Fans in England have been calling for a while now that the final of the coveted FA Cup should be placed after the close of the season, and not before the final fixtures as it has been for many years.
With the release of the Barclays Premier League fixtures Wednesday, the Football Association (FA) listened to the plea of both fans and media alike, choosing May 17 for the date at Wembley, a full weekend after the final fixtures of the league season.
The match has been situated in the midst of league fixtures since 2010. FA general secretary Alex Horne citing the recent Champions League finals at Wembley following all league seasons as one of the reasons the Cup final was temporarily moved from its end-of-season seat.
Now it will return to its usual place, much to the delight of fans, which Horne said persuaded the FA to make the change. “We’re aware fans and media have been calling for the FA Cup final to have a day to itself and we’re delighted that this is going to happen for 2014” said Horne.
Last season, Roberto Martinez (pictured) led Wigan Athletic to FA Cup glory in a shock victory over Manchester City, only to see them relegated to the Championship three days later.
Two year before, City won the Cup on the same day Manchester United clinched the league title.
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After failing to qualify for the playoffs in each of their first eight seasons, 2015 saw the Reds venture into the postseason for the first time ever, only to be thumped in the knockout round, 3-0, by their 401 derby rival Montreal Impact, of all sides.
This is the year, though, or so we’ve said and been told all season long. While it remains to be seen how deep of a run TFC can muster in 2016, they’ll always have the Jozy Altidore‘s terrible first touch; Altidore’s wayward second and third touches; Altidore’s overhead cross; and Sebastian Giovinco’s strike, all of which you can watch in all its hilarity glory below.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) United States international Julian Green scored in his first official start as title holder Bayern Munich eased to a 3-1 win over Augsburg to reach the third round of the German Cup on Wednesday.
Green’s first goal in a competition match for Bayern came in the 42nd minute with a header off a cross by Thomas Mueller.
The 21-year-old American winger played in the previous German Cup round, coming off the bench in a 5-0 win over Carl-Zeiss Jena. Green has been in coach Carlo Ancelotti’s squad several times this season but this was his first start.
Manchester United will take on West Ham United at Old Trafford, while Arsenal will welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium. All quarterfinal fixtures will be played the week commencing Nov. 28.
As for the other two matchups, Liverpool host Leeds United at Anfield, and Hull City will face one of the three clubs they replaced in the PL this season, recently relegated Newcastle United, at the KCOM Stadium.
Full EFL Cup quarterfinal draw
Liverpool vs. Leeds United
Manchester United vs. West Ham
Hull City vs. Newcastle United
Arsenal vs. Southampton