Ferguson: Football has changed enormously - FIFA.com - His place among the game's most successful managers assured, Sir Alex Ferguson is also one of its longest-serving. Indeed, the fiery Scot has spent more than 37 years at the highest level and a quarter of a century at one of most powerful and demanding clubs on planet football, all of which pays testament to his mastery of this most fickle of professions.
Posh Grabs Becks Balls in NYC - The Daily Mail - She usually appears stoney-faced in photos, seemingly unwilling to crack a smile. But Victoria Beckham showed she does have a sense of humour when she posed for this cheeky photo which husband David posted on his Facebook page.
Europa League can still inspire - The Guardian - Fans of the Manchester clubs need not feel they are slumming it in the Europa League
Peace call - Fox Soccer - Nick Webster says enough is enough and calls for a proper truce between Liverpool and Manchester United.
Villas-Boas Needs Time To Flourish...- Football365 - Andre Villas-Boas has only been at Chelsea for seven months, but there's already talk of his departure. Matt Stanger says Abramovich should back him if he wants success...
Corner flagging - Sky Sports - Villa's corner woes, Adebayor's assists and West Brom's away days... Martin Tyler has the stats!
Viva Tevez, our ultimate anti-hero - The Guardian - I find myself experiencing wildly misplaced admiration for Carlos Tevez,Eli Manning Jersey, writes Marina Hyde
No Rangers? It is simply unthinkable - Daily Mail - ‘What team do you support?’ Other than polite enquiries about health, there is probably no question more frequently asked when two Scottish strangers meet for the first time. It demands one of two answers,Willie Mays Jersey. There is little point replying ‘Raith Rovers’. But with Rangers in administration what happens in Scotland.
Manchester United may be playing second fiddle, but what happened to the team that last played in UEFA Cup? - Daily Mail - ‘Thursday nights, Channel 5’ is the last terrace chant you would expect to associate with Manchester United, but in recent months their supporters have become all too familiar with them. After a shock exit from the Champions League,Brian Cushing Texans Jersey, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side resume European competition in the Europa League for the first time in 17 years when they visit Ajax for their last 32 tie, as Ferguson bids to win the only trophy that eludes him.
Apologies are hollow when the racial abuse is not addressed - London Evening Standard - So everything is okay now then? Luis Suarez has said he regrets not shaking hands with Patrice Evra, a senior Liverpool executive has admonished the striker, Kenny Dalglish has admitted his behaviour in his post-match interview on Sky was wrong and Manchester United have accepted their apologies.
I know Harry Redknapp can handle transition to the England job - London Evening Standard - There's only one topic this week but first I should say some words of support for Harry Redknapp and his family.
Hulk ready to rock Manchester City - BBC - European football writer Andy Brassell on a player with a shot so powerful he once put a team-mate out of action for a month
U.S. World Cup bonuses - Washtington Post - Former U.S. national soccer team coach Bob Bradley earned $400,000 in bonuses over a period encompassing the 2010 World Cup, raising his compensation to almost $1 million, while captain Carlos Bocanegra earned the most among the players during that time with almost $350,000.
The forgotten story of … 17/11/93 - The Guardian - The final night of the old World Cup qualifying system was a sensory overload of drama
Roman Abramovich must bite the bullet and give Andre Villas-Boas some space - London Evening Standard - The problem for any manager playing Russian Roulette with Roman Abramovich is the slight rule change at Chelsea: all the chambers are loaded and you have to go first.
Winners and Losers is Back,DeMarco Murray Jersey...- Football365 - Did anyone have a better weekend than Harry Redknapp,Heath Miller Steelers Jersey? Man City have been enjoying their time out of the spotlight while United and Liverpool must get back to football...
What can England achieve at Euro 2012? - Reuters - Whoever takes over from Fabio Capello either as a caretaker manager or a long-term replacement faces the dauting task of living up to somewhat unrealistic hopes that England will land their first major trophy since the 1966 World Cup.
Shed tears for taxpayers not Rangers fans - London Evening Standard - Sympathy for Rangers, a giant brought to its knees, is natural. It is also utterly misplaced. We should be saving our sobs for the hard-pressed taxpayer. And, next time we are up in arms over a public expenditure cut, we would be more justified in marching on Ibrox than Whitehall, because many millions are likely to be written off.
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Barca's weakness exposed - ESPN - The whispering started earlier this season, but it was ever-present as an undercurrent to Barcelona's summer dealings, which saw only the arrival of Cesc Fabregas to freshen up the first-team squad: Were Barcelona's all-conquering players simply getting a bit bored of it all?
‘Europe To Blame For Diving In Premier League’ - Who Ate All The Pies - Tony Pulis is sick, sick and tired of the ‘foreign disease’ which is polluting this nation’s untainted character. In his press conference ahead of Stoke’s Europa League clash with Valencia, the baseball-capped crusader for all that is good and proper, bemoans the growing occurences of cheating in the British game, where men used to be men, not flouncy-haired paella-scoffing cheats.
Is Lack Of Adventure Stunting Growth? - Football365 - The pool of English managers available to the FA is terrifyingly shallow, and Daniel Storey says it's an unwillingness for bosses to test themselves abroad that's the problem...
If Abramovich has any sense, he'll stick with under-pressure boss AVB - Daily Mail - Roman Abramovich is not known for his common sense in managerial matters but if he has any at all he will stick with Andre Villas-Boas. The trigger-happy Chelsea owner is thought to be scouting around for a replacement, unhappy at the team’s rapid fall from grace. But what did he expect? Giving a young manager a brief to break-up an ageing side and rebuild in a more attractive image was never going to be quick or painless.
This prodigal son deserves no forgiveness - The Independent - City would be putting their desire to win title ahead of morals if Tevez plays for them.
Premier League sides forced to pay back millions of pounds in tax after crackdown on image rights deals - The Telegraph - Premier League clubs have paid tens of millions of pounds in backdated tax to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs following a wide-ranging investigation of football's finances.
Sir David Murray's plan to 'live the dream' caused this nightmare - The Telegraph - If you could transport a young Rangers supporter back 25 years – the span of a single generation – he would step out in an era that is almost beyond imagining after yesterday’s events saw the 140 year old club go into administration.
New Sounders players understand team's desire for more success - The Seattle Times - Sounders FC newcomers, like Michael Gspurning and Adam Johansson, know all about the team's expectations for success.
Chelsea owner Abramovich may be forced to act on Andre Villas-Boas's future following Anzhi offer to Hiddink - The Telegraph - Wealthy Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala have offered Guus Hiddink an extraordinary £8.3 million-a-year contract (net of tax) to become their new coach and want a decision this week.
English football wouldn’t miss Suarez - Yahoo Sports - Given the negative publicity surrounding events at Old Trafford on Saturday, and Liverpool's current predicament in the league, I won't be surprised at all if Luis Suarez is not a Reds player at the start of next season.
It’s been an uphill battle for Sporting KC’s Hedrick - KansasCity.com - Cyprian Hedrick will be the first to tell you he is blessed, but don’t mistake that to mean that he has led a charmed life.
Union: Albright will make defense all right - Delaware Daily Times - The Union are confident in second-year goalkeeper Zac MacMath, but the kid between the posts could miss time this summer due to an expected Olympic call-up. So until the Union solidify their last line of defense — you know, by signing a capable backup to MacMath — they signed a capable guy who can play in front of him. Veteran right back Chris Albright joined the Union, who signed the 33-year-old and two-time MLS Cup champion to a contract Monday.
Can it get better? - Fox Soccer - Jaw-dropping off-season sees LA test MLS' limits,Jordy Nelson Packers Jersey.
Barca tired? Not on this evidence - Reuters - Men tuning in for lots of action in Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 first leg ties would have rued the decision to stay in front of the TV on Valentines’ Night when Barcelona v Bayer Leverkusen and Olympique Lyon against APOEL Nicosia reached the 40-minute mark.
From the Manor Ground to the Mestalla - BBC - Stoke City's journey from the third tier of English football to a Europa League date with Valencia
Secret agent - Sky Sports - Our man on the inside reflects on the ones that get away when you take your eye off the ball.
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Zambia spring a surprise in dramatic final - Yahoo Sports - The surprises kept coming in the African Nations Cup final, just as they had done in the previous rounds, including the semi-finals, which were a warning of what was to come for Ivory Coast. Zambia finished up winning the tournament and they did it in a dramatic final that was full of emotion right up until to the last penalty kick.