William Gallas

World Cup 2010

Henry handball ‘forgotten’, O’Neill plots France’s Euro 2016 downfall

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Versailles (France) (AFP) Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill wants his players to target glory rather than revenge when they face hosts France in a Euro 2016 last 16 clash on Sunday.

Ireland were denied a place in the 2010 World Cup when Arsenal legend Thierry Henry controlled the ball with his hand to tee up a William Gallas equaliser that sent France to South Africa from a playoff in 2009.

Henry handball ‘forgotten’, O’Neill plots France’s Euro 2016 downfall

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Versailles (France) (AFP) Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill wants his players to target glory rather than revenge when they face hosts France in a Euro 2016 last 16 clash on Sunday.

Ireland were denied a place in the 2010 World Cup when Arsenal legend Thierry Henry controlled the ball with his hand to tee up a William Gallas equaliser that sent France to South Africa from a playoff in 2009.

English Premier League

Claudio Ranieri to walk out at Stamford Bridge as Champion twelve years on?

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Leicester City face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the last day of the Premier League season. It could be the day Claudio Ranieri and his Leicester team are crowned as Champions twelve years after he said goodbye to the Chelsea faithful.

I saw the headline in the press yesterday "Marcel Desailly believes that Claudio Ranieri's title charge at Leicester was revenge for his sacking at Chelsea" and thought that he could not be further from the truth.

Premier League Unveil List Of Players Released By Clubs This Summer: Andrei Arshavin, William Gallas and David Bentley Among the Cast-Offs

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By Alan Duffy

There are 154 names in total in the Premier League's official list of released players, which was published today, with some rather interesting names.

Forgotten men Florent Malouda, Roque Santa Cruz, Denilson and David Bentley all finally shown the door.

Tottenham Hotspur

GALLAS RETIRES - Your thoughts?

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William Gallas has announced after two decades in the game that he has called an end to his football career and has retired from the game. I am asking what your lasting memory of the controversial defender was.

For me, it will always be that right foot strike from 25 yards against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge in 2005-6 that flew into the corner late on!

Transfer Window Review: Tottenham Hotspur

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We are delighted to announce that we've reached agreement with AS Roma for the transfer of Erik Lamela #THFC pic.twitter.com/FVBCSDcpnv Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 30, 2013 Five word review: Spending the Bale out fund. In: Erik Lamela (Roma, £30m), Roberto Soldado (Valencia, £26m), Paulinho (Corinthians, £17m), Christian Eriksen (Ajaz, £11.

Who Are Ya? Vlad Chiriches (Tottenham Hotspur)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Vlad Chiriches Age: 23 Position: Centre-back Signed from: Steaua Bucharest Fee: Undisclosed (reported £8.5m) Did you know? Chiriches almost joined Spurs at the start of the move until jailed Steaua owner Gigi Becali vetoed the move from behind bars, saying Chiriches would not leave until [.

Tottenham sell young defender Steven Caulker to Cardiff City for record fee

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Despite being already stretched thin in defender with the recent release of William Gallas at the end of his contract and current injury scare to star versatile defender Jan Vertonghen, Tottenham appear unaffraid of their current issues.

With the summer transfer market ripe with possibilities the club have seized the opportunity to sell young defender Steven Caulker to Cardiff City in a move that may surprise many as the youngster was believed to be a part of the clubs future.

Tottenham Transfers: Spurs target Romanian and Portuguese defenders

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Tottenham appear to be looking at going into damage control mode already this summer in light of the recent injury to defender Jan Vertonghen and growing concern over the long term fitness of Younes Kaboul.

With the club having allowed William Gallas to leave at the end of his contract this summer the club already were thing at the back but now could be even more limited without the services of their talented and versatile Belgian international.

The numbers behind Tottenham’s transfer plans

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After the disappointment of missing out on the Champions League once more, Tottenham have a busy summer in the transfer window ahead. Andre Villas-Boas has the core of a side that can challenge consistently for the top four, and more, but needs a quality addition or two to bolster his contingent.

Tottenham Target Leandro Damião and Roberto Soldado For Next Season: The Nightly EPL

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On the eve of Tottenham Hotspur's post-season friendly against Jamaica in The Bahamas, Spurs hope to renew their efforts to sign Brazil's Leandro Damiao as well as Spanish international Roberto Soldado.

At the same time, Tottenham are expected to lose William Gallas (on a free transfer), Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone and Emmanuel Adebayor according to the report mentioned below inThe Guardiannewspaper.

EPL Injury Report: Spurs Limping Into Final Weeks Of The Season

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With just a few weeks left in the EPL season, the fight for a top four finish looks like it will come down to the final day of competition. Manchester United has long since wrapped up the title, but the next four teams in the table are neck and neck and still have a lot to play for. With just hours left to capture a spot in next season's Champions League, injuries could be a key factor in determining the top four.

Injury Report: Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and William Gallas Out For Up to Two Weeks

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Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and William Gallas are out injured and are expected to return to training within two weeks, according to a club statement from Tottenham Hotspur.

"The Club can confirm that Gareth Bale (sprained ankle ligaments), William Gallas (calf strain) and Aaron Lennon (soft tissue contusion below the knee) all underwent scans today (Friday) after being forced off with injuries during our Europa League Quarter Final First Leg draw with Basel last night," said the club statement.

Europa League Rewind: Bale leaves on stretcher as Spurs tie Basel; Chelsea rolls; and more

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Tottenham's Champions League hopes took a big hit on Thursday evening.

Spurs midfielder Gareth Bale was stretchered off in second half stoppage time after a bad-looking right ankle injury, forcing Tottenham to finish their 2-2 draw with FC Basel down to nine men.

GIF It: Tottenham defender William Gallas scores Inter Milan’s equaliser with an own goal

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Heading into their Europa League second-leg against Inter Milan with a 3-0 lead, Spurs very nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory at the San Siro last night. An extra-time goal from Emmanuel Adebayor was enough to send Spurs through on away goals, but not before William Gallas had levelled the tie at 3-3 [.

Europa League Rewind: Tottenham survive on away goals, Chelsea and Newcastle progress, and more

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Once again, as if piggybacking off this week's Champions League drama, Thursday's evening of Europa League round of 16 action had just about everything.

Carrying a 3-0 lead into the San Siro, Tottenham amazingly surrendered three goals to Inter Milan, including an own goal by William Gallas, before scoring a crucial goal in the first half of extra time to ensure qualification to the quarterfinals on away goals.

Our team to face West Ham – what’s yours?

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There's no official confirmation from the club but it seems that there are no fresh injuries from the clash with Lyon last Thursday. However, it also means that Jermain Defoe, Sandro and Younes Kaboul will continue to sit this one out.

The side should see at least two changes from the second leg in France with Hugo Lloris coming back in goal and William Gallas making way for Jan Vertonghen.

Gallas on the brink of saying goodbye to Tottenham

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Tottenham Hotspur defender William Gallas is set to leave the club as manager Andre Villas-Boas feels the need to prune his bloated squad.

Spurs have five central defenders in the side and the Portuguese wants to cut the number to four by the turn of next season.

Our team to face Norwich – what’s yours?

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Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that our one remaining striker Jermain Defoe has returned to the Tottenham squad for tonight's game at Carrow Road. Defoe missed the defeat to Leeds at the weekend but takes his place after a hip problem.

"Jermain's body feels well, he feels fine about his fitness and he trained today," AVB said.

Our Team to Face QPR – what’s yours?

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Spurs look to have only two first team members unavailable as they make the short trip to Loftus Road. Younes Kaboul remains on the long term injury list, with a possible return pencilled in for next month while William Gallas continues to miss out with the calf strain he picked up at Villa Park.

"William will be out of the game, unfortunately," said Andre Villas-Boas.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Stoke City Players to Watch: Will Spurs’ Defense Be Ready for Stoke’s Aggressive Attack?

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It is a frustrating thing for football fans to have to watch their team struggle to rectify an issue that seems so obviously in need of work.

For supporters of Tottenham Hotspur, the way in which their side stood firm in the closing stages of their 1-0 win over Swansea City will have done much to strengthen belief in the ability of the defense to not automatically capitulate under pressure late on in games.

Gallas reveals defensive planning

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Tottenham seemed far more effective at keeping Swansea away from the penalty box on Sunday and it was clear that the team had taken a different approach to defending a late lead. Last gasp goals have been costing us all season and while we remained nervous, it all seemed much calmer on the pitch than it did at Everton seven days ago.

Perth Glory

Air Shot: Ridiculous William Gallas Defensive Howler Allows Western Sydney To Score Simple Tap-In (Video & GIF)

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By Chris Wright

In which Perth Glory centre-half William Gallas (yes, that William Gallas) posts his submission for the 2014 A-League blooper reel with a textbook, laughably clumsy 'air shot' against Western Sydney which allowed Wanderers striker Tomi Juric in to score his side's second goal in a 2-0 victory.

Former Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs defender William Gallas joins Perth Glory

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William Gallas has agreed a one-year deal with Australian side Perth Glory. The A-League outfit reportedly beat a number of clubs, including Crystal Palace and at the height of their defensive injury crisis Manchester City, to Gallas' signature. Gallas will officially complete the move once he has undergone a medical.

Gareth Bale

Spurs Summer Musings - Baldini, Fixtures & Folk Released

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Out yonder on the horizon there has been barely a flicker of action since the end of the season, not even a new kit over which to pore. Mercifully this sorry circumstance changed ever so slightly this week, as there has now been some semblance of news, so pour yourself a bourbon, make yourself comfortable and join me for a perusal.

Spurs 2-2 Basel: Ouch

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I'm not sure anyone saw that coming, from AVB all the way down to AANP. Blinking heck, Basel were as slick as any opponent we have played all season, their attacking interplay as good as the Chelski front three who six-yard-passed us to oblivion back in the early autumn. They may masquerade as a Swiss club side, but Basel played like a team of Bond villains – laughing in our faces as they pretty effortlessly repelled most of our attacks, and then slicing us open at will with interplay so fizzy our heroes could barely see them, let alone keep pace with them.

Rodgers Rages At Referee

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Brendan Rodgers launched in to a tirade against referee Phil Dowd for his performance as Liverpool's eight-match unbeaten run came to an unfortunate end at Tottenham.
Spurs ran out 2-1 winners at White Hart Lane thanks to a stunning free-kick from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon's first half tap-in.

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Basel - Spurs Preview: Hero Wanted

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In terms of a late-season wobble, this ought to separate the Mild-Swaying from the Pillars-Crashing-To-Earth-All-Around-Us. After the slipshod events of recent weeks, and given the meddlesome lather in which we now find ourselves, there has never been a more apt time for someone with a glint in his eye and young floozy on each arm to swagger up to the bar and pay for everyone's drinks for the rest of the night.

Spurs - Everton Preview: Quite the Test for AVB

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No Bale. No Lennon. And just in time for the most crucial multipack of fixtures of the season. Maybe Skynet did win after all.

‘Tis a test that ought to put some hair on the AVB chest. For all the huffing, puffing and neat technique, if our heroes are not scything teams open through nifty interplay and a killer pass of the VDV mould – and these days it tends to be the exception rather than the norm – the default setting does seem to be to look to Bale to magic up a goal from nothing, on his own.

Spurs - Inter Preview: Oozing Glamour From Every Pore

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‘Tis a sign of the lucre-riddled times that a home fixture against Inter is only the third most important match of our week, but thus it fairly well transpires, if you give a nudge here and take a hop there. Finishing in the top four (three? Two?) still feels like the priority – but as distractions go this is right up there with kittens, cats, sacks and wives.

Spurs - Lyon Preview: The Pointy End Beginneth

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This smells like the pointy end of things. Forthcoming opponents including l'Arse, Liverpool, City, Chelski and Everton, and what better whistle-whetter for such rumblings than a nifty-looking European tie? You can shove the mundane group games into a musky sack, and give them a furtive kick while you're at it, because this one has a faint whiff of seriousness.

Spurs - Man Utd Preview: Can Parker Still Cut It Against The Best?

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Ah, ‘tis the unmistakeable scent of le grand fromage wafting into town. Oddly enough we find ourselves in the exalted position of being able to do the seasonal double over this lot, for possibly the first time since a wide-eyed and youthful AANP would stare transfixed at the shoulder-feints and mullet Chris Waddle and his mullet feinting this way and that.

Sunderland - Spurs Preview: Harmless Fluff No More

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Now this is not really cricket, is it? All season Sunderland have hummed around with such innocuous, harmless fluff that we all rather forgot they existed, and a gentle away point (or three) beckoned. Until now. Two days before they entertain our lot they go and beat the blinking champions, and what had not so long ago seemed about as harmless as a neutered kitten is now likely to require cunning and nous and graft and quite possibly He-Man's Sword of Omens.

Michael Dawson

Our team to face Liverpool – what’s yours?

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There's no official word on the club website as yet but reports suggest that Aaron Lennon may miss the trip to Anfield with a slight hamstring strain. The club has two very important games coming up over the next week but will the winger be risked if the reports are true?

Andre Villas-Boas does have options on the right side and one answer would be to bring in Lewis Holtby in to play on the left with Gylfi Sigurdsson switching to cover for Lennon.

Who is the defensive ‘odd man out’?

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As the clock ticked down on the summer transfer window, it seemed as if Michael Dawson would be an unlikely departure from White Hart Lane. Named club skipper in place of the recently retired Ledley King, Daws was set for a busy season until other Premiership sides started to hover.

Proposed transfers to QPR and Sunderland came to nothing but as the season began, Dawson found himself consigned to the fringes of the squad as Andre Villas-Boas played William Gallas in preference.

Harry setting his sights on a more acceptable target

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It must have been a happy moment for former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp when he was re-united with Ryan Nelsen at QPR at the end of last year. However, as Harry begins his tenure at Loftus Road, the New Zealand centre half is off to the MLS and that move will leave an experienced gap in the heart of the QPR defence.


Gallas calls for positive approach

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One of the criticisms of Spurs, particularly earlier in the season was directed at our inability to hold on to a lead. With the side sitting back and trying to absorb pressure, Tottenham's defence conceded many, costly late goals and this issue came to a head in December when 1-0 at Everton turned into 1-2 in the dying minutes.

Gallas claims credit for Tottenham’s tough centre

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Prior to Tottenham's narrow 1-0 win over Swansea in December, the club were notorious for conceding late goals, most notably in the previous fixture when the side let in two late strikes at Everton in a 2-1 defeat.

Since the Swansea game however, the defence seems to have a tougher edge and Tottenham have recently recorded some late, late goals of their own against Manchester United and also against Lyon last night.

The Rest

Is Kaboul the odd man out?

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Tottenham's head coach Andre Villas-Boas has already inferred that the club are unlikely to start next season with five senior centre halves but who from the current quintet will make way? Until now, the assumption was that William Gallas would leave in the summer but there is a growing rumour of a deal involving fellow Frenchman Younes Kaboul.

Our team to face Sunderland – what’s yours?

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There's no official word from the club as yet but reports elsewhere suggests that three players are returning to fitness and are looking to start the game on Saturday lunchtime.

Clint Dempsey, Tom Huddlestone and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are all pushing for a place while Scott Parker may also be included after three consecutive sub appearances.