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Alex Ferguson is hoping Manchester United’s injury nightmares are over

 Alex Ferguson is hoping Manchester United’s injury nightmares are over thanks to some top-notch medical kit.

The club have signed a five-year-deal with Toshiba to have the latest hi-tech equipment installed in a new £13million training ground extension.

Fergie said: “We made a couple of signings in the summer but this is the most important step forward we have made in a long, long time.

 “Maybe the public won’t see that but we’ll see it and all the players will appreciate it.

 “As most people know, we have been building a new medical centre for the last six months.

"I think they built the pyramids quicker! But it is getting there.

“This partnership brings a new dimension of sports science and medical facilities for our players — and puts us above most clubs in the world.”

Last season United suffered more injuries than any other Premier League club according to research by the sports injury website

There were 39 significant injuries that kept players out for two weeks with a total of 1,681, days lost to injury.

This season Ferguson has been hit by injuries to five top players.

The club hope the scanners will detect minor injuries before they worsen and help speed up rehab.

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Super Balotelli hails relationship with Roberto Mancini

 Mario Balotelli has declared his love for his Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini but appears less impressed with others at the club.

The Italy forward, who was on target for the Azzurri against Denmark on Tuesday, revealed his relationship with his club manager remains strong despite reports he may leave England.

Balotelli told Rai Sport: "With Mancini all goes well, we have a good relationship even though someone always tries to put discord among us. We love each other."

"I am fine at Manchester City even though there are people who like to talk in the newspapers, instead of saying certain things to my face. I do not give a damn."said
Mario .

But the 22-year-old suggested he did not welcome the remarks of football administrator Brian Marwood who accused him of being a poor role-model at the weekend.

Balotelli added: "I'm fine at Manchester City even though there are people who like to talk in the newspapers, instead of saying certain things to my face. I don't give a damn."

The former Inter man was in fine form for Cesare Prandelli's Italy side against the Danes on his return to San Siro, scoring one and setting up Riccardo Montolivo for another in a 3-1 win.

"I felt shivers returning to San Siro," he said. "This is the most beautiful stadium. If it was full it would have been even better.

"With the national team and with City I'm getting better in terms of work-rate and commitment. I always try to be humble."


AFC Asian Cup draw: Syrian eagles in group A ِ

 .The preliminary Draw for the AFC Asian Cup 2015 was made in Melbourne,Australia.

The men's national team(Syrian Eagles) were together with Jordan,Oman and Singapore in Group A.

Twenty teams were divided into five groups of four teams each. The top two teams from each group and the best third-placed team among all the groups will qualify for the tournament proper to be held in Australia in 2015.

AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ champions Japan, hosts and runners-up Australia, third-placed Korea Republic, AFC Challenge Cup 2012 winners DPR Korea and the champions of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup will get direct berths in the final competition.

The qualifiers will commence in February 2013.

The Groupings:

Group A: Jordan, Syria, Oman, Singapore

Group B: Iran, Kuwait, Thailand, Lebanon

Group C: Iraq, China, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia

Group D: Qatar, Bahrain, Yemen, Malaysia

Group E: Uzbekistan, UAE, Vietnam, Hong Kong





Syria hammers Kuwait 5-0

The U-19 national football team have scored an emphatic 5-0 victory over their Kuwaiti counterparts in a friendly match at the Qadisiya stadium in Kuwait

Early in the first half, midfielder Samer Salem took the lead for the Syrian side with a close-range shot after he received a precise cross from his teammate Mahmoud Mawas

The Syrian side kept up pressuring the Kuwaiti defense adding the second goal in the 24th minute through Hamid Mido

Seven minutes before the interval, Samer hit home with a beautiful header

 In the second half, Samer managed to score his hat-trick in the 75th minute with a powerful shot just outside the penalty area

Few minutes into the final whistle, referee of the match awarded our team a penalty kick. Omar Jiniat converted only to wrap up the series of sensational goals

Syria squad:

Shaher Shaker,Abdul latif Na'san,Hussein Juwaid,Mahmoud al-Bahar,Mu'ayad Khouli,malik Qadi,Mu'ayad Ajjan,,Omar Jiniat,Khalid Mubayed,Hamid Mido,Abdul Ilah hafyan,Mahmoud Mawas,Mohammad Saleem sabaqji,Omar Khreibin,Abdul Mannan Ibrahim,Asdnan taqi,Ihab Husni,Samer salem

The second friendly between both teams is scheduled on October 14

The two friend lies are part of the Syrian side's preparation for taking part in AFC the Asia Cup finals due to be staged in the UAE next month


World Cup: Wayne Rooney ready to 'lead' England's young stars against San Marino

Rooney, with 76 caps, is regarded as one of the most experienced players in Roy Hodgson's squad and is in line to captain England in Friday's World Cup qualifier with San Marino. Steven Gerrard is suspended and Frank Lampard is struggling to overcome a knee injury.

The squad has now lost more experience following the retirement of John Terry and the Manchester United man accepts he has to be the one offering support and assistance, just as Cantona did at Old Trafford to the likes of Gary Neville and David Beckham.

"I remember Alex Ferguson telling me what a big help Cantona was to all those younger players at United.

"It is something I can try do for England and hopefully help bring the best out of them, as they can bring the best out of me."

As the post-Terry era begins, Rooney is happy to accept the Chelsea skipper's absence leaves a big hole for others to fill.

"He was fantastic for us" said Rooney. "JT is an old-fashioned centre-half, who is not afraid to get his foot in.

"Together with Paolo Maldini, he was one of the two toughest defenders I have played against

"He has made his decision to retire and we have to respect it. But he will be a loss to us."

"I don't try and get involved because you do get a bit of stick on it and obviously, I know everything I put on there is seen by everyone who follows you and it will be in the newspapers the next day, so I have to be careful.

"I didn't go on it to see how many followers I could get. But it is incredible the amount of support I get."