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falcao2-mufcThe international break is something that most club managers frown upon, by the break seems to have came at the perfect time for Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao. Fallacy has struggled to make the impact many expected of him at Old Trafford after joining on a season-long loan from Monaco. But he says he will return to Manchester United with renewed confidence after scoring three times for Colombia in the last week. Those goals lifted him on to 24 goals from 56 appearances, which leaves him one goal behind Arnoldo Iguaran on his country’s all-time scoring chart.

The United striker told Sport 360:

Angel di Maria has had a torrid first season at Old Trafford but the Manchester United star might take some police that fans bought shirts bearing his name more than any other player in the Premier League this season. And it was not even close.

According to retailers Sports Direct, who sell Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Liverpool, United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Newcastle shirts, Di Maria’s is the name asked for by almost one in 10 of fans in stores.

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Copa del Rey Final To Be Played At Camp Nou

Copa Del ReyBarcelona‘s Camp Nou stadium has been chosen to host the final of the Copa del Rey between Barcelona and Athletic de Bilbao on 30th May.

The Camp Nou was a compromise location as both clubs wanted to play the final at Real Madrid‘s Santiago Bernabéu stadium. But Real Madrid were not in favor of seeing the stadium covered in Basque and Catalan flags so they never offered the stadium as an option.

The Camp Nou was then chosen ahead of Bilbao’s San Mamés as well as the stadiums in Sevilla and Valencia, due to the fact that its the biggest Spanish ground with the capacity to hold 98,787 spectators.

MLS Team Of Week: What Two Revs Made It

A look at the whoscored.com MLS Team of the Week shows that for the first time, two New England Revolution players made the Best X1 as Chris Tierney and Kelyn Rowe impressed in the Revs win over the San Jose Earthquakes at the weekend.

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With his two goals I thought that Rowe had a chance for Player of the Week honors, but his performance was only the second best performance of week four as Sporting Kansas defender Ike Opara had an even better day in SKC‘s 1-0 win over New York City FC.

Raheem-SterlingThe Raheem Sterling contact saga has taken another turn with the England international informing Liverpool that he will not discuss a new contract until the end of the season.

Sterling’s contract runs out at the end of next season and it is boggling to me that Liverpool have let the situation get this far. If Liverpool cannot reach an agreement with Sterling, they will be forced to sell him his summer, or risk seeing him walk for free in 2016

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has repeatedly said that Sterling was close to signing a new deal, and recently said that Anfield would be the best place for the 20-year-old to further his career:

Scotland Thrash Gibraltar 6-1

As a Scotland fan, the opportunity to include the words “Scotland Thrash” anyone are few and far between. But the Scottish national side, under Gordon Strachan is on track to reach the finals of a major tournament for the first time since the 1998 World Cup after beating Gibraltar 6-1 on Sunday.

Shaun Maloney’s 18th minute penalty put the hosts ahead, before the Gibraltar provided a moment of sporting history when Lee Casciaro drilled an angled strike into the bottom corner. That was Gibraltar’s first ever goal in a competitive match and for a minute, Scottish fans around the world thought, here we go again.

San Jose Earthquakes coach Dominic Kinnear after his sides 2-1 defeat to the New England Revolution.

roweThe New England beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 in front of 10,688 fans on a cold and damp afternoon at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.

Revs headed into the San Jose game with only one point on the season, and that came in last weekend’s 0-0 draw with the Montreal Impact.

Heading into the game my three keys from a New England Revolution perspective were:

  1. How solid will the defense be with Jose Goncalves back in the line-up?
  2. Revs were very narrow against Montreal. Can they play with more width against San Jose?

mateo-kovacicThe stories linking future Inter Milan star Mateo Kovacic with a move away from the San Siro will not go away, with the most recent version suggesting that Inter will use the €30m from the Kovacic sale to buy Yaya Toure from Manchester City whom Coach Roberto Mancini has repeatedly asked for.

If Inter do this they are out of their mind. Did the Nerazzurri learn nothing from prematurely giving up on
Philippe Coutinho, who has blossomed into a true star at Liverpool? All the signs were there that Coutinho could be a special player when he played at Inter, but the club did not have the patience to see him develop and now Liverpool have a 22-year-old potential superstar on their hands.

iker-casillasAccording to ESPNFC, Real Madrid have taken the first steps in moves that will see goalkeeper Iker Casillas leave the club this summer after 18 years.

According to reports, Casillas’s representatives have already started discussions about the financial package he would receive on leaving the Bernabeu.

ESPN quotes sources in Spain say two things right now are certain:

“The mood around Real is very much that Casillas will leave this summer” — and that the European champions want De Gea as his direct replacement this summer.”