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."

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Bedy Moratti: Mourinho is going to Manchester United

 Jose Mourinho
Inter Milan director has claimed that Jose Mourinho will succeed Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager.

Mourinho who had been sacked by Chelsea in December 2015 following a worst start of their Season is believed to have agreed a deal to succeed Louis van Gaal as Manchester United’s manager, according to the Inter director Bedy Moratti.

Louis van Gaal has been highly condemned regarding current performance of his team. United currently sit fifth in the Premier League table and following thursday’s embarrassing Europa League loss to FC Midtjylland has further weakened Van Gaal’s position as Manager.

Since the turn of the year, there have been continued speculations about Mourinho returning to management at Old Trafford. The speculations have taken another turn when Bedy Moratti (sister of former club president Massimo Moratti) left a restaurant following a meal with former Inter boss Mourinho replied to a bunch of reporters: “We had a good time, he’s great. He’s missed as a person, but right now he’s happy, he’s going to Manchester.”

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Mourinho: Clubs are chasing me

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has recently claimed that, though he is not looking for a new job at the moment yet clubs are chasing him.

Mourinho who is regarded as one of the world’s best soccer coaches, had been sacked by Chelsea in December 2015 following an worst start of their Season.

Since then he has been approached and linked by no. of clubs including premier League giant Manchester United who is currently struggling under manager Louis van Gaal.

When Mourinho was asked about his future prospects he told La Stampa,"My next club? I really do not know, but one thing is certain - I love football and I will return with the same passion and ambition I've always had.

"Right now I have respect for every coach at every club. I'm not looking for a club, but there are clubs that are looking for me."

Reports are also suggesting that Mourinho could even return to Inter Milan, with whom he won the treble in 2010, as current head coach Roberto Mancini is struggling to secure a top-three finish in Serie A.

Mourinho said: "There is one thing I want to clarify - I will not be directing things over there next season. Inter already have a project that belongs to Roberto Mancini and Erick Thohir.

"Their ideas have my full support and I hope their plans are successful. I want to see Inter fans smiling again and so I hope to witness a victory tomorrow."

Friday, February 19, 2016

Transfer Rumour: Manchester United is considering Chinese offer for Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney
Manchester United is interested in selling Wayne Rooney to a Chinese Super League club in the summer.

United have received an offer from a Chinese club for their 30-year-old captain who is recently sidelined for six weeks struggling with a knee injury. The Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua has tabled £27m bid and offered a three-year deal worth £500,000-a-week for the England captain.

Though Rooney still has two years left on his current deal at Old Trafford yet the Chinese side is willing to spend big to make him the face of the Super League.

Last week United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward acknowledged the Chinese Super League could benefit United in the transfer market.

“So far, this is the biggest window in preparation for the next season, so I do think there’ll be more activity in the summer, but it’s very, very difficult to predict the impact that will have,” United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward  said in United Quarterly conference call.

“If nothing else, it (Chinese Super League)’s another useful market if we’re looking to sell any players,” he added.

In spite of a couple berating seasons at United, Rooney remains the most loveable player at the club because of his life span and accomplishment at Old Trafford, and with the England national side.


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