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CONTE SURPRISED AT HAZARD’S BELGIUM CALL-UP

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he is surprised that Belgium invited Eden Hazard to the national team for their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.


The playmaker has not played competitive football since suffering an ankle injury while on international duty back in June.

Hazard had to undergo surgery and he missed the pre-season games as he battled fitness concerns. The Italian claims the player should have been given time to fully recover. Conte might be afraid of his star player injuring himself again or straining the recovering ankle while on international duty. Chelsea have missed him so far and any more strains would really set the club against his national team.

“I was a coach of the national team with Italy so I respect the decision of the coach. If Hazard isn’t ready he will not play, it’s why he doesn’t play with us,” Conte proclaimed.




CARRAGHER: PLAYERS WANT CHANGE MORE THAN FANS

Jamie Carragher reacted sternly to Arsenal’s 3-0 massive loss in their second leg encounter with Crystal Palace last season.


The former Liverpool player poured his words undiluted as he expressed how he felt after the match.

The Sky Sports pundit was triggered by the unexpected loss which made him to accuse the players that they were “bleeping up” when their manager needed them the most.

He specifically blamed MezuitOzil and Alexis Sanchez for not performing up to par and for “disgracing” the team.

Carragher also alleged that Arsenal was too focused on top-four finish instead of focusing on the title itself.

“That was the fourth away match in a roll of which they conceded at least three goals in each.

“People will always talk about the coach and I do not think the fans are split, I suppose more of them demand change. But now, it can be easily concluded that the players want change more than the fans do,” Carragher said.




Wilder returns to the pitch

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has agreed to get back on the pitch to form part of a Blades Legends team to help raise money for the Once Upon a Smile charity.


Some money will also be used for the Sheffield United academy as well.

They were opposed to a team of TV stars and other celebrities comprising of actors Danny Miller and Antony Quinlan as well as actors such as Mirallegro, Ben Davies, Callahan and Boa among others. Dean Smith from the BBC and Jake Quickenden was also part of the team that represented Once Upon a Smile charity.

The Blades legends teams comprise of players such as Chris Morgan, Agana, Michael Tonge, Michael Brown and as previously mentioned Chris Wilder.

The Blades team managed to win the game 5-3 with goals from Brown and Tonge. On the other side, it was Danny Miller who was among the scorers for the celebrities.




Peter Coates takes Pride of Stoke’s 10 Year Run in English League

Peter Coates reckons that the fact that Stoke has been able to keep itself in the English top tier for 9 years in a row and is nearly certain to do that for the 10th year as well gives him a lot of pride.


As per Coates, the promotion had not come easy for his team at all. It was a result of hard work for many, many years. To make it to the top with that much of hard work and then to sustain the pressure at the top for this long a period, he finds it extraordinary and wants to congratulate everyone who has been involved in the process.

The Potters had to remain out of the top tier action from the late eighties to the mid two thousands and then it was eventually towards the end of the two thousands that they found their way back to the Premier competition and have not had to face demotion ever since despite remaining one of the candidates for demotion at the start of every season.




TOWN LEGENDS IN CHARITY MATCH, GO HEAD-ON AGAINST FANS

A charity football match themed after a town, which so far, has raised no less than £10,000 is returning.


This time around, the legendary former Blues will go head on against each other.

Football fans have been given the chance by the Ipswich Town Legends to grace the same pitch with legends such as Titus Bramble, Russell Oman, Kieron Dyer and Matt Holland in recent years. Funds raised from this has been used to support the ITFC Academy and West Suffolk Hospital’s Forget-Me-Not Dementia Campaign, one run by My WiSH Charity.

The public has paid to play against the legends, or for a few lucky ones, to share the same dressing room with their heroes.

This year’s edition, will be held on the 23rd of April, at the Bury Town’s Ram Meadow. Half a dozen legends are expected to grace each team in order to ensure a competitive and charitable encounter.




SOAP STARS AND EX-PROS AT CHARITY FOOTBALL

Many were at Radcliffe Borough FC over the weekend to grab a seat as soap stars and ex-pros played in a charity football game.


Emmerdale’s Danny Miller and Chris Bisson were amongst the television stars that displayed their football skills. They lined up alongside former England defender Michael Gray and former Blackburn forward Matt Jansen. Altogether, they formed an all stars team that played an emergency services team at Taurus Park. It was also a family time out to raise funds for the club’s charitable interests.

“It went really well. We were really pleased to see a few TV Stars and ex-pros were able to take the time out to come down and play. I have to thank them for that because it was really good turnout from their side.

“We had between 200 and 300 people come down and watch, which was a really good crowd for this time of the year, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I think once the money is counted up we will have between £600 and £700, and that will go towards the charitable arm of the club,” the club’s former chair, Bernard Manning Jr. said.




Soccer Aid raises £5.4 million

Soccer aid is a football match that has as objective to raise money for Unicef.


The 2016 edition has raised £5.4 million in a match that saw England beat the Rest of the World by 3-2.

The game started well for the England team where Olly Murs and Mark Wright were among the best players. Indeed the England team got multiple occasions to open the score through Olly Murs, but the latter will be let down by poor decision making. The best occasion will be in the 29th minute where he will shoot wide from the goal despite there was no keeper.

The first half will end up 0-0, but things will change in the second-half. Shephard will be sent off after a second yellow card and became the first player in the history of soccer aid to be sent off.

However, this will not affect the England team as they will open the score a few minutes later thanks to a great shot by Mark Wright. They will not lead for long though as Berbatov will equalize after great work by Ronaldinho.

A few minutes later, Berbatov will add a second goal to give the Rest of the World team a lead in the game. However, they will not be able to hold on to their lead as Defoe will equalize for the England team.




Cricketers coming out for Charity

The big names of Cricket and the movie making industry of India came together for charity as they played a soccer match against each other in Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra yesterday.

The match was taking place just for collecting cash for those in neediness, but, it was not as if the celebrities were just jogging around and waiting for the 90 minutes to finish.

It was played in all seriousness and while, the quality of play from both the sides was below average, the competition level was not much lower than where it would have been in any professional Football game.

All 22 on the ground were fighting with full energy and spirit even though there was nothing at stake and it showed their professionalism. They wanted the audience to have their money’s worth

The Star TV presenter, meanwhile, talked to the substitutes from both the camps on the side lines and tried to find some information about the soccer skills of those who were on the ground.