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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola defends ‘intense’ Fernandinho

By: vetembaste | Published:January 31, 2017 10:45 pm Pep Guardiola defended Fernandinho ahead of the latter’s return to action. (Source: vetembaste) Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has defended Fernandinho as the Brazilian midfielder prepares to return to the side following a four-game ban. Fernandinho was sent off for the third time in his last six appearances during City’s win over ...

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La Liga to introduce video referees from 2018

By: vetembaste | Madrid | Published:January 31, 2017 6:19 pm Barcelona match against Real Betis was marred by controversy. (Source: vetembaste) Video referees are expected to be used in Spanish soccer by the 2018-19 season when they are fully approved by FIFA, La Liga president Javier Tebas has said. Tebas was speaking after Sunday’s 1-1 draw between Barcelona and Real ...

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Tottenham Hotspur unlikely to make deadline day signings

By: vetembaste | London | Published:January 31, 2017 12:59 pm Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs have a stretched defence after an injury to Jan Vertonghen (Source: AP Photo) Premier League title contenders Tottenham Hotspur are unlikely to make any transfer deadline-day signings, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Monday. “We are open but it’s true we don’t have much time,” Pochettino, who takes ...

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Sports Ministry, not AIFF, can sack Nicolai Adam, says Vijay Goel

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:January 30, 2017 8:42 pm Nicolai Adam has reportedly been asked to step down by the AIFF. (Source: PTI File) Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Monday asserted that the decision to sack or retain India’s U-17 football coach Nicolai Adam rests with his department, indicating that the issue would not be resolved any time soon. Barely ...

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West Ham fans offered deal to get Dimitri Payet off their backs

By: vetembaste | London | Published:January 30, 2017 8:54 pm Dimitri Payet returned to Marseille much to the displeasure of the West Ham United owners and fans. (Source: AP) After selling Dimitri Payet to Olympique de Marseille for 25 million pounds ($31.2 million), West Ham United are offering fans a cut-price deal to get the French forward off their backs ...

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I have the biggest job but it’s a tough one, says Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

By: vetembaste | Published:January 30, 2017 9:01 pm Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United have progressed to the League Cup final. (Source: vetembaste) Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admitted he took over a difficult job last year, tasked with recapturing the club’s glory days under Alex Ferguson. Since the retirement in 2013 of Ferguson, who won more than 30 major trophies in ...

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Banned Arsene Wenger says critics would prefer to see him jailed

By: vetembaste | Published:January 30, 2017 3:23 pm Arsene Wenger said that any sentence would be lenient for those who don’t like him. (Source: vetembaste) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger brushed off suggestions that his four-match touchline ban for pushing a fourth official was too lenient, saying his critics would still not be satisfied if he was put behind bars. Wenger ...

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Seeing rivals slip fired us up, says Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane

By: vetembaste | Published:January 30, 2017 12:56 pm  Zinedine Zidane was happy with the positive performance from Real Madrid. (Source: AP) Real Madrid were spurred on by La Liga title rivals Barcelona and Sevilla dropping points on Sunday, coach Zinedine Zidane said as his side took a four-point lead at the top by beating Real Sociedad 3-0 in the late ...

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After Sutton United win, FA Cup to have two non-league teams in Last 16 for first time

By: AP | Manchester | Published:January 30, 2017 12:29 am Sutton United beat Leeds 1-0 and qualified for Last 16. (Source: vetembaste) The FA Cup threw up its latest heartwarming story line on Sunday when Sutton United beat second-tier Leeds 1-0 to ensure there would be two non-league teams in the fifth round for the first time. Adding a touch ...

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Borussia Dortmund stumble to 1-1 draw at Mainz

By: vetembaste | Berlin | Published:January 30, 2017 12:38 am Marcus Reus scored the only goal for Borussia Dortmund. (Source: vetembaste) Borussia Dortmund dropped further behind in the race for Champions League spots after a lacklustre performance saw them concede a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Mainz 05 on Sunday. The visitors got off to a perfect start ...

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