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Messi is not a machine, but he is a phenomenon - Abidal

Posted Friday, February 13, 2015 by Goal.com

The former defender believes Barcelona thrive when the Argentine is on top form and hinted he could return to Camp Nou in a non-playing capacity Lionel Messi “is not a machine” but he remains a phenomenon, says his former Barcelona team-mate Eric Abidal. The French defender spent six years playing at Camp Nou with the Argentine before leaving for Monaco in 2013, while Messi has r...Full Story »

Beware Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, the Portuguese man-of-war

Posted Friday, February 13, 2015 by watoday.com.au

Jose Mourinho's war with the media and the football authorities - and war is the kind of word the Chelsea manager would use to describe it - is for effect. It is to tell his players that he is fighting for them, that they are in a battle with a world that is against them - and that because of that they had better not let slip their seven-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premie...Full Story »

Liverpool, United face tricky FA Cup away trips

Posted Friday, February 13, 2015 by FIFA.com

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has warned Crystal Palace that his side are desperate to put the record straight at Selhurst Park in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday. Anyone connected with Liverpool would have been forgiven for cringing when they were paired with Palace in the last 16 after a series of embarrassing and costly results against the south Londoners. Last season, several of B...Full Story »

Marseille - Stade Reims preview - Bielsa wants to feel the rhythm

Posted Friday, February 13, 2015 by PA

There is only one thought occupying the mind of Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa ahead of Friday's Ligue 1 encounter with Reims at the Stade Velodrome. The Argentinian coach, whose side can leapfrog Lyon into first place with a victory, simply wants to see his team rediscover its rhythm and play better. Marseille have prevailed in just two of their last five league games and go into the home gam...Full Story »

Glasgow Rangers - Hibernian FC preview - Rangers hit by absences

Posted Friday, February 13, 2015 by PA

Rangers caretaker boss Kenny McDowall is missing nine Light Blues players ahead of Friday's crucial Scottish Championship clash with Hibernian. Skipper Lee McCulloch and keeper Steve Simonsen both received bans from Hampden chiefs on Thursday which rule them out, while four of the five players recently signed from Newcastle on loan - Gael Bigirimana, Remie Streete, Shane Ferguson and Kevin Mbab...Full Story »

Borussia Dortmund - Mainz preview - Dortmund look to cap good week

Posted Friday, February 13, 2015 by PA

In the midst of their worst season in over a decade, Borussia Dortmund have enjoyed a rare week full of good news in the build-up to their clash with Mainz on Friday night. After last weekend's 3-0 win at Freiburg - a result which lifted them off the foot of the Bundesliga - Dortmund on Tuesday celebrated the news that key forward Marco Reus had extended his contract until 2019. "I'm really, r...Full Story »

Almeria - Real Sociedad preview - Zurutuza wants back-to-back wins

Posted Friday, February 13, 2015 by PA

Real Sociedad midfielder David Zurutuza believes being able to string together back-to-back wins could make a world of difference to his side as they prepare to take on fellow relegation-battlers Almeria on Friday. Sociedad have not managed to win successive league matches since last April and that lack of consistency has undoubtedly contributed to their struggles this season, with the Basque s...Full Story »

Newcastle linked with shock move for former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez

Posted Thursday, February 12, 2015 by Dailystar.co.uk

Newcastle United are reportedly attempting to lure Rafa Benitez away from Napoli as he stalls over a new contract. IN THE FRAME: Newcastle want to appoint Rafa Benitez as their new boss Reports in the Italian media say that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley wants Benitez to take over from caretaker boss John Carver in the summer and is keeping tabs on the Spaniard in case he chooses to come back to ...Full Story »

Liverpool's Raheem Sterling was turned down by Tulisa when he tried to date the popstar

Posted Thursday, February 12, 2015 by 101 GREAT GOALS

The Sun on Monday have a story concerning the love life of Liverpool star Raheem Sterling.According to the tabloid, Sterling recently tried to make a move to date UK popstar and X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos, however the Liverpool man had his approach turned down.Noticeably, Sterling was spotted to have started making moves on Tulisa via Instagram a couple of weeks ago.The 20-year-old mid...Full Story »

Irina Shayk calls Ronaldo criticism "unfair"

Posted Thursday, February 12, 2015 by Marca.com

MODEL STICKS UP FOR HER EX Irina Shayk leapt to the defence of her ex-boyfriend, Cristiano Ronaldo, during a Sports Illustrated event.According to widespread media reports, when asked about the criticism aimed at Ronaldo for holding a birthday party after Real Madrid's drubbing by Atlético, Shayk labelled it "unfair".The Russian model was speaking at the unveiling of the prestigious magazi...Full Story »

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