Apr 16

Robert Pires has retired from football at the age of 42

Former Arsenal and French international midfielder, Robert Pires has retired at the age of 42. After having played with a host of European clubs, the Frenchman has ended his career with FC Goa in India.

Robert Pires made his debut with Metz in France where he will make 162 appearances for them. He will score 43 goals with them and manage to win the Coupe de la Ligue. His good form with Metz will allow him to make a move to Marseille in 1998. His good form with Marseille will allow the French team to finish second in the league and only miss the title by one point. However his second season was marred by injuries, and he will miss quite some games.

In 2000, he will make the switch to Arsenal where he will struggle to adapt to the Premier League. His poor form, as well as comments that the English game was too physical, will make him unpopular with Arsenal fans. Indeed, it was a difficult task to replace Marc Overmars who left the club for Barcelona. Continue reading →

Nov 15

Manuel Pellegrini is confident in the goal-scoring abilities of Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling was signed by Manchester City on July of the ongoing year for a transfer fee of €49 million and ever since then, Sterling has turned into a constant starter for the Premier League club as Manuel Pellegrini wants to utilize the services of the player most expensive Englishman ever in the history of football as much as possible.

During Sterling’s time in Anfield, he managed to score 23 goals in 129 games for Liverpool and the Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini is certain that Sterling will be able to score goals than he ever did before in his entire career.

Manchester City voiced his confidence in Raheem Sterling as he said: “I am sure he will score more goals than he did before. I think that he will be a very dangerous player. Maybe we were criticized for the amount we paid for him but I am sure he will demonstrate during the year, especially against the big teams, why he was valued so much.” Continue reading →

Jun 15

Danny Ings says that the real hard work will have to begin

New Liverpool signing,Danny Ings says that the real hard work will have to begin now if he is to establish as one of the important players in the Liverpool team.

The striker was signed on a free transfer from Burnley, but he is immediately down on the pecking order due to the presence of Daniel Sturridge. The former Chelsea striker will undoubtedly be preferred as the number one choice when fit. Liverpool have managed to sign Ings on a free transfer but they will have to come up with a compensation fee with Burnley since he is less than 24 years old.

Ings says that he is extremely pleased that his career has been going on an upward trajectory path. The England U21 star started out at Bournemouth before moving to Burnley in 2011 for around £ 1 million. He has also spent time on loan at Dorchester Town. Playing for Liverpool means a lot when compared with these clubs, who are much lower down in the league table. However, it also brings a lot of pressure andIngs is prepared to cope with it by working hard. Last season, the 22-year-old finished the campaign with 11 goals in 35 appearances for the relegated team. Continue reading →

Apr 15

Manchester United have been an excellent run of form in the last two months

Manchester United have been an excellent run of form in the last two months after suffering just one defeat – against Southampton at home – during this period.

This form has seen them maintain their fight for a top four spot, although the possibility of winning the title looks to be beyond them. Even though the team has been achieving results, United have been criticised for their poor style of play. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was quite open with the criticism, as he blamed United for the long ball tactics that led to a 1-1 draw between the two clubs recently.

United have been regarded as one of the most attractive teams to watch in England. This is after years of playing attacking football under the stewardship of Sir Alex Ferguson. Due to certain limitations in defence, Van Gaal has had to adopt a different set of tactics. He is also thought to be unhappy with the striker’s in the squad. This has led to the club playing a different style of football and defender Jonny Evans has admitted for the first time that the club need to improve a lot if they are to begin their past status. United have been defeated only once in the last 19 matches of all competitions. Continue reading →

Jan 15

Chelsea ahead of Manchester City

Chelsea is 2 points ahead of their nearest rivals Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title which is actually surprising as Chelsea began to drop points in their last match of 2014 when they faced off with Southampton had to settle with a 1-1 draw and a few days later in their opening match of the year, Jose Mourinho’s team lost against Tottenham Hotspur.

Despite these setbacks that Chelsea recently sustained, they still remain at the top of the English League as Manchester City also dropped a few points and Manuel Pellegrini’s side could not manage to fully capitalize on the mistakes of their opponents who are making a serious charge and statement to become the new champions of England. Continue reading →

Dec 14

Leicester City 4th Defeat in Premier League

Leicester City sustained their 4th successive Premier League defeat after losing against Southampton and this result keeps the team of Nigel Pearson in the relegation zone of the English League and this series of negative results have sparked a series of rumors that claimed that the future of the coach Nigel Pearson might be at risk but Pearson says that all of these rumors are ludicrous.

“I find it quite irritating that every time we have a setback it’s always about a manager’s position.It’s ludicrous really but that’s the industry we work in.”

Nigel Pearson and his squad of Leicester City managed to win the previous season of the English Championship League without much difficulty as they collected a total of 102 points and their closest opponents only managed on securing 93 points, it was a superb campaign for Leicester City as they just ran past everyone and everything in their path but things have turned extremely difficult for them after getting promoted to the Premier League and the team of Nigel Pearson are now struggling just to avoid the relegation zone.

Leicester City’s Nigel Pearson revealed details concerning the current situation of his squad of players as he told the media: “People don’t realize the difference in quality at this level. We have good players.But our difficult run continues. We showed a lot of commitment but the quality of our opponents put paid to us getting something from the game.We are a side who are used to winning games, but we are finding it hard to get something and that is something that has to change pretty quickly’’

One of the factors that seems to be struggling most Leicester City in this season is their lack of scoring goals as they have only managed to score 11 goals in 11 matches, it’s one of the worst goal-scoring records out of all the teams in the Premier League and Nigel Pearson has already expressed his desire to try and solve this problem by signing a reliable attacking player.

Arsenal’s Joel Campbell is one of the targets of Nigel Pearson and Leicester City. Campbell is unhappy with his current situation with Arsenal as he is consistently being loaned out to a number of different clubs and Campbell does not play a very important role in the team of Arsene Wenger, this can allow Leicester City or another club on signing the 22 year old Costa Rican forward who made a superb series of performances for his country during the 2014 World Cup.

Oct 14

Southampton Gets Ready For Dirk Kuyt

At St Mary’s a fellow countrymen could be put to test by the Dutch manager of Southampton in his playing staff. According to reports Dirk Kuyt can go join the Premier league for Southampton in January. 34 years of age Kuyt performed in summer for the Netherlands backing for Oranje. For Saints he can prove to be a good deal.

Koeman’s men are currently at 3rd from five wins and gaining 16 points. From the beginning itself in the 8 games he took over Sunderland after he showcased his phenomenal talent. The position of Kuyt in the Saints is unclear but it creates a lot of confusion as the team is loaded with fresh and young players. The young players would surely get a boost from him joining the squad as he comes in with lot of experience. The potential of signing Kuyt will also be discussed. He is going to be a handy addition as he can be an attacker, a midfielder and defense player. At Liverpool he could be experienced.

During his reign of 6 years he was hugely popular as his home fans continued to shower blessings on him and supported him earnestly throughout. He scored lot of clutch goals which included a strike in the Champions League final of 2006-2007. In 286 appearances he had score of 71. Southamptons have surprised so far but are trying their level best to take it one step ahead. The Southamptons are planning to grab a sixth position in the mean time so that they get a reputable standing as far as their ranking is concerned. Kuyt has to perform according to his tactics to do well for his team and also to inspire his companions. If the manager has entrusted upon him he also has to rise to the occasion every time.

Aug 14

Monk Praises Team Efforts

Out of all the opening matches of the Premier League there is little doubt that the most surprising result was Manchester United’s defeat against Swansea City. The pre-season schedule of Louis van Gaal saw the Dutch coach going undefeated with impressive results but when the Premier League kicked off, the squad suffered trying to replicate similar performances.

The squad of guided by Garry Monk could only launch 5 shots throughout the entire match but it was still enough for Swansea City to claim the victory. When the game reached its end, Monk went on praising the work and team effort that his players demonstrated.

Swansea City’s manager, Garry Monk said: “The whole key to it all was us coming together as a group and working together. I made it clear to the players this week to go up here and show exactly what we’re about. We had a game plan to try and work to and to a man they were very, very good. We could have improved in a lot of areas but to come to Old Trafford in the first game of the season with everything going on… it was very good to get that level out of the boys already’’

Even with the surprising triumph from Swansea City over Manchester United, Monk still has plans of signing a few more players before the transfer window ends. According to the 35 years old manager of Swansea City, his squad can be much better than how it currently is and bringing in new players to the team will reinforce help reinforce it further.

Napoli’s Federico Fernandez is one of the summer targets of Garry Monk and a deal is already believed to be on the verge of completion with the Argentine defender only having to complete a series of medical tests before the transfer can be announced and confirmed to the public.

Jun 14

Suarez will struggle at FIFA World Cup 2014, says Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson believes Liverpool talisman Luis Suarez could struggle to replicate his club form in the FIFA World Cup 2014 for Uruguay.

The Uruguayan striker single handedly led Liverpool from the front this season, scoring 31 goals in the Premier League as the Reds came very close to securing their first league title in 24 years but according to Hodgson, he will find it difficult to display the same kind of venom for Uruguay.

The two former world champions have been drawn together in Group D along with another former champion Italy and Costa Rica and will face off in the second round.

Hodgson believes the double footballer of the year award winner, who scored 31 goals after returning from suspension to inspire the club’s challenge for the title, will struggle at the FIFA World Cup 2014 without the aid of his club mates.

The England boss said that he is not trying to take anything from what Suarez has done throughout the season and he is without a doubt his player of the season, adding that he has been exceptional and he is a player of immense caliber.

However, he is not alone in that aspect and according to Hodgson, he will not have the same players in the national team that he has at Liverpool and that might affect his game.

The former West Bromwich Albion and Fulham manager also pointed out that he will not concentrate on any one player and his team talk will be about the entire Uruguayan team and not focus on an individual come the FIFA World Cup 2014.

Hodgson pointed out that if England is to progress through to the latter rounds or win the tournament in the end, they will have to play together as a team, a strongly knit unit.