La Liga champions Barcelona have taken a step further with the plans for a Johan Cruyff Stadium.
The club president Josep Maria Bartomeupresented the plans of the stadium with Sant Joan Despi council. The event was just outside the city of Barcelona at the MerceRodoreda Cultural Centre. The commissioner for the EspaiBarcaJordiMoix, and the Mayor AntoniPoveda joined Bartomeu in presenting the plans to the public.
The first brick for the Johan CruyffStadium could be laid this year while the whole project can be rounded off in the 2018/19 season with planning permissions being processed, according to the Spanish club.
“The idea would be to lay the first brick in July. We have been working on this project for the last seven years. The name ‘Minestadi’ will no longer be used and from now on it will be the Johan Cruyff Stadium,” Moix said during the ceremony. read more …
David Moyes is not ready to admit that because of the fact he took the players to a short visit of the United States of America, it put the jobs of some of the Sunderland employees in danger.
Only a day or so after the Black Cats’ return from the States, the news has come that Sunderland hierarchy is planning to relieve some of the club’s servants of their duties.
And people have started blaming it on the America tour as they doubt that the costs of that tour might have destabilised the finances of Sunderland a little bit.
But, as per Moyes, people are getting it totally wrong. First of all, it was the kind of a holiday which the players deserved because they had to keep going without any break at all during the festive period towards the end of the last year and they didn’t even complain. So it was only fair that during this little gap when no matches were scheduled, they were taken away. read more …
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has appeared to question the team selection for the recent game against Chelsea.
The gunners suffered yet another embarrassing loss against a top opposition, as they suffered a 3-1 defeat. The score could have been much worse had it not been for Olivier Giroud’s late consolation. After Marcus Alonso’s goal in the first half, Arsenal appeared to be in the game. However, everything came to a crashing halt in the second half with Eden Hazard scoring a fine solo goal and Cesc Fabregas capitalising on a mistake by Petr Cech.
Chelsea had numerous chances to rip apart Arsenal on the counter-attack – a problem for the team for several years now. The calls for manager Arsene Wenger to step down intensified during the game. The Frenchman has been in charge of the club for more than two decades, but he has failed to lead them to a league title in the last 12 years. The 2016-17 season looks to bring more disappointment in terms of the title challenge, as Arsenal have dropped 12 points behind the blues. read more …
Southend United manager, Phil Brown expects defender Anton Ferdinand to be fit to play as his side face Charlton Athletic this weekend, despite the 31-year old suffering an ankle injury in Boxing day encounter against AFC Wimbledon.
The defender appeared to be limping late on in 3-0 win over The Dons.
But Brown does not think the centre-back will be forced onto the sidelines.
“Anton took a whack to the ankle at the end of the Wimbledon game and it caused him a lot of discomfort. We will monitor the situation through the week but he won’t miss the Charlton game which is good news for us because he is a big player for us,” he said. read more …
Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza has confirmed that striker Mauro Icardi will remain as the third choice for the Argentina national team.
It comes as a major blow to the forward, who is the Italian Serie A’s top goal scorer with 14 goals. The Inter Milan forward has been in fine form this season, although it has not helped Inter move up the table much.Icardi has been regarded as one of the talented forward available for the Argentina national team, who also have an incredible array of talent pool that includes Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, and Angel di Maria amongst others.
Yet, the national team managerBauza sees only three options when it comes to the centre forward role – Gonzalo Higuain,Lucas Pratto, and Icardi. Among these players, the manager has confirmed thatHiguain will be the first choice striker. read more …
The season of 2015-16 was the debut campaign of ZinedineZidane as the head coach of Real Madrid and it was a historic season not only for the Frenchman but for the club itself as they were able to win the Champions League.
Winning the Champions League is something that many top managers who have had an extensive coaching career have not been able to seal but Zidane was somehow able to do it in his debut season and this is one of the reasons of why it was such an important and historic feat when Real Madrid overcame Athletic Madrid on May 28 of 2016 and lifted the European piece of silverware in a dramatic penalty session.
Barcelona won the Spanish League of that season but nonetheless, the UEFA Champions League is widely regarded as the most prestigious and difficult piece of silverware to lift at club level and this is why ZinedineZidane’s debut season in charge of Real Madrid is considered to be as a successful one.
This accomplishment was done around 5 months ago and a new season has kicked off and despite having gone through such an impressive debut season, ZinedineZidane is rumored to be under fire and at risk of losing his managerial position in Real Madrid due to the amount of successive draws that his squad has been sustaining.
Real Madrid went through a streak of 4 successive draws after playing against: Villareal, Las Palmas, Borussia Dortmund and Eibar. All of these games concluded in draws and Real Madrid dropped a number of important points that could have pushed Zidane’s team above Athletic Madrid in the Spanish League standings but both clubs are currently sitting at the top with 18 points being secured after 8 matches. read more …
France international Dimitri Payet is set to make his season start when the Hammers host Watford this weekend in the English Premier League.
The Euro 2016 star has missed the first three games for his club – West Ham United – with the manager Slaven Bilic admitting that his side has missed him. Payet came on as a substitute when West Ham played Chelsea in the opening game, but it was clear he wasn’t back to full fitness.
Payet was in action for his country again, appearing twice as a sub during the international break. An injury-hit West Ham have started slowly in the new term after their brilliant run last season. They would really need the best from Payet as he return to action. The former Marseille forward was critical in their last run, and would have to shake off the thigh strain limitation to impress this term as well.
“Of course we’ve been missing him, like any club is missing their key players. France missed him. I watched the game and France was better when he came on with his quality, with his delivery from set pieces and his quality in open play. read more …
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has claimed that the club now have a transfer target in the form of Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony.
The Ivory Coast international is thought to be unhappy at Etihad stadium due to lack of first-team opportunities. He has never come close to replacing Sergio Aguero in the last 18 months at City. Bony had joined the former Premier League champions for close to £ 30 million. Even as he made the move, many expected him to spend much of the season on the bench and this proved to be the case.
At 27,Bony is now keen on getting back on the pitch on a regular basis. West Ham will be a club who can offer him exactly the situation even though they have a forward like Andy Carroll in the ranks. Bilic stated that it was imperative that West Ham had a player who can score 20 goals a season without being injured for most of the time. Even though Carroll has a good scoring record or at least contribute indirectly to the goals, his injury record has been very poor. The £ 15 million signing is likely to be looked down upon if a player likeBony arrives at the Olympic stadium.
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After coming under serious criticism for its poor condition, the playing surface at Stade Pierre-Mauroy is finally going to be freshly placed in the middle of the on-going Euros.
The Union of the Football Associations in Europe which is the governing body of the Euros is believed to have conveyed the instructions regarding it to the French Football Federation.
A similar situation had arisen in the Euros in Switzerland 8 years back when St. Jakob Park had been resurfaced.
However, before all that, there is a game still to be played on the same surface, which is the damaged one, tonight and the teams facing off are the Group E leaders Italy and one of the pre quarter final aspirants in the group, Republic of Ireland.
Completely pissed off after visiting the ground yesterday, Antonio Conte, the Azzurri coach declared the conditions, especially the game area, unsuitable and unfit to be used in Europe’s biggest competition and said he had not expected that. read more …
Chris Hughton was disappointed to see Brighton failed to achieve qualification play-off final after a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday in the second leg.
A 2-0 loss in the first leg meant that his team were knocked out 3-1 on aggregate. The defeat was especially hard to take considering that Brighton missed out on the automatic promotion spots on goal difference, while they also finished 15 points ahead of Wednesday in the league table. Brighton were only two goals behind Middlesbrough in the goal difference stakes after a draw in the final game of the season.
Hughton has received a lot of praise for turning around the fortunes of the seagulls, but his major task comes ahead in the summer. He will have to motivate his players once again in order to fight next campaign. This will be the hardest part especially given that Brighton came so close to getting to the Premier League. Momentum and confidence always plays a major role when it comes to play-offs. Sheffield Wednesday seem to have more of it especially after their win over Cardiff City to secure the final play-off spot. Brighton, meanwhile, had just failed to achieve automatic promotion after having been one of the best teams in the division throughout the campaign. read more …