In the fight for the final 2 Champions League spots in the Premier League, two sides in the thick of it did battle at Stamford Bridge with neither team able to capitalize, but the result put a little more pressure on the third horse in the race.
An exciting end-to-end match saw Chelsea the more technical and deadly, but it was cancelled out by Tottenham Hotspur’s more inspired play as the two played even. Andre Villas-Boas’s 62nd minute substitute Gylfi Sigurðsson leveled the score to keep their Champions League hopes alive, but it may not be enough.
Spurs went into the match sitting in 5th position by 2 points but a game in hand on 4th place Arsenal. The inability to win means Spurs will now have to rely on Arsenal dropping points to make the biggest European competition next season.
Clint Dempsey made an appearance, subbing onto the pitch in the 70th minute, but the Spurs midfield desperately missed injured Belgian Moussa Dembele. This, along with a very poor performance by Tom Huddlestone, caused the Tottenham back line to bear the burden of finding Emmanuel Adebayor and the rest of their attacking options.
Adebayor himself took on some of the responsibility, and possibly turning around his poor form for most of the season. He went almost coast to coast to equalize at 1-1 on a lovely strike from outside the box into the top corner, then flicked a beautiful back heel to Sigurðsson to set up the second score.
Spurs will finish the season at Stoke then home against Sunderland, while Arsenal host Wigan then travel to Newcastle. Chelsea remain in 3rd after the draw with 69 points, while Arsenal are on 4th with 67, and Spurs hang back in 5th with 66.
MADRID (AP) Jose Mourinho’s agent says the Manchester United manager paid more than 26 million euros ($27 million) in taxes when he lived in Spain from 2010-13.
The information was made public on Tuesday by Gestifute, a company run by Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes.
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The Portuguese company has been releasing details about its clients’ tax declarations after European media outlets published what they claimed were details of apparent tax arrangements made by top soccer players and coaches, including Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil.
Gestifute, which also has Ronaldo as a client, has already published documents allegedly showing that Spanish fiscal authorities have certified that Mourinho and Real Madrid star Ronaldo are “up to date on … obligations.”
Mourinho coached Real Madrid from 2010-13 and took charge of United this season.
This is going to turn out to be one of the most exciting years of Matt Hedges’ life.
The FC Dallas man lead one of the best back lines in Major League Soccer to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the Supporters’ Shield.
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He’s also likely set for a chance to return to the USMNT fold under new coach Bruce Arena, as Hedges is one of the best players to be largely ignored by Jurgen Klinsmann.
Hedges, 26, was named the MLS Defender of the Year and made the Best XI, and now he’s inked a new long-term deal with FC Dallas.
The four-year deal will keep Hedges in Dallas through his 30th birthday. Capped once, Hedges has 159 appearances with 11 goals for FCD.
Christian Pulisic is one of the most exciting young prospects in the world.
It’s a statement that isn’t often said without hyperbole when it comes to American standouts, but the 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund man has seen his names in the gossip pages a few times this year.
While Liverpool has often been the destination, Italian site Calcio Mercato says Premier League interest is wider than Merseyside. The clubs? Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
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Dortmund doesn’t want to sell the youngster, who is locked up through 2019. The whispered price has been $31 million at a minimum, but perhaps BVB would be tempted given their wealth of young attacking options.
Pulisic has made 27 appearances for Borussia Dortmund, nabbing four goals and six assists. He has 11 caps and three goals for the USMNT as well.
Cristiano Ronaldo had been linked with massive tax evasion, but Real Madrid would ask you to kindly go back to treating him like a king now that he’s proven his innocence.
In a move usually reserved for politicians aiming for high office, Ronaldo’s agent released some of his tax documents to prove everything’s above board.
It all looks good, unlike what befell Neymar and Lionel Messi, so back off, huh?
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From Real Madrid:
In view of the stories published over recent days and in consideration of the certificate issued by the Spanish Tax Agency which confirms that our player Cristiano Ronaldo is up to date with all of his tax obligations, Real Madrid C. F. call for the utmost respect to be shown towards Cristiano Ronaldo, whose conduct has been absolutely exemplary throughout all of his time at our club.
Only the utmost for CR7.
Real Madrid hosts Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in a match which will decide Group F of the UEFA Champions League.