After a summer of streamlining, Chelsea sit top of the Premier League having seemingly balanced both the squad and the books. With Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules freshly implemented, it is now almost mandatory for even the rich clubs to move players on in order to sign new recruits.
The likes of David Luiz and Romelu Lukaku were sold for big money, allowing Chelsea to buy, among others, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, both of whom have improved the quality of the squad immeasurably.
One story that has caught my eye in recent days was a quote that came from David Luiz. Luiz has claimed that he rejected the offer of a new contract from Chelsea in favour of a move to PSG. I am wondering what your opinions of the £50m deal are now?
"I was happy with the plan PSG offered me and I think it was exactly the right moment to move.
Juan Mata's £37.1m move from Chelsea to Manchester United back in January stunned English Football. Now, eight months on, it looks as though Juan Mata's time up North is over as he is being linked with a move away from Old Trafford.
Many people could see what has happening at Chelsea at the beginning of last season.
Match day two of the UEFA Champions League saw two of Europe's heavyweights slug it out. Barcelona under new coach Luis Enrique was enjoying a relatively untroubled start to the new season whilst a struggling Paris Saint-Germain went into the game without their talisman Zlatan Ibrahimović.
Both teams were unbeaten but the form book tipped the scales in Barcelona's favour.
Paris Saint-Germain are having to live with the new reality that is Financial Fair Play.
After accepting a reduced punishment from UEFA this summer for breaching FFP protocols, the French club have had to call off their pursuit of Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria due to the Argentine's excessive transfer fee.
David Luiz has just finished giving his maiden presser for new employers PSG alongside clubpresidentNasser Al-Khelaifi, which culminated in the £50million Brazilian centre-half being given his new No.32 shirt...
Paris Saint-Germain's latest signing, recent Chelsea player David Luiz, was acquired for a staggering £50million ($84million+). Fifty million of any currency is a lot for any player, but for a player like Luiz it seems overkill. Most soccer pundits and experts will tell you that Luiz has his flaws.
Brazil and Colombia meet in Miami for a rematch of the World Cup game that took place almost exactly two months ago. After four yellow cards, one broken back and Colombia's World Cup finished the game ended 2-1 with goals from Thiago Silva, David Luiz and James Rodriguez, two of whom traveled to Miami to be with their national teams during the international FIFA break.
In my opinion, the squad that Luis Felipe Scolari chose to representBrazilat their own World Cup was the worstBrazilsquad ever assembled. What was supposed to be a sixth World Cup championship on home soil ended in utter humiliation and exposed an assortment of flaws and frailties. Here, I'll take a look at those who made it, and those who will hopefully be called up in future.
After a lovely day without football (there is a life!) in Paris, I took the famous train under the English channel to make it to London, England, to see fantastic friends.Of course, since England was eliminated, there has been much less interest in the tournament, and there was a certain resignation, although the interest for the World Cup remains unabated in the country that, despite it all,
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Video- David Luiz goal vs Colombia 2014 Luiz Freekick WC Brazil Quarterfinal is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter This cracking David Luiz goal vs Colombia (VIDEO BELOW) sent Brazil into a semifinal clash against Germany as Luis Felipe Scolari's side edged Colombia in their quarterfinal tie.
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Brazil vs Colombia 2014 World Cup David Luiz Goal Video Freekick Neymar Injury Quarterfinal is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Brazil vs Colombia 2014 (Brasil Colombia VIDEO BELOW) Estadio Governador Placido Aderaldo Castelo, Fortaleza- 4 July, 2014- WC Quarterfinal- 21.
VIDEO: David Luiz scores stunning long-range freekick vs Colombia - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Brazil secured passage to the last four with a hard-fought 2-1 win against Colombia inFortaleza, with former Chelsea defender David Luiz scoring a superb long-range free-kick in the second half to see the Selecao home safely.
It's an important day for Brazil, as they face a 'Do or Die' task against an impressive Colombian side in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Fortaleza later today.
Although it has clearly been a stressful time for Scolari's side who were extremely lucky in the Round-of-16 against Chile (if not for a stroke of goalkeeping luck, surely, by Julio Cesar), the Brazilians still welcomed fans, family and friends to their hotel this week.
Toronto FC goalkeeper Julio Cesar proved the hero saving two penalty kicks for Brazil as the 2014 FIFA World Cup hosts advanced over Chile, 3-2, in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw through extra time. Brazil gave the home fans in Belo Horizonte something to cheer about after a tense 120 minutes of soccer, advancing out of the Round of 16 to face the winner of this evening's match between Uruguay and Colombia in the Quarterfinals on July 4th.
Still weepingsoftly at horrors he witnessed first-hand in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday evening, David Luiz had his ongoing misery interrupted momentarily yesterday when he received a heart-warming letter of support from a young Brazil fan named Ana Luz.
In the letter, which is surprisingly philosophical for one so young, little Ana tells Luiz not to worry, focus on the positives and to remember that he'll always be her champion, no matter what (translation underneath).
Chelsea's Champions League draw against Paris St Germain puts Diego Costa up against David Luiz and it's a battle I personally cannot wait to see. Who do you think will come out on top over both games?
We have defended Luiz to the hilt while he was here. We supported him and backed him when his defending was compared to "A ten year old controlling him on Play Station!
Paris St. Germain's match against FC Barcelona in the group stages of the Champions League was worthy of a final, as Paris won 3-2, and certainly announced themselves as serious candidates for the title. FC Barcelona had looked awesome at the start of the season without any goals conceded, but that was to change when David Luiz brought PSG ahead on a blunder of the Barcelona defense.
Nach der Demontage der Brasilianer im Halbfinale durch Deutschland kursieren massenhaft Bilder durchs Netzt, die alle möglichen Aspekte der WM milde gesagt durch den Kakao ziehen. Unter anderem dieses schöne Bild, dass veranschaulicht wie der Designprozess des WM-Logos vonstatten gegangen sein könnte.