Manchester City have sacked Mark Hughes and replaced him with former Inter manager Roberto Manchini, which is a move that seemed inevitable. Since City’s takeover last year, they have spent more than any other club in Europe, bar Real Madrid, on new players, replacing virtually the entire squad. Hughes was left in charge in hopes [...]

Barcelona won their 6-th title for 2009 with a 2-1 victory over Copa Libertadores champions Estudiantes to capture the Club World Cup in a final game taking place in Abhu Dhabi. Estudiantes were the first to score in the 37-th minute of the game. Mauro Boselli scored the opening goal with a diving header between [...]

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has been asked by the English F.A. to “explain his decision” over making no less than 10 changes to his side that lost 3-0 away to Manchester United on Tuesday. According to official Premier League rules, every team must field a full-strength line up for every game, and McCarthy’s decision has [...]

The feud between German goalkeepers Oliver Khan and Jens Lehmann looks set to continue, with the former calling the latter to join him in retirement. Khan, who will go down as one of the game’s most legendary keepers, retired two years ago, a bit before his 40th birthday. Lehmann, who had to stand in as [...]

We all know that football is a crazy game, and that’s why we love it. You’ll be hard pressed, however, to find a more bizarre match in the past couple of months than Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 5-3 win over Hannover 96 in the Bundesliga this past weekend. The amazing thing, though, is not that there were [...]

Former England and West Ham striker Dean Ashton has sadly put an end to his playing career, after more than a year of struggling to recover from an injury. He broke his ankle in training for England from a Shawn-Right Phillips tackle back in 2006, and the damage never fully healed. The former Norwich and [...]

Scotland have been looking for a new national team manager since they sacked George Burley in November, but seem to be reluctant to appoint someone who may actually do a decent job. They had scheduled a meeting with Unirea Urziceni manager Dan Petrescu, but canceled it because they had not made up an “official list [...]

A shortlist of five players was announced for the FIFA World Player of the Year award, the most prestigious honor a footballer can receive. This includes the European “Golden Ball” winner Lionel Messi, his Barcelona team-mates Xavi and Iniesta, as well as the Real Madrid duo of Christiano Ronaldo and Kaka. All great players in [...]

Christiano Ronaldo is not exactly a popular player amongst football referees, but in the weekend’s La Liga match between Real and Almeria (where Madrid won 4-2), he was red-carded for one of the most absurd offenses in the game—for taking off his shirt. Technically, it was his first yellow card of the game, but after [...]

There has been talk in Europe about moving national league or cup games abroad to bolster global appeal, and now it is finally happening. For 10 million Euro, the Italian FA has moved its Super Cup game between the league and cup winner to China. The competition, which occurs annually before the start of each [...]

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