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Mario Gotze: The World Cup Hero

In the World Cup final Mario Gotze took down Andre Schurrle’s pass on his chest and there was nonchalance in the manner with which he controlled and swept past the excellent Sergio Romero, from an unpromising angle. There was no sense of the potentially pivotal nature of the moment which could win Germany the World Cup.

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Mario Gotze’s score ——image via: www.sportsnet.ca

The 22-year-old’s sweet strike the first by a substitute not only to decide a World cup final but it remained the point when he finally silenced any dissent as regards to just how special he is. Unlike Lionel Messi, Mario Gotze is truly a player apart from most in the match.

In late 2009 as a 17-year-old boy, he made his first team debut for Borussia Dortmund. Sunday night’s contribution in Rio de Janeiro would be a career defining moment for him and he he already created a clutch of them while he was still a teenager at the club who nurtured him from boyhood.

Mario Gotze is remembered for his role in the February 2011 win at the Allianz Arena. It was Dortmund’s first away at Bayern Munich in 20 years. In BVB’s 3-1 win over Bayern, Gotze created two of them.

In Dortmund’s re-ascent to the summit of the German game, Mario Gotze is the name that glitters. Mario Gotze was growing his individual importance when some five weeks later his astonishing solo goal got Dortmund back on track in a home game against Hannover.

It was a notable aspect of his playing from very tender age that he has had the confidence in himself to take responsibility in the most testing and stressful situations. His inner belief allowed him to take the plunge and make the decision to join Bayern Munich in April 2013. In his first season in Bayern, he scored 10 goals and setting up eight more in 20 Bundesliga starts.

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Mario Gotze in Bayern—–image via: www.theguardian.com

When the Coach Joachim Low brought in Miroslav Klose for the quarter-final against France, some claimed that Mario Gotze was the victim of this choice. Gotze’s reaction to his World Cup exclusion, showed his calm and sense of perspective. So did Mario Gotze’s actions after the final whistle at the Maracana.

Even in the moment of celebrating victory, he spared a thought for his good friend and former Dortmund teammate Marco Reus by parading a team shirt emblazoned with Reus’ name. Marco Reus missed out the german World Cup squad after suffering a serious ankle injury in a pre-tournament final against Armenia.

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Mario Gotze and Marco Reus, the best friends——-image via: www.bundesliga.com

There may be a strange and some controversial thought that Gotze might never have had the chance to make the impact if Reus hadn’t been injured. Even though they could work together in a devastating manner as they did at the Signal Iduna Park, it’s not hard to imagine that in Low’s decision there was hardly any room for only one of the pair in his squad.

Mario Gotze has indeed the instinct and talent to take centre stage when the time is right. So no wonder, Mario Gotze, the golden boy will reign German football until next World cup…

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Mario Gotze, the World Cup hero—–image via: www.thetimes.co.uk
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Suarez transfers to FC Barcelona : the RED joins The CATALANS

The Liverpool star Luis Suarez transfers to Barcelona when Liverpool officials have given the first indication that Suarez’s future lies away from Anfield by opening a talk to Barca.

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Luis Suarez in Barcelona kit—–image via: uniladmag.com

Although the Uruguay international has banned for four months from all football related activities, the Spanish club have not been deterred in their pursuit of him. It has been notable that Suarez was awarded the banishment for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. A delegation led by Barcelona’s director of football management, Raul Sanllehi, have already met Liverpool’s chief executive, Ian Ayre, in London for recruiting Luis Suarez by negotiation.

In order to transfer Suarez a club should meet a release-clause of around £80m that was included in the £200,000 per week contract Suarez signed in last December. Though it was a third time since Suarez bit an opponent in three years, Liverpool’s valuation has not altered. However, Ian Ayre puts his interest in the Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez.

If the Chile international moves to Anfield, he would be valued in the £30m region by Barcelona. The Catalans are much more keen for the courtship of the Premier League leading goal scorer, Luis Suarez.

With the influence of Barcelona, Suarez may go to public with an apology for biting Chiellini amid concerns over how his prospective transfer would be received. Six days after the incident on Monday, the apology and U-turn from Suarez duly followed via social media. The Barca employees were fulsome in their praise of Suarez’s action.

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Suarez’s bite during the world cup—image via: www.aek365.com

Barcelona’s Sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta speaks at unveiling of the midfielder Ivan Rakitic,

“ Luis Suarez is humble enough to admit an error. In this case it’s the best thing a person can do”

The former Barcelona and Spain goalkeeper added ,

”Everyone knows last season he played in various positions in attack, but everyone also knows that he is a Liverpool player and he is an excellent player indeed.”

Ivan Rakitic also commented by saluting Suarez character and strength

“ Suarez has the necessary quality to play for Barca”

Meanwhile, Liverpool will attempt to develop their defence following the £25m signing of Adam Lallana. The English midfielder Lallana joins his former Southhampton team-mate Rickie Lambert and the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can,£4.5m and £9.85m deals respectively.

Liverpool manager’s leading central defensive target is Croatia international Lovren. The manager is believed to be keen on a move to Merseyside despite rival interest from Tottenham Hotspur, the club which is currently led by the former Southampton coach Mauricio Pochettino.

Liverpool supporters will recall Suarez’s finer moments in the club , the hat-tricks, stunning goals, individual skill while he becomes free to undergo the medical for Barcelona. The Suarez transfer news is not a gossip anymore. The legend Kop banner was inspired by Suarez saying,

“Luis Suarez can nutmeg a mermaid’.

In reaction to Suarez transfer news others will also recall one of the final images of Luis Suarez when he ushered off the pitch at Selhurst Park by Captain Steven Gerrrd, his face covered to his tears.

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Suarez, the Liverpool Hero—-image via: www.theguardian.com

The Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez arrived in the Catalan city on Tuesday to complete the formalities of his reported €94 million (£75m) transfer from his former Club Liverpool.

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Carlos Dunga returns: Can he succeed this time?

Carlos Dunga is officially taking the responsibility as a manager of Brazilian national team again after previous four-year stint leading up to the World Cup 2010. Dunga replaces Scolari, who watched over a meltdown during the final rounds of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

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Carlos Dunga will lead Brazil from now—–image via: www1.skysports.com

Carlos Dunga having no prior managerial experience took the charge in 2006. As a longtime Brazilian midfielder he had enjoyed enough success at both the club and international levels. Hence he has given Brazil enough confidence to lead the national team.

When Carlos Dunga led Brazil:

Dunga had a pretty good history for most of his tenure. In 2007 Copa America Dunga led the side to Championships as well as the 2009 confederations Cup. He ensured the Brazil squad qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

But alas! At the football’s biggest stage in 2010 World Cup he was not able to deliver his outmost as the Netherlands eliminated Brazil in the quarterfinals. It marked the end of his first stint as manager.

Scolari made it worse!!!

The story changes following a disappointing finish by the Scolari-led squad on home soil. Although the team made it to the semifinals, in the match against Germany they were shockingly routed by 7-1 defeat and then losing the third place match by 3-0 against the Netherlands.

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Brazil drowned in the sea of tears—–image via: www.telegraph.co.uk

After this unexpected 10-1 cumulative defeat, Scolari found the exit door, the man who led Brazil to the World Cup title in 2002.

And now it’s the return of Carlos Dunga.

For Brazil it’s a risky hire to assign Dunga obviously as he had only one managerial job between his two stays with the Selecao. It featured limited success for him at the international levels. It appears far from a guarantee that Dunga will be able to get the Brazilian national team back on track.

Putting aside all dispute, it is notable that Dunga was with the side during some of its peak years and he clearly understands what it takes to win at the highest levels. His main task will be creating the same sense of determination and belief within the current team.

Carlos Dunga, the Captain of the winners:

Carlos Dunga was always fueled by anger. He is the one captain, winning World Cup in history who transformed the act of lifting World Cup trophy from one of celebration to one of revenge. After USA’94, he held aloft the cup pouring his contempt for those who had doubted him and his team.

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Dunga, The World Cup trophy winning Captain——image via: www.latinpost.com

As a player, even as a World Cup winning team captain, he contributed at his best. But it is quite another thing in the position of coach. During the 2010 campaign it was clear that Dunga was entirely out of his emotional depth. In one press conference after match he even tangled with an entirely inoffensive Brazilian Journalist.

The controversies:

It was clear that he was unable to control himself that time. Then how could control a national team like Brazil? Was it really a surprise when the team suffered an emotional collapse in the second half against the Netherlands while Carlos Dunga, the future coach lost his temper on the sidelines?

Probably, now the time for those to shed tears who hoped for something more idealistic from the country seen by many as the spiritual guardian of the holy game of football for the Brazilian.

The Brazilian Football Confederation undoubtedly believes that Dunga is the right man for this holy job. The Brazilian supporters won’t have much patience after the disappointment, so here quick progress is eagerly expected.

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Novak Djokovic Returns to Top of Tennis World

With the victory beating Roger Federer in a five-set thriller in Wimbledon, the Serb, Novak Djokovic took the no 1 ranking back from Rafael Nadal. It was his second Wimbledon title and his seventh major overall.

Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer, most importantly the match was tough enough to hold the nerve. Djokovic overcame the uncertainties with a hard win of 6-7,6-4,7-6,5-7,6-4 and three hours and 56 minutes match.

Before this astonishing win, Djokovic had lost his last three major finals and hadn’t won a Slam since 2013 Australian Open. May be that was the key to his success. There is no doubt about his excellence. He was making finals and winning smaller titles, which made him a great player still. But like all other greats, at the most important times in the biggest matches, Djokovic was caving.

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Djokovic, making amongs the greats in the grass court—-image via; www.tennisworldusa.org

On Wimbledon final, for a while it looked like that pattern will continue.

During this crucial final, Djokovic found himself surrendering leads again and again to in-form Federer. At the beginning, he was up two sets to one and had even a 5-2 lead in the fourth set. But he couldn’t hold on his standing. He always remains so vulnerable at Federer’s serve as Djokovic lost five consecutive games and failed to convert one championship point on that.

But it was Novak Djokovic who refused to fold and finally won the title.

Now, get a look of his rising. With his impeccable 2011 season, Djokovic created monster for himself. He entered 2011 Australian open with only one Slam in his name. but at the end of that year he packed a Wimbledon title, U.S Open crown, another Australian open win and the NO. 1 ranking.

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Djokovic in Australian Open—-image via: www.dailymail.co.uk

That year he won his first 41 matches before the defeat came in French open semifinals again Roger Federer.

Since then, remaining towards the top of the game he added a third and fourth Australian Open title, but he hasn’t been able to recapture his 2011 performances. Nadal beat him three Slam finals, Murrey beat him two Slam finals and most notably he looked lost and frustrated in the biggest matches.

But Djokovic never gave up despite all these high profile losses.

He was toiling hard to make him perfect.

At the beginning of this year the great Boris Becker joined his team to get him some mental edge for achieving the ultimate goal. But it didn’t seem to pay off quickly as Djokovic lost in the quarterfinals of the Australian open to Stan Wawrinka and in the French open final to Rafael Nadal.

Now, let’s get back to the Wimbledon final, this year and it was against seven-time Wimbledon Champion Roger Federer and the score was 2-2. In the final set, Novak Djokovic showed his talents, he showed he can beat the champion. He finally converted his championship point.

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Djokovic’s dream came true——image via: max-balkanboy.blogspot.com

He lifted his arms to the heavens, swiftly jogged to the net to embrace Federer and then kneeled down to taste the Wimbledon’s sweet grass!

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Was he really eating the Wimbledon grass???—-image via: www.independent.co.uk

Then he ran to his box embrace his team and also Boris Becker. Their partnership had paid off at last.

After winning the title Djokovic told the press,

“I realized, you know, what I’ve been through mentally to get through to this point.”

For now Djokovic has once again put himself at the top of the tennis world. He didn’t need to play his best for this to prove that he is the best.

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Captain Steven Gerrard Announces His Retirement From England National Team

After playing 14 years with the Three Lions, Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international football.

The announcement comes almost a month after England national team’s poor performance in the World Cup 2014 Brazil. Gerrard captained the English side while they knocked out at the group stage of this tournament.

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Steven Gerrard announcing retirement on press—–image via: mic.com

The 34-year-old reflected on his lengthy international career,

” I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country and it is a sad day for me knowing that I won’t pull on the England shirt again. However, I do look forward to continuing my strong relationship with The FA and helping out in any way I can going forward.”

Gerrard’s current club Liverpool just missed out on their first title in the English Premier League top flight since 1990 as they came second to Manchester City, last season. As a result, they are going to take part in the Champions League for the first time since 2009-10.

 Current England coach Roy Hodgson had previously stated his desire for Steven Gerrard to continue his role as captain until 2016 Euro championship. Hearing Gerrard’s decision he expressed his disappointment,

“While I’m disappointed in his decision, I can entirely understand Steven’s situation and can have no complaints given the great service he has given to his country”.

Steven Gerrard in his golden career:

Steven Gerrard made his debut for England in 2000 at Wembley stadium against Ukraine. Since then he accumulated 114 caps for England and netted 21 goals. Since then Gerrard represented the country at 2000, 2004 and 2012 UEFA European Football Championship. He also played his role as the captain of England side 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup. Steven Gerrard became the sixth English player to win 100 caps for England in 2012.

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Gerrard in his golden age—–image via: www.mirror.co.uk

Steven Gerrard has been described as one of the greatest midfielders in the history of English football. He is a real leader and a tireless runner with a superb vision. In 2005, he was honoured as the UEFA Club footballer of the year and won Bronze of FIFA Ballon D’Or. Gerrard is the only footballer ever in the football history to score a goal in a League Cup final and an FA Cup final and a Champions League final and a UEFA Cup final.

Steven Gerrard, who has spent his entire career with Liverpool after making his debut in 1998. He was named as team captain in 2003. His honours at Anfield include three League Cups, two FA Cups, two community Shields, one Champions League, two Super Cups and one UEFA Cup.

The French great Zinedine Zidane considered Steven Gerrard as the best footballer of the world.

Who will be his replacement???

The question now is who will be his replacement??? It will be a great task for the guys who will replace both personally in the center of the midfield and as captain. For the deep-lying midfielder role Roy Hodgson may look for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and Gerrard’s Liverpool teammate Jordan Henderson.

Roy Hodgson is probably planning to shape a young-looking side. So the vastly experienced Wayne Rooney is likely to be considered as captain as will Joe Hart and Gary Cahill.

Steven Gerrard, the legend of ‘Golden Age’

The legendary midfielder Steven Gerrard leaves without any medals for England side, but he has a plenty of memories with his team. In the mid 2000s, English football was supposed to be ‘the Golden Age’ and Gerrard is one of the last standing members. In many ways, his retirement represents the end of and era for England.

Steven Gerrard said about his decision,

“This has been a very tough decision, one of the toughest I’ve had to make in my career. I have agonised over this since coming back from Brazil and have spoken to friends and family and people close to me in the game before coming to this point.”

However, he wishes to prolong his career at Anfield. With Liverpool attaining Champions League title for the first time since 2009/10 season, his club calendar will be as stressful as it has been ever before.

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Fresh Gareth Bale Ready for Real Madrid

This summer seems to be a nice change of pace for Gareth Bale.

For the Welshman it has been a great disappointment missing the World Cup. But about 12 months ago, the 25-year-old Gareth Bale has enjoyed a relative anonymity around this time.

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Gareth Bale, getting ready for the new season—–image via: forums.bigsoccer.com

Without the intensity of a transfer saga, the limelight of a glitzy unveiling with a weight of a world –record fee and overwhelming deluge of interview questions, Gareth Bale will have enjoyed a summer a little more like yours or mine over the past couple of months.

The former Tottenham player has seen other scrutinized during their time in Brazil World Cup and has witnessed contemporaries such as Toni Kross and James Rodriguez navigate through the Real Madrid fanfare. Bale also watched opponents and teammates alike endure a tiresome summer. This will have taken both physical and psychological toll for him as the new season arrives.

And finally the end product is a fully fresh, well-rested complete fit Gareth Bale who is ready to take Europe by storm.

The fresh Welshman, Gareth Bale said at the beginning of Real Madrid’s training camp,

” It was really disappointing not being in the Brazil World Cup, but I have had seven weeks of rest and now I can have a full pre-season”.

It was notable that he denied the last summer pre-season. He is now determined to improve his skills and technique. Bale said,

“I want to have an even better season than last year. I want to give more assists and score more goals. I want to improve in every aspect.”

Last season in all competition Gareth Bale contributed 22 goals and 17 assists! So, he definitely capable to improve more…

He said,

“Without pre-season it was tough enough, but this season will be different in the sense. It was a massive change for me, but in time I have become very comfortable here.”

What the Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid are set to witness in 2014-15 season is the Gareth Bale of two seasons ago at White Hart Lane.

They will witness the Bale who left scorch mark all around England soil, smashing 21 league goals as a roaming midfielder, doing so with a combination of sublime skill and explosive power that had rarely been seen previously in the English Premier League.

The Real Madrid has got the Golden Bale who almost burst the netting from 30 yards at West Ham, the Bale who rendered a whole Newcastle United team utterly helpless, the bale who cut the heart out of Manchester united at their home, Old Trafford, the Bale who annihilated Lyon with a simply exquisite pair of free-kicks.

So basically the Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez and the coach, Carlo Ancelotti are getting everything right that had been expected from an £85 million player.

And probably more is coming…

Last season, in his opening months in Madrid as a Galactico, Gareth Bale endured a somewhat underwhelming beginning. It is not that much tough to think that some factors were there like his absence in the pre-season due to injuries, difficulties with new home, new culture and new language.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, the Duo——image via: www.zimbio.com

In Real Madrid uniform, Bale was forced to adapt on the wing, force to develop chemistry with Cristiano Ronaldo in the heat of competition, while Ancelotti tinkered with the team’s systematic approach to accommodate Bale’s talents.

And Gareth Bale had done all of that, despite not playing a full 90 minutes until November arrived. It was a gradual process finding his feet.

It is not hard to find the differences between then and now as the new season arrives. It is a obvious warning sign for the defenders in Spain and across Europe.

“I have become very comfortable here,”

he was telling that most of the time when in California.

Remember his name, Gareth Bale, who scored 22 goals and made 17 assists, assigned a hat-trick in just his 9th La Liga outing and in Copa del Rey who struck some decisive goals and who scored in the Champions league final before he had gotten COMFORTABLE!

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In the Champions League final——–image via: en.africatopsports.com

On Monday, Ancelotti said of Bale,

“He’s doing what he wasn’t able to do last year,”

Despite some charming transfer news with James Rodriguez and Toni Kross in Real, the Welshman will be all around the La Liga and Champions League to be more ferocious.

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Guillermo Ochoa to Malaga

Finally the Mexican stopper and free agent Guillermo Ochoa has signed the papers for a new club to join this upcoming new season. Officially he was assigned for the Spanish side Malaga on Friday.

After a sensational performance at the 2014 World Cup, he made himself the hottest free agent on the market. Although he spent the last few seasons playing for French minnows Ajaccio, it came as no surprise at all that he held out for a club of much bigger stature, like Spanish club Malaga.

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Guillermo Ochoa——image via: www.papsonsports.com

The signing:

Guillermo Ochoa signed a three-year deal with Malaga after passing a medical on Friday. He is likely expected to become Malaga’s new starter after Willy Caballero’s transfer to English Club Manchester City.

Ochoa said,

”  I’m happy to be in this club that opened the doors to the Spanish league, which is a dream for me. It’s a great project.”

The Spanish club, Malaga ran into some financial difficulties in 2012. They were forced to sell top players like Joaquin, Isco and Jeremy Toulalan last year. But since then they have done an excellent job rebuilding their squad.

 While Malaga won’t challenge the likes of the giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona for the La Liga title, they will be expected push for one of Spain’s European slots in the new season.

Guillermo Ochoa, who is he?

At the age of 20 Ochoa was called up by the Mexico team as the third choice goalkeeper in 2006 FIFA World Cup. Hugo Sanchez, the then newly appointed manager called Ochoa as a deputy of Mexico’s no 1 goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez. Ochoa made his debut on 2010 World Cup qualification and in 2010 FIFA World Cup he controversially remained the back-up goal keeper to veteran Oscar Perez.

 Guillermo Ochoa in World Cup 2014:

For the 2014 World Cup, Guillermo Ochoa was named in Mexico’s 23-man squad. Ochoa started in Mexico’s opening match against Cameroon. The match ended in a 1-0 victory for Mexico. It was the debut match for Ochoa in a World Cup, having been called up for the previous two tournaments with no appearances.

In the second group stage match, the match against Brazil, Ochoa made four stunning saves, including a Neymar’s powerful header. The match result was draw and Ochoa was awarded man of the match.

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Ochoa, the great wall of Mexico—–image via: o.canada.com

In the knock-out match against Netherlands, Ochoa made several crucial saves to hold on to Mexico’s 1-0 advantage. However, the Dutch took the match by 2-1. His performance and skills were well praised and awarded second man of the match. So, this is our Guillermo Ochoa.

The transfer and The Right Man:

It was their biggest need to find a replacement for Caballero for the upcoming new season. Guillermo Ochoa becomes the right man for them with World Cup experience and the skill set to thrive at the highest level.

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He is Coming——-image via: elitedaily.com

It is a great chance for Ochoa to show he truly is one of the elite players at the position in undoubtedly the strongest league in the world, so this transfer truly feels like a match made in paradise.

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United goalkeeper David De Gea persuading Cesc Fabregas to Join ManU

David De Gea has admitted that he is trying to persuade Barcelona star to join Manchester United.

This Spanish Red Devils stopper is looking to add further Spanish flair to Manchester United that also includes Juan Mata. De Gea during an interview about Cesc Fabregas said,

“I’m trying to get him to come.”

De Gea finds it a tough job as Arsenal have first option on Fabregas if he is to leave Camp Nou. A transfer mishap happened when David Moyes famously failed to land Fabregas last summer. That was an embarrassing campaign for the recently departed ManU boss.

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Cesc Fabregas—–image via: nl.wikipedia.org

Then Louise van Gaal took the charge and with his attempt the rebuilding club may feel that now is an excellent time to tempt Fabregas back to the Premier League. De Gea needs to spend more time convincing the new boss van Gaal. However, van Gaal isn’t bothered by the Fabregas’ potential availability reportedly.

Van Gaal remains uninterested in Ander Herrera, who continued to crop up during Moyes’ era. The Athletic Bilbao player is outlined as a potential replacement for Cesc Fabregas at Barcelona. The aforementioned report was suggesting that he could be a key in any deal that would see Fabregas move away from his boyhood club for the second time.

If United land Fabregas, plenty will need to be changed for them. Firstly, van Gaal’s mindset will need some alternations if Jones’ article is to be believed. Secondly, the player’s eagerness to join the club. Possibly, Fabregas must favour an Old Trafford move over a return to Arsenal, if the Gunners deem him a worthwhile target.

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Cesc Fabregas in Arsenal—-image via; www.jigneshbapna.com

Arsenal midfield is crammed with similar players and the coach Arsene Wenger needs to prioritise a battling central midfield over a ball-playing type, alongside a world-class forward and right-back. Former Gunners star Ray Parlour questioned whether Fabregas is needed,

”The problem with Fabregas is where do you put him in the team? They have got very similar players to Fabregas—they have Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere , Santi Cazorla, —if you bring Fabregas back where do you fit him in? “

De Gea’s attempt of influencing Fabregas may give Manchester United an advantage if a transfer for Fabregas is deemed need. There is no doubt the team need a plethora of new talent across the board. Cesc Fabregas proven talent would be an asset to any team in the world. Though United may favour an imposing physical type instead like Arsenal.

Van Gaal will certainly direct the team towards right direction. But the thing’s for sure is the Dutchman need to land a handful of world-class stars before Manchester United can be taken again.

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Mario Balotelli: “England can’t win the World Cup”

Mario Balotelli, the Italian striker has already written off England’s chances of winning the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

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Mario Balotelli—-image via: en.wikipedia.org

In the opening game of the tournament Italy face England on June 14 in Manaus, Brazil. Mario Balotelli, the one of the most controversials has already begun to fan the flames ahead of the match by questioning the big-tournament mentality of England’s footballers.

Balotelli said,

” I don’t look at England as a team that can win the World Cup. They have some good players, but they are no real rivals for Italy.”

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Balotelli vs England—-image via: en.wikipedia.org

The former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli will be aiming to damage England’s chances to march through a perilous group consisting Uruguay and Costa Rica. Mario Balotelli was notoriously famous for his erratic off-field antics during three years in England. In 2010, he joined Manchester city from Inter Milan for £24 million. Balotolli proved himself in the City scoring 30 goals in 49 appearances and helping them win the Barclays premier League, FA Cup and Community shield.

On 29 January 2013, Balotelli moved to AC Milan signing a four-and-a-half year deal which is worth of €20 million.

Mario Balotelli made his first appearance for Italy on 10 August 2010 in a friendly match against Ivory Coast. One year later, Balotelli found the net making his first international goal. So far he scored 12 goals in 29 caps for Italy. Certainly Balotelli’s holding the power –torch of attack for Italy in this World Cup.

Mario Balotelli was on the Italian expectation to Euro 2012 and played a leading role in the tournament. Right from the opening group stage he contributed to the Italy’s qualification for the final stages with a magnificent overhead shot against Ireland in the last minute.

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Balotelli’s goal celebration vs Germany in Euro 2012—–image via: soomaalidamaanta.com

When Italy met England in the quarter finals, Mario scored the first of the penalties after 120 minutes that decided the match.

In the semi final against Germany Mario Balotelli scored two fantastic goals and his extraordinary performance placed him in the hearts of all Italian fans.

The 23-year-old striker is confident that Italy will kick off their World Cup campaign with a victory over England.

‘In the opening game we have to respect England because it is important to get off to a good start,’

he said.

‘They have maybe two or three players who can hurt us, but we feel well prepared for the tournament and expect to start off with a win.’

The two teams, Italy and England met each other in the World Cup five times. With 3 wins Italy will be the favourite one, while England has 1 win and 1 match remained a draw.

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Louis van Gaal expects Manchester United Players to Learn English in one Year

Louis van Gaal may have planned to overhaul the Manchester United Players this summer. He is determined to get all his players learn at least one thing. He expects from all his players to speak in English, especially for the new faces from different non-English speaking countries.

Van Gaal has pledged to make all the Manchester United Players fluent in one language within one year. And undoubtedly that language should be English for them.

The Manchester Evening news reporter has confirmed that all the Spanish players have started lessons in English. This has been started more than two weeks ago.

The new season players are only two weeks in this country. Before that they were in USA. There was also international week in between. For the Spanish, speaking ability in Spanish was good enough for communication on the Spanish pitch. But for English Premier League they need to be promising about learning English.

So now, Language is a kind of relevant issue for Van Gaal’s squad (Manchester United Players). As there have been plenty of foreigners have been imported to Old Trafford. But still there are ample reserves of domestic and English-speaking talent inside the Manchester United Players.

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Exact one year for Manchester United Players:

There are quite some England Internationals for the Red Devils. Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are some of them. Midfielder Michael Carrick and Ashley Young can also be considered.

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There are also some non-English players, who can still speak the very language. Darren Fletcher from Scotland and Jonny Evans from Northern Ireland can be counted too on the book. Most specifically there is another Dutchman in the list. Van Gaal’s fellow Dutchman Robin Van Persie has spent most of his career in England. So, he is easily expected to be fluent in English.

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But still along all these English speaking Manchester United Players, there is a balancing group of players comfortable in speaking the Spanish.

As David de Gea Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Marcos Rojjo preferred the language, before the QPR match, Spanish was quite the mother tongue in Red Devil’s dressing room.

Yes of course, many of them can speak English. In fact Falcao conducted all in English at his first press conference. Occasionally he had to grant help from his interpreter. Van Gaal also didn’t forget to praise him for this.

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Van Gaal’s desire is probably to foster some Squad unity inside the Manchester United Players. Communicating in one language (preferably English) is very much important at the first point. Truly this a praiseworthy patient concern, considering the huge number of new arrivals.

To make room for the new arrivals, Javier Hernandez, Englishman Danny Welbeck, Wilfried Zaha, Tom Cleverly and Nani were dispensed. Currently the Manchester united Players and also the new signs are positively taking the chance, as they don’t have to UEFA Champions League this season. Captain Rooney has recently led a night with the reshuffled squad. I believe it’s very much important for the unity.

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Wayne Rooney included his wife Coolen with them. Falcao, Marcos Rojjo, Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw were the new arrivals.

These kind of excursions can play a useful role for the Manchester United Players. More importantly this can bring a squad from the Red Devils together. Hopefully we will get have some aspects from the night at the pitch.

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Van Gaal is probably well aware of cliques from such leaning on separate groups for camaraderie. Obviously this a hard time for the Old Trafford squad. Manchester united Players have already been struggling. And certain players simply resent are already being left out.

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Defining features of United’s squads under Sir Alex Ferguson. It was most definitely unity. Probably this was the backbone of so many title-winning campaigns.

Now that a time, Van Gaal wants that same brotherhood. He is stepping for the foundation of this new look team for greater purpose.

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Qatar World Cup 2022 report submitted

Lawyer Michael Garcia has already submitted the Russia 2018 and Qatar World Cup 2022 bidding process to FIFA.

Garcia interviewed more than 75 witnesses. There has been recommendation for further action against individuals. It is believed that further bidding process will be necessary.

The 2018 tournament was awarded by FIFA to Russia in 2010. FIFA World Cup 2022 was also handed at the same time to Qatar.

German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert leads the adjudicatory chamber, which will decide about wrongdoings (if committed). But the report is not expected to be made public.

Eckert has the power to impose sanctions. Though he is not provided with the authority to take the Russia 2018 or the Qatar 2022 World Cup away.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has insisted only his ruling executive committee. They will sit for third-quarter meeting on 26 September in Zurich and decide either to move or stay with the previous hosts.

“The report sets forth detailed factual findings and identifies issues to be referred to other Fifa committees, future bidding processes is highly recommended” – FIFA.

Garcia is currently investigating all of those involved in the bidding process for both the Russia 2018 and Qatar World Cup 2022 events.

The 2018 World Cup was awarded to Russia ahead of Spain-Portugal and Belgium-Netherlands joint bids. England was also in the list.

And Qatar had to overcome the competition from United States, Japan, South Korea and Australia for 2022 host arrangement.

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The Qatar 2022 bid committee is facing claims of corruption. Sunday Times alleged in June that Mohamed bin Hammam (former FIFA vice-president), paid £3m to football officials around the world in return for support for Qatar 2022 bid.

Earlier this year, The Qatari bid committee denied all allegations of wrongdoing. But they probably have decided not to comment on the most recent statement from FIFA.

FIFA World Cup 2022 awarded as Qatar World Cup

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On December 2nd, 2010 in Zurich, FIFA executive committee voted in a secret ballot. Finally it was decided that Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Five candidates presented their bids to stage the World Cup 2022.

The other candidates were USA, Korea, Australia and Japan, who submitted their bids for the most expected hosting rights. USA had previously staged the FIFA World Cup finals (in 1994). While Japan and Korea were the tournament’s first joint hosts back in 2002.

“The World Cup is going to new lands and I am a happy President as we speak of the development of football”

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter said.

“I would like to thank all the candidates and congratulate Qatar” he added.

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani (Chairman of the Qatar bid) was found almost crying after the very announcement.

“Thank you for believing in change and believing in expanding the game. After all thank you for giving Qatar a chance”

he said.

“We will make you proud. We will not let you down”

After the FIFA World Cup in Brazil 2014, the next edition is Russia 2018. And Qatar will for the first time stage the World Cup finals in 2022.

Qatar World Cup 2022: Reactions

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Emir of Qatar:

HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani –

This is one of the great achievements of Arab countries. I hope, we will successfully stage this tournament. The infrastructure will be in place. Hopefully all the Arabs will support us. It was always difficult for us. The team headed by Sheikh Mohammad had a big hill to climb. But it would be even more difficult if we had lost. But in that case we just have to double our efforts and never give up. People may think that we are small as a country, but we really need to prove that we can accomplish great things.

Qatar bid chairman:

Sheikh Mohammad bin Hamad Al-Thani –

I want to thank you for having a bold vision. On behalf of all these people, I want to let you know that we will not let you down. I believe, deciding for the Middle East they have showed right judgment. Now, we are about to locate the big date for the FIFA World Cup 2022. I would also like to thank our competitors. They kept us busy all the time. We can honestly thank FIFA for this bold decision. I believe, all the single member of our bid committee, worked harder to make this dream true. Congratulations to his royal highness, the Emir. Thanks for believing and bringing the game to our region is the right thing to do. Most importantly, I would very much like to thank all the members of the bid committee, who actually believed in us.

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No one actually saw that we had a chance and we were written off. But the millions, who stood with us, made us win. Off course it needed hard work to get to this point. We can celebrate now. And most importantly we need to remember that tomorrow the work begins. We have to deliver the tremendous work. We must make ourselves proud put the milestone in the history of Middle East and the history of FIFA. Thank you all again and hope to see you at the Qatar World Cup 2022.

General Secretary of Qatar Olympic committee:

HE Sheikh Saud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani –

Qatar is going to introduce football in the Middle East like the World Tournament. The bid team have impressed us all. We thank them for their tremendous effort and bringing the Qatar World Cup.

HH Sheikha Mozah bin Nasser Al Misnad
I was always hoping to win for the whole region. I believe the team as well thought like this. They deserved to win. I saw them last few days and nights working harder. I’m extremely happy for winning this for the Arab World, never for Qatar only. Now everyone in Qatar knows, anything is possible with due works. Hope will provide you comfortable World Cup 2022.

Qatar 2022 bid chief executive:

Hassan al-Thawadi –

First of all, I would like to thank FIFA for believing in us. We really should thank them for their efforts to widen the borders of the game and bring it in Middle East. I promise we will serve a great Qatar World Cup and click to the opportunity.

Qatar World Cup brings delight for Qatari people

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Just from the very moment, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter revealed the name for the host country of the FIFA World Cup 2022, almost all the people of Qatar became inexpressible happy.

Not only native Qataris, residents from all nationalities reacted with emotion. No sooner had the decision been announced by FIFA, a city-wide party atmosphere engulfed the thousands gathered in front of giant screens across the capital.

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Numerous hopeful Qataris had already begun to gather from around three. Two hours after, when it was finally announced that they are going to have the Qatar World Cup 2022 ahead, all the spaces were occupied by the Qatar bid supporters.

It was not just the locals, many of the country’s large foreign contingent came out to show their support for the bid. Everywhere just the logo marked, Qatar 2022 was available.

The unforgettable symbol of South Africa 2010, Vuvuzelas made an impressive comeback in the Qatari capital. The familiar horns provided a noisy, joyful soundtrack to the live broadcast. Both children and adults got to follow on-screen proceedings due to the lack of available seats.

The entire town erupted with jubilation, as soon as the FIFA President confirmed Qatar World Cup. Great many bouts of Qatari folk dancing broke out. Also an enormous convoy of vehicles took to Doha’s 7 km-long coastal road.

This immense procession would go on long night. Travelers with flights booked out of Doha International Airport, had to postpone their departures. As it was quite impossible to move through the gigantic and euphoric throng of people.

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Mahmoud Hassan told FIFA.com,

“Due to the traffic jams, I wasn’t able to reach Doha airport for my flight to Bahrain. It’s really incredible to see all these people celebrating the event together”

Many football fans from other parts of the Persian Gulf had even decided to travel to Qatar to enjoy the atmosphere.

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An Omani citizen said,

“The entire Gulf region was fully behind of the Qatar bid. The incredible progress made by this country leads me to believe that they’ll be up to the task. This country has put a huge amount of work into developing”

Mohamed, from Palestine,

“FIFA World Cup coming to the Middle East for the first time. Qatar is a great country – we were confident that they would win. Hopefully they will be the successful event provider ever from this region. And we all will be following closely”

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Gary Linker says Qatar 2022 decision is ‘LUDICROUS’

He expects for ‘clean’ countries to boycott the tournament. Former England striker brands FIFA president Sepp Blatter a dictator. He says that FIFA is not fit as the ruling body. Lineker was part of England’s failed bid team to host the 2018 World Cup. Greg Dyke expects that England wouldn’t bid to host during Blatter again.

Linker is totally disgusted at alleged corruption within FIFA. He has already labelled the Qatar 2022 decision as ‘ludicrous’.

Lineker was part of England’s bid team for the 2018 World Cup event. He declared that England wouldn’t bid again as to win by bending the rules.

The former England striker said,

“I was with David Beckham. We were out trying to get support. Prince William and David Cameron were out there, too. The whole thing smells as done deal”

“The whole FIFA thing will make you feel sick. The corruption at the top level is nauseating. Sepp Blatter has run it like a dictatorship for so long”

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Talking about the Qatar World Cup, Linker said,

“Ludicrous. I am not against it going to different parts of the world”

“You have to be careful what you say, but the corruption is just . . . yuck”

He suggested all the clean countries to boycott the World Cup. He also had to acknowledge that this will not happen.

Linker don’t find FIFA fit for the sport anymore. He believes that it is such a shame because it is a massive sport and means so much to so many people.

“We should stand up for what is right and if that means never hosting the World Cup again”

FA chairman Greg Dyke has said they would not again go for a bid to host the World Cup as long as Blatter was there.

Lineker also called for some restrictions, especially on advertising by gambling firms and alcohol products.

“I have turned down deals with alcohol firms over the years and I don’t agree”

“Gambling is just too easy to do now and as a parent I worry about it”

 

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Qatar confident FIFA will exonerate Qatar 2022 bid

One of their senior officials from the Qatari organizers for the 2022 Qatar World Cup said, they are confident that independent investigation into the bidding process for the finals will definitely be on their side.

Nasser Al Khater (Communications chief) told,

“We’ve always been confident of our position in the way we carried ourselves during the bidding stage”

The New York lawyer Michael Garcia delivered his 350-page report last week to German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert. He is currently the head of the FIFA’s Ethics adjudicatory chamber. Finally he will decide about the consequence in about a month. They will also decide either to publish public or not.

Allegations of corruption have surrounded the voting for 2018 World Cup awarded to Russia. And also the Qatar 2022 World Cup. But Al Khater claims that he has consistently maintained the Qatari bid was clean.

Another major issue surrounding the finals in Qatar 2022 is when they will occur. FIFA’s task force on that subject met on Monday. The problem is, Europe’s top clubs debated it again on Tuesday saying they needed strong decisive reasons.

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They don’t get the point of disrupting the domestic European season as the Qatar World Cup tournament is proposed to shift at the winter months.

AL Khater said,

“Everyone wants to make sure there is the ideal solution for the World Cup with minimal disruption for their leagues. I think the main concern is health. We’ll have cooled training sites, stadia, public areas”

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He also added that they are not running away from the problems. There will be significant challenges. They believe that the Qatar World Cup will be a catalyst for change in society. Definitely it will not happen overnight. But the significant change is the main concern.

“People also recognize now that it is even more important that we put on an excellent show and deliver an exceptional World Cup. This is what we promised and we are excited about delivering the first World Cup in the Middle East”

Earlier this year, the European Clubs’ Association contradicted the view about summer tournament ruled out. They intend to point out that cooling technology for stadiums and pitches had been an integral part of Qatar’s successful bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2022.

“It would be very important to have strong arguments to convince the European game to disrupt its season”

The ECA vice-chairman, Umberto Gandini said.

“There must be very good reasons for moving the World Cup from its conventional slot”

2022 Qatar World Cup will be too hot to even sit and watch

There are problems both way. One hand, questions is lingering about the allegedly shady activity of FIFA awarding the Qatar 2022 World Cup. And now the Middle Eastern country has been dogged with criticism about its suitability for the tournament hosting. There are so many thing in these speculations like human rights violation, corruption heat stroke inducing weather etc.

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In a hot Qatar summer, temperatures can reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This has already been criticized for how it might affect the players. Now that a time, we have come to know from a International journal of Bio meteorology that the heat will be enough effective for the spectators too.

Recent study concludes like,

Qatar World Cup may not be appropriate for the visitors. Especially if it is placed during the scheduled summer situation. In Doha, this season a large majority of hours of the day cause strong heat stress.

The study committee recommended the FIFA World Cup 2022. They are suggesting the time between November and February. They believe, then much more comfortable conditions are frequently available.

The study backs up what many have already demanded. Either the Qatar 2022 World Cup moved to winter or another comfortable location altogether.

Last year, in August,

Sepp Blatter told the associated press,

“I would be very surprised, more than surprised if the World Cup would not be rescheduled for the winter in Qatar”

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Then short after, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke announced that the Qatar World Cup would move to winter.

“To be honest, I think it will be held between November 15 and January 15 at the latest”

But until the executive committee of FIFA takes no final decision, we cannot assure any particular date even the location for the tournament.

FIFA might shift Qatar World Cup 2022 to winter

FIFA has offered January and November in 2022 as alternative kickoff dates for the World Cup in Qatar.

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FIFA consultation group met to seek ways to avoid the summer heat of June July in Qatar.

Blatter cancelled a planned visit to SoccerEx in Manchester. As football leaders were meeting Monday to discuss the potential disruption of domestic leagues. If the Qatar World Cup is held between the proposed times, then it completely disrupts the schedule.

“We have already said we cannot play in summer in this heat in Qatar, now we are making this consultation”

FIFA’s executive committee should confirm the dates at its meeting in March at least.

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Another problem is, the January-February tournament option probably could not happen if the 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled in the traditional time.

IOC president Thomas Bach has already said that the FIFA president assured him, the two events would not clash.

Blatter has repeatedly said the Qatar World Cup cannot be played in summer. But organizing committee is always standing by its pledge to build air-cooled stadiums if necessary.

FIFA opens talks on Qatar 2022 dates

FIFA will step up the search for new dates to play the Qatar World Cup 2022.

Consultation was promised last year. As FIFA President Sepp Blatter repeatedly insisted the tournament cannot be played in the summer, especially with the desert heat.

A second session is scheduled for November, FIFA planning.

Blatter is expecting that his executive committee will make a decision within next March.

Blatter and FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke have always been telling about a November kickoff of the Qatar World Cup will work.

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On December 2010, FIFA’s ruling board awarded Qatar as the 2022 host country. The local organization also stood by a promised bid of June July tournament. They promised to solve the heat problem with air conditioned stadiums.

But still Blatter say,

“It would not be rational to play in summer when temperatures in Qatar rise above 40 degrees C”

Qatar officials have said they can change their hosting plan. But most of all they need to know the international football community reaches a consensus.

Europeans leagues and clubs are the biggest critics of a winter World Cup. Top club competitions face a two-month stoppage. Which will eventually need to knock-on effect of changing calendars over three seasons from 2021 to 2024.

Zidane: Qatar 2022 is a victory for the Arab world

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Zinedine Zidane was an ambassador for Qatar’s bid to stage the FIFA World Cup 2022. The former French midfielder Zizou voiced his delight exclusively to FIFA.com.

He tried to explain what it means to him on a personal level and to the Arab world as a whole.

Zidane believed that it was never easy to support a bid. As it is always a competition. But he is happy as he was trying to convey the message that football belong to the whole world. And now for Russia and Qatar who have never organized such tournament. So football is taking place to new world.

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Obviously this is a fantastic news for the people of both the countries as well as for all the football lovers.

FIFA questioned about his being so much happy. But Zizou just replied as being a partner of the bid. He just supported all the way through. He feels proud of being a contributor to a new country getting the World Cup. The Arab World is having the long desired event that makes him happy.

Zidane believes the Qatar World Cup will resonate beyond Qatar. Actually it’s a victory for the Arab World. The Middle East countries will support the event together. They have actually gotten ten more years to get down to work and stage a very wonderful FIFA World Cup.

Zizou was seemed delighted similarly like the year 1998, when France was awarded the FIFA World Cup. He said,

“I clearly remember saying to myself that if France got the tournament, I’d be in with a chance of playing in it”

“But for me personally it was even more amazing to think that I could take part in it as a member of the national team”

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Pepe Injury: Updates on present status and return

For the last few games, Real Madrid has proven their shaky defense. And now they are going to receive another minor blow. Real Madrid Star and Portuguese center-back succumbed to a muscle problem. He has already missed the tricky away game against Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga last night.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that the defender was going to miss the match due to muscle fatigue. The 31 year old’s place was taken by the young French central defender Raphael Varane. May be that another cause, Pepe’s loss needn’t be a particularly damaging blow for Real.

Pepe definitely could offer more experience. He is a genuine uncompromising streak fierce to make any attacker cringe. But at the same time he is part of that defense which was breached easily in last three games.

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Unfortunately Real Madrid had to admit seven goals that time. All involved with the squad just felt the necessity of improving the back. May be Varane is a key choice for that kind of improvement. Though he is not a regular at the squad. But Pepe injury got this chance for his talent.

Pepe Injury: updates

No matter if he plays regular or not. Madrid got to sign another new deal with the French international to keep away from other club’s reach. Real Madrid is committed to protect one of their future stars.

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The 21-year-old France international moved to Bernabeu from Lens in 2011. At that time he got the six year deal with the club. Since then he had made a complete 74 appearances. Undoubtedly he got several other clubs interest. Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea is among them.

But Pepe Injury reminds Madrid that they have to keep the talent. Probably Real Madrid is going to add another three years to his existing contract in Bernabeu.

Real Madrid mostly had to rely on Pepe and Sergio Ramos. And now Ancelotti endorsed Varane’s importance.

“He is a Real Madrid player, he is young and we need him. We will help him”

“I always say that we have Ramos and Pepe, two of the best defenders in the world”

As per Real Madrid, Varane has to seize the limited chances to impress. Pepe Injury confirms that his aged legs are going to be rested ahead of La Liga tilt. Unfortunately Madrid have two actions in four days.

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The last night Coruna trip was a satisfying event for the Real Madrid fans in last few weeks. Next, Ancelotti’s men have to host Elche in Bernabeu. Hope, Pepe Injury will not make suffer the team anymore.

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Wayne Rooney Opens Up on Manchester United Future

Wayne Rooney is supposedly very much keen to complete his current five-year contract with Manchester United.

Wayne Rooney and the gossips behind

This powerful English forward and amazing finisher inked a mega £300,000 per week deal earlier this year. This may suggest that his thoughts of leaving the club have alredy passed. Wayne Rooney admitted he would like to stay during a special 10-year anniversary interview with Manchester United TV.

Rooney said,

” I think the plan is I’ve just signed new long-term deal at Manchester United and hopefully in five years time we will be sat down for a 12-year one. I don’t see any other reason why not.”

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Manchester United’s twitter account posted a photo of highlights from Rooney’s stay to coincide with the TV interview’s release.

Sir Alex Ferguson on Wayne Rooney eye

The English striker, Wayne Rooney also confirmed he had no hard feelings toward former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Despite a public fallout with Sir Alex Ferguson toward the end of his United reign, Wayne Rooney appears to have settled matters with the man who took him from Merseyside to Manchester United.

Rooney said about Sir Ferguson,

” He was vitally important to me. I am grateful to him for having the faith to bring me in Manchester United from Everton. I think he is an incredible manager and an incredible person , the way you see his desire for the game. Ferguson certainly helped me a lot and helped us all.I am very much grateful for everything he has done.”

Wayne Rooney made the £25.4 million switch from Everton in 2004. Rooney has remained a key player for United ever since his debut hat-trick against Fenerbahce, but his United career has threatened to reach a crashing halt numerous times during the last decade.

The transfer gossip of Wayne Rooney

During the 2010 season, he was said to have handed in a transfer request after a series of some disagreement issues with Ferguson. At that time he also questioned the club’s ambition, suggesting he would exit if world-class signings weren’t made.

However, it was Sir Alex Ferguson’s departing comments on the hard- working player that most seriously tested Rooney’s desire to reach his landmark season with Manchester United.

Sir Ferguson suggested the player handed in a second transfer request as the 2012/13 season came to a close. The retiring manager, Ferguson had no problem dropping Wayne Rooney for key encounters-most notably against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League-and appeared set to continue frustrating his talisman until the very last.

But Rooney denied handing in the latter transfer request, despite Ferguson reiterating the footballers’ alleged desire to leave the Club in his autobiography.

Van Gaal and Wayne Rooney’s chemistry

However, later on, David Moyes restored Rooney to his preferred striking position upon taking charge of Manchester United and now the new boss Louis Van Gaal handed the long-serving player captaincy with the current campaign ahead.

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Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United board also finally managed to deliver top-quality signings for Wayne Rooneyto work alongside. The likes of Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and the youngster Luke Shaw can significantly improve Manchester United’s confidence after last year’s horrific disappointment. These world class players can also help Rooney return to his best.

Rooney is a very vital player for Manchester United right now. He holds a position of power and sees stars all around him-allowing the often criticised player time to reflect on an eventful 10 long years at the Theatre of Dreams.

Often it appeared that his cold war with Sir Alex Ferguson were brought on by both men possessing the natural ability to lead and strong ideas. If the manager did things his way-which would often disregard the emotion of his players-Wayne Rooney was susceptible to feeling the heat.

Neither pulled punches when it came to Manchester United, but the United fans will be glad to hear the two important figures in their club’s history appear to be on good terms.

The striker has scored two goals this season, netting in the defeat to Swansea and recent win over QPR. Rooney appeared on the pitch as a striker alongside Robin Van Persie, and then in the No. 10 position when Radamel Falcao entered the fray, highlighting the Englishman’s importance to the future of Manchester United.

Ronney is always the driving force behind Manchester United’s cut-and-thrust style of play. This may be at his best, but the worst side is, he is a complete liability. While supporters have grown accustomed to seeing both sides of his personality across the last decade, Wayne Rooney is becoming increasingly relevant to United’s hopes under Louis Van Gaal.

The end of Alex Ferguson’s tenure may have unsettled Wayne Rooney, but it’s his relationship with the Dutchman Van Gaal that will define whether Wayne Rooney makes it to his next landmark anniversary with Manchester United.

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Full Details on Selected Host Cities to Stage Euro 2020; Final-Wembley Stadium

UEFA president Michel Platini had confirmed that the final three games of the European Championships Euro 2020 will be held on Wembley Stadium. The total competition will span an unprecedented 13 countries from Europe. Wembley is a famous English Stadium. It is known across the world due to its striking architecture and heritage. Wembley Stadium had been selected to host both semi-finals and the final of the event- Euro 2020.

Previously Germany’s Allianz Arena was quite probable destination for the final events. But as it has been withdrawn from the bidding, Wembley won the right to host the tournament’s showpiece matches.

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Full list of host cities for the tournament Euro 2020:

The full list of host cities for the tournament Euro 2020 is shown in the table below, per BBC Sport

 

City Country
Final and semi-final hosts
London England
Quarter-final hosts (in addition to 3 group games)
Munich Germany
Baku Azerbaijan
St Petersburg Russia
Rome Italy

 

In addition to 3 group games Last-16 Euro 2020 host cities:

Dublin Ireland
Brussels Belgium
Glasgow Scotland
Copenhagen Denmark
Bilbao Spain
Budapest Hungary
Bucharest Romania
Amsterdam Netherlands

A group of cities was going to be disappointed after the announcement. Among those to miss out were Sofia, Minsk, Skopje, Cardiff, Jerusalem and Stockholm.

Wales’ failure was arguably the greatest shock of the process of selecting Stadiums for Euro 2020.

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European football fans have grown accustomed to watching showpiece matches in England, especially at England’s national stadium (Wembley Stadium). Wembley Stadium had successfully hosted both the 2011 and 2013 Champions League finals. Notably, the famous 90,000 seater stadium also hosts all FA Cup, play-off and League Cup finals there.

England last hosted the European Championships in 1996. In that very competition Germany triumphed on the old Wembley’s hallowed turf. The last international final saw Mexico beat Brazil 2-1 in the gold-medal match at the 2012 London Olympics.

England look set to benefit from this decision. Obviously the country wouldn’t be hosting Euro 2020 matches without Platini’s plans. And the tournament atmosphere may be difficult to develop across the breadth of the continent.

Is Wembley Stadium the Right Choice to stage Euro 2020 Final?

Infrastructure within the country remains primed for international events. Both the football stadia and travel routes worked excellently during the London Olympic. For both the 2006 and 2018 FIFA World Cups, England were among the favorites to win the hosting rights. But, we already know that they have failed to land either of the events.

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The Chairman of the Football Association, Grey Dyke confirmed that England will bid for the World Cup once more. He also admits (per Lipton’s report) that it will be difficult to do so while Sepp Blatter remains in charge of FIFA.

“We will bid again for the World Cup at some stage. It is quite hard to see England organizing and winning a World Cup bid at the moment, while Sepp Blatter is the president of FIFA”

He expects that the next time, World Cup decision will be taken each countries voting instead of just the executive panel of FIFA.

Blatter’s willingness to run for his fifth consecutive FIFA presidency ensures England’s hopes of hosting the global competition may be some way off. Hopefully, the Euro 2020 final landing will aid the nation’s hopes again.

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president of the Union of European Football Associations – Michel Platini ; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

Michel Platini‘s grandiose previously planned to deliver a truly continental European competition. But it still remains controversial. ‘Move the tournament away from one host’ decision was taken by the UEFA president, which actually added eight teams to bulk the competition up to 24 nations.

The decision was previously described as ‘television-shaped and politically-driven’ – Henry Winter of The Telegraph.

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Euro 2020 Final – Wembley Stadium:

Wembley Stadium is an association football stadium in Wembley Park, London, England. The Stadium was opened in 2007, which was actually built on the site of the earlier Wembley Stadium. The previous famous architecture was demolished in 2003. With around 90,000 seats, the Stadium is considered as the second largest Stadium in Europe.

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Wembley Stadium ; image credit en.wikipedia.org

It was believed that Football has the ability to turn any host nation into an all-encompassing, welcoming party for travelling fans. Probably this is the greatest achievement of football. But now a time with such decision, it definitely become difficult. For now, the month’s play will need to cross a lot more borders.

Even the supporters will face another difficulty. They will need to judge where their countries will be competing. May be we can conclude that the Euro 2020 main event is going to lose its total crowd possibility.

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Undoubtedly Wembley Stadium will provide an excellent backdrop for the latter stages of the Euro 2020 tournament. The impressive stadium creates a rapturous atmosphere at its best. Hopefully the host city will allow stars to shine, which is already arguably the most historic footballing stage of them all.

Being positive, we can expect UEFA’s decision as very important to bring the Euro 2020 final to the unparalleled footballing ground, Wembley Stadium, England.

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How Many Teams Are In The NBA? (Basketball Teams)

How many teams are in the NBA? Well, it is an interesting question, but this interesting question knocked the mind of many people. That is why this article is going to focus on how many teams are in the NBA!

30 Most Popular NBA Teams: How many teams are in the NBA?

If you want to count down all the popular NBA Teams including local and international, then you have to make a big list. So here is a short list of 30 NBA teams that are known as the most popular teams:

Boston Celtics: The name comes from the Original Celtics franchise that played in the 30s in the ABL. Also in Boston there is large population of Irish origin.

New Jersey Nets: the name rhymes with two other teams in New York (city of the original franchise), Mets (baseball) and Jets (football).

New York Knicks: Knickerbockers come from a type of pants worn by Dutch settlers in the seventeenth century who settled in New York.

Philadelphia 76ers: from a contest, is related to the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 in Philadelphia.

Toronto Raptors: from a contest, just after the movie Jurassic Park.

Chicago Bulls: named for the owner referring to the livestock industry in the city.

Cleveland Cavaliers: from a competition.

Detroit Pistons: the founder, Fred Zollner, the original franchise Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons had a factory that made pistons.

Indiana Pacers: the name because they wanted to set the pace (setting their pace) in basketball and in honor of the automotive history of the state.

Milwaukee Bucks: competition from name.

Atlanta Hawks: originally the Blackhawks, named after a battle that took place in 1961. Blackhawk was an Indian warrior.

Charlotte Bobcats: bobcat is a wildcat. The name of the founder, and who gave him the name of this young franchise, is Robert “Bob” Johnson.

Miami Heat: comes from a contest and beat other names like Flamingos or Waves. Naturally all related to Miami.

Orlando Magic: from competition.

Washington Wizards: from competition. They replaced the old, Bullets, the high crime rate by firearms in American capital.

Denver Nuggets: Denver Nuggets refer to the mining industry itself that existed in the city.

Minn Timberwolves: from a competition. The Timberwolves (a species of wolves) are abundant in Minn.

Portland Trailblazers: from a contest, refers to the pioneers who traveled along the Oregon Trail, a classic US migration route.

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Oklahoma City Thunder: from competition.

Utah Jazz: Utah franchise moved from New Orleans, which is all explained. Definitely Utah is famous for jazz.

Dallas Mavericks: from a competition.

Houston Rockets: the franchise is originally from San Diego whose motto at that time was ‘City in Motion’. After moving to Houston, nicknamed continued since in this city is the main center for NASA.

Memphis Grizzlies: original franchise in Vancouver, Canada Grizzlies bears are a major cultural item.

New Orleans Hornets: original franchise in Charlotte. During the Revolutionary War the British General Cornwallis praised the resistance encountered in North Carolina ‘There’s a rebel behind every bush, it’s a veritable hush of hornets’.

San Antonio Spurs: San Antonio being (although originally from Dallas) must be called Spurs.

Golden State Warriors: original franchise in Philadelphia, his name is in honor of the Philadelphia Warriors, the former ABL team.

Los Angeles Clippers: in honor of a type of boat ‘Clipper’ which had its port in San Diego, which is native city of this franchise.

Los Angeles Lakers: named after some ships plying the Great Lakes in Minneapolis, which is native city of this franchise.

Phoenix Suns: name from a competition. The Navajo called it the city Hoodzo, meaning ‘this hot spot’.

Sacramento Kings: Royals franchise originally called when I was in Rochester and Cincinnati. When he moved to Kansas City existed (and exists) franchise called Kansas City Royals Baseball so the name was changed Kings. Later they moved to Sacramento, retaining the name.

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The names of NBA teams: Western Conference

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There are common question is how many players in the NBA? After the first chapter names franchises in the Eastern Conference, in the second we go to the Wild West to know the origin and curiosities of NBA franchises of the most genuine United States.

• Northwest Division

In the cold Northwest United States, Denver Nuggets (nuggets) are named for the mining boom that characterized the economic life of the state of Colorado in the nineteenth century, when fortune seekers trying to find the nuggets of gold and silver which solved his eventful life.

Meanwhile, the case of Utah Jazz is one of the most atypical because NBA, Is City Utah Jazz in America? At all, but the team inherited the name of the franchise initially created in the city of New Orleans, real birthplace of jazz.

• Pacific Division

Bordering the Pacific Ocean, four of the five teams in the division are based in California. The headliner, Los Angeles “Lakers” (or “marsh” in its meaning to Castilian there), are the heirs of the Minneapolis Lakers since the franchise referred to the state motto of Minnesota, “the land of the thousand lakes “.

When they moved to Los Angeles in 1960 kept the name although the area has few lakes and other recurrent drought. Meanwhile, her neighbor always underestimated the Lakers Clippers also, are named in honor of a type of ship, the ‘Clipper’, which had its port in San Diego, a city where it originated equipment.

• Southwest Division

Finally we address the division of the Southwest, with three Texas how many basketball teams are in the nba. The Dallas Mavericks are named for the image of hipsters ‘cowboys’ who are residents of the state of Texas.

The same source comes the term or Spurs San Antonio Spurs, since in these lands has always been tradition of riding. As for the Rockets (rockets) of Houston, is because NASA headquarters is located in the Texas town.

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Bottom Line: How many teams are in the NBA – probably you may have get the answer of this question? If you are a fan of basketball, definitely this information will help you a lot.