Joe Cole was the man who convinced Eden to sign with Chelsa ahead of numerous other European clubs in summer of 2012, Eden Hazard revealed. Hazard communicated with virtually every top club before joining Chelsa in a 32million deal. “I spoke to him before I signed for Chelsa,” Hazard said in comments of one post, which was on Chelsa’s official Twitter account as a tribute to Cole.
Hazard has established himself as one of the best players at Chelsa, winning two Premier League titles, the Europa League, the FA Cup, and EFL cup. Thorgan, Eden’s brother, said that the player has taken the correct decision to stay at the club rather than make a move to Madrid which is currently in the transition phase.
Denmark forward Yussuf Poulsen has appeared to dismiss the ongoing transfer link with Everton by saying that he has no clue over a transfer approach. The RB Leipzig attacker was one among the leading performers for Denmark at the World Cup and he has most recently returned to the German outfit following an extended break.
Speaking to OsnabruckerZeitung, Poulsen stressed that he has not been following the proceedings around Leipzig on vacation and he was indeed surprised with the recent happenings at the club. He added that he has no clue over a potential approach from Everton and his representative should have a better idea on the same.
Sweden defeated their hosts South Africa 3-0 in an international friendly. The Swedes had their full European might on display against the Banyana Banyana at Cape Town Stadium on January 21.
The South African women side tried their best against their opponent but it was obvious that they faced a superior side. The Swedish side were more precise in attack, passed the ball better and maintained tactical discipline. They were patient in the build-up but when they got the chance they buried their hosts. (more…)
Senegal sealed their World Cup qualification campaign with a follow up victory over rivals South Africa. They thrashed their opponents in the replayed match in Durban before a second home victory in Dakar.
FIFA ordered a replay following allegations of match manipulation. The Bureau for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers ordered that the game be replayed after considering the sporting analysis and the betting patterns from international betting monitoring companies.
Switzerland were able to maintain their 100% record in the World Cup 2018 qualification group after managing wins over Andorra and Latvia.
Both teams were not expected to offer any threat to Switzerland’s 100% record coming into the game. Along with Germany, the Swiss are the only team to have won all of the six matches before the latest round of qualification matches in September. This has put Switzerland on the verge of qualification to the World Cup 2018 finals in Russia. Vladimir Petkovic has been a delighted manager after watching his team move three points clear at the top of the table.
Switzerland only have two matches left in the qualification group and they will take place in October. If the national team manages to win both these matches, they will be able to finish ahead of Portugal irrespective of the results from Fernando Santos team. (more…)
VAR is short for video assistant referees or in other words, video technology.
This is something that for years now has been utilized by various sports including American Football (NFL) and baseball (MLB) just to name a few.
It´s designed to help officials in making crystal clear and fair decisions. However, in soccer, it has always been a subject of huge debate as there are many supporters and figures of the sport that consider it to be a negative thing if it gets implemented as it could destroy the essence of soccer.
One of the main elements or characteristics of soccer is it´s free-flowing aspect as there are generally very few interruptions in an actual match and the timer which never stops until the end.
Introducing VAR could negatively affect this component of the sport as more interruptions and consequentially hampering one of the core elements of why soccer is considered to be as a beautiful and attractive sport for many people as it almost never stops or gets disrupted. (more…)
Not too long ago, the world celebrated the achievements of famed coach Louis van Gaal.
The former Ajax and Barcelona coach led a less fancied Dutch side to the top three spot in world football’s biggest event. The Netherlands were impressive at the 2014 World Cup now the team lays almost in ruins.
The team failed to qualify for the Euro 2016 even as their former coach suffered setbacks at Old Trafford after exiting the team. Maybe the marriage should not have ended?
Memphis Depay eventually moved to the same Old Trafford where his career suffered as he failed to impress. He was key to the team that helped PSV to the Eredivisie in 2014 but he was disappointing in England.
Then 22-year old Bruno Martins who was part of the team is struggling to impress after he moved to FC Porto from Feyenoord; Joel Veltman, who was with Ajax then, is expected to exit the team after their Europa League slump; Jordy Clasie initially struggled upon moving to Southampton but he has been trying under Coach Claude Puel; Daley Blind is yet to establish himself fully at Manchester United; Leroy Fer suffered on loan at Swansea and only just returned to the national team. (more…)
South American football giant Brazil have been named the number one football nation according to the latest FIFA world rankings.
Brazil were ousted in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa by the Netherlands in the quarter final stage. Since then Brazil have not been ranked the top footballing nation until the recent release by FIFA.
Brazil have 58 points more than closest rival Argentina to lead the rankings. Brazil have showed spirited performances in the Copa America World cup qualifying campaign, winning all of their last ten games. They lead the pack now despite facing the threat of missing out months back. The most recent result was the 3-0 rout of Paraguay.
Current coach Tite replaced Dunga mid last year after a disastrous performance at the Copa America Centenario. Brazil had been suffering poor confidence after infamously exiting the 2014 World Cup, suffering a huge defeat in the hands of a disciplined German side. They lost to Paraguay in the 2015 edition of Copa America with a recap the next year being the tipping point. Since Tite came on board, Brazil have turned their fortunes around. They are the first team to qualify for Russia 2018 after eight straight wins in the qualifiers.
Argentina dropped to second place with points’ total of 1603. Germany were at a distant third with 1464 points. Chile, Colombia, France, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland and Spain completed the top ten.
Northern Ireland moved up the most, rising to 26th from nine spots behind. Uruguay were the biggest ‘losers’ in new rankings as they dropped six spots to 15th.
After seven years of trouble, could Brazil be ready to re-establish their prominence in world football?
The head coach of the Spanish national football team Vicente del Bosque stated that his squad will and has learned from their failures that were evident during the 2014 edition of the World Cup.
Spain made a disastrous run in the 2014 World Cup after not being able to get past the group stages due to having lost against: Netherlands and Chile.
When the tournament reached it’s end, Vicente del Bosque later went on saying that his squad is not going to perform in such an underwhelming manner and that his task is to help Spain become the 1rst national side to win 3 successive European Championships.
‘’We go into the tournament with the maximum ambition and that is to defend the title that we achieved four years ago. It’s the same situation that we were in at Euro 2012 but with a bit more responsibility because we now have to defend two straight titles’’ This was the statement released by Vicente del Bosque before the 2012 Euro’s had kicked off.
The Spanish national side won the 2008 and 2012 edition of the Euro’s and Vicente del Bosque wanted to do the same with the 2016 Euro’s but failed to do so after getting eliminated in the Round of 16 when they faced off with Italy and lost 0-2.
It seems like Spain has started to crumble ever since the 2014 World Cup initiated and Vicente del Bosque along with his squad have struggled trying to replicate the performances that they have done a few years ago.
Vicente del Bosque hung up his managerial boots on June 14 of 2015 and JulenLopetegui replaced him, it’s now his task to start rebuilding the Spanish national side and help them become the dominating team that they once were some time ago and with the 2018 edition of the World Cup on the horizon, Lopetegui is hoping that Spain does not go through another disastrous World Cup.