Arsenal moved closer to getting rid of one of Arsene Wenger's most unsuccessful signings of recent times, as the French striker Marouane Chamakh revealed that he is willing to return to France with his old club Bordeaux.
Chamakh lost his confidence very quickly after arriving at Arsenal, and even on his 5 month loan at West Ham he only managed to make two starts for the Hammers.
It may be a bit premature, with Marouane Chamakh having started just once for Arsenal all season, but his two goal heroics in the unforgettable Capital One Cup victory against Reading may just have given the Moroccan striker a chance to resurrect his career as a Gunner.
The 28-year old should be at his peak, but seemed to have lost all confidence and it looked like he would soon be on his way out of the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger doesn't have many out-and-out strikers at Arsenal, but when it looked like Olivier Giroud was going to need time to settle in the Frenchman started to experiment with Gervinho and Theo Walcott moving into the centre.
But everyone seems to have forgotten that Arsenal also have Marouane Chamakh as an option, a true centre-forward with aerial ability like Giroud, but it seems that he is destined to become the forgotten man at the Emirates and has only been given one cameo role in the Capital One Cup this season.
England toppling in UEFA rankings as Germany closes gap - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
For the first time since 1996, there are no English representative in the Champions League quarterfinals. With the rise of Bundesliga, this could mean a possible drop to third position in the UEFA rankings for Premier League which started the season on top, above Spain and Germany.
Paris Saint-Germain returned to the top of Ligue 1 with a fortunate 1-0 win over Lille at the Parc des Princes tonight. Lille defender Aurelien Chedjou's second-half own goal earned Carlo Ancelotti's men their ninth win in ten games and lifted them back above Lyon on goal difference.
Lille controversially had a first-half effort ruled out, and defeat left them languishing in mid-table.
As the calendar year 2012 comes to an end and with French football all wrapped up for another year, it's unsurprising to see that "Zlatan Ibrahimović'sParis St. Germain" are the club that have topped the French charts during 2012.
It's quite interesting to note that the three promoted sides Bastia, Reims and Troyes haven't performed very strongly in the first half of the 2012/2013 season.
News today in the Daily Express that Newcastle may be interested in Senegal International Ludovic Sané. Ludovic Sané 26 year-old defensive midfielder or central defender Ludovic has been at Bordeaux since 2009, and Newcastle's Yoan Gouffran will know him from his time at the French club. Sané usually plays in defensive midfield, but the [.
Europa League Round of 16 First Leg Review: Spurs beat Inter, Newcastle hold out Eto'o as Chelsea stunned by Steaua - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The first leg of the Europa League Round of 16 was played last night. There were three teams from Premier League and the Russian Premier League each, two from Serie A and one each from eight other European leagues.
Europa League Round of 16 Preview: Newcastle, Chelsea head east; Spurs host Inter - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Shakhtar Donetsk was brushed aside by Borussia Dortmund as a 10-man Manchester United conceded two goals within ten minutes of the sending off. Celtic did not cause much trouble for Juventus while PSG's two away goals were too much to cope for Valencia and the final four fixtures of the Champions League Round of 16 will be played next week.
Jueves 7 de marzo de 2013 Anzhi Makhachkala vs Newcastle United 11:00 hrs Steaua Bucuresti vs Chelsea 12:00 hrs VfB Stuttgart vs Lazio 12:00 hrs Viktoria Plzen vs Fenerbahce 12:00 hrs Benfica vs Bordeaux 14:00 hrs FC Basel vs Zenit St Petersburg 14:00 hrs Levante vs FK Rubin Kazan 14:00 hrs Tottenham Hotspur vs Inter Milan 14:00 hrs Jueves 14 de marzo de 2013 FK Rubin Kazan vs Levante 12:00 hrs Zenit St Petersburg vs FC Basel 12:00 hrs Inter Milan vs Tottenham Hotspur 13:00 hrs Bordeaux vs Benfica 15:00 hrs Chelsea vs Steaua Bucuresti 15:00 hrs Fenerbahce vs Viktoria Plzen 15:00 hrs Lazio vs VfB Stuttgart 15:00 hrs Newcastle United vs Anzhi Makhachkala 15:00 hrs Gracias por tu visita Estadísticas de Fútbol
Europa League: The Round of 32 Review - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
In the Round of 32 of the Europa League, we saw some straightforward results while some were just unbelievable.
After Joe Allen hinting that Liverpool will be focusing on the competition as their Premier League campaign is far from their own standards, we saw them succumb to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Zenit St.
Jueves 14 de febrero de 2013 Anzhi Makhachkala vs Hannover 96 11:00 hrs Zenit St Petersburg vs Liverpool 11:00 hrs Ajax Amsterdam vs Steaua Bucuresti 12:00 hrs BATE Borisov vs Fenerbahce 12:00 hrs Bayer Leverkusen vs Benfica 12:00 hrs Dynamo Kiev vs Bordeaux 12:00 hrs Levante vs Olympiakos 12:00 hrs Napoli vs Viktoria Plzen 12:00 hrs Sparta Prague vs Chelsea 12:00 hrs Atletico Madrid vs FK Rubin Kazan 14:05 hrs Borussia Monchengladbach vs Lazio 14:05 hrs FC Basel vs Dnipro 14:05 hrs Inter Milan vs CFR Cluj-Napoca 14:05 hrs Newcastle United vs FC Metalist Kharkiv 14:05 hrs Tottenham Hotspur vs Lyon 14:05 hrs VfB Stuttgart vs Racing Genk 14:05 hrs Jueves 21 de febrero de 2013 FK Rubin Kazan vs Atletico Madrid 11:00 hrs CFR Cluj-Napoca vs Inter Milan 12:00 hrs Dnipro vs FC Basel 12:00 hrs FC Metalist Kharkiv vs Newcastle United 12:00 hrs Lazio vs Borussia Monchengladbach 12:00 hrs Lyon vs Tottenham Hotspur 12:00 hrs Racing Genk vs VfB Stuttgart 12:00 hrs Benfica vs Bayer Leverkusen 14:05 hrs Bordeaux vs Dynamo Kiev 14:05 hrs Chelsea vs Sparta Prague 14:05 hrs Fenerbahce vs BATE Borisov 14:05 hrs Hannover 96 vs Anzhi Makhachkala 14:05 hrs Liverpool vs Zenit St Petersburg 14:05 hrs Olympiakos vs Levante 14:05 hrs Steaua Bucuresti vs Ajax Amsterdam 14:05 hrs Viktoria Plzen vs Napoli 14:05 hrs Gracias por tu visita Estadísticas de Fútbol
Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Yoan Gouffran Age: 26 Position: Striker Signed from: Bordeaux Fee: Undisclosed Did you know? Gouffran is allergic to grass. His condition was described as "embarrassing" by former coach Jean Tigana. What's the deal? The Magpies were impressed by the pacy striker when they faced him [.
Newcastle United are being linked today with Bordeaux forward Yoan Gouffran, who can play on the wing or as an out-and-out striker, and he has played 22 times for the France U21 side, but has never been capped at the full International level. Yoan Gouffran Newcastle interested? Yoan stands 5'10″ tall and has something [.
It was a very disappointing result and performance by a young Newcastle side last night in Bordeaux, with the French side dominant throughout, and it was the first time Bordeaux had beaten an English side in Europe in their 10th attempt, having lost seven of those previous games. Bordeaux players celebrate Cheick Diabate goal And [.
Bordeaux vs Newcastle 2-0 Highlights 2012 Europa League Diabate Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Bordeaux vs Newcastle 2-0 Highlights 2012 Europa League Diabate Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Bordeaux vs Newcastle 2012 ( FCGB NUFC VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Bordeaux vs Newcastle 2-0 ( Diabate*2) Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux- Europa League Group Stage- 6 December, 2012- 18.
Nile Ranger in action tonight in Bordeaux Newcastle were well beaten tonight by Bordeaux by 2-0, and the French side were the better side and with the win top Group D of the Europa League on 13 points, four better than second placed Newcastle, and tonight was Newcastle's first defeat in Europe this season after [.
Newcastle are currently second top of Group D one point behind Bordeaux, and were the first team to qualify for the Europa league knock-out rounds, which will also see Chelsea in the last 32, as they finished third in their Group in the Champions League. And since Newcastle are already through to the last 32 [.
Newcastle Manager Alan Pardew (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Speaking to Sky Sports on Monday night after the 3-0 win at home to Wigan, Alan Pardew warned travelling Newcastle fans there would be wholesale changes from the victorious Premier League side that ended Newcastle's four-game losing streak in style.
It looks like Ben Arfa is about a week away from being fit again and he could even be ready for the game at Bordeaux next Thursday night, but let's not play him in that meaningless game and let's not forget he was injured against CS Maritimo in Europe, and it was a [...]
There were many positives that Alan Pardew will be taking out of Newcastle's great display against Bordeaux last night, and we shouldn't forget that Bordeaux had their best team out against Newcastle last night, and they had gone 17 games unbeaten since last April it was an excellent result and the performance last night [.
Newcastle vs Bordeaux 2012 Goals 3-0 Highlights Ameobi Henrique Own Goal Cisse Europa League Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Newcastle vs Bordeaux 2012 Goals 3-0 Highlights Ameobi Henrique Own Goal Cisse Europa League Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Newcastle vs Bordeaux 2012 ( NUFC FCGB VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Newcastle vs Bordeaux 3-0 ( Ameobi, Henrique own goal, Cisse) Sports Direct Arena- 4 October, 2012- [.
Highlights of Newcastle United's first Europa League group stage tie against Girondins de Bordeaux. A most satisfactory evening for the Magpies, with a first goal from Euroslayer, Shola Ameobi, an own goal from Bordeaux's Henrique, and a third from Papiss Cisse. After spending hours writing two long pieces about how tough Bordeaux were going to [.
Venue: St James' Park, Newcastle. Date: Thursday, 4th Oct. Kick off: 8:05pm Referee: Antonio Miguel Lahoz. UK TV: ESPN. Hello, good evening and welcome to our latest "match banter" feature for this evening's Europa League tie against the team who should be our toughest opponents in Group D, Bordeaux.
Three of the top teams in the Premier League are in action today in the Europa League. Tottenham Hotspur starts the action first at 1pm ET with their game against Greek side Panathinaikos. Clint Dempsey and Hugo Lloris get the start for the Lilywhites.
Then at 3pm ET, Liverpool plays Udinese, while Newcastle is home against Bordeaux.
We understand why Alan Pardew plays a second eleven in the Europa league games this season, because our squad is still far too small, and top players cannot play two games a week and all of that good stuff, but we are jeopardizing our chances of qualifying from the group stages of the competition [..
Less than three days after their Thursday games in Europa League, Bordeaux and Lyon meet this afternoon, hoping for redemption.
Obviously, so early after a draining European game, physical shape is one key factor. People usually say that recovery is easier after a win; but, in this case, it's hard to say which of the two teams will have an advantage, as Bordeaux brought a lucky draw (1-1) back from Kiev, while Lyon bowed in extra time (2-1) in Tottenham after a performance that would have deserved a better outcome.
One of the three names that I mentioned in yesterday's post of potential incoming transfers was that of Yoan Gouffran. Gouffran who can play either as a striker or an attacking wide player today signed for Newcastle with the fee being undisclosed. A four and a half year deal was agreed, and the former Bordeaux [.