Who is going to lead Real Madrid to its tenth Champions League crown. We know half the answer at the moment. That half answer is that it is not the addition of any player in the whole (at any position) world that is going to get Real Madrid closer to that goal. The other [...]
With Guardiola's signing of Bayern Munich and Alex Ferguson's goodbye at Manchester United there have already been huge managing news in European football. But lately there have been even more interesting news on this front, most notably the exit of Jose Mourinho from Real Madrid. Notwithstanding that Mourinho is a brilliant manager, what he most takes away from Madrid is that the club was indeed
Chelsea has been up and down over the last few years. In 2011 Carlo Ancelotti was fired as the club "only" made it to second place in the Premier League (the previous year he had led them to their first "Double"). For the start of the 2011-12 season Andre Villas-Boas became manager, and under him team performance dipped with a string of defeats.
Ever since Premier League sides stopped rolling over for Jose Mourinho's Chelsea team, parking the bus had been considered to be disappointing tactics for a team to employ but it doesn't usually invoke a financial penalty. That's all changed now after Portsmouth charged opponents Carlisle £20 to park their coach during Saturday's 1-1 draw [.
It sounds ridiculous really considering what has happened at Chelsea in the last month but Roberto Di Matteo was named Coach of the Year last night less than a month after being sacked.
The Italian who delivered the Champions League trophy to Roman Abramovich in May — only to be ditched by the Chelsea owner in November — picked up more silverware with the top gong at the Credit Suisse Awards in Zurich.
Last March Roberto Di Matteo became interim coach for Chelsea at a moment when the Londoners were in crisis. Within a few months he guided Chelsea to the FA Cup title and to their first Champions League title ever. Within a few weeks he was no longer interim, but permanent manager. Now, barely six months after taking Chelsea to the greatest triumph in its history Di Matteo has been fired after
Brazil take on Colombia in a friendly on Wednesday in the Metlife stadium, New Jersey. The Seleção are without Marcelo, Alex Sandro, Adriano and Hulk who are all injured. Chelsea's David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar should all start. See the Brazil squad in full here Brazil (probable): Diego Alves, Daniel Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Fábio Santos, Paulinho, Ramires, Oscar, Kaká, Lucas Moura (Thiago Neves), Neymar Coach: Mano Menezes Colombia (possible): David Ospina, Carlos Valdés, Cristián Zapata, Mario Yepes, Pablo Armero, Juan Valencia, Fredy Guarín, Aldo Ramírez, Macnelly Torres, James Rodríguez, Falcao García Coach: José Pekerman Date: 14 November 2012 Kick-off: 00:30 (London), 22:30 (Brasília) Venue: Metlife stadium, New Jersey
Coach Mano Menezes has named his squad for the friendly against Colombia in New Jersey. Chelsea's David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar have been included as well as Tottenham's Sandro Ranieri. Kaká keeps his place after decentperformancesagainst Iraq and Japan. The match is Brazil's 1000th outing and their last appearance of 2012.
FA disciplinary panels can expect plenty of overtime next season if Manuel Pellegrini succeeds in bringing Pepe to the Premier League. The Malaga boss is widely expected to become Manchester City's new manager and reports in the Spanish media suggest that he wants to make the Real Madrid defender his first signing.
Manchester City are planning to continue their Barcelona backroom staff reunion by bringing Bojan Krkic to the Etihad Stadium as their head scout. Krkic, the father of the current AC Milan forward of the same name, will join fellow Barca old boys Ferran Soriano City's new chief executive and Txiki Begiristain the [.
Sir Alex Ferguson has announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United after 27 years at the end of this season. He took over in 1986 after a brief stint as Scottish national coach at a time when the club had not taken the English title since 1967. In the first years Manchester United didn't win the title, but steadily improving, Ferguson held on, taking the FA Cup in 1990, and the UEFA
Playing tiki-taka with the interwebs Manchester City's sponsors Etihad haven't had the last laugh in Manchester United's title success, but they have had a laugh [101GG] Check out the Messi Gallery [Adidas/Facebook] Spartak Moscow coach Valery Karpin suggests he may use the stadium PA system to circumnavigate a touchline ban [Guardian] An, erm, alternative Arsenal [.
The Montreal Impact on Monday announced Marco Schällibaum of Switzerland has been appointed head coach. Schällibaum, 50, coached for nearly a decade in the Swiss Super League. Among his achievements, he led BSC Young Boys and Servette FC to UEFA [...]
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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 12, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The Indiana Hoosiers are college soccer champions. In 2012, that means something different than it did in 2002 or even 2007. The achievement is still notable, and represents a return to the top for Indiana and their eighth championship overall, but the victory comes during a very strange time for the game at the college level.
San Jose Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop won the MLS Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. After finishing 14th overall last year, the 48-year-old Canadian led the Earthquakes to the Supporters' Shield for the second [...]
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You know sometimes you get the giggles and it either wasn't that funny or the situation demands you stop laughing uncontrollably? Well, Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has tackled this problem by having a seriousness controller fitted in his sideburn. Whenever Klopp feels he's laughing a bit too much, he simply needs to slide his [.
Juventus' Antonio Conte has won the Panchina d'Oro award as Serie A's best Coach for 2011-12.
Conte was voted the Golden Bench prize on Monday by his fellow managers after leading an unbeaten Juventus side, who had finished seventh in Serie A before his arrival, to the Scudetto. He is the first Juventus coach to win the award since Marcello Lippi (1995/1996)
"I'm emotional," the former midfielder stated at the ceremony at Coverciano.
Ο χαιρετισμός του Γιώργου Κατίδη! by kokoretsi AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis has been banned for life from the Greece national team after celebrating a goal with a Nazi salute. The 20-year-old ex-Greece under-19 team skipper marked his winning goal against Veria with a straight-armed gesture.
Anyone else spot the pitchside hoardings imploring you to "Search Facebook for 'Football Mash Up'" during England vs Brazil? Well, this is what it was all about. The FA and Vauxhall have launched a new viral campaign aimed at stopping 14-17 year-olds dropping out of football. The idea is that you can fit football around [.
Former US Women's coach Pia Sundhage is partial to the odd serenade, and so it was that the Swedish songbird pepped up her 'FIFA Womens' Coach of the Year Award' acceptance speech at the Ballon d'Or gala with a burst of Bob Dylan's 'If Not For You' which seemed to go down well with Sergio Ramos.
Thierry Henry has legs like sticks of rock. If you cut one of them in cross section you would see the word Arsenal running through them. The French striker was talking about the Gunners earlier this month and admitted that Arsenal were the team he follows in his heart. It looked for a while that the 35-year old could be about to have a third spell with the club, but it never happened, despite him training with the players for a while.
Former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage was the very deserving winner of her first FIFA Women's Coach of the Year award at the 2012 Ballon d'Or gala after leading her side to an Olympic gold medal at the London Olympics last summer. Wearing a sparkly shirt that read "Sweden in 2013" in support of her new gig as coach of her native country, Sundhage first thanked her staff and then concluded by saying, "I look at Alex [Morgan] and Abby [Wambach] and all your teammates I have only one thing to say.
Former Arsenal player and goal scorer extraordinaire, Ian Wright, has claimed that another Gunners legend, Dennis Bergkamp, wanted to come to the Emirates as a coach but was turned down by Arsene Wenger. Wright also called for the resignation of some board members and a move to bring David Dein back to the club.
We are only a few weeks into the year, but the news today will surely be some of the most surprising and interesting of 2013. Barcelona's former coach, Pep Guardiola has ended speculation about his future (and rumours included Brazil, Manchester United and Chelsea. One has to admire that he did not choose the soap opera of Chelsea) and has signed a contract with none other than the German giants
Brazil must win the 2014 World Cup at home. The most winning football nation in World Cup history has never won the World Cup at home (until Spain won it, they were the only ones), after their debacle in the 1950 World Cup against Uruguay. There is no doubt that not winning it at home again would lead to a similar collective depression as 1950.
I'm in the "D'oh!" camp, but just barely, just one foot, since Sermanni is much more welcomed in my eyes than, let's say, Tony DiCicco. Can you imagine. Tony effin' DiCicco again, with all his lack of creativity and stupid American accent.
TOM SERMANNI NAMED HEAD COACH OF U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAMLong-Time Australian Women's National Team Head Coach Comes to U.S. Soccer with Experience in Three FIFA Women's World Cup Tournaments; Sermanni Available via Media Conference Call on Wednesday, Oct.
The USWNT will have its new coach at the start the new year, with Tom Sermanni coming over from his Australia top post. I would say this guy pretty well overachieved with a middling Matildas squad, thus earning a shot at steering the Rolls Royce roster. And not placing any judgment, but its worth noting that three straight senior side boss hires have been foreign coaches - trend, fad or
Nomination forms for the 2013 MYSA Annual General Meeting Awards are now available These annual awards recognize some of theindividuals that are involved with the game of soccer in Missouri. All nominations are due into the MYSA office by Friday, February 15th, 2013.
The Portland Timbers officially introduced their new head coach, Caleb Porter, to the city of Portland in a ceremony at JELD-WEN Field. Porter and Techncial Director Gavin Wilkinson spent over 40 minutes addressing queries from local media and selected fans about the plans for the 2013 Timbers, and there were some important bits of information released about the team's direction and potential player movement.
US Youth Soccerannounced the 2012 Competitive Coach of the Year Regional Award Winners and a Virginia coach has been recognized as the best in the region. Girls Competitive Coach of the Year regional winners: Region I – Larry Best – Vienna, Va. With Larry Best, the emphasis is on development, not winning.
Via FCkansascity.com: FC Kansas City announced their inaugural coaching staff, naming Vlatko Andonovski head coach and Huw Williams as his assistant. The two coaches can now begin the process of building their team to compete in the new women's professional soccer league this spring.
On Saturday afternoon, at roughly the same time as two coaches full of Chesterfield supporters were leaving for their away game at Port Vale, two coaches full of retired women left the carpark at their village hall in Staffordshire and set out for their Christmas carol concert at King's Hall in Stoke-on-Trent.