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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

VIDEO: Watch match highlights of Reims v PSG here…

Blackburn boss Henning Berg storms out of club Christmas party

Bah humbug! Berg storms out of Blackburn's Christmas bash after being made to dance with a stocking on his head

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UPDATED:

22:58 GMT, 18 December 2012

Furious Blackburn manager Henning Berg stormed out of the club’s Christmas party after he was made to wear a stocking on his head and dance on stage.

The humiliating incident on Monday night is bound to cast more doubt over Berg’s future at Ewood Park just seven weeks after he returned as manager.

Blackburn have recorded only one win from nine games under Berg, leading to speculation he could be sacked by Indian owners Venky’s if results do not improve dramatically.

Struggles: Blackburn have dropped to 15th since Henning Berg took over

Struggles: Blackburn have dropped to 15th since Henning Berg took over

Struggles: Blackburn have dropped to 15th since Henning Berg took over

It was hoped the party for the players and more than 200 staff in a suite at Ewood would lift morale but it backfired spectacularly.

When the DJ decided to play some games, one of the club’s executives volunteered Berg to go up on stage. The 43-year-old Norwegian reluctantly wore the Christmas stocking but grew visibly angry and uncomfortable when he was made to dance as well.

The final straw came when someone attempted to put a Michael Jackson wig on his head. Berg ripped off the stocking and left the stage.

He then made his excuses to guests at his table before making an early exit. Berg, who won the Premier League and League Cup in two spells at Blackburn, is understood to have become increasingly disillusioned with the job he has taken on.

On the day he was appointed, it was revealed the ex-Manchester United defender would be sacked if he failed to win promotion back to the Premier League this season.

However, after picking up just six points from nine games, Blackburn have slumped to 15th and face a battle to even make the play-offs.

Last week Berg was told to find an entire new backroom team, although it has since emerged that his assistant, Eric Black, first-team coach Iain Brunskill and goalkeeping coach Bobby Mimms may be given a stay of execution due to problems bringing in replacements.

No home comforts: Defeat to Cardiff at home left Ewood fans reeling

No home comforts: Defeat to Cardiff at home left Ewood fans reeling

There were suggestions of outside interference when he dropped former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson at Blackpool on Saturday, when his side suffered a fourth defeat in five games.

Robinson is one of several players expected to leave in January, with Tottenham’s Brad Friedel lined up to replace him.

Venky’s invested heavily in the summer, making Blackburn the highest-paid team in the Champ-ionship, and sources say failure to return to the Premier League at the first attempt would be a financial catastrophe.

The question is how long they will give Berg to turn the club round, though he may quit first.

Brendan Rodgers has given Stewart Downing permission to leave Anfield

Rodgers gives Downing permission to end his Anfield nightmare

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UPDATED:

15:08 GMT, 15 December 2012

Stewart Downing is ready to end his Liverpool nightmare after claiming that Brendan Rodgers has told him he can leave.

The England international will consider his options in the January window after struggling to make an impact this season.

Exit: Stewart Downing (pictured) has claimed that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has given him permission to leave in January

Exit: Stewart Downing (pictured) has claimed that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has given him permission to leave in January

The rise of 18-year-old Raheem Sterling limited his options at the start of the season and although he has been more involved in recent weeks by the Liverpool manager, Rodgers has favoured playing full-back Jose Enrique on the wing and Downing at left back.

'The manager has said I can leave if I want to,' Downing said in an interview in the Liverpool matchday programme ahead of today's game with his former club, Aston Villa.

'But then all of a sudden I've come back into the team, it's a strange situation.

'I've played for a long time and there are spells when you can be in and out of the side.'

Downing has suffered a poor run of form since his 20million move to Liverpool in summer 2011, and has still failed to register a single Premier League goal for the club.

He added: 'At the minute I'm trying to play as many games as possible.

'If that doesn't happen I'm at an age where I can't be sat around. I need to play and the manager understands that.

'That's how the situation is and we'll have to see what happens in January or the summer.'

Permission: Reds boss Brendan Rodgers (pictured) has been playing downing at left back in recent weeks

Permission: Reds boss Brendan Rodgers (pictured) has been playing Downing at left back in recent weeks

Harry Redknapp says no to QPR Christmas party

Scrooge! Redknapp rules out Christmas party… but says QPR can celebrate when they stay up

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UPDATED:

12:30 GMT, 7 December 2012

Harry Redknapp has banned Christmas at QPR because the club have ‘got nothing to celebrate’.

Rangers are still searching for their first Premier League win of the season and their manager wants to put off partying until the club has secured its top-flight status.

The boss said: 'I'm not mad about footballers having Christmas. I’ve been doing this job an awful long time and find it seems to be nothing but aggravation.

Earn your party: Harry Redknapp has told his QPR players they have nothing to celebrate this Christmas, but that they can party if and when they stay up

Earn your party: Harry Redknapp has told his QPR players they have nothing to celebrate this Christmas, but that they can party if and when they stay up

'I feel in our position we're in we've really got nothing to celebrate. If we get out of trouble we’ll have a big party at the end of the year, I’m sure. I just think this is the busiest time of the year.

'I haven’t discussed it with the players. Nobody’s come to see me and asked to have a Christmas party. If they did I’d say: “I'd rather you didn't.” We're not in a position where we've got anything to celebrate.'

Meanwhile, Redknapp confirmed Tal Ben Haim is having a trial with QPR.

Ben Haim, 30, has been without a club since leaving Portsmouth in August and has been training in west London under the watchful eye of QPR staff this week.

Redknapp told a press conference this morning: 'I am having a look at him, he’s a good defender, he’s a good lad and has a great attitude.

'He looks very fit and I have let him come in and train, we will just see where we go in the next couple of weeks.'

Ben Haim, who has also had spells at Bolton, Chelsea and Manchester City, has not played since Israel’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying defeat against Russia in September.

The new manager is looking to strengthen his squad next month after taking over a club rooted to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League without a win in their first 15 matches.

Redknapp has secured draws against Sunderland and Aston Villa since replacing Mark Hughes and his team face fellow strugglers Wigan at the DW Stadium tomorrow.

Nasser Hussain: Alastair Cook did not impress me when I first saw him

Fletch told me 'This lad will be a great…' I just couldn't see it!

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UPDATED:

05:50 GMT, 7 December 2012

The first time I saw Alastair Cook was
during one of my many spells when I was struggling to score runs as
England captain. I wanted to clear my head, get back to basics, so I
asked my former coach Keith Fletcher if I could play for Essex seconds.

I turned up at Colchester and was
quickly dismissed so I went for a walk round the boundary edge with
Fletch, the wise old ‘Gnome’, to ask him what I could do to get my game
right. Suddenly Keith stopped, pointed to the middle and said: ‘That lad
is going to be one of the greats.’

I couldn’t see it to be honest. All I
saw was a left-hander whose head fell over when he played his shots and
was full of nudges and nurdles. His name was Alastair Cook and
he scored his 23rd Test hundred, more than any other Englishman. At the
time I just said to Keith: ‘That’s all very well, Fletch, but I’m
worried about my game here, not him!’

Eye on the ball: Alastair Cook takes a catch at the launch of the Under 15 World Cup at Lord's in 2000

Eye on the ball: Alastair Cook takes a catch at the launch of the Under 15 World Cup at Lord's in 2000

That reminded me of the time a
young off-spinning opponent of ours walked into the England dressing
room after taking a few wickets for KwaZulu Natal in a tour match in
Durban and plonked himself down next to me, asking if I knew of any
English teams he could play for.

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I
thought he meant club cricket and almost gave him my brother’s number
and told him to try Fives and Heronians but it turned out he had bigger
ambitions than that. His name was Kevin Pietersen and in the second Test
he scored his 22nd Test hundred for England. All of which goes to show
how much I know about spotting a good young player.

Fast
forward a few months after my first meeting with Cook and I bumped into
him again when I went to the indoor school in Chelmsford for a bit of
practice —yes, you’ve guessed it, I was searching for form as England
captain.

When I got there, Cook, who had just
been named England Under 19 skipper, was with a local TV crew, I think
they might have been from Look East.

The
interviewer saw me and asked if the England captain might like to say a
few words about this young star from my county. I looked at Cook, back
at the interviewer and said, ‘Not now, son’, before going off to the
bowling machine.

Cook still
reminds me of that one every time I speak to him. There are plenty of
words to say about him now. He was brilliant here, brilliant in
scoring his record hundred, brilliant in reaching 7,000 Test runs
younger than anyone in history and brilliant in scoring his fifth
century in five Tests as captain.

Truly, this innings has to be right up there with his best. It is as good if not better than all those hundreds he made in Australia and the 294 he scored against India at Edgbaston. It was special because Cook was so fluent.

Ever since Cook scored that potentially career-saving hundred against Pakistan at The Oval in 2010, he has been an absolute run machine. And what really impresses me is that he has worked so hard on improving the areas of his game that, a couple of years ago, weren’t his best. He has never said: ‘This is how I play, it works for me.’ He has kept his strengths and improved his weaknesses.

Special innings: Cook answered his critics at The Oval with a gutsy 110

Special innings: Cook answered his critics at The Oval with a gutsy 110

Not too long ago Cook relied heavily on his cut, pull and nudge off his hips. But now he is playing far more shots down the ground and is sweeping much more effectively. He may not have the flair of Pietersen or the shot selection of Graham Gooch, but he is becoming almost a complete batsman.

Cook keeps himself so well grounded. A lot of players might have been tempted to be a bit flashy after scoring hundreds in the last two Tests but he plays every innings with the same application as the last and at the same tempo. And how mentally strong must he be to score each of those hundreds after he has lost the toss and spent all that time in the field as a young and inexperienced captain

It’s good, too, that he has interests outside the game, in particular the family farm. /12/06/article-0-14214923000005DC-331_634x414.jpg” width=”634″ height=”414″ alt=”Hot on his heels: Kevin Pietersen (right) will be keen to match Cook's milestone” class=”blkBorder” />

Hot on his heels: Kevin Pietersen (right) will be keen to match Cook's milestone

I’m sure Cook’s team-mates will be inspired by him. Pietersen will want to quickly catch him up after falling one Test century behind him and Jonathan Trott will have been prodded after a relatively lean spell of his own. What will please Cook most of all is that his hundred has put his team in a potentially decisive position in this third Test and the series.

India were not very good on the second day, even though I cannot fault the effort of their four bowlers. They were flat and looked an old side in the field. If England can run them ragged they really will be on the verge of something special.

Nasser Hussain: Fletch told me "This lad will be a great…" I just couldn"t see it!

Nasser Hussain: Fletch told me 'This lad will be a great…' I just couldn't see it!

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UPDATED:

21:08 GMT, 6 December 2012

The first time I saw Alastair Cook was
during one of my many spells when I was struggling to score runs as
England captain. I wanted to clear my head, get back to basics, so I
asked my former coach Keith Fletcher if I could play for Essex seconds.

I turned up at Colchester and was
quickly dismissed so I went for a walk round the boundary edge with
Fletch, the wise old ‘Gnome’, to ask him what I could do to get my game
right. Suddenly Keith stopped, pointed to the middle and said: ‘That lad
is going to be one of the greats.’

I couldn’t see it to be honest. All I
saw was a left-hander whose head fell over when he played his shots and
was full of nudges and nurdles. His name was Alastair Cook and
he scored his 23rd Test hundred, more than any other Englishman. At the
time I just said to Keith: ‘That’s all very well, Fletch, but I’m
worried about my game here, not him!’

Eye on the ball: Alastair Cook takes a catch at the launch of the Under 15 World Cup at Lord's in 2000

Eye on the ball: Alastair Cook takes a catch at the launch of the Under 15 World Cup at Lord's in 2000

That reminded me of the time a
young off-spinning opponent of ours walked into the England dressing
room after taking a few wickets for KwaZulu Natal in a tour match in
Durban and plonked himself down next to me, asking if I knew of any
English teams he could play for.

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VIEW FULL ARCHIVE

I
thought he meant club cricket and almost gave him my brother’s number
and told him to try Fives and Heronians but it turned out he had bigger
ambitions than that. His name was Kevin Pietersen and in the second Test
he scored his 22nd Test hundred for England. All of which goes to show
how much I know about spotting a good young player.

Fast
forward a few months after my first meeting with Cook and I bumped into
him again when I went to the indoor school in Chelmsford for a bit of
practice —yes, you’ve guessed it, I was searching for form as England
captain.

When I got there, Cook, who had just
been named England Under 19 skipper, was with a local TV crew, I think
they might have been from Look East.

The
interviewer saw me and asked if the England captain might like to say a
few words about this young star from my county. I looked at Cook, back
at the interviewer and said, ‘Not now, son’, before going off to the
bowling machine.

Cook still
reminds me of that one every time I speak to him. There are plenty of
words to say about him now. He was brilliant here, brilliant in
scoring his record hundred, brilliant in reaching 7,000 Test runs
younger than anyone in history and brilliant in scoring his fifth
century in five Tests as captain.

Truly, this innings has to be right up there with his best. It is as good if not better than all those hundreds he made in Australia and the 294 he scored against India at Edgbaston. It was special because Cook was so fluent.

Ever since Cook scored that potentially career-saving hundred against Pakistan at The Oval in 2010, he has been an absolute run machine. And what really impresses me is that he has worked so hard on improving the areas of his game that, a couple of years ago, weren’t his best. He has never said: ‘This is how I play, it works for me.’ He has kept his strengths and improved his weaknesses.

Special innings: Cook answered his critics at The Oval with a gutsy 110

Special innings: Cook answered his critics at The Oval with a gutsy 110

Not too long ago Cook relied heavily on his cut, pull and nudge off his hips. But now he is playing far more shots down the ground and is sweeping much more effectively. He may not have the flair of Pietersen or the shot selection of Graham Gooch, but he is becoming almost a complete batsman.

Cook keeps himself so well grounded. A lot of players might have been tempted to be a bit flashy after scoring hundreds in the last two Tests but he plays every innings with the same application as the last and at the same tempo. And how mentally strong must he be to score each of those hundreds after he has lost the toss and spent all that time in the field as a young and inexperienced captain

It’s good, too, that he has interests outside the game, in particular the family farm. /12/06/article-0-14214923000005DC-331_634x414.jpg” width=”634″ height=”414″ alt=”Hot on his heels: Kevin Pietersen (right) will be keen to match Cook's milestone” class=”blkBorder” />

Hot on his heels: Kevin Pietersen (right) will be keen to match Cook's milestone

I’m sure Cook’s team-mates will be inspired by him. Pietersen will want to quickly catch him up after falling one Test century behind him and Jonathan Trott will have been prodded after a relatively lean spell of his own. What will please Cook most of all is that his hundred has put his team in a potentially decisive position in this third Test and the series.

India were not very good on the second day, even though I cannot fault the effort of their four bowlers. They were flat and looked an old side in the field. If England can run them ragged they really will be on the verge of something special.

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood making good progress after heart attack

Arsenal chairman Hill-Wood making good progress after suffering heart attack

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UPDATED:

11:02 GMT, 3 December 2012

Recovering well: Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood is in hospital after suffering a heart attack

Recovering well: Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood is in hospital after suffering a heart attack

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood is recovering well in hospital after having a heart attack on Friday, the Barclays Premier League club confirmed.

The 76-year-old, who has been chairman of Arsenal since 1982, suffered the heart attack following a bout of pneumonia.

A spokesman for the club said: 'Peter is recovering well in hospital and there is a good prognosis.

'We are hoping he will make a full and speedy return.'

Hill-Wood was taken ill at home on Friday and taken to hospital for treatment.

He is the third member of his family
to serve as Arsenal chairman, following on from his father Denis
(1962-1982) and his grandfather Samuel, who had two separate spells in
the role between 1929 and 1936 and from 1946 to 1949.

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood recovering after heart attack

Arsenal chairman Hill-Wood recovering after suffering heart attack

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UPDATED:

10:56 GMT, 2 December 2012

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood is recovering in hospital after suffering a heart attack.

The 76-year-old had suffered from pneumonia and was taken to hospital on Friday after complaining of feeling unwell.

Arsenal released a statement saying: ‘Everyone at Arsenal Football Club sends their support and best wishes to Chairman Peter Hill-Wood who is recovering after suffering a heart attack, following a bout of pneumonia.

Recovering: Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood (right) is in hospital after suffering a heart attack

Recovering: Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood (right) is in hospital after suffering a heart attack

‘Peter was taken ill at home on Friday and is currently being treated in hospital. He is making a good recovery.

‘The Club wishes Peter a full and speedy return to health and our thoughts are with him and his family at this time.’

Hill-Wood has been chairman of the club since 1982, and is a former vice-chairman of the Hambros Bank.

He is the third member of his family to serve as Arsenal chairman, following on from his father Denis (1962-1982) and his grandfather Samuel, who had two separate spells in the role between 1929 and 1936 and from 1946 to 1949.

Henning Berg new Blackburn manager despite dismissing job in the past

No credible manager would take the Blackburn job… so said Berg, who's now the new Rovers boss!

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UPDATED:

18:17 GMT, 31 October 2012


New job: Berg

New job: Blackburn boss Henning Berg

Blackburn have confirmed former defender Henning Berg as their new manager.

Berg won the Premier League title as a player with Rovers in 1995 and the 43-year-old will succeed Steve Kean, who resigned to end a troubled spell as manager of the npower Championship side a month ago.

The former Manchester United defender, who works as a television
pundit for Norwegian broadcaster TV 2 Sporten, was an outspoken critic
of owners Venky's this summer following Blackburn's relegation from the
Barclays Premier League.

In a widely referenced quote that he
appears set to hear plenty about in the coming days, starting with
Thursday's 8.30am press call, Berg said of the top job at Rovers: 'There
are no real managers with credibility who would accept a job like
that.'

Rovers issued a press release stating they would unveil their new manager at Ewood Park on Thursday morning before confirming Berg as the man in question on their official Twitter feed.

'Blackburn can confirm that Henning Berg has accepted the role of manager,' a statement on the club's official Twitter page read.

Berg, who made 297 appearances across two spells as a player with Rovers, will take on his first coaching assignment in English football following spells leading Lyn Oslo and Lillestrom in his native Norway.

The 43-year-old's appointment concludes Blackburn's protracted search for a successor to Kean after he left the club last month.

Rovers managing director Derek Shaw said that the former Norway defender became the board's No 1 choice on the back of an impressive interview.

'He interviewed well and he moved straight to the top of our list,' said the ex-Preston chairman.

Promotion push: Blackburn spent heavily in the summer

Promotion push: Blackburn spent heavily in the summer

Shaw is unconcerned by Berg's past comments on the Blacnurn job and is looking positively towards an assault on promotion at the first attempt.

He added: 'We're not interested in things like that, we're not interested in any negatives at all. We're moving forward.'

A host of high-profile names were touted as potential successors to Kean, with former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp ruling himself out of the running yesterday and approaches for Berg's former Ewood team-mates Tim Sherwood and Billy McKinlay, coaches at Tottenham and Fulham respectively, rejected earlier this month.

Wayne Wild, co-chairman of the Rovers Trust – a group committed to fan ownership of Blackburn – believes the club's concluded pursuit of a former player may be misguided.

'I think the protracted process underlines that there are still problems at board level and senior management level at Blackburn Rovers,' Wild said.

'It seems to be more important to give the fans an ex-player's name rather than getting somebody who would be more expensive and more experienced.

'This highlights the importance of having a supporters trust, so that supporters get to voice their input at the highest level.'

League winner: Berg had two spells at Blackburn

League winner: Berg had two spells at Blackburn

He added: 'Henning Berg was obviously a very well-liked former member of the playing squad on two occasions, so will certainly be welcomed by the fans.'

Earlier, Kjetil Rekdal told TV 2 Sporten that he expects his former international team-mate to be a success and welcomed the news as a boost to Norwegian football, with Stale Solbakken already employed in the npower Championship as Wolves boss.

'This is fantastic news for Norwegian football that we get another coach in England,' said Rekdal, currently the coach of Aalesunds FK in his homeland. 'It is a sign that we are doing something right.

'I think it is a great advantage that he has been at the club before and knows the environment there. He knows what is expected.

'I know Henning is a wise coach and wise strategist, and when you have been there before it is always easier to gain support for your ideas.'

Blackburn lie fifth in the Championship having been led by caretaker boss Eric Black for the past six matches.

Edgar Davids makes Barnet debut in Northampton win

Dutch legend Davids impresses on debut for Barnet as Bees thump Northampton

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UPDATED:

00:20 GMT, 20 October 2012

Dutch legend Edgar Davids pulled his boots back on to lead bottom of League Two Barnet to their first win of the season on Friday night.

The 39-year-old, who had registered as a player when he signed on as assistant to help out manager Mark Robson, showed he'd lost none of the passing and vision that was the hallmark of his 74 caps and a stellar club career with Ajax, Milan, Juventus and Spurs. His performance was impressive enough for him to be named man-of-the-match.

On the ball: Davids pulled his boots back on to lead Barnet to their first victory of the campaign

On the ball: Davids pulled his boots back on to lead Barnet to their first victory of the campaign

Catch me if you can: Davids celebrates Andrew Yiadom's strike for the home team

Catch me if you can: Davids celebrates Andrew Yiadom's strike for the home team

Barnet, who had taken only three points from 12 games before Friday night's clash, responded to beat Northampton with goals from Krystian Pearce, Andrew Yiadom, John Oster and Anthony Edgar in a thumping 4-0 victory.

Speaking after the game, Davids said: 'I feel the man-of-the-match belongs to the whole group because it was a team effort.

'We saw that they really had a lot of energy and I’m proud of them because the tactical things we worked on all week they executed them.

Looking good: Davids was named man-of-the-match after an impressive performance

Looking good: Davids was named man-of-the-match after an impressive performance

'So I’m proud that they knew what to do because it is hard to digest so much information in a short period of time.

'There were some spells I was happy about and there were some where we definitely can improve. But the agreements we made beforehand they all kept and they executed some things well and we resulted in a win.'