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Arsenal's Per Mertesacker: I need to improve to keep up with the pace of the Premier League

Posted Saturday, October 22, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker admits he needs to "improve" his game to adapt to life in the Premier League.The 27-year-old joined the Gunners from Werder Bremen during the summer transfer window but has struggled to keep up with the intensity of the league. The German international believes he is improving but concedes that he was taken aback by the physicality of the League."I have to improv...Full Story »

Nine Red Star players fined after winning friendly

Posted Saturday, October 22, 2011 by

BELGRADE, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Red Star president Vladan Lukic has fined nine of the team’s players for lack of commitment after their 3-1 friendly win over lower league rivals Jedinstvo Surcin, Belgrade media reported on Saturday. Brazilian forward Bruno Mezenga, who scored one of the goals, and defender Nikola Petkovic were reportedly fined 5,000 euros each while seven other players inclu...Full Story »

Roma's Franco Baldini reveals failed approach for Barcelona's Pep Guardiola

Posted Saturday, October 22, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

Roma general manager Franco Baldini revealed that the club approached Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola in the summer.The Serie A side, owned by an American consortium led by Thomas DiBenedetto, was on the lookout for a new coach in the summer to replace Vincenzo Montella. Roma's choice fell on Barcelona B coach Luis Enrique, but Franco Baldini, who was officially presented by the club on Friday, re...Full Story »

Renard returns to coach Zambia

Posted Saturday, October 22, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

LUSAKA, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Herve Renard has agreed a one-year contract to return as coach of Zambia’s national soccer team and will lead the side to next year’s African Nations Cup finals, the country’s football association confirmed on Saturday. Renard, who will also oversee the start of their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, was Zambia’s coach at the last Nations Cu...Full Story »

AFC suspends five over recent brawl

Posted Saturday, October 22, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

Asia's football body has ordered one-match suspensions and may take further action against three players and two coaches involved in a brawl that marred a regional Champions League semi-final. Wednesday's game, one of Asia's biggest club matches, between South Korea's Suwon Bluewings and Qatar's Al Sadd was temporarily halted as both teams traded punches in an ugly late-game melee. The Asian F...Full Story »

Liverpool manager wary of Norwich threat

Posted Saturday, October 22, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists there is no prospect of his team taking promoted Norwich lightly at Anfield on Saturday. Paul Lambert's team have won three of their last four matches and also impressed in their 2-0 defeat at Manchester United at the start of October. They sit just three points behind the Reds as they look for a first victory at Liverpool since a 1-0 win in the final g...Full Story »

Chelsea & Liverpool face £40m Inter fight over winger

Posted Saturday, October 22, 2011 by Givemesport.com

Inter Milan are the latest club to be linked with a January move for Belgian sensation Eden Hazard. The Lille winger is being courted by Europe's elite, with clubs from France, Spain, Italy and England all thought to be keen on landing the 20-year-old in the New Year after failing to secure his services in the summer. Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is a known admirer of the player, whilst Les...Full Story »

Sir Alex relishing Man City challenge

Posted Saturday, October 22, 2011 by ESPN

Sir Alex Ferguson is banking on Manchester United's form in the second half of the season as a safety net if they lose Sunday's derby against Manchester City.The Red Devils find themselves in the strange position of being behind their local rivals heading into the first all-Manchester showdown of the Barclays Premier League season.And Ferguson is acutely aware that if the unbeaten Blues manage...Full Story »

Is Mourinho a good match for Real?

Posted Saturday, October 22, 2011 by ESPN

One of Real Madrid's favourite sons believes current coach Jose Mourinho does not share the same values as the famed Spanish club. Guti had spent his entire career at the Bernabeu before moving to Besiktas in 2010 and said in an interview that while he respects the Portuguese tactician's strong character, Mourinho's antics were not in keeping with the club's traditions.Among the things Mourin...Full Story »

Ronaldo pursues perfection at Madrid

Posted Saturday, October 22, 2011 by ESPN

After breaking La Liga's goalscoring record last season, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has warned that the best is yet to come from him. Ronaldo picked up the Pichichi award for scoring the most league goals in the Spanish top flight last term after besting the previously unbeaten mark of 38 goals set by Telmo Zarra and Hugo Sanchez.It was an amazing personal achievement but the Portugal...Full Story »

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