UEFA will resume a doping investigation into Samir Nasri after the player lost his appeal case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The former Manchester City man is looking at a four year ban from European football for using an intravenous drip at a Los Angeles clinic.
Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen is keen on a return to the Premier League with West Bromwich Albion this summer.
The Belgium international signed for Barcelona from Arsenal more than three years ago, and he has since failed any impact due to his constant injury concerns.
Vermaelen spent the previous campaign on loan with AS Roma where he was not more than a backup player, and he is now prepared to leave the Catalan giants in order to encourage his World Cup hopes. The 31-year-old currently has two more years left on his Barcelona contract and the club would be better off offloading him this summer to avoid paying an additional €3m to Arsenal.
Barcelona have already paid an additional €5m in bonuses to Arsenal after his initial €10m transfer in 2014, and they may have to cough up another €3m if they manage to win the Champions League in the upcoming campaign. Baggies boss Tony Pulis has recently admitted that the club are desperate to make three to four signings before the transfer deadline, and Vermaelen could be utilised a quality backup behind Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans, Craig Dawson and loan recruit Ahmed Hegazy. (more…)
Raphael Varane is and remains one of the few fortunate people to join a club with the status of Real Madrid as a callow youth.
Known for their premium way of purchasing the best players in the world for most of their history, the Galaticos – which by the way is the reason they are thus called – have rarely operated from a youth-centric mode of building squads.
Even sprinkling of youth across the first team has always been a bit of an issue. From Del Bosque to Jose Mourinho, every coach to have manned the Santiago Bernabeudug out has been made to work with a superstar-centric squad. It never mattered much what the coaches personally preferred. They weren’t the ones paying the bills.
So Raphael like few of the fortunate youths over the years joined LosBlancos during the summer raid of 2011. Like most of his contemporaries, the French man was meant to be a back up to the established stars in the squad till another Galatico would be added.
However his assured and measured strong performances on the pitch when called upon to have a run in meant waving him off as an expendable back up as at when due was going to take a back seat. (more…)
On July of 2014and for a transfer fee of €79.8 millionJames Rodriguez completed his move from As.Monaco to Real Madrid as the Colombian player became the 4th most expensive signing in the history of the sport during that point in time.
James Rodriguez made a name for himself as top player during the 2014 FIFA World Cup when he concluded that tournament on a high note by being the highest goal-scorer and it was become of his string of impressive performances from that competition that Real Madrid was willing to splash out €79.8 million in signing theColombian youngster.
During the initial 2 seasons of James Rodriguez as a player of Real Madrid, he was a consistent starter but failed to score goals on a consistent basis as the Colombian attacker failed to replicate the performances and goals that he did in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
With the arrival of the 2016-17 season, James Rodriguez has started to drop to the sidelines as he is seeing more time in the bench and according to recent rumors, he might even be on the verge of being offloaded to Manchester United.
If rumors are to be believed, Rodriguez has caught the attention of Manchester United and could be used as bait in order to lure David de Gea from Old Trafford. (more…)
In the opinion of Dietmar Hamann, the problem with Jurgen Klopp is that he does not have different plans up his sleeve and he tries and beats the opposition with the same method all the time.
Klopp’s philosophy is just to outrun the opposition on the pitch, but, that philosophy alone can’t work in a competition like Premiership because every team has got the pace and stamina here and you can’t think of winning by simply covering more distance than the other team.
The thing is that Klopp has not had experience of such a competition before where the fitness level of all the teams is so high and every team is right up there in terms of pace. The method that he has been trying to implement is correct for those competitions where there is a difference between the pace of the teams and it’s possible to get on top of the opposition with just sheer pace, but, not for Premiership. (more…)
The FIFA Club World Cup semifinals recently, saw Real Madrid in a highly deserved win over opponents, Club America in Yokohama, Japan.
With this win, the Merengues will now go in head to head in the finals of the competition, with the Kashima Antlers, a game scheduled for next Sunday.
The game which ended in a 2-0 win for Real Madrid, saw the opener being scored just near the half-time break by Karim Benzema. A late goal in the second half of the game by Cristiano Ronaldo, ensured that they finished the game as the undisputable winners.
The semifinal game showed that the coach Zinedine Zidane was not taking any chances in this competition as he put forward some of his strongest men to feature in the game.
At the goal, was Navas, while the back, saw the quartet of Marcelo, Nacho, Varane and Carvajal. Casemiro, Kroos and Modric were placed in the midfield set up, while the trio of Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lucas Vázquez led the attack. (more…)
Cristiano Ronaldo has stated that Jose Mourinho is one of the best managers he has ever played with.
He said that the Portuguese manager is a great strategist and perfectionist and is always thinking how he can improve his team.
Cristiano Ronaldo said that he has played under a lot of managers and that Jose Mourinho is the most perfectionists he has ever played for. He said that he is attentive to the smallest details and that he is always paying attention to the minor thing in the team. Ronaldo said that Jose Mourinho will spend most of his time analyzing his team tactics and that he will be looking for ways on how to improve the team.
Cristiano Ronaldo said that he is very happy that Jose Mourinho has signed for Manchester United. He said that the Red Devils are an important club for him and that he is glad that they are managed by a manager of this quality. He believes that Jose Mourinho will be able to turn things around and should help the team compete for the title again. (more…)
Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo is missing from the list released to play the qualifiers for the coming World Cup billed for Russia in 2018.
Portugal will need to get past Gibraltar and Switzerland to have a chance at the World Cup, and Ronaldo would be missing. He picked up the injury during the final of the Euro 2016 after he was roughly tackled. He had to be substituted, but remained active supporting his mates to the title win.
The 31-year old was reported to only have just started training with Real Madrid last week, hence his missing name in the list of players for the World Cup qualifiers. Coach Fernando Santos dropped two other top names from his list as he deemed they were not active enough to get an invitation. He dropped Wolfsburg defender Vierinha and former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho – who is unattached.
Another difference to the Euro 2016 title winning squad is the addition of two players. Valencia defender Joao Cancelo and Porto striker Andre Silva have received their first invitation to the national team. Monaco attacker Bernardo Silva also returned to the set-up after missing Euro 2016.
“The clubs are only just starting their championships and this is an unusual phase of the season. My choice was to maintain the base of the final stages of the European championship, apart from the ones who are medically not in shape,” Santos disclosed. (more…)
Italian giant Inter Milan are keen on landing Edison Cavani from French champions Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
The club is reported by Daily Mail to have submitted a bid of £42 million for the PSG forward. The reports claim that the bid submission has been confirmed by the Italian press, no matter how unlikely the move is as the French club already released Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Corriere dello Sport say Inter Milan met with the management of PSG in the past week after they played their International Champions Cup game. Inter Milan are hoping to sell their star forward Mauro Icardi to Napoli who sold their star forward to Juventus for a record breaking fee. Inter believes that Napoli would be easily be able to afford their price tag for Icardi, which they will use to fund their deal with PSG for Edison Cavani.
Cavani, 29, was on display when PSG defeated Inter Milan 3-1 at the International Champions Cup. Cavani joined PSG in 2013 for £54 million and is seen as Inter Milan as one of the few reliable forwards that can exceed Icardi who scored 16 goals in the last Serie A term. (more…)
If you compare Cristiano Ronaldo with anyone it would probably be Lionel Messi.
The latter has had achievements and shown abilities on the field that can be compared to Ronaldo and the latter to the former.
With the recent announcement of Messi retiring from an international career, there is much debate and discussions doing the rounds about Messi and Ronaldo. Their images on and off the field are often compared to be polar opposites, akin to batman and joker. It is, however, irrefutable that both players are the best international players in the football arena.
Ronaldo is known to have a character that often shows itself in unique ways to opposing teams on the field. For instance, when Portugal was playing against Iceland, there were certain comments made by him that were debatable and got the rumor mills moving at the beginning of euro 2016. Ronaldo is definitely a star on the field, but age is creeping in as well. (more…)