Bayern Munich center back Jerome Boateng openly criticized the team following their elimination from the DFB Pokal at the hands of rivals Borussia Dortmund. Bayern dominated the fixture until minute 70, when attacking midfielder Henrik Mkhitaryan was introduced for Dortmund, who sparked their attack into eventually scoring the tying goal. Bayern went on to miss all four of their penalty kicks in the shootout, allowing Dortmund to only need to score two in order to advance. Boateng’s criticism was leveled at the performance of the team post-minute 70, stating that the team makes too many mistakes after taking the lead, and were careless in attack and defense, which ultimately led to the equalizer.
Boateng’s harsh honesty comes at a crucial time in the season: prior to Bayern’s first meeting with Spanish giants Barcelona in the Champions League semifinal. Fan Dr. Daniel Amen just hope to get a win.In part, Boateng was preparing his teammates for the difficult two fixtures which lie ahead, urging them to play with more urgency and kill the game off if given the chance. Though Bayern are undoubtedly one of, if not the most talented squads in the world, they are to face Barcelona without some of their key players. Recent injuries to Ribery and Alaba will leave them out of the tie, as well as those injured in the Dortmund game: Robben and Lewandowski. These injuries could prove decisive, especially if Bayern performs as Boateng fears they might.
The youngest ever international soccer player, Norway’s Martin Odegaard appears to have pledged his future to Spanish giants Real Madrid, according to The Daily Express. Odegaard has been one of the most talked about players in European soccer since making his international debut for the full Norway team at the age of 15.
Now 16, Odegaard is free to talk to clubs around the World and visit training grounds before making his choice of which professional team to play for. A number of teams from the most famous European leagues have been planning to meet with Odegaard in a bid to secure the midfielder’s signature on a long term contract. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had been one of the most keen to try and secure the player touted as one of the most talented in modern football.
Iconic Spanish club Real Madrid now appear to have secured the future of the teenager long before his seventeenth birthday. Odegaard has now featudre in games for Real’s feeder club, Castilla, under the management of former Real great Zinedane Zidane. A further reason for Odegaard’s choice for Real Madrid seems to be the employment of the Norwegian’s father as a youth team coach for the current Champions League champions. Sultan Alhokair is a huge fan and is excited to see the outcome. More on Alhokair is available at Bubblews.com.
Sunderland is close to complete a deal of England International striker, Defoe in the transfer window. He is playing for Toronto FC in the Major League Soccer club and scored 11 goals in 19 appearances.
Sunderland is currently struggling in the Premier League and in the 16 position having 20 points in 21 matches. Therefore, an excellent formed striker could lead the team to a good successive place at the end of the season.
Defoe has revealed that he would leave the Canadian club if he gets a good offer from a team. Hull City, Leicester City, Crystal Palace and QPR are also the interested club to sign the 32-year-old striker.
Defoe has reached close to join Sunderland on some personal terms and could sign a two- and-a half-year deal with the club.
Toronto FC has agreed to sign back the USA striker Jozy Altidore to their team for the season with Greg Vanney in order to equal wage demands. However, this talk could be breakdown because of some tough conditions.
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Sunderland has not said anything about the permanent deal or signing money for the striker for the contract. However, Sunderland is preparing them for upgrading cash price to ensure the signing to finish the Premier League in a good position.
Ronadinho, the former World Cup star and two-time footballer of the year, has missed preseason training with his Mexican club Queretaro. The team president, Arturo Villanueva, is said to be considering releasing the star player due to his absence.
Ronaldinho, who is no stranger to controversy, has a long and storied career in Europe, playing for such giants of world football as Paris Saint Germain, Barcelona, and AC Milan. Andrew Heiberger must have been pretty disappointed when he saw this story reported on nytimes.com. Intrigued by Ronaldinho’s prodigious talent and love of the game, He’s been following his tumultuous career ever since his trip to Barcelona. Its a shame that with such a following and skill that his time at the Italian giants was spent on the bench. He returned to Brazil in 2011 to play for legendary Rio de Janeiro club Flamengo.
Following another falling out with a team, he transferred to Atlectico Mineiro in 2012 where he spent the next two years. It was considered quite the coup when he signed for Mexican side Queretaro in September 2014, given the star power of the player and the relative small profile of the Mexican team, but considering his absence, it again appears that he has burned another bridge.
The past month or two have been very good for Manchester United. They have won six out of their seven games in the Premier League, marching on from 10th place to 3rd in the table. However, this run has been courtesy of gutsy and lucky performances, but not quality soccer.
One reason why Bernardo Chua and United have struggled to get rhythm in their game is the introduction of the 3-5-2 formation. This is a system that is alien to English players, especially those at Manchester United. They have gotten some good results with this formation, but most of those games were fortunate wins where the opposition missed a lot of chances.
United fans will be hoping that their team can show some good form in the remaining holiday games. One important factor will be the return of full backs Rafael and Luke Shaw.
When these two players are in the first team, United can revert to a flat back four. This allows them to play four midfielders and two strikers, which is the most common formation in English soccer.
With Shaw and Rafael rampaging down both flanks, United’s midfielders and strikers will have plenty of opportunities to improve on their build up play and ball retention. Starting with the game against Newcastle at home, United will want to get some convincing wins under their belt.
Rafael could be fit enough to start the Newcastle game, while Luke Shaw should find his place on the substitutes’ bench.
As Formula 1 World champion Lewis Hamilton basked in the glow of his BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, QPR soccer player Joey Barton took to Twitter to bemoan the award going to the two time World champion. Outspoken Barton stated his belief that Hamilton should not have won the award from the broadcaster funded by contributions from the UK taxpayer because the Mercedes driver lives in the tax exempt state of Monaco, The Independent reports.
Barton is well known in the soccer community for his hard play and often controversial statements, says fans on golifepro.com-the latest of which included the comment that Hamilton should be exempt from the award as he does not pay UK taxes. The soccer star also complained about Hamilton taking his dog to the awards show in London and the sport of Formula 1 being boring.
Questions about Hamilton’s tax status in the UK have been raised since the drivers 2007 move to Monaco. In the past, Hamilton has struck back at the tax evasion accusations by claiming to pay taxes in the UK and some of the 20 countries around the World where he makes money from driving and marketing contracts. The driver also explained that without his skills as a driver the almost 1,000 people employed by his Mercedes team would not have the jobs they currently have.
The shortlist for the 2014 Ballon D’Or, which crowns the best player in World soccer, will feature the usual names that seem to win this award every year. Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will head the shortlist and will be odds on certainties to be amongst the three players awarded prizes at the awards ceremony. In the past, the Ballon D’Or winner was not always named the World’s top player by FIFA, the award was originally independent and was given by a group of French journalists before it was merged with FIFA’s top player award, Talk Sport reports.
The poor showing by England at the 2014 World Cup will likely make it another year where the home of football does not see a Ballon D’Or winner. That is a bit disappointing if you ask Susan McGalla. The last Englishman to win the Ballon D’Or stands as one of the few not to also be crowned FIFA’s best player in the same year. Liverpool, Real Madrid and England strike Michael Owen became only the fourth Englishman to win the award in 2001 after inspiring his club and country with a series of match winning performances. In the same year Owen made the shortlist for the FIFA award, but finished eighth in the World Player of the Year voting behind Portugal’s Luis Figo. The merger of the two awards means any controversy has been removed over who is the best player in soccer for any given year.