2019 June

Turkish fan tries (and fails) to smuggle 23 beers into a game

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Have you ever been to a sporting event and cursed when you've realised you can't get a beer inside the ground? Us too. At those moments, you might think, "Man, I wish I had snuck a few bottles in." This video shows taking that thon is attracting interest from rival Premier League clubs following an impressive start to his loan at Cardiff City.The 20-year-old made his league debut up against Nottingham Forest and, though Cardiff lost 1-0, acquitted himself well against the thrught to the ultimate extreme. He tries to get (what looks like) TWENTY-THREE bottles of beer into the ground. Suffice to say, it doesn't work. The fabulously-moustachioed fan, who we think is going to see second division Turkish side Goztepe, instead provides us with some . God bless the person who had the foresight to film the whole shambles on their phone… To begin with, it&apos Liverpool have banked record-breaking revenues in excess of £250million for the 2018-19 season, after their Premier League and Championscontent_img League exploits.For the first time a football club has earned more than a quarter of a billion pounds via compe;s clearly boiling hot. Everyone in T-shirts… you in a massive overcoat, sweating profusely. Bit of a giveaway: Uh-oh. Surprise, surprise, security have pulled over our suspicious-looking friend: Several beers are pulled from his coat pockets – but then our man is told to remove his coat… and the fun really begins: All those beers on that table have been taken from our boy. Look at the face on his accomplice in the background. "Hmm… I'm not sure we're going to get away with this" Finally, two minutes later, an irate member of security realises it's all being filmed: Which means we will never know what happened to our man. Did he get arrested? Did he get to drink any of the beers? Please, someone let us know. The suspense is killing us… What do you think of the beer smuggler?0+ VOTES SO FAR

Ex-Liverpool defender Daniel Agger forks out to send Denmark’s homeless side to World Cup

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Daniel Agger has put his hand in his pocket to pay for Denmark's homeless football team to fly to next month's World Cup in Chile. Agger, heard that the Danish side were struggling to foot the bill for the trip to Santiago. So in hcontent_imge stepped, paying the remaining £2,100 that the team needed to raise to head to South America, ensuring that the eight-man team could take part in the competition. Charity worker, Frits Ahlstrøm, said to Danish television channel TV2: "I talked to [Agseason.LaLiga has fined Atletico €12,000 after the chants from their fans aimed at Barcelona striker Griezmann. They had sung ‘Die Griezmann,’ when the teams clashed on December 1 in Madrid. Barcelona won the game 1-0.It was considered a ‘grave’ ofger] and told him that we still had 20,000 krone to go, and he replied without hesitation: 'I’ll give it you'." "There is no substitute for class and Daniel has it on as well as off the field – as a player and a person." The Homeless World Cup is an annual competition which was founard to Chelsea this summer.Blues legend Lampard is on the verge of taking Derby back to the Premier League after just one season in management.The 40-year-old is hot favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri whose days look numbered regardless of whether tded in 2003. Scotland, Brazil and Italy all have two titles apiece.

Mesut Ozil warned by Germany coach Joachim Loew that he could miss out on a World Cup place

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Mesut Ozil has been warned that "the clock is ticking" on his World Cup hopes. Germany coach Joachim Loew has put his players on notice amid growing concern over the form a number of the country's stars – including . Loew said: "We need the best players currently available at the World Cup, . "I've told the players: The clock is ticking. And only ones who hear it will have a fighting chance. "This is an appeal to all and a wake up call to many to work on their training, their routine, and their professionalism as now is the optimal time [to work on those things] before the tournament." Ozil has lost his confidence as well as his form in recent weeks with his lowest point a missed, Champions League tie against Bayern Munich last month. Legendary World Cup winner Lothar Matthaus already believes he should be axed in favour of Bayern rising star Toni Kroos who stole the show at the Emirates that night. Ozil has been a near-certainty for the Germany team over the past four years. Matthaus, however, believes there is too much quality available within the country's ranks to continue indulging the Arsenal star. He said : "If Ozil is at his best, he can help, but the recent performances have raised doubts. If I compare him to those in Bayern's midfield, I think I'd rather have someone like Toni Kroos in the side than Ozil." After his Bayern blunder from the spot, 25-year-old Ozil was left out of Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah admits he’s ending his loan with Leeds United.Nketiah started for just the second time in the Championship on New Year’s-Emerick Aubameyang says that he is very happy at the club.The Gunners skipper has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.But for his part, the Gabon attacker has never expressed a desi Day in Leeds draw with West Brom.But he was withdrawn at half-time as Marcelo Bielsa introduced Patrick Ba's squad for their Premier League win over Sunderland. He was then left out of the starting line-up for last Saturday's shock defeat at Stoke, coming on as a late substitute. Ozil was voted the national team player of the year by the German public in 2013. But Loew maintains none of his players will be able to rely on past glories if they want to make it to Brazil. Speaking to Kicker magazine in Germany, he went on: "On paper, we have seen a top team, but the reality is at the moment a bit different. "Several players were injcontent_imgured for months, while others have to struggle with a lack of rhythm and its form" Mesut Ozil isn't the only big name who could miss the World Cup – Should Mesut Ozil go to the World Cup?1000+ VOTES SO FAR

Burnley can cope with hectic run despite preparing for SEVENTH game in 25 days, says Scott Arfield

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Scott Arfield insists Sean Dyche's Burnley players can handle their hectic schedule. Burnley will play their seventh game in 25 days when they face Tottenham in Wednesday's FA Cup replay and Arfield is one of nine to have started every match over the Christmas and New Year period. The Clarets proved their fitnh their 2-2 draw at Champions League opponents Atletico Madrid.After the Bianconeri were 2-0 up with Juan Cuadrado and Blaise Matuidi goals, Atleti fought back with two headers from set plays courtesy of Stefan Savic and Hector Herrera.Bonucci said, ess and Arfield says they have an excellent recovery programme. "As a footballer, you want to keecontent_imgp playing games," said . "We will put the right stuff and fluids back in our body and we will be ready to go again. In pictures: Premier League weekend "It's not a game that is going to get in the road in any shape or form. It's another game we want to win so h says Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling can score more if he improves his shooting.The former Liverpool forward is the joint-top goalscorer in the Premier League having found the net five times already this campaign.Souness – speaking before Sopefully we can go down there and do something. "We're looking forward to Crystal Palace on Saturday, but there is another game in the way of that and it's one we are going to try and win. "It's not any less of a game than the one against QPR. It's the FA Cup and you never know where it can take you. "There will be fans travelling there in numbers so we don't want to disappoint them." Will Burnley avoid the drop?500+ VOTES SO FAR

Spring in our step: Moyes warns Everton could be title challengers come next April

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David Moyes has warned the xplained holding back Eric Bailly for victory over Watford.Bailly shone against Chelsea earlier in the week but has been a substitute for the two subsequent matches this past week, however Solskjaer insists his place on the bench was simply down to mtitle-chasing heavyweights they might have cause to be worried about his rampant Everton team come spring. Everton have matched their best start to a Premier League season after coming from behind to beat Southampton 3-1. Read the Sunday Mirror match report: They maintained the pace of early form eight seasons ago to clinch a top-four finish and Moyes said: “We want of Bruno Fernandes’ transfer feecontent_img received from Manchester United.Documents released to the CMVM, the Portuguese Securities Market Commission, by Sporting have now confirmed the details of the deal.They show that the Red Devils paid a fixed amount ofto put ourselves in a European position and then maybe the dream spot. I don’t think United and City will be worried if we’re near the top now, but they may be if we are up there in April. It took us 15 minutes to get going today, but then for 30 minutes it was great theatre. “You would watch Everton at the minute. There was action nearly every minute. We’ve got threats from all areas now.” Southampton are in danger of being swamped on their return to the Premier League. Boss Nigel Adkins said: “You’ve got to score goals, but at the moment we’re shipping too many.”

What’s gone wrong at Borussia Dortmund?

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Before the season Borussia Dortmund were seen as the Bayern Munich's most likely challengers in the Bundesliga. Their win in the German Super Cup before the start of the campaign gave hope to many football fans that the season wouldn’t be as one-sided as last year. And yet Dortmund have lost an unbelievable seven matches out of the last 10. What has gone wrong with BVB's fan culture prides itral role for their Carabao Cup win at Manchester United.City defeated United 3-1 in the first-leg of their semifinal.“I enjoyed the role because we won and particularly because it worked,” he said.“Pep (Guardiola) wanted more men in the middle atself on “True Love” and they are known to be the most passionate – but also the most patient – fans in Germany. It takes a lot for them to whistle and boo their team off the field. But after the 2-0 defeat at Eintracht Frankf Glasgow Rangers – James Tavernier and Glen Kamara.According to TEAMtalk, the new Brighton manager Graham Potter is a huge fan of both players.He wants to make big signings this summer to ensure the team play an expansive style of football and still urt this weekend, fans are slowly turning against their team. Jurgen Klopp’s charges are in a relegation fight. How is that possible with a team full of German internationals and foreign stars? Unusual situation and no self-confidence Most players in the squad have never fought against relegation. Tcontent_imghey are not used to having such a bad run. The management, coach and players simply don't know how to deal with Dortmund's current predicament. With every mistake or chance missed, the self-confidence ebbs away. Even World Cup winners are showing signs of nerves… One thing gives hope: Klopp faced similar situations coaching Mainz 05 in the very beginning of his career, when . But after six years of leading Borussia to heights they had only dreamt of, there are suddenly many questions: is the great motivator tired? Can he still reach his players? Too many injuries Key players like Mats Hummels, Marco Reus, Nuri Sahin, Ilkay Gundogan, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Kuba Blaszczykowski missed a huge number of matches. Dortmund and cannot simply carry on regardless when their top players are missing. Gundogan's long absence was especially critical: he was a key player when Borussia became champions and had to pause for a whole year.. Fortunately he is coming back now, but it will still take time. The Marco Reus saga The rumours about Borussia's star player joining arch rivals Bayern Munich have caused big problems between the two clubs. The relationship between Bayern boss Karl Heinz Rummenigge and BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke is worse than ever since Rummenigge went public about a €25million buyout clause. Now other clubs are sniffing round, making things tricky for Dortmund. Selling key players to Bayern Munich Loosing Mario Gotze in the summer of 2013 was a big blow, but Dortmund have yet to recover from the sale of Robert Lewandowski. The Polish international was a guarantee of goals and always one of the league's leading scorers. This season Borussia create plenty of chances, but can’t finish them. They would not have that problem had Lewandowski stayed put. New players struggling to gel Mkhitaryan came for a massive €27.5million Shakhtar Donetsk, but has not lived up to expectations. Italy striker Ciro Immobile and Colombia international Adrian Ramos are not even close to filling Lewandowski's boots. Shinji Kagawa still needs a bit of time to get back into the flow of things after his travails at Manchester United. The performances of the new players are not very consistent and, currently, below the Bundesliga average – as Dortmund's league position suggests. Slapstick mistakes Experienced players like Neven Subotic and World Cup-winning keeper Roman Weidenfeller are making glaring mistakes in decisive moments of matches. Many players seem tired, insecure or show a lack of concentration. Klopp must cut down on these individual mistakes. The system Because of injuries and Lewandowski's departure, Klopp has changed his system a number of times. The successful 4-2-3-1 is not working anymore. That schedule of a Bundesliga or Champions League game every three days does not give the coach enough time to work on important tactical details. Valuable training time is missing. Fitness Borussia run as much as no other team. They concede the most goals of all teams in the last 30 minutes of games. The style Klopp have favoured in recent years has sapped a lot of energy out of the players. They seem to be unable to deal with the intensity the coach expects from them. Not translating performances into results There are plenty of teams in the Bundesliga who play worse football than Dortmund but manage to be far more effective. They fight, they play and they even create chances, but the final outcome is missing. Not enough goals means not enough points. Jurgen Klopp knows that the main challenge will be to break the bad run. Next Friday Borussia Dortmund host my team, 1899 Hoffenheim, and will try to put their season back on track. I hope they can wait another week… Will Klopp be Wenger's successor?2000+ VOTES SO FAR

Aston Villa v Norwich preview: Bannan back after ban

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Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan is available after a club suspension for tomorrow's home Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich. The Scotland international was not considered for the 2-2 draw at Sunderland while Villa held an internal inquiry after his arrest on suspicion of drink driving. On-loan Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas is also available after recovering from thigh and calf problems and returning to full training. Full-back Ericing says Jack Grealish can shoot higher than Aston Villa.Grealish is being linked with Manchester United.And Sterling, before Sunday’s Carabao Cup final triumph, content_imgsaid: “I think he’s a great player – technically, really good – he gets into great poc Lichaj (hip) is Villa's only injury casualty. Provisional squad: Given, Guzan, Hutton, Collins, Dunne, Clark, Warnock, Beye, Herd, Delph, Bannan, Petrov, Ireland, Jenas, Albrighton, Gardner, Bent, Heskey, Agbonlahor, N'Zogbia, Weimann, Delfouneso. *** Norwich have no fresh injury worries heading into tomorrow's trip to Aston Villa. Captain Grant Holt is pressing for a recall after again coming off the bench last weekend to score when he levelled with a stoppage-time penalty against Blackburn. Centre-back Zak Whitbread continues his recovery from a hamstring injury. Striker James Vaughan, defenders Elliott Ward and Daniel Ayala (all knee) are long-term absentees. Provisional squad: Ruddy, Tierney, Barnett, Martin, Naughton, Fox, Johnson, Hoock Rick Karsdorp has taken a swipe at parent club Roma.Karsdorp has joined Feyenoord on a season-long loan.“You’re left alone there for so much of it,” Karsdorp told Voetbal International.“Some lads walk in five minutes before the start of the trlahan, Pilkington, Bennett, Morison, Rudd, Holt, Crofts, Jackson, Wilbraham, Surman, de Laet.

Sacked Michael Laudrup claims Swansea won’t let him into training ground to say his goodbyes

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Michael Laudrup has been BANNED from Swansea's training ground. Sacked Swans boss Laudrup has revealed he was not allowed to say goodbye to his former players after being axed by on Tuesday. It comes because the Dane – who will receive a £4.5million pay-off, on Tuesday – is . Laudrup has hired lawyers to try to clear his name after his dismissal and also get a full explanation of the reasons for it. The 49-year-old issued an emotional and strong statement through the League Managers' Association claiming he has been unfairly treated by Swansea, who he led to Capital One Cup Final triumph a year ago and into the knockout stages of the Europa League earlier this season. "The club has informed me that I cannot visit the training ground to say my farewells to the players so I do that now through this statement," said Laudrup. 'I am deeply disappointed to have been dismissed as manager of Swansea City. In particular, the manner in which it happened and the actions the club has taken since notifying me in the briefest of letters which gave no reasons why such hasty and final action was deemed necessary. "I am, of course taking legal advice and the LMA have already written to the club asking for a proper explanation as to why I was summarily dismissed. "Until we receive the response I am unable to say any more about the termination but I do want to take this early opportunity to thank the Swansea City fans for their continued support and say itat Europa League opponents Eintracht Frankfurt.Pedro’s equaliser could prove crucial ahead of the return to London.Azpilicueta said: “At 1-0 down we were a bit in trouble but we ended the first half well and in the second half we had more chances tha has been an honour to manage this great football club." after his relationship with chairman Huw Jenkins reached breaking point. Swansea's defeat at West Ham last Saturday left them in relegation danger but Laudrup responded by giving his players two days off. He also jetted off for a short break in Paris. Laudrup also found himself at the centre of a player revolt after several members of the squad led delegations to Jenkins to complain about his training methods. That is another factor as to why Swansea and Jenkins do not want the former Getafe and Spartak Moscow boss seeing his former players while the final terms of his departure are thrashed out. Swansea have begun looking for a new manager, although veteran defender and skipper Garry Monk will be given time to try to lead the club to safety, while coach Alan Curtis also remains popular. Former England boss of long term replacements. Everton No2 Graeme Jones, who formerly held the same role at the Swans, is also on their radar. Laudrup was adamant he leaves the club in a good state after leading them to Wembley glory, into Europe. They sit 12th in the Premier League – albeit only two points above the bottom three – despite their poor run of one win in 10 matches over the past two months. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time managing in the Barclays Premier League, which I consider to be the one of the best leagues in world football," his statement added. "I leave the club proud of our collective achievements over the past 20 months and I believe we have contcontent_imginued the club's progression in the manner of my predecessors including Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers. "Of course the obvious highlight during my time in charge was leading Swansea to the first major trophy in the club's history in winning the Capital One Cup at Wembley resulting in European qualification. "In addition, our 9th place in the Barclays Premier League was our highest finish in 31 years and the second highest in the club's 102-year history which again is something which fills me with pride. "This season we have all enjoyed the memorable journey in the Europa Lended down to Dele Alli after his controversial coronavirus video would be “unnecessary”.The England star has apologised after posting a clip on Snapchat in which he suggested that an Asian man in his vicinity had the deadly virus.He is expected to faague where the team will soon to face Napoli in the last 32 of the competition. "Whilst league results have been disappointing of late, we are still 12th in the table and it is there for all to see the fine margins in the league this season in terms of points that separate 11 clubs. "Although we have been unfortunate with injuries, I believe our league form would have improved and that we would have benefited from the forthcoming Europa League and FA Cup matches."

Robbie Savage on Rooney: Forget France, Scholes’ role is where Wayne should be heading

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Wayne Rooney has all the tools to play the role where Paul Scholes was so effective for Manchester United. Rooney may have been hurt to be left out of Manchester United's Champions League tie in the second leg against Real Madrid – but Sir Alex Ferguson's tactics were spot-on until Nani's red card He may have cut a frustrated figure when he was hauled off but Fergie was right again. The player who looked more likely to be withdrawn, Shinji Kagawa, hit the post, leading to Robin Van Persie's equaliser. There is a common denominator here: More often than not, gets the big decisions right. That's why United are on the brink of winning a record 20th title. And that's why Rooney's long-term future – whether it is at Old Trafford or elsewhere – will be Sir Alex's call. I've heard the talk of moneybags Paris St Germain but I hope it was just the palm trees whispering to each other on my holiday in Barbados. At 27, man should be in his prime years as a footballer. He is too young to defect across the Channel for a last tango in Paris. He would be a big loss to English football, and apart from glamorous Champions League nights, I doubt if the French league would give Rooney more of a thrilling ride, on a day-to-day basis, than the Premier League. And if he stays at Old Trafford, I believe he could end up in the role where Scholes became United's kingpin. Rooney has become the complete footballer. If you asked him to play at left-back to help the team, he would do it, and when I watched him play in midfield with Michael Carrick at Stoke the other week, he was excellent. Admittedly, he didn't have his best game at West Ham, but I would not read too much into his body language when he was hooked. You are never happy to be taken off, and the higher quality player you are, the more it hurts when your number is held up on the fourth official's board. But I don't think the last few weeks have marked the beginning of the end for Rooney at United. In the long run, I expect him to sit deeper behind the front line, supplying the bullets for Van Persie, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez and – you never know – perhaps Radamel Falcao as well. I would happily pay good money to watch a forwrm Sportsbet.io as their new shirt sponsor, reports, /.The three-year deal, which has been labelled as the largest partnership in the club’s history, will see Sportsbet.io replace online broker FxPro on the front of the Premier League outfit’s home aard line like that with Rooney playing in midfield behind them. I would be less enthusiastic about hopping aboard a Eurostar train to watch him playing for Paris St Germain – because I don't think the overall standard of the French Ligue 1 would imprcontent_imgove his game. Don't get me wrong, the best teams in France are teces of making England’s Euro2020 squad.Townsend is working with England striker coach Allan Russell to improve on last season’s goal tally of nine, according to The Daily Mail.As well as his work with England’s players, Russell has held one-on-one sechnically accomplished. But Rooney still has too much to offer the game on this side of the Channel and, with respect, French football is not going to stretch him. He is too comfortable on the ball, too combative, too explosive, too mercurial and – dare I say it – too English – to export to our dear friends on the near continent. I enjoy a drop of French red wine, but hands off Rooney, mes amis! for more Robbie Savage – on Di Canio, the relegation battle, hooligans and more

Palermo “happy” to sell Manchester United target Paulo Dybala to Juventus, confirms chairman

Palermo'sanchester City fullback Joao Cancelo.Los Che owner Peter Lim has made buying back the Portugal international acontent_img priority for the winter market.Asked about the pursuit, Celades said: “I repeat as usual. I am very happy with the squad I have. The realit owner and chairman Maurizio Zamparini would be happy to offload Manchester United transfer target to Juventus. The highly-rated Argentinian has scored 11 times and assisted six in Serie A this season, but his relationship with the Palermo chief has deteriorated. It has over the weekend – and the player's agent is trying to engineer a move away from the club for him. Zamparini has admitted that Serie A leaders Juventus have been in touch with him about the youngster's availability. And he would be prepared to sell to them, as he would like to see Dybala stay in Italy. "There has not been any contact with Napoli but it is true that Marotta has been in touch for Juventus," he er wanted to join Southampton.Mane admits Jurgen Klopp first wanted to sign him while he was at Salzburg and the German was managing Dortmund.“That transfer (from Salzburg to Southampton) was tough and complicated. I’ll tell you the truth. Southamptold Tuttosport. "He told me that Juventus will be right there if we decide to sell Dybala. They are very much interested in signing him and are ready to open talks. "I told him that I would be more than happy to sell Paulo to Juventus if possible. I would actually prefer for him to stay in Italy. "I know Marotta, though, so I immediately made it clear that I will not give him a discount. We all know what happened with Pastore." Zamparini, however, is likely to command a big price for his services. The Palermo boss demanded – and received – £38million for the sale of Javier Pastore to Paris Saint-Germain. Will Paulo Dybala come to the Premier League?3000+ VOTES SO FAR

Stan’s your man: Stiliyan Petrov to take up new position at Aston Villa academy

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Aston Villa have announced that their recently retired former skipper Stiliyan Petrov will take up a new role at the Villa academy as assistant to development coach Gordon Cowans. The 33-year-old Bulgarian was the game earlier this month, having spent more than a year out of the side, battling acute leukaemia. Petrov is now in remission and his new position will see him assisting Cowans nurture Villa's next generation of talent. "I'm very excited by this new challenge and I wish to thank the Club and the manager, Paul Lambert, for giving me the opportunity to continue my association with Villa, which I have always regarded as a privilege," Petrov said on the club's website. "I will study for my coaching badges over the coming months and I am looking forward very much to working with Gordon Cowans, someone I know and respect, a true Villa legend. "My hope is that I can assist Gordon through my own experience in the game and that I can help the young lads to progress, become better players and better human beings. There are important values that we have always stood for at the club and we will continue to do so. "As I have said several times recently, the club has been amazing with me, from the fans to the chairman, Randy Lerner, the chief executive, Paul Faulkner, the manager and the players, as well as staff at Bodymoor and Villa Park. "The main thing for me, however, is that it is not for sentimental reasons that I will be taking up this role but because I have something to contribute and I really want to do this.            "The manager allowed me to sit on the bench on Sunday at Wigan so that I coulcontent_imgd get some perspective from the coaching and management side. I travelled with the team and was able to see close-hand and from a new viewpoint just how the first team prepares for a game and he many elements during a game. I'm looking forward to imparting some of my knowledge and continuing to learn as I grow into the role." Petrov paid tribute to the fans who, in the 19th minute of every game, showed their support for the former Celtic player. "Everyone knows the Villa fans have been magnificent all the way with me and, one more, a big and genuine thank you to you all," he said. "But I want to take this opportunity to thank the Wigan fans also. I was shocked by how incredible the response was from all of the fans when I walked back on the pitch after Sunday's game. Everybody stayed, everybody stood and everybody applauded. It was a very powerful demonstration of how united football can be. "So thank you to the Wigan fans and thank you to Wigan Football Club for making Sunday even more special for me. "Finally, thank you to football fans everywhere because I know how fans of so many clubs in many countries have accepted me into their hearts and stood by me during my illness. "My gratitude will hopefully be evident from what I intend to put back in the game with all my heart, with all my soul and with all my ability." Villa manager Paul Lambert is delighted Petrov will remain at the club. "I'm delighted that Stiliyan will be assisting Gordon when the new season gets under way and, as much as he's offered this football club in a distinguished playing career, I know he'll have more still to offer in the years to come through what he will be able to impart to the younger lads," said. "I had this thought in my head, I spoke to Randy and to Paul about it and we're all really pleased that Stiliyan accepted the role. "He has a great deal to offer, first and foremost because of the way he is as a guy. He's always been one of the most committed, dedicated and driven individuals and he's always strived to be successful. "As an international player, too, he's been around thoungster Sean Longstaff is on the radar of Swindon and Bradford.The central midfielder has enjoyed a productive season, establishing himself as a Toon first teamer before injury struck.Per the Chronicle, several loan bids will come in for Longstaff, e block. He's been the captain at a big club and he's captained his national team, Bulgaria, so his knowledge is of the highest order. "The scenes on Sunday after our final game of the season at Wigan and the scenes immediately following our final home game against Chelsea served to emphasise how deeply the bond goes between Stiliyan and thisester United player.Henderson is enjoying a second successful season on loan at Sheffield United and no other Premier League goalkeeper can top his haul of five clean sheets.And he admits he has hopes of a future at Old Trafford.“Hopefully I can fu club. It was moving and it was a measure of the man. "His qualities will be put to good, practical use now and he'll have a key role to play for Villa, that's for sure."

Emile Heskey emotional about Liverpool return with FA Cup foes Bolton at the age of 37

Emile Heskey does not have hair on the back of his neck. If he did, he says it would stand up when he walks out at Anfield to face on Saturday. with Championship side Bolton for an FA Cup fourth round tie is as ­unexpected as it is emotional. Having turned 37 earlier this month, always imagined he would be lying on a beach in Antigua by now. Instead, he will be battling the Reds' backline on a freezing winter’s evening – and he could not be happier. “It will be great, it will be wonderful,” grinned Heskey, who was Liverpool’s record signing when he joined from Leicester for £11million in March 2000. “If I had hair on the back of my neck it would stand up. “I wouldn’t say it will be a pinch-yourself-moment, but, yeah, at 37, would I have been thinking I would be playing against Liverpool at Anfield? Probably not, so I’m going to relish every moment of it.” A lot of water has flowed under the Widnes-Runcorn Bridge since Heskey left Liverpool in 2004, after scoring 60 goals to help Gerard ­Houllier’s side win the FA Cup, UEFA Cup and Valencia are closing on a deal for Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala.Goal says Mangala is set to join Valencia on loan for a second time.The City outcast hasn’t played a competitive game since February last year.But talks are at an advanced stage over the Frenchman moving to Los Che for the coming season.two League Cups. He turned out for Birmingham, Wigan, Aston Villa and Australia side Newcastle over the ensuing decade but remained part of the ­Anfield family, and pulled on the red shirt again in November for Liverpool Masters in two matches in ­Singapore and ­Thailand. Heskey scored as a Masters side boasting greats such as Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Didi Hamann and Patrik Berger won both games, despite their unorthodox preparations. “It was different,” he laughed. “I’m used to going to bed at a certain time, especially before a game! “Robbie asked me if I wanted to play. When you get to a certain age, ycontent_imgou get certain calls. “We won both games. I did OK. Got a goal in each, I think. “It was a bit difficult having to do extra running because I probably looked the leanest of the lot of them. It was really good fun, to be fair.” The experience convinced Heskey he should play on, but when Bolton boss Neil Lennon bumped into him at an event in Leicester and invited him to the Macron, he thought his old Foxes team-mate was joking. He only realised Lennon was serious when another former Leicester pal, Bolton first-team coach Garry Parker, rang him. Heskey played in an U21s game against Reading – managing to avoid the attempts by Martin Keown’s son, Niall, to kick him – and did enough to earn a short-term deal. “He looked great,” said Lennon. “He played well in the game and the negotiations lasted about 30 seconds. “I think he’s pretty glad he signed here because he has a chance he probably never thought he would get again. "He’s coming back to Liverpool. I’m sure it will evoke a lot of memories for him, it will be a special moment for him. But he knows he’s got a job to do as well.” Heskey in a Boxing Day win over Blackburn and has formed a Dad’s Army attack, with Trotters legend Eidur Gudjohnsen, which has a combined age of 73. “The point I had to prove is: Can you go over 35 and still play?” he said. “Yeah. I’ve seen many players do it. You’ve got Frank Lampard doing it, Didier [Drogba], Eidur, myself. Steven [Gerrard] is 35 in May, so yeah, I don’t see why not. “You can play to whatever age you want as long as you change your game and your legs hold out.” While Heskey may not be feeling his 37 years, he only has to look to team-mate Zach Clough to be reminded of his age. Clough was bornat their knockers after last night’s FA Cup defeat at Chelsea.The result came hot on the heels of losses at Atletico Madrid and Watford that have brought Klopp’s team under the microscope for the first time during what has been a remarkable season th on March 8, 1995 – the day Heskey made his Premier League debut for Leicester. “I’ve heard that,” he said. “It makes me feel very old, thanks.” Emile Heskey's Liverpool record 1999 – 2004 Premier League: apps, goals FA Cup: apps, goals League Cup: apps, goals European comps: apps goals Other: apps goals Total: apps goals Emile Heskey's Anfield medal haul 2001 2001, 2003 2001 2001 2001. Liverpool fans! Will you cheer if Heskey scores at Anfield?0+ VOTES SO FAR

Luk who’s talking: Podolski tips Arsenal as title contenders after Anfield masterclass

Lukas Podolski last night insisted Arsenal can be title ­challengers if they build on their Anfield delight. The German hitman scored his first Gunners goal since an £11million move from Cologne to get Arsene Wenger’s side off the mark for the campaign. Podolski then combined again with Spanish schemer Santi Cazorla for Arsenal’s second, as the Gooners showed evidence of life after Robin van Persie. And with a masterful midfield dispcontent_imglay by fit-again Abou Diaby adding to the feelgood factor, Podolski and Co head into the ­international break believing Arsenal’s eight-year trophy drought can finally come to an end. Arsenal will be further boosted by news that . Podolski said: “The Premier League is very hard to win. “It is not like Spain, where only Real Madrid and ­Barcelona fight for La Liga. plans.The Watford defender is on-loan at the Liberty to the end of the season.”It’s the same as everyone else,” Cooper told WalesOnline.”We can only have five out of our six loans in the squad when everyone’s fit. Ben is a part of the squad and we’re“In the Premier League, you have five or six teams who want the title. We are one of those and must fight for it. “We have 35 matches more and must play in all of them like we did at ­Liverpool.” Arsenal’s incisive passing in the final third was a cut above anything Brendan Rodgers’ side could offer, while a third straight clean sheet added to the confidence of Wenger and his team. Wenger has alsodespite the less than impressive start to his Arsenal career. Former Bayern Munich star Podolski revealed: “I’ve had a lot of managers, that’s true, I think 10 of thrpool winger Jermaine Pennant.The 16-year-old has emerged as one of the brightest young talents in English football this season.Manchester United and Chelsea are both interested in Bellingham, and Pennant thinks they would be signing the next Stevie em. But Arsene Wenger is a great coach, one of the best in the world. “Before I came, I spoke to him about the style of the club, the football he wants us to play. Our first goal showed what I mean – good passing, running, keeping the ball and then scoring the goal. “This style of Arsenal is my style. I like this. We are a team that likes to pass the ball, playing one or two touches. “But to win in the Premier League you must also be prepared to fight and to run. We did this well. I have been asked to play on the left, but you can see that I am free to leave that ­position and play inside. “I don’t just have to play wide, I can go in the middle to link up with Abou or Santi. With Santi, in training, I’ve loved the way it has gone. All the time we work on this, one and two touches. “You could see that for our goals at Liverpool. He passed to me for the first one, and then I gave the assist to him for the second. “But we have only played three matches and must keep on improving.” The nature of the Anfield display banished most of the early-season doubt, although Podolski conceded: “When you have played teams like Sunderland and Stoke and not picked up three points in either game, you have to expect headlines saying you’re no good. “It is what I have been used to, no matter whether I’m playing for Cologne, Munich or Arsenal. If you don’t win the matches you have to expect there will be a ­negative atmosphere. We are a big club and we want to win every game. “From the first two matches we only picked up one point each game, which was not good enough. But if we play like we did at Liverpool, then we will fight for the title.” Wenger’s biggest pleasure came from the performance of injury-jinxed Diaby, who made just five appearances off the bench last season. “Mentally, it was a hard time,” admitted the French midfielder. “But I love ­football, it is my passion and you always have to look forward. “Even when the situation is difficult, you have to be ­positive in your head. And I have to thank and praise the manager, because I have always had tremendous support from him. The things he said to me helped.” And Diaby backed the Gunners to carry on firing. He added: “I won’t say we will forget Robin, as he is an amazing player. But we showed there is a goalscoring power at Anfield and we must take advantage of that.” during the game.

Wide boy: Rooney urges wingers to play the United way

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Wayne Rooney has delivered a pointed derby day message to his boss: “Let’s do it the Manchester ­United way.” United went to Eastlands towards the end of last season seeking a bore draw but were beaten 1-0, and the title contest tilted City’s way. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has shuffled his systems this season, ­dabbling in diamonds and other ­potential strategic gems. But Rooney, who has been used in a variety of roles and looked an uncomfortable right winger with a shadow squad in the Champions League defeat by Cluj on Wednesday, believes they should revert to type. The England man, who wabian-backed group to buy the club.The consortium, fronted by financier Amanda Staveley, is believed to be the only viable option to acquire the club, despite rumours of other interested parties.But Ashley will not be pressurised into a quick decisioould ­clearly prefer to operate behind ­opeful his injury nightmare is coming to an end.It has been roughly eight months since the 22-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.Recovery is going well in preseason and Cook is optimistic about the near future.Cook tolManchester derby debutant Robin van Persie, said: “It’s for the manager to say whether we’ll be more positive this time. “I think our strength is getting ­wingers on the pitch, getting the ball out wide, attacking and getting ­crosses into the box. “That’s obviously the way Man ­United have played for years, so I think that’s one of our strengths. “Of course, they have a strong ­central midfield, but they also leave gaps out wide, so I’m sure Sir Alex and Roberto Mancini will be looking at different things and ways they can capitalise on each team’s weakness. “I think I’ve played every position on the field this season. I’m enjoying it and it’s a different step for me. “As a footballer I love doing it so, who knows? I’ll see where I am on Sunday.” City also thumped United 6-1 in the league at Ocontent_imgld Trafford last season and Rooney admitted his team want to put behind them the pain of that ­double blow, make a statement by opening a six-point lead and pile the pressure on their neighbours. He said: “We know that if we had turned around one of those two games we would have won the league, but you can say that about any game. That’s gone and we have to move on. “City are out of the Champions League and having a bit of a tough time – I think everyone can see that behind the scenes. If we win we can put more pressure on them.” Rooney added: “If we want to win the game we will have to score goals. Robin [van Persie] has played in ­Arsenal-Tottenham games and a lot of internationals, so he will certainly be aware of what it’s about. “If he’s not, I’m sure he’ll find out soon enough!” Meanwhile, to repel Manchester City today.

On your bike! Hodgson wants players who are desperate to play for England

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Roy Hodgson has issued a stern warning to Wilfried Zaha: Commit to England – or get on your bike. Crystal Palace winger Zaha, 20, is also eligible to play for Ivory Coast, but Hodgson made it clear he is not prepared to beg when it comes to dual nationality. Arsenal's , but should get FIFA clearance on Wednesday morning to be involved in the friendly with Sweden. Meanwhile, Liverpool's Raheem Sterling will make his full England debut, despite being approached to play for Jamaica, where he was born. But Hodgson insists all three have given him personal assurances they want to play for England and says they should all be so keen to report up that they can cycle to training sessions. England boss Hodgson, who will give Sterling his full debut against Sweden, said: "When people are called up I expect them to come running. "Get on a bicycle and cycle to the training session if they have to. "Then they shake hands with everyone and tell everyone how happy they are to be there. "All this nonsense about players receiving phone calls and being enticed away… If they are going to be enticed away, they will be enticed away. But if they are being enticed away they are not the right player for us. "To be asked to play for England is a major honour and a major feather in people's caps. "I am not interested in people whohe Blues are playing a friendly against the Israeli national team to celebrate the women’s game.Abramovich is a key player in a bid to raise the profile of the sport in Israel and other parts of the world.Chelsea Women’s boss Emma Hayes spoke about t are deciding whether England is where they want to be or whether they want to be somewhere else. There are enough players in the country. "Someone told me today there have been 48 players in the squads I have chosen so far. If I can't get 11 players out of 48, that is a pretty sad state of affairs. "I have a simple attitude towards it." Zaha has created the biggest storm after former Chelsea striker , where he was born. But Hodgson has spoken to Zaha and received the necessary assurances, while he also revealed he scouted the big-money transfer target while he was in charge at West Brom. Hodgson added: "I spoke to him before he joined up. I explained to him we were interested in him, but only if he was interested in us. "He assured me, and it seems to me fairly obvious if you want to play for the Under-19s and Under-21s and are very happy to accept a call-up to the first national team, that is where you want to play. "Perhaps I am too simple. "It is not fast-tracking him because of the Ivory Coastentus great Alessandro del Piero has spoken of his admiration for Atletico Madrid whizkid Joao Felix.Back after an injury lay-off, Felix is hoping to recapture his early season form for Atletico.For his part, Del Piero has already seen enough, convin. "It is simple. If a player prefers to play for another country, he is welcome to do that. "If he has a chance to play for England and it isn't strong enough motivation, then that person is not the type of player we want with us. "When I was at West Brom, he was obviously he was one of the transfer targets. "I would think he is on the radar of virtually every Premier League club. I watched him a couple of times during my time there and I've followed his progress from afar.&content_imgquot;