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Neymar Might Join Brazil Team for World Cup

Brazil international and PSG player, Neymar told that under the current treatment, he believed that he would be fit enough to join Brazil national team for 2018 World Cup in Russia. He also said that if everything goes according to plan, he would join the Brazil training ground on May 17th.

The PSG forward suffered from a broken metatarsal bone and was immediately sent back to Brazil to undergo a surgery and treatment. As a critical part of Brazil national team in the World Cup, the Brazil manager believes Neymar’s treatment is crucial to bring him back to the field and earn the trophy for their country.

Brazil will play their opening fixture in the World Cup against Switzerland team on June 17th, 2018. Until this match, Neymar would only have around 1 month. It may be short, but they don’t have any option and if Neymar still wants to play at the World Cup, he must be sure that 1 month is enough for him to get all his strength back.

The 26-year-old forward soon became the most expensive footballer in football history after he left Barcelona last August and joined PSG. Since then, he has scored more than 23 goals for the French side and had 16 assists.

With his final examination takes place on May 17th, he believes that he would be fit enough to join the Brazil team training ground. Until then, he should stay at Sao Paolo where the treatment takes place.

His last examination took place last week and so far, the result showed good progress. It means Neymar is getting close to the end of the treatment. However, since his injury broke his bone, he should be very careful as to not giving stress to his leg, more than he can bear.

The doctors and medical staff are working very hard to make sure he will return to the field as soon as possible. Their priority right now is getting him ready for the World Cup and then PSG. Without him on their side, the French side has been going through every game with so many problems. Everyone has been waiting for him for the sake of Brazil and PSG. However, for now, his top priority is the World Cup. He has been waiting for this time for 4 years and there is no elite player like him who could easily ignore the offer to play at the world’s most famous football match.

With him on their side, the Brazil national team might have a big chance to win the trophy and continue their history of winning the World Cup. So far, they have won the title for 5 times.

However, they do realize that winning this year’s World Cup will not be easy as they will fight against another favorite candidate, Germany. It was one of the worst team they could expect, the one who beat them in their last attempt to claim the title. Brazil may have talented players to counter Germany, but without Neymar, things will get difficult for them, if not impossible, to get the title this year.

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Recent Football Gossip

Anthony Martial from Manchester United has confirmed that he will leave Old Trafford after refusing to extend his contract for the next 5 years.

Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint Germain, and Juventus have confirmed that they all are interested in getting Anthony Martial from Manchester United, once he is available for release.

Tottenham Hotspurs and Inter Milan joined the list of potential candidate for Anthony Martial if he is ready to leave Mourinho’s side.

Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola has offered his player to Manchester City and Real Madrid in January. There is still no news whether either club will be interested in getting the France and Manchester United midfielder.

Antoine Griezmann’s future in Atletico Madrid is still unclear, despite the club offering him a new contract with £300,000 a week. If he refused to sign the contract, he will have to leave the club this summer.

James Pallotta, Roma president said that they will try their best to keep Alisson stays in AS Roma, despite there is an offer from Liverpool aimed for the keeper.

Giuseppe Marotta, Juventus chief executive said that he wants Emre Can, who is now serving as Germany and Liverpool midfielder to make his decision, whether or not he will join Juventus. He has only 10 days to decide. Even if refuses the offer, the are still Bayern Munich and Real madrid who are told to be interested in the midfielder.

We may see the new PSG manager in the next coming weeks. The new manager will replace PSG former manager, Unai Emery. Rumours said that Thomas Tuchel, former Borussia manager is the best candidate for this position.

Gareth Bale, Wales forward, will not leave Real Madrid in the near future, even though he has been dropped for some important team matches.

Sam Johnstone, Aston Villa keeper, who is now still on loan from his club, Manchester United, said that he will leave Mourinho’s side permanently. We may see him join Aston Villa, but there are still broad possibilities in the future.

Norwich is still considering the option to sell their James Maddison this summer. Tottenham Hotspurs and Liverpool are both interested in getting the Norwich midfielder.

Andreas Pereira from Manchester United is still considering to join Valencia permanently.

Watford confirmed that they are no longer interested in Ben Wilmot, the current defender for England Under-19 and Stevenage. Tottenham and Arsenal are reported to eagerly receive him in their formation.

Reiss Nelson from Arsenal said that he will try to stay at Arsenal after making his first ever Premier League debut. His performance led to the Gunner’s victory over Southampton.

James Horncastle, an Italian football writer said that if Antonio Conte leaves Chelsea this season, it might be difficult for him to get a job this summer. With his not-so-good performance, he is probably no longer the best candidate to fill the seat on any football club.

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Liverpool Without Aguero

 

It is confirmed. Sergio Aguero from Manchester City will not join his team in their upcoming match against Liverpool in the first leg of Champions League quarter-final match, due to knee injury.

With the next game included, the striker will have passed 6 games under City as well as his national team, Argentina.

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola said that Sergio has been much better now after undergoing treatment for his knee injury. However, he must wait for a little longer before he can fully join the team.

Manchester City is not the only team with injury problems. Their opponent, Liverpool, is also having the same problem. Three Liverpool defenders are set to miss the game, including Ragnar Klavan, Joel Matip, and Joe Gomez.

Even after losing their defence trio, Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp believes that his team will win the game. He once told his players to write their own history and prepare for the toughest opponent. However, their path is not going to be easy. Manchester City is so far the most likely team to win the league title.

City will move one step closer to claiming the league title if they crash United, leaving Liverpool as the only team who can pull a victory against them in this season.

Klopp admitted that this game is not going to be easy since they will be dealing with one of, if not the best football team in Europe. City might have greater chance to win the game than Liverpool, but Klopp’s army is not going to just give up the game. They don’t reach the quarter-finals by mere luck or just a coincidence. Manchester City might be the one closest to the league title, but it will only take a small mistake, such as underestimating their opponent, to miss that title. So, they better not do that.

Their last defeat from Liverpool 4 months ago should provide a good reason to fear Liverpool. As the only team capable of beating Manchester City, Liverpool has all skills to bring serious problems to Pep Guardiola’s formation.

He believes that as long as his team plays their best performance and thinks about the future, everything will be fine. For Jurgen Klopp, football is not about becoming the best team. It is nothing but giving the best for tomorrow.

He later said, “It is clear City’s confidence is on an outstandingly high level but we are in a good moment as well. They have a chance because they win wherever they go, but we can win football games as well.”

So fart, Klopp’s army has won 5 European Cup. They last won the title in 2005. After 13 years, he believes it is time for Liverpool to write another history, a new one so everyone shall remember how big Liverpool as a team is.

He believes that playing a good game is the best way to write their own history. He said so after using the same strategy for years, even before he was chosen as Liverpool’s manager. He wrote so much history with his former teams and now it is time for him to write at least the same history with Liverpool.

 

 

 

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Latest Football Gossip

Barcelona believes Manchester United player, Luke Shaw is far better playing with them than under Jose Mourinho. If both sides agree on the deal, the defender could join Barca this summer.

Monaco joins the list of clubs who are interested to recruit Marouane Fellaini from Manchester United. The midfielder will soon out of contract this summer and has no plan of staying at Old Trafford.

Liverpool is still targeting Dani Ceballos, who recently received a confirmation that his contract will end this summer and he can leave Real Madrid. Juventus and AC Milan are reportedly interested in the Spanish midfielder.

Simon Mignolet, Belgian goalkeeper confirmed that he doesn’t have any plan of leaving Liverpool and will fight his place in the club.

Arsene Wenger confirmed that if possible, he wants Jack Wilshere to keep playing for Arsenal, despite there is a contract dispute between them.

Thomas Tuchel, former Borussia Dortmund manager said that he would prefer Bayern Munich to Arsenal if he was to return to management. His statement also confirmed that we will less likely to see him to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal’s manager.

Emre Can, Liverpool’s midfielder confirmed that he will not move from Anfield in the near future.

Jose Mourinho’s of potential candidates to replace Michael Carrick has now shrunk to 6 people. The list includes several famous players, including Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich and Marco Verratti from Paris Saint Germain.

Manchester United is still fighting to get Kieran Tierney, Celtic’s defender to join their club. Recent rumours say that Manchester United is ready to make their formal offer in a few weeks.

Legendary Brazilian football player, Ronaldinho confirmed that he was so close from joining Manchester United back in 2003. He was one step closer to replace David Beckham back then. However, he immediately switched to Barcelona after the club chose Sandro Rosell as its president.

David de Gea, Manchester United goalkeeper confirmed that he doesn’t plan to leave Manchester United to Real Madrid or any club in the near future. He prefers to stay at Old Trafford for the great respect and affection he receives.

Eden Hazard refused to be compared with Lionel Messi. He believes his goal record is still too far from Messi to even begin with.

Hazard confirmed that if he had to choose, he will play in Belgium’s World Cup rather than Chelsea.

Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea goalkeeper said that he will stay at Chelsea next season until there is a consensus on the new contract. His contract is set to expire next year in June.

James Maddison, Norwich playmaker is available for transfer for £25m. Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Everton are still considering the option.

Abdoulaye Doucoure, Watford midfielder, said that he would be very happy if he can play for Liverpool.

Marco Silva, the former Watford manager, has been linked to becoming the next West Ham manager. If he accepts the deal, he will replace David Moyes, starting this summer. 

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Will Manchester United Finally Have Its Own Women’s Football Team?

Manchester United has finally submitted a proposal to FA to have their own professional women’s team.

After being criticized for not having their own women’s team, many people think that it is now time for the Red Devil to catch their late. Phil Neville, one of Manchester United former player, also thinks the same way. He even said that he will help reach the management to discuss this subject.

If the FA approves the application, United would soon join the training ground in Salford. However, it will take some time before the team can actually play in the official match. If everything goes well, the team is expected to have their first official game during the 2018-2019 season.

Ed Woodward, the Red Devil’s executive vice chairman said that if the team should have their own women’s club, that club should be built with the same principles and image as their men’s team.

The FA will soon begin rebranding and restructure the league starting from the next season. The plan includes changing the WSL1 league to Women’s Super League, while the WSL2 will be further called the Women’s Championship.

The club once has their own women’s football team back in 2005. However, for some reason, there hasn’t been any news about that team until. Perhaps, Manchester United thinks it is now the best time to rebuild their own women’s team after seeing their rivals’ victory in WSL system. Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea have outwon United in terms of women’s football team. If United is serious about building their own women’s football team, they are going to beat their rivals first.

However, eventhough we are still waiting for United’s adult women football team, the club has already running their own junior women team. The Red Devil has been working with local community groups and schools to get the best local talents through their famous Manchester United foundation.

Woodward further said that with excellent support United received from FA, he believes that they can use the women’s team to hone local talents and give them chance to reach higher competitions.

Due to the restructure and rebranding, the existing tier-two and tier-one clubs have to re-apply for this season’s license.

Then all affiliated women’s and girls club from outside the system will be invited to fill the remaining spaces.

The English Football Association has confirmed that by earlier this month, they have received around 15 applications to join either the tier one or tier two. Under this scenario, there could be only 4 teams or less which could join the WSL and less than 6 teams which could join the newly rebranded Women’s Championship.

Among the 15 applications, Sheffield United and Crystal Palace have both confirmed that they have submitted the required applications for their women’s team to join the new form of WSL2.

As for the successful applications, the FA said that they are not going to announce the lists at least until the early of June or end of May this year.

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Rashford Should Play in the World Cup – Here is Why

It is clear now. Rashford should join the English squad in the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia. His excellent performance brought another victory to United after his double goals beat Liverpool on Saturday. That is the first time ever for him to play in Premier League and yet, he made everyone recognizes his talent through his twin goals.

Rashford may not be playing a lot recently, but it is never a problem to him, according to Jose Mourinho. However, there is one thing for sure. Gareth Southgate, the England team manager, is not going to keep his talents wasted.

At his 20, anyone can see the talents he has and how big his opportunity in the future. He is the exact person England needs to win the World Cup and that’s the only reason Southgate needs to bring him to Russia.

One of his most astonishing skills is how he carries the ball. There are only a few players in the who can do at least the same way as his. England is so lucky to have him onboard. He is also excellent in keeping his pace and threatening the opponent’s defenders. He is never afraid to take them on, no matter who they are. This is another reason for Southgate to include him in his line. Besides, he knows how to strike and he works so well with other players.

Rashford showed an excellent anticipation while playing against Liverpool. He ran on to Lukaku’s flick. That’s when he used the chance to quickly sneak into Liverpool’s defense box. With Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold ahead, he did a nice trick to fool him. It took only a few seconds for him to deliver the strike after the trick and scored the first goal for United.

His second goal is less tricky than the first one. Some people even said it was only a mere luck, but he still used that chance well and gave another goal to the Red Devil.

Even when he began to look a bit tired at the 70th minute, everyone still admired his excellent performance. For a player who has not played full time so often, we can understand his fatigue. It has been at least 2 months since his last full-time playing, but even so, he still paid a big success in entertaining everyone. For doing so, there is no better reason for him to join England’s squad for this year’s World Cup.

With 12 goals so far, he has now scored more goals than his any previous seasons. However, if he truly wants to improve his skill and expand his career, he needs more than just 12 goals. The World Cup is not going to be easy on him. Best players from around the world will gather in Russia, the same place where he is heading. It won’t be easy for him, but it will be also the perfect moment to showcase his true skills and talents to the world. Everyone is expecting to see a great game made by his feet.

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Guardiola Accepts FA Charge Over His Yellow Ribbon

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola is reported to accept the Football Association charge over his yellow ribbon.

The FA said that Guardiola still has time until 18:00 GMT today to respond to the charge. The association decided to charge him with a kit and advertising regulations after wearing a political symbol during a match. According to the report, the association has warned the City’s manager for 2 times last year for his action, but these warnings went unnoticed and he is still seen wearing the pro-Catalan ribbon since then.

In November, Guardiola said that by wearing the yellow ribbon, he can express his support to some Catalonian politicians who have been taken as prisoners by the Spanish government.

The City’s manager said that he can’t just do nothing after seeing men are sent to prison for something as basic as their need of a free country. He believes that no one should be imprisoned for their idea, especially because freedom is not a criminal act.

Following the charge, the Football Association has received a request for a hearing, but no date has been set so far.

What We Think About It

We understand how Guardiola thinks. No one should be imprisoned for asking for freedom. As someone born on the same soil as those imprisoned politicians, it’s normal for him to have empathy for them. That’s why he will never apologize for wearing the yellow ribbon. However, as a manager, he still has to obey the rules and that’s when we believe that in the future, he will observe the rules. He will keep wearing the ribbon in the future. The only difference is the places where he will wear it.

We once saw how Guardiola attempted to cover the ribbon during City’s games against Chelsea and Arsenal. Even during their match against Wigan, we could clearly see a yellow ribbon under his jacket.

Most likely, if he wants to obey the rule, he only needs to avoid wearing the ribbon during the 90-minute match. He can still wear it for free before and after the match. This is because the FA kit and advertising rules only apply during the match.

Guardiola has accepted the charges towards him. However, some sources cited that he found some inconsistencies in the regulations. He believes that instead of banning everyone from displaying political symbol, the FA should allow them as long as the symbol is deemed inoffensive. This is the same rule that UEFA applies in their competitions and for Guardiola, it is the best rule so far.

We don’t know what Guardiola might do during the hearing. Perhaps he wants the FA to change the rule or maybe he will just continue wearing the ribbon. No matter what choice he makes, as long as we can still see him make City a great team, we care less about this subject. The City has fought so far and they are now worth to become Champions League winner. Guardiola should have known that.

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Winter Break in England is Under Discussion

The Premier League, English Football League, and The Football Association are undergoing a discussion about possible winter break starting from February 2020.

If they all agreed on the subject, the first winter break should begin in 2020. The break is planned to begin in early February and last for 2 weeks for every season. As the result, there might be a reschedule on FA Cup fifth round. The game will be probably hosted in midweek, without no replay.

Premier League, on the other hand, would pass the season with more than 13 days without a single match.

If the rule passes, England will join Spain, Italy, France, and Germany football association. However, unlike England, these associations have ruled out the break to occur between December and January, usually the coldest moment in a year. However, the FA seems to want to keep it in early February to allow Premier League to keep hosting its busiest match period.

Comments from clubs

Michael Flynn, Newport County manager said that his team is wary of the impact of this winter break. They fear the elimination of the fifth-round replay would bring huge impact to small clubs.

He said, ” With the FA Cup games being played midweek and with no replays, it is going to hit the smaller clubs a little bit harder. If we couldn’t have had that replay at Wembley, then it takes a lot of romance out of football.”

“For our players, there is a lot of them who would never have got the chance to play at Wembley. It’s a great occasion and they might not do that again.”

However, unlike Flynn, some teams are expecting to have this break on their schedule. Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, once said that playing without a break would ‘kill’ his players. Also, Mourinho once told the media that this winter break would at least bring some hope to clubs in Champions League. Players will be able to have more time to rest and build their stamina. Playing for the whole year is never a good idea because we theoretically treat the player like a football-playing machine.

No doubt, the introduction of winter break will bring a dramatic impact on matches across the country. There are drawbacks, for sure. However, playing during winter is not a good idea. The harsh weather not only can affect the match but also injure players. It is the duty of a football association to rule the best time and moment to host a match and also keep all players from any possible incident that might be caused by external factors. Winter is one of them. By keeping the players to play only at the optimum weather, all players can showcase their best skills without any obstacle.

 

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Waiting the Incredible Thing from Chelsea

After their last draw with Barca, Chelsea’s manager, Antonio Conte said his team “will try to do something incredible” in their second leg against Barca next month.

Willian gave the leading point to Chelsea before Messi scored a draw in the 75th minute after receiving a clear pass from Iniesta.

It was a tough game for both sides, but especially Barca. Valverde’s men barely threatened Chelsea. If not for Messi, they would have lost the game. However, this fact also reminds us that Chelsea was also not as flawless as Conte thought. It only took a tiny mistake in their strategy for Messi to score a goal and bring a draw to Barca.

If Conte is serious about his words, then he has many home works to do before next month. They might have the sheer will to win the game, but if they didn’t come with a solid defense and accurate attack, Lionel Messi will eventually find a gap like he did in the last match and score another goal.

The Blues might have scored a goal in the match, but if we remember correctly, Willian did hit the post two times before scoring a goal. That’s quite low if I can say. When dealing with a person like Messi, leave alone his loyal compatriot Suarez, you need more than just strategy and willingness. There is a reason the world crowns Messi as the best player. For that reason, every team should fear him, especially when he has strong backups.

Yesterday’s match also leaves some interesting facts. One of them is Conte’s decision to keep Christensen on the field. He might have made a mistake that led the game to a draw. However, as a young player, Conte believes that he is full of potential. He played an incredible performance during the match. The Italian manager said, “It was an incredible performance. We are talking about a very young player. It is great that the is able to play this game with maturity and personality. He was one of the best players tonight.”

Conte surely does know the risk of placing a young player on the field. He later added that playing against players like Suarez, Iniesta, and Messi is full of risk. If you make one mistake, you should pay for it.

The next game won’t be easy both for Barca and Chelsea. Both teams have great strategies and fantastic players. The only way to win the second leg would depend on their defense. Also, Chelsea needs to be worrying about Messi. His speed and tactics are very dangerous. You can’t let the ball hit his feet if you don’t want to concede a goal.

“We can try to do something incredible in the Nou Camp and we must play an intelligent game – we are not stupid,” said Conte.

With just one month left, what kind of intelligent game Chelsea would play? Should Barca begin to tremble?

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Paul Pogba Might Have a Better Future under Pep Guardiola

According to Jamie Redknapp, if Paul Pogba chose to join Manchester City, he would become their “one of City’s star performers.”

Many people, especially Man Utd fans, criticize Pogba for his poor performance during last weekend match with Newcastle. The game, which ended with a 1-0 defeat, leaves United 16 points behind Manchester City. This situation can get worse if United, according to Pogba, did not do anything with Pogba.

He believed that a man like Pogba should be under Guardiola’s wing, instead of Jose Mourinho. Only at City, he can hone his potential.

Perhaps, that is the truth. Perhaps, the Red Devil is not just the right place for Pogba and his future. Despite staying on the bench, he should find another place if he still wants to continue his career. Mou will less likely change his opinion about how he plays and sooner or later he might be sent off from the club.

This is a difficult situation, even for Pogba himself. Many people accuse him of being useless, without considering the whole aspects. He was once one of the best players the world ever has and he still is.

Mou does realize this fact and he will not trash Pogba just because he didn’t play well at several games. He is still looking for a chance where he can see the real Pogba comes out. It is his job as a manager. Everyone is looking for a day when Pogba shines again and that is what Mou does right now.

Redknapp also said, “Taking him off against Tottenham, that’s not how you’re going to get the best out of him. You can see at Newcastle, his confidence was really low.”

“I’m not saying you need to pander to him but I don’t see a situation where Pep Guardiola would do that. If he was playing at Man City, he would be one of their star performers. I just don’t think that Jose Mourinho gets the best out of him.”

“Pep’s the sort of manager who would bring him on, but with Mourinho it almost feels he’s taking him on. This isn’t a kid he’s dealing with, he’s one of the biggest assets in football world.”

“Mourinho is asking for a war now with current players. With Pogba’s power in that dressing room, Mourinho has got to be very careful. I don’t see the benefit in upsetting one of your star players.”

Instead of holding him at the midfield, Mourinho should have allowed him to roar forward the opponent’s defense. A player like Pogba should be left with what he can do the best, not as the manager insisted him to do. Doing so will only benefit no one, neither the club, nor the player himself.