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Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel says he does not know if he will be at at the club next season. Read the rest of this entry
Lionel Messi, the Barcelona star footballer and his father are accused of scamming $5.3 million in taxes from Spanish authorities. Along with his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, the high income player is accused of fraudulent tax returns for 2007, 2008 and 2009. Read the rest of this entry
The the world football ruling body, FIFA, has disqualified Uwa Echiejile as the first goal scorer of the match between Nigeria and Tahiti. Read the rest of this entry
Uruguay striker, Luis Suarez has boasted that the Super Eagles will suffer for the 2-1 defeat inflicted by Spain on the Uruguay when the champions of Africa and South Americans clash tomorrow in a Group B Confederations Cup match in Salvador. Read the rest of this entry
The former Chelsea interim boss signed a two-year deal and will replace Walter Mazzarri, who has moved to Inter Milan. Read the rest of this entry
Fernando Torres has been recalled to a provisional Spain squad for this summer’s Confederations Cup, along with Champions League winner Javi Martinez.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque omitted Torres from his last few squads but included the 29-year-old striker in a 26-man party on Monday. Read the rest of this entry
Sir Alex Ferguson challenged Manchester United to win a hat-trick of Premier League titles as he addressed thousands of supporters at the club’s trophy parade. A huge crowd at Old Trafford watched Ferguson and his players board an open-top bus which will travel along Chester Road to Manchester city centre. Outgoing manager Ferguson will address supporters in Albert Square, but the Scot spoke briefly at Old Trafford to issue a challenge to the players he will leave behind after next week’s game at West Brom. “We have a young squad, with a lot of good young players, who are going to get better. The big test is to win it three times in a row. I hope the boys can do it.” Ferguson may be calling time on his 26-and-a-half-year reign, but he gave an indication of his enduring passion for United as he urged supporters to turn out on Tuesday for an U21 game against traditional rivals Liverpool. He said: “We play that mob across the road. I hope some of you cheer the young lads on.” The only blot on the celebrations was a mixed reception for Wayne Rooney, who has handed in a transfer request. Some supporters chanted ‘Rooney’ but there appeared to be a larger contingent booing the England striker, who did not take to the microphone on boarding the bus. It was left to his team-mates to sum up the mood, Patrice Evra saying: “It was great to get over the line and a hugely proud moment. “We bounced back straight away to win the trophy back, that’s what we do at Manchester United.
As reported by Goal.com on Sunday, the club’s defeat to Wigan in the FA Cup final proved the last straw for the City owners, who said in a statement that the Italian had failed to achieve any of the team’s targets for the season.
The decision comes exactly one year to the day since Sergio Aguero’s dramatic late goal saw Mancini’s side clinch their first league title for 44 years, with Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini expected to be unveiled as his replacement at the Etihad Stadium.
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“It is with regret that Manchester City announce that Roberto Mancini has been relieved of his duties as manager,” read a statement on the club’s official website.
“This has been a difficult decision for the owner, chairman and board to make and it is the outcome of a planned end of season review process that has been brought forward in light of recent speculation and out of respect for Roberto and his extensive contributions to the club.
“Despite everyone’s best efforts, the club has failed to achieve any of its stated targets this year, with the exception of qualification for next season’s Champions League. This, combined with an identified need to develop a holistic approach to all aspects of football at the club, has meant that the decision has been taken to find a new manager for the 2013-14 season and beyond.”
Club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak declared: “Roberto’s record speaks for itself and he has the respect and gratitude of Sheikh Mansour, myself and the board for all of his hard work and commitment over the last three-and-a-half years. He has clearly also secured the love and respect of our fans.
“He has done as he promised and delivered silverware and success, breaking the club’s 35-year trophy drought and securing the title in 2012. I would like to personally and publicly thank him for his dedication to the progress that he has overseen and for his support and continued friendship.”
Mancini’s assistant, Brian Kidd, is to take temporary charge of the team for their final two matches of the Premier League campaign and their post-season friendlies in USA.
As exclusively revealed by Goal.com, the Italian has been approached by ambitious French side Monaco with regards to taking over from Claudio Ranieri following their promotion to Ligue 1.
MANCHESTER City supporters have the most sex in the Premier League but Newcastle fans have the least, says a poll.
Almost a third of City supporters have daily romps — making them the randiest in the league by far.
But last night they wished their TEAM could score more — after City lost 1-0 to Wigan in the FA Cup Final.
Chelsea fans were second with 24 per cent romping daily and Arsenal third at 22 per cent.
But just one in 20 Newcastle United fans did. Sunderland fans were second from bottom with just eight per cent hitting the back of the net every day.
And Manchester United followers weren’t faring much better — with just 11 per cent having sex daily.
The poll by sex-toy firm Lovehoney.co.uk found that 58 per cent of fans have had sex in front of a match on telly. Almost half had a half-time quickie.
A fifth had got frisky at a match but footie obsession is a turn-off for 32 per cent of fed-up partners.
The Etihad chief awoke to reports that Malaga’s Manuel Pellegrini had been in talks about replacing him next season.
He was angry that City had not killed off the rumours about Pellegrini.
And following the 1-0 Wembley defeat to Wigan, he said he will know his fate after Sunday’s league game against Norwich, when his position is reviewed by the club’s Abu Dhabi owners.
He said: “I know football and anything can happen. In one or two weeks you will know if it’s true or not.
“If it’s not true then a lot of stupid things have been written. If it’s true, then I’m stupid.
“It’s not my problem if I will retain my job.
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“I will work at 100 per cent always. I am sure that we have done a good job for three years. My contract is for four years — not one.
“You’ve continued to speak about this for the last six months and for the last two weeks, it’s been too much.
“I don’t know why the club didn’t stop this.
“It’s rubbish, this speculation.
“But we will see in two weeks — maybe one week, when the season ends — if it’s true.”
There has been no public backing for Mancini from chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak or new chief executive Ferran Soriano and his director of football Txiki Begiristain.
The club held a board meeting yesterday morning yet there were still no assurances for the Italian that he will be in charge when next season kicks off.