Aston Villa

Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Xia's cryptic emoji equation - what does it mean?

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 01:51:00 PDT

As unlikely as it seems, Aston Villa have found themselves heavily linked with an audacious move for departing Chelsea captain John Terry. As excitement began to swell among the Villa fan base, the club's owner Dr Tony Xia helped fuel the speculation by posting a cryptic tweet on Monday evening. (��+��+��+��)/��*☁️=��?☀️? #UTV - Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) June 12, 2017 Indeed,...

Transfer Rater: John Terry to Aston Villa, Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 01:29:00 PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea Chelsea are edging closer to the signature of Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has been persistently linked to the club in recent...

Ehiogu changed fortunes of Boro, Villa; helped mould stars of Spurs, England

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:27:00 PDT

Spurs correspondent Dan Kilpatrick reveals how highly the club regarded youth coach Ugo Ehiogu after his death aged 44. Former England international and Premier League defender Ugo Ehiogu died on Friday after suffering a cardiac arrest at Tottenham's training ground the previous day. He was a committed and hard-working man whose career was marked by long-ranging spells at Premier League clubs Aston Villa and Middlesbrough. But it was perhaps the formidable partnership that he formed with Gareth Southgate that shone brightest. The central defensive pair first crossed paths at Villa, where Ehiogu joined in 1991...

Newcastle troll Aston Villa's Henri Lansbury on Twitter after own goal

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:11:00 PST

Newcastle comfortably saw off Aston Villa to go top of the Championship on Monday night, cruising to a straightforward 2-0 victory at St James' Park. Villa were a massive 30 points behind their opponents going into the fixture, with an own goal from new signing Henri Lansbury helping to make sure his side's dismal winless run was duly extended to nine games by the end of the night. Rather unsportingly, Newcastle's official Twitter account chose to troll Lansbury after the match by posting a photo...

Tottenham's second string fail to shine but grind out FA Cup win vs. Aston Villa

Sun, 8 Jan 2017 10:20:00 PST

LONDON -- Three quick thoughts from Tottenham's 2-0 win over Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday. 1. Spurs' second string fail to shine Tottenham's outstanding victory over Chelsea put them firmly back into the title conversation, and they won for a sixth game running. Their 2-0 win over Aston Villa at White Hart Lane sealed a place in the FA Cup fourth round. Spurs finished the game in cruise control after Ben Davies' first goal for the club and a second from Son Heung-Min,...

Jason Withe's Asian ambition in Thailand where Dad Peter made mark

Sat, 5 Nov 2016 01:00:00 PDT

The Withe family's connection to Thailand stretches back almost two decades. As his European Cup-winning father continues to make a strong recovery from major surgery, Jason Withe is returning to Thailand to spearhead Sukhothai FC's bid for a place in the AFC Champions League (ACL) group stage in 2017. Jason's father Peter is the Aston Villa legend who spent four hugely successful years as Thailand's head coach, and is on the mend after a recent gallstone operation. He was well enough to attend last Sunday's Birmingham derby, watching his former club Villa draw 1-1 with...

Trending: Diego Maradona and Juan Sebastian Veron in heated exchange

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 06:00:00 PDT

Here are the latest stories for Thursday. ARGENTINA: Diego Maradona and Juan Sebastian Veron clashed in a charity game in Rome on Wednesday night, with a heated exchange between the pair on their way off the field at half-time. MAN UNITED: Paul Pogba has said he'll do whatever is best for his team, but that he thinks playing deeper is "costing" him on the pitch and that he would prefer to play in a more advanced attacking role. - Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson has told...

Trending: Lionel Messi set for Barca return, Toni Kroos signs new contract

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 06:00:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe addresses the concerns surrounding Barcelona's worst La Liga start in over 10 years. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol isn't too concerned with England's poor play given they secured an important point in World Cup qualifying. Here are the latest stories for Wednesday. BARCELONA: Lionel Messi returned to training on Wednesday and is expected to make his comeback from a groin injury against Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday REAL MADRID: Los Blancos have announced that midfielder Toni Kroos has signed a contract extension with the Liga giants until 2022. - Authorities in Colombia have opened an investigation into an alleged death threat received by Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez and his mother.

Crystal Palace owe Mile Jedinak for establishing them in Premier League

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:05:00 PDT

Mile Jedinak was stripped of the captaincy this season. It is a testament to Mile Jedinak's leadership qualities that when former teammates speak about him, they do so in glowing terms that highlight his qualities as a person and a player. For most Crystal Palace fans, Jedinak has been an iconic leader -- up there with greats like Jim Cannon and Geoff Thomas -- as an establishing force in the side. It might also be why his current manager feels it's time for him to move on. The Australia international arrived at Palace in 2011 with the club in serious...

Dalian Atkinson will be remembered fondly by Aston Villa fans

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:09:00 PDT

Ask any non-Aston Villa fan what they remember of Dalian Atkinson, who died on Monday at the age of 48, and the answer is inevitable: That goal against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park. It was scored in October 1992 during the Premier League's first season and few goals since have eclipsed Atkinson's strike in terms of sheer technique, bravado and cheek.  Winning the ball midway inside Villa's half, Atkinson dribbled upfield -- part bulldozing, part skipping -- past two further challenges before...

Premier League previews for 2016-17

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 02:10:00 PDT

The 2016-17 Premier League season is nearly upon us. Lots has happened already this summer, so our ESPN FC bloggers take a look at how their teams will fare in the coming campaign. REIGNING CHAMPIONS & TITLE CHALLENGERS LEICESTER: Leicester City are the defending Premier League champions. And that sentence still takes some getting used to. Now, they're the team to beat and Claudio Ranieri's men must balance a title defence with Champions League football. Read >> -- Ben Jacobs

ESPN FC's predicted Premier League table and writers' picks

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 07:18:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew debate which team will win the 2016-17 Premier League trophy. ESPN FC's editorial desk has made its choice for the 2016-17 season, with Manchester City our choice to top in the Premier League. But who do our writers think will win the title? Who will finish in the coveted Champions League spots? Who are the three clubs who will go down at the end of the season? And which players will finish as top scorer and Player of the Year, respectively? Gab Marcotti Top four: 1. Arsenal 2. Manchester United 3. Chelsea 4. Tottenham Relegated: Hull, Burnley, Crystal Palace Top...

Rafa Benitez and Newcastle hope to emerge from Championship chaos

Thu, 4 Aug 2016 12:24:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Rafael Benitez is right to remain at Newcastle. This time last year, Rafael Benitez was preparing his Real Madrid side, featuring Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, for a season of challenging for the Champions League and La Liga. Just 12 months on and trips to Burton and Rotherham that consume Benitez's thoughts, as he readies Newcastle for the hard, relentless slog that is the Championship. It's not just the presence of Benitez that has made Newcastle the clearest favourites for promotion in years, but more the way the club has gone about its...

Five ways new Aston Villa owner Tony Xia can lead a revival

Thu, 19 May 2016 02:09:00 PDT

Tony Xia, the Chinese businessman who has been confirmed as the new owner of Aston Villa, has bold plans for the club. "My ambition is to bring Villa to the top six in less than five years and I hope it can be one of the top three in the world -- even the best well known in the world -- in less than 10 years," the chairman and CEO of Recon Group told the Guardian. Xia's ultimate vision might be to turn Villa into a global force, but those are long-term objectives; his first priority is to get...

Aston Villa's nightmare season following Premier League relegation

Wed, 18 May 2016 01:10:00 PDT

With the season over, it's time to assess Aston Villa's 2015-16. Here's a reflection on the club's traumatic relegation. Season in a sentence A humiliating shambles which resulted in a first ever relegation from the Premier League -- Villa were rooted to the bottom of the table after 10 games and never looked like getting out of trouble Highlight Few and far between during the club's worst ever Premier League season. The opening day victory over Bournemouth in August gave Villa a perfect start...

Premier League season in a sentence as Leicester crowned champions

Mon, 16 May 2016 01:00:00 PDT

It was another memorable Premier League campaign. Our ESPN FC bloggers take a quick look at how their team fared in the 2015-16 season. LEICESTER: Leicester ended 2015-16 with a fairytale Premier League title, the PFA player of the year, a Premier League scoring record and Champions League football -- so not bad, then! -- Ben Jacobs ARSENAL: Not good enough to sustain a title challenge but not bad enough to drop out of the top four -- stop me if you think you've heard this one before. -- 

Aston Villa predictably average in Premier League farewell defeat

Sun, 15 May 2016 01:34:00 PDT

It was a fitting finale to a catastrophic season. No defiant farewell to the Premier League from Villa against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, but a 4-0 defeat -- yet another one-sided loss to these opponents and yet another loss to conclude a miserable campaign. Villa exit the league without setting a new lowest points total in history, but in all other respects, this has been the worst relegation from the Premier League and particularly in the context of a well-established club -- ever-presents...

Swansea to beat Man City, United to edge Bournemouth? Spurs to draw?

Fri, 13 May 2016 04:51:00 PDT

What a Premier League season 2015-16 has been. Champions Leicester will get a guard of honour at Stamford Bridge, but the game means little in the general context of everything given Chelsea have put in the worst title defence in living memory. In fact, with Aston Villa, Newcastle and Norwich all already relegated, there is just the European spots to play for. Manchester United need to beat Bournemouth and hope that Man City lose if they are to make the Champions League playoffs, while West Ham,...

The Randy Lerner era comes full circle as Aston Villa travel to the Emirates

Thu, 12 May 2016 12:29:00 PDT

The 2015-16 season been a chastening experience for Aston Villa supporters yet there is still one final, nasty, little twist remaining in this disastrous campaign. Sunday's final game of the Premier League season, and the club's last at the highest level for a year at the very least, is against Arsenal at the Emirates. It's a fixture that evokes bittersweet memories. Nearly 10 years ago it marked the beginning of the Randy Lerner era. A decade on, and with negotiations over the sale of the club...

Ciaran Clark strong as Aston Villa battle for 0-0 draw vs. Newcastle

Sun, 8 May 2016 02:56:00 PDT

It might have been difficult to identify the relegated club during Villa's 0-0 draw with Newcastle. The mood among claret and blue supporters throughout the final home fixture of Villa's disastrous season was far from sombre. Instead of pity and despair, there was fun and celebration. There were also a lot of inflatables: all sorts of beach balls and other items were thrown onto the Villa Park pitch at the start of the game and en masse in the 74th minute, the designated moment of planned protest. ...

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