Arsenal chief admits Barca was worst draw

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Date published: Monday 14th December 2015 1:53

Drawing Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League was the worst case scenario for most Arsenal fans, admits the club’s secretary.

The Gunners have beaten the defending champions just once in seven meetings and even that was not enough to prevent an aggregate defeat in the wholesale soccer uniform knockout stages in 2011, their most recent encounter.

“On the back of the great win in Athens we were hoping for a good draw today and I think it’s the tie of the round,” Miles told BT Sport.

“It’s not going to be easy and it’s the team that most Arsenal fans would have wanted to avoid at this stage but it’s up to us to make a good fist of it.

“We’ve got our own world-class players and certainly we’ll go in for this.

“It should be two fantastic games soccer jersey free shipping and we’re very much looking forward to it.”

Barcelona director Albert Soler is looking forward to a feast of football over the two legs.

“Football fans will enjoy themselves, we’re two sides that play similar styles with a similar understanding of the Thailand Soccer Jersey game,” he told UEFA.com.

“They will be two great games. We must have maximum respect for Arsenal, they’re a great side and although we will have a difficult task facing us, it will be cheap soccer uniform a guaranteed spectacle of football.

“Arsenal are not the favourites here but we do not consider ourselves outright favourites either. We are not taking anything for granted in this fixture.”

Former Barcelona director of football Txiki Begiristain admits he was thankful his current employers Manchester City were guaranteed to miss out on a reunion with the Catalans as both progressed as group winners.

Instead City got Dynamo Kiev, where the away leg will be played behind closed doors due to UEFA racism sanctions.

“I was so happy this morning knowing that we wouldn’t have Barcelona again!” Begiristain told Eurosport.

“There is a great danger when you go to a draw – Dynamo Kiev they have been in a very tough group phase with Porto and Chelsea.

“They have shown they are a good team and for us the challenge is to improve in this competition and move forward.”

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McClaren Newcastle not as ‘bonkers’ as it looks

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Date published: Saturday 12th December 2015 12:41

Steve McClaren admits Newcastle is “not an easy football club” but denies it’s a “bonkers” place to work.

He was asked whether it took a great deal of adjustment to work for a club perceived as a basket case and he replied: “It’s not so bonkers when you work soccer jersey free shipping inside this place. It looks it, though, doesn’t it, from the outside?

“It’s not replica soccer Jersey an easy football club, as you and we all know, but that’s the situation we’re in.

“I think the players know that and china soccer jersey supplier I think the new ones that came in during the summer are adapting to that. I think it can be a culture shock to them but I fully expect us to be stronger in the second half of the season than we’ve been in the first half.

When asked if there was a problem with foreign players not understanding the size of the club, McClaren said: “I don’t think so, no. Definitely not. I think everybody knows what Newcastle is about.

“We show them films about the club and its history. It’s not rocket science – but every club is saying the same thing.

“When you cross cheap thailand soccer jersey the while line here and there’s 52,000 people – you’ve got to have some courage to do that. I admire the players for that, for being able to handle it.

“The reason we’re in the trouble that we’re in is that they haven’t been able to put in a performance week in, week out which the fans expect.”

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Le Real Madrid est disqualifié cheap thailand soccer jersey de la Coupe du Roi suite à l’alignement de Cheryshev face à Cadix.

La juge de la fédération espagnole cheap soccer kits de football, Francisco Rubio, a pris la décision d’expulser le Real cheap soccer uniform Madrid de la Coupe du Roi à cause de l’alignement de Denis Cheryshev face à Cadix, mercredi soir, alors qu’il était suspendu pour la rencontre.

Le club madrilène va faire appel de la sanction. Dans un premier temps auprès du wholesale soccer kits comité d’appel mercredi prochain puis devant le TAS, vendredi 11 décembre, si cela s’avère nécessaire.

Juventus, Buffon nest pas totalement satisfait

Après la victoire de la soccer jersey from China Juve contre la Lazio (0-2), Gianluigi Buffon s’est montré perfectionniste.

La Juventus est revenue à hauteur de la Roma au classement de façon provisoire suite à sa victoire face à la Lazio Rome, ce vendredi soir (0-2). Poursuivant par la même occasion sa remontée fantastique en Serie A. thai soccer jersey Pour Gianluigi Buffon, cependant, ce n’est pas suffisant. 

"On est toujours quatrième ou cinquième (à la différence de buts, +12 pour la Roma, + 11 pour la Juve, ndlr) en dépit de notre très bonne dynamique, donc ce n’est pas assez", a fait savoir le capitaine de la Vieille cheap thailand soccer jersey Dame au micro de Mediaset Premium.

Buffon n’a pas occulté que si la Juventus wholesale soccer jersey est dans cette position, c’est en raison de son début de saison bancal :"Nous ne devons pas penser à ce que les autres équipes font mais on doit se concentrer uniquement sur notre propre parcours. Nous avons perdu trop de points au début de la saison", a jugé le portier du club turinois.

FIFA vor entscheidenden Wochen Ihr werdet nicht

Zwischen Neuanfang und Gef?ngnis: Der Weltverband und seine Funktion?re wandeln cheap thailand soccer jersey nach der neuen Anklageschrift aus den USA auf einem extrem schmalen Grat.

Die USA jagen Funktionäre in Mittel- und Südamerika, Joseph S. Blatter und Michel Platini drohen lebenslangen Sperren unterm Weihnachtsbaum, die Korrupten durchziehen das System: Auch nach der Vorlage des Reformpakets für die "neue FIFA" wird der Weltverband gnadenlos von der Vergangenheit eingeholt. Vom Neubeginn zu reden, kommt zu früh.

"An die schuldigen Individuen, die bislang im Schatten verborgen blieben, mit der Hoffnung uns zu entgehen", sagte US-Justizministerin Loretta Lynch am Donnerstagabend mit scharfem Ton: "Ihr werdet das nicht aussitzen, ihr werdet nicht verschwinden, ihr werdet nicht entkommen." Die Verhaftungen der beiden FIFA-Vizepräsidenten am Donnerstagmorgen in Zürich seien nicht das Ende gewesen. Es gibt insgesamt 16 neue Verdächtige.

Verschwörung, Betrug und Bestechung weit über der 200-Millionen-Grenze

Auf 236 Seiten in der überholten Anklageschrift der US-Justiz werden die Machenschaften der Angeklagten detailliert aufgezählt. "Die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika gegen", steht oben drüber – und dann folgen die 27 Namen. Die meisten vermeintlichen Verbrecher haben einflussreiche Positionen in den Kontinentalverbänden CONCACAF (Nord- und Mittelamerika sowie die thai soccer jersey Karibik) und CONMEBOL (Südamerika), viele haben bereits ihre Unschuld beteuert. Es geht um Verschwörung, Betrug und Bestechung mit Beträgen weiter über der 200-Millionen-Grenze.

"Über Dekaden haben die Angeklagten ihre Macht als Führer in Fußball-Organisationen missbraucht, um ein Netz der Korruption und Gier aufzuspannen, das die Integrität dieses wundervollen Spiels gefährdet", sagte James Comey, der Direktor der US-Bundesbehörde FBI. Betroffen sind unter anderem die aktuellen oder ehemaligen Verbandspräsidenten fast der gesamten Zentralamerika-Region. Der bolivianische Funktionär Romer Osuna sitzt (noch) in der Audit- und Compliance-Kommission – in genau wholesale soccer uniform dem Komitee, das gegen Korruption innerhalb des Weltverbands kämpfen soll.

"Die Zahlen sind erschütternd", sagte US-Staatsanwalt Roberto Capers: "Was genug ist, ist genug. Wir werden Platz schaffen für eine neue Ära der Integrität und Reformen." Die alten Köpfe der FIFA werden da wohl nicht dabei sein.

Platini, der suspendierte Präsident der Europäischen Fußball-Union (UEFA), wird laut der Nachrichtenagentur AFP zwischen dem 16. und 18. Dezember von der FIFA-Ethikkommission angehört. Ein Urteil der rechtsprechenden Kammer dürfte nur kurze Zeit später folgen, der Anwalt des Franzosen hatte die Forderung der Ermittler in Eigenregie schon veröffentlicht: Lebenslange Sperre. Blatter, der seit 1998 das FIFA-System führte, droht wohl das gleiche Strafmaß. Beide werden voraussichtlich noch von den Internationalen Sportgerichtshof (CAS) ziehen. Zum großen FIFA-Kongress am 26. Februar sollte aber Klarheit herrschen.

Die Namen der beiden prominentesten "Opfer" der FIFA-Krise tauchen in der US-Schrift nicht auf, auch neue Bezüge zur deutschen WM 2006 sind nicht zu finden. "Ich glaube, er (Blatter, d. Red.) ist sich der Natur unserer Vorwürfe sehr bewusst", sagte Lynch: "Ich glaube, er hat sehr viel Zeit damit verbracht, die überholte Anklageschrift zu lesen. Das spricht, denke ich, für sich selbst."

Dem Reformpaket fehlen entscheidende Details

Im Thailand Soccer Jersey Februar müssen die 209 FIFA-Mitgliedsverbände, deren Bosse sich offenbar teilweise eine Reise in die Schweiz nach Zürich gut überlegen sollten, den neuen FIFA-Präsidenten wählen und das am Donnerstag auf den Weg gebrachte Reformpaket verabschieden. Das sieht in den Grundzügen vielversprechend aus (Amtszeitbegrenzung, Gewaltenteilung, Transparenz und Frauenquote) – an vielen Stellen fehlen aber entscheidende Details.

"Auf dem Papier sieht alles sehr gut aus, das große Problem ist aber, dass es im Kongress eine Dreiviertelmehrheit braucht", sagte der ehemalige FIFA-Mediendirektor Guido Tognoni dem Bayerischen Rundfunk: "Und da kann mancher, der gestern dafür gestimmt hat, hinter den Kulissen wirbeln und dafür sorgen, dass diese Mehrheit nicht zustande kommt."

Goal TV AS Rom patzt erneut und verliert Gervinho

Der AS Rom kommt in der Serie A derzeit nicht in die Spur. Nach dem Remis gegen den FC Turin warten die R?mer nun schon seit drei Spielen auf einen Sieg.

Im Kampf um die Tabellenspitze der Serie A verliert der soccer jersey from China AS Rom weiter an Boden. Nach der bitteren 0:2-Niederlage gegen Atalanta am letzten Wochenende kam die Mannschaft von Trainer Rudi Garcia auch gegen soccer jerseys den Außenseiter vom FC Turin nicht über ein 1:1 (0:0) hinaus. 

Miralem Pjanic hatte die Roma per sehenswerten Freistoß (83.) in Führung gebracht, ehe Maxi Lopez in der Nachspielzeit per Strafstoß ausgleichen konnte (90+4.). 

Neben dem ärgerlichen Punktverlust mussten die Hauptstädter eine weitere Hiobsbotschaft hinnehmen. Der nach Verletzung zurückgekehrte Gervinho musste in der Anfangsphase erneut mit Schmerzen vom Platz und droht länger auszufallen.

Die Highlight des spannenden Spiel zwischen dem AS Rom und FC Turin seht Ihr oben im Video cheap soccer uniform bei Goal TV.

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Will Spurs finally give Kane a rest

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Date published: Wednesday 9th December 2015 4:17

Mauricio Pochettino admits Harry Kane may be rested for Tottenham’s Europa League wholesale soccer jersey match against Monaco on Thursday while Mousa Dembele is definitely out as he is sick.

Dembele missed training on Wednesday after coming down with a stomach bug and key players like Kane could also sit out the clash given Spurs are already through to the knock-out stages.

A draw against Monaco will ensure Pochettino’s side finish first in the group, which would also guarantee them a seeding going into the last 32.

Kane, however, has played in all of Tottenham’s 21 fixtures so far this season and endured a hectic summer, after going to Australia on the club’s post-season tour and then playing for England’s under-21s.

“Is it a chance to rest him? Maybe yes,” Pochettino said.

“He is in the squad for tomorrow but it is true we need to assess him this afternoon and we have to decide the starting 11 for tomorrow.”

Pochettino has resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes in the Europa League so far and suggested he will retain a number of core players again.

“There may be one or two more changes but not much,” Pochettino said.

“I think the squad we have is strong enough to compete in different competitions but maybe if you compare (the team) to the game against Qarabag there will be some changes, but not too much.”

Pochettino added: “Always it is tough, it was a tough decision when we played against Qarabag and now it’s tough again.

“Always we share the information with the sports science and medical department. We make the best decision for every game.

“Tomorrow is a good opportunity to finish first and win the group – this is our objective.”

Nabil Bentaleb and Nacer Chadli will both be in the squad after recovering from foot and ankle injuries respectively.

Chadli has not played since the goalless draw against Liverpool on October 17 and he believes Tottenham can get even better with a fully-fit squad. Ryan Mason and Alex Pritchard (both ankle) remain sidelined.

“It was frustrating for me to be on the side and be injured so you’re not part wholesale soccer uniform of the team,” Chadli said.

“But you’re always happy when your team do well. thai soccer jersey If everyone is fit we have more chances to do even better so it’s good some players are coming back from injuries.

“Hopefully if players don’t have so many injuries we can get even better results.”

There may also be an opportunity for some of Tottenham’s youngsters on Thursday with the likes of Tom Carroll, Joshua Onomah and Harry Winks all hoping for a chance to shine in the first team.

“They may have the opportunity to play in the next few games or later this season,” Pochettino said.

“They are very young but they show every day they have the quality to play for Tottenham.

“We have a lot of talent in behind, in the academy. Always the young players need time to develop and be mature enough in the head to play in the Premier League for a team like Tottenham.”

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Mediawatch He pulled a face The basta…

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Date published: Thursday 10th December 2015 1:02

In great Nick
Mediawatch was among the majority watching Manchester United tumbling out of the Champions League on Tuesday, open-mouthed at the sight of Nick Powell replacing Juan Mata in a must-win game. It was as bizarre as it was funny, at least for the neutral.

For?The Indepedent’s?Ian Herbert and Sam Wallace of the?Daily Telegraph, however, it was Powell’s conduct off-camera which bemused them most.

‘Amid the United gloom on Tuesday night, the kindest thing you could say about Powell’s post-match behaviour as he left the stadium was that he was not set much of an example by some of his team-mates,’ begins the piece by Wallace.?‘But there can be no further mitigation for the sneering contempt with which he responded to a request for the standard post-match interview.’

Herbert describes Powell’s snubbing of the press as follows: ‘He?did not grant so much as a second’s eye contact, pulling a face which said “contempt” as he walked by.’?Mediawatch can do faces for ‘sad’, ‘angry’ and ‘orgasmic’, but we’d struggle to do contempt.

Herbert laments a ‘breathtaking air of entitlement’ from Powell, a ‘superiority complex’ encouraged by the actions of his manager Louis van Gaal. But his words pale in comparison to that of Wallace.

‘In a lobby full of football reporters who have seen, in their time, some seriously bad attitudes on the other side of the cordon, Powell went straight into the all-time top 10 with that effort,’ adds the Telegraph’s Chief Football Writer.

The ‘all-time top 10′ of ‘seriously bad attitudes’? For pulling a face and refusing an interview after his side had just suffered elimination from the Champions League? The?bastard. Mediawatch accepts that it would have been good for him to have a brief chat, but this feels a little harsh on a clearly upset kid.

Considering Powell ‘was not set much of an example by some of his team-mates,’ Mediawatch assumes they comprise the remainder of Wallace’s ‘all-time top 10 bad attitudes’ list.

 

Making a mess
Buried in Herbert’s critique of Powell is the following: ‘So his side flail, only among the Premier League leaders because Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho at City and Chelsea have made such a mess of things.’

That’s right; Manchester United are fourth in the Premier League, just three points behind leaders Leicester and level with Manchester City, solely because reigning champions Chelsea are ‘making a mess of things’.

Van Gaal is far from perfect, but to suggest United are three points off the top of the Premier League only due to the failings of other sides is quite a leap.

In other news, Arsene Wenger is rubbish and Arsenal are only second because 18 other teams have been rubbish. Aren’t things rubbish?

 

Young at heart
Mediawatch can’t quite leave Herbert’s Independent piece alone. In it, he?questions wholesale soccer jersey why poor Ashley Young was kept on the bench, with untested Guillermo Varela making his full debut instead. ‘Varela was given the right-back’s jersey and was taken apart by André Schürrle,’ apparently.

According to Opta stats (we’re no better than The Sun), Varela had the third-most touches of any United player, won more duels than anyone (11 of his 15), made the second-most interceptions, and made at least two more tackles than any of his team-mates. Schürrle, who ‘took apart’ Varela, had the second-fewest touches of any Wolfsburg starter, and had the lowest passing accuracy of any player for either side, completing just 14 passes all evening.

Or, as Herbert’s Independent put it: ‘Making his first start for United would have been a daunting task for anyone, but Varela did well considering the magnitude of the game. He wasn’t afraid to come out and deal with danger.’

 

Mail order
‘Mesut Ozil is making a mockery of the criticism that have dogged his time at Arsenal,’ writes Sami Mokbel, learning the second of just four things from Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday. The?Daily Mail‘s Mokbel continues: ‘One of the most scathing insults was his perceived inability to produce his best when it mattered most.’

‘Scathing insults’, you say? Mokbel will not have to look far for the critics he bemoans, considering only one man has accused Ozil of ‘nicking a living’, Mokbel’s Mail colleague Neil Ashton. Another Mail luminary springs to mind, too; Rob Draper.

After Arsenal’s 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich, Draper wrote that Ozil, much like Arsenal, ‘flatters to deceive,’ and that the German once more failed to step up in a big game. After listing Luis Suarez, James Rodriguez, Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben and Eden Hazard as those capable of producing in huge matches, Draper added: ‘The feeling is that Ozil ought to be in that company but never will.’

‘It’s not just the ?42million price tag which demands more,’ said Draper back in early November. ‘He is finally looking a ?42million player,’ reads Mokbel’s last line. That happened quickly.

 

Mission impossible
Said a Manchester United source to Jeremy Cross of the?Daily Star: “It has become nearly impossible for a Premier League team to win the Champions League because of how little help English entrants get.”

Are you sure it’s nothing to do with the fact that?other teams are better?

 

Belgian waffle
‘Player Ratings: Willian inspires vital Chelsea win as Costa and Hazard continue poor form,’ reads the headline on the Chelsea vs Porto player ratings from the?Daily Express website. Diego Costa and Eden Hazard are both handed 5s out of 10, with every other starter scoring higher.

The?Daily Mail gave Hazard an 8 and Costa a 7.5, the?Daily Mirror?also handed Hazard an 8, with Costa receiving a 7, while Barney Ronay of?The Guardian?described Costa as ‘more replica soccer Jersey like the marauder of Soccer jersey supplier old’ as he ‘thrived’ at Stamford Bridge.

Did David Wright of the Express watch the same match?

 

Ask a simple question

Next question, What’s gone wrong at Aston Villa this season? Let us know your reasons and we’ll use a selection on screen! #SSNHQ

— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) December 10, 2015

They’ve been really sh*t. Oh, and Tim Sherwood.

 

Five ridiculous headlines from far more successful websites
– ‘Star in a reasonably priced car! ?180,000-a-week England midfielder Raheem Sterling drives ?12,000 Smart car on his way home from Manchester City training’ – MailOnline.?Did soccer jerseys he really? And what did he eat for dinner? And how many times did he breathe in and out?

– ‘Mark Warburton and Dennis Bergkamp emerge as favourites to replace Garry Monk’ – Daily Express.?‘Favourites’ is a big shout. At the time of writing, Warburton is the fourth favourite at 14/1, with Bergkamp at 16s.

– ‘This mind-blowing stat about Fifa 96 will make you feel very old indeed’ – Metro.?It turns out 1996 was quite a while ago. Perhaps Mediawatch’s mind is less easily ‘blown’ than yours.

– ‘Everton star Gerard Deulofeu gets ready for Christmas with a little help from his pet dog’ – MailOnline. It’s not even accurate. The dog did f**k all to help.

– ‘Arsenal coach proves he’s a true Gooner with quality reaction to Giroud penalty’ – Metro.?He just didn’t watch the penalty. But as anyone worth their salt knows, that’s the sign of a ‘true Gooner’.

 

‘That escalated quickly’ headline of the day
‘Monk standoff ends as South Korean police arrest Buddhist temple fugitive’ –?The Guardian

The managerial situation in Swansea is getting out of hand.

 

‘Didn’t fancy her anyway’ of the day
‘Manchester United claim Champions League now lags far behind winning Premier League title’ – Independent.

Well it does when you can?no longer do one of those things.

 

Headline of the day
‘Greece-proof Gunners’ –?Daily Mirror.

 

Recommended reading of the day
Rory Smith on British managers.

Stuart James on Garry Monk.

Edward Stratmann on the lovely Willian.

Thanks to Andrew Perry. If you spot anything that belongs on this page, mail us at theeditor@football365.com, putting ‘Mediawatch’ in the subject field.

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