English Premier League giant Chelsea have lost out in the race to sign 21-year old rising star Niklas Sule to German champions Bayern Munich, according to reports from the transfer market.
The starlet has been crucial to Hoffenheim’s unbeaten record this campaign. He decided to join the top German side in spite of serious interests from the Blues
Antonio Conte wanted the talented defender to join the backline at Stamford Bridge amidst concerns of an aging block of defenders. John Terry is poised to end his stay at Chelsea this season and he is 36 years already. Gary Cahill is 31 while David Luiz is 29, meaning Chelsea have to think ahead if they want to continue their recent successes in the Premier League.
Bayern got the player for a reported £17.5 million after impressing Carlo Ancelotti. He has been central to Hoffenheim’s fifth place position in the Bundesliga and their record of being the only side yet to lose a game. The 6ft5in placed already had a bid for him rejected but Chelsea remained adamant. The loss of Leonardo Bonucci – who agreed to a new deal with Italian champions Juventus recently – strengthened the resolve of the former Italy national team manager to get the player. Continue reading “CHELSEA LOSE SULE TO BAYERN MUNICH”
The United States of America have sacked their national team coach in a bid to revamp their bid for the 2018 World Cup set to hold in Russia.
Fifty two year old German Jurgen Klinsmann has been the coach since he took over in 2011. However, with the US lying bottom of a World Cup qualifying group of 6, the ex-Germany international was relieved of his duties.
The US Soccer president Sunil Gulati has said that he remains optimistic of their chances in making Russia 2018, despite placing below the likes of Honduras, Panama and others in their qualifying campaign.
“We remain confident we have quality players to help us advance to Russia 2018. But the form and growth of the team up to this point left us convinced that we need to go in a different direction,” Gulati said.
“With the next qualifying match in late march, we have several months to refocus. We need to determine the best way forward to ensure a successful journey to qualify for our eighth consecutive World Cup,” he added.
After Englishman Sam Allardyce was relieved of his appointment as the Three Lions boss, Klinsmann was one of the top persons speculated to take up the role. The former Spurs player achieved a decent record during his time as the US national team manager, until the recent poor run. The retired German football player won the World Cup himself in 1990. He was impressive for the German national team side in 2006, but he could not quite reach such levels in the United States.
Bruce Arena is the man touted to take over. Arena is a former US coach – from 1998 to 2006 – and has experience managing LA Galaxy – a top MLS side. Arena would have a tough job at ensuring the US play in Russia in 2018.
Bayern Munich, having won their last Champions league match, have advanced to the knockout phase of the tournament this term.
In the match against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday, Bayern was able to upturn the 1 goal deficit and win the game by a goal margin.
Bayern Munich’s star striker, Robert Lewandoski was definitely the star player of the match as he scored twice to equalize and give his team mates the much needed lead. He had previously struck the woodwork twice before scoring the equalizer from the penalty kick.
The penalty kick which led to the equalizer, came in the 34th minute of the game after Andres Guardado, a PSV midfielder committed a handball within his own eighteen-yard box. The second goal came in the 73rd minute after a square ball received from David Alaba was deftly steered into the opponents net.
The win has this ensure that Bayern advances to nine points, holding the second position on the Group D table, while Atletico Madrid sits comfortably on the top of the League table with 12 points. Below, occupying the 3rd and 4th position are Rostov and PSV, each with just one point from four matches. Continue reading “BAYERN MUNICH ADVANCES TO LAST 16”
It’s been a little over 2 months since Carlo Ancelotti’s contract with Bayern Manich and the Italian manager has continued the string of positive results that the previous managers of the club initiated.
Even though it has been a fairly short period of time since Ancelotti took over, he has already began to start writing his name in the history-books of European football as the head coach of Bayern Munich after surpassing the home record of Manchester United.
The Premier League club had 12 successive home triumphs in the Champions League and Bayern Munich’s recent 5-0 victory over Rostov was their 13th triumph.
Bayern Munich faced off with the Russian outfit Rostov on September 13 and claimed a convincing 5-0 triumph and despite this victory being the perfect start of Carlo Ancelotti’s Champions League campaign as the head coach of Bayern Munich, the Italian manager does not want to get carried away as Ancelotti is aware that this is only the start and that the journey has begun. Continue reading “Carlo Ancelotti breaks a Champions League record with Bayern Munich”
Carlo Ancelotti has opened up on the situation at Chelsea leading up to his sacking. After recently taking over at Bayern Munich, the Italian is hoping to win a league title in yet another major European league.
He has already won the domestic titles in Italy, France, England, and Spain. Making his mark in Germany is probably one of the few elements that will go on to confirm Ancelotti as one of the greatest coaches ever. Yet, Chelsea did not think twice about sacking him after one poor season in the Premier League.
His final game in charge as the Chelsea manager turned out to be a game against Everton at Goodison Park. Everyone were pretty much aware that Ancelotti would be sacked as early as half time and the manager was the last to know about it. He claimed that there was complete silence in the dressing room when Roman Abramovich paid a visit after the match. Despite being sacked in acrimonious circumstances, Ancelotti says that he has no hard feelings with Abramovich. He also insisted that he maintains a great relationship with all his previous bosses like Florentino Perez and Silvio Berlusconi.
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Talented Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanchez is in the midst of serious controversy regarding his brith age as the player is believed to be too developed for his ’18-year old’ tag.
Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon is questioning the age of the player who is from the Benfica Academy, a bitter rival. The President of the club Bruno de Carvalho claimed Benfica should authenticate the age of the player. Local Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Noticias claim the player’s birth date is 18th August 1997
but his actual birth was not registered until August 2002, five years later. The report points to the fact that the player’s details may have been doctored.
Sport commentators are joining Sporting and questioning if something underhanded was going on. The player has enjoyed a great time in France helping the country to the semi final stage but the storm about his true age keeps getting worse. He has been awarded the Man of the Match in two games at the tournament so far and scored the equalizer when Poland were ahead in the quarter finals. Continue reading “RENATO SANCHEZ IN CONTROVERSY OVER BIRTH DATE”
Bayern Munich’s new manager Carlo Ancelotti claims that one of his biggest regrets in the game is the inability to manage a player like Wayne Rooney.
The Manchester United forward has been one of the favourite for managers like Jose Mourinho and Ancelotti despite the duo not having managed to the player once in their managerial career. After making the move from Everton to United in 2004, Rooney has been a Red Devil through and through
. Even though there have been numerous times when he came close to leaving the club, he has always ended up staying at Old Trafford.
The comments from Ancelotti come the time when Rooney may be facing yet another period of uncertainty future at Old Trafford. Even though Jose Mourinho has taken over at the club, there remains a possibility of Rooney being sold owing to his poor form in recent years. The striker has not scored more than 20 goals in his last four seasons. Incredibly, Mourinho tried to sign him last summer when he was at Chelsea and it may be incredible to see him sell Rooney after finally getting the opportunity to manage him without having to spend a transfer fee. Apart from Rooney, Ancelotti also regrets not being able to manage Roma legend Francesco Totti. Continue reading “Carlo Ancelotti claims that one of his biggest regrets in the game”
Bayern Munich progressed to the final of theDFB-Pokal cup after a fine 2-0 win over Werder Bremen in the semifinals.
As a result, the club’s hopes of winning the treble remains alive. Manager Pep Guardiola will want to go out on a high after announcing his decision to join Manchester City in the summer. Even though the move was announced several months ago, there has not been a let off in the club’s performances. This is the biggest testament to the professionalism shown by Guardiola. The club are most certainly going to win the Bundesliga with several games remaining.
The real test for Bayern will come in the Champions League. After getting a comfortable win over Benfica in the quarter-finals, the team are facing Atletico Madrid in the semifinals. Diego Simeone’s team just knocked out holders Barcelona from the competition. They have a certain way of playing against teams that enjoy a lot of possession. Guardiola has failed to achieve anything significant in the Champions League and this remains his biggest regret at the Allianz Arena. Under his management, Bayern have been evermore dominant in the German league and have won the league title in record time in the last two years. Continue reading “Bayern Munich in the final of DFB-Pokal cup”
United States national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann, who also has the experience of playing and managing Bayern Munich, says that the German team can expect a tough test when they take on Benfica at the Estádio da Luz in a few days.
Bayern secured a 1-0 lead from the first leg, but Benfica manager Rui Vitória strangely claimed that he was happy with the result. This is seen as a sign of great confidence from the Portuguese team that they will be able to get a result at home. Klinsmann says that playing against Benfica in front of their own supporters is a difficult prospect.
Bayern can fill confident about a few aspects like the lack of an away goal for Benfica, while they come into the match with an advantage of their own. Even though there are difficulties ahead, Klinsmann expects Pep Guardiola and his team to get past the Portuguese team and reach the semifinals of the Champions League. This will give Guardiola another opportunity to aim at winning the Champions League with the German club. He has failed at the semi-final stage in the last two seasons. After already announcing his exit from the club in the summer, this will be the final opportunity for Guardiola to improve his reputation even further. Continue reading “Jurgen Klinsmann says German Team can expect Tough test with Benfica”
Blackburn Rovers claimed a 3-2 triumph against Milton Keynes and this was the 7th league victory of Paul Lambert’s team who are struggling just to survive for another season in the English Championship League.
This match was a battle between 2 clubs that are trying to escape the bottom relegation zone and it was a tightly contested game where both sides scored goals in each half and just when it seemed like it was going to finish in a 2-2 draw, Jordi Gomez found the back of the net at the last minute which edged the victory towards the team of Paul Lambert.
Jordi Gomez is currently performing for Blackburn Rovers on a loan deal which lasts until the remainder of the season but the Spanish midfielder recently has been receiving praise from the head coach Paul Lambert who complimented him after scoring the winning goal that secured the triumph and all 3 points in favor of Blackburn Rovers and Lambert lauded the late goal from Jordi Gomez as the Scottish manager said:
“Oh for goodness sake, it was world class. I mean as good as Payet’s was here the other week that was up there with it. That was an absolute genuine world-class free kick. Jordi Gomez, as I said before, has been terrific. Jordi plays the game as if it’s really natural to him all top players do that. He’s technically excellent on the ball. Even his first goal was a brilliant header. The second goal was genuine world class. We’re thankful that Sunderland have let him come on loan.’’
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