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Rafa Comments On No Christmas Party For Struggling Newcastle Players

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We are struggling in the Premier League to hold our own and have one point to show from the last eight league games. But we are playing Arsenal and ManchesterCity as two [...]

Walker needs brains not just brawn, says Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Kyle Walker has been told by Pep Guardiola he is physically one of the best full-backs in the world, but needs to improve his football brain to maintain his form into his thirties.

The 27-year-old Manchester City full-back has enjoyed an excellent season since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur in July for a fee that could rise to £52million ($69million) with performance-related bonus clauses.

Walker needs brains not just brawn, says Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Kyle Walker has been told by Pep Guardiola he is physically one of the best full-backs in the world, but needs to improve his football brain to maintain his form into his thirties.

The 27-year-old Manchester City full-back has enjoyed an excellent season since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur in July for a fee that could rise to £52million ($69million) with performance-related bonus clauses.

Rafa – We’ll Improve Things In January – But Disappointed At Poor Run

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Rafa Benitez has given his press conference for the tough game at Arsenal tomorrow and he has said the transfer meeting with Managing Director Lee Charnley has taken place. It seems the [...]

Benitez – Festive Period Crucial – We’re Watching Players Everywhere

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Rafa was a little late to his press conference this afternoon but he has given it and he says this festive period of games coming up for Newcastle will be crucial. We [...]

Newcastle Now In Free Fall – I Said It Could Be Like This

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Newcastle fans are not very happy this morning and rightly so. With Mike Ashley again refusing to spend Newcastle's money to strengthen the side last summer we are now a team that [...]

Rafa Must Be Frustrated At Not Being Backed By Ashley – Speaks About Confidence Factor

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It's interesting to compare the prices of the two teams playing yesterday at Stamford Bridge. The Chronicle is reporting Newcastle's team cost £72M to assemble while compared to way over £300M for [...]

When Rafa Benitez Was Not Loved By The Fans – He Is Now!

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When Rafa Benitez was the manager of Liverpool Chelsea were one of the teams at the top of the league and Rafa made some negative comments towards the team and the club. [...]

Rafa Promises Defensive Improvements – Antonio Conte Is Doing Well

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Rafa Benitez has just completed his press conference for the game at Chelsea tomorrow a game which looks to be a very challenging game for us to say the least. [...]

Gary Megson And Sour Grapes – Refuses To Give Credit To Newcastle

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West Brom caretaker manager Gary Megsongave an interview after the game last night, and he seemed annoyed. Annoyed that his team couldn't hold on to a two goal lead and probably annoyed [...]

Rafa Benitez – It’s All Very Positive For The Future

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Last night was positive for both Newcastle fans and the team as we were able to get a good 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns and bring to an end four defeats on [...]

Video – Rafa Benitez Post Game BBC Interview – My Team Is Young

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Rafa Benitez was pleased with the reaction of the Newcastle team to going 2-0 down in the second half at West Brom tonight and he seemed happy enoughwith the overall performance but [...]

Benitez Reveals He May Not Get Funds To Spend In January

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Rafa Benitez was very annoyed about last summer's transfer window. The manager explained in great detail to Mike Ashley in May, after he had won the Championship, that the owner had to [...]

Rafa Benitez’ Strong And Forceful Message To Newcastle Fans

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We never like it when we see articles that are smashing a Newcastleplayer after they have given a poor performance. Whatgood does that do? Not much, other than it brings the player [...]

Mikel Merino Is Fit To Start – Dummett, Atsu And Lascelles Out

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Rafa Benitezhad just finishedtalking to the press about tomorrow's very tough game at St. James' Park againstWatford who are in 8th place in the league on a very good 18 points. [...]

Marco Silva Compliments Newcastle, The Fantastic Supporters And Rafa Benitez

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The Lisbon-born Watford manager Marco Silva is flying high at the moment after comingtoEngland to manage Hull City in the Premier League last January. While he couldn't save Hull from relegation, he [...]

Rafa Takes The Positives – Moves Forward – Here’s Newcastle’s Next 10 Games

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Rafa Benitez seemed extra composed after the 4-1 defeat against Manchester United afterthe game last night. As he does often after games he clinically analyzed what happened, and while we weregood [...]

Rafa Really Proud Of His Newcastle Team – But Class Counted

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Rafa was very pleased with Newcastle first 30 minutes at Old Trafford tonight. But then we conceded two goals just before halftime after going 1-0 up through Dwight Gayle after14 minutes, and [...]

Rafas’ Injury Update – Fixtures Through New Years Day

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Rafa Benitez gave an injury update for Newcastle at his press conference this afternoon, and he said that we will know more about captain Jamaal Lascelles (above) next week, but Christian Atsu [...]

Some Initial Comments From Rafa Benitez’ Press Conference

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Rafa Benitez hs just given his first press conference in two weeks for the game at Manchester United tomorrow afternoon. Rafa Benitez at his press conference Here's some of what Rafa has [...]

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Klopp ridicules idea the ‘dark days are back’

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London (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp took issue on Friday with the notion that because Liverpool have drawn their last two games the “dark days are back” in terms of inconsistency.

The 50-year-old German - whose side have drawn successive games against Everton and West Brom which dampened spirits followed a stunning 7-0 Champions League humbling of Spartak Moscow - said his players had not lost their creative spark.

Klopp ridicules idea the ‘dark days are back’

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London (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp took issue on Friday with the notion that because Liverpool have drawn their last two games the “dark days are back” in terms of inconsistency.

The 50-year-old German - whose side have drawn successive games against Everton and West Brom which dampened spirits followed a stunning 7-0 Champions League humbling of Spartak Moscow - said his players had not lost their creative spark.

Bale finally back in training for Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale finally returned to training with his Real Madrid team-mates on Friday and will be eased back in after two months on the sidelines, according to coach Zinedine Zidane.

“The important thing is that he is with us, that he trains, plays, because that will stop all the negative things happening around him,” Zidane said at a press conference ahead of Saturday’s game against Malaga.

Socceroos coach Postecoglou quits ahead of football World Cup

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Sydney (AFP) – Coach Ange Postecoglou announced Wednesday that he will not take Australia to the World Cup next year, ending weeks of speculation about his future after a lengthy qualification campaign.

“After a great deal of thought and soul-searching, I’ve decided that the journey for me ends as Socceroo coach,” an emotional Postecoglou told a press conference in Sydney.

Aubameyang to face Spurs as Dortmund lift suspension

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund have lifted the suspension on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to allow their star striker to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Dortmund’s under-fire coach Peter Bosz confirmed Aubameyang is back in the squad after he was suspended for being late to training and for an unauthorised video shoot at the club’s training ground.

Aubameyang to face Spurs as Dortmund lift suspension

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund have lifted the suspension on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to allow their star striker to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Dortmund’s under-fire coach Peter Bosz confirmed Aubameyang is back in the squad after he was suspended for being late to training and for an unauthorised video shoot at the club’s training ground.

Allegri and Spalletti not interested in Italy job

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti both distanced themselves from taking up the vacant Italian national team post on Saturday.

“Coaching the national team is one of my ambitions, but not right now,” the 50-year-old told a press conference ahead of Juventus’s game at Sampdoria Sunday.

Allegri and Spalletti not interested in Italy job

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti both distanced themselves from taking up the vacant Italian national team post on Saturday.

“Coaching the national team is one of my ambitions, but not right now,” the 50-year-old told a press conference ahead of Juventus’s game at Sampdoria Sunday.

Ibrahimovic, Pogba back for Man Utd – Mourinho

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Paul Pogba and long-term injury victim Zlatan Ibrahimovic will make their Manchester United returns against Newcastle United on Saturday, manager Jose Mourinho announced on Friday.

France midfielder Pogba has been out since September with a hamstring injury, while former Sweden striker Ibrahimovic has not played since damaging knee ligaments against Anderlecht in April.

Ibrahimovic, Pogba back for Man Utd – Mourinho

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Paul Pogba and long-term injury victim Zlatan Ibrahimovic will make their Manchester United returns against Newcastle United on Saturday, manager Jose Mourinho announced on Friday.

France midfielder Pogba has been out since September with a hamstring injury, while former Sweden striker Ibrahimovic has not played since damaging knee ligaments against Anderlecht in April.

Injury setback for Tottenham’s Alderweireld

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur central defender Toby Alderweireld could be on the sidelines until next year due to a hamstring injury, manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed on Thursday.

Alderweireld, 28, sustained the injury in a Champions League game against Real Madrid on November 1 and had been expected to return to action sooner.

Injury setback for Tottenham’s Alderweireld

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur central defender Toby Alderweireld could be on the sidelines until next year due to a hamstring injury, manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed on Thursday.

Alderweireld, 28, sustained the injury in a Champions League game against Real Madrid on November 1 and had been expected to return to action sooner.

‘We’re Italy, we’ll qualify’, insists Ventura

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Milan (AFP) – “We’re Italy and if we qualify it will be by playing football,” coach Gian Piero Ventura insisted on Sunday on the eve of their crunch World Cup play-off against Sweden.

Four-time world champions Italy need to overturn a 1-0 first-leg defeat to avoid missing out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958 when Sweden hosted the tournament.

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Ozil not off to Man Utd in January but Wenger waiting for offers on Alexis

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As usual, Arsene Wenger is always asked in his pregame Arsenal press conference about whether Mesut Ozil or Alexis Sanchez would be up for sale in the January transfer window (yawn!) but this time he actually gave us a little information. For starters he says that the rumours about Jose Mourinho wanting Ozil was just [.

Jose Mourinho takes a dig at Arsene Wenger

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho took aim at Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger in his press conference today. The latest meeting between the...

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Mourinho laughs off Pep’s bizarre behaviour and is not surprised over lack of punishment

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During his press conference ahead of Manchester United's game against Arsenal, Jose Mourinho was asked about Pep Guardiola's bizarre behaviour on Wednesday night.

Following Manchester City's late win over Southampton, Guardiola charged on to the pitch and started shouting at Nathan Redmond.

Mourinho Praises Benetiz After The Game – He’s Very Experienced And Very Intelligent

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For the game yesterday against Newcastle it seems that Jose Mourinho went out of his way to be kind and even complimented the Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez. During his press conference for [...]

Portland Timbers

At Long Last: Highlights from the Offseason Press Conference

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The Portland Timbers planned to have their offseason press conference sometime in the week or two after their conference semifinal loss to the Houston Dynamo. Well, the best laid plans...

On Wednesday afternoon Merritt Paulson and Gavin Wilkinson held a half-hour press conference to talk about the Timbers' coaching search and offseason plans.

Soccer Made in Portland: 2017 Episode 41

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Chris and Jamie return to try to read the tea leaves about Caleb Porter's sudden departure from the Portland Timbers, recap Gavin Wilkinson and Merritt Paulson's offseason press conference, and dive into the Timbers' anticipated offseason moves.

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Conte Talks About Management Abilities Of Rafa Benitez – Four Cheslsae Players Out

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Antonio Conte has finished his press conference and he has said that Chelsea will rotate their players for the game against Newcastle tomorrow. They also have four players out injured Luiz, [...]