Originally written on Finishers Forum  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Mancini: I’m top manager in England - Roberto Mancini has claimed that he is currently “the best manager in England” despite Manchester City trailing Manchester United by 12 points as they attempt to retain the championship… (The Guardian) Goalline technology gets Fifa approval for 2014 World Cup in Brazil - Fifa has announced that goalline technology will be used during the 2014 World Cup after inviting providers of the software to submit official bids ahead of this summer’s Confederations Cup. Goalline technology was tested at the Club World Cup in December after the Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, stated his commitment to having a system in place by the time of Brazil 2014… (The Guardian) Manchester United’s Phil Jones faces nervous wait on ankle injury - Jones did an impressive job against Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo when United secured a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu in their Champions League last-16 first-leg clash. Ferguson is hoping that the versatile former Blackburn man, who was playing at right-back against Reading, will be fit for the second leg against Madrid at Old Trafford on 5 March… (BBC Sport)  Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich, Champions League Preview - Bayern Munich were a good enough team to reach the Champions League final and compete for the Bundesliga last season, but ultimately came up short in both competitions. As talented as they were, it became apparent as last season wore on that they lacked a complete center forward, another passer in midfield, and an athletic central defender… (SB Nation) Why Gareth Bale is more suited to Real Madrid than Barcelona - There’s been a lot of talk about Tottenham’s Gareth Bale this week in the Spanish press. Most of it has come from the country’s capital, some of it has come from Catalonia, and the rest has come more timidly from Munich. It’s February, the league has Barcelona’s name on it – barring miracles or a decent-sized meteorite – and Real Madrid are in distinct danger of seeing their season fizzle out on a very damp fuse… (ESPN) Landon Donovan to return to LA Galaxy in late March - LA Galaxy and U.S. national team fans probably hoped to see Landon Donovan take the pitch at the beginning of the MLS season when his return from a short soccer hiatus was announced, but it turns out that he won’t quite be ready for the start of the Galaxy’s 2013 campaign. The team announced Sunday that Donovan will return to the team in the final week of March… (Stars and Stripes FC) Nani magic guides United past Reading - Manchester United 2, Reading 1.  Two goals in 90 seconds decided this match, though the closing stages would see Old Trafford somewhat anxious. Nani was the star, scoring the first and creating the decisive second for Javier Hernandez… (ESPN) Carlos Alberto Tevez: A Career In The Premier league - What does Carlos Tevez’s career look like? Has he been a genuinely top draw talent, and can his career numbers indicate any form of decline? These are important questions to discover the answers to, what with Tevez having just one year left on his contract and an important decision to be made on his future this summer… (Bitter and Blue) Why Rodgers must calm Coutinho expectations - It’s a good moment to be Philippe Coutinho at present. Having moved on from his Inter Milan stagnation, the Brazilian youngster has shown enough in his first two appearances in a Liverpool shirt to suggest that he may just be a suitable match for Brendan Rodgers and, to use a modern footballing cliche, his footballing philosophy… (The Scout’s Notebook – ESPN) Bale ‘reigning’ on AVB’s parade - It’s entirely understandable that you cannot read a story about Tottenham Hotspur that doesn’t focus on the form of Gareth Bale, but it is also rather unfortunate. The phenomenal performances of the Welshman have rather obscured the sterling work of manager Andre Villas-Boas… (The Boot Room – ESPN) Everton’s Problem Is All Offensive - One of this year’s chief complains from Evertonians is how bad the defense has looked. Supporters have begun to play the “what if?” game and wonder how a more stalwart defense could have us sitting in a Champions League berth rather than 6th with only a few months remaining in the season. The truth is that our perception of event sis far different from reality… (Royal Blue Mersey) Could the Premier League learn from the Germans? - The party is over, it’s time to grow up. January’s announcement that English football must become more prudent by introducing reforms within a year or face government intervention, followed by Thursday’s warning from the Premier League on spending, signalled what could be an end to the era of extravagance… (BBC Sport) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger riled by new contract reports - Arsene Wenger has vehemently denied reports he is going to be offered a two-year contract extension by Arsenal.  The 63-year-old showed his irritation at a news conference ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich… (BBC Sport)
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