Rugby World Cup-winner Jonny Wilkinson helped Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye to battle depression, the Frenchman has admitted. Cabaye revealed he turned to Wilkinson's book for advice as he struggled with depression after Euro 2012. The 27-year-old said: said: "Depression? I am not afraid to say that.
As the momentous month of December rolls upon us, signalled, as ever, by the many choruses of 12 Cantonas, Manchester United visit newly promoted Reading, seeking a win that would keep them top of the table before the monumental Manchester Derby next Sunday. Indeed, it is often in December that the title challengers are clarified [.
With the European Championships getting closer by the day, Reading full-back Ian Harte believes his
hopes of playing for the Republic of Ireland again are drifting away.
The 34-year-old has been a loyal servant to his country over the years, since his glory days with
Leeds United, playing football in the Champions League a decade ago.
Liverpool is the latest club to take a look at Reading striker Shane Long with a view to making a
possible move for the striker.
The Reds had scouts watching the Republic of Ireland international bag a brace during Reading's
pre-season win over Northampton last weekend and they are the latest in a long line of reported
Liverpool are lining up a shock summer move for Reading striker Shane Long.
The Republic of Ireland international was named Reading's Player of the Season after scoring 21
Championship goals this season, helping Brian McDermott's side into the play-offs.
Reading take on Cardiff tomorrow in the first leg of their play-off semi-final and Long is expected
to start up front.
Reading midfielder Danny Guthrie has been fined two weeks' wages after he refused to travel to Tuesday night's relegation six-pointer at Sunderland. The Royals lost the match 3-0. But Guthrie, aged 25, had left training early on Monday after apparently discovering that he would not be in the starting line-up for the match.
Reading 3-3 Fulham Premier League 27th October 2012
Welsh international Hal Robson-Kanu netted a precious last-gasp equaliser for Reading at the Madejski on Saturday in a superb goal-tastic clash with Fulham which joyfully dinged and donged like all good ding-ding battles should.
Swansea 2-2 Reading Premier League 6th October 2012
Two late Swansea goals rescued a point for the home side at the Liberty Stadium, a point which finally halted Michael Laudrup's losing streak as well as preventing Reading from enjoying their first win of the campaign.
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It was Hazard time again. The Belgian has been on fire and there is no mistaking his impact in
two consecutive wins. 4 assists in two matches! Reading as did Wigan found out he was a handful in
the box leading to an opening penalty with Frank Lampard duly converting.
Another pivotal performance from Belgian wing-wizard Eden Hazard helped Chelsea on their way to
a second win of the season at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. However, Premier League new-boys
Reading made a proper game of it, and came close to pulling off a major shock.
Reading's 2012-13 Premier League campaign; what does Zingarevich's takeover mean? - originally
posted on Soccerlens.com
On Tuesday newly-promoted Reading announced that Thames Sports Investment has completed a 51 per
cent buyout of the club. The new owners, led by Russian businessman Anton Zingarevich, are rumoured
to be ready to spend the required revenue to help the Royals compete in the English top-flight, and
ensure their return to the big time is not on a temporary basis.
Reading's extraordinaryÂ canter to the Championship title provokes inevitable comparison with the
feat of their forebears ofÂ half a decadeÂ ago. The 106 points amassed by that vintage set a record
and if we are yet to cover the 2005-6 Royals in our Great Football League Teams series, that's not
to ignore the best second tier XI of all time.
TweetThe In The Stands Wag of The Week is Katsia Zingarevich. She is the girlfriend of Reading's
Russian owner Anton Zingarevich. Welcome to the Premier League girl! Zingarevich is the other half
of Reading owner Anton Zingarevich. Zingarevich (Anton that is) celebrated his clubs' promotion
this week after The Royals made a triumphant return to [.
On Thursday, I remarked to several friends that I thought Reading FC's position of seventh in the
Championship was a flattering one. Now, after a 1-0 win over Burnley, the club has ascended to
third and, having kept a fourth consecutive clean sheet and seen new acquisition Jason Roberts
maintain a hundred per cent record of scoring in home games, the Royals are insisting they be taken
At first look, West Brom's lone win after their first four Premier League encounters may, to the
untrained eye, be symptomatic of the struggles they have endured in past seasons as a "yo-yo" club,
shuffling between second-tier triumphs and top-flight relegations.
But the performances put in by Roy Hodgson's side suggest more than the three points out of a
possible fourteen, which sees the Baggies lie 13th currently.
The next in our series on the lost homes of British football comes from Reading, where
Reading FC left Elm Park for The Madejski Stadium in 1998. Our thanks go to Rob Langham from the
excellent The Two Unfortunates, for this story of the history and memories from
Elm Park. We are still very much looking out for submissions on this subject, by the way.
23,980 lucky folks witnessed last night's 5-7 Capital One Cup chaos between Reading and Arsenal, but a few Gooners apparently left the Madejskiearly as the Royals had raced into a four-goal lead on 37 minutes. I imagine those poor souls trudging miserably down the hill over autumn leaves, accompanied by the mournful roar of the M4 motorway, cursing Ivan Gazidis, Stan Kroenke et al while their
Perhaps rejuvenated by winning the MLS Cup last season and making frequent trips back to England
to visit the royals and serve as an Olympic mascot throughout this season, David Beckham is
enjoying a very productive year. He now has seven goals on the season (his previous best was five
in 2008, his first full season in the league) after scoring with a typically perfect free kick in a
2-0 win against Vancouver on Saturday.
Liverpool welcome Reading to Anfield still searching for their first home win of the season. Liverpool were held to a goalless draw at home to Stoke last time out, while Reading picked up a 2-2 draw at Swansea before the international break. The Royals won their last visit to Anfield in an FA Cup replay in January 2010 which was Brian McDermott's first victory as manager of Reading.
Liverpool is understood to have offered trials to three of Ghana's brightest young talents, Sky
Bright Gyenfi, James Akaminko and Nurudeen Amed are all due on Merseyside next month.
The trio hails from Prampram Mighty Royals Football Club, who recently produced starlet Masahudu
Alhassan and has just made the breakthrough at Serie A outfit Genoa.
Three Virginia teams that particpate in the Premier Developmental League can now start planning for
their 2012 season matchups. The USL released the 2012 PDL Schedule today. The Fredericksburg
Hotspur, Northern Virginia Royals, and Virginia Beach Piranhas will play in the South Atlantic
Division of the PDL in 2012.
Fortune favors the Seattle Sounders as they have the opportunity to put themselves ahead of Real
Salt Lake on the first tie breaker with even just a tie. In the last meeting Seattle ended the Utah
side's home unbeaten streak, which should be good news when facing a team that is poor on the road
(12 points in 11 matches).
With an injury unfortunately similar to Steve Zakuani's of the Seattle Sounders, Real Salt Lake
midfielder Javier Morales suffered what looks to be a season-ending injury in RSL's match against
Chivas USA. Â After a nasty challenge from Marcos Mondaini, Morales immediately went to ground
signaling for medical help.
Reading boss Brian McDermott insists that everyone at the club is behind him despite the recent controversy surrounding his decision to drop goalkeeper Adam Federici.
The Royals have struggled since their promotion to the Premier League and have so far earned just a single point from their three games, a run that has left them languishing in the relegation zone ahead of Saturday's trip to West Brom.
Images via PacificCoastNews.com Our first reaction? She looks fierce. Irina Shayk rolled out her
best Pucci (dress)Â and Gucci (heels)Â for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 launch party in London on
Wednesday night. Whilst there she hobnobbed with Olympians, Royals, and Z list reality stars. It's
also just been announced that Shayk will be taking over hosting [.
At the start of the season I posted this open letter to the players of Sporting Kansas City pouring
a bit of my heart into how I felt heading into the season. Today, the day of the US Open Cup final
my feelings haven't changed. As Robb said last night, I'm one of those that endured the empty
cavern, the poor sight lines and screamed about the name change.
As last season was coming to a close, newly promoted Reading were linked with a surprise move
for Tottenham's Ledley King. However, with the club captain set to retire, it's claimed today that
the Royals have altered their sites and are considering a bid for Sebastien Bassong instead.
Seb seems to have been around for some time but he is still only 25 and therefore has to have
real value for a side such as Reading, given his Premiership experience and relatively young
One of the more bizarre incidents of the weekend's action came from the clash between Reading and
West Ham. The Royals' Jimmy Kebe decided to rub salt into the Hammers' wounds with a bit of
sock-related showboating. The Mali international chose to highlight the amount of time he was
getting on the ball by pulling [.
The first Welsh side to make it to the Premiership. They join already promoted QPR and Norwich
City. In the playoffs against Reading the Swans scored three first half goals with Scott Sinclair,
the Championship's highest scorer scoring a quick brace and Stephen Dobbie (video link)adding a