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Lennon and Conte come to blows Celtic Juventus

And tonight's main event…Wrestlemania II! After first leg farce, Celtic and Juve get set for another royal rumble in Turin

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Mick McManus (right)

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WHo's the Daddy Wrestler Big Daddy (Shirley Crabtree) poses up with some fans in the 1970s

'Before the ball’s kicked, he’s not doing anything. He’s entitled to stand where he likes. So he’s talking nonsense.

'We were getting hauled back and the referee is looking straight at it.

'Are the rules different in Spain and Italy to what they are in Britain On that showing they must be.'

Striker Georgios Samaras echoed Lennon's words, saying he hopes the referee in the second leg can deal with the antics better.

'It wasn't fair, I think everybody saw that,' said Samaras, who missed the first leg. 'It is how they defend set-pieces, like most Italian teams.

'Hopefully, the referee will have his eyes more open tomorrow and see clearly what's going on and it can be a fair game.'

With his side being three goals ahead in the tie, Juventus boss Conte is likely to leave out defender Giorgio Chiellini who made his return from injury in the 1-1 draw with Napoli on Friday night after for nearly three months.

Ring star: Hulk Hogan would have felt right at home in the Parkhead penalty box during the first leg visit of Juve

Ring star: Hulk Hogan would have felt right at home in the Parkhead penalty box during the first leg visit of Juve

Celtic manager Neil Lennon gestures during the UEFA Champions League, Round of Sixteen match at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

Juventus coach Antonio Conte argues during the match against Genoa in their Serie A match in Turin

Verbals: Both Lennon and Conte have locked horns in the last few weeks, with different perceptions on events in the first leg at Celtic Park, which Juventus won 3-0

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Pride of Leeds: WWF Wrestler The British Bulldog

Martin Caceres and Nicolas Anelka (both back) are also a doubt, while Paolo De Ceglie, Nicklas Bendtner and Simone Pepe (all thigh) are all long-term injuries.

Celtic need a miracle, and were boosted by Georgios Samaras returning during the 2-1 defeat away to Motherwell in the SPL last Wednesday.

However, Scott Brown's ongoing abductor problems will force him to miss the trip. Swedish fullback Mikael Lustig (thigh) also looks set to sit the game out. Lennon hopes Charlie Mulgrew can feature at some stage after injury.

‘Charlie’s all right,’ said Lennon. ‘He trained yesterday but that was his first proper training session, so it might be a bit much to stick him in straight away. We’ll see how he is.’

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David Beckham named by China as a global football ambassador in a bid to revive game

Save us Becks! China name PSG midfielder as a global football ambassador in a bid to revive their faltering domestic game

Olympics last year and Chinese officials expect his popularity and influence to restore the game's credibility in their country.

At a loss: David Beckham came off the bench but couldn't save PSG from a 1-0 defeat by Reims at the weekend

At a loss: David Beckham came off the bench but couldn't save PSG from a 1-0 defeat by Reims at the weekend

Game changer: David Beckham was a second-half substitute as PSG crashed to a shock defeat at Stade Reims

'2013 marks the 20th anniversary of professional football in China and the special ambassadorship of David Beckham will attract global attention to Chinese football and the CSL,' said a spokesman for the CFA.

'While in China, he will attend the CSL and visit clubs to get a deeper insight into football in China.

'He will also help us to inspire and motivate many children to participate in this beautiful game.'

Didier Drogba

Nicolas Anelka

Brief: Former Chelsea forwards Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka both quit early into their spells at Shanghai

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Celtic 0 Juventus 3 – Match report

Celtic 0 Juventus 3: Old Lady dish out painful lesson to Lennon's naive Bhoys

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21:38 GMT, 12 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:44 GMT, 12 February 2013

Celtic face a near impossible task to make the quarter-finals of the Champions League after Juventus scored in both halves to take the advantage at Parkhead.

Neil Lennon's side got off to the worse possible start as they went behind inside the first five minutes.

Alessandro Matri poked the ball through Fraser Forster's legs and got the ball over the line despite the best efforts of Kevin Wilson who tried to clear, but Claudio Marchisio clattered home the rebound to make sure.

The second came in the final 15 minutes when Matri played the ball into the path of Claudio Marchisio, the midfielder cut inside a tired Scott Brown challenge before smashing past Forster at his near post.

And the game was wrapped up when Juventus added a third when Efe Ambrose was caught horribly in possession by Claudio Marchisio who played in Mirko Vucinic and he finished well to beat Forster.

More to follow…

Early lead: Claudio Marchisio and Alessandro Matri combined to open the scoring for the Italians

Early lead: Claudio Marchisio and Alessandro Matri combined to open the scoring for the Italians

Match Facts

Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Wilson, Ambrose, Izaguirre, Forrest, Brown, Wanyama, Mulgrew, Commons, Hooper.

Subs: Zaluska, Matthews, Miku, Nouioui, Ledley, Watt, Kayal.

Juventus: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Caceres, Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Peluso, Matri, Vucinic.

Subs: Storari, Pogba, Giovinco, Anelka, Padoin, Quagliarella, Marrone.

Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)

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Desperate dive: Kelvin Wilson tries to prevent the ball from crossing the line

Desperate dive: Kelvin Wilson tries to prevent the ball from crossing the line

Making sure: Marchisio smashes the ball over the line

Making sure: Marchisio smashes the ball over the line

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Billy Connolly

Faces in the crowd: Singer Rod Stewart and comedian Billy Connolly watch Celtic

Tussle: Celtic striker Gary Hooper tangles with Stephan Lichsteiner

Tussle: Celtic striker Gary Hooper tangles with Stephan Lichsteiner

Fight for the ball: Wilson vies for the ball with Alessandro Matri

Fight for the ball: Wilson vies for the ball with Alessandro Matri

Strong challenge: Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre is brought down by Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci

Strong challenge: Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre is brought down by Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci

Looking on: Celtic keeper Fraser Forster looks dejected at the end of the game

Looking on: Celtic keeper Fraser Forster looks dejected at the end of the game

No need for pain in Newcaste"s French revolution – Martin Keown"s Premier League bootroom

Premier League bootroom: No need for pain in French revolution

By
Martin Keown

PUBLISHED:

23:41 GMT, 1 February 2013

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UPDATED:

23:51 GMT, 1 February 2013

Seeing so many French players arrive at Newcastle reminds me of when Arsene Wenger turned up at Arsenal in 1996.

Newcastle have added Mathieu Debuchy,
Moussa Sissoko, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran and Massadio Haidara
to their squad and we did a similar thing during our most successful
period.

Wenger brought in Emmanuel Petit,
Gilles Grimandi, Remi Garde, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires, Nicolas
Anelka, Sylvain Wiltord and Thierry Henry (below).

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You could see they were all coming in ready to win something. It was impressive and a challenge to the rest of us.

Some things changed straight away. I used to go to the gym after training but suddenly I couldn’t get a machine because the French were all in there tuning up different parts of their bodies. They were generally very quiet at first off the pitch — because of the language barriers they couldn’t join in the dressing-room banter straight away.

Wenger made a point of conducting everything in English, which helped them learn the language but he occasionally had a quiet word in French with some of the new boys. But they learned English fast — I’m sure Henry couldn’t speak English one week and the next he was better than me.

In Toon: Newcastle fans embrace the influx of French players while Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit (below) celebrate Arsenal's triumph in 1998

In Toon: Newcastle fans embrace the influx of French players while Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit (below) celebrate Arsenal's triumph in 1998

Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit

There was of course some resistance to the influx of players. Some of the Brits felt the French lads were more quickly praised and indulged in training on occasions. If we talked during the warm-up we’d get a ticking off, while if they did the same it wouldn’t be mentioned. But any wariness soon disappeared as we started winning things. It will be the same at Newcastle. If they win games, the fans and rest of the dressing room will love them.

Some of our values rubbed off on the French players too, particularly our will to win. We trained at 100 per cent in every session while the French peaked for matches.

Main man: Theo Walcott has become a central figure for Arsene Wenger's side this season

Main man: Theo Walcott has become a central figure for Arsene Wenger's side this season

It was important to retain that Britishness and Wenger is still doing that by having Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and others in the team.

We gave our French team-mates important information too, warning them that a trip to Ipswich or West Ham was going to be tougher than they thought. No doubt the new boys at Newcastle will be guided by their team-mates too.

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Play the game

Our top managers were wheeled out to
say nice things on the FA’s 150th anniversary. Now they have to follow
up and help Roy Hodgson. He has World Cup qualifiers coming up and needs
to see his squad together, against Brazil on Wednesday. We can’t have
tactical withdrawals just to give players a rest.

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Becks misses a trick

It’s a shame that David Beckham has
joined Paris Saint-Germain. I would have liked to have see n him in the
Premier League one last time to see what he had to offer. He’s from the
same stable as Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, who are doing meaningful
jobs at Manchester United. I think playing again in England would have helped cement his place as one of the greats.

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AC Milan the only option for Mario Balotelli after Juventus cool interest in signing Man City striker

Milan the only option for Balotelli after Juventus cool their interest

By
John Edwards

PUBLISHED:

12:05 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:14 GMT, 29 January 2013

Mario Balotelli hopes of a return to
Serie A are resting with AC Milan after Juventus distanced themselves
from a move for the Manchester City striker.

Despite mounting speculation that
Juve had joined Milan in the race to sign him, Sportsmail understands
they have no interest in him and are happy to leave the way clear for
their Serie A rivals.

Transfer talks: Milan have made offer for Man City striker Mario Balotelli

Transfer talks: Milan have made offer for Man City striker Mario Balotelli

Manager Antonio Conte is content with his current striking options, particularly after wrapping up a deal for Athletic Bilbao marksman Fernando Llorente.

Additionally, they have taken former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka on a five-month loan.

Baloteli is now anxiously waiting to see if Milan can come up with an acceptable offer. They are ready to pay up to 20million, City are holding out for 24m.

Nicolas Anelka training with PSG

Anelka training with former club PSG as he seeks China escape

By
Simon Jones

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22:11 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:15 GMT, 10 January 2013

Nicolas Anelka is training with Paris Saint-Germain as he tries to negotiate the end of his contract with Shanghai Shenhua.

Anelka wants to terminate his
contract with after he scored just three goals in 22
matches and was replaced as player-coach of the Chinese side.

The former Chelsea and France striker also been linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League with QPR and West Ham.

Running man: Nicolas Anelka jogs during a training session at PSG

Running man: Nicolas Anelka jogs during a training session at PSG

Anelka's wage demands could prove a stumbling block for the English clubs given his 250,000-a-week salary in China.

Money would not be an issue for mega-rich PSG however and the forward could join the French league leaders for the third time.

Anelka played was at the club as a teenager in
1996 before rejoining them in 2000. He has also had spells with
Liverpool, Bolton, Fenerbahce and Manchester City.

Back again Anelka has enjoyed two previous spells with the French club

Back again Anelka has enjoyed two previous spells with the French club

Harry Redknapp: We"ll act early in transfer window and not wait for Spurs cast-offs

Redknapp: We'll act early in transfer window and not wait for Spurs cast-offs

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UPDATED:

00:10 GMT, 22 December 2012

Queens Park Rangers cannot afford to
risk Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy offering them 'three-for-one on a
bunch of players he cannot give away' on the last day of the January
transfer window, says Harry Redknapp.

The Rangers boss urged his new club
to act early to strengthen their squad, rather than playing Tottenham's
traditional waiting game of leaving it late.

Targets: Manager Harry Redknapp

Targets: Manager Harry Redknapp

Redknapp admitted QPR chairman Tony Fernandes is already in talks to sign former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, who is hoping to return to Europe after terminating his contract with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.

Redknapp said: 'We can't wait. The chairman is going to have to bite the bullet a bit and get on with what we have got to do.

'We really need to be doing our business right at the start of January. It is no good a club trying to ring up to do business on the last day of January – it's too late. We are going to be finished by then.

'Daniel will still no doubt be ringing up on transfer deadline day offering me a three-for-one on a bunch of players he cannot give away. But we won't be waiting till that late hour.

'We have to find one or two players to really make the difference.'

QPR in talks to sign Nicolas Anelka

QPR eye move for Anelka: Redknapp confirms relegation threatened club are in talks with former Chelsea striker

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UPDATED:

13:47 GMT, 21 December 2012

Harry Redknapp has revealed QPR are in talks to sign former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka in January.

The Frenchman wants to terminate his contract with Shanghai Shenhua after he scored just three goals in 22 matches and was replaced as player-coach of the Chinese side.

Redknapp admitted QPR are interested in Anelka, 33, but insisted Rangers would not pay over the odds for his services – despite being five points from safety with just one win in the Premier League this season.

Comeback Nicolas Anelka could be set for a return to the Premier League with QPR

Comeback Nicolas Anelka could be set for a return to the Premier League with QPR

The QPR boss also joked that if Barcelona were interested in Adel Taraabt they would have to offer Leo Messi in a swap deal.

Redknapp said: 'Barcelona want him, do they Maybe we’ll have a straight swap with Messi. We’ll do a deal. We don’t want to sell him. No-one’s made an offer for him. He plays here.

More seriously, he added: ‘Nicolas Anelka is a player who’s of interest to anybody. He’ s finishing in China so he’s available.

'It’s what you can afford and whether you think he can do the job you want. He’ s a top player so he’s a player we would be interested in, but whether we can afford it.

Looking to add: Harry Redknapp is expected to be busy in the transfer window

Looking to add: Harry Redknapp is expected to be busy in the transfer window

'I think the chairman (Tony Fernandes) knows Nicolas’ people. He’s got a few details on what it would be but it depends, just how expensive the whole package comes to. If it’s within reason he certainly could improve your team.

'Whoever we bring in here as got to be the right type. We can’t afford to load up again, with people who aren’t the right type. I’ve spoken to the chairman and Philip (Beard, the chief executive), but finding people is not easy.

'People think they can screw you into the ground because you’re desperate, because you’re going to get relegated, but we’re not going to fall into that trap. They’ll ask 6million when the player’s worth 3m.’

Redknapp confirmed technical director Mike Rigg and Mark Hughes’ assistants Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki have left the club and said bringing in Ian Broomfield, whom he worked with at Tottenham, as chief scout was 'a possibility'. The QPR boss also wants former Rangers striker Les Ferdinand to join Joe Jordan and Kevin Bond in his backroom staff, as revealed by Sportsmail earlier this month.

Redknapp said: ‘We’ve got one or two good scouts here but you need your own people around you; people you know and can talk to all the time. At least you can bounce ideas off them, and that’s important.

Up and running: Adel Taarabt helped QPR to their first win of the season against Fulham at the weekend

Up and running: Adel Taarabt helped QPR to their first win of the season against Fulham at the weekend

'Last week was make or break. If we had got beat (by Fulham) last week it would have been double desperate. We’re desperate as it is.

'We need to improve the squad in Jan, we need to get a couple in that can help us make the difference. If we can’t find them we’ll stick with what we’ve got, if people are going to take liberties with us, screw us , if we’re desperate. And if we can do that, we’ve still got a chance.’

Goalkeeper Julio Cesar and defender Jose Bosingwa have both suffered minor back injuries that will rule them out of tomorrow’s trip to Newcastle United, although Redknapp expects both players to be fit for QPR’s home match against West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day.

Bobby Zamora could return from injury a month ahead of schedule

Zamora boost for QPR, but striker will face struggle as Redknapp targets new signings

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UPDATED:

19:45 GMT, 19 December 2012

Queens Park Rangers striker Bobby Zamora is hopeful of a return from injury ahead of schedule and believes he is only 'four to five weeks' away.

The striker suffered a hip injury back in November and had surgery that was expected to keep him out until at least February.

Speaking to the club's official website, www.qpr.co.uk, Zamora said: 'I'd like to think I'll be back available in the next four or five weeks.

Recovery: Bobby Zamora could return from injury 'four or five' weeks earlier than was expected

Recovery: Bobby Zamora could return from injury 'four or five' weeks earlier than was expected

'I had an operation three weeks ago and an now working on getting fit. My fingers are crossed for a smooth recovery.'

The 31-year-old has not featured for QPR since a 1-0 defeat at Stoke City on 10th November.

The hip injury was expected to keep him out until the end of February but he is progressing well and could be back as early as next month.

Window: New QPR boss Harry Redknapp is looking to strengthen in the January transfer window

Window: New QPR boss Harry Redknapp is looking to strengthen in the January transfer window

However, with new boss Harry Redknapp rumoured to be interested in several players in the January window, Zamora may find it hard to regain his place in the team.

Former Chelsea stars Nicolas Anelka and Joe Cole are reported targets, as is Celtic hitman Gary Hooper who already has 13 goals this season.

QPR target Joe Cole

QPR target Gary Hooper

Targets: Harry Redknapp is rumoured to be preparing bids for Liverpool's Joe Cole (left) and Celtic's Gary Hooper as well as ex-Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka

West Ham and QPR lead chase as Anelka begins talks to cancel Shanghai Shenhua contract

West Ham and QPR lead chase as Anelka begins talks to cancel Shanghai Shenhua contract

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UPDATED:

11:44 GMT, 17 December 2012

Queens Park Rangers and West Ham are waiting to speak to Nicola Anelka as he seeks to cancel his contract with Shanghai Shenhua.

The Chinese club confirmed today that negotiations are underway with the Frenchman keen to return to England.

Anelka, 33, joined Shanghai from Chelsea
in the last January transfer window but has struggled to settle despite
even enduring a spell as caretaker coach.

On the move Anelka's spell in China looks to be coming to a premature end

On the move Anelka's spell in China looks to be coming to a premature end

On the move Anelka's spell in China looks to be coming to a premature end

The talks to cancel his contract have encouraged QPR and West Ham but have also alerted other Premier League suitors who were initially wary that Shanghai would demand a fee for Anelka in January.

Reports are suggesting he is willing to give up the final year of his contract, reputedly worth around 7million, on the proviso that Shanghai grant him a free transfer.

Hammer time: West Ham and QPR are waiting tot speak to Anelka - who joined Shenhua in January, six months before Didier Drogba

Hammer time: West Ham and QPR are waiting tot speak to Anelka – who joined Shenhua in January, six months before Didier Drogba

Hammer time: West Ham and QPR are waiting tot speak to Anelka - who joined Shenhua in January, six months before Didier Drogba

Anelka was joined in the Far East by former team-mate Didier Drogba after the Ivorian decided to leave Stamford Bridge, however Shanghai could only finish ninth in the league.

Shanghai spokesman Ma Yue said: 'The discussion is between the club and himself, I don't know about the specific details. But so far we haven't got the final result.'

Cut your losses: Reports suggest Anelka is willing to forfeit the last year of his contract

Cut your losses: Reports suggest Anelka is willing to forfeit the last year of his contract