Manchester United & Mario Balotelli

Manchester United Football Club is an English professional football club, based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, that plays in the Premier League. Mario Barwuah Balotelli (born 12 August 1990) is an Italian footballer who plays as a striker for Manchester City and the Italian national team. 5.0/5

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Mario Balotelli reminds Manchester United of City's 6-1 win ahead of derby:
Liverpool are preparing to sell Mario Balotelli to finance a move for Manchester United loanee Radamel Falcao. (Source…
Manchester United and Arsenal fans mock Mario Balotelli by voting for him as Liverpool's 'Player of the Year' poll
Mario Balotelli lays into Manchester United after Sergio Aguero's goal at Old ... - Daily Mail
TRANSFER GOSSIP Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 27, has alerted Manchester United to his potential availability by saying he does not know where he will be playing next year. (Guardian) United are also on red alert over a move for Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller, 25, who is keen on a move away from the Allianz Arena. (Daily Star) Juventus are interested in signing Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli, 24, on a loan deal this month, with an option for a £14m permanent deal in the summer. (The Times) Arsenal are prepared to increase their bid to land Legia Warsaw midfielder Krystian Bielik, 17, but face competition from German club Hamburg. (The Times) The Sun's back page on Tuesday The Gunners have also been sounded out over a move for Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 29. (Daily Mail) West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison, 21, is on the verge of a move to Italian club Lazio after falling out of favour at Upton Park. (Mirror) Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor is holding talks over a move to Parma, but the ...
It’s time for today’s Editor’s Picks! Cesc Fàbregas, Wayne Rooney & the Premier League's BEST of 2014 Opta's 2014 in numbers – starring Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli - Official Liverpool FC and Everton Football Club battle for goalkeeper, while Coloccini is ruled out of Newcastle United running. Check out all the latest rumors with Transfer Talk! Martinez dismisses Coleman to Manchester United rumours Danny Welbeck a doubt but Theo Walcott fit for Arsenal
Liverpool are planning to offload Mario Balotelli to Inter in January before opening talks with West Brom over Saido Berahino. The 21-year-old has caught the eye of Manchester United and Spurs but the Reds hope to land the £24m-rated striker.
TEAMtalk rates and slates the individual performances in Manchester United's 3-0 win over Liverpool. Manchester UniTED David De Gea: Another faultless afternoon for the Spaniard, who made numerous stops from Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli, with a tip onto the bar from the Italian one of the saves of the season. 10/10 Phil Jones: Back after two months out injured. He was booked for an early tackle on Philippe Coutinho but grew in confidence and made a fine last-ditch tackle to deny Sterling. 6 Jonny Evans: Booked in the first half and very lucky to get away with an awful back pass that went straight to Sterling. 6 Michael Carrick: A calm and assured presence at the heart of United's defence. 7 Ashley Young: Shaky at the back at times but a threat going forward and put in a fine cross for the second goal. 7 Antonio Valencia: Back in midfield and showed both sides of his game with a great run and cross for the first goal before preventing Alberto Moreno getting a shot on goal. 7 Marouane Fellaini: Booke ...
Liverpool's Italian striker Mario Balotelli, 24, could be heading back to Serie A with Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini eager to secure his return to the San Siro. (Daily Star Sunday) Mancini could also return to former club Manchester City to sign England midfielder James Milner, 28, whose contract talks with the Premier League champions have broken down. (Sun - subscription required) Colombia international Fredy Guarin, 28, could be going in the other direction with Liverpool considering a January loan deal for the Inter midfielder. (Sunday People) Chelsea have made a £30m bid for Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, 24, in an attempt to beat Manchester United to the signing of the Netherlands international in January. (Sunday Express) But United are set to pip neighbours Manchester City to the signature of Fiorentina's Colombian midfielder Juan Cuadrado, 26, next month. (Sport Mediaset - in Italian) Everton have joined Arsenal, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid in the chase for Croatia international a ...
Manchester United swept historic arch-rivals Liverpool aside with a fine 3-0 win to record the Reds’ sixth consecutive victory. Goals from Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata gave Louis Van Gaal’s side the comfort of a two-goal lead before half-time, with Robin Van Persie clinching all three points after the break. But United were once again indebted to goalkeeper David De Gea, who made the first of several crucial saves seconds before Rooney’s opener. A magnificent effort to touch a Mario Balotelli shot onto his bar at 2-0 kept the frustrated visitors at bay, and even after Van Persie had sealed the game, De Gea was using his body and feet to prevent any kind of consolation goal for the Merseysiders. Injuries to Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo forced Louis Van Gaal to again make changes in the United backline and he opted for the experience of Michael Carrick, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans. They faced a Liverpool side playing without a recognised striker - Raheem Sterling operated as a “false nine” - and wi ...
Balotelli, Lallana and Kolo injury update - Liverpool will *** the fitness of Mario Balotelli to determine whether he'll be in contention to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Jonny Evans could start for Manchester United after replacing the injured Chris Smalling during the first half of Monday's win at Southampton. The quintet of Angel Di Maria, Luke Shaw, Rafael, Phil Jones and Daley Blind remain on the sidelines. Liverpool's Adam Lallana is available despite having two cracked ribs, while Kolo Toure (groin) should be fit. Mario Balotelli has returned to training and could be involved after a six-match absence with a groin injury. Many wise old sages have stated that it's better to be a lucky manager than a good one, and Manchester United's latest win at Southampton on Monday will have had some thinking that in Louis Van Gaal, they might just have both together. His record shows he's good - very, very good - but to see his team win with a performance the Dutchman put mildly himself as "not good enough" suggested being somewhat blessed too. Others went much further, and the numbers backed them up: United had three shots on goal - their fewest in a league game since Opta start ...
Paris St Germain striker Edinson Cavani, 27, wants to move to Arsenal in January. • Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri, 27, has admitted he faces an uncertain future at the Etihad. • Manchester United have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin, with the Spanish champions insisting the 28-year-old is not for sale. • Alternatively, Atletico Madrid have told Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal that he must meet Godin's £28.5m buyout clause if he wants to land the defender in January. • Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Mario Balotelli is likely to miss his side's crucial Champions League clash with Basel on Tuesday due to injury. • West Ham's 26-year-old defender Winston Reid, who is out of contract in the summer, is demanding a huge wage rise to remain with the Hammers and could be sold in January, with Arsenal and Liverpool among his suitors. • Arsenal scout Gilles Grimandi has been watching Monaco's £15m-rated left-back Layvin Ku ...
Morning paper talk Morning paper talk All the top stories making the back pages of Saturday's papers. Daily Mail Steve Bruce is ready to terminate Hatem Ben Arfa's loan spell at Hull City after dragging him off just 35 minutes into their 3-0 defeat at Manchester United. Bruce is furious with Ben Arfa for his attitude during the clash. Nigel Pearson has refused to apologise to a Leicester City supporter despite footage having emerged of him appearing to tell the fan to 'f*** off and die'.The Foxes boss admitted he regretted the incident but says he sees 'no need to apologise to someone of that ilk'. Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been charged by the Football Association for posting an allegedly abusive or insulting image on social media. Louis Van Gaal will allow his players to have Christmas dinner at home with their families before reporting to Manchester United’s team hotel for the Boxing Day clash with Newcastle at Old Trafford. THE SUN Nigel Pearson is involved in a new row after he told Leic ...
Manchester United spending could reach £350m in two years, with Roma's Netherlands midfielder Kevin Strootman, 24, and Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, 25, among their top targets. (Times - subscription only) Norway international Martin Odegaard, 15, has had a training session with Liverpool's first-team as Brendan Rodgers continues to plot a move for the Stromsgodset midfielder, who has been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United. (Daily Mail) Arsenal are ready to make an £8m bid in January for Ipswich Town defender Tyrone Mings, 21. (Telegraph) The Gunners are planning a £15m bid for Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin in January in an effort to beat Premier League rivals Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United to the 25-year-old. (Daily Express) The agent of Colombian striker Jackson Martinez says the 28-year-old will not be leaving Porto despite interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham. (Daily Star) Alan Pardew fears Moussa Sissoko could be the next Newcastle player to be lu . ...
Mario Balotelli's agent says that the Liverpool striker, 24, will not be making a return to Italy. (Daily Mail) Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 24, who has been a target of Manchester United is open to a move to the Premier League after recovering from injury. (London Evening Standard) Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool are the trio of clubs who now want to sign Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus, 25, after Chelsea pulled out of the race. (Metro) Real Madrid are stepping up interest in Liverpool midfield prospect and Spain Under-18 captain Pedro Chirivella, 17, who has been training with the Reds first team this season. (Daily Mail) Dinamo Zagreb have told Arsenal and Tottenham that they will have to spend big if they want to sign their defensive midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, 22. (Daily Star) OTHER GOSSIP Eidur Gudjohnsen playing for Bolton Is Eidur Gudjohnsen set to roll back the years with a comeback? Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes that Liverpool's recent slu ...
Why Mario Balotelli could benefit from Divock Origi’s arrival in January As Liverpool’s struggles continue, they were dealt another blow ahead of their clash with Crystal Palace. The Premier League is set to return after a two week international break and Brendan Rodgers’ side are hoping to start a run of good form. So are other top clubs including Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham, but the difference for the Reds is the loss of Daniel Sturridge. Only featuring three times since the start of the season, the England international was expected to return this weekend at Selhurst Park. However, on Wednesday morning, the 25 year-old picked up a fresh injury to his thigh and its now rumoured that he could be out until 2015. Origi’s return means Mario Balotelli was a flop – Keown It’s been disappointing for the Reds as they finished runners-up to Manchester City last season and Sturridge was a key part of that success with striker Luis Suarez. The former Liverpool forward left for Barcelona wh ...
Man City Star Yaya Toure Pays Tribute To United And Liverpool Transfer Deals Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has paid tribute to league rivals Manchester United and Liverpool by claiming that they are responsible for three of the five best transfer deals this summer, the Daily Star reports. United smashed the British transfer record with a £60m move for Angel Di Maria while Radamel Falcao followed him in on loan. Those moves caught Toure’s eye as particularly impressive – as did Liverpool’s swoop for former City striker Mario Balotelli. Real Madrid’s move for James Rodriguez and Alvaro Negredo’s loan switch to Valencia completed his top five. He said: “I think definitely Di Maria and Rodriguez. “Rodriguez was a fantastic one, and as well United with the move for Falcao, he is a great striker, unbelievable. “[Negredo] has had injury problems but he has been brilliant for us this last year and I think he will be a great move. “We will be sad to see him go because he was one of our t ...
Today's transfer rumours: Gareth Bale has expressed his desire to stay at Real Madrid, despite Manchester United preparing a rumoured £90 million bid for the Welsh winger in January. Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed his interest in signing Steven Gerrard on a free transfer at the end of the season, if Liverpool do not offer him a new contract. Arsenal and Manchester United will go head to head to sign German wonder kid Julian Draxler from Schalke for around £30 million. Liverpool are eyeing Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto as competition for Simon Mignolet. Liverpool are also now favourites to sign Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund for around £35 million. Chelsea have made an enquiry to sign Gerard Pique from Barcelona in January. Napoli are rumoured to be interested in Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, and are set to make a £10 million bid for the out of sorts Italian striker. Real Madrid are willing to pay Tottenham Hotspur £20 million for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Manchester United could make a £18 milli ...
- I wish all other players for Arsenal can show the determination and fighting spirit that Alexis has. He's a real revelation, a machine. -Nobody at Arsenal can beat Sanchez. And I feel sorry for Sanchez because Arsene Wenger doesn't rest him. He is not a SLAVE you know. -Man City are very weak now,,let them be very careful against Man Utd on sunday -Manchester City performs good against good teams but show poor performance against weak teams -Manchester United slowly getting back to the very best -Saints are second on the standings on 19 points, 4 below leaders Chelsea -Everton I think Martinez needs to come out and say exactly what the situation is with Kone because he appears to have been 'close to fitness' for months now!! -Mario Balotelli and Dejan Lovren secured a spectacular late turnaround as Liverpool came from behind to beat Swansea City 2-1 in the League Cup fourth round.
Mario Balotelli is figthing for his Liverpool future and Napoli could be willing to test the waters at Anfield with a €12.5 million in January. Manchester City are among the clubs monitoring the future of Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira. Arsenal and Chelsea are also interested in the German. Gerard Pique is said to be on his way out of Barcelona following a series of high-profile mistakes and Jose Mourinho is keen on signing the Spain international. Pique would be available for a fee of £30 million. AC Milan are set to reignite their interest in Isco and are also planning to raid the Santiago Bernabeu for Asier Illarramendi. The Rossoneri wanted the playmaker when he was at Malaga. Arsenal are leading the race to sign Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels after Manchester United reportedly turned their attention to Ezequiel Garay.
Tuesday 21 October top football news Fernandinho believes the closed-door Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow will provide a tricky obstacle for Manchester City. Jamie Carragher says Liverpool must leave out Mario Balotelli to have the best chance of beating Real Madrid. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists his side cannot become too focused on stopping Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League this week. Manchester United produced their best performance of the season in a 2-2 draw against West Brom at The Hawthorns, according to manager Louis Van Gaal. Qatar World Cup games could finish as late as 3:30am under one proposal made by a senior football official. QPR forward Adel Taarabt has hit back at manager Harry Redknapp over claims that he is overweight and unfit to play."My job is to create, bring goals to the team. Maybe he expects me to make more tackles. I am not this type of player. I can only get fitness playing Premier League. You can train six or seven hours, but you won't be fit." Swanse ...
A round-up of the leading football stories making the back pages of today's newspapers THE SUN Roy Hodgson has blamed Brendan Rodgers’ training methods for the Raheem Sterling too- tired-to-play storm after claiming players do not need two days of recovery after a game. Dougie Freedman has turned down the chance of a quick return to management with Leyton Orient. Daily Mirror Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has hit out at former striker Mario Balotelli, declaring himself pleased that the "rotten apple" is no longer in the Rossoneri dressing room. Arsene Wenger have revealed that Olivier Giroud could be back in action for Arsenal sooner than expected. Aston Villa have made a formal new contract offer to Fabian Delph as they try to keep the England midfielder. DAILY EXPERSS Roy Hodgson has placed England on a fresh collision course with Liverpool as the furore over Raheem Sterling's fitness exposed the widening rifts in their respective fitness regimes. Neil Lennon made an early impression as Bolton man ...
Manchester City are weighing up a move for Juventus and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 21, next summer with Everton's Ross Barkley another option (The Times subscription required) Arsenal will look to meet Schalke winger Julian Draxler's £37m release clause in January. The Gunners want to sign the 21-year-old after growing frustrated with his Germany international team-mate Mesut Ozil, 25 (Daily Express) Netherlands playmaker Wesley Sneijder could leave Galatasaray and move to the Premier League as the Turkish club have failed to pay his wages. The 30-year-old could join Manchester United and link up with former national coach Louis Van Gaal. (The Sun - subscription required) Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, 37, could return to his native France, with Paris Saint Germain and Monaco interested in signing him in January after his contract with Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls expires (Daily Mail) Italian side Roma want to buy Manchester City and England midfielder James Milner, 28, for £10m ...
MAVHARIVHARI (Rumours) & INTERNATIONAL UPDATES • Lionel Messi insists that he has no interest in competing with Cristiano Ronaldo for the title of the world's greatest player. • Liverpool hope to announce the signing of Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes in the coming weeks. The Spanish shot-stopper will undergo a medical in the international break before looking to usurp Simon Mignolet as the Reds' No.1. • Manager Louis Van Gaal is hoping Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao can persuade ex-Real Madrid team-mate Fabio Coentrao, 26, to join Manchester United in January. • Barcelona full-back Dani Alves, 31, is looking to move to the Premier League next summer, with both Manchester United and Liverpool interested in the Brazil international. • Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski, 29, has dropped a major hint he is ready to leave Arsenal in January unless he gets more playing time at the club. • West Brom are prepared to sell striker Saido Berahino, 21, if a top club comes in for him, admits boss ...
Someone just told Mario Balotelli that Arsenal have signed Danny Welbeck from Manchester United for £16m.
top Sunday football news 28 sept 2014 Barcelona's Lionel Messi "never imagined" scoring over 400 career goals while Luis Enrique hails the Argentine's "magic". Barcelona's impressive start to the La Liga season continued as Neymar's hat-trick helped them to demolish a poor Granada side at the Nou Camp. Brendan Rodgers praised Mario Balotelli's attitude during his first Merseyside derby after the Italian was the target of a few robust challenges. Wayne Rooney believes the best days of his career are still to come as the striker seeks to immortalise himself for both club and country. Kevin Nolan accused linesman Andrew Garratt of taking a guess on the decision that prevented West Ham from taking a valuable point at Manchester United. Luke Shaw thinks Manchester United are having a lot of bad luck with refereeing decisions and that Wayne Rooney's red card against West Ham was harsh. Mamadou Sakho has apologised for leaving Anfield ahead of the Merseyside derby on Saturday, after the French international was ...
Mario Balotelli trolls Manchester United after latest loss
Police have launched an investigation after hate-filled Manchester United fans racially abused Mario Balotelli on twit…
Manchester United fans were bound to be touchy after their shock 3-5 loss to Leicester City, and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli drew their anger and became the brunt of racial insults.
[SPOTLIGHT ON CITY, FALCAO AND BALOTELLI] - Just a month into the season, Manchester City is already facing a game of huge significance in the defense of its Premier League title. If City loses at home to early leader Chelsea on Sunday, the champions will be eight points behind their biggest rivals for the championship after five matches. And that will be a sizeable gap considering the strength of the squad that Jose Mourinho has built for this season. Buoyed by a 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers last weekend, Manchester United's line-up of all-star attackers heads to another promoted club, Leicester, with Radamel Falcao in line for a first start. Scoring goals may not be enough for Mario Balotelli to be the new crowd favourite at Liverpool. The Italy striker ended his wait for a goal for his new club by scoring in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League. But manager Brendan Rodgers says Balotelli must dovetail scoring with a relentless work rate, like Luis Suarez did during his ...
Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour has ordered them to win the Champions League, according to defender Vincent Kompany, 28. (Daily Mirror)  Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 28, has patched up his differences with former boss Sir Alex Ferguson by calling him "incredible".(Daily Mail) The Football Association will insist that former West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka, 35, serves the five-match ban imposed for his "quenelle" gesture last December before he plays for new club Mumbai City. (Times - subscription required) Barcelona are to name their training ground after former coach Tito Vilanova, who died in April at the age of 45 after suffering with cancer.(Independent) Leeds owner Massimo Cellino wants Slovenian coach Darko Milanic - the boss of Austrian side Sturm Graz - to take over at Elland Road.(Sun - subscription required) Academy manager Neil Redfearn insists he is fine with Cellino's decision to rule him out of the running for the Leeds job.(Yorkshire Evening Post) Former M ...
Premier League Matchday 4 When: Saturday 13th September , 7:30 PM EAST AFRICAN TIME Where: Anfield Liverpool FC vs Aston Villa FC - Official Brendan Rodgers is wary of the threat posed by Aston Villa ahead of Liverpool's match with Paul Lambert's side on Saturday. Villa are unbeaten in their last three trips to Anfield; drawing 2-2 in the Barclays Premier League last season after securing a shock 3-1 win during the 2012-13 campaign. The West Midlands club have picked up seven points from their first three Barclays Premier League matches this season, conceding only one goal in the process. Liverpool will be favourites to secure three points on Merseyside this weekend, despite being hampered by injuries, but Rodgers will not be taking Villa lightly. "They've started well,” Rodgers said. “I'm pleased for Paul because he's gone in and looked to bring in young players. "The first season was difficult but now they've done well. It's been a tough game for us in the last couple of years." Mario Balotelli coul ...
Top stories on ~Wayne Rooney's goal last night took him above Michael Owen into fourth place on the England goalscorers list: ~Angel Di Maria created three and scored one last night as Arg beat Germany ~Cristiano Ronaldo plans return to Manchester United. ~Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has been cleared to make his debut against QPR after receiving a work permit. ~Raheem Sterling: Mario Balotelli can achieve great things at Liverpool ~Ronaldinho, who is now a free agent, has been offered a stunning contract by Conference South side Basingstoke Town. Thanks for reading
_Bastian Schweinsteiger has been named as the new captain of the German national team, head coach Joachim Low announced at a news conference on Tuesday. Schweinsteiger, inherits the armband from Bayern Munich teammate Philipp Lahm, who retired from international football at the age of just 30 after leading Germany to their fourth World Cup triumph in July. The midfielder's first outing as captain will be a rematch of the World Cup final when Germany host Argentina in a friendly in Dusseldorf on Wednesday. _New Manchester United signing Angel Di Maria has revealed that he stayed at Real Madrid last season because of his friendship with Cristiano Ronaldo. _Former AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko believes Mario Balotelli deserves another chance after a difficult spell at the San Siro side and hopes the Italy international can make an impact at Liverpool. Balotelli made a fine start to life at Milan after joining them from Manchester City in January 2013, but failed to replicate that form in 2013-14 and was ...
Google have just revealed the most searched for players in the UK so far today: Top of the list is Manchester United-bound Radamel Falcao. The rest, in order, are Javier Hernandez, Jermain Defoe, William Carvalho, Diego Costa, Danny Welbeck, Daley Blind, Tom Cleverley, Mario Balotelli and George Boyd.
Is it a joke? Manchester United can win league title this season you think Angel Di Maria will shine tomorrow against Burnley? Ronaldo jokes he would be sent to prison if he commented on FIFA's decision to hand Lionel Messi the Golden Ball Mario Balotelli help Liverpool to beat Tottenham this weekend?
Here are today's editor's picks! 1. Samuel Eto'o closes in on move to Everton Football Club Angel Di Maria, Vidal, Blind... Can Van Gaal raise Manchester United from the ashes inside a week? Juventus & VfL Wolfsburg lead Lukas Podolski race as Wenger tells forward he can leave Arsenal Follow transfer updates on Di Maria, Mario Balotelli - Official, Juan Cuadrado and many more in our LIVE blog Could Balotelli blunt Liverpool FC’s new SAS?
Latest Paper Talk •Arsene Wenger twice rejected the chance to sign Mario Balotelli before the Italian striker's £16 million move to Liverpool was in place. •Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal will make a double swoop on his former Netherlands stars Nigel de Jong and Daley Blind before the end of the transfer window. •Chris Smalling is in talks over a lucrative new deal with Manchester United that could pay him more than £18m. •Tottenham remain interested in PSV winger Memphis Depay despite him signing a new deal with the Dutch club. •Reading have slapped an £8m price tag on keeper Alex McCarthy, who is wanted by QPR. •Manuel Pellegrini is in no rush to follow his star players and sign a new deal at Manchester City. •Ajax are set to step up their efforts to sign Manchester City striker John Guidetti. •Mark Hughes last night insisted Stoke City's transfer kitty is bulging - despite spending next to nothing this summer. •Tottenham misfit Sandro has a four-year deal on the table from N ...
TRANSFER GOSSIP England forward Danny Welbeck, 23, has been told he can leave Manchester United as Louis Van Gaal continues to reshape his squad - and Tottenham are interested. (Times, subscription required) Former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o, 33, has had a medical at Liverpool and will sign a one-year deal. (Daily Mirror) Samuel Eto'o has scored 56 goals in 118 appearances for Cameroon Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has not given up on signing Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, 23, and wants to bring two more players in on loan too. (Daily Express) Barcelona made a £48m bid for 26-year-old Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria, but it was instantly turned down by Real president Florentino Perez. (sport.es) Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 21, has turned his back on a return to Old Trafford by signing a new five-year deal with Italian giants Juventus. (Daily Star) Liverpool have told striker Mario Balotelli, 24, he will lose £2m a year if he misbehaves after he agreed to a significant pay cut to ...
Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli to Liverpool - £29M. Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United - £28.5M.
AC Milan want Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez to replace Mario Balotelli who is set to join Liverpool
TRANSFER GOSSIP Are Liverpool interested in Mario Balotelli? AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has denied reports suggesting Liverpool have lodged a bid for striker Mario Balotelli. (Inside Futbol) Arsenal and Chelsea target Sami Khedira would be a perfect signing for Bayern Munich, according to the German club's honorary president Franz Beckenbauer. (Talksport) West Ham have stepped up their defender hunt and have made enquiries about Manchester City duo Micah Richards and Matija Nastasic. (Evening Standard) Marseille defender Rod Fanni's proposed move to Leicester City has broken down due to a disagreement over personal terms. (L'Equipe) Aston Villa left-back Joe Bennett is closing in on a season- long loan to Brighton. (Daily Mail) Chelsea are set to trump Premier League rivals Arsenal with a £35m bid for Sporting Lisbon's 22-year-old midfielder William Carvalho. (Abola - in Portuguese) Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is preparing a £24m bid for Manchester United's Mexico striker Javier ...
Today's Transfer News: Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Brede Hangeland from Fulham on a free transfer. Malaga have signed Mexican goalkeeper Guilermo Ochoa on a free transfer. Atletico Madrid have signed full back Cristian Ansaldi on loan from Zenit St Petersburg. Jose Mourinho has stated that Chelsea will not sell Fernando Torres this summer. Frank Lampard has reportedly agreed a 6 month loan deal to Manchester City from New York City. Arsene Wenger has admitted that Thomas Vermaelen may very well leave this summer, and reassured that the club were never interested in bringing in Mario Balotelli. Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is ready to bid £14 million for Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa, 25, having already enquired about the availability of the Japan international. Liverpool and Juventus have both made enquiries for PSG winger Lucas Moura. Arturo Vidal's agent has reportedly flown to England to meet with Manchester United officials over the possibility of a transfer fro ...
Don't normally do this but here's a roundup of the British papers THE SUN runs with the paper saying that... Manchester United are back in the race for £45m Argentina ace Angel Di Maria. THE STAR have 3 united based stories... Jose Mourinho has kicked off the pre-season mind games by claiming that the big-money signing of Luke Shaw could be the death of Manchester United. Arsenal have splashed out £12m on Southampton right-back Calum Chambers, who has made just 23 first-team appearances. The Gunners could land AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli this summer, with Costa Rica ace Joel Campbell going the other way, while Arsene Wenger is also considering a move for Manchester United winger Nani. And that, Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels, Feyenoord's Stefan De Vrij and Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen remain at the top of Louis Van Gaal's wishlist at Manchester United. And the DAILY FAIL (Mail) tell us what we already knew that Manchester United misfit Bebe has finalised a move to Benfica. He played just seven game ...
EPL Transfer News - Chelsea Sign Legend Didier Drogba - Liverpool set to land Dejan Lovren in record 20 million deal - Mario Balotelli - Official for Joel Campbell swap deal mooted - Arsenal Transfer News. - Barca prepared to go to War with Manchester United over Thomas Vermaelen.
SPORTS UPDATE WITH EMMAH ATAI: Midfielder Ander Herrera, 24, has passed a medical ahead of his £28.7m move from Athletic Bilbao to Manchester United. Barcelona have reached an agreement with Real Sociedad over the transfer of Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. The 31-year-old – who is currently at the World Cup with his national side Chile – is expected to sign a four-year contract with the Spanish giants. Arsene Wenger has denied any truth in rumours linking Mario Balotelli with a move to Arsenal. The Italian striker has been mooted as a potential Gunners target this summer – a possibility which has been played up by the player’s agent. Atletico Madrid retain hope of signing Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo. The 28-year-old spanish striker is reportedly unhappy in England after struggling to settle in Manchester. Frank Lampard has confirmed he intends to return to Chelsea once his playing career is over. Manager Jose Mourinho has since confirmed the offer, stating that he could even be a co ...
TODAY World Cup AND TRANSFER GOSSIP Walter Ferreira, the physio behind Luis Suarez's recovery from knee surgery, suspended cancer treatment to see the 27- year-old Liverpool striker score twice in Uruguay's World Cup win over England. Independent England captain Steven Gerrard's display against Uruguay was so bad, according to Spanish newspaper AS, they did not give him a rating for his performance. Daily Mail The Sun's back page on Saturday Barcelona want Liverpool striker Suarez, already a target for Real Madrid, and believe a £70m bid will activate a release clause. Daily Mirror Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic, 28, is set to reject the chance to join Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal or Chelsea to sign for Wolfsburg. Daily Star AC Milan have told Arsenal they must spend £29.5m to sign former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, 23. Daily Express Crystal Palace will enquire about a deal for Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha, 21, once manager Tony Pulis returns from media work in Bra ...
A surprise move, which could see a Manchester United player move to Liverpool, could be on the cards, according to one of today’s newspapers. Many other stories have made the headlines today, with Chelsea and Arsenal among the other clubs featured heavily. Liverpool are considering making a shock move to sign Man United winger Antonio Valencia. (Metro) Chelsea are ready to sell five players this summer. Fernando Torres, Romelu Lukaku, Marko Marin, Demba Ba and Ryan Bertrand are all set to move. (Daily Star) AC Milan will be willing to accept an offer of £27m from Arsenal for Mario Balotelli – if the Gunners agree to send Joel Campbell the other way. (Metro) Crystal Palace are ready to offer Campbell a chance in the Premier League. (Daily Mirror) Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell is a loan target for West Bromwich Albion. (Daily Mirror) The Baggies also want to sign Fulham’s Kieran Richardson. (Birmingham Mail) Monaco are the favourites to sign Former Chelsea and England left-back Ashley Cole. ...
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was slammed by pundits for his failure to score for England in the second-half of defeat to Italy. Rooney was shooting wide from an excellent position shortly after England had slipped 2-1 down that drew a lot of ire, and he has now not scored in nine World Cup finals appearances. Newcastle United icon Alan Shearer told BBC1: "It was that lack of quality in the final third that was our downfall. Rooney had his big chance and he failed to take it and, at this level in the World Cup, you only get one chance in the game and you have to score. "Mario Balotelli got one chance for Italy, and scored the winner. Rooney has still not scored at a World Cup finals and he might not get a better chance than that." Former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry echoed Shearer's sentiments, adding: "The result comes down to that Wayne Rooney miss and Mario Balotelli taking his chance from a great cross into the box. "There is a debate about whether England should play Rooney out o ...
TOP Transfer News: 1) Arsenal ponder Balotelli move Arsenal are pondering a move for Mario Balotelli with manager Arsene Wenger a big fan of the Italy international. Source: Sunday People 2) Manchester City set to complete €15m Fernando signing Manchester City are set to finally complete the signing of midfielder Fernando from Porto for €15 million (£12.2m). Source: Manchester Evening News 3) Inter want Hernandez on loan Inter are keen on signing Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez on loan ahead of a €12 million (£10m) permanent deal. Source: Daily Mail Sunday, 4) Manchester City offer Lampard six- month deal Manchester City are to offer Frank Lampard a six-month deal to play at the Etihad before he moves to New York City, whose season does not start until March. Source: Daily Mirror 5) Arsenal rule out Fabregas move Arsene Wenger is set to rule out a return for Cesc Fabregas, leaving Manchester City as favourites to sign the Barcelona midfielder. Source: Daily Telegraph Sunday 6) Van Gaal ...
SPORTS UPDATE WITH EMMAH ATAI: Louis Van Gaal will bring in the right players to turn around Manchester United's fortunes, according to the club's former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar. United endured a dismal transfer window before last season with David Moyes snubbed by several of his high-profile targets and landing only £27.5 million midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who flopped in his first season at Old Trafford.Van Gaal’s targets include; Luke Shaw, Mats Hummels, Arjen Robben , Cesc Fábregas, and Toni Kroos among others. New Barcelona coach Luis Enrique says the prospect of managing "the best player in the world" in Lionel Messi was a key factor in taking the job. Enrique, 44, signed a two-year deal to replace Gerardo Martino at the Spanish runners-up. Enrique, who played for the club between 1996 and 2004, intends to build "a new Barca that can excite". Argentina forward Messi, who has just signed a new contract, scored 41 goals in 44 matches for Barcelona last season, but failed to find his best .. ...
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has vowed to stay at the club after seeing his Gunners side end their nine-year wait for silverware by beating Hull City in the FA Cup final Manchester United are poised to go head-to-head for Bacary Sagna, who is set to leave Arsenal this summer. Thieves have stolen Mario Balotelli's Porsche as well as gold and watches after breaking into the Italy and AC Milan forward's house.
Joke Of The Day! AC Milan will offer Mario Balotelli to Manchester United in exchange for Robin Van Persie this summer. Source: Daily Express.
I guess most football fanatics fell in love with Mourinho back in 04 wen a jovial Porto Manager seemingly highly intoxicated on Angel Dust weed ran almost half the pitch pumping his fists in the air in utter wild celebrations after winning the Champions League,but to Juan Mata,Mario Balotelli and most Manchester United supporters inc Iker Cassilas n Sergio Ramos hes just another m*f*
Who Said We Can't Improvise?? 1- While in England, Liverpool believe they are the most succesful British team because of their Champions League achievements, Manchester United want to be called the most succesful because they have won more league titles in total. Orlando Pirates believe they are South Africa's best ever because of their Champions League crown, Kaizer Chiefs believe their 11 league titles make them the best. 2- For a talented goalpoacher Luis Suarez who is always follwed by controversy for some strange behaviour, there is an equally talented Mabhuti Khenyeza who is always on the wrong side of headlines but knows where the goal posts are located. 3-For a young Mario Balotelli who was oftenly misjudged by people as wayward, there wass an Andile Jali who is young and talented but was often misjudged for a wayward someone. 4-Sir Alex Ferguson said he would rather have a one footed Ryan Giggs than a number of average two footed players. That Ryan Giggs is a darling to the United fans. In South ...
Cobham (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho revealed on Friday he will not bring in a new striker when the transfer window opens in January. Mourinho has just three experienced front men to call upon in Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o as Belgium international Romelu Lukaku was allowed to go out on loan to top-flight rivals Everton in August. Torres has only just regained fitness after a spell on the sidelines however and Eto'o will miss Sunday's Premier League home game with Southampton because of an injury suffered during Tuesday's Champions League defeat in Basel. Ba, for his part, rarely starts so Chelsea appear to be at a disadvantage compared with title rivals Manchester City and Manchester United, who have greater strength in depth up front. It was suggested Mourinho had been busy lining up deals for some extra firepower, with AC Milan's Mario Balotelli and Jackson Martinez of Porto two names linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. Reports claimed talks were at an advance ...
Latest Football News & Transfer Gossips :- - Sergio Aguero dismisses Real Madrid links as striker says he is enjoying life at Man City. - Gus Poyet warns Sunderland he could walk if he doesn't get final say on transfers. - Everton prepare January move for Spartak Moscow winger Aiden McGeady. - West Ham eye surprise January move for Diego Forlan to ease striker woes. - Gaston Ramirez demands Southampton showdown talks as Inter Milan and Napoli wait in wings. - Mario Balotelli is keen to remain at AC Milan despite rumoured interest from Chelsea. - The Blues are also thought to be following Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, but will face competition for his signature from Real Madrid. - Lionel Messi has described Dimitar Berbatov's mooted move to Barcelona as "impossible". - West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame is keen on extending his stay in east London. - Manchester United are keen on Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay, as are Rafael Benitez's Napoli. - Jose Fonte, who has been impressive for Southampton this term ...
World football: Top five crazy transfer rumours top.jpg 5. Mario Balotelli to Chelsea In recent weeks, it has been reported that the Italian striker wants to be reunited with Jose Mourinho. And while this move may well be crazy, according to Balotelli’s agent, it could actually happen.Chelsea are in need of a striker and if Balotelli was to move to Stamford Bridge, it would come as a surprise to the Premier League 4. Fernando Torres swap with Emmanuel Adebayor According to the Daily Mirror, Tottenham failed with an approach to Chelsea to swap their outcast striker for the Blues’ £50 million hit man. Torres may have struggled to fulfill his expected potential at Stamford Bridge, but surely a swap deal for Adebayor can’t be taken seriously. 3. Gareth Bale to Manchester United as reported by The Metro, Manchester United are ready to pounce on the Welsh wizard next summer. Apparently Real Madrid will be willing to cut their losses on the winger. Give him a chance! 2. Lionel Messi to Chelsea Reports in ...
TOP NEWS IN FOOTBALL. 1)Former France international Jean-Pierre Papin believes that Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s recent form could earn him the Ballon d’Or. 2)Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho feels Sunday’s clash against Manchester City is not "crucial" given the unpredictability of the Premier League this season. 3)Robin Van Persie is expected to be fit to return to the Manchester United side against Stoke on Saturday. 4)Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of Manchester City's Premier League clash at Chelsea on Sunday. 5)Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale admits he is “not too sure” about his fitness but is willing to start Saturday’s Clasico against Barcelona if given the nod by coach Carlo Ancelotti. 6)Luis Suarez believes his strike partnership with Daniel Sturridge can help guide Liverpool into the Champions League. 7)Mario Balotelli has been assigned a former police officer to act as personal assistant by AC Milan in a bid to keep him out of trouble off the field. 8)Manchester City's Yaya Toure has war ...
Latest news Clark wants Lingard deal extended Birmingham City manager Lee Clark wants Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard to remain at the club for "as long as possible". Van Persie set to miss Liverpool clash Robin Van Persie is unlikely to feature in League Cup tie with on Wednesday, according to boss David Moyes. Coutinho focusing on speedy return to action Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho has underlined his eagerness to get back as soon as possible after undergoing shoulder surgery. Balotelli in the wrong, claims Milan assistant assistant Mauro Tassotti believes Mario Balotelli fully deserved to be red-carded following Sunday's 2-1 defeat to set for Madrid derby return winger Gareth Bale is likely to feature in his side's derby clash with on Saturday, despite previous injury fears. Robben hails Lahm´s midfield transition winger Arjen Robben has hailed captain Philipp Lahm's seamless transition to central midfield. Zola committed to Watford despite Sunderland links boss Gianfranco Zola has insi ...
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2011: United 1 City 6 Even the most optimistic of City fans couldn’t have been expecting this scoreline when the Blues visited Old Trafford in 2011. On a glorious afternoon, Roberto Mancini’s men inflicted a humiliating defeat on Manchester United as they ran rampant on the Reds’ own turf. Mario Balotelli was quick off the mark with the opening goal, and after Jonny Evans was dismissed the Blues couldn’t stop scoring. A second for Balotelli, a Sergio Aguero strike, plus a late goal for David Silva and a brace for Edin Dzeko ensured that neither set of fans would forget this one in a hurry…
Top Stories - Arsenal would test Manchester United again in January for Striker Wayne Rooney. - Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea are all battling hard for Fernando Llorente - Arsenal, Marsielle, Napoli and BvB all go into the Champions League 1st matches topping their domestics leagues (GROUP OF DEATH :-D ) - Petr Cech is a top target replacement for Barcelona Victor Valdez - Mario Balotelli has a 100% penalty record after scoring a penalty last night,now 26/26... Like for more updates
Alvaro Negredo: Manchester City eye £24m-rated Sevilla striker By Phil McNulty Chief football writer Comments (300) Manchester City are interested in signing Sevilla's Spain striker Alvaro Negredo as the replacement for Carlos Tevez after he moved to Juventus. Negredo, 27, is rated at around £24m but City are hoping for a cheaper deal. Atletico Madrid were looking to capture Negredo, but new City manager Manuel Pellegrini has identified him as the forward to fill the gap left by Tevez. Negredo in La Liga 2012-13 Appearances: 36 Goals: 25 Assists: 1 Everton and West Ham had recently registered interest, but the striker proved too expensive for both clubs. Fernandinho and Jesus Navas have already arrived from Shakhtar Donetsk and Sevilla this summer as City strengthen the squad that relinquished the Premier League title to Manchester United last season. Manchester City have also been linked with Benfica's Oscar Cardozo as they try to bolster their attacking options after also selling Mario Balotelli to AC ...
***£17million-rated Corinthians midfielder Paulinho has disclosed that he can’t wait to sign for Tottenham - because he has been told Gareth Bale is staying at the London club. (The Mirror) ***Manchester United left back Patrice Evra is set to quit Manchester United after David Moyes’ transfer bid for Everton star Leighton Baines. (The Sun) ***AC Milan are keen on Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic. The Italian giants see the 31-year-old Serbia international as the ideal partner for their incumbent centre-back Philippe Mexes. (The Mirror) ***Athletic Bilbao have re-signed Spanish left-back Mikel Balenziaga from Real Valladolid. Balenziaga, 25, left the Biscay club in August 2011 to join Valladolid, for whom he made 72 league appearances. ***Uruguay star Luis Suarez says Italy are still a threat even without Mario Balotelli ahead of their Confederations Cup third-place play-off. ***Brazil maestro Neymar insists Spain will be favourites in the Confederations Cup final at the Maracana on Sunday. Ne ...
MZANSI DISKI FOOTBALL NEWS • New Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt is on the lookout for an assistant coach and the answer could well come from within the club's own ranks. Nothing has been announced yet by the Clever Boys, but it is understood that Andre Arendse is set to carry on as the goalkeeper coach, and that his dual role as assistant coach from last season may come to an end to allow him to focus entirely on the keepers. - • Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke says the 2014 World Cup will definitely be staged in Brazil and it can be the best. - • Italy striker Mario Balotelli is ruled out of the rest of the Confederations Cup with a thigh injury and returns home to Milan. - • Pep Guardiola says he is under pressure at Bayern Munich to emulate the success achieved by predecessor Jupp Heynckes. - • Manchester United are preparing to make a record-breaking £50m move for 26-year-old Napoli striker Edinson Cavani. - • Manuel Pellegrini has been dealt a blow with Manchester City set to lose ou ...
Italy storms back, outlasts Japan (Submitted by Sports Journalist) ITALY rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat Japan 4-3 Wednesday and earn a spot in the Confederations Cup semifinals. First-half substitute Sebastian Giovinco scored the winner in the 86th minute of an entertaining match at the Arena Pernambuco, pounding home a cross from Claudio Marchisio. After a dismal start for the Azzurri that saw Japan score twice in the opening 33 minutes, Daniele De Rossi pulled one back with a header in the 41st. Japan defender Atsuto Uchida scored an own-goal in the 50th and Mario Balotelli converted a penalty kick in the 52nd. Japan had taken the lead with a penalty kick by Keisuke Honda in the 21st. Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa doubled the lead for Japan in the 33rd after a defensive error. Shinji Okazaki made it 3-3 in the 69th with a header in extreme heat. ''The climate was incredible,'' De Rossi said. ''This was one of the toughest matches of my career.'' The Azzurri moved even with Brazil a ...
MORNING PAPER TALK Jose Mourinho has told wantaway Manchester United star Wayne Rooney: Do what makes you happy - THE SUN Manchester United can have Robert Lewandowski - as long as they stump up £25.5m - THE SUN Real Madrid last night confirmed they will not baulk if Tottenham demand £85m for Gareth Bale - THE SUN Edinson Cavani has opened the door for a £54m move to Chelsea or Manchester City - THE SUN Jose Mourinho has shelved Chelsea's bid for Andre Schurrle - THE SUN Nicklas Bendtner has been told he has no future at Arsenal - THE SUN Milan are keen to reunite Carlos Tevez with Mario Balotelli in San Siro - THE SUN Mike Williamson is set to leave Newcastle for Cardiff in a £2m switch - THE SUN Harry Redknapp has held peace talks over the transfer row at QPR - THE SUN Dave Whelan plans to interview as many as 15 people this week in his search for a successor to Roberto Martinez - THE SUN Florentino Perez has told Arsenal to get Real over their valuation of Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain - THE SUN Andr ...
SPORT NEWS:FOOTBALL. 2012-13: The season you couldn’t make up. IT was the morning after the night before. Chelsea had just beaten Benfica in the Europa League final in Amsterdam with a last-minute goal from Branislav Ivanovic and their fans were still celebrating in the bars and cafes along Nieuwendijk Centrum. I made my way to Schipol Airport for the flight back home. Typically, it had been delayed almost three hours. How to fill the time? I shouldn’t have asked. The phone went. It was the office. There was breaking news — David Beckham had just announced his retirement. What could possibly happen next? Inside nine days Alex Ferguson had gone after 27 years at Manchester United, rank outsiders Wigan had won the FA Cup only to lose at Arsenal three days later and be relegated, Roberto Mancini had been sacked by Manchester City, Chelsea had won their second European trophy inside 12 months... and now Goldenballs was on his way. You couldn’t make it up. And there was still time for the final Sunday ...
Manchester United v Real Madrid referee has sent off John Terry, Mario Balotelli, Steven Gerrard and Gary Cahi...
Transfer Rumours...will they actually happen?? Cristiano Ronaldo has told friends he is keen to leave Real Madrid and rejoin Manchester United this summer. (The Sun on Sunday) Newcastle's star striker Demba Ba has rejected a deal worth £80,000 per week to join QPR. (Mail on Sunday) Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard is already dreaming of quitting Stamford Bridge and moving to Real Madrid, according to Aston Villa striker and Belgium teammate Christian Benteke. (The Sun on Sunday) Manchester City's sporting director Txiki Begiristain is eyeing a possible move for Arsenal forward Theo Walcott. (Daily Star Sunday) Manchester City's former Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli is the reported subject of a planned £20m bid from AC Milan. (Mail on Sunday) Arsenal are reportedly interested in Sunderland stopper Simon Mignolet. (Metro)
Latest football news: -Manchester United are working on a stunning £55million deal to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United. -Mario Balotelli has told Manchester City's owners: Don't sack Roberto Mancini. -Ian Wright fears Arsenal will follow Liverpool and slip out of Champions League contention. -Michael Laudrup refuses to talk about rumours linking him with the Real Madrid job. -Real Madrid want Manchester United's David De Gea to be their long-term first-choice goalkeeper. -Chelsea have sealed a £1.7million deal to sign red-hot Chilean teenage Cristian Cuevas. -Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has again backed under-fire manager Arsene Wenger. -Roberto Mancini is fuming after being told his final act as Manchester City boss could be taking the side on an end-of-season tour to America. -Slim
LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 1. German official Felix Brych will referee Wednesday night's Champions League clash between Real Madrid and Manchester United. [Marca] 2. 30-year-old Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon who is currently without a club, admits that a knee problem may force him to retire from playing. 3. Liverpool striker Samed Yesil is out for the rest of the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate knee ligament on International duty. 4. Andre Santos: "I've come to Gremio to be a champion." 5. Mario Balotelli has scored three goals for AC Milan in only 2 games. 6. Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi becomes only the second person to win the Africa Cup of Nations as a player and coach. 7. Burkina Faso's Jonathan Pitroipa has been named Player of the Tournament. 8. Victor Moses wins the Samsung Fair Player of the Match award. 9. Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says he will drop players who are not "ready to fight" for the team. 10. Sir Alex: ''Cristiano Ronaldo is greatest ever Real Madrid player.'' 1 ...
Latest EPL News & Transfer Gossips : - Manchester United will have to pay £15million for keeper target Asmir Begovic - as Stoke City dig in for a transfer battle with the Premier League giants. - Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse is being lined up for a loan move to League One Coventry. - David Beckham will be on a minimum wage of £1,900 a month when he joins new club Paris Saint-Germain, it was revealed yesterday. - Manchester City will save the cash they received from the sale of Mario Balotelli in order to fund the marquee summer signing of either Cristiano Ronaldo or Radamel Falcao. - Newcastle could resurrect their interest in signing Geordie striker Andy Carroll in the summer. The player is currently on loan from Liverpool at West Ham. - Jose Mourinho is ready to return to Stamford Bridge and rescue his beloved Chelsea. The Real Madrid boss is waiting for a call from owner Roman Abramovich. - Current Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez could be bombed out of the club if his side don't beat Wigan this ...
LONDON, Feb 3 (Reuters) - European soccer's big-name strikers enjoyed contrasting fortunes as Mario Balotelli enjoyed a scoring debut for AC Milan to share the spotlight with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who had weekends to forget. Prolific Messi scored again for La Liga leaders Barcelona, although his side were held by Valencia, but Ronaldo put through his own net as Real Madrid's slim La Liga title hopes faded further with defeat at Granada. ENGLAND Manchester United stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League to nine points after a 1-0 win at Fulham and Manchester City's 2-2 home draw with Liverpool. Wayne Rooney's superb controlled finish after 79 minutes at Craven Cottage was enough for battling United to seal a vital win over Fulham. City had Sergio Aguero to thank for their point after the Argentine scored a magical goal from an acute angle. Edin Dzeko had given the hosts the lead, only for Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard to hit back in style for the Reds. Third-placed Chelsea l ...
THE post-Mario Balotelli era at Manchester City began in lacklustre fashion as it was held to a 0-0 draw at Queens Park Rangers today that prevented it from making up ground on Manchester United. Victory for City would have cut United's lead to just two points, but instead Alex Ferguson's side will tackle Southampton tomorrow with an opportunity to re-open a seven-point lead at the English Premier League summit. The troublesome Italian striker is expected to complete a switch to AC Milan tomorrow, and City could have done with some extra firepower at Loftus Road. An injury to Vincent Kompany obliged the champion to start with Spanish midfielder Javi Garcia at centre-back, but it began with both Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero in attack as they sought to exploit bottom club QPR's defensive frailties. Joleon Lescott blazed an early chance over the crossbar from close range, while Pablo Zabaleta headed against the bar from a David Silva cross and Aguero had a goal ruled out for offside.
According to you who was the best signing of the winter transfer window ?? 1 Wilfried Zaha to Manchester United. 2 Mario Balotelli to AC Milan. 3 Wesley Sneijder to Galatasaray. 4 Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool. 5 Demba Ba to Chelsea. 6 David Beckham to Paris Saint-Germain. 7 Other mention. Kafi10
World Football News Update 1. QPR was willing to pay Peter Odemwingie £70,000-a-wk to sign with them,almost double his current salary (If you're baffled by what he did). 2. Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has revealed he asked Sir Alex Ferguson to take him off penalty duties. 3. Nicolas Anelka issued a brief statement on Juventus' website, which read: "Juve are bigger than everybody else." 4. New AC Milan signing Mario Balotelli says that it is a dream come true to play for the Italian giants. 5. Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti has expressed his delight in welcoming new signing David Beckham, who he believes has much to offer. 6. Former Barcelona president Joan Gaspart has leapt to the defence of Lionel Messi after accusations aimed at the Argentine from Real Madrid's Jose Maria Callejon. 7. Jose Callejon has revealed that Real Madrid players are often the victims of racial abuse, and fears that it will be difficult to completely kick racism out of the game. 8. Liverpool midfielder Jordan ...
LONDON: Manchester City started what seems certain to be life without Mario Balotelli with a frustrating goalless draw at Premier League bottom club Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday.   Balotelli was missing as he concluded the details of his move to AC Milan after City had accepted the Italian club's reported £19 million offer for the striker earlier in the day.   And without the controversial forward, Roberto Mancini's champions missed out on the chance to close the gap on leaders Manchester United to two points.   But the draw left QPR within four points of safety.Balotelli's departure this month has been predicted for some time and the Italy international has been out of favour with Mancini, scoring just one league goal this season.   But the 22-year-old's unpredictable talents might just have made the difference in a stalemate at Loftus Road that will give west London club QPR hope they can avoid relegation. Harry Redknapp's side remain unbeaten in the league since the turn of the year -- although ...
Football Transfer Update:- * Manchester United have entered negotiation with Celtic in a £8m bid to sign Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama. *Manchester City tables an £10m offer to sign Barcelona striker, David Villa as a replacement for Mario Balotelli before the transfer window closes - (Daily Mirror) * Rafa Benitez has lost the confidence of the Chelsea board but will escape being sacked because there's no one available to replace him - (Daily Star) * Benitez has held crisis meetings with senior players including JohnTerry and Frank Lampard over Chelsea's recent form - (THE INDEPENDENT) * Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland has turned down a move to Chelsea as he want a regular starting berth- (Daily Star) * Stoke boss Tony Pulis is trying to fund a last-ditch move for Darren Bent while offloading Peter Crouch and Kenwyne Jones - (Daily Mirror) * USA midfielder Brek Shea will complete his £2.5m move to Stoke from FC Dallas - (Daily Mirror) * Philippe Coutinho is expected to compete his £8.5m ...
QPR held on to claim a valuable draw in their fight against relegation: Manchester City frittered away a decent chance to put pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester United as bottom-placed QPR eked out a goalless draw at Loftus Road. On a day dominated by Mario Balotelli's expected move to AC Milan, Roberto Mancini's side could have done with a moment of magic from the Italy international. Bottom club Queens Park Rangers held Premier League champions Manchester City to a draw, thanks to a fantastic goalkeeping display from Julio Cesar. The visitors dominated the first half as Pablo Zabaleta hit the bar and Gareth Barry had a shot tipped wide. You have to say it was QPR's night. There were so many good performances, and tonight could be the night that Man City feel the Premier League slip from their hands. There was no Mario Balotelli for Manchester City, as the Italian striker finalises a move to AC Milan, and Roberto Mancini will be concerned that his side could not find a way past the club bottom ...
Some quotes: Mario Balotelli: "There's only one that is a little stronger than me; Messi. All the others are behind me." Mario Balotelli: ''Manchester United, best team in the world? They're not even best in Manchester.'' Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Mario Balotelli: "I like him, he's even crazier than me. He can score a winner, then set fire to the hotel." Balotelli:"They didn't get angry because I took my shirt of and got booked, they saw my physique and got jealous"
Manchester City’S Cup win over Stoke in 2011 was the day when Roberto Mancini got ‘hungry’ for glory. Their Wembley success got the City bandwagon well and truly rolling. And if they go on to win the trophy again this season, this could be just as important a victory for boss Mancini. That success two seasons ago was City’s first trophy in 34 years and a victory that kick-started the Sheikh Mansour era. But this season, the famous competition could once again play a key role. City have no European football to look forward to with their Champions League ambitions shelved for another year. And despite an unbeaten start to 2013 — they have yet to concede a goal — City trail Manchester United by five points in the League. They are certainly taking it seriously. OK, Joe Hart was rested and Mario Balotelli did not travel to the Potteries as he was ill. But Mancini meant business. When skipper Vincent Kompany limped off with a calf strain just after the half hour mark it took SEVEN minutes of discuss ...
God Real Madrid HAVE NO ISSUE WITH Jose Mourinho: FIORENTINO PEREZ Now if you’ve been playing close attention, you’ll notice that there was this news surfacing the internet some days back that some Real Madrid players met with the club President asking for Jose Mourinho to be sacked or else they [...] 12345 January 24th, 2013 Did You See That?, Football News, Specials No Comments » NEW RANKING: WORLD’S TOP 10 RICHEST CLUB Hmmm… English clubs really do have a lot of money o…. Well some of them at least Chelsea Football Club, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City are profound ballers and are really doing a good job generating massive revenues for a while now. Read more » January 24th, 2013 Football News No Comments » AC MILAN CAN’T AFFORD KAKA AND BALOTELLI “A.C Milan can’t afford Kaka and Mario Balotelli” …came the response from Milan president Silvio Berlusconi when asked about how far he’s gone with the transfer of both aforementioned players. Mario Balotelli ...
Messi shortlisted for Ballon d'Or 29 November 2012 Updated 15:37 GMT Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta have been named on a three-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or prize, Fifa has announced. Messi, 25, has scored 82 goals this calendar year - just three short of the record set by Gerd Mueller in 1972. Real Madrid's Former Manchester United player Ronaldo also makes the list, along with Barcelona's Iniesta. Pep Guardiola, Vicente del Bosque and Jose Mourinho are shortlisted for coach of the year. The winners will be announced on 7 January. Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, Britain's sole representative on the initial 23-man list, failed to make it through. His Old Trafford team-mate Robin Van Persie also missed the cut, as did Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure. After 50 goals last season in La Liga - including breaking Barcelona's 60-year-old goalscoring record with a hat-trick in a 5-3 win over Granada in March - Messi is expected to win Fifa's pla ...
•• HOT Transfer News •• • Real Madrid identify Laudrup as Mourinho replacement Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has identified Michael Laudrup as a potential replacement for current coach Jose Mourinho, if the Portuguese should leave before June 30th. Laudrup is enjoying a strong season with Premier Leauge outfit Swansea. • Barcelona consider De Gea swoop Barcelona are looking for a long-term replacement for Victor Valdes, and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea could be an option. Other candidates are Maarten Stekelenburg of Roma, Bernd Leno of Bayer Leverkusen or Vincent Guaita of Valencia. • Mourinho in Di Maria bust-up Following Saturday's goalless draw with Osasuna, Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho focused his ire on Angel Di Maria; "You don't play. When you were earning less money, you played a lot. Since you renewed your deal, you don't play." • Milan turn back to Balotelli AC Milan are back in the hunt for Mario Balotelli's signature, and are set to battle it out with In ...
1. CONFIRMED – QPR to sign Jake Livermore on loan. (Daily Mail) 2. Manchester City ready to sell Mario Balotelli to AC Milan. (The Guardian) 3. Arsenal have launched a bid to sign Marseille forward Loic Remy. (CaughtOffside) 4. Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway confirms that the club wants Zaha back on loan if the winger makes United switch. (Daily Mail) 5. Manchester United are lining up a double bid for Chelsea stars Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole (Mirror) 6. Ajax and Galatasaray are interested in Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi (CaughtOffside). Vishi
some more Chelsea offer Lampard new deal - The People and The Mail on Sunday both report this morning that Chelsea have thought about it and decided that Frank Lampard might be worth a new contract after all. City in for Cavani - More from The People now, and they report that it's Mario Balotelli out, Edinson Cavani in. Apparently, City have made a 45mill bid but it was turned down, still reported that Cavani wants a go in the PL. Modric wants to leave - The Sunday Mirror reports: 'With sources in his homeland of Croatia claiming Modric would consider a swift return to the Premier League, Chelsea, United and City will monitor the 27-year-old's situation. Chelsea tried to sign Modric in 2011 and made a late bid to *** him from under the noses of Real in August.' United in for Bender - The Sunday Times report that Manchester United are looking at Borussia Dortmund midfield Sven Bender. Brendan Rodgers wants Carra to stay on AND THE REST... Both Liverpool and West Ham want Salomon Kalou...Emmanuel Adebayo .. ...
All the team news ahead of the weekend's fixtures in the third round of the FA Cup. SATURDAY Brighton and Hove Albion v Newcastle United - 12.30 Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will be without midfielder Cheick Tiote, who has gone to the African Cup of Nations, while Shola Ameobi and Papiss Cisse will again vie for the central striker's role. Manchester City v Watford - 15:00 Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero (hamstring) will miss out but controversial forward Mario Balotelli is available after recovering from a virus. Southampton v Chelsea - 15:00 Demba Ba is poised to make his Chelsea debut after completing his move from Newcastle. Ba could replace Fernando Torres up front. Saturday's 25 remaining games at 15:00 Match-by-match team news including Tottenham v Coventry, Fulham v Blackpool and Bolton v Sunderland. West Ham v Manchester United - 17:15 Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic are set to bolster Manchester United's defence, but Wayne Rooney (knee) has been ruled out for a further two weeks. SUNDAY Swansea ...
Ferguson Slams City For Paparazzi Involvement - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has made the most of yesterday's training ground bust-up between Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini.
50 burning questions for world football in 2013. 1. Messi or Ronaldo? 2. Will a new contender challenge for best player in the world? (Radamel Falcao thinks so) 3. Where will Andy Carroll end up? 4. How many more scandals for Italian football? 5. Will Demba Ba's release clause be triggered? 6. Who will secure David Beckham's signature? 7. Will Theo Walcott sign a new deal at Arsenal? 8. Will Jose Mourinho leave Real Madrid on a high? 9. Is Pep coming back? 10. Is this the year we witness legendary Manchester United personnel retire? 11. Will Neymar finally move to Europe? 12. Can Everton keep Marouane Fellaini? 13. Is Robert Lewandowski staying at Borussia Dortmund 14. Which way will Joey Barton's career turn next? 15. Does money mean success for PSG? 16. WIll Mario Balotelli remain at Manchester City? 17. Are AC Milan going to offload more stars? 18. Is Radamel Falcao going to join Chelsea? 19. Will Romelu Lukaku be given a chance at Stamford Bridge? 20. Netted areas to be introduced to the Premier Leagu ...
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• Transfer Updates : 26th December • 1. Manchester United look to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo for a £122m deal from Real Madrid (The Sun) 2. Arsenal agree to sign a £7.5m deal for Newcastle United striker Demba Ba. (Various) 3. Chelsea plan a £12m move to sign Barcelona’s David Villa. (Daily Mirror) 4. Daniel Alves has rubbished all speculations over his future, saying that he has decided to stay at Barcelona. ( Various) 5. Jose Mourinho is looking for a new goalkeeper to compete with Iker Casillas in the next season. (AS) 6. Chelsea look set to sign a £50m deal to bring Atletico Madrid star Radamel Falcao to the club. (Daily Star) 7. Real Madrid are eyeing up to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea. (Inside Futbol) 8. Reading are close to completing a £4m deal for Arsenal midefielder Andrey Arshavin. (Reading Chronicle) 9. AC Milan boss Max Allegri has dismissed talks of signing Manshester City striker Mario Balotelli. (Various) 10. Arsene Wenger has revealed he will sign only ‘excep ...
TAARIIKHDII Manchester City EE SANADKII 2012. SANADKAN OO AHAA SANAD TAARIIKHA HALKAN KA AKHRISO QODOVADII UGU MUHIIMSANAA. January After an imperious start to the season, City endured a comparatively difficult January and 2012 began in disappointing fashion with defeat on New Year’s Day . After battering Sunderland for large parts, Ji Dong-Wong waltzed through the City defence in injury time to settle matters. City bowed out of the FA Cup with defeat at home to Manchester United after captain Vincent Kompany received a controversial red card early on for a foul on Nani. Roberto Mancini’s side did secure a vital victory over Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium as Mario Balotelli kept his cool with a last-gasp penalty after a stirring Spurs comeback. The Carling Cup became the second competition which City departed in January after a draw at Anfield signalled defeat in the tie over two legs . The month finished as it had started with defeat, this time at Goodison Park as former United midfielder Da ...
The Football Hub's daily news: - Manchester United drop two points in the title race but go into Christmas as the league leaders. - Sir Alex Ferguson has hit out at officials and Ashley Williams for violent conduct on Robin Van Persie. - Daniel Sturridge is very close on completing his move to Liverpool. - Chelsea destroy Aston Villa 8-0 and now have joined top goal-difference with Manchester United. - A.C Milan have ruled out the prospect of Mario Balotelli joining the club. - Roy Hodgson says that his English team have to start believing that they can lift the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. - QPR boss Harry Redknapp says that too many 'average' players at the club are getting paid too much money for their ability. CF
Manchester United defender Vidic refuses to rule out Serie A switch The Serb also stated his belief that the Red Devils may not be favourites for the league, despite holding a six-point lead, while he insists Mario Balotelli can be a "top player" Dec 14, 2012 10:15:00 AM By John Stammers More On : Manchester United, Nemanja Vidic, Mario Balotelli 0 Comments Vidic, Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has refrained from ruling out the possibility of a move to Italy, indicating that he nearly ended up in Serie A earlier in his career. Don't Miss * What we learned this week * Preview: Man Utd - Sunderland * Survey names Rooney as best PL player * Rio Ferdinand slams Uefa sanctions * Man Utd should target Sterling - Morgan The 31-year-old has been continually linked with Italian league-leaders Juventus, among others, but speculation about big-money transfer to rich Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala has also been reported. The Serbia international did not deny the reports and s ...
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has questioned the big-match temperament of Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri. Neville blamed Nasri for City's derby defeat on Sunday. “There was another player on the pitch who could easily have been taken off before Mario Balotelli,” he said. “I think he goes missing in big games for City – and he’s the only one – and that’s Samir Nasri. “For me, he doesn’t put a shift in. When they play with David Silva and Nasri, you expect the brilliance of Silva and you need somebody more solid on the other side. “I played against Nasri three or four years ago at the Emirates Stadium and he pulled my pants down for 60 minutes and I got subbed because he absolutely battered me. “This is a player you’ll see when the ‘oles’ are coming out, but when the going gets tough I’m not sure he fancies it that much.” Neville added: “The football match has been won by what Samir Nasri did in that wall. It really has cost his team. That was the difference ...
Manchester United are ready to join the race for Theo Walcott! Plus Andre Villas-Boas, Mario Balotelli, David Luiz, Arsene Wenger and more.
Yaya Toure believes Manchester City team-mate Mario Balotelli will become one of the Premier League greats. Fulham have withdrawn a complaint against Liverpool over their attempt to sign USA striker Clint Dempsey. Players found guilty of using racist language are set to incur a minimum five-match ban under new proposals. Arsenal's Theo Walcott could join Manchester United for £8million next month, while Liverpool are eyeing Daniel Sturridge and Tom Ince. Nuri Sahin is still getting to grips with life in England and would prefer to be used in his favoured role by Liverpool. -vic-
Mario Balotelli: Not for sale according to Roberto Mancini Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini insists he has no plans to sell maverick forward Mario Balotelli. The striker was substituted in the early stages of the second half in City's 3-2 derby defeat to Manchester United on Sunday, sparking criticism from his manager. Mancini accused Balotelli of wasting his talent and stressed that these performances could not continue, leading to reports that the former Inter Milan man's time in Manchester was up. But the Etihad boss has moved to calm speculation by highlighting the player's quality and confirming the Italy international will not be transferred. "Balotelli is not for sale," Mancini told Sky Sport Italia. "Mario is a City player, he is loved by the fans and the management. He has been an important player for us. "A player of his quality should think exclusively to his work and his family, he has talent and he cannot blow it as he is doing. "Our paths may separate if I change team, but he will remain ...
Football Paper Round: Arsenal's £20m move for Nani Arsenal are to make an audacious January bid to sign Nani from fierce rivals Manchester United, according to Tuesday's papers. The Portuguese winger is to be the subject of a £20 million approach from Arsene Wenger next month, the paper claims, with the Gunners seeing the 26-year-old as the perfect replacement for Theo Walcott. Nani would indeed seem to be a like-for-like switch: a hugely talented but frustratingly inconsistent international whose self-regard and PR savvy comfortably exceeds his skill, and who is currently in a contract dispute with his club after demanding a massive pay hike. It's almost uncanny how that same description could apply to either man. The Daily Mirror and Daily Star run back page stories about Mario Balotelli, who will apparently be sold "on the cheap" in January after Manchester City chiefs admitted that "he is damaged goods". Both papers name AC Milan as the likely destination for the Italian 22-year-old, with an initial ...
"Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini flew into a dressing-room rage after the 3-2 derby defeat to Manchester United, directing most of his anger at Joe Hart, Mario Balotelli, Samir Nasri and Carlos Tevez" When I saw this News Paper headline it angers me cause you WIN as a team you LOSE as a team. You can't blame certain players their is no I in Team. And Most about all Mancini should blame HIMSELF after all he is the manager of the team and didn't make the right choices. Typical Mancini blames anyone and everyone but himself. Pathetic. What a SORE loser. [Sarah]
SUNDAY, bloody Sunday. Another day when racism reared its ugly head and a fiercely-contested local derby was tainted by crowd trouble. Yet among the bigotry, the bitter words, the thrown coins and the claret streaming from a cut above Rio Ferdinand’s eye there was also poetry. Poetic justice that Robin Van Persie’s wonderful late free-kick should give Manchester United all three points and so inflict Manchester City’s first league defeat of the season and the first at the Etihad for two years. And once again expose not just the holes in Roberto Mancini’s management but its bizarre twists and turns. Having made the absurd decision to start the game with Mario Balotelli — the strutting prima donna with an average this season of one goal every 535 minutes — he saw his side totally outplayed as the outstanding Wayne Rooney scored twice to give United a 2-0 lead at the break. And it should have been 3-0 and all over in the 59th minute when Ashley Young netted after Van Persie’s shot came back off ...
Mancini turns on Nasri, Balotelli after derby loss MANCHESTER (AFP) - Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini reserved pointed criticism for Samir Nasri and Mario Balotelli after his side's damaging derby defeat by Manchester United. City went down 3-2 in injury time at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, with Robin Van Persie's 92nd-minute free-kick bringing United victory after Pablo Zabaleta looked to have claimed a share of the spoils with a late equaliser. Van Persie's free-kick took a telling deflection off Nasri, who appeared to shy away as the ball arrowed towards him, while Balotelli stormed straight down the tunnel after being substituted in the 52nd minute. Carlos Tevez, Balotelli's replacement, stepped out of the defensive wall as Van Persie prepared to strike his decisive set-piece, but Mancini dismissed suggestions he had instructed the Argentine to move. "It was a dangerous free-kick," said the Italian. "I don't know why (Tevez left the wall), but we made a mistake there." Tevez's departure from th ...
Roberto Mancini will gamble on the fragile temper of Mario Balotelli for the Manchester derby. Sources close to the Manchester City manager indicated that he will start with Balotelli up front, partnered by Sergio Aguero. The source said: 'Mancini is going for the pairing he believeswill cause most damage to United if they arein form.
Rafael Benitez was given a nightmare welcome from Chelsea fans today as the European champions ground out a dour goalless draw with Manchester City. Former Liverpool boss Benitez was treated like a pariah in his first match in charge of the Blues but did manage to mastermind their first clean sheet in 11 matches and deny City top spot in the Barclays Premier League. Sergio Aguero wasted the best chance of a turgid game in driving rain, which the visitors had the better of in the first half but the home side the second. The draw moved unbeaten champions City to within a point of new leaders Manchester United, leaving Chelsea fourth. Benitez has shored up the Blues' defence during his four days in charge but he has his work cut out to get them playing the scintillating football demanded by the watching Roman Abramovich - and to get Fernando Torres scoring. But that is nothing compared to winning over the fans on today's evidence. Chelsea's stadium announcer was drowned out by jeers as he appealed for calm i ...
The latest Football gossip ;) CHELSEA IN POLE POSITION FOR FALCAO It does rather seem as if the next destination of Radamel Falcao may well become something of an Eden Hazard-style circus, but the Sunday Mirror today reports that Chelsea are in the driving seat to land the striker.Man United got R.V.P..Chelsea has to get someone since Drogba left ... The paper claims that Manchester City will not be making a firm offer unless they can offload Mario Balotelli in January. A 'source close to the club' (we know, we know) told the Mirror that Manchester City would not be making a major outlay in the upcoming transfer window, leaving the path open for the Blues to match the £28million release clause. UNITED JOIN ZAHA CHASE The People today make the obvious move of Manchester United defeat + upcoming transfer window = splurge of money, claiming that Alex Ferguson will aim to bring Wilfried Zaha to Old Trafford in January. According to the paper, Ferguson sees Zaha as a Cristiano Ronaldo-style attacker, and has ...
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Mario Balotelli is "desperate to go home", according to Manchester United's Patrice Evra.
Who wins the Ballon d'or?Drogba’s Champions League exploits for Chelsea could see him as the main contender to the Barcelona and Real Madrid stars, but it will be hard to see past Messi after a season where he scored a record 73 goals.Here is the full list:Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli, Yaya Toure (all Manchester City), Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie (both Manchester United), Didier Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid), Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets (all Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Iker Casillas, Mesut Ozil, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso (all Real Madrid, Andrea Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon (both Juventus), Neymar (Santos).
Aguero, Balotelli, Rooney & Van Persie among Premier League Ballon d'Or nominees The stars of the English top flight are joined by the likes of Radamel Falcao, Cristiano Ronaldo & three-time winner Lionel Messi on the shortlist of the world's best players Five stars currently plying their trade in the Premier Leaguehave been nominated for Fifa's prestigious Ballon d'Or award. The award is presented to the player who has been voted as the world's best by managers and captains of international teams, as well as a number of journalists. Premier League champions Manchester City provide three players, with Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Mario Balotelli all making the list after a host of impressive displays last season. They are joined by two players from the other side of the city, with Manchester United duo Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie also selected. Van Persie finished as the league's top goalscorer last season, netting a staggering 30 goals at Arsenal, whilst Rooney came in second place with 27. Former ...
Football - Premier League Balotelli, Rooney named on Ballon d'Or shortlist The shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award has been revealed, with Manchester City contributing three players and rivals Manchester United two. City secured their first league title since 1968 in May and lead the Premier League contingent, with Mario Balotelli, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero all in contention. Manchester United are represented by Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney. The Englishman - a surprise inclusion - has scored 25 goals in 2012 to Messi's 73, did not win a domestic trophy and failed to make an impact for England at Euro 2012. Chelsea's achievements last season are recognised with a nomination for Didier Drogba, who now plays for Shanghai Shenhua. While the Premier League is responsible for six of the names on the shortlist, La Liga leads the way with 12 representatives. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi won the inaugural FIFA Ballon d'Or award in 2010 and retained the award last year. His remarkable tally for club ...
There are several cases that have bn put foward against rascism in England,Rio Ferdinand a Manchester United,Jason Roberts and many other black players refused to wear the anti-racism 'Kick It Out compaign,t-shirts be4 this weekend's set of f Premier League matches. Rio Ferdinand claims that wearing JUST a t-shirt no matter how loudable the message emblazoned on it is-but ''it isn't really a key to solving the inside problems. He's doing this after one Chelsea captain John Terry calling his brother (RIO)Antonio Ferdinand a "*black*" some week's ago and the case is still in court.This case has been following the other case when Porto's fined $26,700 for their supporters 4 having calling Mario Balotelli a monkey chant during the Manchester City's Europa cup match in Portugal.God 4 bid!
Former escort Jenny Thompson, who famously enjoyed a sexual liaison with Wayne Rooney, has revealed sheis pregnant. But it is claimed Miss Thompson, 23, who admits sleeping with more than 100 men, said she will have to take a DNA test to confirm the identity of the father. The former vice girl, who claimed shebedded Manchester United star Rooney while his wife Coleen was five months pregnant with their son Kai, is already six months pregnant. She told The Sun newspaper: ‘Quite a few men will be trying to work out if it is them.’ She also admitted it ‘made her laugh’ to think different men would be trying to decide if they were the father. Her baby girl is due on Christmas Day.A Sun newspaper source said the mother-to-be believed the father wasone of five possible candidates. Miss Thompson is renowned for her flings with superstar football stars, including Rooney’s Manchester City rival Mario Balotelli. She said Balotelli surpassed Rooney in'every way' but that he also impressed her with his inte ...
With the likes of Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany, Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli, Samir Nasri and Silva on top of their game, it is difficult to see how the likes of Manchester United can upstage their Manchester rivals from the top come May 2013
Love d way Manchester United fans think that Robin Van Persie will win the league, we will jus have t wait and c was big Vincent Kompany, Sergio Augero, Carlos Tevez, Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Mario Balotelli thinks about that ;)
Why always me? Mario Balotelli reacts to his controversial position in the Goal.com 50 After being ranked 13th in our annual ranking of the best players in the planet, we imagine how Super Mario might have taken the news after a headline-grabbing season - Dear Goal.com, Thirteenth? Excuse me? I should introduce myself. My name is Mario Balotelli. You apparently have not heard of me, since you have listed me only as an afterthought in your Goal.com 50. Perhaps, when you were compiling this list of the world's best footballers, you were concentrating very *** an absorbing game of beach volleyball on the television. Perhaps you were distracted by a passing fly. Whatever you were doing, you were not watching football. I play for Manchester City. Did you know that? My club won the Premier League last season. This is a league containing the talented likes of Mario Balotelli, so to win it is quite some achievement, and I did so despite being in the same team as notorious hothead Mario Balotelli. That, I am t ...
Good morning friends can't sleep just excited for the match tomorrow Manchester City vs Malaysia at International stadium Bukit jalil can't wait for 7:00 in the evening, Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure, Sergio Aguero ,Silvar here I come ! But I am worried wanted to watch Mario Balotelli live but he isn't in the squat, I am Manchester United Fan but I would like to show my support on behalf of my Nephew Simon Tataati Owen!
Man City striker Tevez taunts: My favourite goals? Everytime we score against Man Utd! Manchester City ace Carlos Tevez has taken a new dig at Manchester United. On TV with City teammate Sergio Aguero, Tevez was asked about his favourite goals. "What is my favorite goal? All the goals I've scored against United," laughed Tevez, who was also asked about his favourite super hero. "That has to be Mario Balotelli!" My Take Not ur fault.
Mario Balotelli (R) of Italy celebrates with team-mate Claudio Marchisio after scoring his team's second goal during the Italy v Germany Euro 2012 semi-final at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, on June 28, 2012. Italy won 2-1.
Euro 2012 quarter- final: England 0 Italy 0 (2-4 pen) 24 June 2012 23:46 Italy defeated England 4-2 on penalties to book a semi-final against Germany at Euro 2012 following a 0-0 draw after extra-time on Sunday. The quarter-final at the Olympic Stadium, Kiev, produced the first goal-less draw of the tournament, but it was nevertheless an entertaining affair. Italy dominated but were unable to find the killer blow, with England restricted to a series of half-chances. Mario Balotelli scored the first penalty of the shootout past Manchester City team-mate Joe Hart, with Steven Gerrard on target for England. Riccardo Montolivo dragged his effort wide, before Wayne Rooney scored to put England 2-1 ahead. Andrea Pirlo netted for Italy with an ice-cool chipped effort, before Ashley Young's attempt cannoned off the crossbar. Antonio Nocerino slotted home Italy's fourth, and Ashley Cole then saw his tame shot saved by Gianluigi Buffon. It was left to Alessandro Diamanti to stroke home the winner for Italy, booking ...
Balotelli, Evra, Ogbonna and the African XI at Euro 2012 Khedira, Welbeck, Mandanda and Boateng, Goal.comprofiles the top 11 players of African heritageat the European Championships that commences on June 8 in Poland and Ukraine Jun 7, 2012 12:00:00 PM Mario Balotelli - Italy (Getty Images) By Ed Dove At first glace, the summer of a European Championships may be considered as an off-peak period for analysts and enthusiasts of the African game. However, the nature offootball, and of international demographics means that a number of players competing for European nations this summer would also have been eligible to represent African national sides. In this article, Goal.com runs the rule over an ‘African Euros XI’ – a team of players present at this summer’s championships in Poland and Ukrainewho were born in Africa, or who are of African descent. All of these men have a story to tell or a point to provegoing into the competition. GOALKEEPER: STEVE MANDANDA (FRANCE) Congo | Mandanda is a back up goa ...
FIVE COSTLY GAMES FOR UNITED THAT GAVE AWAY THE TITLE. Manchester United are coming to terms with the loss of their Premier League title to Manchester City. For most of the year it would not have been a surprise, but with six games to go and an eight-point lead, Old Trafford was united in the belief that their big-spending 'noisy neighbours' had been seen off. Here,are the five key games United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will have reason to regret. OCTOBER 23, Man Utd 1 Man City 6 An astounding game saw Mario Balotelli put the Blues ahead before the break. A red card for Jonny Evans was followed by another two City goals and although Darren Fletcher pulled one back, United caved in during the final minutes, conceding three more goals which proved very costly indeed. DECEMBER 31, Man Utd 2 BLACKBURN 3 Having re-established themselves as championship contenders, Ferguson left Wayne Rooney and Darron Gibson out for disciplinary reasons. An ineffective performance from David De Gea allowed Blackburn to establi ...
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Manchester City scored twice in stoppage-time to clinch their first league title since 1968 with a 3-2 win over QPR, who avoided relegation regardless. A quite incredible season ended in the most dramatic way possible, with City snatching victory from the jaws of what seemed certain to become the most disastrous defeat imaginable. Second-half goals from Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie, either side of a ridiculous Joey Barton red card, seemed to have turned the entire season on its head. But with the game entering five minutes of stoppage time, City produced a finish equally as memorable as that of Manchester United inthe 1999 Champions League final. That United should be denied just made the joy so much sweeter, as first Edin Dzeko nodded the Blues level before Sergio Aguero collected Mario Balotelli's return pass and drove home the goal that crowned City champions.
City fans fury as Webb appointed for crunch Newcastle clash !!... HOWARD WEBB will referee Manchester City’s date with destiny at Newcastle on Sunday.And that has got City fans fuming. The South Yorkshire official has a long-standing reputation with them for favouring arch-rivals Manchester United. Webb landed Mario Balotelli in bother by claiming he had not seen his stamp on Scott Parker in January and gave United two penalties as they came from 3-0 down to draw at Chelsea in February. Kevin Parker, secretary of the City supporters club, declared: “History tells us he has generally favoured United. City fans do feel that. “We’ll just have to hope that isn’t reflected on Sunday as it’s such a huge day for Manchester City.”
PROBABLE LINEUPS Manchester City Hart Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy Y Toure, Barry Silva, Tevez, Nasri Aguero Manchester UniTED De Gea Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Nani Rooney, Welbeck Manchester City look set to welcome back Micah Richards from injury, while striker Mario Balotelli is also available having completed his three- match ban after his sending off against Arsenal. However, given their recent form manager Roberto Mancini is expected to continue with Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez up front. Manchester United, meanwhile, have few absentees other than long- term injury victims Nemanja Vidic, Darren Fletcher and Anderson. Nani, who injured an ankle in training, and Jonny Evans are both doubts, but are expected to be fit for the clash. However, after watching his side throw away a 4-2 lead against Everton last weekend, Sir Alex Ferguson may decide to shake-up his starting XI. Chris Smalling is being tipped to get the nod ahead of Rafael at right-back while in mid ...
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea says Wayne Rooney is better than all the Manchester City strikers COMBINED. Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli could all take the field tonight at the Etihad. De Gea told The Sun: “City possess dangerous forwards and any of them are capable of scoring against us. “I know Aguero well and in this type of game he is always at his best. Yes, the City attack has its stars but I wouldn’t swap Wayne for any of them. He is more than a Manchester United footballer — he is the key man in our squad. “Wayne is the same player in training sessions as he is in the matches. He always gives his maximum. “He really is a worldwide star and I notice just how focused he is on this derby. This derby is a final for us. If we beat City, United will be Premier League champions again. It’s as simple as that — we are 90 minutes from winning the title. “I won the Europa League final with Atletico Madrid but this is now the most important day in my ...
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says he trusts Mario Balotelli to perform on Monday against Manchester United if selected.
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Roberto Mancini claims he hopes Mario Balotelli has a future at Manchester City - and he could start against Manchester United on Monday.
By Steve Douglas LONDON — Manchester City underlined its reputation as genuine title contenders by routing Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford to move five points clear of its fierce rival at the top of the Premier League on Sunday. Mario Balotelli scored either side of United defender Jonny Evans...
The Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli sagas would never have happened under the Manchester United manager, says Bryan Robson.
Utd would never sign Balotelli - coach Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen says Sir Alex Ferguson would never sign a player like Mario Balotelli. GettyImagesRene Meulensteen says there is no place at Manchester United for a player like Mario Balotelli In a scathing attack on their Premier League rivals, Meulensteen claims Manchester City's title bid has wavered because Roberto Mancini's side lack team spirit. Balotelli's future remains in doubt following the controversial striker's red card against Arsenal at the weekend, and Meulensteen has made it clear the Italian would never play at Old Trafford. "City do not have a well-balanced team. They only have individuals who play for themselves," Meulensteen told Voetbal International. "You can see that City lack the right team spirit. "There is no chance of Balotelli playing for Manchester United. A player who gets up to the antics he does has no place at our club. I don't believe that Sir Alex would sign a player like Balotelli. We shouldn't ...
Roberto Mancini is ready to throw Mario Balotelli into the potential title decider against Manchester United -
No action v Mario Balotelli, no action v Kenny Dalglish, no action v Roberto Martinez. One rule for Manchester United, none for the rest !
Arsenal: 87' Mikel Arteta Manchester City all but surrendered the Premier League title to Manchester United after losing 1-0 to Arsenal at the Emirates with Mikel Arteta scoring the only goal of the game as Mario Balotelli was sent off. Arsene Wenger’s side hit the woodwork on several occasions as R...
Roberto Mancini's side have fallen eight points behind leaders Manchester United in the Premier League following a 1-0 defeat at Arsenal in a game that saw Mario Balotelli sent off.Up Arsenal my only Club.
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