Football Top.com - International football rating http://www.footballtop.com/node/30407/player/rss Footballtop en Top 5 European matches to watch this weekend http://www.footballtop.com/news/top-5-european-matches-watch-weekend <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="http://www.footballtop.ru/sites/default/files/photos/news/francescotottisscnapolivromaseriejmalqqudkjbx.jpg" width="615" alt="Top 5 European matches to watch this weekend" /></p> <p><strong><em>On the continent, some of really fine matches are played this weekend.</em></strong></p> <p><u>Roma v Napoli</u><br /> Serie A leaders meet at Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Friday. Roma have so far conceded just one goal in seven matches and Rafael Benitez needs to work out his best tactics to break <a href="http://www.footballtop.com/coaches/rudi-garcia">Rudi Garcia’s</a> solid defence. However, Napoli have also won all of their matches except for a misfire against Sassuolo.<br /> Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentis claimed: “Millions of people around the world will watch the match. Napoli have never been afraid of anyone because we have a great coach and great players. I think the scudetto will be three-horse race, although I hope others such as Inter Milan and Fiorentina can join it.”</p> <p><u>Twente v Ajax</u><br /> The leaders Twente host champions Ajax, who are just one point behind them in the table. Twente have not lost a match since 25 August and have improved drastically under an interim manager Michel Jansen. Ajax will keep in mind the Tuesday visit to Glasgow for a tough test against Celtic.</p> <p><u>Zenit v <span class="caps">CSKA</span> Moscow</u><br /> The Russian champions <span class="caps">CSKA</span> have been in stalemate and it’s been over a month that they last won in domestic championship. In-form Zenit, by contrast, won their last 6 matches in the Russian Premier League and scored an average three goals in those victories. However, both clubs struggle in the Champions League this season.</p> <p><u>Porto v Sporting</u><br /> The leaders of the Portuguese Primeira Liga meet at Estádio do Dragão on Sunday. Both clubs are yet to lose this season and if Porto are the common title contenders, Sporting have impressed under the new manager Leonardo Jardim.</p> <p><u>Real Madrid v Malaga</u><br /> The result might be well-predicted in advance, but still this match will definitely be the pick in the Spanish La Liga. The world’s most expensive player Gareth Bale is set to make a return after back treatment and will be hungry for goals. Galacticos’ performance has hardly impressed this season and they have a lot to prove ahead of next week clashes with Juventus and Barcelona.</p> </div></div></div> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:14:23 +0000 Leon Smolski 219114 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/top-5-european-matches-watch-weekend#comments Champions League. Matchday 2 fixtures http://www.footballtop.com/news/champions-league-matchday-2-fixtures <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="http://www.footballtop.ru/sites/default/files/photos/news/champions-league-wallpaper-hd.jpg" width="615" alt="Champions League. Matchday 2 fixtures" /></p> <p><strong><em>Matchday 2 of the Champions League opens on Tuesday and we are going to enjoy the games across Europe, from Porto to St.Petersburg.<br /></em></strong></p> <p><strong>Group E</strong><br /> Chelsea head to Romania for nothing but three points after an embarassing defeat from <a href="http://www.footballtop.com/clubs/basel">Basel</a> at Stamford Bridge in the first round. Group leaders Basel and Schalke 04 encounter in Switzerland. </p> <p><em>Steaua Bucarest vs Chelsea<br /> Basel vs Schalke 04</em></p> <p><strong>Group F</strong><br /> Arsene Wenger confessed it it his obsession to win the main European tournament but Napoli are definitely a hard nut to crack. Rafael Benitez will try to impress on his return to Britain. Jurgen Klopp needs to hit back after an opening loss to the Italians.</p> <p><em>Arsenal vs Napoli<br /> Borussia Dortmund vs Olympique Marseille</em></p> <p><strong>Group G</strong><br /> In-form Zenit St. Petersburg host Austria Wien while Atletico are set for a tough test at Estadio do Dragao against Porto.</p> <p><em>Zenit St. Petersburg vs Austria Wien<br /> Porto vs Atletico Madrid vs </em></p> <p><strong>Group H</strong><br /> Celtic host giants Barcelona in Glasgow and are desperate to repeat last year’s sensational victory over the Catalan side. Mario Balotelli, who is suspended for Serie A matches, will be available for the Rossoneri in Amsterdam.</p> <p><em>Ajax vs Milan<br /> Celtic vs Barcelona</em></p> </div></div></div> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 08:47:10 +0000 Leon Smolski 215873 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/champions-league-matchday-2-fixtures#comments Champions League 2013/2014. Wednesday fixtures http://www.footballtop.com/news/champions-league-2013-2014-wednesday-fixtures <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="http://www.footballtop.ru/sites/default/files/photos/news/champions-league.jpg" width="615" alt="Champions League 2013/2014. Wednesday fixtures" /></p> <p><strong><em>As the European season starts on Tuesday with 8 matches on the way, the rest of the fixtures come tomorrow with the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, Chelsea embarking on their campaigns.<br /></em></strong></p> <p><strong>Group E</strong><br /> Chelsea has been seeded in arguably one of the softest groups and <a href="http://www.footballtop.com/coaches/jose-mourinho">Jose Mourinho</a> is having the first test against Basel. Schalke host Steaua Bucarest.</p> <p>Schalke 04 vs Steaua Bucarest<br /> Chelsea vs Basel</p> <p><strong>Group F</strong><br /> Arsene Wenger travels to Marseille to meet Olympique and Napoli host 2012/2013 finalists Dortmund at Stadio San Paolo.</p> <p><em>Olympique Marseille vs Arsenal<br /> Napoli vs Borussia Dortmund</em></p> <p><strong>Group G</strong><br /> On their debut in the Champions League Austria Wien host Porto while Atletico Madrid will test Zenit St. Petersburg at Vicente Calderon.</p> <p><em>Austria Wien vs Porto<br /> Atletico Madrid vs Zenit St. Petersburg</em></p> <p><strong>Group H</strong><br /> Celtic, who made a last gasp break into the final tournament, head to Milan to face Massimiliano Allegri’s side. Ajax pay a visit to Camp Nou after selling their playmaker Christian Eriksen to Tottenham Hotspur.</p> <p><em>Milan vs Celtic<br /> Barcelona vs Ajax</em></p> </div></div></div> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:30:46 +0000 HolaMexico 212881 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/champions-league-2013-2014-wednesday-fixtures#comments Porto star Atsu rejected to extend his deal http://www.footballtop.com/news/porto-star-atsu-rejected-extend-his-deal <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="http://www.footballtop.ru/sites/default/files/photos/news/christian-atsu-31-5-13.jpg" width="615" alt=" Porto star Atsu rejected to extend his deal" /></p> <p><strong><em>Highly-rated Porto winger Christian Atsu admitted he is reluctant to extend his contract with the club and is expecting to leave Estádio do Dragão.</em></strong></p> <p>Liverpool and Tottenham have been monitoring the situation with the player for some time and his revelation means both Premier League clubs are likely to make an offer in the near future.</p> <p><a href="http://www.footballtop.com/players/christian-atsu">Atsu</a>’s transfer fee of £3million is a bargain price for a player of his talent and Andre Villas-Boas is expected to pull the strings and lure the player from his former club to the White Hart Lane.</p> <p>The 21-year-old Ghana international said: “I spoke with the <span class="caps">FC</span> Porto directors before joining up with the national team and informed them that I will not be signing a new contract. Hopefully we can find a solution as soon as possible.”</p> <p>“My dream was always to play in England, and it is very nice to see my name associated with big clubs in the Premier League. For now, I’m focused on the international games but I see my future in England. I hope to have more news soon,” he added.</p> </div></div></div> Fri, 31 May 2013 12:25:19 +0000 Basil Naumov 182592 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/porto-star-atsu-rejected-extend-his-deal#comments Monaco on the verge of signing Porto Moutinho and Rodriguez http://www.footballtop.com/news/monaco-verge-signing-porto-moutinho-and-rodriguez <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="http://www.footballtop.ru/sites/default/files/photos/news/rodriguez-moutinho-24-5-13.jpg" width="615" alt="Monaco on the verge of signing Porto Moutinho and Rodriguez" /></p> <p><strong><em>Porto winger James Rodriguez confirmed he is on course of leaving Estádio do Dragão, with French moneybags Monaco cited as his point of destination.</em></strong></p> <p>Fellow midfielder <a href="http://www.footballtop.com/players/joao-moutinho">Joao Moutinho</a>, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham in January, is close to join Ranieri’s side as well.</p> <p>Monaco, owned by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, have recently won Ligue 1 promotion and are expected to win Champions League qualification. With this ambitious aim in view they are prepared to table around €70million for Porto pair in order to add dynamics and creativity to their midfield. The French media claim the deal is all but completed as both players were spotted at the club’s training complex on Thursday’s.</p> <p><a href="http://www.footballtop.com/players/james-rodriguez">Rodriguez</a> admitted he is ready to part ways with Porto, saying: “Honestly, I think I’ll go. I am not sure of the timing, but I think I’ll leave. A player always want to look ahead and play for a bigger club. Porto is a great club, but there are even more important (clubs) and I want to continue and to achieve things. If I stay I’ll be happy, but if I go my heart will be with Porto.”</p> </div></div></div> Fri, 24 May 2013 11:04:25 +0000 Basil Naumov 174257 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/monaco-verge-signing-porto-moutinho-and-rodriguez#comments Champions League last-16 preview: Malaga vs Porto http://www.footballtop.com/news/champions-league-last-16-preview-malaga-vs-porto <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="http://www.footballtop.ru/sites/default/files/photos/news/porto-malaga-12-3-13.png" width="615" alt="Champions League last-16 preview: Malaga vs Porto" /></p> <p>The first leg was a disappointment as it ended in Porto 1-0 win. The first part of the game was boring with Porto in control, but their midfielders struggled to create chances. The scoreless draw probably could have been the fair result, but Joao Moutinho netted the winning goal in the 56th minute of the game which was due to an offside error from the assistant referee.</p> <p><strong>Malaga recent form:</strong></p> <p>Porto’s win with a slim margin means the Anchovies need to score at least two goals and not concede to progress to the next stage of the tournament. However this will be a tough task taking into account that Malaga have managed to net only two goals in their last five games. Malaga are currently lying in the fourth place of La Liga table, 13 points behind the third-placed Atletico Madrid.</p> <p><strong>Porto recent form:</strong></p> <p>Porto is likely to play with a deep defense line, hitting on counter attacks with direct passing in the Champions League second leg against Malagsa. The Portuguese side has been delivering some outstanding defensive displays lately, having conceded just two goals in five games. However they were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw by the arch rivals Benfica and are finding themselves in the second spot of the Primeira Liga table, two points behind the leaders Benfica.</p> <p><strong>Malaga team news:</strong></p> <p>Manuel Pellegrini’s side boasts a clean bill of health as Eliseu, Francisco Portillo and Baptista have recovered from their injuries and could be featuring in the game against Porto.</p> <p><strong>Porto team news:</strong></p> <p>The Portuguese side have been given a huge boost with the news their influential midfielder Joao Moutinho, who has scored a winner in the Champions League first leg at Estádio do Dragão, is available for selection after shaking off thigh strain. Centre back Mangala has also returned to fitness and could take part in the forthcoming game.</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 07:35:03 +0000 Basil Naumov 107030 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/champions-league-last-16-preview-malaga-vs-porto#comments Latest transfer rumours: Porto defender Elaquim Mangala to leave in summer http://www.footballtop.com/news/latest-transfer-rumours-porto-defender-elaquim-mangala-leave-summer <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="http://www.footballtop.ru/sites/default/files/photos/news/em6_big.jpg" width="615" alt="Latest transfer rumours: Porto defender Elaquim Mangala to leave in summer" /></p> <p><strong><em>The stopper is on the transfer radar of Milan and Manchester City. <strong><em></em></strong></em></strong></p> <p>Eliaquim Mangala penned a deal with Proto in 2011 moving from Standard Liege. The player’s performance for the Portuguese side caught attention of a number of European clubs and <a href=" http://www.footballtop.com/clubs/milan "> Milan</a> is one of the frontrunners in the race for a 22-year-old.</p> <p>The price tag for the French U-21 international is estimated around €20m.</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:23:24 +0000 Cyrill Kirushkin 103328 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/latest-transfer-rumours-porto-defender-elaquim-mangala-leave-summer#comments Champions League preview: Malaga is coming! http://www.footballtop.com/news/champions-league-preview-malaga-coming <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="http://www.footballtop.ru/sites/default/files/photos/news/champions-league-anderlecht-v-malaga-eliseu2_2838979.jpg" width="615" alt="Champions League preview: Malaga is coming!" /></p> <p><strong><em>Numerous pundits claimed during group stage that Malaga had nothing to lose in every match, and it is hard to invent a line better than that. So once again: Malaga has nothing to lose in Tuesday’s clash against Porto. <strong><em></em></strong></em></strong></p> <p>There were not many people who expected the Spanish side to qualify from the tough group after the team sold Santi Cazorla to Arsenal in summer and faced financial troubles but Pellegrini made a remarkable job despite difficult circumstances.</p> <p>Isco emerged as e new star of the side with Joao Moutinho, Fernando and Lucho Gonzalez supporting the forward in the offense line. Isco will experience a lot of pressure from Porto defenders, yet the Argentine striker Javier Saviola can help his teammate, considering the fact the he himself played for Porto several seasons ago.</p> <p>Porto will respond with the Colombian forward Jackson Martinez who reached fantastic form since arriving in Portugal. The Portuguese champions are likely to impose their dominance from the start, while <a href=" http://www.footballtop.com/clubs/malaga"> Malaga </a> is likely to rely on counter-attacks. The Spaniards can feel quite comfortable without the ball with the side playing in composed and compact football.</p> <p>Pellegrini’s team should oppose the pressure that Porto throws at home stadium and use their chances whenever they can. The match is the most unexpected fixture in the Champions League knock-out round, and strictly speaking anything is possible in the game.</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:56:02 +0000 Cyrill Kirushkin 100235 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/champions-league-preview-malaga-coming#comments Latest transfer rumours: Bayern target Porto youngster Eliaquim Mangala http://www.footballtop.com/news/latest-transfer-rumours-bayern-target-porto-youngster-eliaquim-mangala <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="http://www.footballtop.ru/sites/default/files/photos/news/eliaquim-mangala.jpg" width="615" alt="Latest transfer rumours: Bayern target Porto youngster Eliaquim Mangala" /></p> <p><strong><em>The French starlet is likely to leave Portugal this summer. <strong><em></em></strong></em></strong></p> <p>Mangala moved to <a href=" http://www.footballtop.com/clubs/porto "> Porto </a> from Standard Liege in 2011 for a fee of £5.7m. In the team the defender secured a place in the pecking order and played in all but three league matches this season, also featuring in all Champions’ League group stage games.</p> <p>The agent of the player Fabrizio Ferrari confirmed the interest from the German side, claiming: “Bayern Munich and other clubs want a great player like Mangala. He is doing a good job at Porto and shows he was a great investment for Porto.”</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:41:55 +0000 Cyrill Kirushkin 98392 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/latest-transfer-rumours-bayern-target-porto-youngster-eliaquim-mangala#comments Porto target Hernández http://www.footballtop.com/news/porto-target-hernandez <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="http://www.footballtop.ru/sites/default/files/photos/news/hernandez-18-12-12.jpg" alt="Porto target Hernández" /></p> <p><strong><em>A Bola informs that Man Utd forward <a href="http://www.footballtop.com/players/javier-hernandez">Javier Hernández</a> is on the verge of leaving the club this winter.<strong><em></em></strong></em></strong></p> <p>The 24 year-old Mexico international is reportedly unhappy about the lack of first-team football as Sir Alex Ferguson preferred using Robin Van Persie at the sharp end of the side. He has made just ten starts this season, compared to 17 of Robin van Persie.</p> <p>At the moment Hernández is weighting up the options available to him and with the reported interest from Champions’ League side Porto he may decide to leave the Old Trafford as early as during the January transfer window.</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 07:40:44 +0000 Basil Naumov 72779 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/porto-target-hernandez#comments Champions League Matchday 6 Results: Tuesday Matches http://www.footballtop.com/news/champions-league-matchday-6-results-tuesday-matches <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong>Group A</strong><br /> Tuesday, December 4</p> <p><strong><em>Dinamo Zagreb 1-1 Dynamo Kiev<strong><em></em></strong></em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 <span class="caps">FC</span> Porto<strong><em></em></strong></em></strong></p> <p>Dinamo Zagreb have earned the first point of their Champions League 2012-2013 campaign and avoided Anderlecht’s record of 12 straight defeats. Paris Saint-Germain edged to a 2-1 victory over The Dragons and won the Group A.</p> <p><strong>Group B</strong><br /> Tuesday, December 4</p> <p><strong><em>Montpellier <span class="caps">HSC</span> 1-1 Schalke 04<strong><em></em></strong></em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Olympiacos 2-1 Arsenal<strong><em></em></strong></em></strong></p> <p>Unbeaten Schalke 04 finished at the first spot after they drew their last Group Stage match against the French side. Arsenal have missed the chance of securing the top spot after losing to solid Olympiacos.</p> <p><strong>Group C</strong><br /> Tuesday, December 4</p> <p><strong><em><span class="caps">AC</span> Milan 0-1 Zenit St. Petersburg<strong><em></em></strong></em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Málaga <span class="caps">CF</span> 2-2 Anderlecht<strong><em></em></strong></em></strong></p> <p>Zenit St. Petersburg made it through to the Europa League after battling to a somewhat unexpected 0-1 win over <span class="caps">AC</span> Milan.</p> <p><strong>Group D</strong><br /> Tuesday, December 4</p> <p><strong><em>Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Manchester City<strong><em></em></strong></em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Real Madrid 4-1 Ajax<strong><em></em></strong></em></strong></p> <p>Man City failed to qualify to the Europa League suffering 1-0 defeat against Borussia Dortmund. Despite heavy defeat at the hands of Real Madrid Ajax progressed to the second most prestigious European club football tournament.</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 15:32:49 +0000 Basil Naumov 66630 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/champions-league-matchday-6-results-tuesday-matches#comments Results of the Wednesday´s fixtures of Champions League Matchday 5 http://www.footballtop.com/news/results-wednesdays-fixtures-champions-league-matchday-5 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong>Group A<strong></strong></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Dynamo Kiev 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain<strong><em></em></strong></em></strong></p> <p>Paris Saint-Germain made it through to the last 16 thanks to two excellent goals from Lavezzi.</p> <p><strong><em><span class="caps">FC</span> Porto 3-0 Dinamo Zagreb<strong><em></em></strong></em></strong></p> <p><span class="caps">FC</span> Porto produced a good display to see off the challenge of Dinamo Zagreb at the The Estádio do Dragão. Three goals from Lucho González, Moutinho and Silvestre Varela sent the team into the knockout round.</p> <p><strong>Group B<strong></strong></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Arsenal 2-0 Montpellier <span class="caps">HSC</span><strong><em></em></strong></em></strong></p> <p>Arsenal turned their possession into goals with a 2-0 win over the French side. The highlight of the game was an excellent screamer from outside of the penalty area from Podolski.</p> <p><strong><em>Schalke 04 1-0 Olympiacos<strong><em></em></strong></em></strong></p> <p>Schalke came out on top in a tight fought encounter played at Veltins-Arena. Fuchs strike brought minimal 1-0 victory for the German side and helped them to win the Champions’ League Group Group B.</p> <p><strong>Group C<strong></strong></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Zenit St. Petersburg 2-2 Málaga <span class="caps">CF</span><strong><em></em></strong></em></strong></p> <p>Two goals from Danny and Faizulin earned Zenit a 2-2 draw as the St.Petersburg side mounted a fightback in the second half. The draw was enough for The Anchovies to win the group.</p> <p><strong><em>Anderlecht 1-3 <span class="caps">AC</span> Milan<strong><em></em></strong></em></strong></p> <p>Mexès’ bicycle kick goal allowed Milan to secure the second place the Champions’ League Group C and book the place in the last 16.</p> <p><strong>Group D<strong></strong></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Man City 1-1 Real Madrid<strong><em></em></strong></em></strong></p> <p>Man City failed to accomplish their tough task and secure a victory over Real Madrid. Second half Agüero penalty brought The Citizens a draw which was at most a poor consolation for the City fans.</p> <p><strong><em>Ajax 1-4 Borussia Dortmund<strong><em></em></strong></em></strong></p> <p>Borussia fans celebrated an emphatic 4-1 win at Amsterdam arena yesterdays’ evening. Two goals from Robert Lewandowski helped Borussia to victory, which took them three points clear of the second-placed Real Madrid and fired them into the last 16.</p> </div></div></div> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 07:22:55 +0000 Basil Naumov 59353 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/results-wednesdays-fixtures-champions-league-matchday-5#comments