Thursday 14 December 2017

Carrzone: Five teams still without a win in the Premier League

Ibrahim Afellay
Ibrahim Afellay
UEFA president Michel Platini says financial fair play rules are to be eased

With four games played so far this season, the Premier League table has an unusual look about it. With just one win and one draw, reigning champions Chelsea are 13th.

Among the clubs below them are five which have yet to win a match. Stoke, Newcastle and Sunderland have each managed two draws. Above them, Watford and Spurs have three draws. All five need to start winning. At Sunderland, Swedish international Ola Toivonen, who joined on loan from Rennes has been complaining that he turned down a chance to sign for Liverpool in 2010.

At Newcastle, goalkeeper Tim Krul says: "The manager (Steve McClaren) believes we have something special but it's no good talking about it. We've got to show it."

Stoke's signing from Barcelona, Ibrahim Afellay had a three game suspension for violent conduct reduced to two games.

With Sunderland to play next, Spurs are hoping to gain a first win. After that Crystal Palace, Man City and Swansea could present problems for Mauricio Pochettino's team.


Managerial mind games start ahead of much-awaited final

Who'd be an inter-county football manager? Even as a punter, trying to figure out the various permutations and possibilities ahead of the Dublin-Kerry final, you're head would be wrecked.

Kick-outs, indiscipline, midfield, marking, free-takers, injury worries, tactics… there's plenty for both managers and their back room staff to consider. Within minutes of the semi-final replay having been emphatically decided by Dublin, manager Jim Gavin already had his All Ireland final game face on.

"We haven't seen much of them," he said of opponents Kerry.

"We played them in spring.. and they looked very serious that day. We've a bit of catching up to do…they've had a good look at us. They're a team full of stars, not only on the starting fifteen but also on the bench. And there's an expectation that they are going to win it back to back. So it's all uphill for us. We've played our full hand."

Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice  responds: "Most people would have predicted a Dublin-Kerry final."


Platini under fire from Prince Ali in race for Blatter's job

UEFA president Michel Platini says financial fair play rules are to be eased

Having been upstaged in the race for the FIFA presidency by South Korean billionaire Chung Mong-joon, who claimed the current UEFA boss campaigned for Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini is now under fire from Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, who's expected to announced his candidacy today.

Prince Ali, who ran against Blatter days after the arrest of a number of football officials in Zurich in May and lost, says: "We need a candidate who is not tainted by the past. FIFA is in a crisis right now and we need a new beginning. Mr. Platini's introduction into football governance was as a protege of Sepp Blatter.

"I have talked with him… and was not very encouraged." With an eight point manifesto, Mong-joon promises, "I will make FIFA an open, ethical and truly global organisation." The election will take place in February when Sepp Blatter resigns.


Police hunt Bangladesh ace

Bangladesh fast bowler Shahadat Hossain (29), who's been out of action for six months having twisted a knee, is wanted, along with his wife, by the police in connection with the allegedly beating an 11-year old domestic help. Hossain, who's played 38 Tests and 51 one-day internationals, had phoned police to say the maid was missing. Badly bruised when found, the girl claimed she'd been tortured by the couple.

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