Former French teammate Eric Cantona once described him as the water carrier. After lifting the trophy at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Didier Deschamps is now coaching his country at this summer’s Brazil World Cup.
The 45-year old has always been Solid and reliable for the Les Blues’. He has been the most trusted players and one of the most important members of those two tournament-winning sides for France. Now, he has been charged with the task of restoring France to greatness. For the last eleven years he has been coaching at club level.
The French have been anything but unspectacular in South America so far. On their last match against Switzerland, they got the unbelievable 5-2 victory. The Friday match is a clear is a clear indication that Deschamps is finally starting to stamp his mark on this french youngsters.
The team is going to be modeled in their coach’s own image. Also the benefits are starting to become apparent for them.
Switzerland vs France: As it happened
After the 2-0 defeat in Ukraine in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying, it appeared as if the challenge of coaching his country was becoming too much for the former captain. But certainly he has responded well to adversity.
Didier Deschamps has changed his team in terms of both personnel and formation. He tried to find out the boys he could trust better. That’s the way like a 103 times capped former player.
He has already been awarded for his bold decisions. The 3-0 win at Stade de France secured France’s berth in Brazil.
On the Friday match, France tried routing Switzerland 5-2, at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.
By only half time, France stormed to a 3-0 lead in a magnificent attacking performance. If Karim Benzema had not missed a penalty, there were possibilities for more. On the 17th minute, Olivier Giroud opened the scoring. Blaise Matuidi doubled Les Bleus’ lead only a minute later. In the 40th minute, Mathieu Valbuena then finished off a blistering counter to make it 3-0 at the break.
After the half time, Pogba unlocked Switzerland’s defense with a brilliant pass into the box toward Benzema. And Benzema finished this time to make it 4-0.
Still, they were not done yet. Just after two minutes, at 71st instant, Sissoko made it five at the other end. Watching deeply, you can easily figure out that Benzema was the catalyst again. He unlocked the Swiss defense. he helped the Switzerland vs France match end with +3 gd victory.
With time running down, the Switzerland side attempted to make an improbable comeback. Dzemaili and Xhaka added their two goals at the very last moments of the game.
Switzerland vs France: Aftermath
Les Bleus also benefited from an early injury. Von Bergen left the match in the ninth minute after having his face bloodied by Giroud’s boot. He was replaced by Philippe Senderos. France quickly gave Switzerland’s makeshift defense look ordinary.
France went on top of the group E. They have six points already and undoubtedly qualifying for the next round.
On the other hand, Switzerland must regroup before facing Honduras on Wednesday. Goal difference can be the ultimate problem for them to qualify.
Perhaps the football world has found the unchanged favorites. And the nation has just ripped Brazil’s dreams to shreds in the semifinals and also won its fourth World Cup after a tense 1-0 victory over Argentina in the FIFA World Cup 2014 final.
For the Brazilians, FIFA World Cup 2014 final could have been calamitous. There was only one thing worse than their national team’s losing. And that thing is, their neighbor country Argentina to win the trophy. Surely that hung heavy over the fans at Maracana on Sunday.
There was actually no coronation for Lionel Messi and no party for Brazil’s greatest ever rivals, Argentina. Instead it was Germany, which celebrated its fourth World Cup title.
Many have said, no European side would or could ever win the World Cup on South America. But now we have to believe that there is always one team to refuse such proclamations.
Even words like ‘organized’, ‘machine’, ‘ruthless’, ‘efficient’ etc. would not be enough appropriate to describe this German side. The world have to admit the wonderful talent which passes through the veins of each and every player of this 2014 World Cup German squad. Germany has long threatened to rule the world football.
It came close in a tournament held in its own country. But they had to undergo the painful defeat by Italy at the semifinal stage in FIFA World Cup 2006.
In 2008, Germany was beaten in the final of the European Championships by Spain before the same opposition ended its World Cup dream in South Africa 2010.
“We’re going to celebrate for at least five weeks now”
We can easily understand, how much did Brazilian fans want to see Argentina lose? After Götze scored in the 113th minute, plenty of fans in Brazil’s yellow jerseys in the stadium, erupted. Though this very team just eliminated Brazil from the tournament in the semifinals. But any team other than Argentina winning the trophy would please the home fans.
Their opening game against Portugal, just indicated their urge for victory this time. And their mesmerizing 7-1 victory against Brazil in the semifinals probably ensured their final glory. they fit most for the FIFA World Cup 2014 final.
They have secured this win through guts and fights. Also a moment of magic was needed from one of its brightest new stars to overcome the most difficult hurdle for Germany. The Bayern Munich star Gotze provided the game’s defining moment. He took Schurrle’s pass on his chest and displayed the exquisite technique to volley the ball past Sergio Romero.
Finally, Argentina couldn’t find an equalizer for the 1990 World Cup 1-0 loose against West Germany.
Meanwhile, the Argentine fans and players have hung their heads. Lionel Messi is often praised as the best player in the world. And often being compared with Diego Maradona. But Messi has failed to gain universal acclaim in Argentina, where Diego Maradona at least delivered a World Cup title in 1986.
The golden ball has been given to him, but this honor of the most valuable player in the tournament is little comfort for the magical Messi. He just missed the opportunity to cement his legacy. Whatever he has already earned or will earn in future, but this could be his biggest achievement for lifetime!
“All I wanted was to raise the Cup. Right now, nothing else is important”
Probably, it was left to another wonderful talent and his left foot to steal the headlines from Messi with the decisive goal. And yes, off course Brazil can smile once again. Surely there is not enough beer in the entire country to distract from the prospect of an Argentine party on the Copacabana.
FIFA World Cup 2014 final: as it happened
Having scored seven in its previous game against Brazil, Germany began to wake from its slumber and only a fine save from Romero prevented Kroos’ fierce drive. It was surely supposed to nest at the corner.
Kroos’ corner dissected the Argentine defense. Benedikt Howedes also had flown through the air before sending a thunderous header against the post.
Just before a minute of the first half remaining, dramatic circumstances forced Romero to thank the woodwork as it seemed like Argentina is getting out of jail.
Germany constantly tried to regroup the South American side. They were eager to use the flanks to exploit a lack of pace in their opponent defense line.
Finally Argentina created the move, which was was thought to be the crucial breakthrough. From the right flank Ezequiel Lavezzi found some space and delivered the perfect cross for Higuain to fire from close range.
Everything was ok and perfect along with the celebration. But it did go again against the Argentines. As the flag of the assistant referee was held aloft after the forward was correctly adjudged to be offside.
Javier Mascherano grabbed his head in disbelief after seeing Higuaín’s first miss. And said,
“The pain will be for life because this was our opportunity”
Tired limbs and minds began to show down the pace of the contest. Both sets of players continuously failed to create any kind of chance for their own good.
Meanwhile Javier Mascherano was quite fortunate to escape a second yellow card. And Schweinsteiger was left with a blood pouring from his face after a clash with Sergio Aguero.
Even the extra time was slower. So, Penalties seemed inevitable.
Then, Germany finally seized its moment seven minutes before the end of the game. André Schürrle powered down the left side of the field and floated a tantalizing ball toward the six-yard box. Substitute, Götze showed good speed to arrive under the ball and chest it down. Lashed the ball past Romero and into the net. His teammates on the field and also on the side bench poured onto the field in delight.
Surely it was like dream becoming true.
“It is absolutely sensational, a dream became reality”
Also Argentina had a few last-ditch rushes up field. But they were unable to penetrate Neuer’s penalty area. The team was left with a final opportunity when Messi lined up a free kick from about 20 yards.
But there was no magic as Messi’s shot flew over the net. And so it was over. FIFA World Cup 2014 final found its result. Messi kicked the dirt up in the stands. The German fans as well as the Brazilians shouted out with glee. And Frustration was the only thing left for the Argentines.
Like they said, even with the miraculous Messi, Argentina was unable to take the game to penalties.
Such a thrilling finish could fit with a tournament that ended up being more about the games than pessimists had predicted earlier. But the organizers worry completely proved wrong. It didn’t happen like the last year’s Confederations Cup, which was marred by violent protests. Even after Brazil’s national team was embarrassed in the semifinal, also lost the third place game, forecasts of widespread tumult were never realized.
The Argentine president couldn’t be in Brazil. She had to decline an invitation from President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil for illness and a desire to celebrate her grandson’s first birthday. Chancellor Angela Markel of Germany and Russian president Vladimir Putin did make the trans-Atlantic trip. As Russia will host the upcoming FIFA World Cup in 2018. So. We have to wait another four years for another mesmerizing party, a total football party.
According to a Spanish press Manchester United are targeting Angel Di Maria and Juan Cuadrado for the upcoming season.
Mundo Deportivo claims Manchester United are ready to trump FC Barcelona for Cuadrado’s signature offering €38 million-which equates to approximately £30 million!
Juan Cuadrado appears as one of the Colombia’s World Cup stars. Likely he is widely expected to move during this summer season. His versatility is a huge draw for teams aside his flying pace. He drew the attention to most of the renowned Clubs who are currently looking to strengthen a number of positions quickly. Both Manchester United and Barcelona are currently working on rebuilds after disappointing last season and may see Juan Cuadrado as a ready-made solution to their problem in the right flank position.
Under the Dutch coach, Louis Van Gaal, Manchester United are starting to improve their attacking style as the Red Devils scored 10 goals in two preseason games so far. Van Gaal has favoured three centre-backs during the club’s tour of US. Luke shaw and Antonio Valencia were acting as wing-backs. Juan Cuadrado is a kind of such a natural winger who can effectively fill in at right back. Probably, that’s why he is in the eyes of Van Gaal.
His necessity is likely to be equal at Nou Camp too. In Barcelona Cuadrado would likely be used on the right side of midfield, presuming Dani Alves remains with the club. Although Barcelona have the added draw of Champions League, Manchester United can likely afford to offer Fiorentina more money and Juan Cuadrado a better wage. Cuadrado’s future may come down to preference if the two giants go head-to-head.
With Los Blancos, Di Maria posted an excellent season. However, he never really hit top gear before getting injured in Brazil. It is obvious that his speed, energy and dribbling skils inject urgency into Madrid’s play. That’s why his potential exit will be discussed so seriously.
” Angel Di Maria has just finished the World Cup, he resting on holiday and he will return to Valdebebas on 5th August.”
On the other hand, Louis Van Gaal certainly has some glaring gaps in his squad. The United supporters are likely to be panicked as United’s first competitive fixture of the Premier League season is rapidly approaching on 16th August. But there is no denying that plenty of transfer action will be coming at Old Trafford.
Both Angel Di Maria and Juan Cuadrado offer multi-faceted styles that would certainly bring sheer pace to Manchester United’s game. Under David Moyes, it is acknowledgeable that invention and energy were lacked in Old Trafford. Both of them can be obtained by the aforementioned stars.
United supporters will certainly be pleased with the rampant start to life under Louis Van Gaal. This means nothing if the united squad is unable to compete once the real game begin. With a traditional United side, many names will continue to be linked that should be looking to make a fast impact once the new Premier season is underway.
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.
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
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.
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”
“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
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.
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
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.
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.
“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.
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”
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”
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.
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”
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.
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”
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.
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.
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
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.
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”
Olympiakos Piraeus secured a surprise 3-2 victory last night. Unbelievably their opponent was last year’s Champions League runners-up Atletico Madrid. It was quite a dream start for the Greek Champions.
Olympiakos went ahead on 13 minutes at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium. The young French defender Arthur Masuaku found space for a low shot.
The hosts got advantage just after the half hour mark. This time Ibrahim Afellay doubled the score for them.
Seven minutes before halftime, Atletico Madrid’s Mario Mandzukic pulled a goal back. But again the visitors had to fall behind. Kostas Mitroglou got strike at the 73rd minute for Olympiakos. It was his only goal for last ten months.
Just before the last four minutes, Atletico substitute Antoine Griezmann set up another tense finish. It was quite a close-range strike for him. But late enough, as Michel’s team clung on for victory.
Olympiakos vs Atletico:
The match opening was a little tentative. Olympiakos went ahead from the first clean chance. Alejandro Dominguez’s short corner was teed up by Afellay for Masuaku. Then just outside the area, Masuaku had to beat Jan Oblak with a superb low strike.
Atletico Madrid fought back sometimes. But striker Mandzukic was wasteful in front of the bar. The La Liga Champions were punished against the run of play. And thereafter, Afellay put the hosts 2-0 ahead.
Dominguez showed a determined run for the goal. Mitroglou just dummied his pass then. Afellay had to finish into the bottom corner clinically.
Suddenly Mandzukic found the target. Atletico clawed their way back into the match. Cristian Ansaldi provided the precise cross head the ball home. Eric Abidal was there, but Mandzukic perfected to escape his attention.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most of the times, it has been discussed about how the sports franchise owners can make money from their teams. Of course we have had learnt so many different ways, not only for the owners but also for the television and other media partners. Yes, they all along with the sponsors can generate a lot of money from sports.
But this time, we are going to focus at some of the most interesting facts and ways for the sports fans to earn money. I believe, there are obviously some popular methods hanging around, almost everywhere. As you all probably have already heard pretty much on sports blogging and sports betting. Other interesting ways may include – sports tickets and memorabilia for instances.
However, here we are expecting a detail look inside the most common ways to earn money from sports.
One of the most commonly asked question in this sector is: Whether it is possible to earn money from gambling? Or if it is possible to make a living from betting?
Yes, absolutely!! It is possible to make a living from sports betting.
There can be a great long list with related interests on sports betting. Sports analysts (commonly known as bookmakers) can make money by compiling odds for bookies, programmers can earn a living from betting by developing various sports betting applications. Various manufacturers are also found, making money from gaming machines related to people’s gambling habits. But may be the best way is to earn through a renowned sports betting organization or website.
There are famous online betting sites where you can have your opportunity for betting on any targeted team in almost every kind of popular sports. Namely, some of them are – bet365, William Hill sports betting and BETVICTOR.
But if you are expecting of supplementing your income from sports betting, then you need to be careful on some of the most important facts like – experience, statistics, ratings and also the quantitative or qualitative factors. After devising your own winning system you must concentrate on a good staking plan to ensure profit for long term.
One of your best options for making money as a sport fan might be sports blogging. First of all you need to prepare a successful sports blog of your own interest. In that case, you must learn the very common methods of establishing a site as a money source or you can count as visitor source.
The most favorite ways for monetizing your sports blog can be –
merchandise and memorabilia
Take part in affiliate programs for sports tickets
Facebook fan page of your sports blog
But keep in mind, though easy to gain quick audience it’s one of the hardest audiences to monetize.
Most definitely most visitors are looking for simply scores, news and videos. Giant organizations in this sector may have gained millions of hits every now and then, but you can also make your own readers through maintaining a good smart standard of articles/posts.
Following some simple easier steps can make you believe that sports blogging can genuinely become a great solution for your earning if you are not very comfortable with sports betting.
2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa was bewitched by a psychic octopus “Paul”. By predicting the winner in every important world cup match Paul attracted the media quite impressively. His success rate was 85%. He predicted a win for Spain against Netherlands in the final match in 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa by eating the mussel in the Spanish box.
Paul the octopus was hatched in 2008 at a sea life center in Oberhausen, Germany. From the very beginning, Paul was used as an animal oracle for predicting the winner of football matches. Firstly, Paul was attending only German matches. He came into worldwide attention with his accurate prediction in 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
During a divination, the octopus was presented with two boxes containing food. Each box was marked with a national flag in an upcoming match. Paul the octopus predicted the winner by choosing the box with the flag of the wining team.
Sea life’s entertainment director Daniel Fey said,
“There was something about the way he looked at our visitors when they came close to the tank. It was so unusual, so we tried to find out what his special talents were.”
According to the animal rights organization PETA octopuses are some of the most intelligent invertebrates with complex thought process, short and long term memories and different personalities. They can learn through observation and particularly sensitive to pain. The organization complained that it would be cruel to Paul to keep him a permanent confinement. The sea life center denied the accusation mentioning as he was born in captivity it would be dangerous for him to release.
Following Paul’s rise to fame a businessman offered 30000 euro for him. Nevertheless the sea life center rejected him.
Paul’s prediction in the 2010 world cup endowed him with a celebrity status. Paul predicted each of the German matches in that world cup played against England, Australia, Argentina, Serbia, Ghana and Spain. After foretelling Argentina the loser, Nicolas Bedottou, an Argentine chef posted an octopus recipe on Facebook. Paul also threatened by the Germans as he chose Spain over Germany in the semi. Then Spanish prime minister announced that Spain would be a safe haven for him.
Paul the octopus died on October 2010 aging two and a half years, a normal life span for the species.
However, Paul’s fan need not disappointed. Paul’s aquarium is said to be grooming a successor. He was also named Paul as well. But he wouldn’t be a psychic octopus by predicting the winners of world cup like Paul.
Undoubtedly football is one of the most followed sports in this world. So, it is no surprise, highest level of financing and commercialization should enter this very sporting arena. Though, there is always mixed reactions about this commercialization from spectators around the globe. People now can enjoy a variety of international talent at various domestic leagues. While, they often criticize the highest paid soccer players for being overly paid. Sometimes the reaction is, they don’t worth that much money.
Here we are trying to make a list of 10 highest paid soccer players especially for the year 2016. And we don’t believe to hide the secret that this list is made mostly based on the latest list by Forbes.
According to the magazine, the 29- year old Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo is the leader of this short list. The second ranked is now at no#1 in the list of highest paid soccer players in the world 2016 with an estimated earnings of 80 million USD.
Top 10 Highest Paid Soccer Players 2015:
From last year, the boost is around $30 million for Cristiano Ronaldo. And now on, the Spanish Primera owns the top two spots as Lionel Messi from Barcelona is next with $65 million. Though he is expected to receive a raise of $13 million after the next deal is signed.
This list of highest paid soccer players is presented here with stars strictly from the Spanish Primera, English Premier League and France’s Ligue 1.
10. Fernando Torres – Atletico Madrid
Fernando José Torres Sanz is a Spanish professional footballer. He played as a striker for both the Spain National Team and English Club Chelsea. He started his career with Atletico Madrid in 2001.
Torres is now at number 10 in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16. He has an annual earnings of 20 million USD. And he is continuing his sponsor deals with Adidas and Pepsi.
Very recently Torres refused to move for Italy as the Chelsea Boss Jose Mourinho is very keen to keep the 50 million striker for the English Club. He might have planned to play his last match at Stamford Bridge. He came back to join Atletico Madrid last season. His performance is increasing with time.
Now at this moment he is no longer considered one of the top strikers in the world football. But probably his sponsorship deals still rank him among the highest paid soccer players 2015-16.
9. Yaya Toure – Man City
Gnégnéri Yaya Touré, known as Yaya Touré, from the Ivory Coast National Team, now plays as a midfielder in Premier League club Manchester City. Formerly this versatile player played as a center back for FC Barcelona. He is renowned for combining passing ability and physical power with technique.
For the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16, he is at number 9. His annual earning is around 21 million USD, of which he receives almost 19.2 million USD from salary and the other 3 million from endorsements.
Toure signed a new 4-year contract to stay at the Etihad Stadium until 2017, last April. He is the captain of Ivory Coast National team. Toure was selected for the African Player of the Year for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. So far, he has scored 53 goals for Manchester City.
Yaya Toure was third (just below his teammate) in the last BPL with 20 goals. And naturally his contract is loaded with much more incentives. Definitely his wages can reach sky high next year, especially if Manchester City performs well again.
8. Sergio Aguero – Man City
Sergio Leonel “Kun” Agüero Del Castillo known professionally as Sergio Agüero is an Argentine professional footballer. He also plays as a striker for Premier League club Manchester City and the Argentina national team. One of the forever legends, Diego Maradona’s Son in law, Aguero started with the European side Atletico Madrid in 2006.
Sergio Aguero is presently representing the 8th position of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16. Recently (on 14th August 2014) he has signed a five year deal with the city for about 42.35 million Euros. And also the Sponsorship deals with companies like Puma, Pepsi and Gillette are facts about being 8th richest soccer player of 2015-16.
Definitely Sergio Aguero is one of them who helped City capture a second EPL title in the last three years. He scored 17 total goals this season, which is fourth most in league for the term.
7. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United
Wayne Mark Rooney is an English footballer who plays for both Manchester United and the England national team. Recently he was seen as captain for both the teams. Probably he is one of Most Gifted Footballers, England Ever Produced. Undoubtedly he can find his place in the all-time best striker list for England. At the age of only nine, he joined the Everton youth club and finally moved for the United in 2004 summer transfer window. So far, he has scored 192 goals in the English Premier League, which makes him the second most top scorer in EPL. He is currently the most decorated Barclays Premier League player.
And for the updated list of highest paid soccer players 2015-16, Wayne Rooney is the 7th highest paid soccer player in the world. He has a grand total of 23.4 Million USD annual earning. This also includes the 5 Million sponsorship deals.
The famous club rewarded 10-year veteran Rooney with a record 4-year contract extension, which worth up to $104 million.
The Red Devils along with Rooney have trudged through a downtrodden English Premier League season. But now with the new manager they are willing for a better prospect. And endorsements from Nike, Samsung and Harper Collins, still keeping the 28-year-old MANU forward in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16.
6. Neymar – Barcelona
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer. He plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Brazilian national team as a forward or winger. For the time being he is considered as one of the Most Rising Star in Football Arena.
Neymar started his career with the Brazilian club Santos in 2003. And after rising through ranks, now he is transferred to the Spanish club FC Barcelona last year.
Neymar was transferred with a record €57, which was 10th most expensive transfers in football history. Currently he is at number 6 in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16. Annually he earns almost 34 Million USD. Of which, 16 Million, he receives via sponsorship deals form Nike, Panasonic and Volkswagen.
Neymar announced on 27 May 2013 that he would sign with the FC Barcelona. On June 3rd, Neymar was unveiled by Barcelona and presented at the Nou Camp in front of 56,500 fans, which was a record turnout for a Brazilian player.
Probably Neymar is the only player on the list of highest paid soccer players 2015-16, whose endorsements outweighed the salary. The Brazilian superstar has already become a sensation for the Barcelona side. And above all, he is expected to represent Brazil for their sixth World Cup title.
5. Radamel Falcao – Chelsea
Radamel Falcao García Zárate, commonly known as Radamel Falcao, Falcao García or Falcao in South America, is a Colombian professional footballer. Only a few days ago he was transferred to Manchester United on loan from AS Monaco. He plays as a striker for both the club and the Colombian national team.
He had already travelled so many famous clubs like Lanceros, River Plate, Porto, Atletico Madrid, Monaco and now the big one Manchester United.
The 28 year old Star struck a 5 year deal that doubled his salary with AS Monaco, bankrolled by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev.
He also spent a very successful year with Atletico Madrid, where he scored 34 goals in one season. But Falcao justified the move to the club saying his heart had been with it since his idol Henry had played there. And magically, before that he was not even in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players. Now he is enjoying the 5th position of highest paid soccer players 20115-16.
It is heard that Manchester United is very keen to keep the Colombian star with them, which means they are processing the deal for him. Let’s see what happens, Falcao of Monaco or Falcao of MANU??
Falcao is now playing for Chelsea on loan. He is not having a good form there as he scored only once in his nine games.
A serious knee injury derailed him from the season as well as the World Cup 2014, Brazil. But hopefully he will score again for the Red Devils this season.
4. Gareth Bale – Real Madrid
Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid. He also plays for the Wales national team as a winger. Gareth Bale began his professional career at Southampton as a left back. Very quickly he acclaimed his name as a free kick specialist.
The Spanish giant Real Madrid spent $118 million last September to sign the 24-year old Welshman from Tottenham Hotspur in the year 2013 after Neymar’s move to Barcelona.
Now Bale is at number 4 in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16. He earns around 36.4 Million USD per year, including 11 million via his deals with Adidas, EA Sports, Lucozade.
Bale began his professional career at Southampton. On 25 May 2007, Bale signed a four-year deal with Tottenham. And finally On 1 September 2013, Real Madrid announced that they had reached an agreement for the transfer of Gareth Bale. A six-year deal was signed with an undisclosed fee for the superstar.
Definitely the record breaking transfer to Real Madrid puts a lot of pressure on Bale. But we can say he had already proven himself worthy. His winning-wonder goal in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona solidified his place in Europe’s toughest and famous most league.
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – PSG
Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer. He plays as a striker for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Swedish national team. Ibrahimovic is the present captain for Swedish national team. Most definitely he is one of the strongest footballer around the world.
He was the player of the year for PSG last year, in which he scored 30 goals one season. Ibra started his career with the Malmo FF in the late 90’s. Then he moved to Ajax and serially there after he played for Juventus, Internazionale, Bercelona, Milan and finally PSG.
Currently Imbrahimovic is the 3rd highest paid soccer player of the top 10 list of highest paid soccer players 2015-16. Annually he earns around 40.4 Million USD. Ibrahimovic is gaining 36.4 Million USD via salary and other 4 Million via commercial deals from sponsors.
Recently he is rewarded one year Extension in his two year contract with PSG.
Ibrahimovic is well known for his incredible goals and cockiness on the pitch. Undoubtedly he is responsible to bring back PSG amongst the top clubs in Europe with two consecutive French Ligue 1 titles.
2. Lionel Messi – Barcelona
Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi Cuccittini, commonly known as Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team.
The Barcelona sensation had received Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations at the age of 21 only. He is definitely one of the greatest soccer players ever in this world. And still if we don’t accept him as the greatest, at least we can consider that he has certain possibilities with so many unbreakable records in his pocket.
Messi started his career with the Spanish giant club FC Barcelona and may be, he is all the through going to end up with them.
After remaining as runner up in 2013 Ballon d’Or award Messi is at number two in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16. He has a grand total earning of 64.1 Million USD per year. He receives 41.7 Million from salary. He also has some real big deals with sponsors like Adidas and Turkish Airline.
Recently Messi helped his team Argentina being runner up at the World Cup 2014, Brazil. He was also awarded with the player of the tournament which is commonly known as the golden ball. As always, he has never stopped surprising and undoubtedly he is ever sensational. Lionel Messi has achieved the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the 5th time in 2016.
The Argentine superstar has agreed to a new contract with the club. But he hasn’t signed yet. Most probably his wage is set to rise. Easily he can become no. 1 of highest paid soccer players next year.
Ronaldo became the most expensive player in the world when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009. He won the 2013 Ballon d’Or. And scored amazing 69 goals in only 59 matches for Real Madrid and Portugal.
Now a time, undoubtedly and most definitely Cristiano Ronaldo is at number one in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16.
He has a grand total earning of 80 Milliion per year. Of which, 52 Million he earns from salary and the other 28 Million from endorsements. Very recently Real Madrid has awarded Cristiano a 5-year contract worth $206 Million USD. Alongside he has some huge sponsorship contracts with Tag Heuer and underwear labeled CR7. He is at the same time most paid and most popular athlete in the world.
Cristiano Ronaldo started his career as a young player for Andorinha. He played there for two years. And moved to C.D. Nacional. In 1997 he moved to Portuguese giants Sporting CP. Finally in 2003, Ronaldo caught the attention of Manchester United manager sir Alex Ferguson. MANU signed him for 12.2 Million in 2004.
Ronaldo was the first player in England to win all four main PFA and FWA awards in 2007. In 2008 and 2013, he won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award as the best player in the world, the first Portuguese player to win the title twice. On 26th June 2009, Real Madrid confirmed his transfer from Manchester United for 80 Million, which made him the most expensive footballer in history.
This year the Madrid sensation racked up 31 goals and helped Real Madrid reach the Champions League final with his leadership and otherworldly scoring abilities. Ranking top in salary and endorsements, Ronaldo is by far the highest paid soccer player in the world.
He is totally inspired to come back from such a negative season. He believes that no one from the Milan team can be satisfied with the campaign. Neither individually nor collectively. Nothing positive!
“We have to learn from the mistakes we’ve made and try to be competitive next season”
Now the only target he is up to is giving the maximum for the national team. He expects to do well in the upcoming event.
Riccardo Montolivo came up through the Azzurri youth ranks. Then the 29-year-old took part in his debut with the senior team in 2007.
Montolivo had to start without Andrea Pirlo, who was injured for the first three games this season. But he could not help the defending champions to avoid a shock. Finally they had to admit an early exit from the tournament.
Riccardo Montolivo has another great reason to do well in South America. He expects to help the team for amending their dismal display in South Africa, the last World Cup 2010.
“The World Cup in South Africa proved to be a negative experience”
“Our desire is to bounce back after what happened four years ago. We can’t wait to put things right”
Riccardo Montolivo has scored two goals in 57 appearances for his country. He believes that there can be no better place than Brazil to do well for the four-time world champions.
Probably he is dreaming of a magical World Cup. From the point of view, Brazil, the center of football, he expects the World Cup to be a real special event.
“The final 23-man squad can be a beautiful surprise in the tournament”
As he said to the Gazzetta dello Sport.
Italy was unbeaten in qualifying games. They are going to begin their World Cup campaign against England on June 14 in Manaus. They will also take on Costa Rica and Uruguay in Group D.
Real Madrid attained a 2-0 victory over Villarreal at the Estadio El Madrigal on Saturday. Though it wasn’t the sort story of vintage attacking performance we’ve witnessed from the European champions in last few games.
From the consecutive thrashings trio of Basel, Deportivo La Coruna and Elche resulted in an absurd tally of 18 goals. Truly exhilaration had been the theme of Los Blancos’ displays recently.
However, Saturday’s performance stood in stark contrast to the three that preceded the match. It was not a quite supreme exhibition of offensive fluidity. Fans didn’t get the typical Real Madrid flair.
The match has been defensively perplexing for Carlo Ancelotti’s side. Still we have to admit that the resilient showing was perhaps their most significant of the campaign so far this season.
Perhaps, clean sheet was achieved with that troublesome one-way midfield of Luka Modric, James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos. But most importantly, Real Madrid had displayed a capacity to alter the game’s tempo. They tried to quell the home side by sitting deeper maintaining the shape conservatively.
Real Madrid vs Villarreal:
According to The WhoScored.com, The men in white splatted the possession battle 50-50 by conceding 19 shots to their own 11 and seven corners to their own six. Literally they were forced to make 29 clearances to Villarreal’s 16.
But it was not that Real denied the hosts of an opportunity to impress. The Yellow Submarine tried their best by breaking down both wings in a bright first half and finding pockets of space between Los Blancos’ midfield and defence, which finally engaged Iker Casillas into constant action display.
And the capital club was calm and organized response to the onslaught. This composure was alarmingly missing when Real Sociedad poured on the pressure in late August.
“The best thing is that we won a difficult game against a team that played well”
“We controlled the game. We had a good attitude and deserved to win”
As an Italian, Ancelotti is quite familiar with defensive principles. Probably he is the typically unmoved boss who was key to Real Madrid’s adapted approach in the second half , which allowed his team to ease to a third consecutive league victory this season.
Pleasantly, it all felt rather measured—a term that hasn’t been applicable to Real Madrid this season until now.
The side’s 4-3-3 with Modric, Kross and Rodriguez in midfield is still too easy to blast through. The back four are isolated as full-backs.
“Clearly it gives us less cover but we must take these risks because we have more opportunities in attack”
Ancelotti said of his preferred formation.
Such a display will no doubt be encouraging for Ancelotti. He is now looking ahead to five-game stretch that includes clashes with Athletic Bilbao. Also Barcelona and Liverpool. Definitely he is feeling that his team has progressed and taken a step forward. Obviously who else can plunder 18 goals in 270 minutes of football with the world’s most fearsome squadron and still be engulfed in doubt? Yes- of course Real Madrid can.
But the 2-0 victory at Villarreal has shown that the script can be changed positively.
Liga BBVA, commonly known as La Liga was founded in the year of 1929. In other words, it is officially known as the Primera Division of the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (LFP). It has been the strongest league in Europe for the past five years and more (with respect to UEFA’s League coefficient system). Twenty teams are permitted to participate in this division. The lowest three teams are selected to be relegated at the end of the season. La Liga is considered as the second most watched football league in the world after Barclays Premier League (English Premier League).
This particular premier division has always been lauded for its technique visibly nonexistent physicality and flair. La Liga has also been criticized for its predictability and a two horse race competition. Real Madrid and Barcelona, this two teams have won the Spanish first division in the past nine years. But hopefully the equations of Liga champions may be changing in Spain due to the rise of a certain Atletico Madrid last season.
La Liga has always produced some fine footballers. Guardiola and Romário in the 90’s, Zidane – Beckham and Ronaldinho in the 2000’s and at present times amazing football superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Iniesta and Gareth Bale are playing right here in La Liga.
And as always, quality players mean quality salaries for those brilliant individuals. There are uncountable highly paid soccer players playing in La Liga every season.
Top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga:
Let’s take a look at the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga. Mostly highest paid footballers in La Liga are found within the two horses, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.
10. Xavi Hernandez
Present Club: FC Barcelona
Position: central midfielder
Earnings: $9.36 million per year
Xavi Hernandez, known as the master of passes, plays for the Spanish national team and FC Barcelona. He joined through the youth ranks of La Masia and gradually taken to the first team of Barcelona. His professional debut came in 1997. He played regularly in Spain’s U17, U18, U20, U21 and U23 football teams. Finally Xavi made it to the senior side in 2000.
Xavi also represented the Catalonia’s national team. He is the 1st player to register assists in 2 separate Euro finals and also the lone goal in the 2008 final. With 2 assists in the final 4 years later. With more than 25 trophies Xavi can be decided the maximum trophy winner among the Spanish players in history.
He created countless goals with genius ball handling while never relinquishing possession technique. Xavi’s abnormally good vision, world-class ball control and pinpoint accurate passing ability allowed him to dictate the flow of football. The assist king, the number 10 highest paid footballer in La Liga currently earns an estimated total wages of €6.9 million ($9.36 million) per year at FC Barcelona.
Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior, known as Marcelo is often Likened to Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos for his technical ability, fierce shot and good passing. The Brazilian plays for Spanish Capital Club Real Madrid.
Marcelo started playing with Fluminense and was sold to Real Madrid in January 2007. He is also praised for representing Brazil in different youth levels: U-17, U-20 and U-23. He made it to the senior side in 2006.
Marcelo can be considered as another perfect example of a traditional Brazilian left-back with great offensive play ability. He has outstanding dribbling skills and tricks. The Real Madrid Star, commonly known as the opponent’s terror is right now the 9th of the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga. He earns an estimated total wages of €6.98 million ($9.45 million) per year at Real Madrid.
Another Brazilian defender, Daniel Alves plays for FC Barcelona and loves to attack. He also plays for the Brazilian National team.
Alves started his professional career at Esporte Clube Bahia. He was moved to Sevilla in 2002, primarily on a temporary basis and then permanently. He stayed six years at the club and then joined FC Barcelona in the summer of 2008 for €32.5 million transfer fee.
The Brazilian superstar made his international debut in 2006. Probably his favorite hobby is to torment opposition’s left flank with his right winger. As being a regular member of Barcelona’s starting XI, Dani Alves currently earns around €7 million ($9.5 million) per year at Barcelona. Another defender at the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga.
One of the “BBC” attack of Real Madrid, Karim Mostafa Benzema is a French footballer who plays as a striker. The former French youth international has also represented his nation from under-17 level onwards. The under-17 team won the 2004 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship. Karim Benzema made his senior international debut in March 2007.
He has earned over 65 caps and represented France at three major international tournaments. The French international shows tremendous intelligence and foresight to make runs off the ball. He is not just a box poacher. And he is not even necessarily expecting to receive possession but purposely creating spaces for his wide forwards to exploit centrally.
Benzema has proven himself to be a key figure in front of the goal. He has already scored 17 times in La Liga and also nine notable assists. Now a time there are not many “pure” forwards in the league who can match Benzema’s rate of 1.8 key passes per game. Probably this the indication of his being 7th at the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga 2016. He has an estimated earnings of $9.6 million per year from Real Madrid.
Andrés Iniesta Luján, commonly known as Andres Iniesta is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Spain national team as a central midfielder.
He is another player who came through La Masia (Barcelona Youth Academy) after an early emigration from his birthplace. Iniesta made his debut in 2002 at the age of 18. Very soon he became an integral part of the Barcelona side in 2009 and probably that was the only time a club has achieved six titles in one season.
Iniesta showed his very best form in big games, ever since he joined the Catalan’s side. On the ball, there are few players in world football (never mind in La Liga) who can match Iniesta’s ability to beat defenders in restricted territory. Undoubtedly he is one of the greatest midfielders of his generation, Andres Iniesta is considered the sixth of the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga. His estimated wages are around $9.8 million per year from FC Barcelona.
He started his professional career joining Santos youth academy in 2003 and rose through the ranks to the first team. He made his professional debut in 2009. Neymar also represented Brazil in U17, U20 and U23 levels and made his senior National Team debut in 2010. Now a days he is seen representing the Brazil National Team.
FC Barcelona paid €57 million to sign him in the summer of 2013. Neymar is quite a complete package of dribbling, acceleration, finishing and the ability to use both feet. He has easily become an important member of FC Barcelona. The number 5 of the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga currently earns an estimated wages of $10 million per year from Barcelona.
Iker Casillas plays for and captains both La Liga club Real Madrid and the Spanish national team. He can be undoubtedly considered as one of the finest goalkeepers of all time.
Casillas joined Real Madrid at youth level. And then gradually he made his debut in 1998-99. He had always been the first choice keeper until the January arrival of Diego last year. Iker Casillas also represented Spain at U15, U16, U17, U18, U20 and U21 levels.
The most capped player of all time for the Spanish national team, Casillas made his senior debut in 2000. He captained the Spanish national team to two Euro Cups and a World Cup. Despite not being regular for both the Champions league and La Liga, Casillas is still one of the top goalkeepers in world and earns €7.5 million ($10.17 million) per year, which in turn makes him the 4th of the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga. And the only goalkeeper for the highest paid soccer players list.
What more is there to say about a four-time Ballon d’Or winner? Lionel Messi is arguably the best player in the world, who plays for FC Barcelona and is skipper of the Argentina national team. He is also another player from Barca’s youth academy La Masia. He joined as a young player from Newell’s Old Boys.
After rising through the ranks, Messi became an inevitable part of Barcelona first team. Messi had represented Argentina in U20 and U23 action and made his senior debut in 2005. He also represented the Argentina National Team in the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil.
Intially a left winger, Messi was moved to right wing by then Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard. As he needed to cut in and finish using his left foot. This turned out to be a very effective move as his goal tally increased tremendously. And then Pep Guardiola gave him a free role, namely ‘false 9’.
The total Barcelona team is built around him. The record breaking and history making footballer of this age, Lionel Messi currently earns an estimated wages of €16 million ($21.7 million) a year from the Catalan club. Right now he is at the 2nd position of the list of top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga.
Gareth Bale is one of the most expensive footballers in history. The Welsh International plays for the Spanish Capital Club Real Madrid. Bale started as a regular of Wales’ U17, U19 and U21 sides. He made it onto the national team in 2006.
After starting out his professional career at Southampton in 2006, he was signed in Tottenham Hotspur for an eventual £7 million in 2007. Though starting as a left back, Bale was moved further forward to utilize his speed and crossing ability. After a prolific scoring season in 2012-13, Gareth Bale got his dream move to Real Madrid with €100 million record transfer fees.
A footballer with tremendous speed, exceptional physical qualities and with a great left foot, Bale is making £15.6 million ($25.7 million) per year at Real Madrid. He is considered as the 2nd highest paid footballer in Liga BBVA.
One of the most prolific goal scorers of his generation, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, commonly known as Cristiano Ronaldo plays for Spanish giants Real Madrid and captains the Portuguese national team.
Ronaldo Started out his career as a youth player with Andorinha and joining C.D. Nacional. Afterwards he stepped onto his professional career at Sporting Club de Portugal. The English powerhouse Manchester United signed him for €15 million in the year 2003. Finally, Real Madrid made him the most expensive footballer in history at that time when they bought him for €94 million in summer of 2009.
Cristiano Ronaldo has represented Portugal at U17, U20, U21, U23 and senior levels. After the national team debut in 2003, Cristiano captained Portugal National Team since July, 2008. Unbelievable but true that he scores more than a goal per game for his current club. He is also the top goal scorer of his country.
Lauded for his finishing, pace, dribbling, positioning and his passing and crossing ability, Ronaldo can be proclaimed as the Commander In Chief at Real Madrid. Currently Cristiano receives around €21 million ($28.5 million) salary per year from Real Madrid. Undoubtedly he is the highest paid footballer in La Liga for the year 2015-2016..
2nd goal at 31’ – J. Rodriguez; assist – K. Benzema
3rd goal at 54’ – K. Benzema; assist – C. Ronaldo
4th goal at 87’ – J. Rodriguez; assist – C. Ronaldo
Fresh off their El Clasico win against FC Barcelona, Madrid men picked up right where they left off against Granada CF.
And again, C. Ronaldo scored yet another goal just at the 2nd minute of the game. J. Rodriguez was another unstoppable and incredible this evening, added two for the Los Blancos. Striker K. Benzema also added the third shortly after half time.
Granada (0) vs Real Madrid (4); as it happened:
A brilliant start saw Cristiano Ronaldo give the European champions 1st lead. Just after two minutes of the game, Cristiano slotted out the ground. James added the second, 15 minutes before the break.
Karim Benzema found the net shortly after the half-time. While, Marcelo was denied by the crossbar four minutes later. Finally Rodriguez took advantage of a defensive mix-up to poke home a fourth.
The result represents Real’s 11th consecutive win in all competitions.
On the contrary, Granada had to admit their fifth defeat in six games.