Thursday, November 30, 2017

Altidore’s performance draws Keyzer Soze comparison from Vanney

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:09 AM
Sportsnet.ca
Altidore’s performance draws Keyzer Soze comparison from Vanney
Altidore’s performance draws Keyzer Soze comparison from Vanney

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Some fans are outraged Jermain Defoe is missing from the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:30 AM
Sport: : BreakingNews.ie
Some fans are outraged Jermain Defoe is missing from the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist
Defoe struck up a friendship with young cancer patient Bradley Lowery before his death this year, aged six.

Monday, November 27, 2017

DeMbare: So near, yet so far

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:15 AM
Sport – The Standard
DeMbare: So near, yet so far

When referee Brighton Chimene blew the whistle to signal the end of the match at the National Sports Stadium yesterday, Dynamos players hung their heads in disappointment.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Mourinho: We could have played better

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:06 AM
Sport: : BreakingNews.ie
Mourinho: We could have played better
Mourinho: We could have played better
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he is still tweaking the balance of his side this season - after they cut Manchester City’s lead at the top of the Premier League to five points.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Liverpool’s defence to be tested against Chelsea this weekend

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:39 AM
Sportsnet.ca
Liverpool’s defence to be tested against Chelsea this weekend
Liverpool’s defence to be tested against Chelsea this weekend

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Lou Bega loves Ebbsfleet’s own Mambo No5

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 2:45 AM
Sport: : BreakingNews.ie
Lou Bega loves Ebbsfleet’s own Mambo No5
Ladies and Gentleman, this is Mambo No 5… no it really is…

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Footy Accumulators asks the big question: what’s the biggest rivalry in British football?

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:42 AM
News – World Soccer
Footy Accumulators asks the big question: what’s the biggest rivalry in British football?

Online poll reveals the biggest divide in British football

Rangers and Celtic fans during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on September 10, 2016 in Glasgow. (Photo: Steve Welsh/Getty Images)Online poll reveals the biggest divide in British football

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

This midfielder became one of the most skillful GOALKEEPERS in FIFA history

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:12 AM
Dream Team FC
This midfielder became one of the most skillful GOALKEEPERS in FIFA history

FIFA has some incredible stories – but this has to be one of the greatest.

Back in 2012, Turkish side Galatasaray were 1-0 up against Elazigspor.

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Victory seemed certain – but in the 89th minute, Galatasaray keeper Fernando Muslera was sent off and gave away a penalty.

His side desperately needed the win – which would keep them in striking distance of then Turkish Super Lig leaders Antalyaspor.

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Thankfully, midfielder Felipe Melo was on hand – and in an act of sheer brilliance, acrobatically saved Goksu Turkdogan’s spot kick.

“I looked into Goksu eyes,” the Brazilian told Lig TV after the game.

“He looked like he wasn’t sure to me. I didn’t jump too early and waited until the last second to move.

“I really want to thank the fans. I didn’t start the season well but this save is extra motivation for me.”

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But it gets better.

EA caught wind of Melo’s heroics and gave him his very own 64-rated Bronze GK Ultimate Team card in FIFA 13.

Great passing, reflexes – not to mention a decent turn of pace – catapulted Melo into the history books as one of series’ all-time most skillful keepers.

Sadly, it doesn’t look as though Melo is on FIFA 18 – so last year’s game may have been his final appearance.

Still, what an incredible story.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

When TFC captain Michael Bradley speaks, people listen

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:54 AM
Sportsnet.ca
When TFC captain Michael Bradley speaks, people listen
When TFC captain Michael Bradley speaks, people listen

COLUMBUS, Ohio – When Michael Bradley speaks, people listen.

Toronto FC’s captain is not the type to rant and rave, or make a spectacle of himself when he’s trying to make a point. Bradley’s approach is far more measured – even keeled and thoughtful, he speaks simply and plainly, and chooses his words carefully, always managing to get the point across in a forceful way without so much as raising his voice.

When Bradley has something to say, he makes himself heard. One such moment came when he penned an open letter to TFC fans in early October, explaining why winning the Supporters’ Shield, the trophy given to the team that finishes the MLS regular season with the most points, was so important. Winning the Shield, Bradley noted, was part of a larger philosophical shift within the entire organization after the Reds suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Seattle Sounders in last year’s MLS Cup final.

“When we sat down as a group early in pre-season this year, we talked about this idea of being different,” Toronto’s captain wrote.

“The loss in the final was still clearly on everyone’s mind, but we understood that the only way to ever give ourselves a chance at redemption was to play 90 minutes at a time, for 34 games. Go after every game with the same mentality that we played with during the second half of last season.”

The entire letter, and that passage in particular, struck a chord within TFC’s fan base, as supporters in the south end of BMO Field unfurled a massive banner honouring Bradley prior to kickoff of the next home game that read, “Redemption: 90 minutes at a time.”

https://twitter.com/JohnMolinaro/status/927266054656503808

Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco garner the majority of the headlines with their goal-scoring prowess, and newcomer Victor Vazquez’s playmaking ability has elevated TFC to another level. But make no mistake about it: Bradley sets the tone at the club. As he goes, so goes Toronto FC. Bradley’s words carry a lot of weight – not just with the fan base, but also with his teammates.

And they mean even more now with Toronto set to take on the Columbus Crew on Tuesday night in Ohio in the first leg of the Eastern Conference final.

“Michael is our emotional, our technical, tactical leader. He does a lot for the club on and off the field. Part of that is his voice. He commands a big presence on the field,” defender Justin Morrow told Sportsnet.

“He’s always talking to his teammates, whether that’s conversations before the games about things we need to take care of, conversation on the practice field of how we can do things better, conversations during the game about things we need to change on the fly. His voice is massive.”

It’s a sentiment echoed by Nick Hagglund, who calls Bradley “the heartbeat of our team.” The young defender explained that Bradley has garnered the respect of his teammates by holding them accountable and expecting the same commitment that he expects from himself at all times. Bradley has also earned the trust of the entire TFC locker-room.

“He’s our captain. We follow him wherever he wants to take us. We trust everything that he says. Everything that he says is huge,” Hagglund said.

“He knows what it takes to be a winner and I think everybody sees that and respects that. His determination, his heart and leadership are amazing. For us, whatever he says it’s something we have to follow.”

Getting a young player such as Hagglund to heed your words is one thing. It’s quite another for Bradley to convince a veteran such as Drew Moor to follow his lead. Moor has far more MLS experience than Bradley, having played in over 360 regular season games and has won an MLS Cup in his 13 years in the league.

But like his younger teammates, Moor has no qualms about taking directions from his captain.

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“Everybody knows Michael’s experience and knows what he’s been through, both internationally and domestically. When he talks in the locker-room, in video sessions, in the meal room, wherever we are, everybody listens,” Moor stated.

“His words to the fans are very similar to the kind of stuff that he motivates his teammates with as well. There’s been times since I’ve been here when there’s been an opportunity for him to make a speech or share some words, and anytime he does it, it means a lot to the players.”

Bradley’s influence at TFC goes well beyond the pre-game pep talk, or what he says on the training ground. His imprint is far greater than that, with his influence reaching the upper echelons of power at MLSE.

“When he came to Toronto, his message to this organization was that he wanted [TFC] to compete for championships year in and year out. And not just with his words, but also with his actions, and the ways he speaks with the front office, he’s a big part of what this club is where it as right now,” Moor said.

“He’s everything you want in a captain, and his words are huge.”

NOTES: Giovinco and Altidore are suspended for Tuesday’s first leg in Columbus. They are eligible to return for the second leg on Nov. 29 at BMO Field… Toronto topped the Eastern Conference and the overall MLS standings with a 20-5-9 record and a league-record 69 points. Columbus (16-12-6) finished fifth in the East, 15 points adrift of Toronto… The Crew did, however, hand TFC one of its five losses this season, earning a 2-1 home win on April 15. The Reds returned to Ohio the following month and beat the Crew 2-1, and then hammered Columbus 5-0 on May 26 in the final match of the campaign between the two sides… This Eastern Conference final marks the first playoff encounter between TFC and the Crew.

Toronto FC supporters get an inside look into their favourite club every Monday night at 11 p.m. ET on Sportsnet 590 The FAN. It’s an all-access pass with co-hosts Brendan Dunlop and Thomas Michalakos as they interview the biggest names around the team and preview and review of every TFC match.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Pressure on for Azkals after draw vs Nepal

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:48 AM
Football – Inquirer Sports
Pressure on for Azkals after draw vs Nepal
Pressure on for Azkals after draw vs Nepal

The draw against bottom team Nepal last Tuesday in Kathmandu cranked up the pressure on the Philippine Azkals, who are suddenly on a slump after a strong start to the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Ancelotti, Conte, Allegri on shortlist to replace Ventura

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:51 AM
Soccerway.com
Ancelotti, Conte, Allegri on shortlist to replace Ventura
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) have targeted five top coaches for the Italy job, including Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

Zimbabwean flavour in Ashes series

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:27 AM
Sport – The Standard
Zimbabwean flavour in Ashes series

THE sight of any professional athlete, who could have represented Zimbabwe plying his trade for another nation at the expense of his country of birth, has always stirred mixed emotions […]

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

FIFA 18: Fans desperately want EA to bring this feature back

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:15 AM
Dream Team FC
FIFA 18: Fans desperately want EA to bring this feature back

What’s your favourite FIFA?

Whatever your answer, there’s one feature in FIFA 12 that fans are desperate to see EA Sports add to the latest game.

The ability to edit your players’ work rates.

A menu in FIFA 12 allowed you to manually change players’ work rates – adding more tactical depth

Before Ultimate Team came along, you could go in to one of the game’s menus and individually tailor how hard a player worked during a match.

So, instead of them all running around and getting knackered – as they do in this year’s game – you could tweak work rate for attack and defence (ranging from low to high).

Sadly, the feature has since been scrapped – although we’re not entirely sure why.

It’s probably got something to do with the introduction of Fitness cards in Ultimate Team.

FIFA 18 uses the Frostbite engine to great effect – providing far better visuals than in last year’s game

Either way, fans would be more than happy to see it return.

One wrote on the FIFA Reddit: “Why don’t they do this anymore? It blows me away, how is that a bad thing to implement?

“It’s like we have a strict set of boundaries and we just end up finding ways to bend the rules instead of managing and playing the way we should.

“Example being formation switching at the start to get perfect chem/using players ‘out of position’. All of this could and should be customisable.”

Cristiano Ronaldo starred in the FIFA 18 reveal trailerEA SPORTS

He continued: “Work rates, extremely limited stats recorded on cards, fitness, chem, card positioning, servers, input delay… imagine how great this game would be with all of those things fixed. FUT should allow total control and customisation of the squad.

“So much room for improvement and I can’t imagine anyone being up in arms about fixing any of those things!”

Who knows – maybe EA will listen if enough people let their voices be heard?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Most Swedes DON’T want to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Swedish World Cup squad

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:31 AM
Dream Team FC
Most Swedes DON’T want to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Swedish World Cup squad

Sweden will be going to the World Cup next summer, but it looks increasingly likely that Zlatan Ibrahimovic won’t be joining them. 

The striker retired after Sweden’s last match of Euro 2016, but has hinted he could return to the national team after they secured passage to Russia.

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And in typical Zlatan style, the maverick striker made it all about himself:

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— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) November 13, 2017

Hmm, it certainly looks like Ibra is hinting at a possible comeback to international football, doesn’t it?

But according to a survey conducted by Swedish research consultancy Demoskop for news outlet Expressen, 63% of Swedish football fans would rather not see the Manchester United striker return to the side for the upcoming World Cup.

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Sweden certainly produced one of the biggest shocks of qualifying by beating Holland to the runner’s-up spot in Group A, before getting the better of Italy in play-off round.

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The subject of Zlatan’s return dominated the news conference after the game, which clearly irritated Sweden head coach Janne Andersson.

“This is incredible! This player has just stopped to play with Sweden one year and a half ago and we are still here talking about him,” Andersson said.

“Gosh, we need to talk about the great players we have in this team I believe.”

AP:Associated Press Janne Andersson celebrates with his players[/caption]

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Former Sweden striker Kennet Andersson – who was part of the Sweden side that finished third in the 1994 World Cup, also weighed in, saying: “I really do not care if Zlatan is on the pitch, on the stands or bench.

Reuters Ibra called time on his international career at the end of Euro 2016[/caption]

“In all teams, the best squad takes place in a national team, and it definitely does not have to be the best players, but it is the best players to do the best for the team.

“I want to see the best team.

“I do not care about a player, it’s the team that applies and I fully trust Janne to come to the right decision. ”

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Italy’s World Cup qualifying humiliation will have great consequences

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:10 AM
Sportsnet.ca
Italy’s World Cup qualifying humiliation will have great consequences
Italy’s World Cup qualifying humiliation will have great consequences

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Canada vs. USA takeaways: Quinn an emerging star for the Reds

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 2:36 AM
Sportsnet.ca
Canada vs. USA takeaways: Quinn an emerging star for the Reds
Canada vs. USA takeaways: Quinn an emerging star for the Reds

After a spirited tilt in a 1-1 draw in Vancouver on Thursday, Canada and the United faced off once again on Sunday, this time on American soil, to wrap up their two-game friendly set.

Some heavy legs were on display from both sides, but that didn’t take away from the physical affair, which featured class finishing.

Here are my three takeaways from the U.S.’s 3-1 victory over Canada in San Jose, California.

Home team pounces early

The Americans struck first on the game’s opening corner kick when Megan Rapinoe connected with Julie Ertz, who flicked it in off her head. The ball’s deceptive pace eluded Canada’s Jessie Fleming, who was marking the near post, and goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe at the 11-minute mark.

The buildup on Canada’s goal early in the second half was fantastic. Captain Christine Sinclair spotted Nichelle Prince on the flank, who used her speed to race up the right as she found teammate Janine Beckie in the middle. Beckie tucked the ball past American goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher for her seventh goal this year and 20th of her national career.

https://twitter.com/CanadaSoccerEN/status/929919572886487043

From there, the U.S. did a good job of riding out the waves of Canadian possession. Canada’s strikers pressured high once again, but the Americans adjusted their play from three nights ago to distribute the ball smarter and quicker when deep in their third of the field.

Ashley Lawrence’s absence for Canada was noticeable. She provides stability down the right. Sunday’s game showed it’s tough to replace her consistency and vision.

The match was extremely chippy. It’s interesting seeing reactions from pundits and fans alike across social media when a meeting is dubbed as a ‘friendly’ because the usual response is it’s never friendly between Canada and the U.S. It’s true. There’s no backing down on tackles. The Americans don’t let off on Sinclair to show respect, nor do young Canadians shy away from difficult challenges. A number of players from both sides spent some time in pain on the pitch.

Tactical trend?

Canadian head coach John Herdman made two tweaks to his starting 11. With Lawrence returning to PSG in France, fullback Maegan Kelly made her first start and second appearance for Canada. Up top, Thursday’s goal scorer Adriana Leon started in place of Nichelle Prince.

https://twitter.com/CanadaSoccerEN/status/929883433656094721

Prince would get into the match at the 31-minute mark, swapping in for Rose, which is reminiscent of Thursday’s sub of Rose for Leon. Will this be a trend we continue to see in Herdman’s playbook as the qualifiers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup approach in 2018?

Quinn’s emergence

One item that I touched upon briefly after Thursday’s match was the strides we’ve seen from Rebecca Quinn. Shelina Zadorsky and Quinn complement one another well as a centre back duo – Quinn is comfortable taking chances moving up when Canada is in attacking mode. She is also very good in the air and is being used as a target on set pieces, hovering around the penalty area (see her touch early in the second half on Canada’s corner kick). It reminds me a lot of Herdman’s early tenure with Canada when he would push up centre-backs Candace Chapman, Emily Zurrer and Carmelina Moscato on corners.

Quinn has nearly five years of experience in the college game as a midfielder, which gives Herdman a number of options when using her. That versatility will help Quinn keep a spot in the starting 11, or at the minimum give her significant minutes when Kadeisha Buchanan returns.

Notes: Rose’s appearance on Sunday marked the 30th of her senior career. The 18-year-old striker has scored seven goals since her debut in 2015… Teenagers Ariel Young, Jayde Riviere and Julia Grosso all debuted for Canada on Sunday… The attendance at San Jose’s Avaya Stadium was 17,960 — nearly a sellout… Canada’s final game of 2017 is on Nov. 27 vs. Norway. Unlike this two-game leg against USA, the match against the Norwegians comes during a FIFA window, meaning Kadeisha Buchanan and Sophie Schmidt will be available for selection, along with Ashley Lawrence. However, it falls during the quarterfinals of the NCAA championship. Jessie Fleming (UCLA), Rebecca Quinn (Duke) and Deanne Rose (Florida) all play for schools that could make deep runs in the tournament and end up in the College Cup.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Chelsea stars have hampered Loftus-Cheek - Southgate

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 2:36 AM
Soccerway.com
Chelsea stars have hampered Loftus-Cheek - Southgate
Chelsea's senior players have kept Reuben Loftus-Cheek in his place at the club, according to England manager Gareth Southgate.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Nick Bidwell’s Notes from Germany: Heynckes sparks Bayern revival

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:15 AM
News – World Soccer
Nick Bidwell’s Notes from Germany: Heynckes sparks Bayern revival

Veteran coach has restored order at the Bundesliga champions after a sloppy start

Coach Jupp Heynckes of Bayern Munchen during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munchen at the Signal Iduna Park on November 4, 2017 in Dortmund Germany. (Photo: Peter Lous/Soccrates/Getty Images)Veteran coach has restored order at the Bundesliga champions after a sloppy start

Friday, November 10, 2017

Bayern players ´shocked´ by Ancelotti´s line-up for PSG

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:42 AM
Soccerway.com
Bayern players ´shocked´ by Ancelotti´s line-up for PSG
Jerome Boateng was among a group of Bayern Munich players left stunned when Carlo Ancelotti told them they would not play against PSG.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Gareth Southgate to hand Ruben Loftus-Cheek his England debut against Germany

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:19 AM
The Independent - Football
Gareth Southgate to hand Ruben Loftus-Cheek his England debut against Germany
Gareth Southgate to hand Ruben Loftus-Cheek his England debut against Germany
The 21-year-old midfielder, part of his first ever England senior squad, will start at Wembley after a series of withdrawals in central midfield

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Nashville city council approves financing for MLS stadium

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:13 AM
Sportsnet.ca
Nashville city council approves financing for MLS stadium
Nashville city council approves financing for MLS stadium

Nashville’s bid to land an expansion franchise from Major League Soccer now has $275 million in financing approved to build a new stadium, giving Music City a major boost weeks before a final decision from the league.

The Metro Nashville City Council voted 31-6 Tuesday night for $225 million in revenue bonds for the stadium itself and another $50 million in bonds for renovations and improvements around the stadium at the current fairgrounds.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry introduced the financing plan Oct. 2, and the council’s vote was the final approval needed for the project.

MLS requires a solid stadium plan for an expansion franchise, and John Ingram, the billionaire businessman who’s the local bid’s lead owner, called the vote a great night for Nashville.

"The vision to bring Major League Soccer to our city moves one step closer," Ingram said in a statement. "Of course the final decision on the team won’t be ours, but tonight Nashville checked off the final item that MLS needed to see. I’m always proud of this city, and tonight we’ve shown — once again — how we all come together around something important to make Nashville the best it can be."

Ingram’s group added brothers Mark and Zygi Wilf , owners of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, and cousin Leonard Wilf in August as minority partners.

Nashville appeared to make a strong case recently when league Commissioner Don Garber visited the city this summer in conjunction with the U.S. national team’s Gold Cup opener against Panama.

The turnout caught Garber’s eye. The July 8 game drew 42,622 fans to Nissan Stadium, which was followed by a record crowd of 56,232 on July 29 to watch Manchester City beat Tottenham 3-0 in the International Champions Cup. A U.S. women’s national team SheBelieves Cup match against France last year drew more than 25,000 fans.

"If you don’t have success with friendlies or international competition, you’re not going to have success in MLS," Garber told reporters during the visit. "So that’s a checked box that we’ve actually checked a while ago."

Twelve locations expressed interest in expansion franchises. MLS is expected to announce two winning bids later this year, bringing the league to 26 teams, with two more teams to be added in the future.

MLS expanded to 22 teams this season with the addition of Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC. LAFC, which replaces the now-defunct Chivas USA, joins next year. Miami’s expansion effort, led by David Beckham, would bring the league to 24.

The other cities that submitted bids for an expansion team are: Cincinnati; Detroit; San Antonio; Sacramento, California; San Diego; St. Louis; Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida; Indianapolis; Phoenix; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Arsene Wenger was nutmegged in Arsenal training, but how did he take it?

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:15 AM
Sport: : BreakingNews.ie
Arsene Wenger was nutmegged in Arsenal training, but how did he take it?
And who was the player doing the nutmegging?

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Gremio 0 Barcelona 1 (3-1 agg): Two-time Libertadores champs reach final

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 10:42 PM
Soccerway.com
Gremio 0 Barcelona 1 (3-1 agg): Two-time Libertadores champs reach final
Barcelona won 1-0 on Wednesday but Gremio still progressed to the Copa Libertadores final 3-1 on aggregate.

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are better equipped to beat defensive teams after Maribor win

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:33 PM
The Independent - Football
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are better equipped to beat defensive teams after Maribor win
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are better equipped to beat defensive teams after Maribor win
Klopp's side had to be patient but eventually broke down their Slovenian visitors

Marouane Fellaini ‘spotted at hotel’ with potential next club

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 10:12 AM
Dream Team FC
Marouane Fellaini ‘spotted at hotel’ with potential next club

If you’d said Marouane Fellaini would be one of Manchester United’s best players this year at the start of the season, you’d have been laughed out of town.

But that’s the reality, with the bruising Belgian emerged as a reliable performer and Jose Mourinho’s teacher’s pet.

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Marouane Fellaini had been in superb form for Man United this seasonFellaini has been a man mountain this seasonReuters

Fellaini, who has three goals in the Premier League this campaign, has been sorely missed in recent weeks as the Red Devils were beaten at Huddersfield and struggled for fluency.

But despite his new-found important his contract situation still hasn’t been resolved.

So reports that Fellaini has been spotted at a hotel in Istanbul this week will worry both Mourinho and United fans.

Can United afford to lose Fellaini for free?Rex Features

The midfielder’s current deal expires at the end of this season and he’s been heavily linked with a move to Besiktas upon it’s completion.

So what do you make of this clip?

Rumoured Besiktas transfer target Fellaini spotted at Swisshotel Istanbul today… pic.twitter.com/gcwWxa5m9G

— Besiktas Talk (@BesiktasTalk) November 1, 2017

It’s either him or an uncanny lookalike.

The undeniable figure of the big Belgian

If Fellaini elects to snub an extension at Old Trafford he’ll be able to discuss a move with foreign clubs, like Besiktas, in January.

The Turkish champions have become a popular destination for ex-Premier League footballers in recent seasons, with Alvaro Negredo and Ryan Babel both prominent parts of their current squad.

Besiktas are building a stellar squad

The likes of Pepe and Gary Medal were also recruited last summer in an eye-catching transfer window.

Mourinho has admitted Fellaini’s ongoing contract standoff ‘worries’ him, so this footage won’t don’t anything to allay those fears…

Twitter promotes anonymous attacks on 2022 Qatar World Cup

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:09 AM
Football – Inquirer Sports
Twitter promotes anonymous attacks on 2022 Qatar World Cup
Twitter promotes anonymous attacks on 2022 Qatar World Cup

LONDON — The unsolicited tweets started appearing on timelines over the last week. No website, company or individual is publicly associated with the accounts. But the message Twitter is being paid to promote and spread is clear: Qatar is an unsuitable host of the 2022 World Cup. Twitter is cashing in from anonymous attacks on […]

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