Tuesday, October 30, 2012

UEFA Champions League News: Borussia Dortmund Trounce Real Madrid

Log in to 12BET.com now and bet on exciting UEFA Champions League odds!

THE LATEST UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NEWS – Borussia Dortmund defeated Spanish football champions Real Madrid in a 2-1 home thriller.

Robert Lewandowski scored first for the German champions on the 36th minute. Cristiano Ronaldo rallied an equalizer two minutes later. Marcel Schmelzer played past through rival Madrid through a winning shot in the 64th minute.

With the win, Dortmund took Group D’s top spot from Madrid with seven points from three games.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

UEFA Champions League News: Celtic Manager Neil Lennon Laments Loss to Barcelona

Keep track of the latest UEFA Champions League news and bet at 12BET.com now!

THE LATEST UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NEWS – Top Scottish football club Celtic recorded an impressive performance against Spanish giants Barcelona, but their loss disappointed their manager Neil Lennon.

As Barcelona played past through rival Celtic through a tie-breaking free kick from Jordi Alba during extra time, Lennon remarked that he is “very proud but I don’t like losing”. He said that he does not want his players’ winning determination to go down as the competition is still in its early stages.

Lennon said that the match gave his players “a real taste of playing in the Champions League at the highest level”, as he noted that they had a remarkable performance.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2012-13: Best match Manchester United vs. Braga

Match Date: October 24, 2012 (Wednesday)
Match Time: 2:45 am (+08:00 GMT)
Venue: Old Trafford (HOME: Manchester United)


Manchester United will play host to Portuguese outfit Braga in their next UEFA Champions League fixture – the third qualifying round of the competition. United currently sit on top of Group H with six points from two wins, while Braga is in third with three points from one win and one loss.

Match Preview

*HEAD-TO-HEAD COMPARISON (Last Five Matches)      
  None; both teams will meet for the first time in this season’s UEFA Champions League  

The Manchester United squad have trekked into the unknown in their previous Champions League match this season when they fought Romanian champions and Group H second-placers CFR Cluj. United face another challenge of dealing with unfamiliar opponents Braga in the pitch, since the Portuguese side have not played past through rival English top-flight club yet. 

United would not pit in Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand in defence. The tested back-line duo will exchange places with Scott Wootton and Alexander Buttner. Midfielders Shinji Kagawa, Ryan Giggs and Tom Cleverley could figure a comeback in the starting line-up, while possibilities for starter positions remain for Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia and Nani. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has the option of starting all of his four-man striker-force – Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, although in varying positions up front.

Braga captain Alan will be a threat United must reckon. He recorded an impressive performance during their 2-0 away win against Turkish side Galatasaray, having scored the second goal. Another potentially dangerous attacker is Eder, the club’s new main striker. He already scored four goals for his new club this season. Ruben Micael, on loan from Atletico Madrid, is a skilled playmaker that has made five goals since his move this season.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

English Premier League Soccer | Gary Neville Says Wayne Rooney Could Improve Further

THE LATEST SPORTS NEWS – Former soccer defender for Manchester United Gary Neville said that his ex-teammate Wayne Rooney could still improve in his position as a striker.

Citing his phenomenal rise when he first scored for Everton in 2002 at the age of 16, Neville said that the 26-year old Rooney could still experience further improvements. He noted that at his age, “…there’s more to come”.

Rooney has played past through rival teams with Manchester United since his signing in 2004. Neville compared him to veterans Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, referring the two as being successful in improving themselves on the pitch.

Photo credits:

Wayne Rooney [Photograph]. (2012). Retrieved 16 October 2012, from <http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Wayne+Rooney/Manchester+United+v+Newcastle+United+Capital/hmPEUEz9_gt>

12BET English Premier League News | Laurent Koscielny Calls Luis Suarez a Cheater

THE LATEST SPORTS NEWS FROM 12BET – Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny became the newest member in a line of Luis Suarez’ critics, as he called the Liverpool striker a “cheat”.

Koscielny revealed that he dislikes having encounters with Suarez, moving to affirm that the striker is prone to diving, as reported by many critics. He said that the player tends to simulate even without hits from other players.

Saying that Suarez is prone to play-acting, Koscielny recalled instances when Arsenal has played past through rival Liverpool, in which the striker was taunting him on the pitch, pulling his shirt, and simulating falls “as soon as there is contact”.

Apart from Koscielny, Stoke City manager Tony Pulis and FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce came forward to criticize Suarez. Liverpool came to the striker’s defence and alleged that they do not get rightful penalties due to the player’s negative image.

Photo credits:

Luis Suarez [Photograph]. (2012). Retrieved 16 October 2012, from <http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Luis+Suarez/Liverpool+v+Stoke+City+Premier+League/B-LZdd7EAqt >

Soccer Betting English Premier League News | Santi Cazorla Happy Playing For Arsenal

THE LATEST SPORTS NEWS FOR SOCCER BETTING – Arsenal new signing Santi Cazorla said that he is happy playing for his new club.

Cazorla, who moved in from La Liga side Malaga to Arsenal last summer, said that he felt “more valued as a player in England than in Spain”. He has played past through rival teams nine times and scored two for The Gunners.

Saying that he feels “important at Arsenal”, Cazorla emphasized on his wish to further develop. He is currently working for a starting spot in the Spanish national team, dominated by the likes of David Silva, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas.

Photo credits:

Santi Cazorla [Photograph]. (2012). Retrieved 16 October 2012, from <http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Santi+Cazorla/West+Ham+United+v+Arsenal+Premier+League/o1hzC3G_nL5>

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Football Scoreboard Latest Match News: Everton’s Phil Jagielka Wants to Replace John Terry in England National Team

FOOTBALL LATEST MATCH UP OCTOBER – Everton defender Phil Jagielka is now hoping for a regular feature in the England national team following John Terry’s retirement last month.

Jagielka will start for England when they face Poland on Wednesday at Warsaw. Manager Roy Hodgson pitted him as the team’s leading defence figure in the absence of Terry.

When asked to comment on his new role, Jagielka eagerly said that he would “chuck my name in the hat”. Prior to the upcoming Poland match, he has played past through rival international teams 15 times.

Update Yourself With World Cup Qualifiers News And Bet At 12BET.com!

Check out the latest news on upcoming football upcoming match October on the 2014 World Cup qualifiers! Log in to 12BET.com now to bet on your favourite national side!


Photo credits:

Phil Jagielka [Photograph]. (2012). Retrieved 15 October 2012, from <http://www.totalfootballmadness.com/2010/09/03/phil-jagielka-world-cup-disappointment-behind-us-now/ >

Football Scoreboard Latest Match News: Republic of Ireland Manager Giovanni Trapattoni to Hold On Despite Pressure

FOOTBALL LATEST MATCH UP OCTOBER – Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni said that he would not bow out of his job, even though his side has failed to shine internationally.

The Republic of Ireland squad has not played past through rival teams well these days. They recently suffered a devastating 6-1 defeat to Germany – their heaviest home loss to date.

While critics have cited his side’s lack of winning energy, Trapattoni insists that he will only quit “When there is no positivity, when I ask the team to do something and they do not do it."

Do Not Miss The Latest World Cup Qualifiers Updates With 12BET.com!

Keep track of the newest football upcoming match October on the 2014 World Cup qualifiers! Visit 12BET.com now and check out wide selections of betting odds to bet on your preferred sides!


Photo credits:

Giovanni Trapattoni [Photograph]. (2012). Retrieved 15 October 2012, from <http://www.irishcentral.com/story/sport/cathal_dervan/tick-tock-on-giovanni-trapattonis-irish-career-173484121.html >

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sports Bet News | NBA 2012-13 News: Dwight Howard Might Not Debut In Preseason

THE LATEST NBA 2012-2013 UPDATE – When NBA starts this season for new Los Angeles Lakers centre Dwight Howard, it might not be on a preseason game.

Howard did not talk about skipping last Sunday’s preseason against the Golden State Warriors. Yet, instead of stepping on the hard court, he stayed on the sides instead wearing his trademark bow tie.

“My goal wasn’t to play in a preseason game”, Howard boldly replied. He noted that he wants to help Lakers win the championships but added that he needs to be 100% fit first before he could do so.

Currently afflicted with a back injury he got from offseason, Howard made clear his goal to “give everything” to the Lakers. The team last won the championship series in 2010, having played past through rival Boston Celtics.

Watch Out For The New NBA Season With 12BET.com!

Do not miss the latest NBA news and place your bet at 12BET.com! Give yourself a fitting preview by watching the preseason game of Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls!

Photo credits:

Dwight Howard [Photograph]. (2012). Retrieved 09 October 2012, from <http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Dwight+Howard/Golden+State+Warriors+v+Los+Angeles+Lakers/EGUy0_Ihrm_ >

Please save the picture below and use within the content page.


Monday, October 08, 2012

Sports Bet News: United, Spurs win to keep pressure on Chelsea

LONDON (AP) — Manchester United relied on early goals from its much-maligned defense and a stunning strike from Tom Cleverley to secure an impressive 3-0 win at Newcastle on Sunday, keeping the pressure on Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.

Photo: AP Manchester United's Tom Cleverley, second right, celebrates his goal with his teammates during their English Premier League soccer match against Newcastle United at the Sports Direct Arena, Newcastle, England, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. - sports bet news

Tottenham is just a point behind second-place United after beating Aston Villa 2-0 for a fourth straight win, but the misery continues for Liverpool courtesy of a frustrating 0-0 home draw with Stoke.

Jonny Evans and Patrice Evra scored headers from corners for United in the opening 15 minutes and could then celebrate a rare clean sheet this season after Cleverley's long-range curler in the 71st made the game safe at St. James' Park.

"We came here, defended brilliantly. We fully deserved the victory," said England striker Wayne Rooney, who starred in his role as an attacking midfielder for United. "The first six games of the season we haven't defended well enough — not just the back four, the whole team, and today we were brilliant against a physical team."

United is level on points with Manchester City and four behind Chelsea after seven games, with the standings starting to take shape and the likely title contenders back among the frontrunners. Tottenham can be included among them, with goals by Steven Caulker and Aaron Lennon moving the team to fifth — level on points with fourth-place Everton.

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas dropped goalkeeper Brad Friedel to the bench to end the American veteran's record run of 310 Premier League starts in a row, dating back to May 2004. His replacement, summer signing Hugo Lloris, barely had a save to make at White Hart Lane on his league debut.

"Obviously Brad was disappointed but as a great professional, he ended up accepting the decision," Villas-Boas said. "We respect his performances and I'm sure he will be back in the team as soon as possible."

Liverpool remains languishing in the wrong half of the table after failing to break down a stubborn, physical Stoke backline at Anfield, although the hosts struck the post twice through Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel.

"We just needed the final touch in the box to round up some good play," said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, whose team is in 14th place following its worst start to a league season in more than a century.

In Sunday's other match, Jose Fonte scored a late equalizer — his second goal of the game — to earn Southampton a 2-2 draw against Fulham and lift the team out of the bottom three. United lost 3-0 at Newcastle last season and there were fears the hosts' stellar frontline of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse would cause havoc against a defense that has been criticized heavily in recent weeks.

Yet for all United's big names in attack — Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck also played alongside Rooney — it was its defense that guided the team to victory and only a second shutout in the league.

Evans powered home a header from Van Persie's center in the eighth minute before Evra got in front of Ba to glance in Rooney's inswinging corner. "Unfortunately, with all talent they have on the pitch, it was set plays they scored from," Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said. "The two goals killed us."

United goalkeeper David de Gea clawed away a stooping effort from Cisse with the ball inches from crossing the line, moments after Ba headed against the crossbar, before Cleverley sealed the three points with a curling shot from the corner of the area.

At first, it appeared Cleverley meant it as a cross — and that's what United manager Alex Ferguson thought — but the England midfielder insisted he had gone for a shot. "I meant to put it in the far corner," he said, with a cheeky grin.

The pressure was on United after seeing Chelsea and City romp to easy wins on Saturday and given it had lost 3-2 to Spurs in its last league outing. A victory was also important as teams now have two weeks off for the international break.

"We were focused today," Ferguson said. "It's not easy coming to Newcastle; they're a big, aggressive team. I'm pleased with the result and pleased with the performance." After a slow start to the season, Tottenham is in fine form and was a deserved winner over Villa, going ahead when Caulker diverted in a shot from Jermain Defoe that was heading wide in the 58th.

Lennon then shot past Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan in the 67th after being set up by Clint Dempsey. "Overall a great performance," said Villas-Boas. "We told the players at halftime to persist with the intensity and we would come good."

Sports Bet News: Man City Hang On Against Borussia Dortmund

THE LATEST SPORTS BET NEWS UPDATE – Premier League champions Manchester City looked headed to defeat against an impressive Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League group stage match. Substitute Mario Balotelli rescued the hosts through a successful last-minute penalty, ending the match 1-1.

The first half looked disastrous for City, as they met with sturdy opposition from the visiting Bundesliga champions. Edin Dzeko created an opening for Samir Nasri. Keeper Roman Weidenfeller hurriedly brushed off the French international’s attempt.

Weidenfeller saved numerous shots from persistent City attackers. Sergio Aguero, taking off from a David Silva assist, flew the ball towards the net but saw his shot fended off by the Dortmund keeper.

Joe Hart was equally impressive in guarding his post. Dortmund’s Mario Gotze nearly got away from the feisty City keeper after he rolled the ball near the enemy woodwork. Hart leaped lengthily for a save to keep his side at bay.

Silva failed to get a Pablo Zabaleta pass in after he impressively shot from close range. Hart had to deal with saving attempts shortly before half time, as he halted an effort from Ilkay Gundogan that nearly gave the lead to the visitors.

With both sides taking off from a scoreless first half, Dortmund started their lead chase with Gotze tormenting Hart with another thwarted effort. Striker Marco Reus played past through rival midfielder Jack Rodwell and went on to fire the opening goal of the game for his side.

Rodwell’s mistake left City scrambling towards the remainder of the match. Attacking attempts left the English champions helpless with a faulty back line. Gundogan, Lewandowski and Reus sought to hammer Hart’s net but the keeper diligently remained firm.

As Etihad’s home crowd started to look hopeless, the entry of Mario Balotelli reignited hope for City. After Neven Subotic handballed Aguero, the Italian talisman took charge of the penalty. He then fired the ball straight inside the net and sent Weidenfeller jumping to the other side.

Keep Track Of The Latest Champions League News With 12BET.com!

Do not miss the latest Champions League matches and updates! Place your sports bet on 12BET.com now to show your support for your favourite club!

Photo credits:

Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund [Photograph]. (2012). Retrieved 04 October 2012, from <http://www.bta.bg/en/gallery/image/366895>