Atletico's player and coach respect their Copa del Rey opponent, but they remain sure of their possibilities to knock the Blaugranas from the tournament.
Before the first leg of their Quarter final series against Barcelona, Atletico's coach Diego Simeone and striker Fernando Torres shared their thoughts about their opponent, confident that they will have a fighting chance to defeat Los Blaugranas as they did last year in the UEFA Champions League semifinal. While "El Cholo" refused to talk about his starting lineup for tomorrow's match, he... Read the rest of the article »
Numerous reports across the continent are claiming that the Blues could sell some players in order to bring in the Viola star.
Apparently, Chelsea could be preparing to make a pretty big acquisition this winter, as per Sky Sport Italia.
Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado has long been on the radar of some of Europe's sides and as such, the Viola are desparate to hang on to the star by placing a nearly £30 million fee on the Colombian winger in an attempt to fend off potential suitors.
Yet, according to numerous... Read the rest of the article »
Ahead of their Copa del Rey matchup, what are the key elements that could make this a series for the ages?
Barcelona and Atletico will meet for the second time in less than two weeks, this time to determine which side will make it through the Copa del Rey Quarterfinals. Recently, this rivalry has lifted La Liga's competitiveness, and it will surely bring fans lots of fun and controversy, with Lionel Messi apparently returning to his old form, and with Fernando Torres recently scoring his first brace against... Read the rest of the article »
Everything will be sorted out between the two sides next week, when they meet at Stamford Bridge to determine which team will play the final game.
Chelsea had the chance to earn a big difference against Liverpool in the CapitalOne Cupe semis, but Raheem Sterling kept the Reds' undefeated streak intact to make it 1-1 and leave everything to be decided next week at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues started with most of their top players such as Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, who put Mourinho's men ahead after transforming a penalty kick. The visitors... Read the rest of the article »
The Spanish manager recognized his opponents will be tough to beat, despite mangling them just ten days ago in their Liga encounter.
In the eve of their Copa del Rey matchup against Atletico Madrid, Barça's coach Luis Enrique stated he doesn't feel his hob would be at stake if they can't win their series against Diego Simeone's crew. Nevertheless, the former Celta Vigo boss assured his opponents will be a tough team to crack if they want to make it through to the semifinals.
"I don't have the feeling that my neck... Read the rest of the article »
Tunisia take on 2012 winners Zambia while the DRC tackles the Cape Verdeans on Thursday as AFCON 2015 continues to dazzle football fans the world over.
Tunisia vs Zambia
It will be a game with a real ebb and flow when giants Tunisia take on 2012 Africa Cup of Nations winners Zambia at the Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín in Equatorial Guinea. And it’s not just Zambia, any team that has to face the Tunisians at the 2015 CAN will have their work cut out for them.
Group G in the qualification round was a group of death in its own... Read the rest of the article »
The Portuguese superstar officialized his break-up with Russian model Irina Shayk. The player intends to silence talks about his private life to concentrate on his career.
After much speculation surrounding his personal life, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo released a statement to end the rumors about his break-up with Russian model Irina Shayk. The Portuguese player wishes to concentrate on the pitch and leave everything behind, as the statement reveals.
"After dating for five years, my relationship with Irina Shayk has come to an end. We believed it... Read the rest of the article »
After a frustrating draw with Empoli, Inter will turn their attention to Coppa Italia action as they welcome Sampdoria on Wednesday, January 21st. Find online streaming & TV listings for Inter vs. Sampdoria here.
So far, 2015 has been one of mixed results for Inter. The Nerazzurri kicked off their Serie A campaign with a draw against Juventus in the Derby d'Italia in a game that they could have even left Turin with all three points. Then there was a solid win against Genoa, another team competing for European football next season. However, all that hard work was undone when Roberto Mancini's troops were held... Read the rest of the article »
The Capital One Cup resumes in grand style with Liverpool vs Chelsea marking the semi-final stage. Here’s where to watch this clash at Anfield live online or on TV on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.
The Blues had an excellent weekend, demolishing Swansea City 5-0. Today, they could fuel their hopes of ending their season with one or more trophies. Jose Mourinho is relishing the challenge of taking part in this tie, a few days before engaging in another thrilling clash at home to the Citizens in the league. The experienced coach explained:
"Cup matches are always enjoyable, even when... Read the rest of the article »
The next round of AFCON 2015 matches pits Burkina Faso against the tournament’s hosts and Congo against high-flying Gabon. It will be another exciting day in African football.
Burkina Faso vs. Eq. Guinea
Burkina Faso’s 3-0 win over Angola during their qualification campaign was simply magical. It was a result that without a doubt gives the team a lot of confidence going into this year’s tournament. If they can emulate their performance on the day in their match against Equatorial Guinea, there is all the chance that they could emerge victorious. As such... Read the rest of the article »
Before the current La Liga Champion and Runner up meet for the Copa del Rey Quarterfinal series, we give to you some interesting facts regarding their matchups.
Being one of Spain's most anticipated rivalries, Barcelona and Atletico will start defining one of the semi-finalists for this year's Copa del Rey. Both clubs made it to the next stage in last season's tournament, meaning this year history cannot repeat itself. If stats had any say in this matter, who would be the fittest to make it to the next round? Check the facts and decide for yourself.
Atletico... Read the rest of the article »
The Speacial One has revealed he did not want to bring Ángel Di María and Radamel Falcao to an already talented team.
Bringing Radamel Falcao and Ángel Di Maria to the Cobham Training Centre (Chelsea F.C. Training Ground) did cross the mind of Chelsea’s front office management. Jose Mourinho, its coach, declined the offer.
“I can’t have a player earning 10 million when others earn three, four or five. That would have caused an explosion,” said Mourinho.
Both players earn... Read the rest of the article »
Here are the top ten facts every fan should know ahead of Tuesday's first-leg Capital One Cup semi-final clash between Liverpool and Chelsea.
Tuesday will see a clash between two English heavyweights in the Leauge Cup when Liverpool host Jose Mourinho's Chelsea in the first-leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final.
Liverpool, who currently sit in eighth spot in the league, look to better their chances of making the final by securing a win at Anfield, as the Reds continue their search for silverware in what will be Steven Gerrard's... Read the rest of the article »
After a disappointing draw with Palermo, Roma will now have to re-focus on Coppa Italia action as they take on Empoli on Tuesday, January 20th. Read on to find TV listings & online streaming for Roma vs. Empoli.
After being held to a draw in their last Serie A match before the Christmas break, Giallorossi fans had hoped that Rudi Garcia's men would kick off 2015 on a better note.
However things so far have not gone as planned. Three games have only yielded one solitary victory and as a result of two consecutive draws, Roma suddenly find themselves five points behind league leaders Juventus. Whilst it... Read the rest of the article »
The former Real Madrid star feels the Liga BBVA duo would not have been the dominant figures that they are today had they been around during his time.
La Liga duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are undeniably the two most dominant figures in the world of football. This has been so for years, supported by the fact that the Real Madrid and Barcelona attackers have shared the last seven Ballon d'Or prizes.
Many football fans and pundits alike go as far as to label Ronaldo and Messi as football legends, the greatest of this generation. A defenders... Read the rest of the article »
Best-placed team in Africa Algeria came from behind to beat South Africa who did not make the best of their chances on the day. How different might it have been if Ranti had scored his penalty?
After looking like they might secure a sensational win against the highly-fancied Algerians, South Africa undid their own good work in the second half by missing a penalty and failing to defend as diligently as they had done in the first period of the game.
After great work by Phala to give Bafana Bafana the lead just after the second half restart, the referee awarded them a penalty and a glorious... Read the rest of the article »
The Black Stars of Ghana were made to pay a heavy price through a last gasp winner from Senegal’s Sow. Could Gyan have made a difference?
It could not have gone any worse for the Black Stars of Ghana at their Africa Cup of Nations game against Senegal on Tuesday.
In the game's prematch conference, Ghana coach Avram Grant had expressed his regret at not being able to field Asamoah Gyan, who was down with malaria, but still stated his confidence that his men could find their way past the Lions of Teranga without the talisman.
And... Read the rest of the article »
The quartet from rival teams Barcelona and Real Madrid teamed up to star in an...interesting advert for sportswear giants Adidas.
Despite the controversy he has courted over the years, Luis Suarez has been pretty quiet--both off and on the pitch-- since making his £75 million move from Liverpool to Barcelona this past summer.
The former Ajax man had to serve a lengthy fan after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at this summer's World Cup and has yet to hit the same goal-scoring form that saw him win the European Golden... Read the rest of the article »
The Dutch legend believes Toni Kroos should have been considered as a candidate, since the Portuguese player was not as dominant as people think.
Dutch legend, coach and executive Johan Cruyff blasted Cristiano Ronaldo's consecutive Ballon D'Or victories, since he believes the nomination should also consider the team's accomplishments for such a distinction.
"When you play against the best, everything is a combination of individual talent and accomplishments. It is ridiculous that, for the second straight year, FIFA gives this award... Read the rest of the article »
Iran and UAE through. Qatar and Bahrain out. The 2015 AFC Asian Cup produced some close contests in Group C on Monday, January 29th.
Watch match highlights for Iran 1-0 UAE and Qatar 1-2 Bahrain
A very late goal from Reza Ghoochannejhad gunned down the United Arab Emirates. The forward was named Man of the Match.
Both sides advance to the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup but Carlo Queiroz’s men have done so as Group C leaders with maximum points. Remarkably, their defensive record stays intact. Three games... Read the rest of the article »