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Man Utd., News, Real Madrid

Man United And Real Madrid Are Most Popular Shirts

More proof that Manchester United and Real Madrid are the two biggest and most popular football teams in the world as a new report shows that these two clubs have sold more shirts than any other team over the past five years. Worldwide, the two clubs have sold on average 1.4 million shirts per season over the past five years.

United and Madrid are two of the three teams that have managed to surpass the one million mark between 2007-08 and 2011-12, with another Spanish side, Barcelona completing the top three with 1.15m shirts sold per year.

News, Premier League

West Ham Win Leaves QPR Rooted To Bottom Of The Table

Is it time to start the Mark Hughes firing watch? Despite spending a ton of money on new players this summer, QPR find themselves bottom of the league after West Ham beat them 2-1 win at Loftus Road on Monday.

Big Sam’s West Ham side are up to seventh after first-half goals from Matt Jarvis and Ricardo Vaz Te was enough put the Hammers firmly in control. QPR got one back through Adel Taarabt after the break, but the late dismissal of Mali midfielder Samba Diakite killed off Rangers, who have yet to win a game this season.

News, Premier League

Newcastle Give Alan Pardew An Eight Year Contract Extension

It was not that long ago that Toon Army were up in arms over Mike Ashley and the Cockney Mafia’s running of Newcastle United. But over the last couple of years Ashley has retreated to the background and let the football people run the club. No surprise then, that Newcastle’s fortunes have turned up since Ashley let go of the reins.

One of the decisions that Mike Ashley got right was hiring Alan Pardew, and Pardew and his staff have been rewarded for the teams performance with new eight-year contracts.

Man City, News, Premier League

Roberto Mancini Tells Other Managers to “Shut Up”

Another game and another argument between Roberto Mancini and another manager. The Manchester City managed has had touchline clashes with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as well as with Everton coach David Moyes and Mark Hughes when he was Fulham manager. Last night it was Paul Lambert’s turn to clash with Mancini.

The City boss was upset by a tackle from Villa’s Joe Bennett on City midfielder Gareth Barry, which led to his confrontation with Lambert.

“I asked the fourth official if there was a yellow card, without moving my hands, and he comes over to me,” Mancini said.


More Misery For Inter And AC Milan

It was another disappointing Sunday for AC Milan and Inter Milan as they both suffered defeats, while Lazio, Napoli and ampdoria all lost their 100% records.

Away against Udinese, Massimiliano Allegri’s Rossoneri suffered their third defeat in their four league games. Mathias Ranégie put Udinese ahead before Stephan El Shaarawy equalized before half-time. Milan then lost Cristián Zapata to a 66th-minute red card for bringing down Ranégie and Antonio Di Natale tucked in the resultant spot kick, before Milan ended with nine men following Kevin Prince-Boateng’s late sending-off. Heading into the match, the consensus in the Italian media was that Massimiliano Allegri had to win today in order to save his job. Will we see a managerial change in Milan this week?

Chelsea, News

John Terry Retires From International Football

Chelsea captain John Terry has announced that he will no longer play for England effective immediately. The decision comes just hours before the Football Association begins a disciplinary hearing into Terry’s alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand, a charge he was cleared of at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in July.

“I am today announcing my retirement from international football,” Terry said in a statement.

“I would like to thank the England managers who have selected me for my 78 caps.

“I have had great pleasure in sharing that honour with all the players that I’ve played with.


England Squeak Out Draw With Ukraine

The day after a parade of Team GB athletes drew over 1 million people into the streets of London, and Andy Murray ended Britain’s 76-year wait for a major singles tennis title, the England footballing stars threw some cold water on the euphoria that England sports fans were feeling.

A late penalty from Frank Lampard spared Roy Hodgson the ignominy of becoming the first England manager since Kevin Keegan to lose a World Cup game at Wembley.

The game could have been much easier for England if Tom Cleverly had converted any of his three first half chances or if Jermain Defoe’s goal had been allowed.


Uefa Withholds Prize Money As Financial Fair Play Rules Kick In

Europa League winners Atletico Madrid were among 23 clubs to have prize money withheld as UEFA announced the first sanctions under its financial fair play rules.

UEFA said the clubs, who also include Malaga and Sporting Lisbon were found to have “important” overdue payments to other teams, their own employees or social and tax authorities.

The withholding of prize money will remain in force until all the “overdue payables” identified by investigators have been paid or until a further decision by UEFA.

There were no clubs from the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Italy’s Serie A or France’s Ligue 1 among the clubs named.

News, Premier League

Dempsey Talks About His Transfer Saga

Clint Dempsey is training with his American team-mates ahead of the U.S. Men’s national team’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica.

Getting back on a soccer field has to be a relief for Dempsey, who was embroiled in one of the longest running transfer saga’s of the summer as he pushed to leave Fulham for a bigger club. Dempsey was portrayed as the bad guy in the media for wanting to leave Fulham and he took the time on Monday to finally tell his side of the story.

News, World Cup

Terry Back In England Squad For World Cup Qualifiers

John Terry has been included in Roy Hodgson’s 24-man England squad for September’s World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

Terry missed Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle on Saturday with a neck injury, but is in the squad, while Manchester United’s Ashley Young has been dropped.

With Wayne Rooney out due to injury Hodgson has called up Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge to bolster the England attack.

Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland and Norwich’s John Ruddy will be back-up to Manchester City’s Joe Hart, meaning there is no place for Queens Park Rangers’ Robert Green who has been poor so far this season for QPR.