Premier League leaders Chelsea are likely to retain their position in the standings until the New Year.
could as well win it if they can keep their unbeaten run further. Analyses show that each time Chelsea won the league, they topped the table during Christmas.
Antonio Conte would be pleased with his achievements since taking over as Chelsea manager during the summer. The former Italy national team coach has supervised a ten-game winning streak that would break records if it continues beyond this year. It is quite an achievement for a side that placed 15th around this time last year, even as defending champions.
Premier League records show that half of the teams that lead the table around the end of the year go all the way. Usually, any of the top three teams as at Christmas go on to win the league but Arsenal won the league in 1997 despite placing sixth in December. Read more »
It’s about the amount he actually puts in for the welfare of the team.
Recently, a chart of the wealthiest Chinese individuals was released by a magazine and the Villa faithful couldn’t believe the position of their chairman in that chart.
Xia’s position was down to 890, while, some of the other Chinese personalities who have bought English clubs of late featured a lot higher.
The worrisome supporters are starting to doubt now whether Xia is wealthy enough to give Villa the kind of maintenance it needs.
But, Xia, through Twitter which is his favourite medium to connect to the world, has assured the Villains that he can pull as much amount out of his locker for the team as any other owner would.
He was quoted saying, “That chart means nothing in the context of Football. What happens if I am lagging towards the bottom there?”
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For the past few years, the only Scottish club that has been able to consistently reach the Champions League and compete in the European competition is Celtic FC but the head coach of Rangers FC, Mark Warbuton has recently voiced his desire to push his team to the prestigious tournament just how Celtic has been regularly doing.
“It’s good for Scottish football that they got through to the group stages. At some stage, I want to be involved in the Champions League. Then you have to get the squad to deal with that. The big clubs have the strength in depth to deal with the difficulties thrown up by those types of high-quality games, but getting there has got to be our long-term aim.
“To get into the Champions League you need to win the Premiership title, it’s that simple.Are we ready to win the title is the obvious question because, if you do that, then you’re in the qualifying rounds. We’ve got to make sure we’re highly competitive and I’m very comfortable with what we have in terms of the squad.”Mark Warbuton of Rangers said as he expressed his ambition of competing in the Champions League. Read more »
Former Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor has mourned the death of former Nigeria manager Stephen Keshi.
The 54-year-old surprisingly lost his life due to a heart attack a few days ago. It has come as a major shock to many concerned with African football.Keshi is credited with having improved the Nigerian national team into one of the best in Africa. Even though he left the job after the recent disappointment of the World Cup 2014, he made several stars out of average players as far as the national team is concerned
Adebayor may have been out of the international focus for quite a while, but he has been abreast of the developments. The Togo international has been in and out of the national team for several years. His future with the national team looked to have been revived only recently, but Togo may reconsider calling him for the upcoming games since he is currently without a club after being released by Crystal Palace. Adebayor had joined the London outfit only in January on a free transfer. The exit may not come as a shock since it had been apparent for quite a while. Keshi is one of the celebrated names in African football after having lifted the African Cup of Nations as a player and as a manager. Read more »
As the premier League comes to an end, there are several managers who would be looking to exit from their current careers.
There is one match remaining of the current season. Some managers would be looking at exit their jobs end of this season. Others would be prepared as there is still uncertainty in the air as well as dependent on what position others take up.
Among the probable ones in the air, one that is ripe with speculations is Louis van Gaal. His future as being speculated about this year and many critics has talked about his manners and styles that have had an influence on the team. Many are not happy with the idea that Van Gaal would be continuing to have another season at Manchester United. Some state that United’s executive vice chairman might be having second thoughts of replacing Van Gaal before his contract ends. There is rumor that Jose Mourinho is set to be the likely replacement for him. However, it is known that United does not take decisions in haste. Read more »
Arsene Wenger was not happy with comments made by his midfielder, Mesut Ozil. The German international told a German website that if Arsenal finishes the season trophyless, they have themselves to blame.
He told the website that the reason they are trailing Leicester was that they failed to beat the smaller sides. Indeed, a series of poor results at the beginning of the year has seen Arsenal win only three times from 10 matches.
However, the comments were taken out of context and made to appear as if Ozil was giving up on the possibility of catching Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspurs. Instead, Ozil said that it is still possible to catch up with the league leaders if they make mistakes.
Ozil wants Arsenal to continue to win their remaining games so as to take advantage of any potential slip ups by Leicester City and Tottenham.
When asked about these comments, Arsene Wenger was not really happy. He wants each of his players to believe that they can still win the title and that they should be putting in 100% effort on the pitch. He told journalists that he is going to have a chat with Ozil about these comments and ensure that the player stays focus on the remaining matches for the season. Arsene Wenger added that you should always be giving your best on the pitch and only accept if someone is better than you at the end. Read more »
Toronto FC is currently positioned in the middle section of the Eastern Conference of the MLS and in the history of the club; they have never managed to reach a playoff spot but Greg Vanney who was selected as the coach earlier on August 31 of 2014, believes that he can push the team and help them snatch a spot that they have never reached before.
The 41 year old manager of Toronto FC, Greg Vanney said: “We have the history that is behind us that everybody wants to remind you of whenever things go bad. It’s always weighing on people and they’re quick to say, ‘Ah, here we go again. We’re trying to take that big step forward that says that’s not us anymore. That history is no longer us; we’re rewriting the history of who we are and who are are going to be.
The big step that Greg Vanney was referring to was in relation to the club never in their history being able to reach a playoff position but he is optimistic that this will change soon as he believes that his team has been improving significantly in recent times. Read more »
Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho believes that the absence of Stephen Appiahwas a major contributing factor in the national team’s disappointing showing at the World Cup 2014.
The former Ghana captain was recently a guest for the Speaker to witness a friendly match. Regarded as one of finest players for Ghana over the last decade, Stephen Appiah was the captain of the national team during the 2006 and the 2010 World Cup. Ghana performed exceedingly well in these tournaments andAdjaho says that it was largely down to the leadership skills ofAppiah.
The 34-year-old retired from all forms of football three years ago owing to a succession of injury problems. His international retirement came slightly earlier after the end of the 2010 World Cup. During a successful international career that spanned from 1995 to 2010,Appiah made 67 appearances for the national team. He will recently be given a testimonial as a recognition for his services. A number of top African players like Yaya Touré, Samuel Eto’o, and Didier Drogba, are expected to take part in this match. The World Cup 2014 was a major disappointment for African teams like Ghana, who failed to reach the knockout stages after finishing bottom of the group. Read more »