UEFA Pays Clubs For Players’ Euro 2016 Release

UEFA Pays Clubs For Players' Euro 2016 ReleaseUnion of European Football Associations (UEFA), has handed out a total of 150 million euros ($162.18 million) to clubs who released players for the Euro 2016 qualifying matches.

UEFA said that, 641 clubs benefited from solidarity payments meant to appease clubs who often complain about the amount of time their players spend with their national teams.

For the qualifying matches, 3,536 Euros was paid to a club each time one of their players was included in the 23-man squad of a national team.

For Euro 2016 itself, 7,321 Euros was paid to a club each time one of their players was included in the final squad.

According to the UEFA figures, Juventus received the biggest handout of 3.48 million Euros, followed by Liverpool 3.39 million Euros and Tottenham Hotspur 3.07 million Euros.

Arsenal Crash At Home To Watford, As Chelsea Draw At Anfield

Arsenal Crash At Home To Watford, As Chelsea Draw At AnfieldArsenal suffered a shock loss 2-1 loss to Watford at the Emirates in the English Premier League on Tuesday night.

It was Watford’s first Premier League away win at Arsenal as two goals in the first 13 minutes set up the 2-1 victory.

Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Younes Kaboul opened the scoring with a powerful drive aided by a deflection off Aaron Ramsey, who limped off with an injury.

Watford’s second came three minutes later as Troy Deeney slotted in after Petr Cech parried Etienne Capoue’s shot into his path.

But Alex Iwobi slotted in from Alexis Sanchez’s chipped cross on 54 minutes and Lucas Perez crashed an effort against the crossbar as Arsenal piled the pressure on in the second half, but Watford held on.

Chelsea and Liverpool played a 1-1 draw at Anfield as the visitors missed the chance of an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Georginio Wijnaldum’s header earned Liverpool the equalizer after David Luiz’s 25th minute free-kick had put them ahead.

Chelsea could have taken all three points but Diego Costa’s penalty was saved by Mignolet.

In other matches, Crystal Palace beat Bournemouth 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium while relegation threatened Sunderland played a goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur to ensure all top teams dropped points on the night.

Elsewhere Sam Voke’s 87th minute goal was all Burnley needed to beat Leicester City 1-0 at Turf Moor while Middleborough and West Brom played a 1-1 draw in a keenly contested encounter at the Riverside Stadium.

Swansea City defeated Southampton 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

Harry Kane Hat Trick Eases Spurs Into Second Spot

Kane Hat Trick Eases Spurs Into Second SpotHarry Kane scored a hat trick to help Tottenham Hotspur ease into second place on the Premier League table with a comfortable win over West Bromwich Albion.

Kane opened the scoring at White Hart Lane after 12 minutes, finishing Christian Eriksen’s pass.

Eriksen helped to double the lead 14 minutes later when his shot hit Jonas Olsson and then Gareth McAuley, whose deflection diverted it into the net.

West Brom emerged more competitive after the break but, despite the departure of Jan Vertonghen through injury, it was Spurs who continued to score.

Kane got his second from Kyle Walker’s cross on 77 minutes and claimed the match ball for the third time in the league after a one-two with Dele Alli five minutes later.

His 13th PL goal puts him one behind Diego Costa, who leads the race for the Golden Boot.

Despite defeat, West Brom’s ninth position is not under threat.

The win was Spurs’ sixth win in a row.

In other matches, Marcos Alonso scored twice as Chelsea outclassed Leicester 3-0 to restore their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Hull City moved off the foot of the table with an impressive 3-1 win over Bournemouth.

Sunderland remained in the relegation zone following a home defeat against Stoke City.

Arsenal returned to the top four with a handsome 4-0 victory at Swansea City.

Andy Carroll scored with a stunning volley as West Ham defeated Crystal Palace 3-0.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Earns Man Utd Third Win In A Row

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Earns Man Utd Third Win In A RowZlatan Ibrahimovic continued his fine form with two goals for Manchester United that were enough to beat West Bromwich Albion.

United took a fifth-minute lead at The Hawthorns as Jesse Lingard’s first-time cross was headed in by Ibrahimovic.

Wayne Rooney almost doubled the score but his fierce shot was tipped on to the bar by Ben Foster, while Salomon Rondon’s first-half header went narrowly wide for West Brom.

Ibrahimovic produced his 11th Premier League goal of the season when he received Rooney’s pass, turned and saw his deflected shot go in.

The win, United’s third in a row, put them seven points above their opponents, and level with Tottenham Hotspur, who play Burnley on Sunday.

Another big performer on the day was Alvaro Negredo, who’s brace helped Middlesbrough return to winning ways as they beat Swansea City at the Riverside.

The striker broke the deadlock on 18 minutes, expertly finishing Adam Clayton’s cross past Lukasz Fabianski.

Negredo doubled the lead from the penalty spot 11 minutes later after Jordi Amat’s foul on Adam Forshaw.

Earlier in the day, Chelsea extended their lead on the Premier League table with a narrow 1-0 win at Crystal Palace, courtesy Diego Costa.

Saturday’s Results:

Crystal Palace 0 – 1 Chelsea

Middlesbrough 3 – 0 Swansea City

Stoke City 2 – 2 Leicester City

Sunderland 1 – 0 Watford

West Ham United 1 – 0 Hull City

West Bromwich Albion 0 – 2 Manchester United

Chelsea Sweep Premier League Awards For November

Chelsea Sweep Premier League Awards For NovemberChelsea have swept the board for the Premier League’s individual monthly honours for November with Diego Costa, Antonio Conte and Pedro claiming the prizes.

Costa claimed the EA Sports Player of the Month award with two goals and two assists as Chelsea won three straight matches against Everton, Middlesbrough and Tottenham Hotspur to extend their winning run to seven consecutive Premier League victories.

This meant Conte was rewarded with his second successive Barclays Manager of the Month award.

Pedro received the Carling Goal of the Month award for his curling strike in the 2-1 win against Spurs.

Costa and Conte claimed their awards after receiving the most votes from a panel of experts, Premier League captains and the public were combined.

Pedro also came out on top after a combination of votes from a panel of experts and the public, who voted via the Carling Tap.

The Premier League 2 Player of the Month award went to Josh Sims, the Southampton winger.

Champions League: Zidane Ready For Sportin Lisbon

Champions League: Zidane Ready For Sportin LisbonReal Madrid Coach, Zinedine Zidane says the team will not take anything for granted as the defending champions target their third win in Tuesday night’s UEFA Champions League clash against Sporting Lisbon.

Real Madrid trail Borussia Dortmund with two points in Group F after four games while sporting are third in the group with just one victory.

Real beat Atletico Madrid 3-0 last Saturday in the La Liga but Zidane anticipates a very difficult match against Sporting.

Sporting Coach, Jorge Jesus acknowledged Real Madrid’s quality, but says if his team perform the way they did in Madrid, losing just 2-1, the dream stays alive.

Leicester City can make sure of their place in the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday if they beat Club Brugge at the King Power Stadium.

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur travel to AS Monaco knowing anything less than a win will see them fail to progress if Bayer Leverkusen beat CSKA Moscow.

Elsewhere, Sevilla and Juventus clash at the top of Group H, while Borussia Dortmund take on Legia Warsaw.

 

Arsenal’s Sanchez Picks Up Muscle Injury On Chile Duty

Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez, ChileArsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has suffered a “low grade muscle injury” while on international duty with Chile.

The injury has led to the exclusion of the 27-year-old from Chile’s squad for Thursday’s World Cup qualifier in Colombia.

The country’s medical team disclosed in a statement that Sanchez could return for the home game against Uruguay next Tuesday.

“He will remain in Santiago, under treatment and in evaluation for the meeting against Uruguay,” they said.

The former Barcelona player has scored eight goals for Arsenal in the current English Premier League season.

He played the whole 90 minutes of Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal Share Points With Tottenham In Premier League Clash

Arsenal, Tottenham ,Premier League Arsenal played 1-1 against Tottenham Hotspur in their English Premier League match at the Emirates on Sunday.

The Gunners toiled to win the North London derby, knowing that the victory would place them at the top of the table but Spurs remained resolute in defending.

Arsenal got the lead few minutes to the end of the first half through an own-goal as Kevin Wimmer glanced Mesut Ozil’s free-kick past his own keeper, Hugo Lloris.

Then, shortly after the second half began, a penalty was awarded in favour of the Spurs.

Harry Kane took full advantage with a brilliant penalty to level the score.

Both teams went on with a goal apiece till the end of the match.

Arsenal are fourth on the table with 24 points while the Spurs are fifth with three points behind the Gunners.

Champions League: Leicester City Top Group After Draw With Koebenhavn

leicester city KoebenhavnEnglish side Leicester City on Wednesday maintained top spot in the Group G of the Champions League, with 10 points, looking good to go to the next stage of the championship. 

The champions of the English Premiership kept maintained their clean sheet, with a 0-0 draw with FC Koebenhavn, which played host to the City side.

Leicester had won the first leg match at home.

Just as he did when the two sides met two weeks ago, Kasper Schmeichel made a brilliant late save to deny Andreas Cornelius a goal.

Kusk crossed from the right and Cornelius sent a downward header towards the bottom right corner, only for Schmeichel to plunge to his right and claw it out.

The rebound came to Santander, a few yards out, but without composure, he slashed it high and wide.

FC Porto’s 1 – 0 victory in the game against Club Brugge, extended Leicester’s day of celebration, since they need to play another game to be sure of qualification for the last 16.

In other games Monaco defeated CSKA Moscow 30 while Tottenham Hotspur lost at home to Bayer Leverkusen in Group E games.
In Group F, Borussia Dortmund and Sporting CP’s game ended 1 – 0 in favour of Dortmund.

In Group H, Juventus and Lyon drew 1-1 while Sevilla defeated Dinamo Zagreb 4 – 0.

Spurs Manager Hails ‘Perfect Performance’ in Man City Win

Mauricio-Pochettino Mauricio Pochettino has hailed a “perfect performance” from his Tottenham Hotspur team after they ended Man City’s perfect start to the 2016/17 Premier League with a 2-0 win at White Hart Lane.

The victory meant Spurs have enjoyed their best start to a Premier League season, with 17 points after seven matches and Pochettino cited the reason behind the win.

“This is the passion we need to show in every game,” the Spurs manager told tottenhamhotspur.com.

“You can win or lose, but we need to play like that. It’s a good example to follow in this way and to be consistent in the future.”

An Aleksandar Kolarov own goal and Dele Alli’s sweeping finish ended City’s 100% Premier League record in the seventh game of the season.

While Pep is disappointed with the loss at White Hart Lane, he accepts that the team had to lose eventually having gone 11 games without defeat.

Pep Guardiola believes Man City’s 2-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur is a chance for the Blues to analyse their performance in the season so far.Pep-Guardiola

Guardiola said: “It’s part of our job. We changed many, many things in the beginning and it’s all part of the process, we can’t always win all of the games so sometimes it can help us to improve.

“I’m here to do our job and to get better we need to process and analyse what we are doing well and not well. It’s the end of September so you cannot imagine that our team is already done.

“They have done an amazing performance until now. Still, we are not perfect but the team are fighting until the end and that is the most important thing.”

Tottenham Sign Victor Wanyama

Victor WanyamaEnglish Premier League club, Tottenham Hotspur, have completed the signing of Kenyan midfielder, Victor Wanyama from Southampton Football Club.

An official statement was released by the club’s website in the late hours of Thursday.

“We are delighted to announce that we have completed the transfer of Victor Wanyama from Southampton.

“The midfielder has agreed a contract with the club until 2021” the club’s website stated.

Wanyama joined Southampton from Scottish club, Celtic, in 2013 and made 94 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring 4 goals.

He now moves to White Hart Lane, where he will link up with former Saints boss, Mauricio Pochettino.

“Southampton Football Club would like to thank Victor for his time at the club and wish him well for the future,” his former club said.

Incredible Comeback: Liverpool Score Four To Sink Dortmund In Europa

LiverpoolLiverpool have qualified for the Europa League semi-finals with a dramatic fight back to defeat Borussia Dortmund 4-3 at Anfield.

Goals from Origi, Coutinho, Sakho and Lovren helped Klopp triumph in the dying minutes of the game against his former club on Thursday night.

Two quick goals by Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the fifth minute and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the ninth minute half had left Liverpool shocked and on the verge of exit without a fight.

Pressure mounted for the fans as the setback was followed by series of missed chances that left the Anfield faithful frustrated.

The second half started well for Liverpool and the early pressure paid off in the 48th minute through Origi but just when Liverpool thought they were launching a comeback, Marco Reus silenced the home fans with a lovely finish, which left Klopp visibly furious.

Two goals down and three away goals already for Dortmund with less than 30 minutes to play, Liverpool needed three goals without conceding any more goals to win on aggregate, having drawn the first leg 1-1 in Germany.

LiverpoolThey made it 3-4 on aggregate in the 66th minute after James Milner played a one-two with Coutinho on the edge of the box, with the Brazilian star guiding home a great strike.

The Brazilian turned the provider of the equalizer in the 77th minutes as he whipped a corner in from the left-hand side with Sturridge managing to do enough to let the ball run past him at the near post!

Former PSG centre-back, Mamadou Sakho was quickest to react and turned home a close-range finish to make it 4-4 on aggregate.

Anfield went wild and they could only pray a complete miracle. One more goal and Liverpool would be in the semis. Both coaches made changes to make the best of the final minutes of the game.

There were four minutes of stoppage time and the pressure got to Schmelzer who picked up a yellow card for petulance, with Dortmund’s tempers flaring after a free-kick was awarded to Liverpool.

The Reds, however, maintained focus and the free-kick was taken short by Milner to Sturridge, with the latter then feeding the former to the right byline. He hung up a lovely cross, with Lovren rising highest at the back post to guide home a thumping header.

It was the 91st minutes and Liverpool had done the unthinkable; fighting back from being 1-3 down to defeat Dortmund 4-3 and qualifying for the semi-final 5-4 on aggregate.

This could go down as one of the greatest nights in Europa League history.