Ancelotti explains why he did not play with Ronaldo in last defeat to Atletico

Real Madrid has been in kind of form this season that they can’t afford even a single defeat in their victory march to the La Liga title and when they were crushed by the City mate in their Copa del Rey last 16 first leg, both Carlo Ancelotti and fans stunned to see how they could not shred off even a single goal fired by the opponents. Expectedly, everyone is taking the decision to rest star Cristiano Ronaldo for the game as the main reason team could not get a moral support while many are also accusing a brilliant show by the duo Raul Garcia and defender Jose Maria Gimenez in the second half of the game. Fernando Torres, who started his second spell for the Atletico – though on loan -, failed to impress with his form. Anyways, first half was boring and both the sides kept trying to find the gaps but no one could while second half brought some interest when Garcia capitalized a penalty kick and scored the first goal of the game. Likewise, Gimenez’s header from the corner kick ensured Atletico victory. [Read more…]

Roberto Mancini reveals his target list for winter transfer window

Inter Milan has never been a tough contender for the Serie A, in fact, they finished their last Italian season residing on the eleventh position and to change this long running belief about Nerazzurri coach Roberto Mancini has now decided to hire more players in the upcoming winter transfer window. Since, he had been planning for this move since he joined the San Siro side; he also has some players into his shortlist including Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva and Atletico Madrid’s Alessio Cerci along with Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon though he still accepts it is going to be hard for him to lure any of these clubs with limited amount of funds he is having with him. Notably, he replaced sacked Walter Mazzarri last November and carried some high expectations with him to revamp the side considering its low position in the last season. Calling the new signees as the need of the hour, former Manchester City manager said while revealing about his future plans, “Inter have got to look to improve on many fronts and if we are lucky enough to get the new players we want for the roles we are currently lacking in, then that would be much better. [Read more…]

36-year-old Gianluigi Buffon to have an extension from Juventus

It is rare these days that an over thirty-five player is getting an extension no matter where he belongs to but for Juventus’ goalie Gianluigi Buffon rules can be redefined. Yes, according to club CEO Beppe Marotta and player agent, both the parties have agreed for an addition post next season which is the last under running contract for the Italian player. Though, no further details are available at the moment, but according to closed sources new deal could be for one year with another clause to extend it further depending upon his performance in the next season. Notably, Buffon has been among few longest playing players for the Italian club with a thirteen years fruitful spell, however, in between he saw many ups and downs including one when his name was dragged into controversy by media which later proved incorrect. Actually, he is not the only one to get an extension as according to Marotta, Serie A champions are as well interested in offering another period to Stephan Lichtsteiner whose contract is also expiring soon. Looking forward for Buffon’s sixth world cup appearance, 57-year-old Director General said, “His primary objective now is to play in a sixth World Cup, and he really could do it considering the condition he is in. It’s only a formality that he will sign a new contract. The club are building their projects around him. [Read more…]

FIFA asks officials to return Parmigiani watches they received as gift during world cup

Today, soccer is known to be the biggest sports brand hence every time a world up, which is the biggest event of the game, comes by, FIFA disciplinary committee strengthens its protocols in respect of what should be or what should not be done by all the participants including representatives from all over the world. But this is also true that classic word: bribe has now taken a more contemporary approach and the things you want any top official should do for you can be very well compensated by ‘other’ means. Yes, you guessed it right, we are talking about just concluded Brazilian world cup and a precious gift distributed by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) to all 32 countries representatives along with FIFA executive committee members and member associations in South American confederation CONMEBOL: A Parmigiani watch, which was in tune of 16000 pounds, however, CBF has said it had paid $8,750 U.S. for each watch. Now, FIFA ethics committee has found it to be against the rules for any representatives to accept such a priciest gift hence asked all the beneficiaries to return it by Oct 24 else proceedings would be initiated against them. [Read more…]

Bayern Munich players are too expensive for the Manchester United: Pep Guardiola

This is a common belief that English clubs are way too rich to throw out anything for players they want the most and its holds especially true for the sides like Manchester United, but there is another side of this story and that is it is the English centered media which spread these kinds of rumors otherwise there are many sides who are more powerful and enriched than any English side to shell out anything under the sun for a player of choice. Yes, we are talking about giants like Real Madrid, Barcelona, and not to forget German powerhouse Bayern Munich which is hardly come into the news for any exaggerated buying but it is true that these sides are not known for releasing their key players for peanuts and this is what coach Pep Guardiola also believes. He recently targets United newly appointed manager Louis van Gaal and said he can’t afford to buy Munich players even if he is known for spending over 150 million over new signees since his arrival to Old Trafford. Clearly, he was hinting towards recent attempts from the Dutchman to sign several Bundesliga players including forward Thomas Mullerto to add more options at the center but failed on each of them and had to satisfy with other alternatives. [Read more…]