Paulo Ferreira praises performance of Branislav Ivanovic

Former Chelsea defender Paulo Ferreira has praised the performances of right back Branislav Ivanovic.

The Serbian defender has been unshakeable from the right back spot at Chelsea for the last 12 months. His ability to defend well coupled with his attacking instincts seems have made him one of the important members in the team. Ferreira, who was once the club’s regular right back, says that he has been very impressed with the performances of Ivanovic so far this campaign. Ferreira is the club ambassador at Chelsea after having recently retired at the age of 35.

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Santos names Ronaldo for friendly against France

The new Portugal boss, Fernando Santos, has named Cristiano Ronaldo in the squad that he has picked for the friendly encounter against France.
The Portuguese will be taking on Les Blues in a week time before they make their way to Denmark to play their second Euro qualifier.
As far as Portugal’s first qualifier is concerned, they lost it to Albania the previous month by a narrow margin.
Ronaldo was not there representing Portugal in that game. Paulo Bento, the team’s manager at that time, had kept the Blancos talisman out citing fitness issues.

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Drogba Completes Return To Chelsea

Didier Drogba completed his return to Chelsea as he denied offers that were launched at him mostly arriving from the MLS. Last season of the Premier League Chelsea struggled trying to find a solid and consistent player that could score goals for them but the arrival of Diego Costa is expected to solve that problem, it still comes into question however what role will Didier Drogba be playing.

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Portugal Hit By Ronaldo Injuries

Portugal is carrying out all of their preparations for the 2014 World Cup but they have been hit with a huge blow as C.Ronaldo continues on popping up with injuries.

C.Ronaldo is not only the star of Real Madrid but the eyes of the world will be locking their attention towards the Portuguese winger who secured the Ballon d’Or silverware some months ago and he has to step it up in order to prove why he earned this recognition.

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Andrés Iniesta Luján, is a Spanish football player who assumes the mid-fielder position during play. He was born in Fuenteabilla, Spain on11th May 1984 and currently plays for the Spanish football club Barcelona and national team donning number 8.

He was a product of the Barcelona youth academy La Masia and he made the first team debuting at the age of 18. He started his contract with FC Barcelona during 2004-05 seasons and has been an integral part of the 2009 team that won 6 titles in the season.

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The manager of the Portugal national football team, Paulo Bento, has said that his side has got a difficult group in the World Cup finals, but, they will try their best to make their way into the pre quarter finals.

Portugal has been placed in Group G along with some strong teams like Ghana, Germany and USA. Germany is in fact one of the favourite teams to win the tournament and it’s them whom Portugal will be facing in their opening match.

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Chelsea have strength in depth

Two wins in a matter of three days against two of the biggest club in English football is a sure sign that Chelsea have the strength in depth in their squad to compete for all the major honors this season, according to the club’s assistant boss Steve Holland.

The West London club beat Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday to move into the last eight of the Capital One Cup, barely 48 hours after their stunning 2-1 win against fellow title challengers Manchester City in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea has been defeated by Manchester City in a Premier League match played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday. City won the match by 2-0. This was a dominant performance by the Citizens. This was their 16th win in the league. But, they are still 12 points behind the Red Devils who are at the first position in the points table.

After City’s defeat in the match against Southampton, the manager of Manchester City Roberto Mancini had publicly criticized his players and had said that he was disappointed with the body language of the players in the match.

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