Vermaelen eyes Premier League return

Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen might make a return to the Premier League with both Liverpool and West Ham interested in signing the Belgium international. The player has been disillusioned with a lack of first-team football at Barcelona and might consider a move away from the Spanish side.

Thomas Vermaelen has joined Barcelona in 2014 after leaving the Gunners but so far has only managed to make 14 appearances for the Spanish side. If he goes, he will be the second defender that will be leaving Barcelona after Marc Bartra. The latter has just left Barcelona to join German side Borussia Dortmund. Continue reading “Vermaelen eyes Premier League return”

Kompany: Hart is best goalkeeper for England

Vincent Kompany has come to the rescue of his Manchester City teammate by saying that he is the best goalkeeper for England and that they should feel lucky to have him in the team. Indeed, Hart has come under pressure recently after the goal he conceded for England and Kompany was keen to defend his teammate.

In one instance, Hart failed to clear a long-range free-kick from Ibrahimovic in the game against Sweden, and many England supporters have been criticizing the Manchester City goalkeeper. Fortunately, this was the only occasion that Wales had in the game as England quickly took control of the game and placed the Welsh team under pressure. Continue reading “Kompany: Hart is best goalkeeper for England”

Chelsea Star John Obi Mikel Allegedly Assaults Female Journalist

John Obi Mikel is the midfielder for Chelsea. He has been accused of assaulting a female journalist when on international duty with Nigeria. This happened when he was leaving after his training with his team when the reporter asked him for an interview. The reporter was from KISS FM and had approached him in Ajuba. He was just leaving with his Nigerian fellow mates. The BBC broadcaster reported that the player had completely lashed out when the reporter had approached him and asked for an interview. It was the BBC reporter Oluwashima Okeleji who had brought this into light of the public. He had tweeted about the incident and had described about how Nigerian John Obi Mikel had lost his temper when asked an interview after the training session. However, sources such as the team media officer Ben Alaiya with whom the reporter worked has said that she had forgiven John for his actions and has no hard feelings.

Sources have also revealed that this incident of assault that took place was not long after days of a similar incident. The former media officer of the Super Eagles Colin Udoh had said that the Chelsea player had even assaulted him when back on a plane from Sudan. It was a return from a match where the Eagles were beaten 1-0. The officer had said that John had assaulted the former captain of the team. John has also been accused of having used harsh comments and to have made few word choices for the other team members.

The incident has not been liked by most people and so the star is hoping it gets brushed away as quickly as possible. He wants to concentrate and focus on club football and to be a star for the Blues. You can be ready for an interesting set of week ahead.

Dunga Reveals Official Lineup

Brazil’s disastrous campaign in the 2014 World Cup saw the Brazilian team losing against Germany with a shocking 7-1 loss and everything just fell apart for them when Netherlands came out on top and claimed the 3rd spot after winning 3-1.

The South American country was one of the favorites of lifting the World Cup trophy as the worldwide event was being hosted in a nation were football was more than a sport for them, it’s a religion for many people that live there and to witness their team lose in such a resounding manner was a huge shock.

The disappointing losses led to the national team coach, Felipe Scolari having to step down from his managerial position in the squad as he went on to resign and now Dunga has made his return in charge of the team.

Dunga is no stranger to the international stage as he has already coached the Brazilian national team. The Brazilian manager guided Brazil into the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup but after losing against Netherlands, Brazil was eliminated from the tournament. Dunga received heavy criticism for some of his tactical decisions in the team and especially after deciding to not call up Pato or Neymar for the past edition of the competition but he is now back and made his return.

Brazil has a series of friendly matches which are scheduled to be played on September with Colombia and Ecuador being the opponents of the Brazilian’s. It will be the first match of Dunga since he was elected to replace Felipe Scolari.

Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Rafael Cabral (Napoli)

Defenders: David Luiz (PSG), Marquinhos (PSG), Gil (Corinthians), Miranda (Atletico Madrid), Maicon (Roma), Filipe Luis (Chelsea), Alex Sandro (Porto), Danilo (Porto).

Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Elias (Corinthians), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Ramires (Chelsea), Everton Ribeiro (Cruzeiro), Ricardo Goulart (Cruzeiro), Willian (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).

Forwards: Neymar (FC Barcelona), Diego Tardelli (Atletico Mineiro), Hulk (Zenit St-Petersburg).

That’s the official lineup of players that Dunga announced to be featured in Brazil’s upcoming friendly matches.

BIG MATCHES FOR HAMMERS

Sam Allardyce faced his 4th consecutive defeat in charge of West Ham after suffering a 1-0 defeat against West Bromwich which has escalated the pressure of the 59 years old tactician to new levels.

West Ham United is safe from the bottom relegation zone but this makes no effect towards the frustration of the fans and their patience which seems to be running out. Continue reading “BIG MATCHES FOR HAMMERS”

Lampard and Cole Have Earned Their Place

Mid fielder Adam Lallana strongly believes that Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard still has a major role to play at the World Cup happening this summer, whether or not they are a part of England top eleven. Cole and Lampard are pretty much under pressure in order to get hole of a place on the aeroplane to Brazil, regardless of the fact that both has passed the hundred cap mark.

Roy Hodgson, the English Coach has already declared that while picking hid final twenty three men for the World Cup, he might need to leave some biggies out as well. Hence this Cole-Lampard duo from Chelsea seems under major threat.

Left back Ashley Cole has been idle from Chelsea for a little more than a month’s time has chances of facing tough competition from Luke Shaw and Leighton Baines for his position in the top 23. Meanwhile Adam Lallana may replace Lampard in the midfield.

The twenty four year old midfielder Lallana however feels that this duo can significantly strengthen the team and hold a vital role because of their past experiences in Europeans Championships and World Cup.

Stressing on the topic Lallana added that, he will be very pleased to have Ashley and Frank in the team as with so much experience to share, the young lads not only gets inspired by them but also gets effective guidance for the new comers, when on the field.

.The ability and experience speaks for itself, which is enough reasoning, why they should be on the squad for the World Cup. Whatever they have to provide to the team is added bonus.

Both of the players have 100 caps if not more, with a wonderful career graph. He stresses that it will be very tough to get in the squad but all the teammates are much supportive in this respect.

CONCERNS ON TIME

The 2014 World Cup is 5 months away from beginning as it is scheduled to initiate on June 12 but as the time approaches, concerns and doubts keep on emerging with the president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter saying that Brazil is the host nation that has enjoyed having 7 years to get ready for the worldwide competition but still are far behind.

Blatter told Swiss newspaper 24 Heures on Monday that Brazil “is the furthest behind of any host country since I’ve been at FIFA and moreover, it’s the only one that had so much time – seven years – to prepare itself. Brazil has just realized what it means to organize a World Cup”.

Brazil already missed the deadline of December 31 which was the date that FIFA had appointed for the stadiums to be clear and ready but after going through a number of issues that range from financial problems to construction accidents on the actual stadiums, all of these incidents have delayed Brazil from being on time with the World Cup that edges closer and closer.

Even families living in Brazil are protesting against the decisions that FIFA as well as the country are making towards the implementation of the World Cup. Veronica Maria da Silva and her husband had to evacuate their home of Camaragibe from where they have lived for over 30 years.

The property is being appropriated by the city of Camaragibe in order to make room for an expanded urban transit hub; it’s just 1 of the many infrastructures and constructions that is being rushed to be completed before the World Cup begins.

The family is unable to buy a home and will be forced to rent somewhere where they are able on doing so. They did get a compensation for their house but they insist in saying that it is just not enough to buy or get another place to stay. According to Elias Ignacio, the father of the family he went to an independent assessor who valued their property at 440,000 reals which is around $185,000 but then were given just 150,000 reals.

SCOLARI WANTS COSTA

Brazil national team manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed that he wants to use Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa for the national team. Costa is a Brazilian who is playing for the Spanish club. After being relatively unknown in the last few years, he has managed to announce himself in style this season. Following the departure of Radamel Falcao in the summer, many expected that David Villa would be the number one striker at the club. Costa, though, has broken all expectations by scoring 13 league goals this season.

This tally is only three behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who is regarded as one of the best players in the world. Costa has also scored more league goals so far than Lionel Messi, who has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award in the last four seasons. There have been rumours that Costa may decide to play for the Spanish national team. Brazil, though, do not have a quality striker, which is surprising since the national team has always had some of the best in the world like Ronaldo and Romario. After much speculation about Costa’s international future, Scolari has confirmed that he would like to pick the 24-year-old for the Brazilian national team.

Costa is eligible for both Brazil and Spain.

“Diego Costa will receive the opportunity to be called up for the World Cup. The first striker is Fred, who is injured, Diego is the second striker and I’ll have to find a third one. I intend to take him to the World Cup. If the tournament was today or tomorrow, he would be in the squad. I will call up the player for the games next month against Honduras in Miami, and Chile in Toronto,” said Scolari.

Brazil have been doing well since the arrival of Scolari, as they recently won Confederations cup.

BARCA CHASE SILVA

Barcelona have been showing a lot of interest in the Brazilian centre backs like Thiago Silva and David Luiz over the last few months. They are looking to replace ageing defender Carlos Puyol. The club has so far been relying on midfielders like Javier Mascherano and Alex Song to substitute the 35-year-old captain when he is absent from the first-team squad. Barcelona recently failed in their attempts to persuade Silva to join the Catalan club. After several weeks of transfer rumours, the 28-year-old Brazilian centre back signed a new contract with his club PSG.

As a result, the Catalan club have stepped up their interest in Chelsea defender David Luiz, who has been on their radar for a long time. In fact, Barcelona have been looking at Luiz even before he signed for Chelsea. The 26-year-old defender has established as one of the important members of the Chelsea squad. He is valued in excess of £ 40 million by the club, who paid only £ 21 million for his signature in 2011. Barcelona recently came in with their first official offer of £ 35 million, which was instantly rejected by Chelsea. Now, manager José Mourinho has said that the Spanish club are wasting their time in their efforts to sign Luiz because Chelsea do not want to sell him.

“The bid? It’s lost time for them. My advice to them is to go to the second player on their list because they are wasting their time. We don’t want to lose our best players. No chance,” said the Portuguese manager. Mourinho also confirmed that Brazilian right back Wallace is likely to join Inter Milan a season long loan deal. The 18-year-old only recently joined Chelsea, but heavy competition for the first-team spot is likely to meant he will leave on a loan deal.

BRAZIL ARE CHAMPIONS

Brazil managed to beat Spain 3-0 in the final of the Confederations cup to win the trophy once again in their illustrious history. After the match, Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has said that this victory could prove to be the start of a great period for the national team. Scolari was appointed in place of Mano Menezes several months ago, but the results have so far been disappointing. The Confederations cup saw Brazil play in competitive matches for the first time in two years, but they did not disappoint as they managed to dominate their opponents throughout the tournament.

The domination continued against world and European champions Spain as well. Spain are coming into the tournament as the clear favourites after having lifted the World Cup and the European Championships in the last five years. However, they were beaten soundly by the Brazilian team possessing the likes of Neymar and Oscar. Neymar has been one of the standout players in the tournament and he dominated the opposition once again. He scored a goal for his efforts, while Fred was once again at the right place at the right time to score two.

This is the second spell in charge of the national team for Scolari, and he is delighted to have tasted success once again.

“I don’t think I could feel any better than how I am right now. I thought that any positive result would be great and to beat them 3-0, that is much better than I imagined. But I also believe that overall, not only because of the score but the way we played, we had a very good match. Now I am able to dream that we have an idea, that we have a path ahead of us, and that we have a good team to play in the World Cup next year as equals with other strong contenders,” said Scolari.