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Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed his interest in signing Valencia striker Roberto Soldado.

Soldado has a €30million (£25.8m) release clause in his contract which is a lot of money for Spurs to spend on a 28-year old, especially when you consider Daniel Levy's obsession with "re-sale value". However, there is no doubting that Soldado would improve the limited striking options available to AVB (currently Emanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe) - the Spanish international has a better than '1 goal in every 2 games' record across his career.
Source: Sky Sports
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 05:23:00 AM

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Iceland have continued their dream tournament with a 2-1 knockout stage win over England on Monday and will face France in the quarterfinals.

England won a 4th minute penalty through Raheem Sterling that Wayne Rooney put into the bottom right corner of the Iceland goalkeeper's net and it looked like the giants would slay the minnows without much trouble. From there the script flipped almost immediately as Iceland immediately came down the pitch after the restart and won a throw. From a long throw, they got a header into the box that was rocketed past Joe Hart by Ragnar Sigurdsson. A mere 12 minutes later Iceland took the lead on a shot from the top of the box by Kolbeinn Sigthorsson that Joe Hart got his left hand on but couldn't keep out of the net. From there it was a dire attempt by the Three Lions to come back that never looked likely to succeed. Another in a long line of failed international competitions for the English.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 27 - 6:11 PM

Italy may have entered Euro 2016 without much fanfare or backing from the pundits, but they are turning heads with each passing match, today completely outclassing two-time defending European champions Spain, 2-0.

Antonio Conte, who will be taking over at Chelsea this season, will have plenty of hype when he begins his career at Stamford Bridge, as he and the Italian side were tactically brilliant, frustrating a Spain side that normally excels at possession and passing. Emanuele Giaccherini, who has been fantastic in the Euro fantasy game, put up another fine score by grabbing a clean sheet and assisting the first goal, scored by Giorgio Cheillini after David de Gea spilled the initial free kick attempt. The second goal didn't come until added time, when Graziano Pelle struck one on the volley when Italy were on the counter-attack. Thought to be one of the weaker sides Italy have brought to a major tournament in quite some time, they prove again that they are masterful at tournament play.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 27 - 2:00 PM

Spain's tournament ends more quickly than most would have imagined, getting knocked out in the round of 16 by a magnificent Italian side with a 2-0 loss.

This was a really tough draw for the first round of the knockout stage as two of the historically best tournament teams went up against each other and one had to go home. It was deservedly Spain that did, as Italy outplayed them thoroughly. David De Gea came up with two huge saves in the first 11 minutes but a save from a free kick was not cleared away and Italy pounces on the loose ball to take the lead. De Gea may have been at fault for the goal, but he also single-handedly kept Spain in it with a couple more top-drawer stops. In the end, the Spanish attack could not break down Italy, with just an occasional flash of hope for Andres Iniesta, while PL players like David Silva and Cesc Fabregas offered very little. Gerard Pique had a chance to level the score on 89 minutes but his shot from 8 yards was stopped by veteran Gianluigi Buffon. Italy then added a second goal moments later to put the game to bed.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 27 - 2:09 PM

Belgium didn't look great in the group stage but they exploded when it mattered in the knockout stages with a 4-0 win over Hungary today.

It was four goals from four players as Belgium went up early through Toby Alderweireld in the tenth minute. They didn't score again until late but then the floodgates opened with goals from Batshuayi, Hazard and Carrasco. On the easier side of the bracket, Belgium have to be the current favorites to at least reach the finals.
Source: Espnfc.com
Jun 26 - 9:10 PM

Alexis Sanchez wasn't on the field for penalties but he and his teammates won the Copa America for the second consecutive summer in penalties over Argentina.

It was a similar script to last summer with New Jersey playing the role of Santiago. It was a hotly contested match that saw two first half red cards and numerous yellows. There were no goals but plenty of talking points. Ultimately it came down to penalties where Arturo Vidal and Lionel Messi traded misses and Lucas Biglia had his attempt saved to make the difference in the match.
Source: Espnfc.com
Jun 26 - 11:01 PM

Chris Coleman is expected to provide an update on Ashley Williams during today’s press conference after the Wales skipper injured his shoulder during Saturday’s last-16 win over Northern Ireland.

Williams collided heavily with team-mate Jonny Williams deep into the second half but managed to see the game out after receiving lengthy treatment. However, the Swansea central defender was sent for a scan on Sunday to determine the extent of the damage and is rated as touch and go for the upcoming quarter-final with Belgium. "The next 24 to 48 hours will be key, whether it's bruising and just impact, or whether there's damage to any ligaments or a tear in his muscle," said the Wales boss post-match. "We won't really know until [Sunday], but he was struggling, couldn't move his arm." If Williams fails to recover then West Ham’s James Collins is expected to step into the fray with Aaron Ramsey taking the captains armband.
Source: Wales Online
Jun 27 - 5:34 AM

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has been given the green light to step up his recovery from a fractured ankle after test results came back all-clear.

Butland missed out on a place at Euro 2016 after breaking his ankle on international duty in March. Now, after three months, the 23-year-old has been told he can move onto the next phase of his rehabilitation with a view to re-joining his team-mates for pre-season. Butland posted an update via his personal Twitter account: "Had my final scan and have been given the all clear by the surgeon! Now I can push on and be fully fit for pre-season!" The news will provide a welcome boost to Stoke boss Mark Hughes whose season took a dramatic downturn following the loss of his No.1 goalkeeper. Back-up Jakob Haugaard conceded 9-times from his four starts, meanwhile, Shay Given ended up losing 4-nil in two of his three games after battling back from a knee injury.
Source: The Mirror
Jun 27 - 5:53 AM

It appears as though Stoke City will emerge as the victor in the Premier League race to sign Saido Berahino this summer.

Reports across England claim West Bromwich Albion has accepted a £16 million bid for the 22-year-old as the Potters will offer a long-term contract and a wage package worth £70,000-a-week. The Baggies originally shot down Stoke City's offer of £15 million earlier this week in the hopes of getting more in return for Berahino. But after failing to land a better deal, they came back to the bargaining table. Berahino scored only four Premier League goals last season after 14 the season prior, drawing £20 million-plus bids from Spurs and Newcastle.
Source: The Mirror
Jun 26 - 1:49 PM

Germany put on perhaps the most dominant performance by any one country in any one match thus far in Euro 2016, carving up Slovakia 3-0, punching their ticket to the quarterfinal.

A very positive display by the Germans that has to leave spectators thinking they may be the favorites to win this tournament. In the 8th minute, Toni Kroos sent a cross in that was headed away but into the path of Jerome Boateng and the center back fired it low and hard to score the opener. Near halftime, Julian Draxler crossed one to Mario Gomez who was camped out in the six yard box and he finished from short range. The Germans seemed to preserve their energy in the second half, concentrating more on possession, but, just after the hour mark, they put the game to bed when Draxler was left unmarked on a corner kick and fired home on the volley. The only negative came from Mesut Ozil, who was unable to convert a penalty chance, but he was doing fine otherwise in open play.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 26 - 1:57 PM

Swansea City have reached an agreement with Eredivisie side Ajax for the transfer of center back Mike van der Hoorn for a fee of around £2m.

The 23-year-old Dutch defender will travel to Wales this week to hash out the terms of his deal with the Swans, but, unless there is some sort of unforeseen faux pas, he will become the first signing of the summer for Franseco Guidolin. van der Hoorn would not likely be an automatic starter from the jump for Swansea, but Federico Fernandez would seem the likeliest to be under threat with Ashley Williams a mainstay as the club captain. The Jacks still have Jordi Amat in the mix as well. It will be a situation to monitor in preseason as there could be a bargain player to emerge as Williams' partner this coming fantasy season.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 26 - 1:34 PM

Republic of Ireland looked to be in line to upset host France with an early goal by Robbie Brady, but things fell apart for them in the second half and France would score twice unanswered to win, 2-1.

It was the perfect start for Republic of Ireland when Southampton's Shane Long was tripped in the box by Paul Pogba, allowing Brady to step up for a spot kick. He fired it home with great accuracy and pace. Ireland outplayed France in the first half, winning 50/50 challenges and putting pressure on a shaken French defense. Everything changed in the second half though as Ireland began to tire and France would put two past them in quick succession, then were given a man advantage when Shane Duffy was sent off trying to keep another goal from scoring.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 26 - 11:18 AM




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