Story so far… Norwich’s Achilles heel all season has been scoring goals and they knew that going into this campaign. Expensive new signings Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper failed to do the business and now the Canaries are heading back to the Championship after being relegated, barring a freak combination of results on the final day of the season. In all honesty it has been a drab season at Carrow Road and they have failed to punch about their weight with the same vigor as previous seasons. Just 28 goals all season, a PL low, tells the whole story.
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Their star player has been Robert Snodgrass, as the Scotsman has been consistent and a pest on the right wing. Getting rid of manager Chris Hughton was a shock move from the Canaries board and their horrendous run-in always meant the Norfolk club would be in trouble.
Who do they play and where can I watch it: On the final day of the season Norwich host Arsenal live on MSNBC at 10 a.m. ET and online via NBC Sports Live Extra. The Gunners will rest plenty of their stars ahead of the FA Cup final vs. Hull City, while Norwich’s players owe it to their fans to go down fighting.
Form guide: Norwich were beaten 4-1 by Arsenal at the Emirates and the Canaries have been leaking so many goals of late. They have lost five of their last six, conceding 12 and scoring just twice. Their horror run in cost them dear as games against Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal have proved too much to handle at the end of a grueling season.
March 29 – at Swansea, L 0-3
April 5 – vs. West Brom, L 0-1
April 12 – at Fulham, L 0-1
April 20 – vs. Liverpool, L 2-3
April 26 – at Manchester United, L 0-4
May 4 – at Chelsea, D 0-0
What’s at stake: They are almost certain to finish in 18th position baring a miracle. Norwich last suffered relegation from the PL in 2005 and their three-year stay in the top-flight has almost come to an end as they have that sinking feeling.
When the final whistle blows: They need a 17 goal swing in order to stay up, meaning West Brom must lost by eight against Stoke and the Canaries must beat Arsenal by eight. Yeah… Norwich are down and will finish in 18th.
City Football Group appears on the verge of adding to its global outreach, and it’s next destination looks to be in Spain.
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The group of investors, which are known for controlling Premier League side Manchester City, are reportedly nearing a deal to purchase a partial stake in Spanish club Girona — which is set to make its La Liga debut in 2017/18.
CFG is said to be gaining a near “50 percent” stake in the club, with the rest of the club owned by Media Base, a company owned by Pep Guardiola‘s brother, Pere.
Over recent years, CFG has vastly expanded its ownership outreach and currently has a stake in five clubs around the world, with Girona set to be the sixth.
MLS side New York City FC, Australian A-League side Melbourne City FC, Japan’s Yokohama F. Marinos and Club Atletico Torque in Uruguay are all part of the CFG enterprise, alongside Man City.
The “Iron Man” will keep up his amazing journey with the New York Red Bulls, after signing a new deal with the club on Wednesday.
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Goalkeeper Luis Robles has extended his contract with the reigning Eastern Conference champions, as the American continues to raise his consecutive starts streak, which stands at 157.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed in the club’s release.
Robles joined the Red Bulls back in 2012 after playing in Germany, and the shot-stopper hasn’t missed a start ever since.
Minnesota United has had its shares of ups and down in its debut MLS season, but the Loons are on the verge making an exciting young signing.
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ESPN FC is reporting that Minnesota will sign Hearts winger Sam Nicholson from the Scottish Premier League on a deal that makes him a Loon until 2019.
The young attacker is expected to join the MLS side when the summer transfer window opens on July 10.
Nicholson, 22, has played with the Edinburgh side since his youth days, and made his senior debut with the club in 2013. During his time at Hearts, Nicholson scored 16 goals in all competitions for the team.
Last season, Nicholson missed 16 matches due to a significant knee injury.
According to the report, Scottish sides Rangers and Aberdeen were also among those interested in acquiring Nicholson, while English Championship clubs Bristol City and Barnsley also reached out about the attacker.
Scott Parker has announced his retirement from soccer after a stellar 20-plus year career in England.
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The 36-year-old spent almost the entirety of his career in the Premier League, and played with seven teams during his time on the pitch.
“I believe now is the right time to move on to the next chapter in my life and career,” Parker said in a statement.
“I feel incredibly honoured and proud to have enjoyed the career that I have and I’ve loved every moment of it.”
Parker began playing with Charlton after coming up through the team’s youth academy, before completing a move to Chelsea in 2004.
Throughout his career, Parker also spent time at Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham, before finishing up at Fulham this past season.