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Tevez says I want to win everything

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Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez has his heart set on winning an unprecedented Quadruple with the Red Devils.

The first leg of what would be an historic achievement for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men comes this Sunday when they play Tottenham Hotspur in the Carling Cup final.

United are also leading the Barclays Premier League, fighting hard in the last-16 of the Champions League and are through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Not surprisingly the Argentina international is eager to win as much as he possibly can.

“The best part of the season is coming up,” said Tevez of United’s trophy hunt.

“We’re in the last 16 of the Champions League, we are top of the league and we’re in the Carling Cup final.

“We want to win everything, that’s what the fans are demanding and we will try to win on all fronts.

“Let’s hope we can do that.”

Tevez is nearing the end of a two-year loan deal at Old Trafford with United having to negotiate a transfer fee and personal terms if they wish to keep him beyond the summer.

The pocket dynamo starred for United last season, but following the arrival of Dimitar Berbatov at Old Trafford, Tevez has subsequently found himself relegated to the bench far more often than he would like.

Even so, he is determined to give his all to the United cause.

“My personal goal is to play as many minutes on the pitch and score as often as I can for the team,” he added.

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February 27, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Chelsea wins 1-0 to Juventus

Didier Drogba rekindled Chelsea’s Champions League ambitions with a first-half matchwinner as Juventus were beaten 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.It gives Guus Hiddink’s side a slender advantage ahead of their last-16 second leg in Turin in a fortnight.Drogba, his season hampered by injury, suspension and a fallout with axed coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, looked back to his predatory best when he took a pass from Salomon Kalou and despatched the ball beyond Gianluigi Buffon in the 12th minute.Former Chelsea coach Claudio Ranieri, now in charge of Juve, was given a warm reception by the home fans before the game.Ranieri is still held in high esteem by Chelsea fans even though he failed to win a single trophy during his four-year stint at Stamford Bridge.Ranieri’s welcome was reciprocated by the home fans for their new interim coach Guus Hiddink moments later.Hiddink was taking charge of a Chelsea side at home for the first time since his temporary appointment.
It was the English side who made the first inroads towards goal with Jose Bosingwa forcing Gianluigi Buffon into a save with a left-foot shot from the edge of the penalty area in the fourth minute.
Four minutes later Drogba almost opened the scoring when he got ahead of his marker to turn a cross from Bosingwa just over the crossbar.But the Ivorian put the home side in front in the 12th minute when a superb through ball from Salomon Kalou provided him with a clear-cut shooting opportunity and Drogba supplied the required finish in style.It was the perfect start for the English side although Juventus claimed Drogba was offside before he fired the ball home from 10 yards.In the 15th minute, Drogba should have made it two when he met a corner from Frank Lampard inside the six-yard box.But the Ivorian inexplicably headed the ball wide of Buffon’s right-hand upright.
It required a fine save from Petr Cech to preserve Chelsea’s lead in the 21st minute, when Alessandro Del Piero tried to find the corner with an angled drive that was tipped round the post.Juventus were enjoying their best spell of the game with Del Piero always a threat.In the 31st minute, Ashley Cole saw a 30-yard shot deflected wide of the target with Buffon flatfooted.
The Serie A side were struggling to match Chelsea’s determination and the English team’s passion was underlined by two bone-crunching tackles from John Terry in space of a few seconds.The second one left Mohamed Sissoko requiring treatment before being classed as able to resume his duties.
In the 41st minute, Pavel Nedved tested Cech with a 20-yard low drive that the Chelsea goalkeeper dealt with adequately enough.Juventus were finding it hard to cope with the physical side of the game and Mauro Camoranesi also required lengthy treatment before continuing.Two minutes before the interval a handball by Drogba gave Del Piero the chance to level the scores but his free-kick was hit straight at Cole.It could have been worse for the visitors had Kalou not slipped as he tried to get on the end of Cech’s long clearance.Chelsea continued their high tempo at the start of the second half.
Some fine work by Lampard on the edge of the penalty area culminated in a shot from Michael Ballack that was wide of the target.An away goal would have tipped the tie in favour of the Italians and Nedved again tried to outwit Cech with a long-range effort but the Chelsea keeper was at his most alert to deal with the threat.Drogba, a constant threat, almost scored his second of the night when he got ahead of Nicola Legrottaglie to head a cross fromBosingwa just wide.In the 50th minute Juventus lost the services of Camoranesi with a hamstring injury. He was replaced by Marco Marchionni.
Moments later John Mikel Obi was the recipient of a bad challenge by Cristian Molinaro and the Juve player was justifiably booked.Chelsea felt they should have had a penalty when Drogba was brought down by Legrottaglie in the 53rd minute but Portuguese referee Olegario Benquerenca rejected their appeals.It was all Chelsea now with a sustained spell of pressure ending in a 20-yard shot by Lampard straight at Buffon’s midriff.In the 57th minute, Ballack was yellow-carded for a foul on Nedved.
Cech was in trouble with a free-kick from Del Piero in the 59th minute. The Czech Republic international twice failed to gather the ball before it was eventually cleared by Terry.Marchionni then gave Cech a scare with an angled 25-yard drive that flashed just over the bar. Juventus piled on the pressure as the game entered the last 15 minutes but Chelsea’s rearguard admirably stuck to its task.Indeed, they prevented the Italian side from engineering a clear-cut chance despite having the lion’s share of possession in the closing stages.But it was Anelka who almost gave Chelsea the cushion of a second goal when his 20-yard effort flashed inches wide of an upright in the 87th minute.Nedved was wide by a similar margin in stoppage time but Chelsea held on for a deserved victory.

February 26, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Goal less draw Manu Vs Intermilan

Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho has slammed referee Luis Medina Cantalejo after Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Man United.

At a packed to capacity San Siro, the Serie A table-toppers were often made to play second fiddle to a United team who are attempting to retain the trophy they won last May in Moscow.

With the second leg to come at Old Trafford in a fortnight’s time, Mourinho has wasted little time in attacking Cantalejo, who the flamboyant Portuguese coach believes failed to referee the tie evenly.

“Maybe in the second leg we will have a referee who is on our side.

“I don’t want to go into details of things like how we didn’t have a penalty. Everything was against us, every little detail.

“You watch how many free-kicks they had and we had. The way we got yellow cards and they did not. I think the tendency was clear.

Despite a succession of clear chances, including one in the last seconds that Cristiano Ronaldo cannoned into Julio Cesar’s chest, a vital away goal for United would not come.

Whilst admitting that he was disappointed with the draw, Ferguson was quick to rubbish Mourinho’s suggestion that the match officials had been biased towards the visitors.

Is he serious? I saw a marvelous refereeing performance,” declared the wily Scot.

“Of course, there’s a disappointment that we have not won the game, but with our record at Old Trafford we should have a great chance.

“I just hope it (the draw) foes not come back to bite us,” Ferguson added

February 25, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ronaldo scores

Cristiano Ronaldo was a happy man on Saturday after his stunning free-kick helped Manchester United beat Blackburn 2-1.The Portuguese dynamo’s superb second-half set-piece at Old Trafford handed Sir Alex Ferguson’s men their tenth straight league win, a victory that takes them eight points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.Although second-placed Liverpool can reduce the gap on Sunday if they beat Manchester City at Anfield, Ronaldo was delighted with both the win – aided and abetted by Wayne Rooney’s opener – and United’s table-topping position.”The most important thing is that we are top of the table and now we are eight points ahead of Liverpool,” Ronaldo told United’s official television channel.”I’m very happy that we got three points. It was a very tough game. “The manager said before the game that it was going to be one of the toughest games of the season. He has experience and he knows better than anyone. “We saw in the game that Blackburn created chances and they were a dangerous team playing on the counter attack.”We controlled most of the game and had more opportunities. At the end of the day I think we deserved to win because we looked to score goals.”
Ronaldo also revealed that he was far from happy that he had been booked for diving, especially when Rovers midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen fell in the box but did not get booked.”I thought Pedersen dived. It wasn’t a penalty. Pedersen dived and didn’t get a yellow card, but I dived and he did book me! But I suppose that’s just the situation of the game,” Ronaldo explained.Despite being frustrated over his booking, Ronaldo was quick to say just how delighted he was with his 60th minute winner, a trademark free-kick that was hit with terrific power and which gave Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson little chance.
“I was pleased with my goal, it was a good free kick and an important goal. I’m looking forward to seeing it on television!”

February 22, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , | Leave a comment

Chelsea boss Guss Hiddink

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New Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink is confident he has inherited a unified squad after failing in his search for possible divisions.The Blues have been stung by reports of discontent in the dressing room with skipper John Terry hinting that Luiz Felipe Scolari was not supported by all players.Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack have both emphatically denied agitating for the removal of Hiddink’s predecessor, who departed Stamford Bridge 10 days ago.One of the tasks facing Hiddink has been to asses player morale yet during his first week in charge the Dutchman has found only harmony.”I am not totally naive,” said Hiddink, speaking to the English media for the first time this morning.”I wanted to see whether anything which has been said about the recent past is true.”You can see when you play games whether the players get emotional.”You can’t mask things then – you show your emotions and show whether you get at a certain player.”But I haven’t seen that. They respect each other. What I noticed is that they are a united squad.
“There are 20-plus players and I’m realistic enough to know that one to 11 will be very happy and the rest will want to play.”But they know they are in a big club and that not everyone can play.”I’m not fully aware of the struggles that went on before and I’m not that interested in what people assume to be struggles.”I’ve noticed how people behave and how people do or don’t get on with each other, but in my view that has not happened so far.”I have watched the team from a little distance in the locker room over the last few days and I can’t see any division.”Hiddink will perform his Chelsea duties alongside his role as Russia coach, a post he is contracted to hold up to and including the 2010 World Cup.However, a successful spell at Stamford Bridge would raise serious doubts over his departure with his close relationship with Roman Abramovich potentially smoothing the permanent transition from Russia to Chelsea.But the 62-year-old is adamant he remains committed to Russia and only took the Blues position because of convenient gaps in the international fixture list.”The situation is that Chelsea made a decision. They asked me to help until the end of the season,” he said.
“I have a full-hearted obligation with the Russian Football Federation which I will fulfil until the end of the season.”The international calendar is such that at the end of March there are two games and then nothing until June.”If the schedule had been different, it would have been difficult. So I will go back in March and then again at the end of May.”I’m here until the end of the season and with regards to who Chelsea are signing after that, it’s up to them not   me.”Hiddink’s first match in charge is tomorrow’s crucial Barclays Premier League clash with third-placed Aston Villa.Chelsea sit 10 points behind Manchester United but Hiddink refuses to concede the title race and is determined to finish the season with some silverware.”Realistically it’s difficult to catch United. If you’re leading with 10 points you feel comfortable. But things can change in a few minutes,” he said.”In the other two competitions Chelsea are still in the race. That’s the challenge – I’m not just here to pass time until the end of the season.”The players are used to winning trophies so let’s try and repeat it. If we don’t we can’t be happy.
“The priority is Villa Park. It’s the cliche answer – the next game is the most important. After that it’s Juventus.”

February 21, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

FA cup ManU wins Derby

Nani, Darron Gibson, Cristiano Ronaldo and Danny Welbeck all the 4 scored goals to lead ManU to a 4-1 victory.But Giggs  was at the centre of all the good work United produced on an eventful afternoon which leaves him just three wins away from becoming the first player since the 19th century to collect five winners’ medals in this most historic of competitions.Six weeks ago, United came to the same ground and were humbled as Derby basked in the glory of Nigel Clough’s appointment.The Red Devils reversed that result to book a Carling Cup final place, since when they have enhanced an unlikely quintuple bid by taking a stranglehold in the Barclays Premier League title race.een to ensure there was no repeat east midlands horror show, Ferguson sent his team – showing seven changes from the one that defeated West Ham last weekend – out with a sense of determination.Stephen Bywater was twice called upon to keep the visitors out, first denying Nani with a low save, then pulling off an amazing reaction effort to repel Park Ji-Sung.But it was already pretty obvious Derby needed an unexpected turn of events to emerge victorious and once referee Alan Wiley had rejected Rob Hulse’s claims for a penalty when he went down under Rio Ferdinand’s challenge, it was always unlikely to come.Nani seems to have lost his way a little in his second season at Old Trafford, yet he remains capable of those moments of genius for which compatriot Ronaldo is so famed.And, when he collected Ryan Giggs’ square pass and raced across the penalty area, the fierce 20-yard shot that followed was nothing out of character as it left Bywater with no chance.One Kris Commons free-kick that tested Ben Foster was about all Derby could manage in response before a bizarre period followed in which United were denied a goal that should have been allowed, and given one that should have been ruled out.Ronaldo’s celebrations were cut short by a very late flag after he raced clear and slotted the ball past Bywater. The officials needed to confer before acknowledging Giggs had flicked Ben Foster’s long throw through to the Portuguese superstar.Ferguson was not happy, making his feelings known to fourth official Rob Styles in no uncertain manner.Fortunately, United’s grumbles did not last too long, although how Rafael was not ruled to be offside as he ran straight in front of Bywater as Gibson volleyed in was a mystery.Any lingering doubt over who would be in the last eight was removed within three minutes of the restart.Giggs was again the provider, this time in routine fashion with a near-post corner which Ronaldo powered home, his elaborate celebration suggesting his 15th goal of the campaign should have come earlier.To all intents and purposes, it was game over, even if Miles Addison guided home a header to pull one back for Derby almost immediately.Ronaldo spurned a couple of chances to add to his tally, with Darren Fletcher failing to profit from a rebound.Enthusiastically Derby pressed forward in reply, Gary Teale bringing an excellent save out of Foster, handed a rare start ahead of record-breaking Edwin van der Sar.

But United were too good, with Giggs in particular truly majestic.At 35, with a barrow-load of trophies already, it could be argued the former Wales skipper is playing more consistently well than at any stage of his career.It still rankles with Ferguson that in the 1999 treble-winning season, Giggs, along with the remainder of United’s squad, was overlooked for all the major individual prizes in favour of David Ginola.

He further enhanced his credentials for this season’s player prizes by playing a role in Danny Welbeck’s late effort.

February 18, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christiano Ronaldo FIFA player of the year

footyCristiano Ronaldo beat off competition from Lionel Messi, Xavi, as well
as Fernando Torres, and last year’s winner Kaka, to win the FIFA World
Player of the Year Award with a total of 935 vote points.In second place was Barcelona star Lionel Messi with 678, while Liverpool striker Fernando Torres finished third with 203.
AC Milan star Kaka was not far behind in fourth with 183, while Barcelona’s Xavi ended up fifth with 155.The
attacking wideman had a magnificent 2007/08 season, scoring 42 goals
for Manchester United, and capturing the Premier League, Champions
League and European Golden Boot. He followed this up this term by
lifting the Club World Cup in Japan.Ronaldo caps off a clean
sweep of the major awards, having also picked up the prestigious Ballon
d’Or (European Footballer of the Year) at the end of 2008.
The
23-year-old becomes the first English-based player to be named FIFA
World Player of the Year, and only the second Portuguese, following in
the footsteps of Luis Figo, who triumphed in 2001.
In the women’s category, Brazilian sensation Marta was victorious, winning for the third year in succession.
The
FIFA Fair Play Awards went jointly to the Armenia and Turkey Football
Federations for the work they did in helping bring the two countries
together politically, socially and football-wise.The FIFA Presidential Award was presented to the United States Women’s National Team.

January 13, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Beckham’s 38 touches of the ball for Milan

David Beckham’s first appearance for AC Milan was analysed in such detail by the Italian press that we know he made 38 touches of the ball.
He only played the first half of the friendly in Dubai against Hamburg and was steady rather than spectacular. An error in the defensive third has been highlighted by pundits but generally they thought his two crosses, two headers and two tackles showed promise.“Tactically he is intelligent, he always plays for the team. He will be useful,” said coach Carlo Ancelotti.
A true test could come on Sunday at AS Roma when Milan return to Serie A action after a three-week midseason break.Beckham may only be on the bench but at least that will give the Italian media chance to analyse their other obsession – the 33-year-old’s tattoos.
Newspapers want to know how much spare flesh he has that hasn’t been scribbled on after speculation he has had another tattoo.Los Angeles Galaxy will hope it doesn’t say: ‘I love Milan’.

January 7, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , , | Leave a comment

Christiano Ronaldo

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Ronaldo the Mancheter united star scored his 100 n 101 goal againt stoke city at old trafford….

The red devils won the game with a great margin by out playing the Stroke’s to a 5-0 victory.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Manchester United hammered sorry Stoke 5-0 at Old Trafford.

The Portugal winger opened the scoring after just three minutes, his 100th United goal, with a trademark free-kick and Michael Carrick made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time.

November 16, 2008 Posted by | football | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment