Archive | September 21, 2016

EFL Cup (formerly Carling or League Cup) 4th round draws….

West Ham vs Chelsea

Manchester United vs Manchester City

Arsenal vs Reading

Liverpool vs Tottenham

Bristol City vs Hull City

Leeds United vs Norwich

Newcastle vs Preston

Southampton vs Sunderland

Blackburn sign Wes Brown on free transfer….

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Blackburn Rovers have signed former England defender Wes Brown on a free transfer until the end of the season. The 36-year-old was released by Sunderland in the summer following a five-year spell with the Premier League side. Brown will also assist coaching Blackburn’s under-23 side as part of his contract at Ewood Park.

Aluko signs new Chelsea contract….

England forward Eniola Aluko has signed a new contract with Women’s Super League One club Chelsea Ladies. The 29-year-old, who has 102 international caps, is in her second spell with Chelsea, after rejoining the club in 2012 from Birmingham City. “I love this team. [It was] an easy decision,” Aluko told the club website. Emma Hayes’ side – who won the league title and the Women’s FA Cup in 2015 – are currently second in WSL 1 and face leaders Manchester City on Sunday. Chelsea manager Hayes added: “Eni has proved to be not only a Chelsea girl in her heart, but someone who has adapted and evolved during my tenure. “She’s a competitor, a serial winner and someone who wants to continue winning year after year. She’s the calibre of player we want at this club.” The length of Aluko’s new deal has not been disclosed.

Eto’o dropped by Antalyaspor….

Turkish club Antalyaspor have dropped Samuel Eto’o from their squad until further notice in a row over the striker’s comments on social media. Former Cameroon captain Eto’o, 35, wrote on his Instagram account: “Perhaps some people do not feel respect for me because I am black.” Eto’o, who also posted a screenshot of his achievements from Wikipedia on Instagram, did not specify to whom he was targeting his criticism.

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Goalkeeper arrested after conceding 43 goals….

The goalkeeper of a German amateur club who were beaten 43-0 was arrested by police at his first training session after the result. Reporters from Germany’s Express newspaper paid Marco Kwiotek a visit after he fished the ball out of the net 43 times during SV Vonderort II’s defeat to PSV Oberhausen earlier this month. While he was training, two uniformed officers arrived and approached him. He returned to the dressing room and was led away, telling the Express: “I just need to go to the station to clear up a few things.” The reason for the arrest is not clear.

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13 cities in 13 countries to host Euro 2020….

Euro 2020 logo was released in London today

The newly elected UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, is in London to launch the countdown to Euro 2020. To mark the 60th anniversary of the competition, games will be played across 13 cities with both semi-finals and the final held at Wembley, London. A further 12 cities in 12 different countries will also host games, with Munich (Germany), Baku (Azerbaijan), Saint Petersburg (Russia) and Rome (Italy) having a quarter-final and three group stage game. Furthermore, Copenhagen (Denmark), Bucharest (Romania), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Dublin (Ireland), Bilbao (Spain), Budapest (Hungary), Brussels (Belgium) and Glasgow (Scotland) will all hold a round of 16 tie and three group games. Ceferin added: “There is great pleasure in being able to bring Euro 2020 to so many countries and cities, to see football acting as a bridge between nations, and to carry the competition closer to the fans, who are the essential lifeblood of the game.”

13 countries will share the responsibility to mark 60th anniversary

Valencia sack Coach Ayestaran….

Valencia have dismissed coach Pako Ayestaran with the side bottom of La Liga having lost their opening four games of the season. Ayestaran, 53, replaced Gary Neville last March but the Spanish club have lost eight out of 12 games under his stewardship. His final match in charge was the 2-1 defeat at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. Salvador Gonzalez Marco, also known as ‘Voro’, will take over as caretaker coach for a fourth time. He was previously put in charge when Nuno Espirito Santo resigned in November 2015. Ayestaran was Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez’s assistant at five clubs, including Valencia and Liverpool.

No worries over Mourinho criticism….

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Senior figures at Manchester United do not anticipate manager Jose Mourinho’s abrasive style causing them problems this season. Mourinho’s decision to single out Luke Shaw for criticism following Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Watford shocked the defender and his team-mates. The 53-year-old has also been critical of some refereeing decisions during United’s ongoing three-match losing streak. But it is understood United staff, who well remember Sir Alex Ferguson’s many confrontations during his illustrious 26 years in charge, are relaxed about the situation.

Mikel ready for transfer talks….

John Mikel Obi has admitted that he is ready talk to clubs in January if Chelsea fail to offer him a new deal. The Nigeria international has entered the final year of his contract and can begin negotiations over a Bosman move at the beginning of 2017. He has so far struggled to get into Antonio Conte’s side after playing in the latter stages of the Olympics football tournament in Rio, where he helped his country win bronze, and he accepts that his time at Chelsea could be coming to an end.

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