Monday, July 28, 2014

Ronaldo named Goal 50 winner

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Goal 50 award for the world’s best footballer after a magnificent 2013-14 campaign, reclaiming the title from Lionel Messi.

It is the third time the Real Madrid ace has won the award, which he adds to a season’s haul that includes the Champions League, Copa del Rey and the Ballon d’Or – another trophy he wrestled off Messi.

The Argentine only managed to finish third this time, his campaign having been disrupted by injury, while Bayern Munich and Netherlands winger Arjen Robben finished in second place.

Ronaldo revealed his delight to Goal: “It’s a very big honour for me to have been chosen as the best player. I’m sincerely grateful.

“I’m convinced that I wouldn’t have been able to win this award without the constant support from all the people at Real Madrid.”
Monday, July 28, 2014 13:51

Van Gaal confronts Mourinho

New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal indicated that he would have a word with Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho on Saturday after the Blues boss spoke out about the transfer of Luke Shaw.

The 19-year-old was a target for the Blues before leaving Southampton for Old Trafford and the Portuguese said that his huge wages would have "killed" Chelsea.

It prompted the Dutchman to talk to Mourinho in private as the first mind-games of the Premier League title race began.
Sunday, July 27, 2014 09:31

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Drogba returns 'home' to Chelsea

Veteran Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba completed a shock return to Chelsea on Friday, re-joining the club he left on a free transfer two years ago.

The 36-year-old, whose last kick for the Blues was the winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final, said upon his return that the west Londoners "have always felt like home".

Drogba also revealed that he was keen to reignite his "special relationship" with manager Jose Mourinho, who originally signed the forward back in 2004.

The Portuguese coach was keen to add the former Galatasaray attacker's experience and winning mentality to a young Blues squad, and he becomes Chelsea's fourth signing of a busy summer.
Saturday, July 26, 2014 12:00

Vidal snubs Manchester United

It appears Louis van Gaal will have to look elsewhere in order to bolster his midfield after Arturo Vidal ruled out a switch to Manchester United this summer.

"I don't know if I will stay at Juventus, I'm happy here in Turin," the Chile international told Sky Italy.

"I will talk with Allegri on Monday. I'm not going to Manchester."
Friday, July 25, 2014 12:00

Arsenal & Chelsea in Khedira tug-of-war

Arsenal may have been put off by Sami Khedira’s wage demands but that hasn’t stopped Lukas Podolski from trying persuade his fellow Germany international to join him at the Emirates Stadium.

"I didn't have to [try to convince Khedira to join Arsenal]," Podolski told Sport Bild.

"Sami knows how much fun he could have with me, Mesut [Ozil] and Per [Mertesacker] at Arsenal. We had a great time together at the World Cup and I would like it very much if he comes to London."

But despite Podolski’s keenness to get Khedira to sign for Arsenal, Chelsea remain frontrunners in the race for the Real Madrid midfielder.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00

James becomes latest Madrid Galactico

Barely two weeks ago James Rodriguez left the pitch in Fortaleza in tears after Colombia were knocked out of the World Cup by hosts Brazil, but he was in rather better spirits on Tuesday as he was unveiled as Real Madrid's latest Galactico at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 23-year-old was the top scorer at this summer's tournament, striking his sixth and final goal from the penalty spot against the Selecao - and, in the process, famously picked up a new friend in the shape of an enormous grasshopper.

And now James, sans giant insect, has become the fourth most expensive player in history after sealing a £63 million move to the Spanish capital, where he can look forward to playing alongside two of the three players who have cost more than him, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, as well as fellow summer recruit Toni Kroos.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:00

Retiring Gerrard fails to show Liverpool best for England

Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from international football on Monday, drawing the curtain on an England career that began back in May 2000.

But despite such a long and distinguished association with England, scoring 21 goals in 114 appearances for his country, the Liverpool skipper never managed to replicate his Anfield form for the Three Lions.

The 34-year-old is the last of England's so-called Golden Generation to retire, but leaves having failed to challenge in major tournaments despite consistently carrying Liverpool towards multiple successes, bagging two FA Cups, the Champions League and a host of other titles.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:45