AC Milan Is Barred from Playing for a Season

This news comes as a shock as the Italian Giants has had a relatively successful season this year. Although, they have been banned from participating in the next season as allegations regarding Financial Fair Play regulations being breached by the team. The news is followed after the announcement that AC Milan has qualified to participate in the Europa League after their impressive finish from Serie A.

The UEFA has made an official claim which states that the league, who after spending nearly £200m on player transfers during the previous summer, has breached the rules that require the club to break even. Despite the claims and the punishment, the league has stated that they are making plans to appeal this claim to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to hopefully be allowed to play in the upcoming season as they originally had planned. According to a twitter update by the official club – has alluded that the running by UEFA was not completely fair nor based on all of the facts.

Another official statement from AC Milan stated that they are ready to be redeemed from the previous errors that they made by paying the consequences, although, despite having respect for the rules and regulations, the team still expects that they should be treated with the same level of equality. On Wednesday, the club did release their legal team to review the case, appeal it, and ask for a prompt response from the court.

What Were the Sanctions that AC Milan had?

AC Milan has a unique history as the club was initially owned by Silvio Berlusconi, an Italian Prime Minister until 1986 where it was then sold to a Chinese association for a whopping 740 million euros in the summer of 2017. Since then, the club was recorded going on an unusual spending spree to bring in the best players the club though was needed to ensure success. Starting off with Leonardo Bonucci along with Andre Silva – thus creating history as it was the first time in 16 years that the club willing broke the £30m cap for transferring players.

The issue began to arise as the UEFA stated that there were still remaining uncertainties that has been investigating the finances of the club. The origin of these doubts was formed from the suspicions of not being able to refinance a loan that is expected to be paid back in October of 2018. Which causes concern as the financial fair play rules were created to avoid any of the clubs from creating an unpayable debt which can be punished if the team if proven that they are spending more than they are bringing in.
AC Milan Reaction

The figureheads of the club have stated the spending was done in order to create a new and renovated squad that will improve their chances. Although, the investment to bring in younger players does come as the cost as the first team’s salaries before the transfers were rated to be around less than 60%. Milan has also mentioned that the investments are going towards more than just finding younger players. Instead, some of the investments have gone towards the training groups as it is planned to host a women’s team in the upcoming season. The club finished by stating that these invests are necessary as they will improve Milan’s impact in the football world.

England’s Win Over Tunisia Watched by 18.3 Million on BBC

The world cup win enjoyed by England over Tunisia was so far watched by the highest number of viewers in 2018, as it was confirmed that the television audience on BBC One reached 18.3 million. On Monday the game in Volgograd enjoyed a 69.2% audience share which beat the Royal Wedding during its peak. BBC Sports and the BBC iPlayer website had a record number of requests to stream the game, which reached over three million. This high volume of streaming requests made it the highest-ever live audience on any online BBC program. With two goals from caption Harry Kane, it was England who won the game 2-1.

England vs Panama in World Cup 2018 This Sunday

This Sunday it is England vs Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium and kicks off time is 1 pm BST. The match can be watched on ITV and BBC sharing the rights to the world cup, while fans can also follow the action with Telegraph Sport. In the latest team news, judging by a note spotted at the training session, it seems that Southgate is strongly considering dropping Raheem Sterling in the match against Panama.

After a day of recovery, the team returned for a full training session on Thursday morning. Steve Holland, the assistant manager, carried a note on the first training day that disclosed that the team was arranging to play against Panama in a 3-5-2 formation, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield. What was most surprising is the fact that the note had Marcus Rashford in attacking rather than Sterling.

Will Panama’s Gomez Work His Magic on Sunday?

Gomez is known for guiding the Colombia team to the world cup in 1998, Ecuador to the 2002 tournament and there is little doubt that he will be working his magic on Sunday. Panama has reported no injuries, in a country known for boxing champions and baseball players, the world is waiting to see what could happen in its first trip to the world cup.

Gomez says his only hope is that the team will be a dignified rival, his wish is for fans to enjoy the game instead of criticising it or destroying the dream achieved by Panama. He is confident that the team knows what they are up against on Sunday.

Pre-match Predictions for England vs Panama

When the fans were asked to make a prediction for the upcoming game on Sunday the score prediction, in general, came to Panama 0 England 4. Could it be that Panama has a magic trick up their sleeve? Panama limited the damage in its friendly match against Demark to 1-0 in March and have experimented with at least five defenders.
Gomez says they know what they are up against and England have struggled before to break down a good defensive team. But once they get that first goal in you can expect the floodgates to open.

Thierry Henry and Zinedine Zidane Leads France to Victory

Champs-Elysees was the place where one million people headed, late afternoon on the 12th of July. The world-famous venue in Paris became crowded with cheering fans, tricoloured flags and above all the sound of car horns could be stood out. The Arc de Triomphe decorated by a Zinedine Zidane image as the throngs partied. Zidane’s status sealed as the cultural icon as the crowd roared in anticipation.

Only hours earlier France became world champions with a 3-0 win over Brazil. It was 20 years after France claimed its first World Cup triumph and on Tuesday night the victorious 1998 squad reunited. Only a one-goal score was to be enjoyed by Zidane, who scored twice in the final at Stade de France. The hosts targeted Vincent Candela and Thierry Hendry as Gaizka Mendieta, and Fernando Morientes netted for the visitors. While Didier Deschamps, was in the absence (excused) most of the French squad attended. Ibrahim Ba and Sabri Lamouchi took the places of David Trezeguet and the former Juventus striker who already in Russia for the start of the summer tournament.

Aime Jacquet, the France boss got the event started with same eleven players that got them victory twenty years ago in Marseille with a 3-0 victory over South Africa. The back five consisting of Marcel Desailly, Bixente Lizarazu, Lilian Thuram, Laurent Blanc, and Fabien Barthez reunited once more. Bolt hot-footed from the U Arena Stadium after he played at Old Trafford just outside of Paris on Sunday night. Within 8 minutes Morientes found the back of the net, although France equalised by the 22nd minute as Henry curled home after he exchanged passes with Zidane. Candelas was the man the that held the victory of the French in his hands to only seven minutes later.

Zinedine Zidane Stunn Football World by Quitting Real Madrid Management

For fans across the globe the departure of Zidane from Real Madrid is a real shock, he was not only a successful player for the team but managed the B club since 2016. Apart from his remarkable achievements during the Champions League he also led Rael Madrid to the 2017 La Liga title.

The 45-year-old Zidane is still considering his next move and attended the French Open watching the Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal in the French Final. While Zidane spends the day in the company of his wife and two sons, Enzo and Luca, others in attendance included Youri Djorkaeff.

Manchester United Sign Best Young Full-Back in Europe

Manager Jose Mourinho announced earlier this week that Manchester United has signed a five-year contract with the best full-back in Europe. This season, Diogo Dalot played against Liverpool in the Champions League. He also played for Portugal previously in it’s under 15 to under 21 level, and in October he made his Porto debut.

Diogo Dalot said he simply could not turn down the opportunity of playing for the biggest club in the world. The Red Devils paid Porto £19 million for Dalot who came through the youth ranks and played in the 0 -0 draw, in March. Now, expectations are that he could offer competition to Antonio Valencia the captain of United.

Dalot Has All Attributes to Become A Great Player

Mourinho says Dalot is the best full-back in his age group in Europe, about to become a great player since he is an extremely talented defender. He feels Dalot has all the attributes a full-back requires including technical quality and tactical intelligence. He also has a Porto academy mentality which means his preparation on a maturity level need by professional players.

Mourinho is determined to do what it takes to get closer to a Premier League battle next term with champions Manchester City, and therefore he needs to strengthen his defence. The transfer hastens the exits of Daley Blind, the Netherlands defender as well as Matteo Darmain since neither had a long-term future under the watch of Mourinho.

United Pays €47 Million for Fred, Brazil’s Midfielder

On Tuesday, United announced another agreed deal worth £47 million for Brazil’s midfielder Fred. The midfielder, 25- years of age, moved to Europe in 2013 and Shakhtar won three league titles with his help.

Willian, Chelsea winger believed that Fred will be hugely successful in England since he played for Shakhtar from 2007 to 2013. That is expected to pay dividends for the team once he joins the squad and begins to help Manchester United win games.

There’s been a bit of controversy in Fred’s career, at the end of 2015, banned for a year due to positive testing to diuretics, which backdated to tests carried out in June. Luckily for Fred, the suspension applied only to games sanctioned by the football federation Conmebol in South America.

Tim Vickey, a South American football expert, feels that Fred could be a mini version of Fernandino, the midfielder for Manchester City. Everyone agrees that Manchester United is getting two of the most exceptional players for their money and fans are excited to see the team in action after these player additions.

Ashley Young Insists England Going to Russia World Cup To Win

Ashley Young, one of the squad members of England’s World Cup team, is insistent that the last thing England will do is restrain the ambition they have towards attempting to win the World Cup slated in Russia this summer.

The squad is twenty-three men strong and is experienced in what it takes to win a match in a tournament. As for Young, he is looking forward to playing his World Cup, as are other members of the team.

Young’s comments come after Kyle Walker said it would be a miracle if England were to win this year’s World Cup, but for Ashley Young, a positive approach to camp is what is needed as the head to St George’s Park to play a friendly game against Nigeria at Wembley.

Commenting at a news conference, Young said,

“To be honest, I don’t think you go into a tournament not trying to win it and that’s exactly what we will be doing.”

After hearing Young’s comments, Manchester’s Walker said,

“At times you need luck, sometimes you create your own luck. But you don’t go into a tournament thinking ‘right, we’re going to get only this far.’ You go into a tournament wanting to win it and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing.”

A Young Squad with Few Seasoned Veterans

The 23 man roster for England’s World Cup squad is new to this level of competition and only one, Gary Cahill, has been to a World Cup match. Cahill was on the squad that participated in the World Cup in Brazil. England failed to move beyond the group stage after they lost to Uruguay, Costa Rica and Italy.

Young, who is the team captain for Chelsea is set on having a better performance this year and believes much relates to the mental mindset of each player. Young in a recent interview stated,

“My advice would be to go and play their football and relax in the environment as much as you possibly can, to get the best out of yourself, said Cahill. It’s a very intense environment, but it’s something you should embrace.

He further added that many on the team have years ahead of them in soccer but that you not take that mindset instead play like it is your last day at the races. For Cahill, he just wants to enjoy the tournament to the fullest adding,

“Enjoy means go as far we possibly can. Enjoy means by winning games. That’s the only way you enjoy it.”

At the age of 32, Young’s days ahead, at least for future World Cups is fading fast. This is expected to be his last World Cup appearance and had hoped he would earn a spot on the squad heading to Russia to represent England.

“I just had to get out there and play football and play as well as I could and hopefully the England manager would come and call me up again,” he said. “Now he’s done that and I’m going to a World Cup and the excitement for me is massive.

There are concerns that possible racism incidents may overshadow the World Cup in Russia as there are substantial reports of racism in Russian football. Earlier in May, the FIFA fined the Russian Football Union 30,000 Swiss Francs as a result of racist chants from fans during a match in St Petersburg. For Ashley Young, he simply hopes FIFA will be able to deal with it should anything come up.

The Real Madrid versus Liverpool match: One player is expected to win the Battle

Currently, Real Madrid is going to face off against Liverpool during the Champions League Finals on May 26th. This match is going to take place in Kiev, and the team is planning on winning another trophy for the third time in a row. To progress to this match, Real Madrid had to beat Bayern Munich, while on the other hand, Liverpool had to defeat Roma. Both teams have shown that they are eager to face off to win the top club prize.

One reason why this match is so highly anticipated because it will feature a head on duel between two strong and well-regarded forwards: Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and the star of the Liverpool team, Mohamed Salah. One of which will be crowned with the end of an amazing personal season, along with a nice medal.

Real Madrid – Cristiano Rolando

Ukraine will pay homage to the player during his sixth Champions League Final. He has an impressive history filled with winning the prized trophy three times with his current team, Real Madrid and once when he was playing for Manchester United. Before the final, the player gave Madrid a heart attack as he injured his ankle during the draw with Barcelona easier in the month. This cause the 33-year old star to miss two games. One against Sevilla and the other against Celta Vigo. Due to training though, he is ready to take his place back on the front line.

Another fantastic season was enjoyed with Madrid as he was recorded to score 43 goals in total during all of the 42 games that were held in the competition they participated in. His tally record shows scoring 15 goals during a total of 12 Champions League games throughout the duration of the current campaign. The player proudly stated that he was the man needed during the Madrid high-stress quarter-final match with Juventus and managed to let a three-goal lead dingle and then slip, right before being awarded with a late penalty that was quite controversial.

On the other hand, player Lucas Vazquez lost his place in the box and went down a few notches due to a lacklustre performance against Mehdi Benatia, which lead to an array of protests that stemmed from the current Juve keeper, Gianluigi Buffon.

Liverpool – Mohamed Salah

Before the match, Salah has proudly stated that the matchup will be perfect opportunity to demonstrate Liverpool’s power instead of it being a duel of the best between himself and Ronaldo. Though it’s undeniable, his record this season would draw comparisons between himself and the star of Madrid.

The Egyptian international player will stun during the main debut to the Champions League Final appearance. It is unquestionable from fans and expects that he is going to be the main threat against the iconic English team.

During the competitions terms, Salah has scored a total of 44 goals in all 51 of his appearances. This sparked talk amongst expects that he could be in the running against Messi and Rolando to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or award for the season.

Due to the player’s cleverness and skill, he finished the match against Brighton and Hove Albion with 4-0 on the last day. This made him a record goal scored in all of the 38 matches in the Premier League Campaign. Salah is apart of the highest-scoring group of three in the Champions League history. He is accompanied by Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Conclusion

Both players have had an impressive season while playing for their clubs. Though out of both of them, Ronaldo’s experience with playing could give Madrid the upper hand in the upcoming match. Many are believed that Rolando is going to come out on top in this final match and will be the first player in history to win five of the Champions League Finals.

Will Antoine Griezmann move on?

This Wednesday night, the famed French forward, Antoine Griezmann was the star player of Atletico Madrid scored an incredible 3-0 win over the strong-willed team, Marseille, during the final in theEuropa League final game. While the Atletico’s overall precise organization of their plays, along with a strong defense aided the team in this highly anticipated victory, it was thanks to the strong performance and Griezmann’s football knowledge that stole the spotlight and ultimately won this game to add to the belt of Diego Simeone. Shockingly, this is Griezmann’s first trophy award with the Atletico team during his four-year career with the Spanish club.

Over the last few years, Griezmann’s been on the brink of reaching a higher level as a player, almost to the point of being in the Cristiano Ronaldo or the Messi rank. Many experts are thinking that after this win, maybe the French player is finally ready to reach this prized level of football since he has become more consistent with his playing.

Will Antoine Griezmann – Up and Coming Player

The up and rising French player has spent a chunk of his career playing the position of a winger and wide forward. Though, since his recent switch to playing central attacking, Griezmann has pushed and started to be recognized as a consistent and more influential player in the league. In total, the twenty-seven year old player has currently scored an impressive 29 goals during all of the competition for the highly regarded team, Atletico. Which is a considerably great record for a player who is a part of a team that focuses on the precise organization rather than rampant attacking flares and methods. While he scored 22 goals, Griezmann has an impressive record, which has been seen in the Champions League and in La Liga, and even before those the player had 29 scores under his belt. So as his history shows, the player is rising too high profile levels and more people, fans and experts alike, are now mentioning Griezmann name even more.

However, the real question on everybody’s mind is if Griezmann man lasts elsewhere. While his latest performances have attracted some attention for other teams, understandably so. Considerations for a transfer to Barcelona have been since been silenced by the player himself. As of late, the player is keeping silent regarding his future. Though, the Catalan giants are interested in the rising superstar forward, despite rumors of interest coming from Manchester United. Many experts are thinking if Griezmann could move up a level of fame if he chooses to play alongside other superior players who have reached club level. Many have thought Griezmann could move up by playing with the start of Barcelona, Lionel Messi.

It’s no understatement that Griezmann would be an incredible addition to the squad of Ernesto Valverde this coming summer. Plus, considering how the Blaugrana are known for replying far too much on Messi, and having another talented name could ease some of the pressure on Messi.

Griezmann Drawing Positive Attention

The attention Griezmann has been receiving is not only due to his impressive goal record from the last few years. It’s a combination of his preciseness while not being on the ball along with his overall awareness regarding teammates and the space that surrounds him is incredible. Griezmann has been known to always find someone space while other forwards would just hesitate, which just shows his overall football intelligence.

Griezmann will once again be considered one of the key players for the success so the French can have another attempt to win another international trophy during the upcoming summer World Cup. The French director, Didier Deschamps currently has an incredible lineup of skilled players that can be used for his disposal. If Griezmann stays on his toes and keeps up his energetic track of playing with his heart, the team will have even more chances to become world-renowned champions again.

Perfect Day for Liverpool FC

The Liverpool Red promised their return to the highly antiquated Champions league next season due to them scoring fourth place during the final Premier League with an astonishing win. Their final game was filled with high tension and many of the players out their all into every move to ensure that they would claim their spot for the upcoming season.

One player, Mohamed Salah, is being recognised for his astonishing record-breaking 32nd top-flight goal. Salah is being dedicated as being one of the main reasons that the team made it to their current place, along with player Dejan Lovren, who helped double the team’s advantage during the game itself. When the end of the game was approaching, Dominic Solanke combined with Andy Robertson put the final seal of the game as they scored the winning shots.

Perfect Day Equals Happy Coach

The team’s manager, Jürgen Klopp, the manager of the Liverpool FC team, expressed his joy and content with the team’s success with their final league game. He describes it as being a “perfect day” – which many assumed was promoted over Liverpool’s perfect score of 4-0 over Brighton. He described the entire season using two words: exciting and intense. This is accurate seeing how hard the team played through the entirety of the season and took every loss with pride and promises of bettering themselves to make it to their goal. Klopp mentioned the team’s injuries and expressed his feelings regarding the members, saying that he knows when they are healed up, they’re going to be great assets during the Champions League.

However, Klopp did mention that although the team won – they could’ve still scored more points. Nevertheless, he’s happy that the team showed their potential and it landed them a spot in the Champions League. He did mention how he felt confident before the final game ended as soon as the score turned to 3-0. But Klopp is happy he stayed around for the entirety of the game to watch his team win.

Though Klopp added on that even though the team has 13 days to prepare for the Champions League final – he knows that no matter what. The Liverpool Reds are going to be ready. In the meantime, the team is going to practice and have a camp-like session until they are assured they’re ready to play for the final.

Klopp ended his sentiment with stating how this was a fantastic achievement overall from the boys. He’s happy with their overall performance this season and couldn’t ask for it to go any other way. The star players from tonight game expressed their happiness and judging from the photos of the entire team after the game – each member feels the same way. This is one of Liverpool FC most successful season and if they continue on their current track – the team is sure to have even more success during the Champion League.

Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-GermainDespite having lost the Ligue 1 title in the previous season, this French Season has been making a lot of bold moves. Currently with the signing off of Neymar for 200 million pounds, and the addition of Kylian Mbappé, this team is clearly gunning for superiority in France once more. Furthermore it’s also clear they are striving to win the Champions League too.

Created in August 1970, this team, though fairly young, has clearly big aspirations for success.

Track Record

It all began in 1970, however Paris Saint-Germain has been pushing to be a major force in France, especially in recent years. Winning a total of 33 trophies thus far certainly helps with driving home that point as well. Because of these victories, they’ve become the French team with the most successful track record in the country’s history.

They also have many other notable achievements. First, they’ve never been relegated from Ligue 1; Secondly, their one of two French clubs to win a major European title; And thirdly, they are the most widely supported teams in the world.

It’s fair to say they deserve these success. Again they’ve won 33 trophies. At home, they’ve won 6 Ligue 1 titles,  four of them back-back, 11 Coupe de France, 7 Coupe de la Ligue, paired off with 7 Trophée des Champions titles. Rounding out their victories is a single title in Ligue 2.

But another thing to note about this team though isn’t their fantastic track record, but actually the rivalry they share with Olympique de Marseille.

The Rivalry

Their rivalry is deeply rooted, to the point that their fans refer to these matches as Le Classique. It’s one of France’s biggest rivalries, and one of the greatest (and most violent) ones in club football history. Major security measures are taken in order to prevent direct confrontations between the fans. Even with that, fights still occur.

But where did this rivalry start? Firstly, these two teams, along with Saint-Étienne, have big history pre-millennium. PSG and I’OM both have major European trophies, and are the most popular clubs in all of France. They’re also the most followed clubs outside of France too.

It makes sense since so many eyes are on these teams within the football community. It shows that the rivalry between these two teams stems beyond the two teams facing off. Because of this major fixation these teams have gotten overwhelming support, but also their dedicated fans see the match as a lot more than an ordinary football match.

It’s literally seen as a battle between between capital and province, north against south. It’s Paris against Marseille, two of the largest cities in France

Conclusion

Because of this intense rivalry between these teams, both teams need to be working hard. Perhaps harder than any other football club in the league. Not only do they have sights on loftier goals, but of course both teams have a burning desire to overcome the other out on the field and achieve glory!

Real Madrid

real madridTo say that any other club comes close to Real Madrid would be a close second. For many years this has been the country’s favorite club. The club was founded in 1902 and went by the name Madrid Football Club. It was not until later on that King Alfonso the 3rd would bestow on it the title Real or Royal in this case if translated to English. The early years if the club. Could be seen as successful since they did manage to snatch a few Copa del Rey trophies between 1905-1908. Later on by the time WW2 would break out they could boast of having gotv2 La Liga titles.

Post war. Santiago Bernebèu took over as the club president in the period after the war. He took up this post after working in several functions for the club over the years since joining its ranks as a junior in 1909. Rebuilding the club after the war was saying difficult task that he had to complete. His first stop was to build a new stadium which was later renamed in his honor. He also signed a number if High Profile international players.

The dream team put together by Santiago would later go on to win four La Liga and one Copa del Rey. This was just a taste as they impressively went on to win the first 5 ever organized European Cups. This dream team is still considered by many to be one of the finest assembly of football players ever. The period after 1960 would see the club go on to. Be glorious in their winning streak as the cleaned out the domestic titles and snagged themselves another European Cup title.

The football club went know to become one of the most successful in the country. With the addition of a new president there was a lot of international transfers made to the club. Not all of these transfers were successful yet they still cost a lot of money. The then president of the club, Florentino Perez set out to create a star studded club rather than balance it out to have all types of players. The expensive acquisition of world famous stars such as David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos then began. These transfers did not translate to winning more silverware but did bear fruit once in a while to the occasional La Liga title or Copa del Rey. Madrid did manage to take a champions league title in 2003.  Debts. Though the star studded transfers would see the club gain more fans and followers it did not come without its down fall. The club is known to suffer from large amounts of debt due to the costly affair of buying new players almost every summer. The debt is so large that it has exceeded £600 million. The city of Madrid helps the club our and paid for their new training ground that cost £ 480 million.