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Helmes back in training

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by PA

Bayer Leverkusen striker Patrick Helmes returned to training as he stepped up his recovery from torn cruciate knee ligaments.The Germany striker suffered the injury while keeping fit on holiday in June and has missed the start of the Bundesliga season.Helmes trained with the squad for much of Wednesday's session, Leverkusen reported on their official website, www.bayer04.de. "I'm building up slo...Full Story »

Klopp praises Osnabruck

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by PA

Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp praised the "unbelievable courage" of third division Osnabruck after they knocked his side out of the DFB Pokal.Dortmund conceded two goals late in the first half to hand the initiative to their opponents in the last-16 clash and there proved no way back.Klopp admitted his side were made to pay for not taking their chances and for giving away cheap goals. He s...Full Story »

Babbel clinging on

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by PA

Markus Babbel looks set to continue as Stuttgart coach for the time being at least despite a run of defeats.The Bundesliga side lost their fifth game in a row in all competitions on Tuesday night as they were knocked out of the DFB Pokal 1-0 by second division Greuther Furth. But Babbel took training on Wednesday and appears to have received the backing of the club."The board members sat down fo...Full Story »

Bierhoff defends Germany friendlies

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by PA

Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff has defended the national team's decision to stage two friendly matches next month after receiving criticism from Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness.Germany host Chile in Cologne on November 14 before meeting the Ivory Coast four days later in Gelsenkirchen. Hoeness has questioned the point of staging such matches and has also asked Germany coach Jo...Full Story »

Returning stars delight Hughes

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by PA

Big-spending Mark Hughes reckons he has "a full complement of riches" as Manchester City march into the Carling Cup quarter-finals.A commanding 5-1 fourth-round victory over Scunthorpe sent City into a last eight that now includes six of the top seven sides in the Premier League.Goals from Stephen Ireland, Roque Santa Cruz, Joleon Lescott, Carlos Tevez and Michael Johnson eventually overwhelmed ...Full Story »

Ancelotti expects a different game

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by PA

Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti was pleased with the performance of his fringe stars as they reached the Carling Cup quarter-finals with an easy 4-0 win over Bolton.The Blues have turned Stamford Bridge into a fortress with 13 goals rattled in during the last three games.They have not conceded at home since the opening day of the season and goals from Salomon Kalou, Florent Malouda, Deco and Didie...Full Story »

Merida subject of Wenger praise

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by PA

Arsene Wenger hailed Fran Merida's impact after the Spanish teenager helped fire his young Arsenal side into the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup with a 2-1 win over Liverpool at Emirates Stadium.The 19-year-old former Barcelona trainee returned from the Under-20 World Cup with Spain to drill in a fine first-half strike as Wenger's faith in youth was once again justified.Nicklas Bendtner, himse...Full Story »

Mowbray calm over cup exit

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by PA

Tony Mowbray insists he has no concerns with his side's home form despite Celtic's Co-operative Insurance Cup quarter-final defeat by Hearts leaving him with only two wins in nine attempts at Parkhead since taking over from Gordon Strachan in the summer.Jambos midfielder Michael Stewart, booed by his own fans during Saturday's goalless draw against Falkirk in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, ...Full Story »

Smith: Players focus on game

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by PA

Rangers manager Walter Smith claims his players were more affected by Dundee's performance than the club's off-field problems as they booked their place in the semi-finals of the Co-operative Insurance Cup.The cup clash was in danger of being over-shadowed by behind-the-scenes drama which has dominated the headlines - sparked by the manager's claims the bank was now controlling spending at Range...Full Story »

Buddies boss hails `touch and go' Higdon

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by PA

St Mirren manager Gus MacPherson hailed Michael Higdon after the striker defied illness to put the Buddies on their way to the Co-operative Insurance Cup semi-finals.Higdon almost phoned in sick on the afternoon of the game but later headed St Mirren's first goal in their 3-0 victory over Motherwell in Paisley.With Craig Dargo out with a shoulder injury and Dennis Wyness on loan to Ayr, the form...Full Story »

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