Month: April 2019

  • Former Liverpool star Harry Kewell ‘regrets’ Watford U23 sacking after series of heavy defeats

    Harry Kewell has defended his contribution whilst in charge of under-23s after being sacked following a poor run of results. The former and Leeds star had only mustered two wins since October - with humiliating losses to Cardiff, 7-1, Ipswich, 8-0, and his last game in charge, a 4-1 loss to Colchester - before being handed his marching orders on Thursday. The 38-year-old is new to management and despite admitting his disappointment at the club's decision, Kewell took a positive outlook on his time at Vicarage Road. "Regretfully myself and Watford under 23s have parted ways," Kewell said in a statement released on social media. "Unfortunately results haven't been on my side. "However I'm extremely proud as three of my players have made their debut for the first team and five othe admits he's spoken to France teammate Kylian Mbappe about life at Real Madrid.The PSG striker is a target for Real president Florentino Perez for next summer.And Varane told Le Figaro: "I always love Mbappé in my team. "Whether in the national teamrs have been in the squad. "I'd like to thank Watford for the opportunity and wish the club and my players all the best for the future. I'm looking forward to my next challenge."content_img Will Harry Kewell bounce back chief Michael Edwards.Edwards' standing his risen rapidly over the last few seasons at Anfield."[The relationship] is brilliant, absolutely brilliant," he said. "Mike Gordon (FSG president) is here [in Liverpool] at the moment as everyone knows!"It iafter Watford under-23 sacking?0+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Vito Mannone backs Jermain Defoe to fire Sunderland to safety ahead of crunch clash with Arsenal

    is backing Jermain Defoe to fire to Premier League safety – although he isnited's long-term shopping list.The Mirror says United have reportedly drawn up a shortlist of eight long-term targets, including Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho and Red Bull Salzburg goal machine Erling Haaland.England trio James Maddison (Leice “not proud” they are in another tight corner. Defoe’s 16th goal of the season – his 10th in 14 away games – helped the Black Cats Next up for Sam Allardyce’s men is a home game with Mannone’s focontent_imgrmer club Arsenal, and the Sudie Howe is full of praise for midfielder Philip Billing.He believes the 23-year-old can play a pivotal role for his team as they look to avoid relegation in the Premier League.Billing recently came back from injury, and scored an impressive goal aganderland goalkeeper trusts will invoke the spirit of north London rivalry. He said: “Having a player like Jermain up front is a big advantage for us. He is such a big threat up front and teams are wary of him because they know what he can do. “If we defend well, we can carry a threat going forward and create chances. All our strikers did well at Norwich – Jermain, Fabio (Borini) and Duncan (Watmore) all made a difference. “We keep finding ourselves in a tight corner every year, but I would not be proud of it. “I would like to have a nice season and be able to enjoy it, but this is where we are again and we need to keep working to try and achieve something unbelievable once more. “Against Arsenal I would be happy with a clean sheet but, as I know better than most, it is never easy against them. “They are always a tough team to play against. Any chance they have to go on the pitch and perform, they do it – but like them, we need the points.” Sunderland will go above Norwich if they take a point off the Gunners on Sunday. Will Sunderland beat the drop?1000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Are newly promoted teams an opening day banana skin in the Premier League?

    Despite sometimes being unknown quantities, newly promoted teams ahaving a heavy influence on transfer policy this summer.The Mirror says Edu has returned to the Emirates this summer as the backroom restructure shaped up.Arsenal have been linked with a host of players since his appointment was confirmed last week, ren't opening day banana skins. The new season kicks off in little over two weeks time and the omens are looking good for , and Only five of the 30 opening round matches involving newly promoted teams over the last 10 seasons have ended with the Premier League new boys winning the match. That's a win ratio of jure-half Bailly has proven a long-term absentee for United having not been involved in matches or training since suffering injury in a pre-season game against Tottenham. ESPN says the Ivorian - who is targeting a return given he is out of contract in st 17 per cent. In fact, that win ratio drops as low as 7% (one match) for newly promoted teams playing away from home in their first Premier League game - Blackpool's 4-0 victory over Wigan in the opening day of the 2010-11 season. That's reassuring then for Everton then, who host Watford on the opening day on August 8. The Hornet's are no strangers to Goodison Park. Their last foray into the Premier League in the 2006-07 season started with an away trip to Everton, a match which David Moyes' side won 2-1. Newly promoted sides have fared better when starting their campaigns at home. As many as 25% of matches (four in total) saw the Premier League new boys win their opener in front of their home fans. That's not great news for Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, who travel to Bournemouth and Norwich respectively. Aston Villa have content_imgonly played one game against a newly promoted side over the last 10 seasons on the opening day. That was in 2012-13 when they were away to West Ham. Paul Lambert's side lost that match 1-0 with Kevin Nolan's first half strike deciding the match. Palace's only opening day match in the Premier League over the last 10 seasons was when they themselves were promoted, back in the 2013-14 season - they lost that game 1-0 to Tottenham at home. last opening game match was in 2011-12 when they held Wigan to a 1-1 draw away from home at the DW Stadium. Will AFC Bournemouth beat Aston Villa on the opening day?0+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Anthony Martial reveals why he LIKES Louis van Gaal shouting at him

    Manchester United forward has revealed that shouts at him - but the Old Trafford boss makes him lnuary, according to club legend Paul Ince.Like his United teammates, the World Cup winner has endured an inconsistent start to the season.And after failing to join Real Madrid in the summer, Ince thinks Pogba has his mind set on a move in the winter augh. The French star, who joined the club from Monaco in the summer, says that his manager is a hard taskmaster with him, . But he says the Dutchman's blasts make him happy, because he knows that his boss is right to demand improvement from him. “He yells at me,” Martial said in an interview with RTL. “It makes me laugh because I know it's for my own good.” Martial, 20, who has scored 12 goals in a torrid season for United, is used to the approach and says his former coach at Monaco Leonardo Jardim was similar, adding: “He was very hard with me, that’s what I needed.” France boss Didier Dever allegations of racist abuse against Manchester United players during Saturday's derby match has been released on bail, reports BBC Sport.The 41-year-old Manchester City fan was held on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order on Sunday.A vschamps has also boosted Martial's confidence. He handed him his internaticontent_imgonal debut last September and the striker said a warning from the former midfielder sparked him. Martial revealed: "He said what are you waiting with the qualities you have? It would be a huge waste. “He came to see his friends. I was there, I said hello and that's what he told to me." Is Anthony Martial United's best player?1000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • What channel is NK Domzale vs West Ham on? TV information and more ahead of Europa League tie

    begin their European adventure when they take on s free to leave the club.Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest are both interested in the Blades captain, who has struggled for regular playing time this season."As far as I am concerned he is one of five strikers. The boys at the top of the pitch are NK Domzale on Thursday night. The Hammers get their Europa League campaign underway in Slovenia for the third qualifying round. Slaven Bilic has brought a strong squad with him as they bid to reach the group stages of Europe's secondary club competition. But what time does the game kick-off and where can you watch it? Here's all you need to know courtesy of What time is NK Domzale vs West Ham? The game kicks-off at 7.45pm and will be played at the Stozice Stadium. Where can I watch it? The game will be broadcast live on BT Sports 2, with coverage starting at 7.30pm. You can also watch the match via the Bt Sports app. Team news Bilic is likely to be without players who reached the latter stages of the Euro 2016 and but it would provide an opportunity to see how the new boys are settling in, with Sofiane Feghouli the pick of the bunch during a patchy pre-season tour. Diafra Sakho and Manuel Lanzini will also be absent through injury. In pictures - West Ham training: Pre-season results Seattle Sounders L 3-0 Carolina RailHighted to be part of victorycontent_img over Tottenham.The Danish defender flew to Milan in the week to have a protective mask fitted and he was able to take his place at the heart of a back three yesterday, alongside captain Cesar Azpilicueta and Toni Rudiger.awks D 2-2 FC Slovacko D 2-2 Rubin Kazan W 3-0 Karlsruher SC L 3-0 Quote corner “We are happy with our preparations,” Bilic . “We have done everything that wanted to do, but still we have to make a balance in our preparations to compromise some things because the competitive games don’t start on August 15, they start on Thursday. “It’s not ideal but I’m really pleased with the way we’ve trained. We are still expecting a few players to come back, those who have been playing in the European Championships. “If we continue to work hard like this, with dedication and humility, we can expect good things.” Where will West Ham finish this season?1000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • David De Gea reacts after being accused of organising ‘sex party’ for Spain U21 teammates

    has claimed allegations that he organised a meeting in which two girls were "sexually abused" by Spain Under-21 teammates are "all false". The No 1's international colleagues refused to take questions or comment on the 25-year-old's situation after revealed the contents of a protected witness statement that named De Gea in a wider prostitution and people trafficking case. The Spain goalkeeper also insisted he will stay with his teammates and take part in Euro 2016. De Gea came out and completely denied the claims, assuring fans that he would play for Spain if called upon. "It is all a lie," he said, speaking ahead of Spain's opening group game against Czech Republic on Monday. "I feel even stronger about staying with the national team now... it is all false and it is in my lawyers hands" "I never thought about leaving [the camp]. It gives me more strength to train even harder" "I'm still very relaxed, just want to train and do what I like to do. I just want the tournament to staMilan midfielder Suso is delighted to have made a move to Sevilla.Suso has moved to Sevilla on an 18-month loan with €20m option to buy, which becomes an obligation if they qualify for the Champions League.“Both Milan and Sevilla knew full well trt and to play." "I am a quiet guy and it is difficult that something affects me. And when something is false more reasons not to be affected. "I was playing the Playstation in the room when I was told about it. Above all I wanted to tell my family, so they know this is all false, and tsea dressing room after Saturday's 2-2 draw with Sheffield United.Tammy Abraham scored twice in the first 43 minutes, but Chelsea were pegged back in the second-half.Barkley said: “There's loads of ­talent in there in the changing room. The playerhey can be relaxed. "I know what I have done with my life. It is all false. “I have no idea where reports came from or how I could be [mixed up] in this. I am very relaxed, and I can only say it is all false.” De Gea and Iker Muniain have been implicated by testimony given in the investigation of porn baron Torbe - real name Ignacio Allende Fernandez - who has been jailed for a number of offences including child pornography, extortion, trafficking and sexual exploitation. A female witness, whose identity is being protected and is named only as TP3, was giving evidence against Torbe in which she claimed that the porn site owner was also the head of a prostitution ring that abused women from both Spain and abroad - some of them underage. The witness, who was forced into Torbe’s network of prostitutes, has given evidence that she was grabbed by the arm and forced into a bedroom with another girl and two footballers in a five-star penthouse in central Madrid. The police report reads: “The new girl and TP3 were sexually abused by the men, since if they had said no they were physically abused by both, and once finishing with the sexual desires of both footballers, they made threats that nothing that had occurred in the hotel room should ever come to light. “Neither TP3 nor the other girl that was in the room received anything for the physical and sexual aggressions they encountered, with Torbe taking all the earnings.” On May 6th, TP3 revealed the names of one of the footballers who abused her as Iker Muniain, while she chased David De Gea - named as having organised the ‘party’ with Torbe - for the identity of the other. TP3 says that she made it clear to Torbe, in front of the footballers, that she had no wish to take part in the ‘party’ and that the players insisted no recordings be made as to not affect their playing careers. De Gea and TP3 maintained contact via instant messaging app WhatsApp and the Manchester United man discussed a new encounter with the woman. El Diario claims the tone of the wicontent_imgtness’ conversation is “the witness attempting to gather more evidence.” The Spanish police and Ministry of the Interior have been contacted for comment. The Spanish football federation have also not yet responded to a request for comment. De Gea accused of organising 'sex party'
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  • Stoke City now have more Champions League winners than Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal COMBINED

    The theory goes that there are only a handful of teams who will ever get anywhere near Champions League glory. , , , and are always in with a shout; all aim for a top-four spot as their main target, and failure to attain it can be a disastrous blow to their chances of attracting top talent. Although Liverpool are long odds to get a Champions League spot this season, their fans can at least take solace in the fact that their side have the ultimate European pedigree. In one sense, yes. The Reds are England's most decorated club in Europe, having won a total of five Champions League titles and European Cups. However, their current playing squad is far from the most experienced when it comes to winning the Champions League. The Potters already had four men on their books ilik is attracting interest from Arsenal and Tottenham.The Mirror says Spurs and Arsenal are competing to sign Milik at the end of the season, according to reports in Italy.Jose Mourinho is highly likely to recruit striker in the summer after Spurs hwith Champions League medals last season: Marko Arnautović (Inter in 2010), Ibrahim Affelay (Barcelona in 2011), Bojan Krkic (Barcelona in 2009 and 2011) and Marc Muniesa (Barcelond man of the squad.The left-back is now one of the most experienced players in an Everton squad which is only getting younger under the transfer strategy of Marco Silva and Marcel Brands.However, the role of a mentor is not one the 34-year-old tends a in 2009). The addition of (Bayern Munich in 2013) last sumcontent_imgmer means there are as many European Cup winners at Stoke as there are at Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City PUT TOGETHER: Scary, huh? Watch out, Liverpool - Stoke are coming for you… Will Stoke qualify for Europe this season?3000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • coming up,” Critchley said after victory over Sou

    ster Mason Greenwoon in the coming weeks.He hasn't featured in Premier League 2 since September due to a combination of international duty, injury and first-team squad call-ups."We have lots of games coming up," Critchley said after victory over Southampton. "Neco (Wild to himself.Solskjaer was a lethal striker for United, often being deployed by manager Sir Alex Fergucontent_imgson as a super sub late in games.He scored the winner for the Red Devils in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich
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  • Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey’s celebration against Watford was tribute to pregnant wife

    celebration in win over Watord was a tribute to his heavily pregnant wife. The midfielder scored the Gunners' third and final goal in and shoved the ball underneath his shirt to celebrate. Ramsey's wife, Colleen, is 37 weeks pregnant with the pair's first child. "My wife is a few weeks away from giving birth," he said. "It’s a very exciting time for us. "It's been a while since I scored for Arsenal, so I'm delighted. I'll take anything at the moment." The result kept the distance between Arsenal and league leaders Manchester City down to two points. earlier on Satur Dayot Upamecano at the end of the season.The French defender admitted this week that he "knows clubs love me" and he plans to discuss his options with his representatives this summer.In Germany, it's claimed Arsenal are ready to make a third effort day courtesy of a hat-trick from Raheem Sterling and a Wilfried Bony brace. In pictures - Watford 0-3 Arsenal: Is Aaron Ramsey Acontent_imgrsenal's best central midfielder?t Watford on Saturday.Silva told evertontv: “It is something I am demanding every single day from him.“We know Bernard is a player with high technical quality, giving us very good things and providing assists.“But I want him to be more hungry t2000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • England boss Roy Hodgson never even THOUGHT about getting sacked when Wales took Euro 2016 derby lead

    Roy Hodgson insisted he didn’t fear the sack when England’s dream was hanging by a thread against Wales. could have been toast if his hadn’t produced a rousing fightback from 1-0 down at half-time, with substitutes Jamie Vissed the claims of Jean-Michel Aulas that Jose Mourinho was close to replacing him.The Lyon preside with Alexis Mac Allister.Mac Allister is joining up with Albion during the current break in fixtures after helping Argentina reach the Olympics.Potter said: “He can play quite a few (roles) – off the side, as a ten.“It is important we get him nt has suggested he moved for Mourinho after sacking Genesio.But the French coach told RMC: "How can we think that Mourinho can come to Lyon? It is noardy and Daniel Sturridge - the latter in stoppage-time - scoring the goals . England now have four points and are in control of their own destiny - victory over Slovakia on Monday night will guarantee their progress into the last 16 as winners of Group B. But Hodgson said: “You can’t feel the pressure of what might happen. “The beauty of games for me is that once the game starts, I can shut out all the things that are being suggested and all the problems. “I concentrate 100% on what is happening on the field, what have we got to do and what changes are necessary. “Once you allow yourself to get caught up and start thinking, 'Blimey! If this doesn’t go our way, this could happen’, then you’re not doing your job as well as you can. “As soon as that whistle blows, for that 92 minutes or whatever, I am full-on. “It is nice that people have praised us for our boldness but if we had drawn or lost against Wcontent_imgales, it wouldn’t have made any difference to what we would have had to have done against Slovakia. "We would have had to win anyway.” What's your prediction for this one?2000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 Arsenal player ratings: Who was your man of the match in Croatia?

    endured a night to forget as Olivier Giroud's first half red card left them with a mountain to climb in Croatia. With the Gunners already trailing Dinamo Zagreb 1-0, the striker was sent off after missing a host of early chances. An unfortunate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain own goal only compounded to the self-destruction before Theo Walcott provided brief hope with a late goal. But which of Arsene Wenger's team did themselves justice? Our man at the match, Neil McLeman, runs the rule over their best and worst performers... ARSENAL Unlucky with goal in first appearance of the season Given rare chance to impress at right-back. Failed Looked uncomfortable all evening with a man to mark Made some timely interceptions and carried ball well Pushed forward well down the left flank. Set up Ozil chance At least got on the ball and tried to make things happen Recalled club captain saw the game pass him by in midfield Contributed going forward. Unlucky with own goal Pushed the ball around the park to no great effect Pushed up front after Giroud’s dismissal Had header saved, hit post. Booked for dissent. Sent off (Oxlee Lions captain is reportedly being pursued by Manchester United and Juventus."Harry Kane should not look to leave Tottenham if he loves Spurs and is a fan of the club," Barnes told BonusCodeBets.co.uk."If all players wanted to leave their club to wade-Chamberlain 65) (Arteta 65) (Gcontent_imgibbs 65) DINAMO ZAGREB Eduardo 8; Pinto 6, Sigali 6, Taravel 7, Pivaric 6; fender Matthias Ginter.BILD says Spurs and Atletico Madrid are in talks with Gladbach for the Germany international.Both clubs have intimated a willingness to pay €35m for Ginter, though Gladbach are demanding €60m to sell.Gladbach are reluctant Machado 7, Ademi 6, Antolic 6; Soudani 7, Pjaca 8, Fernandes 6: Subs: Coric (Fernandes 74) Rog (Antolic 82) Benkovic (Pjaca 88).
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  • Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone admits he’s a fan of Leicester and star striker Jamie Vardy

    Diego Simeone could not have been more complimentary about – but swiftly shut down a question about his own future, . is seen as the next superstar manager. Linked with every big Premier League job, Inter Milan also have him on their hit-list. He would be box-office butting heaetirement.At 31, Anderson has hung up the boots and will take up an off-field role with Turkish Second Division outfit Adana Demirspor."Anderson has decided tcontent_imgo quit football, reduced his salary by €400,000 and will continue to work at the club. "I ds with Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp in England, but gave a very clear answer when asked whether there was anything he wanted to do at Atletico before leaving for England or Italy. “Yes, win tomorrow night,” snapped Simeone. And, with that, the former Argentina hardman walked out of the press conference. Simeone is clearly a manager going places after reaching final twice in the last three seasons and is widely tipped to go to Inter next — but that may be in another year if he stays to usher in Atletico’s looming move to their new stadium. What was most interesting about him on Tuesday was the glowing praise reserved for Leicester strikeras favourites.The Reds kickoff their defence at Napoli tonight.Fabinho said, "We are among the favourites, having won it a year ago. "The competition is very difficult, there are the best teams in Europe. Our goal can only be to qualify by thinking g — it is clear Atletico believe the England international is the dangerman for this quarter-final. Simeone said: “I like him, I really rate him as striker. “He is the kind of powerful striker Atletico have had. He gives the team a lot of depth, and makes life really difficult for defenders to get the ball out. He is very dangerous and if we make any mistakes, he will penalise that.” On the Foxes’ style of play, Simeone added: “Leicester adapt their style of play to fit their players. “And they’ve done well in Europe because of that.” Who'll go through to the Champions League semi-finals?1000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Bobby Moore’s widow backs calls for World Cup hero husband to be posthumously knighted

    Bobby Moore’s widow today backs calls to see him posthumously knighted, 50 years after . Stephanie Moore, who has campaigned tirelessly since losing beloved to bowel cancer in 1993, told of her joy at the idea of seeing him honoured. She also spoke in support of the Sunday Mirror’s campaign for heroes to be knighted in the year that marks the big ­anniversary of the legendary win. She said: “It would be wonderful to see Bobby knighted. “I would love to see the 1966 team properly recognised. They got MBEs very late in the day, which is shocking, so it would be lovely.” It would be the first ever posthumous knighthood. Stephanie has also spoken of her sadness at recent reports of the tragedy affecting some survivors of the 1966 team. The Daily Mirror revealed how England heroes Martin Peters, and Ray Wilson have all been diagnosed with the condition amid fears it was caused by years of heading heavy footballs. Stephanie said: “I’m convinced it’s that big, wet, leather, heavy football they were heading. “I don’t know what would’ve happened to Bobby. He wasn’t a great header of the ball, but it is a large percentage of the team that have this.” Stephanie set up the Bobby Moore Fund in partnership with Cancer Research UK shortly.The England U21 striker was summoned back to the Emirates earlier this month because of a lack of playing time at Elland Road, initially with a view to going back out on loan to a Championship rival, though Mikel Arteta has since decided to keep him after Bobby’s tragic death, and her dearri had started the game with the 4-3-3 he made his trademark at Napoli and Chelsea, but moved to a 4-3-1-2 at Juventus – similar to the Empoli model.He stated, “Maybe people thought I was dumb… They just had to pay attention. I started with adication has seen £22m raised so far. Football Shirt Friday, for which workers pay £2 to take part, is her latest crusade to raise research cash and awareness of cancer symptoms. Add your support to our campaign tocontent_img knight the ‘66 Lions at www.mirror.co.uk/1966lions World Cup heroes Alzheimer's diagnosis
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  • 9 spooky similarities between this season’s Leicester and Chelsea’s 2012 Champions League winners

    A squad that shouldn't be good enough to get to the latter stages of the Champions League, let alone win it. A group of players who keep beating superior sides against all the odds. A squad responsible for onecontent_img of English football's most unlikely triumphs. No, not this season's We're talking about the Chelsea side which won the in 2012. The similarities between this season's Foxes and the Chelsea outfit which lifted Europe's most famous trophy are striking. In fact, if you stop and REALLY look at what happened to Chelsea during that 2011/12 season, you soon begin to realise that Leicester could be on a very similar path to glory. Take a look at this list of comparisons, and you might soon be wondering if the Leicester fairytale might have another chapter to come… In 2012, Chelsea lose the first leg of their Round of 16 tie, 3-1 away from home In 2017, Leicester lose the first leg of their Round of 16 tie, 2-1 away from home Chelsea sack their manager on March 4 Leicester sack their manager on February 23 Before sacking their boss, Chelsea had won just three of their previous 11 Premier League games Before sacking their boss, Leicester had won just two of their previous 11 Premier League games Chelsea put their assistant boss in charge Leicester put their assistant boss in charge Roberto di Matteo wins first four games in charge, including Round of 16 second leg Craig Shakespeariker Cenk Tosun is undergoing surgery on his knee.The Turkish international suffered an ACL injury while he was training with the London club.Tosun is on loan at Palace from Everton.It appears he will go back to Everton to receive medical attention, e wins first four games in charge, including Round of 16 second leg Petr Cech keeps five clean sheets in Chelsea's Champions League campaign KaspeBlues defender Rudiger is facing a fight to be fit for the start of the season after suffering a knee injury towards the end of last season that required surgery.But the Germany defender has stepped up his rehabilitation plan at the renowned Transforr Schmeichel has kept five clean sheets in Leicester's Champions League campaign Chelsea's central midfield pair consists of an Englishman and Nigerian (Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel) Leicester's central midfield pair consists of an Englishman and Nigerian (Danny Drinkwater and Wilfred Ndidi) Chelsea finish outside the top four Leicester will finish outside the top four Chelsea win the Champions League Leicester win the…? It couldn't happen again… could it? Could Leicester actually win the Champions League?1000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • FIFA ethics committee investigating Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini

    FIFA's ethics committee is investigating both Michel Platini and following the Swiss attorney general's decision to launch criminal proceedings against head of recruitment.Celtic announced on Saturday morning that Congerton, 45, had left the club - and just half an hour later Leicester confirmed his appointment. Congerton had previously worked with Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers in the Chelsea youth setthe president. It is understood the ethics committee is looking into the circumstances of a 2million Swiss franc (£1.35million) payment that Platini received in 2011 for work said to carried out more than nine years previously. Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings against Blatter on Friday and was interviewed as a witness by officers from the attorney general's office. Both strenuously deny any wrongdoing. FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali of Jordan, Platini's rival for the forthcoming presidential election, said the world governing body has been "shaken to its very core" by the recent scandals. Sepp Blatter joins FIFA as a technical director.1981Blatter is appointed general secretary of FIFA.1998Having held the position of general secretary since 1981, Blatter is elected president of football's governing body, succeeding Joao Havelange at the 51st Congress.2002Rumours circulate of financial irregularities and backroom dealings - leading to direct allegations of bribery that the Somali Football Federation and Confederation of African Football were offered $100,000 to vote for Blatter in the 1998 election.2004Blatter is accused of being sexist after his comments on women's football, including the suggestion they should wear tighter shorts.February 2010Blatter is again in the spotlight for comments he makes, this time regarding John Terry's alleged affair with a team-mate's wifecontent_img. The Swiss said Terry would have been 'applauded' in Latin countries.December 2010Russia are awarded the 2018 World Cup, with Blatter referring to England as 'bad losers' after their bid to land the tournament failed. At the same ceremony, Blatter controversially reveals Qatar will host the 2022 tournament, despite fears over the temperature and culture in the country. He says homosexual football fans should 'refrain from sexual activities' while in the UAE.2011Blatter comes under fire after suggesting players should settle on-field comments of a racist nature by 'shaking hands' in the wake of the John Terry/Anton Ferdinand incident.May 2015Blatter is re-elected as FIFA president - but 14 FIFA officials are arrested in Zurich prior to the Congress. Just days later, the Swiss announces he will step down as president 'as soon as possible'.June 2015Reports in Spain say the FIFA president was a former lover of Cristiano Ronaldo's model ex-girlfriend Irina Shayk.September 2015Criminal proceedinAston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia is on his way to Qatar.The Mirror says Kodjia will jet out to Doha in the morning to hold a medical with Al Gharafa.Ex-Bristol City ace Kodjia has only made nine appearances this season - only six of which have come in the Premier League.The Qatari club are managed by former Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic.gs are opened against Blatter by the Swiss prosecutors over suspected criminal mismanagement of a television deal struck with Jack Warner in 2005.October 2015Blatter, along with Michel Platini and Jerome Valcke, is suspended by FIFA for 90 days over an alleged 'disloyal' payment to the UEFA chief.
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