Luis Suarez Congratulates Messi Over Hat-trick + Other Juicy Football Stories


Luis Suarez

Lionel Messi had a much more enjoyable night, scoring a hat-trick for Barcelona and receiving a congratulatory message from team-mate Luis Suarez.

Former England boss Sam Allardyce could return to manage Sunderland if a Chinese consortium completes a takeover of the club. (Sun)

However, Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain insists current manager David Moyes is safe to build the club with “a long-term approach”. (Sunderland website)

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, 29, was so keen to play under Pep Guardiola that he called Manchester City during the summer about a transfer. (RAC1, via Daily Mirror)

Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph spots an opportunity for an Andy McNab reference as Manchester City fall to Barcelona

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis will face intense questioning from shareholders over his £2.65m annual salary at Monday’s annual general meeting. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United will not alter their travel plans when they go to London to face Chelsea on Sunday, despite arriving late amid traffic chaos for fixtures at Tottenham and West Ham last season. (Daily Mail)

Billionaire businessman Sir Philip Green – heavily criticised by MPs following the collapse of high-street retailer BHS – has refused to comment on suggestions that he had an undeclared role at Everton. (Sky Sports via Liverpool Echo)

Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz al-Hasawi has made a series of significant financial demands to potential buyers, including that they pay him an annual salary that could rise above £1m. (Guardian)

However, Forest manager Philippe Montanier should try not to worry about his future amid the uncertainty, said former striker Garry Birtles.(Nottingham Post)

The Times, meanwhile, makes a passing nod to former TV presenter Ted Rogers with its back-page headline

Leicester defender Danny Simpson, 29, says the Premier League champions can win the Champions League this season. (Daily Star)

Simpson says a heated team meeting following Saturday’s 3-0 league defeat at Chelsea has refocused the players. (Daily Express)

Out-of-favour Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, 26, is close to full fitness as he continues to train with the under-23s. (Liverpool Echo)

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 25, has returned to training after a hamstring injury forced him to miss Monday’s draw with Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle United are considering bringing defender Tamas Kadar, 26, back to the club after scouts were spotted watching him play for Lech Poznan on Sunday. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says the media are “creating an issue that doesn’t exist” over the future of 23-year-old Austria defender Kevin Wimmer, who was left out of the Champions League draw at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday.(ESPN)

The Guardian’s sports pull-out focuses on Lionel Messi’s brilliance and Nottingham Forest turbulence

England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 23, belongs at Arsenal despite uncertainty over his future, says manager Arsene Wenger. (London Evening Standard)

Centre-back Jan Vertonghen, 29, says Tottenham are proving their mental strength by getting positive results without key players such as striker Harry Kane, 23, and defender Toby Alderweireld, 27. (Independent)

Netherlands defender Vertonghen says he would not swap goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for “anyone in world football” and has urged the club to offer the France international a new contract.(Evening Standard)

Hull City striker Dieumerci Mbokani, 30, will not play again for a month because of a torn hamstring.(Hull Daily Mail)

Hull are set to give a debut to 17-year-old Josh Tymon – an academy player earning £160 a week – against Stoke on Saturday. (Sun)

West Brom owner Guochuan Lai is expected to change the club’s board of directors to accommodate at least one director to represent him when he is away. (Birmingham Mail)

Borussia Monchengladbach changed their English language Twitter handle to ‘A German team’ after spotting a Scottish pub was having trouble spelling their name before Wednesday’s Champions League meeting with Celtic.

'A German team' tweet

Perhaps inevitably, this was among the replies…

Fact of the day: Ludogorets is an anagram of ‘good result’

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo caused confusion and speculation with an enigmatic post on his Instagram page on Wednesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Everton manager Ronald Koeman eagerly anticipated Barcelona v Manchester City on Wednesday. Or maybe he was discussing Corby v Frickley…

Ronald Koeman

Brighton midfielder Steve Sidwell was unimpressed with Claudio Bravo’s ball-playing skills after the Manchester City goalkeeper was sent off in Barcelona.

Steve Sidwell

West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt has lifted the equivalent of 40 elephants during the eight months he has been working to recover from cruciate knee ligament damage, as shown by an imaginative graphic produced by his club.

Chris Brunt

Midfielder Samir Nasri, on loan from Manchester City, joined Sevilla team-mates Nicolas Pareja and Vitolo in painting their finger nails pink to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Samir Nasri

Norwich-based television football commentator Dan O’Hagan had a bizarre end to his working day in London after arriving at Liverpool Street Station.

Dan O'Hagan

A nurse’s tweets criticising Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka were published by a national newspaper’s website – because it mistakenly thought she was the fiancee of one of the players. (Teesside Gazette)