Friday, 29 March 2019

WATCH SOME OF HIGUAIN'S BEST MOMENTS WITH THE ARGENTINE NATIONAL TEAM HERE AS HE RETIRES!!!

Higuain told Fox Sports: "My time with Argentina is over. Thinking things through in depth, my time is up. To the delight of many, now I will only look at it from the outside. I have spoken to (manager Lionel) Scaloni and told him my point of view. I've made the decision because I want to enjoy my family, I want to spend time with my daughter, and at the same time, I feel that I gave my country everything I could."
Higuain, who has scored three goals in 10 appearances since joining Chelsea on loan from Juventus in January, added: "I'm fully focused on my commitment to Chelsea. The Premier League is amazing and I really want to enjoy it. It's very competitive indeed."
you can watch some of his best moments with the Argentina national team here http://fainbory.com/AOzy

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY : HIGHLIGHTS MANCHESTER CITY vs MANCHESTER UNITED ( 6 - 1 )



Its throwback thursday so the match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad stadium is our #throwbackmatch of the week.... do sit down and enjoy the old highlights!!!

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

WATCH AS GABRIEL JESUS DECIDED THE GAME FOR BRAZIL AGAINST CHILE!!!

Jesus decided the game with goals in the 83rd and 90th minute for Brazil to rebound from a surprise 1-1 draw against Panama in another friendly on Saturday in Portugal. David Pavelka put the Czechs 1-0 ahead with a low shot from outside the area past Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker in the 37th as the Czechs looked more dangerous in the first half despite coming off a 5-0 loss to England in European Championship qualifying on Thursday.
Preparing for the Copa America that Brazil will host in June, coach Tite made six changes to the starting lineup from Saturday's game but they failed to boost his team in the first half. "We were quite surprised by the aggressive play of the Czech team," Tite said through a translator.
Star striker Neymar was not in Brazil's squad as he recovers from foot surgery.

VIDEO: WHY DID IRELAND FANS THROW TENNIS BALLS ON THE PITCH AGAINST GEORGIA!!!!


                                                             http://fainbory.com/93T5

Ireland won Tuesday's Euro 2020 qualifier 1-0. The balls were thrown on the field in the 33rd minute when Ireland was awarded a free kick. After a delay for the balls to be cleared, Conor Hourihane scored from the free kick to seal the victory.
There were also chants against Delaney, who has been CEO of the FAI since 2005 and has presided over the building of the Aviva Stadium — but also considerable controversy. It took five years for Delaney to reveal the FAI received a $5 million loan from FIFA to stave off legal action following a contentious 2010 World Cup playoff game when Thierry Henry's handball set up France's winning goal against Ireland. The FAI in 2015 called the payment a "legal settlement agreement."
In 2014, Delaney apologized after being filmed in a pub singing an Irish nationalist song about a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army who died in a 1981 prison hunger strike. Delaney also helped secure Euro 2020 games for Ireland. In a tournament being staged across 12 European countries, the Irish capital has three group games and a round-of-16 fixture.

Monday, 25 March 2019

GERMANY GRABS LATE WINNER AS THEY BEAT NETHERLANDS 3 - 2 ... WATCH FULL HIGHLIGHTS HERE!!!

"We never lost the belief in the victory," Loew said. Germany's front two of Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry each netted in the first half of the Group C game. Matthijs de Ligt scored his first international goal to halve the lead shortly after the break and Memphis Depay brought the Netherlands level in the 63rd minute before Schulz guided a cross from substitute Marco Reus into the goal for the late winner.
Loew said he was pleased with his team's effort to the end, but Germany's coach wasn't getting carried away after one win. "There is still a lot of work to do, everybody knows that," he said. In the group's other match, Northern Ireland established itself as a surprise early group leader by making it two wins from two matches thanks to substitute Josh Magennis' late winner in a 2-1 defeat of Belarus.
Depay continued his strong run of international form — the Lyon striker has now scored nine goals and had five assists in 12 matches since Ronald Koeman's appointment as Dutch coach — but it was not enough to earn a point as Germany came back again even after squandering a two-goal lead.
Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman was left wondering if he should have brought on a defender as a late substitute to secure a draw. "I thought the 3-2 was more likely than the 2-3 except in the last few minutes," Koeman said. "I thought: 'Take the point, or we could be the ones to concede.'"
Germany won just one of seven competitive fixtures in 2018 as it failed to advance from its World Cup group as defending champion and was relegated to the second tier of the Nations League. And 2019 didn't start much better as Loew's team needed a second-half equalizer to salvage a 1-1 draw in a friendly against Serbia on Wednesday.
But this win in a thrilling match played at the Johan Cruyff Arena on the third anniversary of the Dutch great's death gives Germany a strong start in qualifying for the Euro 2020 finals. "Last year has been closed off," Loew said.
The result also was revenge of sorts for Germany after it lost 3-0 and gave away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with the Dutch in the Nations League last year. "Last time we had a bit of luck and scored late. This time, they had the luck," midfielder Frenkie de Jong told Dutch broadcaster NOS.
Sane had luck on his side as he opened the scoring, with De Ligt slipping as Schulz crossed from the left so that the Manchester City winger had time to control the ball and place it past Jasper Cillessen into the far side of the net.
Gnabry made his own luck. He collected a pass from Antonio Ruediger and drifted past Virgil van Dijk before curling the ball over Cillessen and into the far corner for his fifth goal in six international appearances.
De Ligt made amends for his early slip by leaping between Thilo Kehrer and Ruediger to head past Neuer three minutes after the break. Depay equalized in the 63rd by finding just enough space in a crowded penalty area to squeeze the ball low into the corner of Neuer's goal.
The defeat left the Netherlands and Germany level on three points, although Germany has played one game less. The Dutch easily beat Belarus 4-0 on Thursday, with Depay scoring two goals and setting up the other two.
At Windsor Park in Belfast, Jonny Evans gave Northern Ireland the lead on the half hour, but Igor Stasevich leveled just three minutes later before Magennis made it two wins from two for Michael O'Neill's team.
You can watch the ful highlights here >>> http://fainbory.com/7iCx

Friday, 22 March 2019

WATCH AS VENEZUELA BEAT IN FORM MESSI'S ARGENTINA!!! FULL HIGHLIGHTS HERE!!!

Messi hadn't played an international since the 4-3 loss to France in the round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. "He played a good game" Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said. "The chances we created were thanks to him."
Messi showed his usual deft skills and his long-range shot in the 38th minute was headed for the top corner until Venezuela goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez Aray tipped the ball over the crossbar. Messi helped set up Argentina's 58th-minute goal with a pass to Giovani Lo Celso, who eventually fed Martinez inside the area.
Venezuela had opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Rondon ran on to a long pass into the penalty area and sent a right-footed shot beyond goalkeeper Franco Armani. Murillo made it 2-0 just before halftime by curling the ball away from Armani just inside the far post.
Venezuela's fast counterattacks were a nightmare for Argentina throughout and Martinez sealed victory by converting a 75th-minute penalty. "It's satisfying to earn a victory against a team like Argentina," Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel said.
The last time Argentina played at the Metropolitano it lost 6-1 to Spain in a World Cup warmup in 2018. Argentina will play another friendly on Tuesday against Morocco in Tangier. Scaloni said he hadn't decided whether Messi would play in that game.
Argentina has not won a trophy since the 1993 Copa America. It lost the last two finals of the tournament to Chile, in 2015 and 2016. It also lost the 2014 World Cup final to Germany. The Copa America will be held in Brazil in June.
Venezuela on Monday plays a Catalunya team that is expected to include former Spain players Gerard Pique and Xavi Hernandez.
you can watch the highlights of the match here >>> http://fainbory.com/60XQ

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

WATCH SOME OF CASILLAS BEST SAVES WITH PORTO RIGHT HERE AFTER SIGNING A CONTRACT EXTENSION!!!

 Porto says veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas will stay with the club for at least another season. The Portuguese club says Casillas' contract has been extended until the end of the 2019-20 season, with an option for another one-year extension
The 37-year-old Spanish goalkeeper has been with Porto since signing from Real Madrid in 2015. Casillas says he hopes to "finish his career" with Porto, which is the club that "feels like home." The Spaniard won five league titles and three Champions League trophies with Real Madrid, and one World Cup and two European Championships with Spain's national team.
Casillas helped Porto win the Portuguese league last season.
You can watch some of the best saves of Casillas career with Porto here since he moved from madrid http://fainbory.com/4IhV

Sunday, 17 March 2019

TOP 5 GOALS OF THE WEEK!!!


5. The goal that makes our number 5 list for this week was scored by bakayoko in their derby defeat to inter milan yesterday night [ Ac Milan 2 - 3 Inter Milano ]






4.   The goal on the 4th list for this week was scored by Solly March for brighton in their FA cup tie against Milwall...He scored the Equalizing goal for the team that took them into penalties.[ Milwall 2 - Brighton 2 ]








3. Our number 3 goal is this sweet goal from Housssem Aouar against Montpeiller [ Lyon 3 - 2 Montpeiller ]






2. At number 2 is the winning goal for Galatasary against Bursaspor in a very tensed match in which Gala had to come back from 2 goals behind to win that game... and the man who gave them that win was none other than former west ham player Feghouli!!!!






1. Number 1 goal goes to Angel Di maria of PSG ... just checkout this freekick in their win against Marseille 




Saturday, 16 March 2019

WATCH ALL WEST HAM'S DRAMATIC COMEBACK WINS IN THE EPL RIGHT HERE!!!


Dramatic Comeback Against Huddersfield Helps West Ham Accomplish Rare Premier League Feat
yesterday on the 16th of March, 2019
Huddersfield Town manager Jan Siewert will undoubtedly be frustrated following the dramatic late turnaround which took place at the London Stadium on Saturday, with hosts West Ham snatching victory coming from 3-1 down to win 4-3 against his Terriers side.
A late double from Mexican striker Javier Hernandez meant that a promising performance from Siewert's side went unrewarded, despite it looking for long periods as though they would leave London with at least a point having been in such a commanding position during the game, thanks to a Karlan Grant double and a Juninho Bacuna header... watch the highlight of yesterday comeback here >>> http://fainbory.com/1C9k

West Ham's 4-3 win became just the third time in Premier League history that the Hammers have comeback from two or more goals down to win.
The east London club's first two goal turnaround came in a hugely entertaining 5-4 victory against Bradford in 2000, in which they found themselves 4-2 down at Upton Park... You can watch the highlights here >>> http://fainbory.com/1C26

Their second, however, came away from home, with Goodison Park shocked into silence as goals from Michail Antonio, Diafra Sakho and Dimitri Payet turned a 2-0 scoreline into a 3-2 victory against Everton... Watch the highlights here >>> http://fainbory.com/1C6Q

Friday, 15 March 2019

DYNAMO KYIV 0 - 5 CHELSEA : MATCH REPORT AND HIGHLIGHTS!!!

A largely completed one-sided Round Of 16 tie concluded at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium and a result that was a certainty before a ball was kicked in the second leg, became an embarrassment for hosts Dynamo Kiev as they shipped 5 goals to hand Chelsea an emphatic 8-0 aggregate win, who now march on to the quarterfinals with their confidence soaring high after a string of impressive Europa League performances. 

Oliver Giroud was the star on the night, the Chelsea hitman scoring the perfect hat-trick (left foot, right foot, header) to register his first treble in a Chelsea shirt. Giroud was nearly impeccable on the night, linking up with his fellow forwards with inch-perfect precision and also setting up Hudson Odoi’s goal which wrapped up the scoring late on the night. 

It was a game of huge disproportions. Chelsea restricted Dynamo Kiev to just 2 shots on target, had 63% of the ball (71% in a dominant first half) and made almost twice as many passes as their well-beaten hosts. 

The only real chance Dynamo managed to create was in the second half, a chance that should’ve been gobbled up by captain Sergiy Sydorchuk, who had two swings at the ball from close range following a goalmouth melee, hitting the goalkeeper first and then stroking the ball onto the post with an open goal gaping at him. Apart from that, the home team was restricted to half chances. 

It was Dynamo’s biggest home defeat in their European football history. At the same time, it was also Chelsea’s biggest away win in their Europa League history.

But there more takeaways from the game than just the difference in class that was fairly clear within the first half itself. The match served as an audition for Mateo Kovacic in his defensive midfield role, a position usually occupied by Jorginho. 

The Croatian midfielder looked right at home in the role, even to the extent that some might argue whether he is going to challenge Jorginho for that role as the season wears on. He was energetic, zestful, controlled the ball well and contributed in a well-balanced manner to both defence and attack. An all-around performance from the on-loan Madrid man. 

A word for Willian and the ever-willing Marcos Alonso as well, carving open the opposition rearguard throughout the night with their relentless running power. Willian was right on his game, producing the flicks and tricks all night. But the two young men who made a stellar impact on the outcome were Ruben Loftus Cheek and the teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi. 

Dynamo just couldn’t live with these two’s acceleration, movement and touch tight control. Loftus Cheek looked keen to prove himself to the manager, producing a classy performance, completing 6 of his 7 dribbles, winning 9 of his 13 duels, creating 2 chances and getting an assist to his name. The fact he ran circles around Sydorchuk and Shepeliev all night long just put the gloss on an already impressive display; while Hudson-Odoi continued his amazing run of form in the Europa League, adding a goal and an assist to his tally which now stands at 4 goals and 2 assists in just 414 minutes! Which means a direct goal involvement every 69 minutes for the 18-year-old.

However, the night belonged to Olivier Giroud, hat-trick hero who now has 9 Europa League scalps to his name so far and will be surely looking to add more in the rounds to come as Maurizio Sarri’s men now move on to the last 8 in a competition which they are (amongst the)favourites to win.

you can watch the highlights of the match right here >>> http://covelign.com/5FZS

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

JUVENTUS 3 - 0 ATHLETICO : 5 TALKING POINTS FROM YESTERDAY MATCH!!!

Cristiano Ronaldo stole the show in Turin with a fantastic hat-trick to inspire a Juventus comeback against Atletico Madrid. The atmosphere in the stadium was electrifying and you could see that the Juventus players were determined. Right from the very first minute till the very last,  they were the better team. 

Juventus could have had the opener in the 4th-minute but VAR review ruled out Chiellini's goal as Ronaldo appeared to have fouled Oblak.  The Bianconeri continued to push forward, take risks and fight for the loose balls while the visitors looked happy to absorb the pressure. Juventus finally got their reward in 27th minute.  Bernardeschi found Cristiano Ronaldo with a delightful cross from the left wing and Ronaldo scored past Oblak. Juventus went in to half time with a one goal lead.

Just 4 minutes into the second half, Cancelo found Cristiano in the box and the Portuguese superstar scored again. Atletico Madrid were being outplayed thoroughly and the hosts wanted to finish this in regulation time. Late in the second half, Bernardeschi went into the box and Correa knocked him off balance and gifted a penalty to the home side. Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up and scored past Oblak to complete his hattrick. Juventus qualified to the quarterfinals thanks to their 100 million investment.
Here are the talking points from the game:

#1 Who else?! Cristiano Ronaldo!

Cometh the hour, cometh the man! The stage was well set for Mr. UCL Cristiano Ronaldo. Juventus were 0-2 down, most pundits predicted the tie to as done and dusted. The Old Lady needed a hero at Turin and that's exactly what they got. 

Ronaldo was determined, confident and hungry from the get-go. In the 27th minute, Bernardeschi drifted on the left flank and spotted Cristiano’s run on the right post. The former played a delightful cross in and Ronaldo scored a fantastic header to give the lead for Juventus. That goal announced that the game was on and gave belief to the fans.

Ronaldo then proceeded to score from a Cancelo cross in the second half and converted from the spot to clinch qualification. The 100 million they spent on him is looking like a bargain now.

Ronaldo Vs Atletico Madrid

Minutes: 90’

Goals: 3
Shots: 5
Successful Dribbles: 5/7
Pass accuracy: 86%


After the match, Ronaldo said, It had to be a really special night and it was. 
“If we continue like this, we have not won yet but we have reasons to be proud and we are on the right way. That's why Juve signed me and I tried to do my best job. It's a magical night. It was a very difficult team to play but we showed that we were a very big team. We proceed step by step, we will see.” 

#2 Let’s not forget Federico Bernardeschi

Bernardeschi was a warrior on the field last night.  If Ronaldo was the Master Chef of the dish that Juve served last night, Bernardeschi was the sous-chef. He assisted the first goal with his brilliant vision and he won the penalty for the winner. He played the whole game, and started ahead of star Dybala and completely justified his selection. He completed 3 dribbles, tried 5 shots, recorded 80% pass accuracy and won a tackle and overall 9 duels for his team. He chose a perfect game to stand up and deliver.

#3. Allegri won the tactical battle against Simeone

Allegri’s team were really meek in Madrid. Questions rose, why wasn’t Cancelo introduced sooner? Why was Dybala not subbed out sooner? Why wasn’t the midfield tweaked? But in the second leg, Allegri silenced his critics. Whatever instructions he gave to the team, worked perfectly from the very beginning.

Long and deep crosses looked like the main plan, given the aerial prowess of the Juventus attack. They tried 38 crosses, looking for Mario Mandzukic and Ronaldo above Atletico’s makeshift LB Juanfran and RB Arias Leonardo. 

Spinazzola was a wise inclusion and he performed brilliantly and when he looked tired, Dybala was introduced for him to finish the game in regulation time. Dybala had a good little cameo. Cancelo adopted the LB slot and Bernardeschi shifted to the right side. Pjanic and Can made good forward direct passes, while Matuidi fought in midfield. Diego Simeone’s tactic of defending deep and counter-attacking didn’t seem to work at all.

#4 Disastrous performance from Atletico Madrid

Los Rojiblancos
had hoped to at least progress to the final for the chance of playing in their own stadium and in front of their own fans. But the dream ended with a dreadful performance. They never looked like threatening Juventus. They had just 38% possession. They had zero shots on target. They had one big chance but Morata couldn’t head it down. 

Other than that, Atletico Madrid had few counter-attacking opportunities but Bonucci and Chiellini were quite attentive and they snuffed out most of the threats. In games like these, you expect players like Antoine Griezmann to step up, but he was anonymous. He had just one shot which was off target as well. He made zero key passes and recorded a pass accuracy of just 61%. He had no dribbles and won just 3 duels. Diego Costa was a huge miss. If this continues, they can forget about winning UCL anytime soon.


#5 VAR?!


VAR continues to be confusing. Juventus could have had an opener in the 4th minute, but a VAR review reverted the decision. Ronaldo and Oblak went for the loose ball together, but it was adjudged that Ronaldo had fouled the keeper. It went to review but after 2 minutes Ref’s decision stood. If Juventus had lost, it could have been a major talking point. 

Then the penalty call; it looked like a certain penalty in real time but in replays, it didn’t look like a clear penalty. VAR deemed that it was a penalty but it was a soft decision, to say the least. Inconsistencies in decisions have resulted in controversies and UEFA will have to work on several aspects of VAR.  

MILAN COACH AVOIDS BAN FOR DERBY MATCH AGAINST INTER MILAN ON SUNDAY!!!

AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso has avoided a ban for Sunday's Serie A derby against Inter Milan. Gattuso was sent to the stands in the first half of Saturday's win over Chievo Verona and risked being banned. But the Italian league says he has instead been fined 15,000 euros ($17,000) for "having directed an intimidating expression at a player from the opposing team."

Third-place Milan is a point ahead of city rival Inter. The top four teams from Serie A qualify for next season's Champions League.

Sunday, 10 March 2019

TOP 5 GOALS OF THE WEEK!!!!


Check out our top 5 goals of the week, where two nigerians made the list in this weeks edition .... check them down below!!!



                              5.  FERRAN TORRES GOAL {VALENCIA} VERSUS GIRONA!!!

       Valencia claimed a fourth straight win in all competitions to reignite their hopes of     finishing in the Liga top four by winning 3-2 at Girona with a late goal from teenager Ferran Torres after having a man sent off on Sunday.







4. ANDREJ KRAMARIC {HOFFEINHAM} VERSUS FC NUNBERG!!!

He scored a very nice backheel goal in the 75th minute against Nunberg after also scoring from the penalty spot earlier in the game.






3. SIMEON NWAKWO {CROTONE} VS  SALERNITANA

Nigerian simeon tochukwu nwakwo scored a nice one time ball for his club Crotone playing in the SERIE B shesd of the international break!!!





2.  SAMUEL CHUKWUEZE {VILLAREAL} VS LEVANTE!!!

Another Nigerian who was left on the bench for 90 minutes in Villarreal's 3-1 away win over Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League was the hero in their LaLiga encounter.
Chukwueze was introduced by Calleja for Moreno Gerard in the 63rd minute.




1. ANTHONY KNOCKAERT {BRIGHTON} VS CRYSTAL PALACE!!!

Anthony Knockaert scored a screamer in their 2-1 win over the inform crystal palace...
after the goal He was still smiling when he made way for Solly March not long afterwards...lol thats our number one goal for the week folks!!




Saturday, 9 March 2019

CHIEVO WAS BEATEN BY A KUNG FU KICK, CHIEVO COACH INSISTS AFTER MILAN BEAT THEM TONIGHT!!!!

Milan consolidated third place, four points ahead of Inter, which hosts Spal on Sunday. The top four from Serie A qualify for the Champions League next season. The only negative note for Milan was coach Gennaro Gattuso was sent to the stands in the first half for dissent and risks being suspended for the derby on March 17.
A decision will be announced on Tuesday and will depend on what is written about the incident in the referee's report. "The coach didn't want to talk precisely because of his sending off," said assistant coach Luigi Riccio, who stood in for Gattuso in the post-match news conference. "I just want to say that they have already clarified everything, they talked, and these are things that happen on the pitch."
Lucas Biglia, back from a lengthy injury layoff, marked his first start since October by curling a magnificent free kick into the top left corner in the first half. However, Chievo leveled four minutes from halftime when Mehdi Leris curled in a cross from the right for Perparim Hetemaj to head in at the far post.
It was only the third league goal Milan has conceded in 2019. Piatek has scored seven goals for Milan since his move from Genoa, and the eighth arrived in the 57th following a chaotic and somewhat controversial move.
Piatek attempted an overhead kick after his initial effort was saved by Stefano Sorrentino but ended up kicking a Chievo player instead. The move continued and Samu Castillejo headed the ball back into the area for Piatek to volley home.
The Chievo players protested but the goal was allowed to stand after a check with the video assistant referee. "I don't want excuses but in the last six matches all the VAR decisions have gone against us," Chievo coach Domenico Di Carlo said. "Piatek's move on (Fabio) Depaoli wasn't football, it's kung fu ... you can write the headline: 'Chievo beaten by a kung fu kick.'"
Chievo remained bottom of the table, 12 points from safety. 
watch the highlights of the game here >>> http://covelign.com/ujz

Friday, 8 March 2019

WATCH THESE 10 PLAYERS WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN BARRED FOR LIFE FROM PLAYING THE GAME OF FOOTBALL!!!


These players are the worst of the worst, you'll get angry even watching this video knowing the likes of Luis Suarez, Jermaine Pennant, Adrian Mutu & Frank Lampard didn't get the punishment they deserved!

watch video here >>>> http://sluppend.com/5nYm

10 PLAYERS WHO PLAYED FOR BOTH MANCHESTER UNITED AND ARSENAL AHEAD OF THEIR SHOWDOWN THIS WEEKEND!!!

Ahead of Arsenal’s crucial clash against Manchester United for the top 4 battle, let's have a look at 10 players that have played for both teams at some point in their professional career. 


#1 FRANK STAPLETON
Frank Stapleton, an Irish former footballer, joined Arsenal in 1972, as an apprentice, and was officially signed in 1974. He made his first-team debut in 1975. He helped Arsenal reach 3 FA Cup finals, and scored a goal in the 1979 FA Cup finals as they beat Manchester United 3-2. He went on to score 108 goals for the Gunners in 300 appearances over the course of seven seasons. 

In 1981, he secured a £900,000 move to Manchester United. There he won two FA Cups with them. He made history when he scored in a FA Cup final against Brighton, becoming the first man ever to score for two different clubs in FA Cup finals. He ended his Manchester United career with 78 goals in 365 appearances. 

#2 VIVIAN ALEXANDER ANDERSON

Anderson made a switch from Nottingham Forest to Arsenal in 1984 for £250,000 in a bid to revive his career. He played 120 games for Arsenal and scored 9 goals for them in the league, over four years. The only time he won a trophy with Arsenal was in 1987 when they beat Liverpool in the League Cup final. 

Later on, during the same year, he made a switch to Manchester United for a tribunal agreed deal worth £250,000 making him the first signing of the Ferguson era. He played a significant role in Ferguson’s rebuilding plans. Anderson was a regular for Machester United during their surge to the top of the first division. They almost won a trophy during the 1987-88 season but finished 9 points behind champions Liverpool. He ended his career at United by scoring a goal in his last match for them on October 10, 1990. 


#3 ANDY COLE

Andy Cole, the 3rd highest goal scorer in the Premier League who is most notably known for his time as a Manchester United player, but has astonishingly played for Arsenal too. During his four years at Arsenal, he managed just one appearance for them in two years, before being loaned out for the remaining two. 
He then went on to play for Bristol City and Newcastle United before making a then British transfer record £7m move to Manchester United. Despite joining halfway through the season, he managed 12 goals in 18 appearances for them. He has scored a total of 121 goals for Manchester United. He ended up winning 9 trophies during his time at United including 5 Premier League titles and 1 Champions League trophy. 


#4 JIMMY RIMMER

Jimmy Rimmer is an English former goalkeeper who started his career off at Manchester. He spent 11 years at Manchester, mainly as a second, or third choice keeper and managed only 46 appearances over 11 seasons. 

He was signed by Arsenal in 1974 as a long term replacement for Bob Wilson. He was consistent throughout his four years at the club and made 124 Premier League appearances during that time. He also won Arsenal’s Player of the Year for the 1975 season. 


#5 BRIAN KIDD

Brian Kidd is a former striker who has played for a host of different clubs, including Manchester United, Manchester City, and Arsenal. He began his career at Man Utd after joining their academy and became a professional player of the club in 1965. He has scored a total of 52 goals in 203 league appearances for United.

Following their relegation in 1974, Kidd was transferred to Arsenal for a mere £110,000. He scored for them on his debut and was Arsenal’s top scorer in his debut season with 19 goals from 40 appearances. Over the course of his two years, he scored a total of 34 league goals from 90 games. 


#6 MIKAEL SILVESTRE

Mikael Silvestre is a former defender from France who played for Manchester United from 1999 to 2008, where he won the Premier League title 9 times, and the Champions League in 2008. He has made over 245 appearances for Manchester United over 9 years and scored 6 goals for them.

After almost signing for Manchester City in 2008, he made a last minute decision to sign for Arsenal, given their strong French presence. He enjoyed a comfortable two seasons at Arsenal and also played against Manchester United in the first leg of the 2009 Champions League semi-final. 

#7 Robin van Persie 

Robin van Persie, more well known as the ‘flying Dutchman’ who lit up the Premier League with his sensational goals. Initially playing as a left winger, he was bought by Arsenal in 2004 for just £2.75m, where Arsene Wenger wanted to convert him into a striker. Partnering Thierry Henry and Emmanuel Adebayor as striker for a majority of his career at Arsenal proved fruitful for his career as he notched up 96 goals in 194 league appearances.

In the year 2012, van Persie was transferred to Manchester United for £22.5m. In his three years at Manchester, he ended up scoring 58 goals in 105 appearances while also winning the Premier League in his debut season, and was the top scorer of the league with 26 goals to his name. He also won the Community Shield in the following year. 


#8 DANNY WELBECK

Welbeck came through United’s youth system, and made his senior debut in 2008, and scoring in that match. He was a regular figure in the starting line up for many of their games and registered a number of goals and assists to his name. At the end of the 2013-2014 season, Welbeck made known his intentions of playing for another club stating that he wanted a stake at the spot up front. 

He left Manchester United having scored 29 goals from 142 appearances. Subsequently, he made a move to Arsenal for £16m. In his first season at Arsenal, he managed 8 goals from 34 appearances, and due to the slow start, he was eventually made a second choice player. His injury-laden career at Arsenal has seen him gather 32 goals in 126 matches. 


#9 ALEXIS SANCHEZ

With the arrival of Neymar, Sanchez made a £31.7m move to Arsenal. He quickly adapted to the English game and established himself as one of the best in the Premier League. He was awarded the PFA Player of the Year in his debut season. The next season he went on to score a career high 30 goals in all competitions. In January 2018 he made a move to Manchester United and was given the number 7 shirt there. Although he as got some vital goals for Man Utd, he is yet to find the form that made him so dangerous at Arsenal. 


#10 HENRIKH MKHITARYAN
Armenian play-maker Henrikh Mkhitaryan signed for Manchester United in 2016 and won the FA Community Shield in his debut season while also scoring the goal that won Manchester United their first Europa League Cup. Due to inconsistency in his form, he was transferred to Arsenal in a swap deal that got Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.

Mkhitaryan claimed three assists in his first game as a Gunner, a 5-1 thrashing of Everton. He has already scored more goals for Arsenal in 10 games fewer than he did for United. He is a regular in the Arsenal squad, and plays a major role in Arsenal’s quest for finishing in the top four.


Thursday, 7 March 2019

DORTMUND ON THE VERGE OF LOOSING EVERYTHING THEY HAVE WORKED FOR THIS SEASON!!!

After squandering what was once a nine-point lead, Dortmund can ill afford any more slip-ups with Bayern now level on points after 11 wins from 12 games in the Bundesliga. Dortmund has only one win from its last eight games - a run that has seen it knocked out of the German Cup and Champions League.
Two goals are keeping the team in the lead with 10 matches remaining, and Saturday's game against Stuttgart is a must-win. The supporters are still behind the team - they cheered the players for their efforts in Tuesday's Champions League loss to Tottenham and sang about winning the Bundesliga - but captain Marco Reus knows patience is not an infinite resource.
"We have to deliver in the next weeks and achieve the turnaround on Saturday," Reus said after Tottenham's 1-0 win sealed a 4-0 aggregate victory. "What the fans did was world class, we had goosebumps. But we know that this credit won't last long."
Dortmund's performance on Tuesday epitomized its recent troubles. The team dominated the game in all aspects, creating chance after chance, but just couldn't beat the outstanding Hugo Lloris in Tottenham's goal.
Reus bristled when he was asked about a "lack in quality," but still couldn't explain why the team isn't scoring. Paco Alcacer's goals have dried up. The Spanish striker scored 12 goals in his first 11 league matches without playing a full game once, then went seven games without scoring at all until the 2-1 loss at Augsburg last weekend. Alcacer, who only needed half-chances earlier in the season, was again frustrated on Tuesday.
Despite the latest defeat - Dortmund's first at home this season not counting Werder Bremen's win on penalties in the German Cup - the team is taking hope from the nature of its performance against Tottenham.
"(The game) should give us confidence for the championship," Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said. The club's management has always maintained that this season was about rebuilding and that team's title challenge was but a welcome surprise.
Dortmund is already looking to the future. On Thursday, the club announced that youth players Luca Unbehaun (18) and Tobias Raschl (19) had signed professional contracts through June 2022. Unbehaun is one of Germany's most promising young goalkeepers, while under-19 captain Raschl was reportedly a target for Bayern and Bayer Leverkusen.
Of more immediate concern is Stuttgart's visit on Saturday. Bayern, which hosts Wolfsburg at the same time, will be eager to take advantage of any further slip-ups.

RENNES VS ARSENAL: MATCH PREVIEW!!!

After managing only a draw against Spurs, in a highly controversial game, the Gunners go back out on the road for their Europa League endeavour. They face Rennes who have been enjoying their best ever European campaign this season. The French side managed to recover from 3 successive defeats in the group stage to qualify for the knockout stage where they caused an upset by beating Real Betis 6-4 on aggregate. Arsenal, on the other hand, overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit against BATE Borisov and progressed 3-1 on aggregate
This is the first time the two sides face each other. Although Rennes have been patchy in Ligue 1, they’ve looked bright in their European games. The French outfit is determined to see off Arsenal and had their league match against Nimes at the weekend postponed to better prepare for this tie. Rennes, therefore, come fresh into this game. 

Arsenal has looked a more cohesive unit in recent games and will be hoping to avoid an upset. Hatem Ben Arfa will be raring to go against his former coach Unai Emery, with whom he shared a frosty relationship at PSG which saw the attacker being frozen out from the team. Emery will also have to factor in the threat posed by Senegalese winger, Ismaila Sarr, who has 9 goals and 9 assists this season.
TEAM NEWS

Rennes boast of a lengthy injury list and most notably will see midfielder James Lea Siliki and attacker Jordan Siebatcheu miss the first-leg through muscle and thigh injury respectively. Striker M'Baye Niang and right-back Hamari Traore will also be sitting this game out through suspension.


Gunners have no new injury concerns ahead of the tie. Unai Emery made just one change to the squad that drew 1-1 against Tottenham on the weekend, with Eddie Nketiah replacing the suspended Alexandre Lacazette.

5 TALKING POINTS FROM PSG VS MANCHESTER UNITED!!!

Manchester United have scripted another historic comeback. A 0-2 defeat at home leg and then a number of players on the injury bench, the cherry on top was Paul Pogba's suspension from this game after getting two yellow cards in the first leg. 

Ole Gunner Solskjaer's United still managed to achieve the feat which stupefied everyone. Romelu Lukaku took just 111 seconds to score the opener but PSG remains solid and dominated the ball to restore parity after 10 more minutes. 

Another mistake from the home side aided Lukaku to score the second goal for United to nullify PSG's away goals benefit. With the aggregate score of 3-2 in PSG's favour at 90th minute, the game looked done and dusted until referee Damir Skomina went to VAR to see if Presnel Kimpembe had handled the ball inside his own box. He came back on the pitch and awarded the penalty to the visitors. 

In Paul Pogba's absence, 21-year old Marcus Rashford stepped up and buried the penalty past diving Gianluigi Buffon to take his side into the quarterfinals. Here are the 5 talking points from this fascinating game.

#5 Romelu Lukaku earns praise from United's faithful

When Ole arrived, Lukaku wasn't in great form and he quickly decided to appoint Rashford as his first choice. Injuries to Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, and Anthony Martial helped him to get back in the side and he is not going out for a long time now. In the last three games for United, big Rom has scored six goals, a brace in each game. 

Before the game, Solsjaer admitted that United need an early goal to come back and Lukaku took less than two minutes to do what his boss wished. A horrendous back pass from Thilo Kehrer was seized by Belgium's striker who rounded Buffon to net from a tight angle. He remained alert to score another at the half-hour mark to give his side hopes to achieve the impossible. No big games hoodoo now, right?


#4 PSG bottled it

It is fair to say that Paris-Saint Germain has themselves to blame. The first two goals from Manchester United which boosted their confidence came through PSG's lack of seriousness. Thilo Kehrer tried to find Thiago Silva with a backpass without seeing that Lukaku is on his shoulders. Lukaku outmuscled the Brazilian defender to half the aggregate deficit before even anybody could understand. 

41-year old Gianluigi Buffon is the man to be blamed for United's second goal. Marcus Rashford did what he does when rain pours down. He drove the ball powerfully towards the keeper with a bounce which made things difficult for Buffon. The veteran goalkeeper spilt the ball from his hands and Lukaku pounced on his mistake. Kylian Mbappe who looked lively in the first half failed to finish twice in the second half. Even a single goal from PSG in the second half could have ended the game for the visitors.


#3 Nerves of Steel from Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford might have had played more than 150 games for United but one has to understand that he is still a 21-year old boy. He looked leggy whole the 90 minutes as he failed to create chances for his side. His crossing wasn't effective and looked like he is destined to have a bad day at work. 

The referee pointed towards the penalty in the 91st minute and Marcus stepped up to take *the* penalty. A goal at that time would take United through and a miss will be put as a stain on his career forever. He had to wait for an age to take the spot kick so that referee could calm down opposition's protest. He showed courage and calmness at that point and fired the ball into the top corner leaving no chance for the Buffon to make a stop. Just for a fact, this was his FIRST ever competitive penalty for United in his career. Nerves of steel.

#2 VAR controversy continues
The biggest talking point of this game has to be the controversy surrounding the penalty awarded to Manchester United in the injury-time. In the 90th minute, Diogo Dalot surged forward and found himself in acres of space to shoot. He blasted the ball which eventually was stopped by Kimpembe's trailing hand. 

The current rule for handball-penalties takes into account whether the touch was deliberate or not. Replays showed that Kimpembe was in the air with his back facing the ball. Referee Damir Skomina reached to a decision that the defender had obstructed the ball with his hands deliberately. We are not sure how. Though things will be much clearer from next season as the factor of "deliberate or not" will be abolished but for now, VAR remains a focal point of dispute.

#1 Ole Gunner Solskjaer gets United job
Man United under Solskjaer has collected more points than Mourinho did in this season. His new look Manchester United has already defeated Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal and earned a draw against Liverpool even after three big injuries. He has taken United to the fourth spot which looked an impossible target when Mourinho was sacked. And now, he has scripted a masterful comeback in United's history. We are not sure whether he gets the job or not but how can Ed Woodward deny him from that responsibility after earning so much in just three months. 

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

UCL PREVIEW: DORTMUND VS TOTTENHAM!!!

Venue: Westfalenstadion
Date: 6/03/2019, Wednesday
Kick-Off: 1:30 am IST
Aggregate: Dortmund 0-3 Tottenham 

Dortmund play host to Spurs for the second leg in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 at the Westfalenstadion. Spurs won the first tie convincingly as Son opened the scoring for the North Londoners. Vertonghen doubled the lead and Llorente all but sealed the tie for Spurs as he scored the third goal of the night, four minutes from time. Both Spurs and Dortmund are experiencing slumps at the moment domestically, dropping points coupled with lacklustre displays.

Dortmund will be looking to bounce back after losing to Augsburg in their previous game. Spurs managed a draw on the weekend against Arsenal and will look to get the job done in Germany. No side has been knocked out in the second leg after winning the first leg (at home) 3-0. Whether or not Dortmund can change that remains to be seen.

TEAM NEWS:
Borussia Dortmund: 

The return of Marco Reus and Paco Alcaer will be a big boost for Dortmund as they will need to score early and often to turn the tie around. Piszczek is likely to miss the clash as he is sidelined with a foot injury and Pulisic remains doubtful as well.

Tottenham Hotspur:

Winks (Hip) and Dier (Tonsillitis) have travelled with the squad but might not play a role in the match. Alli has started training with the team but is doubtful for the fixture as well.  Trippier has been left at home with a slight problem according to Pochettino. 

Monday, 4 March 2019

EVERTON 0 - 0 LIVERPOOL : 5 TALKING POINTS!!!

Liverpool missed a glorious chance to return to the top of the table as they failed to score against struggling Everton. This proved to be a massive dent to Liverpool's hopes to end their near-three decade wait as Man City's narrow win against West Ham has taken them to the apex of the table.

Jurgen Klopp made a single alteration to his side as Jordan Henderson replaced James Milner. Surprisingly, Divock Origi retained his place in the XI, ahead of Roberto Firmino who was named on the bench. Marco Silva made two changes as Bernard and Kurt Zouma replaced Richarlison and Phil Jagielka respectively. Dominic Calvert-Lewin led the line with Gylfi Sigurdsson behind him. Liverpool came close to score at a number of times but the end product was always missing from the visitors. Here are the five talking points from the Derby game:

#5 Liverpool are themselves to blame

Reds had the best chances of the game, specifically Mohamed Salah who failed to beat Jordan Pickford twice. The Egyptian winger had a great chance when he got a one-on-one chance against Jordan Pickford but the latter won the battle. In the 57th minute, Salah got another opportunity to break the deadlock but Michael Keane's last minute tackle forced the visitors to settle only for a corner. A similar challenge was made by Everton's left-back, Lucas Digne when Fabinho found himself on the end of Van Dijk's headed pass. His poor first touch forced him to wait for another second to shoot which was enough for the former Barcelona's full-back to make a vital challenge.


#4 Pickford earns redemption
In the reverse fixture in December, Jordan Pickford was the man to blame. He failed to push the ball behind for the corner which came back on the pitch after striking the bar. Divock Origi scored the 96th-minute winner to break the hearts of the travelling fans. Three months fast forward, Pickford has redeemed himself by earning a clean sheet against the arch-rivals. 

Other than the two stops he made against Mo Salah, England's number one had an innocuous night. In the first half, lapse of concentration from Everton's backline helped Salah to go through on goal. He drifted wide to shoot which made the angle in keeper's favour. He fired across Pickford with his left leg but a strong right hand from Pickford kept the ball out. The only complaint from his performance is his poor ball distribution as many of his goal kicks and clearances went to the stands. Nevertheless, a clean sheet after that costly error will be relished by the youngster. 


#3 Virgil Van Dijk for Player of the Year

Currently, he is the best central defender in the world. Period. The Dutch skipper has been sensational in this season and today's performance displays why he is so important for the Reds. Van Dijk dealt with everything which came on his way. He won 12 out of 16 duels and made 13 clearances. Calvert-Lewin was able to get better of the defender only once and that was his last contribution to the game. He also created a great chance for Fabinho to score via a header but the Brazilian squandered a golden opportunity. In 29 games this season, he is able to maintain 17 clean sheets. Another Man of the Match performance. Player of the year? Has to be him, ahead of Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling. 


#2 Valuable point for Marco Silva

Marco Silva will be satisfied with this crucial home point. Everton host Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United in the coming weeks and hence, it was important for him to take something from this game. The home team was quite positive regarding this match. They defended their box well and also created chances to score. Both Liverpool and Everton had same number of shots on target. With today's draw, Everton's total adds to 37 points, two less than West Ham. After three consecutive defeats, Toffees have managed to take four points from the last two games. Can the Blues end their dismal season on a high? 


#1 Manchester City with one hand on the title?

Manchester City - 71, Liverpool - 70. Advantage City. With only nine games left for City and Liverpool, it's hard to see City dropping points as the only big game in Premier League which they have is against Tottenham Hotspur. Liverpool, too, has to face the same opposition in the coming weeks. Few weeks before, Jurgen Klopp's side had a chance to go seven points clear but their stuttering form has forced them to drop down to the second position. This draw is their fourth in the last six games. They are walking to this final phase of the league with no momentum in the final third. Jurgen Klopp needs to revitalize his men if they want to make history.

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