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Ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Almunia retires because of heart defect

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has retired from football after a heart condition was detected at a routine medical. The Spaniard, who once considered playing for England after being overlooked by his home country, was close to joining Serie A side Cagliari earlier this month. He was a free agent having played the past two years at Watford. However, Cagliari abandoned the...
Via Fox Sports
24 days ago  |  Discuss

If He Joins Arsenal, What to Expect From Goalkeeper David Ospina

Arsenal are close to a deal to sign Colombia national team goalkeeper David Ospina from French club Nice. The club president of the Nice team, Jean-Pierre Rivère, revealed, “There is still no agreement, but we are not far.” But if and when a deal is reached, what can we expect from Ospina? When 17-year-old Ospina put on his gloves for the first time in a top flight match, there...
Via World Soccer Talk
July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Almunia signs Watford deal

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola says it is 'fantastic' after veteran goalkeeper Manuel Almunia signed a new one-year contract. Almunia joined Watford last summer on a 12-month deal after leaving Arsenal and he made 43 appearances for the Championship club. He played an integral role in Watford finishing third in the table before impressing in the play-off final defeat by...
Via Fox Soccer
July 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Bond handed new Watford deal

Watford have tied down young goalkeeper Jonathan Bond on a new three-year deal. The 20-year-old impressed during seven league starts for Watford last season and has been rewarded with a contract that runs until the summer of 2016. Bond has followed the lead of defender Lloyd Doyley, who extended his stay with the club earlier in the week, and Watford's Technical Director Gian...
Via Fox Soccer
June 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Almunia uncertain on future

Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia says he is unsure where his future lies with his contract set to expire next month. The former Arsenal shot-stopper made 39 league appearances for Gianfranco Zola's side this season, including an impressive performance in the Hornets' play-off final defeat to Crystal Palace. Almunia only signed a one-year contract at Vicarage Road last...
Via Fox Soccer
May 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Almunia: Inexperience cost us

Captain Manuel Almunia says Watford's lack of experience counted against them in the Championship play-off final. Kevin Phillips' extra-time penalty earned Crystal Palace a 1-0 victory at Wembley and a place in the Premier League next season. The Hornets never got their passing game going and their defence kept them in the game. "It's a final, there's always...
Via Fox Soccer
May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Wembley win promotes Palace

Crystal Palace will play in the Premier League next season after Kevin Phillips' extra-time penalty earned a 1-0 win over Watford in the Championship play-off final. After 90 minutes had failed to produce a goal at Wembley, Palace eventually scored the winner their second-half dominance deserved just before the halfway point in extra-time, when Manchester United-bound Wilfried...
Via Fox Soccer
May 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Hooper on high after cup win

Crystal Palace will play in the Premier League next season after Kevin Phillips' extra-time penalty earned a 1-0 win over Watford in the Championship play-off final. After 90 minutes had failed to produce a goal at Wembley, Palace eventually scored the winner their second-half dominance deserved just before the halfway point in extra-time, when Manchester United-bound Wilfried...
Via Fox Soccer
May 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Palace into Premier League after beating Watford

Crystal Palace will play in the Premier League next season after winning the most lucrative match in world football, beating Watford 1-0 at Wembley Stadium after Kevin Phillips scored an extra-time penalty. Less than two months before his 40th birthday, Phillips came off the bench to smash his spot kick beyond Manuel Almunia in the 105th minute after Wilfried Zaha was fouled by...
Via AP on Fox
May 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Palace back in the Premier League

Kevin Phillips grabbed the golden goal to fire Crystal Palace into the Barclays Premier League and end his play-off final hoodoo with a 1-0 win over Watford. The evergreen striker, who turns 40 in the summer, kept his nerve to blast in an extra-time penalty and dash his former club Watford's dreams of promotion. It was a special moment for Phillips, who had lost all three of...
Via Fox Soccer
May 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Almunia enjoying game again

Manuel Almunia is delighted to be one step from the Premier League with Watford after enduring a tough time at Arsenal. The Spanish shot-stopper spent eight years with the Gunners, during which time he picked up an FA Cup winners' medal and graced a UEFA Champions League final. He was, however, to slip out of favour towards the end of his stay at Emirates Stadium - with the...
Via Fox Soccer
May 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Zola eyes Europe for Watford

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola hopes play-off victory over Crystal Palace will be the first step towards Europe for the ambitious Hornets. Watford and Palace will lock horns at Wembley on Monday as they compete for what has been dubbed the "biggest financial prize in football". Awaiting the winners of the Championship final is a place in the Premier League next year...
Via Fox Soccer
May 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Delaney relishing Wembley run

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola hopes play-off victory over Crystal Palace will be the first step towards Europe for the ambitious Hornets. Watford and Palace will lock horns at Wembley on Monday as they compete for what has been dubbed the "biggest financial prize in football". Awaiting the winners of the Championship final is a place in the Premier League next year...
Via Fox Soccer
May 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Zola eyeing career highlight

Gianfranco Zola feels guiding Watford to victory in Monday's Championship play-off final against Crystal Palace at Wembley will pretty much eclipse everything he has achieved in his career so far. The 46-year-old has taken the Hornets to the brink of a ?120million pay-day after a dramatic semi-final victory over Leicester, secured in stoppage time after a penalty save from Manuel...
Via Fox Soccer
May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Neil lands permanent Accies job

Gianfranco Zola feels guiding Watford to victory in Monday's Championship play-off final against Crystal Palace at Wembley will pretty much eclipse everything he has achieved in his career so far. The 46-year-old has taken the Hornets to the brink of a ?120million pay-day after a dramatic semi-final victory over Leicester, secured in stoppage time after a penalty save from Manuel...
Via Fox Soccer
May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Almunia ready for Wembley

Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia insists there are no nerves in the squad as they prepare for Monday's Championship play-off final against Crystal Palace at Wembley. The Hornets have been to Spain for a training camp since dramatically beating Leicester in the semi-finals and Almunia says they are concentrating on the game rather than the occasion. "Since we have come...
Via Fox Soccer
May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Watford F.C. beats Leicester on miracle penalty kick save and goal score, move onto playoff finals (Video)

We posted some miracle finishes here on Outside the Boxscore but this play from the second playoff aggregate match between Watford F.C. and Leicester is one pretty incredible one. With the score tied at 2-2 based on that aggregate and the game going into the 97th minute of injury time, it appeared that Leicester was going to have a good shot to take the lead with Antony Knockaert...
Via Outside the Boxscore
May 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Watford Advances To Playoff Final On One Of The Best Soccer Finishes You Will Ever See

Leicester had a chance to seal the deal against Watford today as they stood ready to take a last minute penalty kick in the 96th minute. Instead the complete opposite happened as the Watford keeper had two amazing saves and a counter attack produced the winning goal. Dirty Tackle explains much better: Leicester took a 1-0 lead into the second leg of the tie, but Watford came back...
Via Next Impulse Sports
May 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Pearson: No worse way to lose

Nigel Pearson admitted Anthony Knockaert was 'distraught' after his penalty miss cost Leicester a place in the Championship play-off final at Wembley. Knockaert saw his 95th minute penalty, and subsequent follow up, saved by Manuel Almunia, before Watford broke away seconds later and Troy Deeney smashed home the winner to send the Hornets to Wembley. Leicester had led 1...
Via Fox Soccer
May 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Late goal gets Watford into final

Watford's way to Wembley could not have been any wilder. The second-tier English team will play Brighton or Crystal Palace on May 27 for a spot in next season's Premier League after an improbable 30 seconds in the final moments of its League Championship semifinal playoff against Leicester on Sunday. With Watford leading 2-1 in the second leg at Vicarage Road to leave the...
Via Fox Soccer
May 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: An incredible finish in England's Championship playoffs

The final place in next year's English Premier League is currently being contested in the Championship playoffs.  Cardiff City and Hull City won automatic promotion on a frantic final day of the regular season in the English Second Division, leaving Watford, Crystal Palace, Brighton & Hove Albion, and Leicester City to fight it out for the third promotion spot in the playoffs...
Via Awful Announcing
May 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Late goal sees Watford into playoff final

Watford is going to Wembley after an improbable 30 seconds of action in the final moments of its League Championship playoff game, which saw a penalty - and rebound - saved at one end before a blistering counterattack resulted in a winning goal at the other. In the second leg between Watford and Leicester at Vicarage Road, the score was tied 2-2 on aggregate and the game headed...
Via AP on Fox
May 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Nugent header stings Hornets

Leicester grabbed a crucial 1-0 advantage through David Nugent's second-half header in Thursday night's Championship play-off semi-final first leg with Watford at The King Power Stadium. Nugent netted for the first time in 17 matches with eight minutes remaining to give the Foxes a 1-0 lead to protect in Sunday's second leg at Vicarage Road. It looked like Nigel Pearson...
Via Fox Soccer
May 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Leicester v Watford preview

Ritchie De Laet and Paul Konchesky are both expected to be fit for Leicester's Championship play-off semi-final first leg against Watford at the King Power Stadium. Right-back De Laet limped out of Saturday's thrilling 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest after a kick on the calf, while left-back Konchesky underwent a minor hernia operation last week and missed the trip to...
Via Fox Soccer
May 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Loach gives backing to Bonham

Former Watford goalkeeper Scott Loach has offered his support to Jack Bonham following the young keeper's mistake against Leeds on Saturday. Needing just a goal to seal their place in the Barclays Premier League, debutant Bonham, 19, was at fault to allow Ross McCormack's ambitious chip to end up in the back of the net, ending the Hornets' automatic promotion hopes....
Via Fox Soccer
May 06, 2013  |  Discuss
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