Two of the most successive clubs in English football will meet in the FA Cup Final at Wembley on May 30. Holders Arsenal will be appearing in a record 19th FA Cup final, while Aston Villa have won it seven times, but the last time Villa fans celebrated an FA Cup win at Wembley was 58 years ago.
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Arsene Wenger would love to silence his critics by making history when holders Arsenal take on Aston Villa in the FA Cup final on Saturday. Read more...(852 words, estimated 3:24 mins reading time)
Despite winning the league in a canter this season, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says that he still needs to add some fresh faces to his squad ahead of next season.
Mourinho’s champions finished eight points ahead of last season’s winners Manchester City after leading the title race from start to finish, with the Portuguese tactician already turning his thoughts to his next challenges.
Speaking in Bangkok as Chelsea arrived for a postseason tour, Mourinho hinted that he would not look to make big changes to his squad and stressed that any new arrivals would not be signed to replace his current star names. Read more...(535 words, 1 image, estimated 2:08 mins reading time)
The 2015 International Champions Cup in North America has gotten a little tougher as Portuguese champions Benfica will replace FC Porto. The swap means that the ICC 2015 will now feature six domestic champions (Benfica, Chelsea, PSG, Barcelona, LA Galaxy and Club America).
Benfica will play the same schedule originally set for FC Porto, including a match against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, July 26. Read more...(754 words, 1 image, estimated 3:01 mins reading time)
We heard rumors for the last two seasons linking Manchester United with Benfica player Nicolas Gaitan. Well it looks like this transfer rumor is about to come true as Portuguese journalist Goncalo Lopes says that United have finally landed the winger.
The 27-year-old Gaitan has become a creative machine at Benfica over the past few years and offers superb threat down the left wing, and will improve Manchester United’s attack considerably. Read more...(284 words, 1 image, estimated 1:08 mins reading time)
Rafa Benitez today announced that he will leave Napoli at the end of the season after two disappointing years in charge. Benitez is expected to be unveiled as the new coach of Real Madrid next week after the Spanish giants fired Carlo Ancelotti on Monday.
Madrid-born Benitez spoke in a press conference alongside Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, and said:
‘My contract with Napoli was a two-year deal. A contract that will end on Sunday after the game against Lazio.
I want to thank the club, its president and the fans for what you have done for me. Read more...(297 words, 1 image, estimated 1:11 mins reading time)
Sevilla are champions of the Europa League for the second consecutive season after defeating Dnipro of Ukraine 3-2 in the final on Wednesday night.
A Carlos Bacca brace and a goal for Poland’s native son Grzegorz Krychowiak earned Sevilla their fourth UEFA Cup/Europa League crown. With this victory, Sevilla have also earned a coveted place in the group stage of next season’s Champions League, a new rule instituted by UEFA that went into place this season. That means that La Liga could have at five teams in the group stages next season for the first time. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and now Sevilla will all enter at the group stage, while Valencia will enter at the Champions League play-offs stage. Read more...(734 words, 1 image, estimated 2:56 mins reading time)
The Mexico national soccer team has added more US based friendlies as it prepares for this summer’s Gold Cup. El Tri will meet Costa Rica on June 27 in Orlando and also Honduras on July 1 in Houston.
After the Gold Cup, Mexico has lined up a blockbuster friendly against two-time FIFA World Cup Champions Argentina on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. This will be the first meeting between Mexico and Argentina since the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Read more...(793 words, 2 images, estimated 3:10 mins reading time)
The road to the 2018 World Cup begins this summer as they US hosts the Gold Cup. The importance of the Gold Cup to the USMNT cannot be overstated. The winner takes part in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, giving them a leg up of most other teams preparing for the World Cup.
The USA has been drawn in group A along with Panama, Haiti, and Honduras or French Guiana. The USA opens up the 2015 Gold Cup at Toyota Stadium, home of FC Dallas, on Tuesday, July 7 with a Group A doubleheader as the defending tournament champion USA will met the winner of the March playoff between Honduras and French Guiana following the match-up between Panama and Haiti. Group A will then move to Boston (Gillette Stadium, July 10) and conclude at Sporting Park in Kansas City (July 13). Read more...(295 words, 1 image, estimated 1:11 mins reading time)
Wenger confirmed Welbeck’s knee problem is likely to rule him out next weekend and could put a question mark over whether the striker will be fit for England‘s upcoming friendly against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin and the EURO 2016 qualifier away to Slovenia.
Asked if he thought the 24-year-old former Manchester United player could be fit for the final, Wenger said:
“Welbeck will be short because he has not practised yet.” Read more...(371 words, 1 image, estimated 1:29 mins reading time)