Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FIFA ballon D'OR 2014

Luis Suárez ommited from Ballon D’or 2014

Barcelona’s striker Luis Suárez has been omitted from Fifa’s 23-man list of contenders for the Ballon d’Or award. The 27-year-old Suarez scored 31 goals for Liverpool but his season ended in controversy after he bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini while playing for Uruguay at the World Cup. The omission of Luis Suarez has led to huge criticism.

The 23-man list will be whittled down to three by FIFA on 1 December, with the winner to be announced in Zurich on 12 January. Last year’s winner Ronaldo’s stunning form in 2014 puts him down as the clear favourite as he guided Real Madrid to the Champions League title in May and has 21 goals in 14 appearances so far this season.

Goal released a list after surveying around the world to vote on who they think should make up the top three. In the list Ronaldo secure the top position followed by Manuel Neuer.

FIFA also named the nominees for coach of the year, with Manchester City’s title-winning manager Manuel Pellegrini, Chelsea’s José Mourinho and Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal among the 10 contenders.
Ballon d'Or shortlist

Ballon D'OR
Ballon d'Or shortlist 
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Diego Costa (Atlético Madrid/Chelsea), Thibaut Courtois (Atlético Madrid/Chelsea), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Ángel Di María(Real Madrid/Manchester United), Mario Götze (Bayern Munich), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG), Andrés Iniesta(Barcelona), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich/Real Madrid), Philipp Lahm(Bayern Munich), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Lionel Messi(Barcelona), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Neymar (Barcelona), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Sergio Ramos(Real Madrid), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), James Rodríguez(Monaco/Real Madrid), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich),Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

Coach of the year shortlist
Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid), Antonio Conte (Juventus/Italy national team), Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich), Jürgen Klinsmann (USA national team), Joachim Löw (Germany national team), José Mourinho (Chelsea), Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City), Alejandro Sabella (Argentina national team), Diego Simeone (Atlético Madrid),Louis van Gaal (Holland national team/Manchester United).

Monday, October 27, 2014

Roberto Martinez: Ross Barkley is not for sale

Ross Barkley warns Premier League champions that John Stones and Ross Barkley are not for sale

Ross Barkley is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Everton and the England national team. Barkley signed a new four year deal at Everton in the summer that will keep him at the club until 2018. The recent speculations have shown that Liverpool and Manchester City were reportedly interested in the young talent.

The Everton’s manager Roberto Martinez  is not happy with a €50.75 million bid set by League Champions to lure young talent like Ross Barkley and John Stones of Everton. Martinez wants the young talents like Barkley and defender John Stones to be on Goodison Park.Martinez is "very relaxed" about interest from Manchester City in Ross Barkley, claiming Everton have no need to sell.

Ross Barkley
Martinez said: “I don’t think it is easy to get footballers like John Stones and Ross Barkley. I think as English players they are phenomenal footballers and you are going to get that. As a football club we want John and Ross to keep progressing, keep developing and they know they can do that with Everton. And that’s the only thing that matters to me.

“I’m not going to just be worried about other teams’ interest because there will be interest, there’s no two ways about it. These two players are as good as it gets in terms of that age group, if not European football.It’s a matter of making sure they keep progressing and keep developing. If I see they keep developing with us there is no need to worry.

“We are a club which does not have to sell. We have gone past that period and the football club is in a fantastic moment financially. Everything will be football decisions.”

Paul Pogba has signed a new deal with Juventus

Paul Labile Pogba is a French professional footballer who plays for Italian club Juventus in Serie A.. Phogba, who was named the young player of the tournament at the World Cup 2014 moved to Turin two years ago following a frustrating spell with United and joined Juve on a free transfer from Manchester United in 2012.

The  21-year-old midfielder’s previous deal with Juventus was due to expire in 2016. He emerged as a target of several top European clubs, including former side Manchester United and Chelsea but Juve were desperate to tie the 21-year-old down to a long-term deal.

With all the desperation shown by Juve Pogba has signed a new deal with with the Italian club, which runs until 2019. The new deal will reportedly see Pogba's existing £23,000-a-week wages trebled. Juve club administrator Giuseppe Marotta said during Juve's shareholders meeting in Turin on Friday: "We have just signed Paul Pogba's renewal until 2019." 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Real Madrid against Liverpool without Bale

Real Madrid has confirmed that Gareth Bale will not play in the upcoming Match against Liverpool on Wednesday because of his hip injury. It’s not only Bale whose absence will be there in the match but Sergio Ramos too due to his calf injury.

Both the players are on rest in hope of full recovery for this coming Saturday’s Clasico at home to Barcelona.

A statement on the club’s website read: “After tests carried out on Gareth Bale by the Real Madrid Sanitas medical services, he has been diagnosed with a muscular injury in the right pyramidalis muscle. His progress will be monitored.”

Ramos, meanwhile, missed Spain’s internationals due to the injury and also played no part in the Blancos’ 5-0 victory at the weekend which puts him in a doubt to play in Clasico.

Bale’s spot is expected to be filled by Isco while Nacho fills in for Ramos. Karim Benzema is back in the 20-man squad of Real Madrid having been rested with a foot injury against Levante and is expected to step back into the XI at the expense of on-loan forward Javier Hernandez.

Madrid will be defending their 100% record in Champions League Group B at Liverpool, who have won one and lost one so far.


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