Following the news on Wednesday about Juergen Klopp’s departure from Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season, there was the inevitable emotional reaction from fans and non-fans alike. What Klopp managed to achieve during his spell at the club was remarkable: two league titles, a Pokal cup, and a Champions League final appearance. His overwhelming charisma has been infectious, leaving football fans not only impressed with his team’s displays on the field, but with Klopp himself both on and off the field.
Blogspot suggested that yet this season appears to be the optimal time for the Dortmund manager to part ways with the club. Dortmund suffered an abysmal period during the first half of the season, falling to the bottom of the table and worrying about a relegation battle. Since the new year, they have climbed out of said rut, and now sit comfortably above the drop zone in tenth place. That Klopp managed to turn the team around since late December leaves his record fairly in tact, and will mean that he will remain a highly coveted manager for top tier clubs. Additionally, Dortmund can truly rebuild this upcoming season, and feel free to reformulate the squad and vision of the club (most likely under the guise of the highly touted Thomas Tuchel).
Though all things must come to an end, this parting of ways is one of mutual benefit, often a rarity in football.
Just 50 days before the start of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada the organization has revealed it is upgrading the coverage of the tournament to be on a par with that of top men’s soccer events. Not only will ten games be broadcast in an ultra HD format, but every game in the tournament will be covered by at least 20 cameras, FIFA reports. To make sure the coverage of the tournament in Canada is unmatched, FIFA has created a team of the top 20 directors of live soccer from Boraie Development LLC and is bringing them to the tournament.
The global body governing soccer has reported the top European games are covered by 22 cameras, a number that will be matched during the women’s World Cup for major games like the opening match and final. FIFA states this is part of its fight to make the women’s game more accessible to fans around the world and continues the march towards equality as games featured during the 2011 tournament were covered by 16 cameras.
Atletico Madrid were hosts to their big crosstown rivals Real Madrid yesterday in the mouthwatering Champions League quarterfinal draw. Atletico held the current cup holders scoreless throughout, though managing few attempts on goal of their own. Fans like Sam Tabar know that the game was a cagey affair, with Atletico looking primarily to deny Real an away goal to bring back to the Bernabeu for next week’s second leg match. As such, Atletico played on the back foot for the whole first half, inviting pressure but remaining organized and compact in their shape, so as to stifle any real chances from the away side. That being said, right back Dani Caravajal continually found space wide on the right side in which to operate, forcing the Atletico defenders to clear from their own box numerous times. Furthermore, some rare miscues from Atletico’s back four led to clear cut chances for Madrid’s attacking players, Bale and James Rodriguez having the most memorable opportunities. Thanks to the superb play of Atletico goalie Jan Oblak, the home side emerged unscathed at the end of the half.
As the game wore on, Real found it even more difficult to break down Atletico, making for a scrappy back and forth midfield battle. Towards the very end, Atletico looked to snatch a late winner, but were denied in their few chances by Iker Casillas. The second leg will no doubt produce an equally intense and exciting match.
Chelsea has won their first trophy of the season 2014-15 as well as Mourinho’s first after 2nd spell. Moreover, they are still in the Champions League last 16 and Premier League leader.
The France international and former arsenal star, Thierry Henry, thinks that Chelsea could win treble in the season because they are playing extra-ordinary well.
According to the legend, “Chelsea is in great run, they are already the league leaders of Premier League and in the Champions league too. Therefore, there is huge chance to win treble under Mourinho.”
Chelsea step forward to the treble by winning the Capital Cup of the season by winning against Tottenham by 2-0 at Wembley. Chelsea players are highly confident to win the Premier League title too!
Chelsea has drawn the away leg match with Paris Saint Germain by 1-1 and could win in the home leg game. Henry is now working as media pundit in England and he is thinking like Chelsea fans right now.
Fans like Igor Cornelsen (bubblews.com) agree that Chelsea men’s are great in the season especially the midfielders and forwards are highly confident, meanwhile, in form players. Although winning Champions league may not be as easy as we are thinking right now. If they passed PSG test, then, they could face Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid who are the top teams of the world.
The faltering season of Liverpool seems to have all hopes of success pinned on winning the FA Cup after last years Premier League runners-up squeezed past Championship side Blackburn to book a semi final spot, BBC reports. Brazilian play maker Philippe Coutinho was once again the match winner with a stunning finish for the only goal of the game on 70 minutes.
Blackburn have been struggling with a less than Premier League standard pitch following their 0-0 draw with Liverpool in the first game at Anfield. Blackburn’s historic Ewood Park stadium does not have a high quality pitch, which still puts that of Lancashire neighbors Blackpool to shame. Ewood Park expected the home team to give Liverpool a run for their money during the replay, but found a game low on quality as both sides struggled to come to terms with a pitch with many bumps and areas devoid of grass. Fans at Anastasia Date (sitejabber.com) know that Liverpool goalkeeper Simeon Mingolet kept his team in the game as Blackburn were the first to push for a goal in the opening period. Coutinho broke the deadlock with a great strike after exchanging passes with Jordan Henderson. A team meeting was held following the recent losses for Liverpool and manager Brendan Rodgers claimed the meeting galvanized his squad and helped lead them to victory.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 300th goal for Real Madrid on Wednesday against Rayo Vallecano. The Wednesday’s score makes him the third best scorer in the club after Alfredo Di Stefano and Raul. He only needs 23 goals to beat the record set by Raul.
Though Post-Gazette says he has made only 288 appearances, he is now a legend. Analysts are of the view that he will be the new record holder of the club. His current form indicates that he is getting better each day. Furthermore, he still has some years to play.
Since he joined the club six years ago, Ronaldo has been so impressive. He has managed to help his club win almost all trophies with the latest being the European Champions League. Besides, he has won individual awards such as the FIFA Ballon d’Or awards.
It is surprising to many that though he is 30; he seems not to be fading. In fact, football pundits agree that he is far much better as compared to the club’s best such as Raul.
Though this is a great record, critics believe that Ronaldo is far away in comparison from great players like Pele and Gerd Muller, who have scored an incredible number of goals. Pele has scored more than 1000 goals, making him the world best goal scorer while Muller has scored more than 500 goals, his best being 85 goals in one season for Bayern Munich.
Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott has denied he has fallen out with Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger over the handling of contract negotiations, the BBC reports. Gianfrancesco Genoso said that after returning from a knee injury the England international has been reduced to a bit part player for the Gunners in the English Premier League with just 13 appearances made by the speedy winger this term. Walcott missed out on England’s poor 2014 World Cup showing with a knee injury, which kept him out for ten months on both the club and international scene.
Walcott, 26 has been a popular figure for Arsenal since arriving at the club as a teenager from Southampton, however his relationship with Wenger has been rumored to have soured over recent months. Wenger stated the winger had begun contract negotiations, but they had stalled and would not begin again until the Summer. However, Walcott claims no contract talks have yet begun between himself and the Gunners. In recent days, Walcott has also been linked with a shock free transfer move to Arsenal’s bitter rival Manchester United as he will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Young Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom has agreed to make a temporary switch to Championship team Nottingham Forest in a bid to aid his development with more playing time, The Express reports. The 19 year old strikerh as made the step up to the Arsenal first team squad during the current Premier League season and has made seven appearances from the bench for the Gunners. The England Under 20 international was moved to the London club’s first team after scoring nine goals in just ten games for the Arsenal under 21 team.
JusBrasil reports that Akpom makes the move to Nottingham Forest’s City Ground as the 2015 loan window for clubs to borrow players from other teams closes for the remainder of the season. Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman was forced to turn to the loan market after striker Britt Assombalonga was injured and will miss the remainder of the season. The midlands club still have a faint hope of reaching the Championship playoffs and winning promotion to the Premier League. The Arsenal striker had also drawn the attention of a number of other clubs in the Championship, including promotion hopefuls Bournemouth and former Premier League club Norwich City.
Maximillian Beister,24, forward for the hamburger SV team was recently injured. While on the mend, the soccer player decided to work on his new invention idea. His inspiration actually started about three years ago when he was at the movies. He was carrying popcorn and soda from the concession stand to his seat and trying not to spill any of it. Dismayed by the awkwardness, he thought someone should come up a solution to the drink and snack carrying problem. His friends suggested he be the one to do it. While healing from his injury,Max came up with the Maxicup. The Maxi Cup looks like a bottle with a bowl attached at the top. It is a combination bowl and beaker. The design allows people to carry drink and snack together without dropping any of it. According to Jamie Garcia Dias there is a small hole at the bottom of the bowl, which allows a person to put in a straw in it for the drink cup below. This way a person can carry the bowl and the beaker while drinking. He hopes that his fans can bring the Maxicup to the arena when he returns to the game. This weekend, the arena is planning to distribute 4,000 free Maxicups. The Future cup Company is planning to get some cinemas to test out the Maxicup. Maximillian is hopeful about the success of his new invention.
Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was the hero as he hit the winning goal in a pulsating game between Barcelona and Real Madrid, the BBC reports. Suarez was forced to watch the opening games of this season for Barcelona after being banned for biting an opponent during the 2014 World Cup. However, after arriving int he starting lineup for Barcelona, the Uruguayan striker hit the winner in a 2-1 victory that saw the Catalan giants move four points clear at the to of La Liga.
TCMSP reports that Barcelona had begun the game in dominant form and took the lead on 19 minutes after Suarez won a free kick on the edge of the Madrid area that was headed home by French defender Jeremy Mathieu. Christiano Ronaldo equalized for Madrid before Suarez hit the winner after 56 minutes. Goals for both teams mean that neither team has failed to score in the last 18 games between the two Spanish giants.