Friday, April 23

Tag: European Football

Simeone Tells Hobbling Atletico To ‘Resist’ In La Liga Title Push
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Simeone Tells Hobbling Atletico To ‘Resist’ In La Liga Title Push

Atletico Madrid moved back to the top of La Liga on Sunday after a 1-1 draw against Real Betis opened a one-point lead over city rivals Real. Despite missing 19-goal striker Luis Suarez, Atletico were in front after just five minutes when Belgian international Yannick Carrasco scored into an empty net after a goal-mouth scramble. However, Betis, who are in sixth place in the table and chasing European football next season, levelled just 15 minutes later. Cristian Tello was on hand to score from just inside the box from a cross by Alex Moreno. On Saturday, Real Madrid had taken top spot with a 2-1 Clasico win over Barcelona. That was the first time Atletico had been knocked off the top since December when they went on to mount a run that saw them go 10 points clear with a...
Manchester City’s quote For Haaland: 700,000 Euros Per Week And 170 Million Over 5 Years
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Manchester City’s quote For Haaland: 700,000 Euros Per Week And 170 Million Over 5 Years

If Manchester City want Erling Haaland to bolster their attack next season, they'll have to make him the highest-paid player in Premier League history. The Norwegian hitman would demand a wage in the region of 700,000 euros per week, which works out at something like 170 million over the course of a five-year contract. That's what The Sun claim it would take to bring one of the hottest properties in European football to Manchester this summer. City are not the only team on Haaland's trail but he won't be going anywhere cheaply, with Borussia Dortmund looking for 180 million euros as a transfer fee. All in all, we are talking about a deal that could be worth 350 million euros for the striker who has scored 33 goals in 31 games this season. Eye-popping numbers on all front...
Bayern And Flick Make Champions League History With Win Over Lazio
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Bayern And Flick Make Champions League History With Win Over Lazio

The German giants continue to make European football success seem easy under the second-year manager Hansi Flick has yet to lose or draw a Champions League knockout game while in charge of Bayern Munich, with his streak extending to seven matches on Wednesday via a 2-1 second-leg win over Lazio that sent the club to the last-eight. Despite a late consolation finish from the visitors, the tie was never in doubt after Robert Lewandowski converted from the spot in the 33rd minute and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting widened the Bavarians' lead midway through the second half. Flick is off to an unparalleled start in Europe, and based on Bayern Munich's comfort in dispatching their Italian foes 6-2 on aggregate, his perfect knockout record stands a reasonable chance of continuing in the qu...
Wan-Bissaka Names Toughest Player he ever Faced
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Wan-Bissaka Names Toughest Player he ever Faced

Manchester United fullback, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, has named Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar as his toughest opponent. According to the 23-year-old, facing Neymar can be “quite challenging”. Since securing a £50 million move to Old Trafford in the summer of 2019, Wan-Bissaka has lined up against some of the finest talents in English and European football. But when asked by United’s official website to pick out his most testing opponent, Wan-Bissaka said: “I’d say Neymar. “That was a player that was quite challenging, but I was always up for it, and I enjoyed it, the experience, to be playing against him. That meant a lot.” United was paired with PSG in the group stages of the 2020/2021 Champions League.
Man Utd told Pellistri has ‘rebelliousness’ in his game as former coach tells teenager where to improve
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Man Utd told Pellistri has ‘rebelliousness’ in his game as former coach tells teenager where to improve

Adrian Colombo, who worked with the youngster at Penarol, believes the promising winger can succeed in European football Manchester United have been told that exciting teenage winger Facundo Pellistri has “rebelliousness” in his game, with his former Penarol coach picking out areas of improvement. Big things are expected of a 19-year-old forward on the back of a 2020 switch to England. The Red Devils have bought into the undoubted potential of a player who has just 37 senior appearances to his name.
Man City’s £9m Fine to be Shared among Man Utd, Chelsea, Others
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Man City’s £9m Fine to be Shared among Man Utd, Chelsea, Others

Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are set to benefit from Manchester City’s £9million (€10m) UEFA fine, following the Court of Arbitration’s (CAS) ruling on Monday. UEFA had banned City from European football for two years following alleged breaches to Financial Fair Play (FFP). Following this historic victory, the ban will no longer be imposed while the €30m fine has been reduced to €10m (£9m). According to the UEFA ruling, this money will now be shared out among clubs in the Champions League and Europa League competitions, who have adhered to all rules set out. This means the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea will receive small monetary boosts as a result. This mirrors a situation from six years ago, in which City was fined £50m by UEFA for the F...
Blow for Man Utd, Chelsea as CAS Overturns Man City’s Ban
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Blow for Man Utd, Chelsea as CAS Overturns Man City’s Ban

Manchester City will play in the Champions League next season, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) overturned their two-year ban from European football. UEFA’s club financial control body handed City the suspension in February, over “serious breaches” of club licensing and Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. The former Premier League champions strongly denied any wrongdoing and appealed the decision at CAS last month. After hearing evidence over the course of three days in June, CAS has now overturned the suspension. A statement from City on Monday read: “Whilst Manchester City and its legal advisors are yet to review the full ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Club welcomes the implications ...
Lyon’s Aulas threatens action against French state if Ligue 1 does not resume
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Lyon’s Aulas threatens action against French state if Ligue 1 does not resume

The club chief has led opposition to finishing the French season early and on Thursday will ask the courts to overturn the ruling Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has underlined his determination to restart the Ligue 1 season, while suggesting that he could sue the French state should the decision go against his club. Aulas' side are among the most vocal opponents of the move to shut down France's top flight, which meant Paris Saint-Germain were crowned champions with 10 rounds of fixtures still outstanding. Marseille and Rennes finished behind the champions in second and third to take Champions League spots while Lyon, who lay in seventh, face a year without any type of European football.
Luiz Felipe excited by Barcelona speculation but remains focused on targets at Lazio
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Luiz Felipe excited by Barcelona speculation but remains focused on targets at Lazio

The highly-rated Brazilian defender has seen a switch to Camp Nou mooted, but he is continuing to take transfer talk with a pinch of salt Napoli defender Luiz Felipe admits that speculation linking him with a possible move to Barcelona “excites me”. The 23-year-old is among those La Liga giants at Camp Nou are said to be considering as they piece together recruitment plans for the next transfer window. Felipe has proved himself in European football since arriving in Rome from Ituano in 2016.
Terry reveals he practiced Panenkas before Champions League final penalty slip
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Terry reveals he practiced Panenkas before Champions League final penalty slip

The former Chelsea and England captain says he changed his technique from the spot prior to a painful defeat in Moscow 12 years ago Ex-Chelsea defender John Terry has revealed that he practised Panenkas in training for two weeks before slipping during a Champions League final penalty shoot-out defeat to Manchester United in 2008. The two Premier League teams met in an all-English showpiece at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow after seeing off Barcelona and Liverpool respectively in the semi-finals. A Cristiano Ronaldo header gave United a first-half lead, but Frank Lampard levelled the scores just before the interval. Neither side could find a winning goal in the second period or in another 30 minutes of added time, and penalties were ultimately needed to decide who lifted the most fam...
Neymar return to Barcelona played down as Setien rules out mega transfer
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Neymar return to Barcelona played down as Setien rules out mega transfer

The Spanish head coach cannot see the Brazilian superstar making his way back to Camp Nou amid the chaos caused by the coronavirus pandemic Barcelona boss Quique Setien has ruled out the possibility of Neymar returning to the club from Paris Saint-Germain during the summer transfer window. Neymar joined Barca from Santos as a promising youngster back in 2013, and quickly managed to live up to his potential alongside a whole host of world-class players at Camp Nou. The Brazilian attacker won eight major trophies during his time at Camp Nou, including two La Liga titles and the Champions League, while combining with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to form the most deadly front three in European football.
Messi vs Ronaldo: Kylian Mbappé Reveals his Role Model
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Messi vs Ronaldo: Kylian Mbappé Reveals his Role Model

Paris Saint Germain forward Kylian Mbappé has chosen Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo over Barcelona ace, Lionel Messi as his role model. Mbappé said he can no longer aspire to be like Messi but added that he can attempt to follow in the footsteps of Ronaldo. Messi and Ronaldo are widely known as the best two players in world football at the moment. Mbappé said that he cannot replicate Messi’s decision to remain at one club, but he can be inspired by Ronaldo’s journey around European football. “It’s already too late for me to have a career like Messi,” Mbappé told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Otherwise I should have stayed at Monaco. “So, logically and without wanting to take anything away from Messi, I have to be inspired by Ronaldo’s career.”
De Bruyne Reveals his Teammates  Reaction towards Ban
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De Bruyne Reveals his Teammates Reaction towards Ban

Manchester City midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne, has insisted his teammates are focused on winning trophies this season and are not thinking about their Champions League ban. City were handed a two-season ban from European football and fined £24.9million for breaching financial regulations. De Bruyne and the rest of the squad were enjoying their winter break when the news emerged last week. And following City’s 2-0 win against West Ham on Wednesday, the Belgian opened up on the players’ attitudes following the shock news. “We were on holiday when the statement happened. We came back and we played football. “The situation is what it is, but we came back, trained like normal and in the end, nothing really changed for us. We just play the games that we have and today we gave a ...
Carragher Reveals Why UEFA are Desperate for Man City Not to Win Trophy
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Carragher Reveals Why UEFA are Desperate for Man City Not to Win Trophy

Former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher, has claimed that UEFA would be “desperate” for Manchester City not to win the Champions League this year. UEFA have banned City from European football for two years, after finding the Premier League champions guilty of Financial Fair Play (FFP) rule breaches. City have confirmed they will appeal against the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). However, they will play Real Madrid in the round of 16, before their case is heard. “What would happen if City won this competition this season? They are the favourites, they are one of the best teams in the competition. “UEFA will be desperate for Manchester City to be beaten by Real Madrid, absolutely desperate. “I think UEFA should either have taken City out of the compe...
Gary Neville Predicts Man City Will Win Appeal Against Two-year Ban
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Gary Neville Predicts Man City Will Win Appeal Against Two-year Ban

Former Manchester United defender, Gary Neville, has predicted Manchester City will win their appeal, to overturn their two-year ban from European football. The punishment was meted out to City by UEFA, who found the Premier League champions guilty of Financial Fair Play (FFP) rule breaches. City have confirmed they will appeal against the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). “I think City will beat FFP. I have no confidence in UEFA to be able to do the right thing. I think it will be overturned. “I have no faith in them whatsoever, I think they are hopeless organisation who just apply erratic disciplinary sanctions. “I think City will beat them in the courts. It will get stuck in the courts for some time, but I think City will win in the end,” Neville told S...
Zidane Reacts to Ban of Manchester City by UEFA
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Zidane Reacts to Ban of Manchester City by UEFA

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has reacted to the UEFA ban on Manchester City. The Frenchman said the action taken by the European football governing body will provide City with extra motivation for the round-of-16 clash between the two sides. City were handed a two-season ban from the Champions League and Europa League and face Real Madrid at the end of the month in the Champions League round of 16. City were found to have “seriously breached” their club licensing and financial fair play regulations. If the ban is upheld and City finish in the top four this season, the team that finishes fifth in the Premier League will qualify for next season’s Champions League group phase. However, Pep Guardiola’s side will still be allowed to participate in the remaining fixtu...
Man Utd don’t expect title bid until 2022
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Man Utd don’t expect title bid until 2022

Manchester United's owners, the Glazer family, have sanctioned a three-year plan to restore the club's on-field fortunes, with sources having told ESPN FC there is now an acceptance the team is unlikely to challenge for the Premier League until the 2021-22 season at the earliest. With traditional rivals Manchester City and Liverpool setting the standard in domestic and European football, the United hierarchy have noted how at Anfield, in particular, they have arrived at their status after rebuilding behind the scenes and backing manager Jurgen Klopp during the German's difficult first 18 months in charge. United, the most successful club in English football with 20 league titles, have not won the Premier League since 2012-13 -- the final season of Sir Alex Ferguson's 27-year reign as...
Ex-UEFA President, Lennart Johansson is Dead
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Ex-UEFA President, Lennart Johansson is Dead

Lennart Johansson, who was president of European football body UEFA from 1990 to 2007 is dead. He died at the age of 89, the Swedish football federation said on Wednesday. “Swedish football is in mourning. Lennart Johansson has died. “ He passed away on the evening of June 4 aged 89 after a short illness,” the federation said. In 1998, Johansson was defeated by Sepp Blatter in his bid to become head of football’s global federation FIFA. Johansson was forced out of office in 2015 following accusations of corruption in the awarding of the 2018 World Cup finals to Russia and the 2022 edition to Qatar.
Wolves Qualify For Europe Following Man City’s FA Cup Victory
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Wolves Qualify For Europe Following Man City’s FA Cup Victory

Wolves will play European football next season for the first time since 1980 following Manchester City's FA Cup victory against Watford at Wembley while Manchester United will now go straight into the group stages of the Europa league Nuno Espirito Santo's side finished seventh in the Premier League but would have missed out on the Europa League if Watford had lifted the FA Cup. Wolves will start their campaign in the second qualifying round. Manchester United, who finished sixth in the league, will now go straight into the Europa League group stages. They avoid having to go through the qualifying rounds in July and August, which would have happened had Watford won. City had already qualified for the Champions League before their FA Cup victory, meaning an extra spot in Euro...
Ronaldo Fined $22,600 by UEFA For Goal Celebration Gesture
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Ronaldo Fined $22,600 by UEFA For Goal Celebration Gesture

Cristiano Ronaldo has been fined $22,600 by UEFA for his goal celebration gesture in Juventus Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid. Ronaldo who scored a hat-trick in the game rushed to the stands and pointed at his cojones in imitation of how Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone celebrated against them in the first leg at Madrid. The game saw Juventus qualify for the UEFA Champions League round of eight and will be facing Ajax.   According to the control, ethics and disciplinary body of the European football organisation which ruled on Thursday, Ronaldo was guilty of improper conduct. Diego Simeone was also fined €20,000 for his own goal celebration gesture.
Champions League: Mourinho Predicts Outcome of Bayern Munich vs Liverpool, Barcelona vs Lyon
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Champions League: Mourinho Predicts Outcome of Bayern Munich vs Liverpool, Barcelona vs Lyon

Former Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has tipped Bayern to defeat Liverpool on Wednesday night in the Champions League round of 16 second-leg clash at the Allianz Arena Stadium. He also predicted Barcelona to beat Lyon in tonight’s Champions League clash at the Camp Nou Stadium. Mourinho told RT: “I see Bayern, in spite of an up and down season, I see Bayern on the up… they can score goals even with the danger of Liverpool scoring, it’s a completely open tie…. If I had to choose, I would choose Bayern.” On the Bayern Munich vs Liverpool match, Mourinho said: “If Lyon goes to Barcelona and gets a draw with goals or wins the game and knocks out Barcelona, in spite of [the fact] they are a good team… it would be ...
Ousted Patrice Evra Backed By Steve Mandanda
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Ousted Patrice Evra Backed By Steve Mandanda

After being hit with a season-long ban and losing his job at Marseille for a karate kick on a supporter, Patrice Evra was backed by former team-mate Steve Mandanda on Sunday. “He’s a really good guy,” the Marseille goalkeeper said of the 36-year-old Evra, who parted ways with the club after being banned from European football until June 30, 2018. “I’m very disappointed for Pat, a true friend and a real good guy. We have lost a leader,” said Mandanda of the former France captain who also played 379 times for Manchester United. Evra had been widely condemned for the assault on a Marseille fan which took place ahead of a Europa League tie at Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes last week. And Mandanda acknowledged his former team-mate had made a major error. “As a professional you...
Osaze Eyes Super Eagles, Europe Return
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Osaze Eyes Super Eagles, Europe Return

Indonesia-based Osaze Odemwingie has not ruled out a return to European football when the Asian country’s Premier League season ends in November. The 36-year-old, who has been in fine form since joining Madura United in April, is also eyeing a return to the Super Eagles, after being in football’s international wilderness for three years. “I’m still in the game. In November, the season ends in Indonesia. I hope to return to Europe and finish the game, and then get a little chance to enter the national team,” Osaze said in an interview with Sport.ru. Osaze last played for the Eagles at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where he scored the winner against Bosnia. Now, he’s hoping to play in his third World Cup in Russia next year. Top Eagles stars Mikel Obi, Odion Ighalo, Brown Ideye, ...
Aubameyang Set For China Move
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Aubameyang Set For China Move

With 31 goals in 32 league games, Borussia Dortmund forward is hot property across Europe but he is set to snub the glamour of European football for the riches of Asia. PSG, Chelsea and Liverpool have all expressed interest in him but the Gabonese could be on his way to China in a deal which will make him Africa's highest paid player. Chinese Super League side, Tianjin Quanjian will offer Aubameyang an eye-watering £26.5m-a-year salary to make the move to China and rumours have it the player is considering the offer. Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke initially made it clear that the club would not allow their top scorer to leave for less than £63million, but Tianjin chairman Shu Yuhui looks set to table an offer in excess of £70m.
Mourinho Accuses EPL Of Favouring Chelsea
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Mourinho Accuses EPL Of Favouring Chelsea

Jose Mourinho has led a chorus of dismay among Chelsea’s title rivals about the festive fixture schedule after accusing the Premier League of “choosing to give rest for some and to create problems for others”. Premier League leaders Chelsea play three games in 10 days whereas Manchester United, Manchester City and Spurs play three matches in eight days and Liverpool have three fixtures in seven days. Chelsea – who are six points clear in the title race and have no European football to contend with this season – also have longer rest periods between matches and comparatively short distances to travel whereas Arsenal, whose manager Arsene Wenger has also denounced the schedule, play two games in three days at the start of the new year. Mourinho did not name Chelsea but it was clear th...
2016/17 UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw
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2016/17 UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw

Group A: Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Arsenal (ENG), Basel (SUI), Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) Group B: Benfica (POR), Napoli (ITA), Dynamo Kyiv (UKR), Beşiktaş (TUR) Group C: Barcelona (ESP), Manchester City (ENG), Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER), Celtic (SCO) Group D: Bayern München (GER), Atlético Madrid (ESP), PSV Eindhoven (NED), Rostov (RUS) Group E: CSKA Moskva (RUS), Bayer Leverkusen (GER), Tottenham Hotspur (ENG), Monaco (FRA) Group F: Real Madrid (ESP, holders), Borussia Dortmund (GER), Sporting CP (POR), Legia Warszawa (POL) Group G: Leicester City (ENG), Porto (POR), Club Brugge (BEL), FC København (DEN) Group H: Juventus (ITA), Sevilla (ESP), Lyon (FRA), Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)

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