Solari making case for unproven managers
Santi Solari has quickly revived Real Madrid from an ugly start to the season, and he's not the first inexperienced manager to thrive on the big stage.
02/14/2019 - 11:18 PM
Rafael has no urge to play for Brazil again
Having secured two caps for the Selecao in 2012, Rafael admits he's not too bothered if he doesn't play for Brazil again.
02/15/2019 - 01:38 PM
Michael Gray- Grassroots
Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray talks us through his career in our grassroots series
02/15/2019 - 10:09 AM
Club San Martin's kit man recalls first thoughts on Emiliano Sala
Club San Martin de Progreso's kit man, Miguel Melgratti, recalled his first thoughts on striker Emiliano Sala.
02/16/2019 - 05:35 AM
I'm pleased to see Solskjaer doing so well - Zola
Gianfranco Zola said he's pleased that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing well at Man United ahead of Chelsea's FA Cup clash with the Red Devils.
02/15/2019 - 02:53 PM
Kovac admits no one is safe in Bayern's line up ahead of Liverpool clash
Niko Kovac admitted no one is guarenteed a place in Bayern Munich's starting line up to face Liverpool in the Champions League after their 3-2 victory over Augsburg.
02/16/2019 - 06:49 AM
Madrid's Bale faces possible 12-match ban for celebration
Gareth Bale could face a suspension of up to 12 matches because of a gesture he made toward fans during Real Madrid's 3-1 derby win at Atletico Madrid on Saturday. The 29-year-old Bale has been reported by La Liga to the Spanish Football Federation over his celebration after scoring Real Madrid's third goal. A statement on La Liga's official website says Bale "moves his right arm up towards his head in a signal of provocation towards the fans, creating a possibly obscene gesture by moving his other arm and striking halfway up his right arm."
02/14/2019 - 12:04 PM
Messi and Coutinho create Barcelona dilemma for Valverde
Barcelona will hope to reassert their authority in the title race on Saturday after a stuttering spell has given Real Madrid fresh hope in La Liga. When Ousmane Dembele injured his ankle in January, the door was open for Philippe Coutinho to make his mark at Barca. With Dembele now fit again, it remains to be seen whether the Brazilian starts on Saturday against Real Valladolid.
02/14/2019 - 08:58 PM
Valverde agrees to coach Barcelona for another season
Ernesto Valverde has agreed to stay on as Barcelona coach for at least one more season. The 55-year-old Valverde joined Barcelona from Athletic Bilbao in mid-2017 to replace Luis Enrique. The only stain on his record at Barcelona was a stunning 3-0 loss at Roma that eliminated it from the Champions League quarterfinals last season.
02/15/2019 - 05:21 AM
David Luiz: Everyone at Chelsea believes in Sarri - we still have an amazing future
David Luiz says that Maurizio Sarri has the backing of the Chelsea dressing room amid rumours of discontent after recent high-profile away defeats. The 31-year-old started in the 2-1 away win against Malmo in the Europa League on Thursday night, as the Blues got back to winning ways after a 6-0 drubbing away to Manchester City in the Premier League at the weekend. The defeat was Chelsea's worst in 28 years and added to growing concern that Sarri is not getting his footballing ideas across to his squad.
02/15/2019 - 06:00 AM
Trevor Sinclair- Skill Score
Trevor Sinclair takes part in his second Skill Score of the season, looking to beat his previous best, this time, in the new studio.
02/15/2019 - 10:16 AM
Bayern chose Klinsmann over Klopp - Hoeness
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness admitted that Jurgen Klopp almost worked with him at the club before they picked Jurgen Klinsmann, and says the Champions League clash with Liverpool will be a tough match.
02/15/2019 - 04:30 AM
Manchester United shrug off costly Mourinho sacking
Sacking Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho cost Manchester United £19.6 million, the English Premier League football club said on Thursday, though it still expects to meet its financial targets for the year. Mourinho departed in December after a run of dismal results, prompting the appointment of former United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager for the rest of the season. United said it had paid £19.6 million as compensation to Mourinho and some members of his coaching staff.
02/14/2019 - 09:48 AM
You can never write off teams in the FA Cup
Claire Rafferty believes that you can never write teams off in the FA Cup and explained that West Ham are a new entity in the Women's Super League and therefore can be inconsistent at times.
02/15/2019 - 09:20 AM
A change of management can make players feel comfortable
Claire Rafferty has said that a change of management like she experienced with England can be a good thing for a team. A new way of thinking can make players feel more comfortable and play to certain player's strengths.
02/15/2019 - 08:57 AM
Things Could Become Bleak for Manchester United After Loss to PSG
Ole Gunnar Solskjær suffered his first loss as Manchester United manager in the squad's 2-0 loss to PSG, and SI's Luis Miguel Echegaray shares why the rest of February may be equally as tough for the Red Devils.
02/14/2019 - 12:21 PM
'I am confident in the club'- Simeone on staying at Atletico
Diego Simeone claims his decision to stay on at Atletico Madrid is due to the confidence he has in his current set of players.
02/15/2019 - 06:52 PM
Koulibaly pleased with transfer interest, but happy at Napoli
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is pleased to be attracting interest from elsewhere, but he is happy at the Serie A club. Koulibaly, 27, is consistently linked with a move away from Napoli, where he arrived from Genk in 2014. The Senegal centre-back said he appreciated the interest from other clubs, but his motivation at Napoli is still high.
02/15/2019 - 09:13 PM
Arsenal heading in a 'frightening' direction as former Gunner brands them 'a selling club'
Arsenal have become “a selling club”, according to former academy graduate Steve Sidwell, with the ongoing Aaron Ramsey saga highlighting the “frightening” direction in which the club are heading. Having tasted Premier League title success on three occasions under Arsene Wenger, a move to Emirates Stadium in 2006 was intended to lift the club to even greater heights. Key men continue to slip through the net, with Juventus-bound Ramsey the latest to run down his contract, and Sidwell fears an alarming trend has been set in north London.
02/15/2019 - 09:03 AM
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed blow as Man Utd forwards Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard are sidelined for weeks
Manchester United have been dealt a crushing blow with Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard both ruled out for up to three weeks with muscle injuries. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now faces the prospect of being without two-thirds of his first choice attack for a crucial run of games in a serious setback to United's hopes of finishing in the top four, winning the FA Cup and overcoming a 2-0 deficit in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie against Paris St-Germain. As well as Monday's trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round, Lingard and Martial will miss the visit of Liverpool in the Premier League six days later and the game away to Crystal Palace the following Wednesday.
02/15/2019 - 10:24 AM
BMF - Chelsea vs Manchester United
A look at the key stats ahead of Chelsea's FA Cup clash with Manchester United on Monday.
02/15/2019 - 03:17 PM
Deontay Wilder questions Joshua vs Miller fight
Deontay Wilder has questioned Anthony Joshua's decision to take on Jarrell Miller in his first fight in the USA. The American has claimed that nobody in New York knows either Joshua or Miller, and questions will be raised as to why Joshua couldn't agree to fight Wilder.
02/15/2019 - 04:38 AM
Jim and Dave talk us though events of the past week
Jim and Dave talk us though events of the past week with Manchester City, Arsenal and specifically Mesut Ozil all on the agenda.
02/15/2019 - 09:45 AM
Infantino defends FIFA silence over Al-Araibi issue
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has defended his perceived lack of action during the case of refugee Bahraini football Hakeem Al-Araibi.
02/15/2019 - 11:37 PM
BATE Borisov takes 1st leg lead v. Arsenal
Dragun scores before halftime Gunners have 77 percent possession Both teams but three shots on target Lacazette sent off BATE Borisov stunned Arsenal with a 1-0 Europa League first leg win at Borisov Arena on Thursday, A free kick from Igor Stasevich was headed home by Stanislav Dragun in the 45th minute for the lone goal of the game. The second leg is Thursday at the Emirates Stadium. [ MORE: Full lineups, stats, box score ]
02/14/2019 - 03:27 PM
Solskjaer ready for Chelsea, recalling 1999 Man United
Monday is a big day for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United, and it isn't any smaller for Chelsea and its boss Maurizio Sarri. The Red Devils' FA Cup fifth round date at Stamford Bridge is a chance for Solskjaer's men not simply to bounce back from his first loss, a lopsided result at home against an injury-hit Paris Saint-Germain, but to batter an embattled rival. “In '99 we apparently beat them at Stamford Bridge to get to the final,” said Solskjaer, a member of that team.
02/15/2019 - 05:30 PM
Nothing is certain about my Juventus future, says Allegri
Massimiliano Allegri refused to offer any guarantees regarding his Juventus future on Thursday but stressed he is happy in Turin. Allegri's contract is set to expire in June 2020 and he has been linked with the top jobs at both Real Madrid and Manchester United - two clubs whose managerial situation for 2019-20 remains unclear. Juve's victory in the Supercoppa Italiana in January earned Allegri his 10th piece of silverware since taking charge in 2014 and he has won Serie A in each of his four campaigns at the helm.
02/14/2019 - 12:21 PM
Ligue 1: 5 things... Lille look to continue hotstreak in 2019
Lille's 15 points make them the top performaers of 2019 so far in Ligue 1 ahead of PSG and Lyon.
02/14/2019 - 01:18 PM
Zlatan tips former teams as favourites for title
Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes there's no clear favourite for this seasons UEFA Champions League title, but the Swede thinks each of his former clubs left in the competition stand a strong chance of winning.
02/14/2019 - 11:52 AM
Socialeyesed - Tributes for ex-Manchester United coach Eric Harrison
Take a look at how social media reacted to the news of ex-Manchester United coach Eric Harrison's passing at the age of 81.
02/14/2019 - 02:18 PM
Why Betis and Quique Setien will never change
"Bounce, Setien, bounce!" The chant went around Butarque and found its way to the Real Betis bench, where Quique Setien was not bouncing but was smiling, listening to the sound from the stands, knowing that he had lost this one. His team were 3-0 down at Leganes and the home fans were enjoying it. There was a Mexican wave and olés. There was extra enjoyment, an additional layer to all this which was revealed in another chant that roughly ran: "take that for possession." The team with arguably the most clearly defined identity in La Liga, the team with the manager most wedded to an ideal, and the manager most likely to say so, were getting beaten. Not just beaten: battered. The "puritans" had
02/15/2019 - 12:49 PM
Allegri unwilling to discuss future as contract nears expiration
Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri refused to be drawn on discussing his future with the Serie A giants with less than 18 months remaining on his current deal.
02/14/2019 - 04:25 PM
Luiz insists Chelsea stars still believe in Sarri
Chelsea defender David Luiz insists there has been no dressing room revolt against manager Maurizio Sarri's tactics despite a 6-0 mauling at Manchester City last weekend. Sarri has been criticised for refusing to adapt his style, even on the road against the best opponents. The Blues bounced back by beating Malmo 2-1 in the Europa League on Thursday, but tougher tests lie in wait with the visit of Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday followed by a reunion with City in the League Cup final on February 24.
02/15/2019 - 06:51 AM
Liverpool's Dejan Lovren hoping home comforts can help in race to get fit for Champions League match with Bayern
Dejan Lovren, the Liverpool centre- half, has turned to a Croatia specialist for advice on his damaged hamstring in an effort to be fit for next week's Champions League tie with Bayern Munich. Jurgen Klopp has revealed he is planning for Lovren not being available. Liverpool are already without Virgil van Dijk (suspended) and Joe Gomez (fractured leg).
02/14/2019 - 05:30 PM
Son shines again - reaction to Spurs' goalscorer
Son Heung-min was once again on top form as Tottenham beat Dortmund 3-0 in the Champions League, and the forward received plenty of praise from teammates.
02/14/2019 - 11:37 AM
How Real Madrid's Santiago Solari is making the case for the unproven manager
Suddenly, inexperienced managers seem to be thriving in unexpected places. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has turned Manchester United around from the death spiral it had hurtled into under Jose Mourinho. More impressively still, Santiago Solari has completely rectified Real Madrid's disastrous season.
02/14/2019 - 11:18 PM
Brandt admits Germany are in transition after World Cup woe
Germany attacker Julian Brandt admits his team will use 2019 to recover from their poor performances at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
02/14/2019 - 02:01 PM
Benzema's historic 60th Champions League goal
Karim Benzema scored his 60th UEFA Champions League goal as Real Madrid beat Ajax 2-1 in the first leg of their round of 16 tie.
02/14/2019 - 10:25 AM
Spalletti to meet with Icardi after Inter win
Luciano Spalletti plans to meet with discarded captain Mauro Icardi following Inter's 1-0 win at Rapid Vienna.
02/14/2019 - 08:52 PM
W-League grand final: time to rise above recent women's football furore
It's the premier fixture in the women's domestic football calendar, but a casual internet search would return scant details about this Saturday night's W-League final, amid the thousands of thunderous column inches and general vitriol engulfing the women's game right now. Since the shock decision nearly a month ago to sack Matildas coach Alen Stajcic, the timbre of conversation surrounding women's football has degenerated precariously. There is no question that this latest furore is one almost exclusively of Football Federation Australia's own making, with the governing body providing neither sufficient grounds to justify Stajcic's removal nor sufficient transparency for the wider public to place trust in the confidential processes that prompted the FFA board to arrive to such an outcome. None of which is the fault of the hardworking women of Sydney FC or Perth Glory's W-League teams (and their staffs, of all genders).
02/14/2019 - 12:00 PM
Match recap: Tijuana 3, Veracruz 0
Veracruz would go down a man before the tenth minute of the match, and it only got worse from there for the relegation-threatened Tiburones Rojos as Club Tijuana gets a convincing 3-0 win at Estadio Caliente. The match got off to a rough start for Tijuana, as they were forced to make a substitution in the fourth minute when Fabián Castillo picked up an injury when he was run into by Veracruz forward Colin Kazim-Richards. He would be replaced a minute later by Jesús Angulo. Castillo would be shown on the bench getting an ice pack on his upper thigh/groin area. In the 7th minute, Xolos would drive down the pitch and Ariel Nahuelpán would bull his way with the ball up to the goal and take a shot.
02/16/2019 - 12:00 AM
Man United legend 'would love to see' son play for club
Peter Schmeichel “would love to see” son Kasper play for Manchester United. Schmeichel, who would also love to see David Moyes still managing at Old Trafford, expressed concerns over his son's future at Leicester recently. “They've got good players,” he said of the Foxes. “They just don't have the manager who can get the best out of them. “Once they get everything sorted out, and I leave it to you to interpret what that means, you'll see Leicester maybe in fifth to eighth place, where they belong.” Schmeichel would take great pleasure in seeing his Premier League title-winning son following in his footsteps and joining the club. “I enjoy seeing Kasper playing for Leicester City,” he said. “I
02/14/2019 - 10:21 AM
Manchester City news: Pep Guardiola reveals why Riyad Mahrez hasn't been playing
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has apologised for Riyad Mahrez's lack of action. Mahrez, City's £60million record signing, has not started a Premier League game since the victory at Southampton on December 30. Guardiola insists the Algerian has done little wrong but the form of others - notably Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva - has simply prevented him getting into the side.
02/16/2019 - 04:13 AM
5 things... Lewandowski's hot streak against Augsburg
Robert Lewandowski has scored 18 goals in 13 matches against Augsburg, more than against any other team.
02/14/2019 - 01:02 PM
Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists Cristiano Ronaldo ducked 'challenge' by opting for Juventus transfer from Real Madrid last summer
Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists Cristiano Ronaldo took the easy option by ducking a “challenge” to join Juventus. The LA Galaxy striker believes the former Real Madrid superstar's decision was an easy one after leaving Real Madrid. The former Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain star considers a challenge to be joining a team and taking them far – which is arguably difficult to do given Juve have banked seven successive league titles.
02/15/2019 - 07:59 AM
Jailed Russian soccer player Mamaev nets 7 goals in prison game
MOSCOW — Pavel Mamaev probably never expected his highest-scoring game this season to be behind bars. The Russia national soccer team player, in custody awaiting trial over alleged assaults, scored seven goals in a six-a-side game Thursday to mark Valentine's Day at a pre-trial detention facility in Moscow. Playing on a snowy, fenced-off exercise yard against fellow detainees, Mamaev wore No. 17, the same number he usually wears for Russian league club Krasnodar. To even the odds for the other players, Mamaev played one half for each team. Mamaev and Russia teammate Alexander Kokorin were detained in October after being involved in brawls in Moscow and are awaiting trial on assault-related charges.
02/14/2019 - 10:43 AM
Ibrahimovic delighted Modric was rewarded for 'his year' with Ballon d'Or
Zlatan Ibrahimovic revealed his delight and slight surprise at seeing "complete" Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric handed multiple individual honours in 2018. Modric's former Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo had largely hogged the limelight at the Santiago Bernabeu in past seasons, but Modric was influential in the side's third consecutive Champions League and then inspired Croatia'srun to the World Cup final. The ex-Tottenham man's form saw him rewarded with the Golden Ball at Russia 2018, as well as the UEFA Men's Player of the Year.
02/14/2019 - 04:46 PM
Vertonghen and Foyth vital to Dortmund win - Sanchez
Davinson Sanchez hailed Tottenham teammates Jan Vertonghen and Juan Foyth after beating Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
02/14/2019 - 12:45 PM
Lyon warms up for Barca with 2-1 win over Guingamp in France
Lyon warmed up for its Champions League meeting with Barcelona by beating Guingamp 2-1 on Friday to strengthen its hold on third place in the French league. Goals from Martin Terrier and captain Nabil Fekir were enough for Lyon to move three points behind second-place Lille and six ahead of Saint-Etienne. Terrier, who had earlier had a goal ruled out for offside, scored with a fine finish on the rebound after Houssem Aouar tried his luck from distance in the 15th minute. Guingamp defender Felix Eboa Eboa equalizer minutes later, but Fekir restored the home side's lead in the 35th by controlling the ball on his chest and curling a shot inside the far post. Aouar went close late on, before Lyon
02/15/2019 - 05:33 AM
Galatasaray scores win over UEFA in finance monitoring case
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — In a legal setback for UEFA, Galatasaray has succeeded in blocking a further investigation into the club's compliance with financial monitoring rules. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has upheld Galatasaray's appeal against a UEFA panel trying to open a deeper investigation of an already settled case. It is unclear if Friday's ruling has significance for an appeal by Paris Saint-Germain in a similar case. UEFA investigators reached an agreement with Galatasaray in June for the club to be deducted 6 million euros ($6.8 million) in prize money, and limit its Champions League squad this season to 21 senior players instead of 25. Judges on UEFA's club finance panel
02/15/2019 - 09:28 AM
Manchester City's millionaire soccer stars are in for a culture shock this weekend
Reigning Premier League Champion Manchester City is ranked 82 places above Newport County. According to the website oddschecker, gamblers can receive odds as high as 100-to-1 for a Newport victory. English Premier League leaders Manchester City has a squad valued at over $1 billion and is still on course for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies this season, but this weekend it's faced with an unusual challenge.
02/15/2019 - 06:26 AM
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