An introduction to Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino

Argentine journalist Fernando Niembro's interview with Gerardo Martino on Fox Buenos Aires' "Retratos," or "Portraits," provides a profile of the coach Barcelona chose to replace Tito Vilanova. More than that, Martino was brought in to start a new era, one that has nothing to do with Josep Guardiola. Or almost

Papiss Cisse agrees to wear Newcastle’s ‘Wonga’ shirt

Papiss Ciss├® has reached a truce in his row over Newcastle United's shirt sponsorship deal with Wonga and will start training with his team-mates on Friday. Cisse's feud with Newcastle appears to be over after extensive talks with the Professional Footballers Association ended in a resolution, with the Senegal international now

OFFICIAL: Sevilla sign Kevin Gameiro

Sevilla have agreed a Ôé¼10.2 million (┬ú8.8m) fee with Paris Saint-Germain to complete the signing of Kevin Gameiro. The 26-year-old arrives on a five-year deal and in search of first-team football after the arrival of Edinson Cavani put the striker further down the pecking order at the Parc des Princes. Sevilla announced

Indonesia XI 1-8 Chelsea: Pre-Season Match Report

Chelsea completed their pre-season tour of Asia with a comprehensive 8-1 victory over an Indonesia XI in Jakarta. Eden Hazard starred for Jose MourinhoÔÇÖs side and opened the scoring from the penalty spot before turning provider for Ramires. Demba Ba and John Terry both struck before half time, with Bertrand Traore, Romelu

Vertonghen injures ankle in pre-season friendly

Andre Villas-Boas is hopeful that Jan Vertonghen will recover for the start of the season after sustaining an ankle injury against Sunderland in the Barclays Asia Trophy. The Belgium defender was substituted only minutes after coming on as a half-time replacement for Steven Caulker when he landed awkwardly. Villas-Boas told reporters: "There

Gervinho set for AS Roma deal?

Roma are closing in on the £6.9 million signing of Gervinho following a breakthrough in talks with Arsenal according to A delegation from the Serie A club met with senior Gunners officials in London on Tuesday and will hold a further meeting on Wednesday to resolve the Ivory Coast international's proposed move to the Italian

Melbourne 0-2 Liverpool: Pre-Season Match Report

Luis Suarez emerged from the bench to create Liverpool's second goal as the Reds secured a 2-0 victory over Melbourne Victory in the second game of their three-match tour of Southeast Asia and Oceania. Steven Gerrard converted from inside the box on the half-hour mark to give Brendan Rodgers' side a first-half lead before Suarez

Messi helped to hire me – Martino

Gerardo Martino has reflected on his surprise at being handed the Barcelona job, his belief Lionel Messi was involved and how he will adapt to the Catalans. The Camp Nou outfit yesterday confirmed the Argentine as their new Coach to replace Tito Vilanova, who last week had to step down due to

AVB: Gareth Bale is going nowhere!

Andre Villas-Boas has once more made clear that Tottenham are determined to keep hold of Real Madrid target Gareth Bale. The Welshman has been increasingly linked with interest from Madrid, with Marca yesterday providing speculation that the player already has a provisional contract agreement lined up with Los Blancos. Reports in England, meanwhile, suggest

Borriello set for Inter Milan loan deal

The Corriere dello Sport is suggesting Inter will net striker Marco Borriello from Roma on a loan deal. The forward has returned to the capital club this summer after spending the 2012-13 campaign at Genoa. The latter are interested in taking Borriello again, possibly by offering Alberto Gilardino in return for the player. However, reports today suggest that Inter have

SS Lazio announce Biglia deal

Italian capital outfit Lazio have finally made the signing of Argentine international Lucas Biglia official. The Biancocelesti have confirmed that the player has signed a five-year contract after netting the midfielder from Anderlecht. The 27-year-old, formerly of Argentinos Juniors and Independiente, moves to Italy after spending the last seven seasons in Belgium.