Soccer Tickets Online Archives for January 2017

Barcelona Call For Goal Line Technology After Being Robbed At Real Betis

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Barcelona have called for goal-line technology to be used in La Liga after they were denied a clear goal in their 1-1 draw with Real Betis on Sunday.

After Betis had taken a second-half lead through Alex Alegria, Barca thought they had equalised when Aissa Mandi attempted to clear a Jordi Alba shot off the line.

West Ham Sell Dimitri Payet To Marseille For £25m

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Dimitri Payet has completed his £25 million return to former club Marseille after forcing his way out of West Ham United.

The French international, who was one of the best players in the Premier League last season has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with Marseille with the option of a further year.

Why The Fixture List Favors Manchester United

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has complained about what their progress into the EFL Cup final will mean for their chances of finishing in the top-4 but the Special One should be relishing their run of upcoming fixtures as they look to close the gap on the teams above them.

United will come out of the FA Cup weekend, four points out of the final Champions League qualification spot, and six points behind second place Arsenal.

Nightmare Month Continues As Liverpool Are Out Of The FA Cup

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was at a loss to explain his sides performance in the shock 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Wolves at Anfield.

With a must-win match against Chelsea coming up on Tuesday, Klopp made nine changes to the side that got knocked out of the League Cup in midweek. But his new look side could not recover from a poor first half that saw the Sky Bet Championship side go 2-0 up thanks to goals from Richard Stearman and Andreas Weimann.

Arsene Wenger Handed Four Match Touchline Ban

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Arsene Wenger has been hit with a four-match touchline suspension for last Sunday's tirade but he has escaped a stadium ban.

The Arsenal manager appeared before an FA disciplinary panel on Friday after being charged with misconduct over his behaviour towards referee Jon Moss and fourth official Anthony Taylor during the dramatic 2-1 win over Burnley at the Emirates.

Klopp Blames Referee As Liverpool Crash Out Of League Cup

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was unhappy with referee Mike Atkinson but insisted he was not looking for excuses after the EFL Cup semi-final exit to Southampton.

Klopp felt his side should have had a penalty for handball by Shane Long well before the Saints substitute went on to score the added-time goal which gave the visitors a 2-0 aggregate victory to put them into their first major final since 2003.

Luis Enrique Refuses To Discuss Future At Barcelona

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Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has once again refused to answer questions over his future, as speculation mounts that he could leave Camp Nou at the end of the season when his contract expires.

Since arriving at the Camp Nou in 2014, Enrique has led Barcelona to two Copa del Rey titles, both La Liga titles and the 2015 Champions League, as well as a UEFA Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

Coutinho Becomes Highest-Paid Player In Liverpool History

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Philippe Coutinho has committed his long-term future to Liverpool by signing the biggest contract in the club's history worth more than £200,000 per week that will keep him at the club until 2022.

This is a huge deal for Liverpool, as Coutinho has been linked with a move to Barcelona for months and they not currently playing in the Champions League.

Man United Looking To Expand Old Trafford

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Manchester United are reported to be seriously considering expanding the Old Trafford capacity to a staggering 88,000. The increase by more than 12,000 would be likely to start with an extra 7,500 seats in the Sir Bobby Charlton stand, formerly known as the main stand.

Previously, the railway line at the back of the structure meant expansion would require a costly tunnel and the demolition of a number of houses.

Jurgen Klopp Demands Liverpool Stop Conceding Silly Goals

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Liverpool players were forced to sit through a defence clinic after being bullied in the box by Swansea during Saturday's 3-2 home defeat.

Jurgen Klopp dedicated a healthy portion of his team's Sunday debrief at Melwood to point out glaring defensive deficiencies.

The manager admitted that he is worried by his leaky defence ahead of the EFL Cup semi-final second leg against Southampton, which they trail 1-0.

Mourinho Holds Door Open For Rooney To Leave United

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Less than 24 hours after he broke Sir Bobby Charlton's record to become the all-time leading goalscorer for Manchester United, Wayne Rooney has been told by United boss Jose Mourinho that he will not stand in his way if Rooney wants to leave Old Trafford for China.

Reports out of China suggest that Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande and Super League rivals Beijing Guoan are prepared to make Rooney the highest paid player in the world with a staggering £700,000-a-week offer to lure him away from Manchester United this summer.

Arsene Wenger Apologises After Shoving Fourth Official

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Arsene Wenger has acknowledged his furious reaction to Burnley being awarded a penalty was wrong after the Arsenal manager was sent off on Sunday.

The Gunners boss was sent off removed during an extraordinary period of injury time at Emirates Stadium, where 10-man Arsenal conceded an equalizer to Andre Gray, only for Alexis Sanchez to score his own penalty in the 98th minute to snatch a 2-1 victory from the jaws of defeat.

Mourinho Upset As United Drop Two Valuable Points At Stoke

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was left frustrated at United's 1-1 draw with Stoke City. While the headlines will be about Wayne Rooney passing Sir Bobby Charlton to become the club's all-time leading scorer with his 250th goal with a free-kick in stoppage time, the Special One says United are picking up too many draws considering the attacking football they produce.

Klopp Complains About Quiet Kop As Liverpool Struggles Continue

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Jurgen Klopp complained about the atmosphere inside Anfield after his Liverpool side crashed to defeat to lowly Swansea in the Premier League.

Klopp, who has made his displeasure about early kick-offs known regularly during his reign at Anfield, watched Fernando Llorente fire the Swans into a 2-0 lead early in the second half on Saturday.

Gerrard Gets Liverpool Job He Craved

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Ever since he was forced out of his club by Brendan Rodgers, Steven Gerrard has craved a return to Liverpool F.C. The LA Galaxy was a holding move by Gerrard. Something to earn a few more millions until he could return to Liverpool.

Well Gerrard's wish came true on Friday as Liverpool announced that their former captain will take up a full-time position with the Reds academy.

FA Cup: Jurgen Klopp Pleased With Liverpool Youngsters

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Liverpool set up a fourth-round tie at home to Wolves with old head Lucas Leiva scoring a rare goal in their 1-0 win at Home Park.

Klopp named a stronger side than he had done in the goalless draw against the Sky Bet League Two high-fliers at Anfield 10 days earlier, but four teenagers still started the third-round replay Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn.

Real Madrid Suffer Second Defeat In Less Than A Week

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Former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas scored one and made one as Celta Vigo Stunned Real Madrid 2-1 in their first-leg Spanish Cup quarter-final first leg at the Santiago Bernabéu

Zinedine Zidane's team had gone 40 games without losing, but they have now lost twice in less than a week and now face a huge trip to the Baliados next week if they are to keep their hopes for a domestic double alive.

Manchester United Top Barcelona And Real Madrid In Deloitte Money League

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Real Madrid might be European and World Champions but Manchester United have knocked them off their perch atop the Deloitte Money League for the first time in more than a decade.

Jose Mourinho's side, benefiting from a return to the Champions League, posted a world record revenue of £515.3 million over the course of the 2015-16.

Wenger: We Don’t Need To Strengthen Squad

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says that the Gunners are not interested in wantaway West Ham star Dimitri Payet and are unlikely to do any transfer business this month.

The France midfielder is refusing to play for the Hammers again as he looks to push through a move to former club Marseille after turning down a huge, £500,000-a-week offer from China.

Sevilla Blow La Liga Title Race Wide Open

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Sevilla have blown La Liga title race wide open after beating Real Madrid 2-1 on Sunday to end the Champions League winners 40-match unbeaten run. With the win, Jorge Sampaoli's side are now just one point behind Real in La Liga, albeit Real have a game in hand.

The hero for Sevilla on Sunday was on-loan striker Stevan Jovetic, whose stoppage time goal secured an enthralling 2-1 comeback win for Sevilla.

Neymar Ranked As Most Valuable Player In World

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According to a new list from the CIES Football Observatory, Barcelona striker Neymar is the most valuable player in the world, with a value of €246.8m, £141.8m more than the current world record, the €105 million paid by Manchester United for Paul Pogba.

Neymar's teammate Lionel Messi comes in second €170.

Barcelona Director Fired For Criticizing Messi

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Barcelona have sacked one of their directors after he appeared to suggest the club's record goalscorer and five-time Balon d'Or winner Lionel Messi was over-rated.

Asked about Messi's role in Barcelona's cup win over Athletic Bilbao – when the player scored free-kicks in both legs to put Barca through – Pere Gratacos said:

'It wasn't just Leo.

Pep Gives Up On Title As Man City Lose Again

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Pep Guardiola all but surrendered Manchester City's hopes of winning the Premier League title after his worst afternoon as a manager.

Guardiola claimed Chelsea's 10-point advantage looks insurmountable after a crushing defeat at Goodison Park.

Sunday's thumping was Pep's worst domestic result as a boss and he blamed a failure to make their first-half dominance count rather than defensive mishap.

Zlatan Bemoans ‘Simple Mistakes’ As United And Liverpool Draw

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits Manchester United made 'simple mistakes' despite rescuing a late 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Old Trafford.

James Milner slotted home a first-half penalty for the Reds before Ibrahimovic levelled with six minutes remaining to secure a share of the spoils.

The draw extended United's unbeaten run in the Premier League to 12 games but the Red Devils saw their nine-game winning streak in all competitions come to an end.

Defiant Klopp Fires Warning To Premier League Title Rivals

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Jurgen Klopp has fired a warning to Liverpool's title rivals by declaring: "There will be a moment when we are the better side."

The hard-fought 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford saw them slip seven points behind Chelsea, with Tottenham moving above them into second on goal difference.

Arsene Wenger Has No Issues With Sanchez’s Latest Strop

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Arsene Wenger played down Alexis Sanchez's frustration at being substituted in Arsenal's 4-0 Premier League victory at Swansea.

Sanchez had scored Arsenal's fourth goal his 16th of the season before being withdrawn 11 minutes from time with the Gunners moving in to the top three on goal difference.

Conte Maintains Diego Costa Going Nowhere

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Antonio Conte sees no reason why Diego Costa should not play for Chelsea again after maintaining the striker missed the Premier League victory at Leicester through injury.

Following reports this week that Costa had a disagreement with the Chelsea boss and his coaching staff amid rumours of a big-money offer from a Chinese Super League club, the 28-year-old was left out of the squad on Saturday evening.

Turmoil At The Camp Nou

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After a late Lionel Messi free-kick managed to get Barcelona out of jail against Villarreal, as La Liga action returned in 2017, Luis Enrique's squad were left feeling as though they had been cheated out of the opportunity to win.

Normally, an equaliser at the end of a tight contest can hold a joy equivalent to picking up three points, but two seemingly obvious penalties that weren't given their way have left Barça feeling sour.

Wenger Plays Down Sanchez Reaction

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has played down the angry reaction from Alexis Sanchez after the team's 3-3 draw at Bournemouth on Tuesday, saying it was simply a sign of "passion."

Sanchez threw his gloves to the ground in disgust at the final whistle before storming down the tunnel, despite Arsenal having come back from 3-0 down in the final 20 minutes.

Premier League sides could face six games over Christmas in 2017

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Premier League clubs could face a chaotic festive fixture list of six matches in only 17 days over Christmas and New Year next season.

A draft fixture schedule for the 2017-18 Premier League campaign suggests matches will be played on December 16, 20, 23, 26 and 30, plus January 1.

If approved, Premier League clubs would face a chaotic festive fixture list of six matches in only 17 days over Christmas and New Year next season.

Ozil will Not Commit To Arsenal Until He Knows Wenger’s Future

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Mesut Ozil is ready to commit his long-term future to Arsenal, but only if Arsene Wenger remains as manager of the club. Contract discussions between the Gunners and Ozil are ongoing as he moves into the final 18 months of his current deal.

The German playmaker revealed he is waiting on Wenger to decide whether to continue beyond this season before penning fresh terms.

Klopp Has No Regrets With Liverpool Lineup After FA Cup Draw

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Jürgen Klopp said he had no regrets over selecting the youngest starting lineup in Liverpool's history and a third-round replay at Plymouth Argyle was deserved reward for the League Two side after their display at Anfield.

Liverpool were held to a goalless draw by what Derek Adams, the Plymouth manager, confidently described as "probably one of the best defensive performances Anfield has seen".

Ronaldo Wins FIFA Best Player Award

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Real Madrid superstar Cristano Ronaldo has topped off an incredible year by winning FIFA's inaugural best Player Award.

You can debate whether Ronaldo or Lionel Messi is the better player, but their is no denying that CR7 had the better 2016. Just look at what Ronaldo won:

  • Euro 2016
  • Champions League
  • UEFA Super Cup
  • FIFA Club World Cup
  • Ballon d'Or
  • UEFA Player of Year
  • FIFA Player of Year
  • UEFA Player of Year
  • FIFA Player of Year

Most players would be ecstatic to have a career like Ronaldo's last 12 months, but the Real Madrid player says he continue work on improving his game:

"I dreamt of being the best and now I've achieved it," he said at the ceremony.

Klopp Tells Barcelona To Forget About Coutinho

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Jurgen Klopp has repeated his desire to keep Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool. Real Madrid and Barcelona have both been linked to Coutinho, who has been one of the star performers under Klopp this season with six goals and five assists in 14 matches.

Ahead of Coutinho's return to the first-team fold in Liverpool's EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Southampton on Wednesday, Klopp outlined his desire to have the Brazilian at his disposal for many years.

United Can See Wembley Way After Beating Hull 2-0 In League Cup

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Manchester United are one step closer to a potential League Cup Final matchup with bitter rivals Liverpool, but watching his side beat Hull City 2-0 in the EFL Cup semifinal first leg on Tuesday, Jose Mourinho wanted to talk ore about the fans than the win.

The United boss urged their fans to improve when the club face Liverpool in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday telling them not to just "come to the theatre" but "play with us.