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.” Read more... (354 words, 1 image, estimated 1:25 mins reading time)
Tonight the FA Cup fourth round gets underway as the Galactico’s of Manchester United travel to fourth-division Cambridge United. United, who beat third-tier Yeovil Town in the third round, sit 76 places above Cambridge in the English league system, but their manager Louis van Gaal has braced his players for a searching physical examination at the 8,100-capacity Abbey Stadium in eastern England.
While the last of United’s 11 FA Cup triumphs came in 2004, Chelsea are looking to win the cup for a fifth time in nine years ahead of their home game with third-tier Bradford City on Saturday. Jose Mourinho’s side remain in contention for four trophies after drawing 1-1 at Liverpool in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Tuesday. Read more... (372 words, 1 image, estimated 1:29 mins reading time)
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. Read more... (188 words, 1 image, estimated 45 secs reading time)
The second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge next week got a little tastier as news broke that Diego Costa was involved in an angry tunnel bust-up with Jordan Henderson after Tuesday night’s game.
The pair reportedly pushed and shoved each other, before they were separated by a Liverpool member of staff. Henderson and Costa also shouted at one another, but no punches were thrown. Read more... (230 words, 1 image, estimated 55 secs reading time)
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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. Read more... (443 words, 1 image, estimated 1:46 mins reading time)
A late goal from Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a slim 1-0 lead over Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final on Wednesday.
It looked like the tie would end scoreless when in the 85th minute, Juanfran was judged to have fouled Sergio Busquets in the box. Messi’s spot kick was brilliantly saved by Jan Oblak, but Messi slammed the rebound home. Read more... (491 words, 1 image, estimated 1:58 mins reading time)
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Inter Milan‘s winter signings Xherdan Shaqiri and Lukas Podolski have paid immediate dividends as they combined to help fire the Nerazzurri into the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia on Wednesday night.
Shaqiri, making his first start since leaving Bayern Munich earlier this month, swept up Arsenal loanee Podolski’s pass to open the scoring in the 71st minute of play at San Siro. Mauro Icardi had earlier seen his penalty kick saved by Sergio Romero but beat him in the 87th minute to confirm Inter‘s progress towards a meeting with either Napoli or Udinese. Read more... (401 words, 1 image, estimated 1:36 mins reading time)
The MLS All-Star Game is headed back to the Mile High City. Major League Soccer announced on Wednesday that Denver will serve as the host city for the league’s annual summer showcase, which will take place at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City on Wednesday, July 29
Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni, who played for the MLS All-Star team when Denver last hosted the event in 2007, will serve as the head coach of the All-Stars against an elite international club to be named at a later date. Read more... (299 words, 1 image, estimated 1:12 mins reading time)
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The Mexico national soccer team has added to more US based friendlies as it prepares for this summer’s Gold Cup.
El Tri will meet Ecuador at the Los Angeles Coliseum in March 28, then play Paraguay three days later at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The games are within the international fixture period on FIFA’s calendar, which means that the Mexican stars that play overseas should be available.
Mexico also is scheduled to play the U.S. at San Antonio on April 15, which is not a FIFA date. Read more... (463 words, 2 images, estimated 1:51 mins reading time)
Remember last summer when new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal complained about United’s USA preseason tour and how they were traveling too much? Well wait until LVG sees the plans for next summer as it looks United are heading the USA in May before heading to Asia for a lucrative pre-season tour.
Not being in the Champions League cost United around £50 million and the Glazers and Ed Woodward are determined to make back that revenue however they can. Read more... (318 words, 1 image, estimated 1:16 mins reading time)