Soccer Tickets Online Archives for January 2017

Chelsea ‘Resigned’ To Hazard To Real Madrid Saga

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According to reports out of England, Chelsea are resigned to a ‘summer-long transfer battle' to keep star Eden Hazard as Real Madrid begin their typical media campaign to pave the way for his move to the Santiago Bernabéu.

The Daily Mirror state the Belgian ‘is understood to be learning Spanish' and is keen to be managed by Madrid Coach Zinedine Zidane.

Arsene Will Not Sell Me

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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has said he does not believe there is any truth to a report that Arsene Wenger is looking to sell him.

The Daily Express reported last week that both Ozil and Alexis Sanchez could be sold by manager Wenger, with the pair yet to extend their contracts which expire in 2018.

Manchester United Facing Injury Crisis Ahead Of West Brom Match

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Jose Mourinho is facing an injury crisis ahead of Manchester United 's Premier League clash with West Brom this weekend.

Mourinho fears he will be without up to seven players for the Old Trafford clash United must win to keep alive their hopes of securing a top-four finish.

United are currently without injured quartet Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba, while Ander Herrera and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are suspended.

How Would Hazard Fit In At Real Madrid?

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Real Madrid have launched 'Operation Eden Hazard', but it will take a world-record fee for them to have any chance of signing the Chelsea star.

The fight is on to secure Hazard's long-term future, with the Blues aware of the Spanish giants' intention to make him their next Galactico.

It remains to be seen whether Chelsea's resolve to keep the Belgian will weaken if an offer above the world record £89.

Man United Planning Audacious Move For Neymar

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According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Manchester United are willing to activate the €200 million (£173m) release clause in Barcelona forward Neymar's contract.

On top of the world record transfer fee, United are also willing to pay Neymar €25m (£21m), or £416,000-a-week, to make the switch to England.

Wenger Confirms No Contract Talks With Ozil Or Sanchez

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Arsene Wenger has revealed contract negotiations with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have been put on hold until the summer.

The pair have just over a year remaining on their current deals at Arsenal and both are holding out for parity with the highest-paid Premier League players.

There remains uncertainty over whether Ozil or Sanchez can be tempted into extending their contracts at the Emirates Stadium, with Wenger's own future still unknown.

Arsene Wenger To Stay At Arsenal

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According to various different media outlets, Arsene Wenger is expected to sign the new two-year deal on the table and return as Arsenal manager next season.

Wenger wants to go out as a winner, which is why he is expected to overhaul his squad this summer.

Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil , who have both rejected new deals, are expected to be sold as there are doubts over the commitment of the pair and a growing sense that it may be best to sell.

Real Madrid Reach Verbal Agreement With Paulo Dybala

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According to reports out of Spain, Real Madrid have grabbed Juventus striker Paulo Dybala right from under bitter rivals Barcelona's noses.

The Argentine striker has grown in stature under Allegri, attracting the attention of bith Spanish giants. Dybala scored 23 goals for Juventus last season and has bagged 14 goals this year.

Another Over The Hill European Player Moves To MLS

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I thought MLS had moved past this. Signing over the hill European players for big money contracts? Wasn't the way forward the signing of younger, up-and-coming stars like Giovani dos Santos and Sebastian Giovinco ?

Well it seems that the Chicago FIre did not get the memo, as the have just signed Manchester United reserve Bastian Schweinsteiger to a one-year designated player contract that guarantees him $4.

Mourinho Would Rather Win Europa League Than Finish Fourth

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he would prefer to win the Europa League than finish fourth in the Premier League.

United are up to fifth for the first time since September following Sunday' s 3-1 win at Middlesbrough, but now that the Reds there is a growing feeling among the fans that Mourinho's men can go all the way to the final on 24 May, with chants of "Follow, follow, follow, 'cos United are going to Stockholm" ringing around the away end on Teesside.

Jurgen Klopp Not Happy With Man City Draw

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was the unhappiest of the two managers after watching his side draw 1-1 at Manchester City on Sunday.

The Reds took the lead early in the second half at the Etihad Stadium as Gael Clichy's challenge on Roberto Firmino was penalised and James Milner calmly scored from the spot.

Mourinho Calls His Side “Magnificent” For Beating Middlesbrough

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Jose Mourinho heaped praise on his 'magnificent' patched-up side as Manchester United beat Middlesbrough 3-1.

Marouane Fellaini powered home a header to open the scoring before Jesse Lingard doubled the lead just after half time. Rudy Gestede pulled one back for the home side before Antonio Valencia capitalised on a Victor Valdes slip to tap home into an empty net and seal the win.

Dueling Banners Sum Up State Of Arsenal

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During Arsenal's 3-1 defeat at West Brom on Saturday, we had dueling banners flying over the stadium. One urging Arsene Wenger to leave the club at the end of the season and another to stay.

The split opinion amongst Arsenal fans on Wenger's, and the clubs future, threatens to overshadow the rest of the season.

Chelsea Win At Stoke To Close In On Title

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte revealed he rolled the dice with a formation tweak at Stoke because he was not content to leave the bet365 Stadium with just a draw.

Having started the weekend with a 10-point lead at the Premier League's summit, the Blues were on course for a share of the spoils against the Potters once Willian's free-kick was cancelled out by Jonathan Walters' penalty before half-time.

Manchester United’s Nightmare Schedule

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is closing ranks as we approach the squeaky bum time of the season, raging about the club's 'many enemies' as he aired his frustration at the daunting fixture list that confronts them between now and the end of the season.

And while there really is no 'enemy' to blame for the pile-up, Mourinho does have a point that the packed schedule will test his squad to the limit.

Pep To Wield Axe To Under-Performing City Squad

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Pep Guardiola is reportedly planning wholesale changes after Manchester City's defeat in Monaco underlined how old and weak the City squad really is.

According to newspaper reports, Pep wanted seven big signings when he took over last year, but was told that would have to happen over two summer transfer windows and, armed with a £200 million transfer budget, he now expects to sign a host of new players in the coming months.

Mourinho Blasts Van Gaal: ‘I would never sell Angel Di Maria, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck’

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Jose Mourinho has taken another shot at former mentor Louis van Gaal, claiming that he took over a ‘sad' Manchester United and criticized his predecessor for selling the wrong players.

In an interview with the BBC, Mourinho again took aim at Van Gaal and suggested the club's recruitment fell short until last summer.

Theo Walcott: “I’m One Of The Leading Goalscorers In The Premier League”

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If ever a quote summed up the malaise at Arsenal FC, it is Theo Walcott's assertions to England manager Gareth Southgate that he should be in the England squad because he is "one of the leading goalscorers in the league".

Southgate called the Arsenal striker to let him know that he had been left out of Southgate's squad for the friendly with Germany and the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania and Southgate confirmed that Walcott was not impressed with the decision:

'He wasn't chuffed to bits to get the call and I understand that,' Southgate said.

Wenger Hits Out At Critics As Pressure Mounts

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Arsenal's under-fire manager Arsene Wenger has aimed a shot at his detractors, claiming nothing he does is good enough anymore.

The Frenchman has been widely criticized in recent weeks by fans and pundits with the Gunners out of the Champions League and well off the pace in the Premier League title race following another mid-season capitulation.

Champions League Review: Leicester City Stun Sevilla

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Leicester City's remarkable UEFA Champions League campaign continues as the Premier League title holders knocked out a Sevilla side that have won European silverware for the past three seasons to reach the last eight.

Trailing 2-1 from the round of 16 first leg, Leicester reversed their fortunes with goals from Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton but there was plenty more drama to come.

Champions League: Juventus Into Quarter-Finals

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Paulo Dybala's first-half penalty ensured Juventus reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the third time in five seasons, seeing off a Porto side who again played more than half the game with ten men.

Two-nil up from their trip to Portugal three weeks ago, Juventus initially looked set to seize the initiative once again, with Dybala twice trying his luck in the opening ten minutes.

PSG Still Whining After Champions League Collapse

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It was the biggest collapse in Champions League history and Paris Saint-Germain are not blaming the players, who completed just four passes in the final 11 minutes against Barcelona, with three from kick-offs, for the capitulation. No, the French side are blaming German referee Deniz Aytekin for their 6-1 Champions League defeat at Barcelona last week

The French side have sent a detailed five-page letter of complaint to Uefa about the performance of the referee, including a dossier of errors made by the official.

Gold Cup 2017

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The road to the 2017 Gold Cup is set.

CONCACAF has announced the groups and match schedule for the tournament, which will see 12 nations vying for the regional championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

The tournament, which sees Mexico enter as defending champions, kicks off on Friday, July 7 at Red Bull Arena.

Is Arsene Wenger Heading To PSG?

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Arsenal broke their silence on the speculation about manager Arsene Wenger's future Thursday, as speculation increased that PSG are interested in snapping up the French manager if he decides to walk away from the Gunners at the end of the season. .

The Arsenal board took the unusual step of releasing a statement to clarify the future of their under-fire boss, who remains defiant despite calls from disgruntled fans for him to leave at the end of the season.

Barcelona Pull Off Greatest Comeback In Champions League History

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Barcelona completed the greatest comeback in Champions League history in the most improbable fashion with three goals in the final seven minutes to defeat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 to progress to the quarter finals of the Champions League 6-5 on aggregate.

Neymar scored in the 88th and 90th minutes before Sergi Roberto completed the comeback for the ages in the final minute, all coming after an early trio of goals from Barcelona before Edinson Cavani had seemingly sent PSG passage to the quarterfinals with a score just after the hour mark.

Arsenal Capitulate In Bayern Thrashing

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I don't know what was more embarrassing for Arsenal fans on Tuesday. The way their side capitulated in a 5-1 home defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Or the fact that Arsene Wenger claimed after the match that Arsenal are in "great shape", despite suffering the second-worst defeat in Champions League history.

Champions League: Sergio Ramos Rescues Real Madrid Again

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When they need a big goal, Real Madrid does not turn to Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale. They turn to their captain fantastic and once again Sergio Ramos delivered as his two goals within six second half minutes put Real Madrid into the Champions League quarter-finals.

Until Ramos struck, Real Madrid were in trouble.

Barca Sporting Director Claims Messi Going Nowhere

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Lionel Messi's future remains at Barcelona, insists their sporting director Ariedo Braida.

The Argentine star's contract runs out in 2018 and he is yet to commit to a new a deal with the Spanish league leaders.

But the club's sporting director is unconcerned, and is certain that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner will be at Barca for years to come.

New Stamford Bridge Approved

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Chelsea's new £500m stadium has been given the green light after their plans were approved by the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, on Monday.

The club will build on the site of their existing Stamford Bridge ground, increasing the capacity by 18,400 seats to 60,000. Chelsea's proposal was unanimously agreed by Hammersmith and Fulham council's planning committee in January.

Alexis Dropped Because He Stormed Out Of Training

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Alexis Sánchez stormed out of an Arsenal training session last week and was involved in a dressing-room slanging match with some of his team-mates – which was, seemingly, part of the reason why Arsène Wenger dropped him from the starting XI at Liverpool on Saturday.

The Chile forward, who is Arsenal's undoubted star, has cut an increasingly agitated figure over recent weeks as the club's hopes of success in the Premier League and Champions League have fizzled out.

Conte: It’s Not Easy Being Chelsea Manager

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Antonio Conte admits he has found it difficult at times to adjust to life in England, but insists he is relishing the challenge of turning Chelsea back into Premier League champions this season.

Reports in Italy this week claimed that Conte felt homesick in London and was set to accept an offer to return home and take charge of Inter Milan at the end of the season, but there have also been suggestions in England that he is in talks over extending his contract at Stamford Bridge.

Allegri Agrees To Take Over At Arsenal

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The Sunday Express is reporting that Juventus Coach Max Allegri has reached a verbal agreement with Arsenal to replace Arsene Wenger this summer.

According to Sunday's paper, the tactician has given the all-clear to become the Gunners boss in 2017-18. However, he will only accept if Arsene Wenger steps down voluntarily.

Mourinho Concerned Home Form Could Cost United A Top Four Finish

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Jose Mourinho admitted Manchester United's hopes of a top-four finish are slipping away after surrendering more points at Old Trafford against 10-man Bournemouth.

United are stuck in sixth place despite a 17-match unbeaten run in the Premier League after Bournemouth left with a 1-1. The result was even more surprising because of the dismissal of Andrew Surman on the stroke of half-time and a missed penalty by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Wenger Drops Alexis And Arsenal Lose

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Arsene Wenger says he does not "regret" his choice not to start Alexis Sanchez against Liverpool on Saturday evening and revealed he made the decision because he wanted a more "direct" approach from his Arsenal side.

Arsenal fell 3-1 to Liverpool at Anfield after goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum knocked Wenger's side out of the top four in the Premier League.

Klopp: That Was One Of Our Best Performances This Season

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his team's 3-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday was one of their "best performances so far" and the Red boss was especially pleased with the team's strong response after losing to Leicester on Monday.

Speaking at his post match conference, Klopp admits his side have beeninconsistent this season, but says performancelike this showswhat they are capable of.

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.