Aston Villa

  • EPL Team Preview: Aston Villa shrouded in uncertainty ahead of new season 1 week ago

    Birmingham: Aston Villa look to be headed for another season of struggle in the Premier League following a summer which exposed the turmoil and uncertainly surrounding the cash-strapped Midlands club. American businessman Randy Lerner's failure to find a buyer after putting Villa up for sale in May has impacted offseason transfer...
  • Aston Villa sign former England midfielder Joe Cole June 10, 2014

    Former England midfielder Joe Cole has joined Aston Villa on a free transfer, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. Cole, 32, has signed a two-year deal after being released by West Ham United. "This is a massive club and there's a massive opportunity for the club to push on," he was...
  • Owner Randy Lerner puts Premier League club Aston Villa up for sale May 12, 2014

    Owner Randy Lerner is seeking a buyer for English Premier League soccer club Aston Villa, the American said in a statement on Monday. "Now is the time for me to look for new ownership and thus new leadership," said Lerner, who bought the club in 2006, adding that Bank of America...
  • Manchester City close in on EPL title with 4-0 win over Aston Villa May 8, 2014

    Manchester: Manchester City moved to the brink of the Premier League title with an emphatic 4-0 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday as Edin Dzeko scored twice to leave them needing just a point from the final game of the season. Dzeko's double midway through the second half relieved the pressure...
  • EPL: Weimann scores two as Villa beat Hull 3-1 May 3, 2014

    Birmingham: Andreas Weimann scored a priceless brace against Hull to all but guarantee Aston Villa's English Premier League place for another season with a 3-1 victory on Saturday. Weimann, without a goal in 12 matches dating to January, delivered just when his side needed it most with a pair of headers...
  • 'Unacceptable' Villa must become competitive force, says Paul Lambert May 1, 2014

    A club of Aston Villa's size should not be battling against relegation and their position in the Premier League table is "unacceptable", manager Paul Lambert said on Thursday. Sixteenth-placed Villa are on a poor run of form, losing five of their last six matches, and have slipped perilously close to...
  • Aston Villa suspend assistant manager Culverhouse April 15, 2014

    Aston Villa have suspended assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa while an internal investigation is carried out, the club said in a statement on Tuesday. No further details about their situation were provided, but Gordon Cowans and Shay Given have been temporarily promoted to assist manager...
  • Jose Mourinho fined for Villa Park behaviour April 10, 2014

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was fined 8,000 pounds and warned about his future conduct after being sent to the stands in last month's 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa. The FA announced his punishment in a statement on its website and said he breached Rule E3 by going on to the field...
  • Christian Benteke out of World Cup with Achilles injury April 3, 2014

    Belgium striker Christian Benteke will miss the World Cup after being ruled out for six months having ruptured his Achilles tendon in training on Thursday, his club Aston Villa said. "It's a terrible blow both for Christian and for the club," Villa manager Paul Lambert said on the Premier League club's...
  • Wayne Rooney double powers Manchester United to win over Aston Villa March 29, 2014

    England: Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United came from behind to beat Aston Villa 4-1 in the Premier League on Saturday as fans came out in support of struggling manager David Moyes at Old Trafford. It looked like being another miserable day for Moyes when Ashley Westwood put Villa in...
  • Jose Mourinho hits out again at referee Chris Foy March 29, 2014

    London: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has again criticised referee Chris Foy, despite facing a charge of improper conduct by the FA following his comments about the official after the 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa earlier this month. The Portuguese, who will contest the charge, was sent to the stands for encroaching...
  • Aston Villa beat league leaders Chelsea 1-0 in EPL March 16, 2014

    Birmingham: Aston Villa beat nine-man Chelsea 1-0 in an English Premier League game that saw manager Jose Mourinho sent to the stands in the closing stages on Saturday. Visiting Chelsea thought they took the lead in the 41st minute when midfielder Nemanja Matic poked home from close range following a corner,...
  • Chelsea still only fake leaders, says Jose Mourinho March 14, 2014

    London: Jose Mourinho was at his most cagey on Friday when discussing the prospect of Chelsea opening up a nine-point lead at the top of the Premier League away to Aston Villa on Saturday. Should fourth-placed Manchester City slip up at Hull City in Saturday's early kickoff, victory at Villa could...
  • Brendan Rodgers happy with comeback draw versus Aston Villa January 19, 2014

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was pleased with "a good point" after his side recovered from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 at home to Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday. Daniel Sturridge's goal just before halftime and Steven Gerrard's 53rd-minute penalty after Luis Suarez was fouled salvaged a draw...
  • Liverpool held to a 2-2 draw by Aston Villa January 19, 2014

    Liverpool: Liverpool came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday in the English Premier League. Gabriel Agbonlahor should have given the visitors the lead inside the opening sixty seconds. The striker raced clear after Christian Benteke flicked on, but he poked the ball...
  • Chelsea loan out Bertrand to Aston Villa January 17, 2014

    London: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says Ryan Bertrand will bring "big game experience" after signing the left back on loan from Chelsea for the rest of the season on Friday. Bertrand, 24, has found his opportunities limited this season with Cesar Azpilicueta and Ashley Cole ahead of him in the...
  • Aston Villa sign Grant Holt on loan from Wigan January 14, 2014

    England: Aston Villa have boosted their striker options for the scrap for Premier League survival by signing Grant Holt on loan from second-tier Wigan, reuniting the burly forward with his former manager Paul Lambert. The 32-year-old Holt played under Lambert at Norwich, where he scored 53 goals in 92 games. Holt's move...
  • Arsenal survive late scare at Villa to go top January 14, 2014

    London: Arsenal survived a late scare to regain top spot in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory at Aston Villa on Monday, both their goals arriving in the space of a minute in the first half. England midfielder Jack Wilshere opened the scoring after 34 minutes with an accurate left-foot...
  • Aston Villa out of FA Cup in 3rd round shock January 4, 2014

    London: Aston Villa was dumped out of the FA Cup by third-tier side Sheffield United in the biggest shock of the third round on Saturday, while 10-man Manchester City was held by Blackburn. Villa's humbling came days after manager Paul Lambert branded the cup as a "distraction," but rather than making...
  • 'Most top-tier clubs could do without FA Cup' January 3, 2014

    London: The majority of Premier League clubs would prefer not to have the distraction of playing in the FA Cup, according to Paul Lambert, the manager of seven-times winners Aston Villa. Speaking to the BBC before Villa's third-round tie at home to Sheffield United on Saturday, Lambert was asked whether the...
  • Dzeko rescues Man City in 1-0 win over Palace; Hull rout Fulham 6-0 December 28, 2013

    Manchester: Edin Dzeko rescued Manchester City with a second-half winner in a shaky 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday, lifting his team provisionally top of the English Premier League. The division's most free-scoring attack struggled to break down an obdurate Palace defence until Jesus Navas cut the ball back for...
  • Villa striker Benteke out of Palace clash December 24, 2013

    Brussels: Injured Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke will miss his team's Premier League clash at home to Crystal Palace on Thursday as he is undergoing physiotherapy in his native Belgium until Friday. The 23-year-old Belgian international has been struggling with knee and hip injuries since the close season and decided to...
  • Manchester United beat Villa 3-0 to halt league slump December 15, 2013

    Birmingham: Danny Welbeck's double steered Manchester United to a 3-0 victory at Aston Villa on Sunday to halt a four-game winless run in the Premier League. The pressure eased on manager David Moyes as Welbeck sidefooted in the opener in the 15th minute and the striker found the target again inside...
  • Fulham end losing run with win over Aston Villa December 8, 2013

    London: Goals from Steve Sidwell and Dimitar Berbatov helped Fulham end a six-match losing streak with a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday. Sidwell struck from a tight angle on 21 minutes and Berbatov rolled in a cheeky penalty on the half hour as Fulham dominated against disappointing Villa. Fulham, who...
  • Aston Villa rally from 2-0 down to draw at West Brom November 26, 2013

    London: Aston Villa fought back after conceding two goals in the opening 11 minutes to grab a 2-2 draw at Midlands derby rivals West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Monday. Ireland international Shane Long put Albion in front after three minutes, controlling Chris Brunt's long ball superbly as it...
  • Everton beat Aston Villa 2-0 in Premier League October 26, 2013

    Birmingham: Romelu Lukaku won the battle of Belgian strikers Saturday, scoring to set Everton on their way to a 2-0 win at Aston Villa in the Premier League after counterpart Christian Benteke missed a first-half penalty. Benteke could have given the hosts an early lead but his eighth-minute penalty was saved...
  • Townsend, Soldado give Tottenham 2-0 win over Villa October 20, 2013

    Birmingham: Man of the moment Andros Townsend and Roberto Soldado both scored as Tottenham restated their Champions League credentials with a 2-0 win at Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday. Following a shock 3-0 home defeat to rival West Ham, the London club claimed their fifth league win of...
  • Aston Villa upset Manchester City 3-2 in Premier League September 28, 2013

    Birmingham: Aston Villa brought Manchester City to earth with a 3-2 victory in the English Premier League on Saturday with Andreas Weimann scoring the winner in the 75th minute. In their first league game since humbling rival Manchester United 4-1, City went ahead 2-1 with a close-range header from Edin Dzeko...
  • Aston Villa striker Benteke out for six weeks September 25, 2013

    Birmingham: Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke will be out for up to six weeks, ruling him out of Belgium's final World Cup qualifiers. Benteke injured his hip during Villa's 1-0 victory over Norwich in the Premier League on Saturday. Villa manager Paul Lambert says "it is not as bad as we...
  • Aston Villa beat Norwich 1-0 to snap losing streak September 21, 2013

    England: Aston Villa ended a three-game losing streak in the Premier League with a 1-0 win against Norwich on Saturday. Czech Republic forward Libor Kozak grabbed his first goal for the Midlands club in the 30th minute at Carrow Road, watched by Villa boss Paul Lambert who took Norwich to the...