Premier League Fixtures

16 Jun 19

Steve Clarke just experienced his first two competitive fixtures as manager of the national team of Scotland. Some of the football experts and pundits might think something has changed. But after the two latest results, I don’t think we have witnessed much change at all. In the match against Cyprus at Hampden on 8 June, […]

16 Jun 19
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MANCHESTER UNITED was drawn against Chelsea in tasty crunch on the first weekend of the 2019/20 Main Series season. Old Trafford will have all eyes about the fixed conflict as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer aims to get a better season and get back into the Champions League after the side ends at the end of the […]

16 Jun 19
The Scottish Sun
STEVEN GERRARD famously claimed he doesn’t have a magic wand to turn Rangers’ fortunes around. But David Weir reckons that’s exactly what he needs to stop Celtic winning nine-in-a-row. Gerrard is aiming to halt Celtic’s nine-in-a-row Weir knows better than anyone the size of the task facing the Liverpool legend this summer. He and Mark Warburton spent three frustrating years trying to rebuild the club and chase title 55. In the end the huge financial power at the Hoops’ disposal meant they always remained out of reach. And while Weir reckons Gerrard is closer than they were, he says he will need backing AND luck to get over the line. Weir during his time as Gers assistant He said: “Steven Gerrard was right to say he doesn’t have a magic wand . . . but you also NEED a magic wand! “You need to be lucky and if you’re not getting backed then it’s really difficult. You need to spend more, be creative, get loans or sell someone to fund bringing players in. “It’s about what Rangers’ business model is, because fans are demanding title 55. How are they going to provide it? “Second place is last, losing a game is a disaster. Lose two and it’s the end of the world, lose three and you’re probably out of a job! That’s how it has always been. “And that pressure is INCREASED with Celtic going for nine in a row. “It was the same when Rangers were the ones doing it. The fans want to get one over on each other — and there would be no better time for Rangers than now. “It’s getting closer, and Rangers have to do something about it. “Fans don’t care about the budgets. I go back to my time and we were bringing in players on free transfers and some who were struggling to get in their teams. “But we were expected to compete as Rangers in the top flight. People didn’t care about the back story. Lennon will be hoping to continue the Hoops’ success “All they care about is the result on the Saturday, what they are reading on Sunday and where they are in the league table — it’s about winning. “We all know that, it’s just that sometimes it’s not easy to do it! It’s frustrating, but nobody cares. “You’ve got to bridge that gap somehow and it’s happened in the past. “Teams with lesser budgets and lesser quality have done it, but you need a bit of luck — and backing.” Gerrard hopes to add to his squad soon as he looks to bring in George Edmundson and Joe Aribo. But Weir, now at Brighton, reckons he needs more — especially if Neil Lennon spends big this summer. He said: “You can see from the profile of the players Rangers are going for. They are younger, more up and coming and there is value in them. “But the ones that are going to change their team are the ones they really need. “They need players who can make them significantly better, because they have got a good solid base now. “You are only as good as your recruitment and the quality of your players is what makes the difference. It is hard to get good players, because you are competing with the English market and the money involved. Weir now works at Brighton “The Premier League is way ahead, the Championship is ahead and Rangers and Celtic are probably below that because of the sums in transfer fees and wages and agency fees that go with it. It is a really tough market. “So it will be hard for Rangers to catch Celtic, but they have generated the money they are able to spend. “Celtic have brought players in, developed them, then sold them. They’ve also qualified for Champions League football. That is the level they are at. “Odsonne Edouard cost £9milion but came from a big club where he wasn’t a first-choice player. “He still had work to do. But he’s improving and there’s value in him. It was a gamble, but a calculated one. “He might have cost a lot but it looks like a good, sensible business decision. “For me that’s where Rangers are now. They’ve got to make good decisions and bring in good players to bridge that gap — and that’s where your owners have got to help you. [article-rail-curated title=”related stories” selected_posts=”4373827,4373687,4372670,4372434,4372252,4372213″ /] “It is getting harder and harder to recruit players. Whether we like it or not, the ones they need now are those who’ll see Rangers and Celtic as a stepping stone. “If they are not going to go from League One to the Premier League, which is a really unusual jump to make, they might see Rangers as an opportunity for them to get a move into the Premier League. “You don’t want to sell it like that, but it might be in the back of a player’s mind. OJO A GO Rangers to land Liverpool ace Sheyi Ojo as Gerrard continues to hunt Ryan Kent “I think next season is going to be really interesting and there is definitely a bit of optimism at Rangers. “There have been changes at Celtic and it is how the recruitment goes. The next month to six weeks is going to be really important in terms of how both teams fare next season. I think it is going to be a good and exciting league.” David Weir was speaking at the McDonald’s & SFA Fun Football Festival at Falkirk Football Community Foundation. These festivals are taking place across the UK this summer, giving thousands of children the chance to enjoy the game. Find your nearest festival at http://www.mcdonalds.co.uk/funfootball Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6048441899001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Former Rangers captain Fernando Ricksen fears ‘time is ticking away’ as he battles motor neurone disease”]
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16 Jun 19
High Velocity Sport

Three players Man United could sign to replace Paul Pogba http://bit.ly/2IiVeel Pogba’s time at Man United Paul Pogba returned to Old Trafford in August of 2016 from Serie A giants Juventus. United resigned Pogba for a fee believed to be £89m, which at the time, was a transfer record. In his three seasons back in […]

16 Jun 19
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Little more than one month after Manchester City claimed its second home title in a row, the first-class fixtures for the 2019/20 season were announced in the morning. If they have to feat Manchester United (98/99 – 00/01, 06/07 – 08/09) to repeat three consecutive titles to win, Pep Guardiola men know that this tour […]

16 Jun 19

We take a look back on a. campaign of disappointment and heartbreak in the UEFA Champions League, as well as where it has gone wrong for Manchester City in recent years…

16 Jun 19
The Scottish Sun
THE SPFL and Scottish Government have been urged to release a secret document which uncovers the level of sectarianism in Scottish football. The Herald reports that ministers are withholding nearly two years of data on “unacceptable conduct” in footie grounds – supplied to them by Hampden blazers. SPFL chief Neil Doncaster SNP administrators say the information was provided by the SPFL confidentially and publishing it would undermine the football governing body’s trust in the Government. But anti-bigotry campaigners insist the dossier- gathered from the start of the 2017-18 season – should be released into the public domain. Nil By Mouth has lodged an appeal with the Scottish Information Commissioner to make the records available after being refused access by the Government under the freedom of information legislation. And the charity’s head Dave Scott has called for transparency as he blasted the SPFL’s hush-hush stance. First minister Nicola Sturgeon He told the Herald: “Scottish football thinks it is a law unto itself and despite the investment of millions of pounds of public money into the game over recent years the SPFL seems to feel it doesn’t have to be publicly accountable. “Duncan Morrow’s report called for football to be transparent in its dealings on this issue and it’s clear that the SPFL will go to any lengths to ensure this isn’t the case. “Government and Parliament can’t allow the SPFL to call the shots and if the commissioner finds in our favour we will be contacting Holyrood’s Health and Sport Committee asking it to undertake an investigation into the report’s findings allowing a cross-party group of MSPs to fully question the SPFL in public session.” He added: “For too long the SPFL has operated its own system of ‘selfregulation’ where no-one is ever held to account and the issue of bigotry is swept under the carpet. “As a direct result the problem of sectarianism within the game festers with a third of all Scottish Premier League managers speaking out in recent months about repeated instances of sectarian abuse toward them, at games. “The SPFL cannot be allowed to dodge, deflect and deny its way out of its responsibilities for the problem and we are confident the commissioner will rule publication to be firmly in the public interest.” Nil By Mouth’s Dave Scott Scottish football has been plagued by sectarian issues this season, with fans, players, managers and officials all being targeted from the stands. In February, Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke hit out after chants of “sad Fenian b******” were directed towards him at Ibrox. Just two months later Aberdeen gaffer Derek McInnes was abused with “sad Orange b******” chants during a Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic. Labour MSP James Kelly said: “The SPFL and the Scottish Government should be up front and open when it comes to the levels of unacceptable conduct being recorded in football stadiums. “Without this transparency not only are we unable to view a clear picture of the scale of the problem, but we have little idea of what individual incidents are being classed as such.” Scots Tory MSP Donald Cameron added: “There’s no point in having freedom of information laws if data like this is kept secret. It’s yet another example of the SNP trying to do government behind closed doors. [article-rail-section title=”most read” posts_category=”3″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] “What’s also concerning is that such secrecy and obstruction just serves to heighten suspicion about what’s being kept under wraps. “In fact, Scottish football fans are among the best behaved in the world, and the authorities should therefore have nothing to fear from releasing this information.” A Scottish Government official agreed that the information should be released but said their hands were tied. The spokesperson said: “Our strong preference was, and remains, that the SPFL should make the data publicly available. RY’S NO VILLAIN Ryan Kent wants Rangers return as ‘Aston Villa drop interest’ “However, the information has been provided to us on the condition that it was in confidence. “That followed discussions between the Scottish Government, Scottish FA, SPFL, Police Scotland and other stakeholders, where the football authorities agreed to collate data on unacceptable conduct in Scottish football for the first time from the start of the 2017-18 season – but on the condition that it remained confidential.” The SPFL was asked whether they would agree to publish the figures and a spokesperson said: “We absolutely condemn all forms of unacceptable conduct at SPFL matches. “Our focus is on supporting the extensive work that our clubs and the police do to identify and punish the small minority of individuals who engage in this type of dangerous behaviour.” Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6046906437001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Rangers star Dorrans, Hibs ace Allan and ex-Celtic ace Roberts sweat through gruelling summer workouts in Dubai “]
16 Jun 19
The Sun
THE official ball for the new Premier League season is here and it’s certainly an eye-catching design. The Nike Merlin is the manufacturer’s first bespoke design solely for the English top flight and it comes with a flash of hot pink as its defining feature. The new Nike Merlin will be used for the upcoming 2019-20 season The winter version takes the pink colourway up a notch with a vivid design that is sure to be easy to spot under the lights. Launched to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Nike’s partnership with the Premier League, the 2019-20 ball is said to be inspired by England’s urban landscapes. Nike General Manager of Global Equipment Kieran Ronan explained the ball has been designed as a tribute to the pulsating tempo and passion of the Premier League. He said: “We wanted to design a ball that specifically illustrated the traits of Premier League football. “A ball that felt hyper-technical and precise in nature but also inspired by this English culture of living and breathing Premier League football.” The ball is built with just four panels, which Nike says provides a bigger sweet spot for more spectacular shots. The new ball is built with just four panels for a smooth flight Superb 2019/20 Premier League balls pic.twitter.com/StIuntOqTc — ACL Soccer (@ACL_Soccer) June 13, 2019 [article-rail-topic title=”Most Read in Football” term_id=”12726″ posts_number=”8″ /] The striking flashes of pink have been included to make the ball even easier to see for players and fans, while Nike ‘Aerowtrac’ grooves ensure a consistent flight through the air. ‘Urban Grip’ technology gives the ball its grippy texture and takes inspiration from the scenery of England’s cities. The ball is designed in a modular system, which makes the graphics and colours easier to change, so we could even see different versions of the ball emerge throughout the season. [bc_video video_id=”6047777817001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Premier League fixtures for opening weekend of 2019/20 season announced “]
16 Jun 19
The Scottish Sun
THE official ball for the new Premier League season is here and it’s certainly an eye-catching design. The Nike Merlin is the manufacturer’s first bespoke design solely for the English top flight and it comes with a flash of hot pink as its defining feature. The new Nike Merlin will be used for the upcoming 2019-20 season The winter version takes the pink colourway up a notch with a vivid design that is sure to be easy to spot under the lights. Launched to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Nike’s partnership with the Premier League, the 2019-20 ball is said to be inspired by England’s urban landscapes. Nike General Manager of Global Equipment Kieran Ronan explained the ball has been designed as a tribute to the pulsating tempo and passion of the Premier League. He said: “We wanted to design a ball that specifically illustrated the traits of Premier League football. “A ball that felt hyper-technical and precise in nature but also inspired by this English culture of living and breathing Premier League football.” The ball is built with just four panels, which Nike says provides a bigger sweet spot for more spectacular shots. The new ball is built with just four panels for a smooth flight Superb 2019/20 Premier League balls pic.twitter.com/StIuntOqTc — ACL Soccer (@ACL_Soccer) June 13, 2019 [article-rail-topic title=”Most Read in Football” term_id=”12726″ posts_number=”8″ /] The striking flashes of pink have been included to make the ball even easier to see for players and fans, while Nike ‘Aerowtrac’ grooves ensure a consistent flight through the air. ‘Urban Grip’ technology gives the ball its grippy texture and takes inspiration from the scenery of England’s cities. The ball is designed in a modular system, which makes the graphics and colours easier to change, so we could even see different versions of the ball emerge throughout the season. [bc_video video_id=”6047777817001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Premier League fixtures for opening weekend of 2019/20 season announced “]
16 Jun 19
The Irish Sun
THE official ball for the new Premier League season is here and it’s certainly an eye-catching design. The Nike Merlin is the manufacturer’s first bespoke design solely for the English top flight and it comes with a flash of hot pink as its defining feature. The new Nike Merlin will be used for the upcoming 2019-20 season The winter version takes the pink colourway up a notch with a vivid design that is sure to be easy to spot under the lights. Launched to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Nike’s partnership with the Premier League, the 2019-20 ball is said to be inspired by England’s urban landscapes. Nike General Manager of Global Equipment Kieran Ronan explained the ball has been designed as a tribute to the pulsating tempo and passion of the Premier League. He said: “We wanted to design a ball that specifically illustrated the traits of Premier League football. “A ball that felt hyper-technical and precise in nature but also inspired by this English culture of living and breathing Premier League football.” The ball is built with just four panels, which Nike says provides a bigger sweet spot for more spectacular shots. The new ball is built with just four panels for a smooth flight Superb 2019/20 Premier League balls pic.twitter.com/StIuntOqTc — ACL Soccer (@ACL_Soccer) June 13, 2019 [article-rail-topic title=”Most Read in Football” term_id=”12726″ posts_number=”8″ /] The striking flashes of pink have been included to make the ball even easier to see for players and fans, while Nike ‘Aerowtrac’ grooves ensure a consistent flight through the air. ‘Urban Grip’ technology gives the ball its grippy texture and takes inspiration from the scenery of England’s cities. The ball is designed in a modular system, which makes the graphics and colours easier to change, so we could even see different versions of the ball emerge throughout the season. [bc_video video_id=”6047777817001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Premier League fixtures for opening weekend of 2019/20 season announced “]