Month: December 2019

  • Video: Man United targets combine to lead ten-man Bayern Munich to dramatic late win

    first_img1 Manchester United retain an interest in signing Bayern Munich duo Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski before the end of the transfer window, according to recent reports.And the strike stars combined on Saturday as a ten-man Bayern Munich came back from an early blow to beat Hoffenheim 2-1 at the Rhein-Neckar Arena.Bayern had never lost to Hoffenheim in 14 previous meetings, but the underdogs had an early boost by taking the lead with the fastest goal in Bundesliga history – Kevin Volland scoring after just EIGHT seconds.Thomas Muller managed to pull the Germangiants level just before the break with a neat finish, and while Bayern were handed a further blow when defender Jerome Boateng was sent off with 20 minutes left, Lewandowski finished off a spectacular team move to net a 89th minute winner to spare the champions’ blushes.Manager Louis van Gaal is on the hunt for more firepower to support out-of-form captain Wayne Rooney, whose scoreless streak moves to nine United games following Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Newcastle – could the Germany or Poland internationals be the answer?Check out Muller and Lewandowski’s strikes below!Hoffenheim 1-1 Bayern Munich (Thomas Muller)Hoffenheim 1-2 Bayern Munich (Robert Lewandowski) Bayern Munich strikers Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski celebrate last_img read more

  • Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool future revealed, according to the people who really matter

    first_img Liverpool FC news: Brendan Rodgers is under pressure 1 Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat at Manchester United sent the Reds down to ninth in the table, eight points behind runaway leaders Manchester City.The 18-times champions may only be three points behind second-placed United and third-placed Arsenal, but the tame manner of Liverpool’s defeat didn’t bode well.Brendan Rodgers is under intense pressure to deliver good results this season, following the disappointment of last year and plenty of investment in the squad over the summer.CHECK OUT HOW LIVERPOOL’S PLAYERS RATED AT MAN UNITED – AGREE WITH THESE?But crushing back-to-back defeats to United and West Ham have set back his attempts to re-establish Liverpool as a top four team, after taking seven points from the first three Premier League games of the new campaign.So, we are asking whether you think the Reds’ owners should continue to back Rodgers or cut their losses and sack him?last_img read more

  • Manchester City post profit for first time since’s Sheikh Mansour takeover

    first_img Sheikh Mansour Manchester City have made a profit for the first time since the club’s takeover by Sheikh Mansour in 2008 – and despite what the chairman describes as a “below par” season on the pitch.City made a £10.7million profit in the 2014-15 season despite failing to win a trophy – figures which highlight how the club have been able to free themselves of any UEFA financial fair play sanctions.The club reported record revenues of £351.8million, up from £347million, but significantly have cut costs including reducing the wage bill for a second successive year. The wage bill is down to £193.5million compared to £205million a year before – Manchester United’s is £203million and Arsenal’s is £192.2million. The most recent figures for Chelsea’s wage bill are £192.7million for the 2013-14 seasonCity hailed the profit as an “historical step” but chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said the lack of silverware last season remained a cause for disappointment, a statement which may serve as something of a warning to manager Manuel Pellegrini.Khaldoon said: “The fact that we consider last season to be below par for Manchester City is a testament to how far we have come in the last seven years. This is a level of ambition that we should not shirk or shy away from.“It is right to have high expectations for this great club and the talented group of players chosen to represent it.“No team can expect to win every year, but competing to win in England’s domestic competitions and improving our performance in the UEFA Champions League are entirely reasonable goals for Manchester City.“The desire for silverware has always been a critical element of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed’s strategy for the reinvigoration of Manchester City FC both on and off the pitch.“To put things in their simplest terms, we are now a profitable business with no debt and no outstanding restrictions.”Chief executive Ferran Soriano said the opening of the City Football Academy last December was a significant step and the expansion of the Etihad Stadium to a 55,000 capacity would generate more income.He added: “The 2014-15 season marked a historical step in Manchester City’s journey.”City’s financial results show the club are now competing with neighbours Manchester United off the pitch as well as on it. Overall revenue is in the same ball-park (£351.8million compared to United’s £395million), the wage bill is similar but City do not have to pay anything in debt repayments. 1last_img read more

  • Jurgen Klopp era gathers momentum after Jordon Ibe’s first Liverpool goal

    first_img Jordon Ibe 1 Jordon Ibe’s first Liverpool goal proved enough to earn the Reds a first Europa League win of the season as they edged out Rubin Kazan 1-0 in Russia.In an encounter when Jurgen Klopp’s charges dominated proceedings from start to finish, James Milner rattled the crossbar inside the first five minutes.Liverpool were frustrated by some resolute Rubin defending but Ibe found the breakthrough seven minutes after half-time, surging forward and firing in off the far post.The Reds comfortably saw out the three points to leave them requiring one victory from their final two group games to progress to the knockout stages.Klopp’s arrival on Merseyside brought with it his characteristic ‘gegenpressing’ style, and the tactic was evident throughout as the Reds players relentlessly harassed their hosts when chasing possession.Milner very nearly crowned a fine start by the visitors, clipping the bar after being found brilliantly by Roberto Firmino.The Reds amassed a series of half chances without showing any real cutting edge, with Rubin goalkeeper Sergej Ryzhikov producing an excellent double save in first-half stoppage time to keep proceedings level.The second half started much the same until Ibe picked up Firmino’s clever pass, charging into space and emphatically driving into the far corner.Milner was the next to be denied by Ryzhikov soon after as the Reds pushed for another before Ibe suffered a similar fate following a swift counter attack.The Russian outfit briefly threatened to scupper proceedings in the final 10 minutes with a rare period of pressure but, in truth, rarely looked like finding a leveller.The result maintains Klopp’s unbeaten start to his Liverpool tenure, which now reads three wins and three draws from the German’s first six games, with the Reds unbeaten in 12 in all competitions, stetching back to the Brendan Rodgers era.In the other game in Group B FC Sion scored a late equaliser to draw 1-1 with Bordeaux in Switzerland.last_img read more

  • Chelsea target £30m Brazil ace, Bayern Munich to ‘fight’ for Man City-linked Guardiola, Man United reignite interest in PSG star – Paper review

    first_imgHere are the top transfer-related headlines in Saturday’s newspapers…Chelsea are ready to make a £30million bid for 25-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Alex Teixeira in January. (Daily Express) Brazilian Teixeira has revealed the reigning Premier League champions are now in “deep” talks to sign him. (The Sun) Bayern Munich are prepared to fight for Pep Guardiola amid reports the Spanish boss has agreed to join Manchester City next season. (Daily Mail) AC Milan’s 16-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, a reported target of Manchester United and Chelsea, is worth £119million, according to his agent Mino Raiola. (Mediaset Premium) United could resurrect a deal for Paris Saint-Germain forward Lucas Moura. Sir Alex Ferguson was close to signing the 23-year-old four years ago. (L’Equipe) Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis could leave the club in January, with Rosario Central interested in taking the Argentine back to his homeland. (Daily Mirror) Everton and Aston Villa are monitoring £15m-rated Burnley striker Andre Gray. The 24-year-old began the season at Brentford and has scored 11 goals this term. (Daily Mirror) Newcastle manager Steve McClaren says he will stand by Magpies captain Fabricio Coloccini, despite a training ground clash this week. (Newcastle Chronicle) Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, 25, says he is on course to make his comeback from his knee injury over the festive period. (Liverpool Echo) Salford City’s Gareth Seddon says his former team-mate Jamie Vardy has become a “working-class hero” and “a footballing version of Rocky”. (Daily Star) The FA are set to approach the Premier League to reduce the top flight from 20 clubs to 18. The governing body believes the change will give leading clubs more breathing space as they contest European honours and would also help England. (The Times) And here are the latest football headlines on talkSPORT.com…Exclusive – ‘Steve McClaren is the right man to save Newcastle’s season’, says former Magpies boss‘Nasty’ Jamie Vardy is similar to Ruud van Nistelrooy, says Manchester United boss Louis van GaalPep Guardiola skips Bayern Munich press conference amid reports of Manchester City agreementPellegrini says ‘every manager in the world would like Lionel Messi’, but refuses to discuss Man City transfer rumoursDaniel Sturridge latest: Liverpool striker must learn difference between ‘serious pain and what is only pain’, claims Jurgen KloppLouis van Gaal blames ‘lack of luck’ for Manchester United’s poor scoring formChelsea transfer report: Jose Mourinho eyeing shock swoop for former Blackburn striker‘Fantastic trainer’ Jack Grealish WILL bounce back, insists former Aston Villa coach Ray WilkinsPaul Pogba latest: Juventus midfielder will NOT move in January, says agent Mino Raiola Transfer rumours and paper review 1last_img read more

  • Bike run to benefit teenagers, homeless

    first_imgPASADENA – They’ll roar out of Glendale and onto San Fernando Road. From there, more than 200 motorcyclists will hop onto the northbound Glendale (2) Freeway, head east onto the Foothill (210) Freeway into Pasadena, exit on Del Mar Boulevard and roar up Fair Oaks Avenue to Pasadena’s Central Park. More than 200 members of the Blazers and Buffalo Soldiers motorcycle clubs are expected to take that route Sunday in the eighth annual Blanket Run, which provides blankets for the homeless and raises funds for teens in the Pasadena area. As in past years, the blankets will be donated to various homeless shelters in the Pasadena area, said Cathy Mabry, president of the state chapter of Blazer’s Motorcycle Club. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Cash proceeds will go to “Teen Futures/Baby, Let’s Wait,” a Pasadena nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to inspiring teens to defer parenthood. Mabry said the annual ride raises between $1,000 and $2,000. The riders will leave the Harley Davidson of Glendale dealership, 3717 San Fernando Road, at 10:30 a.m. and head for Pasadena. Rider sign-ins will be from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. “Our riders are 18 to 75 and come from as far away as San Bernardino, Victorville and Fresno,” said Mabry. Club members will be escorted by CHP motorcycle officers during the ride. The entry fee for the ride is $20, or $10 and a new, unwrapped twin-size or larger blanket. “Last year we collected about 150 blankets,” Mabry said. “It was enough to fill a trailer.” At Central Park, at Fair Oaks and Del Mar Boulevard, there will be music by Radio V100, a chicken lunch, raffles, and dogs and cats available for adoption from the Pasadena Humane Society. Riders of all styles of bikes are welcome to participate, Mabry said. Those who do not ride can go directly to the park on or after 11 a.m. and register there, she said. Mabry said the Blazers was established as a motorcycle club without racial or gender restrictions for the purpose of safe riding, camaraderie and participating in charitable events that benefit the less fortunate of the Pasadena area. For more information, call (626) 298-1155 or (626) 422-2938. emanuel.parker@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • Aston Villa’s Player of the Season vote should be CANCELLED, talkSPORT told

    first_imgFormer Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has urged the club to cancel plans for a Player of the Season vote as their relegation from the Premier League creeps ever closer.Reports this week have claimed the doomed club will risk the fury of supporters by asking them to vote for their best player of their worst ever top flight campaign.Aston Villa’s drop to the Championship will be confirmed this weekend if relegation rivals Norwich get a result against Sunderland.Fans reacted furiously to the claims on social media, and while Bosnich believes the insult was not intended, he insists it would be for the best if the club cancel any plans for a poll.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Australia international said: “I don’t think an insult that’s been meant, it’s obviously something that happens every season“But in view of how the season has gone and in view of the problems they’ve had with some of their players…“A lot of fans don’t think they’ve shown enough pride and don’t care enough, so I think the smart thing for Aston Villa to do would be to cancel that vote.” Aston Villa fans have vented their fury at the team throughout the season 1last_img read more

  • Spain winger blasts limited Euro 2016 role, claiming it is ‘not worth’ his time

    first_img1 Spain winger Pedro claims being asked to sit on the bench at Euro 2016 is ‘not worth’ his time.The 28-year-old has played less than 10 minutes so far in the tournament, coming on during the late stages of La Roja’s 1-0 win over the Czech Republic.Coach Vicente Del Bosque has showed a preference for the likes of Nolito and David Silva on the flanks – something which has upset the Chelsea forward.“I had different expectations when I first came here,” he said in an interview with Movistar, quoted in Marca.“It is difficult for me to play this role (as a substitute), and if there is no continuity it is not worth me turning up just to be part of the group.”The Chelsea forward, who joined the Blues from Barcelona last summer, is one of the most experienced players in the Spain squad, having won 58 caps and scored 17 goals since making his debut in May 2010.Del Bosque sees no reason to reprimand the winger following his comments, playing down any suggestions of an unsettled camp.“What he has said, he did not disrespect anyone,” Del Bosque told a UEFA media conference.“I think his conscience got the better of him a little bit and he just showed a reality of what the 12 players who are not playing all feel.“Pedro was a bit angry he is not playing, that is inevitable and can happen.“We try to get on well with everyone and for everybody to be happy and comfortable.“However, it is inevitable that in certain moments with those 12 players who are not playing there will be a bit of discrepancy, that is what happened and I don’t think there is anything more to it than that.“All the news here has been positive so when something negative comes out it is blown out proportion a bit, but I don’t think it will have a lot of repercussions.”Del Bosque added: “I don’t think we should be too hard on him, and in the 50-plus games he has been here with us, he has been a very correct player.” Pedro: The Chelsea winger has played less than ten minutes for Spain at Euro 2016 last_img read more

  • Arsenal transfer report – Roma hoping to extend Wojciech Szczesny loan stay

    first_img1 Wojciech Szczesny could remain in Italy for the forthcoming season Roma are not giving up hope of extending Wojciech Szczesny’s loan deal from Arsenal by another year.The Pole is set to return to north London after Euro 2016 having spent the whole of last season as the Italian club’s No.1.However, he faces a battle to displace Petr Cech between the sticks at the Emirates and has hinted previously that he would be happy to go back to Italy for another season-long stint.According to Tutto Mercato, Roma are now prepared to pay a larger chunk of Szczesny’s salary next season and will make contact with the Gunners next month.Arsenal still see Szczesny’s long-term future with them but Arsene Wenger has told the 26-year-old his chances would be limited if he opted to return to the club next season.last_img read more

  • Guardiola back to beat Mourinho to Premier League title in debut season – CORAL

    first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.With Jose Mourinho now in charge of Manchester United, Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, and Antonio Conte bossing Chelsea, the 2016/17 Premier League season promises to be a thrilling one.City are the the 9/4 favourites for the title given Guardiola’s record of success, while United have been backed into 7/2 thanks to the appointment of ‘proven Premier League winner’ Mourinho.Arsenal are next in the betting at 11/2, Conte’s Chelsea are 6/1, Tottenham are 7/1, Liverpool are 8/1 and reigning champions Leicester are 28/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more