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Didier Drogba Transfer: Shanghai Shenhua threatens Galatasaray with FIFA action over loan move

Didier Drogba Transfer: Shanghai Shenhua threatens Galatasaray with FIFA action over loan move

Having already completed the highly coveted transfer of Wesley Sneijder this January, Turkish giants Galatasaray looked to have pulled off another major coup when they announced the signing of former Chelsea legend and then Shanghai Shenhua striker Didier Drogba on an 18-month deal according to ESPN and Drogba’s player agency’s official Twitter account: Drogba said [...]

Africa Cup of Nations 2013: Tiny Cape Verde Slay Angola and Face Ghana in Quarterfinals

Africa Cup of Nations 2013: Tiny Cape Verde Slay Angola and Face Ghana in Quarterfinals

As every major continental tournament does, this year’s Africa Cup of Nations has thrown quite its fair share of surprises around for supporters and the media. The rushed tournament, sandwiched in between the 2012 and 2015 editions in order to get back to even-numbered years in future championships, has faced criticism for the knockout-style qualification [...]

By January 30, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Siu’s View: Magic of the Cups, Hazard Ballboy Fiasco, Football’s Money Rankings, and Newcastle’s French Revolution

Siu’s View: Magic of the Cups, Hazard Ballboy Fiasco, Football’s Money Rankings, and Newcastle’s French Revolution

In my weekly column on SWOL, I take a look back at the weekend’s English Premier League and domestic cup action and the talking points that it throws up, as well as any significant news related to English football at large. Follow me @theredarmchair for regular updates throughout the week. Wembley Dreams, Big-Time Upsets and [...]

By January 29, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Capital One Cup: Swansea City Add European Champions Chelsea to Casualty List with 2-0 Aggregate Victory

Capital One Cup: Swansea City Add European Champions Chelsea to Casualty List with 2-0 Aggregate Victory

  Yesterday, Chelsea knew they would need to overturn a 2-0 deficit in the second-leg of their Capital One Cup semifinal against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. As a result, one would have expected the inconsistent Blues to take the pitch with intensity and a fire to truly take the game to the Swans [...]

Capital One Cup Semi-Final: Swansea City vs Chelsea Preview

Capital One Cup Semi-Final: Swansea City vs Chelsea Preview

If Chelsea is to advance to the Capital One Cup Final, the Blues must overcome a two-goal deficit. Swansea City maintained an excellent game plan in their first leg controlling the midfield along with finishing when it counted. The Swans took the advantage off of a Michu finish along with a Danny Graham late cushion. [...]

By January 22, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
Real Madrid: Iker Casillas Happy with His Performance Against Valencia

Real Madrid: Iker Casillas Happy with His Performance Against Valencia

Captain Iker Casillas was in the starting line-up for Real Madrid in their Copa del Rey match with Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu on Jan. 15, 2012. Madrid secured their third clean-sheet in a row as their defense continues to improve. Casillas has been between the posts in all of those three games. The last [...]

By January 17, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Home Blues Continue: Chelsea Draw With Southampton 2-2

Home Blues Continue: Chelsea Draw With Southampton 2-2

For one half of their game today against Southampton, it looked like Chelsea was going to reverse their poor recent home form. Goals from Demba Ba and Eden Hazard put Chelsea up 2-0 going into half against a team that was in the bottom five in the English Premier League table. This was the same [...]

Aston Villa vs. Bradford City: Capital One Cup Preview and Projected Lineups

Aston Villa vs. Bradford City: Capital One Cup Preview and Projected Lineups

Premier League side Aston Villa will travel to Coral Windows Stadium on Tuesday to take on League Two side Bradford City in the Capital One Cup semi finals. Aston Villa has had a disappointing season in the Premiership, currently sitting in 16th place, while Bradford has been above average in League Two, currently sitting 8th. [...]

By January 8, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Southampton vs. Chelsea: Demba Ba Brace Helps Chelsea Advance to FA Cup Fourth Round

Southampton vs. Chelsea: Demba Ba Brace Helps Chelsea Advance to FA Cup Fourth Round

When Chelsea completed their acquisition of Newcastle striker Demba Ba earlier this week, they hoped to have him ready to play in today’s F.A. Cup 3rd Round fixture at Southampton. Ba was going to be looked at to provide finishing as too often this year Chelsea have lacked quality in the final third. The Senegalese [...]

2013 Africa Cup of Nations: Ghana Favourites to Win the AFCON for First Time Since 1982

2013 Africa Cup of Nations: Ghana Favourites to Win the AFCON for First Time Since 1982

In January, football fans from around the world will once again witness the best nations in Africa competing for the illustrious 2013 Africa Cup of Nations trophy. Sixteen teams from the second largest continent will participate in what could be regarded as the most underrated competition in international football. Having won the title four times [...]

A Tale of Two Halves- Chelsea Moves On To Semi-Finals With Capital One Cup Victory Over Leeds

A Tale of Two Halves- Chelsea Moves On To Semi-Finals With Capital One Cup Victory Over Leeds

As the Chelsea players marched into their locker room down 1-0 to Leeds United at halftime, they had to be thinking that another potential demoralizing result was in the works. After Leeds capitalized on a David Luiz error on a Chelsea attack, Leeds striker Luciano Becchio put United up 1-0 with a clinical finish on [...]

Capital One Cup: Leeds United vs. Chelsea Preview and Projected Line-ups

Capital One Cup: Leeds United vs. Chelsea Preview and Projected Line-ups

Over the weekend, Chelsea fell 1-0 to Brazilian side, Corinthians, in the Club World Cup final, and now must immediately rebound for their Capitol One Cup clash against Leeds United. The visitors’ return flight from Japan was delayed due to “noise restrictions over night-time take-offs from Tokyo” as The Observer reports, and manager Rafa Benitez [...]

By December 18, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Chelsea FC: Many Questions, Doubts Still Remain After Club World Cup Defeat in Japan

Chelsea FC: Many Questions, Doubts Still Remain After Club World Cup Defeat in Japan

After a dismal last few months in the Premier League and continental competition, Chelsea must have been salivating at the prospect of returning to London with the FIFA Club World Cup trophy in their possession. And, with fortunes finally picking up in the last few matches under Rafa Benitez, the opportunity in Japan looked ripe [...]

Siu’s View: Premier League Round 16 Highlights; European Woes; Goal-Line Technology; Euro 2020

Siu’s View: Premier League Round 16 Highlights; European Woes; Goal-Line Technology; Euro 2020

In my weekly column on SWOL, I take a look back at the weekend’s English Premier League action and the talking points that it throws up, as well as any significant news related to English football at large. We welcome your thoughts in the comments section below. EPL Round-up: The weekend of comebacks What a [...]

By December 10, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Capital One Cup: Arsenal vs Bradford City Preview and Projected Lineups

Capital One Cup: Arsenal vs Bradford City Preview and Projected Lineups

On December 11th, Arsenal take on Bradford City at Coral Windows Stadium in a critical quarterfinal clash in the League Cup. Gunner’s winger Theo Walcott leads the competition with 5 goals and look for Arsene Wenger to start the speedster alongside Marouane Chamakh. The Moroccan international has not seen much game-time in the past two seasons for Arsenal. [...]

By December 10, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Capital One Cup: Norwich vs Aston Villa Preview and Projected Lineups

Capital One Cup: Norwich vs Aston Villa Preview and Projected Lineups

On Tuesday, December 11th, the League Cup quarterfinal clash between Norwich and Aston Villa will see two of the five remaining Premier League sides left in the competition fighting for a place in the semifinals. In the 4th round, Aston Villa struggled to a 3-2 win over Swindon Town, while Norwich City triumphed over Tottenham [...]

By December 10, 2012 0 Comments Read More →