Bayern Munich blitzed Olympiakos with three goals in the first 20 minutes to seal qualification – and keep Arsenal in the hunt.
Douglas Costa opened the floodgates in the eighth minute with a rocket shot before Robert Lewandowski’s 5th goal of the campaign – his 20th in all competitions – doubled Bayern’s lead. Four minutes later Arjen Robben set up Thomas Muller who made no mistake to put the result beyond doubt.
Bayern defender Holger Badstuber was sent off early in the second half but it did not stop the German champions, and Kingsley Coman added a fourth with 20 minutes to go to make it 4-0. Read more... (270 words, 1 image, estimated 1:05 mins reading time)
Incredible whining press conference from Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez on Monday, where he confirmed his support for Rafa Benítez which has been called into question after the team’s humbling defeat against Barcelona on Saturday.
As we all know, the squad has been under increasing pressure since January of this year”, he said. He also mentioned the numerous injuries the team has struggled with in the opening months of this season.
“The solution to this is Rafa Benitez. We signed him to turn things around. We think he is the right person. But we must let him work — not listen to those making up lies that board doesn’t want him, or the players don’t want him. Read more... (398 words, 1 image, estimated 1:36 mins reading time)
Chelsea have announced that they made a loss of £23.1m last season, despite winning the Premier League title.
According to the Blues annual financial results, the deficit kept them within Financial Fair Play (FFP) limits.
“It was a primary aim in the past financial year to be one of the clubs with a continuous record of meeting the regulations,” said chairman Bruce Buck.
Chelsea, who made a record £18.4m profit last year, announced revenues of £314.3m, marginally down on the previous year’s record of £319.8m. Chelsea put this down to their elimination from the Champions League in the first knockout round compared with a semi-final appearance in 2014. But that figure is still the second best in the club’s history – the Premier League champions turned over £255.8m in 2013. Read more... (326 words, 1 image, estimated 1:18 mins reading time)
Arsenal boss continues to take shots at Uefa over their blindness to doping in soccer, and the governing body has resorted to intimidation tactics to try and silence Arsene Wenger.
A week after Wenger criticisd UEFA’s complacency on drugs cheats, Arsenal get a visit from ten members of the organisation’s doping control unit the next.
Coincidence? Arsene Wenger couldn’t possibly say. But it might just be that he has ruffled a few feathers with his very public belief that football has its head in the sand over drugs. Just like athletics did. Read more... (549 words, 1 image, estimated 2:12 mins reading time)
A bad weekend got even worse for Arenal fans with the news from L’Équipe journalist Bruno Constant that Francis Coquelin is facing “most probably” at least 3 months on the sidelines after injuring his knee in the first-half against West Brom.
Coquelin went down in the loss to West Brom on a 50-50 challenge with Claudio Yacob, and manager Arsene Wenger said after the match
“it looks to be more severe with a knee problem.”
The midfielder reportedly left the Hawthornes on crutches after the loss and while we have not heard anything official from the Gunners, the number of rumours suggest a longer recovery period than a shorter one. Read more... (303 words, 1 image, estimated 1:13 mins reading time)
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has taken a page out of Real Madrid’s playback to openly tap up one of their players via the media.
After United’s win over Watford on Saturday, van Gaal reignite the Ronaldo to United rumors by saying:
“Ronaldo plays on the wings and he is fast and scores goals. There is no trainer in the world that doesn’t like him.
“Of course we are looking — but are looking at all players, not just Ronaldo. But these players are mostly ungettable.
“With Ronaldo, let’s wait and hope.” Read more... (398 words, 1 image, estimated 1:36 mins reading time)
These are troubled teams in Real Madrid. The appointment of Rafa Benítez was not met with approval by large sections of Real Madrid fans (and dressing room), upset with the firing of Carlo Ancelotti.
They have been waiting five and a half months for Rafa to fail and they got their opening after Saturday’s El Clasico where Real where humbled by bitter rivals Barcelona at hone.
The mouthpiece of the football club, Marca, wrote on Sunday that the firing of Benitez seems to be a foregone conclusion after the 4-0 hammering that Barcelona gave then on Saturday.
Marca writes: Read more... (406 words, 1 image, estimated 1:37 mins reading time)
In a brilliant opening 33 minutes, Liverpool’s high pressure overwhelmed Manchester City as Jurgen Klopps’s side jumped to an early 3-0 lead, on their way to a comfortable 4-1 defeat at the home of the Premier League leaders. That defeat, combined with Arsenal losing at West Brom allowed Leicester City to take over first place in the Premier League. a Read more... (480 words, 1 image, estimated 1:55 mins reading time)
The 10 venues have been announced for next summer’s Centennial Copa America that is scheduled to run from June 3 through June 26.
Those venues are:Boston (Gillette Stadium), Chicago (Soldier Field), Houston (NRG Stadium), Los Angeles (Rose Bowl), New York (MetLife Stadium), Orlando (Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium), Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field), Phoenix (University of Phoenix Stadium), San Francisco (Levi’s Stadium) and Seattle (Century Link Field).
The final is expected to be held in the Rose Bowl with one of the semi-finals taking place in New York at MetLife Stadium. Read more... (262 words, 1 image, estimated 1:03 mins reading time)
We now know all 24 teams that will compete in next summer’s 2016 Euro finals. What is left to be decided is which teams will face off against each other in the group stage in France?
The draw for the European Championships Saturday December 12 at 5pm GMT in Paris and Uefa has announced who who will be in each pot based on each country’s coefficient.
Somehow Wales, which were among the top seeds for the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw in July, are in pot four because UEFA’s coefficient don’t have them ranked highly. How is that possible? Cue the headlines that whoever draws Wales as being the “Group of Death”. Read more... (254 words, 1 image, estimated 1:01 mins reading time)