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Breaking News: Rafael Benitez Signs With Napoli

on May 27 2013 6:42 PM
Breaking News: Rafael Benitez Signs With Napoli

Former Inter Milan, Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez will return to Italy to take charge of Serie A club Napoli.

Rafa Benitez is the new manager of Napoli,” club president Aurelio De Laurentiis said on his Twitter feed on Monday. The Spaniard replaces Walter Mazzarri who quit after the team finished second behind Juventus in Serie A this season to qualify for the Champions League. Mazzarri was in charge for just under four years, building a strong attacking side which twice qualified for the Champions League and won the Italian Cup in 2012. He said on resigning that he felt he had taken Napoli as far as he could. Benitez was in charge of Inter for the first half of the 2010-11 season after replacing treble-winning Jose Mourinho. With the team lying a modest sixth in December of that season, the Spaniard’s job was under threat, but he appeared to earn a reprieve when he led them to victory in the Club World Cup in Japan. Benitez then angered Inter owner Massimo Moratti by demanding reinforcements and was sacked before Christmas.

Breaking News: Rafael Benitez Signs With Napoli

on May 27 2013 6:42 PM
Breaking News: Rafael Benitez Signs With Napoli

Former Inter Milan, Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez will return to Italy to take charge of Serie A club Napoli.

Rafa Benitez is the new manager of Napoli,” club president Aurelio De Laurentiis said on his Twitter feed on Monday. The Spaniard replaces Walter Mazzarri who quit after the team finished second behind Juventus in Serie A this season to qualify for the Champions League. Mazzarri was in charge for just under four years, building a strong attacking side which twice qualified for the Champions League and won the Italian Cup in 2012. He said on resigning that he felt he had taken Napoli as far as he could. Benitez was in charge of Inter for the first half of the 2010-11 season after replacing treble-winning Jose Mourinho. With the team lying a modest sixth in December of that season, the Spaniard’s job was under threat, but he appeared to earn a reprieve when he led them to victory in the Club World Cup in Japan. Benitez then angered Inter owner Massimo Moratti by demanding reinforcements and was sacked before Christmas.

FC Barcelona Sign Neymar

on May 25 2013 10:47 PM
FC Barcelona Sign Neymar

FC Barcelona has officially confirmed it has reached a deal with Santos to sign Brazilian star Neymar, who will sign a five-year contract with the club on Monday.

The decision came a day after his Brazilian club, Santos FC, said it had accepted offers from Barcelona and Real Madrid, and that it was up to Neymar to decide where he wanted to play.

The forward himself also broke the news through his Instagram and Facebook accounts and revealed his appearance against Flamengo on Sunday would be his last for his boyhood club. "FC Barcelona and Santos have agreed to terms for Neymar da Silva Santos Junior. The Brazilian forward will don the Blaugrana strip for the next five seasons," a Barcelona statement read. “I wouldn't be able to wait until Monday. My friends and my family already know of my decision,'' Neymar wrote.``On Monday I will sign a contract with Barcelona.

UEFA Champions League Final: Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund

on May 20 2013 2:54 PM
UEFA Champions League Final: Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund

 

Bayern, runaway winners of the Bundesliga in record time, two time losing finalists in the past three editions and on course for a historic treble and more impressively, thrashed ‘the’ Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate en-route to the final take on Dortmund, who had been unbeaten in the competition until the second leg of their semi-final against Real Madrid (a game they feel they should probably have drawn in the least considering the number of chances they did not convert) are in the final for the first time since 1997 when they won the competition.

If that is not tantalizing enough, Mario Gotze, Dortmund’s star player of the past three seasons will be on his way to Munich next season and reports suggest Robert Lewandowski may follow him as well. 

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Arsenal Vs Wigan Athletic Preview

on May 14 2013 12:03 AM
Arsenal Vs Wigan Athletic Preview

 

Arsenal welcome the newly-crowned FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic to the Emirates tomorrow in what is a crucial but also worth three points as any other Premier League match.

Wigan are fighting for their Premier League survival, so they need the three points just as badly as Arsenal do tomorrow, so there will be no shortage of attacking play. Roberto Martinez can piece together something looking like an attack when he needs to, and this will probably work out for Arsenal, too, as the Gunners tend to play more freely against teams who leave space rather than those who just play a 4-5-1 and stand tall. Wigan may also be a little tired from their cup win over the weekend, so Arsenal should have space to roam.

And roam they must. The three points are crucial to stay ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, and the goal is simple: win the last two games, and the 4th Champions League spot is in Arsenal's hands. 

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