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Heynckes: Frankfurt deserved DFB Portal win

By FootballBosses reporters In what was expected to be his final game as Bayern Munich manager having enjoyed three stints at the club, Jupp Heycnkes will have to settle on walking away with only a Bundesliga title this season after his side fell to a 3-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB Portal final. … Continue reading “Heynckes: Frankfurt deserved DFB Portal win”

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Eusebio Di Francesco addresses reporters in last pre-match press conference of the season

By FootballBosses reporters   In the pre-match press conference to Roma’s final game of the season away to Sassuolo tomorrow evening, Eusebio Di Francesco talked of his side’s focus on securing a win and thus a third-place finish in Serie A:   “I believe all matches should be approached with the same mentality” said Di Francesco. “We’ve qualified for the Champions League but … Continue reading “Eusebio Di Francesco addresses reporters in last pre-match press conference of the season”

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Heynckes looking to end third spell with a final highlight

By FootballBosses reporters Jupp Heynckes ends his third spell as manager of Bayern Munich this weekend, with his last match fittingly a final. The DFB Cup, the German Cup, comes to an end in Berlin this weekend, with Bayern facing Eintracht Frankfurt. Bayern will be looking for yet another domestic double, with Heynckes himself having … Continue reading “Heynckes looking to end third spell with a final highlight”

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Jorge Jesus Remains in Charge for Final

By FootballBosses Reporters Contrary to reports earlier in the week, Jorge Jesus will take charge of Sporting Lisbon in their Portuguese Cup Final on Sunday. There had previously been suggestions that Sporting President Bruno de Carvahlho had suspended Jorge Jesus. These reports started to circulate after 50 Lisbon fans attacked the players and staff at … Continue reading “Jorge Jesus Remains in Charge for Final”

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Ralph Hasenhüttl leaves RB Leipzig

By FootballBosses reporters After just two years in the role and with another year left on his contract, a mutual agreement between Leipzig and Ralph Hasenhüttl for termination of his contract has been agreed. The reason for this termination seems to be the lack of assurances that Hasenhüttl could be given in the long term over his … Continue reading “Ralph Hasenhüttl leaves RB Leipzig”

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What now for Claudio Ranieri?

By FootballBosses reporters  Leicester City’s title winning manager Claudio Ranieri will be back on the market soon after it was announced yesterday that he will be leaving Nantes by mutual consent at the end of his only season in charge. Despite enjoying an encouraging start, seeing Les Canaries sitting as high as 5th, they now find themselves … Continue reading “What now for Claudio Ranieri?”

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2018 World Cup Profiles: France – Didier Deschamps

By FootballBossess reporters Having steered France to the Euro 2012 final, Didier Deschamps will be looking to repeat this in Russia, with a different outcome once in the final. Deschamps has been managing the French side for six years, and this experience will be beneficial to his side. He has not only these years in … Continue reading “2018 World Cup Profiles: France – Didier Deschamps”

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Diego Simeone on Europa League win: “A victory for everything we stand for”

By FootballBosses reporters  After seeing his side deservedly emerge as 3-0 winners against Marseille to wrap up their second Europa League title under his management, an elated Diego Simeone offered a few words to commemorate the achievement:  “It’s been a challenging season and I think the Europa League represents more than a trophy” said Simeone. “It’s a victory … Continue reading “Diego Simeone on Europa League win: “A victory for everything we stand for””

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Rudi Garcia: “We are going to give it our all”

By FootballBosses reporters  In the build-up to Marseille’s Europa League final against Atletico Madrid in the Stade de Lyon tonight, ‎Les Phocéens manager Rudi Garcia took time to express the magnitude of the challenge which could see his side become the first team to take the trophy back to France:  “We have a pretty small chance of winning but we are going … Continue reading “Rudi Garcia: “We are going to give it our all””

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Official: Thomas Tuchel signs two-year contract with PSG

By FootballBosses reporters  Despite being one of the worst kept secrets in European football for weeks, ex-Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has finally been officially named as Unai Emery’s successor at Paris Saint Germain; signing a two-year contract with the seven-time French Champions.  “Thomas is one of the most competitive European coaches to have emerged at the highest level in recent years” said club … Continue reading “Official: Thomas Tuchel signs two-year contract with PSG”

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Ernesto Valverde unbeaten run ends at the penultimate hurdle

By FootballBosses reporters Barcelona’s unbeaten domestic league record came to a thrilling end yesterday at the hands of Levante. The club from Valencia sit 15th in La Liga, with all the safe money on Valverde’s side making it 37 games unbeaten. Valverde rested Lionel Messi but with the likes of Suarez, Coutinho and Iniesta all … Continue reading “Ernesto Valverde unbeaten run ends at the penultimate hurdle”

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Victories for Galtier and Laurey secure Ligue 1 safety for Lille and Strasbourg

By FootballBosses reporters  Christophe Galtier and Thierry Laurey had days to remember yesterday as their teams Lille and Strasbourg wrapped up important victories to mathematically guarantee their places in Ligue 1 for next season.  Galtier’s Lille defeated Dijon 2-1 to extend their impressive late season run to three consecutive wins. Strasbourg’s unprecedented 3-2 victory against Lyon however, was by far the pick of the bunch as Laurey’s side … Continue reading “Victories for Galtier and Laurey secure Ligue 1 safety for Lille and Strasbourg”

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Defeat leaves Luciano Spalletti and Inter’s Champions League hopes at Lazio’s mercy

By FootballBosses reporters  Inter Milan’s 2-1 home defeat against Sassuolo yesterday has placed Luciano Spalletti’s side in serious danger of missing out on Champions League qualification for a second consecutive season.  “The team gave their heart and soul tonight, chasing lost causes” said a dispondent Spalletti in his post-match interview. “We struggled due to the quality fo Sassuolo’s strikers and our inability to settle in the match”. … Continue reading “Defeat leaves Luciano Spalletti and Inter’s Champions League hopes at Lazio’s mercy”

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Ranieri linked with Tottenham as Nantes exit looks imminent

By FootballBossess reporters Before Christmas, Ranieri was eyeing up another unlikely title charge, with Nantes sitting 5th. Since then, The Canaries have gone slightly off the boil. Europe is now out of the question, with Ranieri’s side currently sitting 10th and winless in 7 games. Ranieri only joined the French side in the summer, yet … Continue reading “Ranieri linked with Tottenham as Nantes exit looks imminent”

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Jose Angel Ziganda to leave Athletic Bilbao at the end of the season

By FootballBosses reporters   Athletic Bilbao president Josu Urruttia announced in a press conference yesterday that current manager, Jose Angel Ziganda, will be leaving the club at the end of the season.   Ziganda was promoted from his place as reserve team manager to succeed Ernesto Valverde in May last year, but the club have endured an underwhelming season that sees them sitting 14th in … Continue reading “Jose Angel Ziganda to leave Athletic Bilbao at the end of the season”

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Allegri in bittersweet mood as Juventus lift Coppa Italia for 13th time

By FootballBosses reporters  Massimiliano Allegri was found to be in a slightly a bittersweet mood in his post-match interview after guiding Juventus to their fourth straight Coppa Italia through a convincing 4-0 victory against AC Milan. The goals all came in the second half with two from Mehdi Banatia (56″,64″), Douglas Costa (61″) and an own goal from Nicola Kalinic (76″).  Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma had a night to forget after being … Continue reading “Allegri in bittersweet mood as Juventus lift Coppa Italia for 13th time”

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2018 World Cup Profiles: Spain – Julen Lopetegui

By FootballBosses reporters Following Vicente del Bosque’s retirement from management he left Spain, having won both the European Championships and the World Cup. The task of following del Bosque was been awarded to Julen Lopetegui in 2016, and he has started the way he’ll wish to continue. Lopetegui was a goalkeeper in his time as … Continue reading “2018 World Cup Profiles: Spain – Julen Lopetegui”

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Yuri Semin puts Railroaders back on track

By FootballBosses reporters On Sunday, Yuri Semin led Lokomotiv to their first league title in 14 years after a 1-0 victory over Zenit. Zenit themselves are fighting for a Champions League spot and in a cagey affair, it was a 87th minute Eder goal that separated the two sides; instigating wild celebrations on the Moscow … Continue reading “Yuri Semin puts Railroaders back on track”

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Allegri to hold talks with Juventus over intensifying rumours

By FootballBosses reporters  It is believed that Juventus are seeking to hold serious talks with Massimiliano Allegri over his future with the club when the curtains close on this season, in light of intensifying rumours of him looking to imminently take up an opportunity elsewhere.  Under Allegri, Juve are almost certain to secure a seventh consecutive Scudetto through … Continue reading “Allegri to hold talks with Juventus over intensifying rumours”

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2018 World Cup Profiles: Portugal – Fernando Santos

In over 30 years of management, Fernando Santos has been successful in the majority of his roles. Despite being a project of the Benfica youth academy, he made his senior playing debut for G.D. Estoril Praia. He played as a defender throughout his career, and only ever featured for one other side; Portuguese side Maritimo. … Continue reading “2018 World Cup Profiles: Portugal – Fernando Santos”

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Five-goal epic sees Christophe Galtier and Lille rise out of relegation zone

By FootballBosses reporters Lille have risen out of the bottom three in an epic five goal-thriller that saw Christophe Galtier’s side come from 2-1 down to emerge as 3-2 victors against fellow relegation rivals Toulouse; allowing them to jump above both their opponents and Strasbourg into 16th. The Great Danes, who won the league only … Continue reading “Five-goal epic sees Christophe Galtier and Lille rise out of relegation zone”

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Defeat to Atletico reduces Arsene Wenger to bowing out with a whimper at Arsenal

By FootballBosses reporters  Arsene Wenger was understandably dejected in his post-match press-conference after bowing out of his last European campaign with Arsenal with a whimper, following his side’s 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid (2-1 on aggregate) in the Europa League semi-final.  Diego Costa, who was something of a nemesis for Gunners as a Chelsea player, beset them again after holding … Continue reading “Defeat to Atletico reduces Arsene Wenger to bowing out with a whimper at Arsenal”

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Christian Titz’s Hamburg continue to give themselves hope

By FootballBosses reporters With only two games remaining, Hamburg are five points off safety and seem destined to at least play for their Bundesliga status in a two-legged play off. Although this is far from the ideal situation manager Christian Titz would wish to find his side in, it is a much brighter position than … Continue reading “Christian Titz’s Hamburg continue to give themselves hope”

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Marco Rose looking to stun Europe again

By FootballBosses reporters Red Bull Salzburg will need to mount an exceptional comeback this evening for them to reach the Europa League final in Lyon. Marco Rose’s side find themselves 2-0 on aggregate going into their second leg tie with Marseille, knowing even a win by three goals may not be enough to progress. Although … Continue reading “Marco Rose looking to stun Europe again”

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Di Francesco: More belief was needed in the second half

By FootballBosses reporters  In the fallout of Roma’s elimination from the Champions League, due to their insufficient 4-2 home victory against Liverpool last night (losing 7-6 on aggregate), manager Eusebio Fi Francesco has said in his post-match press conference that some more belief in the second half could have completely changed the course of the match:  “Mistakes can make … Continue reading “Di Francesco: More belief was needed in the second half”

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Klopp and Liverpool off to Kiev after riding their luck in Rome

By FootballBosses reporters  Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have had to make full use of their first leg advantage in a 4-2 defeat to Roma at the Stadio Olimpico tonight; meaning they finish the tie as 7-6 aggregate victors to earn their spot in the Champions League final alongside Real Madrid on the 26th May in Kiev. Despite a bright start from the … Continue reading “Klopp and Liverpool off to Kiev after riding their luck in Rome”

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Heynckes: The better team lost

By FootballBosses reporters  Jupp Heynckes has stated his belief in his post-match conference that the better team lost, after Bayern Munich were denied their first Champions League final since 2012 last night after a 2-2 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu (4-3 to Real Madrid on aggregate).  “If you look at both games, we were the better team” said Heynckes. “But unfortunately, we … Continue reading “Heynckes: The better team lost”

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2018 World Cup Profiles: Saudi Arabi – Juan Antonio Pizzi

By FootballBosses reporters Saudi Arabia may not be the most experienced on the world stage, having only qualified for four world cups, but Juan Antonio Pizzi’s own experience in management may make up for it. This current managerial role is Pizzi’s tenth of his career, following on from a successful playing career. Most notably, Pizzi … Continue reading “2018 World Cup Profiles: Saudi Arabi – Juan Antonio Pizzi”

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Simone Inzaghi puts Champions League fate firmly in Lazio’s hands

By FootballBosses reporters With only three games left, Inzaghi’s Lazio opened up a four point game between themselves and Inter Milan in the race for fourth; a guaranteed Champions League spot for next season. After Inter failed to beat Juventus, conceding two goals in the final three minutes on Saturday evening, the side from Rome … Continue reading “Simone Inzaghi puts Champions League fate firmly in Lazio’s hands”

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Reports: Roberto Mancini to be appointed new Italy manager

By FootballBosses reporters  Reports across Europe are claiming that Roberto Mancini is set to be named as the new head-coach of Italy. The 53-year old is said to have agreed to leave his current role at Zenit St. Petersburg to take over the national team in the summer.   Mancini has enjoyed success particularly with Inter Milan and … Continue reading “Reports: Roberto Mancini to be appointed new Italy manager”

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Heynckes: Juventus showed Real Madrid are vulnerable at home

By FootballBosses reporters  In the build up to the Champions League semi-final, Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has said to reporters that the vulnerability displayed by Zenedine Zidane’s team against Juventus is enough for him and his squad to believe that an upset is possible in the second leg tonight:  “Real Madrid showed (against Juventus) that they are vulnerable, … Continue reading “Heynckes: Juventus showed Real Madrid are vulnerable at home”

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2018 World Cup Profiles: Russia – Stanislav Cherchesov

By FootballBosses reporters The honour of managing the host nation of a world cup this year belongs to Stanislav Cherchesov. Cherchesov played over 400 games domestically as a goalkeeper, beginning his career in 1981, and ending it 21 years later. In this time, he won the majority of his awards in the 1992 season, winning … Continue reading “2018 World Cup Profiles: Russia – Stanislav Cherchesov”

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Napoli’s 3-0 defeat gives Allegri firm grip on fifth Serie A title

By FootballBosses reporters  In spite of a frighteningly close shave of nearly dropping all 3 points against Inter Milan and consequently handing their destiny over to Maurizio Sarri, the Serie A weekend ended up panning out exactly in Massimiliano Allegri’s favour, with Napoli’s heavy 3-0 defeat to Fiorentina yesterday evening allowing Juventus to restore their 4-point gap at the top with only three games left … Continue reading “Napoli’s 3-0 defeat gives Allegri firm grip on fifth Serie A title”

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Valverde wins La Liga to complete domestic double at Deportivo’s expense

By FootballBosses reporters  It may have been expected for some time, but Ernesto Valverde has finally mathematically secured Barcelona’s 25th La Liga title through an unprecedentedly strenuous 4-2 victory away against Deportivo la Coruna.  Despite going 2-0 down through Philippe Coutinho (6″) and Lionel Messi (37″), Clarence Seedorf’s side surmounted an impressive fightback with an immediate reply from Lucas Perez … Continue reading “Valverde wins La Liga to complete domestic double at Deportivo’s expense”

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Higuain seizes back control of title race for Allegri in dying minutes

By FootballBosses reporters Juventus have earned an enormous result in their pursuit for a seventh straight Scudetto with a 3-2 win against Inter Milan at the San Siro, courtesy of a dramatic late goal from ex Napoli star Gonzalo Higuain just minutes before full-time. Juve took the lead with a neat finish from Douglas Costa … Continue reading “Higuain seizes back control of title race for Allegri in dying minutes”

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Could Asier Garitano beat Real again?

By FootballBosses reporters  CD Leganes have a challenging tie against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu lined up this evening, but Asier Garitano may fancy his side’s chances to get something out of the game.  Leganes find themselves with little to play for at this stage of the season, being 12 points clear of the relegation zone, but Zenedine Zidane will be … Continue reading “Could Asier Garitano beat Real again?”

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Rudi Garcia: “We are not through yet”

By FootballBosses reporters A scintillating performance from Dimitri Payet, who provided two assists for Florian Thauvin (15″) and Clinton N’Jie (63″), helped Marseille to defeat RB Salzburg 2-0 in the Europa League semi-final first leg at the Stade Velodrome. But despite being worth the win and succeeding in denying Salzburg an away goal on a … Continue reading “Rudi Garcia: “We are not through yet””

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Atletico draw feels like a defeat for Wenger

By FootballBosses reporters Despite playing with only ten men throughout most of the game, after Sime Vrsaljko picked up two yellow cards in the first 10 minutes, Atletico Madrid held on to secure a 1-1 draw through a late goal from Antoine Griezmann (82″) which occurred, archetypically, as a result of poor defensive positioning from … Continue reading “Atletico draw feels like a defeat for Wenger”

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Could Arsenal be calling on Louis van Gaal?

By FootballBosses reporters An interview with Ziggo Sport, a Dutch television channel, has sparked some astounding rumours that Louis van Gaal may have been approached by Arsenal, who will be parting company with Arsene Wenger at the end of this season. Van Gaal announced on air that he had been offered an opportunity that he … Continue reading “Could Arsenal be calling on Louis van Gaal?”

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Marseille strong favourites in Salzburg rematch

By FootballBosses reporters Rudi Garcia’s Marseille go into their Europa League first semi-final against RB Salzburg as resounding favourites to emerge victorious, which would grant them revenge for the frustrations endured against the Austrian champions in the group stages of the competition. Marco Rose got the better of Garcia overall on those occasions after securing … Continue reading “Marseille strong favourites in Salzburg rematch”

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Scrappy win puts Zidane and Real Madrid in pole position

By FootballBosses reporters Real Madrid have secured a scrappy 2-1 victory against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final at the Allianz Arena; marking their sixth straight win against the German side. Jupp Heynckes’ team made the better start after a serious Keylor Navas positioning error allowed Joshua Kimmich to rifle the ball in on … Continue reading “Scrappy win puts Zidane and Real Madrid in pole position”

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Wenger’s legacy on the line

By FootballBosses reporters Arsene Wenger is Arsenal’s most successful ever manager and will remain a legend in north London for decades. Despite this, his modern legacy remains in the balance. It has been almost 15 years since he lifted the Premier League trophy and the fans are all too aware. The addition of 3 FA … Continue reading “Wenger’s legacy on the line”

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Sevilla chairman: Montella safe until the end of the season

By FootballBosses reporters Sevilla chairman Jose Castro has said in a press conference that Vincenzo Montella will remain in charge, but only until the end of the season. It has been reported that after a five-hour long meeting on Sunday, following Sevilla 5-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final, the board were … Continue reading “Sevilla chairman: Montella safe until the end of the season”

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Two late goals mute stunning night for Jurgen Klopp

By FootballBosses reporters Having been 5-0 up with only 10 minutes to play, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool were denied what looked to be perfect night before two goals in five minutes kept Roma’s hopes of reaching the Champions League final alive; making the 5-2 victory look like something of a missed opportunity. Eusebio Di Francesco’s … Continue reading “Two late goals mute stunning night for Jurgen Klopp”

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Reports casting doubt over Valverde’s Barcelona future

By FootballBosses reporters Numerous reports across Europe are casting doubt over Ernesto Valverde’s future with Barcelona amidst growing tensions between the manager and his superiors. Valverde has allegedly developed a fractured relationship with the club’s board, who are reportedly continuing to be furious over the team’s short-lived Champions League campaign precipitated by their failure to … Continue reading “Reports casting doubt over Valverde’s Barcelona future”

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Italy reportedly make contact with Carlo Ancelotti

By FootballBosses reporters Sky sources in Italy are reporting that the Italian Football Federation have made contact with Carlo Ancelotti regarding the vacancy of head-coach at the national team. The 58-year-old has been out of work since being dismissed by Bayern Munich last September and is said to have been on the radar of Chelsea … Continue reading “Italy reportedly make contact with Carlo Ancelotti”

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Scudetto race now wide open following huge Napoli win

By FootballBosses reporters The Serie A title race is now wide open after Napoli secured a huge 1-0 away win against rivals Juventus yesterday evening, courtesy of centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly who got his head on the end of a corner in the closing minutes; meaning that Muairzio Sarri’s team now sit a single point away … Continue reading “Scudetto race now wide open following huge Napoli win”

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Valverde closing in on domestic double

By FootballBosses reporters Barcelona stay on track to complete a domestic double along with securing a fourth consecutive Copa del Rey with a 5-0 victory against Sevilla, courtesy of Lionel Messi (31m), Andres Iniesta (52m), a Philippe Coutinho penalty (69m) and a brace from Luis Suarez (14m, 40m). Ernesto Valverde’s team are still unbeaten in … Continue reading “Valverde closing in on domestic double”

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Time is running out for Christophe Galtier to save Lille from relegation

By FootballBosses reporters In considering that Lille OSC were crowned Ligue 1 champions just seven years ago, it is as astonishing as it is tragic that Christophe Galtier’s team find themselves in eighteenth place and facing the prospect of relegation to the second division for the first time in nineteen years.  The Great Danes endured … Continue reading “Time is running out for Christophe Galtier to save Lille from relegation”

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Can Maurizio Sarri win the Scudetto showdown?

By FootballBosses reporters  Maurizio Sarri will be determined for his team to utilise the momentum from yesterday’s hard-fought 4-2 victory against Udinese in their clash with Juventus this Sunday.  With the Turin side only securing a 1-1 draw against Crotone, an away win for Sarri’s team would reduce Juventus’s gap to just a single point at the top of Serie A. … Continue reading “Can Maurizio Sarri win the Scudetto showdown?”

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What can Phillip Cocu go on to achieve?

By FootballBosses reporters Monday evening marked a seismic moment for Phillip Cocu as he lifted the Eredivisie with PSV Eindhoven for the seventh time in his career; his third in his capacity as manager. His team comfortably surpassed second placed Ajax in a 3-0 victory, with three goals from Gaston Pereiro (23m), Luuk de Jong … Continue reading “What can Phillip Cocu go on to achieve?”

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Ronaldo spares Zidane of embarrassing home defeat

By FootballBosses reporters Zenedine Zidane and Real Madrid’s ambition of finishing ahead of rivals Atletico has taken a hit, after his team could only secure a 1-1 draw in a frustrating evening against Athletic Bilbao. Despite being up the front foot with 66% of possession and having as many as 29 shots, the Galacticos found … Continue reading “Ronaldo spares Zidane of embarrassing home defeat”

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Yuri Semin closing in on third fairy-tale season with Lokomotiv Moscow

By FootballBosses reporters Lokomotiv Moscow legend Yuri Semin may be set to deliver a third league title for the Russian side, having previously guided them to glory back in 2002 and again in 2004. The 70-year-old, who could be described as Lokomotiv’s equivalent of Jupp Heynckes, took charge in what is now his fourth stint … Continue reading “Yuri Semin closing in on third fairy-tale season with Lokomotiv Moscow”

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Spalletti secures important win against Cagliari

By FootballBosses reporters Luciano Spalletti’s Inter Milan have secured a vital win in their quest for automatic Champions League qualification this evening with a 4-0 win against Cagliari, with goals coming from Joao Cancelo (3m), Mauro Icardi (49), Marcelo Brozovic (60m) and Ivan Perisic in injury time. The win means that Spalletti’s team move up … Continue reading “Spalletti secures important win against Cagliari”

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Allegri outlines importance of six point advantage

By FootballBosses reporters In a pre-match interview to Juventus’ match against Crotone tomorrow, Massimiliano Allegri has urged his side not to take anything for granted with Napoli also to play on Sunday: “Wednesday’s match is arguably the most decisive of the whole week. Heading into the Napoli game with a six-point advantage is a big … Continue reading “Allegri outlines importance of six point advantage”

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Can Simone Inzaghi keep hold of third place?

By FootballBosses reporters Goalless draws in the Derby della Capitale and Inter Milan’s home game against Atalanta means that Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio remain in the last automatic Champions League position, leading Roma only by goal difference. There remains only a single point between third and fifth, with outsiders AC Milan still not out of the … Continue reading “Can Simone Inzaghi keep hold of third place?”

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Emery wraps up Ligue 1 title in style

By FootballBosses reporters Unai Emery’s Paris Saint Germain wrapped up the title in style yesterday evening by humiliating last years champions Monaco in a 7-1 onslaught, with Giovani Lo Celso and Angel Di Maria securing braces alongside goals from Edinson Cavani, Julian Draxler and an own goal from Radamel Falcao. The Parisian side regained the title … Continue reading “Emery wraps up Ligue 1 title in style”

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Bayern Munich announce Nico Kovac as Heynckes successor

By FootballBosses reporters On their official website, Bayern Munich have announced that current Frankfurt manager, Niko Kovac, will take over from Jupp Heynckes from the 1st July 2018. The club’s Sporting Director, Hasan Salihamidzic, had a few words to say on the appointment: “We’re very delighted to have secured the services of Niko Kovač as … Continue reading “Bayern Munich announce Nico Kovac as Heynckes successor”

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Heynckes set for Real Madrid reunion

By FootballBosses reporters Bayern Munich have been drawn against Real Madrid for their Champions League semi-final to mark the first time Jupp Heynckes will face his former club for six years. Under Heynckes, Bayern played Jose Mourinho’s Real in the semi-final in 2012, where the tie was decided in a penalty shoot-out which Bayern won … Continue reading “Heynckes set for Real Madrid reunion”

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Wenger to face Simeone for the first time in Europa League semi-final

By FootballBosses reporters Arsenal have been drawn to play favourites Atletico Madrid in their Europa League semi-final; starting at the Emirates on the 26th of April and returning to the Wanda Metropolitano for the second leg on May the 3rd. In addition to being the first time Arsene Wenger and Diego Simeone have faced each other … Continue reading “Wenger to face Simeone for the first time in Europa League semi-final”

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Wenger and Arsenal survive scare in Moscow

By FootballBosses reporters Arsene Wenger had to come through a scare in last night’s Europa League match before eventually rising up to defeat CSKA Moscow 6-3 on aggregate in a 2-2 draw at the VEB Arena. CSKA went 2-0 up as a result of Petr Cech failing to clear up the loose balls from previous … Continue reading “Wenger and Arsenal survive scare in Moscow”

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Klopp not concerned with Salah transfer rumours

By FootballBosses reporters Jurgen Klopp is not working himself up over rumours that Mohammad Salah could be leaving Anfield, with Real Madrid reportedly expressing an interest. In an interview with ‘Bild’ (a newspaper in Germany), Klopp claimed that Liverpool’s attacking style of play, being perfectly compatible with his qualities as a player, eliminates any reason … Continue reading “Klopp not concerned with Salah transfer rumours”

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Wenger: Our focus is Europe

By FootballBosses reporters Arsenal will be hoping to avoid the kind of European shock that has become a theme of recent weeks. Real Madrid narrowly avoided trouble at the Bernabeu yesterday thanks to a last minute penalty from none other than Cristiano Ronaldo. Their La Liga rivals were not so fortunate in Rome. Arsenal will … Continue reading “Wenger: Our focus is Europe”

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Laurent Blanc linked with Everton

By FootballBosses reporters Reports across Europe are suggesting that Everton may be looking to Laurent Blanc as a potential successor to Sam Allardyce, whose future at the club continues to be without certainty. After taking over from Ronald Koeman in November, Allardyce has succeeded in nurturing Everton out of a relegation dogfight. Despite being under … Continue reading “Laurent Blanc linked with Everton”

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Heartache for Allegri and Buffon as controversial late penalty denies miraculous comeback

By FootballBosses reporters A late penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo has denied Juventus a miraculous fightback in the Champions League quarter final after they looked set to take Real Madrid to extra-time at the Bernabeau. The match ended with the Galactico’s winning 4-3 on aggregate. Allegri’s side turned up in Madrid with fire in their eyes … Continue reading “Heartache for Allegri and Buffon as controversial late penalty denies miraculous comeback”

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Can the underdogs do it again?

By FootballBosses reporters Sevilla will be looking to follow Roma’s example of how to upset the odds in the Champions League, as they take on Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.  The Seville outfit travel to Munich with a task that rivals Roma’s heroics in difficulty, turning around a 2-1 home defeat. While the deficit … Continue reading “Can the underdogs do it again?”

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Eusebio Di Francesco jubilant as Roma stun Barcelona on historic night

By FootballBosses reporters In what will be forever stored in memory as an historic evening for the those present to witness it, Roma completed what looked to be an impossible task in a stunning 3-0 win against Barcelona to see them through to the Champions League semi-finals on aggregate (4-4). Eusebio Di Francesco’s men arrived … Continue reading “Eusebio Di Francesco jubilant as Roma stun Barcelona on historic night”

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Guardiola watches on painfully in the stands as sub-par Manchester City knocked out

By FootballBosses reporters Liverpool have advanced to the Champions League semi-finals after a 2-1 victory at the Etihad to secure them a 5-1 aggregate win across the two ties. Manchester City made the perfect start to the game with former Red’s forward Raheem Sterling setting up Gabriel Jesus to give them the lead within two … Continue reading “Guardiola watches on painfully in the stands as sub-par Manchester City knocked out”

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Valverde warns Barcelona: Roma can still turn this around

By FootballBosses reporters Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has sent a warning to his team that they cannot afford to become complacent despite arriving in Rome with a 4-1 aggregate lead. “Mistakes from an excess of confidence can cost us dearly” said Valverde, in his pre-match conference. “We must not approach the game thinking that we … Continue reading “Valverde warns Barcelona: Roma can still turn this around”

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FEATURE: What now for Andre Villas-Boas?

Written by Thomas William Dowling  Andre Villas-Boas spent his early coaching career as a member of Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan; helping his superior deliver five division titles and two Champions League trophies. When opting to go his own way in 2009, his rookie season in management with Academica drew in the plaudits immediately; taking note of his fluid and attacking tactical approach which allowed him to steer his … Continue reading “FEATURE: What now for Andre Villas-Boas?”

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Champions League race heats up in Germany

Bayern Munich were crowned champions on Saturday at Augsburg, with a 4-1 victory, but the real drama in the Bundesliga is in the hunt for the remaining Champions League places. Seven teams are looking to secure one of only 3 remaining spots. Two of these clubs face off tonight as Ralph Hasenhüttl’s RB Leipzig welcome … Continue reading “Champions League race heats up in Germany”

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Fabio Capello announces retirement from management

By FootballBosses reporters Just as Fabio Capello was being touted for a second spell with the Italian national team, the 71 year old has instead ruled himself out by announcing his retirement from football. Chinese club Jiangsu Suning, who were the Italian’s last employers, called time on his contract by mutual consent in March after … Continue reading “Fabio Capello announces retirement from management”

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Simeone rules out summer exit

By FootballBosses reporters Diego Simeone has played down rumours linking him with an exit from Atletico Madrid in the summer after his sides 1-1 draw with Real Madrid. The Argentinian has been linked with various European clubs, but he was explicit in declaring his intention to remain loyal to the project at hand in his … Continue reading “Simeone rules out summer exit”

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Spalletti misses opportunity with Torino defeat

By FootballBosses reporters Inter Milan have fallen to their third defeat of the season after losing 1-0 away to Torino with a goal from Aden Ljajic in the 36th minute, despite dominating possession throughout the match. It means they miss the opportunity to overtake Roma in third (who lost 2-0 at home to Fiorentina yesterday) … Continue reading “Spalletti misses opportunity with Torino defeat”

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Heynckes wraps up fourth Bundesliga title with Bayern

  By FootballBosses reporters Jupp Heynckes has guided Bayern Munich to their fourth Bundesliga title under his leadership, after a 4-1- away victory against FC Augsburg this afternoon. It ensures that Bayern break a new record, winning six consecutive Bundesliga titles. The club legend, whose first stint started in 1987, came out of retirement at the … Continue reading “Heynckes wraps up fourth Bundesliga title with Bayern”

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Reports: Thomas Tuchel set for PSG

By FootballBosses reporters Considerable reports are suggesting that Thomas Tuchel has agreed terms with Paris Saint Germain and will take over at the end of the season. The forty-four year old German has attracted interest from several European clubs since leaving his role at Borussia Dortmund, where he guided his team to Champions League qualification … Continue reading “Reports: Thomas Tuchel set for PSG”

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Simeone delighted with Costa

By FootballBosses reporters In the post-match press conference following Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 victory over Sporting CP, Diego Simeone expressed his delight at Diego Costa’s contribution, telling reporters: ‘This was his best game since he came back with us. He’s a beast. He was running all the time, putting pressure on the opponent, breaking his mark’ … Continue reading “Simeone delighted with Costa”

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Could Allegri be heading to Chelsea?

By FootballBosses reporters A number of reports have been emerging in the last few days, admittedly from undisclosed sources across Italy and England, that Massimiliano Allegri may be Chelsea’s primary target to replace Antonio Conte in the summer. Earlier in the week, Allegri declared that he will be finished with Italian football when his time … Continue reading “Could Allegri be heading to Chelsea?”

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Wenger praises Arsenal’s resolve

By FootballBosses reporters Arsene Wenger has praised his teams resolve in recent weeks in light of their impressive 4-1 victory over CSKA Moscow last night. Wenger managed to recapture the Arsenal of old in the first half, with fluid and attacking passages of play; bringing about impressive performances from Mesut Ozil and two goals each … Continue reading “Wenger praises Arsenal’s resolve”

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Gattuso signs contract extension with AC Milan

By FootballBosses reporters Gennaro Gattuso has signed a contract extension with Rossoneri to cement their working relationship to 2021. The former club captain has won both Serie A and the Champions League twice as a Milan player. He was promoted from his role as youth team manager in November last year; taking over from Vincenzo … Continue reading “Gattuso signs contract extension with AC Milan”

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Marco Rose gives Red Bull Salzburg wings.

  Written by FootballBosses reporters. Of all the teams left in the Europa League, Red Bull Salzburg are the most overlooked by far. Considered by many to be a “spot filler”, the Austrian side are not even the best “Red Bull” club in the competition – that honour goes to a RB Leipzig side which … Continue reading “Marco Rose gives Red Bull Salzburg wings.”

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Klopp: ‘celebrate when the party starts!’

By FootballBosses reporters Despite enjoying a stunning 3-0 win at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp has warned that Liverpool cannot become complacent in this margin for the second leg: “Man City didn’t play bad tonight,” said Klopp. “They only didn’t create the normal number of chances. We defended outstandingly good in a lot of moments and put … Continue reading “Klopp: ‘celebrate when the party starts!’”

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Kohfeldt signs contract extension with Werder Bremen

By FootballBosses reporters SV Werder Bremen have announced that head coach Florian Kohelft has committed his future to the club through signing a three year contract extension. He was initially promoted from the second team in October last year on an interim basis to replace Alexander Nouri. Sporting director Frank Bauman emphasises the important role … Continue reading “Kohfeldt signs contract extension with Werder Bremen”

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Montella made to rue early chance

By FootballBosses reporters Despite a promising start, Sevilla will be playing the return leg against Bayern Munich with a 2-1 scoreline to overturn. Pablo Sarabia gave them the lead on the 32nd minute, but turned out to be short lived after a deflected own-goal from Jesus Navas five minutes later. Bayern  sealed the win through … Continue reading “Montella made to rue early chance”

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No revenge for Allegri against Real Madrid

By FootballBosses reporters Juventus’s prospects of reaching the Champions League semi-final look strained after a thumping 3-0 first-leg home defeat against reigning champions Real Madrid. Massimiliano Allegri’s men endured a poor start to the match with Cristiano Ronaldo opening the scoresheet for Real after only three minutes. Juve responded well by huffing and puffing throughout … Continue reading “No revenge for Allegri against Real Madrid”

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Ranieri’s Nantes still frozen after the winter break

By FootballBosses reporters Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes  suffered a  3-0 defeat at home to Saint Etienne on Sunday, following goals from Mattieu Debuchy and Remy Cabella. It is the heaviest defeat the club have endured; not just under Ranieri’s reign, but since Lyon humiliated them 6-0 at home in November 2016. The first half of the … Continue reading “Ranieri’s Nantes still frozen after the winter break”

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Simeone keeps pressure on Barcelona

By FootballBosses reporters A 1-0 victory against Deportivo la Coruna, courtesy of a Kevin Gameiro penalty in the 34th minute, ensures that Atletico Madrid retain their 9 point gap behind leaders Barcelona; extending an impressive record of home clean sheets to six consecutive games. Deportivo are consequently now 8 points adrift in the relegation zone. … Continue reading “Simeone keeps pressure on Barcelona”

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Vincenzo Montella angry but proud after Messi ruined his day

  By FootballBosses reporters Vincenzo Montella, whose Sevilla side knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League recently, was ultimately frustrated after his side squandered a two-goal lead at home to Barcelona yesterday. Sevilla were leading 2-0 with just two minutes of normal time remaining when Luis Suarez and then, 53 seconds later, Lionel Messi … Continue reading “Vincenzo Montella angry but proud after Messi ruined his day”

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Zidane wants to stay at Real Madrid

  By FootballBosses reporters With speculation about Zinedine Zidane’s position as Real Madrid manager hovering ominously throughout a turbulent season, the 45-year old has confirmed he would like to stay at the club. “I would still like to stay as coach of Real Madrid,” Zidane said. “Things depend on the results. It has not changed, … Continue reading “Zidane wants to stay at Real Madrid”

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Louis van Gaal: Guardiola is the Premiership’s best!

  By FootballBosses reporters Louis van Gaal, who managed Manchester United for two years between 2014 and 2016, believes Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola is the best manager in the Premiership. “Pep Guardiola is for me currently the best coach of the Premier League, ” said van Gaal. “Pep has made City a machine. He shows … Continue reading “Louis van Gaal: Guardiola is the Premiership’s best!”

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AC Milan sporting director confirms imminent deal for Gattuso

  By FootballBosses reporters AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has confirmed that the club will shortly be offering a deal for Gennaro Gattuso to remain as manager. Gattuso, whose current deal runs to the end of this season, has led his players to a 10-match unbeaten run in Serie A, including 5 wins in … Continue reading “AC Milan sporting director confirms imminent deal for Gattuso”

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Gattuso’s quirky excellence at the club’s helm

  Written and analyzed by Boz Laird-Clowes AC Milan has for the better part of the last five years been undergoing an identity crisis. Italy’s most successful club in European competition, with seven Champions League wins, have watched Juventus reach two European finals in three years and extended their lead in Serie A championships over … Continue reading “Gattuso’s quirky excellence at the club’s helm”

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Massimiliano Allegri wins Panchina d’Oro and pledges future to Juventus

  By FootballBosses reporters Massimiliano Allegri, who led Juventus to their record-equalling 6th successive Serie A title last season, has won the Panchina d’Oro, Italy’s equivalent of the Manager of the Year award, voted by fellow managers. It was the 3rd time Allegri has won the award, following his first at Cagliari in 2008/09 and … Continue reading “Massimiliano Allegri wins Panchina d’Oro and pledges future to Juventus”

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Wenger: if the results are not good enough… we have to take the consequences

  By FootballBosses reporters Arsene Wenger has been under more pressure this season than ever before. Knocked out of the FA Cup in the 3rd round by Nottingham Forest, failure to challenge for top-4 Champions League qualification and a recent home defeat to Swedish side Ostersunds FK in the Europa League, has led to mounting … Continue reading “Wenger: if the results are not good enough… we have to take the consequences”

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Costacurta confirms when Italy manager will be appointed

  By FootballBosses reporters Italian Football Federation vice-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta confirmed that the decision to appoint a new manager of the Italian national football team will be announced in two months’ time, “We will tell you the name of the new coach on May 20,” said Costacurta. The first team is currently being managed on … Continue reading “Costacurta confirms when Italy manager will be appointed”

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