Dave Whelan

Whelan’s Wigan future in doubt after FA charge

Dave Whelan’s future as Wigan chairman is in question after he was charged by the FA over comments about Chinese and Jewish people.

Kolo Toure: Sees similarities between Brendan Rodgers and Arsene Wenger.

We need to stick with Rodgers

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has given a resounding vote of confidence to under-fire manager Brendan Rodgers, likening the Antrim man to Arsene Wenger and insisting the club have to stick by him.

James McCarthy

McCarthy injury worry for Everton

Everton’s Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy could be set for another spell on the sidelines after he was injured in the Toffees’ 2-0 win at Wolfburg last night.


Legend Pele admitted to ‘special care’ unit

Three-time World Cup winner Pele has been admitted to a "special care" unit in a Sao Paulo hospital.

Ollie Cahill, Stephen Bradley and Stephen McGuinness.

Bradley’s Arsenal career provides salutary lesson

Prospective professional footballers on the PFAI’s squad for the annual tournament in Norway will have the ideal sounding board to work with, after former Arsenal trainee Stephen Bradley was yesterday confirmed as manager.

A pitch invader is grabbed by Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado. Picture: PA

Pitch invasions sour Spurs win

Tottenham face Uefa sanctions after last night’s Europa League tie with Partizan Belgrade was suspended, overshadowing their progress to the knockout stages.

 Jack Wilshere: Vowed to bounce back from latest injury setback.

Wilshere out for three months after ankle surgery

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been ruled out for around three months after successfully undergoing surgery on his left ankle, the Gunners have announced.


Injury ends Lenihan loan

Former Cork City defender Brian Lenihan has had to cut short his loan spell at Blackpool and return to Hull City after suffering a patella tendon knee injury.

Alexis Sanchez after scoring Arsenal's second goal in the Champions League Group D clash with Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates Stadium. Picture: Jamie McDonald

Gunners deliver for Wenger

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Whatever you think of Arsene Wenger — and there are plenty of Arsenal fans right now who are willing to give a rather forthright answer to that question — it would take a cold man not to admire his survival instincts after a victory over Borussia Dortmund that guarantees his team a place in knockout stages of the Champions League.


Nasri: Only Ronaldo above ‘unbelievable’ Aguero

Samir Nasri claims only Cristiano Ronaldo is better than his red-hot Manchester City team-mate Sergio Aguero.

THE EQUALISER: Ludogorets' Georgi Terziev breaks Liverpool hearts with a late goal in the Champions League clash at the Vasil Levski National Stadium, Bulgaria. Picture: Andrew Powell

Reds facing final day shoot-out

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Liverpool’s Champions League hopes remain alive after their first goals in the competition since mid-September but a late Ludogorets equaliser saw them leave Bulgaria disappointed.


Tevez strike helps reignite Juve qualification bid

Juventus ended their away day blues to reignite their chances of progressing from Group A of the Champions League with a 2-0 win over Malmo.

Cesc Fabregas: Chelsea star is fully committed to Spain.

Cesc: I’m committed to Spain

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has set the record straight with Spain team-mate Sergio Ramos, who questioned his commitment to the national team.


Drogba hails attacking flair

Didier Drogba believes the Chelsea class of 2014’s ability to couple killer instinct with flair sets this team apart from its predecessors.


Deila talks up Celtic’s chances

Ronny Deila believes the rigours of the Scottish Premiership stands his Celtic side in good stead for their crucial Europa League clash with Salzburg tonight (8.05pm, live on BT Sport 1, Setanta Ireland).


Martinez: Ross is not a diver

Everton boss Roberto Martinez insists Ross Barkley is no diver and claims the incident where the Toffees midfielder went to ground in Saturday’s game against West Ham "has been blown out of proportion".


Comment: Familiar failings leave ’Pool scrambling

"Our season starts here," said Brendan Rodgers boldly before kickoff in Bulgaria, but it was more of the same as familiar failings came back to haunt his side.


Clark vows to seize chance

Ciaran Clark has vowed to take his Aston Villa chance alongside Jores Okore as boss Paul Lambert prepares to put his faith in the rookie partnership.


Klopp enjoys London ‘holiday’

Jurgen Klopp joked he was on holiday in north London and that the Champions League was a welcome distraction from the nightmare period his side are encountering in the Bundesliga.


Wenger insists he can handle pressure

Arsene Wenger has faced mounting criticism in the second half of his tenure with the north London club but never before has it come so strongly from within the ranks of the Arsenal hierarchy.


Heskey eyes Foxes return

Emile Heskey has revealed he would be keen on a Leicester comeback to help ease their goal woes.


Panucci lashes out at Capello

Christian Panucci has lashed out at Russia head coach Fabio Capello for not backing him and other assistants on the national team staff over a contract dispute.


Don’t write off Gerrard yet, says Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepts captain Steven Gerrard is no longer the driving force he was but insists it is wrong to write him off entirely.


Mourinho content as ruthless Chelsea cruise past Schalke

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Roberto Di Matteo played down the talk of a revenge mission as Chelsea visited Gelsenkirchen but it was embarrassment that greeted the Italian as the Blues eased into the knockout stages of the Champions League.


‘Special’ Aguero comes to City’s rescue

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The mathematical vagaries of Champions League pool play means Manchester City’s first victory in their group leaves them in a strong position to advance to the knockout stages when they complete their qualifying campaign with a visit to Roma in two weeks.