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Gunners chief linked with Higuain bid

Posted Friday, January 08, 2010 by teamtalk.com

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been heavily linked by the Spanish press with weighing up a move for Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain.  Wenger is short of options in attack as Robin van Persie is out for most of the season with an ankle injury and the extent of Nicklas Bendtner's groin problems will not be known until the Denmark striker undergoes a series of tests this week. West Ha...Full Story »

The worst January transfer signings

Posted Wednesday, January 06, 2010 by The Independent

Afonso Alves (Heerenveen to Middlesbrough, £12m, 2008)Being a top scorer in the Dutch league seems to prove nothing. For every van Nistlerooy at Manchester United, there's a Mateja Kezman at Chelsea. And being Brazilian is no guarantee either. Perhaps Boro manager Gareth Southgate thought that one or the other would prove his huge investment in Alves right. But no - from 45 goals in 39 ...Full Story »

Charm, luck and hard graft: how Mancini began with a bang

Posted Wednesday, January 06, 2010 by The Independent

So far, so good – but tomorrow City's new regime faces its first major test, against United. Tim Rich on how it all went right, and whether it can last 1. Drill the defence As they entertain Manchester United in the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final tomorrow, City have renewed confidence in defence. Internazionale were the club that invented the art of "catenaccio" – or protec...Full Story »

God! Show Me Magic

Posted Tuesday, January 05, 2010 by theguardian.com

The DW Stadium crowd enjoy Wigan's emphatic FA Cup third round win over Hull City. IT'S A KIND OF MAGIC When a metaphorical mob of pitchfork and torch-waving football hacks converged on FA HQ this morning to inquire about the dismal attendances at assorted FA Cup third round fixtures over the weekend, the blazers missed a trick. Asked to explain the 5,335-strong crowd at the DW Stadium for Wi...Full Story »

Giant among Imps: why Chris Sutton is loving life at Lincoln City

Posted Saturday, January 02, 2010 by theguardian.com

Chris Sutton won league titles in England and Scotland but has started at the bottom in his managerial career with perennial strugglers Lincoln City. It can be strange sometimes watching an ex-pro trying to make the transition into becoming the gaffer and, initially, it takes some getting used to seeing Chris Sutton, this tall, familiar figure synonymous with big-money transfers and the inaugu...Full Story »

Liverpool skipper Gerrard admits relief after seeing off spirited Wolves

Posted Sunday, December 27, 2009 by tribalfootball.com

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was relieved to see off Wolves 2-0 yesterday at Anfield. Second-half goals from Gerrard and Yossi Benayoun gave nervy Liverpool a victory that was only secured once Wolves had been reduced to 10 men. Gerrard said: "Wolves come here organised, they were always going to be difficult to beat. "It was just all about waiting for that breakthrough. We were nervo...Full Story »

No dressing room rebellion in Man City

Posted Friday, December 25, 2009 by Asianone.com

MANCHESTER (AFP) - Roberto Mancini insists there has been no dressing room rebellion at Manchester City in response to his arrival as replacement for sacked boss Mark Hughes. Mancini arrived at Eastlands on Monday following Hughes's dismissal last weekend and reports in England claimed a number of senior players including Craig Bellamy and Shay Given had protested about the decision to City chi...Full Story »

The end of the world

Posted Friday, December 25, 2009 by smh.com.au

A CONFRONTATION is looming between club and country after Sydney FC yesterday confirmed they won't allow key players Simon Colosimo and Alex Brosque to leave before the end of the season to pursue their World Cup dreams. Both Brosque, 26, and Colosimo, 30, have been selected in a 23-man squad laden with A-League players for next month's Asian Cup qualifier in Kuwait, and Socceroos coach Pim Ver...Full Story »

The Fiver Christmas Awards 2009

Posted Wednesday, December 23, 2009 by theguardian.com

Another year, another award for Tim Lovejoy. PA Photos Welcome to the 10th Fiver Christmas Awards. Or is it the 11th? Oh, we don't know, but if you just wait behind that velvet rope while Danielle Lloyd and Jamie O'Hara pose for the paparazzi, then we can get on with the fun. THE MEMORIAL MATT LORENZO IN A DALLAS BUNKER AWARD FOR MOST HOPELESS ACT OF BUFFOONERYTim Lovejoy, for sneeringly c...Full Story »

Wolverhampton Wanderers: potential transfer targets

Posted Sunday, December 20, 2009 by The Independent

Mick McCarthy's team selection has become rather controversial of late, but whatever the rights and wrongs of his recent 'reserve team' selection against Manchester United, his motives were to prepare his team for a long relegation battle. It's likely he'll need reinforcements, the team have not lacked for commitment, but more quality all over the pitch will be essential. Funds will be tight, ...Full Story »

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