ROBERTO CARLOS BLASTS OWEN FOR ‘EXPENSIVE’ JOKE

Legends of football from the Brazilian National team, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldo have expressed their disappointment over ex-Real Madrid teammate Michael Owen’s joke over the former striker’s weight issues.


The trio were reunited and seen together at the Bernabeu while they watched Cristiano Ronaldo receive his fourth Ballon d’Or Award.

Attention was then turned to Owen who had tweeted a picture of himself and Ronaldo with the caption: “I thought I was putting the pounds until I saw my old mate Ronnie!”

Angry reactions from football fans with so much slamming Michael Owen for his comments and one user writing: “Don’t disrespect a man that you are not worthy of.”

Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos in his response to Owen’s joke, he is not happy. Carlos and Ronaldo are good team friends. They both played alongside for Los Blancos and the Brazil National team, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that he had to cover up for an old colleague. Read Full Post…

Jurgen Klopp Disappointed with Lack of January Signings So Far

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says that the club has been working extremely hard behind-the-scenes in order to strengthen the squad in the January transfer window.


However, he has surprisingly claimed that it has been very difficult to attract players to Anfield. It comes as a surprising statement considering that the club are challenging for the league title this season. Liverpool have slipped in recent weeks with goals against the likes of Sunderland and Manchester United before losing against Swansea this weekend, and one of the important reasons appears to be the absence of Sadio Mane.

The Senegalese international is away on international duty at the 2017 African cup of Nations. An early exit from the competition for Senegal would help Mane return back from international duty as soon as possible. Even though it may take him on the couple of weeks in order to hit the ground running, Mane’s return would be a major boost. Aware that the club are too dependent on the £34 million signing, Klopp has admitted that January signings may be possible at Anfield. Read Full Post…

Romanians near to Qualify for WC

The Romanians enhanced their World Cup qualifying points’ tally in Kazakhstan with a draw, but, they were angry on the plane back as they fell prey to a theft and lost their personal possessions on the trip.


The previous morning of the match-day in Kazakhstan, when the Romanian squad came back from the practice to the place they had been accommodated at, their money wallets and electronic gadgets were not in sight.

While the amounts that were in the wallets were not significantly big and they were only in the excess of 500 Euros, the gadgets were expensive. However, regardless of the values of the items lost, the fact of the matter was that it was a theft and any kind of theft happening to a visiting international team is a major security lapse and a major embarrassment to the host association first of all.

But what’s extraordinary after that theft was that when it was reported to the hotel management and they gave it in the knowledge of the City police, no desperate attempt was made in the next 48 hours to track down the thieves and even the officials of the Kazakhstan association didn’t push for a fast probe into the matter. It was as if nobody cared much.

The spokesperson of the Romanian touring party was literally gutted with how lightly the case was taken as he hinted before leaving Kazakhstan that that nobody in his camp had any trust left on the authorities in charge that they would get the items recovered.

He was quoted as, “I don’t think there is any information yet about those who committed the theft and frankly speaking, the progress we have seen so far, none of us is really hopeful now.”

BAYERN STAR BLASTS GUARDIOLA’S MANAGEMENT METHODS

Bayern Munich star Holger Badstuber has blasted his former manager Pep Guardiola for his management style when he was in charge at Allianz Arena.


Badstuber revealed that the Spanish tactician did not show any genuine interest in him during his stay at Bavaria. During the three year reign of Guardiola, Badstuber was mostly injured; the 27-year old says that he is only realizing how he almost felt abandoned by the Catalan when he was the boss.

“Our current coach likes to exchange opinions with the players, and so the conversation goes back and forth. That’s good too. With Pep, it was different. I would have to approach him because if I want to have a discussion then I will go looking for it,” Badstuber told Sky Deutschland.

Badstuber claims that under the current coach at Munich, players are shown more interest unlike when Guardiola was in charge at the club. Guardiola was the manager of Barcelona before his eventual move to Germany. He won honours with the club locally, but couldn’t advance much in European football during his three-year reign. He currently manages Manchester City and has been enjoying a decent run so far.
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Carlo Ancelotti kick-started his career in Germany with a title win

This is the debut season of Carlo Ancelotti as the head coach of a top German club and even though the Bundesliga doesn’t start until August 27, Ancelotti has already added a new piece of silverware to his collection after defeating their rivals Borussia Dortmund in the finals of German Super Cup which concluded with Bayern Munich claiming a 2-0 triumph.


Arturo Vidal and Thomas Muller scored the only 2 goals of the match as Carlo Ancelotti lifted a trophy in his first competitive game as the head coach of Bayern Munich.

“We’re happy, of course it was difficult and Dortmund played very, very well but things worked much better for us after the break and this gives us some self-confidence for the Bundesliga. This team is already very, very strong.” Carlo Ancelotti said as he voiced his delight in winning his first title with Bayern Munich.

Even though it was Bayern Munich that came out on top with the victory, they struggled to control the match during the opening minutes and it was actually Borussia Dortmund that almost scored first with Aubameyang and Dembele launching shots against Manuel Neuer but the veteran shot-stopped stopped both shots from entering his net. Read Full Post…

Payet staying at West Ham

Dimitri Payet has stated that he will be staying at West Ham next season ending speculations that he might be leaving during the summer.


This will be good news for West Ham as they attempt to build a team that will help them challenge for trophies. Many fans fear that with Payet performance at the Euros there would be plenty of European clubs that might come knocking for him. Indeed, Payet scored 3 beautiful goals at the Euros and was also instrumental in France attack throughout the competition.

Dimitri Payet has stated that he is happy at West Ham and that he wants to continue playing for them. He admitted that there were interests from Real Madrid and Chelsea during the recent weeks, but he said that he prefer to play for West Ham at the moment. He stated that he feels at home here and that he wants to give something back to the fans.

Indeed, with West Ham moving to the Olympic Stadium, this season fans will be hoping that they can keep on to their best players. Dimitri Payet said that he feels happy at the moment and that he is excited to play his first match at the Olympic Stadium. He stated that there is no doubt that he will be a West Ham player next season and that fans should trust him. Read Full Post…

Jon Moss had as poor a day yesterday

Jon Moss had as poor a day yesterday as a match referee can have on a Football pitch.

It’s safe to say that it was his decisions which drove the match rather than the players’ skills.


But, still, neither of the two managers, whose teams were involved in the game, came up with critical remarks against him.

Claudio Ranieri just avoided commenting on the issue at all and left it upon others to form an opinion.

Slaven Bilic, on the other hand, was vocal in the fact that Moss’s last decision that is to provide the Foxes with a penalty kick snatched the match out of the Hammers’ hands, but, he added that it’s normal for the referees to be influenced by thousands and thousands of public screaming around them demanding a decision in their favour.

According to Bilic, from Moss’s perspective, the fact that some of his earlier calls in the game had displeased the spectators supporting Leicester, he might have looked to balance it out with that penalty to the hosts. But, that’s where one has to go a little easy on match officials as coping with the pressure of the home crowd anywhere in England is hard. Read Full Post…

Don Garber finds it quite unwise of Bruce Arena to come out intensely

Don Garber finds it quite unwise of Bruce Arena to come out intensely taking side of his playmaker Nigel De Jong.

Arena has recently accused the media as well as the administrators in the American League of having an agenda against De Jong.


Arena believes that particular incident which happened in the Timbers match on 10th of April, it was stretched a bit too long and the only reason for that was the involvement of De Jong in it. There was no chance of it receiving as much attention as it did if any other player had been involved.

Terming Arena’s accusation absolutely baseless and absurd, Garber has stressed that all the decisions are made in complete fairness in the Major League Soccer and there is no such thing as partiality. It’s just that the tackle made by De Jong was a bit too rough and it’s only due to it that he was punished.

What is surprising is that Arena himself, being one of the most knowledgeable persons in American Football, has always spoken for the removal of careless tackles and now he has taken a different stand. However, according to Garber, that might be because he is the manager and it’s his duty to back his player. Read Full Post…