Sports: ‘Mourinho is a fool for calling me old’ – Eto’o

Samuel Eto’o has labelled Jose Mourinho a “fool” after the Chelsea boss questioned the veracity of his official age earlier in the season.
Mourinho was unwittingly caught on camera lamenting the quality of the strikers at his disposal at a sponsors’ event in Switzerland in February, and suggested that Eto’o could be older than he claims to be.
The now-33-year-old appeared to react in jest by celebrating his next Chelsea goal by holding his back in false pain, aping the manner of a geriatric.
However, Eto’o – who is now out of contract at Stamford Bridge – has blasted Mourinho for his comments, while also insisting that he can continue playing at the highest level for the foreseeable future.
“Today, I am 33 years old – and it is not because a fool called me an old man that you must believe it,” the Cameroonian told africanfootball.com.
“And you may have noticed that the old man was better than the youngsters. Some believe I am going to retire in the United States or in the Middle East, but I have regained the joy of the Champions League and I am going to carry on playing in the Champions League.
“Where? I am not going to tell you.”
Eto’o is set to feature at his fourth World Cup for Cameroon next month, and the four-time African Player of the Year feels he could go on and break Lothar Matthaus’ and Antonio Carbajal’s record of playing at five World Cups.
“I am going to carry on playing because physically and mentally I feel great,” he added.
“So I am going to go to this World Cup and to the next one when I will be 37. Some did it at 42, so I can still play at two more World Cups.”

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Sports: Ashley Cole retires from international football after World Cup snub

Ashley Cole has retired from international football after being told he would not be in England’s World Cup squad.
Chelsea left-back Cole, 33, has struggled for playing time with his club this season, with Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta having been preferred by Jose Mourinho.
Although he has been involved more towards the end of the campaign, Cole has been supplanted by Everton’s Leighton Baines and, most likely, Southampton teenager Luke Shaw.
The decision brings an end to a lengthy international career for Cole, who made his England debut against Albania in 2001 and has won 107 caps since.
Cole, who is out of contract this summer as well, wrote on his Twitter feed: “I got the call from Roy and agree England team should be about the young players. I think it best I retire from England team now.
“We have a great manager and team and I wish them only success. I will be supporting them like a true fan. Thanks to everyone for everything.
“Baines and Shaw are great players, proved this season, and are the future of this country, it was a pleasure to get 107 caps.”
Roy Hodgson responded to Cole’s announcement by telling the FA’s website: “Among many difficult decisions I have had to make for my squad, not selecting Ashley was one of the hardest.
“To amass more than a century of caps was a staggering achievement and he deserves enormous credit for the desire and brilliance that has shone through over the years he has represented his country.
“Of course I must respect his decision to retire. He has been one of England’s finest players but I want to look to the future. It has been one of the hardest decisions of my career.”
Hodgson continued: “The most important factor was speaking to Ashley prior to the announcement on Monday, he deserved to hear it directly from me and he took the news with huge grace.
“In two years working with him he has shown nothing but relentless professionalism, and a great hunger to play for England. He is someone I have the utmost respect for and I wished him all the best, he in turn wished the team well this summer.”

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Sports: ManCity sweating on Kompany

Manchester City are sweating on the fitness of captain Vincent Kompany ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Liverpool at Anfield.
The defender hurt his knee in training and City will monitor the Belgium international ahead of the crunch match which could go a long way towards deciding the destination of the Premier League trophy this season.
Joleon Lescott will be on standby to replace Kompany, but City will be desperate to have their skipper available for such a pivotal match.
City’s top scorer Sergio Aguero returns to the squad after missing the last five games with a hamstring injury.
Defender Matija Nastasic (knee) is the only notable absentee with midfielder Yaya Toure having overcome a knock suffered in last week’s win over Southampton.
The hosts welcome back centre-back Daniel Agger, who missed last weekend’s win at West Ham with a knee problem. He is fit again to challenge Mamadou Sakho for his first-team place.
Only long-term injured left-back Jose Enrique remains unavailable for selection to Brendan Rodgers.

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Sports: Arsene Wenger admits relief

Arsene Wenger admitted after Arsenal’s victory over Wigan Athletic that there had been a lot of pressure on his side, and it was a relief to come through on penalties and reach the FA Cup final.
The Gunners were up against the defending champions at Wembley but were firm favourites to progress, and they were given a huge fright as Jordi Gomez opened the scoring for Wigan just after the hour mark.
Per Mertesacker equalised to send the tie to extra-time and Lukasz Fabianski then saved Wigan’s first two penalties to set Arsenal on their way to a 4-2 success in the shoot-out.
Earlier in the afternoon, Everton’s win over Sunderland had pushed Arsenal out of the top four of the Premier League, and Wenger – who has yet to agree a contract extension past the end of the season – was all too aware of the impact of another morale-sapping defeat.
“It is important that mentally we didn’t go out. You could imagine the consequences of going out, it is quite worrying,” the Frenchman said.
“I am relieved because there was a big pressure on us.
“I expected a difficult game and I was not disappointed.
“Wigan were impressive, well organised, physically very strong, calm when they had the ball.
“They played very well and showed why they knocked Man City out in the quarter-finals.
“We had everything a little bit against us for a while in the game. We needed to show some character, resilience and some nerves and we did it in a very united and resilient way.
“That was the most pleasing aspect because everyone expected us on that front.
“Even if we had lost, I would have said we had the mental level that I expected, and hopefully that win today will give us a lift for the end of the season.”
Wenger hailed the professionalism of Fabianski, who is set to leave the Emirates Stadium in the summer when his contract expires.
“Fabianski did very well. He is a good goalkeeper, he showed that again today,” the Arsenal manager said.
“During the game, even with the penalty they scored, he went on the right side. He is quick. In the penalties he put us in a good position.”
Wenger remains confident Arsenal can now go on to finish the campaign in style.
“If we win our games, we will finish in front (of Everton), so for us it is important now to focus on the Premier League,” he said.
“If we do that well I am confident we will come back, and on top of that we have a target now for the end of the season – the FA Cup final.
“We have now a period where we can concentrate on the Premier League.”

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Sports: Ronaldo may miss UCL semi-final clash with Bayern

REAL Madrid fear they could be without star man Cristiano Ronaldo for the Copa del Rey final and perhaps even the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals due to a hamstring injury.

Real Madrid will face defending champions, Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final, following Friday’s draw.

Madrid confirmed that tests had found a problem in Ronaldo’s left hamstring, although the club declined to give an estimate of how much time he might miss.

“The tests conducted on Cristiano Ronaldo have detected a muscular injury to his left hamstring,” a statement said. “This is pending developments.”

Reports in Spain have suggested Ronaldo could miss around 15 days with the injury, a time span that would force him to miss the Copa final against Barcelona on April 16, as well as the first leg of the Champions League semi-final, which would be on April 22 or 23.

 Ronaldo sat out the second leg of Madrid’s quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund, and after the match Carlo Ancelotti had claimed he was suffering only a minor problem and should be back in time for this weekend’s meeting with Almeria.

“Cristiano was fine, we didn’t want to risk him, because of the intensity of the tie, and we didn’t have to,” Ancelotti said after the game.

“Hopefully he’s better soon and he is ready for the semi-final. It’s not a big problem because if it were, he wouldn’t have been on the bench.

He has time to recover and could play on Saturday.”

Ronaldo had trained on Monday before the Dortmund match but withdrew with the injury after only a few minutes before the match.

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Sports: Norwich sack Chris Hughton

Norwich Football Club have announced the sacking of its manger Chris Hughton.
Norwich have endured a very poor season as they lie in 17th place just 5 points above the relegation zone.
The Canaries suffered yet another defeat yesterday in the hands of West Brom.
The English Premier League team have hired Neil Adams in Chris’ place. Details to follow soon.

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Sports: Check out all the kits for the 2014 World Cup

The waiting is finally over, and after much speculation and countless shoddy Photoshop efforts on social media, every one of the 2014 World Cup shirts (home, away and – in a few cases – third editions) has been unveiled.

The tournament in Brazil is sure to be a carnival with incredible colours, noises and atmospheres. Some of the shirts have embraced this aspect of the World Cup, while others (ahem, England) have stuck with incredibly boring, plain and overpriced offerings.

Anyway, waste no more time – click through to see which ones you like and which you really do not have a taste for. Enjoy!
All images were culled from Euro Sports

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