The Net 23.04

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Manchester United super fan Ray sums up the demise of David Moyes. Following the sacking, Roy Keane has slammed United’s players who should be “ashamed of themselves”. Meanwhile as Ryan Giggs joins this list of legendary player-coaches, the hunt is still on for a permanent replacement for Moyes. Some say get Jose. What hurts the most through all of this though is the bottom line.

This is a short video of Peter Crouch horsing around.

A performance like this could bring any man to tears.


The Davis Review

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What a weekend of differing fortunes for the various birds of the Premier League. The Canaries got stuffed, the Swans took some goals to Newcastle, the Eagles kept flying high and deposited their waste all over the inhabitants of the Boleyn ground and the Throstles got roasted in Manchester. In non-bird related action Chelsea got their arrogant, pampered arsed handed to them on a plate by the Mackems. Read on…. keep reading


Serie A Riportare

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Fifteen points still to play for but for the winner of the relegation tussle between Chievo and Sassuolo and Parma-Inter’s Europa League match-up it was worth even more. The San Siro saw AC Milan seek a fifth win in a row while at the Olimpico Lazio-Torino, with capocannoniere Ciro Immobile on parade, promised goals galore.

Juventus had won all their home matches and victory over struggling Bologna would take the leaders to touching distance of the title. The key to the scudetto also lay in Florence in what has become one of Italy’s most entertaining encounters: Fiorentina-AS Roma. keep reading


The Net 22.4

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Very very strong rumours that David Moyes’ pink slip is in an envelope. Manchester United have been given the chance to clarify whether the stamp is on and it’s in the post but have yet to do so. (Independent)

Richard Jolly says that the Scot has made the Red Devils worse to a factor somewhere between 28% and infinitely worse. (The National)

John Cross on Romelu Lukaku’s finishing school, Everton. (Mirror)

Jose Mourinho plays the diplomat over the Courtois debacle. (WAGNH)

We’ll be having some more claret in the Premier League next season as they secured promotion with a 2-0 win over Wigan. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Real Betis’ Paulao sets up two goals in half an hour then asks to be substituted. Granted they were assists for opponents Rayo Vallecano. (Yahoo)

 


The Net 21.04

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Jordan Henderson missed out in more ways than one after sitting out Liverpool’s win over Norwich last night due to suspension. Meanwhile it’s a resurrection Sunday like none before for Luis Suarez.

Aaron Ramsey continues to impress on his return from injury as Arsenal cling on to 4th place after easing past Hull City overnight.

Roberto Martinez and Everton continue to rub it in as Moyes makes his first trip back to Goodison, and who’s on the list to replace Lukaku next season?

Apparently Tottenham should buy the Liverpool DVD, I suppose anything is better than the Gareth Bale DVD right now.


The Net 17.4

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Not bushfire’s threatening homes in California, just PAOK fans in Greece welcoming Olympiakos to Stadio Toumbas.

Barcelona’s last chance for a trophy this season is the Copa del Rey final, which kicks off at 0730NZT, if Real Madrid manage to play spoiler it will be the first year since 2002 when neither the Catalans nor Manchester United lift any silverware. Here is a preview.

Today’s fixture at the Etihad is sold out, the Emirati bean counters will be thankful if the full quota of away tickets has been picked up by Sunderland supporters as, as this West Brom blog reveals, there is quite some difference in the price charged compared to home supporters.

Do they have executive of the year in English football as they do in the NBA? If so Southampton’s Ralph Krueger would be a strong contender, he talks to The Guardian’s Dave Hytner.

Lee Probert will referee the one FA Cup Final he is allowed as a referee. (Football 365)

Kim Källström had fun at least in Arsenal’s game against West Ham yesterday. Not sure how many Gooners would categorise that match as such. (Squawka)


The Davis Review – Round 34

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A dramatic weekend of Premier League football with key games at either end of the table.  At the top the leaders prevailed thanks in no small part to their generous Kompany whilst at the bottom there were solitary goals scored in 4 games, three of the scorers attained hero status but one became a villain. Read on…

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Serie A Riportare – Round 33

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Just six rounds until the curtain comes down on the season: the stage was set for some late plot twists. AS Roma prepared for Atalanta’s desire to derail Giallorossi scudetto dreams. Make or break at the Picchi where Livorno welcomed Chievo and at the Mapei Stadium where Sassuolo entertained Cagliari. Any losers would slide deeper into trouble.

Luca Toni met up with his past when Fiorentina arrived at the Bentegodi. AC Milan faced Catania; Inter, Sampdoria and the ‘Wanda Derby.’ Napoli-Lazio has set a benchmark as pure entertainment in the past, but the attention was turned on champions Juventus at Udinese, a club with one eye on the future. keep reading


The Net 16.4

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One more cut to the tiger doesn’t affect him.” Diego Simeone confirming his namesake striker is very hard but will shrewdness in the transfer market pay off for Atletico Madrid? (Guardian)

A moving account of what a ten year old from Sheffield saw on the day of Hillsborough.

The London League. If the Premier League was confined to the capital.

Some relief for City and Cote D’Ivoire as Yaya’s groin injury is downgraded from season ending to two weeks. (ESPNFC)

One strong contender for manager of the year candidate compliments another ahead  of their meeting this weekend. (ITV Sport)

Jonathan Wilson on Jozy Altidore and his season to forget at Sunderland. (Fox Sports)

It is Matchday 25 in the Russian Premier League and 101 Great Goals have a highlights package.

Andrea Pirlo to Chelsea for Branislav Ivanovic and cash, that was to be the deal in 2009 but Silvio Berlusconi put a bung in it. Back Page Press have translated the Italian maestro’s autobiography, I Think Therefore I Play, and it’s currently third on the Amazon bestseller list.


The Net 15.4

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Gus Poyet has some worrying words for any Sunderland fan which also strongly hint at the club being the second in the Premier League to have three managers this season. (eFootball Net)

Naughty schoolboys in Gloucester. (Guardian) Then Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain are waiting outside Headmaster UEFA’s office to find out whether they got caught cheating on the Financial Fair Play test. (Goal.com)

Four more games, merciless Chelsea still relentlessly bearing down on the league leaders. (Fox Sports)
I’m living the dream and I want that to continue,” it’s hard not to want the same for a player who has given so much to the game as Rio Ferdinand.

In praise of boring, boring James Milner. (The National)

Jason Puncheon receives due praise from his gaffer. (Give Me Sport)

 


The Net 14.4

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Stevie G wasn’t the only one feeling emotions this morning; Hull City have made it to their first ever FA Cup Final with a cracking eight goal thriller over League One’s Sheffield United and Matty Fryatt experienced the whole gamut during his Wembley afternoon.

This morning’s two Premier League fixtures can be summarised as a tale of two red cards; one not given incorrectly and one given correctly but very early yet status quo was retained at the top. (Guardian)

But at what cost as Yaya has been lost to City for the rest of the season and Liverpool’s recently expanded SASAS likely to be contracted back to SAS.

Christian Eriksen shares some thoughts on Spurs’ recovery from 0-3 down.

Tell us something we don’t know, Real Betis manager labels the standard of refereeing in La Liga ‘disgraceful.’ (Marca)

Who knows, maybe one day I’ll face Icardi on the field and we’ll have a good laugh about it.” Maxi Lopez has obviously not reached this point of forgiveness towards his former Sampdoria teammate, refusing to shake the Argentine’s hand before the game with Inter and it all has to do with A Fish Called Wanda.

This afternoon’s Serie A highlights show will be one not to be missed as poor Maxi suffered the indignity of missing a penalty and watching his cuckold bag a brace.


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4 Arsenal 35 21 7 7 +21 70
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14 Hull City 34 10 6 18 -9 36
15 Aston Villa 34 9 8 17 -14 35
16 West Bromwich Albion 34 6 15 13 -13 33
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18 Cardiff City 35 7 9 19 -34 30
19 Fulham 35 9 3 23 -42 30
20 Sunderland 34 7 8 19 -24 29
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