WILSON RULED OUT FOR IRELAND

Stoke City defender Marc Wilson says that he is “gutted” after being ruled out of Euro 2016.

The Antrim native had been striving to prove his fitness for the tournament in France, which starts next month. The Aghagallon bred player, who can also play in midfield, is now set to miss the tournament. Read more

ZinedineZidane is not certain about his Real Madrid future

Since being selected as the new manager of Real Madrid, ZinedineZidane has done an impressive job as he has guided the Spanish club to the finals of the Champions League and has a realistic chance of lifting the title that they secured since the season of 2013-14.

ZinedineZidane has a contract with Real Madrid that extends until 2017 but Florentino Perez is the president of the club and he is known to be quick in relation to changing managers and if Zidane fails to clinch the Champions League in this season, there is a chance that he might be sacked.


When the Frenchman was asked about his managerial future in Real Madrid, Zidane replied by saying: “We haven’t won anything yet and my belief is that when you have this job you have to give everything, every day and not think any further. I only concentrate on what we have to do; we’ll see what happens at the end of the season.”

The 43 year old manager only wants to focus in the every-day life as the manager of Real Madrid and when the season does reach it’s end, that’s when he will be start thinking about his future. This is probably the best thing that Zidane can do as the French coach has a tough task lying ahead with the finals of the Champions League arriving at the end of May and his team has to face off with Athletic Madrid. Read more

Mario Gotze’s future might be decided after the 2016 Euro’s

Mario Gotze is a priority signing of Liverpool and it has been revealed that the future of the German player is going to be discussed when the approaching 2016 Euro’s comes to an end during the summer transfer window.

The 23 year old player has a contract with Bayern Munich which extends until 2017 but taking into consideration that he has recently been dropped to the sidelines, it’s being rumored that Gotze is thinking about the possibility of leaving Munich and this is a huge boost for Liverpool as the Premier League club has shown interest in signing the highly rated midfielder.

Borussia Dortmund is also believed to be interested in signing Mario Gotze and are expected to compete with Liverpool in a race as to which club will be able to sign the German player who has a price tag in the range of £27million.

Under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola, Mario Gotze’s role in Bayern Munich has not been very influential but this might change when Carlo Ancelotti arrives to the Allianz Arena. It has already been confirmed that the Italian coach is going to become the new coach of Bayern Munich starting from the summer but it still remains uncertain if Ancelotti has plans for Gotze.

The CEO of Bayern Munich, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated that he will start having talks with Mario Gotze in relation to his future with the club but only after the conclusion of the current season after all of the matches of Bayern Munich are played. Read more

Is the Title Chase Over?

When people ask about the Premier League title and think about who’s going to win it, some are wondering if the title is already dusted. When you look at an amazing win and game like the Leicester game at Stadium of Light versus Sunderland, many wonder if the game has already been decided.

This victory versus Sunderland came in thanks to Jamie Vardy Strikes and it put them at a staggering seven points ahead of their foe Tottenham. Both teams have exactly five games left and this will be a huge deciding factor in exactly who’s going to be ahead of who in the Premier League lineups. Read more

Melbourne Victory beats Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0

Melbourne Victory beats Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0 thanks to a double by Oliver Bozanic. This boosted their chance to finish inside the top six.

Bozanic, who has been criticized time, and again this season, justifies his presence in the team not only with two wonderful goals but also with a great performance. His energetic display in the midfield allows him not only to score goals but also close down Sydney’s playmaker.

With Valeri available soon for Melbourne Victory, it would be interesting to see how both Bozanic and Valeri play together in the future.

Melbourne Victory was motivated from the start of the game and was determined to win this match. This was evident not only in attack but also in how the team defended together once they lose the ball. Victory’s form has been poor during recent weeks but in this game they were different. They were ready for a fight.

The first goal came when Oliver Bozanic fired a shot outside the box amidst the defenders. The outstretch keepers could not keep the ball out, and it was Melbourne that was leading.

Sydney Wanderers tried to equalize after having conceded the goals, but Lawrence Thomas denied them each time. Read more

Mark Hughes says that he has plans to deal with the dangerous Watford duo

Mark Hughes says that he has plans to deal with the dangerous Watford duo of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo. Watford have exceeded expectations in the 2015-16 campaign and it has largely to do with these two players.

They have combined to devastating effect with the latter getting 14 goals already.Deeney, meanwhile, scored when Stoke City last came up against Watford. Hughes says that he has devised a plan to deal with the duo. He also acknowledged the managerial tactics of Quique Sanchez Flores as being brilliant. Hughes says that Flores would be considered for the PFA manager of the year award had it not been for Leicester City.

Watford were one of the favourites to get relegated. However, they have not been in a dogfight since the start of the season and they are just three points away from reaching the magical figure of 40 points for newly promoted clubs. Apart from doing well in the Premier League, the club has also reached the semifinals of the FA Cup. Since they do not have to worry about the league, Watford are expected to place their full concentration on reaching the FA Cup final. Stoke know a thing or two about reaching Wembley to play in a FA Cup semi-final as an underdog. Read more

LVG SET TO STAY

Louis Van Gaal is understood to have been told by the Red Devils’ hierarchy that he would not lose his position in the coming summer.

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There have been many occasions in the ongoing season when it has looked like Van Gaal is on the brink of getting axed and one more bad game would just be it.  But, every time, with some sort of performance, the Dutch coach has managed to save himself. Read more

Teams to look out for at Euro 2016

Although there is still plenty to play for in the remaining two months across every major domestic league in Europe, players and managers alike would be forgiven for having one eye on the upcoming European Championship in France.

The former still have time to put themselves in the picture for selection for their respective national team, with their fingers firmly crossed that that remain injury-free and do not have their hopes of participating at a major international tournament dashed. Read more

Jamie Redknapp reckons that Chelsea’s only hope of getting a win against Arsenal at the Emirates stadium on Sunday

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp reckons that Chelsea’s only hope of getting a win against Arsenal at the Emirates stadium on Sunday will be to stop midfielder Mesut Ozil from being at the top of his game.

The German has been in inspirational form in the 2015-16 season. He had a reputation for assists before his move to Arsenal and it has only been enhanced with this season. Ozil is on course to creating a new record for the number of assists in a single campaign. Former Arsenal forward Thierry Henry holds this record, but Ozil is already up to 16 for the season.

Chelsea have improved under Guus Hiddink and the Dutchman has made the club tough to beat once again. They are unbeaten in the last five matches, but Redknapp reckons that the prospect of facing Arsenal will be a totally different proposition. As table leaders, Arsenal have immense confidence going into the match. However, teams like Stoke City have been able to get points off the gunners in the last few matches. In fact, Arsenal have had no wins in the last two league outings and this puts tremendous pressure on the team. They can reclaim top spot in the table with a win over the blues. Read more

Can Chelsea have Champions League Glory?

It has been a less than halcyon campaign as far as anybody connected with Chelsea is concerned, and with a 17 point gap to close before they can even consider a flirtation with Champions League football it looks like the cup competitions are their only avenue for potential success.

And yet…..there’s a spooky symmetry at work with the 2011/12 season. It was here that the Blues finished sixth in the Premier League after a hugely inconsistent run which saw the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas (for 2015/16 read Jose Mourinho) and the temporary appointment of a ‘goodwill caretaker’ in Roberto Di Matteo (see Guus Hiddink for this year’s vintage). Read more