“I have been wanting this experience for a long time, and now that the opportnity materialized, I wanted to take it,” Pirlo said in a club statement. “This is a club on the rise that shares my same hunger to achieve important results in the league.”
The European and Spanish champions are in the midst of transfer ban, but that has not stopped Barcelona from signing players, even though they cannot play until January 1.
If that is not strange enough, the transfer of Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid is probably the strangest deal I have ever heard of.
Turan was linked with a possible move to the Premier League, but he turned down an offer from Chelsea and reported interest from Manchester United in order to join the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Barca.
Manchester City and Manchester United first played each other on 3 November 1894 with the Citizens serving as hosts. At that time, City was known as West Gorton and United was called Newton Heath. Newton Heath (United) won that derby 3-0. There were many football clubs in Manchester at the time, but the two that proved to be the best were the Citizens and the Red Devils.
The Olympique Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain football rivalry is known by two names, Le Classique and the Derby de France. This is not a rivalry born from proximity, as many are. The two teams are located in cities in different regions of France. It is, instead, a social and cultural rivalry, as Olympique Marseille represents the working class people and port city of Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain is seen as being associated with the ultimate bastion of French society and culture, Paris. It is Marseille, the power center of the south, versus Paris the capital city in the north.
The rivalry between Internazionale of Milan (Inter) and Juventus of Turin is the most intense football competition in Italy between two teams from different cities. The clubs reinforce that rivalry by playing a biannual football fixture known as the Derby d’Italia. Located in Northern Italy, which traditionally has been a powerhouse for Italian football, the two teams lead all other Italian football clubs in wins and goals scored, making them the perfect candidates for such an ongoing rivalry.
The Internazionale (Inter) and AC Milan derby, which is known as the Derby della Madonnina or Milan Derby, is considered to be a world-class rivalry. The competition between the two football clubs is seen as being the primary way in which the top team in Milan is determined.
This football rivalry, which dates back to 1908, has resulted in these teams playing one another a total of 213 times. These separate teams were born from one club. In 1899, former British vice-consul in Milan and businessman Alfred Edwards created the Milan Cricket and Football Club. Their first manager was David Allison. The club was quite successful, but in 1908, there was a disagreement over the use of foreign footballers. That dispute led to a split and the creation of F.C. Internazionale Milano.
It promises to be a record breaking transfer summer in England as Manchester United and Manchester City are both poised to spend close to £200 million to get back into race for the Premier League title again. Arsenal have already signed Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech while Liverpool have done their buying early.
The summer transfer window is open, and you can keep up to date with all the latest activity with transfer page as we approach the start of the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season.
Chile defeated Argentina on penalties to end their 99-year wait for a Copa America crown and condemn Lionel Messi’s side to a second straight heartbreak in a major international final and see the hosts book a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez struck the winning spot-kick for Chile, as the hosts clinched a 4-1 shoot-out victory when the game ended goalless after extra time. Sanchez chipped the decisive penalty down the middle past Sergio Romero to spark wild celebrations in front of a 45,000 capacity crowd at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago.
Manchester United have released the list players chosen to take part in the Red Devils’ pre-season tour of America and both wantaway goalkeeper David De Gea as well as new signing Memphis Depay both make the list.
United will partake in a shorter pre-season tour, consisting of four matches in America, after Louis van Gaal complained of a too intense schedule last summer.
The club have released a list of 34 players who will travel to represent the Red Devils although the statement does say that more youth players could be added before they depart.
The 2015 International Champions Cup in North America has gotten a little tougher as Portuguese champions Benfica will replace FC Porto. The swap means that the ICC 2015 will now feature six domestic champions (Benfica, Chelsea, PSG, Barcelona, LA Galaxy and Club America).
Benfica will play the same schedule originally set for FC Porto, including a match against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, July 26.