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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Friday, May 16, 2014
Arsene Wenger insists that the result of Saturday's FA Cup final between Arsenal and Hull City will not decide whether he agrees a new contract with the club. The Frenchman, who has been in charge of the club since 1997, has not won a trophy with Arsenal in nine years, ... Read the whole story
In an interview with Swiss TV station RTS, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said that awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was a 'mistake'. "Of course, it was a mistake. You know, one comes across a lot of mistakes in life," Blatter said, adding: "The Qatar technical report indicated clearly ... Read the whole story
Hamburg SV settled for a nervy 0-0 draw in the first leg of its two-game Bundesliga promotional playoff at home to Greuther Fuerth on Friday. The former European champ is the only club in Germany that has never been relegated since the Bundesliga was founded in 1963. However, Mirko Slomka's ... Read the whole story
Radamel Falcao acknowledges that even if he makes Colombia coach Jose Pekerman's 23-man squad for the World Cup, he will not be at his best. The AS Monaco striker, who suffered an ACL injury during a French League Cup game on Jan. 21, was added to Pekerman's provisional 30-man squad ... Read the whole story
According to reports, Lionel Messi is set to sign a new contract with Barcelona over the next few days. Whether or not his signature depends on Saturday's title-deciding game with Atletico Madrid remains to be seen. Nevertheless, the contract extension on the table would see Messi eclipse Manchester United striker ... Read the whole story
The head of UEFA's financial fair play investigation, Jean-Luc Dehaene, a former Belgian prime minister, died on Thursday, following a long battle with cancer. Dehaene was chairman of UEFA's Club Football Control Body and his death might delay the case surrounding Manchester City's breach of the financial fair play rules, ... Read the whole story
Carles Puyol on Thursday seemed to announce his retirement from the game after a 19-year career playing at the heart of Barcelona's defense. The 36-year-old, who has made 593 appearances for the Blaugrana, won an astonishing 21 titles in his time with the club, including six league titles, 3 UEFA ... Read the whole story
In an interview with German magazine Kicker, Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery openly criticizes coach Pep Guardiola's rotation policy. "Sometimes you play, sometimes you sit on the bench, sometimes you stay at home altogether. That was a new situation for everyone. Personally I need games. I might need a break ... Read the whole story


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