Football Roundup Wednesday 21st November

Good evening,


The news today has been dominated by Chelsea’s sacking of Roberto Di Matteo, and the reactions from the other managers. Most of the other news is about tonight’s Champions League games, as the other half of the teams play their penultimate group games. Here is a quick roundup of the other news in football today.


Harry Redknapp is inevitably being linked with the newly available position at Chelsea today, but appears to be distancing himself from the rumours, stating that he is seriously considering the Ukraine national team position. His representatives are apparently in talks over a big-money move to a country that Harry has said are ‘an up and coming football country with some very good young players’. He went on to say ‘I will talk to them and see if we can sort something out. I’m definitely interested, without a doubt’.


Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has today stated that although he feels he has a very good team he is worried about the depth of the squad. His concern seems one mirrored by the board also so we can expect a few new players joining The Magpies in January. France international defender Mathieu Debuchy seems to be one of their main targets.


The long awaited take over seems to be a done deal at Elland Road, with Dubai based investment bank GFH Capital becoming 100% shareholders subject to Football League approval. Leeds  current owner Ken Bates will continue as chairman at the club until the end of the season, when he will become president. Manager Neil Warnock has been promised funds to strengthen his team in the hope of pushing for promotion.


Didier Drogba has asked FIFA for permission to move on loan outside the transfer window as the Chinese Super League is in preseason. Chelsea are apparently interested in a loan move for the talismanic striker, but are sure to face plenty of opposition for the Ivorian forward.


Athletic Bilbao’s Europa League game with Hapoel Kiryat Shmona has been postponed due to the recent violence in Tel Aviv. The situation has pushed UEFA to ask England to be prepared to host next month’s U21 European Championship just in case the trouble escalates further.


Arsenal seem to have made some progress in the Theo Walcott saga, with the player agreeing to slightly lower his wage demands and the club promising to give the player more chances to play in a more central role. The England international has called for patience on the matter claiming he is leaving the negotiations to his agents and will tell the fans as soon as anything is decided.


Premier League club West Ham have joined the race for David Beckham with chairman David Gold saying it would be a ‘fantastic statement’ if they could secure the midfielders signature. The move may appeal to Becks as it would see him return home for what is surely the last leg of his career.


Aston Villa has been handed a one match ban and an £8,000 fine for ‘improper conduct’ in relation to ‘language and/or behaviour’ for his reaction to the 5-0 hammering at the hands of Manchester City.  He will miss the game with Arsenal as a result.


Great news for Tottenham Hotpur fans as Scott Parker has resumed light training and hopes to be back in action as soon as possible. Manager Andre Villas Boas doesn’t want to rush his recovery though, stating ‘We’ll build up his fitness and then we can look at the options for him’.


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Football Roundup Tuesday 20th November

Good evening everyone, ready for a night of Champions League football? You may have seen that a couple of games have already been played, with Lille winning 2-0 away to BATE Borisov and Barcelona winning 3-0 away to Spartak Moscow. But elsewhere football motors on, and with the January transfer window just around the corner the rumours are, as you’d expect, in full flow.


Much of today’s speculation surrounds ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham. The 37 year old has announced he will leave LA Galaxy at the end of the season, with his last game being the cup final on December 1st after six years at the club. His next club is the subject of much debate, but Australia seems to be heading the list of destinations.


Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson seems to have written his Christmas wish list, with Christiano Ronaldo right at the top. The manager has stated the player is ‘unbuyable’ though, as any player that has scored 165 goals in 163 games would be. Rumours have stated the Portuguese superstar isn’t 100% happy in Madrid, and has said he misses his ‘father in football’ Alex Ferguson.


Arsenal are apparently planning a ‘take it or leave it’ contract offer for in demand winger Theo Walcott. They are prepared to let him leave if he doesn’t sign it, with Liverpool and Chelsea apparently waiting in the wings.


Liverpool are also said to be monitoring the situation of Daniel Sturridge, as they only have one striker and the Chelsea front man appears to have fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge. Figures being mentioned are around £15 million, which could well see Chelsea bid for Walcott as early as January.


Sam Allardyce believes West Ham deserved 3 points in last night’s game against Stoke. While he admitted Stoke where the better side in the first half, he feels his side had more than enough chances in the second half to feel a little aggrieved with just a point.


Southampton starlet James Ward-Prowse has signed a new deal, keeping him at the club until 2017. The 18 year old was promoted to the first team this season and has impressed his club enough to warrant a new long term deal.


Ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is apparently the main target of Italian giants Juventus, who are planning a January bid for the Ivorian international. Drogba is apparently unhappy with life in China, only six months after joining Shanghai Shenua at the end of last season.


Peter Herbert (Society of Black Lawyers) has today said he has been in touch with the Metropolitan Police, with a meeting next on the agenda. Herbert told reporters ‘Ideally, as a result of that they will speak to Tottenham and the Football Association about the anti-Semitic chants. We are prepared to make an official complaint if we feel action is not being taken’. Expect a raucous atmosphere at White Hart Lane on Sunday.


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Russia: Shunin Attack Overshadows Matchday 16

It was an incident that was reported on around Europe and that shocked many in the footballing community but it was completely played down by the St Petersburg club. The totally unprovoked attack on the Dinamo keeper Anton Shunin overshadowed the recent RPL weekend.
With Dinamo 1-0 up against the title challengers, a pyrotechnic, whether it was smoke bomb, firecracker or firework it is unsure, was thrown from the away end, where the Zenit fans were housed, into the face of the Dinamo goalkeeper. Shunin instantly went down in a cloud of smoke clutching his face. Play was stopped by the referee before eventually abandoning the game due to obvious player safety concerns.
This decision was later criticised by Zenit goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev who clearly didn't feel empathetic towards his counterpart who felt the game should have carried on after Shunin had received treatment.
Zenit also played down the incident and in fact blamed Dinamo for the incident, saying it is their responsibility because it happened in their stadium. That is despite the official RPL ruling stating that the away club is responsible for away fans, a lesson in sympathy and PR is clearly required.
Dinamo also released a statement criticising Zenit in their attempt to shift responsibility, citing their lack of fan punishments as a reason behind the attack. Dinamo also stated that Zenit’s claim for a default win was “absurd”.
Three women have been arrested over the incident with one thought to be the missile thrower however it is unclear whether they are Zenit fans or not.
Shunin meanwhile was hospitalised over the attack and is reported to have suffered burnt cornea’s with one eye in a poor condition, teammate Christian Noboa also said Shunin was “in shock”.
We will find out on Thursday what action the RPL disciplinary committee will take after this incident.

Other results:

Volga 1-1 Spartak Moscow – Volga continued their recently improved form with a very credible draw at home to Spartak.  The away side took the lead via Dmitri Kombarov in the 14th minute with a sweetly struck freekick. Volga equalised with the last kick of the first half via Alexsandr Salugin after a goalmouth scramble from a freekick. Volga had the opportunity to win the game on several occasions but struggled to take their chances as has often been the case for them this season.
Volga are in the relegation playoff in 14th with Spartak in the final Europa League place in 5th.

Alania 0-2 Rubin Kazan – Rubin go on a run of 4 straight league victories after two goals in 5 minutes from Marcano and Kasaev earned them a victory against strugglers Alania on Valery Gazzaev’s return to management. Alania in the relegation zone in 15th with Rubin up to 4th.

CSKA Moscow 3-0 Amkar – CSKA extended their lead at the top to 5 points with a convincing win against mid-table Amkar. A Rasmus Elm penalty, a neat passing move ended by Musa and a quick counter attack finished by Cauna secured the win.

Mordovia 0-3 Kuban – Kuban kept up their European push with a win at bottom club Mordovia, the result saw the Mordovia boss sacked on Monday after 5 straight defeats and only picking up 8 points in 16 games.

Anzhi 0-0 Rostov – Ex-Spurs goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa frustrated the home side with save after save to get a well needed point for Rostov at 2nd place Anzhi. Rostov in 12th, two points clear of the relegation zone.

Krylya Sovetov 0-1 Lokomotiv Moscow – A 4th minute goal from Dame N’Doye gave Lokomotiv the win against a poor Krylya side who have now lost 5 on the bounce and are without a win in their last 8. The win relieves some pressure on Lokomotiv boss Slaven Bilic. Lokomotiv in 8th and Krylya are in 13th.

Krasnodar 3-0 Terek – Inconsistent Terek were on the end of a big defeat in Krasnodar, Joaozinho, Wanderson and Shipitsin with the goals for the home side. Krasnodar up to 9th, Terek fall out of the European places in 7th.


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Football Roundup Thursday 15th November

Good evening everyone, by now you should be out of the cold, having endured what seemed like 20 hours of hard labour. All you want to do now is sit back and relax, put your feet up and catch up on the daily goings on in world of football. Enjoy the brew of your choice and have a read of today’s headlines.


Today has been a day of transfer speculation, mainly surrounding Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. The figure being thrown about seems to be around the 40 million pound mark, which maybe inevitably points to Manchester City. Reds manager Rodgers has denied this, saying that Liverpool are looking to add players to their squad rather than selling their best players.


While on the subject of transfers, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris seems to be increasingly unhappy with his role at the north London club. He said the situation was ‘difficult’ but that he just has to stay professional.


More bad news for Spurs fans, influential midfielder Moussa Dembele seems to have lost his race for fitness ahead of the North London derby this weekend. Manager Andre Villas Boas said the game has ‘come too soon’ for the playmaker. AVB will have to come up with something to beat Arsenal, as he claims ‘We need to finish above Arsenal to finish in the top four, and Daniel(Levy) keeps telling me how important the game is’.


Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini stated today that he is happy at the club and is not looking to move away just yet. He continued to say ‘I want to play for one of the biggest clubs one day, but Everton are an ambitious club, I don’t think they’ll let their best players go just like that’. Many clubs are interested in the Belgium international, including Manchester United and Chelsea.


Another Chelsea target, Radamel Falcao has stated that he is not even thinking about a move away, as he stays focussed on the current campaign with Atletico Madrid. He went on to say he does dream of playing abroad in the future, but now he is thinking only of this season and keeping his performances at the same high standard.


A big topic of debate in the world of football has apparently been top of the agenda as Premier League chiefs met to discuss the financial restrictions being placed on clubs. While the majority of the clubs chairmen showed support for restrictions, there were differences of opinion on how they should be enforced. Arsenal and Manchester United for example feel clubs should be banned from operating at a loss, while others feel the restrictions should only be temporary regarding wage increases. But others feel there should be no restrictions at all, and that an owner should be able to subsidies any loss made by the club. The debate rages on and should hopefully be sorted out over the coming months, as the restrictions would take effect from the start of next season.


For more on today check out the Lunch Time Roundup by Thomas Brooks.

Europa League Roundup - Thursday

Liverpool were unlucky the lose to the cash rich Russian side Anzhi Mackhachkala in this evenings Europa League. After Rodgers once again named a largely inexperienced side, they were undone by a clever finish by 6ft 8in giant Lacina Traore on the cusp of half time.

They move down to 2nd in the group after tonights defeat, and take on Swiss side Young Boys in their next fixture at Anfield.

Newcastle United came from 2-0 down in Belgium to earn a 2-2 draw with Club Bruges. The Magpies were 2-0 down in just twenty minutes, although two quick fire goals from Vurnon Anita and Shola Ameobi before half time earned Alan Pardew's side a draw who sit a point clear at the top of Group D.

Tottenham Hotspur overcame NK Maribor 3 - 1 after a hat-trick from Jermain Defoe. Hugo Lloris started in goal for Spurs and gifted a goal to the visitors by kicking the ball directly at the opposition striker who turned it in to make the score 1-1 before half time. A bright moment was at half time as an emotional Fabrice Muamba walked onto The White Hart Lane pitch to a huge round of applause after the former Bolton midfielder encountered a heart attack on the pitch earlier in the year. Spurs sit in 2nd place in the group on 6 points after 4 games.