13
Nov

Turkish giants Galatasaray target Chelsea’s John Terry

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At 32 years of age, John Terry continues to defy the critics at his boyhood club, Chelsea. He started out at Stamford Bridge as a youngster and has been there ever since, winning a glut of trophies in over a decade of service.

Could it be time to call it a day though? The latest rumors link former England captain Terry with Turkish giants Galatasaray. What’s more is that Gala’s new boss is, of course, Roberto Mancini - Terry’s old title rival at Manchester City.

You can read about this rumor and many more - including Edin Dzeko to Borussia Dortmund, a Southampton star to Liverpool and news on Manchester United, Arsenal and more - on today’s Paper Chase.

27
Jul

Player Says Goodbye to Fans With Newspaper Ad

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While it sometimes seems that players tend to burn bridges when they move to a new club, as in the case of Robin van Persie, that hasn’t been the case with new Roma signing Morgan De Sanctis.

Rather than leave Naples in the trunk of a car to avoid any interactions with fans of his former club, Napoli, De Sanctis took a different route. The veteran goalkeeper, who had spent four season in Naples, decided to honor the fans of his former by club taking out a full-page advertisement in the city’s major newspaper as a way of thanking them for their support.

Alongside a photo of De Sanctis in a Napoli jersey, the advertisement read:

Heart, sweat, honor.

What you asked of me I gave to you…and with your love you paid me back.

Thanks to everybody and always Forza Napoli!

This isn’t the first time a former player or manager has taken out a newspaper advertisement to say goodbye to former fans. Only a few months ago, former Manchester City coach, Roberto Mancini, employed a similar tactic upon his dismissal from the club.

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While we don’t want to reach a point where every transfer leads to a full-page advertisement, it’s nice to see that some players truly feel a connection to their community.

(Via: Football Italia)

3
Jul

Carlos Tevez leaves Manchester, immediately starts dancing

With his transfer to Juventus recently confirmed, it’s no wonder that Carlos Tevez is in a mood for celebrating.

The former Argentine international joined Manchester City from Manchester United in 2009. Tevez helped play an integral part in City’s rise to power, while eventually becoming the club’s captain in the process.

Tevez, joined with his wife Vanesa Mansilla and two daughters, are seen on Argentine television dancing to “El Pasito de Luis Ventura” for who knows what reason. He might be a world class player, but those dance moves are definitely questionable in our book.

28
May

Thanks for the memories, Roberto

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If Roberto Mancini was in any doubt about how his departure from Manchester City affected the club’s supporters he can worry no more. City supporters splashed out £7,000 ($10,500) to place an advert in Italian sports newspaper Gazetta Dello Sport to show their appreciation for his efforts. Will the same be happening in Chile next season we wonder?

18
May

Mancini takes out full-page ad to thank City fans

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While Manchester City manager Roberto Manicini did not even make it to the end of the season, he took the high road and put out this classy ad in the Manchester Evening News.

Mancini is pictured with the 2011 FA Cup, 2012 Community Shield, and 2012 Premier League trophy, thanking the fans for three unforgettable years.

He was not a popular man among players and club officials, but fans have still held him in a high regard and he should receive plenty of support for a new position sooner than later.

Image via @Danmcfcjones

12
May

Cup final defeat final straw for Mancini

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In today’s Paper Chase, Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City future hangs in the balance after the side’s embarrassing loss to underdogs Wigan in the FA Cup final.

Ben Watson’s late header powered Wigan to a 1-0 victory against overwhelming favourites City on Saturday, and concerns are now growing in the blue half of Manchester as to whether Mancini is capable of overseeing the creation of a European juggernaut.

Also, Wayne Rooney could be headed to London next season, while Christian Benteke has earned himself many potential suitors. Read more in today’s Paper Chase.

14
Apr

The “Aguero Stomp”

For some unknown reason, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero was not booked for this tackle on Chelsea’s David Luiz. In good “kick him while he’s down” measure, he jumped in for a two footed stomp on Luiz’s backside. The referee was either taking a nap or looking in the opposite direction as Aguero was allowed to stay on for the 2-1 FA Cup victory.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini offered his thoughts on the incident:

Should Aguero have been sent off?