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Nedved confirms summer retirement plan

Juventus midfielder Pavel Nedved, 36, has revealed that he will retire in June regardless of what the Bianconeri achieve in the remainder of the season, explaining that he "needs to spend more time with my family".

Hiddink can help Chelsea conquer, says Lampard

Frank Lampard says Guus Hiddink brings a winning mentality to Chelsea FC which he believes will be vital in restoring the club's fortunes and propelling them towards the latter stages of the UEFA Champions League.

Mourinho and Sir Alex renew rivalry

José Mourinho was in ebullient mood ahead of FC Internazionale Milano's first knockout round encounter with Manchester United FC, insisting his charges will take on the European champions at San Siro with "no fear".

European heavyweights get back in the ring

The eyes of the world will turn to Europe this week for the first legs of the UEFA Champions League first knockout round, including FC Internazionale Milano-Manchester United FC and Real Madrid CF-Liverpool FC.

Neville agrees new United contract

Manchester United FC captain Gary Neville has followed long-time colleague Ryan Giggs in signing a new contract until June 2010 and he declared that they were "the only club I have ever wanted to play for"

Bayern confirm Tymoshchuk acquisition

FC Bayern München have confirmed that FC Zenit St. Petersburg's Anatoliy Tymoshchuk will join them in the summer, with reports suggesting a fee of around 11m EUR changing hands for the Ukrainian international midfielder.

Gerrard likely to make Madrid date

The Liverpool FC captain Steven Gerrard is recovering well from a pulled hamstring and could feature in the Premier League this weekend ahead of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League fixture away to Real Madrid CF.

Chelsea confirm Hiddink appointment

Russia coach Guus Hiddink will take charge of UEFA Champions League contenders Chelsea FC, with the London club confirming that the Dutchman "will become temporary coach until the end of the season".

Chelsea dismiss Scolari

Luiz Felipe Scolari has been sacked as manager of Chelsea FC after just 25 Premier League games in charge of the club, with assistant coach Ray Wilkins put in temporary charge as the search for a replacement begins.

Arshavin seals Arsenal switch

Arsenal FC have completed the signing of Andrei Arshavin from FC Zenit St. Petersburg for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of 16m EUR with the Russian international signing a "long-term contract" at the Gunners.

Zanetti and Chiellini out for Juve

Juventus continue to count the cost of their 3-2 defeat by Cagliari Calcio on Sunday after losing Cristiano Zanetti and Giorgio Chiellini to injury, though the latter should recover in time to take on Chelsea FC on 25 February.

Quaresma swells Chelsea's Portuguese ranks

Ricardo Quaresma has joined Chelsea FC on loan from FC Internazionale Milano, the 25-year-old reuniting with Luiz Felipe Scolari and boosting the contingent of Portuguese internationals at Stamford Bridge to five.

Messi takes honours as Barça reach 5,000 goals

Lionel Messi underlined his place in FC Barcelona's history on Sunday as two goals in the 2-1 victory at Real Racing Club took the Catalan giants to 5,000 Liga goals and the forward to fifth in the ESM Golden Shoe rankings.

Raúl joins Di Stéfano as Madrid's top marksman

Raúl González entered the record books again on evening when he drew level with the great Alfredo di Stéfano as the top scorer in the history of Real Madrid CF by striking his 307th goal for the Merengues.

Vidic to miss match in Milan

FIFA's Disciplinary Committee has banned Manchester United FC's Nemanja Vidic for one match for his dismissal in the FIFA Club World Cup final, ruling him out of the first knockout round first leg with FC Internazionale Milano.

Porto pick up Madrid from Braga

UEFA Champions League contenders FC Porto have added to their squad by signing the 27-year-old Argentinian midfielder Andrés Madrid on loan until the end of the season from fellow Portuguese Liga club SC Braga.

Wembley returns to centre stage

The highlight of European football's club calendar will return to Wembley for a record sixth time after the new stadium was chosen by UEFA's Executive Committee to host the 2011 UEFA Champions League final.

Chelsea let Cudicini move to Tottenham

Chelsea FC have allowed reserve goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini to join English Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur FC on a free transfer, after taking time to thank the Italian "for his years of service and wish him well".

Podolski promises Bayern a leaving present

Lukas Podolski told "the best way to say goodbye to Bayern and their fans would be to help win the German title, the German Cup and even the Champions League" ahead of his summer return to 1. FC Köln.

Chelsea lose Cole for the season

Chelsea FC and England midfield player Joe Cole will miss the rest of the season after having successful reconstructive surgery on an anterior cruciate ligament suffered during an FA Cup victory last Wednesday.

Govou ruled out for season

Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Lyonnais have suffered a big blow with the news that France winger Sidney Govou will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured achilles tendon, sustained in training on Wednesday.

Wenger sure Wilshere will succeed at Arsenal

Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger has tipped England youth international Jack Wilshere for the top after the 17-year-old, already the club's youngest ever player, signed a three-year professional contract.

Fabregas out for 'three to four months'

Cesc Fabregas is out for "three to four months" according to Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger after a scan on his injured knee revealed a ligament rupture that is likely to rule him out of the tie against AS Roma.

Totti faces new year on the sidelines

AS Roma captain Francesco Totti could be out of action for more than a month after a scan confirmed that the injury-troubled striker damaged a muscle in his right thigh during the 3-2 defeat at Calcio Catania on Sunday.

Xavi pens fresh Barça terms

Xavi Hernández has signed a four-year contract extension with UEFA Champions League contenders FC Barcelona, committing the 28-year-old Spanish international midfielder to the Catalan club until 30 June 2014.

Manchester United to take on Inter

Holders Manchester United FC will take on FC Internazionale Milano in the first knockout round of the UEFA Champions League following today's draw in Nyon while Real Madrid CF will meet fellow heavyweights Liverpool FC.

Van der Sar lines up one last season at United

Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has agreed a new one-year contract with Manchester United FC which will take him through to June 2010, with manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirming: "Next year will be his last."

PSV sign off after a campaign to forget

A 3-1 loss to Liverpool FC brought the curtain down on PSV Eindhoven's UEFA Champions League campaign with goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson conceding: "We haven't played very well in the competition at all."

Sir Alex looks ahead with optimism

Manchester United FC complete the first stage of their title defence against Aalborg BK with Sir Alex Ferguson confident that they are better placed to retain the trophy than they were after their last triumph in 1999.

Guardiola eager to see strength in depth

Josep Guardiola insists that though FC Barcelona will not be at full strength against FC Shakhtar Donetsk he will be demanding the same exacting standards from his players as he bids to end Group C on a high.

Ten Cate hungry for a birthday treat

Panathinaikos FC coach Henk Ten Cate is planning a birthday celebration to remember as his revitalised team take on Anorthosis Famagusta FC for a place in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds from Group B.

Madrid likely to lose Diarra for season

Things continue to go from bad to worse on the injury front for Real Madrid CF after the club announced that their Mali midfielder Mahamadou Diarra faces up to nine months on the sidelines with a serious knee problem. 06/12/2008
Ronaldo almost joined Arsenal

Cristiano Ronaldo says he almost poised to join Arsenal before he accepted an offer to sign for Manchester United in 2003. United's offer of L12.24 million was three times that of Arsenal's and Sporting Lisbon had no choice but to accept. Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes also said there was huge interest in his client when he considered leaving his native Portugal. "When he was moving from Sporting Lisbon the whole world wanted him, Real Madrid, Juve, Barcelona... but only United and Arsenal were willing to take him right away, the other clubs thought he should stay for another season at Sporting," said Mendes. "Then United won the war by paying more".

Real Madrid signs Ajax goal machine

In January Real Madrid will sign Ajax Dutch international forward Klaas Jan Huntelaar after the two clubs announced an agreement over reported 27m EUR transfer. Huntelaar has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the nine-time European champions after a burst of 76 league goals in 92 games for Ajax. Madrid hope he can transfer that impressive strike-rate to the Liga and prove a ready-made replacement for knee-injury victim Ruud van Nistelrooy. "My integration here will be quite easy as there are already many Dutch players with the club," the former SC Heerenveen forward said. "It's true that the Spanish league is a small step up in level to that of the Eredivisie, but that's the challenge that has to be faced and I think I'm ready."

Ribery intends to fulfill his contract

Bayern Munich's France international midfielder Franck Ribery says he wants to stay with Bayern until his contract ends in 2011. "I am having a lot of fun here and want to have a successful season. We will then see what happens. One thing is for sure though - I will be seeing out my contract here." Ribery told Bild.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or

Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United Portugese winger Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2008 Ballon d'Or award. "It is one of the most beautiful days of my life. To gain this trophy is something I dreamed of as a child," Ronaldo told France Football. "Great emotion fills me but I cannot really describe it. I want to thank those who voted for me, those who know me and those who live with me. I was not worried, because I was aware of what I did in the course of the season. But to the people who mentioned my name, I say thank you. Thank you also to my team-mates. This trophy is one that I want to win again because it is so good. Therefore, I will wake and I will say to myself, 'I want to be even better'."
Ronaldo scored 42 goals last season to propel United to glory in both the Premier League and Champions League.
The 23-year-old is already FIFPro World Player of the Year and took the top prizes from the Professional Footballers Association and the Football Writers last season as well as winning the ESM Golden Shoe awarded to the leading goalscorer in Europe.
Ronaldo becomes the first United player to be awarded the Ballon d'Or since George Best in 1968 and the fourth in total following earlier wins by Bobby Charlton and Denis Law.
Previous winners (2000 - 2007):
2000 - Luis Figo (Portugal)
2001 - Michael Owen (England)
2002 - Ronaldo (Brazil)
2003 - Pavel Nedved (Czech Republic)
2004 - Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine)
2005 - Ronaldinho (Brazil)
2006 - Fabio Cannavaro (Italy)
2007 - Kaka (Brazil)

Drogba staying at Chelsea

Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba will not leave Stamford Bridge in January, says Chelsea's chief executive Peter Kenyon. Drogba reportedly met Inter representatives recently, sparking rumours he could join former Blues boss Jose Mourinho at the Italian champion. However, Kenyon insists Drogba will be staying at the club.

Triple injury blow for Real Madrid

Portugal centre back Pepe will be out for up to four weeks, full back Torres for three weeks and Dutch midfielder Sneijder for two weeks, the Spanish champions Real Madrid confirmed on their website. Wesley Sneijder, Pepe and Miguel Torres have joined Real Madrid's growing injury list after scans on Monday confirmed a series of muscle problems.

Kaka likes very much the Premier League

AC Milan 26-year-old Brazilian playmaker has revealed that it would be "great" to play in the Premier League "one day". The reigning World and European Player of the Year has been linked with a move to England, with Chelsea reported to interested in acquiring his services. "One day maybe, I don't know when, but it would be great to play in England," Kaka told Sky Sports News.

Cesc Fabregas named captain

Arsenal manager Arsene wenger has appointed Cesc Fabregas as the new captain of his team. The Spaniard midfielder replaces Gallas who was stripped of the capitancy following criticism he made of his team-mates last week. Fabregas will lead the team for the first time in their UEFA Champions League contest with Dynamo Kyiv. "I believe the captain is the voice of the club. Fabregas is just one of the leaders of the team. A successful team is a shared leadership - he will be one of many leaders" Wenger said.

Berbatov out of action

Manchester United striker will be out of action for between seven and ten days after a hamstring injury sustained on international duty with Bulgaria on Wednesday. He will miss Tuesday's Champions League game at Villarreal.

Bayern sign Donovan on loan

LA Galaxy's Landon Donovan will join Bayern Munich in the next transfer window and follows the likes of team-mate David Beckham, who will join up with AC Milan in January to maintain his fitness during the MLS close-season.

Walcott underwent surgery

The report of Theo Walcott's surgery has been confirmed by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. "He will be out for three months. I am disappointed because he is an important player," said the French coach on Sky Sports News.

Losses for CFR Cluj

Striker Didi and right-back Tony will be sidelined for months with similar knee injury. CFR Cluj hope to have the 27-year-old Tony back in training in early 2009, but none of them will take part in the last two group UEFA Champions League matches against AS Roma and Chelsea.

Real wants Shevchenko?

Real Madrid are looking for reinforcements after losing Ruud van Nistelrooy for the rest of the season. Andriy Shevchenko has also been linked with a move to Bernabeu but AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has dismissed speculation. "Technically the transfer wouldn't be impossible because a player can move twice in one season. However, Shevchenko will not be leaving. He is untouchable and he will keep playing for us," he told

Double injury blow for Lyon

Olympique Lyon's midfielder Mathieu Bodmer will be out of action for ten weeks, while Argentinian forward César Delgado will only be sidelined for two weeks. Delgado should be fit for last group match against Bayern München.

Barca, Juve and Sporting to knockout round

FC Barcelona, Juventus and Sporting Clube de Portugal are already there, but the goal for several clubs on Matchday 5 is to reach the UEFA Champions League first knockout round with a game to spare.

Arshavin speaks about Madrid move

Arshavin "How could I not want to go to Madrid? The only thing that I have said is that I want to leave Zenit in the New Year. But I have not come out and said I prefer any particular team. Now the most important thing is not if Madrid want me, but whether Zenit will let me leave" the 27-year-old Russian international told AS.

Van Nistelrooy out for the whole season

Real Madrid have confirmed that Ruud van Nistelrooy will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery. It is believed that Real Madrid will be looking at bringing in striking reinforcements in January.

Schuster given ultimatum

Following embarrassing exit from the King's Cup, board members of Real Madrid have reportedly given coach, Bernd Schuster an ultimatum to drag the team out of crisis immediately, or risk facing the sack. The Spanish press are claiming the defeat is the most shameful in Real's history, and a poll on Marca's website shows that over 75 per cent of fans believe it is the biggest embarrassment the team has ever faced.

Ronaldo set for talks over a new deal

Cristiano Ronaldo's agents have confirmed that the Portugese striker is set to have talks over a new contract deal at Manchester United.

Liverpool could struggle to repay debts

Liverpool have 350m GBP (which includes 185m borrowed by the club's owners to buy Liverpool) to repay in January to Royal Bank of Scotland and Wachovia with an option to extend it a further six months. The two banks came close to going bankrupt in the banking crisis, whould want to keep lending Liverpool the money rather than call the loan is. So the Premier League side could struggle in the current economic climate.

Henry happy at Barcelona

French forward Thierry Henry has dismissed news linking him with a return to England. The player has been linked with a move to Manchester City and Chelsea in January, but he rubbished the stories and revealed that he wants to stay at Barcelona and win the league and cup double.

Brazilian youngster set for Real move

Real Madrid failed to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United this summer but now the Spaniard club got a player who is said to be his successor. The Rio Ave's 16-year-old striker Alpio Duarte Brandao is close to joining Real Madrid, the club set to pay 550,000 EUR for his services. The young soccer jewel (who was born in Brasilia in 1992, heights 178 cm, weights 68 kg) might join Real quite soon.

Torres wants to return to Atletico

Before the end of his career Liverpool striker Fernando Torres would like to return to his hometown club Atletico Madrid. The 24-year-old Spanish international moved to Liverpool from Atletico in July 2007. "I don't know if I will retire there, but I would like to go back" said the player.

Mourinho not want to rely on late goals

Despite their place at the top of the Serie A table (and first in their Champions League Group B), Internazionale coach Jose Mourinho has warned his players must improve if they want to keep these outstanding positions. Mourinho said that he was not satisfied with his team's play in attack and did not want to rely on late goals. "In the last minute you can win or lose a game and in our last three encounters, we have won twice and drawn once. But it could be that in the future it will be our rivals who score in the last minute." said the Portugese manager.

Kenyon dismisses Chelsea move scandal

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon told Sky Sports News they have considered moving to a new location, but now they would increase Stamford Bridge's capacity. Reports over the weekend linked the club with a move away from Stamford Bridge. Kenyon dismissed scandals about leaving their home.

Inzaghi signs new contract

Filippo Inzaghi put pen to paper and extended his contract with AC Milan. The 35-year-old Italian striker signed for AC Milan from Juventus in 2001 and scored both goals in Champions League Final against Liverpool in 2001. The new deal expires in June 2010.

Mutu misses next Champions League match

Fiorentina's Adrian Mutu suffered an adductory injury during Wednesday's match against Bayern München. The 29-year-old Romanian striker will be sidelined for a couple of weeks and won't play next UEFA Champions League fixture against Olympique Lyon on 25 November. It would be a big loss for the Italian side as Mutu scored on the latest match as well.

Arsene Wenger dismisses speculation

Arsene WengerSpeculation that he was thinking of quitting after a miserable week for his side was dismissed by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger himself: "No, I love it here. In my decisions always what is first is the interest of the club, not what the media will think. I cannot influence what people say but I can influence the future of the club."

Arshavin desperate to left Zenit

Andrei Arshavin doesn't want to play at Zenit St Petersburg next year. The Russian playmaker looked set for a move to Barcelona or Tottenham during summer but both moves collapsed over his team's asking price, thought to be more than L20 million.

Standing ovation for Del Piero

Alessandro Del PieroJuventus made their first win at Santiago Bernabeu since 1962. The Italian side beat Real Madrid with two amazing goals from Alessandro Del Piero to give Juventus 10 points from four Champions League group matches. The 33-year-old Del Piero received a standing ovation from the Spanish crowd when he was substituted. "I am proud of the applause I received at the Bernabeu, an incredible stadium and an extremely important one. You live for these kinds of emotions," said Del Piero. Real coach Bernd Schuster also paid tribute to the veteran Italian striker: "I enjoyed the ovation given to Alessandro Del Piero because he is a great player, he has proved his class and the Bernabeu recognised this fact."

Scolari worries

Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has talked about his concern after the performance of his side. (3-1 loss in Rome.) "We gave too many opportunities to Roma. We made too many mistakes, made wrong passes and had bad positions. When you give away three goals you do worry," Scolari said.

Benzema likes Spanish teams

After deciding to leave Lyon Karim Benzema would like to join Barcelona or Real Madrid next summer. The progress of the French forward is monitored by top European clubs like Manchester United, but the 20-year-old player wants to play in Spain next season. "I like Spain. Next year I will play for Barca or Madrid. I am only 20 and am working hard to improve all the time," he told France's Stade 2 programme.

Advocaat signs new Zenit contract

Zenit St Petersburg manager Dick Advocaat has confirmet that he agrees new deal with the Russian club for another year. The Dutchman took charge of Zenit in June 2006 after stepping down as South Korea manager when the Asian team were eliminated at the group stage of the World Cup in Germany.

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 Is there a crisis in Real Madrid?

  by Cindy Ferguson

After Coach Bernd Schuster missed a voluntary training exercise this past weekend and only 5 players showed up as well, many believe this and many other issues are a reflection of crisis in "The Whites" club.

After being defeated by a third division club (Real Irún) which caused them the elimination out of the Kings Cup and falling 1-0 against Real Valladolid on November 15th, Coach Schuster gave his team a forced 2 day break to relax and plan for the clubs next steps.

The word "crisis" echoes all over the Bernabeu Clubs front lines; there is no secret among the fans and sports media regarding the situation with player's performance, but why? Has the club lost interest in the Spanish League? Is the physical preparation to average for the squad? Perhaps these and many other issues have taken the elite club down the hill for a moment.

What are the main problems that have affected the club this year? And have them paying the bills almost finishing this 2008? Well, to start with the club is famous for signing the best players in the planet, no matter the costs or political issues involve.

The fact that Cristiano Ronaldo decided to remain in the Manchester United instead of signing the multi-million dollar contract with The Whites; left many wondering that perhaps the economical aspect was not the cause for the transaction to failed, but more of social phenomena. The Real Madrid waited for to long for Cristiano Ronaldo to change his mind and by the time he rejected the offer, possible contracts with David Villa or Santi Cazorla were already lost.

Now, the issues with Robinho escalated way more than the club expected, and at the end he left. Since the club was not prepared when Robinho, the only player they could signed during that moment was Rafael Van der Vaart, who is a great striker, but Robinhos position in the field was hard to replace.

The clubs main objective this 2008 season was based on high performance and less injuries; now in days the club is cursed with casualties, but the one who has and will affect the club the rest of the season is the possible 9 month period without striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, who seriously injured his knee recently.

Coach Bernd Schuster has also been distant and reserved with the media, especially after some comments on his replacement by the end of the season and others regarding his lack of faith with players of Real's "First Team" , whom Schuster has not paid much attention, if none at all since he began coaching the A team.

The team is only two points away to take the lead on the board and they are performing well on the Champions league, so claiming that there is no crisis at all seems out of the question, since an elite club like Real Madrid speaks with performance and not controversy.

 About the Author

Cindy Ferguson is a true fan and sports writer of UEFA reviews and Sports Betting . Feel free to reprint this article in its whole on your site, make sure to leave all links in place and do not modify any of the content

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December, 2008
Ronaldo almost joined Arsenal
Real Madrid signs Ajax goal machine
Ribery intends to fulfill his contract
Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or
Drogba staying at Chelsea
Triple injury blow for Real Madrid

November, 2008
Kaka likes very much the Premier League
Cesc Fabregas named captain
Berbatov out of action
Top Story: Is there a crisis in Real Madrid?
Bayern sign Donovan on loan
Walcott underwent surgery
Losses for CFR Cluj
Real wants Shevchenko?
Double injury blow for Lyon
Barca, Juve and Sporting to knockout round
Arshavin speaks about Madrid move
Van Nistelrooy out for the whole season
Schuster given ultimatum
Ronaldo set for talks over a new deal
Liverpool could struggle to repay debts
Henry happy at Barcelona
Brazilian youngster set for Real move
Torres wants to return to Atletico
Mourinho not want to rely on late goals
Kenyon dismisses Chelsea move scandal
Inzaghi signs new contract
Mutu misses next Champions League match
Arsene Wenger dismisses speculation
Arshavin desperate to left Zenit
Standing ovation for Del Piero
Top Story: Spanish Football - Barcelona at the top of La Liga
Scolari worries
Benzema likes Spanish teams
Advocaat signs new Zenit contract

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