Zlatan Ibrahimovic left French Champions PSG last summer at the age of 35 and good gracious should anyone say he or she never expected him to sail off to either USA’s Major League Soccer or the Chinese Super League to see out his playing days or better still, hang it all up and head to the beach with his family.
What we got instead was the news of his one year 220 thousand pounds per week deal with Manchester United. Silent doubts were stirred while some critics out rightly stated of how much a dead wood the big Swede will be to the Red Devils.
Crowning the doubts was the fact – unproven though – of how “tough” the English Premier League is and how outsiders will struggle should they dare step into England to try their luck. The fact that Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is being called out daily to face this so-called “challenge” should be enough to prove just how brave Ibra’s decision is.
The performances of the former Barca forward so far, where he’s bagged 11 goals in his first 16 matches for Man Utd – only bettered by Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s 12 – has led to a very different tune being sang by English fans these days. From “too old” to “too strong” from “he is going to struggle” to “it seems we’re wrong about him,” many critics have had to eat their words. Continue reading IBRAHIMOVIC DESERVES PRAISE
Rangers manager Mark Warburton has confirmed that their midfielder Niko Kranjcar will be out for 6 months after being injured in training.
The player is said to be out for at least six months and has already undergone surgery on his knee.
Mark Warburton said that he would look to sign new players during the transfer window to cater for the loss of Niko Kranjcar.
This is a massive lost for the side as Niko Kranjcar has been instrumental this season. The former Croatian player has indeed scored 3 goals so far this season and has also assisted 3 goals in all competitions where he has featured.
Niko Kranjcar is an experienced midfielder who has played for the top sides in Europe among which Tottenham Hotspurs and Portsmouth.
Mark Warburton said that it is a disappointing loss for the team and that the club will have to look for ways to replace the player. The manager said that the former Croatian international has had a good start to this season and that he was counting on him to help the team compete at the top of the Scottish Premier League.
The Rangers coach said that there is high chance that he goes into the transfer market when it opens in January to get a couple of deals that can strengthen the team. He said that he would primarily be looking for loan deals that might help the team move to the next level. He admitted that it would not be easy as there are not many clubs that would want to part with their best players.
Niko Kranjcar joined Rangers on a free transfer this season and has made a wonderful contribution to the club so far. Warburton said that he would primarily be looking for a player that has a similar profile to Niko Kranjcar.
Leicester City play maker Riyad Mahrez has confirmed that Arsenal didn’t just want him this summer, they submitted an official bid.
He claims he remained at the King Power Stadium to avoid a “conflict.” The Algerian who was awarded the PFA Player of the Year mentioned that he wanted to leave the Premier League champions in July during contract negotiations. Leicester had offered him a new deal worth £80,000 weekly, but he had turned it down.
“There was contact with Arsenal but Leicester wanted to keep me and I was pretty expensive. I did not want to create a conflict when the offer came in,” said Mahrez. The club owners were determined to keep the player despite the huge interests he attracted. The 25-year old player eventually agreed to a four-year deal.
Mahrez reportedly agreed to remain with the club following a “gentleman’s agreement” that he would be allowed to exit in the coming season if a worthy offer comes in. Arsenal are believed to have submitted a bid of £35 million. Leicester would have made a killing for a player acquired for just £375,000 from Le Havre. Continue reading MAHREZ CONFIRMS ARSENAL BIDED FOR HIM
For a fee of €90 million, Juventus signed Gonzalo Higuain as the Argentine attacker made a move from Napoli to the Italian outfit in a transfer that has shaken the world of football as the transfer fee is incredibly high for a player that is reaching the 29 year old mark.
When it comes to signing new players, the traditional option that clubs like to go with is to add performers who are fairly young. If a club signs a young player it basically secures the services of that youngster for a long period of time as that performer will probably be performing for the next few years of his career with the club.
Juventus on the other hand splashed out €90 million in a player who exploded in the previous season of the Italian League as he scored 36 goals in 35 appearances, which was way more than any other player of the top tier League.
Even though Gonzalo Higuain spent more than 6 seasons as a player of Real Madrid, he never managed to lift the UEFA Champions League which is widely considered as the most prestigious and difficult piece of silverware to acquire but this is exactly what Juventus is hoping that Higuain can help to accomplish.
Continue reading Juventus decision to sign Gonzalo Higuain is a huge gamble
Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that Liverpool can have a great chance to win the title next season.
He believes that the team will be free from the distraction of European competition and can make a serious push for the title.
Klopp managed to get Liverpool to two cups finals in his first season in charge, and he will be hoping that this time around he will be able to help his team win the title. Rodgers believe that Liverpool will be free to focus on the Premier League and that they will be able to focus their energy and their time to prepare the team for each Premier League game.
Rodgers, who finished second with Liverpool during the 2013-2014 seasons, knows very well the benefit of being without European competition. Indeed during this famous season, Liverpool were out of all European competitions and were free to focus on the Premier League. The former Liverpool manager said that not playing in the European competition will give you plenty of time to prepare the team and to focus on only one game per week. Continue reading Liverpool can win title according to Rodgers
Lionel Messi is no stranger to analysts going into intricate detail regarding his goal scoring form and style of play – there’s just so many goals to analyse!
Despite being one of the most consistent players of our generation and throughout the whole of history there have been concerns regarding this seasons form in comparison to previous. This is largely due to injury but this may be one season where Messi is outscored and outshined by not just Cristiano Ronaldo, but teammate Luis Suarez. So just how does he compare to other seasons?
La Liga goals
Despite not starting as many games as he would have liked in La Liga, Messi has still accumulated 25 goals in 28 games with an impressive 13 assists, more than everyone but Luis Suarez. Compared to last season however this isn’t as impressive. Messi managed to start all but one game in La Liga last season and score 43 goals, making 18 assists. Both are inherently great records to have despite criticism of Messi this season.
Messi featured in every European game leading up to their final win against Juventus last season (13 games) and managed to score 10 goals – not a bad record. This was accompanied by 4 assists. However, before their exit to Atletico Madrid this season Messi only managed 7 games due to injury although he scored 6 goals making full use of his game time in the Champions League – assisting with one goal.
Copa Del Rey Continue reading How does Messi’s statistics compare to last year?
The America head coach Jurgen Klinsmann reckons it’s high time the match officials, who are on duty on the pitch, should be allowed to take the help of technology if they want, while making marginal decisions especially the ones related to penalties.
The increase in the frequency of errors made in decision making by referees is something which is discussed a lot. But, still, technology, which can solve the problem, has been kept away from playing any part.
Actually, not a lot of sports have this sort of approach regarding technology as Football has. There is ample use of technology in most of the other sports which are popular around the world and it’s logical
If there is something which can help you in getting your decision right and if that decision can ensure a fair result of the game comes out, why would you not like to bring it into play? Why would you necessarily want to rely on naked eye?
One argument against the use of technology in soccer is that with the current system of the referees passing their verdict on their own and that too instantly, it keeps the excitement factor in the game which would go out if the replays dictate the decision making. Continue reading Jurgen Klinsmann backs using Technology for Matches
Mark Noble says that he has not given up hope of featuring for the England national team. The 28-year-old has played in almost every level of youth national team.
However, he has not been able to feature for the senior team even once in his career. This comes as a major surprise given that Noble has been one of the consistent performers for West Ham since his debut in 2004. As one of the experienced Premier League names, Roy Hodgson may decide to call upon the West Ham star for the upcoming Euro 2016. This is due to a number of injuries especially in the midfield.
The latest squad announced by the England manager for the friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands does not feature Noble once again. However, the West Ham United midfielder is unconcerned about this aspect and says that he still believes that a door will open for him in the future. Time, though, is fast running out for the player at 28. Noble’s inclusion to the national team has been supported by names like Tony Gale, who is a former West Ham star. In the past, England have been able to get performances out of Scott Parker, who is similar in playing style to Noble. Continue reading Mark Noble still trying to Feature in English National Team
Massimiliano Allegri reckons the recent results have brought Juventus in contention for League glory in Italy, but, he has admitted it would not be that straightforward considering the fact that Internazionale is going pretty strong.
According to Allegri, it would require some serious effort to displace Internazionale from the top.
There’s a 6-point gap between Juventus and Internazionale with each team still having 22 games left to play.
So, it’s very much possible to overcome the deficit in the time duration that is there, but, Internazionale is currently looking strong in all the areas and it’s hard to imagine that they would drop any easy points to give a sniff to Juventus.
Juventus, however, needs to be consistent and hovering around the top.
To Juventus’ credit, they have been able to make a good comeback after being slightly patchy in the starting stages of the summer.
They are presently on a bit of a winning run with 6 wins in a row.
They beat Fiorentina 3-1 in Turin the other day and managed to get back in top 4 in the standings for the first time in the season. Continue reading Massimiliano Allegri reckons the recent results have brought Juventus in contention