Liverpool FC Transfer News: Bayern Winger will Listen to Reds’ Offer; Napoli, Juve, and Gladbach also Considered.

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Shaqiri has been generally used as a substitute in the Bundesliga and the Champions League in this year’s campaign under the watch of Die Roten boss Josep Guardiola. . “Bundesliga is the best league for me, but I also like the Premier League and Serie A. I cannot say anything.”

Along with the Reds, Napoli, Juventus, and Borussia Monchengladbach are also linked with the 22-year-old playmaker, who did not rule out the possibility of donning a different uniform in the upcoming transfer window.

“When you hear these names, of course you have to listen to the offer, but there is nothing concrete. In Serie A many teams have developed well with nice players.”

Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri indicated that he is willingto listen to what reportedly interested club Liverpool has to offer.

The Swiss international is finding it hard to establish himself as a regular starter for the Bavaria based club this season, with the likes of Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, and Mario Gotze positioned at the top of the pecking order to play the flanks.

“I hear the interest from Borussia Moenchengladbach for the first time. You have to ask Gladbach. I cannot say anything to this. I am feeling good in Munich but as a player you have to listen, if one of these top clubs is interested,” Shaqiri told Goal.

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The War Between Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan Heats Up

Abhishek Bachchan is a devoted football fan (and a passionate supporter of Chelsea FC) and would probably make a perfect partner in the quest to help develop footballing talent in India.

Never the best of friends, Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan now seem to be going out of their way to make their relationship as awkward as possible.

If only Salman and Shahrukh could set aside their differences and come together on this topic. Sport brings so much joy to so many peoplesurely thats a worthy enough cause to just let bygones be bygones, even if only temporarily.

And Salman? Hes keen to get involved in football as well, but rather than take over teams hes expressed an interest in helping develop young talent, building new pitches, and aiding the training of current players. This in itself wouldnt be considered strange behavior except that Shahrukh is the brand ambassador for the event. Why couldnt Shahrukh have done the same? Even if it wasnt his intention he made it look like he wanted to avoid seeing Salman.

In fact if Salman Khan were so inclined he might use his interest in football to patch up his relationship with the Bachchans. Shahrukh, who owns a majority share of the IPLs Kolkata Knight Riders, is now dipping his toe into football (soccer) ownership as well. His absence will be deeply felt by many.

Fans spoiling for a fight dont have to look too far to find one though; SRK and Sallu may not be coming face to face at IIFA but theyre certainly squaring off on the football pitch. SRK gave the excuse that he would be in London shooting for the still-unnamed Yash Raj film hes been working on all year, but that excuse seems weak given that his co-stars, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif, will be attending IIFA and will re-join the shoot the next day. Seems a much more reasonable (and workable) method of building up the sport in India than SRKs plan.. Shahrukh in particular seems to be drawing a lot of attention to the conflict between them by purposely skipping the IIFA (the International Indian Film Awards) ceremony in Singapore. Hes expressed interest in taking over partial ownership of Dempo SC, a Goa-based football team.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/08/Salman_Khan_BSE11.jpgCoincidentally he timed his exit from the awards to coincide with Salmans announcement that he would be attending for the first time in several years

Has baseball finally caught on in the UK due to live streaming?

Major League Baseball scours Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, Australia, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea all the time, but it doesn’t get much from Europe. It’s not hugely popular in Europe, but there are a lot of baseball leagues throughout the continent, including in the UK. Those are the best European leagues and they occasionally feature former major league players among their ranks. Some countries’ top leagues include the Italian Baseball League (perhaps the best league in Europe), the Bundesliga (Germany), Division Elite (France), Division Honor (Spain) and the Hoofdklasse (Netherlands).

Europe is an untapped market for major league talent. They’re trying to change that, however.

. The British league is called the BBF National League

Bayern Munchen vs Real madrid. ( prediction)?

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Dinamo Zagreb’s Loss to Lyon Sparks Match Fixing Rumors

In order to progress to the elimination round of the Champions League they needed Ajax to lose (and for their differential to drop) and they needed to defeat Dinamo Zagreb in front of a hostile crowd. Going into the match Lyon had five points in the group and a goal differential of -4. By six goals.

Until Dutch blogs began running the following photo:

But did they have help?

It shouldnt be too long before someone looks into how many bets were suddenly placed on Lyon during the half, thats for sure.. Replays showed both goals being onside by a wide margin.

Suspiciously to some thats exactly what happened.

And so they did.

And its not that Lyon are that overwhelming. It was as if Dinamo Zagreb, a team that (despite expectations) came out strongly and was up 1-0 early in the match, suddenly decided to stop defending just long enough for Lyon to score an epic run of goals.

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First to the game in Amsterdam: Ajax were not expected to defeat Real Madrid (who, having already beaten Ajax 3-0 at home, came into their final match of group play undefeated) but the Dutch club came out strong, scoring two brilliant goals against Madrids 3. The way the Zagreb goal keeper failed to even move to cover crosses. Initially, the two matches looked like a perfect storma routine defeat of Ajax by Real Madrid (with a bit of quirky refereeing, but thats nothing new) and an inspired performance by Lyon that resulted in them scoring their requisite seven goals in just thirty minutes time.

And yet even after this perfect string of unlikely coincidences it was still possible that the day involved nothing more than an exceptional amount of luck.

Thats Dynamo Zagrebs Domagoj Vida smiling and winking at Lyons Bafetembi Gomis after Gomis netted one of his four goals on the evening.

So what was it? Extraordinary and coincidental luck or good old-fashioned match fixing?

Three points behind Dutch powerhouse Ajax, Lyon needed not only for Ajax to lose to Real Madrid (the days other Group D matchup) but also to defeat Zagreb by at least six goals while hoping Ajax could be held scoreless.

Coming into the match, Ajax had eight points in the group and a goal differential of +3; by dropping the game (and conceding three goals) to Real Madrid, Ajax ended group play with those same eight points, and their differential dropped to 0.

When Lyon took the pitch against Dinamo Zagreb in Wednesdays UEFA Champions League Group D match, they were in need of a miracle.

But it was the way that Lyon scored those goals that started the match fixing whispers. The way the Dinamo Zagreb defenders stopped marking Lyons strikers. Even the mighty Real Madrid were held to one goal (though one was all they needed) against Dinamo when the teams played in Zagreb.

Now to Lyon and Dinamo Zagreb. Except of course that neither of them were. They only managed to score two goals against Dinamo when the teams met in France. The final score? 0-3 to Madrid, thanks to some truly astonishing (and, in light of events in Zagreb, quite fishy) refereeing which resulted in both Ajax goals being disallowed for being offside

Football’s Biggest Wins and Highest Scoring Matches.

As Samoa’s coach Lui noted, ‘We don’t know what Australia were trying to prove scoring all those goals.’ In the end, Australia’s massive win didn’t do them any good. Australia, who were ranked 128 places above them. The match between AS Adema and SOE, however, should be taken with a pinch of salt, as the extraordinary result only came about as a result of a strange protest.

12th September 1885. That came against the mighty Wallis and Futuna in 1983. They effectively had to play with a third choice eleven, which had an average age of 18 and included two 15 year olds. Public Domain.” data-credit-link=”http://www.historicalkits.co.uk/Scottish_Football_League/Arbroath/Arbroath.htm” src=”https://static.suite.io/article_images/orig/3a6fa65e-e842-42bc-a04a-b2c285dc148d.jpg” title=”Arbroath 1885″/>Every now and again football throws up some terribly one-sided matches. During the 2009-2010 Barclays English Premier League season, eventual champions Chelsea put 7 past Stoke, Aston Villa, and Sunderland, and 8 past Wigan (who also lost 9-1 to Tottenham Hotspur). Despite scoring 73 goals in the qualifiers, they were defeated 3-1 in a playoff against Uruguay, missing out on an a place at the 2002 World Cup in Japan/South Korea.

31st October 2002. The majority of their national team had just been declared ineligible by FIFA over passport issues, and they were unable to call up their under 20 players to replace them, as most of them were sitting highschool exams. Results like these are horrible for fans of the losing team, but are peversely enjoyable for the neutral. 18-year-old John Petrie scored 13 of those 36 (still a record for a single match) while Jim Milne Jr, Bon Accord’s goalkeeper, spent most of the match trying to avoid the rain underneath an umbrella. The following is a list of the highest winning margins of all time. For some reason, the referee didn’t abandon the game, and the players kept this up relentlessly for the entire match. In a pre-season friendly in 2009, Spanish side Villareal beat third division Navata 27-0. Is it unsporting behavior to run up the score against inferior opposition? In Chelsea’s case, it was easy to justify, as goal difference could have been the difference between them winning and not winning the league. The manger was subsequently suspended by the Madagascar football federation for three years, while SOE players Mamisoa Razafindrakoto, Manitranirinana Andrianiaina, Nicolas Rakotoarimanana, and Dominique Rakotonandrasana were suspended until the end of the 2002 season.

Sunday Herald, The, Jan 19, 2003 by Natasha Woods

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Sources. Australia 31-0 American Samoa.

In American Samoa’s entire history as an international football team they had managed only one victory. As Adema 149-0 SOE Antananarivo

If you were under the impression that it would be impossible to score 149 goals in a 90 minute match you would be correct. Their manager, Ratismandresy Ratsarazaka, in a bizzare protest against decisions that had cost his team the league, had ordered his players to repeatedly fire shots into their own net from the kickoff. In fact, the victory could have been by a much greater margin had the referee, Dave Storment, not chalked off 7 goals for offside. Australia, who had just beaten Tonga 22-0. Archie Thompson equalled John Petrie’s world record with 13 (he would have broken it but for a disallowed goal). It is harder to support such practice in cup matches, as was the case in three of the games below. This was always going to be an absolute mauling and Australia refused to show them any mercy. But it wasn’t a victory to be proud of. Unterhaching’s David Zdrilic got 8 goals. Incredibly, on the exact same day and only 18 miles away, Dundee Harp defeated Aberdeen Rovers 35-0. Telegraph, The, April 14, 2001 by Mark Jeffreys

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11th April 2001. Part of you wants them to stop, while another part wants them to continue to tear them apart. They were ranked 203rd best out of 203 nations. It is not as impossible, however, to score 149 own goals which Malagsy club SOE proved during a match against AS Adema in the TBH Champions League in 2002. Arbroath 36-0 Bon Accord.

36-0 is a cricket score, which is appropriate considering Bon Accord were a cricket team who had been entered into the Scottish Football Cup by mistake. Their invitation was meant to go to Orion FC, who wouldn’t have beaten Arbroath (in fact Orion faced Bon Accord’s opponents two years later and lost 18-0) but at least they played the same sport as them

Manchester United Makes History – CBS News

I’m so proud of my players.”

1999 The Associated Press. “It’s fantastic. It finished second in the English Premier League to Arsenal last season but made the top-level European tournament this season when the field was expanded.

It was the first top European championship for the storied Reds from England since 1968, and left them the first team from soccer’s birthplace to win the league, FA Cup and continental champions titles in one season.

Both Manchester goals came after corner kicks by David Beckham. On the first, Sheringham picked up a Bayern clearance at the edge of the penalty area and twisted around to send the ball into the low corner.

Two Bayern players who stood at the edge of the United wall moved quickly away as the shot went past them. You never give in.”

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It was quiet a change from the way the game started. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Only three other clubs – Celtic Glasgow in 1967, Ajax Amsterdam in 1972 and PSV Eindhoven in 1988 – have swept the triple crown.

From 17 yards out, Basler took the free kick, sending a swerving shot around the United wall and finding the blind side of goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, playing his final match before leaving the club.

“The team played so well, we had to score some goals because of the pressure we had the whole game,” Solksjaer said. “Someone had to do it.”

“I can’t believe it,” United manager Alex Ferguson said. Schmeichel made no move to stop the ball.

Bayern striker Carsten Jancker was brought down just outside the United penalty area.

But Sheringham and Solksjaer were inserted to shake things up, and they did just that, leaving Bayern players slumped and stunned on the field moments after Solksjaer’s winning goal.

“Only seconds separated us from victory,” he said. All Rights Reserved. “We controlled the last 20 minutes and we could have extended our lead. But Manchester deserved to win.”

Two rapid-fire goals with the clock officially run out gave Manchester United the most prized title in European club soccer and a unique place in the sport’s long history.

In an amazing finish, substitutes Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer scored during injury time as United beat Bayern Munich 2-1 Wednesday for the Champions League title.

On the second, Solksjaer pounced on a ball headed toward the Bayern goal and kicked it into the net from close range.

“Teddy and Ole Gunnar repaid my faith in them,” Ferguson said. “That’s football. Things could not have gone more wrong for Manchester.

1999 The Associated Press. Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer, the star of the team that won three straight titles between 197 and 1976, called it a “horrible defeat.”

Bayern Munich, which also made the field through expansion before winning the Bundesliga this season, controlled most of the play after taking a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute on a free kick by Mario Basler.

Manchester also became the first nonchampion to win the Champions Cup

Bayern München 1 – 0 Real Madrid Match report – 8/5/15 Audi Cup

Thomas Muller’s deflected effort was Bayern’s best chance of the first half while substitute Lewandowski missed a sitter early in the second.

The Bundesliga championoutclassed Milan on Tuesday but was made to work harder for its win against an under-strengthReal,which started withoutGareth Bale or James Rodriguez.

Having registered with a stunner against Milan, the Polish strikerinexplicably turned the ball wide from close range shortly after the hour mark.

Robert Lewandowski scored two minutes from time as Bayern Munich won the Audi Cup courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Real Madrid at the Allianz Arenaon Wednesday.

Sergio Ramos almost deflected Muller’s wayward strike in prior to the break, withthe shot hitting the post.Navasthensaved from Mario Gotze following clever play down the left from Costa.

Bale and Rodriguez scored for Rafael Benitez’s side in thevictory over Tottenham a day earlier and, in the absence of that duo and the injured Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema,the likes of Jese Rodriguez, Lucas Vazquez and Denis Cheryshev struggled to muster much attacking threat.

But just when the final of the final of the preseason competition was set to go to penalties, Lewandowski showed his poaching instincts to turn home Douglas Costa’s wonderful cross andsee Bayern into Sunday’s DFB-Pokal meeting with Nottingen offthe back of a win.

As Bayern cranked up the pressure,Pierre Hojbjerg brought an impressive save out of Navas before Lewandowski made amends for his miss.The former Borussia Dortmund man prodded home Costa’s inch-perfect delivery after losing his marker as Bayern eventually sealed the win and the Audi Cup.

Kroos had the first effort of the second half, forcing Manuel Neuer into a smart save with a freekick, before Lewandowski spurned a golden opportunity to open the scoring.

Real completes itspreseason at Valerenga on Sunday.

After Real’s Toni Kroos fired wide against his former club, David Alaba unleasheda powerful effort at goal for the home side, withPhilipp Lahm heading the rebound wide after Keylor Navas’ save 13 minutes in.

Bayern Munich left it late to see off an under-strength Real Madrid side in the Audi Cup final at the Allianz Arena.

It proved the main event of a low-key opening half-hour as Real’s much-changed XI kept Bayern at bay.

Five Early-Season Worries for Chelsea F.C.

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London: Chelsea’s one-sided 3-0 loss away to Manchester City on Sunday left the defending champions five points below their opponents in 16th place in the nascent Premier League standings.

5. Mourinho’s mood. He may have signed a new contract on the eve of the season, but Chelsea fans who remembered how Mourinho’s first spell at the club unravelled acrimoniously in 2007 will hope that his mood improves quickly.

Chelsea’s close-season transfer dealings in 2014 were masterful, with Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Didier Drogba all arriving before the end of July, giving Mourinho time to shape his new-look team. It is only mid-August and he has already launched barbs at Everton manager Roberto Martinez, his old Arsenal adversary Arsene Wenger and City manager Manuel Pellegrini, made a cruel jibe about Rafael Benitez and demoted two of his medics, Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn, after they angered him by running on to treat Eden Hazard during the 2-2 draw with Swansea City. Falcao and Loic Remy do not pose anything like the same goal threat and Juan Cuadrado, a £23.3 million ($36.4 million, 32.9 million euros) signing from Fiorentina in January, has been a major disappointment.

2. The arrival of Ghana left-back Abdul Rahman Baba from Augsburg may offer a chance to take the 31-year-old out of the spotlight, as it would give Mourinho the possibility of switching Cesar Azpilicueta to his preferred position of right-back.

3. Ivanovic struggles

1. A Stamford Bridge stalwart for the last six seasons, the Serbian was left chasing shadows by Swansea’s Jefferson Montero and was at fault for City’s second and third goals, being out-jumped by Vincent Kompany at a corner and then presenting the ball straight to Fernandinho. have failed to record a win in their opening two league games for the first time since 1998.© AFP

4. It says much that Hazard’s most notable contribution to Chelsea’s campaign so far has been the injury he sustained in the latter stages of the game against Swansea that launched the Carneiro/Fearn polemic. Mourinho said that John Terry’s unceremonious half-time withdrawal had merely been a means by which to add more pace — in the form of Kurt Zouma — to his floundering back four, but it may also have been intended as a message to Chelsea’s directors to step up their pursuit of Everton’s John Stones.

Chelsea F.C. This year, Chelsea have not materially strengthened, having merely replaced the outgoing Petr Cech, Luis and Drogba with Asmir Begovic, Rahman and Radamel Falcao. A new centre-back is a priority, but Chelsea also look light in attack, where the champions are unhealthily reliant on Costa and his troublesome hamstrings. Defensive frailties

No player has symbolised Chelsea’s problems more in their opening two league games than right-back Branislav Ivanovic. Recruitment hiccups

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wrote the book on diversionary tactics, but the spikiness with which he has attacked the new season suggests that all is not well behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge. He squandered Chelsea’s best chance of an equaliser at the Etihad, shooting too close to Joe Hart.

The season may be only two games old, but Chelsea already appear to be in difficulty, having failed to record a win in their opening two league games for the first time since 1998.

Here, AFP Sports lists five issues that will be troubling Chelsea’s fans ahead of this weekend’s trip to West Bromwich Albion, where they lost 3-0 on their last visit:

Chelsea boasted the league’s stingiest defence in the first two seasons following Mourinho’s return from Real Madrid, but the sight of Sergio Aguero repeatedly strolling through their back line at the Etihad Stadium showed the extent to which it has become an area of concern. “I’ve never seen them so disorganised,” said Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville. Last season’s multiple Player of the Year, the Belgian winger has looked off the pace in the campaign to date, sleep-walking through pre-season and failing to make an impression against either Swansea or City