Claudio Ranieri has guided AS Monaco back to French top flight football after a season spent languishing in the second tier. Ambitious plans are now being set out for the future development of the club, with star names such as Falcao being linked with the side from the principality. It seems a long time since Didier Deschamps took them all the way to the 2004 Champions League final and a lot has happened in the intervening years. What will the next decade have in store for the club?
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This is it then, the final weekend of Premier League action until play resumes in mid-August.
We all love a good comical own goal, unless the guilty party is from our own team, and even then we can laugh about it eventually. Frank Sinclair once scored two own-goals in consecutive weekends, and Richard Dunne too is a prolific scorer, with nine in his own net. Here’s a collection of some of the best worldwide howlers.
Two weekends ago Andre Ayew, Marseille’s Ghanaian forward received a red card in the dying seconds of their hard-fought 1-0 win over Lorient. He claims he had joined the melee following a slap to Mathieu Valbuena in order to calm things down
In the build up during the week of Arsenal's home game against recently crowned champions, Manchester United, it was expectedly a "Where are they now" of players sold in recent years and what they've achieved since, notably former Arsenal captain being dubbed "the difference" by the media in the Premier League title being Manchester red this year, instead of blue.
Not only do managers have to endure criticism from fans and pundits about their team selections, substitutions, transfer activity, and training methods, but they are also judged on their attire on a weekly basis. Suit or tracksuit, boots or shoes, scarf or hat; these are some of the fashion dilemmas facing today's managers. Some dress to impress, whilst others still believe they are eligible for selection and continue to wear shorts and boots. Who then is the most stylish, and who should really look at changing their wardrobe?
Manchester United celebrated their 20th title win in style thanks to a hat-trick from Robin van Persie. The Dutchman joined the Red Devils from fierce rivals Arsenal last summer after becoming disillusioned with the direction the London club was taking and the lack of trophies won during his eight year spell at the club.
The evidence is starting to build that Real Madrid might need to look for a new coach come the end of the season. Jose Mourinho has been fairly evasive when questioned on the subject and as yet has not given a definitive answer as to whether he will be remaining in Madrid next season.
When he was at the peak of his powers, at his very best, Thierry Henry was the finest football player in the world.
Earlier this season, Theo Walcott declared that signing a new contract was dependent upon whether Arsenal would play him as a striker. He initially turned down a lucrative 5 year contract extension and claimed that the issue was not the money but whether he would be used in his preferred position.
Although his case may have been legitimate, how many other players are likely to use this reason as an excuse to force a transfer from their current club or as a bargaining tool to negotiate a pay rise?
On reflection this has been a pretty good season.