When Ronald Koeman discussed the game to come against Everton he was fairly sanguine and also stark about the challenge ahead. "I understand the defeats because that’s always the difference with players," he said. "They need confidence and sometimes now you see that. I know my players, how they can play football, and it’s difficult because of maybe freshness, maybe about more changes in the team. Confidence you can show them, you can tell them. The answer is always on the pitch Saturday at 3 o’clock and then you have to show it. There are always ways to lose a game but not how we lost lastRead More »from Ronald Koeman must rebuild confidence if Southampton are to survive festive period
Southampton must use their 3-0 victory over Everton as a springboard if they are to survive a tricky Christmas period that sees them face Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, writes Alex Netherton.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Sat, Dec 20, 2014 18:01 GMT
Over 100 players have been injured at Arsenal in just under two years.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Sat, Dec 20, 2014 15:19 GMT
Arsenal's much-talked about injury problems have been at the forefront of their troubles over the past few seasons and seem to show no sign of halting any time soon.
In fact, their injury list since the summer of 2013 can only be compared to a shopping list for a family of 10 - over 100 players have been injured in just under two years.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger attempted to solve the club's problematic area over the summer when he brought in German national team fitness coach Shad Forsythe.
But Arsenal still seem to be suffering a similar amount of injuries to last season and with elevenRead More »from Arsenal's injury list since the summer of 2013 is unbelievable!
The Germany goalkeeper got a taste of his own medicine when Elkin Soto met a cross to fire through Neuer's legsBy Eurosport | Pitchside – Sat, Dec 20, 2014 13:59 GMT
Manuel Neuer has established himself as the world's best goalkeeper but he showed on Friday night that he's still human after conceding against Mainz.
The German international, renowned for his 'sweeper keeper' skills, saw Elkin Soto's shot go straight through his legs as Bayern Munich went 1-0 down to the mid-table side.
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However, Mainz's lead lasted a mere 167 seconds as Bastian Schweinsteiger curled in a 20-yard free-kick and Arjen Robben scored from close range.
Neuer made up for his error shortly after time with a magnificent save to deny midfielderRead More »from Manuel Neuer gets nutmegged as Bayern Munich concede against Mainz
Chances are you weren’t scrawling Tottenham v Burnley into your calendar when the Premier League fixtures were announced in June – but the clash actually produces an average of 5.5 goals per game. WhoScored.com look at which other games produce a hatful.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Fri, Dec 19, 2014 17:57 GMT
It may not stand out as one of the more intriguing fixtures this weekend as Tottenham host Burnley but if their recent meetings are anything to go by it may well be one of the most entertaining of the round.
When the Clarets were last in the top-flight in the 2009/10 season their meetings with Spurs heralded 11 goals, first on the end of a 5-0 drubbing before exacting their revenge with a 4-2 win at Turf Moor. Indeed, there have been at least five goals scored between the two sides in each of their last four meetings in all competitions, with both sides coming into the game off the back ofRead More »from The Premier League’s highest scoring fixtures
The French defender will undoubtedly be remembered for coming back from severe health problems to play the entirety of Barcelona's 2011 Champions League final win over Manchester United.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Fri, Dec 19, 2014 17:20 GMT
Eric Abidal announced his retirement from football on Friday after a terrific career in which he amassed 445 appearances as well as winning seven league titles and two Champions League trophies.
The French defender will undoubtedly be remembered for coming back from severe health problems to play the entirety of Barcelona's 2011 Champions League final win over Manchester United.
Abidal was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2011, but still managed to remarkably continue his career into his mid-thirties, eventually bowing out with Greek side Olympiacos thisRead More »from Barcelona celebrate Eric Abidal's finest moments at the club with brilliant tribute video
The Colombian international was mocked by Portuguese duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe after his slow reflexes to a pass were exposed in training.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Fri, Dec 19, 2014 16:16 GMT
He may have been bought for a fee in the region of £63 million but Real Madrid star James Rodriguez proved that he's only human in a training session ahead of the Club World Cup final.
The Colombian international was mocked by Portuguese duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe after his slow reflexes to a pass were exposed in training.
Ronaldo seemed to be enjoying himself the most out of everyone there and made a particular point of impersonating Rodriguez's lack of control over his limbs.
European champions Real Madrid face the champions of SouthRead More »from Oops! James Rodriguez mocked by Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe in Real Madrid training session
Will Raheem Sterling fizzle out after being repeatedly billed as Liverpool’s superstar? Is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain benefiting from being carefully nurtured at Arsenal? Squawka's Samuel Jordan investigates.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Fri, Dec 19, 2014 16:02 GMT
Two of England’s most promising, young talents will face each other at Anfield on Sunday, when Liverpool host Arsenal in the Premier League: Raheem Sterling and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Both are important members of their clubs and the England national team, with plenty of years of top-flight football ahead of them.
Sterling is often the more publicly praised of the two, being younger (he’s 20, Oxlade-Chamberlain is 21) and usually playing in a more advanced role, he has more opportunities to grab headlines and make a name for himself.
He has also played more than the Gunners’ youngster,Read More »from Raheem Sterling v Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Are Liverpool and Arsenal nurturing them wisely?
Miguel Delaney kicks off our expert writers' reviews of 2014, with fond memories of a summer in Brazil.Pitchside – Fri, Dec 19, 2014 13:21 GMT
We asked our expert writers to give us their take on a memorable year in sport, as well as asking for their hope for 2015.
Miguel Delaney gets things underway...
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Best memory of the year
A walk through the Copacabana at any point during the first round of the World Cup, when it was filled with every type of fan and a great atmosphere. While that isn't to overlook the problems that tournament did have, that kind of carnival is precisely what the World Cup should be about. A brilliant communal feeling. Hard to imagine a better setting - and one we mightn't be able to experience until 2026.Read More »from Miguel Delaney's review of the year: World Cup carnival
2014: Year of the football legend as Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs, Clarence Seedorf and other big names retire
Find out more about some of the biggest names in football who have retired this year.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:24 GMT
As another year comes to an end what better way is there to than paying tribute to a selection of established names in football who have retired from the sport in 2014.
And there's quite a few of them.
From Thierry Henry to Javier Zanetti, it seems that 2014 was the 'Year of the Football Legend' with a host of respected names in the game calling time on their illustrious careers.
Here they are:
Javier Zanetti: Inter Milan legend Zanetti announced his retirement from football at the end of last season, having played 862 times for the Italian giants since his 1995 move from Banfield inRead More »from 2014: Year of the football legend as Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs, Clarence Seedorf and other big names retire
We preview the Club World Cup final between San Lorenzo and Real Madrid, which takes place in Morocco.Pitchside – Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:04 GMT
San Lorenzo, undeterred by the big gulf that separates them from Real Madrid, have vowed to play with "a knife between our teeth" when they face the European champions in Saturday's Club World Cup final.
The champions of South America, who count Pope Francis and Hollywood actor Viggo Mortensen among their supporters, spent three million euros (£2.4m) in the last transfer window while Real splashed out 80m euros this year on James Rodriguez alone.
"We'll have to fight for each ball as if it were the last," said San Lorenzo midfielderRead More »from Club World Cup final preview: San Lorenzo v Real Madrid