Barclays Premier League: 23 October — Results Roundup

There were five matches played today in the premier league including a mouth-watering Manchester Derby, Arsenal’s clash against Stoke, and Chelsea’s visit to QPR among others. Here are all the results:

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Arsenal

Gervinho (27)
Van Persie (73, 82)

3-1
(HT 1-1)
Stoke

Crouch (34)

Bookings:

Whitehead (31)
Wilkinson (55)


Blackburn

Formica (28)

1-2
(HT 1-1)
Tottenham

Van der Vaart (15, 53)

Bookings:

Nzonzi (55)
Lowe (63)
Roberts (80)
Yakubu (90+2)

Bookings:

Rose (76)


Fulham

Ruiz (67)

1-3
(HT 0-1)
Everton

Drenthe (3)
Saha (90)
Rodwell (90+3)

Bookings:

Johnson (54)
Sidwell (73)
Baird (90+2)

Bookings:

Distin (50)


Man Utd

Fletcher (81)

1-6
(HT 0-1)
Man City

Balotelli (22, 60)
Aguero (69)
Dzeko (90, 90+3)
Silva (90+1)

Bookings:

Anderson (62)
Evra (67)
Smalling (79)
Welbeck (83)

Bookings:

Balotelli (24)
Kompany (41)
Richards (86)

Sent off:

Evans (47)


QPR

Helguson (pen 10)

1-0
(HT 1-0)
Chelsea

Bookings:

Derry (52)
Barton (59)

Bookings:

Mikel (50)
Lampard (52)
Ivanovic (58)
David Luiz (70)
Meireles (72)
Cole (76)
Terry (90)

Sent off:

Bosingwa (33)
Drogba (41)

Manchester City’s defeat of Manchester United wasn’t as shocking as the manner in which the game was won. 1-6 at Old Trafford will never be forgotten.

Updated Table:

Premier League table
Sunday, 23 October 2011 17:54 UK
P GD PTS
1 Man City 9 26 25
2 Man Utd 9 14 20
3 Chelsea 9 10 19
4 Newcastle 9 6 19

5 Tottenham 8 2 16

6 Liverpool 9 2 15
7 Arsenal 9 -3 13
8 Norwich 9 -1 12
9 Stoke 9 -4 12
10 QPR 9 -7 12
11 Aston Villa 9 0 11
12 West Brom 9 -2 11
13 Everton 8 -2 10
14 Sunderland 9 2 9
15 Swansea 9 -5 9
16 Wolves 9 -6 8
17 Fulham 9 -1 7

18 Bolton 9 -12 6
19 Wigan 9 -9 5
20 Blackburn 9 -10 5

Via BBC

Manchester United declared world’s most valuable team

With 11 Premier League titles, 11 FA Cups, 4 League Cups (Carling Cups), and 3 Champions League crowns already to their name, England’s most successful team, Manchester United, have been voted by Forbes as the most valuable team in the world. For the seventh year running.

Forbes ranked United on top of the pile for the seventh time in as many years, estimating its worth at 1.86 billion US dollars (£1.12 billion). Real Madrid came in second with £900 million and Arsenal third with £700 million.

Incidentally, the top 3 have all been the same during the last seven years!

German giants Bayern Munich jumped up to 4th in the list with the Catalans (Barcelona) dropping a place to 5th. AC Milan are the highest-placed Italian side on the list in sixth place, with Juventus in eighth and Inter Milan tenth.

Premier League sides Chelsea (£400 million) [seventh] and Liverpool (£332 million) [ninth] round up the top 10.

Beckham highest-paid player

England’s ex-Manchester United midfielder, David Beckham, continued to dominate the list of highest-paid players thanks to recent endorsement deals with Pepsi and Electronic Arts. His earnings last year were estimated at 40 million US dollars (£24 million).

Cristiano Ronaldo (£23 million) and Lionel Messi (£19 million) finished behind Becks at 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

The full lists will be published in Forbes magazine’s May 9 issue.

Manchester United now have 12 million Facebook Fans!!

Manchester United,one of the top football clubs in the world, now has 12 million fans on Facebook.

You can be a fan of Manchester United on facebook too. Just like the Manchester United Facebook Page.

Manchester United now have 12 million Facebook Fans!! Proud Moment for Manchester United, isn’t it?

UEFA Champions League Quarter Final draw announced: Chelsea to meet Man United, Spurs face Madrid

Manchester United and Chelsea will face each other in the Champions League quarter-finals after being drawn in a rematch of their 2008 European final.

Premier League leaders United, who beat the Blues on penalties in Moscow three years ago, will enjoy home advantage in the second leg against the defending English league champions.

Tottenham were handed a glamorous but daunting clash against Real Madrid. However, they will take on the Spanish giants at White Hart Lane in the second match.

Favourites Barcelona, who conquered Arsenal in the last round, were handed one of the two supposedly easier draws and will take on Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk while defending champions Inter Milan will face German side Schalke 04.

The semi-finals were also drawn today and the winner of the Chelsea-United clash will meet Inter or Schalke in the last four, with the winning English side at home second.

Should Spurs come through against Madrid, they will be at home first against Barca or Shakhtar.

While Chelsea are reigning champions in England, rivals United currently lead them by nine points in the Barclays Premier League and have history on their side in the competition.

The Blues have never won the Champions League, despite owner Roman Abramovich’s best efforts. The closest they came was in Russia in 2008 when United edged them over 120 minutes and penalties, having drawn 1-1 in normal time at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Spurs, winners against AC Milan in the last 16, face a tough task on paper against the record nine-time winners Real Madrid.

However, Jose Mourinho’s Spanish aristocrats have not picked up the trophy since 2002 and are regarded as some way short of their rivals Barca on current form.

The quarter-final first legs will be played on April 5 and 6 and the return matches the following week on April 12 and 13.

The semi-final first legs take place on April 26 and 27 with the second legs on May 3 and 4, with the final at Wembley on Saturday, May 28.

Should they beat Schalke, Inter would represent a tough test in the last four for Chelsea or United. While they are without Mourinho, who led them to glory in the tournament last season, they are back in form since Leonardo replaced Rafael Benitez recently.

Schalke this week sacked Felix Magath despite his significant achievement in guiding them to this stage, appointing former Hoffenheim boss Ralf Rangnick as his successor.

Shakhtar are perennial Champions League stalwarts and are not to be taken lightly, especially as favourites Barca have injury problems as well as a Spanish league title race and domestic cup final to contend with.

Former Inter, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Portugal star Luis Figo, now retired and an ambassador for Inter, was pleased to see the Italians paired with Schalke.

“It’s a good draw for us,” he told Eurosport. “We’re going to be playing Schalke, who are obviously going through a difficult time at the moment.

“But of course, all the teams in the quarter-finals are good teams and Schalke will be no different. But overall we’ve got to be happy and in terms of styles of play,.their game will suit us.

“We respect them of course, but we believe if we play to the best of our ability, we will win.”

UEFA Champions League Quarter-Finals Draw

  • Real Madrid vs Tottenham Hotspur
  • Chelsea vs Manchester United
  • Barcelona vs Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Inter Milan vs Schalke

Quarter-final fixture dates

  • First leg: 5/6 April 2011
  • Second Leg: 12/13 April 2011

Semi-finals Draw

  • Real Madrid/Tottenham Hotspur VS Barcelona/Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Chelsea/Manchester United VS Inter Milan/Schalke

Semi-final fixture dates

  • First leg: 26/27 April 2011
  • Second leg: 3/4 May 2011

UEFA Champions League Final date

  • 28 May 2011

FA Cup Quarter Final Draw announced: Manchester United vs Arsenal at hand

The draw for the quarter final of the FA Cup has just been announced. Here are the ties that will take place in March:

  • Stoke City vs West Ham United or Burnley
  • Manchester City or Aston Villa vs Everton or Reading
  • Birmingham City vs Fulham or Bolton Wanderers
  • Manchester United vs Leyton Orient or Arsenal

The matches are scheduled to be played during the weekend of March 12 and 13.

Sixth Round Proper Saturday 12 March 2011
Semi-Final Saturday 16 April & Sunday 17 April 2011
Final Saturday 14 May 2011

Arsenal’s 5th round tie against Leyton Orient is just about to start, and if they overcome that obstacle then we have a mouth watering clash between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford awaiting us. Ye we wanted both of them to meet in the final but still it will be a cracker of a game. Who’s your money on to lift the FA Cup?

BREAKING: Manchester United Veteran Gary Neville announces retirement with immediate effect

Veteran English right back, Gary Neville has announced his retirement from professional football with immediate effect. He will retire from football after 20 years playing at Manchester United.

Gary signed for United in July 1991 and was part of the famous Class of ’92 that won the FA Youth Cup in 1992. He then became a first-team regular alongside his teammates from that side, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, his brother Philip and David Beckham.

In his time at Old Trafford, Gary has played 602 games, scoring seven goals.  He has won the Champions League, eight Premier League trophies, three FA Cups, two League Cups, the Intercontinental Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.  He became United club captain in 2005.

Gary won 85 caps for England between 1995 and 2007, playing in two World Cups (1998 and 2006) and three European Championships (1996, 2000 and 2004).

Neville, who turns 36 this month, made the decision after much consideration. He said:

“I have been a Manchester United fan all my life and fulfilled every dream I’ve ever had. Obviously I am disappointed that my playing days are at an end, however it comes to us all, and it’s knowing when that time is and for me that time is now. I have played in the most incredible football teams, playing with some of the best players in the world as well as against them and I have been lucky to have been part of the team’s achievements and the club’s great success.

“There are so many people I want to thank and, of course, top of that list is Sir Alex. He has given me so many opportunities and countless support over the last 20 years – he is truly one of the greatest managers – and I have to thank him for that.

“There have also been so many great players that I have had the privilege to train and play alongside. The experiences we’ve shared will be with me for the rest of my life. Also, I’d like to thank all the coaches I have played under from youth level right through to now, who have guided me through my playing days. And finally, the fans, who have always shown me unbelievable support. They know how special they are to me and this club.

“I am looking forward to new experiences and the club will always be a part of my life going forward. However, the most important thing now is for the club to continue with the success that is synonymous with Manchester United and I will be supporting them all the way, as a fan.”

Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson said:

“Gary was the best English right back of his generation.  He is an example to any young professional; hard-working, loyal and intelligent. As a United fan born and bred, his fantastic career at Old Trafford has cemented his place in the affection of the club’s supporters everywhere.

“His impact on the club in general has been huge; his presence in the dressing room and leadership qualities have been an asset to me as a manager. All the young players who have sought his advice on many matters, particularly on contract issues owe him a great debt.

“As a young boy he had the will and determination to succeed as a footballer and that character remained with him throughout his career. That’s the legacy he leaves every young player at Manchester United.”

Reds chief executive David Gill said:

“Gary has been a great servant to the club and we thank him for his loyalty and his contribution to the tremendous success we have enjoyed in his playing time here. I know from my many dealings with him over the years that he’s always had the club’s best interests at heart. So, while this illustrious chapter in his career has finished, his experience, commitment and energy will ensure he will continue to play a part in the life of the club, whether on the coaching or the commercial side.”

Our best wishes are with Gary – a true servant of Manchester United!

Via ManUtd Official Website

Premier League: Ins and Outs

Enjoying the crazy deals? Here’s a quick club-wise breakdown of the ins and outs in the premier league:

Arsenal

Ins:

Ryo Miyaichi – From: N/A Cost: Found after trial at Arsenal

Outs:

Havard Nordtveit – Joined: Borussia Monchengladbach – Cost: undisclosed

Henri Lansbury – Joined: Norwich City – Cost: Extended Loan

Benik Afobe – Joined: Huddersfield Town – Cost: Extended Loan

Wellington – Joined: Levante – Cost: Loan

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas – Joined: Cardiff City – Cost: Loan

Mark Randall – Joined: Rotherham United – Cost: Extended Loan

Aaron Ramsey – Joined: Cardiff City – Cost: Loan

Craig Eastmond – Joined: Millwall – Cost: Loan

Birmingham City

Ins:

David Bentley – From: Tottenham Hotspur – Cost: Loan

Akwasi Asante – From: Haarlem’s youth academy – Cost: Free

Obafemi Martins – From: Rubin Kazan – Cost: Loan

Curtis Davies – From: Aston Villa – Cost: approx. 3.5 million

Outs:

James O’Shea – Joined: Port Vale – Cost: Loan

Michel – Joined: AEK Athens – Cost: Loan

Jake Jervis – Joined: Hereford – Cost: Loan

Blackburn Rovers

Ins:

Roque Santa Cruz – From: Manchester City – Cost: Loan

Jermaine Jones – From Schalke – Cost: Loan

Outs:

Jake Kean – Joined: Hartlepool United – Cost: Extended Loan

Alex Marrow – Joined: Crystal Palace – Cost: Undisclosed Fee

Amine Linganzi – Joined: Preston North End – Cost: Loan

Nick Blackman – Joined: Charlton Athletic – Cost: Loan

Alan Judge – Joined: Notts County – Cost: Undisclosed Fee

Pascal Chimbonda – Joined: QPR – Cost: Released

Aaron Doran – Joined: Inverness – Cost: Loan

Blackpool

Ins:

Salaheddine Sbai – From: Nimes – Cost: Loan

Outs:

Dekel Keinan – Joined: Cardiff City – Cost: Loan

Bolton Wanderers

Ins:

David Wheater – From: Middlesborough – Cost: Undisclosed Fee

Outs:

Riga Mustapha – Joined: N/A – Cost: Released

Chelsea

Ins:

Outs:

Daniel Philliskirk – Joined: Sheffield United – Cost: Loan

Michael Mancienne – Joined: Wolverhampton Wanderers – Cost: Extended Loan

Gael Kakuta – Joined: Fulham – Cost: Loan

Patrick van Aanholt – Joined: Leicester City – Cost: Loan

Everton

Ins:

Outs:

Kieran Agard – Joined: Peterborough – Cost: Loan

Yakubu – Joined: Leicester City – Cost: Loan

Steven Pienaar – Joined: Tottenham Hotspur – Cost: 3 million

Fulham

Ins:

Steve Sidwell – From: Aston Villa – Cost: Undisclosed Fee

Gael Kakuta – From: Chelsea – Cost: Loan

Outs:

Robert Milsom – Joined: Aberdeen – Cost: Loan

Fredrik Stoor – Joined: Valerenga – Cost: Free

David Elm – Joined: Elfsborg – Cost: Free

Liverpool

Ins:

Yusuf Mersin – From: Millwall – Cost: Undisclosed

Outs:

Nikola Saric – Joined: Vitesse Arnhem – Cost: Loan

Andras Simon – Joined: N/A Cost: Contract Terminated

Charles Itandje – Joined: Atromitos – Cost: Released

Nathan Eccelson – Joined: Charlton Athletic – Cost: Loan

Stephen Darby – Joined: Notts County – Cost: Loan

David Amoo – Joined: Milton Keynes Dons – Cost: Loan

Ryan Babel – Joined: Hoffenheim – Cost: 6 million approx.

Manchester City

Ins:

Gai Assulin – From: N/A – Cost: Free

Edin Dzeko – From: Wolfsburg – Cost: 27 million

Outs:

Ben Mee – Joined: Leicester City – Cost: Loan

Wayne Bridge – Joined: West Ham United – Cost: Loan

Abdisalam Ibrahim – Joined: Scunthorpe United – Cost: Loan

Roque Santa Cruz – Joined: Blackburn Rovers – Cost: Loan

Emmanuel Adebayor – Joined: Real Madrid – Cost: Loan

Manchester United

Ins:

Anders Lindegaard – From: Aalesunds FK. – Cost: 3.5 million

Outs:

Cameron Stewart – Joined: Hull City – Cost: Extended Loan

Ferderico Macheda – Joined: Sampdoria – Cost: Loan

James Chester – Joined: Hull City – Cost: 300k approx

Ben Amos – Joined: Oldham Athletic – Cost: Loan

Cory Evans – Joined: Hull City – Cost: Loan

Joe Dudgeon – Joined: Carlisle United – Cost: Loan

Danny Drinkwater – Joined: Watford – Cost: Loan

Newcastle United

Ins:

Hatem Ben Arfa – From: Olympique Marseille – Cost: Undisclosed Fee

Outs:

Ben Tozer – Joined: Northampton – Cost: Extended Loan

Tamas Kazar – Joined: Huddersfield Town – Cost: Loan

Wayne Routledge – Joined: QPR – Cost: Loan

Stoke City

Ins:

Jermaine Pennant – From: Real Zaragoza – Cost: 1.725 million

John Carew – From: Aston Villa – Cost: Loan

Outs:

Liam Lawrence – Joined: Portsmouth – Cost: Free

Ben Marshall – Joined: Carlisle United – Cost: Extended Loan

Sunderland

Ins:

Sulley Muntari – From: Inter Milan – Cost: Loan

Outs:

David Healy – Joined: Doncaster Rovers – Cost: Extended Loan

George McCartney – Joined: Leeds United – Cost: Extended Loan

Michael Kay – Joined: Tranmere Rovers – Cost: Loan

Liam Noble – Joined: Carlisle United – Cost: Extended Loan

Matt Kilgallon – Joined: Doncaster – Cost: Loan

Darren Bent – Joined: Aston Villa – Cost: 18 million

Trevor Carson – Joined: Lincoln City – Cost: Loan

David Healy – Joined: Rangers – Cost: Free

Tottenham Hotspur

Ins:

Bongani Khumalo – From: Supersport United – Cost: 1.5 million

Steven Pienaar – From: Tottenham Hotspur – Cost: 3 million

Outs:

Kyle Walker – Joined: Aston Villa – Cost: Loan

Kyle Naughton – Joined: Leicester City – Cost: Extended Loan

David Bentley – Joined: Birmingham City – Cost: Loan

Andros Townsend – Joined: Watford – Cost: Loan

Ryan Mason – Joined: Doncaster – Cost: Loan

Tommy Carroll – Joined: Leyton Orient – Cost: Loan

Jamie O’Hara – Joined: Wolves – Cost: Loan

Robbie Keane – Joined: West Ham United – Cost: Loan

West Bromwich Albion

Ins:

Outs:

Leon Barnett – Joined: Norwich City – Cost: Undisclosed

Chris Wood – Joined: Brighton and Hove Albion – Cost: Extended Loan

Luke Moore – Joined: Swansea – Cost: Undisclosed Fee

Joe Mattock – Joined: Sheffield United – Cost: Loan

Romaine Sawyers – Joined: Port Vale – Cost: Loan

Ishmael Miller – Joined: Queens Park Rangers – Cost: Loan

Reuben Reid – Joined: Oldham Athletic – Cost: Free Transfer

West Ham United

Ins:

Wayne Bridge – From: Manchester City – Cost: Loan

Demba Ba – From: Hoffenheim – Cost: Could rise up to 6 mill over time

Gary O’Neil – From: Middlesborough – Cost: Undisclosed Fee

Robbie Keane – From: Tottenham Hotspur – Cost: Loan

Outs:

Matt Fry – Joined: Charlton Athletic – Cost: Extended Loan

Valon Behrami – Joined: Fiorentina – Cost: Undisclosed Fee

Wigan Atheltic

Ins:

Adrian Lopez – From: Deportivo La Coruna – Cost: Free

Outs:

Mauro Boselli – Joined: Genoa – Cost: Loan

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Ins:

Michael Mancienne – From: Chelsea – Cost: Extended Loan

Adam Hammill – From: Barnsley – Cost: Approx 500k

Jamie O’Hara – From: Tottenham Hotspur – Cost: Loan

Outs:

John Dunleavy – Joined: Barnet – Cost: Loan

Greg Halford – Joined: Portsmouth – Cost: Extended Loan

Matt Hill – Joined: N/A – Cost: Contract Terminated

(Doesn’t include deadline day deals)

FA Cup 4th Round Draw Announced!

The draw for the fourth round of the world’s oldest competition, England’s FA Cup has been announced and these are the following fixtures that will take place:

  • Southampton vs Manchester United
  • Bolton Wanderers vs Wigan Athletic
  • Fulham vs Tottenham Hotspur
  • Aston Villa vs Blackburn Rovers
  • Everton vs Chelsea
  • Doncaster/Wolves vs Stoke City/Cardiff
  • Stevenage vs Reading
  • Birmingham City vs Coventry City
  • Leeds/Arsenal vs Huddersfield
  • West Ham United vs Nottingham Forest
  • Watford vs Brighton
  • Notts County vs Manchester City/Leicester City
  • Swansea vs Leyton Orient
  • Burnley vs Burton Albion
  • Torquay vs Crawley/Derby
  • Sheffield Wednesday vs Wycombe/Hereford

The matches are scheduled to be played during the weekend of January 29/30.

Premier League Saturday: Blackpool versus Manchester United game called off

Following ongoing discussions between the Premier League, Match Officials and Manchester United it was agreed match referee Peter Walton would inspect the Bloomfield Road playing surface on Friday afternoon.

After consulting with the groundsman and club officials the Northants based official travelled to the Fylde Coast and inspected the playing area at the stadium.

Mr Walton expressed concern that the severely affected areas of the playing surface would not thaw sufficiently for the game to be completed.

The Premier League and officials at Manchester United were kept fully updated with the ongoing situation at Bloomfield Road.

United supporters who purchased a ticket for the Blackpool match are advised that their ticket will be valid for the rearranged date.

**The picture above shows the original schedule. As mentioned above, the game will not take place on Saturday, 4th December, as previously scheduled**

Via ManUtd

Manchester United complete the signing of Danish international goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard

Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Aalesunds FK to sign Danish international goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard on a 3½ year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Personal terms have been agreed with the player, who passed a medical in Manchester. Anders will train with United during December, but will be ineligible to play until the transfer window opens in January 2011.

Sir Alex Ferguson said: “Anders is one of the brightest young keepers in the game.  The challenge at Manchester United is always to look to the future and in Anders, we have signed a goalkeeper of great presence and even more promise.  Having the time to train with him before he is registered will be an important period for him – almost like a pre season to get him integrated with the other players.”

Anders Lindegaard said: “Joining Manchester United is a dream come true for me.  The Club is such an institution in Denmark, it’s an honour to come here.  I’m looking forward to playing and training alongside some of the great players in football today.  I can’t wait to be part of this team and to make my contribution to keeping the team at the top of the game.”

Via ManUtd