Paris Saint-Germain failed to equal the record for their longest unbeaten run in france’s top flight as they suffered a shock 2-0 defeat away to Evian. With Lille winning on Tuesday, PSG;s gap at the top of Ligue 1 is down to only one point.
Youngster Clarck Nsikulu put Evian in front at the end of a counterattack with 15 minutes remaining in freezing Annecy, and on-loan Marseille winger Modou Sougou made sure of the win for the home side when he added another in the 87th minute. Read more... (308 words, 1 image, estimated 1:14 mins reading time)
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Arjen Robben was injured as Bayern Munich reached the German Cup quarter-finals while Inter Milan, Chievo Verona and Atalanta made the Coppa Italia last 16.
Bayern Munich are on path for another treble after beating Augsburg 2-0, while Bayer Leverkusen, VfL Wolfsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt all booked their places in the quarter-finals.
But it was a costly win for Pep Guardiola’s side as Arjen Robben leave the pitch on a stretcher after been sent tumbling by Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz. Robben as reportedly suffered a “deep cut” on his right knee and the full extent of the injury will only be known after a scan on Thursday. Read more... (327 words, 1 image, estimated 1:18 mins reading time)
Manchester United‘s poor domestic form hit another low on Wednesday after they lost 1-0 at home to Everton. With all the other title contenders winning, David Moyes’s side find themselves 12 points behind leaders Arsenal, a lead that I don’t think they can overcome. More worrying for Moyes has to be that United are five points behind Liverpool for the fourth Champions League place after Liverpool thumped Norwich 5-1.
Leighton Baines replacement, Bryan Oviedo scored for the second game running as Everton did something they had never managed under Moyes and that was win at Old Trafford. Read more... (386 words, 1 image, estimated 1:33 mins reading time)
A look ahead to next week’s s matchday six in the Champions League with eight places still up for grabs, and most of the group winners still undecided.
Manchester United FC (11pts) v Shakhtar Donetsk (8)
Real Sociedad (1) v Bayer Leverkusen (7)
Man United are through and will clinch first place with a draw at home against Shakhtar. Shakhtar will advance as group winners with a victory. If they draw, they will go through if Leverkusen do not win. If Shakhtar lose, they will only progress if Leverkusen are also defeated. Read more... (657 words, 1 image, estimated 2:38 mins reading time)
Today in Brazil, FIFA revealed what pot each team is in ahead of Friday’s World Cup draw. The expectation was that the four pots would look like this, with each group consisting of one team from each pot:
Pot 1: Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Switzerland, Uruguay.
Pot 2: Holland, Italy, England, Portugal, Greece, Bosnia, Croatia, Russia.
Pot 3: France, Chile, Ecuador, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Algeria, Ghana.
Pot 4: Japan, Australia, Iran, S Korea, Costa Rica, United States, Mexico, Honduras. Read more... (310 words, 1 image, estimated 1:14 mins reading time)
With the takeover of Inter Milan by D.C. United‘s part owner Erick Thohir it was only a matter of time before the two clubs announced some sort of “strategic partnership” between the two clubs. What struck me reading the press release was how benign this partnership is.
Here is the official release:
D.C. United and F.C. Internazionale Milano announced a collaborative agreement to form a strategic partnership. This partnership, which will include the sharing of team, organizational and competitive best practices, will be subject to relevant rules and regulations of the appropriate governing bodies. Read more... (344 words, 1 image, estimated 1:23 mins reading time)
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It appears that David Beckham has until the end of the month to out together his ownership package for his MLS franchise in Miami or risk seeing his franchise cost escalate.
When Beckham signed with the LA Galaxy in 2007, he negotiated a the option to become a team owner at a discounted rate of $25 million. But that bargain price comes with an expiration date that is fast approaching.
“Hopefully there will be an announcement before the new year,” Beckham said in an interview with Sky Sports in the UK. “We haven’t announced that it’s definitely going to be Miami yet but obviously I’ve been seen in Miami quite a few times. We’re getting the details right at the moment.” Read more... (197 words, 1 image, estimated 47 secs reading time)
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The US will play South Korea Republic on February 1 in Los Angeles, the first meeting between the two countries since their 2002 World Cup encounter in Daegu that ended 1-1.
The game will kick off the USA’s World Cup preparations and will come after a US training camp in January.
“As a team that has qualified for Brazil, the Korea Republic will be another great benchmark for us,” US coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. Read more... (170 words, 1 image, estimated 41 secs reading time)
Monaco‘s sporting director Vadim Vasilyev says that Radamel Falcao “won’t leave in January” despite persistent speculation linking him with a big money move to Chelsea or Real Madrid.
Falcao only joined Monaco in the summer from Atletico Madrid and Vasilyev told RMC:
“He’s very happy here. He feels really good in Monaco. Actually, we dined with him, his wife and the president a few days ago and he loves the club, the city. So there’s no problem and he won’t leave in January. That’s certain.”
The Colombian striker missed Monaco’s Ligue 1 win over Reims on Saturday, but Vasilyev said that was a precautionary move Read more... (273 words, 1 image, estimated 1:06 mins reading time)
Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has ruled out the possibility of Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan returning to the English Premier League on loan during the Major League Soccer off-season.
The pair have both had loan spells in England in recent years with Keane spending two months at Aston Villa at the start of 2012 while Donovan joined Everton on loan in 2010 and 2012.
The Toffees have again been linked with the United States international but Arena is adamant Donovan and Keane, along with defender Omar Gonzalez, are going nowhere. Arena told Galaxy’s All-Access podcast on LAGalaxy.com: Read more... (277 words, 1 image, estimated 1:06 mins reading time)