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sevilla-europa-leagueLiverpool have been drawn against Turkish side Besiktas in the Europa League and will return to the stadium where they won the Champions League in 2005. Besiktas are playing their European matches at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium this season while their home ground is being renovated.

Everton will head to Bern in Switzerland to take on Young Boys while Tottenham face Fiorentina in the last 32.

In the historical glamor tie of the round, Celtic will play Inter Milan in a repeat of the 1967 European Cup final.

For the second consecutive year, Manchester City have been drawn against Barcelona in the Champions League last 16. The Spanish giants eliminated Manuel Pellegrini’s team at this stage last season, winning 4-1 on aggregate.

 

Manchester City director of football and former Barcelona player Txiki Begiristain told Sky Sports News:

“Every tie in that draw is the same. It’s fantastic, so we’re looking forward to it.
“We have plenty of confidence with the way we qualified beating Bayern Munich at home and Roma away, so the players will be working hard to get fit and arrive in confidence for those games.
“We have improved our squad from last season and we have some real quality up front.”

Stevie-GerrardAccording to a report in the Daily Mirror, England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been has added to the ‘discovery list’ of the New York Red Bulls, meaning that they will have first option on signing him if he moves to Major League Soccer.

Gerrard has been at the centre of much speculation about his future, as Brendan Rodgers has opted to leave him out of the Reds’ starting eleven in numerous occasions this season.

The Red Bulls have lost stars Thierry Henry and with the upstart New York City FC creating a big splash with the signings of David Villa and Frank Lampard, the Red Bulls need a big name or two to stay relevant in the New York market.

Jose Mourinho: Quickest Manager To 400 Points

mourinho-400-pointsWith Chelsea‘s victory over Hull City on Saturday Jose Mourinho has set a record by becoming the manager to reach 400 Barclays Premier League points in the fewest matches.

The 2-0 victory over Hull took Mourinho’s tally to 401 points, ensuring he broke the 400 barrier in just 174 Barclays Premier League matches, 17 fewer than his nearest rival, Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson reached 400 points after taking charge of 191 matches at Manchester United since the Barclays Premier League started in 1992/93, while Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Rafael Benitez, when at Liverpool, did so after 208 and 209 fixtures respectively.

John-HenryLiverpool have already tried to sack Brendan Rodgers on more than one occasion this season, according to Stan Collymore.

After getting knocked out of the Champions League in midweek, followed by Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to bitter rivals Manchester United, there has been speculation that Rodgers could be under pressure to keep his job if things do not improve in the new year.

But Collymore says that John Henry has already run out of patience with the Liverpool boss and has tried to fire him already this season.

Writing for Bleacher Report, Collymore said:

Liverpool Out Of Champions League

Brendan-RodgersTen-man Liverpool bowed out of the Champions League Tuesday after being held to a 1-1 draw by Basel. Fabian Frei fired the Swiss visitors into the lead after 25 minutes, stunning the subdued Reds, who never found their rhythm on a disappointing night at Anfield.

Lazar Markovic was sent off on the hour for throwing an arm at Behrang Safari, with Liverpool still trailing and looking increasingly desperate. Captain Steven Gerrard stepped up to fire home a curling free-kick to notch his 30th Champions League goal, but the talismanic midfielder could not complete another trademark rescue act.

Revs Protected List Contains A Few Surprises

Revs Eastern ChampionshipOnly 24 hours from playing in the MLS Cup, AJ Soares, Patrick Mullins and Andy Dorman saw the business side of Major League Soccer as they were all left unprotected for Wednesday’s expansion draft.

Each team can protect 11 players and the New England Revolution opted to protect:
Kevin Alston, Teal Bunbury, Charlie Davies, Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves (Int’l), Jermaine Jones, Daigo Kobayashi (Int’l), Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe, Bobby Shuttleworth and Chris Tierney. Scott Caldwell was automatically protected as a Homegrown contract.

mls-logo-useOrlando City SC and New York City FC fans will find out who is on their clubs squad on Wednesday when the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft takes place. Some of the big names available are Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC), Rais Mbolhi (Philadelphia Union) and Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls).

Success in New York and Orlando will depend on the depth of the each clubs roster and there are lots of proven MLS veterans available like Mauro Rosales (Vancouver), Kenny Cooper (Seattle), Jackson (Toronto), Dominic Oduro (Toronto), Mavell Wynne (Colorado), Jairo Arrieta (Columbus), Davy Arnaud (DC), Corey Ashe (Houston), Alan Gordon (LA), AJ Soares (New England), Peguy Luyindula (NY Red Bulls), Conor Casey (Philadelphia), and goalkeepers Jon Busch (San Jose), Troy Perkins (Montreal) and 2013 Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year Donovan Ricketts (Portland).

FA Cup Third Round Draw

Jack-Wilshere-FACupLast year’s finalists Arsenal and Hull will face a rematch in the third round of the FA Cup.

Among other key fixtures, Liverpool will travel to AFC Wimbledon, a team that’s only been in existence for 12 years. A previous incarnation of Wimbledon beat Liverpool in the 1988 cup final and Neal Ardley’s men will be hoping to do the same again at Kingsmeadow this time around.

In the repeat of another cup final, Sunderland host Leeds in a rematch of the 1973 final that Sunderland shockingly won 1-0.

A group of angry Arsenal fans waited for their team at Stoke-on-Trent station after Saturday’s defeat to confront manager Arsene Wenger.

The fans, upset after seeing their side concede three times during a woeful first half, positioned themselves on the platform as the players were boarding the train back to London.
When Wenger appeared, they began to boo, with one shouting ‘get out of my club’ and another adding ‘F*** off’.

Wenger is the most successful manager in the history of the north London club, having won three Premier League titles and five FA Cups.