Ronaldinho retires – The greatest Brazilians to play for Barcelona

17 January 2018 10:41

Ronaldinho shot to stardom with his silky skills and joyful approach to the game after joining Barcelona in 2003.

The virtuoso forward was the defining figure under Frank Rijkaard, helping to lay the foundations for one of the most successful eras in the Catalan club’s history.

A two-time FIFA World Player of the Year during his time at Barca, Ronaldinho claimed two LaLiga titles and a Champions League crown when at the peak of his powers.

He produced a host of memorable moments in the famous shirt, from a standing ovation at the Santiago Bernabeu to a dancing toe-poke against Chelsea, and here we take a look at the club’s other Brazilian greats.

 

ROMARIO (1993-1995)

Romario spent a year and a half at Barcelona and his 30 goals in 33 appearances fired the club to the LaLiga title in 1993-94, earning him the FIFA World Player of the Year award. He netted an El Clasico hat-trick in a 5-0 win over Real Madrid but was also no stranger to controversy – banned for five matches for punching Diego Simeone during his time at Camp Nou. Frustration at Romario’s attitude and a drop-off in form led to his departure from the club midway through the 1994-95 season.

RONALDO (1996-1997)

Ronaldo joined Barca for a world record fee of €15.5m and won the Copa del Rey, the Cup Winners’ Cup and the Supercopa de Espana during his one season in Catalonia, although he is better remembered for a five-year stint with Real Madrid that yielded two LaLiga titles. The 2002 World Cup winner actually urged recent record signing Philippe Coutinho not to join Barcelona from Liverpool, claiming Brazilians were treated badly by the club. Ronaldo scored 47 goals in 51 appearances for Barca in all competitions and also followed Romario by winning the FIFA World Player of the year award with the club.

RIVALDO (1997-2002)

A third Barcelona Brazilian to win the FIFA’s top individual honour, Rivaldo also claimed the Ballon d’Or for his performances in 1999. He scored 136 goals in 253 appearances for Barca, winning two LaLiga titles, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Super Cup. However, for all of that success, Barcelona failed to reach a single major European final during Rivaldo’s time at the club.

DANI ALVES (2008-2016)

Current Paris Saint-Germain full-back Dani Alves boasts more Barcelona honours than any of his compatriots on this list. During his time at Camp Nou, Alves laid his hands on six LaLiga titles, four Copas del Rey and Supercopa de Espana crowns and a trio of wins in the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup. He may not command the attention of his attacking colleagues, but Alves’ Barca record should not be overlooked.

NEYMAR (2013-2017)

Neymar formed part of the club’s famous ‘MSN’ attacking trident alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez but elected step out of the shadow of the Argentina international by making a world-record switch to Paris Saint-Germain for €222million last year. He scored 105 goals in 186 appearances for Barca, winning the Champions League, two league titles, three Copas del Rey, the Supercopa de Espana and the Club World Cup. Things turned somewhat sour between Neymar and the club following his departure, although he did congratulate Coutinho on his move.

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Iheanacho scores English football´s first VAR goal

16 January 2018 22:45

Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho became the first player in English football to have a goal awarded by the video assistant referee (VAR) system on Tuesday.

The much-debated technology, which has been tested at FIFA events and used in Serie A and the Bundesliga this season, made its English debut through trials in the FA Cup and EFL Cup semi-finals this month.

Former Manchester City youngster Iheanacho had already given Leicester the lead in their third-round replay against League One Fleetwood Town and had a second disallowed for offside.

The Nigeria international then latched on to a Riyad Mahrez pass and finished, only to see his celebrations curtailed by the official’s flag once more.

However, a review of the goal via VAR clearly showed Iheanacho was onside when Mahrez played him in – ensuring Leicester were 2-0 up and on the way into round four, while their 21-year-old forward will be the answer to a trivia question for years to come.

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Arsenal will have a ´hard time´ signing Malcom

16 January 2018 16:36

Reports Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Malcom are “hot air” and they will have a “hard time” trying to purchase the Brazilian, according to Bordeaux president Stephane Martin.

It has been claimed Arsenal have agreed a €50million move for Brazilian forward Malcom, who signed a four-year renewal in September and has scored seven goals in Ligue 1 this season.

The Gunners are believed to be keen to bolster their attacking options with Alexis Sanchez seemingly set to depart this month or when his contract expires at the end of the campaign.

Martin says Bordeaux have not had any contact with Arsenal about Malcom and he does not anticipate an agreement being reached in the transfer window.

“Things are clear with his agents. He has not had his contract extended this summer just to give him away this winter,” Martin told L’Equipe.

“We haven’t had any discussions with Arsenal. From our point of view, it’s all hot air.

“They can always try, but they will have a hard time taking him from us.”

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Fred waiting for Guardiola call amid Man City speculation

16 January 2018 11:19

Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Fred is waiting for Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s call having been made aware of interest from the Premier League leaders.

Fred played twice against City in the Champions League this season, Shakhtar losing 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium before beating Guardiola’s men 2-1 in the Group F finale in Ukraine.

The Premier League leaders are hardly lacking in creative talent, but have been linked with the Brazil international, with Manchester United and Arsenal also said to be interested.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Fred said: “A friend gave me the news saying that City and Guardiola were interested in me. I’m happy to be so well known in Europe.

“But I renewed with Shakhtar for five years. If there is any interest I will talk with my agent, and the family. But I’m calm.”

Guardiola congratulated Fred after Shakhtar’s victory over City in December, and the 24-year-old believes the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss would get the best out of him.

“At the exit of the locker room. He stopped me and said we had a good game, as they are a very difficult team to beat,” Fred added.

“But he did not ask me to play with him. However, I confess, I wait impatiently for his call to arrive now. 

“I think I would grow a lot with him, England is the best league in the world, and I’ve always dreamed of playing there.”

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Man United becoming Pogba´s team – Mourinho

16 January 2018 03:37

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho hailed Paul Pogba and said his team’s profile was changing to suit the midfielder.

Pogba set up two goals as United eased past Stoke City 3-0 at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Monday.

The France international, 24, has enjoyed a fine campaign, providing nine assists and scoring three goals in 13 league games.

Mourinho was full of praise for the midfielder and said United could become Pogba’s team.

“He was moving the ball fantastically well, with long passes changing the direction and creating problems for the opponent,” he said.

“He had an assist and if he had scored the free-kick with the last shot of the game, it would be really a reward for him.

“I think he is happy with the way the team is playing and he’s happy because the team is changing the profile and the profile is going more in his direction.”

After Pogba assisted Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku sealed United’s win and moved them within 12 points of league leaders Manchester City.

Mourinho revealed Martial had scored a similar goal in training, but it was set up by the manager.

“He scored yesterday [Sunday] the same goal in training but instead of Paul’s pass, it was my pass,” he said.

“I was making the assists for the finishing. It was a great assist and the same shot.”

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Shaw feeling on top of his game amid United run

15 January 2018 21:16

Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is feeling better mentally and physically than at any time since his horror leg break in 2015.

Shaw was a £30million signing from Southampton in June 2014 and had hit a rich vein of form early in the 2015-16 season under Louis van Gaal, only to suffer a sickening double fracture during a 2-1 Champions League defeat at PSV Eindhoven.

Since returning to full fitness, life has not always been easy for the 22-year-old under Van Gaal’s successor Jose Mourinho, who has publicly criticised the England international and left him out of the side for extended periods, with further injury setbacks an added complication.

But Shaw was named in United’s starting XI for the fourth consecutive Premier League game against Stoke City on Monday – his longest run in the side since the start of last season – and he believes being back in prime condition has been a factor in prospering of late.

“I’ve always, especially recently, felt really confident, and I knew I was in a good moment fitness-wise with the work I’d been doing. And I knew when my chance would come I’d be ready,” he told United Review.

“A bad injury like I had always stays with you a little bit afterwards but it’s in the past and I feel really good and really fit, and my leg feels perfect.

“Body-wise and fitness-wise I probably feel the best I’ve ever felt.

“Mentally I feel very strong as well and I’m enjoying my football, and it’s now about pushing on and helping the team.”

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2018/January/15/shaw-feeling-on-top-of-his-game-amid-united-run

Shaw feeling on top of his game amid United run

15 January 2018 21:16

Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is feeling better mentally and physically than at any time since his horror leg break in 2015.

Shaw was a £30million signing from Southampton in June 2014 and had hit a rich vein of form early in the 2015-16 season under Louis van Gaal, only to suffer a sickening double fracture during a 2-1 Champions League defeat at PSV Eindhoven.

Since returning to full fitness, life has not always been easy for the 22-year-old under Van Gaal’s successor Jose Mourinho, who has publicly criticised the England international and left him out of the side for extended periods, with further injury setbacks an added complication.

But Shaw was named in United’s starting XI for the fourth consecutive Premier League game against Stoke City on Monday – his longest run in the side since the start of last season – and he believes being back in prime condition has been a factor in prospering of late.

“I’ve always, especially recently, felt really confident, and I knew I was in a good moment fitness-wise with the work I’d been doing. And I knew when my chance would come I’d be ready,” he told United Review.

“A bad injury like I had always stays with you a little bit afterwards but it’s in the past and I feel really good and really fit, and my leg feels perfect.

“Body-wise and fitness-wise I probably feel the best I’ve ever felt.

“Mentally I feel very strong as well and I’m enjoying my football, and it’s now about pushing on and helping the team.”

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2018/January/15/shaw-feeling-on-top-of-his-game-amid-united-run

Stupid not to

15 January 2018 16:26

Ryan Giggs revealed he spoke to his former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson before taking over as the new head coach of the Wales national team.

The ex-United winger, who spent 23 years under Ferguson’s tutelage at Old Trafford, was confirmed as the new Wales boss on Monday.

Giggs’ appointment comes following Chris Coleman’s resignation in November, while the 44-year-old was previously linked with managerial vacancies at the likes of Swansea City.

After Ferguson’s United successor David Moyes failed to see out his first season, Giggs took interim charge of United for the final four games of 2013-14 and then worked as assistant to Louis van Gaal.

He departed upon Jose Mourinho’s arrival and in a media conference on Monday, Giggs confirmed he had sought the advice of his former mentor Ferguson, under whom he won 25 major honours.

“It would be stupid not to,” Giggs said. “He’s one of the greatest managers of all time.

“I spoke to him but I want to be my own manager. I’m my own person.”

Giggs’ appointment was met with a mixed reaction among some supporters, but a player who won 64 caps for his country remains unfazed by any criticism.

“I’m not on social media – for that very reason!” he said. “But I know the criticism will come and I’ll give my all to the job.

“The beauty of football is that everyone has an opinion and you have to take that. I did that as a player and I’ll work hard to produce a winning team.

“So many times it’s been said a good career as a player doesn’t mean you’ll be a good manager. But I’ll do exactly what I did as a player.

“I want to enjoy it, I’ve got a great group of players to work with.

“Who can forget the Euros? As a proud Welshman watching them in France [when Wales reached the semis], I want to get us back there. We should be there.”

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2018/January/15/stupid-not-to---giggs-seeks-fergies-advice-upon-taking-wales-job

West Brom legend Regis dies aged 59

15 January 2018 09:41

West Brom legend Cyrille Regis has died at the age of 59.

Regis earned legendary status at West Brom by scoring 112 goals in 297 appearances, and was seen as a trailblazer for black footballers, playing with Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson.

He moved to Coventry City in 1984 and won the FA Cup in 1987 as they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2.

Regis played five times for England and was the third black player to receive a senior cap for the Three Lions, following in the footsteps of Viv Anderson and Cunningham.

Following his spell at Coventry, Regis joined Aston Villa before stints with Wolves, Wycombe Wanderers and Chester City.

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David is to keep

15 January 2018 01:28

Jose Mourinho has urged Manchester United to offer David de Gea a bumper new contract and take his Old Trafford career into a second decade.

De Gea has established himself as one of the leading goalkeepers in world football since moving to United from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

He almost moved back to the Spanish capital and joined Real Madrid in 2015, with a faulty fax machine infamously cited as the reason for the move breaking down.

The 27-year-old’s current deal at Old Trafford runs until 2019, with an option to extend for another year, but Mourinho is looking longer term.

“It’s obvious that we’re not going to let the option disappear,” he told reporters.

“A goalkeeper like he is, and obviously a club that wants to be better and better and better, we are not going to let that year option go away.

“But obviously we are going to try. [Executive vice-chairman] Mr [Ed] Woodward is not on holiday. He barely has holidays. Of course he’s going to try to give him a contract that keeps him here for much longer than that option that of course we are going to execute.

“I just trust the board and the work they do. I don’t negotiate players, I don’t discuss numbers and contracts.

“I just say what is obvious. Any one of you would say the same – David is to keep.”

United host Stoke City on Monday, where victory can trim Manchester City’s advantage at the summit back to 12 points after the leaders suffered a first Premier League defeat of the season at Liverpool on Sunday.

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2018/January/15/david-is-to-keep---mourinho-wants-new-man-united-deal-for-de-gea

Nantes 0 Paris Saint-Germain 1: Match-winner Di Maria not made to rue wild miss

14 January 2018 23:01

Angel Di Maria’s goal was enough for a 1-0 Paris Saint-Germain win at Nantes but he also had the misfortune of producing one of the misses of the season.

Unai Emery’s men now sit 11 points clear at the top of the table and made light of Neymar’s absence due to a rib injury by finding an early opener.

Edinson Cavani, back in the side following his unauthorised late return from holiday, laid on the chance for Di Maria, who made no mistake – although the same could not be said when he blazed off target from six yards.

The ex-Real Madrid man and his colleagues were grateful when Emiliano Sala had a header ruled out. Two Nantes players were in offside positions but not involved when a seemingly onside Sala converted.

Claudio Ranieri was entitled to feel aggrieved and his fifth-placed side finished the match with 10 men when Diego Carlos was sent off in bizarre circumstances.

The defender collided with referee Tony Chapron as he charged forward on the break, with the official falling to the ground and appearing to kick out in frustration at Carlos, before regaining his footing and dishing out a second booking for apparent dissent.

Both sides looked sharp and inventive during the opening stages but PSG drew first blood in the 12th minute, with Cavani making his presence felt on his comeback.

The Uruguay striker aimed a precise pass in Di Maria’s direction and Kylian Mbappe’s exquisite dummy scrambled a Nantes defence appealing in vain for offside, leaving the Argentina midfielder to slot home his seventh goal of the season.

Nantes were largely restricted to speculative attempts – none more so that Andrei Girotto’s bolt strike from the halfway line, with the execution falling some way short of the ambition.

Di Maria was at the heart of most of PSG’s best work but he endured a moment to forget eight minutes before the interval.

Marco Verratti, Mbappe and Adrien Rabiot all combined on a lightning break, only for Di Maria to inexplicably hit the top of the crossbar with the goal at his mercy.

The 29-year-old was soon back in the thick of the action, knocking a cross down for Giovani Lo Celso, who had a rasping shot bravely blocked.

Carlos flicked a searching cross from captain Leo Dubois just wide early in the second half as Nantes resumed with renewed ambition.

Pinning PSG back did leave the hosts vulnerable on the counter-attack and Mbappe offered a demonstration of his blistering pace down the right in the 56th minute, only for Di Maria’s finish to let him down again – albeit less spectacularly.

Sala thought he had drawn Nantes level with an hour played but his header from Dubois’ free-kick was ruled out for offside, even though he appeared to be level with Cavani.

Emery elected to end Cavani’s reintroduction in the 68th minute, sending on Thomas Meunier for a touch more defensive insurance.

Meunier’s fellow full-back Layvin Kurzawa smashed a volley wide in an attempt to make the point safe, while Ciprian Tatarusanu produced a superb reaction save to deny Mbappe the goal his efforts merited.

Nantes’ final push for a share of the spoils was checked by Carlos being on the end of some rough justice. Rabiot then struck the post before boos rained down when the final whistle was sounded by Chapron – a man who had unsatisfactorily made himself the centre of attention.

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2018/January/14/nantes-0-paris-saint-germain-1-match-winner-di-maria-not-made-to-rue-wild-miss

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