Chelsea seem to have conflicting priorities in planning for long term success as they seek youth development and yet want regular success, year in year out.

In modern football today, the two scenarios have proven to be contradictory most times.

There has to be a fallow period but the Russian billionaire club owner Roman Abramovich apparently doesn’t want a fallow. For about a decade and half now the Blues have been successful in getting titles and building a global profile.

After lifting titles, the club launches to get established strikers like Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres but they never get the dominance they seek. With the focus on winning titles and remaining profitable by largely carrying out smart business moves in the transfer market, the paradox has widened. Continue reading CHELSEA’S AIM OF PROMOTING YOUTH AND REGULARLY WINNING TROPHIES

Appie Nouri is out from ICU

Appie Nouri, the youngster who had lost consciousness while taking part in a pre-season match for Ajax, has been reported to have come out of ICU after the improvement of his condition.

The reports say that Nouri does not have any problem in terms of breathing now, but he is still under the supervision of the doctors because the harm caused to his brain is pretty substantial.

It was quite a devastating incident for the entire Footballing fraternity.

Footballers as well as fans around the world were quite worried about the well-being of Nouri.

However now everyone would be relieved to know that his respiratory system is functioning normally and he is out of danger.

The Ajax squad is still finding it tough though to come to terms with the incident as they prepare for their season opener which happens to be a European Cup qualifier. Continue reading Appie Nouri is out from ICU


Premier League legend Dimitar Berbatov has said that Max Allegri would replace Chelsea coach Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge as he did at Juventus when the Italian exits the team.

Allegri took over Juve after Conte in 2014 and he has gone on to surpass the achievement of his predecessor. Conte won the Serie A with Juventus but failed to make progress in the continental stage. Conte eventually left Juve to manage the Italian national team and Allegri helped Juve surge.

Allegri has helped the team to Serie A title in three year and has taken the team further by reaching two Champions League finals in three years.

“I’m sure he’d like to trump Conte and win the Champions League, that’s the one thing that’s evaded Juve for a long time now,” Berbatov said.

The player who is now a free agent added that Allegri would do the switch when the time is right.

“He succeeded him in Juventus, then he will go to Chelsea probably. English teams are going to want him for sure. But I think he will stay in Juventus for a long time,” the former Manchester United player added. Continue reading BERBATOV – ALLEGRI TO REPLACE CONTE AT CHELSEA


Serie A defending champions Juventus have shocked Barcelona 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League quarter finals.

The La Liga champs lost the first leg of their clash with French side Paris Saint Germain 4-0 in the last stage but returned in the final leg to get a 6-1 result that earned them the ticket to this stage.

Paulo Dybala grabbed a brace that rattled the visitors before the third was added by Giorgio Chiellini in the second half. Juventus were mostly behind the ball as Barca played more, as usual. However, Dybala’s decisiveness in front of goal was spectacular, helping the home side build confidence.

Barcelona would need another miracle when they host Juve at Camp Nou. After the stunt they pulled the last time, the Italian side would definitely tread carefully – making it tougher for them.

Ahead of the game, both sides last met on the platform in the 2015 final where Barcelona totally outclassed them 3-1. This time the team is much more different, only keeper Gianluigi Buffon and defender Leonardo Bonucciplayed the last game and this time around.

In the opening 20 minutes, Juve tried to get clear attempts at goal. Gonzalo Higuain headed but missed before Dybala hit two shots. He curled home from an angle inside the box for the first before hitting a shot from a central position on the edge of the box of the second. Continue reading CAN THE MIRACLE HAPPEN AGAIN?

Les Ferdinand has not seen any progress from QPR

The director of football of Queens Park Rangers Les Ferdinand has recently voiced his thoughts concerning how his club has recently been performing and the 49 year old Englishman admitted in saying that QPR have not shown any significant improvements since last year.

Queens Park Rangers was able to compete in the Premier League during the season of 2014-15 but they were sacked in the same season after finishing at the very bottom at the 20th spot but the head chiefs and the supporters of the club are hoping that QPR are able to earn a promotion back to the Premier League.

This dream of making it back to the top tier English League has been delayed as QPR has been struggling trying to earn a promotion spot in the English League Championship.

QPR has recently experienced a managerial switch with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink being sacked. At the time when Hasselbaink was sacked, Queens Park Rangers was positioned at the 17th spot of the English League Championship which is a huge disappointment for a club that had recently competed in the Premier League and was hoping to snatch another promotion spot. Continue reading Les Ferdinand has not seen any progress from QPR

Owen Coyle Confident of Avoiding the Drop after Brentford Win

Owen Coyle has expressed his confidence that the club will be able to avoid relegation this season.

Even though the former Bolton and Burnley manager was brought in as someone who can help the club get promoted back to the Premier league, lack of investment in the playing squad has seen the new manager unable to make any sort of an impact. The club are languishing in the relegation zone even after having secured a 3-2 win over Brentford. This was the first win in four games for the team. Results have been highly inconsistent and Coyle is under a lot of pressure.

Since the parachute payments runs out in the next few years, it is extremely important for Blackburn to at least remain in the Championship and not drop down into the League One. Continue reading Owen Coyle Confident of Avoiding the Drop after Brentford Win

Gerard Pique wants to be president of Barcelona

When football players eventually have to up hang up their boots and retire from playing at a competitive level, what they usually do is either become a manager or just relax from the world of football and spend the rest of their respective life with their family.

Gerard Pique on the other hand appears to be taking or wants to take a different path as the Spanish defender of Barcelona has recently stated his desire to become the president of the Catalan club after his time in the pitch runs out.

“I want to be president of Barca. It is the step I would like to take when I retire. I don’t see myself as a coach; I don’t think I would enjoy it that much. I could do very well for this club as president because it is my passion. My playing career will one day come to an end and the step I’d like to take is to become Barcelona president.” Barcelona’s Gerard Pique said.
Continue reading Gerard Pique wants to be president of Barcelona

Anelka explains why he initiated with Arsenal instead of PSG

As a youth player, Anelka opted to join PSG but the Frenchman did not take a very long time performing with Paris Saint-Germain as he would later join Arsenal for a fee of €500,000 and this was the first professional contract that Anelka signed.

From there on out, Nicolas Anelka went on to make 65 appearances while scoring 23 games and it was during this time that he spent performing at the Emirates Stadium where he started to earn recognition and attract the attention from top European clubs.

After having spent 2 years wearing the jersey of Arsenal FC, Nicolas Anelka made a move to Real Madrid which is where his time was mostly spent on the sidelines as a substitute player. This is something that happens on a regular basis with many highly- rated performers in the world of football.

The retired attacker has talked about why he opted to make a move to Arsenal in the early stages of his career instead of agreeing terms with PSG which was his club during his youth career and even though PSG offered him a contract, Anelka decided to join the Premier League club Arsenal. Continue reading Anelka explains why he initiated with Arsenal instead of PSG


English Championship side have a partnership with EachStep Blackburn specialist dementia care, and they have given the home the season tickets and a special exclusive tour of the Blackburn Rover Football Club stadium, according to a report from CareHome.

Eachstep bought four season tickets that will ensure two individuals that the care home supports and their care workers can cheer the club at their games to victory this term. The club even invited Susan Adlum – who is with EachStep, and her care manager Phil Benson to the stadium to pick out seats. They also received exclusive tour of Ewood Park, visiting the director’s box, players changing rooms, and the silverware area with the famous Premier League trophy.

The home in partnership with the club’s Community Trust has seen them create a sport themed room at the home, with the Trust donating unique pictures and memorabilia to help create a special effect. One of the service managers at EachStep said: “Football is one of the most popular topics of conversation at EachStep Blckburn, and our work with Rovers has helped the people we support to stay connected with the club that they love.

Tim Cahill might be joining Melbourne City next season

There are media reports that Tim Cahill might be making the switch to Melbourne City next season.

The player who is currently playing in China for Hangzhou Greentown is likely to leave the club during the transfer window. Indeed, the Chinese club has been struggling all season and will be desperate to get rid of all the high earners in the team.

There is news that Cahill has already opened talks with Melbourne City and may sign for the Australian club during the close season. It is believed that that there is other clubs from China as well as English and MLS clubs that are interested in signing the player. So far, it is Melbourne City that have successfully met the salary demand of Cahill, and it is likely that the player will sign for them.

Tim Cahill is the top scorer from the Australian national team and is considered as being one of the best players of his generation. Premier League fans will remember Tim Cahill during his time at Everton where he was renowned for being a prolific striker. Continue reading Tim Cahill might be joining Melbourne City next season