The 30-year-old has become frustrated after being subjected to fierce criticism following his confession that he dived against Mexico
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Saturday 05 June 2010
Just who do we think we are – with our 44 years of hurt, our gimcrack "golden generations", our self-pity and entitlement? There is only one merit in entering the World Cup with such a mindset. And that is in choosing a sentimental alternative to England, so as to retain an interest after the quarter-finals. Some of us, admittedly, are fortunate enough to owe a genetic allegiance to the Germans. (Sorry. But there it is. Thanks, Mum.) All those whose neutrality is inflected only by considerations of equity and poetry, however, will surely be unanimous in getting behind the Dutch.
Tuesday 01 June 2010
Wednesday 26 May 2010
France defender William Gallas is set to start against Costa Rica in tonight's friendly in Paris. The 32-year-old looks to have overcome a calf injury, which has sidelined the Arsenal player since March. Coach Raymond Domenech, however, has stressed he is still not a certainty to make his final World Cup squad: "He proved he could cope in critical situations and that's reassuring but his calf is a question mark," he said.
Thursday 29 April 2010
Lyons' defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday night has led a national round of soul-searching in France, a nation acutely aware that it has produced just one European club champion in its footballing history.
Tuesday 20 April 2010
Arsene Wenger believes that his Arsenal side have made significant progress this season, even though the club's run without a trophy has now been extended to five seasons. Sunday's 3-2 defeat at Wigan Athletic has left Wenger with no hope of claiming the Premier League title and the Frenchman is left having to explain to fans why the club has not won a trophy since the FA Cup in 2005.
Thursday 15 April 2010
Sunday 11 April 2010
They have all been through it and now one of them must do it again. Year after year, either Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester United have been ejected from European competition – often in cruel manner – only to respond by becoming champions of England. The difference this time is that all three, having suffered their disappointment a little earlier than usual, are still in contention for what would be a more highly prized consolation than ever.
Thursday 08 April 2010
Thursday 08 April 2010
How do you reinvigorate a team which lacked energy? Add youth. That was Sir Alex Ferguson's response to Manchester United's leaden performances in Munich and at home to Chelsea on Saturday. The introduction of two men young enough to be his grandchildren, Darron Gibson and Rafael, respectively aged 22 and 19, for Paul Scholes and Gary Neville (both 35), lowered the average age of this United team by nearly three full years and injected it with vim and vitality.
Monday 29 March 2010
Thursday 11 March 2010
Monday 18 January 2010
Bayern Munich will sit down with Franck Ribery to discuss his future in early March, according to the club's director of sport Christian Nerlinger.
Saturday 24 October 2009
A late goal by defender Daniel van Buten handed a 2-1 victory to Bayern Munich against Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz arena on yesterday. Bayern were unconvincing throughout, going behind and squandering a host of chances before second half goals from Arjen Robben and van Buyten saved coach Van Gaal's blushes.
Monday 24 August 2009
Dutch winger Arjen Robben has been linked with a big money move to Manchester United.
Wednesday 29 July 2009
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has told Xabi Alonso to make a decision once and for all on his Anfield future in the next 48 hours.
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