After 18 years spent shoring up defences for the likes of Aston Villa, Olympiakos, Juventus andVillarreal, veteran centre-half Olof Mellberg announced his retirement yesterday at the grand old age of 36 after agreeing to pulp his contract with FC Copehagen.
Can Alan Irvine revive Glasgow's ‘master race' of Premier League managers? is a post from: Just Football
In the heady summer of 2011, one city ruled the Premier League. For once it wasn't Manchester, Liverpool, London or Norwich. It wasn't even an English city. It was Glasgow, with seven former residents of the Dear Green Place in charge of Premier League clubs.
Burnley recently announced their new kits for the 2014/15 season, with a traditional claret and blue and a daring all black away jersey.
As with such an historic club like Burnley, the home kit has been tampered with very little. Sky blue sleeves and piping surround the claret body, with the Puma logo on the right side of the chest and the Burnley crest matching it on the right.
Former Chelsea, Liverpool & England star's final roll of the dice in 'favorite position' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Joe Cole has recentlycompleted an unexpected free transfer to struggling Premier League side, Aston Villa, and has stated that one of the key factorsbehind his decision was the chance to play in his favorite position: an attacking role in the center of midfield, just behind the strike-force.
Would James Milner to Liverpool transfer be pointless for both parties? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
James Milner has been rumored to be on Liverpool's list of transfer targets, but what could Brendan Rodgers give the England midfielder that Manchester City don't already offer? IE a place on the bench.
A New England: After a woefully inadequate World Cup, how can England be resurrected? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
ForRoy Hodgson, the Costa Rica game was the very beginning of themammoth task ofrebuilding his demoralized England team, and begin plans for a brighter future. It's almost unheard of to be using a World Cup game for such a purpose, but the disappointment of this campaign has been felt at every level, so sticking with the tried-and-failed plan made even less sense.
Roy Keane was appointed as assistant manager of Aston Villa Football Club this morning. In doing so, the former Republic of Ireland and Manchester United is one step away from returning to managing a Premier League club again. All that has to happen is for Villa manager Paul Lambert to take his club through a rough patch of form, and there's no doubt that Keane will be ready and willing to replace the Scot who has underachieved at Villa Park and scrambled to keep the club from being relegated for two seasons in a row.
Fans of the English Premier League can officially begin the countdown to the start of the season.
The league released their full-season fixture list on Wednesday, which includes a whole host of mouth-watering matchups in the first month of the season, beginning with a ten-game slate on Saturday, August 16.
PHOTO: Former Chelsea midfielder holds Aston Villa shirt after completing move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Former Chelsea manJoe Cole has completed his move to Premier League side Aston Villa on a one-year deal.
Cole, 32, joins Paul Lambert's side on a free transfer, and will be charged with trying to reinvigorate Villa's lackluster attack, which seriously struggled when star striker Christian Benteke was sidelined.
Former Chelsea midfield star to join Aston Villa - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to Sky Sports, former England international Joe Cole is set to join Aston Villa on a one-year deal, with the 32-year-old to have a medical at Villa Park on Tuesday.
Cole, who spent seven successful years at Stamford Bridge, has struggled to recapture the form which made him one of the most feared attackers in the Premier League since leaving the West London club, but is to be given a shot by Villa boss Paul Lambert next season.
Aston Villa have unveiled their away shirt for the 2014/15 season, just one week after revealing the Aston Villa home kit for next season.
According to the Villa club website, Villa worked closely with Macron, who are also partners with Napoli, Lazio and Monaco, to design a new away kit that complemented the longstanding traditions of the club while, at the same time, remaining in the forefront of sports technical fashion.
Fulham's relegation from the Premier League has given Aston Villa an opportunity to bolster its defensive corps. PhilippeSenderos who is on the Swiss World Cup team signed with Paul Lambert's side today. The former Arsenal defender will compete for a starting place in the side. Senderos said:
"I'm really delighted to be joining Aston Villa, a great club with such a big history, and for me this is a great step in my career," he said.
Manchester United legend looks set to join Aston Villa - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Roy Keane has pulled out of his ITV punditry commitments for the World Cup at the eleventh hour, to focus on his coaching career,and it looks like the move was to take up a role as assistant to Paul Lambert at Premier League strugglers Aston Villa.
Newspaper reports from the UK say that Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has slashed the price he is willing to accept for Villa from £200 million to £150 million. Nothing like a 25% haircut to show prospective buyers how desperate you are about selling the club. Hasn't Lerner watched Million Dollar Listing on Bravo?
The BBC website produces match reports for all of the games every single Premier League side plays during the season. From Premier League and FA Cup, to Champions League to League Cup ties the BBC reports on them all. I thought it would be interesting to compile all of these reports for each of the twenty Premier League sides, and to produce word-clouds for each side.
FRISCO — FC Dallas' eight-game unbeaten streak across all competitions is now a thing of the past after Aston Villa FC of the English Premier League handed FCD a 2-0 defeat in an international friendly on Tuesday at Toyota Stadium.
FRISCO — Aston Villa FC's tour of Texas starts Wednesday against FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium. And even though first-kick temperature figures to be near 100, Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert expects the trip, which will also see his side play Houston on Saturday, to be a rousing success.
Dejan Lovren is set to join Liverpool from Southampton in the next 24 hours. Reports earlier today suggested that the Saints were preparing to let Lovren leave as they lined up a bid for Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar. But reports in Croatia suggest that a deal is now imminent and could be confirmed as soon as this evening.
There is news in the local papers that Newcastle may be interested in Belgium striker Christian Benteke who had a great first season at Aston Villa two years ago but didn't do as well last season. Christian Benteke would be good signing for Newcastle And since American owner Randy Lerner is trying to [.
Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal has named his 23-man squad for World Cup 2014.
Holland faces a difficult group at World Cup 2014, where they'll play Spain, Chile and Australia. But the Dutch have a strong squad filled with European experience despiteRafael van der Vaart pulling out of contention this week due to an injury.
The always outspoken and controversial Roy Keane is in the news once again. This time it's due to him not traveling with ITV to Brazil to cover the World Cup as a pundit. Instead, he may become the assistant manager at Aston Villa. Keane is currently assistant manager for the Republic of Ireland, but returning to the Premier League could improve his future as a coach.
What a riveting video this is. Aston Villa's players awkwardly name their favourite tipple, with Ribena apparently a big favourite. Although I find it hard to believe that Mark Bosnich really like the blackcurrant classic over the harder stuff, unless of course he means when it was laced with high-grade cocaine.
As a Chelsea fan, you have to wonder what the future holds for Ryan Bertrand after being sent out on loan to Aston Villa for the second part of last season. According to the Press, both Liverpool and Tottenham are prepared to pay as much as £6-£8m to sign him.
As we have seen last season, Cesar Azpilicueta asked to fill in at left back for a game at Arsenal in the League Cup, impressed the boss so much that he made the position his own.