Sergio Ramos takes swipes at Liverpool manager

The Real Madrid captain has told Jurgen Klopp to take due to a charge of his business, so as to be a top coach.

Sergio Ramos has said Klopp persistence criticisms of him over his challenge on Salah was to distract people from the fact that the Liverpool manager had lost many finals.

Ramos and Klopp turned enemy aftermath of the last Champions League finals, where the Spaniard dislocated Liverpool’s talisman Mohammed Salah’s shoulder.

It later emerged from video replays that the defender also hit goalkeeper Loris Karius with the post.

With the game ending 3-1 in favour of Real Madrid, Klopp, since then, had attacked the defender a couple of times – and at a press conference last week, the German said he would rather be a bad loser than win in Ramos’ fashion.

And ahead of Real Madrid’s UEFA Super Cup clash against Atletico Madrid in Estonia, the defender, at a press conference had some strong words for the former Borussia manager, who had lost six out of seven finals.

“I’m not going to talk any more about this issue, because there was too much coverage already, ”Ramos said. “You can respect the opinions of each person, but I already gave my opinion.”

“But again I did not want to grab (Mohammed Salah’s) arm. In fact, he grabbed me first.

“I think it was something that happened during the game, and I never intended to injure any fellow footballer.”

The Real Madrid captain said further: “Maybe he (Klopp) wants to justify himself after losing the final because it was not the first final he lost.

“He should take care of his own business and leave alone players like us, who have a lot of experience and showed a high level for such a long time. Let’s see if he can say the same as a coach. In fact, I have voted for him (as one of the best coaches).

“I did not take care much his opinions. He was one of the best coaches of the season, and I voted for him. Maybe that will keep him quite a little bit.”


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Chelsea have made Jordan Pickford an alternative should Thibaut Courtois join Real Madrid.

Reports in England have it that talks between Chelsea and Courtois over a new deal has broken down, as the Belgian international is ready to run down his remaining one year contract at Stamford Bridge.

With a move to Santiago Bernabeu on the desk for the shot stopper, Chelsea, according to Sky news have identified Everton and England number one Jordan Pickford as a possible replacement for Courtois.

Pickford, who only signed for Everton last season, in a deal worth around £30m was phenomenon for England en-route to their fourth place finished at the World Cup.

Skysports reported, that though, Everton and Chelsea have not yet opened any formal discussion over Pickford, the Toffees are likely to rebuff any approach for their man.


Chelsea are reported to have identified the likes of Jack Butland, Kasper Schmeichel, Peter Cech and Gianluigi Donnarumma as other possible replacements. 

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Hernadez sets to leave Madrid.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018 11:50

Theo Hernandez appears to be on his way out of Real Madrid with the club likely to retain a buy-back option.

The 20-year-old fullback is looking to have more playing time in order to reach his potential and continue the upward curve, having exploded on the scene at Alaves. 

Real broke their pact not to sign Atletico players to bring in Theo but he failed to convince last season.

Still for Real it is important for them to have the clause that would allow them to bring him back.

If he leaves then at the moment Lopetegui only has Marcelo at left back but Nacho has shown that he is also comfortable there.







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Luka Modric has been pivotal for the Croatia in their run to the final of the World Cup.

The Real Madrid midfielder has scored two goals in the World Cup so far, and has won the man of the match on three different occasions.

Modric, former teammate at Real Madrid, Kaka said the 31-year-old midfielder made football looked so easy.

The duo played together for Real Madrid in 2012 before Kaka rejoined former side AC Milan in 2013.

Kaka, who believed football was not easy playing said Modric “shows us it’s easy to play.”

The Brazilian midfielder was quoted by AS to have said, “Luka Modric shows us that it’s easy to play. Believe me it’s really really hard to play football.

“To play the World Cup it’s even harder. And he plays like it’s normal. It’s like a dance for him.

And now he’s this amazing player at a high level. Four Champions League, a World Cup final and being the captain of his team.

“So it’s really nice and he deserves that because he’s a nice guy, always humble, so congratulation to Modric.

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Workers at the Fiat Chrysler plant in Italy have planned to go on strike after the car company decided to pay Cristiano Ronaldo's huge £100million price tag following his move from Real Madrid to Juventus.

The 33-year-old completed his sensational move to the Serie A on Wednesday which would be financed by the car makers to see that the deal would go through.

Both Juventus and Fiat are controlled by the Agnelli family through their holding company but for the USB (Unione Sindacale di Base) union, it means Fiat will be missing out on investment for its workers.

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The union also pointed out that its workers were making 'huge economic sacrifices' and that the futures of thousands needed to be guaranteed 'rather than enriching only one'.

Fiat factory workers began to protest the decision on Thursday afternoon by plastering anti-Ronaldo posters on walls of buildings in Pomigliano, Italy.

The strike will begin on Sunday at 10pm local time (9pm UK) and will go through until Tuesday evening at 6pm (5pm UK). 

The USB union called for the strike at the Melfi plant (one of seven in Italy) but the impact is expected to may be limited with the union only representing a section of workers for the company.

(Daily Mail UK)


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Ronaldo, had on Tuesday, completed a deal said to be around €100m from Real Madrid to Juventus, ending his nine year association with the Spanish giant.


Alessandro Del Piero believes the club’s signing of the five time Ballon d’Or winner, will help end the Turin club struggle for a continental trophy.


The last time the Italian giant won the Champions League was in the 1995-96 season – and they have gone to lose five finals since then (1996-97, 1997- 98, 2002 -03, 2014-15 and 2016 – 17).


With Ronaldo having won the Champions League five times, Del Piero, who is Juve’s all-time scorer in the competition with 53 goals said the Portugal captain could boost Juventus with his winning mentality.


"Juventus want to win the Champions League, but not only that, to be recognised on the same level as the greatest clubs in the world, "Del Piero, as quoted by AS. Sport Italia. "Since 2006, we have struggled in Italian football, so raising the bar here with Ronaldo makes a difference in terms of image for Serie A and calcio.


"He is a player who can score from any angle and has great technique, but on top of any economic aspects, I think he brings this incredible desire to win.


"The hunger he has, the way he wants to be the best, is what drags him forward almost as much as his undoubtable quality."

Del Piero also adds that the five time Ballon D’or is not only to the advantage of Juventus, but other Serie A teams.


According to him, Juventus signing Ronaldo might be the factor for other Serie A side to raise their bar.


He added: "It's great for Juve, great for Italian football, truly huge and will be wonderful for the whole city and Italian football to enjoy all he can still do


"Juve are a club accustomed to focusing on the details, determination and the next success rather than the one they've just had. They always aimed higher and wanted to raise the bar, so he will fit in perfectly.

"I think it'll raise the competition level in Italy, raise the desire to beat this Juve side that has won seven titles in a row and today people are talking about Juventus, Turin and Italy all over the world in the way they haven't for many years."



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Will Modric work-rate Croatia to the final?

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 13:35

By Oluwaseun Aleshinloye

Davor Suker was the hero 20 years ago, scoring six goals the last time The Blazers got to the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Suker’s goal against France in the Semi-Final in 1998 gave the Croatian team hope of reaching their first FIFA World Cup final until a double from unlikely Lilian Thuram sent them to the third Place fixture, where they defeated the Netherlands 2 goals to 1 – thanks to a 35 minutes winner scored by Suker.

Back in 1998, Luka Modric was only 12, with nobody nor him thinking he will be the one to make the Croatians dream again. Though with fierce relationship with his people in recent years, El Pajaro has fondly called by the Spanish media, no doubt will go down as one of the greatest to ever donned The Blazers colours.

No iota of disrespect to the likes of Ivan Rakitic, Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, who have been phenomena at the Mundial, Modric by miles has stood himself out – with his work rate and resistance spirit the first point of call.

El pajaro has played a total of 485 minutes at the World Cup, covering 50.8km, and a total of 28 midfield recoveries. In addition to that, Modric has scored two goals created 12 chances and has won the Most Valuable Player on three occasions.

A more soothing question will now be: Will a Modric led Blazers stop the Waistcoat inspired Three Lions side from righting their generational wrongs? For the records, Modric is one of those that announced to the whole world that there were so many things wrong with English football.

After an ignominious showdown at the 2006 World Cup, there came a cold rainy Wednesday at the Wembley Stadium in 2007 – a night where Croatia and Modric ended England’s Euro 2008 qualification hopes. Modric on the stage upstage and ran riot on the Three Lions midfield that had the trio of Steven Gerard, Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry.

Things have taken new shape for English football in the last two years – their U-17 and U-21 both winning the World Cup in the 2016 is an evident to this. With the rollercoaster journey of the Three Lions in Russia coupled with how well their youth teams had faired, there comes rekindled fire all over the British press, reminding everyone where modern football started from.

The talking is on the field - not in the media nor the fans, and the field is where the real champions are made.

After 20 years, The Blazers will once again play in the semis of a World Cup. Suker made the Croatians dream in 1998: Luka Modric will lead them all out in 2018; El Pajaro, did not only give the Croatians a dream but accompanied the dream with hope.



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Neymar is currently leading the line for the La Selacao in the Brazilian quest to win a sixth World Cup.

The 25-year-old dumped Spanish giant Barcelona for Paris Saint-German last summer, in a deal said to be around €222m.

Reports earlier this week had it that Real Madrid had submitted a bid around €310m for Neymar, reports the Spanish giant discarded.

Rivaldo, who plied his trade for Barcelona from 1997 until 2002 was quoted by Marca to have said for Neymar to win the Ballon d’Or award, ”he should play for one of the biggest clubs in the world.”

Rivaldo believes his fellow Brazilian will never have his hand on football individual most covetous award if he continues to ply his trade with Paris Saint-German.

“At Paris Saint-German, with new coach Tomas Tuchel in charge, he will never be declared the best player in the world,” the 46-year-old added.


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The former Brazil international has heaped Brazil on his namesake – describing him a unique player, but admitted that Lionel Messi “brings more magic to football.”

The duo of Messi and Cristiano, have shared the last ten FIFA Best Player award between them – with many believing they are the two greatest players to grace the game of football.

Ronaldo Nazario, who won the most covetous individual football award on three occasions in his playing days said Messi was the most complete of the duo.

"With his incredible attitude, with his incredible winning mentality, Cristiano Ronaldo is a unique player," Ronaldo Nazario as quoted by Marca."But I admit that Lionel Messi brings even more magic to football.

"With his dribbling, his complete form of playing football and his ability to generate surprising situations in the attacks."

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Heaping praise on Cristiano Ronaldo, the former Real Madrid and Barcelona goal poacher added, "He is technically very well versed. Time will tell what position history has reserved for him.

"The best thing that could've happened was to move to Real Madrid, but at Manchester United it was incredible the number of goals he scored.

"At Real he's become even more complete, but the truth is that winning a World Cup always helps when it comes to entering history as the greatest."



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Spain sack coach on the eve of World Cup

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:47

Julen Lopetegui has been sacked a day after Real Madrid announced that the former Porto manager will manage the Los Mereguez for next season.

Lopetegui was said to have breached contract to have signed for Real Madrid without the FA permission.

According to express UK, RFEF president Luis Rubiales revealed the decision after a dramatic morning when a press conference was called for 9.30am and then delayed over an hour and a half.

Rubiales as quoted by express: "We have been forced to dispense with the national coach, we wish him the best of luck, what the Spanish gets, will have to do with the work he has developed.

“We have to work on a series of decisions that come two days before the beginning of Russia 2018. There is a lot to do.

“I do not feel betrayed, Lopetegui, while he has been with us, has done an impeccable job, another is how this has been done, without knowledge of the federation.

“We will touch the staff as little as possible, as soon as we have something to communicate, we will do it.”

Spain will kick start their World Cup campaign on Friday – in a match against Portugal, before facing Iran and Morocco.

According to reports, Albert Celades or Fernando Hierro have been identified as the most likely candidates to replace Lopetegui.


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