Take nothing away from Wigan Athletic's gritty and energetic performance to win the FA Cup in stoppage time but Manchester City had the tools to handle matters fairly easily, but once again faltered. Roberto Mancini and the Citizens will end this season in disappointment. After a glorious finish to last seasons Premier League title chase for City, the Manchester club will head into the summer without any trophies, and possibly without Mancini.
Mark your calendars football fans Saturday, May 11th will see Chelsea and Wigan Athletic square off at Wembley Stadium in the final of the FA Cup. Ousted from the Champions League in the group stages, and the Premier League crown stolen weeks ago by Manchester United, a light may be at the end of the tunnel for a so far, trophy-less season for the Citizens.
Joe Hart makes a mess of Andy Carroll' speculative shot as he lets it slip through his hands then his legs as West Ham grabbed an injury-time consolation goal at the Ethihad bit like the clubs feeble attempt at retaining their Premier League crown really, lots of slip-ups.
Poor Joe Hart. The Manchester City goalkeeper had a day not to remember today when West Ham United striker Andy Carroll took a shot, only for the ball to embarrassingly go under Joe Hart's legs and into the back of the net.
Carroll brilliantly chested the ball down to create space and then unleashed a shot right at Joe Hart, but the ball crept between his legs.
Facing a troubled relegation embattled Wigan Athletic in the table (17th place) , Manchester City have no real chance at the title, nor have they for some time, and they will be looking now to secure second place. This game was scheduled to be played March, but was postponed due to other competitive duties of Manchester City.
Yaya Toure of Manchester City-Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images
A couple of this season's issues were settled over the weekend just past. One of them was that there will not be a clean sweep of domestic silverware by northern clubs, after League Two Bradford City's Capital One Cup adventure came to a horrible end at the hands of Swansea City.
If you hate spoilers, don't read below and just play the video. Manchester City has created their own version of the Harlem Shake and it features defender Aleksandar Kolarov hilariously striking a pose. Joe Hart, James Milner, Micah Richards...
Passengers travelling to Manchester City games on Metrolink's east Manchester tram line will now be treated to service announcements from their heroes. Manager Roberto Mancini, skipper Vincent Kompany and England internationals Joe Hart and James Milner have all lent their voices to the tram company.
1. Last season, a beautifully placed finish from Sergio Aguero won the title for Manchester City. It looks like a similarly well-placed finish from Gareth Barry has lost them the title this season. 2. Ryan Giggs is a machine. The man is 40 this year and he's still capable of winning Premier League matches.
Manchester City have thrown away the title - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It is getting tough and tougher for Manchester City. The reigning Premier League champions are 12 points behind leaders Manchester United and with only 12 games left to play, the chances of retaining the title looks increasingly out of the equation.
Joe Hart of England gestures during the International friendly between England and Brazil (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
For fans and managers of clubs challenging for honours at the top of the table, international friendly games are often the stuff of dread; a game that is ultimately of no consequence in itself may have wider ramifications if top players are injured.
Jamie bumps into Joe Hart on his first visit to Carrington
Manchester City have gotten round to making their first big-name signing of the January transfer window by bringing in a skilled technician who can slice a hot knife through ethically sourced butter like it was Aston Villa's back four.
You'd think one of the perks of being a multi-millionaire footballer is that you wouldn't have to associate yourself with anything embarrassing in order to make a decent living. But England and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart was more than happy to become the new face of dandruff. Hart is the star of a new [.
The number of times Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart mentioned the word 'decent' in this video is... well, decent, but that's well besides the point. Along with Mario Balotelli and a rather annoyed Carlos Tevez, Hart spent a few minutes at the club offices wrapping Christmas presents for children while wearing a Santa Claus beard.
Robin van Persie scored an injury-time winner to give Manchester United victory in today's Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium. As United celebrated, Rio Ferdinand was struck by an object which drew blood from a cut close to his eye. A City supporter then ran onto the pitch and had to be restrained by Joe Hart before being carted away by stewards.
All eyes were on the Etihad Stadium on Sunday as Manchester City hosted cross-town rivals Manchester United in a hugely anticipated top of the table clash. Both sides put out extremely strong squads, though it was the red side of Manchester that managed to come out on top.
Manchester United jumped out to an early lead through Wayne Rooney but City fought their way back into the game deep into the second half.
Luis Suarez of Liverpool (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
This season in the Barclays Premier League there have been numerous shock performances whether it be West Bromwich Albion beating Chelsea 2-1, Norwich City working tirelessly for a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Carrow Road, or the firing of Roberto Di Matteo and hiring of Rafa Benitez.
Sami Khedira races into the Manchester City box with only Joe Hart to beat and tries to chip the ball over the advancing keeper but kicks the turf rather than the ball before spectacularly falling over Hart.
Back in the day, Dortmund was the team who feared no one. They were a complete powerhouse something similar to Barcelona nowadays.With the likes ofStéphane Chapuisat,Andreas Möller andMichael Zorc, the current sporting director of BVB, the team used to tear anydefenseapart with no hesitation.
Mesut Ozil of Real Madrid (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
Manchester City and Real Madrid will face each other in their second meet in the UEFA Champions League group stages. While the big star of the clash is Real's Cristiano Ronaldo, who will be in Manchester for the first time since leaving United in 2009 and who has scored five times against the Citizens in their last four games, other players on both sides could be just as dangerous.
There are days when the world seems to go mad and the aftermath of the Sweden v England game was certainly one of those. By scoring four times against English opposition including a goal seen by some as the 'greatest ever', Zlatan Ibrahimovic has suddenly, apparently, proven wrong all the critics who have seen him underperform time and again.
1. Crowd trouble at an England match and the English supporters are nothing but bewildered spectators. How times have changed. 2. Nothing signifies an ultimately disappointing draw is on the horizon quite like an early England goal. 3. Given Joe Hart's propensity to find touch with such regularity, he might have been the man to [.
England faces a tough match this evening with a World Cup qualifier match against Montenegro inPodgorica.
Roy Hodgson has made six changes to his England side. It's a strong lineup today for England, so they can't have any excuses against a tricky Montenegro side who will be buoyed by a vocal home support.
1. This was the perfect match to lull England into a false sense of security ahead of the Montenegro match. 2. Great to see Joe Hart back to his best after some shaky form. 3. San Marino's best performer was the stadium announcer, who undermined all the England egos by reversing their names as if [..
1. Jack Wilshere, it's good to have you back. He showed drive, commitment and technical ability so often missing in England performances. 2. On the flip side, you do find yourself constantly thinking he's about to get injured. We don't know how you cope on a weekly basis, Arsenal fans. 3. Not gutting much joy [.
Prior to England's friendly against Brazil as part of The FA's 150th anniversary celebration, there were headlines of Neymar dismissing the home side as a one-man team (that man being Wayne Rooney, not Joleon Lescott) and thus not a prime threat to Brazil at next year's World Cup. So a few other England players decided to show Neymar that they too can make a difference from time to time and helped the Three Lions to a 2-1 win.
Arsenal's Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere were arguably the best two players for England at Wembley on Wednesday Feb. 6 when the Three Lions managed to pull off an impressive 2-1 win, their first over the South Americans in the past 23 years. Man of the match Wilshere was easily the best player on the pitch in the first 45 minutes as he was determined to be the driving force on the team.
Wayne Rooney of England-Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
What could be better than kicking off The Football Association's 150th anniversary with a match between two international powerhouses of England and Brazil at the storied Wembley Stadium? According to Managing Director Adrian Bevington:
"As the most successful footballing nation, with great players and supporters, it will be fantastic to launch this important year in English football's history against such outstanding opponents as Brazil.
Joe Hart has reflected on the mood of the England camp when it is filled with plenty of United and City players. Hart insists the players are respectful of each other, but that Danny Welbeck being a massive United fans makes it impossible to say much without him reacting.
"We all get on very well when we meet up," he said.
David de Gea was put under a ridiculous amount of pressure last season when replacing our experienced former keeper, Edwin Van der Sar.
Whilst he did make some costly mistakes, he was a target for the media, whilst other keepers' mistakes were ignored. Joe Hart has made some dreadful mistakes for City this season but some sections of the media would still tell you he's one of the best keepers in the world.
The first Manchester derby of the season ended with an entertaining flourish that devolved intosavagery and resulted in Rio Ferdinand bleeding from the eyebrow. Man City snapped out of a funk to come back from two early Wayne Rooney goals and equalize in the 86th minute, but Samir Nasri decided to stick his leg in the path of a Robin van Persie free kick during stoppage time, leading to a 3-2 win for Man United that incited a pitch invading, coin throwing rage in fans at the Etihad.
What turned out to be a Manchester derby that lived up to the hype ended in disgrace as Robin van Persie's late winner for Man United was followed by an unwanted sampling of ugliness at the end of the match. Man City came back from 2-0 down to delight the home crowd in the 86th minute, but Van Persie's injury-time free kick was deflected by Samir Nasri and curled into the corner of Joe Hart's net (gif here).
If football is being corrupted by individuals on the field of play, two positions possess extraordinary powers to affect the match outcomes - goalkeepers and referees. Goalkeepers might simply choose not to save any/many shots on target if they are corrupted... ...referees might selectively give penalties and sendings off if they are actively murky.
Not sure quite what Gareth Barry was trying to do here pass it back to Joe Hart, knock it out for a corner? Poor old Barry had already made an error for Southampton's first goal, but this OG after the break is odd to say the least.
Okay okay so the title suggests I'm about to reveal I have inside information on what would be an unbelievable scoop but honestly I don't and I'm not, so please, before you jump down my throat, hear me out and realise this is all hypothetical. There's been a lot said in recent times regarding the [..