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Rangers vs Malmo FF preview - McCoist wards off Bougherra suitors

Posted Monday, July 25, 2011 by PA

Rangers manager Ally McCoist is determined to retain the services of Madjid Bougherra despite interest from the Middle East. The Scottish champions have rejected an offer from Qatar champions Lekhwiya for the Algerian defender. Bougherra is now in the final year of his contract but McCoist is keen for the player to remain at Ibrox. He said: "I would hope his future would lie here but there ...Full Story »

Flora Tallinn vs Shamrock Rovers preview - Shamrock hold slim advantage

Posted Friday, July 15, 2011 by PA

Shamrock hold slim advantage Shamrock will take a 1-0 lead to Tallinn next week courtesy of Chris Turner's first-half goal against Estonian champions FC Flora in the first leg of their Champions League second qualifying round tie at the Tallaght Stadium. Turner's goal after 34 minutes came only moments after Valeri Minkenen saw a tame penalty saved by Shamrock goalkeeper Alan Mannus. The ho...Full Story »

Messi can win over Argentine fans at Copa America

Posted Thursday, July 07, 2011 by Mercurynews.com

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Believe it or not, Lionel Messi has something to prove. He needs to show Argentine fans he's the world's greatest soccer player when wearing the country's famous blue-and-white shirt. Messi starts romancing the crowds when Argentina opens the 3 1/2-week Copa America—the South American championship—against Bolivia on Friday. Messi has rarely playe...Full Story »

Bacelona vs Manchester United preview - Rooney ready to shine on big stage

Posted Saturday, May 28, 2011 by PA

Twelve months after his World Cup flop, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is ready to "stand up and be counted". This time last year, Rooney was being compared to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, whom he will face in the Champions League final at Wembley when United take on the Catalan giants. Instead of confirming his status as one of the best players on the planet at the World Cup, t...Full Story »

Wolves vs Blackburn Rovers preview - Bull backing for `magician` McCarthy

Posted Saturday, May 21, 2011 by PA

Club legend Steve Bull believes Wolves can establish themselves as a Barclays Premier League force along the lines of Stoke and Fulham if they clinch a third successive season in the top flight. Wolves will go into Sunday`s home game with Blackburn knowing that victory will ensure their safety irrespective of results elsewhere. Bull, Wolves` record goalscorer, feels survival will be an even ...Full Story »

Newcastle vs West Bromwich preview - Taylor targets regular spot

Posted Saturday, May 21, 2011 by PA

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has warned Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson he has no intention of sitting on the bench next season. The Argentinian and the former Portsmouth man have spent much of the season together at the heart of the Magpies defence and have performed admirably in tandem with full-backs Danny Simpson and Jose Enrique to give Alan Pardew's side a firm foundation. T...Full Story »

West Ham United vs Sunderland preview - Keen: Our players all care

Posted Saturday, May 21, 2011 by PA

West Ham's caretaker manager Kevin Keen has refuted suggestions the players did not care enough about the club's fate. Keen painted a picture of desolation in the changing room after last weekend's 3-2 defeat at Wigan confirmed their relegation from the Barclays Premier League. West Ham play Sunderland on Sunday and Keen has revealed that some players set for a summer move from Upton Park have...Full Story »

Manchester United vs Blackpool preview - Van der Sar dreading Old Trafford farewell

Posted Saturday, May 21, 2011 by PA

Edwin van der Sar will say goodbye to the Premier League on Sunday admitting he faces a difficult 90 minutes against Blackpool. After rejecting numerous pleas from his team-mates to abandon his retirement plans, Van der Sar is due to be handed the captain's armband by Sir Alex Ferguson for his final league game in Manchester United colours. Not normally prone to moments of emotion, the 40-year...Full Story »

Fulham vs Arsenal preview - Hughes seeks European boost in window

Posted Saturday, May 21, 2011 by PA

Fulham manager Mark Hughes believes qualification for next season's Europa League could help the Cottagers in the long run by helping them accrue higher quality players this summer. The west London outfit are in contention for an unlikely place in the competition via the Fair Play system after England received an extra berth for finishing in the top three of the Respect Fair Play League. Fulha...Full Story »

Everton vs Chelsea preview - Moyes urges fans to be realistic

Posted Saturday, May 21, 2011 by PA

Everton manager David Moyes has promised supporters he will spend the summer looking for players to improve his squad. But the Scot has warned fans not to get carried away with thoughts of toppling the country's top clubs. For a second year in succession, the Toffees have finished the season strongly and left people wondering what might have been had they started brightly or had money to spend...Full Story »

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