Mancini appointed as Galatasaray’s manager

Galatasaray have confirmed that Roberto Mancini has become their new head coach on a three-year deal.

The Turkish giants had been in the market for a new coach after Fatih Terim was fired following a bust-up with club president Unal Aysal.

Following a meeting on Sunday, they have moved swiftly to appoint the former Inter and Manchester City coach, who has been out of work since being sacked by the Etihad Stadium outfit in May.

The Istanbul giants confirmed the news via Twitter, saying: “Galatasaray have reached a three-year deal with Roberto Mancini beginning with the 2013-14 season.”

Mancini, meanwhile, has spoken of his pride at joining Gala and is looking forward to their clash with Juventus on Wednesday.

“I’m very proud to have come to a club as big as Galatasaray,” he said.

“It’s different. I’ve made the right decision and I’ve come to a huge club. The Juventus-Galatasaray clash is a happy coincidence for me.”

Mancini will earn €3.5 million for the duration of the remainder of the current season and €4.5m for the remaining two years, with additional incentives on offer.

Mourinho walks out of press conference ahead of Steaua Bucharest clash

Mourinho Chelsea prezzerChelsea manager Jose Mourinho, walked of his press conference ahead of their Champions League clash against Steaua Bucharest, after he was questioned about Kevin de Bruyne’s absence from the squad.

When he was asked about the Belgian’s omission, he replied: “This is fantastic because no one asks me about [Juan] Mata. You have spoken about Mata for three weeks. Now you’re asking about Kevin.

“You are impressed in the players who are not playing. He was not selected. It was my decision. Only 11 can play and I tried to decide, by what they do on the pitch when they play and in training …

“This fellow knows me for nine years and that I make mistakes, but I try to be honest all the time. I was honest with Juan because of what he’s done in training and what he’s done in the game he played, and so he plays. With Kevin I didn’t like the match he played against Swindon, and I didn’t like the way he was training. But you only ask about the guys who were not selected. Thank you.”

Having said that, he turned over his chair and left the room.

Spurs winger Townsend vows to cut out diving from his game

Townsend dive-ChelseaAndros Townsend has admitted that he dived against Chelsea on Saturday and deserved to be booked by ref Mike Dean.

The Tottenham Hotspur winger was shown a yellow card, after he tumbled over Frank Lampard’s leg in the first half of a feisty London derby.

“I deserved the booking. It was definitely a yellow card and I said to the ref at half-time,” Townsend told reporters. “Obviously I have got to kick it out of my game.

“As I have come inside, the leg was there and he has pulled out at the last minute and I still went over, so it was a deserved yellow card. I didn’t have time to react when he pulled his leg out of the way. It’s sort of instinct and things happen so fast.

“I apologised to the ref. I told him I thoroughly deserved the yellow card and hopefully I won’t do it again. If the leg is there, you go over it. If there is contact, it’s not a dive. If you are running that fast, you are going to go over with any little touch.”

The 22-year-old has previously been involved in a diving storm this season, but that time Spurs were awarded a penalty and won 1-0 against Swansea.

Torres facing four-game suspension

Torres-VertonghenFernando Torres might end up sitting out Chelsea’s next four domestic games, as it has emerged that the striker is facing a four-game ban.

The Spaniard was sent off in the 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur, for two separate incidents with Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen.

Blues manager Jose Mourinho had accused Vertonghen after the match of decieving ref Mike Dean after the second incident, where he stayed on the floor after an aerial challenge with Torres. Video evidence has also confirmed that there was no contact with the player’s face.

However, Torres has no right of appeal under FA rules and may become the first player to be judged by the Premier League and FA’s new video panel. Dean will be called upon to explain Torres’ first yellow card and if the panel agrees that the striker showed violent conduct, he will be given an automatic extra three-game ban.

Derby defeat: Ronaldo blames Madrid team-mates

MadridDerby-Sept2013Cristiano Ronaldo has blamed his Real Madrid team-mates, after they suffered a second successive home defeat to city rivals Atletico at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Diego Costa scored in the 11th minute, to hand Carlo Ancelotti’s men their first defeat of the La Liga season and took Atletico five points clear.

Ronaldo says Ancelotti is not to blame.

He said: “Atletico went ahead and played a good match. They ran more and it was not our best day.

“The coach is not to blame. The players are to blame. I played badly, but not just me. My team-mates were not good either. We have to step up and fight harder.

“From today to tomorrow we can improve a lot and we will do. There are still a lot of league matches left, the Champions League, the cup. Five points is a big advantage but we have to keep working to make this a phenomenal season.”

Messi to miss three weeks of action

Messi on the pitchLionel Messi has been ruled out of action for between two and three weeks, because of a thigh injury.

The Argentine forward scored the opening goal for Barcelona against Almeria, before he was taken off in the first half.

“Leo Messi has a minor hamstring injury in his right leg,” a statement on the Catalan club’s official website read. “This was confirmed this morning in the Medical Services Sports City.

“The Argentine should be out for approximately two-to-three weeks, forcing him to miss two games that Barcelona has this week: on Tuesday, against Glasgow Celtic, and on Saturday, at Camp Nou, against Valladolid.”

Diego Costa’s goal wins Madrid derby for Atletico

DiegoCosta-MadridDerby-Sept2013Real Madrid had no response for Diego Costa’s 11th minute goal, as they lost 1-0 to their city rivals in Carlo Ancelotti’s first derby.

Gareth Bale was only fit enough to start on the bench, as Ancelotti went with the attacking quartet of Di Maria, Isco, Ronaldo and Benzema.

It was Di Maria who lost out to Felipe deep in Real’s half for Costa’s goal. Felipe found Koke, who played the Brazilian striker in, with a lovely pass, for him to net his eighth goal of the campaign with a tidy finish.

This is the first time in Atletico Madrid’s history that they have won their first seven league games.

EPL Week 6 review: Chelsea hold Spurs, Manchester teams stunned, Arsenal stay top

United-WestBrom-Sept2013Gyfli Sigurdsson’s first half strike was cancelled out by John Terry’s header, as Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas’ first game against each other ended in a frantic 1-1 draw.

Indeed it was a game of two halves, as Spurs came out flying in the opening half, pinning the visitors in their half with neat passing and movement. In the 20th minute, Eriksen skipped past Frank Lampard with a sublime turn and drove towards the box. Soldado failed to control his pass, but the ball fell to Sigurdsson, who took a touch and fired past Cech. Paulinho almost doubled the lead, but saw his effort come off the post.

Mourinho threw on Juan Mata for Mikel Obi in the second half and the Spanish playmaker’s introduction sparked life into the Blues. It was him who provided the ball that Terry nodded home level the scores. Although Torres was sent off for a second bookable offence, Chelsea held on for one point.

The two Manchester teams were stunned this afternoon, as they both suffered shock defeats in the league.

Both clubs came head to head last weekend in an entertaining derby, which City won comfortably 4-1, but it was completely different this Saturday. City had taken a first-half lead against Aston Villa, thanks to a Yaya Toure goal, but Villa fought back and equalised through El Ahmadi in the second half. Dzeko’s header restored City’s lead again, before Bacunaand Weimann gave the home side all three points.

At Old Trafford, the opening half ended goalless, but Amalfitano’s composed finish gave West Brom the lead. Wayne Rooney saw his free-kick creep in as United threatened to turn the screw, but it was Berhaino who had the final word, with a super strike from the edge of the box, as David Moyes’ men suffered their second successive defeat in the league.

In other games, Osvaldo and Lambert gave Southampton a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace, while Jordon Mutch grabbed the winner as Cardiff City beat Fulham 2-1. Hull City took all three points against West Ham, courtesy of Robert Brady’s penalty.

Serge Gnabry scored his first Premier League goal for Arsenal and Aaron Ramsey added a second, as Arsenal powered back to  the top of the table. Although they conceded a late goal, they held on at the Liberty Stadium, for their 12th successive away win.

The first half ended goalless, but German youngster Gnabry made it 1-0 in the 58th minute, collecting Ramsey’s reverse pass and slotting it pass Michael Vorm. Four minutes later, the Welshman doubled the Gunners’ advantage, slamming home Giroud’s cut-back into the roof of the net.

Arsenal allowed Swansea a goal in the 82nd minute, after they failed to deal with Davies’ run and the left-back pulled a goal back, after neat interplay with Wilfried Bony.

However, Arsene Wenger’s men saw out the game and are not top with 15 points, two ahead of North London rivals, Spurs.

Emenike says he is being played out of position at Fenerbahce

EmenikeSuper Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike, has admitted that he has not scored for Fenerbahce, because he is not playing through the middle.

The Nigeria international made the move back to Turkey this summer, but has been largely deployed on the flanks, with the manager preferring Moussa Sow or Pierre Webo as centre forwards.

“The fact is that I am being played out of position now, I am playing form the wing and not as the main striker,” Emenike told MTNFootball.com

“As a player I am obliged to my coach decisions, and I think playing out of position should not be an excuse because I operated from the wings most cases and it is not what I am used to, so I need to adapt to that.

“I am sure I will get better playing to instructions. I believe the coach still believes in me. And my passion to score goals for Fenerbahce is as big as ever.

“I love playing as a main striker and that I am used to, I will keep doing my best and I know in no time the goals will come in multiples because I am working very hard. I will gladly keep to my coach instructions because he knows more than I do.”

The former Spartak Moscow player, also said that he was not under pressure from the club to start scoring, but would love to get some goals soon.

“It is not true that I am under pressure from my team for goals, nobody in my team has asked me questions on this because they know me too well,” he declared.

“I am the one who is eager to score goals as expected by the fans as well as the club, as a matter of fact, I don’t live with pressure because I have never lost the focus to score goals.”

Halftimeng Glo NPFL Team of Week 34

Lobi Stars gaffer, Evans Ogenyi has emerged as the coach of week of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Matchday 34 midweek games, he will be tutoring the Best 11 as well. Evans guided his wards to another goalless draw on Wednesday against Kwara United in Ilorin after the team forced Warri Wolves to a barren draw in the penultimate week, thus taking the unbeaten streak of the club to four. Prior to this game, the Benue Army needed a point to come out of the drop zone and they muscled it out against the Afonja Warriors.

Terkaa Melai of Lobi Stars has been putting up impressive performance in recent times, he denied the Afonja Warriors a couple of goal scoring chances as he made breathtaking saves, Lobi Stars couldn’t have come out of the basement if not for the youngster who is putting in his best by ensuring that his team left Ilorin with a precious away point. His performance between the sticks in Ilorin has earned him our player of the week award joined by his colleagues  at Lobi Stars especially in  defense.. The two teams defenders were superb for their respective teams, both teams picked a point each on the road. Emmanuel Olowo of Sunshine Stars will be leading the four-man defence along with the duo of Anthony Agbaji and Samuel Irolo of Lobi Stars while Jude Ebitogwa will play in the right back position.

Super-sub,Obioma Arinze whose goal separated Nembe City and Restoration Boys in a Bayelsa derby will be playing in the middle with Gombe United match winner, Lucky Edjebare while the Northern derby match decider, Tijanni Adamu will complete the midfield.

Christian Pyagbara will be playing supporting the two strikers, Pyagbara netted two goals in Port Harcourt against difficult ELKANEMI Warriors and helped Sharks Fc to registered an emphatic victory over the Borno Warriors , he will be stringing the ball behind league top scorer, Victor Namo and league second top scorer Ogenekaro Etebo. Etebo scored three goals in the first half for Warri Wolves as he single handedly destroyed Wikki Tourists, Namo on the other hand scored twice for Nasarawa United as they pummel 3SC by three goals to nill.

The awards are as follows:-

Player of the week: Terkaa Melai—Lobi Stars.
Team of the week : Lobi Stars.
Coach of the week: Evans Ogenyi—Lobi Stars.

Matchday-34-best-11

Goal Keeper
Terkaa Melai—Lobi Stars

Defenders
Emmanuel Olowo—Sunshine Stars
Anthony Agbaji—Lobi Stars
Samuel Irolo—Lobi Stars
Jude Ebitogwa–Sunshine Stars

Midfielders:
Obioma Arinze–Nembe City.
TijjaniAdamu-Kaduna United
Lucky Edjebare—Gombe United

Attackers:
Christian Pyagbara–Sharks
Victor Namo–Nasarawa United
Oghenekaro Etebo–Warri Wolves

 

Coach
Evans Ogenyi–Lobi Stars

 

 

Written by Olawale Quadry

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