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Wedding means fan misses first home match for 37 years

LONDON, England  ●   Wolverhampton Wanderers fan Peter Abbott will miss his first home match for 37 years on Saturday when he abandons the delights of Molyneux to be at his stepdaughter’s Continue Reading→

InDepth

Does Arsenal offer Champions League value?

Picture Matt and Kim Rudge  LONDON, England  ●  Anyone looking for a value bet on the Champions League winner could do worse than have a close look at Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal. If you only look at the bookies’ market, you’d think that the Gunners weren’t doing too well this season. The odds suggest that Arsenal don’t have a hope of progressing over two legs against the Champions League holders Bayern Munich, who are favourites to win overall. And even loyal Gunners’ fans Continue Reading→

World Cup

World Cup stadium test match postponed in Brazil

SAO PAULO, Brazil  ●  The first test match at a World Cup stadium in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre will not be played this weekend because infrastructure work outside the venue has not been completed. The Beira-Rio is not expected to be fully completed until late February, but local club Internacional was set to host matches with limited attendance beginning on Sunday. The matches would serve as test events as the stadium prepares to host five World Cup games in June. The decision not to play at the Beira-Rio was made because of all the infrastructure work outside the Continue Reading→

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Timbers sign Argentina players

Timbers sign Argentina players

PORTLAND, Ore. ●   The Portland Timbers have signed striker Gaston Fernandez and center back Norberto Paparatto, both of Argentina. The Timbers on Wednesday also loaned Columbian forward Jose…

Champions League

Easy victory Bayern

Easy victory Bayern

MUNICH, Germany   ●    A double by Franck Ribery inspired Champions League holders Bayern Munich to a predictably easy…

Man United closing in on next round

Man United closing in on next round

MANCHESTER, England   ●   Manchester United ground out a tight 1-0 win over Real Sociedad at Old Trafford on…

Ronaldo and Real unstoppable

Ronaldo and Real unstoppable

MADRID, Spain   ●    Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid all but secured their place in the Champions…

City back on track

City back on track

MOSCOW, Russia   ●    Manchester City got their Champions League bid back on track on Wednesday, coming from behind…

Ajax disappoint at Celtic

Ajax disappoint at Celtic

GLASGOW, Scotland   ●    Celtic kick-started their Champions League campaign with an impressive 2-1 victory over Ajax in Glasgow…

Situation Marseille dire after Napoli loss

Situation Marseille dire after Napoli loss

MARSEILLE, France   ●    Napoli beat Marseille 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday, goals in either half from…

Barca can’t break AC Milan

Barca can’t break AC Milan

MILAN, Italy   ●    AC Milan survived a dominant second-half display by Barcelona to deprive the Spanish giants of…

It’s my party, says Lewandowski

It’s my party, says Lewandowski

LONDON, England   ●   Robert Lewandowski ruined Arsene Wenger’s birthday as the Borussia Dortmund striker’s late goal clinched a…

Torres and Chelsea punish Schalke

Torres and Chelsea punish Schalke

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany   ●    Fernando Torres marked his 100th start for Chelsea with a brace in a 3-0 win…

Stunning loss Chelsea

Stunning loss Chelsea

LONDON, England  ●   England   Jose Mourinho’s return to the Champions League with Chelsea started in dismal fashion as FC Basel…

Real trash Galatasaray

Real trash Galatasaray

ISTANBUL, Turkey   ●   Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated the signing of his new contract with Real Madrid in stunning fashion…

Roaring start Man United in CL

Roaring start Man United in CL

MANCHESTER, England   ● Wayne Rooney reached 200 Manchester United goals with a brace to give David Moyes a 4-2 win…

Top seeds for LA Galaxy and Earthquakes

MIAMI , Fla.  ●   The Los Angeles Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer each received top seeds…

Real cruise past Galatasaray

Real cruise past Galatasaray

MADRID, Spain   ●   Real Madrid took a huge step towards reaching the Champions League semi-finals for the third consecutive year…

Other News

Tony Hateley passes away at 72

LIVERPOOL, England  ●  Liverpool have announced that former striker Tony Hateley has passed away at the age of 72. Hateley, whose son Mark won 32 international caps for England, was lured to Anfield by legendary Reds manager Bill Shankly in 1967. Shankly signed Hateley from Chelsea for a club-record fee of £96,000, and he spent just over a year with Liverpool, scoring 28 goals in 56 appearances. A statement on the Liverpool website read: "Liverpool Football Club was today saddened Continue Reading→

What they said

AVB: I won’t return to Premier League

LISBON, Portugal   ●   Andre Villas-Boas has revealed he will not be managing another club in the Premier League, and says there is no stability in England. Villas-Boas was dismissed as Tottenham manager in December after nearly 18 months at the club, while he was sacked as Chelsea manager in March 2012 after taking the position in June 2011. He had been linked with the managerial position at West Brom, but has said that he will not be coming back to England. "Yeah, most likely, I Continue Reading→

Facts

Fourth own goal Barzagli

● Juve (13/14), Barcelona (10/11, 12/13), Chelsea (05/06) are the only clubs in top 5 leagues to win 18 of the first 20 matches in a season. ●  Juventus are the 1st club in all 85 years of Serie A to win 18 of the first 20 league matches of a season: W18-D1-L1 ● Edgar Davids has resigned as player/coach at Barnet after 3 red cards in 9 matches this season. ● Andrea Barzagli (Juventus) scored his 4th own goal in Serie A, equal most of all players in this century with Davide Continue Reading→