Celtic doled out their annual end-of-season awards earlier in the week and the highlight of the
night was unquestionably the 'Tackle of the Year' award with 21-year old reserve left-back Andre
Blackman taking the honour for his incredible effort earlier in the season, completely cleaning out
Neil Lennon on the touchline and leaving his own manager face down in the mud.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has used the club's official warning to send a reminder to England boss Roy Hodgson that he needs to take good care of Raheem Sterling. The 18-year-old was in scintillating form at the start of last season and has started to show glimpses of his potential again this term.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to shield Raheem Sterling from the hype which has proved a
millstone for other potential stars in the Premier League.
The 17-year-old has been earning rave reviews as the positive spark in his club's otherwise poor
start to the new season and he has been tipped for a bright future.
Welbeck's new United contract cast doubts over Hernandez's future - originally posted on
Undoubtedly the transfer story of the summer so far has been Robin van Persie's protracted
switch from Arsenal to Manchester United, who are seemingly on the offensive in their bid to win
back the Premier League title.
With reports in the media thatÂ Andre Villas-Boas is the man Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to
sign as managerÂ I feel now is a good time to put forward my views as to why I believe that Rafa
Benitez would be a more suited match than AVB.
Benitez has been out of a job for almost two years and has said in the press many times that he
is waiting for the right job to along.
Manchester United starlet Tom Cleverley insists he is ready to get over the nightmare of last
season as he strives to regain fitness over the summer.
The young midfielder appeared set for a pivotal role in the Premier League giants' season, but
injuries forced him to miss most of the season and potentially forced Paul Scholes out of
retirement in a bid to save the Red Devils' season.
Fernando Torres' son, Leo, looked like he has a bright future ahead of him, while daughter Nora's
piggies were showing early signs of promise themselves during yesterday's End of Season Bubbas &
'Ballers Parade following Chelsea's 2-1 win over Blackburn.
The Flying Dutchman has struggled to nail down a regular starting place in Dalglish's first XI
with summer recruit Jordan Henderson taking his position on the right-side of midfield. Kuyt has
featured in only 29 games in all competitions this season, finding the back of the net four times,
while Liverpool struggle in seventh place on the Premier League table.
Japanese teenager Ryo Miyaichi has earned the respect of Bolton fans and manager Owen Colye
since heading there on loan from Arsenal on the last day of the January transfer window. Miyaichi
capped off an excellent February by being named Bolton's player of the month by the club's fans. He
was also called up to the Japanese national team for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier, but
unfortunately didn't get off the bench in a 1-0 loss to Uzbekistan.
Ghana youth midfielder Mumuni Abubakar is set for a two-week trial with Liverpool.
The 18-year-old was recently voted the Sport Writers Association's Ghana Premier League Player of
the Year for 2011, and is tipped for a bright future.
Abubakar caught the eye of Liverpool scouts playing for Ghana's U20 side in Italy back in November,
and Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is keen to take a closer look at the African ace, inviting him to
spend some time at Anfield with the club's reserve and Academy sides.
Liverpool has got their eyes on HJK Helsinki's Joel Pohjanpalo to solve their striking crisis. Fabio Borini is out for three months and Andy Carroll is on-loan at West Ham United, making Luis Suarez their only fit first-team striker. Pohjanpalo is only 18-years-old but has been tipped for a bright future outside of his home country.
Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello won't be making a summer move to Liverpool, according to Sky
Sports pundit Guillem Balague.
In a recent Q&A session, the Spaniard was asked to shed any light on speculation linking the
20-year-old forward with a potential move to Anfield.
Tello is out of contract at the Camp Nou at the end of next season, and has been targeted by
several clubs, including Valencia, Malaga and Benfica in La Liga.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has signed a contract extension and set his sights on a bright
future for the club he loves.
Gerrard has spent his entire career with the Reds and has now put pen to paper on a new deal that
commits him to staying at Anfield long-term.
The news comes less than 24 hours after the midfielder helped Liverpool take a 1-0 lead over
Manchester City in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.
When centerback Bakary Soumare left MLS in 2009, he was one of the league's top defenders, a
young player with a bright future and one who fetched the largest transfer fee for an MLS defender
prior to Tim Ream's sale to Bolton.Â After a few years in Europe, Soumare could be on the verge of
returning to the league where he began his professional career.
The departure of Sebastien Le Toux from Philadelphia to Vancouver is well documented and there have
been several perspectives offered. As the pre-season winds down, Le Toux has found success. He
played with the team in Arizona and helped them to the final in the Disney Pro Classic. All signs
point to a bright future with the Whitecaps.
D.C. United Press Release: D.C. United signs goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra26-year-old a native of Woodbridge,
Washington, D.C. (February 27, 2012) â€“ D.C. United announced today that the club has signed
goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra. The 26-year-old netminder joins the Black-and-Red
having completed preseason camps in Florida and Arizona.
Once again there will be certain names talked about at this year's European Championships, with the
likes of Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and the other usual suspects likely to be grabbing the
However there are some lesser known players who be looking to impress on the big stage and really
announce their presence on the international stage.
It has been confirmed today that Manchester United youngster, Ryan Tunnicliffe, will remain at
Peterborough on loan for the rest of the season. He has made 24 appearances for the club since
joining them in the summer.
It has taken several weeks for an extension to be agreed but Barry Fry, the director of football
at Peterborough, spoke highly of the teenager when the deal was being talked about.
It was another easy win for the USWNT tonight as the rolled right on through Guatemala, winning
the game 13-0. Unlike the game against the Dominican Republic, the goals didn't come as quickly
during this game, as the US tried to feel out their Guatemalan counterparts during the opening five
Are the Union shopping Danny Mwanga, as was reported by Ives Galarcep on Wednesday? "For the
record we are not shopping Danny Mwanga," Diego Gutierrez tells Kerith Gabriel. "A lot of teams are
finding themselves in a tough spot in the market and are looking within the league to
We're a little late to the game, and that's my fault, but I wanted to make sure we at The Bent
Musket got a chance to express our deepest condolences to the Columbus Crew and to the family and
friends of Kirk Urso, the Crew rookie and former UNC Tar Heel and NCAA champion who passed away
early Sunday morning from what are now being called natural causes.
Aston Villa scored late in the first half, but the Portland Timbers young guns didn't give up.
Through hard work and effort the Timbers twice came back from one-goal deficits to tie the game on
goals from Sebastian Rincon and Rodney Wallace. In the obligatory shoot out all but Bright Dike
scored, and the Timbers lost 2-2 (5-4).
The American influence at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim continues to grow.Â
According to Fox Soccer, 16-year-old U.S. youth national team midfielder Russell Canouse signed
a professional dealÂ with the Bundesliga sideÂ and will join the club's U-19 side this coming
season after spending one year in the club's youth academy.
Piermario Morosino died on April 14, 2012 while playing for Livorno in a match against Pescara.
Morosini sufferred cardiac arrest and has sent crosswaves across European football. The news comes
not too far from the recent scare with Bolton's Fabrice Muamba, who also had cardiac arrest during
a match but survived.
U.S. Men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann was in Nashville for last night's Olympic
Qualifying debacle and had plenty to say about it, about the U.S. team and the future of the
players and head coach Caleb Porter.
Here are Klinsmann's comments from last night (and apologies for spelling mistakes, I'm about to
fly out of Nashville and wanted to get this out):
"We all feel really sorry for the guys," Klinsmann said.
By 1970's Gooner There were many positive signs that emerged from last night's encounter with
Milan. Firstly the Ox gave a performance that was absolutely fantastic. For an 18 year old to have
performed at such a high level of quality means that he along with Wilshere, Szczeny, Walcott and
Song contain Arsenal's hopes for a very bright future indeed.
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Tales from Tier Two is a series on Just Football
in partnership with @tiertwofooty, in which we assess the promotion chances of the clubs in tier
two of Europe's major leagues at the midway point of 2011/12.
It wasn't thatÂ long ago that ProvidenceÂ product Michael Parkhurst and AttleboroÂ nativeÂ Geoff
Cameron were just two local talents hoping to play their wayÂ from theÂ grassy fields of
southeastern New EnglandÂ onto the big stage.
Cue the big stage.
On Saturday, the defending duo both of whom played club soccer for Rhode Island-based Bayside FC
found themselves paired together in the center of the United States defense for the first time
during the squad's 1-0 shutout of Venezuela.