Thirteen cities to host UEFA EURO 2020

The UEFA Executive Committee has decided the key principles governing the “EURO for Europe”, with the 2020 final tournament to be staged in 13 cities across the continent. The UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament will be staged in 13 cities across Europe, following a decision taken today by the UEFA Executive Committee at its first meeting of 2013 at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland. The UEFA Executive Committee, chaired by UEFA President Michel Platini, approved the key event and football principles for the “EURO for Europe”, which include: • The matches will be split into 13 More >

Barça down Malaga, while Club Atlético de Madrid earned a tie with Sevilla

FC Barcelona beat Málaga CF 4-2 to set up a Copa del Rey semi-final against Real Madrid CF while Club Atlético de Madrid earned a tie with Sevilla FC by quelling Real Betis Balompié.

 

FC Barcelona will meet Real Madrid CF in the Copa del Rey semi-finals after overcoming Málaga 4-2 to seal a 6-4 aggregate passage. The match started in explosive fashion as Barcelona hit the front when Daniel Alves burst through and crossed for Pedro Rodríguez to nod in after nine minutes, but the hosts levelled three minutes later when Joaquín curled his finish inside José Manuel Pinto’s near post from a More >

La Liga Preview: Valencia – Real Madrid

Ernesto Valverde’s side will have revenge on its mind after it was aggrieved by the manner of its loss to the Castilian giant in the Copa del Rey quarterfinal first leg.

 

 

 

VALENCIA Alves Barragan, Rami, R Costa, Guardado Gago, T Costa Piatti, Banega, Jonas Soldado REAL MADRID Casillas Arbeloa, Albiol, Varane, Coentrao  Khedira, Alonso Ozil, Modric, Ronaldo Higuain Valencia duo Daniel Parejo and Joao Pereira will sit out Sunday’s Primera Division clash against Real Madrid through suspension. Sergio Canales (knee) and Jeremy Mathieu (ankle) are also unavailable, while captain More >

Premier League Preview: Chelsea – Arsenal

The Blues have been horribly out of form at home recently, and take on a Gunners team that will be eager to close the gap on their rivals for a Champions League spot.

 

CHELSEA Cech Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole Ramires, Lampard Oscar, Mata, Hazard Ba ARSENAL Szczesny Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs Wilshere, Diaby Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski Walcott

  Chelsea has an almost fully fit squad to choose from, with Oriol Romeu (knee) the only long-term absentee. John Terry has returned to fitness but is unlikely to start. Nigerian duo Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel More >

Frank Lampard may join Los Angeles Galaxy

According to a source that is close to Lampard, the Chelsea midfielder has reached an tentative agreement to play for the LA Galaxy in MLS.

 

Less than two months after David Beckham’s departure, the LA Galaxy have found their star replacement.  Frank Lampard has agreed to join the LA Galaxy, a source close to the Chelsea midfielder told Goal.com.  “It’s all but done,” the source said.  A team spokesman would not confirm or deny the rumor, only telling Goal.com that head coach Bruce Arena publicly acknowledged interest in Lampard on Thursday.

 

Lampard will likely join Los Angeles on a free More >

Bayern played the long game to get Guardiola

“Pep is already learning German,” said FC Bayern München chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as he gave the story behind Josep Guardiola’s appointment as their next coach.

“Pep has an unbelievable aura and charisma,” said FC Bayern München chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in the aftermath of Josep Guardiola’s appointment as the club’s next coach. “Although he’s only 41, he’s a very experienced and smart person. He knows exactly what he’s doing and doesn’t decide on a gut feeling, but with his heart.”

 

Former FC Barcelona boss Guardiola will return to football in the summer after a one-year More >

Season over for United’s Fletcher after surgery

Manchester United FC will be without Darren Fletcher until the summer after he had surgery to cure the chronic bowel condition that caused him to miss a large part of last season.

Manchester United FC’s Scottish international midfielder Darren Fletcher has had surgery to resolve his ulcerative colitis condition and will miss the remainder of the season. The Premier League leaders said the operation had been planned to take place at an “optimal time” and “in the best interests of his long-term health”, adding: “We look forward to him returning next season with this problem firmly behind More >
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