Friday, December 30, 2011

Adam Digby in Italy: Serie A Team of 2011

As the year draws to a close, it presents us with an opportunity to look back on the players who have made the headlines throughout 2011. Due to the way football seasons are structured, this idea, much like the Ballon d'Or, is slightly flawed in that it often rewards players at what is effectively half-time in their campaign. On the other hand, however, it offers us the chance to reward consistency and to reflect on the players whose influence has not waned at the start of the new term.

Guillem Balague in Spain: The Story So Far

With La Liga in the midst of a mid-season break, Sky's Spanish football expert Guillem Balague took some time out to review what we've seen so far.

England: Premier League Weekend Previews & Predictions

It will be a New Year and a new start for a lot of teams at the wrong end of the Premier League, but both Manchester clubs will hope for more of the same in 2012. They are currently level at the summit with 45 points apiece and United host rock-bottom Blackburn on Saturday while City travel to Sunderland the following day. Tottenham are just seven points behind the Mancunian pace-setters with a game in hand and will look to keep the pressure on against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. Elsewhere, Chelsea and Arsenal both have home games while Bolton and Wolves lock horns in a relegation battle.


Team News

Liverpool vs. Newcastle: Preview

Paul Merson's Predictions
Lawro's Predictions

Premier League Spotlight

The Joy of Six: New Year Football Fixtures

From a wartime jazz riff to George Best's last match for Manchester United, we recall six famous new year games.

The Christmas Football Match 2011: Arsenal vs. Barcelona

The Mill + ++

Friday's Rumours



PSG Appoint Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti has been confirmed as the new coach of Paris St Germain, the club announced at a press conference held at the Parc des Princes on Friday.

David Hytner: Thierry Henry is not the egocentric striker who left Arsenal behind

Uhh...things done changed?

When Henry left Arsenal in 2007 he was almost bigger than the club, but Barcelona and New York have changed him.

Arsène Wenger confirms Thierry Henry's return to Arsenal

The former Gunners captain, who left the club for Barcelona in 2007, has been training at London Colney during the Major League Soccer off-season and has impressed Wenger who is looking for short-term cover while Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh are away on Africa Cup of Nations Duty.

Stephen Ireland told not to draw attention to himself after being pictured posing with shisha pipe

Stay classy, Stephen...

Ireland has yet to produce his best form since moving from Manchester City 18 months ago, and courted negative headlines this week when his girlfriend posted a picture of him on the social networking site apparently puffing on a hookah pipe.

Chelsea agree fee with Bolton to sign Gary Cahill

Chelsea have agreed a fee with Bolton Wanderers to sign the England centre-back Gary Cahill for a fee of about £7m, the Bolton manager, Owen Coyle, confirmed on Friday morning.

Arjen Robben: Diver Extraordinaire

Wednesday, December 28, 2011