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UEFA Introduce a new look Euro 2020 Competition


The UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament will be staged across the continent after today’s UEFA Executive Committee decision to hold the event in various major cities throughout Europe.


The UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament will be staged in various major cities throughout Europe, following a decision taken by the UEFA Executive Committee at its meeting in Lausanne on Thursday.

The decision to stage a “EURO for Europe”, rather than a tournament in one or two host countries, follows an initial idea revealed by the UEFA President Michel Platini in June. UEFA has consulted its member national associations about the proposal in the intervening period, and has received an extremely positive response, which has prompted Thursday’s innovative move. The decision, which was not supported by Şenes Erzik, means that the UEFA National Team Competitions Committee will now take responsibility to review the matter further in order to report to a future UEFA Executive Committee meeting.

Among the other decisions taken, the committee decided that the ownership of football players by third parties should be prohibited as a matter of principle. Consequently, world football’s governing body FIFA will be requested to issue relevant worldwide regulations prohibiting third-party ownership of players. UEFA, through its Professional Football Strategy Council (PFSC), would also be ready to implement a regulatory framework to ban third-party ownership arrangements in UEFA competitions, should FIFA not take the appropriate steps. In that case, a transitional period of three to four seasons would apply.

UEFA is continuing to be actively involved in the fight against match-fixing and corruption in football. Accordingly, the Executive Committee expressed its support for the introduction of sporting fraud as a criminal offence in national legislations throughout Europe.

The committee approved the use of additional assistant referees at next summer’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship final round in Israel. Two additional assistant referees – who stand on each goal line and watch in particular for penalty-area incidents – are already being deployed in this season’s UEFA club competitions, following a decision in July by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to incorporate additional assistants into the Laws of the Game.

Tbilisi will play host to the 2013 UEFA Futsal Cup finals in April 2013. In addition, the committee approved the name of UEFA’s new youth competition for clubs, which will begin from the 2013/14 season – the UEFA Youth League. The trophy will be named after UEFA’s honorary president Lennart Johansson.

The committee decided that the 2013/14 UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship final tournament will be staged in England from 26 November to 8 December 2013, with the qualifying rounds to be played in the summer and autumn of 2013. The final tournament counts as the European qualifying competition for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, which will take place in Costa Rica in March/April 2014, and not in autumn after the UEFA women’s U17 finals, which are normally held in June and/or July.

UEFA has prolonged its arrangement with long-term partner TEAM for the marketing of commercial rights including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup initially for three additional seasons and, subject to performance, for an additional three-year term thereafter. As part of the new agreement, TEAM has appointed Michael van Praag, a UEFA Executive Committee member, and David Taylor, the CEO of UEFA Events SA, to its board.

Astana, Kazakhstan, and Vienna, Austria, were chosen by the Executive Committee as the respective venues for the 2014 and 2015 UEFA Ordinary Congresses. The XXXVII Ordinary UEFA Congress will take place in London on 24 May 2013.

The first Executive Committee meeting of 2013 is scheduled for 25 January at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.

Southend, Stevenage and Oxford player Mitchell Cole has died, aged 27


Former Southend, Stevenage and Oxford player Mitchell Cole has died, aged 27, the Football League has confirmed.

The former West Ham trainee retired as a professional player in February on medical advice after being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition which causes an irregular thickness of the heart in certain areas.

He gave an interview to The Sun at the time in which he said: “A few players around the world die of this every year. The specialists told me that every day I have a one percent chance of dropping dead and sport quadruples that risk.

“When the doctor gave me the numbers and showed me images of my heart, it hit me hard.”

Cole did return to football to make a handful of non-league appearances, some of which came for Arlesey Town.

However, according to their director of football, Gary King, watching Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffer a cardiac arrest in an FA Cup tie with Tottenham in March convinced Cole to give up the game for good.

Robbie Fowler to “loan” famous FA Cup white suit | Liverpool | ‘Spice Boys’


Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has revealed that he will loan out his famous white suit to a museum in Manchester.

The 37-year-old and his teammates hit the headlines in 1996 when they turned up to Wembley for the FA Cup final against Manchester United wearing bright white suits.

“I’ve still got [the suit] and I’m going to loan it to the National Football Museum in Manchester for an exhibition they’re doing on fashion in football,” Fowler said in a Q&A session with BBC Sport.

The unlovely suits, inexplicably paired with sky blue shirts and a diagonally striped red and white tie that would shame the worst dressed, heaviest-smoking turf accountant, became the iconic and lasting image of a generation of tabloid-courting underachievers at Anfield.

Jamie Redknapp was one of the Liverpool players to object to the Spice Boys tag, but perhaps not in the way you’d expect: “Let’s face it,” he said, “the Spice Girls are at the top of their profession and we are still trying to get to the top of ours, so I hardly think it is a good nickname.”

The group would remain nearly men under Roy Evans, but that reputation is disputed by Steve McManaman, who said: “The Spice Boys at one time consisted of eight or nine players and the press just used to change the personnel as they fancied.

“It was unfortunate because when we finished third in the league we got a lot of stick for it. At the time I felt very sorry for some of the lads involved. But it didn’t bother me personally as I was playing very good football at the time.

“When we finished third and people saw us having a laugh and a joke, they thought we didn’t care. Nowadays, when you finish third, everyone is thrilled to bits, everyone’s excited about qualifying for the Champions League.

“Under Roy Evans we did that a lot, and did it by playing fantastic football, but because there were a few young lads who liked to enjoy themselves at times, people had misconceptions.”



THIRD ROUND DRAW NUMBERS | FA Cup | Chelsea Draw Lucky 13

Premier League and Championship teams enter the hat on Sunday afternoon

The FA Cup with Budweiser

Third Round Proper draw
2.40pm, Sunday 2 December 2012
Wembley Stadium
Live on and ITV1
Ties to be played over the weekend of 5 & 6 January 2013
Winning clubs will receive £67,500 from The FA prize fund

The draw for the Third Round of The FA Cup remains a special event in the football calendar.

Lower league and non-League teams dream of being paired with a Premier League giant, while the bigger clubs will all be looking to avoid a potential Cup upset.

The most notable Third Round tie from last season was the Manchester derby, which United won 3-2 at the home of their local rivals, while Swindon Town, then of League Two, came from behind to knock out Premier League Wigan.

The draw will be conducted by former Tottenham captain Ledley King and former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba and the draw numbers are listed below:











Aston Villa












Birmingham City






Blackburn Rovers












Bolton Wanderers






Brighton & Hove Albion






Bristol City












Cardiff City






Charlton Athletic












Crystal Palace






Derby County


















Huddersfield Town






Hull City






Ipswich Town






Leeds United






Leicester City












Manchester City






Manchester United


















Newcastle United






Norwich City






Nottingham Forest






Peterborough United






Queens Park Rangers












Sheffield Wednesday












Stoke City












Swansea City






Tottenham Hotspur












West Bromwich Albion






West Ham United






Wigan Athletic






Wolverhampton Wanderers






Preston North End or Gillingham






Bury or Southend United






Sheffield United or Port Vale






Carlisle United or AFC Bournemouth






Crewe Alexandra or Burton Albion






Bradford City or Brentford






Luton Town or Dorchester Town






Alfreton Town or Leyton Orient






Oldham Athletic or Doncaster Rovers






Tranmere Rovers or Chesterfield






Rotherham United or Notts County






Cheltenham Town or Hereford United






Barrow or Macclesfield Town






Accrington Stanley or Oxford United






Lincoln City or Mansfield Town






Harrogate Town or Hastings United






Coventry City v Morecambe






Milton Keynes Dons or AFC Wimbledon






Crawley Town or Chelmsford City






Fleetwood Town or Aldershot Town

Capital One Cup -Round 5 draw details

The draw for Round 5 of the Capital One Cup will be made live on Sky Sports on Wednesday 31st October 2012.

It will follow the live Fourth Round fixture at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Manchester United, which kicks off at 7.45pm.
The line-up for the draw is as follows:
1. Arsenal
2. Aston Villa
3. Bradford City
4. Leeds United
5. Middlesbrough
6. Chelsea/Manchester United
7. Swansea City
8. Norwich City
Ties to be played week commencing 10th December 2012*.
*Note – Should Chelsea progress to Round 5, their tie will be played on Wednesday 19th December 2012.

Liverpool Vs Swansea Tiki-Taka Style

Brendan Rodgers is facing his former side Swansea tonight Swansea in the latest round of the Capital One Cup and the reds Boss will deploying his Tiki-Taka football style hoping to overcome his former club after leaving the Liberty last summer. Liverpool are defending the trophy they won last February after beating Cardiff City on penalties.

The last time the clubs actually met proved to be Rodgers’ last game in charge of the Swans – ironically a 1-0 win over Liverpool at the Liberty.
Michael Laudrup’s side reached this stage after victories over Barnsley and Crawley Town, while Liverpool beat West Brom at The Hawthorns.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers:  “You have got two hats on really. The professional hat first and foremost says we want to get to through to the quarter-finals and nothing will get in the way of that.

Former Liverpool star Jamie Rednapp talked about Rodgers style shortly after Brendan was appointed as the Anfield boss and said ” He wants his teams to pass in all areas. He has used a system that has worked in Spain, especially for Barcelona —  principally the two centre halves split, the full backs push on and the holding midfielder steps in and plays from there. Everyone is encouraged to get on the ball, take risks, pass it, keep it. Liverpool will be playing the tiki-taka style.

He won’t change at Liverpool, but he will need time to implement his way of playing. The Liverpool crowd will be patient, because they love and understand their football and will quickly see what he is trying to achieve.

This squad should be excited about working with Brendan because he won’t waste a training session, where he will be working with the ball and teaching them how to break down other teams.

Liverpool have won the League Cup eight times – the most any club has won it.

So what is Tiki-Taka !

Tiki-taka is a style of play that has evolved from Total Football and is characterised by short passing and movement, working the ball through various channels, and maintaining possession. The style is primarily associated with La Liga club FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team under managers Luis Aragonés and Vicente del Bosque and also Pep Guardiola, ex-manager of FC Barcelona. Tiki-taka moves away from the traditional thinking of formations in football to a concept derived from zonal play.

Tiki-taka has been variously described as “a style of play based on making your way to the back of the net through short passing and movement,” a “short passing style in which the ball is worked carefully through various channels,” and a “nonsensical phrase that has come to mean short passing, patience and possession above all else.” The style involves roaming movement and positional interchange amongst midfielders, moving the ball in intricate patterns, and sharp, one or two-touch passing. Tiki-taka is “both defensive and offensive in equal measure” – the team is always in possession, so doesn’t need to switch between defending and attacking.

“We have the same idea as each other. Keep the ball, create movement around and off the ball, get in the spaces to cause danger”.

Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona using tiki-taka faced 52 different teams and managed wins against all of them except Chelsea, while Lionel Messi has not scored against Chelsea in eight UEFA Champions League matches (including a missed penalty spot kick in the second leg of the semi-final in 2012).
Video Courtesy of FC Barcelona, Mediapro, RTVE, Sky Sports, AL Jazeera, LaSexta FIFA and UEFA.

Arsenal stars red-faced after full time mix-up

ARSENAL players Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin were left red-faced at last night’s match against Reading as they threw their shirts into the crowd before the start of extra-time and probably got confused thinking it was a Premier league game.

The French duo thought Theo Walcott’s 95th-minute equaliser at the Madejski Stadium was the end of the game , The pair then had to perform a U-turn on their goodwill gesture and attempt to retrieve their shirts from the fans.




Theo Walcott hands over his hat-trick goal to Carl Jenkinson

Having already scored twice and with the Gunners losing 4-3 with just stoppage time remaining, Theo Walcott fired home beyond goalkeeper Adam Federici, only for Reading defender Nicky Shorey to appear to prod the ball off the line.

Defender Jenkinson followed up and smashed the clearance into the goal to make it 4-4, but the referee had already given the goal, and Walcott wheeled away to celebrate his hat-tric.

At full time Jenkinson was credited with the goal with Walcott happy to hand over the ball.


Capital One Cup Fixtures and Officials – Round 4

The appointments and fixtures for Round 4

Tuesday 30th October 2012
Leeds United v Southampton
Harry Lennard and Michael McDonough
Fourth Official Darren Drysdale
Reading v Arsenal
Stuart Burt and Charles Breakspear
Fourth Official Michael Oliver
Sunderland v Middlesbrough
Andrew Garratt and Scott Ledger
Fourth Official Mark Halsey
Swindon Town v Aston Villa
Ian Cooper and Mark Russell
Fourth Official Mark Haywood
Wigan Athletic v Bradford City
Steven Copeland and Keith Lawson
Fourth Official Tony Bates
Wednesday 31st October 2012
Chelsea v Manchester United
Jake Collin and John Brooks
Fourth Official Michael Dean
Liverpool v Swansea City (20:00)
Ronald Ganfield and David Bryan
Fourth Official Graham Scott
Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur
Mark Scholes and Peter Bankes
Fourth Official Keith Stroud

Fancy An FA Cup Sleepover ?


Ever dreamed of lifting The FA Cup?

Well, now’s your chance as we’re giving young fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a sleepover with the world’s most famous trophy.

Children attending The FA Cup Trophy Tour – which will visit key cities across the country – ahead of First, Second, Third and Fourth Round fixtures in the 2012-13 season will be chosen at random to win the iconic Cup in their house for the night.

“The FA Cup is one of the most recognisable pieces of silverware in world sport and we hope that a new wave of football mad youngsters can fall in love with the competition like generations of children before them.”

The unique FA Cup Dreams initiative kicks-off in Birmingham on Saturday 27 October ahead of the First Round Proper fixtures on Saturday 3 November.

That day will see the first winning child announced and The FA Cup trophy delivered to the family home ahead of the games.

U12s will be given the chance to enter a prize draw as part of The FA Cup Trophy Tour with four opportunities to win a sleepover with The FA Cup trophy before the Fourth Round Proper comes to a close.
The FA’s Sir Trevor Brooking said: “The FA Cup goes hand-in-hand with some of English football’s greatest moments and it’s a competition that holds such fond memories for fans up and down the country.

“No other football competition in the world matches non-League minnows against giants of the game.

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