DAVID VILLA is targeting one more trophy to finish a glittering career after announcing he will retire at the age of the season. The Spain legend, 37, confirmed yesterday that he will lead a new US franchise Queensboro FC in New York as part of an investment group. And the 98-cap ex-Barcelona striker set his sights on lifting the Emperor's Cup with Vissel Kobe before moving from the field to the boardroom. He tweeted: "After 19 years as a professional, I have decided to retire from playing football at the end of this season."Thank you to all the teams, coaches and teammates that have allowed me to enjoy this dreamed career. Thank you to my family, that has always been there to support me. "It is my objective to put the cherry on top by winning the Emperor’s Cup with @visselkobe on January 1st. David Villa HonoursREAL ZARAGOZA Copa del Rey 2003-04 Spanish Super Cup 2004 VALENCIA Copa del Rey 2007-08 BARCELONA La Liga 2010-11, 2012-13 Copa del Rey 2011-12 Spanish Super Cup 2010, … [Read more...] about David Villa retires aged 37 after taking over newly-formed US outfit Queensboro FC
A young boy suffered horrific injuries when he was mauled by a dog as he played in the street. Lewis Moffatt was playing in Kirkdale, Merseyside, with his school friend on Saturday, June 1, when he was set upon by an American pit bull. The dog sunk its teeth into the seven-year-old's back, leaving him with horrific injuries, captured in a series of upsetting photos taken by his mum Joanne Baines, the Liverpool Echo reports. Lewis was rushed to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool where he received treatment for his wounds - but the attack meant he missed watching his beloved Reds lift the European Cup. His hospital stay lasted until Monday morning, meaning he also missed out on the victory parade which passed within sight of the hospital. The young fan had been playing in his Liverpool shirt which was ripped to shreds as the dog mauled him in the street. Mum Joanne said: "On Saturday my little boy had gone around to a friend's for dinner in the next street. The boys go to … [Read more...] about Boy, 7, suffers horrific injuries after being mauled by American pitbull
He doesn't usually need to give people a reason to give him stick. But even Piers Morgan would be the first to admit he probably deserved all the abuse that came his way on Sunday night. The Good Morning Britain host was appointed as Harry Redknapp's right-hand man at Soccer Aid 2019. The Rest of the World coach is a huge Arsenal fan - and with the special charity game being held at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge, there was always a chance of words being exchanged. But the presenter clearly didn't think enough grief was coming his way. After being interviewed by Dermot O'Leary over the Stamford Bridge stadium's public address system, the Gunners-mad 54-year-old decided to serenade the west London fans with an Arsenal chant. He grabbed the mic and asked the Chelsea fans if they would enjoy "a little sing song". He belted out: "Given we're are Stamford Bridge. And it's Arsenal... Arsenal FC... we're by far the greatest team the world has ever seen." Unsurprisingly, his tune went down like a … [Read more...] about Cocky Piers Morgan booed by thousands after taunting rival fans at Soccer Aid
"My wife and I have won international caps for the British Virgin Islands women's and men's football teams," says Ian Jamieson, a little boastfully. "Are we the only such couple or are there any instances of other married couples getting international caps?" Impressive a feat as it is, Ian, you are not the only members of this exclusive club. For instance, the Portsmouth defender Hermann Hreidarsson and his wife Ragna Lóa Stefánsdóttir - also a centre-back - both own a fancy collection of Icelandic caps. "I know some footballers' wives are not very interested in football, but Ragna is different," he told the Sun. "I don't know any other footballer who married a player!" He didn't look very hard. According to reader Hrafnkell Kristjánsson, "Haraldur Ingólfsson, formerly with Akranes (and for a short spell Aberdeen as well), and his wife Jónína Víglundsdóttir both played for Iceland between 1992 and 1995." Staying in Scandinavia, Fredrik … [Read more...] about Which international footballers are married to other international footballers?