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Cup important to City - Mancini

Posted Saturday, February 13, 2010 by PA

Roberto Mancini insists he will not dismiss the FA Cup as a second-rate competition like Arsene Wenger.Although the Arsenal boss was upset when his side went out to Stoke in the last round, he made the point that finishing in the top four was far harder and remained more of a priority for the north London outfit.And while Mancini can partially understand Wenger's reasoning, he said: "We have two...Full Story »

Brady to relinquish Republic role

Posted Saturday, February 13, 2010 by PA

Liam Brady has put club before country and confirmed he will be standing down as assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland in April.The former Republic international winger will stand down as Giovanni Trapattoni's assistant when his contract expires.Brady explained: "The decision to end my involvement with Ireland has been taken in light of my continued work as director of youth development a...Full Story »

Driver upbeat despite Scotland blow

Posted Saturday, February 13, 2010 by PA

Hearts winger Andrew Driver has vowed to bounce back quickly from the "massive disappointment" of missing out on a Scotland call-up after it emerged he is not eligible to play for the country.The England Under-21 cap pledged his allegiance to Scotland earlier this month after lengthy speculation sparked by the five-year schooling agreement set by the four home nations last year. However, Scottis...Full Story »

Redknapp still wants more from Defoe

Posted Saturday, February 13, 2010 by PA

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp insists Jermain Defoe can still improve his all-round game despite hitting the 20-goal mark already this season. Redknapp believes Defoe is one of the best finishers around but has to improve in other areas. He said: "He could improve his holding the ball and showing and all-round play. He is a great goalscorer but there are other areas of his game that he can still...Full Story »

Benayoun boost for Benitez

Posted Saturday, February 13, 2010 by PA

Midfielder Yossi Benayoun has given Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez a welcome fitness boost by returning to training after a broken rib.The Israel international has not played since sustaining the injury late on in the FA Cup fourth-round replay defeat at home to Reading on January 13."Yossi was training with the team," Benitez told liverpoolfc.tv. "Still we have to be careful with his rib but ...Full Story »

Beckham start not guaranteed

Posted Saturday, February 13, 2010 by PA

David Beckham is not guaranteed a place in the AC Milan team which faces Manchester United next Tuesday, although his chances look promising after coach Leonardo praised his versatility.After starting Milan's first five league games of 2010, Beckham has been a substitute in their last two, although he did play the final 15 minutes of the 3-2 win over Udinese on Friday. But Leonardo discarded the...Full Story »

Capello retains hope over Cole

Posted Saturday, February 13, 2010 by PA

Fabio Capello is crossing his fingers that Ashley Cole recovers from his broken ankle in time to make this summer's World Cup.Cole underwent surgery on Friday on an injury picked up at Everton on Wednesday that is set to keep him out for three months. If that timescale is correct, the only Chelsea matches he would be available for would be the FA Cup and Champions League finals, should the Londo...Full Story »

Ruud van Nistelrooy: I Can Play A Half For Hamburger SV Against Stuttgart

Posted Saturday, February 13, 2010 by Goal.com

After only a few seconds of pitch time against Koeln, the former Manchester United ace is looking for an extended period of playing time on Saturday. Speaking to Voetbal International, Ruud van Nistelrooy has indicated that he feels ready to play at least 45 minutes of Hamburger SV’s game against Stuttgart at the weekend. The Dutch veteran made his debut in the recent 3-3 draw with Koe...Full Story »

Marco Tardelli: Giovanni Trapattoni Is Happy In Ireland And Will Not Take Nigeria Post

Posted Saturday, February 13, 2010 by Goal.com

The former Inter and Italy U-21 boss does not believe 'Trap' will be going anywhere. Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has been touted as a possible candidate to coach Nigeria at the 2010 World Cup in the press, after Shuaibu Amodu was sacked last week, despite the Super Eagles' third place finish at the African Cup of Nations. Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli has dismisse...Full Story »

Real Madrid's Casillas: I Remember Every Single Game I've Played

Posted Saturday, February 13, 2010 by Goal.com

Spanish international reminisces on Real years gone by. On the eve of his 500th appearance for Real Madrid, Iker Casillas has told Marca he remembers almost every one of his previous 499 games. "I remember practically every game and their final scores,” he said. “I think I would make few mistakes if asked.” The two time FIFPro World XI ‘keeper went on to fondly remembe...Full Story »

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