Cristiano Ronaldo has touched down in Turin ahead of his official unveiling as a Juventus player on Monday afternoon.
The Portuguese star looked cool in shades and a T-shirt, giving the thumbs up to the cameras as he stepped off his private jet alongside girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez. He was accompanied by his mother Maria Dolores, and son Cristiano Junior.
Ronaldo timed the arrival to coincide with the 2018 World Cup Final between France and Croatia, so he avoided crowds of fans or journalists.
After landing in Turin they then went to La Mandria, where he will be staying tonight ahead of the medical at the J-Centre on Monday morning. Read more... (204 words, estimated 49 secs reading time)
Goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, as well as a controversial VAR-awarded penalty, helped France beat Croatia 4-2 in an incredible World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday to lift the trophy for the second time in their history.
In a match that had a bit of everything, Mario Mandzukic scored the first ever own goal in a World Cup final to put France in front at the Luzhniki Stadium, only for Ivan Perisic to equalise.
However, Antoine Griezmann’s penalty put France back in front after Perisic’s handball was penalised with the aid of the video assistant referee, before Pogba and Mbappe both scored in the second half. Read more... (652 words, estimated 2:36 mins reading time)
Manchester United’s depleted squad flew to Los Angeles on Sunday as they prepared to embark on their preseason tour of the United States.
The Red Devils boarded a plane from Manchester Airport as they geared up for their five-match tour which will see them play matches in five different US cities.
Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw were pictured at the airport as they embark on United’s preseason despite uncertain futures at the club.
Shaw is determined to win back his place but is entering the final 12 months of his United deal with manager Jose Mourinho still unconvinced by the left back. Read more... (285 words, estimated 1:08 mins reading time)
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard wasted no time now that the World Cup has ended to tell the world that he wants to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
After helping his country to their best-ever finish at a World Cup tournament and afterward told reporters:
‘I have spent six years with Chelsea. I played a fantastic World Cup, so it’s maybe time to change something. Chelsea will make the final decision — if they want to let me go, you know my preferred destination.
“After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different. Read more... (234 words, estimated 56 secs reading time)
The Argentina Football Association has finally done what its fans have been clamoring for and fired head coach Jorge Sampaoli following La Albiceleste’s dreadful World Cup campaign.
“Today, the Argentine Football Association and the former national team coach, Jorge Sampaoli, have mutually agreed to the termination of their contract,” the AFA stated via their official website on Sunday.
“Likewise, the Physical Trainer, Jorge Desio and the video analyst, Matías Manna, also disassociated themselves.”
The AFA also announced that they will decide who takes charge of the Under-20 side for the 2018 COTIF tournament, which is set to begin on July 28, by Tuesday. Read more... (251 words, estimated 1:00 mins reading time)
Antonio Conte’s time as Chelsea manager finally came to an end on Thursday when he was fired with Maurizio Sarri set to take over.
Conte, who had refused to walk away from Chelsea unless the final year of his contract was paid in full, has been waiting since winning the FA Cup in May to be fired, but Chelsea’s unwillingness to pay compensation for Sarri delayed the process.
That led to the uncomfortable situation this week where Conte actually took the first four days of preseason training as his future had not been resolved. Read more... (290 words, estimated 1:10 mins reading time)
Gareth Southgate believes England’s heartbroken players will emerge stronger from Wednesday night’s painful semi-final loss to Croatia.
Mario Mandzukic’s extra time goal completed Croatia’s excellent comeback as Zlatko Dalic’s men fought back from Kieran Trippier’s brilliant early free kick to book their place in the World Cup final on Sunday.
Southgate’s side have exceeded expectations here in Russia, nevertheless the ache of this loss will still come as a crushing blow to England’s shell-shocked players.
Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane and Trippier were visibly distraught after the final whistle as Southgate went round consoling his forlorn stars. Read more... (386 words, estimated 1:33 mins reading time)
England’s adventure in Russia may be over, but the nation has fallen back in love with its football team and is eager to see where Gareth Southgate takes this young and exciting squad next.
The Three Lions went to the World Cup expecting little from themselves, but will come home as heroes after battling their way to the semi-finals for the first time in 28 years.
With an average squad age of just 26, Southgate will have plenty of time to refine his players ahead of Euro 2020 and World Cup 2022. But where can you see England next Read more... (327 words, estimated 1:18 mins reading time)
Juventus have confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will join up with his new teammates on July 30.
Juve face Bayern Munich and Benfica in the International Champions Cup on July 26 and July 28, and Ronaldo will miss those games.
By joining up with the squad on July 30, Ronaldo will be eligible to make his debit against the MLS All Stars in Atlanta on August 1 or against his former club Real Madrid at FedEx Field in Washington on Saturday, 4 August.
Juventus made headlines around the world early this month when they signed Ronaldo from Real Madrid in a €112m deal. Read more... (577 words, estimated 2:18 mins reading time)
Kylian Mbappe has been one of the stars of the World cup, and as a Real Madrid fan growing up, he has been linked with a move to Spain to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.
So it is interesting with that backdrop that his mother is now publicly expressing her concern at the treatment that Mbappe is receiving at Paris Saint-Germain, and in particular the way team-mates Dani Alves and Neymar routinely mock the teenager’s appearance.
Is she paving the way for Mbappe to force a summer move to Real Madrid? Read more... (320 words, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)