After all his denials and talk of loyalty to his club Manuel Pellegrini has announced that he is leaving Malaga at the end of the season. The 59 year old Chilean made the announcement at an awards ceremony this week and ends weeks of speculation over his future. He will now take over from Roberto Mancini at Manchester City.
This season he led Malaga to the quarter finals of the Champions League and they were unlucky to lose out to Borussia Dortmund. In his time he has also coached at Real Madrid and Villarreal. He will take charge of Malaga for the last time this Sunday. After that its Malaga to Manchester.Read more >>
Former Northern Ireland defender Stephen Craigan is the new Northern Ireland Under 19 manager. He takes over from Stephen Robinson who stays on as Under 21 boss. Craigan was his assistant for a time and his first games in charge will be the European qualifiers in Belgium against France and Iceland. Cragian was a very popular player for Northern Ireland and during a superb career he won 54 caps.
Meanwhile Republic of Ireland fans are reeling from the sad news that former midfield star Tony Grealish has died at the age of 54.Read more >>
What a Champions League final we have in prospect. The Germans invade Wembley for one of the most eagerly awaited games in sometime as favourites Bayern Munich take on rivals Borussia Dortmund in a game that easily go either way. Bayern are the tip but Dortmund will not feel intimidated at all. True, Bayern are unbeaten against them in their last four meetings but for me there is something about this Dortmund team.
Bayern have super players like Ribery and Robben who would love to turn on the style in London. Dortmund have the likes of Lewandowski, Hummels and for me one of the stars of their run Gundogan in the middle of the park. What a battle that will be against Martinez. Dortmund have another match winner in Marco Reus. 18 goals last season with Monchengladbach saw him move to Bayern and just keep going. He has scored against the likes of Madrid, Ajax, Man City and Malaga. One to watch.
Over 90 minutes Bayern are 4/5 with Dortmund on offer at 18/5 and a draw 13/5. To win it outright Dortmund are 2/1 with Bayern 2/5. Bayern are the team to beat but there’s something about Dortmund. I’m going to tip them to cause an upset. Either way I think we are all in for a Wembley treat come this weekend.Read more >>