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Doubts grow over Agger’s Liverpool future as agent reveals Europa League absence not due to injury

Posted Friday, August 03, 2012 by Goal.com

The agent of Daniel Agger has revealed the defender’s absence from Liverpool’s Europa League squad for Thursday’s night's 1-0 victory over FC Gomel was not due to injury. The Denmark international was initially believed to be set to miss out with a slight knock, but his representative Per Steffensen has since confirmed the centre-back had been declared fully fit for the tie....Full Story »

Pre-season round up: Arsenal XI beaten by non-league Dartford as Newcastle ease past Gateshead & Everton slip up at Tranmere

Posted Thursday, August 02, 2012 by Goal.com

A young Arsenal side were gunned down by Dartford at Princes Park, with their only goal of the night coming from Sanchez Watt. First-team coach Terry Burton was able to include some of the players who had been on the senior squad’s tour to Asia, with Ignasi Miquel, Craig Eastmond, Chuks Aneke and Thomas Eisfield some of the recognisable names in the starting lineup. And, despite contro...Full Story »

Celtic 2 : 1 HJK Helsinki - Mulgrew gives Hoops edge

Posted Wednesday, August 01, 2012 by PA

Celtic came from behind to beat HJK Helsinki 2-1 in the first-leg of their Champions League third qualifier at Parkhead, but the goal conceded leaves Neil Lennon's men with plenty to do next week in Finland. The Hoops were made to pay for early profligacy less than two minutes into the second-half when Rasmus Schuller fired the visitors ahead. Parkhead striker Gary Hooper levelled in the 54th ...Full Story »

Celtic vs HJK Helsinki preview - Lennon responds to Green claims

Posted Wednesday, August 01, 2012 by PA

Neil Lennon could have not been more disdainful when he described Charles Green's controversial assertion that the demise of Rangers was down to "bigotry" within Scottish football as "funny." Before Sunday's Ramsdens Cup extra-time win over Brechin at Glebe Park, the Rangers chief executive suggested that the reason the Ibrox club were denied entry into the Scottish Premier League was due to bi...Full Story »

Motherwell FC 0 : 2 Panathinaikos - Well face uphill task in Athens

Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2012 by PA

Motherwell saw their Champions League dream all but killed off in the first leg against Panathinaikos after losing 2-0 to a soft early goal and a late second on the counter-attack. Stuart McCall's side had their fair share of possession and half-chances in the third qualifying round clash but lasted just 13 minutes of their debut in the competition before conceding. The manner of the goal woul...Full Story »

Motherwell FC vs Panathinaikos preview - McCall: No pressure on Motherwell

Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2012 by PA

Stuart McCall knows there are few expectations on his Motherwell team compared to the "desperation" of Champions League opponents Panathinaikos to reach the group stages. But the Motherwell manager will demand his players attain the standards they consistently set last season in qualifying for Europe's elite competition. While Motherwell are awaiting confirmation of the SPL's television deals ...Full Story »

Casillas eyes Champions League success

Posted Monday, July 30, 2012 by ESPNSTAR.com

Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas believes his side are ready to win the Champions League this season. The nine-time winners have lost in the semi-finals of Europe's premier club competition for the past two years, but Casillas is hoping that the added experience of those losses and the progression they have made since Jose Mourinho took charge in 2010 will make the difference come May. He t...Full Story »

Fergie: We cannot flop

Posted Monday, July 30, 2012 by The Sun

ALEX FERGUSON vows there will be no repeat of Manchester United’s Champions League failure. The Red Devils did not qualify from the group stages last term, costing them around £13.4million. But Fergie said: “It’s fair to say we threw that one away. That won’t happen again next season. “We’ll qualify from the group stages. I’ll make sure of it. ...Full Story »

Quaresma hits out at 'shameful' Besiktas

Posted Saturday, July 28, 2012 by Goal.com

Ricardo Quaresma has launched into a verbal attack at Besiktas, labelling the club's treatment of him 'shameful'. The Portugal international has been suggested as one of the players the Istanbul giants are keen to sell in the summer as they look to reduce their wage bill after being embroiled in a financial battle. Quaresma has now revealed that he is training separately from Besiktas' first...Full Story »

Ibrahimovic to debut for Paris Saint-Germain against D.C. United on Sunday

Posted Saturday, July 28, 2012 by Goal.com

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will make his first appearance for the club in Sunday's friendly against D.C. United. The Sweden international completed last week a reported €23 million (£18m) transfer to the Parc des Princes, joining the club together with former AC Milan team-mate Thiago Silva. He joined the rest of the team on the...Full Story »

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