21st October 2013 – NEWZ as it happens

Vincent Kompany and Mathieu Flamini will both be absent from their sides Champions League games due to injury

Patrice Evra has hinted at an exit from Manchester United once his contract is up

The draw for the UEFA World Cup play off draw has taken place and the following ties are

Greece vs Romania

Iceland vs Croatia

Portugal vs Sweden

Ukraine vs France

Brazil 2014

 

This morning’s headlines.

Patrice Evra to explain his comments about former France international Bixente Lizarazu

Stefan Effenberg has hit out at Munich boss Pep Guardiola, following his apparent refusal to allow Arjen Robben

Wenger says do not rule out Manchester United. The Champions are currently 8 points adrift of League leaders Arsenal, and have only won three in the League from the first eight games.

Walcott has suffered a minor injury set back and will be out for a further two weeks.

Willy Sagnol – October 2nd

One heck of a right back for both club and country, Willy Sagnol was a true professional. It’s a shame that his Achilles heel was infact his Achilles heel, that eventually saw him retire early.

Sagnol started his professional career at Saint Etienne in 1995, playing 10 times that season, before becoming a regular the next season, appearing in the league 36 times. His performances that season, secured a move to newly crowned Ligue 1 Champions AS Monaco. In moving to Monaco, Sagnol got his chance to test his abilities in the Champions League. All in all Sagnol spent three seasons at Monaco winning two Trophees des Champions and in his final season the Ligue 1.

Bundesliga comes calling.

Come the summer of 2000, clubs from around Europe began sniffing around the young right back. Bayern Munich were the club that managed to secure his signing, and Sagnol moved across the border and into Bavaria. It didn’t take long for Sagnol to become a regular fixture at right back for Bayern, also on occasion being asked to play as an attacking wing back. His first season with Bayern ended in great success, winning both the Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League. Sagnol would go on to win plenty more trophies with the German giants, including another four Bundesliga titles, four DFB-Pokals, two LIGA Pokals and a Intercontinental Cup.

It was during the year of 2000, that Sagnol made his debut for the French National squad. Initially he found it difficult to displace stalwart Lillian Thuram at right back. He spent a lot of time sitting on the bench for Les Bleus, until Lillian Thuram moved into centre back. Sagnol did win two tournaments with France, both Confederations Cups, and was a runner-up in the infamous 2006 World Cup Final, mainly rememebered for the Zidane/Materazzi incident.

Sagnol eventually retired in 2009 because of a continuous Achilles heel injury. It drew to a premature close a very successful end to a career for the man from Saint-Etienne

Sagnol (left) up against Spain's Fernando Torres at the 2006 World Cup in Germany

Sagnol (left) up against Spain’s Fernando Torres at the 2006 World Cup in Germany