Yaya Toure Retires From International Football

Yaya Toure announced today that he has retired from international football.

Like most players aged 33 and up, this is most likely to prolong his club football career, however, after being pushed out of the Manchester City team after the arrival of Guardiola, it begs the question: is he retiring from international football to prolong his career in the Premier League, or elsewhere?

Guardiola has reportedly said that Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk must apologise for the comments he made about the Ivorian’s exclusion from the Champions League squad, before the ex-City captain can play for the team again.

This does seem slightly unfair though, as it was not the player who made the comments – perhaps another example of agents becoming the powerhouses in the world of football?

The Controversial Career of Joey Barton

December 2004 – Stubs a cigar out in the eye of young Manchester City player Jamie Tandy during the club’s Christmas party. Forced to pay 8 weeks wages and £65,000 to Tandy for damages after being fined by the club and sued by the youngster respectively.

July 2005 – Attacks a 15-year-old Everton fan in Bangkok during a pre-season tour; fined 8 weeks wages by Manchester City after being found guilty of gross misconduct.

May 2007 – An altercation with team-mate Ousmane Dabo, leaving the Frenchman needing hospital treatment sees Barton suspended, and a year later given a four month suspended prison sentence as well as a 12 match ban and £25,000 fine by the FA.

May 2008 – Jailed for six months after being found guilty of assault and affray.

May 2009 – Suspended by Newcastle United after an argument with manager Alan Shearer following his sending off against Liverpool.

November 2010 – Banned for 3 games by the FA after punching Blackburn player Morten Gamst Pedersen during Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat.

May 2012 – Banned for 12 matches and fined £75,000 by the FA after elbowing Carlos Tevez, kneeing Sergio Aguero and trying to headbutt Vincent Kompany on the final day of the season after being sent off. Subsequently gets stripped of the QPR captaincy.

April 2013 – Banned for 2 games after calling Paris Saint Germain defender Thiago Silva an ‘overweight ladyboy’ on Twitter whilst playing for Marseille.

Joey Barton Being Investigated Over Betting Scandal

Less than 24 hours after Joey Barton received a three week playing ban from Rangers – whom he joined in the summer – the ex-Manchester City, Newcastle United and Marseille midfielder is being investigated by the SFA for a breach in their strict no-betting policy.

Barton allegedly bet on Celtic to get beaten by Barcelona in the Champions League (which they did 7-0), however the Scottish Football Association insist on any player plying their trade in Scotland refraining from any betting.

This latest revelation follows a series of incidents at the Rangers training ground – after losing to their Old Firm rivals, Celtic 5-1 – that have seen Barton banished from the club; many fans believe that he has played his last match for the club, despite having only featured five times.

English Champions 2015/16

Premier League

Leicester City

Championship

Burnley 
Promoted – Middlesbrough (2nd), Hull City (Play-off Winners)

League 1

Wigan Athletic
Promoted – Burton Albion (2nd), Barnsley (Play-off Winners)

League 2

Northampton
Promoted – Oxford (2nd), AFC Wimbledon (Play-off Winners)

FA Cup

Manchester United

League Cup

Manchester City

FA Trophy

FC Halifax Town

FA Vase

Morpeth Town

Jose Mourinho – Factfile

With Louis Van Gaal now a former Manchester United manager, it seems almost impossible that Jose Mourinho won’t be given the manager’s job at Old Trafford. With every new incoming manager, the question always arises: will he be a success?

Without knowing the future, we have to look at the past in order to create our own opinions on the matter; so we have created a Jose Mourinho fact-file for you to ponder over whilst crafting your opinion.

Jose Mourinho (26/1/1963 – Setúbal, Portugal)

Coaching Career:

Sporting CP (1992-94) –

Interpreter for the late, great, Bobby Robson: Mourinho gained much experience from the Englishman at Sporting CP and claims him as one of the biggest influences on his career.

FC Porto (1994-96) –

After being fired from Sporting CP due to a bad run of results, Robson moved to FC Porto, Mourinho followed him, and they dominated Portuguese football for the next few years.

Barcelona (1996-97) –

After Barcelona came knocking for Sir Bobby, Mourinho again followed the Geordie, this time to the Nou Camp. Although Robson only stayed for one season in Spain, Mourinho carried on as assistant manager at the club to his successor, Louis Van Gaal; together, the two enjoyed 3 successful seasons.

Managerial Career:

Benfica (2000) –

Matches: 
Played – 11
Won – 6
Drew – 3
Lost- 2

Trophies: N/A

União de Leiria (2001-02)

Matches:
Played – 20
Won – 9
Drew – 7
Lost – 4

Trophies: N/A

FC Porto (2002-04)

Matches:
Played – 127
Won – 91
Drew – 21
Lost – 15

Trophies:
2002/3 – Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal, UEFA Cup
2003/4 – Supertaća Cândido de Oliveira, Primeira Liga, Champions League
Total – 6

Chelsea (2004-07)

Matches:
Played – 185
Won – 124
Drew – 40
Lost – 21

Trophies:
2004/5 – Premier League, Football League Cup
2005/6 – FA Community Shield, Premier League
2006/7- FA Cup, Football League Cup
Total – 6

Internazionale (2008-10)

Matches:
Played – 108
Won – 67
Drew – 26
Lost – 15

Trophies:
2008/09 – Serie A
2009/10 – Serie A, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana, Champions League
Total – 5

Real Madrid (2010-13)

Matches:
Played – 178
Won – 128
Drew – 28
Lost – 22

Trophies:
2010/11 – Copa del Rey
2011/12 – La Liga
2012/13 – Supercopa de España
Total – 3

Chelsea (2013-15)

Matches:
Played – 136
Won – 80
Drew – 29
Lost – 27

Trophies:
2013/14 – N/A
2014/15 – Premier League, Football League Cup
2015/16 – N/A
Total – 2

Overview:

Matches Played: 765
Matches Won: 505
Win Percentage: 66.01%
Trophies Won: 22