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Carlo Ancelotti urges Chelsea to avoid breaking up the playing squad this summer

Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has urged the club’s hierarchy not to make major changes to the playing squad during the summer. The Blues, who face Newcastle United on Sunday, are on course to finish second in the Premier League this season, failing to win a trophy after last season’s Double success. Ancelotti knows that game could be his last at Stamford Bridge, with a final deci...Full Story »

Coach Sanchez Flores to leave Atletico Madrid

Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

MADRID, May 14 (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid coach Quique Sanchez Flores will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of this season. “This Sunday will be my last match at the Calderon (stadium),” Sanchez Flores said at a news conference on Saturday. Sanchez Flores guided Atletico to victory in the Europa League and a runners-up spot in the King’s Cup last season bu...Full Story »

Hulk extends Porto deal until 2016

Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

LISBON (AFP) - Porto have paid 13.5 million euros ($19m) to acquire 40 percent of the sporting rights to their Brazilian forward Hulk and extended his contract until 2016, the club announced on Saturday. "FC Porto inform that they have extended the player's contract until June 30, 2016, maintaining his departure clause at 100m euros," said the club in a statement to the Portuguese stock exchang...Full Story »

Tottenham tried to sign Luis Suárez but were told he was not up to it

Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 by theguardian.com

• Harry Redknapp looked at Suárez before Liverpool signed him• Match could decide whether Liverpool or Spurs finish fifth Luis Suárez has helped to reinvigorate Liverpool since he joined them in January, earning many rave reviews. Harry Redknapp has revealed that he considered signing Luis Suárez in January but opted against making a bid after being told by scouts t...Full Story »

Avram Grant defends his record ahead of West Ham's trip to Wigan

Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 by theguardian.com

• Grant feels he exceeded expectations in past two jobs• Manager refuses to be drawn on his plans for future Avram Grant has said he does not want to discuss his future any more until the season is over. Avram Grant has defended his managerial record ahead of West Ham United's vital trip to Wigan Athletic . While he accepted responsibility for the team's position, Grant also refus...Full Story »

Timing of Fernando Torres move was not ideal, says Carlo Ancelotti

Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 by theguardian.com

• Summer move would have worked better, says Ancelotti• Striker is set to return to line-up for game against Newcastle Fernando Torres has scored once in 16 appearances for Chelsea since joining from Liverpool. Carlo Ancelotti will restore Fernando Torres to his starting line-up against Newcastle with an admission that Chelsea's failure to secure the Spain international's services...Full Story »

Fergie ballistic at FA charge

Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 by The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED boss Alex Ferguson went 'ballistic' after being charged yesterday with improper conduct.Fergie will plead not guilty over what both he and United see as a 'stupid' FA charge.The Old Trafford chief is in the dock simply for talking about ref Howard Webb on May 6 ahead of their crunch clash with Chelsea.A United source said: "The manager went ballistic when he heard about this ...Full Story »

Van Bommel hoping for Milan extension

Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

ROME (AFP) - Dutch midfielder Mark van Bommel admitted on Friday he is hoping for an extended stay in Milan. The veteran former Barcelona and Bayern Munich player joined the club in January on a six-month deal and has been a near ever-present since then. And apart from his difficulties at times in adapting to the stringent refereeing in Italy, van Bommel says he enjoys it here. "The Italian l...Full Story »

I considered quitting French job, says Blanc

Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

PARIS (AFP) - France national coach Laurent Blanc admitted on Friday that he considered quitting as the soccer race storm threatened to engulf him and his family. Blanc has been cleared of racial discrimination in the row over talks concerning the introduction of quotas for dual nationality players, where he has been at the centre of the controversy. "Did I offer my resignation? At no time," B...Full Story »

Football fan convicted of stabbing rival supporter

Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP)—A football fan who stabbed a rival supporter to death during a battle between opposing hooligan groups has received a 33-year prison sentence. The sentence by a Bogota court Friday is the most severe punishment handed down for hooligan violence in Colombia. Santa Fe supporter Miguel Angel Osorio was accused of stabbing Jeider Johan Fonseca during a brawl in a Bogota...Full Story »

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