World champions Germany’s match-up with France and the Netherlands was perhaps the highlight as the draw for the League Phase of the inaugural UEFA Nations League was made on Tuesday.
The first round of matches for the 2018-19 season will start in September. The format sees four leagues of A, B, C and D, split into four groups of three or four teams, and will hopefully replace the meaningless international friendlies which dot the calendar.
The Nations League, which has promotion and relegation, is designed to allow teams to play against those who are similarly ranked and will offer some who do not qualify for Euro 2020 via the normal route a path to the play-offs. Read more... (297 words, 1 image, estimated 1:11 mins reading time)
Manchester United were sensationally drawn against the lowest-ranked team left in the FA Cup, Yeovil Town, for the fourth round of the FA Cup
The draw has pitted one of the most decorated side’s in English football against the League Two outfit.
The Glovers, who sit 63 league places behind 12-time Cup winners United, downed Bradford in the last round to make it into the draw and have reaped the rewards with a dream fixture against Jose Mourinho’s men.
Yeovil will welcome the English giants, who swept aside Derby in the last round, to the 9,665-capacity Huish Park at the end of the month. Read more... (382 words, 1 image, estimated 1:32 mins reading time)
Antonio Conte attacked the new VAR system for a “big, big mistake” in not awarding Chelsea a penalty during their extraordinary FA Cup third-round replay victory over Norwich City.
The Chelsea manager even said that the decision not to award a spot-kick in extra time, when Willian was challenged by Norwich’s Timm Klose, could only have been taken by someone who “was not a referee” – referring to the VAR official at the Premier League’s television compound near Heathrow. In fact the video official was referee Mike Jones. Read more... (516 words, 1 image, estimated 2:04 mins reading time)
It’s a story that we have all gotten tired of reading. Five time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is upset with Real Madrid and wants to rejoin Manchester United.
Unfortunately for Ronaldo, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez might be willing to let him go, and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is not interested in bringing the soon to be 33-year-old back to Old Trafford.
According to AS, Ronaldo is upset that Lionel Messi has signed a bumper new deal while Florentino Perez hasn’t kept him promise to to upgrade to his contract after Real’s 4-1 Champions League final win over Juventus back in May. Read more... (417 words, 1 image, estimated 1:40 mins reading time)
In a sign that Arsenal will be taking a different approach to transfers going forward, the Gunners are reportedly closing in on a deal for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is expected to move to Dortmund also.
Arsene Wenger has had reservations about the striker in the past which have been reflected in his recent indiscipline, but Wenger is not making the decisions anymore. That job has fallen to the Gunners new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, who came from Dortmund.
Mislintat believes that Aubameyang will respond to a change in environment and that he can provide the goals that will be lacking once Alexis Sanchez departs for Manchester. Read more... (282 words, 1 image, estimated 1:08 mins reading time)
Ryan Giggs is set to be named the new Wales manager on a four-year contract.
The Football Association of Wales has called a news conference for Monday afternoon in Cardiff, where the former Manchester United winger is expected to be unveiled.
Provided there is no late hitch, Giggs will be announced as the successor to Chris Coleman, who left for Sunderland in November.
Craig Bellamy, Osian Roberts and Mark Bowen were also interviewed.
The panel set up to conduct the search, led by FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford, is expected to put the finishing touches to the agreement on Monday morning. Read more... (264 words, 1 image, estimated 1:03 mins reading time)
Liverpool left Manchester City’s unbeaten Premier League record in tatters with a thrilling 4-3 win over the leaders.
Anfield has long provoked a sense of dread for City, who last won at the Merseyside ground in May 2003, and they collapsed under an unsustainable weight of individual errors as Liverpool ran amok after half-time.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain produced a midfield performance to thrill the Liverpool faithful in the wake of Philippe Coutinho’s departure to Barcelona and opened the scoring with an excellent ninth-minute opener on an afternoon of high-class finishing. Read more... (376 words, 1 image, estimated 1:30 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger says Arsenal made mistakes they should not have made as they went down 2-1 against relegation-threatened Bournemouth.
Despite Hector Bellerin putting the Gunners ahead in the second half, the Gunners squandered their advantage as Callum Wilson and Jordan Ibe netted twice in four minutes to turn things around for the home side.
Speaking to the BBC after the game, Wenger said he was frustrated by the collapse.
“We were 1-0 up and suddenly we lost two goals and we don’t know where they came from. It is very frustrating. Overall we have to look at it in a very objective and harsh way – we made mistakes we should not have made. Read more... (372 words, 1 image, estimated 1:29 mins reading time)
According to reports in Italy, Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether the deal to sell AC Milan to Chinese investors last year was inflated for money-laundering purposes.
Milan prosecutors reportedly want to know if the €740 million paid to Silvio Berlusconi to buy out the seven-time European champions was overvalued in a deliberate move to bring large sums of money into Italy from abroad, the newspaper said.
Italian prosecutors have denied that they have opened an investigation into the sale of Milan saying:
“As it stands no criminal proceedings have been opened regarding the sale of AC Milan,” said Francesco Greco, the chief prosecutor of the city of Milan. Read more... (417 words, 1 image, estimated 1:40 mins reading time)
Chelsea are on the midst of a mid-season slump after drawing 0-0 at home against Leicester on Saturday. The result meant that the Champions are winless in their last four matches in all competitions.
The result will do little to lift the air of siege that has settled around a manager who could do no wrong in his first season in west London. But Conte has been a restless, fretful discontented presence during this campaign and has allowed himself to become thoroughly rattled by Mourinho’s expertly aimed barbs. Read more... (486 words, 1 image, estimated 1:57 mins reading time)