French Guiana forfeited their match versus Honduras for fielding an ineligible player. The only problem is; they knew this would happen…The CONCACAF Gold Cup is one of world football’s strangest and most comical international tournaments. This year’s tournament was no different.
ARE CITY BETTER THAN BARCELONA UNDER PEP?
Manchester City have been very impressive this term. They recently dominated their city rivals and won 2-1 to achieve a record 14th straight victory in the Premier League. In Europe, they have been as exciting to watch. The man that is responsible for the form of City, Pep Guardiola, says he is using the same style he employed at Barcelona to excel at the Etihad.
“People say the way we played in Barcelona, it is not possible in England. It is possible. Always it is possible to play football, to keep the ball and to have courage to play,” the Spaniard said.
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BARCELONA LIKELY TO SIGN DEMBELE AHEAD OF COUTINHO
Barcelona are desperate to add a top player as a replacement for former star Neymar Jrthis summer.
There are reports that the club has forgone their interest in Ligue 1 star Seri. There is the option of Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho, aside the already confirmed Brazilian Paulinho.
Replacing the playmaker is not easy but the club is seeking a player that can impress at the highest level and complement the attack. Nelson Semedo and Gerard Deulofeu have joined recently as the club is keen on boosting its repertoire of attacking talents.
Borussia Dortmund are willing to let Dembele leave but only at the right price. The player has been throwing all sorts of tantrums like missing training and go AWOL. He has been suspended but it seems the club would accede to his demands of exit. It is reported that the German Bundesliga club has given Barcelona a deadline to meet their asking price. Read more “BARCELONA LIKELY TO SIGN DEMBELE AHEAD OF COUTINHO”
BARCA START THE DEBATE
Aside the Messi-Ronaldo debate, a new one is starting to brew.
Lionel Messi had help from the team he played as Xavi, Andres Iniesta, and Sergio Buskets were all exceptional in their roles. Messi excelled very well from 2009 to 2012. Pep Guardiola as the manager of the team led them to great miracles in the football world.
Guardiola built arguably the finest club football team that would ever be remembered. They were almost perfect! They perfected the tiki-taka style of football with each player reading the mind of others at every point. It was beautiful football.
Zinedine Zidane is doing wonders with his impressive man management of his players. His rotation policies and planning skills have been effective. He brought Los Blancos from ruins last year to finish a point behind Barcelona in the La Liga. He won the Champions League, beating bitter city rivals to it. This season – his first full season in charge – he beat Barcelona to the La Liga and retained the Champions League. Not even Guardiola in his prime did the UCL back to back. Read more “BARCA START THE DEBATE”
ISN’T MESSI THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME?
Record Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi showed his superiority on Sunday as Barcelona defeated their arch rivals Real Madrid in the El classico.
Messi scored his 500th goal for the Spanish side as they dealt the Zinedine Zidane led side a blow to their La Liga title hopes.
Real were ahead in the first half as Casemiro opened scoring. Messi cancelled out the effort to level proceedings. Ivan Rakitic pushed Barca to the edge of victory then the Argentine superstar earned Real defender and skipper Sergio Ramos marching orders.
Zidane sent Columbia international James Rodriguez from the bench and he repaid the faith by equalizing with four minutes left. Then Messi struck. He scored from the last kick of the game to set Barcelona on the path of a third straight La Liga title.
Madrid were the favourites ahead of the game as their confidence overflowed. They only just defeated German champions Bayern Munich in the Champions League. They started the game at the Bernabeu very well but gradually lost control.
Samuel Umtiti clashed with Cristiano Ronaldo but despite the appeals for a spot kick, the referee waved it aside. Luis Suarez had the first attempt for the guests but the Uruguayan sent it wide. Ronaldo had his chance but Marc-Andre terStegen had a hand. Both sides were at it until Casemiro broke the deadlock as he tapped in from a Marcelo cross. Read more “ISN’T MESSI THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME?”
SOUTH KOREA TO HOST SYRIA IN WCQ
Asian side South Korea are set to host Syria in a World Cup qualifying game in the capital, Seoul, the national football federation announced.
The Korea Football Association (KFA) said the meeting between both sides is billed for March 28 at 8pm.
South Korea are bidding for a place in the World Cup next year in Russia. The Syria match would be their seventh in Group A of the final Asian qualification round. The game would also be the first home match for South Korea in 2017. The Asian footballing nation would play China ahead of the game on March 23.
After three victories, Korea are in second place with ten points. They played a draw and lost a game, leaving them one point behind Iran. China, Syria, Qatar, and Uzbekistan are also in the group, slugging it for a spot in 2018. Only two teams would earn automatic qualification while a third would go through playoffs to get a spot in the finals. Read more “SOUTH KOREA TO HOST SYRIA IN WCQ”