Liverpool were unfortunate not to emerge victorious from last week’s first leg at Anfield, drawing 1-1, and they will scent blood after Chelsea were bundled out of the FA Cup by third-tier Bradford City on Saturday. Liverpool’s own FA Cup tie did not go quite according to plan, a 0-0 draw with Championship side Bolton Wanderers leaving them with an unwanted replay, but they were at least spared the embarrassment that befell Chelsea.
Lionel Messi and Argentina are heading back to the U.S. next month for two games. The first will be at FedEx Field in Washington on March 27 when they will take on South American rivals El Salvador. Buy Argentina v El Salvador Tickets.
Then four days later Argentina will return to MetLife Stadium on March 31, where they will face Ecuador. Buy Argentina v Ecuador Tickets
Since these games fall on an official FIFA international break, I expect that we will see a very strong Argentina side as they start preparations for this summer’s Copa America. That means Messi, Higuain, Di Maria and Aguero are all expected to be available.
“I have no problem of saying that I would like to play in the U.S.,” Casillas told The Wall Street Journal, although he didn’t indicate any timetable for his departure. “This has been a tough past year and a half, but it has made me tougher mentally.”
The 33-year=old Casillas is under contract at Real under 2017 and he has openly signalled his intentions to not look for a new deal at the Bernabeu, and said MLS is the perfect option because he
FIFA has confirmed that it is investigating Real Madrid for alleged irregularities in signing minors. This is the same issue that resulted in Real’s bitter rivals Barcelona being handed a transfer embargo on the club signing any new players until 1st January 2016 due to irregularities in signing and registering players under the age of 18 between 2009 and 2013.
“FIFA is currently gathering information and documents to be able to correctly evaluate this matter”, a spokesperson for football’s governing body told the German press agency dpa.
“For the moment no formal disciplinary proceedings have been opened. We are unable to provide any further information at this time”, the spokesperson said.
When Cristiano Ronaldo was sent-off on Saturday the common belief was that the Real Madrid star would get a three match ban for violent conduct, which would see him miss the upcoming games against Real Sociedad, Sevilla and Atlético
Ronaldo completely lost the plot on Saturday against Córdoba when with the score level at 1-1 he kicked out at Edimar in an off-the-ball incident and earned a straight red card.
La Liga‘s Competition Committee meets on Wednesday and will decide the sanction, which is expected to be a ban of between one and four games, according to AS.
It’s 2011 all over again as both Barcelona and Manchester United will tour the USA this summer. You might remember that the two clubs enjoyed massively successful tours in 2011, that was topped off with the two clubs meeting in Washington DC, less than three months after meeting in the Champions League final at Wembley.
FC Barcelona made their tour announcement a via their official website, telling fans to keep an eye out for official dates, which are yet to be released:
Middlesbrough will look to continue their giant-killing FA Cup run when they travel to face holders Arsenal in the fifth round. The Championship side’s reward for stunning Manchester City at the Etihad last weekend will be a trip to the Emirates to play the defending cup holders.
Manchester United face another trip to a lower-tier opponent in the FA Cup fifth round, if they survive a replay against Cambridge at Old Trafford next week. After a goalless result at League Two Cambridge on Friday, United were again drawn into an away tie against lesser opposition and will travel to play a League One team in the fifth round, Preston or Sheffield United.
David De Gea’s contract negotiations with Manchester United just took as bad turn as hi agent Jorge Mendes refused to commit the United goalkeeper to United beyond his current contract, which runs out in 18 months.
“David is amazing, he’s brilliant,” Mendes told Marca, when asked if he could envision the 24-year-old donning a Real Madrid shirt in the future. “He’s a Man United player and has a contract there. You have to respect that but things change every five minutes.”
Barcelona have been forced to defend club-record signing Luis Suarez after the former Liverpool man put on another disappointing performance against Atletico Madrid in the Coppa del Rey on Wednesday night.
Barca‘s record £75mm summer signing from Liverpool has looked a shadow of the player who terrorized Premier League defense the last two season and he scored only five goals in 16 appearances with Barca. Against Atleti, Suarez looked off the pace and missed a sitter from six yards out after being played in by Ivan Rakitic.
Deloitte have released their 2014 Football Money League standings and while Real Madrid maintain their hold on first place, Manchester United have leapfrogged Bayern Munich and Barcelona and moved into second place after their revenues rose to £433.2m from £363.2m.
United’s rise is down to its rapid commercial growth, and with more deals announced this year they are expected to go from strength to strength despite the debt that remains from the 2005 Glazer takeover.