West Ham United 3 – 0 Stoke City

West Ham United v Stoke City – Premier League

West Ham hauled themselves out of the Premier League drop zone as Stoke pressed the self-destruct button at Upton Park.The Hammers made it back-to-back league wins for the first time in more than a year to stay on course to complete a great escape from relegation.

Demba Ba was gifted his fourth goal in just five appearances after a calamitous Stoke mix-up, the recalled Manuel da Costa made it 2-0 and Thomas Hitzlsperger smashed in a late third to inflict a club record sixth straight away league defeat on the visitors.

The game was the first of back-to-back meetings between the two sides, who are also set to clash for the fourth time this season in the FA Cup quarter-finals a week on Sunday. Read more of this post


Stoke City 3 – 0 Brighton

Stoke City v Brighton & Hove Albion - FA Cup 5th Round











Stoke secured a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals for a second successive season with a comfortable victory over Brighton at the Britannia Stadium.The visitors were undone by three first-half headers, with John Carew netting after 14 minutes and his strike partner Jon Walters making it 2-0 eight minutes later.Walters then set up Potters captain Ryan Shawcross just before the interval, and although Brighton improved in the second period, they were unable to reduce the deficit. Read more of this post

City reject Tevez transfer request

Carlos Tevez clashes with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini

Carlos Tevez clashes with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini

Manchester City have released an official statement confirming reports that Carlos Tevez has handed in a transfer request, and the club revealed they have rejected the striker’s demand.

• Tevez hands in transfer request
• Tevez planning retirement
• Tevez plays down Mancini row
• Tevez: I’m happy at City
• Tevez “tired of football” Read more of this post

Voting results of WC 2018, 2022

Twenty-two members of the FIFA Executive Committee were entitled to vote in the race for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups with 12 votes needed for an absolute majority and therefore to obtain the right to host the World Cup.

This is how Thursday’s vote unfolded:


Round 1: England 2 votes, Netherlands/Belgium 4 votes, Spain/Portugal 7 votes and Russia 9 votes (as no absolute majority was reached, the candidate with least amount of votes, England, was eliminated)

Round 2: Netherlands/ Belgium 2 votes, Spain/ Portugal 7 votes and Russia 13 votes (Russia obtained an absolute majority)


Round 1: Australia 1 vote, Japan 3 votes, Korea Republic 4 votes, Qatar 11 votes, USA 3 votes (Australia eliminated)

Round 2: Japan 2 votes, Korea Republic 5 votes, Qatar 10 votes and USA 5 votes (Japan eliminated)

Round 3: Korea Republic 5 votes, Qatar 11 votes, USA 6 votes (Korea Republic eliminated)

Round 4: Qatar 14 votes and USA 8 votes (Qatar obtained an absolute majority)

WC 2018, 2022 quotes

“I think it was the wrong decision.”

– US President Barack Obama after America lost out to Qatar for 2022.

“I think the bid team have done everything possible, we couldn’t have got a better bid.”

– David Beckham after England’s doomed 2018 bid.

“What did we expect? FIFA, as far as I’m concerned, is full of people who say ‘yes’ to your face and ‘no’ behind your back. England have little or no influence.”

– Former England manager Graham Taylor.

“Hurray! Victory! Now we have to really prepare the way we stage the World Cup. And, of course, put up a deserving performance.”

– Russia President Dmitry Medvedev.

“We also have a good league, we have extraordinary players, including our own, who are world champions. But, hey, I suppose that (members of FIFA’s executive committee) had different criteria from us.”

– Spain coach Vicente del Bosque after the joint Spain/Portugal bid for 2018 failed.

“We started off being written off, being the unconventional bid. And no-one thought we had a chance to win. On behalf of millions living in the Middle East, thank you FIFA for having such bold vision. We have a date with history which is summer 2022.”

– Qatar bid president Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani.

“Soccer is dead to me. What a rort (scam). Who goes to Qatar to watch the world game? It’s a joke.”

– Australian fan Jeremy Tom after his country lost out to Qatar.

“It is bitterly disappointing. According to FIFA we had the best technical team, no one could identify any risks of coming to England. I think we had the strongest commercial bid and the country is passionate about football. But it turns out that’s not enough.”

– British Prime Minister David Cameron

“We had a very strong bid, sadly it didn’t work out. Congratulations has to go to Russia, they won and well done to them. I’m sure it will be a very good World Cup.”

– Prince William

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