Blackpool have taken the opportunity to re-sign Mark Howard from Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer this summer. The 31-year-old previously plyed his trade for the Trotters on a temporary basis during the 2011/2012 season where he acted as cover to Matt Gilks and Mark Halstead due to their injury concerns.
During that period, Howard could only manage four appearances before he was released to join Sheffield United but hopefully, he can have a better experience this time around with manager Gary Bowyer confirming that he would serve as the club’s first-choice shot-stopper for the 2018/19 season.
Australia defender Aziz Behich has said that the Socceroos are confident and upbeat ahead of the second World Cup group stage game against Denmark. Australia put in a strong performance against France during their opening match of the tournament but they eventually succumbed to a 2-1 defeat with Behich registering an unfortunate own goal.
Speaking ahead of the Denmark game, Behich admitted that the team have forgotten the previous result and they are now keen to show the progress made under the management of Bert van Marwijk, he said: “We’re confident going into tomorrow… I think we’ve come a long way from when [head coach] Bert first took over… We’ve showed it in the last game and we want to improve on that… The boys are really confident and upbeat about tomorrow. From the last game, obviously, we didn’t get the end result, which was disappointing. So, look, we analysed the game, and we’ve been working hard the last month or so preparing for that game. I think we showed a lot of good signs.”
Age Hareide says that he is extremely delighted to have guided Denmark to the World Cup 2018, but things could have been very different for the manager had it not been for the patient approach from the national team during difficult times. Hareide has revealed how he was on the brink of leaving the job after a 1-0 loss against minnows Montenegro earlier in the campaign. After taking over as the coach of the national team in December 2015, Hareide was given the task of qualifying for the World Cup 2018 without fail. This was due to the national team’s failure to reach the Euro 2016 under Morten Olsen.
Denmark had a difficult start to the campaign under Hareide as the team suffered defeats against Poland and Montenegro. This was in the second and third games of the World Cup qualification. This immediately raised doubts about the ability of Hareide to be able to lead the national team role. It was only after a 4-1 victory over Kazakhstan that things looked on the positive side for Denmark. Immediately after this result, the national team had to go through three consecutive draws – across friendly and World Cup qualification matches combined. Denmark’s form improve only towards the end of the campaign, and they were able to beat Ireland in a play-off game.
Middlesbrough recently signed Viktor Fischer for around € 5 million from Ajax.
The Danish winger has been spoken of as one of the finest young and upcoming players available for the national team. Hence, it was not surprising that new Danish manager Age Hareide was happy to see the player sign for a Premier League team. Middlesbrough are back in the top division of English football after an extended absence. However, this has been seen as a positive thing for the club since it has allowed them to rebuild from the bottom up.
Almost every one of the squad is new and Middlesbrough will be hoping to stay up and enjoy several seasons of the Premier League once again. The vast sums of TV money set to flow into the club has allowed them to sign players likeFischer. Last season, he almost helped Ajax win the Dutch league title. The highly rated youngster made 28 appearances in the league and scored eight goals. Even though Middlesbrough have not enjoyed the best of players coming from Dutch football, the club are confident about Viktor Fischer being a success. Despite being only 22,Fischer has already made a nine appearances for the national team and scored two goals.
After having scored over 500 career goals, Diego Milito announced his retirement from playing football at a competitive level.
The captain and iconic figure of the Argentine club Racinghung up his boots on May 21 in what was his final match for Racing where he managed to score a goal and help Racing on claiming a 2-0 victory over Temperley.
Diego Milito scored the last goal of his playing career with Racing at the 17th minute against Temperley as he found the back of the net through a penalty kick.
It was a very emotional match as he announced his farewell from football and supporters of the Argentine attacker were heard shouting his name as they were voicing their support and love to the veteran player who decided to retire after having performed for over 13 years.
Javier Zanetti is another Argentinean who made his mark in the world of football and he wrote on his twitter account: ‘’ Thanks Diego for all the emotions that you gave us, a big hug to you my friend!
Brazil goalkeeping coach Claudio Taffarel says that this humiliation suffered by Brazil at the World Cup 2014 still haunts the national team and its fans. After being very much regarded as one of the big favourites to win the title itself, Brazil were thrashed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-final of the World Cup.
The biggest event in world football has never seen such a one-sided scoreline at a later stage in the event. Brazil’s woes were not over after they went on to suffer even more disappointment in the third-place play-off at the hands of Netherlands. (more…)
Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen has revealed that his Tottenham team will be going into the Sunday’s trip to Anfield looking to get revenge on Liverpool after the team suffered a humiliating defeat at White Hart Lane earlier in the campaign. Back then, Tottenham suffered a 5-0 defeat in front of their home supporters in what has proven to be one of the several high profile defeats they have suffered this campaign. Eriksen was one of the big-money signings in the summer who came at the expense of Gareth Bale.
He has been one of the best players amongst the lot and manager Tim Sherwood certainly missed him for several weeks when he was out injured. This has consequently seen Tottenham suffered one of the worst since in form this campaign. They have dropped out of contention for the top four places, which was originally the target this campaign. However, they can salvage some pride for this season with a win against title chasing Liverpool, who have failed to win just two out of the 16 home matches this season.
Eriksen failed to talk about the prospect of finishing in the top four, as he said that the club was taking every match by itself.
“Everybody here wants to prove we’re not that bad. We have some big losses against the bigger clubs. We know if we want to go any further or any closer to the top, we have to win. It’s still a big gap [to the top four]. Of course, we will be realistic. At this point, just look one game at a time. The whole League is so close right now. Everybody wants a nice cold revenge. That’s certainly a distinctive response,” said Eriksen.
Tottenham are in danger of being overtaken by Manchester United in the table.
There has been a lot of doubt surrounding the participation of Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen in the upcoming friendly match for Denmark. As one of the important players for the Danish national team, Eriksen will be huge presence for the friendly against England on Wednesday. However, he has been suffering from injury troubles in the last few weeks, which have prevented him from appearing for his club. He is expected to be back in the next few days, which have increased the possibility of Eriksen featuring for the national team in this high profile friendly.
Eriksen is at the stage where he requires a fitness test in order to decide his participation. Manager Morten Olsen has confirmed that he will not use the player unless the tests say that he has recovered 100% from his injury problems. His statements come after Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood expressed his concern that his player may be used too soon in a meaningless friendly match. This is one of the final friendlies for Olsen to test his players ahead of the World Cup 2014. The 22-year-old has been a key player for the national team for several years now.
In his absence, even Tottenham have struggled to bring out the creativity necessary to win matches.
“If Eriksen can play, we will use him but he would have to be 100 per-cent. When he is only 99 per-cent, he will not play. He’s a young player who has never had such an injury before, so it’s a difficult one to call. We have to wait and see, I think it’s always a game against time, probably he can play on Saturday for Tottenham. I don’t think he can play, we’ll wait and see, but I can only say to Tottenham that I will not risk him,” said Olsen.
Danish international striker Nicklas Bendtner has recently come back into the frame at Arsenal after being in the wilderness for the last few years. His return to the club was made possible after a public apology. Bendtner claimed a few years ago that he would never wear the Arsenal shirt after falling out with the club and the manager, Arsene Wenger. He has spent the last few seasons on loan at Sunderland and Juventus, but he has been unable to claim a permanent move away from Arsenal.
Bendtner rarely featured in the first half of the season, but a much improved form in the last few weeks has resulted in him being used in important matches by Wenger. Still, he is a long way from being a regular first-team player for the club. Despite this, he will start the match for Denmark against England when the two sides meet each other in a friendly match in the first week of March. This, according to Denmark coach Morten Olsen, this is not a problem since he is well aware of the quality possessed by Bendtner.
Olsen states that the 26-year-old has been in fine condition with regard to this physical state. This should see him keep his place ahead of the competition.
“Nicklas is our first attacker. We must show that we believe in him. Not only now, but also in relation to the future. He is physically in good shape, even though he was not involved in the last game. But he must of course prove that he is in good shape,” said Olsen. Bendtner is widely expected to leave Arsenal in the summer despite the run of matches. He is out of contract and there has been no sign from Arsenal that they want to keep him for the next few years.
Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen has revealed that he is working hard in order to show his best form for Tottenham. The midfielder has been one of the good signing for the club amongst the several they made in the summer. He was brought to the club for around £ 11 million. He has even been able to overshadow Arsenal’s club record signing Mesut Ozil in the last few weeks. Despite this, Eriksen says that he can produce even more and is looking to show his best form in the coming weeks.
The midfielder has scored two goals in his last three league matches. After the departure of Gareth Bale, former manager Andre Villas-Boas relied heavily upon the creativity of Eriksen. Since this is his first season at the club, he had to go through a period of adjustment and he believes that it has finally helped him settle in the Premier league. Even after the managerial change that brought Tim Sherwood as a replacement for Villas-Boas has not diminished Eriksen’s importance in the team. The midfielder was recently voted as the best Danish player for 2013.
After picking up the award, he stated that he is looking forward to scoring more goals, which was a major reason towards winning the title.
“I have a lot more to show. I’m lucky I can provide goals and create some chances but I can still do better and I will work every day to do that. It’s been a good career until now and I’m really happy to win the Danish award and to score some goals. I’m really happy to play here,” said Eriksen. Tottenham will be up against Swansea in the league during the weekend. A victory is essential from this match in order to keep up with Liverpool, who occupy the final top four places.