I am absolutely gobsmacked at AC Milan‘s performance in the International Champions Cup so far. While I know that preseason is all about building players fitness and confidence ahead of the upcoming season, Milan’s performances in the ICC this season has to be sapping away all the player confidences, not to mention the damage that it is doing to the Rossoneri brand.
After getting thumped 3-0 by Olympiacos in their opening game of their US tour, Milan were ripped apart by Manchester City on Sunday on the way to a 5-1 defeat. Read more... (623 words, 1 image, estimated 2:30 mins reading time)
Just over a month ago, BeIn Sports broke the story that former Atletico Madrid and current Monaco star Radamel Falcao was heading back to Madrid to join the European Champions.
Falcao, who I consider to be the best center forward in the world, seemed like a natural fit for Madrid. While defenses were scared of Madrid’s BBC (Bale, Benzema, Cristiano) attack last season, they would have been terrified at the thought of facing Bale, Falcao and Ronaldo. Read more... (335 words, 1 image, estimated 1:20 mins reading time)
Juventus and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United for weeks now, and after denying he was going nowhere, Juventus appeared to soften that stance on Monday when the club’s CEO Giuseppe Marotta is said that they will only sell Vidal if the midfielder asks to to go.
Gazzetta dello Sport say that United are offering somewhere in the region of €50m to €60m for the 27-year-old dynamic midfielder, who has reportedly already agreed to a wage packet of €8m per season (net), which is double what he makes in Turin. Read more... (299 words, 1 image, estimated 1:12 mins reading time)
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The 2014-15 Serie A fixture list has been released and the season gets underway the weekend of August 30-31 and the season will come to an end on May 31 2015. There are four midweek rounds planned on September 24, October 29, January 6 and April 29.
Limitations have been put in place for derby games, barring them in the first, last or any midweek rounds.
Juventus begin defence of their title away to Chievo, while Roma v Fiorentina and Milan v Lazio are intriguing opening ties. Read more... (274 words, 1 image, estimated 1:06 mins reading time)
The 2014-15 Serie A fixture list was released today and Walter Mazzarri will be pretty happy with an opening five matches of Torino (A), Sassuolo (H), Palermo (A), Atalanta (H) and Cagliari (H).
Inter’s first big test is week seven when then they meet Napoli at home. The Derby di Milano is in Week 12, so towards the end of November, on the same weekend as Lazio-Juventus while the first Derby d’Italia between Juventus-Inter takes place on in Week 17. Read more... (597 words, 1 image, estimated 2:23 mins reading time)
The tax courts have not been very favorable to Barcelona and there players this year. First the club was hit with the “Neymar Affair”a and then today a Spanish judge rejected a prosecutor’s request to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed.
A court statement said there is “sufficient evidence” to believe the Barcelona and Argentina star “could have known and consented” to the creation of a fictitious corporate structure to avoid paying taxes on income from his image rights. Read more... (253 words, 1 image, estimated 1:01 mins reading time)
I cannot remember a time when a club, who had not been relegated, has sold so many of its best players as Southampton have done this summer.
So far Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers and Dejan Lovren have all left St Mary while striker Dani Osvaldo has reportedly agreed personal terms with Inter Milan ahead of that impending move and Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez also targets of other Premier League clubs. In total, Southampton have received around £100 million in transfer fees this summer. Read more... (326 words, 1 image, estimated 1:18 mins reading time)
The New England Revolutions losing streak is up to eight games after Saturday nights 2-1 home defeat to the struggling Columbus Crew.
A.J. Soares’ 50th-minute goal brought the Revs’ level after Columbus scored the first goal just before halftime, but Ethan Finley’s game-winning goal in the 84th-minute sealed the win for the visiting Crew.
This was a game that was there to be won by New England, but eventually the braver moves by Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter were the difference in the game. Read more... (735 words, 1 image, estimated 2:56 mins reading time)
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Mauro Icardi scored the decisive penalty as Inter beat European Champions Real Madrid 3-2 on penalties in San Francisco in their first game of the Guinness International Champions Cup.
Forget the earlier warm-up games in Europe, this was the beginning of the real preseason for Walter Mazzarri’s side. This was a chance for the Nerazzurri to see where they stood against one of the elite teams in world football.
The world’s most expensive player Gareth Bale showed his class almost immediately as he hit the bar with a header after three minutes. The Welsh winger was just warming up though as he followed that up with a stunning strike from distance that gave Samir Handanovic no chance. Read more... (437 words, 1 image, estimated 1:45 mins reading time)
Romelu Lukaku wants to leave Chelsea and make a permanent switch to Everton this summer according to the clubs head of recruitment Ian Atkins.
Atkins was on TalkSport today and said that the Chelsea striker, who spent last season on loan at Merseyside wants a permanent move to Goodison:
“Romelu had a terrific season for Everton last year and I know everyone at the football club wants to see him back.”
“Hopefully things can be sorted out, I think he’s quite settled in his mind that he wants to come to Everton, and hopefully he’ll be pulling on our blue shirt again next term. Read more... (316 words, 1 image, estimated 1:16 mins reading time)