Debuchy Undergoes Surgery To Left Ankle

DebuchyArsène Wenger has confirmed that Mathieu Debuchy has had surgery on his left ankle and will be out for approximately three months.

The France international sustained the injury after falling awkwardly during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City at Emirates Stadium.

Once the injury had an initial period to settle, an assessment with a specialist on Friday confirmed the need for an operation and the 29-year-old was treated straight away.

He has had surgery and will be out for three months,” Wenger told “A reasonable delay is three months.

It all went well, but it can be a week or two earlier or a week or two later, but it will be around three months.

It is a blow of course, how big it will be we will only know afterwards because it will be down to how well we replace him. We bought [Calum] Chambers for that.”

Debuchy is often deployed in the right back position, but began his career playing as a midfielder usually acting as a deep-lying playmaker.

He spent nine-and-a-half seasons at Lille, including a Ligue 1 and Coupe de France double in 2010–11. He joined Newcastle United in January 2013, and was signed by Arsenal in July 2014.

Debuchy made his debut for the France national football team in 2011 and has since earned over 25 caps, playing at UEFA Euro 2012 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

FIFA signs goal-line technology deals with GoalRef and Hawk-Eye

Finally, the resolve on seeking solutions from the goal-line technology is beginning to take proper shape as the World football governing body; FIFA took a positive step towards it as it signed licence agreements with two goal-line technology providers; GoalRef and Hawk-Eye.

The two technology providers were authorised to install their systems around the world after negotiations and final agreements towards the deal was over and according information the goal-linetechnology will be introduced in the English Premier League 2013-14 seasons.

It would be recalled that sometime in October 2011, the World football governing body began looking into the reliability of this goal-line technology systems due to series of high-profile controversies about whether or not shots had crossed the line.

And after these tests were done it came about that the two goal-line technology providers came out tops in that their systems were reliable in detecting whether the whole of a football had crossed a goal-line.

But some leading figures in football, including UEFA president Michel Platini, remain opposed to technology.

Platini is refusing to allow its use in UEFA competitions, instead preferring additional assistant referees, such as those seen at Euro 2012 and in the Europa League.

Platini said he will never be convinced on the goal-line technology as he will also not change his views on the matter saying that his idea is to help referees by putting up more referees.

FIFA in a statement released towards the deals signed said “Between October 2011 and June 2012, both companies passed a series of extensive laboratory and field tests, tests in simulated match situations, as well as tests in live matches.

“This milestone in the goal-line technology process, which began in 2011, means that the two companies now have official authorisation to install their respective goal-line technology systems worldwide.”

The International Football Association Board (IFAB), which makes the game’s rules, gave the go-ahead to the use of technology as calls for its introduction increased around the world.

The debate was intensified by incidents such as the goal scored by Frank Lampard for England against Germany in the last World Cup, when the referee failed to award a goal despite the ball clearly crossing the line.

But hurdles remain before the systems are in full use, and FIFA explained: “Once a system has been installed in a stadium, it undergoes a final inspection to check its functionality.

“This is carried out by an independent test institute and the results of this so-called ‘final installation test’ must be successful. Only a positive final installation test qualifies a system to be used in official matches.”

Both systems are due to be used in competitive games for the first time at the Club World Cup in Japan in December, with GoalRef installed at one of the tournament’s two venues and Hawk-Eye at the other.

Mata vows to get back Spanish squad shirt

Juan Mata one of the new signings of newly crowned Champions League winner London club Chelsea has reiterated that he will do all he can get back on board the Spanish squad to take back his spot and this is following his recent relegation by Spain during the recent World Cup qualifiers.

The Chelsea Midfielder though not happy about the recent snub by Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque for games with Belarus and France said with his recent form he is meant to get a national call-up as he is bee in spectacular form for his new club.

And with this recent disappointment, Mata promised to go the extra mile in terms of improvement in his game henceforth and he won’t allow his non-call up to dampen his moral which is the only way earn a respectable call-up for national duties which is to work harder on himself.

Mata’s Chelsea team-mate, Fernando Torres, is in the squad and expressed sympathy for his plight last week, revealing the 24-year-old was feeling understandably “sad”, especially since he was a part of the history-making Euro 2012 squad.

There can be little argument with Mata’s assertion that there are plenty of top class players for Spain to choose from, as they have the likes of Xavi, Iniesta, Fabregas, Busquets, Xabi Alonso & Santi Cazorla lining up to get the midfield spots.

Ferguson’s target can join United for a better deal

23- year old centre-back for Borussia Dortmund and German National Team; Mats Hummels has said he can leave the Bundesliga side for the right price.

With 22 caps already to his name for Germany, Hummels is an established international who has already won two German league titles since leaving Bayern Munich in 2008.

So far, Hummels has been one the finest defenders produced in Europe right now thanks to being a regular starter for the Borussia Dortmund and his national side Germany as well, topping it all his performance at the recent Euro 2012 while showcasing his talents for Germany brought him to light, making United manager Sir Alex Ferguson dig in for a bid on the defender after he visited Germany to watch Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal Cup final.

Dortmund eventually sold Shinja Kagawa to Manchester United while Hummels signed a new five year deal. However, he has suggested that while he is happy at the club he would consider leaving if a mouth-watering deal came along.

Hummels though satisfied with his present playing status said he is not ruling out moving to another country to play club football as he is relishing such thought as it will be so flattering as he is already having different offers and out of all the offers only tickled his fancy but he knows it is not time yet for the move to made.

Manchester United has faced some defensive difficulties this season as Ferguson has had to deal with the loss of numerous players due to injuries. Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Nemanja Vidic are all sidelined through injury, while Jonny Evans missed the start of the campaign and has only recently returned to full fitness and with injuries playing a major role there may be a time when Ferguson looks to strengthen his defensive options and Hummels could once again become a genuine target.

Boot with a Brain: Adidas F50 miCoach monitors Messi’s performance

The work rate and movements of Argentina/Barcelona superstar can now be monitored in terms ratings which can be applied into a graph and pie chart thanks Adidas’ new creation, the F50 miCoach boot.

Tagged a ‘boot with a brain’ the Adidas F50 miCoach boot which was unveiled in September 2011 and was also endorsed by the Argentine is built to have a microchip installed into it and it also has Speed Cell and dongle that helps in capturing your performance stats.

The F50 miCoach boot was put to test to gather stats from the recent friendly between Argentina and Germany, where Messi scored a goal and missed a penalty but saw the South-American side emerge winners with a 3-1 score line.

Stats revealed by the Adidas boot showed that Messi ran 8.49 km, sprinted 44 times throughout the match and reached a maximum speed of 30.71 km/hour.

According to Adidas,the F50 miCoach boot is meant for everyone form the World class players to the ordinary football lovers who meet on Sundays to have fun on the field.

FIFA Rankings: Spain now No.1 after successful Euro 2012 title

Euro 2012 winners; Spain has notched itself to the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Men’s World Rankings which was released on Wednesday after successfully defending its title at Euro 2012.

The impact of the European Championship were felt in the FIFA/Coca-Cola Men’s World Rankings which will have its next edition released on Wednesday, August 8th as countries like Portugal went up 5 places to occupy 5th position, Germany notching up 1 place to stay at 2nd position while England went up 2 places to take the 4th position.

Euro 2012 finalists, Italy went up 6 places to occupy 6th position moving the country into the top 10.

The Orange Boys slumped badly despite being favourites into the EURO 2012 as they were shown the way out early in the competition and it really cost them their position in the rankings table after  sliding down 4 places to occupy 8th position.

Brazil fell out of the top 10 rankings and slumped to the 11th position; its lowest position ever since the start of the FIFA rankings as they went down 6 places.

Other notable rise and drop in rankings are Czech Republic moving up 9 places to stay at the 18th position, Ecuador at 27th spot moving up 9 places, Korea Republic occupying the 28th position after moving in giant strides like Ecuador over the past month as Chile dropped 4 places to manage 15th position, Republic of Ireland went down 8 places to stay at the 26th position, Ghana went down 8 places to stay at the 33rd position and lastly the United States of America now occupying  the 36th position after slumping  8 places .

Euro 2012: Italy into the semis after shootout win

Alessandro Diamanti scored the decisive spot kick as Italy beat England 4-2 on penalties after their action-packed Euro 2012 quarter-final finished goalless after extra-time on Sunday.

Diamanti struck after Ashley Young and Ashley Cole missed for England to take Italy through to a semi-final meeting with Germany in Warsaw on Thursday.

Italy had much the best of the first game of the knockout-stage to go to extra time, having more than 30 attempts at goal. Daniele De Rossi, with a swerving 25-metre shot after three minutes, and Diamanti both hit the post.

Riccardo Montolivo, twice, and Mario Balotelli, several times, also went close while Antonio Nocerino had a 114th minute headed goal correctly ruled out for offside as England’s defence was continually cut open after they had started well and gone close themselves through Glen Johnson and Wayne Rooney.

Avraam Papadopoulos ruled out of EURO 2012

The central defender for the Greece, Avraam Papadopoulos has been ruled out of the European championship 2012 which started in Thursday with his country playing the opening game with co-host country Poland, a game that ended in a draw.

It was during Friday’s game that Papadopoulos was sown on-field getting medical treatment after being injured in Warsaw stadium and he was helped off the pitch in the 37th minute after what initially appeared to be a harmless challenge from Poland’s Robert Lewandowski in the Group A game.

The team doctor has confirmed that the central defender will be missing the rest of the European Championship after picking up a ligament injury to his left leg and the 27-year-old was due to fly back to Greece later in the day.

The Olympiakos defender played a key role in Greece’s qualifying campaign for Euro 2012 will be solely missed for experienced defensive play, a notable advantage for Greece in the EURO 2012 tournament.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal’s only threat – Maradona

Former controversial Argentine player, Diego Amando Maradona has singled out Real Madrid Striker and former Manchester United forward man; Cristiano Ronadlo as the only threatful player Paulo Bento has on his squad wearing Portuguese national team jerseys for Euro 2012, claiming that Portugal has one of the weakest line-ups in the tournament.

The loud Argentine who was formerly the coach of his country’s national team expressed his belief Portugal will struggle in the European Championship to make an impact if at all there will be any, as Coach Paulo Bento has arguably one of the weakest sides in this tournament.

Portugal will be having their first acid test against Germany today, while Netherlands take on Denmark in the other Group B fixture.

Now coaching Al Wasl, Maradona tipped the Seleccao to crash out at the first hurdle, pointing out that Cristiano Ronaldo is their only player who can make the difference as Portugal got qualification through playoff to be in EURO 2012.

Moreover the national team has not been enjoying the support their followers since the squad messed up at home against Turkey despite having Ronaldo on ground; this tells you that Ronaldo cannot do it alone if he lacks vibrant support from all corners, Maradona said.

Commenting on the Netherlands versus Denmark game which is also slated for today, he said the Oranje men will too much Denmark to curtail or handle as very few national teams can match their prowess on-field in terms team and player to player talent.

EURO 2012, a make or mar for senior Oranje boys

It’s going to be battle to the last in the 2012 European championship for the likes of Robben, Sneijder,Rafael van der Vaart and Van Persie; senior Oranje boys as this might their final shot at the European title.

This is  because most of the star players Bert Van Marwijk brought together as a squad are at their peak as a chance at EURO 2016 which will be hosted France might be a dream too hard to come to pass for the key players When players such as Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben all broke into Netherlands’ senior side in the early years of the 21st century, the Dutch’s hopes of winning a major trophy for the first time since 1988 were raised.

After failing to go all the way at the European Championships of 1992, 1996 and 2000, Oranje finally seemed to have another generation that looked capable of following in the footsteps of the ‘Heroic Holland’ of Frank Rijkaard, Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten.

Nevertheless, despite the seemingly perfect combination of established stars and promising youngsters, Netherlands once more stumbled on their way to glory at Euro 2004, regardless of some inspired performances from Sneijder, Van der Vaart, and most notably Robben. The nation’s new stars were not too disappointed, though, after their semi-final exit against Portugal.

It was quickly pointed out that they were still young, and would undoubtedly get another shot at glory. Indeed, that chance would come four years later at the European Championship in Austria and Switzerland. Players like Dirk Kuyt, Robin van Persie, Joris Mathijsen and Nigel de Jong had by then become key players for the side as well, and Oranje went into the tournament with a young, yet already relatively experienced, team.

Despite being paired with 2006 World Cup finalists Italy and France, the Dutch progressed to the quarter-finals with ease, and were immediately seen as the stand-out favourites to win Euro 2008. However, they crumbled under the pressure, again, as Russia proved to be too strong after extra time to end Oranje’s title dreams.

Indeed, eight of the 11 players who are expected to start in Oranje’s opener against Denmark are between the age of 25 and 30, with Jetro Willems, Gregory van der Wiel, and Mark van Bommel, as the only exceptions who are aged 18,24 and 35.

It’s therefore fair to say that Euro 2012 is the perfect, and probably the last, opportunity for the likes of Van der Vaart, Robben and Co. to finally live up to the expectations, as there is a big chance that they will not be around in France in four years’ time.

At Euro 2016, Van Bommel, Kuyt and Mathijsen will all have left the team, while Van der Vaart, Robben, Sneijder and Van Persie will all be in their thirties when the next tournament kicks off.

Although it is by no means a certainty that the latter four will not make another European Championship, it appears to be a safe bet that this summer’s tournament will be the last shot at European glory for at least one of them.

For now, Netherland’s key men are all in superb condition, though, and they will be desperate to take full advantage of it in Poland and Ukraine. Facing opponents such as Denmark, Germany and Portugal in the group stage will be an uphill task, but the realisation that Euro 2012 could very well be their last shot at European glory will a motivating factor for these star players to put their best forward so as to achieve their dream and that is lifting the European cup.


EURO 2012 Opener: Poland draws Greece in group A

With the opening ceremony of the EURO 2012 tournament over with, co-hosts Poland after making their fears public over the clash against Greece eventually ran off with a 1-1 scoreline against the Greeks in the first and opening match of the European championship.

Fortunately for Poland, Robert Lewandowski’s opener pushed the co-hosts up but was cancelled with Greece substitute Dimitris Salpingidis’s second half goal.

Poland had another opportunity to make 2-1 with a Giorgos Karagounis penalty but he missed it and forced the 2004 continental champions to settle for a draw.

Both sides faced blood from the referee as they ended the game with one red card each as Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Wojciech Szczesny were dismissed at the National Stadium.

Poland started brightly, as Rafal Murawski’s shot forced a sharp save from goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias five minutes in.

Franciszek Smuda’s men continued to press and took the lead through Lewandowski in the 17th minute. The Borussia Dortmund striker headed home a telling right-wing cross from Jakub Blaszczykowski.

At the other end, Kostas Katsouranis looked dangerous in the final third but Poland’s defence held firm.

Greece then suffered a setback when Papastathopoulos received his second caution for a challenge on Murawski in the 45th minute.

Greece was the better outfit in the latter stages but was unable to make their dominance count.

The recession hit-nation, however, equalised six minutes in to the second period. Salpingidis, a replacement for Sotiris Ninis, netted from close range after keeper Szczesny failed to collect a right-wing cross by Vassilis Torosidis.

Szczesny’s night was to get worse, as the Arsenal man was sent off in the 69th minute for bringing down the lively Salpingidis in the Poland box.

Smuda immediately brought on Przemyslaw Tyton in place of Maciej Rybus, with the reserve stopper saving Karagounis’s penalty with his first touch of the game.

Soon after Salpingidis had an effort ruled out for offside following a cross by Kostas Fortounis.

EURO 2012: Jermaine Defoe loses father, flies home

England football squad for the EURO 2012 tournament is one man short as Striker Jermaine Defoe returned home from Poland where the tournament opened today with news of father’s death Jimmy who died overnight.

On hearing the sad news, Jermaine flew back to England and it has been confirmed that the striker could miss England’s opening game against France which will be played on Monday.

Jermain’s father; Jimmy has been battling throat cancer for a while now before he died early hours of today.

The English Football Association released a statement to confirm the return of the Tottenham star saying: “England striker Jermain Defoe has returned home to England this morning following the passing of his father overnight. Jermain will re-join the England Euro squad in due course. There will be no replacement player called in.’

Defoe left England’s hotel ten minutes before the rest of the squad boarded a coach for their first training session in Poland having only arrived in the country on Wednesday evening.

Tottenham Hotspur passed on their condolences to the forward. A statement on their website said: “Jermaine Defoe has returned home from the England squad base in Poland this morning after receiving the sad news of the passing away of his father overnight.”

England players paid their respects to Jermaine, who grew up in Beckton and is currently a supporter of many local charities, at press conferences this afternoon.