Mes: mayo 2019

Barack Obama offers advice to ‘wonderful’ Messi

The Argentine’s performances have always gained attention from the world’s biggest stars – even renowned politicians have had their say Former United States president Barrack Obama has said Argentina have failed to win the World Cup in recent times, despite having the superlative Lionel Messi in their ranks, because they do not play as a team. The 57-year-old gave a rare interview on football when at the EXMA Conference in Bogota and offered an insight on one of the planet’s top talents. Messi and Argentina, of course, failed to win the World Cup in 2018 and after a disappointing group stage, crashed out in the first knock-out round when they came up against eventual winners France. That comes after the South American giants, and two-time world champions, lost in the fina...

2019 Europa League Final. What You Need To Know

  Part one of “the Premier League conquerors Europe” takes place on Wednesday when Chelsea and Arsenal meet in the Europa League final. The other all-Premier League final is set for Saturday, in Madrid, with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur vying for the Champions League title. At stake for Chelsea is another European trophy to add to the other five won since 1971. For Arsenal, making it a hattrick of European trophies is very much secondary to the automatic qualifying spot to the 2019/20 Champions League group stage that goes with winning the Europa League. The Arsenal squad needs new blood but who might move on is simply conjecture at the moment. Chelsea has no such pressure having finished 3rd in the Premier League, Arsenal was 5th, two points fewer than Chelsea. It coul...

Where to watch the Europa League Final

The farewell of Hazard, the non-call of Mkhitaryan, the scepter of the second continental competition … One of the parties of the year will be played at the Olympic Stadium in Baku between Chelsea and Arsenal. Two Londoners ready to export the potential of the Premier League to Europe and close the season successfully. The ‘blues’ arrive with the doubt of Kanté, who carries discomfort. In its place, Mateo Kovacic could enter. In the Gunners, Emery will start Lacazette and Aubameyang , the two protagonists of the success against Valencia. Schedule: what time is Chelsea – Arsenal of the Europa League? Chelsea – Arsenal (TV Schedule)   Argentina : at 4:00 p.m. Bolivia : at 4:00 p.m. Brazil : at 5:00 p.m. Chile : at 3:00 p.m. Colombia : at 2:00 p.m. Costa Rica : a...

Valencia have won the Copa del Rey

Barcelona were denied an unprecedented fifth successive Copa del Rey crown as they lost 2-1 to Valencia in Saturday’s final, heaping the pressure on under-fire coach Ernesto Valverde. Having had a realistic chance at a treble just a few weeks ago, Barca finish the season with only the league title to show for their efforts, a situation likely to increase Valverde’s unpopularity among supporters. Barca were way off their best in the first half at the Benito Villamarin and deservedly found themselves trailing 2-0 at the break, as Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno clinically punished the defending champions. Valverde’s men pushed forward desperately after the break and Lionel Messi pulled one back shortly after being denied by the post, but their dominance proved futile as Va...

Atalanta reach Champions League for the first time

Atalanta qualified for the Champions League for the first time on a dramatic final day of the Serie A season. Atalanta qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history on Sunday, coming from behind to guarantee their place with a 3-1 win over Sassuolo in a match marred by a brawl. Domenico Berardi, who was later sent off during the fight, gave Sassuolo a shock lead in the 19th minute but Duvan Zapata levelled before halftime and second-half goals from captain Alejandro Gomez and Mario Pasalic sent Atalanta into Europe’s showpiece competition. Atalanta, usually a midtable team, finished third in Serie A with 69 points, ahead of Inter Milan on their head-to-head record, and one point in front of AC Milan, who missed out despite a 3-2 win over SPAL. Although Atalanta wer...

Kroos signs Madrid contract extension to 2023

The World Cup-winning midfielder will be sticking around at the Santiago Bernabeu, with another 12 months added to his terms in the Spanish capital Toni Kroos has committed his future to Real Madrid by agreeing a contract extension through to 2023. Kroos, 29, joined Madrid for €25 million in July 2014 and won 12 trophies including three Champions Leagues and one La Liga title in his first four seasons in Spain. The World Cup winning-midfielder had been tied to the Blancos until 2022, but another 12 months have now been added to his terms at the Santiago Bernabeu. That means he will be going nowhere during a summer expected to deliver much change in the Spanish capital. Real said in a statement on their official website: “Real Madrid CF and Toni Kroos have agreed to extend the player’...

Lyon Beat Barcelona 4-1 In Women’s Champions League final

Lyon continued their remarkable European dominance against Barcelona. French giants secure a fourth consecutive Women’s Champions League title with 4 goals. Three weeks before the world cup in France (June 7- July 7) Lyon beat Barcelona in the  women’s champions League final by 4-1. Both teams feed with players the French and the Spanish national teams. Ada Hegerberg scores 4 goals and Dzsenifier Marozsan scored the other one. The French team won their fourth consecutive champions league and the sixth in their history.   FC. Barcelona had the first opportunity to score of the game. Toni Duggan took a shoot that ended up very close to Sarah Bouhaddi’s right post. However, Lyon counterattacked and opened the scoreboard in the fifth minute by Dzsenifer Marozsan. Lyon th...

Arsenal’s Mkhitaryan Will Not Play In Europa League Final

Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan Will Not Play In Europa League Final Because UEFA Can’t Guarantee His Safety Arsenal announced on Tuesday that star midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be joining the club in Baku, Azerbaijan for the Europa League final against Chelsea due to safety concerns, depriving the London club one of its best players for what seem to be entirely avoidable reasons. Mkhitaryan is from Armenia, Azerbaijan’s neighbor with which it has a strained relationship. Due to the longstanding conflicts between the countries, Arsenal feel like Mkhitaryan would not be safe venturing to Baku for the final. This despite UEFA and the Azerbaijani soccer authorities insisting as recently as last weekend that they could guarantee Mkhitaryan’s safety. Tahir Taghizadeh, the Azer...

Real Madrid’s unwanted Champions League hero

It is almost a year to the day since Gareth Bale scored probably the greatest ever goal in a Champions League Final – a brilliant overhead kick in Kiev to beat Liverpool and once again deliver the trophy to Real Madrid. Bale scored again that night and it was his two goals that made the difference in a 3-1 victory and meant that he – and Madrid – had won the European Cup for the fourth time in five years and further enhanced his status as the most successful British player ever to play for an overseas club. Except Bale had come off the bench. Coach Zinedine Zidane preferred Isco for the final and afterwards Bale left the door open that he might be on his way out of Madrid. “I have to sit down in the summer and discuss it with my agent and take it from there,” he said. The evening summed up...

Wayne Rooney has driven a revolution at DC United

For years, DC United had targeted June 2018 as a turning point. It was the moment everything would change for one of American soccer’s most storied institutions, which had fallen on tougher times in recent years. And, as it happened, the opening of a new $400m stadium last summer did coincide with a dramatic upturn in fortunes for the club. Bricks and mortar cannot explain what has happened at DC United over the past year, though. Whether by design or not, the opening of Audi Field coincided with the arrival of Wayne Rooney, something that will go down as the most significant moment in DC United’s recent history. The former England and Manchester United striker was always likely to make an impact in MLS, such is his undoubted quality, but few predicted the cultural change he would bring to...

Ribery and Robben leave Bayern Munich with Style, goals and a new Bundesliga

Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben, said goodbye to Bayern Munich fans with another Bundesliga league title and scoring one goal each. Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben played their last game with Bayern Munich after an era of success. Both players have been a great part of Bayern Munich success during the last decade. Both players score a goal to finish the 5-1 win of their team over Eintracht Frankfurt. This is the 29th league title for the German team, and it also makes Bayer beat a historic record with 7 consecutive titles   Great Careers full of titles Ribery, who is now 36 years old, arrived in Munich in 2007. 12 seasons after, he leaves as the player with the most Bundesliga titles in the history of German football. Robben is 35 years old. He arrived at Bayern in 2009. In 10 seasons he ...

French Federation prohibits Neymar to celebrate the title

The French Federation informs the PSG that Neymar and Marquinhos will not be able to celebrate the title when they are sanctioned   Neymar will not be able to celebrate the League with PSG . PSG will celebrate this weekend the title won by the French League after the match against Dijon. However, neither  Neymar nor Marquinhos , both penalized, can be on the pitch . For this reason the French Federation has warned that it will be severely punished if both players jump onto the pitch to celebrate the title. The regulation prevents a sanctioned player from gaining access to the pitch and that is what the federation reminded PSG, referring to article 4.1.2.of the disciplinary Regulation. The PSG tried to contact  the federation’s disciplinary commissions to find a way out, but coul...

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