Soccer Tickets Online Archives for January 2017

Klopp Blames Referee For Chelsea Goal

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Jurgen Klopp has claimed referee Michael Oliver refused Liverpool's request for a substitution, and believes it may have played a crucial role in allowing Chelsea to equalize.

With Liverpool looking to defend a slender one-goal advantage with five minutes left on the clock, Klopp attempted to change their system in order to provide extra cover in defence.

Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku faces 3-Match Ban

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Romelu Lukaku could be hit with a three-match ban that would rule him out the Manchester derby, with the FA set to review video footage appearing to show the Manchester United striker kicking out at Brighton defender Gaetan Bong.

Referee Neil Swarbrick, in charge of United's 1-0 win at Old Trafford on Saturday, is due to submit his match report on Monday.

Wenger Says Referee Got Controversial Decision Penalty Right

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Arsene Wenger declared Arsenal's latest stoppage-time winner against Burnley 'a clear penalty' but the decision left opposite number Sean Dyche with a bitter case of deja vu at Turf Moor.

Arsenal have now won their last three games against the Clarets in added time, with another Alexis Sanchez spot-kick settling matters at the Emirates in January and a Laurent Koscielny handball breaking Burnley hearts three months earlier.

Liverpool Midfielder ‘Agrees Terms’ With Juventus

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Liverpool midfielder Emre Can looks to have taken a step closer to the Anfield exit door and a summer move away from the club as the Germany international has agreed terms with Italian giants Juventus.

Can is entering the final six months of his Reds deal after failing to come to an agreement with the club over a contract extension.

Messi Finally Signs New Barcelona Contract

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Lionel Messi has ended months of speculation about his future by signing a new four-year contract at Barcelona worth €558,000 a week, extending his stay at the Nou Camp until 2021.

Barca announced the news in an official club statement, which read:

"FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi signed on Saturday morning a new contract that will keep the Argentinian superstar at the Club through the 2020/21 season.

Dortmund And Schalke – Two Teams Heading In Opposite Directions

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There will be no half measures, no excuses and no blandishment. On Saturday, it is all or nothing for Borussia Dortmund and Peter Bosz.

On Saturday, Dortmund host arch rivals Schalke in the Bundesliga. Even in normal times, such a fixture is highly anticipated, highly pressurised. On this occasion, with Dortmund in a downward spiral of disastrous defending and depressing defeats, the pressure is even higher.

Man United Stunned In Basel

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A surprised Jose Mourinho was left counting the cost of a first Champions League defeat of the season after Manchester United lost to a late goal in Basle on Wednesday night.

After four wins from their opening four group games, United travelled to Switzerland needing just a point to qualify for the knockout phase.

Real Madrid Dominate UEFA Team Of Year Shortlist

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No surprise to see that the 50-man shortlist for UEFA's team of the year is dominated by players from La Liga and European champions Real Madrid, who boast 11 nominees, including Cristiano Ronaldo, who is included for a record 14th time. Italian champions Juventus, who were beaten by Real in the Champions League final last season, have the next most with seven.

Conte Happy As Chelsea Wrap Up Champions League Knockout Place

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Head coach Antonio Conte praised the character of his Chelsea players after securing Champions League qualification with a 4-0 Group C win at Qarabag.

Chelsea ensured their longest Champions League journey it is almost 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometres) between London and Baku, Azerbaijan was worthwhile by qualifying ahead of December's clash with Atletico Madrid.

Liverpool Throw Away Three Goal Lead In Seville

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Liverpool fans got to see both sides of their team on Tuesday night in Spain as they raced to a 3-0 lead over Sevilla as Roberto Firmino scored either side of a goal from Sadio Mane in a blistering opening 30 minutes.

But thenReds fans had to sit and watch in horror as Liverpool's defensive frailties reared their head once again as they conceded three times in the second half and squandered a chance of early Champions League qualification.

Dybala Admits He Could Leave Juventus At End Of Season

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Paulo Dybala has admitted he cannot rule out this being his final season at Juventus. The striker is regarded as one of the most lethal forwards in Europe and his concession will have put Manchester United and Barcelona on alert as both clubs hold an interest in the 24-year-old.

Dybala admitted to France Football:

‘I can't promise I will stay at Juventus forever,' Dybala told France Football.

Arsenal Finally Hire A Recruitment Expert

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Arsenal have appointed the man responsible for helping to bring stars such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ousmane Dembele and Shinji Kagawa to Borussia Dortmund.

Sven Mislintat joins the Gunners after a decade of service at the Bundesliga side, where he worked as head of recruitment.

It has also been reported in German newspaper Bild that Arsenal want Dortmund chief Michael Zorc.

Klopp Says Mohamed Salah Could Shatter Goal-Scoring Records

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed striker Mohamed Salah's early impact this season. He said the player could shatter goalscoring records if only he could maintain his blistering start to the campaign.

Salah, who signed for a reported £34 million from Roma in the off-season, struck twice as Liverpool beat Southampton 3-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.

Italy Names Five Candidates To Manage National Team

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FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio says that the top choices for the Italy managerial role are Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte, Max Allegri, Claudio Ranieri and Roberto Mancini.

The Azzurri missed out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after a 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden.

Conte Blames Fixtures For Slow Start To Season

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Antonio Conte has complained that the Premier League title race would be closer had fixtures been arranged more fairly.

The Chelsea manager, who believes even another run of 13 wins in a row might not challenge Manchester City, is still irritated by the timing of his side's meeting against Pep Guardiola's team from September.

Zidane Not Willing To Concede La Liga Title Race

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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists his side can still catch Barcelona in the title race despite falling 10 points behind the league leaders.

Real could not respond in kind to Barca's 3-0 win over Leganes earlier in the day as they played out a goalless clash with Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Europa League: Who Will Advance This Week

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There are two games left in the Europa League group stage and some big names like Arsenal and AC Milan can book their place in the knockout stages.

A look at how each group looks:

Group A: Astana (7 points) v Villarreal (8)*, Maccabi Tel-Aviv (1) v Slavia Praha (5)

  • Villarreal will be through with a win, or with a draw if Slavia fail to win, or even with a defeat if Slavia also lose due to Villarreal's superior head-to-head.

Wenger Still Hoping Sanchez And Ozil Sign New Deals

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez want to stay at the club despite both players being out of contract in the summer.

Sanchez scored in the Gunners' 2-0 win over north London rivals Tottenham on Saturday, while Ozil was named man of the match.

"I am convinced they love the club and love the team, but all the rest will be decided when?

Pogba Back And United Turn Style Back On

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Paul Pogba was labelled "different class" by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho after returning from injury with a goal and an assist.

Pogba set up Anthony Martial for the equaliser and scored the third goal as United came from behind to beat Newcastle 4-1 at Old Trafford.

The France midfielder had missed the past 12 league and cup games with a hamstring injury.

David Luiz Back In From The Cold At Chelsea

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David Luiz is back in the Chelsea squad for Saturday's match against West Brom but faces a battle with Andreas Christensen to win back his starting spot, manager Antonio Conte has said.

Conte did not indulge questions about his relationship with Luiz, who was surprisingly dropped from Chelsea's matchday squad for the 1-0 win over Manchester United prior to the November international break amid reports of tensions with his head coach.

Neither Side Can Afford To Lose In Madrid Derby This Weekend

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It is being billed as the wake-up derby, because both Real Madrid and Atletico need to stir from their slumber before the season gets away from them for good.

Barcelona could be 11 points clear of the loser in the Madrid derby, a result that will all but end their title hopes, and we are not even into November.

Will We See An Alternate World Cup In The USA Next Summer?

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There are reports that US Soccer is planning an alternative to next summer' World Cup, featuring teams that failed to qualify for Russia 2018.

The list of nations missing from next summer's tournament includes the Americans, Holland, Chile, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Ghana as well as the Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Ibra, Pogba And Rojo All Back For Manchester United

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Jose Mourinho has announced that Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Marcos Rojo will all be in the Manchester United squad for the match against Newcastle United this weekend.

Ibra has not played for seven months since rupturing the cruciate ligament in his right knee against Anderlecht, and was expected to be out until December at the earliest.

Giroud Has No Plans To Leave Arsenal In January

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Olivier Giroud says he has no plans to leave Arsenal during the January transfer window, despite his inability to break into Arsene Wenger's Premier League line-up.

Giroud has not started a single Premier League game this campaign, as Wenger prefers Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette, prompting speculation of a transfer when the winter market opens.

Inter Milan Striker Attracting Attention From European Giants

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Lots of newspapers on Saturday are running stories linking Inter captain Mauro Icardi with a move away from the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in January.

Icardi signed a new Inter contract 15 months ago, and at the time the €110m buyout clause seemingly put him out of the reach of competitors.

But the transfer market changed this summer with the deals for Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, Álvaro Morata, Ousmane Dembele and the failed transfer for Philippe Coutinho.

Atletico Madrid President Calls Diego Simeone “Untouchable”

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It has been a difficult start to the season for Atletico Madrid. They are fourth in La Liga, winless in the Champions League, and in danger of an embarrassing exit in the Copa del Rey.

Atleti sits fourth in La Liga, level with Real Madrid on points but behind on goal differential. They are eight points back of leaders Barcelona after just 11 matches.

Gareth Bale Injured Again

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Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, who has been out of action since the end of September, has been picked up another injury that is expected to keep him out until the new year.

"Gareth Bale felt some discomfort in his left leg at the end of Thursday's training session and today underwent various tests carried out by the Real Madrid Sanitas medical team," Real Madrid posted on its official website.

Southgate: Jack Wilshere Isn’t A Number 10

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England manager Gareth Southgate believes Jack Wilshere is being played out of position at Arsenal. Wilshere, who has been hampered by injuries throughout his career, was left out of the England squad for upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil having played just 25 minutes in the Premier League.

Alvaro Morata: Of course I would go back to Real Madrid

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Alvaro Morata will never close the door on a return to Real Madrid, but he wants to have a "great career" at Chelsea before departing.

The Spain international striker has made a strong start to life at Chelsea following a reported £70million move from Madrid, scoring eight goals and supplying three assists in 15 appearances in all competitions.

Mourinho Expects Pogba And Zlatan Back In Next Month

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It's been a tough couple of weeks for Manchester United fans, but Jose Mourinho has given them something to look forward to, hinting that Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Marcos Rojo are getting close to returning to the lineup.

'We have the group of players which are the ones that we hope will recover as soon as possible,' Mourinho told MUTV after the defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Most Valuable Squads Now Belong To Premier League Clubs

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The most expensive squads in no longer belong in La Liga as a new report has concluded that Manchester City have supplanted Real Madrid and Barcelona as the most valuable squad in world football.

The Premier League leaders are only one of four club sides in the world with a squad valued at over €1billion in the study commissioned by the CIES Football Observatory.