Cristiano Ronaldo and Conor McGregor step into the ring together

25 July 2016 04:48

Cristiano Ronaldo has achieved it all during his illustrious football career and the three-time Ballon d’Or winner is seemingly eyeing a new challenge.

After captaining Portugal to their first major title at Euro 2016 following Real Madrid’s Champions League triumph, Ronaldo stepped into the Octagon with UFC star Conor McGregor on Sunday.

Enjoying a break from football duties in the United States, a tanned Ronaldo joined the UFC featherweight champion at his Las Vegas training camp.

Ronaldo took to Instagram to share a photo of the pair’s dramatic stair-down pose, writing: “Great to see u bro!!”.

Great to see you bro!!

A photo posted by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Jul 24, 2016 at 3:48pm PDT

Preparing for a welterweight rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 202 next month, McGregor uploaded a picture of his own with the star-studded duo together in the ring.

The Irishman wrote a caption, which read: “My brother Ronaldo dropped by the gym today! He is an animal. Thank you @cristiano, much respect! I will see you for that Forbes number one spot next year. #ThisIsTheMacLife.”

My brother Ronaldo dropped by the gym today! He is an animal. Thank you @cristiano, much respect! I will see you for that Forbes number 1 spot next year. #ThisIsTheMacLife

A photo posted by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Jul 24, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2016/July/25/cristiano-ronaldo-and-conor-mcgregor-step-into-the-ring-together

James seeks more game time at Madrid

24 July 2016 22:25

James Rodriguez has spoken of his desire to earn more playing time at Real Madrid following an underwhelming second season at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The flamboyant attacking midfielder arrived in the Spanish capital amid much fanfare ahead of the 2014-15 campaign having starred for Colombia at the World Cup in Brazil, where he won the Golden Boot award.

James responded by scoring 13 goals in 29 LaLiga appearances and was a star turn for Real under the stewardship of Carlo Ancelotti.

However, the 25-year-old struggled to replicate that form last term after largely falling out of favour Zinedine Zidane, and he made just 17 starts in the league.

Reports suggest that Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in launching a bid for the 25-year-old, but the Colombia international is instead eyeing an upturn in fortunes in Madrid. 

“At Real Madrid this season I hope to play more,” he told Caracol TV.

“I want it to be a good season, and to perform at a high level.”

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2016/July/24/james-seeks-more-game-time-at-madrid

West Ham face anxious wait on Cresswell injury

24 July 2016 17:03

West Ham are facing a nervy wait to discover the extent of a knee injury sustained by Aaron Cresswell in Saturday’s pre-season encounter against Karlsruher.

The full-back was left in agony by a crunching tackle and he received treatment on the pitch before walking off with the assistance of West Ham’s physio.

Reports on West Ham fan website Claret and Hugh suggested that Cresswell could miss as little as a month of action, or as many as six.

And chairman David Gold confirmed as such on Twitter on Sunday, when he posted: “CandH sources are accurate and we are apprehensive but it doesn’t look minor.

“We await the scans in the next day or so good luck Aaron. dg.”

Cresswell has been one of West Ham’s most consistent performers since joining from Ipswich Town ahead of the 2014-15 campaign, and has missed just one Premier League match in two seasons.

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2016/July/24/west-ham-face-anxious-wait-on-cresswell-injury

Manchester United in worst possible situation

24 July 2016 11:22

Jose Mourinho feels Manchester United’s Europa League participation puts them in the “worst possible situation” to challenge for the Premier League title.

The Old Trafford side had to settle for fifth spot in the table last term as they narrowly missed out on Champions League football and will now be playing on Thursdays instead in the Europa League.

Mourinho is concerned that their lack of rest between games could have a negative impact and believes Chelsea – who do not play in Europe at all – have a major advantage in the title race.

“The Premier League doesn’t do you any favours. We will be playing [in the Europa League] on Thursday, but I don’t think they will then make us play on a Monday, they will make us play on Sunday and probably at 12 o’clock,” Mourinho told The Sun.

“So we are in the worst possible situation. It is the worst [if you want to fight] for the Premier League. 

“It is much easier to be a Champions League team. And obviously it is much easier to be what Liverpool were two years ago and what Chelsea are next season [with no European football].

“One complete week to work every week, that is a dream. That is a dream for a manager who wants to improve his team. “

Nevertheless, Mourinho is determined to fight for the title in his first season in charge, even if the board of directors have given him three seasons to get United back to the top.

“The message from the owners and Mr Woodward was this, ‘Get your three years, do your work, improve the team and bring us back where we belong during a three-year period.’ My message was that I wanted to win the title in the first season,” he added.

“I want to be champion. To say before the season starts that the top four is the target? The top four is not the target. We want to play to be champions.

“If during the season we realise the points difference doesn’t allow us to fight for the title, we are going to establish a new target and when you can’t be champion the next target is to finish top four.”

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2016/July/24/manchester-united-in-worst-possible-situation---mourinho

Whelan backs Liverpool for top-four finish

24 July 2016 03:50

Liverpool great Ronnie Whelan believes the club will finish in the top four this season after backing manager Jurgen Klopp.

Just nine months into his stay at Anfield, the German signed a long-term extension, reportedly until 2022.

Whelan, a six-time league winner with the club, believes they will qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Klopp has added the likes of Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum, Joel Matip and Loris Karius to his squad ahead of the campaign.

“Jurgen Klopp has already proved he is succeeding and transforming Liverpool in the short time he has been there. I was very happy with the progress made last season,” Whelan told the Mirror.

“I’m pretty confident that will continue again this coming season and the squad now is a strong one.

“I think Liverpool will finish in the top four and be back in the Champions League. The club have made a ­statement about how they see the long term and it’s one that I’m right behind.”

Liverpool made two finals under Klopp last season, but were beaten in the Europa League and League Cup deciders.

Whelan – also a European Cup winner with Liverpool – was full of praise for the German and his style, saying: “He’s single-minded and he does things his own way.

“He brings people together – that made him a winner in Germany with Dortmund and he came close to winning trophies in less than a season in charge.”

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2016/July/24/whelan-backs-liverpool-for-top-four-finish

Whelan backs Liverpool for top-four finish

24 July 2016 03:50

Liverpool great Ronnie Whelan believes the club will finish in the top four this season after backing manager Jurgen Klopp.

Just nine months into his stay at Anfield, the German signed a long-term extension, reportedly until 2022.

Whelan, a six-time league winner with the club, believes they will qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Klopp has added the likes of Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum, Joel Matip and Loris Karius to his squad ahead of the campaign.

“Jurgen Klopp has already proved he is succeeding and transforming Liverpool in the short time he has been there. I was very happy with the progress made last season,” Whelan told the Mirror.

“I’m pretty confident that will continue again this coming season and the squad now is a strong one.

“I think Liverpool will finish in the top four and be back in the Champions League. The club have made a ­statement about how they see the long term and it’s one that I’m right behind.”

Liverpool made two finals under Klopp last season, but were beaten in the Europa League and League Cup deciders.

Whelan – also a European Cup winner with Liverpool – was full of praise for the German and his style, saying: “He’s single-minded and he does things his own way.

“He brings people together – that made him a winner in Germany with Dortmund and he came close to winning trophies in less than a season in charge.”

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2016/July/24/whelan-backs-liverpool-for-top-four-finish

Moyes watches Sunderland win, Ibe opens account in six-goal Bournemouth thriller

23 July 2016 23:41

New Sunderland manager David Moyes watched his side edge Rotherham 2-1 in Saturday’s pre-season friendly at New York Stadium.

Moyes, appointed as successor to new England boss Sam Allardyce this week, was in the stands to see goals from Fabio Borini and Charles N’Zogbia seal the victory, either side of a Jerry Yates strike.

Ronald Koeman, taking charge of Everton for the first time, enjoyed a 3-0 victory over Barnsley at Oakwell. 

Kevin Mirallas’ free-kick put them ahead before Gerard Deulofeu tapped home a second, and Ross Barkley belted in a fine strike to cap the win for Everton, for whom John Stones did not feature.

Jordon Ibe got his first Bournemouth goal in a 3-3 thriller against south-coast rivals Portsmouth.

The winger, a £15million signing from Liverpool, netted in the second half after a good solo run, though Adam May’s 88th-minute equaliser denied his side the win.

Swansea City thrashed Bristol Rovers 5-1, meanwhile, with Andre Ayew, Leroy Fer, Stephen Kingsley, Kyle Naughton and Wayne Routledge all on the scoresheet in an impressive win for Francesco Guidolin’s men.

Hull City began life after manager Steve Bruce’s departure with a 2-0 win over Scunthorpe, while Burnley saw off Bradford 4-1, Andre Gray scoring twice as the Premier League side went 3-0 up in the space of five minutes in the first half.

Sofiane Feghouli scored one and set up another as West Ham beat Karlsruher 3-0, while Southampton defeated PEC Zwolle 4-0, Nathan Redmond scoring twice and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg converting a late penalty.

Stoke City saw Jack Butland return after recovering injury but had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Preston North End, while Watford were held to a goalless draw by Anzhi Makhachkala.

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2016/July/23/moyes-watches-sunderland-win-ibe-opens-account-in-six-goal-bournemouth-thriller

Scholes challenges Allardyce to change England mentality

23 July 2016 17:31

Paul Scholes believes Sam Allardyce’s major challenge will be changing the mentality of England’s failing national side.

The Three Lions qualified for Euro 2016 with a 100 per cent record but a string of listless displays culminated in a 2-1 last-16 loss to minnows Iceland in France.

Roy Hodgson resigned in the aftermath of that loss in Nice and on Friday the Football Association confirmed Allardyce as his successor.

Scholes won 66 caps for England before a somewhat premature international retirement in 2004 and he feels the same problems that hindered the so-called “golden generation” during his own playing days are also harming the embattled squad Allardyce will inherit.

“I think it’s probably just a mentality thing,” he told reporters. “The two years leading up to the tournament they beat every team. 

“It’s very difficult with the national team in England. Especially with the league being so competitive, bringing players from Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal together. 

“Every week they’re fighting to win the league. So it’s very difficult to create a team spirit. 

“This team had good team spirit, but unfortunately didn’t lead to the right results. But there are loads of young English players and some other manager is bound to make things right.”

Whether Allardyce is that man, Scholes is unsure, but he thinks the former Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn and Sunderland boss has been unfairly labelled as a one-dimensional long-ball merchant.

“Time will tell, as is the case with all managers,” he added. “I think he wasn’t the only English candidate, there was Steve Bruce as well, but he had great experience. 

“It’s probably tagged unfairly that it’ll become a long-ball team. Look at his Bolton team; [Fernando] Hierro, [Ivan] Campo and [Jay Jay] Okocha – brilliant footballers. 

“That is the key, if he has good footballers he will get them to play entertaining football. That is what we hope he does with the England team, make them like each other and build some team spirit.”

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2016/July/23/scholes-challenges-allardyce-to-change-england-mentality

United defender Varela joins Frankfurt on loan

23 July 2016 11:09

Manchester United full-back Guillermo Varela has joined Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt on a season-long loan deal.

The 23-year-old Uruguayan made his first-team breakthrough last season, starting 10 matches in all competitions.

But the next stage of his career development will once again take place away from Old Trafford, with Varela having previously enjoyed a temporary spell with Real Madrid’s Castilla side after moving to United from Penarol in 2013.

Varela realistically has Matteo Darmian, Antonio Valencia and Timothy Fosu-Mensah ahead of him in the pecking order at right-back in Jose Mourinho’s squad.

 

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2016/July/23/united-defender-varela-joins-frankfurt-on-loan

Witsel has offers from England and Italy

23 July 2016 05:08

Axel Witsel has offers from both England and Italy and has asked to leave Zenit, according to coach Mircea Lucescu. 

Witsel joined Zenit in 2012 from Portuguese side Benfica and has made over 150 appearances for the club, winning the Russian Premier League in 2014-15.

However, the Belgium international is intent to make the switch to a bigger league after a four-year stint in Russia. 

Everton and Inter are among those reportedly interested in the 27-year-old Witsel, who still has one year left on his contract at Zenit. 

“He has spoken with the club and he has asked to leave,” Lucescu confirmed to Calciomercato.

“He has two offers from Italy and two from England. 

“The club placed a high valuation on him because he is an important player, one of international level.

“I know that he has been offered a contract renewal, but it won’t be easy. He’s had important proposals for the last two years, the transfer market is long and has its own logic.

“We are talking about a player who can do well in many teams.”

Zenit face CSKA Moscow in the Russian Super Cup on Saturday, but Witsel will not feature after only recently returning from his off-season break – having helped Belgium reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 last month. 

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2016/July/23/witsel-has-offers-from-england-and-italy

Rakitic dismisses Barcelona exit talk

22 July 2016 23:05

Ivan Rakitic has dismissed suggestions he could leave Barcelona following the arrival of Andre Gomes from Valencia.

Miquel Sors, who was believed to be one of the Croatia international’s representatives, fuelled speculation that Rakitic could leave Camp Nou earlier on Friday with a cryptic tweet saying “It’s time to go” after Barcelona’s announcement that they had reached an agreement to sign Gomes.

However, Rakitic has made it clear he is focused on the 2016-17 campaign with Barcelona, stressing Sors is not his agent.

“Getting ready for the new season and really up for it,” the 28-year-old tweeted alongside a picture of him in the gym.

“By the way, my only agent is Arturo Canales.”

Rakitic joined Barcelona from Sevilla in 2014 and has since developed into a key figure at the Catalans, helping them to the treble in his first season and the domestic double in 2015-16.

The former Schalke star faces competition from Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Arda Turan, Rafinha, Sergi Samper, Sergi Roberto, Denis Suarez and Andre Gomes for a place in midfield in the new season.

 

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2016/July/22/rakitic-dismisses-barcelona-exit-talk

´It was like F1 v F3´

22 July 2016 17:46

Jose Mourinho thinks the difference between Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United in Friday’s International Champions Cup encounter was akin to the gulf in quality in Formula One and Formula Three.

The Portuguese was handed his first loss as United manager as the Red Devils were thrashed 4-1 by a clinical Dortmund side in a difficult evening in Shanghai.

Dortmund had played four matches already in pre-season and the difference in energy and efficiency was notable as two goals for Gonzalo Castro, a penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ousmane Dembele’s fine solo effort put United to the sword. Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s goal against his former club rendered a mere side note.

But Mourinho refused to put too much emphasis on the result of the match, pointing to the fact United still have eight players unavailable due to their Euro 2016 commitments.

Using a quirky motorsport reference to explain the difference with Dortmund, Mourinho said: “I don’t think I can analyse them [the players] with such difference in preparation. It was like F1 against F3.

“They are much sharper, so it is difficult to judge. The quality and mentality and personality is there. 

“[It’s been] 10 days of work. People are really tired, we played against high-quality opposition. It is unfair to make any decision. Day by day they are starting to win my trust. 

“The reality is even in this situation we have six players still in Europe, plus [Wayne] Rooney and [Chris] Smalling who are only training. 

“That is eight not involved. Obviously some are not going to stay in the squad and it will be different than it is at the moment.”

He added: “My thoughts are simple. I know in pre-season the team in the advanced stage of preparation looks better. It happens year after year.

“It was too obvious. We knew after 10 minutes that one team started training a month ago and played four games.

“In the second half it was better. I think 3-2 was more natural than 4-1. They showed good quality and are at an advanced stage.”

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