Valencia coach Cesare Prandelli becomes latest to leave Mestalla

• Former Italy coach resigns after one win in eight league matches• Prandelli was Valencia’s ninth coach since 2012 The former Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has resigned as manager of Valencia after one win in eight league matches in charge, the La Liga club confirmed on Friday. Prandelli, who was under contract until June 2018 […]
December 30, 2016 0

Chinese offered Real Madrid €300m for Cristiano Ronaldo, says agent

• Un-named club was prepared to pay €100m in wages, claims Jorge Mendes• Striker rejected deal as Real ‘is his life’ and ‘money is not everything’ Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has claimed that his client has rejected a deal from an un-named Chinese club that would have involved offering Real Madrid €300m to sign […]
December 29, 2016 0

Mesut Özil doesn’t track back but he wins possession more than you’d think

The Arsenal player doesn’t throw himself into tackles but he has a knack for winning the ball back high up the pitch and creating chances for team-mates By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network Mesut Özil is public enemy No1 in the Premier League this week. For most players, a run […]
December 21, 2016 0

Real Madrid’s transfer ban cut and now only applies to January window

• Bernabéu club will be allowed to trade in summer 2017 window• Real regrets the Cas ‘lacked the courage’ to revoke ruling entirely Real Madrid’s transfer ban has been cut, allowing the club to sign players sooner than expected. The court of arbitration for sport says it partially upheld Madrid’s appeal against Fifa, and the […]
December 20, 2016 0

Manchester City bounce back to leave Wenger fuming – Football Weekly

The podders reflect on City’s controversial comeback against Arsenal. Plus: Hull hit rock bottom, Manchester United’s decent run continues, and Real Madrid win the Club World Cup for a second time It must be (nearly) Christmas, because on today’s Football Weekly, my true love sent to me AC Jimbo, Barry Glendenning, Paolo Bandini, and Barney […]
December 19, 2016 0

Lionel Messi inspires Barcelona to comfortable win over Espanyol

Lionel Messi produced a vintage second-half performance to help Barcelona to a 4-1 win over local rivals Espanyol on Sunday as the champions cut the gap with the La Liga leaders Real Madrid to three points. Luis Suárez celebrated signing a new contract with Barça on Friday by firing the home side ahead in the […]
December 18, 2016 0