Jose Mourinho's All Time Best Chelsea XI - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Jose Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge last summer for his second period in charge of Chelsea. Before the relationship with club owner Roman Abramovich broke down in 2007 and the Portuguese left the club, the Blues had enjoyed two trophy-laden years and seemed on the cusp of breaking the stranglehold of Manchester United over the Premier League.
Chelsea's Striker Curse: Could Schurrle and Cavani be the cure? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea's pursuit of German international striker, Andre Schurrle, finally came to a conclusion on Tuesday, with the 22-year-old penning a five-year deal for a fee of Â£18 million.
Although not one of their most expensive outlays in recent times, Schurrle is a talented acquisition, who will undoubtedly put even more pressure on what is already a crowded attacking roster at the Stamford Bridge.
-> Defend while they settle: There's no doubt that players new to England need time to settle
in, some of course lesser than the others. Sergio Aguero took 9 minutes, Andriy Shevchenko
meanwhile, couldn't settle in his three years at Chelsea. With three new players in attack, Arsenal
surely have changed the way they look up front.
Has any transfer destroyed a career so quickly, so grandly as Andriy Shevchenko's to Chelsea?
Probably. In fact, there is a bit of a theme with another Ballon D'Or winner of the time, Michael
Owen. The man was the cat's pajamas near the catwalks of Milan, and then he spent most games in his
pajamas in London a rather expensive mistake for all.
Former Chelsea jock Andriy Shevchenko announces he has retired from football in bid to prosecute a
vocation in government.
Chelsea's striker Andriy Shevchenko has made public his intention to leave football and pursue a
career in politics instead. The announcement was released in a recent press statement by Dynamo
Kiev, his football club. Shevchenko made his initial appearance as under Dynamo Kiev in 1994, and
achieved his reputation as one of the deadliest strikers [.
Liverpool has tabled a Â£19.7m bid for Dynamo Kyiv striker Andriy Yarmolenko according to reports from Ukrainian newspaper Gazeta. The 23-year-old is highly-rated in the Ukrainian league and was described by Andriy Shevchenko as a â€˜great player.' He has featured 126 times for Kyiv scoring 44 goals and is a versatile through the middle or as an attacking wide man.
With the Willian deal now dead in the water, Liverpool is reportedly considering a move for Dynamo Kiev attacker Andriy Yarmolenko. According to a report in Ukrainian newspaper, Liverpool is 'close' to signing Yarmolenko, whose current contract expires in 2015. AC Milan tried to sign the 23-year old last summer, but according to his Agent, Mikhail Gulordava, Kiev rejected the Rossoneri's â‚¬20 million bid.
Manchester United are continuing to claim that Wayne Rooney is not for sale at any price. But should they be selling him to Chelsea and letting the Blues make the same mistake all over again? There's no doubt that Roman Abramovich holds the purse strings at Stamford Bridge. If he likes a player, they invariably [.
Manchester United's first home game of the brilliant 2006/2007 season was that 5-1 stuffing of
Fulham. We sold our top scorer, Ruud van Nistelrooy and didn't buy a replacement. We brought in
Michael Carrick as our new number 16 but there weren't many who had him as their first choice to
replace Roy Keane.
Mario Gomez scores for Germany in their 1-0 win over Portugal and help his team to a 100% group
Euro 2012 has been a fantastic tournament so far with 61 goals scored in 24 group matches and
with the culmination of the group stages last night comes a quarter-final line-up which promises
plenty of action in the knockout stages.
England uninspiring but victorious to top Group D - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Tuesday night saw the culmination of the Euro 2012 group stages, with Group D providing England
and France as quarter-finalists. Wayne Rooney returned to action to head the only goal of the game
against Ukraine in a 1-0 win for the Three Lions, whilst Les Bleus crashed to a 2-0 defeat to
Much of the English media spent the days leading up to the match talking as though advancement
to the knockout rounds was a foregone conclusion, little more than a formality with the only
question being whether Roy Hodgson's side would face off against Spain or Italy in the next
In the face of lowered expectations, England is excelling at Euro 2012.
Wayne Rooney marked his return from suspension with a goal as England, with the help of a
controversial refereeing decision, weathered a relentless Ukraine attack to claim a 1-0 victory,
first place in Group D and a date with Italy in the quarterfinals.
Wayne Rooney scored on his England return and John Terry was awarded a seemingly false goal-line
clearance as the Three Lions hung on to a somewhat fortunate 1-0 win over Ukraine to win Group D
over favorites France.
Laurent Blanc's Les Bleus, who entered their last group stage match against the
eliminated Sweden on a 23-match unbeaten run, were finally defeated 2-0 as Zlatan Ibrahimovic
scored six minutes after Rooney's 48th minute strike at the Donbass Arena and Sebastian Larsson
added a late second.
The Euro 2012 group stage comes to an end Tuesday, with the final two places in the
quarterfinals up for grabs. Three of the four teams in action Tuesday have a chance at qualifying
for the knockout round, including co-host Ukraine, which can advance with a win over England (2:45
England vs Ukraine
Group D Matchday 3
Donetsk | 20:45
There's no name we've heard more in the last 24 hours than "Wayne Rooney",
partly because lovely English friends are getting overexcited at the prospect of
WonderWayne's return for England tonight and also because everybody seems
to have an opinion about Wayne Rooney.
England will go into their final Group D game against Co-hosts Ukraine knowing that a draw or
win will see them progress to the knock out stages of Euro 2012 with a Quarter Final tie likely
against holders and world champions, Spain.
Englandcurrently sit in second place behindFranceon goal difference but to avoidSpainin the
lastÂ eight, they will need to defeatUkraineemphatically and hope thatFranceslip up in some way in
their final match againstSweden.
With talks heating up surrounding the potential transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid back to Manchester United, former AC Milan star and Ukraine international player Andriy Shevchenko has spoken out encouraging Ronaldo to remain with Real Madrid next year.
The Ukrainian striker believes that playing for Madrid is the pinnacle for any player's football career.
Honduras sent Spain to a second defeat and knocked them out of the Olympics at London 2012. New
England Revolution forward Jerry Bengtson scored the only goal. Potential new Sounder Mario
Martinez started for the Hondurans.
Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko has retired from from professional soccer.
This player might see a return to his former club?
Kaka's future in Real Madrid is pretty much over and Florentino Perez is ready to off load him
for â‚¬10m. However Kaka has set his heart on remaining in Europe which is why a rumoured trade to
Corinthians was rejected.
This has fueled speculation that he might be primed for an AC Milan return.
The Franz Beckenbauer in question, however, is not the legendary German defender, but a
fanatical fan of Brazilian Campeonato side Santa Cruz. Being arbitrarily named after a European
footballer now runs in the family, as Beckenbauer named his newborn son Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
After turning in some of the more memorable moments of Euro 2012, Andriy Shevchenko is a wanted
man, and the 35-year-old Ukrainian forward is considering his options.
Contrary to some reports that suggest a move to MLS is imminent, Shevchenko said heÂ is still
very much figuring outÂ whether he will even continue playing, let alone packing his bags for the
There's no doubt that Arsenal striker Robin van Persie didn't live up to most people's
expectations at Euro 2012. In fact, nobody on the Dutch team had a performance they could write
home about. But he certainly isn't the first football star to have a mediocre major tournament and
he definitely won't be the last.
A guest post today as Paul Fisher wonders if football isn't more enjoyable when watched far from
the maddening crowd of social media:
I may only be 20 years of age but I feel like I have already been through about five decades of
life. The way that technology has grown and evolved over the years is something that I have come to
Part of the reason why you should remember Giorgos Karagounis' performance on day nine of Euro
2012 is because, even though Greece again mocked prognosticators by advancing to the quarterfinals,
it might have been his last appearance in a European Championship. The 35-year-old captain, who is
suspended for Greece's quarterfinal match due to a dubious yellow card for diving -- a fate
similar, yet completelyÂ incomparableÂ to when he was held out of Greece's memorable win in the
Euro 2004 final -- scored the only goal in Greece's final group match against Russia just before
the ref blew for halftime.
Last we heard he was on the verge of moving into the murky world of Ukrainian politics, but it seems that Andriy Shevchenko has opted for an equally unusual post-football career with the news that he is about to make his professional golf debut at theKharkov Superior Cup in his homeland.
A special farewell match for former German captain Michael Ballack, who retired last year, was held in Liepzig, Germany and featured an interesting mix of stars. The "Ballack and Friends" team included the likes of Miroslav Klose, Dietmar Hamann and Torsten Frings, while the "World Team" included The Continental himself (Dimitar Berbatov), Didier Drogba, Andriy Shevchenko, Philipp Lahm and Jose Mourinho as manager.
Recently retired and coming off a failed political campaign, Andriy Shevchenko has been given another chance at a new career by Ukrainian football federation president Anatoliy Konkov. Since Ukraine manager Oleh Blohkin left his post to take over Shevchenko's former club Dynamo Kiev last month, Konkov has been looking for a replacement and he has now decided to offer the job to Shevchenko.
Recaps and reaction to Union's comeback win. Wambach on being sucker-punched. Another Hope Solo
controversy, hurray! Califf scores gamewinner. Lehigh Valley's FC Sonic NPSL national champions.
It's almost that time of the summer again, when silly season kicks off again for MLS teams. The MLS
window reopens on Wednesday the 27th of June and stays open for a month. Rumors and news has
already started to come out Andriy Shevchenko has been linked with a move to DC United specifically
within MLS, and the Philadelphia Union have made a move to get Bakary Soumare who is returning to
MLS after a stint in Germany.