Featured Matches
Previous
Brazil
Netherlands
ESPN, ESPN3 8:00 PM GMT
Match 63
Game Details
Germany
Argentina
ABC, ESPN3 Jul 13, 2014 7:00 PM GMT
Match 64
Game Details
Brazil
Netherlands
ESPN, ESPN3 8:00 PM GMT
Match 63
Game Details
AIK
Kalmar FF
3
0
FT
Game Details
Mjallby
Falkenbergs FF
1
1
FT
Game Details
Malmo FF
Atvidabergs FF
3
0
LIVE 49'
Game Details
Sogndal
Viking FK
0
0
FT
Game Details
Bodo/Glimt
Odd Grenland
0
0
LIVE 31'
Game Details
Lillestrom
Sarpsborg FK
0
0
LIVE 38'
Game Details
Sandnes Ulf
IK Start
0
2
LIVE 15'
Game Details
SK Brann
Stromsgodset
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
New York Red Bulls
Columbus
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Philadelphia Union
Colorado
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Toronto FC
Houston
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Montreal Impact
Kansas City
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
New England
Chicago
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Vancouver Whitecaps
Chivas USA
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Los Angeles
Real Salt Lake
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
New York Cosmos
San Antonio Scorpions
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Carolina RailHawks
Indy Eleven
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Minnesota United FC
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Atlanta Silverbacks
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Sporting Cristal
San Martin
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Sport Huancayo
San Simón
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
UTC
Universitario de Deportes
8:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Los Caimanes
Real Garcilaso
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Alianza Lima
César Vallejo
1:10 AM GMT
Game Details
LDU Quito
Barcelona
4:30 PM GMT
Game Details
U. Católica
El Nacional
4:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Manta F.C.
Deportivo Quito
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Western New York Flash
Washington Spirit
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Chicago Red Stars
Seattle Reign FC
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Next
Jul, 4, 2011

Content Cole backs Villas-Boas

Defender Ashley Cole has backed new manager Andre Villas-Boas to be a success at Chelsea, and insisted he would not now entertain a move to Real Madrid.

• Cech: Boss can be our Sir Alex
• Cech fears for English goalkeeping
• Malouda wants to stay with Chelsea

Cole worked with Villas-Boas for one season in 2006-07, when the former FC Porto boss was part of Jose Mourinho's coaching staff. And Cole believes he will return to Stamford Bridge with the respect of all those who are still at the club.

With Mourinho in charge at Real, Cole has previously been strongly linked with a move to the Bernabeu. But the England international dismissed this as he prepares for the new season: "Never even thought about it," he told Sky Sports. "I had issues before where I thought about it, but this season I have been fine, I have been on holiday so I have not read anything."

Villas-Boas was responsible for prepping the team on the opposition's style of play, and making sure everyone knew their jobs for each and every game. It shows a tactical awareness which will prove crucial is he is to end owner Roman Abramovich's search for a Champions League trophy.

"Honestly, it was amazing how thorough he was," Cole told The Sun. "He would brief Jose on all the players we were facing to the point where we knew which foot they favoured, whether they liked to go inside or outside, preferred to cross deep or short, their stamina levels, the lot.

"If we'd wanted to know what they had for breakfast I'm sure he could have found out for us.

"We wouldn't see Andre on the training pitch but he would be there at all our games working away in the background. He was quite quiet but very polite and always said 'hello'.

"People say they are surprised he's Chelsea manager because he's so young but since he left us he's won everything he could at Porto.

"We already know how enthusiastic he is so hopefully it will all come together and we can start winning trophies again."

Cole added of Villas-Boas' predecessor, Carlo Ancelotti: "He's left his mark on Chelsea by winning the Double in his first year but we've got to move on now. It would be good to have a manager long term but that's down to the big boss upstairs Mr Abramovich and if he feels the need to change then he's going to do it. It's his club so it's up to him. He's the main man."

Cole, 30, also rejected claims that most of the Chelsea squad is over the hill and is in need of an injection of fresh, young talent. He added: "I don't feel old and I don't think the other players do. We are a fit team, Lamps can run forever, I feel I can run a lot and Didier is still strong and fighting.

"There's plenty of life left in me. I started out with Lee Dixon and Tony Adams and used to think 'my God, these lot are old'. Now I'm sitting at training next to youngsters like Josh McEachran and Ryan Bertrand and they might be looking at me the same way.

"But it makes you want to win even more, you get hungrier, and work harder to stop youngsters taking your place. I feel fine."

Of his off-field incidents, he told BBC Sport: "I have made mistakes and have just got to live with it. I just wish people would judge me more on football and speak about football more than a life that people don't really know.

"If someone had actually seen the [shooting] incident - you wouldn't laugh because it was a stupid thing to do - but the whole situation was crazy. Of course it was an accident. But if I wanted to address every single thing in the paper I'd lose my mind. It makes me crazy now when I hear things.

"But like I say, you've just got to deal with it. I'm just here to play football. That's all I want to do.''

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.