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Piers Morgan and Craig Bellamy were the guests on the latest installment of the Clare Balding Show, and the former CNN presenter and still-annoying Arsenal fan had a funny story about a night out in Hollywood with his wife and the Rooneys, Wayne and Colleen. Piers recounts that Wazza – who ‘likes a drink’ – […]
Serie A: Can't we just give it a chance? By Conor Laird Boring, slow and second class: all words which have become sadly synonymous with Italian football's top flight when mentioned within the 'all-knowing' Irish football community. Just what is it that has followers of the beautiful game so opposed to the Italian methods? Is […]
Hailed as the next big thing in management when Vincent Tan made him Cardiff boss last January, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ‘stepped down’ from the job at Cardiff (although it looks for all the world that he was sacked, and the story is a PR spin). Just 9 months after taking over at the Welsh […]
The curious case of the Bernabeu: To Boo or Not to Boo? That is the question. When I asked a socio why the Bernabeu can be quite at times he said to me: "Going to the Bernabeu is like going to an orchestra show. You pay tickets to be entertained." If you go to an […]
There were some ugly scenes in Rome last night during AS Roma’s 5-1 win over CSKA Moscow. With both sets of Ultras divided only by a small army of stewards, they had a simple way of circumventing security, and decided on a flare battle, with both sets launching flares back and forth. When the unarmed […]
Notts Forest beat Fulham 5-3 in a classiccaly incoherent Championship goalfest last night: 2-3 down, the 2-time European Champions came back to win 5-3. The goal to equalize at 3-3 was the pick of the bunch, a sublime piece of control from Forest’s Michail Antonio to take the ball down on the turn and finish […]
Rock bottom of the Premier League and still without a win, Alan Pardew now fighting for his job at Newcastle. Speaking at his press conference ahead of the weekend’s must-win game against Hull, the pressure was written all over Pards’ face as he explained how much the defeat at Southampton ‘upset’ him. The king of […]
After losing Luis Suarez over the summer, the jury was out as to whether Liverpool could go one better than last season and emulate their title charge right to the podium. Those questions still remain, especially after the home defeat to Aston Villa last weekend, and with Steven Gerrard struggling to find his rhythm, pundits […]
Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has taken a swing at former boss Louis van Gaal, saying he stank out the place when he came to Bayern. Van Gaal arrived at Bayern in 2009 and achieved initial success with the side, almost lifting the treble in his first season, before leaving under a cloud less than […]
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Chelsea attacker Oscar is the star of the latest Adidas advert for their Predator boots. It’s an ambitious one from the sports brand as they organized what they call a ‘life-size video game’ to put Oscar, and a bunch of other folk with fancy feet, into. While glowing reviews pop up on screen, including Sportlocker’s […]
Demba Ba wasn’t really given a fair go of his things during his time at Chelsea. Despite the likes of Fernando Torres wasting chance after chance on the pitch, Ba rarely got his and spent much of his time on the bench at Stamford Bridge. He did show flashes of his form at Newcastle with […]
Chelsea raided Atletico Madrid this summer, signing Diego Costa and Filipe Luis and recalling Thibaut Courtois from his three year loan. Filipe Luis is yet to break into the first team, whilst the other two have slotted in seamlessly. Diego Costa is the Premier League star man, having scored seven goals in his opening four […]
Varane amplía su contrato con el Madrid hasta junio de 2020 — AS (@diarioas) September 18, 2014 Raphael Varane has put pen to paper and committed his future to Real Madrid. The club announced earlier today that the French international had signed a new deal lasting until June 30, 2020. Varane represented his […]
This summer Fabio Borini rejected moves away from Anfield to fight for his place in the Liverpool XI. The 23 year old Italian has played 19 minutes of competitive football thus far under Brendan Rodgers this season, coming off the bench in last weekend’s 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa. Mario Balotelli will start up […]
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Monaco won their mid-week clash against Bayer Leverkusen but this weekend we find out what it means. Is it the result to kickstart their season or just a small reprieve from second season syndrome? They currently dwindle in 19th place in Ligue 1 and Leonardo Jardim will know that his team are going into what […]
Arjen Robben is famed for his theatrics but the Dutchman sunk to new depths last night. Or tried to. Robben flung himself to the ground with such force against Manchester City that he’s lucky to not be buried in the Allianz Arena soil. The referee took no action, not responding to the penalty claim. He […]
Arsene Wenger gave an excellent Q&A today with Huawei, who recently agreed a commercial deal to become the official smartphone partner of Arsenal. The long-time Arsenal manager answered a number of interesting questions but listening to his biggest regret will leave some Arsenal fans with their head in their hands. Wenger admits he almost signed Real Madrid […]
Manchester City may have only lost to Bayern Munich after conceding a last minute goal but the performances of some of their players rubbed pundits up the wrong way, particularly Yaya Toure. As well as his less than influential role on the pitch, Toure’s post-match behaviour annoyed many. The Ivorian was ‘shooting the breeze’ with […]
Liverpool full back Jon Flanagan had an amazing breakthrough season last year. The 21 year old became first choice left back, making 26 appearances in Liverpool’s failed title charge. Alberto Moreno was signed this summer from Sevilla as competition and has made a strong start in Jon Flanagan’s absence. Known at Anfield as the ‘Red […]
Their senior side may have had no joy in Munich, but the Elite Development Squad at Manchester City picked apart Bayern in the UEFA Youth League. It started off close enough with City taking the lead through Jack Byrne. But then a moment of drama occurred when Bayern goalkeeper David Hundertmark was sent off for […]
New Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli will always be in the news one way or another, with it being reported yesterday that he donated a five figure sum to the Manchester Dogs’ Home. The £16m signing from AC Milan bagged his first goal this week and celebrated with his newly imported £240,000 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta from Italy. The […]
Manchester City’s goal was finally breached by Bayern Munich after a brilliant performance by Joe Hart. Man City were beaten 1-0 and Joe Hart spoke to the Sky Sports crew straight after the game. To his surprise, he was told that Roma had won 5-1 on their return to the Champions League. He responded by […]
Manchester City looked like holding on to an impressive 0-0 draw at Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena tonight. Joe Hart looked unbeatable but Man City were finally broken down by former blue Jerome Boateng. There was no muted celebration from the German star after a fantastic strike to beat the keeper. The best tweets on the Bayern […]
We've waited a while for a top quality performance from Draxler but boy he sure gave us one tonight. — Schalke UK news (@Schalke_UK) September 17, 2014 Julian Draxler was the stand out player for Schalke against Chelsea. The German side have been on a horrible run of form this season but bagged a creditable […]
89. Diving save from Hart to deny Jerome Boateng who tried his luck from distance. Take something special to beat Joe on tonight's form — Manchester City FC (@MCFC) September 17, 2014 Joe Hart had a terrific game for Manchester City at Bayern Munich, so you can hardly blame the Premier League champions for the […]
With four years left on his contract, Manchester United loaned Nani back to Portuguese side Sporting towards the end of the transfer window. The often frustrating winger has got off to a decent start in Portugal and tonight stole the show with a fantastic late goal against Maribor in Sporting’s Champions League opener. Whilst Manchester […]
We have seen this before from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and on his return to Amsterdam, the super Swedish striker once again looked to protect his nose from a free-kick. Lasse Schone turned the game on its head with a fine free-kick equaliser after Edinson Cavani’s opener. And, later on in the game, Schone had another set-piece […]
Oh and sign Reus! — John W. Henry (@John_W_Henry) September 17, 2014 It seems Liverpool owner John W Henry has finally snapped! At least in a social media way… For much of the summer, the Liverpool owner has been inundated with Tweets on almost everything he puts out on the social network, from fans demanding […]
Joining this summer from Barcelona, Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas scored his first goal for the club tonight. Fabregas broke Arsenal fans hearts when he joined rivals Chelsea for £30m this summer. To show how much he adores his new club, Fabregas put his hand on the Chelsea badge upon scoring. Aged 27, Fabregas has already […]
The Ajax support in the Amsterdam ArenA have pulled out some terrific banners for the visit of PSG in the Champions League. See: Ajax fans welcome back PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic with "Son of God" banner [Pictures]. And, the Ajax fans had a good dig at PSG, joking that “the only Paris we like made […]
Cesc Fabregas opened his Chelsea account against Schalke in the Champions League. Premier League leaders Chelsea grabbed a fine opener against the struggling Germans with Fabregas finishing from a beautiful reverse pass by Eden Hazard. But, it looked like a clear foul by Fabregas in the build-up. The picture above is pretty clear – should […]
Mario Balotelli has made a sizeable donation to Manchester Dogs Home. What a wonderful gesture — John Bradley (@JBcommentator) September 17, 2014 New Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli refuses to stay out the news. The enigmatic Italian last night scored his first goal in a Liverpool shirt and today it emerged that he made a ‘sizeable […]
Arsenal star Mathieu Debuchy injured his ankle in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City this weekend. Signed from £12m from Newcastle in the summer, Debuchy confirmed that there is no fracture but will certainly be out for a while. The Frenchman told Arsenal fans on Facebook that he’ll find out if he needs surgery on […]
Tonight Ajax play PSG for the fist time in their history, with PSG star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic returning to the club where he initially made his name. Ajax fans still seemingly worship the brilliantly arrogant Swede and are welcoming him back to Amsterdam with a special banner. The banner specially made for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return reads […]
32 year old striker Adebayo Akinfenwa is something of a cult figure among football fans. The man is an absolute tank and has gained popularity from the FIFA series and some insane bodybuilding. Now playing at AFC Wimbledon in League Two, Adebayo Akinfenwa bagged his first and second goals for the club in last night’s 3-0 win […]
Understandably, Liverpool fans were pretty excited by the prospect of Champions League football returning to Anfield after a five year absence. It wasn’t a vintage performance on the pitch, but the atmosphere in the stands was as consistent as ever, inspiring Liverpool to steal the spoils in dramatic fashion. A last gasp penalty was all […]
Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzuckic looks like he could be out for two weeks after breaking his nose in the game against Olympiacos, report AS. The forward was elbowed in the face by Kasami in that match, which the referee surprisingly didn’t deem worthy of a foul, and stayed on the pitch, scoring Atletico’s first […]
Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp is one of football’s most popular managers. He has a clear love of the game, setting his team out to play attractive attacking football, and is a master when it comes to the art of man-management, inspiring players to reach their maximum potential. As well as this, he’s arguably the […]