Saturday, October 24, 2009

Liverpool vs Manchester United

Team News:

Liverpool are hopeful Fernando Torres will return from a thigh injury after missing their last two matches. Glen Johnson is fit again after a groin problem, but Steven Gerrard is still struggling to recover from one of his own. Albert Riera (hamstring) is also a doubt, while Alberto Aquilani will not be rushed into a debut despite running out for the reserves earlier in the week.

Wayne Rooney is a major doubt for United's trip to Anfield as he struggles to recover from a calf injury that has ruled him out for club and country over the past 10 days. Darren Fletcher (foot) is also a doubt, while Park Ji-sung will definitely not feature. The good news for Alex Ferguson is that Patrice Evra and Ryan Giggs are both fit after they did not travel to Moscow in midweek

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Breaking News:Axel Witsel horror tackle ban reduced

Standard Liege midfielder Axel Witsel has had his suspension for the foul that broke Marcin Wasilewski leg cut to eight matches on appeal.

Witsel had originally been banned until November 23, a punishment that would have kept him out for 10 matches in the league and one round of the Belgian Cup.

His fine has also been cut from 2,500 euros to 250 euros, the Belgian Football Association's appeals panel ruled.

In further good news for the player, the file will not now be sent to UEFA or FIFA. Witsel, 20, could have missed Liege's first four Champions League matches if UEFA had extended the ban's scope.

Witsel was sent off for stamping on Anderlecht's Polish defender Wasilewski in Sunday's 1-1 draw. Wasilewski suffered a double fracture of his right leg.

Witsel has received emailed death threats, which the police have taken seriously, according to Belgian media.

Wasilewski's injury appears to be less serious than initially thought, however. The doctor of the Polish national team has said he could be back in training as early as March.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Arsenal duo pen new deals

Brazilian midfielder Denilson and Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner have both pledged their futures to Arsenal by signing new long-term deals.

The development of Denilson from squad player to integral component of the Gunners' engine room last season was one of the highlights of Arsenal's campaign.

The 21-year-old made 51 appearances for Arsenal last season - more than any other player - and found the net three times.

Bendtner was the top scorer in the Barclays Premier League aged 21 or under last term, scoring 15 goals from 27 starts.

Nicklas has impressed me highly with his application and determination over the last season, you can see that he wants to compete at the highest level and win things with his team-mates.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Zlatan Ibrahimovic on target in Barcelona win

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored with an acrobatic header on his La Liga debut to seal Barcelona's 3-0 win over Sporting Gijon at Camp Nou as they opened their title defence in style.

The Sweden striker dived full length to nod in a deflected Daniel Alves cross in the 82nd minute after teenage striker Bojan Krkic and Mali international Seydou Keita had put the European champions 2-0 ahead at the break.

The 19-year-old popped up to nod in at the back post in the 18th minute after Keita flicked on Xavi's corner and Keita doubled the lead just before halftime when he headed home an Alves cross.

The match had been put back due to Barca's European Super Cup match against Shakhtar Donetsk in Monaco on Friday, which they won 1-0.

Terry signs Chelsea deal

England and Chelsea skipper John Terry has signed a new five-year deal that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until the end of the 2013-14 season.

Terry, 28, who has been at Chelsea since he was 14, turned down three approaches to join Manchester City in the close season.

British media estimated the deal as worth £41 million to the centre-back, or £160,000 a week, making him the highest-paid player in the country.

Chelsea is delighted to confirm that John Terry has signed a new five-year contract that keeps him at the club until the end of the 2013-14 season," the club said on their website.

Terry, who made his Chelsea debut in a League Cup match in 1998, has played more than 400 matches for the club and led them to the Premier League title in 2005 and 2006.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Everton agree Johnny Heitinga fee

Everton boss David Moyes has confirmed the club have agreed a fee with Atletico Madrid for defender Johnny Heitinga.

The Toffees have offered £5 million for the Dutchman, but Moyes admits there is still work to be done before the deal is finalised.

Moyes unveiled two new signings in Sunday's 2-1 win over Wigan, with £5m acquisition Sylvain Distin and Russia winger Diniyar Bilyaletdinov both making their debuts.

Shevchenko signs for Dynamo Kiev

Former European Footballer of the Year Andriy Shevchenko has agreed to rejoin Dynamo Kiev from Chelsea.

Shevchenko has signed a two-year contract," the Ukrainian club confirmed.

Kiev added the 32-year-old Ukraine striker would be presented as their player on Sunday.

Shevchenko never justified the club record 30 million pounds fee that Chelsea paid AC Milan for him in 2006. He scored only nine league goals in his first two campaigns and was loaned back to the Italian team last season.

Shevchenko, who left Kiev for Milan in 1999, was also in danger of being left out of the London club's Champions League squad when it is named on Tuesday.

The Ukraine captain is one of the leading scorers in the Champions League and will get a chance to add to his tally of goals with Kiev, who have been drawn in Group F with holders Barcelona, Inter Milan and Rubin Kazan.