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first_imgSwansea and Manchester City played out a goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium as both sides were left cursing two highly-debatable penalty decisions by referee Mike Jones. Predictably, with in-form City having an FA Cup final to look forward to and Swansea already safe with the League Cup safely locked away, the first 20 minutes were typical end of season fare. Eventually it was Swansea, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the win against Hull which saw them avoid relegation from the Football League, who were the first of the sides to rouse from their slumbers. The first opportunity arrived in the 17th minute, Angel Rangel and Nathan Dyer combined to great effect down the right but Pablo Hernandez scooped the winger’s pass feebly over the bar. Nasri made a timely intervention to deny Routledge seconds later, before Michu’s goalscoring touch again deserted him. The Spaniard has struggled to maintain the superb form he showed over the first two-thirds of the season, and he somehow volleyed wide from six yards from Dyer’s perfectly-weighted cross. Referee Jones made the first of his controversial penalty calls in the 38th minute. Michu was clattered in the area by Nastasic having flicked the ball away from the defender, but Jones, to the bewilderment of those in white shirts, waved away the Swansea protests. Mancini withdrew Yaya Toure at the break for Dzeko and City began to take a hold on the game, with Silva becoming increasingly influential as he attempted to pry open the Swansea backline. But Vorm was rarely troubled, although City felt the Dutchman should have had to face a penalty just after the hour. Dzeko cut in to the area from the City left and went over Flores as the Spaniard left a trailing leg, Jones once again answered in the negative to the fury of Mancini and his bench. Even then, City should have secured three points. Dzeko put in his contender for miss of the season six minutes from time as he missed an open goal from four yards, before the excellent Silva blotted his copybook by blazing wide when a loose ball fell to him 12 yards out. Swansea, who are now without a win in seven games, enjoyed the better of the opening half but were aggrieved that Cheshire official Jones opted not to award them a penalty when Matija Nastasic clattered into Michu. City wasted two wonderful chances to claim the three points through Edin Dzeko and David Silva, adding to their frustration after Jones turned away appeals when the Bosnian went over Chico Flores just inside the box. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img The Chelsea manager and the Frenchman endured a difficult relationship during the Mourinho’s first stint at Stamford Bridge, when he infamously called his Gunners counterpart “a voyeur” for commenting on his rivals. However, Mourinho told how a series of chance meetings at several football tournaments following his 2007 Chelsea departure led the two men to form an unlikely friendship. Jose Mourinho has revealed his new-found respect for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. “I started meeting him in UEFA, at the Euros (European Championships), the World Cup, we had dinner and so on,” the Portuguese said in several newspapers. “And when you are not in the same league and when you are not playing against each other, it is easier to know people, it is easier to go deeper. It is easy to speak about football, he’s a very nice guy. “I respect him a lot and I will show my respect always. (In) football sometimes even if you are friends and respect each other, you say something the other doesn’t like and you react. “But at the end of the day I respect him a lot and I have the feeling that he is the same in relation to me. I wouldn’t bet on one single problem between us.” Mourinho also claimed he never doubted the intentions of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. The pair parted ways by mutual consent in September 2007, with Mourinho leaving the club as its most successful manager with six trophies in three years. However, the self-titled ‘Special One’ returned to the Blues this summer after spells at Inter Milan and Real Madrid, and hailed the Russian’s foresight. “There was always the question, ‘When is he going to sell it?’ ‘Is he in love with the club?’ ‘Is he in love with football?’ ‘Is he doing this for the right reasons?'” Mourinho said. “Peter Kenyon (then chief executive) and I were worried about just creating the right conditions and having a good base. Roman was always going for more, always going for the future. He said, ‘If we can build 15 pitches here, why build only four?’ “We said: ‘Because four is what we need now – two for the first team, one for the reserves and one for the youth’. He said: ‘No, no, if we can build 14 or 15, then do it for the future, for the kids. The thing is not just to have the reserves and the first team here, it’s to have all the teams here. Why train at Brentford if we can have everybody here? So the academy has the same conditions as the first team’.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgTorres helped Spain to its first ever World Cup title in 2010 between back-to-back European Championship wins in a period of dominance for La Roja.But the striker called time on his playing career with an announcement on social media. Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: 3 takeaways from USA’s win over Sweden Women’s World Cup 2019: USA on collision course with France after beating Sweden “I have something very important to announce,” he wrote on his verified Twitter account. “After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career.”Next Sunday, June 23 at 10:00AM, local time in Japan, I will have a press conference in Tokyo to explain all the details. See you there.”I have something very important to announce. After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career. Next Sunday, the 23rd at 10:00AM, local time in Japan, I will have a press conference in Tokyo to explain all the details.See you there. pic.twitter.com/WrKnvRTUIu— Fernando Torres (@Torres) June 21, 2019Torres came through the ranks at Atletico having joined them as an 11-year-old in 1995, and at the age of 17 he was a fixture on the first-team squad.Although his first full season with the top team was by no means spectacular, scoring six times in 36 Segunda Division matches, Atletico earned promotion and Torres got his first taste of LaLiga football in 2002-03.A haul of 13 goals in 29 games followed and Torres went on to establish himself as one of the league’s most promising forwards, despite playing on a generally underwhelming Atletico team.In 2007 he became Liverpool’s record transfer in a deal reportedly worth £20million (approx. $25.4 million), when Luis Garcia’s move the other way was taken into account, and he made a huge impact with the Reds, scoring 24 goals as he took the Premier League by storm in his debut season. Women’s World Cup 2019: The first knockout-round matchups by the numberscenter_img Women’s World Cup 2019: USA ‘motivated and hungry’ for Spain matchup, coach Jill Ellis says He remained a serious threat in the following two seasons despite numerous injury problems, netting 32 goals in 46 games, but in 2010-11 he sought a new challenge and moved to Chelsea for £50m (approx. $63.6 million), winning a Champions League title with the Blues.But a lack of form and more injuries turned Torres into a shadow of his former self at Stamford Bridge and at AC Milan, who he joined on loan, before returning to Atletico in 2015.Initially an 18-month loan, Torres failed to rediscover his best form at Atletico, though he helped them to Europa League win in 2018 shortly before leaving for Japan. Former Atletico Madrid and Spain striker Fernando Torres has announced that he is retiring after 18 years in professional soccer.Torres, 35, has been playing in Japan’s J.League with Sagan Tosu but mostly will be remembered for his stints with Atletico and Liverpool, plus a hugely successful international career with Spain.last_img read more