Thursday, July 7, 2016

Done Deal : Manchester United Signs Henrikh Mkhitarayan

Manchester United has announced that Henrikh Mkhitarayan has completed his transfer from Borussia Dortmund.

Mkhitaryan has made 140 appearances and scored 41 goals for Borussia Dortmund since his joining in 2013. He was also voted Bundesliga Player of the Season for 2015/16.

Mkhitarayan signed a four-year contract with Manchester United with the option to extend for a further year.
He is believed to be Armenia’s all-time top scorer, with 19 goals in 59 appearances since his international debut in January 2007.

Henrikh Mkhitarayan
Henrikh Mkhitaryan said: "I am very proud to join Manchester United, this move is a dream come true for me. I am excited to play for a club with such an illustrious history and hope to be part of it for a long time. I thank the trust the club and Jose Mourinho have put in me. Finally, I believe playing for such a great club honours my father’s memory, and the inspiration and drive he gave to me when I was young."

José Mourinho said: "Henrikh is a very talented footballer who has been in such prolific form for both his club and his country. He is a real team player with great skill, vision and also has a good eye for goal. I am delighted he has chosen to sign for United. I believe he will make an impact on the team very quickly as his style of play is suited to the Premier League. We are all looking forward to working with him."

Thursday, May 19, 2016

John Terry signs one-year deal at Stamford Bridge

Veteran Chelsea defender John Terry has signed a new one-year deal with Chelsea

The 35-year-old Blues’ defender contract was about to over this summer. He gave an emotional speech after his side's final league game against Leicester on Sunday and said he wanted to remain in the club.

"Everyone knows I'm Chelsea through and through," said Terry.

"I am looking forward to next season under the new manager and hopefully we can make it a successful one."

John Terry
Terry has made 703 first-team appearances for Chelsea since he joined the club in 1998.

Chelsea will be managed by Italy boss Antonio Conte in next season taking the charge from Guus Hiddink.

Chairman Bruce Buck said: "We are delighted John will spend another year at the club.

"He has been the leader of the Chelsea squad throughout the most successful period in our history. He recently reached the 700-appearance mark, which is testament to his professionalism and dedication as well as his undoubted talent."

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Diego Costa, Juan Mata & Fernando Torres left out of the Spain squad

Spain has recently announced their squad for Euro 2016 and coach Vicente del Bosque has overlooked three of the star players Diego Costa, Juan Mata & Fernando Torres.

Brazil-born Costa has scored one goal in 10 games since switching allegiance. He has not shown any impressive piece of skill in Chelsea either, as he netted 16 goals in 41 appearances this season and missed their final two games with a persistent hamstring injury.

"We didn't want to have too many players with doubts regarding their physical condition," said Del Bosque, who led Spain to the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 titles.

Mata, 28, featured in both of Spain's friendly matches in March, but misses out after a season where he scored nine goals and provided eight assists for his club.

Torres, who is in superb form and lead his club Athletico Madrid into Finals of Champions League, has scored seven goals in his past 11 games, leading to speculation he might be recalled for the first time since Spain's embarrassing exit at the group stage at 2014 World Cup.

Bayern Munich defender Javi Martinez and Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla are other notable omissions from spain Euro 2016 squad.


Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Porto), David de Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)

Defenders: Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, Marc Bartra (all Barcelona), Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid)

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta (both Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao), Koke, Saul Niguez (both Atletico Madrid), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Isco (Real Madrid), Bruno Soriano (Villarreal)

Forwards: Pedro Rodriguez (Chelsea), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao), Nolito (Celta Vigo), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid)

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Gianni Infantino confirms as new president of FIFA

Gianni Infantino
Gianni Infantino has succeeded fellow Swiss Sepp Blatter as president of world football's governing body Fifa.

Blatter, who had led Fifa since 1998, stepped down as president last year after found guilty for breaching ethics guidelines and later suspended for six years by Fifa’s appeals committee.

After his dismissal the election for presidential chair was due to hold on Friday 26 February 2016. The election was due to be fought between five candidates, but South African Tokyo Sexwale withdrew before voting began in Zurich. Gianni Infantino, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Jerome Champagne and Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa were the final nominees for the election.

Among the respective nominees the UEFA general secretary won the election after receiving 115 votes in Friday's second round of voting, more than the required majority of 104 votes from the 207 members.
Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain got 88 votes only 27 less Infantino and placed second. Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan got mere four votes and Frenchman Jerome Champagne ends up getting no vote at all.

It was interesting to note that the winner Gianni Infantino entered the presidential race when it became clear that Michel Platini, boss of European football's governing body Uefa, could not stand as a nominee as banned by Fifa for six year in the same controversy with former Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

Infantino elected as the new president of FIFA until 2019 and expressed his dedication towards the chair by
saying, "I will work tirelessly to bring football back to Fifa and Fifa back to football. This is what we want to do.

He added:  "I feel a lot of emotion and have not realised yet what has happened today. It is still very fresh and it's been a long and exciting journey and I probably need some time to chill out and see what has happened."


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