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Loew, Bierhoff congratulate Arsenal

English FA Cup May 19, 2014
2 days ago

FA Cup, Copa del Rey could be played after 2022 Qatar World Cup

The European Club Association is proposing an April-May timeframe for the 2012 World Cup in Qatar, arguing it would be less disruptive to the domestic season than Sepp Blatter's November-December solution.

LONDON -- English and Spanish cup competitions could be completed in June 2022, after a World Cup in Qatar, under proposals being presented to FIFA next week by leading European clubs.

The European Club Association is proposing an April-May timeframe for the World Cup, arguing it would be less disruptive to the season than FIFA president Sepp Blatter's favoured November-December solution for avoiding playing in the fiercest summer heat in Qatar.

The ECA outline for an April 28-May 29 tournament envisages...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Oct 9, 2014

FA Cup first round draw: Bradford await Halifax

Arsenal are the current holders of the FA Cup.

A Yorkshire derby stands out in the draw for the first round of the FA Cup, on the proviso AFC Halifax get through a replay.

In the draw made on Monday night, the club reformed in 2008 were drawn to be at home to play Bradford, but first they must see off fellow non-league side Chorley.

Even a Chorley win would provide an interesting aside, with Bradford boss Phil Parkinson coming from the Lancashire town overshadowed by bigger-name local sides Bolton and Preston.

The lowest-ranked side left in...

 By PA Sport
Aug 8, 2014

Ox: Cup win built Arsenal confidence

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno contends that Besiktas will give the Gunners a run for their money in their Champions League playoff.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes Arsenal are still benefiting from the feel-good factor of winning the FA Cup and thinks the triumph could spur the team on to more success this season.

The Gunners ended a nine-year wait for silverware when they beat Hull at Wembley in May -- a victory that eased the disappointment of another underwhelming Premier League finish.

Arsenal spent more than 100 days at the top of the Barclays Premier League last season but had to settle for fourth, seven points behind...

Aug 6, 2014

The cost of a cup run for smaller clubs

Paul Lambert has been outspoken in prioritising results in the Premier League over the league and FA Cups.

It may have betrayed something of a closed-minded attitude towards the old knockout competitions, but it also finally opened up the debate properly. Back in January, Paul Lambert had said what many suspected: the domestic cup competitions don't matter all that much to many managers. Before that, the vast majority of his Premier League counterparts had only implied it through their team selections. Lambert explicitly stated it.

"That is the nature of it," the Aston Villa manager said. "If anyone...

May 19, 2014

Loew and Bierhoff congratulate Arsenal

Germany coach Joachim Loew and national team manager Oliver Bierhoff have congratulated Arsenal and their three Germany internationals on winning the FA Cup.

Joachim Loew has denied a rift with Borussia Dortmund.
Joachim Loew said the win would give the Germany trio momentum.

Wenger set to sign deal
Boss delighted with victory

Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil played in the Gunners' 3-2 victory over Hull City in a dramatic final at Wembley on Saturday.

After celebrating with their teammates...