Soccer Tickets Online Archives for January 2017

Will Allegri Replace Wenger At Arsenal This Summer?

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According to Calciomercato, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has told friends he will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal in the summer.

Wenger's current deal is due to expire at the end of the season and while there are reports that the Gunners long-term manager has bene given an offer of a two-year contract extension, there have been rumors as far back as last summer that this would be Wenger's last season in charge at the Emirates.

Chelsea Turned Down 90 Million Offer For Diego Costa

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According to SFR Sport in France, Chelsea striker Diego Costa was subject to a huge offer from China last month, which led to his falling out with Antonio Conte.

Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian, who are managed by World Cup and Ballon D'Or winner Fabio Cannavaro, are reported to have offered Chelsea £90 million for the Spain international.

Mourinho: Manchester United Fans Are More Passionate Than Chelsea Fans

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Jose Mourinho says he has seen more passion from Manchester United supporters than fans of any club he has managed.

The Special One has managed Porto, Chelsea (twice), Real Madrid and Inter Milan but says those who follow the Old Trafford club are a cut above.

Mourinho, whose side lifted the EFL Cup on Sunday, makes the bold statement in a message to United supporters within the pages of the renewal brochure for season tickets.

Liverpool Announce Loss Despite Record Revenues

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Liverpool made a pre-tax loss of £19.8 million last year despite their revenue breaking through the £300 million mark for the first time.

After two years in the black the club dropped back into the red according to the club's official accounts, released on Wednesday.

The club said that the loss for the year ending May 2016 was largely due to investment in the first-team squad plus pay-offs to manager Brendan Rodgers and his backroom staff.

Antonio Conte Agrees To Join Inter Milan This Summer

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Stunning news from Turin based Tuttosport, that former Juventus manager Antonio Conte has agreed to join Inter at the end of the season.

The current Chelsea manager has accepted a huge four year deal worth €15m per season from Suning. The former Italy boss is said to have given the OK to join the club after the offer was raised from €11m.

Luis Enrique Announces He Will Leave Barcelona At Season’s End

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As suggested here last month, Luis Enrique has confirmed he will leave Barcelona when his contract expires in the summer.

The Barca coach has been constantly questioned throughout the season about whether he would commit to the club beyond the end of the current campaign, but has always refused to respond.

Carragher Blames Klopp After Latest Liverpool Defeat

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Liverpool legend, and TV pundit, Jamie Carragher ripped apart Jurgen Klopp's tactics after Liverpool's defense was left exposed time and time again in a 3-1 defeat to Leicester City on Monday night.

Klopp's men were soundly beaten as Jamie Vardy scored in both halves of Monday night's clash at the King Power Stadium, while Danny Drinkwater notched with a long-range strike.

World Cup Winner “Removed From All Football Related Activities”

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Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Götze has been sidelined indefinitely by his club after medical tests revealed that the muscular problems he has been suffering over the last few months have caused ‘metabolic disturbances'.

Götze, who returned to Dortmund last summer after a three-year spell with Bayern Munich, has played just 27 minutes in 2017 and a statement on the club's website read:

"Borussia Dortmund will continue to be without midfielder Mario Götze for the time being.

Chelsea Continue To Set Records Under Conte

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Of all the new signings in the Premier League this season, Chelsea's capture of Antonio Conte might be the best one.

While all the talk is about the (admittedly superb) play of the likes of N'Golo Kante, it's worth noting that Conte is running away with the title using the majority of a squad which finished 10th last season, 31 points off top spot and just 13 points clear of the relegation zone.

Leicester City Have Sacked Claudio Ranieri

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Leicester City have sensationally sacked the manager who lead them to arguably the greatest triumph in English football history.

Claudio Ranieri is out as Leicester manager, just nine months after leading them to Premier League title and with the Foxes still in playing in the knockout stages of the Champions League where they trail Sevilla 2-1 after the first leg in Spain on Wednesday night.

Manchester United Advance In Europa League

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Jose Mourinho is praying he does not have to pile on the air miles in the last 16 of the Europa League when the draw is made in Switzerland on Friday.

Manchester United comfortably made the next round with a 1-0 win in France against Saint-Etienne to complete a 4-0 aggregate success.

Already in the hat for the draw ahead of the next set of matches in the last 16 with the Reds are Russian side Krasnodar and Germans Schalke.

Mourinho: I Will Not Force Rooney Out Of Manchester United

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Jose Mourinho says he has no intention of forcing Wayne Rooney out of Manchester United, adding that "you have to ask him" about a potential move to China.

The United captain has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League, with a number of clubs reportedly hopeful of convincing him of completing a switch before next Tuesday's Chinese transfer deadline.

Wenger: That Was a Professional Win Over Non-League Sutton

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Arsene Wenger praised National League side Sutton United following the ‘quality' display they put in against Arsenal on Monday evening.

The non-league club were beaten 2-0 by the Gunners in the fifth round of the FA Cup, Lucas Perez and Theo Walcott scoring in each half to set up a quarter-final clash against another non-league side, Lincoln City.

Neymar To Stand Trial On Corruption Charges From Santos Transfer

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Neymar has lost his final appeal against corruption charges and will stand trial. The charges relate to his move from Santos to Barcelona four years ago and could see him jailed for two years. However a more likely sentence for the Brazil international, whose father will also stand trial, isa fine of up to €10 million.

Is Barcelona Losing Its Identify Under Luis Enrique?

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For years, Barcelona has been a club marked by a very clear approach to the game of football, defined by an academy program that has produced some of the best players in the world over the last 15 years.

But on Sunday, Barcelona's starting XI away to Leganes contained only one Spanish born player (Sergi Roberto), for the first time in their 118-year history.

Will Rafa Replace Wenger At Arsenal

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According to The Mirror, former Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez is on the shortlist to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager if the Gunners long-term boss decides to call it a day at the end of this season.

Benitez is reportedly one of four names that have been identified by the Arsenal hierarchy as suitable for the job, along with Borussia Dortmund's Thomas Tuchel, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim.

500 Days In And Jurgen Klopp Promises “Bright” Future For Liverpool

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We are 500 days into the Jurgen Klopp reign at Anfield and the Liverpool boss insists that the club have a bright future ahead of them despite enduring a wretched start to 2017.

Last month was torturous for the Reds as they won just one of the nine games they played, fell further behind in the Premier League title race and were knocked out of both the FA Cup and the EFL Cup.

Sevilla Boss Refuses To Rule Out Replacing Luis Enrique At Barcelona

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Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli is keeping quiet over a potential summer switch to Barcelona. The Argentine has impressed since taking charge at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last summer, with his side sitting third in La Liga, just three points off leaders Real Madrid.

Barca were humbled in midweek, thrashed 4-0 by Paris Saint-Germain, and most Barca fans expect that Luis Enrique will walk way from the club at the end of the season when his contract runs out.

Ibrahimovic Sends Man United Into FA Cup Quarter Finals

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When he signed for Manchester United on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last summer all the so-called football experts unanimously called Zlatan Ibrahimović a wasted signing. That the then 34-year-old striker was past his prime and that he would struggle to get 10 goals in the best league in the world.

Who Will Replace Luis Enrique At Barcelona?

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Despite winning the treble in his first season and the double last season, Barcelona fans never really took to Luis Enrique and it will not be a surprise when he leaves Barcelona at the end of the season.

The players will not fight for him to stay because many have lost faith in him. And the board of directors know that if the coach doesn't change then the spotlight will shine on them.

Mourinho Not Happy Despite United’s Europa League Romp

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho slammed his players' attitude despite them securing a 3-0 victory over St Etienne in the Europa League.

United won the last-32 first leg at Old Trafford thanks to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick, but the hosts survived some nervy moments, particularly in the first half.

Defiant Wenger Says He Will Manage Somebody Next Season

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A defiant Arsene Wenger says that he will not retire and will remain in management next season, either at Arsenal or elsewhere.

The Arsenal manager's future is under the microscope after a 5-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday, but it does not seem as though the 67-year-old is willing to give up on management just yet.

Arsenal Embarrassed In Champions League Once Again

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It's mid February and once again Arsenal are heading out of the Champions League at the Round of 16 stage for the seventh consecutive season after losing 5-1 to Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.

Technically Arsenal can attempt a Tom Brady like comeback and beat Bayern Munich 4-0 in the second leg, but even the most ardent Arsenal fan knows that is not going to happen.

Champions League: Valentine’s Day Massacre In Paris

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Angel di Maria scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain ripped Barcelona to shreds in Paris, in a stunning team performance that left the Spanish champions shell-shocked and facing elimination from Europe at the last-16 stage.

Things started badly for Barcelona when Samuel Umititi upended Draxler on the edge of the area on 18 minutes and Di Maria stepped up to take the free-kick.

Martial Stars As United Close Gap On Second

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Anthony Martial impressed Jose Mourinho with the way he transferred improved training displays into a man-of-the-match performance as Manchester United comfortably overcame Watford.

Questions over the 21-year-old's happiness and Old Trafford future have grown in recent weeks given his struggles to break into the United manager's thoughts.

Klopp Downplays Title Talk After Beating Spurs

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Jurgen Klopp played down any suggestion Liverpool could revive their title challenge after returning to form with a 2-0 defeat of rivals Tottenham.

Sadio Mane struck twice in quick succession to hand the Reds their first league win of 2017 at the expense of Pochettino's second-placed side.

The Merseysiders still remain a point behind Spurs, and 10 behind leaders Chelsea, who have a game in hand, and manager Klopp did not want to look too far ahead.

Sanchez Hands Arsenal Win Over Hull

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he feels "sorry" for Hull City after Alexis Sanchez scored with his hand in the Gunners 2-0 win.

Sanchez put Arsenal ahead in the 34th minute at the Emirates when the ball bounced off Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic onto his wrist and into the net. Referee Mark Clattenburg allowed the goal to stand, but apologised to the Hull players after seeing replays of the incident during the half-time break.

Wada: No Drug Testing In La Liga Since March 2016

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The World Anti‑Doping Agency has described the lack of drug testing in Spanish football during the last 11 months as "alarming" and "deeply disappointing".

The National Anti-Doping Organization of Spain (AEPSAD) was declared non-compliant in March 2016, since when no Wada-compliant testing has been conducted across the country's various football levels, including La Liga, the top-flight.

United Promise To Splash Cash Again This Summer

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Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has promised to spend big again this summer in an attempt to keep trying to improve Manchester United's squad, although has said this summer's transfer window will not see the same "churn" of players.

United have big last summer bringing in Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly and these signings led to a 14.

Wenger: We Are In A ‘Fight To Be In The Top Four’ This Season

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In a testament to how tight the race for a top four finish in England is, in the last 10 days Arsene Wenger has went from talking up his team as title contenders to admitting that the Gunners are in a fight to finish in the top four.

One of Wenger's crowning achievements is that he has managed to keep Arsenal in the top four since 1996 but that streak is in jeopardy with only five points separating second place and sixth.

Premier League Top Earners By Club

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The highest-paid player in the Premier League is Manchester United's Wayne Rooney his £300,000-a-week wage being collected as he warms the Old Trafford bench.

The club's all-time top goalscorer is, of course, a loyal servant and the captain, but that has not stopped Jose Mourinho relegating Rooney to the bench this season.

What Team Sold The Most Replica Shirts In 2016

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If the number of replica shirts sold worldwide is an indicator of the fan support for that club, then the latest data shows what Manchester United are the biggest club in the world.

The Premier League giants sold a staggering 2,850,000 in 2016, helped by the arrivals of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Real Madrid Want De Gea Or Courtois

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As our attention turns this this summer's transfer window, Real Madrid are being strongly linked with two former Atletico Madrid goalkeepers: Manchester United's David de Gea and Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois.

De Gea should be a Real Madrid player, but president Florentino Perez blew the chance to sign him in 2015, a decision that he is still trying to fix two summers later.

Koscielny Questions Wenger’s Team Selection

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It has not been a good week for Arsene Wenger. First he saw his side lose to both Watford and Chelsea, defeats that ended the Gunners title hopes, and now defender Laurent Koscielny has questioned the team selection of manager Arsene Wenger against Chelsea

'I think we played some players in front of others and I think we should have played more as a team and there was space to do so.

Mkhitaryan Stars As Man United Move To Within Two Points Of Fourth

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We are in the midst of games, where Manchester United had an opportunity to close the top on the teams ahead of them in the table.

United's schedule included Hull, Leicester, Watford and Bournemouth, whereas Liverpool faced three of the top six in Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal,

If Jose Mourinho's side were to finally climb into the top four they had to take advantage of this run of fixtures, and they did not get off to a good start when they could only draw 0-0 at home with Hull last weekend.

Pep Gets Control Of Manchester City’s Transfers

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Big shift in power in the blue half of Manchester as Pep Guardiola has taken control of Manchester City 's recruitment strategy.

After wasting a fortune in the transfer market over the last four years, there has been a significant shift in the way City handle deals.

NowGuardiola has been given power to identify and sign targets that predecessors Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini were never granted, and he also has the final say on contract extensions.

Liverpool In Danger Of Falling Out Of Top Four

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Jurgen Klopp could not explain Liverpool's latest defeat after the Reds turned in a listless display in the 2-0 Premier League reverse at lowly Hull City.

Liverpool's season has gone off the rails in 2017, with only one win, that coming against fourth-tier Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup, in 10 matches representing an alarming slump in form.

Odds Slashed On Arsene Wenger Not Returning Next Season

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Arsene Wenger is in the final four months of his contract at Arsenal, and the consensus at the turn of the year was that the Frenchman would be back at Arsenal next season.

But after a bad week that saw them lose to Watford and Chelsea, defeats that ended the Gunners title dreams, Ladbrokes has for the first time this season, made Arsene Wenger odds on to leave the north London club in the summer.

Arsene Wenger Blames Ref As Gunners Title Hopes End

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After watching his side lose 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger blamed referee Martin Atkinson for the defeat. Wenger claimed that Hector Bellerin was fouled by Marcos Alonso for the opener when he climbed above Hector Bellerin to head home a rebound, but the Arsenal defender soon left the pitch injured after being caught by an elbow in the incident.

Chelsea Take Huge Step Towards Title With Win

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte might be the only one who believes the Premier League title race is still wide open after he saw his side end Arsenal's title dreams with a comprehensive 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Conte contemplated the idea of the race being over but refused to allow himself to think in such a way:

"No," the Italian said, "because [there are] 14 games still to play before the end of the season.

Wenger Blasts Players As Arsenal Title Dreams Fade

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Arsene Wenger gave a blunt assessment of his side's performance after Arsenal suffered a shock 2-1 defeat against Watford at the Emirates Stadium.

First-half goals from Younes Kaboul and Troy Deeney helped the Hornets earn their first ever Premier League win over the Gunners as the hosts suffered a blow to their title aspirations.

Klopp Happy With Performance And Draw At Home To Chelsea

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Liverpool's draw at home to Chelsea ended their three match losing streak at Anfield, but it also ended any hopes Jurgen Klopp's side had of winning the league this season.

Afterwards Klopp admitted that he and Diego Costa could "never be friends" after another controversial game by the Chelsea striker.

Conte Happy As Chelsea Take Another Step Towards Title

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A missed penalty, two points dropped, but this was still a very good night for Chelsea.

No doubt when Antonio Conte's players returned to the dressing room they were told of Arsenal's shocking home loss to Watford and Tottenham's draw at Sunderland — and one look at the league table will have made it a very pleasant journey home from that point.

Aubameyang Issues Come And Get Me Message To Real Madrid

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has announced that he will leave Borussia Dortmund in the summer, for what could be a world record fee.

The 27-year-old Aubameyang has returned to Germany following his country's elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations.

"If I want to go to the next level, I need to leave in summer," Aubameyang told Radio RMC.