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    25,008 posts since Sep '05
    • The players i mentioned are considered top midfielders in Europe.

      It's would be quite ironic that the 2 best club in Spain are being linked to him when there are suppose to be better midfielders in their country available?

      England never had a top midfielder since Gazza. A younger Scholes was probably the closest thing they had till date.

       

       

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    25,008 posts since Sep '05
    • Modric is definitely worth the money... I find he is better than Nasri, Ribery, Van der Vaart or even Sneijder... And he isn't even the highest paid as he isn't as demanding as the rest...

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    • 'I want to make a name for myself' - Kagawa declines Manchester United's iconic No. 7 shirt

      The new signing from Borussia Dortmund revealed his preference to journalists after returning to Japan having completing the move following his successful medical

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      Kagawa asked for a number with personal meaning to him
       
       
       
       
      Manchester United new boy Shinji Kagawa is determined to make a lasting impact at Old Trafford following his move from Borussia Dortmund.
       
      The 23-year-old was the subject of interest from major clubs from around the world after impressing this season for the Bundesliga champions. However, Sir Alex Ferguson moved quickly to secure the signing of the Japan midfielder.

      Kagawa is now eagerly anticipating getting started for the Red Devils and insists he wants to carve out his own legacy at Old Trafford after turning down the chance to wear the famed No.7 shirt once donned with such distinction by George Best, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo.

      United's latest signing announced the decision in an impromptu press conference at Tokyo's Narita Airport following a whirlwind trip to England.

      In addition to a flock of journalists, the Japan international was greeted by 100 fans seeking autographs and handshakes.

      "I've just joined the team and haven't accomplished anything yet," Kagawa said after the 12-hour flight. "I want to make a name for myself [at United] on my own terms."

      Kagawa further elaborated that he had asked for a number with personal meaning, leading to speculation among Japanese media that the player could wear the 8, 26, or 29 he once wore at Cerezo Osaka, or the 23 shirt that brought him fame at Dortmund.

      "I don't know which numbers are free," Kagawa coyly told reporters.  "I gave them my requests, but they aren't as important a number [as No. 7]"

      Despite the rigorous travel schedule, the Samurai Blue star still appeared excited after finally putting pen to paper on the move.

      "The contract was as long as I'd expected from a club [like United]," Kagawa laughed. "When I was at [Old Trafford], I thought about how incredible it would be if I could score there."
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    25,008 posts since Sep '05
    • I hope the italian players watch too much porn until their legs become jelly tonight... lol.

      Buffon's laugh is so weird, like an eunuch...

       

      Dodgy keeper: Italy star Buffon is after action of a different kind   

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    25,008 posts since Sep '05
    • In today's paper, the guy wrote he just came back from England and the Euros is being shown for free on BBC and ITV.

      If this being the case, I really wonder how much did Starhub paid for it? How come they are keeping so quiet about how much they paid for it?

      I am beginning to think there is an agreement between them like since singtel got the PL, the Euros will be given to starhub kind of deal going on...

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    • Come on you blues: Italy joke they'll watch porn instead of tapes of England

       

      Laughing Buffon and his team-mates sound more interested in studying loins than Lions before Sunday's Euro 2012 quarter-final

      Dodgy keeper: Italy star Buffon is after action of a different kind 

       

      Dodgy keeper: Italy star Buffon is after action of a different kind

       

         
       
       
       
       
       

      Gianluigi Buffon reckons he will watching blue movies rather than studying videos of England’s penalty takers.

      Italy keeper Buffon knows Sunday night’s Euro 2012 quarter-final between the two nations is being tipped to be a tight affair that could well go to a shoot-out.

      At a Friday press conference, Buffon was asked by the Mirror if he would be watching recordings of England’s penalty-takers - and his watching team-mates joked he will watch X-rated DVDs instead.

      In a light-hearted exchange, the Juventus stopper laughed and said: “We have not watched any videos today, but we will watch a video tonight!”

      His answer prompted more suggestive remarks and Italy’s other two keepers, Morgan De Sanctis and Salvatore Sirigu, joined in on the joke.

       

       

       

       

      Planning for a semi: Buffon wants to finish within 90 minutes

       

       

       

       

       

      The Azzurri are clearly in good spirits ahead of their Euro 2012 showdown with England but, like their opponents, they have a chequered history in penalty shoot-outs.

      Buffon, part of the team that won the 2006 World Cup Final against France on spot-kicks, said: “I have won twice and lost once on penalties. But I hope Italy win before penalties but if it comes to it we’ll do our best.

      “I think Italy are very even with England. I don’t see any favourites. It will be a very tight game.”

      Meanwhile, England’s training camp in Krakow has been infiltrated by a mole - but of the furry animal kind, rather than an Azzurri spy.

      The mole was chased around the terraces at their Hutnik base before security men eventually caught and removed it, causing much laughter among FA staff and players.

      Edited by zocoss 24 Jun `12, 1:33AM
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    • Kag in the bag

      RED DEVIL ... Shinji Kagawa
      RED DEVIL ... Shinji Kagawa

       

       

       

      SHINJI KAGAWA has sealed his move to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal.

      The Japan midfielder passed a medical at Old Trafford earlier today, obtained a UK work permit and agreed a contract commencing on July 1.

      Red Devils boss Alex Ferguson said: “Shinji is an exciting young midfielder with great skill, vision and a good eye for goal.

      “I am delighted he has chosen to come to United.

      “I believe he will make an impact upon the team very quickly as he is suited to United’s style of play.

      “We are all looking forward to working with him.”

      Kagawa, 23, added: “This is a challenge I am really looking forward to.

      “The Premier League is the best league in the world and Manchester United is such a massive club.

      “This is a really exciting time for me. I can’t wait to meet the team and start playing.”

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    • Flying visit: Shinji Kagawa jets in to England for 11 hour visit to complete United medical

       

      Kagawa left Tokyo late last night local time to begin his gruelling 13,700-mile round trip and is expected in Manchester today.

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      Shinji in the rain: Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa leaves a Manchester hospital after a 4 hour medical for Manchester United
      Shinji in the rain: Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa leaves a Manchester hospital after a 4 hour medical for Manchester United

       

       

       

      Talk about a flying visit - Shinji Kagawa is jetting into the UK today for just 11 hours to undergo his medical at Manchester United.

      Kagawa left Tokyo late last night local time to begin his gruelling 13,700-mile round trip and is expected in Manchester today.

      The Japan midfielder won't even have time to visit Old Trafford before he jumps on his plane back to Tokyo.

      Kagawa said as he left Tokyo's Narita airport: "It's just a medical. I hope it will end with no problems."Kagawa's medical is the latest step in his £17million transfer to United from Borussia Dortmund and his last hurdle will be obtaining a work permit.

      United's initial application is expected to be rejected because he has not played in 75 per cent of Japan's games over the last three years, but granted on appeal.

      Kagawa has admitted there will be no hiding place for him at United.

      "I have no doubt it will truly be a big challenge for me and I realise that mistakes will not be tolerated," said Kagawa.

      "I have to work harder than ever. I have to take this step with that sort of resolve," the 23-year-old said.

      Kagawa, who was also tracked by Arsenal, Chelsea and AC Milan, met with Ferguson before signing and revealed the United boss had assured him he would play a key role next season.

       

      Manchester United's Scottish manager Sir Alex Ferguson looks on before the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford

      Key man: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson persuaded Kagawa to join the club

       

       

       

       

      "I was grateful to hear that from such a great person," Kagawa said.

      "In the end Manchester [United] was the club that I most wanted to go to."

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    25,008 posts since Sep '05
    • The Euro could have been more exciting for the local fans had more people been given the chance to follow it. However the pricing have more of less priced lots of fans out of the game. If you don't watch it, then you will be less excited by it... If you are less excited by it, then you will not talk much about it in your normal daily routine...

      For me i didn't subscribe as i didn't want to pay so much for it. I personally know quite a lot of guys who forego it as well. This being the case, we don't talk so much about it or the match moments like we do with previous WC or Euro. We only follow it by reading the news and watching the goals on the internet. So the excitement is really none existence, it's like reading the newspaper during your free time to catch up. lol...

       

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    • Aquilani set for Liverpool return as Italian midfielder fails to attract offers

       

      Remember me? Alberto Aquilani (right) last played for Liverpool in pre-season

      Remember me? Alberto Aquilani (right) last played for Liverpool in pre-season

       
       

       

       

       

       

      Alberto Aquilani is set to return to Liverpool with the Italian midfielder having received no offers from other clubs.

      Aquilani, who played on loan at AC Milan this season, is under contract with Liverpool until June 2014.

      Reports in Italy claimed Aquilani would terminate his contract with the Reds outfit in order to make his move to Milan permanent this summer, something his agent has vehemently denied.

      'Almost certainly he will not terminate his contract with Liverpool,' Aquilani's agent Franco Zavaglia said to Sportitalia.

      'He could join them (Liverpool) at the beginning of July to start pre-season training with the English club. At this time there are no clubs interested in him.'

      The 27-year-old Aquilani moved to Anfield in 2009 in a £20million transfer from Roma.

      He endured a disappointing spell before being loaned to Juventus in the 2010-11 campaign and signed for AC Milan on a one-year loan deal last summer.

      Aquilani scored one goal in 23 league appearances for the Rossoneri this season.

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    • Actually i think he is a rather good choice for the Blackburn owners.

      He knows the game well enough, he has kept himself up to date and has been at it for like more than 10 years and knows the English and European game well... Never afraid to speak his mind out. I find he does say some pretty right stuff on Tv although not the most popular. I actually think he is good for the previously 'headless chicken' style of Blackburn.

      Now he is their DOF, the manager has to take his views into account and answer to him too... Not bad' cos previously they got an Indian guy who manage chicken business running a football club. At least now they got an actual football man. 

      Edited by zocoss 20 Jun `12, 11:03AM
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    25,008 posts since Sep '05
    • How much they paid for it they are not going to tell us the truth. Take Singtel for example, they always report that they paid $400m for the EPL but in truth, it's all made up. The reports always say... Reported to be $400m, or rumoured to be... But never give a definite sum. They are not going to tell the public how much they paid for it... They are not even telling their shareholders how much they paid for it which by right they should but afraid the truth will come out to the public. Otherwise how are they going to justify charging fans $34.90 for it?

      Now they are already preparing the ground for the next increase... Expect to pay more from 2013 season onwards.

      I believed starhub make a tidy sum from the Euro even when there is lesser subscribing this time around as the lesser few made up with the higher chargers.

       

       

        

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    • Tottenham set to offer manager's job to André Villas-Boas

      • Daniel Levy wants dynamic young coach to drive club forward
      • Villas-Boas has sought assurances about future of Luka Modric

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      André Villas-Boas is understood to be Tottenham's first choice to succeed Harry Redknapp as manager. Photograph: Michael Mayhew/Sportsphoto Ltd/Allstar
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      Tottenham Hotspur have held direct negotiations with André Villas-Boas and they are poised to offer him the manager's job. Tottenham officials met Villas‑Boas's agent in London last Friday and Saturday to explain what they were looking for in the successor to Harry Redknapp, who they sacked last Wednesday. But they have since accelerated the process by speaking directly to Villas-Boas.

      The 34-year-old Portuguese, who was dismissed by Chelsea in March, was initially unsure whether he was the Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy's first choice for the vacancy. He felt that Levy had other candidates in mind, which was true, with Everton's David Moyes numbering among them. But it has become clear that Villas‑Boas is the man that Levy wants to lead Tottenham into a new era.

      The sacking of Redknapp represented a gamble, as he had led the club to fourth-, fifth- and fourth-placed finishes in the Premier League in the past three seasons, only missing out on Champions League qualification last month when Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in the final of the competition.

      Villas-Boas knows that Levy's minimum requirement is to qualify for Europe's elite tournament. The chairman also wants to be challenging for the league title in the near future. Redknapp often said he thought "there was a championship in this club". It is a demanding brief and the jury remains out in some quarters over Villas‑Boas. He has plenty to prove after his ill-fated Chelsea tenure, when he failed to impose his will on the squad's strong personalities. It hurt his reputation that, after his dismissal, the team recovered to win the Champions League and FA Cup under Roberto Di Matteo. But Levy has come to view Villas-Boas as the dynamic young coach to drive the club forward.

      Villas-Boas and his representative have sought assurances about the future of Tottenham's best players, chief among them the midfielder Luka Modric, who has exited Euro 2012 with Croatia and is determined to be granted a big transfer this summer. Villas‑Boas tried to sign Modric when he was at Chelsea last summer, only for Levy to block the £40m proposal.

      It is unclear whether Levy will be able to hold on to Modric for another season, although he is empowered to hold the player to his contract, which has four years to run. He is adamant he would not sell Modric to Chelsea or Manchester United but he may be more receptive to a bid from Real Madrid, particularly if the sum on offer was upwards of £40m.

      Tottenham's new manager, though, will be granted a large transfer kitty to reshape the squad in his image, and it stands to be even larger if Modric were to leave. The priority area is centre-forward. The club are struggling to satisfy Emmanuel Adebayor's wage demands to make his loan move from Manchester City permanent; they have not taken up the option on Louis Saha. Jermain Defoe is the only established striker.

      Levy is keen to find a more senior role within the set-up for Tim Sherwood, the youth development squad coach. Sherwood survived the cull of Redknapp's backroom staff, which accounted for Kevin Bond, Joe Jordan and Clive Allen, because Levy considers him to be an asset to the club.

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      England 1-0 Ukraine

      Hodgson: We exceeded expectations

      Coach pleased as England top group

       

      England were boosted by Rooney's return© PA Photos

       

       

       

       

       

      Roy Hodgson said he was surprised to see England navigate the early matches of Euro 2012 so smoothly after his team sealed top spot in Group D with a 1-0 defeat of Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine.

      Wayne Rooney, returning from a two-match suspension, scored the only goal of the game to send England through to a quarter-final clash with Italy on Sunday.

      England were fortunate not to be pegged back in the second period when John Terry appeared to clear Marko Devic's shot after the ball had already crossed the line. But on the whole, Hodgson felt that England were good value for the triumph in only his third competitive game in charge of the side.

      Asked if the team had exceeded his expectations, Hodgson said to ITV: "Yes, absolutely. I think [the team] have been really good from the start. And if someone had said we were going to win the group, I don't think there would have been too many takers - most people seemed to think we wouldn't get out of the group.

      "We've won [the group] on points, rather than goal difference, and that gives us an extra day's rest which we're badly in need of, because it was an extra-hard game for us tonight. This was an away game with a capital 'a'. There were 60,000 in the stadium, and only 4,000 brave Englishmen. So we didn't have much going for us in that respect.

      "I thought it was a really good defensive, disciplined performance - and we needed a bit of luck where the ball may have crossed the line, and we got that luck and were able to carry on and win the match.

      "We weren't showing enough composure on the ball when we broke out, and I think that's something we can work on and improve. But this is a fledgling team, we've not been working together for very long, and we are working on our game. Showing composure in attacking areas is always the most difficult area of football."

      England captain Steven Gerrard believes his side are slowly hitting form at the right time.

      Gerrard provided the assist as the returning Wayne Rooney headed home from point-blank range for the winner just after half-time and he feels an unheralded squad can continue to improve. England now face Italy in the quarter-final on Sunday.

      He told ITV1: "It was a difficult group and the idea was to try and win it. No-one believed in us at the start but we're gaining momentum at the right time.

      "I don't think tonight's performance was fantastic, but we stuck together, got the job done and won 1-0 against a good team. We've been criticised in the past maybe for not turning up, under-performing and we can take that, we're man enough. But you saw a reaction. When you get criticised it's not nice and you have to react by playing better and I think that's what we did.''

      Rooney was visibly buoyed by his return to the side.

      "Obviously I was delighted with the win and to score,'' said the Manchester United man. "I haven't scored at a major tournament for a while (since 2004) so it was nice to get a goal which won us the game.

      "We stuck in well at times against a difficult crowd and overall we deserved the win.''

      Asked how he felt about Italy in the next round, Rooney was more eager to stress his own side's qualities.

      "I said before it doesn't matter (who the quarter-final opponents are). The main thing was to get through the group and to finish top,'' he added. "We know our qualities and what we're capable of. We've worked hard, done a lot of tactical play in training. We're difficult to beat and I don't think any team will fancy playing us."

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    • You're dropped! Chelsea staff have broken the Champions League trophy (report)

       

      Handle left hanging off after three security personnel had an after-hours photo session with Roman Abramovich's most prized possession.

       

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      Careful now: For the record, bungling toff chancellor George Osborne was not responsible for breaking the trophy...
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      It has been reported that three members of Chelsea FC staff have been suspended, after the Champions League trophy got damaged in an unauthorised photo session.

      One of the handles of the trophy was hanging off after three security personnel popped in out of their usual hours to pose for pictures with the jug to show to friends.

      Having broken the jug, they apparently did the only reasonable thing when you've knackered the boss's prize possession - put it back and hope no-one noticed.

      But a member of staff spotted the damage the following day and reported it to club officials. The trophy was sent to a London silversmith for emergency repairs.

      Chelsea have reportedly confirmed that the site visit was unauthorised, and the personnel in question did not have permission to be in the building out of hours. The club's chief executive Ron Gourlay is conducting an internal investigation.

      The trophy was not locked away when one of the handles was broken – Chelsea have apparently been passing it around various departments at Stamford Bridge. 

      A club spokesman said: "The trophy was accidentally damaged while pictures were being taken. It was minor damage and has already been repaired. We don't make comment on staff matters."

      Edited by zocoss 19 Jun `12, 11:23PM
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    • Arsenal's £12.8m deal for Giroud is done, now to tie up Van Persie

       

      Double deal: Giroud (left) is set to join Arsenal while Van Persie (right) has been offered a new contract   Double deal: Giroud (left) is set to join Arsenal while Van Persie (right) will be offered a new contract

      Double deal: Giroud (left) is set to join Arsenal while Van Persie (right) will be offered a new contract

       

       

       

      Arsenal will step up efforts to nail Robin van Persie to a new contract despite the imminent £12.8million signing of Olivier Giroud from Montpellier - a deal Sportsmail exclusively revealed on June 12.

      The France forward, 25, is expected to sign a four-year contract worth £45,000 a week and is viewed as a replacement for out-of-favour Marouane Chamakh, who is likely to be sold, rather than Van Persie. 

      Arsenal remain determined to get their skipper to sign a three-year deal worth £130,000 a week with a £5m loyalty bonus.

      Van Persie’s representatives have held two rounds of talks with Arsenal, when the 28-year-old said he was not ready to sign new terms.

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    • Sexy Soccer: Topless porn stars clash in international football match [WARNING: not safe for work - AT ALL!]

       

      Take leading porn actresses from Germany and Denmark, give them a football and this is what you get...

       

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      Women's football occasionally struggles for crowds but there was no lack of interest when it came to this fixture in Berlin, Germany.

      Ahead of their Group B clash at the European Championships in Ukraine, Germany and Denmark both put forward a team of leading pornographic actresses to represent their country.

      The ladies in question were dressed in nothing but a pair of skimpy shorts and some patriotic bodypaint as the Danes rode out as victors.

      Check out our gallery for all of the pictures, but be careful, it is decidedly not safe for work!

       

       

      http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/topless-porn-stars-from-germany-and-denmark-894954

       

       

      Edited by zocoss 19 Jun `12, 11:43AM
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    • So he can quit espn and head for the 'big time' liao and leave his espn ang mo buddies behind... icon_lol.gif

       

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    • Former Malaysia defender Singh appointed director of football at relegated Blackburn

       

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      Singh is unlikely to be short of things to say

       

       

      Blackburn's Indian owners Venky's have made former Malaysia defender Shebby Singh their director of football.

      One of Singh's tasks will be to act as a go-between for the Venky's and Steve Kean, although the manager's future remains uncertain after relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

      Singh is unlikely to be short of things to say, having earned a reputation for his forthright views about the Premier League while working as a pundit for Asian TV.

       

       

      Under fire: Kean's future at Blackburn remains uncertain

      Under fire: Kean's future at Blackburn remains uncertain

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    • Barclays Premier League 2012/13 fixtures released

       

      The full fixture list for the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League campaign has been released

       

       

       

      The fixtures for the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season have been released.

      All fixtures are subject to change. It is envisaged that the first batch of broadcast selections for the 2012/13 season will be completed by 13th July 2012 and will affect fixtures played between Saturday 18th August and Friday 30th November 2012.



      Saturday, August 18th, 2012

      Arsenal v Sunderland
      Everton v Manchester United
      Fulham v Norwich City
      Manchester City v Southampton
      Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur
      Queens Park Rangers v Swansea City
      Reading v Stoke City
      West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool
      West Ham United v Aston Villa
      Wigan Athletic v Chelsea

      Saturday, August 25th, 2012

      Aston Villa v Everton
      Chelsea v Newcastle United
      Liverpool v Manchester City
      Manchester United v Fulham
      Norwich City v Queens Park Rangers
      Southampton v Wigan Athletic
      Stoke City v Arsenal
      Sunderland v Reading
      Swansea City v West Ham United
      Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion

      Saturday, September 1st, 2012

      Chelsea v Reading
      Liverpool v Arsenal
      Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers
      Newcastle United v Aston Villa
      Southampton v Manchester United
      Swansea City v Sunderland
      Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City
      West Bromwich Albion v Everton
      West Ham United v Fulham
      Wigan Athletic v Stoke City

      Saturday, September 15th, 2012

      Arsenal v Southampton
      Aston Villa v Swansea City
      Everton v Newcastle United
      Fulham v West Bromwich Albion
      Manchester United v Wigan Athletic
      Norwich City v West Ham United
      Queens Park Rangers v Chelsea
      Reading v Tottenham Hotspur
      Stoke City v Manchester City
      Sunderland v Liverpool

      Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

      Chelsea v Stoke City
      Liverpool v Manchester United
      Manchester City v Arsenal
      Newcastle United v Norwich City
      Southampton v Aston Villa
      Swansea City v  Everton
      Tottenham Hotspur v  Queens Park Rangers
      West Bromwich Albion v  Reading
      West Ham United v  Sunderland
      Wigan Athletic v  Fulham

      Saturday, September 29th, 2012

      Arsenal v Chelsea
      Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion
      Everton v Southampton
      Fulham v Manchester City
      Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
      Norwich City v Liverpool
      Queens Park Rangers v West Ham United
      Reading v Newcastle United
      Stoke City v Swansea City
      Sunderland v Wigan Athletic

      Saturday, October 6th, 2012

      Chelsea v Norwich City
      Liverpool v Stoke City
      Manchester City v Sunderland
      Newcastle United v Manchester United
      Southampton v Fulham
      Swansea City v Reading
      Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
      West Bromwich Albion v Queens Park Rangers
      West Ham United v Arsenal
      Wigan Athletic v Everton

      Saturday, October 20th, 2012

      Fulham v Aston Villa
      Liverpool v Reading
      Manchester United v Stoke City
      Norwich City v Arsenal
      Queens Park Rangers v Everton
      Sunderland v Newcastle United
      Swansea City v Wigan Athletic
      Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea
      West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City
      West Ham United v Southampton

      Saturday, October 27th, 2012

      Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers
      Aston Villa v Norwich City
      Chelsea v Manchester United
      Everton v Liverpool
      Manchester City v Swansea City
      Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion
      Reading v Fulham
      Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur
      Stoke City v Sunderland
      Wigan Athletic v West Ham United

      Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

      Fulham v Everton
      Liverpool v Newcastle United
      Manchester United v Arsenal
      Norwich City v Stoke City
      Queens Park Rangers v Reading
      Sunderland v Aston Villa
      Swansea City v Chelsea
      Tottenham Hotspur v Wigan Athletic
      West Bromwich Albion v Southampton
      West Ham United v Manchester City

      Saturday, November 10th, 2012


      Arsenal v Fulham
      Aston Villa v Manchester United
      Chelsea v Liverpool
      Everton v Sunderland
      Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur
      Newcastle United v West Ham United
      Reading v Norwich City
      Southampton v Swansea City
      Stoke City v Queens Park Rangers
      Wigan Athletic v West Bromwich Albion

      Saturday, November 17th, 2012

      Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
      Fulham v Sunderland
      Liverpool v Wigan Athletic
      Manchester City v Aston Villa
      Newcastle United v Swansea City
      Norwich City v Manchester United
      Queens Park Rangers v Southampton
      Reading v Everton
      West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea
      West Ham United v Stoke City

      Saturday, November 24th, 2012

      Aston Villa v Arsenal
      Chelsea v Manchester City
      Everton v Norwich City
      Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers
      Southampton v Newcastle United
      Stoke City v Fulham
      Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion
      Swansea City v Liverpool
      Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United
      Wigan Athletic v Reading

      Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

      Aston Villa v Reading
      Manchester United v West Ham United
      Southampton v Norwich City
      Stoke City v Newcastle United
      Sunderland v Queens Park Rangers
      Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion
      Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool
      Wigan Athletic v Manchester City

      Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

      Chelsea v Fulham
      Everton v Arsenal

      Saturday, December 1st, 2012

      Arsenal v Swansea City
      Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur
      Liverpool v Southampton
      Manchester City v Everton
      Newcastle United v Wigan Athletic
      Norwich City v Sunderland
      Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa
      Reading v Manchester United
      West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City
      West Ham United v Chelsea

      Saturday, December 8th, 2012

      Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion
      Aston Villa v Stoke City
      Everton v Tottenham Hotspur
      Fulham v Newcastle United
      Manchester City v Manchester United
      Southampton v Reading
      Sunderland v Chelsea
      Swansea City v Norwich City
      West Ham United v Liverpool
      Wigan Athletic v Queens Park Rangers

      Saturday, December 15th, 2012

      Chelsea v Southampton
      Liverpool v Aston Villa
      Manchester United v Sunderland
      Newcastle United v Manchester City
      Norwich City v Wigan Athletic
      Queens Park Rangers v Fulham
      Reading v Arsenal
      Stoke City v Everton
      Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City
      West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United

      Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

      Chelsea v Aston Villa
      Liverpool v Fulham
      Manchester City v Reading
      Newcastle United v Queens Park Rangers
      Southampton v Sunderland
      Swansea City v Manchester United
      Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City
      West Bromwich Albion v Norwich City
      West Ham United v Everton
      Wigan Athletic v Arsenal

      Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

      Arsenal v West Ham United
      Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur
      Everton v Wigan Athletic
      Fulham v Southampton
      Manchester United v Newcastle United
      Norwich City v Chelsea
      Queens Park Rangers v West Bromwich Albion
      Reading v Swansea City
      Stoke City v Liverpool
      Sunderland v Manchester City

      Saturday, December 29th, 2012

      Arsenal v Newcastle United
      Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic
      Everton v Chelsea
      Fulham v Swansea City
      Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion
      Norwich City v Manchester City
      Queens Park Rangers v Liverpool
      Reading v West Ham United
      Stoke City v Southampton
      Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur

      Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

      Chelsea v Queens Park Rangers
      Liverpool v Sunderland
      Manchester City v Stoke City
      Newcastle United v Everton
      Southampton v Arsenal
      Swansea City v Aston Villa
      Tottenham Hotspur v Reading
      West Bromwich Albion v Fulham
      West Ham United v Norwich City
      Wigan Athletic v Manchester United

      Saturday, January 12th, 2013

      Arsenal v Manchester City
      Aston Villa v Southampton
      Everton v Swansea City
      Fulham v Wigan Athletic
      Manchester United v Liverpool
      Norwich City v Newcastle United
      Queens Park Rangers v Tottenham Hotspur
      Reading v West Bromwich Albion
      Stoke City v Chelsea
      Sunderland v West Ham United

      Saturday, January 19th, 2013

      Chelsea v Arsenal
      Liverpool v Norwich City
      Manchester City v Fulham
      Newcastle United v Reading
      Southampton v Everton
      Swansea City v Stoke City
      Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United
      West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa
      West Ham United v Queens Park Rangers
      Wigan Athletic v Sunderland

      Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

      Arsenal v Liverpool
      Aston Villa v Newcastle United
      Manchester United v Southampton
      Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur
      Queens Park Rangers v Manchester City
      Reading v Chelsea
      Stoke City v Wigan Athletic
      Sunderland v Swansea City

      Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

      Everton v West Bromwich Albion
      Fulham v West Ham United

      Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

      Arsenal v Stoke City
      Everton v Aston Villa
      Fulham v Manchester United
      Manchester City v Liverpool
      Newcastle United v Chelsea
      Queens Park Rangers v Norwich City
      Reading v Sunderland
      West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur
      West Ham United v Swansea City
      Wigan Athletic v Southampton

      Saturday, February 9th, 2013

      Aston Villa v West Ham United
      Chelsea v Wigan Athletic
      Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion
      Manchester United v Everton
      Norwich City v Fulham
      Southampton v Manchester City
      Stoke City v Reading
      Sunderland v Arsenal
      Swansea City v Queens Park Rangers
      Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

      Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

      Arsenal v Aston Villa
      Fulham v Stoke City
      Liverpool v Swansea City
      Manchester City v Chelsea
      Newcastle United v Southampton
      Norwich City v Everton
      Queens Park Rangers v Manchester United
      Reading v Wigan Athletic
      West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland
      West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur

      Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

      Aston Villa v Manchester City
      Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion
      Everton v Reading
      Manchester United v Norwich City
      Southampton v Queens Park Rangers
      Stoke City v West Ham United
      Sunderland v Fulham
      Swansea City v Newcastle United
      Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal
      Wigan Athletic v Liverpool

      Saturday, March 9th, 2013

      Arsenal v Everton
      Fulham v Chelsea
      Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur
      Manchester City v Wigan Athletic
      Newcastle United v Stoke City
      Norwich City v Southampton
      Queens Park Rangers v Sunderland
      Reading v Aston Villa
      West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City
      West Ham United v Manchester United

      Saturday, March 16th, 2013

      Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers
      Chelsea v West Ham United
      Everton v Manchester City
      Manchester United v Reading
      Southampton v Liverpool
      Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion
      Sunderland v Norwich City
      Swansea City v Arsenal
      Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham
      Wigan Athletic v Newcastle United

      Saturday, March 30th, 2013

      Arsenal v Reading
      Aston Villa v Liverpool
      Everton v Stoke City
      Fulham v Queens Park Rangers
      Manchester City v Newcastle United
      Southampton v Chelsea
      Sunderland v Manchester United
      Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur
      West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion
      Wigan Athletic v Norwich City

      Saturday, April 6th, 2013


      Chelsea v Sunderland
      Liverpool v West Ham United
      Manchester United v Manchester City
      Newcastle United v Fulham
      Norwich City v Swansea City
      Queens Park Rangers v Wigan Athletic
      Reading v Southampton
      Stoke City v Aston Villa
      Tottenham Hotspur v Everton
      West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal

      Saturday, April 13th, 2013

      Arsenal v Norwich City
      Aston Villa v Fulham
      Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur
      Everton v Queens Park Rangers
      Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion
      Newcastle United v Sunderland
      Reading v Liverpool
      Southampton v West Ham United
      Stoke City v Manchester United
      Wigan Athletic v Swansea City

      Saturday, April 20th, 2013

      Fulham v Arsenal
      Liverpool v Chelsea
      Manchester United v Aston Villa
      Norwich City v Reading
      Queens Park Rangers v Stoke City
      Sunderland v Everton
      Swansea City v Southampton
      Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City
      West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United
      West Ham United v Wigan Athletic

      Saturday, April 27th, 2013

      Arsenal v Manchester United
      Aston Villa v Sunderland
      Chelsea v Swansea City
      Everton v Fulham
      Manchester City v West Ham United
      Newcastle United v Liverpool
      Reading v Queens Park Rangers
      Southampton v West Bromwich Albion
      Stoke City v Norwich City
      Wigan Athletic v Tottenham Hotspur

      Saturday, May 4th, 2013

      Fulham v Reading
      Liverpool v Everton
      Manchester United v Chelsea
      Norwich City v Aston Villa
      Queens Park Rangers v Arsenal
      Sunderland v Stoke City
      Swansea City v Manchester City
      Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton
      West Bromwich Albion v Wigan Athletic
      West Ham United v Newcastle United

      Sunday, May 12th, 2013

      Arsenal v Wigan Athletic
      Aston Villa v Chelsea
      Everton v West Ham United
      Fulham v Liverpool
      Manchester United v Swansea City
      Norwich City v West Bromwich Albion
      Queens Park Rangers v Newcastle United
      Reading v Manchester City
      Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur
      Sunderland v Southampton

      Sunday, May 19th, 2013

      Chelsea v Everton
      Liverpool  v Queens Park Rangers
      Manchester City v Norwich City
      Newcastle United v Arsenal
      Southampton v Stoke City
      Swansea City v Fulham
      Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland
      West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United
      West Ham United v Reading
      Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa

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    • Clarke 'excited' to face Liverpool

      By ESPN staff

      Steve Clarke moved to Liverpool in 2011 as first-team coach
      PA PhotosSteve Clarke moved to Liverpool in 2011 as first-team coach

       

       

      Former Liverpool first-team coach Steve Clarke has confessed he was "disappointed" to lose his job at Anfield, revealing it was "not nice" to see manager Kenny Dalglish forced out of the club.

      Clarke held his first press conference as West Brom boss on Monday, just hours after the new Premier League fixtures were released. The Baggies drew Liverpool on the opening weekend, meaning Clarke gets an instant reunion with the players he coached last season.

      "I was delighted, I've got nothing but good memories from my time at Liverpool, so to have them for my first game at the Hawthorns will be fantastic," Clarke said. "It takes a lot to get me really excited, but this morning I woke up excited."

      Clarke was widely credited as the man responsible for organising Liverpool's defence last season, a defence that was only bettered by the Manchester clubs over 38 games. However, when the Liverpool owners opted to part company with Dalglish, Clarke also made way for the new Brendan Rodgers regime.

      Asked if he felt wronged in any way by the club, Clarke stopped short of answering in the affirmative, but he did hint that loyalty simply does not exist in modern-day football.

      "Losing my job at Liverpool over the summer was disappointing," Clarke said. "Football has changed, success has to be instant and it has to be on a level expected at whatever club you're at.

      "If you look at Harry Redknapp at Tottenham, success can only be measured in the context of the club you're working for. Obviously it was disappointing. I was disappointed for Kenny, that's his club and for him to leave in that way was not nice for Kenny, so I felt for him.

      "But the game's changed and you have to accept that if you don't meet the expectations of the people who run the club, you have to pay the price."

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      Edited by zocoss 19 Jun `12, 10:24AM
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      Mancini Mob (and Chelsea) will play five of six PL fixtures immediately after Champions League at HOME... United will play five of their six AWAY!

      You what? Who's going to tell Fergie that the fixture list has stitched him up...
      You what? Who's going to tell Fergie that the fixture list has stitched him up...

       

       

       

      Premier League champions Manchester City have been handed an inadvertent boost in their bid to retain their title with the publication of next season's fixtures.

      Roberto Mancini's side will play five of their six matches immediately after Champions League games at the Etihad Stadium.

      United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is unlikely to be impressed, however, with five away matches following European ties for his team.

      These include trips to north-west rivals Liverpool, Newcastle, Champions League winners Chelsea and Aston Villa ahead of, on December 8, the Manchester derby at the Etihad.

      Chelsea also have five matches at home post-Champions League games while Arsenal's six games have an equal split.

      City start their league defence with a home game against newly-promoted Southampton and finish at the Etihad against Norwich. 

      United make the short trip to Everton on the opening weekend of the season and close their campaign at West Brom.

      Arsenal have a home opener against Sunderland while Chelsea travel to Wigan on August 18. Wigan manager Roberto Martinez told wiganlatics.co.uk: "We have been handed a really exciting opening again, with the Champions League winners at the DW. It is going to be a fascinating start.

      "It's a cliche but every team is competitive at this level, and we need to be ready for another huge challenge over the coming months."

       

       

      YNWA: Brendan Rodgers has been unveiled as the new Liverpool boss

       

      Brendan Rodgers first match in charge as Liverpool boss will be against West Brom side led by Steve Clarke

       

       

      New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers begins with a trip to the Hawthorns to face a West Brom side led by Steve Clarke , who left Anfield when Rodgers arrived earlier this month, in his managerial appointment after years as a number two.

      "I was delighted. I have nothing but good memories from my time at Liverpool so to face them in the first game here at the Hawthorns will be fantastic," said Clarke. "It takes a lot to get me really excited but this morning I was excited."

      Possibly of more concern to Rodgers though will be their first three home fixtures against Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.

      Last season's surprise package Newcastle take on Europa League rivals Tottenham, who finished a place above them in fourth last season. Magpies boss Alan Pardew is looking forward to a repeat of last year's contest on Tyneside, which finished in an entertaining 2-2 draw.        

       

         

      On the edge of his seat: Toon boss Pardew is excited about the season to come

      On the edge of his seat: Toon boss Pardew is excited about the season to come

       

       

      Pardew told The Chronicle: "When you look back to last year the game with Spurs was one of the best games for us at home last season. They will have a new manager and it will be tough. But we are already looking forward to it."

      If Southampton's first fixture on their return to the Premier League was testing, Reading and West Ham were given seemingly kinder starts. The Royals - back in the top flight after a four-year absence - are at home to Stoke, while Aston Villa visit Upton Park.

       

      West Ham chairman David Gold is eyeing revenge after seeing his team make an immediate return to the Premier League. He said: "I'm pleased it's Aston Villa first. The last time we played them in our first game, two years ago, they beat us 3-0. So I'm looking forward to reversing that score.

      "It's important to get off to a good start. The season before last we lost our first four games but Aston Villa at home and Swansea away are games you can expect to get something from.  

      "Our last game is at home to Reading. Let's hope it's a nice afternoon with nothing riding on it - or we're in a Champions League position - that would be nice. But we're getting stronger financially, morale is high and the future is bright."

      On the Hammers' transfer situation, Gold added on Sky Sports News: "We're connected with about 20 players and we're hoping to bring in maybe four by the close of window.

      "We did our very best to keep (goalkeeper) Robert Green and it's very sad we've lost him. But we wish him well and I'm sure he'll be a great servant to whichever club he goes to."

      Norwich manager Chris Hughton's first competitive game is at Fulham, while the other Premier League opener takes place less than three miles away at Loftus Road, where QPR host Swansea.

       

       

      Edited by zocoss 19 Jun `12, 10:34AM
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    • Nani who?: United line up Porto starlet to replace contract-rebel winger

       

      Watch the £25million-rated Colombia international who has already admitted it's his dream to play for the Red Devils

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      Hot Rod: The Colombian's nothing to sniff at
      Hot Rod: The Colombian's nothing to sniff at

       

       

       

      Manchester United are lining up Porto winger James Rodriguez as a potential replacement for Nani.

      Portugal star Nani has already admitted publicly he may quit Old Trafford this summer, and Inter Milan are watching developments closely.

      Colombian starlet Rodriguez, 20, is rated in the £25million range by Porto, and has already admitted a dream of playing for United.

      United scouts have been tracking Rodriguez this season and even went to South America to watch him in action for the national team.

      However, they may face competition for his signature from Bayern Munich.

      Nani, meanwhile, fears he is being frozen out of Old Trafford.

      He is said be furious he has had no contact from anyone at United during Euro 2012, despite impressing at the tournament.

      United manager Alex Ferguson is known for keeping in touch with his players by phone or text message, but sources within the Portugal camp say Nani is angry and feels isolated.

       

       

      Message received: Nani's angry that United boss Fergie hasn't rung him

       

       

       

      The revelation comes amid fears within Nani’s camp that the winger is being forced out of United, who have yet to offer him a new contract.

      Nani still has two years left on his existing deal, but it was expected the 25-year-old would be rewarded with an improved contract to reflect the progress he has made at United.

      But negotiations between Nani’s representatives and United have stalled, with the former fearing the latter are trying to ship him out of Old Trafford.

      The arrival of Japan star Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund, and the fact wingers Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia are already established at United, has cast doubt on Nani’s future.

       

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    • Croatia 0 Spain 1

      JESUS HEIST ... Spain's Jesus Navas celebrates his late winner
      JESUS HEIST ... Spain's Jesus Navas celebrates his late winner

      JESUS NAVAS grabbed a dramatic last-gasp winner to send Spain top of Group C of Euro 2012.

      But the Spanish fans were left hailing keeper Iker Casillas as their Messiah for a string of saves when a huge shock looked on the cards. 

      In the end, the Croats crashed out but they came agonisingly close to dumping the reigning champions from the competition. 

      Super sub Jesus Navas pounced for the only goal two minutes from time. But there was no doubting who was the man of the match in the eyes of the Spanish fans as they chanted the name of Captain Marvel Casillas at the whistle. 

      England manager Roy Hodgson will be praying his side now finish top of Group D tonight in a bid to avoid Spain — but even then, that would leave a tough clash with Italy, the runners-up in Group C. 

      Slaven Bilic’s Croatia did show England how to get at Spain. 

      The champions will still be a monstrous prospect of course.

      But they have problems, mostly of their own making, as boss Vicente del Bosque keeps insisting on playing without a striker. 
       

      Although he started Fernando Torres last night, the two-goal hero of the win against Ireland was hauled off after just 60 minutes for Jesus Navas, a move that angered his own fans.

      All the talk of a “fix” came from paranoid Italy — a country whose game is currently beset with match-fixing problems. 

      There certainly did not appear any signs of collusion — that would have guaranteed both sides passage into the quarter-finals — between two of Europe’s best teams. 

      Italy had angered both camps by suggesting they would cook up the mutually convenient result to advance at the expense of the Azzurri. 

      A 2-2 draw would have been enough for that to happen and there were many chances for that to happen.

      Bilic switched his regular 4-4-2 formation to a 4-2-3-1 shape to stem the passing flow of Spain.
       

      It worked as keeper Stipe Pletikosa only had to make comfortable saves from David Silva and Torres when the Spaniards managed a shot on target. 

      Xabi Alonso tried from 35 yards and Gerard Pique from 30 yards and that was indicative of how the Spanish were struggling to find a breakthrough. 

      Croatia, on the other hand, were always dangerous and Spurs playmaker Luka Modric set up Danijel Pranjic but Casillas produced his first of many good saves. 

      Silva then fired straight at Pletikosa and seconds later the Manchester City star’s toe-poke forced another save from the keeper. 

      The second half belonged to Croatia as news of Italy’s lead against Ireland forced them on the attack. Modric went on an electric run just before the hour, producing a pinpoint cross for Ivan Rakitic but his bullet header was brilliantly blocked by Casillas. It was a huge chance.
       

      Torres’ thunderous face told its own story as he gave way to Jesus Navas after just 60 minutes. 

      Within minutes the Spanish fans showed their disgust shouting “Llorente, Llorente” in a plea to bring on the Athletic Bilbao striker. 

      Bilic responded by introducing another striker and a winger in Everton’s Nikica Jelavic and Ivan Perisic. 

      Almost immediately they could have scored as on 69 minutes Perisic crossed but Jelavic just failed to nod home.
       

      Croatia were the better side and popular demand for Llorente grew louder and louder.

      Instead, Del Bosque opted for another attacking midfielder in Cesc Fabregas.

      The former Arsenal star scored in the first two games against Italy and then Ireland. 

      His goal against the Irish came as a late substitute after the team had played with an out-and-out striker in Torres and stormed to a three-goal lead. 

      It was almost as if Del Bosque stubbornly refused to accept the painfully obvious view that for all the class and sleekness of their passing, Spain repeatedly over-do it in front of goal.
       

      Andres Iniesta found Fabregas in the box but his Barca team-mate hesitated and his shot was blocked. 

      Another brilliant move, that started with Modric, saw Rakitic cross for Perisic but his blast was blocked by Casillas. 

      Bilic threw on ex-Arsenal star Eduardo for Ognjen Vukuojevic as he went searching for a breakthrough.
       

      But with Croatia throwing everyone forward, Spain hit them on the break as Iniesta ran through and squared for Jesus Navas to tap in. 

       

       

      He can't miss... can he? Spain midfielder Jesus Navas is presented with an empty net

      He can't miss... can he? Spain midfielder Jesus Navas is presented with an empty net

       

      No mistake: Navas blasts the ball into Croatia's unguarded goal to settle the game

      No mistake: Navas blasts the ball into Croatia's unguarded goal to settle the game


       

       

       

      DREAM TEAM

      SUN STAR MAN — CASILLAS (SPAIN)

      CROATIA: Pletikosa 7, Vida 6, Corluka 7, Schildenfeld 7, Strinic 7, Vukojevic 7, Rakitic 7, Srna 8, Modric 8, Pranjic 6, Mandzukic 6. SUBS: Jelavic (Vida 66) 6, Perisic (Pranjic 66) 7, Eduardo (Vukojevic 81) 7. Booked: Corluka, Srna, Strinic, Rakitic, Mandsukic, Jelavic.

      SPAIN: Casillas 8, Arbeloa 6, Pique 7, Ramos 7, Alba 6, Xavi 6, Busquets 6, Alonso 6, Silva 6, Torres 6, Iniesta 7. SUBS: Navas (Torres 60) 7, Fabregas (Silva 73) 6, Negredo (Xavi 89) 5.

       

       

      Edited by zocoss 19 Jun `12, 9:55AM
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    • Spain no longer kings of football

      HEADING HOME ... Slaven Bilic saw his Croatia side knocked out of the Euros last night
      HEADING HOME ... Slaven Bilic saw his Croatia side knocked out of the Euros last night
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      CROATIA boss Slaven Bilic believes Spain are no longer the unbeatable powerhouse of football.

      Bilic’s side had chances to topple the defending Euro kings before a late Jesus Navas strike sent Croatia crashing out.
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      Now Bilic believes the world and European champs are vulnerable.

      He said: “We were close, we could have won. They are Euro and world champions but I don’t see them like big favourites.

      “There are lot of teams and maybe there are other teams who have more hunger to win and are more aggressive on the pitch.”

      Iker Casillas made a stunning point-blank save to deny Ivan Rakitic with the score 0-0.

      Bilic said: “He was a hero for them. Rakitic did everything well but it is not easy when you face Casillas.”