December 21, 2009
A video update showing the best news from 2009 as we draw to a close for another xmas here are some of the most interesting fun facts this year.
Classico stuff from our freinds at the mighty talksport, even a strange lady is thrown in and watch out for the liverpool beachball beat strong words in the mix.
Enjoy the classic moments you might have missed in 2009
December 20, 2009
Manchester City have sacked Mark Hughes after 18 months in charge and named Roberto Mancini as his successor, with Brian Kidd appointed his assistant.The 45-year-old won 36 caps for Italy and spent the majority of his playing career at Sampdoria before a brief stint with Leicester City in 2001 just before he retired.
He has managed Fiorentina and Inter Milan, where he won three successive Italian League titles and two Italian Cups, before being dismissed in May 2008
Here is the club statement announcing the departure of Hughes and the appointment of Roberto Mancini as his replacement.Question is do you agree with it? Vote below
Manchester City FC can confirm that it has today terminated the contract of Mark Hughes.
In giving reason for the termination chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “Prior to the current season beginning, with significant investment in players and infrastructure in place, the consensus between the board and coaching staff was that appropriate agreed targets should be set for the 2009/2010 season.
“The targets were agreed as a result of the player acquisition strategy of the club being radically accelerated in the summer as a result of very favourable conditions for any buying club.
“It was also based on the fact that the infrastructure of the club had been overhauled completely at great cost in order to create the best possible environment for the team.
Hughes had been in charge of Manchester City since June 2008
“A return of two wins in 11 Premier League games is clearly not in line with the targets that were agreed and set.
“Sheikh Mansour and the board felt that there was no evidence that the situation would fundamentally change.
“This is a particularly difficult announcement given the personal investment over the past 15 months on all sides and we would like to put on record our respect for and thanks to Mark Hughes and we wish him the best in his future career.”
Manchester City Football Club can confirm the appointment, with immediate effect on a permanent contract, of Roberto Mancini and are also pleased to announce that Brian Kidd will join Roberto as assistant manager.
Commenting on the appointment, Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “Roberto is a hugely experienced manager with a proven track record of winning trophies and championships.
“His experience and track record speak for themselves. What is absolutely clear is that Roberto believes in Manchester City’s potential to achieve at the highest level and importantly in his own ability to make this happen.
“My hope is that our incredible fans will join us in welcoming Roberto to the football club.”
Mark Bowen, Eddie Niedzwiecki, Kevin Hitchcock and Glyn Hodges have also left the club and further appointments will be announced in due course.
Steve Bruce, the Sunderland manager, said in his post-match interview that it would be “disappointing” if Hughes, a former team-mate of his at Manchester United, did part company with City.
“You can’t build a football club in 18 months and one transfer window. You need a bit of time,” said Bruce.
Did Hughes really need to go or did he need more time?
December 18, 2009
Yes you can now be a virtual linesman, PSV Media have released a demonstration video of their application for football lover who own an iPhone, being a real-time offside aid for supporters to use when live at matches.
The concept is simple enough to grasp, with the application now giving supporters in the stands digital proof of whether or not a player is occupying an offside on onside position on the pitch.Quick call andy gray he could use one in the stands, I can picture it now 20,000 people with their iphones working it
See the demo of the real-time offside app offside ref!
December 18, 2009
Great draw today in the champions league which showcased david beckham’s return to old trafford as united will take on Milan and the Jose makes a return to the bridge as chelsea get inter, see the full draw below.
AC Milan v Manchester United
Porto v Arsenal
Lyon v Real Madrid
CSKA Moscow v Sevilla
Bayern Munich v Fiorentina
Inter Milan v Chelsea
Olympiakos v Bordeaux
Stuttgart v Barcelona
The first-leg ties will be played on 16, 17, 23 or 24 February. The return games will be played on either 9, 10, 16 or 17 March.
So good draw or bad draw for your team ? On a good note will be great to see jose and becks back in the uk.We think becks should move back to europe even this week on a top us tv show they still cant get his facts correct see here Beckham is a three-time World Cup winner George Lopez :)
Beckham established himself as an all-time United great under Sir Alex Ferguson