Soccer Tickets Online Archives for January 2016

Patrick Vieira: Coaching In MLS Is Difficult!

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He has only been in the job for four months but new York City FC manager Patrick Vieira already knows one things. Coaching in Major League Soccer more difficult than in Europe.

Former Arsenal star Vieira, who was appointed NYCFC manager in November, said learning about the league's structure has been "fascinating" ahead of his first game in charge on Sunday.

Merson: Wenger Must Be Sacked If Gunners Don’t Win Title

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Former Arsenal players are just hammering Arsene Wenger and Arsenal after Sunday's poor effort against Manchester United.

First Arsenal legend Thierry Henry questioned the Gunners title credentials and now former Arsenal star Paul Merson says that Arsene Wenger should be sacked if the Gunners lose out on the Premier League title to Leicester or Tottenham.

Thierry Henry Questions Arsenal’s Title Credentials

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry held nothing back in criticizing his former club after watching the Gunners lose to an under-manned Manchester United side 3-2 at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Henry, part of the last Arsenal side to win the title in 2003-04, spoke after the final whistle saying:

"That wasn't the performance of a team who wants to be champions," said Henry, who has been working with Arsenal's youth team as he develops his coaching skills.

Ronaldo Throws Teammates Under Bus

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After losing the Madrid derby to Atletico 1-0 on Saturday, a result that ended Real's title hopes, Cristiano Ronaldo had no doubt who was responsible for the Spanish giants disastrous domestic season.

'If everyone else was at my level maybe we would be top of the table.'

Reporters had suggested Ronaldo had not produced his best this season and he responded:

'I am annoyed because it feels like you are persecuting me.

Real Madrid Want To Sell James Rodriguez

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According to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, Real Madrid want to sell James Rodriguez this summer in order to finance future transfers.

Zinedine Zidane wants to bring in his own Galacticos before Real Madrid's transfer ban takes effect, with Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski at the top of his wish list.

Someone’s Title Hopes Will End In Madrid Derby

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Real Madrid supporters used to drape a huge banner behind the south goal at the Bernabeu to ridicule their city neighbours ahead of Madrid derbies. It read:

‘Wanted: respectable rival for a decent derby'.

Atletico were on a 13-year run of never having beaten Real at the time.

Europa League: Klopp Not Concerned With Reds Lack Of Goals

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he is not worried by the Red's lack of cutting edge during their Europa League victory over Augsburg at Anfield on Thursday night.

James Milner's early penalty at Anfield proved enough to send Liverpool into the draw for the last 16, but Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson both missed glorious chances to settle the tie and as a result amore nervy finish than it should have been for Liverpool fans.

Copa America 2016: Messi And Neymar Driving Ticket Prices Up

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The Copa America Centenario will bring South American superstars to U.S. soil to play real, meaningful games for the first time since the 1994 World Cup.

After the drawing on Sunday, matchups are now set for the tournament, which many are looking to as the sporting event of the summer.

The group stage features huge, World Cup-worthy matchups, with Mexico taking on Uruguay, the United States facing Colombia, and Argentina battling Chile.

Inter Milan Deny Club Is For Sale

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It's been two and a half years since Erick Thohir bought Inter MIlan and it is fair to say that the deal has not worked out the way that he envisioned.

The club is still hemorrhaging money, forcing him to sell shares and seek new investors and with the new Pirelli deal just about the only silver lining of his term.

Valencia To Offer Gary Neville A New Two-Year Deal

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After a disastrous start to his reign as Valencia boss, it looks like Gary Neville has turned things around with three wins in the last week. That change of fortune has prompted the club to consider offering Neville a new two-year deal.

Valencia's president Layhoon Chan in a recent interview with AS made it clear that the Spanish side never considered firing Neville, despite the run of 12 La Liga matches without a win.

Copa America 2016: The Top Five Can’t-Miss Group Matches

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This summer's Copa America Centenario is expected to be the biggest soccer tournament on US soil since the 1994 World Cup. After the draw last week, excitement is already starting to build for this historic South American tournament, which is the most competitive tournament in the world.

With many of the biggest stars in world soccer including Neymar, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi expected to play, these are the five group games that I'm looking forward to the most:


Inter Milan Sign Sevilla’s Ever Banega

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According to reports out of Italy, Inter Milan have reached a pre-contract agreement with Sevilla's Ever Banega, whose contract expires in the summer.

Banega flew into Milan recently to complete the first part of his medical and finalize terms on a new three-year deal.

The free transfer signing would represent a significant coup for Inter, and the deal reportedly does not include any provisions on Inter qualifying for Europe next season.

Mourinho Puts United On Hold Until Summer

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Jose Mourinho has thrown cold water on the prospect of taking over from Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal this season by saying that he he will not take a new job until the start of next season.

Speaking on Wednesday in Singapore, the former Chelsea boss played down any talk of a return to football this season saying:

'I always feel that it's better to wait, not to rush, better to be calm, to wait for the right moment, the right move,' Mourinho said.

Van Gaal: Without Injuries We Would Be Top Of The League

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After Monday night's FA Cup victory over Shrewsbury, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal made the statement that injuries had robbed United of glory this season saying:

'I think in March a lot of players are coming back and then we'll have a full selection and with our full selection we were first in the Premier League.

Arsene Wenger On Champions League Defeat: ‘We Were Naive’

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For once Arsene Wenger did not back his players despite another disappointing Champions League performance. Instead the Arsenal boss criticized his players for an 'average' performance after Barcelona all but ended their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Chelsea Head To Italy For Their New Manager

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In a bit of a surprise Chelsea have agreed a 'deal in principle' for Italy boss Antonio Conte to become their new manager according to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Conte's contract with Italy expires at the end of Euro 2016 and the 46-year-old wants to return to club management.

Did Man United Just Sign Felipe Anderson For 60m Euros?

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Some confusing signals out of Italy on the future of Lazio star Felipe Anderson and whether he is heading to Manchester United this summer for a huge transfer fee.

The 22-year-old Brazilian was heavily linked with a move to United during the summer transfer window last year with Lazio conforming that they turned down a bid worth €50m in August 2015 for the talented midfielder.

Barca President Thinks Stars Will Resist Premier League Riches

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says he is confident of retaining all of the club's key stars despite acknowledging that the money in the Premier League is an issue for the European champions.

Bartomeu said players including Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique would be able to earn more if they were to move to England, but said even Manchester City who will be managed by ex-Barca boss Pep Guardiola from next season would not be able to tempt them away.

Icardi Impresses Watching Mourinho As Inter Win

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From Jose Mourinho's recent travels it is clear that signing a top striker this summer will be one of his main priorities when he takes over at Manchester United.

Recently Mourinho was in Germany to watch Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has been linked with all the big teams in Europe after telling Dortmund that he will not be signing a new contract.

Moratti: Mourinho Is Going To Manchester

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Jose Mourinho will succeed Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager, according to the sister of former Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti.

Since the turn of the year, there has been continued speculation about the former Chelsea manager returning to management at Old Trafford.

Thursday's embarrassing Europa League loss to FC Midtjylland has further weakened Van Gaal's position and Bedy Moratti, sister of former Inter president Massimo, appears to have inadvertently revealed Mourinho will soon succeed him.

Wenger: We Need To Be Much More Efficient Against Barcelona

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Arsene Wenger says Arsenal need to be "much more efficient" against Barcelona after failing to score with 24 shots against Hull in the FA Cup.

A combination of poor finishing and excellent goalkeeping kept the much-changed Gunners out at the Emirates.

"We need to be much more efficient [against Barcelona] because one thing is for sure – we will not have 75 per cent possession [against Barcelona]," said Wenger, who should really be told that they actually only had 68% possession against the Tigers.

Liverpool To Ship Balotelli To China

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With nobody interested in taking Mario Balotelli off their hands, Liverpool are reportedly looking towards China as a way to dump the under-performing striker.

The cash-rich Chinese Super League has been throwing around cash in unprecedented amounts, as Liverpool found out recently when they were blown out of the water for January target Alex Teixeira who moved to Jiangsu Suning for an eye-watering £38m.

FA Cup Final Win Kept Arsene Wenger From Quitting

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Arsene Wenger said on Friday that he might have resigned as Arsenal manager if the Gunners had lost the 2014 FA Cup final to Hull City.

Arsenal, who face the same opponents in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, found themselves 2-0 down inside eight minutes as Hull took a shock lead at Wembley two years ago.

John Terry To Miss FA Cup Clash With Man City

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Chelsea defender John Terry will miss the clash with Manchester City this weekend, after struggling to recover from the hamstring and ankle problems he suffered last week.

The 35-year-old hobbled off in the first-half of the demolition of Newcastle United last week and was facing a race against time to be fit for the trip to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

Man United Hit New Low In Danish Loss

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It appears that 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the League Cup in 2014 was not the low point of the Louis van Gaal era at Manchester United.

That came on a cold Thursday night in Denmark where Danish minnows FC Midtjylland embarrassed the three-time European champions, winning 2-1. The score actually flatters United because if it was not for a series of brilliant saves by goalkeeper Sergio Romero, Midtjylland could have won by more.

Rafa Wants A Premier League Job

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Former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez says that he wants a managerial position at a Premier League club.

The Spanish coach was recently fired by Real Madrid, and ahead of Los Blancos' Champions League Round of 16 tie against Roma, Benitez spoke about his future with BT Sport.

"Obviously I like the Premier League.

Inter New Shirt Sponsor Deal Shows How Poor Serie A Is

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Inter Milan have hailed on their website that Pirelli have agreed to continue their shirt sponsorship of the Serie A side for another five years.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter will receive €9m a season plus a series of bonuses depending on performance.

Putting those bonuses to one side, Inter then will receive €45m over the five years.

Huge Blow For United As Rooney Out For Two Months

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Manchester United's slim hope of a top-four finish dimmed further on Wednesday with the news that captain Wayne Rooney ahas been ruled out for two months after suffering knee ligament damage.

With Rooney not expected to return until mid-April, he could miss as many as 11 matches for United, including games against Arsenal, Manchester City, Everton and Tottenham.

Could PSG’S Owners Be Investing In MLS?

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The Eastern Conference in MLS is about to become even more competitive with the news that Paris St-Germain's owners Qatar Sports Investment (QSI) are interested in buying a stake in David Beckham's MLS franchise in Miami.
The Eastern Conference already includes New York City FC and their middle eastern owners theAbu Dhabi United Groupand it looks Beckham is going after NYC FC's rivals to jump-start his Miami bid.

Jurgen Klopp Starting His Summer Transfer Shopping Early

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One of the busiest sides this summer in the transfer market will be Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp tries to turn his squad into one more suited to play his Gegenpressing style of play.

So it is not a surprise to see him head to Germany to land his first summer signing, as the Reds have signed 24-year-old Schalke defender Joel Matip on a free transfer.

Hiddink Warns Chelsea Star After He Bats Eyes At PSG

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Guus Hiddink has warned Eden Hazard to focus on recapturing his Chelsea form instead of batting his eyes at PSG or Real Madrid.

Hazard has recently spoken enthusiastically about both clubs and how he would be happy playing in Madrid or Paris.

‘It is hard to say no to PSG — as with all teams capable of winning the Champions League,' Hazard told Le Parisien.

North London Delight Tightens Premier League Title Race

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Circle March 5th on your calendar. That is when Arsenal travel to White Heart Lane to take on Spurs in what could be a title decider after the North London rivals both secured massive wins against fellow title contenders.

Tottenham and Arsenal blew the title race wide open with dramatic 2-1 wins over leader Leicester City and fourth-placed Manchester City respectively on Sunday.

Klopp Struggling To Turn Liverpool Around

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To be fair, there was no way that Jurgen Klopp could have lived up to the hype and hysteria surrounding his appointment as Liverpool manager in October was understandable.

While Klopp had a brilliant CV he was taking over a Liverpool squad that had been badly managed by Brendan Rodgers and the infamous Liverpool transfer committee and he needed to learn the nuances about managering in England.

Did Chelsea Turn Down A £57.5m Bid For Oscar?

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Over the past three or four seasons few teams have done as well selling players as Chelsea. From Juan Mata, to David Luiz to Ramires, Chelsea have consistently gotten top money for anyone they sold.

So it is bit unusual to hear that Chelsea have reportedly turned down a £57.5m bid for Oscar from Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning, who snapped up Ramires from the Blues recently.

So Is Jose Mourinho To Manchester United A Done Deal?

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Lot of chatter in the last week about how that Jose Mourinho has turned down offers to return to Real Madrid and Inter Milan because he is heading to Old Trafford in the summer. It sounded like the Special One to United was a done deal.

And it might be. There are more than a few whispers that Mourinho has signed a United contract, but that the deal will not be announced until the summer.

Man United On Target To Break £500m Revenue Barrier This Season

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Despite their struggles on the pitch this season, Manchester United are a money-making machine off it, and the Premier League side is on target to become the first British club to earn more than £500m in one year.

United announced in their second-quarterly financial results on Thursday that they expect revenue for the year to hit £500-510m.

FSG Screwing Liverpool Fans Just Like They Do Red Sox Fans

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If Liverpool fans want a glimpse into the future then all they need to do is take a look at the ticket prices for the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox, owned by Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group, had the highest average ticket prices in baseball last season at $52.34.

FSG wants to wring as much money from Liverpool fans as possible and have announced a new ticket pricing system that includes the first £1,000 season ticket and £77 match day tickets.

Atletico Madrid Striker Jackson Martinez In Huge Money Move To China

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The Chinese Super League continue to splash the cash around Europe with Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande the latest club to smash China's transfer fee record after signing Atletico Madrid's unsettled Colombian striker Jackson Martinez for €42m (£32m).

The purchase broke the week-old Chinese record fee of €28m paid by Jiangsu Suning to acquire Brazilian midfielder Ramires from Chelsea.

Wenger Tries To Defend Not Signing A Striker In January

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After spurning chance after chance against Southampton on Tuesday night Arsene Wenger was forced to defend his decision not to sign a striker during the January transfer window.

Tuesday's goalless draw means that Arsenal have now dropped nine points from their last four games, dropping them to fourth in the table and five points behind leaders Leicester.

Yaya Toure Offered £30m-A-Year Contract To Move To China

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The arrival of Pep Guardiola at Eastlands will mean the departure of Yaya Toure from Manchester City, especially after Toure's agent Dimitri Seluk was quoted as saying that

The truth is that my grandfather would win the title with Barcelona and Bayern Munich because they are big clubs with great players.

Neymar Charged With Tax Evasion In Brazil

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The off-the-field problems of Barcelona star Neymar took a turn for the worst on Tuesday when Brazilian authorities charged him with tax evasion and falsifying documents over a seven-year period.

The federal prosecutor's office alleged that the striker committed the crimes between 2006, when he was just a promising youngster at Brazilian football club Santos, and 2013, when he signed for Barcelona.

Best Deadline Day Signing Was Pep Guardiola

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The breaking news on transfer deadline day was not that another big name star had moved to the Premier League, it was that the best manager in the world is moving to England next season.

It was one of the worst kept secrets in football that Pep Guardiola would be taking over at Manchester City this summer, and on Monday City confirmed that Guardiola has signed a three-year deal to manage City and would take over on Jun3 30.

So Is Terry Or Chelsea Lying Over His Contract Situation?

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After Chelsea's 5-1 win in the FA Cup fourth round at MK Dons, John Terry told the assembled media that he will leave Chelsea at the end of the season after the club have refused to offer him a new contract.

Terry admitted he would have ‘loved to stay' but was told by club officials at a meeting before last weekend's win at Arsenal that they would not be adding a one-year extension to his contract.

LA Galaxy Load Up For MLS Cup Run

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Bruce Arena has shown once again why he is without peer in Major League Soccer as he has loaded the LA Galaxy for another run at the MLS Cup this season, while lowering their wage bill.

With Steven Gerrard entering his last season, the LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager seems determined to see Gerrard off into the sunset with someone he never won in England, and that is a championship winning medal.