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Zlatan Retuning To LA Galaxy

After weeks of speculation as to where Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be playing next year, the 37-year-old has signed a new contract with LA Galaxy for the 2019 MLS season as a Designated Player.

“We are very pleased to sign Zlatan to a new contract that will see him return for the 2019 season,” said LA Galaxy General Manager Dennis te Kloese.

“He showed his value last season and we look forward to him representing our club next year. With Zlatan returning, we will continue to improve our team in advance of the season.”

Ibrahimovic’s return to Los Angeles had been widely expected.

Jose Mourinho Sacked By Manchester United

Stunning news today that Manchester United have sacked Jose Mourinho after Sunday’s defeat at Liverpool left the club 11 points adrift of the Premier League top four.

Mourinho leaves departs Old Trafford after two and a half years with United sixth in the table and only one win in the league since Nov. 3.

He was informed of the decision at the club’s Carrington training ground on Tuesday morning, with executive vice chairman Ed Woodward delivering the news in person around 9:30 a.m.

Europa League Round of 32 Knockout Draw

Arsenal and Chelsea will fancy their chances of progressing in the Europa League after being drawn against Bate Borisov and Malmö respectively in the last-32 of the competition, while Celtic face a tricky tie with Valencia.

Unai Emery’s side must make the trip to Belarus to face Bate – who finished as runners-up in Chelsea’s group and boast former Arsenal midfielder Alex Hleb in their ranks – for the first leg on 14 February before the return at the Emirates Stadium a week later.

England will face Germany in the last 16 of the Champions League — after three of the four Premier League sides were drawn against Bundesliga opponents.

Liverpool take on Bayern Munich, Tottenham face Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City play Schalke, with the two-legged ties to be played in February and March.

Manchester United’s season of turmoil took another turn for the worse when they were paired with French giants Paris Saint-Germain.

The draw will see Liverpool’s former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp renew old rivalries with the Bavarian giants who currently sit third in their domestic league.

UEFA Threaten AC Milan With Two-Year Europe Ban

AC Milan must break even by June 2021 or face being banned from European competition for two years under Financial Fair Play rules, UEFA has announced.

The decision from the European governing body’s adjudicatory chamber comes after Milan successfully appealed against a two-year ban being immediately imposed this summer, with the Court of Arbitration for Sport referring the matter back to UEFA to impose a ‘proportionate disciplinary measure’ in July.

Milan had been found to be in breach of the break-even requirements of the Financial Fair Play regulations, and Friday’s ruling leaves the club at risk of sitting out European competition in 2022-23 and 2023-24 should they qualify.

The number 19 has a lot of significance with Manchester United and Liverpool fans.

United’s 19th title, in 2011, saw them overtake Liverpool and completed the famous perch job on that lot down the road.

Prior to Ferguson, Liverpool were the most successful club in England, but now over the three decades since Ferguson’s arrival, United have taken that throne.

But here is another 19 they may not be so keen on at Old Trafford. Lose on Sunday at Anfield and United will be 19 points behind their bitter rivals. Nineteen points and it is not even Christmas.

Copa del Rey Last 16 Draw Announced

The Copa del Rey last-16 draw has thrown Real Madrid against Leganes, who beat the Spanish giants in last season’s competition.

The Madrid clubs were drawn as opponents in the tournament’s round of 16 on Thursday.

Leganes eliminated Real Madrid in the quarter-finals last year: Real won the first leg 1-0 away, but Leganes stunned Los Blancos with a 2-1 second-leg victory at the Bernabeu to progress on away goals.

Real Madrid’s Director de Institucional Relations Emilio Butragueño gave his thoughts on the Copa del Rey Last 16 draw saying:

Coppa Italia Round of 16 Ties Announced

The dates and kick-off times of the Coppa Italia Round of 16 have been confirmed, including Sampdoria v Milan, Bologna v Juventus and Inter v Benevento.

As there is a Serie A winter break in January, this time will be used to play Coppa Italia fixtures.

Sat Jan 12

  • Lazio v Novara (14.00 GMT)
  • Sampdoria v Milan (17.00 GMT)
  • Bologna v Juventus (19.45 GMT)

Sun Jan 13

  • Torino v Fiorentina (14.00 GMT)
  • Inter v Benevento (17.00 GMT)
  • Napoli v Sassuolo (19.45 GMT)

Mon Jan 14

  • Cagliari v Atalanta (16.30 GMT)

Liverpool were dealt a major injury blow on Wednesday when it was announced that Joel Matip will be out for six weeks with a broken collarbone suffered in the Champions League win over Napoli.

The center back could miss as many as 10 games during the busiest period of the season and will need surgery after his collision with Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

The blow could not have come at a worse time for manager Jurgen Klopp, who last week saw Joe Gomez ruled out for six weeks. The England defender broke his left leg in a 3-1 win at Burnley but does not need surgery.

Real Madrid’s Season Goes From Bad To Worse

Real Madrid suffered their biggest ever home defeat in Europe as they were thrashed by CSKA Moscow in the Champions League. Real Madrid lost 3-0 to CSKA Moscow, losing to the Russians for the second time in the group stages.

With the defeat, it is the biggest defeat that Madrid has ever experienced at home in the Champions League.

Madrid’s last loss at home in the group stage of the Champions League was against AC Milan in the 09/10 season as the Italians won 3-2.