Soccer Tickets Online Archives for January 2016

Inter Milan President On The Importance Of Meeting Uefa’s Financial Rules

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In his long interview that was published in Corriere dello Sport, Inter president Erick Thohir provided the most in-depth look at the Nerazzurri's financial situation and how he is trying to build a Champions League squad without falling foul of FIFA's rules on irresponsible debt.

"There's an economic difference between being in the Champions League and the Europa League," Thohir told Il Corriere dello Sport.

Is Manchester Big Enough For Mourinho v Guardiola?

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They are the two best managers in world football. They don't like each other. And now will be separated by just over four miles apart as Jose and Pep collide in Manchester.

The two have been feuding since 2008 when Mourinho was in charge at Inter Milan and Guardiola was at Barcelona. Then the rivalry reached a new level (or low depending on how you viewed it) when Mourinho moved to Real Madrid.

Chelsea Land Huge New Kit Deal

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Antonio Conte's transfer kitty this summer just got a lot bigger, as Chelsea have agreed to a new kit sponsorship deal with Nike, that is reported to be worth £60m per year. That would make it the second biggest deal in the Premier League.

Chelsea announced earlier this month that they were ending their deal with Adidas six years early.

This Is The Age Of The Manager In England

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The Barclays Premier League might not have Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo but we're about to enter the age of the Super Manager.

Look at some of the top name managers who will be in the Premier League next season. Mourinho. Guardiola. Klopp. Wenger. Pochettino. Conte. Ranieri.

I doubt that there has even been a better collection of managers in one league.

Mourinho: “I Have A Giant Club In My Hands Now And I Want To Win”

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Jose Mourinho has spoken of the 'special honour' to manage Manchester United after being confirmed as their new manager on a four-year contract with the option to cut ties after three years.

'To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game,' Mourinho said. 'It is a club known and admired throughout the world.

How Much Money Did Each Premier League Side Make Last Season?

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In the Premier League's first season, 1992-93, Manchester United took in the most money, earning £2,413,660, while Middlesbrough, the lowest earners, made £1,063,135.

Fast forward to 2015-16 and the Premier League has announced that Arsenal became the first club to break the £100 million barrier last year, earning £100,952,257 just from TV and finishing second in the league.

The Special One Lands In Manchester

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He is the signing of the summer for Manchester United. Jose Mourinho has signed a four-year deal to finally replace Sir Alex Ferguson at a reported £15m per year.

Mourinho should have been the one to replace Fergie in 2013, but after the mistakes of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, Ed Woodward and the Manchester United board have finally gotten it right.

New Chelsea Boss Pans Quality Of MLS

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It is fair to say that current Italy national team boss Antonio Conte is not a big fan of Major League Soccer. Conte decided not to include Sebastian Giovinco or Andrea Pirlo in Italy's provisional 30-man Euro 2016 squad because of where they play.

The former Juventus coach admitting that their decision to play in the MLS influenced his final selection.

Now Wilshere Takes A Pot Shot At Wenger

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It must be open season on Arsene Wenger these days, and the Arsenal boss is taking hits from an unlikely source his players!

Last week goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny that he has learned more in four months of his loan spell at Roma than he did in 10 years at Arsenal.

Now Jack Wilshere has questioned Wenger's decision to play him out of position for Arsenal.

Ancelotti: Manchester United Need Jose Mourinho

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Positive words from one of the best managers in the world about Manchester United's next boss as Carlo Ancelotti believes that Jose Mourinho is the ideal appointment for Manchester United.

Mourinho is expected to be confirmed as United's new manager within the next 24 hours, with Louis Van Gaal having been dismissed yesterday, and Ancelotti is looking forward to seeing how the Portuguese fares at Old Trafford.

Liverpool Land Their New Goalkeeper

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Liverpool have officially announced they have completed the signing of goalkeeper Loris Karius from FSV Mainz.

The shot-stopper joins the Reds on a long term contract after Liverpool meet his release clause at the German club. That release clause is reported to be around £4.7 million, which is a bargain for the Reds new No.

Suarez Expected To Make Uruguay Copa America Squad Despite Injury

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Bad news for Uruguay heading into the Copa America tournament next month is that star striker Luis Suarez pulled his hamstring during Barcelona's 2-0 win over Sevilla in the Copa del Rey at the weekend.

Suarez left the field in tears as it was feared that he would the tournament but that does not seem to be the case after Barcelona released this statement today:

Tests on Monday morning have confirmed that FC Barcelona striker Luis Suárez has suffered an injury to the semimembranosus muscle in his right leg.

Szczesny: “I learned more in four months at Roma than I did in 10 years at Arsenal”

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Pretty shocking claims from Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny thathe has learned more in the past four months of his loan spell at Roma than he did in 10 years at Arsenal.

The 26-year-old was shipped out by Arsene Wenger in the summer after Petr Cech's arrival shunted him down to third in the Gunners' goalkeeping pecking order, behind Cech and David Ospina.

MLS Fans Growing Up As Lampard Booed At Home

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Don Garber and Major League Soccer have a fascination with former England internationals. From David Beckham to Jermain Defoe, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard there has been a steady parade of former Three Lion stars who have moved to the U.S.

Some like Beckham have been stars in MLS, but many like Defoe and Gerrard came here for the money and cannot wait to move back home.

Everton Linked With A Move For Sevilla Boss Unai Emery

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According to reports out of England, Premier League side Everton have approached Sevilla boss Unai Emery about taking over from Roberto Martinez as manager at Goodison Park.

Emery led Sevilla to a third successive Europa League title on Wednesday when the Spanish club beat Everton's fierce Merseyside rivals, Liverpool, 3-1 in Switzerland.

Barcelona Sign Massive £1.2B Kit Deal With Nike

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Barcelona have solved whatever financial problems they might have with a massive kit-manufacturing deal with Nike.

According to Barcelona-based daily newspapers Diario Sport and Mundo Deportivo the deal will be worth €155m (£120 million) a season and would run until 2026. That would dwarf the current £75 million a season, 10-year deal Manchester United agreed with Adidas last year.

Arsenal Add More Midfield Talent

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Arsenal's new £35m midfielder Granit Xhaka wearing Arsenal's home kit, the only problem is that he is still a Borussia Monchengladbach player.

Reportedly the transfer fee between the two clubs has been agreed on, but there was still some discussion over the 23-year-old's wage demands.

When the deal does go through When the move officially goes through in the summer, Xhaka will become the latest member of Arsenal's 100 club.

United To Officially Announce Jose Mourinho Hiring

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I wrote back in December of last year and again in April that Jose Mourinho was going to be the next manager of Manchester United.

And United are officially going to confirm those stories with Jose Mourinho expected to be introduced as United's third manager in the post-Fergie era next week.

AC Milan Owner Threatens To Not Pay Players Over Poor Performances

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The AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has often hit the headlines for astonishing comments or behavior and that's happened once again.

The former Italian prime minister was obviously not impressed with Milan's season as they finished a disappointing seventh place in Serie A not enough to qualify for a Europa League spot via their league position.

Klopp Promises Liverpool Fans Better Days Are Ahead

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has promised fans that the Reds will come back stronger from their Europa League final heartbreak.

Liverpool suffered a double blow when a second half collapse against Sevilla not only denied Klopp the opportunity to become the quickest Anfield boss to land silverware in the club's history, but ensured that the Reds would be out of European competition next season.

John Terry Signs One-Year Extension At Chelsea

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Forget those stories about John Terry finishing out his career in China or MLS. For now at least, those plans as been put on hold as the Chelsea captain has signed a new new one-year contract with the club.

Terry will be able to add to his 703 appearances for the Blues after agreeing terms on a further 12-month stay, as he enters his 22nd year with the London club.

Klopp Has Already Identified Liverpool’s Summer Transfer Targets

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says that regardless of what happens in Basel tonight in the Europa League final against Sevilla, he has already drawn up his list of summer transfer targets.

Whatever happens at St Jakob-Park on Wednesday night, Klopp insists the foundations have been laid for Liverpool to push on next season.

Manchester United Fans Finally Boo Van Gaal

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Manchester United fans have been extremely patient, putting up with Louis van Gaal and his drab style of football for two seasons. Finally the tide seems to have turned as van Gaal was booed by a half-empty Old Trafford as he thanked Manchester United fans for their support on Tuesday night and stated his desire to 'bring the FA Cup home'.

David Sullivan Continues To Play The Villian

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West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan seems determined to play the role of the pantomime owner. A week ago, Sullivan made a fool of himself by claiming that West Ham fans did not attack Manchester United's team bus ahead of the final meeting at Upton Park.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "It's depressing really, it will be a late night for our fans and some of them won't be able to stay.

Arsenal Season In Review: Missed Opportunity

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By finishing second Arsenal might have secured their highest Premier League finish since 2004/05, but to most Arsenal fans this was a season of missed opportunity. With traditional title contenders Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all embroiled in their own struggles this season, the door was open for Arsene Wenger's side to pick up their first title in more than a decade.

Chelsea’s Season In Review: It’s One To Forget

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Here is a review of Chelsea's 2015/16 season. Chelsea began as pre-season favorites to retain their title, but instead it saw Jose Mourinho fired as Chelsea became a middle of the table club, finishing 37 points worse off than they were in 2014.15.


  • Finishing position: 9th (-9)
  • Total points: 50 (-37)
  • FA Cup: Quarter-finals
  • Capital One Cup: Fourth round
  • Top scorer: Diego Costa (12)
  • WhoScored Top Rating: Willian (7.

Will Anyone Meet Gonzalo Higuain’s 94m Price Tag?

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Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis insists anyone interested in signing record breaking striker Gonzalo Higuain will have to meet the Argentine striker's €94m (£74m) release clause.

The 28-year-old Higuain, had a career year for Napoli scoring at least 17 more goals than any other player in Serie A this season (36) and helping Maurizio Sari's side challenge Juventus all the way for the Serie A title.

Emotional Terry Says He Wants To Stay At Chelsea

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We might have to delay those John Terry farewells for another 12 months as an emotional Terry, suspended for Sunday's 1-1 draw with champions Leicester, told Chelsea supporters he wants to remain at the club

Terry addressed the Stamford Bridge crowd after Sunday's match, thanking the fans for their support and reiterating his desire to finish his career at Stamford Bridge.

It’s Another Happy St Totteringham’s Day For Arsenal Fans

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Tottenham Hotspur's embarrassing 5-1 capitulation at Newcastle, combined with Arsenal's 4-0 win at home over relegated Aston Vila allowed the Gunners to finish second and celebrate St Totteringham's Day the day when Arsenal have gathered enough points to assure a finish ahead of Spurs.

It is a remarkable record that Arsene Wenger has never finished below Spurs in the table since arriving in North London in 1996.

Liverpool Fans Happy With Eighth Place Finish

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If you had told Liverpool fans at the start of the season they would finish eighth in the table with 60 points (2 places and 2 points less than last season), and behind Leicester, Southampton and West Ham, the feeling on Merseyside would have been dark and stormy. That will was a horrible season.

But the atmosphere on the Kop is anything but.

Gonzalo Higuain Breaks Serie A Scoring Record

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Gonzalo Higuain wrote himself into the Serie A record books as his hat-trick fired Napoli to a 4-0 win over 10-man Frosinone that sealed a second-placed finish.

Higuain's 19-minute second-half treble sees him become the first man to score 36 goals in a Serie A campaign, nudging ahead of AC Milan's Gunnar Nordahl, who scored 35 in 1949-50 in 37 matches.

Barcelona Win Another La Liga Title

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Barcelona have retained their La Liga title after defeating Granada 3-0 in their final match of the season. Their sixth league title in the last eight seasons. That means that Lionle Messi and Andres Iniesta join Xavi Hernández with eight league titles to their name at the Club

Luis Enrique's men headed into Saturday's clash at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes a point ahead of second-placed Real Madrid and three points above Atletico Madrid, who were effectively out of the race for top spot due to their inferior goal difference.

Arsene Wenger Holding Arsenal Hostage Over His Future

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Arsene Wenger says that he will wait to see how Arsenal fare next season before making any decision on whether he will sign a new contract. An action that basically stops the club from any long-term planning with the Arsenal manager insisting talks will not take place until the end of the next season.

So What Did Chelsea Offer John Terry?

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Lots of headlines this week about Chelsea's last-gap attempt to bring captain John Terry back for one final season. Bit is seems that the offer was not a straight one-year contract extension and the Blues try to PR a situation that they have let get out of hand.

According to reports Terry and his agent were offered a one-year deal a meeting with director Marina Granovskaia and chairman Bruce Buck at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

The Stat That Shows Why Man United Need A Galáctico Like Ibra

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It's a report that will keep Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward up at night. United are losing relevance to football fans across the world.

United have become the third biggest club in the world on the back of its commercial success. But Woodward is finding out that lack of success on the pitch will impact revenues from the clubs commercial revenues.

Sunderland Win To Send Norwich And Newcastle Down

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Big Sam Allardyce's streak of never been relegated is still intact as Sunderland ensured their Premier League survival, and in the process relegated both Newcastle United and Norwich City, with a 3-0 win over Everton at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday.

Say what you want about the style of football that an Allardyce's team, plays, but he knows maybe better than anyone, how to organize a team and make it difficult to beat.

Barca Struggling To Sell Shirt Sponsorship

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Some drama behind the scenes in Spain as Barcelona are set to lose the biggest sponsorship deal in the club's history, to their own league.

Qatar Airways are coming to the end of a their £28m-a-season deal with the club and Barcelona thought they had a new £47m-a-season deal with Qatar Airways all-but signed but the Qataris stalled last October and the clock is now ticking towards the end of the season with Barça potentially without a sponsor.

Manchester United Capitulate At West Ham

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Manchester United's lost season was almost saved. So they were terrible in the fall. And so Louis van Gaal nearly tried to quit. And so they had to depend on a bunch of kids to figure things out. None of that mattered, because a single win over West Ham on Tuesday would have put them into fourth place.

Bayern Munich Flexes Financial Strength

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Stunning news out of Munich as Bayern have spent at least £58m (€74m) to sign Benfica starlet Renato Sanches and Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels.

The headline grabbing deal is the one for Sanches, as he was rumored to be joining Manchester United. That he is heading to Munich and not Old Trafford makes you wonder if Sanches' transfer means that Jose Mourinho's proposed move to Old Trafford is off as both the former Chelsea boss and the Bayern Munich new boy are clients of Portuguese super agent Jorge Mendes?

United Spend Big To Land Renato Sanches

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It is viewed by some as a welcome present for incoming Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho as United have reportedly landed Renato Sanches from Benfica in a deal that could be worth up to £63m. Mourinho and Sanches share the same super agent Jorge Mendes

United have been heavily linked with a move to sign Benfica teenager Sanches for months.

Steven Gerrard Pining For A Move Back To Liverpool

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Some players like David Beckham, Thierry Henry and Robbie Keane embrace the experience that is Major League Soccer. Others like Steven Gerrard do not. They cannot wait to get back to their homeland.

I thought that Gerrard could be a star in MLS like Beckham was. The former England captain arrived in LA with a lot of fanfare, but unlike Beckham, Gerrard seems to be in Major League Soccer more for the money than the challenge of winning trophies.

Hiddink Blames Diego Costa For Sunderland Defeat

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Guus Hiddink believes Diego Costa‘s casual finishing was the "difference" in Chelsea‘s dramatic 3-2 defeat at Sunderland on Saturday.

The Blues had twice taken the lead through Costa and Nemanja Matic in the first half, but Sam Allardyce's men fought back valiantly at the Stadium of Light.

Arsenal Close In On Midfielder Granit Xhaka

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According to reports from Germany, Arsenal are close to sealing a deal for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka for between €30-40m.

Over the past few months, Xhaka has been linked with several Premier League clubs, including Liverpool and Chelsea.

The Reds were thought to be interested in signing the Swiss midfielder, with reports suggesting that Jurgen Klopp was ready to lodge a club record bid to secure his signature during the January transfer window.

Leicester Lift Premier League Title While Defoe Scores Again

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Premier League champions Leicester City celebrated in style on Saturday as they thrashed lackluster Everton 3-1 behind two goals from Jamie Vardy and one from Andy King.

Fireworks erupted on the pitch before yellow and blue streamers cascaded from the roof after the preseason 5,000-1 title shots got their hands on the biggest prize in English football in the trophy celebration after the final whistle.

John Terry Sent Off In Final Chelsea Appearance

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Chelsea captain John Terry was shown a second yellow card for a late tackle on Wahbi Khazri in the final minute of injury time at the Stadium of Light and Sunday, and will now serve a two-match suspension for his second dismissal of the season.

The punishment rules Terry out of Chelsea's two remaining Premier League matches and, with the 35-year-old's contract set to expire this summer, it is possible that his 703rd competitive appearance in a blue shirt may prove to be his last.

Wenger Thinks Big Four Era Is Over

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Arsene Wenger believes that the massive new TV deal that will take effect next season will mean an end to the traditional big four in the Premier League.

Leicester were the first team outside the big four since Blackburn in 1994/95 to have won the Premier League and the Arsenal boss argues that Leicester's unlikely title win could be repeated as every Premier League side will have the money to invest in signing and keeping their own stars.

Louis van Gaal: United Cannot Afford Any More Slip-ups

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says that he "cannot afford" to lose any of the club's four remaining fixtures this season.

Van Gaal knows that if United pick up maximum points against Norwich, West Ham and Bournemouth they will have a chance of leapfrogging neighbours Manchester City into the Premier League's top four, with Crystal Palace waiting in the FA Cup final after that.

Wenger: We Have No Plans To Change Our Playing Style

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A defiant Arsene Wenger says that the success of Leicester and Atletico Madrid will not change his emphasis on possession-based football.

Once again Arsenal lead the league in time of possession with 57%, but with Champions Leicester only 18th in the same table with 44.7%, the criticism is mounting that Arsenal are just keeping possession for the sake of it.

Hiddink: Hazard Can Still Reach Messi, Ronaldo levels

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Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink says that Eden Hazard must show greater consistency if he ever wants to reach the level of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Hazard has been a shadow of the player who inspired Chelsea to the Premier League title last season and claimed the PFA Player of the Year award, but has shown flashes of his best since returning from a persistent hip injury, scoring three goals in two matches against Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur.

Daniel Sturridge: I’m Happy At Liverpool

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Daniel Sturridge has no desire to leave Liverpool and believes "something special" could be on the horizon under Jurgen Klopp.

When Klopp arrived at Anfield to replace Brendan Rodgers, Sturridge was out injured and it is fair to say that it took the German months to warm up to the England striker.

Liverpool Heading To Another European Cup Final

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It was another magical European night at Anfield as Liverpool beat Villarreal 3-0 on Thursday night in their Europa League semi-final second leg.

This was Liverpool's first home game since the new inquest into the Hillsborough disaster ruled that the 96 supporters who perished at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final had been killed unlawfully and the pregame 'You'll Never Walk Alone' added an extra emotional level to the atmosphere.

Radamel Falcao Left Out Of Colombia’s Copa America Squad

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The decline in the career of the former best striker in the world has taken another disappointing turn as Radamel Falcao has been left out of Colombia's Copa America squad.

The 30-year-old has been omitted from Jose Pekerman's provisional 40-man team to play in the centenary edition of the Copa America tournament, which begins on 3 June and runs until 26 June.

La Liga Shows Premier League Where Best Teams Play

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Real Madrid's comfortable win over Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final on Wednesday was only latest example of La Liga's dominion over the Premier League.

The Premier League might be the most watched league in the world, but when English clubs come up against Spanish sides in European competition, the results have not been pretty.

Real Beat City To Set Up Up Madrid Derby In Milan

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A difference over two legs between possible Champions League glory and heartache was a deflected Gareth Bale cross. Bale's first half goal was too much for Manchester City to overcome and it sent Real Madrid through to face city rivals Atletico in the final.

City midfielder Fernando inadvertently diverted Bale's 20th-minute strike into his own net at the Bernabeu to hand Real a 1-0 win both on the night and on aggregate.

New Chelsea boss Looking To Raid Serie A This Summer

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According to the Daily Mirror, incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is confident of signing Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain for £45m (€57m) this summer.

Higuain has been brilliant for Napoli this season, scoring 34 goals in 40 appearances in all competitions, and almost single handily taking Napoli to a top three finish this season.

Rummenigge: “We Feel Cheated”

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Strong words from Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge after his side was knocked out of the Champions League at the hands of Atletico Madrid. Bayern won the second leg of the tie 2-1 on Tuesday but were eliminated on away goals having lost the first leg 1-0.

However, Rummenigge believes the result should have been different after accusing referees of getting key decisions wrong, in particular failing to call offside in the build up to Antoine Griezmann's tie-winning goal for Atletico.

Atletico Madrid Reach Second Second Champions League Final In Three Years

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For the third consecutive season, Pep Guardiola has seen his Bayern Munich knocked out of the Champions League by Spanish opposition. First it was Real Madrid, last season Barcelona, and on Tuesday night Atletico Madrid made it a Spanish trifecta.

Diego Simeone and his players lost 2-1 at the Allianz Arena, but advanced 2-2 on away goals in a thrilling match that had everything; drama, missed penalties and controversy.

Expectations Are To High At United Says Van Gaal

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Any lingering doubt that Louis van Gaal was not the right man for the Manchester United job should be ended after his comments at the United awards ceremony that expectations are too high at Old Trafford and that the remains one of the world's great managers!

'We have to meet the expectations of the biggest club in the world.

Claudio Ranieri Answered All His Critics

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When Claudio Ranieri was named Leicester manager last summer it was not a hiring that was met with widespread applause. In fact many pundits criticized the hiring of Ranieri over Martin O'Neill and Guus Hiddink.

One former Leicester legend not impressed with the hire was Gary Lineker who had this to say on Twitter:

Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp also announced his surprise at the appointment tweeting:

Tony Cottee, who played for the Foxes between 1997-2000, said he is 'astonished' by the appointment.

Leicester City – Champions Of England

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A brilliant Eden Hazard goal at Stamford Bridge ended Tottenham Hotspur's title dreams, completing one of the greatest fairytales in sporting history. Leicester City have won the 2015-16 Premier League title. Leicester City will be playing in the Champions League next season!

At the start of the season they were 5000-1 outsiders to win the title and among the favorites for relegation.

Burnley Gain Promotion To Premier League

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Welcome back to the Premier League Burnley! Sam Vokes' goal on Monday against QPR secured an immediate return for the Clarets to the Premier League

Few could argue that Burnley don't deserve promotion, and the record-breaking riches that will follow next season, having stretched their unbeaten run to 22 matches dating back to Boxing Day.

PSG Makes More Than Its 14 Biggest Rivals Combined

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Is there any sport, in any league, in the world where one club has the financial dominance over its rivals as we have in Lique 1 in France?

Recently released figures show that last season, Paris Saint-Germain generated more income than 14 of its rivals put together.

PSG had revenue of €484 million in 2015, according to data released by French soccer's licensing authority.

Leicester Striker Jamie Vardy Named FWA Footballer of the Year

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Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy's cinderella season rolls on as he has been voted Footballer of the Year for the 2015-16 season by the Football Writers' Association.

The 290year-old Vardy topped the poll of 290 journalists with 36 percent of the vote, a clear winner ahead of teammates Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante.

Post Match Reaction: New England Revolution 2 Orlando City 2

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The New England Revolution and the Orlando City SC drew 2-2 draw in front of a season high crowd of 25,203 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.

Diego Fagundez opened the scoring for New England in the 7th minute, but Orlando City's Kevin Molino equalized in the 30th minute. Juan Agudelo put the Revolution back in front just one minute after entering the match as a substitute in the 70th minute.