It was always all about Fernando. When Rafa Benitez was appointed Chelsea manager, to outright hostility from supporters, there was plenty on his CV to suggest that it was a rational decision, but none of it more compelling than his work with Torres at Liverpool. And while there is more to Benitez than the ability to get the best out of his compatriot, if he can spare one of the world's richest men's the humiliation of seeing a £50million investment diminish to nothing, there may well be a job for life at Chelsea. Or a few months, at least. … [Read more...] about Sunderland 1 Chelsea 3: Smiling Torres at the double as Benitez wins first league game
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The recent incident in which referee Vo Minh Tri was assaulted by some fans of the Vicem Hai Phong football club has raised a question amongst insiders on how football fan clubs are managed. The answer is that they are being neglected. Most of the football fan clubs have been operating over the last few years without any adequate management and administration. All are set up and run by the fans themselves. And yet sometimes the people spotted on the stands cheering for a club are not those who really love it, but those who are hired to do so. “After the The Cong FC dissolved, I switched to cheering for Hanoi T&T,” said Tuan ‘golden buffalo,’ one of the most enthusiastic men in the Vietnam Football Fan Association. “However, the fan club of Hanoi T&T has failed to attract those who really love the club,” he added. This refers to the fact that most of the fans who usually run a march around the stands before the match of their side … [Read more...] about Who manages the football fan club?
Andy Murray is chasing a dream double this summer - his first Wimbledon title and an Olympic gold medal for Great Britain. Murray was a first-round loser in the men's singles competition at the Beijing Olympics but the experience in 2008 left a lasting impression on him. "This summer coming up is going to be huge. Wimbledon and the Olympics would be two of my major goals," Murray said. "The Olympics is different. The feeling you have on the court is completely different, you feel like you are playing for other people, for your country. "A lot of times when you are on the tour you are playing for yourself and the guys you work with. "When I played in Beijing, I didn't play well but it was one of the best experiences I have had as an athlete, being around all the top athletes in the world. "Going back to the village each night, you see a chart on the wall of all the medals we have won. It would be nice to be part of that too. "Tennis at the Olympics has become a big deal. … [Read more...] about Murray chases double dream
Two goals by Alexis Sanchez - his first in the Champions League - led Barcelona to a 3-1 first-leg win at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday to put the holders in the driving seat in their round of 16 tie. Barca, who are now unbeaten in 13 Champions League games and have scored in 28 consecutive matches in the competition, are trying to lift the trophy for the third time in four years. While Chile forward Alexis struck twice, it was Lionel Messi who once again stole the show with another sublime exhibition of ball skills capped by a late third goal from the World Player of the Year. "We are very satisfied with the result because scoring three goals away is very important," said Barca coach Pep Guardiola. The visitors grabbed the lead in the 41st minute after a brilliant left-footed flick by Messi sent Alexis racing through on goal. Michal Kadlec equalised in the 52nd minute but the 23-year-old Chilean made it 2-1 three minutes later. Messi completed the win, starting an 88th-minute … [Read more...] about Sanchez double and Messi magic delights Barca
Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez helped the Spanish champions get over their weekend defeat at Getafe by scoring twice in a 4-0 home victory over promoted Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Tuesday. Barca suffered their first loss of the campaign when they went down 1-0 on Saturday to slip six points behind leaders Real Madrid but after a shaky opening at the Nou Camp they crushed their valiant visitors. Chile forward Alexis broke the deadlock in the 29th minute, and added a second in the 41st before forward David Villa made it 3-0 before the break. Lionel Messi raced in off the right flank to notch his 16th league goal of the season after the restart. The match was brought forward due to Barca's participation in the Club World Cup in Japan next month and saw them climb to 31 points from 14 games, three behind Real who a game in hand. "Alexis isn't only a forward, he also does a job which helps the team a lot," Barca coach Pep Guardiola told reporters. "He picked up an injury (a hamstring … [Read more...] about Alexis double helps Barca thrash Rayo