The win that Ireland had over Scotland in a recent weekend match saw Rob Kearney being named man of the match. However, after that he has missed training session on Tuesday. There is concern about his fitness, but the management stated that the absence is simply a precaution taken to ensure that he remains fit to play the upcoming Grand Slam which would be held at Twickenham the coming weekend and will see Ireland facing England. Being a full back player for the team means that Rob has a crucial role in any upcoming matches, a reason for which his fitness and readiness is important.
The assistant coach of the team stated that he was facing an ankle issue and was taking time off from training. Kearney is an 85 cap player in 31, needs to manage his load and the skills coach is confident that he would be able to play the forthcoming Grand Slam. Ireland having become the champions of Six Nations has a lot of spotlight on them. After they beat Scotland in the last match, there is much anticipation of them being able to garner a win over England as well at Twickenham. This will surely prove to be a great feat.
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Ireland legend Peter Stringer has joined Worcester Warriors on a short term deal as scrum half, according to reports
The veteran is poised to provide cover for Francois Hougard. Stringer, who is 39 year old, would be featuring for the Warriors in his 40s after agreeing a six month deal.
The player has 98 Ireland caps so he is expected to bring his experience to fore as he arrives at Sixways. He would cover for first choice number nine Hougaard, who would be away with South Africa on international duty later this year.
Stringer exited the Sale Sharks at the end of last term. He is a Six Nations Grand Slam and three-time Triple Crown winner with Ireland. He would be playing alongside his former Thomond Park teammates Donncha O’Callaghan.
“I’m looking forward to meeting all the lads and being reunited with Donncha. I’m feeling as fit and ready as ever and I’m genuinely excited about getting back on the field as I feel I still have plenty to offer,” Stringer said. Continue reading →
Fahid Ben Khalfallah is set to return to action for Melbourne Victory after weeks of speculations over his contract.
Fox Sport claims that the player is one the outer even though he was not played since Round 18. There were reports that the club wants to avoid a clause that would force them o extend his deal as his next appearance would trigger it.
Many think Coach Kevin Muscat wavered on his stance due to the club’s A-League Premier ship status on the line on Friday. Khalfallah played in the last 30 minutes in Victory’s win over Adelaide United.
Khalfallah did not look balanced in the set-up and there are rumours that that would be his last in the team. The club seem not to want the player anymore, and it seems that would be his last in the A-League. Continue reading →
Everton boss Ronald Koeman is ready to offload 23-year-old England international Ross Barkley off Goodison Park.
The former Southampton coach arrived at the blue side of Merseyside last summer, is being reported to have not been impressed by Barkley, and has ran out of patience with the Everton No. 8.
As the opening of the January transfer window draw close, the Dutch is ready to listen to offers for Barkley who currently has 18 months left of his current £65,000 per-week deal and more particularly to avoid Everton from losing out completely and watch their once famed crown prince leave for free.
North London-based Tottenham Hotspur are reported to have been on the trails of the Three Lion’s midfielder’s contract situation and may pounce should theyget a whiff of the full extent of the bad blood between player and coach. Continue reading →
Mario Balotelli remains as one of the greatest talents the game has seen in the last decade, but his career has consistently gone down the hill ever since he started featuring for the senior team.
Roberto Mancini is regarded as a mentor for the Italian international. He has stuck with the player during very difficult times. Now playing with French outfit Nice, Balotelli is far away from being considered as the top striker. The Italian certainly has rediscovered his form since joining the French club. After having scored six goals in all competitions, Balotelli has helped Nice the club move to the top of the table.
In the past, however, he has shown that he would be extremely moody and that there would be spells of big struggles. After having seen his prodigy manage to score goals on a consistent basis, Mancini says that it is quite possible that Balotelli can get his career back on track. Continue reading →
Marie Balotelli has been regarded as the epitome of wasted talent and he confirmed this once again after securing a move to French club Nice on transfer deadline day.
Nice have been able to secure the 26-year-old on a free transfer just two years after he had completed a £ 16 million move from AC Milan to Liverpool. Then-manager Brendan Rodgers claimed that the signing of Balotelli was a huge gamble, but he was left with little options in the transfer window to assist Daniel Sturridge after the departure of Luis Suarez
. The gamble, though, has been a major failure, as the striker has been able to score only four goals in 28 games.
Even though Liverpool only recently sold Christian Benteke to Crystal Palace, it seems that manager Jurgen Klopp did not see Balotelli as a member of the squad. Apart from Balotelli and then decay,have also allowed Luis Alberto. The Spaniard has joined Lazio for around £ 4.3 million, which marks a significant loss over the £ 7 million that they paid to the striker three years ag. However, the sell on clause inserted into his contract is worth 30% and Liverpool will be able to receive some fee if they sell him on later.
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Balotelli has been told to find new club by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
The Italian striker clearly does not have a future at Liverpool and this may also be the case with regard to English football. Balotelli has failed spectacularly in his second spell in the Premier league and it is highly unlikely that other clubs will try and take a new gamble on the former Inter Milan star. This leaves Balotelli with very few choices to seal the deal before the start of the season. There have been several accusations about Balotelli not being professional enough.
The striker’s agent has confirmed that his client is now seeking a move to Europe’s mainland and he is willing to give his 100% to clubs. His agent, Mino Raiola, also says that Balotelli has struggled to make a major impact since he has been unable to find the right opportunity. It is highly likely that Balotelli will favour a return to the Italian Serie A rather than play in the Spanish league or the German Bundesliga. There is also a possibility that he would join a club in the French league – especially after the departure of many superstars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Benteke has not travelled with the Liverpool squad for the US pre-season tour.
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Italian striker might be considering a return to Liverpool next season.
There was news that Besiktas might be interested in the player, but Balotelli’s agent has denied these rumors. He said that this was only lies and that there is nothing real in this. He stated that the Turkish club has not contacted his client and that there currently no other offers
The agent stated that the only option at the moment is Liverpool and that his client is ready to come back to fight for his place at Liverpool. This might be sad news for Liverpool fans who were hoping that the Italian striker might be leaving the club in the summer. Indeed Balotelli has failed to make a positive impact on the team and will be better off if he found another club.
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Mario Balotelli has apologized to AC Milan chief executive for missing a penalty in the match against Frosinone.
The game ended 3-3 with Balotelli missing a crucial penalty in the 48th minutes.
Indeed at this moment of the game, AC Milan was losing 2-0 and would have really benefited from a goal on penalty. Nevertheless, they managed to pull one goal back through Carlos Bacca. But the reduction in the scoreline only lasted a short period with FredericoDionisi extending the lead again for Frosinone
However, Luca Antonelli will manage to bring the game back to 3-2 before the referee award another penalty to AC Milan in the closing stage of the match. This time, it would be Jeremy Menez who took the penalty and will score to bring the game leveled.
It is understood that Mario Balotelli personally called the AC Milan chief executive Galliani to apologize for his poor penalty kick. Galliani himself confirmed the call and said that this is a proof that Balotelli has changed and become more matured. Indeed, some years back you would never have heard news about Balotelli apologizing for his behaviors. Continue reading →
Former Bayern Munich striker says he’s enjoying his current campaign at Besiktas. He is on loan to Besiktas and says he doesn’t envisage a return to Fiorentina. Gomez claims he’s back to his best in Besiktas. He spent two seasons with Fiorentina but was injury-hit mostly. In Besiktas, he’s been enjoying a resurgence in form and is quite excited about it.
Mario Gomez told kicker magazine: “I’m fit again and I’m enjoying my football again, which was certainly not the case for a long time. It’s not just the fact I scored either — I’m 30 now and even if not many people will believe me, I’m no longer so obsessed about goals. I’m old enough to know there are more important things.”
The striker even earned a recall to the German team in the match against England. He scored in the match despite the loss to the English team.
“In terms of my fitness, I’m back where I want to be and that feels great. I’ve got this power again to be able to make the runs which help me play a good game. All of my efforts have paid off, and I always believed they would. Now I’m just going to try to carry on this way,” the visibly elated striker added.
The striker who is the top scorer in the Turkish league with 19 goals in 26 appearances said Germany were stupid to have lost to England. He Germany had a goal disallowed after their second goal. Continue reading →