Cole still dreaming of World Cup

Cole still dreaming of World Cup

Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw are favourites to get the nod from Roy Hodgson for the upcoming tournament in Brazil with Cole having spent most of the season playing second-fiddle to Chelsea teammate Cesar Azpilicueta.

The 107-cap veteran offered a reminder as to why he is England's fifth-most represented player in history with assured performances against Atletico Madrid and Liverpool last week.

Cole is aware England fans may have grown tired of him after 13 years on ... » Read more


Huntelaar confident of top-three finish

Huntelaar confident of top-three finish

Huntelaar and his teammates have won just one of their past four Bundesliga matches with their disappointing run having continued on Sunday when they crashed to a 1-0 loss at home to rivals Borussia Monchengladbach.

Jens Keller's men remain in pole position to secure automatic qualification for next season's UEFA Champions League, however, with the team three points clear of Bayer Leverkusen in third spot with two games remaining.

But only four points separate ... » Read more


Mannone calls for calm

Mannone calls for calm

Gus Poyet's Sunderland climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone thanks to a comprehensive 4-1 victory against fellow strugglers Cardiff at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

After appearing destined for second-tier football next season, Sunderland are now set for the great escape with the club out of the drop zone on goal difference and they have a game in hand.

Confidence is high in the Sunderland camp after back-to-back wins but Mannone stressed the fight for ... » Read more


Beckenbauer, Van der Sar back Van Gaal for United

Beckenbauer, Van der Sar back Van Gaal for United

Van Gaal will quit his post as the Netherlands' head coach after this year's World Cup and has firmed as favourite to take over at Old Trafford, following the sacking of David Moyes this month.

The 62-year-old Dutchman has won titles in the Eredivisie, La Liga and Bundesliga, while he led Ajax Amsterdam to success in the UEFA Champions League in 1995.

Beckenbauer was president of Bayern Munich when the Bavarian club lured Van Gaal to Germany and believes the ... » Read more


Enrique hails complete performance

Enrique hails complete performance

Enrique's team put their relegation-threatened opponents to the sword, recording a 4-1 rout at the Estadio de Balaidos.

The win came courtesy of four goals in an 11th-minute period on either side of half time, including Nolito's brace, Charles' first-half effort and Stefan Mitrovic's own goal.

"This was a complete night for Celta fans, for the team and the club," Enrique told reporters post-game after watching his team move 10 points clear of the ... » Read more


Falcao: I'm very happy for Atletico

Falcao: I'm very happy for Atletico

Falcao joined Ligue 1 juggernaut Monaco at the start of the season for a fee believed to be worth €60million, ending his two-year spell in Madrid.

Many had tipped Atletico to struggle following the departure of the star striker, who netted 52 goals in 68 La Liga appearances.

However, Atletico have flourished under the leadership of Diego Simeone, with the club four points clear at the La Liga summit with three games remaining and poised to win their first league ... » Read more


Villarreal ban banana-throwing fan

Villarreal ban banana-throwing fan

The Castello-based club identified the man using CCTV less than 24 hours after he threw a banana onto the pitch towards Alves, who was preparing to take a corner.

While Alves responded with a smile on his face, peeling the banana and consuming it before taking the set piece, Villarreal immediately treated the incident very seriously, launching an investigation to identify the man, before revoking his season ticket on Monday and banning him from their stadium for the rest of his ... » Read more


Pardew respects fans' anger

Pardew respects fans' anger

Arsenal comfortably accounted for Newcastle in London on Monday with goals from Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud leading the home side to a 3-0 victory.

The result extended Newcastle's losing streak in the Premier League to six matches and leaves the northern club in danger of missing out on a top-10 finish, prompting travelling fans to display banners calling for Pardew to be sacked.

One banner read 'Pardew Out', listing some of the most ... » Read more


Arsenal close to league success, says Wenger

Arsenal close to league success, says Wenger

Arsenal took a giant step towards qualifying for next season's UEFA Champions League with a comfortable 3-0 win over Newcastle at the Emirates on Monday.

The London club are now four points clear of rivals Everton in fourth position with two games remaining.

Despite a 17th consecutive season in Europe's prestigious club tournament looming, Arsenal's Premier League trophy drought is now into its 10th year after a poor run of results saw them slip out of ... » Read more


La Liga: Celta Vigo 4 Real Valladolid 1

La Liga: Celta Vigo 4 Real Valladolid 1

A brace from Nolito, Charles' first-half effort and Stefan Mitrovic's own goal lifted Celta to a comprehensive victory at the Estadio de Balaidos.

Monday's result comes as a timely boost for Luis Enrique's men, who moved 10 points clear of the drop zone to preserve their top-flight status for another season with three games remaining.

The news is not so good for second-bottom Valladolid, with the club firmly entrenched in a relegation scrap, three points ... » Read more