Young Monaco forward Benjamin Moukandjo is on Liverpool’s radar should a move for Lille forward Gervinho not work out, say reports in France and England. Cameroon striker Moukandjo, who can also double up as a winger, is a summer target for several clubs following Monaco’s relegation to Ligue 2. Continue reading
Turkish Super Lig side Trabzonspor have completed the signing of midfielder Didier Zokora from Spanish outfit Sevilla FC. Media reports estimate the transfer fee paid by Trabzonspor for Zokora to be somewhere around €5m. Zokora has signed a four year contract with Trabzonspor. Continue reading
Newcastle United are planning a sensation £7.5m swoop to bring out of favour Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov to St.James Park this summer. According to newspaper reports, Magpies boss Alan Pardew has earmarked Berbatov as a possible replacement for Andy Carroll on Tyneside.
Berbatov is widely expected to leave United this summer, with former club Tottenham Hotspur rumoured to be his next destination because of Spurs’ need for attacking firepower and United’s liking of Lilywhites playmaker Luka Modric. Continue reading
Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United
Goal scorers from the 2010/2011 Champions League final at Wembley on May 28, 2011
FC Barcelona:- Pedro, Lionel Messi, David Villa
Manchester United:- Wayne Rooney
Barcelona produce another footballing masterclass as they beat Manchester United 3-1 to lift to the 2011 Champions League trophy at Wembley. Continue reading
Sunderland have just launched their new away kit, and the Black Cats will now be the Light Blues in their games away from home! The SAFC away strip 2011/12 contains a light blue shirt with a white chest band that contains the Umbro logo and the Sunderland club crest.
The light blue shirt is paired with white shorts. Here is a pic of Sunderland’s Bardsley modelling their new away kit, which will be available on general sale from 1 July onwards. Continue reading
Celtic’s new international away shirt 11/12, also called their third strip for 2011/2012 has been released by the Glasgow giants. Leaks of the Celtic’s international away shirt 11/12 had appeared in the Scottish Sun prior to the official release of the top by both Celtic and Nike.
Nike has attempted to create a quartered effect for this international away shirt 11/12. The black hoops are thin upto the half way point in reverse directions before they double in length.
The international away jersey is yellow in colour and is paired with black shorts. Continue reading
Sampdoria star Reto Ziegler has agreed to join Juventus on a free transfer following the expiry of his contract with the Blucerchiati. Ziegler has signed a deal that will keep him at Juventus till 2015 and becomes the Bianconeri’s second signing of the 2011 summer window after Andrea Pirlo. Continue reading
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that the club are very close to formally completing the acquisition of young goalkeeper David de Gea from Spanish club Atletico Madrid. De Gea, 20, is reported to have cost Manchester United around £17m, thus making him the second most expensive goalkeeper in the world after legendary Italian stopper Gianluigi Buffon.
United were in the market for a new keeper following Edwin van der Sar’s decision to hang up his boots in the 10/11 season. Continue reading
Chelsea sacked Carlo Ancelotti last night after the Blues ended the season trophyless under the Italian gaffer. Ancelotti’s sacking means that he is the seventh manager to leave Chelsea in the last eight years, and as the BBC head of sport Phil McNulty described, his axing is ruthless even by Roman Abramovich’s standards.
Ancelotti enjoyed success in his first season at the Bridge, landing them a Cup and League double. Unfortunately for him, he was not able to replicate the success in his second season. Despite a strong start to the league, Chelsea faltered midway and were unable to pick up victories when needed the most ( the last 2-1 loss to Man United in the league being a classic example). Of course, the sacking of Ray Wilkins did not help, with Chelsea’s decline in fortunes coinciding with the former’s departure from Stamford Bridge.
Ancelotti’s sacking somewhat mirrors that of Avram Grant ( yes the same Avram Grant in charge of now relegated West Ham!), who was dismissed when Chelsea finished second in the league and lost on penalties to Man United in Moscow.
The modern game has got more demanding, with every new owner in the league dreaming of instant success. Chelsea would do well to remember that Manchester United and Arsenal and even Liverpool, the other components of England’s big four, have all kept faith with their managers for a fair while.
The manager’s job at Stamford Bridge is looking more like a temporary posting now and I very much doubt whether Porto’s Villas Boas or the legendary Guus Hiddink, both of whom are Abramovich’s initial targets, will want to sit on the hotseat at the Bridge.
The jobs at Chelsea and Man City look the most dangerous next season, simply because their owners want instant gratification, which given the competitive nature of the league, might just not be possible.
Manchester United 4-2 Blackpool
22/5/2011- Premier League
For Man Utd:- Park Ji Sung, Anderson, Evatt own goal, Michael Owen
For Blackpool:- Charlie Adam, Gary Taylor Fletcher
Blackpool go down on the final day of the Premier League as they are beaten 4-2 by champions elect Manchester United at Old Trafford. Continue reading