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Ashley Cole thanks Drogba for Golden gift | Premier League

Ashley Cole used his twitter account to send his thanks to Didier Drogba for hosting an £800,000 celebratory dinner to commemorate Chelsea’s Champions League win this year, presenting his former team-mates with rings to symbolise their victory over Bayern Munich.


Drogba said at the dinner: “I wanted to give something to the team so we can all look back and remember that achievement.” He then singled out club captain John Terry, who was in attendance. “You’re my hero and everyone at Chelsea loves you.”




Chelsea continue Brazilian revolution | Premier League | Transfers

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea have agreed terms with Brazil’s Fluminense for the transfer of 18-year-old defender Wallace, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

Wallace, a Brazil under-20 international, was part of the under-17 team that won the South American championship last year and were fourth at the World Cup at the same level.

He made his senior debut at 17 and helped Fluminense win the Brazilian league championship, the Rio State League and the Guanabara Cup.

He will officially join Chelsea in the January transfer window but will remain with Fluminense until the end of the season.

Brazil – Denmark, FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011: Though their opener had some luck about it, Brazil’s second and third, scored by Ademilson and Wallace, were delightful.

Money Matters If Your a Football Manager | Cash Is King

REAL MADRID’S Jose Mourinho is the highest paid football manager in the world while Sir Alex Ferguson, who has just celebrated 26 years at Manchester United, is the best paid football boss in Britain, according to a new ranking.

Full name: Jose Mario dos Santos Mourinho Felix
Current club: Real Madrid (Coach)

Teams managed
In 2000: Benfica
In 2001-2002: Leiria
In 2002-2004: Porto
In 2004-2007: Chelsea
In 2008-2010: Internazionale
In 2010 – … : Real Madrid

Brazilian sports business consulting firm Pluri Consultoria has ranked what they consider to be the highest earning 30 bosses in the game with former Chelsea manager Mourinho sitting pretty at the summit, allegedly earning £12.3m per year. More Special Wonga, than Special One!


1. Jose Mourinho – Real Madrid (£12.3m)

2. Carlo Ancelotti – Paris St. Germain (£10.9m)

3. Marcelo Lippi – Guangzhou (£8.7m)

4. Sir Alex Ferguson – Manchester United (£7.6m)

5. Arsene Wenger – Arsenal (£7.5m, pictured right)

6. Guus Hiddink – Anzhi (£6.7m)

7. Fabio Capello – Russia (£6.3m)

8. Tito Vilanova – Barcelona (£5.6m)

9. Jose Camacho – China (£4.8m)

10. Roberto Mancini – Manchester City (£4.8m)

11. Frank Rijkaard – Saudi Arabia (£4.3m)

12. Jupp Heynckes – Bayern Munich (£4.2m)

13. Andre Villas-Boas – Tottenham (£3.6m)

14. Harry Redknapp – QPR (£3.2m)

15. Jorge Jesus – Benfica (£3.2m)

16. David Moyes – Everton (£2.9m)

17. Manuel Pellegrini – Malaga (£2.9m)

18. Paulo Autuori – Qatar (£2.9m)

19. Abel Braga – Fluminense (2.8m)

20. Luciano Spaletti – Zenit (£2.7m)

21. Antonio Conte – Juventus (£2.4m)

22. Cesare Prandelli – Italy (£2.4m)

23. Vanderlei Luxemburgo – Gremio (£2.4m)

24. Muricy Ramalho – Santos (£2.4m)

25. Tite – Corinthians (£2.4m)

26. Ottmar Hitzfeld – Switzerland (£2.1m)

27. Joachim Low – Germany (£2m)

28. Marcelo Bielsa – Athletic Bilbao (£2m)

29. Martin O’Neill – Sunderland (£2m)

30. Roy Hodgson – England (£2m)

Rafa Benitez The Craziest week in Football | Premier League | Chelsea

Fans protest over the signing of new manager Rafael Benitez, Chelsea v Manchester City, Barclays Premier League.


Rafael Benitez insisted he could not hear Chelsea fans booing after enduring a hostile reception at Stamford Bridge.


“I can guarantee because I was focused on the game I did not listen to the crowd,” Benitez told Sky Sports. “I don’t know if they said something or not. For me the main thing was team and their performance on the pitch.

“I was not listening; I was just concentrating on the game. You could see my body language in the dugout I was just trying to give instructions to my players.”


Asked what Benitez could do to win over the Chelsea fans, City boss Roberto Mancini said: “Win, win, win, win, win, win, win, win every game – only the results can help.”

Benitez responded: “It’s not a secret. It’s true.”

The Spaniard has signed a short-term deal having rejected Blues owner Roman Abramovich’s offer to take caretaker charge of the club in March after André Villas-Boas was dismissed.

Chelsea hailed Benítez as a coach “with significant experience at the highest level of football, who can come in and immediately help deliver our objectives”.

Rafa Benitez you’re not welcome here

This video was taken at half time at St Andrews for the fa cup replay with brum. AVB had recently been sacked and the Chelsea fans were singing who they didn’t want replacing him.


Chelsea Kick Off F1 Sponsorship Deal


The European Champions League holders and Sauber launched the innovative partnership in April to cross-promote their brands in order to increase global awareness.

But the pioneering arrangement between arguably the world’s two flashiest sports will now move a significant step forward with a commercial sponsor for the first time putting its name to both entities.

Speaking here, Gourlay said: “The first commercial joint venture will be announced in two months’ time.

“You are going to see some results of the partnership very, very soon.

“It’ll give us the foundation and platform to build.”

“They are all into racing so if you are going to pick another sport, Formula One is the one,” he explained.

“Neither of us wants this to be a failure.

“We have not just jumped into it; we have entered into a long-term project.

“When we deliver one or two [joint] sponsors, other clubs will see why we did it.

“It’s wider than just commercial.

“We both want to be winners in our field and have the same values.

“Through our relationship with Sauber, we can go into 19 different markets in one season.

“It’s about reach and building our fan base on a global basis.”

Sergio „Checo” Pérez introduces his team – Sauber F1 Team

via http://www.insideworldfootball.biz

David Bernstein Open To Recording Ideas | FA | Clattenburg

Premier League referee Clattenburg has been accused by Chelsea of using ‘inappropriate language’ towards their midfielder John Obi Mikel during the match against Manchester United last weekend, something the official vehemently denies.

David Bernstein t told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme: “The referee is miked up with the assistant referees and the fourth official so they are all aware of the comments and the dialogue that takes place, but it’s not recorded.

“In order for that to happen, the referees’ organisation – the Professional Game Match Officials Board – which is controlled by the FA, Premier League and Football League, would have to recommend that way forward.

“Then it would need to go before (world governing body) FIFA or IFAB (the rule-making body of FIFA) to be approved.

“The process would be quite long and meticulous. One of the great things about IFAB is that it doesn’t jump to make changes too quickly.

“(But) given what’s happened recently, we should have an open mind about it and it should definitely be looked at.”

Hackett, the former general manager of Premier League referees, believes it is now time for on-pitch conversations to be recorded, and would even be in favour of a system which relayed the audio to spectators.

He told The Observer: “The FA are members of IFAB, so could bring forward a proposal to permit the recording of the conversations between players and officials during a game.

“I would have no problem with fans having the ability to purchase a ‘Ref!Link’ to listen in to what the match officials are saying.

“I would like to see a referee-coach at the ground able to listen in to the team of officials.

“And given what has happened in the last few days and, with no knee-jerk reaction, I would like to conversations between the match officials for the full duration of the game recorded.”

Former referee Graham Poll believes the only way Mark Clattenburg could emerge from the current controversy around him “untarnished” would be if Chelsea were to say that their accusation that he used “inappropriate language” towards John Obi Mikel was mistaken.

The only way that anything positive could come of this for Mark would be if Chelsea Football Club accepted that they were mistaken and then he could come out untarnished,” Poll told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme.

“Even if the FA said ’case not proven’, it’s got to have a detrimental effect on his career.”

Former referee George Courtney believes that there is “absolutely” no way that Clattenburg did what he has been accused of.

“I don’t believe it for one moment, absolutely not,” Courtney told Sportsweek.

“I’ve known this guy for 20 years, I’ve watched him progress through to the Football League and the Premier League. He’s an excellent referee.

“There was a lot of pressure on Mark following the (Fernando) Torres sending-off, I could see the players were really having a go at him and he kept his composure.

“I’ve got no idea what happened after the game but I’d be very, very surprised and staggered if there was any kind of racist slur.

“There is a sterile period of 30 minutes after full-time where people are not allowed to enter the referee’s dressing room, but half an hour is not long enough for people to calm down.

“In view of the alleged problem, perhaps if Chelsea had given it a day or so then there would have been a different reaction.”

Poll called on the game’s governing bodies to offer practical support to Clattenburg.

“Something should be done so referees are not left isolated,” he said.

“(Colleagues) can support you but they can’t help, they can’t take action or make a difference.

“A difference needs to be made, whether we record all the words, not necessarily for public consumption, but for the protection of referees.

“The minimum that should happen is that (conversations are) taped.


Richard Keys | Twitter – Chelsea Camp Split on Clattenburg


If what Keys claims is right and he may yet have to retract his idea that this whole escapade is complete fabrication , then where does this leave the London club which is still recovering from the John Terry racism row.

Chelsea do have a problem though and its a huge problem, a report in the Mail claimed ” Referee Mark Clattenburg’s report on last Sunday’s clashes at Stamford Bridge — when he was accused of racially abusing Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel by calling him ‘monkey’ — will centre on the visit Chelsea employees and players made to the officials’ room after the match.

And sources claim that the ‘extraordinary incident’ report will suggest Clattenburg was uncomfortable with what happened during that visit.

But the possibility also remains that one or more Chelsea employee could face FA action for their part in confronting the referee. It is understood that statements from assistant referees Simon Long and Michael McDonough and fourth official Mike Jones will support Clattenburg’s assertion that he made no racially abusive remarks.

Chelsea have not disputed the fact that Mikel heard the claim he had been abused by Clattenburg only after the match when he was told by non-English-speaking team-mate Ramires.

The situation has lead to the possibility of a referee’s boycott of Chelsea games , former rerferee Wilkes said ;

“I keep in touch with a lot of the lads and there is such a strength of feeling about what is happening to Mark. I know a few referees who are even talking about boycotting Chelsea games because of all this”.

“It’s no exaggeration to say the refs in this country have never felt lower. They are so disillusioned. They feel vulnerable, feel that they are getting no backing.

“They want to speak out themselves but are too frightened, they fear they will be sacked if they go public with their grievances. There have even been murmurings about strike action, but that is very much a last resort.”
Clive Wilkes




Man Utd | Premier League | Ferguson doubts Chelsea’s Claims

Sir Alex Ferguson does not believe referee Mark Clattenburg used “inappropriate language” towards Chelsea player John Mikel Obi.

“I don’t believe Mark Clattenburg would make any comments like that. I refuse to believe it,” Ferguson said at a news conference before of tomorrow’s match against Arsenal. “I think it is unthinkable in the modern climate. There is no way a referee would stoop to that, I am convinced of that.”

In response Roberto Di Matteo has criticised Sir Alex Ferguson for getting involved in Chelsea’s argument with Mark Clattenburg.

Di Matteo said: “He likes to talk about other clubs. We tend not to. I’ll leave it up to him.

“It’s a free country where everybody has the freedom of speech. We’ll take into consideration what other people say and use it as a motivational tool for ourselves.”

Fernando Torres Red Card 28 Oct 2012

Neymar’s Hair Raising Displays [wonderkid]

Neymar da Silva Santos Brazil’s latest wonderkid is the name on all supporters lips as he continues to be linked with moves to Chelsea and Barcelona. The 20-year-old footballing sensation plays his club football for Brazilian side Santos. Neymar joined Santos in 2003 and, after rising through the ranks, was promoted to their first team squad.

Neymar primarily plays as either a forward, winger or occasionally as an attacking midfielder and has been described as “a true phenomenon”

His current professional goal record stands at 146 goals in 237 games. One skill that will not go under the radar is his unique variation of hairstyles.They appear to be changing frequently and we thought it might be time to show off  just a few styles that Neymar has created during his Journey through football.

Every so often a young Brazilian forward of such dazzling potential emerges that comparisons are immediately made with the greatest of all, Pele. As another graduate of the Santos academy, and a player who has made a stunning impact in his teens, it is inevitable that Neymar has become one of them.

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