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Written on 24 Jun 2018 | Comments Off on Lukaku setting the World Cup alight with Belgium bodes well for Manchester United

Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium beat Tunisia 5-2 in their second group game of the 2018 World Cup, taking his tally to four goals from two games. The 25-year-old is joint-top in the scoring charts with Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal & Real Madrid), with Denis Cheryshev (Russia & Villarreal) and Diego Costa (Spain & Atletico Madrid) in joint-second place with three goals each.
Lukaku has been a terrific servant for Belgium, scoring an impressive 40 goals in 71 appearances. At the same age, Ronaldo only had 22 goals in 69 games …

Written on 21 Jun 2018 | Comments Off on Could Kane be to England what Ronaldo is to Portugal?

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The 24-year-old netted 30 goals in 37 Premier League games last season and scored twice in England’s World Cup opener against Tunisia.
The brace in Russia took his international tally to 15 goals in 25 games, while doubling Wayne Rooney’s goalscoring record at World Cups in the process. After Ronaldo dragged Portugal to a 3-3 draw against Spain and 1-0 win over Morocco – scoring all four goals – …

Written on 20 Jun 2018 | Comments Off on Chelsea yet to resolve uncertainty surrounding Conte and Abramovich

Chelsea fans are enduring a nerve-wracking summer and have no indication of what direction the club is headed in.
It’s been more than a month since the 207/18 Premier League season ended and there’s still no definitive word on the future of manager Antonio Conte or owner Roman Abramovich.
Conte still manager, Sarri not yet confirmed
Conte is expected to leave the club off the back of a disappointing campaign at Chelsea, with ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri set to replace him. However, the Blues were reticent to pay Conte’s lofty compensation package on …

Written on 15 Jun 2018 | Comments Off on Griezmann’s Atletico Madrid decision is both good news and bad news

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann ended months of speculation after committing his future to the Rojiblancos in a video published on Twitter. Barcelona and Manchester United were previously keen on the French international but made little progress in agreeing a deal this summer which raised suggestions that he might indeed stay at the Wanda Metropolitano.
But after reports that Griezmann had made two different videos, one containing a statement saying he’ll stay at Atleti and one saying the opposite, he’s come under a lot of criticism. The 27-year-old should be preparing …

Written on 14 Jun 2018 | Comments Off on Every Premier League fixture for the 2018/19 season revealed

The 2018/19 Premier League fixtures have been released and we’ve listed all 380 games that will be played by Arsenal, Bournemouth, Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley, Cardiff City, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham, Huddersfield Town, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Bournemouth v Cardiff
Arsenal v Man City
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Huddersfield v Chelsea
Liverpool v West Ham
Man United v Leicester
Newcastle v Tottenham
Southampton v Burnley
Watford v Brighton
Wolves v Everton

Saturday, August 18

Brighton v Man United
Burnley v Watford
Cardiff v …

Written on 13 Jun 2018 | Comments Off on Spain sack Lopetegui as head coach after unsanctioned Real Madrid appointment

Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales sacked Julen Lopetegui as head coach of the national team after learning on Tuesday that the 51-year-old had accepted Real Madrid’s offer to succeed Zinedine Zidane without seeking permission from Spain first. Rubiales insists he was left in the dark about the decision until five minutes before the official announcement was made.
Fernando Hierro will take caretaker charge of Spain for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. A statement from the Spanish Football Federation read: “Fernando Hierro will assume the position of national coach in …

Written on 12 Jun 2018 | Comments Off on Premier League agree to winter break for 2019/20

The English Football Association have confirmed there will be an annual winter break in the Premier League, starting in 2019/20.
The two-week break will take place in February but will still see Premier League games taking place every weekend during the period – five games will take place on one weekend and five on another.
The FA have made significant changes to the fixture list to accompany the winter break, moving FA Cup fifth round matches to midweek and removing fifth-round replays with extra time and penalties.
The aim of the winter break …

Written on 8 Jun 2018 | Comments Off on Real Madrid tell Cristiano Ronaldo to find a new club with a mega-money move for Neymar on the cards

According to reports in Spanish outlet AS, Real Madrid have informed their unsettled star striker Cristiano Ronaldo to find a buyer for himself so that the club can replace him with Paris Saint-Germain talisman Neymar in a mega-money transfer move this summer.
Soon after Los Blancos’ record third consecutive Champions League triumph against Liverpool last month, Ronaldo sensationally revealed about his unsettled future in the Spanish capital which undeniably left several Real Madrid officials furious.
According to several sources, the Portuguese’s super-agent Jorge Mendes met Real Madrid president Florentino Perez on Tuesday to negotiate …

Written on 7 Jun 2018 | Comments Off on Financial figures of every Premier League club for 2016/17

The Guardian have released the financial figures of every Premier League club for 2016/17, detailing their turnover, wages and profit. The information came from most recently published annual reports at Companies House.
Arsenal (Accounts for the year to 31 May 2017)

Turnover: £427m (3rd highest in the league)
Wages: £199m (5th highest, 47% of turnover)
Profit before tax: £45m (up from £3m in 2016)

Bournemouth (Accounts for the 11 months to 30 June 2017)

Turnover £139m (11th highest in league)
Wages £72m (16th highest, 52% of turnover)
Profit before tax £15m (up from £3m in 2016)

Burnley (Accounts for …

Written on 6 Jun 2018 | Comments Off on Messi beats out Ronaldo and Neymar in Forbes’ top 100 athletes

Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi is second in Forbes’ top 100 athletes, one place ahead of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and two places above Paris Saint-Germain attacker Neymar.
Messi has earned approximately $111m, $84m of which is attributed to his salary and bonuses. Ronaldo has made $108m, $61m being his salary and bonuses. Neymar has earned $90m, $71m of which is salary and bonuses. The trio are the only footballers to be named in Forbes’ top-10.
Ronaldo, who has ranked in the top-three highest earners for a sixth straight year, was …