Zinedine Zidane Report Wanted to Replace Laurent Blanc as France Coach After Euro 2012

Ditulis Oleh Yus Yas pada Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | 6:21 AM

Zinedine Zidane Wanted to Replace Laurent Blanc as France Coach After Euro 2012

Zinedine Zidane wanted to replace Laurent Blanc as France's coach after the team exited Euro 2012, and he approached the France Football Federation about the job, says the organisation's president Noel Le Graet.

France eventually appointed another of that 1998 World Cup-winning team, Didier Deschamps, to the role instead.

Le Graet makes the claim in his book, "World Champions 1998, Secrets and Power", which is being serialised in France Football.

As quoted by ITV:

Zinedine Zidane would have liked to lead Les Bleus. It's clear he wanted (the job). I met him at his request. It was not the moment. He first needed to lead a team.

Since then, Zidane has become an assistant coach to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, so the idea of him one day leading the French team is not exactly fanciful.


Arsene Wenger Denies Pushing Giroud Out Of Arsenal

Ditulis Oleh Yus Yas pada Monday, April 14, 2014 | 10:37 AM

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has denied claims that he is seeking to push Olivier Giroud out of the club.

The Frenchman has had to defend his treatment of Giroud after the forward started on the bench for their FA Cup semi-final against Wigan.

Yaya Sanogo was chosen to lead the attack ahead of Giroud on Saturday and it may confirm Wenger’s move away from using the Frenchman regularly.

Speaking on Monday, Wenger said: “He has a fantastic spirit and is a fantastic team player, he’s gone through a difficult period.

“But he has played more games than any other striker in the Premier League.”

When questioned whether Giroud is important to his plans he simply replied: “Yes.”

Giroud Wants Arsenal Players To Win The FA Cup For Manager Arsene Wenger

Giroud Wants Arsenal Players To Win The FA Cup For Arsene Wenger

Olivier Giroud has revealed that Arsenal’s players want to win the FA Cup for manager Arsene Wenger.

The French international challenged Arsenal to end their trophy drought and lift the FA Cup, for boss Wenger as much as anyone else.

“It’s been a long time without a trophy as everyone knows, and now we have an excellent chance to change that,” said Giroud.

“We really want to win it for the fans, for the club and for the boss as well, it would be huge for him.”

Livorno President confirms he would sell Chelsea target Paul Pogba for massive £66 million

Ditulis Oleh Yus Yas pada Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 5:08 AM

President confirms he would sell Chelsea target for massive £66 million

Livorno president Aldo Spinelli has said that he would sell Juventus midfielder and long-term Chelsea target Paul Pogba for a fee of £66 million.

The blues, along with a number of Europes best, have been linked with a move for the highly-rated French International

It is understood that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic has earmarked Pogba as his number one target for Chelsea this summer.

However, Juve know just how good he is and will be, so they have no intention of letting him go anytime soone.

But Livorno president Spinelli states that he is no Diego Maradona, adding that he would sell Pogba for £66 million.

He is quoted as saying by Tuttosport: “Nice player, but he’s not Maradona. If someone offers €80 million (£66 million)I would sell.””

EPL: Arsenal Launching Player Plus Cash Bid For Isco

Ditulis Oleh Yus Yas pada Friday, April 11, 2014 | 4:46 PM

Arsenal Launching Player Plus Cash Bid For Isco

Interesting transfer news are out claiming that Arsenal are believed to be pondering a possible swap deal involving key playmaker Santi Cazorla.

Gunners sources reportedly told Football Direct News that the north London club is keen to lure Real Madrid young gun Isco to the Emirates Stadium this summer.

 The report suggests that Arsenal could offer £20million and 29-year old Spaniard Cazorla as an opening bid for 21-year old Isco who only joined Madrid from Malaga in the summer.

Arsenal targated Daryl Janmaat As Replacement For Bacary Sagna

Arsenal Eyeing Daryl Janmaat As Replacement For Bacary Sagna

It has been reported that Tottenham will compete with Arsenal for Feyenoord fullback Daryl Janmaat this summer.

Feyenoord chief Martin van Geel confirmed yesterday that Janmaat had rejected a new contract offer and would likely be sold in the summer. The Holland international has been a long-term target for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger as he seeks a replacement for contract rebel Bacary Sagna. However, he will face competition from Spurs, where football chief Franco Baldini feels they lack depth in the fullback positions.

Bayern Munich face Real Madrid, Chelsea will play Atletico Madrid for place in Champions League final 2014

Real Madrid's Emilio Butragueno (L) shakes hands with Bayern Munich club ambassador Paul Breitner after the draw in Nyon.

Bayern Munich will face Real Madrid for a place in the Champions League final.

Friday's semi-final draw pitted defending champions Bayern against Carlo Ancelotti's men, who scraped through 3-2 on aggregate against Borussia Dortmund.

Chelsea will play Atletico Madrid in the other semi-final, with the first legs taking place on April 22/23 and the return the following week.

Real's pairing against Bayern brings together two clubs who have won the competition 14 times between them.

Five-time winners Bayern, quarter-final conquerors of Manchester United, are the defending champions. They beat fellow German side Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.

Real have won European club football's top prize nine times - but not since 2002.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is looking forward to his team's clash against the defending champions.

Ancelotti, whose side lost their quarter-final second leg 2-0 to Dortmund on Tuesday but went through 3-2 on aggregate, told a press conference: "Yes, we were poor against Dortmund but it doesn't matter because we made it through.

"If we want to win the Champions League we then have to beat everyone, including Bayern.

"The games will be very difficult...but it's not easy for anyone to play Real Madrid either."

The match will see former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola return to Spain and Ancelotti added: "He is one of the best coaches in the world. They have a great team."

Chelsea will play the first leg in the Spanish capital as they seek to book a place in this season's final in Lisbon.

On the draw, Blues chief executive Ron Gourlay said: "They're all fantastic sides. The important thing to us was to make sure we were in the semi-final.


• Chelsea 2, Paris Saint-Germain 0
• Borussia Dortmund 2, Real Madrid 0
• Atletico Madrid 1, Barcelona 0
• Bayern Munich 3, Manchester United 1

"We need to make sure we are totally prepared for these games. I'm sure Jose will make sure we are but we have some important games before that.

"If someone had said at the start of the season we'd be in the Champions League semi-finals and the Premier League (title) shake-up I'd have taken it. This is what we work for all season.

"We have ambition at the club, it's evolving all the time. We'd like to win back the Premier League and add another Champions League win (to the 2012 success).

"The key is to keep building for the future and we're definitely heading in the right direction.

"We're in a good position and everyone's done fantastically well. We can look forward to the next few weeks."

Hakan Calhanoglu Keep Ignoring Arsenal, Chelsea Rumours

Ditulis Oleh Yus Yas pada Thursday, April 10, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Hakan Calhanoglu Ignoring Arsenal, Chelsea Rumours

Hamburg midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu is ignoring fresh transfer rumours, insists his agent.

Bektas Demirtas, the agent of Calhanoglu, has told Hamburger Morgenpost his client is paying little attention to reports of interest from Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and AS Roma.

“The lad has always said he is a Hamburg player. He only signed a new contract in the winter until June 2018.

“He signed it because he has a future plan. His plan is to be a success at Hamburg in the next few years.

“The rumours are usual, but they will have no impact on Hakan.”

Champions League : Atletico Madrid v Barcelona –Team Line Up 1st Eleven

Ditulis Oleh Yus Yas pada Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | 11:47 AM

Champions League : Atletico Madrid v Barcelona – Team Line Up

Team Line Up ahead of the Champions League clash between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

Atletico Madrid v Barcelona - Team Line Up


Courtois, Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Filipe, Gabi, Koke, Tiago, Raúl García, Adrián, Villa.

Substitutes: Aranzubia, Alderweireld, Insua, Suárez, Rodríguez, Sosa, Diego.


Pinto, Fàbregas, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, Mascherano, Bartra, Sergio, Alba, Alves.

Substitutes: Oier, Montoya, Song, Adriano, Alexis, Pedro, Sergi Roberto..

Champions League : Bayern Munich v Manchester United – Team Line Up 1st Eleven

Champions League : Bayern Munich v Manchester United – Team Line Up

Team Line Up ahead of the Champions League clash between Bayern Munich and Manchester United.

Champions League : Bayern Munich v Manchester United – Team Line Up


Bayern Munich: Neuer, Dante, Ribéry, Mandzuki?, Robben, Boateng, Götze, Lahm (C), Müller, Alaba, Kroos. SUBS: Raeder, van Buyten, Rafinha, Pizarro, Weiser, Hojbjerg, Weihrauch

Manchester United: De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Fletcher, Carrick; Valencia, Rooney, Kagawa; Welbeck. SUBS: Lindegaard, Büttner, Ferdinand, Giggs, Januzaj, Young, Hernandez..
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