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COLOCCINI’S RETURN TO SAN LORENZO

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FabricioColoccini returned home to Argentina to join San Lorenzo last year after eight years with Newcastle United, with the north-east club announcing their captain’s contract had been terminated by mutual consent.


The move back to his home country had been long rumoured, with a move to the PrimeraDivisión club mooted as far back as November 2013 when Coloccini said: “I would like to return as soon as possible”.

Coloccini joined Newcastle from Deportivo La Coruña in 2008, shortly before making his debut against Manchester United in a 1-1 draw in a season-opener at Old Trafford.

He went on to make 275 appearances for the club and became club captain for the 2011-12 season.

The managing director of Newcastle United, Lee Charnley, said: “It is rare in football these days that a player gives such length of service to one club and I would like to thank Colo for his contribution to Newcastle United since he joined us before the start of the 2008-09 season”. Continue reading ‘COLOCCINI’S RETURN TO SAN LORENZOrgb’

Senol Gunes will remain in charge of Besiktas

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Senol Gunes will remain in charge of Besiktas and won’t take charge of his country’s national side.


Initially the soccer association of Turkey had approached Gunes to fill the vacant spot of the head coach of the national side, but, the 65-year old refused to take up the job.

After that, the association asked the Besiktas hierarchy if they could allow Gunes to perform the dual role of the head coach of Besiktas as well as that of the national side on a temporary basis.

The Besiktas hierarchy refused to that and conveyed to the national association that they don’t think it’s a beneficial proposition for any of the two parties concerned.

Recently Besiktas put forward a statement on social media in which they confirmed that a proposal was there for Gunes to oversee the operations of both the sides, but, that was not accepted by them. Continue reading ‘Senol Gunes will remain in charge of Besiktasrgb’

DIRK KUYT HANGS UP BOOT ON A HIGH

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The tireless, peerless and talented goalscorer Dirk Kuyt ended his career on a high as he is set to quit the Feyenoord team after leading them to the Eredivisie title.


The Dutch talisman ended the club’s 18-ywar wait for the title as he scored a hat trick to deliver it ahead of Ajax.

He scored from a narrow angle, then a header before finishing it off with a well-taken penalty in the 3-1 victory over opponents Heracles Almelo. He is largely the factor responsible for the club’s first Eredivisie title since 1999.

Though the victory is not in the league of Leicester’s when they overcame a 5000 to 1 odds to lift the Premier League last year, it still presents a difficult prediction as at when the league started. Continue reading ‘DIRK KUYT HANGS UP BOOT ON A HIGHrgb’

CARLISLE MOVE UP TO THE SEVENTH SPOT

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Carlisle United defeated Yeovil 2-0 to move up to the seventh spot in the League Two.


After seven games without a win, United were excited to get the result. Keith Curle’s men had lost their previous six games but defeated struggling Yeovil, who are languishing in the last six. They had lost to Crewe Alex at home, Mansfield Town away, played a draw against Luton Town and conceded three at home against Cambridge United in recent matches.

Blackpool’s defeat by Luton ensures Carlisle are back in the race for a playoff spot. John O’Sullivan headed a quick free kick by Danny Grainger to end a 701-minute drought for Carlisle. The hosts struggled during the game, barely creating chances. Tom Eaves opportunity went wide as the first half ended. Continue reading ‘CARLISLE MOVE UP TO THE SEVENTH SPOTrgb’

Stephen Warnock Believes Aston Villa Do Not Belong in the Championship

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Former Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock reckons that the club certainly belong in the Premier League and not in the Championship.


It has gone horribly wrong for the Midlands outfit over the last few years. After flirting with relegation for almost 3 seasons, the club finally ended up in the Championship at the end of last season. As a player who used to represent Villa for a number of years, Warnock is surprised by the decline of the club. However, he expects Villa to bounce back strongly even though they have struggled for form this season.

As one of the few teams to have won the European cup in England, Villa had the reputation of having the gone down into the second division of English football since the Premier league was founded in 1992. More than the club’s relegation, it was the disappointing start to the campaign in the Championship that proved to be the biggest disappointment since many were expecting Villa to challenge for the title straightaway. Continue reading ‘Stephen Warnock Believes Aston Villa Do Not Belong in the Championshiprgb’

Carlisle United Ready to Offer Mark Gillespie a New Contract, Says Keith Curle

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Carlisle United manager Keith Curle says that the club are expecting offers for goalkeeper Mark Gillespie in January.


Hence, they are preparing to offer a new contract for the 24-year-old, who has already been scouted by a number of clubs this season. While the manager says that he would like to complete negotiations and extend the player’s contract before the end of December, the finances at the club will have a major role to play.Curle is aware about the interest in Gillespie largely because those who have attended the games to watch Carlisle United players are goalkeeping coaches.

Gillespie is an attractive option for clubs across the English league considering that he will be available on a free transfer in the summer. Rather than lose him for nothing, Carlisle United are likely to accept a small compensation in the January transfer window. Continue reading ‘Carlisle United Ready to Offer Mark Gillespie a New Contract, Says Keith Curlergb’

JurgenKlopp is not happy about Liverpool’s festive fixture agenda

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The Premier League has traditionally been known for not having any kind of winter break at all and this year will not be any different as clubs in the top tier England league are going to be competing against each other during the time when the majority of other leagues are going to be taking a break.

Liverpool’s JurgenKlopp is not happy about the agenda that his team has in December as they will be competing on New Year’s Eve on December 31st  against Manchester City and then only 2 days later, another league match is scheduled to take place against Sunderland.

‘’Now I have seen the fixtures and I am not too happy. We have less than 48 hours between our game against Man City on December 31 and playing in Sunderland on the 2nd.Forty-eight hours is an interesting idea but less than 48 hours I cannot believe’’

‘’I would never say Boxing Day is not a good idea as I love it and I have absolutely no problem but now having a match day with two days between there should be another possibility. I don’t know why we play Monday. Is January 2 a special day in England? Forty-eight hours between two games, how does this work? And then you will sit there and say: ‘You didn’t perform too well, how did this happen?’ or ‘Injuries. Oh? ’’JurgenKlopp said as he expressed his disgust in having to compete in such a short lapse of time and especially in a festive period.

La Liga and Serie A are a few of the other top European leagues and both of them will have a 2 week long rest where none of the clubs that are competing in those leagues do not have any scheduled matches starting from December 24 until January 7 but clubs on the Premier League on the other hand do have to compete in that period of time.

NemanjaVidic’s worst nightmare was Didier Drogba

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During the entire 15+ years long playing career of NemanjaVidcic, he has had to face off with top players from different clubs from all over the world.


Inter Milan and Manchester United are the top 2 European clubs that Vidic performed with back when he was still an active player and the Serbian defender was a regular starter for both of those teams.

Being a consistent starter in both Inter Milan and Manchester United, this has allowed NemanjaVidic on being able to compete in various different competitions as well as also being able to face off against a number of types of players.

It’s been around 7 months since NemanjaVidic announced his retirement from playing football at a competitive level and after having performed in top clubs and European competitions, the Serbian recently took time to talk about which player was the toughest one for him to play against as a defender.

As a defender, the main role that they have to accomplish is keep out the offensive forces from the opposing team by not allowing them any space to pass, dribble or move the ball around and hopefully get the chance to steal the ball away from them. Continue reading ‘NemanjaVidic’s worst nightmare was Didier Drogbargb’

FC SCHALKE 04 CONFIRM BABA RAHMAN’S NEW STATUS

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German giant FC Schalke 04 has confirmed the new status of Chelsea defender Baba Rahman ahead of the forthcoming season.


The Bundesliga club say the player is set to play for them in a season long deal agreed with the London-based English club. the Ghanaian full back is set to join the rest of his new team mates in Austria for their pre season training, according to the club.

Chelsea is expected to confirm the deal shortly, especially in light of the defensive problems the team is expected to suffer from as the new season begins. The first choice for the right back position Branislav Ivanovic is set to miss the beginning of the season slated for new week due to a dislocation in his shoulder. Ivanovic has been struggling with form of recent and the injury might further rain down on his form when he eventually returns. However, Schalke used their official twitter page to confirm the deal as they posted: “Abdul Rahman Baba is travelling with the Schalke squad to the training camp.”
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