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Former Swansea captain Rangel trains with Bengaluru FC
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Former Swansea captain Rangel trains with Bengaluru FC

Bengaluru, Aug 2: Former Swansea City captain Angel Rangel trained with Indian Super League side Bengaluru FC in Valencia wearing the official kit of the ISL franchise.

The Bengaluru team is training at the Masia La Grava facility in Valencia for its away game against Turkmenistan’s Altyn Asyr FK in a two-legged Inter-Zone AFC Cup semifinal later this month.

“We have elite company in Valencia where former @SwansOfficial skipper and club legend @arangelz is spending a few days training with the Blues, and the boys are making the most of his experience! #BluesInSpain,” BFC said in a tweet.

The Spaniard played for the Welsh club for a decade and also captained the side. He is not playing for any club since leaving Swansea after the club was relegated to the championship.

“Really enjoying the sessions and the fantastic team spirit you have here!” the defender tweeted.

Fabregas’ goal keeps Chelsea’s UCL hopes alive

Chelsea kept their hopes of a top-four finish alive and dented Swansea City’s survival bid with a 1-0 win at the Liberty Stadium.

In a game of precious few chances, it was Cesc Fabregas’ superb fourth-minute strike that proved decisive – his 50th in the Premier League.

Andre Ayew curled wide for the hosts late on, but they rarely looked like finding a leveller against opponents who comfortably kept them at arm’s length throughout.

The win lifts Antonio Conte’s side just two points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, who face Watford at Wembley on Monday.

Swansea, meanwhile, are just one point ahead of 18th-placed Southampton following Mark Hughes’ side’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth earlier in the day.

Carlos Carvalhal’s men now have three games to preserve their top-flight status, including home clashes with the Saints and Stoke City, in what promises to be a nail-biting climax to the season.

Eden Hazard showed characteristically quick feet to find space on the edge of the penalty area before teeing up Fabregas, who whipped a first-time effort with his left foot into Lukasz Fabianski’s top corner.

Mike van der Hoorn got in the way of a goal-bound Victor Moses strike soon after, while Alfie Mawson clipped his own crossbar attempting to clear a loose ball as Chelsea dominated the opening period.

The Swans started to grow into the game towards the end of the half, but were unable to penetrate the Chelsea backline and test Thibaut Courtois.

Swansea were successful in disrupting Chelsea’s flow at the start of the second period but, much like in the first-half, they rarely looked like finding an equaliser.

Tiemoue Bakayoko dragged a shot wide from distance as Chelsea looked to double their advantage and put the game to bed, while Emerson Palmieri’s low drive was kept out by Fabianski after the Brazilian had produced a dazzling run from just inside the Swans’ half.

Moses then somehow contrived to prod wide from all of three yards after Fabregas’ shot had careered towards him before Ayew missed the hosts’ best chance.

The Ghanaian picked the ball up just inside the area, but his left-foot shot arced agonisingly wide of Courtois’ post.

Tom Carroll flashed a shot wide and Wayne Routledge fired straight at Courtois in the closing stages as Swansea ultimately fell short of finding a priceless equaliser.

FT: Swansea 0-1 Chelsea
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Man City celebrate EPL title with 5-0 win over Swansea

Manchester, April 23: Manchester City, who have already wrapped up the English Premier League (EPL) title, celebrated early by thrashing Swansea City 5-0.

Under Spanish coach Pep Guardiola, Man City secured the EPL title after second-placed Manchester United’s 0-1 defeat by West Bromwich Albion on April 15 meant they had no chance of catching up with their cross-town rival, reports Efe.

Spaniard David Silva on Sunday gave Manchester City an early lead over Swansea with a goal 12 minutes into the match, and Raheem Sterling netted the second goal four minutes later to end the first half at 2-0.

Man City continued to dominate the game in the second half with Kevin de Bruyne’s goal in the 54th minute.

Bernardo Silva scored the fourth goal in the 64th minute, after teammate Gabriel Jesus missed a penalty, and with just two minutes to go, Jesus sealed the 5-0 home win with a goal of his own.

Man City left-back Benjamin Mendy appeared on Sunday after seven months’ absence due to knee injury, replacing Fabian Delph.

With four games to spare, Manchester City are 16 points clear at the top of the EPL, having scored 98 goals in 34 matches while conceding only 25.

Swansea, who failed to earn a win in their past five matches, are in 17th place with 33 points, just four points clear of the relegation zone.

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Swansea escape EPL relegation zone with 3-1 win over Arsenal

Swansea (Wales), Jan 31: Arsenal’s continuing woes redounbled to the benefit of Swansea City, who upset the London football giants 3-1 to climb out of the English Premier League (EPL) relegation zone for the first time since early November.

Following the away loss on Tuesday, Arsene Wenger-coached squad has now gone five consecutive away matches without a victory, including a 2-4 loss to second-division club Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, reports Efe.

Nacho Monreal put the visitors ahead in the 33rd minute at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium, only to see Sam Clucas equalise for the hosts a minute later.

Swansea pulled ahead in the 61st minute thanks to a major blunder by Arsenal veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech that left the ball at the feet of Swansea striker Jordan Ayew, who pushed the ball into the net to make it 2-1.

The London side went on the attack, but a second goal by Clucas in the 86th minute clinched a second straight win for Swansea, who remain undefeated in three EPL matches since the arrival of new coach Carlos Carvalhal.

With 23 points from 25 matches, Swansea vaulted from last place to 17th, but remain far from safety, as 18th place Stoke have the same number of points and a game in hand.

“We had a few chances in the first half where we could’ve scored a few goals, and we continued that in the second half. I thought we deserved the win,” Clucas was quoted as saying by Swansea’s website.

“It’s massive for our confidence. Every win breeds confidence and takes a huge weight off your shoulders. We didn’t want to be stuck at the bottom and be seven or eight points adrift. We just need to concentrate on continuing to put in performances like that.”

Arsenal, at 42 points, are in sixth place, eight points away from the final Champions League spot.

“I would say Swansea won decisive duels offensively and defensively, which is what we didn’t do. On top of that we made unusual, massive mistakes, that was the killer,” Arsenal chief coach Arsene Wenger was quoted as saying by the club’s website arsenal.com.

“Maybe after a while it becomes a confidence problem as well, but overall it’s easy to put it down to confidence and tonight it’s very difficult to find a rational explanation behind our performance,” the veteran French tactician added.

Fourth place now belongs to Liverpool, who dominated Huddersfield Town in a 3-0 victory on Tuesday, getting goals from Emre Can (26th minute), Roberto Firmino (45+1) and Mohamed Salah (78th, penalty).

The victory boosts Liverpool to 50 points and seemed to mark the end of a slump that came after they ended leaders Manchester City’s undefeated season in an exciting 4-3 win at Anfield Stadium.

Liverpool followed that impressive triumph by losing to Swansea in the EPL and bouncing out of the FA Cup with a 2-3 home loss to West Bromwich Albion.

Tuesday’s defeat leaves Huddersfield in 14th place with 24 points.

In the day’s other match, West Ham United and Crystal Palace deadlocked 1-1 in a London derby and remain within a point of each other in the middle of the table.

Christian Benteke put visiting side Palace ahead in the 24th minute. Mark Noble successfully converted a penalty in the 43rd minute to level it up for West Ham.

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Liverpool shocked by bottom-placed Swansea

London, Jan 23: Swansea City shocked Liverpool 1-0 at home to earn valuable three points in their battle for English Premier League (EPL) survival.

Alfie Mawson scored the only goal of the game in the 40th minute when he swept home following Sam Clucas’ corner on Monday, reports Xinhua news agency.

The Reds stepped up their offence but failed to turn their numerous chances into goals, ending their 18-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

Despite the loss, Liverpool stayed fourth on the league standings, three points behind third-placed Chelsea.

Swansea remain at the bottom of the table but are tied on 20 points with West Bromwich Albion, moving within three points of safety.

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Swansea City sack manager Clement

London, Dec 21: Swansea City announced that manager Paul Clement has been sacked as the English Premier League side have won only three league matches and are at the bottom of the standings.

Assistant coaches Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi have also left the club, the club said in a statement on Wednesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins, confirmed: “To change the manager, especially at only the halfway point of the season, is the last thing we wanted to do as a club.

“We had three different managers last season and as a result we all wanted to give Paul as much time as possible to turn things around.

“But we felt we couldn’t leave it any longer and needed to make a change to give us the best chance of an uplift and a turnaround in fortunes with the club bottom of the Premier League.”

Clement, 45, took charge in January replacing Bob Bradley and guided the club out of the relegation zone and finished at the 15th place.

Jenkins added, “Paul has been at the club for 12 months and what he achieved in the second half of last season to keep us in the top flight was a tremendous feat. For that, and his effort and commitment this season, it goes without saying that the club thanks him for his work, together with Nigel (Gibbs) and Karl (Halabi).”

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Bayern Munich Midfielder Renato Joins Swansea

Swansea (Wales), Aug 31 (IANS) Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches on Thursday joined English Premier League (EPL) club Swansea A.F.C. on a season-long loan.

“Swansea City have completed a season-long loan for Bayern Munich’s Euro 2016 winner Renato Sanches,” the club confirmed.

The 20-year-old joined Bayern Munich last season from Benfica for £27.5 million ($35.40 million) after impressing in Portugal’s successful Euro 2016 campaign, in which he was named best young player of the tournament and the recipient of the journalist-nominated Golden Boy award.

He made 26 appearances for the German giants last season, helping them lift the Bundesliga title.

His arrival further bolsters Clement’s options in midfield, which has been boosted by the recent signing of midfielder Sam Clucas from Hull City.

The Portugal international has made 12 appearances for his country since 2016.

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Manchester United Thrash Swansea 4-0

Swansea (United Kingdom), Aug 19 (IANS) Manchester United continued their good start in the English Premier League (EPL) football season as they thrashed hosts Swansea City 4-0 on Saturday.

United secured their away victory at the Liberty Stadium to remain provisionally at the top spot of the EPL standings after defeating West Ham 4-0 in the first round, reports Efe.

Defender Eric Bailly opened the scoring for United in the last minute of the first half. United then scored three goals in just five minutes in the second half, as striker Romelu Lukaku scored the second goal in the 80th minute.

Midfielder Paul Pogba scored the third goal two minutes later, while winger Anthony Martial sealed the victory six minutes before the end of the game.

After this victory, United continued to lead the Premier League table with six points, while Swansea are provisionally in the 12th position with a single point.

“There was happiness in our play,” said United head coach Jose Mourinho. “There was no need to close the door.”

SWANSEA, WALES - AUGUST 06: Fernando Llorente of Swansea in action during the pre-season friendly between Swansea City and Stade Rennais at Liberty Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
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Premier League Striker Llorente Suffer Arm Injury While On Holiday In Italy

Swansea striker Fernando Llorente could miss the start of the Premier League season after breaking his arm while cycling back in his homeland Italy.

The 32-year old was the leading goalscorer for Swans last season and will be an important player going into the next season. However, his injury means he could easily miss out up to six weeks to recover completely.

The loss of striker for the start of the season meant Swansea manager will need to consider new options or sell the Italian striker before the Premier League begins. The club released a statement on the injury which dented the player during his family holiday.

A statement from the club said: “The 32-year-old suffered the accident while cycling on a family holiday, and despite it not being a serious break that requires an operation, it does mean the club will have to tailor his pre-season training accordingly.

“The club remain optimistic that he will be available for selection for the first game of the Premier League season against Southampton on Saturday, August 12.”

Swansea are hopeful that he could be available for selection for their first game which will be against Southampton. He remains a key player for the club next season as Swansea continues to build on their success.

Llorente had drawn interest from interest from Chelsea in January and was also attracted attention from Southampton but Swans are believed to keep hold of the player despite his latest setback.

The Italian scored 15 goals in 35 appearances for the Paul Clement’s side which made him one of the most sought after strikers in the league right now. Meanwhile, Swansea are keen to strengthen their side for the upcoming season.

They have signed Tammy Abraham on loan from Chelsea to bolster their attack and are looking to make more additions as transfer window will officially open tomorrow.

Swansea are also keen to keep their star midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson in their squad for the next season despite increasing interest from Premier League rivals Everton.

Everton had lodged a £30million bid which was rejected by Swans earlier but the Toffees are expected to come up with another much improved bid in the coming days.

Federico Fernandez
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Defender Federico renews contract with Swansea until 2020

London, Feb 24 (IANS) Welsh football club Swansea City announced on Friday the contract renewal of defender Federico Fernandez until June 2020.

Fernandez, 28, who arrived at Swansea in August 2014 from Napoli, would have finished his contract at the end of next season, reports Efe news agency.

“The new contract helps me because it shows I have the confidence of the club. Now I am looking forward to the future,” said the Argentine in a statement on the Swansea’s website.

“We have had three managers in a short space of time, but now the players are getting their confidence back,” he said.

Swansea City are in 15th place in the english Premier League (EPL), four points above the relegation zone, and will face league leaders Chelsea on Saturday.

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