While the likelihood of Lampard getting rid of all eight players in one window seems unlikely, to say the least, his plans for a squad overhaul will also require the purchase of several replacements to join Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech, who is already Stamford Bridge-bound. Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell remains a target, while Chelsea also tried and failed to sign Wilfried Zaha and Moussa Dembélé during the January window and may ramp up their efforts to get the duo on board this summer. … [Read more...] about Football transfer rumours: Jan Oblak and Houssem Aouar to Chelsea?
Lisbon’s Judiciary Police prison is situated just down the road from Eduardo VII Park, one of the Portuguese capital’s most popular tourist attractions that is famed for its spectacular views of the city and the River Tagus. With only around 25 tiny cells and based in the depths of the giant white building which is the headquarters of the country’s antiterrorist and serious crime authorities, the high-security facility is usually reserved for only the most dangerous criminals. For almost the past year, however, it has also been home to Rui Pinto. … [Read more...] about Football Leaks’ Rui Pinto in prison with hard-drive passwords in his head
Both players did enough in their two-year apprenticeships to earn professional contracts. Trotman was only 16 when he made his first-team debut for Luton Town in the FA Trophy. Luton boss John Still extended his deal by a year after he missed much of 2014-15 with a broken leg, but he didn’t recover sufficiently and was released in 2016. Being part of the impressive football programme at Loughborough helped him work his way up the non-league ladder, from Nuneaton Borough to Darlington, but the 22-year-old is now talking of moving back south with his Love Island partner. … [Read more...] about Football players and their relationship with Love Island
Not that there is too much chance of that. Sure, Spurs are not exactly poor, and, compared with most teams, we’ve got nothing to moan about; but with Tottenham there is always a sense of transience, of fragility. This past season has seen Spurs at their most sublime and their most ridiculous; they have somehow contrived to qualify for the Champions League final despite losing 13 Premier League games, including one against Bournemouth that was as memorable as any of those against Barcelona, Manchester City and Ajax. Needing a win to secure a top-four finish against a side with nothing to play for, Spurs battered Bournemouth for 40 minutes, missing chance after chance. Tottenham then managed to get two players sent off within five minutes and defended gallantly for almost the entire second half, only to concede from a corner in injury time. The very essence of the old Spurs. … [Read more...] about ‘It’s the hope that gets you’: Spurs and Liverpool fans go head-to-head
But the Liverpool manager conceded: “I’m not sure football is all about a manager running on the pitch. It didn’t happen to 500,000 others. I know that I am rather on the jump and on the run when something happens. When I did it at Mainz, it was for a very important goal and after that it didn’t happen any more. At Dortmund, I ran down the sideline when we became champions. The only difference is that when I did it at Mainz, I don’t think I broke a rule. I was on the pitch and then the referee told me to get off and I went around the side. I passed the ball and I fell over.” … [Read more...] about Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp has ‘no regrets’ but rules out repeat celebration