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Mario Balotelli must back up words with deeds, says Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini

Posted Friday, December 24, 2010 by Thisislondon.co.uk

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has told Mario Balotelli to start playing with a smile on his face. Motor mouth: Mario Balotelli has yet to support his big claims with big performances Although there have been flashes of the brilliance that has seen Balotelli crowned the world's best young player since his summer arrival at Eastlands from Inter Milan, there have been just as many scow...Full Story »

I am number one not del Bosque: Mourinho

Posted Friday, December 24, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

ROME (AFP) - Jose Mourinho said on Thursday he deserved to be named coach of the year and not Spain's World Cup winning coach Vicente del Bosque. The ever immodest 47-year-old Real Madrid coach told the 'Gazzetta dello sport' that he firmly believed he had achieved more in 2010 when he was in charge of Inter Milan than the Spanish handler, who delivered Spain their first world title when they b...Full Story »

Report: Bayern Munich Defender Martin Demichelis Set For Loan Switch To Malaga

Posted Thursday, December 23, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

Bayern Munich defender Martin Demichelis is on the verge of a loan move to ambitious La Liga side Malaga, reports from Spain suggest. AS remarks that the Argentine stopper will move to La Rosaleda on a six-month deal until the end of the season, with the option for the Andalucian side to make a permanent purchase for a fee of €3 million. The negotiation have quickly progressed, with the ...Full Story »

Liverpool’s Gerrard to return after a month out

Posted Thursday, December 23, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

LONDON (AP)—Steven Gerrard will return to action after more than a month out injured when Liverpool plays Blackpool on Sunday. The 30-year-old England midfielder has not played since tearing a hamstring in a Nov. 17 friendly international against France. Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson says “it is a big boost to have Gerrard back going into five games in 15 days.” After meetin...Full Story »

Feyenoord lash Premier League after Chelsea land 15-year-old prospect

Posted Wednesday, December 22, 2010 by theguardian.com

Leo Beenhakker says 'the Premier League clubs are spoiling the market with their behaviour.' Chelsea are at the centre of another international transfer controversy after luring the highly rated teenager Nathan Ake from the Dutch club Feyenoord. The Londoners are understood to have come to an agreement, thought to be worth around £230,000, with the Rotterdam club over the transfer of the...Full Story »

Barcelona’s secret: Let the kids play

Posted Wednesday, December 22, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

BARCELONA, Spain (AP)—The key to the success of Barcelona’s youth academy is giving the young players a chance to play, according to coach Pep Guardiola. Guardiola said Tuesday the youth setup in Barcelona is no better than at many other clubs, but the “difference is that here we give them playing time.” Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta, the three nominee...Full Story »

Sir Alex Ferguson shelves plans to retire from Manchester United

Posted Tuesday, December 21, 2010 by theguardian.com

It is almost nine years since Sir Alex Ferguson reversed his decision to quit as Manchester United manager.  Sir Alex Ferguson claims that he has postponed all thoughts of retirement. The Scot yesterday became the longest-serving manager in Manchester United's history and on New Year's Day will celebrate his 69th birthday. It is also almost nine years since he reversed a long-standing pla...Full Story »

Diego Maradona criticises Boca Juniors for snubbing him as coach

Posted Tuesday, December 21, 2010 by theguardian.com

Diego Maradona says he feels betrayed by Boca Juniors, the club that helped make him famous. Diego Maradona believes he should be the new coach of Boca Juniors and has criticised the club for being on the verge of appointing Julio César Falcioni. Falcioni's representative, Sergio Greco, said on Saturday that his client had given up his job as coach of the Argentinian club Banfield and was...Full Story »

Gremio trying to sign AC Milan striker Ronaldinho

Posted Monday, December 20, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

SAO PAULO (AP)—Gremio president Paulo Odone says the club is trying to sign AC Milan striker Ronaldinho. Odone told Radio Gaucha that the team is putting together a sponsorship plan with private companies to try to sign the 30-year-old striker, who began his professional career with Gremio in 1998. Ronaldinho’s brother and agent, Roberto de Assis Moreira, told the radio station h...Full Story »

Ferguson becomes longest serving United manager

Posted Monday, December 20, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

LONDON (AP)—Alex Ferguson became Manchester United’s longest-serving manager on Sunday with his team topping the Premier League but with heavy snow denying him the chance to mark the milestone with a win over title rival Chelsea. By extending his reign to 8,811 days, the 68-year-old Ferguson surpassed fellow Scotsman Matt Busby’s record set during his two spells in the Old Tra...Full Story »

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