BATA, Equatorial Guinea -- Burkina Faso's band of travelling supporters has been a reassuringly constant presence around the Hotel Federaciones, in the grounds of Bata's stadium, during the first eight days of this African Nations Cup. Whatever might happen on the pitch, they outstayed their team: coach Paul Put was appalled that his players were lodged here, among fans and a constantly revolving door of journalists and sundry others, at the start of the competition and after likening conditions...
A week is a long time in football. Having thrashed Swansea City 5-0 at the Liberty Stadium, Premier League table toppers Chelsea rocked up at Anfield last Tuesday for a Capital One Cup semifinal first leg tie with Liverpool and came away with a creditable 1-1 draw. Advantage Jose Mourinho. All smiles at Stamford Bridge -- beat Bradford City in the FA Cup, beat the Reds in the second leg and keep the champagne on ice, Chelsea are off to Wembley twice.
If only life was that simple.
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With the sound...
The new MLS season doesn't start until March 6 (we hope -- more on this later), but the offseason has already taken on a different feeling.
With the players back on the training field for preseason camps and reporters lurking around looking for stories, the time has come for the focus on the current collective bargaining agreement talks to go into overdrive.
The MLS news ticker delivered a few interesting non-CBA items over the past week, including the signing of a handful of notable names like...
The size of Roberto Mancini's task became more apparent as Inter Milan crashed to their first home defeat to Torino in 27 years on Sunday. Emiliano Moretti's injury time winner left the Inter coach claiming it was a cruel and undeserved 1-0 defeat, but he insists his side can finish in the Champions League places this season.
When the last-minute goal went in on Sunday afternoon, it left the fans inside San Siro perplexed. There was no outcry, no jeering or knee-jerk reactions. The fact of the...
Now that Week 3 of the Liga MX Clausura is over, it's evident that the kinks of the first two weeks have shaken out and contenders are beginning to emerge. Players are finding their grooves or sliding into slumps. With that, here are the Best XI of this past week in Clausura action:
Jesus Corona, GK, Cruz Azul: While most attention in the early going of this Clausura season has focused on the relegation woes of Chivas or the surprising scoring slump of Club America, Cruz Azul have quietly climbed...
Juan Cuadrado or Douglas Costa to Chelsea
How likely is a move? 30 percent
Chelsea met with Cuadrado's agent Alessandro Lucci to see if there are conditions for a deal. The Colombian winger has a 35 million euro exit clause, but Chelsea don't appear willing to pay that full amount. Fiorentina have shown interest in Mohamed Salah, so it's possible the Egyptian winger is included in any deal.
As an alternative, Chelsea are pursuing Shakhtar's Douglas Costa. The Brazilian would cost about the same...