Soccer Tickets Online Archives for January 2016

Arsenal To Offer Jack Wilshere New Contract

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Arsene Wenger has said that Arsenal intend to offer Jack Wilshere a new contract at the Emirates Stadium.

The England international is on a season-long loan to Bournemouth, but the Arsenal manager has revealed the Gunners are planning to give Wilshere the option to extend his stay with the club, with the Frenchman keen to arrange meetings with the player's representatives in the new year.

Steven Gerrard Hangs Up His Boots

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Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has announced that he has retired, ending a 19-year playing career. Some Major League Soccer fans might dispute that, saying that Gerrard actually retired in 2015 when he left his boyhood side to move to the LA Galaxy.

But Gerrard's career was never going to defined but what he did in MLS though.

Mourinho Verdict On Europa League Victory

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Jose Mourinho admitted he was happy with both the performance and the result this time at Old Trafford after watching his Manchester United team seal an emphatic 4-0 win over Feyenoord in the Europa League.

Here are the main points from his post-match interviews with the print and TV outlets:


"Yeah I'm happy, this was a performance and a result.

Now Costa And Courtois Want New Chelsea Deals

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All summer we heard that both Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois were unhappy at Chelsea and wanted to leave Stamford Bridge.

Costa looked set to return to Atletico Madrid at the end of last season following a turbulent second season at Stamford Bridge and the Spain international has even admitted he wanted to move back to Spain in the summer.

Arsene Wenger Says Arsenal Have Lost Their Momentum

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Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal have lost their momentum after his team squandered top spot in Champions League Group A with a poor home draw against Paris Saint-Germain.

Arsenal had already booked their place in the knock-out stages, but in coughing up a 2-1 lead on Wednesday night they now need PSG to drop points against Ludogorets in their final game if they are to finish top of the group.

USMNT: In Bruce We Trust

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As expected US Soccer has named Bruce Arena as the new national team boss, replacing the fired Jurgen Klinsmann.

Arena is the best American coach ever and the 65-year-old former LA Galaxy coach knows what he is getting himself into as he has already been through two World Cup cycles as coach of the U.

Spanish Judge Wants Neymar Jailed For Two Years

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Spain's public prosecutor has called for Barcelona star Neymar to be sent to prison for two years for his part in a corruption case over his transfer from Brazilian club Santos to the La Liga champions in 2013, said a court filing on Wednesday.

A judge in Spain accepted corruption charges against the Brazil captain earlier this month, with Neymar accused, along with others, of concealing a portion of the cost of his move from Santos to the Nou Camp in 2013.

United Pick Up Ibrahimovic Option For Next Season

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Was there really any doubt that Manchester United were not going to pick up Zlatan Ibrahimovic's option for next season?Ibrahimovic was one of United's prize signings this past summer, and shares an agent with Paul Pogba.

There was no way United were going to upset Mino Raiola and not keep Ibra for another season so Jose Mourinho has announced that the clubs top goalscorer this will be back next season.

We Will Have A Mkhitaryan Sighting At Old Trafford On Thursday Night

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His omission has baffled Manchester United fans all season, but it looks like we will see finally see Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a Manchester United shirt this week after Jose Mourinho confirmed that the out-of-favour Armenian will face Feyenoord in Thursday's crucial Europa League tie at Old Trafford.

Barcelona Are In Mini-Crisis Ahead Of Champions League Clash With Celtic

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If Brendan Rodgers needs a motivational statistic to throw into his team-talk on Wednesday night he might mention that this is the worst start to a league season for Barcelona in a decade.

Just don't dwell too long on the details – they still lie second in La Liga and Leo Messi, who is more often than not absent when they are below par, will be back to lead their attack.

Santi Cazorla Visits Specialist Over Troublesome Achilees Injury

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Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has been sent to Spain for specialist treatment in an attempt to cure an achilles injury which has kept him out of action since the middle of October.

Cazorla one of Arsenal's stand-out players at the start of the season hasn't featured for Arsene Wenger's side since the 6-0 victory over Ludogorets Razgrad on October 19.

The Top 10 Tackling Center-Backs In Europe

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Some would have you believe that tackling is something of a lost art in football, with the leniency towards full-blooded challenges seemingly a thing of the past. While it's always been a vital part of winning possession, the timing of tackles is more important than ever, so we wanted to look into the masters in the modern game.

Wayne Rooney Hits Back Ay Critics

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Wayne Rooney branded his treatment ‘a disgrace' and launched a furious attack on his critics following Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Arsenal.

The Manchester United striker was vilified, and forced to apologise, after being pictured apparently worse for wear at the England team hotel in the early hours of Sunday while on international duty.

Ronaldo Hat-Trick Sends Real Four Points Clear At Top

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Cristiano Ronaldo heard there was a fiesta going on at the Vicente Calderon so he gatecrashed it.

And for his party trick he pulled out the 39th hat-trick of his career to blow out the speakers and leave the hosts wishing they never bothered.

Atletico were determined to celebrate the last Madrid league derby at their stadium with a victory before they head to their new ground next season, but instead left licking their wounds and wondering what hit them.

Diego Costa Sends Chelsea Top

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Chelsea are in a groove that allows them to make attacking football look easy.

Pace, directness, good passing and nice angles. It all adds up to a potency that has propelled Antonio Conte's team on a six-game winning run in the Premier League and taken them past Liverpool to the top of the table.

Arsene Wenger Explains Team Selection v Man United

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Many Arsenal fans were left scratching their head at Arsene Wenger's team selection ahead of the Manchester United match. Granit Xhaka was once again left on the bench we was Alex Iwobi.

The Arsenal boss explained his team selection this way:

"I knew it would be a bit more of a physical battle so I chose players who have experience and fight," Wenger told Arsenal.

Mourinho – We are unluckiest team

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Jose Mourinho bemoaned his luck and claimed Arsenal's last-gasp draw at Manchester United felt like a defeat.

Substitute Olivier Giroud headed an 89th-minute equaliser as the Gunners snatched a Premier League point with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

United boss Mourinho never lost a league or cup game to the Gunners during his time as Chelsea manager, but he spoke as if that fine personal record against Arsene Wenger's men had been damaged.

Kopp Not Unhappy With Draw At Southampton

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Liverpool were forced to settle for a goalless draw at Southampton on Saturday as they dominated the hosts without being able to find a breakthrough.

Despite the result, Jurgen Klopp was satisfied by the performance of his much-travelled Liverpool side as they were held to a goalless stalemate at Southampton.

Manchester United Have The Highest Wages In World Football

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Manchester United have the highest wages in world football according to a global survey, with the first-team squad earning £5.77 million a year basic salary on average.

The Premier League is by far the best-paid football league on the planet. Average basic first-team pay in England's top division is £2,438,275, or £48,766 a week.

Could Chile Dent Arsenal Title Hopes By Playing Injured Sanchez

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Arsene Wenger has warned Chile against making a 'suicidal decision' with the fitness of Alexis Sanchez.

The Arsenal forward was left out of the squad for Chile's World Cup qualifier against Colombia after suffering a hamstring injury in training. However, the 27-year-old said on Wednesday that he hoped to be able to play next week against Uruguay.

Beckham’s Miami MLS Franchise Dream Slowly Becoming Reality

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It's fair to say David Beckham has found things more difficult than first expected when it comes to launching his own MLS franchise in Miami, but it seems as if there may finally be light at the end of the tunnel.

It was more than two years ago that the Beckham camp and MLS announced that the former LA Galaxy star had exercised an option to buy a MLS franchise for the cut-price sum of $25 million.

Data Shows Liverpool Biggest Selling Club In Europe

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Spending totals among Europe's biggest clubs over the past six years have rocketed, with the threat of Financial Fair Play doing little to deter the richest in their quest for dominance.

Cristiano Ronaldo's £80 million move to Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 was surpassed by Gareth Bale's £86m transfer to the same club four years later before Paul Pogba took up the crown as the world's most expensive player last summer.

brahimovic To Miss Arsenal Showdown

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss Manchester United's clash with Arsenal after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the Red Devils' win at Swansea.

Ibrahimovic was booked after a tackle on Leroy Fer while the Swansea midfielder was on the floor, on an afternoon where he scored twice in a 3-1 victory.

Ronaldo Signs New Five Year Extension At Real Madrid

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Real Madrid will officially announce a new contract for Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday that could keep him at the club until he is 36.

The new five-year deal will be confirmed during an 'official event' held in the Santiago Bernabeu's presidential box on Monday lunchtime.

The 31-year-old will have been at the club for 12 years if he sees out his new deal which is not believed to include any major salary hikes but does keep him as the club's top earner just above Gareth Bale.

Klopp Staying Grounded As Liverpool Go Top

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Liverpool went top of the Premier League for the first time in 30 months to leave their supporters dreaming of a long-awaited title triumph, yet Jurgen Klopp's message was to "stay cool".

After a 6-1 Anfield annihilation of Watford on Sunday, the Reds are at the division's summit for the first time since a team blessed with the attacking talent reminiscent of the current crop almost delivered a maiden Premier League title to Merseyside, only to fall that term at the final hurdle.

Mourinho Touchline Ban No Problem For Man United

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Jose Mourinho said his touchline ban made no difference as Manchester United claimed a first win in five Premier League games at Swansea.

Mourinho was banished to the stand in south Wales after accepting two Football Association misconduct charges.

But United made light of their manager's absence from the touchline as a blistering volley from Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic's double gave them a comfortable 3-1 victory.

Wenger: Arsenal Couldn’t Find The Fluency We Are Used To

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For a record 24th time in the Premier League, the first team to score in the north London derby failed to win the game.

This time we fell foul of that statistical quirk and Arsène Wenger agreed that it was "two points lost" when he faced the media after the game:

on his assessment of the game.

Klopp Does Not Think Lack Of European Football Important In Title Race

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Jurgen Klopp insists there has been no let up in Liverpool's intensive training regime despite their good start and lack of midweek European action.

The Reds enter the 11th round of Premier League fixtures level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top, and are unbeaten in eight games since a surprise loss at Burnley early on.

Mourinho Ready To Clean Out Deadwood At Old Trafford

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has seen enough of his under-performing squad and he is reportedly ready to get rid of up to eight first-team players over the next two transfer windows.

Its been a poor start to the Mourinho era at Old Trafford as United suffered their fifth defeat in 17 matches this season when they were beaten 2-1 by Fenerbahce in Istanbul to leave the club with an uphill battle to qualify for the Europa League knockout stages.

Chelsea Go Top After Everton Rout

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It was a five-star performance in every sense as Chelsea thumped Everton to move to the top of the Premier League table, at least until tomorrow.

Two goals inside 30 seconds, the first of two for Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonso's first goal for the club, all but ended this match as a contest and the question became, how many can Chelsea score?

Has Mourinho Lost His Special Touch?

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Jose Mourinho felt let down by Manchester United's players, accusing them of ignoring his advice and treating the Europa League clash at Fenerbahce like a "summer friendly".

On the back of Saturday's frustrating goalless draw against Burnley and with a touchline ban looming at Swansea this weekend, any hopes the United boss had of a morale-boosting win in Istanbul was swiftly extinguished.

Champions League Review: Arsenal, Paris, Atlético, Bayern Advance

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Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Atlético Madrid and Bayern Münich are the first four teams through to the round of 16 while Barcelona's progress was halted by Manchester City.

Group A
Ludogorets Razgrad 2-3 Arsenal

Ludogorets were two up inside 15 minutes thanks to goals from Jonathan Cafú and Claudiu Keșerü but by half-time Granit Xhaka and Olivier Giroud had drawn Arsenal level.

Wenger Calls On Arsenal To Avoid Big Guns By Winning Champions League group

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Arsene Wenger reminded his players of the need to win their Champions League group ahead of their first ever tie in Bulgaria. Arsenal face Ludogorets in Sofia on Tuesday a fortnight after thrashing them 6-0 in London.

They are without injured quartet Theo Walcott, Santiago Cazorla, Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal but will be expected to return with three points and set up a group decider against Paris Saint-Germain.

Gareth Bale Signs Six Year Contract Extension At Real Madrid

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Gareth Bale has dashed hopes the hopes of Chelsea and Manchester Unite fans by signing a new six-year contract with Real Madrid that is worth a staggering £10 8million after tax. His wages, make Bale the highest paid player in the world behind Messi and Ronaldo.

Asked if he might finish his career in Spain the former Tottenham star said:

'Yes, for sure.