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Monday, 26 October 2015

how to enlarge a video in Premiere Pro without making it blur?

Proper way to import footage

AVCHD footage comes in a complex file structure that contains much more information than is typically found in video clips.  
You can work on footage while it's on the storage card. But if there is any difficulty, the first thing to do is to copy the footage onto a hard disk. Be sure to copy the entire file structure of the card instead of just the clips.
Always use the Media Browser in Adobe Premiere Pro, or use Prelude, to import the footage.

System considerations when working with AVCHD footage

Any computer that meets the system requirements for Adobe Premiere Pro should be able to edit this footage. The main restriction on AVCHD footage is the CPU. This particular format is not dependent on the hard disk speed, as it tends to be small file sizes for video footage.  
Also, the GPU doesn't process the video footage, so the video configuration doesn't have much effect on the performance.
If you're looking to build a system to meet the demands for AVCHD footage, make sure that the CPU is powerful enough. Using AVCHD footage in the Multicam Monitor requires a fast and powerful processor. You can find the system requirements here.
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Potential symptoms

No audio track appears when placing the audio on the timeline

The most common reason for this symptom is that the footage was not imported properly. SeeProper way to import footage.
There can also be a conflicting codec installed on the system. Be sure to uninstall any third-party codecs.

There is an audio track but no audio is heard during playback of entire clip

This symptom is another instance where importing the file properly is the best step. See Proper way to import footage.
Double-check the Audio Mixer to make sure the Audio Track you are working with is not muted or turned low enough to prevent audio playback.
Also, create a copy of Bars and Tones to place on the timeline. This step provides a tone to determine whether your audio hardware is set up properly. 

The video is choppy or non-responsive during entire clip

This symptom can be a sign that Adobe Premiere Pro can't get the CPU processing power required to play back in real time. Make sure that your system meets the system requirements found here.
Additionally, make sure that there are adequate resources available to Adobe Premiere Pro. When working on your footage, keep additional programs to a minimum. 

While scrubbing the timeline, the video freezes up or the audio stops

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Ronaldo handed three-game ban

Ronaldo handed three-game ban

The Portugal international will miss three matches following his dismissal at the weekend, but will be available for Wednesday's Copa del Rey game against Atletico Madrid
The Spanish Football Association (RFEF) has handed Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo a three-game ban following his red card against Athletic Bilbao.

The Portugal international - who celebrates his 29th birthday on Wednesday - received his marching orders in the 76th minute of Sunday's Liga encounter after an altercation with Athletic's Ander Iturraspe and Carlos Gurpegui.

Ronaldo consequently risked a suspension that could cover anything from one game to in excess of three and the RFEF has now opted to keep him out of action for three matches.

The forward was slapped with a one-game ban for the incident with Iturraspe, while getting an additional two games for his offensive gesture after his dismissal.

He will miss the Liga games at home against Villarreal (February 9) and Elche (February 23) as well as the away match versus Getafe (February 16).

However, Ronaldo will be available for both legs of the Copa del Rey semi-final tie against Atletico Madrid, with the first leg taking place at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Newcastle and PSG Reportedly Agree on Deal for Yohan Cabaye

Newcastle and PSG Reportedly Agree on Deal for Yohan Cabaye

Yohan Cabaye's highly speculated return to Ligue 1 could come to fruition as early as this month after it was revealed that Paris Saint-Germain have taken a major step in signing Newcastle United's talisman.
Sky Sports News reports that a deal has been agreed "in principle" for the 28-year-old to move back to his native land:

Arsenal could use Puma sponsorship deal to sign Radamel Falcao

20 January Transfer Rumors with Absolutely No Chance of Happening
The Gunners have just signed a £150m British record kit sponsorship with Puma.
They will replace Nike next season and £100m of that cash will be made available to Arsene Wenger to spend on players.
Falcao made a £51m move to Monaco in the summer.
But there's hope that the Gunners could make a move to lure him to London with their huge war-chest in the summer.
Colombia star Falcao is sponsored by Puma and the sponsorship deal could aid a possible bid.
Falcao was on the wrong end of a heavy challenge during Monaco's French Cup clash with Chasselay and his World Cup dreams are hanging by a knife-edge.

Wayne Rooney's Contract Extension Negotiations with Manchester United

Tracking Wayne Rooney's Contract Extension Negotiations with Manchester United

Wayne Rooney's new Manchester United contract will make him the highest-paid player in the country, according to Tuesday's report from Ian Ladyman in the Daily Mail.
The extension could even be done by the end of the transfer window, claims Ladyman:

Wayne Rooney is increasingly confident of signing a new record-breaking contract at 
Manchester United and could even put pen to paper by the end of the week, it emerged on Monday night. There are some details of an agreement still to be ironed out but sources at 

United told Sportsmail that things could move quickly once Rooney and his agent Paul Stretford get round the table again with the club's chief executive Ed Woodward.  

A new deal would take Rooney's incentive-based pay up towards the £300,000-a-week mark and that would make him the highest paid player in the country.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Juan Mata signing just the start for David Moyes at Manchester United


David Moyes has promised Manchester United fans that the £37.1m signing of Juan Mata will be the "first of many" arrivals at Old Trafford this year.
The Premier League champions confirmed Mata's capture on Saturday evening and Moyes, who has also been linked with a move for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, expects the Spanish playmaker to give his side a huge lift in their bid to finish in the top four.
"This is the first, and there will be many more to come in time. I want the quality of Juan to be the start of it," Moyes told MUTV.

"I don't think we will have any more (new signings) in January - I'm still working on it and looking to do so. But hopefully it will be the first of some new signings, some new players who will arrive, more likely in the summertime.
"Undoubtedly we could all do with a bit of a lift. We have not done as well as we would have liked to do. We see this as the start, we have to look to improve and I'm going to try to bring in some new players to make that happen.

Transfer news: Wilfried Zaha and Kenwyne Jones set to move to Cardiff City


Sky sources understand Wilfried Zaha and Kenwyne Jones are at St George's Park for medicals ahead of their proposed moves to Cardiff City.
It is understood that England Under-21 winger Zaha will join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side on loan for the remainder of the season for a fee in the region of £1.5million.
The 21-year-old has been restricted to just four appearances for United this season, one of which came in the Community Shield win over Wigan.
A move to south Wales would allow the former Crystal Palace man some much needed regular first-team action.
With Theo Walcott ruled out of the World Cup later this year, Zaha will no doubt hope to catch the eye of England manager Roy Hodgson during his loan spell at Cardiff.

Jones: Set to move from Stoke
Meanwhile, Stoke striker Jones is set to join Cardiff in a swap deal that will see Nigeria international Peter Odemwingie move the other way.
Jones was fined and dropped earlier this month after sending a text message to Mark Hughes the night before Stoke's 5-3 home Premier League defeat to Liverpool on January 12 saying he was not available to play.
Speaking to Sky Sports News upon arrival at St George's Park, Jones said: "Of course (I'm excited about the move).
"It's playing football so I'm really happy to go and try and help Cardiff City stay in the Premier League."

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Roberto Martinez backs Romelu Lukaku over Nicolas Anelka 'quenelle' comments



Anelka has until 6pm today to respond to an FA misconduct charge over his use of the 'quenelle' - a gesture originating in France which some associate with anti-Semitism.
The West Brom striker insists the gesture was meant only as an anti-establishment protest and Lukaku this week called on the authorities not to issue a suspension.
Now Martinez wants to make it clear his on-loan forward was speaking in support of his former Chelsea team-mate rather than the 'quenelle' itself.

Player Profile

17. Romelu Lukaku

  • Appearances 22 (4)
  • Goals 11
  • Assists 7
  • Yellows 1
  • Reds 0
  • Current Season
He said: "Romelu wanted to support a team-mate or an ex-team-mate, but obviously he understands there's been a big misunderstanding.
"He never supported any conflicting views that could be disrespectful to anyone. That's not the type of person he is."
Anelka, who faces a minimum five-match ban if he is found guilty, has asked the FA to withdraw its charge and believes he has the backing of Roger Cukierman - the president of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France.
Cukierman had said the gesture could be viewed as anti-establishment but has now distanced himself from those comments and says the gesture was clearly suspect and he did not want to be an expert in this case.
A three-man independent regulatory commission will now be appointed by the FA to deal with the case, deciding either on a sanction or to hold a disciplinary hearing if Anelka submits an appeal.
The striker's defence found no favour in other quarters, with the Board of Deputies of British Jews citing his apparent lack of remorse.
Vice-president Jonathan Arkush said: "I know under the rules that on a first-time offence there is a minimum five-game suspension but I think what he did was sufficiently serious to justify a longer suspension than five matches.
"He has not indicated one bit of remorse or regret or apologised for his actions. He has simply said he wouldn't do it again and that is not good enough."

Transfer news: Juan Mata expected to agree move from Chelsea to Manchester United


Juan Mata is expected to agree his move from Chelsea to Manchester United on Thursday.
The Spain international did not train with Chelsea on Wednesday but is understood to have told team-mates that his departure from the club was imminent.
A £40m offer for Mata is thought to have been made through a third party on Wednesday, although it is understood Chelsea have yet to formally accept a bid from United.

Player Profile

10. Juan Mata

  • Appearances 17 (5)
  • Goals 3
  • Assists 2
  • Yellows 0

Barcelona President Sandro Rosell could resign from the club's board on Thursday.

Barcelona call emergency board meeting

Vice-presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Javier Faus visited the president at his home on Thursday morning, ahead of the important reunion at club headquarters later on today
Barcelona have called an extraordinary general meeting amid speculation that Sandro Rosell could resign from the club's board on Thursday.

The move comes only a day after the Spanish High Court agreed to open proceedings against Rosell over an alleged misappropriation of funds from the Neymar transfer from Santos in the summer.

Rosell, who took over from old foe Joan Laporta in 2010 after winning a landslide vote, has denied any wrongdoing in the Neymar case, but could face imprisonment for anywhere between one and eight years if found guilty.

Barca vice-presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Javier Faus met with Rosell at his home this morning and will join the Barca president at the extraordinary meeting later on Thursday, along with deputy president Joanjo Castillo, general director Antoni Rossich and communications director Albert Montagut.

Rosell's current mandate runs until 2016 and if he does step down on Thursday, Bartomeu will take over until the next elections.

Meanwhile, Laporta has hinted on several occasions that he would be interested in running for a second spell in charge at the Catalan club.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Miralem Pjanic has hinted he could be open to a move to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Pjanic hints at interest in PSG move

The midfielder says Laurent Blanc's side would be the only team in France he would consider joining but has stressed he is happy with life at Roma

Roma attacking midfielder Miralem Pjanic has hinted he could be open to a move to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

The 23-year-old has been earmarked as one of Laurent Blanc's primary transfer targets this month following a strong first half of the season with the Giallorossi, while Manchester United have also been credited with an interest.

Pjanic - who joined Roma from Olympique Lyonnais in 2011 - has stressed he is enjoying life in the Italian capital but suggests he could be tempted to return to France should PSG come calling.

"It's the only club I would go to in France," he told Telefoot when asked about PSG.

"I'm at Roma, it's a big club and I feel really good here. I love the fans and I am a fan of Roma. If there must be a transfer, all parties must agree. For the moment, I'm staying concentrated on my football."

Bosnia and Herzegovina international Pjanic was involved in Roma's 3-0 triumph over Livorno on Saturday.

Eden Hazard has ruled out a Chelsea exit during January or in the summer


Hazard rules out Chelsea exit
Eden Hazard has ruled out a Chelsea exit during January or in the summer, insisting the club is the best place for him to continue progressing.

Jose Mourinho recently hailed the Belgian's form after the midfielder equalled last season's goal tally with his ninth of the season against Hull City last time out.


Hazard says he is aware of speculation surrounding his future, namely links with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, but is only interested in playing under the "paternal" Mourinho.

"I really understand what I have to do; be consistent and score," he told Telefoot. "This is what I get to do now and I'm happy.

"Mourinho has a paternal side. He says intelligent things and gives us the desire to move forward.

"Every transfer window, people tell me that I will leave Chelsea. It is often to Paris Saint-Germain. PSG are a great club but I like Chelsea and there is no chance I will leave during January or in the summer.

"Chelsea is the best place for me to grow."

And Samuel Eto'o is in agreement with Hazard, praising the 23-year-old's more mature approach to football at Stamford Bridge and his ever-increasing importance to Chelsea after struggling at times during his debut term.

"He understood that being present in high-profile games is key to becoming a great player," Eto'o added.

"He must be more decisive. He must look at the team and where he can further improve, be it at Chelsea or elsewhere."

Nemanja Vidic still believes Manchester United can retain title


Nemanja Vidic believes Manchester United are still capable of retaining the Premier League title this season.

Most pundits have already written off the Red Devils, who are 11 points adrift of leaders Arsenal after 21 matches, but United skipper Vidic is refusing to throw in the towel with so many big games coming up.
"I am not giving up. Not yet," said Vidic ahead of Sunday's crucial trip to Chelsea.
"The next six or seven matches will determine how we are going to do. The results we get will tell us what our aim will be this season.

"Chelsea away is a tough match. If we win it, we are six points behind them. That would still give us a chance to think about winning the title.
"I know it doesn't sound right at the moment. But with a few wins in a row we still can challenge for the title.
"I am not saying to win it. But if we challenge, from there we can see what our position is.
"I don't look at the table now. I am waiting to win a few games in a row, then I will look at the table again.
"It is important not to have this sequence of good results, then bad ones.
"We need consistency. We are not necessarily looking for great performances, we just need a few wins in a row to know everything is going the right way."

Transfer news: Man United midfielder Anderson completes Fiorentina loan move


Fiorentina have signed midfielder Anderson on loan from Manchester United for the rest of the season.

The 25-year-old has been an infrequent presence since David Moyes took over at Old Trafford, starting only three games and making five further appearances off the bench.
He had not been involved since the 2-0 win over Stoke a month ago and now hopes to help his new side reach the Champions League, joining Alessandro Matri and Antonio Rosati in boosting their squad.

Fiorentina sit fourth in Serie A, five points behind third-placed Napoli and 15 off leaders Juventus.

Transfer news: David Moyes in Search of top players to join Manchester United

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David Moyes claims 'big players' still want to join Manchester United as they remain the biggest club on the planet.
The Red Devils have endured their fair share of struggles in the 2013/14 campaign, with the 

reigning Premier League champions facing a battle to secure a top-four finish.
A trip to title-chasing Chelsea on Sunday could go a long way towards shaping their season, with it imperative that United take something away from Stamford Bridge.
Moyes is, however, convinced that he made the right choice in agreeing to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, with United still enjoying a global standing above their domestic rivals.

The Scot said: "Manchester United are not only the biggest club in this country, but the biggest club in the world.
"I don't think any of the aura is fading whatsoever. Some of the results have not been what you would want, but I wouldn't say the aura is fading - in fact, I think the opposite.

"There is no issue about signing big players - not by my trips and the things I am hearing.
"The number of big players wanting to join Manchester United is incredible.
"Maybe players want to go to other clubs for the money, but if you ask them where they really want to be, which club they really want to wear the badge of, they want to wear the badge of Manchester United.

Real Madrid's superb start to 2014 has Five wins, Five games,13 goals and none conceded.

Madrid pile pressure on Barcelona and Atletico as superb start to 2014 continues

Five games, five wins, 13 goals and none conceded. Real Madrid's superb start to 2014 has dispelled doubts from earlier this season: gone is the defensive disorganisation, so too the midfield imbalance and the lack of cohesion in attack, making way for a solid, structured and free-scoring side. The new year has brought with it a new Madrid - a team that looks increasingly ready to challenge for the biggest prizes.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti has survived the early-season wobbles and criticism from press and fans to sculpt a strong side which has improved gradually but continually. On Saturday, Madrid beat Betis 5-0 in some style to build on their excellent recent results and move level - albeit provisionally - with Barcelona and Atletico at the top of La Liga.

It started, as it does so often, with Cristiano Ronaldo: the Ballon d'Or winner opened the scoring with his latest golazo, a 30-yard missile fired into the top corner at incredible speed - 115 kilometres per hour to be precise. It was no wonder goalkeeper Stephan Andersen didn't even move.

And the Dane was flat-footed again as Gareth Bale made it 2-0 with a fantastic free-kick. before Karim Benzema added another (his 100th Madrid goal) after a fine run and lay-off from the outstanding Luka Modric, Angel Di Maria struck a stunner of his own with a sublime left-footed finish low into the corner from distance and substitute Alvaro Morata made it 5-0 in the closing seconds after Ronaldo's overhead kick fell into his path.

De Bruyne: I lost my joy under Mourinho at Chelsea


 De Bruyne: I lost my joy under Mourinho at Chelsea
Kevin De Bruyne felt he had to leave Chelsea after becoming unhappy at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho.

The Belgian started both of the club's first two Premier League games of the season, against Hull City and Manchester United, but after coming off the bench against Fulham found his appearances restricted to cup competition.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Sunday War : Chelsea face Manchester United; Arsenal and Man City at home


Chelsea's Super Sunday showdown with Manchester United takes centre stage in the Premier League this weekend, while Arsenal and Manchester City have home dates on Saturday.
The Gunners returned to the top of the table courtesy of their hard-fought 2-1 win away to Aston Villa on Monday night and will remain at the summit with victory over struggling Fulham.
Manuel Pellegrini's City look set to complete a century of goals for the season in all competitions when they welcome relegation-threatened Cardiff to the Etihad, having moved onto 99 with Wednesday's FA Cup romp against Blackburn.
Liverpool, who remain contenders for the title, can be seen live on Sky Sports 1HD when they face Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday Night Football.

Manchester United midfielder Anderson set for Fiorentina medical ahead of loan move


Anderson is due to have a medical in Florence today ahead of his proposed loan move to Fiorentina.
The Manchester United midfielder travelled to Italy on Thursday for talks with the Serie A club's sporting director Daniele Prade.
Fiorentina posted a photograph of the talks on their website and said a medical would take place today.
And United boss David Moyes later confirmed a loan deal rather than a permanent transfer was the plan.
He said: "We've not been able to get him as many games as we hoped. We feel it's a good opportunity for him - he's going to a good club in a good league so hopefully that gets him some benefit."
Anderson has struggled for first-team football under Moyes in in seventh season at Old Trafford.
The Brazil international, who cost a reported £27m when he joined United from Porto in 2007, has made just four Premier League appearances since Sir Alex Ferguson's departure.

Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney miss Manchester United's trip to Chelsea

Manchester United will again be without Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie when they go to Chelsea on Sunday.
Rooney is back in England following warm-weather training, but his groin injury has not healed in time for the weekend.
And van Persie, who has played just twice since November 10, will not return to training until next week - by which time United could be 14 points off top spot in the Premier League.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of Sunday's trip to London, Moyes said: "Wayne's come back fresh but not ready for Chelsea
"He's doing some running and looking good. He's had a break, done some strengthening work on his groin. Hopefully he'll benefit, but not for this game."
Asked whether Rooney would be back for the second leg of United's Capital One Cup semi-final against Sunderland on Wednesday, Moyes was non-committal.
He said: "Possibly. I don't want to say he'll be fit for whatever game and then find he isn't. We've just got to take it bit by bit, but he looks well. Overall we're pleased and hope to get him back as quickly as we can."
A thigh injury has been the concern for van Persie, who made a point of publicly supporting his manager this week in the wake of three January defeats.
Moyes said: "I'm hoping Robin's got a good chance of training at the start of next week. If i could get him back on the grass it would be a great boost for us - he's a really important player and one we've missed.
"Both of them are getting closer to fitness, so let's hope it's not too long until we get him back."
Moyes also hit out at rumours that suggested Van Persie is not happy at Old Trafford.
"I keep saying it is untrue but for some reason people don't want to write it or hear it," he said.
"But it is the fact. Most people know that I talk pretty straight.
"If there was something wrong I would be the first one to come out and say it.
"I have a really good relationship with Robin, as I do with all the players.
"But when you are not winning, people look for reasons, and probably think I am not getting on with Robin.
"It couldn't be further from the truth."
United go into the weekend nine points behind Sunday's opponents Chelsea and 11 off leaders Arsenal.

David Moyes: Time will tell whether Jose Mourinho is right about Wayne Rooney sale


David Moyes has made light of Jose Mourinho's claim that Manchester United could sell Wayne Rooney this summer.
Rooney is inside the final 18 months of his contract and was the subject of a failed Chelsea bid back in pre-season.

Mourinho now holds out little hope of landing last summer's number one target, but on the eve of United's trip to Stamford Bridge he suggested United could sell to a "non-domestic rival" in the coming months.

"Man United made it clear in the summer they don't swap or sell players to their direct rivals," said Mourinho.
"They were clear in the way they approached the Rooney situation. For them, it's pretty clear. They don't swap. They don't sell.
"I think maybe this summer they will try to sell to a non-direct rival. But they were very clear."
The Chelsea manager's comments were put to Moyes and he said: "I can only tell you that I disagree - although he will go to Brazil!"

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho mocks Manchester United link


Old Trafford is thought to have been Mourinho's desired choice for his second spell in England, only for Sir Alex Ferguson to recommend David Moyes as his successor.
In Diego Torres' book 'Prepare to Lose: The Mourinho Era', it is claimed that Mourinho sobbed when he was told that Moyes would be taking over at United and viewed the decision as a betrayal by Ferguson.
"I think the person who wrote that book shouldn't write books. He should write books for kids using his imagination," Mourinho said.
"I am where I want to be. I want to go nowhere else. I have the job I want to have, I don't have another job.

"When I left Porto I wanted to come to England because at that time there was no Chelsea, I had no emotional connections with any club.
"When I left Chelsea I wanted only Italy or Spain, not another English club.
"After Real Madrid I wanted England and if possible, Chelsea. It's the only time I've said this country and this specific club.
"If not Chelsea then I'd have been in England at another club, but when the door at my club opened for me, I had the job I wanted to have."
Ferguson announced his retirement on May 8 last year with Moyes' confirmed as his replacement the following day, while Mourinho was named Chelsea manager for the second time on June 3.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Manchester United owners remain calm despite recent drop in share price


The Glazer family insist they remain confident over the outlook at Manchester United despite a recent fall in the champions' share price.
United's shares opened at 15.16 US dollars (£9.26) on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, over $4 down on their high of $19.34 last May.
However, they remain higher than the 12-month low of $14.39 and the Glazers, who own the Old Trafford club, are adamant they continue to take a 'long-term view' on the shares, which were launched at $14 in August 2012.
A source close to the club said: "The Glazer family take very much a long-term view about share prices and the value of the club - there have been a number of fluctuations in the last 18 months but they remain comfortable about the current position."
Over the past year, a number of factors at the club have had an effect on the price, notably the sharp drop in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson's announcement that he was to step down as manager.
The shares bounced back during the summer months, and again towards the end of the year following another drop-off in October.
United currently sit seventh in the Barclays Premier League table, struggling to secure a Champions League spot for next season, and are already out of this year's FA Cup following last week's home defeat by Swansea.

David Moyes accepts FA charge following comments after Sunderland defeat


Manchester United boss David Moyes has accepted an FA charge of misconduct following his comments about match officials in the Capital One Cup defeat at Sunderland.
Moyes will now face a fine or a warning following a disciplinary hearing, which will take place in due course and he has chosen not to attend.
Moyes was charged after speaking out in the aftermath of his side's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg loss last week.
The Scot said United "were playing referees as well as the opposition" after a number of decisions went against his side in the 2-1 defeat at the Stadium of Light.
Moyes suggested his side had endured a run of bad decisions, a situation he described as "terrible" and that they were "actually beginning to laugh" at.
At Sunderland, Moyes was particularly irritated by referee Andre Marriner's award of a free-kick - which United failed to defend and from which they conceded an own goal - and what proved the match-winning penalty to Sunderland.
The FA charged Moyes on the grounds that his remarks "allegedly called into question the integrity of the match officials appointed to that fixture and/or appointed to Manchester United fixtures generally, and/or implied that such match officials are motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute, in contravention of Rule E3(1)."
The matter comes a week after Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was fined £8,000 by the FA for questioning the appointment of referee Lee Mason to his side's Boxing Day game at Manchester City.

Transfer news: Sporting Lisbon keen on taking Nani from Manchester United



Sporting Lisbon have welcomed reports suggesting that they may be able to return Nani to the club from Manchester United.
With the Portugal international out of favour at Old Trafford and struggling for game time, a loan switch has been mooted.
Nani has long been linked with a switch to Serie A, with top Italian clubs having been trailing him for some time.
It could, however, be that he is soon heading back to his roots.
A product of Sporting's academy system, Nani is still held in high regard in the Portuguese capital.
A spell back at the club that helped to launch his career before selling to United in 2007 could offer Nani the regular opportunities he needs ahead of the World Cup, and president Bruno de Carvalho has opened the door for homecoming.
He told the Portuguese press: "I am surprised because officially we have made no approach.
"Nani is one of ours and he will always be well received here. If there is any chance of doing something then we would be happy."

Gianluigi Buffon says Manchester United were 'blind' over Paul Pogba

 
 Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says Manchester United must have been 
'blind' not to see the talent they had in Paul Pogba.
Pogba has emerged as one of the best young players in world football after deciding to quit Old Trafford in 2012.
Pogba came through the youth ranks at United, but was only on the fringes of the first team when he opted to leave when his contract expired and join Juve.
The 21-year-old has gone on to become a key figure in Juve's side and helped them to the Serie A title last season.
He is also now a full France international and is set to play a leading role for Didier Deschamps' side at the World Cup finals.
United have even been linked with a bid to re-sign Pogba, whilst the likes of Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid are also said to be keen.
Juve are desperate for him to remain in Turin and team-mate Buffon admits he cannot understand why Pogba was allowed to leave United in the first place.
"Pogba is one of those players who leaves you speechless," Buffon told TV show Tiki Taka.
"When he came we didn't know him but after only three or four training sessions we were impressed by his enormous qualities.
"My team-mates and me looked at each other as to say 'Are they blind in Manchester?' (to let him go away)."

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Transfer news: Chelsea complete deal for Nemanja Matic from Benfica


Chelsea have completed the signing of former midfielder Nemanja Matic from Benfica for a fee believed to be in excess of £20m. The 25-year-old left Chelsea in 2011 to move to 

Benfica as part of the deal that saw David Luiz arrive at Stamford Bridge. He has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with Chelsea, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2019. Matic, who arrived in London on Tuesday night ahead of putting pen-to-paper on his 

contract with Chelsea on Wednesday afternoon, said he is delighted to return to Chelsea. "I am very happy for this opportunity to be back at this club," he told chelseafc.com Player Profile 21. Nemanja Matic Appearances 10 Goals 1 Assists 0 Yellows 2 Reds 1 Current 

Season "I feel very good because of that and just want to say I will give my best to help the team and make the Chelsea fans happy." The Serbian midfielder was initially signed by then-manager Carlo Ancelotti for Chelsea in 2009 from MSK Kosice at the age of 21. After 

finding first-team opportunities limited at Stamford Bridge, Matic moved to Benfica and his new manager Jose Mourinho insists he is returning to the club as a far better player. "I am very pleased that Nemanja is returning to Chelsea," said Mourinho. "He has grown as a player in Portugal and has become a fantastic all-round midfielder. I am sure he will become a very important member of the squad and help us to achieve our ambitions." Matic will wear the Number 21 shirt for Chelsea for the remainder of this season.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Ronaldo joins Messi, Platini and elite list of multiple Ballon d'Or winners


Ronaldo joins Messi, Platini and elite list of multiple Ballon d'Or winners
 
The Portugal star was crowned the world's best player for the second time in his career on Monday to become only the 10th player to win the prestigious prize more than once

Cristiano Ronaldo became only the 10th player to win multiple Ballon d'Or awards when he lifted the 2013 prize on Monday.
RONALDO JOINS ELITE
PLAYER WINNING YEARS
Lionel Messi '09, '10, '11, '12
Johan Cruyff '71, '73, '74
Michel Platini '83, '84, '85
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Monday, 28 October 2013

Neymar lights up the Clasico to add insult to Bale's injury

 Neymar lights up the Clasico to add insult to Bale's injury

Between the two of them they cost more than €157 million this summer, but any casual observer tuning into Barcelona’s clash with Real Madrid on Saturday would have been forgiven for thinking Gareth Bale had left Tottenham on a free and Neymar’s switch from Santos had accounted for the lot.
The Brazilian scored the opening goal of Barca’s 2-1 Clasico win at Camp Nou and it was no more than he deserved. A constant threat up against Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal, the €57.1m signing could not have wished for a better debut in the Spanish season’s main event.
For so much of the summer and the embryonic league campaign there have been questions asked of Neymar’s compatibility with Lionel Messi in the Blaugrana’s forward line, yet with the Argentine starting from the right-hand side it appeared that his newest team-mate was liberated by the chance to get at one half of Madrid’s defence.
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19'THE CATALANS LEAD THE CLASICO!!! Neymar cuts back on his right before squeezing a strike into the bottom right corner!
78'GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLL FOR BARCELONA!!! WONDERFUL STUFF FROM ALEXIS SANCHEZ! The Chilean lifts a wonderful chip over Diego Lopez from 20 yards after Neymar's pass! Fantastic! 2-0 Barca!
84'Neymar leaves the Clasico to a standing ovation as he is substituted for Pedro! Quite a debut against Real Madrid!
The result was a 19th-minute goal which broke open the contest and an entire evening of trouble for the Blancos’ back line. An assist for Alexis Sanchez’s sensational second just capped off his showing. The standing ovation he received on exiting the field in the 84th minute could easily have gone on for a few minutes more.
Yet on the other side of the coin there was Bale. The Welshman, still patently short of fitness following his world record-breaking €100m move, was nothing more than a shadow. In a rejigged Madrid formation, nobody looked more ill at ease than the one man the change was made to cater for.
So rarely seen on the ball, Bale was also left wanting when his pace was needed to help put Barca under pressure. About the only thing he managed to achieve was winning his side a free-kick when his 'hospital pass' put Cristiano Ronaldo under pressure and resulted in a foul challenge from Adriano.
It was only his second start for Madrid, and it looked it. With no cohesion at all in the forward line, Carlo Ancelotti was punished for his experiment, and when Bale was replaced on the hour mark by Karim Benzema it came as no surprise that the visitors’ fortunes immediately improved.
The following quarter of an hour saw the capital club forge a number of good openings, including a stonewall penalty shout and a fierce effort off the bar from the French substitute. And although Sanchez would wrap up the three points, Jese’s late goal was a just reward for a decent final half-hour for Madrid.
Bale will undoubtedly improve with time, especially when he gets back to somewhere near match fitness. But right now, he is a shadow of the player he was at Tottenham and the pressure on him will only build until he gets back to that scintillating level once more.
What makes it worse in the short term is the fact that Neymar has already hit the ground running with league-leading Barca, and Saturday’s fixture was a clear barometer of exactly how things are going for the summer’s two biggest-name signings.
The brilliant Brazilian and the weary Welshman may both find themselves in La Liga now, but for now they remain leagues apart.

Platini wants 40-country World Cup, Starting from 2018 in Russia.

Platini wants 40-country World Cup

The Frenchman has responded to Fifa president Sepp Blatter's recent comments, agreeing that more African and Asian teams should play in the competition
Uefa president Michel Platini has suggested that the World Cup should be expanded to 40 teams to include more Asian and African representatives, starting from 2018 in Russia.

Sepp Blatter has already stated that he wants more non-European teams at the World Cup and Platini agrees with the Fifa chief that it would be fruitful to have more African and Asian sides at the finals, although feels the best solution would be to expand the competition rather than to take away places from Europe.

"I totally agree with Sepp Blatter that we need more African and Asian teams. It would be good for everybody," Platini told The Times.

"But instead of taking away some European spots, we have to expand to 40 teams.

"For example, we can add two African, two Asian, two American, one Oceania and one from Europe."

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Victor Moses: Brendan Rodgers wanted me since when I was 14.

Victor Moses: Brendan Rodgers wanted me since when I was 14

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and forward Victor Moses seem to have intricate links that started about eight years ago.

Revelations from the player indicate that the coach had always wanted him while he was a youth team trainer at Chelsea and is glad that he now has an opportunity to repay him for the faith.

“I’ve known the gaffer from when I was 14 and he wanted me to go to Chelsea,” Moses told Daily Mail.

The 22-year old said he trained with Chelsea and Rogers was the youth team coach at that time and spoke to him about switching from Crystal Palace to Chelsea.

“We had a chat and I was expected to move there. He phoned and I told him I was going to go.

“But then I had another think about it and didn’t turn up. I just didn’t go. I didn’t ring him or anything; I just didn’t go and stayed at Palace.

“I thought there was no point going to a bigger club like that and not getting in the first team, not playing," he said.

Mourinho warns Mata: Adapt or stay on the Chelsea bench

Mourinho warns Mata: Adapt or stay on the Chelsea bench 



The Portuguese boss says the 25-year-old playmaker must change his playing style or he will remain behind Oscar in the pecking order
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Juan Mata will continue to be a fringe player at Stamford Bridge until he adapts to the club's new style.

The Spain international, who was the Stamford Bridge outfit's Player of the Year for the last two seasons, has struggled to break into the starting XI since Mourinho took over at Stamford Bridge.

The sporadic use of the 25-year-old has perplexed Blues fans but Mourinho has made no apologies for his decision and says Mata has work to do if he is to become a regular starter and usurp in-form Oscar.


"The way I'm reading the situation and the reasons why, in this moment, he's [Mata] not playing so much are things I can speak about with him but not publicly," Mourinho said on Friday.

"But he played against Everton from the start and you can analyse his performance. He came on against Basel when the team were winning 1-0 – not like Demba Ba or John Obi Mikel, who came on to rescue the game –with specific tasks to do.

"It's part of a process with him, too. It is one thing to play with Ramires and Oscar closing down opponents on each side, and Mata as a No.10, behind a striker with his clever assists, clever passes and fantastic actions because he has great talent.

"But it is another thing to adapt to the way we want to play. In this moment, Oscar is my No.10 and, if anyone tells me Oscar has not been Chelsea's best player this season, I'd have to disagree.

"I have to prove to the fans that I am good. Now [Mata] must do the same."

The triumvirate of Oscar, Eden Hazard and Mata enjoyed success last season, and Mourinho insists the trio can still be effective but only if the Spaniard alters his game to become more defence-conscious - though he is unlikely to start ahead of Oscar in the No.10 role.

"But only when [Mata] adapts to what we want," Mourinho continued.

"I'm not ready to ask Oscar to track opposing full-backs. Brazil has more talented players in the No.10 position than any other country in the world, and he plays there for the national team, so I want to build with Oscar as my No.10.

"I want the other two players, from the side, to adapt to that reality and learn how to do things they were not ready to do before. The players are open to some of the changes.

"If I'm an attacking player I'd prefer to play without a position, without certain responsibilities, and with others behind me to cover so I don't need to worry about [tracking back]. It's about changing mentality.

"It takes a bit of time. But it won't take five, six, seven years. I promise."