surgery For Redknapp And Cassano

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Tottenham Hotspur have announced that manager Harry Redknapp successfully underwent a heart procedure to unblock coronary arteries today, while AC Milan announced that Antonio Cassano has experienced ischemic cerebral damage and will undergo heart surgery in the next couple of days.

A statement on the Spurs web site said:

The Club can report that earlier today Harry successfully had two stents inserted to unblock coronary arteries.

Messi 33 Goals Away From Equaling Barca Record

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Lionel Messi is on course to equal Barcelon'a all time leading Goal scoring record of 235 set by Cesar Rodriguez during his 16 year stint with the club from 1939-1955.

Messi has scored an impressive 120 plus goals in the past two seasons and no matter how much people may try and hate on him, he is by far the world's best player at the moment.

Messi 33 Goals Away From Equaling Barca Record

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Lionel Messi is on course to equal Barcelon'a all time leading Goal scoring record of 235 set by Cesar Rodriguez during his 16 year stint with the club from 1939-1955.

Messi has scored an impressive 120 plus goals in the past two seasons and no matter how much people may try and hate on him, he is by far the world's best player at the moment.

Wenger Admits Benching Van Persie Was A Mistake

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Arsene Wenger has admitted that his decision to start Robin Van Persie on the bench in last night's Champions League fixture against Marseille did not pay off. The Gunners resulting barren draw means that they will have to win their last 2 matches if they are to qualify for the knockout stages without a hitch.

Barcelona And Milan Reach Last 16 Of Champions League

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Holders Barcelona and AC Milan are the first two teams through to the UEFA Champions League round of 16, while Arsenal and Chelsea failed to pick up the wins they needed in order to assure progression to the knockout stages.

Milan were held to a 1-1 draw in Minsk by BATE Borisov, with Ibrahimovic getting the all important goal for the Italian champions.

Yossi Benayoun – Judas?

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The Israeli international, usually remembered in England for his time at West Ham United and Liverpool, but not Chelsea, was called a Judas by Chelsea fans. The inference being that because he is now an Arsenal player, and supporting his current team, he is a traitor.

Yossi Benayoun played only eleven times for Chelsea.

AC Milan’s Antonio Cassano Reported To Have Suffered A Stroke

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Rumours doing the rounds that AC Milan striker Antonio Cassano suffered a stroke on Saturday after Milan's 3-2 win over AS Roma in Rome have been rubbished by the club.

According to Italian news agency Ansa a medical examination carried out on the 29 year old diagnosed him as having had a stroke although the extent of the damage has not been identified.

FIFA World Player And Coach Of The Year 2011 Shortlist Revealed

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For the next couple of weeks the sporting world will be held in suspense as world football governing body FIFA prepares to announce the best male and female player in 2011.

From the look of things, we should expect a new winner in both categories as the level of competition has been extremely high through out the year.

LA Galaxy v Houston Dynamo in MLS Cup Final

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It is the iconic picture that we have spent five years waiting for. David Beckham holding aloft the MLS Cup as his LA Galaxy finally won it all in what will probably be Beckham's last game in Major League Soccer.

The Galaxy beat the Houston Dynamo 1-0 Sunday night thanks to a Landon Donovan goal.