Stories about FA cup

Wayne Rooney to Everton, that doesn’t sound quite right, does it?

Intelligent, gifted, effective, powerful, at times slow, but brilliant. You name it and Wayne Rooney had it all. For 13 long years, Manchester United fans saw magic unfold right in front of their eyes at the Theatre of Dreams. They would have never thought that the 18-year-old boy who debuted for England’s biggest club with a hat trick against Fenerbarche would leave their club, his club, only to return to Everton where it all began. Wayne Rooney is the the all-time leading goalscorer for both Manchester United and England. Photo: AFP Rooney to Everton, that doesn’t sound quite right, does it? Once Rooney steps onto the turf wearing the blue ...

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Did Chelsea win the title with little or no fight from their competitors?

On Friday, May 12, 2017, upon beating West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns, Chelsea confirmed mathematically that Tottenham Hotspur will not be able to catch up with them, thus confirming their second Premier League title in three years. If I were a Chelsea fan, which I’m not, this win wouldn’t feel right for a number of reasons. Chelsea’s Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi (R) scores the opening goal during their English Premier League match. Photo:AFP This season built a lot of promise; it began with confirmation that six of the best managers in the world would all be plying ...

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Will José Mourinho regain his reputation as one of the best managers in Europe?

José Mourinho arrived at Manchester United with a big reputation. However, people were cynical about a Portuguese becoming the manager of the team. He didn’t follow the the policy of grooming the youth and letting academy players play, which is something that has always been an important part of club’s culture. Britain Football Soccer – Chelsea v Manchester United – FA Cup Quarter Final – Stamford Bridge – 13/3/17 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho remonstrates with referee Michael Oliver after the match.Photo: Reuters United has improved under Mourinho in the last few months; especially after they were thrashed by ...

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After signing Gabriel Jesus, can Manchester City win the 2017 Premier League?

There comes a time, twice every year, when football fanatics ignore the on-field war games and are glued to the off-the-pitch reports of the ins and outs of their beloved clubs – yes, the most anticipated time of the year for us diehard fans, the transfer window time. I myself am very guiltily proud of spending (read: wasting) hours every day during these months, scanning through news and gossip columns on the transfer updates, scouring through all the stats and info of the rumored players who may be heading towards my team. Oh, the sheer thrill and excitement when the ...

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Did Louis Van Gaal’s failed philosophy cost him his job?

Almost two years ago, Louis van Gaal (LvG) was the centre of attention at the biggest football event on the planet – the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the build-up to Netherlands crucial semi-final game against Argentina, BBC Sports justified Louis van Gaal being labelled as the tactical genius. No one would have thought that in two years’ time, the same man would be heavily criticised and eventually sacked for the very tactics that were once glorified. France’s 2-0 friendly win over the Netherlands in March prompted a tactical rethink by Van Gaal.Photo: Getty Images Van Gaal’s announcement as the new Manchester ...

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Is it time for Arsene Wenger to say goodbye?

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has single-handedly transformed the English game; scientific methods such as stringent diet plans and structured exercise techniques are one of the many endowments the man has graced us with. He also introduced an unprecedented style of football with a flair that manifests itself to ‘Va Va Voom’, which is aesthetically pleasing and can arguably only be surpassed by the current Barcelona crop. PHOTO: REUTERS His 2003-2004 team – which he moulded at the peak of their powers – went an entire Premier League season unbeaten. A feat which has never been replicated in the Premier League era and is improbable ...

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Defence, check! Midfielders, check! But what about Arsenal’s strike force?

I have been an avid Arsenal fan for over a decade. After several years, the current team has me excited again. Starting the campaign with a win against the former champions, Chelsea, and lifting the Community Shield is as good as it gets for Arsenal fans.  It’s not the perfect squad and it might not even mount a lasting challenge for the league, but that is what you get with an arrogant, stubborn, and legendary coach, Arsène Wenger. As fans say, “In Arsene we trust.” Starting at the back, defence has been a problem area for years, especially after the departure of Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, and defensive ...

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Can Petr Cech help Arsenal bring home the Premiere League title?

Arsenal was basking in glory last month. Freshly after winning the FA Cup for the 12th time, it was a matter of double delight for Arsene Wenger as he also became the most successful manager in tournament’s history having won six times,  with his famous old foe Sir Alex Ferguson next in line, with five wins. Therefore, the end of the seasons result shows a very good return for the Gunners who won the FA cup and finished third in the league. Surely, Arsenal fans were looking for more, as they expected a sustained title challenge from their side. But realistically speaking, if this offer was made to Wenger at ...

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Football’s 10 most controversial signings

With the January transfer circus in full flow, the rumours continue to spread, talks are under way, contracts are being negotiated, and the past, as it always does, makes its way to the forefront as clubs reflect back to the one that got away. There were some transfers, however, that rocked the footballing world; names that are still on the tip of our tongues — beloved heroes who turned in one second into bitter traitors. 1. Luis Figo (Barcelona to Real Madrid) It would be no hyperbole to call Luis Figo’s transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu THE great betrayal, the mother of ...

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Steven Gerrard, you will never walk alone

All the suspense regarding Steven Gerrard’s future at Liverpool came to an end when, on January 2nd, he finally announced his departure from his beloved hometown club. He described this as “the toughest decision” of his life. The Reds captain will bring the curtain down on a glittering Anfield career that has spanned almost 17 years. This decision comes at a time when the club is struggling at the eighth Premier League spot and has been knocked out of the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, to which they returned after three season’s absence. Gerrard mentioned that he will not be playing ...

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