Monday, December 28, 2015

Hooligan's Wake Up: Pirlo staying at NYC, Hanover name new boss

No matches and a fairly slow newsday yesterday will make today's large slate of Premier League games all the more fun, especially the "Save van Gaal Derby" between Manchester United and Chelsea.

The Louis van Gaal saga is taking an interesting twist. Reports have surfaced the the Manchester United boss will be sacked should his side fall to Chelsea this afternoon. That match was already going to be the saddest ever game between the two storied clubs, but now it had a bit more intrigue.

It's easy to forget that Jack Wilshire still plays for Arsenal. WIth the exception of the Boxing Day debacle agaisnt Southampton, Arsenal have had a pretty strong season so far without the talented midielder. Arsene Wenger is now hoping for a February return for his oft injured star, but in all reality, he doesn't know when he will be back on the pitch.

Sad news out of El Salvador as the leader in international caps for the nation, Alfredo Pacheco, was shot dead at a gas station in the capital city of San Salvador. Pacheco had 86 caps for El Salvador, but was one of 22 players banned for life by FIFA for match fixing. He was 33 years old.

Andrea Pirlo was considering a loan move to Europe over the winter, but has now ruled out that possibility. The New York City FC was hoping to return to Europe for a period of time in order to boost his chances of beings elected for the Italian squad in Euro 2016, but feels he can make the team with his play in MLS.

Bundesliga relegation candidates Hanover have named Thomas Schaaf as their new manager. Schaaf had previously led Werder Bremen for 14 years, winning the Bundesliga in 2004.

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