Joe Cole

Fabio Capello has dealt a blow to the World Cup hopes of Chelsea’s Joe Cole after he left the midfielder out of his latest England squad and claimed the player "has problems".

Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti has used Cole sparingly in recent weeks, and the 28-year-old spent the first half of 2009 on the treatment table after a serious knee injury.

Capello suggested that Cole’s current form was the main reason for his exclusion from the squad.

“[Joe] Cole did not play against Inter [in the Champions League] and it's not a good moment for him,” he explained to the News of the World.

"Chelsea prefer Daniel Sturridge at the moment. Cole has problems and he's not the player I remember."

The Italian, who included Theo Walcott in his squad, also revealed that he felt the Arsenal player was lacking in confidence but needed game time to improve.

“I saw the last game Theo [Walcott] played, he was on for 72 minutes and did very well, but he is not in a fantastic moment,” he added.

"He needs to regain confidence because he has lost a lot of balls. He is getting better and better, but he needs to play."

England face Egypt on Wednesday night at Wembley in an international friendly.

survive until the break

Everton Successfully silenced Manchester United 1-3 at the headquarters of Everton, Goodison Park.

This victory was the second victory of orphans David Moyes from Manchester United in 30 meetings between the two teams.

Man United could excel in the first 16 minutes through Dimitar Berbatov.

Everton managed to respond with an equalizer through Diniyar Bilyaletdinov thunder kick three minutes later.

Equally strong position to survive until the break.

In the 76th minute Everton, Dan Gosling scored the goal MU, and the position changed to Everton 1-2 for excellence.

Toward the last minute, Jack Rodwell added goals for Everton secure victory. Rodwell scored pretty hard shot along the ground cross conquer goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar.

With the victory, Everton getting closer to the position of the six major standings.

Meanwhile, Manchester United themselves stuck with that loss in the second position.

Two goals from French striker

Louis Saha to Everton hero as Chelsea entertain at Goodison Park, Thursday (11 / 2) morning pm. Two goals from French striker was making his team win 2-1.

However, Everton had depressed. The home team had struck after Florent Malouda had to steal a goal in minute 17, after kicking his left leg could not dammed Tim Howard.

Everton could only respond when the game entered the 33rd minute. Louis Saha who got the ball from Landon Donovan took off hard kick that can not be driven Petr Cech.

In minute 45, just before halftime, Everton had a chance to excel after Donovan violated Ricardo Carvalho in the penalty box. However, the forward Louis Saha as the executor failed to perform his duties well after the kick the ball successfully dammed Petr Cech.

Saha's failure to pay on 75 minutes. Kick his left leg from a distance of more than 20 meters into the net without being able dammed Chelsea Petr Cech.

Chelsea almost scored penyama position three minutes later. Only, Didier Drogba could not convert the chances they had, after the ball just about sundulannya the rule. Rebound the ball kicked John Terry is not on target.

With this result, the difference in points Chelsea with their main rivals, Manchester United be trimmed into a single number. Chelsea remain with 58 points, while Manchester United with 57 points. While Everton climbed to ninth position with 35 points.

Impressive Player

Emmanuel became the third striker to sign for the Blues in the summer of 2009, joining from Arsenal in the wake of other new arrivals Carlos Tevez and Roque Santa Cruz.

After being spotted in youth teams in his home land, the Togo international began his professional career in France at Metz in 1999 and from moved to Monaco from where he was signed by the Gunners.

Once there he made 104 first team league appearances and scored 46 goals. His record in cups for Arsenal was equally impressive as he found the net on 16 occasions in 38 starts.

He was named African Player of the Year in 2008 and has been Togo’s player of the year for the past four seasons. In 2007-08 he won the goal of the year top prize and was voted into the Premier League’s all-star eleven.

The 6ft 3in striker’s most productive season in the top flight came in that 2007-08 campaign when he notched 24 goals in 36 starts.

In January 2010, Emmanuel was on the Togo team coach which was ambushed in a machine-gun attack at the African Nations Cup in Angola, when three people died. He was given compassionate leave, returning to the Club on January 24.

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Pep Strategy

After leading the 'B' side to promotion to Segunda División B, Guardiola revealed that Ronaldinho, Deco, Samuel Eto'o and others were not part of his plans for next season. By the time of the announcement, Guardiola had already offloaded full back Gianluca Zambrotta to Milan, attacking midfielder Giovani dos Santos to Tottenham Hotspur, and midfielder Edmílson to Villarreal. Deco went to Chelsea, while the iconic Ronaldinho was sold to Milan. Lilian Thuram was going to Paris Saint-Germain but the discovery of a heart condition put a stop to the move, and the veteran retired to tend to his health. Oleguer Presas signed with Ajax, Santiago Ezquerro was released by Barça and Marc Crosas was sold to Celtic. The fate of Samuel Eto'o took much of the summer to unravel, with the Cameroonian linked with several clubs, but Guardiola finally declared that he would stay after his dedication in training and participation in the pre-season.

Under Guardiola's new leadership, several new signings were made. Dani Alves and Seydou Keita arrived from Sevilla, Martín Cáceres from Villarreal by way of Recreativo, Gerard Piqué returned from Manchester United, and Aliaksandr Hleb was signed from Arsenal. Henrique was also signed from Palmeiras, but was immediately loaned out to Bayer Leverkusen.

Guardiola's first competitive game as coach was in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, in which Barça comfortably beat Polish club Wisła Kraków 4–0 at home. FC Barcelona was defeated 1–0 in Kraków, but progressed with a 4-1 aggregate victory. Promoted Numancia also defeated FC Barcelona in the opening match-day of the La Liga, but the team then went on an undefeated streak for over 20 matches to move to the top of the league. Barça would maintain their spot atop La Liga's table, securing their first league title since 2006 when Real Madrid lost at Villareal on May 16, 2009.
Josep Guardiola celebrating Barcelona's 2009 UEFA Champions League Final with Manuel Estiarte.

The league title was the second piece of silverware in Guardiola's first season at the Camp Nou. On May 13, 2009, Barcelona won the Copa del Rey, defeating Athletic Bilbao 4-1.

Guardiola finished the season by leading Barça to the final of the Champions League, where they beat Manchester United 2–0. In doing so, they became the first Spanish club to win the domestic cup, league, and European club titles (the treble) in the same season. Furthermore, Guardiola became the youngest coach ever to coach a Champions League winning team.

Guardiola has shown preference to playing a 4-3-3 system, the same system used by Frank Rijkaard. In interviews with the press, his players stressed a harder work ethic than before, but also a more personal approach during training and a closer relationship with their new coach.

On September 26, FC Barcelona gave Pep Guardiola his 50th professional victory, away against Málaga.

Later, Guardiola would coach the first team to 6 title victories in one year, becoming the first manager ever to do so. These include the Spanish League, Copa del Rey, Champions League, Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup, and World Club Cup.

On 20 January 2010, Guardiola agreed to a one-year contract extension that would keep him with Barcelona until the end of the 2010-11 season.

Pep Profile

Josep "Pep" Guardiola i Sala (Catalan pronunciation: [ʑuˈzɛp ɡwəɾˈðjɔɫə]; born 18 January 1971 in Santpedor, Barcelona, Catalonia) is a former Spanish football midfielder and current FC Barcelona manager. He spent the majority of his playing career with Barcelona, and was part of Johan Cruyff's dream team that won FC Barcelona's first European Cup. He was captain of the club for the final four years of his time with Barcelona. Guardiola also played for, among others, Brescia Calcio, A.S. Roma, Al-Ahli and Dorados de Sinaloa. As an international, Guardiola played for Spain and some friendly exhibition games for Catalonia. After retiring as a player, Guardiola became coach of FC Barcelona B. On 8 May 2008, Barcelona president Joan Laporta announced that Guardiola would succeed Frank Rijkaard as the first team manager. He signed his contract on 5 June 2008. In his first season as manager, FC Barcelona won the treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League. In doing so, Guardiola became the youngest UEFA Champions League winning manager ever. The following season, Guardiola and Barcelona won the Supercopa de España against Athletic Club Bilbao, the UEFA Super Cup against Shakhtar Donetsk, and the FIFA Club World Cup against Estudiantes, bringing the manager's tally to a perfect six trophies in six competitions thus completing the first ever sextuple.

Guardiola joined La Masia aged 13 and rose through the ranks at the youth academy of Barcelona for six years, making his début in 1990 against Cádiz. As Phil Ball writes in Morbo,

"In his first week at the club, Cruyff turned up unannounced at the 'Mini' stadium, a venue just down the road from Camp Nou used by the youth and B teams. Just before half-time he wandered into the dug-out and asked Charly Rexach, the youth team manager at the time, the name of the young skinny lad playing on the right side of midfield. 'Guardiola – good lad' came the reply. Cruyff ignored the comment and told Rexach to move him into the middle for the second half, to play as pivote, a difficult position to adapt to and one not used by many teams in Spain at the time. 'Pep' Guardiola adjusted immediately, as Cruyff had suspected he would, and when he moved up into the first-team in 1990 he became the true fulcrum of the Dream Team."

Johan Cruyff utilised the young defensive midfielder in the absence of the suspended Guillermo Amor. He became a first team regular in the 1991-92 season and at only 20 years old was a key component of a side that won La Liga, the European Cup and the Spain national side that triumphed at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The prestigious Italian magazine Guerin Sportivo heralded Guardiola as the finest player in the world under the age of 21.

Cruyff's Dream Team went on to retain the La Liga title in the 92-93 and 93-94 seasons. The side was strengthened by the recent signing of Romário, again reached the UEFA Champions League Final, but were humbled by Capello's Milan in Athens, and lost the match 0-4.

Cruyff left in 1996, with FC Barcelona finishing 4th in the 1994-95 season and 3rd in the 1995-96 season, but Guardiola retained his position at the center of FC Barcelona's midfield. In the 1996-97 season, FC Barcelona, this time ledd by Bobby Robson, won three cups - the Copa del Rey, the UEFA Super Cup and the Cup Winners' Cup. Much of the Dream Team had by this time left, with new signings such as Luís Figo and Ronaldo taking over from Hristo Stoichkov and Txiki Begiristain. At the end of the 1996-97 season, FC Barcelona rejected offers from A.S. Roma and Parma F.C. (of around 300 million pesetas)[citation needed] for Guardiola. After prolonged and complicated contract talks, Guardiola signed a new contract with the Catalan club which extended his stay until 2001. His buyout clause was fixed at 15.000 million pesetas, the second highest in the Spanish league.

A calf muscle injury ruled Guardiola out of most of the 1997-98 season, in which FC Barcelona won a league and cup double under new manager Louis van Gaal. He returned to action the following season and FC Barcelona once again won the league thanks largely to the performances of Rivaldo and Figo.[original research?] On 8 June 1998, Guardiola underwent surgery to try to solve once and for all the problems that he was experiencing with his calf which had led to him missing the 1998 FIFA World Cup for Spain. A largely disappointing 1999-00 season ended once again in surgery as Guardiola missed the last three months of the season due to a serious ankle injury.

FC Barcelona didn't win any silverware during the 2001 season and finished fourth place in the league, but qualifying for the Champions League. On 11th of April 2001, FC Barcelona's captain announced his intention to leave the club after 17 years of service. He stated that it was a personal decision and, in part, a response to what he perceived as football heading in a new, more physical, direction.[cite this quote] On 24 June 2001, Guardiola played his last match with Barça in the last game of the season against Celtic.

Guardiola played 479 games for the club, in 12 seasons in the Barcelona first team, winning 16 trophies. At the press conference after the Celtic game, he said: "It's been a long journey. I'm happy, proud, happy with the way people treated me and I have made many friends. I cannot ask for more. I have had many years in the elite. I did not come to make history but to make my own history."[cite this quote] Guardiola was slow, but intelligently gifted with skill and foresight, rarely scored goals but set up from difficult positions on the field,[original research?] he won six league titles, a European Cup and Olympic gold, amongst other numerous trophies. Born in the Catalan town of Santpedor, schooled barely 100 metres from Camp Nou and resident at La Masia, the traditional farmhouse that stands incongruously in its shadow, he was a part of a gifted side Barcelona produced, ordering, constructing, constantly moving the ball. He has been called the hero of a number of Spain's current midfielders, as Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta and Cesc Fàbregas[3] has stated that Guardiola was his role model and hero.