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Manchester United and Manchester City in corporate Premier League horror show

Manchester United and Manchester City played out a match so dull it must make all those Americans, Chinese and oil-rich sheikhs tuning in wonder if the Premier League is just hype and more hype, less a sport than a televised 

Posted: 25th, October 2015 | In: manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: Wenger quits in 2017 and stays until 2019

Arsene Wenger is leaving Arsenal. But when will he go? The Daily Mirror has been hot on the news.

Today Steve Stammers says Wenger will remain at Arsenal until 2019:

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The big question is: does John Cross,

Posted: 25th, October 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: PSG swoop for Hazard who only dreams of Chelsea

Transfer Balls: The  Sun on Sunday   says Chelsea’s  Eden Hazard, 24, could be on his way to Paris Saint-Germain. Below the rather icky headline “Hazard snatch”, the Sun reports:

French giants PSG are preparing a massive January bid to test

Posted: 25th, October 2015 | In: Chelsea, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea Balls: Jose Mourinho creates a weak version of Don Revie’s Leeds United

Having picked fights with Dr Eva Carneiro, referees and Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho picked on the enemy that he can never beat: the media.

At a press conference he told the pack:

“I’m not talking about football. In football I’m

Posted: 25th, October 2015 | In: Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea balls: Shameful Mourinho is ‘getting sacked in the morning’

West Ham United beat Chelsea 2-1, and José Mourinho spent the second half watching from the stand. Why? Because it was claimed that he tried to speak to the referee during the interval, following the dismissal

Posted: 24th, October 2015 | In: Chelsea, News, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal offer Lavezzi a ‘ditch’, players agrees Barcelona deal, wants to join Juventus

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Transfer Balls: Do Arsenal need another striker? Surely if Olivier Giroud is good enough score against the mighty Bayern Munich, and with Theo Walcott finding the net regularly, and Danny Welbeck on his way back from injury, the Gunners

Posted: 24th, October 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United have £50m for Spurs’ Harry Kane

Transfer Balls: Manchester Untied will offer Spurs £50m for their striker Harry Kane, says the  Daily Star .  The paper says United manager Louis Van Gaal is  “demanding the Old Trafford top brass” sign the 22-year-old England striker.

The paper

Posted: 24th, October 2015 | In: manchester united, News, Sports, Spurs, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Nicolas Gaitan move to Manchester United is done and off

Transfer Balls: The Daily Express says Benfica’s Nicolas Gaitan is NOT heading to Manchester United.

 

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Uche Amako finds no room in this tale of the “saga” to mention that Gaitan already agreed to join Manchester United. We read …

Posted: 23rd, October 2015 | In: manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United want Lionel Messi and Ronaldo

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The Sun leads its sports coverage with the rugby World Cup  news that Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City hope they each have enough money to “persuade Lionel Messi to swap Barcelona for the Prem.”

Would Messi come to …

Posted: 23rd, October 2015 | In: Arsenal, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United wants to get Everton’s Galloway on the cheap

Transfer Balls: Everton fans will be delighted to leans via the Mirror that “Manchester United are keeping tabs on Brendan Galloway”, looking to sign the player in January.

Everton’s 19-year-old left back is a good player who will only get

Posted: 23rd, October 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Liverpool move for the familiar Andrea Ranocchia

Transfer Balls: Italy’s  Gazzetta dello Sport says Liverpool want to sign Internazionale central defender Andrea Ranocchia. Jurgen Klopp likes the 27-year-old who’d cost in the region of €18m.

Ranocchia had been heavily linked with a move to Southampton over the …

Posted: 23rd, October 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Swansea City balls: magic Gary Monk vanishes

Gary Monk is magic! The Swansea City manager really is magic. He can make himself disappear. Yesterday the Mirror’s John Cross tweeted:

Garry Monk misses training as pressure mounts at Swansea

Monk missing. Pressure mounting. Two plus two equals… Sacked?!

Posted: 22nd, October 2015 | In: News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Chinese turn Bastian Schweinsteiger into a Nazi doll

In China you can buy a Nazi figuring that looks like Manchester United’s German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger. Yeah, that’s what we thought: who in China buys Nazi figurines? This one costs HK$958 (£80).

Schweinsteiger is upset enough to set his

Posted: 22nd, October 2015 | In: manchester united, News, Sports, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Eden Hazard wants to quit Chelsea for Real Madrid AND Barcelona

 

News is that Eden Hazard wants to leave Chelsea. The Belgian fancies joining Real Madrid says  L’Equipe. A s is so often the way with these things, Hazard has told friends, family, pals, dogs and parrots that he wants

Posted: 22nd, October 2015 | In: Chelsea, News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: ‘devastated’ Ramey back in three weeks

Arsenal Injury Balls: Having read about the “devastating injury to Aaron Ramsey in the Metro and how the Welsh footballer will miss ’10’ matches, the Mirror says he will be out up to a month” .

The …

Posted: 22nd, October 2015 | In: Arsenal, News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: Ramsey and that ‘devastating injury’

The media loves an injury. Arsenal midfielder and Wales captain Aaron Ramsey was injured during the Gunners’ match against Bayern Munich. The Metro  picks up the player’s medical charts. And gasps:

 

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Devastating? Ramsay had his leg badly broken

Posted: 21st, October 2015 | In: Arsenal, News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch Arsenal beat Bayern Munich 2-0

Arsenal beat Bayern Munich 1-0 in the Champions’ League. The ball hit Giroud on the head and went in.

 

Posted: 20th, October 2015 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United balls: rip-off ‘revealed ‘

The BBC’s  annual Price of Football study  is a pretty useless exercise, unless, that is, you work in the media in which case it’s a rich source of bilge about how terrible football is. Media likes nothing better than writing

Posted: 20th, October 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea balls: Mourinho fights FA ban by blaming his bad English

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho during a press conference at Cobham Training Ground, Stoke D'Abernon.

 

Is Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hiding behind his grasp of English?

The Times reports:

In the FA’s written reasons for giving Mourinho a one-match stadium ban, suspended for 12 months, and a fine of £50,000 after he suggested that

Posted: 20th, October 2015 | In: Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal: Dynamo player failed drugs test, Bayern can be beaten, Ospina injured

Can Arsenal overturn the form book and beat Bayern Munich in tonight’s Champions’ League match at the Emirates? Can a team defeated by the ordinary Dynamo Zagreb and Olympiacos beat the mighty Germans?

Arsenal Manager Arsène Wenger is ambitious:

“At

Posted: 20th, October 2015 | In: Arsenal, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool balls: Jurgen Klopp says one of his side is the ‘complete footballer’ (no, not him)

Keen to convince his Liverpool team that they are the players he’d have chosen to buy, new Reds’ manager Jurgen Klopp says one of them is the “complete footballer”.

Klopp told reporters :

“We don’t have to sprinkle magical dust

Posted: 19th, October 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Aston Villa: David Moyes’ failure in Spain is no qualification for Premier League success

Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 08.27.23 Great news for Aston Villa fans comes via the Sun’s  back page. Villa are on “alert” because fans of Real Sociedad want team manager David Moyes sacked. It’s pretty rum when your team’s fortunes depend on a saviour being sacked

Posted: 19th, October 2015 | In: News, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Scotland ‘Rabbed’ at rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup isa t the semi-final stages. Like many British spots fans, we too will be following the proceeding in traditional manner with a trip to B&Q. New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and South Africa are the four sides

Posted: 19th, October 2015 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Mata tells Chelsea manager Mourinho what he’s missing

Juan Mata, of Manchester Untied , has been talking to the Times :

On Jose Mourinho calling him a “luxury”:

“If a luxury player is a player who scores and assists and has good stats, then I’m happy to be

Posted: 18th, October 2015 | In: Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Clickbait football: Surprising facts about Arsenal for Metro readers

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The “surprising” stat is that Arsenal have won more Premier League games than any other team in 2015. Trouble is

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Posted: 18th, October 2015 | In: Arsenal, News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0