Barcelona ended the undefeated the first 20 games of the season, but lately entered into a period where things do not work the same as a few years ago, when on the bench of the Catalans was Pep Guardiola.
The team presently coached by Argentinian tactician Geraldo Martino lost the last two games, with Ajax (1-2 in the Champions League) and Athletic Bilbao (0-1 in the Primera Division) and show that can not replace the multiple absences from the first 11.
One of the leaders of the Catalans, Gerard Pique, talked about the last two games lost by his team. Read more
UEFA president Michel Platini said Ballon d’Or winner’s choice this year is the hardest in the history of awarding the trophy, but said that the main favorite is Franck Ribery, who won everything it could be win last season with Bayern Munich.
“They are favorites Messi, Ronaldo and Ribery. First two are fantastic players, but Ribery won everything this year. Choosing this year’s Ballon d’Or is the hardest in the history of the trophy. During 2006, the trophy was won by Fabio Cannavaro who was the leader of Italy, world champion. In 2010 I would have liked to win a Spaniard, Iniesta or Xavi, who were world champions, but Messi was elected “Platini said in an interview with AS. Read more
The scourge of match fixing at sports betting seems more difficult to master. Thursday, Austrian police arrested Dominique Taboga, a player who until recently has played for Grodig, the team that is in the second echelon of Austria football.
According to prosecutors, about 15 matches from 2009 to 2011 are suspected to have been arranged. The 31-year-old player terminated early November his agreement with the club immediately after the allegations against him were first linked of arranging matches.
In an official statement, his former club admitted that the player tried to convince some of his colleagues to arrange some matches, but that they refused and Grodig did not take part in any match fixing. Read more
Wednesday, November 27, they scored 36 goals in the eight matches played in groups A, B, C and D of UEFA Champions League. For 16 years have not been scored so many goals, specifically on October 1, 1997, when there were scored no less than 44 goals, a record of the competition so far.
CSKA Moscow lost 1-3 against Bayern Munich, Manchester City won 4-2 the match with Viktoria Plzen and Leverkusen lost 0-5 at home against Manchester United (who achieved the highest score in their all-time European adventures). Read more
A 0-1 with Newcastle at home, followed by the 6-0 defeat against Manchester City, there were two results not agreed at all by Tottenham bosses. This after in October, West Ham defeated Spurs 3-0 also on White Hart Lane.
Gaps that do not belong to a team that has invested over 120 million euros in transfers this summer, and aimed a Champions League place at the end of the season, but is currently only in 9th place with 20 points . The most worrying is that the team scored only 9 goals in 12 rounds in the Premier League, and only Sunderland, team in last place in the rankings, has fewer goals scored. Read more
Alvaro Pereira (27 years) seems to have less chances to remain at Inter Milan’s after Walter Mazzarri’s coming on the bench of Inter Milan.
Without being a regular starter in the team led by Italian tactician, the Uruguay defender rated at 10 million euros could be involved in a complex business designed to bring Jackson Martinez in Serie A.
Looking for a world class striker, Inter is ready to pay 20 million euros for Colombian attacker Jackson Martinez who scored 10 goals this season in all competitions. In the transaction would be involved Pereira, who would return to FC Porto after two years in Italy. Read more
AS Monaco won pretty tough the match in Ligue 1 on the field of Nantes, final score 1-0, after the hosts missed a great opportunity to equalize at the end of the game. In the second half, from desire to at score of 0-0, coach Claudio Ranieri made an interesting move.
With 10 minutes before the winning goal of Obbadi, the Italian tactician replaced the Colombian scorer Radamel Falcao with Anthony Martial, to the surprise of the South American star. When he looked at the spreadsheet, Falcao cannot believe that has to leave the field and is replaced. Read more
Napoli, Olympique Marseille, Galatasaray and Ajax Amsterdam received sanctions from UEFA following the incidents occurred in the UEFA Champions League matches.
Control and Disciplinary Committee of UEFA decided that clubs Napoli and Marseille to be penalized for incidents from their face-to-face match on 6 November, which took place at the Stadio San Paolo. The Italian club was fined with 25,000 euros for public incidents and because fans threw flares, and French group was fined with 18,000 euros for fans threw flares. Read more
Real Madrid is close to secure the services of Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso until 2016, player of whose current agreement expires at the end of this season.
The main merit in extending the understanding with the 32-year-old footballer (on November 25) belongs to president Florentino Perez, according to the Spanish newspaper ABC. Having a close relationship with Xabi Alonso, head of Galacticos would want to suggest him a new contract, valid until 2016, and the midfielder to be paid with 5 million euros per season.
In the four years spent at the Santiago Bernabeu, Alonso became one of the main players of the team, and now Los Blancos bosses do not want these to be his last seven months in Real Madrid shirt. Read more
Spain returned to the city where won the 2010 World Cup, but suffered a surprising defeat, at the land of South Africa, final score 1-0. The only goal of the friendly match was scored by Parker in the 56th minute, assisted by Mokotjo.
Although an the field were stars like Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Iniesta, Xabi Alonso, David Villa and Pedro, the national team led by Vicente del Bosque was shocked by Africans, who had also enough chances to increase difference.
After the success of Parker, the Spaniards missed numerous scoring opportunities by Iniesta (60 and 73), Negredo (63 and 70), Cazorla (90) and Albiol (90 +1). It is no less true that goalkeeper Reina, entered during the game, rejected two goals as done in minutes 84 and 86. Read more