World Cup 2022

Chelsea's Jose Mourinho eyeing the title in 'even harder than last year' Premier League

Chris Brunskill

Jose Mourinho has warned the rest of the Premier League that he is ready to reclaim the title with a new-look Chelsea side.

The Special One, who led to back-to-back domestic triumphs in 2005 and 2006, accepts the competition will be far more formidable with and champions .

But Mourinho, whose summer revamp of his team is already well underway, believes he will still come out on top.

The Portuguese, whose team finished third behind City and Liverpool last time, said: "Next season will be very, very difficult, even more so than last.

"I know Chelsea will be better, but maybe the other teams will be better too, so it will again be the kind of league where you don’t know if you’re going to finish first or finish sixth.

"In this moment, I have to think and feel and say we want to finish first."

Chelsea are understood to have .

The midfielder has only one year left on his contract and has so far refused to sign a new deal. A decision from the 24-year-old is expected after the World Cup.

By that time, Mourinho hopes to have confirmed to add to .

Belgium World Cup keeper , while Brazilian midfielder Oscar could be the fall guy as Mourinho sticks with Eden Hazard – having fended off the advances of Paris Saint-Germain for the Belgian – and Willian.

 

After eight years at Stamford Bridge, on July 1 while Frank Lampard – the club’s record goal-scorer – is also .

Mourinho added: "After 10 years of titles and great moments, this is a moment to rebuild again, because teams don’t last for ever. Clubs, yes, but not the teams. In the same club, you have to build another team.

"I was a little part of the process that made Chelsea a force in the last decade, and I come back with the dream to try to be a little part again of the next decade. That’s what we are doing, and for sure the results will come."

, but he sees the Belgian as a major part of his plans for the new campaign.

He went on: "People like Eden bring the magic and win matches in one action. They have the flair and the artist’s touch of the football. At the same time, he was not just that. He had a big evolution and he scored more goals than before.

"His work-rate for the team improved a lot too, so for a player like him he deserved it and the fact he was recognised by the fans gives him for sure more appetite for the next season to be even better."

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Luis Suarez ban: 888poker terminate relationship with Uruguayan following World Cup bite incident

David Ramos

Luis Suarez has lost his first sponsor as a result of

Betting firm 888poker have confirmed they are dumping following his four-match ban from FIFA on Thursday.

In a statement the firm: "888poker signed Luis Suarez following a fantastic season for which his achievements were widely recognised.

"Regrettably, following his actions during Uruguay’s World Cup match against Italy on Tuesday, 888poker has decided to terminate its relationship with Luis Suarez with immediate effect."

Separate sponsors Adidas announced on Thursday

The German sportswear giants also confirmed they would not be using Suarez for any additional marketing activities during the remainder of the tournament in Brazil.

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Luis Suarez ban: How will Liverpool do with or without their star striker? Football Manager reveals all

For the second year running, Liverpool face the prospect of starting the season without Luis Suarez after was slapped with a four-month football ban.

Last season’s Footballer of the Year is set to miss t – so how will the Liverpool get on without him in their side?

We figured that the only way to find out for sure was to ask our pals at Football Manager to run a simulation for us, so they fired up the servers and delivered the goods.

Not only did they forecast how for the first nine Premier League games, but they also let us know how they’d do if Suarez was free to play all season and if he upped sticks and left Anfield.

Suarez at Liverpool with a ban

Liverpool finish third on 75 points, behind Chelsea and eventual champions Manchester City.

The Reds’ form while Suarez is serving his ban is patchy, as they drop 11 points without him in the team. When the Uruguayan returns, the team drop just nine points between November and mid-January. From then on Liverpool lose just twice (to Manchester United and Arsenal) but a run of draws in April sees them slip from a close second place to a distant third.

Despite his ban, Suarez is Liverpool’s top scorer with 21 goals, followed by Sturridge on 12. Suarez scores in every one of Liverpool’s final five games, including a hat-trick in their last-day victory over Stoke.

The bitey Uruguayan is also unsurprisingly the team’s top performer with a 7.58 average rating, ahead of Simon Mignolet on 7.28

John Powell

Suarez at Liverpool without a ban

Liverpool finish second in the league, behind Chelsea on 80 points and one point ahead of Manchester City in third.

They lose just twice in the remainder of 2014 (to Newcastle and Manchester City) and open up a six-point gap over the rest of the league at Christmas. The final three months of the season are a different tale as Suarez’s goals dry up. That sees Liverpool drop more points between March and early May than they did in the first five months of the season. That also coincides with a strong run of form from Chelsea and they overhaul Liverpool’s lead by beating Suarez’s team 3-1 in early May.

Suarez is top scorer with 19 goals with Sturridge again next best with 13. The Uruguayan scored just three times between Liverpool’s match against Burnley in March and their home game against QPR in early May.

Simon Mignolet is Liverpool’s top performer with a 7.40 average rating, closely followed by Suarez on 7.33.

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Suarez not at Liverpool

Liverpool finish in SIXTH in the league on 63 points, 21 points behind league champions Manchester City.

After a poor start to the season where they only pick up four points from their opening four games, Liverpool recover to be fourth at Christmas. A disastrous period between mid-February and early March sees the team win just once in six games.

In the absence of Suarez, Daniel Sturridge is Liverpool’s top scorer with 14 league goals, followed by Lambert on 11. Lambert scores four in seven in the final two months of the season to help Liverpool maintain their sixth place in the league.

Coutinho and Jordan Henderson are Liverpool’s best performers with an average rating of 7.20 and 7.18 respectively.

 

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David Moyes in Galatasaray talks as Turkish side eye him as replacement for Roberto Mancini

David Moyes has held talks with Galatasaray over the vacant manager’s role.

was sacked by Manchester United on April 22 , as the Red Devils finished seventh.

He has since made no secret of his desire to return to management at the very top level and has been linked with a number of job offers from across Europe.

However, it looks as though Moyes could be heading for Istanbul to replace former Man City boss Roberto Mancini, who was sacked earlier this month.

Press Association Sport report the two parties had an "exchange over ideas" with regards to the Scot taking over in Istanbul, although the club insist they are exploring other options.

A club spokesman said: "The president said that we just spoke with David Moyes and he said that he can come to Galatasaray but he is not one of the main targets for us.

"They just spoke to each other, exchanging ideas – that it is it. It is true the president talked with David Moyes.

"We are not in a rush, we are waiting for the end of the World Cup. The first two targets are Low or Klinsmann."

David Moyes  

The ex-United boss was today pictured at Istanbul Ataturk Airport and met the Galatasaray board before visiting their training facilities.

Moyes spent just eight months in charge of United before his departure, with many fans failing to take to his tactics from the offset.

His tenure got off to a bad start in the transfer window as bids for Ander Herrera and Cesc Fabregas were rejected with

On the pitch, the Red Devils lost home matches to Newcastle, Swansea and West Brom while former club Everton also did the double over the then-reigning champions.

was the final straw for the United board who parted company with the Scot just two days later.

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Watch Chris Kamara's funniest moments after he chases down a street robber in Brazil

Daily Mirror

Sky Sports presenter and former footballer Chris Kamara has

Kammy, 56, made the tackle of his life as he caught a street robber, who was then arrested by police.

has become well known for his entertaining on-screen persona over the past 15 years and has been responsible for some of the funniest TV spots/adverts across the country during that time.

In salutations to Sir Chris of Kamara, here’s a look at some of his best and funniest moments:

Wayne Rooney parody

Ahead of the 2006 World Cup, Wayne Rooney was part of a famous Nike ‘Warrior’ advert, which saw the Manchester United painted head to toe in a giant cross of St.George.

Well ahead of the European Championships in 2012, Sports Direct did the same, with Kamara as their canvas.

Shock Doctor

In 2012, Kamara donned his doctor’s coat to reveal his methods for curing fans who had been stunned by shock results.

In his role as Shock Therapist, Kammy said: “All fans dream of pulling off a major Cup upset, but nobody talks about the dangers attached to witnessing such a huge shock!

"My video guide is there to help supporters cope if their mate goes into shock after that last minute winner in the Capital One Cup.”

Ghost goal

Watford vs Reading.

A goal is given. It wasn’t a goal. It was given anyway.

Kamara in shades. Classic.

Missing things

Perhaps the most famous Chris Kamara clip involved the ex-Bradford boss working as a reporter for Soccer Saturday at Fratton Park in 2010.

Portsmouth were meeting Blackburn Rovers in a Premier League clash, and Pompey defender Anthony Vanden Borre had been shown his marching orders.

Or had he?

Kamsigliere

In recent time Kammy has been a part of the Labrokes adverts, playing the role of the Oddsfather’s henchman.

Stand tall, look mean, don’t laugh…unfortunately he can’t quite manage the last one.

And now

Now has shown that he’s every inch the physical being he was during his playing days, with the former no-nonsense defender – who joined the Royal Navy at the age of 16 – having taken down a mugger in Brazil.

 

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Luis Suarez greeted by hero's welcome as he arrives in Uruguay following bite ban

Suarez is working on an appeal against the four-month and nine international match ban, with lawyers and Uruguay’s FA.

He will not play in today’s Colombia game but if Uruguay progress, they will demand he is allowed back for the quarter final.

Savaging Fifa, Hand of God legend Maradona said: “It is shameful, they have no sensitivity towards fans, they might as well handcuff him and throw him in Guantanamo.”

Wearing a tee-shirt which said “Luis, we are with you” he added: “It hurts that they have cut short the career of a lad who is a winner.

"It’s an excessive suspension, Fifa cannot talk about morals to anyone.

"Suarez didn’t kill anyone. This is , the act of an incredible mafia.”

But the most surprising statement came from Suarez’s victim Chiellini.

He said: “I believe it is excessive.

“Now inside me there’s no feelings of joy, revenge or anger against Suarez for an incident that happened on the pitch and that’s done.

Matthias Hangst 

"There only remains the anger and the disappointment about the match.

“At the moment my only thought is for Luis and his family, because they will face a very difficult period.”

Uruguayan President Jose Mujica also went on the attack and said: “They measure him by a different yardstick and that makes us indignant.

"We knocked out England and Italy, look how much money they’ve lost there!

“We are a small country and our TV rights aren’t worth much.

“I’m waiting for him to come back so I can give him a big hug.”

Some reports suggested the President would join Uruguay FA lawyer Alejandro Balbi in Barcelona to with European lawyers.

He said: “Luis’s punishment is absolutely illogical, unjust and completely unrelated to what it is intended for.”

Security was increased outside Italian and British embassies in Montevideo after locals threatened protests as Suarez was condemned.

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David Moyes pictured arriving in Istanbul for talks with Turkish giants Galatasaray

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David Moyes has been pictured arriving in Istanbul, where he is thrashing out a deal to become the next manager of

The arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport supports speculation that he is set to take over at Galatasaray, in a deal thought to be worth around €4million a year.

David Moyes was sacked as Manchester United boss in April, after failing to secure Champions League qualification for the Red devils, for the first time in the club’s history.

He is now set to succeed as manager of Galatasaray. The Italian’s contract was mutually terminated after just one year in charge of the club, due a disagreement over club transfer policy.

Moyes is unlikely to have much money to spend at the Turkish club, particularly in comparison to the £65million he spent during his eight-month reign at Manchester United.

His first task will be to replace star striker Didier Droga, whose contract has run its course at Galatasaray, and to ensure that the club keep hold of Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder.

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David Moyes suffered a disappointing season at Manchester United, but enjoyed moderate success in the Champions League, taking the Red Devils to the quarter-finals of the competition.

If he takes over at Galatasaray, he will be expected to guide the club out of the group stages of the competition.

But at Old Trafford, new boss Louis van Gaal will take the task of trying to win back the club’s seat at Europe’s top table after Moyes failed to finish in the top four of the Premier League last term.

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