Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was named the Ligue 1 Player of the Year as the Swede and his team-mates dominated the awards.
“I came to a new country. It was not an easy situation, but everything went well. We worked hard. Now is the time to enjoy it,” said the former Barcelona forward.
Ibra has been brilliant this season and with one game left in the season, away at Lorient this Sunday, his is currently one goal behind the French all-time record for a season of 30 goals, set by Jean-Pierre Papin while playing for Marseille in 1989-90. Read more... (258 words, 1 image, estimated 1:02 mins reading time)
Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels says that Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final will not be his last game for the club.
The highly rated defender has been linked with a move to Barcelona this summer, but the Dortmund defender told Kicker magazine that he will still be wearing a yellow and black shirt next season.
“I’ve not had any contact with Barcelona or any other club,” he said. “I don’t think it’s my duty to dismiss rumours which other people invent. If there was to be any truth in them, I would say so. If I say that there is nothing behind the speculation, then people should believe me.” Read more... (126 words, 1 image, estimated 30 secs reading time)
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Real Madrid have announced that head coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge of the Spanish giants.
At a packed press conference today, Real President Florentino Perez said”
“We’ve decided to bring our relationship to an end,” said Perez. “Nobody’s been sacked, it’s a mutual agreement.”
“The club and manager agree the timing is right to bring our relationship to an end,” Perez added.
“On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank Jose Mourinho for all his hard work. Read more... (331 words, 1 image, estimated 1:19 mins reading time)
Updated May 19. The first big summer games happen this week as Manchester City and Chelsea are set to meet twice in the U.S.A. On Thursday the two sides will meet in St. Louis (click for tickets) and then on Saturday they will meet at Yankee Stadium in New York (click for tickets).
These games kick of a busy summer of soccer, with World Cup qualifiers, Spain and Germany, Gold Cup games and Lionel Messi in Chicago there is a little bit of something for everything. And to top it off, Brazil will play Portugal in Boston in September which promises to eb a fantastic game. Read more... (776 words, 1 image, estimated 3:06 mins reading time)
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Arsenal‘s 1-0 Premier League victory over Newcastle ensured that the Gunners will be playing the Champions League next season at the expense of North London rivals Tottenham, despite their 1-0 win at home against Sunderland courtesy of another late blockbuster from Gareth Bale.
With the title already secured by Manchester United and relegation matters settled in midweek, the only piece of intrigue left to be settled was who will be playing in Europe next season. Both games were scoreless at half-time leaving both sets of fans nervously waiting the last 4t5 minutes of the season. Read more... (581 words, 1 image, estimated 2:19 mins reading time)
The New England Revolution shocked the Houston Dynamo 2-0 in Houston last night. Diego Fagundez put the Revs in front early in the second half before an own-goal from Ricardo Clark in the 84th minute sealed the home team’s fate.
The result gives Houston (6-4-2) back-to-back home losses for the first time since losing three in a row in 2010 and leaves them on 20 points while New England (3-4-4) now have 13 on the season. Read more... (504 words, 2 images, estimated 2:01 mins reading time)
There are still three matches remaining in the La Liga season but for all intents and purposes for Jose Mourinho reign in Spain is over and it has ended in failure.
Defeat tonight in the Copa del Rey to city rivals Atlético meant that Real Madrid ended the season with no silverware. That is simply not good enough for Real and the ‘The Special One’ acknowledged that in his post match press conference:
“This is the worst season of my career”, said Mourinho. “With a final, semifinal, a second place and a Super Cup, for me it is the worst”. Read more... (301 words, 1 image, estimated 1:12 mins reading time)
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Atletico Madrid won their 10th King’s Cup when defender Miranda scored in the first half of extra time to secure a 2-1 victory against city rivals Real Madrid in a game that saw both Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo sent off.
Mourinho’s side had looked on course to maintain their dominance over their neighbours when Ronaldo powered home a 14th minute corner.
However, Diego Lopez restored parity just before half time when he fired home a 20-yard shot following a fine turn and pass from Radamel Falcao. Read more... (210 words, 1 image, estimated 50 secs reading time)
Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with Real Madrid‘s Cristiano Ronaldo for most of the season and they are preparing a mammoth offer for him with the hope of hijacking his move to back to Manchester United.
According to ‘L’Equipe’, PSG will offer Real Madrid €100m for the striker and that the French Champions will offer a salary that would make him the second best paid footballer in the world, only behind Samuel Et’oo.
Reportedly, PSG are offering Ronaldo 18 million euros after tax per season. That is net. With Frances’s top tex rate at 75%, that means PSG are willing to pay Ronaldo around €68m A YEAR. Read more... (182 words, 1 image, estimated 44 secs reading time)
Frank Lampard has turned down a move to Major League Soccer and instead signed a new one-year contract with Chelsea.
There has been speculation about Lampards future all season, but his form has caused Chelsea to reconsider their stance, and offer Lampard a new one-year deal. The announcement was made this morning after he captained the Blues in last night’s Europa League final win over Benfica in Amsterdam.
Lampard, who will be 35 next month, said on www.chelseafc.com:
“I’m absolutely delighted. Everybody knows I always maintained the dream was to stay at Chelsea. We’ve been talking for ages and even though it went on for quite a period it was always amicable. Read more... (306 words, 1 image, estimated 1:13 mins reading time)