City striker Carlos Tevez has been saved from going to jail but he was sentenced to perform 250 hours of community service after pleading guilty on Wednesday to 2 motoring offences. The Argentine has also been handed a six month driving ban and ordered to pay a fine 1145 pounds. He must do his community service within the next 12 months and his driving ban starts immediately.
Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has been reportedly targeted for 45 Million Pound bid by Real Madrid at the end of the season. The Argentine who has been missing from City’s current action to top the EPL following the break – up of his marriage to Diego Maradona’s daughter Giannina has been targeted by Madrid’s president Florentino Perez to boost his chances of getting re-elected as the President.
Ivory Coast international Yaya Toure is very much happy about his bright future at Manchester City. It seems that Toure’s following his boss’s footsteps by giving his 100% to Barclays Premier League and staying at Manchester City. Yaya Toure has recently cleared rumours of Yaya Toure going back to his old home Barcelona. Yaya Toure is enjoying his current club Manchester City and delighted that his boss Mancini has signed a five year deal on Tuesday.
Chelsea Football Club has finally brought closure to an intriguing transfer saga with the capture of promising Lille midfielder Eden Hazard, fending off competition from Manchester rivals United and City. The 21-year old Belgium has already agreed terms with the Londoners and has passed a medical as well. He is expected to join the Champions League winners after Euro 2012.
“He will join the club in July when the players return for pre-season training,” a Chelsea statement read.
Hazard said: “I’m delighted to finally arrive here, it’s a wonderful club and I can’t wait to get started.”
Well, they couldn’t have scripted this. Two of the most talked about fixtures during the close of 2011, both of which witnessed a cult accusation of racism – one solved and another yet to reach climax – will be replayed in the 4th round of the world’s oldest cup competition, the FA Cup. Manchester United’s clash against Liverpool at Anfield earlier this season saw Kop striker Luis Suarez racially abusing United captain Patrice Evra and subsequently being suspended for 8 games, along with a fine. Both the clubs will now face off in the next round of FA Cup, to be played over the weekend of 28 January 2012.
Another incidence of racism that struck Britain, and also the world of football, was Chelsea captain John Terry allegedly racially abusing Queen’s Park Rangers’ defender Anton Ferdinand. Ironically, the fixture will be replayed in the next round of FA Cup as well.
It’s funny how two captains – one a victim and another an accused – will have to lead their respective teams out onto the football pitch against the same team (respectively) who caused them significant trouble to end 2011 on an unpleasant note.
Anyway, here are all the fixtures of the 4th round of the FA Cup:
- Brighton or Wrexham v Newcastle
- Sunderland v Middlesbrough
- Dagenham & Redbridge or Millwall v Southampton
- Hull City v Crawley Town
- MK Dons or QPR v Chelsea
- West Brom v Norwich
- Blackpool v Sheffield Wednesday
- Arsenal or Leeds v Aston Villa
- Stevenage v Notts County
- Watford v Tottenham
- Liverpool v Manchester United
- Derby v Stoke
- Everton v Fulham
- Macclesfield or Bolton v Swansea
- Sheffield United v Birmingham or Wolves
- Nottingham Forest or Leicester v Swindon
Manchester United beat 10-men Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad stadium earlier during the day to progress from the 3rd round.
Everton vs Manchester United. Chelsea vs Arsenal. Can you ask for a better start to any weekend? Plenty of talking points, lots of thrilling moments and certainly a lot of goals to talk about today as an entertaining Saturday comes to an end. All the scores of today’s matches are after the break: Continue reading “Barclays Premier League: October 29 — Results Roundup”
The 24-year-old midfielder, who has spent three years with the Gunners, has been omitted from Arsenal’s squad which flies to Udinese this afternoon and instead will travel north for a medical.
The move will be subject to Nasri passing a medical and formal registration processes.
Nasri, who has been linked with City all summer, trained with Arsenal on Tuesday morning despite having told the manager Arsène Wenger that he did not want to be included in the squad to play Udinese on Wednesday.
The midfielder has since been given permission to travel to Manchester to undergo a medical and agree personal terms.
The move, believed to involve a fee of £22m, will mean a significant pay rise for the 24-year-old, who had previously rejected a new £90,000-a-week contract to stay at Arsenal.
The departure is another blow for Wenger, who signed Nasri in 2008 from Marseille for a fee of £15.8m. In July Wenger had insisted that he would not sell either Samir Nasri or Cesc Fabregas, both of whom have now gone. Wenger said: “Samir’s situation is clear for me. He stays. We are in a [financial] position where we can say ‘No’, and we will … Imagine the worst situation, that we lose Fábregas and Nasri; you cannot convince people that you are ambitious after that.”
Nasri’s move will put more pressure on Wenger to add signings to his squad, though one of his primary targets, Eden Hazard, is not for sale, according to his club Lille.
Lille general manager Frédéric Paquet told the BBC: “Eden will not be leaving this season. We are aware of interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe but we are not prepared to sell. He is very happy here, he understands our project and wants to stay for at least another year.”
Super Sunday on Match Day 2 of the English premier league saw 3 games being played between Bolton and Man City, Norwich and Stoke, and Wolves and Fulham. There were 3 different kind of results today, with a thrilling away win for City, a nail-biting draw between Norwich and Stoke, and a comfortable home win for Wolves. Here are the stats from the day’s action:
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“What game were you watching?” seems to be trending online after Manchester City’s website claimed that Mancini’s men had beaten arch rivals Manchester United 3-2 to win the Community Shield. The truth was exactly the opposite.
The Blues are clearly finding it difficult to come to terms with their defeat to bitter rivals Manchester United in the Community Shield as a last-gasp strike from Portuguese winger Nani completed a stunning comeback for the Old Trafford side as they sealed a 3-2 win in an entertaining encounter at the new Wembley.
But the official City website claimed it was the blue half of Manchester who triumphed.
Mancini’s men looked to be cruising at half time after goals from Joleon Lescott and Edin Dzeko put the Blues 2-0 ahead at half time. But United, who made 3 substitutions at the interval, came flying out of the traps after the break and goals from Chris Smalling and Nani brought them level. The game became more intense after that with both teams pressing for the win. With 4 minutes added on after normal time and 3 minutes already up, the game looked certain to head to penalties. But an error from City captain Vincent Company in the dying seconds gifted Nani the chance to win it and the Portuguese winger duly accepted.
The City website later corrected the result as Sir Alex Ferguson celebrated his side’s victory over United’s ‘noisy neighbors’.
A tiny village in the Gaeltacht is on cloud nine after Manchester United signed a local teenager for a three-year deal as a goalkeeper.
Joe Coll, who turned 16 last month, signed on the dotted line last Saturday with manager Alex Ferguson.
He has already appeared on Ireland under-age teams and is tipped to be the third goalkeeper from Donegal to be the number one choice for the senior national team after Packie Bonner and Shay Given.
Joe, who is six-foot-one-and-a-half-inches tall, heads off to Old Trafford on Sunday for a full medical.
Arrangements are being made to continue his schooling after he joins the club full-time on July 5.
But yesterday he was still at school at Pobalscoil Chloich Cheannfhaola, Falcarragh, where he is in fourth year.
Dad Tom, a FAS-scheme youth worker with Joe’s Glenea United team in the Donegal Youth League, said: “The whole area is very excited but young Joe still has his feet very much on the ground.”
Tom, a 49-year-old former striker, won an FAI Junior Cup medal in 1979.
Several UK clubs approached Joe in recent years after he was spotted by a Charlton scout playing in an under-13 competition in Limerick.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Wolves, Newcastle, Spurs, Manchester City and Celtic showed interest, but Alex Ferguson convinced him his future lay at United.
“He wished me good luck and success and he told me they were not signing me just for the sake of signing me but one day to become the number one at the club.”
Arsenal move up, Manchester United slide down. And no we are not referring to any league standings.
Arsenal have overtaken Chelsea in the ‘rich list’ of European clubs while Manchester United have dropped to third place.
The Deloitte Football Money League sees Real Madrid and Barcelona secure the top spots but mainly due to the continuing decline of the pound against the euro.
Real Madrid has topped the ‘rich list’ for the last five years but Barcelona’s unprecedented success last season where they won five trophies has seen them overtake Manchester United despite a 9% rise in income at Old Trafford.
Liverpool, who enjoyed an 11% revenue increase, rose a place to seventh above AC Milan. There are seven English sides in the top 20 in Europe – Tottenham are 15th, Manchester City 19th and Newcastle 20th.
The two Spanish giants have one significant advantage in revenue terms in that they negotiate their own individual television rights while the Premier League have a collective deal which is shared much more equally among all 20 clubs.
Deloitte Football Money League – 2008-09 revenue, (last year’s position in brackets):
1 (1) Real Madrid £341.9million
2 (3) Barcelona £311.7m
3 (2) Man Utd £278.5m
4 (4) Bayern Munich £246.6m
5 (6) Arsenal £224.0m
6 (5) Chelsea £206.4m
7 (8) Liverpool £184.8m
8 (11) Juventus £173.1m
9 (10) Internazionale £167.4m
10 (7) AC Milan £167.4m
11 (15) Hamburg £124.9m
12 (9) Roma £124.7m
13 (12) Lyon £118.9m
14 (16) Marseille £113.5m
15 (14) Tottenham £113.0m
16 (13) Schalke £106.0m
17 (n/a) Werder Bremen £97.7m
18 (20) B Dortmund £88.1m
19 (n/a) Man City £87.0m
20 (17) Newcastle £86.0m
Finally the time we all were waiting for arrived. It’s John Terry v/s Wayne Bridge as Chelsea took on Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. All eyes were on the duo as the teams made their way on to the pitch. It was the usual handshake time and Bridge was nearing Terry.
Well the moment came and went in a flash. Wayne Bridge refused to shake hands with John Terry.
As expected, everyone wanted to know what will happen. Even the ref was more interested than anything else.
As Bridge walked past Terry as if he wasn’t there, the Chelsea skipper could only look down, his eyes full of shame.
The match finally ended in favor of Wayne Bridge’s Manchester City 2-4 as the ‘noisy neighbors’ completed a famous double over the London club – their first since 1953.
Justice has been made many claim. So its Wayne Bridge 1-0 John Terry. What do you think?