BIG BEARD: Wolves manager Nuno Santo will surely be a wanted man next season. AFP Photo BY PAUL KENNEDY There is little doubt in any right thinking football fans’ mind that the Premier League manager of the season has to be Pep Guardiola. The Manchester City boss has been outstanding, leading his team to an historic domestic treble, emphatically clinching the third trophy of the season on Saturday with a 6-0 demolition of Watford in the FA Cup final. He may personally be a little disappointed that City fell short in the Champions League, but what Pep has achieved this season qualifies unreservedly for the prize of Manager of the Year. But an honorary mention must go to one Nuno Herlander Simões Espírito Santo, the manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers. The former Portuguese goalkeeper took charge of the Black Country club in May 2017 and earned promotion winning the Championship with two games to spare in his first season at the helm. With financial support from … [Read more...] about Can Wolves keep the wolves at bay?
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The men’s and women’s singles champions will receive 2.35 million pounds each - 100,000 more than in 2018. * Premier League club West Ham United will introduce a new fan engagement platform allowing supporters to buy the right to vote on selected club decisions, following the example of French club Paris Saint Germain and Juventus of Italy. Socios.com, a blockchain-based fan engagement platform, allows supporters to buy fan 'tokens' or to earn or 'hunt' them through games, in order to take part in club polls. * Montpellier veteran Souleymane Camara netted a late winner as they came from behind to beat Paris St Germain 3-2 in Ligue 1 on Tuesday as the champions continued their stuttering end to the season. It was a third defeat in their last four league games for PSG, who also let a two-goal lead slip in Saturday’s French Cup final before losing to Stade Rennes on penalties. * Belgian soccer club Anderlecht have been hit with a 5-0 loss, a fine and an order to play a … [Read more...] about Wimbledon prize money rises 11.8%
World number 30 Vekic took full advantage of the 42 unforced errors committed by the Czech top seed and defending champion to prevail in 83 minutes. * Barcelona's stand-in goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has been ruled out for six weeks with a torn calf muscle, the club said in a statement on Friday, and will miss both legs of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Real Madrid. * Borussia Dortmund have exercised their option to sign on-loan striker Paco Alcacer permanently from Barcelona for a fee totalling 28 million euros, the La Liga leaders said in a statement on Friday. * Manchester United confirmed the departure of midfielder Marouane Fellaini to Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng on Friday, marking the end of the Belgium international's chequered career at the Premier League team. * Women's tennis organisers announced changes to their calendar for 2019 on Friday, with a new Premier event in Zhengzhou, China marking the start of the Asian swing. The WTA said the Zhengzhou … [Read more...] about Kvitova beaten by Vekic in St Petersburg quarter-finals
Eden Hazard is one of the French academy system's finest exports in the past decade but he could be the man to end Didier Deschamps's bid for World Cup glory. Belgium's forward Eden Hazard reacts during training session of Belgium's national football team at the Guchkovo Stadium in Dedovsk, outside Moscow, on Jul 8, 2018, ahead of their World Cup semi-final football match against France. (FRANCK FIFE/AFP) Born to two footballing parents in the Belgian municipality of Braine-le-Comte, Hazard's reputation spread across the border and saw him snapped up by Lille at the age of just 14. Two years later Hazard made his professional debut in Ligue 1 and went on to become French football's brightest talent, twice winning the league's player of the year prize and leading Lille to a Ligue 1 and Cup double in 2010-11. When a big-money move inevitably came, it was Chelsea who won the race in 2012 with a £32 million (US$43 million) capture that now seems like a bargain. In six … [Read more...] about Belgium’s Hazard spells danger for France