Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent buries Manchester United’s hopes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United’s dreams of bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford in 2015 have been all but buried by the players’ agent.
Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes told Radio Cadena Cope that that 29-year old will retire in Madrid.
Manchester United have been strongly linked with a move for their former player in recent weeks, but his agent Mendes said:
“You will never meet another like him. It is becoming harder and it will be harder and harder until his 40th birthday. Cristiano is very happy at Real Madrid and he was always very happy. It will break all the records that there beating Real Madrid and he retires here.
“He’s the love of Manchester United because his heart was there six years. But now he only thinks about the Real Madrid and it will stay here forever. He is very happy. It’s one thing to respect people who remember him, but he is killed with Real Madrid. (…) Offers? I do not get because people know it is impossible to remove Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid, so it’s not worth the trouble to call to inquire.”
Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Real Madrid from Manchester United in the summer of 2009 for a then world record transfer fee of £80 million.
The Portuguese forward has gone on to break goalscoring records in Madrid, also winning the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or award and the 2014 UEFA Champions League.
Ronaldo is also on course to break a number of other records, including the all-time Real Madrid top scorer record and the all-time Champions League top scorer. A move to Manchester United now may appear to be at a bad time in terms of personal achievements.
Sir Alex Ferguson breaks silence on Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The Dutchman was appointed as the Red Devils’ manager after sacking Ferguson’s successor, David Moyes leave just 10 months into his six year contract. Since the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager took over, he has made several changes to the squad.
Van Gaal and United spent heavily in bringing several star players to the club. They signed Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao even without European competition.
The Argentine international arrived at Old Trafford on a British record transfer fee of £59.8m from Real Madrid in the final week of the transfer window. Despite a poor start to the league, Ferguson has backed Van Gaal to come good at United.
“Louis van Gaal has made a lot of changes and, thinking about that, actually maybe he’s doing the right thing, to clear the decks and build his own team,” The Telegraph reported Ferguson as saying.
“Because he’s got the experience and coaching ability to do that. The way he’s approached it I think has been brilliant.”
Falcao joined United on a season-long loan from AS Monaco on the deadline day of the transfer window. The Colombian international scored his first goal for the Premier League giants during their 2-1 victory over Everton.
The former Atletico Madrid and FC Porto striker is keen on making his move to United permanent.
“Manchester United were the ones that gambled on me when it was very difficult to do so. It has been a very difficult year, not just in my professional career,” Falcao said.
“What happened at the start of the year (injury) affected me in every way, but it has also helped me grow as a human being, to think about many things, to mature. In terms of my thoughts and plans for the future, I want to stay at Manchester United for the coming years.”
“I’m still going to need some time to be OK, but I am feeling very comfortable and very good on the pitch, in harmony with myself, with the ball and with football,” the Colombian striker concluded.
Jorge Mendes speaks out Ronaldo’s Manchester United affection - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Cristiano Ronaldo has time and again stated his love for Manchester United and even hinted of his desire to return back to Old Trafford someday.
There were talks in the media that Ronaldo is unhappy at Madrid and that he could return back to his old club. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal further added fuel to the fire by hinting the club’s desire to sign him, though in reality United can hardly afford to pay such astronomical fee (transfer and wages) for the Portugal skipper.
There were even reports that a cold war is brewing between Jorge Mendes and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, which added further spice to the rumours.
Mendes, however, has poured cold water to this ever growing rumour by saying that Ronaldo won’t be leaving Real Madrid any time soon, rather he will retire at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“We are talking about the best player of all time. Cristiano is impressive. He has a fantastic relationship with the president of Real Madrid. He will stay at Madrid for the rest of his career and that he is the best player of all-time and keeps getting better,” said Mendes about his client.
Mendes also adds that “Ronaldo loves Manchester United, because he has been at the club for six years, but he will stay at Real Madrid.”
That puts an end to the rumour at the moment. Ronaldo has been in sparkling form at the moment, and has scored 17 goals already this season.
€80m bid won’t be enough, but club will listen to Manchester United offers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Roma have once again made it very clear that they will not sale Kevin Strootman to Manchester United or to any other club. Last week, Daily Mirror reported that Strootman had set his heart upon joining United and even changed his agent in order to facilitate a move to Old Trafford either in January or next summer.
Strootman suffered a knee injury in March that ruled in out of transfer market in summer. He is on the verge of recovery, however, and could start playing as early in December.
Roma (despite losing to Juventus) are one of the strong challengers for the Scudetto this season, and Strootman is likely to play a major role for them when he returns from injury. Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reported last week that Roma could be tempted to sell, only if Manchester United put up an offer around £60m for the Dutch midfielder, who is also a reported target of Real Madrid.
James Pallotta, the Roma owner, has once again made it clear that Kevin Strootman will not be sold to Manchester United.
“It is just not happening,” Roma’s billionaire owner told BBC Sport at the Leaders in Football Conference.
“I have told the papers that they should stop wasting paper. We don’t have any interest in selling Kevin.”
He says that if United want to discuss about his transfer, they would be courteous to listen to it, but even a €80m bid won’t be enough to price him away from Roma.
“If United wants to talk, we will sit down and listen to them. Yet even with a bid of €80 million, we will not agree,” he added.
Roma are financially in a strong position having sold Mehdi Benatia to Bayern Munich in the summer. United will have to look elsewhere if they want to sign a central midfielder. Arturo Vidal, anyone?
Why Mesut Ozil’s Injury Could Be A Blessing In Disguise For Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal have been dealt a body blow as midfielder Mesut Ozil has been ruled out for upto 3 months following an MRI scan which showed that the German had damaged his knee ligament.
The Gunners already have a long injury-list, including many key players and one more big-name added to it is sure not good news. There is though, a silver lining.
Ozil’s influence on the team towards the end of the last season and in this campaign so far has been muted. After a decent start to life at the Emirates, he has faded away dramatically. With the likes of Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta on the verge of coming back from their respective injuries, here are a few reasons why the injury to Ozil may turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal:
Record-Signing Must Play:
Arsene Wenger has faced a huge dilemma when it comes to Ozil recently. Despite the German’s sub-standard performances, Wenger is almost forced to play Ozil to justify his £42 million price-tag. After all, it hardly looks apt to sign a player for that kind of money and put him on the bench.
In this process, Ozil has been played out-of-position several times this season. Rather than at his preferred role behind the striker, which is occupied by Jack Wilshere, Wenger has played him in the wide areas, where he has been man-handled and battered by nearly every full-back he’s faced.
In Others’ Way:
With Wenger’s staunch refusal to drop Ozil, there are other squad-members, arguably more deserving of a starting place, who have suffered. The likes of Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have had far bigger impacts on games this season, but have been benched to accommodate Ozil in the starting XI.
Now, with Walcott and Ramsey set to return after injury lay-offs, Wenger would have been placed in a bigger fix. Only that Ozil’s injury has spared him.
Intense Media Scrutiny:
Mesut Ozil was hailed as one of the best creative players in the world in 2010, when he put in a string of outstanding performances in Germany’s World Cup campaign. He was subsequently signed by Real Madrid, where he developed further under the mentorship of Jose Mourinho.
When he came to Arsenal, the expectations were naturally sky-high. With every poor performance therefore has come some intense scrutiny, both from fans and the media. This has undoubtedly had a psychological impact on Ozil, as his recent performances show. The German has looked a shadow of his old-self, portraying none of the silky-smooth passing and unerring composure that had seen him hailed and praised so much.
This lay-off has given him the perfect opportunity to re-group, find his rhythm again and return with renewed venom.
While Ozil’s injury is certainly a bitter blow for Arsenal, a pragmatic view may show that this offers a couple of opportunities too for Wenger’s side to get their season back on track after Sunday’s defeat to Chelsea left them in 7th place in the table.
Turin media concerned with €45m star, Manchester United bid expected in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Turin based newspaper Tuttosport are a big fan of Juventus. For obvious reasons. Few days ago they published an exclusive interview with Arturo Vidal, where the Chilean claimed Turin his ‘home’ and hinted that he is unlikely to leave Juventus any time soon.
When asked to share his thoughts on the Manchester United’s strong interest in him in the summer, he said last week:
“All I can say is I’m very happy in Turin. My family and their well-being is the most important to me and they feel great here, it’s our home. It’s never easy to leave home.”
But within one week, Vidal’s future at the club has come under intense scrutiny again, following his nightclub brawl before Juventus’s Serie A match with Roma.
Throughout the summer Vidal had been heavily linked with a move to United, but a drop in form and his knee injury were thought to be the central reasons why he wasn’t pursued till the end. Plus, there was a growing feeling that Juventus do not want to sell him, as they see him as an important member of the squad.
Vidal was used as a sub in Juventus’ biggest match of the season against Roma, a stance that probably suggest his standing in the squad has somewhat dropped. There could be a bigger issue going on.
Tuttosport are puzzled here. They start with - Vidal, ma che fai? It roughly means – Vidal what are you doing?
The newspaper are concerned that Vidal wants to severe ties with Juventus and join Manchester United in January, where he could earn €7m-per-year. Tuttosport are finding his behaviour ‘very strange’ while former player and club legend Tacchinardi says he should talk to the club about what he wants to do. Vidal is expected to hold a face-to-face meeting with senior players and club executives where he will be asked to speak up his mind.
“Lo dica ai diretti interessati. Non si può dichiarare di amare la Juve e poi comportarsi come sta facendo.”
It translates to - Tell that to the stakeholders. He can’t say he loves Juventus and then behave like he’s doing.
Unlike other Italian newspapers, Tuttosport aren’t the ones that jump into black and white conclusions so easily. There seems to be a genuine concern about his behaviour and they are not too sure whether he is going to stay beyond January.
Manchester United have had received negative response in their attempt to lure Roma’s Kevin Strootman, therefore, they might shift their attention back to Vidal again.
“Sit down Harold, I cannot see.” Those were the words of England Manager Sir Alf Ramsey as Geoff Hurst’s shot rippled the Wembley net and Kenneth Wolstenholme cleared his throat to deliver a few nice words of his own. At that precise moment, Ramsey was watching his team reach the very pinnacle of world football, thus vindicating his painstaking life’s work and his faith in his “wingless wonders.” Ramsey is generally remembered as a private, even surly character who reportedly used to decline to cross the road to talk shop with his successor Bobby Robson whilst dog-walking in Suffolk. However, his reaction to his moment of triumph was symptomatic not just of his own idiosyncrasies, but of football managers of his era, as he considered his priority to be one of an observer rather than a participant in the events unfolding before him.
There is no doubt that the art of football management has changed since Sir Alf’s time. Indeed, it is a relatively new art altogether. It wasn’t until 1946 until the England national team required a manager at all, and not until Ramsey’s appointment in 1962 that the manager could actually be trusted with picking the team. However, anyone who ever saw Barry Fry celebrating Barnet scraping the ball through the Underhill mud and into the net with his disproportionately grandiose victory dash will bear testament to the fact that managers have become ever more part of the show in recent times.
Admittedly, there is some justification for this being the case. Managers have certainly become increasingly well-occupied. They have more substitutions at their disposal and players have become increasingly au-fait with mid-game changes in formation and position. Aston Villa famously used only fourteen players during their title-winning team of 1981 under Ron Saunders. The current incumbent, Paul Lambert, has called upon twenty different players already this season and he hasn’t even unwrapped Benteke yet. We have seemingly become interested in their every intervention in the game, from where they watch the game from and what they wear whilst they are doing it, as well as watching their every reaction as the events on the field unfold. Indeed, scarcely an incident on the field of play can occur without it being followed by a close-up shot clarifying what the respective managers in attendance thought of it. Players are guilty too, sheepishly looking at the bench as if to require papal confirmation that, yes, that gruesome shot that you just blazed over the bar was indeed awful.
There are a few interesting recent cases which illustrate how managers can in fact become more notable than their own teams, both for better and for worse. Tim Sherwood was no stranger to touchline am-dram during his time as manager of Tottenham Hotspur. Amongst other jolly japes, his reign featured him summoning supporters from the stand to take his seat on the bench and vicariously dressing down his own players in post-match interviews. However, when his side lost at Liverpool, he drew criticism not for a shambolic team performance, but for the fact that he had the temerity to watch it from the stand. The insinuation was clear: to not be patrolling the technical area, pointing, poking and gesticulating, was tantamount to disinterest in the game and a virtual dereliction of duty. At least that provided a diversion from the attention of his switching from being a “suit manager” to a “tracksuit manager” and finally adopting the halfway house of a bulbous gilet, which unfortunately rather symptomized the incoherence of his tenure.
Conversely, Chelsea’s win at Manchester City in the same season was hailed as “Mourinho masterpiece.” One wonders what Branislav Ivanovic was thinking as he leafed through the following day’s papers. He would have scarcely found a mention of his stoic defensive display, during which he also managed found time for a sortie forward in order to wind back his swinger and win the game by tonking a 20-yarder past England’s best goalkeeper. Not a bit of it. This game was a managerial masterpiece, a victory borne in the mind of the manager rather than at the feet of the players. After all, the gaffer had the remarkable tactical insight to pack the midfield against a team with a few nifty playmakers.
Admittedly, much of the increase in attention might be due to the circumstances of modern-day management rather than the conduct of the managers themselves. The increased propensity for any poor run of form to inevitably end with a managerial sacking, and the knock-on effect of supporters to clamour for such dismissals at the earliest dissent have made managerial speculation part of the back page staple diet. In 1974, Brian Clough’s 44-day reign at Leeds United was remarkable enough to ultimately make it on to the big screen. One suspects that Dave Hockaday’s 70-day tenure at the same club earlier this year will probably scarcely register a footnote.
FIFA are always a good bet to exacerbate any sort of crevice in the game. Recently they have been considering the potential to permit a manager a set number of tennis-style “challenges” or opportunities to appeal decisions made by the officials. This ostensibly would appear to enhance the potential for ultimately collectively reaching correct and fair decisions. However, one shudders to think of the consequences of affording a Mourinho, a Pulis or a Pardew an opportunity to stop the game, a forum to debate decisions with officials and a platform to generally make a nuisance of themselves and develop another facet of their own pomposity.
Managers who have played the game often comment on how managing is a poor substitute for their playing days. This is because the game is about players and, buried deep down below their grandiosities, the managers probably know it. Supporters remember great moments from great players and even terrible moments from the not-quite-so-good. They are less likely to remember which manager was patrolling the technical area, fistpumping or grimacing, at the time. Take note Alan Pardew, but the role of the manager is to facilitate entertainment on the field, not to stray into it. Quite right Alf. Sit down all of you so we can see.
Alexis Sanchez on Premier League’s toughness when compared to other leagues - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The Chilean international was signed by Arsene Wenger from Barcelona earlier in the transfer window after he was told that his services are no longer required at Nou Camp. After joining the North London club, he scored a crucial goal during the Champions League qualifiers against Besiktas.
Sanchez’s strike helped the Gunners qualify for the group stages of the Champions League and has been a regular inclusion in the Premier League fixtures. He has made six appearances in the top flight English competition, scoring two goals and managing one assist.
The 25-year-old has played in the La Liga with Barcelona and Serie A with Udinese in the past. The attacker says the Premier League is the hardest of the lot.
“Compared to the other leagues I’ve played in, I think this is the hardest and I like it a lot, I really do,” Alexis told Arsenal’s official website.
“Before I signed, people had told me about how Arsenal were a big club with lots of quality players. Now I’m here I look at all the players during training and realise just what fantastic quality they all have.”
With Sanchez’s latest comments, it is only going to get difficult for Arsenal if the summer signing fails to get adjusted to the Premier League. In addition to this, things were made even worse for the Gunners after their record-signing Mesut Ozil is ruled out for 10-12 weeks.
The German international will now join Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey, Mathieu Debuchy and Theo Walcott on the treatment table. However, the later will return to action in the coming weeks and the England international will have a huge responsibility in helping the Emirates club fight for silverwares.
Arsenal suffer massive injury blow as star player out till end of this year - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The midfielder, who arrived in Munich for the international duty with Germany underwent a MRI scan on Wednesday. The scan results confirmed the former Real Madrid star has damaged his joint. The injury will keep Ozil out of action for 10-12 weeks.
A statement on Germany’s official website read,” Mesut Özil has been ruled out of the upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Poland in Warsaw and Ireland in Gelsenkirchen .”
“The Arsenal attacker will also have to sit out the final two international fixtures of the year – Germany face Gibraltar in a European Championship qualifier in Nuremberg before a friendly against Spain in Vigo on 18th November.”
“The 25-year-old complained about discomfort in his knee on Tuesday when he arrived in Frankfurt. Having been examined by team doctor Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt today in Munich, it was discovered that he has a partial lateral collateral ligament tear in his left knee. Mesut Özil is expected to be out for ten to twelve weeks,” it added.
The German international joins Olivier Giroud and summer signing and Mathieu Debuchy as the players who will be on the sidelines for a longer spell. Meanwhile, Theo Walcott is likely to return to action in the coming weeks, while Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta are also on the treatment table at Arsenal.
With crucial fixtures coming ahead in the Premier League and the Champions League, Arsene Wenger needs to regroup his squad in order to qualify for the next round of the Europe’s elite competition. At the same time the Gunners should also focus on the challenging for the title.
However, with Chelsea’s recent from and Manchester City’s financial muscle, Arsenal’s priority this season would be to retain the FA Cup and finish in top four.
Arsenal’s Mesut Özil has been sent for an MRI scan by the German national team ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifiers against Poland and the Republic of Ireland over the coming week.
The Gunners midfielder did play the full 90 minutes in their 2-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday.
However, his availability for the national team this week is now in doubt. The Guardian have quoted Germany’s spokesman Jens Grittner:
“Second training without Schürrle (individually at the hotel) and Özil. He had travelled with knee problems, is to have an MRI scan in Munich.”
Defending World Champions Germany kicked off their Euro 2016 qualifying last month with a 2-1 win at home to Scotland last month.
Mesut Özil has completed all six of the Premier League matches that he has started this season, although has completed neither of the two UEFA Champions League group stage matches he started.
The 25-year old has one goal and one assist in these six Premier League appearances so far this season. He has been used behind the striker and on both wings by manager Arsène Wenger.
Fellow Arsenal teammate Lukas Podolski is also in Joachim Löw’s 23-man squad.
Liverpool could do transfer with AC Milan in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool forward Suso is finding hard to get regular games at Anfield. The young Spaniard was given a breakthrough by manager Brendan Rodgers in his first season in charge. He was once seen as one of the players for the future, but now it seems like his Liverpool career is almost as good as over.
In September, reliable journalist GDM claimed that AC Milan had tried to sign him up permanently on the transfer deadline day. The Rossoneri since have been taking a great interest in the forward who has a contract till 2015.
Last season, Suso was sent on a season long loan to Almeria where he duly impressed. It was thought that he would be drafted into the senior squad this season, but with Liverpool signing so many new players, his chances of breaking into the first team looks slim.
“My future? I will renew at Liverpool with the guarantee only if I play regularly,” said Suso as quoted by TMW.
AC Milan have done few smart loan deals in the summer, having signed Fernando Torres and Maco van Ginkel from Chelsea on temporary basis. In this case, they are looking to sign Suso on a permanent deal.
Rodgers has shown great interest in giving opportunities to youngsters at the club. From that perspective, it would be a shock for many, if Suso is sold for cheap. As it stands, Suso is unlikely to get regular games at Anfield and more likely he will be packing his bags to start a new journey with Milan in January.
Borussia Dortmund have had a terrible start to their new campaign. They are currently lying 13th in the Bundesliga with only seven points on board and 10 points behind Bayern Munich, title challenge is almost as good as over before it really started.
Injuries have played a part while new players are taking time to settle in. One of the newcomers (well, not actually) is Shinji Kagawa, who has returned to his old club from Manchester United, but the Japan international hasn’t been able to recapture his old form as yet.
German newspaper Bild spoke with Sir Alex Ferguson, who signed Kagawa in 2012, regarding what went wrong with the diminutive Japanese star at Manchester United.
Ferguson is happy that Kagawa has returned back to the club where he is loved most, and believes the 25-year-old will recapture his lost confidence under Jurgen Klopp.
The former Manchester United boss says: “I was very pleased with Shinji! He had settled in well with me, and I also had the feeling that he feels comfortable with us.”
Ferguson says that Kagawa’s situation worsened under David Moyes, who preferred Juan Mata over him.
“Every coach has his own philosophy. As Moyes obliged the Spanish superstar Mata, Kagawa has felt that he is no longer first choice and a bit resigned. “
Kagawa has become the first choice at Dortmund again and Klopp will be expecting him to regain his old form at the earliest. At United, Kagawa was mostly used out of his preferred position, but under Klopp, he has the opportunity to shine in the #10 role.
Petr Cech made his first appearance for Chelsea in the league on Sunday against Arsenal, coming on as a replacement for the injured Thibaut Courtois.
The 32-year-old goal keeper is largely frustrated with the role on the bench and said he would look for a solution if his situation doesn’t improve in the next few months.
“I have not spoken to anyone, but I think they know me well enough at the club to know that the situation is definitely not the way I would imagine,” the goalkeeper told Czech radio while on international duty.
“With the Euros (in 2016) and the national team in mind, there is no time for me to sit on the bench and not to play. If the situation will not start to improve for me, then I will want to solve it.“
Although Jose Mourinho would love to have Cech in the side, a luxury really to have two world class goal keepers, but he really cannot keep both the players happy at the same time.
Courtois is the first choice goal keeper at the club and given his assured performances so far, there is no reason why the Belgium international should be dropped to the bench. At the same time, Cech is too good a player to warm bench week in week out.
Cech is still good enough to play for any top club in the world and therefore a move away from Stamford Bridge could be on the cards.
In a shocking report to come out today, French club Monaco have set their sights on Manchester United captain and striker Wayne Rooney. The Englishman recently signed a new 5 1/2-year extension on contract at Old Trafford, but Monaco are confident of being able to avail his services.
According to the reliable Telegraph, the Ligue 1 outfit were very close to signing Rooney last summer, but a deal did not materialise. Vadim Vasilyev, the club’s Vice-President, stated that despite Rooney signing a new contract, he believed that the club would ultimately find an opportunity to sign him.
“One year ago, we were discussing one of the top players of the Premier League, a top English player,” Vasilyev said. “But it was on the table. This opportunity finally did not happen, but I think one day that it will come, that it will happen.”
Despite being the longest-serving player in the Manchester United squad, Rooney’s performances this season have come under a lot of scrutiny. With the likes of Juan Mata, Radamel Falcao, Robin Van Persie and Angel Di Maria in the squad, there are many who believe that the 28 year-old doesn’t warrant an automatic place in the starting XI. Rooney is United’s joint top-scorer this season and was made captain by new manager Louis Van Gaal at the start of the season. His performances overall though, have been criticised, especially when he got himself foolishly sent off two weeks ago against West Ham United.
There have been several times in the past when Rooney has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford. He has ended up staying put every time. United, though, have reportedly agreed personal terms with Falcao to sign the Colombian on a permanent deal following his current loan-spell. This leaves a big vacancy in the Monaco forward-line, one that they are lining Rooney up to fill.
In the past, United have managed to keep Rooney by offering him a pay-rise. This time though, with the option of a tax-free income on the luxurious shores of Monte Carlo, things may pan out differently.
The wait is almost over. Football fans and passionate gamers all around the world can enjoy the brand new Football Manager 2015, as the much anticipated game will be releasing in exactly one month time from now.
Like every year, Sega interactive has come up with some cool new features; the new additions are highly absorbing, thrilling, and challenging.
The first thing the players will notice this year is the completely redesigned user interface. It gives a complete new look, with side bars added where all of the key panels are located. It is much easier and quicker to navigate.
Another interesting feature included this year is the option of what type of manager you want to be – tracksuit type or tactical experts. A tracksuit manager would work more with players on the training ground whereas a tactical manager would work more with players off the pitch.
The Match engine has undergone its biggest face lift this year. The brand new cutting edge motion picture data breaths a new life into the match-day experience, which takes into a new level of realism. The players look less robotic and more human and therefore react more naturally to any given situation.
Player roles have been given an extra emphasis with thousands of flexible tactical formations could be employed this year.
Scouting, player search, and interaction with players are more realistic and reflect how a real-life club operates on these aspects.
The press conference and media briefing are not boring any more, with wider variety of news, lines of questioning, and a greater focus has been laid on media rivalries between the managers.
Cristiano Ronaldo set for Old Trafford return next month - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is set to return to Old Trafford next month for the second time since he left Manchester United in 2009.
A friendly match between Portugal and Argentina has been scheduled for November 18, and provided Ronaldo doesn’t get injured around that time, he is likely to play in front of the Old Trafford fans again.
Manchester United are yet to officially confirm the fixture, but Independent reports that United are seeking to boost their profile in Argentina.
Old Trafford fans will also get to see Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (provided he takes part) in action, but it is the return of Ronaldo that will excite the fans most.
Ronaldo has been linked with a shock return to Old Trafford, with Louis van Gaal recently revealing he would be interested in a deal, however, United would have to pay an astronomical fee to get him back.
Since leaving Manchester United, the Real Madrid superstar has only returned once to Old Trafford, in a Champions League tie in March 2013. Should he take part in the friendly, United fans will get another chance to show how much they want him to return back to the club, which they call it his ‘home’.
Roy Keane follows same pattern of madness and he knows it - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
By now, you all have heard, read, and discussed about Roy Keane’s second autobiography, The Second Half, which will be released on Thursday. Already we have got a glimpse of what to expect from the book; Keane has been heavily critical about Sir Alex Ferguson and some of his former team-mates.
As a player, Keane was an inspirational leader who wanted demanded relentless effort from his team mates. It is his winning mentality that coincided with his manager at United, Sir Alex Ferguson and gave birth to strong relationship between the two. The problem with Keane is, he went too far at times that makes him “one of the most complex, fascinating, unfathomable characters in Premier League history.”
There is a tinge of madness in most of his actions. He knows that, yet he lives a life with a “self-destruct button” and stands as an unreconstructed recidivist. There is a typical non-sensical pattern with what Keane does – shoots himself in the foot and makes life difficult for himself.
“Anger is a useful trait. But when I’m backed into a corner, when I get into situations, professional or personal, I know deep down that when I lose my rag, and I might be in the right – it doesn’t matter – I know I’m going to be the loser,” he says.
“I will lose out. Saipan and the World Cup – ultimately I lost. Or when I left United, when I could have stayed a bit longer if it had been handled differently. I was the one who lost; I know that. That’s the madness of me. When I’m going off on one, even when I might be right, there’s a voice in my head going: ‘You’ll pay for this.’
“That’s the self-destruct button. I don’t know if it’s low self-esteem. Things might be going really well, and I don’t trust it: ‘It’s not going to last,’ or ‘Why am I getting this? Why are things going so well? I’ll fuck things up a little bit, then feel better myself.’ I might be buying a car: ‘Who do you think you are buying a new car?’ And I’ll fuck it up. I’ll drag things down around me.”
He was so consumed with the thought of revenge, of being thrown out of United that he never really got out of it. With every dig at his old employers, he smells like a victory. He probably doesn’t understand that he will always be respected as a hero and worshipped as an icon at Manchester United, and likewise Sir Alex Ferguson will always remain as a god-father figure at this iconic club. Or may be he doesn’t care at all.
Mere lashing at his former employers, using incessant F words, won’t grant him any victory. It won’t alter his or Ferguson’s position at the club. It is simply his anger which he projects as a revenge, and in the process only hampers his own reputation, status and career.
Tony Evans, The Times Editor notes: “He showed little patience with the modern professional footballer. This is not unusual. Many former players resent the present generation, but it is mainly for their wealth. With Keane, it was never about money. It is about attitude.”
Having failed to establish as a good Premier League manager in these five years, the Ireland and Villa assistant job gives him a sense of purpose. But, he could lose this opportunity as well. The attention immediately diverts on to him when he should have stayed aloof from controversies and devote more time on learning the trades of modern day football management. He could have saved this for a time when he had established himself as a good manager. But, we probably should have known by now that Roy Keane is still an irrevocably and irredeemably Roy Keane.
Arsene Wenger’s Biggest Clanger: Not Re-Signing Cesc Fabregas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
In the summer of 2014, one thing was very clear. Cesc Fabregas would be leaving Barcelona for a return to the Premier League. The Spaniard had expressed his intention to return to England a year ago as well, but with Manchester United failing to land him, he remained in Catalonia.
The most obvious destination for Fabregas this year was Arsenal – his boyhood club, the club where he spent all his formative years and learnt nearly every trick in his book. A real darling at the Emirates, Fabregas’ return to North London was much anticipated by each and every Gunners’ faithful. Then, in a dramatic turn of events, it was like someone pulled the plug just as the scene was about to reach its climax. Only, that someone was no one else by manager Arsene Wenger, who called off the move by saying that he didn’t need the Spaniard. When the show was turned back on, Arsenal fans looked in horror as Fabregas held aloft the shirt of his new club – the Blue of Chelsea.
Big Hit at Stamford Bridge:
Less than two months into the season, Wenger’s decision already looks like a big mistake. Fabregas has been immense in midfield for Jose Mourinho’s side, notching up 7 assists already, equivalent to all the Arsenal players put together. His influence on games from a deeper role has been fantastic. His box-to-box style of play is tailor-made for the Premier League and if anyone had forgotten his ability during 3 largely uneventful seasons at the Nou Camp, he has made sure that they remember exactly how good he is.
In Sunday’s game against Arsenal, he dominated proceedings, putting in a man-of-the-match display. His ball for Diego Costa’s decisive strike was exquisite, as he split the Gunners’ backline with a simple lob from the halfway line.
Arsene Wenger justified his decision not to re-sign Fabregas by saying that he already has Mesut Ozil in the side. Now, when it comes to Ozil, the jury is out. While no one can deny that the German has undoubted quality on the ball, he has struggled to adapt to the Premier League. Wenger playing him out-of-position, in the wide areas, hasn’t made it any easier for him.
Fabregas’ best position, as mentioned earlier, is in a slightly deeper role, not as the number 10 behind the striker. Ozil flourishes in the latter position, but as Wenger doesn’t even play him there, he hardly has too much of a case. With Fabregas playing alongside either Aaron Ramsey or Mikel Arteta, the Gunners would have had so much more going forward.
For years, we have said that what Arsenal lack is a genuine leader of men. Patrick Vieira’s departure was way back in 2005, but Wenger hasn’t really replaced the influential Frenchman.
Fabregas was the captain of the side for a brief period, but during that time, like the players around him, he too was young and inexperienced. After moving to Barcelona, despite not playing and influencing their success as much as he would have liked, he learnt a lot with regards to winning. He won 6 trophies during his time with the Catalan giants.
He would have added some much-needed experience to the Arsenal side, which is full of players who still have to taste success on the biggest stage. We can clearly see what a huge impact Alexis Sanchez has made following his move from Barcelona, and Fabregas would have done the same. These players have been there and done that when it comes to tasting success, and the dearth of such players is the biggest cause for Arsenal having such a barren run over the last decade.
Chelsea will be entitled to financial compensation should Diego Costa be injured on international dury.
Manager José Mourinho had previously pleaded with Spanish national team head coach Vicente del Bosque not to call the Chelsea striker up to their two Euro 2016 qualifiers this week claiming that the 26-year old could do with a break to fully recover from his hamstring problems.
However, Costa has started each of Chelsea’s last three games in little more than a week, suggesting the Spanish international has no injury problems.
Should Diego Costa be injured whilst representing Spain over the coming week, Chelsea are entitled to receive compensation of €20,575 per day if he is out of action for more than 28 days, as quoted by Portuguese newspaper O Jogo.
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The financial compensation may be seen as peanuts for Chelsea who spent £32 million on the player over the summer, pay significant wages to the player and are in the hint for a significant bonus pot by winning the Premier League and UEFA Champions League this season.
Injury to Costa for more than 28 days could put a big dent into Chelsea’s title winning hopes.
Spain travel to Slovakia on Thursday (9 October) and Luxembourg on Sunday (12 October).
Fellow Chelsea teammates Cesc Fàbregas and César Azpilicueta are also in del Bosque’s squad.
Manchester United legend Roy Keane rejected Real Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Roy Keane has admitted he received an offer to play for world football giants Real Madrid during his Manchester United days.
The United legend said he rejected the offer from the Spanish giants because he was “fearful of the unknown”.
Real Madrid legend and then sporting director, Emilio Butragueño, telephoned the Irishman back in 2005 when he was close to leaving Manchester United.
Emilio Butragueno, the former Real sporting director, telephoned Keane in 2005 when he was on the brink of leaving Manchester United.
Roy Keane rejected the move to Madrid in favour of joining Celtic but in his latest autobiography he admits to rejecting the move:
The Times have published this excerpt today:
“Michael [his agent] had given me a heads-up that Emilio Butragueño would be phoning, so I took my mobile phone everywhere with me.
“And – how’s your luck – he rang me while I was sitting on the toilet. He said: ‘Look Roy, we’ll be glad to have you.’ The club’s board just had to sanction the deal.
“I should have appreciated Real’s offer more. It was the most attractive challenge in front of me but I didn’t accept it.
“In hindsight, I should have said to myself: ‘Go, go to Spain, live there for a year and a half, learn the language, learn the culture.’
“I took a negative approach. The weather and the training might have given me another lease of life, another two years of playing.
“As much as anything else, it was fear that decided me – fear of the unknown. It’s no good playing for a club, it’s about having a big influence.
“Real Madrid might just have wanted someone to do a job, sit in the middle of the park for a few games. But I wanted to go in and have an effect on a team.”
Former Manchester United team mate David Beckham was playing for Real Madrid at the time, having joined two years earlier.
Roy Keane spent only half a season in Scotland, winning the 2005-06 Scottish Premier League before retiring in June 2006.
During his 12 and a half years with Manchester United, Roy Keane won seven Premier League titles and four FA Cups. He famously missed the 1999 UEFA Champions League final through suspension, which Manchester United dramatically beat Bayern Munich 2-1 with both of the Red Devils’ goals coming in stoppage time.