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Former Spurs ace will not stand against Sepp Blatter.
Former Newcastle and Tottenham midfielder David Ginola has pulled out of the race to be the next president of FIFA, according to the BBC.
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Backed by bookmakers Paddy Power, the Frenchman had launched a plan to stand against Sepp Blatter from standing for a fifth consecutive term earlier this month.
The unpopular 78-year-old is facing a number of serious contenders for the post.
However, the Team Ginola website confirmed that he would no longer be in the running for the job, promising full refunds to those who had already donated toward his campaign fund.
Ginola’s campaign id not receive the required amount of backing from five football associations to be nominated for the final stretch.
In a nerve racking second leg of the Capital One Cup semi final, yet another last minute burst from Christian Eriksen secured Tottenham Hotspur a late equaliser which led to the club proceeding to Wembley by winning 3-2 on aggregate. Things had started off well for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, the team looked confident throughout the […]
Bayern Munich have announced that Franck Ribery and Rafinha will not be ready when the second half of the Bundesliga season resumes this weekend.
The German champions travel to second-placed Wolfsburg on Friday sporting an 11-point lead over their upcoming opponents at the top of the table.
However, they will make the journey to the Volkswagen Arena without French winger Ribery and Brazilian full-back Rafinha due to injuries.
Ribery tore a muscle in his thigh during Wednesday’s training session, where Rafinha also suffered damaged ligaments.
The duo are expected to be ruled out for a fortnight and they will miss the matches against Schalke and Stuttgart as well.
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Crystal Palace have announced the signing of midfielder Jordon Mutch from London rivals Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee.
The 23-year-old had found regular first-team appearances hard to come by at Loftus Road and played just 11 times for Rangers in all competitions following his off-season move from Cardiff City.
Mutch has now put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half year deal at Selhurst Park and is expected to be in the squad to face Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.
A statement on the south London club’s official website read: “Crystal Palace are delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Jordon Mutch from Queens Park Rangers on a four-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee.
“Mutch, 23, joined QPR from Cardiff City in the summer and makes the move across London to become Alan Pardew’s second signing of the transfer window.
“He trained with his new team-mates on Thursday morning and could feature in this Saturday’s game against Everton at Selhurst Park.”
Tottenham target Yevhen Konoplyanka has played down speculation that he is set to join Roma – but admits a decision on his future will be made imminently.
Tunisia coach Georges Leekens admitted he had tears in his eyes when Senegal and Cameroon media attacked their respective mentors, Alain Giresse and Volker Finke.
Both European coaches were eliminated from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and were heavily criticised by the press and fans of their countries.
However, Leekens considers that the treatment suffered by its counterparts is unfair, with the Belgian relling AFP: “It is not the proper way, it brought tears to my eyes.
“We all know how tough is this job. We saw how it can turn sour. I saw some of my colleagues getting slaughtered, Alain Giresse and Volker Finke.”
Guinea will face Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after the drawing of lots decided who finished second in Group D on Thursday.
Ivory Coast progressed to the knockout stages as group winners after they beat Cameroon 1-0 on Wednesday, thanks to a fine strike from Max Gradel in the first half.
However, the other final match in the pool saw the National Elephants play out a 1-1 draw with Mali, meaning the two teams finished on the same number of points, goals for and against after they had both drawn their previous two games by an identical scoreline.
As a result the runners-up spot had to be decided by a lot system, which saw the Confederation of African Football (CAF) make the draw in a hotel in Malabo on Thursday.
And it was Michel Dussuyer’s side that got the luck of the draw, while the despondent Eagles were sent packing from the tournament.
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The forward hasn’t player since 2010 under Fabio Capello.
Peter Crouch has flatly ruled out a return to the England national side after claiming that Roy Hodgson is not interested in selecting him.
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Hodgson has appeared to pick youth over experience since his appointment in 2012 and has looked to spend his time developing the next generation of England stars rather than more experienced heads.
Crouch hasn’t earned a single call up for the Three Lions since the former West Bromwich Albion manager took over as England boss and says that whilst he is flattered to see his name mentioned, he doesn’t believe he will ever be selected again.
“It’s still flattering to see my name mentioned when it comes to England squads. But I’ve come to realise I’m unlikely to ever play for my country again,” he wrote in his Loaded column, reports Daily Mirror.
“My last cap was against France in November 2010, when I was aged 29. I came on as a substitute and scored within a minute. We lost 2-1 and I haven’t pulled on the white shirt since.”
The Stoke City striker scored 22 times in 42 appearances, hardly a poor record but accepts he’s not in Hodgson’s plans.
“Even four-and-a-bit years on from my last appearance I think I’m more than capable of doing a job for my country. But the fact is the manager Roy Hodgson is simply not interested in selecting me,” Crouch continued.
“It is unfortunate from my point of view but it’s quite plain to see I’m not in his plans. I’m sure he has his reasons and he appears to be putting a major emphasis on giving younger players a chance – and that is also understandable.
“Still, I would love to be involved. Representing my country was always the ultimate honour, but it’s just not going to happen now.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident new signing Gabriel has all the qualities to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League.
Gabriel joined the Gunners from La Liga outfit Villarreal on Wednesday for a fee of £11.2 million in a deal that also saw winger Joel Campbell join the Yellow Submarine on loan until the end of the season.
Primarily a centre-back, the versatile Brazilian can also play in both full-back positions and Wenger has no doubt the 24-year-old will soon be one of the top defenders in the league, just as he was in La Liga following his move from hometown club Vitoria in 2013.
“He has good pace, he’s good in the challenge and he’s tall – so he can adapt to English football,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official website.
“Maybe it will take some time to adapt completely, but overall it’s very good to have him.
“He’s very ambitious, focused and serious. That’s important at a club like ours – you need to have a complete focus on your job. He has that.
“I like the players who come from nowhere and show they can adapt. From Brazil, he has [then] adapted to Spain. That means he has already made it and adapted in another country. That’s another important quality.
“We needed another centre-back because we have lost [Mathieu] Debuchy,” he added. [Nacho] Monreal can play centre-back and we are a bit short there if something happens, especially with the Achilles [problem] of [Laurent] Koscielny since the start of the season.
“We needed some cover, or we would not be responsible. [Gabriel] can play right-back and left-back, and that is of course a good quality as well.”
FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya insists that nobody is to blame after Zambia’s premature exit from the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this week.
Chipolopolo were eliminated from the tournament after they only managed a 0-0 draw against Cape Verde in their final Group B fixture.
The result saw them finish at the bottom of the group standings, one point behind DR Congo, who secured the final qualifying spot in the pool.
“You have to imagine the other time we went there we were champions…but I think the boys gave a good account of themselves,” Bwalya told the Post on Thursday.
“It was a very good match under very difficult circumstances. In my opinion I don’t know where the rain came from. Our game is always on the dry ground and playing forward, but it’s not an excuse, I can’t fault anybody.
“I thought that we were just one goal away from qualifying.”
With their AFCON campaign now completed, Zambia’s next assignment will be to try and qualify for the next AFCON in 2017. Bwalya suggested it would be prudent for the national team to realign its focus and start plotting for that campaign.
“We have to feel that we have a team. The team is coming up, it’s pushing, we hope that they stay focused because it was unlucky,” he said. “The most important thing is to encourage the boys.”
Gunners eyeing ambitious raid on north London rivals.
Arsenal are reportedly chasing a highly ambitious move to sign Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, according to the Metro.
The French international shot-stopper has shown himself to be one of the top players in the world in his position since moving to England from Lyon in 2012, and is now on Arsene Wenger’s radar.
The likes of Real Madrid and Juventus have also shown a keen interest in Lloris, but the Gunners are considering him as a surprise contender to replace Wojciech Szczesny as their number one after some poor form from the Pole this season.
David Ospina is also yet to convince for the North Londoners since joining from Nice in the summer, and the France captain would no doubt represent a cut above those two players in terms of quality and pedigree.
Still, Spurs will surely do everything they can to prevent Lloris moving from White Hart Lane to the Emirates Stadium in what would be a highly controversial move, with echoes of Sol Campbell’s switch in 2001.
He’s not Sevilla’s first choice, though.
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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Etienne Capoue is among Sevilla’s transfer targets, according to L’Equipe.
The 26-year-old began the season as one of Tottenham’s first-team regulars, starting in their first 11 Premier League matches.
However, he has made just one substitute appearance in their last 11 league games, having fallen behind Ryan Mason in Mauricio Pochettino’s pecking order.
Spurs may well be willing to offload Capoue, but he is not top of Sevilla’s wish-list.
The La Liga outfit have switched their attention from Bordeaux’s Gregory Sertic to PSG’s Adrien Rabiot.
If they are unable to sign Rabiot, who has also been linked with Spurs, Sevilla are likely to settle for Capoue.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has criticised the Senegal Football Federation for their handling of Cheikhou Kouyate and defended his decision to play the injured Diafra Sakho.
Kouyate, who featured in all of Senegal’s African Cup of Nations games, was expected back at training earlier this week following the country’s exit from the competition but has yet to report back to the club.
Allardyce has openly criticised the Senegalese FA for delaying his release from the squad but is confident the defender will be available for the Hammers’ clash with Liverpool on Saturday.
“The other player that we had available has been difficult to find over the last 48 hours,” Allardyce told Sky Sports.
“We know where he is but we have had trouble finding him. If you speak to other managers in the Premier League, if they are honest like I am they will tell you the same story.
“We are expecting him back today after chasing him down for the last 48 hours. He could play against Liverpool.”
Allardyce also refused to admit any wrongdoing by playing Sakho, who was ruled out of the Lions of Teranga’s 2015 AFCON campaign through injury, in their FA Cup clash with Bristol City – insisting they were well within their right to do so.
“He (Sakho) is coping fine because he has got enough to burn his bridges with, they (Senegal) are falling out with us,” he added.
“If anything we should be falling out with them but we are not, we are keeping it at a very professional level, like we always do and like I said we have done everything in the rules to comply with what is happening.
“I’m not worried at all he could be facing a ban whatsoever. We’ve stuck to every rule and regulation in the book by the FA, by FIFA and by UEFA. We have not breached any rules and regulations whatsoever and I have to say I’m extremely disappointed by Senegal’s reaction.”
Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala admits his first six months at the Etihad could have been better following a shaky start to life in England.
Mangala joined the Citizens from Portuguese giants FC Porto for an exorbitant fee of 32 million in the off-season but has failed to force his way into Manuel Pellegrini’s starting line-up, making just 13 league appearances thus far.
To compound matters, the Frenchman has been far from convincing when he has been given the chance and the stuttering form of skipper Vincent Kompany has seen Pellegrini struggle to find a solid combination in central defence this term.
However, Mangala is confident he will eventually adapt his game to suit the fast-paced Premier League and believes working with a manager of Pellegrini’s quality can only see him improve.
“I’m OK, fine. It could be better, it could be worse. It’s my first season in the Premier League and you have to adapt to a new style of playing,” the 23-year-old is quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.
“I’m lucky enough to be living my passion, and I want to improve above anything else. My transfer fee doesn’t particularly bother me.”
The France international added: “I think that every coach brings you something different. Pellegrini’s very strong in terms of playing a four-man defence – quite a lot of our training is based on this defensive plan, a four-man defence.
“When you play games against big teams in the Champions League, great strikers, training alongside quality players then I can only improve.”
The Platinum Stars duo of Tshepo Gumede and Siyabonga Mpontshane will now compete for Orlando Pirates, after signing with the club on Thursday.
Mpontshane had been the first-choice goalkeeper at Dikwena for the greater part of the previous two seasons. However, during the 2014/15 campaign, he appears to have fallen out of favour with coach Allan Freese, as he has played in just five Premiership matches.
However, from a Pirates perspective, there is a bigger picture here as they have been desperate to fill the void left by the death of South African captain Senzo Meyiwa last year.
“Orlando Pirates Football Club is delighted to announce the signings of Tshepo Gumede and Siyabonga Mpontshane from Platinum Stars,” read a statement released by Orlando Pirates on Thursday.
“The duo join the Mighty Buccaneers as winger Tlou Segolela moves to Dikwena on a permanent deal and defender Gladwin Shitolo on loan deal until the end of the season,” continued the statement.
Gumede was never really out of favour at Platinum Stars but the opportunity to broaden his horizons has presented itself and Pirates need to try and bolster their defence ahead of what will be a critical stage of the current Premiership campaign.
“It’s now time for me to push on. It’s another new chapter in my life and it’s a really good feeling in general. They play the type of soccer that I like,” he said.